Raven nodded. "That's right..." She told him patiently. "We ran in that direction, and he cut one direction when we cut another so we sort of lost each other."
"Which direction did he cut? I might be able to work out where he went from there." Antonio jogged down to the fork in the dusty old road, probing his own mind to remember where the mix had gone.
"I think...that way..." Raven said uncertainly, following Antonio. She was a little more focused on Antonio and getting away.
Antonio glanced to the left. "Hmmm..." he thought. "He probably turned that corner and hid there, hoping we would suspect that he had stopped following us." He went to the left, where he assumed the mix had gone.
Raven grabbed his hand to stop him. "Antonio, not is not the best of times to be going after him..."
"What else is there for me to do?" he challenged. "I can't remember anything, and even if I did..." his voice trailed off. It was not angry, just sad and lost. "This is my life, and I've never been able to do anything else. To not be able to be a detective, is like to stop living. There's nothing I can do if I'm not solving cases."
"Antonio, need I remind you that you DID stop living?" Raven sighed, cupping his cheek as she brought her body close to his and looked up into his eyes. "Can you not find something to distract you? Even for a little while?"
The confused look in his eye twinkled with sadness. "You know, I really enjoy being with you, but I can't remember why."
"Well I've no idea why, so I couldn't tell you..." Raven kissed him tenderly. "Just please...one day....give it up for one day..."
Antonio closed his eyes, taking in Raven's kind expression. "Fine," he murmured. "One day. But no more."
Raven nodded, playing with his hair lovingly. "That's all I ask of you right now, Antonio."
Antonio stroked his fingers through Raven's long, black hair. "I suppose..." he whispered. "But then what? I'm used to staying active. I can't just... be there for a day."
Raven bit her lip. "Spend the time with me. I'll keep you active." She said the last part mischievously.
Antonio detected the hint of deviousness in her voice, and had to smile. However awkward Raven had been acting earlier, this was the Raven he knew. "I'm going to have to trust you, aren't I?" he said with a grin.
Raven giggled. "Of course, Where shall we go then?" She asked, wondering to herself just what she should do with him.
"Where would you like to go?" Antonio said, caught between bouts of quiet laughter. There was something about hearing Raven laugh that made him happy.
"Somewhere quiet and alone." Raven shrugged. "Without distraction and blood temptation everywhere I turn."
"Being away from people sounds good." He stopped, considering something for a moment. "You know, I love that I can say that without the dissatisfying knowledge that I am one."
Raven laughed at that. "Honestly? Most actually find it depressing to be reminded that they're not what they once more."