Thomas nodded as Elrien acknowledged his presence, blissfully unaware that he had been mere seconds away from cutting her throat and finishing this job so he could get out of here and back to Syvin. He mentally cursed himself, but got his mind back on track and focused. He didn't want to clue her in on the mental struggle taking place subconsciously.
"Hello My lady, a good book," he inquired, asking about what she was currently reading. He figured he might as well seem interested in her development, though he hadn't gotten around to doing a game of strategy with her yet. And he guessed he never would, considering what would be happening later.