I show promise in what, Michael wondered. So many of Sophie's statements could be taken in mre than one way. He should be used to it by now - most of the acting world was like that - but it still frustrated Michael a little. When not on the stage, Michael was a very straight-forward, no-nonsense person. He disliked double meanings or vague statements. Ironic, as an actor, he supposed, but he got enough of that on stage. So he didn't answer, letting Penrose continue, in the vague hope that she would make her intentions plain.
As the frost, Michael tried not to look too interested. He wasn't sure if she couldn't control it, or if she wanted to threaten him - but he wasn't concerned. He had been taught a powerful Gift by a spirit, to control fire - there was a lighter in his pocket, so that he would always have access to flame. Penrose's frost would surely be no match fore Michael's fire.
As she asked her question, Michael considered how he felt about it all. Was he interested? Yes. He couldn't deny it. What she was suggesting sounded like it could further his career. But everything had a price, and he'd never agree without knowing exactly what the price would be. And what she had said about doing a great deal if so inclined - what would he have to do to make sure they were inclined to help? Everyone had heard stories of directors and casting agents demanding sex or money in exchange for help. Would it be the same? Michael didn't have much money to give, and as for sex... well, he just wasn't the kind of guy who'd sleep with someone to get ahead. "I am somewhat intrigued," he started off, again being careful to word things politely, "but, as we've brushed upon, there is a lot of mystery surrounding what you suggest. And I am not the kind of man who enjoys mystery. I'd need to know more about what you are prosposing - who would be involved, what would be expected of me. I hope I haven't blown my chance, but I have to be honest about how I feel, and if that costs me the opportunity then its not one I would have wanted in the first place."