Erin closed her eyes in pleasure at the touch, but she seemed to become slightly somber at the question. "It is because I am becoming more like one of the fair folk, in truth," she answered, sighing slightly as he stroked her wings. "I was turned into this, but that was... not complete? Just the start of the transformation. Now it is progressing. It makes me stronger. And it makes me... even less human."
She took one of Sergei's hands, and just held it in hers for a while, as if he might suddenly fly away.
"I have an idea," she said abruptly, suddenly all cheer and mischief again. "Wait right here - I will be back in just a little bit." She swung her legs over, hopping down from the hot tub and briefly toweling her feet off, grimacing at how cold the outside would be compared to the heat of the jacuzzi. She'd better run while it was still clinging to her body. Still, it wasn't far - not thanks to the door right by Alek's apartment, that took her straight to her own Hollow. She returned briefly, holding another one of the strange masks. This one was different, with a dark, smouldering, sinuous look to it.
"This one is for Aleksander, but I haven't given it to him yet," Erin explained, holding it up for Sergei to examine. "So he won't mind if I borrow it for myself in the meantime." She set it up to her face. It wasn't that good a fit, but it began to mould to her features, spreading down her skin as if it were melting. The yellow scales were covered by something dark, with heat brimming below the surface like magma. The moth wings, the antenna, were lamentably removed, replaced by a form as sinuous as a dragon and as elegant as a tiger. Sasha probably would have looked a treat in it. Erin just looked weird. She felt weird, certainly, as a burden of painful shyness and a sensation of being less slid off of her like water. She blinked a few times, her eyes orange and slitted.
"I could get used to this..." she mumbled, coming up again to sit by Sergei by the side of the jacuzzi. She briefly ran her fingers all around a gold ornament on her forehead, then slid into the water beside him. "It must be strange, for me to keep changing on you."