I love her. And if I love her, I can't destroy her. Having just gotten out of a mental asylum as a plea deal to stay out of prison, it's evident that Eli has a past that he's not gotten out of. He's pressured to prove to everyone that he's a changed person but behind closed doors, he's still just as corrupted as before he left and lets himself fall back into his old habits quickly. When Aria comes into his life, Eli is determined to scare her away, not wanting anything to do with her. When his threats only make her more curious about him, it's clear she wont go as easily as he'd hoped. Aria is going to find out just how dangerous and destructive he can be, and Eli is going to realize that you can't run away from your past forever. "There was something about blood dripping down someone's face that generated me. If you looked closely at the details, it was a beautiful image."