"At least you'll only have to do it once." Ailyn said with an apologetic look.
"Hopefully." Star told her, walking in with her. It didn't take a few seconds before he had the outward symptoms of asthma, coughing and wheezing. He started sinking to the floor, coughing hard.
Ailyn reflexively reached out and grabbed Star's arm as he started to fall, supporting him. Someone jumped up from the table and ran over to help, and she recognized him as Matthew, the village doctor.
Star knew if they didn't get him out of there soon he might start showing things they wouldn't recognize. Plus if the doctor had anything to do with his blood, he's clearly see the difference in color and make.
With Matthew's help, Ailyn pulled Star back out of the building as fast as she could, then shut the door behind them with a kick, shutting off the smell. Matthew pushed Star down onto a low bench outside the door to make him sit.
Star took a bit for it to clear up, but he finally started breathing easily, panting to catch his breath. He quickly wiped blood from his lip, hoping no one saw.
"Just breathe." Matthew kept saying, slowly and calmingly. He had the sort of deep, reverberating voice that calmed everyone and made them want to do whatever he told them. Ailyn had always liked his voice.
"Do you have allergies?" He questioned. Ailyn noted that, though he most likely hadn't been informed of Star's appearance yet, he didn't ask who he was or why he was here.
"I don't know." Star told him, trying to breathe easy. "I think so. I don't remember. This happened before..." He was actually a little uncomfortable with that voice. It sounded too much like his father's, except it was kind.
Matthew nodded. "I myself react that way if I go in any of the grain storage sheds." He said conversationally, his voice still calming. "Luckily, I'm not a farmer." The sounds of eating and conversation started up again from the hall as the villagers all got back to what they were doing.
Star sighed, closing his eyes. "So what does that mean for me? I mean, do I just avoid going in there?"
Matthew nodded. "That would probably be best. Especially since we don't know exactly what set it off. We don't want to risk another attack unnecessarily." Especially with their limited medicines. Attacks were sometimes very difficult to stop.
"Okay..." Star looked up at him. "So I guess I eat outside. This...is rather inconvenient." He shook his head.
"I'll bring food out for you when I get mine." AIlyn said offhandedly, just like she was talking about a stranger.
Matthew nodded. "That would probably be best."
Star nodded, sighing softly. "Eating alone. Outside. Wonderful." He mumbled. "So much for fitting in..."
Matthew straightened. "It's not that bad." He assured him. "As long as it's not raining, anyway." He said goodbye then left to go finish his meal.
"Are you okay?" Ailyn asked, eyeing him curiously. "You're not going to start coughing out your lugns or anything, right?"
"I'll be fine," Star promised. "Don't worry. We recover quickly from almost anything, Ailyn. Now worries at all."
"Right." AIlyn said with a sigh. "I'll go see what's for lunch then. Be right back."
Star nodded. "Please stick to meat and avoid any leaf or root based foods." He told her. "Beyond that we'll have to learn from trial and error."
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"Got it." Ailyn said, ducking into the hall. She shut the door behind her as fast as she could to avoid wafting any more of the strong scent out to Star.
She made her way to the serving table and got two servings of the onion stew and roast. She wasn't sure what kind of meat it was; she hadn't caught it. She covered the mugs of stew with a spare plate to block the steam, then went back outside.
"Here," She said, handing both servings of roast to Star. "Since you aren't getting any stew, you can have my meat."
Star shook his ehad. "I don't want to take your food Ailyn. It's bad enough as it is. If I really must I can just go hunting to feed myself. Perhaps I'll sneak out at night or something. But this isn't right. I don't feel right about it at all."