-Oh...- Star looked at her, tilting his head slightly to the side. -You age quickly then...But then, technically I've aged quickly...-
"I was actually kind of a late bloomer." Ailyn said with a slight frown. "I didn't get my growth spurt until I was fourteen. Most girls get it at around ten or eleven, sometimes twelve." She added, realizing that he probably wouldn't know what the norm was.
-Well I suppose humans may be different than us. I'm the equivalent of 27 in my other form. It's this form that's young.- Star mumbled.
The stepped out of the treeline. "What is your other form?" Ailyn asked, squinting as her eyes adjusted to the bright sunlight.
-It's like yours. Except a bit different, maybe.- Star gave a small shrug. -Do you not have two forms?-
Ailyn shook her head, a small laugh escaping her lips. "No, just the one. Boring, aren't we?"
-No...- Star shook his head. -You become more interesting by the moment.-
"Well, maybe at this rate I'll catch up." She said, turning slightly pink. It was warm. Maybe that would hide it.
Star chuckled softly, an odd sound as a dragon. -Are we there yet?-
"Nope." AIlyn gestured into the distance, where a small grove of trees grew, branching off from the woods. Peeking out from one end was part of a derelict wall. "It's over there. Fairly well hidden. You can't see any of it from my village."
Star nodded. -Will I have to stay inside all the time? I need fresh air...-
"As long as you stay on the other side of the trees, you should be fine." Ailyn said, squinting over at the grove. "There aren't any other villages close enough to see it."
-Okay. Just as long as I won't be seen.- Star nodded. -The last I need is for them to come after me when I'm vulnerable.-
Ailyn nodded, eyes distant. "I know how that feels. To some extent."
-What do you mean?- Star asked. -How do you know how it feels?-
"Well, one time when I was eight, I got into a fight with one of my friends." She snorted. "It was actually pretty stupid. They said that I wouldn't be able to hunt alone and bring home anything more filling than a rabbit.
"I said I could get a boar." She shot a look at Star. "It wasn't for sport. At the time, my village was starving. We needed something big, and I wanted to help. They wanted me to stay home and tend the farms.
"Anyway, I found the boar. It was a pretty big one. I fired an arrow at it. It hit, but it was way too small to kill it." She rolled her eyes at her own stupidity. "All it did was make it angry. It gored me in the thigh while I was trying to climb a tree to get away. I spent five days hiding from it in trees, going from one to another, trying to get away from it."
Star tried hard not to laugh, but he couldn't help the small sounds he made. -You were trapped in the trees by a boar? A boar?!-
Ailyn raised her eyebrows. "I was about four feet tall. You try killing an angry, two hundred pound boar without claws or teeth."
Star chuckled. -Even in my other form, without flight, teeth, or impressive claws, I could have at least held my own against the creature and scared it away.-
"Did you ever try when you were eight?" Ailyn huffed. "Or twelve, or whatever the equivalent is for you."