“Mm, that is delicious,” Layke said, poking at the charred rabbit leg. He forced himself to take a bite of it and smile. The taste of burnt food made him automatically grimace.

“I cooked that,” Priscilla said, smiling proudly. Layke was glad that Priscilla didn’t notice his grimace.

“We can tell,” Lucifer muttered. Layke mock-glared at him, but Priscilla didn’t seem to have heard.

“I must agree with Layke,” Ella said, trying to smile at Priscilla. “This rabbit has your personal touch. What was the secret ingredient?”

“Grass,” Priscilla said without a moment’s hesitation. Everyone stared at each other in horror.

“I actually don’t think she’s lying,” Lucifer whispered.

“Really,” Priscilla said, looking around with a confused expression on her face. “What’s so amazing about that?”

Layke bit his lip.

“Thank god we only gave the rabbit to our hunting crew,” was the only thing that Alexandria could say. Priscilla’s brow creased.

“Surely it couldn’t be that horrible? It’s just grass, after all. I’m sure the rabbit itself ate some before we killed it. You’d be eating it anyway.”

“I don’t think we are meant to use grass for flavour,” Layke said. “Just bear that in mind for the next time you cook for us.”

Priscilla nodded. “I will. I’m so sorry that I’m making you eat grass.”

“It would have burnt off anyway,” Sophria said, forcing herself to take another bite of it. “I hope.”

The rest of the meal was eaten in silence. Layke just thanked the gods for providing food for his empty stomach. If he ignored the taste of it and focused instead on the feeling of contentedness in his stomach, then the food would go down easier.

Priscilla was the first to stand up. Layke hoped that she wasn’t going to run off because of Lucifer’s teasing. The air was tense and silent around her as they waited for her to say something. “I’m going to get seconds,” she said, much to the relief of everyone around her.

“It’s really that good?” Alexandria asked.

“No, I’m just hungry,” Priscilla said, smiling.

“That explains it,” Alexandria said, but Priscilla was already heading for the fire, where the food was located.

The End

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