Oh hey! That one throwaway pancake line finally came back.
Lani, Katja, and Cal look on in shock.
Cal: Did Master Ellery just... CRUNCH?
Pavel looks amazed.
Pavel: That food isn't cursed... It's been BLESSED!
Pavel goes into tutor mode.
Pavel: Words in the Gods' Tongue can bless food for the dead, right? Only a GOD can say those prayers. If that Redtider was Cheth, and if Cheline isn't really around, then... Cheth blessed that food for you — we can all eat it!
Lani and Cal look incredulous.
Lani: Cheth blessed food... for... US?
They look at each other, grimacing.
Lani: Oh I do NOT like that.
Lani turns back to Irving, who is seated on the floor, crunching on the apple.
Lani: Irving! Are you okay? What's it like?
Irving turns back to face her, clutching the apple, looking like a crazed wild animal. He speaks, opening his mouth to reveal a bunch of chewed apple.