-Smiles, waving it off.- It’s no trouble at all, really. Oh— I’m sorry— -Frowns, slightly embarrassed.- I’ve yet to introduce myself! My name is Hiro. ♪
And as for the tea— Well, it’s simple, really— -Brings the roots over to the small pot and burner in the corner of the room. Pulls a few herbal tea bags from a nearby drawer and fills the pot with water before beginning to boil it.- All you have to do is boil some tea— Any herbal tea is fine— And once it’s hot enough, you take these roots and slice them into thin pieces… -Holds the roots out so she can watch him cut.- Then you just toss them into the tea and let it simmer like that for a short while.
-Blinks at the basket of herbs he’s holding, not entirely registering what happened. Turns to look up at the stranger with slightly widened eyes after it hits him.-
Oh—! I’m terribly sorry— I must have been in the way. Ah— Yes, I’m just fine. -Stops to do a double-take of him, smiling.- You must be traveling. I’ve yet to see a face like yours around here. ♪
-Laughs lightheartedly.- Of course, ice cream will be just fine for you to eat. Any dairy products would surely aid in soothing your throat.
Oh? -Smiles.- Absolutely! It’s no trouble. In fact, I’ll make some for you to take with you— I imagine the journey home is a long one.
Do you really? -Beams.- Hmm… Perhaps we could both gather plants from the mountains sometime— Plants that are safe to consume, of course— And we could study them closely to figure out what sort of medicinal qualities they have that might help common colds! ♪
-Looks to the tray with a slight blush— Sweets are a weakness. Blinks.- Oh— Are these— For me, perhaps—?
-Chuckles lightly.- Yes, you can still eat sweets— Just don’t eat anything too hard or crunchy or noticeably textured that would irritate your throat.
Ah— The tea might be somewhat bitter. I recommend adding a little honey to the tea once it’s ready.
That’s good to hear.
Yes, unfortunately— I myself have absolutely horrid allergies, so I try to be extra careful when going outside. Perhaps you could study to find a cure for plant allergies! -Laughs.- Maybe we should collaborate, hm? ♪
Oh— I’m sorry, did I frighten you? -Laughs lightly.- It’s nothing dangerous. You just need to eat foods that will soothe the swelling and take some medicine to help them heal quickly. Here—
-Stand to fetch a small brown paper bag before coming back to his seat with it. Offers it to her.- If you seep these roots in tea and drink the tea, the swelling should cease very soon.
-Shines the light into her mouth, expression focusing into something more stern.- Ah… No wonder your throat is hurting, Miss. -Frowns.-
Your tonsils are very swollen. Have you ever had strep throat before?
-Returns the smile.- It certainly has! Work has kept me incredibly busy recently; I suppose it’s because allergies are exceptionally difficult this time of the year.
How is your work going? ♪
-Grabs a light from his desk and sits in front of her.-
Alright— Open wide and say “ahh.”
shotashota-nightfever said: -Not exactly prepared to respond. Looks away awkwardly.- W-Well— I’m just following the instructions I was given.
“From who?” he asked. “I’ve known medical students before and it doesn’t take a medical degree to know your doing this sort of exam all wrong.” He then laughed. “Of course, still, who sent you?”
-Before he has time to be offended, he blinks.- Wait— Exam? What? I thought I was just supposed to— -Huffs suddenly, looking a little frustrated and embarrassed.- I-It was a dare.
-Nods along as he listens to her story.- I see…
-Smiles reassuringly.- Absolutely. ♪
If you don’t mind, I’d like to take a look at your throat. -Pulls a nearby chair over for her to sit on.-