A few days have passed since the visit at the Beetlehead merchants. Curiously, ever since the merchants, Jyuu Shin-Ta has backed off of you and Hornet and your job has fallen into an easier rhythm. You and Hornet started swapping off teaching Dash the basic forms of swordplay. He's catching on rather well, his youth and quickness giving him a solid foundation. He'll never have your natural grace, but he does have the same tenacity. How have you handled teaching him with your hands still on the mend? Talking, not showing? Or pushing through?
Mew Mew bought a nice, colorful scarf from those merchants. She's been wearing it every day around her neck and over her mouth and head while she walks around on the deck. Boot's here, too. Mew Mew keeps finding excuses to ask the captain and pilot questions. Did you say anything to Sheng-Li by the way?
At dinner tonight, Iwao told you and Dash that you should arrive at Kashang Oasis tomorrow morning and will be there for a couple days. Ren is happy, he has some friends in this village. Like always, Jyuu left right after he finished his food, went up onto the deck. Sheng-Li is telling you all a story about when he met Katara of the Water Tribe. Of course, everyone is leaning in, he's quite good at spinning tales. Did you ever meet her, Keela? She did come to Ba Sing Se a few times with the Avatar, you certainly would have had opportunities.
The smell of something sweet and recently roasted interrupts the story, however. Hanae has just walked in with a wooden bowl with a cover over it. Everyone, eyes wide, sat back while she set the bowl in the middle. Then she pulls the wooden lid off with a little flourish and inside, you see several fluffy white puffs, still steaming. They look to be some kind of mix of rice, coconut and dates. They look incredibly yummy, in fact.
Iwao and Ren immediately started to grab for them and Hanae whacks them both with the lid. They pull their hands back, shocked and rubbing them with confusion and she says, "You've had them before! Let, ah, let our new crew try them before you get them all... sandy." Then she lowers her head to you. And Dash. Dash pauses a second for you to take the first one.