Mallyn's first concern is whether he and Rithka have been permanently lost. Rithka, on the other hand, knows exactly what's going on - "this just happens sometimes! It's okay, we can go home whenever!" - and eventually has him reassured enough that he sits down at the bar and stutters his way through asking her for potato soup. Rithka gets a walnut to nibble on companionably from her squirrely perch around his neck, but doesn't feel like shifting to eat anything substantial. She was in the snack cabinet earlier spoiling her dinner.