wrong place, wrong time

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Tama

    Tiger Eye to Purple Dusk
  • Healer Prince
  • Played By: Jones

    lost in wonderland
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wrong place, wrong time
« on: June 15, 2018, 08:00:06 PM »
Tama knew exactly what he was supposed to do. Staying calm was first on the list. But the soul wrenching scream the poor woman let out shook him to the core. It wasn’t even a human sound. Not even something he would describe as animal. An ancient sort of agony his sex would never let him truly understand. Even with her psyche latching at his in a desperate search for some sort of relief or distraction from the pain. His hands were shaking. Or at least the one she wasn’t crushing in a bone breaking grip was. Skin clammy and cold despite the heat.

”Great… that was uh,” He looked across the road at Mooki. Who was determinedly not looking back at them. ”it was great.” Tama finished as she gave his bruised fingers another squeeze. The laboring mother wasn’t listening though. So focused on some abstract spot straight ahead that her eyes crossed. Screeches dying down into pants and whimpers.

For about a minute. Then she curled towards her bent knees. Body bowing up from the ground. Hand tight around his own again. Sweat leaking down her face. He dabbed at it gently with a rag but she swatted him away with a vicious growl. ”Breath. That’s the way. It’s uh… Probably close to time.”

Pushing time. Which meant time to see if it was pushing time. Tama felt queasy. He wiped his own sweaty face against his shoulder. Wrapped the Craft he was trying to alleviate her pain with a little tighter. Surely if he just sat her with her this kid would eventually come out on its own. Did he really need to catch it? She was laying on such a cozy blanket. ”Maybe I’ll um, check on those towels I asked about.”

The woman’s grip tensed. She was too busy hissing through her teeth to say anything. The look she shot from the corner of her eyes was enough to make him squirm though. ”Or I’ll stay here to,” He swallowed a sudden lump in his throat, ”help. With baby delivering.” He was a healer. After all.

That was the only reason the young men from Nharkava had even stopped. Screams of ‘we need a healer’. Next time he was going to pretend he wasn’t one until he knew what the problem was.

Honor Brin

    Tiger Eye to Purple Dusk
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Re: wrong place, wrong time
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2018, 09:11:06 PM »

Rodgau was not Honor’s favorite province, that was for sure. Too far from the sea and too full of soldiers. Rough men who needed stitched up or bandaged. Mouths almost cruel when they tried to be sweet. Plenty for both her castes to do, but she didn’t enjoy it.

Today she was walking. Basket full of flowers and useful herbs. Some roots and bulbs and handy petals. Long grass too because she liked the way it smelled. Hair braided in a thick red plait down her back. But no escort. She’d taken one of the town boys with her but he’d fallen asleep, stuffed full on berries near as big as he was. Honor didn’t know why she’d bothered. She wore more Jewels than he did, was half a decade older and half a foot taller. Besides, she’d bartered her maidenhead as the price for this trip.

But it made everyone feel better when she did, even Honor herself, so along she’d brought him until he’d fell asleep.

The screams ahead made her wish he hadn’t. Biting her lip, Honor paused, basking swinging against her woven white skirt while she decided. A moment of quiet. And then the noise again. That decided her. Dust kicked up as she jogged toward what she probably should have run from. Furtive probes ran ahead of her like hunting dogs. These were much less aggressive, however, dodging around the man lingering on the roadside, circling the pair opposite him.

”Ohooh,” Honor breathed, half panting as she quickened her pace. She could see them now. A man, shoulder tucked up around his ears and chin toward his chest as he pretended what was going on behind him wasn’t. He looked vaguely green, she thought. But mostly Honor’s attention was focused on the young healer and the laboring woman. Actually, he looked a bit green about the gills too. Ashen.

And maybe a little besieged.

”Need some help?” Honor asked with a grin. Sobering at the look she received from the woman. Tucking her lips away, she set her basket down and crouched at what felt like the edges of their circle. ”I’m a healer too,” she told them, in case they weren’t sure. Slipping a smile at the poor healer prince. ”I’ve done this before, plenty of times.” Twice. Or once if you counted her acting as lead healer. Seemed like plenty to Honor.

Tama

    Tiger Eye to Purple Dusk
  • Healer Prince
  • Played By: Jones

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Re: wrong place, wrong time
« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2018, 08:49:09 PM »
”Praise Mother Night,” Tama choked out at the girl’s offer. Or was it just a question? Either way he shifted on his knees from the woman’s hip up towards her shoulder. Dragging along the vice of a hand that had started to turn his fingers an angry shade of red. ”I’m sure she would be much more relaxed with um, another woman doing… that

The tight lipped smile he shot down at the laboring woman was not returned. All she could focus on now was the next contraction. So far Tama had managed to keep her from bearing down too soon. What he assumed was too soon, anyway, since he hadn’t actually checked. In his professional opinion any response other than “I can’t help it” was a sure sign the time wasn’t right yet.

Nose wrinkling slightly as his fingers bent back and the woman’s hips arched he swallowed a yelp of pain. ”Lots? Excellent.” She could have been anyone, literally anyone, and he would have given over the lead just as quickly. What could really go wrong? Women pushed out babies on their own all the time. His training had suggested this was best left to women, natural healer or not. Men only need get involved when things were going wrong.

Nothing seemed wrong here.

”Do you need to sit up?” He asked, as the woman tugged on his elbow with a groan, hips hiking up for another brief moment. She nodded but Tama wasn’t quick enough. Too focused on being gentle as he attempted to lift her shoulders and slip behind her back for support. She stopped him with sharp shrieks as another labor pain made her body tense. Sweat beading on his brow Tama easee her back flat on the ground. Which seemed no better. She rocked from side to side in agony.

Eyes plaintive he looked at the newcomer. Opening a tentative thread between them in case they needed to speak privately. ”It’s nearly over and you’re doing so well.” He soothed, readying himself for another go at helping her change positions. ”Okay! Up you get.” Not too much jostling, he thought as he got into place. Shaking his sore hand where the expectant mother couldn’t see. Now his knees got the punishment. Where this woman’s man?! It ought to be him earning bruises. *Please say this is almost over* He begged the other healer.

Honor Brin

    Tiger Eye to Purple Dusk
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  • Played By: dergon

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Re: wrong place, wrong time
« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2018, 09:41:48 PM »

Honor smiled and ducked her head at his exclamation. No one had ever praised Mother Night over her presence before. She didn’t know if she should be flattered or amused. Whichever it were, it was invitation enough for Honor, who came a little closer, kneeling at the woman’s toes. Barely able to keep from howling at the poor healer prince’s that.

”Well luck is with us then, here I am to see to that.” Peeking at him, Honor thought maybe it was his comfort weighing on his mind. The woman seemed far too gone to care, and more than happy to crush his hand. What was a testing of the cervix after that? He sure did scramble away though. Happily situating himself behind the woman. As far from the baby bearing as possible. Honor grinned.

”I’m Honor, by the by. You get comfortable and I’ll sort my things.” Woman and young man having it out. Not quite able to come together or apart. ”You’re doing great!” Honor promised, picking leaves from stems in her basket. She tucked herself between the mother’s heels and helped ease her back into the healer prince. ”That looks cozy. Chew on this, it’ll help.” She tucked rolled up leaves between the woman’s lips and began rolling up her skirts.

Warm, soft blanket called in to pad the landing. Honor laid it out, slipping the end under the woman’s bottom. Folded her skirts over her thighs and smoothed them nearly. With that all sorted, Honor could have a proper look. And call in her bag. Woven from a sturdy cotton, still mostly new. Sucking her bottom lip, Honor took a look. A good and proper one that didn’t make a liar out of the young man.

”He is quite right! I am glad I came along when I did or you’d be holding your baby already.” Honor smiled at then, healer prince and laboring woman, as if they’d done all the miracle making on their own. *Soon, I think. Sometimes babies take a while. Have you never?* Honor glanced at him. All her curiosity stirred up. She had to remind herself there was a patient and she couldn’t go chasing his thread back to his person and nose about.

”Breathe with me, like this.” Honor demonstrated. ”Once you have your breathing down we can start pushing.” It was so exciting! She looked at her helper and smiled. She guessed he wasn’t very old. Maybe even younger than her. So maybe he had never done this. Oh well, firsts for everything. It he didn’t faint anyway. *Brace up, she’ll push back against you something fierce.*

Tama

    Tiger Eye to Purple Dusk
  • Healer Prince
  • Played By: Jones

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Re: wrong place, wrong time
« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2018, 04:12:27 PM »
There were just some things a man didn’t necessarily need to see. Crowning babies, Tama was sure, should be at the very top of that list. As a healer, he had certainly been exposed to more gruesome sights. And still, he cringed at the physical process of birthing. Too young, perhaps, to reconcile his current uses for that part of female anatomy and their biological importance.

”Is it ever.” He agreed, eyes turning up to catch her stealing a glance. Teeth nearly flashing in amusement as she plucked things from her basket. Tama hadn’t even found the time to call in his healer’s satchel. Sucking his lips he tried to keep his focus on the woman that needed their help. So what if the healer girl thought he was ridiculous? He was willing to bet there were aspects of the caste she tried to avoid too!

Honor, he made a mental note. They had such strange names everywhere else. He wondered if there was a second name to match it. A lot of places had those. And that made him wonder what this baby would be called. At least until the impending child’s mother was clawing at him again.

The adjust had helped though. He could tell. She bucked less. Breathing less a hard flutter in her chest and stemming from deeper in her center. Hips finally stopped bucking with contractions, rocking from side to side instead. ”Good job.” Tama made his voice low and reassuring. Helped her rock when the urge struck.

”See, it’s going well.” He tried to mimic the other healer’s chipper attitude. There was enough anxiety in the air without his leaking through. *I have, just, not usually with this much involvement.* He admitted. Unwilling to mention his mother, or admit he had been forced to learn solely for situations like this. There had never been a practical reason for him to participate. Women were different in the Waoud. Birthing had been almost sacred. Men rarely included until there was a baby to celebrate or weep over.

Somehow Tama got caught up in their breathing too. Chest rising and falling in time to the rhythm Honor set. It seemed to help the mother keep pace, at least. Instead of screaming she eked out a nervous laugh, hands crawling up Tama’s legs. Looking for his hands he guessed, giving them over for more crushing. ”Are you ready to meet this little one?” He asked, not sure anymore if he were trying to distract himself or the mother.

*I’m ready.* Tama promised. Sturdier than he looked. Less solid than he imagined he looked, unfortunately. There was plenty of time to grow into his shoulders, and Uncle had promised he would eventually. ”Here comes another contraction.” He said aloud; taking on timing them as his job so that the women folk could focus on getting this over with as quickly as possible.

Honor Brin

    Tiger Eye to Purple Dusk
  • Hearth Healer
  • Played By: dergon

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Re: wrong place, wrong time
« Reply #5 on: July 16, 2018, 10:39:32 PM »

*Well you won’t be able to say that anymore.* Her thread burbled, excitement spilling across it. Honor wasn’t worried at all. The woman had good hips and two healers. Nothing could possibly go wrong. *Her body is ready, so it will be soon, and I think, fast.* She warned him, hands settling on the knees she crouched between.

They all breathed together. The mother rocking in his lap. Calmer now. In, out. Honor exhaled craft. Eyes narrowing, Purple Dusk gleaming at her breast. The three of them sharing a rhythm. A moment. She made her knees available for bracing again. The boy for her to push against to. She was killing his hands again. It made Honor smile.

”Very good,” Honor crooned, flashing a glance at her partner to prepare him. ”Not the next time you breathe out, you’re going to push, okay?” It was time. Just a hint of anxiety making Honor twinge. Instead of biting her thumb like she wanted, she smiled, breathing in deep, and putting her hand down by the mother’s ankle as she breathed out.

”Push now!” Again and again. Honor blowing out deep breaths while the woman groaned. Pushing and straining with her body. Longer than Honor expected. Sight turned under her skirts. Probes searching. *The head crowning. Its going to be bad now.* Head and shoulders to pass. Their weight would help draw the rest of the baby out.

Tama

    Tiger Eye to Purple Dusk
  • Healer Prince
  • Played By: Jones

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Re: wrong place, wrong time
« Reply #6 on: July 23, 2018, 12:04:28 PM »
*No. No I won’t.* Tama agreed. A creeping sliver of amusement turning up one corner of his mouth. Her excitement and joy infectious. And her certainty a comforting emotion for them all. Knowing what was to come he tried to steel his stomach too. Reminding himself that he had seen worse. *Let’s do this thing, then. Maybe she’ll name it after one of us.*

Tama swallowed hard. Sending the knot of his pounding heart down into his stomach. ”You can do this.” Thumbs stroking her knuckles he tried to keep his voice low and soothing. Focus on the way her body started to tense as the contraction came. ”Here it comes- one, two, three.” She breathed faster, copying the short shallow breaths Tama took by her ear.

There was something different in the way she squeezed his hands now. It hurt, but not the way it had before. Or maybe Tama just wasn’t paying it as much attention. Palms made into fists for her to more easily bear down against. Pushing with each contraction. Then giving a short sob as they ended. ”Soon. You’ll be holding that baby really soon.”

He realized he didn’t know her name. And wondered as sobbed again, why anyone would want to have a baby. They should have all died out by now. Mother Night.

A rush of anxiety caught him off guard at Honor’s warning. Licking his lips Tama nodded. The woman in his lap was vulnerable to the change in his psyche. ’What? What’s wrong?! Why are you scared?’ She demanded, trying to huff through another contraction instead of pushing.

”No, no I’m not scared.” He promised with a reassuring grip. ”Honor says its time. She can see baby. I’m not scared, I’m excited for you.” The mother gave another strained laugh. Catching a second wind now that she was sure the pain was getting her somewhere. Tama grinned over her shoulder as she squared them. Sitting just a bit more upright. Determination in the lines of her body.

Another few pushes. She crushed his hands and grunted something terrible. Tried to scream but Tama whispered in her ear, ”Put it into the push! You’re so close now. Baby any second.” It helped and she turned the scream into a long push. Then he coached her through a slow and steady one. So that Honor had time to support the fragile spine of the half-born infant. ”Hear that?” He asked, as a gurgle turned into a lonesome baby cry. This time when the mother sobbed it was a loud, happy sound.

Tama laughed. Happy too. Happy the worst part was over. It was a strange thing. He thought he had felt the energy in the world shift just a hair. As if life itself were making room for the baby’s first breath. Who knew such a seemingly insignificant sound could be so important. So magical.


Honor Brin

    Tiger Eye to Purple Dusk
  • Hearth Healer
  • Played By: dergon

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Re: wrong place, wrong time
« Reply #7 on: August 29, 2018, 10:33:21 AM »

Honor tried not to giggle at the very idea. It would be quite the... well, honor, to have a child named after her. Her eyes laughed for her, brighter than bright as she smiled, head ducking so she could hide it all and at least seem professional. The mother didn’t need Honor giggling like some child, not when she was depending on her as a healer.

They all worked together. Tama coaching the mother through each contraction until the two became harmonious. Working as a team while Honor fussed. She breathed with them too, and soothed with hands and a dab of craft as the mother pushed. It was all going very well. Just slower than she’d expected. The baby lingering in the birth canal.

”Everything is great. Soon, soon.” She promised the mother, voice as gentle as she could pitch it. Bracing the mother up and spinning craft so fast she thought she might be dizzy with it. ”Just pain now, love. Pain and pushing then a baby, that’s all.” Together they eased fears they had unconsciously stirred. Head crowning, caught by Honor’s palm, ready to support the fragile neck as the shoulders came free.

One great push. Honor couldn’t talk. She left that to Tama, too caught up in what was happening in her line of sight. One shoulder then two, a chest and arms before the rest slithered free. The baby wailed, Honor gasping with it. The mother’s sob drowned out her noise, but not the crying of the infant. Calling in a blanket, she laid the babe out on the mother’s chest. Slick still with the birthing, so she tucked the blanket over both of them for warmth.

”A boy, yeah? How nice.” From across the road came a retching sound. Honor glanced over to see the young man who had been waiting being sick in the grasp. Tsking, she set about cleaning up the mother and cutting the umbilical cord. ”I hope that’s not the father, or you’ll be doing double the sick cleaning with this pair.” Babies were messy without grown men helping.

”Just the after birth now. It’ll pass easy compared to those shoulders.” She grinned up at Tama and the mother. Cleaning her hands, Honor dug in her kit for some ointment, to help cool the burning pain and make the mother more comfortable. ”Can he fetch a carriage or something? She shouldn’t be walking or riding just yet.” A tidy pile of dirty towels gathering at Honor’s knee as she finished cleaning both mother and herself. After birth wrapped up like a baby itself. She would bury it later.

 

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