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1 Bright Lights on Mon Jan 23, 2017 5:38 pm

My head throbs as my eyes open to the sterile white of hospital room lighting, but the sensation doesn't last long before another wave of numbing euphoria hits me. Moppy. Or morphine, which is more likely given the clinical setting. 

"Shh," I hear a voice say, and I realize I must've been groaning as a hand smooths over my arm to draw my attention. It's the doctor woman from when I brought Marnin in. 

"You're in the hospital, you've been hurt," She says as softly as she can, and for a brief moment I can remember the pain of feet kicking me before I shift in the bed to find I've been restrained. The sensation of straps across my wrists and ankles cause me to pull and struggle, the doctor frowning sharply as she plants her hands on my shoulders and forces me back to the bed.

"You have to stop!" She says firmly, the pressure of her hands getting heavier as she glances towards the door warily. "You'll hurt yourself!" 

"No!" I whine back, realizing finally that I'm without my vox or mask. "No, whe- Mar-!"

"Please, stop struggling!" She nearly hisses as she tries to keep control, and I whimper as my muscles grow weaker under the haze of drugs.  

"I've already been told you can't talk without the device, so I promise I'm going to try my hardest, but you have to cooperate." She says, standing over me to try and keep my eye contact as I nod haphazardly. "I can take the restraints off, but you have to let me know you won't fight us again."

"A-wha-?" I ask weakly, cocking my head uncomfortably to look up at her. It's only now the swollenness of my face is registering, my head turning more than usual as I get her to focus over me. 

"You came to on the way in, you were disoriented and you had to be sedated because you assaulted some of our staff." She explains, a hand coaxing me to calm as I wince at the news, "You don't have to worry about anything, though. You're just here to get better, but I have some questions for you, okay?"

Nodding vaguely, I relax against the bed as another wave of warmth washes over me. My seeming submission is enough for her to start unfastening the restraints, and I watch her tiredly as she does. 

"My name is Doctor Vienne Vaernet, but V is just fine, it's a mouthful, I know," Dr. V says with a bit of a friendly smile, though I can see even in my daze that it's not something she does naturally. No, she's not anymore comfortable in here than I am. "I know you're Marnin's friend, and your name is Ljuba, but I need a last name for our records, okay?"

I only shake my head as I look away from her, mumbling as best I can that it isn't my name. 

"Look, one of the nurses has a file with Petrovic in it, from when you brought Marnin in." She says a bit more firmly, "I just need you to confirm that Ljuba Petrovic is your name, okay-" She starts more seriously, moving to stand before me as her jaw sets tensely, "Marn's Matthew or whatever, I don't care what your real name is. Just give me something. Is Ljuba Petrovic your name?"

I only stare at her as I shake my head, moaning loudly my distaste for being without my vox as she groans and steps away from me, cursing under her breath. 

"Ljuba Doe, it is." She says heavily, walking out of my sight as I look up at the ceiling. 

"Alright, Miss Doe - How old are you?" She asks, the prior sweetness missing as she watches me. There's no contempt, no curiosity - No, she seems to be here purely out of obligation. "I'm going to say a number, and can you point up or down til I get there?"

Shaking my head, she sighs again and nods. "You're not going to tell me anything, are you?" She asks tiredly as I look at her earnestly. 

"Of course not. Right, well I'll go tell John you're up, then." V says, lingering at the foot of the bed as she looks over at me. "Marnin's a few rooms down, I'll drop in to tell him you're up, as well. He's been asking about you."

I only offer her a nod as I look back at the ceiling, shifting uncomfortably now that I'm unrestrained before settling back in to wait for whatever happens next.

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2 Re: Bright Lights on Mon Jan 23, 2017 9:03 pm

*John*

The tension is still high between Vienne and I as she informs me of Ljuba's condition, her feet barely slowing as she passes on her way to Marnin's room. Marnin hadn't requested that we keep this visit quiet, but I'd taken the liberty of keeping it that way anyway. Vienne did not approve.

Sighing, I retrieve the clip board from the door and slip in to see Ljuba. I don't offer her any eye contact as I move to the dresser situated along the wall. My fingers trace the carved leather of her collar for a moment, admiring the detail, before I bring it over to her.

"You're very lucky," I say as I coax her head up gently so I can situate the collar around her neck. "Without the support of your collar here, I don't believe you would be lying here right now. Marnin's handiwork is sturdier than it looks - someone tried very hard to break your neck under their boot."

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3 Re: Bright Lights on Mon Jan 23, 2017 9:24 pm

Groaning uncomfortable, I let him adjust the collar around my throat before I hear it buzzing into life once it's fastened and I'm left to lay back again. 

"How is he?" I ask roughly, my own voice a husk under the untarnished sound of the vox.

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4 Re: Bright Lights on Mon Jan 23, 2017 9:34 pm

"Shaken. Angry. But he's alive," I sigh as I pull up a stool next to her bed so I can sit down. "A local girl found you, she was barely fourteen, from what Marnin said. Chased off your attackers at gunpoint; didn't say a word the whole time, she just walked with him while he carried you back to Skycrest."

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5 Re: Bright Lights on Mon Jan 23, 2017 9:40 pm

Nodding, I swallow thickly as I wince at my shifting in the bed. There's thick gauze wrapped around my torso and it feels like it's crushing me with every breath I take, but the drugs are helping to numb it. 

"How hurt is he?" I ask more evenly, twisting my head to look at the familiar doctor.

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6 Re: Bright Lights on Mon Jan 23, 2017 9:43 pm

"A few scrapes and bruises, popped a couple ribs out of place, but nothing serious," I frown before nodding at her. "You got the worst of it. He said they were muggers, but it sounds like they may have dabbled in witch hunting - tried to cut off one of your hands."

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7 Re: Bright Lights on Mon Jan 23, 2017 9:48 pm

"I just remember him going down," I say with a sigh of relief, blinking back tears as I rest my head back on the pillow. 

"What about me..?" I ask after a moment, not entirely sure if I'm prepared to hear whatever he might say.

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8 Re: Bright Lights on Mon Jan 23, 2017 10:02 pm

"Well, when you came in, you were seizing continuously - had been since before he made it back into Skycrest. You came to for a minute, but only enough to panic and blow through a couple of nurses and myself." I tilt my head slightly to display the decent sized bruise she'd left on the curve of my jaw just below my ear. "After that, though, we had to anesthetize you just to stop the seizure. Nothing else we threw at you would stop it.

"Beyond that, it was a struggle getting your temperature stabilized and getting some of the swelling off of your brain so we could control the seizures," I sigh. "Once those were under control, I finally got to do my exam. There's a lot of soft tissue damage, a couple of fractures to facial structures - hence the swelling - a few busted ribs, some hairline fractures in the radius and closed compound fractures in the ulna on your left arm - it will need surgery to fix - and, of course, the laceration on your right wrist where they attempted to remove your hand... it was deep. You won't be using it for awhile, and will absolutely need physical therapy to regain full function... though, you may never recover full feeling in the last three digits.

"Everything else is negligible," I shrug. "Scrapes, bumps, bruises, that sort of thing. That, and you seem to have turned Marnin into a lost puppy. An aggressive, poorly behaved puppy that kicked one of my orderlies into a vending machine for trying to keep him out of your room."

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9 Re: Bright Lights on Mon Jan 23, 2017 10:12 pm

The list of injuries helps explain why so much of my body is numb, but that doesn't stop me from crying quietly as I nod an apology to the doctor. 

"Yeah, he's... He's funny like that." I say with a weak smile before looking at the doctor sadly. "I'm sorry I hit you."

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10 Re: Bright Lights on Mon Jan 23, 2017 10:29 pm

"It's not the first time a patient has clubbed me," I smile lightly as I pat her leg. "More than once, I've deserved it. Can't imagine how, with my charming personality and infinite patience." Sighing, I get to my feet and nod toward her wrist as I fish out the bandage scissors from my pocket.

"Let's take a look at that, shall we?" I say cheerily.

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11 Re: Bright Lights on Mon Jan 23, 2017 10:47 pm

Wincing, I let him take my hand without any objection as I watch him quietly. At this point, my limbs just feel like they're floating in warm water, and even the sensation of his scissors cutting through the bandage is lost as I instead try fruitlessly to move my fingers. They're not responding, not beyond my thumb and index finger, and the inability to move them leaves a feeling of dread and anxiety pooling in my stomach. 

"You'll fix them, right..?" I ask.

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12 Re: Bright Lights on Mon Jan 23, 2017 10:54 pm

"Don't try to move them," I say gently as I frown and feel the bruised and tender flesh. "I've done what I can, stitched up what I could. Now it's up to your body to heal itself. But I don't want you straining those tendons while they're trying to heal for at least two weeks. It's nothing but suture and cord holding them together right now."

Turning her hand over in mine a few times, I sigh to myself as I pull a container of gauze over so I can clean the suture site.

"It looks good, though," I smile slightly as I glance up to her. "There was so much dirt and grit in the wound, I was worried about infection. But it looks like I was able to debride it well enough, and it's starting to heal nicely."

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13 Re: Bright Lights on Mon Jan 23, 2017 11:00 pm

I only nod as I sniffle, the thick bandages on my other arm stopping me from raising that hand to wipe my face. Laying my head back in defeat, I exhale unsteadily as he rewraps my wrist. 

"So how long's it been?" I ask softly, "Since he brought me?"

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14 Re: Bright Lights on Mon Jan 23, 2017 11:03 pm

"About forty-eight hours," I respond with a bit of a frown. "Marn's been sneaking in to see you."

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15 Re: Bright Lights on Mon Jan 23, 2017 11:15 pm

Laughing, I nod at that. 

"Of course." I say heavily, my eyelids feeling heavy despite his touch.

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16 Re: Bright Lights on Mon Jan 23, 2017 11:18 pm

Smiling softly, I squeeze her arm gently.

"I'll let you get some rest," I say quietly. "We'll get a requisition in for your surgery, get that arm fixed."

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17 Re: Bright Lights on Mon Jan 23, 2017 11:23 pm

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I don't recall drifting off, but the next time I open my eyes the room is dark. When my arm starts to raise out of habit, I'm greeted with a yelp of pain before I remember where I'm at, a low and pained groan sitting in my chest as I try to blink through the sleep and gunk keeping my eye from opening entirely. 

I don't know how long I lay like this, somewhere between conscious and un, before I hear the quiet shifting of someone else in the room. 

"Lavellan..?" I'm surprised as my head shifts slightly to see the silver-haired man sitting in the chair the doctor had been in just earlier.

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18 Re: Bright Lights on Mon Jan 23, 2017 11:27 pm

"I would like to believe the people who did this to you are in far worse condition than you," I start, a scowl pulling at my lips. "But your medical file suggests otherwise."

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19 Re: Bright Lights on Mon Jan 23, 2017 11:31 pm

My brow pinches at his cruelness as my head rolls back onto the pillow, an annoyed sound aching in my throat. 

"Then you already know." I respond roughly.

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20 Re: Bright Lights on Mon Jan 23, 2017 11:34 pm

"I turned off your pain meds," I say roughly as I get to my feet, pulling the thin blanket off of her so I can begin untaping the catheter they had placed in her leg - the only appendage not broken or partially dismembered. "We're leaving."

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21 Re: Bright Lights on Mon Jan 23, 2017 11:38 pm

"What?" I nearly yelp, the remaining meds in my system doing just enough to dull the pain of his messing with my leg. However, it does little to numb the jolt of pain as I try to reach out to stop him. 

"Stop!" I cry as quietly as I can, trying to grab his arm and failing miserably.

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22 Re: Bright Lights on Mon Jan 23, 2017 11:44 pm

"Absolutely not!" I hiss back at her, catching her arm as she tries to grab me fruitlessly. "This is a hospital, and you are a witch! Places like this exist for people who aren't like us. People who can't accept their mediocrity or swallow their pride and come to the people with the talents to truly help them."

I continue to seethe as I finish removing her catheter, tossing it aside to continue flowing onto the floor where the pump won't pick up that it's been stopped. A simple arc of electricity between my fingers is enough to make the rest of the monitoring equipment malfunction and continue to read despite me yanking them from Ljuba's skin and offering her a hand to help her get up.

"They shouldn't have brought you here," I say firmly, though the anger fades a little as I frown at her. "They should have brought you to me. I am the Grandmaster, and as a witch, you are one of my charges. Had they been sensible, I could have had you patched up and back together two days ago."

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23 Re: Bright Lights on Tue Jan 24, 2017 12:03 am

By the time he's pulled me upright, his hand wrapped around my arm, I'm shaking so heavily it hurts. I don't let it stop me, however, and I drag my legs over the edge of the bed before resting my head against him heavily. 

"I'm going to be sick," I say weakly, shoving him away roughly before sinking onto my knees to the floor. The room spins as I breathe thickly, my arms curled awkwardly against my front given their injured state.

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24 Re: Bright Lights on Tue Jan 24, 2017 12:11 am

I frown sharply and bend down to scoop her back up. Her skin feels hot and damp as I cradle her in my arms. If I weren't so frustrated with her being here, I might feel sympathy for her misery. Instead, carrying her this way is more for my own sanity because I know that my patience wouldn't allow me to listen to her suffering while I waited for her to keep up on her own.

"Hold it down," I say quietly as I carry her out the door, my fingers and arms painted with the black streaks of my magic as I nullify the toxins on my hands - but not all of them. I allow some of it to sink into Ljuba's skin, the streaks traveling up her arms as well as it slowly takes the edge off of her discomfort.

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25 Re: Bright Lights on Tue Jan 24, 2017 12:28 am

My jaw tenses roughly as I try to stop from crying out with each uncomfortable jostle, my ribs aching as he cradles me to his front. My shaking eases, though, the longer he holds me and I find myself looking up at him a bit wistfully as the lights pass overhead. It's a dizzying feeling, and as my eye closes against the sensation I slowly drift off.

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