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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


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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26 Re: Bright Lights on Tue Jan 24, 2017 12:46 am


Rather than take her back to my place, I veer off toward her apartment instead. A much shorter walk. And after supplying her with a stock of herbs, I feel relatively certain I can find everything I need to return her to her full glory. Even if her tiny apartment is a little cramped for my liking, I'm still able to work what magic I need to once she's settled on the bed and my work place is set up.

I let her sleep while I'm preparing everything, and for the initial spellwork, more for my own secrecy than for any real need. Once I've settled in beside her, however, she begins to stir under my touch. I know there are healers out there whose craft is far more gentle - that is their nature: gentle.

But I'm not a healer, and that is not my nature. And it shows. Were I to try to use the magic those healers use, it wouldn't work. It would fall flat in my hands, fizzle before I could even think to form the words to their spells. But mine... even without words, I can feel the magic working in harsh, gritty pulses as I sink a long, thin iron spike into the forearm of Ljuba's broken arm - an arm that I have pinned at the elbow with my knee, my other hand holding her wrist down firmly so she can't move when she eventually wakes up screaming.

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27 Re: Bright Lights on Tue Jan 24, 2017 12:56 am

The searing jolt of pain that wakes me doesn't seem real as a scream wracks through me, my tears hot against my cheeks as I try to writhe away from the weight on top of me. I can't even help the burst of disorienting magic that bursts forth, my own senses lost in the fray of burning walls and trembling ground as I shove at Lavellan with my lame hand.

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28 Re: Bright Lights on Tue Jan 24, 2017 1:04 am

"The pain will subside, just hold still," I say firmly, the wards I'd placed around us brushing off her repelling magic. Her sobbing and shaking continues, though I had anticipated as much, and my grip on her never falters as I push the last of the iron deep into her skin before clasping my hand over it.

Her skin grows hot as I speak the sharp words of an incantation, the iron sinking further into her arm between the shattered bone before it begins to dissolve with the magic. As it does, the damaged bone and tissue begins to rebuild and reshape using the imbued iron as the building blocks to make it like nothing had ever happened - no scar tissue, no bruising, nothing aside from the uncomfortable heat that slowly disappears under my hand.

"Shhh," I murmur as I crawl over Ljuba, pressing a firm kiss to her lips as my hands come up to cup wet and swollen cheeks. "It's going to hurt, but only for a little while."

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29 Re: Bright Lights on Tue Jan 24, 2017 1:20 am

Trembling, I stare up at Lavellan as a strange calm settles over me along with his presence, and I nod weakly between unsteady breaths as the searing pain in my arm dissipates. 

It takes every ounce of restraint I have not to cry out once he rises slightly to work his magic, his touch both feather light and painfully intrusive against my skin as it's heat radiates around me.

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30 Re: Bright Lights on Tue Jan 24, 2017 1:29 am

I smile crookedly as the swelling in her face subsides under my touch. My thumb drags across her lip as they wander down her neck, still soft and spidery on her skin as they whisper over bruised collarbones and exposed breasts. Leaning back over her, I press my lips to hers again - my presence over her deceptive in its intimacy as I brace myself to hold her down.

Her breath gasps against my lips shakily as I begin another incantation, my hands over her cracked ribs. The magic is almost pleasant at first - the warmth melting like hot molasses over her chest before I start to press my fingers into her. The sharp intake of breath as she prepares to scream is silenced as I force a harsh kiss on her, my nails cutting into her skin as the magic forces it to yield that I might touch the bone beneath.

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