Post by Clara Shaltin on Jun 13, 2017 18:44:13 GMT -5
There wasn't much that would be of any use to them for propping it up, Clara noticed. But Delilah had an idea. She kneeled up against the woman and raised her head upon her lap. "I can keep her like this until her husband comes back." Clara nodded as she placed the back of her hand against the woman's forehead. It was hot and clammy, but there wasn't much she could do until the man came back. Unless- she looked up at Delilah. The last thing she wanted was to show Delilah that she was a mage. Their patient wasn't close enough to death to start worrying about her just yet.
The man came back eventually, his arms overloaded with blankets. "Is this enough?" he asked, his voice wavering with worry.
"It should be," said Clara. She took the blankets from him and handed some to Delilah to prop up the woman's head. She was already beginning to breathe a bit more evenly, though she still had horrible, hacking coughs that sounded like they were causing her horrible pain. Clara turned as Ja gave her a friendly head butt. He lowered a bag on the floor. Clara opened it to find sage and honey.
"That should help, right? You said it would help."
"Yes, thank you," she snatched the bag, "where can I get a pot and some water." The man gestured off to the back of the house and she followed him.
Post by Delilah Howe Price on Jun 15, 2017 16:18:07 GMT -5
Although the woman was now propped against her lap, it seemed there was little which the young woman could do to alleviate the symptoms until the husband returned. After a short while, he shouldered his way through the door complete with an armful of blankets and the dog still at his heels.
"Is this enough?" he asked of the young woman, his voice catching. Delilah felt her heart go out to him. She knew what it felt like to watch a loved one sicken and be unable to help in any real way.
"It should be," the young woman nodded, taking the blankets from him. She handed a few to Delilah so that she could prop the woman up more securely and used the rest to cover her, preventing the draught from causing a chill. Her dog nudged at her before dropping a bag onto the floor.
Kneeling, the woman opened it as the man spoke up. "That should help, right? You said it would help." Delilah glanced towards the contents and noted both sage and honey.
"Yes, thank you," the young woman grabbed the bag and looked around expectantly. "Where can I get a pot and some water." Obediently, the man showed her where to find what he man gestured off to the back of the house and she followed him.
Delilah remained with the woman and spoke softly to her, telling her what was going to happen and that she needed to do her very best to try and drink what was given to her. Whether or not the sickly woman could understand any of it, she had no idea. But any explanation for why these strangers were in her house when she felt so weak and vulnerable was probably welcome.
Only when the young woman returned did Delilah glance up. "What do you need me to do?"
Post by Clara Shaltin on Jun 16, 2017 15:45:31 GMT -5
Clara returned with a cup of hot tea. "What do you need me to do?" Delilah asked. It was an odd feeling, getting people asking her what to do. It wasn't often that Clara was the voice of command, it was more likely that she was following the orders of someone else. She handed Delilah the tea.
"Here, see if you can't get her to wake up and drink this." She knelt down next to the woman and began adjusting the blankets so that they were wrapped tightly around her as if she were in a cocoon. She took a rag she had found while in the kitchen and wiped the sweat which was beading on her forehead.
Post by Delilah Howe Price on Jun 17, 2017 15:27:44 GMT -5
When the young woman returned, she passed Delilah the warmed tea before kneeling at the side of their sickly patient. "Here, see if you can't get her to wake up and drink this," she instructed as she busied herself with wrapping the blankets more tightly around the woman and mopping her brow.
Caring for her two children when sick had made Delilah adept at coaxing the near impossible from someone. It took repeated tries and no small amount of encouragement, but she eventually succeeded in helping the barely conscious woman to swallow down the tea, sip by sip.
Glancing up, she caught the eye of the husband. "I imagine you will need to do this for her," she informed the man. "The tea will help to break the fever." Or so she assumed. Looking to the young woman, Delilah raised a brow. "What else should he do to help her? He needs to be able to care for her when we're no longer here." Although she would do her best to come by and check on both occupants of the run-down house, she would not be able to guarantee a time. It was not always straight-forward to arrange someone to help watch the children when Albert was away.
Post by Clara Shaltin on Jun 19, 2017 12:55:46 GMT -5
Clara watched Delilah with admiration as she managed to eventually get the woman to drink the tea, slowly and carefully. "I imagine you will need to do this for her," said Delilah, looking up at the woman's husband. "The tea will help to break the fever." She looked at Clara with a raised eyebrow. She nodded to show that she was on the right track. "What else should he do to help her? He needs to be able to care for her when we're no longer here."
"Keep her warm," said Clara, trying her best to remember what her mother did to help people. "Be sure that she drinks plenty of liquids, that tea or just normal water should do just fine. And if she gets worse, come and find at least one of us. You already know where to find Mistress Price, apparently." The man nodded vigorously.
"Yes, but where do I find you?"
"I work in the kitchens at the brothel," Clara replied, half-ashamed. The woman let out a loud rough cough.
Post by Delilah Howe Price on Jun 19, 2017 15:30:56 GMT -5
The young woman was ready with advice over how the man could ease his wife's suffering. "Keep her warm," she stated. "Be sure that she drinks plenty of liquids, that tea or just normal water should do just fine. And if she gets worse, come and find at least one of us. You already know where to find Mistress Price, apparently."
The man nodded in earnest. While Delilah was glad to be of help, she was somewhat wary of this stranger being so readily prepared to visit with her. What if his wife worsened? Grief had already led him to try and ambush her for coin. She would need to discuss with Albert how to ensure the children were kept safe if something should come to pass. No harm in being prepared.
"Yes, but where do I find you?" He insisted of the woman, correctly identifying her as the main source of knowledge.
A tension filled the posture of the young woman. "I work in the kitchens at the brothel," she admitted, just as their patient let out a hacking cough.
"I know the Madame at the The Gardens. Is it that brothel?" Delilah enquired, keen to ensure the young woman was also protected just in case the worst should happen. Even as she spoke, she soothed the sickly woman and helped to raise her slightly upon the blankets, listening to her breathing to know when the woman was most comfortable. "Ask her for directions to my shop if you should want to contact me again. She'll be able to tell you."
Post by Clara Shaltin on Jun 23, 2017 22:46:46 GMT -5
"I know the Madame at the The Gardens. Is it that brothel?" Delilah asked as she raised the woman's head onto the blankets. "Ask her for directions to my shop if you should want to contact me again. She'll be able to tell you." Clara shook her head.
"I'm afraid I work at The Waxing Trumpet," she replied. "However, if I need directions to your shop, I know where The Gardens is. I can speak with your madam to find out where to get there." Clara began racking her brain, trying to figure out what else they could do. When the woman had finished coughing, she seemed to relax a little, her breathing a bit more even. If only she could have some time alone with her. She wouldn't cure her completely, but she could at least help her fight. But she doubted there was any way the man was leaving his wife's side again.
Post by Delilah Howe Price on Jun 24, 2017 16:59:49 GMT -5
Alas, it was not The Gardens at which the young woman worked. "I'm afraid I work at The Waxing Trumpet," she explained. Delilah's mouth rounded in a silent 'o' of acknowledgement. She knew The Waxing Trumpet was a favoured location for many, but she had no cause to have made connections herself. The acquaintance with The Gardens was only because the Madame had a son the same age as James.
"However, if I need directions to your shop, I know where The Gardens is. I can speak with your madam to find out where to get there."
"That would be fine," Delilah agreed. She glanced down at the sickly woman and judged that she had done all she could for the moment. Any further healing would surely require more time. She waited until the next coughing fit passed before slowly easing herself up from where she crouched by the head of the woman. "I think it is time I took my leave," she remarked, looking to the husband. He nodded and murmured his gratitude for her assistance. She was relieved that he would not force them to stay.
"I'll see you out," he spoke up, evidently clinging to whatever pride he had left. Delilah was more than content to allow him that brief moment of dignity.
"Of course," she nodded, before glancing towards the young woman. "I hope I see you and your dog again. Do come if you should need me." With that, she took her leave as the man escorted her out of the room and into the street, pausing in the fresh air to once again apologise for his rash and ill-advised behaviour. He promised that he would make good on his dreadful act sometime in the future.
Delilah accepted the apologies and bid him farewell, departing down the street. She tarried long enough to see the young woman and her dog emerge unharmed from the house before making her way back to her own family.
Post by Clara Shaltin on Jun 26, 2017 13:27:40 GMT -5
"That would be fine," said Delilah, rising from her kneeling position, "I think it is time I took my leave." The husband nodded and she heard him thank her before "I'll see you out." Delilah looked down at Clara, "I hope I see you and your dog again. Do come if you should need me." Clara nodded "I will keep that in mind, thank you." A new hope rose in Clara's chest as he guided Delilah out the door. Now was her chance to ensure that the woman would get better in this house of squalor.
Clara laid a gentle hand across the woman's forehead. She took a deep breath and instantly felt a familiar and gentle warmth come to her fingertips and a soft green light began to glow on her skin. With her mind, she guided the healing magic out of her skin and into the woman. When Clara removed her hand, the woman's temple glowed briefly for a moment before the spell settled inside her. Clara watched as the wheezing ceased, the rise and fall of the woman's chest became more even and the woman's lips curled up in a faint but unmistakable smile.
"I don't know how I can possibly thank you." Clara looked up and saw that the man had returned standing over her. "She looks so much better than when I left the house this morning." Clara smiled and nodded.
"She should be better soon," Clara said, more confident now than she had been all morning, "just be sure that she stays in bed and rests for a couple of days."
"I'm not sure how I can possibly thank you," the man repeated, "I haven't gotten any money."
"You don't need to do anything," said Clara, "you two have done enough. I should go. Come on, Jam." The dog got up from where he was waiting near the fire and followed Clara out the door. She didn't need gratitude, or payment, or anything. Seeing the woman's smile on her face as the pain left her was enough.
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