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So, the past six days had been...eventful.

There had been unrest in Sidra once word of the attempted assassination had gotten out; several aristo manors with known anti-Karla sentiment had been vandalized as had a handful of merchant buildings. No violence was reported, thank the Darkness, but Julian had sent out additional guards to keep the peace. Jono and Morton had managed to interview the driver once he'd made the transition to demon-dead, but hadn't been able to get much useful information out of him. He'd been approached by a footman in dark livery and offered a few rounds of cards and a drink or two to help kill the time while the Queen and the Court Healer and the First Escort had been at their luncheon. This was a common enough occurrence that he hadn't thought twice of it. Sadly, he wasn't able to describe the male who'd approached him and didn't recognize the livery, so that was a dead end.

Mallory had suggested forbidding all Coachmen and footmen from leaving the vehicles while they were waiting. Karla herself had vetoed the idea--why make them spend hours bored out of their minds while waiting to be needed. Instead, they'd agreed that all Coaches would be shielded by their drivers and if any of them showed signs of being tampered with, they would order a new one delivered from the estate before anyone was allowed to set foot inside.

The Coach had managed to be fished out of the river and inspected. There were multiple instances of Craft sabotage, but after four days of sitting at the bottom of the River Sid, any usable traces had long since been washed away.

To top it all off, Karla had spent the last several days completely miserable. She'd managed to hold it all together in the wake of everything, but on the fourth day out she'd just been done. She'd declared a half hour break from dealing with other humans and gone out into the garden for a bit, feeding some Craft into the land as it slowly woke to springtime when a bout of intense cramping had her curling up on her side for almost ten minutes. Stabbing and dull at the same time, the cramps were far more severe than anything she'd ever felt during her moontime.

Taking it as a hint that she was pushing herself more than she should be in the wake of nearly being murdered, Karla took herself off to bed as soon as she was able to get up, fending off any and all worry by saying that it was just a preventative rest, that she was trying to be good, that if people kept bugging her about it, she'd go back to ignoring her body's needs and running herself into the ground just to shut people up.

The day after that, just wearing her Jewels had caused her the same kind of pain as trying to use her Ebon-gray power during her moontime did. Even wearing her birthright Sapphire had made her queasy and she found herself limiting her use of Craft just to avoid further cramping and nausea. Then, this morning, she'd unthinkingly used a bit of Craft to float some papers from her desk and had ended up throwing up on the floor. That was before the dizziness and weakness kicked in--fortunately, she managed to topple over to the side, rather than face first into the mess she made on the rug.

So far, she'd succeeded in hiding how poorly she felt, brushing it off as lingering soreness or fatigue. But waking up from a dead faint next to a pool of sickness on the rug didn't bode well for how much longer she'd be able to continue to hide it. Especially if the sinking feeling in her stomach was a certainty over what was wrong with her, rather than what little was left of her breakfast trying to make a reappearance. She was a Healer, after all, and was capable of reading a calendar. And putting two and two together and coming up with Hell's fire, Mother Night, and may the Darkness have mercy.

The first thing to do was to call for Raven. A brief trip to the Hall was in order. If both Raven and Jaenelle told her what was happening, then she'd have no choice but to believe them.

The second thing to do was figure out what the Hell she was going to do if her suspicions were correct.

[NFB, first two threads threads are for specific people, last thread for potentional phone calls.]

Re: To SaDiablo Hall

Date: 2014-08-23 11:33 pm (UTC)
trigons_child: (Concerned)
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When Raven received word that Karla wanted to see her, she of course quickly made her way to the Queen's chambers. She'd noticed Karla seemed to be in some discomfort over the past several days -- as if you could hide that from an empath, Karla -- and she worried there'd been something more serious than bruises that she hadn't healed after the assassination attempt. Her judgment that day had, after all, been questionable.

"Is everything all right, Karla?" she asked as she entered the room.

Re: To SaDiablo Hall

Date: 2014-08-23 11:49 pm (UTC)
trigons_child: (Serious Raven is serious)
From: [personal profile] trigons_child
Yeah, that wasn't making Raven worry any less.

"Of course I can," she said, crouching down beside Karla. "But you are not well, are you? You should allow me to examine you first."

Re: To SaDiablo Hall

Date: 2014-08-24 12:07 am (UTC)
trigons_child: (Comic Scan: Confused)
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"...as you wish," Raven said reluctantly. "Are you ready to go now, or do you wish to change?" Was that a little bit of vomit there on her sleeve?

Re: To SaDiablo Hall

Date: 2014-08-24 01:16 am (UTC)
trigons_child: (Considering)
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Suuuuure, Karla, keep on believing that.

Raven put her arm around Karla, a little more gingerly yet protectively than usual. They vanished from the Estate in a puff of black smoke and reappeared a second later in SaDiablo Hall.

"Is Jaenelle expecting us?" Raven asked, keeping a careful eye on Karla. She was accustomed to teleporting with her, but if she wasn't well....

Re: To SaDiablo Hall

Date: 2014-08-24 04:06 am (UTC)
trigons_child: (Worried)
From: [personal profile] trigons_child
And that would be Raven jumping to the worst possible conclusion.

"This was not another assassination attempt, was it?" she said, gently pulling Karla's hair back as she retched. "You have not been poisoned, have you? You are immune...unless...."

If this was Witchblood, she was going to take it all into herself whether Karla liked it or not.

Re: To SaDiablo Hall

Date: 2014-08-24 04:21 am (UTC)
trigons_child: (Red Corset - Serious)
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"Thank you, I think we will be all right for now," Raven said with a grateful look to Beale.

She found some napkins and dipped them in the water, moving to Karla's side to place one on her forehead and gently wipe her face with the other. "You should have told me you were ill sooner," she scolded.

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Re: Over Dinner

Date: 2014-08-23 08:57 pm (UTC)
wwiii: (Smirkyface)
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Things seemed to finally be calming down a little. Warren was only slightly less exhausted, emotionally, than he'd been when he'd dragged his sorry self home, but he was whole and most of the glass and other assorted shrapnel had been removed one way or another, so at least he was in top form, physically.

It did help, too, that the number of people wanting to throttle him was significantly lower now than it had been several days ago, as well. And that Karla was, in fact, here and alive and safe, so it was one less worry for him to carry around with him while he went about his day-to-day.

Dinner tonight was something fairly simple - consisting of a hearty stew that Cook sometimes made for those who were ailing - and the company? Warren approved of the company. He gave Karla a tentative smile as he prodded a piece of carrot around in his bowl.

"You've been quiet today."

Re: Over Dinner

Date: 2014-08-24 12:08 am (UTC)
wwiii: (Intent)
From: [personal profile] wwiii
Understatement was strong with them both, really.

"It's a lot all at once," Warren replied, shrugging his shoulders faintly as he set his spoon down and sighed. "The assassination attempt, the... the other thing. But it's starting to calm down now, so I'll be fine, I think. I do wish there was at least one survivor from that pack of jackals that tried to take you out, I guess."

It would have made things much easier.

Re: Over Dinner

Date: 2014-08-24 01:18 am (UTC)
wwiii: (Pondering)
From: [personal profile] wwiii
If it had been anyone but Raven to do the killing, Warren would probably have been slightly less bothered by it. Considering she'd even tried to avoid lethal means during the war, that had him a tiny bit concerned, too. He would have brought it up, but he was pretty certain the same concern was alive and well in Karla's brain without him expressing his worry.

"I don't know," he admitted, forcing himself to drag his thoughts toward Karla's question, instead. "I can't keep running from it or acting like it didn't happen. I know that."

Well, he could. But it wouldn't exactly be healthy.

Re: Over Dinner

Date: 2014-08-24 10:42 am (UTC)
wwiii: (Curious)
From: [personal profile] wwiii
That wasn't a great way to get Warren to stay on that topic at all, Karla. He tilted his head at her, looking curious.

"Why is that? Has something else come up?"

Shut up, he wasn't skirting around anything, why would he do something like that?

Re: Over Dinner

Date: 2014-08-24 09:10 pm (UTC)
wwiii: (Look Up)
From: [personal profile] wwiii
"Only partly," Warren replied, shrugging his shoulders. "So it looks like I'm in pretty good company."

Ms. 'Just Kinda Broody Today, So How Are You?'

Warren had met you, Karla.

"I don't know what there is to say about it, Karla. There was a protest, and it turned into a cull. My whole world thinks I'm dead, and apparently that beats the alternative, where they somehow find out I crawled out of the burning wreckage, like... God, dozens? Hundreds? Like far too many other people didn't."
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