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The Estate to SaDiablo Hall and Back, The Wee Hours of Friday into Saturday, Fandom Time
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.]

To SaDiablo Hall

glacial_queen

2014-08-23 10:18 am (UTC) (Link)

For Raven (& NPCs) please!

Re: To SaDiablo Hall

trigons_child

2014-08-23 11:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

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

glacial_queen

2014-08-23 11:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

"Umm..." Karla was still on her hands and knees, scrubbing at the rug. Look, it was easier to clean it up than explain. Or worse, deal with all the gossip and speculation that would come along with it. "Not exactly. I need to ask you for a favor. Can you teleport us to the Hall? I think Jaenelle's back at the Hall for a bit, rather than at the Keep."

Re: To SaDiablo Hall

trigons_child

2014-08-23 11:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

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

glacial_queen

2014-08-24 12:02 am (UTC) (Link)

"No!" It was nearly a shout. "Err, sorry. No," she continued in a more moderate tone. "I want you and Jaenelle to do it at the same time. Please, Raven. Not just yet. Let's get to the Hall and then you can poke and prod at me till your heart's content."

Please?

Re: To SaDiablo Hall

trigons_child

2014-08-24 12:07 am (UTC) (Link)

"...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

glacial_queen

2014-08-24 01:09 am (UTC) (Link)

"...I'm going to change really quick," Karla decided, ever so subtly tucking her arm behind her back. "Shouldn't take me but a minute and we can leave as soon as I'm done."

Taking a second to rinse her mouth out and splash water on her face in the bathroom, Karla shoved her dirty blouse into the hamper and shrugged on an oversized UC Sunnydale sweatshirt.

"Ready!" she said with a bright grin, like that might possibly convince Raven that everything was Totally Fine.

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Over Dinner

glacial_queen

2014-08-23 10:18 am (UTC) (Link)

For one soon-to-be-gobsmacked Consort, please!

Re: Over Dinner

not_a_parakeet

2014-08-23 08:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

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

glacial_queen

2014-08-23 11:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

"A lot on my mind," Karla confessed, wondering if that would win her the understatement of the year award. "Just kinda broody today, I guess."

And look. A pun! Oh she was on a roll!

Mother Night, she'd only known for a few hours and was already losing her damn mind.

"How're you doing? I know you're still troubled."

More of that understatement thing again.

Re: Over Dinner

not_a_parakeet

2014-08-24 12:08 am (UTC) (Link)

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

glacial_queen

2014-08-24 01:12 am (UTC) (Link)

"I know. Or that even one of them made the transition to demon-dead, like the Coachman," Karla sighed. "Raven feels terrible about it and Julian's hounding Morton, but there's not much we can do. Odds are it's Hobart's doing, but no one wants to say it, in case that leads to us overlooking the real culprit."

She sighed and took a sip of her ginger ale. Not her usual dinner drink of choice, but her stomach needed settling anyway and it wasn't like wine was going to be on the approached beverages list for awhile.

"Did you want to talk about the other thing any?"

Re: Over Dinner

not_a_parakeet

2014-08-24 01:18 am (UTC) (Link)

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.

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Phone Calls

glacial_queen

2014-08-23 10:20 am (UTC) (Link)

If folks from Glacia wanna ping in here for phone calls/texts/emails/whatever from people off-island!

OOC

glacial_queen

2014-08-23 10:20 am (UTC) (Link)

And now I'm going to bed, yay!