WIPpet Wednesday again? It seems like it was just last week that I–Oh, yeah, it was just last week, wasn’t it? *blushes*
Anyway, I do have something to share with you all. Once again, I have drawn from the Was Long Variation, probably the last piece of that I’ll be posting for a while if all goes according to plan (or unless people stage protests). Eight, mostly small paragraphs… Five for May minus thirteen for the day (5-13=8). Our POV character here is Alanii; he’s talking with his physician about whether he should (or rather shouldn’t have) done something:
“He’d recover sooner. Before you start berating yourself, don’t. Captain Mirniia won’t be fit for duty in less time than it’ll take for us to leave this room. If you hadn’t taken a second capsule, we’d have all three of you in bed.
And if Fate agreed with the man, the door burst open with several Center staff rolling in another bed. On it, Valistii thrashed back and forth under the restraining straps that held him to the bed. The man’s convulsive motions more than once threatened to tip the platform over on its side. But if Valistii had any sense of the danger he posed to himself and the men and women helping him, Alanii could see no sign. The man’s eyes were open, focused on nothing, shot with blood and tears. The man’s face with twisted in terror and pain.
Alanii glanced at Koru. The man was already at his patient’s side placing a cautious hand over the Hastor’s temple and pulse points. After a few seconds, the physician waved to one of his assistants. “Get me 1 cc ADAS and prepare him for a drip.” The man’s expression turned grim. He went back and checked something on Kieri.
The younger man was equally straining now, despite his weakened state.
Alanii watched unable to even feel the horror he knew lay behind what he was seeing. Without announcing himself, he left the room. Why didn’t he feel lucky?
He started to head up to the isolab where they’d hooked up the cryotube from Audric’s ship. Behind him, the door opened quickly. “Sire, don’t leave. The Senior says he needs your help.”
He turned to look at the nurse with a baleful eyes. Koru needed his help… He could imagine for what. Even under the effect of the capsules, the Call existed. Or at least his remnants of it.
“Tell the Senior to let them pass in peace. I won’t condone torture, even for their lives.”
And there you go… Don’t know about you all, but I have a bad feeling about what happens next. Question is… do you want more of this story, or will you be happy to get back into Courting the Swan Song (I really, really need to get working on that)?
Either way, let’s all cheer our WIPpet Wrangler, KLSchwengel over at My Random Muse. And if you would, take some time to visit the other WIPpeteers over at our linky. Enjoy stories and fun… Wednesday-style.