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a hands-on approach
« on: Apr 13, 18, 12:30:40 PM »
She had, eventually, acquired a cadaver, in no small part thanks to the ministrations of Sebastian Bane. That cadaver had taken up residence in a temperature-controlled back room where, over the course of several weeks, she and Annie worked through it one major bodily system at a time until Ji Yoon was confident her student understood basic human anatomy at least as well as any teenaged apprentice would. Healing craft might come more naturally to some than to others... but there was much of the trade that still had to be carefully taught.

In recent weeks, she'd allowed Annie to begin shadowing her with patients, allowing her to try out her diagnostic skills on non-critical injuries and other situations that had very little chance of going wrong, and all that seemed to be going well.

As far as she could tell, the woman's psychic scent hadn't begun to change yet - but Ji Yoon was confident that her Healer's aura would come. If Annie didn't have the capacity, it would already have become clear. She wouldn't have mastered triage care so easily.

Which meant it was time for something more challenging.

It was always a little intimidating to her to introduce a new part of the curriculum, especially when doing so too soon could have life-or-death consequences - but Ji Yoon had presided over hundreds of births in her career, and from what she could tell based on the patient's prenatal care, this one was likely to be textbook. If there were such thing as training-wheels healing, this was it.

It was also a good excuse to take Annie on her first house call.

Ji Yoon shouldered her supply bag as she stepped into the clinic lobby. "Annie," she announced brightly. "How would you like to learn how to deliver a baby?"





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Re: a hands-on approach
« Reply #1 on: Apr 13, 18, 01:51:57 PM »
The last few months had been wonderful.  Granted.. when Ji Yoon had first brought her in to start working on a cadaver, it had taken a little while to actually get over the 'ew' factor.  Dead people had a different sensation, and.. well, it had taken time.  (About thirty minutes, in fact.)  But as Ji Yoon had started to show her how the body functioned, how it all worked together, she'd found herself forgetting that the body on the table had been a person at some point.

She stopped wondering whether they had family that loved them, or what those theoretical families were doing now that hte man on the table was dead.  Instead she saw the body as a useful tool for learning.  Better to work on a dead man than on a living one - at least at this juncture.

After that, she'd started following Ji Yoon to the various checks with patients in the building.  She was able to work on her diagnosis spells, and to take her notes.  She felt... fulfilled.  She felt as if she was finally finding her place in the world, and it was the sweetest most wonderful sensation she'd ever experienced in her life.

Something she was humming quite happily about as she took a few notes on some herb deliveries, marking down exactly how much was in the shipment ledger and how much had been received.  So far, she'd found no errors.  That was nice. She hated when there were errors.

The familiar scent of Ji Yoon entering the room had her smiling, but she finished inscribing the delivery before looking up, only to brighten her smile as Ji Yoon asked her the silliest question the Lady could ask.

"A baby?  I would love to."  She quietly lowered the ledger beneath the counter, then locked the box into a cabinet before undoing the ties that held her apron in place.  "Shall I bring extra supplies, or do you have enough in your bag?" 

She was very excited about the possibility of helping bring a baby into the world.  Would it be a Landen child or Blood?  Would the mother have a Caste?  Were her Jewels going to be a problem, or had she found a way to deplete them safely?  These thoughts raced through her mind, her fingers tapping lightly on her leg as she waited for Ji Yoon's answer.

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« Reply #2 on: Apr 13, 18, 09:53:21 PM »
Ji Yoon's bag was enchanted to be quite a lot larger on the inside than the satchel slung over her shoulder looked to be. "I have everything I need here," she said, shaking her head, and gestured for Annie to come along with her.

Outside, it was late in the afternoon, and the sun was sinking towards the horizon. Ji Yoon hailed a carriage.

"We're going to the Altar District," Ji Yoon explained, once they were underway. "Labor can be quite long, so it's important we come in at the right time, or else it'll be a lot of hurry up and wait. Have you ever seen a birth before?"

"Once. By accident," replied Annie, which Ji Yoon supposed was a story for later. She nodded.

"Right," she said. "When I've seen a mother throughout her pregnancy, I like to be notified when labor begins, but we don't need to worry about being there until her contractions are a few minutes apart, and that can take several hours. Now, there are a few exceptions to that - if I'm worried about complications, I like to have the mother come into the clinic so I can keep an eye on her, and if things haven't progressed after more than half a day or so, then that's a cause for concern, so we go out even if the contractions are far apart. And, of course, if they can make it to the clinic, that's preferable to doing house calls... but money buys special attention, and we do need to keep buying herbs."

She laughed dryly and glanced out the window. They were already deep into the Altar District, and the area was clearly wealthier than the neighborhood around the clinic.

"Almost there," said Ji Yoon, looking back over to Annie. "When we arrive, I'll take stock of the situation. It might still see a few hours until we see any action."

She opened her bag and pulled out an improbably large ceramic bowl, which she passed over to Annie. "I'll need you to fill this with warm - not hot - water and bring it to me."

The carriage lurched to a shot. Ji Yoon flashed her assistant a bright smile. "We're here. Do you have any questions before we go in?" 





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« Reply #3 on: Apr 13, 18, 10:37:51 PM »
"Yes."  She beamed, fidgeting a little while in the carriage to get it out of her system before they could get in front ofa  wealthy customer.  Client.  Whatever the term would be.  She looked at the bowl, then at Ji Yoon.  "What is the warm water for?" 

She could have waited until they were in the house to ask.. but really, she didn't want to embarrass her mentor.  The Lady Ji Yoon was being kind enough to instruct her in the Healer's Craft, and she was doing her best to NOT embarrass the woman.  Ever.

She had the feeling that Tacea was much more.. ah.. buttoned up than Dena Nehele.  It was something she had noticed when Lord Shingetsu visited, and something she'd really taken notice of whenever the Lady interacted with everyone else.  Even with herself, in a somewhat less formal manner, she found that the Lady had this.. this classy way of dealing with everything.

Truly, she found herself a little envious of that. 

Ji Yoon explained how the water was to keep the patient clean, and do it as comfortably as possible.  That .. made a great deal of sense.  She was very glad, at that point, that she'd thought to ask inside the carriage.

So two deep breaths after Ji Yoon answered her question about the bowl of water, she was climbing out of the carriage with Ji Yoon Moon.  She supposed, watching her mentor descend, that she should likely have thought to ask for an Escort for the Lady.  She decided then and there she wouldn't forget again.

It just wasn't something she thought of often.  She, herself, certainly didn't warrant an escort on most days.  Though.. now that she thought about it, she might have to start nosing around for one.  If the Caste scent ever started to waft off her, she'd need one.  Just.. in case. 

The thought drifted through her thoughts, her concerns suddenly echoing onto how she would survive that situation.  It wasn't as if Healers weren't targeted often - especially with the moratorium on Queens.  Yet another thing to write into her mental ledger of what would need to be seen to.

"After you, Lady Moon."  She beamed, intent on doing her best to watch out for the Lady until she could rectify the lack of an Escort.. and good Night, she hoped the Lady's father didn't hear that Yoana had neglected to think of that first.  She'd only caught a glimpse of him once.. but the last thing she wanted was a disappointed look from THAT one.

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« Reply #4 on: Apr 14, 18, 12:19:06 AM »
Really, to be formal, Ji Yoon should have brought an escort with them and she knew it. But she expected this to be a relatively straightforward birth (as straightforward as any could be), and it wasn't as though delivering babies took a whole lot of craft. Mostly you just needed to coach the mothers through it, manage their pain, and make sure no one hemorrhaged or stopped breathing or had a stroke. Simple stuff. A healer's bread and butter. The Landen did it without any craft at all and survived just fine.

Descending from the carriage, Ji Yoon breezed into the foyer of the house and introduced herself and Annie to the maidservant, who led them up to the master bedroom on the second floor. There, a very pregnant woman in a nightgown was pacing back and forth, seeming very uncomfortable about her present situation while her husband sat on a chair in the corner, reading a newspaper.

Ji Yoon took a moment to take the scene in, and then said, brightly, "Lord and Lady Davidoglu! Congratulations. As I mentioned, this is my apprentice, Annie. She'll be assisting me."

While Ji Yoon got the woman settled on the bed, the maidservant showed Annie the washroom. When she returned, the healer was perched next to the patient, whose nightgown was now hiked up to her breasts, and was running a glowing hand over her belly.

"Oh, there you are," she said, glancing over at Annie. "Just put that bowl on the nightstand. There are some clean towels in the bag. Could you get them out and wet one for me? Thank you."

Lady Davidoglu groaned, and Ji Yoon fished her pocketwatch out of her cardigan with her free hand. "Let me get a baseline reading," she said soothingly, "and then I'll dull that pain, alright?"

The woman nodded, whimpering. Ji Yoon held out her diagnostic hand for the wet towel, and, turning to Annie while she did something with it that did not need describing, explained, "For labor pains, you have to use spells that don't stop the muscle contractions, and you need to keep your patient conscious. Does that make sense?"

She looked down at the pocketwatch, then set it down on the bed, and gently nudged the woman until she was lying on her side. "Here. Annie, look. The best place to target these pain reduction spells is the lower back. About here. Start weak and increase it until the mother is comfortable, but you still want her to have some feeling. It's always better to under do it than overdo it. How is that?"

"Better," said Lady Davidoglu, the whimper gone out of her voice. Ji Yoon helped her to sit up.

"Everything looks good, but I think it will be another few hours," she said, "It could be sooner, though. These things are inexact. We'll be in the hall, and I'll check on you every fifteen minutes."

Closing the bedroom door behind her, Ji Yoon turned to Annie. "Doing alright?" she asked quietly.





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« Reply #5 on: Apr 14, 18, 10:22:40 AM »

It was fascinating to be in a well to do home again.  She could vaguely recall having one as a child, could vaguely recall playing on the steps and having a maid that would coo and adore her.  But those were distant memories. 

The present got her attention as they reached the room with the patient, her focus narrowing in on the woman who was so obviously uncomfortable.  Yoana hurt just thinking about ever doing something like this.

She set to work fetching the water and heating it with a simple spell until it was warm enough to be relaxing before bringing it back.  And then?  Well then she got to fetching a clean towel from Ji Yoon's bag and soaking it thoroughly, wringing it out, and handing it over.

<I>Keep the patient conscious, don't stop the contractions.. numb the pain.</I>

"Got it."  She moved closer, studying how Ji Yoon's hands set in place against the woman's back, how she laid the spellwork, and how she spoke to the mother throughout all of it.  Having Ji Yoon as the woman to see to your labor was a blessing, she decided in that moment.  The woman was obscenely calm and had a gentle touch.  Hard to panic when that calm Tacean face was looking at you.

She followed her mentor into the hall, taking a deep breath as Ji Yoon asked how she was doing.  "I"m doing just fine.  Just.. not used to being in a place like this."  She grinned, looking over at Ji Yoon before dipping her head.  "The spell for pain seemed simple enough.  How many times will it have to be reapplied?  Is it common to need to move its location during delivery?"

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« Reply #6 on: Apr 14, 18, 11:59:28 AM »
Healer training was largely an exercise in steeling your stomach, and Annie was doing well in that regards. Ji Yoon smiled at her assistant's nod. "Good," she said. "Rich or poor, everyone bleeds the same. Healers have to go everywhere." She could only imagine what Annie's reaction would be the first time she was called to the Territory Court... actually, Ji Yoon should probably take her there soon.

"That really depends on the patient's comfort and how long the labor lasts," Ji Yoon continued, reaching into her bag and pulling out a textbook that definitely shouldn't have fit inside it. "But you should keep applying it to the lower back and letting it radiate out from there. Like I said, we never want to take away all the feeling, because pain is a useful diagnostic tool for when something might be going wrong... and mothers don't tend to remember very clearly afterwards unless something traumatic happens."

This she knew partly from personal experience.

She flipped the book open and thumbed through it until she arrived on a page of diagrams relevant to their present situation. "As you recall, we've discussed the basic anatomic changes that happen during birth. There are three phases to labor. The first can last up to twelve hours, and then after that the general rule of thumb is that each will be half as long as the one before it... though every birth is different, and you do need to be attentive."

She paused, and then, remembering something, added, "If you're dealing with a Landen, you need to be very careful with what kind of pain reduction spells you use. You must work in the muscles and nerves. Nothing that touches their minds. And that's a general, very important rule, not just for births."

She closed the book and tucked it back into her bag, then checked the time on her pocketwatch.

"We have a few minutes before we need to check on her again."





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Re: a hands-on approach
« Reply #7 on: Apr 14, 18, 12:10:28 PM »
<I>Rich or poor, everyone bleeds the same.</I>  Her lips turned up at that.  That was.. very true.  If only her brother had taken the gentler point of that statement to heart.  She almost wished she had thought to bring a small notebook to take notes of all of this, but she would just have to trust her memory to suffice. 

At least until they got back and she could write down her observations and thoughts to go over ad nauseum until she was certain she'd truly taken it all in. 

"I've always been confused as to why they don't seem to remember much."  She wrinkled her nose, glancing at the door.  "This seems like something that would burn itself into the memory."  Not that she would know.  She'd always been very careful to never end up in this position.  Until she'd gotten a job at the clinic they most certainly could not have afforded another mouth to feed.

She listened to Ji Yoon's warning about landens, her head nodding emphatically twice.  "I would rather not be responsible for melting someone's brain."  Granted, she'd never seen that herself.  But she'd heard stories.  It sounded.. terrible.  She brought her hands together, carefully pressing them together in order to release some tension. 

"I assume that one of the first things we do is check to see the physical state of the baby?  Ensure it isn't turned improperly and all that?"  She imagined that the Diagnostic Spell likely served for that.  "And one of the greatest risks during childbirth - in most typical cases - is hemorrhage, right?  So we have ot make sure nothing ruptures."  That, honestly, wasn't something she was too concerned about.  She'd always been good in at the emergency care. 

Stopping bleeding was usually something she could manage.  Still - she had hope that she wouldn't have to put that to practice today.  Her attention turned back to the door, a polite smile pasting itself on her face as she steadied herself to re-enter that room and act the professional assistant rather than the excited and over-joyed woman she actually was. 


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« Reply #8 on: Apr 14, 18, 12:37:19 PM »
"Hormones," said Ji Yoon, with a casual shrug that approximated a breathy heh. "I've always thought it's a bit similar to when someone goes into shock after an injury and doesn't immediately feel its effects. The body is a marvelous thing, and it does all kinds of things on its own in the interest of self preservation. But also... think of the worst pain you've ever felt. You've survived. It's over. You don't feel it anymore. And your memory of it is probably very different from how it felt in the moment. Once something isn't so immediate, it tends to take the edge off."

She paused, considering Annie's next question, and then nodded. "Right," confirmed Ji Yoon. "We check positioning. We check heart rate. We make sure that it doesn't seem to be in any kind of distress. All of that can be done with the basic diagnostic spells I've already taught you - I'll let you try when we go back in."

She checked the time again. Still a little longer.

"Also correct," Ji Yoon confirmed. "We're here largely for bleeding control. If the mother seems like she's losing too much blood or starts to lose consciousness, that tends to mean something's gone wrong. That tends to happen... fairly rarely. There's a chance we'll see that today, but we probably won't. I don't think Lady Davidoglu will even need an episiotomy."

She paused.

"We'll cover those later. They're messy to recover from, even with healing craft, and I prefer to avoid performing them."

Glancing at her watch, she said, "Another minute or two should do it. You never want to give patients an interval and then go back in too early if there's nothing wrong. It tends to make people panic."





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« Reply #9 on: Apr 14, 18, 01:05:09 PM »
She nodded.  Good. So.. labor for easy cases was mostly a Healer being there to make sure nothing went wrong, provide a bit of pain relief, and hopefully not much more than that.  That sounded easy enough.

She smiled, flexing her fingers a bit.  Being responsible for not just one life, but possibly two, was a little overwhelming.  But like everything else in life - one deep breath, maybe one more.. and then she would just tackle the situation with a smile and a can-do attitude.  Grousing and worrying did nothing.

Only action could set things to right.

"That makes sense.  I know I would hate to be panicking any more than I would normally in a situation like this."  She grinned, glancing at the door. Though truth be told, she didn't ever see herself ending up in a situation like this. She genuinely liked children - but she wasn't sure she'd ever feel she had enough time to have her own.

There was just too much that needed doing - and Dena Nehele was in great need of fixing before she'd ever feel comfortable bringing a child of her own into this world.  She would hate to see her child hungry, cold, or sick.  It just.. it wouldn't do.

"Is there anything other than position and heart rate I should keep an eye out for when I check the baby?"  She glanced at Ji Yoon.  "Or should I just let you know if I see anything that seems off to me?"  Silently, of course.  Panicking the mother was not an option, as evident by the fact that Ji Yoon was keeping a very close watch on the time to ensure they didn't panic hte mother needlessly by arriving too soon.

Don't panic patients.  Don't give them cause to make things more difficult.  She'd picked up on that watching Ji Yoon work with patients in the last few weeks.  Even when a wound was terrible, Ji Yoon acted as if it was nothing unusual.  As if she'd seen that injury a thousand times and everything would be alright.

Annie was trying to emulate that. 

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« Reply #10 on: Apr 14, 18, 04:13:24 PM »
"It really differs from mother to mother," said Ji Yoon, a bit distractedly, her eyes on the watch. "This is Lady Davidoglu's second, so she's an easy patient. You saw how relaxed her husband was?"

Lord Davidoglu had not, through their entire initial consultation, looked up from his newspaper for more than a moment. "First-time fathers tend to be a bit more... frantic."

Another minute and it would be about time to go back in. Ji Yoon considered Annie's question for a moment, then answered. "If the baby's positioning and heart rate are good, then you should also check the position of the umbilical cord. If it's around the neck, there's a risk of it tightening like a noose during birth. There are ways to fix that, but we're in the clear right now, so I'll call you in when we have one at the clinic."

And that was time.

Ji Yoon pushed the bedroom door back open and breezed back in, asking "How are we doing? I'm going to let my apprentice take a look at you, if you don't mind."

After getting the patient settled on the bed, Ji Yoon gestured for Annie to come closer and brushed a waved of antiseptic craft over both their hands.

"So," she said, gently indicating with her hands as she spoke. "You're going to start at the base of the belly and move up, using a light touch and very little craft and increasing it slowly until things come into focus. It is always better to start with too little and adjust up than start with too much and have to rein it in. Got it?"

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« Reply #11 on: Apr 15, 18, 08:29:19 AM »
Her stomach was full of butterflies, and her feet felt like lead.  But no one would know that to look at her as she entered that room, all smiles and shy confidence.  She gave a polite curtsy to the patient, holding her hands up for Ji Yoon to cleanse before settling into place and gently setting her hands to the patient's belly.

"If you should feel anything discomforting, Lady Davidoglu, please let me know."  With a reassuring smile, she began to work her spell down her fingers, closing her eyes as she let herself see what she could of the Lady's incoming babe.

At first it was just the flesh of the Lady's belly.  A bit more Craft, and she began to see the internal workings.  Placenta.  She decided to check over all of that - make sure there were no detachment issues.  So far, so good.  Then a bit more, and she found herself viewing a child.  Her breath almost caught, if not for her mental reprimand to keep her breathing even.

The baby was beautiful.  Head down, cord well away from the throat.. and absolutely aware of her world.  Annie couldn't help but to smile, even as she took note of the baby's heartrate.

Fortunately, she already knew that a baby's heartrate was quick.  So when she emerged from her Diagnostic stance, she simply gave a bright smile.  "The baby is doing wonderfully, Lady Davidoglu."  She turned her attention back to Ji Yoon, readying herself for her report.

Female.  Heartrate well within normal limits for a child in utero.  Cord is away from the throat, and Placenta is attached appropriately for this stage of delivery.  There was one spot I noted where it may be attached too firmly.  We may want to keep an eye on that during labor to ensure she does not bleed overmuch as it pulls away.

And that, of course, was why she chose the silent method to report everything.  Lady Davidoglu's child was doing wonderfully - there was no reason to stress her by speaking of a mere possibility aloud.

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« Reply #12 on: Apr 15, 18, 12:21:11 PM »
Ji Yoon nodded, and briefly laid a hand on Lady Davidoglu's belly to verify Annie's work. Your assessment is correct, she thought, running another antiseptic spell over her hands. We will monitor her accordingly as things progress. When the time comes, it should not be hard to deal with. I've overseen... a lot of births. Very little surprises me anymore.

"Give me your hands," Ji Yoon said, switching back to spoken communication, and ran the same bit of craft over Annie's hands as she had her own. She waved a fresh towel over and walked Annie through the process of checking dilation - not for the faint of heart, but fairly clinical once you got past very basic conceptions of modesty. The healer took a few more times on her pocketwatch, and then they were out again.

Back in the hall, Ji Yoon glanced out the window towards the darkening sky.

"We'll be here a while," she considered. "We should order some food."

It was nearing nine o'clock before Ji Yoon announced that things had finally progressed to a point where it was time to push, and then the near-stupor of the last few hours was shaken off and everything happened very quickly and without complication.

"She's healthy, no distress," Ji Yoon explained, as she cleaned the newborn and checked her airways, "We can wait a few minutes to clamp the cord. Nothing bad happens if you do it earlier, but waiting three or four minutes helps prevent anemia. Cutting can wait until it stops pulsing. And then the placenta will deliver in about half an hour."

She passed the baby up to her mother.

"You can come over here now, Lord Davidoglu," Ji Yoon called to the man, still in his chair. "The worst is over. You have a beautiful daughter."

And now we wait some more, she thought to Annie, a smirk in her mental voice.





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« Reply #13 on: Apr 15, 18, 03:01:07 PM »
She was a little pink with pleasure at her assessment being correct, even if technically the assessment could show signs of trouble during delivery.  The point was.. she was learning.  And she was able to point something out BEFORE it became a problem.  Preparation was over seventy five percent of the battle, in her mind.

Eating with Ji Yoon was a study in grace.  She still didn't understand how the Tacean could manage to make everything look so graceful.  Yoana knew she was no slouch herself, but even still.. sometimes Ji Yoon made her feel like a bumbling child in the way she moved and presented herself.

Of course, Yoana had no idea just how true that statement could prove to be.  It wasn't as if Ji Yoon had told her of her heritage.

The delivery itself went quickly, and smooth to the point that Yoana almost worried it had been too easy.  But Ji Yoon was not messaging her about any problems, and everything seemed to go well.  There was blood, of course - but nothing awful.  Nothing that would ring alarm bells as of yet. 

Being able to watch that little girl come into the world was a marvel, and she felt.. she felt blessed to be there.  It gave her a warm feeling to know that she'd had some small role to play. 

Her eyes turned to Lord Davidoglu as he rose from his chair, her smile bright and welcoming as she saw the warmth in the man's eyes for having a girl.  Everyone loved having a little girl.  And now we wait some more.

There are worse things to wait for.  This isn't so bad. Yoana didn't lose her smile, even as she turned her attention back to Ji Yoon.  The truth was.. she'd rather enjoyed this whole experience.  Of course, nothing had gone wrong - but the birthing was fascinating nonetheless.  She had read the books, and seen the diagrams, of how a mother could birth a child.  But it was something entirely different to be so close and witness such a thing.

It made the entire process even more miraculous, truth be told.  I don't know if I could ever do it myself.. but it's beautiful.  Thank you, Lady Moon.  This was.. this was wonderful.

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« Reply #14 on: Apr 16, 18, 03:30:32 AM »
See enough and they start to lose their majesty, Ji Yoon thought back with a laugh, and set about cleaning up and making sure the parents were ready to be left alone with their new child. And doing it yourself makes it very unromantic very fast.

She did not explain further.

It was past midnight by the time the maidservant showed them back out to the street. Ji Yoon, bleary-eyed and yawning, hailed a carriage for them both - though it took a while to even find one, late as it was. There was scarcely another soul to be seen out of doors.

"I'll have the driver drop you off and then take me home," she offered, when one finally stopped. She didn't like the idea of Annie trying to walk home from the clinic at this time of night, especially if she was more drained than usual. That would be a regular recipe for disaster. She made sure Annie got in ahead of her, so she couldn't try to refuse the ride. "Give him your address, okay?"

Then, sighing, she sank into the seat and leaned her head back against the cushion. Her eyes drifted shut for a moment. More than a moment, like she was threatening to fall asleep right there in the carriage. "Ugh. I'm beat," Ji Yoon proclaimed, and then, a moment later, she cracked an eye open and looked at Annie. "So," she said, grinning. "You did really well back there. Do you think you're ready to handle the next one all on your own?"





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« Reply #15 on: Apr 16, 18, 09:00:25 AM »
Ji Yoon was likely correct.  She would eventually see so many of these that the romanticism would wear away beneath a tide of moans, blood, and various bodily functions.  But right now? Right now she felt like she was floating atop the world.  And she was enjoying it.

Despite that enjoyment, she did manage to catch Ji Yoon's mention of how going through a birth made the situation very  unromantic very quickly - and she found herself curious.  She'd not caught sight nor scent of a little one around the woman - and that likely meant whatever little one she'd had was.. gone.  She wouldn't ask.  But it did tamper her joy down, a little at least, as she came to grips with the idea that her Mentor had lost a child.

She must have.  Ji Yoon didn't seem the type to leave her child in some distant place without her mother.  Annie would never do that - never be able to leave a small child for more than a very short trip.  And this?  This was not a short trip. Ji Yoon was contracted to serve the Territory for far more than a few weeks.

She opened her mouth to argue as Ji Yoon stated that she would have the driver drop Annie off.. and then closed it.  It was rather late - and she supposed Ji Yoon had a point.  This late at night, things could be dangerous.  True, Annie rarely ever had problems herself.. but that might change.  If.. no, when her scent changed.. she might become a tasty target indeed.  She hoped that her work would prevent that.. but the streets could be a desperate place.

Sighing, she settled into the seat and offered up her address.  Inwardly, she winced a little.  She'd managed to successfully avoid Ji Yoon having to see where she lived for quite some time now - but there would be no disguising teh slums.  With any luck, her mentor would be tired enough to not really notice.  And it was very late!  Perhaps that would help in disguising just.. how bad.. things could be.

"Thank you."  She smiled, exhaustion catching up now that the adrenaline was dying down.  Of course, it spiked back up for a moment as Ji Yoon asked her if she was willing to do the next one by herself.  "Ah.. well sure.  So long as you know I'll scream for backup if anything seems like it is going wrong."  She flushed, pressing ehr fingers together.  "But I would like to give it the old try.  It.. doesn't seem too difficult, provided nothing goes wrong."

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Re: a hands-on approach
« Reply #16 on: Apr 16, 18, 12:19:25 PM »
Oh, mother, thought Ji Yoon, who was tired, but not so tired that should couldn't tell when something had gone right over her apprentice's head. "Annie," she said, other eye opening to fix her with a look. Her voice gentled a bit. "I'm joking."

Turning away, she watched the streets pass by outside their window, all dark pavement and witchfire lamps. She could tell their surroundings were changing as the carriage lumbered towards Annie's home, though it was too dark to really tell by how much. The largest indication was how bumpy the ride became, as the cobblestones beneath the carriage wheels became more irregular and poorly maintained.

She tried not to judge. It was not as though Ji Yoon hadn't known all along that Annie and her family lived in the slums, and that likely wouldn't change until Annie had her caste and was able to command a full Healer's salary.

Finally, the carriage lurched to a halt. "I'll see you in the morning," Ji Yoon said, leaning over to open the door. "If you need to come in an hour or two late, that's alright. I know this has been a long day, and there will be plenty to do tomorrow. Rest is important"

Ji Yoon, on the other hand, would be awake at her usual time, running on several cups of strong black tea and pure determination. So - no different from usual mornings.

After a final good night, the carriage pulled away, leaving Annie behind on the curb. Inside the cab, Ji Yoon stretched out her legs and dozed, trying to remember her children's faces.





 

 

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