Intrusions, Intentions, Intestines, and Information

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Intrusions, Intentions, Intestines, and Information

Post by Dorlin on Sat Apr 18, 2015 12:52 am

The battle had gone badly. The Mistborn had escaped and their own Mistborn had been shown her insides by the swords of two guards. Dorlin, still Tapping his steel-mind for speed, hurried to Lena's abode. The Lady Voïra was safely secured within the confines of the Elariel estate: the Terrisman had insisted on ensuring his mistress was safe first, and he'd carried both women as he ran. As he arrived at the skaa's tenement, he threw open the door, dropped her with disinterested care, and began vigorously digging through her things, searching for vials of pewter. He'd spare an occasional glare at her.

"What in the Lord Ruler's name were you thinking? We were there to observe, to watch and gain intelligence." The Steward slammed a cabinet door shut as he moved to the next, his entire voice and attitude uncharacteristically angry. "We'd therefore learn without being detected. Instead, you have provided our enemy an awareness, however limited it may be, of both who we are and that we are on to whatever plot they're concocting!"

SLAM. Dorlin closed another door and turned to look at her. His hands flew up in a shrug.
"Well?! Where is your cursed pewter, skaa?!"
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Post by Lena Vershmitz on Sat Apr 18, 2015 1:06 am

Lena groaned and coughed up blood as the steward dropped her to the floor. She pulled herself toward the wall and removed a loose board, revealing a small stash of pewter. She quickly downed a couple of vials, feeling only mildly better as she dragged herself to her bed.

She did not want to deal with Dorlin right now, but she did owe him her life and at least an explanation of some sort. She coughed again.

"Sind said the Blessings were dangerous. I thought that Mistborn was my teacher. Sind thought I could confuse matters by showing my hand and I believed the Mistborn would not harm me."

Lena sighed in frustration. "Whether that woman was my teacher or not, I am not now certain, but I do know she was the one staying in the basement of Keep Venture and was likely the one who received the message on the bow concerning tonight's meeting."

She shook her head, trying to find any way to make it sound less terrible than the Terrisman had put it. "If it's any consolation, she may still believe we are working for House Hasting."

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Post by Dorlin on Sun Apr 19, 2015 2:24 pm

"Consolation?" Dorlin's eyes flashed as he looked over at her. He had ceased searching for the skaa's pewter stores as soon as he'd heard her ripping up the planks of her floor, figuring that she was getting the metal herself. Instead, he'd found an old tattered blanket and had began ripping it into strips for binding her wounds. Pewter might sustain her until she could heal, but leaving her guts exposed to the dirt and grime of a skaa tenement was foolish. "Tell me, then: does the possibility that we weren't recognized bring great consolation to you in return for the hole in your belly?"

Anger burned in his voice and, grabbing a small bucket, the Terrisman strode from the room. He returned a minute later, the bucket filled with the ice cold water of the nearby well. Fuming, he silently began to soak a couple of the less dirty rags in the water. The color bled from the cloth as ash and grime left the rags and entered the water. He pushed her down into a lying position on her bed, not roughly but irresistibly. His hands began cleaning the wound, making good use of the clean cloths and betraying a knowledge of biology and medical training not often found in Stewards. Finally Dorlin looked back at her, his face still hard but his eyes narrowed in curiosity.

"Wai, what 'Blessings'?"
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Post by Lena Vershmitz on Sun Apr 19, 2015 3:32 pm

Lena gasped in pain as the steward cleaned her wounds. There was no need to play tough when your life was bleeding out. At the same time she knew she would receive no sympathy from the fuming Terrisman.

"She had already seen me and Sind in the keep the other night. You, Voïra, and Eliot remain anonymous to her. That is a consolation to me. This wound is entirely my own fault. Had I not been distracted by the revelation and betrayal of my mentor, I could have easily avoided the guards in the same way she avoided Hyde's attack."

A whimper escaped her throat as Dorlin touched a particularly raw area of her injury. In answer to his last question she nodded.

"Yeah, the Mistborn said that she would take possession of the Blessings immediately and then dispose of the vessels. I have no idea what that means, but Sind does and she did not want such things falling into Venture's hands."

Lena returned the steward's curious stare. "Why? Do you know something about it?"

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Post by Dorlin on Mon Apr 20, 2015 8:39 am

"No. I don't. Which is why I asked."

Dorlin finished cleaning the wound and tossed the bloody rags to the floor. Taking the strips of cloth he'd torn earlier, he washed them off and began wrapping Lena up with them, being sure to add a fair bit of cloth over her wound to prevent too much blood escaping. He frowned as he did, noting the worrisome amount of red life still trying to leave her body.

"You need to be sewn together. You don't have needle and thread, do you?"
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Post by Lena Vershmitz on Mon Apr 20, 2015 2:42 pm

"Oh," she groaned. "Ask Sind. She knows."

The Pewter was slowly taking the edge off her wounds, but she knew she didn't have enough to bring her back to full health any time soon.  Her stash was for emergency purposes only, but she didn't realize just how big of a stash she was going to need.

"I do have some sewing stuff in that cabinet over there."  Her vision went blurry for a moment and she thought she might pass out.

"I really am sorry, Dorlin, for the trouble I caused you all tonight."

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Post by Dorlin on Mon Apr 20, 2015 8:04 pm

"Be quiet." The Steward's deep voice reverberated through the small room, and it was firm and commanding. "You're in no condition to speak more than necessary."

But his expression softened a bit as he rushed to the cabinet she indicated to retrieve the supplies he'd asked about. Silently he went to work sewing up her gut wound, and for a good ten minutes the room was filled with only his steady breathing and her sharp intakes of breathe. Finally Dorlin finished, and breaking the excess string with his teeth, he stood up.

"There. Now rest. I'll talk to Get about finding you more pewter, since he's the resident expert on the metal."

Without another word he opened the door and strode out, the closing of the portal leaving tendrils of mist that quickly dissolved.
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Post by Lena Vershmitz on Mon Apr 20, 2015 8:39 pm

Once Dorlin left Lena inhaled deeply and winced at the pain. She was incredibly grateful that the steward was both willing and able to mend her wounds, despite how uncomfortable the process had been.

Exhaustion failed to overtake the young Mistborn, leaving her to stare at the ceiling and relive the events of the evening.

I could have done so many things better tonight. At least I'm the only one who got hurt, and Dorlin, Voïra, and Eliot are still unknown to the Venture Mistborn.

Physical wounds were not the only thing she suffered from.

I could have sworn that was Broulliar, but it just doesn't make sense! If they were one and the same, she would have recognized me at the keep the other night, wouldn't she? And her reaction to seeing me tonight would have been different, wouldn't it have? I have to know!

A vain attempt to move just brought more pain and a wave of nausea. She wouldn't be going out to look for Broulliar any time soon. If he was the Mistborn they fought tonight, he - or she - would be resting for a while to recover as well.

Lena intentionally shallowed her breathing and hoped Dorlin or anyone would be back soon with more Pewter.

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