An exhausted-looking healer was kneeling by the bed when Sarah led the group into the room where Ken was being treated. Ken was still unconscious and Arnold was kneeling on his other side, watching his brother with an anxious expression. Sarah cleared her throat and both young men looked around. The healer immediately leapt to his feet.
â€œDoctor Tyler! Thank goodness you’re here. I don’t know how much longer I can keep him breathing.â€
â€œYes, that’s why I’m here.â€ Sarah walked over, knelt down by the healer and put one hand on Ken’s forehead. After a moment she scowled and looked around. â€œWhat a mess. How did she manage all that in one spike?â€ She took a shaky breath. â€œI think I can get his autonomic nervous system working again, at least temporarily. Hopefully one of our allies will be able to fix it more permanently.â€
â€œThank you,â€ Arnold said. He looked around at Julie. â€œI heard what you did to our mother. Can you keep her that way until Ken is well enough to decide what to do with her?â€ He didn’t add an ‘if he ever is’ to that but his expresson said it well enough. â€œIs this ally a dragon?â€
â€œI’ve asked my mirian,â€ Adrian said. â€œHe’s very good with such things. We’re just waiting for a reply. If not, we’ll try Estara-miria, but she might react as badly as Ju- as my grandmother did.â€
â€œAnd you trust them both?â€Arnold asked.
â€œAbsolutely,â€ Adrian said. â€œMy mirian because I know him and Estara-miria by reputation.â€
â€œThat’s good enough,â€ Arnold said. â€œIf you trust them, we will.â€ He looked back at his unconscious brother. â€œPlease be okay, Ken.â€
â€œWe’ll do our best,â€ Sarah said. â€œBut she really caused a lot damage.â€ She closed her eyes again for a moment then nodded. â€œThere, he can breathe on his own now. I’ll keep him asleep until he’s been treated.â€ She turned to the healer. â€œAnd you go and rest. You’ve worn yourself out.â€
The healer nodded and left the room just as an imp flew in and shot to Adrian.
â€œFrom Indaturan?â€ Sarah asked.
â€œThat’s right,â€ he said . As he absorbed it, a small clay pendant it had been carrying thumped into his hand. â€œHe says to bring Ken as soon to Ystelyan’s place as possible before the damage becomes set. It’s harder to deal with once it’s set.â€ He tossed the pendant to Sarah. â€œThis is to protect his essence.â€
â€œGreat.â€ Sarah gently looped the pendant around Ken’s neck before lifting him from the bed psychokinetically.
â€œI’m coming with you!â€ Arnold leapt to his feet.
â€œI’m afraid you can’t come, Arnold,â€ she said. â€œWe don’t have one of these for you, you’d collapse.â€
â€œI’ll try and get another one and come back,â€ Adrian said.
â€œWait a minute!â€ Tara pushed her way forward from the back of the group, pulling a small stone pendant from her pocket. â€œI still have the one Ystelyan gave me. Use that.â€
â€œThanks.â€ Arnold tied it around his neck.
â€œThat’s sorted then,â€ Sarah said. â€œAdrian, you’re with me.â€ She looked around. â€œAnd we’ll need someone else to help manoeuvre Ken through the gate.â€
â€œWe’ll do it!â€ Andrew pulled Naria forward with him. â€œNari can visit her family.â€
â€œOkay,â€ Sarah said. â€œThe rest of you stay here.â€ She opened the gate and they headed though it.