Dragon Wars Saga Arc Four: The Torn Sky Chapter Forty Six Part Nine

September 5th, 2014  |  Published in Dragon Wars  |  9 Comments

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“Damn!” Sarah signalled one the dryads who’d come from Waldhafen to assist her, then ran to Tarian’s side as Lyrrekka lowered him to the floor. “This looks bad. Can you stop him frenzying?”

“I can but at the moment he’s not trying too, which is a very bad sign,” Lyrrekka said. “That’ll come once you stabilise him.” She didn’t say if, but it hung in the air all the same.

Sarah frowned for a moment then nodded. “Ah, like that dragon who saved Ian that time.” She pursed her lips and laid a hand on his wound. “Let’s see what I can do.” She closed her eyes, obviously concentrating while Lyrrekka stroked Tarian’s forehead and whispered soothingly to him.

After a moment, Lyrrekka looked around at Julie. “What about the tags? Are we safe here?”

“Yes, though more by good luck than good judgement,” Julie said. “Ian sensed the tags as soon as we brought the first girl through and acted quickly enough to block them. We were lucky he was here. We’ve extracted them from the kids and the machine and I’ve got a couple of the cousins teleporting around the country with them to confuse the trackers.”

Lyrrekka let out a sigh of relief and her eyes returned to Tarian’s face. “That’s good then. How are the kids we rescued?”

“Drugged to the eyeballs with some narcotic the healers can’t identify but otherwise fine – physically, anyway,” Julie said. “I expect they are going to be messed up emotionally for a while.”

“I see.” Lyrrekka fell silent watching Tarian and Sarah. “Please be okay, Tar.”

Tarian’s eyes fluttered open and he looked up at her. He opened his mouth but obviously couldn’t speak, after a moment’s struggle he switched to mental speech which was still faint and halting.

I don’t think I’m going to be, he said. I’m sure you’ll catch me.

“Of course I will if needed,” Lyrrekka replied. “But Sarah hasn’t given up yet so don’t you dare. Keep fighting. You’re too good a friend to lose, even temporarily.”

You know me, Lyr, I’ll keep trying until I can’t any– He broke off as a portal tore open nearby and Karilya came running through looking frantic. She landed on her knees by Tarian and clung to him.

“Daddy, please stay!”

Estara emerged from the portal more sedately and inclined her head to Julie. “I’m sorry for tearing my way through your wards like that but Karilya wouldn’t calm down and she was going to hurt herself trying.”

“It’s forgivable in the circumstances,” Julie said. “Hopefully–”

“Damn!” Sarah looked pale as she looked up. “The bullet did too much damage. If we could take him to Waldhafen we could put him in stasis while the dryads healed him but I can’t even get him stable enough that we could move him there without killing him.”

“Daddy!” Karilya wailed.

Hush, Kari, he said. You’ll see again me soon. I’m sure I’ll be a good little brother to you.

“But I’ll be grown up before you remember me again.” She clung to him again still sobbing.

Then we’ll make new memories in between, he said. But you need to let go now so I can transition – Sarah-alra and her friend can’t hold me much longer.

Karilya sobbed even more loudly but did as he said. Estara knelt down and hugged her as Sarah and the dryad who had been assisting both straightened.

“It’s no good, I’m sorry,” Sarah said.

Thank you for trying, Sarah-alra, he said weakly. Are you ready, Lyr.

“No, but I’ll do it anyway,” Lyrrekka replied.

Good, he said. At least we’ll get to test Dalrydian-mirian’s theory now. He closed his eyes and exploded before collapsing down into an egg in Lyrrekka’s lap. She hugged it to her her chest and wept quietly.

 

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9 Responses to “Dragon Wars Saga Arc Four: The Torn Sky Chapter Forty Six Part Nine”

  1. targetdrone says:

    oh come on… from a hit in the shoulder? aren’t we fishing for tears here? unless it was like a grenade launcher the most it would do is puncture through…. and even without magic that would be easily enough to stabilize… even if it shredds an artery you still could grab it through the wound and just hold it shut…. heck, either cauterize it with fire or freeze it shut, someone elemental user from one of those disciplines ought to be close by, no?

    baaad form of torturing kari just for some quick drama…. 🙁

    • Rebecca Sutton says:

      Yeah, I should have been more clear about that. My intent was that the bullet was deflected down by the scapula and tore through the lung and heart. Maybe I’ll change it so he gets hit in the back as he’s entering the portal. But no, it’s not fishing for tears. It’s mostly that things are going too well for the characters.

      • targetdrone says:

        sorry, didn’t meen to come over quite as offensive about that as i did. Somehow that shattered my suspension of disbelief which just got me riled up a bit.. .
        still a problem with what you propose… if it hit the heart… he wouldn’t be concious long enough to be able to have that conversation with kari at all either ….
        ah well.. guess i best just keep my trap shut and try to force the shards of my suspension of disbelive together again 😛

      • Rebecca Sutton says:

        No, I don’t mind. 😀 I want it to work as a scene. Just the lungs maybe?

      • mjkj says:

        The lungs should work. He should be alive until both are collapsed or run full of liquid and then he will suffocate. That might take about three to five minutes after the oxygen exchange has been reduced or almost stopped and I guess up to ten or fifteen minutes until that happens depending on the damage done – collapse could also be immediate and usually needs a connection from the cavity to the outside – though that should be fixable quite easily with Sarah’s healing powers. So I guess it needs to be a quite shattered lung the other one collapsing/filling slowly and some damage to the heart – but not the organ itself but to its providing arteries (those are usually the cause for an infarct) – though I do not know what damage Sarah is able to heal – this all sounds like it should be easy for her…

      • Rebecca Sutton says:

        I’ll probably explain it in story, but basically hearts and lungs are difficult unless you have a person in stasis because otherwise you can’t stop them to work on them.

      • mjkj says:

        True.

        So, poor Tarian is suffocating…
        🙁

      • Rebecca Sutton says:

        *Nods* That’s why he can’t speak outloud.

  2. mjkj says:

    Awww…

    Poor Tarian.
    😕
    …and poor Karilya *hugs her*

    So, I believe the theory will work (i.e. be confirmed)
    🙂
    Well, could they somehow transport the tags through the tear? or otherwise into the realm of the attackers?

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