October 24, 2014

In Which Aerina Gets a Similar Complaint

September 12, 1187

"Nephew!" Aerina greeted Jadin like she did all her nieces and nephews who were older than she was. She hadn't been quite close with any of them--perhaps she'd been closest to Viridis, who'd only be a few months older than she was--but it was still funny enough, the idea of an aunt who was younger than her nieces and nephews, that they usually got a chuckle out of it.

Jadin, however--usually more jovial than Raia or Searle--just grimaced. "Auntie."

"This isn't a social call, is it?"

"Uh... no, not exactly." Figured. Given that they weren't that close, they didn't make a point to make one-on-one visits often. But if Jadin wasn't here to chat, then he had a problem--a problem of her less-than-pleasant specialty. "I've been having some... issues."

A rogue nerve in Aerina's leg twitched. Close or not, there was little worse in the life of a healer than treating one's own friends and family. "What sort of issues?"

"Uh, well... it started with just a rash. I'd had similar rashes before, but they always sort of cleared up on their own after a while." As many rashes did. Many, but not all. "Then I started having some difficulties with, um... elimination. And..."

He flushed. She opted to spare him the trouble. "Other functions of that area?"

"Ye-es. No performance issues--just added irritation when... ready to go." That, Aerina wouldn't have known about firsthand. But Jadin wasn't finished. "Now I've been having some dizzy spells, headaches, fevers, digestive issues--and that's been the best of it. My innards keep flaring up. They're all right now, but sometimes, I swear they're on fire. It's like someone's trying to cook me with my own blood."

"That's a... vivid description." Vivid, and troublesome. She'd run into a healer from Tetranshire while gathering herbs, and the woman had said a man had recently come to her with a similar complaint. 'Flames in the veins', or something to that effect. Sadly, given the story, Aerina did not think Jadin would be the least likely of her relatives to contract the same ailment. "Could I maybe take a look at this rash?"

"Er..." He cringed.

As she'd thought he might.

"It's in kind of a, er... private area..."



Van said...

I sometimes suspect that my joints are four times the age of the rest of my body.

Winter said...

Ouch! That sucks.

So, Severin helps found a kingdom, Raia founds a university, and Jadin catches the new Naroni STD? That sounds just about right. Jadin, Jadin...

Those symptoms do not sound good. Whatever it is, it's not just a rash anymore. I hope Aerina can do something for him (and that Xeta hasn't caught it from Jadin.)

Ekho said...

Oh gosh I really hope Xeta doesn't have anything :S Or any of the kids, that would be the worst!
I had a friend whose mother contracted herpes via her cheating husband while she was pregnant, 20 years later the child (now a grown woman) was in hospital from a sudden break-out. The worst part was there was nothing that could be done, and she and her mother contracted the virus without any knowledge or warning.

Van said...

Winter: Ye-ep. :S Poor guy. At least his family is likely to be sympathetic.

It's definitely beyond the "just a rash" stage. Maybe Aerina can do something for him, but none of the healers had that luck the first time around. Then again, it's been a few years, so maybe they've come up with something new.

Ekho: We'll be seeing Xeta in the post after next, and she'll probably have had time to get herself checked by then. The kids who are already born are safe, but Xeta is pregnant right now... :S

Yikes! What a horrible way to contract an incurable (albeit, not fatal) disease. That's just awful. :(

Penelope said...

*sigh* Well, if anyone was going to be afflicted, it was going to be Jadin for sure. Er, but that would also indicate that he has probably be spreading it high and low as well. Oh dear.

Van said...

Eee, ye-ah. :S