July 22, 2016

In Which Morgan Finds Both Rain and Stone

August 27, 1201

"Yvanette!" Morgan kicked the door shut in case any prying eyes were about as she found her stepdaughter-in-law curled up on the bedroom floor. One of her gut feelings again. Given the progress of Yvanette's pregnancy, she'd thought it had to have been labor--a little earlier than expected, perhaps, but nothing unheard of. As she'd approached, however, it hadn't been moans or panting or half-constrained screams that greeted her. It hadn't even been sobbing.

Just silence.

"What happened? Did you fall? Are you all right?"

Yvanette shook her head--in keeping with her shivering, in contrast to her eerie stillness. Somehow, she was both rain and stone at once.


She thought she heard some ghost of a gasped syllable, but it was faint enough that any content was lost. It was faint enough that it might have been in her own head.

"Darling, talk to me." Morgan dropped to her knees and settled on the rug across from Yvanette. Upon further scrutiny, the young woman's tight fetal position concealed her middle well--too well. Even if she'd already birthed the baby, evidence would linger for some time yet.

Somehow, though, Yvanette looked like she'd never been pregnant at all.

"I can't help you if I don't know what's wrong."

Yvanette hugged her legs close, her form smaller still. She didn't say anything--but, she did tug at her nightgown as a small dark tail peeked out from beneath it.



Van said...

One of those posts that my brain didn't want to start, but went quickly enough when it finally did.

Ann said...

Oh my, so she had a kitten? And Ashe is now on the way to try and get the Naron to help? Good heavens...

S.B. said...

Oh my god. The baby was born in a transformed state? As a kitten? How is she going to be able to take care of it (him her)? How is she going to be able to get Morgan to leave?

Van said...

Ann: At least Ashe has a not-horrible-considering-it's-motherfucking-Deian rapport with the magic types? :S

Beth: Yep. Yvanette transformed and gave birth in cat form... so, while that would have been an easier labor for her based on how not-bothered by giving birth most animals seem to be, the also-transformed-at-the-time baby is stuck as a kitten.

Morgan, at least, would have been briefed on Yvanette's cat situation before she married Sevvie; Morgan has enough of a magical background she wasn't about to freak out about it, and she is lady of that castle as long as she and Lonriad are both around... so, it's easier for everyone if she does know. But, even if knowing is necessary for helping, it's not guaranteed to automatically make that leap. :S

Ren said...

Unlurking to say: SHE HAD A KITTEN!? That's sort of adorable.

Van said...

Haha! In a way, it sort of is--and hopefully this can be resolved in a way that will allow Yvanette to see it as such eventually.

Ann said...

I'm hoping for not-Deian, personally. But yeah, if someone had to go it's probably best ist's Ashe.

Van said...

Alas... Deian is the one most familiar with Yvanette's situation, unfortunately, just like Ylwa is with Dora's. Running into one of the others would be like having to go to another doctor while yours is on vacation and having to explain your medical history from the beginning. :S

Ann said...

Good point.