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PostSubject: South Boston Market   Mon Jun 20, 2011 8:25 pm

Kaitlyn pulled up to the backside of 'her' tent -- the one that had been set aside for her weekly use at the market. No one else used it the rest of the week, and she'd never had a problem with anyone damaging it. The nice thing about the market was that everyone here looked after everyone else, making sure that nothing happened. She opened up the back of the tent and started pulling in her crates of supplies to set up her clinic.

Before too long, there was a light scratching at the front of the tent, and Kait walked over to open up the flaps, tying them back out of the way. Outside was the group of orphans that always hung around, looking after each other. The oldest, a girl by the name of Maria, smiled shyly up at her. "Hello Miss Kaitlyn, do you need any help?"

Kait smiled and nodded her head. "If you can send the gang out so that they can spread the word that I'm here and ready to help? I brought sandwiches for everyone too."

Maria beamed, and the others behind her took off to let people know that Kaitlyn was available. There were too many people that couldn't afford the hospitals, and it was up to people like Kait to help them. She never turned anyone away if they couldn't pay her, though most of her patients would try to bring something. A bag of coffee, boxes of tea, or fruit, or occasionally a chicken... others paid with handwoven blankets, or clothing, or anything else they had to spare.

Kaitlyn settled into the rhythm of the day, knowing that her hours would be shorter today since she had waited to check in on the teens first. She'd just stay later that night to make up for it. Maria and the other children helped her as they could, guiding people to her, or taking the bartered items and storing them in her pickup for her, or even running to get fresh water for her when she needed it. They all worked harder for having the fresh sandwiches to munch on, and were also loyal to her, though she'd yet to convince Maria or any of the others to move into the hotel colony. Perhaps the cold bite of winter would drive them in, but right now they slept on the streets, in a protected hiding spot.
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PostSubject: Re: South Boston Market   Sun Jun 26, 2011 3:57 am

Tuvon set Raena down carefully on the rooftop, out of sight of the market yet on the outskirts. He frowned, then dropped everything next to her, quickly unrolling his blanket and wrapping her in it. She didn't look well at all... and it worried him more than he dreamed it might. He never had a friend before. He didn't want to lose his first one.

*I go find help. Then take you to it. I stay out of sight, but near. Humans will try to help you. They attack if they see me. So, no see. I stay near, but hidden,* he signed swiftly, to reassure her.

With that, he took his pole and swung down from the roof into the alleys and rubble-filled roads, dodging around swiftly as humans moved about, staying just out of sight. Often he returned to the roofs, where they couldn't see him yet he could move along easily. A couple children eating sandwiches may've caught a glimpse of him, before he moved on, but others weren't so attuned to watching above their heads.

A tent with a red cross on it. He knew what the symbol meant... and in a way, hated it. Doctors had done some wild and even hideous things to him back in the labs. He hadn't forgotten that, and never would.

But Raena needed help.

Cautiously, he dropped behind the tent, and huffed softly, listening to the movements within with his sharp hearing, sniffing to see what he could scent beyond the sharp sterile atmosphere of a medical facility. Herbs... Odd, but a more encouraging sign than the medicinal scents. The day was nearing a close... were they packing up for the end? They... no... she... One female. He could handle a single human female, if need be.

He couldn't allow this medical expert to leave yet. Tuvon had to get Raena here.

With a foot, he caught a tent peg and yanked it free, then another, letting one pole of the tent topple.

Immediately, he leapt back onto the rooftops, scurrying away.

That should buy them some time...
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PostSubject: Re: South Boston Market   Wed Jul 06, 2011 11:12 pm

Kaitlyn had been organizing her supplies, packing away most of in in preparation to head back to the hotel for the night. It was getting late, and most of the people that would come out to see her had already come. The last of the children had already scampered off to their hiding spots for the night, and most of the market had packed up too. She had just packed up the last box when one corner of the tent came falling in. "Hey!" Kaitlyn cried out in surprise, dropping the box she was holding. She tried to push the tent pole back up, but it didn't stay. Grumbling some, she pushed a crate over to brace the pole up, then went outside to jab the tent pegs back into the ground. Someone must have tripped over them and run away instead of putting them back. Wouldn't be the first time.

Sighing, Kaitlyn went back inside and started organizing her totes to carry them out to the old pickup truck. Most of her supplies were already there, as well as all the traded items she'd taken in as payment.
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PostSubject: Re: South Boston Market   Thu Jul 07, 2011 1:10 am

Raena had never felt so tired. She shivered with inexplicable cold, welcoming the numbness that seemed to be slowly replacing the pain. And still she feared being left more than she feared this...

*Stay...* she signed weakly again and again, her eyes closing despite her best efforts.
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PostSubject: Re: South Boston Market   Mon Jul 11, 2011 12:44 am

Tuvon huffed softly, hoping to reassure. She seemed to be fading on him. That worried him all the more.

Carefully, he used a blanket to wrap her up, and set their packs into hiding, taking only his pole on his back, his knives... and Raena. Scooping her up protectively in his powerful arms, the mutant all but flew across the rooftops, leaping with reckless speed, putting all his agility to use.

Within a short time, he was back at the medical tent. Good, it was still up. The truck nearby looked like it was filling up, however. But at least he was still in time.

If this woman would be willing.

Leaping lithely down before the tent, Tuvon set Raena down carefully, gently, huffing one last time to assure her he was still near, and straightened... then grabbed his pole from his back and thudded the end on the ground, making a loud metallic clanking sound.

...And waited, wary of his surroundings. Plenty of humans still were roaming around. The mutant didn't want further conflict at this time, not with Raena to be seen to. Once she was out of danger, sure, he wouldn't mind taking all comers...


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PostSubject: Re: South Boston Market   Mon Jul 11, 2011 9:19 pm

Kaitlyn was sorting through her medicines and bandages, getting ready to pack up her kit and head out when she heard a metallic clanking just outside the tent. Curious, she walked over and poked her head out of the tent flaps, looking around. "Hello? Is someone out here?" Her eyes searched the darkness, straining to see. "Does someone need medical assistance?"
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PostSubject: Re: South Boston Market   Sat Jul 16, 2011 7:59 pm

Tuvon grunted irritably, and fumbled for a flashlight amid his weapons. There! With growl, he flicked it on, flashing the beam onto Raena's wrapped form. Then he struck his metal pole on the ground again, demandingly. They needed her help!

He couldn't speak, so there was no way he could answer the woman's questions out loud. And as she couldn't see him in the dark, she certainly wouldn't see anything he signed at her unless he aimed it on his hands.

Luckily, the flashlight had a tight beam, so it also easily hid that he wasn't human, only revealing him as a creature standing on two legs, Raena's body hiding any view of his odd feet. He aimed it at one hand--and signaled, *She's hurt. Need help. Monster attacked.*

With luck, this woman wouldn't notice how inhuman he was until it was too late. For now... he would try to pass as one in the dark, and try convincing her that Raena was human...
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PostSubject: Re: South Boston Market   Sat Jul 16, 2011 10:59 pm

Kaitlyn's eyes had just started to adjust to the darkness when the flashlight flicked on. Flushing some, Kait stepped aside, pulling open the entrance flap. She was startled to see the figure signing, so it took her a moment for her brain to process what was being said. After a moment, it sank in, and she signed back. *She looks like she's been badly hurt. Bring her inside, quickly.*

She deftly tied back the tent flaps and moved back into the tent, working quickly to pull back out her kit. At least she hadn't doused the main lantern in the tent, she just needed to lift it back up to the top crosspiece. Once that was done, she grabbed a clean sheet out of one of her boxes and spread it back over the thin padded table she used to work on patients. Once that was done, she turned to look to the entrance, both signing and speaking. *I am not like doctors in their fancy clinics. I never turn away anyone needing my help.* Why she said it, she didn't know, she just felt like it was something they needed to hear.
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PostSubject: Re: South Boston Market   Tue Jul 19, 2011 1:03 am

Tuvon watched the woman with sharp, cautious interest as she returned within the tent, bustling around, then invited them in with that odd explanation.

But then, maybe that was what he wanted. The mutant had to admit, he was happier with that knowledge... though he was still wary of her.

Bending, he scooped Raena back up, tail taking his pole, and bounded to the tent's entrance with a couple leaps. There, he paused, before gathering his courage and stepping within--a waddling sort of stride. Head lowered to hide in his golden mane, he moved directly for the table, to set his friend down on it gently as he could, huffing softly to reassure her he was still near.

Then Tuvon shifted back a pace, straightening, and took his metal pole back from his tail into his hand, taking a guarding stance near the entrance. His free hand signed at Kaitlyn, *Monster threw her, broke things inside.*

Inhuman blue eyes gleamed in the limited light like a cat's, determined and defiant. There was no doubt from his stance and gaze that he would find help for his friend, regardless what he had to resort to.
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PostSubject: Re: South Boston Market   Wed Jul 20, 2011 8:37 pm

Kaitlyn was surprised to see Tuvon's features, but it was more of a surprise that he'd trust her enough to bring his friend here for help. *I'll help her as best as I can,* Kaitlyn told him, then turned all of her attention to Raena.

Kait started humming softly as she worked on Raena, gently cleaning her visible wounds, inspecting her for any clues as to what internal wounds she had as well. Bruised, if not broken, ribs would have to be bound up.

(Memory needs to be refreshed as to her injuries...)
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PostSubject: Re: South Boston Market   Fri Jul 29, 2011 1:58 am

(bloody hip and leg, breathing labored with pained, wheezy sound to it, faint grating sound when he moved her--the sound of broken bone. Before finally passing out cold, she was feverish, shivered with cold, a numbness slowly replacing the pain.)
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PostSubject: Re: South Boston Market   Wed Aug 03, 2011 9:22 pm

Kaitlyn worked quickly and efficiently, humming softly to herself as she worked on Raena. A gas stove was quickly set up and lit, and soon enough a kettle of water was placed on it to heat up. Periodically, Kaitlyn would glance over at Tuvon and tell him what she was doing for his friend, particularly when she'd made a concoction of herbs for her to drink. "They'll help dull away the pain, help reduce the fever, and boost her body's ability to heal. They'll also make her rather sleepy, which is a good thing, because she'll need rest to heal."

Kaitlyn carefully dribbled the tincture in Raena's mouth, hoping that she'd reflexively swallow it. Not too much, but enough to start doing some good. Oh, how she wished she'd been able to figure out the trick to healing that her great-grandmother knew. It would have been so handy tonight especially. Kaitlyn's gentle probing had found the broken rib, and all she'd be able to do would be to bind her ribcage. At least it didn't appear that the rib had punctured a lung, but Raena would need to lay down and rest for at least a week. She told Tuvon as much. "She'll need somewhere quiet to rest for at least a week. Do you have somewhere to stay? Somewhere safe and quiet?"
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PostSubject: Re: South Boston Market   Fri Aug 05, 2011 4:09 am

Tuvon remained silent as Kaitlyn worked on Raena, but his sharp blue eyes watched her every move, gleaming like a cat's in the limited light there in the shadows by the entrance flap. He maintained his guarding stance there the whole time, ears alert to the slightest sounds, but eyes intent on what was being done to his friend.

He made no sign to reveal that those explanations were actually rather reassuring, though his tail flicked at the tip like a cat's. Nor that he was relieved to know the pain-killer drink was herbal rather than pill or injection form. Such things the mutant kept sharply to himself, out of firm distrust of any medical human.

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"She'll need somewhere quiet to rest for at least a week. Do you have somewhere to stay? Somewhere safe and quiet?"

For this, however, he had little other option but to reply. Raena needed further care, and preferably safe and solid--even comfortable--shelter, if he could find such. And maybe this woman knew of a place that might mistake Raena for human, and treat her well at least until she was better.

*No. Hiding-places only. Not safe long,* Tuvon admitted grudgingly, eyes narrowing.

Much as he knew Raena didn't want him to leave her side, and he hoped to stay near his only friend in this world... if she was to get the right care to recover, he might have to stay hidden in shadows, or remain scarce, and visit her in secret.

If she ever wanted him to leave, that was. The mutant couldn't be sure she might not find acceptance among humans somewhere, someday... and opt for that life, one he himself could never, ever join.

Tuvon knew what he was. He knew the danger of his violent and volatile temper. He was a mutant, and did not deny it, not even to himself.
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PostSubject: Re: South Boston Market   Tue Aug 16, 2011 10:03 am

Light as Raena was, Kaitlyn still had some difficulty in lifting her up so that she could lift Raena's shirt and start binding her chest. She finally managed, after removing Raena's shirt, carefully putting it back on after wrapping the bandages firmly around the young girl's chest. Kait felt Raena's forehead and felt the fever still burning some. She'd need more medicine, but not right now, not until the drink she'd given her had worn off some. "You can both come back with me to the northern colony. It's in the old Peace hotel. I can get you both set up in one of the balcony rooms, and you'd be able to come and go through the balcony doors as you pleased. No one would disturb you there, I'd make sure of that."

Kaitlyn gently brushed back Raena's hair, worry still creasing her forehead. "She's going to need some more medicine in a few hours, to bring down the fever more, and something to eat as well. Meat broth to start with, so that her stomach doesn't rebel against too much food." She looked up at Tuvon, waiting on his reply.
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PostSubject: Re: South Boston Market   Fri Aug 19, 2011 2:49 am

Tuvon's head tilted to one side, not recognizing the hotel name. After all, this was his first foray into the wider world. He didn't know anything about such places, as they were never part of his training.

How this one intended to keep others in a colony from fearing and loathing himself, Tuvon had no idea. It didn't seem possible. Well, no matter. He could easily make himself scarce and difficult to notice for a while--human senses were luckily far more limited than his own. They could manage that way long enough for Raena to heal.

Tuvon huffed at the notion of meat broth. All they had was sub-par, below human notions of food, and certainly not up to broth material. Nor was hunting and using wild-caught meat necessarily wise--Tuvon might stomach it easily with his mutant heritage, but Raena's human side might be in danger with such.

*Thank you. Need not much space--just quiet, far from people. She easily frightened by people. People easily frightened by me. Best we apart, not see not hear each other,* he signed. Then he sighed, and his lips quirked in a slight but wry smile, displaying sharp fangs. *Have only pet food--not human. Beef stew okay?*

Either way, once Raena was somewhere safe, he would have to go retrieve their things from where he hid them. They were necessary and useful still.
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PostSubject: Re: South Boston Market   Thu Oct 13, 2011 7:25 pm

"You've both been surviving on pet food?" Kaitlyn was startled, but not horrified. People ate what was available when they were hungry. "Well then, we'll start her on broth at first, and go from there." Kaitlyn quickly packed up her kit and turned back to Tuvon. "If you'll carry her out to the truck, we'll head back to the colony. There's plenty of room up front for the three of us." She gave him a quick smile, reaching down to gently brush back Raina's hair again. "Don't worry about the other colonists intruding upon you. No one will bother you if you wish for solitude. I'll make sure of that. Though, some of them may surprise you. Mutant you may consider yourself, but others have sought sanctuary before, so several of the others are used to them. No pressures though. I think you both need someplace safe and secure to recover for a while."

Kaitlyn picked up her kit, heading for the entrance, holding it open for Tuvon to carry Raina out. It was true night by that point, the overcast haze that hid the sky much darker. In the distance she could hear the howls of the true monsters that lurked the streets. "We should hurry though. I don't like to be caught out so late..." Kaitlyn was a little nervous, but her concern for the other two were her main priority.
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PostSubject: Re: South Boston Market   Mon Oct 17, 2011 2:38 am

Tuvon nodded firmly, quickly, agreeing. He heard the sounds of the nasty mutant packs in the distance, and he could guess where and how far with his specialized hearing. With a quiet grunt, he scooped Raena up in his arms, his tail holding his metal pole for him, and followed her out of the tent towards the truck.

He would help Raena get set up at the hotel, then return through the streets and along the rooftops to retrieve their cached gear and supplies. One never knew what might be useful, after all. And the mutant had no idea what the hotel might have as far as resources go. Food and water and shelter were enough. The rest he could improvise.
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PostSubject: Re: South Boston Market   Thu Oct 20, 2011 9:52 pm

Thankfully there wasn't an incident on the way back to the hotel, and Kaitlyn was able to get into the underground garage without the duty guard getting too good of a look at who was with her. Since Kaitlyn wouldn't bring anyone in who was a danger, she wasn't stopped. Once she parked the old truck, she glanced over at Tuvon. "Now, let's hope that the elevators behave. We're hoping that a new arrival will be able to get them working properly, but we make do with what we have."

Kaitlyn lead the way to the elevator, and thankfully it was working properly. Then again, the one going from the parking garage to the hotel lobby tended to work more often than not. It was the other ones that tended to act up more often. She quickly crossed the empty lobby, thankful to see an elevator ready and waiting. "Ah...looks like our luck is good..." She waited until Tuvon had carried Raina into the elevator, then she hit the button for the ninth floor. "No one else has settled on that floor yet, so you'll be left alone. We'll get you both set up in one of the balcony rooms..." Kaitlyn fell silent as the elevator reached the ninth floor and she directed them down one hallway to a corner room. "Here we are...you'll be able to keep the key with you, no one else will be able to enter." She opened the door for him, holding onto the key until Tuvon was able to get Raina settled down into one of the beds in the room, then she handed him the key. "There should be an extra blanket in the closet should you need or want it. I'll leave you to get her settled, and both of you can get some rest. I'll come back up mid-morning with some food if you'd like."

She waited patiently to see if Tuvon needed anything else that night, and she made a mental note to check in on the teens to see how they were doing.
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