Turenay, Naighei Hanre, seventh week of Mizran
Life is getting normal again! I have made good progress with all
the things I need to do, I have worked with doctor Jeran for another
day, seen many of the people I needed to see, I have done ordinary
apprentice-work in the hospital, and I have even had the time to visit
Raisse to kiss her goodnight every night since I last wrote in my
notebook! I think that this is what pleases me most.
It is a bit of a pity that the one night that I was looking forward
to a quiet evening and, most of all, eating the dinner Arvi had
prepared, Lord Radan and Halla invited me for dinner, but it was a
very pleasant evening nonetheless, and Kheti and Arin were present,
too. Arin had met Aidan in Essle and could tell me all about my
husband. But though I sated my curiosity, I took care that there were
other things spoken of at dinner.
The other evening, Raisse invited me for what called the "Grand
Masters' meeting". I was quite anxious, but it was much the same as
the doctors' journeymen's monthly dinner -- just be together for some
food and drink, and casual conversation about what is happening in the
I was present, Raisse, Orian, Leva and Riei. And as a guest,
Khisif. I did put in that I felt I should go back to school and learn
many things. I know I am a very good doctor, or at least, becoming
one. But there are so much I do not know about semsin. Leva agreed,
but said it would be best to do that after I had become a master in
the Doctors' Guild. Or wait for a year, at least. I think Leva is very
wise. I would not have the time, anyway.
Leva has told me she would allow me to temp (as I think the
expression is, I have heard the nurses in the hospital use it, unless
it has to do with ascertaining whether a patient has a fever...) for
Erne. She says that being a journeywoman means I should be able to do
the work of a master, while still having someone to ask the things one
Last night, Cynla came home very late, I was already in bed and
almost asleep. When I cuddled up to her she told me she had met a
journeyman brewer. She confessed she drunk too much beer with him
and confided in me that she had been kissing with him on the
I was too sleepy to really think about this until the
morning, when I awoke her by sitting down on her belly and tickling
her. There is, after all, only one brewery anywhere in the
vicinity, if you don't count alehouses where they brew their own beer.
And that's Gralen!
I asked Cynla the boy's name, and he is called Torin! I think I
remember him, he is Lady Rava's youngest sister's middle son. So, he
is related to us by marriage, and if Cynla would marry him, she would
be my third cousin thrice removed (for I have married Aidan, whose brother has
married Raisse, whose mother's sister's son might marry Cynla!
But Cynla had too much of a hangover to actually follow my
thoughts, and I told her to take a bath. She was even too hung-over to
actually eat her breakfast!
I think I am getting confused by the days, though. Let's see:
- Dochein hanre: I helped Erne, and there was the doctors'
- Nanei hanre: working with doctor Jeran.
- Anshein hanre: attend the service, treat Rovan's legs,
visit Lyase, dinner with Lord Radan.
- Naighei hanre: treat Khisif, grand masters' meeting.
- Mizrein hanre: inspect the weavery. (If that is an Ilaini word?)
- Khisif: Khisif was very nearly healed, except that it was
clear that while the field was fallow, so to say, it was barren. Dried
out, said Leva. I am beginning to learn that the way to heal with
semsin is to think of a suitable metaphor, one that is both spritually
fitting as well as physically
appropriate -- scratch
that. The metaphor I found was physically completely inappropriate,
though very effective.
Even when writing this, I have to blush. I can hardly look at
Khisif or her children without blushing! I did both with my mind and
with my mouth moisten her, which made her break her clouds, all over
my face. It did make her, fortunately, long very much for her husband.
(Later, when we were discussing why the hungry cat shouldn't be
fed cinnamon buns by Jilan, we got talking about eating mice. The boy
thought that the cat shouldn't eat mice, since mice were not very
tasty. He had tried it himself, he said, but they were too hairy. This
made Arvi say, that's why I shave my rose... That was too much for
Khisif and me, and we nearly fell on the ground laughing. At least we
can look each other in the face again!)
- Rovan: We did give Rovan some time to prepare himself this
time, which prevent any unfortunate accidents. He's learning to read
from the boy with the broken leg who lies next to him. The treatment
seems to work, though Rovan reports feeling a tension in his legs,
apart from the pain. This time, Leva let me do it all by myself and
Rovan did not make sound when I forced his legs into the splints.
- Lyase and her twins: Poor Lyase! She was so tired!
I visited her on Anshein hanre. I could hear her baby boy, he is
called Ayran, crying before I had even reached the watermill. The girl
is called Cora! After me! But the babies are very restless, they do
not sleep well, and they cry, and cry and cry.
I remembered the spiritual touch we use in the hospital to let
people sleep before an operation, I asked Leva (using my spirit!)
whether this could be harmful for a baby. She said no, so I stroked
the boy gently over his forehead, closing his eyes and sending him to
Before that I expelled a little air from his little body with a
touch I had learned in Iss-Peran. (After all, I am supposed to be
moderately competent in childcare, I have had enough lessons in the
Palace, even though as a queen I would never have been let close to my
Both touches I could teach Lyase, who is fortunately gifted with
the spirit. It must be very hard for mothers who aren't!
I should have known Lyase would be so very tired because Halla
told me her twins were crying all the time, but I didn't think. If I
had thought, I would have brought my cosmetics, oils and soap and
other bathing things. Without them, I still gave Lyase a good scrub in
a really hot tub and kneaded her neck and shoulders. I will return at
least once a week to do this for her.
Then the children awoke, and I was allowed to change their nappies
and bathe them. And when they were clean, Jeran came in, and he went
into the tub, too!
By then I was really tired from keeping the water hot all the
time, and I went home.
Tomorrow afternoon I will go with Jeran and Ruyin to the weaving
workshop near the South Gate and see whether the looms are in good
order. Jeran is going to find out how much money one of the special
looms for weaving very thin linen will cost.