After the Snow Storm

Kalden Ottovo
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Kalden Ottovo
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11:00 PM - Sep 29, 2011 #1

Kalden was in the shower and it felt good to have the hot water streaming over his body. Illanian and he had made very good use of the snow storm that had snowed them in for almost a week. He leaned against the wall and looked down at himself. He couldn’t believe that he was free of the cursed ring of obedience. He didn’t know what had changed between Kalden and Illanian on their journey together, but they had gotten close and this week together had only brought them closer.

Of course it just wasn’t non-stop sex and they did have a little tiff over who got to read what book to whom. Kalden wanted to read a romantic story to Illanian and Illanian wanted to read an adventure story to Kalden. Illanian won that fight when she kissed him and he was too stunned from the kiss to stop her once she started to read. So what else was he to do, but settle down and listen to her beautiful voice.

Kalden shut off the water and he made sure to add some power to the warming spell around the hot water tank. He forgot to one morning in the middle of the storm and the screech Illanian let out was like a half-drowned cat. Needless to say he never got out of the shower without putting a warming spell around the hot water tank.

He wrapped the towel around himself as the door burst open and Illanian rushed towards the toilet. She barely got the lid up before she started to throw up and Kalden was glad he remembered to flush. He moved over towards her and reached down to hold her hair back and waited for her to stop, “Are you all right?”
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Illanian Krishta
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11:33 PM - Sep 29, 2011 #2

It had been a long week, not that Illanian minded it at all, being snowed in was a completely new experience to her and she found that she rather enjoyed it. For once she could sit still for a while, not having to do something or other, not having to run in one direction or the other and most of all, enjoying time alone with Kalden. It was not just about the physical aspect of him anymore; they talked and read, made food, watched the snow fall and had a great time.

One morning she had gotten up to take a shower, she was so fast in and out the shower, she was a blur. The water had been ice cold, she had forgotten to put a warming spell on it and her ensuing screech had made sure, that Kalden was now making she sure they had hot water for a shower or bath. She had never bothered much with those things, always having some maid or Hearth Witch available to do these things for her, so Illanian had simply not thought about it.

Illanian was not as spoiled as some would have thought she was, but she had a few issues with ordinary household tasks. For once she lacked the patience to grow anything, second she was a horrid cook, and third she tended to forget simple things as heating the water before she used it or put a warming spell on the tub. However she was fully capable of warming food, cutting bread, cheese and vegetables and small things like that. Just running a household was not her strength at all; she rather left that to more adapt witches.

Stretching out in bed, she decided she would get up and make sure the fireplaces were well stocked; it was nice to have it tasty warm and enough fire wood to last for a long time. In the small kitchenette she looked for bread and coffee, she was just about to get some cheese as well and the jam, when she felt nauseated all of a sudden. Looking at the cheese made her dry heave and she did not care if Kalden was in the bathroom right now and would witness her being sick, she made her way to the toilet as fast as she could.

While she was being sick, Illanian was trying to think what in the name of Hell might have made her vomit like this. The bread and cheese were still good and she had not eaten anything the day before that would have made her so ill. She sat back and flushed the toilet, “I am not sure Kalden, my stomach does not feel well at all.” And with that she was vomiting again, there was really not much left and after a few more heaves she seemed to be done. Now she had to brush her teeth to get the taste out of her mouth, slowly she made her way to the living room after she was done and sat on the couch.

Just thinking about eating anything made her feel sick again, so she wanted to stay away from the kitchenette for a while. Her stomach felt like it was on fire and she did not like that at all, "Maybe I should see a Healer, I do not like the way this feels." she said to Kalden and then was running for the bathroom again.
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Kalden Ottovo
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2:07 AM - Oct 03, 2011 #3

Kalden wondered if it was something Illanian ate as he helped her to the couch. He was worried as last night Illanian had been feeling all right, but now she was throwing up. He didn’t know what to do or how to stop her from throwing up. He just nodded as Illanian suggested a healer before she went running off. He got up and hurried to get dressed as he could hear Illanian being sick in the bathroom. He got some clothes for Illanian as well before he grabbed a blanket off the bed and he waited for her outside of the bathroom.

He reached for the lead escort’s mind on a spear to spear thread. ** Illanian is sick, get the carriage out of the snow and make it ready we are going to see the nearest healer. **

As Illanian came out of the bathroom Kalden wrapped the blanket around her and he picked her up , “I’ve got you Illanian, the carriage is being made ready. We’ll get you to a healer.”

Kalden started to carry Illanian outside and he grabbed the bucket for the ashes of the fireplace before they went outside. He vanished the ashes and was thankfully it was a nice sunny morning. They only had to wait a few moments before the carriage came around with all of the escorts on it. He hurried to get Illanian into the carriage. ** We are all set. **

He looked at Illanian in his arms and held out the bucket for her as he rubbed her back, “It’ll be okay Illanian we’ll get you to the healer soon I promise.”
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Illanian Krishta
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9:24 PM - Oct 05, 2011 #4

Kalden was very sweet to her, but Illanian did not have the time to enjoy his concerns about her, she was too busy being sick right now. However, his concern was of some comfort, and he seemed to know what to do. At least she did not have to worry about getting her escorts ready and the carriage, her head was simply not in it at the moment. She was trying to figure out what was making her so ill, they had eaten the same thing and Kalden seemed fine, but maybe he would get sick later too or maybe his stomach was simply more resilient.

By the time she was done, there was nothing left she could get possibly sick about. Illanian still felt nauseated, but at least the vomiting had stopped and she was brushing her teeth and washing her face before she left the bathroom to find Kalden waiting for her, with blanket in hands. To be honest, all she wanted was to crawl back into bed and keep warm under the covers, to get some rest and hope this would be over soon. Kalden picking her up was nice and she felt safe with him, he was determined to get her to a Healer and Illanian did not have the strength to protest, it had been her idea in the first place.

Leaning against him, she was looking at the bucket he was holding for her, “I think I will be alright for now. I just feel nauseated, but not as bad as before.” She told him with a weak smile, leaving out that there was nothing left in her stomach to get sick with. All she wanted right now was his arms around her and telling her she would be alright, the movement of the carriage was making her sleepy and she closed her eyes as she snuggled into Kalden. Her little four foot nine frame was completely lost in the big blanket he had wrapped her up in.

Finally they arrived at the Healer; the woman was very polite and careful. Kalden was made to wait in a sitting room, while she was examining Illanian and soon Illanian knew exactly what was making her so sick. For a moment she looked stunned at the Healer, now how? Well she knew HOW, but ………. Illanian recalled a day or two where she might have forgotten to take her contraceptive brew and apparently Kalden had as well…………that would be HOW. Pregnant, now that was something she had not planned for at all…………….

The Healer went over the precautions she would need to take from now on; Illanian removed the necklaces and earring containing her jewels and set them next to her. Basic craft she would be allowed to do, but she was not to overdo it. She was given some gauze bags with brews and instructions how to make them for her morning sickness, she was also told she should rest a lot in her first trimester, for one she was a small witch and secondly she was a dark jeweled witch. Illanian was cautioned to be very careful and not to travel for her first trimester, if she wanted to keep the baby. She should be okay for some traveling during her second trimester, but definitely not in her third; the Healer said she would be looking after her until she gave birth, if she decided to stay where she was right now.

Illanian was a little shocked, all her plans had been thrown in the air now, some she had already discarded and had made new ones, but now her future was anyone’s guess. As the Healer left to bring Kalden into the room, Illanian was looking into a mirror, sticking out her belly as far as it would go. She knew all she had to do was use her Red to abort the little life growing inside her, but the moment she thought about it her hands were covering her abdomen protectively. No, she could not hurt their baby, even if Kalden decided he needed to leave and enjoy being a free man. Illanian did not want him to feel trapped by her having his child; she wanted him to be happy.

The nausea had subsided with the brew she had been given by the Healer; Illanian was turning from side to side in front of the mirror, trying to imagine her belly swollen with child. Of all the plans she had about her future, THIS had never occurred to her. What also had never crossed her mind was that she could love someone more than herself and feel motherly love for an unborn child. “I will take good care of you.” She whispered as she caressed her abdomen, it was a promise and Illanian never broke a promise. Now she was nervous what Kalden would say…………she was sure this had never crossed his mind either…………..they had just gotten to know each other better…………
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Kalden Ottovo
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1:22 AM - Oct 07, 2011 #5

Kalden was pacing in the small waiting room that the healer had. He couldn’t sit down he was just too full of nervous energy. He was the only one in the room as he told the escorts to wait outside. He was glad that they didn’t challenge him on it. His whole body was tight with worry and frustration at not being able to do anything, but pace.

He rubbed in his face, what was taking so long…was something serious wrong with her. Did he somehow hurt her…was he too rough with her? He didn’t think he was. Still she was a rather petite woman…what if he scrambled up her insides.

Before Kalden could think up any more horrors that he had inflicted on Illanian the door swung open and Kalden’s panic filled eyes leapt towards the healer, “Is she all right?”

The healer gave Kalden a small knowing smile, “Yes she’ll be all right you can go in and see her. Just follow me.”

Kalden got right up behind the healer and he wished that she would hurry as she lead him down the hall to a room. She opened the door to the room Illanian was in and Kalden quickly slipped past her. He saw Illanian standing naked in front of the mirror rubbing her belly. He heard the door shut behind him.

“Are you all right?” He asks as he watched her hands move over her belly. He moved up behind her and he put his arms around her, his hands over her hands. There was a slight hitch in his voice and he softly asked, “Did I badly hurt you?”

****

Outside waiting by the carriage the four of Illanian’s escorts gathered. They each had warming spells around them, but even with warming spells Glacia was still a very chilly place.

“So what do you think wrong with her?” One of the escorts asked their leader Timothy as he rubbed his arms. “Damn it’s colder than Hell here.”

Timothy crossed his arms as he didn’t let the cold get to him, “She’s pregnant…her and her half man have been hold up for a week. She’s pregnant…which is perfect.”

The three other escorts looks at Timothy as he leaned close and explained his plan to make them very rich men.
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Illanian Krishta
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1:47 AM - Oct 07, 2011 #6

The door opened and Illanian could see the Healer and Kalden slipping past her into the room, she smiled and nodded as the Healer closed the door and went on her way to take care of someone else. She was leaning against Kalden as he came up behind her and wrapped his arms around her and his hands joined hers on her belly. The hitch in his voice told her, along with the way he felt, that he was worried sick about her. Shifting slightly, she tiptoed to kiss his cheek before she answered his question.

“No, you did not hurt me Kalden. Don’t worry about that please, you never once hurt me.” Her hands slipped over his and she took a deep breath before she looked at him with an unsure smile. “I want you to know that if you want to leave, I am not forcing you to stay.” Her hands tightened on his for a brief moment “I am not really sick Kalden; I am pregnant and had morning sickness. The Healer gave me some brews to help with that, I will be fine, but I won’t be able to travel for some time.”

Her voice trailed off as she waited for Kalden’s response, it was a lot to deal with and she knew that. Illanian was scared for the first time in her life; she was not sure what she would do if he left or even if he stayed. She did not want him to stay because he felt he had to stay with her now and she did not really want to be alone in this either, he was the only one she trusted. Sure, she had those escorts, but since the incident in Shalador, she did not trust them a lot anymore. Illanian wished she was closer to her cousin, then she would be safe and if Kalden left her, she would not be all alone.

Silently she was waiting for Kalden to process the news, searching his face for an indication how he felt about it…………….
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Kalden Ottovo
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1:40 AM - Oct 08, 2011 #7

Kalden was relieved that Illanian was all right. He couldn’t believe the change that a week could make, a week ago he wouldn’t have cared if Illanian was sick, he would have welcomed it. He’d have used it as another chance to try to escape from her. Now though…he didn’t want to escape her…he wanted to protect her.

He blinks at her, “Why would I want to leave you?” He asked as he caressed her cheek gently and then she told him that she was pregnant.

His eyes went wide, “P…p…p…re…preg….pregnant? Your pregnant!? How did that happen?”

Kalden had never dealt with conception brew before to prevent pregnancy, his former owner had taken care of that and he had expected that she would have taken care of that as well. He just stared at her as his brain had decided to shut down. “I think I need to sit down.”

He stumbled over to the chair and he lowered his head into his hands. He had to remember to breath as the room was starting to tilt. He took a deep breath and willed himself to think. Okay Illanian who up until a week ago was his owner…now he was free and in love with her, but what did he know about being a father…or being a man. All he knew was how to be a pleasure slave and that was half a man at best…at worst it was nothing.

Still he had a hole in his heart…he couldn’t remember his parents and he didn’t want any child of his growing up without knowing him. Even if his mother was a whore and his father was just one of his customers, he still wanted to know…not knowing hurt worse.

Kalden took a deep breath as he made his decision. He stood up still a bit wobbly and he stood in front of Illanian. He took her hands and he lifted them up to his lips to gently kiss them, “I am thrilled beyond words that you are pregnant. I love you Illanian and I’m going to do my best by you and out child.”

He looked down at her belly and he felt all lightheaded again…he was going to be a daddy.
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Illanian Krishta
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2:43 AM - Oct 08, 2011 #8

She was not quite sure how to answer his question why he would be leaving her, so she had just marched on with revealing that she was pregnant and then waited for his response. How does one answer a question like that? Illanian was not sure, it was not up to her to make that decision, but she could understand if a child was just too much to handle for him right now or if he would have never wanted any children in the first place. She thought about other reasons why Kalden might wanted to leave her, one was to find out about his past, another was that he wanted to be a free man for a while. There were so many, she soon had more reasons why he would leave than she had reasons for him to stay.

Illanian almost laughed at his question how that had happened, she had the same question earlier “Well, I think I forgot my brew a few times…………and you know…………” Please do not make me explain how this works, Illanian prayed, she would have had a hard time being serious about it. Kalden should know how that worked, Illanian almost laughed out loud. Her emotions seemed all over the place; the Healer had explained that with hormones and told her it was nothing to be worried about.

Nodding she watched him sit down, “Yes, I think it might be best if you do that before you keel over.” She said with gentle concern, he looked a little pale. Illanian herself was too excited to sit down; she was still trying to see how she would look with a huge belly. Right now she was very fascinated with the changes her body would go through; she had a million questions for the Healer, now that she had processed the news.

Slowly she walked over to where Kalden was sitting and rested her hands on his shoulders, she understood that he needed time to process it. After all, it had taken her by surprise as well and she had to mull it over in her head too. There were so many things she would have to do and some she needed to wait with until Kalden had made up his mind. He was a little wobbly when he stood up and Illanian hoped he would be alright.

Now was really not the perfect timing for a mood swing brought on by hormones, but Illanian was in tears when he kissed her hands and promised to so his best. She was happy and should be smiling, instead here she was standing in front of him in tears “I am okay Kalden, the Healer said this will happen a lot. I am very happy.” Well that made no sense at all she thought briefly before she took his hands and laid them on her belly,

“This will be quite an adventure for the both of us. We will have to learn as we go, there are a few things I won’t be able to do and will need you help with them.” She pointed at her jewels next to the examining table, “You will need to drain those for me, I am sure the Healer will know how, she seems very knowledgeable in all this and I know I have a ton of questions for her already.”

Then Illanian stepped closer to Kalden to wrap her arms around him, “I am so scared I will do something wrong and hurt the baby by mistake, please keep my jewels for me?” she asked quietly. Illanian was scared, really scared, she had no idea how to be a mother and was worried she might do the wrong thing, but then she was also sure Kalden would help her however he could, it would be alright. Damn hormones.
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Kalden Ottovo
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1:55 AM - Nov 02, 2011 #9

Kalden looked up and he laughs a little bit, “I know how it happened I mean…I have never taken contraception brew. I wasn’t allowed to as a slave.”

He rubbed the back of his neck, “I guess I will start have to in the future.”

Kalden started to bristle and panic all at the same time as she started to cry and he was about to call for the healer when Illanian said that it would be okay. He looked over to the jewels and he nodded, “All right I’ll do it. Why don’t you get dressed and I’ll drain these for you.”

He was very careful as he linked to Illanian’s jewel and he started to slowly drain her jewels. If she resisted him at all there was nothing he could do to stop her. Thankfully she was letting him drain her jewel strength so that she wouldn’t hurt the baby. He had plenty of questions for the Healers and he wanted them written down so that he and Illanian didn’t forget them.

Kalden stole a glance over at Illanian, two weeks ago he didn’t want anything to do with her and now he wanted to always be with her. He shook his head a little bit, love was a funny thing and Illanian proved that she really didn’t want a slave, just someone to love her.

“So did the healer tell you all the things that we are supposed to do or is she waiting to tell us both together?” He asked as he was just about finished draining her jewels. He wondered if he kept them or if Illanian would keep them.
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Illanian Krishta
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3:10 AM - Nov 02, 2011 #10

Now that she was not feeling so sick anymore, Illanian found herself preoccupied with imagining what she would look like all round bellied. She would have to invest in new clothes, figure out where they would want to live and then make sure they had a nice place to live in. There were so many things she had to think about now, some worried her others did not. The one that worried her most was that she would do something wrong, loose her temper like she had done in Shalador.

Illanian could feel Kalden bristle, he would have to learn to be much calmer around her, her mood would swing with the hormones and as a Black Widow she was more volatile than other witches already. So far she had gone from being giggly happy to crying in happiness, she was hoping the scale would not tip into the angry zone. Though she had to admit, she had been much calmer since she had been with Kalden, as long as no one was trying to hurt him. Now her focus was not only on him, but also on the child she was carrying and that scared her. How was she supposed to keep Kalden and the baby safe without using her craft?

While Kalden was draining her jewels, she was getting dressed. It looked like he knew what he was doing and even though it felt strange to her seeing him with her jewels, she had no urge to interrupt him or take her jewels from him. She was buttoning her dress up and walked back over to Kalden, looking interested at what he was doing.

“I asked her to talk to the both of us. That way we won’t forget any questions I hope.” She was smiling at him and then tousled his hair affectionately “I think we do not need to worry about the contraceptive brew for some time. I had no idea you were not allowed to take one, shows you how much I know about these things.” She was laughing at him “And I think you should keep those away from me, raging hormones and Black Widow might prove difficult enough without the jewels anywhere near me.” She was pointing at them “The Healer already said I have to be very careful due to my dark jewels.”

Hearing footsteps approach she sat down next to Kalden and hugged him “I think she is coming back. You want to shoot your questions at her first?” Illanian felt like she was glowing from her belly outwards, not that she could actually feel anything yet, but there was warmth radiating through her, it was almost like the warmth she felt being near Kalden.
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