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Rhia Lusk
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11:30 AM - Feb 07, 2012 #1

It was just her luck, was it not, that she would have gotten some sort of sickness from simply going about her usual routine. The slight fever had been the first indicator, but that had passed without much fuss, of which Rhia was grateful, and she suspected Taran slightly was also, however not long after that she had started feeling nauseous at all hours of the day. Perhaps if it had been from soiled food it would have passed, but it was nearing on eight days that she had felt like this consistently, and even longer that it had just been a vague shadow, so now Rhiannon was starting to worry. She didn't like being sick, she didn't like the feeling of her whole world shifting if she moved too fast or when she first opened her eyes in the morning.

At least she had managed to keep the worst of it from her brother, who did just think she had caught a small bout of sickness from bad food. Whatever the cause, Rhia knew she needed to sort it out and the only way to do that was to see the physician. Gaius. Pulling her cloak a little tighter around herself, Rhia made her way through the streets of Camelot and through the gates of the city. The courtyard was always bustling with people it seemed, but she paid them little mind as she continued on her way.

It helped that she was feeling a bit nauseous, but whether that was from her ailment or the usual nervousness she'd always felt about visiting physicians, Rhia didn't know. They rarely had anything good to tell people so naturally she was nervous seeing one. Knocking on the door to the physicians chambers when she found it, Rhiannon carefully pushed it open, peeking her head inside. "Gaius?" she called out, looking around for the elderly man. She knew him by name only, but Taran had explained that he was the court physician, and a good man, so Rhia had to trust her brother.
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4:34 PM - Feb 07, 2012 #2

Gaius’ days had been filled with turmoil and misery for some time now. His time had been taken up with the King’s mental malady, the constant questions surrounding Morgana and his continued concern for Merlin.
He had finally found some time to attend to some sorting and general tidying. Since Merlin was increasingly occupied with the Prince and his elevation of duties, the Princes’ servant had been more in demand than ever, which meant he was more often than not at his side and not in Gaius’ chambers; helping.

As he got to the shelves full of vials of poisons, potions and remedies he heard the door behind him creaking open. It wasn’t a heavy push, so he assumed it was a female. Lo and behold he waited a little and heard a gentle voice ask "Gaius?"

He turned on his heel quickly and towards the voice and saw a young woman of good breeding at his doorway. She looked pale, but outwardly trying to portray a sense of wellbeing. Her hair was long, curled and a vibrant auburn in colour. The vibrancy of the colour made her face look more pale than was natural. He had seen the girl before in court, but only recently. He had however not had the pleasure of an introduction.

He walked towards her a little and replied,
“I am indeed Gaius. How may I be of assistance?”

He could already tell she was a little unwell, but only further questioning and examination would reveal the cause and cure of such illness.

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5:37 PM - Feb 07, 2012 #3

When the older man in the room turned at her call, she could only assume that this was the physician Gaius. Pushing the door open a little further, Rhia entered the chambers fully as he approached her and replied. "I was told you are the one to see when one is feeling under the weather," she answered, her voice quiet. Rhiannon had always been rather soft spoken around everyone but her brothers. But then that was a different situation and one had to be louder than normal to keep up with them. That was necessity rather than desire.

Without really waiting for a reply to her statement, Rhiannon continued, her hands fiddling a little nervously with the edge of her cloak, which she held. "I have been feeling unwell for quite a few days now and I am unsure as to what that means," she described. "At first it was just a fever, which broke soon enough, but now I am plagued by nauseousness at all times of the day and I have been violently sick this morning."

Rhia stepped a little further into the chambers as she spoke and brushed some of her hair back from her face when it slipped down. She knew she didn't look the perfect picture of health, but so far she'd been able to brush it off as simply a combination of her own delicate features and feeling slightly unwell. Hopefully Gaius would be able to help her.

"I was wondering if you might be able to help me figure out what is wrong with me and how to fix it," Rhiannon finished, her hands back in her cloak as she looked at him.
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10:55 AM - Feb 08, 2012 #4

“I was told you are the one to see when one is feeling under the weather?” replied the young woman softly.

Gaius moved closer towards her gingerly so not to alarm the poor creature. She was a fine young woman, but goodness at the present moment, her finery could not conceal her pale features.

"I have been feeling unwell for quite a few days now and I am unsure as to what that means, At first it was just a fever, which broke soon enough, but now I am plagued by nauseousness at all times of the day and I have been violently sick this morning."

She continued somewhat nervously "I was wondering if you might be able to help me figure out what is wrong with me and how to fix it?"

Gaius was surprised by her keenness to impart all her ailments on him so quickly. She was quite obviously an educated woman, but her descriptions lead the Physician to believe she had been considering her symptoms for a considerable time in order to be direct and to the point. To Gaius this usually meant only one thing; she was hiding something.

Despite his suspicions Gaius’ approach was always to be soothing and reassuring.

“Indeed my dear, you have come to the right place. Now, please be seated if you will, and let me look at you.”

He hoped she would take a seat, but of course, she was not obligated to. He continued his questioning.
He also wanted to find out a little more about his visitor, after all, she did seem nervous so putting her at ease was what a good physician should do.

“I have seen you at court recently,” he began “How long have you resided in Camelot?”

He knew she was a new arrival in Camelot as he had not seen her often, but Gaius was naturally inquisitive, especially when it came to new nobility in Camelot at this moment in time. Sadly it had become the norm that everyone was suspicious of any newcomers; he was no different.

“I will do my best to fix you, as you say, but I’m unsure as to your exact illness as yet. May I enquire how long your fever remained and was it directly followed by the sickness?”

Her symptoms were strange, but with further examination he was certain her could ascertain what her condition was.

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6:36 AM - Feb 19, 2012 #5

Rhia, for a fleeting moment, wondered if she should have told Taran the truth, that she was unwell, and gotten him to accompany her. She wasn't worried, Gaius was a good man she had been told, but she was nervous and, like most, had that fear of the physician's disappointment for being sick, like it was somehow her fault. Perhaps it was somehow...

Gaius didn't seem to be disappointed, or blaming her, so Rhiannon did as he asked and sat down where he told her to. She settled her hands in her lap, though they held one another.

"I have been staying with my older brother for a short time now," she replied to his questioning. "Perhaps you know of him. Sir Taran Lusk?" Her brother certainly knew of the physician, and no doubt he'd had to treat her brother at some point.

Rhiannon had to think for a moment when he asked about the fever. How long had she been running that fever? "The fever lingered for approximately three days and then the sickness started on the fourth. It has been a near constant presence since then." She knew he most likely would not approve of what she had to say next, but being honest was likely the only way to get herself well now. "I have... been this way for almost ten days now."

She couldn't help looking down at her hands, a little embarrassed at how long she'd left this trip. However part of Rhiannon had hoped it would pass on it's own. So much for that.
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5:36 PM - Feb 28, 2012 #6

"I have been staying with my older brother for a short time now, perhaps you know of him. Sir Taran Lusk?"

Gaius listened to his patient intently as she spoke of her Brother; he raised his eyes to the ceiling of his chambers in contemplation of the name. Then the sudden the remembrance of his name came to fruition.

“Ah!” He exclaimed “Indeed I do know of your Brother, I have not had the pleasure of much communication with him, but as a physician, I expect and hope not to see him too often,” he concluded with a slight smile.

She again continued to discuss her ailments and how long had elapsed before attending to herself.

"The fever lingered for approximately three days and then the sickness started on the fourth. It has been a near constant presence since then. I have... been this way for almost ten days now."

In all fairness, he was most shocked that she had not taken the time to visit sooner if indeed these were her symptoms. He could not deny she looked pale and a little unsteady, but he was unsure as to whether this was as a result of nerves in his presence or something more.
In truth he had a suspicion as to her condition, but was determined to retain the ladies honour without causing embarrassment.

“My dear,” Gaius began “I must admit myself surprised that you have not called on me sooner? The symptoms you describe are not uncommon in my experience; please do not concern yourself.”

The physician walked confidently over to the shelves filled with viles of all shapes, sizes and colours. Some contained deadly poisons, some with concealed magical remedies and some held herbal concoctions for relief of various ailments…including the sickness associated with those with child. Despite his thoughts, he did not want to frighten or cause the young lady distress; so he collected a vile filled with wolfbane and wild mint, it would assist in the relief, or so he hoped. He smiled gently and asked her without warning so not to allow her thought time,

“How long have you been in wedlock my Lady?”

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11:54 PM - Feb 28, 2012 #7

Rhiannon returned Gaius' smile as he spoke about Taran. He had made his home here and, as his sister, she was proud of him. Taran was a good man and she was happy others recognized that in him. At first, she felt scolded that she had not come to Gaius sooner, especially since he seemed to be genuinely concerned about her wellbeing and wanted to help her, but when he said he was familiar with her symptoms, Rhia felt relieved instead.

If he knew her symptoms, knew what was wrong with her, he could help fix it. For that alone, she was grateful.

The ways of a physician were a mystery to her, so Rhiannon simply watched as Gaius sorted through his shelving. Most of the vials and herbs she could see all looked the same, she wouldn't be able to tell even what the names of them were, let alone know what they could be used for, and Rhia admired Gaius for that. He must indeed have been a knowledgable man to not only be a physician, but the trusted court physician at that.

His unexpected question severely caught Rhiannon off guard. Internally, she panicked for a few moments. How did he know she was wedded? How did he know? Had Taran told people? Could he just see it upon her like the dress she wore? She gaped for a moment, a bit of an unlady like action, before she recovered.

"Not very long," Rhia answered, her mind trying to figure out how much Gaius knew of her. Did he know she had fled after her wedding night? That she was all but hiding here from the man that was her husband? "A couple of weeks have passed since my wedding," she added, trying to be cautious with her words. She didn't want people knowing about the shame that was her marriage and the fear it instilled within her.
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8:24 AM - Mar 07, 2012 #8

As the physician spoke to the young lady and she responded to his observations, he realised two things. One, that she seemed relieved by the knowledge that her problem was not an uncommon one and two, that he hadn’t even asked this poor girl what her name was. He knew her brother, but as for her, he was quite at a loss.

He knew what her condition was and that there was no instant cure for it, but when asked how long she had been married, she was not only taken aback, but shy and seemingly scared of a stranger knowing.

"Not very long, a couple of weeks have passed since my wedding,” she replied meekly.
Most women, Gaius had observed were overjoyed to be in the state of marriage; but this young lady seemed almost embarrassed and even a little angry about her current state.

“My dear, I may not know your name,” he smiled cautiously before continuing, “but I am sensing there is something else that is troubling you, other than you are with child.”

He hoped that breaking the news to her in this manner, would at least allow her to consider other issues in her life, other than the fact she was pregnant. Although, being with child is quite some news, he considered silently.On reflection his words may have been too hasty, or maybe, subconsciously she already knew in her heart, therefore mentally preparing the mind for the news spoken allowed for the first time.

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6:46 AM - Apr 14, 2012 #9

Rhia couldn't stop her mind exploring the possibilities of how Gaius could know she was wedded. If her brother had been telling people, then she couldn't help but be mad with him. He knew why she had fled to Camelot, Taran himself had even implored their family to stop her marriage going ahead. Why would he share that secret so thoughtlessly? But then, Taran was a good man. He looked after her. Perhaps it had not been him.

But then who?

She was brought back to the present, and thankfully drawn away from her musings, by Gaius as he spoke once more. At his words, she did realize that she had not given her name. Her brothers, yes, but that would only make her a Lusk. A wedded Lusk, but a child of that family nonetheless. Mentally berating herself for her lack of manners, Rhiannon moved to give her name when Gaius continued and any and all thought fled from her mind.

...With child? She was... with child. Her sickness hadn't been because of a flu or soiled food. It was because of a man. A man rotten to his very core. And now she was carrying his child. "You-You are certain of this?" she asked softly, when she could swallow past the sudden lump in her throat. "It could be n-nothing else?"

It was not her intention to question whether Gaius was capable, but rather that her mind rebelled against the idea of being tied to her husband in yet another way. What would Taran say? Could she even bare to tell him?
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7:51 AM - Apr 25, 2012 #10

“You-you are certain of this?” her face seemed as puzzled as a child, perhaps in retrospect being so forth right with such alarming news, was not the best course of action. He was not usually so hasty but it was now done however, and Gaius knew it was done for the best. “It could be n-nothing else?”

The physician looked at her with a growing smile, for Gaius bestowing such happy news was a rare occurrence for him these days.

“Indeed my child, I am sure. Your symptoms are quite normal for someone in your condition.” Gaius paused for a moment and then added jovially, “Many congratulations to you My Lady, I am sure your family will be delighted for you!”

He paused again and reassessed her expression and body language. Gaius couldn’t put his finger on it, but he wasn’t quite sure as to her feelings about this development in her life. He wasn’t really even certain if indeed she had entered the state of wedlock, which could pose a concern for honour. She had stated that she was indeed married, but she may not be speaking the truth, to conceal her shame. In a family such as hers a child out of wedlock maybe met with disowning or worse. He decided therefore to offer his services as a counsellor; he was a confident of the Royal household and therefore considered himself a trustworthy individual.

“My Lady, please do not concern yourself. I will be on hand to assist you in any way I can throughout. If you feel you need to discuss anything with me, it will be in the strictest of confidence.”

He stood in front of his new patient and continued his visual assessment of her. He now felt something was bothering her, he hoped she would open up to him, so he retook his chair and allowed her to feel a little easier,

“Would you like a glass of water or your first daily tonic?”

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10:36 AM - May 11, 2012 #11

Gaius seemed to be genuinely happy to deliver such news to her, but Rhiannon knew he couldn't understand why such a development would horrify her. It wasn't the child's fault, that she knew, but it didn't stop her fearing her husband all over again. Fearing that he would somehow find out and come to drag her back to his home. And his bed.

Suppressing a small shudder at that thought, Rhia tried her best to smile for the older man. This was not Gaius' problem. He was just diagnosing what had been making her ill. Apparently it hadn't been a sickness at all. "Thank you," she replied, keeping her smile in place. And this was not even taking into account Taran. She knew she'd have to tell him. Already she thought of this tiny being as a child. Getting rid of it was out of the question, though exactly how she was going to raise a child by herself, Rhia didn't know.

She was only nineteen summers after all.

Perhaps Taran would be able to offer some advice there. He was expecting a child soon also. Rhiannon looked up when Gaius spoke again, this time asking her not to concern herself as he would assist her in anyway he could. It was tempting, rather tempting to explain to Gaius exactly why the news of this child wasn't quite the joyous celebration he was no doubt expecting, but to do that would be to burden him with her troubles as well. She didn't want anyone to have to carry what was her troubles.

"I appreciate your kind offer Gaius," she answered finally, taking a moment to consider her words. "I must confess that this has come as quite a shock." She would rather the water he offered, but Gaius was the physician. If he suggested a daily tonic for her now, Rhia supposed it would be in her and the baby's best interests to take it. "The tonic would be more practical, though a glass of water would be delightful also if possible," Rhia said with a somewhat sheepish smile.
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7:37 AM - May 23, 2012 #12

A slight smile seemed to emanate from the face of the young woman in front of him. The shock of such news was indeed great for her it would seem for he had no other explanation of such a subdued reaction.

“I appreciate your kind offer Gaius; I must confess that this has come as quite a shock.”

He paused and sighed for a moment watching her body language, a powerful tool he had acquired when Merlin had something on his mind he was agitated and restless. People dealt with problems if differing ways and he had learn throughout his many moons of experience that Ladies were more adept had handling stresses.

“The tonic would be more practical, though a glass of water would be delightful also if possible.”

He removed his glasses and placed a hand on her shoulder,
“Of course my dear, water first tonic second as I will need to make it up for you.”

He wandered over to his table and poured a cup of water that was as fresh as the morning dew, collected from the well that very morning. He handed the small goblet to the lady and returned to his table of medications to develop a potion and remedy for the sickness of life carrying.

Pounding some fresh juniper berries, a little laurel leaf mixed with the fresh water he then poured the mixture into a small medical vessel and pushed in the cork as tightly as he could.

“My Lady, take this remedy with you and drink it all slowly throughout the day, I will ask Merlin to bring you more this evening. You should only require this for a week or two.”

He smiled at her as comforting as he could, he knew there was something else bothering her, but she seemed defiant in withholding her issue and he would not press further than propriety deemed fit, but as a physician he could not help his concern for her inner well being. For his own peace of mind he had to dig a little deeper and be more cunning.

“When you return to your Brother’s home, will your husband be present? I should like to meet him since you are new to Camelot and I the only true physician.”

He hated this course of action, but her state of mind would only harm her unborn child should she continue to harbour a burden.

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