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Wednesday, February 13, 2013
In Brist's Time - Chapter 9
the family arrived home. Brist was surprised by her family and how
they had managed to maintain a cheerful attitude as they walked in
what the considered such dismal conditions. Lucas had sensed that he
needed to make his family forget that he had been shot until they
were in a position to do something about it, and so he cracked jokes
and carried on as if he hadn’t a care in the world. In turn, his
family did the same.
told the twins to go amuse themselves, then ordered his sons –
excepting Lucas and Nicholas – to wait for the doctor’s arrival.
Regina naturally remained at her husband’s side. Strangely, Brist
was almost ignored completely. No one had any idea what she should
eventually suggested that she might like to keep the twins company,
which Brist agreed would be helpful, but asked to stay just long
enough to be of help if needed. David agreed absently, his attention
focused on his son.
bleeding has slowed greatly, although it has not stopped. I imagine
that it hurts a great deal. The wound itself seems to be clean
enough, and I am relieved to say that it doesn’t appear to be
poisoning him yet,” David assessed, having quite a bit of
experience caring for wounds while at sea.
fairly odd, Father, but now that I’m lying down, it seems to hurt
all that much more,” Lucas said, grimacing.
your attention is focused on the pain in your arm. In kick-boxing,
one of the techniques taught to students is: you must know that you
are going to win and that the blows you receive will not hurt. Also,
that if you focus on your opponent, devoting your attention to
detecting her weaknesses, you will win. The part that you should try
is the part that says ‘If you know that the blows you receive do
not hurt, they will hold no pain for you.’
“Try imagining that
you are somewhere you love being, such as at the helm of your ship.
Feel the wind tugging at your hair, taste the salt of the sea water
as your ship dances over every wave.”
described a different aspect of sailing for every sense as she stood
by the bedside, her voice as soothing as the imagery she was
creating. After she ran out of senses to describe, she fell silent
for a moment. She noticed that Lucas’ eyes were closed and he
seemed completely relaxed. She wondered if she had put him to sleep.
tell me, where you are going?” She asked, testing his
“I’m about to stop
at St. Eustatius for supplies. I also have a request from one of my
most valued clients to initiate trade between himself and the most
influential man on the island,” Lucas answered, evenly. His voice
was soft and nearly monotone.
Lord, he’s delirious!” Nicholas exclaimed in concern.
he’s not; the coolest thing has happened. Somehow he’s
hypnotized!” Brist said excitedly. “Watch this. Lucas you feel no
pain. There is no pain in your entire body and you feel better than
you have in you entire life. Do you understand?”
feel wonderful,” Lucas agreed slowly.
“Perfect! Also, your arm is not
bleeding. There is no blood flowing out of your arm, and the bullet
is not doing it any harm.” Brist watched as the small trickle of
blood pooling around the wound ceased, and even drained back into the
wondered just how much a body under hypnotism could do. “Let’s
see if we can get the bullet out. Lucas, the muscles in your arm –
the ones surrounding the bullet – are pulsating with minor
contractions. Those contractions are pushing the bullet out of your
arm, back the way it came.” Brist held her breath as she watched to
see if what she had just told Lucas was happening, would happen.
was just as amazed as everybody else when the bullet slowly made its
way out of Lucas’ arm. Brist picked up the small round bullet once
it was far enough out of the arm, and then set it on a tray on the
impressed! My 10th
grade psychology teacher mentioned this possibility, but I never
believed it until now,” Brist muttered to herself.
few moments passed in awed silence. The doctor, who had finally
arrived, broke the silence as he entered the room. Brist, who was
still seated on the bed, stood up to leave the room.
leave me,” Lucas insisted, feeling her leave even in his hypnotized
state. Brist sighed and took a seat on the opposite side of the bed.
“Whoever took care of this wound has
skill. All that is left for me to do is clean and bandage it,” the
doctor announced. “I am curious as to what you gave him for the
doctor looked at David for an answer assuming he was the one in
charge. David merely shrugged and looked at Brist. The doctor
followed his gaze.
you the girl I was called in to look at this morning?” He asked
her. She shrugged and nodded. The doctor scrutinized her, making her
uncomfortable, so she stood to leave once again.
don’t go,” Lucas repeated. Brist sighed and took Lucas’ hand in
are tired, you need to sleep,” she told him.
tired,” he agreed slowly.
tired,” she insisted.
tired,” he agreed.
“You are going to sleep deeply and
allow your body to heal itself. You will awake when you are rested
and ready to wake. Now sleep,” Brist ordered, racking her brain for
a way to tell him to sleep without any adverse effects, like
Lucas mumbled, as if he were already asleep. Brist waited a few
moments to be sure, and then left the room, relieved that he didn’t
stop her again.
“That, Doctor, is exactly what he was
given for the pain,” David explained absently.
The doctor muttered to himself. “I've
heard of such a thing – there's a man in France who uses such a
technique – but never before have I seen it with my own eyes...”
wandered absently to her room, or rather her room in the future. From
the looks of it, it was the twins’ room. That made sense because
her mother had told her that it was traditionally a girl’s room. It
had been her mother's before her, and before that it was her mother’s
just now realized that it had been designed and built for the twins.
That was why it had always seemed to be two rooms in one. Brist
vaguely wondered what other details had been lost over the years,
since the story of her family had obviously been severely edited. For
instance, Brist had had no idea that her really great grandfather
David’s wife had been named Regina, or that he’d had 10 children.
In fact, the only one ever mentioned was Nicholas, and it was assumed
that he was an only child.
shook herself from her thoughts and left the room, since the twins
weren’t there anyway. Not knowing what else to do, Brist decided
that she should just go back to Nicholas’ room – which was where
her bag was – to wait. Brist thought that it was funny that
Nicholas had returned her bag to his room rather than find a better
place for it. Does he
want me to sleep in his room with him?
More than likely, Regina would remember that Brist’s bag was in his
room before long and assign her a room. The twins greeted Brist as
she walked into Nicholas’ room.
are you two doing here?” She asked them.
“We were waiting for
you or Nicky to return so that we could ask how Lucas is doing,”
they answered in unison.
doing great; he’ll be healed in no time,” Brist informed them.
“How would the two of you like to go for a walk with me? It’s
nearing lunchtime; we could have a picnic.”
about the rain?” They asked.
“It’s nearly over now. See the
rainbow?” She pointed out the window.
how beautiful!” They sighed as if it was the most romantic sight.
Brist finally got them to agree to a picnic when she promised that
she knew of a place that would be dry.
if we're going on a picnic, then we’ll have to change our clothes,”
Brist informed them as she dug through her bag. She removed a pair of
shorts for each of them and various shirts to go with the shorts.
Under her direction, the twins soon changed out of their dresses and
into Brist’s clothes. She thought they looked cute in the matching
tees. As for herself, she decided against wearing the same thing as
them, opting for a slip dress instead.
the rest of it?” Raven asked about Brist’s dress.
is all of it,” she replied with a giggle.
that the twins might be averse to being seen in the outfits they now
wore, Brist led them down the servants’ stairs to the kitchen. They
were in luck for the cook was not there. As quickly as she could,
Brist located a suitable basket and filled it with food for the
picnic. The twins added a few things that they liked. Soon, they were
out of the house and on their way to the place Brist had in mind for
where?” Regan asked when they stopped in front of a thick copse of
pine trees. Brist studied the pines a moment before deciding that
they were in essence the same as in her time, only not as high off
the ground. Brist led them to a spot near the middle of the copse
where there were a few taller trees. The lowest branches formed a
canopy, and were high enough up that the girls could almost stand.
“It’s dry here!”
because the trees are so dense that the rain couldn’t penetrate
them. Let’s set up here.” Once they were comfortable, the twins
let their curiosity about Brist loose.
don’t you like our brother?”
you learn to fight like that?”
had to think about both questions a moment to decipher them, for the
twins had each asked one at the same time.
“Well, I have been
taking kickboxing classes since I was 5. I didn’t know this at the
time, but my mom had been attacked one day, and she vowed that I
would know how to defend myself. So, she enrolled me in the class,
and I’ve been doing it ever since,” Brist explained.
mother wanted you to fight?!” Raven’s eyes bulged slightly with
And in answer to your question, Regan, I do like your brother... he’s
just so easy to argue with! Sometimes arguing can be fun. Besides,
all the men in this time have such a chauvinistic attitude that I
feel compelled to change their minds.”
you love the boyfriend that dumped you?” Raven asked.
but I don’t want to talk about him right now.”
he ever kiss you?” Regan asked not quite willing to let the subject
Have either of you ever been kissed?” Brist decided to ask a
question of her own.
stable boy.” Raven admitted shyly.
too?!” Regan exclaimed.
thought I was you. I must admit I liked it,” Raven confessed. “Are
“No. See, the cabin
boy on father’s ship thought I was you, and so he kissed me. I
liked it a lot.” The twins giggled a moment.
wanted to tell you, but I thought you would be upset,” they
explained to each other at the same time. Brist giggled.
two are so cute.” Brist remarked with an amused smile. They grinned
charmingly back at her.
us more about your time,” they insisted.
the next two hours they chatted. Brist answered their questions, and
they answered hers.
favorite dance is the waltz?!”
“The only reason she
likes the waltz is because our dance instructor was extremely
handsome, and he would hold us closer than propriety allows,” Regan
“Ah! Like dirty
dancing,” Brist said, smiling, as she recalled one of her favorite
my! We’ve been gone for hours! Mother must be looking for us by
now,” Raven lamented.
then, I think we should head back,” Brist suggested sensibly.