Warning: This work has been rated 18+ for language, violence, and mature content.
Auyn was in the middle of a nostalgic dream before seeing the same trodden dirt floor another time. The familiar pain came back and she wondered exactly how long she had been out for. All she remembered was Patavi had left and told her the Chirurgeon would be in soon. Was she really going to be treated by chimera that the Lani fought so long ago? Her dream stuck in her head, about her initial teachings in the church. Chimera of all kinds were an abomination, after all.
The tent flap opened and let in a bright sunlight, and in the doorway stood a Latalani that was much smaller than Patavi. The sunshine glinted off her scales which were a mix between patches of blue and brown. Her eyes were a striking orange, and they were looking straight at Auyn.
"Oh, is this to be my patient? Patavi told me it was going to be interesting," the Latalani sneaked in, barely making a sound while looking over Auyn's cot. The woman eyed her cautiously while being examined. "You're much different than the Lani we witnessed forever ago," she said, "but quite the specimen! Thankfully our anatomy isn't much different, yeah?"
There was an odd cheeriness to this one; if it wasn't apparent by a lithe, wagging tail that whipped through the air. The Latalani would quickly trot over to a table, which was covered in all sorts of equipment, and empty out satchels of herbs and fungi. After she shortly arranged them, she came back to Auyn's side and looked her over closer.
Before the woman could say anything, the Chirurgeon spoke, "Oh, oh oh oh, Patavi did a number on you. Thankfully it looks like all it is is your back. I can see why she'd take pity on a thing like you." The Latalani sneered at the blushing woman before running her fingers delicately down her spine. Only a few bumps here and there made Auyn grunt in pain, and her caretaker clicked her tongue, "So, good news, it's not that bad."
"And what's the bad news...?" Auyn had grabbed handfuls of fur from the cot, her teeth clenched as the pain was getting uncomfortable again. It was just fine before the chimera had to run her fingers along her busted back. Although, was she really that good of a Chirurgeon to come to a conclusion that quickly?
"I suppose the bad news is I never told you my name!" The other chuckled before heading to the table again, lighting a small pile of charcoal before mixing ingredients. "Sorry to say that's all the bad news you get. Strange, isn't it?" She cocked her head as a grin streaked across her face, "Well, rest assured that Yuanry is taking care of you!" After a moment of pride, she went back to mixing ingredients, tossing in all sorts of plants that Auyn couldn't recognize.
After it was set on the burning charcoal, Yuanry waltzed back over. Her tail never stopped wagging the entire time. She knelt down at the cot and started to look Auyn's back over once more, "You never told me your name, now that I think about it."
"Auyn..." The Lani muttered. She let out a shrill squeak when the Chirurgeon's hand had a hold of a thigh, "You watch where your hands are!"
"Well I can clearly see they're right here," Yuanry chuckled and squeezed Auyn's thigh, just to hear the extra squeak. "Such a shame, born with the curiosity to learn so much about our cousin species," she then sighed solemnly, "and yet they hate us so much." The Chirurgeon moved her hands down to tentatively check on Auyn's legs, all the while the grin on her face became less and less cheerful, as if now being forced. "You know, I was but a century old when the war ended..."
"A century...?" Auyn muttered, the focus on her legs took the edge off her back. At least she could think clearly, but that would mean this Latalani was nearly over 180 years old. "I've never been lead to believe your kind lives that long."
"Mhm," Yuanry took a deep breath before the grin regained its original happiness, "Patavi is nearly five centuries old, but has only been a chieftess for a fifth of that life. How old are you?" The chirurgeon was met with a skeptical stare from her patient, to which she replied with, "What? I'm going to learn a lot about you either way!"
For some reason that comment didn't stick well with Auyn, and she said, "I'm... somewhere over twenty-four summers."
"A summer child, so the same as I am!" Yuanry finished up her examination of the woman's legs, then stood and checked on the mixture she set on the coals. She prepared it a little more, processing it through steps to cool the mixture down and let it cure. She wiped her hands across her leather smock and stepped up to Auyn once more. "You'll feel a lot better after this, promise."
The Lani was skeptical of the grey paste in the jar, but it wasn't like she had a choice. She felt the mixture hit the base of her spine, and then felt it travel all the way up until it was between her shoulder blades. Nearly immediately, the pain died off to something of a dull drone. Yuanry began to spread the mixture carefully and evenly across Auyn's back, before kneading it in with her hands.
Despite Auyn being numb, she could feel the rather soft hands rubbing out the knots in her back. Although every once in a while, she could feel the Chirurgeon move her spine back into place. After a few minutes full of silence, Yuanry spoke, "You're lucky, in this area we have quite a selection of powerful healing herbs. Patavi did tell me we needed you healed as quickly as possible."
Auyn, for once since having woken up in her cot, could breathe steadily. The senses that had dulled with the overwhelming pain also came back, apart from the occasional pang as Yuanry fixed her spine. She took a deep breath, filling her lungs fully after so long. She said, "I don't understand... about why I'd be getting treatment like this. Generally we would do the bare minimum." It felt relieving to be able to speak longer sentences.
"Of course that's what you would do," Yuanry had covered most of the woman's back with the paste, "but you'll learn the differences and similarities soon." The Chirurgeon eventually finished and softly patted Auyn's head, "Now, we'll let that set in and do its work. And while it does..." she leaned closely to Auyn's face, "We can get to know much more about each other!"
The woman's eyes widened before she nervously asked, "How long would that take?"
And Yuanry replied, "Hopefully all night!"