Ah yes, it is Tuesday again! Here's a quick little teaser from UC chapter 24. The chapter should be up sometime this weekend (fingers crossed!).
This isn't a happy-go-lucky teaser. Fair warning.
“If he had not taken such injury, Edward might not have come out of the final battle unscathed,” I heard Michael said to Carlisle as he walked up beside us. “We owe Seth for the life of the Prince.”
“We will repay that debt in any way we can,” Carlisle responded.
I followed behind with the royal family as they took Seth to the army’s living quarters and placed him on one of the beds. Edward placed his hand on the man’s shoulder and spoke softly to him, and Seth nodded his response. Edward then turned and came to me and placed his palm against the side of my face, his eyes full of concern.
“Is there anything you can do for him?” Edward asked.
“I will look,” I said, “but I know so little of wounds such as these. I don’t know if I have the skill to help him.”
“Whatever you can do,” Edward said as his hand dropped from my cheek. “Anything.”
Seth was laid on his back on the mattress, cringing in pain as his leg was shifted. Jasper and Michael were up near his head as I slowly unwound the bandaged from his leg. The cut was deep, red, and continued to bleed lightly. I remembered Kate speaking once of using a sewing needle and thread to bind a bad cut together, but I was not sure if such a thing could really be done.
Jane appeared, bringing Seth a cup of tea she said would help with the pain. He drank it down as I talked to Edward about Kate and her unusual sewing. His eyes widened at the thought, but when he spoke his voice was desperate.
“Do you think you could do such a thing?” he asked. “Use a needle to sew through a man’s skin? I have heard of it, but I have never seen it done.”
“I do not know,” I admitted. “I have not done it before. It would be very painful.”
“If it could save his leg, he would endure the pain.”
War is never a pretty thing...even when it's over.