Ess calmed her sobbing. She stepped back from the short embrace and nodded at Di’s words. “You really think so?” She asked. “I… I just hope they’re not mad at me,” she added in a low voice. She took a deep breath and with it, inhaled the scent of blood.
“Are you…” she sniffed again. “Are you bleeding?” She asked. Ess eyed the body, lying dead on the ground, neck bent in an unnatural angle. She huffed indignantly. “Now that’s just rude,” she said. Of course, it was more than rude - it was an assassination attempt. And had it been carried out by another dragon, she would have been much more distressed and worried. A war would likely break out if the offended side wasn’t properly appeased. It had happened more than once before. In the case of humans, though, it was laughable to think that one of them might actually kill a dragon. The possibility, at least to Ess, was nonexistent. “Come on, let me bandage the wound before we leave. I’ll tell you what I know and we can come up with a plan,” Ess instructed, going back into her tent. She was more calm than she had been initially, but her voice sounded tired.
Inside, Di would be able to see the full glory of the young dragon’s downward spiral. Empty pints of ice cream littered the floor alongside different garments that looked like they had tried to be folded but failed halfway through. The futon on the ground resembled a mess of fabrics piled on top of each other instead. Behind the mess was a perfect coordination of bright colors and soft lighting that could have made for a very welcoming abode otherwise. “Sorry about the mess,” Ess said, choking back a sob. “Feel free to sit… somewhere,” she said, unsure of where Di could possibly make himself comfortable. The seating cushions were buried somewhere in the messy floor.
She rummaged through her belongings, trying to remember where she had put her medical supplies. While the dragon princess mostly used her knowledge of anatomy to perfect her illusions or play pranks on people - sometimes both - she did know how to clean and heal wounds. “No… no… that’s not it either…” she said, discarding the items that weren’t what she was looking for. She tossed them aside in a small pile - an assortment of tea containers, jewelry, hair accessories and the dragon equivalent of young adult novels. “Here, finally,” she said, digging out the leather satchel where she kept her medical salves and bandages. She had decide to bring them in case Di was injured when she found him. She stared at the supplies for a moment. Same purpose, slightly different circumstances.
“Alright, shirt off,” she instructed, sitting so that she could get a clear view of the injury. If he struggled to move his shoulder, she would help him. “This might sting,” she would say if he consented to her tending his wound. She would rub a solution on the wound to clean it and prevent infection, one to seal the wound and prevent bleeding, another to help the healing process and one more to dull the pain. All the while, she explained what she knew of the cult and her servants’ whereabouts. “We already knew they were operating in cells around the area. Most of them are hiding either in the surrounding caves or in the village ruins. I managed to track where they were taking crates of carrots and narrowed it down to a location. I’m not sure how many of them there are, but that shouldn’t be a problem,” she explained. What Ess didn’t say was that she had stolen those tubs of ice cream from the same convoy she had interrogated. She would now move to wrap Di’s shoulder in a bandage, her fingers moving carefully to avoid causing him any added pain. “They’re closing a deal tonight for weapons, which will draw them out of their hiding place. All we need to do is intercept it.” With that said, she finished tying the bandage. “You should be fine for now.”
The young princess got up to her feet again and tucked her supplies back where she found them. She left the pile of assorted things where it was, though. For a moment, she wondered if she should spend more time learning how to heal. Draconic medicine was effective, but healing with the use of ki was more efficient. Maybe she could teach herself how in the near future and maybe she could help her Darling with the knowledge.