siblings, mauling them all horribly. She was terrified and ran to the nearest hole for cover, which happened to be this old Dynol jug, but she fell in and cracked her head. When she woke up, the kitten had gone but she couldn’t get out. I heard her shrill squeaking, and then came to investigate. That was just before you turned up.”
Nomis reluctantly admitted that it was no wonder he treated animals if he had that sort of rapport with them. “I s’pose we could staunch her blood flow with some of the wound-herb, Lady’s Mantle before we attempt to haul her out of here,” Nomis offered.
“You think so? We usually use another herb, Avens, in our work. I haven’t come across your one in my studies yet,” Gludog replied with a grin.
“Do you have any, then?” Nomis countered. “Because if not, I know where I can find some of our type nearby and speed is of the essence here, I think.”
Gludog shook his head as he examined the torn flesh of her abdomen. “You’re right. Don’t be gone long then. I’ll stay with her and start the cleaning and bandaging. I have those things with me, in my pack.”
Nomis nimbly climbed the twig and quickly made his way towards the narrow grassy bank below the seaward wall of the Tower. He remembered seeing the odd small green and yellow clusters of flowers of the low-growing perennial on this path earlier. He collected a couple of short sprigs and hurried back.
Gludog had already done much of the cleaning and was just finishing off as Nomis returned.
“Ah! Good … The lacerations are not as bad as we first thought. It was her fur soaking up the blood, making things look far worse than they really were.” Gludog barely looked up from what he was doing as he spoke.
Nomis knelt down beside him. They quickly crushed the leaves of the herb and together, they packed them into the open wounds and bandaged them in place.
“I’ll need to put some stitches in her when I get her back to my master’s animal infirmary. Would you mind helping me to carry her back there? We really need to make a suspended litter for her. She can’t walk and will probably lose consciousness as we move her anyway.”