Gerdi had her front paws on one of her patient’s beds. He was an angel and had his hand on her head. Both spoke quietly with their heads bowed and eyes closed. Everyone else looked directly at Silver, but instead of scowl as she expected, all the angels smiled then continued their conversations. Silver made her way over to Gerdi and sat quietly, waiting for the dog to finish whatever she was doing. The angel on the bed was dimmer than the others, but did not have any visible wounds.
Suddenly, Gerdi opened her eyes, looking directly at Silver.
In an instant the landseer became a huge cat, jumped over the bed and pushed Silver to the ground.
“Please stay down dear.” Gerdi’s voice was calm and gentle as always.
Silver stared, wide-eyed at the huge animal above her. Gerdi was now taller then Nightraider and many times heavier by the thickness of her neck and shoulders. Her fangs protruded from her muscular jaws almost nine inches. Not as far as Jourhund’s, but far enough to frighten Silver into compliance. She never would have guessed the head healer had it in her.
The saber-toothed tiger turned towards the angel and set a shield around herself and Silver. Before she could fully face him though, the angel threw three powerful energy bolts into the shield. Silver nearly jumped to her feet. She banished her wings but remained on the ground as Gerdi had asked. Through the shield and discharge that shimmered down to the ground from two more bolts Silver could see two of the healers rush to grab the arms of the attacking angel.
“Calm down Uri,” Gerdi said, “You are safe here, among friends. Remember?”
“I remember that creature beneath you entering Sheol to join the rest of her brethren!” the angel spat. “How dare you protect her! She doesn’t belong here.”
“She is here at my bidding Uri. I claim responsibility for her. I have taken possession of her and at the moment she is mine as the tent over your head and everything within it is mine, even the bed you sit on. I wish for you to stay but if you continue to try to destroy my property I will have to ask you to leave.”
The bolts stopped. Gerdi spoke again, always calm.
“You may not draw your sword here Uriel. Put it away.”
Silver began to shake. She could not see the angel beyond Gerdi’s tawny chest, but she could feel the tension pulsing from everyone but the head healer.
“I have every right to defend myself and a duty to defend every healer here.”
“Who is attacking but you Uri?”
The angel grumbled to himself.
“Thank you Uri.”
The shield dropped and Gerdi stepped over the trembling wolfdog. She became a little monkey and turned to Silver with a sigh.
“Alright dear, let’s have a look at your wings.”
Silver looked at the monkey, then up at the angel who glared at her from his bed. She swallowed then slowly got to her feet, watching the angel for any further signs of aggression. The little monkey looked at the angel again as well then back to Silver.
“Don’t mind him dear. Uriel was badly hurt and seems to have forgotten that the first thing an angel loses when he is falling is “the sight”. He sees your wings as the other garron do, not an angel.”
The angel humphed behind her.
“Come now dear, let’s see your wings. Come on.”
Silver sighed and called her wings. She turned her back to the little monkey and sat down. Even though she expected it Silver still jumped when she felt Gerdi’s nimble fingers go through her feathers.
“It’s alright dear, you’re safe here.”
Silver laughed to herself and spoke quietly to Gerdi.
“Easy for you to say. You weren’t just knocked to the ground and stood over by a saber-toothed cat while an angel shot energy bolts at you.”
The little monkey spoke through a smile.
“To tell you the truth dear, that’s the first time an angel has actually thrown more than one bolt in the tent. They usually stop after they realize no one else sees the danger and the healers would all protect the one they are attacking. Uriel is quite powerful and I did not think my shield would hold past the first bolt. I was a bit worried as well.”
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