Title: Back at the Temple
RP Thread Number: 58
When Occured: Between Sessions #23 and #24
Location: Temple of Sekhmet
Out of Game Date: Feb 28 – Mar 2, 2019
Participants: Keyleth, Salkya, Anglerond
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Key walks into the temple hand in hand with Anglerond. She settles herself where the cats are thickest and pulls out the remains of the meal they just shared. She starts doling out snacks. She looks up at Anglerond and pats the floor beside her.
“Sit, relax, she may be a while.”
Anglerond quietly sits with Keyleth, taking in the temple, or rather the lack of a temple. He is used to monstrous buildings, gold, gems and divine art. Here it seems not much more than its own small box room with a few smaller rooms leading off. Obviously the tenants are poor. He can’t be sure if he should be more awed or more put off by this.
The cats surrounding Key and Anglreond continue grow in size as they feed them. Once again happy purrs and meows echo in the room. A few minutes later Salkya walks through the small room and waves as she passes, obviously escorting a young girl who also seems to be pregnant into a back room.
A few moments later Salkya steps back into a huge smile beaming as she interprets the couple’s arrival as a good sign.
“I hope everything went well Key, did you come back to have me check?”
Key tries to extricate herself from the growing mound of purring. It takes her a few minutes but she manages to get out from under them without upsetting them for the most part. She dusts off her hands and holds them out in friendship to the other woman.
“We did, if you have a moment.”
Anglerond quietly gets up with Keyleth, although not so suavely with the cats. He remains quiet and stands by her.
Salkya takes the cats that are held out and makes friendly noises at them as the cats begin to climb down. Salkya then looks up and face Key. “I always hae time for you. Do you want to go to a back room or just do it here? It isn’t invasive either way.”
Key shrugs, nonplussed about the whole situation.
“It doesn’t matter to me. You’re doing all the hard work. Where will you be most comfortable?” She looks over at Anglerond smiling her reassurance and back to Silkya.
Salkya takes Keyleth’s hand and escorts her and Anglerond into a private room. The room is closer to a closet in size, 4 feet by 6 feet at the most it has a small bed in there. Salkya smiles, “I apologize, we haven’t been able to renovate. A lot of our girls are young with no partner so room isn’t normally necessary. Prices are expensive in Kokand. Although your drow sister has engaged some Duergar for work after they are done with your manor. I had never considered expanding below.”
Key smiles.“She is resourceful. I feel a bit bad. Maybe we should put of some parts of the manor so that there is available workers for the temple.” She glances at Anglerond a trace of guilt and worry on her face.
Salkya waves her hand dismissively, “I wouldn’t allow it child. There was nothing here when I started this temple more than 30 years ago. It will be fine until circumstances change. There is no rush.”
She smiles as she delicately traces her hand across Key’s belly and lower abdomen. A tingle of divine power washes through Key and she can smell the deep desert, similar to when she was in the deserts of the Horse Lords.
Key watches her hands move.“As long as your fine waiting. I may just find a way for you to get some upgrades regardless.” She gets a mischievous glint in Her eyes. She makes an effort to be as still as possible.
“Do I need to be still? This kind of magic has always made my skin tingle.”
Salkya smiles. “Not at all, you can move around all you want. This isn’t a wizard ritual, Sekhmet can work around things. The touching also serves as a reassurance technique with the mother and the baby. It is more effective when you are further along As for upgrades child, I won’t turn them down, but neither do I expect them.”
She relaxes her ridged posture and takes a deep breath. She kets it out slowly as she looks around the room.
“What are you in the most need of? Do you know of any masons or laborers that are in need of work? I’d like to employ people from the warrens if I can.”
Salkya shrugs. “To be honest I don’t know. We need to expand, and we need to repair what we have here. I know we will need masons, carpenters, laborers. I put it in the hands of one of my priests, Cameron. He has been meeting with people Rabbit send and putting a down payment on the work.”
She looks up into Key’s eyes, “How is your home coming? I hear they are adding more levels to the building, that seems like a fantastic thing.”
She chews thoughtfully on her bottom lip.“Maybe I’ll talk with Rabbit about it. I don’t want to step on her toes.” She gives Silkya a broad smile.
“It’s coming along. Just when we are close to being done I seem to come up with another idea and its back to the drawing board. I think I may be driving Nestrim to drink. The new levels will be underground. It’s mostly housing and work space for ambassadors and their entourages. Anglerond is working on refugee housing outside the city at the old Languina Estate.” She looks over at Anglerond eyes full of love, then back to Silkya.
Salkya seems amused by the interaction between the two lovers. “Does your family have any history of twins? Any health conditions or issues that you know of? How long were you down in the underdark? Don’t worry those are normal questions.” She adds that last comment to ease any concern Key may have.
Key’s face goes white at the mention of twins. She holds up fingers as she ticks off answers.
“No, none that I know of and about 3 months?” She looks over at Anglerond for confirmation of the last answer.
Anglerond nods at the three month estimate but is still quiet as he ponders what Salkya said.
Salkya pats Key’s belly playfully and pulls down her tunic. “Don’t worry yet, I can’t tell if you are having more than one child or not at this point. I can tell it is a lot of energy, could mean a single exceptional child, or it could fade and be a normal child. You aren’t far enough along to tell.”
She smiles, “But you are pregnant I believe. If you go to an places like the underdark, don’t worry just when you come back to me and we can make sure things are ok.”
Key looks to Anglerond and beems. She looks back to Silkya and hugss her fiercely then lets go quickly.
“I have no plans to go back to the underdark for a while. Certainly not before the child is born. She may be born in the desert. Im not sure how long it will take to get there, free Rabbit and come back.”
Salkya nods. “It sounds like you will be gone for a long time. Will you be able to contact Anglerond during your absence? I have some things I could give you that would let you test yourself and then send me the results. This way Anglerond could then contact you when I have answers to how the baby is doing.”
“We all have communication stones. How will the tests get back to you?” She scrunches her nose in thought.
“What sorts of tests will there be?”
Salkya thinks for a moment,. “I have some marbles I will give Luke. He will rub one on your belly every few days and it will relay me the results. You will be further away so it will take longer to get to me. Luke will know the basic results, I will be able to interpret them a bit more when I get the results.”
Key nods.“Is there anything I should watch for, or avoid or do in general?” She takes a half step to the side and wraps an arm around Anglerond’s waist and squeezes. She looks up to him, her expression touched with concern.
“Are you okay? You’re rather quiet.”
Salkya shakes her head, “Just follow what Luke tells you. He works with pregnant people all the time. He is incredibly good at it. Do what he tells you though, even if it seems unusual.”
Anglerond seems stunned, quiet and a bit introspective. His eyes have gotten larger and larger in wonder as they continue to talk about Keyleth’s pregnancy.
He looks directly into Key’s eyes when she asks him if he is ok. He leans down and kisses her tenderly. “I am going to be a father again, I never thought this would happen.” There is a hint of moisture around his eyes and he just leans in to Keyleth and hugs her. “I am so happy, I can barely breath.”
Key nods in response to Silkya.“I can do that. I’ll come straight back here to you when we get home. For now though, I think I should take this one home before he passes out. Thank you so much for all you’ve done.” She smiles at the priestess, the expression overflowing with love and joy. She looks back to Anglerond.
“Can you keep breathing until we get home? You’ll be a bit unwieldy to carry.”
Salkya’s smile increases ten fold and she nods, “As is normal, the man usually has the most problems during pregnancy.” She nods to Key, “Listen to Luke. He knows what needs to be done.”
Anglerond smiles at Key and stands up slowly.“I am sorry Key, this is about you and not me. I will try and be an adult here.” He gives her an embarressed smile that becomes a full happy smile, “But I am going to be a father again.” He grabs Key and wraps his arms around her tightly. Feeling her body against his he just holds onto that feeling in his head.
Key laughs.“Listening to Luke is second nature at this point.” She hugs Anglerond back and then pulls back to look at him.
“This is about us. Not just me. Shall we go home. I’d like to watch Nestrim’s eyes pop when I tell him.”
Anglerond, still with a huge smile on his face follows Key around the room.
Salkya laughs lightly. “I have heard word that Nestrim is currently with Luke, Izzy and Rabbit… I am not sure Luke ever foresaw this situation. He is a smooth talker but I think even Sekhmet’s blessed are going to feel a little cornered by all three at once.”
She wraps her short arms around key and anglerond, “I am incredibly happy for you. If you go over to visit them just heads up that Rabbit seems to be having… a hard day. They are all getting along remarkably though.”
Key looks worried for her sister but says nothing.
“I think we should leave them to it. They don’t get enough alone time as is. We can talk to them when they get back to the manor house. Are you going to send the marbles with me to give to Luke? Or should I send him to you to pick them up?”
Salkya smiles, “That isn’t the worst idea. I will send them to Luke, don’t take this wrong but the tools of Sekhmet should probably if at all possible stay in her people’s possession. I will see you soon though.”
Key nods and kisses the woman on the cheek.
“No offense taken. I’ll send Luke to you after I talk to him.” She grabs Anglerond’s hand and pulls him toward the door.
“Maybe I should feed you again.” She says laughing.
As Salkya walks the two to the door, she stops by the very tiny kitchen used to feed those that come and pulls a couple of pieces of Aish Baladi (Khmet flatbread) and quickly fills it with vegetarian fare including falafel, peppers, rice and a sweet smelling sauce. With very practiced hands she makes two of these portions and wraps it in paper. She turns to the two standing next to her and bows “I would be honored if you would accept these tokens of our friendship with you. I realize many elves are vegetarian so I did not put any goat on it, however if either of you would like goat it is very tasty.”
Anglerond winks at the priestess, “I wouldn’t say no to goat.” He looks at the wrap and smiles, “I haven’t had something like this since I was in the desert.”
Key laughs. “Im the farthest thing from vegetarian as you can get. Could I please have some goat too.” She hands her treat back to Silkya with a sweet smile.
Salkya happily takes both back and fills them with a nicely cooked goat. She turns back to the couple and hands them their food. “Go, eat dinner and recoup your strength, it is always a good thing to keep intimate after initial conception. This way the baby knows they better be good or you can get another child.”
Salkya laughs from awkward and problematic joke. Patting them on the back she walks them to the door.
Key takes back the foot and chuckles at the joke.“In other circles it would be celebration sex. But either way its not a bad idea.” She elbows Anglerond on their way out the door.