The Orphan Babe
There was a light rap on Cyradis' door before it opened to admit
Urlene. Her face showed exhaustion, shadows under her eyes, but in her
arms she held a little wrapped bundle. "Sorry to bother you, Cyradis,
but I need a moment of your time."
Cyradis had been in a light doze but came to full wakefulness at the
healer's voice. "What is it, Urlene?"
Urlene stepped towards the reclining chair, carefully cradling the
bundle in her arms. "Wirame gave birth this morning." Her lips
pinched. "I'm sorry to report, but she didn't survive the birthing;
the babe was too large. I had to take her." She looked down at the
infant in her arms. "Wirame never gave her a name."
"Oh no, poor Wirame." Cyradis held out her arms to the healer. "Give
her to me," she said softly. "You need to sit." Her eyes indicated
the overstuffed chair nearby.
"I'm alright. I've seen this before." But she did as Cyradis asked,
handing her the little girl and taking a seat where the other woman
indicated. "I fed her already. I have plenty of milk still, but she'll
need a milk mother and a foster mother. I have a couple in mind.
Nazeloh has offered already, but she's not nursing her youngest
anymore. She is the mother of one of J'ackt's children in the creche
and thought it might be nice to have them together."
Cyradis heard and acknowledged Urlene's words but she was captured by
the tiny perfect face. "She looks so perfect, not squished, at all"
she smiled at Urlene. "You do good work even in the most awful
circumstances." Though she looked sadly at the little girl in her arms
she rocked gently to keep the babe quiet as she patted her.
"Yes," she said. "We'll have the headwoman arrange all that. But let
us honor both her parents. How about Somrame for her name?"
"She's a beautiful baby and that's a beautiful name." Urlene readily
agreed. "Wirame didn't have any living family. I'll be sure that her
arrangements are handled appropriately." She cleared her throat.
"Should J'ackt be told of the circumstances? The babe lost her mother.
Cyradis held up a hand. "I cannot be sure he will have any sympathy
and I think it is a subject that must be approached carefully. I don't
know if he will ever agree but she will have no lack of loving foster
parents here at the Weyr." Much as she liked the young bronzerider, he
still had much to learn about other people's feelings, especially
There was a soft sigh. "I know. I just can't help pity the babe.
Wirame was so happy during the pregnancy at every visit. She
positively glowed with it and she was so good natured, even with the
aches and pains that come with it. I know she'll be cared for, but..."
Her brow knit. "It feels wrong that no one of her blood will care for
"She does have other blood at Barrier Lake and Far Island, just not
here. They'll be told as well. The Weyrwomen will be informed of the
new blood of M'tim's line as I have done with each of the children we
know J'ackt has fathered. He doesn't understand this, I know. But then
he's still of the opinion that the entire world is about _him_" her
lips curled up slightly.
"I think many young men do, especially if they ride a bronze."
Urlene's lips quirked, then frowned. "So, will you allow him to do
that ridiculous surgery?"
"I must keep my word Urlene, even if I think it's a permanent solution
to a non-existent problem. I'm hoping he now realizes he has children
who have not impacted his life by their existence... yet." she half
smiled. Many people when they were in their young adult years didn't
realize their children would one day be adults and capable of their
own opinions and decisions.
Urlene shared her smile and looked over at the baby in Cyradis' arms.
"I can understand that. Do you want me to take her back so you can
Cyradis lifted the child toward Urlene and relinquished her with a
sigh. "She is a sweet little thing and I do wish her father could see
that. But the holdless life made him what he is, it really isn't his
fault he's so selfish." She closed her eyes and laid her head back on
the cushions again. "I'll be glad when this is done," she half smiled
and stroked her rounded abdomen.
Taking the baby back, Urlene smiled as she looked down at the sleeping
bundle. "Only a couple of months, Cyradis. Then you'll be back on your
feet and busy with a new baby. So far everything looks good, as long
as you behave."
Cyradis smiled but didn't open her eyes. "Yeah yeah," she said waving
in the general direction of the door.
Last updated on the February 10th 2022