Ben just watched with an exasperated expression as Giaselle fled from getting a welcome hug. The guy really needed to get over the touch issue soon, because swiss fucking cheese was that hard to watch. He looked back as Lifesaver introduced Maddie, a grin starting to settle on his face.
X was perfectly content to stand by Hatter and watch the rest of the introductions. He felt much calmer than the last time, but then again, last time he was overwhelmed by everything. Here, now, everything was well-paced and manageable. Though Lifesaver’s relation with the Queen did strike him as a bit odd. ”Astrum, how does Lifesaver fit in around here?”
"Lifesaver was present for the Trial that reinstated Blu-Blu as Guardian. He was, in fact, a Witness for her, vouching that she wasn’t Infectious." Hatter explained as he leaned down and kissed X on the cheek, nosing Pax who giggled a moment later.
Blanca smiled sweetly before Maddie was scooped into a hug as well. “You have your brother’s looks, my dear, but you’re still pretty in your own way. It’s good to meet you.” And Maddie earned a kiss on the forehead as well, Blanca’s overall presence warm, soothing, and inviting.
Maddie meekly smiled as the Queen complimented her. ”Th-thank you.” Lifesaver nodded to her with a smile as well; he was glad that her introduction was well-received. Next, Helen. He lovingly brushed Helen’s bangs away from her eyes, Helen staring at the Queen the whole time. ”This is Helen, our daughter.” With that he hugged Ben close, there was no need to be shy.
"Oh? Then he’s your childhood companion then, right?" Ben kept his tone light and cheerful, watching as Lifesaver wrapped the cuff around Madotsuki’s arm. Not a lot of children really liked it, so he kept his eyes on Madotsuki to monitor her reactions.
((Skip again XD;))
That was some old tool, and it felt cold against her skin, specially the stethoscope. But Madotsuki initially didn’t seem to react negatively to it.
"… I suppose he is… but I think I don’t really remember part of my childhood…"
She suddenly winced when she felt the squeeze. She tried to endure it but eventually it made her feel nervous, mostly because of the numbingly odd feeling on her arm.
"… m-my arm feels funny… t-take it off…! Take it off!!"
Despite her reaction it hadn’t affected with the result, which matched the result of the check of her pulse.
She had a really low blood pressure, as well.
Fortunately, Lifesaver had started to deflate the cuff right when Madotsuki demanded it’s removal. Her blood pressure was indeed low, 75/45, which for anyone else would have been a sure sign of trouble. But she had already shown other signs of worry, and since he already knew that she slept for most of her days and was most likely horrendously undernourished, this was hardly surprising. ”There, that’s done.” He removed the cuff promptly and placed it back on the counter.
X leaned into the hug a bit, still careful with Pax in his arms. ”Yeah, thanks to you. I guess. My memories are a bit fuzzy from that…” He held his head with one hand as he tried to search his memories. He knew the Queen was there—he felt her there—but he couldn’t recall the exact memory file at all.
Blanca smiled even more warmly, and kissed his forehead. “I will come to the aid of those who need me, my Child. No matter what reason it be for.” She hugged him again and guided him over to Hatter, before stopping as a frown crossed her face.
"…Giaselle." The Elf in question flinched from where he’d been sneaking past the Cards. "…GIASELLE." Her tone was that ‘impatient mom’ voice mothers always took with their children, and Gia turned to flash her a nervous grin before taking off like a bat out of hell, Blanca sighing as he disappeared. "When will he learn? I’ll just track him down later, I suppose." The Cards were clearly attempting not to crack up at what appeared to be normal antics.
It was mildly amusing to watch Giaselle bolt at the very prospect of a hug from his Queen, and judging from the Card Guards’ reactions, this was a fairly common occurrence. Lifesaver stepped forward a bit and to the side. ”Your Grace, I would like to introduce you to my sister, Maddie.”
Maddie’s head snapped to her brother; he was what now?
Ben smiled at her cooperation as well as the name. “That’s really cute! I’m sure that it would’ve liked any name you’d give it, though. Where did you get Dwaneko?” It looked pretty old; and in need of a few washings.
((Skip the silent one for now XD Unless I have to monologue her thoughts until she speaks orz))
What the heck was that thing?
Madotsuki idly compelled as she rolled her sleeve up even more, getting more on her toes because of more exposure. It was a little bit difficult because the fabric was basically accumulated around the upper part of her arm, but she eventually managed to keep it rolled up. She had no idea how blood pressure methods were but she wanted rather to get them off her tail so she could go back to her little vacated town.
Once having her sleeve rolled like Lifesaver wanted, she held onto her doll again, seemingly like not up to let go of it for too long.
"… where I got it…? … dunno… I’ve had it ever since I can recall…"
Vague as hell, but may them believe it or not, she was being honest.
Once her sleeve was up far enough, Lifesaver wrapped the cuff around her upper arm, the head of the stethoscope just below it. ”The cuff here will squeeze your arm a bit, but there’s nothing to be alarmed at. This will take less than a minute.” He then started to inflate the cuff quickly, focusing his audials on listening to her heartbeats.
To his horror, Ben went red at the Queen’s words and embrace; ohgod she could tell that easily?! Then Lifesaver’s ping came through, and Ben’s jaw just dropped and decided to stay there. A quiet ‘Hhhhhhheeeeeee’ noise issued from him as he felt embarrassment flood his entire being. PomPom poked her head out of the blanket covering Kelvin, the bunny having awoken as her soft pudgy bedding was moved. Kelvin was now drooling on his fingers as he stared at the Queen.
X went over to Ben to gently shake him out of his embarrassment-induced Blue-Screen-of-Death. ”Hey, Ben, come on and snap out of it. You’re still holding Kelvin.” Yes, the child was in a little sling, but he didn’t want anything to happen to the kid. He looked up to the Queen and bowed a bit. ”Good to see you again, Queen Blanca.”
Once X was in sight, there was no stopping it. He too received a welcome-hug from Blanca, who leaned over X to hug him and Pax carefully. “And it’s good to see you as well, Xander. And I see your little one is healthy as well.”
Lifesaver set the luggage down so he could pick up Helen and hold her close; Helen had never really been shy before, but then again, this was also a very important person, and she didn’t quite know how to react. Maddie also moved a bit close to her brother, but more so she could watch the Queen welcome Ben and X. //Aw, she’s a nice Queen!//
Ben scooted his chair away, but still sat nearby so Madotsuki wouldn’t get uncomfortable. “Your kitty is really cute. Does it have a name?” He asked, thinking that friendly conversation would help this pass by more quickly.
Skarlette didn’t crowd Madotsuki by standing next to her, but the rabbit stood in view for the child to see she was still there. Hopefully things would go along more smoothly now.
If Madotsuki’s eyes were open, they’d see them rolling. Really, why check her pulse again when it had been checked, like minutes ago?
Refraining from letting out a sigh, she held out the same arm she had before, the sleeve still rolled up. It wasn’t like she was comfortable with further exposure, but seeing they easily outnumbered her, she didn’t have much of a choice.
Holding her plush just with her other arm, she had to wonder why Ben was going so off the actual subject.
"… I wasn’t going to name it… what if I gave it a name it didn’t like…? … but it told me its name is Dwaneko…"
"Dwane" from the variant spelling of English “Dwayne”, meaning “little black one.”, and “Neko”, obviously, “cat”.
Lifesaver held the stethoscope to Madotsuki’s arm again and, sure enough, it was still as low as before. He turned slightly to take the blood pressure cuff from the counter behind him, pausing before continuing. ”I still can’t believe your pulse is really that low. Next, I need to check your blood pressure. Would you mind rolling your sleeve up just a bit more?”
Ben’s jaw dropped as the blur stopped moving to reveal the…THAT WAS THE QUEEN?! OI OI OI! THAT WAS -HIS- HUSBAND SHE WAS HUGGING SO FAMILIARLY! As his mother gaped and twitched, Kelvin managed to turn his head and stare at the pretty lady hugging Daddy.
X was caught off-guard by the sudden appearance of the Queen—so much for formality!—but the look on Ben’s face was priceless. He had never heard of anyone calling Lifesaver a “Child of Medicine”, but the title fit. He hung back so he could watch everyone, this was going to be entertaining.
Blanca was still beaming as she turned her attention on Ben, a less enthusiastic but still energetic and warm hug covering him and Kelvin. “Ah, so this is your Adora~” She beamed at Ben. “I can see how strong your bond is with each other. It’s so wonderful to see such strong love existing in another species.” She gently kissed his forehead. “And there’s no need to be jealous. If you weren’t holding your dear child, you’d have received the same welcome as well.”
Ah, so that was what he felt from Ben over the Network. He chuckled a bit as he sent Ben warm assurance. //Queen Blanca can read hearts and cores, Dearest. She probably was aware of everyone’s relation to each other as soon as we stepped through the portal//
Maddie was a bit more at ease once she knew that this Queen was just very, very friendly. Helen, on the other hand, ran over to her father to hide behind him.
Grace and Nix were standing with Necopi, watching the Queen with wide, curious eyes.
X was on alert once he entered the royal grounds; he was on the lookout for those damn maids that dragged him off last time and changed his outfit. He only saw the Card Guards, but he kept looking around to see if he could spot them before they got to him.
Ace was too busy taking in all the new sights and sounds to really notice his master’s odd behavior.
The Cards nodded to the visitors as Hatter strode forward. ” ‘Ello chaps, mind my inquiring as to where-” Hatter didn’t even get to finish his sentence before a white blur went whizzing past him. Lifesaver would suddenly find himself completely enveloped in a hug by none other than Blanca, who giggled as she greeted him. “Welcome back, child of medicine. It’s so good to see you again.”
Maddie, Helen, Nix, and Grace all backed away as the blur of white came running towards a rather confused Lifesaver. He was pulled into a rather… compromising hug, but he already knew who was greeting him so aggressively. There were very few individuals that he had to actually look up to see. ”Greetings, Your Grace. You’re doing much better, I see.”
Maddie gaped as her brother took the welcome in stride. That was the Queen?! Helen had run over to her mother; who was this lady that was hugging Daddy?
Skarlette had a slight smile as well, watching as Ben easily interacted with Mado. She had her own ways with the little ones, but Ben seemed to be a natural at it.
"… ah… right…"
Having the side subject cleared, Madotsuki let it phase her, seemingly to definitely not mind about marriage. She used to read in history books a man and woman sharing a marriage, but if two guys shared too, what could be wrong with it? If they liked each other, that should be the point.
Her eye closed again when she once more listened to Ben, seeing he was really focused on wanting her to cope. He was determined, maybe she could give him a slightly spoon of tea.
"… I suppose I could… as long it gets through with quickly… I wanna go home…"
//I’ve seem a glimpse of her eyes, and yes, I realize they look rather sickly. I’ll be checking her pulse next, but I won’t forget to check her eyes, don’t worry// Lifesaver moved over to the counter, taking his stethoscope and slinging it around his neck before turning to his patient. ”Madotsuki, would you mind holding your arm out again?”
Ben chuckled as Kelvin shifted again, starting to wake up. He took hold of his husband’s hand and glanced up at Lifesaver, a bit nervous now. “So, how does this work. Just…jump in?” He’d never done this before.
Walking towards the portal, X motioned for everyone to follow. ”There’s nothing complicated about this. You could somersault through the portal, but you can’t tell exactly where you’ll land when you cross over. Walking through is the easiest.” And with that, he entered the portal.
Hatter nodded and waved to Aliblu as he and Giaselle also walked through.
On the other side, they’d all land in the very front of the garden, plant-life surrounding them save for the ivory and gold Card Guards standing at the entrance gates. Beautiful white and grey trees were all over, crystal like flowers sprouting from their branches, and several unique looking animals were scurrying around. Squirrel like creatures with lizard tails and wings on their backs, and large birds who looked like their feathers were made of flame. The sight was definitely something to behold.
Lifesaver breathed in as he entered along with his family, Helen and Maddie suddenly close to him as they exited the portal, right in front of the side entrance to the castle. He had been here before, and sent a wave of reassurance to his family.
He wasn’t expecting so many guards to greet them, but their presence wasn’t alarming, and Maddie and Helen took comfort in the fact that he was relaxed. Grace and Nix, however, were scared, and ran behind Lifesaver, clinging to his legs.