Of Healing And PainOf Healing And Pain
(Dedicated to Lady Ve, who proved Templars are people too.)
A vapor of death hangs above Acre's hospital, and though the midday sunlight filters into the courtyard, the enclosed space appears just as dark as the confines within. Two sickening snaps split the air, along with cries of agony, causing everyone in the courtyard to cringe in their own skin. Everyone but one. Garnier de Naplouse, Grandmaster of the Order of the Hospital and presiding doctor, doesn't bat an eye as a fleeing patient is apprehended, neutralized at his command, and dragged gasping back into the operating wing.
Garnier casts a stern glance to the gawking spectators. "Have you people nothing better to do?!" he admonishes, making them humble their eyes to be recast to the stone floor. He then retreats through the large double doors back into the hospital's interior.
The aging surgeon feels he may have despised these defiant and contrary children, were he not so deeply moved by t