"Toby needs a healer," Ully said from the bedside.
"He took too much," the healer chided.
The convent members who managed the Sanctuary had replaced the wall Rhyn knocked down with a row of brown tents that matched their dresses. Rhyn eased between two of them, aware of Kiki's fading pulse. He set his brother down on the ground and looked around wildly, hoping they hadn't sent Katie's Ancient Healer, Lankha, home to the underworld.
To be reminded first by a woman who should be dead and again by a Healer of some sort … He shook out his shoulders and nudged his XO awake, not wanting to deal with the thoughts.
Gently, the healer began its trade.
"I know where to find one," Rhyn said, his thoughts going to the Ancient healer that had been a prisoner in Sasha.s zoo in Hell across the hall from his own cell.
Rhyn snagged the clothing of one, and the healer yelped.
"I'm not a healer, Sofi," he complained again.
"Gatekeeper, Oracle, Healer, Original Immortal," Xander said, taking in everyone one-by-one.
The healer pulled her into its arms, his gaze flickering around again.
Rhyn retreated to the wall and sat with his back against it, staring at the healer that held the woman protectively in his arms.
Gazing at her, he doubted a human healer could help her.
He brought in a healer who pieced me back together when he was done.
He released the healer whose arm he held.
Rhyn waited until the healer passed him and then stepped into the shadow world behind him.
He all but dragged the healer to Kris.s room, found it empty, then went to Katie.s chamber.
"Take her to a Healer," Jule ordered, motioning to Claire.
She didn't want to say it, but the bloodied immortal didn't look like he'd wake up for quite a while, especially if there was no Healer among the survivors.
"She's an exceptionally powerful healer, the kind that haven't been seen since before the Schism," the Watcher explained.
"You're a Healer, aren't you?" he asked.
Restless, he rose and paced again, wondering why Sasha needed an ancient healer in his zoo, a place where creatures came to suffer.
Rhyn watched, even more fascinated when the healer hesitated suddenly and withdrew.
He wasn't a healer, and the only healer he knew was trapped in Hell.
I think a healer can fix him.
He.d thought Lankha skittish when he met the healer but soon found all the healers quaking and hiding.
He recognized the healer by the amount of bands winding around his arm.
He trailed as Rhyn led him toward the brightest portal, and Rhyn took the healer.s arm to hurry him along.
He flung the door open and shoved the healer into the room, ignoring the two surprised occupants of the chamber as he closed the door without entering.
Katie asked, startled to see the cowering healer in her room.
The healer was huddled against the door, looking around with visible horror.
The healer sank next to her on the bed, large eyes darting around the room as if he expected the furniture to grow fangs and chase him.
The healer.s been working with him constantly.
There.s an Ancient healer at the Caribbean Sanctuary.
He set the healer down.
The healer can stay there, and the angel—
Yes. Our healer did what we could.
You came with a healer, didn.t you?
You need a healer, my friend.
Ully watched with alarm as the healer unwrapped the angel.s bandage.
She felt like petting the healer to calm him as she might Toby.s cat but suspected it wouldn.t be welcome.
The healer clucked to himself, growing more comfortable as he concentrated on his trade.
A tap at the door made Lankha pause, and she hurried to answer it to keep the healer from being distracted.