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29 May; Recovering

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Post  Joe Newbury on Sun Aug 22, 2010 1:12 pm

He'd heard from Cotton about the trial's outcome, but he had yet to decide how he felt about it. On the one hand, it was of course good that the provosts had been recognised as being guilty for their misbehaviour. On the other hand, it was a damned shame they had escaped a flogging for the same. To Newbury, it hinted at the divide within the army. If it had been a Rifleman on trial for the offence of assault on a redcoat, the poor fellow would almost certainly have been sent to the triangle for it.

The morning after the trial found Newbury sprawled mostly-comfortably in the back of Mister Todd's wagon. He had recently been given his morning dose of laudanum and the effects of the drug were just beginning to take hold. Anything that dulled the fires of pain was a welcome thing to him. All he needed to make the warm sense of fuzziness complete was a friendly face to chat to. Mister Todd was around, but he didn't count.

Newbury gazed out the back of the wagon and wished fleetingly he was well enough to walk.

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Re: 29 May; Recovering

Post  Maggie Cotton on Sun Sep 05, 2010 12:48 pm

Maggie tentatively approached the surgeon's wagon, the same wagon that she and Cotton had been allowed to travel in after his flogging. She recognized the surgeon nearby and greeted him politely. "Good morning, Mister Todd."

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Post  Joe Newbury on Mon Sep 06, 2010 2:46 am

"Good morning, Miss," the surgeon replied, inclining his head toward her slightly. "Come to visit our unfortunate friend, I presume?"

From his place in the back of the wagon, Newbury listened to this with interest.

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Post  Maggie Cotton on Mon Sep 06, 2010 6:07 am

She bit her lip and nodded slowly, losing her nerve. An army surgeon probably didn't know much about women anyway, she told herself, and he would be far too busy with his male patients to have time for camp followers.

"I brought him some breakfast," she said with a tentative smile, though from the smell of things - bacon? - the men in the surgeon's vicinity had eaten better than she had.

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Post  Joe Newbury on Mon Sep 06, 2010 6:24 am

Todd nodded amiably. "I am sure he will welcome it."

Breakfast. Newbury's interest, if it hadn't already been caught, would've been piqued quite solidly at this.

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Post  Maggie Cotton on Mon Sep 06, 2010 6:34 am

She smiled again and moved toward the back of the wagon, which was open. "Joe?" she called, not wanting to catch him unawares.

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Post  Joe Newbury on Mon Sep 06, 2010 7:21 am

Newbury waved, gingerly. "Mornin', Missus Cotton," he greeted.

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Re: 29 May; Recovering

Post  Maggie Cotton on Mon Sep 06, 2010 8:17 am

She stood on the ladder at the back of the wagon and handed him a basket. "I thought you might want some food. Though maybe you already had some. It's not much, just some oatcakes Martha made, and an orange." A valuable commodity, the orange, but she felt that he merited the gift. She eyed him carefully, trying to judge his mood. Perhaps he had been dosed with physic.

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Re: 29 May; Recovering

Post  Joe Newbury on Mon Sep 06, 2010 8:23 am

Oatcakes and an orange. Newbury's stomach groaned very quietly, enticed by the prospect of such a rare treat. "I ain't, yet," he admitted. "Sounds nothin' short of grand, Missus. Thank'ee."

He set himself and eased backwards a little, making some room at the edge of the wagon, if she wanted to sit for awhile. "Uncommon kind of you, sure."

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Re: 29 May; Recovering

Post  Maggie Cotton on Mon Sep 06, 2010 8:31 am

"You deserve it," she said with a gentle smile. She watched him for a moment as he examined the basket's contents. "Are you all right?"

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Post  Joe Newbury on Mon Sep 06, 2010 8:51 am

The oatcakes smelled marvellous. He kept himself from falling on them hungrily only with an effort.

"Aye. I'm still intact, anyways," Newbury answered truthfully. "Bit of an ache, maybe. Had some of that laudanum only a half-hour past."

He dared not ask how Jenny was.

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Post  Maggie Cotton on Mon Sep 06, 2010 8:57 am

That was not what she had meant, but she nodded. He probably did not know about Jenny yet, and she was not the one to tell him. "Good. Well, I better get back, pack up me things and all. You rest easy, Joe."

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Re: 29 May; Recovering

Post  Joe Newbury on Mon Sep 06, 2010 8:59 am

He nodded. "I'll try, Missus. Tell Cotton I said hullo. Thank'ee again."

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Post  Maggie Cotton on Mon Sep 06, 2010 9:12 am

She smiled ruefully. "He's gone up ahead with the other rifles, him and Pye. He left this morning. I thought it was going to be longer, but the captain changed his mind."

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Re: 29 May; Recovering

Post  Joe Newbury on Mon Sep 06, 2010 9:20 am

He had? Newbury felt a pang of disappointment. "Prob'ly for the best," he reasoned. "Keep 'em outta the way of trouble, like."

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Post  Maggie Cotton on Mon Sep 06, 2010 9:26 am

She grinned at that. "Probably right. And you keep outta trouble too, staying in this wagon." She hesitated and then finally added, "And that's what Jenny is doing - keeping out of trouble. That's all she ever tries to do, I think."

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Post  Joe Newbury on Mon Sep 06, 2010 9:30 am

A grin came onto Newbury's face. "I think I've had my fill of trouble, lately, that's sure. Ain't leavin' this wagon 'til the war's over!"

At the mention of Jenny, however, his grin faded and he very nearly asked after her. But no, he thought, better not to. Keep out of trouble, indeed.

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Re: 29 May; Recovering

Post  Maggie Cotton on Mon Sep 06, 2010 9:43 am

She could see that he didn't want to talk about Jenny. So he probably did know about her lieutenant. Jenny had come to Maggie last night to fetch back her things, and she had mentioned speaking to Newbury. Maggie did not know how much she had explained to him, but apparently it was enough to produce this sullen silence. He was upset, then.

"Sounds like a good plan," she said, smiling sympathetically. "Well, I'll come back and see you later, if you like. With Jestel. All right?"

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Post  Joe Newbury on Mon Sep 06, 2010 9:45 am

"Aye, that'd be good." He could thank Jestel properly for delivering his shako, if nothing else.

"Thank'ee again, Missus."

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Post  Maggie Cotton on Mon Sep 06, 2010 9:52 am

She gave him a genuine smile then. "Just call me Maggie, Joe. You of all people can still call me Maggie." Poor dear Joe. She suddenly wanted to kiss his cheek, but it was not her kisses that he wanted. She hesitated before asking him a question. She seemed to keep doing that, saying goodbye without leaving. "Joe?"

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Post  Joe Newbury on Mon Sep 06, 2010 10:23 am

"I'll try, Mis - Maggie." Even though it didn't feel half right, anymore. Newbury peered into the basket again and resisted the urge to grab the orange and eat it whole. Even it smelled delicious.

He looked up at her in surprise, eyebrows arched, when she said his name with a distinct note of questioning. "Aye?"

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Post  Maggie Cotton on Mon Sep 06, 2010 10:27 am

She decided not to ask a question, but she gave him a statement instead. "Jenny's... just Jenny. She looks after herself because nobody else ever has. And she's used to that. Don't be too hard on her, or yourself."

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Re: 29 May; Recovering

Post  Joe Newbury on Mon Sep 06, 2010 10:32 am

He was silent for a moment, digesting this. It wasn't really anything he didn't already know, but he couldn't really think why Maggie was telling him. Or maybe he could even though he knew he shouldn't.

"Aye, well... she'll do what she's best at, sure." Newbury affected a shrug. "I ain't... she done the smart thing, I reckon."

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Post  Maggie Cotton on Mon Sep 06, 2010 10:36 am

"She's very fond of you," Maggie insisted.

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Post  Joe Newbury on Mon Sep 06, 2010 10:44 am

Newbury managed a smile that didn't appear completely forced. "Ain't doubtin' it. But she'll be keepin' outta trouble an' there's no faultin' that."

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