Pairings: Emo!Kahlan/Richard and HBIC!Kahlan/Darken Rahl
Summary: What happens when Zedd fails to reunite the two halves of Kahlan and HBIC!Kahlan makes an alliance with Darken Rahl?
Author's Notes: For the purpose of this fic, the episode 'Torn' takes place IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING the episode 'Extinction', however Renn isn't there to tell Richard what was in Darken's mind. This fic follows canon up until 'Extinction' with the exception that 'Torn' is no longer episode eleven. I owe a LOT of inspiration for this fic toivanolix who helped me with plot points and was encouraging me to write.
Disclaimer: I don't own them. I just like to make them do my bidding.
Richard had barely slept since he found Kahlan burning up the night before. The healer had assured him that she had made it out of the worst of it. He had spent every waking hour cradling his wife against his chest and rocking her. She had been mostly unconscious but he didn't care. He wanted to be there when she finally woke.
It was mid-afternoon when her eyes fluttered open. He couldn't help but smile. He had been close to losing her and now, seeing her smiling and looking back at him could almost bring tears to his eyes.
"Richard," she murmured, sleep still coating her voice. "How long was I asleep?"
"Since last night, love. It's okay now. You are doing better."
"I feel better but what about the baby?" She was worried about her child. It was part of them and she already loved it. She didn't want anything to happen now that they were so close to being a family.
"The healer said it's too soon to tell but he is hopeful that the poison was purged soon enough that is won't significantly effect the baby." He tried to keep the worry out of his voice but it was too difficult. This was their child; he had every right to be worried.
"I hope he's right. I don't want anything to happen."
"Neither do I, Kahlan." He cradled her close and hummed a tune long forgotten as the sunlight danced though the glass, casting tiny rainbows on the walls. They stayed like that for a long while, the only sounds that could be heard was their even breathing and Richard's little tune.
The knock at the door drew them out of their reverie. Richard grumbled and Kahlan sighed but he still managed to untangle himself from his wife's body and make it too the door. "Darken," he said, surprised to find his brother there for the second time that day. It was a different side of him that Richard had never before seen.
"I have something that I believe you both will appreciate greatly," Darken said offering a small vial to Richard.
"What is it?" He said his tone curious and hinted with suspicion.
"That doesn't matter. What it does is the important thing. The healer told me that it is still too soon to know if your baby will live so I went to the Wizard's Keep and found that. It will increase the unborn child's immunity and hopefully increase the chance of survival." Darken smiled politely before adding, "Of course I can understand if you don't trust me. This will help though, I'm sure of it."
Richard sighed but Kahlan called from the bed. "Bring it to me, Richard."
Reluctantly he did as she said and watched with wide eyes as she downed it in one gulp. "Kahlan are you sure you should have done that?"
"I don't know but there is a chance it will save our baby. I will do anything to save her."
Nodding, Richard seemed to accept this explanation and turned back to Rahl. "Thank you for bringing that to our attention but I'd like to be alone with my wife right now."
"Of course, Brother," Darken said with a smirk. "If you need anything you know where to find me."
"Yes I do," Richard said coolly as he shut the door on his brother before returning to his wife. Crawling into bed he pulled her between his legs and back against his chest. "Was that the smartest thing to do, Kahlan?"
"Probably not but I couldn't help it. It might save our child." There was desperation in her voice that Richard had never heard before. It unnerved him.
"Just promise me you will think before you act from now on. I can't risk losing you again. You have no idea how much it hurt me to see you lying there so sick while I was unable to do anything to help you." He tightened his arms around her, pulling her closer and letting his palms caress her taut belly. Desperately he hoped their child would be alright. He couldn't bear the thoughts of what would happen to Kahlan if she lost the baby. It would break his heart, he was sure of it.
"I promise, my love. I'll think about things before risking myself." She nuzzled closer and Richard rested his cheek against the top of her head.
"That's all I ask."
"I love you," Kahlan murmured, her eyes closing as the vial Darken gave her began taking effect. She just hoped that she had been right and Darken hadn't been lying. She would hate for her choice to cost them their child.
"I love you too, Kahlan. Forever. Nothing will ever change that." Richard sealed his vow with a kiss to the top of her head. Taking a moment to inhale her scent. It always calmed his frazzled nerves. She was the one constant in his life and he couldn't be more grateful.
Lauren quickly made her way through the winding streets towards the Inn where Councilor Williams had been staying. She didn't wish to fail her Mistress and knew the errand she had been sent on was very important.
Slipping inside the inn, Lauren made her way up the stairs and inside Councilor Williams room without anyone questioning her intentions.
He jumped when the door swung open but relaxed the moment he saw her. "Lauren. Good news I hope?"
Lauren nodded and stepped closer, watching him for any signs he would hurt her Mistress. But she knew what to do. She knew exactly how to get him back to the Palace. "She's fallen to the poison. She hasn't passed but they doubt she will be saved. The Mother Confessor and her child will both die.
He smiled and stood, the pride he felt for a job well done something he never had before. "Excellent. Something will have to be done with Darken Rahl, of course but I can handle that. Take me to the Palace. I wish to gloat over her demise."
Without a word Lauren led him out of the Inn and through the winding streets. She knew her Mistress would be pleased with her and nothing made her happier. She knew she had done her job well. Quietly she led him through the servant’s door and towards the Mother Confessor's bedchambers, anxious to prove to her Mistress that she could complete her tasks.
"She's inside," Lauren said when they reached the Mother Confessor's bedchambers.
Councilor Williams wasted no time in opening the door and slipping inside. This smirk vanished the moment he noticed The Mother Confessor was not dying in that bed. "What?-" Before he could think something knocked him over the head and the blackness claimed him.
Councilor Williams woke with his hands bound to a chair as the Mother Confessor and Darken Rahl stood before him. "What's going on?" He murmured despite the haze still clouding his mind. He was sure he had a concussion.
"Wouldn't you like to know? Did you or did you not convince this young woman to poison me?" The Mother Confessor gestured to Lauren who paid no attention to what was happening. Her eyes locked completely on her mistress.
"I did nothing! She has to be lying." Councilor Williams squirmed in his restraints knowing he was fighting a losing battle.
"The confessed never lie to their Confessor, Williams. You know that." She glared at him, her eyes cold as her hand rested on the swell of her belly. "You threatened me and my unborn child. This is treason, you know." His gaze dropped and he watched her white skirts fluttering around her ankles. He stiffened with fear knowing what the penalty for treason was. "You have a choice, Williams. Death or Confession?"
He flinched as her cool hand wrapped around his neck, eyes widening as she squeezed in a threatening manner. "Don't I have a right to a trial?"
"Not when you are so obviously guilty. Choose. Confession or death."
When he said nothing her powers ripped though him, claiming his soul before anyone could blink. "Mistress," he reverently said, his eyes drinking her in like she was the Creator herself. "How may I please you?"
Kahlan ignored him and instead turned to Darken. "Do you think your brother would like the honor of dispatching the man responsible for his wife's current condition?"
Darken smirked and grabbed Williams by the back of his neck. "I do believe you are right."
"Then take him and have it done. If Richard doesn't do it then do it yourself." This man was a threat to everything she had worked so hard for. She wouldn't rest until he was dead. She wasn't satisfied with confession, she wanted his blood.
Darken smirked and Williams looked up at Kahlan with pleading eyes. "Mistress, please command me."
She shot him a cold glare before speaking. "You will go with Darken and do everything he says. Is that understood?"
Richard was surprised when the servant brought him the message and even more surprised with what he found waiting for him. Rahl was standing in the dungeon with a man he had never before seen. "What am I doing here, Rahl? I have to get back to Kahlan."
"This man," he said with a glance at the confessed man standing next to him. "Is the man responsible for Kahlan's poisoning? The Mother Confessor has told me you are to have to option to kill him if you want to. Otherwise that task will fall to me. It's your choice Brother but if I were you I'd get revenge for all your family has been put through because of him."
Darken nodded, "She didn't want to take any chances with him. Too much has happened already. He's been confessed but he isn't leaving this room alive."
Richard drew his sword despite knowing the man standing before him was no longer the man who ordered the poisoning. He couldn't help himself though. This man nearly cost him his wife and still might have cost him his child. He refused to let that go unpunished.
Darken took a step backwards, out of the way of Richard's sword as he watched this unfold. He didn't know if his brother would have the stomach to kill a confessed man but he was wrong. Darken watched as Richard ran Williams through with the Sword of Truth, the rage in his brother's eyes unlike anything he had ever seen.
Williams’ body slumped to the floor, the large pool of blood ever blossoming out from the fatal wound. Richard cast one last cold glance at his corpse before wiping the Sword of Truth clean on the dead man's shirt. "If you'll excuse me," he said after sheathing his sword once more. "My wife needs me."
Darken nodded and without another word Richard was gone. Leaving Darken to instruct the servants on disposal of the remains. He was glad this threat was gone and hoped that Kahlan would now be satisfied to lessen her work load. She needed to rest for the baby. He'd definitely make sure to mention it.
Kahlan was glad Richard had killed the man who had nearly cost her everything but deep down she wished she could have done it. She would have made him pay for putting them through such a terrible ordeal but right now she was confined to bed. The healer wanted to take it as easy as possible until the baby comes. She agreed readily not wanting to risk any hard coming to her child.
Richard spent a lot of time with her. It helped calm her frazzled nerves whenever he was close by. There was times however when work called him away and she was alone in the room, just her and her unborn baby. She would spend those long hours talking to her child, reminding the baby of how much mommy and daddy loved her and that she was sorry for letting the poison hurt her.
Kahlan would apologize to the child for not avoiding the poison and beg the baby to be alright. She promised over and over that she would protect her with her life. Her baby was the most precious thing in the world and nothing would hurt her again.