Pack of Trouble
Most Victorian doctors didn’t have a clue how to set a bone.
On Vic’s first day back in England she’s abducted and nearly killed. An old rival pushes her down a set of basement steps with no railing. While alive, (I would never kill off Vic, not even if you threatened to push me down the basement steps) Dr. Connors is greatly concerned she will live the rest of her life in chronic pain.
While surgeons of the Late Victorian time could cut a leg off in 30 seconds, they were very poor bone setters. Connor says he’ll do his best to cut her open and reset the bones, but standard procedure of the time was to remove the broken appendages. However Vic’s got two broken legs and two broken arms. She’d rather be dead than be left a useless lump.
Fortunately, Tubs has been setting his own bones all his life and he’s gotten really good at it.
Since Connor knows there is little chance of Vic ever walking again if he tries to set the bones, he allows Tub to try. He has little hope Tubs can do it, but he also knows his skills can’t save her, so he’s willing to let the giant try.
To everyone’s relief, Tubs can do it and sets her bones beautifully, leaving Dr. Connors to fit casts and splints to ensure they remains set. Here’s what she looked like.
Not surprisingly, Vic gets a bit grumpy and asked to be thrown in the Thames.
While Xavier’s plan to take a holiday in Europe for Vic to have her baby incognito works well enough, complications during the birth almost takes both mother and child. Dr. Connors performs his first cesarean ever. While successful, it Vic takes months to recover. A prisoner to the bed, she spends her time encouraging marriage between two of their employees. Unfortunately, Xavier’s original negotiations with Tubs prevents the giant from acting upon his heart. While Xavier chases ladies enjoying the sun, Vic convinces Tubs to resign his service.
When Xavier and Vic return to England, the head of Scotland Yard awaits them at the dock. A great change in Parliament has occurred due to the fallout of their last investigation. England is crumbling beneath an outbreak of crimes and their help is desperately needed before lives are ruined and jobs are lost.
Once inside his surgical room, Dr. Connors ordered everyone but Xavier out. All but Tubs complied.
“Thank you, Tubs, you can go,” Connors snapped.
“All the same with you, I’ll stay.” He then focused on Xavier. “He shouldn’t be cutting to set bones. He should be able to do that by feel. And if he can’t, I can.”
“You can set bones?” Connors challenged.
“I’ve set my own all the time, and I can clearly walk and they don’t hurt, so I’d say I can do bones really well.”
“Yes, your nose is inspiring.”
“My pa kicked me in face when I was three. Nobody set that one ’cause I hadn’t learned how yet.”
“Enough!” Xavier snapped. “Connors, will you at least allow him to try? Tubs has never once overpromised on something he says he can do.”
“He can try setting the right leg. If he can’t, I’ll repair it surgically.”
Tubs grabbed Vic’s leg, pulled, causing her to growl, then released it.
“Damn it, Tubs! I didn’t mean now! Turn around while I get Vic’s pants off so I can see to the damage you just did.”
Tubs glared at him. “I didn’t do no damage. I set the leg like it needed. There’s no reason Vic has to suffer pain while you undress him. He don’t need to be naked to set bones.”
Once the pant leg was cut off above the injury, Connors examined the bone. He continued to feel the leg until Xavier lost patience. “Connors, what is your finding.”
He stepped back and shook his head. “The leg is so well set that I can barely detect the break.” He focused on Tubs. “Have you ever set an ankle?”
Tubs nodded. “Takes longer, due to all the little bones, but I can do it.”
Connors pointed to the bones he believed were broken.
Tubs did his own feel. “There’s another one further down.” He closed his eyes and allowed his fingers to see for him.
Xavier petted her forehead. “Turns out we can add bone setting to Tubs’ long list of valuable skills.
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Liza O’Connor was raised badly by feral cats, left the South/Midwest and wandered off to find nicer people on the east coast. There she worked for the meanest man on Wall Street, while her psychotic husband tried to kill her three times. (So much for finding nicer people.) Then one day she declared enough, got a better job, divorced her husband, and fell in love with her new life where people behaved normally. But all those bad behaviors has given her lots of fodder for her humorous romances. Please buy these books, because otherwise, she’ll become grumpy and write troubled novels instead. They will likely traumatize you.
You have been warned.
Mostly humorous books by Liza:
Ghost Lover—Two British brothers fall in love with the same young woman. Ancestral ghost is called in to fix the situation. And there’s a ghost cat that roams about the book as well. (Humorous Contemporary Romance)
Untamed & Unabashed—The youngest of the Bennet sisters, Lydia, tells her story. A faithful spinoff from Pride & Prejudice.
A Long Road to Love Series: (Humorous Contemporary odd Romance)
Worst Week Ever — Laugh out loud week of disasters of Epic proportions.
Oh Stupid Heart — The heart wants what it wants, even if it’s impossible.
Coming to Reason — There is a breaking point when even a saint comes to reason.
Climbing out of Hell — The reconstruction of a terrible man into a great one.
The Hardest Love — Is to love oneself. Sam’s story.
The Adventures of Xavier & Vic Sleuth series: (Late Victorian/Mystery/Romance)
The Troublesome Apprentice — The greatest sleuth in Victorian England hires a young man who turns out to be a young woman.
The Missing Partner — Opps! The greatest sleuth in Victorian England goes missing, leaving Vic to rescue him, a suffragette, and about 100 servants. Not to mention an eviscerating cat. Yes, let’s not mention the cat.
A Right to Love — A romantic detour for Jacko. Want to see how amply rewarded Jacko was when he & Vic save an old woman from Bedlam?
The Mesmerist — The Mesmerist can control people from afar and make them murder for her. Worse yet, Xavier Thorn has fallen under her spell.
Well Kept Secrets — Far too many secrets are being kept and as we all know, secrets have a way of coming out.
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