Guðrún, and the many witches she had contacted over the crystall ball network, had run out of options. Earlier, she had almost managed to forge a mental link with the baby, who had hit her in the face with a double whopper of pain and exhaustion.
It was clear that only a surgeon would have been able to rescue the baby, at the expense of the mother's life. However, the castle had never retained one.
"Give up," said a voice in Guðrún's head. "You've done all you could. Let them rest."
"No!" said another voice. "There's one more thing you can do. It will be hard, and costly, but you can save both of them!"
Skylla, meet Charibdis The URL of this comic is http://www.rocr.net/?p=20020115