Feb. 17th, 2013

mr_gaeta: (between ignorance and hope)
Gaeta doesn't speak the whole time he's in sickbay.

He has an excuse, for some of it: hypoxia means a mask with pure oxygen for a good six hours. They clean the blood from his face and hands with a gentleness he despises, speaking quietly as they explain what tests they'll need to run to confirm he hasn't suffered brain damage. Gaeta stares straight ahead, only nodding when prompted.

When the tests come back clean -- no permanent damage, he overhears Cottle say -- Gaeta thinks he might burst out laughing.

At some point, he becomes aware that somebody's asking him for details. He sees rank pins and duty blues, but can't make the face conform to anybody he knows. So, in silence, he shakes his head.

Whoever it is doesn't press.

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