mr_gaeta: (sickly)
Felix Gaeta ([personal profile] mr_gaeta) wrote2013-04-05 10:58 pm

[Milliways infirmary]

Dr. Tam -- along with his small army of non-opiate painkillers and anti-nausea meds -- has worked to make Gaeta's stay as comfortable as possible, but...the fact remains that detoxing from morpha will never be a pleasant experience. The chills and nausea peaked a couple hours ago; the pain comes and goes, but (fortunately) never sticks around too long to become intolerable.

It's like the flu, he tells himself. It'll be over in a few more days. Knowing it would be over now if they'd just give him some frakking morpha doesn't help, though.

He's curled on his left side, one arm loosely draped over his stomach, and watching the wall as he shivers. His heart monitor beeps out a steady rhythm.

It's kind of soothing, in a way.
faithful_lt: (uncertain of the ground)

[personal profile] faithful_lt 2013-04-06 03:21 am (UTC)(link)
He'd known that he'd have to come back to Milliways eventually. There are people who will need explanations; there are those who cared and will need comfort. It's the least he can do.

There's also a chance, he knows, that he may find someone else there, as well. Other people have returned to the bar after their deaths; there's nothing to say Felix won't... or that he will.

Even as he walks from the observation deck hatch through the door, Hoshi's still not certain what he's hoping for.

When he gets the note, he stares at it for some time.

(It's from Dr. Tam; it's not from Felix this time, either.)




Eventually, he goes to the infirmary.




He stands at the door, silent, hesitating, looking at the figure of the man lying in the bed, remembering the first time he'd found Felix here.

(It's not the same.

It'll never be the same again.)


Very, very softly:

"Felix?"
faithful_lt: (distantly thoughtful)

[personal profile] faithful_lt 2013-04-06 03:29 am (UTC)(link)
It hits him like a blow, robbing him of the breath he needs to speak.

Slowly, Hoshi nods.

"I did," he murmurs, at last, and takes his first step into the room.

"I always will, as long as you want me to."
faithful_lt: (head cocked and listening)

[personal profile] faithful_lt 2013-04-06 03:31 am (UTC)(link)
Another slow step, then another, and then his pace quickens as he crosses the remaining space between them.

(Physically, at least.)

His fingers are warm when they close around Felix's hand.

"Hi."
faithful_lt: (head cocked and listening)

[personal profile] faithful_lt 2013-04-06 03:49 am (UTC)(link)
"Can't argue that."

A beat.

"... why are you in here, anyway?"
faithful_lt: (felix: paying attention)

[personal profile] faithful_lt 2013-04-06 03:55 am (UTC)(link)
"Withdrawal," he murmurs.

Deep within, a different voice murmurs, too. Set it aside. Deal with it later.

It's good advice, although he's dismally aware that there are a lot of things he's going to have to deal with at some point... but not now.

"Does your leg hurt?"
faithful_lt: (coals of temper)

[personal profile] faithful_lt 2013-04-06 04:04 am (UTC)(link)
And all it took was dying to heal it--

He stops that thought right where it is.

"I'm glad of that, at least."
faithful_lt: (sideways slightly pensive)

[personal profile] faithful_lt 2013-04-06 04:18 am (UTC)(link)
"Not really that long at all, when you look at it that way."

He covers their joined hands with his free one, and manages to smile.
faithful_lt: (I don't want to see)

[personal profile] faithful_lt 2013-04-06 04:33 am (UTC)(link)
He closes his eyes at the touch.


"I wasn't sure you'd be here."
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[personal profile] faithful_lt 2013-04-06 04:37 am (UTC)(link)





"I delivered your letters."

He opens his eyes again, and glances down at him.

"Just... so you know."
faithful_lt: (head cocked and listening)

[personal profile] faithful_lt 2013-04-07 02:06 am (UTC)(link)
"You're welcome."

So careful; so polite, feeling each step of the way.

"Do you want a handkerchief?"
faithful_lt: (head cocked and listening)

[personal profile] faithful_lt 2013-04-07 02:11 am (UTC)(link)
"It's okay."

That much, at least, is true.

"I think I've got one tucked in a pocket--"

He lets go with one hand and unfastens the flap of his duty blues, reaching to the inner pocket and coming out with a worn and poorly-mended piece of cloth, which he offers Felix.

"It's clean, at least."
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[personal profile] faithful_lt 2013-04-07 02:34 am (UTC)(link)
He hesitates for a moment, then gingerly eases down to sit on the edge of the bed beside Felix, and squeezes his hand again.
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[personal profile] faithful_lt 2013-04-07 02:46 am (UTC)(link)
"I'm glad," he says, equally quiet.

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