mr_gaeta: (that's not good.)
Felix Gaeta ([personal profile] mr_gaeta) wrote2014-05-31 10:36 pm

[Washington, DC, USA, Earth]

Over a year since the last time he passed through Milliways' front door, Gaeta has to exercise a considerable amount of energy not to sprint through it as soon as Steve turns the handle.

He's also exercising a considerable amount of energy not to start hyperventilating again, or running back up to his room, or doing anything except devolve into a panic attack. Even after he's safely on the other side of the threshold, he can still hear the mechanical clicking of Bar's Cubefall hardware; all he wants to do is plug his ears.

The whole time, he didn't even stop to wonder if he could leave Milliways. Luckily, nothing untoward seems to have happened yet.
thekidfrombrooklyn: (winter soldier - leather jacket)

[personal profile] thekidfrombrooklyn 2014-06-01 02:58 am (UTC)(link)
"Felix?" Steve puts a steadying hand on Felix's shoulder. "Are you okay? We can go back if it's too much for you."
thekidfrombrooklyn: (leather jacket - uncertain)

[personal profile] thekidfrombrooklyn 2014-06-01 03:03 am (UTC)(link)
Well, that's a reaction Steve didn't expect.

"Will it help if I closed the curtains?"

It's the only thing he can think of.
thekidfrombrooklyn: (t-shirt - waking up)

[personal profile] thekidfrombrooklyn 2014-06-01 03:07 am (UTC)(link)
"C'mon," Steve says and guides Felix to the couch in the apartment's living room.
thekidfrombrooklyn: (closeup - earnest)

[personal profile] thekidfrombrooklyn 2014-06-01 03:14 am (UTC)(link)
Steve kneels in front of him. "Do you feel faint? Do you need to put your head between your knees?"
thekidfrombrooklyn: (winter soldier - profile)

[personal profile] thekidfrombrooklyn 2014-06-01 03:20 am (UTC)(link)
"In through the nose, out through the mouth," Steve says quietly. He's not touching Felix in case that makes his panic worse, but he's staying close.
thekidfrombrooklyn: (winter soldier - smithsonian)

[personal profile] thekidfrombrooklyn 2014-06-01 03:25 am (UTC)(link)
Steve says, his voice pitched low and soothing, "Remember before the serum, when I was tiny and sickly? I used to get asthma attacks when our apartment got too cold, and sometimes the only way to get through them was for Bucky to help me breathe. He'd just help me find the rhythm to calm me down. Lots of mind over matter. Just--" He breathes in slowly, and out slowly.

Hopefully, it's helpful.
thekidfrombrooklyn: (overcoat - pensive)

[personal profile] thekidfrombrooklyn 2014-06-01 03:29 am (UTC)(link)
Steve smiles a little. "I hope it's all downhill from here."
thekidfrombrooklyn: (smile - gentle)

[personal profile] thekidfrombrooklyn 2014-06-01 03:33 am (UTC)(link)
Steve shakes his head. "It's okay.

"Do you think you'd be ready to go outside today, or do you need more time to adjust?"
thekidfrombrooklyn: (captain - big grin)

[personal profile] thekidfrombrooklyn 2014-06-01 03:39 am (UTC)(link)
"I had fun with it last year," Steve admits, "but yeah, I can see it being a bit...much."
thekidfrombrooklyn: (closeup - earnest)

[personal profile] thekidfrombrooklyn 2014-06-01 03:43 am (UTC)(link)
"Not in detail," Steve says, and moves to sit beside him on the couch.
thekidfrombrooklyn: (work out - shoulder)

[personal profile] thekidfrombrooklyn 2014-06-01 03:49 am (UTC)(link)
"Were they...created for that?"
thekidfrombrooklyn: (white shirt - stern)

[personal profile] thekidfrombrooklyn 2014-06-01 03:55 am (UTC)(link)
"Wow," Steve says softly and glances at the door they came through. "No wonder you don't want to be around robots."

He winces. Trite thing to say, Rogers.
thekidfrombrooklyn: (blue shirt - shoulder)

[personal profile] thekidfrombrooklyn 2014-06-01 03:59 am (UTC)(link)
"Yeah, I know the feeling," Steve mutters.

See: his refuge in a bottle of Atlantean when Bucky died.

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