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20 January 2009 @ 05:29 am
 
I think he's starting to get used to this.

He has the return of his eyesight to look forward to, one eye certainly, the other very likely, and chances are very likely that we'll be reimbursed for damages sustained by the port authority, and handsomely.

He really is the heart of this ship. As his spirits lift, so does the crew's. He's back to smoking, cursing and being as lewd as ever.

We wouldn't have him any other way.

We're going to see the doctor tomorrow. We're all hopeful.
 
 
 
Cid: serioussmokin_highwind on January 20th, 2009 02:00 pm (UTC)
"Cid Highwind te see the eye-Doc," Cid says, frowning, confused, at the noise.
Vincent Valentinebeastunderneath on January 20th, 2009 02:34 pm (UTC)
She glances up, stuffing fistfuls of pencils into the cup, darting nervous glances between the two men, edging closer to Cid. "Uh... right, yes, Cid Highwind, one moment please." She rights the pencil cup, and takes cover behind the appointment book. "Ah-ha! Right on time. Please have a seat. Please."

Vincent nods curtly at her; she gulps. The gunman takes Cid's elbow, and steers him to a seat.
Cid: serioussmokin_highwind on January 20th, 2009 02:35 pm (UTC)
"What's the racket?" Cid asks as they sit down.
Vincent Valentinebeastunderneath on January 20th, 2009 02:39 pm (UTC)
"Me. I think," Vincent replies, taking a seat beside Cid, eyes scanning the waiting room like it was a war zone.

Another mousy head peers out with the receptionists, and they whisper at one another, staring at the two men; Vincent looks their way and they duck.
Cid: serioussmokin_highwind on January 20th, 2009 02:50 pm (UTC)
Cid can hear the whispers. He starts to feel his confidence slowly trickle away like water through closed fingers.

"Is somethin' the matter?" He asks Vincent.
Vincent Valentinebeastunderneath on January 20th, 2009 04:01 pm (UTC)
"I don't think I look very friendly," Vincent replies.

Cid: serioussmokin_highwind on January 20th, 2009 04:04 pm (UTC)
"Oh," Cid says. There's a pause. Then he reaches out and slings his arm about Vincent's shoulders.
Vincent Valentinebeastunderneath on January 20th, 2009 05:00 pm (UTC)
Vincent accepts the arm, thinking nothing of it; it was a common gesture between them.

The ladies didn't seem to think it was so common - their chatter picked up in speed and pitch.

They're silenced by the appearance of a broad man in a white doctor's coat, with an appearance one could only describe as 'jolly' - rotund and red-cheeked, with an elaborately coiffed thick, black beard and smiling eyes.

"Mr. Highwind, I assume?" He says, voice rumbling and accented. "Dr. Katesh, at your service. Please don't mind the ladies; it is a slow practice, and they are prone to gossip."
Cid: mesmokin_highwind on January 21st, 2009 05:26 am (UTC)
Cid stands and holds out his hand for the Doctor to shake. "I couldn't give a rats ass, Doc, 'long as ye can fix me up with my sight again," Cid says with a smile.
Vincent Valentinebeastunderneath on January 21st, 2009 05:44 am (UTC)
Dr. Katesh gives a deep rumbling laugh. "That's very healthy!" He gives Cid's hand a solid shake, his hand strong and dry.

Vincent stands, glaring at Dr. Katesh assessingly. He only smiles up at the gunman in turn. "Ah, and you must be the Big Scary Bodyguard! A pleasure, Mr.....?"

"Valentine." He offers his gloved hand, and Dr. Katesh shakes his similarly.

"Ah, Mr. Valentine. If you like, you may wait-"

"No. I go where he goes." He sidles up to Cid's back.

Dr. Katesh just chuckles. "Very well, as you wish it! Come along then. Is there anything I can do to set you both at ease?" He leads the pair into the back, past the receptionist's desk to the rooms behind. He takes them to a very comfortable looking room painted in warm pastels, easy on the eyes, with several seats and an examination chair that actually looked very comfortable.
Cid: serioussmokin_highwind on January 21st, 2009 06:06 am (UTC)
Cid's grateful for Vincent's presence. He'd never been comfortable around doctors.

"Just get me free o' this damn blindfold so I can start flyin' again and gettin' my own food," Cid says. He waves a hand about. "So, is there someplace I should sit or somethin'?"
Vincent Valentinebeastunderneath on January 21st, 2009 06:15 am (UTC)
Dr. Katesh chuckles, and gestures at the examination chair. "Mr. Valentine, if you'd be so kind?"

As Vincent leads Cid to his seat, Dr. Katesh rolls up on a doctor's stool with a tray of implements. Over Cid's shoulder, Vincent does his best not to stiffen up. Cid was anxious as it was without his fears added on. His eyes scan the try and find nothing more menacing than a pair of regular scissors.

"So you fly," Dr. Katesh begins, starting to unwind the gauze about Cid's eyes. "You are a pilot? Is that how this happened?"
Cid: serioussmokin_highwind on January 21st, 2009 06:21 am (UTC)
"Air Pirates, at the port," Cid says, stiff where he lay in the chair. "Tried te fuckin' ambush us under the guise o' customs. Bastards. Talkin' 'bout sickness and crap... But yeah, 'm the Cap'n. They didn't get my ship, but they got my eye real good."
Vincent Valentinebeastunderneath on January 21st, 2009 06:30 am (UTC)
"Care to elaborate? I'd like to know exactly what I'm dealing with here..."
Cid: serioussmokin_highwind on January 21st, 2009 06:35 am (UTC)
"I was wearing goggles and got shot in the goddamn eye," Cid says frankly. "The bullet didn't get through, but the glass did. Our ship's Doc reckons my right eye's alright, but the left... well, that's why we're here."
Vincent Valentinebeastunderneath on January 21st, 2009 06:43 am (UTC)
"I see," Dr. Katesh replies lightly, and finishes unraveling the gauze, removing the two cotton pads. It's to his credit that he doesn't grimace, or in anyway outwardly show anything more than interest as he cradles Cid's face. looking over his eyes. "Your ship's doctor seems to have the right of it; your right eye has nothing more than bruising, but lets be sure." He takes an implement off the tray, pressing it into Cid's hand. It's shaped a bit like a spoon, where the ladle end was rounder and broader. "Please hold that up to your left eye, thank you; open your right?"
Cid: serioussmokin_highwind on January 21st, 2009 03:07 pm (UTC)
Cid does as told, holding the spoon-like implement over his eye. His opens his right awkwardly, squinting against the light that he wasn't used to, the eye still tender.
Vincent Valentinebeastunderneath on January 22nd, 2009 01:05 am (UTC)
"Very good, very good," the doctor purrs. "Can you do me the favor of moving the eye, and telling me if you can differentiate shapes and colors...?"
Cid: serioussmokin_highwind on January 22nd, 2009 03:29 am (UTC)
Cid looks around. "I can see the room... you," he says, his eye coming to settle on the doctor. "It's a little blurry, but it aint so bad." His eye starts to water and sting, so Cid closes it with a grimace, a tear running down his cheek. "Still hurts like a motherfucker," he growls.
Vincent Valentinebeastunderneath on January 22nd, 2009 04:00 am (UTC)
Dr. Katesh chuckles, letting Cid close his eye. "It'll be that way for some time, I am afraid; a few days more, but after that, the bruising will have eased, the vessels will have relaxed, and your eyesight should be as good as it's ever been. Now, please, move the occluder to your right eye, very good. Can you tell me, by any chance, if you've a phobia of needles?"

Vincent tenses over Cid's shoulder.
Cid: serioussmokin_highwind on January 22nd, 2009 04:13 am (UTC)
Cid tenses, and moves the spoon slowly over his right eye. Even with his left closed, one could tell it wasn't in good condition. "...Not needles exactly. Can't say 'm all too damn comfortable 'round doctors in general. No offense."
Vincent Valentinebeastunderneath on January 22nd, 2009 04:16 am (UTC)
"I won't take offense," the doctor says cheerily. "Many feel that way. My concern is that my prodding your eye will cause you discomfort; I'd like to give you something for the pain, a local. Is that all right?"
Cid: serioussmokin_highwind on January 22nd, 2009 04:20 am (UTC)
Cid nods. "Sure, if that's what ye think's best."
Vincent Valentinebeastunderneath on January 22nd, 2009 04:29 am (UTC)
Vincent doesn't seem to be quite so easy-going, stiff as a board and glaring at the doctor.

Dr. Katesh catches the wary stare, and just smiles. "Don't be concerned. A local is better for him. He may keep his wits about him, remain aware, all without suffering any pain. I have been doing this for many years now; I'm very good. He will not even feel the needle."

Vincent just stares.

Taking that as permission enough, he readies the needle, and dabs some sort of gel on the inside of his eye, by his nose, and quickly gives him the shot. All Cid feels is the momentary cold of the gel.

"Very good?"
Cid: serioussmokin_highwind on January 22nd, 2009 04:33 am (UTC)
"S'alright," Cid says. "Am I gonna be talkin' with a lisp or somethin' soon?"
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