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2009-07-20 04:54 pm (UTC)
Her hands pause in their work again at
, but she returns to applying antiseptic after just a moment. She feels him flinch under her hands as she finishes cleaning the wound.
She busies herself applying the dressing, her eyes firmly fixed on his shoulder so she doesn't have to look him in the eye. God, what can she say to that? There isn't anything to say, not really. She can't imagine living as he does, outliving everyone she loves and having to move on, to find new people and new things to care about.
She's sometimes wondered how it is that he manages. It's one thing to be immortal - or so long-lived you may as well be - when you're an alien and that's how it's meant to work for you.
But Jack's human, an extraordinary human, but still just human, in the end. He's had immortality forced upon him.
"How do you do it, Jack?" she says, her tone gentle. "How do you cope?"
It's probably one of the most personal things she's ever asked him. Whether he'll answer or not is another matter.
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