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Title: Get Through This Together
Pairing: Jimmy Palmer/Tim McGee
Prompt: 22, Recovery
Disclaimer: This is entirely a product of my own imagination, and I make no profit from it. I do not own the lovely Jimmy Palmer or Tim McGee, unfortunately, just borrowing them for a while. Please do not sue.
***Tim sighed softly as he sat by Jimmy's hospital bed, holding his boyfriend's hand. He didn't want to think about everything that had happened in the last few days; he wanted to push all of those thoughts away, and just concentrate on the important facts.
Jimmy was here. Jimmy was safe. He'd had a thorough medical examination, and he was going to be all right. There would be no physical ill effects.
Other than the fact that he would be scared by all that had happened for the rest of his life.
Tim wanted to cry, to scream, to rail against the unfairness of it all. This should never have happened to Jimmy. The two of them should have been able to make it safely to their home when they'd come back from going out, and gone to bed together.
They should have made love for the first time that night.
Instead, their lives had been plunged into chaos -- and neither of them were ever going to be the same again. He himself would bear scars from all that had happened, but Jimmy's scars would be even worse. They would never go away. They would always hover in the background.
Knowing that Jimmy was safe was the most important thing in his life right now, but he couldn't ignore the fact that they would both have to overcome some serious problems in the months and years to come. The two of them had been irrevocably changed.
So had their relationship. It wasn't just the physical side of all that had been done to Jimmy; there would be emotional scars, as well. His own scars didn't seem to be so bad in light of all that Jimmy would have to deal with -- but he would be right here by his lover's side.
Jimmy wouldn't go through this alone, Tim vowed. No matter how hard this might be for both of them, no matter what demands and strains it put on their relationship, they would stay together. He would never leave Jimmy; he could never walk away.
He loved Jimmy more than ever now. And that love would only continue to grow.
Nothing like this would ever happen again; he would take any steps that he had to take to make absolutely sure of that. Jimmy would never have to be afraid of leaving their home; he would never have to feel uneasy. He wouldn't have to live in fear.
That wasn't what Tim wanted for their lives together.
It was going to take a long time for Jimmy to recover; he didn't doubt that. But recovery was possible. Especially if they worked towards that recovery as a team.
Sitting there looking at Jimmy's beloved face, holding his hand, and finally feeling safe, Tim could feel a surge of hope inside him. They would get through this together, he told himself firmly. And in the end, they would be stronger than they had ever been before.