Joe Gibken ([personal profile] ajoeface) wrote2012-09-16 11:17 am

Catboy!AU: Cuddles are the Best Medicine, Part 2

[ooc: continued from here.]

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When Joe walks back into Sid's office from reception Sid is still in the adjoining room clearing up the counter just beside the reclining bed. Joe knows that the first thing Sid is going to ask is, "who is next?", so he cuts in first as he walks through the open door. 

"It's lunchtime," he says. And before Sid can open his mouth to protest, he adds, "there are no walk-ins waiting at the moment; everyone out there has a scheduled appointment. It's time to eat."

It's not even that Sid means to neglect his body's need for food - he would never do himself any purposeful damage. He just gets too carried away at the surgery sometimes - helping people in need - to think about eating. Joe doesn't mind having taken up the responsibility to make sure that Sid looks after himself when he should. George has always tried his best, but his bossiness tends to melt in front of Sid, and he can't help but agree, "yes, maybe just this next one before you stop, Doctor Sid. I think he really needs your help."

And it isn't like Joe doesn't have any compassion; he knows a lot of the catpeople who come to the surgery are in desperate need of help. But his priority is to make sure Sid stays fit enough to be able to keep on helping them all. And right now there really is nothing pressing, nothing that can't wait until the appointed doctor gets to it. 

He gets out the sandwiches for lunch, ("I'll make them," they both always seem to offer at exactly the same time in the morning; Sid always solves the problem by suggesting they do it together) and sets them on Sid's desk in front of each seat. 

"Is there anything else that needs to be cleaned up?" Joe asks before he even thinks to sit down and start eating. It's one thing to keep Sid from overworking himself, and another for there to be actual health and hygiene reasons for him not to have stopped and sat down yet. But if there is anything, they can do it together and it won't take anywhere near as long to complete. 
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[personal profile] handsomesempai 2012-09-16 10:57 am (UTC)(link)
The days when the clinic takes free walk-ins are always busy, but they’re also the days when Sid feels the most fulfilled in his work. He’s been seeing walk-in patients all morning, tending to injuries and illnesses for catpeople who can’t afford to pay for treatment. There are so many of them fending for themselves on the street, and through no fault of their own - the system they live in doesn’t give catpeople many ways to make a living. Sid never feels like he’s doing enough to help, but by offering free treatment to those who need it, he’s at least doing something.

Sid is a little surprised to hear that it’s lunchtime already, when Joe comes in - he’d been so focused on taking care of the patients who had come in that he hadn’t realized he was hungry until Joe reminded him. He can’t help but smile at how well Joe knows him. Joe is always looking out for him like this, making sure he doesn’t overwork himself, and Sid is grateful for it. When he spends so much time caring for others, it’s good to have someone around to care for him.

It’s really wonderful having Joe here. Not that Sid had been lonely before, exactly, not with all the other people who work in the clinic around, but Sid has never been close with them like he is with Joe. Joe is his companion, his partner, and everything in Sid’s life has improved since Joe has been in it, including his work.

“Alright,” he says, smiling at Joe as he continues to clean up the examination room. “There’s not much left to do here, I’ve already cleaned the instruments. Just have to put a few things away.” He picks up a bottle of rubbing alcohol and a jar of cotton swabs and carries them back to their cupboard. “Can you change the cover on the examination table? Then we’ll be all done and we can wash up for lunch.”