Copyright: November 2004 by Robin R. Neher
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Title: Deep wounds
Author: Robin R. Neher
Summary: Dixie and Early must deal with wounds they can't see in this story loosely based on the episode, "Show biz"
Content Warning: Harsh Language.
"Wanna talk about it?" Dr. Early asked as the young man before him ate from a heaping plate of food in front of him. "You're only gonna succeed in making yourself sick if you eat that way."
The obviously distraught man in the Paramedic's uniform put down his spoon.
"They didn't buy me." The Paramedic said.
"Who didn't?" Nurse Dixie McCall asked.
"The modeling people." Johnny Gage replied. "They said I didn't look like a fireman!"
"What does that mean?" The Blonde head nurse of Rampart's emergency department asked.
"They said that they were gonna have to reshoot the whole thing, with Roy!" The dark haired man spat, disdainfully.
"And, if memory serves, that shoot is happening at 51's, today, right now in fact." The neurosurgeon remembered.
"Doc, I just couldn't stay there and watch him with them! Johnny told Early as they sat in the hospital cafeteria.
"Ah ha!" Dixie understood. "Do I detect a little jealousy, Johnny?"
"And alot of hurt pride." Early detected. "Dix, I think our friend here could use a bolus of understanding and maturity."
"Not to mention one hundred milligrams of compassion and support for his best friend." Dixie replied. "Maybe we need to X-ray his chest too, to make sure he ain't coming down with a case of grinch-itis."
"Grinch-itis?" Johnny repeated.
"No, sounds to me like John here has all the symptoms of another syndrome." Early disagreed. "One known as the being shallow disease."
"Being shallow?" Johnny asked.
"What Joe means is that maybe Roy got selected because you were making the whole thing about your fantasies and the models." Dixie explained. "The shoot is Supposed to be about the department and firefighting as a whole."
Johnny gasped as the nurse's words hit home.
"You're right, Dix." The young man realized. "I should be happy for Roy, not resentful. I have no right to resent him. The client wanted him, not me and I have to accept that."
"And not take the rejection personally." Joe told him. "Johnny, you're fine, just as you are. So, they chose Roy over you, so what? Roy fits the stereotype that women have about firefighters."
"And that's what sells calendars." Dix added.
"I never thought of it like that." Johnny admitted as Roy came to join them.
"Johnny, why'd you leave like that?" His partner demanded. "And what gives with all the ice cream?"
"I was just feelin sorry for myself, Pally." Johnny admitted. "I'll explain later."
As Johnny got up and walked toward the cafeteria door, Roy turned to Early and McCall.
"What was that about?" Roy asked.
"Just some deep wounds that needed tending to." Dix smiled.