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11 November 2011 @ 08:47 am
the fine line between self-control and self-abuse  
Because Cottle is awesome, and so is this week's ar_drabbles challenge.

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Sometimes it sucked to be a doctor. When he had to tell a patient there was no hope or inform the next of kin. When he had to roam this godsforsaken ball of mud sober while all around him people were drunk and stoned and pairing up like the flood would be upon them.

He passed the school tent and saw two people on the sandbags, asleep, inches apart, fully dressed.

In the morning he would hold court in the clinic tent, dispensing aspirin and sympathy for the hungover. He had nothing which would cure what ailed Laura and Bill.
 
 
 
akachankami: highakachankami on November 11th, 2011 07:03 am (UTC)
LOL XD how would you spell bill and laura's desease?
=) When he had to roam this godsforsaken ball of mud sober while all around him people were drunk and stoned and pairing up like the flood would be upon them.
poor doc cuddle XD ♥
frakcancer: shootmefrakcancer on November 11th, 2011 07:41 am (UTC)
LOL XD how would you spell bill and laura's desease?

I think Cottle would have to do some testing for a differential diagnosis, but initial candidates are coitus non-starteris, terminal nobility, and a severe case of chicken-fear.
akachankami: mine!akachankami on November 11th, 2011 07:48 am (UTC)
ROFL XD they desperately need a cure!and a private tent
richardemily4 on November 11th, 2011 06:52 pm (UTC)
Squeek! Doc Cuddle-that is too cute!
akachankami: teddyakachankami on November 11th, 2011 06:59 pm (UTC)
that's unfortunately not mine =)
i called him cottlepillar tho in a Alice in Wonderland themed graphic =P
richardemily4 on November 11th, 2011 07:01 pm (UTC)
Ahh! cottlepillar- I love it.
aussiegirl: mary and donellybsg_aussiegirl on November 11th, 2011 07:27 am (UTC)
I love how you capture how awesome Cottle is without too much effort. His empathy for his patients really shows here. And also his observation skills. If I needed to know something in that Fleet, I would have gone to him.
Elfie: writingmarzipanilla on November 11th, 2011 12:02 pm (UTC)
Simple, honest, Cottle badassery. 'cause being able to diagnos your patients at a glance from a distance just proves how badass and adept he is.
our little life is rounded with a sleepdefyingnormalcy on November 11th, 2011 12:29 pm (UTC)
Love this, Cottle's voice really rings clear. :)
lacklusterfic: new caprica suckslacklusterfic on November 11th, 2011 03:44 pm (UTC)
He had nothing which would cure what ailed Laura and Bill.

You've taken a moment that we've been taught to see as one of the "good times", and shown us how thin and pitiful those times actually were. The stark contrast between the piles of happy, sated refugees throwing themselves headfirst into Life again, and this one sedate, decorous couple holding back, not quite touching, sleeping fully clothed. Not able to take advantage of the one thing this awful planet has to offer them.

Much easier to cure a hangover than a hangup. Especially when it's self-imposed.

BTW, is there a pun in the title? I think there is. :-D
k_d_456_345_ak_d_456_345_a on November 11th, 2011 05:40 pm (UTC)
I agree with everything lacklusterfic said.

Cottle is a bit pot calling the kettle black here himself. It takes one to know one, I guess.

Nicely done. I'm looking forward to all the Cottle fics and working on one myself.
redrockcan: Wanna Spoonredrockcan on November 11th, 2011 07:52 pm (UTC)
Great scene and Cottle is a great observer!! Bill and Laura always against the grain and the world. Wonderful drabble!!
sln1sln1 on November 13th, 2011 05:16 pm (UTC)
Responsibilities and consequences. What three people in the Fleet bear more of the former and are more keenly aware of the latter?

The doctor who can't indulge because of his responsibility to his patients, who must be ready to deal with the consequences of their actions.

Bill and Laura who can't indulge because of their responsibilities to The Fleet, who know that when the settlement being celebrated inevitably ends in disaster, they will the ones called upon to pick up the pieces.

Three people who know that, one way or another, trouble is coming, who deserve the indulgence at least as much as everyone else but for whom that cannot, must not, be the answer.
fragrantwoodsfragrantwoods on November 15th, 2011 02:58 pm (UTC)
Finally saw the key epi, and so got this drabble to the point it kind of hurt :-)

And yeah, loving Cottle a lot. Reminds me of Columbo a little bit, in a good way.