Author: purplepidgioncommandbase PM
The day finally happened. Hal had been harnessed. Now he must cope with having an alien leech on his back and marked as a potential threat to his loved ones. Will he be strong enough to face the coming storm? -the title and all chapters will be named using SOTY song titles that are attuned to those chapters. WAR: Major Hal whump!Rated: Fiction T - English - Drama/Hurt/Comfort - Hal M. - Chapters: 29 - Words: 77,659 - Reviews: 135 - Favs: 27 - Follows: 36 - Updated: 03-26-13 - Published: 06-29-12 - Status: Complete - id: 8267254
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Hal awoke to the sensation of someone holding his hand and he was happy to note that he no longer felt the unsettling constriction of the restraints. Opening his eyes he looked to his left and found Dr. Glass holding his hand, checking his pulse.
Noticing that he was awake she smiled and set his hand back down, "I'm glad to see you awake, how are you feeling?"
"Like I'm under water" he tried to wipe the sleep from his eyes but was stopped when he felt a slight pull in his hand, looking at the cause he saw that it was an IV.
"We've been keeping you on morphine to deal with the pain, you're going to be feeling a little groggy but it'll pass" Dr. Glass walked over to a counter and poured a cup of water, returning to him and helping him slowly sip from the cup.
Signaling that he had had his fill Annie took the cup away and placed the cup aside.
"How long have I been out?" he asked, looking the around the room the best he could, as if the environment would tell him.
"About a day and a half, I pretty much had to force Tom to leave and get some sleep just a few hours ago" at the mention of his dad Hal became much more alert.
His dad had been here, meaning he had seen the collar around his neck. What did his father think of him? He knew that he had been fine with Ben's spikes as a result of the harness but would he be as accepting of his spikes and the added collar? Hal was disturbed to find that he didn't know.
The door to the room opened and his father entered, looking down at the floor his eyes rose towards Hal and widened when he saw that his son was awake. Smiling with happiness he approached Hal and carefully enveloped him in a hug.
Hal hung onto his dad with all his might, closing his eyes and trying to pretend that everything was back to the way it had been before, before he had been taken and the aliens had come. But he had to wake up from the allusion when his dad pulled away but not completely, Tom had made sure to keep a steady hand on Hal's shoulder.
As if reading his thoughts he stated "we're going to figure this out Hal, I promise you" Tom leaned forward and kissed his eldest on the head.
Ben and Matt snuck into the room and over to their now conscious older sibling, each giving him a loving hug.
"I'm glad your back Hal, things were getting pretty boring around here" Ben grinned cautiously patting Hal on the shoulder.
Hal chuckled, "well I'll be sure to remedy that as soon as I get out of here"
Annie watched from afar at the family reunion and couldn't help the smile that bloomed, the Mason boys were back together just seeing them made her spirit lift a little. She was happy for them, they were like her second family and she had long ago made a vow that she would do whatever she had to, to protect them.
About 10 minutes went by before Annie came back over and told the boys that she needed to check Hal over. Backing up the three standing Masons made room for the doctor but kept their gaze on Hal.
Hal waited with baited breath as Dr. Glass examined his back, checking to make sure that there wasn't any signs of tenderness. When her fingers brushed across one of his spikes Hal shuddered at the foreign feeling; it felt like someone had ran a feather against his nervous system.
She pulled her hand back, "did that hurt?" she asked concerned, feeling Tom's anxious look on her back.
"N-no it just...feels weird" he explained, curling his fingers around the bar of the cot he was on.
Another body entered the room, this time it was Scott, who was carrying a tool box. Stopping beside Hal's cot he set the tool box on a nearby counter then put his attention back on Hal.
"All right young man, I'm just going to examine this device around your neck; I need you to tell me if you feel anything at all" waiting for Hal's confirmation he then set to work.
Hal's family and Annie were standing in the background, making sure they were out of Scott's way.
The device around Hal's neck most resembled a collar of sorts but on closer inspection he could see that there was a miniscule amount of vibration coming from within the device and there was no seam, indicating that there was another way to remove it, problem was he had no inkling to what that could be.
There was a small amount of space that separated the collar from Hal's neck but it was too small for him to be able to get even his pinky under.
"Tom could you hand me the flashlight" he held his hand out and waited for the feel of the object then shone the light down the crack, peering closely he could just make out a thin strip of a faint flashing light down the side of the device.
"Now what is that? Tom could you give me a hand here?" Tom appeared by his side and Scott handed him the flashlight,
"Keep the light aimed there while I dig a little deeper" retrieving a pair of tweezers Scott returned and very gently slipped the tweezers under the device and felt around until he came into contact with something, furthering his search he attempted to grab onto the rough area but quickly regretted doing so.
In a flash a surge of power swam through Scott's body, catapulting him a good foot in the air then crashing down onto the unforgiving floor.
Tom was not spared, although his attack wasn't as severe the shock still caused him to stumble back and feel a tingling sensation all throughout his body.
Hal had an experience as well, as soon as Scott had made contact with whatever that was his spikes began to glow and his body started to convulse.
Annie didn't know who to help first, as soon as Scott had gone flying she had sped to his side and was checking him over for injuries, along with checking his pulse, but as soon as she saw Hal convulsing on the table she was torn. Thankfully Lourdes stepped in and took over on Scott so Annie was able to hurry to Hal.
"Tom I need you to push him onto his side while I check his pulse" doing as he was told Tom gently but quickly pushed his son so that he was on his side and waited anxiously as Annie checked his pulse.
As expected it was beating erratically, he was sweating profusely and his breathing was ragged.
"What do we do now?" Tom asked, needing to do something to help his eldest, he couldn't handle watching his son like this.
"We wait it out, and if it doesn't stop in the next five minutes we'll go from there" Anne began to count in her head, wincing in sympathy when a rather nasty convulsion overcame the teen's body.
Three minutes went by and just as Annie was about to prep for the next stage Hal's body finally stopped moving and he sagged down into the cot, his breathing noticeably slowing down to a more normal rate. Annie checked his pulse and was relieved to find that it had slowed down as well.
Looking up she saw the three Mason's concerned looks and was quick to assure them that Hal's pulse and breathing were returning to normal.
On the floor Scott had come around and was being helped up by Lourdes who helped him walk over to another cot in the room.
Slowly returning to the land of consciousness Hal sluggishly opened his eyes and frowned when he tasted copper, licking his lips he winced when he came across a cut, how did that happen?
His entire body ached and his limbs felt like they were ten pounds heavier, in the background he could hear voices, "what happened?"
Catching their attention Tom and Annie stopped talking and looked down at Hal, "you had a seizure honey" Annie informed him, bending down to meet him eye to eye she grabbed the flashlight,
"I'm going to need you to follow the light with your eyes" turning the light on she shone the light and was pleased to see that Hal hadn't obtained a concussion.
Putting the light down she helped Hal lay back down on his back and adjusted his pillow.
Lourdes finished checking over Scott and besides a headache he was fine, he was more than lucky considering the other more serious injuries he could have gotten, like a heart attack for instance.
Walking to the table Lourdes told Annie her findings then went back over to Scott to give him a couple of aspirin to treat his headache.
While Hal had been out of it Ben had taken Matt down to the cafeteria to get something to eat.
Looking over at Scott Hal felt an immense amount of guilt, he had hurt Uncle Scott and his own father, intentionally or not it didn't matter, because of him two important people in his life had been hurt.
Without meaning to he blurted, "I'm sorry"
Tom heard him and squatted down in front of him, "this wasn't your fault Hal, none of it is, now I know it is going to be difficult but I want you to get rid of all that guilt your feeling because it is not warranted" he didn't let Hal look away from him until he received a reluctant nod from him.
With less quietness from the others Weaver and four other men charged into the room and made their target known. Against Annie's wishes the IV was taken out and two men grabbed Hal off the cot.
"What the hell are you doing Weaver?" Tom demanded, getting right up into Weaver's space.
Not batting an eye he responded, "we're putting Hal in a cell, until we know for sure what that thing around his neck is he's a threat, and from what I've been informed whatever this device is it's already attacked both Scott and yourself" nodding to his men they carried Hal away.
Tom attempted to stop them but Weaver blocked his path, "it's for the best Tom, I know he's your son and you want to pummel me for doing this but deep down you know that this is the right thing to do"
Tom could do nothing as Hal was carried away, probably to the cell that he had just escaped from.
Glaring daggers into his back, he was powerless to stop him as Weaver slid from the room and followed after his men.
He had just gotten his son back and now Weaver had taken him away, to be locked away like a prisoner. He vowed to do whatever it takes to get his son out of there.