(1/9) was early in the incubation and as his body adjusted to accommodate the latest round of 'guests' feeding from his system Dash was endlessly hungry. Ravenous, in fact. His steadily growing belly snarled at him as he waited impatiently for his pizzas to arrive. "Shut up in there, food's coming you damn freeloaders." He prodded the swell of his steadily growing stomach and addressed the latest incubation grumpily. It had only been initiated earlier that week by that unbelievably snotty
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…stand in nurse but the damn things were already giving him stretch-marks. Between the bottomless appetite the incubation had triggered and the rapid growth of the gestation he was stuck waddling around his apartment in sweatpants and an open bathrobe. Any sort of shirt just wasn’t an option with the growth within him pressing his belly ever outwards in a firm dome with his belly button popped out in a way that always reminded him of a nipple on a boob.
He snorted a little, distracted from his discomfort for a moment by his own stupid joke. If only the pizza would get here sooner, he was sick of being hot and cold and hot again and achy and so endlessly goddamn hungry. At least food would fix one of those things, he thought as he shivered a little and wrapped his robe closer and grabbed for the remote to raise the climate control temp and other notch or two.
The bell rang, and Dash sighed with relief, then groaned a little as he dragged himself onto his sore feet and felt his aching joints protest at supporting his weight. “Just gotta get to the door, then I’m eating this in the hot tub. Tired of being fuckin’ cold.” He grumbled as he opened to door, signed for the stack of pizzas, and hobbled off toward the hot tub with one hand rubbing absently at his tender belly. Hot water enveloping his beleaguered body had just barely begun to chase the chill in his bones away when Dash cracked open the topmost pizza box and inhaled deeply.
His new comfort was short lived as the scent of melted cheese, garlic, and spicy sausage hit his nose and he immediately gagged. A cold sweat broke out over his body and he shuddered, clutching the edge of the hot tub and heaving over the side. And again. And again, until nothing came but small burps and an awful acidic taste. Once he could find the energy to raise his limp head and catch his breath he glanced back at the boxes and felt his gut surge and churn again.
With one hand he knocked the boxes away, sending them skidding across the floor. He moaned softly, running a shaking hand through his hair as he sank back into the water. Still hungry, still aching in all his joints, still cold down to his bones and sweating alone his hot tub. The last thing he wanted was to talk to anyone, so of course his phone chose that very moment to ring. Harvey. Cursing under his breath, Dash flopped his arm out of the tub and hit the button to answer, maybe he could whine his way into medication early so he wouldn’t have to deal with this shit.
As soon as he picked up, “Look, Dash I know you like your breaks, and to sulk and generally be a pain but you’re almost a week behind schedule to start this new assignment. It’s gonna throw everything off if you don’t get in here to get started.”
“Harv,” Dash paused with small burp, “check your notes, I checked in with that fill in nurse on Tuesday. You were out. Damn things are already making me miserable.”
He could hear papers flipping rapidly on the other end of the line as he spoke. “What, seriously no one told me, God I hate temp nurses taking cases that aren’t theirs…”
“You’re rambling, Harv.”
“I know, I know let me read this real quick.” A pause. A pregnant pause, it could even be called, took over the line for a long moment while Harvey shuffled quickly through his file.
“You’re at home, right?”
“Good. I’m picking you up, now. That wasn’t your assignment they gave you.”
(Ripley: JEEEEEEEz anon, what an awesome thing to get in my box, I’ve reread this a BUNCH. Mannnnn all the whumpy stuff I like, and nice and in-character, too! Yussssssssjdjsnxshidhds 👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻)