Waiting for the Fleet to Show - Complete
They tell him he won’t fly again - not for the New Republic military anyway - while he’s still in the hospital. The news splashes over his skin like a scald, refusing to sink deeper but leaving a burn that will remain tender for years. The nurses suggest it first, mixed with ‘too much damage’ and ‘potential for prosthetics’, maybe you could- but his attention always slides away before they can really finish. It’s like he knows the refrain, but he doesn’t like the song.
An emergency ejection during a training exercise ends Poe Dameron’s flying career before it starts, at least for the New Republic. General Organa steps in to ask him to take a special assignment elsewhere, and Poe accepts, seeing no other value to his life.