He's back in his old leather costume, unmodified motorcycle helmet. Makes him feel old; he last belonged in it years ago. Cuts his effectiveness in half without the bot doing pathing for him, turning safeties on and off to manage where he might land, calculating angles.
There's a ring on his toe. It's not tracking his location, Dragon said, it'll just alert her if he takes it off or gets within three long hops of Baltimore without telling her in advance that he expects to be in D.C. or something. It's not listening in, just making sure he hasn't amputated the toe or tried to wreck the mechanism.
The air pocket is not within three long hops of Baltimore.
He thinks the ring is actually not listening, actually not tracking. He thinks.
He stands slightly to the right. He goes down.
It's a big, sealed cave, pitch dark. He has a flashlight.
He doesn't need it; the backup lights up like a Christmas tree as soon as he lands.
He fixes his nerves and flinches.
Then he can take them and see what they do and try to copy it. Which is complicated by the fact that one thing they do is make him loopy.
He spends the rest of the day working on that.
Ooooh. If he can figure out how to walk unaided he will also go take a hot shower.
He is sitting up and keeping the opiate effects except the one where his brain readjusts itself to expect them all the time and the thing where he's loopy. It took some practice and some reading on the internet. "I think I should get some kind of assisted mobility device. Most of what's still wrong I haven't the faintest idea how to fix and meddling with my brain chemistry sort of takes all the attention I have for this."
"Tinker suits're more maintenance, what do non-capes do in situations where capes'd have a tinker suit -"
"I'll try that."
"Whatever's easier. And less expensive, I suppose."
Flop flop - "everything's working, just badly."
"Maybe give me two weeks reading about tissue damage and seeing how much I can do, and if I can't get much of anywhere then we can get an electric one?"
"I can live with an opinionated wheelchair."
"I'm really glad you're okay."
"Could tell something was different, and then that we were flying."