He tilted his head back against the cold steel, eyes closed, and felt his stomach swoop as the elevator ascended. It moved quickly and smoothly, the way you only find in expensive buildings. 
He took a deep breath to center himself, this moment’s reprieve the only one he’ll likely get today. 
Calloused fingers snagged his own, pulling himself out of his own head. They squeezed lightly and didn’t let go. 
He felt himself smile without opening his eyes. 
Perhaps this wouldn’t be his only reprieve today, for the comfort that small gesture brought him was beyond measure.

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