Jack watched his bare feet swing back and forth inches above the locker room floor. Okay, that was pretty cool, in a completely weird sorta way. The last time hed been in this room, hedve had to scrunch his knees up somewhere around his ears to do that. He guessed that meant he was a *lot* shorter than hed been before.
He hopped down off the bench and laid down flat on his back then reached an arm straight up till his fingers touched the seat. How long were his arms now? He couldnt remember how long his arms had been before he got downsized to a seven year old, he realized, but he remembered theyd come down to his hips somewhere and hed been six feet tall then so that meant Sighing, he gave up, flopping his arm back down to rest across his belly. He hadnt been that great at math when he was an adult. Apparently being downgraded to junior size hadnt improved that any.
"Jack? What are you doing?"
He looked up into Daniels upside down face. "Nothing," he replied. He rolled over and stood up. "Daniel, how big am I?"
Daniel shrugged. "Im not exactly sure. I guess Janet measured you when we came back but-"
"Doesnt matter," Jack said dismissively.
He felt his shoulder grasped gently and then he was pulled against Daniels side. "Im 6 feet tall," Daniel said," and you come up to my chest or near enough, so I guess youd be about four feet tall." His hand squeezed Jacks shoulder. "Is that what you meant?"
Jack nodded. "Yeah, thanks, Daniel."
Jack sat back down on the bench and watched Daniel pull out his civilian clothes and start to dress. "Daniel, what are you doing?" he asked, trying to keep the grin out of his voice.
"Im getting dressed, Jack," Daniel said as he pulled his boxers up over his legs.
"Under your towel?" Jack asked. "Daniel, weve gotten dressed and undressed in front of each other a hundred times-"
"That was different," Daniel replied. He dropped the towel and pulled on his jeans. "You were-"
"Yeah, okay, I get it," Jack said. "I was one of the guys then. Now Im a kid." He bit down on his lip to stop the burning in his eyes overflowing into tears.
"Jack, its gonna be okay," Daniel said softly, sitting down next to him. A strong arm looped around his shoulders and pulled him into a sideways hug. "Janet will figure this out, Im sure of it."
"I know," Jack said, his voice more sure than he felt inside. "Hey, if she could work out all that stuff about us all turning into cavemen, she can work this out. I know that." He looked up steadily into Daniels sympathetic eyes. "Itll be fine, Danny. Its actually kinda cool, in a totally weird way."
Daniel nodded as he stood up. "Weve got the debrief next. You up for that?"
"Sure. Lets go." Jack stood up as well, hitched his "smallest-size available" scrub pants up around his waist and held onto them firmly under the top that fell almost to his knees, then followed Daniel from the room.