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<h3>40 . TC Callahan . The Night Shift . Eoin Macken . The Land Without Magic</h3>
TC is smart, quick to react, and quite impulsive. That combination makes for a very passionate and unpredictable person. He acts first and thinks later – way later. This trait is both helpful and hindering. As a doctor on the battlefield as well as a doctor in a busy ER his gut instincts have saved many critical patients. However, his spontaneous side has led him to engaging in bar fights wild enough to get himself thrown into jail for the night.
He is a solider at heart. He loves to serve and protect anyone and everyone. He’s not afraid to take risks to save someone in danger. He’s not afraid of death or dying himself, but he’s afraid of losing his friends and family. He watched his brother, Thad Callahan, get gunned down on the battlefield. TC blames himself because he paused for one second. Because of this he never pauses when he reacts.
Even to this day TC battles the guilt. Memories of that day flash through his mind. The battle against PTSD is an uphill battle. Sometimes it gets bad enough that he resorts to self-medicating with alcohol. However, he tries to keep busy and moving. He works the night shifts because the memories are the worst at night.
TC is a fabulous doctor. He is caring and considerate. He listens. However, he doesn’t always listen to authority when someone is in danger or there is a crsis. He’s got a very steady hand and his stitching skills have been complimented in the past. TC is a good pool player and boxer. He’s also very good with riding motor cycle (although TC doesn’t really see it as a skill). TC is a fast draw when it comes to guns and he has very good aim. Small spaces, particularly elevators, and flickering lights freak him out. In those situations he can’t act. He tends to stiffen up. He’s also the worst housecleaner on the face of this earth. His cooking skills are not much better.
Medicine is in TC’s blood. His grandfather was a surgeon. His father’s a pediatrician. His mother’s a nurse. His younger brother Thad was a radiologist. So TC grew up around medicine. Blood never made him squeamish nor did his broken arm. At ten he fell from his bicycle and landed wrong. While his friends were shouting ‘ewwwww… gross’ he was fascinated by the way his arm bent wrong. So no one batted an eye when TC chose pre-med as his undergraduate studies and internal medicine when he was in med school. <p>
In medical school he met a fellow med student – Jordan – and fell madly in love. Those were the best years of his life. They started med school together. They graduated. They did their residencies together. It was bliss. And then the War in Afghanistan began. TC joined without question. He knew he needed to protect the innocent. Besides, his grandfather had been a surgeon during WWII. It seemed logical to sign up.<p>
Dutifully he went through basic training and went over to Afghanistan. It was more than he bargained because Thad decided to enlist as well. This meant TC was watching over his fellow soldiers, his patients, and his baby brother. He succeeded in protecting two of the three while on tour of duty. He couldn’t protect Thad. Because of inaction on TC’s part, Thad was killed by a sniper on the last day of TC’s deployment.<p>
Home in San Antonio, TC tried to adjust to civilian life. He moved in with Jordan and managed to find a job at an ER. However the past plagued him. He grew withdrawn. He began drinking and getting into fights. Eventually his and Jordan’s relationship soured and they broke up. <p>
Slowly he got his life back on track or so he thought. He managed to keep his job as well as mostly sober up. He mended his friendship with Jordan and ultimately they got back together. Flashbacks disrupted his life. He tried to hide it.<p>
He did fairly well for awhile. But then a critically injured mobster and his brother came into San Antonio Memorial Hospital’s ER and demanded that TC, Jordan, and their friend Dr. Topher Zia be their doctor because the mobsters had heard they were the best of the best. They tried to treat the injured man, but he died just as the FBI dropped a smoke bomb into the room. This resulted in outrage from the patient’s brother and TC’s flashbacks to take over his mind. The mobster pulled a gun and shot. Even though he was stuck in a PTSD meltdown, which generally led him to fighting anyone who attempted to touch him, TC allowed himself to be led from the room. <p>
Because he witnessed the shooting TC was supposed to stay at the hospital and give a testimony. However, duty called. There was an accident at a construction site. TC was first to volunteer and before anyone could stop him, he was out the door. Once there, he got to work stabilizing the first victim he came to. As he headed to help another victim, scaffolding felt and struck the ground. With the impact, a portal opened and TC was sucked through. Now he's in Storybrooke and he doesn't know what to do.
This is not my first character.
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<h3>EST . other characters: Jess Mariano, Emma Swan, Arthur Pendragon</h3>