Rush looks at Young in consternation. "Last time I tried to compliment someone, I accidentally triggered a PTSD flashback," he says. "So I don't do that any more."
"You said you were sorry and that was good enough for me," John comments idly, inspecting Rodney's arithmetic.
Young looks from Rush to Sheppard, confused. "Didn't you two just meet, like, yesterday?"
"Yep," Sheppard says.
It’s hard to tell behind Rush’s six-day beard scruff, but Young is pretty sure he’s turning red. “It was an accident,” he says shortly.
“What did you say?” Young asks incredulously.
“Well, if I say it again, it’s going to happen. Again,” Rush says. “And I’m not doing that.”
“Thanks,” Sheppard mumbles, “but I’m gonna go now.”