was very gritty, and very disturbing in that as a reader I had no idea what the backstory was, only that Scotty was obviously injured and trying desperately to fix something. It reminded me of the crash scene from Jeri Taylor's Mosaic
where Janeway crashed with her father on that ice planet and was trying to survive despite being only moderately aware of where she was and what was happening to her due to her serious injuries.
Nicely done. Strange and unsettling, but effective.