Jean glances up from his phone, scanning him from head to toe.
"It's written all over you. You're an open book. You walk into a morgue, you look at the crop before the corpses, you've seen death before. Murderer, undertaker, military, or medical. You don't walk like a military man and the second place you look is for the emergency equipment: medical."
He pauses to draw a breath for the first time, before going on. "Tattoo on your wrist confirms it. Prominently placed, you were proud of it when you got it. Wearing a wristband over it, you're not showing it off now. Left arm's a cover-up, you've done it before, why not do it again? Sentiment, you still want the tattoo, you're just hiding it."
Standing, to pace the room: "Why would you stop showing it off? You're not in the field anymore. Didn't flunk out, didn't hate it, you'd have gotten a cover-up, people do. Could be family, but you don't talk to your family. Your tattoos more than a year old are all professional, after that they're amateur. Money troubles? No, money's tight but it's not that tight, your shoes are less than a year old and you'd put money towards tattoos first. They're all in the same hand, improving over time: you did them yourself."
At the window, now. "The early ones are a mess. If you'd just wanted to learn, you'd have practiced more than that first, you care enough. So tattoo shops won't serve you, or at least the ones you'd care to go to won't. What makes every tattoo shop in the city stop serving someone? Bloodborne illness. That's illegal, but for HIV they'll do it anyway. So you're positive. Got you pressured out of the medical field, that's illegal too but it doesn't stop them."
Finally turning to face him. "So then the question is, drugs, sex, or in the line of duty? You're covered with tattoos but they're well done, it's not such a leap to guess that when you use drugs you use clean needles. If you'd gotten it fucking another man you'd have put up a fight about discrimination, would have taken them more than a year to pressure you out. So, line of duty, needle stick or splash."