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ST: Doctor My Eyes (6/6)

Chapter Title: Epilogue: Guess who just got back today
Rating: T
Genre: Angst, h/c, gen
Characters: McCoy, Kirk, Spock, Pike, Scott, Sulu, Uhura, Chekov, and a mix of OCs
Spoilers/warnings: Movie spoilers up for grabs; mentions of violence and torture; language; heavy, heavy angst
Chapter Length: Approx. 1,100
Notes: Written for startrekbigbang challenge. See master post for notes on the story.
Link to art: See art here.
Link to fanmix: See mix here.

Summary: When the captain is captured and comes back broken, it's up to the doctor to fix him.

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Epilogue

“Guess who just got back today?
Them wild-eyed boys that had been away.”
--Thin Lizzy, “The Boys Are Back in Town”

“Och, Doc, you want to slow it down a bit? You’re makin’ me dizzy,” Scott declared from his seat as he watched McCoy pace back and forth in front of the transporter. The CMO shot a harsh glare at the engineer. Scott merely raised an eyebrow in response, but Chekov flinched instinctively in the chair next to him.

“I’m sure it’s nothing to worry about,” Sulu reassured. He tapped the fingers on his left hand against his thigh nervously as he leaned against the transporter console. “You know how long-winded those Council members can be. They’re probably just dragging on and on or something.”

“While this is in fact true eighty-six percent of the time, the Council is aware that the Enterprise is scheduled to depart at sixteen-hundred hours today,” Spock pointed out. He stood just behind Scott’s chair, hands clasped behind his back. “Thus they should know to keep their session brief in order to ensure our timely departure.”

“These are Council members, Spock,” Uhura interjected before anyone else could comment. She shifted in her chair and crossed her legs at the ankles. “Just because they should know doesn’t mean they will.”

“Besides, ze keptin is only twenty-nine minutes late,” Chekov added. “Zere is still plenty of time for him to return.”

“Damn it, I knew I should have stayed down there with him,” McCoy muttered as he resumed his pacing. “Those damn fool sons of--”

“Leonard?” Uhura said as she studied the doctor. “How much coffee have you had today?” Her mouth twitched a little at the deadpan look McCoy gave her.

“Besides, they can’t really be serious about taking the Enterprise away from him,” Sulu commented. “Right?” he added when he saw the look on McCoy’s face and the concerned furrow between Spock’s eyebrows.

“If they are, I hope they realize they’re not gonna have much of a crew left,” Scott replied. “They’ll have a right fun time explainin’ that to the Etlics.”

Before anyone could reply, the communicator built into the transporter console chirped. “Admiral Pike to Enterprise.”

Everyone froze for a moment, staring at each other with wide eyes, before Scott leaned forward and keyed in a command. “Scott here, sir.”

Pike’s voice was expressionless as he declared, “One to beam up, Mr. Scott.”

“Aye, sir,” Scott replied.

“What does that mean?” Uhura murmured as Chekov locked on to the communicator’s signal.

McCoy swallowed as he turned to look at the platform. He’d had an early-morning breakfast with Kirk just a few hours previous; at the time, he was convinced he’d be going back into space with his friend. Kirk had been confident in his ability to persuade the Council. But now, after hearing Pike’s voice on the communicator instead of Kirk’s, McCoy wasn’t sure what to expect.

“Admiral Pike may simply be coming onboard to inform us about the proceedings,” Spock said quietly.

“He could tell us that over the communicator or on a vidscreen,” Sulu pointed out as beams of white light started swirling on the pad. “He wouldn’t have to come onboard.”

The light brightened momentarily before fading away. Kirk stood there in his gold command uniform, hands curled loosely at his sides and a huge grin on his face as he stared at them. “Shouldn’t you guys be working?”

Cheers echoed throughout the small room as Chekov and Scott jumped up from their chairs. McCoy folded his arms and shook his head, a wide smile on his face as Sulu, Chekov, and Scott mobbed the captain. “You sneaky bastard!” Scott exclaimed as he threw an arm around the captain’s shoulders. “You had me goin’ there for a minute! Thought for sure Pike was gonna be comin’ up here t’ tell us you’d been sacked!”

Kirk shook his head. “Unofficial probation,” he replied.

“What’s that supposed to mean?” Sulu asked.

“Hell if I know,” Kirk answered with a shrug. “I think it was their way of trying to reprimand me without actually doing anything.”

“How’d Admiral Westervliet take it?” Uhura asked, crossing her arms as she stood next to Spock.

Kirk grinned as he looked at her. “I’m pretty sure he was about to have an aneurysm. I haven’t seen anyone look that close to exploding since Bones accidentally called--”

“We aren’t talking about that, Jim!” McCoy barked, taking a reflexive step forward. The others looked at him with curiosity; even Spock’s eyebrow was raised in interest.

“But she--”

No, Jim,” McCoy ordered. Kirk’s fake pout lasted for only a moment before he started grinning again.

Spock took a step forward. “Orders, sir?”

Kirk squared his shoulders as he looked at them. His grin softened into a fond smile. “Prepare the ship for takeoff,” he ordered. “Our guests are arriving in two hours. I want to leave in three.”

“Aye, sir,” everyone chorused. Scott and Sulu both gave the captain one last pat on the back before they followed the others out of the room.

Within moments only Kirk and McCoy were left. “So… no problems?” McCoy asked.

Kirk shook his head. “Like I said--unofficial probation. Which basically means they’re still including the clause in my contract about the full Council review.”

McCoy nodded once. “Could’ve been worse, I guess.”

Kirk tilted his head. “You’re really excited to be back,” he commented, a hint of surprise in his voice.

McCoy snorted. “No, Jim. I’d much rather be destroying my lower back riding a motorcycle and trying to catch up with you. That was way more fun than this.”

Kirk smiled as he reached up and squeezed McCoy’s wrist. “Thanks, Bones,” he said. “For everything.”

“Just doin’ my job,” McCoy replied with a shrug, mouth tilting in a small smile. “Someone’s gotta keep an eye on you.” His eyes narrowed as he looked at his friend. “You know we’re not done talking about all of this, right?”

Kirk nodded. “I know. I wouldn’t expect anything less.”

“Good. Just making sure we’re on the same page,” McCoy said as they headed for the turbo lift.

Kirk raised an eyebrow. “That phrase was outdated more than a century ago. Guess that says a lot about you.”

“You think I’m outdated? You’re the one that’s obsessed with buying books printed on actual paper,” McCoy shot back.

“I know you like reading books on paper, too,” Kirk replied. He smirked as he pressed the button to call the lift. “You just can’t because the print’s too small for your old eyes.”

McCoy scowled. “Careful who you call ‘old,’” he said, stepping onto the lift behind the younger man. “I’m the one with access to the hypos and three different strains of Hytrian.”

Kirk’s eyes widened. “Isn’t that the alien STD that makes your--”

“Yep,” McCoy interrupted with a smirk. “The third strain makes it permanent.”

He laughed at the horrified expression on Kirk’s face as he leaned back against the turbo lift wall and closed his eyes.

Yeah, he decided. He was excited to be back.



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Nov. 11th, 2009 03:21 pm (UTC)
Ok, so let's not talk about how little I've gotten done at work today because I've been too absorbed in fic. (And I try really hard not to read fic at work, but dammit, it's your fic, and I just spent last night re-reading the majority of your other fic, and so was understandably delighted to see a huge Big Bang fic from you and couldn't help myself)

This was good, consistently compelling writing. I loved the scene near the end with McCoy & Jim under the stars, and how it echoed how Jim used to help McCoy out.
Nov. 14th, 2009 07:47 am (UTC)
Awww, thanks! I'm so glad you enjoyed it! (And I won't talk about how little you accomplished at work if you won't talk about how much homework I put off to finish the story. ~_^)
Nov. 11th, 2009 05:31 pm (UTC)
I liked this very much. Your writing is precise and graphic, your characterization is excellent, the plotting and pacing very satisfying. I appreciated the friendships as you described it them, of course the enduring bond between Kirk and McCoy but also the burgeoning understanding between McCoy and Spock (loved their exchange about Tarsus). Very nice!
Nov. 14th, 2009 07:48 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'm so glad you enjoyed it--thanks for the wonderful feedback. It was quite encouraging to see you make all those points about what worked for you. ^_^
Nov. 11th, 2009 06:03 pm (UTC)
Okay, I absolutely adored this. I was pretty happy to see a BB fic from you. The amount of angst was perfect.

Words can't describe how wonderful/great/fantastic this fic is. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
Nov. 14th, 2009 07:49 am (UTC)
Oh thank you friend! I'm so glad you enjoyed it. :D
Nov. 11th, 2009 07:37 pm (UTC)
The characterization in this story was fantastic. Great job.
Nov. 14th, 2009 08:26 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it.
Nov. 11th, 2009 10:02 pm (UTC)
This was very moving. The depth of friendship between these two is astounding. Loved every second. <3
Nov. 14th, 2009 08:26 am (UTC)
Aw, thanks! I'm so glad you enjoyed it. :D
Nov. 12th, 2009 06:16 pm (UTC)
Just wonderful, angsty and resolute. I enjoyed watching McCoy struggle through helping his friend.
Nov. 14th, 2009 08:26 am (UTC)
Thank you!
Nov. 13th, 2009 02:54 pm (UTC)
This was very satisfying. I loved seeing the whole crew band together to help Jim. And McCoy was awesome.
Nov. 14th, 2009 08:27 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm so glad you enjoyed it.
Nov. 14th, 2009 12:05 pm (UTC)
Great story! I love the dynamic between...well, everyone here. :)
Nov. 14th, 2009 06:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :D Glad you liked it.
Nov. 14th, 2009 12:06 pm (UTC)
Lovely, lovely, lovely.
Nov. 14th, 2009 06:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :D
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Nov. 14th, 2009 06:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! Glad you liked it.
Nov. 14th, 2009 09:27 pm (UTC)
I thorougly enjoyed this story. McCoy's worry and protectivness, the awesomness of Spock and the rest of the crew, Jim being Jim and defying all odds in the end ... *le sigh* Thanks for sharing!
Nov. 15th, 2009 03:16 am (UTC)
What a great story!!! I saw this originally on ff.net and I had to know more so I cheated :D The writing was superb...especially the rich characterization. I enjoyed reading this and I can't wait to see what else you have in store for them!
Nov. 15th, 2009 04:53 am (UTC)
Oh my god, this is such a great story! And it's GEN! (Yeah, blame me, I got tired digging through the archives for a decent gen fics.) I love the dynamics, the interactions, the emotional depth between Kirk and the crews, especially McCoy. Kirk rubbing off on Spock already in nine months is surely a bad sign :D I don't know whether it's bad or good that Spock didn't initiate a mind meld (or the story gonna cut short?)

I can really imagine Kirk's reluctance to return if such thing happens. He's not exactly the most optimistic person when it comes to himself. He'd be thinking that it's his fault of some sort or feeling tired of having to deal with it over and over again without being able to do anything.

Tarsus isn't canon in the new Trek (at least not yet), but for angst fan like me, I'd just like for it to happen. I like to think it's one of the most important milestone that made Jim Kirk, the Jim Kirk we all know and love.

I like your take of the Kirk family dynamic, not making such a bad picture of either Winona or Frank. I like to see that she actually tried and loves her sons. And Frank actually asking for Winona's permission first before selling the car. I can see the fights with him Jim purposefully picked up.

The glimpses of politics are interesting too, and I can see it happening. There's always one Westervliet or two somewhere in the system. *snickers* I'm always up to Jim Kirk rising from the ashes and kick some ass on his way. XDD It's about time for him to learn to ask and get help.

Sorry for the long rant. Bravo!
Nov. 20th, 2009 04:02 pm (UTC)

You never, ever disappoint. That was an awesome read!

Nov. 25th, 2009 01:00 am (UTC)
I really loved this! The writing and plot was awesome, but I think your characterizations of Jim and Bones in particular is superb. The depth of friendship between the two and how this leads both of them on this journey of self realization was perfect. Poor Jim for blaming himself for everything:( But yay for Bones and the rest of the crew sticking up for him!
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