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15 April 2010 @ 02:58 pm
Remix Fic: The Power of Friendship: Boy Power Remix (Kirk/McCoy, PG-13)  
Title: The Power of Friendship: Boy Power Remix
Remix Author: skyblue_reverie
Original Fic and Author: The Power of Friendship by linelenagain
Fandom & Pairing: Star Trek Reboot, primarily Kirk/McCoy (others mentioned)
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: around 2000
Summary: Janice Rand and Christine Chapel are making plans, but the boys have plans of their own...
Disclaimer: Any resemblance to anything whatsoever is purely coincidental.
A/N : As practice for remix/redux and just for fun, linelenagain and I decided to remix one of each other's fics. This is my effort - I hope it pleases! You really have to read her original story before you read this, or it won't make much sense. It's well worth reading, I promise! :)

"Chapel and Rand are staring again," Bones leaned forward to murmur to Jim.

"Yeah, I know. What's strange is how they could think I'd be chosen as the captain of the 'fleet's flagship if I didn't have enough power of observation to notice two otherwise-sensible women constantly whispering and staring at us." Jim punctuated this comment with a large bite of his disgustingly over-sweetened oatmeal. As if there was any nutritional benefit left once it was drowned in mountains of sugar.

Bones made a comment to this effect, and they were temporarily sidetracked into a familiar argument that they both enjoyed. It was practically foreplay. Then he brought the conversation back around to the two who were still trying, and failing, to be inconspicuous in their staring.

"By the way, Jim, you could've given me more warning than 'Hey, go with me on this' when you told me you'd had a one-night stand on Risa the other day in front of Christine, you know. I didn't have the first clue what you were up to. Still don't, actually. You're just lucky I didn't murder you."

"Aww, come on, Bones, you know I'd never cheat on you. Besides, I already told you, I was testing a theory."

Bones rolled his eyes. "Care to elaborate?"

Jim smiled mysteriously. "I'll give you another hint. You know that holo of us that I keep on my nightstand? The one from our camping trip to Yosemite - you know, it was taken the morning after the first time we - "

"Yeah, Jim, I know the holo. What about it?"

"Well, I sent Rand back to my quarters the other day on some bogus errand and then when I went back there later, the holo had been moved. I keep it at a very specific angle relative to the pillow so that I can - anyway, that's not important, but the point is that it had been moved. She picked it up and looked at it, Bones."

Bones was completely baffled. "So the hell what, Jim? You've totally lost me here."

"Chapel and Rand, Bones. They're friends. They talk to each other about stuff. And they think we're cute together, I'd bet my... well, I'd bet your life on it, anyway."

"Nice, Jim. Thanks. So what are you saying, that they know about us?"

"Bones, please. Nobody knows about us. I'm a master of subtlety. Hey, stop laughing. You know my obviousness is all a devious act."

Bones choked back a chuckle. "Uh-huh. Sure. So if they don't know, then what is your point?"

"They're going to try to play matchmaker for us, that's my point, Bones. And I've got a little plot of my own in return. Geez, do you need everything spelled out for you?"

"You're insane, Jim. And you're due in my sickbay in five for your allergy shots, by the way."

"Aw, man! I've still got a bruise from that last allergy hypo you gave me. That was quick thinking, by the way, calling them STI boosters for Chapel's benefit, to go along with my cover story. I was impressed."

"Those were STI boosters, you idiot. I wasn't taking any chances - I'm the one who sleeps with you, after all; I don't want to catch your space crabs. And no changing the subject - sickbay, five minutes, or I send two orderlies to the bridge to drag you there."

"Tell you what, I'll have a staring contest with you. You win, I'll go quietly. I win, you put it off until tomorrow." Jim smiled charmingly.

Bones considered, but couldn't see a downside. One day's delay wasn't going to hurt anything if he lost, but he didn't intend to lose. "Plus winner gets a blowjob in his office this afternoon."

"Done," Kirk said firmly, then narrowed his eyes. "And get ready, Bones, 'cause I plan to win this one."

He didn't. Bones very much enjoyed his winnings, and no matter what Jim said, he hadn't cheated. Much.


Bones didn't really put much stock in Jim's paranoid fantasies about Chapel and Rand trying to get them together, but hell, it couldn't hurt to be a little careful. So he made a mental note to watch for anything out of the ordinary.

So, less than two weeks later, when Christine spilled Andorian-flatworm anti-venom on him, he thought it was a little strange, especially given how careful she usually was. And then, when he got to his quarters to clean up and discovered that the only shirt he had left was the forest-green one that she'd recently remarked brought out his eyes, he was pretty goddamn suspicious. Then finally, when he got back to sickbay and found that Jim was conveniently there to see him in said shirt - damn, he'd forgotten it was the day Jim's vaccination updates were scheduled - well, he was sure.

Then came the migraine, and Bones wanted to confront Rand and Chapel. Actually, he wanted to give them a blistering dressing-down that neither of them would ever forget. Ridiculous laundry pranks were one thing, but actually poisoning the captain - no, worse than that, poisoning the man he loved - well, that was just beyond the pale. When he said as much to a wincing Jim, he insisted that Bones do nothing, though.

"My counter-insurgency plan is going according to schedule, Bones - you can't mess it up now!"

"Screw your plan, Jim, they poisoned you."

"Pfft. They gave me a little headache. And, by the way, Chapel's suggestion that you rub my temples is a lovely idea. I'll have to thank her for that later. Now, how about a kiss?"

"Jim, you know sickbay's monitored."

"Yeah, I know. That was the point - let 'em think their scheme is working. Just a little one?"


"Fine. Then... meet me in your quarters in fifteen? You can try rubbing a different body part, see if that soothes my headache."

"Classy, Jim."

"I do my best. So, fifteen?"

"...Yeah, fifteen. Oh, wait, make it twenty, I've got to stop at the commissary for more lube."

"Twenty it is."


Jim had warned him to expect a last, blatant move from Janice and Christine. "They're getting desperate, Bones. That's always when the enemy's most likely to make a tactical error."

"Since when are they the enemy, Jim? I thought you liked 'em. I think their scheming is kind of... well, it's kind of endearing, actually. They mean well."

"Bones, 'enemy' is a figure of speech. 'Opponent,' if you prefer. Point is, they're going to mess up, and they're going to mess up big-time, by doing something that can too easily be checked. Probably one of 'em will try to tell me that you confessed your feelings for me, or vice versa."

"How could you possibly know that, Jim?"

"Genius, remember? It's why you love me."

"And so modest, too."

"Eh, modesty is for losers who are too afraid to own their own awesomeness."

"Thanks a lot, Jim."

"Oh, you know I didn't mean you. When you're modest it's cute."

"Nice recovery there."

"I know. Anyway, so be on the lookout. You know, when all this is over, I'm going to get Rand on the command track. Don't know how she ended up a yeoman in the first place. Maybe it's that awful basket-weave hairdo - who can take a person seriously when they've got hair like that? I'd take Chapel too but I know you'd murder me if I lured her away from sickbay."

"I would. But she's talked about going back to med school, and I'm trying to get her to do it. She's a fantastic nurse, but she deserves a sickbay of her own, if that's what she wants."

"And someday Rand'll need a good CMO. That works out perfectly, then, Bones."

"Good lord, Jim, do you have everyone's lives all planned out for them?"

"No, just the bridge crew and a few others."

"Oh, well that's a relief. I just hope you're devoting a little bit of your brainpower to, you know, actually doing your job."

"Bones, you know that being Captain is a lot of hurry up and wait. It leaves me lots of time for other things."

"That's a scary, scary thought, Jim."

"Tell me about it."


Not too many days later, as soon as Bones got to sickbay, Christine started babbling about a comm intended for Rand that she'd accidentally sent to him. He smirked a bit, figuring it had to do with one of their gambits. She'd accidentally sent one of her strategy comms to him instead of to Rand. Oh, this was going to be fun. Then he read the message.

“Yeoman Rand,

In response to your query, no, I find it absolutely implausible that Doctor McCoy could harbor those sorts of feelings for Captain Kirk. He has never exhibited anything but the utmost professionalism in the captain’s presence, or given any indication that he and the captain are more than the best of friends.

I realize this may be difficult for Kirk to hear, but you’re going to have to break the news to him. If you can do it subtly, fine, if not, the sooner the better. It may be painful, but so is unrequited love. He should start moving on as soon as possible.

Christine Chapel”

When he had finished reading, he was utterly confused. Maybe Jim had been wrong, and the two weren't trying to get them together?

He pointed a finger at her. “What the hell is this all about?”

Christine sighed. “Yeoman Rand messaged me regarding the captain’s recent emotional state. Apparently, he’s been in love with you for some time, and Janice is concerned. She wanted to know if she should try and let him down easy.”

He froze, mouth agape, finger still hovering in midair. After a long moment, he gave himself a shake. Shit, Jim was right. Goddamnit, how come Jim was always right? It was downright aggravating. Anyway, time to focus on acting, like they'd planned. Or at least, time to focus on not being too completely obvious about the fact that he was onto her until he could make an escape.

He got out of there as fast as he could, dropping his PADD in his hurry to escape before he gave everything away by bursting into laughter. He found Jim, dragged him to his ready room, and they laid their own final plans in place.


After Janice and Christine had half-run and half-stumbled out of the mess, Jim sat back and gave him a wide grin, the kind that had made Bones fall in love with him in the first place.

"Revenge is sweet, eh, Bones?"

"I gotta admit, that was fun."

"It was really kind of adorable watching them get so much closer, trying to get us together. So what do you think they're gonna do when they realize that they're booked into the honeymoon suite of the Risa Ritz-Carlton?" Jim's eyes twinkled, and Bones knew he was recalling a few of the memories they'd made in that particular room last time they'd been to Risa. Before Jim could start telling raunchy anecdotes in the mess, though, Bones got him back on-track.

"Don't forget the 'house arrest' order and security guard you've posted at their door. God damn, I wish I could see the look on their faces when they realize."

"Oh, and Bones, your suggestion that all of their luggage be mysteriously 'lost' in transit was a stroke of genius. They won't have a stitch to wear. And now, speaking of being naked... shall we finish this conversation in my quarters?" He winked at Bones and then, without waiting for an answer, got to his feet and started walking out the door, knowing Bones would be behind him.

"God damn it, man, I'm a doctor, not a gigolo," Bones growled under his breath, before giving in and following Jim, as he always had and always would.

Where am I?: wifi cafe
How do I feel?: amusedamused
amine_eyesamine_eyes on April 15th, 2010 10:17 pm (UTC)

I loved the original fic when I first read it (and the second time where I actually thought ahead and didn't take a mouthful of drink right before Janice poisons the Captain ...), and this was very well done - after all, they're not stupid, they'd probably have been plotting away as well

*Mr Burn's hands* xD
Sky: [star trek aos] jim back in blackskyblue_reverie on April 16th, 2010 02:29 am (UTC)
The original was awesome. :D Ahahaha, yes, drinking while reading that fic is probably a bad idea. ;)

They are not stupid, indeed, and Jim especially is a tactical genius, amirite? :D

Thanks, bb!
Sarah-Bethtiedye_ragdoll on April 15th, 2010 10:30 pm (UTC)
mine is an eviillllll laugh XD

thanks to amine_eyes for the idea
Sky: [star trek aos] jim smileskyblue_reverie on April 16th, 2010 02:29 am (UTC)
Re: mine is an eviillllll laugh XD
Eeee heeeee! AWESOME. Thanks, bb!
Re: mine is an eviillllll laugh XD - amine_eyes on April 16th, 2010 10:58 am (UTC) (Expand)
ellie_pierson: Kirk/Bonesellie_pierson on April 15th, 2010 10:43 pm (UTC)
And here I thought the girls were being sneaky and trying to get two clueless boys together. That's what I get for underestimating Jim and Bones.

I see that rebootRand hasn't lost the strange hairstyle. How much hair does that girl have, and how long would it take to put it up like that?
Sky: [star trek aos] jim & bones hands good gskyblue_reverie on April 16th, 2010 02:31 am (UTC)
And that's what they get too! Lots of hot sex with each other! ...Wait, that's not much of a punishment, is it? :p

Ahahaha omg that hairstyle. It cracks me up. Maybe Christine can convince her to go for something less elaborate - easier to repair after quickies in sickbay. ;)
asakochanasakochan on April 15th, 2010 10:45 pm (UTC)
OMG! My dreams came true! xD I read the other one and I thought, "What if this was planned out and Jim and Bones are just screwing with them?" I pushed that thought out of my mind but but but! YOU DID IT! xD THANK YOU

Sweet sweet revenge
Sky: [star trek aos] jim & bones hyposkyblue_reverie on April 16th, 2010 02:32 am (UTC)
Wheeeee! I channeled your thoughts! \o/

You're very welcome - it was totes fun to write. :D
sangue: happykirk by norfolkdumplingsangueuk on April 15th, 2010 10:56 pm (UTC)
How fab to read both your fics, one after the other!

This was hilarious and I love this lighthearted, boyish version of Jim you write here:

"Fine. Then... meet me in your quarters in fifteen? You can try rubbing a different body part, see if that soothes my headache."

This had me snorflingm and my poor old man is trying to sleep next to me!

Maybe it's that awful basket-weave hairdo - who can take a person seriously when they've got hair like that?

Thanks for this, bb, it was adorable!

Edited at 2010-04-15 10:57 pm (UTC)
Sky: [star trek aos] first date jittersskyblue_reverie on April 16th, 2010 02:35 am (UTC)
Eee, thank you so much for your lovely comments. I'm so glad you enjoyed. Both of the boys are more lighthearted in this - must be in reaction to all the very SRS Pike/McCoy I've been writing lately. It was fun to just be silly, and linelenagain's original was the perfect thing to do that with. :D
The Hysterical Hystorian: Star Trek: Kirk & McCoy OTPabigail89 on April 15th, 2010 11:23 pm (UTC)
Heeheeheee! Love it!
Sky: [star trek aos] jim back in blackskyblue_reverie on April 16th, 2010 02:36 am (UTC)
Thank you, bb! If it was any good, it's only 'cause I had such good source material. :D
sleepygoof8784: geeks are sexysleepygoof8784 on April 16th, 2010 12:09 am (UTC)
I freaking love this! I didn't think there could be anything more adorable than the original. But this is so cute. Excellent job!
Sky: [star trek aos] jim & bones closeup bacskyblue_reverie on April 16th, 2010 02:37 am (UTC)
Aww, thanks! The adorable was made of awesome and win, I agree. I feel lucky to have been granted the privilege of messing with it!
adafrogadafrog on April 16th, 2010 12:10 am (UTC)
Sky: [star trek aos] crewskyblue_reverie on April 16th, 2010 02:38 am (UTC)
\o/! :D
lds: Urban: Geeks Sexylazigyrl on April 16th, 2010 12:19 am (UTC)
I was thinking when I read the original, which I loved... "Are the ladies being played?"

I enjoyed someone putting my thought in to the form a fic. And well done at that. :)
Sky: [star trek aos] bones looking at jim b&wskyblue_reverie on April 16th, 2010 02:39 am (UTC)
Hee hee! Someone else had that thought too - it seems I channeled the fannish hive mind with this one. Glad it worked for you! :D
secretsolitaire: ahahahasecretsolitaire on April 16th, 2010 12:31 am (UTC)
*claps* Oh, very good! I love how Jim always needs to keep his gigantic captain's brain busy, and Bones shakes his head and goes along with it and manages to have a good time in the end. Perfect.

I keep it at a very specific angle relative to the pillow so that I can - anyway, that's not important


"Fine. Then... meet me in your quarters in fifteen? You can try rubbing a different body part, see if that soothes my headache."

"Classy, Jim."

"I do my best.

You write such great banter.
Sky: [star trek aos] jim & bones ponderingskyblue_reverie on April 16th, 2010 02:42 am (UTC)
Hee, it's kind of fun to write Jim as a hyperkinetic, hyper-intelligent five-year-old. I think Bones has learned to pick his battles. :D

Ahahaha, I'm glad you liked the angle of the holo - gotta admit that was one of my favorite bits. :D

Awww, bb, thanks for saying you like my banter. I always enjoy doing it, and I always hope it amuses, but am never sure, so it is very nice to hear that. <3
caitricaitri on April 16th, 2010 12:31 am (UTC)
Hee, nicely done! :)
Sky: [star trek aos] jim smirkskyblue_reverie on April 16th, 2010 02:43 am (UTC)
Why thank you! The original was awesome, so it gave me excellent material to work with. :D
linelenagain: Chapellinelenagain on April 16th, 2010 01:03 am (UTC)

Oh bb, I cannot tell you how awesome this fic is. Seriously, I just reread it (again) and cracked up just as hard as I did the first time. I am totally in love with your Jim, in all his tactical genius glory, AND your Bones, who is easygoing yet snarky. And the banter between them is hilarious, simply hilarious.

My favorite lines:

I keep it at a very specific angle relative to the pillow so that I can - anyway, that's not important <--- AWWWWWWWWW Jim you are just the sweetest thing.

no matter what Jim said, he hadn't cheated. Much. <--- *snort* Victory at any price, eh Bones? Jim would have done the same thing if he'd thought of it.

"My counter-insurgency plan is going according to schedule, <--- This is where I would have snorted my drink out my nose, if I had been drinking. Insurgency. OH JIM!

"Good lord, Jim, do you have everyone's lives all planned out for them?" <--- And this was my all-time favorite, because I can totally see that and it is AWESOME. You should write a fic about just this, and I will read it and pet it and love it forever. There's nothing I like better than Captain Jim who thinks he's everybody's dad and wants to see them achieve their full potential.

Seriously, I am so flattered that you took my little comment fic and made it so awesome! I bow to your genius!

Sky: [star trek aos] jim & bones ponderingskyblue_reverie on April 16th, 2010 02:53 am (UTC)
OH, PFFFFT. I did not "make" your fic awesome. IT WAS AWESOME TO BEGIN WITH. It was so fun to play with it, try to make my plot idea fit in with all the little details you'd written. Seriously, I had the hugest grin on my face the whole time. And I was sitting in a cafe. I must have looked like a maniac. Oh well. ;)

Oooooooh, that MACRO. THANK YOU for that, bb. God, how gorgeous is CFine? His EYES, man. They POP. Mmmmmmmm, SEXEH. Anyway, how are YOU so awesome?

Ha, the bit about the angle Kirk keeps the holo at was totally riffing off of Rand's comment in the original that he probably goes to sleep at night looking at it. HOW DID SHE KNOW? ;)

Re: the cheating - that was my favorite part in your fic - well, that and the raisin mummies - so I knew I had to include it. I had fun "upping the stakes" just a little on their wager. ;)

Ahahahahha strategizing!Jim is total love, isn't he? :DDD As are strategizing!Janice and Christine, too, of course. :D

I totally think that Jim would see himself as responsible for everyone's well being on his ship, more and more as time goes by. They're his people, and he wants them to be healthy and happy! Bones, OTOH, just wants 'em to be healthy, so they'll stay out of sickbay and leave him the hell alone. ;)

Anyway, this was SUCH a fun project, and I cannot wait to see your remix of my fic!

...a kind of sweet metaphysical blur...: jimboneshitlikehammers on April 16th, 2010 01:38 am (UTC)
Oh, look: what do I have here? That's right, I have The Internets! And these very same Internets? They are yours, now, for this fic-remix of awesome! *hands you Internets, with a cake, because that's what I do*

Seriously - I've wanted to try a remix for the longest time, but they always only seem to pop up in the form of challenges and I don't think I'd do well with a deadline on them; but, my point here is, I applaud your doing it at all in the first place, daunting task that it is, and more importantly, doing it so very, very well :D
Sky: [star trek aos] jim & bones backsskyblue_reverie on April 16th, 2010 02:58 am (UTC)
Eeeee, internets and cake! *bounces up and down, does seal clap* But I've got to share both with linelenagain, because her original was made of awesome and without it, this bit of silliness could not exist.

Oh, dude, you should TOTALLY do a remix. I actually was kind of hoping that this might spread to other people - who needs a challenge to do a remix? Just email one of your writing buddies and ask 'em if they want to do a remix exchange like we did. It's SO fun, and that way you know you're getting someone who you trust to mess with one of your babies (or maybe I'm the only one so insanely overprotective of my stories, IDK). And plus, no deadline! Seriously, if you ever wanted to remix anything I've written, I would be over the moon. ...No pressure or anything. ;)

Thanks, as always for saying such amazingly sweet things. ♥

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Kay: jealous of mah bonesroyal_chandler on April 16th, 2010 02:15 am (UTC)
Oh this is great! I had a wonderful time reading the original last night and getting Jim and Bones' side of things amuses me to no end. So delightful!

I absolutely love it ♥
Sky: [star trek aos] jim & bones hyposkyblue_reverie on April 16th, 2010 03:30 am (UTC)
The original is awesome, ITA! :D It was so awesomely fun doing the remix. Scheming!Jim is love.

Thank you, bb! ♥
Renee M Romero: spankeasilymused1956 on April 16th, 2010 02:30 am (UTC)
Fabulous remix! I love seeing a story from more than one angle. You did it SO well.

Sky: [star trek aos] barechested dammit jimskyblue_reverie on April 16th, 2010 03:30 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! It was my first attempt at a remix, but definitely not my last because it was SO MUCH FUN. 'Course it helps to have wonderful source material. ;)