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15 August 2010 @ 02:18 pm
Trek Fic: He Did Not Choose to Leave the Oyster Bed (Pike/McCoy, R)  
Title: He Did Not Choose to Leave the Oyster Bed (Part 35 of To Talk of Many Things)
Authors: mga1999 and skyblue_reverie
Fandom & Pairing: Star Trek Reboot (aka AOS, ST XI, etc.), Pike/McCoy
Rating: R-ish
Spoilers: None
Warnings: None
Word Count: Around 5200
Summary: The correspondence and personal journals of Christopher Pike and Leonard McCoy. Shore leave is over. :(
A/N: We're sorry this part took so long! Please don't hit us. /o\

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To: Leonard McCoy (lmccoy@starfleet.gov)
From: Christopher Pike (cpike@starfleet.gov)


Dear Len,

First of all, no I'm not drinking. You made me promise when I left the Enterprise this morning, and I'm keeping my word. That doesn't mean I don't want to. Especially since Scotty brought me back that bottle of Old Pulteney whiskey from his trip back home.

I sat in our apartment for awhile tonight. Literally just sat on the couch staring off into space. I wasn't quite sure what to do with myself. Funny how two years ago I relished the quiet times, just me on the sofa and a bottle of wine and a good book on my PADD. Other than the wine, I had no desire for any of it. If you were here doing the same, it would be different. Everything is different now -- All because of you.

See, I can be a morose bastard even without the alcohol. I'm fine though. Really. I came up to the Exeter about an hour ago, did some work, and now I'm going to turn in. I like knowing that you'll still get this before bed. That you'll read it and fall asleep knowing that I'm missing you already.

I have more to say, but I'm going to keep this short for now. And I don't want this to be that morose comm I would have sent if I was drinking. So just know that I love you. Know that I'm thinking about you.

Keep yourself safe, Len. And Jim too.

Love you, honey,

Chris



Personal Journal of Christopher R. Pike
Tuesday 2260.191

It's been a busy morning here at HQ, which has been good for me. I managed to sleep five hours on the Exeter before I gave up and beamed here. Better than I expected with Len gone, but not what I need. Sure, I'm feeling remarkably better than when shore leave started. I know I still need to sleep more, and I'm sure Philip can adjust the medications I'm taking to help with that until I'm used to sleeping without Len again.

I've been thinking a lot this morning, well, and last night. I want to spend these three months getting myself back to my peak health. I told Philip when I talked to him briefly my plans and he just shook his head at me and laughed. Mentioned something about how the gym would be an excellent way to work off my extra energy. Asshole. He of course told me I needed to wait until my full physical later this week, but he'd help me make a workout plan. In the meantime he told me to swim as much as I'd like -- Well, actually he said that and then reminded me "within reason". He knows me too well.

I should back up here. I guess I'm trying to avoid talking about Len leaving. I'll have to say that it was much harder letting him go this time. Not that it's ever been easy, but this shore leave has been especially -- well, emotional for both of us. Him meeting my family, spending the time in Georgia, and everything with Jim. Add in my idiocy with my meds and top it off with our engagement, as hard as it was to let him go, in some ways I think we both need some time away from each other again. Some perspective. Knowing that doesn't make me miss him any less though.

Our last night together was wonderful. We certainly made up for the disaster in the bedroom from the night before. I do wish he'd fucked me, but I'm not complaining at all. I thought of waking him up yesterday morning and having him fuck me before I left, but he looked so peaceful. So I just wrapped myself up around him until his alarm went off an hour before crew were scheduled to start arriving. After that, we each took a quick shower and had breakfast, both of us a little dour. Before we left his quarters, he pulled me into his arms, and we just held each other for a few minutes. He told me he loved me, that he wasn't going anywhere, and that the three months would fly by.

We walked hand in hand to the transporter room. I kissed him goodbye, lingering more than any man my age should. I didn't care that the transporter officer saw us. I didn't see anyone but Len. I told him I loved him, and to comm me today if he had time, but I told him I knew he'd be busy before they depart this afternoon. He nodded and squeezed my hand as I stepped up on the pad. We both tried to smile as I disappeared, but I know we both forced it. A split second before I disappeared in the swirl of light, I saw command gold appear in the doorway. It actually comforted me that Jim was going to be there for Len.

I went right to work and my scheduled meetings. I had lunch with Admiral Nogura, an ally of mine, trying to find out anything he might know about what's going on with Jim. He's not completely sold on Jim having his commission, but he's not unfair. He mentioned he saw Jim with Admiral Barnett earlier that day, and I told him a little about what's been going on. He certainly wasn't surprised, but reminded me that people aren't exactly thrilled that I have a command again either. We didn't get to talk long; he was about to leave to New Vulcan for a series of meetings about the mess that happened in the neutral zone with the Exeter. It's been quiet there since, almost too quiet. Not a sign of the Romulans or Klingons.

He also told me that the Admiralty was purposely sending the Enterprise out there now to see what the Romulans will do. While I didn't know that for sure, I had suspected. Even my Admiral status doesn't make me privy to everything, since I miss a lot commanding the Exeter. But it's unusual for a ship to spend so much of its five year tour in the neutral zone. Ships are only there for a month or two for a reason. Especially since the Narada engagement. It's volatile and especially stressful for the crews. And now the Enterprise is going to be there for six months. Fuck.

I commed Jim on the Enterprise after my lunch. We talked briefly about his meeting with Richard and I told him about mine with Nogura. I think he feels better after his meeting with Richard, though he was pretty guarded. I know he still doesn't trust me entirely and I only have myself to blame for that. He didn't have a lot of time to talk with their departure imminent. He thanked me, told me Len was fine, and he promised to bring him back to me safely. That he'd do everything in his power to make happen. That is one advantage of their relationship. Like Len told me once, "Jim is always going to come and get me and I'd do the same for him." I truly think I'm more envious of that now than jealous. It's a fine line, but I'm learning.

Anyway, this entry is all over the place. Needless to say, I survived yesterday. I will admit that when an announcement came over the speakers at HQ that the Enterprise was leaving spacedock, I actually felt a little tug in my heart. I don't know how to explain it. It hasn't happened before and this will sound a little ridiculous, but I swear it's like a piece of me is missing now. I'd be worried if I was writing in a paper journal that I'd start drawing little hearts in the margin -- Of course the fact that I'm even thinking about it -- Jesus, Chris.

Len's ring has been mostly green, with a couple of red moments yesterday. I had to chuckle wondering who was on the receiving end of his tirades. No doubt someone in sickbay that crossed him, or god help them if they didn't deliver the drugs he needed. It must have all worked out in the end, because I know Len wouldn't let the ship leave if they hadn't delivered what Jim needs. Though that confrontation might have been interesting to see.

Now I think I'll finish up. I have some data to transmit to Jim, a few comms to write, and then I think I'll head home early to take a swim. I'm due at Philip and Allen's house for dinner and then Len is supposed to vidcomm me at 2200. I know it's only been a little more than a day, but I can't wait to see him.



To: Christopher Pike (cpike@starfleet.gov)
From: Leonard McCoy (lmccoy@starfleet.gov)


Dear Chris,

It was good to see you last night, even if only on vidcomm. I'm sorry if I seemed preoccupied. You know how it is getting ready for a departure, and getting everyone back into a routine the first few days. I've been keeping busy, which helps with the separation, but damnit Chris, it's still hard. I miss you.

Jim's been trying to keep me distracted, both with busywork, and by acting like a hyperactive clown when no one's around who needs to see him being captainly. He's working on his impressions of some of the Admiralty. He's a pretty good mimic, actually. He even got a couple chuckles out of me, and you'd think from the look of triumph on his face that he'd been declared People's "Hottest Human." Come to think of it, I'm pretty sure he was.

My ring's been gray swirled with yellow. So I'm guessing you're feeling down, but keeping busy? God, darlin', I wish I could be there with you.

Good lord, now I'm getting morose. Let's see, what else has been going on with me. I finally got the situation with the med stocks sorted out with those idiots in Resupply. Is it wrong that when I was wrangling with the regional director of resupply at HQ, I casually dropped into conversation that I had to go in a few minutes because I had a vidcomm scheduled with my fiancé, Admiral Christopher Pike? You should've seen that idiot's face blanch. He couldn't babble fast enough that he was sorry and he'd have the meds delivered within the hour. And sure enough, they were there in 45 minutes. Guess being with you has advantages beyond the obvious.

Speaking of those advantages, we'll still be in comm range for a couple of days -- can you set up a secure line for us tonight? I've got to see your body again, hear you coming for me, at least once more before we're out of range. Damn it, now I'm hard, just thinking about that, and I'm sitting here in my office. I think I'd better engage the lock and take care of this before I go out there and face my staff and patients.

Let me know about the vidcomm, all right? I should sign off now since I'm still on duty and I'm going to need a few minutes here to beat off, imagining that I'm sinking into your tight little ass.

I'll talk to you soon. I love you, darlin'.

Yours,
Len



To: Leonard McCoy (lmccoy@starfleet.gov)
From: Christopher Pike (cpike@starfleet.gov)


Dear Len,

Jesus, Len. I read your comm in a meeting with Admiral Komack while he took a call. I had to think some pretty disgusting thoughts to tamp down my erection before I got up when we were done. Of course I should know better, but since it's been awhile, I forgot how hot our comms could be. Even though that one wasn't very descriptive compared to usual, it only took me a moment thinking of you sitting in your office with your cock in your hand to get me hard and aching for you.

I've set up a secure line for tonight and tomorrow. We're now leaving at 0500 on Friday instead of Thursday afternoon. Something about an ion storm hitting the path we're taking so we need to wait for it to pass.

I had to laugh at the response you got from the regional director at resupply. Lieutenant Commander Ashcroft was my yeoman the first three years I was first officer on the Republic. Let's just say after that experience, he was happy to take a job back on earth and he steadily moved up through the ranks. So believe me, use my name if you have to with him. In fact, I may pop over and pay him a visit before we take off just for old time's sake. It will be interesting to see if he still shakes in his boots when I raise my voice.

Now, I get to go have my physical at Starfleet Medical with Philip. It was moved up from Thursday morning as I have a conference comm with Nogura and the Vulcan High Council. I'll make sure to have Philip forward the entire report to you. I'm feeling good though, Len. I know I still have a ways to go, but I'm going to work on that the next three months. If we only have three or four days together in three months, I want to be in peak health. I may not let you out of bed the entire time.

Be careful out there.

Love you,

Chris



To: Leonard McCoy (lmccoy@starfleet.gov)
From: Christopher Pike (cpike@starfleet.gov)


Dear Len,

Attached find the recording of the session that Dr. Elliott had with Jim. I really don't know what to say. I'm almost afraid to say anything, because while I may agree with some of the things she said, it didn't give her the right to put Jim through what she did.

Maybe even that is saying too much, but even you know that Jim has issues. Those issues haven't interfered with his command. In fact in his case, I think they even make him a better commander. I know that Jim doesn't want to pursue anything against her, but I'm just telling you again, I'll will back you up, both of you, whatever you decide.

It felt wrong to listen to the session. I know Jim gave permission, but -- Damn Len, I almost wish I hadn't. I know I needed to -- I think it was important for me to hear myself, since in some way I did doubt Jim before. If anything, Jim held back and I know you're going to be angry. At him, at me, and especially at yourself. Just remember, he needs you. I see that and maybe this is helping me understand that a little more.

Jim never had anything we did. He never had parents who gave a damn about him. He never had stability. He was on his own once his grandfather passed, and sadly, that was when he was far too young. I may not be especially close to my parents, to my family, but I really didn't need to be. They were always there and I knew that. Maybe I've even taken them for granted all this time -- I don't know.

I know you haven't had it easy either, and I can see how easy it would have been for you and Jim to bond over your losses, however different. I bonded with Annie the same way, though I wouldn't say that I'm overly close to her. Not like I am with you.

What I'm trying to say here, Len, is that I'm sorry. I need to do better. For both of you. And Jim's going to need both of us. He has a lot ahead of him to deal with if he's truly going to become the captain I know he can be.

I love you. If you don't feel like vidcomming tonight after listening to the session -- I understand. We can have extra time tomorrow, if your schedule allows.

Always,

Chris



To: Christopher Pike (cpike@starfleet.gov)
From: Leonard McCoy (lmccoy@starfleet.gov)


Dear Chris,

Good lord, I'm almost afraid to listen to the session now. I'm not sure I want to know the extent of what that incompetent hack said to Jim. I will, though, because I need to know what happened if I'm going to help repair the damage she caused.

But I think I'll wait until we're out of comm range before I listen. You know how I'm given to flying off the handle, and I really don't want to do that while I'm still in comm range of earth. And I don't want it to be hanging over us when we talk tonight.

But listen, Chris, whatever Elliott said to Jim, that's not your fault. Yeah, the fact that you doubted him hurt him a lot. But you didn't tell Elliott to screw with his head, and you had no way of knowing that she would.

Anyway, that's all I'm going to say about that for now. I want to see you, and I want to talk to you, and I don't want it to be about Jim. Jim needs us, yeah, and he'll always be an important part of my life, and I hope yours too, but you and me, Chris, we're about more than our respective relationships with Jim.

How are your folks? Your grandmother? Tell them I said hello next time you comm them. And how's Annie? I hope to god that she's keeping the wedding plans as simple as possible. I want a wedding, not a circus. You were going to have dinner with Philip and Allen last night, right? How was that? Is Allen going to be earthside for a while or is he shipping out too?

Yeah, I'm using small talk to avoid thinking about how damn much I miss you. My sheets still smell like you and in a way that helps, but in a way it makes it even worse, knowing that you're so far away and that it'll be so long before I actually get to sleep in your arms again. The three months will go fast, I know they will, but right now it feels like forever. And with such a long patrol in the neutral zone -- well, you know how unstable things there are. I hope we make it back in one piece, is all. I hope you do too. I can't even imagine how I'd cope if something happened to you.

Shit, now I'm just getting morbid. I'm going to go get some dinner and then it'll be time for our vidcomm. I'm looking forward to that an embarrassing amount.

I love you.

Yours,
Len



To: Leonard McCoy (lmccoy@starfleet.gov)
From: Christopher Pike (cpike@starfleet.gov)


Morning honey,

Sorry I was drowsing off on you last night. I promise I'll take a nap today so I'll be ready for our secure vidcomm tonight. I've been running from morning to night, trying to get us ready to depart. I've been purposely keeping myself busy too, and might have gone a little overboard.

Yes, I did have dinner with Philip and Allen and the kids, sans Matthew and his new wife, on Tuesday night. They are all good. Philip and Allen seem to be getting along okay. I can tell there is still some tension there, but I'm sure they will work through it. Allen will be home for two more weeks before he leaves for six months for the research base in the Laurentian System. There really isn't any need for him to be home anymore. The kids are all in school and self-sufficient. I think Philip is just having a really hard time since Kianna joined Starfleet. I think if Philip had his way, they'd adopt again, whereas Allen is looking forward to when Philip finally 'retires' so they can travel. Considering Philip says he's staying on another tour with me -- Well, I think that's a bone of contention between them too. Ah, the life of Starfleet officers.

My parents are well. They just took off to Paris for another art show. Annie says everything is all taken care of at the Georgia place. Grandma is busy in Florida practicing for a tango competition. Can you imagine? Knowing her, she'll probably win. She's a determined old gal. Which is good, it keeps her young. Sometimes I think she'll outlive us all.

I have no idea what's going on with the wedding plans. I had asked my mom to drop it during shore leave, so I expect to be bombarded with comms once I head out. The only thing she asked me when I talked to her last is if we were all set for the engagement party in October and I told her yes. I told her we were going to try to get Jim home for it too, but that would be dependent on what's going on with the Enterprise's mission.

Speaking of your mission. I don't think I have to tell you that I'm worried about you guys. Tensions are high. The Enterprise is an easy target. I know that Jim is hyperaware as always, but -- Okay, I'm just going to say it. I'm really worried about his mental state, Len. Do you honestly think he's okay? I trust you, and if you think he's fine, I'll take your word for it. But after you listen to the session, please, think about it. I know it would kill him to lose his command -- I'm just worried, Len. I know he'd rather harm himself than let harm come to anyone else, but just keep an eye on him. I know you will, and I know you'd never let your relationship with him interfere with doing your job. Just be careful there. I'm not the only one aware of the close relationship you two have. And that's all I'm going to say.

I'm going to head into HQ now. Have a couple meetings and then heading up to the Exeter. I'll probably be there tonight when we comm. First though, I'm going to go shower and jerk off thinking of you -- Your mouth on my cock. God, I miss your mouth already.

I can't wait to see you tonight. All of you.

Chris



To: Christopher Pike (cpike@starfleet.gov)
From: Leonard McCoy (lmccoy@starfleet.gov)


Dear Chris,

By the time you get this, we'll be out of realtime comm range. I wanted to write to you about our last vidcomm, to tell you how much I enjoyed it, and how good it was to see your gorgeous body and your beautiful face as you were coming for me.

But instead, I'm in a funk, partly over missing you and partly over Jim's session with Elliott. You asked me about Jim's mental state, and if I'd answered before I listened, I would have said without hesitation that he's fine. But that goddamn quack really did a number on him, Chris. I can't believe the things she said and I can't believe he just sat there and took it. Hell, he even said he agreed with her several times. Shit.

So the answer is, I don't know. To all outward appearances, he's the same cocky brilliant asshole we know and are completely exasperated by. But this has to have affected him, probably more than he realizes or is willing to admit. Right now, he's fine to command. But I'll keep a close eye on him. And I appreciate the warning about being under constant scrutiny - goddamned political bullshit. Glad you're on our side.

I'm going to corner Jim after shift tonight, ply him with bourbon, and make him talk to me about this crap with Elliott. I suspect he's not going to want to pursue a formal ethics complaint against her, but at the very least I'm going to write to her and tell her if I ever hear of this kind of shit again, I'll pull her before an ethics board so fast her head will spin. It won't be enough, but I'll back Jim's call, whatever he decides. Plus, I don't want to let her fuck with his head anymore by making him rehash all of this for an ethics hearing.

All right, enough of that. I can't count how many people have stopped me to congratulate me on our engagement. It's goddamn embarrassing, is what it is. Everyone seems to think it's such a romantic story, like we got engaged just so they could follow our lives like a damn soap opera. And it's ruining my reputation as a grumpy asshole. I like that reputation, Chris. It cuts out half the pointless inane interactions I'd otherwise have to deal with. I think I'm just going to have to start growling at people whenever they even look like they're going to wish me congratulations. That oughta do it, at least for awhile.

So far everyone's in good spirits, but I know this tour in the neutral zone is going to take its toll. I have a feeling I'll be dealing with crew-wise stress reactions as well as all the minor injuries and illnesses that happen when a crew's tired and distracted and stretched to their limits. I guess it's better than major injuries and deaths from exploring planets with hostile inhabitants. Although I'm sure we'll have some of those too.

Okay, now I'm even irritating myself with my predictions of doom and gloom. I think I'm going to watch some of that holoporn we made of ourselves -- now that we've switched collections I have a lot of new footage to see. That oughta get my mind off of everything else.

Stay well, darlin'. And write when you can. I miss you.

Love always,
Len



To: Leonard McCoy (lmccoy@starfleet.gov)
From: Christopher Pike (cpike@starfleet.gov)


Dear Len,

I actually got your comm before we left. We had a few delays with getting twenty last-minute crew additions on board. Don't even get me started on that. I was not happy. Regardless, I'm sorry you're having a hard time, honey. I didn't exactly feel very good after listening to that session either. It was good for me though. It was very humbling. I don't know if I'll explain this right, but sometimes, despite knowing Jim's past, I think a lot of my jealousy over him was he always seems so damn perfect -- I know he's not. But that kid handles himself in a way I've never seen, and actually envy at times, if that makes sense. I think it will help if I start to feel jealous, or act like an ass, to listen to that session again. Remind myself that he's just like you, and me, and most importantly, that he needs both of us.

I don't know if Jim told you or not, but I talked to him for awhile via vidcomm while I was delayed. I think I have a pretty good handle on who has what agenda with him now in the Admiralty and we discussed that. He wasn't surprised, but he seems -- I don't know. I get the feeling he might think that no matter what he does, he's never going to be able to prove himself. For the record, I don't think that's true. I think there are certain people at HQ who are never going to accept him, but that's true of any captain. I think that disapproval bothers Jim more that he admits. Me, I never cared. In fact, I would say I got off on the fact that half of them were pissed when I got my command or when I made Admiral, and even more pissed when I got a ship back. I agree with you though, he's obviously fine to command, in fact I would bet his command and having you are about the only things holding him together right now. And yes, the latter stings a bit, but really, Len, I'm glad he has you.

As far as everyone congratulating you on the engagement, I have to admit that made me chuckle, thinking about you growling at people, especially the new crew who don't know you. I feel sorry for them, actually. It's been a lot of the same here. In fact I just came back from a little 'celebration' party the bridge crew put together for me. It was very nice, and I was very surprised to hear that Commander Sato put it together. By the way, in case you were wondering, my married helmsman with the pregnant wife dumped her during shore leave. He also decided to stay on Earth and teach. My new helmsman is Andorian. Neither he nor any of the rest of the command crew want anything to do with Sato sexually, and she burned her bridges with my chief engineer. This, of course, all courtesy of my yeoman who filled me in earlier. Imagine Christine Chapel and Nyota Uhura gossiping, combine them and you have my Rickie. I am finding this way more amusing than I should.

Lastly, I miss you. I think I miss you more this time than the other times. It doesn't make sense, or maybe it does. It doesn't matter, I guess. Not like it's a contest I would want to win each time we're apart. I'm already counting the days until October. I keep thinking about you lying in your bed on our last vidcomm all spread out for me, touching yourself. When you were telling me how much you missed my cock -- Fuck, Len. It's only been a few days and I swear I'm already going out of my mind. I miss your mouth. God, I love your mouth. The way you kiss me, the way your tongue feels on my cock, on my ass. I don't know if I've ever told you this before, but I have a love/hate relationship with the way you can just make me come completely undone. You strip me bare is the best way to describe it. It's both scary and amazing. Scary, because I don't know what I'd do if I lost you now.

Now look who's getting all morbid. Well, I need to head to the bridge. We'll be launching the first of four communication booster arrays in an hour. I'm sending this comm Saturday afternoon at 1330 since I don't know how long it will sit in the data packet before it's marked and goes out. Let me know how long it takes you to get it. Should be fairly quick, and hopefully with what we're launching, it won't be more than three or four days to receive comms this time.

I love you. I miss you. Stay safe. I can't wait to have you in my arms again.

Love forever,

Chris



On to the next part
 
 
 
amine_eyesamine_eyes on August 15th, 2010 09:30 pm (UTC)
FIRST! *dances for joy*

Okay, now to actually commenting :D

Jesus with this one you put EVERYONE through the emotional wringer :) Us for watching them say goodbye, Jim and Leonard and Chris for Dr Elliot being the moo that she is, Chris and Leonard for their relationship, Phil and Allen for THEIRS, Sato for burning her bridges ... I'm sure there are more ;)

HOWEVER - instead of being the over-dramatic nonsense that it could be, it instead really works :) Everyone has the right sort of reactions for how you've shown them grow and develop during the piece, and Chris not being so jealous? D'AWWWWWWW :')

Lovely as always :D ♥
Jude: st - pike/mccoymga1999 on August 15th, 2010 10:04 pm (UTC)
Emotional wringers are our specialty. Or skyblue_reverie would blame it all on me, but I know she secretly loves it now. *nods*

Yes, a not jealous Chris, acting all mature and stuff, I just want to hug him. He better keep behaving or he and I will HAVE WORDS.

Thank you! :D Again, sorry it took so long. <3
imacharimachar on August 15th, 2010 09:53 pm (UTC)
Wheee! A new part, and before I go out of communications range again ;) I think I like that the comms are back, I missed them, missed that type of interaction. And I'm almost afraid to say how much I like normalcy of all of this....yes there's still a lot of shit going on for them all emotionally.....but it feels almost IDK stable for want of a better word (please don't take that as a signal that you need to crank up the angst wringer again) ;) hmmm...lovely end to a Sunday, thank you ladies......
Jude: st - pike/mccoy - cap & drmga1999 on August 15th, 2010 10:07 pm (UTC)
I missed the comms too. It's like a 'vacation' from writing again because they seem so easy. Not that the journals were hard, but it's just something different again. Must keep ourselves amused, which for me at least isn't difficult. *g*

Stable, that's a good word. And I just have to say that anything that happens next is NOT MY FAULT if it isn't. Actually, I have no idea what is happening next. That's in the hands of skyblue_reverie right now as I type this.

<3
ellie_pierson: Pike/McCoy fly with meellie_pierson on August 15th, 2010 11:06 pm (UTC)
Oh, I've missed our boys. I really think they need to be in space for a while.

Part of me wants to hear Dr. Elliot's session with Jim, but then I know it would piss me off even more. Maybe Len could hire someone to go to her and slap the crap out of her. He's such a gentleman he would never do it himself.

It's nice to hear that Chris has a yeoman that keeps him up to date with all the gossip. And I see that Sato screwed herself in relation to the crew. She kind of deserved it.

I'm glad you ladies are back. Thanks for writing and posting.
Jude: st - pike/mccoymga1999 on August 15th, 2010 11:17 pm (UTC)
Yes, they do need to be in space for awhile. Talk about an intense shore leave. Nice quiet space (hopefully) will be a nice way to recover.

As far as Dr. Elliott's session, I think skyblue_reverie and I would get too angry writing it. At least I know *I* would. lol I'm sure there will be bits and pieces that will come out, or maybe not. We never know what these boys are up to. We just follow along.

Yes, it will be interesting to see what Sato does now.

Thank you for reading, and again, sorry for the delay. Hopefully it will never be this long again. :D
claudia_nicclaudia_nic on August 15th, 2010 11:09 pm (UTC)
yeah! Updates are always fantastic, this one doesn't lack behind. I'm curious to find out what is going to happen in the next few months on board of both their ships!
Jude: st - pike/mccoymga1999 on August 15th, 2010 11:18 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It was nice to get back to this after an unintended break. I'm curious what's going to happen too. They never tell us! REALLY! :D
The Hysterical Hystorian: ST: McCoy/Kirk/Pikeabigail89 on August 15th, 2010 11:34 pm (UTC)
Aw damn! Just as I'm going out for pizza!! I've been waiting all week for an update....brb,bbs.

Back...

Oh, y'all are making my heart ache. I have done the long distance relationship thing, twice, and both times it was tough, but do-able. But this going into deep space, and putting your lives on the line, and 'maybe I won't come back from this one' makes me twitch, and not in a good way. Len and Chris need to be together. Period. But then, you present such a strong story-line to keep Jim with his Bones, and I completely agree with that. Can't you just retire Chris, make him a Starfleet rep and put him on the Enterprise with them? Please?

This whole thing with the therapist messing with Jim really ticks me off (not at y'all, but you know what I mean.) I really hate that it happened, and that it's taken Jim so long to mention it, and then to deal with it with Len and Chris. I'm glad Len is belligerent enough to make Jim talk about it. As for the political shenanigans *sigh*, even in the 23rd century...dammit.

And it's ruining my reputation as a grumpy asshole. I like that reputation, Chris. This made me laugh. Yeah, Len, you continue to think like that.

Awesome chapter, gals!

Edited at 2010-08-16 02:36 am (UTC)
Jude: st - pike/mccoymga1999 on August 16th, 2010 03:05 am (UTC)
I hear you on the long distance thing. I had a four year LDR and sometimes I think the only reason we made it that long was we didn't live together. LOL

We could retire Chris, but then that would end the story. Is that what you want? :P I think not. *g*

I remember reading a couple of the novels eons ago where it talked about the politics of Starfleet. Yeah, it is sad that it's even that way in the 23rd century, but it always seems no matter how far we come, there will always be people, sadly, that cause waves. It's going to be fun to explore though. I think. *wibbles*

I wonder what Len would think if he knew that most everyone knows he's all bark and no bite. Poor guy. That would probably make him pretty miserable. LOL

<3
secretsolitairesecretsolitaire on August 15th, 2010 11:42 pm (UTC)
YAY, a new chapter! I have been missing this series. I am enjoying their comms to each other, and the idea of Len losing his grumpy reputation makes me smile.
Jude: st - pike/mccoymga1999 on August 16th, 2010 12:03 am (UTC)
Yes, I am totally in belief that TOS McCoy was so grumpy because he just didn't have a hot guy to sex him up all the time. *nods* I'm sure our McCoy will work extra hard to get that rep back though. :D
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Jude: st - mc coy sassypantsmga1999 on August 16th, 2010 03:08 am (UTC)
I'm sure people would be puzzled by him. You would think congratulating someone on their engagement -- You know, that's a HAPPY THING and yet, it makes Len all irritated. Gotta love him.

Mature!Chris is nice isn't he? I'm really hoping he sticks around.

Thank you! <3
sangue: kirk pensive by andieshepsangueuk on August 16th, 2010 12:03 am (UTC)
rushing to comment 'cause I should be asleep and it's late here - but I loved this update. Are we going to 'see' the interview with Jim? That would be amazing!

Wondering how they're going to cope with the three months apart...lots of vid sex I'm hoping! ;D

Also, I'm going to be out of comm range soon (off in Italy and internetless but I'm making arrangements for updates to be sent by pigeon so I don't miss out!) hope I don't miss anything!
Jude: st - pike/mccoymga1999 on August 16th, 2010 03:16 am (UTC)
Probably won't see the session with Jim and Dr. Elliott. Never say never though.

Well, won't be any vidsex since they can't have real time comms, but they have their porn stashes to keep them busy. And I'm sure they'll come up with some more fantasies to tease each other with.

Have a fabulous time in Italy! <3
lilbatfacedgirllilbatfacedgirl on August 16th, 2010 12:52 am (UTC)
First, hooray for updates.

Second, I just want to give them all hugs, especially Jim...and Allen.

And finally, I'm sad they're apart but still kinda happy because I just loved the anticipatory quality of their long-distance comms.
Jude: st - pike/mccoymga1999 on August 16th, 2010 03:27 am (UTC)
Thank you! I think they do all need hugs. Badly.

I love your take on the comms. Writing it kind of feels the same way. We don't have a rigid plan, so it's kind of fun like that. <3
sexycazzy: Pike/cadetBonessexycazzy on August 16th, 2010 01:04 am (UTC)
I've missed this! So glad to see an update!

This is calming actually with Len & Chris really talk in their comms - that's awesome - we are seeing a real progress with them and I'm so pleased! I'm also relived that Chris is doing something about his jealousy and actually really thinking about why he was jealous and expressed it to Len, rather than bottling it up - let's hope that it will continue this way!

I'm worried about Jim after what Chris and Len said after hearing the session, it really sounds bad. *hugs him tightly* hopefully both Len AND Chris can help him.

Another great update, girls! ::))

Jude: st - pike/mccoymga1999 on August 16th, 2010 03:34 am (UTC)
We missed updating! Really. Chaos can just go away for awhile thank you. We have comms to write!

It is nice to see Chris figuring things out. I think that will help him a lot. It's hard to 'fix' something you don't completely understand. As time goes by he's realizing exactly what and why. Hopefully that will continue.

You're worried about Jim? I'm worried about Jim after hearing what my dear co-writer has planned for him next. *wibbles*
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Renee M Romero: Karl Eyeeasilymused1956 on August 16th, 2010 01:56 am (UTC)
Ah, ladies, beautiful as always. Am so very glad you're back. I was really missing this 'verse.

Wow, our boys are growing up so much. Chris is able to talk about his feelings. Bones is finally getting the idea he has to not let Chris get away with crap.

But what are we going to do about Jim? He's like their eldest child!

So glad things are getting back to, er, well, normal?

Renee
Jude: st - pike/mccoymga1999 on August 16th, 2010 03:41 am (UTC)
Thank you. We missed our boys too.

Yes, they are both growing so much. I've always believed that a good relationship doesn't make you change, it just makes you grow into the person you should be.

Jim - Well, Jim will always be Jim. Which means he'll always land on his feet. Of course he might hit his head on the way there first... *g*
Weeping Naiad: ST: Pike/Kirk/McCoyweepingnaiad on August 16th, 2010 02:10 am (UTC)
Oh, boys! I missed them so much! *clings*

And such a lovely update! They are adorable how much they miss each other, but the best part was that they're grown so much. They're talking and keeping on track and owning up to their feelings. So wonderful to see.

And, Jim! Poor baby. *hugs him* I knew it was bad, knew she'd done a number on him, but I didn't realize how much. I love noble, dedicated Jim. I'm glad he has Len and really glad that Chris' running interference for him, helping him with the BS.

Love the bits about Sato and Richard and Allen, too!

Lovely as ever, ladies!
*hugs*
WN
Jude: st - pike/mccoymga1999 on August 16th, 2010 03:49 am (UTC)
Yes, it is adorable how much they miss each other. And I think that's really good for them, especially Chris, who is still getting the hang of what that's really like.

Yes, noble Jim. I love that part of him because it makes him just that much more flawed for being that way. If that makes sense. Well, it does in my crazy head. *g*

Thank you! Hopefully we'll be back to regular update s again. <3
sleepygoof8784: Pike & McCoysleepygoof8784 on August 16th, 2010 03:07 am (UTC)
Awesome and amazing as usual. Love that Chris is finally starting to work out some of his feelings towards Jim. Just loved all of it!
Jude: st - pike/mccoymga1999 on August 16th, 2010 03:50 am (UTC)
Thank you! It is especially nice to see Chris figuring things out. Our little Chris has grown so much in this relationship. *sniff sniff* :D
snitches be crazy: st - pike/mccoyshighola on August 16th, 2010 03:20 am (UTC)
omg I'm so happy! I'd been trying to come up with a polite way of saying"where the hell is the fic I need it omg!!1!". Hee!
*runs off to read*

Edited at 2010-08-16 03:51 am (UTC)
snitches be crazy: st - pike/mccoyshighola on August 16th, 2010 03:54 am (UTC)
Such a sweet chapter! I just love the mundane, everyday feel of it. Even with the worries over Jim and the angst of separation, Chris and Leonard are just dealing. And together. In love.
*sighs*

Also as much as I wanted to see a transcript of the session with that quack, I'm glad you didn't include it cuz I'd be up all night fuming most likely.
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kelpietreekelpietree on August 16th, 2010 07:09 am (UTC)
yay. so annoyed i missed this update. i've been wondering about it for a while. nice going. thanks for writing.
Jude: st - pike/mccoymga1999 on August 16th, 2010 06:44 pm (UTC)
We were very late getting it out. Sorry. Hopefully they won't be as long for the next one. Thanks for reading! :D