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The Greater Good (Kirk/McCoy PG-13)

  • Dec. 31st, 2010 at 6:11 PM
emiliglia: (karl/chris)
Title: The Greater Good
Rating: PG-13
Pairing: Kirk/McCoy
Word Count: 607
Warnings: preslash, this is a snippet from a larger modern day AU in my head that may or may not ever see the light of day full story can be found here
Summary: Inspired by this prompt at [livejournal.com profile] buckleup_meme and for the [livejournal.com profile] hc_bingo prompt claustrophobia and the [livejournal.com profile] au_abc prompt Y is for Yuppies - The first meeting of Leonard McCoy, surgeon, and Jim Kirk, helicopter pilot.

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Leonard's standing next to the helipad, the wind whipping around his hair and lab coat, watching the Medivac chopper land. He already feels sick to his stomach, and he hasn't even climbed in the damn thing yet.

He tightens his grip on the cooler in his hand, this precious thing that he has to transport to another hospital that will mean the difference between life and death for a twelve year old boy with a bad heart.

He can do this. He has to do this.

The pilot waves for Leonard to approach, his face almost completely obscured by his helmet and aviators. Leonard ducks as he gets closer, trying to keep out of the buffeting wind created by the spinning rotor blades overhead. He pulls the door open, climbing inside with a silent prayer, and shuts it behind him before strapping in as tight as the belts will allow. Not like they'll do any good should anything happen.

Leonard screws his eyes shut during takeoff, stomach feeling all too well how the helicopter lurches as it gains altitude. He clenches the cooler in a white-knuckled grip, his purpose for this trip on repeat in his head in a poor attempt at keeping the nausea at bay.

"You doing okay back there?" The pilot calls from in front of Leonard, who opens his eyes to respond but almost immediately regrets it as he swallows bile.

"I'm fine," he grits out, not wanting to make smalltalk. He just wants this trip over with. Leonard doesn't care how expensive it'll be to take a cab back, he's willing to do it. He only had to use the Medivac helicopter to begin with since the trip by car would've taken too long. The heart is only viable for so long, and there's more kids out there that need them than donors on the market.

"Sure, if you're normally green. You're not going to throw up back there, are you? I'm going to be the one that has to clean it up, so please don't."

"I don't like flying, I get motion sickness, and I tend to not do well in small, enclosed spaces. The odds don't seem to be in your favor."

"They sure picked the right sawbones for this ride, didn't they?" The pilot has a laugh in his voice, which irritates Leonard that the bastard seems to be amused but this, and it only manages to make him feel more sick. "Why don't you come up front and take the co-pilot's seat? Being able to look out the window instead of at the back of a seat might help with at least the motion sickness and the claustrophobia, but I doubt it'll do anything about your fear of flying."

It might save him some dignity, Leonard supposes, so he unstraps himself from the seat and shakily goes to the cockpit.

"I'll try to make this nice and smooth for you, Doc," the pilot says, offering an indulgent smile. "I'm Jim Kirk, by the way."

"McCoy," he responds, although he doesn't see the point in the introductions when he plans on never having to see the pilot again. He doesn't need to relive this experience. "Leonard McCoy."

"Why don't you tell me about the patient you'll be saving today?" Jim asks, seeming genuinely interested instead of just trying to be polite, and Leonard lets himself get lost in the science and detailing the procedure he's going to perform once they land.

And because Leonard is the type of person who thinks that the universe is out to get him, this is not the last time he meets Jim Kirk.

Comments

siluria: (Men_Karl_White Suit)
[personal profile] siluria wrote:
Dec. 31st, 2010 11:55 pm (UTC)
Can I vote for will see the light of day?!? :)

I love the banter, and Jim lessening the chances of him having to clean out the chopper. Definitely something I want to read more of.
[identity profile] emiliglia.livejournal.com wrote:
Jan. 17th, 2011 05:04 pm (UTC)
The problem I've been having with it is I have all this backstory thought up but no actual story to tell, if that makes any sense. Hopefully something will come up! Thanks, bb!
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ext_409703: (obvious flirting is obvious)
[identity profile] caitri.livejournal.com wrote:
Jan. 1st, 2011 02:34 am (UTC)
Want. More.

*pathetic puppy eyes*

Bribes can be made, yes???
[identity profile] emiliglia.livejournal.com wrote:
Jan. 17th, 2011 05:05 pm (UTC)
Ah ha, no, I am not above taking bribes. ;) I'm glad you liked it - hopefully at some point this idea will coalesce into an actual story.
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[identity profile] sdaero.livejournal.com wrote:
Jan. 2nd, 2011 03:04 pm (UTC)
more, please? *Bambi eyes*
[identity profile] emiliglia.livejournal.com wrote:
Jan. 17th, 2011 05:06 pm (UTC)
I'm trying! I just need to come up with an actual story.
[identity profile] egelantier.livejournal.com wrote:
Jan. 5th, 2011 11:13 pm (UTC)
Hi!

We just wanted to tell you that you won a third place in the Round 1 of [livejournal.com profile] hc_bingo! Congratulations, and if you'll have a free minute, please drop in to the congratulations post and let us know what fandom/themes/images you want your prize to be made of.

Thank you,
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[identity profile] withthepilot.livejournal.com wrote:
Jan. 8th, 2011 03:39 pm (UTC)
Another vote for more! Pilot!Jim is just too good to pass up!
[identity profile] emiliglia.livejournal.com wrote:
Jan. 17th, 2011 05:08 pm (UTC)
Any plot ideas for them would be greatly appreciated. I can't just have them having lots of sex, right?

*crickets*

Glad you like this little...dipping in of the toes, so to speak.
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[identity profile] secretsolitaire.livejournal.com wrote:
Jan. 8th, 2011 03:57 pm (UTC)
Ooooh, I like this a lot! Would happily read more if the muse permitted. :-)
[identity profile] emiliglia.livejournal.com wrote:
Jan. 17th, 2011 05:09 pm (UTC)
The muse is not permitting. I have this whole world built up but no story to tell. Ugh. Hopefully the seeming popularity will make me come up with something. Glad you liked it!
[identity profile] vivid-moment.livejournal.com wrote:
Jan. 8th, 2011 04:19 pm (UTC)
my vote goes for SEE the light of day ;)
The first meeting of Leonard McCoy, surgeon, and Jim Kirk, helicopter pilot.

Bestest summary eva, and a match made in heaven ;) so my sudden ovary explodary is telling me :) Brilliant banter, LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVED IT SO MUCH!!!


[identity profile] emiliglia.livejournal.com wrote:
Jan. 17th, 2011 05:09 pm (UTC)
Re: my vote goes for SEE the light of day ;)
I'm glad you liked it! Hopefully I'll be able to come up with some story to tell with these two.
avictoriangirl: (urbine man crush)
[personal profile] avictoriangirl wrote:
Jan. 8th, 2011 04:29 pm (UTC)
Count this as another vote for more! :D
[identity profile] emiliglia.livejournal.com wrote:
Jan. 17th, 2011 05:10 pm (UTC)
Noted. Thank you!
[identity profile] azraelz-angel.livejournal.com wrote:
Jan. 8th, 2011 04:42 pm (UTC)
Love, love, love this! I would really love to see more if it ever makes the light of day!
[identity profile] emiliglia.livejournal.com wrote:
Jan. 17th, 2011 05:12 pm (UTC)
I just need to figure out a story for them to tell. Glad you're interested!
[identity profile] wyntreaurora.livejournal.com wrote:
Jan. 8th, 2011 06:37 pm (UTC)
Please to be seeing more if the muse allows? But really, this is a really good start for an AU like that! And ngl, I love the idea of Jim as a pilot! I know it's two totally different worlds, but anytime anyone says pilot!Jim I automatically picture him in fighter pilot gear similar to what they wore in Top Gun and it's UNF!
[identity profile] emiliglia.livejournal.com wrote:
Jan. 17th, 2011 05:14 pm (UTC)
I think helicopter pilots get to wear something somewhat similar. At least the jumpsuit and a helmet. Not sure if jumpsuits are supposed to be sexy, but they totally are. I'm glad you liked this! Hopefully I'll be able to come up with a story to tell with them.
[identity profile] jtkay111.livejournal.com wrote:
Jan. 8th, 2011 11:13 pm (UTC)
More please!
[identity profile] emiliglia.livejournal.com wrote:
Jan. 17th, 2011 05:15 pm (UTC)
I just need to come up with one of those pesky plot things. I'm glad you liked it!
[identity profile] alphareaper723.livejournal.com wrote:
Jan. 8th, 2011 11:38 pm (UTC)
I agree with everyone here...

"Please sir, may I have some more?" :D
[identity profile] emiliglia.livejournal.com wrote:
Jan. 17th, 2011 05:16 pm (UTC)
If I manage to come up with a story you may. ;) Thanks!
[identity profile] joirerson.livejournal.com wrote:
Jan. 9th, 2011 04:57 am (UTC)
Ok, so I sekritly have a thing for helicopter pilots. Who knows why? I loved this! I would read the heck out of the finished product. I would read it so HARD.
[identity profile] emiliglia.livejournal.com wrote:
Jan. 17th, 2011 05:17 pm (UTC)
Yay! So there'll at least be one. XP Thanks!
[identity profile] savoytruffle.livejournal.com wrote:
Jan. 9th, 2011 09:25 am (UTC)
this is a wonderfully promising start to a beautiful friendship
[identity profile] annastesia.livejournal.com wrote:
Jan. 9th, 2011 06:52 pm (UTC)
*trying to find 'like'-button* :)
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[identity profile] annastesia.livejournal.com wrote:
Jan. 9th, 2011 06:51 pm (UTC)
I want moar! :D
[identity profile] emiliglia.livejournal.com wrote:
Jan. 17th, 2011 05:19 pm (UTC)
I'll see what I can come up with. :)
[identity profile] d_odyssey.livejournal.com wrote:
Jan. 9th, 2011 08:23 pm (UTC)
Love this! I'm already hooked on this AU. Great instant connection. Would love more, more, more!
[identity profile] emiliglia.livejournal.com wrote:
Jan. 17th, 2011 05:20 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much!
[identity profile] wolf-naked.livejournal.com wrote:
Jan. 10th, 2011 10:19 am (UTC)
I always love when I can help inspire great fic and this is no exception (the buckle_up prompt was mine). Will be keeping an eye out for more of this verse.
[identity profile] emiliglia.livejournal.com wrote:
Jan. 17th, 2011 05:22 pm (UTC)
Ooh, well, thank you for that prompt - it certainly got some wheels turning! I was torn between linking this over there or not since it's not precisely based on your prompt and then I was thinking about linking over there when I have more to link to than just this little teaser. I have background story and such for them, just no plot to work it into. Hopefully more will get written, though, because the two of them like this is eating my brain!
[identity profile] blcwriter.livejournal.com wrote:
Jan. 11th, 2011 12:04 am (UTC)
OOOH. So intriguing.
[identity profile] emiliglia.livejournal.com wrote:
Jan. 17th, 2011 05:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you, bb! Any plot ideas for me by any chance?
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[identity profile] pomme-noir.livejournal.com wrote:
May. 28th, 2011 01:15 am (UTC)
It's a good think I don't have to make bambi eyes at you, as I know you're continuing it. Jim as a helicopter pilot just works.
[identity profile] emiliglia.livejournal.com wrote:
May. 28th, 2011 09:18 pm (UTC)
It's almost at 15k and I finally managed to outline what hasn't been written so far, so while the end isn't exactly in sight, I do at least know what it's going to be! :)
[identity profile] ayalesca.livejournal.com wrote:
Jul. 30th, 2011 12:43 pm (UTC)
Super late to the party, but the last few comments give me hope! Will there be more? :D I really love this, Jim pulling McCoy up to the co-pilot's seat is so endearing! Anyway, I am sure you will do a lovely job with this if you write more :)
[identity profile] emiliglia.livejournal.com wrote:
Jul. 30th, 2011 12:55 pm (UTC)
The story actually got written for [livejournal.com profile] au_bigbang, and my posting date is August 16th, so very soon! :) Thanks for reading!

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