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[ST Fic Rec]: "But At Length The Truth Will Out" by noo

TITLE: But At Length The Truth Will Out
AUTHOR: noo
AUTHOR'S LJ NAME: unknown, author's AO3
FANDOM: Star Trek (AOS)
PAIRING: McCoy/Kirk
OTHER PAIRINGS: Spock/Uhura
GENRES: slash, first kiss, angst, hurt/comfort
WARNINGS: language, highlight if you wish to know: *mentions of canonical character death, (dying/dead!Kirk)*
CONTAINS: Bones being angry/jealous, hurting and angsting over Kirk
RATING: R
TIME FRAME: post-STID
WORDS: approx 5,226
SUMMARY: A breath is a precious thing. Lives can be measured in each breath we take: when we hold them in, when we release them and finally when we breathe no more. If you hold your breath long enough, eventually nothing is left but breathless eagerness. (Given by the author.)
LINK TO FIC: But At Length The Truth Will Out
NOTES: Fill in the blanks for STID.

QUOTE:
That wasn’t the main reason Bones was loitering and getting pointed looks from the ward clerk. No, it was the presence of the Enterprise’s Chief Engineer in Jim’s room that was causing Bones to stay where he was.

Ever since the realization that Scott had called Spock down to the Warp Core and not him, Bones couldn’t stand to be within the same breathing space of the man. It didn’t matter to him that they were alive because of Montgomery Scott. It mattered to him that the next time Bones had seen Jim was when he pulled back the cover on the body bag and there was Kirk.

Jim like he never wanted to see him ever again. Lifeless.

Bones took a deep breath as the words on the report blurred a little in front of him. He pulled back the tears that were threatening to escape, blinked and surreptitiously scratched gently at the corner of his eye, as if he was checking for sleep or something. He repeated it with his other eye, holding his finger up to see the little glisten of moisture on the tip of it. He rubbed it off with his thumb, making the moisture disappear from sight,into his skin as if it had never happened and he had absorbed all the emotion back into himself. A strong Scottish accent had him looking in the direction of Jim’s room again.


WHY I LIKE THAT FIC:
Breathtaking and gorgeous! It explains completely reasonably why Scotty never called Bones when Kirk was dying in STID. We see Bones in the aftermath of that devastating event, how he's monitoring Kirk's healing process all the while being angry at Scotty and hurting because he wasn't there, couldn't be there for his best friend when he was dying. Bones is terribly in character here. I loved it. It hurts in all the right ways and gives you so many feels. A satisfying fill-in-the-blanks fic!


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