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[info]reijamira wrote
on May 27th, 2016 at 07:51 pm

[ST Fic Rec]: "Dig Them Up (Let's Finish What We Started)" by canistakahari

TITLE: Dig Them Up (Let's Finish What We Started)
AUTHOR: canistakahari
AUTHOR'S LJ NAME: unkown, author's AO3
FANDOM: Star Trek AOS
PAIRING: Kirk/McCoy
OTHER PAIRINGS: Spock/Uhura
GENRES: slash, angst, hurt/comfort
WARNINGS: language, highlight if you wish to know: *canonical character death*
CONTAINS: recovery, highlight if you wish to know: *Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), nightmares*
RATING: PG-13
TIME FRAME: post-STID
WORDS: approx 10,464
SUMMARY: Nobody tells you that coming back to life isn't easy. Jim is having trouble coping with the fallout. He's not the only one. (Given by the author.)
LINK TO FIC: Dig Them Up (Let's Finish What We Started)
NOTES: Partly a fill-in-the-blanks fics for STID.

QUOTE:
“Can we at least progress to solid food?” says Jim, exasperated, when the nurse’s assistant arrives with his breakfast on a tray.

“Hmm?” says Bones. He’s standing over the bed with a PADD in his hand, ignoring Jim himself in favour of scrutinizing his blood pressure and white blood cell count and all the numbers that definitely, absolutely, state that Jim is ready to go home.

“You are my torturer and jailer,” says Jim with a deep sigh. “And you will slowly drown me in a mountain of artificially flavoured gelatin.” He cracks a small smile and arches his eyebrows expectantly at Bones, a little spike of good humour rippling through him.

Bones narrows his eyes at Jim. His jaw is tight and there’s a tension to his shoulders and spine that hasn’t really left his body since Jim first woke up. “Your heart rate is a little high today,” he says at length.

Jim scowls. “So what? Maybe I’d be more relaxed at home.”

There’s a rapid shift in Bones’s expression, something intensely vulnerable crossing his face before impatient anger replaces it. “You listen here, Jim,” he snaps. “I didn’t drag you back from the dead to risk losing you again just because you’re a poor patient that doesn’t know the meaning of the word recovery.

“I’m fine, Bones, come o—”

“Maybe I don’t trust your goddamn opinion anymore!”

Jim blinks. “Bones—”

“Shut up,” snaps Bones. “Shut up, and let me work. Don’t get in my goddamn way. I’m not interested.” He stabs at the display, adjusting the flow of Jim’s IV, and then turns on his heel and stomps right out of the room.

In the hallway, Jim hears his voice addressing the head nurse. “I am the first person you call if he tries to sweet-talk his way out of here or otherwise makes a break for it. You hear me? The first person.”

Jim grits his teeth and ignores every annoying, helpless, needy emotion that's clamouring for his attention.

“Fuck you, too, Bones,” he mutters. “Fuck you, too.”

WHY I LIKE THAT FIC:
This fic hurts so good. It's deeply engaging and takes us on an emotional rollercoaster along with Kirk and Bones. You see, all is not fine when Kirk finally wakes up. He is plagued by nightmares, survivor's guilt, and he erects all those walls around him that not even Bones can penetrate. And it's hurting Bones, it's hurting him so much because he lost Kirk and he struggled so damn hard to bring him back. It took a toll on him. And now that he is back, Bones can't stop to hover over Kirk. He needs to be near Kirk, needs to make sure Kirk is safe, but with Kirk's walls it's hard. And it's slowly driving them apart…

I loved the codependency here. These two are so wrecked, but yet so much in love with each other. It's beautiful to see how they finally come clean. The characterizations feel real and IC. I loved the supporting characters, too. It truly is a gorgeous fic with powerful lines and a happy ending.

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