Night on the town, part 9
Pairing: Leonard McCoy x Reader
Word Count: 2699
Warnings: Angst and language
To say that your grandfather was surprised at the announcement was an understatement. It took him several minutes to finally make a sound. Thankfully, he was supportive and delighted that he would have a great-grandchild in the near future. However, you could tell there was the underlying point of Leonard he was thinking about. While he had never met him, he felt like he knew the man. You had talked so much about him and how he was such a good man, it was obvious that you loved him. He felt that Leonard should know about the baby. That perhaps could heal some of the pain that was burning a hole in you both. There was so much pain built inside you right now you were unsure of when or if you could tell Leonard about the baby. You were still in shock, truth be told. The signs were there all along and you are a doctor you should have seen them first. It had not been until you ran for the bathroom after landing in Maine had you realized what the cause had been. It was just a tricorder wave later and you were correct. A little life made from love growing inside you.
You still loved Leonard; there was no doubt of it. As you were certain he loved you as well. Nevertheless, there was no choice between his daughter and you. It would not be fair for you to force him to choose, not that you wanted to. You preferred having everyone together but Joanna hated you and it was something that could not be avoided right now. That was something to think about another time. Now you had to decide what you were going to do. Could you go back to the Enterprise, work beside Leonard day in and day out as you grew his child, and not be together? Did you want to raise your baby on a starship like that? It hurt thinking of it.
Two days later, just three days since you had been home your transmitted your resignation to Jim. It had to go to him first before it would be passed on to Starfleet Command. At the end of the crew’s leave, you would start looking for a job in a hospital or somewhere close by so that you could live with your grandfather. You needed something close to the little family you had left so you had some support raising the baby on Earth. The decision had finally been made when on the third day you knew that Leonard did not intend to contact you. Not only did he let you walk out the door but also he had not made one attempt at contact. Maybe it was for the best. At least that it what you tried to tell yourself as you transmitted the request.
There was so much more going on in the world that you did not know. Especially down in Georgia where Margaret was berating Leonard daily about how he needed to go chase you down and get on his knees begging for forgiveness. He had thought about it many times. You were on his mind constantly and he did not know how to reconcile that with the anger Joanna had for you. There was no doubt in his mind that you would never have hurt Joanna but you were right that he would question it if his daughter had said it. How could he not? She was his daughter.
At first, Joanna was ecstatic that her plan worked. You were out of the way and she had her dad all to herself. In her mind now, he would be happy just to have her around and they could spend all their time together. It never occurred to her that she would be going back to her mother soon and leaving her dad alone, once more. At least not until she saw him crying on the porch the night you left. In as long as she could remember she had never seen him cry. Well not like this. He cried whenever it was time for Joanna to go home with her mom but the crying now was different. It was as though someone died.
“Dad? You okay?” Leonard sat up straight wiping his face quickly trying to hide the tears. He voice cracked as he answered. Clearing his throat quickly, he tried to sound like everything was fine.
“Yeah… I’m fine baby.” She knew he was lying. As she walked towards him, she frowned with a tinge of hurt.
“No you aren’t. Is it because [Y/N] left? You don’t need her dad. You got me.” Joanna tried to show him the good side of it. He sniffed, wiping his face again with a quiet laugh.
“Yeah I have you kid. Right up until your mom comes to get you. And we go back to only seeing each other through transmissions until she lets me get some time with you again. I’m not sure why you don’t like her, Joanna. You never gave her a chance to show you how amazing she is. She was so nervous to meet you and afraid you wouldn’t like her. [Y/N] is a good person and I love her so much. But doesn’t matter now.” Leonard shocked her as he stood up and walked off. He had never done that before. Now there was guilt growing inside her and she did not like it.
Across the country Jim was seated at one of the old bar hangouts nursing a beer. He was remembering all the good times and a few of the not so good times, he had there in the past. Iowa, while it was technically home, was not feeling so much like it anymore. Jim was bored out of his mind and alcohol could only do so much. He paid his tab before heading back to his mom’s house. At some point, he thought it would be wise to get a place of his own, especially for times like this when he really had nowhere else to go but here.
Jim’s mom kissed his cheek as he walked back in. “Jimmy, there is something going off in your room. It has been alerting for the past few hours.” He frowned as he walked towards the back of the house, hearing the alert as he entered the room. There only alerts he should be receiving were emergent alerts. Everything else could wait until he got back to the ship. Picking up the PADD, he read over the request. You were resigning, not only from the Enterprise, but also from Starfleet. He through the PADD down on the bed, angrily.
“What the… Oh hell no. That’s not happening.” What happened in the short time on leave that you were leaving Starfleet and Leonard? Jim needed to know for himself because he sure as hell was not going to let you leave without an explanation. He packed up quickly and headed towards Georgia. Good thing he remembered how to get to the McCoy place. Within a few hours, he was standing on the porch banging on the front door. “Bones, [Y/N], you home?”
Margaret open the door with a relieved smile. “Oh James I am so glad you are here. Go talk some sense into that man.” Dread started to build in his stomach.
“What sense am I talking into Bones? It got something to do with [Y/N]’s resignation I received this morning?” She nodded, moving to make way to let him in. “Where is [Y/N]?”
“She left a few days ago. Went home to Maine with her family. Leonard is… He is a mess James. You have to talk to him.” Margaret led Jim out towards the pasture in the back. Leonard was watching Joanna ride one of the horses. He looked worse than Jim had ever seen him. Margaret nodded towards the pair before walking back into the house.
“Want to tell me why I got a resignation request this morning from [Y/N]?” Jim’s voice startled Leonard, but was even more startled at what he said. Turning to look at the man, he had to hold back to keep from crying.
“She resigned? From the Enterprise?” Jim shook her head pulling the PADD out of his bag and handing it to Leonard.
“No from Starfleet. Bones… What the hell happened? You just asked her to marry you. Did she change her mind and take off? What the hell man?” Leonard looked down at the ground, unable to bring himself to look at Jim.
“She knew she would lose against Joanna.” He said it just above a whisper.
“What do you mean ‘lose against Joanna?’ [Y/N] wanted to meet her. Damn if I didn’t listen to it many times about how she wanted the meeting to be perfect and how she couldn’t wait for you to have the time to spend with your daughter.” Jim was growing frustrated, and it showed.
“I know. I think she was as excited as I was when Joanna arrived. Just for the fact of how happy, I was to see her. She gave me all the room and time with Joanna that I needed. She did not ask for anything. I accused her of doing or saying something to Joanna when she started acting rude towards [Y/N]. It did not even cross my mind that she would never do such a thing. Especially something like that, that would hurt me. Joanna just thinks things should be great now. I’m lost Jim. I lost the love of my life. I can’t…” Leonard’s words froze on his tongue. He could not go further, for fear of completely losing it here in front of his best friend and his daughter. Walking off towards the house, he did not give either one a glance. He had to get away.
Joanna stopped her horse watching her father walk off looking defeated with his shoulders limp. Jim watched him walk away until he disappeared into the house, before looking back to Joanna. “What did you do? And don’t lie to me like you do your dad. I don’t believe the bull.”
She bit the inside of her cheek before she tried to story out on Jim. “She was trying to take my dad away.” Jim rolled his eyes.
“That’s crap and you know it Joanna. Your mom did that a long time ago. Your dad loves you too much to talk bad about your mom but I don’t give a damn about that woman. Do you know why your dad had to join Starfleet?” Joanna walked her horse towards the gate, and then slid off landing lightly the ground. Looking up to Jim, she nodded. “Okay what story did your mom tell you?”
“She said he wanted to get away from us.” Jim laughed coldly.
“Of course she did. Well that was a complete lie. Jocelyn forced him to leave the planet. He wasn’t allowed to come within distance of her or you unless she allowed it. She made him miserable by keeping him from you. He fought so hard to have more time with you but she lied and made sure she is in control of how and when he sees you. I’m sure she filled your head with how awful [Y/N] is, and how she wants to do all these awful things like make your dad happy. Your mom wants to make sure that Bones is miserable for the rest of his days. She is teaching you to be just like her too.” Joanna eyes widened quick with the accusation.
“You shut up and listen, kid. Your dad has given you anything he ever could. Done every damn thing your mother has ever said to make sure you are happy and he can see you when she allows it. [Y/N] was so excited that your dad was going to get to see you for these couple weeks. She was willing to not see her family so Bones could have more time with you. Did you know that?” She shook her head slowly, afraid to say anything else.
“Yeah I didn’t think so. Your dad is my best friend in the galaxy and he has saved my life multiple times. He deserves every good thing life can give him and you just took it away. You hurt him and made him choose between two people he did not have to choose between because you are selfish just like your mom. I hope you can look in the mirror at yourself and know how badly you hurt him. Because he is in here hurting probably just as bad as when your mom took you away from him. You just took away someone else that meant the world to him. Why don’t you go back to your mom and live the rest of your life knowing that.” Jim’s fists were balled at his sides, Joanna stood there with tears in her eyes. She never meant to hurt her dad. He walked off as he shook his head at her. All of it made worse just standing in her presence.
It took Jim a day to track you down. He had pulled many strings to get the location of the former admiral’s home. Leaving a note for Leonard in the morning, he said there was something he had to do. He did not want to tell him he was going to try to stop you from resigning. Try to convince you to talk to Leonard again and fix the whole mess. Your grandfather opened the door when Jim knocked. “Can I help you?”
Jim took a long breath explaining who he was before asking. “May I see [Y/N]?”
Your grandfather smiled allowing Jim to enter the house. “I hope you can talk her into rescinding her request. I believe she is going to regret it.”
“I hope so too, sir.”
“Come this way, she is in the kitchen.” Jim followed, as he was lead through the house. They found you sitting on the kitchen counter eating what looked like a bowl of ice cream with some kind of pink topping. You were surprised to see Jim standing there in your kitchen.
“I will leave you two to talk.” Your grandfather left quickly to get out of the way.
“Umm I would salute you or something but I am in my pj’s in my kitchen, so, no.” Jim laughed pulling out one of the chairs at the kitchen island to sit at.
“You know why I am here, [Y/N].” You shrugged at him as you finished off the last of the ice cream in your bowl. “What the hell was that?”
“Vanilla ice cream with Talulian pudding.” He squinted his eyes in disgust.
“Talulian pudding? That stuff is disgusting. How can you eat that?” Slipping down off the counter you rinsed the bowl out setting it aside to clean for later.
“I don’t know, it just sounded really good. I was craving the sweet and sour so…” Leaning back against the counter you shrugged again. Your arms crossed against your chest, in a sort of defensive pose. He looked as you for a moment, narrowing his eyes for just a second before then went wide.
“You’re pregnant! Holy shit, [Y/N], he doesn’t know does he?” Shaking your head, you looked down at the floor. “You have to tell him. He is going to freak and then he will beg you to marry him all over again.”
“I will tell him eventually but, I think we are done for good Jim.”
“The hell you are. I came here to tell you I refuse to accept your resignation. Get your ass to Georgia and talk to him. He is a mess, worse than I have ever seen. [Y/N] he needs you.” Jim had walked over grabbing both your arms lightly.
“He needs Joanna. I am just the woman, who loves him.”
“Why are you both so damn hard headed and stubborn? You two are so perfect for each other it’s disgusting. Fine, if you aren’t going to do anything about it, I will.”
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