Night on the town, part 4
Pairing: McCoy x Reader
Warning: Fluff and innuendo
You stared blankly at the Admiral, preparing your body for what he was about to tell you. Your knuckles white as you gripped onto the arms of the chair. “Are you alright doctor? You look pale.” Straightening up in the chair, you tried to look more natural, compared to the hollow mess you were on the inside now.
“I’m fine, sir. You were saying… The Enterprise?” Somehow, it had come out even sounding in your ears. He nodded slowly but looked at you with concern.
“Yes, the Enterprise. You may not be aware but the Enterprise has been missing for just over a month. Contact was lost and we feared the worst.” The thudding in your chest quickened as you clasped your hands together tightly. “We received word from them last night. The ship has been badly damaged and some of the crew injured with two casualties. They are requesting aid and new personnel. One of which is a new doctor, you specifically. Doctor McCoy was adamant about that. If you agree to the transfer you would be leaving on the Cerberus in the next few days to be one of the new permanent crewmen of the USS Enterprise.” You stopped listening after you heard the part about Leonard. He was alive. The thoughts running through your mind and weakened body were getting to be too much. You stood quickly from the chair.
“Excuse me one moment Admiral. I think I need some air.” You almost made it to the door before your knees gave way and you blacked out. Some time later, you awoke staring at a familiar ceiling. The sounds of monitors beeping quietly, around you. As you tried to sit up, a hand stopped you pressing against your chest, forcing you back down onto the bed.
“Oh no, young lady. You stay put until I clear you to even go to the bathroom. [Y/N], how could you let yourself get so run down? You are dehydrated and bordering on being malnourished. I missed the signs but damned if I let you continue like this. Crazy girl do you know this could keep you grounded from the new assignment?” Doctor Baush looked down at you with his hand braced on the bed. The threat of not seeing Leonard caused your heart to beat erratically. The biobed let you both know it. “Calm down, calm down. Take a breath for me before I have to sedate you.” Doing as instructed you took a slow deep breath in through your nose and exhaled slowly out of your mouth. The alarm fading as your heart rate decreased.
“Please, sir. I need to see him. Moreover, it is the Enterprise. It is an important assignment. Maybe once in a lifetime to be aboard the fleet’s flagship.” The pleading in your eyes did him in.
“Promise me something, my dear?” You sat up quickly steadying yourself now that you were upright.
“Anything.” Doctor Baush gave a short laugh. He picked up your hand in his.
“Promise me, you will take care of yourself out there. Come back to visit me sometime and tell me about the wilds of space. And tell that man… tell that man he had better take care of you too. You need someone looking after you. Might as well be another doctor.” A laugh escaped your lips as you jumped forward hugging him tightly.
“I promise I will do all of that. You have done so much for me over the years. I know I wouldn’t be here without you. Thank you.” He returned the hug then sent you on your way with strict instructions to eat a large dinner with an equally large glass of water. By the time you arrived home you had already send your confirmation to Command that you would take the post on the Enterprise. Next, you messaged Maggie telling her about your new assignment. She, of course, was so excited for you that she wanted to help you start packing that night. Along with an order of food from one of your favorite places, she came over to oversee the task.
The official orders came in later that evening. In thirty-six hours, you would be departing with the crew of the Cerberus on an aid mission bound for the Enterprise. Even though you knew it was late, you sent a message to your grandfather. More than likely, he would message you back in the early morning. You were not sure how he was going to take the news. It was one thing that you were in York Town. Farther than he had ever been away from you since your parents died. However, the Enterprise on its long term mission to explore the galaxy. Now that was a whole other story.
The morning came quickly, as did the message from Grandfather. While he was not happy with the idea of you being so far out in the stars, he could not fault you for wanting to go. He wished you safe travels and demanded that you had better contact him often. Or else he would use his connections as a retired Admiral to come find you. You knew it was not a threat. He would do it, and that thought made you smile. The love he had for you was strong and binding. Nothing would ever change that. The rest of your day consisted of packing the few things you had not the night previous and getting the apartment cleaned up so it would be ready for your departure. By that evening, you had worn yourself out with cleaning and sheer excitement. Being able to see Leonard, again had made the light feeling in your stomach last the entire day. You were to report to the docking facility at 0500. Departure was set for 0700.
The trip was estimated to take forty-nine hours at half warp to make it to the Galos System. The Enterprise had dragged itself somehow out of a nebula is had been pulled into that had all but drained its power. They had spent the month trying to get word back to Star Fleet. So the supplies that were going on the Cerberus were desperately needed. As were her skills. One of the casualties had been a doctor. Leaving Leonard and Doctor M’Benga as the two sole doctors aboard. You, still, could not believe that you were going. It had been a dream for a long time to explore the expanse of the galaxy. Now it was coming true. The fact that you would get to do with Leonard by your side was icing on the cake. Sleep did not come easy that night but finally your exhausted body let you drift off dreaming of the days to come.
Time was dragging aboard the Cerberus. You had been here just over twenty-four hours and it felt like a year. There was only so many times you could walk around the small ship without going insane. The mess hall had very little room, so few people actually stayed there to eat their food. You had taken to bring your meals back to your temporary quarters and staring out the port window at the passing stars. The only thing that was helpful while waiting was that you were able to catch up on needed sleep. The last thing you wanted when you finally got to see Leonard was to be so tired you could not keep your eyes open. That man would be lucky to peel himself away from you for any length of time in the first month.
On the second day of the trip the captain made you aware, they had been in contact with the Enterprise. As medical personnel, you would be transported over first to the damaged ship to report directly to the medbay. Your skills were needed immediately. Arrival time would be in three hours and it was necessary to pack your belongings soon and stand ready in the transport room at your assigned time. There you now stood, waiting for confirmation that you were in transporter range of the Enterprise. The ops officer standing ready, waiting on word from the bridge. “Captain Evers to transporter room one, we are within range. You may begin transfer of personnel.” The ops officer nodded to you to take position on the pad. With your bags over your shoulders you stood there as instructed, feeling the familiar tingling and seeing the golden beams of the transporter. Mere seconds later you were staring at new faces, feeling your boots make contact with the hard surface of the pad.
One of those faces smiled up at you. Well any of them could have been smiling at you, but the only one the matter was Leonard’s. Seeing him alive and in one piece caused the emotional damn to break. You ran off the pad dropping your bags on the deck and jumped into his arms. The sobs shaking your whole body as you buried your face in his neck, holding on for dear life. He wrapped you tightly in his arms, running a hand over your hair. “It’s okay darlin, I’m here. I’m safe. I have missed you so much. Shhh, [Y/N]. It is all right, I promise I am not letting you go again. I love you so much.” His words causing you to pull back. The ugly crying quieted a moment. Leonard smiling that bright beautiful smile at you.
“You do?” He laughed rubbing a thumb over your cheek.
“I love you so much it hurts darlin. I have since that first night. I knew I was a goner when you came running around that corner all flustered and late. This month has been hell. Jim threatened to throw me out the airlock more than a few times.” You wiped your face hoping you did not look as bad as you feared.
“Leonard, I love you. I wanted to tell you so long ago but it felt wrong over the telecoms. But now I am here. I am going to tell you every day. I swear it.” He kissed you then. Just like, he had that first night in the park. The warmth coursing through you all the way to your toes.
“Oh thank God you made it safely, [Y/L/N]. I was going to have Scotty launch Bones out of the torpedo bay if he didn’t stop talking about you.” Jim stood there with a smirk on his face and his hands on his hips. “As much as he needs a good night in a quiet dark place with you,” he waggled his eyebrows at you, “you both are needed in the medbay. Still a lot of injuries.” You wiped your mouth still holding onto Leonard with one arm.
“Yes, sir. We are on our way.” Picking up your bags you looked over to Leonard. “We can finish later.” Leonard being the Southern gentleman he was took both bags from you, surprised for a moment at their weight.
“Damn woman, what do you have in here, rocks?! Come on I will show you the way to the medbay.” You laughed following behind.
“I couldn’t live without my rock collection.” Leonard glanced over his shoulder at you before realizing you were joking. Jim laughed from behind both of you.
“Oh Bones you have met you match. Good you need someone to keep you in line. You sure as hell don’t listen to me. Maybe you will listen her.” Leonard just glared a moment a Jim before continuing towards the medbay. He waited for you to catch up beside him.
“Hopefully tonight after we finish the mess of patients, I can show you how much I missed you, properly this time.” His low voice sending thrills and shivers all over your body. You grinned clasping your hands behind your back.
“Doctor McCoy, I do believe that is a request I would be glad to accept.”