“Looks like someone’s cranky today,” you sighed, as the writing on your wrist flowed in a stream of invectives. Whoever you soulmate was, he had a very extensive and colorful vocabulary.
“If you had to deal with James T. Kirk everyday, you’d be cranky too!” Came the writing again.
You’d started seeing it show up soon after you joined the Enterprise for the five year mission and thus a strange form of drawn out flirting had begun. The man had been very reluctant to even have a soulmate in the first place, so you’d both agreed not to give out personal information until you both were comfortable with the connection. You enjoyed dropping occasional hints every so often to see if he’d pick up on them.
“Good thing I’m on Gamma shift then. Good night. Computer, lights off.”
You snuggled under your covers with a smile, wondering what he’d do with this new tidbit of information.
You had heard of the soulmate writing, but yours hadn’t shown up for an unusually long time and when it did, it surprised you.
“Five years in space. God help me,“You saw appearing on your wrist that day the Enterprise leapt into warp to start the five year mission.
“Don’t sound so excited.” You said out loud, secretly thrilled at what it signified.
“Who are you and what is this??” Came the writing. You started and flushed, realizing that your words had been seen in his end.
“Um, I think this means we’re soulmates.”
There was nothing for several minutes than a simple “There must be a mistake. I don’t do relationships.”
Ouch. Well, that wasn’t a good sign.
“Why not?” You said cautiously.
“I’m horrible at them, that’s why. The ex took the whole planet in the divorce. There’s no way I’m putting myself through that again.”
“So, you’re just going to ignore the connection?” You replied, heart sinking.
“Yes. Don’t believe in fate anymore.”
“Too bad,” you managed. “Sorry for inconveniencing you.”
After that, you pushed your sleeve over your wrist and did your best to utterly ignore any more writing, inwardly crushed over the rejection. You’d waited years for this?
Much as you wanted to never see the writing again, you couldn’t help but watch sometimes to see what the man was like. You figured out that he was definitely alpha shift due to the writing being mostly absent during your shift.
Judging by the stream of medical jargon, you managed to gather that he was a doctor, a very stressed one most of the time and some days, didn’t appear to sleep at all. Also, You couldn’t count how many times “Dammit, Jim!” appeared and guessed he was often around the captain.
“Poor guy” you thought.
After a few months of this weird avoidance dance, you were eating supper in the mess and poured out your woes to Nyota Uhura, a fellow communications officer that you really admired, but didn’t get to see much.
“So, whoever he is doesn’t want anything to do with me and it’s really frustrating.” You told her.
“I’m sorry, Y/N. Do you know who he is?”
“No. I promised I wouldn’t pry. Being able to see whatever he says feels invasive enough. However, I’m sure he’s a doctor and works Alpha shift. Also, he swears a LOT, particularly at the captain.”
At these words, Nyota’s face lit up and she smiled excitedly.
“Do you know who it is?” You asked, coming to full alert at her knowing expression.
“I think I do,” she grinned. “If it is who I think it is, you’ve got a very good man as your soulmate. He really is jaded, though, especially when it comes to women. I could put in a good word for you, if you like.”
“Maybe subtly, but it probably won’t do any good. He can’t stand the thought of me.”
You looked down. “That’s not true,” appeared suddenly. “I’m just really bad at this.”
“Couldn’t hurt to try. Maybe you’ll run into him one of these days and he’ll see just what he’s missing.”
She winked encouragingly at you and you mustered up a smile as she went to rejoin Spock.
“I hope you’ll give me a chance one of these days,” you said out loud. “You sound like a good guy.”
“And you’re way too good for me, but I’ll think about it. I’m guessing you’re in communications, because half the time, I have no idea what the writing even means.”
“You’re right, mysterious doctor,” you replied. “And when you’re ordering your staff around, it’s like a foreign language to me, so we’re even.”
There was a pause and you wondered if he was laughing and what his laugh sounded like.
“I admit, I’ve never been called mysterious before. Kinda like it. I’m usually known for being very transparent in my mannerisms.”
You chuckled at that.
“That’s very obvious. Good thing the Captain likes you.”
“He has a healthy fear of me, too.”
After that “chat”, the ice was broken and the two of you consciously took time to talk the times you were going on/getting off shift. You learned that he had a delightful sarcastic sense of humor and a definite Southern drawl that came through when he was in certain moods.
You were just at the point where you were going to exchange names when you came down with a bug in the middle of your shift and were sent back to your quarters to rest.
You slept fitfully for awhile, but woke up with horrible nausea and ended up puking your guts out in between bouts of chills and fever. It got to the point where you knew you needed Medbay, but just couldn’t get the strength to get there.
“Help. I’m sick.” You croaked out to your wrist, hoping he’d see it and wasn’t too busy.
“What’s wrong?” appeared seconds later and you breathed a sigh of relief.
“Fever and chills plus horrible vomiting. Even water won’t stay down,” you informed weakly, shuddering as a wave of dizziness passed over you.
“Can you get to Medbay or should I come get you?”
“I think I’m gonna need hauled there. This is really bad.”
You hated admitting this, but you had never been so sick and you were honestly scared. You knew your soulmate would understand.
“Okay. Where are your quarters?”
You spoke the location as clearly as possible and huddled back under the blankets. Miserable as you were, your pulse quickened with anticipation of finally seeing and hearing your soulmate for the first time.
It wasn’t long before you heard the door chime and spoke the command to open it.
A tall man in medical blue came in with a hover stretcher and approached your bed with tricorder in hand.
“Lieutenant Y/N, Y/L/N?” He asked you, already looking you up and down with a doctor’s eye. You liked that voice right away. It was deep and rich and soothing.
“I might as well own up to it,” you answered, with an attempt at a smile. “No point in secrecy anymore.”
“Right,” the doctor smiled sheepishly. “I’m Dr. Leonard McCoy, in case you hadn’t already figured it out.”
You gaped as he began to scan you with the tricorder.
“Really?” You squeaked. “The Doctor McCoy, famous captain wrangler, genius surgeon and CMO rumored to possess legendary hands?”
He sighed and shook his head, face flushing a bit.
“You forgot stubborn mule, bitter divorcee and well-known aviophobe,” he added, looking at his tricorder. He frowned and pulled out a hypo.
“You’ve got the new flu but that’s going around. Sickbay’s been flooded with cases, but yours might require a longer stay. You’re pretty dehydrated and that fever is really high. I’m going to give you something for that, then we’ll get you to Sickbay, okay?”
You nodded, not taking your eyes off of him. You wished you had met him under better circumstances, because good heavens he was attractive and you were a complete wreck at the moment.
The hypo was gently administered and you scooted to the edge of the bed so he could help you onto the stretcher. Strong arms lifted you and you were settled onto it and strapped in neatly. You planned to watch him all the way to Medbay, but your exhausted body had other ideas and you fell asleep mid transit.
So as I scrolled through all the challenges I was signed up for (specifically Kat’s challenge), I came up with this idea for a new little short series. Hope y’all enjoy the ride!
A/N: This series takes place in a futuristic version of SPN, where Lucifer (in the president’s body) actually managed to start the next world war. Now it’s 5 years later and the boys are still surviving!
So buckle up, we are in for some turns and surprises in this one (I think..lol)
Prompts: “We always expect trouble. This tends to work out better than never expecting any.” Clariel by Garth Nix – Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen – fic must be set in Post-Apocalpse, Western, or Regency Era
yikes this has been a long time coming, im gonna compile a list of some of my favorite movies because i get this question! i totally recommend all of these movies, they’re all my absolute favorites and i hope i never get asked this question again after posting this
The Butterfly Effect of Bryan’s Altered Storyline: The 100 Season 4
TL;DR: I think Riley was supposed to be a LI for Clarke, and Monty + Harper filled a story-line that Nathan + Miller was supposed to have.
We know that when the actor who plays Bryan abruptly left the show to pursue another role, which resulted in the parts written for him being given to a new character named Riley. So with the information we have, what was Bryan supposed to be doing in 4A and 4B?
Well first let’s ask ourselves…
What was Riley supposed to be doing before this shift in plot line?
I call forward as evidence:
1. The awkward hug.
Clarke clearly recognizes Riley, and clearly has a history with him. This is never resolved (and evidently never will be). Why waste the audience’s time with this?
2. Niylah’s acting out of character
When the actor who got cast as Riley had to shift into Brian’s role in 4A, someone else had to shift into what had originally been carved out as the Riley role. Hence the return of Niylah.
Why on Earth would Niylah want to climb into bed (so to speak) with the very kru that killed her family? Why would she want to tend bar for the people who executed her father? After the violent interaction she had with Skaikru in Season 3 where they stormed her home - which resulted in it being attacked by ALIE - why would she want to be anywhere near Skaikru ever again? Clarke’s magic ladybits can only explain so many of these questions without some very explicitly stated plot - and helping make rations is hardly good enough.
Can we all agree that the only thing Niylah has in common with herself from prior seasons is the fact that she is doing Clarke? This is why I believe she was shoehorned into this role, as she is closest thing Clarke has to a living ex on this planet.
3. Niylah’s extremely lacking season 4 character arc.
If Niylah’s presence in the Skaikru area was planned all along - why didn’t she play a role in helping free Bellamy in 4x11? Surely she’d want to help all the people she had traded with in the past survive the radiation blast.
If her presence was planned all along, why did she play a bizarrely helpless role in foiling Illian when he arrived at Arkadia to blow up the place? What happened to the capable Niylah who lied to the Prince of Azgeda in the premiere of Season 3?
Let’s stop beating around the bush and ask the key question: why was Niylah’s entire role to simply be a place of comfort for Clarke to go to, where Clarke could exposition her internal thought process? Because that was what Riley’s role was supposed to be - and it would make sense in the context of a new character whose role was crafted to serve this piece of plot.
4. Timing of Riley’s and Niylah’s appearances
Niylah doesn’t show up until episode 5, which is a few episodes after Riley is introduced. In theory, if Riley had stayed in his original role this would have been enough time for Clarke to catch up with Riley and do her usual grief bang move with her old love interest.
Furthermore, the fact that Riley gets a reaction, introduction, and hug - and Niylah just sort of shows up should raise some alarm bells about how she was not originally supposed to be in this season.
What was Nathan supposed to be doing this season?
Last year Jarod Joseph tweeted he would be back in Season 4 in a “big way”… and yet he’s barely done anything this season aside from break up with Bryan, share moon-eyes with Jackson, and be a guy with a gun when you need a guy with a gun.
So what was he supposed to be doing?
Answer: the Monty/Harper 4B plot.
1. Riley having a lot of build up in 4A and then being sidelined in 4B just to die.
The writers had to dispose of Riley after he filled in the role of Bryan in 4A. Having to make a decision about one of the last members of farm station, would clearly add too much distraction to what will inevitably be a jam-packed season finale.
2. Bryan’s planned path of descent in 4A.
We know that the episode where Bellamy talks down Riley from assassinating Roan was supposed to be Bryan. We know that Bryan was headed to a darker place with respect to his mental health. The break up with Nathan (or what was at least going to be the start of a line of major fights) likely didn’t help either. Season 3 had already established that there was strain in this relationship (Bryan and Miller taking different sides in the Pike/Kane leadership) so this also wasn’t coming out of nowhere. Speaking of which…
3. People arguing that they want to live in 4A and then deciding to die in 4B?????
Both Harper and Riley are a part of the mob that are pissed at Clarke for creating the list and excluding them. Now just a few weeks later they are OK with dying? That’s not right.
4. Monty on double comfort duty at the DNR den
I believe Monty and Harper were still supposed to be in the area due to Jasper’s importance to Monty. But we essentially had an understaffed Monty running back and forth between people to comfort them which made for awkward pacing during the episode. It would have made more sense for two different pairings to be there, which would have helped draw out the comparisons of the different paths one can take with respect to suicide.
Some Last Thoughts
Niylah deserved better.
Given the fall out about the way Clarke’s love interest was treated last season… this seemed like a bizarre choice. It felt like Niylah really didn’t get to be herself which during my watching felt like it undermined their relationship.
Riley deserved better
What a bizarre character arc. I’m not even sure if it’s worth rewatching “Heavy Lies the Crown” since the episode really has no point any more.
Brian deserved better
Or maybe the audience did? I can’t help but feel like this role should have just been recast. The season would have felt less disjointed if they had done this.
Nathan deserved better
I hope we get to see more of him during the finale.
this is seriously the last time i’m answering this.
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I like to think that somewhere out there, on a planet exactly like ours two people exactly like you and me made totally different choices and that somewhere, we’re still together. That’s enough for me // Iain Thomas.