Baby Jim - Alternate Ending
So I had a few complaints on how I ended my Baby Jim series. So I have written an Alternate Ending where Jim is turned back into an adult.
You wake up to a gently hand stroking through your hair. When you open your eyes Len smiles softly at you, you realize that at some point you had ended up curling around Jim, almost hiding him from the rest of the world.
“Spock told me about your conversation with Commander Kirk. He said that it didn’t go very well, darlin’. Are you alright?”
You sit up, keeping Jim tucked close, “No it didn’t go very well. She knew, Len. She knew that Frank was abusing Jimmy, and she didn’t do anything about it.”
Len’s eyes widened, “But she’s his mother, she wouldn’t … she couldn’t …”
“She did, babe. She admitted it. I sent a recording of the transmission to the admirals, but we have to wait for them to get back with us before we do anything”
Len nodded quietly, he leaned down and ran his fingers through Jim’s hair, “Hey, Jimmy. It’s time to wake up, it’s time for lunch”
Jim stirs quietly, curling closer to you “Hi, Bones” he mumbled.
Len chuckles, “Hey, you have been sleeping for 2 hours now, it’s time to eat. The whole bridge crew is waiting for us.”
That make Jim jump up, immediately trying to find his shoes. Listening to him talk at lunch, it almost made you think that you had imagined the earlier conversation with his mother. After lunch you went to help Len in Sickbay, while Chekov took Jim up to the bridge. He had looked hesitant at first, but after a few encouraging words from the rest of the crew Jim agreed.
Three hours later Spock walked in Sickbay, where you and Len were treating a few burns that some engineering ensigns had come in with.
“Doctor McCoy, Nurse Y/N, when you are finished I need to speak with you”
“Alright, Spock. Len and I will be done in a few. You can wait in his office until we are done.”
Spock nodded and went to wait in Len’s office. Ten minutes later you finished and the Ensigns were cleared for duty. Once the three of you are in the office you close the door and sit on the edge of the desk while Len sits behind it.
“What did you need to talk about?” You ask.
“The Science department has been able to synthesis a cure for the Captain’s ailment. I have been able to compact the cure into a single hypo that can be given to the Captain. According to the tests I have run the Captain should be returned to his original age. I have no definitive time frame that the cure will take effect, however it will take 6 hours at the latest.”
You nod quietly, “And there are no adverse side effects? Jimmy will be okay?”
“Yes, the Captain will be fine. According to all of the data that I have collected there will be no side effects what so ever. It is undetermined whether or not the Captain will retain his memories”
“We will talk to Jimmy tonight. See what he wants. We’ll give his a choice, whether or not he wants to be an adult again” Len said, leaning back in his chair, “Can you bring me the hypo, just in case he decides to change back?”
“Of course, Doctor. I will send over all of the research that has been done. I assume you would both like to go over the data?”
“Yes. Thank you, Spock. We will let you know what Jimmy decides”
Spock nods and leaves to retrieve the hypo. You can’t help but feel disappointed that Jim won’t be staying a child. You had really hoped give Jim a new life, to give him the childhood that he deserved, but at the same time you missed your Captain, and you knew that Len missed his best friend.
After Spock came back with the hypo, you went to get Jim from the bridge and brought him to your room.
“I have something to tell you, Jimmy”
Jim looked up at you with wide eyes, “I have to go back to Frank, don’t I?”
“No, baby, nothing like that” You take a breath, “You know how you woke up and you were on a Starship?” Jim nods, “Well you are actually the Captain of this ship. You went on an away mission and were turned into a child. The science department was able to make a cure that will turn you back into an adult. I wanted to give you a choice, I will support you either way, you can either stay a child and I will fight to get custody of you, or you can go back to being the Captain”
“Will I remember you?”
You pull Jim into your lap, “I don’t know, Jimmy. You might, but you might not. If you don’t then we will still just be friends, but if you do, I would still like to remain close, I would like to be the mother-figure that you didn’t have, or even the sister that you didn’t have. Bones and you are already like brothers’
Jim nods, “I-I think I want to be a grown up again” he whispered hesitantly
You nod and kiss the top of his head, “Alright, Jimmy. I’ll call Bones, and he will have the hypo that will turn you back. It might take a while, but it should work. Are you ready?”
Jim nods and you call Len, ready to lose your son, and gain your friend back.
As soon as Jim is given the hypo he decides to go and take a nap. You have a feeling that he just doesn’t want you and Len to see him go back to being an adult. He tells you that he loves you both, and that he really hopes he remembers everything when he is a grown up again.
You stay in the adjacent room, waiting for Jim to come out of the room. After two hours, you can feel your eyes begin to get heavy, you can’t help but fall asleep.
You wake up to the feeling of someone picking you up. You jerk, not knowing who it is, but instantly relax when Jim starts to talk, “Calm down, Y/N. You didn’t look comfortable on that couch, I was hoping you wouldn’t wake up”
You chuckle when Jim puts you on the bed, “Glad you see you back to your old self, Captain.”
Jim sits down beside you, “It feels god to be back” he takes one of your hands in his, “I remember everything you know. I really appreciate everything you did for me, I don’t know how I would have survived if Winona had sent me back to Frank”
You can’t help but run the fingers of your free hand through Jim’s hair, “I would have never let that happen to you. Bones and I were going to adopt you if we couldn’t find a cure, you know. You wouldn’t have even left the Enterprise; the whole crew was ready to fight for you”
Tears fill Jim’s blue eyes, “Why? Why would everyone fight for me? I wasn’t the Captain anymore! I was just a annoying 4 year old!”
“No you weren’t. You were still our Jim, just a bit younger. Spock had even offered to tutor you and to see if we could get a Starfleet tutor aboard the ship when you got older. You would have eventually become a Captain again”
“I just don’t understand why you wanted to keep me around”
You sigh softly, “Jimmy, sweetheart, you are a genius and brilliant genius, but sometimes you’re a complete idiot. We all love you, we would do anything for you, especially Bones and I. We would never let anything happen to you. In fact, I enjoyed taking care of you”
“I-I remember what you told me before I took the hypo, that you wouldn’t mind still being a mom to me. Did you mean it?”
Of course I meant it! After seeing what your mother is like, I think you deserve to have someone you can go to when things get hard. “
Jim grinned, “I would really appreciate that, Y/N. You don’t know how much something like that means to me”
An hour later Len comes back to the room. He can’t help but pull Jim into a hug, even though he wouldn’t admit it, he had missed his best friend.
Now that the Captain is back, everything on the ship goes back to normal. Winona doesn’t even try to contact her son when he is turned back into an adult, and Jim doesn’t reach out. You think it’s because his mother admitted to knowing about the abuse, you know that it will be a long time before he is willing to talk to Winona again.
However, yours and Jim’s relationship got even better. Jim started to come to you whenever he had a problem, and half the time Len didn’t get a chance to lecture Jim anymore because you would always beat him to it. Jim even listened to you when you would tell him to do something, like “Go to medical, Jimmy, you know it’s time for your physical” and Jim would actually do it!
There were some residue effects of Jim being a child, sometimes he would show up at your room in the middle of the night because of a nightmare. Or he would twitch when someone raised their hands. The crew quickly learned to not raise their hands at Jim, watching him flinch away from any crewmember broke their hearts, and they strove to make sure their Captain was always comfortable.