Are you still taking these? Au where all were on Tarsus VI and bones was a relative (though not a supporter) of the dictator. Mcspirk as friendship or bromance or pairing depending on the age.
If I stop taking AUs, assume I’m dead. Some may take a while though, because college (
which I really should be working on). :( I also apologize in advance for this really long one:
- Spock, Jim and Bones as childhood friends. They’re not aware that Bones is actually the Governor’s son, because they always hang out outdoors together. Mostly in the farmlands. And Bones always shrugs off questions about his father and says he’s just working in politics. Jim’s future is in agriculture, and Spock initially will probably be in law enforcement, but Jim’s habit of getting them in trouble stains Spock’s otherwise flawless records, and that significantly slims Spock’s chances of actually getting in enforcement/security. Bones, on the other hand, despite always being with them, never seems to have a permanent record.
- They spend many nights in their teenage years outside. Just lying in the grass on a soft blanket, way past curfew. Spock talks about the unfairness, the big gap between the poor and the rich. Jim talks about running away, exploring the stars and uncharted galaxies. Bones talks about school, about the foods he doesn’t like but had to eat. Often, they’re foods Jim and Spock haven’t even heard of.
- When they get older, Jim has to drop out of school to work in the fields. Spock stays in school a year longer, but then he, too, drops out to work a manual labor that doesn’t do his brilliant mind any justice. Bones asks his father to drop out and work, too, but he’s not allowed.
- Jim and Spock see less of Bones over the next few years. Bones is one of those lucky few privileged enough to go to college, and somehow Bones is juggling Law, Interstellar Politics, and Healing all at once. “I don’t know how he does it,” Jim says, after a long day of work, and he crashes down in the local bar with his best friend. “I don’t think he has much of a choice in the matter,” Spock replies. “Leonard’s family is in politics, after all. Naturally, he’s expected to follow in their footsteps.” Jim scoffs, bringing the pint of beer to his lips. “I just miss him a lot.”
- They only find out Bones’ father is the actual Governor when things start heating up. Spock is increasingly interested in politics, too, meeting up for silent protests against their planet’s ruler. He learns more about the democratic leaders on other planets, and passionately lectures Jim on the unfair inequality on their own planet, and how Jim should join him to one of those silent protests in front of the Governor’s house. Jim doesn’t really think they’re going to change much with these silent protests, and he doesn’t consider them educated enough to be the ones demanding change. Spock says he’s part of the problem, and that irks Jim enough to join him. They make it to the Governor’s house (or mansion), and pretty soon, enforcement arrives to get them out of the area. Spock points towards the governor when he stands at the front door, though both Spock and Jim freeze in horror when Bones appears by his side. Bones sees them, eyes wide, and he makes an attempt to get closer to them, but he’s stopped by his father, and Spock and Jim are arrested.
- Bones visits them in their cells. Spock is quiet, but he’s obviously furious. He hasn’t said anything in hours. Jim had just fallen asleep next to him, head on Spock’s shoulder. He only wakes up when he feels Spock get even more tense. “Bones,” Jim says, getting up on his feet and walking up to the cell’s bars, “you gotta get us outta here, Bones.” “You lied to us,” Spock says, before Bones has the opportunity to speak. “I never lied. I just… I didn’t want you to treat me different,” Bones says. “You are the son of a dictator.” Spock continues, “I’ve spoken to you about your own father’s many flaws. How could we possibly trust you after that?” “Because,” Bones says, in lieu for a better answer, and he’s silent for a few uncomfortably long seconds. “You’re my best friends. I would never tell on you.” He takes a deep breath, reaching out for his pocket, and he takes out a key. “I’m going to get you out of here and erase you from the arrested documents, okay?” “What about the others?” Spock asks. They’re certainly not the only ones behind bars. “They’re going to have to wait,” Bones replies. Spock opens his mouth to protest, but Jim nudges his side. “We can’t do any good when we’re in here, Spock. Let’s go.” Bones sneaks them out, and he hugs Jim tightly. Even Spock, despite their current differences. After all, he has no idea when he will see them again.
- The situation gets drastically worse when this virus hits the crops, significantly damaging the harvest, and it leaves much of the planet in famine and chaos. Bones is present when his father makes the life changing decision to split the population of the planet in half, and eliminate the “less important” half. Literally, like that. Bones is stunned. He’s shocked, disgusted that his own father could decide with the snap of his fingers to kill half of his own people. It gets even worse when he finds Jim and Spock on the wrong half of the list. “You can’t do this,” Bones argues, possibly the first time he’s ever stood up against his own father. “You can’t. I won’t let you do this.” “It’s for our planet’s best interest-” “Bullshit,” Bones counters, “we can share our own rations. Just our house has more than enough to provide at least one of the smaller towns with food for a whole month. We can divide the rations in smaller shares. We can ask the Federation for more-” but his father cuts him off. “Don’t lecture me about concerns you know nothing about,” he says, and just like that, Bones is locked up in his room. Like a child, back when Jim got the three of them in trouble. But this time, he’s not going to sit back and wait.
- He escapes, climbing out of his window like he’s a teenager again, and he runs. Out of the city, and through the dead crop fields, until he gets to Spock and Jim’s house. Bursting through the door, he startles both boys out of their bed. Spock is instantly on his feet, and Jim scrambles up after him. “Bones!” Jim instantly smiles, and he pulls him into a hug. Just briefly, it feels like the drift between the three of them is long forgotten. But then Bones stands up straight. “You have to leave. My dad, he’s gone insane. You have to get out of here as quick as you can.” He says, and he explains the Governor’s plans to them. Jim pales, and Spock just quickly gets dressed. “What are you going to do?” Spock asks. “I’m going to warn as many people as I can,” Bones says. “I just have to do something. I can’t sit here and let this happen. You two just need to get to safety.” “Leonard,” Spock starts, and briefly, Bones is terrified of what Spock’s about to say. Their lifetime of friendship ruined because Bones had lied about his family. “If you’re going to stand up against your own father, and help people survive, then I’ll stand by your side.” When Spock hugs him, too, Bones lets out a relieved sigh, at least both his childhood friends are back by his side.
- They have only a few minutes head start, and it isn’t enough to wake up half the planet. As a result, many villages still burn. The planet turns into chaos overnight, and there are bodies everywhere. They still manage to save a lot of people, but it’s not enough. There’s so few survivors, and Bones is sure he’s never going to sleep again. Come sunrise, the skies are grey from clouds of smoke, the earth stinks of blood and burning bodies, and the wind carries screams of survivors, of protesters, of people fighting for their lives. Jim carries survivors to Bones. Spock is on the front lines, and Bones hasn’t seen him in an hour. He could be dead. Bones surrounds himself with those still breathing, using his few years of uni experience to heal as many as he can. He gets hit and nearly killed a few times by people who recognize him as the Governor’s son, and Bones reckons he deserves it, but otherwise, he just does his best to help out.
- Everything changes when vessels from the Federation arrive. Fires are put out, the Governor’s “following’ is being arrested, and the next news Bones hears, his father has been killed. Shot down in an escape vessel, and burnt to a crisp. Spock finds them again, and Bones hugs him for the longest time. “I was worried you were gone,” he sighs, instantly feeling better when Spock’s arms slide around his waist, too. “I’m sorry,” Spock says, slowly pulling away. “I should never have doubted your intentions. You’ve always been our friend.”
- Jim and Spock get assigned to a rescue vessel to go to Earth. Bones, too, but he declines. “What are you going to do? We’re going into space, Bones. Space!” Jim exclaims, and he looks excited, but Bones can see through that look in his eyes. Jim’s not going to sleep for weeks, if not months. At least Spock will be there to comfort him. “I need to stay here,” Bones says. “I gotta… I gotta do something, here. Help cleaning up, or something.” “You don’t have to answer for your father’s choices,” Spock says, and Bones looks down at his feet. “But I do,” he says, and he hugs his friends goodbye.
- He doesn’t think he’ll ever see them again. He spends the next four years just cleaning up all the messes from his father. He talks to every single survivor. Not to beg for forgiveness, but simply to find out if there is any way he can help them move on. From a Starfleet officer, he hears Jim and Spock both made it into Starfleet Academy. Jim’s really going to space too, just like he always wanted, and Spock is there with him every step of the way. He’s real proud when he hears the news. Bones becomes a fine doctor to the settlement that stays on the planet after everything’s cleaned up and the crops start growing again.
- And then suddenly, these two boys are back in his life, beamed down from the Enterprise. Spock looks incredible in his Starfleet uniform, a brilliant color blue and a Starfleet Insignia pinned to his shirt. Bones wraps his arms around Spock’s shoulders, and he doesn’t even know how much time passes before he hears Jim clear his throat. “I’m feeling severely left out here.” he says. Jim’s wearing a gold-ish yellow, a similar insignia pinned to his chest, and Bones hugs him, too. “You’re a Captain,” Bones says, just cupping Jim’s cheeks and ruffling his hair and he’s so proud of what his boys have achieved. “Best one in Starfleet.” Jim says, hugging Bones tight. “Arguably,” Spock replies, and Bones laughs, for what feels like the first time in years. “I missed you guys so much.”
- Jim and Spock stay for dinner in Bones’ new house. It’s nothing like the mansion he used to live in, that one’s torn down and all reusable material was used to rebuild other homes. This house is small. Barely half the size of the Captain’s quarters on the Enterprise. “We had to pull some strings,” Jim says, reaching out in his pocket and he takes out his PADD. “The Federation has acknowledged your hard work and dedication to do good, Bones. You’ve been accepted to Starfleet Academy,” he hands his PADD to Bones, a stupid grin on his face. “When you graduate, which I’m sure you will, sooner than any other student ever has, I want you to be our doctor.” Bones stares at the letter on the PADD in front of him, dumbfounded. “You want me. In space. With you two.” He rephrases slowly, like he’s trying to comprehend. “We would be honored to have you aboard, doctor McCoy.” Spock says. Bones clears his throat. He’s definitely not tearing up. Definitely not. Instead, he says: “Space is disease and danger wrapped in darkness and silence.” Jim laughs. “I think that’s a ‘yes’.”