mckirk - where joanna is ill with a serious virus
- Bones has finally been relaxing a bit. They’re on their way to York Town to deliver important deep-space research material to researchers there, and the prospect of a few days off puts everyone in a good mood. Bones especially. Though the fact that there haven’t been any incidents in a while (no casualties, no surprise attacks, no green giant space hands trying to take them down) has helped him a lot, too. And it shows in Bones’ behavior. He wakes Jim up with kisses, and Jim smiles lightly when soft lips brush over his cheek and his neck. “Hmm, you’re in a good mood,” Jim hums quietly, reaching out and running his hand through Bones’ hair. “Well, you know, you haven’t spoken much yet,” Bones replies, and Jim huffs. “Rude,” he says, but he happily leans in closer when Bones kisses him. Properly this time, before Jim rolls both of them around to straddle his hips. “Let me show you just how much more your mood could improve.”
- It does. Jim is in a good mood, too, when he sits down in his chair on the bridge. Since Bones is with him on the bridge, they’re not exactly subtle about it, either, even though they think they are. Literally all of the bridge crew catches those not-so-subtle glances, Bones’ hand on Jim’s shoulder, and the fact that the doctor is smiling, even if ever so lightly.
- But of course, one quick message changes all of that. Bones groans when his PADD notifies him of a call. “It’s Jocelyn,” he says, and Jim huffs. “You don’t have to pick up,“ he says, but Bones turns around and leaves the Bridge. The last thing Jim hears is the other pick up the phone with a quick and snappy: ”what?“
- Bones is back maybe two minutes later, and the look on his face is fear rather than anger. “I need to get to Earth,” he says to Jim, and Jim frowns. “That’s not really en-route,” he says. “Get me. To Earth,” Bones insists, and Jim gets up, grabbing Bones’ arm to pull him to privacy. “What’s the matter?” “Joanna,” Bones says, “Joanna is sick. The doctors there can’t figure out what it is. I gotta go back, Jim. Put me on a shuttle-” “You hate shuttles,” Jim says, “and we’re too far away from Earth for you to make it there alive.” Jim reaches out, fingers brushing over Bones’ cheeks in an attempt to calm him down a little. “Breathe, Bones,” he says, “don’t get yourself in a panic attack over this.” “Damn it, Jim,” Bones says, a sentence Jim hears almost daily, but not often with such frustration in his tone. Jim lets go of the other, turning around to walk back to his chair. “Chekov, change direction to Earth. Full speed ahead, Mr. Sulu.”
- Starfleet Officials be damned, Jim ignores every message when its recognised they’re off course, and they make it to Earth as quickly as they can. Bones disappears into the hospital, fully ignoring the quarantine the doctors have placed his daughter in, and that means Jim gets to see him even less, because now the doctors fear Bones got himself potentially infected, too. Some infectious virus she got on an excursion to Mars. A few other kids in her class are affected by it as well, and Jim makes sure to pay them a visit with candy and helium balloons, wishing all of them a speedy recovery. Even if it doesn’t really help them and they can’t eat the candy without throwing it back up, most of the kids are amazed by the visit of the (in)famous captain Kirk.
- Bones lifts quarantine pretty quickly, yelling at doctors for their incompetence. Jim hates to admit it, but it’s much more amusing not to be on the receiving end of that yelling. That said, though, now that he’s allowed in Joanna’s room, Jim makes sure to pay her a visit.
- “I heard you brought the others candy,” Joanna says as a greeting, glancing at Jim’s empty hands judgmentally. “The others also threw up said candy, so I decided to save you that fate,” Jim replies, sitting down in the chair next to her bed, and he reaches out for her hand. She looks pale, her skin feels clammy, somehow hot and cold at the same time. “Is there anything I can do to make you feel better?” Jim asks, and Joanna shakes her head. With those tubes going into her nose, she looks even more sick. “I think only dad can make me feel better,” Joanna replies, “just… make sure he rests, too, okay? Dad looks stressed out.” “He always does,” Jim agrees, “and he’s stressed out because he’s worried about you. How was Mars, though?” “Boring,” Joanna replies, and Jim listens to her talk about their visit to the colony there, and how the only exciting thing was a dust storm.
- Outside the door, both of them hear Jocelyn and Bones argue over Jo’s well-being, and Joanna sighs. Jim reaches out for the remote, turning on the television instead. “Alright, scoot over. I’m gonna watch TV in bed with you.” “What if you get sick, too?” Joanna asks, and Jim laughs. “Your dad lifted quarantine, so it doesn’t spread as much as the other doctors initially thought. I’ll be fine,” he says, lying down in bed next to her, an arm around her shoulders, and they watch TV together.
- Bones shakes him awake a little later, the expression on his face a little softened by the look of Joanna fast asleep in Jim’s arms. “Is she okay?” he asks quietly, and Jim nods. “I mean, physically, you know better than I,” he replies softly, and Bones sits down at the edge of the hospital bed. “It’s an alien form of meningitis,” Bones says, and Jim looks at him a little sheepishly, “brain infection,” the doctor continues to explain. “That sounds awful,” Jim replies, running a hand through Joanna’s hair. “Yeah. Could’ve been treated already had the other doctors thought of checking the spinal fluid-” “Bones, I love you, but you’re grossing me out,” Jim replies, leaning in to kiss the other’s worried pout into a small smile, “so Joanna’s gonna be okay?” “Yes,” Bones replies. “Good,” Jim says, “then this was more than worth it.” “Hmmhmm,” Bones agrees quietly as Jim slips off the bed and reaches out for his jacket, “worth what?”
- Jim’s temporarily suspended for deliberately delaying a Starfleet mission and disobeying authoritarian orders. Bones is furious when he finds out. Partially at Jim for not telling him. But mostly at Starfleet officials for blaming Jim, and Jim patiently sits at the meeting table (with a very uncomfortable looking Spock) while the doctor next to them uses colourful southern slang in an attempt to convince them otherwise, but he’s not really succeeding. In fact, Bones almost gets himself suspended too, had it not been that Bones treated one of the Official’s kids for the same disease as Joanna. In the end, the three of them walk it off with a few warnings and temporary micro-management on the Enterprise, but when Jim looks at Bones’ shoulders (still stiff, but less so than before), and the other reaches out for Jim’s hand, the captain knows he’d do it again in a heartbeat.