Fandoms: Star Trek XI/Doom/Torchwood/Slight Doctor Who
Pairings: Kirk/Reaper!McCoy/Spock, Jack/Ianto, Sulu/Chekov, Scotty/Uhura, Pike/Archer, mentions of Jenny(the Doctor's daughter)/OMC and the Doctor/Tosh
Summary: A near-death experience brings to light a secret that McCoy has kept hidden for many years and now he must deal with the fallout. Meanwhile, Kirk and Spock fight the urge to claim McCoy as their own in order to keep him safe from someone within the Federation who seeks to control the Phoenix Force and use the legendary Reaper for his own nefarious purposes. Answers come in the form of McCoy’s grandparents, Jack and Ianto Harkness-Jones.
Word Count: 38,074
Disclaimer: I do not own Torchwood, Doom, Doctor Who or the awesomeness that is Star Trek. The Phoenix Force is owned by Marvel Comics.
Art by: tresa_cho
Mixers: madscribbles and wyntreaurora
"Sooooo… has anyone come up with anything?" Kirk asked as he gazed at his two crewmen. "Oh, come on, guys, someone has to have an idea!" He knew he was close to whining but he didn't want to see the look in Bones’ eyes when he was rescued. Kirk always felt so guilty when he saw the sadness, fear and pure relief on the doctor’s face whenever he returned to the Enterprise after a dangerous mission. The captain had had one too many close calls for McCoy to ever take things for granted.
A sharp pain went through Kirk's chest as he realised, 'I hate seeing Bones upset or hurt and it doesn't help that I'm usually the source of the problem.' The idea that he was causing his Bones any kind of pain broke his own heart.
It was Spock’s calm and logical voice that pulled Kirk out of his musings. "I am afraid not, Captain. From what I can see, the Varden cell is solidly built and all of the mechanisms are on the outside walls, out of reach. Considering that the guards are not only armed but wearing full body armour, it would be a pointless waste of time to try and get the jump on them. I believe our only course of action is to simply wait for rescue. It is the logical thing to do." That was Spock's opinion on the matter of escape.
Sulu shifted as he watched as Kirk's blue eyes narrow. 'Please don’t let them start again! I was enjoying the peace and quiet.' Clearly his throat he decided to speak up before round two started. "Well, we're not in any danger and the Varden haven't threatened us, or attempted to sacrifice us, or marry us off to any Princess' or Princes. Maybe we should just sit quietly and wait for the others to sort out whatever caused us to be thrown in jail in the first place. Escaping just might make things more of a mess." Sulu was trying to be as helpful as possible.
Spock's eyebrow rose speculatively as he mulled over Sulu's advice. "Captain, I do believe that Mr Sulu is correct. We have not been harmed, threatened with violence, or even the hint of marriage. It would indeed be a wise course of action to sit and wait for the others to straighten out this unfortunate situation. Or is it that you do not wish to be rescued by Doctor McCoy again?" Spock asked with all seriousness.
Sulu hung his head and fought back a groan. 'And here we go again.'
Kirk’s eyes narrowed in anger and before he could stop to think, he blurted out the truth. "It's not that! I just don't want to see the pain or fear in Bones' eyes again! Okay? Every time we come back from a dangerous mission or have a near-death experience, you can see it written all over his face. Don't you dare tell me you don't notice the haunted look in Bones' eyes, the look that says, 'this is it, this might be the time they don't come back'. I don't want to be the reason for that look in his eyes anymore." The words exploded from Kirk's mouth and his eyes blazed with passion.
'That's love for you, Captain,' Sulu thought to himself as he recalled seeing the same look in Chekov's eyes more than once. "But so far the Varden haven't hurt us, so it might be the smart course to stay put just this once. Getting hurt while trying to escape would hurt Doctor McCoy and more than likely piss him off big time than if we just stayed put and got out of this unharmed for a change."
"Mr Sulu is right, Captain; there is no need to worry Doctor McCoy unnecessarily with your hotheaded actions," Spock added.
That was the last straw for Kirk and his temper snapped. "I'm not the only one Bones worries about. For some reason that I can't understand he worries about you as well!" Kirk yelled as he shot to his feet. "I see it in his eyes when you come back injured!" The captain balled his hands into fists and took a step closer to his first officer. "Bones was mine first!"
Spock raised an eyebrow. "I wasn't aware that you had exclusive rights to Doctor McCoy." There was a rare hint of anger in Spock's voice as he too climbed to his feet.
The headache that Sulu had finally gotten rid of came roaring back like a freight train and he snapped; he'd had all he could take. "Seriously, you two can fight over the doctor after we get the hell out of here! For now can we please focus on the current problem we have!" Sulu’s viciously snarled words shocked Kirk and Spock into silence.
Spock, of course, was the one who regained control of himself first. "Mister Sulu is right again, Captain; we could be focusing on getting out of this and not squabbling over Doctor McCoy." He looked Kirk in the eyes. "I apologise, Captain, my behaviour was out of line."
An easy-going smile graced Kirk's lips. "That's all right, Spock, I was out of line too. I can't help it when it comes to Bones."
That was true; it was common knowledge that their Captain was fiercely protective of Bones just as Bones was protective over Kirk and surprisingly Spock. Despite how much they clashed, everyone could see that Bones and Spock cared for one another. The three of them just needed to wise up and finally admit their feelings to one another and spare the crew from going insane watching their courtship.
Wearily Sulu eyed both his captain and the first officer wondering how long this truce was going to last before their alpha personalities clashed over the mate they both wanted. 'I really hope we get out of here soon.'
King Raiden of Varden gazed at the group before him, while on either side of him stood his adviser, Aden, and his court seer, Alaula. "Welcome to Varden," he greeted them warmly.
Gazing amongst the newly arrived crew, Alaula's silver eyes darted nervously over them all. The young woman could hear the call of the Phoenix as clearly as if it were talking into her ear. "The Child of the Flame is here," she whispered fearfully under her breath. Without being obvious, she tried to figure out who among the humans was the one with the Phoenix soul hidden within them.
A low gasp escaped her lips as her mind was overwhelmed with terrible and mysterious visions:
The Universe cried out in pain and horror as the two children of the Phoenix Force writhed in pain while the dark fire consumed their bodies. Dark soulless eyes watched with hunger as the Children of Fire were corrupted to fit his needs.
Three figures moved out of the darkness, each filled with bright light and unending love and they reached out to the two tortured souls. They were the chosen mates of the Phoenix souls, and as such, they were the only things able to reach them and help them fight the darkness that threatened to consume them.
One bond was strong and even though its song echoed with the struggles and pain its forbearers had gone through, it spoke of everlasting love. It carried a love so strong and enduring that it had survived and conquered every obstacle put in its path.
But the second bond that a problem; it was weak because its three souls had not yet found their way to one another. Its three halves were not yet whole and unless they came together, the soldier of death would fall to the ways of the darkness.
Gasping in terror over what she'd seen, Alaula clutched her heart as her vision ended. Her hands shook so much that she was barely able to hold on to her Amulet of Protection. Alaula had been having visions of past and future events since before she was able to speak of them, but never before had a vision frightened her so greatly. She had immediately recognized two of the men from her vision; they were currently being held in King Raiden's prison. But the third man of their relationship remained stubbornly hidden from her sight.
"My King, I was wrong. This human called Kirk and the Vulcan, Spock, are all that stand between us and the power of the Dark Phoenix. Between them, they hold the heart of the Child of the Flame in the palms of their hands." Alaula whispered her newfound knowledge in a low voice, so only her king could hear her.
Unbeknownst to Alaula and Raiden, one other set of ears was privy to her words. Thanks to his enhanced senses, McCoy easily overheard Alaula's conversation with her king. With everyone so focused on how the meeting would go, no one noticed the pensive twist to his mouth and the troubled look in McCoy's eyes. 'Something tells me that by the end of this meeting, everyone will know the truth about the Phoenix Force and that can only bring about trouble.' Alaula's vision worried McCoy and he came to a difficult decision. 'Damn it, I'm going to have to get in contact with them.'
Despite the seriousness of the situation, the doctor couldn't stop the tiny smirk that tickled his lips. 'I hope the Enterprise can handle both Captain James T. Kirk and Captain Jack Harkness-Jones.'
King Raiden gazed at Alaula, judging and weighing the sincerity of her words and the genuine fear in her eyes; finally his eyes softened and he nodded. "Bring their crew here," he ordered to his nearby guards and he watched them hurry off to obey his instructions.
The breath that McCoy didn't even know he'd been holding escaped his lips. To know that Kirk and Spock were okay uncoiled the knot of dread that had coiled in his stomach. 'Thank goodness they're safe! I just hope that we can get out of here before the next disaster strikes.'
The Court Adviser, Aden, narrowed his eyes slightly; he didn't trust the newcomers his king had welcomed into their midst. There was something very off about the healer they had brought with them; 'Something old and very powerful lingers beneath the surface. That man is more than he seems to be.' Aden knew he would be keeping a close eye on him.
Down in the cells Kirk, Spock and Sulu were immediately on guard as the sounds of approaching footsteps neared their cell. Kirk looked at his two crewmen. "Be ready. If they're here to take us to the others, go with them peacefully, but if they're here to take us to our execution fight them with all you've got," Kirk ordered; there was no way he would go without a fight.
Sulu nodded his head vigorously. "Understood, Captain; I'll make sure it's a fight they will never forget." Sulu wasn't going to make it easy on anyone who wanted to end his life.
Spock gave a slight nod; he accepted the Captain's orders and if the guards were coming to take them to their death he would make sure that they remembered the time they tangoed with a Vulcan.
Slowly they stood up, poised and ready to face whoever came through that door for them. The cell door opened and the Varden Captain of the Guards stood before them. "Captain Kirk, you and your men are free to go. Your people are waiting for you."
Relief spread through Kirk at the guard's words. 'Bones is here!' He almost felt giddy until dread filled him; 'Bones is here, he's going to kill us!' Kirk could already see the hypo-spray with his name on it. 'My poor abused neck!' Kirk fought hard to keep the goofy grin that wanted to break out off his face as a sudden thought hit him. 'But then again, it is Bones' special way of letting me know that he loves me.'
Sulu noticed the look in Kirk's eyes and fought the urge to shake his head in disbelief. 'Only the Captain could look forward to getting one of Doctor McCoy's hypos in the neck, and we all know he enjoys it despite how much he tries to deny it.'
"Captain, I believe we should follow these gentlemen unless you wish to anger Doctor McCoy any more than he already is." Spock spoke quietly, breaking both Kirk and Sulu from their thoughts.
Kirk blanched slightly at that; he didn't want to upset Bones any more than he already had. 'Bones is scary when he's mad! I'd rather face a Klingon Bird of Prey naked than face an angry Bones,' Kirk thought with a shiver before a bright smile graced his face. "Right, please take us to our people." 'Before my Chief Medical Officer brings out his hypo and abuses my poor neck!'
The guards couldn't help but wonder what had caused the flash of fear that appeared very quickly in the blond captain's eyes before disappearing all together.
Sulu, on the other hand, had also seen the look in Kirk's eyes and he fought hard not to smile at the fear that Bones managed to put into their dear captain. 'It's true McCoy is the only one to keep Kirk in line and bring out the human side in Spock. I wonder if this will be the situation that finally forces these three stubborn fools to admit how they truly feel for one another. God, I hope so.'
Along with the rest of the Enterprise crew, Sulu was fed up with watching them all dance around one another like silly schoolgirls. On more than one occasion, there had been plots afoot to lock them in the turbo lifts and not let them out until they either confessed their feelings or had hot, sweaty and passionate sex. 'At this point I don't really care what they do to finally get together, I just want the three of them to stop being so pigheaded and just bloody admit their feelings!' Sulu grumbled to himself as he followed Kirk and Spock out of the cells.
One thing ran through both Kirk and Sulu's minds as they followed the guards; 'I really hope this isn't a trap.'