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Title: Expected Learning Outcomes
Author: caitri
Rating: PG
Pairings: Kirk/McCoy (pre-slash)
Word Count: 831
Summary: Modern Day AU. Leonard McCoy is doing a Healthy LGBT Youth Program for schools as part of a practicum. He runs into a kid who just might need his help. Inspired by the Daily Captain, Daily Doctor post at jim_and_bones
Disclaimer: I know this may come as a shock, but I am not, amazing as it may seem, Gene Roddenberry, J.J. Abrams, Paramount or Bad Robot.


Banner by avictoriangirl!



“What is this about?” Leonard is impatient and irritated, and he can’t disguise either from the put-upon looking secretary in the principal’s office.

“Please just have a seat, sir,” the woman says, not looking at him. “Principal Komack will be right with you.”

“Unbelievable.” Leonard scowls, but doesn’t sit. He’s too restless and has too damn much riding on this dog and pony show as is, so he stalks to look out the nearby, too-small window. Riverside Public is one of the most depressing-looking schools he had come across on this circuit: it’s all ugly cement, institutional sand-colored concrete, and dull-eyed kids who have accepted the herd-like mentality of their elders.

“What are you in for, man?” The boy who asks has a sullen, angry expression, cut with obnoxious self-assurance. His body language is completely closed, hands tucked into jeans, shoulders bent. His voice is disinterested but his eyes flicker curiously. “Don’t know you.”

“Name’s Leonard McCoy,” Leonard says, reaching out to shake the kid’s hand. The boy stares at the outstretched palm for a moment, then takes it; his grip is surprisingly firm, his skin dry and callused. “I’m here promoting the Healthy LGBT Youth Program. Well, supposed to be, anyway,” he adds in irritation. “They gave us the go-ahead to set up an information table with safe sex and anti-bullying flyers last month, and now I’m here and Komack is giving me the run around.”

“Yeah. Well. Look at you,” the kid says. He doesn’t explain what that means, just cocks his head to the side. “You gay?”

Leonard can’t quite read what the kid expects or wants to hear. “I’m bi, actually,” he says honestly. “I’m doing this as part of a practicum for my application to med school.”

“Yeah, well, good luck. Komack really isn’t all about the gay-friendly. Tuck your head down and keep your mouth shut—“ The boy breaks off guiltily, as if he’s said too much. He rearranges his features into a smug leer instead. “And as for the safe sex part? Go directly to Hell, do not pass go.”

“Insanity,” Leonard growls. “Y’know, it’s exactly that kind of thinking that leads to the highest teen pregnancy rates in the first world, to fools too ignorant to use condoms and then too afraid to get tested? STDs, HIV, AIDS—“

“Whoa, whoa, whoa. Relax, dude, your soap box is gonna break from the pressure.” The kid looks amused, but his eyes glow with interest and—respect? He’s listening anyway. And Jesus, he has the bluest eyes Leonard’s ever seen… “If they actually let you set up shop, I might actually have to drop by. See you preaching the good word to the ignorant masses, and all that.”

Leonard winces. “I don’t like to think of it as preaching. But I do think it’s important work, especially these days. I see so many young people who have been beat down by the system, or kids who have been thrown out by their parents.” The boy jerks a little at that, and Leonard knows he’s telling someone the words they need to hear. “There’s people in this world with nothing left but their bones because of the fear and hate of others, and it’s not right.”

“You think you can do something about that?” The kid looks dubious—and now a little hopeful, too. “Even here in Asscrack, Iowa?”

“Damn right,” says Leonard, with certainty.

“Mister McCoy?” It’s the secretary. “He’s ready to see you, now.”

Leonard nods at her. “Gotta go,” he says to the kid. He feels apologetic—knows that this kid needs help, help that he can give. He pulls one of the program cards out of his pocket. “Look, take this card. It’s got numbers on it—if you need help, someone to talk to—“

“Does it have your number on it?” Blue eyes, and a slight grin.

“Mister McCoy?”

“Hold on!” he tells the secretary. He pulls out a pen, scribbling his name and number on the back. The kid makes to grab it, but Leonard holds it just out of his reach. “If you need help,” he reiterates, and then hands it over.

“I’ll keep that in mind.” The kid’s sense of cockiness has returned full force.

“You got a name, kid?” Leonard focuses on those blue eyes, which want to look so hardened to the rest of the world.

“Jim Kirk,” the kid says at last.

“Mister McCoy!”

“Well, Jim Kirk,” Leonard says much more calmly than he feels, “I hope if you need help you’ll know where to go.”

“I think I will,” Jim says. Leonard nods at him, then heads to the frustrated looking woman back at the desk, who is waving him impatiently towards a door in the back. “Good luck in there, Bones!” he hears the kid call out, and Leonard feels a little grin quirk at his lips.

No matter how this thing with Principal Komack goes, he’s helped one person today.

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avictoriangirl
Feb. 6th, 2011 08:55 pm (UTC)
Oh, spot on Kirk! Loved the image you painted of him sitting there, I could picture exactly the way he looked in my head. As with everything you write, I ♥ this. :)
caitri
Feb. 6th, 2011 09:16 pm (UTC)
I **HEART** you, bb!!!!
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soldierly
Feb. 6th, 2011 09:07 pm (UTC)
Aw ;; I love fics where McCoy's kind of the protector of the two. Are we gonna see any more of these two~?
caitri
Feb. 6th, 2011 09:15 pm (UTC)
Good question. I can see so much I could do with this iteration but my fic list is so ridiculous, but, but .... *adds it to queue*
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affectingly
Feb. 6th, 2011 09:42 pm (UTC)
Oh I liked this a lot. It's easy to see McCoy in this role and Jim was brilliant.
caitri
Feb. 7th, 2011 12:48 am (UTC)
*G* Glad you liked it!!!!
zauzat
Feb. 6th, 2011 09:45 pm (UTC)
Beautifully done.
caitri
Feb. 7th, 2011 12:14 am (UTC)
*G* Thanks!!!!
sail_aweigh
Feb. 6th, 2011 10:02 pm (UTC)
Nicely done! Topical and bweee-inducing at the same time. ♥
caitri
Feb. 7th, 2011 12:14 am (UTC)
*G* Thanks!!!

The epic au bug has bitten. Must write a greatly expanded contemporary coming-of-age coming-out opus. With the boys. Being adorable. >_> And geeky. <_<
aadarshinah
Feb. 6th, 2011 10:51 pm (UTC)
*squees* I agree. Dead on Kirk... and McCoy... and small town USA... Love it.
caitri
Feb. 7th, 2011 12:13 am (UTC)
Hee, thanks!! *G*
ladyfanfiction
Feb. 7th, 2011 03:01 am (UTC)
I liked it. Thanks for being so creative, and for sharing that with us.

*In a postive mood*
caitri
Feb. 7th, 2011 03:03 am (UTC)
*G* Thanks!!!
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caitri
Feb. 7th, 2011 03:14 am (UTC)
*squishes you* Aw, thank you so much!!!!!

And yeah, this was a comment fic and now it's eaten my brain, and I'm going to try to write a greatly expanded version touching on all this stuff. *G*G*G*

*squishes you again i ndelight*
secretsolitaire
Feb. 7th, 2011 03:21 am (UTC)
Aww! It is not a stretch at all to see Bones in this role. And your Jim is spot on too.
caitri
Feb. 7th, 2011 03:26 am (UTC)
Aww, thanks, bb!!!
tsarina_sofia
Feb. 7th, 2011 03:25 am (UTC)
Aw, I really love this AU! I love Jim being all angry, and Bones kinda just knowing theres someone who needs to listen to him. ♥ I really hope you continue this.
caitri
Feb. 7th, 2011 03:27 am (UTC)
<333

Yeah the AU has bitten once more. It may be a while before I get to it, BUT. *G* Thanks, bb!
tocourtdisaster
Feb. 7th, 2011 03:40 am (UTC)
Oh, this is awesome, bb! Leonard's frustration is just perfect, as are Jim's actions. It's so easy to see that Jim wants to be proud of who he is, but has to live in a way that's expected of him in such an intolerant place.

*know all about intolerant Midwest attitudes firsthand*

I really can't wait to see what you do with this idea and where you take it, bb. ♥
caitri
Feb. 7th, 2011 03:42 am (UTC)
<3333

also *CLING*
smokiquartz
Feb. 7th, 2011 05:30 am (UTC)
Awww!! Very cute!! I also would loooovvvveee to see more of this!!!! <3
caitri
Feb. 7th, 2011 05:31 am (UTC)
<333

Thanks!! It's in the writing queue. ;)
ensigncelery
Feb. 7th, 2011 06:35 am (UTC)
The grin on my face~
It is huge~

I love things like this. ♥
And I love how preachy McCoy is! Beautiful characterization there, I think.
caitri
Feb. 7th, 2011 05:22 pm (UTC)
*G* Glad you liked it!!
vivid_moment
Feb. 7th, 2011 11:09 am (UTC)
OMG! *SPORFLE* This was made of total, total win. When you put our boys in situations like this, it can't be anything but absolutely gorgeous. I really, really loved it! ♥ And can't help but hope there's possibly more of this verse to come? ;)



Edited at 2011-02-07 11:09 am (UTC)
caitri
Feb. 7th, 2011 05:23 pm (UTC)
*G* Thanks, bb!

And yeah, there will be more. I have a few things to get off my plate first, but the Epic AU Bug has bitten...
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amine_eyes
Feb. 7th, 2011 12:05 pm (UTC)
I do like how Leonard is so passionate, it really works with how he is in canon - perfect characterisation there :D

I also love how Jim gets him to see how he's going to make a difference :D
caitri
Feb. 7th, 2011 05:24 pm (UTC)
*G* Glad you liked it, bb!!!!! *squishes you delightedly*
normalhumanbein
Feb. 7th, 2011 07:11 pm (UTC)
Oh, this is so touching! I love how you've managed to keep them both so in character despite coming at them from such a different angle.

Hilarious yet true: LGBT safe sex advocate/high school student stalker is a storyline Karl Urban has actually played, and around the time that headshot was taken.

/childhood television flashback.
caitri
Feb. 7th, 2011 07:12 pm (UTC)
Hee, I know! Actually Jamie Forrester from Shortland Street is like my head!canon! for modern!au Bones. *G*G*G*
damnednforsaken
Feb. 7th, 2011 08:09 pm (UTC)
Yeah, so that little influence I have for being your total and completely fangirly slave? (I'm writing a whole AU verse because of you, I hope you know.) I'm totally using that influence to suggest strongly to you that you should continue this. *puppy eyes*
caitri
Feb. 7th, 2011 08:16 pm (UTC)
D'awww. *squishess you delightedly*

Not to fear, the Epic AU Bug has bitten me. I have some deadlines to get through first, but this will definitely be forthcoming, and quite possibly a biggy. :)
mijan
Feb. 8th, 2011 06:03 am (UTC)
Surprisingly poignant! I like the idea of Bones working on a project like this. I'd love to see where this might go, though... ;)
caitri
Feb. 8th, 2011 02:44 pm (UTC)
*G* You actually commented on an AU! I feel like I've done something! ;)

And yeah, the Epic AU Bug has bitten me on this one. I have to finish my fic for
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*G* You actually commented on an AU! I feel like I've done something! ;)

And yeah, the Epic AU Bug has bitten me on this one. I have to finish my fic for <ljuser="thepurpledove"> first, but I've been scribbling bits and mentally outlining a greatly expanded version of this. *G*
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crackemod
Feb. 8th, 2011 06:56 am (UTC)
Hi, just to let you know, your story has been rec'd here at crackenterprise!
caitri
Feb. 8th, 2011 02:44 pm (UTC)
Cool, thanks!!
suddenlyswept
Feb. 8th, 2011 12:08 pm (UTC)
*squishes young Jim*

d'awww!!!!!!
caitri
Feb. 8th, 2011 02:59 pm (UTC)
*squishes you* Do you have water, etc, yet??
d_odyssey
Feb. 9th, 2011 02:44 am (UTC)
Love it! Great voices for Jim and Bones, plus the setting is fantastic. Love the idea of Bones running an outreach program for teens and Jim being one of the kids in trouble. Good theme of safe sex and LGBT health. So much promise in this verse, should you have time/choose to expand this. Very interesting and well written premise.
caitri
Feb. 9th, 2011 02:59 am (UTC)
*G* I'm glad you like it. Yeah, I have plans to expand it quite a bit. :)
lieutenant_nona
Feb. 9th, 2011 09:01 am (UTC)
This s wonderful~

I love how Bones just started in on the rant, very fitting. I love how your Bones took in Jim's body language and responded accordingly, very great for what his character's there to do. ♥
caitri
Feb. 9th, 2011 04:02 pm (UTC)
*G*G* Thanks!!!!
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blcwriter
Feb. 9th, 2011 12:56 pm (UTC)
Oh, JIM! Both of them, really. Delightful, bb.
caitri
Feb. 9th, 2011 04:03 pm (UTC)
YOU LIVE! *delighted pounce*

And with this baby--the Epic AU bug has bitten. I've been scribbling notes and half-thought ideas, and yeah, angsty!bb!Jim and bb!crusading!Bones and oh my HEART! *G*G*
gadgetorious
Feb. 16th, 2011 12:20 am (UTC)
FIVE YEARS LATER. Seriously, I need it. ♥_♥
caitri
Feb. 16th, 2011 12:45 am (UTC)
Dude. I could seriously get a novel out of these two. Because of COURSE they will do EVERYTHING the hard way, every bit of it!
azraelz_angel
Feb. 19th, 2011 02:50 pm (UTC)
Yay! This was such an enjoyable read :)
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