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Gratuitous Meme is Gratuitous

Shamelessly liberated from tocourtdisaster:

Pick a character I write, and I will give you the top five ideas/concepts/other I keep in mind while writing that character that I believe are essential to depicting them accurately.


Five Things About Bones

Five Things About Mal Reynolds

Five Things About Richard Castle
(Yes, I KNOW I've never written Castle fic, but when has that stopped me from anything, ever?)

Five Things About Willow
(Holy fuck, it's been ten years since I've written fannishly about Buffy. I...don't even know how I feel about that.)

Five Things About Simon Tam

Five Things About Éomer

Five Things About Jim Kirk

Comments

caitri
Jan. 14th, 2011 11:44 pm (UTC)
Five Things About Jim Kirk
1) Jim Kirk is not a victim. He is a survivor. It’s what he does best. The things he saw on Tarsus IV—well, a lot of them, anyway—are a matter of record. The things he saw at home though, well, Sam knows, and Bones too, a little bit. He doesn’t like talking about it though, any of it, but he doesn’t lock it away. He just accepts it, and promises himself that he’ll never let anyone else go through the things he did, not if he can stop it.

2) He hasn’t slept with half as many people as everyone likes to think. He likes a good time, yeah, but he also likes a lot of other things, too. He’s read more books than almost anyone he knows (their first year on the Enterprise, Spock is frequently astonished at the number of Terran, Andorian, Klinzhai, and yes, even Vulcan classics Kirk can draw on at will); he likes playing tri-dimensional chess and basketball; he enjoys listening to music and actually has a guitar he can strum with skill. But most of all, he enjoys being with a group of people. On the Enterprise he’ll usually share meals with Bones or Spock or both, but he’ll also frequently play host for Movie Night in Rec Room Two and sit side by side with the rank and file. To the amusement and sometimes dismay of the Admin Corps, he will also be among the first to throw popcorn at the screen when a popular film selection turns out to be…not so popular.

3) He comms Admiral Pike on a regular basis. When Uhura connected them at first, she thought it was because Jim was asking for advice on captaining a ship, though to be fair he didn’t seem to need as much help as she would have thought he did. It’s when Kirk is sick with Rigellian flu and Pike calls looking concerned that she realizes that the two men think of one another as family.

4) Everyone knew that he and McCoy were joined at the hip throughout the Academy, but it’s not until the senior staff are putting together the mission briefs on the return to Earth, when Spock asks McCoy why he had given Kirk a mudflea vaccination and they both look a little guilty that people start to suspect there’s something more. When the mission starts and it soon enough becomes common knowledge that the two share breakfast together almost every day, and later when it becomes clear that the Doctor’s quarters are scarcely used, some people blink in surprise. And afterwards, everyone agrees that they were pretty blind to have not seen it in the first place.

5) Jim is haunted by the half-memories of another Kirk. The other Jim Kirk did great things, but he was also lost for decades in a dream of his own making, only to die without his friends at the side of a strange captain from another century. Jim thinks he can do great things too, like his Father did, but he’s going to do them all with Bones, if Bones will let him. He explains this to Bones one night, and the man just shakes his head, and says, “You damn fool, you’re worryin’ about shadows on a cave wall. We’re what’s real, now.” And then he kisses him, and Jim relaxes, because while all that might have happened in another world, he is in this one—and he’s fine with that.
sangueuk
Jan. 15th, 2011 12:06 am (UTC)
Re: Five Things About Jim Kirk
Jim thinks he can do great things too, like his Father did, but he’s going to do them all with Bones, if Bones will let him. *melts* Loved all of this but #5 was wonderful!
caitri
Jan. 15th, 2011 12:54 am (UTC)
Re: Five Things About Jim Kirk
*squishes* Thank you!! I'm clearly on a roll here, so feel free to leave a request if you want something, too!! :)
avictoriangirl
Jan. 15th, 2011 01:28 am (UTC)
Re: Five Things About Jim Kirk
I could quote the entire thing back at you, but I won't, because it is SPOT ON PERFECT.

*LOVES YOU SO MUCH* ♥!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
caitri
Jan. 15th, 2011 01:37 am (UTC)
Re: Five Things About Jim Kirk
Aw, likewise, bb!!!!!!!!!! *squishes you delightedly*
tocourtdisaster
Jan. 15th, 2011 04:53 am (UTC)
Re: Five Things About Jim Kirk
I love all of these, but my absolute favorite, hands down, has got to be the third one. I LOVE the idea that the relationship between Jim and Pike turns into a familial thing, even if they never think of it as strictly paternal.
caitri
Jan. 15th, 2011 04:56 am (UTC)
Re: Five Things About Jim Kirk
I think it's more paternal than not. I swear the most paternal scene in the film is when Kirk runs to the bridge and Pike is all "haven't you had enough attention for one day?" because he is SO clearly pissed at Jim over the Kobayashi Maru and the hearing and he thinks its more of the same. And then when he pulls Kirk to go to the drill and makes him first officer--he KNOWS Kirk has what it takes but there's also this whole "my son is awesome" vibe--it just kills me!
tocourtdisaster
Jan. 15th, 2011 04:59 am (UTC)
Re: Five Things About Jim Kirk
Oh, I definitely agree with you completely, but I'm not sure they would label it as such, at least not Jim. I don't know what it is, but I just get this feeling that Jim pretty much thinks of himself as fatherless, doesn't know how to cope with someone trying to be his father (hence the driving the car off the cliff), so he doesn't try to label his relationship with Pike.
caitri
Jan. 15th, 2011 05:01 am (UTC)
Re: Five Things About Jim Kirk
Oooh, that's a very good point. *contemplates*

I hope Pike gets in some time in the next movie, he was so epically BAMF in this one.

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