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Fic: The Birthday Surprise, G

Title: The Birthday Surprise
Author: caitri
Rating: G
Pairings: Kirk/McCoy
Word Count: 2,039
Summary: The first time Joanna McCoy meets David Marcus. A Common Grounds ficlet written for tocourtdisaster. Happy birthday, bb!!
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. Just so you know.
A/N: Um, so this takes place somewhere in a couple of WIPs, but suffice to say in this universe, Erik Lehnsherr has a bookstore where Raven works, and he’s totally space-married to Charles Xavier. Just….roll with it, okay?

It’s almost time for Joanna’s second seventh birthday party, and she is so excited she’s all but quivering with it. It’s her second birthday party because she had one back in Georgia, too, before she got to ride the plane to California all by herself like a grown-up, though the nice airline lady pulled her suitcase for her, the brand new pink one with Rapunzel and Flynn on it that Mom got as part of her birthday. Clay gave her an ipod and loaded it with a bunch of movies, so she got to watch Tangled, The Princess and the Frog, Beauty and the Beast, and most of Tangled again before the plane landed, all the way on the other side of the country. Flying scared her a little bit, but she’s not gonna tell Daddy that: She knows he’d never be afraid of anything like flying.

Daddy was waiting for her when she came out of the gate, and when he picked her up in his arms and felt so warm, and smelled like rain and wool and Daddy, she almost cried. Her parents have explained to her over and over again about why they can’t live together, so she has imagined for a long time now the country all split up in half, with one part for Mom and one part for him, but it always seemed so stupid. She’s been mad at both of them for it, but now that she’s here, and for a whole week, she doesn’t feel mad, she just wants to hold each day close to her like it’s its own special, glowing jewel.

She’s been here two days now, and today is her real birthday, so they’re having a party. It’s going to be a small party, Uncle Jim says, “just family”, but people keep coming in and she thinks Jim and Dad have a lot of family, and that’s awesome because they are all really nice. She got to meet Uncle Jim first, when Daddy picked him up from work after he got Jo from the airport. She’d talked to him on the phone before, but she hadn’t known what he looked like. When he stepped into Daddy’s car that first time, turning in the back of his seat to say “Hi!” to her, the places at the corners of his eyes had crinkled up because he was smiling so wide, and Jo had known she’d liked him immediately. And then they went to their house.

It’s a funny place, a half house that’s connected to another house half where Ms. Nyota and Mr. Spock and their baby, Amanda live, only it has all of its own house things in it too. It has a room that Daddy shares with Uncle Jim, and a small kitchen, and behind it there’s a yard. She has her own room there too, which she loves: it has a bed with a big, soft purple duvet that she likes rolling up in—it’s almost April but it is still chilly out here. There’s a desk with an old computer, and Uncle Jim had taught her how to play World of Warcraft and she got to make a Nightelf Hunter named Myressa and she already has a big black cat for a pet that she named Bagheera. There’s also a bookshelf with a bunch of books Daddy thought she’d like. He’d taken her to a neat bookstore called The Common Reader that afternoon where she got to pick out three more books, and got to meet some of Daddy’s friends there.

The man who owned the bookstore was Mr. Erik, and when she asked him why he talked funny he laughed and said, “Because I’m from Germany, liebchen!” and that made her giggle.

“What kind of books do you like?” he had asked, but she’d been too shy to answer herself, instead burying her face in Daddy’s warm coat.

“She really likes bears,” Dad said helpfully, and Jo nodded her head because she did. One of her favorite books at Daddy and Uncle Jim’s house is a nature book with lots of pictures of all the different kinds of bears: black bears and brown bears and polar bears.

“Bears, eh? Have you read the Paddington books?” Mr. Erik asked, and Joanna shook her head no. “Raven, could you show young Miss McCoy where the Paddington books live?” Mr. Erik said, and a lady grinned and said, “Sure.”

“You look like a princess,” Jo had said to her, because she did, with long tumbling gold hair that wasn’t as long as Rapunzel’s, but probably could be if she wanted.

The lady flushed and smiled at her. “You are adorable!” she said, and Jo flushed too, because she could tell that Raven meant it in a way most grown-ups didn’t. Jo held out her hand to her, and Raven looked at Daddy for permission before taking it. Jo’s hand in hers, she took her to where the Paddington books were, and read parts of them to her.

“What’s marmalade?” Jo asked at one point, looking between her and Daddy quizically.

“It’s orange jam,” Daddy said.

“The real stuff is awesome if you can get it,” Raven said, “but it’s hard to find in the States. If you come back, though, I promise I’ll bring the real stuff from home and we can have toast and tea!”

Jo glowed at the idea. “Daddy, could we have tea at my party? Like Paddington? And can Raven come?”

Daddy had laughed and Raven turned pink again. “I think Miss Raven is busy right now,” he said, “but we can come back for tea another time. You should make your choice soon, though. We have to get ready for your party!” And Jo ended up picking three big books of Paddington stories, but when they got to the cash register Mr. Erik was with another man who said his name was Mr. Charles.

“Have you read Winnie the Pooh?” Mr. Charles wanted to know. He had a strange accent too, but not as strange as Mr. Erik’s; softer, somehow.

“No,” Joanna said, and Mr. Charles made a funny face at her.

“Not read Winnie the Pooh!” he said. “That’s a shame! A calamity! A crime even!” He turned to Mr. Erik. “We can’t let her leave without Winnie the Pooh!”

Mr. Erik rolled his eyes and pretended to be annoyed, but Jo could tell he wasn’t really. He was faking it in that weird way adults had when they were being silly, but not playing make believe. Daddy was shaking like he was laughing, and she wondered if these men did this sort of thing a lot.

“Already taken care of, big brother,” Raven had said, and another book went into the bag with the others. “Happy early Birthday from The Common Reader gang!”

“Say ‘thank you’, sweetie,” Daddy had prompted, because Joanna was too busy gaping at them. No one in Atlanta ever acted like this: all funny and silly all the time!

“Thank you!” Jo had said at last, holding her new books close. “They’re really nice,” she told Daddy as they left. “Is everyone in San Francisco really nice?”

“Not all of ‘em,” Dad had said, “but there are lots of nice people here, you’re right. Ready to meet some more of my friends?” he asked as she got in the car.

“Uh huh,” she said, and then they went home.

Uncle Jim was in the kitchen when they got there. Mr. Spock was helping him chop vegetables, and Ms. Nyota was sitting on the couch while Amanda played on the floor.

“Can I play with the baby?” Jo asked, already sitting down on the floor. Amanda gurgled and toddled over to give Jo a hug, and Jo hugged her back. “Do you want me to read to you?” Jo asked, and Amanda reached toward her eagerly.

“Book!” she said eagerly. “Book!”

“That’s her favorite word,” Ms. Nyota said fondly. Jo was already digging Winnie the Pooh out of the bag.

“It’s an awesome word,” Uncle Jim said, taking a break and coming out into the main room. “Welcome back, munchkin!” He kissed the top of Jo’s head. “Hey you,” he said to Daddy, and kissed him on the mouth. Jo used to think that the men kissing was kind of funny, but now she’s used to it. It’s not any different than how Mom acts with Clay.

Amanda cuddled up to Jo, and Jo moved her so that the baby was sitting between her legs with the book in front of them both. “'Here is Edward Bear, coming downstairs now, bump, bump, bump,’” she started, and then she was lost in the story. She doesn’t look up until a boy sits down next to her. He’s a couple years older than her, with short, curly blonde hair and light blue eyes. There’s a smattering of freckles across his nose and cheeks.

“Hi,” Jo says.

“Hi,” the boy says. He looks flushed and awkward. “My name’s David. Mr. Kirk—Jim—asked me to come say hi to you. Er, Happy Birthday.”

“Thank you,” Jo says politely. “It’s nice to meet you.”

Amanda gurgles impatiently, pawing at the book. “Book!” she says helpfully, like maybe Jo didn’t realize she was supposed to keep reading. “Book! Book!”

“That’s enough, sweetpea,” Ms. Nyota says, gathering the baby up in her arms. “It’s almost time for your nap. Say ‘bye’? Say ‘bye’?” she prompts, holding one of Amanda’s hands up to wave.

“Bubba!” Amanda grunts.

“We’ll be back in a few,” Ms. Nyota says to the room at large, and stepping outside to go inside her half of the house. Jo doesn’t understand why there isn’t a door that goes between the two halves of the house inside, because it only makes sense.

Left to themselves, Jo and David look at one another. They’re the only two kids in the sea of grown-ups now.

“We’re kind of like brother and sister now, I think,” David says to her surprise. “Did you know that?”

“No,” Jo says blankly, because she didn’t. “How?”

David looks uncomfortable. “Well, see, Jim’s my Dad, and Dr. McCoy is your Dad, and they’re like a couple now, so—” David breaks off, shrugging. “That’s my Mom,” he says, pointing to a woman with short blonde hair sitting at a table talking to Mr. Pike.

“Oh,” Jo says, and she’s not sure what else to say. He probably doesn’t want to read Winnie the Pooh. “Do you want to play World of Warcraft?” she asks instead.

“Um,” David says, but his eyes light up. “I’d like to, but, well, Mom doesn’t let me play video games. She says they’re bad for your eyes.”

“That explains why Daddy had to get glasses then,” Jo answers. “Hold on a second.” She puts her book under her arm and sits up, looking around the room before locating Daddy near the kitchen, blowing balloons. He ties one up and bats it to her; she catches it and holds it under her chin. “Daddy, can David and I go play in my room?”

Daddy blinks, looking at the both of them with a little smile, like he’s relieved or something. “You two are getting along?” They both nod. “Oh—well. Sure, yeah. Dinner’s going to be in about fifteen minutes I think.”

Jo grins. “Thank you, Daddy. C’mon,” she says to David, grabbing his hand and pulling him towards her room. “We can get you to level 3 for sure.”

“Can I be an Orc?” David asks.

“Uhh, maybe,” Jo says, thinking, “but we like playing ‘Lliance.” She turns the sound down low so that the grown-ups won’t hear the opening strains of the game’s music, and signs in to Jim’s account with ease. It turns out they have time to make David a Orc Warrior named Maktok and get him to level 2 before they are called to eat.

Later, Jo won’t remember most of the meal, not even the cake, but she will always remember David Marcus saluting her solemnly with “Strength and Honor!” while Uncle Jim froze, Daddy stared, and the others laughed.

A brother was definitely the best birthday present, ever.


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Jul. 11th, 2011 12:46 am (UTC)
I will repeat what I said before:


This is adorable and perfect and you are the best and I love you and thank you!!!
Jul. 11th, 2011 12:51 am (UTC)
and I ADORE you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jul. 11th, 2011 01:01 am (UTC)
I LOVE THIS!!! *squee*

And I have a new friend who plays WoW so I get those references now.

Your Jo is ADORABLE!!!!

I've missed your stories :)
Jul. 11th, 2011 02:46 am (UTC)

Yeah, after the Buffy!Trek fic of doom and rl I've been all over and behind with writing. I am starting to fix this though! :)
Jul. 11th, 2011 01:17 am (UTC)
This is completely fucking adorable. Like, I can't pick out a part I like best, or really make any commentary other than a squee and a polite demand for more.
Jul. 11th, 2011 02:49 am (UTC)

Don't worry, there'll be more, cos this ridiculous x-over verse won't stop talking. I was already figuring out how Raven, Darwin, and Alex could end up babysitting Jo before Leah gave me a prompt. :D
(no subject) - ageofalejandro - Jul. 11th, 2011 02:58 am (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 11th, 2011 02:03 am (UTC)
You did NOT just write that James T. Kirk plays WoW XD I adore you for this. this is such a wonderful little fluffy ficlet of wonderfulenss!!!!
Jul. 11th, 2011 02:50 am (UTC)
Printer!Jim totes plays WoW, amongst other nerdy things. His bonding thing with David may or may not be Guitar Hero.
Jul. 11th, 2011 02:15 am (UTC)
This is so freaking cute!
Jul. 11th, 2011 02:51 am (UTC)
*G*G*G* Glad you like it, bb!!!!!!
Jul. 11th, 2011 03:19 am (UTC)
Aw, very cute!
Jul. 12th, 2011 09:52 pm (UTC)
*G* Glad you liked it!!!!!!!
Jul. 11th, 2011 03:44 am (UTC)
OMG I melted! Melted I say. I've been craving fluffy Joanna fic for ages and this hit the spot. So fantastic!
Jul. 12th, 2011 09:52 pm (UTC)
*G* Glad you liked it!!!!!!!
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Jul. 12th, 2011 09:52 pm (UTC)
*G* Glad you liked it!!!!!!!
Jul. 11th, 2011 08:31 am (UTC)
Cuddly, fluffy deliciousness! I can't stop grinning, and that's saying something, coz I haven't woken up & had my coffee yet ;-)

This is adorable, bb! <3
Jul. 12th, 2011 09:52 pm (UTC)
*G* Glad you liked it!!!!!!!

(Also your appropriate icon is appropriate! :D)
Jul. 11th, 2011 09:00 am (UTC)
Aw lovely and sweet :D And Paddington for the win!!!
Jul. 12th, 2011 09:53 pm (UTC)
*G* Glad you liked it!!!!!!!
Jul. 11th, 2011 12:52 pm (UTC)
Oh my god, I think I'm about to cry, but it's a good cry! Unlike most of the crying I've done this morning.

I only got partway through this before my flight and it was hell. Too cold, too long, too boring, too bright, and the my eardrums nearly burst on the way down and I have two more flights to go where they might do it anyway.

This? Made me relax enough I can feel like a big girl again. *loves*
Jul. 12th, 2011 09:53 pm (UTC)
*BIG GINORMOUS HUGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!* <33333
Jul. 12th, 2011 02:34 am (UTC)

I love this. I love you. *draws hearts around you*
Jul. 12th, 2011 09:54 pm (UTC)

And I Adore you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *G*G*G* Glad you liked it, bb!!!!!
Jul. 13th, 2011 10:47 am (UTC)
This was so lovely. I really liked Joanna reading to baby Amanda.
Jul. 15th, 2011 12:04 am (UTC)
*G* Thanks, I'm glad you liked it!!!!!!
Jul. 14th, 2011 07:00 pm (UTC)
AWWWWW! This was wonderful!

Jo is indeed lucky to get a brother for her birthday!
Jul. 15th, 2011 12:03 am (UTC)
*G*G* Glad you liked it, bb!!!!!
Aug. 11th, 2011 02:13 pm (UTC)
I have been sadly sidetracked with life but now I am happily, happily, NAY, JOYFULLY caught up on this series. SIGH.
Aug. 11th, 2011 02:16 pm (UTC)
*wallows in comments gleefully*

I ***HEART*** you so, bb!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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