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Heaven is Bloodless, Epilogue and Notes


The Enterprize is a sturdy vessel, already packed for the long voyage ahead of them. The crew is well-mannered and polite, and if they take any surprise that their Captain is Jim Kirk instead of Samuel Kirok, they don’t show it.

The voyage back to Terre d’Ange is easy: surprisingly so, all clear skies and swift winds. Bones isn’t sick at all, and spends most of his time in the small surgery aboard, yelling at sailors for incompetence at this mashed finger or that cut from the nets. “And drink your thrice damned lime juice, you want to keep your teeth, don’t you?”

“Aye, sir, I do, sir!” The men would be terrified, except that by the time they are almost home, most of them are healthier than they were when they started the journey.

Jim and Bones share the Captain’s cabin, and he does not dream of old memories. Joanna sleeps in a hammock, and thinks it’s the best thing ever. Rand terrorizes half the crew into submission and the other half plan to court her as soon as they reach dry land again. Pavel and Hikaru spend more time at the wheel than not, and Scotty is found to have somehow become the master of the crewmen below decks.

Jim can’t imagine ever giving this up, any of it.

They’re a week from home when they finally have The Conversation.

Bones is the one who brings it up. “What’s going on in your head, Jim?” he says one night after their dinner in the Captain’s Mess.

Jim takes a deep breath. He’s been dreading this, but—“I—I think I want to stay, Bones,” he says slowly. “Here. On the ship, I mean. I don’t want to go back to—I’m not saying this right.”

Bones nods his head patiently. “Take your time, kid,” is all he says.

His heart feels like it’s being squeezed, his palms are sweaty, and Jim vaguely recognizes that he’s terrified. “All my life, I’ve been running,” he says slowly, “one way or another. I ran away from my master on the galley, and when I was with Pike, I was always after something, you know? Information, or an assignation, or both. And then since—since then I’ve been trying to get away, and it’s only now that I feel like I’m something at peace, you know?” He feels like he’s babbling, and when he concludes it feels like he’s snapping his jaw closed on the question. “I’ve missed it,” he says more quietly when Bones remains silent.

His consort makes an amused sound.

“I’m not kidding. I think I’ve missed this, Bones.” Jim takes a deep breath of air, thick with salt and sea. “And I wouldn’t ask you to come with me, or Joanna either—”

“Wouldn’t ask?” Bones echoes, then, outraged. “Wouldn’t ask? Blessed Elua, Jim, we swore—don’t you know—“ He grabs Jim roughly, pressing their lips together, and Jim is overcome with relief and affection for the man. He grips him tight, and Bones stands back to glare at him: a hot look that softens as he takes Jim in. “Foolish boy,” he mutters, assuaged. He pulls Jim close once more. “Wouldn’t ask.”

“I love you so much,” Jim mutters into his consort’s neck, because he knows this means that Bones is coming with him, and Joanna too, and—it’ll somehow be like the life he should have had.

The healer chuckles, low and deep, and Jim feels warm with relief and that slow delight in the other man. “I know, kid.”

“You’re amazing, Bones, you know that, right?” He shakes his head, can feel the moisture standing in his eyes. “I can’t believe you’re actually going with me.”

“Whither thou goest, Jim,” Bones murmurs in his ear, “Always.” And they listen to the sound of the waves, carrying them ever onwards.

And there was silence in Heaven and in Terre d'Ange, while blessed Elua's blood fell upon the soil and scarlet anemones bloomed, and his children and his children's children did watch and marvel. And for the first time in many thousands of years did Earth speak to Her once-husband, and say, "It may be done. Let us create it together, You and I." This was done, and such a thing has not happened since.
--Earth Begotten

Author’s Gratuitous Notes

The Rebbe’s book is inspired by the Eliot Bible, one of the earliest books printed in the New World and the first translation of the text into a Native American language—in this case, Algonquin. It did not contain a grammar but was instead printed phonetically for the missionaries who would be using it. I happened to be looking at our copy in the library recently and saw it was owned by one David Francis. I thought that a most excellent sign. *G*

John Gill, historian, with the villain Melakon appeared in the TOS episode “Patterns of Force.”

Paradisi in Sole is another historical text, much as described.

Miramanee’s family and nickname of Little Mischief and so forth are straightforwardly stolen from one of the few Native American women documented by Western culture: Pocahontas. Her half-brothers Pamouic, Nantaquas, Parahunt, Tatacoope, and Taux are less documented.

The particulars of Algonquin religion are drawn from an essay by Charles Edgar Gilliam on Powhatan Sun worship, and in particular the tensions between the Algonquin and the early British colonists from an article by Jenny Hale Pulsipher called “Masacre at Hurtleberry Hill: Christian Indians and English Authority in Metacom’s War.” (Coincidence between Melakon and Metacom? Yep.) The political situation altogether with the colonists and the Algonquin is loosely adapted from the circumstances of King Philip’s War, which was a predominantly religious conflict precipitated by deadly fevers on both sides. It ended with the decimation of the “praying Indians.” I obviously tweaked the ending of that history because I’m shit with completely unhappy endings. This story was meant to be a post colonialist critique, though I suspect I failed pretty spectacularly. So it goes.


( 21 comments — Add your .02 )
Jan. 2nd, 2012 05:03 am (UTC)
Oh wow, that was just a crazy ride, Cait. I'm not familiar with "The Paradise Syndrome" so this was all a surprise to me (other than the parts I had read before >_>). It's amazing though how much thought and detail went into this and how you joined the two worlds together. Ah, the Kushiel series was so damn good, and I loved being able to revisit it with your fic with the boys. This was wonderful. (and I can't believe this fic is finally finished. Congratulations, lol!)
Jan. 2nd, 2012 04:15 pm (UTC)
*G*G*G*G* *twirls you around delightedly*
Jan. 2nd, 2012 09:14 am (UTC)
This was awesome! I love the way you worked various events of "The Paradise Syndrome" into the story, yet so clearly kept it a story that stands on its own. There are so many wonderful parts of this story, it would take me ages to single them all out, so I'll just say I love every last word of this story. ♥
Jan. 2nd, 2012 04:15 pm (UTC)
*glomps* HEARTS, bb, HEARTS!!!!!
Jan. 2nd, 2012 04:08 pm (UTC)
I am in awe of what you accomplished and the sheer breadth of this fic. Also, I'm still made about Rebbe. I don't care how prepared I was for it. UPSET.

And while I have never read the Kushiel series, I can't imagine that it could be any better than this. It was fun, tense, joyful and lyrical at times and just wonderful!

Congratulations that you finished it at last! it's simply stunning!
Jan. 2nd, 2012 04:14 pm (UTC)
*G* I'm glad you liked it!!!!! *SQUISH*

I do feel guilty though that you were that invested in one of the white characters though. I feel like that made me fail a bit. :/
Jan. 2nd, 2012 04:19 pm (UTC)
well, i wasn't invested cause he was white. I was invested cause he was Rebbe and one of my favorites from all the way back when you used to feed us snippets.

and you did not fail! ::rolls eyes::

I took two Native American history classes and had to stop because I worked myself into a low level, near constant rage, so yeah.

Also, I don't really enjoy when any characters die, unless they're evil. We would have had PROBLEMS if Miranmee died. <3
Jan. 2nd, 2012 04:23 pm (UTC)
Okay, I feel kind of comforted, then. <3 Extra so since he was an OC. <33

And NO WAY was I gonna kill Miramanee!!! That WHOLE ending to the original ep pissed me off so much, so I made sure that she AND her kid came out of there fine!!!!
Jan. 3rd, 2012 03:40 am (UTC)
Cait!! You wrote me porn!! *_*

This story is amazing and I'm so happy and proud of you for finishing it and making it so damn good. Congratulations, bb, you deserve it. <33
Jan. 3rd, 2012 03:43 am (UTC)
I couldn't have done it without you, bb!!!!!!!!! *cuddles forever an' ever an' ever*
Jan. 4th, 2012 06:12 am (UTC)
Good story!
Interesting story! And a wonderful departure from the TOS episode where Miramanee first appeared. I've never read any of the Kushiel series - I am tempted to pick them up now.

I must say as a Native American woman (tho' not from one of the Algonquin tribes - I'm a PacNW salmon 'n cedar gal) it is an all to rare thing to see a story where the Natives are treated as human beings and full characters. I gotta say that TOS ep makes me cringe ( as do about 99% of all 'westerns' I've ever seen - well, cringe, ralph, fall over laughing, rage...take yer pick).
Jan. 4th, 2012 05:16 pm (UTC)
Re: Good story!
*G*G*G*G* I'm really glad you liked it! <3

Part of the reason I ended up doing this the way I did is that one of my friends recently wrote a book chapter discussing NA treatment in Star Trek: basically they have had only TWO characters that were "accurate" (eg not from a made up tribe or some such), one in the Animated Series and one in one of the films who was basically a background character, and I said WTELF???

I also dearly love all of the Kushiel's Legacy books. The only series that deals with Terra Nova is the Naamah trilogy, and that's only the final volume where they visit the Nahuatl Empire and it's kind of like "the happy face of colonization" because the good guys end up making trade agreements and stuff and while they are still more respectful of the culture it's still, IDK, I felt weird about it. That said ALL of the books are beautifully written and great adventure/intrigue/romance stories. :)
Jan. 4th, 2012 06:14 am (UTC)
Oh and...
Oh and I should add I love the cameo of Number One. I never do run across enough stories with her in them! :)
Jan. 21st, 2012 06:51 am (UTC)
Well, took me long enough to actually have time to sit down and read it all in one go! I'm so very glad that I did because then I could revel in the details and the characters! *sighs happily*

I love how you dealt with the Algonquin here, undoing the tragedy of "The Paradise Syndrome". And thank you for not killing Miramanee!

You know I'm such a sucker for Jim & Bones destined to be together and I love their connection and how they're so much more as well.

Gorgeous work, bb!

Jan. 21st, 2012 06:18 pm (UTC)
*G*G*G*G*GG* I'm so, so glad you liked it, bb!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <3 This was seriously the hardest story I've ever worked on and it took so long to come together: it's such a relief you think it worked!
Jan. 22nd, 2012 04:13 pm (UTC)
Okay, I had never read the Kushiel series and I had totally forgotten about "The Paradise Syndrome" not that I've ever seen it - until I read some of the reviews at the end.

That being said, I loved this story and will be buying Kushiel, though now that I've experienced it with Jim and Bones I can't imagine it will live up to my expectations at all.

I spent way too much time reading this fic and not enough time doing what I should have been doing, you know - writing my own stuff, feeding my family, talking with my family. You definitely transported me into another - fully realized - world, that while I didn't understand some aspects, I still believed them and was able to figure them out as I read. A sign of an amazing fic! We need more like this.

Thanks so much for sharing. - RA
Jan. 23rd, 2012 12:23 am (UTC)
*grins like a fool!* Thank you so much, bb, I'm glad you liked it!!

As for the Kushiel books, they are amazing!! If you want something more like this fic, though, you might want to start off the with Naamah trilogy. The first of the series, Kushiel's Dart, is very, very different, and while I love it deeply has a different vibe/themes than the Naamah series. :) :)
Jan. 23rd, 2012 01:09 am (UTC)
I was trying to explain this fic and a fic I'm thinking about writing to a friend and she's read Naamah trilogy. It's got S&M themes right? Or pain/pleasure, however you want to put it. And since I'm thinking about reworking my Jim/OC series into a Mirror story, it seems like the perfect guilty pleasure research!

I can't believe that I didn't realize you wrote Common Grounds too. That was one of the first fics I read when I stumbled on the Jim/Bones epic AU list and this fandom. You know it's a good story when you can remember the story years later. I even have it bookmarked, I just hadn't put two and two together. So now I'm trolling through your master list again. I love the Jim/Eomer story too. :-)

Me and my cluelessness. - RA
Jan. 23rd, 2012 01:14 am (UTC)
lol, that's funny. Glad you liked. :)

Kushiel's Dart has the Bdsm themes, as does the Imriel trilogy to a lesser extent (note: you have to read the Imriel trilogy after the Kushiel trilogy as they are direct sequels). The Naamah trilogy takes place a couple hundred years later and is more standalone, and I've always thought of it as the "world tour" series as it involves many more places and religions. :)
Feb. 18th, 2012 02:40 am (UTC)
Utter perfection.
Feb. 18th, 2012 04:11 am (UTC)
BB! *tackleglomp squish!* I'm so glad you liked it! And also, I have missed you! <333333
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