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27 April 2010 @ 10:54 am
Shipper's Manifesto: Christine Chapel/Leonard McCoy (Star Trek - Reboot)  
Fandom: Star Trek 2009, the Reboot
Pairing: Dr. Leonard 'Bones' McCoy/Head Nurse Christine Chapel

Blurb: The amazing thing you should know before looking at these recs, is the fact that they are completely based on a pairing that does not actually exist on screen. Anywhere. Not even in the classic Star Trek episodes. Which, in my opinion, is what makes these stories and this pairing so much fun. People have taken it upon themselves to take a character (Head Nurse Christine Chapel) who was present in the classic eps and pair her up with Leonard 'Bones' McCoy in the reboot!Star Trek universe. The result is amazing original dialogue as two people who value professionalism, knowledge, medicine, combined with a take-no-prisoners attitude, work with each other and banter continuously. This pairing takes the idea of a professional relationship built on trust slowly become something more. Most of the recs I've chosen focus on the sharp, crisp dialogue and motivations of two intelligent people dedicated to their work and eventually, to each other.

Oh, did I mention the hot, steamy UST and sex? Because, this pairing was meant for UST and it delivers.

Fic Rec #1: Down to the Bones
Author: Kerichi
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5066227/1/Down_to_the_Bones
Rating/Warning(s): T

Why This Must Be Read: He was born with the gift of sarcasm, and the sense that his friend was mad. The night before Jim's hearing, McCoy goes to a bar to drown his worries and encounters a woman he thinks he won't see again. He will.

This fic is what got me hooked on the pairing. The first chapter just sizzles with UST and fantastic dialogue.

Fic Rec #2 Naked First
Author: silveronthetree
Link: http://community.livejournal.com/mccoy_chapel/50583.html
Rating/Warning(s): R -ish

Why This Must Be Read: Five times McCoy and Chapel saw each other naked before they started a relationship, and one time after they were together.

The situations are wonderfully Star Trek. The dialogue is fun and awkwardness at being so, ahem, exposed is very well done. It's watching the awkwardness melt away that really makes this fic.

Fic Rec #3: Slow Burn
Author: izzyfics
Link: http://community.livejournal.com/mccoy_chapel/48780.html
Rating/Warning(s): R

Why This Must Be Read: Unrequited!McCoy with a thing for Chapel, watching her date other men...he stays professional because she's his subordinate, but then Chapel finds out and seduces him in some fabulously dirty way.

Exactly what it says on the tin. A fantastic slow burn with a truly delicious ending.

Fic Rec #4: Kids in a Play
Author: cloudydaise
Link: http://community.livejournal.com/foldedsunshine/5261.html
Rating/Warning(s): R

Why This Must Be Read: Everyone else thinks it's funny. For some reason, she can't figure out why.

This was a fill for a 'space-married and aliens-make-them-do-it' prompt. The dialogue is pitch-perfect; Chapel is fed-up, determined and turned on, McCoy is grumpy, irate and well, turned on. It's funny and hot all at the same time.

Fic Rec #5: New Girl
Author: djinnfic
Link: http://community.livejournal.com/mccoy_chapel/8649.html
Rating/Warning(s): R

Why This Must Be Read: McCoy tries to figure out his new nurse.

I love the Chapel depicted in this. She's older, more experienced and slightly bitter. McCoy and she spend a good part of the story feeling each other out and coming to terms with their own pasts. The dialogue is smart and UST is very well measured out.

Fic Rec #6: If You're Payin' for Fun
Author: silverlining99
Link: http://silverlining-99.livejournal.com/tag/series:%20new%20orleans
Rating/Warning(s): R, very adult

Why This Must Be Read: McCoy/Chapel pre-AOS it-could-feasibly-fit-canon-I-think? extravaganza of excess and partying. Because really, what else is New Year's Eve in New Orleans all about?

This? Is hot. It's pre-AOS and Chapel lets herself get picked up by McCoy in New Orleans on New Year's Eve. Once again, the dialogue is steamy and the pay-off even steamier with lovely traces of vulnerability in each of the characters.

Fic Rec #7: The Trouble with Leonard, Actually
Author: urbancate
Link: http://urbancate.livejournal.com/21935.html
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13

Why This Must Be Read: Gaila and the girls posit to Chapel that it's time to do something about this whole being in love with McCoy business.

I love fics with the girls and this is just adorable. It's, apparently, shamelessly stolen dialogue and the set-up from Love, Actually but it fits so well and is just a laugh to read. You'll feel warm and giddy afterwards.

Fic Rec #8: Rougarou
Author: tobinfic
Link: http://tobinfic.livejournal.com/20164.html
Rating/Warning(s): R

Why This Must Be Read: It's bad enough having to run a large sickbay, deal with a grumpy CMO and have a captain that insists that you be the only one that comes near him with a hypospray. Christine Chapel also has to cope with being a werewolf. In space.

This is as awesome as it sounds. It's long and involved and dare I say it, realistic? It's funny, sweet, sexy and well paced. Oh, and then it gets hot.

Fic Rec #9: Name the Stars
Author: vega_writes
Link: http://vega-writes.livejournal.com/8726.html
Rating/Warning(s): R

Why This Must Be Read: In the months since Nero, Chapel and McCoy have been dancing a peculiar waltz around one another. An away mission gone wrong provides a brutal sort of catalyzing agent for their relationship.

I saw someone label this as Pitch Black meets Star Trek and that is a very apt description. It will have you shaking with anticipation. Chapel is awesome, scared, but very in charge. Her relationship with McCoy is fledgling and tentative, but you can see the strength that eventually comes out.

Fic Rec #10: Don't You Make Me High
Author: shaxophile
Link: http://shaxophile.livejournal.com/tag/don%27t%20you%20make%20me%20high
Rating/Warning(s): R, WIP

Why This Must Be Read: In 1944 San Francisco, private investigator Leonard McCoy and his secretary Christine Chapel are on the trail of John Puri's murderer.

A fantastic AU where the author has really gotten into the dialogue of Raymond Chandler and made it her own. The plot is tight, the setting realistic and the characters are absolutely in character, despite the AU stamp, and just wonderful to watch.

lady_with_cats: st:: rand coffeelady_with_cats on April 27th, 2010 12:34 pm (UTC)
I'm just going to camp myself here and cry tears of *unreadfanfic* joy. A+++
seren_ccd: Will not doseren_ccd on April 27th, 2010 01:04 pm (UTC)
Oh, good! I'd hoped I'd picked ones not read by most! These are really, really awesome examples. Once you're there, read everything else by these authors! :D
hetfic_recshetfic_recs on April 28th, 2010 05:52 pm (UTC)
I'm so intrigued! I loved McCoy in the reboot - is Chapel even in the reboot? I don't remember seeing her, even in the background or anything.
seren_ccd: Jim Kirkseren_ccd on April 28th, 2010 07:59 pm (UTC)
You never actually saw her, but in the film when Jim is having his allergic reaction, McCoy calls for 'Nurse Chapel'! and she answers 'Yes, doctor.'

That's kind of why I like this pairing, you're given a great deal of freedom with the two of them. :D I hope you enjoy the recs!
Aeriel: enchanted giselleladyairy on April 28th, 2010 11:09 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm sold. Bookmarking all of these eagerly~
seren_ccd: Karl Urban's smileseren_ccd on April 29th, 2010 07:53 am (UTC)
Yay! More McCoy/Chapel love! Enjoy!
Stephlive_brave on April 29th, 2010 01:52 am (UTC)
Yay! More McCoy/Chapel goodness! I am so excited to start reading these - thanks for the recs. :D
seren_ccd: Nurse Chapel-smileseren_ccd on April 29th, 2010 07:53 am (UTC)
Anytime! I hope you enjoy! :D
A.j.: chapelaj on April 29th, 2010 08:49 pm (UTC)
I'm REALLY SORRY for rec'ing a lot of the earlier epic stuff! Well, not terribly as I was giddy to show EVERYONE how awesome these two were. Still, you're totally right about how insane and great it is that people are playing with these characters who are very... not canon. And twelve degrees left of center.

They're just so fantastic! Thank you for the manifesto! It makes much more sense than my normal "OMG, THEY'RE GREAT, READ THIS." reaction.
seren_ccd: Karl Urban's smileseren_ccd on April 30th, 2010 11:18 am (UTC)
Ha! :P Totally cool! It meant that I had to scour the interwebs looking for McCoy/Chapel fic. Which, you know, is clearly a hardship for me. *grins*

I'm very glad you liked the manifesto. It was hard to not just say, 'Hey, do you like adults acting like adults with tons of UST and then steamy sex with a guy who looks like Karl Urban? Then this is the stuff for you!'
N.E. Star: ST MarySue McCoyn_e_star on May 2nd, 2010 05:38 pm (UTC)
Yey, more fic!!!
moonymuchmoonymuch on April 20th, 2012 09:55 am (UTC)
I'm just going to sit here and cry happy, happy tears of joy. So many wonderful Chapel/McCoy fics that I haven't read! Well, there goes my day of productivity! :D

I regret nothing.