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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.