Character: Christine Chapel
Pairings Included in Manifesto: Christine Chapel/Leonard McCoy, Christine Chapel/Christopher Pike, Christine Chapel/Spock, Christine Chapel/Jim Kirk, Christine Chapel/Montgomery Scott, Christine Chapel/Hikaru Sulu
Christine Chapel is amazing. In the original series of Star Trek, she was one of the only female characters in a predominately all-male cast and she was awesome. Smart, competent, caring and unafraid to face challenges, she was always there for the crew. She went from Head Nurse on the Enterprise to working at Starfleet Command in their operations department, ending up with the rank of Commander.
Then there is reboot!Christine Chapel which, aside from one line in the 2009 film, we haven’t actually seen onscreen (Fun Fact: the line is actually a recording of Majel Barrett’s voice who played Christine Chapel in the TV show! Talk about amazing women? Majel Barrett was AWESOME).
And since when has a lack of a corporeal body ever stopped fandom? Reboot!Christine Chapel has been warmly embraced and while some of the details may have changed, she remains a brilliant, strong, capable, clever woman giving her absolute all on the Starship Enterprise.
Now, people generally pair her up with Dr. McCoy (my personal favorite), but I’ve also seen her with a few other members of the crew. The stories I’ve picked below are all well-written, funny, sexy, smart stories that feature a totally kickass!Christine.
Christine Chapel and Leonard McCoy
Fic Rec #1: The Blood on the Saddle Series
Rating/Warning(s): Mature, language, mild violence, sex
Summary: It's Wild West AU.
Why This Must Be Read: Well, it’s a Wild West AU. Do you need more than that? Seriously, this is fabulously well-written and wonderfully in character. Christine is tough yet vulnerable, the little details are gorgeous and I simply love the natural progression of the story. It’s sensual and just amazing
Fic Rec #2 An Education
Rating/Warning(s): Mature, language, sex
Summary: Every relationship is a learning experience.
Why This Must Be Read: It’s an honest look at the sexual side of an adult relationship. Both Christine and McCoy are intelligent, honest and deeply responsive people. It’s also hot like a hot, hot thing.
Fic Rec #3: This Time Around
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13, language, sexual situationa
Summary: With acrimonious ends to relationships just behind them, Christine Chapel and Leonard McCoy come to Starfleet to move on, and they both find more than new careers.
Why This Must Be Read: This is a lovely take on how these two meet, work together and fall head over heels for each other. It has some wonderful moments with the rest of the crew and is just a delight to read. The voices here are spot ON.
Christine Chapel and Christopher Pike
Fic Rec #4: Burn These Bridges from the Other Side
Rating/Warning(s): Mature, language, mild violence, sex
Summary: Chapel has always liked older men.
Why This Must Be Read: I adore this Christine. She’s competent and totally no-nonsense about everything. Pike is just gorgeous and as Christine herself puts it, “She likes older men.” It’s funny, clever and hot. And, there’s a sequel which is just as hot and also brings in the ~feelings~.
Fic Rec #5: nurture and nature
Rating/Warning(s): Pg-13, mild violence and language
Summary: The Florence Nightingale effect can trigger a relationship, but it takes the individuals to see it through.
Why This Must Be Read: A wonderful telling of how Christine and Pike could totally make it work. Christine is a lady and Pike is a gentleman and they also fight crime. No, really, there’s a shoot-out and they’re awesome.
Christine Chapel and Montgomery Scott
Fic Rec #6: Assassins Down the Avenue
Pairing: mirror!Chapel/mirror!Scotty, mirror!Kirk/mirror!McCoy
Rating/Warning(s): Mature. VERY Mature. Sex, language, gore, violence.
Summary: Inspired by this picture .
Why This Must Be Read: This story is within the Mirror ‘verse of Star Trek. It is dark, it is gory and it is fabulous. Chapel is dangerous and amazing and Scotty is her equal and more than slightly unhinged. It’s simply glorious.
Fic Rec #7: Frostbite
Rating/Warning(s): Mature, sex
Summary: A temporary assignment on a snowy planet-this one's a return to my roots for an old-fashioned Spock/Chapel romance. Hopefully with some snappy banter and some tender moments.
Why This Must Be Read: Set in the Original Series ‘verse, this is a gorgeous look at an older Chapel and Spock. It’s a funny, tender and honest look at how these two could have come together given time and space.
In fact, you should simply read everything Djinn has ever written.
Christine Chapel/James T. Kirk
Fic Rec #8: Hobby: a word Jim Kirk should look up
Rating/Warning(s): Mature, language, sex, mild violence
Why This Must Be Read: This? Is hilarious. Kirk is irreverent and actually a very good captain, but he has a lot of free time on his hands. Which then gets devoted to Christine who is far too amused by the whole thing. They’re both a little off-kilter and adorable. This will have you laughing and I dare you not to be charmed by them both.
Christine Chapel/Hikaru Sulu
Fic Rec #9: Romance in an unromatic world
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13, mild language
Summary: Christine doesn't think she needs romance, however in Sulu she has found a romantic
Why This Must Be Read: Christine Chapel gets wooed by Hikaru Sulu. There is also a fabulous poker game and it’s a wonderful slice of life piece on the Enterprise. I thoroughly enjoyed Christine’s bafflement of being romanced.
Fic Rec #10: Interlude: Stop (The Love You Save) Epilogue
Pairing: Chapel/Sulu, Kirk/McCoy
Rating/Warning(s): PG, mild language
Summary: In which, Chapel and Sulu get together and Jim says three little words for the first time.
Why This Must Be Read: Okay, this is a tiny fic in a very long set of stories. The series is primarily Kirk/McCoy, but there are these moments of Sulu and Chapel that make me grin like a mad thing. Sulu is so wonderfully earnest with her and she’s just wonderful. I’m reccing this story in particular as it really focuses on Sulu and Chapel, but you should really read the entire series. It’s hilarious and touching and just lovely.