Valentine's Exchange at Jim and Bones

Prompt: UR Hot; Bone’s POV
Rating: Teen
Warnings: None that I can think of
Word Count: 1340
Summary: Jim has been planning something special for him and Bones for Valentine’s Day, but Bones comes down with a fever. Jim stands by him.

You're Hot

Jim had been looking forward to this day all week. It was our first Valentine’s Day together. We had been friends since we met on the shuttle. Jim had always stayed in my dorm more often than in his own. We spent pretty much every spare moment together, going out to bars, drinking in, even studying – even though we took very different classes. Our friendship became stronger and stronger until we finally admitted it was something more. We’d had our first kiss on Christmas and made love for the first time on New Year’s Eve. Jim said he had something very special planned for Valentine’s Day. He wouldn’t tell me about any of it, but he was really excited.

And then I got sick. I went into the infirmary yesterday to work my twelve hour shift and found it full of cadets. Apparently, several had come in with Afrerian Fever the day before and more and more were arriving every moment.

Afrerian Fever was kind of like Rigellian Fever, but, thankfully, not quite as virulent. Bad enough though. It had a short incubation period and was highly contagious. It wasn’t deadly, but it was pretty nasty…made the patients extremely uncomfortable…high fever, body aches, head ache…like the old time flu on steroids. Everyone had inoculations against the disease, but this was a new strain. Somehow, the vaccines weren’t working.

By the end of my shift, I think we had treated half the cadet population. We were sending the milder cases home and stacking the worse cases like cord wood in the infirmary. Fortunately, it seemed to only last a day. Some of the earliest cases were already showing improvement, and while they were still weak as kittens, they were getting better, so we weren’t too worried about an out of control epidemic.

I rushed home to do some studying before it was time to get ready to go out with Jim. About an hour after I got back to my dorm room, I started to feel the first of the symptoms. My body ached like I had run sixty miles. My head pounded worse than it ever had after a three day drinking binge with Jim. Jjust before Jim was supposed to get there, I could tell my fever was rising.

I didn’t want to have to cancel our date. I knew it meant so much to Jim…and so it meant a lot to me. But, by the time Jim got there, I could barely move.

I greeted him at the door anyway…like I normally would. He grabbed me and kissed me before I could stop him…not that I would ever turn down a chance to kiss him, but I didn’t want to get him sick too.

“My God, Bones,” Jim pulled back and really looked at me. “You’re hot!”

I tried to tease a little. “You always say that.”

Jim smiled. “And I always mean it, but today I mean that you have a fever.”

“Yeah, well…” I started. “That sometimes happens to doctors who deal with victims of Afrerian Fever all night long.”

“You’ve had a vaccine…like all the rest of us.” He interrupted.

“Apparently not effective with this particular strain.”

He ran his hand over my sweaty face. “Ah, Bones.”

“I don’t know what you had planned…but I hope it included eating in.”

He smiled. “It didn’t…but it does now.” He led me to my bed. “Come on…lie down. Let me get you a wash cloth or something…to try to cool you down.”

“I’m okay.” I tried to act tough, but right then spasms of aches coursed through my body and I couldn’t help but grimace. “But, maybe lying down would be a good idea.”

“How many people are down with this stuff?” He asked when he had come back with the wet washcloth.

“Seemed like half the campus.” I had lain down while he was gone and now he put the cloth on my forehead. I closed my eyes but continued to talk. “I suspect the other half will have it by tomorrow.”

“How long does it last?” He wanted to know.

“Just a day or two.” I opened my eyes and looked at him. “I’m sorry it had to be today.”

“Not your fault, Bones.” He sat down beside me and stroked my hair. “Can I get you anything else?”

“Hypo-spray, maybe…” I waved my hand to indicate that he could find it on my desk. “And a pain capsule.”

He rushed to the desk, got the things I requested, and hurried back as quickly as possible.

“You’re in pain, Bones?” He looked worried and he stroked my hair again.

“It’s not that bad, Jim.” I tried to reassure him but the spasms took over again.

“Bones,” Jim’s voice rose a little, in panic. “Are you sure this is normal? I don’t remember spasms being one of the symptoms of Afrerian Fever.”

“It seems to be one of the symptoms of this strain. I’ve been fighting it in others all night long.”

“How do you know it’s going to pass? Do you have any medicine or anything that’ll help? We…”

“Jim,” I smiled and cupped his cheek with my hand. “The earliest cases are already getting better. I’ll be fine.” I traced his lips with the tip of my finger. “But that’s not going to help for this evening. I’m sorry about your plans, Jim.”

He set down on the bed beside me. “The most important part of my plans can still take place…if you think you feel like talking to me for a while longer.”

“I’m not sick enough that I wouldn’t want to talk to you Jim.” I smirked a little. “But I’m not going to be much use for anything else tonight.”

“Well,” He smirked too. “That was part of my plans…but that can wait until you’re feeling better. There is one part of my plan that I’d still like to happen.” He reached into his pocket and pulled out a box. Then he kneeled beside the bed. “Leonard McCoy…you have been my friend forever, and my lover for far too short a time. Would you do me the honor of being my husband for the rest of my life?”

“Jim,” I was shocked. I took the box from his now slightly shaking hands. “Are you sure, kid? A life time is a long time to be with one person.” When I saw his face fall, I quickly added. “I would love to spend the rest of my life with you. I’m just worried that I won’t be enough for you.”

“Bones,” He smiled again, and I silently vowed to do everything I could to keep that smile on his face for the rest of our lives, as he continued talking. “You are all I’ve ever wanted. You are more than enough for me…and will be forever.” He took the ring from the box and put it on my finger. We’d have an official ceremony later, but I already felt married to him…from this moment on.

Then he leaned forward and kissed me.

“Jim,” I enjoyed the kiss, as I always did, but I still didn’t want him to get sick. “Ah, Jim. Now you’re going to get sick too.”

“Was already exposed anyway.” He answered as he lay down beside me on the bed and pulled me close. “Might as well have fun before I get sick.”

He kissed me a couple more times before I fell asleep in his arms.

The next morning, I awoke, still in his arms, feeling much better. Not completely rid of the disease, but moving in that direction. I reached up and kissed Jim to thank him for being there for me the night before.

“Ah, Jim.” I brushed his hair out of his face. “You’re hot.”




Six inches of snow and still falling.  At least we didn't have school today.  My students are getting out of a test! <G>

Second Contract

Dreamspinner Press just offered a contract for my second original slash fiction called "Living Again" that will be coming out next summer some time.  If you've read my Dan/Jan Stargate fanfiction "Vive La Difference"...this is based VERY loosely on it.  The conficlt is completely different.  It's slash instead of hetero, the uncle is actual a blood relative and is REALLY homophobic.  Almost everything about "Living Again" is different from "Vive La Difference"...except Ethan.  He's the same loveable imp in both.  I doubt that 20% of the original fiction is the same as the fanfiction, but just in case, I took the fanfiction down on both sites.                                                    This "being published" stuff is fun!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
psychedelic me

How Much TV Have You Watched?

Saw this on another LJ. Looks fun.

- Italicize a show if you're positive you've seen every episode.

- Underline all of the shows of which you've seen 3 or more episodes. (This was originally bolded, but I found it difficult to tell whether or not the word was bolded on my version of LJ…or just because my eyes are old and the warranty is long up on them…so I changed it to underline)
- Asterisk * if you have at least one full season on tape, DVD, Netflix, or blu ray.
- If you want, add up to 3 additional shows (keep the list in alphabetical order).

3rd Rock from the Sun
21 Jump Street
The 4400
The Addams Family
The Adventures of Pete and Pete
American Gothic
America's Next Top Model (This one is my daughter’s fault)
The Andy Griffith Show
The Apprentice
Are You Afraid of the Dark
Are You Being Served?
Arrested Development
Ashes to Ashes
The A-Team (This one is the other daughter’s fault)
The Avengers
Babylon 5

Babylon 5: Crusade
Barney Miller
Batman: The Animated Series
Battlestar Galactica (the old one)
Battlestar Galactica (the new one)
Being Human - UK
Being Human - US
Beavis & Butthead
Beauty and the Beast
The Beverly Hillbillies
Beverly Hills 90210
The Bionic Woman
Black Books
Blake's 7
Bonanza (husband’s fault)

Bosom Buddies
Boston Legal *
Boston Public
Boy Meets World
The Brady Bunch (okay, I can’t really blame anyone for this one…hangs head in shame)
Breaking Bad
Brideshead Revisited
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
Buffy the Vampire Slayer *
Bug Juice
Caitlin's Way
Chappelle's Show
Charlie's Angels
Chicago Hope
Clarissa Explains It All
The Closer*
The Colbert Report
Cold Case
Commander in Chief
The Cosby Show
Cowboy Bebop
Criminal Minds*
Crossing Jordan
CSI: Miami*

Curb Your Enthusiasm
The Daily Show
Dancing with the Stars

Danny Phantom
Dark Angel
Dark Skies
Davinci's Inquest
Dawson's Creek
The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd
Dead Like Me
The Dead Zone
Degrassi: The Next Generation
Designing Women
Desperate Housewives*
Dharma & Greg
Diagnosis: Murder

The Dick Van Dyke Show
Diff'rent Strokes

Dirty Jobs
Doctor Who (1963 - 1986)
Doctor Who (2005)
The Dresden Files*
Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman
Due South
Earth 2
Everybody Loves Raymond
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
Facts of Life
Family Guy

Family Matters
Family Ties
The Famous Jett Jackson

Father Ted
Fawlty Towers
The Flash
Flash Forward
The Flintstones
Forever Knight*
Fraggle Rock

Freaks and Geeks
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Friday Night Lights
Full House (daughter’s fault again)
Game of Thrones
Get Smart

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
Gilligan's Island
Gilmore Girls
The Golden Girls
Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.*
The Goodies
Green Wing
Grey's Anatomy
Growing Pains
Gummi Bears
Hannah Montana
Happy Days
Hardcastle & McCormick
Hawaii 5-O

Hawaii 5-O: New
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys*

Highlander: The Raven
Hogan's Heroes
Hillstreet Blues

Home Improvement

Homicide: Life on the Street
The Honeymooners

I Dream of Jeannie
I Love Lucy

The Incredible Hulk
Instant Star
Invader Zim
The Invisible Man
Jeeves and Wooster
The Jeffersons
The Jetsons
John Doe
Just Shoot Me
Justice League Unlimited
Keen Eddie

Kim Possible (Daughter again)
The Kindred
Knight Rider
Knight Rider (2008-9)

The L Word
LA Law
Land of the Lost
Laverne and Shirley
Law & Order

Law & Order: Criminal Intent
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Life on Mars - UK
Life on Mars - US
Life With Derek
Little House on the Prairie
Lizzie McGuire
Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman*
Lost in Space
Love, American Style
The Love Boat
The Lucille Ball Show
Looney Tunes


Mad Men
The Magnificent Seven
Magnum PI
Malcolm in the Middle
Mama's Family

The Man from U.N.C.L.E.*
Married... With Children
The Mary Tyler Moore Show

Melrose Place
Miami Vice
The Mighty Boosh
Mission: Impossible
The Monkees
Monty Python's Flying Circus
Mork & Mindy
The Munsters

The Muppet Show

Murphy Brown
My Life as a Dog
My Little Pony*
My Name is Earl
My So-Called Life*
My Super Sweet 16
My Three Sons
My Two Dads
The Mentalist
The Mythbusters

The Nanny
News Radio
NCIS: Los Angeles

Night Court
North Shore
The O.C.
The Office (UK)
The Office (US)
Once and Again
Once Upon a Time*
One Tree Hill
Paranormal Witness
Perry Mason (Grandmother’s fault)
Phil of the Future
Power Rangers
The Pretender
Primeval: New World
Prison Break
Project Runway
Quantum Leap
Queer As Folk (US)*
Queer as Folk (UK)
The Real World
Red Dwarf
Relic Hunter
Remington Steele
Rocco's Modern Life
The Real Ghostbusters
Rescue Me
Road Rules
Robin Hood (BBC)
Robin of Sherwood
Salute Your Shorts
Saved by the Bell

Scarecrow and Mrs. King
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?
The Sentinel

Sex and the City*
The Shield
Silver Spoons
The Simpsons*
Six Feet Under
The Six Million Dollar Man
Slings and Arrows
So Weird
South Park*
Space: Above and Beyond
Space 1999
Spongebob Squarepants (nephew’s fault)
Sports Night
The Sopranos
Star Trek
Star Trek: The Next Generation

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Star Trek: Voyager

Star Trek: Enterprise
Stargate Atlantis
Stargate SG-1
Starsky and Hutch

The Suite Life of Zack and Cody

Suite Life On Deck
Superman: The Animated Series
Teen Titans
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Tenth Kingdom
That 70's Show*
That's So Raven
Third Rock from the Sun*
Third Watch
Three's Company
Thunderbirds are Go!
Thundercats (the old one)

Thundercats (the new one)
Tiger & Bunny
TJ Hooker
Top Gear
Top Gear: BBC
The Tribe
The Tudors
The Twilight Zone
Twin Peaks
Twitch City
Two and A Half Men*
Ugly Betty
Under the Umbrella Tree
The Unusuals
Veronica Mars
The Vicar of Dibley
The Waltons
The West Wing
Where in the World is Carmen San Diego?
White Collar
The White Queen
The Wire
Whose Line is it Anyway? (US)
Whose Line is it Anyway? (UK)
Will and Grace*

Without a Trace
Wolf Lake
WKRP in Cincinnati
Xena: Warrior Princess

The X-Files
X-Men: Evolution

Oh boy, I watch way too much TV.


Really cool vid by rushingwind

Originally posted by rushingwind at Vid: Kirk/Spock - What Hurts the Most
Title: What Hurts the Most
Music/Artist: What Hurts the Most (Slow Version) - Cascada
Vidder: Rushingwind
Characters: Spock/Kirk
Rating: G
Disclaimer: I don't own these characters, I just like to play in the sandbox.
Summary: This vid is a little bit of angsty speculation--What if the ending to Star Trek Into Darkness had turned out quite differently (I.E., no superblood, or the superblood was discovered too late)? Poor Spock would have realized many things far too late.

Note: Cross-posted, and a fake cut. Also, this is my very first contribution to the Star Trek fandom. I hope it is worthy.

( What Hurts the Most ~ Is Being So Close )

Gen recs

I have a friend who is new to reading fanfiction, but he only reads gen and I'm pretty much concentrating on slash lately and can't remember the titles, authors, addresses of all those great gen pieces I read a while ago.  He's open to just about any fandom.  Any recs?

Reviews for my book!

I LOVE this 'being a published author' thing.  The book came out on July 17th (electronic form only because it's so short) and I've already gotten some really good reviews.  I got 4 hearts at http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com/2013/07/29/haunted-by-brynn-stein/                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    4 stars at http://bookreviewsandtherapy.blogspot.com/2013/07/haunted-brynn-stein.html?zx=57d808820f797f9a                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     4.5 sweet peas at http://mrsconditreadsbooks.com/index.php/?p=13639

and got a very favorable review at GLBT Bookshelf.




I started a challenge on my blog: http://brynnstein2.wordpress.com/author/brynnstein2/                                                                                                                                                Each week I'll post a prompt and have people write a short scene (or longer if so desired) to answer it.  It's not fandom related per se, though you could certainly take the prompt and write about the characters in the fandom of your choice.  The prompts aren't innately slash, though they'll deal with two men.  Several Dreamspinner authors have already said they're interested in taking part.  It should be fun.