"So you're saying he saved your ass, and then offered you a spot at the Starfleet Academy?" the blonde young woman asked raising her brows in amused questioning.
"I had it under control, Ellie," he said standing beside where she was sitting on the bed.
"I'm sure you did, Jim," she said knowing very well he hadn't. "So what are you gonna do?"
"I don't know," Jim answered with a sigh as he flopped on the bed beside her. "Pike said I could be done with the academy in four years. That's not bad right?" he asked looking at her hoping for an answer.
"It's up to you," she told him and he rolled his eyes. "Come on, lets get you cleaned up." She stood pulling him along with her towards the small bathroom.
He winced as she gently dabbed at the blood on his face. "Jesus, Ellie, could you be a little more gentle?" He flinched away from her as she cleaned his bruised nose.
"Next time don't get in a fight." she grumbled grabbing his chin and keeping him still. When she finished she threw the reddened tissue in the trash before walking back into the room with Jim following behind her.
"So what are you gonna do?" he asked and she turned giving him a look showing she wanted to know what he was talking about. "Oh come on, you're 24 years old and already the top intern at the hospital. Besides, I know Pike asked you to come to Starfleet too."
Ellie shrugged before answering. "I think I'm taking it. It's a great opportunity, and he gave me the same time frame," she said pulling the covers down and climbing in the bed.
"Can you imagine, us in space," Jim said taking his shirt off and she snorted as she laid down.
"Making trouble one planet at a time," she said making him laugh before he pulled his dirtied pants off and laid down next to her.
"What do you think it'll be like?" he asked with an arm around her shoulders as she laid on his chest.
"I don't know," she mused as she imagined it, "probably fancy."
"It's gonna be something Iowa kids like us have never seen before."
"That mean you're coming with me?" she asked, and though she'd never admit it she was relieved when he answered yes.
She was quiet awhile, and if not for her uneven breathing he'd have thought she was asleep. "We'll be fine tomorrow," he told her knowing she didn't want to fly.
She didn't say anything, instead she settled further into his arms as she tried to sleep. They laid together imagining what they were getting themselves into, both immensely glad they weren't doing it alone.
They woke before dawn and dressed before heading out. She rode on the back of his motorcycle, having sold her own only days before when Starfleet had contacted her and she had spoken with Captain Pike. They arrived at the Riverside Shipyard an hour later where they stared in awe at the size of the ship and all the different machinery in front of them.
"You ready Ellie?" He looked back at her and she could see that he was as shocked as she was.
"I guess," she answered with a shrug, refusing to acknowledge the chill in her spine as she looked at the shuttle. He gave her a small smile before driving them forward. The sun was up and shining brightly when they finally made it to the shuttle they'd be flying in, where Captain Christopher Pike was standing.
Ellie unwound her arms from Jim's waist and stood looking around them at all that was going on.
"Nice ride man," she heard and turned to see a worker admiring Jim's bike.
"It's yours," Jim said cockily as he threw the worker his keys, and Ellie rolled her eyes as Jim literally sauntered to where Captain Pike was. "Four years? I'll do it in three," Jim told him with even more arrogance in his voice before entering the shuttle making Ellie nearly groan in frustration.
Captain Pike turned back from the young man, rolling his own eyes, to see the pretty young woman that had been specifically requested. He took in her nice fitting jeans, black boots, and dark jacket.
"Are you sure about this?" she asked nudging her head in the direction Jim had just gone.
"I assume I'm going to find out," he answered returning her smile, though hers was small and seemingly foreign on her serious face. "I'm excited to have you Miss Elenore Davis. I'm glad you decided to join us." He smiled when he saw a slight blush creep over her cheeks; she was so different from the young man who'd just left him he could hardly believe they were related.
"Thank you for telling me about what Starfleet has to offer," she said uncomfortably, and he knew she wasn't used to receiving compliments.
"It was my absolute pleasure. But that wasn't the only thing I offered you." Her smile lit up her whole face, making her much prettier than when she wasn't, and she turned away from him embarrassed.
"We're not talking about that" she said quietly, but still smiling. "It's because of Starfleet's interest in me why you want me to fly with you." He was right, she was not used to people complimenting her; nor was she used to anyone showing interest in her talents besides Jim.
He placed his hand on her shoulder calling her attention to him. "You, my dear, have the potential to be one of the most known surgeons to this day. I wouldn't be surprised if I heard your name come up in any medical unit stretching the galaxy over the years to come," he said firmly, squeezing her shoulder. Her smile turned sweeter as she thanked him. "I look forward to working with you. Now, go in there and keep him out of trouble."
"I don't deserve that much credit," she told him seriously and he watched her smile slip away when she turned from him. It was when she had smiled that Pike had seen the resemblance between her and the young man; it was in the eyes.
She walked through the shuttle, surprised by how much bigger it was than she'd first thought. She saw a couple of men with bruises on their faces and figured they were the men that Jim had started a fight with the night before. She continued walking further back to where she supposed Jim would be when she heard someone ranting.
"see if you're still so relaxed when your eyeballs are bleeding. Space is disease and danger wrapped in darkness and silence."
"Well, I hate to break this to you, but Starfleet operates in space," she heard Jim say and she walked toward the sound of his voice.
It'd figure that Jim would find the one crazy person going to the academy, she thought as she continued towards the sound of his voice. She turned a corner and found Jim sitting next to a scruffy man drinking from a flask, who had been the one ranting, and a very stoic young man of color.
"And there she is. I was wondering if you'd find me," Jim said smiling up at her.
"You're not too hard find," she said before turning to the seat that was across from him, feeling the shuttle begin to shake as it prepped to fly.
Jim knew Ellie well enough to know she didn't care much for meeting new people, nor did she care at all for flying; but she sat silently in her seat looking almost bored and it made him smile to see her determination. He continued talking with McCoy, liking the man; trying to include Ellie in their conversation but she didn't make it easy.
"Did you know Ellie's a doctor too?" Jim said turning to her, his eyes hardening when he saw the slight roll of her eyes.
McCoy looked her over, having noticed her when she first turned the corner; she was still pretty when she wasn't smiling, but it hadn't really been her face he had been looking at. Though in truth her stern face and her barely concealed disdain for people tended to frighten people away.
"Aren't you a little young?" he asked disbelieving.
"I'm an intern," she said simply and looked away from him.
Jim sighed knowing she was not interested in making friends, she never had been; though he couldn't blame her after how many times she'd been hurt. He turned back to McCoy; "She's a second year surgical intern," he explained, knowing Ellie wouldn't.
McCoy nodded at the young man, not nearly friendly enough to say he liked Jim Kirk; in all honesty, Jim wasn't an easy person to like. McCoy looked back at the young woman, her wild blonde hair curled and her blue eyes staring without emotion; though he could see from the way her thumb kept tapping against her seatbelt that she was unhappy with being in the air, because other than her thumb she sat completely still.
He watched her thumb tap faster on the metal of the seatbelt, seeing her posture was rigid as she stared at nothing. The shuttle started shaking again as it landed and she nearly threw off her seatbelt and rushed off the shuttle, making him wonder if she was more afraid of flying than he was.
Ellie breathed deeply as she stood on the ground. That had not been her first time in a shuttle, her first had been almost two years ago when she accompanied her resident to another hospital to observe a difficult surgery their hospital had not been prepared for. Even after that, watching a man get his limbs reattached and most of his organs replaced after an incident in a machine, she had been on other shuttles though they had all been far smaller than the one she had just gotten off. She had gone with another doctor to retrieve donor organs, which was still common in lesser states, as well as shuttling patients who were transferring hospitals or had been in an accident. The last time she had flown had been to retrieve several patients from a building collapse, and the shuttle had gone down.
"You made it," Jim said softly as he squeezed her shoulder. "I told you," he said as he lead her to where the new recruits were being called. She gave him only a hint of a smile and he released her. "Ready to make trouble in space?"
This is an idea that has been bothering me since I first saw the movie, and that probably has a lot to do with the actor playing Bones. I will do it like the movie and skip three years next chapter. However, if anyone's interested I could do a chapter on the three years in the Academy cause I think it's far fetched to just say three years later and bam, everyone's friends.
So, Ellie's full name is Elenore Davis (maiden name of Jim's mother), and her father is Jim's uncle making them cousins. Jim's mother stayed with her brother after his father died, I'm just giving the uncle a daughter. And the uncle was said to be a real hard ass and Jim hated him, so Ellie's father was not nice to her at all. Her past will be brought up in the future, as well as more on when she had been in a "plane crash" but I guess that would not be the term since it was a shuttle.
If you want me to keep writing please let me know. As well as if you want one chapter of her backstory and time in the Academy, which I may have in McCoy's POV of the things he learns about her. Please bring up any questions about her that you want me to answer so I can be sure to include them in later chapters. Thank you for reading.