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24 March 2010 @ 22:19
"Force of Habit" 1/1, Rated PG-13  
Author: taraljc
Title: Force of Habit
Pairing: McCoy/Jocelyn, implied McCoy/Chapel
Rating: PG-13
Summary: Set post-film. All Leonard McCoy wanted in this world was to hold his little girl again.

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Author's Note: Huge thanks to my beta boosette, for whacking me with the tense-stick, and also helly_uk, for prompting me in the first place, and cards_slash for gleeing at the prospect of fic exploring McCoy's failed marriage.

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Me: McCoy/Chapelhelly_uk on 25th March 2010 18:03 (UTC)
This is exactly what I wanted when i prompted :D I love it. It so.... understandable and real.
ljc: star trek (mccoy/chapel)taraljc on 25th March 2010 18:45 (UTC)
YAYS!!! Thank you so much for the prompt. I'd been wanting tow rite this FOREVER and it was exactly the nudge I needed to finally get it out of my head and on the page.
secretsolitairesecretsolitaire on 26th March 2010 01:58 (UTC)
This is so achy and real. I like the distinction you make between the end of a marriage and the end of a family. Beautifully done.
ljc: star trek (mccoy is stealth-y)taraljc on 26th March 2010 17:25 (UTC)
I have no kids, so it may just be wish-fulfillment on my part, but I always assumed the reason McCoy was a wreck in the shuttle was not so much because he lost Jocelyn, but because he'd lost Joanna. And the bitterness of the divorce was mostly about that (well, and the fact that they probably shouldn't have got married in the first place).
The Hysterical Hystorian: Star Trek: Bones thoughtfulabigail89 on 26th March 2010 04:38 (UTC)
This is so powerful and honest. I do love that both have moved to a point where there is honesty and reflection, that they can actually burrow under the past and rediscover the love they once had and let that guide them, for however long it might last. And while there isn't a marriage any more, there is a family, and both recognize that.

Well done!
ljc: star trek (mccoy/chapel)taraljc on 26th March 2010 18:01 (UTC)
I like the idea that while something is ending, something else is beginning.
Weeping Naiad: ST: McCoyweepingnaiad on 26th March 2010 11:41 (UTC)
That was so well done! I'd like to think that McCoy could change and that he'd want to fix it if for nothing but Joanna, but I also enjoy seeing stories where Jocelyn's not all evil and vindictive, that she still cares about him, because how can you not care about someone you have a child with? (Although I've seen it far too often in R/L.)

ljc: star trek (shenanigans)taraljc on 26th March 2010 18:03 (UTC)
Demonising the ex-wife, even when McCoy's meet-cute is that of the bitter divorcé just isn't my style. So this has been rattling around in my head for a long time. I figure, it's more likely they ought not to have got married in the first place, which is why when it failed, it failed so spectacularly. But when you have a kid together, there's always going to be some kind of relationship. And I prefer Jocelyn calling it quits for Joanna's sake, rather than the usual fanon of her having had an affair.
TeaJennilullabymoon on 26th March 2010 14:53 (UTC)
I love this. It's nice to see Jocelyn not portrayed as a bitch and I just adore the loving family dynamic.
ljc: star trek (mccoy is stealth-y)taraljc on 26th March 2010 18:04 (UTC)
I really can see this McCoy fighting to stay present in his daughter's life. Maybe it's the effect of having him meet Kirk 8 years ahead of schedule, but I like the idea that not everything is set in stone and there's the opportunity for change.
Scarlett Girlscarlettgirl on 27th March 2010 13:23 (UTC)
I love reading your ST work because, even for someone who has only sketchy knowledge of canon (i.e. me) the stories are so very accessible. They are good stories that are compelling and moving and make you want to get to know these characters better. The brokenness of the relationship in this is so aching but it's not ugly or despairing. A hard trick to pull off - nicely done!
rubynye on 28th March 2010 14:25 (UTC)
This was even lovelier than I was expecting. *applauds*
Emframlingem on 2nd April 2010 21:59 (UTC)
I really, really enjoyed reading that. I'd comment further, but I've spent 14 hours of the last 24 driving and I can't brain very well. I loved it.
Livin' La Vida Dorkawere_lemur on 25th April 2010 11:02 (UTC)
Oh, wow. So very human, and yet so beautiful.
prgurly79 on 27th April 2010 03:22 (UTC)
tender and sad and just perfect. thanks for sharing.
jocelynaos on 13th May 2010 15:41 (UTC)
Wow, now see this is kinda how I see them. I never did see Jocelyn as an over all Villain. Especially, after reading 'Shadows on the Sun' it was informative. I can't help but to think, under all the hurt and the blame lay two people who both made simple mistakes that weren't fixed. Mistakes that avalanched into the bitter divorce we see. I am glad to see someone else sees a softer side to the relationship.
Ariel: [Star Trek] very oftenthreesteps on 6th June 2010 16:39 (UTC)
Awawawawawa. That was lovely. It just... hit the spot. Good job. ♥
seanchaidh on 26th June 2010 00:02 (UTC)
Oh, this was lovely. :)
fanfiction_recfanfiction_rec on 23rd February 2011 19:36 (UTC)
You already know I adore this but - I adore this story! I love what you're saying about family and love and marriage here.