McCoy Finds a Refuge
|Star Trek Fanfiction|
|Title:||McCoy Finds a Refuge|
|Fandom:||Star Trek: The Original Series|
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[This story] takes McCoy from his failing marriage with Jocelyn to his first meeting with an injured Ensign Kirk. Doty paints a picture of a battered, weary McCoy struggling to survive the chaos of his personal life. He finds refuge in the bottle and, eventually, in the arms of a Starfleet officer temporarily home on shore leave. Lieutenant Elaine Morris picks up a sodden, feverish McCoy after a bingeful night of drinking leaves him unconscious. She is realistically portrayed as both annoyed and bothered by her unwelcome guest, but as McCoy regains his health, she soon finds herself hot and bothered for quite a different reason. The idyllic romantic interlude eventually ends and McCoy continues on in an increasingly empty life. One day, on a whim, he joins Starfleet. Complications ensue when his daughter Joanna reenters his life but all ends on an upbeat note as McCoy is reunited with Elaine and practices his healing touch on a young man named Kirk. "McCoy Finds a Refuge" has a good focus on McCoy's life prior to Starfleet and successfully portrays the hopeless, exhausting life he was leading. 
- from Starlink #25/26