Mission and Men
|Star Trek Fanfiction|
|Title:||Mission and Men|
|Author(s):||Mary Louise Dodge, Laura Scarsdale and Melinda Shreve|
|Fandom:||Star Trek: The Original Series|
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It was published in Delta Triad #5.
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Before the 5-year mission. McCoy is in Starfleet, but eager to return to a research post while his boss Althea Cassini pesters him to re-up. Kirk is aide to Vulcan diplomat Seleg, presently trying to resolve a crisis on Vega - the furry native Vegans are trying to expel an immigrant population of smooth-skinned Chiropeans. Things turn ugly when Kirk and Seleg learn of a plot to murder the entire immigrant population. The ambassador is murdered and Kirk ends up in a shuttle trying to reach the Excaliber before he dies of the choriomeningitis with which the evil conspirators have infected him. Excaliber gets Kirk to a medical station where McCoy manages to save him, refusing steadfastly to do anything against his patient's best interest despite pressure and conniving from the higher-ups to get him to bring Kirk to consciousness so that he can be interrogated. Kirk recovers just in time to foil the dastardly plot. Oh, yes, and there's a little Romeo and Juliet plot going on as well. Points for a fun explanation of Kirk's choriomeningitis and an interesting take on Kirk & McCoy's pre-Enterprise lives and their meeting. Some demerits for wild liberties with biology, such as a sun's rays that miraculously destroy all bacteria. 
[Overlong stories] like this are "Missions and Men," wherein Lt. Kirk tries to avoid an interplanetary war and contracts choriomeningitis in the process.