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I very much like the backstory you've set up for Bones and what we get to see of him and Jim. Looking forward to the next part.

Very nice start. Looking forward to more!

I like the backstory you've created for Bones, too, and look forward to reading more.

Very promising start. I'm amazed how *right* the Kirk/McCoy pairing feels in ST:IX fic. It's exciting to read about the crew's early days. Really, for the most part, it's terra nova for Trekdom. Keep 'em coming! :o)

Great start! I look forward to the next installment. I particularly liked your Jim descriptions. *sighs happily*

Great start, interesting new backstory. Looking forward to more! :)

I like what you've set up. :)

Oh-- I love this dearly, the way you have him taking charge of Kirk right away, the way Kirk's wormed his way under Bones' skin, the backstory you've written. It's all wonderful.

Hee~ This was great! Fate can be really weird that way

I *really* want to see more of this. I like your slant on Bones.

"You couldn't handle this much man, boy," Leo shot back..."


I can't wait to read more of this 'verse. I really like your characterization of both Bones and Jim.

Very interesting beginning! I liked the last scene with Jim failing at doing the accent:)

Um, I love this. You had me at the second paragraph-- rough and tumble and then golden. IDK how to explain it. Just. Yeah. Nicely done, bb. <3

I love your McCoy! Especially that it's him who initiates the friendship with him. In most fics, it's the other way round. Nice touch! Very, very, very, nice!

This is amazingly written... I espeically enjoyed mccoy's sharp tongue and wit, and you have such a way with words... "He’d looked at Leo, really looked at him, then he'd given Leo his hand in friendship, commandeered his flask with a flick of those pretty eyes and he never looked back." And there's so much more wonderfully conveyed nuances throughout your writing...

and somehow the image of mccoy as a cheerful boy once is really heartwrenching... The possibilities of various lives that mccoy could have lead was a really nice touch...

Thank you for the beautiful read :D

Thank you for the kind words!

Such a good story and the first I've read from Bones's perspective. I like it.

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That's purposeful on my part. He's not TOS!McCoy, after all, and he's AU from the Nu!McCoy that we met in ST:XI, at least the way I'm thinking of it in my decidedly twisty brain. Anyway, I'm happy you're enjoying it.

I love your writing style. I'm so looking forward to reading all the chapters ahead :)

I KNEW better than to start reading an epic... I knew it would be well and thoroughly addicting. And it is. I really like it so far!

project: to reread and re-review. :D

so i know you're going back through this monster of a story to review it and to edit, but i must say that i love, love, LOVE it's raw and unedited state (in fact, i was wondering if when you finally post the revised and final work, that it be separate from the unedited monster? i ridiculously love your prose even in the parts that leave me slightly confused. hahaha, :D

anyway, in the interest of reliving this amazing epic, i'm going to reread everything, and actually note somethings down that i may or may not have said in my first review. it's not necessarily intended to direct you as you edit; it's more of me just wanting to savor everything much more thoroughly now that we have the entire piece altogether; i may catch things that i've missed before that really enriches the end even more. so here i go.

1. But here in this reality where only his father still called him Leo, with the exaggerated pronunciation of ‘Lay-o’ the way his sister Joanna had said it when she was a baby... so that means Gram says differently right?

2. oh my, i love how moments of impulse mark such significant events in leo and jim's relationship. first here where leo distracts and bolsters jim while people whisper behind his back, and then in ch 34 we have And in that split second when he realized that passing the Maru had resulted in Jim being grounded, he found himself incapable of just turning around and walking away. just, oh wow. that these two of impulsive decision making on leo's part changes the entire universe... it's mind boggling.

3. ah, Fate. i really enjoy your Leo and Jim's dissertations of Faith, Prayer, Belief, God, Fathers and Sons, Multiple Universes... just basically topics that most fanfiction writers don't bother to make their borrowed characters think about. it takes your characters to whole other dimension. what little i know of Trek canon points to the fact that both Kirk and McCoy were geniuses, seriously cerebral people. you've captured that wonderfully in this fic, and not just in those scenes when you have them doing serious research or speaking in other languages. it's the moments when they're just reflecting that adds depth.

so there. i must sleep now. ch. 2 tomorrow/soon.

p.s. i forgot to thank you for this epic. this work of yours is definitely one of those fanfics that will stay with me for a long long time. the only other fic i can say the same for was back in my hardcore HP ficcing days, when Arabella and Zsenya wrote and finished After the End. sigh. lady. you're amazing.


Oh, you edited this, didn't you. There's more stuff than there used to be before. Makes it even better :)I'm rereading, so I'm going to look forward to all the little additions.

An amazing start! I found this in the kirk_mccoy community and was so excited. There just isn't enough long novel length Bones/Kirk fics out there(at least in my mind.) I am so happy that this is finished so i don't have to wait for updates! Moving on to the next chapter;-)

And, once again, thanks for your enthusiastic and kind comments.

Hi, I saw this fic recced as the one to go to if you want to see the best in Kirk/McCoy. I'm new to the pairing (I've only read one story so far) and wanted to ask if there's a pdf of the story or a place where you've archived it and I can get it as a single page, because I generally read offline and am too lazy to bother with making my own file if one already exists. Thanks.

I've been getting this question a lot, which is making me consider putting Switch on AO3 or Dreamwidth, because I'll be able to upload the whole thing in one go. If/when I do so, I'll post a note on my main journal masterlist. Thanks!


Hi! I've just spent the last 2 1/2 days reading Switch and I have to say it's one of the most stunning pieces of work I have ever read in both fan fiction & published works. I am very new to the Kirk/McCoy pairing & was given a rec for this fic. I am so glad that this is one of the first I've read because you have seared them into my soul as an OTP with this fic!! Bones is so beautiful in this! Kirk is, too, but I'm now realizing how much McCoy is sometimes given the shaft in other fics.

The angst and slow-burn of UST in this was just the icing on the cake for what is a true romantic story. I loved the original characters as well, especially the KFF's ^_^ The subtle tie in of Gary Mitchell and Dr. Dehner with this Reboot 'verse was brilliant.

I loved Gram & Saturn to death. Even Winona won a little love from me in the end.

Brilliant to infinity--I adore every second of this 'verse you have created & look forward to many, many more.

Thank you very much for your comments here and on the A03. You were very gracious, and certainly a balm to this still struggling to be published writer's soul. Wonderful comments like this really inspire me to keep plugging away at my original work, so thank you.

Published? If you would PM your publishing name I will be first in line at the bookstore when your work comes out! Because I have total faith in that eventuality! Good luck--but you really don't need it ^__^

That's very sweet of you, but if/when I publish (or self-publish) any kind of work, I'll be sure to make an announcement. Promise!

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