Everyone’s got lovely stories about their first night at Starfleet Academy. One evening on the Enterprise, they all share.
Uhura found her room after getting slightly lost and met Gaila for the first time. Gaila greeted her with a smile, a hug, and a bottle of wine. They spent the evening setting up their beds and discussing cohabitation rules until they were tipsy, then they just chatted.
Chekov had been given a solitary room for his first year cos he was so much younger than anyone else in Starfleet that year. When he got in after his last orientation class he spent twenty minutes setting up a 3D skype call with his family, then spent three hours telling them everything that had happened.
At the end of Scotty’s first day he took all his books to a nearby pub to read through them. However, the pub turned into a karaoke bar at 8pm, so he didn’t get as much work as he wanted done, but he grooved hard.
Spock went straight to his room and checked for any correspondence from Vulcan. His mother had emailed insisting that he go for a walk down the main road and buy something he didn’t need instead of staying in his room doing homework. Spock found a lovely tea shop and purchased a cup that did nothing more than the cup he had brought with him, but he liked the design. His mother was overjoyed.
Sulu walked in the door of his apartment and was immediately hugged by Ben. Sulu told him that he’d had a good day, but he just wanted to hear Ben talk for a while. Ben discussed his day, then casually mentioned the cheesecake he’d bought to celebrate and further conversation was halted until they had cake.
Jim, however, still resents Bones for their first night together. Jim had been waiting excitedly for Bones to turn up, he’d spoken to reception and requested McCoy as his roommate because atleast this guy didn’t seem so starry eyed. He barely knew if he wanted to be in starfleet himself.
He had been sitting on his bed reading a physics book, looking up hopefully everytime there was a noise outside the door.
Finally, McCoy walked in. He looked at Jim, grunted a greeting, then dropped his gear on his bed.
“Why are you watching me?” Had been McCoy’s first words that evening.
“Don’t you remember me!?” Jim had faked being hurt, unable to believe the man didn’t recognise him.
“You gave me whisky, told me you were divorced, then threw up on me this morning!”
McCoy studied him for a moment. “Oh, it’s you. I gotta go, I’ll see you later. Please wear pants.”
McCoy left. Jim aggressively didn’t wear pants.
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This is part one of two, but can certainly be read as a standalone.
Full of fandom cliches, ‘cause I’ve never had an original thought once in my life ;)
Also, McKirk. It’s always McKirk.
Jim had convinced them all to go camping.
been transferred back to San Fran after Krall’s attack. Len’s been holed up in the
lab for most of leave, has grudgingly accepted a part time mentorship position working
with senior cadets.
“C’mon, Bones,” Jim whines. “The White River is gorgeous in the fall. Everyone’s going. Ben’s even
had bitched and moaned and grumbled, “Years stuck in space, and the first
opportunity you get, you wanna sleep on the cold ground under the damn stars.”
finds himself in Washington, anyway.
spends most of the first day on the river. He hasn’t gone fly fishing since
David’s illness, and dammit, if it doesn’t feel good. The breeze is cool on his
cheeks and the rush of the water over his boots is a comfort. Ben and Hikaru have
Demora at the shoreline. Ben’s splashing her gently, and she’s squealing.
Poly AU headcanon on how the crew show their love for each other (+Ben and Jaylah)
Sulu knows how to hide it well, but the crew still knows when he’s sad or just not himself. Uhura shows up a few hours after Sulu’s shift ends, with popcorn and a drink. “Do you want to talk about it?” She asks, but Sulu simply shrugs. “It was Demora’s birthday yesterday,” Sulu explains, and Uhura understands. A brief call doesn’t quite fulfill that loneliness or homesickness. Uhura leans in and wraps her arms around Sulu’s shoulders, pulling him in close. “We’ll be in York Town soon,” she says, “Chekov and I will take over your duties there so you can spend more time with your family, alright?”
Spock finds Jim asleep in his chair during a particularly long shift. Spock’s not usually all for touching, but he still brushes his fingers over the side of Jim’s face briefly, startling him awake. “Spock,” Jim mutters, running a hand through his hair and sitting up straight. He tries to stifle a yawn, but ultimately fails. “What are you doing here?” “I’m here to relieve you off your shift,” Spock says. Jim rubs his eyes and shakes his head. “No, no. My shift’s not over for another three hours.” “Jim,” Spock insists, hand on Jim’s arm and he helps him on his feet, “take some rest.”
Chekov is never down. Over the years, he’s grown out of his “actual ray of sunshine” title, and he complains more when Jim drags them into danger, but he never seems to actually be down. So the first day he’s actually quiet on the bridge, doesn’t say much during his shift, literally everyone notices. “You okay, Chekov?” Jim asks, and Chekov nods. “Yes, Captain.” Chekov says. Sulu shoots him a brief glance, but he doesn’t actually say anything just yet. Not until he catches Chekov alone in his quarters, asleep on the couch with his PADD in his hands. “Hey, Chekov,” Sulu says, and Chekov opens an eye slowly. “You want to talk about it?” “About what?” Chekov asks, sitting up straight. Sulu catches that PADD on Chekov’s chest as it slides down, preventing it from falling down on the ground. Breaking PADDs is a thing for Jim and Bones. The others are generally pretty careful with their things. “There’s nothing to talk about.” Chekov says, and Sulu raises an eyebrow. Chekov sighs. “Nyx and I are over.” “Which one is that?” Sulu asks, and Chekov kicks Sulu’s leg softly. “I was gonna introduce her to my babushka. But babushka is sick and I can’t visit her on time probably and now Nyx is gone too.” So rather than saying anything, Sulu just lies down on the couch and pulls Chekov in his arms.
The Enterprise crew also tries teaching Jaylah human culture. Scotty especially, because Jaylah spends most of her time down in engineering. She doesn’t get most of the things, no matter how innocent they initially are. When Scotty teaches her you kiss someone twice after not having seen them in a while, the next time Jaylah’s on the bridge she just full on kisses Spock on the mouth twice - leaving him completely frozen in place for a while. Scotty profusely apologizes. Uhura and Jim are still laughing about it days later.
Ben giving them a huge care package next time they’re in York Town. It has some home brewed beers, because Ben rolls that way. There’s some new movies, snacks, extra pillows and blankets and old fashioned books. Spock hogs them in his room until he’s read them all. Demora’s made drawings of everyone of them and they’re in everyone’s rooms. Jaylah sends her a drawing back.
Bones schedules in appointments with everyone. Not a medical check up, but just to talk. Because Bones spends a lot of time on the Bridge and he can tell when people are not feeling well, even emotionally. So he talks to Chekov for hours. He drinks tea with Sulu while talking about their daughters. He plays chess with Spock and they talk about Uhura for a while. He mostly just gets drunk with Scotty and allows him to rant about Jim and other people aboard the Enterprise. Jaylah doesn’t understand the purpose of Bones’ checkups, so they mostly end up talking about anything and everything. Bones also helps her study for the xenobiology courses she’s still taking. Jaylah teaches Bones a thing or two about her species and their alternative healing methods. With Uhura it’s mostly a gossip session, because Bones knows about everyone’s health state, but she knows all the rumors going around. Jim never shows up for his appointments. So Bones catches him in his quarters instead, and they talk until they both fall asleep.
Jim organizes movie nights - even though he’s not that into movies himself. He just makes sure there’s drinks, snacks, and old fashioned movies, enough pillows for everyone. Chekov almost bails, but when he tries to, Jim drags him to movie night himself. In the end, Chekov’s glad he shows up. Because no one overdoes it on the attention they’re giving him, and he’s not ignored either. Jim slides an arm around Chekov’s shoulder. Bones hands him the last bit of scotch. Scotty’s got those awful homemade shortcakes. They all end up talking more than actually watching the movie, which Bones says is a god damn shame because 20th century movies are the greatest.
After Jim mixes that Romulan ale in everyone’s drinks, the night quickly gets a little more blurry and no one actually makes it back to their own quarters. Jim wakes up with Bones pressed to his side. Uhura’s on his other side, Spock’s arms around her. Scotty and Jaylah are on the floor next to Jim’s bed, kept comfortable by all the pillows and blankets. Jim’s pretty sure the feet close to his lap belong to Chekov or Sulu, who are both asleep by the foot of Jim’s bed. It’s a mess of tangled limbs and Jim’s grinning because this is his family and he wouldn’t have it any other way.
-The entreprise is a little café on a university campus (Starfleet’s a well known university where people from all backgrounds go)
- Jim, Spock, Bones, Uhura and Sulu work in there and it’s where they first met
- Spock opens the shop in the morning. He’s very effective in rush hours and is able to remember all the little details of someone’s order which impress both his colleagues and clients. He, more often than not, takes his break with Mccoy since he’s the one who got to wake the earliest since his classes start sooner and last longer than anyone else in their little group. Spock found out really quickly that nobody can speak to Bones before his first cup of coffee so he makes sure that a cup is always ready for him.
- Uhura is next just in time for dinner. She’ s always really busy but always smiles and writes the name of each clients on their cup with a sweet comment. She hums quietly while working which makes everybody in a good mood. She passes her break sitting next to a window studying or speaking with people changing languages depending on who she’ s speaking with.
- Jim owns the wheel for the afternoon where, oh surprise, the proportion of female customers increases. He passes his whole shift flirting with the exception of his break which he spends with Spock talking passionally about whatever he discovered today or whatever prank he was able to do without getting caught. He keeps a change of clothes just in case ‘cause he seems to always stain the ones he works with.
- Sulu is in charge for the evening. He’s also the one that creates all events that the little café owns. He always remembers what the regulars want. He’s the one who found the catchphrase of the café: to boldly go where no man has gone before ( Jim loves it and has made a banderole that hangs proudly above the counter). He takes his break with his boyfriend hugging in the small sofa where his favorite plants are.
- Bones takes the night shift. Almost no one is there so, it’s calm and sleepy. He’s the one (with Uhura) that designed how the café would look so that everybody could be confortable. He takes his break with Jim relating their day and exchanging advices and scolds and when coffee is replaced by bourbon, they both keep silent and enjoy each other’s compagny.
-There are unwritten rules in the café and most of them involve Jim in a stubble or not so stubble way. Bones and Spock make sure they all get respected.
I loved the Demora and Johanna friendship au so I just have to ask for more. Maybe more of them interacting with the Enterprise crew and crushing over said crew? Maybe they find out that McKirk are a thing? Maybe some Auntie Uhura?
“Uncle Jim!” Joanna exclaims when Jim’s at the door of their temporary flat. She’s initially been playing with Demora, but as soon as Jim shows up, she’s all over the captain. “Hey, big girl,” Jim smiles, picking her up from the floor and hugging her to his chest. He hugs her tightly before letting her go, and Joanna grabs his hand to take him to Demora. “Look, we have toy spaceships,” Demora says, and Jim instantly sits down with them. “Oh, is that a toy supply station?” “It’s York Town!” Joanna says, handing Jim a small USS Dauntless figurine. Jim forgets the purpose of his visit with these toys, until Bones clears his throat. Jim gets up on his feet instantly, and Joanna watches Jim lean in closer to Bones, but Bones leans away until the two of them disappear into Bones’ bedroom for a while.
“You have both our numbers, right?” “Yes.” “And the number of the emergency services?” “Yes, that too.” “There are allergy pills in the purse-” “Yes, Sulu, I know,” Uhura laughs, running her hand through Demora’s hair. “We have no strawberries and no peanuts in the house, promise.” Sulu smiles a little nervously. “Sorry we sprung this on you so last minute.” “Don’t worry about it. Joanna is here, too. Jim and Leonard are out tonight as well,” Uhura explains, “the three of us are going to have a girl’s night, you go have date night with your husband.” Sulu nods, leaning in to kiss Demora’s forehead. “Be a good girl to aunti Uhura, okay?” He says, and Demora nods. “Have fun, daddy.”
“What were you thinking?” Ben asks when he picks Demora up from the principal’s office, “skipping school with Joanna to try and sneak into the Enterprise? Your dad will be so disappointed.” Demora looks guilty, even as Ben holds her hand and guides her outside. “But Uncle Jim said not to take all rules so seriously,” Demora tries to defend herself, and Ben sighs. “I’m pretty sure Captain Kirk did not mean ‘skip school to try and trespass onto the Enterprise’, young lady.” “I know, I’m sorry,” Demora says, “can we not tell daddy?” “Only if you do the dishes for a month. No complaining,” Ben says, and Demora nods. “Deal.” Ben smiles. “Deal.”
“I got in so much trouble,” Joanna speaks into her phone. Demora’s lying in bed, using Sulu’s PADD to talk to Jo, and she nods in agreement. “I have to do dishes for a month.” “A month? Jeez. I’m grounded for three weeks,” Joanna says with a sigh. “At least until they’re leaving again.” “That sucks.” “Yeah, but I know dad. He’s gonna give in within like three days,” Joanna replies, sly grin on her lips. “Uncle Jim is in a lot of trouble, though.” “Yeah?” “Yeah. He was gonna have a sleepover party tonight, but dad kicked him out.” Joanna explains. “Jeez. That’s horrible.” Demora says. “Yeah, but you know my dad. He’s gonna give in soon.” Joanna says, and Demora laughs. “Are we still gonna get into the Enterprise?” “Hell yes,” Joanna says.
Turns out, they don’t have to trespass. Bones and Uncle Jim take the two of them aboard on a Saturday afternoon. Demora is in awe of the engine room and loves listening to Scotty’s accent as he explains the two of them how the ship works. Joanna wants to go to the Bridge, but Demora listens intently even though she already knows how the ship works. Demora’s done her homework. Bones proudly shows them both his med bay, but neither of them are particularly interested. “Diseases are gross,” Joanna says. “Well, you are not wrong,” Bones says, putting both girls down on the same bio bed to check their vitals. “We don’t need a doctor when there’s you, daddy.” Joanna says, and Demora nods. “Okay, where do you want to go?” Bones asks. “The Bridge!” Both Demora and Joanna say simultaneously. And both sit down on Jim’s chair when they get there. Jim lets them press a few buttons, too, calling up Sulu’s phone and Demora waves as her dad shows up on the big screen in front of them. “Daddy I’m on the bridge!” Demora says, and Sulu looks briefly concerned. “What?” “It’s okay, Sulu. They’re with me,” Jim says, though Sulu looks only half-relieved at that.
Uhura and Spock are looking after Joanna again while Bones is out for the night with Jim. Demora is staying over, too. “Dad and Uncle Jim are definitely dating,” Joanna says with a shrug. “Are you sure?” Demora asks. She’s munching on Spock’s homemade cookies, but they are very bland for her taste. “I saw them almost kiss so many times,” Joanna says. “I’m pretty sure dad’s trying to keep it a secret but uncle Jim is sleeping over so often, and we don’t even have a spare bedroom.” Demora laughs. “So you’ll have two daddies, too?” “No, Uncle Jim’s not my dad. I still have a mom and a dad, even if they fight a lot.” Joanna says. “I wish they loved each other like your daddies love each other, sometimes. But mom’s happy with a new boyfriend, and daddy’s happier now, too.” “That’s more important.” Demora says, sharing her cookie, but Joanna shakes her head. “No thanks. They are kind of gross.” “Right?” Demora laughs. “Maybe we can ask Uhura to go shopping for real food.” “Let’s!” Joanna says, jumping off the couch to go find Uhura.
Joanna and Demora try finding out if Jim and Bones are really dating by spying on them. Since Joanna’s no longer grounded, it’s much easier to walk around York Town. Demora’s tracking Jim’s phone with some gadget she tinkered together. Joanna keeps an eye out for their surroundings. They find the two of them bickering on the town plaza. Bones is yelling something to Jim about medical responsibility and Jim is interrupting him about some mission they’re gonna do next. Apparently very dangerous. “I can’t really tell if that means they’re dating,” Demora says, “my dads don’t really argue much.” “Dad and Jim argue a lot,” Joanna says with a frown. They’re watching them intently behind a tree, hidden from their sight. And when Bones gives up arguing, he ends Jim’s talk by grabbing his face and pulling him in closer and kissing him. “Ewww,” Joanna says. “Gross,” Demora groans, “I hate when my dad’s kiss, too. Kissing is gross.” “Right?” Joana agrees. The two of them leave to forget that ever happened, and instead they go to the nearest playground.
Uncle Jim and Sulu both rent motorbikes to drive around York Town together. Joanna sits behind Jim, arms around his waist. Demora sits behind her own dad. Both girls are wearing matching helmets in case they do end up falling. They don’t, but that doesn’t stop Bones from worrying. And when they return after an hour of speeding across the city streets, Bones checks both their vitals to make sure that they’re truly okay. Both girls love it so much, they make both Jim and Sulu promise to do this again next time they’re here.
“Jo, I gotta tell you something,” Bones says, a day before the Enterprise is scheduled to leave. Joanna looks up, putting her PADD down. “What is it?” she asks, watching as Bones sits down next to her. “Would you be okay with it if I started seeing someone again?” Bones asks. “Like Uncle Jim?” Joanna asks, catching Bones off guard. “I mean- I guess. For example, yeah.” “I know you two are together,” Joanna says dryly. “You do?” “You’re not good at keeping secrets,” Joanna says with a soft huff. “So you’re okay with it?” “Of course, dad. Uncle Jim is cool.” Joanna says, and now it’s Bones’ time to huff. “He’s not THAT cool.” Bones says, and Joanna raises her eyebrows. “He’s pretty cool.” “He’s okay,” Bones says, and Joanna laughs. “Okay, dad.” When Bones leaves, Joanna turns her attention back to her PADD. “You heard that?” Joanna asks, and she’s watching Demora nod at the other side of the line. “Yeah,” Demora says, “we knew it all along.”