Omg, no one's done Beverly and Kathryn yet!!! Pretty please?
Thank you for paying attention to the little hints in my last couple of responses XD
They share so much in common. They are both ambitious and career driven. They both care about home and family. They are attracted to both adventure and domesticity. They can bond over lost love and the difficult dynamics of dating co-workers. They both have fabulous hair and pink nighties (I know that sounds superficial BUT imagine them brushing each other’s hair and sharing clothes). And post-Nemesis is the perfect opportunity: they are both based at Starfleet Command and feeling a bit lonely after their adventures.
Prior to San Francisco, they know of each other, but they don’t know each other. But they are women of a certain age and demeanor, newly returned to Earth, and run in similar circles - they start seeing each other at briefings, parties, on coffee runs, in the park, turns out they live in the same fleet housing complex. They start out friendly but quickly become friends.
Beverly needs a new exercise partner, and a new breakfast partner — and Kathryn would do neither on her own. She suggests it “as a doctor” and Kathryn can’t say no to that as easily as she could to “a friend” so she accepts on a trial basis. And it clicks. Then after a couple months, Kathryn suggests mixing things up. Beverly’s surprised — Jean-Luc always preferred routine and she and Deanna were too busy to experiment— but intrigued, especially as there are no ship-related limits here. They find drop in classes, everything from Vulcan yoga to ballroom dancing. They cycle around the city. They go on a tour of cafés to find the Best Coffee and Croissant around. They try new recipes from home and away — mostly replicated but every now and again Beverly makes them cook, to varying degrees of success. They also request recipes and advice from friends and neighbors and gather so much info on both home recipes and Command adjacent coffee shops Tom Paris suggests they publish a book. They laugh. And then they start collaborating on it.
Eventually they are spending all their free time together. They can talk about anything. Everything. They stay over each other’s apartments now and again. They keep up with old friends and lovers, they flirt with new relationships but they’re not really looking. Once in a while they bring a date to a function but they are more likely to show up together. A year or so in, Deanna’s in town, staying with Beverly and they spend the day with Kathryn. When she goes home, Deanna and Beverly curl up on her couch to chat and Deanna points out how happy Beverly seems. Beverly answers she is. She feels at home.
A few weeks later, Deanna’s returned to her ship, Beverly and Kathryn are on an adventure, walking somewhere outside, maybe by the water. They’re sharing the quiet and Beverly’s thoughts drift to what Deanna said and she looks over at Kathryn and suddenly everything falls into place. It’s you, she says, with wonder. Kathryn looks over, questioning. Beverly closes the gap between them. I’m happy because of you, she tells her. Kathryn still doesn’t know what’s going on, but Beverly takes her hand and a big breath and explains, For half my life…since Jack died I’ve been afraid to settle. Afraid to be still. To be … rooted. Kathryn nods. She understands. I’ve had a good life, many good relationships, but… I feel home with you. Kathryn holds her breath. Home is such a big word to her. I want to stay. Kathryn kisses her. I want you to stay.
Their relationship doesn’t change, only grows. It happens overnight and it takes another year. They move from two apartments near Command to a cute little house, with a tree and a small garden, near the water, with room for dogs. And their book is a hit.