We’re in Love, Aren’t We?

Fandom: Star Trek AOS.
Reader X Leonard McCoy.
Prompt:  For @trekken81’s Ed Sheeran Divide song challenge – Hearts Don’t Break Around Here.
Word Count: 1838
very minor injury.
Rating: All ages.
Genre: Fluff.
Summary: Leonard and reader go on a hike and figure out their feelings for one another.
Author’s Note: Beta’d by the lovely @starshiphufflebadger.  This was originally conceived of as a McKirk fic, but as the challenge was for a reader insert, that’s what it became.  I may still write this as McKirk one day, with a different premise.  Enjoy!

We’re in Love, Aren’t We?

Every night I’ll kiss you you’ll say in my ear
Oh we’re in love aren’t we?
Hands in your hair, fingers and thumbs baby
I feel safe when you’re holding me near
Love the way that you conquer your fear
You know hearts don’t break around here

You groan at the ache in your thighs and buttocks as you plant one foot in front of the other on what Leonard promises is the last stretch of the hike on the way to the picnic site.  The hiking boots he had insisted you wear for the trip are rubbing you in exactly the wrong way and you can’t wait to just lie down somewhere.  You don’t even care whether it’s on the blanket you’ve brought along or on the bare earth beneath your feet, just as long as you’re horizontal, you’ll be happy.

“Almost there, sugar,” Leonard assures you, placing a hand on your shoulder as he falls into step with you from where he’d been bringing up the rear just in case you lost your balance on the sheer slope.

The way your muscles are screaming at you from the exertion makes you wonder why you had ever agreed to go hiking during your shore leave in the first place.  You’ve never been one for nature, and the whole idea lacked romance in your opinion, but Leonard had seemed so excited to bring you to one of his favorite places in the world that you just hadn’t been able to resist.  Instead, you’re now filing your current predicament away for use in the future, for any time he suggests anything crazy again and you find yourself being won over by those earnest eyes.

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star trek really is the wildest shit like i grew up w all these gross homophobic dudebros talking about womanizer jim kirk the guy that shoots first and asks questions later and i watch it after years of objectively disliking it and instead i get the greatest love story between two men i’ve ever watched + space + intersectional feminism + metaphors about deep sociopolotical subjects. what the fuck