Author: Brenda Layland a.k.a. Artemis
Two Challenges met in one story. Tenth Wave challenge: write a story
that takes place between ST: V & ST: VI. General
challenge: write a story
where our boys are married.
Disclaimer: Paramount/Viacom own Star Trek. No infringement intended,
money being made. All original content (c) Brenda D.I. Layland, November 11,
Author's Note: Yes, We‚€™re
back on Risa. If Neil Simon can make an award
winning play about two people meeting once a year to have an affair, I can
favorite men rendezvous on Risa. Criticism is not welcome, but will be
Archive: The Spock/McCoyote's
ZEUS TO GANYMEDE
Place: Risa (again)
Doctor McCoy felt old as he looked down
from the boardwalk at the young
people, playing on the beach. Why did Bolians insist on "tanning" until they
even purple all over? Perhaps there was a paper in that‚€¶Damn it
Lenny-boy, you‚€™ve been at that University
Hospital too long. Beach full of
bodies and all you can see is material for your next paper. He shook his
and turned toward the marina where Spock was waiting for him on the "Ganymede"
the sailboat they rented whenever
they were on Risa.
"Bones! What are you doing here?" McCoy turned to see Jim Kirk and Carol
Marcus coming towards
him. To be precise, Jim was steaming towards him with
"Just taking in the sights." Leonard replied
gesturing to the beach.
"Well, come and have a drink with us."
"I have a better idea," Leonard said, "Why don‚€™t
y‚€™all join me on my boat?
Don‚€™t worry the stabilizers are on." Leonard chuckled as he indicated
Kirk glanced at Carol. She nods. "Okay, Bones. We‚€™d be glad to join you."
was dressed in issued tropical wear for men over forty, Sea foam green
Guayabera shirt, white linen slacks and huaraches.
Carol wore a print sundress
whose pattern complemented Jim‚€™s shirt and huaraches. Leonard was wearing an
Risan Tiki print shirt over a dark green lava-lava.
"Bones, are you wearing a skirt?" asked Jim.
Jim. Half the males here are wearing some sort of lava-lava."
Carol sensed a storm brewing, she cut it off. Pointing
to the docked pleasure
boats she asked, "Which one is yours?"
"The yawl with the green and blue pennants."
yawl?" asked Carol
McCoy poured the accent on thick as Karo syrup. "Y‚€™all know what a yawl is don
"It‚€™s a jolly boat" he finished.
it is, Leonard, but what is it, really?" ask Carol.
"It is a fore-and-aft rigged sailboat carrying a mainsail and one
jibs with a mizzenmast far aft steered by a rudder." Blank looks from Jim and
Carol. McCoy sighed. "A mini-yacht.
Comfortable for two, cozy for four."
"For cozy, read cramped" Kirk explained. "Risa has some of the best hotels in
quadrant. Why rent a boat?"
"Convince - we can put in whenever we need to for supplies or a night on the
- no waiters, no neighbors, no newsies. Damn pests get worse
every year. Save Earth two or three time and suddenly you
become famous." McCoy
ended in one of his patented grumbles.
They reached a dock with at sign that read "R.S.S.
Ganymede". McCoy rang a
bell and beckoned for his guest to follow him
At the head of the gangplank stood Spock.
Jim‚€™s face lit up. What luck! He
knew his old friends vacationed together, but the old crew tended to drift
between missions. He clutched Carol‚€™s arm tighter and hurried up the
was also wearing a dark green lava-lava. His "skirt" stopped below his
knees. He wore a green striped tee shirt with a
square neck. Jim thought the
shirt looked familiar but couldn‚€™t place it.
Bones stopped just ahead
of them. He snapped a better salute that Kirk
thought he was capable of. "Permission to come aboard, sir?"
came to attention. "Granted." When Leonard stepped up even with Spock,
they kissed the Gaelic way - grabbing each other
shoulders and a peck on each
Leonard indicated Kirk and Carol. "I brought guests for dinner." He waved for
to come on.
Captain Kirk requested permission to come aboard. Busman‚€™s holiday, he
returned his salute. "No kissing, please, Mr. Spock."
Spock raised his eyebrow. "I shall not kiss you, Jim." There
still raw and husky in his voice perhaps left over from the "Genesis" planet
experience. Jim felt a flash
of guilt for being so abrupt.
Leonard was already at the cabin door. Carol took a deep breath of sea air
out to sea.
"I can‚€™t believe you come here to sail. Vulcan doesn‚€™t have oceans." Carol
"What‚€™s the attraction?
Spock explained. "That is the attraction. Vulcan does not have oceans."
enlightenment was clearly called for. "Leonard introduced me to sailing.
first there was the mastery of a new skill.
The science that goes behind ‚€˜
just sailing‚€˜: Physics, chemistry, meteorology, and oceanography.
ropes. (Leonard groaned and smiled. Spock loved that pun. Spock realized that he
was going into
lecture mode.) Ahh. Why? Because, Ambassador Sarek cannot do
They stepped into a forward cabin appointed
as a lounge.
McCoy playing host went over to the bar. "Please have a seat. What y‚€™all want
and Carol settled on one of the couches.
"Beer, please! I‚€™m sick of mixed drinks." from Jim
continued "And for the lady?"
"Beer for now, but I‚€™ll have "Sex on the Beach" later." She exchanged looks
Jim and they both laughed.
McCoy set a tray on the low table between them. "Here, we go. Beer for our
iced tea for the home team."
Spock set a bowl of kelp chips down beside the tray. The chips were various
"The blue ones have a particularly strong taste." Carol popped one into
her mouth and smiled a yummy smile. Leonard was
tempted to let the small talk
run to chips but he took a deep breath and put his arm around Spock‚€˜s
as he did Spock stroked his cheek with two fingers.
"What in the hell!?" Jim jumped back, nearly hitting his head on
a lamp. "Is
this some sort of joke?" His mind was spinning. He took a sip from his drink
to marshal his thoughts.
began to add things up: Their boat, their vacation, and both wearing
lava-lavas. They were obviously very comfortable embracing.
"Is this serious?"
asked at last.
"Yes. We are married. " Spock spoke for both of them. He placed his hand
on his bond mate‚€™s knee.
"Spock, does your father know?" Jim asked
"Of course, when he discovered
I had left my katra with Leonard instead of
you, he realized the truth. During the fal-tor-pan, our relationship became
to all." Spock‚€™s voice was matter of fact; he looked Kirk straight in
"Bones, what does
your father think about all this?"
"He‚€™s dead, Jim."
"Damn, I know that. - This news is just a
little more than I can handle.
Married. Married! I am the last one to know."
McCoy mumbled, "A little louder, a
few people on Betelgeuse V don‚€˜t know yet."
"Why didn‚€™t you tell me?" Kirk was hurt and
"If I may?" Spock‚€™s posture and inflection were as if he were giving a report
back on the
Enterprise. "On star date 10.15.2267, Ensigns Charles McGrudder
and George Haws were discovered kissing in the arboretum.
You punished them to
the fullest extent under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. When you had
stripped them of all
ranks, rights, and privileges, you had them locked in the
brig and kept on bread and water until we reached Starbase 227,
later. All this for kissing. During the court-marital you went on record
regretting that you could not
maroon them as was done during the days of
Carol moved slightly away from
Kirk. Kirk blushed to well below his shirt.
Spock continued, "On star date 02.17.2277, during the
for your apartment in San Francisco, Commodore Jones jokingly enquired as to
where my toothbrush
was. To say you over reacted would be an understatement.
Until then I did not realize that humans could literally foam
at the mouth. You
loudly and repeatedly denied that we were lovers. You stood on the balcony and
shouted to the world
that you were not gay and that I was not gay. You were
Spock concluded his report with a sardonic lift
of his eyebrow and took a sip
of his tea as if the rinse the bad taste of the incident from his mouth and
something to do in an awkward moment, Kirk popped a green chip into
his mouth. Hot, hot, he gasped and fanned his tongue.
Carol finally took pity
on him and gave him a yellow one (sort of like gouda cheese) and his beer.
She had not known
about the McGrudder/Haws court-martial and withheld treatment
for 7.3 seconds as a punishment.
Jim still couldn‚€™t
quite grasp the obvious. "Bones, you ran out of pleasure
chits at Madam Sophie‚€™s House of Joy. The Shore
Leave planet, Crewman Barrows,
"I‚€™m what you call a switch hitter, Jim. Playin‚€™
on both teams - bisexual.
And there was this black haired Adonis at Madam Sophie‚€™s. He could‚€¶"
and Spock interpreted together. "Stop." "That‚€™s enough, Leonard."
McCoy shrugged "All right, Spock sugar,
but you gotta do that thing later."
"You will have to refresh my memory." His tone was laconic. He breifly
extra pressure to Leonard‚€™s knee. //Aren‚€™t you piling it on a bit
trying to pound it through his thick skull, Shug.//
"I know what bisexual means. I have heard the term once or twice
fact, Carol told me that David "played for both teams". Which was the second
thing that brought me out of
the 21st century." Jim paused.
"Go on." No joking now, Leonard said to himself.
"You probably recall about two
months after I made an ass out of myself at
the housewarming, Admiral Kawasaki retired and came out. He and Sato Yugimoto
been together for 25 years. Well, that gave me a lot to think about. Admiral
Kawasaki was a friend of mine. I had been
to his house, their house, on
numerous occasions." Kirk took a breath and collected himself" Fuji Kawasaki is
"Spock, I bet you were surprised that I wasn‚€™t in the forefront of the
pitchfork and torches
crowd." Spock nodded. " For once, I sat back and thought
before I acted. Getting tired of the taste of shoe leather in
my old age." He
smiled ruefully. "His professional accomplishments will never be forgotten. He
part of the relief
convoy to Tarsus IV. He saved my life. I reviewed his
career, his life and asked myself if this new piece of information
the way I thought and felt about him. This is where I‚€™m not going to give you
correct answer. Yes, it did. A little, but not enough to
diminish his accomplishments. Not enough to stop admiring him
as a Star Fleet
officer or as a man".
"His beloved, Sato Yugimoto, was one to the Grand Master Chess champions of
Federation. I remember when Sato-san quit playing chess because it was to
easy and took up "Go". I thought I knew that
game. He regularly handed me my
ass. I‚€™ve always liked him. He is a better strategist than you Spock."
I was ready to give my considered opinion, I stated calmly and to
whoever asked (and some that didn‚€™t) that
I had been wrong. Homosexuality is
the bane of Star Fleet nor will it bring down civilization, as we know it. The
and his spouse, yes, spouse, belong together. I wish them every
Carol never dreamt that Jim had been
so fervently homophobic. She tried to
sound causal, but it words came out cold as space. "But why were you so
Did the ‚€˜BAD MAN‚€™ touch you?"
"Yes," Jim said quietly, "It took me along time and a lot
therapy to disassociate the ‚€˜Bad Man‚€™ from homosexuality. He was a predator,
As far from Kawasaki and Yugimoto, and David, as Jack the Ripper was
from Cochran‚€™s cloud friend."
leaned forward, "Still with all your therapy, you are uncomfortable
when we kissed and when we hold hands." There was a
challenge in his voice.
"You noticed. Dr. Lancet, my therapist, and I discussed this, among other
things. The short
version is - I asked him ‚€˜how did you know that you are
You just do‚€˜,
he said. ‚€˜But one big clue is an attraction to men.‚€™ I do
feel that attraction, gentlemen,
quite the opposite, in fact. When I says its
not you it me - I‚€˜m not talking clich√©s. I‚€˜m hetero.
I hope you can live
that." Jim tried for a little joke. His audience nodded in understanding and
galaxy has changed around me, for the better for the most part. I am
trying to change for the better also. Bones, Spock,
my friends, my dear friends,
please, believe me when I say that I am glad that you have bonded. I can
you love each other in every way. However; I can‚€™t dwell on the
physical aspect of your relationship, but
that‚€™s my problem. I hope that you
accept that problem, that flaw in me." Finishing, he nervously
Leonard started; "Gee, I don‚€™t know. We all ready have to put up with the way
crack your knuckles."
"And your singing." from Spock
"And your Galaxy class ego." Chimed in Carol.
stood; he extended his hand to Kirk. "Friends, from the Rim to the
Core." He gave Jim a quick embrace. Spock did the same.
is one." Spock said with a sigh of relief as he sat down.
"One?" Jim and Carol asked
Spock explained. "One person
we care about confronted with the truth; two
counting you, Carol. Our marriage is not widely known off Vulcan. Only a few
family and friends know." He nodded to include Kirk and Carol. Kirk smiled
Spock went on, "We are not just here on
vacation, but to prepare ourselves for
our first diplomatic mission together."
Leonard took up the explanation;
"Sarek has asked Spock to lead the
delegation this year on P'Jem to commemorate the T‚€™Pol Accord. I am going
mate. There's a lot for an old country doctor to learn, about etiquette and
Spock has a nice ring to it." Jim was happy for his friends,
"Bones, I'm sure you'll do well, but what will they call you?
"Doctor McCoy, of course." said Carol
"Thank you, Dr. Marcus."
welcome, Dr. McCoy."