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Summary: A piece that covers the journeys of each of the bridge crew
as they gather at Spock and Leonard's home for a get-together. Another
prequel (of sorts) to "The Day You Went Away", and a sequel
to "Return To Us." (Set some time after STIV but before
STV - forgive me for stretching the canon time line but ahhhhh what
else is it for??) Archiving: Cool- if you want to- please let me know.
Feedback: Yes please! All comments are welcome
McCoy looked up and smiled when he heard the screen door open. He
was seated on the swing chair at one end of the porch, sipping on
a damn fine single malt whisky and watching the evening settle into
He raised his drink in a salute. "Y'all finished in there?"
nodded, stepping out and gracefully moving towards him. He dropped
smoothly into the swing chair beside Leonard, draping his slim frame
against the Human's side in a gesture of affection that was peculiarly
overt, even for the relaxed atmosphere of home.
smiled discreetly into his drink. //Very *nice*... Looks like this
old hack in gonna get lucky tonight.//
have finished the last submission," Spock told him.
sipped his drink. "Only you, beautiful, would refer to sending
out invites to a barbeque as 'submissions'".
elegant eyebrow quirked at him, the tiniest twitch lifted the corner
of a sensual mouth. The Vulcan equivalent of a belly laugh. Spock
reached out with his slender, fine-fingered hand and grazed his
knuckles gently along Leonard's jaw line.
my... We *are* affectionate tonight, aren't we?//
Spock agreed, eyes twinkling. "But I feel compelled to mention
that 'old hack' is hardly the way *I* perceive you."
guffawed loudly, saluting his mate again with his near-empty glass.
"I should'a known you'd catch that one," he chortled.
merely gave him another one of those beautiful almost-smiles.
sighed and stretched, luxuriating in the way his body pressed into
Spock's, loving the warmth and firmness of the man. He set his glass
aside and slid his arm around Spock's lean waist. "So, what's
on the agenda this evening oh, bondmate o'mine?"
nuzzled his neck, sending shivers lancing across his skin, warmth
shooting through his heart. "I believe you have already ascertained
my intent, Leonard."
Leonard twisted slightly so that he could capture Spock's mouth
with his own. He kissed him seriously, letting the Vulcan feel the
arousal building inside him, and feeling Spock's flare in response.
Reaching down, he gave his mate's hardening sex a friendly squeeze,
grinning when he heard the tiny catch of breath in Spock's throat.
upstairs, beautiful," Leonard whispered huskily. "Come
upstairs and love me 'till I pass out."
stood and pulled Leonard up behind him, moving swiftly into the
house and heading towards the stairs. He literally dragged his willing
partner into the bedroom and flung him down onto the soft covers
of their bed.
it something I said?" Leonard smiled lovingly up at him.
*do* have a descriptive turn of phrase at times, beloved,// Spock
noted as he pushed aside Leonard's clothing and then efficiently
removed his own.
Leonard held out his arms as Spock lowered himself, naked and fully
erect, down onto him. The Human stroked his hands over Spock's strong,
sleek shoulders, feeling the muscles flex and bunch under his touch,
feeling that special connection growing between them in readiness
for their coupling. //Is that right?//
assaulted Leonard's neck with a flurry of kisses and soft bites.
sank his hands into Spock's soft hair, tugging insistently at him
until he was face to face with his heated mate, looking directly
into those passion hazed, obsidian eyes. //Well, here's another
poetic turn of phrase for you, beautiful... Screw the *hell* outta
the exquisite attention to detail so typical of Vulcans, Spock proceeded
to do exactly that.
this wee ground car o'mine. Always have. I've had her for years
and I've kept her in tip-top condition.
I *am* an engineer... Old habits die hard.
up in front of Uhura's neat wee bungalow and jump out, leaving the
engine runnin'. That's something I really like about that lass.
She's always on time. I like quite a few other things about her
too. Perhaps during our trip out to Spock and Leonard's place we
might talk about that.
say it's time...
I wait for her to come to the door, I consider a wee while on where
we're going. More to the point, *who* we're going to see.
ca'nae quite believe it. Y'know, when they gathered us together
that night on Earth and told us the truth... ye could'a knocked
me down with a feather!
Captain did'nae look that shocked though, I remember that. But,
that does'nae surprise me. He'd have known all along. He's a canny
one, our Jim.
had known too, funnily enough. Or maybe not. She's always been clever,
getting' used to the idea, though. Of Spock and Leonard. We've been
up to visit with them a few times now, and seeing 'em together...
HA! Makes me wonder how in the blue bloody blazes I *missed* it
all these years.
here she is now. All packed and ready to go. Blue dress, low heels,
aye, she's a bonny one and *no* mistake.
ye... Spock and Leonard's confession? It's put ideas into my head,
a fair journey by ground car.
be an interestin' trip.
Spock Marinates. Leonard ruminates.
Did you happen to see a couple of green towels lyin' about the place?"
Leonard called from the dining room.
looked up from where he was working at the kitchen bench. "Perhaps
you should try the airing closet."
walked past on his way to the back rooms. "I didn't put 'em
in the airing closet."
Spock returned to his task. "But I *did*."
shot him a look. "Y'know, I wish you wouldn't do that."
around behind me putting everything away! I leave things out for
a reason, Spock."
raised an elegant brow. "Perhaps you might endeavor in the
future to advise me?"
made a face. "Read my mind."
will not validate that remark with a reply." Spock returned
to his work again.
Leonard fetched the towels, taking them back out to the two small
but cozy rear guest rooms that faced into the back garden. As he
came back in and approached his mate, he grinned broadly. "Spock?"
put a towel each in Chekov's and in Sulu's guest rooms... and sweetheart?"
amusing," Spock said flatly.
leaned his elbows on the kitchen bench and watched his mate for
a few moments. "So, whatcha creating?"
am marinating a selection of vegetables," Spock replied, busily
slicing and mixing. "By the time we are ready to cook tomorrow,
I anticipate that the flavors will be pleasantly amalgamated."
smiled, dipping his finger into the mix. "I see. A little something
for the visiting vegans?" He tasted the marinade. Sweet, slightly
spicy. He definitely approved.
everyone appreciates charred flesh as a foodstuff, Leonard,"
Spock said pointedly.
Spock," Leonard teased him. "Your finely tuned Vulcan
prejudices are showing again!"
quirked a brow. "If I were *so* prejudiced, beloved, I would
hardly be bonded to you."
you've got me there," Leonard conceded amiably. "Spock,
I've been thinking..."
shall alert the authorities."
Leonard deadpanned. "I been *thinking* about Uhura's sleeping
carefully covered his vegetables and slid the shallow pan into the
refrigeration unit. "What aspect of said arrangements, exactly?"
want to change 'em," Leonard replied. "I'm gunna put Jim
upstairs in the room down the hall from us, and put Uhura downstairs."
stared blankly at him.
to *Scotty's* room?" Leonard gave Spock a meaningful look.
cannot be certain."
pretty damn certain," Leonard insisted.
effected a wounded expression. "No I'm not! I'm just providing
an opportunity. What they chose to do with it is their own damn
in, Spock regarded him fondly. "Whatever pleases you, beloved."
final systems check...
in correct location.
*definitely* worth what I paid for it.
assessment? Not too bad for an old girl. Not too bad at all.
eyes are going to fall out when he sees me.
I give my overnight bag one final check over, I ask myself - Do
I actually *want* Montgomery Scott's eyes to fall out when he sees
me? We've been friends for such a long time. Do I really want things
my own eyes in the mirror and meet them squarely.
*bet* I do, sugar!
in love with him so gently. I just woke up one morning and knew.
Not only that, I also realized that I had felt like this for years.
tired of flirting around the issue. I'm tired of *flirting*! By
the time we get to Spock and Leonard's house, I want to at *least*
have the hailing frequencies open.
hope Leonard puts me on the ground floor this time. Their stairs
creak. That's going to make it a little difficult to sneak downstairs
honey? I *do* intend on sneaking!
funny to think of Spock and Leonard as a couple. A *married* couple.
Even though it came as no *real* surprise to me. I guess there's
a fundamental difference between *thinking* you know, and actually
was stunned. I still laugh when I picture his face... and Sulu's
poor Scotty. Do you know the reason why he was so embarrassed when
Spock and Leonard told us?
he hadn't guessed, he hadn't known. He thought he knew those men
so well, and yet he hadn't known this. They'd been *married* for
goodness sake! For over a decade!
he'd been a little miffed that I had guessed already. I just told
him that women are very good at this sort of thing.
true. I could see how fond they were of each other, how real affection
colored all those insults they traded. The ones they made *so* sure
that we would all see.
boys... They should have trusted us. I don't blame them for being
nervy about it, and mostly what I felt was sympathy for them. I
felt almost guilty. Knowing that they spent so many nights in separate
quarters when they *should* have been together, all cuddled up and
doing what lovers do.
that they had felt comfortable enough with us to be what they were
meant to be.
it's all out now and that's what matters. Next mission? Things will
There's the door! Sweet Scotty, on time as always.
girl! You got some things to do today.
come next mission, Spock and Leonard won't be the *only* one's sharing
that's so good, beautiful...// Leonard slid his hands smoothly down
a lean, surging back to grasp his mate's taut buttocks, gripping
firmly and pulling him in deeper.
receptive as always to the Human's needs, changed the angle of his
hips slightly and began thrusting harder, deliberately grazing Leonard's
prostate with the smooth head of his shaft, urging his mate closer
groan came from his chest. He was helpless to stop it. Strangely
enough, despite his innate need for self control, when he was in
Leonard's arms, he felt no sense of failure at being unable to keep
the strength of his emotions from showing through. He loved his
mate. He loved loving him.
loved that Leonard knew that.
soft night breezes moved the light drapes at the window, stroking
over their sweat dewed skin like cool and gentle fingers.
lifted his legs, increasing the penetration, even as he kissed Spock
deeply. The Human was close. Spock could sense it.
me feel you, sweetheart,// Leonard gasped in his mind. //Let me
feel you come in me. You feel so *good* in me.//
another low moan, Spock reached up and pressed his fingers to Leonard's
face. //Yes, beloved... be with me.//
Spock! Oh... Oh *God*! Always! Always!// Leonard's mental chant
trailed off into a helpless wail of completion as he felt Spock's
body and mind peak inside of him. Inside his flesh, inside his soul.
starting low in Spock's groin, raging through his thighs and belly.
Searing and hot, base and primal. Beautiful.
waves of pleasure surged up and met him from the other direction.
Leonard's climax. Washing over him, burning him, leaving him shattered
and breathless and profoundly thankful for it all.
the paroxysms ceased, leaving both men lying in a warm haze of spent
sexual energy and general well being.
eased gently out of his mate's body and allowed Leonard to pull
him down so that he was cradled in the Human's arms, his head comfortably
resting against Leonard's shoulder. He did not object to being wrapped
up like this in a tangle of lean Human limbs. Indeed, over the years
he had become used to it and found it difficult to sleep well without
Leonard's voice was a mere sleepy murmur in his mind.
time are they all comin' tomorrow?//
Spock stroked his long fingers through Leonard's soft, damp hair.
//I estimate that they will arrive shortly after ten A.M.//
it'll give me time to set up the grill and then jump ya.//
silent merriment echoed between them. //I will hold you to that,
overtook them then. Warm and replete, they rested deeply and shared
Chekov Complains. Sulu Seethes.
Sulu turned the ground car off the main highway and headed down
the winding country road that would eventually take them to Spock
and Leonard's home.
was profoundly grateful that this leg of the journey was nearly
happened *every* single time he and Chekov traveled out here together.
Sulu *always* forgot what kind of passenger Chekov really was and
*always* ended up offering him a ride again.
my ancestors supposed to send me signs to warn me about this kind
to say that the whole trip was awful. No... not at all.
first five minutes were usually fine.
was one of his best friends. In fact, he was probably *the* best
friend he'd ever had. He was honest, loyal, smart, kind and courageous.
if he didn't shut up... *right now*... Sulu was going to scissor
kick him right out the back windscreen.
em not complainink, Hikaru. Please don't think thet."
gripped the driver's console and waited. //But...//
Chekov continued. "I vould feel better if you did not drive
bite, Hikaru... just nod and pull it back. Again.// Sulu opened
his traitorous mouth. "I do *not* drive too fast."
drivink this ting like it vas a Star Ship!"
I'm a damn good pilot, Pavel!"
Hikaru." Chevok looked at him sternly. "Dere are no thrusters
in the beck seat."
varp core, either."
Pavel," Sulu said reasonably. "You've asked me to slow
down four times so far and I've agreed, right?"
what's the problem?"
come you never let me drive?"
blinked. "Is *that* why you always give me such a hard time?
Because *you* want to drive?"
little..." Sulu shot him a look that spoke volumes. "Why
didn't you just *say* so?"
And heff to sit through a three hour lecture on 'I'm the pilot -
I do the drivink?'"
you thought you'd just irritate me into giving over, huh?"
pulled over and cut the engine. "OK, Hot-shot. It worked. Swap!"
immensely pleased with himself, Chekov slid over to the driver's
side while Sulu hopped out and darted around to the passenger door.
As he slid in and secured himself, Chekov pulled out again.
a moment, Sulu grinned wickedly. "Hey Pavel, you don't think
you're going a little fast, do you?"
laughed and rolled his eyes. "Wery funny. Talk about somethink
Sulu looked out at the scenery, watching the low green hills and
tall trees pass by, touched by the gentle rays of the morning sun.
"What did you *really* think when Spock and McCoy came clean
looked surprised. "Thet question came from nowhere..."
shrugged. "Not really. I've actually always meant to ask you
but I never got round to it."
Chekov thought about it for a while. "I think I vas more amazed
thet they had managed to keep it a secret for so long."
nodded. He had felt something similar. "You don't have a problem
with them being lovers?"
snorted. "Vhy vould I? It makes no difference to *me*. Spock
is still Spock and McCoy is still McCoy. From vot they told us,
they heff been together for a long time. They are the same people
now as they vere a year ago." Chekov paused then and gave Sulu
a brief, worried look. "Hikaru... you *don't* heff a problem
with them, do you?"
shook he head, then sighed. "At first, I did. Not because they're
both men, that means nothing. It's just... I wasn't prepared to
accept the sudden change. I felt like it came right out of left
field. I had *no* idea that they had been hiding this huge big deal
from us all that time. I guess I resented the fact that they didn't
hid it from us *all*, Hikaru," Pavel said somberly.
Sulu sighed. "I guess they did."
grinned. "The Keptin knew."
Sulu grinned back at him, suddenly feeling better. "Hey, should
I even be surprised by that? For all *we* know, he was the one who
set them up with each other in the first place!"
with laughter, the ground car sped onwards, eating up the miles.
And Leonard: Tea For Two.
y'go, beautiful." Leonard walked out through the screen door
with two steaming mugs in his hands. He sat beside his mate on the
swing chair and handed him one.
you." Spock raised the mug and carefully sipped at the hot
liquid. Leonard watched him carefully and was delighted as always
the see the slightest expression of pleasure cross that well loved
glanced at him with approval. "This is real."
grinned. "Yep! I brought a box of tealeaves in town when I
last went in. I know how you like the real stuff."
raised his own mug, enjoying the fragrance that rose with the steam.
"Well, you can think of some suitable way to thank me later."
a long moment, the two men simply sat together, side by side, enjoying
the fresh morning air and watching the bright sunlight glimmer off
the dew drenched grass. Leonard could feel the shimmer in the air,
hear the low buzz of insects in the garden. It was going to be a
warm day. Perfect.
Leonard leaned against his mate, prompting Spock to set aside his
mug and look down at him.
lookin' forward to this gathering," Leonard said softly.
Why this particular one?"
they're getting' used to us now." Leonard reached up and stroked
Spock's face. "I like being able to relax with you around them.
It's a hell of a relief after all those years we spent hiding it
clasped Leonard's hand and held it gently. "I am sorry, beloved."
blinked. "What for?"
agreeing to subterfuge. I should have been more insistent upon revealing
our true status."
eyes narrowed. "And why exactly, do you think it was it all
down to you? Are you saying that you are the dominant partner in
this little union?"
course not, beloved, but..."
nothing, Spock!" Leonard's blue eyes flashed. "You take
too much on, dammit! You always look to take the blame. I was there
too, remember? We *both* knew the reasons."
his head slightly, Spock pressed Leonard's hand to his mouth. "It
seems so... foolish now."
shrugged. "At the time, our concerns were very real. Especially
for *your* career. You were the son of an Ambassador, Spock. I was
just some little hick from a southern backwater."
gave Leonard a hard look. "That has *never* been an acceptable
description of you, Leonard."
Leonard smoothed his free hand over Spock's brow. "That's the
way others would have seen it, sweetheart. Don't feel so bad. It's
all past now anyway, and besides..." Leonard's eyes were faintly
wicked as he grinned at his mate. "There was a certain undeniable
attraction in all those clandestine meetings we used to have."
expression eased into affection. He curled his long fingers around
the nape of Leonard's neck and kissed him gently and thoroughly.
immediately, Leonard felt his body respond to his mate's attentions.
"Oh, beautiful... If you keep up with that, we won't get *anything*
done this morning."
fair observation, Leonard." Spock nuzzled the Human's soft
Spock? I should really jump in the shower." Leonard's breath
was coming a little faster.
will not stop you, beloved," Spock murmured against his skin.
control, beautiful," Leonard gasped.
will join you instead."
temperature abruptly rose. "Ohhhkay..."
I can't say that I'm sorry to be heading out to Spock and Bones'
place again. They always put up a nice spread.
reminds me, I really should start watching the old waistline again.
come a long way, the old bridge crew. But I think that Spock and
Bones' journey has certainly been the most profound. I'm glad to
see them finally work it out. You have *no* idea how hard it was
keeping my nose out of it all those years.
this day, Bones thinks I had no idea. I suppose it's a fair enough
assumption too, considering how shocked I was when they finally
announced the truth.
all of us. All at once.
can I slip you a secret? I wasn't shocked because I hadn't known
about them... I was shocked because they were actually *telling*
before time. I was seriously considering making it an order.
thinks I set up that shore leave draw all those years ago. I know
he does. He's wrong though.
sort of. I *did* fix it so that I drew Lieutenant Dennara.
Captain's privileges, all right?
the moment they returned from that frigid little planet that something
was different. Then later on that same night, I saw them as I passed
by the darkened sickbay. They weren't even touching each other,
they were just... looking into each others eyes. Spock was so wrapped
up in Bones that he didn't even sense that I was there.
when I knew.
my best to help them where I could. Shore leaves, sending them on
away teams, that kind of thing. The rest? I had to leave up to them.
I gathered they had their reasons for wanting to keep it quiet,
and after all, it *was* their business, right?
glad they finally let it be known. Their secret relationship has
outlasted *any* of mine, ironic isn't it? That kind of love is just
too good to hide away.
them get old together. Let them know love and know that it's OK
to show it.
so many missed chances in my life.
happier than I can say that the two people I love most in this universe
aren't going to go down the same path.
enough of that. I've reached their driveway and I can see by the
other ground cars that I am last, as usual.
mind. How the hell can I be expected to perform a grand entrance
if there's nobody there to see it?
the most important people in my life up there on that porch, gathered
around the swing chair.
of friends. A celebration of love.
thinking of that, I must remember to ask Bones if he minds swapping
mine and Uhura's rooms tonight. A certain engineer that I knew could
use a little push in the right direction...