Please, celebrate me home,
Give me a number,
Please, celebrate me home
Play me one more song,
That I’ll always remember,
And I can recall,
Whenever I find myself too all alone,
I can sing me home.
“Where are we going?” Bones asked as he followed Jim down the dirt road.
Jim glanced Bones’ way and smiled at his bundled up friend. The woolen cap on his head made him look especially endearing. It was bitterly cold, sure, but Bones had bundled up like they were on Delta Vega. Not that Jim cared to remember that experience.
“To the market for a last few things for Thanksgiving.”
“Spock didn’t want to come?”
“Well.” Jim shrugged. “He hates the cold. You know that. And anyway he’s video conferencing with Nyota.”
Bones shot him a look. “So it wasn’t because he figured I’d open up more to you if he wasn’t around?”
“Hmm.” Bones scuffed his boot against the brown. “How’s that going really? Spock, the bond.”
“Like heaven.” Jim smiled.
He nodded. “I can’t say I didn’t have my doubts when first got together.”
Bones snorted. “Don’t I know it?”
Jim shoved him a little. “But he really does love me as much as he says he does.”
“Will wonders never cease.”
“You actually admit the great Captain Kirk can be wrong. It’s about time you figured it out.”
Jim rolled his eyes. “Former Captain Kirk. And I would think after three years with this bond, I would figure it out.”
“You were worried though. When it was going to be just the two of you. He’d decide you weren’t as great as he thought you were.”
Jim blushed. “Well. I guess he still thinks I’m great.”
Bones nudged him with a shoulder. “You are great. And hell, I know Spock thinks so. I can tell by the way he screams your name.”
He laughed. “Bones.”
“I never pegged him for a screamer.”
“Oh trust me. And damn he’s insatiable.”
“He matches you well then.”
Jim shook his head. “So.”
Bones sighed. “So.”
“Yes, I’m okay, Jim. I promise.”
He blew out a breath. “I hate her.”
“Nah, don’t. Some things just don’t work out. Not for everyone. Not everyone gets the fairytale like you and the hobgoblin.”
Jim grimaced as the main part of the town came into view. “Did she cheat on you?”
“I hate her.”
“Jim. She’s not a bad person. We just…it didn’t work out. She wasn’t who I thought she was. And I guess I wasn’t who she thought I was.”
Jim made a face. She was still a bitch and he still hated her, but he’d keep his mouth shut for Bones. He gestured to the little street that would take them to the small neighborhood market.
“What are we getting anyway?”
“Eggnog to go with the brandy I bought when I found out you were coming. And some more vegetables for my husband.”
“You love calling him that, don’t you?”
“I love that he is my husband, yeah.” He stopped at the door. “God, Bones, sometimes I think I’m so damn lucky it scares the shit out of me.”
“Because you’re a dummy,” Bones cracked. “You have nothing to worry about. Spock is devoted to you.” They walked into the store. “Does he drink eggnog?”
“Nope. More for us.”
“Just ease up on it. That stuff’s bad for you.”
“Yes, doctor. And the brandy isn’t?”
“Of course it is.” Jim stopped and gave a startled Bones a hug. “I love you.”
“Come on, Jim, we’re in public.”
Jim laughed and shoved him away. “I swear. Let’s get this stuff and go back where my hugs are appreciated.”
“Brr.” Jim stomped on the welcome mat outside the front door of his house. “It’s fucking cold.”
“Well, whose dumb idea was it to walk anyway?” Bones grumbled as he opened the door and stepped inside. “And it’s started raining. I’m surprised it’s not snowing.”
“It will be soon enough.” Jim took his wet and muddy boots off and left them just inside the door as he stripped out of his jacket and scarf. “Spock? Honey, you here?”
Jim followed Spock’s voice into the kitchen. He held out a steaming cup of coffee for Jim.
“All right, that’s it,” Jim said as he scooped it up. “I’m marrying you.”
“If you marry everyone who gives you coffee I am in trouble,” Spock replied. He handed a cup to Bones, too. “I anticipated you two would need heated refreshment.”
“This tastes great, Spock.” Bones drank greedily from the coffee. “I’m freezing and wet too.”
Jim gave him an apologetic look. “Sorry, Bones. I’ll put this stuff away. Why don’t you go take yourself a shower? I’ll put on the turkey and everything.”
“Are you sure? You don’t need my help?”
“Nope, I have my handsome Vulcan helper with me.”
“Just don’t get up to any hanky panky over the turkey.”
Spock arched his brow.
Bones rolled his eyes and headed up stairs.
Jim pushed himself against Spock. “Ignore him. We can totally get up to hanky panky.”
Spock scooted his hands under Jim’s shirt but his gaze looked hesitant and frankly…worried.
Jim pulled back to study him more closely. “Hey, what’s wrong? We don’t have to have sex. I was kidding.”
“No, Ashaya. I am always pleased to indulge us both.”
“What is it then? Something wrong with Nyota?” The slight blush to his cheeks told Jim it definitely had something to do with her. “Come on, spit it out.”
“I may-I may have invited Nyota to come here for Christmas.”
Jim stared at him. “What? Without asking me?”
“You-yourself invited Leonard without checking with me.”
“I did.” Jim nodded. “So, this is what? Revenge inviting?”
A tiny furrow appeared between his eyes. “No. Jim, I—”
He burst out laughing. “I’m totally kidding.”
“Honey, it’s fine that you asked her. When is she coming?”
Spock blinked at him. “Next week. She has agreed to spend December with us. She had nowhere else to go and she seemed…sad.”
“I apologize if—”
“No problem, Spock. We have room. It’s fine.”
“You do not have an issue with Nyota staying with us?” Spock looked skeptical. Vulcan skeptical. But skeptical.
Jim smiled and kissed his husband. “That was the old me. The new me knows you are totally and completely mine.”
Spock him close. “Yes, you have me wrapped around your finger.”
“But I guess this sort of does make us even. I invited Bones and you invited Nyota. We need to communicate better.”
“Indeed. And if you and the doctor intend to eat that turkey today, you had better get it in the oven.”
“Okay. Yeah.” Jim sighed. “I hope you have extra, by the way.”
Jim smirked. “Earplugs.” He winked. “She’s going to need them.”
Jim brought two glasses and a wine bottle to the table set with a small roasted turkey, that had been sliced by Jim. There were bowls of stuffing, green beans, mashed potatoes with gravy, acorn squash, yams, and risotto with broccoli. And later, the apple pie Spock had made, all the while declaring there was far too much food for the three of them.
When Jim pointed out that was tradition, Spock had mumbled something about his “illogical mate”.
Spock shrugged a little. “A small amount. In keeping with the celebration.”
Jim poured all three of them wine and they sat down at the table. Jim between his Spock and Bones. He held onto both their hands for a moment.
“I’ve never been a man of prayer or anything. I certainly won’t start now. But the tradition of Thanksgiving was to prepare a feast and share how thankful you were for what you have. Throughout that year and in life, I think. And yeah, sometimes life deals you a lot of crap, and it’s hard to find something to be thankful for.” He squeezed Bones’ hand. “But you once said to me to ‘Here’s to good hair and perfect eyesight’. I guess what I’m saying is there’s always a silver lining.”
Bones snorted. “And your lining is getting more silver all the time.”
Jim laughed. “Shut up. We’ve come a long way since then. So I guess what I’m trying to say—”
“I did wonder.”
“Can it, McCoy. What I’m thankful for is my beautiful, wonderful bondmate and husband.” Jim brought Spock’s fingers to his mouth and kissed them. “And Bones. The best brother anybody could ever ask for in a million years. And a damn good doctor too.”
“A damn good doctor,” Bones agreed.
Jim held his glass if wine up. “To family.”
Bones clinked his glass to his and then Spock’s. “To family.”
They all drank.
Jim put his glass down, released their hands and then rubbed his together excitedly. “Hand me that turkey leg.”