When most people ask about Jim and Bones’ first kiss, they always assume Jim was the instigator.
What they don’t know is that Bones had been trying to kiss Jim for two weeks before it actually happened and had learned, the hard way, that nothing with Jim Kirk can ever go as planned.
"You’re telling me that Jim playboy Kirk didn’t kiss you first, Len?" Uhura asks. She’s a bit tipsy at their engagement party but that’s okay, they all are. Jim makes a note to tell Scotty to dilute his special brew a bit more, if he can actually remember to make a note, that is.
"No, the kid was oblivious." Bones said, his face was red from the alcohol and he sat back with folded arms in the mess room chair.
Jim had his arm around Bones neck and was playing absently with the bits of hair that were growing. If he kept it up he was going to fall asleep.
"I didn’t know that he looooved me." Jim said, starting to grin at his crew around the table but ending on a yawn.
"So how’d it happen then?" Sulu said, yawning around the mug of Scotty’s hooch.
"By accident!" Jim said and leaned forward to kiss Bones on the cheek when his fiancé scowled.
"Not by accident. I had it planned." Bones said.
"So, how did you seduce the keptin?” Chekov said, leaning forward with cheeks pinker than Bones and a nose that was as red as Rudolph.
"Fool landed himself at SF Medical-"
"It wasn’t that bad, Bones." Jim said, massaging the back of Bones neck.
Bones rolled his eyes. “What dumbass plays rugby with security cadets?”
"It was a bonding exercise with Cupcake!"
"Would you stop fighting like the old married couple we all know you already are and just tell the story?" Uhura said after knocking back the mug and sipping the last dredges of the drink. Scotty blinked at her, impressed.
"Ah, yeah. I concur with Nyota," Scotty said and she beamed. Jim filed it away for things to be thought more about later. Seemed like she wasn’t so broken up about Spock terminating their relationship.
"So Jim comes in with a broken rib…" Bones poked him in the rib and Jim nuzzled his face into the crook of his neck. "But the damn intern messed up his meds and sent him into anaphylactic shock."
Jim kissed Bones just under his jaw, where the stubble was starting to grow before pulling away.
"When I woke up I could have sworn that intern was being murdered. He sobbed like a little baby and groveled after he got chewed out by Boyce and Bones!"
Bones nodded. “Served that prick right.”
Jim shook his head. “So anyway, I woke up with the sorest throat I’ve ever had and confused as all hell because the last thing I remembered was getting tacked in rugby-“
"And I’m scared shitless because this idiot’s vitals are all over the place and if Boyce hadn’t come to tell me that Jim was in the ER and I hadn’t gotten there just as he went into shock-"
"I would have been dead." Jim grins.
Uhura blinked. “Was that the first time you gave poor Len a heart attack?”
Jim scrunched up his face. “Probably.”
"Well, I had just gotten used to the kid. Trained him to be the perfect roommate-"
"And he had fallen deeply in love with me!" Jim said, batting his eyelashes.
Bones hit him lightly on the shoulder.
"I was a bit scared and so…when his lips stopped swelling…"
"Like his hands on the Enterprise?" Uhura snorted as Bones nodded.
"I kissed him."
"It was the best kiss ever. Totally unprepared for it."
"And then you said?" Bones asked and pulled Jim closer so that the Captain was practically sitting on Bones’ lap.
"I may throw up on you." Jim told the crew.
"And he did." Bones said and kissed Jim’s temple.
When most people ask about Jim and Bones’ first kiss, they never think about that either.