I owe someone a Star Trek fic, so I've been re-reading some of my favorite fics to wrap my head back around the fandom. One of my favorite tropes for Kirk/McCoy is when cadet!Kirk and cadet!McCoy go to Vegas, get wasted, and wake up naked together -- and married. What I love about that trope is the way that writers take it for granted that in the future, marriage between people of the same sex is totally normal and nothing to comment on.
This is something I really enjoy about the ST universe in general. I love that canonically slutty Kirk is assumed to be omnisexual. I love that sexual orientation is generally something considered to be a sliding scale in this futuristic world. (At least, this is true in the limited set of fics I've read, so please be gentle if you think I'm wrong!)
Anyway, in light of everything that happened in the last few days, I've been indulging in some Vegas K/M fic, and re-read one of my favorites of this trope, The One With the Romulan Ale
. An excerpt:“Jesus, Jim. We got married. How fucking stupid are we?”
“I don’t know. It’s Vegas. You get impulsive. I don’t know that it’s stupid. I think we’re both too smart to be stupid.”
“We’re gonna have to get a divorce.” McCoy groans, rubbing his aching head. “I’m going to be twice divorced in two years. I’m going to be that guy — ex for each sex — like on some goddamn soap.”
“We are?” Jim looks at him, a little stunned. “Why? Did I or did I not just give you the best damn head you ever had?”
I'll leave it there to encourage you to read the fic for yourself if you haven't already, but what I wanted to point out here is the bolded bit, which is probably one of my favorite lines in a fic ever. That line communicates so very much about this universe, about how things have changed from the time we live in (and also how they haven't). She says it all in that one line, and it's perfect.
I love fandom so fucking much!♥
Oh, and if there's an LJ comm out there dedicated to Academy years fic, could someone point me to it? TIA!