//Geoff isn’t even in this one but I really wanted to get this one out. This is one of those AUs that I have no idea if anyone else will really see it as I do, but I figured I’d put it out there in the hopes that someone will share my feels. This is inspired by the musical trio Time for Three when I saw them perform a few years ago (and got the immense pleasure of actually talking to them). They’re classically trained but also do covers and have made their own pieces as well. But it was their actual performance that really got to me. They’re amazing to watch and they each have their own distinct playing style that all add to the music when combined. In a way it kind of way it reminded me of the triumvirate (but this came after I really got into Star Trek a few years later) so I have created this kind of specific AU with all of that in mind.
Jim Kirk was never truly classically trained but is by all accounts a musical genius. His stepfather never appreciated the arts and tried to ‘toughen him up’. It did make Jim tough, but his passion only grew stronger. As his escape, Jim frequented a local music shop whose owner, Chris Pike, took pity on the boy and gave him music lessons on several different instruments. Jim learned quite a few, but his personal favorite was the double bass. Pike managed to get Kirk an audition for a musical academy in San Francisco which was where he met Leonard McCoy.
Leonard “Bones” McCoy took a while to get to the conclusion that music was where he wanted to go in life. He had gone to medical school and even liked it, but something was missing. The man had played fiddle for his family and took lessons growing up and never really stopped, even if it was delegated to a hobby for a while. However after a particularly bad day at work, he realized that he was truly the happiest when he played music and sought to get more official training. His wife wasn’t as appreciative of this sudden change and the whole thing had a domino effect that led to their eventual divorce. As upset as he was at losing his daughter, it did give him the freedom to pursue his passion. After a few tries, he managed to get accepted into the academy as well. Jim latched onto him early on like a leech and never let go, calling him “Bones” and dragging the poor Georgian from one odd idea to the next. It was Jim’s idea to start a musical group but they needed at least one more sound to round them out.
Adam “Spock” Grayson (This is assuming non-Star Trek kind of AU, but it could easily be so and he’d have his normal name) had from the beginning been born and bred into the classical music world. His father was a famed cellist who encouraged Adam to pick one of his own. The violin was a natural choice and he grew quite proficient at it. There was a rebellious streak in him though. He would be caught experimenting with various styles which, while beautiful, his father never saw being enough to make a career off of. Another rift occurred when Adam chose to attend the alma mater of his mother, an accomplished composer who encouraged her son’s creativity, in San Francisco as opposed to a more prestigious music school. He quickly shot up the ranks to the top of his class. By the time Kirk and McCoy arrived, Adam had been there for two years already. He was rehearsing in a private practice room when Jim heard it and refused to let that sound go much to Leonard’s chagrin. They needed that sound, Bones. Can’t you just hear it?
Needless to say things were rocky at first. Adam and Leonard didn’t exactly see eye-to-eye in quite a few aspects of their music, Jim was the one that kept it all together. The first time they ever truly agreed was when Jim had asked what the big deal was because ‘they both played the same instrument’. It had caused the two to halt their argument and turn to the bassist with such a glare that it made him laugh.