And so it begins. Wednesdays and Fridays all month. Enjoy!
PS. I know it’s Jay’s birthday but I am sorry to say I just didn’t have time to get a separate fic written, my apologies. Looks like Over Time will be finished in early August, anyway. Happy Birthday Jay!
“This is the first day.”
Jim did not look up from his PADD when Vanik spoke. Jim was sitting in the office area of the apartment he shared with Spock studying for a really important test. He vaguely wondered how Vanik got there. He hadn’t let him in and Spock wasn’t there. He did not need to deal with the pest just then.
“First day of what?” he asked absently.
“Christmas in July.”
Now Jim did look up. “Excuse me?”
“It’s July the first.”
“Right. Uh. Vanik. Wait, how’d you get in?” He shook his head. “Never mind. I don’t want to know. Because then I will be forced to tell Spock.”
“When do the celebrations begin?”
“Celebrations? Look. That’s not really how it works. It’s not really until July the twenty-fourth or so. You know around the real time for Christmas and Christmas Eve five months later. It’s just sort of a wow, it’s only five months until Christmas thing. It’s now less than half a year. It began in a summer camp in 1933. They had fake snow and trees and Santa even.”
Vanik nodded. “Correct. But over the many years since others have expanded on the time to celebrate ‘Christmas in July’. I would like us to be one of them. If you will recall we did something last year.”
“Did we? Well, even if we did, Vanik, I just don’t have time right now. Maybe later in the month, but I have this big test.”
“I am certain you will ace it as usual, Jim.”
“Right. But you know it’s a little hot to be dashing through the snow anyway.”
“Actually, that song originated as a Thanksgiving song.”
Jim rolled his eyes and went back to reading on his PADD. He hoped that would clue Vanik in that he needed to leave.
“Did you know that?”
“Not only is the answer no, I also don’t care.”
“I brought a Santa, a reindeer and a jingle bell.”
Jim looked up at him again. “You what?”
“Cookie cutters. I thought a pleasurable way to begin the month of Christmas in July was for us to engage in Christmas cookie making.”
Jim blinked at the boy, then sighed. He knew defeat when he saw it. So much for not believing in no-win scenarios.
“Tell you what. You go into the living room and sit quietly on the couch for a whole hour and let me study in peace for that time. And when that hour has passed, we’ll make those cookies. Deal?”
Vanik nodded enthusiastically. “Deal.”
Jim looked at him with skepticism. “You think you can be quiet for that long?”
“It will be a challenge but I am up for it. Especially if it means making Christmas cookies with you.”
Jim smiled, patted the boy’s bowl cut, and shooed him away.
It would take a miracle for him to pass this test at this rate.
I’m only working three days this week and then I am off on a little get away before the holiday weekend. Not sure I will have time to update anything else. Friday the 1st is the firs Christmas in July offering.
In the meantime, try these!
What I See well not this is an early one, dating back to 2014, Got it done in about a month
This actually is the middle part of a series about the same Kirk and Spock. I didn’t set out to make them the same but they ended up that way.
The first one concerns how they got together, Conduct Unbecoming. The second one is the angsty What I See, where Jim gets blinded. Notes from a Conference is old married Spirk. I recommend you read them all.
They make up the Forever series.
So again, in order Conduct Unbecoming, What I See and Notes from a Conference.
This is the same Jim and Spock it has been all month
“You just had to go and get yourself injured.”
Jim rolled his eyes at his mother as she hovered by his hospital bed. A moment ago she had tucked the covers around him tight enough to make him think she was trying to make a mummy out of him.
“Right, because I did it on purpose. I thought ‘well, Mom wants me to put lights on the roof and that’s a perfect time to come crashing down.’”
“No, but for Heaven’s Sake, why does it always have to be you?”
Jim opened his mouth to reply when he was interrupted by the arrival of Spock who rushed in looking grim.
“Jim! I received a message that you had been gravely injured.”
Jim took hold of Spock’s hand and shot a glare to his mom. “She exaggerates.”
“He fell off the roof!”
“And only cracked a few ribs and got a concussion.”
Spock clung to his hand. “Why were you on the roof? I went to the store for groceries and the next thing I know I receive this message.”
Mom sighed. “My fault. I asked Jimmy to go up and install these tiny solar lights I bought to go up there. I should have hired someone.”
“I managed to do it fine,” Jim insisted. “It was when I was getting down that I slipped.” He smiled at his worried looking husband. “They repaired the ribs and they just want to keep me overnight for observation. Mom, here, tried to make sure I never moved again.”
Spock glanced over at the tucked in blankets. “Are you certain you will be all right?”
“Yes, of course.”
“As I was saying when you arrived, Spock. Jimmy’s always getting hurt.”
“He’s broken both arms.”
“Not at the same time.”
“This is his fourth concussion.” She paused. “At least. They should probably check you for brain damage.”
“Brain damage? Mom—”
“Can’t tell you how many times he’s cracked his ribs.”
“You’re freaking Spock out.”
She gave him a look. “And of course there’s the time you actually died.”
“Mom, you aren’t even supposed to know about that, I told you in confidence.”
“I’m not supposed to know my son died?” she exclaimed.
“Ssh. You are not helping calm Spock.”
“Well.” She looked sheepish, but then she smiled. “Maybe this will cheer him up.”
Jim frowned. “What?”
“Sarek’s on his way. When he heard about Jim, well he wasn’t too far, so he got on a shuttle and—”
“That does not keep me calm,” Spock said flatly.
“How did he hear about me?”
“Lovely. We’ll have a lovely family dinner when you get out of the hospital. It’s best for Sarek and I to get to know each other since we’re all family, you know.”
Jim mouthed sorry to Spock, who leaned down and kissed him.
“All will be well, Ashayam.”
He snorted. “Sure. Wait until we have that kid she mentioned.”
I am working diligently (or attempting to) on the final chapter of my 5 Things story. It’s about half done and I’m working on the sexy times part or about to, anyway. That will be my next update before the next chapter of The Mysterious One.
In other news I am rewriting the first two chapters of the Jim cheats on Spock story, Not too Few Regrets. I started it as first person but decided to go back to third and I intend to change the title. It’s going to be angsty obviously when i start posting it again but I want to get a bit done before that happens.
Still have a few Christmas in July’s to write but I am in pretty good shape there.
Sister just feels like she has a cold though still testing positive. Next week we go to Morro Bay for a couple of days June 30-July02. She thinks she will be good to go so the three of us are planning on it. Me, M, and Sister.
Over time continues. I did get an extra $200 last paycheck and an extra $400 this latest one so there is that. Given the prices of everything and my upcoming trip to Vegas at the end of August I’ll need it.
Last night we actually got a touch of rain and it’s 90ish today. Many parts of the country have it worse weather wise than us so I am not complaining! Yet.
If you are looking for something to read of mine, I will suggest Potions. I can’t link to it at the moment but if you find my “Stand Alone Series” it’s number 21.
I leave you with a picture of M’s world famous red, white and blue margaritas, this was from Memorial Day this year.
Went and saw the latest Jurassic Park for nephew’s birthday. It was fun having a theater to ourselves (well friends and family) but my sister missed out as she tested positive for COVID. She’s fine with only a scratchy throat but man was she disappointed. I loved seeing the original cast.
Besides that we watched The Lost City on our big screen TV (55 inch) which has Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum and basically is a redo of Romancing the Stone. Cute though and spoiler alert Brad Pitt had a brief role with an…abrupt end shall we say LOL.
Finally we also watched Daniel Craig’s last Bond movie, No Time to Die. Basically your typical hyper masculine Bond movie.
Here’s a new story for you to check out, starts off pretty wicked angst but it definitely has a happy ending.
Haven’t had time to finish the next part of my Five Things story (hopefully soon) but I have scheduled the last couple of June flashes and even the first Christmas in July
Aftermath is a bit angstier than some I have featured. Jim has left Starfleet after feeling betrayed. There is a lot of sex. A lot. It was back in the days when I wrote a lot of sex. Now I am lazy! It was written in 2015 and 2016. There’s even some angry sex. But the boys love each other and get their HEA
I wanted to have Jim have sex with the Orion Pirate in this story but I listened to someone else who talked me out of it and now years later I am sorry I let them. Ah well. I wouldn’t have had it on the pages, Spock would have found out after, etc…
Anyway, this was one of my favorite stories back in the day. I used lines from songs I adored as chapter titles.