At first Spock didn’t see him and the panic began to set in again. But then as he was about to turn away and perhaps search for him in their bedroom, he spotted the huddled, hunched figure on the floor in the corner just past the windows.

Spock was filled with a mixture of relief, guilt, immense love, and concern. He hurried to the corner and knelt beside Jim.


Jim, who’d had his face buried in his knees, looked up at Spock. Even with the limited light from the windows, Spock could see Jim’s face was streaked with tears.