This takes place after the mission, but before The Motion Picture. TOS, obviously.
Jim nodded. “Okay. So.”
“So,” Spock repeated, tonelessly.
Jim looked behind him at the crowd bustling past them in the shuttle bay. Going about their business without thought to anyone else. Certainly not an idiot Human and an awkward Vulcan.
“Guess.” He cleared his throat. “Guess I should let you be on your way. Don’t want you to miss your shuttle.”
“Yes.” Spock moved to turn around.
“Goodbye, Spock. Good luck with everything.”
Spock looked back at Jim. “And you as well, Captain.”
Jim smiled faintly. “Jim. You’re not even in Starfleet anymore.”
“That is true,” Spock acknowledged. “Jim.”
“Give my best to your parents.”
“And to yours.”
This time when Spock turned around, Jim didn’t say anything to stop him. But he did watch his former first officer’s retreating figure until he could no longer see him.
Everything was changing, Jim mused. He was no longer in command of the Enterprise, which was being redone anyway. They’d just promoted Will Decker to Captain and it was his ship now. Jim had been promoted. Basically against his will. But it was what it was.
Bones had retired. Soon Jim’s crew would be scattered all over the galaxy.
Kolinahr, from what he’d said.
Purging oneself from every emotion made some sick sort of sense at the moment, Jim thought, as he turned to leave.
As he caught transport back to HQ, Jim tried to forget the sight of the marks he’d left all over Spock’s skin the very night before.
As Spock would say, Kaiidth.
August 16, 2019 at 4:13 am
Ok. Yes. Kadiith. But gah! The feels here!
Feels are so good. You’re so good at that. But good lord. My heart.
August 16, 2019 at 6:52 am
I did warn there was no Happy ending to this one. Poor Jim
August 16, 2019 at 8:50 am
No more not happy endings.
I’ll start a petition if I have to.
August 16, 2019 at 8:52 am
Hey! I’m trying to be true-ish to canon here! LOL
August 16, 2019 at 9:29 am
😥 sad but so good
In september they will be showing the movie in theaters for the 40th anniversary. Will definitely be seeing it.
August 16, 2019 at 9:48 am
August 17, 2019 at 12:49 am
This really rings true for staying in canon. But so very sad. Of course there had to be a good bye between them that happens between the ending of the five year mission and the first movie. For Spock to walk away from love must have shattered Jim’s heart! Spock is heading off to purge his emotions and turn away from his inherent humanity. Time to be super Vulcan, until your t’hy’la needs you. It’s inevitable that they will be together. ❤
August 17, 2019 at 7:34 am
My fave part is Gene Roddenberry’s novel of TMP when Spock has gone through years and all the training, just about to be given his special graduation necklace, and in his mind, he’s speaking to Jim saying something like, goodbye my t’hy’la, I’ll never think of you ag……What? Jim needs to borrow a cup of sugar and nobody around him has any??????? HOLD ON T’HY’LA! I’LL BE RIGHT THERE!!!!!
August 17, 2019 at 8:46 am
Yep, absolutely positively
August 17, 2019 at 8:42 am