“Captain.”

Jim glanced behind him, but didn’t reply. Uhura was the third crew member who’d come to his location, sitting by himself, on the beach of Loria 3. It was shore leave. Almost over as a matter of fact. Tomorrow it was back to the Enterprise.

“Jim.”

He sighed. “Yes, Lieutenant?”

“Well, that’s something.” She walked over to where he sat, dressed in swim trunks and a tan top. She was dressed casually, also, though in a rather flowy swing dress. Her feet were bare, and she dropped down on the sand beside him. “I hope you’re wearing sunscreen with your fair skin.”

“I have some on. And who are you, anyway, Bones?”

She smiled and shook her head.  “Merely a concerned friend.”

“Uh-huh.”

She pulled her knees ups to her chest and wrapped her arms around them as she looked out to the purple colored ocean of Loria 3.

“Are you going to talk to him?”

“What is there to say?”

“I don’t know. Maybe, Spock, you’re being an idiot, you love me?”

“I’m not going to do that. His choices are his own to make. And I’ve never been much of a consideration for him when he makes them.” Jim shrugged. “It is what it is.”

“But this is wrong. You have to stop him.”

“No I don’t. I already approved his resignation.”

“But…” She frowned. Her gaze went behind him and then she sighed. “I have to go.”

“Good.”

She rolled her eyes and then rose. As she walked past him to go back to the town, he heard her whisper something.

He glanced behind him to see Spock, wearing jeans and a sweater. He looked forward as Spock approached him.

Unliked Uhura, Spock did not drop down to the sand when he reached Jim.

“May I speak?”

Jim waved his hand.

“I have withdrawn my resignation.”

Jim glanced up at the Vulcan, but said nothing.

“And have changed it to a six month leave.”

Jim still said nothing.

“I…apologize for not discussing this with you prior to making decisions.”

“Typical,” Jim muttered.

“I…Jim.”

“Do what you need to do, Spock. We’ll see what happens in six months.”

“I do lo…”

“Don’t.” Jim held up his hand and shook his head. “Don’t say it when you’re leaving. If it…if it still matters when you come back, if it’s still true, then, maybe you can say it.”