Chapter Seventeen: Possibilities
Jim felt Spock’s warm hand smoothing down his torso, in a soothing way, no longer sexual. Which was good because Jim didn’t think he could handle another round just then. He was wiped out, pleasantly, but thoroughly exhausted.
“I really need to get up and go home,” Jim said after a while. “Maggie will want to go back to her own place.”
“Yes.” He heard the regret in Spock’s voice and understood it. But yes, Jim had obligations.
Spock’s hand moved away, and Jim sat up, smiling down at the sleepy Vulcan.
“You don’t have to get up. Tomorrow is Saturday, you can sleep in if you want.”
Spock’s lips curved faintly. “I do not sleep in.”
He got out of the bed with Jim and reached for clothing.
“That was…” Jim shook his head as he slipped into his pants. “I don’t even know. I felt things I never felt with anyone.”
Spock nodded. “It was the same for me.”
“Is that…well some of the stuff you were referring to before? It was like, I can’t explain, I was floating, and we were…connected in…I’m not explaining it well.”
“I…believe so. It is…”
“Is that normal for Vulcans?”
“Yes and no.”
Jim laughed. “Well, that’s cryptic.”
“I know,” Spock replied. “It is all very uncertain to me as well. Vulcans form bonds.”
“Yeah, I know that. Are you saying we have? They aren’t spontaneous, are they?” Jim finished dressing by pulling his sweater on over his head.
“Not generally, no. But there are more rare ones that might. Though I do not believe ours formed spontaneously exactly.”
Jim stared at Spock. “Ours? Then we do have one?”
“That is not what I mean, exactly. Please. I need time to explore what this means myself.”
“Okay.” He went to Spock and kissed him. “Okay. I’m not freaking out and you shouldn’t either. It’s just that was amazing on a level I never even thought was possible. We’ve only known each other a short time.”
“Yes,” Spock agreed. “Are you able to drive your hover car home or should I take you?” Spock paused. “I could drive your hover car to your home, then come back with it tomorrow when we go Santa Claus shopping. We can even tell Lily as we drop her off that we must have a work meeting.”
Jim smiled. “Yeah that sounds like a great idea. I don’t feel too drunk anymore but there’s no reason to take chances if you don’t mind.”
“Not at all or I would not have put forth the suggestion.”
A short time later, they bundled up into Jim’s car and Spock headed to the farmhouse.
Jim had to smile at the Christmas lights framing the outside of his house. He might have teetered off the ladder and been saved by his very own version of a hero, but the house looked good. Great. Special for Lily. And that’s what mattered. Some day Lily would be older and probably not care about such things, so Jim made it special for her while could.
Jim leaned over and kissed his hero.
“Thanks. For everything. I had an amazing night.”
“As did I,” Spock murmured, returning the kiss. “And I will see you tomorrow for shopping.”
“And you still want to?”
“More than ever,” Spock assured him.
“You’re just about perfect.”
“Hardly. Good night, Jim.” And he kissed Jim once more both on the lips and with his hands.
Jim got out and rushed to the house, aware Spock waited for him to get inside before leaving.
“Hey,” Jim greeted Maggie.
She put a finger to her lips. “Your girl’s asleep on the couch.”
Jim grinned. “Thanks for everything.”
“You had a nice time?”
Maggie smiled, and kissed his cheek. “Then you are very welcome. It’s only what your mama would have done.” She got her coat and scarf and made to leave. “Bringing her by tomorrow, right?”
“Yep. So I can go shopping.”
“See you then.”
And Maggie was off.
Jim went to the living room, scooped up his angel and brought her upstairs to bed.
December 17, 2020 at 4:07 am
I just love them. There’s a gentleness fo them that makes me so happy. And I love the holiday spirit purveying this story. Everything about this story works for me!
So so good
December 17, 2020 at 9:25 am
🎄Yep I tried to infuse it with as much Christmasiness as possible!
December 17, 2020 at 4:22 am
At least Jim isn’t freaking out with the bonding talk. They HAVE known each other such a short time for such. Still, as Jim said, he felt things he never felt before, so he’s quite aware of how special this new relationship is. And though torrid, it’s also very soft and warm. Perhaps everything Jim (and Spock) ever wanted.
December 17, 2020 at 9:22 am
It is very special yes, and of course Spock will likely try to explain at some point! 😀
December 17, 2020 at 6:05 am
Gosh I love these two. So perfect for each other.
Can’t wait for them to go shopping 🙂
December 17, 2020 at 9:21 am
thank you, they are perfect for each other
December 17, 2020 at 8:37 am
I love how connected they are already. I’m glad that Jim, although experiencing what he never has before, is content with whatever connection is forming between the two of them. Jim advising Spock not to freak out, while assuring him that he’s not freaking out, is the cutest thing.
Loving this story and I am looking forward to reading about their shopping trip. Spock really is just about perfect, but then again, so is Jim! 💕💚😘🖖
December 17, 2020 at 9:20 am
I wanted this story to be about as angst free as one could get. So there’s not much conflict and everyone’s perfect! ha ha. But ah well, that’s what makes it a holiday story I suppose! Thank you ❤
December 17, 2020 at 10:49 pm
This is just so lovely. They’re so good together and already fitting so well, despite only knowing each other for a very short time. Exactly what a Christmas story should be. Warm and full of gentle happiness. I’m very happy to have this moment of loveliness to look forward to every day in the middle of all the other pre-Christmas stress. Thank you!
December 18, 2020 at 7:10 am
I am very glad it can provide that for you 🎅
December 22, 2020 at 2:29 am
Sorry that I’ve fallen behind in commenting on your story. I’ve managed to read the newest chapters, but I’ve been crazy busy…. 😦 Tonight I just noticed t hay I’m not getting any emails from ao3! Before I was getting too many, including notifications on stories by authors I am not subscribed to, on fandoms that I don’t follow. 🤷🏻♀️ Finally got that sorted out with help from ao3 admins.
Loved rereading this chapter! I know I already commented on it.
Spock touching Jim lovingly, makes me smile. Then driving him home in Jim’s car. Love how this relationship has grown. They are so much in love.
❤️💚🤶🎅 🛷🦌🎄 🎁🖖