And so Academy month begins
Starfleet Academy has set up some sort of recruitment center in an auditorium on campus. Spock was required to be there, though, honestly he was not very interested. But being the head of the science department and even having programmed some of the Academy’s aptitude tests, he was given no choice.
Very few stopped by his area for science study. He noticed many went to engineering or security or, of course, command. He got an occasion medical doctor. Earlier that day one such man from Georgia had stopped by to scowl at Spock. Spock scowled back.
So Spock was surprised when a young, blond human stopped in front of the material for science. He stood before the computer and swiped left and right. From where Spock stood at the side, he could see the young man was extraordinarily good looking by any standards of any humanoids. He his long lashes that fell over very blue eyes.
Spock moved away from his hidden spot and approached.
“May I help you?”
The human flashed Spock a brilliant smile, showing little rabbit teeth that Spock somehow found quite appealing.
“Hi, Jim Kirk.”
The name brought forth a memory.
“Are you related to George Kirk of the USS Kelvin.”
The smile didn’t slip. “That’s right. He was my dad. I never knew him then.”
“Then you are the child that was born during the attack?”
“Well. Not a child anymore, obviously. But yes. You’re Professor Spock, right?”
“Yes. Surely you aren’t interested in studying science.”
Jim shrugged. “You’d be surprised. I was thinking of minoring in it. Astrophysics. I’ll be concentrating on command, of course, but I want as much education as I can get. I think that will help with command.” He grinned. “Maybe I’ll take the engineering courses too.”
“That would put a lot of burden on your shoulders to complete such an expanded course of learning.”
“Yeah, sure, but I’m up for the challenge.”
Spock inclined his head. “Very well then.”
“Speaking of challenges, when you’re done here later this afternoon how’d you like to grab some vegetarian food with me. I know a great place on fifth.”
Spock knew the place on fifth and it was indeed a superior place in which to dine. Plus, he could hardly turn down an invitation from such an attractive human. At this point, Jim was not his student or even in the science department, therefore, he wasn’t violating any rules either stated or implied.
“Well?” Jim asked. “Should I come by here when this is over?”
“I would like that, yes.”
“Fantastic. See you then.”
And as Jim Kirk moved on toward engineering, Spock realized that his own mood was much improved. He picked up his communicator and texted his friend.
Sorry, Nyota. I will not be able to join you for dinner. Something came up.
September 1, 2021 at 4:17 am
Ha! Too bad so sad nyota! You don’t get time with Spock bc a superior human has captured his attention!
I love their instant connection and how bold Jim was.
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September 1, 2021 at 8:39 am
Yes Nyota can go pound dirt lol
September 1, 2021 at 8:11 am
Ok, so I’m hereby taking on so many TOS people who swoon sillily (probably not a word) with TOS Kirk because he could work on different parts of the ship.
They are people who know NOTHING of the military, nor how a captain in RANK becomes the actual CAPTAIN of HIS OWN SHIP.
He knows a little of everything about his ship. How to work on it. How his people work on it. Certainly, he does not have the applied expertise in each field but he certainly has to have a solid working knowledge of all parts of his ship. As a family physician has to have a working knowledge of EVERY part of the body, and then refer the patient to a specialist if it’s above their own knowledge to fix.
And so, it’s nothing magical or swoon-worthy that TOS Kirk was shown to work on different parts of the ship. The bridge panels, etc.
Now let’s investigate Chris/Kirk, the AOS Captain Kirk who actually DOES deserve the praise. He’ll do it in 3. Nobody even intimated TOS Kirk did that.
But then TOS Kirk wasn’t challenged all his life by the legend of his dead hero father, whose super-human legend grew every time someone retold the tale (as humans ALWAYS embellish, one way or the other), to want to live not only up to but to surpass his father’s legacy.
So there is solid psychological basis to believe that AOS Kirk did, indeed, push himself to the limits, not just in fighting and drinking, but academically, too. He never failed a grade, we surmise, in spite of being in and out of legal trouble. He was a damaged, scarred individual. Perhaps the baby whose main challenge was that his father died as a hero wouldn’t be so very damaged. But to live then with Frank, a man who was so awful Jim’s own brother, Sam, left Jim and his own Riverside farm to get away from Frank, even as apparently a young teenager, leaving Kirk to deal with Frank alone. His mother, apparently, nowhere near. THAT leaves a very damaged, scarred individual.
Abandoned (as he would perceive) by BOTH parents. To stay in the care of perhaps a monster. We don’t actually know how horrible Frank was to the boys, but for Sam to leave so young definitely means something. And Sam didn’t go to Tarsus IV (apparently in AOS).
Thus, the fighting (unresolved anger – at his dead father, at his star hopping mother, at his either uncle or stepfather who abused him to the point of wanting to kill himself – I mean, he was racing toward the edge of that cliff in the Vette before he jumped out at the last second. That’s a death wish to push all the limits at best, and a suicidal urge aborted at the last possible second at worst) and the drinking. Even in the face of “Well, go get some more guys and then it’ll be an even fight”. That’s bravado, sure, but not of the bullying kind. We’ve seen those eyes that hide from the pain and that lip. (Awesome acting, Pine. You gave 110% in every scene. Physically and line delivery. You were robbed of at least an oscar best actor nomination if not the award).
So – to your fic. Which, I seem to not be able the past 2 days to shut up about your writing – your muse. And what you glean from what little they actually gave us.
I’m sooo not amazed by TOS Kirk. But AOS “I’ll do it in 3” Kirk would absolutely push beyond his limits in every dam detail of his life, including minoring in Engineering and some branch of Science and any other thing he can to prove he isn’t JUST his father’s son. That he can earn his captaincy on his own merit. (Which I think I’ve read, haven’t we – Chris saying he wanted to be an actor on his own merit, and not get it through nepotism? Am I wrong?) And so would AOS Kirk.
(I know a tiny bit of life experience of what I speak. SOMEONE I know entered the Marines before he turned 18. HIs father was MERELY in the Army. This person said he was tired of being told what to do….so he entered the Marines. He said he was tired of someone telling him where he could go and what time he had to be home. So he entered the Marines. I know, right???? Made no sense to me either.)
So absolutely, this recruitment and sign-ups would be EXACTLY what AOS Kirk would do. He’d push even if it meant ending up in the hospital trying his best to …BEST his father. Be smarter, be more trained, be captain younger, than his father, who didn’t actually earn his captaincy through the ranks, but as First Officer, through the greatest of ironies, the kidnapping of the actual Kelvin Captain. The exact same way AOS Spock earned HIS captaincy initially.
So all of that is a justification, an apologetic treatise (in the definition of an apologist – not making apologies, but rather as one who defends doctrines) for your amazing, insightful, and enlightening details in your fic. (Which this may actually have MORE words than your fic. Can I apologize – in the “i’m sorry” definition of the word – and just leave it at that? Again, please feel totally free to totally delete this entire comment.)
Oh, and hot and hopeful, too! Yay for the beginning of Spirk. And exactly what Kris said about Nyota – too bad so sad. Say goodbye, girl. Scotty canonically. awaits you.
September 1, 2021 at 8:38 am
The only change to your comment is I corrected that George became Captain when Nero kidnapped the Kelvin captain not the Enterprise, otherwise, yep, I 100% agree. Not that there’s anything wrong with TOS Kirk, but yes, of course he knows how his ship works, one would hope so. And he went through the ranks of ensign, lieutenant, etc to get there, he’d gain a lot of knowledge.
I think AOS Bones even says something about Jim needing to prove himself because of George in Beyond (I can’t recall the exact quote) and then says Jim is wondering what it’s like to be himself now.
Anyway, yes, whatever Frank is/was, we know he wasn’t a nice guy. Sam left him to fend for himself, that’s canon even if it didn’t make it in the final cut. Frank told Jim he was “no one” that it didn’t matter what Jim wanted when he said he didn’t want Sam to leave. So at the very least, he was an asshole.
September 1, 2021 at 8:51 am
September 1, 2021 at 8:41 am
What’s left to say? j and Kris ^ said it all. Lol! I agree with them both! And bye bye to Uhura. Great character, but not with Spock!
I love that both Jim and Spock have an instant interest in one another. Jim’s invitation to Spock to go to dinner is without hesitation. No beating around the bush needed here.
Question: will the Academy flashes be continuing on this story? I’m hoping to see more of these two and Jim going boldly!
September 1, 2021 at 8:46 am
Well she’s certainly a great character in TOS anyway. We can agree on that 🙂
That isn’t my intention to treat them as a continuation, no. I view each as a separate flash. That being said if any of them seem like these guys and you’d like to think of them as the same pair, that’s cool 😀
September 1, 2021 at 5:23 pm
I love the idea of them meeting at a recruitment fair. So cute.
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