Jim spotted Spock sitting in a booth at the café they often all frequented. It was about two blocks away from Starfleet Academy, so close to get there, but often not swarming with other cadets.
But he was not alone.
Standing next to the booth was Finnegan with his usual shit-eating grin. And though Jim had tried to wipe that same annoying grin off his face earlier that day, it was still there.
Jim stayed away because the last person he wanted to deal with in that moment was his nemesis. So he hid himself by the hostess stand, ignoring the amused looks of the hostess, Christine Chapel. He could still see them, mostly.
“Why don’t you just go down there and interrupt them?”
Jim glanced at her. “Because I’d just want to finish what I started.”
“Kicking the shit out of him?’
“Something like that. And I’d end up kicked out of the Academy. Wouldn’t that just prove everyone right?”
Christine frowned. “Who’s everyone?”
“Frank,” he muttered.
“That’s hardly everyone, Jim.”
“Well.” He shrugged. Turned his attention fully to her. “What are you doing here anyway? You’re a nurse.”
“Picking up extra hours at an easy job. I’m looking to get an apartment off campus.”
“Smart. I want one of those too. Spock has one.”
“I’ve heard. Lucky.”
Jim snorted. “It’s luck all right, in the form of fatherly connections. Something neither of us have.”
“Hmm. Finnegan’s leaving.”
“Good. Hope he trips on the way out.”
Christine laughed. “Hate the guy that much huh?”
“You have no idea.”
“I have a pretty good idea. And I think it relates to Spock.”
He gave her a dismissive look and went down the aisle to the booth where Spock sat with a pot of tea and some vegetable tart thing.
Jim slid in across from him. ‘Hey, Spock.”
“There you are. I did see you over speaking with Christine.”
“Oh.” So much for being incognito. “Was trying to avoid the asshole.”
“You are a harsh judge of Finnegan.”
“You might as well say it’s sunny outside, because yep, that’s a fact. He’s been a pain in the ass to me since day one when he tripped me in the aisle of our first class together.” Jim grimaced. “The bigger question is why a guy like you, as brilliant as you are, would give that guy the time of day.”
Spock inclined his head. “I will agree that he can be…”
“The biggest douche bag.”
“I was going to say tedious,” Spock replied with some amusement. “But he has his positive side as well.”
Jim stared at Spock incredulous. He shook his head and then smiled as a waitress appeared. “Coffee lots of it. And the biggest cheeseburger you have. With fries.”
“Is this as a result of your bad day?” Spock asked, when she had moved away from their booth.
“Yeah. I mean, none of it was my finest moment. But that first few hours of that assignment was just a disaster. I’m pretty sure if we are ever on a real landing party together one of us will die. Probably me because Finnegan will think everything’s a great big joke and shove me in front of a giant Jim eating monster or something.”
Spock arched a brow.
“I swear. Imagine being partnered with a guy who yucks it up all the time.”
“Yucks it up?”
“Yeah. Yuck-Yuck-Yuck. That’s what his laugh sounds like. The assignment is on this hostile planetary simulation. We’re to take turns being in charge of the landing party and there’s this holodeck thing that throws stuff at us. Like you know old-time army games or something. Only me and him are real, the others are holograms for the assignment, but you’re still supposed to make sure everyone survives the ordeal, including the fake people. Finnegan doesn’t take any of it seriously. When someone is captured or killed, he just laughs and says, ‘It’s all fake anyway” and I finally just had enough of his stupid attitude and decked him. While we were fighting, the rest of the crew of the landing party was decimated and Lucas threatened to fail us both.” Jim sighed. He smiled as the waitress returned with his coffee. “Thanks.”
“It does sound like a difficult situation.”
“I’m pretty sure you would have taken Finnegan out yourself. Anyway, Lucas said we could take it again tomorrow. I asked that I be given a new partner.” Jim waved his hand. “You know the rest. And seeing Pike…well, I can imagine what he thinks of me now.”
“He still greatly admires you.”
Jim laughed. “Uh-huh.”
“He does,” Spock assured him. “He does think you used poor judgement in Lucas’ exercise, though. But he is correct when stating that it is a requirement of all Starfleet officers to get along with their peers.”
“As a future captain, there will be members of your own crew that might not be your favorite people, but you must learn to accept and deal with them.”
“I know, Spock. But that asshole’s never going to be on my crew.”
“I bow to your good judgment. What are your plans for this evening?”
Jim smiled. “Got a date with a hot babe. Or a couple of them.”
“You remember that Caitian lovely we met a few months back? She contacted me and I guess she has a sister.”
“Indeed. How…nice for you.”
“What about you, Spock? What are your plans?”\Spock sipped his tea serenely just as Jim’s cheeseburger arrived.
“I guess you’re probably studying or something, right?”
“Not tonight. I, too, have a date.”
Jim had just taken a big bite, so he chewed and swallowed. “You…do?”
“Yes with Finnegan.”
Jim was dumbfounded and his chest hurt too. He rubbed it. Must be the cheeseburger giving him indigestion.
“Indeed, Sean. We are going to see a movie. Just before you came he asked and I accepted.”
“Yes, Jim. While I am aware you are not fond of him, he does have his charms.”
“He does? Mind telling me what those are?”
“Jim,” Spock said reproachfully. “I hope you enjoy your date.”
“Yeah,” Jim said mulishly. “You too.”
September 27, 2021 at 4:11 am
I mean I know I’m supposed to hate Finnegan but congratulations. I do. Jerk. What could Spock possibly see in him?!
Can’t wait for more!
September 27, 2021 at 7:19 am
Yes, Finnegan is not a good guy at all! LOL
September 27, 2021 at 7:55 am
Heehee! Love how Jim just keeps repeating his name. In dire disbelief. That was a great chapter.
Spock, you dogg!!!! Jim….you….dogg? Cat? Whatever, I bet you won’t be enjoying them nearly as much as you’d thought a few moments ago. Something’s gonna be on your mind…. Distracted much? Wondering if Spock and…was it Sean? are kinda doing the same thing?
September 27, 2021 at 8:23 am
Yes indeed. I picked up from one of the Star Trek sites that someone somewhere gave him the first name of “Sean”, but I don’t know how accurate that was. I figured if Spock was dating him he’d use his first name
And yes Jim is…shall we say…unsettled by this news 😀
September 27, 2021 at 10:17 am
Maybe short for Shanessy. Good Irish name.
September 27, 2021 at 4:09 pm
Sean is Gaelic for John.
I cannot seriously believe that Spock has fallen for his charms. He’s a bully and a. Asshole! I hope Spock comes to realize that, as soon as possible . I also hope Jim’s next simulation with him goes smoother!
Great story! I’m on the edge of my seat. ❤️💚😘🖖
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September 27, 2021 at 4:25 pm
I have yet to write the next part though I do know what it’s supposed to be, but I am, obviously a bit distracted right now
September 27, 2021 at 4:21 pm
Sean must be good in bed lol
I’m loving this. It’s so intriguing and I can’t wait for more!
September 27, 2021 at 4:27 pm
September 28, 2021 at 10:27 am
Hope your tooth feels better soon. ((HUGS)) to you!!!
Oral pain can be Nasty!!!
I’ll just wait here patiently in the mean time. Well as patiently as I can. 😘🙏🤞🖖
September 28, 2021 at 10:41 am
Thanks, my surgery to remove that tooth and my 3 wisdom teeth isn’t until October 13th. I should have this story finished and up tomorrow.
Just all of you should know if I don’t wake up you will have to decide for yourselves how my works in progress end LOL
September 28, 2021 at 11:57 am
Well, were that horrible thing to happen, they would be: All spirks live happily ever after with each other! Of course.
September 28, 2021 at 12:19 pm
Yes that is essentially the ending of all my Spirks except perhaps the Strange Vulcan and it sorta does
September 28, 2021 at 12:29 pm
Wol yeah. That’s why we all follow you!
September 28, 2021 at 11:57 am
Oh come on, really? The 13th????????????????????//
September 28, 2021 at 12:19 pm
Hey at least it’s not a Friday!!! But yes
September 30, 2021 at 1:35 pm
Before you know it, your tooth woes will be in the past! Two of my daughters had the surgery and had an easy time with it. Except for talking nonsense immediately afterwards which was quite amusing.
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