What is this place?
Jim stood before the stone structure. It was many stories high and had a large arch opening here at the base of it.
The Beast of Vulcan.
He’d come here seeking adventure after being bored for weeks. His mother had brought him to this planet while she worked there in a lab. Jim had been on Vulcan for three years now and had finished his education, near the top of the class, quite a feat for a Human.
He was old enough, now, to leave on his own and seek his own path in life, which he intended to do, but his mother had asked him to stay just a bit longer, and Jim was bored.
And he’d heard about this place.
A place where a legendary beast was hidden within. Or so the stories went. Some didn’t believe it and most never bothered to go there. Some that had were chased away. None had ever managed to get to the top where it was said the beast lived.
Jim intended to do just that. With his backpack of survival supplies at the ready, Jim headed toward the arch, determined.
In the middle of the first floor was an old stone staircase. Jim had been told that this was once a mighty fortress, pre-Surak times. Jim climbed it, being careful to watch for weak spots, yet there were none.
The second floor seemed to be a series of old empty rooms devoid of furniture or anything. It was hauntingly lonely, Jim thought.
This time the stars to the next floor were on the side, so Jim made his way to the third floor. So far he had seen nothing nor had he been attacked, but he could hear the faint sounds of movement above him, on another floor.
“The beast?” he whispered.
Of course there was no answer and Jim expected none.
The third floor was similar to the second except there was an ancient table in one room. He also noticed far more evidence of insect activity. He found the stairs and went to the fourth floor. The sounds above grew louder and somehow for ominous.
Jim thought he heard low growling as he moved from room to room but he couldn’t see anything. He was grateful for the flash light he’d brought with him as there were no openings or windows on this floor and he’d be in darkness otherwise.
He was about to put his foot on the stairs to the fifth floor, Jim thought there were two more floors after that for a total of seven, when a hand suddenly grabbed his wrist.
“Jim, it is me.”
Jim turned, heart in throat, to stare at Spock. “Damn it, you scared the crap out of me.”
Spock gave him a disapproving look. “I followed you, for I knew you could only be up to no good.”
“Well. Not always.”
“Yes, always. Jim, this place is not safe, please leave with me.”
“But there’s only three more floors until I reach the beast.”
“The beast is merely an illogical legend. It does not exist.”
“I heard growling,” Jim suggested.
“Likely your stomach for you failed to eat this morning.”
Jim sighed. “But, Spock…no one’s ever gotten to the top.”
“It is a broken down old dwelling that could crumble under your feet at any time. I would like us to make it to Starfleet Academy in one piece.”
Jim let his words sink in. “Wait. You’re coming with me? But I thought the Vulcan Science Academy—”
“I turned them down in favor of Starfleet.” Spock paused. “And you.”
Jim smiled and leaned in to kiss his boyfriend. “Now that’s most excellent news.”
“Leave this place, Jim. If it is adventure you seek, we will surely find it together in Starfleet.”
Jim looked at the stairs going up regretfully. “All right. But it might have been fun. Beauty and the Beast, you know?”
“I suppose you are the beauty.” Spock directed him toward all the exits.
“Duh, of course.”
“I can find no illogic in that statement. You are singularly attractive.”
When they reached the ground floor, Jim switched off his flashlight.
“I am relieved,” Spock admitted.
“You aren’t afraid of the beast legend, are you, Spock?”
“Not truly, no. But there are tales within my family that one of my father’s brothers came here and never returned.”
They stepped outside and Jim saw that Spock was quite relieved.
“You really were worried about me going up there, weren’t you?”
“It is logical to be cautious and concerned where one’s mate is involved, Jim.”
Jim smiled. “All right. Let’s go home then. I am hungry.”
And as Jim and Spock walked away from the Beast’s lair, on the seventh floor, looking down, the Beast roared.
October 6, 2021 at 3:31 am
Heh. “Where one’s mate is concerned”. Perfection.
Nicely done with the spooky vibe setting everything up. I wasn’t sure if I wanted him to reach the top or not! Love it.
October 6, 2021 at 7:09 am
Right probably not a good idea! LOL
October 6, 2021 at 8:32 am
Good god man, as Bones would say. You have Spock for a mate and yet you’re BORED?
Fine. I guess a super hyper active brilliant Jim would have to have a little more excitement in his life than just Spock. Until Starfleet anyway. I guess.
Beauty and the Beast, indeed.
But that’s an awesome flash. I was right there with him on every step. From the safety of my desk, with my huge coffee in hand. Otherwise, nope. Not me. Huh uh. Not even onto the grounds much less through the first archway.
These are so much fun!
October 6, 2021 at 8:43 am
Well sure. Spock can’t be with him 24/7 (damn it) so there are times he gets bored. And imagine, I doubt any of those snooty Vulcans are Jim’s friends, so he spends some time alone deciding to do foolish things like search for the Beast.
Funny at first I thought about making Spock the beast, you know a Pre-Surak thing, and then as I was writing it, suddenly Spock was there, stopping Jim from being an idiot. Strange how sometimes your own story/writing changes on you!
Me too. No way would I go in to a creepy house/fortress. Nope
October 6, 2021 at 8:52 am
Oh yeah, of course I too thought Spock would be a surakian beast who would keep Jim as his pet. I mean, who wouldn’t? (keep Jim as a pet, I mean!)
October 6, 2021 at 9:32 am
exactly! but yeah it didn’t end up that way
October 6, 2021 at 8:52 am
I mean, BEASTS get bored too, right?
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October 6, 2021 at 1:35 pm
Great flash! I first read it this morning and didn’t have time to comment. Definitely nailing it with the creepy atmosphere. I really thought that Spock was going to be the Beast 😈, under a witches 🧙♀️ spell doomed till his T’hy’la 💕 finds him. Great surprise when Spock appeared and stopped him from venturing into danger. Spock really has his hands full watching over a bored Jim. I’m sincerely happy they are already in a romantic relationship! Great job on this flash! Kudos to you and your fertile imagination! ❤️💚😘🖖
October 6, 2021 at 2:13 pm
Yep my initial plan as I said was to make Spock the beast but my imagination went a different route here!
October 6, 2021 at 2:30 pm
“It is logical to be cautious and concerned where one’s mate is involved, Jim.”. Especially when that mate is James T Kirk lol
This was so good. I loved the mystery and suspense. And the ending :O
October 6, 2021 at 4:35 pm
Thank you! 🎃