It was not normal for Jim’s first officer to hide in the labs after his shift, but that was where Jim found him.
They were supposed to be playing chess or Jim thought they were. He recalled some kind of promise to play chess a few days after the Crew Holiday Party and that was this day. Granted things were a it fuzzy from that time, but he didn’t think that fuzzy, so when Spock didn’t show, Jim went looking for him.
Spock was sitting before a bunch of test tube looking things and because he didn’t seem to know Jim was there, he was allowing himself to frown very slightly.
Earlier that day they’d returned from a difficult landing party mission and someone Spock had been quite friendly with had been killed. Jim was aware there were those who didn’t think Spock had any friends, present company exempted of course, because everyone knew of their friendship, and Spock still maintained a sort of friendship with Uhura.
It hadn’t occurred to Jim at the time, even though he knew Spock was friends with Martinez, that Spock was upset. Sometimes Jim could be a little too obtuse. Now as he observed Spock, he realized just how upset Spock must be.
“Hey,” he said softly from the doorway.
Spock looked up, startled, his expression going instantly blank. “Captain. I apologize. Was there something you needed?”
Jim hesitated, but then said, “I might have gotten my days mixed up, but I thought this was the day we mentioned playing chess when we talked at the holiday party.”
“I had…forgotten. May we reschedule?”
“Sure, Spock. No problem.
And he supposed he should turn around and leave Spock alone, but instead he drew closer to where his science officer sat. Since he’d met Spock he’d seen Uhura hug him several times. Spock never initiated the hugs as far as he could tell.
“Can I ask you something?”
“Did you…did you ever hug your mother?”
Spock seemed surprised by the question, but he finally said, softly, more a whisper, “She hugged me on a few occasions.”
“But you didn’t embrace her first?”
Jim nodded. “I never did with my mother either. Pretty much I never hug anyone first.” He shook his head. “I might have done a sort of manly pat hug with Bones a time or two.”
“Manly pat hug?”
Jim smiled. “Yeah, you know. Anyway, uh, look. I’m really sorry about Martinez. I know you two were friends and I should have thought of that before.”
“I appreciate your consideration now, Captain.”
“So, is it okay, then, if I give you a commiserating hug?” Jim was embarrassed the moment he said it. He knew he was ridiculously red because of it. And he fully expected Spock would say, “Oh, no, Captain, keep your hugs to yourself.”
So yeah, when Spock stood up from the stool he was perched on and opened his arms, Jim was so startled he almost flubbed it.
Instead he went into Spock’s arms and wrapped his arms around the Vulcan just as Spock wrapped his around Jim.
He wasn’t sure who was hugging who and somehow it didn’t at all matter as they stood holding each other for a long time. Minutes for sure.
And then as Jim finally figured he should pull away and as he did so, Spock surprised him with, “Perhaps a chess game with you is just what I need, Captain.”
“Yes. I will come to your quarters shortly.”
Jim smiled nodded and squeezed Spock’s shoulder, then left the lab, feeling better than he had in a long time. He had needed that hug as much as Spock did.
December 29, 2021 at 7:03 am
Wow just wow! That was truly inspired, Ivan! I saw that you had posted something again after you said you were taking a short break and I was floored when I read this. This flash is like a hug for your readers. I reciprocate the hug 🤗 back to you.
Now I have to go reread this, again and again. This pre-relationship flash with Jim’s very thoughtful care of Spock and Spock opening his arms for a hug 🤗 in acceptance of his support is just perfect. This needs to be on ao3! Thank you for gifting 🎁your readers with all your stories and this lovely flash!!💕
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December 29, 2021 at 7:51 am
thank you, I am glad you liked it 🙂
December 29, 2021 at 9:03 am
Oh this is a sweet, wonderful surprise too!
And you know how I feel about those who think he has no friends! lol
Very wonderful. And Jim realizing how he might have totally overlooked Spock’s being affected by his friend’s death.
Jim being insightful and caring to Spock is…dare I say…Spock’s jam. I mean, look how he literally melted into his chair at Jim telling him Spock gave him emotional security.
So…yeah…this is perfect! TY.
December 29, 2021 at 11:50 am
no, thank you!
It was just a simple thing I threw together so I am glad you and Evening liked it 🙂
December 29, 2021 at 12:44 pm
Oh i’m sure lots of people will like it when this busy holiday time settles. People are off on vaca’s or whatever, plus they may not be checking email to even know your muse won’t leave you alone even though you thought you’d be too tired to write. BTW – tell your muse, special thanks for me. I’m just at home, pretty much the normal routine every day. Except for some reason I DID get into the mood finally to go through all that stuff i moved from storage into my 2nd bedroom. I have no idea why. Well, SOME idea, but still. It’s been a real shock to me this month. So I’m still piddling around with that and filling the dumpster all by myself of stuff i discover I am now ready to part with.
What are you doing this week? Anything special other than writing for us? I’m pretty sure you have the week off, but you didn’t say. I was hoping you were having some fun.
December 29, 2021 at 1:07 pm
Oh no I am working, it’s not time off for us, we are working normal except we have New Year’s Eve off. So I’m working every day this week.
To be honest I still don’t know how often I intend to post in January, I am toying with only Fridays to catch up on a lot of other things I need to do.
Oh I know on the blog here I don’t have a lot of readers and even less commenters so I didn’t expect much from the posts I have done this week 🙂
My plans for this week other than working are to finish the last chapter of Winter Wonderland. M and I are going to my sister’s NYE. No big parties for us *spoil alert we never go to big bashes for NYE*. We are having a charcuterie and some champagne over there and undecorating our hour over the weekend. I’m sad it’s time to take stuff down while M is thrilled that the house will return to normal LOL
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December 29, 2021 at 12:50 pm
oh – and finally decorating now that there’s no cat to tear everything up and knock over and throw-up hair balls on. It’s a whole new world here now. All my pretties (IMO) are out!! I have flowers!!
December 29, 2021 at 1:08 pm
that’s awesome about decorating. Luna actually is a good kitty and has never bothered the tree, so we count ourselves super lucky