This conversations must definitely needed to happen after Galileo 7
Jim noticed Bones leaving Spock’s quarters and nearly called out to his friend to ask him what was the deal, but something made him hold back and just watch Bones leave.
After McCoy moved out of sight, Jim went to Spock’s door, and after a moment was granted access. He’d been expected and Spock was setting up the chess game when he entered.
“Jim,” he gently reminded Spock. “What did Bones want?”
Spock stiffened around the shoulders a bit. Then he turned around. “To offer an apology.”
Jim frowned. “For what?”
He took his seat and waited as Spock brought them over beverages.
“Spock? For what?”
“His recent behavior on the mission,” Spock replied after a moment.
“Behavior? What behavior?”
Spock did not answer immediately and seemed reluctant.
“That’s an order, Mister Spock.”
“At times the crew of the Galileo were insubordinate,” Spock said, moving his first chess piece.
Jim narrowed his eyes. “To you?”
Spock nodded. “McCoy among them. The situation was stressful and tense. After Latimer was killed, I hoped to avoid further destruction of the natives on the planet where we were forced to land. The others wished to kill them outright. One of them killed Gaetano and the crew blamed me.”
“You were making decisions based on the available information you had at the time. I read your report.”
“Yes, but they did not see it that way.”
Jim drummed his fingers on the table. “All of them? Bones? Scotty?”
“Mister Scott was not insubordinate directly, no.”
“But the others were, including Bones.” Jim grimaced. “I’ll talk to them.”
“McCoy apologized. I would rather it was dropped.”
“What about Boma?”
“It’ll go on his record,” Jim stated.
“As I said, Captain, I would rather it was dropped.”
“And I would rather the crew respect the first officer of this ship. Spock, you aren’t going to just accept that kind of thing. And I’m not going to either. I’ll have a word with both Bones and Boma. If I don’t get a satisfactory response from Boma, it’s going on his record. What about Mears?”
“Like Mister Scott, she was not directly insubordinate.”
“Okay. I know we’ve discussed this, Spock. I really want you to tell me about this kind of stuff.” He sighed and leaned back. “And I added to it.”
“Teasing you on the bridge about your emotional response and calling you stubborn.”
“I was not offended, Jim.”
“Still.” Jim shook his head. “I’m sorry, Spock.”
Spock covered the hand that rested on the table with his own. “I accept your apology, Jim. The game?”
Jim smiled, turned over his hand to touch their palms together briefly before moving his hand over to grab his coffee cup.
“Right. I believe from last time we played I was about to checkmate you.”