Spock was aware of Nyota watching him as their captain slipped out of the booth after a muttered, “I’d better take this.”
Spock’s gaze followed after Jim.
Nyota sighed but there was a small smirk on her face. “You’ve got it bad. You’re really in love.”
He thought about denying it, thought to do so was idiotic, and shrugged instead.
“It’s all you can do not to get up and follow after him,” she continued. “Anyone else wouldn’t notice, but I know you pretty well.”
“Does it…bother you?’
“Oh, not really. Maybe at first,” she conceded. “It’s difficult to maintain a friendship with your ex-lover, Spock. I don’t know many former couples that do it successfully. So I’ve had my challenges.”
“I realize,” Spock acknowledged. “And I appreciate all the efforts you’ve made.”
“It’s because of my great affection for you that I do. And I also want to maintain my position on the Enterprise. Anyway, when your relationship with Kirk first started, it bothered me. It made sense, too, because there always seemed to be an invisible third person in our relationship, and I realized then who it had always been. The point is, that doesn’t bother me anymore, Spock.”
Jim reappeared at their table. “Sorry about that.”
Spock wanted to move out of the booth and allow Jim to slide in first, mostly in a protective manner, but he also knew his captain would not appreciate it at all, so he scooted a little bit in and allowed Jim to resume his seat on the outside.
“Trouble?” Spock asked.
“Only in a purely bureaucratic matter,” Jim answered. “Did you order?”
“No,” Nyota replied. “We were waiting for you.”
Spock sniffed. “Why do you smell like perfume?”
Jim laughed. “Oh that.”
His gaze narrowed while Nyota snorted.
“After I talked to Harker, I had to go to the bathroom—”
“There was perfume in the bathroom?”
“No, no. Anyway, I was coming out and…you remember that girl from Risa I hooked up with in our second year?”
Spock’s lips thinned. “Yes.”
“Well as I came out of the bathroom, she launched herself into my arms and kissed me.”
“Kissed you?” Spock bristled.
“On the cheek. I moved at the last minute so she wouldn’t get my lips,” Jim grinned.
“I suppose she thought you would just pick up where you left off.”
Jim shrugged. “Who knows. But whatever she thought, I did tell her I was here with the two of you, and that you and I were together.”
Nyota stifled a laugh. “All that in just the few minutes you were gone?”
“I don’t know why this kinda stuff happens,” Jim said.
She rolled her eyes. “Uh-huh. Wanna share a pizza?”
“No,” Spock said. He shook his head. They continued to talk about what pizza they would get. Coming down the aisle toward their table, Spock spotted the female from Risa. He gave her a death look as she met his gaze. Her eyes widened and she turned and went the other way.
Jim glanced at him. “You look smug. Why?”
“No reason,” Spock assured him. He turned his attention to his own menu and food choices.
March 14, 2022 at 4:27 am
Heh. Oh I love it when Spock is jealous and possessive Bc you always make it the natural kind of jealous and possessive and not the scary kind. It’s perfect.
And I love it when Nyota is supportive so I don’t have for hate her.
March 14, 2022 at 7:01 am
March 14, 2022 at 7:06 am
Great job! Love the restaurant photo… Very chic!
Love – love – love Spock’s such obvious infatuation! At first, I didn’t catch on that he and Jim are in a romantic relationship. I though that Spock was pining for Jim. Then seeing Spock’s jealousy! He’s quite concerned that he smells perfume on Jim! Jim did his best to reject the girl’s advances, but Spock is not taking any chances! Giving her the Vulcan death look. I can almost see him growling and saying “Mine!” I bet he’s smug. He defeated a rival for possession of Jim! I’d be smug too, with Jim as my prize!
What a lovely Monday flash’. Thank you for this. ❤ ❤
March 14, 2022 at 7:24 am
ha ha yes, Spock was definitely “MINE”
March 14, 2022 at 10:07 am
See, women fought to NOT appreciate men like that, that “toxic masculinity,” possessive type thing. That mine thing. (They toss cliche’ titles like that around when I often don’t even think what they’re describing IS toxic – but that’s me.)
I was just born at the wrong time, I guess. Because I LOVE masculinity and don’t find that toxic AT ALL. I love possessiveness based on true love (not the other kind – and I KNOW what the other kind is.).
I like when males walk on the traffic side of the sidewalk with you.
And stand to let you slide in on a bench at a restaurant. Or they sit on the aisle at a movie or church. I don’t know why. I just subconsciously feel more secure and protected and I like that.
After all I’ve been through, I kind of would like to feel protected. (In my life, it turned out the one who was supposed to be protective turned out to be the one I needed protected FROM.)
And I just giggle at how Spock is with Jim. I love it!
So, you know, I would turn in my “feminist” card. But I guess I never had one regarding protective males.
I watch Perry Mason and remember – men used to open car doors for women and women used to sit there and wait for them to. That was just considered good manners and consideration.
(I NEVER liked that one. However, I never wore such high heels and skirts that one could use a bit of chivalrous help climbing out of a car in those days), and building doors and such. I never thought of it as a feminist thing. I just thought of it as people being nice and courteous to each other. I open doors for men too.
Sheesh – rabbits. Sorry. It’s your fault. Your Spock sent me there.
But yeah, Nyota, for all that I don’t like the way they wrote her in AOS, is a better person than I. I couldn’t hang out with Jim and Spock after being with Spock. Unless I realized I just didn’t love him after all. Which….come on!! LOL
March 14, 2022 at 10:20 am
That is the beauty of fiction. In reality I don’t think that she WOULD continue to interact with them now that they are a couple. In fiction she does! LOL.
Ah yes, the way Della dressed she definitely needed the help. I hold open doors for everyone too.