Fortunately, Jim only had one more class to teach after lunch since Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays were usually his lighter days. He had courses to teach all the way until seven on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
But he had to admit to feeling a little depressed and out of sorts and certainly not in the mood to try to find for that night’s dinner. And he needed groceries besides.
He stopped at the big grocery store down the street from his apartment building and got what he needed. Next store was a submarine sandwich shop so he picked up their spicy Italian after the grocery store.
Once in the hallway of the floor of his apartment building, Jim did stop off briefly outside Spock’s door and maybe did a little bit of listening. He couldn’t hear a peep, but Jim also knew that didn’t mean Spock wasn’t home. He didn’t tend to make a lot of noise.
He put his groceries away and even put the sandwich in the fridge for closer to dinner time.
Jim spent some time looking on his computer for birth defects that would cause Spock to have pointed ears and discovered one called Stahl’s Ear. His research it really didn’t hurt and most children had it fixed for cosmetic reasons when they were young. Apparently neither Spock’s parents nor Spock himself opted to have it surgically fixed.
Feeling he had now managed to educate himself somewhat, Jim got out of the search program, and went to take his shower. He often showered when he returned from work.
He was just getting out of the shower, rubbing is hair dry when there was a knock on his door.
With a shrug, Jim pulled on a loose fitting robe and went to the door, figuring it was probably just a delivery leaving a package.
But it wasn’t a package. Jim’s breath caught.
Spock stood there in the hallway in front of his door wearing his knit cap over his ears and a sort of gray speckled pullover sweater.
Jim felt pretty naked even though he wore a robe and that was likely because Spock’s dark eyes were unmistakably raking him over. His tongue came out, traced his lips.
“Dinner will be served at seven. You may come over a few minutes earlier should you wish to.”
For a moment, Jim simply stared like a gaping fish, he guessed. And he suddenly realized, somewhere in his brain where he could still think, that if he went, “What? Are we still doing that?”, it would be the absolute worst thing he could do.
Play it cool, Jim.
He smiled. “Okay. I’ll be there.” When once more Spock’s gaze seemed to stray over Jim, he cleared his throat. “Uh, with clothes on.”
Spock’s gaze rose to his face and he seemed startled by Jim’s words. He nodded.
“Yes, I will see you.”
Spock turned and headed back to his own place.
Jim smiled and closed his own door. Things were looking up!
April 21, 2022 at 4:17 am
Things are looking up indeed! Dinner is still on and now these two can converse and maybe neither will say something awkward and maybe the night will end with everybody feeling good. Heh.
I love this
April 21, 2022 at 7:08 am
ha ha maybe maybe indeed
April 21, 2022 at 8:01 am
I LOVE Fridays. Especially the one arriving tomorrow, with this dinner.
Thursday ain’t bad though.
I’m so glad Spock didn’t cancel their dinner.
I have a feeling Jim will forget that girl…and Nyota…even exist.
i was wondering, are you enjoying this month’s serial form? I know December a couple of years ago was kind of a pain, writing a chapter a day, because it had to be metered out to an exact number of days. But this one, with no boundaries – I wondered if you’re enjoying it.
Heck yeah, I am!!! Lovin’ it.
April 21, 2022 at 8:08 am
It’s a bit challenging to have to make sure something is written M-F but it’s not terrible at this point. I will say I can’t see this story being finished in a week on April 29th so either I am going to have to continue into May or I don’t know!
April 21, 2022 at 8:17 am
OH NO!!! HAVING TO EXTEND INTO MAY!!!
(Or June? July? or…. I’m SO on board with that!)
April 21, 2022 at 8:56 am
You’d grow bored by then!
April 21, 2022 at 10:25 am
Have you even MET me?
On the internet obviously, but yeah!
April 21, 2022 at 12:53 pm
Knock knock who’s there? Spock checking out a partially clothed and damp Jim! I’m so glad that dinner is still planned and that Spock stopped by to give Jim the details.
Awww! This story might go on longer that there are weekdays left in this month! I’m onboard with that idea! Keep it coming!
April 21, 2022 at 2:15 pm
Yes I suspect we will definitely be in a decent portion of May with this story
April 23, 2022 at 5:41 am
I’m glad Spock came over to get Jim for dinner! Looking up indeed!
April 23, 2022 at 8:59 am