“You look grumpier than usual.”
Bones did not reply, but he did glance up at Jim as he continued to wrap Jim’s middle.
Jim sighed. “Okay, I’m sorry. I should have told you. I just…” He trailed off when Bones glared.
Spock had departed right after Bones had arrived and assured the Vulcan Jim wasn’t seriously injured and wouldn’t require hospitalization. Jim suspected Spock’s goal was to confront Owens for what happened to Jim. He tried not to be anxious about it.
“The truth is…the whole thing is humiliating,” Jim said, softly.
“Because, I’m not a victim, Bones. I hate that these assholes got the best of me at the bar and—”
“It was like three against one, Jim.”
“I know. And nothing happened to them. They were allowed to come into that bar and gang up on a civilian and they got away with it. If Pike hadn’t come in, I don’t know what would have happened.”
“I get it. I agree the Fleet should have done something.”
“Yeah, I mean I keep wondering what I should have been differently. I thought when I made a joke about them going to get more guys, I meant to diffuse it but it had the opposite effect.”
“Those guys were going to be macho dickheads no matter what you said or did at that point, Jim. They were spoiling for a fight and they set their sights on you.”
“I know that, but that’s where the humiliation comes in. I didn’t think I’d have to deal with them here, let alone have one of them come after me. So I wasn’t prepared and they got the best of me again. And it made me feel weak.”
“Jim, you are a lot of things but you aren’t weak or a victim. Being victimized doesn’t mean either. Now I can’t pretend to understand what thugs like Owens are thinking, but you can bet you won’t have to deal with him again.”
“Indeed, the doctor is correct.”
“Spock!” Jim smiled as Spock reentered the apartment holding a pizza box. “If that’s really a pizza, I’ll marry you.”
Spock arched a brow. “It is, so I look forward to the ceremony.”
Spock put the box down on the kitchen counter and then turned toward Jim and Bones.
“Cadet Owens is now former Cadet Owens.”
Bones finished wrapping Jim and stood. “Does that mean he’s no longer with Starfleet or that he no longer lives?”
Spock shrugged. “Take your pick.”
“He has been expelled,” Spock said. “And his accomplices are even now working on formal apologies to you if they want to remain with Starfleet. They expressed regret over Owens’ behavior and no direct knowledge of it.”
“Apologies huh? You accomplished all that in the short time you’ve been gone?”
“I work fast.” Spock paused. “Which you are personally aware of.”
Jim laughed again. “Boy do I.”
Bones snorted. “On that note, I’m outta here.”
Jim frowned up at him from where he sat. “You don’t want to stay for pizza?”
“And interfere with your wedding dinner? No thanks. I’ll see you tomorrow.”
Jim got up and followed Bones to the door. “Okay see you.”
He turned back to Spock with a smile.
Spock suddenly looked uncertain. “Jim, we need to talk.”
September 23, 2022 at 4:08 am
I so very much love Spock’s humor in this series.
And oh what a wonderful conversation with Bones. He nailed it.
But the cliff! Killing me! 🙂
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September 23, 2022 at 8:16 am
Yep had to have that cliffie killer in there 🙂
September 23, 2022 at 7:44 am
Well, I mean, it might not be a BAD talk. Maybe just about his dad or T’Pring. Or the fact that guy is expelled…into the ground. Or the marriage ceremony.
Rats! I hate Friday cliffies.
My heart my heart!!!
(clutches chest dramatically)
(is that working?)
September 23, 2022 at 8:14 am
Yes cue the dramatic pause
More to come all the way on…Monday!
Well to Humans that “we need to talk” is usually something we don’t want to hear. Maybe Vulcan are different
September 23, 2022 at 12:33 pm
Finally, Bones reading Jim the riot act for not telling him about the injury gets Jim to share why he kept it secret. Being the victim of a sneak attack or when out-numbered shouldn’t make him feel bad about himself! He was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. I’m glad Bones got it out of him and gave him what amounts to a heartfelt pep talk.
Love the little comment from Spock saying that he works fast. TMI for Bones! Lol! For a minute there I thought Spock really had killed Owens. Which would definitely not go down well with Starfleet. Don’t want him getting arrested for murder, even if it was provoked.
Bones comment about the pizza being their wedding dinner made me chuckle!
And of course you left us on the cliffy what sounds ominous. Spock suddenly looked uncertain. “Jim, we need to talk.”
Hopefully it’s nothing truly serious. Maybe Spock is taking Jim’s impromptu proposal seriously. “If that’s really a pizza, I’ll marry you.”
Spock arched a brow. “It is, so I look forward to the ceremony.” (Spock’s response here also made me laugh! He definitely isn’t slow on the uptake!)
Looking forward to seeing what you have written for the Monday update. I want to re-read the story from the beginning. But WordPress makes it difficult, in my opinion. Or maybe it’s just me! The only way Ithat I know to go back, is to scroll back one at a time to previous post on each update. 🤷🏻♀️
September 23, 2022 at 1:48 pm
I really love this one. Will you be placing it on AO3 eventually?
September 23, 2022 at 10:41 pm
Enjoying this story very much, looking forward to the next installment!
September 24, 2022 at 9:11 am
thank you, much appreciated!
September 24, 2022 at 5:51 am
Yay Spock! So glad he took care of the bully situation.
“And interfere with your wedding dinner?” Lol love Bones. He’s a good older brother/bestie to Jim.
Loving these two and cant wait for more 🙂
September 24, 2022 at 9:12 am
Yep Spock ain’t having those bullies