Firstly, I'm a very big cheat, and I just want my challenge to be posted in the 'A' section so it's more likely to be seen. Second, the story challenge has nothing to do with aardvarks.
Heart attacks, on the other hand...
In the Star Trek: Original Series, in the iconic episode "Journey to Babel", it is revealed that Spock's father has a heart condition that has caused him to have four heart attacks (so far) and Spock saves his life after his mommy bitch slaps him and manipulates him a little...
But this is Star Trek:2009, the splinter-sphere where everything's out of whack thanks to Nero (and a past Khan)
Necessary Fact No. 1: Sarek's condition MUST have already happened.
But, here's the kicker, he never told Spock. And, since Amanda is dead, it stays between him and his doctor until that Vulcan performs the surgery and all is well.
Or is it? It's a little known (read: well known) medical fact that heart conditions can be hereditary.
I think you see where I'm going now.
Necessary Fact No. 2: Spock has a heart attack.
It could be by himself and he doesn't know what's going on, but being Vulcan must keep it to himself. Whatever it is, the first time(s) should be by himself. Please.
Necessary Fact No. 3: It doesn't matter if it's the first, the second, or the twentry-sixth, it's discovered when he has a really bad one on the Bridge.
Not that all heart attacks aren't bad, but Sarek had one in the Observation deck in TOS and was able to hide it (for a half hour or so) until he collapsed with the other. So, it seems Vulcans, at leats full ones, can try and control them a little unless they happen in rapid succession or are uber-strong heart attacks.
The rest is all up to you: how the problem is resolved, if it is the same exact thing as Sarek has or a variation of a heart problem/disease, how Kirk deals with it.
Necessity No. 4, but can be taken as Optional if really, really necessary - Please leave the relationship between Kirk and Spock as either pre-Slash or Friendship. Personally, I think there's more than enough smut out there and there needs to be more good stories.
Since Spock is Vulcan, obviously a heart attack is going to be a little different in a them than a human. The typical symptoms of a male heart attack in humans are as follows:
Pain, fullness, and/or squeezing sensation of the chest. For a Vulcan, it would be in the right side/lower abdomen, still on right side. Where the Vulcan heart is, right side of the lower hip.
Jaw pain, toothache, headache. Headache might be the best symptom to go with here, as even I didn't know about the first two and I'm a freak about medicine stuffs.
Shortness of breath.
Nausea, Vomiting, and/or upper middle abdomin discomfort. For a Vulcan, more in the lower, pit of the stomach.
Sweating. Personally, due to his human heritage, I think Spock does have sweat glands. If you don't then exclude this symptom.
Heartburn, and/or indigestion. Up to you. Heartburn really has nothing to do with the heart, more with acid reflux or bile, I think. So this would work for Vulcans as well, even with the heart in a different place and lower than the esophogus.
Arm pain, typically in the left but can be in the right or both. For a Vulcan, this would obviously be changed to the legs as the heart is lower and closer to those limbs.
Upper back pain. Vulcan - lower back pain, in kidney area of a human.
Other symptoms can be, and have been explained, as anxiety, panic, and a 'feeling of impending doom'. Fatigue and stress are also common symptoms.
A heart attack, just a little science lesson here for those who don't know/don't haunt WebMD, is when blood cannot get to certain parts of the heart and causes a piece of it to die.
You could also do heart failure if you wanted, but go to Web MD yourself if you are, please. Or just wing it. Would like this to be pretty long and plotted, but I really don't have a say there... Please include some kind of Confrontation with Sarek (so big it needs a capital 'C') either on Vafor-Tor (New Vulcan) or via communication stations.
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