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When James kirk signed up for Starfleet he never expected to become a starship captain let alone the captain of the finest vessel in the entire fleet, sometimes though he wondered if they said that to all captains just to raise morale. It certainly seemed that way when they sent his ship and his crew on a mission like this.
The current task of the Enterprise was examining some space debris and a few planets that were devoid of life. They were essentially in the middle of nowhere and the findings would most definitely be minimal. Sometimes he wondered if the brass up at Command wrote the missions on real paper and put them in a hat shook it up and randomly pulled out one for each ship.
I’d almost rather be in sickbay instead of on this mission, he thought almost.
Suddenly he heard the door to the turbolift hiss and turned around to see his friend and CMO standing there. He was clutching a loaded hypo and glaring at Jim. By that glare Jim deduced that his evasion of sickbay for his checkup had not gone unnoticed.
“Hey Bones,” he said in an attempt to defuse him.
The bridge crew for their part paid no mind the Captain’s distaste for sickbay was no secret and as a result scenes like this were a common occurrence.
“All our enemies have to do is threating us with a giant hypo and were done for.” Sulu murmured to Chekov who snickered in response.
“Captain,” Spock called.
“Sorry Bones,” Jim said “Gotta go to work.” With that he hopped up from the chair carefully avoiding a well-aimed thrust of the hypo.
“What did you find Mr. Spock?” Kirk asked.
“One of the planets has a breathable atmosphere. It’s almost like that of Earth only slightly richer in oxygen.”
“Are you sure?” Kirk asked and he got a raised eyebrow in response.
Kirk smiled before he would have answered ‘indeed’ or some such term. Now he clearly understood the trust Kirk placed in him and when it was necessary to actually give an answer. Kirk resisted the urge to clap his first officer on the shoulder knowing that he wouldn’t like the contact. I’m learning too he thought to himself.
“Can you give me an idea of what may be down there?”
“The scanners are not picking up any humanoid life form readings but there seem to be some sort of animal indigenous to the planet also there are some structures similar to those of twentieth century Earth.”
“Well then – Ow!” Kirk howled as a hypo went into a sensitive spot on his neck. He turned to see Bones with a gleeful grin on his face.
“What did you have to do that for? I would have come down to Sickbay eventually.”
“That’s exactly the reason that I did it. You would have come down there carried in someone’s arms half dead and that would only make my job harder.”
Kirk couldn’t even argue because he knew that Bones was right so he settled for rubbing the injection site. Not for the first time he questioned himself on why he made his best friend his CMO.
“I hate you,” he murmured to himself, as the doctor started walking back toward the turbolift, so quietly that Spock didn’t even hear it.
Turning back to Spock he said “Examine the rest of the planets in the system and once you have all the information together give me a report then we’ll beam down tomorrow.” That got him an eyebrow raise usually he’d basically say screw the protocol and just take a team and beam down. But on this occasion he wanted to wait because at least there would be something to do tomorrow if he did it this way.
After shift ended he decided to go down to the Mess and get the rabbit food that McCoy had made him swear to eat. As he stared at his plate of grass and leaves also known as a salad he was startled by a voice.
“May I eat with you Captain?” Spock asked.
“Of course though I doubt I will be eating much,” he said with a sigh. “Oh and by the way what have I told you about calling me Captain when we are off-duty Spock?”
“I see the good doctor has changed your meal plan.” Spock commented looking at Kirk’s plate. “Although I find the meal has an appetizing quality I am guessing that you do not agree with that assessment.”
Kirk looked at his first officer and saw the hint of a shy grin in his chocolate brown eyes. The sight made him smile. “When did you get a sense of humor Commander?”
“I do not understand what you mean Jim and if you wish me to call you in that fashion I expect the same.”
Finally abandoning the useless attempt at eating he said “After you finish do you wish to engage me in a game of chess?” He had wanted to ask for a while but in the past month there had been some changes.
First it was the fear that he would feel that he was obligated since the chocking incident as well as his role in Kirk’s exile on Delta Vega. Second Spock and Uhura had arrived at the mutual agreement that the relationship wasn’t working out. He figured that even if they were both okay with it he would need some time to himself.
But it had been a month and he thought that it was about time that he and his second-in-command got to know each other a bit better. It was as Spock would say a very logical thing to do.
So it was that ten minutes later Spock and Kirk were battling each other in a game of 3D chess. Kirk won the first game by a little. But the second game went to Spock by less than what Kirk had won by.
“Let’s call it a night,” Kirk said afterwards.
“That would be illogical,” Spock said. “We are tied 1-to-1 we have to finish the match.”
Kirk was pleased that the Vulcan had enjoyed the game so much this would definitely be a continued practice.
“Sorry Spock,” Kirk said grinning. “It is late and I really rather leave it at a tie that way we both win.”
Kirk got up and stretched he was kind of stiff after sitting for so long. Making his way over to the bathroom that he shared with Spock he was startled when he tripped. As he fell he thought about how Bones would laugh when he walked in at this time of night with a broken wrist. He would never live it down. Fortunately he didn’t have to.
He had failed to notice that Spock had got up and followed him deciding to just go to his room via the shared bathroom and so when he saw Kirk trip forward he reached out his hands and pulled him back against himself releasing him as soon as he was safe.
“Thanks Spock,” Kirk said a little breathlessly.
Spock simply nodded and walked through the bath to go to his quarters going to go meditate because his heart was beating slightly quicker than usual.
After Spock was gone Kirk sat on his bed. Spock had been so warm and he had felt like he had belonged in the tight circle that had gone around him. This really made no sense because he had never really belonged anywhere in his life besides in command of the Enterprise and sometimes he felt that he didn’t even belong there. Most of the dickheads that made admiral would be the first to tell him that in fact a few of them had told him that. But in Spock’s arms he had belonged.
Stop it he told himself harshly. You are one of the most infamous skirt chasers of academy history and Spock also enjoys the company of that sex. Anyway even if he could like a guy he would never want someone as broken as you. Of that fact he was sure and with that he settled in for an uncomfortable nights rest.

Spock had indeed gone to meditate but had found himself unable to do so. He had known why his heart rate had sped in that moment of closeness. Stop it he told himself. He would never give up women for you. Anyway even if he would you’re too broken for anyone to care about you. With that thought he went into a fitful slumber.
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