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“Is there something I can do for you, Yeoman?” Spock inquired politely.


Rand giggled. Spock raised half an eyebrow in confusion.


“It's nothing, Sir,” the yeoman said, regaining her composure. “I was just bringing the captain the briefing papers for our next assignment.”


“I can take them,” Spock said, and doing so, turned and entered Captain Kirk's quarters.


“Spock!” said Kirk, smiling.


“Papers for you, Captain.”


“Bother.” Kirk began to sort through the pages.


Spock hesitated and then voiced his question. “Captain, the phrase 'Is there something I can do for you.' Does it have some alternative meaning? Yeoman Rand reacted most strangely-”


Kirk began to chuckle. “Yes, Mr. Spock, so it does. There are certain – er – connotations to that particular phrase. It is often used as a come-on.”


“A message of encouragement?”


“I mean, as a flirtation.”


“I see.” Spock considered this. “I have used such a phrase many times in your presence, Captain. If I have offended . . .”


“Don't sweat it, Spock! That is to say, don't let it worry you.”


“Vulcans do not-”


Yes, Mr. Spock. I'm aware. Was there anything else you wanted . . ."


“Well Captain, if there's anything I can do for you . . .”


Kirk choked on a mouthful of water. “Spock?”


“If you do not mind the phrase Captain, I see no reason to discontinue its usage.”


“I see,” Kirk said. Spock met his suspicious gaze evenly, and Kirk relented in his scrutiny. “Nothing at the moment, Spock. I'll . . . tell you if there is, though.”


“Indeed,” Spock said and exited the room.




Kirk remained staring at the closed door for a good few minutes. Nah, Kirk thought finally, he couldn't have meant . . . right?

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