This kept buzzing me but I was always wondering why would Spock lose at chess with Jim. Jim is intelligent obviously but Spock is a vulcan with a massive intellect. Which means: Spock loses in purpose only to see Jim’s proud and warm smile that makes his vulcan mind go crazy
Things that totally happened in the early days of the 5 year mission due to Jim and Spock sharing a bathroom:
Jim finding the water warm when opening the tap of the sink to brush his teeth and muttering, with sentiment: “who the hell brushes their teeth with hot water?” One day, he hears Spock answer from his quarters “I the hell do, sir.”
Bones having to treat severe burns once because Jim took a shower after Spock had and didn’t check the temperature. Spock always resets it to Jim’s preferred temperature from then on.
Jim accidentally getting out of the bathroom through Spock’s door after a shower, half naked, dripping and flushed and walking in on Spock meditating. Spock cannot focus on meditation for the next two days.
Spock being able to hear whenever Jim is sick, joining him quietly in the bathroom without saying a word, holding his forehead up, helping him clean and undress and tucking him into bed
Jim never turning on the light when he uses the bathroom in the middle of the night so he doesn’t wake Spock. Most of the times, he hits his head on the cupboard over the sink and swears under his breath, then he can hear the smile in Spock’s voice as he asks “are you alright, captain?” from his quarters. He still never turns on the light.
Spock also never turns on the light, but because he’s much more coordinated Jim will never know.
Jim stealing Spock’s make-up because honestly he has the best stuff out of the whole crew
Spock noticing how long Jim takes to get ready in the morning, especially if he has some important diplomat to meet and wears the dress uniform, so he teaches Jim tips and tricks to do his make-up faster and better
sharing the mirror to shave or do their make-up if they have to get ready quickly because it’s logical
Jim giving himself razor cuts all. the. time. because he gets distracted watching Spock
Spock actually, truly bursting out laughing when one day Jim walks into the bathroom with a pillow crease tattooed across his face and being torn between yelling “dammit, Spock, it’s not funny!” and being too in love for words
basically just slipping in love so so easily over how comfortable and intimate and married they were with each other years before they actually married
I think Spock sings for Jim. Usually he’s very shy about it and sings only if asked, alone in their quarters when the missions are over and it’s just them, enjoying each other’s presence, maybe cuddling. But then, sometimes, when Jim is ill or really really tired, maybe is a little down, Spock will hum a very soft tune, a Vulcan lullaby perhaps, and sing him to sleep? He would be sweet like that, and Jim would be so grateful and happy and blessed.
Jim Kirk has always gotten compliments on two things- his blonde hair and his blue eyes. People don’t understand how he keeps his hair that gold or his eyes that blue and they find it fascinating and hot and pretty. Throughout his life he’s gotten “oh, your hair is like gold!” “Oh, your eyes are like sapphires!” “Oh, your so beautiful!”
But one day, a few weeks after they start dating, Spock says “you are quite aesthetically pleasing Jim. Your hair is the same color as grain, your eyes like water.”
At first, Jim doesn’t get it. But then Spock explains-
As a child on Vulcan, while his family was well off there was always the threat of drought, and he’d been raised to appriciate every natural resource he had. Jim’s hair is the same color as a now extinct Vulcan grain that was used to make kreyla, it’s seeds were mashed and used as seasoning in plomeek soup. His eyes? Clean water was so hard to come by as a kid- finding water that color on Vulcan was a precious gift. These things are much more valuable to Spock than gold and sapphires. (Besides, Jim may be golden like sol, but T'Knut had been red)
And Jim is so touched and in love that for the rest of his life he’s completely ruined from all the other compliments. The next time someone compares his looks to gold and sapphire, he grins and says “nah. Their not that pretty. Just wheat and water, you know?”
Where freshly minted Captain Kirkreads up on stuff evenwhen he’s not on shift and nods off in random conference rooms on the Enterprise. Certain first officers who don’t require as much sleep take care of things.
Imagine Jim doing some stupid shit ™ again and Spock commenting on how illogical that is and Jim just goes “there’s nothing logical in my life at all” and Spock just mumbles “what about me” in small voice
oh god i was just imagining jim and spocks first kiss and im honestly blacking out like …….. it’s clumsy and soft and electric and spocks stumbling back into their chess table, gripping the edge, and jim is just beaming into spocks mouth as they kiss over and over again, always coming back for more, and he’s got his hands up on spocks face, tracing over blushing skin and green tinted ears, reveling in the fact that he can do this now, he can touch and touch and touch, and spocks breath is short and he cant tell where jims bright happiness ends and his own begins and he doesnt ever want them to stop kissing and every time jim murmurs mr. spock into his mouth he feels as though his heart skips a few beats, however illogical that is, and theyre both just so impossibly soft and so so in love they couldnt even begin to contain it
Look I’m extremely passionate about Spock and his makeup so here are some facts about my favorite Vulcan, take them as you will
Spock has over 8 different huge eyeshadow palettes ranging from Vulcan nudes and covering every shade of blue you could imagine
his favorite palette is a smokey eye palette with rich navy colors that are just a tad bit shimmery
Jim loves this deep violet Spock wears on occasion because it really brings out Spock’s brown eyes
Vulcans have extremely sensitive skin, so all Spock’s foundation is hypoallergenic and sensitive-skin friendly
Spock’s makeup routine is as follows: moisturize, foundation primer, a light olive liquid foundation with a translucent setting powder that follows, contour with a veeery slight highlight, some light blush, filling in his eyebrows with one of his many eyebrow pencils, eyeshadow application, and if it’s a special occasion he’ll throw on some matte pink lip stain
he only has 3 makeup brushes: one for eyeshadow, one for foundation, and one he uses for contour, blush, and highlight, but he has a bright yellow beauty blender he would die for
Spock picks what color eyeshadow he uses based on how he feels that day (the more confident he is that morning the more sparkle and pigment the eyeshadow color will have)
he does his makeup sitting cross-legged on his and Jim’s bed (Jim is either doing his hair in the bathroom or watching Spock apply his makeup)
when the crew is on shore leave, one of the first things Spock does is go to the Space Sephora store
he’s a regular there and all the workers know him by name and update him on the shipments they got of new products they think he might be interested in
sometimes Spock gives a beginner’s lesson on makeup application to other crew members in the rec room
during Hanukkah, Jim gave Spock a new palette with golds, oranges, pinks, and more purples because one morning Spock made an offhand comment that none of the colors he had correlated to the way he felt that morning
Spock spent the rest of the night trying out different colors, mixing some together and by the end of it his left hand was covered in eyeshadow from swatches and his eyelids were two different colors (Jim has never been so fond of someone in his life)
once on shore leave, Jim and Spock did the “Boyfriend Does My Makeup” challenge
Jim did Spock’s makeup better than Spock was expecting, but he still used too much foundation and the eyeshadow was… Something
also, Jim has no idea what a beauty blender is and was thoroughly confused by Spock’s
Spock did Jim’s makeup perfectly, using colors that complimented his eyes and skin tone and you shoulda seen the highlight on that boy once Spock was done
at the end of the day, Spock uses makeup wipes to get his makeup off, usually puts on a thin face mask to keep his skin glowing, and then moisturizes (”dry skin is illogical if one has ample opportunity to avoid it, Jim”)
imagine jim secretly learning spock’s first name. he almost drives nyota mad in the process because he can’t get his tongue around the syllables at all. eventually he’s able to pronounce it and oh so casually drops it into conversation with spock (on the bridge, of course, because lord knows jim loves an audience). spock says nothing to acknowledge that he’s even noticed, and only those working near his station would see that his face is bright green for at least an hour afterwards.
spock likes to run his fingers through jims hair, especially when theyre older and its curly and spock is just simply fascinated by the texture and so jim will lay with his head in spocks lap, reading a book, while spock plays with his hair, and jim will inevitably fall asleep and spock will gently take off his husbands glasses and carry him to bed so he doesnt get achey on the couch, and then spock will curl up behind jim and fall fast asleep too
Okay so imagine Spock Prime in the days after Nero destroyed Vulcan.
After all of the chaos settles and people start to mourn and plan how to move forward, Spock Prime is (illogically) blaming himself for the destruction of his planet and the billions of lives that were lost. Deep down, he knows that the blame rests with Nero, but he is also acutely aware that his actions played a role- starting with the Kelvin. He is partially responsible for this version of his friend/brother/t'hy'la growing up without a father. So, he starts looking into this reality’s Jim Kirk, because there will never be a universe where he does not care about him. He is devastated to find out that he still was on Tarsus. He had held out hope that by one horrible tragedy happening, another could have been avoided. After all, the death of his father would have been more akin to a tidal wave than the flapping of a butterfly’s wing. He digs farther and farther, finding new information and grieving for the young man that will shape his counterpart’s life (that had shaped his life). A police report about a boy driving a car off of a cliff, an (unresolved) notice of George Kirk Jr.’s disappearance, Starfleet logs about the aftermath of Tarsus, and then… nothing, nothing for years until suddenly there are outstanding aptitude scores with a rap sheet to match. Then, the official Starfleet cadet headshot, and glowing remarks from professors (with demerits and discipline records to match).
When he reaches the end, he feels as though he had lost his world again. He mourns for the young boy who would never be the same man he knew (he thinks my fault, my fault, my fault), and it sinks in that, for the first time in his life, he is truly and completely alone in this universe.
So this went from “I wonder how the Starfleet gray uniform would look if it was black?” to this headcanon:
What if ST 2009 never happened and Spock had never met Jim at the Academy? Instead he works as a special-class independent Starfleet officer. He spends some time working for Section 31 but Admiral Marcus’s militarization and ruthlessness bothers him and so he leaves shortly before the events of ST Into Darkness. At loose ends, he visits Admiral Pike (his mentor since his Academy days) and the admiral tells him that the Enterprise has returned from its most recent mission and there’s been talk about the Admiralty taking the ship away from Captain Kirk. Both Pike and Spock are upset about this, because Kirk is not only one of Starfleet’s best officers but he also has a reputation for being an open-minded and compassionate person (Literally, everyone wants to work with Jim). Pike tells Spock there might be a place aboard the Enterprise as a Science officer, but more importantly, he thinks Spock should get to know Jim while the young captain is on Earth (you know, purely for employment reasons, lol). Bemused, Spock says he’ll think about it and proceeds to spend most of his time avoiding any social situation that he can. Then the Kelvin Memorial Archive is attacked and Marcus summons a meeting of Starfleet’s top officers. With some maneuvering (and rank-pulling), Pike gets Spock invited as well. Here, Spock meets Jim for the first time and is instantly captivated by the other man’s intelligence and charisma. They don’t get time for anything but introductions but Jim is already one of the few humans that manages to make Spock feel comfortable and accepted. He finds that he has a harder time concentrating on the formal meeting than he normally would and tries to avoid staring at Jim and to ignore the look that Admiral Pike is giving him (the I-know-you-two-would-be-perfect-together look). Marcus (still bitter about Spock leaving Section 31 – no one walks away like that unless he lets them) makes some condescending remark about the Vulcan and Jim, unintimidated by Starfleet’s head admiral, calls him out on it. The confrontation is interrupted by John Harrison’s attack. Amidst the panic and destruction, Spock sees Pike go down and he drags the other man from the room. Injured, Pike loses consciousness quickly (but doesn’t die because I’m still not over him being fridged like that in the movie) and Spock is struck suddenly by the vulnerability of the moment, of how Pike wanted him to meet Jim and how he almost let that chance slip away from him because of his own shyness. He resolves to follow Pike’s advice and request a place aboard the Enterprise, and to perhaps discover what it is that he feels for Jim Kirk.