Spirk and 26? (And a nice first December to you 😊; i'll send your card tomorrow!)
Happy First December to you as well! :D
26. What would be their theme song?
Strangely, it’s a song
for Vulcan lute. Initially, Jim did not respond very well to Spock’s attempts to get him to appreciate the wide and varied catalogue of
composed for the Vulcan lute. He’d actually fallen asleep when Spock took him to see the concert performance of an esteemed elder lutenist on New Vulcan. It had been the scandal of the Vulcan cultural season when Jim had snorted as he dozed and four hundred Vulcans turned around and stared at him in silent, barely-concealed dismay.
But then they have a series of unsettling situations during their travels through the quadrant. It’s nothing disastrous, no completely failed missions. But a bright young ensign who idolizes Jim is so badly injured during a routine drill that she has to be left at the next space station. Then some small part of the engineering process is disrupted so that they can travel at no faster than Warp 1 for several weeks, and the entire crew appears to feel the tension of the obstacle. At last, an admiral who is widely regarded to be quite forgiving and reasonable becomes frustrated with one of Jim’s decisions and does not hide her disappointment and disapproval.
When Spock returns to his quarters after his shift on evening he finds Jim stretched out face down atop Spock’s mattress. And without a word, Spock fetches his lute and begins to play. Jim does not acknowledge the music at first, but eventually he turns onto his back, and as he sighs, his ear obviously attuned to the song, some of the ever-present tension in his frame begins to fade. Though Jim never asks for the performance to be repeated, when he appears discouraged or unduly agitated Spock will play the song again for him once they are alone, and Jim will listen and take a few deep breaths until he smiles at Spock softly. That moment, when the music enables Jim to relax, is sweeter to Spock than any perfect series of notes.
“Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before.”