during the year between stid and the five year mission, spock stays with jim in iowa. they’re not quite in a definite relationship yet, but there’s something there, and spock has nowhere else to go. they spend the year in a quiet, domestic comfort, and jim does his best to keep the house at a suitable temperature for a vulcan. when winter hits, it brings several feet of snow and freezing temperatures. though spock doesn’t complain, jim notices him shivering one evening, despite the heavy blanket wrapped around his shoulders. “hey,” jim says, “I’ll show you how we kept warm when I was a kid." he brings in some firewood, a process that spock watches with a lifted eyebrow, and then goes about starting a fire. "this seems needlessly dangerous, captain,” spock tells him, but jim waves him closer. spock hesitantly approaches and sits down next to jim in front of the fire, close enough for jim to loop an arm around his shoulders. it takes a while, but spock’s shivering subsides, and he relaxes into jim’s side. something about their relationship changes that night, and they spend the night in the living room, wrapped around each other in the glow of the fireplace.
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