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title: Well, There Goes the Neighborhood
rating: G
word count: ~1,000
character(s)/pairing(s): Spock POV, with Bones, Kirk, Spock Prime, & Uhura. Assumed Spock/Uhura.
summary: In which Spock is illogically annoyed by the Ambassador, Jim finds out something no one wanted to tell him about his alternate self, and the Ambassador is amused.
author’s notes: Because long weekends are clearly not for homework, I watched The Wrath of Khan last night, wherein it is revealed that TOS!Kirk also beat the Kobayashi Maru by cheating thinking originally. Only, you know, he got a commendation for it. Which I actually already knew, but. This obviously had to be written. (Also, I realize I've exaggerated the extent of Vulcans' "emotionlessness"; it was done purposefully.) Title from Leonard Nimoy's Highly Illogical.

For [livejournal.com profile] trinsy_fics, who's managed to do a stellar job of surviving the first two weeks of The Semester of Six Literature Courses and clearly deserves something for it. (I seriously tried to make it another installment of Little Navigators, but alas!) Only fourteen weeks to go! &hearts!

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In many ways, it would be entirely illogical of Spock to be bothered by the fact that James Kirk was never actually punished for cheating on the Kobayashi Maru. Certainly, there had been the hearing, as well as the probation that had followed. But the probation had obviously not really been served out. Additionally, it's not as though either one had actually had any actual impact on Kirk's career, given that the man was currently seated across a dinner table from him, dressed in command gold and being addressed as Captain.

Vulcans aren't susceptible to such trivial things as ego, of course, but there is such a thing as a principle, and Spock isn't going to forget that any time soon. Also, even without ego and even if one is Vulcan, no one can say it's not at least slightly disconcerting to dine with an alternate version of oneself (even though Spock would never actually admit that aloud to anyone, not even Nyota). This is possibly why he can't quite stop his comment on Ambassador Spock's latest story about his version of the Captain and their Epic Friendship. Or whatever it was.

'Well, we can't all give each other commendations for cheating,' Spock says (with the utmost respect, of course), in-between bites of vegetables.

The Captain looks at him, brow furrowed. 'What're you talking about, Spock?'

Spock notices McCoy and Nyota exchanging slightly panicked looks, and feels- ow. He looks at Nyota quizzically, entirely uncertain as to why she's suddenly taken to kicking him underneath the table. He's never noticed a propensity to physical violence in her before, especially not toward him. Humans are really very odd.

'So Ambassador,' Nyota says, quickly, kicking Spock one more time for good measure. 'How's the new school system on New Vulcan going? Is it very different from when you attended?'

'Wait,' Jim breaks in. 'Wait just a second.' He sets his eating utensils down and points at Spock. 'Did you just- are you implying- are you saying-'

'My Jim was commended for his ingenuity in passing the Kobayashi Maru, yes,' the Ambassador cuts in.

'What?!'

'Commended for cheating,' Spock says, lowering his eyebrow at the Ambassador in what would be a full-on glare from anyone else.

'…what?!'

'Dammit!' McCoy bursts out. 'I told you two not to say anything!'

Jim turns on his CMO, his expression one of full-on betrayal. 'You knew?!?'

'Ehm.'

'You knew and you didn't tell me?!'

'Well, I-'

'I'm finding a new best friend.'

'Dammit, Jim. Don't be a child.'

Spock is hit with a sudden understanding as to why his mother used to roll her eyes at him, even though he'd always found the action illogical. He manages to resist the urge to do it himself. 'Captain, this is hardly logical, much less fitting behavior.'

'Well,' Jim splutters, 'well, well clearly your behavior wasn't logical either, so I don't think you should lecture!'

'I am not lecturing, Captain, merely pointing out the obvious. Also, my behavior was nothing but a perfectly logical and acceptable reaction to cheating.'

'Oh, oh really?'

'Jim, calm down,' Uhura cuts in. 'It was a different-'

'Oh, so what, you think that not only did timelines shift, but morals changed?'

'You did cheat, and I'm sure that even the other you was accused of it as well,' she points out, looking at the Ambassador for confirmation (and that is not a burst of pride Spock feels, just a logical recognition of her bravery).

The Ambassador nods. 'That is true.'

Jim essentially ignores the Ambassador and glares around the table. 'As I said in my hearing, the test itself is a cheat. I merely changed the conditions of the test. Obviously some people recognize that for what it is.'

'Indeed,' the Ambassador states, calmly, observing them all with what can only be described as a smirk (albeit the tiniest smirk ever). 'Command said it was some of the most original thinking ever seen in the history of Starfleet.'

'See?' Jim says, looking challengingly at Spock.

Spock doesn't sigh, but he thinks about it. Really, this dinner is incredibly disconcerting.

'On the other hand,' McCoy breaks in at this point, 'if it hadn't been for that hearing, you wouldn't've ever got that commendation for saving all of us, Jim.'

'And you probably wouldn't already be Captain,' Uhura chimes in.

'Not necessarily,' the Ambassador says. 'If the Captain here had been properly assigned to the Enterprise, there's still a 94.7% chance-'

'My god man, why?' McCoy interrupts him.

Spock is certain that this manner of addressing an ambassador is entirely improper, but he can't bring himself to fault the doctor. He thinks he might now understand why Nyota kicked him earlier, because if he were sitting directly next to the Ambassador at this moment, he would consider kicking him under the table. He'll have to ask her later, just to be sure. He thinks about sighing again, but takes another bite instead.

'Sooo, Spock,' Jim says, leaning forward and resting his chin on one hand.

Spock straightens, swallows, and raises an eyebrow. He'd be frightened by the fact that he's almost entirely certain what the Captain's about to say, but he's a Vulcan, so naturally, he doesn't feel fear. 'I am not recommending you for anything complimentary in regards to your performance on the Kobayashi Maru, Captain. Not now, not ever.'

'Okaaay, well. You could-'

'Nor will I ask that your hearing and subsequent probation be removed from your record. Not only would it be disingenuous of me, it would also be an illogical waste of time and resources, as it has clearly had no negative impact on the advancement of your career.'

Jim sighs, slightly dejected. 'I still don't think it's fair.' He looks at the Ambassador. 'How are you so much cooler?'

'Let it go, Jim,' McCoy murmurs.

Jim actually has the grace to look slightly penitent as he picks his utensils back up and turns to the Ambassador. 'Okay, so. Yeah. Schools on New Vulcan? I actually would like to hear about that.'

Spock finally gives into the temptation to sigh, just slightly, and finds himself looking at their CMO with something that might possibly be termed as growing admiration. You know, if he weren't a Vulcan and all that.

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crossposted to [livejournal.com profile] st_reboot

Date: 2009-09-07 09:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] trinsy-fics.livejournal.com
Best "you made it through two weeks of school" present EVER! This SO HAPPENED! And I love the Ambassador! He really is cooler than AOS!Spock. And Bones = love! Actually, everyone in this was awesome!

YOU ROCK MY WORLD! :D :D :D

Date: 2009-09-07 11:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] builtofsorrow.livejournal.com
\o/! You know it totally did! And Jim will never let it go. They're gonna be like, ninety, and he'll be all, 'Hey, remember that time at the Academy when I got commended for original thinking OH WAIT.' And then Bones'll be all, 'MY GOD MAN MOVE ON', and Uhura will tell Spock he should just mindmeld with Jim and make him forget already, and Spock will be horrified that she would suggest such a misuse of mindmelding, and Bones & Uhura will be like, 'Oh, okay, MINDMELDING WHORE.' Because obviously some things don't change from 'verse to 'verse.

And awww, AOS!Spock will get there with time! He just hasn't learned to let all his awesome out yet. He has to, you know, discover the simple feeling.

THAT'S WHAT SHE SAID ILU. &hearts!

Date: 2009-09-07 10:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] teljhin.livejournal.com
This brightened my day. :D Very cute, very in-character, and the dialogue feels spot on. This one's for the memories. ^^

Date: 2009-09-08 12:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] builtofsorrow.livejournal.com
Ah, thank you so much! And I'm so glad you thought it was in-character; I will admit to being a bit worried. :) (Your comment brightened my day!)

Date: 2009-09-07 11:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] selinamoonfire.livejournal.com
LOL Poor Jim. TOS!Kirk got a cooler version of Spock. I can picture him pouting for days over that and not getting his record wiped.

And Bones is awesome. LOL

Date: 2009-09-08 12:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rae1013.livejournal.com
Oh so adorable!

Date: 2009-09-08 12:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alphabet26.livejournal.com
Ha, McCoy really cracked me up. 'My god man, why?' HEE!

I wouldn't say it was cheating since it was his 3rd time taking it--he'd done it the "right" way, so why not try looking outside the box?

Date: 2009-09-08 02:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] secretsolitaire.livejournal.com
LOL! Enjoyed this.

He looks at the Ambassador. 'How are you so much cooler?'

I kinda feel this way about Spock Prime too. :-P

Date: 2009-09-08 06:00 am (UTC)
ext_868: (Ouigi)
From: [identity profile] reccea.livejournal.com
McCoy's 'My god man, why?' pretty much made me keel over. So completely, hilariously brilliant. <3

Date: 2009-09-08 11:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] faeriemaiden.livejournal.com
Okay, I haven't even seen Star Trek (though am becoming quite eager to watch the film when it's released on DVD), but I love your fics THIS MUCH. You write the best dialogue, no matter what fandom you're writing for. It sparkles. Or some other adjective implying scintillatingness which does not also bring to mind lamepires. ♥!

Date: 2009-09-09 04:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mariole.livejournal.com
> He looks at the Ambassador. 'How are you so much cooler?'

Well, being 150 years old, instead of a snotty 20-something twerp, helps! :D

Very cute. Always happy to see snark and Spock!Prime.

Date: 2009-09-12 11:55 am (UTC)
such_heights: amy and rory looking at a pile of post (trek: uhura)
From: [personal profile] such_heights
'How are you so much cooler?'

Heeeeee. This is delightful!

Date: 2009-12-01 09:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] adafrog.livejournal.com
lolol Thanks.

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