For His Mother's Sake

For His Mother's Sake Disclaimer: The usual. Paramount owns these folks, they just let me play with them. Rating: G (couldn't even work in a good double entendre) Summary: PWP. Spock tries to be a good son, and reveals more than he realizes. //denotes thought or memory// Takes place very early in the TOS canon; definitely before "Amok Time." Feedback: Yes, please. I need all the help I can get. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Computer, record. Dearest Mother, You asked in your last message that I tell you about my . . . friends. //Really, Mother, I'm a Vulcan among humans; you cannot seriously expect me to have friends.// As the mission has actually been without much interest of late, general "milk runs" as the Captain calls them, I shall endeavor to describe some of my crewmates. //Milk runs . . .I wonder if this has to do with his upbringing in Iowa?// We have already spoken of Lt. Commander Scott as he served with me under Captain Pike. He asked that I relay his gratitude to you for the Diobenarian wine you sent from your and father's visit there last quarter. He compared it to a Terran beverage called "stout." He seemed amused that you found it refreshing. //I did not care for it much, but Mr. Scott appeared pleased that I thought to share it with him.// Our Communications specialist is Lt. Uhura . She is of Bantu descent and is quite lovely by Human standards. //Many standards actually.// She is also musically gifted and we have endeavored to combine her soprano voice with my lyre playing. If all goes according to plan, we will perform a concert for the crew at the end of this quarter cycle. If you like, I shall send you a vid of the performance. //No telling how said performance will affect the rumors of shipboard dalliances. Perhaps we should not play both the Vulcan love song and the duet from the Mendosian Venus suites.// The primary helmsman is Lt. Sulu. It is the Captain's opinion that the Lieutenant could fly a "camel through the eye of a needle in a haystack." I have been assured that he means this as a compliment, but I fail to see why a Starfleet-trained pilot would attempt such a maneuver. Lt. Sulu is a botanist by avocation and he is currently attempting to hybridize a variety of Terran strawberries with Deltan ice berries. //No doubt the doctor and Mr. Scott will attempt to ferment the produce if Sulu succeeds.// Ensign Chekov is working in Navigation and Sciences. I believe he will excel more in the former than in the later, but at the moment his youth and enthusiasm require that he be monitored closely in both areas. I must also note that you and I will need to discuss Earth history when next we meet. The good Ensign's version of the Industrial Age is different than yours as he assigns greater involvement and achievement to those of Russian ancestry. //I wonder if his accent will fade? It becomes quite thick when he is excited, but then the doctor's drawl and Mr. Scott's brogue do as well.// Captain Kirk has taken some getting used to as his manner is much different than Capt. Pike's. He is at first brash and arrogant, but I have learned that his brashness is more impatience than foolhardiness and his arrogance is not without justification. In many ways, Capt. Kirk is one of the easiest humans with whom I have worked. I believe this is the case because he is the most predictable of humans. This is not to say that he is not complex, for like many leaders he is quite complicated. But he is predictable in that the James Kirk who commands the Enterprise is the same Jim Kirk who plays chess with me in the recreation room. The captain who leads the away team (frequently against regulation) is the captain who engages in the completely rule-governed sports of wrestling and boxing with me. He treats me the same regardless of the situation. He is who he is; he makes no apology for it. I am tempted to use the cliché "He lives each day as if it were his last" but that is not quite accurate. I believe it to be more that he lives each day as if it were his first--the first of his own divinely-inspired and Starfleet-sanctioned mission. He is a warrior with great honor, a lion protecting his pride and territory. In a very short time he has garnered the respect and loyalty of his crew. //I wonder if it is as easy as it seems to know one's purpose in life?// Working with the new Chief Medical Officer, Dr. McCoy, has proven to be much more challenging. He is highly unpredictable, and, in fact, I find that I am repeatedly both vexed and fascinated by him. //I believe he vexes me on purpose.// If he were Vulcan he would have the potential to be a great healer. //Though I would not tell him so.// He has already been awarded the Legion of Honor and has been decorated by the Fleet Surgeons. He is responsible for four new medications and two new surgical techniques in the last decade. His skills as a doctor, especially as a surgeon, have unfortunately come into play all too much in his short tenure on the Enterprise. But no, I have not need his skills; so please do not worry yourself. Dr. McCoy refers to himself as an "old country doctor" and indeed he prefers to gather information and make diagnoses in the hands-on manner of his predecessors, but his knowledge suggests the most sophisticated learning. //I suspect he possesses an eidetic memory, at least to some degree.// I fail to understand his skepticism toward technology and why he disregards the findings of his equipment, but strangely I am the only one who finds his disregard problematic. Even those who dislike having to go to sickbay for even the most routine reasons //like Jim Kirk// seem to take comfort in the doctor's methods--even when he is berating them for needing his attention. On the surface, he is a cacophony of contradiction. He has been known to brow beat a crewmen for careless behavior and covertly provide another with some token of recognition. He engages others in conversation easily getting them to relax and approach him, but he reveals little of himself. He criticizes harshly and quickly, but he praises lavishly and with equal speed. He does both easily. He makes sure others //including myself// interact with others, especially during meals, but he eats many of his own meals at his desk in sickbay. He demonstrates unwavering compassion and unerring insight into his fellow humans. I believe he has untrained, if not unrealized, empathic abilities. He is not just concerned with the mental and physical health of the individual crew, but of the crew as a whole. //"Spock, you and Jim can handle the brains of the ship; let Scotty handle the body, but I'll handle her heart."// At first I found his frequent visits to the bridge curious and rather improper, but I have come to understand that believes he needs to view the crew in their element to gain a complete understanding. //I wonder if this is why he, like the captain, is prone to exploring the ship when he is not on duty? "Spock, I may not always be on duty, but as CMO I'm always on call." "Didn't you know the medical profession uses the caduceus because we're sneaky and always on the move?"// He has proven to be a calming presence on the captain, for the most part. And I am grateful for that. I did not think the Enterprise could have had better CMO than Dr. Boyce, but Dr. McCoy has assumed the position with ease, if not grace. His staff works at high efficiency, if with more than the usual camaraderie. I do not understand their companionship given the doctor's brusque nature and caustic wit, but I cannot find fault with their work ethic or outcomes. Strangely, his staff seems to admire him as much as the rest of the crew admires Capt. Kirk. I have given considerable thought to the differences in their leadership and have failed to reconcile the seemingly disparate styles with seemingly similar results. I shall have to make further observations. The doctor has assumed the habit of debating the virtues of logic versus emotion with me on a fairly regular basis. I understand that our "battles" are already becoming the topic of discussion among some of the crew. I do not understand why the doctor continues to engage in these debates as he cannot possibly win them. I would not think that amusing the captain would be reason enough for him to risk losing face in front of the captain and crew. In fact, all he has managed to do is support the superiority of Vulcan philosophy. I have inquired of his behavior, but his only response was to smile and say, "why does a dog lick himself?" Research into canine physiology has not illuminated this response. However I do not wish to imply that he is an unworthy opponent. Far from it. His mind is exceedingly agile. And though he is one to let his emotions rule, he makes the most fascinating mental leaps. As he told me once in one of our earliest discussions, "Even random is an order, Spock." I must close and see to my meditation, Mother. I hope this finds you and father well. I look forward to your next communiqué. Live long, and prosper. Computer, cease recording. Send to Amanda, Wife of Sarek cha Skon, Vulcan Embassy, Vulcan and San Francisco, Earth. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Five point three-two days later . . . //Oh, Spock. Is it possible? Do I hear the potential that I think I hear?// Computer: Call up file for a McCoy, M.D. Starfleet. Currently assigned to the U.S.S. Enterprise. "Working. File uploaded." Twenty minims later . . . Sarek? Yes, my wife? What do you think of my inviting T'Pring to the next Embassy reception? As you wish, Amanda, I shall see that my secretary adds her to the invitation list. May I inquire why? She is to be my daughter-in-law, and I would like an opportunity to know her better. And she will have need to become better acquainted with the workings of this house eventually. No use in springing it on her all at once. //Besides, I want to see if I can encourage her to communicate to Spock more frequently. My son is honorable, of that I have no doubt. But absence does not always make the heart grow fonder.// // I applaud you Leonard McCoy for teaching my son to argue with humans, and I hope you can teach him to laugh with humans, too. I suspect you are trying to do what I never quite could, teach him to be comfortable in both of his worlds. But it would not do for T'Pring to be so far from his mind that his passions--and he does have them for he *is* his father's son--turn to you. I might understand how one could be drawn to your enigmatic personality and your inviting blue eyes, but Spock and his father will never reunite if the arranged bonding were not to take place. You may teach Spock and comfort him. You may even care for him, but do not let him love you. This I silently beseech you.//