MYSTERY SOLVED, PART 4
Jeanne E. McGrew
Scott to Dr. McCoy! Scott to Spock! The frustrated chief engineer
had clearly been calling for some time.
McCoy stirred foggily in bed and tried to rise, only to find himself
trapped beneath Spocks arm, where it stretched across his blanketed form.
With a start, McCoy realized that he was nude under the blanket.
Spock here, his bed partner announced clearly, while McCoy was
still fuzzily trying to puzzle out his predicament.
Mr. Spock, thank goodness! Wed been unable to raise Captain Kirk
for quite some time, and when we sent security personnel out to search for
him, they found him unconscious in his cabin! We need you to head the
investigation of a possible intruder, and we still cant find Dr. McCoy; we
need him in sickbay to treat the captain!
Im here, Scotty, McCoy managed, his head slowly clearing, and his
memories gradually returning. Im on my way.
Spock and McCoy paused only a moment for a poignant, cherishing look
between them, before both hurried off to their urgent tasks.
The Vulcan had barely gotten his security guards organized, when
McCoy was frantically calling him to say that he, Spock, was needed to
doctor the captain, more than the doctor was. Spock, of course, was the
only listener for whom that remark was not enigmatic. But eschewing lengthy,
pointless explanations, Spock simply told the security people that their
quarry was now upgraded to definite and extremely dangerous.
After Spock had gently and carefully healed Jim, just as he had
previously done Leonard, Bones gave the captain a sedative to complete his
recovery within the next few hours. Then, Spock returned to the search,
bestowing a soft, tender, chaste kiss on Lens lips as he departed.
Fifteen minutes later, anti-Spock chose to move his hiding place to
When the bearded beast popped in, he found himself almost between a
standing, working McCoy, and an unconscious Kirk on a diagnostic bed. The
three formed a rough triangle. McCoys scream didnt even wake Kirk.
In an entirely different part of the ship, the clean-shaven Spock
thought he heard a scream. Quickly he ascertained within his own mind that
the alleged sound had not been received by his ears. Promptly realizing that
hed become somewhat attuned to McCoys mental emanations during the
activities of the previous day, he raced back toward the sickbay from whence
Anti-Spock relished his options. Ah, such a choice. Torture my
favorite victim . He looked at the cowering McCoy. Or try for even more
information and see if I missed anything. He looked at the oblivious Kirk,
who was completely helpless; the doctor had sedated him thoroughly.
McCoys eyes frantically searched the room for any help or weapon
that he could reach quickly enough. Anti-Spock allowed himself an unpleasant
Spock!!! McCoy yelled.
You do not need to holler so loudly; I am right here. Anti-Spock
smirked in amusement. But since you crave my attention so desperately, I
will generously grant it to you. He moved in on his chosen target.
McCoys heart slammed in his chest. His knees nearly buckled; he had
to plant his own back against the wall, as the bearded nightmare wouldve
done to him anyway, to keep from crumpling to the deck. Please!! Please,
no!! he implored the roguish alien.
His pleas only amused the evil Vulcan further. McCoys only
consolation was that his friend, the more recently injured Kirk, would be
spared another trauma so close on the heels of the first.
Anti-Spock took his time ominously moving in on the pale, trembling
human, intentionally drawing out the agony of the suspense. Just as he
reached him, and reached out for him, Lens knight in shining armor, his
real Spock, burst into sickbay.
As anti-Spock slowly turned to face his mirror image, strange energy
crackled around both of their forms.
You see what is happening, said the newly arrived Spock. Our
proximity is too great. If we were to touch, for even an instant, both of
our universes would be destroyed.
As he spoke, McCoy soundlessly sidled across the wall, moving
farther and farther away from his torturer, taking maximum advantage of his
heros distraction of the enemy.
Anti-Spock feigned nonchalance. I am sure that you are aware, as I
am, that only our two universes would suffer that fate. The infinity of
universes in the entire multiverse would still remain intact. Further, since
you recognize the hazard if we were to touch, you have only to refrain from
touching me. I have no intention of touching you. He abruptly turned his
gaze directly onto McCoy, shocking and horrifying the frightened human with
his total awareness of precisely where the doctor was; McCoys quiet
movement away had not fooled him in the least. McCoy froze, nailed in place
by the cold, piercing stare of the Vulcan.
But Spock said, I have no wish to touch you either. But I will do
so, rather than allow you to hurt my Len.
A hush fell in the sickbay. Leonard was quiet because he was awed by
Spocks indirect admission of love, and his direct declaration of
protectiveness to the ultimate extreme. Spock was silent because he had said
all that there was to say, and now he simply awaited the response of the
other. Anti-Spock said not a word as he contemplated the decision of his
doppelganger. Minutes passed, while threatening energy crackled around both
Finally, anti-Spock quirked a brow upward. I suppose that I must
admit, to you and to myself, that seeing the outcome of my efforts to turn
my universe around, is even more important to me, than even a chance to have
a second go at your frail, fragile human. He again flattened McCoy to the
wall with his eyes. No matter how entertaining that wouldve been.
Anti-Spock drew out a small, handheld device. Very well. I will now
return and put to use the information that I have gleaned from your Kirk.
So saying, he pushed a button and was gone in a twinkling of colorful
Leonard slumped in place, and Spock ran to him. With strong arms, he
pulled him back to his feet.
There arent words enough to , McCoy began to say to him in
gratitude for his rescue.
Yes, there are, my Leonard. I love you. And I always will. The
Vulcan held his human against his chest.
And I love you, my beloved Spock. Forever.