Slipped from Grasp

Title: Slipped From Grasp Author: Qzeebrella Disclaimer: neither Enterprise nor her crew is mine, no profit being made Archive: yes Rating: PG-13, maybe? Warning: DEATHFIC Feedback: on list or to Unbeta'd so all mistakes are solely my own Slipped From Grasp A few weeks after Captain Picard had visited him, his cherished mate had finally finished the research he had been working on. Research that was already saving lives. The last few months had been glorious on Romulus, but now... Shallow steady breaths fill the cavern. Spock gently caressed Leonard's face, lingering over the meld points. To feel his beloved's essence, the strength of his personality, the glowing transcendent soul. Taking away the pain, drawing it into himself. His t'hyla was exhausted. From having lived a long life. From dedicating as much of himself as possible to healing others both physically and emotionally. Spock knew his Leonard was close, so very close to slipping from his grasp. So close to leaving him. So close to something Leonard had diligently fought against for his patients. Spock remembered a time when Leonard had looked him in the eye at the beginning of their life together. Leonard's eyes mischievous, so full of love and, what puzzled him at the time, sorrow. Leonard had looked at him and said, "I can only promise you a lifetime." Spock remembered replying, "A lifetime will be enough." He swallowed harshly at the memory and whispered, "A lifetime is not enough, I wish I could hold onto your essence, what makes you unique forever beloved." Spock felt a gentle flicker go through his mind, soothing him. Swallowing tears for he realized, he knew it was Leonard trying to comfort him, ease his pain, even now. Spock cherished the soothing, the healing, for it was Leonard. The core of who and what Leonard was. The flicker grew weaker. Leonard's glowing, blazing soul fading into an ember. A raspy breath seemed to echo through the cavern, through Spock's katra. Then only silence. No sound from Leonard. No other presence in his mind. Only silence. Filled suddenly by soft sobs and gasps of pain. As Spock mourned. The end