Those of you who know Star Trek know the following scene.  For whatever reason, I decided to give my own voice to it and (I hope) be true to what was happening at the time.


Kirk rushed from the bridge, down the turbolift as far as it would take him, then through access tubes, more by instinct than conscious thought.  Through the one working door to Engineering, down the drive core ladder not bothering with the rungs, then rushing to the isolated reactor room, only to be intercepted by McCoy and Scott.

"Don't!" McCoy barked.  "You'll flood the whole compartment!"

McCoy's command barely registered.  All Kirk knew was that his first officer ... his friend, was in trouble, that... "He'll die!"

Scott's cold retort would make a dash of ice water seem ludicrously mild by comparison: "Sir, he's dead already!"

It was only then that Kirk was able to look past the transparent aluminum shielding and into the reactor room ... and saw his friend ... saw the radiation scarring, the spreading necrosis ... the admission to himself was its own horror, that not even Spock could survive this.

Kirk fumbled with the intercom to the reactor chamber, missing the lock function the first time, getting it the second.  "SPOCK!"

Responding slowly, Spock stood, straightened his jacket, turned and moved unsteadily toward the front wall of the chamber, bumping into it, then managing to focus his eyes sufficiently to find the familiar face on the other side of the barrier.

"Ship... out of danger?"

Kirk somehow got his mouth to work.  "Yes."

And Spock began to speak, and Kirk found himself hanging on each word.  "Don't grieve, Admiral. It is logical. The needs of the many outweigh..."

Kirk responded, "...the needs of the few..."

"...Or the one. I never took the Kobayashi Maru test until now. What do you think of my solution?"

And Kirk remembered his attempts at the  Kobayashi Maru ... realized ruefully that, despite his cleverness, he had been 0 for 3.  "Spock..."

"I have been ... and always shall be ... your friend."  And his friend held up the familiar salute.

"Live long and prosper."  Spock shifted and turned ... and died.

And Kirk could do nothing but watch and feel his gut twist, forcing a single tortured syllable.


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Yes, it captures the essence of the characters.

Thanks to you both.  Star Trek may be fiction, but to me, this scene is as real as it gets.


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