Emotional,physical, and mental

There are three things that can hurt some-one when pushing them to their limits or making them feel pain: emotional, physical, and mental. Sometimes the last part can hurt more than the physical, and sometimes, just sometimes, but perhaps rarely this ever happens, you get the wrong version of the mind inhabiting it.

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The cell had returned shortly after Spock's departure. Surprisingly, Jim found himself worrying about the Vulcan than about himself. Bones put one hand on the man's shoulder. He looked over toward  Bones with fresh concern on his face.

"It is all right to be scared, Jim." Bones said.

Jim cocked a grin.

"Why would I need to be afraid?" Jim asked.

"You saw how those men were frozen in tubes, petrified, in fear," Bones said. "You are scared of Spock being added to their dead collection." He took his hand off Jim's shoulder. "Truth is, kid, I am scared of you being added more than me being killed."

The grin had faded from Jim's face as he turned his head down toward the floor.

"You are just saying that to make me feel better." Jim said.

Bones took out a hypo, he looked down toward it then back to  Jim, he slipped it into his pocket carefully without the young captain noticing. Bones had something on his mind. A decision that he had come to. Jim's head was lowered, his back slumped against the wall, and his eyes were briefly closed. He was going over the decisions that lead him into this scenario. If they died because of him, because of Jim, then he wouldn't find the heart to forgive himself. It was his idea to bring Bones and his idea to go along when they could have sent a security landing party to make sure these two people were all right.

"Bones . .  ." Jim said, shakingly.

"I know, Jim," Bones said. "I know. I have known you cared about the Vulcan for a long time."

Jim looked up toward Bones with a smile.

"That is not it," Jim said. "I make a terrible captain. Why is it my destiny to be one when I fail at it?"  Jim turned his head away. "So far I have nearly gotten you killed along with Spock and other members of the landing party. I don't understand why the whole universe views a man who hadn't completed the academy to be fit for something that  I have no experience in!"

Bones raised an eyebrow.

"Your destiny?" Bones asked.

"I met another Spock. That's how Scotty and I got aboard the Enterprise. He mind-melded with me," Jim said. "I saw . . ." He sighed. "I saw a better captain. Another James T. Kirk who is better than me," He turned his head in the direction of Bones. "This Spock was very old. In fact he is Ambassador Selek."

"No wonder he is so familiar." Bones said.

"I am sorry for keeping this from you," Jim apologize. "Perhaps it is my destiny to meet Spock and screw up being a captain. I have done pretty good so far."

"Jim!" Bones said. "You have done good so far. Not everyone has died on our away missions and we have helped many people so far."

"Crashed and burned numerous relationships at that." Jim said.

Bones heard light footsteps headed their way. Jim turned his head in the direction of the door expecting the scenery to melt away. Bones took out the hypo then applied to the side of Jim's neck. Jim fell to his side, his eyes closing, and his world turning into darkness after a cold metal had met his skin. Bones put away the hypo back into the bag. The scenery melted way to return to the original.

"You are next, doctor." Came the first alien.

There was no Spock with them.

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