F YEAH! 2,000 words, freakin beat that. But not really… anywho… enjoy… as always. ^^

There were no significant changes in either Spock or Kirk's working behavior. This was expected for Spock but pleasantly surprising for Kirk. While delivering some information about an upcoming mission to Kirk, Spock leaned over and whispered to him. "I am somewhat astonished by your ability to maintain an air of professionalism, Captain."

"Oh, please, Spock." Kirk began. "You act as if I'm some rowdy teenager. I can behave like an adult when I want. And besides," he continued. "It's not as if there's really anyone here to fool. The majority of the crew is still on shore leave. Really, we could just set this thing on auto run and go do what we want."

Spock almost sighed. "Don't let the other members of the crew hear you speak that way, Captain. And to think, I almost commended you on your new found sense of work ethic." He then straightened up and walked back towards his own station.

"Oh, come one, Spock. You know I'm right."

"On the contrary, Captain, there are still duties that need to be performed."

Kirk pouted. "Not for me, there aren't."

"Would you like me to find something for you to do, Captain."

"No," he responded quickly.

"Then I suggest you oversee the duties that are currently being performed."

"That's finding me something to do," Kirk muttered. Spock conveniently didn't hear him. Kirk sighed. "Fine, then." He reluctantly got up and walked around the bridge. When he got closer to Uhura's station she flagged him down. He lifted an eyebrow in confusion. She signaled again. Kirk glanced over to Spock to see if he noticed anything. Seeing it was safe, he walked over to Uhura. "Did you need something, Lt?"

"What was that about?" She asked.

'Uh oh,' Kirk thought to himself. "What are you talking about?"

"Don't play dumb with me, Kirk. I'm great with communications and I know that wasn't your regular Captain-First Officer banter."

Kirk decided to go with denial. "I'm not really sure what you're getting at. Spock and I always talk to each other during our shifts."

Uhura looked at him with a clear 'do-you-think-I'm-stupid' stare. "You've never felt the need to whisper to each other before," she said. "And Spock isn't normally so tolerant of your laziness."

'She has a point,' Kirk thought. 'So how do I get out of this? Too bad I can't just pull a Spock and say it's none of her business. She'd totally see through that and figure out that there's something goin on between us.'

"Well, Captain?" She interrupted his thinking.

"Umm," he hesitated. 'Damn it.' He thought again for a moment. 'Let's stick with denial.' "Is it really such a surprise that we're becoming friends? We spend every day working side-by-side. It's only natural."

Uhura didn't look convinced. Then she smirked. "You're right, Kirk. You two do spend a lot of time together. But I've notice that it's not always for work."

"Eh," Kirk tried to talk but couldn't think of anything.

"Isn't it true that the two of you eat almost all your meals together?"

"Well yeah-"

"And I heard from Dr. McCoy that you've recently been blowing him off in order to play chess with Spock. Is that true?"

"Umm, yes?" Kirk replied hesitantly.

"Now what does chess have to do with work, Captain?

"Well, uh," he was stuck. 'Double damn it,' he thought.

"So," Uhura began again. "If you'd mind telling me what that conversation was about, that'd be great."

'You know what,' Kirk thought. 'Screw it, I'm pulling a Spock.' He straightened up and tried to act commanding. "What my First Officer discuss in private is none of your business, Lt. Now go about your business before I issue you a reprimand for ignoring your duties.

Uhura looked slightly put out until suddenly her smirk returned. "What you discuss in private, huh? So it was a private discussion. What about, I wonder."

Kirk's face fell. 'Triple damn it. I just can't win.'

Uhura acted as if she were talking to her self. "I wonder if anyone else knows. Maybe I should ask the doctor about it. Or maybe Spock would be willi-"

"No!" Kirk said somewhat loudly.

"What was that, Captain?"

Kirk sighed. "Fine, I give. I'll tell you everything you want to know."

"I'm glad that you've seen things my way."

"As soon as this shift is over," he finished.

"Why not now?" she asked, miffed.

"Because Spock could hear us."

"So," Uhura said. "He already knows what you talked about."

"Because, ugh," Kirk groaned putting his hand over his face.

"What?" Uhura demanded.

"I would be embarrassed if he heard me talking about him," Kirk mumbled into his hand.

Uhura just about giggled. "Alright then, Captain. We'll meet following this shift. It's a date."

"Great," Kirk growled sarcastically as he walked away. 'Just great,' he thought. 'Now I have a date with Uhura and Spock.. at the same time. This'll be fun.'


The shift ended surprisingly fast. 'Already?' Kirk sighed. 'Usually these stupid shifts drag on for hours. Why am I so unlucky today?' That was the moment that both Uhura and Spock decided to walk towards him. 'Quadie damn it.' "Uh, Cdr. Spock, Lt. Uhura, um, productive shift?" he asked nervously, not actually caring.

"Yes, Captain, most productive." Spock replied, thinking nothing of Kirk's weird behavior.

"Same here," Uhura said.

"Well, um. Spock, uh, can I have a quick word with you?" he gestured to the other side of the bridge. "Over there."

Spock raised his eyebrow. "Of course."

Kirk pointed at Uhura. "You stay there." Then he turned around and walk to where Spock was waiting. "Um, Spock, I forgot that I had promised Lt. Uhura that I would speak to her privately about, uh, a request that she… requested.. following this shift. So uh, could we maybe postpone our date a while?"

Spock's face showed slight sadness. "Whatever you wish, Captain. The date was your idea in the first place."

"We're not on duty now, Spock, call me Jim. I don't like it when you're all formal with me"

Spock shifted uncomfortably. "I, am sorry, Jim."

Kirk groaned. "No, don't be sorry," He sighed. 'This guy is so difficult to deal with.' "I don't know how many times you're gonna make me say this, but I am not rejecting you, Spock. By postpone a while, I really do mean just for a while, like thirty minutes at most. I just have to speak briefly with the Lt. and then I am looking forward to spending the rest of my evening with you."

"I see," Spock stated, regaining his composure.

'Good,' Kirk thought. "Perhaps you could get us some food and set up the chess board while I'm occupied."

"That would be fine," Spock replied. "My quarters then, Jim?"

"Sounds good. I'll see you in about thirty minutes." With that, they both walked off.

'Ok, one down, one to go.' Kirk said as he headed back to the communications officer. "Alright then, shall we?"

"Just lead the way, Captain."

Kirk groaned for the millionth time that day. 'I seriously regret the day I told her to call me Captain.' He led the two into a private room and gestured for her to sit.

"Alright, spill. What's going on between you two."

"Nothing," Kirk automatically responded. When it looked like she was about to object he spoke again. "Yet."

"Yet?" She questioned.

"Well," Kirk started, sighing. "Spock had been acting a little differently the past few days and then he came to me asking for shore leave so he could talk to someone down on Vulcan."

"The ambassador?" Uhura asked.

"You know about him?" Kirk asked back.

"Spock and I talk a lot."

"Oh, well, yeah. So he went to talk to the ambassador but he refused to tell me what about. Not an hour later, I found him walking through the halls and he asked if he could talk to me about what he spoke about with the ambassador. Now, I'm totally confused at this point, but I lead him to my quarters anyway. When we got there I asked him what was up and he told me that he and old him talked about me. So I pretty much asked him why he hates me, and he was like, 'nah, it's the opposite.' So… long story short we have a date tonight." The two of them sat in silence for a large chunk of time. After five minutes had gone by Kirk was thoroughly unnerved. "Well?" He practically yelled at the woman sitting across from him.

"I'm sorry, I just can't really tell what to make of that." She replied.

"Yeah, you're telling me." Kirk said. "I mean, I'm the one that asked him on a date and I am, well honestly I'm freaking out about it."

"Why's that?" Uhura asked in sincere curiosity.

"God, I don't know. I'm just nervous."

"And you don't normally get nervous before dates?"

"No! Never! I mean, look at me, Uhura. I'm James Kirk, what do I have to be nervous about?"

'Full of yourself much?' She thought before chuckling. "Far be it from me to suggest this, Kirk, but maybe you actually like Spock. He's not just some girl you picked up in a bar, you know. If you start something with him, it's going to get serious, and that is definitely something to get nervous about. You're probably not used to the thought of commitment."

Kirk took it all in. "Commitment," he said before groaning. "This is crazy. I can't do this, not with Spock. Spock needs that guy and I am not that guy."

"Well, it's really none of my business," Uhura began. "But I think you're just being hard on yourself. I think Spock would be good for you and you'd be good for Spock. You balance each other out. And the whole that guy thing, you could be that guy, Kirk. You've just never tried it before, maybe it's time you did."

Kirk slumped down and put his face in his hands. "God, you could be right, Uhura. But- gah, this is nuts. Spock is in his quarters, waiting for me, right now. I've got," he paused. "the hottest, most brilliant Vulcan that this side of the universe has ever seen waiting for me in his personal quarters and I'm hesitating to meet him. Am I... mentally deficient or something?"

This time Uhura openly laughed. "No, you're just a free spirit, Kirk. You see a relationship as a cage, but it's not. As the only person in the universe that has ever been with Spock before, let me tell you this, he is amazing. A night with him," Uhura said, reminiscing. "Is like nothing else." She sighed dreamily.

Kirk groaned again. "Well now you're just trying to make me jealous." And she laughed again.

"What do you have to be jealous about? He's waiting for you! Now go get him!"

Kirk took a deep breathe in. "Right!" He exclaimed jumping to his feet. "I will. Thanks Uhura."

"Anytime, " she said, I smile on her lips as she watched her captain run out of the room.

GlassAngel: Thank you. I'm totally loving Spock Prime in this too. He's pretty much just like, 'Do what I say,' without actually having to say it. Haha, pretty awesome.

Yana5: Teehee, thankies. I aim for cute. Haha.

Cheann de na thit: Well this chapter was slightly longer and less speedy in the update department, lolz. Was this angsty, haha, I can't even tell anymore. :p

Mirror Flower and DarkWind: Ha! Let's see if you review as fast this time! And thanks for the love! XD

Maranni123: Sadly you'll have to wait one more chapter to see how the date goes, lolz, but I hope this one was entertaining enough to hold you off.

Banbi-V: Gosh, inorite? She crazy. Lolz, jk. I love it. Yes! They are dating. Hopefully Kirk does have anymore freakouts. Ha, but who knows…

Magdalen Beller: Lolz, yeah, I put those up pretty close to each other. Haha and thanks. :)

D (): How about 2000? I'm trying hard, just for you. Lolz.