As Spock turned, his eyes caught sight of a holograph, a Vulcan boy and a dark haired woman, propped on his dresser. This stood out in the otherwise empty room, and as he looked at it, he was drawn back to the day it was taken. Normally, he didn't permit such human qualities to show; however he was however suddenly was lost in the memory.

It had been just before his kas-wahn trial and he was alone with his mother. She pressed a knife into his hands and, though they knew the rules, he accepted it, because he loved her.