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03 July 2009 @ 08:20 pm
Fic: Animal and Vegetable (PG, Spock/Uhura)  
Title: Animal and Vegetable
Fandom: Star Trek XI
Characters: Spock/Uhura, mentions of Gaila
Rating/Warnings: PG
Word Count: 324
Summary: Spock and Nyota have a discussion of food preferences.


It wasn’t often that Nyota and Spock could eat together in the communal mess without drawing some sort of suspicion upon themselves, so it was a treat today to be able to do so. Oh, some other professors had their protégés and such, but alas, as always happened when a pretty student met with a relatively young teacher, people tended to gossip and say unsavory things.

It was nice, Nyota thought with only marginal wistfulness. She could pretend they weren’t keeping their relationship secret for awhile at least, even as they talked over xenolinguistics and other school-related topics.

He ate his vegetarian meal and she ate her mix of vegetables and meat. She could see him occasionally look askance at her meal, as he sometimes did when she didn’t choose something equally as vegetarian as he.

“So you never eat meat?” she asked after a few moments, a complete non sequitur from their previous conversation on the pronunciation difficulties of the Andorian language. She knew, of course, that most Vulcans refused to eat meat, but she wanted to get to know this man better, and he wasn’t fully Vulcan, after all.

He shook his head. “No. Like most of my people, I choose to abstain from eating meat even of non-sentient creatures.” Spock looked once again at the meat on her plate. She didn’t think it was judging, precisely, but it wasn’t entirely innocent either. “I thought I once heard that you too were a vegetarian.”

Nyota sighed slightly and stabbed a piece of meat with her fork. “I was, until this last year,” she admitted.

“May I ask what changed your mind about your choice?” Spock inquired.

“I started rooming with Gaila,” Nyota said, lips twisting into a wry expression. “When your roommate photosynthesizes for a portion of her energy, it kind of alters your perspective about what you eat.”

Spock looked down at the vegetable on the end of his fork. “Indeed.”



A/N: I had this in my head for awhile. I just had to write it. Oh, and Ree, you know what word is for you, I think ;) Thanks for the fab beta job.
 
 
 
dickiesnortingcoke on July 4th, 2009 12:58 am (UTC)
i love the image of gaila photosynthesizing so much
It's better to fly and it's better to diegelsey on July 4th, 2009 01:59 am (UTC)
Well, the green color in Orions comes from copper-based blood and an amount of chlorophyll in the cells, so she really does do it :) Thanks for reading!
blcwriter: bones redblcwriter on July 4th, 2009 01:26 am (UTC)
Oh-- clever!!!
It's better to fly and it's better to diegelsey on July 4th, 2009 02:00 am (UTC)
Thank you! This has been bugging me for ages :D Thanks for reading!
Willow Deandrusillas_rain on July 4th, 2009 01:53 am (UTC)
hee ^_^
It's better to fly and it's better to diegelsey on July 4th, 2009 02:02 am (UTC)
Grins. Thanks for reading!
babsbybendbabsbybend on July 4th, 2009 02:19 am (UTC)
Excellent point.
It's better to fly and it's better to diegelsey on July 4th, 2009 02:28 am (UTC)
Hee, thanks! I thought it was, and it totally messes with the whole logic on why Vulcans are mostly vegetarian (though I cannot find for the world of me the exact place I read about the reason they're vegetarian, but I know I've seen it somewhere).

Thanks for reading!
babsbybendbabsbybend on July 4th, 2009 02:40 am (UTC)
As I recall, all the animals/beings on Vulcan are sentitent (misspelled, I'm sure.)
noein9noein9 on July 4th, 2009 06:40 am (UTC)
Yes. Literally every creeping thing on Vulcan had a soul. Everything save for the plants and so, despite being a desert planet, everyone was vegetarian as a peace practice, sorta like Hindus.
elektra_lyte: S/U yay!elektra_lyte on July 4th, 2009 03:39 am (UTC)
There was a stand up comic who said he was a vegetarian not because he really loved animals, but because he really hated plants...

Anyway, I liked this fic a lot. Neat idea!
It's better to fly and it's better to diegelsey on July 4th, 2009 05:14 am (UTC)
Snorts. I've heard something like that before :D But it didn't even cross my mind when I was writing this...

Thanks so much! Glad you liked!
Laudomialaudomia on July 4th, 2009 03:41 am (UTC)
Very clever and enjoyable.
It's better to fly and it's better to diegelsey on July 4th, 2009 05:15 am (UTC)
Thank you! Glad you enjoyed.
Subversa: Love You - AR Antony & Cleopatrasubversa on July 4th, 2009 05:06 am (UTC)
Lolz! I would never, NEVER have thought of that. You're brill, darlin.
It's better to fly and it's better to diegelsey on July 4th, 2009 05:15 am (UTC)
Grins, thanks my friend! The idea just wouldn't let go of my brain.
noein9noein9 on July 4th, 2009 06:37 am (UTC)
I love you.
Yes. And Yes.

Because when your roommate part vegetable, all foods choices are suspect, and none are innocent.

Gaila: No one hears the cries of the carrots. No one!

Uhura: *cries*
It's better to fly and it's better to diegelsey on July 4th, 2009 06:43 am (UTC)
Re: I love you.
I suspect Uhura pondered finding a way not to eat either before deciding that was stupid and she might as well eat everything.

Giggles riotously. <3

Brings another level to "Stick a fork in me, I'm done."
Live like you mean it and love til you feel it: Spock_Uhurarei17 on July 4th, 2009 08:57 am (UTC)
*lol* Very cute. ;)
It's better to fly and it's better to diegelsey on July 4th, 2009 06:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it.
Lin Thornhill: Writing Worldbuildinglinthornhill on July 4th, 2009 05:58 pm (UTC)
I'm always delighted to read a clever paradigm shift. Brilliant!
It's better to fly and it's better to diegelsey on July 4th, 2009 06:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you, my friend! I'm glad you liked it.
lilian_cholilian_cho on July 5th, 2009 12:15 pm (UTC)
X-D
lolol, that was a clever twist. And aww on Uhura fantasizing that their relationship is out in the open.
(I wonder if they'll frown sternly at Spock had they known about his relationship with a student)
It's better to fly and it's better to diegelsey on July 5th, 2009 08:24 pm (UTC)
Re: X-D
Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

They'd probably frown more at Uhura than Spock...
lilian_cho: Aziraphale also worshiped bookslilian_cho on July 6th, 2009 06:04 am (UTC)
Re: X-D
Well, but he would be the one in position of power, and the one in danger of losing his job I would think.
It's better to fly and it's better to diegelsey on July 6th, 2009 06:10 am (UTC)
Re: X-D
Yes, but considering the women's uniform in the series, it looks like it's still a patriarchal society and thusly it's usually the woman's fault. How can an emotionally repressed Vulcan possibly be expected to evade the wiles of the likes of Nyota, they say *rolls eyes*
Lorenwolfishinsanity on July 8th, 2009 03:10 am (UTC)
Hee, that's fucking cute. Only you could make Uhura/Spock not annoying.
It's better to fly and it's better to diegelsey on July 8th, 2009 11:54 am (UTC)
Thank you!

I actually have a really big soft spot for Spock/Uhura. It just hasn't shown itself yet.
Lorenwolfishinsanity on July 12th, 2009 09:03 am (UTC)
I kind of hate it. It just doesn't make sense. =/