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05 July 2009 @ 12:10 am
Fic: Explanations (PG, Spock Prime, Sarek)  
Title: Explanations
Fandom: Star Trek XI, but also with hints of TOS and blatant use of The Animated Series
Characters: Spock Prime, Sarek (gen)
Rating/Warnings: PG, gen
Word Count: 612
Prompt: 97. Spock Prime and Sarek, explanation
Summary: Sarek demands an explanation from an all-too-familiar Vulcan.

“I demand an explanation.” Sarek interposed himself neatly in front of the older Vulcan’s path, impeding his forward progress. The hot winds of their new planet whipped around them, half-familiar and cuttingly bittersweet.

The Vulcan, of course, looked unsurprised, though something about the tilt of his head made Sarek think that the imposter was… resigned to this meeting. “An explanation, honored Sarek?” The voice was both familiar and not, as were the eyes, as was the man. And apparent resignation did not mean that this was to be made easy.

“You know of what I speak, Selek. Humble cousin, descendant of T’Pal and Sessek.” Though Vulcans did not believe in sarcasm, the statement was weighty and pointed.

“Ah, yes.” A wealth of meaning lay in the simple exhalation. There was practically emotion in those brown eyes.

“You cannot be my distant cousin, for you are now older than myself, far older than you should be from that time I saw you long ago, when my son was but a boy. When you saved him from the desert and his emotions. I demand a logical explanation.”

It seemed to Sarek like his son’s impromptu kahs-wan had only just happened and yet that it had happened a lifetime ago. So much had happened since Spock was ten years old. So much lost, and yet, some gained as well.

The one who called himself Selek stared for a long moment, obviously considering his words carefully. “After recent events, the answer should present itself to one as intelligent as you.”

It was hard for Sarek to reconcile the words and his suspicions, for they sounded in his mind like so much fluff and impossible conjecture. In sooth, his planet’s destruction brought the information that time travel was possible from theory into the realm of proven fact. Sometimes, though, intelligent thought did not make it any easier to believe on a fundamental level, even in a Vulcan.

“In my time, my reality,” the old Vulcan said softly, seeming to take pity on him, “there was a time when I had no other choice than to step through a time device in order to save myself and my place in my timeline.” He fell silent for a moment. “It was an honor to know you as an adult to an adult, even if briefly, then. Just as it is now, Father.”

The one known as Selek, formerly known as Spock, sometimes named Spock Prime, clasped his other-self’s father’s shoulder briefly, the touch conveying respect-love-sadness. His dark, human eyes were expressive and full of the same emotions, but a small smile tipped up the very corners of his lips.

A pang, slight but quickly controlled, resounded in Sarek. At one time, such a show of emotion from his son (or even the man who was his son in another reality) would have bothered him, but there was a calm and peaceful mien to Selek, a balance that his in-this-reality son had yet to achieve. It gave him hope that his son might yet find his own balance.

“Perhaps,” Sarek eventually ventured to say, “we can discuss the vagaries of time over a meal.”

“Or two,” said Selek-Spock dryly. “Talking of time often takes much time.”

Sarek inclined his head in acceptance and stepped out of the other’s path. As his son—was that an appropriate appellation for one from another time and so much older?—passed, he could not help being grateful for the chance to get to know him.

And for the knowledge that his grief had not driven him crazy. After seeing the other Vulcan, he had wondered if his mind had taken leave from his body…

A/N: This references the episode of the animated series called Yesteryear, where the Enterprise is on a mission to the Time Planet and Spock has to go back to save his younger self from death. Selek was the name Spock took when meeting with his past-in-time!family, and it makes sense (as triskellion pointed out and has used) that he would use it again.
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Gelseygelsey on July 5th, 2009 05:04 am (UTC)
Thank you!

I'm glad you liked it.
lilian_cholilian_cho on July 5th, 2009 04:49 am (UTC)
I enjoyed this! =D Time travel = <3


Selek Sarek inclined his head in acceptance
Gelseygelsey on July 5th, 2009 05:03 am (UTC)
Thanks. Those Vulcan names run together after awhile.

Time travel is tres confusing, especially when you start crossing multiple timelines. O.o Thanks so much!
feanna: stfeanna on July 5th, 2009 09:23 pm (UTC)
Time travel is tres confusing, especially when you start crossing multiple timelines.

Exactly! Especially when you consider that newSpock will now have to travel back in time some time in the future to become Selek. And how heartbreaking will that be, for him to see Vulcan and his mother again?
Gelseygelsey on July 5th, 2009 09:37 pm (UTC)
Yes! O.o I'm not even getting into that one, it's so convoluted of a time crossing!

I read the novelization of that episode, and that was my thought precisely. That would be so heartbreaking, and how tempting would it be for him to try to change more than what he came to change?

Thanks so much for reading :D
a particularly troubled Romulan: st:xispocklookingupillariy on July 5th, 2009 08:58 pm (UTC)
I enjoyed this story very much. What a plausible meeting between the two! I love how you tied TAS into Sarek's deduction of who Spock Prime is. Thanks for sharing. :-)
Gelseygelsey on July 5th, 2009 09:34 pm (UTC)
I'm very glad you enjoyed it. I just couldn't help making the tie to it. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment!
noein9noein9 on July 5th, 2009 11:42 pm (UTC)
You used The Animated Series. Respect, much mad respect.

Elegant, and dry and very sweet, in it's own Vulcan way. And the ending, when dear Sarek was truly wondering if he was going mad, was perfect

One concrit, and you can tell me to go to blazes:

Would Vulcans ( Spock and the team finding the new home world) really, honestly, pick another desert? Perhaps a planet with a over warm climate, perhaps a planets with a lot of mountain ranges, but a desert? I only base this on my observations of immigrants here in the States; if they get a choice, it's often the opposite of what they had.
Gelsey: HP - crystal meth in potionsgelsey on July 6th, 2009 12:11 am (UTC)
Re: Yes.
Grins. Glad you enjoyed it.

Well, I think they would, and my logic is as follows: unlike humans, who can and do physiologically adapt to different climates, the Vulcans as a whole are physically made for planets with hot temperatures and, I believe, low humidity, ie an arid sort of desert. I believe it would be what they would have to choose again to have any degree of comfort. But I am welcome to counter arguments :)

Thanks so much!
lithia_galithia_ga on July 6th, 2009 06:43 am (UTC)
Nice to see a story about Spock Prime and his father - and the reference to the animated series is also appreciated.
Gelseygelsey on July 6th, 2009 06:48 am (UTC)
I'm glad you liked it. It was interesting to write :)

Lorenwolfishinsanity on July 8th, 2009 03:14 am (UTC)
I really need to see the Animated Series.
Gelseygelsey on July 8th, 2009 11:58 am (UTC)
I haven't actually seen the episode yet. But I read the novelization of the first three eps of TAS.

God. How much more of a geek can I sound like?
Lorenwolfishinsanity on July 12th, 2009 09:02 am (UTC)
They have novelizations?! :D

Oh, hun, don't worry. You're in good company. -owns the novelization of ST:XI, an ST novel written by Shatner, and another ST novel as well. Read each. Twice. In a week.-
Gelseygelsey on July 12th, 2009 11:00 pm (UTC)
Yes. Log books (ie Log One, Log Two, etc) by Alan Dean Foster. I bought them for about $0.75/apiece at a used book store. I'd say that's the only place you're going to find them.
Lorenwolfishinsanity on July 13th, 2009 05:11 am (UTC)
Awesome. Thanks. :)