The Gift of Celebration
"Without Followers, Evil Cannot Spread"
Amanda, Winona, T'Lane, and T'Lar brought in the trays of food, both vegetarian and not, and all the desserts and placed them on the buffet table. Spock, Jim, Gavin and Bones, brought in extra chairs from the other rooms and put them in strategic areas around the living room. Amanda and Winona had rescued the centerpieces from the ballroom and they set a large one on the buffet table and two smaller ones on the end tables. The roses and Irises were still fresh and beautiful. It was almost 1900 hours when the Embassy door chimes sounded and Amanda answered the door. T'Lane was there with Sitak standing beside her. The Vulcan little boy had been invited to the party to keep Peter company and to spend the night to their great and mutual delight.
"Pater," Amanda called, "Sitak is here."
Peter ran to the foyer and grinned at the child. "Hi Sitak." He grabbed the carry all Sitak had with him.
"Greetings, Peter." The Vulcan child did not smile, but his face was alight and his dark eyes gleamed with pleasure.
"Come on, Sitak, let's go play in my room. I have a new game on my padd." Peter grabbed his hand and they ran off.
The adults watched the two children with pleasure. "If everyone would model that kind of acceptance of each other, all of our worlds would be the better for it," Sarek said thoughtfully.
"Indeed, Father," said Spock, looking over at his own human friend; Jim, whose acceptance of him had always been total and absolute from the beginning.
The door chimes rang again and Scotty, Uhura, Giotto, Sulu and Chekov came in looking relaxed and casual in their civilian clothes. Todd Campbell and Tomas Rodriguez followed soon after, and the guest list was complete. Soon the buzz of contented voices filled the room; groups formed and reformed as conversation ebbed and flowed.
Spock, Todd and Jim meandered over to the buffet table to fill their plates.
Todd saw Jim looking at his loaded plate and said, "Don't judge me, Jim. I intend to enjoy all of this; fresh, home made food and it all looks delicious. Say, what are you planning for this shore leave? Is there anything special you want to see on Vulcan?"
"I'm not sure yet. I know there's a lot to choose from. I'm going to ask Ma and Peter first. I want to spend my time with them."
"Jim, perhaps you and your mother and Peter would be interested in going to Mt. Selaya? The Kolinarhr Adepts do not see visitors, but there is a public area if you would like to visit. It is a most interesting place."
Jim felt a frisson of…. something….something unpleasant go down his spine; ugh, a goose just walked over my grave, he thought. He shook his head. "Nooo, I don't think so, Spock, but thank you. Mt. Selaya is not a place I'm interested in visiting at all. Maybe some other time." Or maybe never, he thought. A place where all emotions were purged and you had no contact with the outside world, with family or friends, was not a place he wanted to visit.
Jim looked over the room and saw his mother speaking with Bones; he excused himself and walked over to join them. Bones had a huge piece of peach pie on a plate. "Are you sure that's big enough, Bones?" Jim grinned. "Don't want you to stint or anything."
"Hey, I'm enjoyin' this. Do. Not. Rain. On. My. Pie. Parade," McCoy growled, and stuffed another piece in his mouth.
Jim shook his head in amusement. Winona looked up at her son. "How long do you think before your orders come in, dear?" She smiled at him, but the smile didn't reach her eyes. She knew it wouldn't be long before Jim and his ship would have to leave.
"I don't know, Ma. The Admiral didn't say; our orders will come when they come, but let's just enjoy the time we have left here." He put his arm around her slim shoulders and squeezed in comfort.
"You're going to have to remind Peter, dear." She sighed. It was always so hard on Peter when Jim had to leave. This extra time on Vulcan with Jim had been an unexpected gift, despite all that had happened. "Amanda and Sarek have decided to go to San Francisco. Sarek feels his presence will be reassuring to the Federation Council. T'Lane will take us home after that. Gavin said he and Violet and Davy would visit as soon as he can manage it. Peter loves Davy; he'll look forward to that."
"That's good. It will be a lot easier for Peter if not all of us leave at the same time and he has something to look forward to. I'll have a talk with him tomorrow. Let him enjoy this time with Sitak." Jim knew it might be a long time before he'd see them again; who knew how far away from Earth their next orders would take them, and furloughs for the Captain only came once a year. "We'll plan some fun stuff for the next few days, Ma. He'll enjoy that; all of us will."
Winona turned to McCoy. "Leonard, I hope you, Spock and T'Lane will join us, maybe Sitak also. It will make Peter happy."
As if conjured up by her words, Peter and Sitak came running in. "Noni, we're hungry." The two little faces looked up at her appealingly.
"Well, then let's go see what we can find for you boys." Winona led them away.
Jim turned and let his gaze travel over the happy people in the room. His hazel eyes lightened and a smile came over his face. McCoy looked at him knowingly. "Happy, Jim boy?"
"Yeah, Bones. Very happy. I'm glad it's all over and everyone's safe and sound; it's a good party," he said, looking at all the contented faces.
"May I have your attention?" Amanda interrupted and smiled at her happy guests. "Lt. Uhura has very graciously agreed to sing for us and that's always a highlight for all of us. Spock will accompany her on the guitar. Nyota?"
Uhura left Tomas Rodriguez' side, and came to stand in front of the bookcase with Spock at her side. Her beautiful face was alight with pleasure. "Thank you, Amanda. As some of you may know, I have a particular interest in Terran Folk music. I've picked this one because it's a happy, rollicking tune, fun to sing, and it has a chorus which I hope all of you will join in singing with me." She nodded at Spock.
Whisky in a Jar
As I was a goin' over the far famed Kerry mountains
I met with captain Farrell and his money he was counting
I first produced my pistol and I then produced my rapier
Saying "Stand and deliver" for he were a bold deceiver
Mush-a ring dum-a do dum-a da
Wack fall the daddy-o, wack fall the daddy-o
There's whiskey in the jar
I counted out his money and it made a pretty penny
I put it in me pocket and I took it home to Jenny
She sighed and she swore that she never would deceive me
But the devil take the women for they never can be easy.
Mush-a ring dum-a do dum-a da
Wack fall the daddy-o, wack fall the daddy-o
There's whiskey in the jar.1
Everyone joined enthusiastically at the chorus and the force of all their voices reverberated in the big room. Spock looked at all the happy faces in front of him; everyone was singing at the top of their lungs, Jim, Leonard, Peter, even his mother was singing. He met Uhura's merry eyes and drew in a deep breath as he felt a very un Vulcan sense of contentment deep within himself. He wondered if this is what happiness felt like. If that is so, he thought, I am happy.
So this is the end. I hope you enjoyed this story. Leonard Nimoy passed away just as I was finishing writing TGOC. This incredibly talented, kind, brilliant man is gone, but his unforgettable creation, Mr. Spock, lives on in our hearts and imagination. RIP Leonard Nimoy.
As always a big thank goes out to my dear friend Carol, in England, who is the Dr. Bones to all my stories. She proof reads every page and finds each and every error. Also I must thank Carol for letting me borrow her beautiful Abyssinian cat, Cleo. I hope Queen Cleo enjoyed her trip to Vulcan.
1 "Whisky in the Jar" traditional, exact origins unknown; see You Tube video /TD2Niae26Ow for a great rendition which I saw live.