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Paul Robison
Nov 16, 2017
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No Plagiarism!jWZydRAnBSitF91orzOkposted on PENANA

They had wakened Tom, rounded up Kolchin, told Bush a car would call for them, led a quiet, bemused Tom out across the grounds to a grove of trees.copyright protection25PENANAvoQEHM3IOd

Marissa had held up, but now she burst very quietly into tears.  She tried to hold back her sobs.  She turned away and seemed about to leave.  Tom held tightly to her arm.  "Don't go, Marissa.  Please.  You can't leave me.  What'll I do without you?"copyright protection25PENANAz7ayFnqgK1

Finn stepped forward. "Tom, listen to me.  Marissa shouldn't come with us.  Think, Tom!"copyright protection25PENANA93vPcxdE71

"No!  I won't go away and leave Marissa.  Why can't she come with us?"copyright protection25PENANAZCqPg7CkPq

Finn realized that Sawyer probably didn't realize they were "back in time."  He knew that if he tried to explain it to Tom now, he would become more confused than he already was.copyright protection25PENANAxoyHXe5ovQ

"Wait a minute, Tom," the doctor said softly. "Let's talk to Balus.  He'll know what to do."copyright protection25PENANAqETVt6tGLA

"Spock---Balus Spock?  Of course!"  But----where is he, Bones?" Sawyer looked around. "Spock's not here...."copyright protection25PENANAIKc8AtgcN5

"He's on the Esmeralda, Tom.  I'll call him; you stand right there with Marissa.  Miss Cooper, please, take his hand.  I don't know what'll happen when he hears Spock's voice," he said quickly, drawing out his communicator.copyright protection25PENANADluc3rq8PV

"Who....who is Spock?" Marissa asked. "And----what is that?" indicating the communicator.copyright protection25PENANAYgASb3YFKK

"Balus Spock.  He's a friend, and this is a----kind of radio," he explained, flipping up the grid.  "Finn to Esmeralda.  Come in, Spock."copyright protection25PENANAftusC5VSiJ

"Spock her, Doctor.  Have you found....?"copyright protection25PENANAXV4s77TygJ

"We have.  He's right here beside me."copyright protection25PENANAueZ47b86QT

"Are you ready to beam up, Doctor?"copyright protection25PENANAQ5mkyYptRH

"Well, not exactly, Bal.  We've got a problem here.  I don't really know how to solve it.  There's a young lady----a nurse....Through my carelessness, she's discovered who and what we are.  She's standing right here with us; she loves him, and Tom won't leave her!"copyright protection25PENANAdPDhhLpajF

"I am coming down...."copyright protection25PENANAUOUTS1407V

"Spock!  Do you think that's wise?"copyright protection25PENANATX1gizfI36

"I have no choice, Doctor.  Are you out of sight?"copyright protection25PENANAqgV3ydPXo9

"Yes," Finn conceded morosely.  He tried not to let the worry he felt creep into his voice---worry about what Spock's arrival would do to Sawyer.  He'd find that out soon enough---the sound of the Transporter beam was beginning to build.....copyright protection25PENANADiXxcPzhQG

Marissa swung around at the sound, in time to see the sparkle of materialization begin.  She stood transfixed, watching a figure grow, build, and solidify into a man----dressed in the same type of clothing she'd seen on Tom Sawyer.  She felt Tom's hand tighten on hers; it started to hurt.copyright protection25PENANAcJEd0WNfFQ

For a moment his eyes widened, as if in astonished greeting of a familiar shape, then narrowed, as if in some unreadable agony.copyright protection25PENANAm57i9FvYCT

"Tom---Tom!  Please, you're hurting me."  She tried to pull her hand away, but he wouldn't let go.  She looked up at his face.  It was twisted into an expression of anger---of rage! "Tom!  What is it?"copyright protection25PENANA7gc4NoUmFK

"My shirt!" Sawyer growled, starting toward Spock and Finn, dragging Marissa along with him.copyright protection25PENANA3RuH5uESKj

"Dr. Finn!" Marissa cried.copyright protection25PENANAJ6pQoyvTx8

Finn and Spock looked up and saw Tom Sawyer rushing at them, uncontrollable fury written in every move.copyright protection25PENANANEoZJcoDz3

"Tom, stop!" Finn shouted.copyright protection25PENANAoCVSk0mZT7

"Why is he wearing my shirt?" Sawyer cried.  Letting go of Marissa, he threw himself bodily at Spock, pounding at him and tearing at Spock's gold uniform shirt.copyright protection25PENANAjDdIuCh0wO

Spock easily warded off the blows, caught Sawyer's hands, and held them.  "Tom, stop it," he said softly.copyright protection25PENANA8jtxjcKHPj

"Why are you wearing my shirt?" Sawyer shouted.  "You---gave me up.  I'm not dead.  I'm----I'm the captain!"  The agony hit him again.  Sawyer screamed and sank to his knees, the old familiar look of unbearable horror on his face.copyright protection25PENANAKdWG6gHtgA

Spock bent.  Placing his long fingers on Sawyer's shoulder, he pressed the one spot known only to Vulcans, Tom Sawyer slumped.  Spock caught him, took him bodily in his arms, and lifted him up---holding him as one would hold a child.copyright protection25PENANAAzeNiIqAIW

Marissa Cooper stood staring for a moment, then, looking up at Spock, gasped. "What did you do to him?"copyright protection25PENANAoRfRpz49gU

Spock turned to look at her, and it was then that she noticed, saw the "difference," knew that this----this person who stood before her was different, was alien to her understanding.  She gasped again and turned pale.copyright protection25PENANAs18oHeFoHW

Finn quickly stopped to her side and slipped one arm around her, steadying her.  "Don't faint on us, Miss Cooper.  Tom's all right; he's not hurt.  Spock just.....well, put him to sleep.  He'll come out of it in a few minutes."  He spoke quietly while Marissa regained her composure.  She looked up at Spock again, in time to see an expression of profound sadness cross the face of the tall, thin, odd-looking man holding Tom easily in his arms....an expression that quickly vanished, to be replaced by a mask of nonemotion when he saw her looking at him.copyright protection25PENANAZiwe6PWwpF

Finn stripped off his overcoat and spread it on the ground.  Spock laid Sawyer down on the coat, and Alexei used his own to cover the silent figure.  Spock then straightened up and turned toward Marissa Cooper, who shrank a little from his intense gaze.copyright protection25PENANAsOwIGVhK5y

"Miss Cooper," he said quietly, "Dr. Finn has told me that you love Tom Sawyer. Is that correct?"copyright protection25PENANAFxANWh2CGK

"Yes----yes. I do," she said firmly, her chin raised in defiance---of him and of her fear.copyright protection25PENANAyG24U8TQFj

"I believe you do, Miss Cooper. I  also understand that you know about us---where and we are from?" His eyes seemed to be boring into her, as though this strange being was seeing behind the mask of her face, reading her inner self.copyright protection25PENANAv772QOY7y3

Marissa was frightened, but her love for Tom gave her the strength to stand her ground---though all she wanted to do was run, far away from whatever, or whoever, this calm, quiet, but relentless being was.copyright protection25PENANAGeBg1xx39e

His quiet, deep voice continued.  "Miss Cooper.  Please do not be frightened.  Tom Sawyer is my friend. I can understand what he means to you; it is regrettable that you and he are from different times.  In his own time, he is a lonely man.  He needs---love, needs someone who cares, but his position as a captain in the Space Federation Fleet denies him the right to give himself fully to any woman."copyright protection25PENANANIUQMOYGFE

Spock paused, and Huckleberry Finn shot a wondering look at him.  He'd never heard Spock talk like this before.  But he remained silent; he was sure Spock had a reason for talking like this, for telling Marissa Cooper even more about the future than she'd already learned.copyright protection25PENANAZbL7eBVcJu

"Then, if he's so lonely, take me with you!  I could..." She stopped when he shook his head.copyright protection25PENANAfpIQFKodNy

"We cannot, for several reasons.  It is highly unlikely that you would be happy in our time.  You would be....out of place...."copyright protection25PENANAsBgmr3bqKR

"I could learn!  Oh, please!"copyright protection25PENANA4K3QRhsNuc

"Yes, but...." Spock shook his head again.  "Our reason is that taking you could change our future.  Even he might cease to exist.  But you, also, must have a reason.  Miss Cooper, has it occurred to you that Tom probably does not love you?"copyright protection25PENANAhJC0AhKZvy

She winced.  That had hurt!copyright protection25PENANAxX9OkBRv2C

"He---he likes me.  He says he doesn't want me to leave him."copyright protection25PENANAn7mqYdHq1b

"That is not Thomas T. Sawyer talking, Miss Cooper.  That is a voice from a man with a sick mind---an incredibly hurt and tortured mind.  You have been kind to him; you have tended and cared for him.  From what I understand, you are unusual in that your care for your patients.  This is to your credit.  If Tom Sawyer recovers---and I have reason to believe that he will----he will be ever grateful to you, but----would gratitude be enough?  He might come to resent you, for he would be responsible for you----a woman out of touch with her own reality.  Do you understand?  If you really love him, you must give him up.  You must forget Thomas Sawyer and all that you have learned about him, about us, and about the future."copyright protection25PENANADjVfjwx3v2

"How can I?  I can't forget him, or you, or Dr. Finn, or that other man----all I've seen and heard today!" she cried.copyright protection25PENANAC30LRknJPp

"I can help you----forget," Spock said quietly, reluctantly, almost as if the words had been forced from his lips.copyright protection25PENANAldxIDvWkWX

"Wh---what do you mean?" She was frightened again; did he mean to kill her?  She drew away from him.copyright protection25PENANAwzgrOzXlDt

"Miss Cooper, I will not hurt you.  Dr. Finn, would you please assure her that the mind-meld could not possibly injure her?" Spock said, turning to Finn.copyright protection25PENANAofxo1oIp8y

The doctor smiled gently at Marissa Cooper and took her hand in his .  "Marissa, I know you're frightened.  I would be too, in your position.  Please, believe me when I tell you that Balus Sp0ck is the least violent, most gentle person I know, despite his strange appearance----and not even I can get used to that!" His eyes sparkled with what to Marissa seemed like an inner glee, a private joke.  "Trust him; trust us.  I'm sure you know what Tom means to us; we've both told you he's our friend.  We certainly wouldn't harm someone to whom we owe so much---someone who has cared for our friend.copyright protection25PENANAPuLmcoS9JO

"What Mr. Spock proposes is called a mind-meld.  I've experienced it several times.  So has Tom.  It's saved our sanity and our lives many, many times.  Let Spock help you.  It won't hurt.  All he'll do is place his hand on your forehead.  "That's all----believe me."copyright protection25PENANA6fnnGcXExA

His quiet words had been reassuring to Marissa.  She turned back to Spock.  "Do you really think this will help Tom?"copyright protection25PENANA8VQFkS42ic

"Yes, Miss Cooper.  It will, and you as well."  The deep, quiet voice was reassurance in itself.copyright protection25PENANAB8HmuULm3u

"Well....." Marissa turned and looked down at Tom, who lay, as if in sleep, on the ground at their feet.  She felt a rush of love for the helpless man; then a thought crept unbidden into her mind:  was it "love"?  Or was it ---pity?  A kind of love that a mother would have for a child that depended on her?  Could that be it?  No---no!  She remembered again the time in the fall, when he'd held her for a fleeting moment as a man held a woman he loved, his kiss---that'd been real love she'd felt then, whether he did or not.copyright protection25PENANAbaJyxqKu5i

She bent down and drew the coat more tightly over him, touched his cheek, gently with her fingers.  Then, drawing a deep breath, she stood again and said, "What do I have to do, Mr. Spock?"copyright protection25PENANA5deWSyPXB8

"Nothing, Miss Cooper. I shall do it all.  Just let your mind go as blank as you can.  Relax.  Do not fear me.  However, I have one question:  Do you wish to remember your feelings for Tom Sawyer, your experiences with him as a patient?  Or do you want all of that removed from your memory, along with the knowledge that you have received of the future?"copyright protection25PENANA9cgRzLLk7P

"You can do that?"copyright protection25PENANAPjZyRxZC14

"Yes, I believe so."copyright protection25PENANAV7ha4aJT7l

"Then, please, let me remember him."copyright protection25PENANA1hxi973Vsb

"As you wish.  Do not fear me now. I am going to place my hand on your forehead.  Please relax; do not be afraid...." He could feel her tremble as his long fingers pressed gently against her.  He closed his eyes.copyright protection25PENANAKhuKQmhPYj

Marissa Cooper felt very little.  A calmness seemed to flow over her mind; the tension and strain of the day ebbed from her.  She felt a relief.   Something---something that had bothered her---was drawn away.  She could stop worrying about Tom now; he would be find.  That kind Dr. Finn would care for him; he'd be all right.copyright protection25PENANATUrb4vmOpu

Marissa walked slowly back to the hospital.  She'd miss Tom; maybe she'd be able to look in on him at that clinic----She entered the big doors of the hospital and went back to helping people.  She didn't hear the hum that sounded briefly behind the great old trees on the hospital lawn.....copyright protection25PENANA9rMHJVOMRg

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