Disclaimer: Star Trek is the property of Paramount/Viacom. This story is the property of and is copyright (c) 1977 by Gerry Downes. Originally published in Obsc'Zine #1, edited by Lori Chapek-Carleton. Rated PG.
A Friend in Need
by Gerry Downes
"Bones, you don't mean ..."
"'Fraid so, Jim."
"But … there's no way we can get him to Vulcan in time."
"I know -- I told him.
"I guess you'll just have to do."
"Me? But he always says I'm such an inadequate partner ..."
"Well, it'd be a lot worse if I did it!"
"He'll probably beat me again, you know."
"Don't complain to me -- if you'd only practice! once in a while…"
"All right, all right -- the things I do for friendship."
"Attaboy, Jim. You know way deep down, he appreciates it."
"Yeah. Well, this is the last time I get involved in this. He really needs a Vulcan partner. Why can't he use the mail, for ghodsake?"
"He says it's not the same thing. Anyway, it's too late for that -- this time he needs you."
"All right, already, I'm going."
"Jim, if there was anything I could do…"
"I know. You're a good friend, Bones. When this is all over, will you have a drink with me?"
"You bet. All you want."
"Thanks. At least I won't have to go through this again. I swear -- friend or no friend, this is the last marathon chess tournament I'm ever getting into."