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 Stardate: Unknown #3, Gerry Downes, editor.
Spectre of the Gun
"Captain, there is a matter that requires our
immediate attention -- our survival."
"Not just now, Mr. Spock. It takes us a little longer."
You were so very young, Pavel Chekov;
Perhaps this youthfulness betrayed you.
For all your logical analyses
and studious computations
You still had fiery emotions to contend with.
Around me your behavior was correct;
Were you perhaps in awe of me?
I did not consider us so very far apart.
I would have preferred our ...
association to last longer.
There is no time for a memorial now;
That does not mean we do not remember.
And no eulogy could ever tell
all the promise that was in you.
Logically, we must seek a means of escape;
And I know that you would understand.
"It's all right, Captain. They forget
that I am also ..... half-human."