#spock x uhura #star trek
26. Who cooks normally? For everyday meals, I’m going to go with Spock because of sleeves-rolled-up-sautéing-simmering-slicing-spicing goodness that is unf worthy. And because it’s logical to eat healthily and to have consistent mealtimes. Especially at the Academy, Nyota would have a tendency to just grab something and eat it while working, so making dinner for her when their schedules allowed had the added benefit of creating a time in their busy days that they sat down together. Also, and see number 33, cooking for her is just something that he would do, and would probably learn all of her favorite recipes and make them because he’s a big Vulcan sweetheart.
23. Who steals the blankets? Spock. Nyota. Both of them. All the time. Nyota because she’s in the habit of rolling over in the middle of the night and taking them with her and Spock because while their quarters are warmer than most human ones, they’re still not Vulcan warm (or Nyota would be pickled, probably) so if he doesn’t want to sleep in socks, sweatpants, and a sweatshirt (which really ruins post sexytime cuddles, as you can imagine) he steals the blankets right back. There is some kicking and blanket tugging before the logical solution of simply sleeping closer together on the bed.
41. What would they do if the other was hurt? Someone else asked this so I’ll answer these both when I finish that one
33. How do they refer to each other in public? How do other people refer to the other? Hmm this is a good one and not one I’ve thought much about. I mean, a lot of ‘Commander’ and ‘Cadet/Lieutenant’ as the go to for professionalism but I also bet that while dating at the Academy, Nyota would refer to him as her ‘friend.’ Not because they weren’t allowed to date (whole separate headcanon there), but because she’s pretty private and wouldn’t just go around throwing out that she’s seeing someone unless specifically asked. So instead of calling him her boyfriend, she does a lot of ‘my friend sent me this interesting article’ or ‘oh I went that exhibition with my friend over the weekend’. I could see Spock… just not referring to her by anything other than her name and/or rank since he’s not exactly one to talk about his private life. At the very most ‘my teaching assistant pointed out…’ or ‘a colleague had the thought that…’ but apart from that he wouldn’t tend to have a conversation in which he talks about her to someone who he doesn’t know well enough that he can’t just use her name (how was that for a confusing sentence!!). So with his parents she’s ‘Nyota’ and maybe Pike? Are they friends? I hope they’re friends. To Pike and later Jim and the rest of the crew she’s probably Uhura or ‘the Lieutenant’. And to anyone else, they likely have no idea she exists as anything more than a professional contact, since like Nyota he’s super private. And, once they’re on the Enterprise and such, I could see a title like ‘partner’ before they’re husband and wife since it denotes a certain amount of permanence and significance to their relationship that boyfriend and girlfriend don’t. Probably other people refer to the other as boyfriend and girlfriend, although I could also see years down the line if they aren’t married yet people just assuming they are and calling the other husband/wife.
42. What are little gestures they do for each other? I have always thought that Spock is basically the most attentive boyfriend ever. I mean, I can understand a characterization of him that is a little more aloof but I’m just sold on the thought of him finding it logical to bring Nyota’s raincoat to the library if it suddenly starts raining and it wasn’t in the forecast, or to pick up her favorite foods at the store, or to make her dinner when she’s busy studying, or grab her a cup of tea just because. Nothing overtly romantic and he’s not even ‘trying’ per se, he just does what comes naturally to him and that ends up being super romantic and sweet and so incredibly thoughtful that she feels like he spends most of his day thinking about her – which he totally does since his brain is so big he can solve warp vector equations while considering the likelihood she’ll be tired after her class and might want a coffee. I just like that he’s probably not 101% sure how to be a good boyfriend to a human but he can quantify and analyze her needs, wants, and desires and if it’s within his power to fulfill them, then he would. I also think he’s really, really good at listening to her and focusing on what she says, so that he pays attention to and remembers everything from what she’s told him about her friend’s love lives to what assignments she has due to that book she read and enjoyed (and so if he happens to be out and notices the same author has a new book out it’s only logical he purchase it and leave it on the table for her). So not necessarily a chocolates and flowers type of guy, but a tupperware (think those still exist? probs, not like ours will have decomposed by then… future societies unearthing 2010s tupperwares and still not being able to find the right goddamn lid) of leftovers of her favorite meal for her to take to the library, or him running a package to the 2250s equivalent of the post office for her, or him updating the software on her padd before she even realizes it needs to be done.
As for what Nyota does for Spock… hmmm, well, let’s see. I don’t think it’s at all the same as what he does for her as in it’s not those tiny little day-to-day things. Or, rather I’m sure she does that type of stuff too because half of that is just being good at being in a relationship, but the things that really resonate with him are the ways in which she bridges the Vulcan and human dichotomy in his life and never makes a big deal of out of. So, she’ll go out of her way to not interrupt him while he’s meditating and learn to enjoy various Vulcan meals and his history and culture and whatnot, but she’ll also not temper her own humanity around him and will sit on the couch and just absolutely lose it over a funny line in a movie, or will be irritated and grumpy after a long day, and in that space she creates between the two cultures it allows him to not have to choose actions which are ‘human’ or ‘vulcan’ but if she can blur the line of eating some type of Vulcan food on the couch while watching a movie and laughing, then he has the freedom to be himself, apart from the duality of his heritage and can occupy a more liminal space that is perhaps informed by both heritages, but not defined by them. And I think that’s why in the first movie she didn’t ask him to do anything more ostensibly human than just receive a hug and kiss from her, nor did she at all act like that amount of humanity he displayed then was anything abnormal or noteworthy. So while a lot of people in his life are like ‘you should be more Vulcan!’ or ‘you should get in touch with your human side!’ she’s just like ‘you should be yourself and if you want to react to something as a vulcan would, that’s great, and if you want to react to something as a human would, that’s great too, and if you want to do some mashup in the middle, that’s wonderful.’ And (ok it turns out I have lots of thoughts about this) I think that while one of the things he does for her is to be an attentive listener, one of the things she does for him is to be receptive and validating of whatever he wants to tell her. This kind of touches on my ‘sarek is not a shit dad’ headcanon, but when Sarek says that Spock has to choose his own path, I think that not only does Nyota agree with that, but she lets him feel as if whatever he chooses is right and will… I don’t know, I already said ‘be validating’ but I think that’s exactly it. She validates any feeling he has instead of either being like ‘what you have feelings?!’ or ‘you’re Vulcan, try not to feel that’ or whatever. She’s like you’re sad, just be sad, that’s ok, or you’re happy, that’s excellent, be happy, and he struggles with that (obvs, like in STID) but she offers him a place where it’s ok to explore all of that, and not just a place to do that but a safe place where no matter how he ends up reacting, he knows that he’s loved. Awww. These two.
47. How do they make up after a fight? Sex.
Ok, no I’m not. I bet they don’t even fight all that often and when they do it’s STID-esque ‘we are having trouble communicating in this relationship’ which of course is a fight in pretty much any relationship ever, and it’s how you grow into a better relationship after resolving those issues, but it’s not a fight that crops up for them with any particular regularity, especially beyond extenuating circumstances like having your planet blown up and mother killed.
But when they do fight, they both totally want to reconnect and I’m sure it’s just as much physical as it is mental with all that touch telepathy. I’m also sure that at some point in the first year they were dating, when they fought for the first time and Spock was like OH NO WE FOUGHT AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH Nyota was like score! make up sex! and summarily taught Spock this ancient custom in Terran relationships, one which as endured for centuries and must be observed after any strife between them.
And nobody will ever be able to convince me that after she walks away in STID they didn’t go bang in the shower. I mean, you know McCoy dragged Kirk off to sickbay and there was some amount of time passed because Spock, Kirk, Uhura, and Khan are all suddenly squeaky clean the next time we see them. Shower banging. It happened and it’s basically canon.
9. Do they act different in public and at home? So my knee jerk reaction is of course they do. BUT I’m actually not so sure? Let’s look at the movies. In the first one, it’s all private kissy time in the turbolift, but frankly I think the more private thing in that scene is him showing some loss of emotional control and less so the macking. Later in the movie, they’re saying goodbye to each other and probs not going to see each other again (cue waterworks whenever I think about that) but if they’re SO INCREDIBLY SUPER PRIVATE FOR LIFE there isn’t even a hesitation, nor an attempt to hide what they’re doing, nor embarrassment after the fact. And yes, you can attribute all of that to ‘desperate kiss goodbye’ but do old habits really die that hard? Finally, in STID, everything is pretty darn public, between Kirk’s ‘you two are an old married couple’ question about them working together, to the kiss in engineering… again it can be explained that they’ve been together on the ship for a year but also they’re not exuding a ‘we’re a super private couple who never touch or are affectionate in public’ type of vibe.
What I think is that while the first movie’s transporter scene is informed by the high stakes of the moment, and the STID scenes are informed by a certain comfort with the crew, there is an underlying theme of them being less shy about being affectionate in public than one might think. That isn’t to say that they talk about their relationship with anyone (re: kirk doesn’t even know they’re fighting and that looks like a big fight) and I can’t see them gossiping to friends, or even complaining/commiserating/ chatting about the other to friends, but I can see some definite hand holding, kissing, affectionate touches, etc. Also, in Journey to Babel Sarek and Amanda were pretty PDA friendly, so as much fun as it is to think that Vulcans are tight asses who have never touched their spouse and/or partner in public, I’m not sure that canon supports that.
However, are they different in private? Yes. Hell yes. It is true canon fact for life that Spock smiles at her, and they’re super cuddly and I am 1701% certain that Spock can be not just a huge dork, but a huge silly dork, and they have that weird, secret couple behavior and inside jokes that NOBODY else can no about, not only because it’s mortifying but also that nobody else would understand it or think it’s funny. I also think they themselves are different when they’re in private. I think Spock is both more aloof, since he’s not at work and doesn’t have to interact with anyone so he can just go be silent by himself if he wants to, and also far more open, verging on goofy (Vulcan goofy that is) with her, and will tease her and mess with her in a way he never would with anyone else around. And Nyota would probably, the second the door closes, launch into something that’s been bothering her all day but which never was even hinted at with all of her professionalism and she’ll loudly complain, probably repeatedly pausing while changing out of her uniform to add one more thing that happened/was said/ was or wasn’t done right. And then Spock will make dinner and listen while she continues to gripe about it and halfway through eating she’ll be like ‘ok, I’m good, I’m over it’ and he’ll be like ‘are you certain? Because you only talked for 47 minutes about the incident and on average you speak for 52 minutes about such occurrences’ except he’ll totally be joking and she’ll probably kick him under the table and then they’ll be like should we have sex right now or should we have sex right now.
31. What do they do when they’re away from each other? I bet they are totally that annoying couple that texts each other ALL THE TIME. Do they have texting in the 23rd century? If they don’t, between Spock’s computer science wizardry and Nyota’s communications background, they have re-invented it and she’s at the library/gym/bar/home visiting her parents with either her comm somewhere on her person or within arms reach and he is between meetings/shifts/classes/more meetings pulling his out in every turbolift/hallway/sidewalk/corridor that Starfleet owns. And maybe not interrupting conversations to text back, but there is a lot of ‘GEE NYOTA IS THAT YOUR COMM BUZZING HOW STRANGE THAT NEVER HAPPENS’ from Gaila and a lot of glances traded at why Commander Spock is always on his comm. And whatever the future equivalent of g-chat is, they’re all about that, too. And all of their messages back and forth are probably the only inane communication Spock has ever partaken in because for as much as it’s ‘dinner at 7?’ there’s an equal if not greater amount of just random silly couple stuff and aforementioned inside jokes that nobody else understands. And, ok, I know I said they never talk about the other, but I bet if they’re away from each other for a while they miss each other so much they can’t not bring the other one up and Gaila is just like ‘oh, this reminds you of Spock? Really? How interesting, I couldn’t have guessed that, what a surprise, tell me more, oh wait please don’t my ears are bleeding.’