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Summary: Spock thinks of
the various things he heard during the
Klingon peace talks of Star Trek VI
Challenge: Write a S/Mc dealing with the
issue of xenophobia.
Author's note: Janet's comment "I think we should just change
Klingon to Klick in fan-speak. It
better." And the "I'm sorry that we lost a vessel to the
Klicks, but no lives were lost. It is worth noting that they were
to fire on an unmanned vessel, don't you agree, Mr. Chekov?"
Asked Kirk." In Artemis' Hearts and Flowers. This is not intended
offend anyone, just a different way of looking at the phrase.
Warning: offensive words
"They smell awful."
"They all look alike."
"Do they ever bathe?"
"You can't trust a
"Did you see what they eat? It's disgusting."
"I don't see how we could ever be friends with them."
could never be allies."
"The women are supposed to be very aggressive in bed."
"I've heard they can't get enough."
they do is fight."
"They don't even understand the word honor."
"You can't trust them."
unprincipled, and treacherous."
"They'd stab you in the back then spit on you."
"Where do you draw the line? I wish I knew." Leonard says, "I think
it should be before the Damn Klicks
though. I said at least one of
the other things though. Am I just as guilty of a racist remark? Is
it racist to say
all Klingons look the same? Yes."
"Is it racist to say, damned Klingons? Maybe not. But where do you
draw the line?
I'm just glad we have a start on a treaty. A
possibility of peace. If our peoples do become friends, it will mean
battles between us. Less death and killing between us,
hopefully, and a whole new physiology to learn. I need to hit the
and learn Klingon anatomy, practice surgery; I don't ever want
to be caught flatfooted again. If I ever am faced with a
injured Klingon again, I want to know how to treat him or her."
"When I was first volunteered by Spock
to come along on this
mission, I did wonder at the logic behind what we were asked to do.
I admit that I didn't think
peace was possible, that I thought of
the Klingons as being untrustworthy, violent, and likely to go back
on any agreement.
I saw them as being all the same, saw them as
being all alike, and now I see them as individuals. It was a hard
to learn but I'm glad I learned it."
"End log." Leonard says and sighs, "Now to find Spock and apologize
those times I called him elf, hobgoblin; demon eared, and
cold blooded. He can be so stubborn and drive you to wanting
him over the head, but to have let my reaction be to yell insults at
him well that may have crossed the line.
He might have pointy ears
and green blood, but he's also a good man, a fellow officer and
someone I deeply care for.
I sure do hope he took none of my insults
as racist. But I'll wonder till the day I die whether they were
always be unsure if there is a part of me terrified of
new life. A part of me who's first reaction is labeling, pigeon
and verbal attacks when their actions are not like humans.
And here, I thought part of the reason why I joined Starfleet
because I wanted to learn about different peoples, but did I do
that? Or did I let my own preconceived notions of
what others should
be like prevent me from learning what they are normally like?"
"Hell, except for the colonies
and the transplanted humans, everyone
we've met is alien. We should never have expected them to have the
and beliefs as we do."
"Should I have even categorized the people from Betazed Humanoid?"
"Is categorizing all
the races that are similar to us, Humanoid
"There are times I'd love to be able to turn my brain off."
mumbles as he leaves the room.
"That would be unfortunate." Spock says, scaring the doctor out of
wits. "You have a fascinating mind and if you turned your brain
off, you would cease to exist and I would miss your presence."
thank you Spock." Leonard smiles at him, "I was intending to
go find you, to let you know that I never intended to offend
That when I tore into you, calling you elf or hobgoblin or whatever,
that I never intended to verbally abuse you.
I never thought of how
you would see my saying that. I never considered how the terms could
be taken as racist insults.
I am sorry I never took the time to try
to see things from your point of view."
"I never saw your words as attacking
my race, doctor." Spock
says, "nor did I see them as abuse. I saw them as one of our ongoing
battles. As you likely
recall, I called you a witch doctor and other
offensive things as well. If I hurt you with my remarks, I
accepted and you never offended me either. Would you join
me for some tea? Let me complain to you about how odd Klingon
seems to me? It'll be almost as hard to learn it as it was
for me to figure out yours. You sure are put together oddly,
point of view."
"And you are aesthetically pleasing, from my point of view doctor."
says, blushing. Thrilled he and Spock were finally
talking instead of trading insults. He was really looking forward to
with his friend and sharing tea with someone who might
become more than friend.