by WNSA -- Disclaimer: Borrowing for fun and affection. Using prompts from UDC 8 in FF Writing Resource. Week 1 prompts by Mira_Jade. AN: Took inspiration from the way Chyntuck has done her drabbles, as a 500-word continuous entry with the prompts in the prose. Jim has never been one for overt introspection, as in second-guessing a decision already made. He does indulge in mulling over courses of action and their consequences. It is something that comes with being a leader in what often turn out to be unpredictable situations. He does not think a lot either about what "history" will say about his endeavors, triumps, or otherwise. He does care about what his friends and loved ones think of him. He realizes newly assigned officers might think of him as holding particular valor, but he wouldn't go that far. You do what is needed. He does want to be known for acting with honor. One thing no one could accuse him of was doing the "politically advised thing" just for that reason alone. Bones is the first one to hold that line of thought. Political advisement is something the Doctor scoffs at at every possible opportunity. Jim asks Audrey one evening over dinner: "Is there a choice, a line, you wouldn't cross in the line of duty?" She frowns. "Wow, Jim. That's a loaded question and one that's hard to answer. Why do you ask?" "Because before we got together, the answers regarding sacrifice would have been different for me. When I just had me to think about more or less, I probably would've been more reckless safety-wise than now." Audrey laughs. "You sure about that? You seem pretty reckless still." He puts on a mock-scowl but then winks in tacit agreement. "But now we're together, I have more to lose, and I think about how my incapacity or death would affect you, so that's the line. I know you can't tell when a situation will turn fatal, by the very nature of exploring unknown worlds. But as far as probabilities of survival goes, that is one line I will not cross." Audrey is touched. "That's wonderful to know, that you care about us, and me, that much." Which isn't to say Jim wouldn't bend the rules to breaking not so much to avoid defeat but to achieve victory. The former is one of pride, one's ego, and others' perceptions. The latter involves coming out with the outcome which is best for all concerned. This was seen clearly in the first contact with the Klingons. They were of a total different stripe than the Romulans. Brutally aggressive without the hidden agendas and schemes within schemes that the Romulans were known for. Jim's forthright nature was just what the Klingons would respect and his not-gonna-put-up with your poodoo stance was enough to make them back down from a contested world. Underneath the brash swagger, they weren't really prepared for an intragalactic conflict. "Commander Kruge was easy to persuade." Admirral Noguchi observed over the subspace channel. "He is one of the more reasonable leaders, if you can apply that word to Klingons." Jim smiled, glad for once to be getting an "atta boy" from Starfleet higher-ups. "Thank you, Admiral. You can thank Spock and Scotty too."