[ Someone's gotten more used to his life in Wonderland. At least so far. He's figured out the communicator, even though he's been irritated that he hasn't had any luck with changing the way it communicates. There's nothing scientific about this place. It's all magic and fantasy and things that don't make a whole lot of sense. Well, like this. He's never had difficulty with seeing things that shouldn't be there, but it surprisingly doesn't seem to bother him. ]
Not really surprised you've managed to end up here, are you? Following in his footsteps. What an afterlife, eh?
[ Another him. Two Kirks, together, one with a passively blank expression, avoiding the other. There's a frustrating tension, an anger that eases at his brows, furrowed against his eyes. ] Look. I did what I could. What I had to do. There wasn't exactly a whole lot of options was there?
He would've done the same thing, in fact, he did didn't he? What did you expect? That you'd be any differe-
There's a difference.
Nothing that stands out to me. He abandoned your entire family. Congratulations, you did the same to yours. What family you have, anyway.
But they're alive. So that's what matters.
Alive because you abandoned them.
Look. I don't know what you're doing here. I don't know why - [ he gestures wildly towards his room, the castle, the grounds, everything ] - I'm here. Why I'm not for some reason buried six feet under somewhere. I probably should be, I'm not arguing that. I don't know if my ship or my crew even exist in this world somewhere. But there's no way you're going to make me regret my decision. We would have died either way. [ He's getting emotional, he's getting infuriated, angry. ] What my father - [ He says the word like it's disgusting, like he doesn't like to think about it. ] did, could have been avoided by him disengaging and getting the hell out of there while he still could. The ship would have been destroyed either way.
Convinced yourself yet, Jim? Happy father's day.
[ The real Jim Kirk is rubbing his eyes, rubbing his eyes hard enough in hopes that this shadow of himself goes away, sinking into the chair in his room. He's got a headache that could kill, and if he thinks it would do anything he would've punched the other Kirk by now. ] Yeah. You too, asshole.