Just finished 'Best Smile.' It starts out, like young Scotty, as cute and precocious, but then takes a more troubling turn. He’s more comfortable tinkering with objects than interacting with people, something that will become a theme for him later in life.
It is a bit of a theme for him. I never quite understood when fan authors, or even pro novelists, would turn him into some kind of social, open critter. I mean, it takes until ST:II to even find out that he has a nephew, and despite being friendly on the surface, he really does play his cards close.
Thanks much for the comment! I am totally tripped out that you saw that.