Date: 12/04/2014 1:14 AM Title: Away
This was gorgeous, and so well written. Thank you for sharing this alternate ending, because i for one hated how Kirk left :( This was sad too, but much, MUCH better than canon's version.
Thanks, missBAMF. I agree! which is why I wrote it... :P
Date: 12/02/2014 9:54 PM Title: Away
That was touching. I've sometimes wondered if Spock would still be reunited with Jim after going to the other universe, but you solved that for me. Spock far outlived my predictions -- I would have given him under 5 years to lose it before he joined Jim. You captured their love and their respect so well. I hope I find someone willing to stand by me in my infirmity. What a wonderful story. Thank you so much.
I'm with you. I think the scariest thing for us single people is the question of what will happen when we get too old/too sick to care for ourselves... I hope someday I get a "Spock" to stand by me steadfastly...
Date: 12/02/2014 6:17 PM Title: Away
Amazing story, beautfiully written, full of deep emotion yet without being sentimental in the least. It was utterly realistic yet so loving that I cannot say it was "painfully" realistic. The way Spock cared for Kirk in his last days was very right. As I read it, it struck me how so many accounts of Kirk's growing old and dying seem almost to skirt the issues of decline and infirmity that come with age, and how this story doesn't do that. It takes us right to the heart of what it means to care for a dying and significantly impaired loved one. It is clear-sighted about loss yet captures the joy of their life together.
The ending was wonderful, with the "countless hosts" and all -- I found myself humming the hymn by Abelard (speaking of great love stories) for All Saints Day as I read it.
You did a great job of showing in subtle ways the banal neglect that becomes the norm in "care facilities" -- such details as family member's needing to provide routine care such as haircuts, and Kirk's skin being greasy, were shown with realism without being at all overdone. It is my fervent hope that by the 23d century, no one will have to live out his days in such a place -- "our homes, not nursing homes!" as the rallying cry goes. After all, if Joseph Kennedy could continue to live at home in Hyannisport after his stroke, with 24 hour nursing care, I would hope that by the 23d century, resources would be available in people's own homes. That's just my rant. But I have to say that locating Kirk in a facility that Spock would need to visit, worked well dramatically.
Thank you, Dunyazad, for your comprehensive comments. As I've just said in another review, I am surrounded in my work by the aged, the infirm and the dying. I wanted to write about love at the end of life which is poignant and exquisitely painful yet also full of hope and joy... Because I don't believe that death and decay is the end of the story... Perhaps Abelard's hymn you mention was in the back of my mind at the time I was first cogitating this fic... ;-)
I couldn't agree more about the status of aged care facilities. It's not necessarily that the staff don't care; my exposure has been that they are simply too busy, underfunded, and understaffed to give the attention really required by each patient. Thankfully, the government here is seeing the wisdom of keeping people in their own homes - it's actually cheaper than running aged care facilities. So, viva la esprit for in-home care. Hopefully before the 23rdC!!
Date: 12/02/2014 5:58 PM Title: Away
I will have to come back a write a better review later, but I had to say I loooovedd this!!!
I'm glad you liked the story, Spockania20, and thank you for leaving a review, even if it's not fully what you intended to say!
Date: 12/02/2014 5:08 PM Title: Away
Much more than lovely this tying together of strings, beautiful beyond words the final destination. I love the way you depict Spock's loving patience with his senile bondmate, the way he follows Jim's occasional memories with his own. Loved it all over!
Thank you, angelocustode. :-)
Date: 12/02/2014 2:02 PM Title: Away
Oh, Ashaya, I can't even... . This is so brimming with feeling and hope and grief and happiness, and then such a beautiful ending. My head canon firmly dismisses "Generations", and I see our boys growing old together, and, of course, Spock would have to face Jim's death. This is an amazing take on that and I absolutely loved it. Thank you so much! -Cate
Thanks for your review and your thoughts, Cate. I don't mind "Generations" as a movie in and of itself, but I HATE what they did to Kirk in it. Stupid stupid! I am surrounded in my work by elderly folk, and I wanted to do a realistic depiction of the anguish of the aging process.
Glad you liked it!