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Summary:

This is a challenge for you telepathy nerds and hand fetishists out there.

I guess you know Gene Roddenberry's quote on K/S:

"Yes, there's certainly some of that - certainly with love overtones. Deep love. The only difference being the Greek ideal - we never suggested in the series - physical love between the two. But it's the - we certainly had the feeling that the affection was sufficient for that, if it were the particular style of the 23rd century."

That got me thinking: What is the particular style of the 23rd century?
Somehow I doubt that homosexuality will have died out until then, or that it will be a big issue anymore.

But what if Kirk and Spock are just not hardwired to find men physically attractive? It doesn't necessarily mean that they can't find each other mentally attractive. And they don't lack the love and affection, as stated by Word of God.

I'd love a story focusing on the mental aspects of K/S. It's up to you how much physical contact you include, as long as it is not sexual - not physical-sexual anyway (if they really can't get off on male genitalia, that would be OOC under these laws).

But who ever said that their minds / souls / katras are confined to such things as sex/gender? A mental equivalent of sexuality is most welcome - gratuitous mind melding included.

Even though it's a little unfitting to call it that in the current context, I would prefer this to be a "first time" type of story which builds up over time as they struggle to overcome their concepts of orientation.

You can keep it light or work in a fair share of angst and misunderstandings, I don't care - as long as it has a satisfying ending.

Bonus points:

  • For bonding later on
  • For lots of hand kissing (from what I've read about it, it is more mentally stimulating than physically)
  • If you can weave this challenge believably into the TOS episodes, especially the slashier ones
  • If you can think of a solution for Pon Farr under these circumstances.

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