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Go out and have yourself a nice relaxing dinner at a Chinese restaurant. At the end of the meal when you open your fortune, tack on the words “in bed” to whatever it says. Then write a K/S smut-shot/fic based on that fortune.

Any genre, any length, and anything goes.

If you don’t want to wait for dinner to get started, here are a few fortunes I pulled off the inter-web:

1.       Teamwork: the fuel that allows common people attain uncommon results.

2.       At times it is better to know when to exit than enter.

3.       Your co-workers take pleasure in your great sense of creativity.

4.       Before you wonder "Am I doing things right," ask "Am I doing the right things?"

5.       Action speaks nothing, without the Motive.

6.       What breaks in a moment may take years to mend

7.       Your dream will come true when you least expect it.

8.       The race is not always to the swift, but to those who keep on running.


Categories: Fiction, Ficlets, Poetry, Essays, Works in Progress, Other Languages Characters: None

What is it, exactly, that constitutes a person? Is it their memories and experiences, or something more, something independent and unchangeable?

What is the soul, and what makes one different from any other?

A mission-gone-wrong results in Spock!Prime transferring his katra to his younger counterpart. How will the Vulcan healers be able to differentiate between two very similar (if not identical) katras? And how will this transference change the way Spock perceives his own reality?



Spock must start questioning his own perceptions, reactions, thoughts and/or feelings while his older counterpart’s katra is inside him.  Does NOT have to be a romance fic.

Bonus points if:

1.       Spock and Uhura are still in a (real, full-blown, happy(ish)) relationship when the transference occurs

2.       Spock genuinely feels torn between his feelings for Uhura and Kirk 

3.       Spock questions whether the love/lust he feels for Kirk is (solely) the result of holding Spock!Prime’s katra

4.       It is uncertain whether the healers are able to fully remove Spock!Prime’s katra (OR)

5.       The katra they removed was the wrong one (OR)

6.       The two katras intergrate into one


In The Search for Spock, the concept of “Katra” is very vague. They call it a “living spirit,” “eternal soul,” and “…everything that [Spock] was…Everything he knew.” Have fun with the ambiguity.

I would strongly suggest watching or re-watching The Search for Spock before attempting to write this story.


Categories: None Characters: None

"Commander," Kirk said, "did you just slap my ass?"

Why, yes, he did, and happened in a public place in front of at least one other person (Spock is allowed to deny it, though, if you want to go that route)

Bonus Points if:

-Bones makes an extended appearance

-It happens while on duty

-It happens before Kirk and Spock are in a romantic relationship

Super-duper bonus points to anyone who can pull this off without Spock being under the influence of a mind altering substance or consciousness. 


Categories: Fiction, Ficlets, Works in Progress Characters: None

“Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn't it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up. You build up all these defenses, you build up a whole suit of armor, so that nothing can hurt you, then one stupid person, no different from any other stupid person, wanders into your stupid life...You give them a piece of you.”

They didn't ask for it. They did something dumb one day, like kiss you or smile at you, and then your life isn't your own anymore. Love takes hostages. It gets inside you. It eats you out and leaves you crying in the darkness, so simple a phrase like 'maybe we should be just friends' turns into a glass splinter working its way into your heart. It hurts. Not just in the imagination. Not just in the mind. It's a soul-hurt, a real gets-inside-you-and-rips-you-apart pain. I hate love.”

-Neil Gaiman, Sandman



Be primarily angst, and have an unhappy, unrequited ending.

Include the K/S pairing in some way

Bonus if:

Bones POV- He loves Kirk, who in turn harbors a crush on Spock.

Uhura POV- Spock has broken up with her, and she watches bitterly as he and Kirk grow closer.

Superdooper Bonus Points if:

You use the entirety of the quote in the story. You can break it up and insert it line by line, or have it out all in one go. Must be spoken by a character or used in narration.

Categories: Fiction, Ficlets, Works in Progress Characters: McCoy, Uhura

99.99% of the stories I read seem to completely disregard the possibility of non-fraternization regulations. I know that many authors justify this by pointing to the wedding in “Balance of Terror,” but I find it very unlikely that Starfleet--a military organization--would allow its officers to start up relationships with whomever they chose regardless of rank or the chain of command.

I’d like to see a story featuring the mutual but “forbidden” attraction between Kirk and Spock. I say attraction, because I don’t care which stage of their relationship they happen to be in as long as there are romantic undertones.

I will bow before any author skilled enough to write a story in which Kirk has (realistically) coerced Spock into a secret affair, but it's not a requirement.


Bonus Points if:

  •          Spock and Kirk are court-martialed for their affair, and the story of thier relationship is told through flash-backs.
  •          The story is told by a peripheral character
  •          There is a scene in which one of them has to hide under a bed/ in the ‘fresher/in some other hilarious location to avoid discovery
  •          Kirk and Spock are given an ultimatum from the Admiralty: break up or get transferred

Categories: None Characters: None

Warning: Long prompt is LONG

My college roommate was a total musical theatre dork, and she introduced me to the fabulous show Next to Normal. The show is about a family that is torn apart by the (bi polar) mother's delusion that her son (who died in childhood) is alive and well. One of the numbers (which is absolutely heartbreaking) is "He's Not Here."

He's not here
He's not here
Love, I know you know
Do you feel he's still real?
Love, it's just not so
Why is it you still believe?
Do you dream or do you grieve?
You've got to let him go
He's been dead 16 years
No, my love, he's not here.

The challenge is this: Spock or Kirk died, and afterwards the partner who survived began hallucinating that his lover was still alive.


McCoy or Uhura needs to be the one “singing” to Kirk or Spock respectively. The story can take place in one or all of the following settings:

A) in a mental institution (with McCoy or Uhura visiting)

B) onboard the Enterprise as they head to New Vulcan/Earth (either for the funeral or to relieve the insane party from command)

C) at Uhura/Bones’ home, where (s)he has resigned his/her commission to take care of Spock/Kirk (If you pick this setting, I want it to take place at least a decade after Kirk/Spock’s death)

I’d like a bit of mystery/suspense thrown in as to how Kirk/Spock died, and why the surviving party reacted the way they did. I’m really not a “their love was so pure it just tore him to pieces to lose his lover” kind of gal. Give me a plausible reason for Kirk/Spock’s psychosis. (Maybe they already had mental/emotional problems before the death/murder and this drove them over the edge? They witnessed the death/murder? Spock transferred his katra into Kirk and it drove him batty, even after it was removed?)

I’d also like some form of unrequited love on Bones or Uhura’s part. (i.e if you’d like to have them in a quasi-relationship with Kirk/Spock, I’d like some good: “he’ll never love me as much as he did ___” angst)

Finally, Kirk/Spock CANNOT under ANY CIRCUMSTANCES come back to life. I don’t care how the story ends. You can have Kirk/Spock snap out of the hallucinations and get counseling, kill themselves, go into a catatonic state- anything, as long as the death of their SO is permanent!


I’m a sucker for flashbacks, and I’d kiss the feet of anyone skilled enough to break up the story and tell it out of order ala Pulp Fiction. (and, you know, have it still make sense and have more of an emotional impact for using that style of narrative)

I have an irrational fondness for Chapel. If she could be a major character, I'd die happy.

I wouldn't be at all upset if lines/lyrics/plot points from Next to Normal happened to pop up during the course of the story.

Categories: Fiction Characters: Chapel, McCoy, Uhura

My life has been systematically falling apart for the past six months, and just today a brand new shit-storm popped up to kick me while I'm down. Please, please, please, could somebody write me a H/C story  to cheer me up?

I'd love to see something where Jim has to deal with his f-ed up up family screwing him over once again, (Moi? Projecting? Why, no, of course not.) and a very protective Spock comes to his rescue.

I'm looking for a veritable fluff overdose here people. Cuddling preferred.  

Categories: Fiction, Ficlets, Works in Progress Characters: None

Use the following line in a story:

“What?” Pike asked, eyebrows raised. “You two think you’re the only ones who have ever accidentally gotten married during a First Contact?"


Categories: Works in Progress, Fiction, Ficlets Characters: Chris Pike

(Silly Prompt is SILLY)

Spock's a touch telepath, right? Well, it's not just uncomfortable for Spock to have extended physical/psychic contact with undisciplined minds, it's actually detrimental to his health.

What does this mean for Kirk, who's just recently admitted his feelings for his stoic First Officer and is now more than ready to turn that UST into RST?

The worst case of blue-balls this side of the Milky Way.

It's okay, though, there's a training regimen for that!

Although, it might be a little awkward to have his boyfriend's father (who kind of really hates Kirk's guts, and wants his son to marry the uptight bitch over yonder) teach him how to order his mind and calm his thoughts so he can screw Spock silly into the nearest flat surface.

Especially when there are so many mindmelds involved…

Eh, it’ll be alright. Adversity builds character.

Categories: Fiction, Ficlets, Works in Progress Characters: Sarek


I was watching A Few Good Men last night, and the second I saw Tom Cruise waltz into Demi Moore's office munching on an apple and being an all around cocky shit, I knew I had to post this challenge, which calls for a reboot of the movie starring our favorite ST:XI characters.

I'm envisioning Kirk as Lt. Kaffee, Bones as Lt. Weinberg, and Spock as Lt. Crd. Galloway. (I'm fine with Spock being human, but no gender bending of any kind, please.) You can have the rest of the cast fill whichever roles you like. (I picture Sulu and Chekov as Dawson and Downey, but that's just a suggestion) 

Can be a modern AU or a Starfleet "JAG" AU.

Don't feel as if you have to strictly adhere to the plot (or sub-plots) of the movie. (If I wanted to read the transcript of the movie with the character's names changed to ST characters, I could do it myself with a search and replace.) I very much want everyone to be in character despite their radically different careers.

The only other requirement is some yummy K/S, but if you want to keep it to sparks-flying pre-slash, that’s fine by me.


  • Areel Shaw for the prosecution
  • Some cute Spock & Chekov interaction (nothing slashy-- just big brother/mentor/two geeky peas in a pod stuff)

Categories: Fiction, Works in Progress Characters: Chapel, Chekov, Chris Pike, Gaila, Gary Mitchell, McCoy, Scott, Sulu, Uhura