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 “Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”

r13; Neil Gaiman


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Traitors' Sons by Raven Knight Rated: ADULT (NC-17) starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 154]
Summary:

The Terran Empire responds to a planetary distress signal from Vulcan.  Their goal is not to aid, but to enslave the survivors.  Captain Pike’s capture leaves his young first officer, James T. Kirk, in command of the ISS Enterprise.  As the surviving Vulcans are subdued, one of them catches Kirk’s interest.  In that moment, everything changes, and the destiny of the Empire is forever altered.


Categories: Works in Progress
Characters: Amanda, Chapel, Chekov, Chris Pike, Gaila, Gary Mitchell, McCoy, Original Character(s), Romulan Commander, Sarek, Scott, Stonn, Sulu, T'Pring, Uhura
Crossover Fandom: None
Genres: Kirk/Spock Slash
Other Languages: None
Specific movie: None
Story Type: Angst, First Time, Hurt/Comfort
Trope (OPTIONAL): Bottom Spock, Hurt Spock
Universe: Abrams Universe, AU Alternate Universe, Mirror Universe
Warnings: Dubious consent, Explicit violence, Non-consensual sex, Rape
Series: None
Chapters: 14 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 165533 Read Count: 60940
[Report This] Published: 04/01/2011 Updated: 06/02/2015
Reviewer: Milkyway Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: 08/16/2015 Title: Chapter 1: Prologue

And for anyone who doesn't know if he or she should read this story – DO IT. This story will eat your soul and spit it back out but it is SO GOOD that you have to read it and you won’t be able to stop and you will DESPERATELY wait for a new update. It’s agonising and heartbreaking but an absolute must read. Superb.



Author's Response:

I missed this one too?! I feel so awful. I did not mean to indicate that I had ignored you or otherwise dismissed it. Once more, thank you to an unspeakable level for how kind you are in your reviews. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I really will try to work on this story in the near future. I'm sorry it's been a ridiculous amount of time since updating. ~ RK 

Reviewer: Milkyway Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: 08/15/2015 Title: Chapter 1: Prologue

I came across this story and thought "Oh no, another pointless, gory, kinky (mirrorverse) Star Trek story – with more gore than plot." Which is funny because I haven't read one for a while and then I gave it a chance because I was in desperate need to read a good Spock whump/comfort story and what a surprise your story was. I never thought I'd feel so passionately about it. But the amazing power of some of those scenes—Sarek’s guilt and helplessness because of his child’s fate, Spock losing himself more and more breaks my heart every time I think of it, and Kirk’s amazing portrayal, his greyness, and strange kind of tenderness and cruelness, his leading, merciless character--well. It's just amazing. Kirk’s story is full of contraries, from being a savoir for the children on Tarsus to becoming the merciless captain. There are subtle hints that there is still goodness in him – even as an adult and we readers, now and then are able to see a moment of the good hero which is deeply buried in Kirk. This is in striking opposition to the last hurt Spock story I just finished, except yours was definitely worth one's time. Please continue soon, if possible!



Author's Response:

I swore I replied to this. I have no defense for missing this incredibly kind and supportive review. Thank you so much for every single word you wrote in your review. I'm thrilled Sarek's guilt and helplessness is coming through, that it is clear that Spock is spiritually dying and shrinking with every day longer he is kept prisoner in Kirk's control, but also I am very happy that you are enjoying Kirk's characterization of a twisted mixture between vicious cruelty and long-buried tenderness. He still does have some of the kinder traits we know and love about Kirk suppressed and he'd been suppressing them for so long that to bring them out again is going to be a struggle and a dangerous thing to do. Thank you for calling this story worth your time reading - that means a great deal to me. I know it's been a very long time since I touched this story, but I do not have plans to completely abandon it. Things have been just not the greatest or happiest in my personal/real life for the last year and half or so, and that has sucked so much of my creative drive from me asa consequence. Again, thank you so much for your incredibly kind words in this review. I'm so sorry it that I missed it when I was replying. ~ RK 

The Priest and the Captain by Cyberrat Rated: ADULT (NC-17) starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 104]
Summary:

Finished!

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Prompt by argona:

I can't get the idea of a priest Spock out of my mind so this is what I want. I want Spock as a Vulcan priest who has devoted his life to serving the temple and I want Jim to fall in love with him and do anything he can to claim what he wants.Jim as a captain realizes that Spock is wasting his life as a priest while by joining him he can serve his people in much greater ways.Of course I'm fine with anything as long as Spock is the priest and Jim falls in love with him first and tries to persuade him into a relationship. Thank you in advance!

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Contains: Romance, Humor, Fluff, Courting, Sexy time <3


Categories: Fiction
Characters: None
Crossover Fandom: None
Genres: Kirk/Spock Slash
Other Languages: None
Specific movie: None
Story Type: Character Study, Erotica, First Time, Fluff, Humor, Romance
Trope (OPTIONAL): Bottom Spock
Universe: Abrams Universe, AU Alternate Universe, ST:TOS Original Universe
Warnings: None
Challenges: The priest
Series: None
Chapters: 11 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 37397 Read Count: 35005
[Report This] Published: 05/03/2013 Updated: 05/30/2013
Reviewer: Milkyway Signed starstarstarhalf-star
Date: 07/28/2014 Title: Chapter 11: Chapter 11

I really liked this fic. I adore the idea of priest Spock. Your portrayal of him is very lovely and I can understand why Kirk is so smitten with him. Although I can't shake the feeling of that Kirk took advantage of him. Kirk wanted Spock to be able to become a Starfleet officer but only it seems in exchange for sexual favours/ a relationship. That's not very noble.

Ceres by EllenD Rated: ADULT (NC-17) starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 17]
Summary:

MPREG. Captain Kirk is entrusted with a shady, highly classified, and highly dangerous mission:  to extract Spock from an alien planet where he has been held prisoner for a year. Features pregnant!Spock and slight Spock/Pike.


Categories: Works in Progress
Characters: Chris Pike, McCoy
Crossover Fandom: None
Genres: K/S plus K/other or S/other, Kirk/Spock Slash
Other Languages: None
Specific movie: None
Story Type: Action/Plot, MPREG
Trope (OPTIONAL): Hurt Spock
Universe: Abrams Universe
Warnings: Explicit violence
Series: None
Chapters: 2 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 7017 Read Count: 5593
[Report This] Published: 07/06/2013 Updated: 07/12/2013
Reviewer: Milkyway Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: 08/15/2015 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

I'm a big fan of mpreg stories, and I love yours. Is there a chance that you will write more?

Reviewer: Milkyway Signed starstarstarstar
Date: 07/28/2014 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Interesting plot you have here. Love the slight Pike/Spock elements. Will you continue?

Not An Island by fourleggedfish Rated: ADULT (NC-17) starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 42]
Summary:

In the Classic episode "Immunity Syndrome," Spock felt the death of 400 Vulcans on a nearby ship so strongly that McCoy had to escort him off of the bridge. When the Narada destroyed Vulcan, billions died. There have to be long-term, serious consequences to that for the surviving Vulcans, and especially for Spock, who shipped off with the Enterprise almost right away. It just might take a while to show.


Kirk/Spock friendship-to-more, slow building.

Spock/McCoy friendship.


Categories: Works in Progress
Characters: McCoy
Crossover Fandom: None
Genres: Kirk/Spock Slash
Other Languages: None
Specific movie: None
Story Type: Hurt/Comfort
Trope (OPTIONAL): Hurt Spock
Universe: Abrams Universe
Warnings: Caveat lector/Choose Not to Warn
Series: None
Chapters: 7 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 91398 Read Count: 17176
[Report This] Published: 08/11/2013 Updated: 09/08/2013
Reviewer: Milkyway Signed starstarstarhalf-star
Date: 07/28/2014 Title: Chapter 7: Chapter 6

Very interesting and well written story you have here. I had a hard time reading though. I am so sorry for Spock what he had been trough - all this trauma and Kirk does not help exactly, does more damage than he helps. I hoped until the end that you wouldn't make Spock rape Kirk in the Pon-Farr but it seems I hoped in vain. I wish Kirk had listened to Bones. I do not think Spock and Kirk could ever recover from this event.

The Prince and the Servant by Raven Knight Rated: ADULT (NC-17) starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 85]
Summary:

The King of Terra summons two bright graduates to give them some counsel before they set out among the stars.  He tells them of a history - and a romance - from Terra's past that inspired the change that allowed these two graduates to sit before him to receive it.  That bond formed the cornerstones for some of Starfleet's highest and most important directives.

(A Kirk/Spock retelling of Cinderella.)


Categories: Works in Progress
Characters: Amanda, Carol Marcus, Chekov, Chris Pike, Gaila, Gary Mitchell, McCoy, Sarek, Scott, Stonn, Sulu, T'Pring, Uhura
Crossover Fandom: ST:TNG
Genres: Kirk/Spock Slash
Other Languages: None
Specific movie: None
Story Type: First Time, Fluff, Hurt/Comfort, Romance
Trope (OPTIONAL): Bottom Spock, Hurt Spock
Universe: Abrams Universe, AU Alternate Universe
Warnings: Caveat lector/Choose Not to Warn
Series: None
Chapters: 18 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 131900 Read Count: 19933
[Report This] Published: 12/12/2014 Updated: 04/18/2019
Reviewer: Milkyway Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: 09/10/2015 Title: Chapter 10: Chapter 9 - Consequences of Rebellion

I love everything on this story. EVERYTHING!



Author's Response:

Thank you!  Things will get a bit harder for our romantic leads for a little while before they get better.  Hope you still enjoy it.  (Apologies for the delay in responding.)  New chapter just updated. ~ RK

Marauder by KaraStorm Rated: ADULT (NC-17) starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 88]
Summary:

Spock is a young scientist on a Vulcan research vessel. When their ship is taken over by pirates, the marauding captain takes a special interest in him. [COMPLETE]

STRONG DUBIOUS CONSENT WARNING


Categories: Fiction
Characters: Amanda, Chekov, McCoy, Sarek
Crossover Fandom: None
Genres: Kirk/Spock Slash
Other Languages: None
Specific movie: None
Story Type: Angst, Character Study, Erotica, First Time
Trope (OPTIONAL): Slave fic
Universe: AU Alternate Universe
Warnings: Dubious consent
Series: None
Chapters: 23 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 38576 Read Count: 37118
[Report This] Published: 09/11/2015 Updated: 10/16/2015
Reviewer: Milkyway Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: 09/14/2015 Title: Chapter 2: Tethered

This is so great. Perfect in every way. I love the way you write Spock and Kirk. Wonderful. Will there be more?



Author's Response:

Spock and Kirk ARE perfect. I'm just channeling them.

Yes, lots more. 12 chapters are written. It's not at the end at that point. I DO know what the ending is. Which is good. I don't usually post without having a destination marked on the map.

Reviewer: Milkyway Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: 09/21/2015 Title: Chapter 7: Accord

I adore the new chapter. Adore it! I hope this will be a long story!


Just a question - doesn't Vulcans have a lower temperature than humans? (on the official star trek memory alpha website it's stated that way and Bones called Spock's blood in TOS ice water?) - so would Jim not feel hot to Spock when he touches him and vice versa?



Author's Response:

Wow. Fascinating! I had never heard the idea that Spock's body temperature would be lower, but a google search pops up a Starfleet manual from the 70s(?) that says it's lower.

McCoy's comment I would have taken metaphorically, in reference to emotional warmth or lack thereof. But that's open to interpretation.

I'm dubius of the Starfleet manual and the literal interpretation of McCoy for the following reasons:

When Tuvok had a fever it was 110F. In the Deadly Years, Spock sets his quarters to 125F because he's cold.

Also, physics.

From an engineering perspective I can't work out the mechanics of the lower body temperature for a native of a desert world. The body's system is absorbing heat from the world and also generating it internally to keep metabolic functions going. If the external temperature is higher than the body's, the body is going to absorb that and in turn the body has to shed it, somehow, and by the laws of thermodynamics, the rate at which heat is absorbed increases nonlinearly for every increasing difference between two systems, so the lower the core temperature of a Vulcan there would be an increasingly unmanagable condition of needing to shed heat even faster to stay alive.

So you are in a desert. It's hot. Something has to carry the excess heat away from the body and there isn't much water, so I can't assume they are drinking and sweating at the necessary astounding rates. Different blood flow can't account for this as it just moves the heat around inside the same body system, it doesn't transfer it to the ambient air around the body. If we assume Vulcans are naturally internally hotter, then all of this heat shedding become much less of an issue. At the extreme, if their body temperature matches the outside world, they could be very efficient, low energy consumers, which best matches the scarce resources of a desert.

If Spock is cold unless his quarters are 125F. He's unable to heat himself sufficiently due to age and decreased internal metabolic activity. I'd assert his body is close to that temperature minus the effects of evaporation (sweat) causing default cooling. That's probably like 120F. Which might burn a human if in contact long enough.

So, bring in Tuvok's fever datapoint of 110F. That would put his normal body temperature at about 105F. Spock's not full Vulcan, so bring him down a few degrees to 103F. That's about what I've always assumed and am assuming for this story.

If Spock can exist at all, his human elements must be existing in an internal temperature environment within a fairly narrow range (up or down) of human normal. Human's die below 95 (metabolism becomes unself-sustaining) and above 105 (brain cooks). That also defies the Starfleet manual, which is says 91.

But thanks for pointing that out. TIL for me.

But, hey, it's Sci Fi, anything is really possible. So feel free to make Spock cold as ice if you like.

Reviewer: Milkyway Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: 09/22/2015 Title: Chapter 8: Torn Asunder

Vulcan blood vessels are more dilated than Humans. The larger blood vessels are the reason Vulcan blood pressure is lower. The dilated blood vessels and fast heart rate also play a key role in regulating Vulcan body temperature. A standard 91°F body temperature is maintained by the internal cooling mechanism of fast blood circulation. (Star Fleet Medical Reference Manual)

Vulcans do not have sweat glands, and cannot rely on evaporation as a means of cooling their bodies in the harsh heat of their planet’s desert climate. Expelling heat through radiation is insufficient. Vulcans evolved an internal cooling mechanism. With an average body temperature of 91°F, the high blood flow circulates cool blood throughout their body. (Star Fleet Medical Reference Manual) This systematic means of cooling gives credence to McCoy’s comment “that green ice water you call blood”. (TOS: “The Paradise Syndrome”)

And while the Manual is a fan-madle publication and most fan-made publications are considered non-canon, Paramount used several entries from this particular book in subsequent series, making the book ... still non-canon but closer than most fan works, and many long-time fans have used the book as "proof" that Vulcan body temperature is lower than that of humans.


Another valid evidence gives the TOS Episode Naked time. More concretelly the biobed readouts in "The Naked Time." If you recall that episode, when Joe Tormolen and Spock get back from the planet, McCoy checks them both out. A screenshot of the biobed monitor shows that the temperature reading for Tormolen is significantly higher than it is for Spock. I'd take this as definitive evidence that Vulcan body temperature is lower than that of humans.

HOWEVER it's your story - and a wonderful one - and I will continue to enjoy it and I am sorry that I have brought it up. The body temperature thing is certainly up to interpretation.;) It was such a mundane detail, which shouldn't matter.

I love your story, please continue!



Author's Response:

No no! Please! This is the cool thing about science fiction rather than fantasy, it's not just: it's magic! One has to do the hard work. Like a puzzle. Science is in the name. (Actually, people call it speculative fiction now, but I keep saying sci fi because it annoys those people no end.)

What really threw me is that after some, um, 25 or more years, on and off, of reading and writing this universe in fanzines and fanfiction I have never seen a story with Spock having a lower body temperature. So it just blew my mind that it could be canon. I was like, WHA? How did I miss that?

The biggest adjustment to thinking of him cooler, for me (and I'm sure if you are used to the opposite, trying to work with the notion of warmer) is the shift in all the symbolism regarding him. Especially as soon as touch and intimacy are involved. I would make him 120F if I could, honestly. That's the logical temperature for him given how hot Vulcan is, but a human couldn't sleep with him. They'd be injured. You'd have to use one of those chastity sheet things like from Like Water for Chocolate with a hole in it, except it would be an infrared thermal blanket with a hole in it. It would be so awkward. :-D

So, I compromise and make him a like a feverish human, which is more or less copying everything I've ever read. I'm so original that way. But that works symbolically for me. Spock is feverish in that he's a fever time bomb because of Pon Farr. He's cold emotionally but warm to snuggle up to whether he wants to be or not. That contrast creates balance. If one were listing qualities and said, well, he's emotionally cold, and cold to the touch. I'd be like, and . . . what else? I need a contrast to get the old juices fired up.

Fever warm is welcoming, embracing, nurturing. 91F is cold. Like a fresh corpse, or an android, or metal, which harkens to robots, machines. It matches Spock, but in a way that piles onto his other natures, not works to balance it. This is where I run into a wall of, gee, how would one write that? Anyway, that's solely my issue, one of many issues I have, personal and otherwise.

Thinking more I realize I'm probably species-ist here. Poor Spock is having the same experience in reverse. Jim is cold. But even that works for me. Since Spock has this threat of going into heat, he quenches himself on Kirk. So the cold thing doesn't come up the same way as it does when I reverse it. Yeah, probably species-ist.

Where that cold body and hot environment thing would work is a story on Vulcan. There I could see making that contrast into something. Some kind of wild defiance of a brutal world, or something.

As to the quotes you pulled. The first bolded one doesn't do anything. Fast blood flow just means heat is being evenly distributed internal to the system. So in the case of a humanoid, their head and feet and torso will all measure similar temps. But if that being is hot, they are hot everwhere and will stay that way. Moving blood around inside the body doesn't move heat out of the body. I'm not even convinced of the explanation of the blood pressure. I'm pretty sure elasticity rather than diameter is more important. The reason dilating the vessels on a human lowers pressure is it changes the diameter from the norm, causing a deficit of fluid relative to the volume of space it occupies. I think the person who wrote that had a weak grasp of science.  Actually, I'm certain they did.

>Expelling heat through radiation is insufficient.

It's impossible unless it's nighttime and the ambient air temperature is below 91F. Heat will always radiate into the cooler system. Use of insufficient here further makes me not trust that writer's grasp of things.

>Vulcans evolved an internal cooling mechanism.

That is the money shot. I'd summarize that as: "It's magic."

If I were concocting a better line to insert here, I'd go for "endothermic chemical reaction in the blood." And then I'd stop there. It's the best explanation, and if you tried to justify it, it's going to run into trouble fast.

The main trouble being producing enough component compounds that will then react in the blood requires, by itself, enormous amounts of energy. Vulcans would need energy input to generate the compounds to do the cooling and all energy input in a humanoid is going to generate waste heat. So, you are going to run into what is called the diminishing horizon, where you boost all of your inputs but the cost of those processes involved pushes the goal out ahead of you again and you never reach your goal. (Not even considering the problems of excretion of the resulting compound from that reaction.)

Unless, and this is the only way I can make this work. There is plant A and plant B each contain one of the chemicals needed for this endothermic reaction. You eat plant A in the morning and plant B later in the day (can't eat them at the same time, your stomach would freeze). Then your body stores them in separate organs and releases them into the blood through some mechanism like bonding to a heat sensitive enzyme so they are released to react as needed. This way the energy  to produce the chemicals comes from some kind of external photosynthetic reaction (i.e. ample sunlight) rather than forcing the Vulcan body itself to become this workhorse chemical factory in order to make these compounds. But if this were the explanation those plants would be central to the culture. Worshiped in house shrines. Plastered on pediments downtown. It would be a thing.

I guess what I'm saying is I don't seen any cultural indication of an endothermic blood reaction. But I'm probably missing a more straightforward explanation. It is freezing cold in a desert at night, maybe that's part of the system . . . But if cold were part of the explanation, Spock's quarters would be freezing half the day and 125 the other half.

TL;DR: cold blood ain't free. :-D

Reviewer: Milkyway Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: 09/23/2015 Title: Chapter 10: Revealed

Wow, things got even more intimate quite fast. ;) But it was a lovely chapter and I continue to love your Kirk. He's so self-confident, so charming. I think i feel in love with him - a little bit. ;)


Concerning the vulcan temperature thing ;) - this is the first time I read a story wherein Spock is described as hotter. ;) So it is new for me as well - only that I am on the opposite side of the spectrum. But really - I didn't want to impose my believes on canon on you and I welcome your thoughts on the temperature thing. They are quite interesting, although I didn't understand all of it - my first language is Russian. ;)

What I always liked on the Spock being cooler than Jim thing - is that he could snuggle up to Kirk and Kirk could keep him warm. ;) In TOS Spock always wore an undershirt - Kirk did not, and it made me believe that Spock wore terminal underwear to keep him warm on a starship which was adjusted to be comfortable for humans. :)



Author's Response:

I think this is a fanfiction era thing. Which is awesome as it means there are a lot of new people coming into the fandom. TOS rocks that way.

But oops :-D The thermal shirt falls under evidence his body temperature is higher, not lower. The need for insulation increases as the temperature difference between the body and the ambiant air increases. The need falls as the body and the ambient air are closer in temperature.

The ship is likely about 75F. If Spock is ~90F that's only 15 degrees difference. He would easily be warmed up from there by the energy he's burning to stay alive, even at rest. So, if Spock is 91F he can hang out naked at 75F and be perfectly comfortable. That's the same gap in temperature as you and I experience at 85F (29C). We can sit in a bikini all day with no problem. I can't see Spock using too much less energy at rest given his high heart rate and high brain activity.

If Spock is my preferred 120F, that's a temperature differential of 45F, which is like you or I sitting around at 55F (13C). If you aren't moving a LOT, you will need a sweater. A thick one. Hence Spock's thermal shirt ;-)

Maybe 91F Spock wears the shirt maybe it's because his uniform itches? Or, and this is another possibility, his metabolism is somehow defective. But in that case, the shirt can't be just insulation, it would have to be actively heating or cooling him from a powerpack. He is a hybrid, he could be defective.

Reviewer: Milkyway Signed
Date: 10/09/2015 Title: Chapter 19: Running

I finally was able to catch up with this story. You're really amazing for posting nearly every other day. Thank you.

I have to say the rape caught me a bit of guard (despite the dubious consent label of this story) and that it is portrayed later that Spock wanted it and didn’t care about that he had been raped, is a very off putting. I don’t think that Vulcan culture views rape as okay. Jim is portrayed as the victim here, who doesn’t know better, which is quite a dangerous view. And a lack of ‘No’ isn’t a ‘Yes’. I’ve read a lot of stories with rape in it but I can’t bear when it’s handled so casually, as if it doesn’t matter. Like – hey, Spock could have said no – so it’s okay. And after the last chapter, I too came to dislike your Spock. He was so sweet at first, I really liked him. That smart, clever, somehow quite innocent Vulcan who encounters that ruthless captain, with all his secrets and hidden kind heart. But now, I think it will go down the classical plot route these days – with Spock as the aggressor, raping Jim too, so his own rape will even matter less. ;(

 

Don’t get me wrong, I like your writing – it’s unique and amazing – and I will let myself proven wrong, as the story continues but I simply had to write down my concerns.



Author's Response:

I wanted as much moral ambiguity in this stoy as possible. Once I concocted Kirk as a pirate, an actual one, he had to be damaged and he had to hurt others as a result. But he had to be recognizable too, charming, kind when he'd in control, intelligent as hell. Nice thing about the damage is it makes him capricious, which is very much not a trait of his usual character. But it adds a delicous depth to him that I wasn't expecting.

What I found most interesting about some readers is they found his actions unforgivable, even though he's a fictional character and the other character chooses to forgive him (or not even care) for his own reasons. In my view, Spock doesn't have emotions at the level that's triggering in the reader but that doesn't count, and I should have realized that, but somehow didn't. Even though we write about aliens, in some impossible future, we're really telling stories about ourselves and so it's not possible to make the alienness work to that high degree for every reader.

Spock starts out innocent, but its all naivete and social control. He has no idea who he is absent those things. And yes, he gets corrupted, or is it true curruption or is it just his true self emerging after the loss of those external influences? And yes, I wanted there to be mixed feelings about that. He can't take control of his life without being corrupted, or not under these circumstances. But honestly, maybe not under any circumstances given how much pressure there is on him all the time. That's half of the point of the story is him coming to an understanding of what has been shaping him, and that he's had very little choice in his life. I really liked writing him making choices about what he wants to preserve and what he wants to discard about his old self. Since he's thrown away the fundamentals, he has no basis for morality until he's found his footing again. Case in point, he likes getting McCoy by the neck. His biology tells him its the right thing to do and he's fascinated by this new experience. Now that he's gone through it, he'll make a logical choice about whether to do the same again in similar circumstances. Which brings up the question of whether logical and control equal morality.


On that same note, it's interesting that you thought Spock would want to rape Jim back. I just went through some edits on this story and made it clearer that part of what's biologically happening him to Spock is a process of sexual subservience. I have a nice pseudo bio psyche reasoning for this that if I do write a sequel, I might work in there. I was trying to keep it simple (in concert with Spock's naivete) that a first mating in heat is always rape, therefore it's what one puts up with for the outcome. I know that flies in the face of some views of Vulcan canon, but if Spock is capable of going into a violent mindless trance and kill Kirk in canon, then I figure pretty much anything is on the table.

I like this story for the unexpected issues it brought up. And editing it was really enjoyable. I'd been putting it off thinking I might end up seeing some of the things readers did and thinking. Ugh. What did I do? But I think I'm good. The story does what I wanted it to do, which was to bring a damaged Kirk and innocent Spock to a common place and make them partners without sacrificing either of them.

Thanks very belatedly for your reactions. I love writing fanfic for this reason. Lots of feedback.

 

Not As Much Fun As It Sounds by lah_mrh Rated: ADULT (NC-17) starstarstarstarhalf-star [Reviews - 6]
Summary:

Kirk learns that zero gravity sex is not all it's cracked up to be.


Categories: Ficlets
Characters: None
Crossover Fandom: None
Genres: Kirk/Spock Slash
Other Languages: None
Specific movie: None
Story Type: Established Relationship, Humor, Romance
Trope (OPTIONAL): Hurt Spock
Universe: ST:TOS Original Universe
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 562 Read Count: 1330
[Report This] Published: 09/21/2015 Updated: 09/21/2015
Reviewer: Milkyway Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: 10/18/2015 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Great, GREAT story. Awwh love the last line! And bonus points for bottom!Spock - he's so rarely written these days. And oh man, I fall in love with your Spock and Kirk the more I read of your stories. Just great work you do! Just such great work!



Author's Response:

Thank you! I'm glad you're enjoying my fics. :)

Taking the Scenic Route by lah_mrh Rated: ADULT (NC-17) starstarstarstarhalf-star [Reviews - 4]
Summary:

Kirk takes Spock on a road trip.


Categories: Fiction
Characters: None
Crossover Fandom: None
Genres: Kirk/Spock Slash
Other Languages: None
Specific movie: None
Story Type: First Time, Romance
Trope (OPTIONAL): None
Universe: Abrams Universe
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 4598 Read Count: 1630
[Report This] Published: 10/17/2015 Updated: 10/17/2015
Reviewer: Milkyway Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: 10/18/2015 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

I really, REALLY love this story and I love how you write Spock and Kirk. Your Kirk is so easy-going and wonderful and funny but also considerate and just wonderful. I love your Spock too – that he is sardonic but also shy and somehow seems vulnerable and then his and Kirk dynamic – the way you portrayed it is so fun to read. I like how they go on a road trip and their conversations and how at easy they seemed in each other companies. I like that Kirk did the first step with kissing Spock and I like it that Spock got nauseous after the Enterprise ride. People these days try to portray Spock so superhuman but he’s not and you showed that. And I like that at the end they came together and your writing is just wonderful.



Author's Response:

Thank you for your review! It really made me smile. I'm glad you liked the fic and the way I wrote the characters, especially since I'm really more comfortable with their TOS incarnations.