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Bitter Glass by Killa Rated: Mature Content (Teen) starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 25]
Summary:

A story about regrets and second chances. Faced with the news of Kirk's death in Generations, Spock tells the story of a thirty-year friendship that defied all categorization. (Crossover with Star Trek: TNG) Originally posted in 1996.


Categories: Fiction
Characters: Chekov, McCoy, Original Character(s), Saavik, Sarek, Scott, Sulu, Uhura
Crossover Fandom: ST:TNG
Genres: K/S plus K/other or S/other, Kirk-Spock Friendship
Other Languages: None
Specific movie: None
Story Type: Angst, Character Study
Trope (OPTIONAL): None
Universe: ST:TOS Original Universe
Warnings: Major character death
Series: None
Chapters: 3 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 95803 Read Count: 22249
[Report This] Published: 09/06/2005 Updated: 09/06/2005
Reviewer: JoeAnn Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: 10/25/2009 Title: Chapter 1: Part 1

I was up until 2am last night reading this story, all the while amazed, infuriated, and so very moved.  You've addressed every single issue between Kirk and Spock that has troubled me these last 25 years. I parted ways with Trek back in 1995 saddened and rather disgusted by Kirk and Spock's fates until JJ Abrahms lured me back.  It's been a bittersweet reunion and I've spent the subsequent weeks and months swimming in years of missed fics, noting the changes in perception in fandom of how Kirk and company are viewed.

Bitter Waters especially impresses me--in addition to being masterfully written, well thought-out, and wonderfully mature and epic in scope and grasp--in that it shines an unflinching light on the one aspect of Spock that seldom sees the light of day in fanfics: he's a tragic figure and (I really *hate* to admit this) more than a little pathetic.  So much intelligence and love around him yet what's his ultimate fate?  Self-delusion, needless self-denial, a fool's errand to an ungrateful Romulus that ends up ruining decades of his professional credibility, and in STIX even more grievously pathetic as it leads to the oblideration of Vulcan.

Ouch. 

Spock is now the ultimate orphan, fate has punished him as much as it can, taking everything he once held dear.  The niggling worry that Spock (and Kirk) had gone wrong set in back when I watched The Undiscovered Country for the first time and turned to full-fledged alarm when Picard felt entitled to shake his finger at Spock, lecturing him on his filial obligations.  Frankly, I'm offended for Spock (and Kirk). He deserves better. It's like no one at Paramount, nor the actors themselves, has stepped aside from the material to realise just what bitter fate they've assigned to two of pop culture's most beloved characters.  Or maybe they do but have decided that tragic equals interesting, profound, whatever. 

Thank you so much for posting this story, Killa.  You're a very talented writer and superlative Trek fan.  Bitter Waters was a real vindication for me.  If I owned Trek, I'd make it required reading for Nimoy, Shatner and anyone else involved in writing future movies, with the firm order: fix it.



Author's Response:

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this, and for your wonderful, thoughtful feedback. I really can't thank you enough. You reminded me of the original genesis of this story, which was born out of an ongoing conversation Beth M. and I had about what TNG had done to Spock, and how unsatisfying we found his eventual fate. It spun off into this story and Beth's "Masquerade" and its sequel. In the process, we talked a lot about what kind of woman Spock might have ended up with (if Picard's reference to Sarek's son's wedding was, indeed, about Spock) and how that might have affected his career and his relationship with Kirk.

You're right, it is unbelievably tragic to think that his rather doomed mission to Romulus might have eventually ended in the destruction of Vulcan. As time has passed, I've found it easier and easier to ignore the later movies and TNG when I think of the original series characters (especially Generations, as the internal logic of the Nexus is nonexistent). But I'm glad this story provided some validation and diversion. :) Thanks so much for your comment!

In The Zone by PaintedBird Rated: All Audiences starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 150]
Summary:

In this A/U, there is no United Federation of Planets. Starfleet is an Earth protection agency, and the only aliens unfortunate enough to have met Earthers were a small group of Vulcans fleeing war-ravaged Vulcan to follow the beliefs of Surak in peace.  Shot down and herded onto a marginal piece of Earth, the Vulcans have barely managed to survive their Terran experience, and there appears to be only a limited future for young Spock.  Life does not hold much more for Jim Kirk who is drifting through life, aimless and purposeless.  Is it posiblee for two such different beings to find their true calling and make a difference?  If their love is meant to be, can they find one another? 


Categories: Fiction
Characters: Original Character(s)
Crossover Fandom: AU or Mirror Universe
Genres: Kirk/Spock Pre-Slash
Other Languages: None
Specific movie: None
Story Type: Action/Plot
Trope (OPTIONAL): None
Universe: ST:TOS Original Universe
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 58 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 200371 Read Count: 179913
[Report This] Published: 07/22/2014 Updated: 07/25/2015
Reviewer: JoeAnn Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: 07/26/2015 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

PaintedBird, thank you for posting this terrific story!  Your Kirk and Spock are the honorable men we hope them to be in a world where prejudice and indifference to suffering are the societal default  Reading each update in this fic has been a bright spot in my day.  The idea of Vulcans on Earth being regarded as second class citizens was mindboggling.  It was fascinating reading the makeshift  new life they had cobbled together in a hostile environment.  Many kudos to you for tackling the premise and in the process delivering one of the best fics I've ever read. I became very invested in all of the Vulcans' plight.  Will you be re-visiting them in the future?  I hope so!  It woud be fantastic to see Vulcans rise as an immigrant population above their oppressed beginnings to take their place intellectually, culturally, and economically among Earth's population.  Not to mention the importance of Vulcans' calming influence when Starfleet finally begins to make contact with other neighboring alien civilizations.  As you may guess, I'm not yet ready to give up T'Lira, BabyAmanda, Solkan, and Ray, lol. And I'm sooo relieved Sarek survived!

At any rate :o) I loved this fic.  It's one of those stories that tends to linger in my mind well after I've finished reading a chapter. First-rate job, PaintedBird!  



Author's Response:

JoeAnn, thank you for your generous comments.  I thought the premise might be interesting but have to admit when the story intersected with real life events in Charleston recently I was surprised.  There are still people living that sort of life who are discriminated against because of their color, their nationality, their religion, or their gender, and I am sufficiently optimistic on some days to believe it wll end.  Other days, I am not so sure, especially after the shootings in nearby Chattanooga.  

As for a revisit of this story line, I have no immediate plans to do any additional work at this time but won't completely rule out the possibility as I have grown attached to this fic, too, in the last year I have worked on it.   On the short term, I have other projects I have let slide that now require my atention, most of which need to be done before winter, so I need to clear up my slate before committing to anything, especially such a large project as this.  I do have some shorter fics that I will complete periodicaly and upload, but anything big will have to wait.

Thank you for your kind words.  I don't think most readers understand how reinforcing it is to have comments in order to know what works in a fic and what does not.  When I am posting, I look for new ones every morning and am cheered when I find one.  I appreciate your comments and hope to see you as a reader in future fic.  Take care.

Survival! by PaintedBird Rated: All Audiences starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 33]
Summary:

Spock struggles to survive on a harsh planet, believing that he has been abandoned.  On all sides, everyone tells Jim Kirk that he should accept the Vulcan's demise and move on.  Yet something in the human insists that his friend lives and he has managed to secure this one last chance to search that world where Spock and his party were last known to be.  Will he find the Vulcan before it is too late?


Categories: Fiction
Characters: None
Crossover Fandom: None
Genres: Kirk/Spock Pre-Slash
Other Languages: None
Specific movie: None
Story Type: Character Study
Trope (OPTIONAL): None
Universe: ST:TOS Original Universe
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 15 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 35614 Read Count: 37879
[Report This] Published: 10/07/2015 Updated: 01/27/2016
Reviewer: JoeAnn Signed
Date: 10/08/2015 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Great start!  Love a good survival story.  I always find myself wanting to lecture Starfleet about equiping their shuttles better, lol. Looking forward to the next installment. 



Author's Response:

Thanks!  I'm with you.  See how far we can push them, right?  I hope you continue to enjoy the story.

Finding Spock- Part 1 by CarminaVulcana Rated: Mature Content (Teen) starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 171]
Summary:

Spock is as Vulcan as they come. Or not. Struggling with isolation, his natural emotions and his need to be a true Vulcan, he somehow builds a life at Starfleet Academy. Follow his life from his childhood to his spiritual homecoming on the Enterprise. See him find his lost self in this story.

This story is basically Kirk/Spock friendship which can be interpreted as pre-slash. They will share a bond unlike any other. It may eventually develop into slash as well. However, there is no Jim Kirk in the first part. Since we begin with Spock’s childhood and academy days, there is lots of Sarek, Amanda, and Captain Pike. Jim Kirk will make an appearance in the second story which you can read as it is being written. The first chapter for that will be up soon. It isn’t strictly important to read the first one to understand the second one but it is highly, highly recommended.

I do not own Star Trek or any of its characters. The OCs are all mine, though. 

Feel free to comment and engage with the work. I'd love to hear from you about what you think of the story. Enjoy !

Follow my blog for other creative work: www.deltavie.com. I also have a Tumblr now. My username is CarminaVulcana.


Categories: Fiction
Characters: None
Crossover Fandom: None
Genres: Kirk-Spock Friendship, Kirk/Spock Pre-Slash
Other Languages: None
Specific movie: None
Story Type: Angst
Trope (OPTIONAL): Hurt Spock
Universe: Abrams Universe
Warnings: Explicit violence
Challenges: A halfbreed freak right? (Wrong)
Series: Finding Spock
Chapters: 91 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 199284 Read Count: 35077
[Report This] Published: 02/20/2017 Updated: 12/07/2017
Reviewer: JoeAnn Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: 08/25/2017 Title: Chapter 79: Chapter 79

Carmina, it's wonderful to hear that you're well on the road to recovery after your surgery.  I wish you nothing but the best!  I've been checking pretty regulary here and on AO3 for word on how your surgery had gone so when I saw you'd updated this story today and added another I was amazed.  Writing must be a very theraputic activity for you. :-)  

I'm enjoying this story very much even while I'd like to drop-kick Starfleet admiralty and the diplomats, lol.  Poor Spock can't seem to catch a break.  He deserves better all around.  

Reviewer: JoeAnn Signed
Date: 04/24/2017 Title: Chapter 55: Chapter 55

Spock...endures. Poor dude is overdue for a break.  I'm so glad Pike at least recognizes his potential.  

Enjoying this story very much!



Author's Response:

I am so glad to know that you are enjoying this story. Things will get better. But Spock is how he is partly because his life has been a super difficult one. Thank you for reading. And welcome to Finding Spock. 

Reviewer: JoeAnn Signed
Date: 08/09/2017 Title: Chapter 78: Chapter 78

First of all, I wish you very good luck on your surgery, Carmina, and a speedy recovery.  :-) Save your energy for your health. Nothing but good vibes from me. 

I've enjoyed this fic so very much!  It's fascinating to watch Spock evolve.  Life has been especially challenging for him.  A lesser person would have withered into bitterness and self-destruction.  He needs some allies in his corner.  Shame on Starfleet for making him their scapegoat.  Grrr! They're lucky Spock doesn't up and quit the Fleet after this, depriving them of his contributions.  I can see how having Kirk as his captain will be a transformative life experience. 

 

Reviewer: JoeAnn Signed
Date: 10/07/2017 Title: Chapter 87: Chapter 87

Hi,  Carmina.  Just wanted to drop you a quick note to let you know I'm still a big fan of this story and it's always great to discover a new chapter has  been posted.  I have to say the Farhannsu really shot themselves in the foot by not accepting the Federation's overtures.  I suppose history had to repeat itself before they're truly ready to start making wiser  decisions.  

To answer your question in the note, I read fic because I like spending time with the characters.  There are plenty of shows, movies, and fictional characters I enjoy,  but very, very few drive me to seek fan fiction in order to spend a little  more time in their company.  I can count on one hand the number of fandom I've participated in over the last 30 years.  Trek seems to be my go -to. That said,  I stick to  Kirk,  and company, TOS and Kelvin.  Not a fan  of any of the Berman era Trek incarnations.  

I hope you're recovery from your surgery continues smoothly.  a86;

Still, Like Dust by Sita Z Rated: ADULT (NC-17) starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 44]
Summary:

Vulcans have been enslaved on Earth for more than fifty years. To Jim Kirk, 14, this is just one more chapter from his history book… until his uncle brings home a Vulcan boy to help on the farm.


Categories: Fiction
Characters: None
Crossover Fandom: None
Genres: Kirk/Spock Slash
Other Languages: None
Specific movie: None
Story Type: Action/Plot, Angst, Character Study, Hurt/Comfort
Trope (OPTIONAL): Hurt Kirk, Hurt Spock, Slave fic
Universe: Abrams Universe, AU Alternate Universe, ST:TOS Original Universe
Warnings: Caveat lector/Choose Not to Warn
Series: None
Chapters: 24 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 51520 Read Count: 14557
[Report This] Published: 04/02/2017 Updated: 05/24/2017
Reviewer: JoeAnn Signed
Date: 04/03/2017 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Poor Spock!  I already want to tip Frank, and every other human who thinks like him, into a black hole.  Looking forward to reading the rest.  Promising start! :-)

Author's Response:

Frank is a piece of work, isn't he? Thank you for reviewing :)!

Reviewer: JoeAnn Signed
Date: 04/22/2017 Title: Chapter 10: Chapter 10

Enjoying this story very much!  Is it a bad thing that I want another alien society to blow Earth to smithereens? What putrid humans.  Slavery is so ugly and intellectually dishonest.  I fear Spock and the rest of the Vulcans have a long, even more difficult road to freedom.  It would nice to see them put some of their intelligence to work, putting ignorant humans on notice that they won't be so easily subjugated.  It's going to take a major societal shift to end this horrid institution.  

Looking forward to the next chapter :-)



Author's Response:

Thank you! I see what you mean, a society like this *needs* a revolution or a major shift in thinking. Luckily people like Jim, Spock and Bones may just be in the right place to set it into motion...

More to come soon!

Reviewer: JoeAnn Signed
Date: 04/24/2017 Title: Chapter 11: Chapter 11

Yay, the boys are all together!  Now hop onto the first frigate, blow up Earth, and don't look back! 

Keep 'em coming, Sita!



Author's Response:

Good idea :)! Well, the boys will come up with something... thank you for commenting!

Reviewer: JoeAnn Signed
Date: 05/05/2017 Title: Chapter 15: Chapter 15

So heartbreaking for T'Lin and T'Mai.  I have to wonder if Seren is better off, less time to suffer...

Seriously, humans suck.  ::sniff:::



Author's Response:

Humans do suck sometimes! Thank you for reviewing!

Finding Spock- Part II by CarminaVulcana Rated: Mature Content (Teen) starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 11]
Summary:

Set four years after the events of part I. Spock's journey from the academy to serving under Jim Kirk. Watch him grow into a better, stronger version of himself. Follow his life as he makes his best friends, overcomes years of emotional baggage, and finds the happiness he deserves. More trials await him yet. But the rewards will come to him.

Please read and review. For more Spocksomeness, follow me on Tumblr. My username is CarminaVulcana. I also have a blog- deltavie.com - where I post my original work, journalistic writing, poetry, photography, and artwork.

 
Categories: Works in Progress
Characters: Uhura
Crossover Fandom: None
Genres: Kirk/Spock Pre-Slash
Other Languages: None
Specific movie: None
Story Type: Character Study
Trope (OPTIONAL): Hurt Spock
Universe: Abrams Universe
Warnings: Explicit violence
Series: Finding Spock
Chapters: 5 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 7890 Read Count: 1379
[Report This] Published: 11/28/2017 Updated: 10/01/2018
Reviewer: JoeAnn Signed
Date: 12/08/2017 Title: Chapter 2: Chapter 2

Hey,  it's nice to see this story continue and now Kirk and McCoy are on the horizon!  Looking forward to  Spock meeting Kirk for the first time.  Stock's life has improved but he's still desperately lonely and needs someone who truly "gets" him.