Reviewer: Carolyn Spencer Signed
Chapter 1: Prologue and chapter 1
This was printed in issue #204 of The K/S Press, a free monthly newsletter published by firstname.lastname@example.org.
I adored this very well written and utterly moving fic. Thank you for writing this. Please tell me you have several more in the works.
Those of you who like some emotional angst in your K/S, have I got a story for you! I’ve been reading eimeo’s WIP Spice for what seems like ages now and very much enjoying her writing style. She posted this excerpt as an intro to a recent chapter:
“Warp and weft. The warp is the thread stretched over the loom, the weft, is the thread that weaves and fills in the holes. He’s not sure which of them is warp, which is weft. But he knows Spock is tightly woven into the fabric of his existence.”
--The Man Who Fell to Earth
Eimeo mentioned how much she loved this fic, so I thought I’d check out what this truly gifted writer considered worthy of her praise. I’m so glad I did!
The story takes place after Spock’s death and before the meeting with the crew in Kirk’s apartment in San Francisco at the beginning of ST III. Kirk has taken his pain over Spock’s loss, and like a wounded animal, run away to hide in a remote cabin in Idaho. And oh, he is hurting so badly.
The author expertly sandwiches this present alongside past memories of the two of them during the second five-year mission of the Enterprise. This works extremely well. The reader is never in doubt as to which time period is being presented.
Now let me get the warnings out of the way. With McCoy not himself, it’s Christine Chapel who seeks out Kirk. Yes, I know. I’m not crazy about Chapel in my K/S either, but she’s the perfect person to comment on Kirk and Spock’s relationship. She’s an intelligent, accomplished woman who has observed our guys from the very beginning. There is also no overt K/S in the story. None of this matters in the least. It only goes to prove once more that love doesn’t need to lead to or include sex to be true, deep, and eternal.
Because of the recent discussion some of us have been having about WIPs, I hasten to stress this is a completed story in five chapters so there are no worries about it being left hanging.
One final comment… I’ve read a great deal of K/S over the decades, and wasn’t sure the genre had anything new to show me. Good stories from fine authors, yes, but entirely new elements? Well, I was wrong. This story has a plot twist that just blew me away. It left me with tears in my eyes, a lump in my throat, an ache in my heart and a need to see ST III immediately.
Put this one on your reading list.
Wow! Well, that really made my day. I'm very grateful to Eimeo for recommending this story and using a quote at the top of part IV of Spice. I am a huge Eimeo fan too and must have read and re-read her wonderful epic four times while waiting impatiently for updates. It gets better each time. I know nothing of this K/S newsletter of which you speak. So of course I beetled off to try to find it online but with no success. I will contact kathleen in an attempt to subscribe.
Thank you, thank you for this review. As a fellow writer you'll appreciate how it can change the colour of your day to find out something you've written has affected someone and hit home. Particularly appreciate your comments about the end being original -- I'd hoped it was but when it occurred to me (and it seemed suddenly obvious when it did) I wasn't entirely sure. And about the use of Chapel as a foil. I do find her useful for reasons I describe elsewhere on this page.
I wrote this story from a dark place. Trek helped shine a light as I know it has done for many others.