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|Related:||Rude Person, Huddling for Warmth|
|See Also:||Canadian Shack, What Happened in the Cave|
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The cave story originated with Kirk/Spock in conjunction with the Pon Farr story, constituting fandom's oldest known plot device for getting the couple in question to get it on. In the cave story, Kirk and Spock are typically stranded on a remote planet and forced to seek shelter in a cave. Given the combination of isolation, mutual dependence, and enforced closeness, one thing leads to another. (Ahem.)
Other fandoms picked up the trope, varying it as needed (a blizzard or other big storm could substitute nicely for the remote planet, for instance). The 101 Ways To End Up In A Canadian Shack challenge of 2001 was a variation on the cave idea, isolating characters in a remote Canadian shack.
- Leslie Fish's Shelter, often considered the first slash story, and also a cave story, was published in Warped Space #20 in 1976.
- Desert Heat a Star Trek TOS story by Gayle F, described as 'pon farr in a cave', was first published in The Sensuous Vulcan in 1977
- The Ring of Soshern by Jennifer Guttridge
- Shelter is archived at the Foresmutters Project, (accessed 27 October 2008)