Naked Times/Issues 21-32
Naked Times 21 published in 1988 and contains 154 pages. The front cover is by Mike Verina.
- Tender as Starlight by Dovya Blacque (Spock talks Kirk into giving him lessons in oral sex after it becomes apparent to him that his first attempt was not totally satisfying. "It's no big deal, Spock. Really." Silence echoed back at him. "You'd think this was a life or death situation, the way you're reacting." "It is important to you." He paused, peering through the half-light. "I wish you would… instruct me…") (also in Shadows in the Rain
- A CHANGE OF SEASON/A Change of Season by Charlotte Frost (Kirk forces a confrontation with Spock after getting his body back from Janice Lester, angered over his loverʼs unwillingness to share himself as exemplified by Spockʼs not telling him about Zarabeth, which had caused a month long separation. "I believe you need me here," Spock explained. "But I also believe you wish me to leave." He looked up timidly at the human, who was now on his knees and leaning partially over him. "I do not know if I should stay… or go.")
- Spellbinder by Morgana October (Kirk buys Spock a bracelet as a “make up” gift which turns out to have properties that enhance their sex life, which Kirk had begun to feel was in a rut. "Looking up into the Vulcan's dark gaze, Kirk slipped the bond onto Spock's wrist. "I think I'm under your spell, Mister Spock," he whispered. He had no recollection of falling head-long into the void of mystical stars, glittering like diamonds in the night.") (also in Unholy Alliances)
- Second Sight by Triad (Kirk and Spock are lovers as the 5 year mission ends but are pulled apart when Spock finds out that Kirk has taken the promotion to the admiralty only as a way to keep Spock at his side. "Spock sat down heavily, unable to meet the doctor's eyes. "At 0305, the captain stumbled into my room, shirtless. He was obviously inebriated. Before I could say anything to him, he removed his boots and lay down on the bed beside me. I attempted to rouse him, tell him he was in the wrong room, however…" He gulped audibly. "He now believes I was one of his… conquests…")
- Detente by M.J. Merica (the 2nd epilogue to THE CONSORTIUM series) (A/U: The Enterprise picks up one more crewmember before heading out on her 5 year mission-a Russian ensign who Kirk distrusts on sight. Prequel: The Velvet Glove. "Oddly, Spock, the fact that Chekov let a Vulcan die in the throes of pon farr is only the second reason I don't like him." A brow lifted. "What is the first?" "He's a Russian," Kirk said flatly.")
- Dead of Night and Nowhere to Go by Sharon Pillsbury (M/U: After a nightmare and in a fit of rage, Kirk tries to make Spock jealous by telling him that he made love to this universeʼs Spock. "The Vulcan turned to face Kirk, keeping his voice low. "You left your cell in the company of my counterpart. You lied to me." Kirk tensed to fight. "You don't even want an explanation?" "No. We are finished," the Vulcan stated…")
- Tapestry, poem by Dana Austin Marsh
- Things That Go Bump in the Night by Alexis Fegan Black (After returning from the M/U, Kirk feels a distance growing between him and Spock and plans on closing it at the upcoming Halloween party, unaware that his lover has a surprise of his own.") (also in Unholy Alliances)
- ALSO WORK BY Marilyn Cole, Jackie Zoost, Virginia Lee Smith, Carol Pierce, Siobahn, Robin Hood, Cybel Harper, Kimberly Sara Huntington, Dana Austin Marsh, Bonita Kale, Tere Ann Roderick and more.
Reactions and Reviews: Issue 21
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[zine]: NAKED TIMES 21 starts off with a striking cover by Jackie Zoost, a Star Trek IV Spock with headband, and "the admiral". Printed on slick silver stock, this zine really stands out! TENDER AS STARLIGHT is just that - tender. Primarily a love scene between Kirk and Spock (a very good one!), there is some really good dialogue and a sweet flavor to this story - a nice beginning to the zine. A CHANGE OF SEASON is an established relationship story wherein there is tension between K & S in the first part of the story. The plot centers around resolving the conflict, which is done quite nicely, though not with much originality. For the material covered, the story needed to be expanded, the characters & conflicts more fully explored. Having read other works by Ms. Frost, I find this piece to be one of her weaker ventures, while the majority of her work seems more thought-out and more fleshed-out. Still, some interesting ideas and better-than-average story-telling. SPELLBINDER is a cute little story about the hazards of buying alien merchandisereputed to provide one's ultimate fantasy. It works, of course, and Kirk and Spock embark on a "mind journey" that leads them master/slave scenario. The writing in this story is top notch, and I suspect that "Morgana October" is a pseudonym for another writer in fandom who thought it might be fun to go off on this "Spellbinder" tangent. And it was fun for this reader, too. Nothing heavy here, just good not-so-clean pleasure. SECOND SIGHT is, unfortunately, a lot of rehashing old story lines wherein Kirk ends up drunk, in bed with, Spock, believes they made love, is wrong, and all the ultimate confusion that follows. While the writing is adequate, even excellent at times, the story takes an abrupt turn from being light and frivolous to being heavy-handed. The ending of this one just isn't "in line" with the beginning. Some good ideas, but like Ms. Frost's "A Change of Season", this story could have used several more pages. DETENTE is described as "the second epilogue to The Consortium Series", and if the previous installments are as good at this story, I'm going to have to update my collection of NAKED TIMES real soon. Since I only got into collection about a year ago, I missed the vast majority of this "Consortium Series", so I don't feel qualified to actually review this story on its own. In essence, the writing here is excellent, fast-paced and believable. The story itself is interesting and original - something that, in itself, was enough to keep me turning the pages right through to the end. DEAD OF NIGHT AND NOWHERE TO GO is the longest story in the zine and, in my opinion, the one with the strongest plot. As a "mirror" story, it might not appeal to everyone out there, but with Sharon's concise writing style, and her treatment of the a/u characters, I found myself not caring whether this was a "mirror" story or a "regular" K/S story. Here we see Kirk's rapid mood shifts, and eventually we learn the reasons for them - a wrenching sequence that kept me reading until well past 2 AM. Some powerful images, working well despite the minor weakness of using a somewhat-often-used plot. As for what was probably the most enjoyable story in this zine, my vote would be for THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT. When Halloween comes to the Enterprise, complete with costume party, Spock takes on the persona of his "mirror" counterpart - and gives Kirk the time of his life. This, like "Spellbinder" is pure fun to read. In all, the poetry ranges from good to excellent, with the pieces by Kimberly Sara Huntington really standing out. There isn't a lot of art in this zine, which is okay by me, since my primary interest in K/S is in the stories. The art that does appear ranges from mediocre to excellent, with the best pieces being by Marilyn Cole, Jackie Zoost, and the back cover by Siobahn. Overall, NAKED TIMES 21 is a good zine, with the typical ups and downs found in most zines. There is nothing "bad" in this zine, and there are a lot of really good efforts. Definitely worth adding to your collection, especially for DEAD OF NIGHT AND NOWHERE TO GO and THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT. 
[poem: Tapestry]: This was a poem full of images, and had a different feel to it than the usual K/S poem. I really enjoyed it, yet like most poems in K/S, it didn't really seem as though the words were coming from Kirk, but more like what we fans think he is feeling and might say in his heart. But then, I can't imagine Kirk or Spock writing poetry at all, so perhaps I should accept this one and all others as a short story. Anyway, it was very nice, and visual. 
Naked Times 22 published in 1989 and contains 154 pages. Cover by Deeb.
- In My Father's House by Addison Reed. (Kirkʼs resignation from starfleet is refused after he and Spock become lovers, instead they send him and Spock to Vulcan to uncover a conspiracy against the planet, only to run into Sarekʼs distain for Spock and the path his son has taken. "You have allowed yourself to be manipulated into accepting the lustful advances of an opportunist human," Sarek stated. "I shall see to it that such undesirable tendencies are removed by the Healers." "Father…" Spock was finding it difficult to regain his mental balance, to focus on the unraveling conversation and not on the incredible event that had just changed his life forever. The bond. Alive… growing. "Captain Kirk was…" "Captain Kirk's name shall not be spoken in this house again, Spock. You shall see to it that he leaves immediately…")
- Endymion by Susan Douglass. (M/U & A/U: When Kirk betrays the bond in his bid for the captaincy of the Enterprise, Spock has him abducted by Orion slavers for what is supposed to be one night but Kirk is sold to the Klingons instead. "I am the product of the Empire; I know where contacts can be found for unpleasant tasks. Striding down the street, I found the hovel of Orion pirates I had hired a few times before. "Capture him," I whispered, as in a fever, "just for one night. Use him, the way he used that woman. Then return him to me. That will suffice, I believe…" Two nights later, I await his return. Perhaps the bond could be reaffirmed after all…")
- Mind Games by Rachel and Cassandra (Spock is injected by a chemical to induce pon farr when he and Kirk are captured and locked in a room together by the Klingons, but after making love, they are told that the chemical would only enhance feelings already there. "We intend you no harm. When the eight specified hours have passed, we will release you. What you intend to do in those eight hours is up to you. I'll even leave you a key to your bonds." The Klingon tossed it onto the bed. "My only hope is that we are entertained by your actions. We certainly do not wish to stay in the same room with an uncontrolled Vulcan." The tall Klingon commander left, laughing…")
- Golden People by Sharon St. James. (Kirk is taken over by an entity after touching a golden statue who will free him on the condition that he and Spock make love while on the planet in order for her and her fellow “gods” to feed off of the emotional energy given off. "Kirk desperately tried to fight his way back to consciousness, terrified by what had happened to him. He again saw the golden eyes of the statue slowly open. A prisoner, he was being held captive by the sightless orbs, unable to move away. And then there was a presence entering his mind, his soul. Do not struggle. A whispered mind-thought. Suddenly he was enveloped by warmth, a grater sense of inner peace than he had ever known…")
- The Sowers
- Of Water and Sand
- Midnight's Fantasy
- Library Tape P7692J by Kay Wells (Kirk returns from shoreleave completely drunk and Spock, enlisted to take him to his cabin, notices a peculiar mark on Kirk after he undresses him for bed.)
- Dark Horse
- ALSO WORK BY Dana Austin Marsh, Rachel Cavendish, Shellie Whild, Peter Silverton, Sarah B. Leonard, Virginia Lee Smith, Dragon, Pierce and more.
Reactions and Reviews: Issue 22
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Naked Times 23 published in 1989. It contains 158 pages and a cover by Marilyn Cole.
- Those Who Command by Pheadra Merin Jones (M/U: Kirk takes command of the Enterprise, unaware of how his first officer Spock keeps control of the ship and his fellow officers-including the captain. "Bring me the new human," Commander Spock ordered, leaning back in the chair behind his desk and looking up at Chief Medical Officer Leonard McCoy. "If he resists, sedate him and deliver him to my quarters bound." The doctor fidgeted. "He is the captain, Mister Spock," he pointed out meekly…") (also in Unholy Alliances)
- One Possibility by Marilyn Lansford (After Kirk enters a talent contest with Uhura, Spock thinks they are romantically involved and is unable to control the hurt and jeolousy he feels, unaware that Kirk is in love with him and is using women to try and control it. "When Spock turned back to the center of the room, he caught sight of the command gold in the corner and moved toward Kirk. Halfway there, he heard Uhura's laughter bubble out and watched as she sat back in her chair and placed one hand on the captain's arm. She was speaking softly, and it appeared, with obvious intimacy…")
- The Contract by Dana Austin Marsh (Problems arise when Kirk and Spock need to have a marriage contract written up after Starfleet denies them a dependency posting for their bonding. "This contract was prepared by Mister Moralli who, of course, has Commander Spock's best interests in mind. The contract is, therefore, slanted in such a way as to favor his interests. To put it simply, as it stands now, in the case of a separation, all of your assets would be subject to a claim by the commander, while his are fully protected from any claim by you," D'Arney warned "How the hell could he do that?" Kirk asked in confusion.")
- Nothing to Light the Darkness by Sharon St. James (The day after he and Spock becomes lovers, Kirk is abducted by the Klingons and subjected to sensory deprivation and mental suggestions so that after his rescue he finds himself uneasy and resentful of Spock. "Finally Kirk was able to understand the words and he gaped at the holo in disbelief. It couldn’t be true… not Spock. Why? The Vulcan addressing an unseen person as he repeated again and again, "Captain Kirk is not that important to me. I will not risk the ship to search for him." "Why Spock? Kirk murmured, reaching toward the hologram…")
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Naked Times 24 published in 1990 and has 160 pages. It has covers by by DEW.
- Mail Call by Sky Wrighter. (Kirk is not happy when Spock receives a letter from his mother informing him that she and Sarek have found two Vulcan women who are willing to bond with Spock even though Spock assures him that it would not interfere with their relationship as lovers. "I did not intend to wake you. I have been listening to my mail. It seems that Mistress T'Pau and my parents have at last succeeded in procuring a mate for me." "What?")
- Mirror Image (A Time for Friendship) by Anna Parrish. (A/U: A nine year old Kirk is adopted by Sarek and Amanda when a 13 year old Spock brings the boy home with him after the death of Kirkʼs mother. "Spock watched as a young human lad moved stealthily toward the stall where he had just purchased an ewalla. The fat shopkeeper was busy trying to impress a housewife with his fine, yellow vuis, and did not notice the thin arm, the bony fingers reaching for a bruised gymm that lay discarded on the ground…")
- Dream Park by Shelley Butler. (When Spock is unable to accompany him to the shoreleave planet, Kirk conjures up a Spock to make love to but then is crushed by the feelings left. "Kirk was amazed at the likeness. After all, if that recalcitrant Vulcan wasn't going to be here with him, he'd make his own Spock. So he had concentrated deeply and intensely when he'd beamed down to the isolated part of the Dream Park. And now this dark, mysterious Vulcan stood before him, exuding power and charisma. And still that same sense of foreboding that made Kirk want to run…")
- Bargains by Rachel Abbot. (M/U: Spock aids Kirkʼs rise through the ranks on the Enterprise, but when Kirkʼs plans for the captaincy are almost derailed, Spock demands payment for his total allegiance. "My price," Spock said slowly, is your Pledge -- that you will come to me." He moved closer, his nostrils flaring with the provocative scent of his chosen warrior. "That you will come to me when I summon you, and do what is then required of you." Kirk didn't like that sound of that at all…")
- Answer in the Past by Jean Gabriel. (While helping to catalog an archaeological site, Spock tells Kirk of his feelings for him but Kirk is unsure until almost losing Spock in a cave-in. "Captain, according to what I have been able to ascertain, Janus truly believed that he and Rolan were twin souls. He was convinced they had lived together in previous lives and would be together again." His eyes bored into Kirk's. "Tell me, Captain. When two people share such a sameness, a oneness, does it matter so much that they were both male?")
- Sunrise by Patricia Laurie Stephens. (A/U: After Spock is blinded on Deneva, he is taken home where Sarek throws out Kirk and McCoy and then proceeds to make Spock a virtual prisoner. "The first thing they heard as they departed the lift to the visual and auditory labs was Spock's screaming. Kirk took off at a dead run toward the awful sound and no one made a move to stop him. The Vulcans working on the unit seemed to be stunned by the din and stood staring through the doorway at the battle being fought within.")
- ALSO WORK BY poetry by Cybel Harper, Dovya Blacque, Crystal Hart & Alexis Fegan Black.
Reactions and Reviews: Issue 24
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Naked Times 25 published in 1991. It contains 154 pages and a front cover by Shelley Butler.
- This Insubstantial Pageant by Cybel Harper (Kirkʼs depression over Spockʼs rejection of his love deepens when they are forced to share quarters while on a diplomatic mission. "Oh, Spock, don't you know that love isn't about control? Love is about trust. Don't you trust me enough to risk giving up your control with me? Don't you know I'd never hurt you?" "That is not the point," Spock said, staring down at his steepled fingers.")
- Case Studies by Sue Denim (Kirk and Spock each reveal their secret love in a survey, and later, the chain of events that brought them together. "Well, as it so happened, when he revealed to me his 'equal desire', and that he actually considered me his partner-of-choice! Of course, I was shocked, for all that it was exactly the same thing I was secretly thinking about him. How did this come about you ask? Well, we were in the ship's gymnasium…")
- Steadfast by Adrian Alexander (Spock asks Kirk to tell him their personal history after seeing Kirk with another man, realizing that he and Kirk may have had a relationship before the fal tor pan. "We need to talk." Kirk boldly laid a hand on Spock's arm. "Do we?" Spock straightened and threw the last of the pebbles in his hand into the water. He hopped down off the rock and faced his friend. "What you do when off duty is none of my business, but as a friend, I remind you of the regulations regarding sexual fraternization between junior and senior officers. You could be jeopardizing your career." Kirk shook his head. "And I thought talking to you about this was going to be difficult…")
- Awakening by Anna Parrish (Kirk is trained as a whore when he awakens with no memory after being robbed and beaten and mistakes his new owner for the Vulcan he thinks he remembers. "Why should I feel this way about the captain? Other crewmembers have become lost, kidnapped. I aided in their search, yet I did not become so -- emotionally involved in their disappearance. Why then do I -- feel -- this way about -- Jim? It would not be until early in the morning that the answer would come to him, so strong and so undeniable that it woke him from a sound sleep…")
- Star Trek: TOS story by A.T. Bush (Kirk decides to confess his feelings to Spock after being set straight by McCoy regarding Vulcan physiques and how they compare to the half-human Spock. "Besides, having sex at seven-year cycles isn't my idea of a satisfying love life." In fact, Kirk's current sporadic sex life was nothing to brag about. McCoy finally exploded. "Well I'll be damned! You're incredible, Jim -- incredibly stupid, that is. First, I'm very surprised to discover that you're hung up on penis size. Just 'cause you got a nice one doesn't mean…")
- ALSO WORK BY Frankel, Hopkins, K'ris, Black
Reactions and Reviews: Issue 25
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- The Innocent by Kay Wells (A/U: McCoy asks Spock to do something about their new, straight-laced captain, so Spock sets about gaining Kirkʼs trust and friendship. "They moved toward the pavilion but turned off in the direction of the house when they were less than halfway there. But it was close enough for Kirk to see the beach goers. Close enough to see that they were naked. Suddenly uncomfortable, but not wanting to make a scene, he bit his tongue and turned his attention toward the row of buildings they were approaching. Spock not only saw the change in his companion's expression, he felt the sudden withdrawal. "Whey didn't you tell me this was a nude beach?" Kirk demanded…")
- Unholy Fantasy by Tiberius Tomcat (M/U: Kirk fantasizes about Spock revealing his secret to the Emperor. Prequel: Unholy Alliance. "The uniform that is the sign and symbol of command soon replaces the old. I take medals from the crumpled river of blue material on the floor and affix them to the glowing gold material that now adorns your chest. I look longingly at them. I surely would never receive any such honor as a slave. I must now be content with the recognition given to you. So long as you permit me to serve, I will rejoice in your achievements as if they were my own…")
- "In Bunches, Like Bananas by Gena Moretti (Kirk refuses to return to his bondmateʼs bed after the death of Miramanee, afraid his thoughts of her and their unborn child will invade his and Spockʼs lovemaking. "Spock, I could swear I heard voices -- see I did hear them." Kirk trusted Spock's fidelity completely, as he slid McCoy's heterosexual preference. But the sign of another man, not only in bed with, but snuggled into one of his favorite positions with his Vulcan, shot feelings of jealousy through Kirk's body with a velocity he wouldn't have believed possible…")
- Eye to Eye by Karla Kelly (After a conversation with McCoy on human sexual habits, Spock asks Kirk if he may watch him during a sexual encounter. "Sitting in the command chair, Kirk's mind swirled. Various scenarios for seduction were discarded as implausible. Why does Spock want to watch me make love to someone? The question chased itself around and around his confused mind. And how do I find out? Without destroying what we already have, how do I find out"?)
- Mirrored Passion by Shelley Butler (A/U: Kirk falls for the M/U Spock. "And now into his universe came this human, daring to tear apart his kingdom, to devastate the perfect order of his world. And yet the thought of succumbing to this man was almost irresistible. So as he carefully removed his hand from the paradise of Kirk's mind, the feelings that he had held dominion over for so long came pouring froth in a torrent and he was helpless for the first time in his life.") Reworked/extended in MIrrored Passion Redux.
- The Marriage by Gena Moretti & Anna Parrish (Humor: Spock decides to buy MʼBengaʼs help as a witch doctor to make Kirk fall in love with him, unaware that Kirk already is. "The sound of drums, and of low, almost inaudible chanting, filled the room. The Vulcan caught a slight movement out the corner of his eye and pivoted rapidly. It was M'Benga -- an almost totally nude M'Benga. He wore feathers over his genitals and that was all. His dark face was painted white and there were red and blue stripes on his cheekbones. He carried a deformed rattle of snake skin and bits of bone. The Vulcan shuddered but he began to disrobe. In the dimness, the darkening of his flesh did not show. When he was unclothed, he held his pants in front of his genitals. M'Benga jerked them out of his hand and threw them in the corner as the ritual began. Now the love potion could be made.")
Reactions and Reviews: Issue 26
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Naked Times 27 published in 1991. It contains 186 pages and a front cover by Jackie Zoost.
- Questions by Marina Alverez ( A concussion. Yes. It must be that. Certainly I have been struck upon the head with love and must now be insane. As my eyes survey these words, I can only stare with stunned disbelief. I am a Vulcan…)
- Unerring Capacity by A.T. Bush (Problems on the Enterprise keep interfering with Kirk and Spockʼs shoreleave. "Using the only remaining undamaged bunk as a springboard, Spock leaped for the overhead bars, caught and clung to the rods. The gymnastic technique was well practiced by now. The anti-tampering system kicked in again, promptly sparking a charge into his fingertips. He dropped to the floor to massage his tingling digits. "Damn!" He had already used all the colorful metaphors he knew and was into recycling old favorites…")
- A Dream Walking by Anna Parrish & Karla Kelly (Every time they run into danger, Kirk goes to Spockʼs quarters at night to reaffirm Spockʼs existence, but he does it while sleepwalking. "Spock stiffened, cutting himself off from Kirk's thoughts. There is a logical explanation for this strange behavior! Each time he has walked in his sleep, it was following threats to my health. He has come here to reassure himself that I am well. Never in his life had anyone cared so much for him. Unconsciously, he tightened his hold on the human, welcoming the responsive sigh.")
- Psychic Storm by Alexis Fegan Black (While ferrying a group of Vulcan scientists to their new project, Kirk begins having erotic dreams in which he is sexually dominated by his first officer. "In other words," Kirk said, slowly beginning to understand, "having forty-two Vulcan passengers on board is like having a telecomm blasting in your ear all the time.""Not precisely," Spock murmured. "If it were like a telecomm, it would be as if there were forty-two telecomms, each attuned to a different frequency and each transmitting at varying intervals. As a result, I have discovered that my own ability to shield against the intrusion has been severely curtailed. As a result of my inadequacy, apparently you are experiencing these… dreams.") (also in Psychic Storm)
- Irresistible Bait by Monica Voile (M/U: Kirk and Spock become part of the entertainment for the Platonians.)
- The Light that Beckons by Anna Parrish (Kirk must convince a disbelieving Federation that his bondmate still lives after Spock disappears from the crashed shuttle he and Kirk were traveling in.)
- ALSO WORK BY Natasha Solten, Kalen Storm, Virginia Lee Smith, A.M. Berman
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Naked Times 28 published in 1992. It contains 161 pages and a front cover by Marilyn Cole.
- Love's Final Wish by Vary Higgenbottom (A/U: Kirk is thrown out of Starfleet Academy after cheating on the Kobayashi Maru and becomes a successful writer instead, meeting a Vulcan officer from the Enterprise while gathering material for his next book. "His name was James Kirk. Spock had used his Starfleet access code to enter into the personnel records of Starbase Four. There had been two Jims working there at the proper time, but one was in his sixties. The Jim he wanted lived on Earth. His father's name was George Samuel Kirk, deceased; his mother was named Winona, still living and making her home on Earth. Winona Kirk? Was she the writer Winona Kirk? There was nothing further on Jim's personnel files about her. He probed the writer, reading all the news releases available. There was a great deal of material available on the novelist… Instead of commending Kirk for his ingenuity in re-programming the Kobayashi Maru, Starfleet cans him instead - at which point the illustrious starship-captain-to-be-no-more must choose another career. He decides to become a writer…")
- More Than Yesterday, Less Than Tomorrow by Roberta (After 20 years together, Kirk feels that he and Spock are becoming complacent in their relationship until an evening out at a diplomatic function shows Kirk just how solid and loving their relationship is. "Once beneath the hot water of the shower, Kirk found himself wondering if their ongoing passion had gotten lost, (or maybe just misplaced?) somewhere in the last few years. Whatever it was - time, daily living, or their ingrained knowledge of each other -- Kirk was feeling the effects of erosion on the edges of their once great physical need of each other. At the moment, it seemed terribly important that the fall into a state of comfortable passion did not happen to them. But right now, he was too tired to figure out how to do anything about it. Three solid weeks, countless hours of negotiations, committee meetings, and drafting terms was enough to give him a permanent migraine, along with a near-desperate need for his bed and the blessed oblivion of peaceful, quiet hours of sleep. Originally slated to appear in The 25th Year, but not included because the story was misplaced by the US Postal Service for several weeks, MORE THAN YESTERDAY, LESS THAN TOMORROW is a poignant little story about misplaced passion, lost years, and the need to recapture what time seems to have stolen away…")
- Coffee (Together again, Kirk hopes things will be better for them this time and that they both have learned from their mistakes. Prequel: The Mechanics of Love and War. Sequel: Hovering.) (also in The 25th Year and Psychic Storm)
- ALSO WORK BY Robin Hood, Kalen Storm, Syret Knight, Seane Malone & Morgana Coldcreek, Kay Wells
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Naked Times 29 published in 1992. It contains 166 pages and a front cover by Dragon.
- Apartheidal Degree by Annie Rooney & Anna Parrish (A/U: Kirk is upset when Vulcan leaves the Federation, but is excited when picked as an honor guard for the talks for readmittance, especially after meeting Ambassador Sarekʼs son, the former 1st officer of the Enterprise. "His had did not leave the white face of James Kirk. "He is dying," Spock said to his father. Sarek did not reply. "I wish to say goodbye to him. May I be allowed to do this in private?" Why was his heart aching so? The bond could not be that strong. Spock realized then that the pain was caused by an odd thing called love, that the bonding had sprung into being by that very same human emotion. The happiness earlier, the feeling of peace, had also been created by that feeling. How could anything bring such joy and so much agony…?")
- The Secret of Sharing by Sara Christian & Anna Parrish (Kirk is injured while he and Spock are planetside and later in sickbay Spock is confronted by McCoy who questions why Spock doesnʼt tell Kirk that he loves him. Kirk sees me and tries to sit up, though McCoy and Chapel hold him down. He growls at them, threatens them, but they, as normal, refuse to listen. He scowls and settles back, but the anger in his hazel eyes when they turn toward me makes me hesitate at the doorway. "You gave me a nerve pinch!" Kirk accuses. "I did," I agree calmly as I move to stand in front of his bed. I place my hands behind my back and hold on for dear life…")
- Time and Tide by C.D.M. (Kirk is surprisingly upset when Spock goes to Vulcan for the cure that has been found for pon farr, and ends up cheating on his bondmate with a Romulan agent being transported by the Enterprise. "A true bonding! A bond that would last forever… It's not love and good times that will hold us together, Spock; it's those moments of shared adversity that will make us stronger, that will allow our love to endure - and you took that chance away from us, don't you see? You've made everything too easy, too safe. You ran away from the challenge, condemning us to a half-life together. Would you do the same if you had a Vulcan mate instead?")
- Empire Rewards (A "Mirror" novella) by Merita Seda (As they serve together, Kirk and Spock find themselves becoming close and eventually begin a love affair. "Get out of my sight, Marlena!" Kirk shouted, motioning the cringing woman from his quarters. The door had opened so suddenly Spock was nearly bumped off his feet when the disheveled woman rushed past him. He caught a glimpse of tears, cosmetic streaks and a reddened handprint marring her cheek. The Vulcan stiffened, disgusted with Kirk's brutalizing someone so much weaker than himself. He stroke into the office, surveying the general disarray - tapes littering the deck. He avoided stepping on anything and stopped in front of the desk, swept bare except for an open whiskey bottle. "What do you want?" Kirk sipped his straight whiskey, well aware of the Vulcan's glaring disapproval. Spock inhaled deeply, damping his awareness of Kirk's angry, yet worried aura. "I came to offer my assistance. Obviously, there is a problem…")
- art by Dragon, Jamie Belle
- poems by Robin Hood
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Naked Times 30 published in 1993. It has 152 pages and a cover by Alayne.
- Food for Thought by ZMA Hopkins (Kirkʼs unhappiness on his 50th birthday is effecting his relationship with Spock until Spock uses drastic measures to make his bondmate realize what is happening between them because of Kirkʼs unresolved anger. "Kirk was out of the chair like a shot, the table between them overturned; fists flailing, legs and feet kicking, he madly wrestled with Spock and got him down, desperate to make contact with his mouth. "Damn you, Spock!" he shouted. "Give it back to me, you thief!" he screamed, unthinking, fighting his mate for all he was worth. "What do you want from me?" Spock countered. "Tell me!" he shouted hoarsely. "My shit!" Kirk yelled back the truth before he could stop himself…")
- An Evening's Escapade by Sue Denim (Kirkʼs aircar crashes in the Vulcan desert but a horse-like creature rescues him and takes him to an oasis until Spock can find his bondmate. "Rubbing his temples, Kirk tried to alert Spock of his need through their bond, but he couldn't tell if the other was aware of his anxiety. Spock was still at home, no doubt, where he should have been -- but for his stubborn insistence upon surprising his mate with the artifact he'd admired yesterday. If not for that, he'd be closely snuggled with Spock right now, not shivering alone in the gathering dark. Vulcan night lent an eerie glow to the sky overhead.")
- Opposing Forces by C.D.M. (While Kirk is split, his dark half goes to Spock and seduces/rapes him but after Kirkʼs halves are reunited he must find a way to repair his relationship with Spock and get him to see that the love they have for each other should continue. "Spock, a name that was alien and familiar and made him ache with desire, yet he fought it down, concentrating on his injuries instead. His knuckles were sore. His cheek twinged as if burned, the long fingernail scratches throbbing at his touch. Yet the pain made him feel more alive, every inch of is body moved by the exciting danger of discovery, here, in the Vulcan's cabin…")
- Extra Oil, Light Butter, and Whipped Cream on the Side (and hold that angst, Ma'am!) by Alexis Fegan Black (Kirk and Spock go over the “zines” they were sent back in time to retrieve that tell stories of the two of them in love. "Kirk had only seen holo-copies of the books -- a tattered, half destroyed thing with no cover (mercifully). But in the few pages that had survived in the 23rd century, he'd read and memorized his part well: CAPTAIN JAMES T. KIRK, STARSHIP COMMANDER, WOMANIZER, PROTECTOR OF THE GALAXY, AND GUARDIAN OF THE VIRGINITY OF HIS OWN MELON-ROUND LITTLE ASS. (In reality, of course, it wasn't altogether true. His ass was more like two grapefruit halves than a melon). He looked up so see Spock regarding him. "Actually, Captain," the Vulcan said, "the correct terminology is 'fanzine'. Yet even though you and I appear as seemingly fictional characters, the characterization from fanzine to fanzine is extremely… diverse. For example, in As I Do Thee…") ( also in Psychic Storm)
- Sweet Sixteen (an AU fairy tale) by Kaylan Storm (M/U: Spock gives his bondmate an implanted fantasy of being 16, female and in the power of a Vulcan warlord as a gift on Kirkʼs 80th birthday. "Please -- please just let me go!" Jamie Kirk wailed, wishing she could remember the person she'd been, the world she had come from. "I haven't done anything! I don't belong here!" "Save your sad tales for the other fair-haired maidens," the man with the pointed ears interrupted. "I have no time for dry your tears, and the sooner we begin your training, the better. I'll warn you that any resistance will only earn you extra time with the paddle, so if you were considering kicking or resisting, thin twice…")
- The Sound of Your Breath by Dovya Blacque (After leaving Vulcan following Spockʼs pon farr, Kirk is unable to sleep but pretends to when Spock comes to his cabin each night, the only time either of them can relax. "Comfortable?" Kirk asked softly, moving one leg aside as Spock inserted a knee between his. "I wished to hear your heartbeat," Spock explained, one hand resting on Kirk's chest. "It is as comforting a sound as that of your breathing…") (also in Splendor)
- Star Struck by Anna Parrish (Lt. Comm. Kirk is on shoreleave before his next assignment where his future is told that tells of him finding the love of his life.)
- In Fever and in Blood by Anna Parrish (A/U: Spock is unwilling to unleash his magical powers, so Sarek puts a spell on him and Kirk to draw them together so that when they have sex Spockʼs powers will be released.)
- Undercover Agent by Anna Parrish (A/U Humor: Kirk is ordered to Vulcan to steal the transporter update from the scientist Spock, unaware that it is a ruse to get the information to the Federation and to get Kirk and Spock together.)
- The Temper by Natasha Solten (Spockʼs temper worsens the longer he and Kirk are apart, until Kirk finally realizes that he needs to try to reestablish their relationship.)
- Still Waters by Dovya Blacque (On a diplomatic assignment on a new planet, Kirk must act as a body slave to Spock, but finds it harder to do as the days go by.)(also in Splendor)
FICTION/POETRY/ART by Belle and others.
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Naked Times 31 published in 1993. It contains 150 pages and a front cover by Shelley Butler.
- Ghost Fire by J.S. Cavalcante (Kirk and Spock are deliberately stranded on a planet just as Spock believes he is entering pon farr and though a Vulcan woman has been picked to be his next bondmate, he is not yet bonded and does not wish to be with her. "Kirk's hands were warm on Spock's shoulders. The Vulcan stared into the concerned face for long moments, trying to remember. In a moment, his memory clicked in, images swirling into his brain all at once, like the rushing water. He remembered the black water, sucking the last of his strength from his limbs, dragging him down. A loose tree limb floating by, striking him a glancing blow and then rushing past before he could grab it. The water closing over his head. The ghostly face, the building behind her seen right through her skin. The madness. The fire of pon farr, burning him, burning for Jim…")
- Choices by Karla Kelly (M/U: Kirk uses Uhura in his seduction of Spock. "Mesmerized, Uhura watched as Kirk's hand undid the Vulcan's robe, his smile broadening, challenging. Spock stood as silent as space. Lost in the spell cast by darkness and stars and the captain's special magic, Uhura watched the human's hand caress the vein in Spock's throat, slide under the robe, pushing it from one shoulder, tangling in a mat of chest hair before rising to trace a clavicle, forcing the garment off the other shoulder…")
- Flashback by Karla Kelly (Kirk must get by Spockʼs fear to get him as his lover after Spock almost kills him while in the plak tow. "Spock stared down at the lifeless for of his captain. For one brief moment in time, the ancient drives of his ancestors overcame the abhorrence and revulsion he knew he'd be feeling in mere seconds. When sanity returned, it brought the nausea and loathing. It did not bring Kirk back to life…")
- Home by the Sea by Natasha Solten (A/U: After the 5 year mission, Kirk has problems adjusting to the loss of his ship and only when Spock threatens to leave him does he start fighting for his life back. "Before Earth, things had been going quite well since their relationship had developed into a physically/mentally intimate one. During the last two years of their five year mission, both had shared a love neither had ever known. The caliber of that love had been stunning. The capacity within each man for soul-stirring discovery, whether it was among the stars on exploration surveys or in each other's arms, was astounding. Their compatibility quotient, or CQ as Kirk referred to it, went beyond calculation. Until the mission ended. Until Kirk was sent back to a sterile office and bloated desk with officious assistants and the heavy 'burden-of-honor' admiral's stripes. That was what Kirk called his 'unusual-for-one-so-young' promotion. "An admiral?" he'd scoffed, unimpressed with the treasure chest of awards the higher ups had bestowed upon him. "What am I supposed to do as an admiral at age 38? I want to run. I need to feel the wind at my back. I demand starlight on the port bow, meteor showers at starboard.")
- K/S 101 by Alexis Fegan Black (An essay on the techniques, tricks and traps of K/S writing. Included are sections such as: "Why write K/S?", "Plotting The Dirty Deed", "It's Been Done Before", and "Oh No! They Won't Get In Bed" A hopefully helpful article for anyone who writes K/S, wants to write K/S, or simply enjoys reading it.)
- The Dangling Conversation by Kalen Storm (Kirk feels ashamed of his need for fantasy playing during their love making after Spock asks him why he wants their lovemaking that way all the time.)
- Kolinahr by Billie Auel (As he enters Gol, Spock is told to write down what events led to his decision to go there.)
- FICTION/POETRY/ART by Patt, Black and others
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Naked Times 32 was published in May 1994 and is 158 pages long.
- Star Garden by J. Belle (3)
- By a Brook by Kalindi Dawn (4)
- Requital by J.S. Cavalcante (After Henochʼs death, Spock realizes that he raped Chapel and that she saw his love for Jim while they shared consciousness. "It is late, very late in gamma watch when he comes to my door. I know instantly who it is, and I open the door before he speaks. "Christine." He stands in my doorway in the shadows of ship's night, the answer to every dream and hope I've ever had… "Christine, I have come to -- " "I know. You want to say you're sorry for what Henoch did. It wasn't your fault." He looks at me again. "I know it is illogical. I was not present; I could not prevent his actions. Yet I know he used… my flesh, my Vulcan abilities, to v-violate you.") (5)
- Your Laughter by J. Belle (27)
- One Day by Kalindi Dawn (28)
- No Sense of Humor by Anna Parrish ("Hey, Spock," Kirk asked casually as the Vulcan massaged the human's neck and shoulder muscles. "Yes?" "How can you tell if a Klingon has been in your chiller?" Spock's hands stilled for a moment. "Why would a Klingon be in our chiller?" "This is a joke." "I see.") (29)
- Memories Music by Robin Hood (31)
- Star Scar by Robin Hood (32)
- The Crystal God by Shelley Butler (Kirk and Spock are mistaken as gods on a primitive planet and are expected to participate in a ceremony. "…This captain needed Spock. And Spock didn't know it. So Kirk resorted to daydreams. Nightdreams, too, if the previous night was any indication. He could conjure up all the fanciful and exotic images he wanted and Spock would be none the wiser. Hopefully none the wiser. Kirk often wondered how much might be picked up by the sensitive Vulcan mind. Sometimes, out of the blue, he would feel naked in front of Spock. Naked as though he were proclaiming all his secrets out loud.") (33)
- Stone of Promise by Robin Hood (90)
- Terror in the Night by Anna Parrish (Kirk is afraid to propose to Spock because of the distance he feels is coming between them. "Popping the lid on the Andorian Velvet box, he stared in breathless fear at the marriage band inside. It was iridescent silver from the mines on Tarpegga. Would Spock like it? Was it too ornate? Maybe it would be too small. Maybe… Maybe he won't accept it, Kirk thought in distressing honesty.") (91)
- Youthful Hope, Mature Reality by J. Belle (96)
- Another Alternate World Fairy Tale (with an Ugly Old Witch Thrown in for Good Measure) by Anna Parrish (Retelling of the Rapunzel tale.) (96) ("This is just what you might expect from the title—as clever as can be! Remember Rapunzel? Tower? Long tresses that reach the ground? This Rapunzel is male and tosses his tresses to get them out of the way of his daily hand exercises. Then one day, along comes a Vulcan, who hears the prisoner's moans and recognizes them, because, as the writer explains, "Why, just that morning—never mind—that's another story." Funny? Nuts! It's as silly as can be and makes absolutely no sense whatsoever, but you oughtta read it just to see "which witch was it?" and nonsensical stuff like that.")
- Splendor by Dovya Blacque (Kirk accompanys Spock to a computer conference in Las Vegas while on their shore leave. "You're going where with who?" "Whom." "Shut up, Spock." "Gentlemen," James T. Kirk smiled at his two best friends, hands raised in surrender. "You heard me, Bones. I’m going to Las Vegas with Spock." "Why?" McCoy asked, his voice a hiss of disbelief. But before Kirk could answer, the doctor turned on the figure sitting so still beside him. "And why on earth are you going to Las Vegas?") (also in Splendor) (113)
- Styx and Stones by Alexis Fegan Black, illustrated by Marilyn Cole. (Spock awakens in a new land after dying and waits for Jim, who is in a coma following a shuttle crash. Sequel: The Fallen. "In many selfish ways, he hoped he would go first -- not only so the human would be spared the pain of separation and a severed bond, but because Spock knew that he could not have continued without his beloved. If Kirk had gone first, they would have been quickly reunited, the Vulcan reasoned, for simple logic informed him that his own lifeforce would have terminated the moment he sensed the human's crossing from physical life into whatever reality of oblivion was to come next.") (also in Styx and Stones) (147)
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