A Terrible Rightness
|Title:||A Terrible Rightness|
|Fandom:||Star Trek: The Original Series|
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It was published in the print zine Scattered Stars #3.
"Bought by the killer of his bondmate, Spock finds himself helplessly drawn to his new owner, the captain of the Enterprise."
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Mirror Universe. Spock has been taken captive in an Imperium attack in which his beloved and pregnant wife T'Pring was murdered before his eyes. Kirk, the perpetrator of the attack, requisitions Spock and his companion Stopek as slaves to work on the Enterprise computer systems. (A premise of inviolable Vulcan honor makes this idea not quite as stupid on Kirk's part as it might seem.) Despite their hatred of one another and Kirk's innate homophobia, Kirk and Spock soon find themselves drawn into frantic coupling by a legendarily rare and irresistable link of true love. They try to avoid their fate by having Spock bond with the eager Stopek, but at the last moment Kirk decides to accept the unasked for gift of the bond himself - and take the Enterprise and her crew into the service of the Vulcan-led resistance to the Imperium. 
I seldom re-read stories; reading time is at a premium as it is. But I re-read this one after re-reading "A Perfect Mate" by the same author after Shelley's LOC last month.
After I read it, I looked back in my LOC's to see how I had felt about it the first time. This was in October 1991; it was one of the very first K/S zines I read. Here's what I said about it then: "A good story, if you like rough sex, tortured lust and self-hatred. A good story anyway."
Boy, what did I know?! This time, I really loved this story! Interesting, how tastes refine over time—or is that degenerate? (Not to mention having gotten a lot more verbose in my LOC's over the years.)
This story had a very convincing set-up for a love/hate thing between Kirk and Spock. Vulcans are a subjugated people in this universe, and Kirk had even been the commander whose military actions had killed Spock's wife. Now, Kirk has requisitioned Spock and another Vulcan scientist for some necessary computer work aboard the Enterprise.
The pull between them is absolutely fantastic. Despite himself. Kirk is drawn to having Spock sexually; the same is true for Spock. It turns out they are "t'ch'yvan." a predestined link between souls.
So it's an exquisite tension throughout, their wanting to resist each other but not doing so. With his mental acumen, Spock can see through the surface to the noble aspects of Kirk's character; but Kirk is mostly seeing just that he loves to fuck this man who should be his enemy.
There is a delicious scene of Spock equalizing the previously unbalanced sexual relationship by taking a very aggressive role.
In the end. Spock almost bonds with the other Vulcan so as to break the link with Kirk. Kirk can be freed of his (supposedly unwanted) desire for Spock...but he doesn't want to be freed. Almost losing the most unique thing he's ever experienced is what makes Kirk finally accept that he wants this thing with Spock with his truest self.
A wonderful ending. Kirk is tired of life in the Imperium, wants to offer his services—and a hijacked starship—to Vulcan. And of course he needs a first-rate science officer.And so it is. 
Thrash around on the carpet when you read about Spock getting down on all fours. And sigh, clutching your breast at their ten thousand year destiny. 
This is very well named. There is a rightness about Anne MacClean's scenes, her characters, the dialogue. It's a nice, intense story with a believable story line. I wanted to cheer when Spock finally set about administering some much-needed attitude adjustment on a highly deserving Kirk. I'm afraid I'm guilty of skimming through to the end to find out if it "took", but I'm looking forward to a long, luxurious re-read. 
Breathtaking, thrilling, great!!! 
This story's title set the tone for the dark theme that followed. An unwanted, spontaneous bond is not my favorite reason for Kirk and Spock to get together; but given that premise, I feel this story was excellently done and is probably the author's best-written work to date. This was concisely written, and all the anger, pain, helplessness, hope, and lust was marched before the reader's eyes with chilling frankness and poignancy. I was intrigued despite myself. Near the beginning, I was thinking that there was no way I was going to end up believing that these two enemies could actually come to love each other. But when I got there, I did believe. There wasn't a misstep anywhere, and I couldn't put it down.