A Time to Receive

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Title: A Time to Receive
Creator: Deborah Cummins
Date(s): 2006
Medium: online
Fandom: Star Trek: TOS
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A Time to Receive was a 2006 online K/S advent calendar by Deborah Cummins, part of Kirk/Spock Advent Calendar 2006.

Reactions and Reviews

This is the fifth year the K/S Slash Calendar has appeared on the web and for me, it was definitely one of the better ones. For those of you who may not be familiar with the Advent Calendar, each day from December 1st right up until the 25th, a different author posts a K/S story centering around Kirk and Spock celebrating the holiday, for a total of 25 stories once the calendar is complete.

And while this year's calendars offered some good stories (as well as a Bill and Leonard screensaver - highly recommended), in my opinion, this one by far outshone all the others. This is an "established relationship" story and takes place a year after the events in ST:TMP. After hearing Kirk wax poetic about Christmas in Iowa, Spock decides that is where he wants to spend the holiday with Kirk. Unfortunately, things don't go quite as planned and thanks to a storm front that precedes their arrival, they find themselve for all intents and purposes trapped in a small cabin, with little to do but the obvious. For Spock, however, his thoughts are not focused on the peace and goodwill of the season, rather, he cannot fully resolve the guilt he feels for abandoning Kirk when he fled to Gol. Still, he does his best to relax and enjoy all the human traditions that come with Christmas. That tradition includes, of course, gift-giving and it is Kirk's gift to Spock that comes to symbolize not only Spock's life on the Enterprise, but his relationship with Kirk, as well. For that small token represented "what made him unique unto himself, both the good and the bad. Jim loved him despite all that, indeed, in large measure because of it. He was what he was..." "Before you can accept the wonder of another's individuality, you must first accept your own."

A truly wonderful story that celebrates all that's best about Christmas and K/S. [1]


  1. ^ from The K/S Press #125