Beautiful Vulcan

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Title: Beautiful Vulcan
Author(s): T'Keyla
Date(s): 2012
Length:
Genre: slash
Fandom: Star Trek: AOS
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Beautiful Vulcan is a Kirk/Spock story by T'Keyla.

Reactions and Reviews

A retelling of Pretty Woman, with Spock as the hooker and Kirk the wealthy businessman. Long and sweet and has doses of Disney and super-awesome extrasolar planet-viewing futuristic telescopes, all adding up to the perfect guilty pleasure fic. [1]
Rhaegal mentioned this story last month, and the Shooting Stars blurb listed it as TOS. It sounded intriguing so I thought I’d give it a try. The story was mislabeled; it’s actually a reboot story. I don’t usually read stories from the reboot universe, not to mention loc them, but by the time I figured it out I was hooked. On the whole, I was glad I stayed with it.

This is a retelling of the movie Pretty Woman, with Jim Kirk as the extremely rich young businessman with a terrible sense of direction and Spock as the prostitute he stops to ask for directions to his hotel. The two men hit it off from the beginning, and we follow along as the initial attraction leads down a leisurely path to abiding love. This Spock has had a terrible time on earth finally turning to prostitution to support himself, but it has not hardened him. He’s a bit on the naïve side perhaps, but understandably so since his lack of money has curtailed his education and severely restricted the extent of his experiences on his adopted planet. I enjoyed the depiction of Jim Kirk, here a “captain” of industry. He never lords it over Spock because of what he has had to become. Instead he’s a patient, caring, loving individual, who listens to Spock’s opinions and values the man for himself. Among the best parts of the story for me were the small outings Kirk arranges just to give Spock pleasure, including a lovely little trip to Disney World. Yes, schmaltzy, but very touching all the same. Unfortunately, the mention of Kirk’s blue eyes took me out of the story each and every time. (I guess old dogs really can’t learn new tricks.) Other than that, I found the tale well written and very well paced. I noticed this author didn’t use a beta for this story, and it shows. There are several small typos that might have been caught by a fresh pair of eyes, and I say this not really as a criticism, but as someone who has been over and over a story trying to make it perfect only to have a beta reader point out obvious mistakes I’ve repeatedly missed. Errors still manage to survive into print, but I’ve been so grateful for every one that was caught in time. Also unless “Vulcan mollusks” are vegetarian fare, I doubt Spock would eat them.

I found “Beautiful Vulcan” is a lovely tale, well told. I will check out other stories by T’keyla; maybe[2]

References

  1. from The K/S Press #189
  2. from The K/S Press #190