Dark (Star Trek: TOS story)
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It was published in Charisma #14.
"Kirk and Spock awake to find themselves in a place outside of time and space where darkness seems to go on forever."
Reactions and Reviews
This is a story about what happens to Kirk and Spock when the Enterprise goes through a 'multi-dimensional warp'. Seeing such a term. I would assume that this means that it alters more than one dimension. I could see in the story that it altered space, but I'm not certain how other dimensions were altered. The concept needed to be clarified in order to make this tale more believable. Kirk's initial fear of the dark was vividly portrayed, but when the author says that the dark raped them, I believe she is reflecting an aspect of female psychology. Men usually don't think of rape when they're alone in the dark. I also thought the metaphor of Kirk being "a marionette hanging on the strings of lust" doesn't work very well when you extend it. It implies that like Pinnochio, Kirk is not "a real boy". What's real about Kirk and what isn't is an interesting issue, but I don't think that the author intended to deal with it in this story. The metaphor also breaks down when the author writes of the strings burning Kirk. The strings would be consumed in the flames, and Kirk couldn't then be manipulated by them. Metaphors that break down like that are jarring to the reader. 
The idea of Kirk and Spock discovering their mutual feelings in some non-dimensional void isn't new, but there was a compelling rawness about this story that drew me in. I had some trouble with Kirk being so afraid so quickly, but this was one of the author's more erotic pieces, and the ending was satisfying. 
- from The LOC Connection #45
- from The LOC Connection #40