Dealer's Choice (Star Trek: TOS story)
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It was published in the print zine T'hy'la #5.
Part of a Series
"While on Vulcan, Kirk persuades Spock to join him as partner in his trading business."
Reactions and Reviews
This is a sequel, and not an especially strong one. It adds virtually nothing to the original concept. I did like the plot parallel to "The World Well Lost" embedded in the story, however. This is a classic science fiction story by Theodore Sturgeon which was the first to deal with homosexuality. Deiter and Jocara in this tale are parallel to the human pair in Sturgeon's story, while Kirk and Spock are parallel to the alien lovers. I don't know if Vivian Gates consciously intended this, but it reads like a wonderful tribute to Sturgeon. 
Kirk and Spock are established lovers running a small freighter. Two Starfleet operatives take over their ship for an undercover run to pick up information in the Neutral Zone. Kirk and Spock turn the tables on them, do the job, then leave them stranded together (sans clothes) on a pretty recreational planet to teach Starfleet not to mess with them any more, and, they hope, to teach the homophobic one to come to terms with his feelings for his clearly-attracted partner.