Dying Words

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Title: Dying Words
Author(s): Emily Adams
Date(s): 1998
Genre: slash
Fandom: Star Trek: The Original Series
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Dying Words is a Kirk/Spock story by Emily Adams.

It was published in the print zine KaleidoScope #8.


"Kirk is upset when he delivers the dying words of a crewman to a woman the man had never approached while alive, but it makes Kirk decide that he and Spock need to say the words to each other."

Reactions and Reviews

What a fine idea, a perfect aspect of life to bring up, to draw Kirk and Spock together As we always saw in the episodes, Kirk feels deeply over the death of someone under his command. But this wasnl about Kirk's grief and tortured sense of responsibility; the story turned on the aspect of wasted time where love had not been expressed, and then it's too late,,.. This dying crewman had said. Tell Sara I love her. But Sara never knew....

The talks Kirk and Spock have are just wonderful, as they are quietly feeling each other out. They get into a discussion over a period of time about whether one should or shouldn't express feelings one has for someone else. If the other person doesn't feel the same, then it's likely to put a strain on both of them, if they have to work together or socialize.

There's an underlying thing to these discussions that's really fun, where each of them knows he's playing a game-pretending they're having an innocent, theoretical discussion, yet each knowing the/re talking about each other...yet each man thinks he knows that the other is playing the game but that the other doesn't know that he is also playing and also that he knows the other knows he knows...but then again, maybe the other isn't getting the hints, etc., etc...most enjoyable, to them and to us.

Of course I love for the setting of the denouement to be the gym. working out in shorts, yum. Beautiful words by Kirk—his warm and clear declaration that he's found the one for him-and Spock's acknowledgment.

A sweet story, so enjoyable, as Emily's always are. I love how she took this simple yet important slice of life and made it warm and sexy, and such lovely depictions of the Kirk and Spock we know and love. And now I sure cant look at this story without thinking about Emily thinking about dying words... [1]
What a truly fitting last story for [legal name redacted] to have written. Soft and gentle—filled with love of Kirk and Spock. They finally admit their love for each other with these gorgeous last few lines: “Are those your dying words, Jim?” “No, Spock. Those are my living words. I intend to live by them forever more.” So beautiful and so perfect. [2]


  1. from The K/S Press #26
  2. from The K/S Press #28