End Games (Star Trek: TOS story by Karla Kelly)
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It was published in the print zine First Time #53.
"Kirk and Spock participate in Vulcan “games” but become the target of terrorists after they begin to win.."
Reactions and Reviews
["Is This How Love Feels?" by Marianne Muller]: This artwork accompanies "Games End" by Karla Kelly and depicts a beautiful naked Kirk and Spock in bed with a thin sheet over their legs and hips. From the moment I saw this, I was taken by the wonderful technique and striking image of them in the bed. I love how Spock is resting on his elbow and looking at Kirk who appears to be sleeping. I also love the delineation of their musculature. I think this is just gorgeous and one of my favorites of this wonderful artist. 
One of the few long Karla Kelly stories that I can ever recall as she has always been famous for short and very short stories.
Lots of nice things in this. It starts with a historical/mythological story of Spock and Keeroc in ancient Vulcan times. They were warriors, bondmates and contestants in games that were like a cross between the Olympics and Roman games with some Vulcan-style telepathic abilities thrown in.
The prize is the "sky sword". When it's discovered that Spock and Keeroc are illegally bonded, they are mentally attacked, but their love prevails and they disappear.
Then it's the future, and Kirk and Spock are sent on a secret mission to Vulcan to uncover some terrorists planning something during the present-day games. (Strange coincidence, isnt it?) Kirk and Spock must participate in these games that involve physical a s well as mental competitions.
Soon they discover they are being attacked telepathically by the terrorists. During the games, they fight on a mental landscape, defeating the terrorists.
I really enjoyed much of this mental landscape—it was so imaginative with walls, hedges, lightning bolts and the sky sword. I also liked the mention of Ensign Hood biting her opponent on the ankle!
What was not so good was all the telling, telling, and more telling. So much telling and so fast that some sentences contained entire scenes. So if you missed a particular sentence, you wouldn't know where they were or what they were doing.
However, I liked the scene of them together in the hot springs and their mental joining sessions were very nice.I wouldn't at all mind seeing more Karla Kelly stories- short or long. 
- from The K/S Press #63
- from The K/S Press #63