Enemy Mine

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Title: Enemy Mine
Author(s): Greywolf the Wanderer
Date(s): 1999
Length:
Genre: slash
Fandom: Star Trek: The Original Series
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Enemy Mine is a K/S story by Greywolf the Wanderer.

It was published in the print zine Beyond Dreams #1 and online.

Summary

"After Kirk is split by the transporter, his dark side seeks out and rapes Spock."

Reactions and Reviews

Spock, not fully recovered from the PSI 2000 incident, encounters the “wolf” Kirk. Wolf Kirk knocks him out and rapes him. This is a terrific set-up and an exciting beginning of the story.

Woven in with the actual episode (which, by the way, was very well done) Spock goes to sickbay and sees the Lamb Kirk and McCoy. And the best reason/excuse for not using the shuttlecraft to rescue Sulu and the landing party—atmospheric conditions. I really liked McCoy’s reaction to Spock—very mature, very professional and yet very much the friend. Spock still has some virus in his system which has made him more vulnerable. This is quite clever. And neat detail of the medical analysis that McCoy gives of both Kirks—one has elevated blood sugar, diabetes and blood pressure, the other has low. Great line: “Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades, Spock.” Lots of neat things like McCoy’s “smoke and mirrors” and when Kirk was whole again, Spock walks beside him in the corridors. “But he found himself tempted to smile as he walked, though he did not, of course, actually do so. Jim was back.” Kirk is horrified with himself for having hurt Spock and Spock expresses forgiveness. Really nice talk. Spock tells Kirk that his counterpart desired him sexually, but I loved that they don’t just jump into bed together instantly. Not that there’s anything wrong with that (!)—but in this story, it’s right—tender and sensitive. They decide to “explore the possibilities” when they’re both ready. Very cool! See? I’m not just the sex scene maven you thought I was.

Terrific ending as McCoy finds them asleep together. (See Best Of The Best Of....) [1]
Improbable as it seems, I don't recall a story where the "wolf Kirk focuses his lust on Spock. It happens here and is told in a believable manner. That Kirk could overcome Vulcan strength is explained by Spock's continued battle with the physical effects (fever, weakness) of the PSI 2000 virus.

Confronting what his evil side has done, Kirkfeels guilt and sadness, but to a degree that is acceptable and in keeping with his persona. Spock doesn't accept the violence that as been thrust upon him by his attacker, even if it is a version of Kirk. He's been hurt, physically and emotionally, and takes the sensible stance that it's going to require some time to sort out his thoughts.

This story is punctuated by very realistic interaction between Kirk, Spock and McCoy, with all remaining in character and creating entertaining scenes. McCoy is a caring professional and a supportive friend, bringing sense to a sometimes senseless situation.

There's nothing explicit rendered, instead a promise that time will indeed heal the rift, and it is all accomplished in quite readable fashion. [2]
I like this title, liked that movie. (Is this phrase from something else prior to the movie?) And of course it's fitting that this Wolf write an "Enemy Within" Wolf-Lamb K/S story. I'm not going to expound on the "told-not-shown" thing here; but there was some of that in this story. Also some odd word-usage, I think. What does "willy-nilly" mean, and does it have a place in a future-story? It's a good premise to have Spock still suffering physical effects of the Psi 2000 virus, convenient to have him in a weakened state so the Wolf-Kirk can come on to him, overpower and ravage him. What a scene. Poor Spock—here comes the unrequited love of his life, the civilized, gentlemanly Kirk...but now drunk and pushing himself on Spock, angry. So sad. Because yes, Spock desires Kirk, but not like this. An excellent portrayal of both characters here. Spock's debilitated condition is also convenient for him not remembering, when he wakes up, exactly what had happened, so the story can proceed with the same mystery as in the episode, prior to everyone becoming aware there are two Kirks. The best scene: After Lamb-Kirk and Spock find Wolf-Kirk below-decks, and they're all going back to the transporter room to undo the split, Wolf-Kirk knocks out Lamb-Kirk. I loved this, where Spock and Wolf-Kirk have a talk where Wolf-Kirk says things to Spock about his feelings that Lamb-Kirk wouldn't say. But what's so cool is, Lamb-Kirk overhears this conversation. So the feelings are out. After Kirk is back united with himself, there are still issues to be dealt with, and forgiveness to be bestowed and accepted; and these were covered nicely. Spock realizes, too, that Kirk would also have to see this kind of uncivilized behavior in him, during pon farr. A sweet ending, quiet talk of desire. [3]
I've enjoyed Greywolf the Wanderer's prolific writings on the internet. His talent at expanding upon the aired episodes and creating wonderful and original K/S stories is beyond compare. And "Enemy Mine" (based upon the episode 'The Enemy Within") lived up to all my high expectations. My favorite scene is when Spock realizes that the Kirk who attacked him is not Jim. Spock's initial suppressed fear and then absolute relief is narrated beautifully. [4]
This is a clever combination of two episodes told in a K/S perspective. Although, strictly speaking, the episode Enemy Within took place before events on Psi 2000 (The Naked Time) this did not spoil my enjoyment of the story. The story revolves around the actions of Kirk’s evil alter-ego after he is split into two people by a transporter malfunction. In this version of events, Kirk’s evil alter ego is unable to restrain his desire for Spock, and he goes to Spock, who is still weak and unwell following events in The Naked Time and is therefore unable to fight back so when Spock refuses Kirk’s evil alter ego’s attentions, he attacked and raped him, leaving him unconscious on the floor of his cabin. The rest of the story covers very well how Spock tries to cope and come to terms with what has happened (while hiding his injuries from both Kirk and McCoy), and at the same time overcome his difficulties in being near Kirk after such a traumatic experience in order to help and support him during the events of “The Enemy Within”. This is a well written and very emotional story which held me spellbound to the end. Although I don’t normally enjoy stories which include a rape, this one was very sensitively told and had a good (dare I say it?) logical reason behind it. The author portrays very well Kirk’s increasing indecision and agony over not being able to rescue the landing party as well coming to grips with his guilt over what his alter ego has done. [5]
This story impresses the hell out of me. Greywolf fits the elements of his story in and through the scenes of the episode "The Enemy Within"; dialogue from the episode fits in with his own dialogue seamlessly. The story doesn't follow the episode exactly, the order of some scenes is changed, for example and the ending is somewhat different, but it reads as a completely natural filling in of what happened between the scenes on camera. The story is so persuasively written that when I watched "The Enemy Within" recently after reading the story, I felt that the episode was wrong somehow in the places where they disagreed.

I appreciated the fact that he provided a scientific, physiological explanation for the difference between the two Kirks. The "good" Kirk was hypoglycemic and hypothyroid, while the "evil" Kirk was the opposite. It helps to explain how a transporter accident could filter out the evil in Kirk's personality. Greywolf's "evil" Kirk was more sympathetic than the one in the episode, which I rather liked. I find it hard to believe that Kirk's "evil" side would be completely unredeemed or unredeemable. The thing that makes this story stand out, though, is the sensitive way he handles the "evil" Kirk's rape of Spock. Spock has a natural reaction to the event, first blocking the memory, then trying to avoid thinking of it. He feels anger and distrust toward Kirk ("good", "evil", and reintegrated). However, he is still Vulcan and does not display his emotions or his reactions; his facial expressions and his manner remain as stoic and reserved as ever. His caring and compassion toward Kirk never waver, which struck me as eminently believable. Kirk, on his side, is horrified at what his twin has done. Especially to Spock. He suffers guilt and remorse, and fear that he will lose Spock's friendship.

Greywolf resolves the situation in a manner that is both believable and romantically satisfying (not an easy accomplishment given the situation he created). This is an excellent story and I recommend it highly. [6]

References

  1. from The K/S Press #37
  2. from The K/S Press #51
  3. from The K/S Press #36
  4. from The K/S Press #59
  5. from The K/S Press #111 and #187
  6. from The K/S Press #74