Meeting of Minds (Star Trek: TOS story)
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|Title:||Meeting of Minds|
|Fandom:||Star Trek: The Original Series|
|External Links:||Side by Side Collection on AO3|
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"A/U: While Kirk is on Vulcan helping with their entry into the Federation, he takes a trip to an ancient ruin and meets up with a young Vulcan, not realizing it is the son of the Vulcan diplomat he has been working with."
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Alternate reality is a nice change from time to time and I enjoyed this story a lot. Kirk is in Starfleet, pretty much as usual except that Spock has never entered his life, as the Vulcan is bound to his homeworld by responsibility and tradition. One of those traditions is a pilgrimage to the ancient hall of Katras. As circumstances would have it, Kirk is on Vulcan with a few days free and decides to make a trip through the desert that takes him on a similar path. Shall we say their paths meet? Yes, and that meeting ranges from the dramatic to the sublime.
There are many nice moments and both men are consistently upstanding and committed to doing the right thing no matter how it affects them personally. I find this says a lot about why they are, in any universe, heroes.The ending brings us round to the level of high drama once more, as Spock must fulfill that most confining of all obligations: pre-arranged marriage. There is a bit of the unexpected here, and a bit of what we always hope for in such a situation, a last-minute save. The circumstances of the rescue, if you will, are somewhat unique and very satisfactory to all concerned. Entertaining fare! 
- from The K/S Press #129