Phoenix Rising (Star Trek: TOS story)

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Title: Phoenix Rising
Author(s): Tish
Date(s): 1999
Genre: slash
Fandom: Star Trek: The Original Series
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Phoenix Rising is a Kirk/Spock story by Tish.

It was published in the print zine Encore.


"As the Enterprise warps away from Vulcan, Spock uncovers secrets of the heart. He no longer belongs to his home planet, the bond with T’Pring is forever severed—and all he can think of is the man sleeping in the shadows before him."

Reactions and Reviews

This tender story focuses on all of Spock’s pain and anguish following the events of “Amok Time”.

Kirk is asleep in his quarters and Spock is drawn to him. Spock questions why all this happened. He feels shame for intruding on Kirk without permission. They talk and share their feelings of love. Spock says he should have been able to control himself. Lots of beautiful and romantic love between them. Beautiful ending as they hold each other in their arms.

“I am here, Jim, I will always be here for you.” [1]
This story takes place after Spock's pon far and the events on Vulcan. Spock is in turmoil over what happened and can't find peace. He goes to his captain's cabin and watches him sleep. There he acknowledges that Vulcan holds nothing for him and severs his final tie to it. He also finally realizes that Kirk is where he belongs. It's a gentle story, very warm, very enjoyable. [2]
This is a lovely story by a self-described master at mushy h/c. It's a quiet nighttime scene after the events of Amok Time.

Spock goes into Kirk's cabin and watches him sleep. Fine Spock introspection (if a bit static). His mating bond with T'Pring and link with his home planet are severed, and he can feel a bond with Kirk.

A sweet and warm scene when Kirk wakes up. The intense talk is done very nicely; and the touching, too. Spock is nervous, Kirk comforting. The relieved anguish is palpable.

Dialogue is spare but just enough to melt my heart. Spock: "I cannot live without you. He [McCoy] does not know that I love you." So this is the first time the ILY-words are said, and it's beautiful.

Kirk asks, do Vulcan's kiss? A gorgeous, gentle kiss...and then Spock gets into bed with Kirk. I love this kind of gentleness between men that is every bit as erotic as actual genital sex (not that there's anything wrong with that). There's no overt sex here that we're shown, but as Spock falls asleep he thinks about what they've just done, and it's wonderful. [3]


  1. from The K/S Press #38
  2. from The K/S Press #64
  3. from The K/S Press #41