Portrait of Freedom
|Title:||Portrait of Freedom|
|Author(s):||Alexis Fegan Black|
|Fandom:||Star Trek: The Original Series|
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"On break from the Academy, Kirk falls asleep in a meadow near their farm and dreams of being kidnapped and taken to a Vulcan prince, Spock, to see through pon farr."
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This is a bondage-type sex story much like TAKING COMMAND in some details. It's obvious that the same author wrote both. The 50 pages pass swiftly, and the emphasis is mainly on sex. However, the plot twisting is unique. One part of it is that Kirk and Spock met before their meeting on the ENTERPRISE. If I examined the story carefully, I bet I could find some holes in the plot. Actually, I do have some questions where things really didn't make sense. However, I don't worry too much about plot details, especially when the point of the story seems to be sex and Kirk's eventual capitulation. The question is not "Will he?" but "What happens on his way?' If you like your sex nice and sweet and tender, this is not for you. But if you can see those listed qualities mixed along with a little rough stuff just to make it more interesting, then this is for you. 
I liked a lot. Lovely poetic nature language in the beginning; good language throughout. An interesting plot/scenario. Kirk's masturbating and musings were quite nice. Then an A/U dream... My immediate thought was that it was a dream; but right away it seemed so plausible, in an alternate sort of way, that I did not think of it as a dream; until it was revealed at the end that it really was, I liked the descriptions of Spock's home. The effects of the drug were well-conceived. I liked this Spock. Good erotic tension. I don't care for "discipline" (that's my_ problem, right?). 
The beginning set-up is wonderfully descriptive using exposition slowly, along with the building storm. Then Kirk's thoughts of Gary Mitchell intertwined his sexual ideas and experiences with the rest of the story. Really beautiful imagery. It's very exciting when the Vulcans appear for Kirk's capture, because the tension and interest has been built as Kirk touches himself along with the thunder. The duality that Kirk experiences--at once being excited by the Vulcans and at the same time frightened by them, (because of rumors and stories)—was beautifully done as it draws the reader into his thoughts.