Possession (Star Trek: TOS story)

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Title: Possession
Author(s): Toni Cardinal-Price
Date(s): 1979
Genre: slash
Fandom: Star Trek: The Original Series
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Possession is a Kirk/Spock story by Toni Cardinal-Price.

It has art by Merle Decker.

It was printed in Naked Times #2 and has a sequel called Possessed.


After killing Marlena, Kirk rapes Spock in a drunken frenzy.

Reactions and Reviews

Mirror Kirk, on return to his universe can't stand the comparison of his own life with that of our Starfleet folks, and rampages with drink and fury, murdering Marlena and then going after Spock. But Spock knows about the Tantalus Device. [1]
Both 'Possession' and 'Though This Be Madness' come perilously close to being formula porn with their ritual rapes of Mirror Spock by Mirror Kirk in the former, and of our Kirk by Mirror Spock in the latter. There is very little storyline in either, and though nothing is said about the rapist wearing black silk socks, I wouldn't be surprised. Fun, but on a most elemental level. [2]
I didn't particularly like the Kirk of "Possession," but he, too, was the brash, daring captain we are so used to, but without the compassion to temper the wolf our own Kirk finally accepted back as an essential element of his being. Perhaps this Kirk needed to see his lamb and accept that that is also an essential part of what is lacking in his own make-up. He recognized that quality in the other Kirk and his Spock did, too, and responded to that. The thought of losing Spock was just too much. But at least in "Sometimes When We Touch," Jim and Spock seemed to have overcome these obstacles and begin to see just how much they do need each other -- not only on a professional level, but on a deeply personal one as well. [3]
Speaking of the Mirror universe, it was a real treat to find some stories involving same, although... I know it's a savage universe, but I think "Possession" really took it an inexorable step too far! On the other hand, "Sometimes When We Touch" made the whole thing look too easy. Pushing Kirk up against a wall and having immediately melt into Spock's arms is just not giving the tantalizing differences within that universe their due. Still, both were enjoyable and well-written. [4]
This didn't raise my temper. I considered such a situation very characteristic of the savage, conquering Mirror Kirk. But he was a fool to try it while leaving Spock in the same room with the Tantalus Field. How ironic: he succeeded where "our" Kirk failed -- getting his Spock to kill him, thus taking over command. [5]


  1. ^ Halliday’s Star Trek Zinedex (TOS) - Title Index, Archived version
  2. ^ from Scuttlebutt #14
  3. ^ from an LoC in Naked Times #3
  4. ^ from an LoC in Naked Times #3
  5. ^ unknown source