Righthand Man

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K/S Fanfiction
Title: Right-Hand Man
Author(s): Barbara Taylor
Date(s): 1991
Genre: slash
Fandom: Star Trek: The Original Series
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Right-Hand Man is a Kirk/Spock story by Barbara Taylor.

It was published in the print zine First Time #31.


"After Kirk is slightly injured on a landing party, Spock seems to withdraw from him, just as he is beginning to confront his own feelings for Spock."

Reactions and Reviews

If I hadn't seen the byline, I never would have guessed this was a new author. While the storyline was a typical first-timer, this was a very smooth read and had a comfortable feel to it, as though its simplicity was a welcoming rather than a turn-off. There wasn't anything that didn't ring true, and all the characters sounded real. I liked the image, on page 82, of Kirk "taking his courage by the throat." [1]
I’ve always liked it when McCoy plans matchmaker—or at least catalyst—to the inevitable discovery between Captain and First. This is a great example, with McCoy both accepting and clever. “Talk to him, Jim” is familiar and so are Kirk’s vacillations before accepting the challenge. But this author sees things a bit atypically from here on out, exploring Spock’s feelings about Kirk’s continual risk- taking. She knows her Vulcan well and chooses his words convincingly, but bestows upon him mood swings which occur almost too suddenly. Spock’s anger at Kirk’s restlessness I can understand, and I also comprehend his lighthearted manner; his almost hidden smiles. The trouble is, there’s no transition time between them. I did enjoy the results, however! [2]


  1. from The LOC Connection #38
  2. from The K/S Press #44