Spare the Rod (Star Trek: TOS story by Jungle Kitty)
|Title:||Spare the Rod|
|Fandom:||Star Trek: The Original Series|
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It was published in the print zine KaleidoScope #8 and online.
"Spock overdoes it when, unaware of the degrees of spanking when part of lovemaking, he hits Kirk too hard but ultimately finds it an effective persuasion on his lover."
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A short, delicate story told from Spock's first-person POV of a sexual encounter with Kirk that leads to more intimacy. Perhaps I read more into this story than was the authors intention, but beneath the surface of a seemingly frothy romp lay some very deeply meaningful emotional content Spock spanks Kirk in a playfully sexual moment, but the fun of the moment is lost on Kirk because Spock hurt him. This hurt leads to comfort which precipitates the releasing of powerful, long-held emotions. Kirk has never allowed Spock to penetrate him—Spock reflects it seems to be a matter of complete trust—and Kirk has also never bonded with Spock. which of course means absolute trust. But this time, Kirk lets it happen and the focus is on Spock's sexual passion from which the momentous events in their relationship unfold. A minor difficulty was Spock thinking in terms of "cheeks" instead of "buttocks" and "cum" instead of "ejaculate". On one hand, this story works well in its sparse and close-up style, but on the other hand, it really needed to be a much longer story because of the complex issue it raises. For what it was, I really enjoyed it; but for what it could be, I wish the author would write it. 
I have always liked this little story from Spock's POV, since I first read it on the net early in my K/S discoveries, here it is as well in this zine. I don't really know why I like this story, but it has a nice subtle blend of humour and seriousness, it is also sexy. Though very short, it vividly portrays this little moment in the life and loves of Kirk and Spock and has some very nice lines. For instance: "Many Vulcans think humans are soft. They are wrong." Also it is pleasing how the writer echoes the words from the beginning of the story at the end in a totally different context and with a totally different meaning. 
- from The K/S Press #27
- from The K/S Press #47