The Best Ass in Starfleet
|Title:||The Best Ass in Starfleet|
|Fandom:||Star Trek: The Original Series|
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It was published in the print zine T'hy'la #8.
"Kirk goes along with the pretense when heʼs told of a dying former instructorʼs delusion of being Kirkʼs lover."
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"The Best Ass In Starfleet - I think this is probably the author's best written story, but it went on too long for what it was trying to do. We never do get to know Hughes at all. Going back and forth between each character's thoughts came across as rather awkward. The whole situation had a feeling of unreality about it, and the K/S aspect was forced.
"The Best Ass In Starfleef by Natasha Barry was an interesting character study. My favorite part was Spock telling himself over and over 'He will never mate with a male, unless that male is I.' Sounds just like something Spock might say. 
I don’t really “get” this story. Kirk is requested/ordered by Starfleet to spend part of his shore leave talking to an old professor from the academy who is dying of an incurable disease. The old man supposedly has the delusion that he and Kirk are/were lovers, and he’s requested that Starfleet allow him to spend time with Kirk before he dies. Naturally, Kirk is dismayed and put off, but he reluctantly starts his one hour visits with the man, always in company with Spock as a barrier. Eventually he realizes that he’s really annoyed that the man appears to be so enchanted with Spock, while the Vulcan has been exerting himself mightily to keep the fellow amused so his demands on Kirk, even for conversation, are minimal. So Kirk replaces Spock with McCoy, who makes a different sort of diagnosis based on one visit. Then in about a page and a half, with very little preliminary hinting in the story, Kirk and Spock exchange words of love, and that is that. I guess I’m really thrown off by the title of the story, reference to a conversation that takes place during one of the visits about the awards Kirk had won upon graduation from the Academy, one of which was having the best ass. But then the idea is used as a tag line to end the story, and it just doesn’t fit.I think there needed to be a whole lot more development to make this story really work, for the basic idea is unique and worth exploring. But as printed it sort of reads like a story that the author got tired of after a while, and just finished up as quickly as she could.