The Contest (Star Trek: TOS story by Mildred Manhill)
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It was published in the print zine KaleidoScope #1.
"A/U: After having to leave the academy due to lack of funds, Kirk becomes an exotic dancer and meets a certain Vulcan when both enter a dancing contest."
Reactions and Reviews
The idea that both Kirk and Spock would end up as strippers in an a/u might seem preposterous, but Mildred gives them believable backgrounds and motivations. I was especially moved by Kirk's story of dismissal from the Academy and his determination to continue his studies on his own. I also thought their performances in the contest were colorfully described and erotic. 
Accompanied by a number of lovely and imaginative drawings by Rudas, (I appreciate the art work being printed with a blank back page) this A/U story involves a Kirk and Spock who are professional stripper/dancers engaging in a competition to find the best performer in the galaxy.
Very interesting set-up as 30 beings from many different worlds were chosen to compete for 4 days. These are the creme de la creme of the talent pool. Nicely detailed descriptions of the theater, costumes and competition.
Kirk's dream is of attending Starfleet Academy, but might be deemed unsuitable because of his profession. A slight stretch of belief, but explained pretty well. Our intrepid Iowa farmboy preservers and enters the contest for fame and fortune. Spock is a sort of "renegade" Vulcan and there's a nice meeting as Kirk is helped with his studies by the mysterious fellow contestant.
Very nice descriptions of both K and S's dances, and although I would have liked a bit more, they were erotic and appropriately wild. Especially nicely done were the staging, design and production values. (Can you tell I'm familiar with the "biz"?!)
Then there's a good juxtaposition of scenes as both go back to their prospective hotel rooms and think of the other. Although I'm not so enamored of the description of Spock as possessing an "almost nonexistent rear."
The minor subplot of seeing the dragon was not too successful as it felt like a separate story.Despite what could have been rather predictable, there's a nice amount of tension as to wholwhom?) will win. Erotic lovemaking with qualities of heroism that I always enjoy. 
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