The Eye That Saw
|Title:||The Eye That Saw|
|Fandom:||Star Trek: The Original Series|
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It was published in the print zine KaleidoScope #4.
"McCoy buys an ancient 2D camera at a junk store and starts taking pictures of the crew, including Kirk and Spock who even though they have just gone through Spockʼs pon farr together, still do not realize what the other feels."
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This funny and charming story concerns a pesky McCoy who discovers an equally pesky hidden talent with photography when he finds an antique (circa 1998!) camera. Our budding paparazzi doctor proceeds to cause havoc on the Enterprise as he goes haywire taking spontaneous snapshots of all the crew. Along the way, he encounters a bad guy crewman who blackmails unsuspecting crewwomen. Some of my favorite moments are when Kirk insists that Spock show him his photo because "I showed you mine!" and when Uhura flips the bad guy over her shoulder. And I laughed out loud at the ships "bulletin board" with notices like "will swap magazines with anyone interested in Cuddle-Girl" and "half-price—yummy new shoes, size6AA"! I was waiting for "For a good time, call JTK— 555-1701". 
McCoy has become an avid amateur photographer after purchasing an antique film camera. Now when I began reading this well written and pleasurable account, I began to believe I had the plot figured out. McCoy, being the astute observer of people, preferred taking snapshots of people at some distance and without their knowledge and then surprising them with the results. Obviously, I thought, he is going to capture that look that so frequently passes between Kirk and Spock that is the equivalent of an orange neon sign saying “I love you”. He’s going to confront them with it and that will be that.
Not so. What he captures is much more menacing. It seems a crewman is accosting women in a threatening manner, however when they are confronted by the command team and McCoy, the mystery deepens as they swear nothing of the sort has happened. This added suspense is an ideal setup for Kirk and Spock to perform in the way they did in the series, purposefully and in perfect concert with each other.Eventually, it turns out I was a little bit correct at the beginning, but the path to that end was filled with many more twists and turns than I expected, making it all the more exciting.