The Little Things
|Title:||The Little Things|
|Fandom:||Star Trek: The Original Series|
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It was published in the print zine First Time #62.
"McCoy is concerned when he discovers that Kirk and Spock have just become lovers."
Reactions and Reviews
A charming story told mostly from Kirk's POV of his quest for a relationship with Spock while he commands the Enterprise.
McCoy is on the scent—and zeros in on Kirk's every nuance of expression. Very cute! And he doesn't ignore Spock, either when he insists on a physical.
A small touch that I really loved and won't soon forget: McCoy fishes for information from Kirk as to his love life. He wants to know if Kirk was interested in the woman doctor who had come on board from a starbase. Kirk says no because the woman doctor is only interested in another woman. And Kirk says this totally casually without any judgement. Very cool!So nothing huge and sweeping—just a really nice story with a perfectly acceptable sex scene in the observation deck (my favorite place!). 
"The Little Things" by Rosemarie Heaton is about an 16 page story. Actually not much really goes on and the main conflict seems to be that McCoy is worried that Kirk can't be a faithful lover to Spock and that their relationship will not be good for the ship. Not a bad story, but a bit lacking in plot detail and development. 
This is a charming short story about the little things that matter between Kirk and Spock in their new relationship as lovers. Told from Kirk‘s POV as he brings Spock a piece of chocolate cake when Spock is recovering from some injuries, it says a lot in only a few pages. 
Now here is a story that touches me in all the right places. This author knows her characters so well that every word, thought and gesture is totally appropriate. But that‘s not the reason I could read this story over and over. It‘s the little things.
I don‘t know about anyone else who might read this three page wonder, but it speaks to me of what makes having someone truly love you so very special. It‘s the small acts of kindness and thoughtfulness, the expressions of love that need no words and no intimate touches. It‘s saying the right thing at the right time. It‘s having someone take just a moment to think of what might give us pleasure and taking the time to give us that pleasure. It‘s putting the other person first. How many of us have that in real life? Karen writes of it in such simple and truthful terms, and makes us feel everything Kirk and Spock feel for each other – and that‘s considerable. The whole plot, if it may be called that, revolves around Kirk bringing a piece of chocolate cake to Spock, who‘s resting in his quarters after a difficult mission. Plot, you ask? But don‘t miss this one – it shows us what real love is all about, what caring for someone is about. There is beautiful rapport between these men, and the depth of their feelings for each other is in every word and gesture. There‘s no seething passion, no intimate touching, no profound declarations. At least not in the usual sense, but oh, the declarations are there. This is first-person Kirk and at one point he muses over one powerful word his lover has spoken and silently acknowledges to himself, 'Something deep inside me starts to melt.'Me, too. 
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