The Sound of Your Breath
|Title:||The Sound of Your Breath|
|Fandom:||Star Trek: The Original Series|
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"After leaving Vulcan following Spockʼs pon farr, Kirk is unable to sleep but pretends to when Spock comes to his cabin each night, the only time either of them can relax."
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A gentle, moving story from an author who specializes in gentle, moving stories, 'The Sound of Your Breath" is a first-time, post-Amok Time tale that achieves great depth of feeling from a simple premise. For the three days after Spock's aborted pon farr, Kirk battles insomnia. Spock, meanwhile, battles his own troubled feelings, easing them partially by coming into Kirk's quarters each of these nights simply to hear Kirk breathe and know that he is alive. On the third night, Kirk, who is only pretending to be asleep, turns over and confronts his friend.
I don't want to say more and risk spoiling the story for anyone who hasn't read it yet. It should be savored slowly, like fine wine. The writing is beautiful; the characterization sure and believable; the dialogue worth reading aloud. And the love scene rivals any IVe read (K/S or otherwise) for its sheer tenderness. Best of all is the ease with which Kirkand Spock play out the first-time scenario.This writer has a gift for making the K/S relationship seem the most natural, obvious thing in the universe. 
After Amok Time, Spock starts sneaking into Kirk's cabin at night, listening to his Captain breathe, a comfort and reassurance that both of them need and neither can deny. Tender, with a feeling of furtiveness and stolen intimacy in the dark of night. 
- from The K/S Press #48
- 4 September 2009 Master List of K/S Favorites *Updated Nov 19, 2013*, Mary Monroe