The Thought That Counts

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K/S Fanfiction
Title: The Thought That Counts
Author(s): Jenny Starr
Date(s): 1986
Genre: slash
Fandom: Star Trek: The Original Series
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The Thought That Counts is a K/S story written by Roberta, art by Jenny Starr.

It was published in the print zine As I Do Thee #5.


"Spock is unsure of what to get Kirk, his lover of two weeks, for his birthday until he overhears Kirk tell McCoy that he wished Spock would take the dominate role in their lovemaking."

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Beginning with a believable aftermath to lovemaking — Spock engaged in mental analysis of, well, you know ... the author takes us on a tour of new love with no hangups, no guilt trips, no misunderstandings.

It’s just that Spock has not yet taken the initiative — something he learns by eavesdropping intently on a conversation between his Captain and the good Doctor McCoy. There are several neat moments, like the observation Spock makes as he watches Kirk leave their warm bed to answer the comm (audio only, I hope): “Spock’s eye drifted shut as he listened to the always fascinating shift from sensuous lover to commanding officer.”

I like that, too. It’s the rare combination of sensuality and power that defines Kirk’s character to me.

And, yes, Spock does a little “commanding” of his own before the story ends.[1]


  1. from The K/S Press #17