Things That Go Bump
Also see Things That Go Bump in the Night.
|Title:||Things That Go Bump|
|Fandom:||Star Trek: The Original Series|
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It was published in the print zine First Time #50.
"Spock and McCoy accompany Kirk to check out the old house Kirk has inherited and get a few surprises while there."
Reactions and Reviews
Kirk takes Spock and McCoy to Iowa to look at some property that he’s inherited that is reputed to be haunted. This is one adorable, funny story. I found I wanted to repeat practically the whole thing, it was that good. But I won’t. Just these: “Bones, where’s your spirit of adventure?” “It’s dead, Jim.” And when they get into a regular car: “Now I’m really scared, Jim. I’ve heard about your driving.”
Also, I loved how almost everything was explained through their dialogue: “Captain, the house is...most unique,” Spock proffered. “It’s not unique, Spock,” McCoy groused. “It’s falling apart.” Then when they’re walking outside: “Something grabbed me, Jim,” McCoy cried out and fell to the ground. Kirk untangled a root from around McCoy’s ankle and held it up. “Oh.”Okay, I’ll stop now—but I laughed through the whole story. Wonderfully funny and charming. 
Some of the best give and take between Spock and McCoy takes place in this ghost-themed story set at the Iowa farmhouse that Kirk has inherited. It is full of humor, laced with love, and quite different in nature. There isn’t a lot of specific loving, or much dialogue proclaiming that love, but it is there in all the nuances and the verbal exchanges. There’s some touching, too, but in an innocent way. A nice diversion—would be especially nice at Halloween. 
- from The K/S Press #43
- from The K/S Press #66