Things That Go Bump in the Night (Star Trek: TOS story)
|Title:||Things That Go Bump in the Night|
|Author(s):||Alexis Fegan Black|
|Fandom:||Star Trek: The Original Series|
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"After returning from the M/U, Kirk feels a distance growing between him and Spock and plans on closing it at the upcoming Halloween party, unaware that his lover has a surprise of his own."
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It's been two weeks since the mirror universe escapade and Kirk has a heart-to-heart with McCoy about his and Spock's sex life. I don't know about that, but anyway, Kirk complains that Spock seems bored with him and they've only made love once since his return from the mirror universe.
McCoy advises to spice things up during the upcoming Halloween party. So Kirk puts on the Mirror Kirk outfit!
"The gold lamb vest clung to his chest like liquid color, cut even deeper than the one he'd worn in the parallel universe. Open to the waist, it accentuated his smooth chest and powerful muscles; and the almost-invisible silver body glitter he'd applied before donning the get-up caused his flesh to glisten with cool, seductive tones. The tight-fitting black pants were almost too tight, another one of McCoy's suggestions, hugging his hips and thighs in all the right places, highlighting every bulge."
And I just adore this description of what Uhura had worn to a previous Halloween party; "At the last such party, Uhura had shown up in the traditional autumnal solstice attire of Rigel 12, a skimpy purple and blue shift cut to the crotch in front, and to the middle of the buttocks in back [Actually, except for the color, that sounds kind of like what she usually wears!]. And even though everything had been concealed (barely), imagination was more than sufficient to fill in the blanks." And Kirk recalls that Sulu and Chekov came as master/slave! And McCoy had worn a long, white dress with flowers in his hair and "he'd spent the majority of the evening looking for someone named Rhett.
So Mirror Spock shows up and drags Kirk away from dancing with a woman. He puts a dagger to Kirk's throat and everyone oohs and aahs as he takes him away to his quarters.
Very hot: Spock puts Kirk in velvet lined manacles (Alright—no comments about "blue velvet poodles" which is what I accidentally typed one time instead of "blue velvet paddles".) and they both stay in character.
Later that morning. Kirk questions if it was really Spock or the Mirror Spock—do we really know for sure?And quite the illustration by Virginia Lee Smith. 
As for what was probably the most enjoyable story in this zine, my vote would be for THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT. When Halloween comes to the Enterprise, complete with costume party, Spock takes on the persona of his "mirror" counterpart - and gives Kirk the time of his life. 
This was a realty fun, hot little story. It's set two weeks after the episode "Mirror, Mirror". Kirk is complaining to McCoy that his sex life with Spock has gotten dull since he got back. Translation: they've only made love once since Kirk's return. I love the way the author sets this up. Kirk starts out acting like he can't understand what could possibly have happened to make Spock act distant towards him, then come to find out Kirk had sex with the Mirror Spock! Now, he didn't tell Spock about it, and it was done so that the Mirror Spock wouldn't figure out what was going on, but still— like Spock couldn't figure out something happened over there? He obviously did!
Anyway, McCoy has a plan to liven things up—Kirk dresses up for the ship's Halloween party as the Mirror Kirk. The description of how he looked was great—had me panting! At the party, Kirk has finally given up waiting for Spock to show up and accepted a crewwoman's invitation to dance. Then guess who shows up? Spock, dressed like the Mirror Spock AND acting exactly like the Mirror Spock. Or—it this really OUR Spock? He is acting awfully like the Mirror Spock. Could our Spock really be so convincing as the Mirror Spock? These are the thoughts that run through Kirk's head (and the reader's) as Spock manhandles him out of the party, to his quarters, handcuffs him to the bed, and proceeds to quarters, handcuffs him to the bed, and proceeds to make wild and passionate love to him. Yes, indeedy, this part of the story is hot hot, hot!!! Kirk wakes up alone early the next morning. Then Spock enters his quarters fully dressed and acts like he doesn't know what Kirk is talking about when he starts to discuss the night before. The author keeps you guessing right until the end of the story as to which Spock was actually with Kirk the night before. At first I thought—naw, couldn't be the Mirror Spock. But the author planted just enough doubts that I started to think—hmmrn, I wonder...could it possibly be? I wasn't totally sure until the very last page.As I said, this story was really fun, with some great sex scenes. (And it had the extra added bonus of a drawing accompanying the story showing Spock sitting on Kirk's lap in a very interesting position! Kirk's face isn't really too good, but I wasn't actually looking up that high for long. Ahem.)