This One's for You
|Star Trek Fanfiction|
|Title:||This One's for You|
|Author(s):||Tere Ann Roderick|
|Fandom:||Star Trek: The Original Series|
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It was published in the print zine As I Do Thee #1.
"Shows a whole Spock who fully accepts both sides of his heritage - human and Vulcan."
"Admiral Kirk gets a summons to Vulcan from its Ambassador, only to be confronted by Spock who left him four years earlier."
Reactions and Reviews
'This One's For You" is much less successful [than the other story by her in this zine]. Tere is trying to show a whole Spock who fully accepts both sides of his heritage - human and Vulcan. Writers who do this are walking a tightrope. It is a difficult feat to pull off convincingly. Unfortunately, Tere's Spock in 'This One's For You" is too human. He abandons too much of his Vulcan identity to be considered an integrated Spock. I also thought there was too much dialogue in the story. It is certainly the weakest in the zine. 
I have to believe in the characters, otherwise the names could be interchangeable with any other "/" couple that could be dreamed up and that is not what I read Trek for. Like Carol Frisbie, I believe the genuine magic to lie between Kirk and Spock. A case in point is "This One's For You" by Tere Ann Roderick. This is an intense story set, I think, four years after the end of the five year mission. Kirk is now an Admiral, still harbouring bitterness over what he sees as Spock's earlier desertion of him. They come face to face at a meeting engineered by Spock. I enjoyed this story in parts but it was spoilt for me by Spock's totally uncharacteristic behavior and patterns of speech, in particular his swearing, and Kirk's equally loud and invective filled replies. As far as I remember, when Kirk is really upset he goes very quiet and my overall impression was that with the names and a few details changed, this story would fit any "/" pairing.