Those Who Favor Fire (Star Trek: TOS story by Lezlie Shell)

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K/S Fanfiction
Title: Those Who Favor Fire
Author(s): Lezlie Shell
Date(s): 1982
Genre: slash
Fandom: Star Trek: The Original Series
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Those Who Favor Fire is a K/S story by Lezlie Shell.

It was published in the print zine Out of Bounds, Too.


"A/U. Kirk is unaware that Spock is slowly going mad after his divorce from T'Pring and that he plans to make Kirk his own anyway he has to."

Reactions and Reviews

I was hooked into this story from the first few lines. It is a Spock POV, but from the very beginning I realized that this was not a Spock with which I was comfortable. As the story unfolds the author convincingly portrays an increasingly erratic and often unpleasant, Spock. I kept reading even as I was disturbed by this characterization of Spock. Kirk’s actions and reactions to Spock’s behavior are exactly what I would predict. McCoy is also used effectively. The ending clarified everything in a believable manner. For those who like skillfully written K/S that does not end especially happily, try this story. [1]
What a wonderfully chilling story. As much as I don't care for the premise I can't deny its effectiveness. Spock's easy manipulation of Kirk is skillfully drawn with a slow build-up that culminates in a shattering climax. The seduction scene is powerful- I could just see Kirk falling under Spock's spell. When McCoy figures out what is going on, I could understand his frustration at Kirk's refusal to believe him. And the doctor's explanation of the cause of Spock's descent into insanity had me nodding in agreement - human and Vulcan being like matter and anti-matter. I can't say that I really enjoyed this story in the usual sense mainly because I like the happy endings, but I have to admit that the author makes Spock's insanity all-too-believable. [2]
Spock is insane. Those glimpses into his insanity are scary as hell, especially because it all seems so logical. [3]


  1. from The K/S Press #25
  2. from The LOC Connection #11
  3. from The K/S Press #31