Wednesday's Child

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Title: Wednesday's Child
Author(s): Debbie Bryant
Date(s): 1983
Genre: slash
Fandom: Star Trek: The Original Series
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Wednesday's Child is a Kirk/Spock story by Debbie Bryant.

It was published in the print zine Matter/Antimatter #3/4.

It has a sequel called Bitter Circle.


"After Deneva, Kirkʼs mother shows up demanding custody of Peter but Kirk fights her, refusing to allow Peter to endure a childhood like his."

Reactions and Reviews

[comments on both "Bitter Circle" and "Wednesday's Child"]: Seeing Kirk's mother portrayed as mean, deceitful and abusive is discomforting to me. Yet, I am fully aware that overcoming such parental influence can create a strong and determined individual, so perhaps it is not so inconceivable after all. Both these stories deal with such a concept and are very interrelated, the latter being a sequel.

Kirk reacts much as any of us would to his mother's unexpected reappearance after many years. He is not happy she has come to take custody of his nephew Peter after Deneva and he is not pleased of this living reminder of unhappy times. The classic desire to please is most evident in spite of ail this. We always try much harder to win the favor of a parent who has withheld their love and acceptance and the writer makes this struggle very evident and painfully realistic.

Spock is supportive, even angry at times, but there is less interaction than most of us would like to find in such a situation. He wants to be protective but is ever-cognizant of his proper place in the exchanges between mother and son.

My instinct is to call the first story "not Kirk and Spock", but given these particular circumstances and this kind of family history, perhaps the reaction is not so difficult to understand. I would have liked to see Spock fiercely protective rather than maintaining his distance.

There is not a great deal of what we expect from K/S in either of these entries. The second one deals with an injured Kirk, taking shore leave with Spock (a nice touch) to recover from a head injury. Mom shows up again to upset whatever might have been gained by the interlude, and this time Spock's instincts toward his t'hy'la are more evident. Again, it is an extremely uncomfortable ordeal and this time Kirk is not up to it physically. Hurt abounds, but comfort is not lacking. A lot of thought and soul dredging has gone into these stories and it shows in every line. [1]
A chilling tale. Excellent psychology. A mother hating her son. I can’t begin to imagine the open wounds Kirk must live with, the raw scar tissue he has inside. It isn’t an uplifting story but it isn’t a doomsday one either. Kirk will find the strength somewhere to go on, crippled, yes, but he’ll go on. I’d love to read a sequel. [2]


  1. from The K/S Press #59
  2. from The K/S Press #40