Whatever Thou Wouldst Crave

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Title: Whatever Thou Wouldst Crave
Author(s): islaofhope
Date(s): 2001
Length:
Genre: slash
Fandom: Star Trek: The Original Series
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Whatever Thou Wouldst Crave is a Kirk/Spock story by islaofhope.

It was published in the print zine Beyond Dreams #3.

Summary

"Kirk is attacked while giving a speech during the negotiations to admit Orion to the Federation and the list of suspects includes Sarek, who dissaproves of the link between him and Spock."

Reactions and Reviews

This story is classic Isla. An Established Relationship that's comfortable, hot and loving. The plot is fairly straightforward, but with some unexpected occurrences thrown in that takes you for a loop, and some heart-rending reading.

The sex-scenes in the beginning of the story are among the hottest I've read between Kirkand Spock in a long time, and they are very comfortable in a non-boring way. Don't know how else to describe it, but they're warm, safe and still very sexy....

The first half of the story is the only thing that feels safe though, and some of the latter part of it was very unnerving, but not in a bad way. This is as close to a death-story I would ever like to come when it deals with Kirk and Spock, that's all I have to say.

I absolutely adored Whatever Thou Wouldst Crave, up untilthe very end where I was a bit shocked. I'm not actually sure how I feel about the part that's...ah...so unusual about this story. I'll have to think about that, I believe. [1]
At first there were things about this story I liked such as Kirk and Spock as established lovers, although the characterizations are a bit off for my taste.

I don't see Spock assuming the dominant role in every intimate scene between him and Kirk as in this story. But that aside, it seemed to be interesting and well written, and I like stories with Sarek and Amanda in them too....

But...

When Spock walked into sickbay, took off his clothes and proceeded to have sex with a brain dead Kirk, I lost it I'm afraid. In my opinion, Spock is too private and dignified to do such a thing.

And later, for Kirk to joke about what Spock had done (which brought him back to life) was just so bizarre.

To be honest, I wish this story had included a warning 'cuz it's quite disturbing, the image of Spock doing such a thing to Kirk when he is basically...dead.

I guess all I can say is, different strokes for different folks. [2]
"Whatever Thou Wouldst Crave" by Islaofhope is almost fifty pages long and ends BEYOND DREAMS 3 which features several other stories about this length. This story starts with the episode "Journey to Babel" where Kirk meets Sarek and Amanda, Spock's parents. Kirk and Spock are lovers at this time. This is the K/S version of the episode with lots and lots of strange twists and turns. You really have to read this to believe what the writer ends up doing with the characters. This is definitely an a/u plot line. As long as you are not expecting this story to be "normal," then you will be all right reading it. It's really odd. And I was in the right mood for a weird story when I read it. If I hadn't, then I wouldn't have been able to read it. I do recommend it--but with the warning that it is truly a strange story. Definitely original and that's an understatement. [3]
This is a real emotional roller coaster of a story and for me, the best in the zine, although not always the easiest or most comfortable to read! It starts with Kirk being asked by Sarek to speak at a forthcoming conference (ironically being held at Babel again) regarding admittance of the Orions to the Federation. Although Kirk does not agree with Sarek’s views, he agrees, partly from a desire to please Sarek who he thinks is opposed to his bonding with Spock. What happens at the conference and after is the basis for a very heartwrenching tale, with a lot of angst along the way, for both Kirk and Spock. The section where Spock tries to come to terms with events while in Sickbay is especially well written, as are the consequences to both Kirk and Spock both then and later. It is hard to review this episode without giving away too much of the plot and spoiling it, all I can really say is that it is a wonderful exploration of their relationship, very well written and well worth reading. [4]
This is a real emotional roller coaster of a story and for me, the best in the zine, although not always the easiest or most comfortable to read! It starts with Kirk being asked by Sarek to speak at a forthcoming conference (ironically being held at Babel again) regarding admittance of the Orions to the Federation. Although Kirk does not agree with Sarek’s views, he agrees, partly from a desire to please Sarek who he thinks is opposed to his bonding with Spock. What happens at the conference and after is the basis for a very heartwrenching tale, with a lot of angst along the way, for both Kirk and Spock. The section where Spock tries to come to terms with events while in Sickbay is especially well written, as are the consequences to both Kirk and Spock both then and later. It is hard to review this episode without giving away too much of the plot and spoiling it, all I can really say is that it is a wonderful exploration of their relationship, very well written and well worth reading. [5]

References

  1. from The K/S Press #57
  2. from The K/S Press #58
  3. from The K/S Press #67
  4. from The K/S Press #113
  5. from The K/S Press #189