Reviewer: Amanda Warrington Signed
Chapter 1: None
This is a superb piece of writing, penned by one of the premier authors in K/S. It follows the first few hours after Spock regains consciousness following the fal-tor-pan. It's written in first person and, as such, gives a fascinating insight into how Spock experiences rejoining this bewildering world of existence in corporeal form.
We see, from Spock's limited perspective, Jim gently help ease his difficult and troublesome journey as his mind learns to reintegrate with both his body and conscious awareness.
What comes across in so many subtle ways is the incredible love Jim has for Spock, shown through looks, touches and the gentle and encouraging words of memories and, in turn, Spock's utter trust in Jim, his body responding to each touch by calming and centering, even when his mind doesn't understand why this being is able to bring him this much-needed inner-peace.
Jenna gives us an indication of the place Spock has left behind - no mean feat - and through Spock's emotions and limited recall, helps us understand his fear of it, and of returning to it so that we, the reader, shares in his anxiety and stress.
This is a beautiful and thought-provoking story that gives us a unique view of the deep, abiding connection - not even sundered by death - that Jim and Spock share. It's an absolute must-read.