Date: 01/25/2011 4:25 PM Title: Chapter 1
This is really good. I can't wait till there's a sequel (there will be a sequel I hope).
As much as Jim is in denial, I suspect Spock has it much worse. It's obvious that he already feels shame and guilt over the rape. THose cruel comments the two Klingons made to him about his looks could only deepen his insecurities too. I think Spock was trying to convince himself that it was no big deal (rape) while he was trying to fool Jim into believing so too. I wouldn't be surprised if Spock has some sort of breakdown in the next part. I can't wait to read it!
Also, I believe that Jim feels profound guilt over Spock's sacrifice and about his too easy acceptance of Spock's efforts to blow off what happened. He should feel bad for both. Poor Spock! Isolated to himself after being imprisoned and raped. And it's been going on for weeks, right? More than enough time for him to be very deeply confused and doubting of himself.
I recommend this story! Thank you to the author.
Date: 01/24/2011 5:31 PM Title: Chapter 1
damn. this one hurt so much the first time I read it, it was alone with no sequel...
the sequel is nice, but always felt a little pasted-on to me -- I dunno, mebbe it's just me, but I thought this story awesomely written and complete in itself.
I've had moments like that, where you look up into your friend's eyes and realize, oh shit, this was *such* a mistake -- and you can't take it back, things are changed forever and not for the better. lost me best friend at age 12 because I got mixed up and thought he felt the same way I did.
so, yeah. awesome story, it hurts but it's the pain of truth...
Date: 01/24/2011 5:04 AM Title: Chapter 1
This is so sad. Spock wants Jim, loves him - and was willing to be raped to protect him. Jim's feelings... I'm not sure whether he's in denial, or whether he genuinely is completely heterosexual. What a conundrum...
Great fic. I really enjoyed it a lot. I know this is marked complete, but is there any chance of a continuation/sequel?
Date: 01/24/2011 4:50 AM Title: Chapter 1
Yay! I'm so glad to finally see this posted! Hopefully since Dovya is now posting her stories here too online readers should be able to read the heartwarming sequel "Compensation" someday. By itself, The Air is The Air is a striking story, well-written and very original in its approach, a dramatic way of revealing Spock's truths to Kirk, but its ending is very bittersweet. It screams for a sequel, because we all want Kirk and Spock to be happy TOGETHER, so I'm glad that the first time I read it, it was in the zine that contained both it and the sequel back to back. Still, I love the directness of the writing in The Air is The Air, how human Kirk's reaction was to everything that happened, his doubts, his shock, his fear, his confusion. His decision to put his uniform back on when he and Spock went back to their shelter after their escape, for instance, told volumes about how completely off-balance he felt, about his need to bring things back on a familiar ground, one where he is in control and knows how things stand - even though he knew that whatever Spock might say his vision of his friend was be forever altered. And poor Spock, who sacrificed himself for his captain once more, and afraid that now he might lose even this precious friendship because of his actions.... I'm glad that McCoy came to shake up Jim and made him see it was actually rape that Spock endured, and forced Jim to think about his relationship with the Vulcan and what he wanted it to be. The ending looks rather dour, but putting all thoughts of the sequel's events aside, I like to think that he is crying for what happened to Spock, not because he thinks he can never return the interest Spock might have in him or that he'll always feel awkward with the Vulcan from then on, and that his decision about Spok could still go either way. Anyway, I consider this a K/S classic, and I hope a lot of people come to read it and ponder about it.
Date: 01/23/2011 10:09 PM Title: Chapter 1
Wow. I was hoping for a happy ending but it was not to be. I feel bad for both of them. It seems that they both lost something very precious from that ordeal. McCoy's insight and gentleness towards Spock's dilema and Jim's confusion was both surprising and touching. Could this be a reason Spock ended up going to Gol? I feel a bit blown away, which is a good thing. I like it when a story gives me a good hard shake. This one did just that.