Set just after Into Darkness.
Several days ago, the colony on the sweltering planet of Tau Ceti stopped all communications.
Unable to cope with the heat, Kirk sends down two more capable crew members to investigate - Spock, and to Spock's horror a young communications lieutenant who is half betaziod, an empath capable of reading his otherwise carefully guarded emotions.
When the pair do not return, Kirk is forced to decide what to do to save his oldest friend.
Warnings: Moderate gore; pain; hurt/comfort; smut; sex; scary things. No archive warnings apply.
Categories: Works in Progress
Characters: Chekov, McCoy, Sulu, Uhura
Crossover Fandom: None
Genres: K/S plus K/other or S/other, Kirk/Spock Pre-Slash, Kirk/Spock Slash
Other Languages: None
Specific movie: None
Story Type: Action/Plot, Angst, First Time, Hurt/Comfort
Trope (OPTIONAL): Hurt Kirk, Hurt Spock, Pon Farr
Universe: Abrams Universe
Warnings: Caveat lector/Choose Not to Warn, Dubious consent, Explicit violence
Chapters: 68 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 120542 Read Count: 43206