Reviewer: Anna Amuse Signed
Chapter 1: What You Love
I cannot begin to describe how good this story is. Not that there's any need, everyone who read it knows it. But it still feels incredible on so many levels that I can't contain my admiration within. Sorry. ;-)
Your characterization is so freaking perfect, I feel like the rest of us should simply pack up our quills and surrender the field. It is amazing. Kirk comes in truer here than he does in the series, and with the same streak of brilliance from the best episodes. Spock is just... Spock. The two of them together, the interactions, the dialogues, the connection, it's all blazing with sheer genius. You can't write like that on thought, you have to feel it. You do. The scene at the pool with reaching out was the quintessence of that feeling.
This is a most disturbing episode, yes. I always wondered why it wasn't rated. I am a grown woman and I have trouble watching some of the scenes there. The scene in particular. And even though it show cases what is truest in Kirk and Spock, it's still painful to watch. I loved the job you did with the rest of the crew here. It's the hallmark of the true author, this precision with details, this willingness to create a world around the characters, not just a bed to push them into.
This story is simply superb. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for writing it.