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Reviewer: newaunty Signed [Report This]
Date: 30 Jul 2013 16:46 Title: Epilogue

Yes! The last chapter should definitely be here, it adds so much poignance, and makes their deaths real by showing their friends.
I was expecting McCoy to find faint life signs and miraculously revive them - huge kudos for not going down that path!
This is a lovely story (well, except for the torture, but you know what I mean) - thank you so much for posting it here.

Author's Response:

Thank you!  So glad you enjoyed it - well, appreciated it anyway given the nature of the story.  I just couldn't bring myself to find a miraculous way to save them once the story took that turn.  It would have felt like a cop-out.  And thanks for the positive vote on the epilogue - it's here because, like you, I felt it was needed.

Welcome to the site, by the way! :D

Reviewer: trekfan Signed [Report This]
Date: 25 Nov 2012 21:16 Title: Epilogue

Wow. ... I have mixed emotions about this. I don't know if I can ever see Kirk giving up but if there was ever a scenario where he would, it would be the one described here. It was heartwrenching to read and the epilogue, where McCoy is the last one left ... it screams lonely. He's it.

I don't know if you ever plan to follow up on McCoy, but I'd like to know what happens to him ... being the last of the big three left, I don't know where he goes without Kirk and Spock.

Author's Response:

Thanks.  As a diehard K&S&M fan, this was extremely difficult for me to write from an emotional standpoint.  As I've said to other reviewers below, I don't see this as Kirk giving up-if he had he would have given in to Kor's demands-but as a way to beat the no-win scenario on his own terms.  It may have cost the two their lives, but allowed Kirk to not be forced to compromise his principles-a victory to his mind.

Funny you should ask about McCoy, for several others did, too, so the tale of those left behind continues in 'The Long Way Home.'

Reviewer: Strider Signed [Report This]
Date: 30 May 2012 07:50 Title: Epilogue

I don't think the story needed an epilogue, but I always appreciate time with Bones and Scotty. It's good to get the doctor's objective view of their end.

Author's Response:

Again, it's still a 50-50 split for and against.  My reasoning was even though we tend to think of K&S as a unit, they really are a triad, their relationship to one another influenced by each of their individual friendships with McCoy.  I simply couldn't take that bold step of killing them off without showing how if affected McCoy.  If only I'd had a clue at the time that there'd be a sequel...;-)

Reviewer: Mistral Signed [Report This]
Date: 08 Mar 2012 20:41 Title: Epilogue

You made the right decision. McCoy as the Observer summarized the situation perfectly.

Author's Response:

Thanks, Mistral.  I felt it was vitally important to get his view/opinion on what happened, so that's why I ultimately included the epilogue.  They are a triad after all, so we needed to see how it impacted him, as well as the rest of the crew.

Several people have asked me for a sequel, showing just that, so one is in the works.

Great.  3-3 split, for and against. :O

Reviewer: Ln X Signed Liked [Report This]
Date: 28 Feb 2012 22:00 Title: Epilogue

Wow! I've barely even seen TOS or known that well the characters, but this was classic tragedy stuff! The epilogue is perfect as you took the bold decision to bump off Kirk and Spock. I like it that Kirk and Spock did some sort of ritual suicide together.

If you had Kirk finally relenting, and then Kor bumping off Spock and Kirk that would have been a good way to kill them off as well. But the important thing is you killed the big two off, and made the story really powerful. I have to admit I am genuinely impressed, and I'll taking note of your writing style with my stories.

Killing Kirk and Spock sealed this story the five stars I'm about to give to it. Well done, and these more political slash action/adventure stories I think have more oomph to them. This is one of those few stories in this site that have soul; that are not just a collection of chapters and words, but are stories in their own right. With story you achieved that.

Author's Response:

Gosh Ln X, I'm truly humbled by that bit of praise.  I know you're not a TOS guy, nor are emotional, character-driven stories your thing, so if I've managed to make you feel so deeply for Kirk & Spock with this piece, then I've accomplished something indeed. :D

As for Kirk relenting, I simply couldn't do that - it would have been too OOC for him to bow to the pressure and give in to Kor's demands.  Changing the parameters of a given situation to suit his needs is his trademark - a character trait I was unwilling to mess with. ;-)

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