Date: 08 Jul 2013 17:23 Title: Intersection Points - part two
And a dream within a dream? Absolutely fascinating, yes! I enjoyed this look at a possible AU, among other things. I feel the same pang of regret I think Spock no doubt does, being parted from his daughter and at distance from his mother again. I can only hope in some odd future he might regain both, though canon allows no easy answer there. Even so. Well-written, dear.
I must admit, that was not my initial intention--this was to be strictly an AU--but as the story unfolded it had its own ideas of where it should go. As usual I just hung on for dear life and let it go where it wanted. Tickled to see that the end product worked. Yes, there are positive aspects to both universes--a sense of belonging to one family as opposed to another.
Date: 08 Jul 2013 17:10 Title: Intersection Points - part one
A fascinating start of what looks like a promising AU. I like the details of Spock's life without Starfleet, T'Pring's machinations, and the way things so clearly change without Spock being there, aboard the Enterprise. I also like how he decides to forge his own path, sad as Sarek's death is, with his mother.
Yes, I think the episode "The Naked Time" clearly showed that Spock regretted some aspects of how he handled his relationship with his mother, and I can't help but feel he did that solely because Sarek would not have approved of any other choice. This represents a chance for him to begin again, and make sure she knows--even though it will be subtly expressed--just how much she means to him.
Date: 27 Apr 2013 02:49 Title: Intersection Points - part one
I love this story; it's like reading a novel. To be honest, you could probably expand a few parts, add in a little more dialogue, and sell it for publication. I'd buy it! I am impressed by how alike-and-yet-different this Spock is--he's himself, but cooler, less intense, even less conflicted, than the Spock who went into Starfleet and had his emotions provoked right and left. He's more accepting of himself, but also more distant, even from himself. It's obviously exactly the man he'd have grown into had he chosen this path, and not had Kirk and McCoy to force him to confront and experience his emotions, and I'm awed at how well and how subtly you communicate it.
There are things I wonder about...how was the Enterprise saved if Spock wasn't on board to come up with the formula? Why was there tension between Spock and Sarek if Spock made the life choices Sarek wanted? Your writing is so strong, and your characters so true, that for the most part I'm content to answer those questions by saying, "That's just the way it happened!"
Thank you, madam. I'm so pleased that you were able to see my vision - yes, he is our Spock but not quite. Less conflicted because on Vulcan there is less (i.e. events, friends, people) to stimulate his emotions so he has been able to successfully distance himself from them, and is therefore more distant from who he really is.
With the questions you had, I did try to weave answers into the plot. Perhaps I wasn't entirely successful. My first thought was, hey, this is an alternate universe; things are similar but they don't necessarily play out as an exact mirror of the original timeline. As for the Enterprise being saved, I did include a line about how they had discovered Riley had turned the engines off within the thirty-minute window that allowed for engine regeneration. That trying to find the formula was a way to prevent such a catastrophe in the future
As for Sarek, he may be pleased that his son followed the life path his father selected for him, but the underlying issue of Spock's human half would never go away entirely. I tried to show that by the fact that even though Spock was in this respected position other Vulcans still tended to judge him by how human he was. That, combined with the line about most males entering Pon Farr in their early twenties, not mid-thirties would all have been cause for concern for Sarek, and would have led to conflict between father and son.
I think we see this conflict expressed most clearly in ST:V when Sybok is examining Spock's pain. Upon his son's birth, Sarek mutters, "so human." Man, the boy was only moments old and Sarek was already finding fault with him. Really?! And just what did he expect - that his half-human son would be wholly Vulcan? There are times when I agree with nuSpock from JJ Trek when the lad asked Sarek why he married Amanda.
Sorry for the excessive ramble but as usual, your words got me thinking...;-)
Date: 14 Mar 2013 23:59 Title: Intersection Points - part one
I loved it, thought it was great. Kinda weird that I couldn't picture it as Nimoy Spock; I kept thinking it was Quinto until the very end. And T'Pring...holy cow, what a b-word.
And crazy that we had similar ideas...get out of my brains!
Thanks, TS - glad it worked. And I never thought about 'shadow' Spock being Quinto Spock, but that works. Interesting...
As for T'Pring being a b!#&% - in this sotry she is, but is that really her in the shadow world, or only Spock's subconscious impression of her? I tried to write this with many layers, each open to interpretation by the reader.
As for the idea, what can I say - great minds think alike. :D
Date: 07 Mar 2013 19:00 Title: Intersection Points - part one
A beautifully crafted story, as always - you have always had a great sense of Spock's thoughts, deeds and words. I think for most of us, we have a canon character - sometimes two - who really speaks to us. Yours is definitely Spock.
Aw shucks, thanks jespah. *blushes profusely* Spock *is* my favorite, there's no denying that, but I'm always most nervous when writing him - I guess it's the fear of getting his voice wrong...