Penname: Lil black dog [Contact]
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Member Since: 01 Feb 2009
Membership status: Administrator
Bio:

52, mother of three.  Live in PA, have been a die-hard TOS fan since I was 11 and saw my first episode 'A Private Little War'.   I'm particularly partial to the Kirk-Spock-McCoy friendship (no slash here), so most of my work centers around this.

I've had no formal training, never took writing classes, nor had a burning desire to put pen to paper since childhood.  Outside of assignments for school, I'd never written anything in my life until early 2009, when two other Trek-author friends dared me to try my hand at fan fiction - something I was convinced I simply couldn't do.

Well, apparently they knew better than me. ;-)  Since then I've penned 57 stories, with more in the works.  Just want to say thanks to two wonderful ladies who helped me discover a side of myself I never knew was there. :D

Since I've become more prolific than I ever intended, here's a list of my works, in chronological order within TOS as well as my own 'fanon':


Matters of the Vulcan Heart
In the Weeds
Betrayed
Before the Dying of the Light
Childhood's End
The Ruthless Hand of Man
The Road Less Traveled
The Best-Laid Plans
Hidden Truths
For the First Time
One Small Step
Great Expectations
Sequelae
What Lies Within
Letting Go
For the Hundredth Time
All in a Day's Work
See the Cosmos
Sleeping With the Enemy
Through the Looking Glass
Turning the Tables
Simple Gifts
Perdition's Flames
Three Sheets to the Wind
Lost
Call of Duty
The Awakening
Echoes
Our Brother's Keepers
Intersection Points
His Last Breath
Silence
Learning Curve
Precious Gift
Reflection
Aftermath
The Ties That Bind
Into the Lion's Den
Six Degrees of Separation
Into the Maelstrom
The Winds of Change
Shadows and Dust
The First Terrace of Purgatory
As I Lay Dreaming
The Family I Know
Brother of the Heart
Shiav
A Mother's Love
Secrets

AU stories - in alphabetical order:

Breakable
God Only Knows
Hell to Pay
Journey's End
The Last Full Measure
The Long Way Home
Ripples
Where I Belong


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Betrayed by Lil black dog    Rated: K      Reviews (3
Summary:

This is a companion piece to “In the Weeds,” written from T’Pring’s POV.  It has been so easy to vilify her in fandom, but did we truly understand the challenges she faced once her parents bonded her to Spock?  This is not intended to be a commentary on her behavior, but rather a look at the situation from her perspective—that of a seven-year-old who has just had her whole world turned upside down.

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Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Original Series
Characters: T'Pring
Genre: Angst, Drama
Warnings: None
Series: None
Completed: Yes    Word count: 1619    Read Count: 63
[Report This] Published: 04 Oct 2014 Updated: 04 Oct 2014
In the Weeds by Lil black dog    Rated: K+      Reviews (5
Summary:

Spock was clearly uncomfortable discussing "the birds and the bees" with Jim Kirk. Can you imagine how much more difficult that conversation would have been with his parents as a young boy? Once learning of the particulars of Pon Farr, Spock resolves to face it in a way that will make both his betrothed and his parents proud of him.  A Spock childhood story.

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Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Original Series
Characters: Grayson, Amanda, Sarek, Spock
Genre: Angst, Family
Warnings: None
Challenges: September Challenge: On My Word...
Series: None
Completed: Yes    Word count: 3925    Read Count: 71
[Report This] Published: 20 Sep 2014 Updated: 20 Sep 2014
Hidden Truths by Lil black dog, Gatekeeper    Rated: K+      Reviews (4
Summary:

When the Endurance encounters a terrifyingly strong unseen enemy while on a routine patrol, Commander Dar Thavalan, the ship’s CMO, is forced to take command.  Severely injured in the ensuing firefight, she is nursed back to health by a newly-minted Starfleet doctor.

 She is determined to have Starfleet Command investigate the incident and identify the unknown assailant in order to protect other Federation vessels from this invisible foe, but Command is just as determined to sweep the entire incident under the rug.

Written for the TToT 2014 Collaboration Station.

 


Chapters: 2    Table of Contents
Categories: Original Series
Characters: McCoy, Leonard (Bones), Thavalan, Dar (Dee)
Genre: Drama, Friendship
Warnings: None
Series: None
Completed: Yes    Word count: 10815    Read Count: 225
[Report This] Published: 22 Jun 2014 Updated: 22 Jun 2014
God Only Knows by Lil black dog, Mackenzie Calhoun    Rated: T      Reviews (6
Summary:

This is a companion piece to Mackenzie Calhoun’s brilliant “When I Grow Up (To Be a Man)” and was written for the TToT 2014 Steal All the Toys challenge.  Thanks, Mac, for letting me play in this universe for just a little while.

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Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Original Series
Characters: Mitchell, Gary
Genre: Alternate Universe, Angst, Family, Tragedy
Warnings: Adult Situations
Series: Gary Mitchell-Lifeguard
Completed: Yes    Word count: 1568    Read Count: 144
[Report This] Published: 01 Jun 2014 Updated: 01 Jun 2014
Great Expectations by Lil black dog    Rated: K      Reviews (89
Summary:

A view of Chapel, on her first day aboard the Enterprise, through the eyes of the seven main characters in TOS.

This will serve as a companion piece to my story "One Small Step," which details Chapel's first day as a member of the crew of the Enterprise.

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Chapters: 7    Table of Contents
Categories: Original Series
Characters: Chapel, Christine, Chekov, Pavel, Kirk, James T., McCoy, Leonard (Bones), Scott, Montgomery (Scotty), Spock, Sulu, Hikaru, Uhura, Nyota
Genre: Friendship, General
Warnings: None
Series: None
Completed: Yes    Word count: 3372    Read Count: 1061
[Report This] Published: 19 May 2014 Updated: 24 May 2014
The Ruthless Hand of Man by Lil black dog    Rated: T      Reviews (12
Summary:

This story explores a very dark day in the life of a young Jim Kirk, the event that forever changed his outlook on life, and helped to mold him into the man he eventually became.  Written for the ‘Innocence’ challenge.


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Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Original Series
Characters: Kirk, James T.
Genre: Angst, Family, Tragedy
Warnings: Adult Situations
Challenges: April Challenge - Innocence
Series: None
Completed: Yes    Word count: 1467    Read Count: 180
[Report This] Published: 20 Apr 2014 Updated: 20 Apr 2014
Summary:

What made a ten-year-old Spock flee his home three days ago, and what punishment will his parents mete out upon his return?  An expansion of my free write for “Downtime.”  Written for the “Dying of the Light” challenge.

Chapters for a young Kirk and young McCoy now up as promised.

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Chapters: 3    Table of Contents
Categories: Original Series
Characters: Kirk, James T., McCoy, Leonard (Bones), Spock
Genre: Angst, Family, Humor, Tragedy
Warnings: Adult Situations
Series: None
Completed: Yes    Word count: 4492    Read Count: 502
[Report This] Published: 23 Mar 2014 Updated: 29 Mar 2014
Matters of the Vulcan Heart by Lil black dog    Rated: K+      Reviews (3
Summary: Past Featured Story

A seven-year-old Spock reflects on the most significant holiday of the Vulcan people,”Gad Kaunsh’es,”and reaches a decision about his future.  Written for the February ‘Alien Holiday’ challenge.
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Winner: Alien Holidays Challenge 


Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Original Series
Characters: Grayson, Amanda, Spock
Genre: Angst, Family
Warnings: None
Challenges: February Challenge - Alien Holidays
Series: None
Completed: Yes    Word count: 3471    Read Count: 231
[Report This] Published: 23 Feb 2014 Updated: 23 Feb 2014
Echoes by Lil black dog    Rated: T      Reviews (1
Summary:

This is an immediate sequel to “Call of Duty,” and a companion piece to “The Awakening.”  Kirk and Spock find themselves stranded 2,000 years in Vulcan’s past.  Spock is racing against time to make repairs to the shuttlecraft, their only means to return to the future, before a mysterious infection claims Kirk’s life. 


It will stand on its own, but will be a richer story if the events portrayed in those two pieces are fully understood.


Chapters: 9    Table of Contents
Categories: Original Series
Characters: Ensemble Cast - TOS, Kirk, James T., McCoy, Leonard (Bones), Scott, Montgomery (Scotty), Spock
Genre: Action/Adventure, Angst, Friendship
Warnings: Adult Language
Series: None
Completed: Yes    Word count: 21914    Read Count: 2106
[Report This] Published: 13 Feb 2014 Updated: 17 Feb 2014
Simple Gifts by Lil black dog    Rated: K      Reviews (5
Summary:

Sometimes it's the simple gifts in life that mean the most.  A few days late, but December is a notoriously busy month for me.  Happy holidays everyone! :D

Written for the "Favorite Things" challenge.

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Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Original Series
Characters: Kirk, Peter, Kirk, Winona
Genre: Angst, Family, Holidays
Warnings: None
Series: None
Completed: Yes    Word count: 3749    Read Count: 162
[Report This] Published: 28 Dec 2013 Updated: 28 Dec 2013
Shiav by Lil black dog    Rated: K      Reviews (7
Summary:

Spock remembers the person who had the greatest influence on his life.  It's someone you wouldn't expect.

Winner: Remembrance Challenge

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Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Original Series
Characters: Kirk, James T., Spock
Genre: Family, Friendship
Warnings: None
Series: None
Completed: Yes    Word count: 3952    Read Count: 210
[Report This] Published: 22 Nov 2013 Updated: 22 Nov 2013
For the First Time by Lil black dog    Rated: K      Reviews (8
Summary:

Leila Kalomi and Spock met six years before ‘This Side of Paradise’ on Earth.  She freely admitted that she fell in love with him, but what did Spock feel?  This is the story of that meeting.

Conceived about a year ago, but written/completed for the 'Expansion' challenge.

 

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Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Original Series
Characters: Spock
Genre: Angst, Romance
Warnings: None
Series: None
Completed: Yes    Word count: 6327    Read Count: 231
[Report This] Published: 17 Sep 2013 Updated: 17 Sep 2013
The Best-Laid Plans by Lil black dog    Rated: K+      Reviews (3
Summary:

The liquid scorched its way down, laying a fleeting truce with the pain, the suffering, and the memories that had caused them, providing the brief illusion of relief from the towering regret that teetered invisibly on his shoulders.

Written for the free write 'Drinking to Forget.'


Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Original Series
Characters: McCoy, Leonard (Bones)
Genre: Angst, Family
Warnings: Adult Situations
Series: None
Completed: Yes    Word count: 1584    Read Count: 264
[Report This] Published: 06 Sep 2013 Updated: 06 Sep 2013
For the Hundredth Time by Lil black dog    Rated: K+      Reviews (10
Summary:

Written for the free write 'For the Hundredth Time.'  The only stipulation was that we include that as the first line of the story.

McCoy does have a knack for finding trouble.  Total crack, so read at your own risk.  Hell if I know where this came from...


Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Original Series
Characters: Kirk, James T., McCoy, Leonard (Bones), Spock
Genre: Friendship, Humor
Warnings: None
Series: None
Completed: Yes    Word count: 1288    Read Count: 369
[Report This] Published: 21 Jul 2013 Updated: 21 Jul 2013
Turning the Tables by Lil black dog    Rated: K+      Reviews (6
Summary:

A view of the Denevan parasites through the eyes of someone you wouldn't expect. Can't say more without giving too much away. If this intrigues, you'll just have to read it to satisfy your curiosity. ;-) One needs a working knowledge of the TOS episode 'Operation—Annihilate' to understand this piece. Inspired by the free write 'In Your Dreams.'


Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Original Series
Characters: None
Genre: Angst, Family
Warnings: None
Series: None
Completed: Yes    Word count: 1856    Read Count: 285
[Report This] Published: 03 Jul 2013 Updated: 03 Jul 2013
One Small Step by Lil black dog    Rated: K+      Reviews (5
Summary:

Christine Chapel's first day aboard the Enterprise was not without its highs ... and lows.
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Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Original Series
Characters: Chapel, Christine, Kirk, James T., McCoy, Leonard (Bones), Scott, Montgomery (Scotty), Spock, Uhura, Nyota
Genre: General, Humor
Warnings: None
Series: None
Completed: Yes    Word count: 4486    Read Count: 491
[Report This] Published: 29 Jun 2013 Updated: 29 Jun 2013
Childhood's End by Lil black dog    Rated: T      Reviews (56
Summary:

An answer to the Twelve Trials of Triskelion ficlet challenge.  These are small milestones from the life of Leonard McCoy, some incredibly sad, others uplifting, that helped to shape the man he became, from his career choice to his gruff, curmudgeonly exterior.

Edit 6/20/13:  I've added a new chapter, called 'Salvation,' that fits between 'Possibilities' and 'The Best of Times.'


Chapters: 9    Table of Contents
Categories: Original Series
Characters: McCoy, Leonard (Bones)
Genre: Angst, Drama, Family, Tragedy
Warnings: Adult Situations
Series: None
Completed: Yes    Word count: 4642    Read Count: 3675
[Report This] Published: 20 May 2013 Updated: 20 Jun 2013
Intersection Points by Lil black dog    Rated: T      Reviews (5
Summary:

 

The friendship of Jim Kirk and Spock of Vulcan is the stuff of legend.  But how would Spock’s life have been different if he had never joined Starfleet, instead following the wishes of his father and accepting a position at the Vulcan Science Academy?  Spock, T'Pring, Amanda, I'Chaya, OC.

Winner: Paths Not Taken Challenge
Chapters: 2    Table of Contents
Categories: Original Series
Characters: Grayson, Amanda, Spock
Genre: Angst, Family
Warnings: Adult Situations
Series: None
Completed: Yes    Word count: 11557    Read Count: 697
[Report This] Published: 07 Mar 2013 Updated: 07 Mar 2013
Into the Lion's Den by Lil black dog    Rated: T      Reviews (8
Summary:

When a shuttle carrying McCoy and Spock crashes on a hostile world, things don't look good for them.  Will the Enterprise find them in time?

This is a continuation of my free write for Trek Tech and fits into my 'Learning Curve' story arc.  It touches on McCoy's growing concerns about the link between Kirk and Spock, and fits in between 'The Ties That Bind' and 'Six Degrees of Separation.'


Chapters: 2    Table of Contents
Categories: Original Series
Characters: Kirk, James T., McCoy, Leonard (Bones), Spock
Genre: Angst, Drama, Friendship
Warnings: Adult Language, Adult Situations
Series: None
Completed: Yes    Word count: 9642    Read Count: 1043
[Report This] Published: 10 Feb 2013 Updated: 10 Feb 2013
Perdition's Flames by Lil black dog    Rated: K+      Reviews (4
Summary:

There had to be more fallout between Kirk and Spock in the wake of Amok Time than we ever saw on screen.  After all, one isn’t almost strangled to death by your best friend – or almost strangles your best friend to death – without repercussions, right?  In sickbay both were still shell-shocked by how things had turned out, but what happened later, when each had time to really think about what had transpired?  Each would have their own hurdles and emotional baggage to overcome. How could either learn to trust the other – or himself – ever again?

 


Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Original Series
Characters: Kirk, James T., McCoy, Leonard (Bones), Spock
Genre: Angst, Friendship
Warnings: None
Series: None
Completed: Yes    Word count: 6100    Read Count: 508
[Report This] Published: 13 Dec 2012 Updated: 13 Dec 2012
Letting Go by Lil black dog    Rated: K+      Reviews (6
Summary:

Letting go of the past (or present) can be difficult for some; next to impossible for others...just ask Kevin Riley.


Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Original Series
Characters: Kirk, James T., McCoy, Leonard (Bones)
Genre: Angst, Friendship
Warnings: None
Series: None
Completed: Yes    Word count: 3999    Read Count: 298
[Report This] Published: 10 Nov 2012 Updated: 10 Nov 2012
The First Terrace of Purgatory by Lil black dog    Rated: K+      Reviews (8
Summary:

I know this has been done to death, but this is my spin on what Kirk felt during Spock’s death in TWOK, and how it fits with my personal canon.  Essentially a H/C piece, heavy on the hurt, with virtually no comfort.


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Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Original Series
Characters: Kirk, James T., Spock
Genre: Angst, Friendship
Warnings: Character Death
Series: None
Completed: Yes    Word count: 1183    Read Count: 346
[Report This] Published: 27 Aug 2012 Updated: 27 Aug 2012
The Awakening by Lil black dog    Rated: T      Reviews (11
Summary:

As a young boy struggles to find his place in the world, a chance encounter sets his feet on a path that will ultimately change the course of his planet's history.  Sorry, can't say anything else without giving too much away. ;-)

Winner: A Page from History Challenge
Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Original Series
Characters: Spock
Genre: Angst, Drama, Friendship
Warnings: None
Series: None
Completed: Yes    Word count: 4306    Read Count: 406
[Report This] Published: 28 Jul 2012 Updated: 28 Jul 2012
Sleeping With the Enemy by Lil black dog    Rated: K+      Reviews (8
Summary:

This is a follow-on to the TOS episode 'Errand of Mercy' - non-AU this time, I promise.  The Organians may have put an end to the fleet-wide Federation/Klingon war, but what if a day later Kirk and Kor were thrust together into a life-or-death situation?  Would the two be able to transcend their differences and work together in order to survive?  Written for the 'Friends and Enemies' challenge.

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Chapters: 3    Table of Contents
Categories: Original Series
Characters: Ensemble Cast - TOS, Kirk, James T., McCoy, Leonard (Bones), Spock
Genre: Action/Adventure, Drama
Warnings: None
Series: None
Completed: Yes    Word count: 15298    Read Count: 1373
[Report This] Published: 18 Jun 2012 Updated: 19 Jun 2012
Secrets by Lil black dog    Rated: K      Reviews (5
Summary:

This is an immediate sequel to ‘A Mother’s Love’ (so it would be best to read that story first) and was inspired by the free write entitled ‘Of Sock Drawers.’  What does Spock keep in his ‘sock drawer’?  Certainly not what you’d expect.  The story is peppered with allusions to some of my other works, as well as TOS episodes and movies.  Understanding all of those really isn’t necessary, but does add some emotional weight to the piece.

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Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Original Series
Characters: Spock
Genre: Angst, Drama, Family, Friendship
Warnings: None
Series: None
Completed: Yes    Word count: 2195    Read Count: 375
[Report This] Published: 09 Jun 2012 Updated: 09 Jun 2012