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Old November 6 2012, 09:49 PM   #1
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People Will Talk by truespock...

People Will Talk by truespock

A comfortable silence reigned in the captain's softly lighted quarters. It was just passed the start of the third shift, but the two men seated at the utilitarian desk, having long ago set aside the rapidly cooling remnants of their uninteresting dinners, were completely oblivious of the late hour--nor would they have cared if they had realized. Between them towered a massive, intricately carved glass 3-D chess set, one of the captain's most prized possessions as it had been given to him by the other man in the room, in commemoration of their having served together on the ship for twenty-five legendary years.

A small, tight smile was beginning to play around the captain's mouth as he contemplated the multi-tiered board, causing the Vulcan across the table from him to cringe inwardly. Surak help us all, thought the not quite visibly worried science officer. He's having another one of his 'human inspirations'.

As expected, the captain's next move was sudden, dramatic and game-changing. When he had completed his unorthodox disruption of his friend's meticulously planned strategy, he sat back in his chair, grinning openly now, to savor the unique mixture of ill-concealed surprise and vexation which was quickly spreading over the Vulcan's normally impassive visage.

"Captain…", the taller man began hesitantly, his apparent dread of the forthcoming discussion more than evident in his tone.

"Spock, we're off duty. Call me Jim", said the captain, pointlessly engaging in the same rote response he had so often used since the 'ancient' beginnings of their friendship.

"Jim", Spock, looking uncomfortable, began again. "I feel it is my duty to report some frankly disturbing rumors which are circulating among a small segment of the crew."

"Rumors? Such as…?", prompted the captain, tensing slightly at the sight of Spock's obvious concern.

"Rumors such as that you and I, and in some cases, Dr. McCoy, are…gay lovers.", Spock blurted, vainly trying not to look as if he had just regurgitated a mouthful of fresh, warm Klingon gagh.

"How many crewmen are participating in this rumor/", asked the captain, relaxing now that the subject of Spock's report had been revealed.

"Two percent of the crew is actively propagating this rumor, and another four to six percent are showing varying degrees of interest in it.", offered the Vulcan, apparently somewhat reassured by the equanimity with which Jim was receiving the news.

"And would these be gay crewmen by any chance?", Jim speculated aloud, knowing that his friend would have an immediate and accurate answer.

"Surprisingly, no.", continued Spock, now in his most clinical voice. "Seemingly, the overwhelming majority of this group is composed of heterosexual females."

"Well, it must certainly take an outrageously non-traditional mindset to imagine that either of US is gay!", and a fair amount of willful perversion too, the captain finished silently. "What would you suggest?"

"Do you wish me to take disciplinary action against the offending crew members?",
was the Vulcan's noncommittal response.

After a few moments consideration, Jim chose his next words carefully. "Spock, there are four-hundred and fifty men and women aboard this ship…representing every possible outlook on life that can have been thought of. We can't just begin punishing them for having ideas we aren't necessarily comfortable with, or even for discussing those ideas openly among themselves."

"We are the commanders of the finest ship in the fleet.", Jim went on, "larger than life. People are going to speculate about us, and some of those speculations are going to be downright weird."

"But don't you find it illogical to allow these wanton misperceptions about people in our positions to persist among our subordinates?", protested Spock weakly, poking one last time at the dying embers of an argument he knew he could not win.

"Trying to stop these stories is bound to make us look worse than simply ignoring them will, Spock. Nothing they can make up will ever have any real bearing on who we actually are."

The Vulcan nodded his understanding as Jim finished with a flourish, "Bottom line, my friend: It's the nature of the beast; people will talk!"

Further rumination on the subject was abandoned as the door chime sounded softly and the portal hissed open to reveal a pleasantly smiling Dr. McCoy, carrying a tray bearing a large crystal decanter of Saurian brandy and three shimmering goblets.

"Evening, gents." the newcomer spoke with an affable southern drawl. "Play the winner?"
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Old November 6 2012, 11:47 PM   #2
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As with your other 'story', I'm afraid I really can't see the purpose...
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Old November 7 2012, 12:58 AM   #3
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Re: People Will Talk by truespock...

I'll give this story the same review as the critics' two-word review of the Spinal Tap album "Shark Sandwich."

Shit Sandwich.
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Old November 7 2012, 01:15 AM   #4
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Sandoval wrote: View Post
I'll give this story the same review as the critics' two-word review of the Spinal Tap album "Shark Sandwich."

Shit Sandwich.


A little more diplomacy would be appreciated. This isn't supposed to be open season on truespock, no matter what his history is with some posters on here.
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Old November 7 2012, 01:19 AM   #5
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Fine.

Stale sandwich?
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Old November 7 2012, 01:19 AM   #6
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Re: People Will Talk by truespock...

Much better.
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Old November 7 2012, 01:21 AM   #7
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Much better.
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Old November 7 2012, 04:05 AM   #8
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Re: People Will Talk by truespock...

Taking the person that wrote it out of the equation and relying entirely on the content? Highschool level--at best--with strong undertones of homophobia that captures neither the tone or the spirit of the original series or the characters used.
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Old November 7 2012, 06:29 AM   #9
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Taking the person that wrote it out of the equation and relying entirely on the content? Highschool level--at best--with strong undertones of homophobia that captures neither the tone or the spirit of the original series or the characters used.
This.
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Old November 7 2012, 07:10 AM   #10
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Re: People Will Talk by truespock...

By the 23rd century words such as 'gay' or 'straight' would be obsolete. People would just be people with lovers/partners/mates/spouses, regardless of sex or orientation.

As for crew gossiping, the fact the CO and XO were in a relationship would be something more shocking and cause for concern (due to conflict of interest), rather than them both being the same gender.

I don't see why some people have to make writing a same sex relationship such an important thing, its just the same as a heterosexual one except both parties involved have the same equipment. The emotions involved and intensity created are just the same between man/man or woman/woman as it is with man/woman. I have no problems developing an emotional and physical relationship between my male and female characters, so I don't see why other authors have to make such a big thing about it for homosexual ones.

Just my thoughts.
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Old November 7 2012, 08:06 AM   #11
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By the 23rd century words such as 'gay' or 'straight' would be obsolete. People would just be people with lovers/partners/mates/spouses, regardless of sex or orientation.

As for crew gossiping, the fact the CO and XO were in a relationship would be something more shocking and cause for concern (due to conflict of interest), rather than them both being the same gender.

I don't see why some people have to make writing a same sex relationship such an important thing, its just the same as a heterosexual one except both parties involved have the same equipment. The emotions involved and intensity created are just the same between man/man or woman/woman as it is with man/woman. I have no problems developing an emotional and physical relationship between my male and female characters, so I don't see why other authors have to make such a big thing about it for homosexual ones.

Just my thoughts.
WhenI was reading fanfic on a regular basis (I don't anymore for a variety of reasons) I found the best slash-fics were not necessarily ones heavy on the sex but were the ones where the characters just happened to be gay and for the largest part their relationship played little to no part in the story. The writers tended to get the tone of the character and it was less about "OMG Kirk/Spock are gay!" and it was just a good Trek story first were the pairing happened to be same gender.
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Old November 7 2012, 10:03 AM   #12
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Bry_Sinclair wrote: View Post
By the 23rd century words such as 'gay' or 'straight' would be obsolete. People would just be people with lovers/partners/mates/spouses, regardless of sex or orientation.
No, there will always be words to differentiate between people. Words to differentiate between people of different colour, gender, sexual preference and so forth.

Differentiation in itself is no bad thing, I see no more problem with referring to a homosexual person as "homosexual" than I do with referring to a heterosexual person as "heterosexual".

Words used to describe the differences between people are not inherently bad and something should be done away with, differences are things to be proud of and celebrated - TREATING people differently due to those differences is where the problem lies.
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Old November 7 2012, 10:04 AM   #13
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SeerSGB wrote: View Post
Taking the person that wrote it out of the equation and relying entirely on the content? Highschool level--at best--with strong undertones of homophobia that captures neither the tone or the spirit of the original series or the characters used.
That's just a posh way of saying "shit sandwich."
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Old November 7 2012, 04:27 PM   #14
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By the 23rd century words such as 'gay' or 'straight' would be obsolete. People would just be people with lovers/partners/mates/spouses, regardless of sex or orientation.
No, there will always be words to differentiate between people. Words to differentiate between people of different colour, gender, sexual preference and so forth.

Differentiation in itself is no bad thing, I see no more problem with referring to a homosexual person as "homosexual" than I do with referring to a heterosexual person as "heterosexual".

Words used to describe the differences between people are not inherently bad and something should be done away with, differences are things to be proud of and celebrated - TREATING people differently due to those differences is where the problem lies.
Thing is, by the time of Star Trek, there will also be the interspecies aspect to relationships as well, not just gender, race or sexual preference.

There could be all new definitions if terms like "gay" and "straight" did indeed become obsolete.
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Old November 7 2012, 04:42 PM   #15
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And doubtless there may be new words to differentiate between people who have inter-species relationships, but words there will be. Grouping everyone under the same umbrella is both infeasible and unnecessary - grouping men and women as simply 'people' for example since they have no desire to be all merged into one grey, faceless group.

Likewise black people prefer to keep their own identity, gay and lesbian people prefer to keep their own identity and so on.

As I've said, no reason to think that words used to differentiate different groups of people will become obsolete.
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