[[http://www.ksarchive.com/viewstory.php?sid=416 Sensate Focus]] is a ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' FanFic written by Lyrastar. Notable in that it is one of the few post "[[HoYay Amok Time]]" {{Slash Fic}}s to feature more plot than sex.

After the events of Amok Time, the Enterprise heads to Altair VI too late for its new president's inauguration, but in time for Kirk and Spock to attend the victory banquet celebrating the reunification of Altair VI and Altair V. The residents of Altair V are mute telepaths. Kirk and Spock are joined by another Starfleet ship, captained by one of Kirk's old instructors, Tanner [=McElhannon=].

The newly-inaugurated Altair VI president Wyddick warns Kirk and Spock that a radical faction of Altair V residents has been stirring up trouble. Captain [=McElhannon=] disagrees, and tells Kirk that of that faction, the three he's met have claimed that the "Sixers" from Altair VI have been keeping the "Fivers" from Altair V as slaves.

At the banquet, the faction of Fivers attacks, killing a RedShirt, and demands that Wyddick be surrendered and executed. Fortunately, the weapons the Fiver faction is using need to be near a heat source to function, and by turning off the kitchen ovens, Kirk and Spock incapacitate the weapons. The Fivers who attacked are taken prisoner, and Kirk and Spock demand that they're kept on board the Enterprise, and that TheFederation be allowed to prosecute them. The Sixers protest, but allow them to take the prisoners.

Kirk notices that Spock has been able to communicate with Kirk telepathically without a mind meld, which Spock has ever been able to do before. After Kirk's asking him, Spock admits that after the [[MindLinkMates bond he had with T'Pring was severed on Vulcan, his mind and Kirk's formed a bond.]]

Kirk attends the funeral of the RedShirt, and afterwards, Kirk is taken to Sickbay to treat the burns he received fighting the Fiver faction. Under the influence of a drug, Kirk has an EroticDream about Spock. Back in his quarters, Spock has the same dream about Kirk.

Afterward, Kirk and Spock discuss the new link between them, and Kirk proposes marriage to Spock. Spock warns that Vulcans are {{Asexual}} outside of [[MateOrDie Pon Farr]], which doesn't change Kirk's decision. They speculate that Spock still may have sexual desires, which are repressed along with Spock's other emotions. Kirk and Spock decide they have no choice but to ask [=McCoy=] for help on overcoming Spock's frigidity. [=McCoy=] recommends the [[TitleDrop sensate focus]] technique, which allows two people to ease into touching each other, without having sex at first. After [=McCoy=] leaves, Kirk and Spock try the technique, which works perfectly.
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!! This Fan Fic provides examples of:
%%* {{Asexuality}} - Subverted.
%%* BetaCouple[=/=]ShipTease - Chekov and Sulu
* {{Brainwashed}} - [[spoiler:The Sixers are doing this to the Fivers.]]
%%* ChandlersLaw - The [[spoiler:Klingon attack at the end]].
%%* DisabilitySuperpower - The Fivers are a whole race of mute telepaths.
* EroticDream - Kirk and Spock, as mentioned in the synopsis.
* FantasticArousal - Kirk and Spock share Vulcan kisses (consisting of touching two fingers) at multiple points in the story.
%%* FetishFuel - See "MentalAffair".
* GoodAllAlong - [[spoiler:The rebel Fivers]]
%%* GushingAboutShowsYouLike - Liable to cause this.
%%* HomoeroticDream - [[SlashFic Well, duh.]]
* IUhYouToo
-->'''Kirk:'''Oh, and Spock, one more thing.\\
Spock turned. Jim focused his thoughts. Spock gave a tiny smile and inclined his head in a nod. Spock stepped back to touch their fingers one last time.\\
'''Spock:''' And I you, Jim.\\
And I you.
%%* TheKirk - Characterized perfectly.
%%* {{Lemon}} - At the end.
%%* TheMcCoy - Characterized perfectly.
* MentalAffair - Spock states that using their telepathic bond "is an intimacy on par with human marital sexual relations." Later on in the fic, this happens.
-->''Spock let the link swing open between them. Jim felt himself falling, falling into some endless ocean. Then Spock was there, around him, through him, in him. He reached out -- no, he reached within himself -- and embraced the essence that was there and the two were one, then two again.''
* MindlinkMates - Kirk and Spock become an example of this, being lovers with a telepathic link.
%%* NoPartyLikeADonnerParty - Wyddick suggests this happens in the rebel Fiver faction.
%%* OriginalFlavor
%%* OriginalCharacter - Lots.
%%* {{OOC}} - Utterly {{Averted}}.
%%* ProudWarriorRaceGuy - the Klingon attack.
%%* RedShirt
* SlashFic - Featuring the TropeNamer.
%%* TheSpock - Characterized perfectly
%%* TalkingInYourDreams - Kirk and Spock
* TitleDrop - [=McCoy's=] mention of the Sensate Focus technique functions as this.