I’m laughing so hard because Artemis is a Greek goddess of, among other things, maidenhood and archery. She is literally an aro/ace arrow ace.
she had curves in all the right places, and all the left places, also, and in places forgotten by time, and in places known only by dwarven scholars
But do you ever just get hit hard and low in the gut, an actual physical blow, by the fact that Kirk and Spock bring out the best in each other? Their relationship isn’t one of these creepy co-dependant to the point of loss of identity relationships. No, not at all. In fact they complement each other so much, in their strengths, values, ideals and interests, that they help each other to be their true selves and to see, through their appreciation, connection and love for one another, the inherent value and importance that they hold in the universe.
James T Kirk who believes his life is dispensable, who constantly puts his life in danger for his ship and crew, who has no concept of his own self worth or the value of his life, how unique he is in the universe, forced to realise that value through his relationship with Spock. Forced to understand that there is someone who is willing to do the same for him. Forced to realise that he can let go, can relinquish his steadfast barriers of independence to rely on another for love and support.
And Spock, nestled firmly in his cage of Vulcan propriety and restraint. Born of two worlds but accepted fully by neither. Then forced by this brash, brilliant and bright human to feel so very much. Forced to acknowledge that his humanity is an integral part of him, important and valuable in it’s own right. But with no expectation placed upon him to be either Vulcan or Human, just to be Spock, and all the wonder that entails. That there is nothing to be ashamed by feeling, that a feeling is sometimes all we have to go on. Carefully constructed walls of control stripped bare, but not desecrated, just rebuilt to allow the passage of humanity, allow it to occasionally breathe and glow.
These two beings of exponential intelligence and beauty, healing each others struggles to allow them to become the very best that they can be individually and yet also together, parted and yet never parted.