Ó THE LIMERICK LIFE OF A SLASH FAN Î
There once was a fan named Elaine, Whose loneliness caused her great pain. Kirk was her hero- Spock was a zero. More Kirk fans she wanted to gain.
One day she opened the paper. It told of a "con" . . . a caper! She counted the days, Imagined the ways. Kirk fantasies would not fail her.
The day for the "con" finally drew. To downtown she went for the crew. Her brain was boggled . . . Her eyes were a-goggle! Her love for the "space men" just grew!
Eyes were opened, new friends were found, Treasures were bought, joy did abound. But best of all things, As rare as Jade Mings, She found flyers, for ZINES, in mounds!
The best of all was found that day. So much to choose from, she did say. Zines, zines, wondrous things, Better than gold rings. And all you did was send your pay!
Home from the con, new friends in tow, So many mem'ries, new worlds to go. Dull life was over, She was in clover, Wanted it all, no going slow.
So many flyers, so many zines, She wanted them all, ev-ry-thing! Which ones to choose first? Which ones wanted worst? Lots of choices were made that spring.
Checks were written, envelopes mailed, Lots were ordered. Now! Without fail! She paced every day, And even did pray. At last some arrived-she exhaled!
Kirk, Spock, McCoy, and Scotty too, The stories great . . . the concepts new. She read zines non-stop, 'Til ready to pop, Could not get enough of that crew.
Before too long there were stories That Kirk and Spock had big worries. Not happy as friends, They went 'round the bend! And shocked fans with sexual forays!
Elaine was stunned . . . could it be true? Her hero Kirk just longed to screw? A shocking event! Her hair she did rent, But buy some she knew she would do!
And then she learned it had a name, Nothing mundane for this new game. They said it was SLASH, It grew in a flash. Elaine would never be the same.
Her zine stash grew by leap and bound, But more slash zines had to be found. Forget food and rent, Zine checks did get sent. Addiction is what it did sound.
Then one day a cop show did air. One of them had dark curly hair. The other was blond, Of both she was fond, And suddenly true love did flair!
Never had there been such a show. The boys' glances held such a glow. The love there was plain, And never in vain. For passion between them did flow!
Elaine was in love with this crew. It caused her to wonder "Kirk who"? Her passions did shift, Kirk zines she did lift Right up to the attic they flew!
Next down came the pictures of Kirk. Up went snaps of two cops at work. Great posters were found, New friends came around, In this fandom she would not lurk.
Soon off to ZCon she did fly, So that more goodies she could buy. Adventures she had, They made her heart glad, And slash fun was had on the sly.
In those days t'was all underground. Stories and illo's did abound. But they were kept hid, Deep under a lid. To see them you must make no sound.
One year a great story by Ro, Captured Elaine's mind from the "go." She lost her good sense, Her judgment was dense, A ZINE she said let's do just so!
Friend Lucy joined in for the ride. From hard labors they did not hide. No 'puters to use, It was no excuse, And typos they did not abide!
A title it must have, with might. What could it be? Something with bite! A long name was picked, All short ones were kicked. 'Who You Know . . ." it began. Just right!
zine was a hit with the fans.
year later her mind did change.
letters and pieces of art,
passed and her passions did dim.
of Harry and Lee,
that came Vinnie and Frank,
was a slash fan extreme
so twenty years have gone by.
no better place than fandom.
is one thing she's learned through strife.
Ó Ó Î Î
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