A Vulcan's Lament
|Title:||A Vulcan's Lament|
|Fandom:||Star Trek: The Original Series|
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It was published in the print zine First Time #52.
"After the koonakalifee, Kirk wakes Spock from a nightmare of Kirkʼs death and demands that Spock put back the link between them that was broken when Spock thought he had died."
Reactions and Reviews
My imagination was completely captured by the two page poem depicting Vulcan funeral rites which led into this story. Very moving and haunting. It is clear we see the pyre through Spock's tear clouded eyes, and startling when we realize it is Kirk's body about to be sacrificed to the flames.
I was relieved to see that explanation was due in the form of the short story which followed. It, too, grips the reader from the beginning. When Kirk finds Spock in tears from the effects of a dream, he questions his grief-stricken friend and asks him if his Pon Farr is not yet over (they have just returned from the events of Amok Time). Spock responds "As over as it will ever be for me." The despair is palpable, the tone of the statement so realistically Spock, that it is very convincing. I love that line. All tension is resolved wondrously, represented by this closing line which tells us Spock, now content, will "...sleep, huddled against the strong body that held his heart."Sigh. 
- from The K/S Press #71