Lost Boy (Star Trek: TOS story by Painted Bird)
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"I have always been interested in individual reactions to stress, personal loss, or catastrophe. It is a mystery to me how some folks manage trauma that destroys others. This story is a study in that phenomena. I hope you enjoy it."
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Being an old Spock hurt/comfort fan from way back, I was pleased to discover this story as I was looking through the archive one day. I remember this author from way back. She wrote one of my favorite stories, Hour of Loving, that appeared in the print zine Naked Times 14 many years ago.
The story opens as Jim Kirk is on his way to pick up his first officer and bondmate who has been rescued from his Romulan abductors. The captain is totally on his own; the Enterprise has moved on to other duties, and in no case are the powers that be going to let Spock anywhere near their finest starship until they can ascertain whether he has been turned by the enemy. When he gets to the small, out of the way planet named Catousa, Kirk finds a stranger that wears Spock’s face. This man not only doesn’t know his mate and lover, he has no idea of his own identity or anything at all about his past life. Has Spock been broken? He doesn’t know if he has or not. Kirk has received orders to take Spock to Earth for questioning. Here Spock comes under the care of a Vulcan healer named Sarden who melds with both men in an effort to find out the truth. Little by little, in artfully constructed flashbacks, we see a bit of Spock’s past unfold.And that’s pretty much all I can tell without spoiling the story. It seems this author hasn’t lost her touch over the years. The story is well constructed and very well paced. I certainly intend to read her other offerings in the archive. 
- from The K/S Press #200