Love Letters

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Title: Love Letters
Author(s): Emily Adams
Date(s): 1994
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Genre: slash
Fandom: Star Trek: The Original Series
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Love Letters is a Kirk/Spock story by Emily Adams.

art by Deeb

It was published in the print zine KaleidoScope #2.

Summary

"A letter left in one of Kirk's books begins a comedy of confusion for its sender, its recipient, Kirk and Spock."

Reactions and Reviews

The author prefaces her story by stating that she took the idea from a movie called "My Secret Admirer". She really didn't have to excuse herself since this is one of those classic themes in literature and certainly not the sole dominion of that movie. And she did a wonderful job of using that theme.

This is an absolutely delightful story, filled with Ms. Adams' signature wit, love and tender feelings. But soppy, it's not. As the title suggests, the story concerns love letters and the mystery that is eventually unwoven.

That's all you need to know of this direct, light and fun story. I can only wish that somehow, some way, we could have gotten a glimpse of the love poem that Spock wrote to his captain! Oh boy. I'd give a year's worth of zines to have seen that! [1]
I sure don't mind the author having "lifted" this story idea from a movie. I'm glad she did; it's a wonderful idea. I thoroughly enjoyed tripping through this tangled web. And it was flawlessly written—clear, smooth, no missteps. I liked how we get all the different characters' POV's, and in the most readable way: one scene, one POV.

An anonymous love letter from Jon to the captain's yeoman goes astray. Spock thinks it's from Kirk; Kirk thinks it's from his yeoman. And then the response goes astray also, and it gets even more convoluted. I was just delighted at every turn; a comedy of errors.

I love all of Spock's reasoning about what this letter means, thinking it's from Kirk to him. His perfect logic; dissecting every aspect of it, and observing the progression of his own feelings along with these discoveries about Kirk, so he thinks. And when he can't seem to get anything out of Kirk about the letter, or about his own response to it—because Kirk knows nothing about it—then he starts going a little nuts, questioning his interpretations of everything. Poor Spock.

Emily, you must know that we all were just dying to read the love-sonnet Spock wrote!

Meanwhile, the real writer and recipient of the original letter, theirs is a sweet story; and they are very likeable people.

Kirk realizes Spock has been acting different—close, caring. I love: "How could Kirk help but love someone who felt this strongly about him and was willing to say so?"

"...not knowing which way this conversation would go." I wondered if the author, at this point in writing the story, did not know which way this conversation was going to go. I often find myself in that situation and end up expressing this in a similar way. I like those moments. Whether or not that was the case with this author and this story, I imagined it was. I imagine I get a little glimpse of the author tearing her hair out or staring out the window or lying on the couch or however she deals with a stall.

Finally it's all cleared up, between the two other characters, and between Kirk and Spock. Beautiful kiss, touches, coming; we leave them heading toward the bed. A most enjoyable story. [2]
This story opens with a member of the Enterprise crew, Jon, writing an anonymous love letter to the captain's yeoman, Siri. He slips the letter into some books he sees her carrying, and he thinks she'll now read it and know how he feels about her. Unfortunately, the books belong to the captain, and that's where they and the letter go. But the letter isnl done traveling. The

book containing the letter was purchased by Kirk for Spock. Kirk puts the book in Spock's quarters, unknowing of the letter.

Spock deduces the book must be from Kirk, and in typical Spock fashion examines it, appreciating the old style binding and fabric. Then he opens it and finds the letter. I love how Spock logically thinks things through, from the differences in handwriting to why had Kirk written a letter instead of speaking to him, to what type of love was meant by the letter. Last was an examination of his own feelings about the letter, and Kirk. He doesnt openly pursue this by speaking directly to Kirk, but rather waits to see if Kirk approaches him. When he doesnt, Spock decides to write a reply. He writes a sonnet, and sneaks it back into Kirk's pile of books in his quarters. Now things become very confused, when Spock's letter ends up in Sin's hands in a clever twist. She believes ifs from Jon, but when he admits ifs not, she wants to know who wrote the sonnet, and where was her letter? Things become further entangled as Siri thinks it from Kirk, and he thinks ifs from her, as he catches her putting it back in his books. Following this? Kirk tells Spock about his 'problem' with his yeoman, and Spock is now embarrassed by the whole thing, almost running from Kirk's cabin. Kirk decides ifs time to straighten the whole mess out and speaks to Siri, finding out about the mix up in letters. He suddenly knows just who wrote that sonnet, and for whom. He openly confronts Spock and declares his own feelings, so there's no more misunderstandings. They put aside all words and make love, at last.

A delightful story from a good, much-missed author. [3]

References

  1. from Come Together #13
  2. from Come Together #15
  3. from The K/S Press #50