Love Letters in the Sand
|Title:||Love Letters in the Sand|
|Fandom:||Star Trek: The Original Series|
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It was published in the print zine First Time #28.
See some comments about this story at Some Fan Comments: Gena Moretti's Star Trek Fic.
"While McCoy sleeps, Kirk and Spock declare their love by writing in the sand when on shore leave together."
Reactions and Reviews
Ingenious idea and absolutely adorable, this story of Kirk, Spock and McCoy basking on a soft sand beach will win your heart. McCoy snoozes (or does he?) while K and S work up a sweat writing increasingly revealing messages to each other in the sand.
Delightful and so fun— especially when Spock writes "l love only you" and they have to keep quiet.This was published awhile ago and welcome back into the fold. Gena! 
Whenever the name of Gena Moretti comes up, someone is bound to mention this story, Love Letters in the Sand. There are some stories that I just can’t explain, I have no idea why they work, what makes them likable and memorable, and this story is one of them. It is short and sweet and effective.
Kirk and Spock and McCoy take an unauthorized few hours off during a landing party duty. McCoy flops down on a sandy beach and snores away while Kirk and Spock take a walk along the shoreline. When they return, they recline next to the good doctor, but start writing in the fine sand with reeds to avoid talking out loud and awakening him. At one point they write about Kirk loving his job, his ship, “that grouchy old goat,” meaning McCoy. Kirk accuses Spock, “admit it! You love him, too!” And Spock responds, writing in the sand, “No! Only you!”Okay, okay, so it seems unlikely that what Spock would not say aloud he would write, considering that speaking takes much less time and writing would give him plenty of time to think of what he was “saying” and cause him to stop.... But it doesn’t seem to matter. The story works within its own little world and is just about the cutest little vignette you could read. A great idea very nicely executed. Gena, write some more! 
This has got to be my favorite story in the whole fanzine. And there were some good stories in this fanzine so the choice of a favorite was very hard for me to pick. But this one deserves it. I like the way McCoy was used in this story. He may not have said an awful lot but he was very much in the story. Also, the idea of using the sand to write into was perfect!I agree though it is so much easier to tell what's in your heart through a letter (even one written in the sand) than it is to come right out and say it face to face.