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It was published in the print zine Matter/Antimatter #10.
"Grounded after the second 5 year mission, Kirk insists Spock take a 6 month assignment across the galaxy, not wanting to interfere in his bondmateʼs career."
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One of these days, Kirk or Spock will make one sacrifice too many, but it is always good to have them discover that they are destined to be together. This was an interesting presentation of that theme, well thought out and consistent with their characters. 
I thought this started a bit slow, and the part about using the Enterprise to go after Spock and the scientists felt a little too much like STIII:TSFS. Otherwise, I thought this well-written, if not a bit lacking in climax. This showed some good ideas -- the less violent Romulans, the importance of the tides in revealing the mineral, etc. I think I would have enjoyed this more if I weren't quite so burned out on stories with a "Kirk's sorry he accepted a desk job" theme. 
What an endearing few moments! Spock returns from an extended away-mission and lies on Kirk’s bed to await his bondmate. Such a nice picture. A crinkling sound from under the pillow alerts him to a letter Kirk has written in his loneliness. It’s a beautiful letter - expressing many of the things Kirk has said to him, but somehow this has a different significance. Spock is very moved by this tangible proof of their love. As you will be moved when you indulge in this story. I marvel at the idea this was published 16 years ago -- that the beauty of this special love was alive almost two decades ago, about the time I discovered it for the first time.