|Cover Artist(s):||Gamin Davis|
|Fandom:||Star Trek: TOS|
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An epic Kirk-Spock friendship story spanning Federation, Klingon and Romulan space. This alternate-ending spin-off of my earlier story, “Tashirya” (published in More Future Visions) was originally written at the request of then-zine editor/co-publisher Bill Hupe. Set a year after ST:TMP, this story picks up from its predecessor shortly before Kirk’s rescue of Spock. Here, Spock, having been kidnapped by Kor, is first taken deep into Klingon space, then taken by the Romulan/Human woman Tashirya back to her homeworld when she escapes with her mother from Kor’s ship. Once there, Tashirya sets about trying to undo the damage her mind-inverter has done to Spock—including restoring his memory of Kirk’s survival of the Koon-ut-kal-if-fee ceremony on Vulcan—though Spock remains in a near suicidal depression. While she and her mother try to help Spock adjust to life among Romulans, Kirk, haunted by a mental distress call from Spock, embarks alone on a clandestine mission to find his friend that takes him across the Neutral Zone and through Klingon and Romulan space. But before he can bring Spock back, they face a traumatic situation that ruins their reunion and threatens to end their friendship. Hurt/Comfort and mature themes—deals with mind rape and physical abuse. Also includes several filks.