Reflections (Star Trek: TOS story by S.R. Benjamin)
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It was published in the print zine Beyond Dreams #2.
"The Horta and Spock share memories, dreams and the desperate hope in the meld. But it's love that is the key."
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An unusual story told mostly from the point of view of the Horta during the episode events on the mining planet.
The Horta’s thoughts and experiences are quite beautifully expressed with a poetic quality that this author is known for. We learn the Horta’s name and her memories and how things came to be—very creative. I really enjoyed the meld where Spock shows the Horta the love he and Kirk share along with the beautiful love-making memory.A very memorable last line: “and for the first time between them, he felt a brief rush of telepathic laughter, like a brisk wind stirring the leaves and then gone.” 
I’ve always liked “The Devil in the Dark,” both because of the nice science fiction touch of having a really alien alien, and also because the episode demonstrates that our “enemies” can often have more in common with us then we might imagine. “Reflections” builds upon both of those themes, giving us a more detailed look at the Horta’s history and thoughts (most of the story is told from the Horta’s point of view) and also showing us how very much we do have in common with the Horta, who certainly understands what it means to love. 
- from The K/S Press #46
- from The K/S Press #45