The Letter (Star Trek: TOS story)
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It was published in the print zine First Time #51.
"Kirk sends Spock a letter he wrote 30 years before and asks that if Spock feels the same way, to come to him."
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The Letter by Helen is a one page tender touching little story that made me cry. No, it's not a sad story really; it's just very poignant. This is beautifully written. The ending was especially good. 
This is a lovely vignette. I've always really liked these little moments in time. These small K/S scenarios, like poems, often stick with me even more so than full-blown stories do.
It's so poignant and bittersweet, that 30 years can go by without Kirk or Spock finding the courage to break through all the reasons they should not be together, to reveal their love to each other. We "of a certain age" do have a sense of how 30 years going by feels, and it's not like out of the question that this can happen.Anyway, I love that Kirk has this letter he wrote 30 years ago, and only now is sending it. The best part, of course, is when Spock shows up. Just looking in each other's eyes, Kirk knows his answer. This is so beautiful. And shows how no sex in a story, or even any overt touching or verbal declarations, can still show K/S love with a capital L. 
A picture perfect little vignette, full of pain and longing, trust and hope. There are times one can convey a great deal of emotion and meaning in a very few words. It isn’t easy, but this time it is most successful. This could have been a most meaningful passage in a longer story, but it isn’t. It is a brief moment caught in time, captured in crystal for all to gaze upon and see the love reflected there. Years ago, a young Captain Kirk composed a letter to his friend, the man for whom he harbors hidden love, for whom he banks his desires. The letter has lain unread for decades, yellowed now and worn. In what may either be an act of desperation or of concession, Kirk finally sends the letter to its intended destination, to his long awaited soulmate, casting all his hopes, all his dreams, upon the winds of fate. The resulting scenario is beautifully done, very visual and most satisfying. It is a vision that will remain with you long after the pages are closed. 
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