I am looking for the title of a short sci-fi story which I read sometime around the mid '80s.

It is about a man and a woman talking through some communication system during the last moments of their destroyed spaceships. Before the battle they were enemies, but as their end is nigh, they start to become friends. That is all I can recall.

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    Are you certain that it was after a battle? If not it sounds very much like Kaleidoscope by Ray Bradbury. – Ender Delat Aug 26 '13 at 18:09
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    I think I remember this. They're both waiting for their repair systems to fix their ships so they can fire. In the end, her ship fixes itself first and she fires on the man (?)/ – Valorum Jun 13 '14 at 19:22
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    This is very similar to "To The War Is Gone" by IIRC Robert F Young. A musician drafted into an interstellar war against puppet-mastered humans is the last living crew of part of a ship, and will die in his gun turret as he can't reach the lifeboat section. Another part of a ship draws close, and it has an enemy crew-member aboard with a spacesuit, but no lifeboat. They talk via radio, but although they become friendly, the musician can't trust her as she may be parasitised by one of the slug-like aliens. – Covertwalrus Jun 29 '15 at 5:50
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    This sounds similar to something I read when I was buying every Baen book I could find. Skimming through my collection, I can't find a matching story by Poul. I read through the Fleet anthologies at the same time but I don't think it came from there. Don't think it was an Anvil or Laumer story. – Leif Carlsen Aug 25 '15 at 6:41
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    @bcsapper The John Varley story you think of is "The Black Hole Passes" from the collection "The persistence of Vision" The man and the woman in the stories aren't enemies, but business rivals and also lovers (as far as possible with 3D video communication as the only contact). Their outposts are massively damaged by a black hole. – straycat Mar 16 '17 at 22:13

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