WIPpet Wednesday: Let’s be Friends


Welcome to WIPpet Wednesday, a weekly blog hop which encourages writers to move WIPs (works-in-progress) to publication by posting excerpts related to the date. It is hosted by the lovely K.L. Schwengel, maven of bad boys, stock dogs, and flying monkeys!

How are you feeling, this week? I’ve had a rather unpredictable week, with some moments of beauty and grace and humor, and a bit of frustration. I’m past my bout with food poisoning, and mostly back to my life as it is. The kids and I took in A Midsummer Night’s Dream in a landscaped ampitheatre at a local college; I got a strenuous workout, and I’m planning a trip to NYC to meet a writer friend- more on that as plans firm up.

I’ve also shifted my main writing focus from drafting Perchance to Dream, to revising the rough draft of Chameleon’s Dish. This means that, in a few weeks, I’ll have enough to return to sharing the adventures of Tisira, Henry, and Nockatee. I’ve missed them, and I don’t think I’m alone.

Until then, I’m continuing with snippets from The IDIC Romance, my Story A Day May Challenge: Star Trek: Enterprise fan fiction, exploring the interspecies relationship of T’Pol and Trip. I’ll be sharing the remainder of this story, and a Twitter fiction, before we give Trip and T’Pol some much-needed privacy.




Disclaimer: T’Pol, Trip, and all the rest of Star Trek are property of CBS/Paramount; no copyright infringement intended. I just want to play with them, and I’m careful!

Story a Day is just that- a story every day in May. To make the challenge more interesting for myself, I used all of the prompts offered throughout the month. The stories are sequential, with various tones, POVs, and voices.

For those keeping track:

This is the fifth installment of Story #4, “Tigress T’Pol” . The prompt was to write a story of exactly 2000 words. An additional guest prompt from Heidi Durrow invited us to explore passion in this story.

WIPpet Math:

  • Today is August 6, 2014.
  • 21 sentences (8+6+2+0+1+4=21), plus the last two sentences from my previous post, for needed context.

This snippet follows immediately after last week’s WIPpet, Danger, Trip Tucker!. Trip and T’Pol are alone together in a cell on Rigel 10, trying to learn how to get along. Of course, that might be easier, without their mutual attraction…

This is an add-on scene for the pilot episode: “Broken Bow Part 1”. Ive done my best to extrapolate without violating series canon.




Mind if I ask where a Vulcan learned to fight like that? I thought your people were pacifists.”

Vulcans believe that even pacifists benefit from the ability to defend themselves; therefore training begins in childhood. I continued my study beyond the required level, as I find it useful not only for self-defense, but also for physical and mental discipline, and in the mastery of powerful emotions.” She looked straight at me out of those lovely caramel eyes, and I noticed flecks of green and gold in them – damn, they weren’t brown, up close, but something more like hazel – and this time, I could have sworn there was humor in the lift of her delicate slanted eyebrow. “Perhaps similar training might relieve you of the emotional impulses that lead you to behave like a – jackass.”

I laughed out loud, and I swear her eyes brightened a bit, almost like she was pleased by my reaction. Damned if she wasn’t even more intriguing now than she’d been in that club, where I’d fantasized about making love with her. Since she’d crashed our mission, I’d spent more time imagining what it would be like to strangle her. Now, though – now, it almost felt like maybe, just maybe, we could learn to be – friends? Did Vulcans even make friends?

Only one way to find out. I just hoped I wasn’t about to be a jackass again.

“Listen, T’Pol – can we talk?”

“We are talking, Commander.”

I sighed, and looked around the totally nondescript little cell we’d been shoved into. Maybe she didn’t know how condescending it sounded – she was the most literal woman I’d ever met. “No, not like this, with the Subcommanders and Commanders, talking about culture. Just Trip, and T’Pol, having that chat we both wanted to have a year or so ago, at Fusion.” I chewed on my lip as I dared to look at her again, knowing I’d put myself way out on a high limb.

“I don’t know what you mean,” T’Pol said huskily, as she turned half away. I watched her lovely profile as she swallowed hard, like she was fighting with herself, or those ‘powerful emotions’ she was supposed to master. And – were her cheek and the tip of her ear actually turning green?!




Will T’Pol admit that something happened between them, in that jazz club? Will Trip fall off the limb he’s out on, or keep his grip? Will they ever get out of this cell, or find the Klingon they came to Rigel to retrieve?

You guessed it – you can watch the episode, or come back next week for another WIPpet snippet!

Story A Day excerpt and commentary.

Full original version of the story.

These posts are the seeds of a project I’ll be expanding in 2015, so your input is always valuable. No need to feel shy; I’m a friendly sort, and will keep my phase pistol on stun… for the most part. 😉





  1. I now remember how much I liked that show. *adds Enterprise to the list of series that MUST be rewatched*. Not quite as much as Voyager, but it’s still pretty good. You do a great job capturing the real feel of the two of them in this. Love it!

    • I never quite got into Voyager. However, next year, I intend to watch all of Trek, chronologically. Maybe my opinion will change.

      I love Trip and T’Pol and their dance around each other. So real, and so delicious to watch.

      Enjoy your re-viewing! =)

  2. See? Now i want to go watch Enterprise again and actually finish it this time. I got distracted by enterprise videos and sat here for a whole 30 minutes watching them and not doing work!

    This is a great snippet from the story a day! I love how awkward they are together sometimes.

    • Watch out for the last episode, if you do…that’s all I can say, other than it clearly was not up to the standards of the rest of the series, and, if they’d ended at the conclusion of the two-part episode that immediately preceded it, they would have had a far more satisfying finale, with great potential for the future…

      I wish I could say I’m sorry for giving you video candy….but I’m not! =D These were really fun!

      Trip and T’Pol’s mutual awkwardness is definitely one of their charms. They get in their own way, and each other’s, over and over and over again…and yet, they do keep trying, and sometimes, they get close to getting it right… =)

  3. Great interaction between T’Pol and Trip here! And you bring out what’s going on beneath the surface so well too.

    Me three having a spouse who’s a friend. Best kind to have!

    • These two wouldn’t be nearly so much fun if there wasn’t so very much going on beneath the surface. The show manages to catch that, right from the beginning, without actually saying anything at all about it for THREE YEARS! That was some good writing, and fantastic portrayals by Jolene Blalock and Connor Trinneer, who had a lot of freedom in how to develop their characters.

      And me? I’ve always been a huge fan of what’s beneath the surface. I even prefer swimming underwater!

      And hooray for friend-spouses. I agree – they are the BEST!!!! ❤

  4. This interchange… “Listen, T’Pol – can we talk?” “We are talking, Commander.” I was laughing out loud at that. I really can’t wait to see what their talk turns out to be. Trip is really going to have to exercise some restraint and patience here, to put up with T’pol, that is. 🙂

    • That exchange was helped by a moment in “Civilization” an episode a bit later in the first season. While investigating potential alien tampering on a pre-industrial world, Captain Archer and Trip are held at bay by a woman with a nasty little crossbow. T’Pol stuns her with her phase pistol, and the Captain says, “Was it really necessary to shoot her?”

      “She was armed,” T’Pol explains, logically.

      “Let’s try not to shoot anyone else on this mission.” To a fellow human, the Captain is definitely more than a little frustrated with Vulcan logic.

      “I’ll try,” T’Pol answers in a completely neutral tone that makes it clear that she’s going to do what needs to be done, and also that she has completely missed the frustration.

      It was priceless.

      You’ll learn more about their talk next week. And I agree completely that patience and restraint might be essential. Really it’s too bad that Trip isn’t even remotely known for either one of these things =)

      On the other hand, dealing with an irrational, impulsive, and highly emotive human isn’t exactly something T’Pol can do without patience and restraint, either. She might just have the upper hand, here….maybe…. =)

  5. Aw, he can learn after all! I very much like both of them here. Some nice little things, like how he recognizes that she sounds condescending but is merely being literal, or how her thoughts register just subtly on her face. There’s obviously so much under the surface, but I do like the way they’re developing this very sweet friendship, too.

    • Oh, yes! Trip’s a smart cookie – he just has a tendency to act first and think second, and he’s not always this good at understanding T’Pol.

      It is a very sweet friendship – too bad that the road isn’t always as smooth as it seems, just now…

      Matter of fact, I think I see some bumps straight ahead!

      But the friendship, with all the ups and downs of the real thing – that’s what I love about these two. I was friends with my husband before we were a couple, too…

      • My husband and I were too, and still are! That’s usually one thing that bothers me with some fan fiction–having some relationship start out of thin air. Actually, sometimes that bothers me in canon, too! LOL.

        • I’m with you. I don’t mind the attraction being a lightning strike, because attraction tends to be visceral. But a relationship – that needs to be built.

          Because the writers of Enterprise skillfully portrayed attraction between Trip and T’Pol almost from the outset, and put them in an adversarial position that also included playfulness, a willingness to compromise, and a genuine interest in understanding one another professionally and personally, I am able to draw on it and deepen it. If it had been a more one-dimensional sexual pull, or had it been rushed – well, my stories couldn’t be as good, either.

          Happy that you’ve got a buddy-spouse. I’ve only had one husband, but I think it’s the best kind to have, and I wouldn’t want it any other way!

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