WIPpet Wednesday: The Happiest Human on Rigel 10

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!

I don’t have much to say today, except that I’m in a pondering place, with thoughts and images and emotions aswirl, sunlight and shadows blending, and deep things happening…maybe I’ll have more to say next week.

Until then, here’s another snippet 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 sixth 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 13, 2014.
  • 22 sentences (8+13, for the day and month, for 21, and then adding the one from the year for a total of 22.)

This snippet follows immediately after last week’s WIPpet, Let’s be Friends. Trip and T’Pol, imprisoned together, are navigating the turbulent space of human-Vulcan communication when- well, they encounter a different kind of turbulence…

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


“At least look at me when you lie to me, or can’t you lie to my face like other Vulcans?” Damn, that came out like I was angry with her; could she tell the difference between anger and frustration – would she even care? I put a hand on her shoulder, hoping to get her to turn to me and tell me why she thought she needed to hide from whatever this was between us.

T’Pol surged up, spinning, grabbing a double handful of my jumpsuit, and damned near yanked me clear off the floor before I realize she was moving. She shoved me across the cell, slamming my back against the wall, her eyes glazed and unblinking. She leaned in close, and there was something raw and dangerous in her voice, almost a growl. “Indulging my – interest – in you, and in human entertainments, was a foolish mistake.”

I didn’t answer – hell, I was trying not to breathe, remembering the way she’d touched those Suliban with a single hand, and they’d dropped instantly. What was that she’d said about mastering powerful emotions? What was she planning to do to me? Had that blow to the head, or my badgering, gotten under that thick Vulcan hide of hers, and snapped her control?

I didn’t get to find out. T’Pol gasped, and her hold shifted to clutching as her knees buckled underneath her. I got my arms around her fast, and pulled her close to keep her from falling. She was staring at me the same way she had that night at Fusion. Her lips parted, and a soft sighing sound came from them, and I thought she was the most beautiful thing I’d ever seen in my life. And then, somehow, I was kissing her, her mouth first still and soft against mine, her eyes wide with surprise- and then she was kissing me back, first tentatively, then almost aggressively, nipping and darting out her tongue.

Her mouth was hot, and she tasted of exotic, spicy things I didn’t have names for…she tasted and kissed like no one I’d ever been with, and her eyes stayed open, holding my gaze so that I couldn’t close my own. She caught my head forcefully with one hand, fingers tangling into my hair, and pressed her hot quivering body tightly against me – no way in hell to hide the effect she was having on me now. But T’Pol groaned – a soft, hungry, almost animal sound, and seemed to be trying to wriggle even closer. I inhaled the scent that wafted up from her – smoky, citrusy, and wild – damn, how could she smell so good after hours on this gritty planet?

For a minute or two, I was the happiest human on Rigel 10. I was kissing T’Pol the way I’d wanted to since the first time I saw her, and she was kissing me back with absolute abandon, as if she’d been starved for this.


Where will this kiss lead? Should we be averting our eyes? Is Trip about to satisfy his curiosity about Vulcan mating protocols? Is either one of them thinking about escaping, or their mission? Why does T’Pol smell so good?

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. Niiiiiice! I like the way you set up the passion from a ferocity that could have gone so much more violently to something equally fierce and wild, but so very tender as well.

    • Well, there is definitely a strong element of ferocity in Vulcan eroticism, more or less by necessity. And I honestly don’t think either one of them planned any of this, or knew how it would end up.

      I love that they have this moment early on. It was lots of fun to let Trip write this.

    • Or the impossibility, sometimes. Adjusting to life among humans, even short-term, is hard enough. But then there’s Trip, and a mission that is already dangerously off course and being steered further awry, to her mind, by reckless human impulsiveness and improvisation.

      And then she’s imprisoned. With Trip.

      It really is enough to drive a woman to back a man up against the wall and let him kiss her senseless…

    • A head cannon! Or, maybe, head canon?!

      I have it on the authority of both Trip and T’Pol that it happened just this way (unless they later tell me to revise it again…!).

      I am always up for new fanvids, if you find any especially cool ones out there.

      I’m loving Vulcan Rubdown. It really makes me giggle!

  2. Ooh, yep, I’m with the others…hot! I really need to find time to go back and watch the episode again. It’s been far too long. I really like her fascination with things, the way she almost seems like she’s researching why she enjoys it.

    • I think how much T’Pol loves exploring the unknown is a huge part of her – and that it’s her “dirty little secret” that would be frowned upon by the Vulcan High Command. Maybe even has been.

      And what could possibly be a more compelling riddle to unravel than Commander Charles Tucker III?!

      I hope you watch it soon, and that I’ve sent your mind on a whole other adventure when you do! =D

  3. Oh, my, what a deliciously hot excerpt! I LOVE Trip and he and T’Pal make such an interesting couple. Love what you’ve done here – it just bubbles over with erotic tension. Beautiful work!

    • Trip and T’Pol make ‘bubbling over with erotic tension’ pretty easy – and so much fun. =) Imagining what happened between the Suliban identifying them and seeing them in the cell – well, I can’t believe for a second that the two of them just stood there and behaved themselves. Oh, no – not with all that sizzle going on – Trip is just not the kind of guy who’d restrain those impulses in the face of a pointy-eared challenge…and I’m guessing there’s a part of him that LOVES that she can put him up against the wall. I mean, the man plays with warp reactors – he’s clearly drawn to a rather dangerous type of beauty….

    • Why, thank you! I adore them. Trip is so sweet and so apt to get in his own way, and T’Pol is all kinds of sensual and hasn’t even realized it…and they are GOOD together from the very first moment.

      It’s tremendously important to me that I get them, as you say, spot-on, while adding depth and layers to their delicious relationship.

      And I’m having even more fun revising the story than I did writing it, so there’s that.

      And of course, TnT get to spend the week all pressed together, all alone….;)

  4. Wow what a sizzling, charged excerpt Shan! Great characterisation and I loved how you got inside Trip’s head. I wasn’t sure which way it was going to go at first either – I thought T’Pol was going to attack him in the non-sexual way!! 🙂

    • I’m so happy you liked it. And to tell the truth, I’m pretty sure T’POL had no idea what was going to happen, and neither did Trip. Things just kind of – well, bubbled up. Powerful emotions, indeed!

  5. Wow, nice and hot! I noticed the typo too, but didn’t have time to note it …

    There, found it again! You have “realize” when it should be “realized” — and now I am finally going to go and get myself the pilot for this show. *g*

    • Yeah, right from the start, there were sparks between these two. And yet, on the show, they never talk about it with one another until much, much later.

      I love the way it was written and acted. So many subtle cues along the way, and I just got used to thinking of them as their own little team. Little glances, standing close together, teasing, fighting, and figuring things out…

      The way it’s done leaves me a LOT of room to play, and my imagination is having a field day. I’m currently in Season 2, although I skipped the finale the last time because I think it should never have been written or filmed (the end scene of the second-to-last episode made a perfect ending, and they never should have tried to follow it…)

      May you find even a fraction of the pleasure I have, in it, and may you find that I’ve been faithful to my favorite Trek couple! =)

  6. Whew! *fans self* Well, alrighty then. Nicely done. There was typo in there somewhere but I really didn’t want to pull myself out to note it. Guess I’ll have to go back and read again. Excuse me a moment.

    *guzzles ice water* Okay, here it is, first sentence, second paragraph, “before I realize she was moving”

    • Yup, I see that typo now Guess maybe I was having too much fun with revisions to see it, at the time. But what a compliment that

      But I love that I got you to keep reading past the typo! Enjoy the fan and the ice water…Trip and T’Pol get to spend the whole week kissin’! =)

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