WIPpet Wednesday: Aftershock


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!

Here’s another snippet from The IDIC Romance, my Story A Day May Challenge project. This is a Star Trek: Enterprise fan fiction, exploring the interspecies relationship of T’Pol and Trip.

For those keeping track:

This is the fifteenth 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.

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!

WIPpet Math:

  • Today is October 8, 2014.
  • Slightly convoluted math: 8+10=18; 10-8=2 ; 18+2=20; for 20 sentences.
  • I’m also giving you a contextual treat – the last paragraph of last week’s WIPpet.

This story is an add-on scene for the pilot episode: “Broken Bow Part 1”. Ive done my best to extrapolate without violating series canon.This snippet follows immediately after last week’s WIPpet, Kroykah? . T‘Pol seems to be regaining her control, but can Trip keep his?

Undisclosed Desires

From last week:

I grinned, hoping it would reassure her I was all right. “Well, you sure came on a little strong – but I’m pretty tough, and I like a challenge. Listen, T’Pol -” I tipped her chin so that her gaze almost met mine, and she swallowed back a sigh – “don’t you think we oughta talk about whatever the hell that was?”

And now, our main attraction!

She stiffened, like she was maybe going to pretend none of this had even happened. I sighed – and she echoed me, all her tension seeming to go with her exhalation. She almost melted into me, the same way Lizzie used to, when she got sleepy – damn it all to hell, why did she keep reminding me of my baby sister as a kid?! I was wearing her lush body all over me – no way in hell Subcommander T’Pol was a child.

No, she was all woman – a passionate woman with glinting eyes that sparked new stirrings in me, too. I ought to let her go, and now. No matter how perfect her Vulcan High-and-Mighty Command said their control was, hers seemed – well, iffy at best, at least where I was concerned. And my own – well, I’d never been known for my self-restraint.

But I couldn’t let go of her when she felt so damned good here in my arms; when she was looking at me like I was the only thing in the universe…

“I don’t know ‘whatever the hell that was’, Trip.” Like a lost little girl – her eyes pleaded with me to believe her. She didn’t move -at least, not until my hips jerked against hers in an aftershock, giving a clear signal of what my body still wanted. Damn physiology – T’Pol’s eyes flashed, and she actually bit her lower lip. She was starting to quiver again, too –

Better do something fast, Tucker, or you’re gonna lose the chance. She needs you to keep your head – aw, hell. I kept forgetting that the damned Suliban crashed a gunbutt into hers. No wonder she looked lost and vulnerable and half ready to undress me on the spot. She wasn’t herself – and we were in deep trouble if I couldn’t help her keep it together until the doctor could put her in that imaging tube of his and check her out –

If we ever made it back to the ship, that is…

What’s next? Will Trip’s body betray him? Will T’Pol surrender to her impulses? How badly was she injured? Will they ever make it back to the ship?

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

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. Oh, goodness. I’m glad he’s trying to keep his wits. He’s in such a tough spot. I love everything about how you’ve written this. He’s not just saying, “Oh, no—it’s wrong!” He’s caring for her and thinking about her safety and well-being. *swoon*

    • And thinking of his sister….umm, yeah. Poor Trip. It’s a lot to handle (or try NOT to handle, maybe!).

      He’s also really worried about that blunt force trauma, when she’s not making him forget that there’s anything but her in the world…

      And, yup, he’s definitely a sweet and caring guy trying to help a virtual stranger figure out something alien to him, even when it’d be easier to pretend there was nothing amiss and let T’Pol have both of their way with him…

      *Swoon, indeed!*

  2. Aww… I feel bad for T’Pol. Poor Trip has no clue what is happening and she’s all in mate-or-die mode, if I’ve understood correctly. This is more or less permanent, right? She’s awakened to him and only him, right?

    • Well, it’s not pon farr – but Awakening would, if it were happening with her Intended mate, Koss, prepare her for passing through pon farr with him…

      So it’s something of a run-up – like telerotic puberty. Her body, mind, and soul are learning Trip’s, and a lot of it IS involuntary – I’m not sure she’s really aware of what’s happening to her. I am sure that she’s thinking of Koss, and the obligation she has to him, even though they are essentially strangers to one another.

      Trip is right to think that she’s not quite on board with what’s happening to her. She’s at the mercy of instincts and impulses she’s never had before, and she can’t suppress these instincts without help.

      I think Trip is able to sense some of this, on a more instinctive level, because she’s Awakened to him, and because they shared a glimpse or two of telerotic contact.

      I feel for bad for T’Pol – but not TOO bad. If it had to happen to her, at least it happened with a great guy who will do what he can to help her out and save her from herself…

      And yes, it’s permanent- she’s not going to Awaken to anybody else. Even if she marries Koss like a good little Vulcan girl, she’s going to resonate with Trip. Trip has no idea whatsoever what’s happening inside her, or about this Koss guy, but, for T’Pol. the point of no return has already come and gone, even if she doesn’t recognize it yet.

      And so begins the dancing… =)

    • Wow! That’s high praise, indeed. Although I gotta say that watching them is a great delight for me!

      Of course, this is wedged into a tiny, tiny little bit of the episode (we never see them getting caught, only a Suliban spotting them, and we only get a few seconds total of them in the cell – can’t till you yet when, because spoilers…but I’l l mention it when we get to that point).

      I’m so glad you are enjoying it. TnT have a very strong presence inside my head, which makes them much easier to write – I’m thinking of giving them next May, too, because they’ve got many more stories to share..I only got into the very beginning of the final season, last May, and I skipped many episodes along the way. Since, I’ve had ideas that stretch past the final episode…

      And, naturally, they both want these stories told! =D

  3. yeah that baby sister thing is slightly disturbing…but if he focused on it, it might help him not do other things. *shudders* anyway. Another great excerpt!

    • It is disturbing, and it’s never happened to him with anyone else…

      So, yeah – Trip’s got a problem. But he’s an engineer, and he isn’t afraid of problems – even creepy ones.

      There are reasons for it, but I can’t tell you yet. If we’re going to look for the source, it just might have pointed ears and green blood and a way of tackling a guy and tangling into his soul….


    • Well, there IS something about watching these two that has its own touch of magic (which is what got me started down this delicious road to begin with…).

      Of course, this is a tiny little fragment in the episode, and I may or may not have gotten a little carried away here….

      But they’re just so much dang fun to write, these two! =D

  4. What is with him picturing his kid sister all the time?!!? That’s disturbing–but apparently not enough to quell other thoughts. Bad, bad, bad.

    • There IS a reason, and it’s not that he’s secretly a creep! Honest! The source is T’Pol herself, although she has no idea what she’s done.

      I can’t tell you, though – at least not yet – because spoilers.

      And if you find it disturbing, imagine how Trip feels with all of her laying on him, wanting him, turning him on and reminding him of his sister when she was really little!

      Um, yeah – he’s disturbed. But T’Pol aroused is a force to be reckoned with, and maybe she won’t be able to let up….

      And maybe Trip’s gonna need therapy when this is all said and done! =D

    • Well, I’m thinking that nagging feeling of her reminding him of his little sister helps some, and being a genuinely good guy does too…but, yeah. What a hero, saving the tough damsel from herself!

      There are other reasons he’s managing so well, but spoilers. So you’ll have to guess, for now –

  5. I love the question you end with about the next episode. My best guess is everything works out all right in the end, but not before you put them through a lot more suffering. Isn’t that our job?

    • Me?! Make TnT suffer? Nah – they do that all by themselves…I’m just here to….to…..

      Yeah. Well. OK. To do my job.

      For these two, the “end” is a long, long way off. And, if you go by the complete series canon, well…

      The last episode was a clunker. The two before were brilliant, and wrapped things up wonderfully. I want to ignore that last episode, which was WRONG on about every conceivable level….

      But that’s all I’ll say, because spoilers.

  6. Wearing her lush body – I love that! He might not think anything of his restraint, but I think he’s a superhero 😉 Another electric scene. I was sensible this time, I had my camomile tea ready and waiting for me – phew…the heat they give off!

    • I’m with you. Trip is a superhero of self-control.I wonder if T’Pol’s got any idea at all what an effort he’s making on her behalf…and whether she’d appreciate it or accept the challenge and step it up a notch or too…

      Happy to hear you had your tea ready..and a heads-up…you might want to do the same this week….and maybe next….and the one after that….just sayin’!

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