“What Kind of Home…?”: The IDIC Romance for #WeWriWa #8Sunday


Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors’ Eight Sentence Sunday! 

It’s the weekly hop for everyone who loves to write! Sign up below with your name, blog and email and share an 8 to 10 sentence snippet of your writing on Sunday. Your post needs to be live between 12:00 noon on Saturday 05/16/15 and 9:00 AM on Sunday 05/17/15. Visit other participants on the list and read, critique, and comment on their 8sunday posts.

It’s a second chance to share a small snippet of my current writing. Most weeks, I tie them back to my WIPpet Wednesday  post, so reading both can give a deeper peek…


  • Trip, T’Pol, and Star Trek: Enterprise belong to Paramount, even if Paramount has forgotten all about them.
  • This is an extrapolated “missing scene” story, detailing some of what might have happened during the months’ long and scarcely shown return to Earth in S2E26 “The Expanse”. Spoilers for that episode.

This snippet follows immediately after last week’s WIPpet Wednesday post, Spinning

Trip has gotten some very bad news from back home, and the ship is months away from Earth. Relieved of duty and out of options, he sees only one way to ease the pain – by getting good and drunk, and staying that way. I wrote this story for the Story a Day May Challenge, using the Second-Person POV prompt, which accounts for the unusual phrasing. I actually loved the way this story turned out (the POV was fanastic for a drunk scene!), but, if you  don’t care for second-person, it might not be for you.

I’m offering ten sentences today, because the new rules let me! =D

You roll to your belly. But that only makes you feel sick, and you don’t want to sleep, anyway. “For in that sleep of death what dreams may come?” 

Damned Shakespeare, too…gotta get out of here, get away, get unstuck. It’s the middle of the night; maybe you can slip into Engineering, just for a minute. If you can touch your engines, you’ll feel better. You’ll be home. 

Awww, hell. Home. What kind of home was there now, after -? 

Can Trip get unstuck? Will he make it to Engineering? Will he get sick? Will he dream?

For those who don’t want to wait for the next installment, here’s the current “Stuck in Space” arc:*

  • Sticking Point: Trip, tormented by unanswerable questions and unimaginable loss, just wants to stay drunk. 
  • Pillow Talk?: When the “comforting” veers into uncharted territory, conversation is – challenging, and fascinating.

*There may eventually be more stories in this arc.

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  1. The restlessness certainly comes through. It’s a powerful scene. Still don’t like 2nd person, but I get the way it works here.

    • Trip is a powerful character. Of all the male characters I’ve ever written (even Spock, and you KNOW how much practice I’ve had there!), he’s the easiest to climb into. It took about two scenes for his voice to start to emerge, and I’ve never really lost him. Maybe it’s because he reminds me of many guys I know, or the way he relates to others, or his blend of outer simplicity and inner complexity (“subtext layered upon subtext”)…

      I don’t know – but when Trip’s feeling deeply, I never have to struggle to find him. And, since he’s generally feeling deeply… =)

      I can’t say I’ll use this POV often – but I can say I’m glad I did, here – because it wouldn’t have been as intense in any other POV – just like T’Pol’s quest for her trellium fix last year – http://storyaday.org/shanjeniah/2014/05/26/story-a-day-may-26-reality-fragments/

      Sometimes, for me, it seems the way to drill down into the deeps, when the character is in deep crisis.

      • Agreed. I’ve used it sporadically for similar reasons. When it works, it works. I can appreciate it without “liking” it, if you know what I mean.

        I can see what you mean about Trip. Chaz is similar for me. Something about him just meshed when I started writing him, and I never really lost that connection to him.

        • About 2nd person- what you said. !I’m not sure I “like” it, either, but it certainly caught the mood and disjointedness of this scene, and T’Pol’s quest for her trellium fix, last year…

          I suspect I’ll use it, even as just a personal exercise, whenever I need to write an “altered” scene.

          I always liked Chaz…he felt extremely real to me. Now I have a better idea why! =)

  2. I love the Shakespeare line, and the feeling that there is no real home anymore. That’s such a universal sentiment after a dramatic shift in one’s life and leaving the old home behind.

    • I alwas love when I can work a bit of Shakespeare in! =)

      The thing is that there really might not be a home left, for Trip, beyond Enterprise, and even that’s not really feeling like one now. I think they’re something like 90 light years from Earth, and he can’t find out what he desperately needs to know – is his sister OK?

      He’s already tried to upgrade the engines, so that they’ll go faster, but he was compulsive about it, and T’Pol calculated that, if he was allowed to continue, the structure of the ship couldn’t survive his upgrades. He insisted he was gonna work on that next, but he was clearly emotionally unstable, so he’s been removed from duty- and now, he’s at a complete loss.

      Fortunately, there could possibly be a glimmer of hope on the horizon.

    • It’s definitely the closest thing he’s got at the moment. Only, after his previous obsessive attempts to upgrade the engines, no one is going to let him in if he tries…

      But we won’t leave the poor man so utterly bereft for too long, I promise.

    • Thanks, Kim! I was definitely feeling the vibe of that song…or Trip was, or we both were.

      Anyway, restless and haunted is exactly how he’s feeling here, with no real answers in sight.

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