“So Sorry”: The IDIC Romance for WIPpet Wednesday

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’s hosted by the lovely K.L. Schwengel, maven of bad boys, stock dogs, and flying monkeys! She’s our fearless shepherd…or something like that, anyway.

I’ve got one last snippet from this year’s The IDIC Romance  Story a Day May challenge. This excerpt comes from “Pillow Talk?” the sequel to “Sticking Point”  and “My Flame, My Nectar”. The challenge was to write a two-character, dialogue-only piece. And of course I listened in while T’Pol and Trip had an extremely adorkable conversation, and of course Trip had to be hung over and embarrassed (umm, yeah, literally!)….and T’Pol, of course, was trying to be logical and practical, but not quite managing…and utterly missing what might be obvious, if she were only human…

These stories are Star Trek: Enterprise  fan fiction, dealing with the inter-species relationship between T’Pol, a Vulcan scientist, and Trip Tucker, the extremely human Chief Engineer…

 Explore any or all of this year’s The IDIC Romance stories, in rough drafts.


  • Trip, T’Pol, and Star Trek: Enterprise belong to Paramount, even if Paramount has forgotten all about them…I only want to allow them the chance to live the lives they keep insisting on living in my head…

  • 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 – well, nothing. This is pure imaginary TnT fluff, and I make no apologies, no matter who else is sorry!  =)

We last saw Trip drunk in the Mess Hall, where he was sick on T’Pol’s boots, and fell down. T’Pol offered assistance, but wasn’t certain he’d accept – and she’s dealing with some rather potent emotional unrest of her own…

Trip let T’Pol help him. She brought him to her quarters, where no one would likely look for him, where there was no alcohol, and, although she didn’t say this to him, where she could be alone with him. She stripped him, showered him, and put him naked into her bed before putting on her pajamas. After a weak but gentlemanly protest, Trip surrendered to the simple human need for physical contact, and asked her to sleep with him. T’Pol had already decided that she’d allow any level of contact he wanted (she was, umm, more than a bit revved up, and not at all prepared for it), so she climbed in – and he fell asleep with her curled beside him, her ear against his chest as she listened to his human heart.

Now, it’s the following morning, and there’s a rather rude awakening…because Reasons.

WIPpet Math:

  • Today is June 3, 2015.
  • 3 short dialogue paragraphs, plain and simple.

And now…. the snippet!

“Oh, hell. Oh, damn. Oh hell. I’m so sorry – ”


“Do you seriously need me to tell you? Are you going to make me say it? Ow, damn, my head hurts. I know I should be cursing myself out – and I promise I will later, and I’ll get the hell out of here and try like hell to find a way to make it up to you, though I sure as hell don’t know how I’m gonna do that – oh hell – ”

What just happened here? Why is Trip apologizing? Why does he need so many ‘hells’? Why doesn’t T’Pol know why he’s so sorry?

What will happen next?

Well, of course I’m not just going to come out and tell you! You can come back on Sunday, though, and learn a little more..or you can read the entire story arc here:

Next week, we go back to Kifo Island, for another snippet from Generations.

Looking for more WIPpet Snippets? Something less apologetic and confusing, perhaps? Well, hop along with the little blue froggy; assorted genres, styles, and lengths of WIPpetty lily-pads to choose from, and writers eager to hear from you! =D



  1. Bahaha, I love Trip’s hasty apologies and T’Pol’s single word — and your responses to everyone else, lmao! I peeked at Sunday’s and… well, I really, really hope you’ll carry on on Wednesday, because this is all too funny!

    • Exactly. DON’T make T’Pol jealous. You wouldn’t like her, when she’s jealous!

      She gets jealous in Season 3. The ‘other woman’ feels the pinch of that, for sure! =)

  2. Ah yes, that wonderful moment of waking up after a night of drinking and not remembering what happened. I think I know why Trip’s apologising although maybe he was just rather unwell on her floor.
    I’d love to see more and this is really well written.

    • I’m curious as to whether you really know. Trip says he’s not sure he wants to know if you know, but if he puked on the lady’s deck plating, he would most certainly clean it up, because, despite his recent behavior, he’s a gentleman.

      T’Pol is raising an eyebrow, and trying to analyze logically why he’s apologizing, and why he’s so upset, when she feels he’s done nothing at all wrong….and her goal was to provide comfort and be close to him, not to add to his stress…

      Trip and T’Pol are easy to write – and there’s more. Much, much, MUCH more!

    • TNG had two things wrong with it, to my way of thinking – the way the adults treated Wesley, and the paucity of Vulcans.

      I need Vulcans. They make it all so much better.

      And T’Pol – she’s an amazing contradictory type of Vulcan, with flaws and passions and blindingly huge failures….and this thing for a certain engineer that seems to defy logic and make perfect sense, all at once….

      I didn’t see Enterprise new, either. Only found it a couple of years back, but these two rocked my world!

      There’s much more. =D Hundreds of thousands of words more. I’m currently revising for fan fiction submissions, so those should be happening by fall, at the latest….

  3. It sounds like he did something he regrets or feels ashamed of, perhaps acting too amorously or even being amorous to begin with. T’Pol has such a classic, deadpan Vulcan response.

    • You’ve got it! He’s both ashamed AND regretful. And it does have to do with amorous feelings…

      As for T’Pol, she has no issue whatsoever with what happened, so her simple question is really just a request for more information, since she sees no logical reason for him to be feeling as though he’s done anything to apologize for.

      I’m thinking that if he knew what she was really feeling, he’d be shocked – and maybe delighted, too…

  4. *giggles to herself* I know what he’s apologizing for…

    It reads better aloud though. Maybe because the scene is supposed to be all dialogue anyway.

    • Shhh…i know YOU know…but I’ll confess to having fun reading the guesses from people who don’t wangle information out of me at Panera! (because, you know, much much strong-arming was needed, right?!).

      The reading aloud definitely helped me find some – hem – places where things read, shall we say, a bit too stiffly.

      It really was fun watching them try to get out of this situation…at some point, maybe they’ll show me exactly how they got INTO it.

      So far, though, I’ve only got the moment that immediately precedes the frantic and hell-ridden apology.

    • Hmmn….maybe. Of course, he seems to be more upset about something HE did, and he was in that Suliban cell with her, pinned against the wall and the floor by an extremely lusty young Vulcan woman, so I’m thinking he’s got at least a basic idea of just how ‘rowdy’ she can get…

      I kind of feel sorry for him too…

  5. I feel like he just caught her doing something to herself and was NOT expecting it at all. Or…he was sneaking a peak and she caught him sneaking. lol great snippet

    • Ooohhh…if THAT’s what happened, I’m reasonably sure Trip would NOT have been expecting it…and yeah, he’d be TRIPPING all over himself to apologize…

      And peeking wouldn’t be very gentlemanly, now would it? =) very human, maybe, but not at all gentlemanly….definitely apology worthy..

      Of course, it COULD be something completely different, or a little different, or kinda different…. 😉

  6. I’m giggling to myself here because her only dialog in this snippet could be read in so many, many ways. Is she confused? Entertained? Trying to be reassuring in her own way? And poor Trip! He seems pretty certain he’s done something awful he needs to apologize for.

    • Trip is utterly positive that what he’s done is beyond the pale for awfulness.

      T’Pol simply doesn’t understand at all why he’s so bothered. And she wants to understand, and perhaps reassure him that he hasn’t overstepped…

      I think Trip might feel a lot better about waking up hung over in T’Pol’s bed, if he had something on besides her blankets…

      Which, of course, isn’t even remotely an issue for T’Pol, because she saw a need to get him and his clothing cleaned up, and a need for him to be supervised, in case he vomited in his sleep.

      From her point of view, this is all quite logical. From his – well, it’s not exactly gentlemanly, and he’s a little foggy on how he got here, not to mention the ‘whatever happened’ that he’s so apologetic about, which, to his mind, is undeniably NOT OK.

      • Heh, T’Pol is always so practical. I love how gentlemanly Trip is. It’s funny, though, he doesn’t seem to have learned that if he explains it in a matter-of-fact way, even if he feels bad, she’ll be able to put his mind at ease. And she tries, bless her, but she can’t quite follow his emotional bunny trail. I hope they can work this out!

        • I’m not sure he CAN explain this one matter-of-factly – I mean, it can be done, but he’s, ummm, not even close to being able to look at it objectively, yet.

          And T’Pol, who doesn’t object to anything that’s happened, doesn’t even really get that there IS an emotional bunny trail yet (I love that phrase!).

          Trip, though, IS a gentleman, or at last tries to be, and he’s sure that he needs to apologize. Eventually, he will figure out a way to explain what happened – and then she’ll flummox him all over again with her response (remember, she’s in rather a compromised emotional state he’s really got very little idea about….). Hopefully, they can meet in the middle somewhere…. =)

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