Down, Boy 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.We’re led by the capable fingers and nimble mind of Emily Wrayburn.

Hello there, fellow WIPpeteers – and, to those just along for the ride – welcome! Hop in, get comfy…but don’t leave popcorn in the center seat!

It’s Wednesday again. Saturday was my birthday – a low-key day. I don’t do parties, since my birthday falls only four days after the anniversary of my son’s death. A quiet, personal recognition of the day is all I can handle.

Last week, I wrote about how getting through Elijah’s Days felt like the moments after running a marathon. This week, I’ve got that feeling again, in a different way, and for a different reason.

The Chaostivity Marathon – four straight months of writing challenges – ended with July, and I have August off before the Chaostivity 10K kicks off with Story A Day September, on through OctPoWriMo, and then on to the main stage of the race – NaNoWriMo in November.

So this is my month of rest, organizing, and securing loose ends.

But, of course, there’s room for Trip and T’Pol…so let’s get to it, shall we?

It’s time for another installment of my finally-getting–sassy-TnT fan fiction story, adapted from Humanity’s Enterprise. It’s a patchwork of stories, written in different styles, at different times, and for different projects. I’m slowly figuring out how to pull them all together into a coherent whole that explores just how and why T’Pol was the one Vulcan chosen to accompany Enterprise NX-01 on her maiden voyage.

I’ve decided to use this story, once revision gets to a point I’m comfortable with, as my initiation into Wattpad. So please don’t hesitate to let me know if something’s not working for you – it will make a better story in the long run!


Trip’s Vulcan Surprise Package would never have turned her back on him, but the snippy Vulcan woman in Jon Archer’s Ready Room just did – and rejected his friendly handshake, too. Now what?

Here’s the standard disclaimer. I don’t own them; I don’t make money from them; I just love them, and I tell the stories they give me as well as I can.

WIPpet Math:

  • Today is August 2, 2017.
  • I have 10 sentences for you today. I added the digits of the month and date.

Down, Boy!

Porthos was outgentlemaning his master, with his front feet right up on her hip, offering her a friendly doggy hello. Trip couldn’t see much of her expression as she twisted a bit to look at what might be her very first-ever beagle, but the fact that she reacted at all made him grin, even though it stung that she’d rejected his handshake and dismissed him as though she didn’t even remember him, like she’d gone back into the Consulate that Tuesday night and never given Trip Tucker another thought.

Where was the lovely young woman who had swayed to the music, stared into his eyes, and – well, that first magical night when Miss Pointed Ears Under That Cowl stalked into his life, things had happened between them he still didn’t understand, all these months later.

But now she got the hell out of here as though she couldn’t wait to make her escape from the distasteful illogic of him, Jon, and even Porthos, who had to be the cutest dog on any starship.

Trip might think he’d imagined the whole thing, or had the wrong Vulcan.

Except for the way she smelled. Her scent was even more potent than he remembered. It filled the small space, and it was definitely doing things to him that Jon would notice if he looked, and Trip sure as hell didn’t want to try to explain that.

Down, boy!

Not sure he could follow his own order, Trip plunked himself back down in the chair, grateful when Porthos decided to jump up into his lap and give him something to hide behind.

Did Jon notice Trip’s response?

Will Trip find out about T’Pol’s physical response to him?

Will Porthos win over the Vulcan scientist?

Any guesses?

If you enjoyed this snippet, and want something more before next Wednesday, you can pop over to my page,  or go directly to my Story A Day May drabbles  – a loosely-connected serial of bite-sized, 100 word stories written to prompts.

Read one, all, or anywhere in between – these are the seeds of longer stories to come, and each one has its own tiny little twist.

And, as always, clicking the little blue froggy above will carry you on to other WIPpet offerings from our talented and diverse group of writerly folks. You can even add your own date-related excerpt if you’re so inclined!


  1. Ooooh looks like things are heating up 🙂 I am very curious about T’pol’s thoughts about that night…
    I am also thinking about trying Wattpad (as soon as I tee up my current WIP), although the idea of posting my entire novel online is intimidating for me! Best wishes for your novel 🙂

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