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WIPpet Wednesday: “Keep Your Shirt On”:


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’m sharing a story 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.

This is the seventeenth 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.

So, have you ever heard the one about the human and the Vulcan who got locked in a cell and played word games? No? Well, have I got a WIPpet for you! =D

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 22, 2014.
  • Slightly convoluted Tricky math: 22+11 (the ones from month and year) =33
  • And the last paragraph from last week, for context.

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, Intense Reaction. Trip and T’Pol play…word games?!?


Last week’s conclusion:

Yes.” T’Pol’s voice was sardonic, now, and she dropped her gaze off to the side the way she did when she was uncomfortable. “You seem to elicit certain – instinctive responses – within me.” She met my eyes, and hers looked troubled and open – I wanted to fall into them again, but then she shifted her focus back to the side, and her voice was barely a whisper. “I was unprepared for such an intense reaction. In future, I’ll – restrain myself.”

And now for today’s treat:

“Well, now, T’Pol – keep your shirt on -“

Her look was just about priceless. “I certainly will,” she said, after a few breaths.

“Really? So it’s only my clothes you want to get rid of, is it?” I grinned at her.

“I -” She broke off, looked to the side, then back at me. She was turning a lovely shade of light burnished green, a little like old copper. I decided to take pity on her, and put a hand lightly on her shoulder. She tensed up, but she still had a low-grade vibration – did that mean that she was still aroused, too, and trying to resist? Just to be sure, I lifted my hand – and damned if she didn’t stretch just a little taller, like she was reaching to maintain that contact…and, even if it made me the biggest fool on Rigel Ten, I put my hand back, and T’Pol made a soft sound, like a sleepy puppy – first she reminds you of Lizzie, and then a dog?! What the hell is going on in your brain, Tucker?

T’Pol looked up at me, not quite getting to my eyes. Even those beautiful pointed ears were blushing, and I could feel her trying to figure this out. Poor woman’s got no chance; not if logic’s all she’s got to do it with…because whatever this is, it sure as hell isn’t logical!

I couldn’t keep teasing her. Wasn’t even fair, when I was the one who started it. I smiled and gave her shoulder a friendly squeeze, trying to ignore the way she seemed almost to surge up into my touch like a cat would – now a cat?! I must be as confused as she looked.

“Relax, T’Pol- it’s just an expression, and it wasn’t fair to let you think I meant anything else by it – even if it does kinda fit the situation to a T. It means is that there’s no reason to rush into a decision. This – ” now I was the one who didn’t quite know what to say, especially when she finally met my eyes, her pupils reflecting me back to myself, wrapped up in things she felt, and I couldn’t decipher – not yet, anyway. But I sure as hell wanted to learn how to.

I gestured vaguely into the space between us with my free hand. “Well, whatever this is -this isn’t the best time or place to explore it – but once we get back to the ship, and the doc says you’re all right – “

Beneath my hand, her shoulder was vibrating a little faster, a little deeper. She didn’t say anything, but that quiver spoke plenty, and her eyes were large and glowing as her lips parted slightly, her breath emerging in a soft sigh.

“Damn, you’re gorgeous,” I whispered. Gorgeous, passionate, and driving me crazy without even seeming to be aware of it. Who knew a Vulcan – a Vulcan! – could be like this?

“Are you suggesting that we engage in sexual activity?” Gorgeous, passionate – and she sounded like a prudish clinician with a seductress’ voice.

Somehow, that just made her even sexier..


What’s Trip’s answer to that? And will T’Pol accept it, and continue to restrain herself?

You guessed it – you can watch the episode, or come back next week for another WIPpet snippet! But, because I like you, I’m giving you a pre-Halloween treat: a story I wrote for the SoCS meme, The Shape of My Heart”.

Spoiler alert: it happens several episodes after the pilot, so be warned!

Until next week, live long and prosper, y’all!

Here’s a special treat…the scene that is my model for the TnT interactions in these stories…I gotta give this round to  the logical lady in  (and out of) the hot blue silk…



I am myself. I own my life, and live with three other people who own theirs. My intention is to do only those things that bring me joy, and to give myself wholly to those things I do. Writing has been my passion throughout my life, and this will become the home for my writing life...because it brings me great joy!

26 thoughts on “WIPpet Wednesday: “Keep Your Shirt On”:

    1. I think he’s desperately trying to figure her out, when even she’s currently at a loss..

      He could be a little easier on himself, but I think he’s afraid that if he does, they’re going to end up right back in the clinches…and every man has his breaking point.

  1. Basically, everyone else said all the good stuff before I got here. All I can do is echo that you did a great job keeping characters as the characters and still managing adding that spark to the moment.

    1. I wouldn’t love them so much if they weren’t themselves. I love the interplay, the stumbling along as they try to negotiate a relationship without a template (and where, for one of them, dating isn’t even on the radar)….

      And they’ve got sparks aplenty, so that part’s easy-peasy!

      Happy Halloween! =D

    1. They’ve been living in my had for over a year now – getting inside their skins seems only fair!

      I love them so much, especially when they’re trying to figure each other out…

  2. I loved the way you described this interaction; the contrasts, the tension, the confusion…just magical. I don’t think T’Pol is thinking about the timing, and I get the impression Trip won’t be capable of coherent thought if they continue down this road! It’s so powerful the way she’s lost in her feelings for him, all the while battling her nature.

    1. Time and place might just have ceased to exist in T’Pol’s reality…logic is no match for the forces moving within her, just now…

      And Trip…well, he just may have more trouble looming on his horizon than he can believe….

      Somehow, I don’t know that he’s going to mind all that much…=)

    1. Trip thought he was pretty blunt, until he met T’Pol. She takes blunt to the nth degree, because that’s how Vulcans are, and she needs time – lots of time – to understand that most humans don’t work that way…

      I consider myself to be exploring romance. Naturally, my ‘in’ is through green-blooded and pointy-eared folk, and the humans who love them….

  3. I loved this. Prudish clinician. Perfect description. I’m really envious of how you manage to fade in and out of Tucker’s head without it ever reading strange. I can never quite manage to pull that off.

    1. I didn’t used to be able to do it, either, and I have the rough scary drafts to prove it. Trip’s pretty easy though, especially early on – his external and internal dialogues match up very well! He’s not the kind of guy likely to hold back…

      T’Pol’s a little harder. I need to watch myself, and stay in her mind, more than her skin, mostly….

    1. But it’s all too much in such a delicious way. I don’t think he can quite get enough of that too much – and if you think it’s too much for him, just imagine what it feels like to the lady with the ears…. =D

      And you are just going to have to wait for next week…because I’m evil! BWAHAHAHA!

  4. The clip — “Please disrobe.” and then his expression. Priceless!! And wow, is Trip one confused puppy. Cat. Sister. Argh. He better just retreat to his side of the cell and try to look innocent.

    1. I LOVE that clip! T’Pol has learned a lot about ho to ride herd on Trip by this point, and she dfinitely wins this rund. You’d’ve thunk Trip might’ve seen it coming, but, well, the poor boy hasn’t been sleeping, and falls right into the delicious Vulcan trap….

      My favorite is when T’Pol FINALLY gets him out of his shirt, and she’s ready to begin, and he whips his head around like, “What the hell are you up to back there?” so she backs off a little. It’s the perfect Trip-echo to her subtle little head-turn when she’s had enough,,,uh, let’s call it a release…or something…

      Of course, she doesn’t tell him, while she’s oh-so-archly inquiring as to whether he’s implying that she’s making sexual advances, that neuropressure is an INTIMATE part of Vulcan culture, not some kind of casual deal…

      The clip is from season 3. As you can see, Trip stays a confused puppy for some time to come….

      As for retreating to his own side of the cell – he may need to…time will tell… =D

  5. Hahaha! I love that ending. “Gorgeous, passionate – and she sounded like a prudish clinician with a seductress’ voice.” Yes, that’s a perfect description. What’s making me giggle about this is that I’ve read stories in which this happens but it’s unintentional—the characters are supposed to be sultry, but they end up sounding like textbooks. Here, it fits so perfectly and works with the scene because of who she is, which makes it charming and believable rather than just weird. 🙂

    1. I’ve read those unintentional ones, too…and, maybe even worse, I’ve read fanfic where T’Pol sounds like a giddy little schoolgirl or a barfly or a horny human….none of which are right for her. Maybe those other things, discordant as they were, helped inspire this little bit…

      Even Awakened and aroused, she can’t erase the fact that she’s Vulcan. Even attempting to be in logical control, she can’t erase the fact that she’s both sensual and aroused….

      And Trip’s kinda grooving on the contrast, right now…

      1. I think that’s a really important thing—that characters, whether in fan fiction or our own creations, don’t become different people even in passionate moments. I’ve read a number of stories where in a heated moment of any sort, the whole personality shifts. It’s jarring and doesn’t make a scene believable.

        I love that what you’re writing makes me think, even though I’m also enjoying the story. 🙂

        1. I love to think, and I don’t believe in cheating. T’Pol will always be T’Pol – it’s what I love about her. There’s enough there to extrapolate how she deals with passion – and she’s not a different person when she’s aroused. It’s just another facet of her personality…

          I’m glad you’re both thinking and enjoying!

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