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…
Story a Day September is over now, but I still have lots of Trip and T’Pol shipping stories to share…and I’m going to do just that, for the next several weeks.
Beginning today, I’m sharing my flash fiction story, “Scavenger Hunt” in its entirety. Since it hasn’t appeared anywhere else, and only the first few paragraphs have previously been shared here, you can feel free to consider this a WIPpet Wednesday exclusive. You get to see it first – aren’t you the lucky ones?!
I’m eager for comments, criticisms, and feedback. I’m edging closer to biting the bullet, so to speak, and posting my first story to an actual fan fiction site, so input is extremely valuable at this point.
Disclaimer: Trip, T’Pol, and Trek – it’s a love thing, not a money thing; I don’t own them, but they won’t let me go! =)
No spoilers in this one. I envision it taking place soon after my previous story, “Mission Accomplished”. In canon terms, that would be between S4E17: “Bound”, and S4E20: “Demons”. Enterprise is en route home to Earth, with no urgent business, and Captain Archer decides that he’ll put his second and third in command through some ‘team-building exercises’. He’s got no idea (or, at least, he’s trying to convince himself that he has no idea), that they’ve got other, more intimate ways of connecting and working together, and that these little side missions are getting in the way…
Never fear, though, because TnT have ways of tending to the business at hand without sacrificing all the pleasures of a relationship that’s finally going well…
WIPpet Sorta- Math:
- Today is October 7, 2015.
- One sentence for each day in the date, plus two for a very early Halloween treat. That makes 9 sentences total.
“This Isn’t a Game”
“This isn’t a game, Commanders.” Jon tried to stare them down, but Trip was too busy trying to stifle a self-satisfied smirk to even notice. This whole thing had his name all over it.
“I was given the impression that that was precisely what it is, Captain.”
Staring down a Vulcan was all but impossible. T’Pol met his gaze so steadily and impassively that Jon shifted uncomfortably back to Trip, whose smirk had gotten the better of him. This one was his doing, but that last disaster with the murder mystery – that had to have been her work, because Trip’s mind didn’t operate that way.
“I think he means he wants us to take it seriously.” Trip nodded as though he was taking his own advice, but he was still grinning.
Is this a game?
Is T’Pol taking it seriously?
Will T’Pol defend herself?
Will she fess up to whatever the Captain thinks she did?
Will there be consequences for our interrupted lovers?
Well, if you want the answers to these questions, you’ll just have to come back next week!
I’m in the process of serializing the prequel to this story, “Mission Accomplished”, over at #8sunday. You can read the current snippet, “Stow the Fantasies”, now, and the next segment goes live just after midnight on Sunday. There’s also a list so you can catch up, if you’re coming in late.
Looking for more tasty WIPpet Snippets? You can find those, or add your own date-related excerpt, by following the little blue froggy from WIPpet to WIPpet to WIPpet! It’s a WIPpet buffet!
Trip proves that his engineering instincts are still spot-on, and that he knows what makes his Vulcan lady tick (not to mention plant one on him right in the middle of the corridor)!