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, and I have lots of new Trip and T’Pol shipping stories to share…and I’m going to do just that, for the next several weeks.
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 were previously been shared here, you can feel free to consider this a WIPpet Wednesday exclusive.
I’m eager for comments, criticisms, and feedback. I’m edging closer and closer to biting the bullet, so to speak, and posting my first story to an actual fan fiction site, so input is extremely valuable to me, 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 pleasurable 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 14, 2015.
- One sentence for each day in the date.
To set the scene and provide a reminder: Captain Archer is confronting Trip and T’Pol about something that’s “not a game.” He’s upset enough to be using titles rather than names, and he’s pretty sure that Trip is behind whatever it is that’s not a game. T’Pol, on the other hand, contends that a game is exactly what she understood it to be. Trip’s more or less on the sidelines, with a huge self-satisfied smirk. If you missed last week, and want the whole scoop, read this.
“A Lot of Questions”
“Captain, are you implying that I didn’t? Or that I would allow Commander Tucker to fail to do so, when I am in command of the assignment?” Without shifting her tone or expression, Jon’s First Officer managed to get across that she was insulted at even the suggestion.
“No, of course not,” Jon backpedaled fast. T’Pol had a temper, and he didn’t want to land on the wrong side of it – especially in his own Ready Room. “It’s just that you essentially refused to accept the last challenge, but it took you over seven hours to file your report saying so. And now – well, it’s been damned near two days, I haven’t heard a peep from either one of you, – and then you give me this?”
“You didn’t specify how we were to fulfill the requirement, Captain.”
“Besides, both times, you gave us your challenges while we were off-duty, Cap’n. Now, I don’t mind working on my off hours -”
“Nor do I.”
“Since we were off duty, I didn’t see any harm in taking our time. Besides, T’Pol here had a lot of – questions – if you can believe that.” Trip plunked himself down on the arm of the chair T’Pol was perching on; she lifted a brow a bit but said nothing.
Is T’Pol taking it seriously?
What took so long?
Will the Captain ever find out?
What kind of – questions – did T’Pol have?
Will she boot Trip off her chair?
If you want the answers to these questions,
come back next week!
In case you want to read back, here’s the WIPpets that have posted so far:
“This Isn’t a Game”: October 7, 2015
I’m currently serializing the prequel to this story, “Mission Accomplished”, over #8sunday. You can read the current snippet, “Losing Focus”, 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.