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““That Took Three Hours”: 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 been a less than stellar WIPpeteer, this last month or so. I’ve had a lot going on in my personal life: car repairs, trips planned and not, shopping for a swimsuit to fit a growing girl (in October, in upstate New York) so she could attend a party at a water park, to which she received a last-minute invite, Halloween shopping (“Let’s see, we still have to find you your bloody knife”); doctors’ appointments – and a reminder of why I’m happily estranged from certain members of my family of origin.

And then there was Story a Day September, and OctPoWriMo, and the facts of life of using an elderly laptop while mine is out of commission….

None of which is really a good reason for ditching my visiting. I am going to do better. I’m coming to see all of you, this week, and I’ll be answering at least some of those many backlogged comments – and, next week, I may even get my post up on time!

Yup. And Kathi’s monkeys might come fly me to Vulcan at warp five, too….

At any rate, I’m still sharing my fan fiction story, “Scavenger Hunt” in its entirety, and, even though I’ve been abysmal at answering them the last couple of weeks, I’m eager for comments, criticisms, and feedback. I’m edging closer to 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 November 4, 2015. (And I’m lying. It’s not Wednesday, and it’s not the fourth, either….wibbley wobbley, timey wimey stuff….)
  • Tuesday was election day here. So I elected to add two sentences to the (now fictitious) date, to give you six sentences about three hours…or something like that, anyway…

Context: Captain Archer is going through the list, and has discovered that Trip and T’Pol seem to have forgotten something…and now, the explanation.

“That Took Three Hours”

That scene from ‘Twister’ is a two-for-one. There’s a cow caught in the tornado. Led to quite a search of what’s been documented in funnel clouds. That took three hours, all by itself.” Trip yawned and stretched. “Scavenger hunting exhaustively is exhausting.

Will Trip get some rest?

Does he really need any?

Will Jon accept their scavenger hunt results?

Will he assign them another exercise?

And what does T’Pol have to say about this?

Well, if you want the answers to these questions, you’ll just have to come back next week!

In case you want to read back, here’s the WIPpets that have posted so far:

I’m in the process of serializing the prequel to this story, “Mission Accomplished”, over at #8sunday, . You can read the current snippet, “It’s Dangerous”, now, and the next segment goes live  very early Sunday. There’s also a list so you can catch up, if you’re coming in late.

Looking for fewer bovines, and more WIPpet Snippets? You can find them, or add your own date-related excerpt, by following the little blue froggy from WIPpet to WIPpet to WIPpet! =)


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12 thoughts on “““That Took Three Hours”: The IDIC Romance for WIPpet Wednesday

    1. I think it takes three hours if you need a rather long…um, INTERMISSION…yeah, that’s it. You know, for potentially related hands on research. Um hum. Yup, that’s it.

      This week, we get to find out if T’Pol has anything to say for herself… =)

      Glad you liked it! =)

    1. I LOVE that flying cow! And you could, just possibly, be right about the three hours. While it might have something to do with why Trip’s so exhausted, I’m somehow thinking an -AHEM – MOTIVATED T’Pol wouldn’t need anywhere close to that long to research such a narrow topic….

      But what the Cap’n doesn’t know, right….?

  1. That is one of my favorite scenes (not for quality or value, but mostly nostalgia), of TWISTER! The mention totally made me smile. However, I do have to ask if that’s a movie that anyone will know in the future. It doesn’t have classic or cult. While popular, those aren’t the movies that tend to hold on.

    As I think that, I come to a very important question: Do they still read BATMAN (or SUPERMAN or SPIDERMAN or XMEN and so on) in the STAR TREK future????

    1. It’s one of my favorites, too – not just for the cow, but for the poo fiancee who finally gets that there’s this whole other side to the man she loves, and that he’s carrying one mighty big torch…


      So, to answer your question – I took a bit of liberty with this one, partly because it’s just a pretty little bit of self-indulgent fluff…but I took liberties with awareness of canon.

      Enterprise is set less than 150 years into the future (this scene is in late 2154 or early 2155), so it’s conceivable that many current movies would still be out there, and not just the classics.

      Also, Trip is a huge movie buff. He’s the one mainly responsible for Enterprise’s on-again off-again Movie Night, and his tastes are quite eclectic. I could see him really going for a good natural disaster/romance pic- especially one that includes cool cutting edge gadgets and some engineering wizardry in getting them to fly, and one which has a classic OZ connection…

      So that part’s head canon, for me.

      As for your Very Important Question, here’s a snippet from ENTS1 episode, “Shuttlepod One”, where Trip and Malcolm are stranded together, thinking the ship’s been destroyed.

      REED: Well, tinker all you like. I’ve got a copy of Ulysses here. I doubt I’ll even be halfway through it by the time the ship gets back.
      TUCKER: I’d rather realign every micro-circuit on this shuttle than try to wade through that baby.
      REED: British schools have a core curriculum. It serves to provide a well-rounded education. Sometimes I think you North Americans read nothing but comic books and those ridiculous science fiction novels.
      TUCKER: I’ll have you know that Superman was laced with metaphor. Subtext layered on subtext.
      REED: Oh, if only Doctor Cochrane had been a European. The Vulcans would have been far less reticent to help us. But, no, he had to be from Montana. He probably spent his nights reading about cowboys and Indians.
      TUCKER: Well, I don’t recall any Europeans figuring out how to build a warp engine.

      So, yeah, Superman’s got another 150 years or so, anyway…at least, if we can believe Trip Tucker any better on that one than we can about this three hours of exhausting inter-species scavenger hunting…. =)

      1. Good reasoning on your part. You do rock the use of TWISTER and do it well.

        Good to know some things last. 🙂 I’m kind of drowning in comics lately so it was on my mind. I have NEW AVENGERS next up and under that some DOCTOR STRANGE and HARLEY QUINN. Plus, lots more.

        1. I’m not a comic girl, at the moment, but I read my share in my tweens. I was always rather fond of the Thing. =)

          Trip gives me lots of opportunities to explore pop culture. It was especially fun when he took T’Pol to see When Harry Met Sally, because she wanted to understand the concept of love. Vulcans and days of the week underpants, oh my! =D

    1. I’ve liked Helen Hunt since Mad About You, and went to see this movie when it was new. I’ve never forgotten that cow scene.

      It seems exactly like the type of thing that Trip would get a kick out of, and that would trigger all kinds of questions for T’Pol…exhaustive scavenger hunting, indeed! =)

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