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 been hosted by our fearless shepherd – the lovely K.L. Schwengel, maven of bad boys, stock dogs, and flying monkeys! She’s ready to step back a bit, so, while we’re in a state of transition, here we still are… and ready to share!
Quite the contrary, actually. They’ve been tickling at my mind for the last week or so, offering up new little snippets and bits of scenes and plot tribbles…once I finish this novel draft, I’ll be giving them some attention – because we all know I’m at their command, and I wouldn’t want to be charged with insubordination.
But, until then…
Today, I’m sharing the conclusion of my fluffy fun flash fiction story, “Scavenger Hunt”. If you’ve missed previous installments, don’t panic…there’s a complete links list after the snippet. =D
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 11, 2015. Yup. 11/11. =D
- One sentence for each day in the date.
Context: Captain Archer questioned whether Trip and T’Pol took his scavenger hunt assignment seriously. After some inter-species banter regarding the proper way to talk about cats and dogs, Jon starts to get the idea he’s being bamboozled by Trip’s explanation of how exhausting it was like scavenger hunting exhaustively with a Vulcan. He yawned and stretched for effect…and that brings us here…
“I agree, Commander.” T’Pol echoed the yawn – something Jon had never seen her do before.
“Well, that’s an historic occasion. Why don’t you both take the next two days off, since I managed to spoil your weekend?”
“You planning any more of these ‘team-building exercises’?”
“No.” Jon sighed. “I’m afraid of what you two will come up with, if I try.” He gave them an aw-shucks shrug and grin worthy of his Chief Engineer, and added, “Dismissed. – get lost, you two.”
Just as the door closed, he thought he heard T’Pol’s soft voice say, “Mission Accomplished”, and Trip’s answering chuckle.
Jon thought of the way they’d obviously worked together to get out of his team-building exercises – not what he’d pictured, when he had the idea, but damned if he hadn’t accomplished his mission, too.
Will Jon figure out the nature of his bamboozlement?
Is that even a word!?
Will Trip and T’Pol figure out that they were bamboozled, too?
Will they even care?
Whatever will they do with two more days off? ;D
Well, if you want the answers to these questions, you’ll just have to wait for me to write a sequel to this sequel! (But don’t hold your breath; I don’t have any immediate plans for one).
Here are the previous “Scavenger Hunt” WIPpets:
“This Isn’t a Game”: October 7, 2015
“A Lot of Questions”: October 14, 2015
Being Bamboozled: October 21, 2015
“Watch Movies, Eat Popcorn”: October 28,2015
“That Took Three Hours”: November 4, 2015
I’m also 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 just after midnight on Sunday (I know, I know. I said that last week, but I got swept away in NaNo’s #DoubleUpDay, and new words were flowing…and I just didn’t get to it before the linky list closed. I’ll be adding it to this week’s list tonight or tomorrow, though, so it WILL be there this week).
Looking for less exhausting 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!
“Drunk at Dinner” – an outtake version of a classic T’Pol bamboozlement. =)