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Chief Engineer Tucker: shanjeniah’s Enterprise Fan Fic Advent Calendar

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Welcome,welcome, welcome! Happy December, everyone! May the last month of your year be filled with, love, laughter, sharing – and all the joy your soul can hold, and then some, so that it flows out from you and embraces others.

To help that wish along, I’ve created an Advent calendar. It’s as non-denominational as it can be – because it espouses the concept of IDIC – Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combination.

Every day, all month, I’ll post a short story. These are freewritings I wrote as part of my preparations for another project. They’re rough and imperfect; I’m only going to correct for spelling and grammar. But each one is a little gem in the making…

And that’s where you come in. If you read and comment, I’ll add a paragraph to this story. If you suggest a prompt, I’ll find a way to use it.

Enterprise Advent 1

OK, time for a quick briefing:

  • Spoiler zone ahead! If you were to want to start watching a show that was canceled a decade ago, and you don’t want to know what happens – well, this could be a good post to skip. I’m looking to delight, not to spoil.

  • The base art for the calendar elements of this post was created by Annalise S. Burton, and is used with permission and compensation.

  • I don’t own Trip, T’Pol, or the franchise that conceived them. These stories are offered as a gift, without expectation for any compensation. Of course, comments and honest feedback are always welcome!

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And now, to the calendar…..we lift the tab, and….

Advent Chief

Commander Tucker, I -”

It’s Trip, T’Pol. I’m called Trip. I know you know that.”

The blonde human leaned down from the conduit housing he was adapting. There was a smear of grease on his cheek, and more in his hair, which was disarranged.

It was illogical that these things would make him more attractive. T’Pol preferred quiet, and order. He was, in nearly every moment, chaotic and loud. To be fair, every human she’d met spoke too loudly for her sensitive hearing; the resultant headache was becoming habitual.

“That is irrelevant, Commander. Moreover, your interruption has cost time, and done nothing to assist us in accomplishing this assignment.” She didn’t add that the assignment was impossible to complete. Humans didn’t seem to accept the reality that some goals weren’t achievable within current parameters; therefore, there was no logic in repeating herself,

“Now, see, there’s where you’re wrong, Sub-commander T’Pol.” The man grinned at her, and T’Pol allowed herself the moment of enjoyment at the fascinating ways the human gesture shifted the planes of his face. “Listen: Com-man-der Tuck-er. Five syllables, right there. Even if you delete my last name, it’s still three, and Trip’s only one. Same for you: Sub-com-man-der T’- Pol…that’s a mouthful – six syllables. T’Pol’s only two. Now, I’d say, from an engineering standpoint, we could shave maybe two or three minutes off our time, just by doing away with the titles.”.

He looked at her, and she could feel his sense of victory. “Go ahead, T’Pol. Tell me it’s more logical than all these Commander Tuckers of yours.”

Perhaps it is.” He grinned wider, and laughed; T’Pol resisted the urge to evasive action the sudden sound triggered. “However, you have now spent nearly four minutes in explanation, and I have yet to communicate the information I need to impart. It appears, Commander Tucker, that there is a significant flaw in your logic. I hope it doesn’t extend to your understanding of engineering.”

What the human said next was not quiet, logical, or brief – and did nothing at all to move them toward the completion of the Captain’s impossible assignment.

We’ve had two commenters since this originally posted, so here’s a bit more for your reading pleasure. These paragraphs aren’t even five minutes old as I type this! Enjoy, and remember: more comments; more story!

“-and why the hell are you staring at me, when we’ve got work to do?” His own eyes hadn’t shifted from hers once during his emotional reaction; T’Pol was unable to look away from the confrontational human gesture. Did he know that Vulcans only stared at one another in such a manner in intimate or potentially violent moments? As he was, would he care?

“Well? Who’s wasting time now?” Commander Tucker demanded, his hands planted on his hips.

Will Trip ever get T’Pol to ‘call him Trip’?

Will they find a way to work together?

Is this team an unmitigated disaster?

What happens next?

Well, that’s where you come in. If you read and comment, I’ll add a paragraph to the story. If you suggest a prompt, I’ll find a way to use it. If you want to know more, I’ll explain a bit of the premise behind the story, or you can watch the series pilot, “Broken Bow”.


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!

20 thoughts on “Chief Engineer Tucker: shanjeniah’s Enterprise Fan Fic Advent Calendar

  1. Enterprise always left me cold, I really didn’t get it, to be honest
    It didn’t seem to fit into the Star Trek universe for me, so I gave up on it early on.
    Not that this has any bearing on your story of course, it’s very well written, but I have no empathy for the characters in this series at all, which makes it hard to care about them.

    1. It’s not for everyone. I didn’t watch it when it was new – I was making people then, and we couldn’t afford cable and I didn’t think the Quantum Leap guy could be a starship captain, and I was really bothered by a sexy female Vulcan….

      I was wrong.

      Enterprise happens 100 years before the original series. There’s no Federation, humans are new to space, and the Romulan War is still in the future…so it doesn’t exactly fit in with the more sanitary, organized reality of TOS or TNG.

      Enterprise got better as it went on, especially once they started using multi-episode story arcs and really developing the Trip/T’Pol relationship (the most realistic long-term romance in Trek, IMO).

      I mostly focus on that relationship, because I have this huge thing for Vulcans, and T’Pol is a Vulcan with all kinds of layers and complications….

      My goal is to elevate my fan fiction to the level of new stories. If I can give you a bit of the empathy the show didn’t, that will be really cool. =)

      Of course, if not, that’s OK too, because all things are not for all people.

      That’s why I write other things, too! =)

      1. I tried watching a few of the later episodes (due to someone like yourself who was a fan, telling me how good it was) and I honestly couldn’t see it.
        Scott Bakula really isn’t a good actor and I found the whole atmosphere of the show slightly desperate and cheesy.
        I think the producers were going for an edgier feel to the series and missed rather embarrassingly.

        There was a Dr Who spinoff called Torchwood which attributed attempted the same thing and that failed miserably too.

        1. It’s really a matter of taste. I don’t watch for the actual story on the screen – everything I watch, I look for the deeper stories, connections, relationships, emotions…

          Trek works for me because while the characters are well-developed, they don’t usually share their motivations or inner thoughts, so there’s lots of room for interpretation.

          I think the later episodes make more sense if watched after the earlier ones, because they draw a lot on that history. Also, the last episode was a travesty, and the mirror universe ones were an indulgence without a lot of merit, to my opinion.

          But it may never be for you. And that’s OK.

          I write these stories because some characters – like Spock and T’Pol (and, by extension, their foils, McCoy and Trip) – won’t stop dragging me into their lives. I write them because it makes me happy, and I share them because they seem to make some others happy, too.

          I used to shove them in cupboards, and that didn’t bring nearly as much happiness.

          This is better. =)

          1. Tell you what. I’ll take your share of the viewing. Especially the two-part episode before the finale, which was achingly real to me. Achingly enough that I cried on and off for four days after. I’ve been in a similar situation, and it was written and acted brilliantly.

          2. I’m taking the first hesitant steps to move from a blog to a website, and then I’ll have a proper email contact. I never mind people sharing cool links.

            Even if it’s not for me, it might be for someone who reads here, and that’s cool!

          3. I’ve been up all night, working on blogging stuff. I’ve got the tab up, though, so that I can read it when I’m awake. But that nebula – love that image!

        1. I think I’ve heard of it, but not seen it. I can be slow; I watch a lot of Enterprise, and this summer I finally got around to Firefly. Right now, I’m listening to Welcome to Night Vale with my daughter – I have a couple of dozen episodes left to be caught up, and then we can listen to all the new podcasts together.

          I think Fringe might be next for me. Leonard Nimoy was on that for a while.

          1. Hmm, Fringe.
            Don’t get too excited, I found it very annoying.

            I’ve started rewatching Farscape with my daughter, it still holds up pretty well.
            Here’s the pilot (no pun intended)

          2. If I don’t like it, I’ll still watch Leonard’s episodes, because it’s him.

            My daughter and I often have different tastes. She’s much more into fashion and horror than I am.

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