Welcome,welcome, welcome! Happy December, everyone! May your year end with love, laughter, sharing – and all the joy your soul can hold, and more, so that it flows out from you and embraces others.
To help that wish along, I’ve created a special Advent calendar. It’s as non-denominational as it can be, because it doesn’t stop on December 25 – and because it espouses the concept of IDIC – Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations.
Every day, all month, I’m posting a flash fiction story. These are freewritings I created while preparing for an upcoming project. They’re rough and imperfect; I’m only going to correct for spelling and grammar. Read one, read some, read them all – suit yourself!
Time for a quick briefing:
Spoiler zone ahead! If you haven’t seen Enterprise and don’t want to know what happens, I’d prefer you don’t read these. I’m looking to delight, not to spoil.
The calendar art 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, rhapsodizing ramblings, and honest feedback of all kinds are always welcome!
And now, to the calendar…..we lift the tab to find a comatose engineer, a troubled Vulcan keeping silent vigil, and a very unique child on the other side of the Sickbay curtain.
T’Pol sat beside Trip, stroking his hand softly. He was dreamlessly asleep – or, at least, that’s what she hoped. Perhaps his mind was lost now, gone into whatever inner realm claimed human sentience when it faded…
No. He was still here, or she wouldn’t have had that thought. It was more his nature than her own.
Relieved, she bent forward, knowing that she was shielded by the curtains, and lightly brushed her lips across his forehead, the way he had done for her, again and again, when she was recovering from the intensity of trellium poisoning…
No. Not poisoning. Or at least, not at this level. Now, the feelings were pleasing – or had been, until he was injured, and worry and grief warred within her –
“What the hell does that mean? T’Pol – oh, hell, what are you doing to yourself?! I can feel it – but I’m stuck -“
“It’s nothing.” Perhaps it should trouble her that she was able to communicate with him this way; or that she imagined she could, if this wasn’t as real as it seemed. “Only an experiment, and nothing that you should concern yourself with. Your purpose- your sole purpose – should be getting well.”
“Bullshit. I can’t do a thing to get better. If you didn’t come to be with me, I think I’d’ve slipped away already…” For a moment, her awareness of him faded again, and T’Pol felt something sharp and hard force her breath to a quicker, more urgent pace. “But you’re in trouble. I can feel it. And you haven’t told anyone… T’Pol – tell Phlox. Tell the Cap’n…hell, tell anyone….damn, falling asleep again. No one ever told me comas were so exhausting…”
He lapsed into silence, but now there were dreams….perhaps she shouldn’t share in them, but there she was, in the club where they’d first met, but now shadows surrounded her, fingers stretching out to seize and snag at her…
“Zoom! Zoom! Zoom!” A shrill child’s voice.
“Shh, Sim. T’Pol prefers quiet.”
She’d fallen asleep, her head on Trip’s chest. Had Phlox seen her?
Trip slept on. The child-clone, now past infancy and the stage humans called toddlerhood, chattered to Phlox about what made the machines go – already, he seemed to possess the mind of the engineer he would become –
But he wouldn’t become an engineer. The child had been created for only one purpose – to provide the tissues essential for Trip’s recovery.
What’s going on with T’Pol?
Why is Trip in a coma?
How exactly was Sim cloned?
Will T’Pol take Trip’s advice, and tell someone?
Will Trip recover?
What will become of Sim?
Drop me a comment in the box below, and 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. You can also watch the Season Three episodes “Similitude”, and “Damage” to learn more.