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“Zoom! Zoom! Zoom!”: The IDIC Romance Advent Calendar

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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!

Enterprise Advent 11

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.

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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?

Want more?

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.

Need more IDIC Romance Advent stories?

Author:

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!

13 thoughts on ““Zoom! Zoom! Zoom!”: The IDIC Romance Advent Calendar

  1. I remember this episode (and now that all my other shows seem to be on hiatus until next year, maybe I can get back to enterprise). This was sass and sweet.

        1. Where do you watch Castle? I started watching two or three seasons in, and haven’t caught the early episodes except piecemeal.

          Castle and Beckett remind me more than a little of Trip and T’Pol – and I loved the episode Linda Park (Hoshi), did this year. =)

          May your Enterprise adventure be a wonderful one – there’s all kinds of excitement ahead! =)

          1. I started watching when it first came on. Now I mostly watch on Hulu since most of the time I’m already in bed when it comes on (10 pm)
            I just finished season 3 of Enterprise

          2. Ah – I don’t have Hulu. I wonder if I can find it anywhere else….

            Season 4 is a good one (right up till that last episode, which I don’t want to think about.). Hope you enjoy.it!

          3. It’s probably on netflix,though they won’t have the current season. But if you need to get caught up on the older ones. ..
            I’ll probably start season 4 later today.

          4. I’ve seen most (not all, I think) of the current season. It’s the way back I need to find.

            Last time I checked, neither Netflix nor Amazon Prime had it…but that changes a lot, so…I’ll check again.

            I’m definitely going to be ahead of you, since I’m getting to the end of the fourth season, now, and the rest of the month will happen in the ‘six-year gap’ between the second to last and last episodes.

    1. It was good for me. I would have played through anyway, be ause I promised, but this game! I was deeply emotionally invested in the characters well before I even got to Act 1 and I just couldn’t leave them hanging!

    2. Sorry…that comment belonged elsewhere! Here’s yours

      Trip’s coma is the result of an Engine Room accident. He suffered severe and potentially fatal brain damage and Dr. Phlox cloned Sim to supply needed neural tissue. The ethics of this troubled T’Pol. The idea was that the clone would live only two weeks, due to the process used. Of course, there end up being complications.

      Something that bothered me about this episode was the way everyone seemed to mostly ignore comatose Trip. But T’Pol, dealing with all those new trellium induced emotions (even though we won’t learn that for another several episodes), is clearly distressed by his condition, and, even though she’s busy overseeing the engine repairs, I think she must have gone to see him at least a time or two.

        1. She was mighty busy overseeing the engine repairs, and the situation became dire, but I still think she would find the time to get there to see Trip as often as she could – and, for Reasons, I think she would b able to feel that he’s still in there…

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