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Arachnid Nebula: Boldly Go #atozchallenge Day One

A to Z – the final blogging frontier…

Captain’s Log: April 1, 2016:

These are the fan fiction voyages of the starship Enterprise (NX-01), the first Warp Five capable Terran craft. As warp engine inventor Zefram Cochrane puts it, we are now able to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to go boldly where no one has gone before.

I’ve authored all of these stories, but I own neither Enterprise or her crew. No monetary profit is gained in their creation. I just want to share these continuing adventures with others who’ll enjoy them. Spoiler alerts will be provided along the way, as well as warnings when the story contains material some may find objectionable.

Timeline in progress….

Today, we’re off to explore the Arachnid Nebula, along with memories, dreams, imagery, and intuition.

Rated PG; spoilers for Season One, Episode 17: “Fusion.

Arachnid Nebula

(481 words)

T’Pol stood at her window, holding her mug of tea without drinking it. Her reflection was marked out against the nebula the humans had named after an animal. She’d refrained from mentioning to Captain Archer that such nomenclature was subjective, and therefore illogical; she’d learned that humans had other priorities than logic.

She ought to meditate. In her white space, she would be free of the emotions that challenged her ability to control them.

T’Pol remained at the window, her candles unlit and her table folded away.

Meditation wouldn’t resolve the causes of these emotions. She would have to deal with Tolaris in the line of duty and otherwise. That was clear in his actions to this point. She had chosen to remain aboard Enterprise, and in proximity to Commander Tucker. If, as Tolaris said, her primal nature was not as dangerous as she had been taught, what did that mean, in regards to the human engineer she had first encountered in a San Francisco restaurant,while chaotic music played?

Tolaris had invaded her space at the drink servitor, his nearness unsettling, almost threatening. His scent disturbed her inexplicably. Commander Tucker was often closer to her than Tolaris had been. Frequently, they worked together in confined spaces, and his scent, human and alien, filled her awareness. It, too was unsettling, for different reasons.

Was there any logic in her preference for the Terran man’s scent, and his nearness? Could rational examination explain her unease at the Vulcan’s?

Commander Tucker might say Tolaris lurked in a manner reminiscent of an arachnid tending its web.

No. The man who wanted to be called Trip would say, “The way that guy hovers over you gives me the heebie-jeebies. Like a damned spider in his web.”

There was no logic in finding comfort in the echoes of his voice in her mind, or in imagining the overly demonstrative and kinetic expressions he would likely employ in conjunction with them. She had witnessed his response to spiders on six occasions; his revulsion for the genus arachnae was evident.

Humans had named this nebula for an organism it only vaguely represented, and which couldn’t exist in space. Logically, there was no value to ascribing name labels that evoked emotional responses, rather than offering scientific quantification. Certainly, it would be no more reasonable to liken Tolaris to a spider, based solely on her own emotional response to his bearing.

T’Pol stood at her window, holding a full mug of cooling mint tea, and watched the swirling cloud envelope her image, then erase it. Tolaris was a spider, and she was in grave danger of becoming entrapped within his web.

The moment of certainty was wholly illogical, as was the sudden shudder that splashed cold tea across her hand and onto her sleeve.

Perhaps he was correct, and she had been more changed on Enterprise than she knew.

If you enjoyed today’s story, and want more, check out the extended version of Arachnid Nebula at fan fiction.net.

And, for a real treat, visit other blogs on the #atozchallenge roster. There is a huge diversity of topics and styles to choose from, and I think that’s something T’Pol would find most agreeable, indeed.

Hubble Telescope Finds An Alien Lifeform In The Arachnid Nebula by Evan Bornholtz, on Flickr

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!

27 thoughts on “Arachnid Nebula: Boldly Go #atozchallenge Day One

  1. Catching up on reading through these… I think I like the piece where T’Pol is “shopping” the most so far.

    What Timeline software are you using, out of curiosity? I”ve only fiddled some with Aeon, and wonder if it might serve better than I thought. At least with some of the base plotting….

    1. I’m using Aeon, although they shorted me the full trial period, and I can’t afford to purchase a license until after this trip. I sent an email; hoping to hear back about a reset, or something.

      There’s a lot to the program. I was rather lost until I watched a couple of the tutorials, and now I think it’s going to be the answer to all my jumbled and tangled timeline thoughts – not just for IDIC, but also for the parallel, but sometimes intersecting Trueborn arcs, and for Kifo, where characters sometimes crop up in each other’s stories….

      And it’s intended to work with Scrivener, which is a definite plus!

    1. Tolaris doesn’t stop with getting too close. And T’Pol doesn’t really realize the full scope of the danger, until it was far too late to protect herself from something she didn’t even know existed…

      When you get the chance, you might enjoy the longer version at fan fiction dot net. After years of wanting to, I finally got brave enough to post there! =)

      Boldly Going Through the Alphabet!
      @shanjeniah
      Part-Time Minion for Holton’s Heroes
      shanjeniah’s Lovely Chaos

    1. I love the name of your blog. I, too, have a yen for blue. =)

      I’m happy to meet another Trek fan. I’ve been writing Vulcan-centric fan fiction since I was 13 years old; T’Pol and Trip for the last tree years or so.

      I hope that, each time you return, you find something that you can truly enjoy.

      Boldly Going Through the Alphabet!
      @shanjeniah
      Part-Time Minion for Holton’s Heroes
      shanjeniah’s Lovely Chaos

    1. Good eye, John. It is indeed, and that was one of the reasons I didn’t watch Enterprise, when it was new. I just couldn’t grasp the Quantum Leap guy as a starship captain; I thought he’d be campy. And then there was what I thought was just a token Vulcan in a sexy female wrapper…

      I was wrong, on both counts, and, as a near life-long Trekkie, I’m glad I eventually gave these guys a chance.

      I happen to like Scott Bakula quite a bit in NCIS: New Orleans, too. He’s risen above Sam Beckett.

      Boldly Going Through the Alphabet!
      @shanjeniah
      Part-Time Minion for Holton’s Heroes
      shanjeniah’s Lovely Chaos

      1. There are some folks who are absolutely nuts about “Quantum Leap,” and I don’t get it. Bakula has been excellent in just about everything else. Did you ever see any episodes of “Men of a Certain Age” on TNT? He was in it with Ray Romano and Andre Braugher. I thought it was an excellent show, maybe because it was about guys in their 40s and 50s and I was in my late 40s when it was on…

    1. Voyager never got me. Their Vulcan’s body language was jarring, and, for me, that’s unforgiveable. It’s sad; I wanted to love it. =/

      I’ve got this theory. Some people can play Vulcans; others can’t. Me, I’m a can’t, so that’s why I write about them, instead! =D

      I will be giving Voyager and Tuvok another chance eventually, though, since I’m following the series in the Star Trek Chronology Project. Maybe I’ll see things I didn’t see when it was new.

      Boldly Going Through the Alphabet!
      @shanjeniah
      Part-Time Minion for Holton’s Heroes
      shanjeniah’s Lovely Chaos

  2. Hi Shan,

    It’s been decades since I last watched a full episode of Star Trek. I must have seen most of the original series and quite a few from the Next Generation series. If I understsand correctly, you will use this subject throughout the A to Z challenge? If so, I’m definitely looking forward to your next blogs.

    Kind Regards,
    Lex.

    1. Yes, It will be Enterprise, straight through, because, apparently, T’Pol has LOTS of stories to tell, and she finds it logical to put them in my head. =)

      Since they’re not chronological, I’ll be updating the timeline for each new post.

      I cut my writing teeth on original series fanfiction, starting at age 13. I’ve never tried Next Generation stories; I think there just weren’t enough Vulcans there to spark my muse.

      But T’Pol and Trip – they had a well-developed relationship in the series, and I imagine there was a lot we didn’t see…

      I hope you’ll enjoy the remainder of the posts. If you’re really intrigued, there will (at least in theory) be a longer corresponding story for each posted at fanfiction.net.

      So happy you stopped by to Trek with me! =D

  3. As an arachnophile, I have an automatic love for all things arachnid! The female A name on my secondary blog today is even Arachne! It’s such a beautiful, peaceful, awe-inspiring thing to look up at the night sky and see everything contained within. We’re literally looking back millions of years in time, and standing under the same night sky so many other people throughout time have. I also think of dear Dante when I look up at the night sky and see stars, since each of the three sections of The Divine Comedy ends with the word “stars.” It’s like a meditation to silently recite the last line, “The Love that moves the Sun and the other stars.”

    1. I like spiders, too. However, living with three people with a reaction similar to Trip’s provided ample inspiration for this story.

      I first read the name Arachne in a Star Trek novel (also where I learned the Heisenberg Uncertainty principle, and the genus/species name of the honeybee, incidentally.)

      My favorite star quotes are from Shakespeare:

      “Doubt thou the stars are fire,
      Doubt that the Earth doth move.
      Doubt truth to be a liar
      But never doubt I love.”

      And from Le Petit Prince:

      “In one of the stars I shall be living.
      In one of them I will be laughing.
      And so it will be as if all the stars are laughing
      When you look to the sky at night.”

      That one has helped ease some of the sorrow of a fiance’s death in 1995, and a child’s death in 2003.

      I think, by the end of the month, you’re going to have me convinced that I need to read Dante! =D

      Boldly Going Through the Alphabet! [@shanjeniah] from
      shanjeniah’s Lovely Chaos

    1. Thank you! I missed Enterprise when it was new – I was in my people-making years back then, and had a newborn and no cable.

      Came to it about three years back. I found DS9 and Voyager less than appealing, so I was thrilled to have a Trek to love again. And T’Pol – well, I’ve got a major straight girl crush on the lady with the ears.

      Sometimes, she wakes me up to tell me stories, and demands that I write them… =D

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