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Wrong: Boldly Go #atozchallenge Day Twenty -Three

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Captain’s Log: April 27, 2016

These are the fan fiction voyages of the starship Enterprise (NX-01),  the first Warp Five capable Terran craft. Humans are now able to explore strange new worlds, seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go….

I don’t own Enterprise or her crew. No monetary profit is gained from these stories. I just want to share my passion for these characters and their world.

Still using the timeline as it exists. This story takes place a few weeks after Season Four, Episode 3, Home, shortly after my previous story, A Vulcan Life; A Vulcan Wife. Spoilers for “Home”. Approximate time, mid March, 2154.

TLes writes a letter to her daughter T’Pol to express her concerns and regrets regarding T’Pol’s recently formalized arranged marriage. To read the complete story-in-progress, now ten chapters, click the story title.

Wrong

(619 words)

My T’Pol –

Daughter, I’ve meditated on this communication, and still I don’t know how to begin, or how to assist you as you heal. I’m uncertain whether healing is something you are capable of, with the damage you’ve sustained.

I encouraged you to make choices I believed to be logical and beneficial for your future and the continuation of your genetic attributes. However, I lacked certain apparently crucial information, and it’s now evident that my advice wasn’t best suited to your circumstances, and that the logic I employed didn’t account for the specific realities of your life, both those realities of which I was unaware, and those which I illogically wished to alter.

I watched you with your human lover, daughter. Yes, I know that you were intimately and romantically linked with Commander Tucker, prior to the incident that followed your marriage. Perhaps you’re unaware, but the connection between you was palpable. When you brought your lover here, to my home, I considered it a dishonor. That was an illogical and prejudicial determination. He is the first human Ive met, and he has shown me that there is much I assumed about his species that is not as I had thought it to be. When I suggested to this human, this man, that he confess his love for you, he placed your comfort above his own emotions. He chose to sacrifice what you might have created together, rather than cause you any more pain and confusion.

Perhaps it will surprise you, that I wish to speak of love. Such things aren’t relevant in Vulcan marriages. Your deep affection for this human male was alarming, and your new volatility more so. That’s why I urged you to Koss.

I believe now that I was wrong. You’ve changed, T’Pol, in many ways. You belong not only to Vulcan, but to the humans with whom you’ve made your life, and who have accepted you when your duty with them damaged you.

Humans are clearly more open and accepting, than our species. This man honors you in every choice he makes. Against this, what can a Vulcan marriage offer you? Children? Perhaps, I was wrong about that, as well. If you had children with Commander Tucker, they would have two parents to care for them and tend their needs. Would it matter, if others didn’t understand? If I didn’t?

Perhaps it’s too late- Commander Tucker seems to view marriage, as all things, far more emotionally than we do. Perhaps that is at the root of human nature. I know that he’s deeply troubled, daughter, as you are. He’s concerned for your welfare. He didn’t betray your confidence, but demanded, most passionately, that I ‘take good care’ of you.

I’ve failed in doing so. There are things I haven’t shared with you. Perhaps, if I had, you would have chosen differently, rather than putting my career ahead of your needs and desires, or your chosen mate’s. I thought to give you security against the questionable and controversial changes that contributed to my dismissal, and I allowed you to believe that you were the sole cause of my recent difficulties.

There is more to this situation than you know, and more than I will tell you now. You’re ill, and need time and space to recover, if you are able.

This communication is ill-advised. I’ll allow you the space and freedom I didn’t, while you were with me. Perhaps, if you return to Enterprise, you’ll find a path that is beneficial for you, and also for Commander Tucker.

I know you’ve gone to Mount Seleya. I’ll save this letter to give to you at a time when you are more prepared to receive it.

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For an added treat, visit other blogs on the #atozchallenge roster. There is a huge diversity to choose from, and I think that’s something T’Pol would find most agreeable, indeed.

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!

2 thoughts on “Wrong: Boldly Go #atozchallenge Day Twenty -Three

  1. It was so frustrating to see how Trip and T’Pol were torturing each other that I searched the internet to find out if they ever got back together before the show was over. Unfortunately, they didn’t. It is tragic and something I may not want to watch. However, I am going to hang in there and see what conclusions you come to.

    Visiting from the A to Z Blog Challenge.

    Shalom,
    Patricia @ EverythingMustChange

    1. Most people in the fandom ignore that last episode, for many reasons. It lacks logic on several levels, and is set 200 years in the future (history tends to drift).

      I do my best to follow canon through the penultimate episode, where baby Elizabeth dies. At the end of that, we see T’Pol take Trip’s hand as they seek comfort together.

      THAT feels exactly right, to me, and, going forward from there, I do have them together. As in any relationship, there will always be challenges, and more so because they are of different species, but they will get better at understanding one another and making allowances.

      My advice is, if you ever watch the last episode, try to put it out of your head as quickly as you can (with the possible exception of the always-entertaining Andorian,Shran, and his adorable little girl, Talla.) From a writing standpoint, that last episode was so bad, even the licensed Enterprise books have Trip surviving. =)

      There’s a lot to love in this show, and I wouldn’t want to have missed it because the creators overstretched and botched what could have been a perfect ending with one more episode that completely missed the mark.

      Hope this clears things up a bit…

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