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“If They Had Touched” for WIPpet Wednesday


Welcome to WIPpet Wednesday, a weekly blog hop which encourages writers to move WIPs (works-in-progress) to publication by posting excerpts related to the date.We’re led by the capable fingers and nimble mind of Emily Wrayburn.

Hello there, fellow WIPpeteers – and, to those just along for the ride – welcome! Hop in, get comfy…but don’t leave popcorn in the center seat!

So, this was going to be my month of rest, organizing, and securing loose ends after my four-month Chaostivity Marathon….

This last week was a whirlwind, though – and I expect that to carry on through the rest of the month, and beyond. While that may sound like a problem, it really, really isn’t!

It’s just that Big Things are happening in my family life, and in my husband’s small hot-sauce business. And those big things mean that he and I are going to be pretty busy as we ramp up our focus on crafting, bottling, and marketing his hot sauces.

We’ve just come up with an answer that has turned financial pressure into financial possibility, and eased a major stress point as we transition to entrepreneurship. And that entrepreneurship will now more easily be able to extend to my writing life.

I think that’s a pretty fair trade-off!

And now, for something completely different:

It’s time for another installment of my finally-getting–sassy-TnT fan fiction story, adapted from Humanity’s Enterprise. It’s a patchwork of stories, written in different styles, at different times, and for different projects. I’m slowly figuring out how to pull them all together into a coherent whole that explores just how and why T’Pol was the one Vulcan chosen to accompany Enterprise NX-01 on her maiden voyage.

I’ve decided to use this story, once revision gets to a point I’m comfortable with, as my initiation into Wattpad. So please don’t hesitate to let me know if something’s not working for you – it will make a better story in the long run!


T’Pol has just left Captain Archer’s Ready Room after formally confirming her transfer from the Vulcan Consulate to Enterprise – and refusing a handshake from a human called Trip. Now, let’s see where she is, and what she’s doing.

Here’s the standard disclaimer. I don’t own them; I don’t make money from them; I just love them, and I tell the stories they give me as well as I can.

WIPpet Math:

  • Today is August 16, 2017.
  • I have 1 paragraph for you today. I added the digits of the day (1+6), then subtracted the total from the month, (8-7). And there you have it.

“If They Had Touched”

T’Pol stepped from Captain Archer’s office, and leaned against the wall, sheltered from human eyes as she attempted to adjust to her emotional chaos. The men on the other side of the bulkhead were discussing her; she could hear them, but could spare no attention for the conversation. She had been far too near accepting the hand Trip extended to her, and giving herself to whatever might follow as a result of a first physical contact. It was a certainty that, in so doing, she would have dishonored her people, and ended her service to his before it was begun. Her emotions regarding this human had proven repeatedly that they were beyond her ability to control, or even contain. There was no possibility that she would have been able to do so if they had touched in so intimate a manner.

Will T’Pol succumb to the desire to touch Trip?

Why is this desire so strong?

How will it affect her mission?

Any guesses?

If you enjoyed this snippet, and want something more before next Wednesday, you can pop over to my page, or go directly to my brand-new story-in-progress, “Highly Classified Mission.”new chapters posting at least twice a weekly, and hopefully more often.

And, as always, clicking the little blue froggy above will carry you on to other WIPpet offerings from our talented and diverse group of writerly folks. You can even add your own date-related excerpt if you’re so inclined!


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!

7 thoughts on ““If They Had Touched” for WIPpet Wednesday

  1. Aw, c’mon, T’Pol, give into it! Or don’t, because I’m actually a sucker for this kind of emotional turmoil. But y’know. Eventually.

  2. Oh, boy. Yes, probably a good thing she didn’t touch him, even if she came off as rude. I have a feeling he’ll eventually forgive her for it, though. 🙂

    1. I do, too! Particularly once she EXPLAINS to him what that kind of touching means in HER culture, and how close to the edge she was right then!

      Not that there isn’t going to be a part of his very human brain that’s “what-iffing!”….

  3. I knew it! I knew that she wanted to shake Trip’s hand! Seems like a mere handshake is regarded as much more intimate among T’Pol’s people. Great snippet 🙂 And that’s awesome that your business is going well!

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