Being Bamboozled : The IDIC Romance 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. It’s hosted by the lovely K.L. Schwengel, maven of bad boys, stock dogs, and flying monkeys! She’s our fearless shepherd…or something like that, anyway…

Story a Day September is over, and I have lots of Trip and T’Pol shipping stories to share…and that’s just what I’m going to do, for the next several weeks.

I’m sharing my flash fiction story, “Scavenger Hunt” in its entirety. Since it hasn’t appeared anywhere else, and only the first few paragraphs have previously been shared here, this a WIPpet Wednesday exclusive. 

I’m eager for comments, criticisms, and feedback. I’m edging closer and closer to biting the bullet, so to speak, and posting my first story to an actual fan fiction site, so input is extremely valuable to me, at this point.

Disclaimer: Trip, T’Pol, and Trek – it’s a love thing, not a money thing; I don’t own them, but they won’t let me go! =)

No spoilers in this one. I envision it taking place soon after my previous story, “Mission Accomplished”. In canon terms, that would be between S4E17: “Bound”, and S4E20: “Demons”. Enterprise is en route home to Earth, with no urgent business, and Captain Archer decides that he’ll put his second and third in command through some ‘team-building exercises’. He’s got no idea (or, at least, he’s trying to convince himself that he has no idea), that they’ve got other, more pleasurable ways of connecting and working together, and that these little side missions are getting in the way…

Never fear, though, because TnT have ways of tending to the business at hand without sacrificing all the pleasures of a relationship that’s finally going well…

WIPpet Sorta- Math:

  • Today is October 21, 2015.
  • One sentence for each day in the date.

A bit of context: Jon says it’s not a game. T’Pol says it is. Trip says he doesn’t mind working on his time off, but that T’Pol had lots of questions, so it took a while….and now, here we are.

Being Bamboozled

That was the first thing either of them had said that Jon did believe. He ignored Trip, and focused on the Vulcan woman. “Did you get satisfactory answers?”

I believe I did. I’m now familiar with the phrases, ‘pot of gold’, ‘twister’, and ‘hair curlers’. I know that Shirley Temple was a child actress some one hundred and twenty five years ago, and that she was known for her curls, her tap dancing, and the song, “On the Good Ship Lollipop.” I learned that Trip had an extremely large canid -”  

“A big dog, T’Pol -“

“-An Irish wolfhound, named Bedford, and also a black and white felinoid -“

She means a cat, Cap’n. Bartie-bee was a cat.” T’Pol seemed to have the ability to make even that damned smirk disappear – definitely not the result Jon had been going for.

T’Pol didn’t seem to care that Trip wasn’t grinning anymore, or that he had been in the first place. She went on in her typically unruffled tones. “I have also been copiously reminded that Commander Tucker is prone to unwarranted interruptions of others’ conversations.”

Spoilsport.” Trip shook his finger at T’Pol.

T’Pol went on as though Trip hadn’t said a word. “I also learned that the Commander’s sister emulated Shirley Temple during the illogical holiday known as ‘Halloween’.”

“And that took two days?” Jon knew he was being bamboozled, but not how.

Is Jon being bamboozled?

If so, will he figure out how?

Will Trip and T’Pol ever agree on how to describe cats and dogs?

Will they start fighting like cats and dogs?

Is Jon sorry he asked if T’Pol got satisfactory answers?

Will Trip find his lost smile?

Come back next week to learn things!

In case you want to read back, here’s the WIPpets that have posted so far:

I’m in the process of serializing the prequel to this story, “Mission Accomplished”, over at #8sunday. You can read the current snippet, “Something Totally Unrelated”,  now, and the next segment goes live just after midnight on Sunday. There’s also a list so you can catch up, if you’re coming in late.

Looking for more tasty WIPpet Snippets? You can find those, or add your own date-related excerpt, by following the little blue froggy from WIPpet to WIPpet to WIPpet! It’s a WIPpet buffet!

“Something Totally Unrelated”: The IDIC Romance for #WeWriWa #8Sunday

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors’

Eight Sentence Sunday!

It’s the weekly hop for everyone who loves to write! We’ve got a variety of genres and talented writers just waiting for you to come sample their wordy wares. Come read one, or all, or pick a few like wildflowers or sweet berries….

And, if you’re inclined to share your own 8-10 sentence snippet, follow the link and sign up. It’s a great community to be a part of! =D

This week, I offer you the ten-sentence installment #6 in my serialized Star Trek: Enterprise flash fan fiction story, “Mission Accomplished”. We begin right where last week’s snippet, “Losing Focus” ended.

With a mystery to solve, T’Pol’s on to something, and a brainstorming volley ensues…but its this really what Captain Archer is looking for, or are they following T’Pol’s conquering fingertips down the wrong track?

“Something Totally Unrelated”

I’ll be damned – you’re right. We also don’t know what ‘few items’ he, she, or it absconded with.”

Or that the ‘M.A.’ was left by the invader-”

“Or that it was initials. Could’ve been a code, or something totally unrelated to the crime…”

“If there was a crime. Perhaps the ‘victim’ staged the scene to procure some benefit. Wasn’t that common practice, in Earth’s recent past?”

I think so. But the Cap’n said we had to use these clues.”

Are they on the right track?

Will they figure out the mystery?

Will T’Pol’s fingertips mind their manners?

Will Trip be able to resist, if they don’t?

What will they do next?

Come on back next week to find out!

Need to read back? Here’s all of “Mission Accomplished” that’s been posted, thus far:

Challenges like Story A Day September encourage me to think outside of my own experience. Fitting all the prompts into my fan fiction universe, ups the ante.

Of course, I also get to play with Trip and T’Pol! =D

And, now, the obligatory disclaimer:

Trip, T’Pol, and Trek: None of these are mine. Can I help it if these two unlikely lovers keep insisting I tell their stories? =)

Want more #8Sunday?

“A Lot of Questions” : The IDIC Romance 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. It’s hosted by the lovely K.L. Schwengel, maven of bad boys, stock dogs, and flying monkeys! She’s our fearless shepherd…or something like that, anyway…

Story a Day September  is over, and I have lots of new Trip and T’Pol shipping stories to share…and I’m going to do just that, for the next several weeks.

I’m sharing my flash fiction story, “Scavenger Hunt” in its entirety. Since it hasn’t appeared anywhere else, and only the first few paragraphs were previously been shared here, you can feel free to consider this a WIPpet Wednesday exclusive.

I’m eager for comments, criticisms, and feedback. I’m edging closer and closer to biting the bullet, so to speak, and posting my first story to an actual fan fiction site, so input is extremely valuable to me, at this point.

Disclaimer: Trip, T’Pol, and Trek – it’s a love thing, not a money thing; I don’t own them, but they won’t let me go! =)

No spoilers in this one. I envision it taking place soon after my previous story, “Mission Accomplished”. In canon terms, that would be between S4E17: “Bound”, and S4E20: “Demons”.  Enterprise is en route home to Earth, with no urgent business, and Captain Archer decides that he’ll put his second and third in command through some ‘team-building exercises’. He’s got no idea (or, at least, he’s trying to convince himself that he has no idea), that they’ve got other, more pleasurable ways of connecting and working together, and that these little side missions are getting in the way…

Never fear, though, because TnT have ways of tending to the business at hand without sacrificing all the pleasures of a relationship that’s finally going well…

WIPpet Sorta- Math:

  • Today is October 14, 2015.
  • One sentence for each day in the date.

To set the scene and provide a reminder: Captain Archer is confronting Trip and T’Pol about something that’s “not a game.” He’s upset enough to be using titles rather than names, and he’s pretty sure that Trip is behind whatever it is that’s not a game. T’Pol, on the other hand, contends that a game is exactly what she understood it to be. Trip’s more or less on the sidelines, with a huge self-satisfied smirk. If you missed last week, and want the whole scoop, read this.

“A Lot of Questions”

Captain, are you implying that I didn’t? Or that I would allow Commander Tucker to fail to do so, when I am in command of the assignment?” Without shifting her tone or expression, Jon’s First Officer managed to get across that she was insulted at even the suggestion.

“No, of course not,” Jon backpedaled fast. T’Pol had a temper, and he didn’t want to land on the wrong side of it – especially in his own Ready Room. “It’s just that you essentially refused to accept the last challenge, but it took you over seven hours to file your report saying so. And now – well, it’s been damned near two days, I haven’t heard a peep from either one of you, – and then you give me this?”

“You didn’t specify how we were to fulfill the requirement, Captain.”

“Besides, both times, you gave us your challenges while we were off-duty, Cap’n. Now, I don’t mind working on my off hours -”

“Nor do I.”

“Since we were off duty, I didn’t see any harm in taking our time. Besides, T’Pol here had a lot of – questions – if you can believe that.” Trip plunked himself down on the arm of the chair T’Pol was perching on; she lifted a brow a bit but said nothing.

Is T’Pol taking it seriously?

Is Trip?

What took so long?

Will the Captain ever find out?

What kind of – questions – did T’Pol have?

Will she boot Trip off her chair?

If you want the answers to these questions,

come back next week!

In case you want to read back, here’s the WIPpets that have posted so far:

I’m currently serializing the prequel to this story, “Mission Accomplished”, over #8sunday. You can read the current snippet, “Losing Focus”, now, and the next segment goes live just after midnight on Sunday. There’s also a list so you can catch up, if you’re coming in late.

Looking for more tasty WIPpet Snippets? You can find those, or add your own date-related excerpt, by following the little blue froggy from WIPpet to WIPpet to WIPpet! It’s a WIPpet buffet!

“Losing Focus”: The IDIC Romance for #WeWriWa #8Sunday

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors’

Eight Sentence Sunday!

It’s the weekly hop for everyone who loves to write! We’ve got a variety of genres and talented writers just waiting for you to come sample their wordy wares. Come read one, or all, or pick a few like wildflowers or sweet berries….

And, if you’re inclined to share your own 8-10 sentence snippet, follow the link and sign up. It’s a great community to be a part of! =D

This week, I offer you installment #5 in my serialized Star Trek: Enterprise flash fan fiction story, “Mission Accomplished”. We begin right where last week’s snippet, “Stow the Fantasies” ended.

With a mystery to solve, T’Pol has introduced a line of inquiry – but is it really Trip who’s losing focus, here…?

Losing Focus”

“I see your point.” Damn, he loved the way her mind worked.

“You’re losing focus, t’hy’la.” T’Pol’s fingers surged across the table, captured and twined with his.

He let her keep her prize. Where her fingertips went, the rest of her would follow, sooner or later. Resistance was completely illogical..

“OK, maybe we don’t have proof that the burglar is a killer – but how will that help us figure out who the hell he is?”

“He?”

“ ‘He absconded with a few items’.”

“There is no evidence to support the assumption that the perpetrator was male.”

Will T’Pol manage to keep her focus?

Will Trip be able to keep up with her mental acrobatics?

Is T’Pol onto something here?

Will they solve this murder mystery?

Why does T’Pol always go where her fingertips lead her?

Come on back next week to find out!

Need to read back? Here’s all of “Mission Accomplished” that’s been posted, thus far:

Challenges like Story A Day September encourage me to think outside of my own experience. Fitting all the prompts into my fan fiction universe, ups the ante.

Of course, I also get to play with Trip and T’Pol! =D

And, now, the obligatory disclaimer:

Trip, T’Pol, and Trek: None of these are mine. Can I help it if these two unlikely lovers keep insisting I tell their stories? =)

If you were to write a fan fiction story, what would your inspiration be?

Want more #8Sunday?

And, to close out, watch T’Pol’s fingertips live a life of their own in this series pilot clip!  I do think Trip asked for it…and, I daresay, enjoyed it, too….

 

“This Isn’t a Game” : The IDIC Romance 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. It’s hosted by the lovely K.L. Schwengel, maven of bad boys, stock dogs, and flying monkeys! She’s our fearless shepherd…or something like that, anyway…

Story a Day September  is over now, but I still have lots of Trip and T’Pol shipping stories to share…and I’m going to do just that, for the next several weeks.

Beginning today, I’m sharing my flash fiction story, “Scavenger Hunt” in its entirety. Since it hasn’t appeared anywhere else, and only the first few paragraphs have previously been shared here, you can feel free to consider this a WIPpet Wednesday exclusive. You get to see it first – aren’t you the lucky ones?!

I’m eager for comments, criticisms, and feedback. I’m edging closer to biting the bullet, so to speak, and posting my first story to an actual fan fiction site, so input is extremely valuable at this point.

Disclaimer: Trip, T’Pol, and Trek – it’s a love thing, not a money thing; I don’t own them, but they won’t let me go! =)

No spoilers in this one. I envision it taking place soon after my previous story, “Mission Accomplished”. In canon terms, that would be between S4E17: “Bound”, and S4E20: “Demons”. Enterprise is en route home to Earth, with no urgent business, and Captain Archer decides that he’ll put his second and third in command through some ‘team-building exercises’. He’s got no idea (or, at least, he’s trying to convince himself that he has no idea), that they’ve got other, more intimate ways of connecting and working together, and that these little side missions are getting in the way…

Never fear, though, because TnT have ways of tending to the business at hand without sacrificing all the pleasures of a relationship that’s finally going well…

WIPpet Sorta- Math:

  • Today is October 7, 2015.
  • One sentence for each day in the date, plus two for a very early Halloween treat. That makes 9 sentences total.

“This Isn’t a Game”

This isn’t a game, Commanders.” Jon tried to stare them down, but Trip was too busy trying to stifle a self-satisfied smirk to even notice. This whole thing had his name all over it.

I was given the impression that that was precisely what it is, Captain.”

Staring down a Vulcan was all but impossible. T’Pol met his gaze so steadily and impassively that Jon shifted uncomfortably back to Trip, whose smirk had gotten the better of him. This one was his doing, but that last disaster with the murder mystery – that had to have been her work, because Trip’s mind didn’t operate that way.

 “I think he means he wants us to take it seriously.” Trip nodded as though he was taking his own advice, but he was still grinning.

 

Is this a game?

Is T’Pol taking it seriously?

Is Trip?

Will T’Pol defend herself?

Will she fess up to whatever the Captain thinks she did?

Will there be consequences for our interrupted lovers?

Well, if you want the answers to these questions, you’ll just have to come back next week!

I’m in the process of serializing the prequel to this story, “Mission Accomplished”, over at #8sunday. You can read the current snippet, “Stow the Fantasies, now, and the next segment goes live just after midnight on Sunday. There’s also a list so you can catch up, if you’re coming in late.

Looking for more tasty WIPpet Snippets? You can find those, or add your own date-related excerpt, by following the little blue froggy from WIPpet to WIPpet to WIPpet! It’s a WIPpet buffet!

Trip proves that his engineering instincts are still spot-on, and that he knows what makes his Vulcan lady tick (not to mention plant one on him right in the middle of the corridor)!

Stow the Fantasies: The IDIC Romance for #WeWriWa #8Sunday

Welcome to

Weekend Writing Warriors’ Eight Sentence Sunday!

It’s the weekly hop for everyone who loves to write! We’ve got a variety of genres and talented writers to choose from. Come read one, all, or pick a few like wildflowers or sweet berries….

And, if you’re inclined to share your own 8-10 sentence snippet, follow the link and sign up. It’s a great community to be a part of! =D

This week, I offer you installment #4 in my serialized Star Trek: Enterprise flash fan fiction story, “Mission Accomplished”. We begin right where last week’s snippet, “Vulcans Don’t Scowl” ended.

Trip and T’Pol have a mystery to solve and other ideas on how to pass the evening…and that’s got T’Pol’s Vulcan mind whirring, and Trip trying to keep up…

Stow the Fantasies

Focus, Tucker. Be logical. Stow the fantasies.

“We can’t assume that the home invader was a killer.”

Well, that stowed them, all right – Vulcan bluntness didn’t leave much room for fantasies. Better get this over with, before she completely spoiled the mood.

“It says he’s a killer on the loose.”

“We weren’t told whether the woman died. She may have recovered. Nor can we assume the perpetrator has killed in the past, based upon this ‘clue’.”

Will Trip be able to keep his fantasies stowed?

Will T’Pol spoil the mood?

Is she onto something here?

Will they solve this murder mystery?

Why do they have to play along with the Captain’s game?

Come on back next week to find out!

Need to read back? Here’s all of “Mission Accomplished” that’s been posted, thus far:

Challenges like Story A Day September encourage me to think outside of my own experience. Adding a personal goal, like fitting all of these prompts into my fan fiction universe, ups the ante.

Of course, I also get to play with Trip and T’Pol! =D

And, now, the obligatory disclaimer:

Trip, T’Pol, and Trek: None of these are mine. Can I help it if these two unlikely lovers keep insisting I tell their stories? =)

Want more #8Sunday?

All the Way Open : The IDIC Romance 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. It’s hosted by the lovely K.L. Schwengel, maven of bad boys, stock dogs, and flying monkeys! She’s our fearless shepherd…or something like that, anyway…

Today’s the final day of Story a Day September, so here I am with the last set of opening paragraphs.

If any of them speak to you, let me know in the comments.

Disclaimer: I don’t own these characters or their franchise. Trip and T’Pol just demand that I write what they tell me to. I don’t cheapen that with money; this is all free!

There may or may not be spoilers for all kinds of things here. You’ve been warned; the choice is yours.

WIPpet Sorta- Math:

  • Today is September 30, 2015.
  • One opening paragraph for each day of the past WIPpet week (Thursday – Tuesday), with extras. Today’s prompt isn’t live yet; I’ll add it to next week’s WIPpet.

Such a Sad Smile”(complete micro-story): September 24, 2015

Halloween. Lizzie’s Sweet Sixteen party, and the groom never showed up – he was screwing her best friend. But she was so brave. She wore the dress and the veil, even threw the bouquet at midnight like they’d planned.Smiled all night, and never cried till everyone went home. Such a sad smile though- you remind me so much of her, sometimes, pepperpot. Both of you – toughing it out, while your hearts are broken and your souls shattered. Come here, let me hold you – both of you. Maybe hugs can’t make this better, but they can’t hurt, either.”

She and I” September 24, 2015

We’re no different, she and I.” A whisper, as a tear falls on the black and white of the hospital floor. Wave of sorrow, longing, sharp-edged grief …she’s being rolled under.

If She’s Dead” September 24, 2015

The father stands in the shallow water, holding a small blonde child. She struggles, staring out at another blonde head as it breaks the water’s surface. The father sets the child on her feet. She runs to the boy, who sweeps her up, laughing, lifts her high, arms spread as though she’ll take flight. Then he kneels. They’re on the same level. The girl points out at the ocean, and he nods.

The Monstrous More September 25, 2015

He never would have guessed that she had a monster living inside her. Sure, he’d seen her passions, knew she could lose that famous Vulcan control of hers, even knew it was a hell of a lot more likely to happen when they were alone together.

Are You Going to Eat That?” September 26, 2015

Eat, meat, treat, feat, greet – “

Lost, Found, Lost: September 27, 2015

Trip didn’t understand. She’d hurt him, somehow, and that was something she didn’t understand. She wanted to go back, to tell him she would attend Movie Night with him, stay the night if he wished, that she had no desire to ever be apart from where he was, even for the space of a single breath, and that his inanimate engines could never need him the way that she did.

We’d Better Hurry”: September 28, 2015

Trip had his hands full – of quietly trembling Vulcan, and all the things he felt for this maddening, frustrating, downright confusing woman. Less than six hours ago, she’d told him that she just plain didn’t have time for him. She was too busy with her precious Kir- whatever-the-hell-it-was-called to go to Movie Night with the likes of Charles Tucker the Third. Okay, not in those exact words, but her point was damned clear.

Too Close for Comfort: September 29, 2015

What the hell happened to them, Phlox? Why is Trip in Vulcan robes?”

Too Close for Comfort (Alternate Version): September 29, 2015

Trip rolled over, and reached for her….and found only cool sheets, not her hotter-than-human body.

So, do you have a favorite among these openings?

Is there one (or more) that doesn’t work for you?

Do any of these make you want to read the next paragraph?

Tell me which you like (one, two, more,all) and, I will post the next paragraph in the comments. Multiple votes get multiple paragraphs, and you can comment on those, too,! I’m willing to post as many as you’re eager to read!

I want to know what makes you want to read more, and also if there’s something that turns you off. All of the openings are on the rough side.

And, in case you missed them:

I’m serializing one of my stories, “Mission Accomplished”, over at #8sunday. You can read the current snippet, “Vulcans Don’t Scowl”, now, and the next segment goes live just after midnight on Sunday. There’s also a list so you can catch up, if you’re coming in late.

And, starting next week, something new here, too. What is it, you ask? Well, come on back next Wednesday and find out for yourself – you’ll get no spoilers from me! =D

In the meantime, get more  WIPpetty goodness, or add your own date-related excerpt, by following the little blue froggy from WIPpet to WIPpet to WIPpet! It’s a WIPpet buffet!