Purely Medicinal

By Cogito

Rating: PG

Genres: missing scene romance

Keywords: character death sickbay T'Pol's Parents

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Purely Medicinal
by Cogito


T'Pol returns home to Enterprise after a difficult away mission.

Disclaimer: Star Trek: Enterprise and its characters are copyright CBS/Paramount. No copyright infringement is intended by the author of this story, which is solely for the purpose of entertainment and is not for profit.

He watched as she limped into sickbay, Phlox following close behind.

"I don't need 'observation'," she continued hotly. "I just need ..." Her voice trailed off as she saw Trip waiting for her.

Phlox looked between the two of them before continuing. "Just the same, Sub-Commander, I must insist that you remain here for at least six hours. Your neurolytic levels are far too high and I need you to remain under observation until I'm sure you aren't going to suffer any further ..." he hesitated and glanced at Tucker, "... damage."

"That is simply a symptom of excessive fatigue," she objected. "As you are aware, conditions in the Forge were far from ideal and I have not had sufficient opportunity to meditate for several days."

"Nevertheless, ..." he said sternly, gesturing towards the nearest biobed.

She gave him a sour look but reluctantly limped over to the biobed. Trip watched anxiously, but knew better then to try to help as she climbed stiffly onto the bed and perched on the edge with her legs dangling over the side. In her current mood, trying to help would only make things worse.

She glowered at Phlox as he ran the hand scanner over her, tutting at the readings. "Just try to get some rest, hmm?" He closed the privacy curtains around them before withdrawing.

"How was it?" he asked softly. "Are you ...?"

She tilted her head noncommittally.  "It has been a difficult few days," she admitted.

That wasn't a good sign. Normally she had to be at gunpoint before she would admit there was a problem.

He looked at her closely. She looked better now that she was cleaned up, but the scrubs didn't hide the abrasions on her cheek or the stress lines around her eyes.

"She's gone," she said suddenly, eyes still on her hands clasped in her lap.

He looked at her blankly, trying to work out who she was referring to. "Gone?"

"M'aih," she explained. She looked up at him briefly before looking down again. "She's gone. She was killed in the Forge."

M'aih. Mother.

"Oh, T'Pol. I'm so sorry." She didn't resist as he stepped close and pulled her into a hug. "I know we had our differences, but she was a fine lady and I'll miss her."

She nodded stiffly against his shoulder, and he was suddenly aware that she was trembling against him. He leaned back and put his hands on her shoulders, waiting until she looked at him.

"Would you ..." he began hesitantly.

"Yes," she interrupted. "Yes, please."

Their normal neuropressure posture was out of the question in such a public place, but the biobed was at more or less the right height. She wrapped her arms around his neck while he reached behind her and slipped his hands inside her scrubs. As usual, he felt a tremor run through her as he laid his hands on the small of her back. By the time he had counted down her vertebra to the first node she had settled into her usual position with her head buried in the side of his neck.

"Remember to breathe," he said. He felt rather than heard the snort against the side of his neck. She always had to remind him, and he took a childish delight in telling her the same.

She was much quieter than normal, no doubt aware of Phlox just a few yards away, but he heard a long breathy sigh as he completed each sequence. By the time he completed the final relaxation sequence she was slumped bonelessly against him, all tension gone. He waited a few minutes, hands lightly holding her against him, but she still didn't make a move. Then he felt the breath on his neck deepen into a gentle snore and grinned as he realised what had happened. She always seemed relaxed afterward but she'd never literally fallen asleep in his arms before.

She was already on the bed so he should be able to lay her down without waking her. Unfortunately she was sitting on the blanket, but no doubt he could find another one somewhere. He started to lower her to the pillow, but as soon as he moved he felt her arms and legs tighten about him and she mumbled an incoherent objection against his neck. He waited while her breathing settled back into a steady rhythm.

OK, it would have to be plan 'B' then.

It seemed he would be here for a while.

There wasn't anywhere he'd rather be.



Lt. Zoe Jebkanto

A written jewel- small, simply elegantly & superbly cut!  Wonderful job.


OMG, this is awesome. It packs so much into so little space.


no logic to worrying, Cog.  It's far far too late for you.




I'm glad to hear that it's normal eK, I was starting to worry!


Good job! I like the idea that Trip was able to be there for her after her mother's death.


A perfectly written lil' piece of a fantastic moment that really should've been on the show. Hope you'll venture into longer stories soon. Your style is perfect. :)


Be careful.  Before you know it you'll be getting up at 4 am to write and neglecting your family to write a 600,000 word opus. 

Oh...wait.  Never mind.  That was me.  : D


I know!  Comments are addictive!  I used to run into the xray room at work cos there was a little comp in there and I'd secretly check my comments five times a day if i had something new up.  are you also giggling like a schoolgirl, and hugging yourself, and grinning and jumping up and down?  cause that's all perfectly normal son.


Wow. When I look through the comments it reads like a "who's who" of my favorite authors, so it is a huge thrill that you have all taken the trouble to read my story and make such nice comments about it. How do you writers ever get anything done? I can't seem to stop coming back to read and re-read your comments!

Thanks again.


A beautifully described moment between Trip and T'Pol that made me smile after a hard day.

Very well done and I look forward hopefully to reading more of your stories.


Allow me a little pride. Once, I forget on what occasion, I told Cogito that he would be a great writer. Well, don't you believe that I was right?:p:p:p:p:p:p


Cogito you wrote a wonderful story I like the fact you had Trip in sickbay to support T'Pol after she the ordeal she went through on Vulcan and losing her Mother.I'm glad she wanted hi support well done.


I really love this short piece, Cogito. It''s tender without being mushy and shows how you can comfort each other in difficult times. True love in action. Really nice moment as well. Your writing style is very easy to read and the whole story flows naturally. I can't wait for another story!


Wow! That was fantastic, thank you.:D


Very nice!


Cogito can write!  Who knew?


I just loved that!  This was your FIRST?  It wsa a damn good first.  Bravo.  So sweet.


Thank you for the kind words everyone, they're really appreciated. And thank you WarpGirl, for encouraging me to write it.


Cogito, This was awwwwwwwesome. I love the title as it really sums up the interaction. This is about true love, aiding and understanding rather than romance. It showed a depth between TnT that few stories  show and so heartfelt. Thanks so much for writing.


Well that was simply lovely. Such a wonderful moment in time between Trip and T'Pol. Bravo!


Very sweet and extremely well-done, Cogito.  It made me smile.  Thank you.


I'm sooooooo sorry I wanted to be first. Thank you for honoring me with the "sneak peek" and I stand by my original feedback. This is one of the most warm hearted and tender stories I have ever read in any fandom. What I adore about this story is that it is completely in character, and it's about real love. This isn't "romantic" in the hearts and flowers butterflys in the stomache sens. This is love that goes beyond the mush and lasts a lifetime through all the hardships and pain that life inevitably brings. Absolutely awesome, and my favorite author's list is being revised. You're a real fic writer now. Welcome to the club. And thanks for keeping the awesome title!


I knew it! I knew it!
Only a matter of time!
Bravo! Thanks! Bravo! Thanks! Bravo! More!:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D


for a first story this is very good.  The ending was just as it should be.  Keep on writing. You will only get better and I will only enjoy your stories more.



:D  For a first story (heck, even NOT for a first story) this was great!!!!  Well done Petey!

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