Panic

By Bluetiger

Rating: PG

Genres: family

Keywords: challenge

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Genres:  Family

Keywords: Challenge


Summary: T'Pol recalls the only time in her life that she panicked.

Author's Note:  At this point in my universe, everyone refers to Soval as family.  I established this in "Anticipation".


 

 

After dinner, T'Pol was sitting on the sofa holding the squirming mass that was her six-month-old daughter. T'San was wiggling, waving her arms and trying to reach her father. Sitting on the floor around the coffee table, Trip was busy playing a spirited game of cards with the couple's other two children.

 

 Soval sat drinking his tea, watching the three Tuckers' play poker, trying to comprehend the rules. T'Resa and Morgan were endeavoring to explain the intricacies of bluffing to Soval.

 

 The elderly Vulcan informed them, "I would never have been able to have a century long career as a diplomat without a clear understanding of how to bluff."

 

Soval simply raised an eyebrow when this comment caused uproarious laughter from his family.

 

Trip had bet all his chips on what he was sure would be the winning hand. Morgan's royal flush, however, crushed his father's full house.

 

"Since my son has seen fit to take me for all I have," Trip said getting off the floor, "Who wants some ice cream?"

 

Both kids jumped up to go help, and make sure they got their favorite flavor. The Vulcan contingent declined any dessert. As the group exited to the kitchen, Soval looked at T'Pol holding her cooing child.

 

"I wonder sometimes daughter, how you ever found the courage to bond with this exceptional human man. It could not have been an easy decision in the face of our people's preconceived notions of humans."

 

T'Pol was thoughtful for a minute, "It was actually easier that you might imagine."

 


 

The young Vulcan woman was irritated. Of course, she called it unsettled, no true Vulcan would admit to that particular pesky emotion. T'Pol had just found out that she was being temporarily assigned to the human starship, Enterprise. They were launching early to return Klang to the Klingon home world. The High Command wanted an observer on board to essentially make sure the humans didn't cock things up. She reminded herself that it would only be for a short time, less than two weeks. Soval, her mentor, had told her last night. It had been he who had encouraged her to leave the Security Directorate and pursue a career in the sciences and diplomacy. T'Pol headed to the Captain's ready room, orders in hand, to report for duty.

 

The lovely Vulcan woman squared her shoulders and activated the call button. T'Pol had faced down spies and traitors, fearlessly been involved in many fire fights, she could do this.

 

The captain called 'come in' and T'Pol proceeded forward. Upon entering the room she was overcome by several sensations. The first was a disgusting odor that seemed to be emanating from a small hairy animal. Trying to concentrate on what Captain Archer was saying, T'Pol became aware of a human man sitting across the room. He was making some smart remark about having showered this morning, but all she could focus on were the pheromones rolling off this man. She almost felt as if they were imprinting on her. Usually human emotions were easy to sense, but this man's were shouting at her. Distrust, suspicion, an appreciation of her appearance, and desire all warred with each other. When his introduction was finally made, the human male stuck out his hand.

 

"Trip, I'm called Trip."

 

T'Pol looked at the outstretched hand. During diplomatic training Vulcans were taught that many species shake hands. It was a custom that had to be observed so as not to create offense. Vulcan's had shaken hands with Cochrane during first contact. For the first time in her life T'Pol felt a wave of panic sweep up her spine. She knew deep in her soul that if she took that hand her life would be changed forever. Not sure how she knew this, the panicked woman never the less was certain it was true.

 

Turning away swiftly with hands clutched behind her back, T'Pol presented her usual emotionless persona. 

 

"I'll try to remember that."

 


 

Soval reached out to take T'San from her mother. "How do you mean, easier than I would imagine?"

 

"From the moment I met Trip, I felt a pull. It was quite a while before I recognized it for the beginnings of a bond, but it was always there. Humans refer to it as fate; however I believe that my katra had simply met its other half. It would have been illogical to deny this, especially after talking to Trip's grandmother," T'Pol said with just a touch of humor.

 

Later that night, Soval had offered to escort T'Resa safely back to her dormitory on his way back to the Vulcan compound. Morgan and T'San, both exhausted from the evening's excitement, were fast asleep. This allowed Trip and T'Pol a quiet moment together much earlier in the evening than expected.

 

The amorous couple was in their room making love. As their passionate kiss broke, T'Pol spoke to her husband.

 

"If I had known then what I know now, I would have shaken your hand."

 

Trip gave his wife a puzzled look and a chuckle, "What?"

 

"It's just that I now realize there was nothing to be afraid of."

 

With that T'Pol continued making love to her slightly confused husband.

 

 

The End 

 


Comments:

Hummingbird2

Yup,Trip definitely has Kavorka!

Linda

Sweet.

Dinah

Once again, you've given us a small, intimate family moment -- just lovely.  I have a feeling the attraction on that first day was mutual.  From that first thwarted handshake, Trip and T'Pol were just destined to be together.  This is great!

Alelou

Oh, how charming.  I love it.  Finaly, the lack of that handshake is perfectly explained!  :p 

Pitseleh

I love your writing style. This was short and sweet, and very much in character. Awesome story.

panyasan

Love at first glance. Liked the rolling of emotions and pheromones. Can imagine it was frighting to T'Pol. Nice story.

anaM

So it was love at first sight! We all know that of course ;) and you have written it beautifully here!

Asso

When I see that something written by you is in the main page, I go preparing myself carefully.
I take my time.
I sit down quietly in my armchair.
A finger of whisky.
Penumbra.
Then, I'm ready to dream.
Never I was disappointed by you, BlueTiger.
Not even this time.:D

bluetiger

BnB, thats exactly the way I see it. Spock had father issues that would fill volumes. While I do believe that Vulcan physical characteristics would be fairly dominate, pointed ears, strenght, and longevity, I feel Trip's kids would find a balance. With T'Pol's love of her husband as an example, I think the children would not fear to show their emotions. Much more of a personal choice.

BnB

The kids are half human. Spock was indoctrinated under Vulcan culture, remember? Sarek probably didn't cut him much slack as he was growing up. I doubt Trip would be as stern a father as Sarek. And I can't see T'Pol trying to overrule Trip when it came to permitting her kids to explore their Human half.

Besides, Vulcans are emotional. That's the whole point of Surak's teachings. how to handle the emotions without going ballistic.I figure their Human blood lets them get away with it. Remember Spock on that planet with the spores?

 

BnB

The kids are half human. Spock was indoctrinated under Vulcan culture, remember? Sarek probably didn't cut him much slack as he was growing up. I doubt Trip would be as stern a father as Sarek. And I can't see T'Pol trying to overrule Trip when it came to permitting her kids to explore their Human half.

Besides, Vulcans are emotional. That's the whole point of Surak's teachings. how to handle the emotions without going ballistic.I figure their Human blood lets them get away with it. Remember Spock on that planet with the spores?

 

Reanok

Blurtiger what a wonderful story about T'Pol's pov of meeting Trip for the first time and the reason why she felt panic if she did shake his hand.That she felt some kind of interest him from the first time they met.

WarpGirl

AWESOME! I thought this was just perfect. Please do more, one thing though... aren't those kids slightly yoo emotional? Spock's brain would have melted with all of these emotions.

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