Missing Scenes from Season One -The Andorian Incident

By Alelou

Rating: PG

Genres: adventure missing scene

Keywords: Andorians

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This story is number 6 in the series Missing Scenes from Season One


Spoilers: Episode 06 The Andorian Incident.

Author's Note:  I've had to rewrite this a bit from the fanfic.net version because I realized I'd forgotten an Andorian back in the room. I hate it when that happens.


 

 T'Pol followed a visibly angry Archer back to the room where they had been held, where Tucker was holding a phase pistol on a sulking Andorian.  "You are free to go," Archer told the Andorian. "Your comrades are on their way to their ship.  Mr. Reed here will escort you to them." The Andorian blinked at him for two seconds, before leaving with the armory officer stalking behind him. 

The Elder said, "Where is our initiate?"

"Oh, he'll be along eventually," Archer said. "I'm guessing he's not actually attached to the spy station you have here, or he would have been a lot more effective at what he tried to do. So I assume he's just a particularly gung-ho initiate? Or are you people even really monks?"

The Elder frowned. "Excuse me?"

Archer smiled without mirth. "There's a huge spy station carved right into the mountain behind this sanctuary. I find it hard to believe you've never noticed. Were the construction crews as quiet as you are?"

The Elder said nothing.

"A spy station?" Tucker said. One eye was now swollen shut where he'd been butted by the Andorian's gun. "Exactly what the Andorians were looking for in the first place?"

"Yes," Archer said grimly.

Tucker gave her a disbelieving look, before he turned his attention back to the captain. "And now they're just ... leaving?"

"I have no reason to hold them," Archer said.

Tucker grimaced, his hand rising involuntarily to his swollen face. "With respect, sir, they knocked the hell out of you. And they were threatening to kill people."

Lieutenant Reed suddenly raced back in. "Captain," he said, rather breathlessly. "I believe Crewman Baratto may be going into shock. He needs medical attention."

"Let's get Phlox down here," Archer said, and held out his hand for Malcolm's communicator. While the captain called the ship, T'Pol observed Reed sidling up to Commander Tucker. "Looks like you could use a little attention from the good doctor, too," the tactical officer said, under his breath.

Tucker lowered his voice even further. "Why we would just let them go?"

"It was the captain's decision," Reed said, in a tone that clearly suggested it would not have been his.

Tucker turned his eyes to her, then, as if he hoped she could explain, but she looked away. She would not have let the Andorians go herself, but she thought she understood the impulse. After all, why would Archer wish to aid Vulcans who had lied so baldly to him -- had even watched him come back from two beatings without saying a word? Handing their secrets over to the Andorians with his blessing was perhaps his very human way of 'getting even.'

And the Vulcans had lied, to a degree that shook her foundation of beliefs.

Because Vulcans did not lie.

Not that she was unfamiliar with the occasional need to prevaricate. One didn't work in intelligence as she had without accepting the logic of occasionally setting aside one's own moral purity for the greater good. But that was a special yoke highly-trained intelligent agents accepted, a reasoned sacrifice. It was not supposed to be the Vulcan way. It was not supposed to be Vulcan policy.

Had Soval known about this? What would have happened if she'd asked him before they undertook this visit? Would he have found some logical reason why they shouldn't go?

She stared at the Elder, but he would not return her gaze. He'd known. Of course he'd known. And the others?

None of them would look at her.

They'd let the Andorians beat Archer repeatedly. He might have been killed. For that matter, any one of them might have been killed at any moment. Did these monks truly consider this spy station worth dying for?

"Captain," she said. "Perhaps it would wise to leave promptly. Given the lengths to which my government has gone to protect their treaty violation, it is possible they are also prepared to use deadly force to protect their secret."

Tucker said, "I sure wouldn't want to have take on a Vulcan cruiser."

"Which is undoubtedly on the way," Reed said. "I did notify Starfleet about the Andorians."

Archer looked at her for a long moment, and she watched him realize that things might be even worse than he had thought.

He would never trust her people now.

Then again, she might not either.

"Actually, I'll get Baratto and transport up with him," Archer said, with a grimace. "Perhaps I should communicate our little discovery to Starfleet Command sooner rather than later. Get everyone else together and return on the shuttlepod as quickly as you can."

She nodded and noted that Reed and Tucker were already poised to follow her. They headed for the door.

"You shame Vulcan."

It was the Elder. She stopped and turned. Most of the monks were now staring coldly at her, like the Elder who had just spoken, and for a mad moment she wondered if they were upset that she hadn't requested the stone of J'Kah. But no, of course that was not it. She had allied herself with these humans. That was her error.

"I am not the one who has shamed Vulcan today," she returned coolly, and resumed her course.

"Damned straight," Tucker added under his breath, apparently for her benefit. And then they were jogging along the hall, intent on their objective.

It was illogical of her to take the slightest pleasure in Tucker's comment. Nonetheless she was conscious that she found it agreeable. Perhaps this was because she suspected there would be very little approval coming from any of her Vulcan colleagues for some time to come.


Author's Note: In researching to see what others had done (partly to avoid repetition and partly because I really couldn't figure out where to stick a missing scene) I came across another nice missing scene for this episode: "Infinite Diversity" by Starbaby at Trip T'Polers. And I think she really picked the perfect spot. So go enjoy that one, too. I didn't want to copy her, so I stuck this scene on at the very end but BEFORE that shot of the shuttlepod taking off. So technically it's not a post-ep. At any rate, that's my story and I'm sticking to it!


Comments:

shanjeniah

Nicely done. This is a tricky one, and not every story is perfect. But you made a solid effort. Sometimes life is a little rough around the edges. The episode was, so maybe that affects the stories...?

Starwatcher

Another great chapter. I loved Trip's comment at the end, and T'Pol's realisation that her people are fallible and as capable and willing to be duplicitous as the Andorians that the Vulcans deride so much. Great work.

Brandyjane

I just rewatched "The Andorian Incident," and I was really surprised when the "You shame Vulcan" part didn't happen at the end.  I could have sworn that had been part of the episode, and it was my favorite part.  Then I realized it was from this missing scene that I'd read months before.  :p You really do have a gift for this!

Aquarius

I think I liked the ending best, how Trip is sort of letting her know he has her back.  I dig the way it foreshadows how he's going to be the man who'll accept her when practically no one else will.

Linda

I liked this one very much, especially the conversation about who it was that shamed Vulcan.  The effect on T'Pol must have been quite profound and you show it very well here.   

Alelou

I'm not sure, Panyasan.  I know T'Pol assumes that Archer acted out of wounded pride, but there may be more to it than that.  I might have made the same decision.  What is he supposed to do?  Hold these Andorians prisoner for the Vulcans?  Take them up on Enterprise as prisoners?  Both would involve Earth in an interstellar conflict.  I sure wouldn't have handed over detailed scans on Vulcan or Human technology, however.  That's what made it look like a fit of pique.

panyasan

What I loved about this scene, is that it shows that Archers decision is not shared with Tucker and Reed and that is based on "getting even", like T'Pol thinks. The fact that he is mistrusting the Vulcans even more (and sees the Andorians in a more positive light - and he hardly knows them), shows the main flow in Archers character: he reacts out of wounded (self) pride, is inmature, instead of being a good leader.

I especially liked the ending: T'Pol realising her isolation and Tuckers support. Great lines.

Alelou

Yep, POV got away from me on this one.  I didn't really want to delve into T'Pol's reactions until I did, which made her more or less invisible for the first half of the scene.  This one has always dissatisfied me though I wasn't sure why.  I'm sorry my rewrite didn't it fix the issue; I'd hoped it was a little clearer but clearly it wasn't enough.

vlm

was it intentional to refer to T'Pol in pronouns (she, her, etc) rather than by name 99% of the time intentional?  It was obvious she was the only female in the room, but it was a bit confusing...and if there was a dramatic point you were trying to make I missed it...overall though I liked your story (and have especially enjoyed this series overall) especially the forshadowing at the end of how the Vulcans feel about T'Pol and how her crewmates are protective of her.:)

Asso

Yes. In this missing scene there is something capable of grasping.

Honeybee

Great chapter - and feels very much like an organic part of the episode. You really nail the tone. 

Silverbullet

Alelou, nice story.  I have gone on record a number of times that the  Vulcans and Andorians would have listening posts all along the common border. it is sound military logic.  also would put posts in places that would not be considered by the other side such as a monestary. So the andoiran incident is another example of the writers either not knowing or ignoring reality.  Even SciFi  should try to adhere to reality as much as SciFi will allow excuse me I am a nit picker at times.

still you have a very good story

 

justTrip'n

A very satisfying story. I love the way you have considered how Archer, Trip, Reed, and T'Pol might each respond differently to the dilemma, yet they are all on the same team., hurryig out of there to avoid a confruntation with the Vulcans. I also love the subtle T'nT moment at the end, when Trip backs T'Pol with his "Damn straight" comment. Just so you know my rave reviews are real, I would have one tiny edit for this one: I didn't realize this story was from T'Pol's POV until halfway through. Maybe you could signal this at the top.

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