Missing Scenes from Season One - Breaking the Ice

By Alelou

Rating: PG

Genres: romance missing scene humour

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This story is number 7 in the series Missing Scenes from Season One


Spoilers: Episode 07 Breaking the Ice. Won't make sense without it.

Author's Note: Many thanks to my reviewers.  I appreciate it.  I've handed this whole series over to JustTripn to post as she sees fit while I handle real life, but I'll certainly be popping in to check for any comments.


She'd stayed! She'd actually stayed.

And Trip was finding it very hard not to smile, though he wasn't sure why.

Maybe it was because he'd been proven right? In his gut, he'd been sure that was what she wanted to do. Why else would she talk to a mere Human about her problem - especially a Human she seemed to find even more annoying than the rest? She had clearly been looking for an out.

But he hadn't expected her to actually take the out -- not when she had so many good Vulcan reasons to ignore her own desires.

T'Pol's desires. Oh boy. What else might she have buried under that stern Vulcan façade?

Oh, please. Down, boy. Even if she were Human and he had half a hope in hell of understanding her -- which was unlikely since he didn't really understand Human women either -- he needed to stay professional.

Besides, the very last thing he needed right now was another doomed relationship, only this time in the place where he worked, on a very small ship -- and one significantly lacking in privacy, as Jon had just been telling his nephew's class that morning.

Not to mention that, technically, he didn't know the thing with Natalie was over yet. He'd been a little surprised to hear himself telling T'Pol that all three of his serious relationships had gone bust.

But it had gone bust. He knew it in his bones. He'd suspected it even before he got off planet - in the tight, almost nostalgic smiles on Natalie's face those last weeks, in the apprehension he felt every time she looked serious. He still wasn't sure why he hadn't brought it up then, forced the issue a little. At this point he was just waiting for the official notification.

He knew it was over the way he'd known T'Pol actually wanted to stay here, on this ship, among the smelly and annoying humans.

Imagine that.

x x x

He pressed her door buzzer and wondered if he was insane.

"Yes?" she said. She was wearing those rich burgundy pajamas again, or whatever they were - Vulcan leisure clothing, apparently. Her face was utterly blank, something he'd learned to associate with her displeasure. Perhaps he'd interrupted something. If Vulcans were anything like humans, she might well be having second thoughts.

"Sorry to interrupt, but I brought you a not-going-away present."

An eyebrow quirked. "This is a human custom?"

"Actually, going-away presents are the custom, but I thought -- well, it's just a slice of pecan pie, really, but I thought you might want to try it after all."

She just stared at him.

"Here," he said, all but shoving it into her hands. "Enjoy. Or toss it in the garbage chute, whatever. I guess I really just wanted to say that I'm glad you're staying with us."

"Thank you," she said and stared down at the pie. He could see her nostrils flare. Perhaps the smell of warm pie would entice her to try it after all. But he was fairly certain that would never happen while he was watching, so he said, "Well, okay. That's all, really. Have a good night!" And he nodded quickly and walked away.

Eventually he could hear her door slide shut, but it seemed to him it took longer for that to happen than it should have.

And once again he was finding it very hard not to smile.

 


Comments:

shanjeniah

That pie could only have come from Trip. Interestingly, I also wrote a 'Trip brings a gift' story, but I think I referred to it as a 'welcome to the rest of your life' gift. Either way, I can't imagine Trip, who is the only one aboard who knows what a brave thing she just did, and a scary one, wouldn't honor that somehow.

I've always thought of this episode as the place where the ice really did break, and they began to see how to become friends...

I love this story, beginning to end.

Starwatcher

And quite literally, the ice melts that little bit more! Another great chapter honey, really stellar work. I LOVE Trip's excitement that she's staying, and his reflections on his and T'Pol's and his and Natalie's relationships.

Leocentaur

Oh, that's really charming!  I love it!

Aquarius

Ah, the enigmatic pie!  ;)  I also like how you worked in the bit about Natalie.  Maybe he KNEW it was over with her BECAUSE T'Pol had decided to stay, hmmmm....? 

KageOkami-Kogo

Excellent addition to that scene; I always found something missing in the "in between" ya know? Your explanation to how that slice of pie got there is great! It pleased me to no end when I saw that last scene XD great job!

Linda

The details are just right.  And Trip's intuitive 'just knowing' shows his sensitivity to people even if he doesn't know what it is based on - body language or the gaps in conversation or...I'd like to think he is telepathic receptive which might make it easier for him to bond with T'Pol eventually. 

Silverbullet

Breaking the Ice is one of my favorite episodes.  Entirely for the TnT parts.

Liked Trips smile he gave T-Pol as she  left to send the messsage to the  T-Mir. Not a smirk or a Told you so look but a nice friendly look

Good story.

 

panyasan

Hartwarming good. I smiled too.

Asso

That's cute, really. I'm not particularly interested in the first two seasons, but someway your "missing scenes, are trying to make them a little bit more palatable, even if, obviously, I feel and suffer from the passion's absence.:p 

Transwarp

Alelou,

I have not commented on all of these missing scenes, but they are all very good, and I enjoy them a lot.  I'd like to echoe two of the comments I've read:  1- These are like finding additional scenes on the DVD (or maybe the director's cut version)  and, 2- If you had been writing for the show, it might still be on the air!

justTrip'n

AHHHH!!!!!! I LOVE IT!!!!! :D  Including the thoughts about Natalie. *THUMBS UP* Including how he's going nuts like a teenager over having read her thoughts correctly.

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