Missing Scenes from Season One - Oasis

By Alelou

Rating: G

Genres: missing scene

Keywords: first contact kidnap

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This story is number 19 in the series Missing Scenes from Season One


Spoiler: “Oasis.” Won’t make sense without it. Worse, this plays off a deleted scene, but since I’ve paraphrased it below, you don’t need to have seen that.

Author’s Note: Thanks, as always, for the reviews. I’m trying to wrap up Season One before I take a break to deal with real life for awhile.


Bound and gagged and locked in a dark room by the Kantarans, T’Pol had little to do but think.

She was not afraid, of course. Merely concerned. Also a little uncomfortable.

Fear is a primitive emotion, she had told Mr. Tucker, before admitting that the prospect of a going-away party from the crew had frightened her somewhat.

He had looked utterly unimpressed by her confession, and she had immediately wondered why she had felt driven to make it. It was not even accurate. She had been discomfited at the idea of the party, that was all. But Tucker had insisted, “There has to be something that frightens you,” and she had promptly come up with something.

Why? Why this compulsion to find common ground with a man who immediately developed an attraction to every alien female they encountered who evinced even the slightest trace of competence and availability?

She breathed in carefully, trying to ignore the intrusive discomfort of the gag in her mouth. Jealousy was a primitive emotion, too.

But no, it wasn’t jealousy. It couldn’t be. Jealousy implied that she wanted Commander Tucker for herself, and that was ridiculous, for many reasons. No, what she was feeling was disappointment. She had hoped that Commander Tucker had learned his lesson from his adventure with the Xyrillian engineer.

But he clearly hadn’t.

This was a risk for the mission … a risk for Commander Tucker … and a disappointment for her, as his superior – and as a Vulcan who had begun to hope that Humans were more capable of impulse control than was commonly believed.

But clearly they were not. So it was perhaps reasonable to feel some disappointment. Especially since Commander Tucker’s distraction might mean that he would not notice what T’Pol had – that most of this crew were not what they seemed.

Surely her absence would arouse suspicion eventually. If not in Commander Tucker, then in the Captain. Someone would miss her.

She attempted once again to loosen her bonds, but they were extremely well constructed and appeared to tighten with every movement.

She took another careful breath. For now, she was stuck here. Perhaps she should use this time to carefully re-order her priorities.


Commander Tucker presented the Padd with the list of the remaining components for the Kantarans.

“A protein resequencer?” she said. “That wasn’t on Ezral’s list.”

“They haven’t had any food they haven’t been able to grow in that hydroponics bay for twenty-two years. I think we can spare it.”

“Very well,” she agreed, and handed the Padd back. “Rather than gaining us spare parts and materials, this particular mission has resulted in a fairly significant net loss of resources.”

“But we got an interesting First Contact out of it. And a couple of friends.”

“Indeed.” Commander Tucker appeared just as enamored of Liana as he had ever been, even after learning of her and her father’s deception. The oddly goofy smile he got on his face when the young woman looked at him was just further evidence that the man simply could not help himself. “No doubt you regret the necessity of saying farewell today.”

“I can’t help worrying about them,” Tucker said. “I’d really prefer to make sure they can get that ship running before we go.”

T’Pol said nothing, just turned her attention back to her station. The decision had already been made between the captain and Ezral; she saw no reason to discuss it further.

Tucker stood there another moment, as if surprised that she had nothing to say, then turned and left the Bridge.

T’Pol focused on her long-range scans of the course ahead. She, for one, would be pleased when Enterprise was under way again.


Comments:

shanjeniah

TPol is definitely jealous. DEFINITELY.  She might be better at realizing it if she'd had any real practice with identifying these types of emotions....

I think Trip flirted more with Liana to study T'Pol's reaction...he is an engieer after all, and T'Pol is a most intruguing system...

Starwatcher

Oh T'Pol, is that ... jealousy I see rearing its head!!! Another great chappie honey!

Aquarius

Since I'm so late to the party I doubt Silverbullet is going to see my response but I'm going to say it any way:  this piece is from T'Pol's POV, not Trip's. So the point here isn't what Trip actuallly felt or wanted or anything, it's T'Pol's perception of the situation--what she thinks she's seeing, and perhaps her own hidden feelings clouding that perception.  Clearly she's far enough along in her attraction to Trip that just about any woman he smiles at has become a threat, her state of denial notwithstanding.

And that's what I like about this, because Trip and T'Pol have read each other All Wrong for such a long time and a piece like this just kind of reminds us that they could've been making each other very happy a long time ago if they just cut the crap.  ;)

Alelou

Well, here's how it goes.  First, an acronym is all caps.  Then it might become a word in itself through common usage and will evolve into a simple lower case word that everyone recognizes.  Like "snafu."  That was originally an acronym for "Situation Normal All F---'d Up." So...you caught me in the middle of that process.  Yeah, that's the ticket...:p

justTrip'n

It's an acronym and I've seen it written both ways in the official Star Trek books, I'm pretty sure.

Alelou

Yes, probably, if it's an acronym.  Is it? I've never been too sure.

panyasan

I think the best part is when T'Pol says nothing at the end and turns around. It pictures her lonelyness and the way Trips attention to Liana makes her feel lonely and even sad(and in denial). Small thing that I noticed: the word PADD is an abbreviation, shouldn't it be written PADD instead of Padd?

Silverbullet

IF I remember the episode right, T-Pol was a little Pissed at Trip over the girl.  She raked him  about  getting involved with female engineers referring  back to the one in unexpected.  Her jealousy was very obvious even to being rude to LIanne.  I never got the idea that he was particuarly  atrracted to the girl other than she was pretty.  When, at the end, he told her he had programed  Ice Cram in the sequence and she asked Rocky road, he seemed more like a big brother to her. He seemed to be surprised when she kissed him.  Like Princess fishstick  all he said was maybe I will see you  sometime.  I would think that T-Pol's jealousy while tied up would be strongeer.  Nevertheless this is a good  story, as usual.  You have a lot of others to work with after your break.

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