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Building Bridges of Understanding
Author - R.F. Sexton | B | Genre - Friendship | Main Story | Rating - PG
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Building Bridges of Understanding
by R.F. Sexton
As he took a sip of the hot beverage, his door chime announced a visitor.
"Yes, Sub-Commander," he said quietly. He really did not want to see her just now.
"I would like to speak with you, Commander Tucker. May I come in?" asked T'Pol.
Trip nodded, wondering what she insults she had to hurl at him this time. "Come in and sit down," he answered, gesturing to a chair near his.
He poured her a cup and handed it to her along with some sugar. "You might want to add a little sugar to it."
After a few moments of silence, Trip decided to get the ball rolling. "You said you wanted to talk to me, Sub-Commander," he reminded her.
"Yes, I do." She looked down at her cup for a bit, then met his inquiring gaze. "It would appear that I owe you an apology for the remarks I made regarding your recent 'condition.' I assumed the worst and did not give you the benefit of the doubt as you humans would say."
Trip was taken aback. T'Pol was apologizing to him. He would have never expected this turn of events. "Apology accepted, Sub-Commander. We all make mistakes. Heck, look at what happened on that planet with the weird pollen."
"However, at the time you had outside forces acting upon you. When I made my comments about your pregnancy, I had no such excuse," she replied softly.
"That much is certain. We also base our opinions on prior experiences." She looked up at him and decided to trust him with part of her background only a select few people knew. "While I was still on Vulcan, attending the Science Academy, a human male from Earth was invited to attend and study there as well."
Trip had an uneasy feeling he knew what was coming. He nodded silently, waiting for her to continue.
"The young man was in my Astro-Physics class. He asked me if I could help him with a concept he was experiencing difficulty with in class. I went to his dorm room, expecting to discuss the affect of gravitational pulls on variant warp fields. It soon became obvious that he had no interest in studying. I tried to reason with him to no avail. In the end, I had to resort to using a Vulcan defense method to render him unconscious."
"The Academy wished to avoid any diplomatic incident, so the incident was handled internally," she answered.
"The old cover up routine," grumbled Trip. "No wonder you're skittish about human males."
At T'Pol's puzzled glance he chuckled. "It means we work towards understanding each other's cultures. I'm afraid I haven't tried to do that very well with you either. We both came to the Enterprise with our preconceived notions of what the other's culture was like. If we keep working on it with conversations such as the one we just had, we'll come a heck of a lot closer to understanding each other."
T'Pol nodded, "I concur." She stood to her feet. "Thank you for the coffee. I shall be drinking more of the beverage in the future. It is late, and I have an early shift on the bridge. Good night, Commander."
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Four of you have made comments
Very cute. I like the story. I see nothing wrong with it.
A nicely observed piece of interplay. I liked the way they had both assumed things about each other's culture and thus made misjudgements. I also liked it that T'Pol was able to unbend enough to apologise, indicating overtly or subliminally that she really did not want to know and understand Trip better. Thank you for a good story, Ali D :~)
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I am reading stories related to the episodes that I am enjoying again now that I have the DVDs. While a little didactic (and I am guilty of the same in my fics) I liked this story as it offers an explanation for T'Pols knee jerk reaction and assumtions on the episode. Nicely done little vignette.