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A Meme

Home from work again so I can recuperate from tooth extraction. Stole a meme from tosca1390.

Tell me a pairing, and I will tell you:

1. When or if I started shipping them:
2. What I think their challenge is:
3. What makes me happy about them:
4. What makes me sad about them:
5. What moment I wish had never happened:
6. Who I'd be comfortable them ending up with, if not each other:
7. My happily ever after for them:


Pike/One
1. Definitely because I started reading taraljc's stuff when I got into fandom.
2. They are both very controlled people who are devoted to their jobs, so I don't think that either of them are good at exploring their own feelings, much less acting on them. Also, I don't think Pike is good with girls.
3. That they have a relationship of complete equality and respect.
4. That the realities of the military means they rarely get to see each other.
5. Eh. Talos IV was kind of humiliating for One, but if we got rid of it, we'd have to say goodbye to the only time she appeared on air.
6. Hm. I don't really have a good answer to that. I think Pike would like a younger lady, someone who could draw him out of his shell. And I sometimes get really partial to the idea of One as a lesbian, but I don't really have a partner for her.
7. Probably that they could find a way to serve together, or partly together, maybe if Pike were in charge of a starbase where One's ship regularly docked.


Gaila/Sulu
1. I have no idea. Sometime last summer, I started imagining Gaila picking Sulu up in a flight simulator, and Course Correction was born.
2. Sulu is very grounded, and also head strong, so I think he is willing to be in a committed relationship, regardless of the difficulties that would pose. Gaila, however, is totally new to freedom, and I don't think she wants to surrender that. It's not an issue of monogamy or non-monogamy necessarily. I just can't see her wanting to be that emotionally committed to anyone until much later in her life.
3. I think they have a very quiet understanding of each other forged by some similarities in their pasts. And I think they alternate between being the firebrand and being the steady one.
4. The break-up is inevitable, and heartbreaking for Sulu.
5. That question seems to apply better to a relationship that's actually existed in canon.
6. I can ship Gaila with almost anyone, but Pike and Chapel spring to mind. I haven't come up with a good alternative partner for Sulu.


Chapel/Kirk
1. When I was writing No One to Help Me (But Myself), Chapel kind of evolved into someone I think Kirk would be really attracted to.
2. Kirk would never be able to figure out that he's in love with someone, and Chapel would probably not consider that Kirk might be in love with her. They both think they are good friends who flirt with each other because they're both single.
3. Kirk really admires Chapel's bad ass bravery. And if they did get together, the sex would be really good.
4. Other than Kirk's difficulty recognizing his feelings, nothing makes me particularly sad about them.
5. That question seems to apply better to a relationship that's actually existed in canon.
6. Kirk/Enterprise and Chapel/M'Benga (not sure why, just been thinking about it lately.)


Spock/Uhura
1. I don't ship them, actually.
2. Um, they are not as interesting as Amanda and Sarek? Also, their relationship strikes me as that really consuming one you have when you are young, but you discover that the person is not right for you in the long term. I'm not sure that Spock can give Uhura the passion she needs, and I suspect they will amicably end their relationship when they realize it has become more of a friendship than a romance.
3. Uhura's unspoken understanding of Spock's feelings.
4. Nothing makes me really sad about them.
5. I wish Spock hadn't been the kind of douche who gives his girlfriend a crappy assignment to cover his own ass.
6. McCoy/Uhura is probably the one pairing in this fandom that I ship hardcore. And I would like to see a Spock/T'Pring wherein they were betrothed as children, refused to marry, but rediscovered one another as adults.


McCoy/Chapel
1. I know a lot of people on my flist love this pairing, but it kind of doesn't work for me.
2. I view both McCoy and Chapel as people who have been burned by past relationships. Chapel in particular is looking to be single for a long time when she arrives on the Enterprise. I think she and McCoy have a very nice professional relationship and nothing more.
3. Probably the professionalism of their relationship. I don't think that McCoy is a grouch who under-appreciates her; I think they get along quite well. Perhaps sometimes it even spills over into a friendship.
4. Nothing.
5. Nothing.
6. I like Chapel/Kirk a lot, and lately, also Chapel/M'Benga. And Mccoy/Uhura. Always McCoy/Uhura.


Gaila/Chapel
1. Because of a prompt I got at the Sex Is Not the Enemy fest last year. There were two women in a pool, and I thought, why not Chapel and Gaila?
2. My version of Christine is quite a bit less experienced than Gaila, but I don't think that's an obstacle so much as an avenue for exploration.
3. They can have uncomplicated fun together.
4. I don't think there's anything sad about them. This pairing is a place I visit when I want to be happy.
5. Nothing.
6. As I've said in my answers elsewhere in this meme, I have lots of ships for both of these characters.


McCoy/Uhura
1. I feel like thistlerose and mardia have something to do with my love for them, but I can't tell you exactly when I acquired this love.
2. I think that Uhura is very, very careful about relationships, and that means they will have to get started slowly. I think McCoy is also wary after his divorce -- not so much about starting relationships, but about believing that problems actually be confronted and resolved in a constructive way. I could see that fueling some miscommunications.
3. Sometimes I think the second love of our lives turns out better than the first, and I envision it this way with McCoy and Uhura. They have both fallen passionately in love with someone who wasn't quite right for them, and now they've thought more carefully about who they are and what they want. I also think that Uhura's relationship with Spock involved constant adjustments and sacrifices on her part, like Spock is just not the kind of guy you're going to take out to a bar. McCoy and Uhura can have more fun together.
4. This is my little Star Trek OTP, so I'm not allowing for any real sadness, although they might end up working through some old relationship baggage with each other.
5. I think they'd have to interact more in canon for me to have a moment I want to erase.
6. I read other ships for both characters, but in my head canon, they end up with each other.


Gaila/Uhura
1. I've enjoyed stories about them ever since I saw the movie. Two women that beautiful who share a room ought to enjoy each other's bodies from time to time.
2. Uhura isn't a prude, but it is hard for her to let go sometimes. That means Gaila can be a little overwhelming for her.
3. They are just so beautiful together, and I like the idea that two people could share sex almost as a favor between friends -- like, do you need an orgasm? Of course I'll help with that!
4. Nothing, really. This is a pairing I read for fun.
5. I loved all of their canonical interaction, actually.
6. I like to pair Gaila up with anyone, and I don't really imagine that she and Uhura would end up together. I think they're friends who have casual sex, not people who are destined for a relationship. Uhura ends up with Spock eventually, of course, and after that, McCoy.


Kirk/Spock
1. Never have, and I doubt I ever will. I could see it a little more with TOS even though I think it's Spock and McCoy who give off old married couple vibes. In AOS, honestly, I just don't get it. They are so different that I almost don't understand how they're going to form a friendship; developing a romance is out of the question.
2. Kirk is pretty much the antithesis of Spock. I think they have reached a point of mutual respect, but it's a long way from there to an actual friendship.
3. I enjoy them as commanders because they balance one another's weak points.
4. I'm kind of sad that I don't understand how the AOS version of these characters can become BFF's.
5. I wish Spock hadn't gone for the low blow at Kirk's hearing. It struck me as out of character, although I suppose that could make his character more interesting.
6. Spock with Uhura, and honestly, Kirk with the Enterprise.


Snape/Narcissa
1. I've always imagined them having some kind of illicit affair, but it went into overdrive this summer when I re-watched HPB in preparation for the new movie.
2. Narcissa is married, and I don't much imagine Lucius likes her fooling around.
3. I think they are a source of comfort for one another. In my mind, Narcissa has felt trapped by the Death Eaters and she's lost faith in her husband since the end of OotP. She needs help and comfort, and Snape gives it. Snape is not totally open with her, obviously, but I think she gives him more of an opportunity to be himself. And I think he likes that a beautiful woman wants him, because that's obviously not something that's happened a lot in his life.
4. That Snape dies, and that he can't tell Narcissa what's really happening, even though I have a feeling she wouldn't be sorry for the Dark Lord's demise. And that maybe they could be happy with one another, but there's no way either one of them can explore that, so they're stuck with a relationship that's half honest and half using each other. (Also, the relationship is mostly sex, but I'm not sure if that is really a sad thing.)
5. They don't interact enough in canon for me to want to erase anything.
6. Narcissa is stuck with Lucius. I think she's loyal, in a kind of skewed way, and I doubt that she perceives leaving him to be in her best interest. Snape is obviously doomed to solitude.
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1. Definitely because I started reading taraljc's stuff when I got into fandom.
2. They are both very controlled people who are devoted to their jobs, so I don't think that either of them are good at exploring their own feelings, much less acting on them. Also, I don't think Pike is good with girls.
3. That they have a relationship of complete equality and respect.
4. That the realities of the military means they rarely get to see each other.
5. Eh. Talos IV was kind of humiliating for One, but if we got rid of it, we'd have to say goodbye to the only time she appeared on air.
6. Hm. I don't really have a good answer to that. I think Pike would like a younger lady, someone who could draw him out of his shell. And I sometimes get really partial to the idea of One as a lesbian, but I don't really have a partner for her.
7. Probably that they could find a way to serve together, or partly together, maybe if Pike were in charge of a starbase where One's ship regularly docked.
1. I have no idea. Sometime last summer, I started imagining Gaila picking Sulu up in a flight simulator, and Course Correction was born.
2. Sulu is very grounded, and also head strong, so I think he is willing to be in a committed relationship, regardless of the difficulties that would pose. Gaila, however, is totally new to freedom, and I don't think she wants to surrender that. It's not an issue of monogamy or non-monogamy necessarily. I just can't see her wanting to be that emotionally committed to anyone until much later in her life.
3. I think they have a very quiet understanding of each other forged by some similarities in their pasts. And I think they alternate between being the firebrand and being the steady one.
4. The break-up is inevitable, and heartbreaking for Sulu.
5. That question seems to apply better to a relationship that's actually existed in canon.
6. I can ship Gaila with almost anyone, but Pike and Chapel spring to mind. I haven't come up with a good alternative partner for Sulu.
1. When I was writing No One to Help Me (But Myself), Chapel kind of evolved into someone I think Kirk would be really attracted to.
2. Kirk would never be able to figure out that he's in love with someone, and Chapel would probably not consider that Kirk might be in love with her. They both think they are good friends who flirt with each other because they're both single.
3. Kirk really admires Chapel's bad ass bravery. And if they did get together, the sex would be really good.
4. Other than Kirk's difficulty recognizing his feelings, nothing makes me particularly sad about them.
5. That question seems to apply better to a relationship that's actually existed in canon.
6. Kirk/Enterprise and Chapel/M'Benga (not sure why, just been thinking about it lately.)

Edited at 2011-01-12 12:12 am (UTC)
1. I don't ship them, actually.
2. Um, they are not as interesting as Amanda and Sarek? Also, their relationship strikes me as that really consuming one you have when you are young, but you discover that the person is not right for you in the long term. I'm not sure that Spock can give Uhura the passion she needs, and I suspect they will amicably end their relationship when they realize it has become more of a friendship than a romance.
3. Uhura's unspoken understanding of Spock's feelings.
4. Nothing makes me really sad about them.
5. I wish Spock hadn't been the kind of douche who gives his girlfriend a crappy assignment to cover his own ass.
6. McCoy/Uhura is probably the one pairing in this fandom that I ship hardcore. And I would like to see a Spock/T'Pring wherein they were betrothed as children, refused to marry, but rediscovered one another as adults.
1. I don't. I really, really don't.
2. I view both McCoy and Chapel as people who have been burned by past relationships. Chapel in particular is looking to be single for a long time when she arrives on the Enterprise. I think she and McCoy have a very nice professional relationship and nothing more.
3. Probably the professionalism of their relationship. I don't think that McCoy is a grouch who under-appreciates her; I think they get along quite well. Perhaps sometimes it even spills over into a friendship.
4. Nothing.
5. Nothing.
6. I like Chapel/Kirk a lot, and lately, also Chapel/M'Benga. And Mccoy/Uhura. Always McCoy/Uhura.
Oops! Sorry, I must be taking a bit of today's grumpiness out on the pairing. Hope I did not cause any offense!
No problem :) I rather disliked Chapel in TOS so I tend to be happily enamored by Chapel in Reboot - that she doesn't show up makes it much easier to write a great female character, obviously. (Let's hope they don't make something stupid in the next movie.)
1. Because of a prompt I got at the Sex Is Not the Enemy fest last year. There were two women in a pool, and I thought, why not Chapel and Gaila?
2. My version of Christine is quite a bit less experienced than Gaila, but I don't think that's an obstacle so much as an avenue for exploration.
3. They can have uncomplicated fun together.
4. I don't think there's anything sad about them. This pairing is a place I visit when I want to be happy.
5. Nothing.
6. As I've said in my answers elsewhere in this meme, I have lots of ships for both of these characters.

Also, I'm so glad you remember that story! It was so random that I didn't really expect anyone to like it.
McCoy/Uhura (not least because I'm working on learning them so I can write them).
1. I feel like thistlerose and mardia have something to do with my love for them, but I can't tell you exactly when I acquired this love.
2. I think that Uhura is very, very careful about relationships, and that means they will have to get started slowly. I think McCoy is also wary after his divorce -- not so much about starting relationships, but about believing that problems actually be confronted and resolved in a constructive way. I could see that fueling some miscommunications.
3. Sometimes I think the second love of our lives turns out better than the first, and I envision it this way with McCoy and Uhura. They have both fallen passionately in love with someone who wasn't quite right for them, and now they've thought more carefully about who they are and what they want. I also think that Uhura's relationship with Spock involved constant adjustments and sacrifices on her part, like Spock is just not the kind of guy you're going to take out to a bar. McCoy and Uhura can have more fun together.
4. This is my little Star Trek OTP, so I'm not allowing for any real sadness, although they might end up working through some old relationship baggage with each other.
5. I think they'd have to interact more in canon for me to have a moment I want to erase.
6. I read other ships for both characters, but in my head canon, they end up with each other.
*takes careful notes*

McCoy/Uhura exemplifies so much of what I love about this fandom. It could have been a Pair The Spares To Get Them Out Of The Way pairing, but in this (region of the) fandom's capable hands it's an exceptionally grown-up and gorgeous pairing of two people who really are well suited; I didn't think of them together before I was re-introduced to them by Thistlerose and Mardia, but now I can totally see them. Which is why I want to write them myself.



Edited at 2011-01-12 03:45 pm (UTC)
I would be so excited if you started writing them! I know you would do well with it since it's two characters you already write so well in your other stories. Plus, you'd make it all sexy!
Gaila/Uhura. Also Kirk/Spock, because I'm interested in your thoughts on it, but if that's just not what you want to think about skip it. I have no idea how you feel about it, lol.
Gaila/Uhura
1. I've enjoyed stories about them ever since I saw the movie. Two women that beautiful who share a room ought to enjoy each other's bodies from time to time.
2. Uhura isn't a prude, but it is hard for her to let go sometimes. That means Gaila can be a little overwhelming for her.
3. They are just so beautiful together, and I like the idea that two people could share sex almost as a favor between friends -- like, do you need an orgasm? Of course I'll help with that!
4. Nothing, really. This is a pairing I read for fun.
5. I loved all of their canonical interaction, actually.
6. I like to pair Gaila up with anyone, and I don't really imagine that she and Uhura would end up together. I think they're friends who have casual sex, not people who are destined for a relationship. Uhura ends up with Spock eventually, of course, and after that, McCoy.

Kirk/Spock
1. Never have, and I doubt I ever will. I could see it a little more with TOS even though I think it's Spock and McCoy who give off old married couple vibes. In AOS, honestly, I just don't get it. They are so different that I almost don't understand how they're going to form a friendship; developing a romance is out of the question.
2. Kirk is pretty much the antithesis of Spock. I think they have reached a point of mutual respect, but it's a long way from there to an actual friendship.
3. I enjoy them as commanders because they balance one another's weak points.
4. I'm kind of sad that I don't understand how the AOS version of these characters can become BFF's.
5. I wish Spock hadn't gone for the low blow at Kirk's hearing. It struck me as out of character, although I suppose that could make his character more interesting.
6. Spock with Uhura, and honestly, Kirk with the Enterprise.
1. I've always imagined them having some kind of illicit affair, but it went into overdrive this summer when I re-watched HPB in preparation for the new movie.
2. Narcissa is married, and I don't much imagine Lucius likes her fooling around.
3. I think they are a source of comfort for one another. In my mind, Narcissa has felt trapped by the Death Eaters and she's lost faith in her husband since the end of OotP. She needs help and comfort, and Snape gives it. Snape is not totally open with her, obviously, but I think she gives him more of an opportunity to be himself. And I think he likes that a beautiful woman wants him, because that's obviously not something that's happened a lot in his life.
4. That Snape dies, and that he can't tell Narcissa what's really happening, even though I have a feeling she wouldn't be sorry for the Dark Lord's demise. And that maybe they could be happy with one another, but there's no way either one of them can explore that, so they're stuck with a relationship that's half honest and half using each other. (Also, the relationship is mostly sex, but I'm not sure if that is really a sad thing.)
5. They don't interact enough in canon for me to want to erase anything.
6. Narcissa is stuck with Lucius. I think she's loyal, in a kind of skewed way, and I doubt that she perceives leaving him to be in her best interest. Snape is obviously doomed to solitude.