The Trek BBS held a Star Trek fanfiction challenge called “Out of Uniform“. It was intended to show people not in typical starship settings. I seized upon the opportunity to show Lili and Doug first moving to Lafa II. This is the morning after the end of Reversal; Local Flavor is the very beginning of “happily ever after”.
Doug and Lili are flown to the surface by Travis, who makes a point of telling Lili that Captain Archer and Malcolm both expressed regrets at not being able to personally see her off. For the captain, it’s because he was busy with other duties. For Malcolm, it’s because he’s beginning to realize that he cares for her. But he can’t say anything; she’s off to marry someone else. As he confides to her in Together, her life is just zooming along and away from him, and he can’t do anything to stop it.
Upon landing, they are picked up by Treve, who drives them to their new apartment, which is later seen in A Kind of Blue and The Gift. On the way, Doug asks about changing his surname. Treve reiterates that Calafans don’t have last names, so the only people on Lafa II who would care are him and Lili. Doug ends up simply declaring his new surname to be Beckett.
The apartment is seen and described, and then the action moves to an open-air market, where a number of Calafan delicacies are to be had, including linfep, tofflin and elekai. Even prako (procul) are shown, but they are too expensive, as they have been brought to the market by Eska hunters, from Archer’s Planet (in my fan fiction, during the E2 stories, that world is called Amity). The idea of the Calafans always being on the make is shown, as is Doug’s temper. Even some of the alien gesturing is explained, and the cake made at the end has a blueberry filling – a shout-out to my portrayal of Jay Hayes as loving blueberries.
- Local Flavor as it was originally written
- Local Flavor on Ad Astra (contains reviews)
- Local Flavor on Fanfiction.net
- Local Flavor on Fictionpad
- Local Flavor on Wattpad
- Local Flavor on the G & T Show forums
- Local Flavor in context
The story is rated K.
A lot happens in a short amount of time, as Doug and Lili are exposed to Calafan society through a fire hose. And the reader, in some ways, gets that same sort of treatment. In some ways, this story is like another “elevator pitch” tale (like The Light), as it serves as an introduction to a lot of disparate aspects of my universe.
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