Yet again, the prompt and the story have the same name.
Geordi and his friends help Data deal with a significant loss.
This story is for anyone who has ever had to bury a beloved pet. I have, several times.
I originally wrote it as more or less on a lark. I am more of a dog person than a cat person and so the death of the orange tabby affected me about as much as it did Data in the beginning of the story.
The character is, of course, canon. In canon, he has a lot of trouble with women and never seems to really find anyone. His blindness is established and is basically respected, although eventually, in the films, he gets implants. It probably made for easier storytelling.
This intelligent actor could have usually used better scripts. I would have liked to have seen him confronting prejudice, for one thing. It’s one of the reasons I wrote Crackerjack in the first place.
Very smart and responsible, and uber-nerdy, Geordi is an affable guy who always seems to be in the friendzone.
Geordi has canon relationships but I won’t enumerate them here.
During the events depicted in Crackerjack, Geordi and Rosemary share a brief romance. He pays enough attention to her life to look her up, and he learns that she was arrested with Martin Luther King, Jr. after she married a man with the surname of Warren (which rather neatly makes her an ancestor of the woman I write as becoming Wesley Crusher‘s wife, Lakeisha Warren).
Crackerjack has a ton of period music, but nothing really speaks to me as a theme for Geordi.
It’s hard to say whether a Mirror Universe Geordi could exist at all.
He would be extra-smart, to be sure, but I write the MU as being leery of physical weaknesses and imperfections – and blindness would be right up there as a not so small problem.
If he could easily and seamlessly be fitted with ocular implants, perhaps as an infant, then he could survive and maybe even thrive on the other side of the pond.
“No, that’s all right. But the young lady who is with us, maybe she would like to do that. I can’t figure these people out. Some of them wouldn’t be caught dead being anywhere near me, while others are going out of their way to be kind or even charitable in their own way.”
Review – The Continuing Adventures of Porthos – The Future Cat
Tarisian Dreams suggested that I somehow find a way for Spot and Porthos to meet. The only methods were, I felt, either time travel or a holodeck simulation. I chose the former.
It’s during the Xindi War, and Lili has only recently been hired. While starting dinner, she brings Porthos to the galley. He sits, hoping that’s she’ll drop something tasty. Will comes in and scolds Lili, as this is a Health Code violation.
He insists that she return the beagle to Captain Archer‘s quarters. Lili does so, and departs as the ship is hit by a spatial anomaly. This creates a hull breach on B Deck. But this anomaly is temporal as well as spatial, and so it also results in Porthos being whisked away, over a century into the future, to the Enterprise-D, where Data, Spot, Geordi, Wesley Crusher, and Captain Picard all are.
On the NX-01, they fear Porthos has died. On the Enterprise-D, they try to get him home.
Plus the whole thing is told from the perspective of Porthos, including his conversations with Spot.
Does Porthos get back to the right time period? Who helps him? And what happens to him and Spot, before he departs?
I love writing animals’ points of view, and Porthos is always great fun. Spot was much more of a challenge, but readers have told me that I got cat POV correct. That was rather satisfying to read. Will they return? Absolutely, although I’m hard-pressed as to how to (if ever) get them back together again.
A lot of characters are based, in one way or another, on people I have known. But some are also based on animals.
I am a dog person and make no secret of the fact. The first dog character I wrote in Star Trek fanfiction was the Star Trek: Enterprise canon character, Porthos, in The Adventures of Porthos.
Caitians of course are canon, and they are felinoid. So the idea was to respond directly to that, with a canid species. I had been reading about the marsupial wolf and so the two ideas were combined, and the Daranaeans were born.
Their personalities tend to be canine, too, from their pack-like hierarchy to their desire to sleep communally to the lower castes’ need to serve. The pack structure is shown off in The Cure is Worse Than the Disease and Beta individuals challenging the Alpha are shown in Take Back the Night.
In the upcoming Barnstorming series, their sports are even doglike, including mazes (based upon lure coursing), ring throwing (based upon frisbee) and staggered relay (based on agility).
The hyperactivity of the press parallels, in particular, terriers that I have known. The sentient marsupial canids are great fun to write.
I am allergic to cats and have never had one as a pet, but of course I have known plenty of felines as pets just the same. For Caitian character Parenelsa, her shyness is absolutely based on shy and withdrawn cats, as in The Further Adventures of Porthos – The Stilton Fulfillment. But Ambassador Gopalahr, and the explorer, M’Roan, are a lot more adventurous. M’Roan was shown off to quirky effect in A Single Step.