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05 May 2011 @ 11:37 pm
TNG ficlet: Tasha & Riker friendship  
I wrote this as crackfic for the creator of this lovely graphic (below cut), and now people are reblogging it on tumblr so I guess it is worth sharing? IDK! Basically, Riker & Tasha are bros.

It isn't like he meant for this to turn into a contest.

"Starbase 6," Tasha says, holding up her tumbler of Aldebaran whiskey like she's preparing to toast him. It's not real whiskey, of course, but the replicators aboard their new Galaxy-class starship make a worthy imitation.

That doesn't stop him from clinking glasses with her. "Two," he announces. The whiskey goes down smooth.

"Come on, Commander. We were only there for eight hours." Lieutenant Yar makes the same face as Cadet Yar did when she used to call his bluffs at the Friday night poker game at the Presidio Club. "You didn't used to be a man who needed to pad his score."

He's not bluffing this time. "Oh, I'm sorry, I guess we should have clarified. Are we talking strictly different sexual partners, or different sexual encounters?"

She looks impressed. "The Calidian twins?"

He shrugs and knocks back the rest of his drink. He wipes his hand across his mouth, clearing any splashed drops of synthehol from his end-of-day stubble. "Calidians do everything together, you know."

"So I've heard. I've got some catching up to do."

"No one on Illyria II?"

"He doesn't count." Tasha pops a peanut in her mouth. "I'm not totally sure he was a he, actually."

"Since when does that bother you?" When they first met, actually, there had been a pretty brunette with bright green eyes - 19-year-old Will Riker had done his level best, but she had left with a hotshot blonde cadet specializing in security. Figures he'd be sitting here now with Tasha and he can't even remember the brunette's name.

Tasha waves a hand. Her movements are exaggerated with synthehol. "It's not like I mind that," she says. "I just like to know ahead of time what I'm getting into."

He winks. "Or what's getting into you, as the case may be."

She laughs and fires a peanut at his head. It doesn't exactly feel like old times - not only is the alcohol fake, but they're only ten decks below their posts on the Federation flagship - but it's reassuring after all this time that she still laughs at his jokes.

"So are you ever going to grow a beard or what?" she asks. "It looks like they let a kid be second-in-command of a starship."

"That's sir to you."

"And, well, it's not like you care what I think when there are plenty of Calidians out there who enjoy a fresh-faced young officer."

He nods. "You said it. You know, on a ship this size, there have to be enough people who play Parisses Squares to put a few teams together."

"Maybe a league," Tasha says.

"A duty shift the next time we get shore leave says you still can't beat me."

She grins. "You're on. I happen to know that Worf plays."

Will points to his chest. "Undefeated champion, Lieutenant."

"Talk is cheap, sir."

"Bring me the best you've got."

Tasha grins. "Don't I always?"

Riker laughs. He wonders if she's thinking of the brunette he lost out on a decade ago. He lifts up his empty glass and toasts her. "Never change, Tasha."
miera_c: crimemiera_c on May 6th, 2011 12:59 pm (UTC)
Awws. I never thought of them as Academy buddies but I love it.
Little Red: trek - kirk risk - positronikamylittleredgirl on May 6th, 2011 09:07 pm (UTC)
Ha! Me either! But when people on tumblr requested bromance between these two, I checked Memory Alpha for their Academy dates and they were there at the same time. She seems much younger than him somehow, though.
Icepixie: [DS9] Julian and Jadzia in a turbolifticepixie on May 6th, 2011 02:55 pm (UTC)
TASHAAAAAAAAA. I think she might've been my favorite from TNG.

I never figured them as Academy pals, but you've made me believe it. :D
Little Red: trek - crusher riker laugh - yappichickmylittleredgirl on May 6th, 2011 09:09 pm (UTC)
I never really figured it either! I don't think it's my fanon, it just happened when I looked them up on memory alpha and they were at the Academy at the same time. I wonder if they had any crossovers in the kids' books about TNG people at the Academy (I loved those - young Worf and K'Ehlyr hook up!).
Leyenn: writing - fanfictionleyenn on May 6th, 2011 03:01 pm (UTC)
Awww, I love it! Tasha doesn't get enough fic time.
Little Red: trek - crusher riker laugh - yappichickmylittleredgirl on May 6th, 2011 09:11 pm (UTC)
She really doesn't!! In general there's not enough quality TNG fic, I feel (not saying this is quality, I just mean... you know what I mean). TNG is such a gen show to me that I tend to really like the pro novels where they just have adventures and feel kind of unsatisfied by fic where it's all about Picard and Crusher throwing caution to the wind and boinking like teenagers and having epic angst. Not that I'll turn down good porn, and certainly not good romance fic, but I don't usually like genfic in other fandoms so it's strange how much I adore it in TNG.
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Little Red: trek - crusher riker laugh - yappichickmylittleredgirl on May 6th, 2011 09:06 pm (UTC)

He totally has that glint in his eye in my head. ;)

He is kinda sketchy on the show that way. I've rationalized it as this is the future and the women seem to be pretty sexually empowered so I'm willing to say it's a few centuries past the sexual revolution and the power dynamics of sex have changed up... it's less creepy if you don't take the way he objectifies women as part of a systemic sexist attitude and just a... he really likes sex and tends to find women who also really like sex and that's just how they roll in the future. *shrugs* IDK, I need to rationalize this so I can continue to ADORE HIM AND FIND HIM FLAWLESS.