The Enterprise is almost ready to set off again after being checked out again. About to set off for new frontiers, strange new worlds etc.
What do I find the crew talking about?
Where they've been on their vacation.
Why is vacation chatter such a neverending source of talk? One person trying to beat the other on where they've been and what they did there.
LaForge tells everybody about what he managed to get up to on Rigel IV. His voice goes quiet when I get near, as if it's not fit for a Captain to hear.
Riker & Troi are giggling again; he winks at her secretively. They think I don't notice anything.
Worf is a foul mood as he lost in the final of the tournament he was competing in.
"My opponent committed an illegal move on me, which the official failed to detect. As a result, he won. Clearly, he is a man without honour."
Have I heard that before?
Data has returned with a new bag of sub-processors. He tells me that it is a back-up positronic circuit that he will install in his head later in the day.
Ah well, whatever takes your time up.
Beverly looks around and asks if she can have a quiet word.
"It's about that incident in Portugal, Jean Luc. Are you sure you're all right?"
"Of course I am, Doctor; why shouldn't I be?"
"Err..where is Wesley, now, Beverly?"
"He's gone back to Starfleet Academy"
"That's good to know....I mean good luck to him."
Now I can relax and fight some aliens.