Every day seems to be getting worse in the SickBay.
The holographic doctor struts around giving out his orders. Everyone there is afraid to challenge him, as he threatens to call HUD (the Holographic Union Of Doctors).
Beverly is simmering, as if ready to explode at any time. She is biding her time, though, as she thinks the tide will turn.
When that happens, I pity the EMH!
Starfleet are still thinking of a way to help us; the EMH will be able to detect any attempts we make. If we try, Hud will be on board right away. We can't even have any staff meetings to discuss the problem. The EMH has a clause to be present at ALL meetings.
Data tells me I have message from Admiral Dexter on an Encrypted Channel.
I talk to Dexter, who seems pleased.
"Jean-Luc", he says, "I think I have something here that may be able to help you."
I smile when I see the information.
"Thank you, Admiral, I think this will be very useful."
I visit the SickBay, where the EMH is telling Beverly off for not cleaning the beds properly.
"Could I chat to you, Doctor?" I casually ask the EMH.
"Of course" he replies, "Though I do have some opera practise shortly."
"I don't think you have time for that, Doctor. Your Ferengi friends have sold you out"
"What do you mean?"
"I mean that when we arrested the Ferengi, they were keen on getting a reduced sentence, and told us that you bribed them with Federation Latinum to steal the Enterprise, then you would try to rescue it and look good in front of everybody."
He looks flustered.
"You can't accuse me...HUD will defend me."
"No they won't. After they saw they proof of the transactions, you were thrown out of HUD for giving holograms a bad name."
"So what will you do?" he says with a defeated air.
"Well, you can either go to the holographic prison for life, be re-programmed, or stay here doing very menial jobs, only needed as a last resort."
Sadly he says, "I'll stay here, Captain Picard."
He goes off to sweep the floors.
Beverly comes over, smiling brightly.
"Thank you, Jean-Luc" she says softly. She kisses me on the cheek.
It's good to have things running normally again.