The senior staff have been called in for an urgent conference.
The subject: Update Reports on the Enterprise Christmas Party.
"How are we doing with booking the band, Number One?"
"Sid Starr and The Starrlighters have agreed to be with us for the evening." Riker informs us, "However the nursing home staff tell us that Sid will have to have an oxygen cylinder nearby."
"See to that, will you, Beverly." I ask, "We can't have the band dropping dead during the party."
"How about the catering?" asks Deanna, "We need to have plenty of chocola...I mean food for the guests."
"I have arranged for Federation Foodies to take care of all this." I tell them, "Other starships speak highly of them."
"Were they the caterers that were on board the Excelsior shortly before they had that food poisoning outbreak?" asks Data.
"It was never proved, Mr Data." I inform him, "Besides, they are under new ownership now."
"What about security." Worf inquires, "We cannot allow for uninvited guests. Do you wish me to throw them in the brig?"
"Mr Worf," I calmly tell him, "Everybody is at the party to relax; let's just have a good time...including yourself."
I then turn to the staff.
"Now then, have you all got dates for the party?"
"Ensign Jennifer Baxter has told me that I shall be taking her to the party." states Data, "She seems to be most eager to go, so I shall be escorting her.
"I will be taking Counselor Troi." Riker says with the satisfied smile that he usually has.
"That's good, Number One" I say, "Although you may have to dance with some of the people from the Guest Quarters of the Enterprise from time to time."
"I shall be happy to keep Counselor Troi occupied when Commander Riker is busy." Worf states.
Deanna suddenly giggles.
"That's very generous of you, Mr Worf." I tell him.
"Captain Picard and I shall be going together." states Beverly suddenly.
Everyone looks round at me.
"Err...yes, I shall be very pleased to accompany Doctor Crusher to the party." I tell them. "Like Commander Riker, I may have to dance withy other guests, but the Doctor shall be my escort, and partner during the important Last Dance.
Beverly has a beaming smile.
"What about Geordi?" asks Riker, as he turns to him, "Who is going to be your date?"
"Err...I'm not sure yet" says Geordi, "So many women on the ship want to come with me, I'm having difficulty choosing one."
That might not be quite true, I suspect.