We are all in our best Starfleet outfits in order to welcome a very special visitor to the ship.
Ambassador Spock is beaming on; we encountered him some time ago when we thought he was going to defect to the Romulans, but thought he could unite them and the Klingons. It all turned out to be a trick, though.
Shows how much Vulcans know, I suppose.
We are all standing ready in Transporter Room 2. Two figures beam in.
With Spock is another male Vulcan, who is in a Starfleet uniform.
"Greetings, Captain Picard." says Spock.
He gives me the Vulcan hand signal that I am never able to do properly without breaking my fingers; I try, and Spock smiles slightly.
I thought Vulcans had no emotion?
"Welcome to the Enterprise, Ambassador Spock," I reply, then look at the other Vulcan.
"This is Lieutenant Davik" answers Spock, "He is my protege' and will be joining your ship from now on."
I look puzzled.
"I haven't heard anything about this, Ambassador" I say in a slightly protesting voice, although I know what the end result will be.
"Check with Admiral Bollinger." Spock replies, "He agreed with me that there is a marked lack of Vulcans on the ship, and it could do with the enlightenment that we have."
I grate my teeth slightly at this remark.
"Very well, Ambassador." I reply, "We'll find something for him to do."
"Captain Picard." says Davik, as if someone has woke him up, "I am an expert in all forms of Engineering, and would like to be put there."
"Very well." I comment with restraint, "Lieutenant Commander LaForge will take him to Engineering; Commander Riker will assign him quarters."
They both roll their eyes and escort Davik out.
"Now, Captain" continues Spock, "Is it all right if you show me around the ship?"
"Of course" I reply, "Come with me."
As we walk around, Spock is looking around.
"Fascinating." he says to himself.
Why does he always say that?
"I must say" he comments, "Things are remarkably different here than the Enterprise. I used to be on. Even the uniforms are tougher."
"How do you mean, Ambassador?"
"Captain Kirk always managed to get his uniform torn." he replies, "Perhaps it was made of flimsier material. The women are dressed differently here as well. Captain Kirk made it mandatory that all females wore mini-skirts. He had a remarkable memory as well."
"In what way?" I ask.
"He knew the cabin number of every female crew member." Spock answers, "Captain Kirk always seemed rather tired first thing in a morning, for some reason."
"Indeed." I say drily.
We arrive at SickBay; Spock looks around and raises and eyebrow when he sees Beverly and the holographic doctor.
"Fascinating." he comments, "Very different from Doctor McCoy."
"I suppose it is, Ambassador." I reply, "I read that he used to insult you a lot, calling you a 'emotionless green blooded Vulcan' at times."
"That is true, Captain Picard," he tells me, "However Captain Kirk used to call me the same thing when he'd had some secretly imported brandy."
My Com badge goes off.
"Captain" Riker informs me, "We have an emergency."
To be continued...
Author's note: don't forget, the full details for sending an entry to the Enterprise Christmas Party can be found below on 16th November!