Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Deleted (Part Two)
Guest Poster: Will Riker
Things are not going well.
I'm stuck in a shuttle with Ro Laren, having had to escape from the Enterprise. Ro and I have been deleted from the Starfleet database, so as a result, we are civilians. The Cap tried to have us confined to quarters, but we're going to find the truth.
But why did it have to be Ro? Her insubordination always annoys me.
"What are we going to do, Riker?" she asks me.
"It's Commander Riker." I remind her.
"Not right now, Mister Riker." she sarcastically reminds me, "We are civilians. Now I suggest we have a truce and work this out."
I don't like it when she's right.
"All right, Ro." I concede, "Let's see what we can come up with."
"What I think." says Ro, "Is that we've got to go to the source of the problem."
"The database." I tell her, "And that's at Starfleet Headquarters on Earth. They have the huge computer there."
"Perhaps we can sneak in and restore our details?" Ro suggests, "The Maquis Handbook 'How to break in to Starfleet buildings' that I read recently should help me."
"But that's illegal!" I say to her.
"Of course it is, Riker!" she replies, "But so was deleting our names, so forget you're a Starfleet Commander, because right now, you're not!"
This woman can put me in my place.
"How will we get past, Ro?" I ask, "Earth's defenses are so powerful."
"Not tonight." she tells me, "Don't you know that today is Valentine's Day? All the parties and preparations will be going on. Nobody will take any notice of a small shuttle."
That reminds me that the Enterprise will be having their Valentine's Party around now; the Cap will be dancing with Beverly Crusher all night, and Deanna...she won't have me to dance with. That Worf will probably try and get a few waltzes in. Hopefully Jadzia Dax will stop Worf being romantic with Deanna, especially during the smoochy numbers.
"I know why you're sulking." Ro tells me, "You're not at the Enterprise Valentine Dance. If it's any consolation, I didn't have an invite, so...Happy Valentine's Day."
I say the same to Ro and kiss her; she doesn't pull back.
We both look embarrassed afterward and agree between us that the kiss never happened. I'm with Deanna, and Ro and I are supposed to dislike each other.
We agree that our mutual dislike on the Enterprise is the best form of behaviour between ourselves..
The shuttle lands just outside the grounds of Starfleet Headquarters.
"All right." says Ro, "Let's go inside and solve it."
To be continued...