Deanna Troi is looking delighted; well she might, as the chocolate Easter eggs are about to be handed out.
This chocolate-mad Betazoid always goes for the extra-yummy GigaEgg.
"The ship has stopped." says Data, just as I am bringing in the bag of eggs, with Deanna already in pole position to grab the big egg.
"What is the reason, Mr Data." I ask.
"It would seem that a few vital components have gone missing from Engineering" he replies.
Suddenly there is a flash and I notice our uniforms have changed; we are all wearing yellow rabbit costumes. There is only one answer to this.
"Q!!!" I shout.
"You called, Jean-Luc?" Q answers as he appears, "My, oh, my, Starfleet uniforms do appear to have changed. Do you think you will charm you enemies wearing those?"
"You're responsible for these aren't you?" I reply angrily.
"Oh, go on, Jean-Luc, I confess." Q laughs, "It was me that put these charming bunny costumes on you. Don't forget it is Easter."
"I refuse to be dressed as an Easter Bunny!" declares Worf, "A Klingon warrior should not be seen like this."
"Nor should a Borg drone!" says Seven of Nine, "The Borg Queen shall hear of this!"
"Don't be party poopers you two!" teases Q, "Just enjoy the Easter celebrations."
I must admit inwardly I smiled at seeing Worf and Seven in yellow Easter Bunny outfits, though I would never tell Q that!
"Get us out of these uniforms right now, Q" I demand.
"Not before we have an Easter Treasure Hunt." he replies, "I've scattered the eggs around the ship and put a component in them. Take the eggs to Engineering and then the Enterprise engines will work again. You won't be able to go or get your uniforms back until you complete the task."
"What do we do now, Captain?" asks Geordi, who is carrying an egg basket with him.
"If we go out there, the crew will see us and we'll get laughed at." Riker reasons, "We'll never live it down."
"Perhaps we can confiine the crew to quarters?" suggests Bev.
"That's a good idea." I tell her, and begin to speak to the others in the ship on the intercom.
"Q has even thought of that." Geordi says to himself, "We're going to have to go out there."
"I agree, Mr La Forge." I say, "Let's get it over with."
For the next half an hour, we are running around the ship carrying a basket each and looking for eggs. The crew stand by watching, with poorly suppressed giggles as I carry my Easter basket around. I find one in my sonic shower; Beverly finds one behind her monitor in the SickBay, Seven locates an egg in her alcove, Riker finds one in the donut machine, Deanna in Ten Forward, Geordi in The Sands.
Eventually all the others are found and Q reappears,
"Well done, Jean-Luc!" Q smiles, "You have a staff with a keen nose for chocolate, especially Counselor Troi."
Our uniforms appear back on.
"You've all done very well." Q continues, "As a little reward, you can all have three GigaEggs each."
They appear, much to the delight of Deanna, who seems to have forgotten everything around her, and has her eyes just on the GigaEggs.
"Until the next time, Jean-Luc..." Q says with a teasing smile....
Time to close this entry; I've got three eggs that need my attention.
Author's note: Don't forget that the next post will be my 400th. It will also include a special imaginary story! Be sure to drop in!