Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Through A Mirror, Strictly (Part Two)
Guest Poster: Beverly Crusher
After, Jean-Luc's visit to Gaius IV, I am treating the injured Ro Laren, who has had concussion, due to a rockfall. I get a swift message on my comm from Will Riker that the Captain is acting strangely, and to be careful.
I don't have time to ask him to elaborate as Jean-Luc walks in, looking annoyed.
"Doctor Crusher!" he booms, "Why is no one saluting me on this ship? Have they lost all sense of duty?"
"Jean-Luc?" I ask, "You know people don't ever salute here."
"You are being perilously over-familiar with me, Doctor." he commands, "You will address me as Captain Picard or sir."
"Very well, sir" I say with a touch of sarcasm, and a mock salute.
"One other thing, Doctor." he continues, "Why are you not in your regulation Starfleet medical outfit. That brown dress is not suitable."
"I had put it one for our date tonight at The Sands holographic nightclub." I tell him.
Jean-Luc looks shocked.
"Fraternisation?" he says, "That is banned throughout the entire Federation. Men and women are not allowed to consort in case....certain things happen."
"How are species supposed to exist then?" I ask angily.
"They are raised in laboratories, of course, Doctor." he reminds me, "You of all people should know that. The women in this vessel are showing too much flesh. It is distracting for male crew."
Deanna comes in and asks what the fuss is all about.
Jean-Luc looks as if he is going to faint.
"Why are you showing all this flesh!" he shouts, "I'll have you put in the brig for inciting thoughts into people."
"I was in my evening dress, for the date with Will tonight at The Sands." she explains.
Jean-Luc isn't listening. Instead, he gets a medical blanket, throws it over Deanna and carries her out of SickBay in the direction of the brig. All the time, Deanna is wailing away.
Riker rushes in.
"What's going on, Beverly?" he asks.
"We've got a problem" I tell him, "The Captain Picard we have here isn't the one who went down to Gaius IV. I managed to take a reading as he left with Deanna. He has a different universal signature."
"We need to go back down there and find out what happened." he replies, "The Captain we have here won't be too popular."
To be continued...