I'm on the videoscreen to Admiral Hollister. It looks like I've got more work to do.
"You see, Captain." says Hollister, "We have noticed that many of the recent honeymooning couples who go to the planet Gemini are failing to return. As you know, Gemini is a favourite destination for newly married couples, but lately, we don't hear from them again."
"Perhaps," I reply, "That they err...like it so much they want to stay there a while longer?"
"Don't be flippant, Captain." he comments tersely, "The Gemini authorities are saying they have no records of them staying there. I want you to go there with some others and find out what is going on."
"You mean pose as a married couple, Admiral?" I suggest.
"Of course!" I replies, "Only they are allowed on Gemini."
After closing with Hollister, I gather with the senior staff and explain the problem.
"I shall pose as a bride." states Seven.
"I could also do the same with a second couple." suggests T'Pol.
"Erm...I don't think either of you would be suitable." I tell them hesitantly.
"How about me and Worfie...I mean Lieutenant Worf?" Jadzia asks.
"Very well" I say to her, "You and Mr Worf can go, along with Deanna and Commander Riker. Doctor Crusher and I will be the third couple."
Everyone looks at us. Both Beverly and I turn a bright red..
Hours later, the six of us are approaching Gemini in a shuttle.
"Now remember." I tell them, "You are all posing as newly married couples. You have to look convincing."
"I'm sure we can manage that." replies Jadzia with a smile.
Beverly gives me a smile, followed by a wink.
"So now we are 'married', Jean-Luc?" she whispers quietly.
"Not really, Beverly." I reply, "We have all been issued with fake marriage licences."
"If you say so." Bev says with another sly wink.
Later, we check in to the hotel, and I go to contact Riker and Deanna and Jadzia and Worf. I can't find them anywhere.
The receptionist denies them ever coming in. He says he was on duty all the time, but I know he wasn't the one who checked us all in.
"The people you mention aren't in the hotel, sir" he says, "We know nothing of them."
That's just great! Four Starfleet Officers have vanished in one hour!
To be continued...