Whenever a ship of any sort shows up on the sensors it can mean problems to solve and decisions to make.
I'm happy just cruising along, spending time in the holodeck and dating Bev.
Still, something is coming on the sensor screens now.
"It is the USS Washington, Captain." Data informs me.
The video screen comes on. The usually cheerful Captain Jeffries appears, but this time his face is dour, as if he has been told that his next tour of duty is to be a comedian at a Romulan party.
"I must come aboard on a matter of some urgency, Captain Picard." he says, "Do not try to avoid me."
We are all puzzled at this remark, but go to Transporter Room 3, where Jeffries comes aboard, with five burly security officers, each of which would give Worf a run for his money.
"Captain Jean-Luc Picard." announces Jeffries with solemn formality, "You have been charged with crimes throughout the quadrant, and so will be arrested. You will face a trial and court martial, which could lead you to be stripped of your Captaincy and imprisoned for several years."
The security officers step forward and have the cuffs on me before Jeffries finishes his speech. Worf steps forward.
"Be careful, Mr Worf." I tell him, then turn to Jeffries, "I shall go peacefully, while my crew prepare my defence."
Bev is wailing away. Jadzia has handed her a box of tissues. Riker asks to know what I am supposed to have done.
"In the last two weeks." replies Jeffries, "The Captain, along with criminals known as Lefty and Fats, and a young woman named Toots went and robbed a number of planets in the Quadrant. They were stopped last week when they attempted to steal the Disana Jewels from Vasra VI. Everybody was arrested except Captain Picard."
"The Captain only committed those robberies because he was exposed to a Mind Altering Device by Professor Kalam." Deanna tells him, "You can't arrest him on that reason."
"Nonetheless, he committed the crimes." states Jeffries, flatly, "And as a result, he must be punished for them."
Riker and they others protest. Though I could do with a few stress pills right now, I put my extra calm' look on.
"Commander." I instruct, "Prepare the defence. You and Mr Data will be very good at that."
With that, I am beamed over to the USS Washington, where I find that they regularly transport prisoners. I go into that wing, and am forced to change into a striped convict outfit.
I am thrown into a forcefield brig, where another prisoner is sitting.
"Hey mac!" He asks with a growl, "What have they got you for?"
I tell him, but say I was under a Mind Altering Device at the time. He laughs.
"Oh sure!" he says sarcastically, "They all say that!"
After a while, I wonder if I was while in letting Riker handle my defence. After all, he'll get my job when I'm thrown in a penal colony!
To be continued...