"Now that Halloween is over." I say to the assembled senior staff, "It's about time we had an update on how the plans are going for this years's Christmas Party."
"Are parties all you think of, Locutus?" asks Seven, "We have just stopped having a strange party that is supposed to commemorate being scared, and already we have another one planned. What would you do if the Borg or another race invaded your vessel during one of your parties?"
"They'd have to book an appointment." Riker drily comments, "When it's the party season, we can't be invaded."
"I might have agreed with Seven." T'Pol states, "But my soul sistah Ensign Britney tells me this is the time to let our hair down."
The influence that Britney has over T'Pol. She terrifies me.
"How are things getting on, Jean-Luc." Bev asks me.
"Things appear to be on schedule." I reply, "The invitations will be sent out around mid-November for the Party that starts Monday 3rd December."
"I am concerned about one thing." Worf says, "Most of the guests appear to be from the early 21st Century, who will arrive via a time portal or other similar means."
"Yes, what's the problem, Mr Worf?" I reply.
"The Temporal Directive, Captain." he tells me, "These people could easily inform others of what they see in the 24th Century and alter the course of time."
"They are quite sensible people, Mr Worf." I reassure him, "Many have been here last year, and also the year before. They know that they have to keep quiet and not tell anyone."
"If they do not, I shall go back and assimilate them." Seven tells us seriously.
"Well, I don't think we want things to get like that, Seven." I tell her, "We are losing track. Now let's see about the party planning."
"Guinan tells me that she and Vic Fontaine have the Party in good hands." Riker informs me, "Fontaine and his band are rehearsing a Christmas set to play in the holographic Sands nightclub, and Guinan is setting out the menu for everyone to eat. She even has her own home-made vol-au-vents on standby."
"That's good to hear." I tell them, "This year's party looks like being a great one. What about outfits? How are we doing there?"
Everyone tells me they have ordered something from Starfleet Fittings. Beverly whispers to me.
"I have ordered a lovely outfit that you will like, Jean-Luc."she says softly.
This stops my train of thought for a moment, until I decide what to do.
"Well, I think that's all for now. On that note, we'll close the meeting.
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