The Kalaran authorities have just informed us that Ambassadors Spock and Lwaxana have not arrived at the planet for the peace talks between the two sides on their planet.
The two could have been kidnapped by the other side as to prevent the peace talks going on.
If so, the Enterprise will have to rescue them...and rescue Spock from the clutches of Lwaxana Troi. I noticed how the man-mad Betazoid was eyeing the Vulcan as a prospective husband.
I'm glad she's moved on from me!
Deanna comes up to me, looking distraught.
"Captain!" she exclaims, "Why aren't you doing more to find my mother? She could be suffering untold agonies at the hands of ruthless kidnappers."
More likely it's them that will be doing the suffering, if I know Lwaxana Troi. I turn to Deanna.
"Try to relax, Counselor." I tell her, "We are doing all we can, and will soon get to the point the Columbus was sighted.
We find the shuttle floating in mid-space, with no occupants.
"It appears another ship was here." Data informs us, "The particle emission drive leading away tells us that it comes from the Kalaran Grel side, whom we suspected."
"Can we follow the trial and catch up with the ship?" Riker asks.
"Then make it so."
I hate it when we have to talk in standard Starfleet text. I can barely understand what I'm saying when I do. I'd love to just say "Catch up with the aliens and give them what for." Sadly I'd be drummed out of Starfleet if I did.
We travel at Warp Nine (or very fast), and soon the particle emission drive trail becomes stronger.
"Captain." says an increasingly annoying Deanna, "If we are not careful, the kidnappers could see us and injure my mother!"
"Don't worry, Deanna." I try to tell her, as the Counselor is grabbing my shoulder, "The Kalaran Grel base is is small planet in this solar system. We will go in with a shuttle where that anomoly is. That should confuse their sensors."
That's just gibberish, of couse. What I really mean is, of course, is I hope they are not looking.
To be continued...