Bev and I are at Starfleet Headquarters to wish her son Wesley and his fiancee Karena the best of luck for their Academy Exam this week.
If they pass, they will be able to get married, and also be Ensigns.
Bev dragged me along to this. I didn't want to be here.
"Don't be slow, Jean-Luc." she tells me as we walk through the Japanese Garden section, "We want to give our best to the lovebirds, don't we?"
"Sure." I say with about as much sincerity as a Romulan at a peace conference.
"Come on, then!" she says, as I accidentally step on a plant.
"Hey!" shouts out a voice, "Do you know how long it took me to grow that?"
"Hello Boothby." I say, "Sorry about that."
"So you should be...oh, it's you two." Boothby comments when he sees us, "It's Mr Boothby to you. And remember not to carve your name on the tree this time. I'll be watching you."
"Do you know where my son Wesley and his fiancee Karena are Mr Boothby?" Bev asks.
"Probably kissing in some secluded part of the garden if I know them!" he replies, "I threw a bucket of water over the pair of them when I caught the two of them kissing and whispering pet names to each other. Honeybunch and pumpkin! How awful!"
I must say, I agree with him there.
The two of us leave Boothby and follow the trail round the Garden. We eventually hear some sounds.
"Wesley? Karena?" calls out Bev discreetly.
After a few moments, the pair emerge from behind a bush. Both are covered in water.
"Hello Mom...hello Captain." says a disorganised Wesley, "Boothby accidentally spilt some water on us."
"How unfortunate." I comment with a sly smile.
"We're here to wish you two all best for your exam this week." Bev tells them.
"It won't be easy, Cadets." I tell them in my official capacity, "But I'm sure you will get through."
".....And then later this year we can married!" say Wesley and Karena together, as they look at each other.
Both Bev and I wince together.
To be continued....