"My Queen wishes to speak to you, Locutus!" Seven commanded, as she walked into my Ready Room as I drank my morning cup of Earl Grey.
"What does she want, Seven?" I asked.
"I am not authorised to tell you, Locutus." she replied, "She will grant you an audience in her Cube at 13:00."
"If this is about the Christmas Party." I say, "You can tell her that all arrangements have..."
"It is a more serious matter, Locutus!" Seven shouts, banging her fist on my desk so that my tea spills a little.
With the times almost 13:00, many of the senior staff are with me.
"Are you sure it's safe to go, Jean-Luc?" Bev asks me, "When you went on an earlier time, you were assimilated."
"I don't think that's likely to happen." I tell her, "I think the Borg are concerned about something."
"I wonder what?" comments Riker, "That the Christmas Party in which the Alpha Borg Queen is attending doesn't run smoothly?"
As he speaks, I feel myself dematerialising.
"Greetings, Locutus." the Borg Queen says, "Glad you could join me. Would you like some Earl Grey? I assimilated an expert in tea making, so you should enjoy it. Naturally, I know what you like owing to the time you were err... with us."
"You mean assimilated?" I say.
"Yes." she admits, "So sorry that you couldn't stay with us. Now I have an urgent matter that I need to discuss with you."
"The Alpha Borg Queen will be well taken care of at the Enterprise Christmas Party." I assure her.
"I'm not referring to that." the Queen says sharply, "I'm referring to Six and the Cylons."
Suddenly I feel very worried.
"Seven mentioned meeting a blonde woman named Six at the Artificial Life Forms Convention." I tell her, "She said that this Six person could be difficult."
"Well she's right, Locutus!" the Queen tells me, "Six turned up in a meeting of the Queens and our Leader. According to evidence, the Cylons, whom she is a humnan representation of, is making inroads into Borg space on the outer galaxy."
"I suppose we humans should be grateful." I say with a smile, "If something is capable of taking on the Borg, you will eventually be vanquished."
The Queen sighs, as if she has to say it all again to a six year old who can't figure it out.
"Locutus, you do not understand." she says patiently, "Six has told us all that the Cylons' prime objective is to reach Sector 0:00:01....Earth...and conquer all the planets in between. If some of the Borg cannot stop them in Borg space, what chance do YOU have?"
Suddenly a cold shiver runs down my spine, as if I have been in a Halloween Film Festival.
To be continued....
Don't forget to see the details for the Enterprise Christmas Party on the previous Post!