Thursday, January 08, 2009
Planning For Jean-Luc's Birthday
Guest Poster: Beverly Crusher
For a change, I'm the one in charge of a senior staff meeting.
I've called it without Jean-Luc's knowledge as he is currently at a Captain's Conference at Rhiaana VI.
"Listen, everybody." I tell them, "I have a special reason for calling this meeting. I wanted to talk about Captain Picard's birthday on 14th January."
"Are you going to pass round an envelope and force them to contribute for a present?" asks Seven of Nine, "If you are, I would like to volunteer. I could then assimilate them if they refused to comply."
"There's no need for that, Seven." I reply, "I'm sure they will contribute willingly. Now we want to make it very special, as it is the Captain's 50th birthday."
"I didn't know he was THAT old." comments Ensign Britney, "He must be past it by now."
"He most certainly is not 'past it', Ensign." I say annoyingly to her, though there are several giggles in the room, "Any more talk like that and you'll be in the brig."
"You'll have to be careful with the candles on the cake." T'Pol says, "If they are all lit at once, there could be a major fire hazard that could go out of control."
Both T'Pol and Britney fall about laughing, and I indicate to Lieutenant Worf to remove them from the room.
"Well, What are we going to get the Captain?" Geordi asks, "He does seem to have everything."
"How about a surprise birthday party?" Jadzia suggests.
"That might be good." Riker comments, "We could put towards a trip for two to the planet Romantica, a holiday resort for couples only."
"Who would the Captain wish to take?" Data says out loud.
All eyes are then looking at me.
"Err... well.." I stutter, "The Captain may wish me to come...just to check if he is alright, of course."
Everybody has a look that says to me "What a fib!"
"That's it, then." Riker says, "Let's collect for the Captain's trip."
"....and mine." I think to myself.