Admiral Hollister has asked four couples from the Enterprise to take part in a galactic television dancing competition entitled Dancing With The Federation.
Of course, it's all Starfleet PR.
The four couples are Bev and myself, Deanna and Riker, Jennifer Baxter and Data, plus Britney and T'Pol.
The eight of us arrive in the studios of San Francisco. The whole place is a mess, with seeminy no organisation. It was hard getting through Security, although I'm sure Mr Worf would have persuaded him had he been with us.
"Are you the dancers from the Enterprise?" asks an approaching female voice from behind.
"Hello, I'm Heidi." she announces, "I'm the presenter on the show, and will be introducing you all. I hope you've got your dance routines all sorted out?"
We say that we have, and Heidi announces that the show will start in fifteen minutes.
"If we go first." declares Bev, "Then you others can give up before even dancing a step."
"What a cheek!" replies Jenny, "Data and I will wipe the dancing floor with you!"
"Will and I are going to be the tops!" Deanna says, "My empathic senses tell me that."
"Well they need re-tuning." Britney retorts, "Me and my soulsistah T'Pol are gonna be number one."
"Shall we just get on with it it?" I say in my best concilatory manner, "May the best dancers win!"
Fifteen minutes later, Heidi is opening the show with a pair of dancers.
"Hello viewers across the galaxy!" she starts, "Welcome to a special edition of Dancing With The Federation. Instead of people from competing planets, we are featuring four couples from the flagship USS Enterprise, pride of Starfleet."
The exagerrated applause carries on, then Heidi continues.
"It will be up to you viewers." she says, "To declare the winner. Our first couple this evening is Captain Jean-Luc Picard and Doctor Beverly Crusher."
Bev and I appear in our Dixon Hill outfits, and dance a mixture of tunes from the 1930's and 1940's. She does a small tap-dancing solo on the stage in the middle of it, then we resume our routine. As we finish, we are greeted by wild applause.
"It looks like the other three couples will have to work hard to beat that." Heidi comments.
"So say I!" Bev tells me.
To be continued....