Wednesday, July 08, 2009
Deanna Counsels Ro Laren (Part Four)
Guest Poster: Deanna Troi
You might well ask why I'm on a dunghill type planet like Realta IV, armed with Jenny Baxter's multi-phase disrupter in the middle of the night. The answer is blackmail.
Ro Laren is with me. She came to me and confessed that the Cardassian woman Malana is threatening to expose her secret romance with the Cardassian Ambassador Gul Vorak. Such a revelation would end the careers of Laren & Vorak, and ostracise them from their planets. Malana wants us to bring 20 bars of latinum to keep her quiet.
We have come without latinum.
As Ro, Malana and myself meet in a dark Realta IV alleyway, the Cardassian turns angry.
"So where is the latinum, Bajoran?" Malana says to Ro, "I don't see any?"
"That's because we don't pay blackmailers, Malana." I say, stepping into her line of view.
"Ah, so you've got an accomplice, Bajoran." sneers Malana, "As she has a disruptor, is that the only way you thought of finishing this. I warn you, if I don't get back, I have left instructions for everything to be revealed."
"Deanna, what will we do?" exclaims Ro suddenly.
"Oh, you're Deanna Troi the Betazoid!" laughs Malana, "You're not going to get far reading my mind, Betazoid!"
"I don't need to, Malana." I reply, "I've found out a few things about you. It appears you are wanted in quite a few places. Robberies, affairs with high-ranking Cardassian husbands...or sometimes even their wives, whichever was the most convenient for you at the time, then stealing jewels. You're very popular with the authorities of different planets."
"It's all circumstantial!" yells an angry Malana, "So I did those robberies; there's no proof and I'd get off easily as those dumb judges would let me off.
I raise my skirt to reveal a recorder.
"I'm sure this tape recorded message will be very interesting for the dumb judges to listen to." I say with a smile, "Now listen, Malana. We're letting you go to stop that info about Ro being released. We'll have this recording over you to use if you bother Ro again."
Malana gives us both a poisonous look before reluctantly agreeing. She vanishes into the shadows.
"Well done, Deanna!" Ro says, "That was fantastic."
"The next job is even more tough." I say, "How do I get the stench of this awful planet out of my hair?"