The Bridge of the Enterprise looks rather strange right now.
Not only are the Senior Staff there, but also Seven's employer, the Borg Queen 01 and the Leader of the entire Borg race, known as the Alpha Borg Queen.
The reason for this odd combination is that the Troi Borg Queen and her hardline forces have taken the Borg Citadel in a coup, and she declared herself the new Alpha Borg Queen. Her predecessor has implored me to help, as she warns that Troi will invade and want assimilations all round. The easy truce we have had in the past will be over.
"How do you propose to attack, Locutus?" the Borg Queen asks me.
I look amazed.
"I'm not the one with masses of Cubes!" I exclaim, "Your Leader needs to decide how the attack formation should be. We're just here for the ride and a taxi service,"
"That is not so." The Alpha Borg Queen states, "This is the flagship leading the assault in the Citadel. It carries the Borg Leader and her faithful 01 with her."
"So how do we get in the Citadel, your Majesty?" Deanna queries in a somewhat sarcastic way, "Surely you know how it is built?"
"Indeed I do." the Alpha Borg Queen replies, "The Enterprise will be leading a more covert plan of action, while the Cubes engage in battle above the Citadel. Only I know the beam-down codes. The Borg Troi will have overlooked this. We shall go down and take the Citadel."
"Hold on!" I say, "What is the danger risk here? Am I sending them into certain death. I don't want to kit them all out with red shirts like Kirk used to do."
"That will not be necessary." The Alpha Borg Queen says confidentally, "Just get your Security team ready with phasers. The Queen and I will come along and take her by surprise."
"I'd like to come along, Captain." says Jennifer, "My multi-phase disruptor needs some use."
"So would I." Deanna pipes up, "I will enjoy seeing her captured."
The Alpha Borg Queen gives us the co-ordinates, so that she, the Queen, Jenny, Deanna plus Worf and the Security Team are ready to beam down.
I give the instructions and we are ready to go.
To be continued after the TWQ.....