"They are are lying, cheating unreliable race." exclaims Worf, "What is worst of all, the Romulans have no honour."
"That may be so, Mr Worf." I reply, "But the fact of the matter is that we have to play host to a delegation of Romulans on the Enterprise who wish to discuss border issues."
"Romulans do not 'discuss', Captain." Worf answers, "They merely take. Be very careful of these people. They may put on a pleasant front, but underneath, they are conniving."
"I'll take that under consideration." I say, "But in the meantime, Mr Worf...try and be nice to them."
A few hours later, the Enterprise is waiting for the arrival of the Romulan ship. Riker, Deanna, Worf and myself are waiting to greet them. I would have liked to have given Worf something else to do, but as he is Head of Security, he has to look after things.
"A Romulan warbird has just de-cloaked, Captain." Data tells us.
"Sneaky lot." I say to myself.
A few moments later, three Romulans beam on to the ship. One man and two women. One of the females has Commander status. She steps forward.
"Greetings, Captain." she says, "I am Commander Toreth of the warbird Khazara; these are my associates, Jarok and Donatra."
I go through the usual Captain spiel of welcoming them on board. Jarok looks rather timid, and the other female, Donatra looks concerned, as if she has something on her mind. Toreth has the arrogance the Federation have got used to with the Romulans. She sees Worf, who has been wearing a very fake smile throughout, as if he has been the runner-up in an Academy Awards section.
"I had heard you had a Klingon on board, Captain." Toreth says, "I had expected him to be doing menial duties, as this race should never be put positions of trust."
Worf growls and starts to walk forward. Fortunarely Riker manages to stop him.
After that minor little hiccup, all of us file out of the Transporter room. Donatra deliberately holds herself back, looking at me purposely.
"I must see you, Captain soon." she whispers, "Everything is not as it seems."
To be continued...