Thursday, June 10, 2010
Sheena's Naming Day (Part Three)
Guest Poster: Beverly Crusher
With the help of some potent Elborian Brandy, I've managed to persuade the amazon Queen Diana to let her son-in-law Wesley and Captain Picard attend my granddaughter's Naming Day on the planet Wondawowman, an occasion which is usually an all-female event.
The Ceremony is about to take place.
Queen Diana staggers up to me, holding her head.
"Beverly." she starts, "I agreed for Wesley and Captain Picard to come while under a state of err... severe inebriation. However, an amazon does not go back on her word. They may attend, but keep them out of the way."
That's the best we can hope for, I suppose.
Everyone looks at little Sheena. Even Karena's sister Nexa is playing aunt.
Sheena throws a little spear that manages to hit Wes.
"Isn't she clever!" Nexa coos, "She'll be a real amazon princess."
Eventually, we are all led up to a cave where hot bubbling springs are in a giant pool.
"Let the Ceremony begin." declares Queen Diana, who is now dressed in flowing white robes.
"What's going on, Bev?" whispers Jean-Luc.
"I have no idea." I answer quietly, "The Ceremony is very secret. We three are the only humans to see it."
Karena and her sister Nexa both step forward; they are each dressed in full amazon battle armour. Queen Diana holds Sheena.
Suddenly both sisters start to unbuckle their armour, gradually removing all their clothes. Wesley looks totally bemused and Jean-Luc has a mild cough, and starts to look around the cave..anywhere but what is right in front.
The naked sisters step into the bubbling pool, and look towards their mother.
Diana hands Sheena to Nexa.
"Do you declare yourself to be aunt of the Princess Sheena?" the Queen asks.
"I do." Nexa answers, and places the child lightly in the water, then hands Sheena to Karena.
"Do you declare yourself to be the mother of the Princess Sheena?" the Queen asks.
"I do." Karena answers, "I name her Princess Sheena, and will defend her to my utmost capabilities."
Karena takes her child, and they both briefly submerge. When she comes up, all of them emerge from the pool, still naked and dripping wet. Jean-Luc starts coughing again.
"Errr...very unusual." he remarks.
Nexa and Karena put their armour on.
"Did you enjoy the Ceremony, pumpkin?" Karena asks Wesley.
"Err...sure, honeybunch." he replies, "It had one or two things I wasn't expecting."
We all make our way out from the cave. Queen Diana catches up with me.
"Now you know why the Ceremony was an all-female event, Beverly." she says with a smile.
The Queen walks off, talking to Karena and cooing Sheena at the same time.
"What did you think of the whole thing, Jean-Luc? I ask.
"It was most interesting, Bev." he answers, "It is fascinating to see different events from other cultures, although I think I saw more than I anticipated!"
At this, the two of us laugh, and carry on walking.