Guest Poster: The Doctor
Though I objected at first to having a human medical assistant to help me in SickBay, I have been rather pleased with Penelope Delmara, a Spanish beauty who likes to be called Penny. She is also an expert with holograms and the rights they have. Penny is a campaigner to increase the rights.
"Hello Joe." she says to me, as Penny has insisted that all holograms should have a name, she has given me this one until I decide on one for myself. I must admit, I am getting rather used to the name and am getting to like it.
Penny is wearing a beautiful blue blouse that looks just right with her dark hair. What am I thinking? My programming seems to be going into unfamiliar territory.
"Joe?" she asks "Are you all right?"
"Err...yes, Penny." I hesitantly say, "Is there something you want?"
"I'm off duty now." she tells me, "I'm going to the holodeck, and inserting a beach program. Do you want to join me there?"
"Well. as a hologram I have some extra hours." I tell her.
"Nonsense!" Penny angrily says, "Holograms are not slaves. You have duty times just the same as other life forms. Come to Holodeck 2 in twenty minutes."
A short while later, I enter the holodeck to see a beautiful beach, with ocean water in the distance. The sun is beating down. There seems to be no one around.
"Still in your uniform, Joe!" Penny laughs, as I suddenly see her just to my right, under a sunshade in a black one-piece swimsuit, "We'll have to do something about that!"
Penelope calls up the Arch and adjusts some programming on it. Suddenly, my Starfleet uniform has changed into a pair of tiny beach shorts!"
"Penny!" I exclaim.
"My, don't you look rugged and handsome?" she says, "Come and lie next to me and put some sun tan lotion on my skin."
"I've never worn anything like these shorts before." I say, looking at the only garments I have on.
"Then be thankful I remembered to include them in the programming, Joe!" Penny smiles.
We both smile at this, then laugh at loud.