Guest Post: The Doctor
"What is the nature of your medical emergency?" I say as I'm switched on. Sometimes I wish I had a different opening line.
"Doctor" he says, "The Enterprise has been in suspended animation for the last three years. I will need you, Doctor Crusher and Nuirse Delmara to help out with any stress the crew may have from learning that their loved ones have aged while they haven't."
The Captain walks out while I ponder this.
Three years? Another human foul-up I suppose.
Beverly approaches. I suppose she will want to take over the running of everything. Some things never change.
"We could have quite a rush of people, Doctor." she says, "Some of the crew might be very panic stricken about the outside universe ageing while they haven't. Give them a supply of stress pills."
Yes, sure. A stress pill is the answer to everything.
Penelope Delmara gives me a beaming smile and hugs me.
"Oh, Joe!" she exclaims, "It's go good to see you again. Though it seems like yesterday, I've missed having you around."
I must admit, I've missed her too. My personal nurse is the only one who calls me Joe. I must admit, I rather like it.
The first crewman comes in, holding his head as if it is going to fall off.
"I can't believe it." he says to himself, "My wife has probably got a new lover by now."
If she has any sense, she will, I think to myself.
Time to start giving out the stress pills. Before long, I might be wishing I could have one as well.