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Italics denotes conversation over a com-link.
Conversations in a Jefferies Tube
"Billy Telfer visited the Doctor late last night."
"So? That's hardly news. We all know he's a bit of a hypochondriac."
"Yes, yes, but that's not the point. Let me finish will you?"
"Go on then."
"Anyway, Billy was certain he'd got the early symptoms of the Ankaran flu but the Doc dismissed him after a brief examination. However, before he was sent on his way, Billy got a quick look at a PADD from Seven on the Doctor's desk."
"Do you remember the class on inter-species relationships from the first year at the Academy?"
"I do remember that. I was dog-tired after a previous class in Warp Mechanics as Professor McDougall started lecturing all of us first-year cadets on the rules and regulations concerning dating other species. There were quite a few regulations."
"Indeed. That manual must have been at least 3 centimeters thick."
"At least. What about it?"
"One rule states that you need written permission from both the Captain and the CMO before engaging in a physical relationship outside your species. Seven had made such a request."
"You don't say! That means..."
"Exactly! That thing in the mess hall a few days ago was just a start."
"I've been a bit hesitant to date alien girls myself. Especially Klingons. Broken bones and all that isn't really my thing."
"Where's your sense of adventure? I had a huge crush on this Klingon girl from the Marines during my first year at the academy. I regret not asking her out before she left for specialist training. Besides, Seven is probably the only person on this ship who can match the Chief in terms of strength."
"You're probably right. Let's get moving. My left foot has fallen asleep."
"Give me a sec will you?"
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