Subject: FRONTIER: Spot the differences (there should be three)
Will watched the starfield on the viewscreen, too absorbed to notice
the change of shifts. It was several minutes before he realised that
he too should be taking a break.
He looked around and addressed Patrick, "Mr. Simony, you have the
bridge." Then he walked up and round to the turbolift.
"Deck Two," as the doors closed.
As the doors opened again, he saw the cheery face of his Academy
"David!" he exclaimed, and pumped the young man's hand for all it was
worth. "You were on the Intrepid?"
"Yeah, I got the job I was looking for as well. And what about you?
Last I heard you were a *counselor* on the Regent. No offence, but
that's a bit of a deviation from your specialty."
Ramsay laughed and replied, "Well, your news is a little out of date.
I was Ops Manager before I left the Regent. Now... well, you could say
I hit the jackpot."
"No kidding. How's it going with, uh..."
"Caroline?" finished Will. "We're married, she's expecting our first
"You don't waste any time, do you? Well, I guess it'll be good for the
kid - if you'd left it a couple of decades you wouldn't be able to
chase him round the garden without coughing and wheezing like a fat
"And what makes you think I'll be fat and unfit in my old age?"
"Oh... just a hunch. See ya." He patted Ramsay on the abdomen as he
continued down the corridor.
Will looked after the receding figure and muttered, "I'm in perfect
shape." He looked down at his abdomen again, shook his head, and
decided to visit the holodeck for a workout sometime.
In fact, now might be a good time. As he rounded the slight bend in
the corridor, he cursed as he observed that all four partitions were
occupied. Briefly Will looked over the booking roster; Joanna was in
for another session with the hairdresser (oh bloody hell); someone
else was scaling a sheer rockface in high gravity; a dubious program
with privacy lock played in the next partition; and the last was showing
the Klingon homeworld (I *wonder* who that could be).
Ramsay returned down the corridor and entered his quarters. Upon
entry, he noticed a strange fragrance, also the lights were out. He
thought he saw someone moving in the room, but couldn't be sure.
"Lights," he said, and walked forward to let the patiently-waiting
doors close. As he did so, Ramsay felt a wave of giddiness strike him.
He recovered and sat down in a chair to compose himself.
But he couldn't quite manage it; his vision swam, he heard noises
which weren't there, prickling sensations flew across the skin on the
back of his neck.
And then he saw Her, and all was clear.
She walked forward and took his hand. Powerless to resist, Will
followed her through into his bedroom. A corner of his mind fought for
reason and order, but it was defeated countless times in the next few
That corner of his mind could only watch on in horror as the remainder
of Ramsay was seduced by the powerfully suggestive drug. It made sure
to remember the face of the woman.
Time seemed to stand still as Will expertly but almost robotically
made love to the woman whom he knew to be his transporter chief.
And when it was done, Katie Braun whispered in his ear, "That was the
best time I've ever had, thank you. See you again soon." And then she
Will wouldn't be exactly sure it was a dream, but his prolonged sleep
might help to convince him. Right now, his unconscious mind pined
after the absence of Katie, a permanent effect of the drug which was
still in his system.
Houston scanned the room as she entered, carefully adjusting her hair
to make it look like it was new.
Of course, it wasn't - she'd set the holodeck for the exact time
period required, then whipped off the wig with some gusto. Then she
had looked in the hairdresser's mirror and sighed at the sight of her
scrunched-up blonde hair. She'd managed to exceed the time required,
just by brushing it back into shape.
Festore wasn't here. Just as well, she fancied a change tonight. Her
eyes settled briefly on each of the patrons, then finally she walked
toward the table where McVyker was sitting.
She'd studied up on each of the crew members. After sifting through a
lot of information, Joanna found that alcohol would be just as
intoxicating to McVyker as to most humanoids. Getting her to ingest it
would be a bit difficult, but not impossible. Especially with the
amount of clearance Joanna possessed.
Houston sat down opposite McVyker and asked, "Would you care for a
discussion and a drink?"
Keanu was alone. He told the others to go have a break, they had been
working for two shifts so there was no objections. He opened a power
conduit, he could feel the power surging through, to the systems the
conduits supplied. "Just a few changes here, and a few changes there."
Keanu altered the power flow to some systems. He closed the panel as
Kzark walked back into engineering. Keanu left and made his way to
The doors opened, Houston sat at a table with McVyker. He walked over
and sat down beside them, "Do you mind if I join you."
"Not at all Keanu, not at all," said McVyker, she seemed somewhat
intoxicated. "Do you want a drink?" asked Houston.
"Sure, why not." Keanu took a deep long drink. "Not got anything
stronger?" he asked as Houston gave him a long dark look.
Houston started to speak Cardassian. "Take the hint, she's mine."
McVyker looked on in confusion, not understanding Cardassian.
Keanu got up, and nodded to Houston. "Please excuse me, I have to see
someone." Keanu walked to the door and headed down the corridor. A
tall blonde woman was walking down the corridor. She was wearing a
Starfleet uniform so he assumed she must be from the Intrepid.
"Hi," she said as she walked past him towards the holodeck.
Keanu smiled, "Are you going to the holodeck?" he asked innocently. "Do
you mind if I join you?"
"Sure, I was new on the Intrepid so I don't know anyone, I'd be glad
to have some company," she replied.
"So would I. The name's Maren, Keanu Maren." They both entered the
holodeck. Three of the rooms were being used. "What do you want to
run?" Keanu asked the full blooded female.
"You don't mind if I pick?"
He shook his head.
"How about, the Spring Pools on Risa?"
Keanu smiled again. "Fine by me, but we will need a change of clothes
so you better program them into it."
The track faded out over the speakers and Angus and Leana were left
standing in the middle of his room in silence.
For a moment neither of them spoke, Angus finally broke the silence.
"Would you like another drink?" he asked.
"Might as well," she replied. "A drink or two helps to... relax...
the inhibitions, makes for a more settled atmosphere."
Angus ordered another round of drinks from the replicator, he handed
one of the glasses to Leana and took a long draught from his own
They finished the drinks and Angus studied Leana closely, her elfin
features seemed to be complimented by her ridged nose. Her clan
earring glinted dimly in the half-light, he noticed at that point that
it was different to the earring she usually wore. He assumed that she
would have more than one and so he disregarded that detail.
She looked up at him and kissed him, motioning him gently to the
[Lt.] Angus Murray, Tac/CSO FRONTIER
[Lt.] Keanu Maren, CEO FRONTIER
Sam M. Edwards
[Captain] Will Ramsay, CO FRONTIER
[Cmdr] Caroline Ramsay, XO FRONTIER
[LtCmdr] Joanna Houston, 2O/tCMO FRONTIER
"Put your faith in God, but keep your powder dry."
"Time is the fire in which we burn"
Dr. Tolian Soren
"Rom's an idiot, he couldn't fix a straw if it was bent."