December 10th 2295
"Captain, I must speak with you."
Chekov turned slowly around in the center seat to face his first officer. "Yes, Saavik?" The look on her face was clear. "In my ready room, then."
He followed her up the stairs and followed the Vulcan-Romulan into his ready room. He selected a coffee from his food dispensing unit. "Water, Saavik?" he asked, and fetched her a carafe from the autochef.
"Yes, thank you, Fleet Cap" He narrowed his eyes, and she changed her choice of words. "Pavel."
"So whats up?" he asked, taking the plush seat behind his desk as she stood before him. "Pull up a chair, Saavik."
"Thank you, sir." She pulled a chair from the wall and took a seat. "I regret having felt the necessity for this impromptu meeting, sir, but I consider this a matter of some importance."
"Continue," he prompted, an expression of genuine concern on his face.
"Sir, theres been some discussion of Mister Chterrs return to the head of Security."
"Please tell me hes not still playing with that Peg Leg Pete doll on his shoulder." He took a deep sip of his coffee. "Thats not what we need right now, especially with that outrageous arrrr, me matey he was spouting every ten minutes."
"Fortunately, no, sir. Hes been running drills in his department for efficiency since we left Serenidad."
"Nothing wrong with that. In fact, Ive noted Chief Engineer Sorensen doing the same thing with her department. We are, after all, about to head into the Beta Quadrant. Well be in Earth orbit tomorrow to drop Doctor McCoy and his wife off, and then depart immediately to the limits of known space. Our flight to Starbase 211 will take about a week, and after that, were heading into the deep unknown."
"Agreed, sir, but his drills have been somewhat...unorthodox."
Chekov sighed. And sighed again. "Okay, Saavik, whats he up to this time?"
"Hes made the exercises into some sort of...game show."
"Oy vey." He closed his eyes and pinched the bridge of his nose. "Which one? Who Wants to Marry a Gelgamek?"
"Nothing so innocuous. Its some sort of competition between the six security squads. The object seems to be survival, but the methodology is illogical. Did you know he locked them in the arboretum in their underwear with paintball guns, each with two shots. He declared the team with the most survivors would be declared the winner. The losers were required to clean the arboretum after the event."
"Sounds like fun. Which squad won?"
"After a protracted battle of thirty minutes, it seemed as if Squad Three had won the event"
Chekov chuckled. "Hannah Quinessens team."
"because they had the most survivors with four."
"He declared them all losers of the contest. He said that they should have simply"
"Mediated a truce?"
She frowned. "How did you know?"
"Just a reasonable guess. Its a reflection of Chterrs personality, Saavik. And quite probably mine as well. Idve parleyed with the squad leaders and convinced them that it would be in our best interests to all come out as winners with our complete squad intact."
She stared at him with a raised eyebrow.
"Let me guess what youd do," he chuckled as he finished off his coffee. "Youdve arranged for the peace conference between the squad leaders, and then had your squad take them out in the middle of negotiating the cease fire."
The look on her face was one of complete surprise. "I dont understand, CapPavel, how did you know?"
"Youre half-Romulan, Saavik, and often you think like one."
She narrowed her eyes in total disapproval. "I find your statement unworthy of refutation, Fleet Captain Chekov. At best it is stereotypical, and at worst it is racist."
"Is it in error? Be honest with yourself and with me, Saavik."
After a moments consideration, she muttered, "Damn you."
Chekov laughed. "And Saavik, Id also wager that Hannah did the same thing."
"I shall ask her...after they finish cleaning the arboretum."
"One more thing, Saavik?"
"Tell Chterr next time he wants to play, take it to one of the cargo bays or hangar decks. If I find hes damaged my garden, there will be hell to pay."
She smiled, inclining her head slightly. "I shall pass that along, sir."
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