Posted by Lord Spatula I, King & Tyrant @ 23:30
[Scene: Aboard a Martok-class dreadnought, as yet unnamed. In the Engineering section, a swarthy Klingon (but we repeat ourselves) oversees several more Klingons, five or six Cardassians, a couple of Gorn and about eight or nine Naussicans. The Klingon overlord carries a painstick with him, and he's not necessarily above using it to make a point every now and then - although the Klingons under his command seems to relish that sort of thing. Never mind.
Off to the side, about 10 feet from the overlord, a large mass of energy shimmers into view. The mass solidifies to reveal His Rudeness, Merlin, Chief Engineer Ozymandias McCool and Captain Korrioth. The overlord moves to greet them.]
KLINGON OVERLORD: Admiral. To what do we owe the privilege?
LSIK&T: We noticed that you’re a little behind schedule, Commander K’tinghe. Is everything okay over here?
CMDR. K’TINGHE (gulping audibly – he was hoping they wouldn’t have noticed): We…uh…we’ve run into a few difficulties with some of the materials that those damned Ferengi sold us.
KORRIOTH (angrily): You were supposed to procure those materials from the Shelliak!!!
CMDR. K’TINGHE: They wouldn’t sell to us…!!!
LSIK&T: Easy, gentlemen. Commander, I expect to be notified when issues like this arise. This vessel is to become the flagship of the Realm fleet, and I want no surprises when it undergoes its maiden voyage. Do I make myself clear, sir?
[There is unmistakeable fear in Cmdr K'tinghe's eyes now as he nods his head violently.]
CMDR. K’TINGHE: I beg forgiveness, m’Lord. I will redouble my efforts!
LSIK&T: That’s appreciated, Commander. We will pay a visit to the Shelliak and…ah…smooth over the misunderstanding.
CMDR. K’TINGHE: Thank you, m’Liege.
LSIK&T (to Korrioth): Captain, return to Pegasus and lay in a course for the Shelliak Corporate. I’ll join you shortly. And contact Spacedock and have a contingent of quantum torpedoes loaded into the weapons bay.
KORRIOTH (grinning broadly): Aye.
Denizens, work on the IV project had slowed to a virtual crawl, but I’ve managed to get at least a little bit of work done on it. Hope to have more news soon.
As always, watch this space.