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    "Fire and flame are an important element to the meditation experience," T'Var says. "As I've mentioned before, fire can be a positive or a negative."

    T'Var looks over their campsite. "I would like to learn more about a campfire and the 'building and tending' of it."

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    Ben grins to hear Collins's suggestion for later, and says, "By all means, let's look around a bit... for now." There are some small artsy stores in town, all rather pricey, and one larger store with tourist knickknacks. Nothing really grabs you.

    Before the sun drops below the horizon Bennett gathers firewood with T'Var, showing her how to look for dead, dry wood, and teaches her how to build a small teepee-style fire. After futilely trying to start it by rubbing two sticks together over dry leaves, the Englishwoman wryly swears the Vulcan to secrecy and then lights the fire with a single low-power phaser burst. "Mrs. Burger, my Girl Scout leader, would never forgive me if she heard about this," she chuckles.

    The ranger looks over Rangin's collection of local animals, takes pictures of them all, asks him to show where they were caught, and releases them in those spots. Then he arrests the xenobiologist for violating the Morranian wildlife protection law. He searches Rangin, and finds and confiscates his phaser-1 and communicator. He scowls and says, "You're charged with carrying a concealed weapon, too, sir." He calls for an aircar and flies with Rangin to the ranger station in the coastal town of Dixon, where the Starfleet ensign is booked and put in a spartan but clean cell.
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    "Your secret is safe with me," T'Var assures Bennett. "I find that a blending of the ancient and the modern works quite well."

    T'Var settles next to the fire. "What do campers usually talk about while sitting by the campfire?" the doctor asks.

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    It's getting darker. Bennett makes a pile of small logs and twigs next to the fire, sits down and says, "Anything you want to. When I was a little girl we would sing songs and tell stories."

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    T'Var frowns. "I have no musical ability," she says. "What sort of stories would you tell?"

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    Bennett says, "Oh, I don't know - ghost stories, stories of previous camping trips, family stories, and so on. There're really no rules about this sort of thing, T'Var. You can do just about anything you want to, sitting around a campfire."

    In Lindy, the museum has closed and the zoo is closing soon. It's early evening, local time. What would Pourtash and Delaney like to do next?

    Rangin is permitted one call, and the rangers let him to use his communicator. He calls the Yorktown and reaches Thalen on the Bridge. The Communications Officer, fighting to keep from laughing, puts him in touch with the Science Officer, who is a bit less amused. The next day, the xenobiologist is brought before a Morranian district court magistrate and arraigned. With Roble by his side, he enters a guilty plea, is sentenced to one day in jail and given credit for one day time served. He is also fined 500 Federation credits, and released. As the two beam back to the ship, Roble says, "I hope you've learned a useful lesson, Ensign, on the wisdom of getting official permission before collecting lifeforms on settled worlds."

    Rangin can only nod meekly as the transporter effect takes them.
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    Delaney determines he has spent about 20% more then the minimum time for shore leave that the medicos would want to see and is happy to get back up to the Yorktown and his work. He thanks Pourtash for sharing some time.

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    "I find imagination to be a most interesting part of human life," T'Var says.

    "I also find interpersonal relationships of a social or romantic nature interesting."

    T'Var smiles. "I have noticed certain potential romantic relationships taking place aboard ship." The doctor's smile becomes a grin. "Have you ever experienced a romance while serving aboard a Federation vessel?" T'Var asks.

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    Pourtash and Delaney beam back to the ship just as a light rain begins to fall. They liked what they saw of Morra III.

    Fujishiro remains aboard, working on various Sciences odds and ends, and does not take shore leave.

    Rangin double-checks the arrangements for bringing aboard the alien lifeforms.

    Bennett replies to T'Var, "I have, twice. There was a man back aboard the Essex that I was very fond of, a botanist, but he wanted to get married after we'd known each other only about seven or eight months, and that was just too fast for me. I still think about him sometimes. Then more recently... well, I have a boyfriend now, aboard the Yorktown. I'm not sure he's right for me, though. We've had... we've had some problems." She stares into the campfire intently and pokes it with a stick. T'Var can tell she's uncomfortable.

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    "I am sorry," T'Var replies. "We don not know each other well, but I believe we are becoming friends." The doctor pauses a moment. "And we are shipmates, of course. I would like to help if a can."

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    Bennett puddles up, looks at T'Var, takes her hand and squeezes it. "Yes, we are friends, T'Var, of course we are, and I... I appreciate you, and your kindness." She chokes back a sob, and then ventures a brave, wry smile. "I have to say, you're not like any Vulcan I've ever known before. But this man... Matthew... I just don't know. I can't figure him out. Something's wrong with... us."

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    T'Var gives Bennett a hug. "I am a student of human nature," the doctor says with a slight smile. "I hope that I can be a better physician -- and friend -- in this way."

    "I am not an expert on romantic relationships. I have never had a 'boyfriend' and Vulcan mating is quite different from that of humans." T'Var sighs. "Perhaps if you tell me more about Matthew and your relationship, we might be able to come up with a solution together."

    Before Bennett has a chance to say anything more, T'Var continues, "And, of course, whatever you share with me will remain between us."

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    Bennett hugs the Vulcan woman back, but then seems to muster her sense of self-control. She wipes her eyes, clears her throat and says, "Thank you, but... not yet. There's a lot I still have to think about, and I don't even know that there is a 'solution,' as such. Maybe I'll - we'll - have to find it for ourselves. But I appreciate your offer, really, T'Var, and the day may come when... I can say more."

    The two friends talk about other, inconsequential things before turning in. A strong windstorm comes up during the night, lashing the tent with rain, but it doesn't blow over, and you stay warm and dry. In the morning, you awake to a glorious sunrise. You hike back out by a different route, return your rented gear, and beam back up to the Yorktown.

    Rangin confirms that the alien lifeforms are ready for delivery to the ship. He asks Delaney and Fujishiro to be there in the cargo bay for their arrival. What precautions, if any, do you wish to take?

    Collins's shore leave time is up, and she realizes that she and Cooper should return to the ship.

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    "So, your place or mine?" Jeremi asks Ben.

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    T'Var resolves to keep a close eye on Bennett from now on. She has not forgotten the bruise her friend and shipmate tried to hide earlier. And T'Var is very protective of shipmates -- and friends.

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    Cooper takes Collins's hand, smiles and says, "Let's try mine. I wouldn't want to bother your cabinmate, and mine is on shore leave right now."

    Bennett thanks T'Var for a great time on the planet. The navigator takes a shower, puts on a clean uniform and reports to the Bridge for her next watch.

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    After two hours spent enjoying Ben's company, Jeremi realizes if she doesn't hurry back to her cabin to shower and change, she'll be late for her watch. "We really must do this again, very soon," she says, and kisses Ben before rushing off.
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    Delaney would like to ensure the specimens are brought on with extreme caution. We need to do a final test of the holding tanks and the creatures should go through a full decontamination check with Xenobiology scanning for anything out of the norm. We don't want a repeat of the famous Pandex virus leaping from specimen box to human host. I would also like a security team on hand trained to handle those nasty little monsters we're bringing on board.

    Finally let us ensure one creature at a time.

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    T'Var will enjoy a meal in the Mess Hall of Vulcan tea, apple slices and oatmeal before heading to Sickbay. She will ask
    Dr. Villa if there is anything pressing for her to do. If not, she will continue to monitor the specimens she's been growing.

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    Delaney is satisfied with the arrangements for bringing aboard the animals. After a full scan, the transfer from the starport's holding facility to the Yorktown goes surprisingly smoothly. The capybaras and Bolian storks are no problem at all. The Denebian slime devils, on the other hand, are clearly vicious. Hissing fiercely, they strive to escape as they're carefully carted in, one at a time, but are unable to get loose. Collins and her Security team are unneeded after all.

    Dr. T'Var checks on her Rigellian cell lines and sees another three have died. The rest seem to be growing well. Dr. Villa also asks her to review the latest medical journals and let her know if there's anything applicable to shipboard medicine.

    Collins finds a very nice "Thank you/miss you already" note from Cooper in her comm account. It definitely makes her day.

    As the ship prepares to leave orbit, you hear that two of your crewmates are to have disciplinary hearings before the Captain for their conduct on Morra III. The first is Rangin, for his hobby-related encounter with local law enforcement. The other is Engineering Spec/2 Malcolm Travers, one of Delaney's subordinates, who got in a bar fight in First Landing, the capital, and was also arrested. Travers asks the Assistant Chief Engineer to appear as his advocate during the hearing, which is scheduled in three days.
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    T'Var is mildly irritated at the death of three cell cultures. She wonders if this could be a natural occurrence or perhaps -- however unlikely -- an error on her part. The doctor makes a mental note to seek the assistance of anyone from the Science Department who has expertise with cell biology.

    The doctor will research the medical journals thoroughly, then report back to Dr. Villa with her findings.

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    T'Var speaks with several researchers in the Sciences Department and ultimately decides that the dead cell cultures are simply random failures. She reviews The Lancet, New England Journal of Medicine, Medical and Psychological Digest of Earth, Journal of Astromedical Research, Vulcan Medical Research Journal and Starfleet Quarterly Review of Medicine and Bioethics, and finds an interesting article on treating Tellarite skin diseases that she thinks Dr. Villa might want to read.

    Travers asks to meet with Delaney to prepare for the "Captain's Mast."

    The Terran capybaras, Bolian storks and Denebian slime devils all seem to be doing well, Fujishiro and Rangin see.

    Cooper asks Collins if she'd like to meet for dinner.

    The Yorktown breaks orbit and sets course for Sakath V. The Captain then leaves Pourtash in command on the Bridge while she goes belowdecks to discuss a Starfleet communique with Vargas. The Sakathian research station is 17 days away at Warp 6.
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    Delaney pulls up the crew record for Malcom Travers and spends 30 minutes reviewing his record and the charges and circumstances of the bar fight arrest. Before I talk to him I want to verify his past reviews and efficiencies.

    I then check Travers duty schedule and set up a meeting for 30 minutes before his next watch. I also pull his PM* records and plan to do some unannounced spot checking of his work.

    I wonder what his records and work will me?



    * PM =Preventive Maintenance, Delaney recalls reading an odd entry that back in the days of the steel water Navies of the United States they officially called it PMS.

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    Jeremi smiles and says "you don't have to ask me twice" and arranges a meeting time with Ben. She smiles through the rest of her watch.

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    T'Var decides to make a habit of reading medical journals on a regular basis -- something she didn't think she really had the time for. She now realizes this reading is worth the time.

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    The Yorktown passes smoothly beyond the orbit of Morra XI, outermost world in the system, and enters deep space.

    Delaney learns that Spec/2 Travers, with whom he's had some brief dealings since becoming Assistant Chief Engineer, has been in Starfleet for just over ten years. A life support systems specialist, he has a generally good service record and no previous disciplinary proceedings. His immediate supervisor and crewmates seem to think well of him. A spot check of his work indicates no problems. He is ready to meet with Delaney at your convenience.

    As to his arrest, Security Ens. Carlos de la Paz, who took Travers off the hands of First Landing police, tells Delaney that the crewman apparently had too much to drink, made a pass at a Sue Galiano, the girlfriend of a local man, Paul Walcott, and did not leave her alone when asked to do so by Walcott. Words were exchanged, and the punches flew. Accounts differ as to who actually started the fight. Both Travers and Walcott had minor bruises and cuts. The police arrested only Travers, who was released without charge into de la Paz's custody a few hours later when Walcott said he did not wish to bother pressing charges. Travers, who is currently confined to quarters except when on duty, said very little to the Security officer.

    Ben asks Collins to meet him in one of the observation lounges, which he's reserved for the evening, for dinner. He's arranged for a nice meal from the replicator there, with a bottle of wine from his small private stock. The view of the stars is quite spectacular when he dims the lights.

    Dr. Villa thanks T'Var for the medical update. She cautions the Vulcan that her duties will not always permit such extensive reading.

    Pourtash enjoys his time in the big chair, and chats from time to time with Bennett, who of course is sitting just ahead of him at her Navigation post.

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    Delaney meets with Travers and basically asks him for his story, if there are any special circumstances the Captain should be aware of and how Travers thinks this incident should be handle as of course to a small degree all Star Fleet personnel know they represent the Federation even when off duty.

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    Jeremi places a box on the table between them. It is a small golden cardboard box whose lid is larger than its base. Embossed on the cover of the box is the word Godiva. "For dessert" she says, and sits next to Ben.

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    T'Var will revise her off-duty schedule to include more journal reading. She will also ask Bennett for her suggestions regarding social activities to try aboard the Yorktown.

    The doctor is aware that she is perhaps spending too much time with meditation and other solitary pursuits. She enjoys playing chess, of course, but is sure there are other worthy forms of recreation as well.

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    Travers seems very embarrassed by the whole situation. He almost stammers, "I was definitely drinking too much that night, sir. I just wanted to have some fun, and this girl was so pretty, but, you know, I didn't realize she was with somebody. And then the guy was really rude to me, and cursed me. He had a really foul mouth, sir. I didn't like that, and I guess I let him know it, and... well, it just went from bad to worse from there. But he threw the first punch. I hope the Captain will just let me off with a warning, sir, but maybe that would be expecting too much...?" He looks at Delaney hopefully.

    Cooper's eyes widen as he looks at Collins's treasure. "Godiva chocolates? Out here?" He's clearly amazed. "How did you get these, Jer?"

    Bennett tells her cabinmate, "There's plenty to do aboard ship, time permitting, T'Var: Lyceum concerts, plays or lectures; swimming, dancing or working out at the gym; self-improvement classes of all kinds, at least four book clubs that I know of, different other clubs, games, and so on. What do you think you might like to do?"
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    "Well I'm not sure 'just a warning' is sufficient. What you did does reflect on our crew mates, our Department, the Yorktown herself and of course Starfleet. But I think we can convince the Captain you've learned your lesson and that some extra work and some extra training should be enough to avoid being broken in rank." Delaney responds.
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    Jeremi smiles slyly "I could tell you, but then I'd have to kill you", she gives Ben a kiss, then says "Back when I was on the Enterprise, one of the space stations we visited had shops. I bought these and had them vacuum sealed. I was saving them for a special occasion. Tonight seems pretty special."

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    T'Var ponders her options a moment, then says, "I believe the logical choice would be to join a book club. Could you tell me more about each club and its area of interest?"

    The doctor loves to read, of course, and a book club would connect her with fellow crew members who feel the same.

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    Travers seems sobered but not especially surprised by Delaney's advice. He replies, "Whatever you say, sir. I certainly want to avoid a demotion if at all possible."

    Ben takes Jeremi into his arms and returns her kiss with interest. Great interest. After a few minutes he pulls away just a little, smiles and says, "Did you want to eat some chocolate now, or do you have other plans?"

    Bennett looks up thoughtfully and bites her lip. "Let's see.... There are book clubs aboard for contemporary books, science fiction and fantasy, history, and novels of all periods, if I remember right. Oh, and for technical and engineering books. I may have forgotten one. The Lyceum maintains a schedule and a contact list that you can find on the Library Computer."

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    "I do not think the engineering books would suit my needs," T'Var says with a slight grin. "Perhaps history or the novels would be a better choice."

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    Jeremi smiles "Oh, I think we need to work up an appetite first."


    and with that, I think we can leave this scene for a while.

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    Bennett looks up the Lyceum book club entries on the Library Computer. "Let's see... this month, the history book club is discussing Transforming America: The Morra Administration Reexamined, by Melissa D. Atkins, from 2107. Must be a tie-in to our visit to Morra III. The novel folks are talking about Don Quixote by Cervantes, from 1605. Both of them meet in about two weeks, so you still have time to read either of the books."

    Ben and Jeremi have a wonderful evening together, and even eat a little chocolate before parting just before 0630 hours.
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    T'Var thinks a moment, then says, "I would like to learn more of ancient literature. Therefore, I will read Don Quixote. Hopefully, there is still room in that particular club for me."

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    Bennett puts T'Var in touch with Engineering Ens. Oscar Rico, an impulse drive specialist who runs the novel book club for the Lyceum. "You're more than welcome to come to the next meeting," Rico assures the doctor. "We usually have ten to twelve people at each meeting, and there's always room for more. And despite what you might think from my name, not every novel we pick was originally published in Spanish. In fact, every member of the club sooner or later gets to pick a book before anyone else gets a second pick." He suggests she get a copy of the 2133 translation into Federation Standard by Emilio Uvalde; it's available on the Library Computer. She does not have to finish the book in order to attend the meeting, although of course it's encouraged.

    The days pass. Delaney hears that, at his Captain's Mast that morning, Ens. Rangin was confined to quarters for one week when not on duty, and ordered to write a formal apology to the Governor of Morra III. No forfeiture of pay was ordered, given the fine the hapless xenobiologist had already paid. Travers's hearing is this afternoon.

    Pourtash is kept busy with Bridge duty, and Fujishiro with helping Roble run the Science Department.

    Collins finds herself, day by day, quite taken with Cooper.

    The Yorktown continues steadily on course for Sakath V.
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    T'Var is impressed with Ens. Rico and reads the translation he suggests. She finishes the book quickly, then rereads it again. She wishes to be as prepared as possible for the book club's next meeting.

    The doctor, of course, continues with her duties in Sickbay (which she finds most satisfying).

    Using the Library Computer, T'Var will research other novels she may wish to read -- and suggest to the book club when her turn to pick arrives.

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    During her meal break, Collins checks the computer for Starfleet regulations regarding unmarried couples cohabitating.

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    Bennett is quite impressed by T'Var's reading speed; Don Quixote is easily a thousand-page book in most editions, and Uvalde's translation is no exception. "If you don't mind my asking, can all Vulcans read that fast, or are you... unusual in that respect?" she asks.

    Collins learns that Starfleet regs permit unmarried couples to cohabit if (a) neither is in a supervisory or command position over the other, (b) they aren't married to anyone else, and (c) quarters are available. She checks the crew roster and sees that there are at least a half-dozen cohabiting couples aboard the Yorktown.
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    T'Var smiles. "Vulcans are superior in many ways, of course," the doctor says. "I do tend to read and learn faster than most, however."

    T'Var then frowns. "I am sorry if that sounds a bit arrogant on my part. I was merely stating a fact. No offense was meant."

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    Collins rehearses in her head several ways to present to Ben the idea of living together.

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    Bennett smiles and says, "Don't worry about it, T'Var. No offense taken. I knew what you meant."

    Cooper invites Collins for dinner and a walk in the Arboretum after their watches end.

    Delaney and Travers are asked to report to Singh's conference room on Deck 2 for the Captain's Mast. Pourtash and Fujishiro are ordered by the First Officer to attend as observers. Collins and Ens. Mahmoud are to stand guard.
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    Delaney ensures his dress uniform is in perfect shape and asks his roommate to give him a double check inspection before reporting to Captain's mast.

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    Collins reports as ordered; She motions to Mahmoud to take position to the left of the door, then takes her position to the right of the conference room door.

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    "I am afraid my social skills are not what they should be," T'Var says. "Vulcans are generally weak in this area." T'Var grins. "I am working on this, however."

    The doctor then asks, "Regarding social interactions, how are things with your boyfriend?"

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    Pourtash will arrive to observe the Captain's Mast, though he looks a bit uncomfortable about this fact. He doesn't look around very much to begin, holding himself a bit stiffly.
    So now they are just dirt-covered English people in fur pelts with credit cards.

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    Bennett sighs and says to T'Var, "Well, we have our ups and downs, still. Things have been a little better since Morra III. He just... it's hard to say. I just don't know that he's right for me. There are things I love about him, and things that I hate."

    Ens. Sasok assures Delaney that his uniform is in perfect order. Delaney sees that Travers is presentable, too, and they go together to the conference room.

    They see Pourtash, Fujishiro, Collins, Mahmoud and several others already waiting there, and take their seats at one end of the big table, as Collins indicates. After a few moments, Singh and Vargas enter the conference room, and everyone stands at attention. "As you were," the Captain says. "Please be seated. The First Officer will read the charges."

    Everyone sits but Vargas, Collins and Mahmoud. The First Officer says, "Engineering Specialist Second Class Malcolm Travers, you are charged with violating the following provisions of the Starfleet Code of Justice: Failure to obey orders, violation of the criminal law of a Federation member world or colony, public intoxication, wrongful use or possession of a mind-altering substance, wrongful conduct toward civilians, and conduct unbecoming Starfleet personnel. You are charged with violating these provisions while on shore leave on Morra III approximately five days ago." He sits.

    The Captain nods and says, "Thank you, Commander. Do you understand these charges, Mr. Travers?"

    Travers stands, clears his throat and nervously says, "Yes, ma'am."

    "Do you have any questions about them?"

    "No, ma'am.

    "Very well. I am required to advise you of the following. Other than answering my preliminary questions, you do not have to make any statement, and your failure to make a statement will not be held against you. If you choose to make a statement, however, it might later be used in evidence against you. Do you understand?"

    "Yes, ma'am."

    "A Captain's Mast is an informal disciplinary proceeding and is not a court-martial. You have the right to a court-martial, if you wish, instead of a Captain's Mast. Any such court-martial would typically be held when the ship next reaches a Starbase, or meets with another Starfleet vessel which could supply personnel for the court-martial board. In the alternative, if I see fit, a court-martial could be convened using personnel of this ship. You would enjoy your full array of rights as the defendant in any court-martial. If you elect to proceed to a court-martial, you are hereby advised that, if convicted, you may be subject to imprisonment and dishonorable discharge from Starfleet, among other penalties. Do you understand?"

    "Yes, ma'am."

    "You would be presumed innocent in any court-martial; no such presumption applies here. Unlike in courts-martial, formal rules of evidence do not apply. If you are found to have committed one or more of the offenses with which you are charged, you may be subject to any of the following: A verbal or written reprimand, confinement to quarters, reduction in rank by one grade, forfeiture of pay, extra duty, the writing of an apology or essay, reduced rations, and/or restitution to any wronged party. No such discipline may exceed 60 days. Do you understand?"

    "Yes, ma'am."

    "With all that in mind, Mr. Travers, do you wish to proceed with a Captain's Mast at this time?"

    He gulps. "Yes, please, Captain."

    "Very well," she says. "It is so ordered. Please be seated. I see you're here with your advocate, the Assistant Chief Engineer, Lt. JG James Delaney. What would you like to say, Mr. Delaney?"
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