<USS Banshee> "Community"
- From: "Brad Ruder" <GroundZero@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- To: ussbanshee@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Thu, 11 Jul 2002 13:42:15 -0700
Lt. Josh Asper
Ensign Sara Crusher
Ensign Anthony D?Vorak
Ensign Cyanah Kaelyre
Josh Asper walked into
the holodeck, almost immediately feeling the cool breeze wash toward
him coming up from the shore. He gazed off into the distance as the
holographic waves crashed into the holographic sands that lined the
shore. Josh?s nylon shorts rustled in the breeze. His Hawaiian
shirt, unbuttoned, blew open in the wind.
moved in behind Asper, entering from the same corridor. Anthony,
decorated in flippers, trunks, a rubber floatation device, goggles
and nose plugs, gazed almost in pain at the ocean. ?I hate
Noticing D?Vorak behind him, ?Tony, you hate water?
?Bad memories from the womb, I guess.? Anthony raised
an eyebrow at Asper?s inquisition.
?You can?t tell me you
actually remember the womb.?
?Not all of it.? Anthony said
as if it mattered how much he knew. The fact that he remembered
anything about the womb was incomprehensible; anything before
childbirth was considered to be almost impossible. ?What is your
Pushing away some shrubbery, Josh smiled and
worked his way towards the water?s edge. ?My first memory is when I
was four, I fell off a dock on the San Francisco Bay and almost
drowned. My father hauled me out and I eventually went back into the
water again. Of course it took a couple of years, but I toughed it
?Zero G training was a pain in the butt. You know, all
that water. I made it through though, and passed with flying
colors.? Anthony tossed his towel on the nearest lounge chair. He
watched as Josh moved down the shore towards the water. He watched
as he set out a blanket.
?It wasn?t that bad!? Josh yelled
from the shore.
?When you have a life long fear of water, you
may change your mind.? Anthony said as he shrugged his shoulders and
sat down on his chair.
?You are such a wuss, Tony, I cannot
believe that you fear water. I only thing that I let scare me is
those horrible and huge spiders. And when Sara hasn?t had her coffee
in the morning. She is so nasty.? Josh smiled as he walked back up
Anthony smiled as Josh walked up, ?I?m afraid of
her like that too. I have a pet tarantula; I should introduce you
?As long as I have my trusty phaser by my side I
should be just fine.? Josh tried as hard as he could to not let on
that he didn?t like spiders. They were his all time fear; he just
couldn?t stand anything that had more than four
Cynically, Anthony rubbed it in. ?Don?t worry, she
doesn?t bite. Well, much.? Anthony perked a smile.
going surfing. I will be back shortly.? Josh stated as he tossed
his shirt on the chair and sprinted off towards the beach. Josh
dived into the water and let it flow over his body as he swam through
the waves. His board, attached to his ankle, flopped behind him
awkwardly. He surfaced and saw the perfect wave; he paddled up and
started his first wave.
?Have fun.? Anthony said as he
watched the man dive into the water. He pulled a towel up over his
head and attempted to fall asleep.
moved about in her quarters, she had just finished changing into a
dark green bikini. After fitting herself with her garments, she
casually walked over to a table and put on the sandals that were
present underneath the furniture. He grabbed her sunglasses from
her nightstand next to her bed and waltzed out the door and into the
corridor. She trudged down the corridor, slightly slowly than she
usually did. Her intended destination was the quarters of the
recovering medical officer that had nearly died earlier in the
Sara Crusher sat in her quarters. She was just about to
delete the letter she wrote in sickbay, but as she stared into the
piece of metal that she held in her hand she noticed that it was
opened while she was sleeping off the treatment that she had been
given in sickbay. She looked at the code that was used and she knew
exactly who it was. "That little creep." She huffed just as her door
chimed. "Come." She called out as she stood up.
her quarters and smiled. ?Hi!?
?Hey Cyanah, what?s up?? Sara
?Well, we were invited to the beach. Do you still
want to go?? Cyanah secretly hoped that Sara had changed her mind;
that way she could get out of it and go back to her quarters. Her
hopes diminished as she saw Sara smack herself in the head and smile.
?I forgot about that. Give me a second to change.? Sara
turned and scampered into her bedroom. ?Don?t worry, it won?t be
that bad, I promise. Besides, someone has to help me
?All right.? Cyanah said as she pushed her
sunglasses up on her head. In the bedroom Sara started to change into
her two-piece orange bathing suit. She then wrapped a sheer piece of
cloth around her waist and put on her sandals before trotting back
into the main room.
?Are you ready?? Sara said as she looked
at Cyanah, who looked miserable over the whole thing.
of course. Wow, you look great.? Cyanah said.
"Not bad for
an almost-dead girl." Sara said as she began to spin around. Losing
her balance she reached out for Cyanah?s arm. "Damn, I have to stop
doing that. I guess I am not as back to normal as I would like to
be." Cyanah stifled a laugh. Sara smiled playfully, "Oh, you think
that?s funny." Sara snagged Cyanah?s sunglasses and sprinted out the
door with them clutched tightly in her hand.
sickbay, Doctor Coren Terje finished reports and set them on his
desk. He gazed at his chronometer and realized that he better get
going. Glancing over at Ensign Cora, Terje realized that sickbay
would be left in capable hands. ?Ensign, you have control of
?Aye, sir.? Ensign Cora nodded as she continued her
reports and medical research on standard chemicals.
exited sickbay and walked down the hallway. After entering, Terje
replicated himself a Hawaiian shirt and board shorts. After removing
his Starfleet-issue uniform Terje got into the leisure clothes.
Getting into the Hawaiian mood, Terje started to rummage through his
closet and his belongings. In the back of the closet lies a Wingpin
Special. ?Oh baby, where have you been all my life?? Feeling bad
that his board was in horrible shape, Terje pulled out the wax and
began waxing his board down. ?Time for you and I to go and have some
After finishing the wave as it bottomed-out,
Josh paddled out for the next one. He then stopped and gazed back at
the dozing Anthony. Josh sat on his board and stared at the body on
the chair. ?Tony, get up off your lazy butt and get your ass out
Anthony sat up abruptly, ?All right, all right; I
can?t sleep in this thing anyway.? Anthony stood and adjusted his
trunks and the flotation device.
?The surfboard is behind
your chair!? Josh shouted from his board out in the
Anthony made sure that his goggles were on tight, and
then adjusted his flippers that were oddly on his feet. ?I don?t
know what I?m doing.?
?So it will be like working in sickbay,
?I?m a competent doctor 90% of the time.?
Anthony said as he attempted to paddle out, or at least trying to
make the board go forward. The waves coming in seemed to fight his
efforts. After every attempt, Anthony paddled faster, but still to
no avail. All the while Josh laughed hysterically.
to lie down on the board, and then paddle. More arm in the water you
can get means more speed and more distance.?
?It isn?t funny!
Mind over matter!? Anthony paddled harder and harder and fell from
his board into the water; in turn, Josh almost falls from his own
board while his sides were splitting from the laughter derived from
D?Vorak. Anthony climbed back onto his board rather dramatically and
began to paddle out the way that Josh had said. ?I was just getting
a feel for the water. Now what??
?Paddle out, and when a wave
comes up, jump to your feet and ride it. Follow it all the way in.
You aren?t experienced enough to thrash it yet, or pull any tricks,
you?re just learning.? Josh again almost fell from his own board as
he watched Anthony attempt to get to his feet and fall several times.
?Watch and learn.? Josh paddled out and got a wave and began riding
it and thrashing it, his hand trailing behind him skimming off the
Anthony is having some luck as he manages to get to his
feet as a wave erupts. Anthony maintained his balance as the speed
picked up and headed for shore. He arrives on shore but the board
sticks and he flew into the sand, his head impacting a pile of sand.
Anthony?s head popped up and he spit out a mouthful of sand.
Josh watched as Terje screamed onto the holodeck with
his trusty board in his hands. ?Nice swells. The tubes are looking
pretty awesome. Lets do this.? Terje said as he ran down and tossed
his shirt to the sand. He then leaped into the water, lying on his
board. He went under the water and shot back up out of it like a
?Coren! Get out here, the waves are hot!? Josh
waved a hand at the approaching surfer.
?So I see! Just like
the waves at the academy.?
?Better, my friend, definitely
?Wingy and I are ready to go, what about you?? Terje
asked as he motioned to Josh?s board.
?We are always ready.?
Josh paddled out, followed by Terje, to the nearest swell. It began
to climb in the sky and Josh rode it. He didn?t realize that Terje
had entered the swell behind him and was riding almost parallel to
him. ?Double Thrashing! I haven?t done this with anyone since we
did it at the academy!?
?Ditto, do you remember Split Ends??
Terje asked as the two zoomed along down the wave.
haven?t done it in ages.?
?Up for it??
deliberating about trying something that he hadn?t done in a long
time and could prove hurtful he decided, ?Yeah, what the hell?? Josh
stood to his feet on his board and waited for the perfect moment. ?I
go right, you can head left, GO!? The two jetted down the wave and
then cut back towards the top for the trick.
Following Sara to get her sunglasses, Cyanah rounded
a corner to see her gracefully wearing them and leaning against the
wall to the turbolift door. "They look good on you!"
pulled the bridge of the sunglasses down to the tip of her nose, "It
is a redhead thing. We can?t help but look good in dark shades." Sara
said as she handed back the glasses and entered the TL.
?Thanks. And, of course we can?t help but to look good in
beachwear.? Sara smiled as she handed Cy back her glasses. "Thanks.
And, of course we can?t help but to look good in beachwear." Cyanah
said as she grabbed her glasses and smiled brightly. The door hissed
closed as the two women began to giggle. Sara called for Deck Two and
the turbolift was moving.
The movement of the TL gave Sara a
bit of a head rush causing her to lean against the wall of the
turbolift looking very pale and weak. "Sara, are you OK?" Cyanah
asked. "I?m fine, thank you. Just a bit light-headed form the lift
"If there is anything that I can do, just let me
know." Said Cy as she leaned on the wall next to Sara.
fine, thank you.?
?If there is anything that I can do, just
let me know.?
"You already have," Sara started, "not everyone
has been willing to stick with me like you have. I really want to
thank you for that. I don't know how to tell you how much that means
to me." Sara said as she smiled.
?Of course. I look after my
friends.? Cyanah said as she returned the smile.
opened and the two girls stepped out and into the hallway, heading
for holodeck one. ?Its good to have a friend again, its been a while
since I?ve had someone to trust. I mean, other than Anthony, I don?t
have many friends.?
Cyanah nodded, ?I know the feeling. I
didn't have time for a social life at the Academy. I dated a bit,
but most of the time I was working. So having a community like this
"Most of the time I was trying not to get
caught doing something stupid with Scooby or I was studying. So I
know what you mean. It wasn?t until I got here that I started to have
an adult life." Sara?s mind wandered to Josh and she smiled. "I?ve
now have you and Josh, and I already had Anthony, so it?s really
Cyanah slipped her glasses on, ?Here we go.?
Sara stopped and looked at the doors. "Maybe you?re right. Is
it too late to run?"
"No, now we said we?d be here, so let?s
keep our words." Cyanah sighed and walked through the holodeck doors.
They walked in and saw Anthony spitting out some sand and his entire
chest and legs were covered in it.
?No, we said we?d be here,
so let?s keep our words.? Cyanah sighed and walked through the
holodeck doors. They walk in and see Anthony spitting out some sand,
and his entire chest and legs are covered in it.
door open, Anthony smiled, ?Hey there! I was just surfing? Anthony
climbed to his feet and began to brush off the excess sand that lined
?Hey, Scooby.? Sara said as she focused in on the
?Hi, Anthony. If you?re hungry, I?m sure
you could replicate some food. Sand must taste
?Better than field rations, Cy.? Anthony said. ?I
just started, give me a break. So I have to master my stopping, not
a big deal.? Anthony walked to his board, which he tripped over,
eating more sand.
?I remember our trip to Hawaii the summer
before medical school. You need to work on your going as well.?
Sara smiled as Anthony spit out a mouthful of sand.
just isn?t my sport?? Anthony trailed off.
Sara looked at
Anthony and laughed as she started counting on her fingers, "?neither
is basketball, baseball, soccer, hoverboarding, skiing, fishing, the
list goes on and on." All the while Cyanah sat back and smirked at
Anthony shook his head, "I am a
professional relaxer though. I mean, I can?t walk and chew bubble
gum at the same time, but I can box, if that counts."
smiled and walked down to the beach and tossed towel on the blanket
that Josh had set out for herself and Sara. Sara joined her, sitting
between her and Anthony. Sara gazed out into the horizon as Josh and
Terje zoomed down the wave and then back up it. She met eyes with
Josh as he soared off the wave and flailed awkwardly. She laughed as
Josh impacted the water chest first. Cyanah glanced over and saw the
same thing and busted up with her own fits of laughter.
surfaced and shook his head as the water went everywhere. ?Damn it.?
He slapped the water hard, showing his anger with the situation.
Looking up, Josh gazed as Terje landed a great mute grab and landed
perfectly. Terje started to lose his balance, but recovered before
anything bad could happen.
Sara laid on the beach towel and
gazed out into the open waves as the two surfers socialized. ?This
is so much better than sitting in sickbay.?
?You can say that
again; no dying, no reading?? Anthony continued Sara?s
?Oh, I know.? Cyanah chimed in to continue the
Josh pulled himself from the ocean and trudged up
the shore. He clutched his board tightly as he trotted. He planted
his board and stared at his chest, which had turned beat red and was
throbbing in pain. ?Monster Bellyflop.?
?Did that hurt,
Josh?? Anthony asked.
Before Josh could answer Sara rose to
her elbows, "That reminds me, you little sneak, I have a bone to pick
with you." Her eyes drifted to Anthony. "Do the numbers 10142325 mean
anything to you?"
?Your Aunt Bev?s birthday, so what?? All
of a sudden Anthony could see the anger and the disappointment that
had risen in Sara?s eyes, he hung his head in shame. Cyanah frowned
at what she knew was coming.
?How could you?? She
"It was there on Terje?s desk. I was looking for
something to read, and I got curious. I?m sorry." Sara finished off
Anthony?s thought as she sent a telepathic message that simply stated
that they would talk about it later. Anthony nodded in acknowledgment
as Sara felt a cold drop of water hit her in the back.
Shuddering, Sara looked up at Josh. She smiled as she said,
"Josh, you?re dripping on me."
Josh stepped back and almost
ran into Terje who had reentered from the water. He had remained out
doing his tricks. Terje planted his board next to Josh?s and walked
up to join the rest of the group. ?Killer wipeout, man. What
"I saw Sara." Josh said as he sat down next to the
lady lying on the beach towel. Sara smiled as she sat up, giving
Josh a quick kiss, but the rest of the group showed their disgust
with his obvious flattery. Cyanah rolled her eyes at his _expression_
and Terje just answered with a simple ?good grief?. Anthony smiled to
hide his discomfort and quickly changed the subject.
beautiful day, isn?t it??
Josh saw through what Anthony was
trying to do. ?Sara, we got a gift for you.? Josh nodded to Terje
as he gripped one of Anthony?s arms tightly. Terje followed suit as
Anthony jerked violently. They hauled him down the sand and towards
"You did?" Sara gazed at the two. "Don?t tell me.
I?m still not out of the woods and you are just softening the blow."
Cyanah leaned over and whispered in Sara?s ear,
?I was supposed to dunk you, but I?m not about to do that.? Cyanah
resumed her position and rolled her eyes at the immature boys on the
water?s edge. ?I lied to them, I figured that if I said that I
wouldn?t that they would have someone else do it.?
really?" Sara looked at the men and smiled.
Josh grabbed one
of Anthony?s legs and motioned for Terje to grab the other, which he
did. They lifted him off the ground and began to swing him back and
forth. Josh looked over at Terje. ?One for the money.?
for the show.?
?This doesn?t seem fair.? Anthony chimed in as
he was swung back and forth.
?Three to get ready.?
four to, well, you know." They prepared to let go of Anthony and send
him spiraling into the watery abyss that was the ocean. But Sara and
Cyanah were going to take advantage of the situation. They raced down
the shore and pushed all three of the guys into the water. Josh fell
in, which pushed Anthony farther out. Terje, still holding Anthony?s
leg, toppled over into the water and splashed around frantically. The
two girls raced back up the shore and laughed so much that their
Anthony rolled awkwardly and landed on his head
and ceased to move.
"Dunk me, will ya?" Sara gazed at Josh as
water streamed down his body.
Josh stood up and yelled to the
girls, ?You are going to pay for that!?
Still consumed with
fits of laughter, Sara yelled back. "OK Josh, whatever." Sara had to
focus hard to stop herself from collapsing. Cyanah moved over and
helped her remain standing. All the while Anthony still didn?t move
in the water.
?Come on, Anthony, it was just a little,
harmless joke.? Terje slopped through the water towards Anthony?s
apparently lifeless body.
?Anthony?? Josh walked over as
well, gazing down at the lifeless corpse. Together Terje and Josh
lifted Anthony from the water. Anthony?s frame stood limp as they
dragged him up the beach and back onto the sand.
concerned but believing that Anthony was pulling a stupid prank,
shouted some helpful advice. ?Tickle him above his third rib on the
?Dude, you OK?? Josh followed her advice and
tickled him, but Anthony remained rigid and almost
?He?s faking it.? Sara said. ?He pulled this on me
in Hawaii. Come on, Scooby, enough is enough.?
Cyanah chimed in, still staring in the direction of the three men.
She laughed a little, even though the situation really wasn?t
Josh and Terje laid Anthony on a beach towel sprawled
out on the sand. Josh motioned towards the changing cabana at the
top of the crest that separated the beach from the swampland
surrounding it. ?Coren, there is a medkit in that cabana, go get
it.? Asper checked for a pulse. ?Pulse is there.? Anthony still
"My ex-girlfriend, Maureen, did this to me once
after we had sex." Cyanah told Sara. Sara smiled, "Why do they think
this funny?" Cy simply shrugged her shoulders.
that Anthony was truly faking the fact that he was hurt or dying when
he opened his eyes and winked at the Tactical Officer. He realized
exactly what the medical officer wanted to do, so he played along.
Almost on key, Anthony used his Vulcan dedication and meditation to
slow his breathing and heart rate.
?Terje, he stopped
breathing.? Josh placed his ear close to the chest of Anthony.
?Coren! The medkit, now! Starting compressions!? Josh started to
pump on the chest of the fallen slacker.
Tears began pouring
from Sara?s eyes as she sprints down to his side. Waiting for the
right moment, Anthony leaped to his feet and hoisted Sara above his
head. He ran to the ocean and tossed her in as she kicked and
screamed. Her body splashed the water as the men began to laugh
hysterically. Josh almost toppled over as her body disappeared below
the surf. Anthony looked down at the body flopping in the waves,
?It was the right side, Tribbs, not the left.? He helped her up and
Sara punched Anthony in the eye.
?Speaking of refreshing.?
Josh strolled up to the shaded area as a hot Hawaiian girl emerged
from the side of the hill with a tray of Pinã Coladas. Josh grabbed
his as the others are set on the table. ?Come on, all, gather
around!? Terje walked up and grabbed his. Cyanah reached over and
?Ouch!? Anthony covered his eye. ?What?s the
?You scared the hell out of me, you big jerk!? Sara
walked up towards the shaded area.
"Sorry." Anthony called out
as he hugged Sara from behind. "You know how much that I hate water."
Sara began laughing at Anthony. "Cy is the only dry one left." She
?Cy is the only dry one left.?
walked over to Cyanah and lifted her up. ?Hey! I will spill my
drink!? She shouted as Anthony walked down the path with her in his
arms. ?I?ll get in, you don?t have to dunk me!
wouldn?t be any fun.?
Sara winked at Anthony, ?Put her down,
?Okay.? Anthony dropped Cyanah in the water, causing
a splash. He looked up at Sara and the rest of the group. ?You
didn?t say where.? Josh began laughing and Terje soon joined in.
Cyanah swam out and came back in fully wet. She retrieved her drink,
like all the others, and returned to her seat.
?I have a
speech, sort of.? Josh stood up and began to pace around the
makeshift circle that had been formed with the group of five. ?Today
we celebrate life. Sara and I, not to dwell on the morbid, were on
our deathbed a day ago. Now we are here among friends. I am here to
say a version of thanks. I thank everyone I am friends with for
life.? Josh gestured towards Sara. She smiled at him. ?Thanks for
the greatest acquaintances that I could ever imagine having.? Josh
rotated and met eyes with Cyanah.
?Here, Here.? Sara said as
Cyanah raised her glass.
?I am thankful for the ability to
conquer the bad blood between friends and realize that those people
may be the greatest friends of all.? Josh walked over and put his
hand on Anthony?s shoulder, much to the surprise and happiness of
Sara. ?Equally thankful for the strength and the shear luck to
maintain friendships over long distances and large periods of time.?
Josh gestured to the waves and then to Terje, his long-time friend
since his academy days.
?Too true.? Terje said as he raised
his own glass.
?But most of all I am thankful for this small
community that we have created ourselves. I am thankful that we have
formed our own coalition of friends. And as long as I serve on the
Banshee, I am glad that I have it. But even more so I will cherish
it when my services on the Banshee are no longer required. To the
community...? Josh raised his glass.
?To the community...?
Terje?s glass remained up.
Raising her own glass, again, ?To
?To the community.? Anthony gazed at the
?Community.? Sara raised her glass, ?and
The group of five raised their glasses and slowly
sipped their alcohol as the sun began to set on the ocean skyline,
basking them all in an orange tint.
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