?Reminiscing? Lt. Joshua Asper Lt. Coren Terje The hallways were empty in the evening hours of the USS Banshee, many crewmembers stayed in their quarters after twenty hundred hours; it was a common occurrence among most of the crew. Josh Asper on the other hand, wondered the corridors just for fun, mainly to get out and avoid sitting around wasting time. He walked casually down the corridor, being his shift had ended nearly two hours before, and he couldn?t decide where to go. He entered the turbolift, ?Deck Three, Forward lounge.? The doors closed quickly and he rose the two decks to the lounge. He stepped off and looked down the hall, as usual they were baron, he continued walking through the bowels of the ship until he reached the lounge. Upon entering he gazed around, even the bartenders on duty had left for the night and the lounge stood empty. ?Doesn?t anyone on this damn ship have a life?? He said to himself. He walked back out of the lounge and down the corridors again to the turbolift. He pressed the button and awaited the arrival of the car. ?Computer, locate Dr. Coren Terje.? ?Dr. Terje is in sickbay.? The computer?s dry voice responded as the doors to the turbolift opened in front of him. He stepped in, ?Deck Two, Sickbay.? Doctor Terje looked up as Joshua Asper entered Sickbay. He gazed over at his chronometer, ?Don?t you ever sleep?? ?Do you?? ?I am still working, seems to me that you are just walking around the ship, not stalking people again are you?? Terje asked as he tapped his PADD. ?Stalking? Me? No, I left those bad habits after I left the academy. The disappearance of three roommates in the same year, kind of drew suspicion upon me, you know what I mean?? Asper said jokingly. ?Good, I was afraid that I was next.? ?You were?? Asper raised and eyebrow and smiled devilishly. ?So, Doc, what are you up to at this hour in the evening slash morning?? ?Medical Reports, and yourself?? ?Meandering. Care to join me?? ?Medical Reports?Screw around with a friend?Medical Reports?screw around with a friend.? Terje moved his hands back and forth, as if to simulate the weighing of both ideas. ?I think I will join you.? Asper smiled, ?Tough choice?? ?Based on what happened last time, it was a tough decision.? Terje laid his PADD down on the desk and walked towards Asper. The two walked out the door and into the corridor. ?So, Coren, how has your life been since the academy days?? Asper inquired. ?A couple of months after we graduated, I went on to the USS Placid. The Akira-Class vessel was assigned to the Federation-Klingon border. Nothing too spectacular. I then got transferred to the USS Charger. The Norway-Class vessel was assigned to Deep Space Nine. We saw our share of action. I then went into Medical Presentation, flying around the systems delivering information on various diseases. And then, I was here, roaming the halls with you.? They arrived at a turbolift and rode it down a deck, walked into Three-Forward and they had the place to themselves. They walked over and sat down across from each other, just to talk and watch the stars pass. ?What happened to you? We lost contact.? Terje asked. ?The same thing that happens to every cadet, got assigned and went on my merry way. I was assigned to the USS Iliad, a tiny piece-of-crap Venture-Class vessel that patrolled the Alpha-Gamma Quadrant border. Not that exciting, to say the least. After a year on board that small piece-of-hell, I got Cabin Fever. You know, the need for outside socialization. It got so bad, they had to transfer me out and I had to seek medical attention. Other than that, I was then assigned here as Chief Tactical Officer and a bridge officer. If I am correct, I outrank you.? Asper smiled. ?Yes, but I will make you sicker than a dog and you won?t be able to outrank me.? Asper gasped, ?Was that a sense of humor that I just saw from you? Mr. Study-and-never-have-fun?? ?I had some fun, if you consider almost getting kicked out the academy twice because of you!? Terje raised his voice in a playful manner. ?Twice?! The first time you sneezed when the Campus Patrol officer walked by, blame it on your allergies! The second time, I didn?t mean to push you out of the shuttle craft, honest I didn?t!? Asper laughed. He got up and crossed to the replicator and replicated himself a Black Hole Liquor, very potent stuff, and he gazed at Terje. ?Something to drink, my friend?? ?Scotch in soda, hold the scotch.? ?Yes, that wonderful bland sense of humor and hideously tacky puns, that is the Terje I know!? Asper replicated the drink and brought both back to the table, and after carefully handing his friend his carbonated water, sat down and sipped his own drink. ?Do you remember Jayna Islander?? ?Yeah, what the hell ever happened to her? I thought the two of you were going to get married someday?? ?Well, finding her in bed with her Xenobiology Teacher wasn?t the most tantalizing experience, that witch. Do you want to know what makes it worse?? Asper took another sip. ?What?? Terje sipped his own drink. ?The fact that it was in my room, in my own bed. Her excuse, ?I didn?t want to ruin my sheet or my room?. Stupid skank. I kicked her out and she eventually graduates, she now teaches at the academy as well.? Asper sipped again, ?Probably in something like Sexual Orientations of Alien Species. Anything that she can get to make her aroused.? ?And another one bites the dust. So, after fourteen consecutive dumps?? The doctor held up an imaginary piece up paper and made a sweeping motion, as if to cross a name off a list, ??I believe you hold the Universe?s record. You always were a sweet-talker. The best pick up line, asking them out for a drink, low and behold a week later you are dating the chick. Then, after a month, you are single again and back to your old tricks. I tell you, my friend, you may be able to get the women, but you can?t keep them.? ?And you could do any better?? Asper interrupted. ?That is the difference between you and I, I don?t try for imminent failure; I let them come to me. And now, I see, you are going after my little, cute assistant. What is up with that?? Asper smiled nervously and turned his head, ?You have to admit that the red hair is a turn on. She has a fiery spirit, and her hair proves it. Besides, I really like her, I think that there might be something there for a long term relationship.? Terje smiled and nodded, ?As long as you don?t go and screw it up.? ?That you, Coren, for that lovely display of encouragement. See if I invite you to the wedding.? Asper finished his drink and recycled his glass in the replicator. ?Listen, she is a nice girl, always bright and cheery. I have a feeling that if you mess this up, she will end up being devastated. And then, it becomes my personal problem because she will whine about it in sickbay and want to cry on my shoulder.? ?Maybe you could have it removed and you could give it to her.? Asper joked and an idea came into his head. ?Remember William Masters?? ?Yes, the man that followed in your footsteps?? ?Yeah, that is the guy. He went on and dated three girls. The first one was a Bolian that had an obsession for blue cheese, how ironic. The second was some Half-Klingon girl that had a voracious appetite for things, not food mind you. And the third was some girl that was normal, he got so whipped that now they are married and have six children.? Asper gazed into his chronometer. ?Ah, hell, I have an early shift tomorrow morning, I should be turning in.? Coren smiled and stood, ?It was good catching up, we should do it again sometime.? ?Of course, tomorrow at the same time?? Asper asked. ?If I am not stuck with work.? ?You won?t be, I will make sure of that. Being the Department Head you can do something that I love to do, delegate.? Asper said as he walked out of the lounge and back towards his room, time for the sleep that he deserved. Coren laughed to himself as he picked up his glass and recycled it. He walked out the doors and to the turbolift and returned to his PADD research that had partially kept him up this long, and now he had less time than before. The glimpse into the past with Asper was fun, and he looked forward to reestablishing their friendship, to hopefully the level it was at during their time at the academy. Only time would tell?