Alright, folks. The exposition is over. Now, the plot begins. Quick scene--as the special guest star is revealed....
Star Trek: Aventine
A Rendezvous With Destiny
“Dax to Bridge.”
“Bowers here, Captain.”
“Commander—call a senior staff meeting immediately.”
“Right away, Captain.”
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Ezri Dax sat down at her usual seat in the observation lounge. She surveyed the faces of her senior staff. All faces were turned on her, waiting for her announcement.
She leaned forward, and spoke. “We’ve just received new orders from Starfleet Command. This was classified top-secret, and as such, only the top brass have seen the information involved. I trust you will understand why.
“Immediately after we deliver Ambassador Galoth, we will be taking on board another diplomat from Starbase 24. We will be bringing him to Achernar Prime for an audience with Empress Donatra.”
Ezri paused for effect before she dropped the bombshell.
“I believe you are all familiar with this man. We will be transporting… Ambassador Spock.”
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