...Four days later...After Alpha Shift...
"So whatever happened on THAT ship is happening to the Enterprise?" I asked.
"Yeah," Bay said. "Apparently it is transferred by touch."
I shudder at the thought.
"Intoxicated by something probably pleasure announcing," I said. "I'll hate to be out of control..."
All 80 crew members of the Tsiolkovsky had died due to the emergency air lock being opened under the strangest of all circumstances.
"Well, if anyone is sweating; don't touch them," Bay said. "Touch nobody today."
"I never touch a person!" I declared, arrogantly.
"I can name a whole bunch of ways to accidentally touch someone; would you like me to list them?" Bay asked.
"No," I said.
"Don't tempt fate," Bay said.
"Why?" I asked.
"Because you get instant karma," Bay said.
"Damn me and my mouth," I grumbled.
"And for that reason we are not attending the metaphysics lecture," Bay adds. "I really don't want to be infected!"
"Doctor Beverly to Ensign Bell," Doctor Beverly said. "You are needed at Sick Bay."
"Coming," I said.
"Beverly out," Doctor Beverly said.
"Don't get infected," Bay said, warningly.
"I can try," I said.
I get up from the chair then leave our quarters. Data stood at one of the doors to a quarters as though considering something rather important. I decided not to bother him on his train of thought. I walk right past Data. I thought back at seeing Lieutenant Yar enter the room the times I had gone past it. It became apparent to me that Data is visiting Yar. Perhaps it might relate to what has happened.
I step into the turbo lift then turn around facing the door.
"Deck 12," I said.
I waited five minutes.
Could this intoxication enter me?
Nah, that probably might not happen. The doors opened and in came La Forge on a rush! Before I knew it, I was on the floor slumped against the wall frowning back at the blind man who had a lopsided smile on his face that was both apologetic and silly. La Forge staggers back up.
I notice La Forge is sweating.
"You should go to sickbay!" I said.
"No,no,no," La Forge said. "I am fine."
"You just called me by my first name," I said. "I don't care if I get infected; you are so going back!"
I grab La Forge by the ear.
"Ow,ow,ow," La Forge whined as I take him down the corridor.
I rolled an eye.
"Big baby," I said.
Ensign Clair Barb came down the hall and stopped. The look on her face was that of concern.
"You've been infected," Barb said.
"I'll live," I said.
"Make her let go!" La Forge demanded.
"Actually," Barb said. "Go on." She had a smirk. "I have a..." Her voice turned rather...seductive. "Man to attend to in the recreation room."
La Forge gawked at Barb so I resumed my way to Sick Bay. I made a mental note to myself to ask Bay if Barb in fact has a boyfriend. That is one of many things I should learn about my fellow Ensign members. Barb and I went in different directions kind of like cars passing one another on the same road on the street.
"Hey sweet pie!" Came Ensign Tuvok, a Vulcan by no surprise, with a little wave that was totally a flirt.
Vulcan's don't show emotion!
What the hell!
"Go back to your little room!" I shout. "No room for a emotional Vulcan!"
"What?" Tuvok said, confused.
I went past Tuvok with La Forge in tow.
"Ow,ow,ow," La Forge said. "Let me go please."
"Nope,nope," I refused.
I got into Sick Bay with La Forge in tow.
"Bell!" Doctor Beverly said. "I did not mean by dragging La Forge in!"
"That was the second option besides to swinging him over my shoulder," I said, letting go of La Forge's ear. "Biobed, now, before I grab some other very sensitive part of your manly body!"
La Forge was so horrified he sat down on the biobed.
"Bell, you are sweating," Doctor Beverly said.
I wipe off a bead of sweat off my brow.
"Oh," I said. I flash a smile. "Course I am."
Doctor Beverly looked at me, with worry on her face, very concerned.
"Sit down on the biobed,Bell," Doctor Beverly said.
"Can I at least make sure this idiot doesn't get out?" I asked.
"Hey!" La Forge said.
"You are intoxicated," I said. "You are not thinking right. So you have the mind of a idiot."
"Then your face is a idiot," La Forge said.
"Is that a insult?" I said. "I can't tell apart jokes and insults."
"Fine," Doctor Beverly said. "That is what I called you for, anyway."
"What about the other Ensigns?" I asked.
"They are intoxicated," Doctor Beverly said.
'Don't tempt fate,' Bay had told me.
Oh yes, I tempted fate and I got polywater intoxication. What a way of fate putting karma on my face. A strange feeling surged through my body as I stared at La Forge. I guess if he could see that he would be getting creeped out. I felt kind of loopy when Doctor Beverly had her attention fixated on the machinery. La Forge took my hand (As both Biobeds are right across from each other) then gently feels it.
"Your hands are so soft," La Forge whispered. "So big and...Manly like."
"Your hands are softer than mine," I whispered back, softly.
What was I thinking talking like that? Speaking in a tone not a bystander can understand. It was probably the intoxication doing the job.
"What is your name?" La Forge whispered.
"Carly Bell," I said. "First Ensign Cippallon--"
He covered my mouth.
"Not here," La Forge whispered back. "How about we do it in the closet? Getting introduced to each other would be fairly easy."
"You are suggesting we fiddle around in the closet," I acknowledged.
"Yes," La Forge said. He raised a visible brow up. "Are you scared of that?"
I have a goofy smile.
"No," I said. "I am not."
It is then that everything became fuzzy. The next I know is that I am sitting on the biobed with my uniform zipped down to the breast, my hair is all in a mess,and my legs are swinging up and down. I blush zipping up my uniform. La Forge is standing beside the biobed acting uneasily confused.
I heard the sound of a door closing.
"There," Doctor Beverly said, backing off from me"This will need to be applied to every member on the ship."
"Uh..." I look toward La Forge. "'What happened?"
"Err..." La Forge said.
"I towed you two out of the closet after god knows how long," Doctor Beverly said, handing me a hypospray. "I'll need all the help I can get!"
..One day later...
...La Forge's quarters...1:39 PM...
I stood at La Forge's door, contemplating what to say. Truthfully I am scared. Scared to say the news that will change the both of our lives, forever. I sigh, reassuring myself it is going to be okay. Everything always turns out okay in the end.
"Are you okay?" Came Data's voice.
I turned toward Data.
"I am fine," I said.
Data observed me.
"Then why are you staring at Geordi's door?" Data asked.
"I am trying to get the courage to walk in," I said.
"Then you'll be standing right there for an hour," Data said. "By my experience."
Data pressed a button on the side of the door. The doors opened shortly afterward. I heard the smallest, 'You are welcome' from Data then he walked right past me. I enter La Forge's quarters.
"Ensign Bell," La Forge said,with a small smile. "What brings you here?"
I play with my feet on the rug, a little.
The doors closed behind me.
"Um..." I said, taking out a small device from my pocket. "Um..." I cleared my throat. "You know how the polywater intoxicated everyone?"
"Yeah," La Forge said.
"And how Doctor Beverly dragged us out the closet," I said.
"I don't remember that much," La Forge said.
"Geordi, I am pregnant," I said.
La Forge raised his eyebrows.
"Wait, what?" La Forge said.
"I am pregnant," I said. "With your child."
"Are you saying we--" La Forge started but I interrupted.
"We did," I said, with a little nod.
La Forge is clearly shocked by this as he sat down on a chair.
"So...You are pregnant," La Forge said.
"Yes," I said.
"I really hope this child doesn't turn out blind," La Forge said. "I want them to see color and shapes. I never figured I would have a kid this early in life."
"Me too," I said, coming over to La Forge. "You know; you are going to be the best father for this child. Who wouldn't be proud their parent serves aboard the Enterprise?"
La Forge smiled.
"You have a way of making people smile," La Forge said.
"It is a skill I use to enlighten sad people," I said. "You are not alone. We're in this together."
"If it is a boy, can we name him Kevin?" La Forge asked.
"Sure," I said. "And if it is a girl...I have nine months to think about that!"