The Manhattan had been docked at Event Horizon for just over two days, when a transport vessel arrived there too. Nothing unusual in and of itself, though you might say that two of the passengers on board were. One of them was slender, dark skinned woman in her mid-fifties. She dressed in an elegant, floor length, navy blue dress. Her black her pulled back in an elegant bun at the nape of her neck. She carried herself in an almost regal fashion and payed very little attention to the other people of the transport ship. With the exception of the young, rather meek woman who walked right behind her. This second woman was dressed in a simple black, knee-long skirt and a teal coloured blouse. Her chocolate brown hair was tied back in a simple ponytail and she was carrying a rather heavy looking back.
It didn’t take the pair long to get through customs and then to find their way towards where the USS Manhattan was docked. Walking straight towards the Security Officer stationed at the docking port, the older of the two women said, “My name is Jeanoya Naim. I am here to see my daughter Kiama Naim.”
“Good day, Ms Naim,” NE Samson greeted her and then scrolled through a list on one of the PaDDs in front of him. “I’m sorry. But you don’t seem to be on the list of visitors.”
“Of course I’m not. I came here to surprise my daughter. If I had told her I’d be coming it wouldn’t be a surprise, now would it?” Jeanoya asked sternly. “So why don’t you just let me us on board?”
“I’m sorry, Ms Naim. I can’t do that. I have to follow regulations. We can’t just let anyone onto the ship,” NE Samson replied. To his credit it seemed that he wasn’t easily intimidated.
“I am not just anyone. I am a daughter of the 7th house of Betazed. The head of the 7th house in fact,” Jeanoya replied a little arrogantly.
It was in that precise moment that the ship’s Chief Science Officer rounded the corner and stopped dead in her tracks. “Mother?” she asked dumbfound. “What are you doing here?”
“You told me in your last message that your ship would be docked here for a bit. So I decided to pay you a visit since you said that you couldn’t home for your shore leave,” Jeanoya replied aloud and added in her mind, ‘It feels like your are trying to avoid your father and me.’
‘Of course not. One week is just not enough time to get to Betazed and back,’ she replied in her thoughts and then asked NE Samson, “Can my mother and Meriyo Ristri come aboard, Ensign?”
NE Samson hesitated for a moment and then said, “On your responsibility, Lieutenant. And I’ll also inform the Captain that we have a visitor.”
“Thank you, Samson,” Kiama replied with a warm smile and then started to lead the way towards her quarters. As they headed down the corridor, she heard the NE say, =/\= Samson to the Captain. I’m sorry to disturb you, Sir. I just wanted to inform you that we have and two unexpected visitors on board. Jeanoya Naim, the mother of Lieutenant Naim, and a Meriyo Ristri. They are with the Lieutenant now. =/\=
~Lt. Naim, Jeanoya Naim, Meriyo Ristri and NE Samson
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