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It's Just The Chemicals, Baby [20 Jul 2004|09:57am]
From Scientific Method, stardate 51244.3:
Torres: You know, I've been thinking about what the Captain said. We have been a little out of control lately.

Paris: Do you think we really were? Out of control? Those aliens could have just been messing around with our hormones just to see what would happen.

Torres: You're right, they could have. And we don't know how long they were on board. They could have been tampering with us for months.

Paris: Well, when you think about it you did have a pretty abrupt change of heart a couple of weeks ago. What made you realise that you love me all of a sudden?

Torres: Just a feeling. So our whole relationship might be based on some alien experiment. I think that explains it.

Paris: I guess we should just call it off, then. Thank God we found out in time.
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Long Live and Prosper [13 Jul 2004|11:42pm]
From Mortal Coil, stardate 51449.2:
Seven of Nine: Human attitudes toward death are perplexing.

Tuvok: How so?

Seven of Nine: Too much importance is placed on it. There seem to be countless rituals and cultural beliefs designed to alleviate their fear of a simple biological truth: All organisms eventually perish.

Tuvok: I take it the Borg have no fear of that biological truth.

Seven of Nine: None. When a drone is damaged beyond repair it is discarded, but its memories continue to exist in the Collective consciousness. To use a human term, the Borg are immortal.

Tuvok: You are no longer part of the Collective. You are mortal now like the rest of us. Does that disturb you?

Seven of Nine: My connection to the Borg has been severed, but the Collective still possesses my recollections, my experiences. In a sense, I will always exist.

Tuvok: Fascinating. That must be a great relief.

Seven of Nine: (unsure) Yes, it is.
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How To Have A Moment [06 Jul 2004|08:02pm]
From Alter Ego, stardate 50460.3:
Janeway: Astro-theory never predicted this nebula would be so lovely. Beauty and mystery, a tantalizing combination.

Paris: No argument here, right, Tuvok?

Tuvok: I am fully capable of appreciating this phenomenon without the extraneous sentimentality humans find so necessary.

Chakotay: Being moved by an emotion isn't always extraneous. Sometimes it's the whole point.
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Capitalism With A Smile [27 Jun 2004|08:16pm]
From False Profits, stardate 50074.3:
Neelix (as Grand Proxy): The Grand Nagus has recalled you both. It's nonnegotiable. Of course, the Nagus doesn't want to upset the local population. He may want to send others in your place.

That's why he wants you to make a little speech telling the people that their Holy Sages have been recalled to the Divine Treasury or whatever it is the people around here call it. Then he wants you to tell them not to worry, that everything will be all right without you. Then he wants you to thank them for their generosity.

Arridor: THANK them?!

Neelix: The 299th Rule of Acquisition, Whenever you exploit someone, it never hurts to thank them. That way it's easier to exploit them the next time.

Kol: Wait a minute. There're only 285 Rules of Acquisition.

Neelix: You've been gone a very long time.
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Be Still My Aching P'Takh Heart [20 Jun 2004|04:20am]
From Real Life, stardate 50836.2:
Paris: A beautiful woman should never have to eat alone. What are you reading?

Torres: It's nothing important.

Paris: "Women Warriors at the River of Blood"?

Torres: It's just escapist reading.

Paris: "Rork turned his fierce eye upon her, and B'Neah felt her heart begin to quicken, even as her hand went to her dagger. She had intended to plunge it into his throat, but something about him made her hesitate." B'Elanna, is this a Klingon Romance novel?

Torres: Klingons do have what you might call a romantic side. It's just a bit more vigorous than most.

Paris: I think I'll read it. Maybe it will give me some ideas how to make your heart quicken.

Torres: It's not a technical manual, Tom.

Paris: Well, that depends what you mean by technical...

Torres: To an engineer that means specializing in particular systems.

Paris: I think that definition works...
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Smooth Talking, Akoochimoya Style [16 Jun 2004|03:06am]
From Resolutions, stardate 49690.1:
Janeway: We have to talk about this.

Chakotay: All right.

Janeway: I think we need to define some parameters about us.

Chakotay: I'm not sure I can define parameters. But I can tell you a story, an ancient legend among my people. It's about an angry warrior who lived his life in conflict with the rest of his tribe, a man who couldn't find peace, even with the help of his spirit guide.

For years, he struggled with his discontent. But the only satisfaction he ever got came when he was in battle. This made him a hero among his tribe, but the warrior still longed for peace within himself. One day, he and his war party were captured by a neighboring tribe led by a woman warrior.

She called on him to join her because her tribe was too small and weak to defend itself from all its enemies. The woman warrior was brave and beautiful and very wise. The angry warrior swore to himself that he would stay by her side, doing whatever he could to make her burden lighter.

From that point on, her needs would come first. And in that way, the warrior began to know the true meaning of peace.

Janeway: Is that really an ancient legend?

Chakotay: No. But that made it easier to say.
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Comparative Mythology [12 Jun 2004|04:12am]
From Heroes and Demons, stardate 48693.2:
Tuvok: This ancient Earth culture seems fascinated with monsters.

Chakotay: Every culture has its demons. They embody the darkest emotions of its people. Giving them physical form in heroic literature is a way of exploring those feelings. The Vok'sha of Rakella Prime believe that hate is a beast which lives inside the stomach. Their greatest mythical hero is a man who ate stones for twenty three days to kill the beast and became a saint.

Tuvok: Such fables are necessary only in cultures which unduly emphasize emotional behavior. I would point out there are no demons in Vulcan literature.

Chakotay: That might account for its popularity.
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