”Captain,” said Mr. Spock. ”Our sensors indicate a vessel approaching at warp speed from quadrant 5. There is a high probability it is a Klingon warship.”
“Thank you, Mr. Spock. Lt. Ohura. Open all comms. please. Mr. Spock, please raise our screens to full power.” Captain Kirk moved from the comm. screen to his command chair. He flipped a button on the left arm. “Scotty, we’ll need all the power you can give us.”
“I’ll give you everythin’ she’s got, Cap’n. Dinnae you worry,” replied Scotty over the com.
“Well gentlemen,” said Kirk. “What do you suppose a Klingon vessel wants with us? And why are they approaching us without using their invisibility cloak? Mr. Spock, any suggestions?”
“Klingon generally use their invisibility cloak, captain. Since this vessel is not, it is safe to assume he wants us to know he is coming. What the purpose of this forewarning is leaves to be seen. I do not remember other Klingons approaching like this,” the tall Vulcan replied.
The group on the bridge looked quietly at the huge screen, noting the small pinpoint of light that rapidly approached. Suddenly, a mechanical voice came from the loudspeakers.
“Federation vessel, this is Klingon bordership, Asasta. Identify yourself or we will shoot.” The voice ceased. As the group looked at the screen, they saw the Klingon vessel slow, but not stop.
“This is the Federation Starship Enterprise. We are here on a peaceful mission,” noted Kirk, and continued, “This has not be part of the Klingon Empire in the past. What right do you claim it by?”
“All space is Klingon space,” replied the disembodied voice again. “The entire universe belongs to the Klingons. I repeat, what is your mission? Why are you here?” A phaser bolt shot out from the Klingon vessel, directly across the bows of the Enterprise.
“Scotty,” said Kirk, “Emergency power on our defensive screens. Mr. Spock, prepare to fire forward phasers on my command.”
“Aye, aye,” replied Scotty over the com, “You’re gettin’ everthin’ she’s got now Cap’n.”
“Forward phasers fully charged and ready to fire Captain,” said Spock. “Might I suggest however, that we engage in dialog before attacking?”
The Klingon voice sounded once more. “Reveal your mission or I will fire again.”
Kirk turned to Spock, “Should we tell him? After all, it’s no great secret.”
“That would be the wisest course of action, Captain,” said Spock. “There is no need to antagonize more than necessary.”
“Alright,” said Kirk. “If you must know, we’re here to pick up a pizza from Romana 12. They make the best pizza in the universe. I’ve been hungry for one for months.”