Personal Protection


  • Title: Personal Protection
  • Author: AKK
  • Rating: G

Hi everybody (if there are still people left who remember me flooding the list with fics around the year 2000).

This ficlet was written in... uhm, at least two new laptops ago and I originally intended to wait with its posting until my great epic "Crystal Structures" is online, but since CS is still a long way coming and it's not necessary for this story... here it is.

For those new to the fandom: You can find all my GR fanfics on my homepage at and I've begun to upload them also to the Archive of our Own at (though I'm not done yet).

I hope you have fun reading such an old ficlet, Ann


A. Kniggendorf: Personal Protection


2089-07-14 [three months after "Crystal Structures"]

   "Hi, people!"
   "Hi, I thought you--" Doc stopped dead at the vision of swinging

flowing blue-green silk that turned out to be Niko in a very feminine summer dress. Instead of swiveling completely around to lay his boots back on his desk as he'd planned originally, he set them to the ground and attempted to get up. "Wow. I'm blinded!"

   "Don't make such a fuss, Doc," she said with a laugh. "I'm only here

to pick up my company to the cinema up."

   "That dress in the darkness a cinema is a waste," Doc said with

deepest conviction. He frowned. "What did I say? A felony!" He put his hand over his heart in a theatrical gesture. "You can't do that--"

   "Keep calm. I'm sure Shane will agree to have a sundae afterwards,"

she grinned, locking eyes with the ST. "Are you finished?"

   "Not again," Zach grumbled, spotting a red-blinking icon on his

screen. He clicked it and saw his fears confirmed. "The board turned down his application for a civilian afternoon again." He looked at Shane. "I'm sorry. You have to--"

   "Yes, Goose. I'm sure--" Doc began-- and stopped when the ST just

shrugged, opened a desk drawer and pulled a pale yellow form out -- without trashing any furniture.

   The silence lasted for a moment while Goose's lightpen whizzed over

the transparency, filling it out.

   "Uhm, Goose... you do know that you can't leave the base without

having official permission, don't you?" Doc asked carefully.

   Goose didn't even look up, just continued scribbling.
   "He sure does, Doc." Niko left the entrance to the office and

finally let the door slide shut behind her.

   "It's not like this is the first time this has happened, is it?"
   She looked towards Zach. "What's their excuse for not granting it

this time?" she asked him.

   He scanned the document quickly. "'Possible threat to publ--'"
   "'Possible threat to public safety.'" Goose said dryly, looking up

from his form. "Their standard excuse. Or did you expect a bunch of senators to come up with something witty?" He tapped his lightpen against the form.

   "What's your reason this time, Niko?"
   "Uhm..." she thought a moment. "I'm afraid of the dark."
   "Okay, that's the cinema. And the sundae?"
   "Groups of people and... agoraphobia," she smiled. "You can sit

outside in the ice cream shop."

   "Okay." He signed the form lazily, got up and tossed it over to Zach

while heading for Niko. "I've got a mission the next four hours."

   Zach scanned it quickly. "Good. Agoraphobia without an 'n' after the

first A. It's no rabbit-phobia," he grinned and x-ed the letter out.

   "I'll keep that in mind for the next time."
   Goose offered Niko his arm. "Shall we?"
   "Sure, otherwise we'll miss the beginning of the film."
   "Hey, what movie is playing?" Zach called after them.
   Goose raised an astonished eyebrow, looking back at his captain.

"Since when is that important?" Niko next to him giggled as the door slid shut behind them.

   Doc frowned. "But I thought his application was turned down?" he

asked hesitatingly. "Why can he leave with her now?"

   Zachary smirked. "Because he is on duty, Doc." He waved the pale

yellow form in the air.

   "Niko asked for 'personal protection,' -- and he was available and I

granted it."

   "Wait a second. He *can't take* her to a movie because he's a threat

to public safety, but he *can accompany* her to a movie to guarantee her safety?"

   "That's about it." Zachary snickered quietly.
   "That's ridiculous!"
   "No, that's an afternoon with movies and a sundae for the two of

them." Zach grinned.

   "Or an exposition, the national forest, museums, theater, live

shows, circus... though Niko mentioned once that the ticket sellers would look a bit edgy at his openly carried blasters."

   "I guess the outdoor swimming pool would be problematic," Doc said


   The captain shrugged. "BETA's installations are better anyway."