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Universal translator3rd year cadet Pu'ma Shak'Ra and 1st year cadet David Reynolds are busy working in one of the Starfleet Academy tech labs. Soft classical music is playing in the background
Shak'Ra: Reynolds! Hand me that isolinear chip! Mrrrrrr
Reynolds: This blue one you mean?
Shak'Ra: Rrrrrr No! The green one, number 47.
Reynolds: 47, got it!
Shak'Ra: Thank you Srrrrr.
Reynolds: Can you explain to me again what is that you are doing?
Shak'Ra: Simply put Mrrrrr, the current universal translator used by Starfleet has extreme difficulty at translating spoken Caitian into Hrrrr Federation standard. As a result, the speech of any Caitian using the UT is broken up Grrrrrr with sounds from our native language that cannot be properly translated.
Reynolds: Funny, I always thought that you just liked meowing to yourself. You know like an angry person constantly swearing under his breath (Smiles at Shak'Ra).
Shak'Ra: (desperately trying to hold back an amused grin) Well that too, but for the most part it is th
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Excitement sparked her limbs into motion, and she crawled over to sit next to him, careful to tuck her skirt beneath her thighs to avoid the dirt.
He picked up a pair of clippers from beside him. 'Now, you need to snipe back these diseased parts here and there from the base of the plant. It helps it grow better.'
Snipping off two pieces of wood with ease, he deposited them in Maria's outstretched hand. Their rough textu
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