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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
How It Began"God, your two o'clock is here."
"I have a two o'clock?"
"He's been here since 7:45. I figured it's only polite to... sir."
God sighed. "Fine, send him in."
While He waited God cleared His desk of papers and blueprints; no need for outsiders to see His plans. Soon enough the door to His office opened and God stood, smiled, held out a hand towards one of the two visitor's chairs.
"God! Great stuff you're doing in sector 2-7-0! Great stuff!"
The man's hands were clammy, his handshake limp. Rumpled suit, porkpie hat, briefcase... oh Jes-- oh dear, a salesman. God's smile slipped a little but He soldiered on gamely. With luck He could shoo the poor guy away in a few minutes.
"So, what can I do for you?"
The man sat, briefcase across his knees. "Sector 2-7-0! Everyone's talking about it! What do you call it? Man and merman?"
"Man and woman, actually. And thanks. But we're pretty busy around here, and..."
"Oh! Right! No time for the wicked, eh?" The salesman winked and popped his briefcase,
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