Night at Quark's”
story is based on the Enterprise's visit to DS-9 during the TNG episode
"Birthright", and refers to
to that were later described in the TNG episode "Firstborn" and the
DS-9 episode "Defiant".)
Riker leaned back in his chair and savored the moment.
After a series of long and tiring missions,
a chance to relax. Better yet, a
chance to relax with friends. He
cracked his fifth joke of the night,
Deanna, Miles and Keiko split their sides in laughter, and leaned back,
savoring the moment.
Enterprise had stopped at DS-9 so the Captain could take care of some
diplomatic and technical
with new Bajoran provisional government.
At last sightings, the Captain was preparing a lecture
water supply problems for a group of Bajoran officials ("I fear this will
be a bit boring, Number One")
Bev was treating herself to a holosuite.
Worf was off doing some sort of very serious personal
("No Commander, you cannot assist me here.
This is something I must do alone"), and Geordi
Data had teamed up with the Starbase doctor to do dream research (!?) on dear
old Data's positronic
That left Riker and Troi, who had found old friends and shipmates Miles
and Keiko O'Brien, and
hoping to catch up on the news concerning the O'Briens' new life on DS-9.
Miles's suggestion, the quartet had headed for the Starbase bar and casino,
known simply as Quark's,
the name of the Ferengi proprietor. By the time they got to the O'Briens'
favorite balcony table, the
was in full swing on the main floor below.
They sat for over two hours, listening to O'Brien's tales of
station's miserable Cardassian infrastructure and Troi's story of her days
"undercover" as a member of
Romulan Tal Shiar. Gradually,
Quark's spinning dabo wheel commanded more and more of Riker's
think, my friends," Riker exhaled slowly, "I would like to try my
hand at that dabo wheel".
I think we need to get back to Molly" Keiko returned.
come on, folks, just a few tries" Riker pleaded.
came his wife's rescue. "Keiko's,
right, Commander, Counselor. We
need to get back to our
But go ahead, you two, go have some fun.
Just a word of warning, though. The
Ferengi, crooked as a snake. Don't
believe a word he says."
dream of it" Riker smiled back. He
turned to Troi. "So it looks
like me and you, Deanna. You
gazed at the cheering crowd below them. It
did look kind of fun, and they had planned to relax.
I didn't bring any latinum, and don't ask me to pawn any of my mother's
jewelry. She kill us both if she
out we gambled away my inheritance as a daughter of the Fifth House of
were not going too well. Riker
was losing. Okay, he KNEW the
Ferengi had a rigged Dabo wheel,
even so, he should be doing better than he was.
Damn! Outsmarted by a
Troi felt a gentle squeeze on her elbow.
Turning, she found herself smiling at a Trill female, who
wearing a blue Starfleet uniform.
I'm Lt. Jadzia Dax, the science officer here on Deep Space 9" the
stranger introduced herself. "Your
looks like he could use a little help."
shook her head. "Will knows
what he's doing. He loves to win, but he rolls with the punches.
won't depress him for long." Troi
smiled "I'm Counselor Deanna Troi of the Enterprise."
stepped back from the wheel. He
spread his arms to rest of the players. "Well,
folks, I think I've lost
latinum for one party. I think
It's time to call it a night."
that signal, Dax scurried up with Troi on her flank.
"Not so fast, commander. I'm
Jadzia Dax, science
here on DS-9. If I gave you a
couple of my lucky latinum chips, would you consider another spin?"
Riker contemplated, in more ways than one.
Sensing Deanna sensing him, Riker quickly added
thought: The offer about the
chips, I mean!
chuckled, and then muffled it when she realized people were wondering if
they'd just missed a
Lt. Dax, just what makes those chips so lucky?" Riker challenged.
I won them from the proprietor, Quark, at last week's tongo game.
My luck always runs in streaks, and
I'm on a roll. I just thought I
might share my good fortune." Dax returned.
Lieutenant, you're on." He turned to Rom, who had been manning the wheel.
"One more pull, and
this a good one!"
tried to catch his brother's eye from across the room.
He thought he saw Quark give him a little nod.
I'll take the safeties off, Rom decided.
I think my brother wants to keep these Starfleeters here for a
Unobtrusively, Rom flicked the switch under the wheel, and then sent
the Dabo wheel twirling.
ball fell perfectly.
the cheer went up from the crowd as Rom scooped up eight chips and dropped
them in Riker's
who just as quickly placed four of them back down on the table's edge. Rom rotated the wheel
smiling to himself.
ball fell perfectly again.
The bar crowd was starting to gather around the wheel, to join in the fun and
get a better look at
charming Starfleet commander who was fast becoming the center of attention.
smirked at Riker from across the Dabo table.
Will certainly likes being on the mainstage, Troi
She turned to Dax. "Thanks for the "lucky latinum".
You seem to know your business."
was getting fired up. "And
the night is just beginning!" she sung in reply.
contemplated the Dabo wheel crowd from across the bar.
Well, time to captilize on this Starfleeter's
success. He signalled two of his
"girls" over, one to bring a round of drinks to the dabo players,
to, well, DISTRACT.
Riker was raking it in. Yeah,
sure, the table was probably rigged, but what the hell?
For now, he
winning and winning big. One
waitress had settled across the wheel of him, her dress barely covering
of her more prominent features. Riker
gave her his most devilish grin. Don't
worry, Deanna, I'm a big
I CAN do two things at once.
don't come crying to me if you lose do to a sudden attack of bad concentration
Troi's thoughts warned
if she had the ability to tune into their empathic conversation, Dax tapped
Troi on the shoulder and
a bit of wisdom. "Don't
worry, Counselor. Your friend
doesn't look the kind of man that distracts that
After another twenty minutes of steady luck, Riker's picks were still
hot. He was killing.
He had parlayed Dax's two strips into a mound that threatened to spill
off the table onto the floor.
more time!" he called to the
is enough, Quark thought. That
idiot Rom is enjoying the game so much that he's lost track of MY
What does the 194th Rule of Acquisition say?
It's always good business to know about new
before they walk in your door? Well,
if my idiot brother could size up the customer right in front
his tiny lobes, he'd know that that customer has had quite enough charity for
one night. Anger building,
made for the dabo table.
Quark's approach, Dax pouted. Oh, here he comes, ready to end our fun. Suddenly, a devious plan
to form in Dax's brain. She
grabbed Troi's arm. "Deanna,
I have an idea." It was easy
to talk so no
but Troi could hear her, given all the noise in the bar.
Dax pointed. "That's
Quark, the owner. Mark my
in one, maybe two more spins, he's going to grab that wheel himself, set his
"sure loser" button, and
night will be over. I suggest we
give him a little of his own medicine!"
Dax eyed Troi's low-cut lavender
Dax's glance, Troi questioned warily "His own medicine?".
get ready. Get over next to him.
When he goes for the bottom of the wheel, stroke his ear a bit, lean
and SMILE. I know Quark. He'll fall for it."
I don't know" Troi felt herself shrinking back.
"This just isn't my style."
it is!" Dax encouraged. She put her hand on Troi's shoulder and pushed her forward,
slid up next to Quark, caught Riker's eye, and winked.
in all in!" Riker crowed. "This
time we're going for the big one!"
hand moved for the underside of the wheel.
reached for Quark's ear, leaned over -----
in time for Quark's finger to miss the wheel's "stop on low" button.
The cheer was thunderous. Riker,
both fists in the air, hooted back, "It is a
night for winning!" He
scooped all the latinum off of Rom's operator's pile, and gestured to
and Rom. "And you two can go
rustle up the other 2000 strips!" Turning
to Troi, he swept her up
kissed her, dropped her back on her feet, and plopped some 100 pieces of
latinum into her arms, half
it ending up on the floor.
it, you nut, you're going to lose all your hard-earned wealth" Troi
teased back, not meaning a word
what she said. "Or should I
say, OUR hard-earned wealth!"
grinned at Troi again, and then turned to Dax, scooping a double handful of
chips out of his enormous
and presenting it to her. "And
now, some reward for the Queen of the Lucky Latinum!"
grin with a knowing twinkle in her eye.
started tossing latinum chips in the air, with the crowd screaming and diving
for each piece. "When
train comes in, everybody rides! Here,
have some, it's a night for fun!" Riker
was handing out latinum
to everyone in the bar.
Rom glanced at Quark. "Don't
worry, brother. We'll win it back
NIGHT!" Quark roared. "That
hu-man triple-dot-daboed!. NO ONE
HAS EVER DONE
HERE BEFORE! Come with me, you
small-eared fool, we need to open the safe!"
Quark turned on
heel, dragging Rom behind him.
relishing both the defeated Ferengi and the exuberant Riker, Dax snatched two
glasses from a passing
grinning) waitresses' tray. She
presented one to Troi. "Well,
counselor, welcome to Deep Space 9
welcome to Quark's".
smiled at her new friend and raised her glass.
beamed back. "Cheers!"