John had picked up a happy, chattering Keith at school and was now waiting just outside the door for Colleen and her friend, Teddy. He barely remembered the guy...Teddy hadn't spent much time with their little group of friends and Colleen didn't mention him often. She had to remind him that Teddy was the one whose towel they once stole from the shower, freshman year, as a practical joke. He remembered the towel prank, but he didn't remember Teddy.
"What's Ensign Gilbert gonna be like? Is he tall like you? Is he human? Is he Bajoran or Betazoid? Does he like math? Will he play with me?" Keith asked.
John smiled. "Ensign Gilbert isn't quite as tall as me. He's human, and I don't know if he likes math. If he has some time, I'm sure he won't mind playing with you. But remember, Keith, he's here on business with the Titan. He's not here to play all day."
Keith sulked a bit, until he spotted Colleen and Teddy walking down the Promenade. Then he grinned, and started jumping up and down, still holding onto John's hand. "They're here! They're here!"