The idea for this fic just kinda popped into my head. I don't know why and I don't know how, but here it is. I don't even really like Where's Waldo. This is my first fic, and it hasn't seen a beta, so any help is appreciated.
I don't own these characters or DS9. (or Where's Waldo)The senior staff of DS9 had been treated to Captain Sisko's cooking and were relaxing after a long and trying day. The evening had almost come to an end, and everyone was full and content.
Sisko heaved a sigh as he leaned back in his chair. "Well, we all have an early shift tomorrow, so I'd suggest we all get some sleep."
There were some murmurs of agreement as well as some good-natured grumbling from Jadzia, who was tucked underneath Worf's arm. Worf looked at his wife and admonished: "Captain Sisko is right. We should go."
"I want to stay a little longer!" whined Jadzia, curling further into Worf's arm.
"Nonsense. You are tired and require sleep."
Sisko rose to his feet. "Well, old man, I think I should let you go for now. Thanks for the book recommendation, I'll be sure to give it a read."
"Oh wait, I almost forgot," exclaimed Jadzia as she pulled a brightly-colored book from her bag. "I found this in an archive somewhere and thought you might be interested."
"Where's Waldo? What is this?" asked Sisko as he turned over the book in his hands.
"It's part of a genre of books, mostly children's books, in which you have to find specific characters on each page," Jadzia explained patiently. "They were popular on Earth in the late 20th and early 21st centuries."
"I think I remember my father talking about these," said Sisko, furrowing his brow. "He always started grumbling when he mentioned them, and I never understood why."
Julian took the book and opened it to the table of contents. "So I just have to find Waldo on each page? That doesn't sound too difficult."
Jadzia snorted. "Why don't you turn the page?"
Julian balked. "I take it all back. That looks like a right mess."
Odo grabbed the book from Julian. "But look, this page is all Waldos. There's Waldo. And there, and there," he said as he jabbed at the page. "This isn't challenging at all. And so disorderly."
Jadzia pointed at the directions. "On this page, you have to find the Waldo that has these binoculars and this scarf. It makes the search a little harder." ("Not that it needed to be any harder," muttered Kira.)
"This Waldo has no honor!" Worf proclaimed as he brought his palm down on the table. "He hides from the people searching for him instead of fighting like a warrior!"
It took everything Jadzia had to not put her head in her hands. "Look, the point of these books is to have fun! Looking for the characters is an interesting way to pass the time, and you get a sense of accomplishment when you find Waldo or the other bonus things!"
"You've got to be kidding me," said Major Kira, "there are other, 'bonus' things we have to look for on each page?! As if finding Waldo on a page of Waldos wasn't enough."
It was time to bring out the big guns. Jadzia took a breath and deliberately prodded, "are you saying that all of you are no match for a children's book?"
The senior staff looked around at each other. Far be it from them to back down from a challenge. "We will defeat this children's book!" declared Worf. As the rest of the senior staff crowded around, Jadzia smiled to herself. They had taken the bait - now all she had to do was watch and wait.