An Interest in Irish Culture

The Michael Sullivan rumors are funnier to Tom than they are to Kathryn, who worries about it undermining her command.

"It's absurd," she protests. "He's a hologram."

But Tom is nothing if not industrious, happy to capitalize on an absurdity. He expands Sullivan's bar to include an upstairs suite, offers Kathryn a whisky and leads her by the hand up the rickety wooden staircase. She rewards him with a slow grin that's full of promise, and he guesses she'll let the rumors ride. Because Holodeck 1 is just about the least suspicious place either of them could be, these days.