Request: Having a Nickname and Inside Joke with Data
You sat at the barstool in Ten Forward, lazily mixing your Samarian Sunrise with a wistful smile on your face. Your happy mood was contagious as Commander Riker sat down next to you with a broad grin to match your own.
“I heard that you and Commander Data went to the holodeck yesterday night.” Riker said with a cheeky eyebrow raise.
“We did.” you replied, ignoring his usual innuendo. “He downloaded a drive-in movie theater program to watch the Wizard of Oz with me. It was lovely.”
“That’s very sweet of him.” Riker said. “And speak of the Devil!”
Riker pointed to Data, who entered the bar holding a PADD. You swivelled in your chair and kissed the android’s cold cheek.
“How’s my Tin Man?” you joked, taking the PADD from him, and scrolling through.
“I am doing well… Scarecrow.” Data returned as Riker’s eyes widened. He couldn’t believe his ears.
“Is this the report on the dilithium conversion efficiency?” you asked, looking up from the PADD.
“It is.” Data answered, pointing to a couple blocks of text. “I have managed to improve efficiency by ten percent by diverting power through the dilithium regulators.”
“Brilliant!” you said. “I wish I thought of that. You’re so smart, Data darling. I feel a little inadequate… If I only had a brain.”
Data tilted his head in response to your reference. “(Y/N), do not say so. You are quite intelligent as well, both logically and emotionally.”
A bemused Riker watched the exchange occur. He had to tell Deanna about this. And he was strongly considering downloading a similar program- it apparently had a good effect.
“Perhaps you could join me in my quarters tonight to celebrate.” you suggested with a sweet smile. “I’ll replicate some champagne.”
“My dear (Y/N), I wish I could care for you the way you care for me. If I only had a heart.” Data replied, placing a hand on your shoulder.
“Your heart is as true as any human’s.” you said. You knew how cheesy you sounded, but you weren’t embarrassed. With Data, it felt affectionate and normal.
“Okay, what’s with all this adorable referencing?” Riker cut in. “Tin Man? Scarecrow?”
“I believe this is what humans call ‘an inside joke’, Commander.” Data responded. He lifted your hand to his lips in farewell, and left the two of you alone.
“Damn, (Y/N).” Riker mused. “Nice catch.”
You laughed, taking a sip of your drink, the lights of the nebula outside playing across the room. You wouldn’t trade these moments for anything in the world.
Okay, we’ve all thought about Captain Data, I’m sure (and felt very emotional over the prospects)
But think, if you will, about
Starfleet Academy Professor Data
Data being a gentle and understanding professor, who never treats any student’s question as silly or dumb but is more than enthusiastic to explain again and again
Data who has almost 24/7 office hours because he enjoys talking with and helping his students
Who takes the students on unexpected “field trips” to the xenobotany greenhouse or has sudden nighttime classes because he’s teaching about some microoganism that’s active only at night and he wants them all to see how cool it is
Who has half his class 100% head over heels in love with him and has one of the best class averages on the exams because not only is he a good teacher but all his students want to make him happy and when Geordi explains that half his kids have a giant crush on him, Data is simultaneously surprised, pleased with himself, and very confused
Who is happy to help students with issues not even pertaining to the class like advice with first postings and classes to take but he really sucks at any relationship advice so people don’t bother him with that because he really tries and feels really bad that he’s not very good at it
Ok so I got a LOT more responses from the “What would you do in the 24th century” post and I love ALL of these responses. And sadly, both my vocabulary and gif library and too small to respond to these without repeating the same response at least a couple of times so i’m just going to post all of them here and let you know how COOL I think all of these are!
because honestly- these are pretty rad~
Thanks everyone who responded! These are all fantastic!