Unusual Plague
by Adrian Tullberg.

"Captain, there's reports of a new virus circulating around the Federation - computer projections estimate that every ship in Starfleet is infected."

Picard shifted sharply at this. "How, Data? And what are the symptoms?"

"The pathogen is not lethal - that's how they passed it through the transporter buffers via LCARS, hidden in a biofilter update program. It causes the left pectoral to become extremely susceptable to pain stimuli."

Picard was about to ask what was the point of creating and filtering such a virus when his comm-badge chirped. He automatically tapped it to respond.

And automatically was incapable of speaking due to the lancing pain in his left nipple.

He looked up at Data through the tears in his eyes.

"We're in trouble."

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