I got this idea from Kristin in a review for another story and it is so much fun to write!
Roz was excited. She was taking one year old Alice in to the office to show her off. She wasn't so fragile anymore, and everyone had been begging to see her. This past year had been the roughest year of her life, but she was starting to relax and feel like she knew what she was doing. She was a new woman and had the confidence to show it.
As expected, Alice was the hit of the office. Everyone loved her. She recognized Frasier, who got a kick out of her reaction to him. Her eyes lit up and she started making baby noises when she saw him, and Frasier and Roz laughed. Just then Noel walked up to them. Frasier took it as his cue to leave.
"Hey there pretty mama," he smiled at Roz.
"I told you before, I'm not pretty mama, I'm not pretty woman, I'm not pretty lady, I'm not pretty anything. Got it?" Roz asked.
"Gosh, don't you think you're being a little hard on yourself?" Noel asked innocently.
"Oh I brought Alice a gift. A child's dictionary to the Klingon language. I think you will find it will take her far in life," he smiled knowingly at her.
Roz was about to respond when Alice began to choke. Roz panicked.
"Oh my God. My m&m's! She must have grabbed one off my desk! What do I do?"
"Give her to me."
"I'm not giving you my daughter ! Where's Frasier?"
"Do you want her to live? Give her to me!"
Noel took Alice and swept his finger in her throat and removed the offending candy. She began to cough and breathe normally, to the relief of everyone. Roz swept her in her arms and cradled her close to her tearfully.
"Noel I love you!"
She didn't realize what she said but Noel was in seventh heaven. He had been waiting all his life for a girl like Roz to say that to him. He knew he wasn't the biggest catch in the room the way Gil was but still, Roz loved him! He wouldn't trade that for a William Shatner autographed phaser.
"Noel is there anything I can do to repay you?" Roz asked.
"Will you have dinner with me tonight?" He asked hopefully.
"Oh Noel, you know I…" Roz looked at him then looked at Alice. "You know I would love to."
"Pick you up at seven?"
"Sure. And Noel?"
Roz walked over and kissed him on the cheek. After she left he passed out dead away, not caring if he ever woke up.
"Interesting choice of restaurant Noel," Roz commented.
"Yes, it's Seattle's first sci-fi themed restaurant. It's the thing of the future. I got us the very same booth Scott Bakula sat in during opening night," he beamed.
"Funny Roz. I can see I have so much to teach you. But that's okay. I have hundreds of Star Fleet monthlies you can look through to get caught up. Start off with the original series. It's the best. No one beats Shatner."
"Noel do you realize the only thing I understood in what you just said was my name?"
"Now you know how I feel in ordinary conversations."
Roz looked at Noel. That was probably true. He probably didn't fit in very well, and his Star Trek nonsense was his link to the rest of the world. How lonely must he be? This was the man that saved his daughter's life and he was going to be lonely no more, if she had anything to say about it.