So, what were the Marines doing the night before the launch?
The Major exited her quarters to see Cpl Carter in her Pirate gear carrying a Jolly Rodger. Carter was rather shocked at what the Major considered "Pirate Gear."
"Where did you get that, Major?"
"Price knew a guy. Where'd you get that flag... and why is it sticking out like that?"
"A shop in San Diego. And it has a little gizmo that causes it to wave an flutter."
"Is everything ready, Corporal?"
"It is, Major. The Leftenant is hanging in the shuttle bay as we speak and his shirt is stuffed with candy... even that rice cand you love so much. Hopefully the Captain doesn't catch wind of this."
"She already has. She's second in line to take a whack at the pinata. Have you distributed the shinai?"
"Yes, Major. Why shinai and not pugil sticks?"
"Simple. Shinai make a much more satisfying sound when the make contact."
"Good choice, Major. Shall we?"
Starfleet needs Shellback ceremony.
And before anyone asks, the Major is wearing four-inch heels. That's why she looks so much taller.