"You sure you want to stay here for the night, Data?" La Forge asks.
"I need a dose of reality every once in awhile," Data said.
The machine became so big it cannot be kept in a studio anymore. It was moved to a hangar under a very tedious process and awkward stares from drivers. Data had been the one driving the machine in a semi-truck on the road. The more metal they had, the more cables and circuitry, and appliance the more hope they had to getting home. Home. The Enterprise felt more like home to Data than anything.
"It appears so," La Forge said. "I miss the Enterprise, too."
"I feel the same way," Data said.
La Forge smiles then departs the studio.
Data looks down to a phone that isn't a burner cell. It is one that T'Kowl stole off the pocket of a unsuspecting business man staring at a unusual sight in what T'Fella described as 'aww inspired' and 'in a trance'. Data wanted to call the Captain's actor--because the shuttle had so limited energy to send a call into the Enterprise--and tell them about the set he had been seeking refuge in for the past couple weeks.
"Siri," Data said. "Call Patrick Stewart."
"Call in progress," Siri said.
Data waits and waits.
"Call placed," Siri said. "You are now in voice messages."
"Hello, Patrick," Data said. "I just wanted to tell you I've been in the studio where the show I was portrayed in along with La Forge and two Romulans for the past couple weeks while building a worm hole machine to take us home." Worf, Counselor Troi, Riker, and his pet Spot. He misses everyone aboard the Enterprise. "I've wondered how the screen could convince people there is moving items on it but then I realized there is many special effects that makes it possible. The whole set reminds me of the Enterprise except nothing is actually moving on the monitors. Unlike how the Romulan's shoulders have become rounded not sharp; I remain an Android and Geordi remains blind."
"I find it quite fascinating," Data admits. "That changes occur to one species but not to humans or Androids when they go to one reality where they are fictional," Data thought back at the research he had done for the many actors part of Star Trek: The Next Generation. He looks at the background picture of a tom cat on the phone. It reminds Data of Spot. "Before I go home...I have a matter to attend to. It won't be on the news, I assure you, Captain." Dang, that is a bad habit calling the actor by a different name. "I meant Patrick. Sorry. By the way have a good day."
Data turns off the phone.