...Q's Shuttle (that he stole)..
"Think you would get rid of me that easily?" Picard asked.
Q looked over to see thin air.
"How dare you turn yourself invisible!" Q cried.
There is a click and Picard appeared sitting down in a chair across from Q.
"It was the only logical solution I saw to this," Picard said.
Q narrowed his eyes.
"You do realize that you are going to be killed by the Calamarain too, right?" Q asked.
Picard had some Earl Gray Tea that he sipped out of.
"I do," Picard said, putting the cup down on the table. A field surrounded the tea. "But I prefer to be with the damned than watch them fall to their death," Q still had a frown on his ageless face. "Q...I didn't realize how much I would miss you."
"Miss me?" Q hissed. "Your crew would miss you more than me!"
"They have Riker," Picard said.
Q stared at Picard as though the Captain had lost his mind.
"They need you," Q said.
"I need you," Picard admitted.
Q's jaw went slack.
"No, take that back," Q said, as his jaw regained mobility. "You are not the one in danger!" Q waved his index finger. "It is me, Jean Luc!"
For some reason time is going slower outside of the shuttle.
"I know," Picard said, then he pressed a button.
The hailing signal was canceled.
"Why are you here?" Q asked.
"Because I care," Picard said.
"Human sympathy," Q said. "Gee, this is the reason why I am leaving. You know that, right?"
"Yes," Picard said. "I do." He takes another sip of the tea then puts it back. "My reason to be here is no different."
"Uh,yes it is," Q said.
"Q, when I say that I care; I care," Picard said.
Q is puzzled.
"Why?" Q asked.
"I love you, Q," Picard said.
Q is at shock and a loss for words.
It is then that it comes crashing down on Q about what will happen. Q dies, and so will the Captain. The thought of Picard DYING for Q frankly touched him. To the point that tears are forcing themselves out. Q shook his head, in denial. His best (and reluctant) friend admitting it out that he had feelings for Q.
The prospect of Picard dying after admitting his feelings towards Q is saddening.
"No, that can't be," Q said. "You are willing to put down your life for mine?"
"I am," Picard said.
Q stood up, trembling, in horror.
"The great Captain Picard," Q said. "You can't bow out this way."
"Nor can you," Picard said.
Picard punched Q at the face knocking him out then put him in the back on the floor. Picard went over to the console then pets up the shield for the passenger middle side. Q manages to get up witnessing a field blocking entrance to the front. The inside of the shuttle glows white vibrantly contrasting against the dark inside of the shuttle.
"Jean Luc!" Q cried out, going to the field.
Q came over to the field then put his hands on the blue field.
"For my, my friend," Picard said.
"No!" Q cried banging on the field. "Lower it now!"
Picard put one hand on the field.
"I have set the shuttle to return to the Enterprise," Picard said. "Where you will be safe...For the time being."
"Don't you understand?" Q asked, his eyes turning red from the tears rolling down his cheeks similar to a waterfall going over cracked rocks. "I WILL NEVER BE SAFE!"
"Lets take solace in knowing one of us is safe," Picard said, with a kindred smile. "I love you, and for that, I will not lose you."
Q shook his head, slowly, at the captain's planned demise.
"But I will lose you,Mon capitaine," Q said.
Q can see the Calamarain behind Picard.
"I will always be there," Picard said.
"Don't look," Q said. "They are behind you. Please reconsider."
"Au revoir, Q," Picard said.
Q watched in horror as the Calamarain took over Picard. Picard's hand slid off the field right as he fell to the ground. It felt like Q had been struck in the heart watching his first, and very first, human Captain dying. Q banged on the field multiple times trying to get their attention onto him. The Captain lay on his side unresponsive once the Calamarain were finished with the lone body.
"No!" Q screamed.
He turned around feeling such anger at the world and the continuum. His vision grew blurry. The Calamarain attacked the shuttle making the light flicker on and off. Q lowered his head to his hands leaning his back against the wall. He wouldn't let it happen, again. Captain Picard should not die.
Q closed his eyes.
"Red alert," The computer cried. "Shields have fallen."
The last Q felt was pain.