. . . One hour and twenty minutes later . . .
. . . Enterprise. . .
Carlos listened to the computers instructions on how to reactivate the man. His little girl Elizabeth would be so excited to see something like this. A star ship! A mother load of history and everything their family had once worked on that shellcased numerous of stories. Carlos remembered the stories his father told him as a child about there being a friend of his who was unusual but the most loyal friend he ever knew. But he never told his name. Geordi promised to tell Carlos his name when the time came but it never did.
He pressed the button on the side of the stasis pod then stepped back.
The pod door opened to show a man.
A man with unusual skin, a strange uniform being black and yellow, and a unusual symbol.
"Come on Carlos," Carlos said. "You have to get the man out of there."
So that's what he did.
Carlos took the heavy android out of the pod and almost was squished by him if he hadn't ducked out of the way.
"Phew!" Carlos said, wiping a brow. "Close call."
He then pressed every lower part of the android's back.
He had to do it.
One more try but a little higher.
He turned the android over then pressed under the back and stepped aside.
". . . I will be fine." Were the first words out of Data.
Data sat up right, blinking.
"Hello," Data said. "I am Data. Who are you?"
"Uh. . . Carlos. . . Carlos La Forge." Carlos said.
"Where is Geordi?" Data asked.
Carlos sighed, sadly.
"Dead." Carlos said.
Data lowered his head.
"Geordi. . ." Data whispered. He seemed to be sad, really sad. Then Data looked up. "What about the captain?"
"Who again?" Carlos asked, confused as he tilted his head.
"Jean-Luc Picard." Data said.
Carlos's eyes lit to life.
"Oh, him, he is very alive!" Carlos said. "In fact he is coming to the great screen! There is a message. He told me to turn you on!"
Data got up.
"Thank you for turning me on,Carlos," Data said. "Are you a Vulcan by any chance?"
"No," Carlos shook his head. "But my mother was."
"You have very distinctive ears," Data said. "Almost curly and two eyebrows pointing up like a question mark."
"You are a funny guy," Carlos said. "Come on, lets hear what the caller has to say!"