. . . 2369. . .
. . . Captain's ready room. . .
"Q,why did you bring their reality here?" Picard asked.
"I didn't bring their planet out of reality, that was the other Q," Q said. "I didn't know there was a timeline where I died so sorry for not knowing," He had a attitude in that remark. "'But I am serious about what I am about to say: I can't return them to their reality. It is not my reality to mess with at the time because it is Q2's reality. I can not intervene."
"Perhaps we could help them." Picard said
"Go ahead," Q said. "But I . . ." He stopped. "Oh dear."
"What?" Picard asked.
"He needs a new heart." Q said.
"Who does?" Picard asked.
"The other you," Q said. "I understand now. . .Q2 is ending that timeline in the most painful way possible."
"Such as?" Picard asked.
"Picard. . . Imagine . . . While dying, someone else, instead of me coming into your mind keeping you alive," Q said. "This is his second time. The first was . ." He sighed. "Unexpected and was in his era but now . . .I think he is really going to be leaving the plane of the living and join into whatever plane is out there that is nothing like my continuum."
"What is death like?" Picard asked.
"Your soul can freely go anywhere," Q said. "Or join a higher conscious, be reincarnated, or go to the most warm place where all souls go."
"Where is that?" Picard asked.
"I don't know!" Q said, throwing his hands up in the air.
"You must surely know." Picard said.
"There are various planes to the realm of the dead . . ." Q said. "And you have to catch them on time before they are out of your reach. I don't dare do that kind of chase."
"What if it were me?" Picard asked.
Q gave Picard a long drawn out 'are you serious?' expression.
". . . Damn it, Picard, do you really want to know if I would put my own mortality aside to save your soul?" Q asked.
"Yes." Picard said.
Q had his serious look at the mortal man.
"I could take you on a trip of eternity but then you'll grow bored and want to go where all souls go," Q said, holding his hands up like he was balancing something. "So. . .no."
"I actually dread of dying because of what you told me." Picard said.
Q clapped his hands with a smile
"Well, you can look forward to death right now," Q said. "And for now on because after today this will be one of my last visits."
"Last." Picard repeated.
"Why yes, last. Last is the keyword. The continuum recently got annoyed with me poking holes with the Enterprises timeline so they forced me into a rather . . . troubling. . . but really not so troubling situation. I took the other deal over the first one," Q said. "Which is actually much worse than the second one. It is more of bothering Captain Archer and his prized beagle who likes cheese." He shudders. "It's like he and that dog can talk the same language!"
"Captain. . . Archer?" Picard said.
"Why yes, him." Q nodded.
"Q, I won't be surprised to see you after I die." Picard said.
Q had a serious look about his face.
"You won't, Picard." Q said, and then he vanished.