. . . Five months later. . .
. . .Enterprise. . .2442. . .
Jean-Luc awoke in his quarters.
The transition to his living quarters was rather easier than he thought. They had many quarters to spare to house their new crew members. Some of them wouldn't leave without their pets, historical documents, momento's, and belongings. Well, most of the population. They had 1,329 people aboard the Enterprise. They had merged into the ranks of Star Fleet. Jean-Luc felt it was right to make Worfian the security chief and the tactile officer because of how she had a little of both growing up. The civilization had vast knowledge of transporter, medicine using highly advanced technology,how to shoot phasers. They had studied and learned in case a day like this were to happen. The new transport chief was Hank O'Brien.
Jean-Luc got dressed into his uniform once having breakfast.
Jean-Luc stared down at a photograph of Beverly in his hand.
"Bev. . ." Jean-Luc said. "I wish you could see this day . . ."
Data had his face repaired.
In a white flash appeared Q2.
"You are finally back in the Enterprise heading home," Q2 said. "Fun fact, there is Earth 2 you can visit instead."
"You . . ." Jean-Luc said, his hand in fists. "You. . . Monster."
"Calling me a monster?" Q2 asked, insulted.
"That is because you are!" Jean-Luc said.
"I wanted you to see how long it would take you to realize what was going on under your nose. How the Enterprise was never intended to get back up into space." Q2 shook his hand. "You have a new living heart that has now engulfed the cardiac heart. I don't know how you did it but you have done the impossible. You have no idea how that is to the continuum, who did you talk to, anyway?"
"I talked to Q." Jean-Luc said.
"Oh, that kid." Q2 said, softly.
"He is not a kid, but a man," Jean-Luc said. "And there are no more games between you and I. ..Q," He shook his index finger. "I have had enough of it. So starting when we get back to the Federation I will accept their admiral position and allow you to bother some other captain of the Enterprise!"
Q2 had a shocked look on his face.
"You. . ." Q2 said.
"I am a Picard and you are a Q," Jean-Luc said. "You ruined lives, you broke that promise of never coming back,and I expect you to not bother me anymore. Is that clear?"
"Crystal clear." Q2 said.
Jean-Luc straightened his uniform.
"Get off my ship, Q." Jean-Luc said.
"I will see you one of these days and you won't be able to do a thing about it." Q2 said.
"Riker to Picard," Came Riker's voice. "We need you at the bridge."
"I am coming,Number One." Jean-Luc said.
"Riker out." Riker said.
Jean-Luc departed his quarters that had the label 3601 outside beside the door then headed to the turbo lift. The days had passed that was in his sixties along with his young crew. He wiped off a tear remembering watching those he had known but Guinan had not died. She had a great life span that allowed to live and she lived to hear new stories. Interesting stories, that is. In the months that passed this year, they had managed to upgrade the bridge by expanding the size but it seemed to have the design of the Galaxy Bridge model. Jean-Luc greeted the passing by crew-members with a short nod. He walked into the turbo lift then said, "Bridge." The Turbo lift went up and up. Today was the day they would be leaving Galileo Seven.
Then the turbo-lift opened.
Jean-Luc stepped out of the bridge to hear clapping.
The bridge lights grew dim and he saw everyone he knew of on the bridge. Why were they clapping for? That puzzled him. There was a red fabric tied at the center of the room that was halfway up and had a ribbon right in the dead center where everyone else lined the wall including a huge crowd standing in front of the upgraded view screen. Jean-Luc heard a whisper in his ear that could only be from Q, "They are clapping because you never gave up, mon capitaine." Jean-Luc wiped off a tear with a single thought being: Q. Riker handed Jean-Luc the scissors.
"You cut it, Captain," Riker said. "Before we rejoin the Enterprise. Our last voyage aboard the Enterprise."
Jean-Luc took the scissors from the graying Riker.
"The last voyage of the Enterprise. . . " Jean-Luc said. "Has a nice ring to it."
Riker smiled with a nod.
His son was on the battle bridge prepared for the rejoining. All the city remaining blocks were taken away by the Horseceons. The Romulans had wanted the Enterprise out of the way to shake up the foundation of unity the Klingons and Federation had so they made a little trick on the systems of the Enterprise using their best hackers to lead them into space that not one starship would bother to go. For the next seventy-three years they prevented any emergency message from getting out. Not until the day it ended. The day that two Enterprise crews worked together to topple down the power dividing them. Jean-Luc came to the middle of the room then looked around proudly thinking how much they went through. So much loss and so much miracles on the planet then opened the scissors and cut the ribbon in half.
They clapped for Jean-Luc.
He knew the old uniforms were replenished because of Q2's intervention.
"All right," Jean-Luc said. "That is enough. We will be doing saucer rejoining in a couple minutes and I expect everyone to be at their stations."
Those who were not assigned to the bridge left.
"Begin saucer rejoining," Jean-Luc said. "Picard to Jack, prepare to lift off Gavalros Seven."
"Preparing," Jack said. "Jack out."
We watch both sections of the Enterprise lift off into the atmosphere. The metal sides have been repaired as have the engineering sides. Jean-Luc stood in the middle of the room watching the view go up and up showing the various land marks he had known for so long. Their replicators have been repaired. Five minutes later the ship was together. There was a collective sigh of relief. Freely flying in the air was a experience that most people had forgotten but not Jean-Luc. There was a glint in his eye that indicated he missed exploring and meeting new civilizations. Too bad this was the last one.
"Mr Data," Jean-Luc said. "Set course for. . ." He sat down into the captain's chair. "Home."
And the Enterprise broke orbit out of the atmosphere into outer space.
Then it went into warp 8.