. . . Year . . . Unknown. . .
. . Enterprise . . . Sick Bay. . .43 minutes later . . .
Jean-Luc found himself in a dark place. His heart was failing and he was dying, apparently. All of a sudden there was light at the tunnel. He could feel some-one pulling that direction. It was almost like he had lost the ability to walk on his two feet. Jean-Luc saw his life rush past him until he came into the light. He could see all his former bridge officers there. Picard saw Deanna and her mother together along with her father. Geordi had eyes in this plane of souls. He saw Beverly smiling at him standing with Jack Crusher who was waving at Jean-Luc.
"Jack . . . " Jean-Luc said.
And there was a grown up Wesley with his parents. Wesley had a smile. Everyone looked so young. He could see the original crew of the Enterprise who were legendary in Star Fleet in the crowd. Jean-Luc saw his mother and father, too. Jean-Luc saw Worf with a Klingon who bore his resemblance rather strongly enough he could have mistake him for Worf, too. There was a third Klingon in between them with arms on their shoulders appearing to be rather happy. The two Klingons were sharing a conversation, then whatever grip this 'force' had on the captain let go. Jean-Luc turned his head in the direction that he had been pulled in.
"Hello, Jean-Luc." Came a familiar older voice.
Jean-Luc gasped seeing his old friend again.
Ooh the adventures they had without the crew ever knowing including Star Fleet.
"Q. . ." Jean-Luc said. Then he grabbed Q into a tight hug. "I missed you."
"I have always been there for you, mon captaine," Q said. "But you can't stay."
Jean-Luc's short hug ended.
"What do you mean?" Jean-Luc said.
"Don't you understand?" Q asked, baffled. "You have a crew to ensure makes it to the Federation."
"Q. . .We need new repairs and it can't come from their ship." Jean-Luc said.
"That is not what I meant . . . Jean-Luc," Q said, touching his hand. "Ever human being has two trails of evolution: organic or Q related beings," Jean-Luc looked down toward his hand. It was glowing a bright yellow. "You must tap into your will and heart. You may be dying but you can. . . and are capable of it. . . making a completely new heart taking over the cardiac heart. It is the stuff of science fiction of it happening. The answer is right in front of you. It doesn't have to be the help of a godly Q." Jean-Luc looked up toward Q. "We will meet again but . . . Now is not your time."
Then Q was getting further and further away from Jean-Luc.
"What do you mean?"
"It is not your time. Period." Q said, as his voice grew distant.
"Q!" Jean-Luc shouted.
"I am in the plane of the dead and you are in the plane of the living." Q said, his voice grew smaller.
"Q!" Jean-Luc shouted as he tried to run forward after Q's direction. He couldn't do any of that. "Don't leave me!"
"I never left." Q said.
Jean-Luc's eyes bolted open.
"Q!" Jean-Luc shouted, lunging forwards.
"Hold it there, father!" Jack said.
Jean-Luc leaned back on the biobed.
"I. . . I saw Q," Jean-Luc said. "I saw Beverly. . I saw. . . I saw Deanna. . . And Geordi."
"Father, you . . " Jack said, then glancing over to the screen and back to him. "You just came back from the dead."
Jean-Luc turned pale.
"How long?" Jean-Luc asked.
"Ten minutes." Jack said.
Jean-Luc looked up at the ceiling.
"Fine,Q," Jean-Luc said. "If this is my last mission I will get to the bottom of it!"
"Father?. . ." Jack asked, looking at Jean-Luc with concern.
"The natives," Jean-Luc said, he started to get up but he nearly fell if it wasn't for his son. "We must . . get to them."
"But father, they haven't developed warp capability." Jack said.
"Maybe they already have and are keeping their advancements to themselves." Jean-Luc said.