. . 2374. . .
. . . Enterprise. . .11:29 AM. . . Wednesday . . .
"Captain, I detect a Bird-of-Prey headed our way!" Davis said. "Badly damaged though."
"Hail them." John-Luc said.
"Sir?" Davis asked, surprised to hear such a reply.
Not once did John-Luc say that in tenure.
But today was not one of those days.
"Hail them,and I will not repeat myself a third time." John-Luc said.
"Yes, sir." Davis said.
Data looked at John-Luc rather oddly then back to the screen.
"This is Captain John-Luc Picard of the USS Enterprise," John-Luc said. "Do you need some help?"
"Captain Worf of The Ring," Captain Worf said, his appearance sizzling on the screen. "We do not need help. We can hold our fort!"
John-Luc raised a brow.
"I find it hard to believe with your outpost under attack and your starships out of commission," John-Luc said. "I will send the order to engage on the Romulan starships and beam you aboard before the Ring is set to explode. It is the least I can do."
"Their ashes will be paved on the floor of Gre'thor." Captain Worf said.
"Yes," John-Luc said.
"I will not stain my honor by retreating," Worf said. "Worf out!"
John-Luc narrowed his eye at the empty screen.
"Beam them up, now." John-Luc said.
"But Captain, I highly advise we do not interfere in their mess." Yar said.
"Mr Davis, send the order," John-Luc said. "Mrs Soong, you are relieved of duty."
"Ay, captain." Davis said as Yar stood there stunned.
John-Luc had enough of it.
Today was the day they would be making history. History that would change the entire Federation for generations to come. Relieving her of duty was part of the knowledge he contained. The knowledge that had been lingering around in his evolving brain. Evolution was getting imminently close. So very close to him. He could feel his body was prepared to go into the next level. Data was concerned about his captain's state of mind. What had made him so 'unlike' the captain he knew too well?
"They have been beamed." Davis said.
The navigation chair was replaced by what many called Operation station (or Ops) that is manned by Carly Richards.
"Defend the Klingon outpost." John-Luc said.