Vulcan Q

The final story featuring John-Luc Picard and Q in the 'Mon parallel capitaine' storyline.


4. News to spill

. . . Captain's ready room. . .

 . . .Enterprise . . . 1:47 PM.  . . Wednesday. . .

"Captain, you could have left them to die." Yar said.

"I could not do that, Ensign." John-Luc said.

"Wait, what?" Yar said, startled.

"You have been demoted." John-Luc said.

"Captain. .  . I know we disagree on helping the Klingons but--"

"No butts, ensign," John-Luc said. Beep. Beep. Beep came from the door. "Come in."

"Captain, I have calculated the time it would take to--" Data came to a stop in the ready room seeing Yar. He looked over to the captain. "Captain?"

"Klingon impostor!" Yar took  out her phaser then pulled the trigger.

Data ducked then grabbed the phaser out of Yar's hand.

"I am Lieutenant Commander Data," Data said. "You. . ." He looked over to the captain. "Why are you a Vulcan?"

For once, John-Luc didn't know the story behind this look-alike Data who had golden skin.

"I was born this way," John-Luc said. "Mr Soong?"

"Mr Data." Data said.

"I see," John-Luc said, then he approached the android. "Are you familiar to the Q continuum?"

"Q has talked about it." Data said.

"Captain, this could be a Klingon impostor." Yar voiced her concern.

"Please exit the ready room, Mr Data," John-Luc said. "I assure you will be back in your universe."

John-Luc could feel harmless realities converging. Not that it was dangerous but perhaps this was the secondary effect that could not be prevented by his most well known friend Q. Data went out through the door, however, but as he did the golden tinted android vanished in thin air. Yar seemed to be surprised even though she had seen this so many years ago.  John-Luc, although, wasn't surprised. In fact he was adjusted to the weirdness involving time travel and different realities aboard his ship. Yar's development on this voyage had all started to seem to go backwards rather than forwards since last year.

John-Luc turned in the direction of  Yar.

"Mrs Soong," John-Luc said. "If you dare. . . If you dare to attack our visitors then you will be sent to the brig. Do I make myself clear?"

"But captain,they  are our enemies!"

John-Luc stared at Yar in bitterness.

"Today they are not," John-Luc said. "Is that understood?"

"Understood. . ." Yar said. "It was my duty to ensure the safety of this ship."

"The only protection this ship needs is from the Romulans, you are excused Mrs Song." John-Luc said.

Yar left the ready room. 

And in came his Data. 

"Captain, we seem to be getting reports of unexpected appearances aboard the Enterprise." Data said. 

John-Luc had a smile.

"Data. . ." John-Luc said, sitting down into the chair behind the desk. "Please sit down."

Puzzled, Data sat down into a chair in front of the desk.

"Does this regard my wife?"  Data asked.

"No,Data," John-Luc said. "I have bad news . . . and good news."

"The bad news." Data said.

"Yar has been demoted, and must not be at any cost antagonize the Klingons," John-Luc said. "And Mr Soong . . . Starting Friday, you will be the new captain of the Enterprise."

"Captain. . ." Data said. "That's a double negative. I don't. . ." He looked down toward his hands. "Believe I am up for it."

"Mr  Soong,"  John-Luc said. "Starting Friday. . .You will be up for it."

 Data looked up toward John-Luc.

"Captain. . . are you implying. . ." Data said. "That . . . there will be peace?"

John-Luc nodded.

"I do," Jonn-Luc said. "Because history is in the making today. I know what happens today . . .Or at least some of it. . ." He cleared his throat. "I only know tomorrow that the Federation and the Klingon Council come to a meeting. A meeting that will forever change  our perception of Klingons. This warship will make a stand. And. . . It will be on the last voyage next year. Warships will be replaced by explorers. Oh Data, the Star Fleet we talked about will finally return and that mission we should have been on is finally going to be the goal. To boldly go where no man has gone before. To find new civilizations and discover new planets."

"That does not sound so bad." Data said.

John-Luc nodded.

"It seems to be," John-Luc said, then he leaned back into the chair. "Mr Data, if you would like to take the chair starting tomorrow than that is acceptable."

"But you just said Friday." Data said.

"I am evolving,Data."  John-Luc said.

Data appeared to be confused.

"But. . .I don't understand." Data said.

"I am five billion years old and Q-volution is taking its toll," John-Luc said. "The reason why the sudden appearances are occurring is because of me."

". . . I am sorry, but I refuse to take the chair when you are still around," Data said. "After all, there has to be a greater reason. We could be in a temporal abnormality." He raised a eyebrow. "How long were you with Q? You do not look five billion years old. If you were that old then you would be dust."

"Data. . ." John-Luc said. "Here is how time did not pass for you and it did for me."

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