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					       RETRIBUTION


BY: ROLAND RODRIGUEZ
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PROLOG:
IT WAS THE YEAR 2380, STAR DATE: 57999.9 AND THE UNIVERSE WAS ASLEEP, THE
FEDERATION HAD RECOVERED FROM A PREVIOUS BORG ATTACK AND A ROMULAN
THREAT THAT WAS AVOIDED BY THE CREW OF THE ENTERPRISE WITH GREAT LOSS OF
LIFE, THE KLINGONS WITH THERE NEW CHANCELLOR WAS QUITE FOR A CHANGE, THE
ROMULANS WERE STILL TRYING TO FORGE A NEW GOVERNMENT…PEACEFULLY, THE
FERENGI HAD FOUND A NEW UNINHABITED WORLD FULL OF LATIUM WHICH MADE
THEM LOSE INTEREST IN EVERYONE ELSE AND THE CARDASSIANS WANTED NOTHING
TO DO WITH ANYONE BUT THEMSELVES. SO THE UNIVERSE SLEPT ON.
SUDDENLY NEWS OF A NEWLY FORMED NEBULAR IN THE VEGA SYSTEM AT THE FRINGE
OF OUR QUADRANT WAS DISCOVERED…A STRANGE AND BEAUTIFUL CLOUD IT WAS.
STARFLEET NAMED IT THE BUTTERFLY NEBULAR…BECAUSE IT LOOKED LIKE A
BUTTERFLY, EXACTLY LIKE A BUTTERFLY…STRANGE! SO STARFLEET SENT A TEAM OF
SCIENTIST TO STUDY IT. IT TOOK SOME TIME BUT WHEN THEY HAD ARRIVED SO
AMAZED WERE THEY THAT THEY HAD NOT NOTICED THE STRANGENESS OF IT…..AND
SO THEY BEGAN THEIR INVESTIGATION.

STAR DATE: 57999.9

SCIENCE OFFICERS LOG…STARDATE: 57999.9:

IT HAS BEEN THREE WEEKS OUT HERE IN THE VEGA SYSTEM ABOUT FOUR POINT
FIVE BILLION KILOMETERS AWAY FROM THE NEATEST STAR AND THIS NEBULAR IS
NOTHING OF THE SORT…WE HAVE FOUND THAT IT HAS NO CENTRAL GRAVITY
CORE, 7 MILLION KILOMETERS WIDE, 4 MILLION KILOMETERS HIGH AND IT IS
ONLY SIX THOUSAND KILOMETERS DEEP…VERY STRANGE, IT'S GASEOUS MAKE-UP
IS SO DENSE IT IS ALMOST A SOLID AND IT IS STANDING STILL….WE NOTED A
MECHANICAL TACHYON FIELD LOCATED AT THE ENDS OF THE SO CALLED
NEBULAR, BUT OUR ATTEMPTS TO INVESTIGATE HAVE ALL FAILED…OUR PROBES
DO NOT RETURN ANY INFORMATION BACK TO US AND THEY SIMPLY
DISAPPEAR…..STRANGE. THE CAPTAIN WILL NOT ALLOW ANY FURTHER
INVESTIGATION USING A MANNED SHUTTLE FOR FEAR IT TO WILL BE LOST. SO WE
ARE WAITING FOR A SUPPLY SHIP TO ARRIVE AND THEY WOULD BE BETTER SUITED
FOR ANY HOSTEL ACTIONS THAT MIGHT OCCUR. WE WILL BE TRANSPORTING ALL
THE DATA WE HAVE TO THE SUPPLY SHIP TO FORWARD IT TO STARFLEET….THIS
PLACE GIVES ME THE CREEPS.

                                         HADDAD OUT

 MS. HADDAD, A SLENDER WOMEN WITH DARK HAIR AND DARK EYES LEFT HER
QUARTERS AND ENTERED THE SCIENCE LAB 2A AND APPROACHED HER COLLEAGUES
WHEN…

 WHAT'S THAT….THAT SPIKE IN THE TACHYON FIELD IT'S HUGE…SEE IT SAID THE
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SCIENCE OFFICER MR. JACOB. YES SAID MS. ZIONI HADDAD THE HEAD OF THE SCIENCE
LAB ABOARD THE SCIENCE SPACE STATION THE “HOBBLE”. IT‟S GROWING AND….JUST
THEN THE COM SYSTEM CAME ON…
   MS. HADDAD PLEASE REPORT TO THE BRIDGE IMMEDIATELY. WITH THAT SHE LEFT
THE LAB AND HEADED TO THE TURBO LIFT WHEN THE STATION SHUTTERED WITH
VIBRATION. SHE ENTERED THE LIFT AND PROCEEDED TO GO TO THE BRIDGE.
   ON THE BRIDGE THE TURBO LIFT DOORS OPEN AND MS. HADDAD EXITED AND
APPROACHED THE CAPTAIN OF THE STATION.
   WHAT WAS THAT…DID WE CRASH INTO SOMETHING? MS. HADDAD
QUESTIONED…NO SAID THE CAPTAIN. THE BUTTERFLY NEBULA WE ARE
INVESTIGATING JUST CAME TO LIFE WITH SOME ENERGY FIELD AND OUR SENSORS CAN
NOT MAKE OUT WHAT IT IS…THEY JUST REFLECT BACK TO US…SAID THE CAPTAIN
JASON HARRIMAN A SHORT STOCKY MIDDLE AGED MAN.
    IN THE LAB WE NOTICED A MASSIVE SPIKE IN THE TACHYON FIELD WITHIN THE
NEBULA JUST AS YOU SUMMONED ME SAID MS. HADDAD.
     CAPTAIN….SOMETHING IS HOLDING US STILL. WE ARE NO LONGER REVOLVING
…AND SENSORS ARE DOWN…SAID A CREW MEMBER AT THE ENGINEERING
STATION…WHAT!...HARRIMAN TURNED TO THE HELM OFFICER AND SAID…ON SCREEN
MR. HOGLE WOULD YOU PLEASE.

    AS THE SCREEN CAME ALIVE THE ENTIRE BRIDGE CREW, SECURITY OFFICERS, MS.
HADDAD AND THE CAPTAIN STOOD IN ASTONISHMENT. GREEN RAYS WERE ATTACHED
TO THE STATION AND THE ENTIRE NEBULA WAS ENGULFED WITH SHIPS…..CUBE
SHAPED

    STEVE…CALLED THE CAPTAIN, TURN ON THE EXTERNAL COM. JUST THEN IN A
STRONG MESSAGE:
 WE ARE THE BORG...RESISTANCE IS FUTILE...WE WILL
ADD YOUR TECHNOLOGICAL AND BIOLOGICAL LIKENESS
TO OUR OWN....LOWER YOUR SHIELDS, SURRENDER NOW
AND GIVE IN TO US.... YOU WILL SERVICE US...
"SOMEONE SCREAMED AND THEN THE STATION SHOOK VIOLENTLY"

HARRIMAN STOOD STILL WITH HIS MOUTH OPEN AND HIS EYES LOOKING RIGHT AND
LEFT…. CAPTAIN DO SOMETHING SCREAMED MS. HADDAD. THE CAPTAIN LOOKED
AROUND AND SHOUTED “RED ALERT” ALL CREW AND LAB PERSONAL TO THE ESCAPE
PODS NOW. JUST THEN GREEN TRANSPORTER EMISSIONS APPEARED
EVERYWHERE….THE CREW SPRANG INTO ACTION BUT IT WAS TO LATE….TO LATE… TO
MANY BORG AND THEY CAME ARMED AND READY…ALL WENT DOWN IN A MATTER OF
MOMENTS…..AS MS. HADDAD WAS KNOCKED DOWN TO THE FLOOR THEN TURNED TO
LOOK UP.. A PAIR OF TENTACLE NEEDLES PIERCED HER LEFT ARM AND EVERY THING
STARTED TO SLOW DOWN AND THE SOUNDS OF SCREAMS BEGAN TO FADE AWAY NO,
NO, NO, SHE WHISPERED THEN WAS PULLED UP AND SHE STOOD STARING AROUND IN A
DAZE AND VOICES IN HER HEAD STARTED TO SPEAK TO HER…”ALL IS WELL ALL IS
GOOD… WE ARE THE ALL…AND THE ALL IS YOU” SHE FELT LIKE SHE WAS OUTSIDE OF
HER SELF LOOKING IN AND HEARING HER SELF SAYING…YES, YES … THEN LIKE THE
OTHER MEMBERS OF THE STATION SHE WAS ASSIMILATED INTO THE COLLECTIVE HIVE

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MIND.

CHAPTER 1       “AND SO IT BEGINS”


      CAPTAIN JEAN LUC PICARD AND THE CREW‟S OF THE ENTERPRISE AND THE
TITAN WERE ON HOLIDAY ON A LUSH GREEN CONTINENT ON PRIMUS 4, IN THE
ISCARA SYSTEM,

WELL CAPTAIN RIKER…GOOD TO SEE YOU AGAIN SAID CAPTAIN JEAN LUC PICARD.
AND YOU SAID RIKER.
   LET‟S MEET ON THE PLANET SURFACE, I HAVE SOME TALL TALES TO TELL YOU AND
BRING DIANA SAID PICARD…. WILL DO SAID CAPTAIN WILL RIKER.

ON THE PLANET SURFACE PICARD, RIKER AND HIS WIFE AND COUNSELOR MS. DIANA
TROY RIKER.WERE TALKING OF OLD TIMES AND FEELING IN A GOOD MOOD AS THEY
AND THERE CREW‟S WERE ON LEAVE.
     RIKER SAID…I REMEMBER THE LOOK ON YOUR FACE WHEN DIANA‟S MOTHER
TOOK OFF HER GARMENTS FOR THAT FERENGI AND YOU HAD TO ACT LIKE YOU WERE
IN LOVE WITH HER AND….ENOUGH SAID THE CAPTAIN…I REMEMBER, I REMEMBER AS
HE LOOKED AT DIANA…..SHE WAS LAUGHING ALOUD AND SAID YOU WERE SO
IMMERSED IN YOUR ROLE THAT I THOUGHT YOU WERE GOING TO HAVE A REAL
PROBLEM WHEN MY MOTHER GOT BACK!...THEN THE ALL LAUGHED.
     I KNOW SAID PICARD…LETS GO DOWN TO A DIG I KNOW OF
IT‟S JUST THIS WAY….DIANA TURNED AND PUT HER HAND ON WILL'S CHEST THEN
SAID…WHY DON‟T YOU BIG BOYS GO ON AHEAD…I SEE AN OLD FRIEND OF MINE, THE
GOOD DOCTOR CRUSHER BY THAT BUILDING, I‟M SURE SHE AND I COULD FIND SOME
GOOD PLACES TO SHOP FOR TONIGHT‟S DANCE.
     WELL THEN I‟LL SEE YOU LATER MY LOVE SAID RIKER. AS DIANA WALKED AWAY
WITH A SLY SMILE ON HER FACE, PICARD SAID TO WILL… I DO FORGET YOU ALWAYS
HAD A WAY WITH HER. NOT ANY MORE…. I‟M A MARRIED MAN NOW AND SOMETIMES
SHE MY COMMANDING OFFICER….SAID RIKER AS THEY PROCEEDED TO THE DIG.
I HAPPENED TO NOTICED A LITTLE GRAY IN HER HAIR….I KNOW SHE NOT THAT
OLD…SAID PICARD……YES….WELL THAT‟S MY FAULT…REPLIED RIKER WITH A SAD
LOOK ON HIS FACE…..YOUR FAULT…WHAT DO YOU MEAN…ASKED PICARD….
ABOUT SIX MONTHS AGO….I ALLOWED HER TO COMMAND AN AWAY MISSION TO A
SMALL “K” CLASS PLANET IN THE VEGA SYSTEM….A PLANET THAT WAS NOT THERE
BEFORE, STARFLEET FELT IT WAS SOME KIND OF ROUGE PLANETOID THAT DRIFTED
INTO THE SYSTEM AND TOOK A FOUR POINT FIVE BILLION KILOMETER ORBIT AROUND
STAR L151 AND AS THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUED SHE AND HER AWAY TEAM
ENCOUNTER A BORG LANDING PARTY….SHE WAS CAPTURED…AND I HAD TO DO SOME
FAST THINKING TO GET HER BACK…SAID RIKER….SHE WAS NOT HARMED…ASKED
PICARD…..
     NO….BUT WHEN I GOT HER OUT, THE BORG WERE GETTING READY TO ASSIMILATE
HER…..HALF THE AWAY TEAM HAD ALREADY BEEN TAKEN AND ASSIMILATED…..AFTER
I GOT HER ON BOARD THE TITAN THE SMALL PLANET BEGAN TO SHOW SIGNS OF
MASSIVE SEISMIC ACTIVITY….THE PLANET WAS ABOUT TO BLOW…..WE MOVED AWAY
FROM IT AND THEN IT BLEW APART…..THE FUNNY THING WAS THERE WERE NO BORG

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SHIPS ANY WHERE TO BE SEEN…..BUT I WAS NOT GOING TO HANG AROUND TO FIND
OUT WHY. SO WE LEFT…..SHE WAS PRETTY SHOOK UP ABOUT MISSION AND THE LOSS
OF SOME OF HER TEAM…SINCE THEN HER HAIR HAS SHOWN SOME GRAY IN IT….IN THE
FUTURE…..ANY AWAY MISSIONS I SEND HER ON WILL BE TO GET ME SOME MILK AND
COOKIES…SAID RIKER……PICARD LOOKED AT RIKER WITH A STERN STARE…AND
SAID….DIANA ALREADY HAS TWO JOB‟S, ONE AS YOUR WIFE AND THE SECOND AS
YOUR ADVISOR…..AWAY MISSIONS ARE YOUR RESPONSIBILITY…SAID PICARD….. I
KNOW , I KNOW…..BUT SHE BEGGED ME….AND I COULD NOT SAY NO TO THOSE BIG
BROWN EYES…..
THE TWO MEN WALKED ON TOWARD THE DIG….



       THIS IS CAPTAIN JOHN MATHEWS OF THE STARSHIP STARLIGHT ON ROUTE TO
DEEP SPACE LAB “THE HOBBLE”… DO YOU COPY..STATIC…STATIC….AGAIN THIS IS
CAPTAIN JOHN MATHEWS OF THE STARSHIP STARLIGHT ON ROUT TO YOUR LOCATION
WITH SUPPLIES FROM DS7....DO YOU COPY….STATIC….STATIC…HARRIMAN DO YOU
COPY…STATIC…..STATIC
THIS IS MOST ODD….IT'S AS IF THEY ARE NOT THERE SAID THE CAPTAIN…..
CAPTAIN,....DO YOU THINK MAYBE THE BUTTERFLY IS INTERFERING WITH OUR
TRANSMISSIONS ASK THE COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER MR. NEWDAY?
NO WHY SHOULD IT….THE LAST COMMUNIQUÉ CAME IN ALL RIGHT. REPLIED THE
CAPTAIN. MS. MORAY….BRING THE SHIP DOWN TO SUB LIGHT SPEED AND HOLD AT
FULL IMPULSE ALSO GET A SENSOR FIX ON THE HOBBLE AND RELAY IT TO MY READY
ROOM REQUESTED THE CAPTAIN…AY, AY. SIR SAID MS. LINDA MORAY.
      IN HIS READY ROOM …MATHEWS A TALL MAN WITH JET BLACK HAIR AND DEEP
BLUE EYES BEGAN HIS REVIEW OF THE SENSOR REPORT AND NOTICED DIFFERENT
COORDINATES AND SO MUCH TACHYON RADIATION….MUCH MORE THAN A NEBULAR
WOULD RADIATE….NUMBER ONE PLEASE COME TO MY READY ROOM AND BRING MR.
CONNORS WITH YOU ASKED THE CAPTAIN, AY. SIR REPLIED MS. MORAY.
AS THE DOORS CLOSED IN THE CAPTAINS READY ROOM, MATHEWS STOOD UP AND
TURNED TO GREET HIS FIRST OFFICE MS. LINDA MORAY AND HIS SCIENCE OFFICER
LIEUTENANT ROBERT CONNORS…..THEN HE ASKED….WOULD YOU BOTH PLEASE SIT
DOWN AND EXPLAIN TO ME TWO THINGS…. ONE…WHY SO MUCH TACHYON RADIATION
AROUND THE HOBBLE…..IT WAS NOT THERE THREE WEEKS AGO WHEN WE ESCORTED
THE HOBBLE WITH HARRIMAN'S TEAM ONBOARD AND TWO…HOW COME THE
LOCATION OF THE NEBULAR HAS CHANGED…..SAID THE CAPTAIN.
      WELL CAPTAIN TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS, NEBULA'S DO NOT EXHIBIT THIS
MUCH TACHYON AND OF THE KIND OF TACHYON WHICH IS BEING DETECTED REPLIED
MR. CONNORS…..YES..YES I KNOW ROBERT, PLEASE TELL ME SOMETHING THAT I DO
NOT KNOW SAID MATHEWS…OK SIR. REPLIED MR. CONNORS, THIS KIND OF TACHYON IS
GENERATED BY MECHANIZED FUSION SUCH AS SUB-LIGHT ENGINES, TRANSPORTS OR
REPLICATORS WHICH WOULD IMPLY THAT THE HOBBLE IS SURROUNDED BY
SOMETHING GENERATING THIS KIND OF TACHYON …AND ANOTHER MYSTERY SIR..THE
NEBULAR HAS NO CENTRAL GRAVITY CORE AND IT'S…..WAIT THAT‟S NOT POSSIBLE
SAID THE CAPTAIN SQUINTING HIS BLUE EYES, ALL NEBULA'S MUST CONTAIN SOME
KIND OF GRAVITY CORE OR CENTER TO MAINTAIN IT'S COHESIVE GASEOUS STATE
AFTER ALL NEBULA'S ARE A RESULT OF EXPLODING STARS OR THE GATHERING OF TINY
SINGULARITIES OR MAGNETICALLY CHARGED PARTIALS…..YES CAPTAIN BUT THIS ONE
HAS NO CORE, AND IT'S MOVING VERY FAST WHILE MAINTAINING IT'S FORM.
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MATHEWS TURNED AWAY FROM HIS SEAT AND WALKED UP TO THE FRONT OF HIS DESK
AND SAT ON ONE CORNER RESTING ONE LEG… THEN SAID
     WELL THAT‟S INTERESTING, MOVING YOU SAY, AND IT'S SHAPE IS STABLE WITH
NO CENTRAL GRAVITY CORE AND GENERATING A POSSIBLE MECHANICAL TACHYON
FIELD WHILE OUR HAILS TO THE HOBBLE RETURN STATIC….. WOULD NOT THIS MUCH
TACHYON OBSCURE OUR SENSORS TO THE PRESENTS OF OTHER SHIPS??? MATHEWS
ASKED….THEN UNDER HIS BREATH AND LOOKING DOWN HE REPLIED TO HIMSELF…
THERE ARE PROBABLY A NUMBER OF POSSIBILITIES ….BUT I HAVE MY SUSPICIONS SINCE THE LAST
COMMUNIQUÉ WAS TWO WEEKS AGO!!!
MATHEWS LOOKED UP AT THE TWO OFFICERS SEATED IN FRONT OF HIM WITH HIS BLUE
EYES WIDE AND HIS MOUTH SHUT TIGHT.

THEN THE CAPTAIN TURNED TO HIS COM STATION AND ADDRESSED THE CREW.

THIS IS THE CAPTAIN ALL HANDS “RED ALERT”…I SAY AGAIN ALL HANDS “RED
ALERT”, HE THEN TURNED TO HIS FIRST OFFICER AND SAID…..NUMBER ONE GET THIS
SHIP BATTLE READY RIGHT NOW, I'LL MEET YOU IN THE BRIDGE, MR. CONNORS INFORM
MEDICAL TO PREPARE FOR INCOMING.
BOTH OFFICERS LOOKED AT EACH OTHER THEN TURNED TO JUMP TO THERE ORDER'S.

    NOW IN THE BRIDGE THE CAPTAIN ORDERED "SHIELDS" UP, ALL PHASER'S AND
PHOTONS STANDBY…..NUMBER ONE TAKE US IN….WARP TWO…

"THE STARSHIP STARLIGHT MADE IT'S APPROACH TO HOBBLE IN JUST UNDER TWO
HOURS AFTER THE SHIP WENT INTO RED ALERT….IF THE CAPTAINS HUNCH IS
RIGHT THEY ARE HEADING IN FOR A FIGHT"

CAPTAIN WE ARE APPROACHING THE BUTTERFLY NEBULAR ANNOUNCED THE HELM
OFFICER. HELM TAKE US OUT OF WARP ORDERED THE CAPTAIN.
      AS THE SHIP ENTERED SUB-LIGHT SPEED THE CAPTAIN ASKED MR. CONNORS
WOULD YOU PLEASE USE A PARTIAL SENSOR SPREAD IN THE AREA OF THE HOBBLE.
AND….JUST THEN MR. CONNORS CALL OUT…CAPTAIN….CAPTAIN…SHIPS HUNDREDS
OF SHIPS.... ON SCREEN CALLED THE CAPTAIN…AS THE FORWARD SCREEN CAME
ON…..THE BRIDGE CREW CAME ALIVE, THE CAPTAIN SCREAMED NUMBER ONE GET US
OUT OF HERE.
THE FIRST OFFICE TURNED TO NAVIGATION AND SAID TURN THIS SHIP AROUND MISTER
AND ENGAGE WARP ENGINES…..WARP NINE SAID THE CAPTAIN AND REVERSE THE
VIEW SCREEN….AND WHAT HE SAW MADE HIM SHUTTER…HOW MANY SHIPS DO YOU
COUNT ASKED THE CAPTAIN OF HIS SCIENCE OFFICER…..HUNDREDS…MAYBE IN THE
THOUSANDS….ALL "BORG"
COMM.….CALLED THE CAPTAIN RELAY A SUB-SPACE MESSAGE TO ANY ONE IN THIS
VICINITY OF FEDERATION SPACE….WE ARE UNDER ATTACK BY THE BORG HUNDREDS
OF SHIPS HAVE BEEN ESTIMATED LOCATED AT THE BUTTERFLY NEBULAR IN THE VEGA
SYSTEM……ENSIGN…REPEAT THAT MESSAGE UNTIL I TELL YOU TO STOP AND WITH IT
RELAY THE SENSOR IMAGERY…CAPTAIN CALLED THE HELM OFFICER…..TWO BORG
SHIPS ARE APPROACHING AND GAINING ON US….

      OVER AND OVER THE STARSHIP STARLIGHT RELAYED THERE MESSAGE,
TIME STOOD STILL AS THE CREW WAITED FOR WHAT SEEMED AN ETERNITY AND
THEN COMMUNICATIONS WENT DOWN, THEIR MESSAGE WAS JAMMED AND ALL
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WENT SUDDENLY SILENT……GREEN TRACTOR BEAM IMPALED THE SHIP…THEN
UNIVERSE CLOSED IT'S EYES.




EARTH SANFRANCISCO FEDERATION HEAD QUARTS

THE TURBO LIFT SOUNDED TO A STOP, THE DOORS OPENED AND THE CNC
COMMANDER OF STARFLEET EXITED WITH THREE STAFF MEMBERS AND STARTED
DOWN THE HALL. THEY APPROACHED A LARGE PLAIN DOOR GUARDED BY NEWLY
POSTED GUARDS. THE COMMANDER OPENED THE DOORS, ENTERED THE VESTIBULE
THEN APPROACHED AND ADDRESSED THE PRESIDENTS ASSISTANT.

      I HAVE BEEN SUMMONED,….IS HE IN…ASKED THE COMMANDER IN CHARGE OF
STARFLEET A TALL MAN VERY MUSCULAR WITH A FACE THAT HAS THE LOOK OF A
MAN YOU DO NOT WANT TO CROSS….YES,….HE'S EXPECTING YOU…GO ON IN…BUT
YOUR STAFF MEMBERS MAY NOT…SAID THE PRESIDENTS ASSISTANT.
I UNDERSTAND, YOU THREE WAIT HERE…. I'LL BRIEF YOU AS SOON AS I CAN….. SAID
THE COMMANDER WITH A FROWN ON HIS FACE….THE COMMANDER OPENED THE DOOR
AND PROCEEDED TO ENTER THE PRESIDENT OFFICE..
     WITH A LARGE SMILE ON HIS FACE THE COMMANDER SAID…GREETINGS MR.
PRESIDENT SUNG AS HE CLOSED THE DOORS BEHIND HIM….GOOD TO SEE YOU TODAY
REPLIED THE PRESIDENT, PLEASE SIT DOWN, WOULD YOU LIKE A DRINK OR SOMETHING
TO EAT..ASKED THE PRESIDENT.
WELL A DRINK WOULD BE NICE….SOME COLD WATER WOULD BE GOOD REPLIED THE
COMMANDER…..THE PRESIDENT A VERY THIN HALF HUMAN AND HALF ANDORIAN
WITH SHORT ANTENNAE TOUCHED HIS COMM. BUTTON ON HIS DESK AND ASKED HIS
ASSISTANT TO BRING SOME WATER FOR THE COMMANDER.
     WELL PETER WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF ALL THIS….IS THE SITUATION
AUTHENTIC,…ARE THE BORG FINALLY ASSERTING AN AGGRESSIVE POSTURE OR IS THIS
SOME KLINGON TRICK FOR ATTENTION ASKED THE PRESIDENT WITH A BLAND LOOK IN
HIS FACE…(YOU WEAK IMBECILE….HOW DID YOU EVER BE VOTED IN AS PRESIDENT…..THOUGHT
MANNING)
      LETO… SAID MANNING WITH SIGH…AS I HAVE INFORMED YOUR STAFF, LONG
RANGE SENSORS FROM THE GREAT ARRAY CONFIRMS CAPTAIN MATHEWS
COMMUNIQUÉ INDICATING A LARGE PRESENCE OF SHIPS HOLDING AT THE BUTTERFLY
NEBULAR….WE DO BELIEVE…THAT THEY ARE BORG….BUT WE ARE GETTING A LOT OF
INTERSTELLAR INTERFERENCE WITH OUR SENSORS….. BUT ONE THING IS SURE….. WE
ARE RECEIVING NO COMMUNICATIONS OF ANY KIND FROM THAT SECTOR IN THE VAGA
SYSTEM.
        THE PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERATION LOOKED UP AT STAR FLEET‟S C.N.C WITH A
LOOK OF DESPAIR AND SAID, I ALWAYS FELT THAT THIS KIND OF ACTION BY THE BORG
WOULD HAPPEN UNDER MY TERM IN OFFICE AND FOR THE RECORD I WANT IT TO BE
KNOWN THAT ANYTHING SHORT OF A MIRACLE IS WHAT WE WILL NEED…..ANY
RESPONSE TO OUR HAIL FROM MATHEWS ASKED THE PRESIDENT…NONE SAID THE
COMMANDER..
        LETO…WE BELIEVE THAT THE SHIP IS LOST AND HE AND HIS CREW WERE
ASSIMILATED…..THE DOOR OPENED AND THE PRESIDENTS ASSISTANT ENTERED WITH
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THE COMMANDERS DRINK, AS HE PLACED THE COLD WATER DOWN THE PRESIDENT
SAID THANK YOU WILLIAM AND…. WOULD YOU PLEASE CANCEL ALL MY
APPOINTMENTS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICED SAID THE PRESIDENT.
       WILLIAM BEGAN TO PROTEST BUT THE PRESIDENT WAVED HIS HAND AND SAID
SOMETHING HAS COME UP….UP FROM HELL IT SELF, MONSTERS FROM THE
DEEP….THAT WILL PUT US ALL TO THE TEST….A TEST THAT MAY END OUR
LIGHT…….GO WILLIAM AND DO AS I REQUEST. I WILL GIVE YOU A NEW ANTENNARY AS
SOON AS I CAN…. WILLIAM THE PRESIDENTS ASSISTANT THEN TURNED AND LEFT THE
ROOM WITH A STARTLED LOOK AT THE COMMANDER. AS THE DOOR CLOSED THE
PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERATION OF PLANETS ADDRESSED THE COMMANDER…..
        COMMANDER,.... PETER, WHAT WILL STARFLEET DO????….I SHALL INFORM MY
STAFF OF ADMIRALS, HIGH RANKING OFFICERS AND ALL CAPTAINS OF THE
SITUATION….. AND ORDER THEM TO STAR BASE 001 FOR A CONFERENCE A KIND OF
GATHERING OF MINDS….I WILL HAVE TO ORDER CAPTAINS PICARD AND RIKER BACK
FROM THERE LEAVE.
       PETER DO YOU THINK PICARD CAN DO IT AGAIN ASKED THE PRESIDENT?...THIS
TIME I'M NOT SURE….THIS TIME IT MAY LOOK LIKE THE END UNLESS WE CAN INVOLVE
EVERYONE IN OUR QUADRANT TO PARTICIPATE IN REPELLING THE BORG, YOU SEE THE
BORG ARE NOT JUST GUNNING FOR US, THEY ARE AS I AM INFORMED COMING IN
NUMBERS AND SHALL ATTACK ALL INTELLIGENT LIFE. I TRULY BELIEVE THEY PLAN TO
ASSIMILATE US ALL.
I HOPE THAT YOU THE PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERATION CAN CONVINCE ALL
FEDERATION MEMBERS OF THE EMERGENCY OF THE MATTER AND FULL MILITARY
COOPERATION.
        WITH HIS ORDERS, PETER MANNING THE COMMANDER IN CHARGE OF STAR
FLEET LEFT THE PRESIDENTS OFFICE…..THE PRESIDENT SLUMPED IN HIS CHAIR AND
MUTTERED TO HIM SELF.....WHY IN THE CREATORS NAME MUST THIS HAPPEN, WE HAVE
SUFFERED SO MUCH AT THE HANDS OF THE BORG, JUST SOME YEARS AGO PICARD HAD
SAVED US ALL FROM ONE BORG SHIP….CAN WE PREVAIL AGAINST HUNDREDS.......WE
NEEDED MORE TIME, MORE TIME TO PREPARE…..AND NOW....RETRIBUTION SEEMS
SO FAR....SO FAR AWAY......

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HAPTER 2       “DESTINY HAS CHOSEN US”


      CAPTAIN JEAN LUC PICARD AND THE CREW‟S OF THE ENTERPRISE AND THE
TITAN WERE STILL ON HOLIDAY ON THE LUSH GREEN CONTINENT OF SIMKAR ON
PRIMUS 4, IN THE ISCARA SYSTEM, EARLY IN THE DAY AT SUNRISE RIKER HAD
JOINED PICARD AND AN EXCAVATING TEAM THAT PICARD WAS HELPING TO
SUPERVISE A FIND THAT STAR FLEET HAS JUST LEARNED COULD BE THE FIRST
CULTURAL BEINGS THAT ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE GENETIC DNA BASIS FOR ALL
INTELLIGENT LIFE IN OUR QUADRANT OF THE GALAXY.


 CAPTAIN SAID PICARD .....CAN YOU BELIEVE WHAT THIS IS? NO CAPTAIN I HAVE NO
IDEA SAID CAPTAIN WILL RIKER WHO JUST ARRIVED TO SEE HIS OLD CAPTAIN AFTER
ANOTHER NIGHT OF DANCING.
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      THIS IS A BUTTON.....PROBABLY WARN BY SOME PERSON FOUR BILLION YEARS
AGO AND IS MADE OUT OF SOME KIND OF MATERIAL UNKNOWN TO US....CAN YOU
IMAGINE SAID THE CAPTAIN
     NO CAPTAIN I CAN'T EVEN BEGIN REPLIED RIKER WITH A GRIN ........JUST THEN
RIKER'S COM LINK SOUNDED
    RIKER HERE..... CAPTAIN.....SUB SPACE MESSAGE FOR YOU AND CAPTAIN PICARD
HAS JUST ARRIVED. I HEARD THAT WILL.......THIS IS CAPTAIN PICARD RELAY THE
MESSAGE....
   SORRY CAPTAIN THE MESSAGE IS CRYPTIC FOR CAPTAINS EYES ONLY.... NOW THAT‟S
JUST DANDY!!!! SAID PICARD, HERE WE ARE AND STARFLEET JUST CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT
US FOR A FEW DAYS. CONTINUED PICARD….IT SEEMS SO SAID RIKER, PICARD TURNED
TO THE DIG SUPERVISOR WELL MR. JENSON PLEASE HOLD THE FORT DOWN HERE AND I
WILL SEE WHAT STAR FLEET WANTS, THEN WE WILL BE BACK .
   TRANSPORTER.....ONE TO BEAM UP....THEN CAPTAIN RIKER CALLED TO HIS SHIP THE
TITAN AND REQUESTED IMMEDIATE BEAM –UP




   AS THE TRANSPORTER FIELD ENGULFED CAPTAIN PICARD, RIKER WONDERED WHAT
COULD STAR FLEETS MESSAGE BE....AFTER ALL WE ARE SUPPOSED TO BE ON LEAVE ON
THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PLANET IN OUR QUADRANT.

   THE TRANSPORTER FIELD HAS CLEARED AND CAPTAIN PICARD HAS BEAMED BACK
ONBOARD THE ENTERPRISE, THEN MAKING HIS WAY TO THE BRIDGE. AS THE CAPTAIN
EXITED THE TURBO LIFT A WHISTLE SOUNDED...AND THE COMPUTER RESPONDED
   CAPTAIN ON THE BRIDGE....EVERY ONE TURNED....THE CAPTAIN SAID, MR. LA
FORGE (NOW ACTING FIRST OFFICER AS WELL AS CHIEF OF ENGINEERING) WHEN DID
THE MESSAGE ARRIVE?
  JUST A MOMENT AGO CAPTAIN
  MR. LA FORGE I WILL TAKE THE MESSAGE IN MY READY ROOM.

  THE CAPTAIN ENTERED HIS READY ROOM, WALKED TO HIS DESK, TURNED ON HIS
COMMUNICATION VIEW SCREEN AND SAID COMPUTER...RELAY STARFLEET'S MESSAGE
TO ME, PICARD...ALFA 0070 COMMENCE....

    THE COMPUTER STARTED TO RELAY THE MESSAGE:

STAR DATE: 57999.9
          STARFLEET COMMAND STARDATE : 57999.9
CAPTAIN JEAN-LUC PICARD BE ADVISED THAT A LARGE FLEET OF BORG SHIPS
HAVE BEEN SIGHTED AT THE EDGE OF OUR QUADRANT AT A DISTANCE OF SIX
POINT FIVE DAYS WARP TIME, THEY SEEM TO BE HOLDING THERE AT THE NEWLY
FORMED NEBULAR THE BUTTERFLY WITHIN THE VEGA SYSTEM.....WE ARE NOT
SURE WHAT TIME TABLE WE HAVE BUT STARFLEET BELIEVES WE HAVE SOME TIME
BEFORE A FULL INVASION BEGINS, WE ARE MONITORING THEM THROUGH THE
VERY LARGE ARRAY AND WE BELIEVE DEEP SPACE STATION NUMBER SEVEN MAY
HAVE BEEN THERE FIRST TARGET....THE STATION HAS NOT RESPONDED TO ANY
HAILS!! WE HAVE JUST NOTIFIED THE KLINGONS, THE ROMULANS, FERENGI,
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CARDASSIAN'S, AS WELL AS ALL THE FEDERATION PARTICIPANTS AND THE
FOUNDERS OF THIS INTRUSION OF OUR SPACE… IF WE ARE ASSIMILATED....THE
KLINGONS WILL BE NEXT THEN THE ROMULANS....THE FALL OF OUR ALPHA
QUADRANT WOULD SIGNAL THE INVASION OF THE DELTA QUADRANT WITH THE
PURSUANT FALL OF THE FOUNDERS......WE ARE WAITING FOR THEIR INDIVIDUAL
RESPONSES TO OUR REQUEST FOR THEIR COMPLETE SUPPORT.....YOUR IMMEDIATE
RETURN TO STAR BASE 001 IS HERE BY ORDER…. ON YOUR RETURN TRIP TO STAR
BASE 001, YOU ARE ORDERED TO LOCATE, ADVISE AND BRING ON BOARD WITH
YOU THE AMBASSADOR NEGOTIATOR MR. SPOCK… WHO IS PRESENTLY ON THE
PLANET KRILAN, IN THE FERENGI SOULSA SYSTEM REGARDING A DISPUTE OVER
FERENGI OCCUPIED SPACE…SOMETHING TO DO WITH A NEWLY DISCOVERED
PLANET. WE WILL NEED HIS AID AS A WEAPONS STAGIEST!!! YOU ARE HEREBY
AUTHORIZED TO BESTOW THE RANK OF ADMIRAL TO THE AMBASSADOR…..GOD'S
SPEED.
SORRY ABOUT YOUR HOLIDAY....

                             ADMIRAL PETER C. MANNING, CNC
                                     STARFLEET OUT
    THE CAPTAIN LOOKED GRIM AND WONDERED HOW MANY BORG SHIPS HAVE
AMASSED AT OUR BORDER. PICARD TOUCHED HIS COMM. BUTTON TO ADDRESS THE
CREW…
    THIS IS THE CAPTAIN, TO ALL HANDS.. OUR HOLIDAY IS OVER, ALL PERSONAL ON
PRIMUS 4 RETURN TO THE ENTERPRISE.......COMPUTER “RED ALERT”....

      CAPTAIN, A COMMUNIQUÉ FROM CAPTAIN RIKER HAS JUST COME IN SAID THE
COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER,….RELAY IT TO ME ENSIGN, SAID PICARD.
      JEAN-LUC, I‟VE JUST BEEN ORDERED TO DEEP SPACE No.7 FOR A MEETING WITH A
COMMANDER OF A ROMULAN WAR BIRD OF WHICH HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH A
BORG INTRUSION INTO OUR SPACE IN THE VEGA SYSTEM AND I CAN‟T SAY ANY MORE
ABOUT IT..STARFLEET ORDERS!!!! I‟M NOT SURE WHAT TO THINK ABOUT THIS, BUT
WILL KEEP YOU INFORMED AS MUCH AS I AM ALLOWED TO…….SAID RIKER…... YES
THIS IS MOST STRANGE…..YOU DID MENTION THAT YOU WERE IN THE VEGA SYSTEM
SOME MONTHS AGO….. AND WITNESS A PLANET EXPLOSION…DID YOU NOT…ASKED
PICARD…..NOW THAT YOU MENTION IT…. I WONDER IF THIS NEBULAR HAS SOMETHING
TO DO WITH THAT PLANET…..REPLIED RIKER…. WHAT DO YOU MEAN….ASKED
PICARD….WELL WE SCANNED THAT PLANET AND IT WAS MOST UNUSUAL….IT HAD A
SMALL IRON CORE WITH A SMALL MANTLE SURROUNDED BY VERY LARGE POCKET‟S
OF GASSES, ARGON, NITROGEN, HYDROGEN AND SOME TRACE ELEMENTS AS I
REMEMBER…SAID RIKER….NOW THAT‟S INTERESTING….YOU THINK THE BORG HAVE
TRANSPORTED A NUMBER OF PLANETS TO THAT AREA AND BLEW THEM UP FOR THE
MATERIAL THEY NEED FOR BUILDING A NEBULAR…..SAID PICARD….COULD BE…BUT
WHY???? ASKED RIKER
I‟M NOT SURE…BUT WHAT EVER THEIR PLANNING REQUIRED THAT NEBULAR…SAID
PICARD…..WELL ANYWAY…. I‟M OFF TO DS7….AND CONTACT YOU WHEN I CAN…
RIKER OUT.

PICARD THOUGHT FOR A MOMENT (A ROMULAN WAR BIRD…..HIMM AND NEAR OUR BORDER AT
DS7 WHAT TO THINK…)


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    NUMBER ONE...HAS EVERYONE COME ON BOARD ASKED THE CAPTAIN.......YES SIR
RESPONDED COMD. LA FORGE.....GOOD THEN, ARRANGE A STAFF MEETING AT 0900
HOURS SAID THE CAPTAIN, YES SIR SAID LA FORGE.
    AT 0900 HOURS THE MEETING STARTED, THERE WAS PICARD, LA FORGE, MR. HENRY
JENSON (ACTING SCIENCE OFFICER), MS. GRACE SANTOS (ADVISOR TO THE CAPTAIN),
MR. PAUL MARCUS (BRIDGE COMMANDER AND HELM OFFICER) AND LIEUTENANT
JAMES EMERSON HEAD OF SECURITY(MR. WORF NOW RESIDES AT DEEP SPACE NINE)



    HENRY WHAT NEW INFORMATION DO WE HAVE? THE CAPTAIN ASKED? MR.
HENRY JENSON RESPONDED WITH.....ONLY THIS CAPTAIN, THE DEEP SPACE STATION
SEVEN HAS NOT RESPONDED TO ANY HAILS FROM STARFLEET AND IT'S LOCATION NEAR
THE BORG'S HOLDING POSITION MAKES IT VULNERABLE TO ATTACK, AND IF THE
STATION IS TAKEN, THE BORG WILL HAVE IT'S FIRST RECON POSITION AND HAVE
ACCESS TO INFORMATION OF ALL OUR STATIONS ALONG THE BORDER.
    KEEP TRYING TO HAIL THEM AND KEEP ME INFORMED….THE TITAN HAS BEEN
ORDERED THERE…SAID PICARD, NUMBER ONE …WE WILL BE PASSING THE SOULSA
SYSTEM, AMBASSADOR SPOCK IS ON THE PLANET KRILAN NEGOTIATING A DISPUTE
AND STARFLEET HAS ASKED US TO INTERRUPT HIS NEGOTIATIONS AND BRING HIM TO
STAR BASE 001 WITH US, SO SET A COURSE FOR THE KRILAN SYSTEM . AT BEST
SPEED…HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE US MR. MARCUS ? THREE DAYS SIR SAID MR. MARCUS.
….MAKE IT SO SAID THE CAPTAIN YES SIR SAID MARCUS.
   MR. LA FORGE ASKED THE CAPTAIN, CAN THE ENTERPRISE BE READY FOR ANY
SURPRISES IN STORE FOR HER? SHE'S AS READY AS CAN BE SIR. GOOD SAID THE
CAPTAIN….. MR. EMERSON KEEP US ON YELLOW ALERT AND ALL WEAPONS ON
STANDBY. YES SIR SAID LIEUTENANT JAMES EMERSON. GRACE…. SAID THE CAPTAIN
WHEN AMBASSADOR SPOCK COMES ONBOARD HAVE HIM BROUGHT TO ME AT MY
READY ROOM.
         THEN THE CAPTAIN ADDRESSED HIS OFFICERS…. I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT
WE ALL HAVE BEEN EXPECTING THIS AT SOME TIME, AND THAT WE WOULD LIKE TO
HAVE HAD MORE TIME TO PREPARE FOR THIS INVASION.....BUT AS IT STANDS
NOW…..WE MUST PUT ALL OUR RESOURCES AND TALENTS TO THEIR UP MOST
CAPABILITIES AND PREVAIL AGAINST THIS INVASION
   HENRY AND GEORDI ....I NEED… NO…WE NEED ANY KIND OF NEW WEAPON YOU
CAN COME UP WITH...SO PUT YOUR RESOURCES TOGETHER AND SEE WHAT YOU CAN DO
AND HENRY, PUT TOGETHER A TEAM FOR THIS TASK, GEORDI WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH
ALL THE RESOURCES AND RAW MATERIALS YOU NEED.

THIS CONCLUDES THIS MEETING….THANK YOU ALL SAID THE CAPTAIN.

TWO DAYS HAVE PAST AND STILL NOTHING..NO IDEAS, NO NEW NEWS. BUT ON THE
THIRD DAY AS THE ENTERPRISE ENTERED ORBIT OF THE KRILAN PLANET, A SUB
SPACE COMMUNICATION FROM CAPTAIN WILLIAM RIKER WAS RECEIVED BY
CAPTAIN PICARD AND IT WAS NOT GOOD.

JEAN LUC, I HAVE BEEN CONTACTED BY THE ROMULAN COMMANDER OF THE WAR BIRD
„THE SPEAR” AND HE SAID THAT ONE OF HIS SHIPS HAD AN ENCOUNTER WITH THE
BORG…BUT WAS NOT DESTROYED!!! BUT SOME OF THERE CREW MEMBERS WERE
TRANSPORTED OFF THEIR SHIP THEN THE BORG CUBE LEFT IN A HURRY AND SOON
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AFTER THERE WAS AN ATTACK ON DS7, WHEN THE ROMULAN'S ARRIVED TO ASSIST THE
STATION THEY CONFRONTED THE BORG BUT IT WAS TO LATE AND HAD TO FALL
BACK…CAN YOU MAKE SENSE OUT OF THIS…ASKED RIKER.
     SIMPLY SAID PICARD….MOST LIKELY THE PERSONAL THAT WERE TRANSPORTED
WERE BORG CREW MEMBERS IN KEY POSITIONS AND ONCE ASSIMILATED WOULD
PROVIDE THE BORG WITH THE LATEST ROMULAN INFORMATION REGARDING THERE
STRENGTHS, LOCATIONS AND ANY ENCRYPTION CODES THAT THEY WOULD BE IN
POSSESSION OF AND THE ATTACK COULD HAVE BEEN A DIVERSION AND NOW WITH THE
FALL OF DS7 THE BORG HAVE MORE INFORMATION.
WILL… SAID PICARD… TRY TO FIND OUT WHO THESE CREW MEMBERS WERE, I HAVE A
GUT FEELING THAT THIS COULD HAVE BEEN PLANED AND THE BORG COULD HAVE
PLANTED THOSE CREW MEMBERS AND WERE WAITING FOR THEM AT THAT MOMENT.
   BUT THAT‟S NOT POSSIBLE SAID RIKER…HE CONTINUED..IF THEY WERE PLANTED,
WOULDN'T THEY BE NOTICED, LOOKING THE WAY THE BORG‟S DO…SAID RIKER!
   WE KNOW NOW THAT THE BORG CAN CONNECT “FLESH” TO AN ANDROID
ENDOSKELETON…THESE CREW MEMBERS COULD HAVE BEEN SUCH A TYPE OF BORG
THAT LOOK AND ACT VERY “ROMULAN”.....AND WILL, FIND OUT IF THERE WERE ANY
SURVIVORS FROM THE STATION SAID JEAN LUC.
    I‟LL SEE WHAT I CAN FIND OUT JEAN LUC BUT WOULD NOT IT HAD BEEN BETTER IF
THE BORG TRANSPLANTED HUMAN LOOKING BORGS ON A HUMAN STAR SHIP FOR
THEIR INTELL OF OUR DEEP SPACE STATIONS RATHER THAN FROM A ROMULAN
SOURCE...ASKED RIKER.....MABY.....BUT I THE BORG SUSPECT THAT WE HUMANS HAVE A
BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF BORG THINKING AND ACTIONS THEN ROMULANS DO AND
THAT WE WOULD SEE THROUGH THEIR DISGUISE AND SO THEIR MISSION WOULD
FAIL.....SO FOR SOME MEASURE OF SUCCSESS THEY CHOSE ROMULANS.....REPLIED
PICARD......YOUR PROBABLY RIGHT JEAN-LUC HOWEVER THIS ACTION BY THE BORG
HAS THE ROMULAN COMMANDER ON EDGE..HE BLAMES STARFLEET FOR INTRODUCING
THE BORG TO THIS QUADRANT AND SEEMS NOT TO BE VERY COOPERATIVE…I WILL
KEEP YOU INFORMED TILL THEN..... RIKER OUT.


IT HAS BEEN THREE DAYS SINCE THE MEETING AND THE ENTERPRISE WAS NOW
LEAVING ORBIT OF THE PLANET KRILAN. MR. SPOCK HAS BEEN BEAMED ON BOARD.

     CAPTAIN JEAN LUC PICARD WAS IN HIS READY ROOM WHEN AMBASSADOR SPOCK
WAS BROUGHT TO HIM.....THE DOOR BELL SOUNDED.
     COME SAID THE CAPTAIN, THE DOOR OPENED AND MR. SPOCK ENTERED. GOOD
TO SEE YOU MR. SPOCK SAID THE CAPTAIN AS HE STOOD UP…. I ONLY WISH UNDER THE
CIRCUMSTANCES I COULD SAY THE SAME, BUT THIS INVASION BY THE BORG MAKES
THIS MEETING SOME WHAT GRIM, SAID MR.SPOCK....... YES THAT IS UNDERSTANDABLE
SAID THE CAPTAIN BUT GOOD TO SEE YOU ANY WAY....WOULD YOU PLEASE SIT
DOWN….CAN I GET YOU ANYTHING….A DRINK PERHAPS? ASKED THE CAPTAIN….NO
REPLIED MR. SPOCK AS HE AND PICARD SAT DOWN.

SPOCK AND THE CAPTAIN BEGAN TO TALKED ABOUT THE PROBLEM AT HAND....THE
BORG INVASION
AND THE POSSIBILITY OF ANY NEW WEAPONRY ADVANCEMENTS THAT STARFLEET
HAS MADE THAT SPOCK MIGHT KNOW OF.

     NONE CAPTAIN THAT I AM AWARE OF,….I NO LONGER HAVE THE ACCESS TO
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STARFLEET'S WEAPONRY SECRETS AS WHEN I WAS WITH STARFLEET, HOWEVER NOT
VERY LONG AGO I ASSISTED IN THE RE-ENCRYPTION CODES FOR THE FEDERATION
SECURITY DATA BASE AT STAR BASE 001..SAID MR. SPOCK
HIMM….I‟M NOT SURE HOW THAT COULD HELP US HOWEVER, AS A SCIENCE OFFICER
WITH A CLASS A1 STATUS, YOU HAVE BEEN RECALLED TO DUTY......ADMIRAL SPOCK.
SAID PICARD….ADMIRAL, REPLIED MR. SPOCK WITH BOTH EYE BROWS STANDING UP
AND WITH A STRAIGHT LOOK AT PICARD. YES SAID THE CAPTAIN…STARFLEET
COMMISSIONED ME TO BESTOW THIS RANK….CONGRATULATION MR. SPOCK....WELL
SAID MR. SPOCK WHAT ELSE DID STARFLEET BESTOW ON ME.
     AT STAR BASE 001 YOU WILL BE BRIEFED AND PUT IN CHARGE OF WEAPON
ADVANCEMENTS SAID THE CAPTAIN…..WEAPON ADVANCEMENTS SAID SPOCK!!!!

SPOCK SAT FULLY UP RIGHT AND LEANED FORWARD IN HIS CHAIR AND SAID

      STARFLEET KNOWS MY FEELING IN THESE MATTERS; WAR IS NOT MY SPECIALTY
AND DEVISING METHODS OF MASS DESTRUCTION NOT MY PURPOSE IN LIFE. SAID
MR.SPOCK. I AM SORRY I KNOW HOW YOU FEEL IN THESE MATTERS MR. SPOCK….BUT
THIS IS A TIME OF GREAT PERIL AND STARFLEET NEEDS….NO… WE ALL NEED ALL THE
HELP WE CAN GET BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY…..YOU ARE STARFLEET'S FINEST
SCIENCE OFFICER AND WE HAVE GREAT NEED OF YOU.... THE VERY EXISTENCE OF
THE FEDERATION IS IN QUESTION. THE CAPTAIN SAID.
    I HAVE SET UP A STAFF OF SCIENCE OFFICERS AND I WOULD LIKE YOU TO PLEASE
LEAD MR. LIEUTENANT HENRY JENSON AND HIS STAFF…SAID THE CAPTAIN….
    SPOCK THOUGHT FOR A MOMENT, LEANED BACK IN HIS CHAIR AND......
RESPONDED, CAPTAIN….AS MUCH AS THIS SITUATION IS REVOLTING TO ME…I FIND
MYSELF IN AGREEMENT WITH YOU, I WILL DO MY BEST TO ASSIST STARFLEET AND THE
FEDERATION TO REPEL THE BORG.
 AS MR. SPOCK GOT UP AND BEGAN TO LEAVE HE TURNED TO GIVE PICARD A STRAIGHT
LOOK…EYE TO EYE…BOTH MEN LOOKED ON EACH OTHER WITH A SENSE OF
SADNESS…SPOCK NODDED THEN TURNED AND LEFT THE CAPTAIN'S READY ROOM.
PICARD FELT A SORROW FOR WHAT SPOCK MUST PUT HIMSELF THROUGH.....AND THE
CAPTAIN THOUGHTS DARKENED AND HIS FACE HARDENED…BUT WE MUST AT ALL
COST DO WHAT IS NEEDED TO PREVAIL.



FOUR DAYS NOW HAVE PAST AND IT HAS BEEN ONE DAY SINCE MR. SPOCK HAS
COME ON BOARD. THE CAPTAIN WAS IN HIS QUARTERS AND WAS PREPARING TO GO
TO SLEEP WHEN SUDDENLY THEIR WAS A FLASH OF LIGHT.....

THE CAPTAIN LOOKED UP AND SAID....”Q”.......WHAT IN HELL DO YOU WANT NOW!!!
  MON A ME CAPITAN… I AM ON A MISSION OF MERCY!!!!...CAPTAIN PICARD LOOKED
GRAY WITH ANGER WHEN HE SAID...IT WAS YOU WHO STARTED THIS WHOLE MESS
WITH THE BORG!.......MON A ME CAPITAN BUT I DISAGREE… SAID “Q” …..YOU WOULD
NOT EVEN KNOW OF THE BORG'S VERY EXISTENCE… AND THEY TOO WOULD HAVE A
200 YEAR, ADVANTAGE OF ADVANCEMENT'S TO THROW AGAINST YOU! CONTINUED THE
“Q”.
    ALL RIGHT!! SO WHAT DO YOU WANT NOW, AND MAKE IT QUICK “Q”, I HAVE
SOME CONSIDERATIONS TO MAKE AND MY TIME IS SHOURT AND SHALL NOT BE
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WASTED WITH YOUR NONSENSE SAID PICARD…..OH COME ON NOW JEAN-LUC…THE
ONLY CONSIDERATION YOU WERE ABOUT TO MAKE ..WAS ON WHAT SIDE OF THE BED
TO FALL ASLEEP ON, AND BY THE WAY IS THIS THE WAY TO GREET A LONG TIME
FRIEND,…AND, LIKE I SAID, I AM ON A MISSION OF MERCY.....YOURS. SAID “Q”….
    MERCY....DON'T MAKE FUN OF THE SITUATION THIS QUADRANT IS IN. THE BORG
ARE HERE…IN GREAT FORCE AND THERE INTENT....I CAN'T BELIEVE, INTERRUPTED
“Q”,YOU STILL DON'T (“Q” LOOKED HARD AT THE CAPTAIN) UNDERSTAND TO
WHOM YOU ARE TALKING TO PICARD!
I AM IN FULLY AWARE OF WHAT IS GOING ON, AND IF YOU HAVE ANY BIT OF
INTELLIGENCE THAT I CREDIT YOU FOR YOU WOULD SHUT UP AND LISTEN, SAID “Q”.
PICARD‟S SHOULDERS SLUMPED AND HE SAID, OK “Q” SPEAK. THAT'S BETTER PICARD
SAID “Q”... (THEN IN A DEEP VOICE FILLED WITH VIBRATION “Q” SAID)
WHEN THE BORG ARRIVE IT IS BETTER TO FIGHT THEM WITH A NON
CONVENTIONAL WEAPON, SOMETHING FROM THE PAST…. SOMETHING TO
ADDRESS THE NEEDS OF THE MANY….SOMETHING THAT WOULD
ELIMINATE HUNGER….AT THIS POINT PICARD LOOKED PUZZLED, AND DID NOT
KNOW WHAT “Q” WAS TALKING ABOUT.
    “Q” I FEEL THIS IS ENOUGH, SAID PICARD, TO ASK US TO FIGHT THE BORG WITH
WEAPONS THAT ARE OUT DATED OR WITH..FARM TOOLS PICKS AND SHOVEL IS
RIDICULOUS AND ABSURD. JUST WHAT IN THE HELL ARE YOU....AGAIN “Q”
INTERRUPTS THE CAPTAIN AND SAYS, I DID NOT SAY “OUT DATED” OR PICKS, SHOVEL
OR PLOW , BUT PERHAPS SOMETHING NOT CONSIDERED BY YOUR PERSONAL….I THINK
YOU'LL NEED THE HELP OF THAT POINTED EAR VULCAN WHO HAS AS MUCH EMOTION
AS A ROCK…YOU KNOW THE ONE I MEAN….MAYBE I'LL THROW IN THE ANDROID TOO.
     MR. DATA IS KIND OF OUT OF COMMISSION AT PRESENT AND MR. SPOCK IS
WORKING ON THE PROBLEM AS WE SPEAK BUT…OK…AS STRANGE AS IT SOUNDS…WHY
JUST NOT TELL ME WHAT WEAPON YOU HAVE IN MIND..SAID PICARD….AND WHY HELP
US NOW…ASKED PICARD…WHAT!!! I'M MAKING THIS AS EASY AS I CAN….AND IF YOU
THINK I WOULD LET THOSE BORG INSECTS DESTROY MY FAVORITE PET
SPECIES...AND LEAVE ME WITHOUT SOMETHING TO KICK AND PROD….I SHUDDER
THE THOUGHT..(THE “Q” RAISED HIS HAND AND WITH A WIDE SMILE SNAPPED HIS
FINGERS AND LEFT PICARD‟S QUARTERS WITH A BIG FLASH OF LIGHT.


    THE CAPTAIN STOOD STILL AND WONDERED WHAT IN HELL DID THE “Q” MEAN…

THAT SAME NIGHT…..
GEORDIE LA FORGE ENTERED HIS QUARTERS AND PREPARED HIS BED FOR A GOOD
NIGHT OF SLEEP….HOPING FOR A RESTFUL NIGHT AND AN ENERGETIC DAY WHEN HE
AWAKES. HE QUICKLY PREPARED HIMSELF AND JUMPED INTO BED.
   COMPUTER….. DOWN LIGHTS TO ZERO LUMINANCE….SAID LA FORGE
THE LIGHTS IN HIS ROOM TURNED OFF.
   MOMENTS LATER GEORDI FELT HIMSELF FALL INTO A DEEP SLUMBER….
FALLING AND FALLING…DEEPER AND DEEPER…..HIS BODY BEGAN TO MERGE WITH THE
BED….A COMPLETE FEELING OF SECURITY OVER CAME HIM…. LIKE A BABY IN IT‟S
MOTHERS ARMS….SMOTHERED IN LOVE…..THEN IN TOTAL DARKNESS A WARM
SENSATION FILLED HIS MIND AND BODY…..A SOUND SCARCELY AUDIBLE FROM A
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FARAWAY PLACE BEGAN TO SLOWLY COME CLOSER..AND CLOSER..LOUDER AND
LOUDER…..“TO REBOOT HIM, YOU MUST GAMMA HIS NET AT .002 HERTZ PER NANO-SECOND 2 TO 5 BURSTS”…..
THE SOUND HAD A STRANGE VIBRATION TO IT AS IT CAME LOUDER AND LOUDER
“TO REBOOT HIM, YOU MUST GAMMA HIS NET AT .002 HERTZ PER NANO-SECOND 2 TO 5 BURSTS”…..

“TO REBOOT HIM, YOU MUST GAMMA HIS NET AT .002 HERTZ PER NANO-SECOND 2 TO 5
BURSTS”…..

“TO REBOOT HIM, YOU MUST GAMMA HIS NET AT .002 HERTZ PER NANO-
SECOND 2 TO 5 BURSTS”…..
OVER AND OVER IT REPEATED…UNTIL HIS VERY BEING VIBRATED IN UNION WITH THE
SOUND AND THE SOUND AND HIM MERGED AS ONE.

THEN IN A FLASH……..IT WAS GONE…


IN HIS CHAMBERS EARLY THE NEXT DAY MR. GEORDI LA FORGE WAS TROUBLED
OVER A DREAM HE HAD THAT NIGHT. A DREAM OF A STRANGE DEEP VOICE FILLED
WITH VIBRATION REPEATING IT SELF SAYING “TO REBOOT HIM, YOU MUST
GAMMA HIS NET AT .002 HERTZ PER NANO-SECOND 2 TO 5 BURSTS”…..OVER
AND OVER IT REPEATED THIS MESSAGE. NOW GETTING DRESSED AND READY FOR
BREAKFAST…..IT HIT HIM……DATA‟S NEURAL NET, HIS POSITRONIC BRAIN….WITH
A RUSH TO THE SCIENCE LAB, HE ENTERED AND SITTING ON A STOOL HOLDING A
CAT MR. DATA WAS TRYING TO SING A CHILDS SONG. (EIGHT MONTHS AGO MR.
DATA HAD TRANSFER HIS MEMORY AND COPIED SEEDS OF HIS NEURAL NET DATA
BASE TO THIS EARLIER REPLICA OF HIMSELF KNOWN AS B4 JUST BEFORE HIS
DESTRUCTION SAVING THE ENTERPRISE FROM PICARD'S ROMULAN CLONE. THE
PRAETOR SHINZON…AND SINCE THAT DAY NO ONE HAS BEEN ABLE TO RE-ACCESS
DATA‟S MEMORY WITHIN HIS REPLICA.

COMPUTER….CALLED MR. LA FORGE….THE COMPUTER RESPONDED WITH
WORKING….PLEASE HAVE MR. HENRY JENSON REPORT TO THE SCIENCE LAB No. 3
IMMEDIATELY.
SHORTLY, MR. JENSON A MAN OF MEDIUM HEIGHT WITH LIGHT BROWN HAIR AND EYES
ENTERED THE LAB AND ASKED, HAVE YOU FOUND SOMETHING? I‟M NOT SURE BUT
PUTTING ASIDE WEAPONS RESEARCH, I THINK I KNOW A WAY TO ACCESS DATA‟S
MEMORY GEORDI RESPONDED.
REALLY SIR!.... DO YOU NOT THINK THE WEAPONRY IS MORE OF A PRIORITY? SAID MR.
JENSON. WELL IF ANYONE CAN TRULY BE OF HELP DON‟T YOU THINK MR. DATA WOULD
BE THE ONE TO SAVE THE DAY! SAID GEORDI…..OK SIR HOW CAN I HELP! SAID MR.
JENSON WITH A NOD.
      POWER UP THE GAMMA CONVERTER AND SET IT TO .002 HERTZ AND BRING ME
NEURAL CABLE CONNECTOR YOU KNOW THE ONES THAT DATA WOULD USE TO DO
DIRECT DOWNLOADS FROM THE COMPUTER.
      MEANWHILE I‟LL POWER DOWN DATA‟S SYSTEMS AND OPEN HIS POSITRONIC
CASING APERTURE.
MR. LA FORGE REACHED OVER AND UNDER DATA'S LEFT ARM AND FOUND DATA‟S
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ON/OFF SWITCH AND PROCEEDED TO POWER DOWN MR. DATA.
WITH DATA TURNED OFF, GEORDI OPENED AN ACCESS PANEL UNDER DATA'S REAR
SCALP FOR THE POSITRONIC CASING APERTURE.
        HENRY HAD POWERED UP THE GAMMA CONVERTER AT THE SETTING OF .002
HERTZ AND BROUGHT OVER THE CABLES AND ASKED ARE THESE THE CABLES YOUR
TALKING ABOUT AND HOW CAN THIS DO DATA ANY GOOD???
        GEORDI RESPONDED WITH…WELL YOU SEE THE HUMAN ELECTRICAL SYNAPSES
OF THE BRAIN BETWEEN THE NEURONS ARE SIMILAR IN DATA‟S NEURAL NET AND THE
GAMMA CONVERTER IS USED IN NANO TECHNOLOGY TO INDUCE SIMILAR IMPULSES TO
NANNITS. SO THIS WOULD DO A KIND OF “JUMP START” OR A REBOOT OF DATA‟S
NEURAL NET…..I‟M SURPRISED I HAVE NOT THOUGHT OF THIS EARLY
        GEORDI MOVED DATA OVER TO THE GAMMA CONVERTER INTERFACE CONSOLE
AND PROCEEDED TO CONNECT MR. DATA‟S POSITRONIC NEURAL NET RECEPTORS TO
THE GAMMA CONVERTER USING THE NEURAL CABLES.
        HENRY GO OVER TO THE CONVERTER‟S MONITORING STATION AND BE SURE
THAT THERE ARE NO SPIKES IN POWER, I‟LL MONITOR MR. DATA‟S SYSTEMS AT HIS
EXTERNAL DIAGNOSTIC STATION.
        READY SAID HENRY,….COMPUTER CALLED GEORDI, AND THE COMPUTER
RESPONDED WITH WORKING,…COMPUTER, AS SOON AS MR. DATA'S NEURAL NET
HAS A FULL SURGE OF GAMMA PARTICLES START MONITORING THE DIAGNOSTIC
SEQUENCE PROCEDURE AND RECORD ALL ACTIVITY, END REQUEST….REQUESTED LA
FORGE, THE COMPUTER RESPONDED WITH AFFIRMATIVE.
GEORDI SAT FOR A MOMENT AND THOUGHT…I HOPE THIS WORKS….BOMBARDING
DATA, S NEURAL NET WITH GAMMA PARTICLES WAS NOT UNCOMMON BUT STILL HAD
IT‟S RISKS…..
        OK HENRY BRING THE CONVERTER ON LINE AND START A SEQUENCE OF TWO
SECOND BURSTS AT FIVE SECOND INTERVALS SAID GEORDI.
HENRY BEGAN THE BURSTS….BOTH MEN HELD THERE BREATHS AND WAITED…..30
SECONDS…..1 MINUIT…..2 MINUETS….THEN GEORDI TURNED TO HENRY AND SAID THIS
SHOULD HAVE WORKED BY NOW!!!
        “Q” WITH HALF IS BODY LEANING THROUGH THE WALL OVER THE CONVERTER
WATCHED BOTH MEN AND WHISPERED TO HIMSELF…HUMAN…WHAT A CONCEPT…
BOTH MEN LOOKED OVER AT DATA‟S DIAGNOSTIC STATION AND NOTICED NORMAL
ACTIVITY DURING THE RECORDED SESSION.
         HENRY SAID GEORDI SHUT IT DOWN….WILL TRY IT AGAIN…BUT…..JUST THEN
BEHIND THE TWO MEN DATA‟S HEAD JERKED UP…. HENRY BEGAN TO MOVE WHEN A
VOICE BEHIND THEM SAID “NO NOT JUST YET‟
BOTH MEN WERE STARTLED AND JUMPED UP AS THEY TURNED THERE HEADS… MR.
DATA WAS LOOKING RIGHT AT THEM AND WAS FULLY OPERATIONAL..
         I BELIEVE IF YOU ADJUST THE TIMING SEQUENCE TO FOUR POINT THREE
SECOND BURST‟S THIS WILL EXPEDITE THE MEMORY STIMULATION PROCESS….
DATA EXCLAIMED GEORDI!....ARE YOU ALRIGHT!!! ALMOST…SAID MR. DATA. HENRY
RE-ADJUSTED THE TIME SEQUENCE AS PER DATA‟S REQUEST…THEN THEY WAITED.
         AFTER FOUR MINUIT'S HAD PASSED, MR. DATA SAID “ON MY MARK PLEASE DO
A COLD SHUT DOWN” OF THE SYSTEM, THEN REACTIVATE ME.
         GEORDI SAID READY WHEN YOU ARE.. FOUR, THREE, TWO, ONE…NOW! SAID
DATA… GEORDI PROCEEDED TO HIT THE CONTROLS AND ONE MOMENT LATER THE
COLD SHUT DOWN WAS COMPLETED. THEN GEORDI TURNED TO DATA, REACHED UNDER
HIS LEFT ARM AND SWITCHED ON THE ACTIVATION BUTTON. DATA‟S HEAD JERKED UP
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AND LOOKED STARTLED…GEORDI ASKED…. HOW DO YOU FEEL?
DATA REPLIED, I DON‟T FEEL ANYTHING, MY EMOTIONAL CHIP SEEMS TO BE MISSING
AND MY INTERNAL SELF DIAGNOSTIC PROGRAM INDICATES ALL SYSTEMS ARE
OPERATIONAL EXCEPT THAT THERE SEEMS TO BE MISSING SOME OF MY UPGRADES…..
AND WHY AM I HERE IN ONE OF THE SCIENCE LABS????... SHOULD I NOT BE IN THE
BRIDGE, SITTING ON…..
        DATA…INTERRUPTED GEORDI…WE NEED TO TALK, YOUR MEMORY OF THE
PAST EIGHT MONTHS IS MISSING.
MISSING EIGHT MONTHS OF MEMORY!!!....I REMEMBER EVERYTHING SAID DATA, WE
ARE IN A CONFLICT WITH A SHINZON THE CLONE OF THE CAPTAIN AND…..JUST THEN
GEORDI INTERRUPTED A SECOND TIME,…. NO DATA THAT „S ALL OVER WITH….AND
YOU ARE NOT IN YOUR ORIGINAL ANDROID BODY!
REALLY!! EXCLAIMED DATA, HE LOOKED AT HIMSELF AND STOOD UP STILL
CONNECTED TO THE GAMMA CONVERTER, WALKED AROUND LOOKING THIS WAY AND
THAT AND SAID SOMETHING IS WRONG, I CAN‟T FIND ANY OF MY UPGRADES AND MY
VISIONAL ASPECT RATIO IS OFF BY .00375 PERCENT.
YES, WELL WE CAN CORRECT THAT AND REINSTALL ALL YOUR UPGRADES, BUT FIRST
WHILE YOU ARE STILL CONNECTED TO THE CONVERTER SAID GEORDI…MR. JENSON
WOULD YOU PLEASE BYPASS THE CONNECTIONS FROM THE CONVERTER AND
RECONNECT TO THE COMPUTER MAIN FRAME SO DATA CAN UPDATE HIM SELF WITH
ALL THE CURRENT EVENTS AND LEARN WHAT HAD HAPPENED TO HIS ORIGINAL BODY.
      YES SIR SAID MR. JENSON…..THIS WILL ONLY BE A MOMENT.
I DO NOT KNOW YOU SAID DATA TO MR. JENSON, I KNOW ALL OF THE PERSONAL
ABOARD THE ENTERPRISE, AS FIRST OFFICER IT IS MY RESPONSIBILITY TO DO SO!!
THAT IS TRUE, SAID GEORDI, BUT WE HAD AN OVERHAUL IN PERSONAL AND THIS SHIP
IS NOT THE ENTERPRISE “E” SAID GEORDI.
      REALLY SAID MR. DATA, WHAT SHIP ARE WE IN? JUST THEN DATA STOOD UP
STRAIGHT AND WITH AN EMPTY LOOK IN HIS FACE AS THE COMPUTER STARTED IT‟S
DOWNLOAD OF INFORMATION TO HIS POSITRONIC BRAIN.
HENRY THIS WILL TAKE A FEW MINUTES, IN THE MEANWHILE LETS SET UP FOR HIS UP
GRADE INSTALLMENTS AND TO PREPARE HIM FOR HIS VISIONAL ADJUSTMENT.

TWO HOURS HAVE PAST, THE CAPTAIN NOW STANDING BY MR. DATA‟S SIDE WAS
READY TO TALK TO HIS OLD FRIEND AND FELLOW COMRADE.

      MR. DATA IT IS SO GOOD TO SEE YOU AND IN SUCH GOOD FORM, I AM SO
DELIGHTED TO HAVE YOU BACK IN ACTION.
      GLAD TO BE BACK CAPTAIN….BUT I NEVER REALLY WAS GONE! I WAS JUST NOT
QUITE MY SELF SAID MR. DATA.
MR. DATA JUST THEN TURNED ON HIS NEWLY INSTALLED EMOTIONAL CHIP TURNED TO
THE CAPTAIN AND THEN STARTED TO CRY…..I THINK THAT THESE TEARS WOULD BE
APPROPRIATE FOR THE OCCASION SAID MR. DATA.
MR. SPOCK STANDING A FEW FEET BEHIND THE CAPTAIN TILTED HIS HEAD AND
REPLIED, “A VERY INTERESTING MIXTURE OF POSITRONIC REPLICATION OF HUMAN
EMOTIONS” WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS TYPE OF ACTION FOR THIS “OCCASION”???
ASKED MR. SPOCK.
     IT SEEMS TO BE THE HUMAN THING TO DO, SAID MR. DATA….”Q” SMACKED HIS
HANDS TOGETHER….THAT'S MY BOY….ONE DAY ANDROID…YOU MIGHT YET BE ONE OF
THEM…
       WELL… SAID THE CAPTAIN YOU MAY CRY ALL YOU WANT AS HE LIFTED AND
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HANDED DATA HIS CAT, UNFORTUNATELY THIS BROUGHT MR. DATA TO A HIGHER
REALM OF TEARS AS HE EXCEPTED HIS CAT WITH BOTH HANDS..
        EVERYONE IN THE ROOM SMILED AND SOME SHOOK THERE HEADS. THE
CAPTAIN NOW ADDRESSED MR. DATA AND SAID..
        NOW THAT YOU ARE BACK! I HAVE SOME IMPORTANT ORDERS FOR YOU….BUT
FIRST I AM REINSTATING YOU AS MY FIRST OFFICE…..OF COURSE IF IT‟S OK WITH MR.
LA FORGE….. OH!!!...IT‟S..IT‟S OK WITH ME SIR. THIS WAY I CAN SPEND MORE TIME WITH
MY ENGINE'S…SAID GEORDI….GOOD THEN SAID THE CAPTAIN.
        MR. DATA WOULD YOU PLEASE ASSIST ADMIRAL SPOCK AND MR. JENSON WITH
THERE TASK, THEY WILL BRIEF YOU….AND I WOULD LIKE TO SAY ONCE AGAIN IT'S
REALLY GOOD TO HAVE YOU BACK, SO…GOOD DAY TO YOU AND, I‟LL BE IN THE
BRIDGE IF YOU NEED ME.
WITH THAT THE CAPTAIN LEFT THE LAB ALONG WITH MANY OTHER WELL WISHES.
       MR. SPOCK APPROACHED MR. DATA AND ASKED IF HE WOULD TURN OFF HIS
EMOTIONAL CHIP SO THAT THEY WOULD NOT BE BOTHERED BY ANY DISTRACTIONS.
MR. DATA SAID OF COURSE…I DO AGREE…HE THEN TILTED HIS HEAD AND WAS HIM
SELF AGAIN.


THE FOLLOWING DAY THE CAPTAIN WAS IN HIS READY ROOM WHEN MR. DATA AND
MR. SPOCK REQUESTED AN AUDIENCE WITH HIM.

     COME SAID THE CAPTAIN. MR. DATA AND SPOCK ENTERED THE CAPTAINS READY
ROOM.
    GOOD MORNING GENTLEMEN, I HOPE YOU HAVE GOOD NEWS SAID PICARD.
IT WAS MR. DATA THAT SPOKE FIRST,…CAPTAIN WE HAVE ENDEAVORED TO
EXAMINED THE PROBLEM IN VARIOUS DEGREES RELATIVE TO BORG TECHNOLOGY BUT
FIND NO FAULT IN THERE VULNERABILITY FOR AGGRESSIVE ACTION THAT WE COULD
APPLY…..THERE SIMPLY TOO MANY OF THEM, HOWEVER MR. SPOCK SUGGESTS THAT IF
WE GO BACK IN TIME TO A PERIOD BEFORE THEY ENTERED OUR
QUADRANT WE COULD DEVISE A METHOD OF ATTACK OR PROVIDE A SUITABLE
AMBUSH OF THE BORG...AT THIS POINT PICARD STOOD UP, WITH A SMILE AND SAID…
    THE PAST…THE PAST YOU SAID…MR. DATA LOOKED AT MR. SPOCK AND SPOCK
STARTED TO SPEAK..AN AMBUSH MUST STILL BE EQUIPPED WITH SOME KIND OF
WEAPON TO BE USED AGAINST THE BORG, AND....THEN PICARD SAID “Q” WAS HERE,
FOUR DAYS AGO,…. I THOUGHT NOTHING OF IT, I BELIEVED HE WAS PLAYING ONE OF
HIS GAMES BUT SAID THE WEAPON WE NEED… IS IN THE PAST, SOMETHING
UNCONVENTIONAL SOMETHING WE HAVE NOT YET THOUGHT OF SAID PICARD.
     THE CAPTAIN WALKED AROUND HIS DESK AND STOOD IN FRONT OF MR. SPOCK
AND SAID…SOMETHING WE ALREADY HAVE BUT IS NOT USED AS A WEAPON DOES NOT
LOOK LIKE A WEAPON…USED IN AGRICULTURE, FARMING BUT CAN BE USED AS A
WEAPON…AND..AND I KNOW THIS SOUNDS RIDICULES AND THAT‟S WHY I HAD NOT
BROUGHT IT UP…..BUT DOES STARFLEET HAVE FARMING TECHNOLOGY THAT COULD
BE WEAPONIZED
     SPOCK LOOKED AT THE CAPTAIN THEN BROUGHT HIS EYES DOWN TO LOOK AT
THE FLOOR AND THOUGHT FOR A SECOND…..THAN SUDDENLY JERKED UP HIS HEAD
AND SAID CAPTAIN..I THINK I KNOW WHAT THE “Q” HAD MEANT.
     GO ON MR. SPOCK SAID THE CAPTAIN, AND SPOCK SAID "PROJECT GENESIS" THE
OUTLAWED EXPERIMENT THAT THE FEDERATION HAS ABANDONED AND THE KLINGONS
AND ROMULANS HAVE TREATIES WITH US NOT TO DEVELOP.
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     I DON'T SEE WHAT YOU MEAN SAID THE CAPTAIN? THEN MR. DATA SPOKE,
CAPTAIN I THINK WHAT MR. SPOCK IS SUGGESTING IS WE USE THE GENESIS EFFECT. A
DEVICE THAT WAS DEVELOPED BY DR‟S. CAROL AND DAVID MARCUS MANY YEARS
AGO, IN FACT MR. SPOCK HAS A DIRECT EXPERIENCE WITH THIS DEVICE.
    MR. SPOCK NODDED AND SAID,….CAPTAIN, LIKE MR. DATA I AM….NOT THE
ORIGINAL SPOCK, I ALSO DIED SAVING THE ENTERPRISE. FROM KHAN NOONIEN SINGH
WHEN I WAS CAPTAIN OF THE ENTERPRISE.
    WHILE ADMIRAL JAMES T. KIRK WAS ASSIGNED TO PERFORM A SHIP WIDE
INSPECTION OF THE ENTERPRISE, WE HAD RECEIVED A SUB-SPACE MESSAGE FROM DR.
CAROL MARCUS OF SPACE STATION REGULAR ONE, SHE HAD BEEN INVOLVED IN THE
DEVELOPMENT AND DEPLOYMENT OF “PROJECT GENESIS”. DR. CAROL MARCUS AND
JAMES T. KIRK HAD AN OFFSPRING BETWEEN THEM….KIRK‟S SON DAVID MARCUS SO
WHEN A SITUATION HAD DEVELOPED ADMIRAL KIRK ORDERED THE ENTERPRISE TO
INVESTIGATE.….AS EVENTS LATER UNFOLDED KAHN ACQUIRED THROUGH CRIMINAL
MEANS A STARSHIP THE USS RELIANT.
    KAHN HAD BLAMED KIRK FOR THE DEATH OF HIS WIFE AND WAS BENT ON
REVENGING HIMSELF ON KIRK.
    KAHN STOLE THE GENESIS DEVICE FROM DR. MARCUS AND WHILE ON BOARD THE
RELIANT DETONATED IT WITHIN THE MUTARA NEBULA, KILLING HIMSELF WHILE
TRYING TO DESTROY THE ENTERPRISE AND IN DOING SO REORGANIZED ALL MATTER
WITHIN THE NEBULA CREATING A SMALL STAR AND PLANET FROM THE NEBULA‟S
GASEOUS DEBRIS.
    KIRK HAD FOUND OUT LATER THAT BOTH STAR AND PLANET WERE UNSTABLE. DR.
MARCUS USED PROTO-MATTER WHICH IS KNOWN TO BE UNSTABLE…I HAD SUFFERED
FROM RADIATION POISONING TRYING TO RESTORE THE SHIPS WARP DRIVE TO ESCAPE
THE GENESIS EXPLOSION. THIS HOWEVER PROVED TO BE UNFORTUNATE FOR ME. SOON
AFTER MY DEATH I WAS BURIED THERE ON THE GENESIS PLANET.
    BUT SOMETIME LATER CAPTAIN KIRK WAS FORCED BACK TO THE GENESIS PLANET
BY A RENEGADE KLINGON NAMED COMMANDER KRUGE BENT ON THE DESIRE TO
ACQUIRE THE GENESIS MATRIX FOR HIMSELF.
    AFTER DEFEATING KRUGE ON THE PLANET, KIRK FOUND ME AS AN ADULT BOTH
ALIVE AND AGING RAPIDLY,….YOU SEE THE PLANET HAD A REGENERATIVE AFFECT ON
MY EXISTING DNA AND GENETICALLY RECONSTRUCT MY BODY. THE PLANET WAS
FALLING APART AND IN A SENSE SO WAS I, BUT WHEN I WAS EXTRACTED FROM THE
PLANETS EFFECTS….THE AGING HAD STABILIZED, BECAME NORMAL AND WITH THE
HELP OF THE GOOD DOCTOR Mc COY, THE VULCAN HIGH PRIESTESS T‟LAR AND WITH
AN ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF TUTELAGE I WAS MADE WHOLE AGAIN……
……..AT THIS POINT THE CAPTAIN SAID
    I STILL DON'T SEE….. ARE YOU SAYING THAT WE NEED TO FACE THE BORG WITHIN
THE BUTTERFLY NEBULAR???…
    JUST THEN MR. DATA SPOKE, NO CAPTAIN…YOU SEE THE GENESIS DEVICE WAS
MADE TO CONVERT A DEAD PLANET INTO A LIVING ONE, IN OTHER WORDS TERRA
FORMING A DEAD WORLD…. INTO A PLANET FIT FOR HABITATION. IF DETONATED ON A
LIVING PLANET THE EXISTING LIFE MATRIX WOULD BE DESTROYED ONLY TO BE
REPLACED BY THE NEW LIFE FORM MATRIX…..SAID MR. DATA
    MR. SPOCK THEN INTERJECTED…..IF THIS DEVICE WAS USED AGAINST THE BORG, IT
WOULD HAVE A DEVASTATING RESULT REGARDLESS OF THERE LOCATION. BEING
WITHIN A NEBULAR IS IRRELEVANT….A SINGULAR DEVICE COULD CONVERT LARGE
NUMBERS OF BORG SHIPS INTO SMALL HEAVENLY BODY‟S…PERHAPS STARS AND
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PLANETS.


    THE CAPTAIN THOUGHT FOR A MOMENT AND SAID THIS IS IT, THIS IS WHAT “Q”
MEANT, A DEVICE FROM THE PAST........ UNCONVENTIONAL A DEVICE THAT COULD
TERRA FORM!!....”Q” RAISED HIS ARMS AND SHOUTED "EUREKA"…NOW WE ARE IN
BUSINESS..JEAN- LUC….I KNEW YOUR ANDROID AND THAT ROCK THE VULCAN WOULD LEAD
YOU DOWN THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD….BY THE WAY IT WAS "I" WHO INSPIRED THE AUTHOR
FOR THE STORY "THE WIZARD OF OZ"….IF ANYONE CARES…
 ALL THREE STOOD FOR A MOMENT, PICARD BEGAN TO SMILE, SPOCK‟S RIGHT EYE
BROW LIFTED AS HE NODDED AND DATA SHOWED NO RESPONSE BUT SAID…WHY DID
NOT “Q” SIMPLY SAY WHAT WAS ON HIS MIND??????WHO KNOWS WHAT‟S GOING ON IN
THAT HEAD OF HIS….BUT IT IS FITTING THAT HE POINTS US IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION,
SINCE THIS IS SOME WHAT….AT LEAST HIS FAULT…SAID PICARD.
“Q” PUT ON A LOOK OF SHAME AND SAID…OHHHH…JEAN- LUC….DON'T BE ANGRY WITH
ME…..I WAS JUST MIXING THE SOUP A BIT, YOU KNOW….MAKING LIFE INTERESTING…

       WELL MR. DATA MAKE IT SO! SAID THE CAPTAIN AND DO IT NOW. YES SIR
CAPTAIN SAID MR. DATA AS HE TURNED AND LEFT THE CAPTAINS READY ROOM……
       PICARD TURNED TO LOOK AT SPOCK AND ASKED…HOW LONG DO YOU THINK WE
HAVE BEFORE WE CAN TEST THE DEVICE????
       MR.SPOCK LOOKED AT PICARD AND SAID THERE IS A PROBLEM…YOU SEE THE
DEVICE IS “RESTRICTED” AND THERE ARE TREATIES WE HAVE WITH BOTH THE
ROMULANS AND THE KLINGONS TO DO NO FURTHER DEVELOPING OF THE DEVICE. ALSO
THIS DEVICE IS UNSTABLE….AND COULD BE MORE DESTRUCTIVE THAN WE
KNOW….SUCH AS IF MULTIPLE DETONATION WERE TO MERGE THERE COULD BE
CATASTROPHIC CONSEQUENCES THAT MIGHT CONSUME VAST PORTIONS OF SPACE OR
DISRUPT NORMAL SPACE AND CAUSE A TEAR IN THE FABRIC OF SPACE/TIME
CONTINUUM AND EVEN IF WE COULD RESOLVE THESE PROBLEMS IN TIME TO PREPARE
FOR THE CONCLUSION OF THIS CONFLICT HOW "DO" WE DEPLOY THE DEVICE AGAINST
THE BORG BEFORE THEY DESTROY IT??? THE DEVICE REQUIRES TIME TO BUILD UP IT‟S
MATRIX.
 AND ALTHOUGH AS NEWLY APPOINTED ADMIRAL….I AM STILL NOT PRIVY TO ACCESS
THIS KIND OF INFORMATION….UNLESS I IMPLEMENT ACTIONS AGAINST STARFLEET'S
STRICT SECURITY CODE SYSTEMS….”Q” SAID….GO AHEAD MR. ROCK…I KNOW YOU GOT
IT IN YOU…YOUR JUST INCHING TO DO SOMETHING BAD.
    I SEE SAID PICARD….WELL…WE ARE JUST GOING TO HAVE TO CONVINCE THE
KLINGONS AND ROMULANS THAT THE USE OF THIS DEVICE IS IN THERE BENEFIT AND
BEST INTERESTS ALSO IT WOULD SEEM THAT WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO SHARE THIS
TECHNOLOGY WITH THEM…..
     HOW DO WE CONVINCE THEM ASKED MR. SPOCK? GOOD QUESTION….A VERY
GOOD QUESTION!... BUT YOU ARE IN THE BUSINESS OF NEGOTIATION ARE YOU NOT MR.
SPOCK… SAID THE CAPTAIN….MR. SPOCK'S LEFT EYE BROW LIFTED AND HE
REPLIED….INTERESTING!!!

THE ENTERPRISE AND HER CREW HAVE ENTERED THE TERRAN SYSTEM AND HAVE
DROPPED OUT OF WARP. TWO DAYS HAVE PAST SINCE THE GENESIS CONCEPT WAS
THOUGHT OF.

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CAPTAIN...WE ARE NOW APPROACHING STAR BASE 001…..HAIL THEM SAID THE
CAPTAIN......PICARD HAD A STRANGE FEELING IN HIS BELLY AND WONDERED IF ALL
WOULD GO WELL WITH STARFLEET ON THE MATTER OF USING THE GENESIS DEVICE.
JUST THEN ON THE VIEW SCREEN…ADMIRAL JOHN STOCKERD APPEARED ...
      JEAN LUC PICARD GOOD TO SEE YOU....AND ADMIRAL SPOCK SAID STOCKERD.
YES…GOOD TO SEE YOU TO. WE ARE EAGER TO MEET WITH YOU SAID THE CAPTAIN.
GOOD THEN…ADMIRAL SPOCK WOULD YOU PLEASE BEAMED TO THE BRIEFING
STATION NUMBER 12….IMMEDIATELY, MY STAFF AND I SHALL MEET WITH YOU….WE
WILL MEET YOU THERE SAID THE CAPTAIN…..NO CAPTAIN, JUST MR. SPOCK.. YOU HAVE
NEW ORDERS......THEY ARE BEING SENT TO YOUR READY ROOM RIGHT NOW….GOOD BY
CAPTAIN….STOCKERD OUT.
THE CAPTAIN WAS ABOUT TO PROTEST WHEN THE VIEW SCREEN WENT BLANK….
      MR. SPOCK SITTING NEXT TO THE CAPTAIN SAID CAPTAIN I WILL DO MY BEST TO
CONVINCE STARFLEET AND THE FEDERATION OF OUR PROPOSAL, AND HOPE THAT ANY
OF OUR ALLY‟S DO NOT OPPOSE US.
       DO ALL YOU CAN MR. SPOCK BUT IN SPITE OF MY NEW ORDERS I WILL REMAIN
HERE UNTIL I HAVE AN ANSWER....

AS THE ENTERPRISE ENTERED STAR BASE 001 SPACE DOCK TO DOCK AT NUMBER
THREE STATION MR. SPOCK WENT TO THE TRANSPORTER STATION AND PICARD TO
HIS READY ROOM. AT HIS DESK THE CAPTAIN ACTIVATED HIS PERSONAL VIEW
SCREEN AND READ HIS NEW ORDERS....



STARFLEET COMMAND.....STARDATE: 58050.0
CAPTAIN JEAN LUC PICARD SERIAL # 3410
CNC ENTERPRISE NCC-1701-F
    STANDING ORDERS


AS OF STARDATE 58050.0… IT IS HEAR NOW ORDERED BY THE COMMANDER IN CHARGE
OF STARFLEET PETER C. MANNING UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF MR. LETO MOCK SUNG,
THE PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERATION OF PLANETS THAT CAPTAIN JEAN LUC PICARD
COMMANDING OFFICER OF NCC-1701-F SHALL BE GIVEN THE STATUS OF FLEET FEILD
COMMANDER AND SHALL COMMAND ALL FEDERATION AND FEDERATION
PARTICIPANTS WITHIN THE ALFA QUADRANT AS WELL AS NON-FEDERATION MEMBERS
AGAINST THE BORG INVASION….YOU ARE HEREBY ORDERED TO MEET WITH ADMIRAL
PETER C. MANNING AT SPACE DOCK NUMBER THREE IMMEDIATELY FOR NEW ORDERS
AND PROCESSING THEN YOU SHALL PROCEED TO DEEP SPACE NINE TO MEET WITH
ADMIRAL KATHRYN JANEWAY.
                                     OFFICE OF ADMINISTRATIONS
                                          STARFLEET OUT

"GOOD LUCK JEAN LUC AND MAY GOD HAVE MERCY
            ON OUR SOULS"



THE CAPTAIN AFTER READING HIS ORDERS WENT BACK TO THE BRIDGE......MS.
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KAUFMAN.. PLEASE HAIL STAR BASE 001 AND ASK FOR MR. SPOCK. CAPTAIN…ASKED
COMMANDER DATA, WHAT ARE OUR ORDERS?....THE CAPTAIN.. SAID IT SEEMS
STARFLEET HAS GIVEN US COMMAND OVER THE FLEET, AND TO PROCEED TO DS9 TO
MEET WITH ADMIRAL JANEWAY AND TO CONVEY STARFLEETS ORDERS. BUT FIRST I
HAVE BEEN ORDERED TO MEET WITH MANNING TO BE "PROCESSED"….
BUT BEFORE I GO I WISH TO TALK TO SPOCK AND......JUST THEN MS. KAUFMAN SPOKE UP
AND SAID...CAPTAIN I HAVE MR. SPOCK FOR YOU....
    MS. KAUFMAN ON SCREEN WOULD YOU PLEASE. THE BRIDGE MAIN VIEW SCREEN
WAS ACTIVATED….
    CAPTAIN SAID MR. SPOCK....SORRY TO INTERRUPT YOU BUT IT WOULD SEEM THAT
MY NEW ORDERS ARE CLEAR SAID THE ADMIRAL....AND MINE AS WELL SAID PICARD
…PICARD CONTINUED…WOULD YOU PLEASE KEEP ME INFORMED AS TO OUR PROPOSAL
REGARDING GENESIS DEVICE. IT IS OF GREAT EMERGENCY THAT YOU IMPRESS THEM
WITH THE IMPORTANCE OF THE USE OF THE DEVICE …EVEN TO GREAT PERIL TO OUR
OWN WELL BEING.
    SPOCK SAID TO PICARD, YES CAPTAIN I WILL AND I WILL KEEP YOU INFORMED. FOR
NOW I AM TO REPORT TO ADMIRAL MANNING WITHIN THE HOUR FOR A STRATEGY
CONSULTATION AND IT WILL BE THERE THAT I WILL BRING UP OUR PROPOSAL. WE
STILL HAVE SOME TIME LEFT UNTIL THE BORG REACHES OUR SPACE. TILL THEN
CAPTAIN PICARD......LIVE LONG AND PROSPER SPOCK OUT.

AS THE VIEW SCREEN WENT BLANK… THE CAPTAIN GAVE AN ORDER TO MR. DATA.

    MR. DATA SAID THE CAPTAIN…I'M OFF TO MEET WITH THE CNC OUTSIDE OF SPACE
DOCK NUMBER THREE FOR THIS PROCESSING….WHAT EVER THE HELL THAT
MEANS…PLEASE STAND BY FOR FURTHER ORDERS.
    THE CAPTAIN THEN PROCEEDED TO THE MAIN AIR LOCK, AS THE DOORS OPENED
THE CAPTAIN LOOKED ABOUT AS A WHISTLE SOUNDED…

ATTENTION….CALLED THE OFFICER AT ARMS….PICARD LOOKED AROUND AND PUT ON
A FROWN ON HIS FACE AS HE SAW TWO ROWS OF HIGH RANKING OFFICERS STANDING
IN A ROWS TO HIS RIGHT AND LEFT SIDES, HE LOOKED DOWN THE CENTER AND AT THE
FAR END STOOD MANNING….EVEN AT THIS DISTANCE MANNING LOOKED LIKE A GIANT.
PICARD STARTED TO WALK DOWN THE RAMP AND APPROACHED ADMIRAL
MANNING….”Q” STOOD NEXT TO PICARD IN FULL ADMIRAL ATTIRE .
     GREETINGS ADMIRAL SAID PICARD WHILE LOOKING TO HIS RIGHT AND LEFT SIDES
THEN AT MANNING….GOOD TO SEE YOU TO JEAN-LUC SAID ADMIRAL MANNING IN A
DEEP VOICE.
     SO TELL ME WHAT IS THIS "PROCESSING" YOU HAVE IN STORE FOR ME SAID
PICARD.
     WELL TO THE POINT…JEAN-LUC SAID MANNING…WELL OK LETS GET STARTED.
ADMIRAL MANNING SPOKE AND SAID….CAPTAIN JEAN-LUC PICARD….STAND AT
ATTENTION
     PICARD WAS STARTLED AND STOOD AT ATTENTION WITH A STERN LOOK ON HIS
FACE….”Q” WAS STARTLED AND STOOD AT ATTENTION WITH A STERN LOOK ON HIS FACE.
     “I” ADMIRAL PETER CHARLES MANNING COMMANDER IN CHARGE OF
STARFLEET CHARTER MEMBER OF THE FEDERATION OF PLANETS GIVEN VESTED
CHARGE BY PRESIDENT LETO MOCK SUNG NOW HERE BY BESTOW THE RANK OF
“FLEET ADMIRAL” THREE STAR STANDING TO JEAN-LUC PICARD SERIAL No.3410

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AND WHO IS HEREBY ORDERED TO FULLY COMMAND ALL FLEET ACTIVITIES FOR
THE OFFENCE AND DEFENSE OF STARFLEET UNDER THE BANNER OF THE
FEDERATION OF PLANTS.

   CONGRATULATION ADMIRAL PICARD SAID MANNING……MANNING THEN GAVE TO
PICARD HIS NEW ADMIRAL INSIGNIA BARS AND SHOOK HIS HAND….
   “Q” THEN BOWED HIS HEAD, TWISTED HIS BODY AND SAID "SHUCKS"
   PICARD WITH HIS MOUTH SHUT TIGHT AND EYES WIDE OPEN SAID…WELL….IT
SEEMS YOU CAUGHT ME AT A SURPRISE!!!! PROCESSING….HIMM…AN INTERESTING
WAY TO PROMOTE YOUR STAFF CONTINUED PICARD….”Q” SAID I ALWAYS KNEW YOU
HAD IT IN YOU…AND WAS WONDERING WHY STARFLEET HAD NOT GIVEN YOU THIS GUY'S
JOB OF WHOM IN MY OPINION LOOKS LIKE A BIG APE….I THINK YOU WOULD BE A BETTER
COMMANDER IN CHARGE…AFTER ALL YOU ARE A "TAKE CHARGE" KIND OF GUY.

    I KNEW THAT IF I HAD TOLD YOU RIGHT OUT…YOU WOULD SAY…”ADMIRAL I DO
NOT HAVE THE TIME FOR ALL THIS POMP AND CEREMONY…THE BORG ARE ON THE
MOVE”…OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT SAID MANNING…SO I DID A LITTLE CLOAK AND
DAGGER TO GET YOU DOWN HERE…..SO DO NOT BLAME ME…CONTINUED MANNING.
    YOUR PROBABLY RIGHT PETER I WOULD SAY SOMETHING LIKE THAT…BUT FOR
NOW….THANK YOU AND THANK YOU ALL, I…I ONLY WISH THAT WE ALL HAD THE TIME
TO CELEBRATE …BUT LIKE THE ADMIRAL DID SAY…THE BORG ARE ON THE MOVE AND
OUR TIME IS LIMITED…SAID PICARD
   ADMIRAL MANNING…BEFORE I GO OFF TO DS9…THERE IS A MATTER I WOULD LIKE
TO DISCUSS WITH YOU CONCERNING AN OFFENSIVE POSTURE WE CAN MAKE AGAINST
THE BORG….SOMETHING MY TEAM AND MR. SPOCK CAME UP WITH…CONTINUED
PICARD
   OK!..LETS HEAR IT IN MY OFFICE, MR. SPOCK IS THERE WAITING TO MEET WITH ME
FOR A STRATEGY CONSULTATION….SAID ADMIRAL MANNING.

A HALF HOUR LATER THE NEWLY APPOINTED ADMIRAL PICARD, ADMIRAL SPOCK
AND THE COMMANDER IN CHARGE OF STARFLEET SHOOK HANDS AS PICARD WAS
ABOUT TO LEAVE THE CNC'S OFFICE

I WILL BRING THIS TO THE PRESIDENT'S ATTENTION IMMEDIATELY…THE USE OF THE
GENESIS DEVISE IS A SOUND IDEA…..IT MAY BRING "I TOLD YOU SO" FROM THE
KLINGONS AND ROMULANS BUT IT IS AS IT IS..AS THEY SAY…SAID ADMIRAL MANNING.
    MR. SPOCK SAID…..ADMIRAL YOU MUST STRONGLY ENDORSE THIS IDEA…WE WILL
NEED ALL THE ASSISTANCE WE CAN MUSTER FROM YOUR STAFF FOR A DECISIVE
DEPLOYMENT OF THE DEVICE…AND YOU WILL GET IT SAID MANNING

THEN THEY ALL WENT TO MANNING'S DOOR TO SAY THERE FAREWELLS

GOOD BY AND GOD'S SPEED JEAN-LUC SAID PETER C. MANNING
PICARD GAVE A LONG LOOK AT THE CNC…AND SAID IT SEEMS DESTINY HAS CHOSEN
US….I ONLY HOPE IT DIDN‟T MAKE A MISTAKE!!
PICARD TURNED AND PROCEEDED TO THE SPACE DOCK TO GO ABOARD THE
ENTERPRISE….AS HE ENTERED THE MAIN AIR LOCK THE ATTENDING OFFICER TOOK A
LOOK AT THE NEW BARS ON PICARD'S COLLAR AND STOOD AT ATTENTION AND
SOUNDED A WHISTLE…..ADMIRAL ON BOARD…
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  THE CREW TURNED TO SEE THAT THE ADMIRAL THAT WAS ANNOUNCED WAS THERE
VERY OWN JEAN LUC PICARD….THEN ALL AT ONCE SMILES BROKE OUT AND THE CREW
BEGAN TO APPLAUDING WITH HAND CLAPPING.
  YES…YES…THANK YOU…THANK YOU ALL….SAID PICARD WHILE WAVING HIS
HANDS TO QUELL HIS CREW..


AFTER THE CREW RESUMED THERE COMPOSURE THERE NEW ADMIRAL GAVE HIS
ORDERS

   AS FLEET ADMIRAL I AM STILL IN CHARGE AND CAPTAIN OF THIS SHIP AND I
EXPECT ALL OF YOU TO ADJUST TO IT IMMEDIATELY!!!

    MR. DATA TAKE US OUT OF SPACE DOCK AND HAVE HELM PLOT A COURSE FOR
STATION DEEP SPACE NINE AT MAXIMUM WARP SAID THE ADMIRAL
    HELM SAID MR. DATA …RELEASE DOCKING CLAMPS….DOCKING CLAMPS
RELEASED REPLIED HELM…COMMUNICATIONS HAVE WE RECEIVED FROM SPACE DOCK
CENTRAL FULL CLEARANCE TO EXIT….ASKED MR. DATA
   A MOMENT HAD PAST AND COMMUNICATIONS REPLIED…
YES SR. SPACE DOCK HAS CONFIRMED THE DOORS ARE OPENING FOR OUR DEPARTURE.
   HELM SAID MR. DATA FULL AHEAD AND EXIT SPACE DOCK ONE QUARTER
IMPULSE…AND PLOT A COURSE TO DEEP SPACE STATION No. 9…..PLOTTING COURSE
AND READY SR. SAID MR. PAUL MARCUS.
   ENGAGE...SAID MR. DATA....AND THE ENTERPRISE TURNED AND WENT THROUGH
SPACE DOCK DOORS INTO THE VASTNESS OF SPACE.

ONCE THE ENTERPRISE CLEARED SPACE DOCK…HELM WAS ORDERED INTO FULL
IMPULSE POWER UNTIL SHE CLEARED THE TERRAN SYSTEM....THEN THE WARP
ENGINES CAME ON LINE AND THE ENTERPRISE FLEW AT WARP 9.9.

    MS. KAUFMAN... OPEN A SHIP WIDE CHANEL FOR ME ASKED PICARD.....
A CHANEL IS OPEN SAID MS. KAUFMAN.
    ATTENTION CREW THIS IS THE CAPTAIN.....WE ARE…EXCUSES ME…THIS IS THE
ADMIRAL..WE ARE ON ROUTE TO DS9 AND SHOULD BE THEIR IN FIVE DAYS....THIS GIVES
US STILL SOME TIME LONG BEFORE THE BORG WILL START THEIR ATTACK. THE FLEET
SHOULD BE THEIR AND WE ARE THE FLAG SHIP THAT WILL DEFEND OUR QUADRANT. I
KNOW WHAT'S ON EACH OF YOUR MINDS AND I CAN SAY WITH PRIDE THAT WE HAVE
FOUGHT THE BORG BEFORE AND WON.....AND WE WILL WIN AGAIN....IT SEEMS THAT
DESTINY HAS CHOSEN US FOR THE TASK AND WE SHALL NOT FAIL. I CAN ONLY ASK
THAT EACH OF YOU DO YOUR PART AS WELL AS YOU CAN…AND I HOPE THAT IT WILL
BE ENOUGH.....STAND STRONG......CAPTAIN OUT.....I MEAN ADMIRAL OUT!
  PICARD LOOKED AROUND HIS BRIDGE CREW AND SAID....PARDON ME, I STILL NEED
TO GET USE TO THE NEW RANK .




CHAPTER 3       “MAY ALL OUR HOPES BE FULFILLED!!”

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 CAPTAIN WILLIS…CALLED ENSIGN ROBERTS A SHORT MAN WITH RED HAIR.....WE ARE
RECEIVING A DISTRESS SIGNAL FROM ONE OF OUR SHUTTLE CRAFTS....PUT IT ON AUDIO
IF YOU PLEASE ENSIGN SAID CAPTAIN WILLIS...”THIS IS THE SHUTTLE CRAFT
ORION....WE ARE UNDER ATTACK FROM WHAT APPEARS AS A BORG
SCOUT SHIP...WE ARE TAKING HEAVY INCOMING....SHIELDS ARE DOWN
82% ......REQUIRE ASSISTANCE....RESPOND DS8...I SAY AGAIN
THEN STATIC AND MORE STATIC CAME THROUGH THE RECEIVER…THE SHUTTLE CRAFT
IS NO LONGER RESPONDING SR. SAID THE ENSIGN......
ENSIGN SAID CAPTAIN WILLIS...TRY TO GET THEM BACK.....NUMBER ONE SAID THE
CAPTAIN...YES SAID COMM. BARNS A CURLY DARK HAIR MAN OF MEDIUM HEIGHT.. I
WANT AS MANNY SHIPS AS WE GOT TO INTERCEPT THE ORION AND ASSIST HER.....RIGHT
NOW COMMANDER....YES SIR SAID BARNS.
ENSIGN ROBERTS OPEN A CHANNEL TO STARFLEET AND INFORM THEM OF OUR
SITUATION SAID THE CAPTAIN... LIEUTENANT HARRIS PUT THE STATION ON “RED
ALERT” AND OPEN A STATION WIDE CHANNEL SAID THE CAPTAIN. YES SIR SAID MS.
HARRIS. THE RED ALERT SIREN BEGAN TO SOUND!!!
THIS IS THE CAPTAIN....TO ALL HANDS....WE ARE UNDER ATTACK....A BORG SCOUT SHIP
HAS...
JUST THEN A STRONG AUDIO MESSAGE WENT THROUGH OUT THE STATION CUTTING
OFF THE CAPTAIN.
WE ARE THE BORG...RESISTANCE IS FUTILE...WE WILL
ADD YOUR TECHNOLOGICAL AND BIOLOGICAL LIKENESS
TO OUR OWN....SURRENDER NOW AND GIVE IN TO US....
YOU WILL SERVICE US...
THE CREW SAT UP IN THEIR CHAIRS AND LOOKED AT THEIR CAPTAIN....SIR. ASKED
COMMANDER BARNS...WHAT IN THE NAME IS THAT....
THE CAPTAIN AND ALL THE CREW ON THE BRIDGE TURNED AND LOOKED AT THE VIEW
SCREEN.
   LIEUTENANT HARRIS CALLED THE CAPTAIN....YES SIR. SAID HARRIS....ZOOM IN A
CLOSE-UP…NOW SAID THE CAPTAIN....
THE VIEW SCREEN SHOWED THE BRIDGE THE HORROR OF WHAT WAS COMING THERE
WAY....
  THEN CAPTAIN WILLIS BEGAN GIVING ORDERS AS HE SHOUTED..ALL HANDS
ABANDON STATION…I SAY AGAIN ABANDON STATION....BARNS, YELLED THE
CAPTAIN...
  START EVACUATION PROCEDURES OF THE STATION.....LIEUTENANT...YES SIR SAID
MS. HARRIS....HAVE MY EMERGENCY SHUTTLE READY.....ENSIGN ROBERTS...LAUNCH A
COMMUNICATION DROID...INSTALL THE VISUAL WE ARE NOW SEEING AND SET IT AT
MAXIMUM WARP....DO IT NOW SAID THE CAPTAIN....DROID AWAY SAID ENSIGN
ROBERTS...

JUST THEN A POWERFUL TRACTOR BEAM CAUGHT THE STATION.



CAPTAIN SAID THE COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER....BORG DRONE‟S HAVE TRANSPORTED
ON DECKS 3, 8, 21 AND.....THE CAPTAIN LOOKED UP TO SEE BORG TRANSPORT ENERGY
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BEAMS UNFOLD ON THE BRIDGE....DEFEND YOURSELVES YELLED THE
CAPTAIN....ENSIGN HARRIS GOT UP AND WITH A FAST RUN, GOT TO A WEAPONS BIN,
THEN PULLED OUT AS MANNY PHASERS AS SHE COULD AND THREW THEM AT THE
CREW, EVEN AS A BORG GRABBED HER ARM AND INJECTED HER......ASSIMILATION WAS
QUICK...SHE FELL TO THE FLOOR....BUT COMMANDER BARNS PICKED UP A PHASER AND
OPENED FIRE ON A BORG THAT WAS GOING TO THE CAPTAIN...THE BORG FELL BACK
AGAINST THE COMMUNICATION CONSOLE THEN TO THE FLOOR.
THANKS YELLED WILLIS...BUT THE COMMANDER WAS IN HAND TO HAND COMBAT WITH
A DRONE…ENSIGN ROBERTS CALLED TO THE CAPTAIN..
CAPTAIN....CAPTAIN OVER HERE QUICK, WILLIS TURNED TO SEE ROBERTS CLEAR A
PATH TO HIS ESCAPE SHUTTLE CRAFT.
     GOOD SAID WILLIS AND TURNED AND FOUND A PHASER NEAR HIM AND PICKED IT
UP AND FIRED IT AT THE DRONE FIGHTING COMMANDER BARNES.....BUT THE DRONE‟S
PROTECTIVE SHIELD STOPPED THE PHASER BLAST, BUT KNOCK THE DRONE BACK
GIVING BARNES TIME TO GET AWAY TO THE CAPTAIN‟S SIDE.
THE CAPTAIN, BARNES AND ENSIGN ROBERTS TURNED TO THE EMERGENCY ESCAPE
SHUTTLE CRAFT AND ENTERED IT.
ROBERTS STARTED UP THE ENGINES WHILE BARNES RELEASED THE DOCKING CLAMPS
AND OPENED THE SHUTTLE BAY DOORS FOR THE BRIDGE EMERGENCY SHUTTLE.
     THE CAPTAIN, A TALL SLIM, DARK SKIN MAN WITH DARK EYES AND SOFT FACIAL
FEATURES WAS FIGHTING A BORG THAT FOLLOWED THEM TO THE SHUTTLE....HE WAS
IN HAND TO HAND COMBAT WITH THE DRONE WHEN THE SHUTTLE JERKED UP AND THE
CAPTAIN FELL BACKWARDS WITH THE DRONE ON TOP OF HIM....BUT THE CAPTAIN USED
THE FALL TO HIS ADVANTAGE BY PLACING HIS KNEES UP CLOSE TO HIS CHEST AND
WITH HIS FEET UNDER THE DRONE, THRUSTING WITH HIS LONG LEG‟S THREW THE
DRONE OUT OF THE SHUTTLE.
CLOSE THE DOORS YELLED WILLIS...AS THE DOORS CLOSED THE SHUTTLE CRAFT
LIFTED UP AND SHOT THROUGH THE FORCE FIELD OF THE BAY DOORS INTO SPACE
AND INTO ABOUT A DOZEN BORG SCOUT SHIPS AROUND THEM.
EVASIVE ACTION SAID COMMANDER BARNES TO ENSIGN ROBERTS.....SHIELD‟S UP SAID
THE CAPTAIN.

   THE SHUTTLE CRAFT FLEW THROUGH A HAIL OF SHIPS…AND THEN WENT INTO
WARP.....

    AS THEY LEFT THE CAPTAIN SHIFTED THE VIEW SCREEN TO THE REAR VIEW....
WILLIS, BARNS AND ROBERTS SAW THE STATION COMPLETELY SURROUNDED BY BORG
SHIPS OF EVERY KIND...CUBED, ROUND AND SOME NOT SEEN BEFORE. HE RECORDED AS
MUCH AS HE COULD AND WONDERED WHY THEY DID NOT PURSUE THEM.
    ENSIGN ROBERTS...SAID WILLIS...PLOT A COURSE TO THE NEAREST STAR BASE AND
TRY TO HAIL ANYONE IN OUR PATH. YES SIR SAID ROBERTS.




DEEP STATION NUMBER NINE (DS9) FLOATED GRACEFULLY IN ORBIT AROUND THE
PLANET BAJOR.


   LIEUTENANT..SAID CAPTAIN KIRA NERYS , I WANT YOU TO CONTACT ODO THE
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FOUNDER AND ASK FOR AN ALLIANCE IN ORDER TO CONFRONT THE BORG.
I WILL DO MY BEST SAID LIEUTENANT NOG.

AS THE FERENGI WAS ENGAGED WITH THE TRANSMISSION HE RECEIVED A HAIL
FROM A STARSHIP ASKING TO SPEAK TO THE CAPTAIN.

    PUT IT ON SPEAKER MR. NOD SAID CAPTAIN NERYS…
THIS IS ADMIRAL JANEWAY OF THE STARSHIP VOYAGER ..THERE IS A LARGE BORG
FLEET HEADING YOUR WAY…..YOU MUST START EVACUATION IMMEDIATELY….BOTH
THE STATION AND THE PLANET BAJOR
    WE ARE NOT SURE WHEN THEY WILL ARRIVE…..I WOULD LIKE TO
MEET WITH YOU ASAP AND WILL BE ARRIVING AT YOUR STATION IN 1700 HOURS, WITH
A LARGE FLEET OF WAR SHIPS SO DON‟T BE ALARMED…JANEWAY OUT.
CAPTAIN NERYS TURNED AND SAID…YOU HEARD THE ADMIRAL…..OPEN A STATION
WIDE COMMUNICATION….DONE SAID LIEUTENANT NOG…
    KIRA NERYS THEN PROCEEDED TO ADDRESS THE STATION, HER CREW AND ALL
CIVILIAN PERSONAL….THIS IS THE CAPTAIN…AS SOME OF YOU ALREADY KNOW THE
BORG ARE HEADING OUR WAY….ALL PERSONAL, VISITORS, CREW MEMBERS AND
PROPRIETORS, PLEASE PREPARE FOR EVACUATION. ALL FEDERATION MEMBERS PLEASE
ASSIST THE VISITORS AND NON PERSONAL TO THE ESCAPE PODS. ALL FEDERATION,
KLINGON AND BAJORAN STARSHIPS SHALL HELP WITH THE EVACUATION AND PROVIDE
SAFE PASSAGE FOR AS MANY PASSENGERS AS POSSIBLE. ALL SHIPS ARE TO LEAVE THE
BAJORAN SPACE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. WE ARE EXPECTING A LARGE CONGREGATION
OF COMBINED FEDERATION AND KLINGON WAR SHIPS WITHIN A FEW HOURS….PLEASE
PROVIDE ANY ASSISTANCE THAT THEY MAY REQUEST….CAPTAIN OUT.
   LIEUTENANT….OPEN A CHANEL TO THE FEDERATION AMBASSADOR ON THE PLANET
SURFACE AND PATCH IT TO MY READY ROOM SAID NERYS….I SIR SAID NOG.

KIRA NERYS ENTERED HER READY ROOM AS HER VIEW SCREEN CAME ALIVE

    AMBASSADOR…GREETINGS….AS YOU PROBABLY KNOW WE HAVE A CRISES…
YES REPLIED THE AMBASSADOR KANE …AND HOW DO WE PROCEED HE CONTINUED.
  YOU MUST CONTACT ALL OF THE PLANET‟S GOVERNMENTAL HEADS AND INFORM
THEM THAT THEY MUST PREPARE BAJOR FOR EVACUATION SAID NERYS….
  WHAT!!!....ARE SURE WE NEED TO DO THIS…..I WAS INFORMED THAT FEDERATION
WAR SHIPS WILL ARRIVE SOON AND THAT THEY WOULD HANDLE THE MATTER, SAID
THE AMBASSADOR
  AMBASSADOR REPLIED CAPTAIN NERYS, THE BORG OUT NUMBER THE FLEET
SOMETHING ABOUT HUNDRED TO ONE AND THE LAST TIME AS I REMEMBER IT ONLY
TOOK ONE BORG SHIP TO ALMOST DEFEAT STARFLEET. SO DO THE MATH….SOME OF
THE SHIPS I SUSPECT THAT ARE COMING ARE NOT TO ENGAGE THE BORG BUT RATHER
TO ASSIST IN THE EVACUATION OF THE PLANT, SO IF YOU WOULD PLEASE MAKE
CONTACT WITH ALL OF THE PLANET LEADERS…IMMEDIATELY!!!!
  I SEE, SAID THE AMBASSADOR, I WILL DO AS YOU REQUEST …..A PAUSE THEN THE
AMBASSADOR CONTINUED, HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO EVACUATE THE ENTIRE
PLANET AND HOW MUCH TIME DO WE HAVE….OH BY THE PROPHET‟S…WILL BAJOR BE
DESTROYED? ASKED THE AMBASSADOR IN A PANIC VOICE!!!
  AS FOR OUR HOME….I CAN NOT ANSWER YOU, BECAUSE I REALLY DO NOT
KNOW….BUT THEY ARE EXPECTED TO ARRIVE SOME TIME SOON I CAN NOT SAY HOW
MANNY DAYS WE HAVE BUT WE NEED TO BE OFF THE PLANET AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. I
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HOPE IN TEN DAYS OR LESS. SAID CAPTAIN KIRA NERYS. IN A LOW VOICE.
  TEN DAYS…..I BETTER GET STARTED SAID THE AMBASSADOR...THEN HE SAID “THE
PROPHET‟S WILL PRESERVE” AMBASSADOR KANE OUT.
CAPTAIN NERYS SAT BACK IN HER CHAIR AND LOOKED UP AND WONDERED IF THE
FOUNDERS WITH THERE JEM‟HADAR WILL HELP OR WILL THEY JUST WATCH..


SOME HOURS LATER WHILE CAPTAIN NERYS WAS IN HER READY ROOM ADMIRAL
JANEWAY AND HER SHIPS ARRIVED AND SHE ASKED TO MEET WITH HER

   CAPTAIN CALLED MR. NOG….WE HAVE INCOMING MESSAGE FROM ADMIRAL
JANEWAY….
   PUT HER THROUGH SAID NERYS..... SUDDENLY NERYS COMMUNICATIONS CONSOL
CAME ALIVE....CAPTAIN, THIS IS JANEWAY,...I WILL BEAM DIRECTLY TO YOUR READY
ROOM.... SAID JANEWAY,
   IN KERIA‟S READY ROOM A STARFLEET TRANSPORT BEAM SOUNDED AND THE
ADMIRAL APPEARED. NO TIME FOR PLEASANTRIES CAPTAIN SAID JANEWAY….
   MY PEOPLE ARE TRANSPORTING TO THE PLANET SURFACE TO ASSIST WITH THE
EVACUATION…..CONTINUED JANEWAY
   NICE TO SEE YOU TO ADMIRAL REPLIED CAPTAIN NERYS AS JANEWAY APPROACHED
HER….”Q” SAID WHAT NO HUG'S AND KISSES KATY
   SORRY ABOUT THAT ….BUT TIME IS AGAINST US SAID JANEWAY….

BOTH WOMEN TOOK A HARD LOOK AT EACH OTHER. THE LAST TIME THEY MET
WAS SOME YEARS AGO WHEN JANEWAY AND HER CREW HAD COME OUT OF THE
GAMMA QUADRANT….LOST FOR SEVEN YEARS. IT WAS A HAPPY TIME ABOARD THE
CARDASSIAN BUILT SPACE STATION. BUT NOW THERE IS NO TIME TO RECAP THE
PAST FEW YEARS.

  WELL ADMIRAL WE ARE MOVING ALONG HERE ABOARD THE STATION BUT I WILL
NEED TO REMAIN LONG ENOUGH TO MAKE CONTACT WITH THE FOUNDERS, I SENT AN
EMISSARY THROUGH THE WORM HOLE AND SHOULD BE CONTACTED SOON….SAID
NERYS
GOOD I‟LL GO TO THE PLANET SURFACE TO….(JUST AT THAT MOMENT A MESSAGE
CAME IN FOR THE CAPTAIN FROM THE AMBASSADOR)
CAPTAIN I HAVE AMBASSADOR KANE HERE…AND URGENTLY WANTS TO SPEAK WITH
YOU SAID LIEUTENANT NOG.
PUT HIM THROUGH SAID NERYS.

WITH THAT JANEWAY STARTED TO PREPARE HER SELF FOR TRANSPORTING TO
THE PLANET SURFACE WHEN…..

CAPTAIN….SOME OF STARFLEET PERSONAL HAVE ARRIVED AND ARE NOT ALLOWING
US TO BRING OUR PERSONAL POSSESSIONS..THERE IS A MAD WOMAN WHO IS FORCING
US TO LEAVE MUCH BEHIND AND IS TRANSPORTING MY PEOPLE AGAINST THEIR WILL.
AND (JANEWAY HEARING THIS STOP HER COMMUNICATION WITH HER SHIP)
WAIT CAPTAIN CHAKOTAY.. I‟LL RE-CONTACT YOU IN A MOMENT SAID JANEWAY…AND
BEGAN TO ADDRESS THE AMBASSADOR….

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EXCUSES ME MR. AMBASSADOR THIS IS ADMIRAL JANEWAY…I KNOW THIS IS NOT EASY
BUT….WE HAVE NO ROOM FOR ANY PERSONAL POSSESSIONS WE NEED ALL THE SPACE
FOR PEOPLE ….THE AMBASSADOR INTERRUPTED…
BUT OUR RELIGIOUS SACRED ARTIFACTS AND HISTORICAL MONUMENTS MUST BE
PRESERVED AND PROTECTED CRIED THE AMBASSADOR.
(A NEW VOICE ENTERED THE CONVERSATION)
ADMIRAL THESE ARTIFACTS ARE MUCH TO LARGE SAID LIEUTENANT SEVEN OF NINE!
SEVEN, I‟LL TRANSPORT DOWN TO YOUR LOCATION, I‟LL CONTACT CHAKOTAY AND
WILL BE WITH YOU IN A MOMENT, JUST DON‟T DO ANYTHING DRASTIC. REPLIED
JANEWAY
(THEN CAPTAIN NERYS ENDED THE TRANSMISSION)
GOODBYE CAPTAIN SAID JANEWAY…CAPTAIN CHAKOTAY WOULD YOU PLEASE
TRANSPORT ME TO SEVEN‟S LOCATION…..REQUESTED THE ADMIRAL

A TRANSPORT BEAM SOUNDED AND ADMIRAL JANEWAY SLOWLY DISAPPEARED AS
NERYS SAID HER GOODBYE…NERYS TURNED AND THEN WAS STARTLED AS PART OF
THE WALL BY THE DOOR STARTED TO CHANGE AND A PAIR OF EYES OPENED

A MAN FORMED FROM THE WALL AND SAID
HELLO KIRA….LONG TIME SINCE WE'VE SEEN EACH OTHER SAID THE MAN
ODO ..WHISPERED NERYS!....HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN THERE, CRIED NERYS!
THREE DAYS, SIX HOURS, 42 MINUETS….AND IT WAS NOT EASY, ESPECIALLY WITH YOU
LOOKING SO DOWN, FOR A WHILE I WAS A PART OF YOUR DESK, THEN THE CLOSET AND
FINALLY THIS WALL…AND YOU NEVER EVEN NOTICED ME…..I‟M HURT SAID ODO WITH
A FROWN.
THEN YOU KNOW WHAT‟S HAPPENING…THE ATTACK WE FACE…YOU FACE AS WELL
SAID NERYS WITH A LOOK OF CONCERN.
YES, THE OTHER ONE WITH ME HAS ALREADY GONE BACK TO THE WELL TO INFORM
THE FOUNDERS OF THE SITUATION SAID ODO.
THE OTHER ONE SAID NERYS…..YES ACTUALLY THERE WERE THREE OF US IN YOUR
ROOM…..THE FOUNDERS WOULD NOT LET ME GO IT ALONE…AND SINCE THIS TURNED
OUT TO REALLY BE AN EMERGENCY, I HAD TO DISPATCHED THE OTHER TWO WITH
INFORMATION TO EXPEDITE THE NEEDED FORMATION OF AN ALLIANCE WITH THE
FEDERATION AND THE FOUNDERS…SO WE SHOULD BE HEARING FROM THEM SOON.
GREAT…I‟LL CONTACT THE ADMIRAL WITH THIS GOOD NEWS…

JUST THEN THE SHIP‟S EMERGENCY ALARMS SOUNDED OFF

NERYS TURNED AND CALLED TO LIEUTENANT NOG…. LIEUTENANT …WHAT‟S THIS ALL
ABOUT SHE REQUESTED.
CAPTAIN…THE WORM HOLE HAS OPENED AND A LARGE ARMADA OF JEM‟HADAR WAR
SHIPS HAVE EMERGED SQUEALED LIEUTENANT NOG..
WELL..I GUESS YOU HAVE YOUR ANSWER…KIRA SAID ODO..
CAPTAIN…I HAVE THE ADMIRAL ON THE COMM. WANTING TO TALK TO YOU SAID
NOG….PUT HER THROUGH SAID NERYS
CAPTAIN ARE WE UNDER ATTACK….THESE ARE JEM‟HADAR SHIPS ENTERING OUR
SPACE CALLED JANEWAY..
NO REPLIED ODO….ADMIRAL MY NAME IS ODO…I AM A CHANGELING…ONE OF THE
FOUNDERS ASSIGNED TO THIS STATION…WE NEED TO TALK SAID ODO
AFFIRMATIVE SAID JANEWAY….I‟M ON MY WAY…
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MR. SPOCK WAS IN HIS QUARTERS STILL ABOARD SPACE DOCK PREPARING TO
PERFORM ESPIONAGE. HE ACTIVATED HIS COMPUTER CONSOLE AND REQUESTED
THE FOLLOWING

COMPUTER ASKED MR. SPOCK…..WORKING REPLIED THE COMPUTER…..SPOCK
COMMAND ALPHA-BATA 441009 COMMENCE ACTIVATION ENTRY PROTOCOL
COMMANDED MR. SPOCK.
WARNING…WARNING…YOU ARE ENTERING A RESTRICTED DATA BASE…AUTHORIZED
COMMAND PASSWORD REQUIRED..YOU HAVE ONE MINUET TO
COMPLY…RESPONDED THE COMPUTER….
MR. SPOCK THEN ENTERED THE FOLLOWING NUMBERS 004-004-001EPS-O-V-E-R-R-I-D-
E…THE COMPUTER REPLIED….GOOD MORNING MR. PRESIDENT…HOW CAN I BE OF
ASSISTANCE.
MR. SPOCK THEN REQUESTED…PLEASE SEND ALL DATA CONCERNING THE PROJECT
“GENESIS” TO THIS CONSOLE….. “Q” SAID WHILE LOOKING OVER MR. SPOCK'S
SHOULDER….YES..MR. ROCK…I CHOOSE YOU WELL….I KNEW YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO DO
SOMETHING BAD.
WORKING….WORKING….SAID THE COMPUTER…THEN IT REPLIED COMPLETED.
MR. SPOCK THEN COPIED THE DATA TO HIS PORTABLE DATA STORAGE MODULE WHEN
HE WAS DONE HE SAID…..COMPUTER PLEASE ERASE ALL DATA REGARDING THE
PROJECT GENESIS FROM THIS CONSOLE AND DELETE THIS SESSION FROM THE MAIN
FRAME ACCESS DATA RECORDER. THE COMPUTER REPLIED….WORKING….YOUR
REQUEST HAS BEEN COMPLIED…. SPOCK THEN BEGAN TO GET UP WHEN…”Q”
WHISPERED IN SPOCK'S EAR YOU WILL NEED A SHIP….
     SPOCK STOOD UP….RAISED ONE EYE BROW THEN ASKED…COMPUTER…PLEASE
DISPLAY TO THIS CONSOLE THE SHIP MANIFEST OF ALL SHIPS WITHIN SPACE DOCK, IN
ORBIT OF THE EARTH AND OF THE MOON .
THE COMPUTER REPLIED….WORKING….THEN THE DISPLAY CONSOLE JUMPED AND A
LIST OF ALL THE SHIPS APPEARED…..SPOCK BROWSED THE LIST AND CAME TO A STOP
AT A GALAXY CLASS SHIP LOCATED WITHIN SPACE DOCK AT DOCKING BAY NUMBER
ONE. COMPUTER, CONTACT CAPTAIN T‟PORIK REEVES OF THE STARSHIP ARCHER AND
HAVE HIM REPORT TO MR. SPOCK'S QUARTERS…ALSO HAVE HIS SHIP‟S COMPUTER
PLACED ON YELLOW ALERT. THIS ENDS THIS SESSION…SAID SPOCK
AFFIRMATIVE…..THIS SESSION HAS BEEN DELETED….SAID THE COMPUTER.
(AFTER ABOUT ONE HALF HOUR CAPTAIN T‟ PORIK REEVES ENTERED MR. SPOCK
QUARTERS WITH A SMALL SMILE ON HIS FACE.)

   GREETINGS MY TEACHER SAID CAPTAIN REEVES WITH A BROAD SMILE…
   (OF WHOM LIKE SPOCK WAS HALF VULCAN AND HUMAN BUT WAS RAISED ON
EARTH BY PARENTS WHO INDULGED IN DEEP EXPRESSIONS OF EMOTION….REEVES
MOTHER A VULCAN CAME FROM THE ORDER THAT REBELLED FROM THE NORMAL
ANTI-EMOTION WAY OF LIFE EXPRESSED BY MOST VULCAN'S) ….
   STILL PROMOTING HUMAN ATTRIBUTE'S MR. REEVES REPLIED MR. SPOCK!!
THEY SEEM APPROPRIATE FOR THE OCCASION…SINCE WE HAVE NOT SEEN EACH OTHER
IN FOUR YEARS!
FOUR YEARS, THREE MONTH, NINE DAYS, SIX HOURS AND FORTY THREE MINUTES TO BE
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MORE EXACT, BUT HOWEVER, TIME IS IRRELEVANT AS YOU KNOW…..BUT GIVEN THE
CIRCUMSTANCE I WILL COMPLY…..GREETINGS TO YOU…T‟PORIK…..I PRESUME THE
PAST FOUR YEARS HAVE BEEN PROSPER….SAID MR. SPOCK
QUITE SO….HOWEVER I DID NOT SEE YOU AT MY PROMOTION CEREMONY TWO YEARS
AGO REPLIED MR. REEVES.
THAT TO IS IRRELEVANT, MY BEING PRESENT WOULD NOT AFFILIATE ANY ADDITIONAL
POMP TO THE EVENT….AND I HAD OTHER PRESSING MATTERS TO ATTEND SAID MR.
SPOCK.
    WELL YOU HAVE SUMMONED ME HERE I'M SURE NOT TO DEBATE THE PAST….SO
HOW MY I BE OF SERVICE…SAID CAPTAIN REEVES
I NEED YOUR SHIP…REPLIED MR. SPOCK!!
SORRY MR. SPOCK BUT ….THEN SPOCK POINTED TO HIS BARS ON HIS UNIFORM AND
CAPTAIN REEVES SAID "ADMIRAL"…SINCE WHEN…THAT TO IS IRRELEVANT…SAID
SPOCK…I SEE …..BUT SHOULD YOU NOT GO THROUGH THE APPROPRIATE CHANNELS
FOR YOUR ASSIGNMENTS….SAID MR. REEVES
I BELIEVE THE PHRASE IS….CAPTAIN I NEED TO COMMANDEER YOUR VESSEL!!
SPOCK SAID WITH A STRAIGHT STARE TO CAPTAIN REEVES FACE.
THE CAPTAIN RETURNED THE STARE WITH A FROWN AND REPLIED
ADMIRAL…YOU ARE NOT ON AN ASSIGNMENT…..ARE YOU IN TROUBLE WITH
STARFLEET OR…..
SPOCK'S HAND WENT UP AND INTERRUPTED THE CAPTAIN WITH A CASUAL REPLY…..WE
ARE ALL IN DANGER AS YOU ALREADY KNOW AND I AM FORCED TO TAKE ACTION IN A
MATTER CONTRARY TO THE FEDERATIONS POLICIES…..AND WHAT I AM ASKING YOU
TO DO IS TAKE ME TO DS9 TO MEET WITH ADMIRAL'S PICARD AND JANEWAY TO BRING
THEM A NEEDED COMPONENT TO THE SOLUTION TO THE BORG INVASION.
CAPTAIN REEVES ASKED….ADMIRAL PICARD??...WHEN DID THIS HAPPENED???
YOU CONTINUE TO ASK IRRELEVANT QUESTIONS SAID MR. SPOCK
     IT IS NOT IMPORTANT WHERE OR HOW PICARD ACQUIRED HIS PROMOTION….BUT
WHAT IS IMPORTANT IS THAT FLEET ADMIRAL PICARD IS IN CHARGE OF THE FLEET AND
IS PREPARING TO ENGAGE THE BORG AND NEEDS THE INFORMATION I CARRY!!! THEN
CAPTAIN REEVES SAID…WELL SEND IT THROUGH SUB-SPACE….WHY THE LENGTHILY
JOURNEY….AGAIN SPOCK'S HAND WENT UP AND SPOCK SAID….BECAUSE WHAT I
CARRY WAS STOLEN FROM THE SECURITY DATA BASE OF STARFLEET THROUGH MEANS
THAT WOULD BE DEFINED AS TREASON!!! AND COULD END BOTH OUR CAREERS….ALSO
IF THE INFORMATION SHOULD COME INTO THE WRONG HANDS OR IF A BORG SHIP
ACQUIRE THIS INFORMATION IT WOULD MEAN THE END OF ALL OF US.
CAPTAIN REEVES REPLIED IN A DEEP VOICE….WELL THEN ADMIRAL, FOLLOW
ME!
    AS THE PAIR WALKED DOWN THE CORRIDOR CAPTAIN REEVES ASKED MR. SPOCK…
    I'M SURE YOU APPROACHED THE CNC AND THE PRESIDENT WITH WHATEVER
INFORMATION YOU DEEMED YOU NEEDED AND APPROPRIATED THIS INFORMATION IN
THE WAY YOU DID DUE TO THERE LACK OF SYMPATHY TO YOUR CAUSE….
YES REPLIED SPOCK….I APPROACHED THEM KNOWING FULL WELL THAT THE
BUREAUCRACY OF THE FEDERATION WOULD TAKE TIME TO CONCLUDE WITH ANY
AFFIRMATIVE KIND OF ANSWER…..SO I PERFORMED THE LOGICAL SOLUTION…..I
SIMPLY TOOK WHAT I NEEDED….SOME MONTHS AGO I WAS PART OF A GROUP THAT
ASSISTED IN THE RE-ENCRYPTION CODES FOR THE FEDERATION SECURITY DATA BASE
WHICH IS REVISED FROM TIME TO TIME FOR SECURITY REASONS….I SIMPLY APPLIED
WHAT I KNEW AND DID WHAT WAS NEEDED, THE CNC DID AGREE TO THE USE OF THE
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DATA I HAD APPROPRIATED BUT LIKE I SAID THROUGH THE BUREAUCRACY IT WOULD
TAKE TIME TO ACQUIRE AND IMPLEMENT USE OF THAT DATA.

BOTH CAPTAIN REEVES AND MR. SPOCK APPROACHED AND ENTERED A TURBO LIFT
AT THE AFT SECTION OF SPACE DOCK, DOCKING BAY NUMBER ONE WHERE
CAPTAIN REEVES SHIP THE ARCHER WAS LOCATED.

    AS THEY APPROACHED THE MAIN AIR LOCK FOR THE SHIP..SPOCK STOPPED AND
TURNED TO CAPTAIN REEVES AND SAID….I DO BELIEVE I OWE YOU AN EXPLANATION
SINCE I AM INVOLVING YOU AND YOUR CREW IN THIS SITUATION…SPOCK
CONTINUED…
THE INFORMATION I HAD ILLEGALLY APPROPRIATED WAS MARKED "HR-1" CLASS
HIGHLY RESTRICTED AND CONSIDERED A DANGER BY ALL OF THE FEDERATION
MEMBERS..IT'S APPROPRIATION WILL BE CONSIDERED AN ACT OF ESPIONAGE AND
CAUSE YOU AND YOUR CREW THERE CAREERS. AND SO IF…
   THIS TIME CAPTAIN REEVES PUT UP HIS HAND AND SAID…
I'M SURE YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING…AND IF THIS IS OK WITH ADMIRALS
JANEWAY AND PICARD…THEN MY CREW AND I CONSIDER YOUR REQUEST AS AN
OFFICIAL ASSIGNMENT AND WILL COMPLY. BESIDES, THE ASSIGNMENT'S THAT HAVE
BEEN ASSIGNED TO MY CREW AND I HAVE BEEN TO ESCORT DIPLOMAT‟S FROM PLANET
TO PLANET AND WE HAVE BEEN OUT OF ACTION TO THE POINT OF BOREDOM. ALSO WE
HAVE NOT RECEIVED ANY NOTIFICATION OF PICARD'S PROMOTION OR YOURS AND FOR
THE PRESENT WE HAVE NOT RECEIVED ANY NEW ORDERS.
   SPOCK'S EYEBROWS WENT UP AND HE NODDED SLIGHTLY, WELL THEN THIS SHOULD
PROVE REFRESHING, THEN HE TURNED AND ENTERED THE SHIP….WHEN SPOCK AND
CAPTAIN REEVES ARRIVED AT THE BRIDGE THE CAPTAIN ADDRESS HIS CREW..
MR. D'AMATO WOULD YOU PLEASE OPEN A CHANNEL TO ADDRESS THE CREW ON ALL
DECKS SAID CAPTAIN REEVES….SIR…REPLIED D'AMATO
   ALL HANDS…I KNOW WE JUST ARRIVED TO SPACE DOCK FOR NEEDED R&R…FROM
BOREDOM BUT AS YOU KNOW WE HAVE A SITUATION WITH THE BORG….AND AN
ASSIGNMENT HAS BEEN GIVEN TO US…..WE HAVE ADMIRAL SPOCK ON BOARD AND
WILL BE TRANSPORTING HIM TO DEEP SPACE STATION NUMBER NINE TO MEET WITH
ADMIRAL'S JANEWAY AND PICARD TO PARTICIPATE IN START FLEETS EFFORTS TO
REPEL THE BORG….(SUDDENLY THERE WAS A CRY OF SATISFACTION FROM THE
CREW…HEARD ON ALL DECKS)
THE CAPTAIN CONTINUED….YES..WELL YOU KNOW WHAT I NEED FROM YOU…..SO HOP
TO IT.
   THE CREW JUMPED INTO ACTION…..MR. D'AMATO WOULD PLEASE INFORM SPACE
DOCK CENTRAL THAT WE WILL BE LEAVING AND PLEASE OPEN THE DOCKING STATIONS
DOORS….THEN ADMIRAL SPOCK ADDED…GIVE THEM THESE COMMAND
CODES…."SPOCK…ADMIRAL…COMMAND..09070503DD OVER RIDE"
MR. D'AMATO COMPLIED AND RECEIVED A MESSAGE FROM SPACE DOCK CENTRAL
COMMAND….THIS IS SDCC OFFICER IN CHARGE…I HAVE NOT RECEIVED ANY
CLEARANCE FOR YOUR DEPARTURE, WOULD YOU PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR….(AT THAT
MOMENT THE DOORS TO SPACE DOCK BEGAN TO OPEN)
HELM CALLED THE CAPTAIN…SIR REPLIED MS. ALVAREZ
FULL AHEAD ONE QUARTER IMPULSE POWER AND AFTER WE CLEAR SPACE DOCK…SET
A COURSE FOR DS9 AT BEST WARP….SAID THE CAPTAIN.
MS. ALVAREZ RESPONDED WITH...RELEASING DOCKING CLAMPS……CLAMPS
CLEARED…..
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THEN CAME OVER THE COMM. SYSTEM SPEAKER….THIS IS THE SDCC OFFICER….STOP…I
SAY AGAIN STOP…YOU ARE IN VIOLATION OF SDCC PROTOCOL AND….JUST THEN THE
SPEAKER WAS TURNED OFF BY MR. SPOCK…..
HELM..YOU MAY PROCEED SAID MR. SPOCK
   THE ARCHER TURNED AND PROCEEDED TOWARDS SPACE DOCK DOORS…SUDDENLY
THE DOCKING PORT ALARMS SOUNDED AND RED LIGHTS BEGAN TO FLASH….SMALL
WEAPONS FIRE FLASHED BY THE ARCHER'S PORT SIDE AS THE SHIP PASSED THROUGH
THE DOORS.
   MS. ALVAREZ WOULD YOU PLEASE GIVE ME REVERSE VIEW ON THE MAIN VIEWER
SAID THE CAPTAIN
REVERSE VIEW ACTIVATED REPLIED MS. ALVAREZ
   THE CAPTAIN, MR. SPOCK AND THE BRIDGE CREW WATCHED AS TWO OTHER SHIPS
WITHIN SPACE DOCK HAD THERE DOCKING CLAMPS DISENGAGED AND BEGAN TO TURN
TO PURSUE THE ARCHER.
   AS THE ARCHER CLEARED THE DOORS…..MR. SPOCK TURNED TO THE
COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER AND SAID..
SEND TO THE SDCC THIS COMMAND CODE…
"SPOCK…ADMIRAL…COMMAND..09070503AA RESUME STATUS"
WHEN THE CODE WAS TRANSMITTED THE SPACE DOCK DOOR BEGAN TO CLOSE….THE
BRIDGE CREW BEGAN TO LOOK AT EACH OTHER WITH SMILES ON THEIR
FACES…..HELM…FULL AHEAD….BEST WARP SAID CAPTAIN REEVES.

AT THE SAME TIME THE ARCHER MADE HER GETAWAY…THE CNC ADMIRAL PETER
C. MANNING WAS ABOUT TO SPEAK TO A SELECTED GROUP CONCERNING THE
PROPOSED GENESIS DEVICE

       GENTLEMAN…BEFORE WE BEGIN….I WOULD LIKE THE PRESIDENT TO CALL FOR
"PRESIDENTIAL COMMAND PROTOCOL…PCP.221…AS PROVIDED WITHIN ARTICLE 721 OF
THE FEDERATION AGREEMENT PACK…HE WILL NEED TO BE IN CONTROL DUE TO THE
REQUEST I AM ABOUT TO ASK…
       INTERESTING SAID THE VULCAN AMBASSADOR…AND WHAT…
JUST THEN THE ALARMS SOUNDED….
THE PRESIDENT CALLED TO HIS AIDE ON HIS DESK COMM.…
WILLIAMS….WHAT IS IT ASKED THE PRESIDENT..
 SIR I HAVE THE SDCC COMMAND OFFICER ON LINE AND WOULD LIKE TO TALK TO THE
CNC..REPLIED WILLIAMS
PATCH HIM THROUGH SAID THE PRESIDENT..
THIS IS MANNING….WHAT'S GOING ON…HE ASKED
THE SDCC OFFICER REPLIED….SIR….THE STARSHIP ARCHER COMMANDED BY
CAPTAIN T‟PORIK REEVES HAS LEFT THE SPACE DOCK WITHOUT PROPER
AUTHORIZATION…USED OVER-RIDE COMMAND CODES THAT ARE OF PRESIDENTIAL
STATUS…AND HAS ABDUCTED ADMIRAL SPOCK!!!!!
        WHAT!!!!.....EXCLAIMED… MANNING….CONNECT ME TO THE ARCHER
IMMEDIATELY!!
    YES SIR REPLIED THE SDCC OFFICER…..
    THE ASSEMBLED GROUP OF AMBASSADORS LOOKED AT EACH OTHER WITH
LOOKS OF DISINTEREST AND BOREDOM…..THE KLINGON AMBASSADOR STOOD UP AND
SAID….MR. PRESIDENT…I HAVE MORE PRESSING MATTERS TO ATTEND TO….AS YOU
KNOW WE ARE AT WAR WITH THE BORG AND THIS MATTER AT HAND IS A STARFLEET

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PROBLEM.
     GENTLEMEN…GENTLEMEN…PLEASE WAIT…WHAT I HAVE TO PRESENT TO YOU IS
A SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM WE FACE….SAID MANNING
     SIR….I HAVE ADMIRAL SPOCK ON LINE SAID THE SDCC OFFICER…
SPOCK WHAT IN HELL IS GOING ON ASKED MANNING…
ADMIRAL….I AM COMMANDEERING THIS VESSEL FOR THE PURPOSE OF TRANSPORTING
THE INFORMATION WE HAD SPOKANE EARLIER OF…CAPTAIN REEVES HAS JOINED ME IN
THIS ENDEAVOR…..I COULD NOT WAIT FOR FEDERATION POLITICAL DEBATE ON THE
MATTER….YOU MUST AGREE THAT WHAT I HAVE DONE IS LOGICAL AND MOST
APPROPRIATE ACTION FOR THE SITUATION AT HAND… SAID SPOCK…
     MANNING SAT BACK IN HIS CHAIR AND WITH A GRIN ON HIS FACE
REPLIED….ADMIRAL SPOCK AND CAPTAIN REEVES….YOU ARE BOTH COMMANDED TO
PROCEED TO DS9 IMMEDIATELY AND TO BRING YOUR INFORMATION THE FLEET
ADMIRAL….THIS IS A DIRECT ORDER FROM THE CNC… I WILL HANDLE THE MATTER
HERE!! IS THIS UNDERSTOOD…
     YES SIR SAID MR. SPOCK AND CAPTAIN REEVES AT THE SAME TIME.
MANNING OUT.
NOW FOR THE MATTER AT HAND….ASKED THE ROMULAN AMBASSADOR
YES…WELL, GENTLEMEN….FLEET ADMIRAL PICARD AND ADMIRAL SPOCK ARE ABOUT
TO DO SOMETHING OF WITCH EITHER YOU WILL AGREE OR DISAGREE WITH…..AND IF
YOU VOTE AGAINST IT….IT WILL STILL BE PERFORMED…SAID MANNING
     WHAT IN STORVARKOR ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT…ASKED THE KLINGON
AMBASSADOR WITH A LOOK OF DISTAIN ON HIS FACE??
     PETER C. MANNING REPLIED….GENESIS



CAPTAIN'S LOG…STARDATE: 58100.0:
SIX DAYS HAVE PAST SINCE PICARD AND I HAD OUR LAST CONVERSATION, SINCE
THEN THE TITAN HAS COME ALONG SIDE OF THE ROMULAN WARSHIP THE SPEAR,
THAT WAS TWO DAYS AGO AND BOTH OF OUR SHIPS ARE NOW ON ROUTE TO
STATION DEEP SPACE EIGHT. SINCE WE BOTH AGREE THAT WE ARE SOON TO
ENGAGE THE BORG WE WILL SHARE INFORMATION AND CREATE A BATTLE "PLAN".
COMMANDER KROLL HAS AGREED TO ASSIST US IN THE INSTALLATION OF A
MODIFIED ROMULAN CLOAKING DEVICE THAT CAN WORK WHILE THE SHIP IS IN
WARP SPEED AND I AGREED TO MODIFY THE SPEAR WITH METAPHASIC SHIELDING
AS DESIGNED BY COMMANDER GEORDI LA FORGE SOME TIME AGO…THIS IS TO
GIVE US BOTH A BETTER CHANCE TO DEFEND OURSELVES, THE CLOAKING DEVICE
WORKS FINE, COMMANDER KROLL IS IMPRESSED WITH HIS MODIFIED SHIELDS. AS
WE MAKE OUR WAY TO DS8 THE ROMULAN COMMANDER AND I BOTH FEAR THAT
WE MIGHT BE TO LATE BUT I CAN ONLY HOPE…
                                         RIKER OUT.

ON BOARD THE BRIDGE OF THE TITAN CAPTAIN RIKER RECEIVES A DEEP SPACE
MESSAGE…

       THIS IS CAPT….WILL…ISSS…OF DS8…ONNN…BOARD TH….SHUTTEL……
       OPEN A CHANEL MS. GRIMSHAW…..ASKED RIKER…CHANEL IS OPEN SHE
REPLIED…
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       THIS IS CAPTAIN RIKER OF THE STARSHIP TITAN…..PLEASE RESPOND ASKED
RIKER…….STATIC…..STATIC….THEN A VOICE LOW IN VOLUME AND BROKEN
REPLIED…..THIS IS CAPT….WILL…ISSS…OF DS8…ONNN…BOARD TH….SHUTTEL CRAFFF…..LUNA-
ONEEE…..PLEASEEE……..RESPONC…….HAILS……I SAY….
       STILL TO FAR AWAY CAPTAIN….THE COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER MR.
GRIMSHAW SAID…..KEEP ON HAILING THEM AND LET ME KNOW WHEN WE HAVE
COMMUNICATION CONTACT SAID RIKER TO HIS COMM. OFFICER.
       HELM..ASKED RIKER….HOW MUCH TIME UNTIL WE CAN REACH THEM??
       ABOUT TWO HOURS SIR…REPLIED MS. MATHIEU….I WILL IN MY READY ROOM
SAID RIKER…..

      CAPTAIN RIKER ENTERED HIS READY ROOM TO FIND COMMANDER DIANA
TROY RIKER IN A CONVERSATION WITH THE ROMULAN COMMANDER KROLL OF
THE WARBIRD THE SPEAR

       WE HERD THAT INCOMING MESSAGE…ANYTHING YET CAPTAIN ASKED
DIANA….NO REPLIED RIKER…JUST THAT THEY ARE FROM DS8 AND WE ARE STILL TO
FAR FOR BETTER COMMUNICATIONS…CONTINUED RIKER
       SUPPOSE YOUR CAPTAIN PICARD IS RIGHT….AND THE BORG CAN IMITATE
HUMANS…WE COULD BE HEADING INTO A TRAP…SAID KROLL
       A CHANCE WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO TAKE….AND IF IT'S REAL..THEN WHOM
EVER THEY ARE, THEY WILL HAVE INFORMATION WE NEED GOOD OR BAD SAID RIKER…
       IN THE MEANTIME I SHALL RETURN TO MY SHIP…NOW CAPTAIN RIKER YOU
WILL KEEP ME INFORMED WILL YOU NOT ASKED KROLL??
      OF COURSE I WILL… AND I WILL HONOR OUR AGREEMENT TO SHARE
INFORMATION AND BACK YOU WHEN THE TIME COMES….BESIDES I KNOW YOU WILL BE
LISTENING TO ALL MY COMMUNICATIONS ANYWAY...... REPLIED RIKER WITH A GRIN ON
HIS FACE.
       KROLL RESPONDED WITH A SLIGHT SMILE ON HIS FACE...YES I WILL BE
LISTENING....SO CHOOSE YOUR WORDS WELL....THEN… TURNED TO DIANA AND SAID…IT
HAS BEEN MY PLEASURE TO SIT WITH YOU COMMANDER TROY RIKER AND HOPE YOU
CAN RETURN THE VISIT TO MY SHIP THE SPEAR WHEN YOU CAN…
      THEN WITH A SWIFT MOMENT KROLL TAPPED A BUTTON ON HIS BELT AND SAID
IN ROMULAN…ROLL ET TEP
       SUDDENLY A BLUE TRANSPORTER FIELD SURROUNDED THE ROMULAN AND HE
TRANSPORTED OFF THE TITAN….
      WELL WHAT DO THINK? ASKED RIKER TO HIS WIFE…”Q” TURNS TO LOOK AT
DIANA AND SAYS….WASN'T HE BETTER LOOKING BEFORE THE BEARD???
      DIANA LOOKS UP AT WILL THEN TILTS HER HEAD…SMILES AT HIM WITH A FAR
AWAY LOOK IN HER EYES….FEELING HER FINGERS THROUGH HIS BEARD...AS A
MOMENT PASSES….DIANA…CALLED RIKER…HER HEAD JERKS UP, HER EYES OPEN
WIDE, DROPS HER HAND AND SAYS….UM… HE SEEMS SINCERER…AND TRULY LIKES
YOU…BUT I GET THE IMPRESSION THAT HE WILL NEED TO CONVINCE HIS CREW TO
TRUST US…SAID DIANA….ARE YOU ALRIGHT ASKS RIKER….OH…YES…I JUST HAD A
MOMENT….IT'S A GIRL THING….DON'T WORRY ABOUT IT…I'M GOING TO WAIT IN THE
BRIDGE UNTIL FURTHER EVENTS MAKE THEMSELVES AVAILABLE SAID DIANA
      RIKER WAS SMILING AT HER AS HE SAID…OK….GOOD…THIS WILL GIVE ME SOME
TIME TO THINK ABOUT WHAT KROLL SAID…YOU KNOW…WHAT IF THIS IS A BORG
TRAP!!!....AS DIANA WENT THROUGH THE DOOR, RIKER RUBED HIS RIGHR HAND
THROUGH HIS BEARD AND THOUGHT....WHAT WAS SHE THINKING....WITH AN UNSEEN
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FLASH “Q” DISAPPEARED.

     COMMANDER DIANA TROY RIKER LEFT THE READY ROOM AND HER
HUSBAND TO HIS THOUGHTS…..RIKER SAT IN HIS CHAIR AND BEGAN TO STARE AT
NOTHING AS HE THOUGHT ON THE DAYS EVENTS…..AS TIME WENT BY…..

      CAPTAIN…I HAVE CAPTAIN WILLIS FOR YOU SAID THE COMM. OFFICER MS.
GRIMSHAW
      TAKE HER OUT OF WARP… I'M ON MY WAY REPLIED RIKER….
      AS THE CAPTAIN ENTERED THE BRIDGE HE SAID OPEN A CHANEL TO THE SPEAR
AND INFORM COMMANDER KROLL THAT WE HAVE COMMUNICATIONS WITH THE
APPROACHING SHUTTLE CRAFT
      HELM ON SCREEN WOULD YOU PLEASE ASKED RIKER
      AS RIKER LOOKED ON THE APPROACHING SHUTTLE…HE NOTICED THAT IT
LOOKED IN GOOD CONDITION…ENGINEERING…PLEASE SCAN THAT SHUTTLE AND
REPORT….ASKED RIKER…
      SCANNING SIR………A MOMENT LATER….SIR NOTHING OUT OF THE ORDINARY TO
REPORT ALL SEEMS TO BE NORMAL….I'M GETTING THREE HUMAN READINGS AND THE
SHUTTLE IS IN GOOD CONDITION SAID THE OFFICER AT THE ENGINEERING STATION
      MS. GRIMSHAW LET'S TALK WITH CAPTAIN WILLIS ASKED RIKER
      A CHANEL IS NOW OPEN SIR. SHE REPLIED
      THIS IS CAPTAIN RIKER OF THE TITAN AND COMMANDER KROLL OF THE
ROMULAN WARBIRD THE SPEAR….YOU SAY YOU ARE FROM DS8…ASKED RIKER
      THEN ON THE COMM. SPEAKER CAME A DISTRAUGHT VOICE
      "THIS IS CAPTAIN WILLIS OF STATION DEEP SPACE EIGHT….GET THE HELL OUT
OF HERE….THE STATION HAS BEEN ATTACKED AND ALL PERSONAL HAVE BEEN
ASSIMILATED WE MIGHT HAVE BEEN FOLLOWED….DO WE HAVE PERMISSION TO
COME ON BOARD ASKED WILLIS"
      PERMISSION GRANTED REPLIED RIKER…..RIKER THEN TURNED TO HIS ENGINEER
AND SAID….MR. ANDREW PLEASE INFORM THE SHUTTLE BAY OFFICER IN CHARGE TO
PREPARE FOR INCOMING SHUTTLE.
      SECURITY AND DIANA YOU ARE WITH ME SAID RIKER…NUMBER ONE YOU HAVE
THE CONN….I WILL GREET CAPTAIN WILLIS IN THE SHUTTLE BAY SAID RIKER….MS.
GRIMSHAW PLEASE INFORM COMMANDER KROLL TO MEET ME IN OUR SHUTTLE BAY
MAIN HANGER WOULD YOU PLEASE….CONTINUED RIKER.

     AS RIKER AND HIS TEAM ENTERED THE SHUTTLE BAY TRANSPORTER BEAMS
APPEARED AND COMMANDER KROLL WITH FOUR OF HIS SECURITY PERSONAL
TURNED AND APPROACHED RIKER

     GREETINGS CAPTAIN SAID COMMANDER KROLL….COMMANDER REPLIED RIKER

     AS RIKER AND KROLL APPROACHED THE SHUTTLE, CAPTAIN WILLIS TURNED
FROM HIS MEN AND GREETED RIKER

     CAPTAIN RIKER SAID WILLIS….WE NEED TO GET TO THE NEAREST STAR BASE
AND WARN THE FEDERATION OF……RIKER INTERRUPTED WILLIS…
     CAPTAIN WILLIS THE FEDERATION KNOWS AND HAS ASSEMBLED A FLEET
COMPRISING OF ALL WARP CAPABLE GOVERNMENTS AND ARE MASSING AT
DS9….WHAT I NEED FROM YOU IS ANY INTEL YOU MIGHT HAVE AND WHAT WAS THE
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STATUS OF DS8 AS YOU MADE YOUR GETAWAY….
      CAPTAIN RIKER SAID WILLIS…ALL IS LOST…AND WHAT I SAW WILL TURN YOUR
STOMACH…..THOUSANDS OF BORG SHIPS….NOT ONE OR TWO BUT THOUSANDS….I'M
SURE THEY INTEND TO TAKE THIS QUADRANT….
      INTERESTING SAID COMMANDER KROLL…THEN HE CONTINUED TO SAY
      I THINK THE FLEET NEEDS TO KNOW WHAT THEY ARE UP AGAINST… WE NEED TO
GO TO YOUR DS9….NOW
      AGREED SAID RIKER….THEN RIKER HIT HIS COMM. BADGE AND SAID…HELM THIS
IS THE CAPTAIN SET A COURSE TO DS9 AT BEST WARP…

      AS RIKER GAVE HIS ORDERS…SO DID COMMANDER KROLL COMMUNICATED TO
HIS SHIP WITH THE SAME ORDER.

     BOTH SHIPS TURNED AND THEIR WARP ENGINES CAME ON LINE AND WITH A
FLASH THEY WENT INTO WARP….

     RIKER THEN SAID TO ONE OF HIS SECURITY OFFICERS…
     LIEUTENANT WOULD YOU PLEASE ASSIGN CAPTAIN WILLIS AND HIS CREW
APPROPRIATE QUARTERS AND……JUST THEN THE ALARMS CAME ON
AND THE COMPUTER ANNOUNCED "RED ALERT…RED ALERT"
    CAPTAIN TO THE BRIDGE….CAPTAIN TO THE BRIDGE
      AS RIKER TURNED TO RUN TOWARD THE TURBO LIFT HE HIT HIS COMM. BADGE
AND ASKED….NUMBER ONE…WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON!!
      SIR. WE ARE UNDER ATTACK…..TWO BORG SHIPS ARE APPROACHING AT WARP
EIGHT POINT NINE AND THE ETA IS THREE MINUTES…
      EVASIVE ACTION REPLIED RIKER…..IN THE TURBO LIFT RIKER HIT THE COMM.
CONSOLE…AND SAID ENGINEERING WE NEED ALL THE SPEED YOU CAN GIVE US…..
     AS COMMANDER KROLL AND HIS AWAY TEAM WERE TRANSPORTED DIRECTLY TO
HIS BRIDGE….KROLL CALLED TO HIS COMMUNICATION OFFICER…HAI
     REPLIED THE COMM. OFFICER…..GET ME RIKER NOW SAID KROLL
     AS RIKER ENTERED THE BRIDGE MS. GRIMSHAW TURNED TO RIKER AND SAID SIR.
I HAVE COMMANDER KROLL ON A SECURE LINE FOUR….
     RIKER HIT HIS SECURE COMM. BUTTON NUMBER FOUR ON HIS COMMAND CHAIR
AND KROLL CAME ON….THIS IS KROLL….ONLY TWO BORG SHIPS…LET'S DO THE
"PLAN" HE SAID
     RIKER THOUGHT FOR A MOMENT THEN REPLIED THAT SOUNDS GOOD TO ME!!

     BOTH SHIPS BEGAN TO ACCELERATE IN SPEED, SIDE BY SIDE. THE BORG SHIPS
TWO OF THEM FOLLOWING BEHIND BEGAN TO CLOSE IN….THEN THE TITAN AND
THE SPEAR ENGAGED THERE CLOAKING DEVICES AND AT THE SAME TIME
DECELERATED IN WARP SPEED….FOR 5 NANO SECONDS THEN ACCELERATED TO
TOP WARP SPEED…THE RESULT WAS AS EXPECTED…NOW THEY WERE BEHIND THE
BORG SHIPS AND STILL CLOAKED.

     THIS IS RIKER…KROLL IT WORK AS PLANED…AND YOU NOTICE THAT THERE
STERN SHIELDS ARE DOWN TO GIVE FULL POWER TO THERE BOW SHIELDS….NOW
ACTIVATE THE METAPHASIC SHIELDS, DE-CLOAKED AND FIRE ON MY MARK
     COMMANDER KROLL REPLIED….METAPHASIC SHIELDS ARE UP AND WE ARE
LOCKED ON TARGET "PICARD BATA MINUS 4" AND READY TO FIRE….

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     THE SHIPS DE-CLOAKED AND 3..2..1..FIRE SHOUTED RIKER

BOTH SHIPS FIRED SIMULTANEOUSLY AT THE SAME LOCATIONS ON EACH BORG
SHIP BASED ON "THE THEN" CAPTAIN PICARD'S RECOMMENDATIONS FOR ATTACK
PROCEDURES “PICARD BATA MINUS 4” WHEN ENGAGING THE BORG. THESE
LOCATIONS ARE THE BORG SHIP'S AREA OF WEAKNESS….

THE BORG SHIPS WERE TAKEN BY SURPRISE AND RETALIATED WITH THERE MAIN
PHASERS AND TRACKING BEAMS….BY THE TIME THERE STERN SHIELDS CAME
ON…IT WAS TO LATE…BOTH BORG SHIPS BEGAN TO SLOW DOWN AND THERE
DAMAGE WAS SO SEVERE THAT ONE SHIP EXPLODED AND THE OTHER ONE BEGAN
TO BLOW IT'S ENGINE'S…THEN A SMALL SPHERE SHAPED SHIP EMERGED JUST AS
THE SECOND CUBED SHIP EXPLODED.

      KROLL SHOUTED OUT….I'M ON THAT ONE…THE ROMULAN COMMANDER
TURNED THE SPEAR TO HER LEFT BOW TO PURSUE THE ROUND BORG SHIP.
      GUNNER….LOCK AND FIRE…NOW…HAI RESPONDED THE GUNNER….
JUST THEN A BORAGE OF PLASMA PARTIAL BEAMS POUNDED THE BORG SHIP AS SHE
TRIED TO FLEE
      AGAIN SHOUTED KROLL….AND THE SPEAR FIRED AGAIN ON THE BORG SHIP AND
THEN THE BORG SHIP WENT INTO TRANSWARP AND DISAPPEARED..
      WELL THAT ONE GOT AWAY…SAID KROLL….BRING HER ABOUT ALONG SIDE OF
THE FEDERATION SHIP SAID KROLL….

BACK ON THE TITAN.

       THIS IS RIKER…..WELL WHAT DO YOU THINK KROLL….DON'T WE MAKE A HELL
OF A TEAM…..KROLL REPLIED….FOR NOW… BUT THE TRUE TEST IS YET TO
COME!....RIKER SMILED….WE MUST PURSUE THE SHIP THAT GOT AWAY, IT MIGHT WARN
IT'S COMRADES. SAID KROLL…..LET IT GO….WE MUST GO TO DS9…ONCE THERE WE
CAN JOIN THE FLEET AND PREPARE FOR BATTLE, I'M SENDING YOU ADDITIONAL
INFORMATION AS PROMISED…ALL INTERNAL SPECIFICATION DATA WE HAVE
COMPLIED OF THE DIFFERENT BORG SHIPS…GO OVER THIS DATA…AND LET'S MEET TO
MAKE SOME ADDITIONAL REVISIONS AND ALTERNATES TO OUR PLAN IN CASE WE MEET
OTHER BORG SHIPS….MAYBE WE CAN CAPTURE ONE….IT SHOULD MAKE THE JOURNEY
TO DS9 MORE INTERESTING….SAID RIKER…..

AS BOTH SHIPS WENT ONWARD TO DS9…TIME HAD PASSED…..AND SOON THEY
CAME UPON CONFLICT…A FEDERATION SHIP UNDER ATTACK…..

        THIS IS KROLL….I BELIEVE THIS COULD BE THE BORG SHIP THAT GOT
AWAY….AND HAS NOW ENCOUNTERED ONE OF YOUR FEDERATION STAR
SHIPS…..RIKER REPLIED….I THINK YOU GOT THAT RIGHT….LETS GO ON IN CLOAKED
AND ARMED….
        AS THE TITAN AND THE SPEAR APPROACHED THE FEDERATION STAR SHIP IN
COMBAT WITH THE BORG SPHERE SHAPED SHIP THEY NOTICED THE BORG SHIP
HAD IT'S TRACTOR BEAMS HOLDING THE FEDERATION SHIP AT BAY WHILE FIRING
ON HER AND THE FEDERATION SHIP WAS IN POOR CONDITION BY THE LOOK OF
HER....
        LET'S DO PLAN "B1" SAID RIKER…….YOU DE-CLOAK AND ATTACHÉ A TRACTOR
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BEAM ON THE BORG SHIP WHILE THE TITAN REMAINS CLOAKED AND SENDS IN AN
AWAY TEAM TO BOARD THE BORG SHIP TO CAPTURE HER…..GOOD SAID KROLL…..AS
THE SPEAR CAME ABOUT TO FACE THE BORG SHIP IT DE-CLOAKED TO THE
SURPRISED OF THE BORG SHIP AND THE SPEAR APPLIED THERE TRACTOR
BEAM....WHILE BEHIND THE BORG SHIP THE TITAN WAS READY TO SEND IN HER
AWAY TEAM TO BOARD THE BORG SHIP.....

      MR. TUVOK, LIEUTENANT DIAZ, ENSIGN DIVALL AND ENSIGN LASKER WOULD
YOU PLEASE SAID RIKER AS HE POINTED TO THE TURBO LIFT…..THE FIRST OFFICER
TURNED TO HIS TEAM AND SAID WELL YOU HEARD HIM…LETS GO.
      IN THE TRANSPORTER CHAMBER THE AWAY TEAM STOOD AND CAPTAIN RIKER
ADDRESS THEM…
      GO IN AND SHUT DOWN THAT SHIP….DEACTIVATE THEIR AUTO-DESTRUCT
COMMANDS….GENERALLY THERE ONLY FIFTEEN BORG DRONES MOVING ABOUT AND
FORTY DRONES INTERPHASING WITH THE SHIPS FUNCTIONS…I'M SENDING YOU INTO
THEIR ENGINEERING COMPARTMENT. IF YOU CAN NOT SHUT DOWN THEIR AUTO-
DESTRUCT PROCEDURES…BEAM OUT….THAT'S AND ORDER…NO
HERO'S…UNDERSTOOD?
        THE TEAM REPLIED UNDERSTOOD!!!....THEN RIKER GAVE THE OK..
THE TEAM WAS ENGULFED WITH TRANSPORTER ENERGY AND WAS GONE.
         THIS IS CAPTAIN ALVAREZ OF THE STAR SHIP CRAZY HORSE TO ROMULAN
WAR BIRD…DO YOU COPY…..THEN ON THE CRAZY HORSE COMM.-SPEAKER CAME A
RESPONSE…..THIS IS KROLL OF THE ROMULAN WAR BIRD THE SPEAR….MAINTAIN YOUR
STATUS….WE WILL COME BETWEEN YOU AND THE BORG SHIP…WHEN THE BORG
TRACTOR BEAM IS SEVERED…PULL BACK…I HAVE A SURPRISE FOR THE BORG….
         AS THE SPEAR MOVED BETWEEN THE TWO SHIPS THE BORG BEGAN TO FIRE ON
THE SPEAR…..

THE BORG QUEEN STOOD WATCHING HER VIEW SCREEN….AND COMMENTED TO
HER COLLECTIVE DRONE GROUP…WHERE IS THE OTHER SHIP…LAST TIME WE
ENCOUNTERED THIS SHIP THERE WAS AN OTHER FEDERATION SHIP WITH
IT….EXPAND ALL SENSORS….LOOK FOR ANY CLOAK ENERGY EMITIONS SHE HEARD
A BLAST AND TURNED AROUND…..BUT IT WAS TOO LATE.

        VULCAN FIRST OFFICER MR. TUVOK, AND HIS AWAY TEAM APPEARED IN THE
ENGINEERING SECTION AND IMMEDIATELY WENT INTO ACTION…. MR. TUVOK
SAID….MS. DIAZ, FIND AND SHUT DOWN THE AUTO-DESTRUCT COMMAND SERVER, IT IS
LOCATED BEHIND THE SECONDARY PROPULSION SYSTEM….THERE ARE TWO OF THEM
WHEN COMPLETED, BEAM OUT….DIVAL…DEACTIVATE THE TRACTOR BEAM WHEN
DIAZ HAS COMPLETED HER TASK, THEN YOU BEAM OUT…..MS. LASKER YOUR WITH ME!
        TUVOK AND ENSIGN LASKER MOVED TO A TURBO LIFT AND WENT UP FOUR
LEVELS AND CAME OUT ON WHAT WOULD BE THE EQUIVALENT OF A BRIDGE….AND
WAITED….
        DIAZ MOVED BETWEEN BORG DRONES THAT ACTED LIKE SHE WAS PART OF
THE CREW, SHE APPROACHED THE SECONDARY PROPULSION SYSTEM TURNED BEHIND
THEM AND CAME TO A CONSOLE…..SHE CONNECTED HER TRI-CORDER BY-PASS
ADAPTER TO THE CONSOLE INPUT PORT AND BEGAN A PRE-RECORDED COMMAND
SEQUENCE….SHE WAITED ABOUT THIRTY SECOND'S AND THEN DID THE SAME TO THE
SECOND PORT….TEN SECONDS….FIFTEEN SECONDS THEN THEY WERE UPON HER….THE
BORG DRONES BEGAN TO ATTACK HER…
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DIAZ DID WHAT SHE NEED TO DO…..SHE LEFT THE TRI-CORDER IN PLACE STILL
CONNECTED…AND HIT HER COM-LINK AND BEAMED OUT.
          UPON DIAZ COM-LINK ACTIVATION…..DIVAL HIDDEN BEHIND THE POWER
CONTROL COLUMN CAME OUT AND WITH HIS HAND PHASER SHOT A BLAST TO THE
POWER CONNECTION CONDUIT OF THE TRACTOR BEAM ASSEMBLY…AS THE ASSEMBLY
MELTED AWAY, HE STOOD BACK AND HIT HIS COM-LINK AND LIKE DIAZ HE TOO
BEAMED OUT.
          THE QUEEN HEARD THE BLAST DOWN BELOW AND TURNED AROUND WHEN A
HYPO INJECTION HIT HER IN THE NECK….TUVOK AND LASKER GRABBED THE QUEEN BY
HER ARMS….TUVOK HIT HIS COM-LINK AND ALL THREE BEAMED OUT.
           CAPTAIN RIKER WAS ON HIS BRIDGE WHEN HE SAW THE BORG TRACTOR
BEAM DISENGAGE FROM THE CRAZY HORSE AND CONNECT TO THE ROMULAN
SHIP…..THEN MOMENTS LATER THE BORG TRACTOR BEAM DISAPPEARED AND THE
BORG SHIP SEAMED TO SHUT DOWN.
           CAPTAIN…CALLED THE COM OFFICER MR. GRIMSHAW….I HAVE MR. TUVOK
ON CHANEL FOUR.
           RIKER HIT HIS COMMAND CHAIR COM-LINK CHANEL FOUR AND ASKED….HAS
THE PACKAGED ARRIVED???
           TUVOK REPLIED…AFFIRMATIVE CAPTAIN….”Q” AT RIKERS SIDE WHISPERS IN
HIS EAR..GOOD CATCH WILLY.
           RIKER SMILED AND CALLED TO HIS ENGINEERING SECTION…MR. ANDREW
DEACTIVATE THE CLOAKING DEVICE WOULD YOU PLEASE….MS. MATHIEU PLEASE
BRING THE SHIP ABOUT 45 DEGREE AFT TO PORT SIDE OF THE CRAZY HORSE.

         AT THE SAME TIME WHEN RIKER GOT THE GOOD NEWS….BACK ON THE
ENTERPRISE PICARD WAS WALKING DOWN A CORRIDOR AND AT HIS SIDE WAS
“Q”…JEAN-LUC…WILLY JUST MADE YOUR DAY….AND I WILL BE THERE WHEN SHE AND YOU
REUNITE….SO THE PLOT THICKENS….

         AND SO BACK ON THE TITAN…
         THE TITAN SUDDENLY APPEARED BEFORE THE CRAZY HORSE AT MID SHIP…
         THIS IS CAPTAIN WILLIAM T. RIKER OF THE FEDERATION STAR SHIP THE
TITAN AND OUR ALLY COMMANDER KROLL OF THE ROMULAN WAR BIRD THE
SPEAR…..YOU LOOK LIKE YOU COULD USE A HAND….
         BY WHAT EVER GOD'S YOU BELIEVE IN….WE ARE SO GLAD TO SEE YOU…..TO
SEE YOU BOTH….I'M CAPTAIN JULIUS ALVAREZ OF THE FEDERATION STAR SHIP THE
CRAZY HORSE….AND YES WE COULD USE BOTH HANDS…WE HAVE FOR THE PAST TWO
DAYS BEEN ATTACK AND ON THE RUN FROM THE BORG….AND DESTROYED TWO OF
THEM BUT HAD TAKEN IN HEAVY DAMAGE SO WE HAD STOPPED TO ASSESS THE
DAMAGE….AND WAS PERFORMING EXTERNAL REPAIRS WHEN THIS BORG SHIP
SUDDENLY APPEARED AND ATTACHED US…..WE WOULD NOT HAVE LASTED
LONG…OUR SHIELDS WERE FAILING WHEN THE ROMULAN WAR BIRD APPEARED.
         THIS IS KROLL….CAN WE ADJOURN WITH THE PLEASANTRIES AND PROCEED
TO DS9….BEFORE THE WAR IS OVER.
         CAPTAIN ALVAREZ….WE WILL BRING YOU INTO TOW…STAND-BY FOR OUR
TRACTOR BEAM…
         AFFIRMATIVE REPLIED ALVAREZ…..

THE TITAN AND THE SPEAR SLOWLY BEGAN TO ENTER WARP AND FLEW ONWARD
TO DS9 WITH THE CRAZY HORSE AND THE BORG SHIPS IN TOW….
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CAPTAIN'S LOG…STARDATE: 58150.1:
IT HAS BEEN THREE DAYS SINCE WE LEFT SPACE DOCK AND TWO DAYS AGO THE
"ARCHER" CONTACTED US WITH MR. SPOCK ON BOARD….SO WE SLOWED DOWN TO
ALLOW THE ARCHER TO CATCH UP WITH US AND NOW SHE'S ALONG SIDE OF THE
ENTERPRISE. WE ARE PRECEDING TO DS9 AT MAX WARP…MR. SPOCK HAS BEAMED
ON BOARD THE ENTERPRISE AND HAS REVIEWED THE INFORMATION HE
APPROPRIATED AGAINST STARFLEET PROTOCOL, BUT ANNOUNCED THAT HE
FOUND IT TO BE INCOMPLETE….TO HIS DISMAY HE ALSO FOUND SECURITY VIDEO
ATTACHED TO THE HR-1 CLASSIFIED DATA SHOWING A"FERENGI" ACCESSING THE
HR-1 DATA….WE ARE NOW TRYING TO FIND A SOLUTION TO SOLIDIFY ALL THE
DATA TO THE GENESIS DEVICE SO WE CAN PROCEED WITH OUR PLAN.
                                               PICARD OUT

           PICARD, SPOCK AND MR. DATA WERE IN A CONFERENCE ROOM ADJACENT
TO THE BRIDGE.
           WELL MR. SPOCK ANY SUGGESTIONS ASKED PICARD…..LOGIC DECREES
THAT WE APPROACH THE FERENGI RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SABOTAGE OF THE DATA WE
NEED…..AND I HAVE AN IDEA WHERE TO LOOK…REPLIED MR. SPOCK…YOU DO? ASKED
PICARD…YES I DO..SAID SPOCK….PLEASE EXPLAIN AND DO YOU HAVE A PLAN? ASKED
PICARD
           BEFORE YOU INTERRUPTED MY NEGOTIATIONS BACK ON KRILAN..I WAS
IMMERSED IN A DEEP DISCUSSION WITH TWO FACTIONS OVER A DISPUTED NEW
PLANET THAT HAS "MYSTERIOUSLY APPEARED" AND IS MOSTLY MADE OF
"LATNUIM"…NOW WOULD YOU NOT ASK THE QUESTION….WHERE DID THIS PLANET
SUDDENLY COME FROM AND HOW WAS IT EVER OVER LOOKED BY THE FERENGI OF
WHOM HAVE MADE LATNUIM THERE MOST PRECIOUS OF POSSESSIONS….WELL I
BELIEVE I NOW HAVE THE ANSWER TO THESE QUESTIONS….PLEASE ALLOW ME TO
EXPLAIN….YOU SEE I BELIEVE THIS PLANET DID NOT EXIST UNTIL RECENTLY AND WAS
FABRICATED USING THE GENESIS DEVICE…..SAID SPOCK
            YES OF COURSE…THIS WOULD EXPLAIN THE PLANET AND IF THE FERENGI
WERE TO CREATE A PLANET WHY NOT ONE MADE OUT ENTIRELY OF LATIUM…..BUT
HOW AND WHICH FERENGI DO WE APPROACH?.. ASKED PICARD…
            AS TO THE "HOW" WE WILL SOON FIND OUT AND AS TO THE FERENGI THAT
KNOWS THE MOST ABOUT THE PLANET…HE IS SOMEONE NAMED DAMON ROWKET..AND
HE IS THERE ON KRILAN NEGOTIATING FOR THE ABSOLUTE RIGHTS TO THE LATNUIM
PLANET, ONCE WE REACH KRILAN I WILL NEED TO SCAN HIM WITH A TRI-CORDER TO
VERIFY THAT HE MATCHES WITH THE FERENGI ON THE SECURITY VIDEO I FOUND
ATTACHED TO THE STOLEN HR-1 CLASS DATA WE HAVE...AND I'M SURE THIS ROWKET IS
OUR MAN…SAID SPOCK….
           BUT WE ARE GOING IN THE WRONG DIRECTION SAID PICARD…..WELL
ADMIRAL…YOUR IN CHARGE…WHAT ARE YOUR ORDERS SAID SPOCK.
           WE MUST CONTINUE TO DS9 TO MEET THE FLEET…ONCE THERE WE SHALL
SEND A TEAM TO RETRIEVE THE STOLEN DATA BY ALL MEANS NECESSARY….REPLIED
PICARD.
           HELM….WHAT'S THE ETA TO DS9 ASKED PICARD….TWO DAYS OUT SIR
REPLIED THE HELM….WELL THAT GIVES ME SOME TIME TO MAKE THE NECESSARY
CONSIDERATIONS FOR THE AWAY TEAM TO KRILAN AND TO PLAN OUT THE
VARIABLES…TELL ME WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT THIS ROWKET SAID PICARD….VERY
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 LITTLE…BUT LIKE ALL FERENGI HE IS VERY GREEDY, HAS A BUSINESS SAVVY….OH
 AND ONE THING I DID FIND OUT WHILE I WAS ON KRILAN…HE COLLECTS
 FEMALE'S,…FEMALE'S THAT COULD PROVIDE HIM SEXUAL PLEASURES…REPLIED MR.
 SPOCK…PICARD SAT BACK AND THOUGHT FOR A MOMENT THEN SAID…I WILL BE IN MY
 READY ROOM…ADMIRAL SPOCK GOT UP, TURNED AND SAID YOU CAN REACH ME IN
 THE MAIN SCIENCE LAB GOING OVER THE GENESIS DATA WE HAVE ......THEN HE LEFT
 THE CONFERENCE ROOM.

THE BRIDGE CREW WATCHED THERE LEADERS GO TO THERE ASSIGNED TASK'S AND
ATTUNED THEMSELVES TO THERE‟S….IN PICARD'S READY ROOM JEAN-LUC SAT AT
HIS DESK GOING OVER A LIST OF CANDIDATES FOR THE WAY-TEAM MISSION AND DID
NOT NOTICE THE BEING STANDING AT HIS SIDE WHISPERING INTO HIS EAR….SAYING
TO HIM….YES..CHOOSE HER AND HIM….THE BORG GIRL TO…SHE WILL BE NEEDED THE
MOST….NOW FOR A PLAN…..AS THE “Q” CONTINUED TO SWAY PICARD‟S DECISION
MAKING…A SMALL SMILE CROSSED HIS FACE….YES THIS IS THE WAY IT WILL HAVE
TO GO…..IN THE MEAN TIME THE ENTERPRISE AND THE ARCHER FLEW ONWARD TO
DS9.

 MEANWHILE ON DS9 ONE DAY LATER…..
            MY NAME IS OF NO IMPORTANCE….BUT IF YOU NEED ONE YOU MAY CALL
 ME “WATER” SAID THE FOUNDER…WHO WAS SHORT IN HEIGHT AND THIN WITH A
 SMOOTH FACE LACKING ANY FEATURES OTHER THEN LARGE EYES AND A SMALL
 MOUTH….WELL GREETINGS “WATER” SAID JANEWAY….I‟M AT PRESENT THE VICE
 ADMIRAL IN CHARGE…REPRESENTING THE FEDERATION…AND WAITING FOR THE
 FLEET ADMIRAL TO ARRIVE TO TAKE CHARGE…BUT IN THE MEAN TIME…YOUR
 PRESENTS HERE IS MOST WELCOME AND YOU AND YOUR CREW HAVE ALL OUR
 RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO YOU…SAID JANEWAY…..YES THAT IS KIND OF YOU….BUT
 WHAT I WOULD LIKE THE MOST IS TO MEET THE “PROFIT” CALLED SISKO…SAID WATER.
         SISKO IS GATHERING THE BAJORAN PEOPLE ON THE PLANET SURFACE FOR
 EVACUATION TO THE SANCTUARY THEY HAVE PROVIDED FOR THEM….SAID
 JANEWAY….I WILL HAVE CAPTAIN CHAKOTAY TAKE YOU TO SISKO NOW!.. IF YOU
 LIKE….CONTINUED JANEWAY….YES..THAT WOULD BE MOST APPRECIATED…REPLIED
 WATER…..GOOD THEN..SAID JANEWAY AS SHE TOUCHED HER COM LINK….THIS IS
 JANEWAY TO CAPTAIN CHAKOTAY…PLEASE HAVE A SHUTTLE READY FOR TRANSPORT
 TO THE PLANETS SURFACE AND CHAKOTAY I WOULD LIKE YOU TO ACCOMPANY OUR
 ALLY THE FOUNDER TO MEET WITH SISKO ONCE YOU REACH THE
 SURFACE….AFFIRMATIVE REPLIED CHAKOTAY….JANEWAY OUT. ENSIGN…PLEASE
 ESCORT WATER TO THE SHUTTLE BAY….YES SIR ADMIRAL REPLIED THE ENSIGN….

        AS WATER WAS ESCORTED TO HER DESTINATION…A REPORT HAD JUST
 COME IN….

          ADMIRAL….LONG RANGE SENSORS HAS PICKED UP A FEDERATION AND
 ROMULAN SIGNATURE AND LOW ENERGY READING OF A BORG SHIP AS WELL….SAID
 THE COM OFFICER.
          INTERESTING…..RED ALERT…OPEN A CHANEL TO ALL CAPTAINS ORDERED
 JANEWAY….THIS IS VICE ADMIRAL JANEWAY….COMING OUR WAY IS A BORG SHIP AND
 IT IS PROBABLY UNDER ATTACK BY TWO OF OUR OWN….PREPARE FOR
 COMBAT….SHIELDS UP….PHOTON AND PHASERS ON STAND-BY…
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       CAPTAIN RIKER WE ARE APPROACHING DS9…..SAID TUVOK…I'M ON MY WAY
REPLIED RIKER…..AS RIKER LEFT HIS QUARTERS HE HIT HIS COM-BADGE AND
SAID….KROLL THIS IS RIKER….LET‟S MAKE OUR APPROACH SLOWLY…WAIT FOR MY
CONTACT….WE DO NOT WANT DS9 TO DESTROY OUR PRIZE BEFORE WE CAN EXPLAIN
OUR SELVES…..AFFIRMATIVE REPLIED KROLL.

     AS THE TITAN AND THE SPEAR NEARED DS9 WITH THE OTHER SHIPS IN
TOW…CAPTAIN RIKER OPENED A CHANEL TO DS9….

       THIS IS CAPTAIN WILLIAM T. RIKER OF THE FEDERATION STAR SHIP THE TITAN
WITH OUR ALLY CAPTAIN KROLL OF THE ROMULAN WAR BIRD THE SPEAR AND IN TOW
WITH CAPTAIN JULIUS ALVAREZ OF THE FEDERATION STAR SHIP THE CRAZY HORSE
AND OUR CAPTURED PRIZE A FULLY OPERATIONAL BORG SHIP….REQUESTING
PERMISSION TO MAKE OUR APPROACH AND DOCKING CLEARANCES WITH STATION
DEEP SPACE NINE……
        THIS IS ADMIRAL JANEWAY…..WELL IF THIS IS A SURPRISE… COME MAKE
YOUR APPROACH AND YOU HAVE CLEARANCE TO DOCK…..I WILL MEET YOU ON THE
LOADING DOCK…..I WANT TO HEAR HOW YOU DID THE IMPOSSIBLE…JANEWAY OUT.

        RIKER WAITED AT THE MAIN AIR LOCK WHILE IN COMMUNICATION WITH
KROLL…….OK KROLL….I‟LL MEET YOU LATER…HOPE ALL GO‟S WELL WITH YOUR
REPORT….SINCE WE EXCHANGED INFORMATION, YOUR COMMANDING OFFICER MIGHT
WANT TO INTERROGATE YOUR MOTIVES…IF HE GIVES YOU A HARD TIME…I WILL BE
WILLING TO CONTRIBUTE ANY EXPLANATIONS IN YOUR DEFENSE.
        THANK YOU REPLIED KROLL….BUT I THINK THINGS WILL GO IN MY
FAVOR…WILL MEET YOU AT THIS PROMENADE YOU SPOKE OF…TILL THEN….KROLL
OUT.
        RIKER THAN WAS APPROACHED BY A SECURITY OFFICER…CAPTAIN PLEASE
STAND ASIDE SIR…..WE ARE ESCORTING THE BORG QUEEN THROUGH THIS AIR LOCK AS
REQUESTED BY THE STATIONS SECURITY CHIEF.
        RIKER STOOD ASIDE AND WATCHED AS SHE WALKED BY…SHE HAD A SPECIAL
HELMET ON TO BLOCK ANY BORG TRANSMISSIONS TO THE COLLECTIVE. SHE FORCED
HER ESCORT TO STOP IN FRONT OF RIKER THEN LOOKED AT HIM WITH A TWISTED
SMILE…AND SPOKE….SO LITTLE MAN..YOU THINK TO USE ME….YOU THINK THAT YOU
CAN EXTRACT INFORMATION FROM ME…..WELL YOU ARE WRONG…IN THE END YOU
WILL ONLY FIND THAT IT IS YOU THAT WILL FAIL….AND WE HAVE COME IN NUMBERS
THAT WILL……..
          MOVE ALONG….THE CAPTAIN HAS NO TIME FOR YOUR WORDS…SORRY
CAPTAIN SAID MR. NOVAK THE HEAD OF SECURITY ON THE TITAN, SHE IS A STRONG
ONE….RIKER REPLIED…YES SIR BUT NOT A PROBLEM REPLIED MR. NOVAK,….JUST BE
SURE SHE‟S IN ONE PIECE WHEN YOU LOCK HER UP…SAID RIKER….YES SIR SAID MR.
NOVAK….WHERE IS SHE HEADED??? ASKED RIKER…MR. NOVAK REPLIED..TO THE
HORIZON…ADMIRAL JANEWAY HAS SET-UP A BORG LAB THERE…GOOD..SAID
RIKER…BUT DO NOTHING TO HER UNTIL THE FLEET ADMIRAL ARRIVES IS THAT
UNDERSTOOD MR. NOVAK..SAID RIKER..YES SIR REPLIED MR. NOVAK.
          AS THE QUEEN WAS LEAD PAST THE AIR LOCK AND CAME UPON A
GROUP….SHE HAD A SUDDEN SURPRISE….JANEWAY…SO IT WAS YOU BEHIND
THIS…HAVE YOU LOST ALL SENSE OF REASON…DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOU HAVE
DONE…..JANEWAY STOOD EYE TO EYE WITH THE QUEEN “Q” BROUGHT UP BOTH HANDS
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TO HIS FACE WITH HIS THUMBS IN HIS EARS AND HIS FINGERS WAVING AT THE QUEEN AS
JANEWAY REPLIED…I HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH YOUR CAPTURE…BUT I WISH I HAD. I
WISH I WAS PART OF THE AWAY TEAM THAT TOOK DOWN YOUR SHIP WITH A COST OF
RESOURCES….ZERO,..THE COST OF LIFE…ZERO …THE LOOK ON YOUR
FACE….PRICELESS…JANEWAY HAD A WIDE SMILE ON HER FACE AS THE QUEEN PASSED
HER BY. JANEWAY TURNED TO RIKER.
          ADMIRAL PICARD MUST BE SO THRILLED….TELL ME CAPTAIN…WHAT WAS
JEAN LUC‟S EXACT WORDS WHEN YOU SENT HIM THE GOOD NEWS…..SORRY
ADMIRAL…BUT PICARD HAS NOT BEEN TOLD…I‟M KIND OF HOLDING IT FOR A
SURPRISE FOR HIM WHEN HE ARRIVES SAID RIKER AND AT THIS POINT I THINK IT
WOULD BE BETTER FOR SECURITY PURPOSES THAT WE NOT CONTACT HIM WITH THIS
INFORMATION OVER SUB-SPACE….CONTINUED RIKER.
          YES YOUR RIGHT…BUT ANYWAY I WANT TO BE THERE WHEN HE IS
TOLD…ME TOO SAID “Q” IS THAT UNDERSTOOD CAPTAIN…..YES
SIR…ADMIRAL…REPLIED RIKER.

THE ENTERPRISE NOW A DAY AND A FEW HOURS AWAY WAS SPEEDING TOWARD
DS9 WITH PICARD AND SPOCK DETERMINED TO FIND THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR
TAMPERING WITH CLASSIFIED STARFLEET DATA….”THE GENESIS PROJECT”…..

           SISKO STANDING IN A CROWD WAS ADDRESSING THEM….WE OF THE, AS
YOU HAVE COME TO CALL US “THE PROFITS” ARE BEINGS OF THE TIME DIMENSIONAL
COHABITATION MATRIX LOCATED WITHIN THE SPACE TIME DISTORTION VORTEX YOU
CALL A WORM HOLE….. WE HAVE MADE PROVISIONS FOR YOU IN A PLACE WITHIN
YOUR OWN WORLD…ALL OVER THIS PLANET, THERE ARE TRANSPORT RINGS LIKE THIS
ONE …SO IF YOU WOULD PLEASE COME FORWARD AND STAND WITHIN THIS
CIRCLE…WE WILL PROCEED WITH YOUR TRANSPORT….THE CIRCLE OR RING WAS
LARGE AND THE RIM WAS MADE OF SOME KIND OF LIQUID METAL THAT SEEMS TO
VIBRATE AND SHIMMER, IT ALSO MADE A SOUND….KIND OF LIKE A MUSICAL CHIME
WITH A DEEP BASS VIBRATION BEHIND IT. AS THE BAJORAN PEOPLE APPROACHED THE
CIRCLE IT SEPARATED TO ALLOW THEIR ENTRY…. SOMEONE ASKED….CAN WE BRING
SOME OF OUR PERSONAL BELONGINGS…AND SISKO REPLIED…YOU WILL NOT NEED TO
BRING ANYTHING WITH YOU….EVERYTHING YOU NEED WILL BE PROVIDED…YOUR
PERSONAL POSSESSIONS ARE….ALREADY THERE….THE BAJORAN LOOK AT EACH
OTHER WITH A LOOK OF CONFUSION AND QUESTIONED SISKO….HOW CAN THIS
BE……SISKO REPLIED WE THE SO CALLED PROFITS CAN BRING YOU TO A PLACE THAT
YOU ALREADY “ARE”…..AND EVERYTHING YOU OWN IS ALREADY THERE……A MAN
RAISED HIS HANDS AND CALLED “PRAISE BE THE PROFITS”…PRAISE BE THE
PROFITS….THEN MANY MORE PEOPLE JOINED IN AND SOON THE CROWD CHANTED
“PRAISE BE THE PROFITS….MAY THE PROFITS EYES BE UPON US”….OVER AND OVER
THEY CHANTED AS THEY ENTERED THE CIRCLE….WHEN THE CIRCLE WAS FULL…IT
CLOSED…THE RIM BEGAN TO SPIN…FASTER AND FASTER…AS THE SPEED INCREASED,
THE PEOPLE WITHIN BEGAN TO DISAPPEAR….SLOWLY AT FIRST THEN FASTER AND
FASTER UNTIL ALL WITHIN WAS GONE….THEN SISKO CALLED TO THE NEXT
ASTONISHED GROUP TO ENTER…THIS WOULD GO ON FOR SOME TIME….
THEN SISKO WAS APPROACHED BY BEING CALLED A FOUNDER….

       GREETING‟S CAPTAIN SISKO CALLED CAPTAIN CHAKOTAY…..I HAVE WITH ME
SOMEONE WHO WOULD LIKE TO MEET WITH YOU….MAY I INTRODUCE YOU TO “WATER”
THE FOUNDER FROM THE DELTA QUADRANT….SISKO TURNED AROUND AND WITH JOY
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IN HIS EYES AND A SMILE ON HIS FACE HE SAID…GREETINGS YOU MAY CALL ME
BEN….PLEASE MAKE THIS VISIT BRIEF….I STILL HAVE MUCH WORK TO DO….YES OF
CAUSE REPLIED WATER, SHE LOOKED AT SISKO AND WAS AMAZED TO FINE THAT HE
LOOKED ….HUMAN…..THEN SHE CONTINUED…BEN….WE OF THE LAKE WOULD LIKE TO
KNOW HOW DID WE ARRIVE TO THE DELTA QUADRANT WHEN WE KNOW THAT OUR
ORIGINS ARE FROM THE GAMMA QUADRANT…ASKED WATER…SISKO REPLIED “THE
NEED TO BE HERE CAME UPON US”….ONCE THE SO CALLED SPACE TIME DISTORTION
VORTEX YOU KNOW AS THE WORM HOLE WAS HAVING IT‟S EXISTENCE WITHIN THE
SPATIAL LOCATION YOU CALL THE GAMMA QUADRANT FOUND THE NEED TO BE
HERE….SO IT WAS DONE….WITH IT CAME TWO BODIES…THIS WORLD AND THE
OTHER…..THIS BODY CAME TO LIFE HERE WITH INTELLIGENCE….AS DID THE
OTHER….HOWEVER THE OTHER ALREADY HAD A COVERING…A SKIN….YOU ARE THAT
SKIN..... SOON SOME TIME AFTER WHEN YOU CAME TO YOUR NEW PLACE YOU
DISPERSED THROUGHOUT THE SPATIAL LOCATION YOU CALL THE DELTA QUADRANT.
             WATER‟S…EYES WERE WIDE AND FULL OF UNDERSTANDING…SHE NOW
COULD TELL THE OTHERS OF THE LAKE OF HOW THEY CAME TO BE IN THE DELTA
QUADRANT AND THERE DISPERSION INTO SPACE…TO OTHER WORLDS. THE FOUNDERS
ALREADY KNEW OF THEIR HISTORY OF VIOLENT MIGRATION FORM PLANET TO
PLANET….BUT NOW THEY WILL KNOW THE WHOLE STORY OF THEIR JOURNEY.
              THANK YOU SAID WATER…..IN MY QUADRANT OR AS YOU CALL MY
“PLACE” WE OF THE LAKE YOU CALL “THE SKIN” ARE LOOKED UPON AS GODS….AND
NOW WE LOOK UPON YOUR RACE AS GODS….COMMAND ME…..SAID WATER
              SISKO LOOKED AT WATER WITH HIS HEAD TILTED TO HIS LEFT SIDE, HIS
EYES SMALL SLITS….THEN SAID WITH A TIGHT SMILE….GO AND BE AT PEACE…THEN
HE TURNED TO CONTINUE HIS WORK.
              WATER TURNED AND SAID TO CHAKOTAY…CAPTAIN THANK YOU…I
WOULD LIKE TO RETURN TO MY SHIP…..THE JEM‟HADAR WILL BE PREPARING TO FIGHT
ALONG YOUR SIDE….TO THE LAST


       THE NEXT DAY JANEWAY WAS IN A MEETING WITH HER STAFF, TWENTY
COMMAND OFFICERS OF ROMULAN, KLINGON AND CARDASSIAN‟S ALONG WITH
THE NEWLY SELF APPOINTED KLINGON SUPREME CHANCELLOR KANG AND WHILE
ADDRESSING THEM…..

         GENTLEMEN….GENTLEMAN, I SURE YOU WHEN THE FEDERATION FLEET
ADMIRAL ARRIVES, WE WILL HEAR A GAME PLAN THAT WILL BE WORKABLE FOR ALL
OF US THE…..YES…YES I‟M SURE HE HAS A PLAN…BUT THE LONGER WE WAIT THE
MORE SHIPS AND STATIONS ARE ASSIMILATED….WE MUST ACT NOW….INTERRUPTED
KANG…..HAS A PLAN BEEN CONCEIVED FOR THE DEPLOYMENT OF THIS DEVICE
STARFLEET IS SO CONVINCED IS THE ANSWER TO OUR SITUATION ASKED THE VULCAN
COUNSELOR…..HOW ARE WE TO DEPLOY OUR COMBINED FORCES TO PROVIDE AN
EFFECTIVE DEFENSE OF OUR HOME WORLD OF BAJOR AND I DO NOT LIKE WORKING
ALONG SIDE OF THE CARDASSIAN MILITARY…SAID AMBASSADOR KANE…CANUGE THE
CARDASSIAN PRIME COMMANDER INTERJECTED WITH…. I SURE YOU OUR FEELINGS
ARE MUTUAL AND YOU WILL NOT….JANEWAY INTERRUPTED….PLEASE ..PLEASE
GENTLEMAN…ALL YOUR ENQUIRES WILL BE ADDRESSED AS….NO ADMIRAL…NOW WE
WANT ANSWER'S NOW….WE CAN NOT WAIT ANY LONGER CALLED KANG….THE
COMMOTION IN THE ROOM WAS GETTING OUT OF HAND….

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       JANEWAY HAD HER ARMS UP IN THE AIR…THE BAJORAN AMBASSADOR WAS
IN A HEATED ARGUMENT WITH THE CARDASSIAN PRIME COMMANDER….THE
VULCAN COUNSELOR WAS TRYING TO REASON WITH THE KANG…THE ROMULAN
REPRESENTATIVE WAS POINTING FINGERS AT JANEWAY….WHEN SUDDENLY A
PHASER BLAST WENT OFF THEN WAS FOLLOWED BY THE SHIPS ALARMS…..ALL IN
THE CHAMBER TURNED AND SAW SEVEN OF NINE BY THE DOOR WITH A PHASE IN
HER HAND….

      THAT‟S BETTER….NOW THAT I'VE GOT YOUR ATTENTION….ADMIRAL JANEWAY
WOULD YOU PLEASE……A STUNNED LOOK IN JANEWAY FACE WAS REPLACED WITH A
SLY SMILE….THANK YOU SEVEN….JANEWAY FIRST ADDRESSED THE
COMPUTER….COMPUTER…THIS IS VICE ADMIRAL JANEWAY…. RESUME SHIPS
SECURITY ALARMS TO STANDBY STATUS……ALARMS NOW ON STANDBY…
REPLIED THE COMPUTER….THEN JANEWAY BEGAN TO ADDRESS THE GROUP AGAIN
WHEN…NO THAT‟S NOT WHAT I MEAN SAID SEVEN..
      SEVEN APPROACHED JANEWAY AND WHISPERED IN HER EAR….I SENSE A BORG
PRESENCE….I HEAR IT…NEAR…IN THIS ROOM ….JANEWAY TURNED, LOOKING AROUND, EYES
THIS WAY AND THAT…UP AND DOWN AND SAID TO THE ASSEMBLED GROUP…I'M
AFRAID SOMETHING HAS COME TO MY ATTENTION…NO ONE CAN LEAVE THIS ROOM….
ARE YOU MAD ADMIRAL SAID KANG…DO YOU…KANG WAS INTERRUPTED BY
JANEWAY….NOT MAD JUST NOT SURE WHICH ONE OF YOU IS A "BORG"
THE GROUP STARTED LOOKING AT EACH OTHER THAN AT JANEWAY….THE
CARDASSIAN SPOKE FIRST….YOU MUST BE MAD…WHAT EVER GAVE YOU THE
AUTHORITY TO SPEAK TO THIS GROUP LIKE….THEN SEVEN OF NINE STEPPED FORWARD
AND POINTED A FINGER AT THE CARDASSIAN AND SAID…YOU IT'S YOU…IT'S HIM
ADMIRAL…HE'S THE BORG I SENSE….THIS IS NONSENSE…HOW DARE YOU…HOW
COULD YOU SENSE A BORG PRESENCE OF ANY KIND…YOUR NOT PART OF THE
COLLECTIVE MIND ANY MORE..AND SINCE YOU HAVE HAD YOUR IMPLANTS
REMARKABLY MODIFIED YOU COULD NOT KNOW OF ANY BORG AROUND YOU
AND….HOW DO KNOW THAT ABOUT SEVEN REPLIED JANEWAY….NO RECORD HAS BEEN
MADE OR ANY KIND OF FILE KEPT IN REGARDING SEVEN'S PHYSICAL STATUS…ONLY
THE BORG COULD MAKE THAT STATEMENT …AND IT IS AN ASSUMPTION AT
BEST…..YOU SEE SEVEN HAS NOT HAD HER IMPLANTS MODIFIED…SHE IS STILL PART OF
THE COLLECTIVE...THE ONLY MODIFICATIONS WERE TO HER OCULAR TRANSMITTER
PROXIMITY BEACON SAID JANEWAY….THE CARDASSIAN FLINCHED AND REPLIED
THAT‟S NOT POSSIBLE…THAT KIND OF DISCONNECTION FROM THE COLLECTIVE WOULD
END IN DEATH….EXACTLY SAID JANEWAY….SEVEN IS NOT DISCONNECTED….THE
BEACON IS STILL WORKING…BUT ON ANOTHER FREQUENCY...THE CARDASSIAN'S EYES
OPENED WIDE AND SAID UNDER HIS BREATH SO THAT'S WHY I COULD NOT HEAR HER…HE BEGAN
TO LOOK AROUND….A SMILE BROKE ON HIS FACE….SHE LYING…CAN'T YOU SEE….HOW
CAN WE TRUST WHAT SHE'S SAYING….SHE'S A BORG HER SELF SAID THE
CARDASSIAN…..THE VULCAN COUNSELOR TURNED TO HIS AID AND SAID USE YOUR TRI-
CORDER…SCAN HIM….THE VULCAN AID APPROACHED THE CARDASSIAN AND BEGAN
HIS SCAN….THE VULCAN COUNSELOR ADDRESSED THE GROUP AND SAID….A SHORT
TIME AGO I WAS IN CONTACT WITH ADMIRAL SPOCK WHO IS IN ROUTE TO THIS
STATION ABOARD THE ENTERPRISE….HE SPOKE OF THE POSSIBILITY OF BORG
IMPERSONATING ORGANIC LIFE FORMS….IT SEEMS THEY HAVE THE ABILITY TO GRAFT
SKIN TO A BORG ENDOSKELETON…..THIS COULD MEAN THAT THE BORG CAN
INFILTRATE ANY OF OUR SOCIETIES…SIR. SAID THE VULCAN AID…YES SAID THE
COUNSELOR….THE AID SAID….THIS BEING IS A BORG…..SUDDENLY THE CARDASSIAN
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JUMPED BACK AND SCREAMED……HIS SHOULDERS BENT BACK AND HIS HEAD LOOKED
UPWARD THEN HE TRIED TO TURN AROUND AS HE FELL TO HIS KNEE'S THEN TO THE
FLOOR…BEHIND HIM WAS HIS AID…THE CARDASSIAN PULLED OUT HIS DAGGER FROM
THE BACK OF THE CARDASSIAN PRIME COMMANDER THEN LOOKED AROUND TO THE
GROUP OF STUNNED ON LOOKERS THEN ADDRESSED THEM….I AM NOT SURPRISED…I
WAS ASSIGNED TO HIM BECAUSE HE SEEMED NOT TO BE HIM SELF AND THERE WAS A
GENETIC VARIANCE IN HIS DNA WHEN HE CAME ON BOARD MY VESSEL A MONTH
AGO….I HAD NOTIFIED MY ORWELLIAN GOVERNMENT HEAD QUARTERS AND THEY HAD
TOLD ME A RELATIVE OF HIS…A MEMBER OF THE OBSIDIAN ORDER FOUND HIS DEAD
BODY….SO I WAS ASSIGNED TO FIND OUT WHO AND WHAT THIS BEING WAS….THANKS
TO YOUR LIEUTENANT SEVEN OF NINE…I CAN NOW REPORT TO MY COMMANDER WITH
MY FINDINGS.
      WELL…THAT'S JUST FINE…REPLIED JANEWAY IN A SARCASTIC VOICE ..NOW WE
WILL NOT BE ABLE TO FIND OUT WHAT HE KNOWS AND HOW MUCH INFORMATION HE
HAS PASSED ON…CONTINUED JANEWAY…NOT SO SAID THE CARDASSIAN…WE HAVE
BEEN MONITORING HIM FROM THE BEGINNING…HE HAS HAD NO CONTACT WITH THE
OUT SIDE AND HE IS….THEN SEVEN STEPPED FORWARD AND SAID…HE IS A BORG….HIS
OCULAR TRANSMITTER WAS MOST LIKELY IN GOOD OPERATION AND WAS PROBABLY
IN CONSTANT CONTACT WITH THE BORG…IF SO SAID THE CARDASSIAN…IT WAS
JAMMED….THE MOMENT WE SUSPECTED HIM OF BEING A PLANT WE HAD NOTICED A
STRANGE MICROWAVE EMISSION COMING FROM HIM AT A HIGH FREQUENCY
700GHZ…SO WE JAMMED IT….DID YOUR COMMANDING OFFICERS DOWNLOAD HIS
TRANSMISSIONS ASKED JANEWAY….I WILL LET YOU KNOW IMMEDIATELY AS SOON AS
THIS MEETING IS OVER….THE KLINGON CHANCELLOR THEN SPOKE…THIS MEETING IS
OVER AND WHEN YOUR FLEET COMMANDER ARRIVES…NOTIFY ME…THEN HE TURNED
AND LEFT THE CONFERENCE MUTTERING UNDER HIS BREATH…WHAT A WASTE OF TIME.
         JANEWAY LOOKED AROUND AS THE ASSEMBLED GROUP BEGAN TO BREAK
AND LEAVE THE CONFERENCE…ADMIRAL CALLED SEVEN…YES WHAT IS IT
SEVEN….THIS IS A GOOD OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO TAKE THIS BORG APART AND LOOK
FOR WEAKNESS….YES…THAT WOULD BE A VERY GOOD IDEA SAID THE VULCAN
COUNSELOR….MAKE IT SO SAID JANEWAY TO SEVEN…SET UP A TEAM RIGHT AWAY.
        JANEWAY AND THE VULCAN COUNSELOR LEFT THE CONFERENCE TOGETHER
LEAVING SEVEN OF NINE BEHIND STANDING OVER THE BORG AND IN COMMUNICATION
WITH VOYAGERS SCIENCE STAFF.

MEANWHILE AT DS9 DOCKING STATION…

         ENTERPRISE….YOUR CLEAR TO DOCK…REPLIED DS9 COMMAND STATION
OFFICER….CLAMPING DOCKS ARE EXTENDED AND ENGAGED SAID MR.
MARCUS…..GOOD….NUMBER ONE YOU HAVE THE CONN. ADMIRAL SPOCK AND I WILL
BE JOINING ADMIRAL JANEWAY ABOARD THE KLINGON WAR SHIP STO-VO-KOR TO
MEET WITH CHANCELLOR KANG….PLEASE HAVE A STAFF MEETING SET UP FOR 1800
HOURS ABOARD THE STATION DS9…I WANT EVERYONE THERE…..ALL THE COMMAND
PERSONAL FROM ROMULAN, KLINGON, CARDASSIAN….EVERYONE…..YES SIR. REPLIED
MR. DATA.

       BOTH PICARD AND SPOCK ENTERED THE TRANSPORTER ROOM AND WAS
TRANSPORTED TO THE DOCKING PLATFORM OUTSIDE OF THE KLINGON WAR SHIP
THE STO-VO-KOR. (KLINGON SECURITY FORBIDS ALL NON-KLINGONS TO
TRANSPORT BEAM DIRECTLY INTO THE WAR SHIP) AS THE TRANSPORT WAS
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COMPLETE JEAN LUC PICARD AND MR. SPOCK LEFT THE TRANSPORTER PLATFORM
AND WAS APPROACHED.

           GREETINGS ADMIRAL SAID MR. WORF…..WORF WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE
ASKED PICARD….I'M YOUR SECURITY WHILE YOU ARE ON BOARD THE STO-VO-
KOR….ADMIRAL JANEWAY FELT IT APPROPRIATE THAT I HANDLE YOUR SECURITY SAID
MR. WORF….MOST APPROPRIATE REPLIED PICARD..WELL LEAD ON…
          MR. WORF LEAD ADMIRAL'S PICARD AND SPOCK THROUGH THE MAIN
ENTRANCE OF THE WAR SHIP THE STO-VO-KOR THEN LEAD THEM TO A PRIVATE OFFICE
WHERE JANEWAY AND CAPTAIN CHAKOTAY WERE SEATED AT A ROUND TABLE WITH
KANG THE KLINGON CHANCELLOR…A VERY LARGE KLINGON WITH SOME GRAY IN HIS
HAIR AND FOR A KLINGON, A VERY BROAD FORE HEAD, HIS EYES LOOKED LIKE A THE
EYES OF A MADMAN …GREETINGS CHANCELLOR SAID MR. SPOCK…YES SAID
KANG…KANG TURNED HIS EYES ON PICARD AND SAID…pIqarD [PICARD]…SO FINALLY
YOUR FEDERATION OPENED THEIR EYES…AND GAVE YOU THE RANK YOU
DESERVED….DESERVED FOR A LONG TIME…SAID KANG…YES I TOO AGREE SAID “Q”
KANG THEN STOOD UP AND HANDED PICARD A CUP OF BLOOD WINE AND SAID….
tlhutlh [DRINK]…IT'S THE BEST EVER MADE….PICARD TOOK THE CUP AND BANGED IT
AGAINST KANG'S CUP AND SAID….qeng, yay pagh Qo batlh [KANG, VICTORY OR NO
HONOR]…THEY BOTH DRANK…DEEPLY…MR. WORF SMILED…MR. SPOCK'S LEFT
EYEBROW LIFTED…. JANEWAY HAD A LOOK LIKE "WHERE'S MY CUP"…AND “Q” LIFTED
HIS GOBLET WHICH WAS TWICE AS LARGE AS KANG'S AND HE DRANK….ALL OF IT AND
SAID…BIGGER IS BETTER…
          WHEN THE CUPS HAD HIT THE TABLE…KANG SPOKE….WHEN DO WE GO INTO
BATTLE…MY MEN ARE GOING OUT OF THEIR MINDS WITH THE ANTICIPATION OF
SPILLING SOME BORG BLOOD…I CAN'T HOLD THEM BACK MUCH LONGER PICARD….YOU
DON‟T HAVE TO SAID PICARD….LET THEM LOSE…IT WOULD BE GOOD FOR US TO GIVE
THE BORG THE IMPRESSION THAT WE ARE READY FOR AN OFFENSIVE….FOR NOW HIT
AND RUN….MAKE THEM CHASE US….SPREAD THEM THINLY AROUND WHILE WE MASS
OUR FLEET OUT SIDE OF THEIR SENSOR RANGE NEAR THE BUTTERFLY
NEBULAR….KATHRYN…I HAVE AN ASSIGNMENT FOR YOU AND SOME OF YOUR STAFF
MEMBERS….YOUR TO TAKE VOYAGER, THE TITAN AND THE SPEAR TO THE FERENGI
PLANET KRILAN TO FIND AND MEET WITH A FERENGI DAMON NAMED
ROWKET…PROBABLY STILL TRYING TO NEGOTIATE FOR ABSOLUTE CONTROL OVER A
PLANET HE MADE…MADE OF MOSTLY "LATNUIM" USING THE GENESIS DEVICE HE
STOLE FROM US …SAID PICARD….STOLE…HE STOLE THE "GENESIS DEVISE" FROM
US…HOW SAID JANEWAY….I WILL FILL YOU IN ON THE DETAILS DURING THE JOURNEY
TO KRILAN SAID MR. SPOCK….YES SAID PICARD….ADMIRAL SPOCK WILL ACCOMPANY
YOU…HE KNOWS THIS ROWKET….AND SPOCK WILL BE NEED TO VERIFY THE COMPLETE
DATA WE NEED TO FABRICATE THE DEVICE SAID PICARD….nuq??? [WHAT??]…YOU
DON'T HAVE THIS DATA SAID KANG…NO SAID SPOCK..THE DATA WAS STOLEN AND
THEN THOUGH SABOTAGE WAS MOSTLY DESTROYED BY THIS ROWKET…SAID
SPOCK….JANEWAY…YOU BRING THIS SPINELESS FERENGI BACK TO ME…I WILL
REMOVE EACH AND ALL OF HIS BONES SLOWLY AND MAKE HIM WATCH SAID
KANG….JUST BRING BACK THE DATA…WE WILL DEAL WITH ROWKET LATER WHEN
THIS IS OVER WITH SAID PICARD…GO NOW TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE..SAID
PICARD….JANEWAY GOT UP TURNED TO CHAKOTAY AND SAID GET VOYAGER READY
FOR DEPARTURE, CONTACT CAPTAIN RIKER AND HIS ALLY THE ROMULAN COMMANDER
KROLL, INFORM THEM WE WILL BE LEAVING AS SOON AS WE CAN…AND ADMIRAL

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SPOCK AND I WILL BRING THEM UP TO DATE WHEN WE DEPART….JANEWAY TURNED
AND SAID TO ALL…. GENTLEMEN…MAY ALL OUR HOPES BE FULFILLED.. THEN SHE
MR. SPOCK AND CHAKOTAY LEFT THE OFFICE.
          FINALLY…WERE ARE ALONE SAID KANG WITH A SMILE….WE TOO HAVE BEEN
WORKING ON A WEAPON…. A WEAPON OF GREAT POWER… WE CALL IT THE
DIMENSIONAL DISRUPTOR ARRAY…. IT'S POWER SOURCE IS FROM THE SHIPS WARP
DRIVE MATTER ANTI-MATTER INJECTOR SYSTEM…. THE D.D.A. AS WE CALL IT HAS
BEEN TESTED ON SOME OLD SHIPS BUT NEVER ON A BORG SHIP…. AND I THINK THIS IS
THE TIME…. SAID KANG…. I SEE, BUT HOW COME YOU HAVE NOT TOLD US OF THIS
WEAPON BEFORE… WE COULD HAVE INCORPORATED IT INTO OUR PLANS AND HAD
TIME TO INSTALL THEM ON THE COMBINED FLEET OF SHIPS…. AND YOU KNOW THE
ROMULANS WILL TAKE THIS AS A JUST CAUSE NOT TO TRUST YOU….SAID PICARD…..
voq [TRUST] I AM A KLINGON… WHAT DO I CARE IF THOSE Ha'DIbaH [ANIMALS]
TRUST US OR NOT…. AND AS FOR NOT SHARING THIS WEAPON WITH YOU IT IS A
MATTER FOR THE HIGH COUNCIL TO DECIDE AND THEY WANTED ME TO WAIT UNTIL WE
HAD THE FAMOUS GENESIS IN OUR OWN HANDS….REPLIED KANG… HIMMM…. WELL
YOU WILL GET YOUR HANDS ON THE GENESIS DEVICE AS PROMISED…. AS SOON AS
JANEWAY RETURNS WITH THE DATA WE NEED AND SHE WILL NOT FAIL US I ASSURE
YOU…. AND UNTIL THEN PLEASE DO AS YOU HAVE SUGGESTED…. TEST YOUR WEAPON
ON A BORG SHIP AND THEN LET'S GO OVER THE FINDINGS… SAID PICARD…. IT WILL BE
DONE… I ALREADY HAVE A GROUP OF SCOUT SHIPS STANDING BY WAITING FOR MY
COMMAND….. IT WILL BE A DARK MISSION….MANY SHIPS WILL LEAVE… BUT ONLY
ONE WILL RETURN…. SO LET US DRINK TO THEM WHO WILL DIE SO WE CAN LIVE, YOU
SEE I'VE BEEN WANTING TO DRINK WITH YOU BOTH FOR A LONG TIME….SINCE THE
DEATH OF WORF'S BROTHER ….LET'S DRINK AND TALK OF THOSE TIMES SO WE
REMEMBER…WORF LOOK AT KANG WITH A STERN AND SAVAGE STARE….YES….LET'S
DRINK OF THOSE LONG DEAD AND TO THOSE WHO ARE ABOUT TO DIE… REPLIED WORF.



A LITTLE WHILE EARLIER ON DS9

         SO THIS IS THE FAMOUS PROMENADE SAID KROLL…..AS HE AND RIKER SAT
AT THE BAR….RIKER HIT THE BAR TOP AND A FUNNY LOOKING FERENGI APPROACHED
THEM AND ASKED CAN I GET YOU GENTLEMEN SOMETHING TO DRINK, EAT, OR TO
FONDLE…MAYBE A HOLO SUITE TO SATISFY A NEED???....KROLL STARED AT THE
FERENGI AND SAID A DRINK OF ROMULAN ALE WOULD BE FINE….MAKE THAT TWO
SAID RIKER….OK SAID THE FERENGI AND WALKED AWAY MUTTERING UNDER HIS
BREATH…GREAT…JUST WHAT I NEED….SOME MORE BIG SPENDERS
         UNCLE CALL LIEUTENANT NOG…..QUARK TURNED AND SMILED AND CALLED
BACK….NOG…WELL…NERYS FINALLY GAVE YOU SOME TIME OFF I SEE….YOU THINK
YOU CAN HELP YOUR BLEEDING UNCLE OUT AND HELP SERVE CUSTOMERS AT THE
BAR??? ASKED QUARK….ACTUALLY "NO"…I COME TO MAKE SURE YOU ARE
PREPARING TO LEAVE…..I'VE SECURED A ROOM FOR YOU ON A STAR SHIP CALLED THE
TITAN…SHE IS TO HELP WITH EVACUATION I'VE BEEN TOLD….GREAT…SAID
QUARK….ACTUALLY THAT‟S A GOOD IDEA CALLED RIKER….I'M CAPTAIN OF THE TITAN
AND THE TIME IS NOW….SO GET US THE ALE AND THEN YOU START PACKING….GREAT
SAID QUARK…NOG APPROACHED RIKER AND SAID GREETING'S SIR…I'M LIEUTENANT
NOG OF DS9…THAT'S MY UNCLE QUARK….WILL YOUR SHIP BE LEAVING SOON???
ASKED NOG….AS SOON AS WE DOWN THE ALE….QUARK RETURNED WITH THE ALE AND
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THEN CALLED TO HIS FEW CUSTOMERS AND REMAINING HELP AND SAID "OK"
EVERYONE OUT THIS PLACE IS CLOSED…THEN HIT THE SECURITY SWITCHES,
INTERCOM AND LIGHTS, REACHED DOWN UNDER THE BAR GRABBED A SACK, AND
SWUNG IT OVER HIS SHOULDER AND SAID TO NOG….READY
         RIKER LOOKED AT KROLL THEN THEY CLICKED BOTTLES AND DRANK
DEEPLY, AFTER FINISHING THEIR ALE, THEY GOT UP AND LEFT THE BAR…KROLL SAID
THAT WAS QUICK….
         WELL UNCLE I WILL WALK YOU TO THE TITAN SAID NOG….WILL YOU
REPLIED QUARK….YOU THINK I WILL GET LOST OR GET ON THE WRONG SHIP LIKE MY
BROTHER DID THIS MORING??? SAID QUARK….NO SAID NOG…I WILL BE STAYING THERE
TOO….OK…THEN LETS GO SAID QUARK.

       WILLIAM T. RIKER WAS IN HIS QUARTERS WHEN HE RECEIVED THE
MESSAGE THAT FLEET ADMIRAL PICARD HAD ARRIVED AND WAS IN A MEETING
WITH THE KLINGON CHANCELLOR KANG

         RIKER HIT HIS COMM. LINK AND SAID…NUMBER ONE…INFORM ME WHEN
ADMIRAL PICARD IS FINISHED WITH HIS MEETING WITH THE CHANCELLOR.
YES SIR REPLIED MR. TUVOK…
         RIKER THEN LEFT HIS QUARTERS FOR HIS READY ROOM UP IN THE
BRIDGE….AS HE ENTERED HE FOUND HIS WIFE DIANA TROY RIKER SITTING IN HIS
CHAIR….DON'T GET TO COMFORTABLE IN THAT SEAT SAID RIKER….WHAT
SAID TROY….YOU CAN'T TALK TO ME LIKE THAT….I'M MARRIED TO THE CAPTAIN SHE
SAID….IS THAT RIGHT SAID RIKER AS HE APPROACHED HER…HE THEN SAT ON THE
DESK, BENT DOWN AND GAVE HER A LONG KISS ON THE MOUTH…THAT‟S BETTER
DIANA SAID AS SHE GOT UP….WELL I HEAR THAT JEAN LUC HAS ARRIVED…HAVE YOU
TOLD HIM…ASKED DIANA…NOT YET SAID WILLIAM….HE'S IN A MEETING WITH THE
CHANCELLOR….AS SOON AS HE GET'S OUT I WILL SHOW HIM OUR PRIZE..SAID
RIKER….SO HOW IS THE EVACUATION PROCEEDING ASKED RIKER….ON SCHEDULE
REPLIED TROY…MOST OF DS9'S COMMAND PERSONAL HAD ALREADY LEFT ON EARLIER
SHIPS….SO WE HAVE A SMALL GROUP OF EVACUEES…MOSTLY WORKERS…..
CONTINUED DIANA….GOOD THEN AS SOON AS WE TRANSPORT THEM WE CAN
RETURN….I'M EGGER TO HEAR JEAN LUC'S PLAN…JUST THEN A MESSAGE CAME ON
RIKERS COMM.….CAPTAIN…I HAVE CAPTAIN CHAKOTAY OF VOYAGER ON LINE TWO
FOR YOU…SAID MR. TUVOK….PUT HIM THROUGH SAID RIKER…..
           GREETING'S CAPTAIN….I HAVE NEW ORDER'S FOR YOU FROM THE FLEET
ADMIRAL PICARD…THE TITAN AND THE SPEAR ARE TO ACCOMPANY VOYAGER TO THE
FERENGI STAR SYSTEM FOR A MISSION MOST IMPORTANT TO THE SUCCESSES OF OUR
DEFENSE SAID CHAKOTAY…YOU AND COMMANDER KROLL SHALL MEET WITH
ADMIRAL JANEWAY FOR A BRIEFING IN ONE HOUR IN HER OFFICE ABOARD
VOYAGER…..SAID CHAKOTAY….UNDERSTOOD SAID RIKER….HAS THE ROMULAN
CENTRAL COMMAND SEND CLEARANCE FOR THE SPEAR TO ACCOMPANY US ASKED
RIKER….YES I JUST GOT HIS CLEARANCE FORM COMMAND REPLIED CHAKOTAY….GOOD
WILL SEE YOU IN ONE HOUR SAID RIKER
SEE YOU THEN….CHAKOTAY OUT….
         NUMBER ONE…HAS ADMIRAL PICARD COME OUT OF HIS MEETING ASKED
RIKER…..NOT AS YET REPLIED MR. TUVOK…OPEN A CHANEL TO ADMIRAL JANEWAY
FOR ME ASKED RIKER….YES SIR SAID MR. TUVOK….RIKER TURNED TO DIANA AND
ASKED I WONDER WHAT THIS MISSION IS ALL ABOUT?
         SIR I'VE GOT ADMIRAL JANEWAY FOR YOU ON LINE TWO SAID MR.
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TUVOK…..RIKER HIT HIS SECURE COMM. CHANEL NUMBER TWO…ADMIRAL THIS IS
CAPTAIN RIKER….WILL SEE YOU IN ONE HOUR FOR THE BRIEFING…HAS ADMIRAL
PICARD BEEN TOLD ABOUT THE BORG QUEEN WE HAVE??? ASKED RIKER…."THE
QUEEN"….WITH ALL THAT‟S HAS BEEN GOING ON AROUND HERE I FORGOT TO SAY
SOMETHING….NO HE DOES NOT KNOW!!
REPLIED JANEWAY….WELL I THINK SOMEONE SHOULD TELL HIM BEFORE WE GO SAID
RIKER…..WELL THAT SOMEONE SHOULD BE YOU SAID JANEWAY…SO
HOP TO IT….THAT'S AND ORDER SAID JANEWAY….WITH A SMILE ON HIS FACE RIKER
REPLIED YES SIR ADMIRAL….RIKER OUT.
    DIANA…..THIS SMALL GROUP OF EVACUEES WE HAVE…..THEY WILL NEED TO BE ON
ANOTHER SHIP…..I WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEM IF WE ARE GOING INTO A
HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT…..SAID RIKER….YES OF COURSE…..I WILL RE-LOCATE THEM
IMMEDIATELY….SAID DIANA….SHE TURNED AND LEFT RIKERS READY ROOM…. RIKER
STOOD FOR A MOMENT AND THOUGHT AS TO HOW HE WILL PRESENT THE BORG QUEEN
TO JEAN-LUC…..

CHAPTER 4:
  “A QUEEN FOR A KNIGHT…A MATE IN CHECK”

           WELL SEVEN OF NINE AS YOU PREFER TO BE CALLED…DO YOU MISS MOMMY
AND DADDY….SMILED THE BORG QUEEN….SEVEN REPLIED WHILE LOOKING DOWN AT
A DATA PAD….I'M GIVING YOU A NAME….THE TITLE BORG QUEEN IS TO REGAL FOR A
MONSTER LIKE YOU…."MONSTER"…OH..SEVEN YOU GOT IT ALL WRONG…I BRING
PEACE AND ORDER TO WHERE THERE IS ONLY CHAOS….COUNTED THE QUEEN AS SHE
CONTINUED TO SMILE….SEVEN LOOKED UP AT THE QUEEN AND SAID…SINCE YOUR
SPECIES LIKES NUMBERS …AND SINCE THERE ARE ONLY TEN MODELS OF YOUR SPECIES
THAT ARE ACTUALLY BORG AND ONLY ONE OF THESE MODELS COMMANDS EACH AND
EVERY SHIP WHICH GIVES THE IMPRESSION THAT YOU ARE EVERY WHERE AT ONCE
BUT ARE ACTUALLY INDIVIDUAL CLONES SERVING A COLLECTIVE MIND WHOM THE
TITLE OF FIRST OF UNIMATRIX OF TEN …THE QUEEN OPEN UP HER HANDS PALM
UPWARDS AND ASKED ...PLEASE TELL ME WHERE ARE YOU GOING WITH THIS....I
ALLREADY KNOW WHO AND WHAT I AM.....SEVEN GAVE A SMALL EXHALE AND
SAID....FIRST OF TEN....AND SINCE YOU ARE THE FIRST TO BE CAPTURED BY
HUMANS..YOU WILL BE CALLED FIRST OF TEN…
            FIRST OF TEN….HOW ENDURING…HOW SINGLE MINDED…IT IS A WONDER
YOUR SPECIES STILL CONTINUES….BUT THAT WILL NOT LAST LONG SAID "THE
QUEEN"…..SEVEN GAVE THE QUEEN A GRIN AS SH REPLIED....MY SPEICES WILL ENDURE
AND ADAPT….AND SURVIVE LONG AFTER YOURS IS A MEMORY …..OH WILL
THEY…YOU MUST KNOW BY NOW THAT WE HAVE MADE A FULL ENVISION OF YOUR
QUADRANT…WE HAVE COME IN THE THOUSANDS AND HAVE ALREADY BEGAN
ASSIMILATING ALL IN OUR PATH….SAID THE QUEEN…..THAT WILL SOON END SAID
SEVEN….WELL DON‟T BE TO SURE SEVEN….I THINK THAT WHEN I GET BACK TO MY
COLLECTIVE FAMILY THE FIRST THING I SHALL DO IS LOOK UP MOMMY AND DADDY
DEAREST….AND HAVE THEM EJECTED INTO SPACE…..JUST TO CLEAR OUT MY
HEAD…SAID THE QUEEN...WITH A SMILE
SEVEN REPLIED..YOU WILL NEVER GET BACK TO THE COLLECTIVE….YOU WILL
NEVER…DON'T BE SO NAÏVE COUNTERED THE QUEEN….YOU FORGET ALL I HAVE TO DO
IS FOR A MOMENT BE IN RECEPTION OF THE COLLECTIVE MIND AND I WILL DO AS I'VE
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HAVE SAID…FOR I AM EVERYWHERE IN THE BORG COLLECTIVE MIND…..I AM HERE AND
I AM IN EACH BORG SHIP….AND I WILL SPACE YOUR PARENTS…AT THAT MOMENT
SEVEN'S EYES GREW LARGE….OH POOR MOMMY AND DADDY….. THEY WILL SUFFER
SO…AS THEY DRIFT THROUGH SPACE SLOWLY DISCONNECTING FROM THE COLLECTIVE
…. BECOMING INDIVIDUALS….REMEMBERING THERE LITTLE CHILD….CONTINUED THE
QUEEN…SEVEN'S FACE WENT INTO A RAGE..SHE SCREAMED STOP!…OH POOR MOMMY
AS SHE SEE'S HER BELOVED HUSBAND DRIFT AWAY FROM HER….UNABLE TO REACH
OUT TO HIM....TO TOUCH HIM WHILE HER CONNECTION TO HIM FADES…SEVEN TOOK A
STEP BACK THEN DROPPED HER DATA PAD AND REACHED FOR HER HAND
PHASER….PULLED IT OUT AND POINTED AT THE QUEEN AND SAID THAT WILL BE
ENOUGH!!!! YOUR FATHER WILL SCREAM "WHAT HAVE I DONE"…I KILLED MY
FAMILY!!! WHERE IS MY CHILD!!! SEVEN MOVED TO THE FORCE FIELD CONTROL
PANEL AND DEACTIVATED THE ENERGY FIELD THAN STEPPED BACK AND SAID…"I
WILL KILL YOU…I WILL DESTROY YOU..YOU BEAST"
OH…NOW I AM A BEAST…WHAT HAPPENED TO MONSTER…YOU CAN'T MAKE UP YOUR
MIND SAID THE QUEEN AS SHE STEPPED OUT OF HER HOLDING CELL..SHE BEGAN TO
LOOK AROUND….AND SAID…HIMM…CAN'T HEAR MY FAMILY…SO YOUR DAMPENING
FIELD EXTENDS BEYOND THE HOLDING CELL..NO MATTER I'LL GET MOMMY AND
DADDY STILL…SAID THE QUEEN…..WELL WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR SHE
CONTINUED…AN INVITATION…PULL THE TRIGGER YOU COWARD…YOU FRAIL LITTLE
GIRL..IF YOU DON'T... YOUR MOTHER AND FATHER WILL FREEZE TO DEATH IN THE DARK
AND ICY COLD OF EMPTY SPACE…ALONE AND AFRAID…SEVEN BEGAN TO TIGHTLY
HOLD THE PHASER AND MOVE HER FINGER TO THE TRIGGER AS…..

           WELL KANG I'LL SEE YOU IN THE FRONT LINES….AS SOON AS WE GET THE
DATA WE NEED…..THAT BETTER BE SOON REPLIED KANG..AS PICARD STEPPED OUT OF
THE STO-VO-KOR AND ON TO THE DOCKING BAY PLATFORM THEN WALKED TO AND
MOUNTED ON THE DOCKING BAY TRANSPORTER, HIT HIS COM BUTTON AND
SAID....ENTERPRISE, ONE TO BEAM UP....TRANSPORT ENERGY FEILD ENGULFED HIM AND
HE THEN HE WAS GONE…..
           AS PICARD RE-EMERGED INTO THE ENTERPRISE TRANSPORTER CHAMBER HE
FOUND WILLIAM RIKER WAITING FOR HIM…..WILL…GOOD TO SEE YOU…BUT DID YOU
NOT GET YOUR ORDERS?? ASKED PICARD….YES I DID…BUT BEFORE I LEAVE, THERE IS A
LITTLE MATTER THAT NEED‟S TO BE ADDRESSED SAID RIKER….AND THAT IS?? ASKED
PICARD…JEAN LUC…IT WOULD BE BETTER IF YOU COME TO SEE FOR YOUR
SELF….SHE'S IN A HOLDING CELL ABOARD THE HORIZON AND WAITING YOUR
PLEASURE. SAID RIKER…WHO IS??..ASKED PICARD…COME AND SEE FOR YOUR
SELF…SAID RIKER…YOU KNOW I DO NOT LIKE SURPRISES SAID PICARD…THIS ONE
WILL BE A TREAT JEAN-LUC…COME…...SAID RIKER…
        RIKER HIT HIS COM-BADGE AND ASKED THE COMPUTER TO LOCATE ADMIRAL
JANEWAY FOR HIM AND OPEN A CHANEL.

        BOTH MEN LEFT THE ENTERPRISE TALKING ABOUT RIKERS MISSION TO
THE FERENGI TERRITORIES FOR THE DATA THEY NEEDED WHEN THEY CAME
ABOARD THE HORIZON….

         ATTENTION CALL THE OFFICER ON DECK…ADMIRAL ON BOARD…..AT EASE
SAID PICARD…GREETINGS CAPTAIN NEWMAN SAID PICARD…GREETINGS SIR AND TO
YOU CAPTAIN RIKER..REPLIED CAPTAIN NEWMAN OF THE HORIZON….WE HAVE BEEN
WAITING FOR YOUR ARRIVAL….SEVEN OF NINE IS WITH HER RIGHT NOW ..CONTINUED
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NEWMAN….WITH WHOM…SAID PICARD….YOU DON'T KNOW SAID NEWMAN…NO HE
DOES NOT AND IT WOULD BE BETTER THAT HE FINDS OUT ON HIS OWN…SAID
RIKER…OK SAID CAPTAIN NEWMAN…THIS WAY IF YOU PLEASE….CAPTAIN RIKER…I
HAVE ADMIRAL JANEWAY FOR YOU SAID THE COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER PUT HER
THROUGH SAID RIKER…
         THIS IS JANEWAY….RIKER REPLIED..GREETINGS ADMIRAL….I'M WITH
ADMIRAL PICARD ABOARD THE HORIZON AND YOU DID SAY YOU WANTED TO SEE THE
LOOK ON HIS FACE WHEN….I'M ON MY WAY SAID JANEWAY…
         A MOMENT HAD PASSED WHEN A TRANSPORTER FIELD OPENED UP AND
JANEWAY APPEARED….JANEWAY LOOKED UP AND WITH A NOD SAID
GENTLEMEN…SHALL WE….PICARD LOOKING AT JANEWAY SAYS…HELLO KATE…WHAT
IS THIS ALL ABOUT…..

        ALL THREE MEN AND JANEWAY TRAVELED UP AND DOWN THE CORRIDORS
OF THE HORIZON UNTIL THEY CAME UPON A SPECIALIZED HOLDING CELL…

         AS CAPTAIN NEWMAN PRESSED THE DOOR RELEASE BUTTON AND THE
CELL DOOR OPENED…JEAN LUC…SAID RIKER WITH A SMILE…I GIVE YOU HER
MAJESTY THE QUEEN…JANEWAY AND THE THREE MEN ENTERED TO FIND A VERY
ANGRY SEVEN OF NINE WITH A PHASER IN HER HAND AND STANDING IN FRONT OF THE
BORG QUEEN!!!
        LIEUTENANT…WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING??? EXCLAIMED
RIKER!!!….PICARD LOOK STARTLED….NEWMAN‟S EYES OPENED WIDE AND SAID IF SHE
SHOOTS THE ALARMS WILL SOUND…
        SEVEN OF NINE GLANCED OVER TO HER LEFT TO LOOK INTO RIKERS
EYES…RIKER SAW FURY….RAGE…THAN THE QUEEN MADE HER MOVE…SHE LEANED
FORWARD AND LOUNGED AT SEVEN…. SUDDENLY BOTH FEMALES WERE LOCKED IN
COMBAT…RIKER MOVED AND GRABBED AT SEVEN FROM BEHIND AND PICARD
GRABBED THE QUEEN AS NEWMAN WATCHED AND SCREAMED “WATCH IT…HER
TENTACLES”…..PICARD PULLED THE QUEENS ARMS AWAY….RIKER STRUGGLED BUT
WAS UNABLE TO PULL SEVEN BACK….HER STRENGTH WAS SO THAT NEWMAN HAD TO
JUMP IN TO DISARM HER….THE QUEEN WITH HER ARMS SPREAD WIDE WITH PICARD
HOLDING BOTH OF HER AT HER WRISTS TURNED HER HEAD TO THE RIGHT TO LOOK AT
PICARD AND WITH A SMILE SHE SAID…OH HOW SO GOOD TO SEE YOU…LOCUTUS
THEN SLOWLY TURNING HERSELF AROUND TO FACE HIM…AS PICARD STRUGGLED HE
REMEMBERD THAT HER STRENGTH WAS AT LEAST THREE TIMES HIS STRENGTH, HE
THEN GAVE HER A MOMENTARY LOOK OF FEAR….THAN AS SHE FACED HIM…SHE
RELAXED….PICARD SAW SOMETHING STRANGE IN HER EYES….A LOOK ONLY A MAN
WOULD KNOW…..JEAN-LUC…CALLED RIKER…BE CARFUL….OH LOCUTUS…I WOULD
NEVER BRING YOU HARM SAID THE QUEEN…LET ME GO CRIED
SEVEN….OK..LIEUTENANT SAID RIKER..AS NEWMAN PULLED THE PHASER AWAY FROM
HER…
         THE GROUP STOOD STARING AT EACH OTHER…IT WAS RIKER WHO SPOKE
FIRST….EXPLAIN YOURSELF LIEUTENANT…..I‟M AFRAID IT WAS ALL MY FAULT SAID
THE QUEEN….SEVEN INTERRUPTED…SHE‟S PLANNING TO MURDER MY PARENTS SHE
SAID WHEN SHE GET‟S…..HOW GULLIBLE YOU ARE SEVEN OF NINE….SAID THE
QUEEN…ASK LOCUTUS…HE WILL TELL YOU…FOR AS HE IS CONCERNED…THEY ARE
ALREADY DEAD…IS THAT NOT RIGHT LOCUTUS??? ASKED THE QUEEN….PICARD
LOOKED AT SEVEN AND SAID…PLEASE LEAVE…HE TURNED TO RIKER AND

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SAID…CAPTAIN DO YOU NOT HAVE A MISSION TO PERFORM…..YES SIR REPLIED
RIKER….WELL THAN CAPTAIN YOU BEST BE ON YOUR WAY AND PLEASE ESCORT THE
LIEUTENANT TO HER SHIP….SHE WILL BE NEEDED..SAID PICARD YES SIR SAID
RIKER…BOTH MEN LOOKED AT EACH OTHER….PICARD‟S EYES LOOKED INTO RIKERS
AND RIKER SAW PICARD EYES BEGAN TO SOFTEN…THAN WITH A SMILE PICARD
NODDED…THANK YOU WILL….
THIS IS A SURPRISE..SAID PICARD…RIKER TURNED AND WITH SEVEN THEY LEFT THE
HOLDING CELL.
          CAPTAIN NEWMAN….I WOULD LIKE TO BE ALONE WITH HER SAID
PICARD…WITH A SUDDEN LOOK OF CONCERN CAPTAIN NEWMAN SAID I PROTEST
ADMIRAL….YOU OF ALL PEOPLE KNOW WHAT SHE IS CAPABLE OF…..I DO NOT LIKE
THE….PICARD LIFTED HIS HAND AND SAID….SHE WILL NOT TRY ASSIMILATE ME…I'VE
BEEN THERE…DONE THAT…SO WOULD YOU PLEASE..SAID PICARD…NEWMAN REPLIED
WITH…OK BUT FOR THE RECORD I WOULD LIKE TO, SAY….PICARD AGAIN
INTERRUPTED…PLEASE CAPTAIN….OK…OK…SAID NEWMAN….JANEWAY TURNED TO
PICARD AND SAID…..SHE CAN‟T ASSIMILATE YOU WE TOOK CARE OF THAT AND CUTOFF
HER CONNECTION TO THE HIVE….BUT SHE IS STILL STRONG ENOUGH TO PULL YOU
APART….SO BE CARFUL….I‟M ON MY WAY TO JOIN UP WITH THE TITAN….HOPE WE GET
WHAT WE NEED….SO GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR NEW FRIEND…THEN JANEWAY TURNED
AND LEFT THE HOLDING CELL AS THE QUEEN SAID TO JANEWAY…..GOOD TO SEE YOU
TO KATE.
          BUT FIRST…SAID NEWMAN AS HE TURNED AND ADDRESSED THE
QUEEN…BACK IN YOUR CELL…PICARD MAYBE THE FLEET ADMIRAL…BUT I‟M THE
CAPTAIN OF THIS SHIP..SO MOVE IT…THE QUEEN LIFTED HER HEAD AND TURNED TO
ENTER HER CELL SAYING…LOCUTUS..ARE YOU GOING TO LET HIM ADDRESS ME IN
THAT TONE….PICARD SMILE AS THE FORCE FIELD WAS REACTIVATED THAN CAPTAIN
NEWMAN TURNED AND LEFT THE HOLDING CELL…WITH A CONCERNED LOOK AT
PICARD….LEANING ON THE WALL NEAR THE DOOR “Q” WAVED HIS HAND AT NEWMAN
AND SAID SHOO….
         WITH THE DOOR CLOSED….PICARD TURNER TO LOOK AT THE QUEEN AND
SAID….WHY???…WHY DID YOU LET YOURSELF BE CAPTURED…WHY???
         WITH A SMUG SMILE ON HER FACE SHE ANSWERED……
OH…LOCUTUS…LOCUTUS…AFTER OUR LAST ENCOUNTER…YOU WERE ALL I THOUGHT
ABOUT….TO RISK YOUR LIFE FOR THAT ANDROID…SUCH A NOBLE SOUL ARE YOU…YES
HE IS SAID THE “Q”…IF YOU WOULD DO THAT FOR AN ARTIFICIAL LIFE FORM LIKE
DATA….I SHUTTER AT THE THOUGHT OF WHAT YOU WOULD DO FOR ME!!!…I‟M HERE
FOR YOU…MY KNIGHT IN SHINING “ARMOR” …SAID THE QUEEN…WATCH OUT JEAN-
LUC, I THINK SHE LIKES YOU SAID “Q” PICARD‟S LOOK WAS ONE OF
ASTONISHMENT…HOW COULD YOU KNOW ABOUT THAT….IT HAPPENED IN THE PAST
AND YOU WERE DESTROYED…HOW COULD….THE QUEEN INTERRUPTED WITH….I WAS
THERE…AS I AM HERE…AS I AM IN THE FUTURE…YOU SEE…LOCUTUS…I TRANSMIT IN
QUAD DIMENSIONAL FREQUENCY‟S…WHEN I WAS THERE IN THE PAST…I TRANSMITTED
A CONTINUAL TRANSMISSION UNTIL I WAS DESTROYED….AND…SOME TIME AGO I
RECEIVED THAT TRANSMISSION….AND KNEW WHAT HAPPENED…SO I EMBARKED
AGAIN TO ASSIMILATE EARTH…I TRIED AGAIN…AND AGAIN…AND AGAIN…AND
FAILED EACH TIME…BECAUSE OF YOU…YOU…OH… LOCUTUS WHAT WE COULD BE
TOGETHER…SO I HAVE COME IN FORCE…AND THIS TIME I WILL NOT FAIL!!!
         PICARD…THOUGHT FOR A MOMENT…AND REPLIED…YOU MEAN WHAT I
REMEMBER IS THE MOST RESENT ATTEMPT BY YOU TO ATTACK EARTH…AND THAT
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THERE WERE MANNY TIMES YOU MADE THAT ATTEMPT…BUT THE ONLY ONE I
REMEMBER IS THE MOST RECENT BECAUSE OF THE TIME CONTINUUM….BINGO SAID
“Q”…PICARD LOOKED AT THE QUEEN AND AGAIN SHE HAD THAT LOOK ABOUT
HER….THAT UNMISTAKABLE LOOK…HER EYES UPON HIM..SOFT…HER
SMILE…WARM…HER BREATHING…DEEP AND WITH RHYTHM
        PICARD SAID…..THIS CAN NEVER BE….I WILL NOT ALLOW IT….WHY FIGHT IT
LOCUTUS….YOU KNOW HOW I FEEL…I‟M HERE IN FORCE…FOR YOU..YOU AND ONLY
YOU!!!
        NOW I KNOW YOUR LYING….YOU WOULD NOT DO THIS FOR ME OR ANY OTHER
REASON OTHER THAN THE ACQUISITION OF RESOURCES THIS QUADRANT HAS TO
OFFER…SAID PICARD…
        OH..LOCUTUS HOW WRONG YOU ARE….DO YOU REALLY THINK THAT THESE
RIDICULES LIFE FORMS INHABITING THIS QUADRANT MEANS ANYTHING TO US….SO
BACKWARD THEY ARE….BUT YOU…YOU ARE WAY BEFORE YOUR TIME….SO MUCH
LIKE US YOU ARE….MY KNIGHT…WHO WOULD BE KING….MY PERFECT MATE!!!!
        WITH EARTH OUT OF THE WAY…YOU WILL HAVE TO GIVE IN….IF ONLY YOU
COULD KNOW WHAT I KNOW…FEEL WHAT I FEEL…DO AS I CAN DO…WHY BE ONLY A
KNIGHT WHEN YOU CAN BE THE FIRST AND ONLY…KING!!!
         THINK OF IT…HUMANITY AT YOUR BECKONING ….ALL LIFE AROUND
YOU…YOURS FOR WHAT EVER YOUR HART‟S DESIRE….
         PICARD STARED AT HER WITH GREAT ANGER AND A LOOK OF FURY IN HIS
EYES…NEVER….I WILL STOP YOU….IN ANY WAY I CAN…I DID IT BEFORE..I WILL DO IT
AGAIN…DO YOU HEAR ME I WILL STOP YOU….AND THIS TIME I WILL CARRY THE
WAR TO YOU HOME WORLD…DO YOU HEAR ME I WILL DESTROY YOU….ALL OF
YOU!!!YOU WILL NOT BRING HARM TO MY PEOPLE..THIS ENDS NOW!!....VERY
IMPRESSIVE JEAN LUC SAID “Q” AS HE MOVED FROM THE WALL TO STAND NEXT TO
PICARD.
         PICARD TURNED AND BEGAN TO WALK TOWARD THE DOOR…AS HE
APPROACHED THE DOOR HE HEARD THE QUEEN SPEAK TO HIM…WITH SOFT EMOTION IN
HER VOICE….OH….LOCUTUS SO NOBLE…SO GREAT YOU ARE…I WILL SHOW YOU WHAT LIFE
REALLY IS….
         AT THE DOOR PICARD TURNED TO LOOK AT HER AND SAW THAT LOOK ON HER
FACE…SUCH ADMIRATION …THE LOOK OF LONGING…THAT SMILE….HE THEN PASSED
INTO THE CORRIDOR AS THE DOOR CLOSED BEHIND HIM. HE FELT HIS WORLD CLOSING
IN ON HIM…..
        THE QUEEN WATCHED HIM GO, THEN STOOD BACK IN HER CELL TO LOOK
STRAIGHT AHEAD WHEN SHE NOTICED A SHADOW, A SHADOW IN HUMAN FORM, IT WAS
LONG, FROM THE EDGE OF THE WALL NEAR HER CELL, ACROSS THE FLOOR, UP THE
OPPOSITE WALL, ENDING AT THE CEILING AND APPEARED TO BE FACING HER…IT
MOVED AND THEN IT WAS GONE…..
IN HER MIND SHE THOUGHT TO HER SELF….THAT SHADOW…THROUGHOUT THE YEARS
I'VE SEEN IT….NEAR ME….AROUND ME….IT GIVES ME THE FEELING THAT SOMEONE OR
SOMETHING IS WATCHING….WATCHING ME. SHE TURNED WITH WIDE EYES TO SIT ON
HER BENCH, HER MIND FULL OF FEARFUL SUSPICION.

       BEN SISKO WAS NOW LOADING THE LAST GROUP OF BAJORANS INTO HIS CIRCLE
WHEN HE WAS INFORMED THAT THE OTHER PROFITS HAVE COMPLETED THERE
ASSIGNED TRANSPORTS AND SISKO WAS LOADING THE LAST OF THE BAJORANS OFF
THE PLANET.

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       WHEN THE CIRCLE WAS FULL…IT CLOSED…THE RIM BEGAN TO SPIN…FASTER
AND FASTER…AS THE SPEED INCREASED, THE PEOPLE WITHIN BEGAN TO
DISAPPEAR….SLOWLY AT FIRST THEN FASTER AND FASTER UNTIL ALL WITHIN WAS
GONE….THEN SISKO WAS ABOUT TO MENTALLY TRANSPORT HIM SELF WHEN A VOICE
BEHIND HE CALLED TO HIM…
      PROFIT…SISKO….BEN, I WOULD HAVE A WORD WITH YOU BEFORE YOU GO
ASKED…WATER….SPEAK SAID BEN…..SOME TIME AGO THE….WATER SUDDENLY
LOOKED DOWN AND REPHRASED HER SENTENCE AS SHE LOOKED BACK UP AT
BEN….WE THE FOUNDERS HAD SENT THROUGH THE DIMENSIONAL PORTAL A FLEET OF
SHIPS THAT WERE INTENDED TO COMBAT THE FEDERATION FOR THE CONTROL OF THIS
SIDE OF THE PORTAL AND MAKE BAJOR A BASE OF OPERATIONS….THE PROFITS
INTERVENED….AND AS THE FLEET OF SHIPS WERE PASSING THROUGH THE
PORTAL…THEY DISAPPEARED…MY QUESTION IS CAN THEY BE BROUGHT BACK..WE
COULD USE THEM FOR THIS CONFLICT….
      BEN REPLIED…BRING THEM BACK FROM WHERE….THEY ARE STILL WITHIN THE
PORTAL….ARE THEY??? ASKED WATER….WHY CAN WE NOT SEE THEM….OR
COMMUNICATE WITH THEM??? CONTINUED WATER..
      THEY ARE THERE STILL TRAVELING THROUGH THE PORTAL STILL AT THE
MOMENT OF THERE MOVEMENT..REPLIED BEN….
      I SEE…SAID WATER….THEN ALL THE PROFITS NEED TO DO IS TO ALLOW THEM
INTO THE "NOW"…CONTINUED WATER….
      IF THAT IS YOUR WANT…IT CAN COME TO PASS…SAID BEN….YES IT IS OUR
WANT SAID WATER…..WE WILL CONTACT OUR LOST FLEET AND INFORM THEM OF
WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO THEM AND AS TO THE PRESENT CONDITIONS THEY ARE NOW
FACING….THEY WILL BE A GREAT ASSET…CONTINUED WATER.
      DONE SAID BEN…THEN HE LOOKED AS IF HE WAS NOT SEEING ANYTHING AND
STARING INTO EMPTINESS WHEN HE BLINKED OUT.
      WATER WAS STANDING THERE ALONE WITH HER JEM-HADAR BODYGUARDS
AMAZED AT WHAT JUST HAPPENED…SHE TURNED TO HER VORTA AND SAID….
    WEYOUN….CONTACT THE SHIP…AND INFORM THEM TO WATCH THE WORM HOLE.
OUR LOST FLEET WILL BE EXITING…AND TO CONTACT THE FLEET SUPREME OFFICER TO
DO NOTHING WHEN HIS FLEET IS FULLY CLEARS OF THE WORM HOLE…I WILL CONTACT
HIM…..YES FOUNDER…REPLIED THE VORTA NAMED WEYOUN 9 ….AS HE WAS
COMPLYING TO HIS ORDERS…WATER SAID TO HER GROUP….COME LETS RETURN TO
THE SHIP….WE HAVE WORK TO DO….
    THE GROUP STOOD TOGETHER AND A SECOND CONTACT MESSAGE TO WATER‟S
SHIP WAS MADE AND THE GROUP WAS TRANSPORTED UP.

    MR. SPOCK NOW IN HIS QUARTERS ABOARD THE STAR SHIP VOYAGER WAS
FINISHING A CONVERSATION WITH MR. DATA….
    POSTER AN INVITATION TO OUR ALLY'S TO PARTICIPATE IN OUR EFFORTS ALSO SEE
WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH THE EXISTING DATA WE HAVE….JUST TO BE ON THE SIDE OF
CAUTION ….WE MAY NOT BE SUCCESSFUL…AND KEEP A SEPARATE TEAM FOR THE
PURSUANT SEARCH FOR AN ALTERNATE WEAPON….AND IF WE ARE SUCCESSFUL….WE
NEED A WAY TO DEPLOY THE DEVICE…SAID MR. SPOCK
   YES SIR REPLIED MR. DATA…..ADMIRAL?? ASKED MR. DATA…WHAT ARE YOUR
CHANCE'S FOR A SUCCESSFUL MISSION???
    I CAN NOT AT THIS TIME SURMISE AN ACCURATE REPLY TO YOUR INQUIRY
WITHOUT FURTHER DATA ON THE SUBJECT….THE VARIABLES HAVE NOT REVEALED
THEMSELVES…WHY DO YOU ASK MR. DATA ASKED MR. SPOCK??
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    THE CREW MY HAVE QUESTIONS AND IT WOULD NOT BE APPROPRIATE OF ME NOT
TO HAVE THE LATEST ANSWERS..REPLIED MR. DATA
    I SEE SAID MR. SPOCK….SPOCK TILTED HIS HEAD…RAISED BOTH
EYEBROWS…THOUGHT FOR A MOMENT…AND REMEMBER SOMETHING CAPTAIN KIRK
SAID TO HIM MANY YEARS AGO…THEN REPLIED TO MR. DATA…TELL THEM…"WERE
WORKING ON IT"….
    MR. DATA REPLIED…GOOD ENOUGH…SIR….MR. DATA….MAY THE PATH OF LOGIC
SHOW THE WAY…SAID MR. SPOCK AS HE BROKE THE TRANSMISSION…
    SPOCK THEN LEFT HIS QUARTERS AND WAS HEADED FOR THE SCIENCE LAB
ASSIGNED TO HIM WHEN THE SHIPS RED ALERT SIREN BURST THROUGH THE
CORRIDOR…."RED ALERT….RED ALERT"….ALL CREW TO THEIR STATIONS" SAID THE
COMPUTER….
    MR. SPOCK PLEASE REPORT TO THE BRIDGE CALLED THE SHIPS COMMUNICATIONS
OFFICER…..SPOCK HIT HIS COM-BADGE AND REPLIED "I'M ON MY WAY"
     AS MR. SPOCK ENTERED THE BRIDGE THE COMPUTER ANNOUNCED HIM,
     ADMIRAL ON THE BRIDGE....JANEWAY TURNED AND SAID TO MR.
SPOCK….THE WORM HOLE HAS JUST OPENED AND A SECOND FLEET OF JEM-HADAR
SHIPS HAVE EMERGED….AND ARE HOLDING JUST OUTSIDE THE WORM
HOLE…INTERESTING REPLY SAID SPOCK….HAS THE FOUNDER GIVEN ANY
EXPLANATIONS FOR THIS SECOND WAVE…CONTINUED SPOCK…
    NONE…REPLIED JANEWAY….SUDDENLY THE COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE CALLED
TO JANEWAY…..ADMIRAL…BOTH SPOCK AND JANEWAY TURNED TO FACE THE
COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER…IT WAS JANEWAY WHO RESPONDED..
   YES WHAT IS IT???...I HAVE THE FLEET ADMIRAL ON LINE TO ALL SHIPS….REPLIED
THE OFFICER…PUT HIM THROUGH ORDERED JANEWAY..
    THIS IS FLEET ADMIRAL PICARD…TO ALL SHIPS….STAND DOWN…I SAY
AGAIN…STAND DOWN….I HAVE BEEN IN CONTACT WITH THE FOUNDER KNOWN AS
"WATER"…AND SHE HAS INFORMED ME OF THE SITUATION…THE SECOND WAVE OF
JEM-HADAR SHIPS THAT HAVE EMERGED WILL JOIN OUR EFFORTS AND ARE TO BE
CONSIDERED ALLIES….YOU WILL BE FURTHER INFORMED AS THE PARTICULARS ARE
SORTED OUT….PICARD OUT…
    THEN A DIRECT CHANEL WAS OPENED TO JANEWAY FROM PICARD..
KATHRYN….HAVE ALL YOUR CREW COME ON BOARD..ASKED PICARD
    YES JEAN LUC….I'M READY TO DEPART…MR. SPOCK IS HERE WITH ME…REPLIED
JANEWAY…GOOD….SAID PICARD….IN REGARD TO LIEUTENANT SEVEN OF NINE
ALTERCATIONS WITH THE BORG QUEEN WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS….SAID PICARD….I
DON'T BLAME HER….THERE IS A GREAT ANIMOSITY BETWEEN THEM….AND I REALLY
DO THINK THAT REPREHENDING HER AT THIS CRITICAL TIME WOULD NOT BE TO OUR
ADVANTAGE IN REGARDS TO OUR MISSION…CONTINUED JANEWAY….
     YES I AGREE…SAID PICARD….SO….GOD'S SPEED ADMIRAL…HOPE YOUR MISSION
WILL BE A SUCCESSFUL ONE….PICARD OUT..
     WELL YOU HEARD THE ADMIRAL….LET'S BE OFF….HELM SET A COURSE TO
KRILAN, IN THE SOULSA SYSTEM….MAXIMUM WARP….

    AS VOYAGER DISENGAGED FORM THE STATIONS DOCKING CLAMPS, BACKED
OUT AND TURNED…IT PASSED THE ENORMOUS MASS OF SHIPS GATHERED IN THE
DEFENSE OF THEIR SMALL AND INSIGNIFICANT PORTION OF THE UNIVERSE…. THE
BRIDGE CREW WATCHED THE VIEW SCREEN, THEY SAW KLINGON, ROMULAN,
CARDASSIAN, FERENGI, THOLIAN, VULCAN, ANDORIAN, STARFLEET, AND MANY
OTHER FEDERATION SHIPS ALONG WITH A MASSIVE FLEET OF JEM-HADAR SHIPS
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ALL ARMED AND READY FOR THE FIGHT OF THERE LIVES…

   JANEWAY WHISPERED TO HERSELF AS HER SHIP ALONG WITH THE TITAN AND
THE SPEAR PASSED AND CLEARED THE FLEET….ALL MY HOPES, ALL MY PRAYERS TO THE
DO THEY GO…

   PICARD WATCHING VOYAGER, THE TITAN AND THE SPEAR JUMP INTO WARP
THROUGH HIS MONITOR TURNED AND EXITED HIS READY ROOM ABOARD THE
ENTERPRISE AND ENTERED THE BRIDGE THEN CALLED TO MR. DATA AND SAID….

   MR. DATA PLEASE INFORM THE KLINGON CHANCELLOR'S AID TO PROCEED WITH
THERE RECON MISSION…YES SIR REPLIED MR. DATA
   MR. DATA I WILL BE IN MY QUARTERS IF YOU NEED ME…SAID PICARD
YES SIR REPLIED MR. DATA.


CHAPTER 5:
  “I'LL SEE YOU IN STO-VO-KOR”

   ON THE NEXT DAY A SMALL FLEET OF SIX KLINGON SHIPS DISENGAGED FROM
THE FLEET AND BEGAN THERE JOURNEY TOWARD THE BUTTERFLY NEBULAR FOR
A RECON MISSION OF THE BORG SHIPS TO GET A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF
THERE NUMBERS AND TIME TABLE FOR THE FLEETS ENGAGEMENT. BUT TEMOGIN
THE COMMANDER OF THE KRONOS AND LEADER OF THE SMALL FLEET OF SHIPS
HAN SOMETHING ELSE IN MIND.

COMMANDER SIR…..HIja nuqneH [YES WHAT DO YOU WANT???].....THE SHIPS ARE READY
FOR WARP SIR…SHALL WE ENGAGE????...ASKED RAGNOG THE KLINGON WARRIOR AT
THE HELM
ghoS [PROCEED]…REPLIED COMMANDER TEMOGIN OF THE KLINGON WARBIRD THE
KRONOS…
TO ALL SHIPS…PROCEED TO THE NEBULAR…STANDARD FORMATION…MAXIMUM
WARP…ON MY MARK…..
ENGAGE DRIVES…CALLED RAGNOG..

THE SIX KLINGON SHIPS ALL AT THE EXACT MOMENT FACING THERE
PROGRAMMED COORDINATES…BURST INTO WARP….

ADMIRAL….CALLED MR. DATA ON THE COMM.….YES, WHAT IS IT…REPLIED PICARD IN
HIS QUARTERS….THE KLINGON RECON SHIPS HAVE DEPARTED…SAID MR.
DATA….GOOD…HOW LONG TILL WE HEAR FROM THEM…ASKED PICARD….SINCE THE
NEBULAR HAS BEEN MOVING OUR WAY…IT IS HARD TO GIVE AN EXACT TIME TABLE
BUT WE SHOULD RECEIVE INFORMATION IN ABOUT A FOUR TO FIVE DAYS …REPLIED
MR. DATA
KEEP ME AND THE CHANCELLOR INFORMED AS SOON AS YOU HEAR ANYTHING…SAID
PICARD….YES..SIR…SAID MR. DATA.

AS THE COMMUNICATION ENDED BETWEEN PICARD AND MR. DATA…PICARD SAT
BACK IN HIS CHAIR AND BEGAN TO PONDER AS TO HOW HE COULD UTILIZE TO THE
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UPMOST THE ACQUISITION OF THE BORG QUEEN….HOW CAN WE EXTRACT
INFORMATION FROM HER THAT WOULD BE TO OUR ADVANTAGE AND NOT
MISINFORMATION THAT SHE WOULD TRY TO DECEIVE US WITH…WHAT ROLE MUST
I PLAY….CAN WE EMPLOY THE USE OF THE HOLO-DECK….
PICARD BEGAN TO SMILE…

JEAN LUC HIT HIS COMM.…MR. DATA…I WOULD LIKE YOU AND CAPTAIN NEWMAN TO
MEET TO ME IN CAPTAIN NEWMAN'S READY ROOM IN ONE HOUR….I HAVE AN IDEA I
WOULD LIKE TO SUGGEST…SAID PICARD….YES SIR REPLIED MR. DATA…

MEANWHILE ON BOARD THE KRONOS…..

        Degh [HELM] GET ME SECOND COMMANDER TUMAK…COMMANDED
TEMOGIN…..SIR REPLIED HELM….
THIS IS TUMAK……YOU REQUIRE SOMETHING OF ME FIRST COMMANDER??? ASKED
TUMAK…..CONTACT ALL COMMANDING OFFICERS, HAVE THEM REPORT TO MY
SHIP…FOR A PRE-VICTORY ROUND OF BLOOD WINE…SAID TEMOGIN…. luq, lu [YES]
REPLIED TUMAK…
AS THE KLINGON COMMANDING OFFICERS GATHERED ABOARD THE KRONOS AND SAT
TOGETHER AT A TABLE IN THE MESS HALL.....TEMOGIN SPOKE…
Dun yay [GREAT VICTORY]…HE LIFTED HIS CUP…EYES SQUINTED AS HE LOOKED AT
HIS CREW..…BROUGHT HIS CUP TO HIS LIPS….WAITED…THEN THE OTHER
COMMANDERS PICKED UP THERE CUPS AND WHISPERED Dun yay….AND
DRANK…..TEMOGIN SLAMMED DOWN HIS CUP AND SAID IN A LOUD VOICE Hurgh
qempa [DARK ANCESTORS]….WHAT AILS YOU….HE LOOKED AROUND AT HIS
MEN….HEMKARR SPOKE….YOU CALL TO VICTORY AND YET WE HAVE NO PRIZE TO
SHOW…..NO SLAVES TO SELL….NO TALES TO SING…..
TEMOGIN….SAT DOWN AND LEANED FORWARD AND SAID….THIS WILL BE EASY…..I
HAVE BEEN GIVEN A GREAT WEAPON TO USE AGAINST THE BORG….HA..SAID
LATOK…WHAT WEAPON….TEMOGIN SAT BACK AND EYED HIS MEN AND WITH A GRIN
SAID…..KANG HAS GIVEN ME A NEW WEAPON…A DIMENSIONAL DISRUPTOR
ARRAY….THIS WEAPON SPREADS A WIDE PARTICAL BEAM THAT SEPARATES
MATTER…..THE FEDERATION KNOWS NOTHING…..WE ARE ON A DOUBLE
MISSION…..NOT TO SIMPLY SPY….BUT TO TEST THIS WEAPON.
THE COMMAND CREW BEGAN TO LEAN FORWARD AND STARE AT EACH OTHER….THIS
WEAPON….IT IS ONLY ON YOUR SHIP???ASKED TUMAK
YES….AND WHEN WE ARE VICTORIOUS…YOU TO WILL HAVE THIS WEAPON AND THE
FEDERATION WILL BE FORCED TO DO AS WE SAY…..AND THAT..DIvI rop nuch
[FEDERATION DISEASED COWARD].. PICARD WILL FALL ON HIS KNEES TO US…..
THE CREW ALL SMILED AND GRABBED THERE CUPS UP HIGH AND CALLED OUT Dun
yay….Dun yay…… luq, lu [YES] SAID TEMOGIN.
        SOME TIME AFTER PICARD, DATA AND CAPTAIN NEWMAN HAD FINISHED
GOING OVER JEAN LUC'S IDEA….CAPTAIN NEWMAN BEGAN TO PUT THEM INTO
ACTION…DATA BEGAN TO SET UP A PROGRAM IN THE HORIZON'S HOLO-DECK
DATABASE FOR THE PLAN TO WORK…..CAPTAIN NEWMAN SELECTED A GROUP
FROM HIS CREW TO ACT OUT PARTS OF THE PLAN…AND PICARD WAITED…..

      THE NEXT DAY ADMIRAL PICARD WAS WATCHING THE QUEEN FROM THE
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EXTERNAL HOLDING CELL MONITOR ABOARD THE HORIZON WHEN….
       MR. DATA….NOW SHE'S IN REGENERATION…..DATA BEGAN THE TRANSPORT OF
BOTH THE BORG QUEEN AND HER MAKESHIFT RE-GENERATION CONSOLE TO HOLO-
DECK No.3 ABOARD THE HORIZON…..

        THE TRANSPORT FIELD ENGULFED HER AND THE CONSOLE THEN BOTH
DISAPPEARED AND WITHIN THE HOLO-DECK No.3 WAS AN EXACT COPY OF HER
CELL AS SHE REAPPEARED …

         GOOD…NOW WE WAIT….NOTIFY NEWMAN AND I WHEN SHE HAS
AWAKENED…I'LL BE ABOARD THE ENTERPRISE IN MY READY ROOM SAID PICARD.
          AYE, AYE SIR. REPLIED MR. DATA….PICARD THEN LEFT THE HOLO-DECK
LEVEL AND APPROACHED THE TURBO LIFT AS THE DOORS OPENED MR. HENRY JENSON
EXITED AND PICARD ENTERED…..MR. JENSON…COMMANDER DATA IS LOCATED AT
HOLO-DECK No.3….SAID PICARD….YES SIR….THANK YOU ADMIRAL SIR…REPLIED MR.
JENSON…THE TURBO DOORS CLOSED AND PICARD WAS ON HIS WAY…
          MR. JENSON APPROACHED MR. DATA AND SAID…COMMANDER SIR…I CAME
AS SOON AS I COULD GET A RELIEF OFFICER TO REPLACE ME IN THE SCIENCE
LAB…SHALL KEEP AN EYE ON THE QUEEN???…MR. DATA LOOKED UP FROM THE HOLO-
DECK CONSOLE AND SAID…YES….PLEASE INFORM BOTH THE ADMIRAL AND I WHEN
SHE HAS AWAKENED..AYE SIR. REPLIED MR. JENSON….
          JUST BEFORE MR. DATA COULD TURN TO WALK AWAY…MR. JENSON
ASKED….SIR. WHY ALL THE CLOAK AND DAGGER….I MEAN WHY NOT JUST USE THE
CELL SHE'S IN???....I'M SURPRISED AT YOU MR. JENSON…DO REMEMBER TO WHOM WE
ARE DEALING WITH….IF THE ADMIRAL IS TO FALL INTO HER HANDS AND TO MAKE IT
CONVINCING ….THAT HER SPY'S IN THE FEDERATION ARE ATTEMPTING TO SECURE HER
FREEDOM…KNOWING FULL WELL THAT SHE IS AT LEAST THREE TIMES HIS
STRENGTH….HE WILL NEED ALL THE USE OF CLOAK AND DAGGER AS HE CAN
MUSTER….
          AND WE CAN MONITOR THERE PROGRESS FROM THE HOLO COMMAND
STATION IN CASE THINGS DON'T GO THE WAY WE PLANED…ANSWERED MR. DATA….I
SEE REPLIED MR. JENSON….BUT WOULD SHE NOT KNOW THAT THIS IS A HOLO
PROGRAM…I MEAN…WHEN SHE CONFRONTS HUMANS…WILL WE NOT SEEM ODD OR
NOT QUITE OUR SELVES….NOT FULLY HUMAN???? ASKED MR. JENSON….NOT SO SAID
MR. DATA…YOU SEE…THE QUEEN IS NOT EQUIPPED WITH THE TYPICAL BORG
MULTIPLE HIGH RESOLUTION OCULAR IMPLANTS THAT ARE PRESENT ON DRONES SO
SHE CAN NOT DISTINGUISH HOLO IMAGERY FROM ACTUAL SOLID FORMS AND SINCE
ALL OF THE SAFETY PROTOCOLS WILL BE DEACTIVATED…HUMANS WILL SEEM VERY
HUMAN…AND THE ADMIRAL WILL BLEED REAL BLOOD AND SHE WILL FEEL REAL
PHASER BLAST'S….SO REAL THIS WILL SEEM TO HER THAT SHE WILL BELIEVE WHAT IS
OCCURRING IS ACTUALLY HAPPENING….CONTINUED MR. DATA…..
        A WIDE EYE MR. JENSON SAID…BUT THE ADMIRAL….WILL HE BE
SAFE????...CAN WE SAVE HIM IN TIME IF THINGS GET UGLY????
        YES…IT HAS BEEN PLANED THAT IN THE EVENT THAT THE ADMIRAL IS IN
PERIL….WE WOULD SIMPLY BEAM HIM OUT….AND AT THIS POINT THE QUEEN CAN
COME TO ANY CONCLUSIONS AS SHE WISHES…..HOPEFULLY THE CONCLUSION WE HOPE
FOR…SAID MR. DATA….ALSO WE HAVE A CANDIDATE FOR THE BORG SPY… THE
CARDASSIAN PRIME COMMANDER..THE ONE THAT WAS KILLED BY HIS AID DURING THE
MEETING WITH ADMIRAL JANEWAY….WE HAVE DUPLICATED HIM EXACTLY AND SHE
DOES NOT KNOW OF HIS DEMISE..SO THE PLAN SHOULD WORK…NOW I MUST BE ON MY
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WAY MR. JENSON.
       DATA TURNED AND WALKED TOWARD THE TURBO LIFT AS MR. JENSON STOOD
OVER THE HOLO EXTERNAL MONITOR AND HAD A BAD FEELING ABOUT THIS.

MEANWHILE ON BOARD VOYAGER AFTER HER DEPARTURE….

        SEVEN….HOW LONG TILL WE ARRIVE TO OUR DESTINATION…ASKED JANEWAY
ABOUT TWO DAYS AT MAXIMUM WARP…SAID SEVEN…..WELL I‟LL BE IN MY OFFICE
QUARTERS….NOTIFY BOTH CAPTAIN RIKER AND COMMANDER KROLL TO MEET
ADMIRAL SPOCK, MY STAFF MEMBERS AND I IN THE MAIN CONFERENCE THEATER IN
ONE HOUR…I LIKE TO GO OVER OUR PLAN OF ATTACK…ORDERED JANEWAY….YES SIR.
SAID SEVEN…
        JANEWAY GOT UP FROM THE SECONDARY COMMAND STATION SEATED NEXT
TO THE COMMAND CHAIR OF WHOM CAPTAIN CHAKOTAY WAS SEATED…SHE TURNED
TO LOOK AT THE CAPTAIN AND SAID…..
       IT LOOKS LIKE WE HAVE OURSELVES IN A STRANGE SITUATION CAPTAIN…I
ONLY HOPE WE CAN GET THROUGH THIS AND ACQUIRE THE INFORMATION WE NEED
WITH OUT THE USE OF FORCE…..
       CHAKOTAY LOOKED UP AT JANEWAY AND SAID….I PLAN TO GET WHAT WE
NEED ANYWAY I CAN GET IT…..EVEN IF I HAVE TO GO TO ALL OUT WAR WITH THE
FERENGI THAT BROKE INTO STARFLEET'S SECURE DATABASE AND STOLE THE VARY
THING THAT IS OUR SALVATION.
       JANEWAY RETURNED A LOOK AT CHAKOTAY WITH A SMILE ON HER FACE AND
REPLIED…..I CAN TASTE THE FLAVOR OF SUCCESS ALREADY…..SEE YOU IN ONE HOUR.
       SHE HEADED TOWARD THE TURBO LIFT….ENTERED AND WAS GONE.
SEVEN TURNED TO CHAKOTAY AND SAID…..I DO NOT LIKE THE PART THAT HAS BEEN
CHOSEN FOR ME…..THE THOUGHT OF ANY FERENGI WITH HIS HANDS ON ME… I FIND
IT…REVOLTING….DON'T WORRY ABOUT IT SEVEN…..YOU WILL HAVE THE LAST
LAUGH… AND YOU KNOW WHAT THEY SAY….HE WHO LAUGH‟S LAST ….LAUGH‟S
BEST…..REPLIED CHAKOTAY WITH A SMILE.

      IT HAS BEEN ALMOST TWO DAYS AND A QUARTER WHEN THE KLINGON
CLOAKED RECON SHIPS APPROACHED THE NEBULAR…..

      RAGNOG…..CALL TO ALL SHIP COMMANDING OFFICERS TO HOLD HERE AND
WAIT FOR MY ORDERS…SAID TEMOGIN
      qaH [SIR] REPLIED RAGNOG…..

AS THE KLINGON SHIPS GATHERED TO A HOLT AND FORMED A LINE FACING THE
NEBULAR THE FIRST COMMANDER GAVE HIS ORDERS….

       OPEN SECURED CHANEL…TO ALL THIS IS FIRST COMMANDER TEMOGIN…..GO
FORWARD ONE QUARTER IMPULSE POWER STAY CLOAKED, NO COMMUNICATION
ALLOWED ALL WEAPONS READY AND FOLLOW MY LEAD…TEMOGIN OUT…HELM SEE
THAT OPENING…THERE BETWEEN THOSE BORG VESSELS…MOVE US THERE….GUNNER
PREPARE THE D.D.A. (DIMENSIONAL DISRUPTOR ARRAY) CANNON AND DO IT
QUIETLY…COMMANDED TEMOGIN.....A MOMENT LATER….qaH…D.D.A. READY….SPOKE
THE GUNNER….GOOD…
       THE CREW ABOARD THE KRONOS WATCHED WIDE EYE AS THEY MOVED INTO
POSITION BETWEEN BORG SHIPS…..THE VIEW ON THERE SCREENS WERE ONE OF
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MASSIVE SHIPS SLOWLY MOVING AND SEEMINGLY PULLING THE NEBULAR WITH THEM
WHEN SUDDENLY THE NEBULAR STOPPED MOVING, IT BEGAN TO BREAK UP AND
SLOWLY START TO DISSOLVE….THE BORG SHIPS BEGAN TO GATHER INTO GROUPS OF
TEN BY TEN IN A CUBE FORMATION…ONE GROUP COUNTED AS MANY AS ONE HUNDRED
SHIPS AND ALL THE GROUPS BEGAN TO GROUP TOGETHER IN A LARGER CUBED
FORMATION UNTIL IT LOOKED LIKE ONE GIGANTIC CUBE MADE UP OF HUNDREDS OF
CUBED GROUPS….THE KLINGON SHIPS STOOD JUST OUTSIDE OF THIS IMMENSITY THAT
 DWARFED THEM ALMOST INTO NON-EXISTENCE….
       DAKAR…. HAVE YOU RECORDED THIS….ASKED TEMOGIN….WITH A NOD DAKAR
REPLIED YES….RAGNOG ASKED….WHAT DO WE DO FIRST COMMANDER…..HOLD HERE
AND WHEN THE BORG SHIPS HAVE PASSED…ON MY COMMAND…DE-CLOAK AND
GUNNER YOU WILL FIRE THE D.D.A. AT THE CLOSEST SHIP…THEN RE-CLOAK, MOVE THE
SHIP TO A DISTANCE OF TWO HUNDRED METERS AFT AND HOLD POSITION…HELM
INFORM THE OTHER SHIPS TO MOVE IN AND WHEN THE KRONOS FIRE'S THE D.D.A. TO
MOVE APART AND ATTACK AT WILL….
       qaH REPLIED HELM…THE SENSOR OFFICER LOOKED UP AT TEMOGIN AND
ASKED…FIRST COMMANDER….AFTER WE RE-CLOAK AND OUR BROTHERS FIRE UPON
THE BORG SHALL I RECORD THE BATTLE…..NO…ONLY RECORD THE POWER OF THE
D.D.A. AND IT'S PERFORMANCE….
       TEMOGIN'S CREW BEGAN TO LOOK AT EACH OTHER WITH HEADS BOWED….FOR
THEY NOW KNOW THE FATALITY OF THERE COMMANDERS PLAN….

      THE BORG SHIPS HAVE PASSED BY AND THE KLINGON SHIPS MOVED INTO
POSITION…..HELM CALLED TEMOGIN…ON MY MARK DE-CLOAK, GUNNER YOU WILL
THEN FIRE….READY….BOTH OFFICERS NOD A YES TO THERE
COMMANDER….."NOW"….THE KRONOS DE-CLOAKED…AND A MASSIVE SOUND ABOARD
THE BRIDGE WAS HEARD AS THE D.D.A. CANNON FIRED….THEN THE KRONOS RE-
CLOAKED AND MOVED HER POSITION…..THE OTHER KLINGON SHIPS DE-CLOAKED AND
BEGAN TO FIRE THERE WEAPONS AT THE TARGETED BORG SHIP…..TEMOGIN WATCHED
AS THE D.D.A. BLAST HIT THE BORG SHIP….THE SHIP TURNED ON IT'S SIDE AND
SLAMMED INTO IT'S NEIGHBOR AND EXPLODED….THE BORG SHIPS SURROUNDING THE
DAMAGED SHIPS STOPPED PULLED OUT OF FORMATION AND TARGETED THE KLINGON
SHIPS ENGAGING THEM….FOR A MOMENT THE BATTLE WAS GLORIOUS…BUT
SHORT…..TUMAK OF THE BIRD OF PREY THE "GOMAD" CALLED TO HIS HELM…MOVE TO
PORT SIDE…GUNNER FIRE ALL DISRUPTORS….THE KLINGON SHIP BEGAN TO RECEIVE
BLAST FROM THE BORG SHIPS AND DID EVASIVE MANEUVERS TO AVOID BORG
TRACTOR BEAMS….
      SIR. WHY DO WE SIT HERE WHILE OUR BROTHERS DO BATTLE…SHOULD WE NOT
USE THE WEAPON??? ASKED MEKOSS.. NO….OUR ORDERS WAS FOR A SINGLE BLAST TO
SEE WHAT DAMAGE IT WOULD DO….RECORD IT AND DEPART…AND AS FOR OUR
BROTHERS….THEY WOULD PREOCCUPY THE BORG SO WE CAN MAKE OUR RETURN TO
THE FLEET….THEN ON THERE VIEW SCREEN ONE OF THE KLINGON SHIPS
EXPLODED….THE OTHERS WERE CAUGHT BY BORG TRACTOR BEAMS BUT THE GOMAD
WAS STILL FREE AND FIRING ALL HER WEAPONS ON A SINGLE BORG SHIP…
      HELM….GET CLOSE TO THAT BORG SHIP…GUNNER FIRE AT THE BORG TRACTOR
ARRAY….DO IT NOW….THE GOMAD MOVED IN AND FIRE IT'S DISRUPTORS AT THE BORG
SHIPS TRACTOR ARRAY…THE BEAM BROKE AND THE KLINGON SHIP IT HELD WAS FREE
AND TURNED ON IT'S SIDE TO A STOP…..ALL COMMUNICATIONS FROM IT
STOPPED….THEN ON THE SPEAKER SYSTEM ON ALL THE KLINGON SHIPS CAME….

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LOWER YOUR SHIELD AND YOU WILL LIVE...RESISTANCE
IS FUTILE....SURRENDER NOW!!!.
THE GOMAD ATTACKED THE BORG SHIP WHEN A SERIES OF BLAST HIT HER FROM
BEHIND AND THE SHIP BEGAN TO BLOW….
      TUMAK TURNED IN HIS CHAIR AND SAW HIS SHIP BEGIN TO COME APART AND
SHOUTED OUT…"I'LL SEE YOU IN STO-VO-KOR"…THEN THE GOMAD EXPLODED…
      TEMOGIN…SITTING AT THE EDGE OF HIS COMMAND CHAIR LISTEN TO TUMAK'S
SHOUT OVER THE SPEAKER AS HE WATCHED THE GOMAD BLOW-UP.
      THE CREW OF THE KRONOS WATCHED AS THERE REMAINING BROTHER SHIPS
WERE TRAPPED AND HELD IN PLACE BY TRACTOR BEAMS AS THE BORG BEGAN
BOARDING THERE SHIPS… THEN ONE BY ONE EACH SHIP EXPLODED…. THE KLINGONS
WAITED FOR SOME OF THE BORG TO BEAM ABOARD THERE SHIPS SO THEY COULD DO
SOME HAND TO HAND FIGHTING AND TAKE SOME OF THEM WITH THEM WHEN THEY
ACTIVATED THERE SELF-DESTRUCT COMMANDS.
     HELM….SET A COURSE BACK TO THE FLEET….BEST WARP….chu
[ENGAGE]…..COMMANDED TEMOGIN..
     THE KRONOS TURNED AND DISAPPEARED IN A FLASH….BUT RECORDED THE
DESTRUCTION OF ONE OF THE BORG SHIPS…THE ONE HIT BY THE D.D.A.….
     TEMOGIN SAT BACK IN HIS CHAIR….AND SPOKE….THEY WILL BE
REMEMBERED….IT WAS A GOOD DEATH…AND NOW WE HAVE A WEAPON THAT WILL
DEFEAT THE BORG…HELM WHEN WE ARE IN SECURE COMMUNICATION DISTANCE TO
THE FLEET…YOU WILL OPEN A CHANEL TO KANG…LET ME KNOW WHEN THIS IS
DONE…..qaH REPLIED RAGNOG.

       SOME TWO DAYS LATER AFTER HER TRANSPORT TO HER NEW LOCATION ON
HOLO DECK NUMBER THREE, THE QUEEN'S EYES OPENED, SHE TOOK A DEEP BREATH
THEN LOOKED AROUND AS SHE STEPPED DOWN OFF HER MAKE SHIFT REGENERATOR,
REGENERATING FOR A LONGER PERIOD THEN NORMAL…..SHE APPROACHED A TABLE
AND PICKED UP A DATA PAD LEFT THEIR FOR HER USE….SHE LOOKED AT IT AND
MUTTERED…HOW QUAINT….THESE HUMANS STILL HAVE A LONG WAY TO EVOLVE…TO
BAD THEY WON‟T MAKE IT….SHE SAT DOWN AND BEGAN TO PONDER HER
SITUATION….A VOICE BEHIND HER SAID….THIS TIME YOU'VE GONE TO FAR…”Q”…IT
WAS YOU WASN'T IT..THE SHADOW THAT PLAGUES ME…I THOUGHT WE HAD AN
AGREEMENT…YOU WOULD NOT INTERFERE WITH BORG EXPANSION….SAID THE
QUEEN…YES WE DO…AND STILL DO…BUT THE HUMANS ARE MY PLAY THINGS AND
YOUR ASSIMILATION OF THERE SPICES JUST WILL NOT DO SAID “Q”… STILL YOU MUST
HONOR OUR AGREEMENT AND STAY OUT OF IT …REPLIED THE QUEEN…OF COURSE I
WILL….ANY COUNTER MEASURES THEY THROW AT YOU.... ARE SOLELY THERE
DOING…NOT MINE….PICARD AND I HAVE ALSO AN AGREEMENT…I APPEAR TO HIM AND
HE ORDERS ME TO GO….AND ANY INFLUENCE I MAY HAVE GIVEN HIM CAN BE
PERCEIVED IN MANY WAYS…SO IN A WAY IT'S REALLY UP TO HIM TO GO THE RIGHT
COURSE…AND AS YOU LIKE TO SAY…HOW SMALL MINDED THEY ARE… IMAGINE
PICARD TELLING ME TO GO…WHEN I BRING TO HIM A PROBABLE SOLUTION TO HIS
PROBLEMS…SAID …”Q” WHAT SOLUTION HAVE YOU PROPOSED TO HIM SAID THE
QUEEN…OH NOTHING…JUST SOME FARMING TOOLS HE COULD USE FOR A BETTER WAY
TO TERRAFORM…YOU KNOW…A MODIFIED PICK AND SHOVEL…SAID THE “Q” WHY DO
I GET THE FEELING YOUR NOT BEING FULLY HONEST WITH ME…WHAT DOES FARMING
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TOOLS HAVE TO DO WITH DEFENDING THEMSELVES SAID THE QUEEN…OH REALLY
NOTHING…MAYBE I'M SIMPLY SAYING IT'S TIME TO MOVE ON…GO TO ANOTHER
PLANET….RUN..RUN FOR THEIR LIVES REPLIED THE “Q”…I SEE…WELL THERE REALLY
IS JUST NO WHERE FOR THEM TO RUN….NOW IS THERE SAID THE QUEEN...NOW, NOW
YOU KNOW BETTER THEN THAT…THE UNIVERSE IS A BIG PLACE….AND FOR A SPICES
LIKE THE SMALL MINDED HUMANS…WELL THEY SOMETIMES OUT DO
THEMSELVES…NOW YOU KNOW THAT TO BE THE TRUTH..REPLIED “Q” THEN WITH A
FLASH THE “Q” WAS GONE…. THE QUEEN STOOD UP AND INHALED A DEEP BREATH,
TOOK ANOTHER LOOK AT THE DATA PAD IN HER HAND AND WITH A SMILE SHE KNEW
THE “Q” WAS RIGHT….THE HUMANS ARE A RESOURCEFUL LOT…SHE SAT BACK DOWN
AND WONDERED IF PICARD COULD MAKE ANYTHING OUT OF WHAT THE ”Q” MAY HAD
PROPOSED TO HIM….AND SO A SMALL AMOUNT OF TIME HAD PASSED WHEN SHE
BEGAN TO HEAR A SOUND IN HER COLLECTIVE MIND…THE SOUND BEGAN TO TAKE
FORM….WORDS….SHE STOOD UP AND LISTENED…LOUDER AND CLEARER….SHE
BLINKED….SHE TURNED THIS WAY AND THAT…HER HANDS LIFTED…SHE LOOKED AT
THE CHAMBER DOOR….THE SOUNDS IN HER MIND WERE CLEAR AND DISTINCT….THE
DOOR OPENED…THEN…CAPTAIN NEWMAN AND A SECURITY OFFICER FOLLOWED BY A
CARDASSIAN CARRYING A MEDIUM SIZED BAG ENTERED THE CHAMBER AND
APPROACHED HER CELL.

      I SEE SAID THE CARDASSIAN AS HE BROUGHT HIS EYES UP TO LOOK UPON
THE QUEEN…..I HOPED THE ADMIRAL WOULD BE HERE TO INSTRUCT ME ON THE
PROPER ETIQUETTE FOR CONVERSATION WITH HER MAJESTY…AS HE CONTINUED TO
LOOK AT HER HE CONTINUED TO SAY…TO LOOK ON HER BRINGS GREAT WARMTH
TO MY SPINE…TO SEE SUCH PERFECTION….I AM IN SUCH AWE….SAID THE
CARDASSIAN…..NEWMAN TURNED HIS HEAD DOWNWARD THEN TURNED AND
LOOKED AT HIS SECURITY OFFICER WITH A FROWN ON HIS FACE AND SAID…I WILL
TAKE YOUR LEAVE AND THIS SECURITY OFFICER…(NEWMAN THEN TURNED HIS
HEAD TOWARD THE CARDASSIAN AS HE CONTINUED TO SPEAK) WILL ANSWER ALL
YOUR QUESTIONS….NEWMAN THAN TURNED AND HEADED TOWARDS THE DOOR
WITH A CONTINUED FROWN ON HIS FACE.
      THE CARDASSIAN STARED AT NEWMAN AS HE LEFT THE CHAMBER THEN
TURNED TO THE SECURITY OFFICER AND SAID….DID I SAY SOMETHING
WRONG….THAT'S ALRIGHT PRIME COMMANDER….THE CAPTAIN IS ON EDGE THESE
DAYS SINCE WE HAD FOUND OUT THAT THE BORG MIGHT HAVE A SPY ON BOARD..SAID
THE SECURITY OFFICER….A SPY…IS THAT POSSIBLE…I MEAN…LOOK AT HER…CAN
THEY LOOK HUMAN…ASKED THE CARDASSIAN AS HE POINTED HIS LEFT HAND AT THE
QUEEN WHILE HE LOOKED AT THE SECURITY OFFICER….THE QUEEN WAS LOOKING AT
BOTH OF THEM….BACK AND FORTH AS THEY WERE TALKING WONDERING WHICH
ONE WAS TRANSMITTING..
THE SECURITY OFFICER TURNED HER HEAD TO LOOK AT THE QUEEN WHILE THE
CARDASSIAN STILL LOOKING AT THE SECURITY OFFICER LIFTED HIS RIGHT HAND…THE
SECURITY OFFICER WAS STILL TALKING WHEN SHE SUDDENLY WENT STIFF…THE
CARDASSIAN‟S LEFT HAND MOVED TO COVERED HER MOUTH WHILE WITH HIS RIGHT
HAND HOLDING THE KNIFE FIRMLY IN HER BACK….FOR A LONG MOMENT THEY STARED
AT EACH OTHER, A TEAR FROM THE SECURITY‟S RIGHT EYE RAN DOWN HER FACE, SHE
STARTED TO SHAKE…THEN THE OFFICER WENT LIMP….
      WHAT IS YOUR UNIMATRIX ADJUNCT ASKED THE QUEEN WITH HER COLLECTIVE
MIND…..AS THE CARDASSIAN PUT THE OFFICER TO THE FLOOR WHILE KEEPING THE
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KNIFE STILL IN THE BODY, HE THEN STOOD UP AND WENT TO THE KEY LOCK AND
PUNCHED IN THE DEACTIVATION CODE TO BRING DOWN THE SHIELDS….THEN TURNED
STIFF AS HE REPLIED TO THE QUEEN….WE ARE FIFTH ADJUNCT OF UNIMATRIX FOUR OF
TEN….WE ARE ALONE ABOARD THIS VESSEL….I AM RECOGNIZED THE PRIME
COMMANDER OF THE CARDASSIAN HOME GUARD AND IN COMMAND OF A VESSEL
WAITING MY ORDERS….WE SHALL DEPART FROM THIS SHIP….TRANSFER TO THE PRIME
COMMANDERS VESSEL AND DEPART FOR THE COLLECTIVE..SAID FOUR OF
TEN……GOOD REPLIED THE QUEEN….THE CARDASSIAN PULLED OUT FROM THE BAG A
HOODED GOWN AND HANDED IT TO THE QUEEN….SHE TOOK IT AND TILTED HER HEAD
AS FOUR OF TEN SAID….TO MAKE A CLEAN AND UNEVENTFUL TRANSFERENCE TO OUR
VESSEL WE WILL NEED PROPER ATTIRE TO APPEAR AS MATE‟S…..I SEE…SAID THE
QUEEN…SHE THEN PUT THE GOWN ON AND OVER HER HEAD WENT THE HOOD….FOUR
OF TEN THEN ATTACHED A VAIL OVER HER FACE AND SAID…THIS WILL PROTECT
OTHERS FROM VIEWING ANY OF OUR PERFECTION…YOU WILL APPEAR AS MY CONSORT
AND WILL NOT BE INTERFERED WITH…..THE QUEEN SMILED AND SAID….PERFECT….LET
US DEPART.




   CHAPTER 6:
    “LET‟S DO OoMOX”

WHILE THE KLINGON SHIP THE KRONOS WAS RETURNING FROM HER RECON
MISSION FROM THE BORG FLEET, VOYAGER HAD MADE HER APPROACH TO THE
FERENGI OCCUPIED PLANET KRILAN.
     CAPTAIN CHAKOTAY WAS SITTING IN HIS READY ROOM WITH MR. SPOCK WHEN
HIS FIRST OFFICER CALL HIM ON HIS INTERCOM…..YES WHAT IS IT ASKED
CHAKOTAY….WE ARE APPROACHING THE PLANET KRILAN….OUR ETA IS TWENTY
MINUETS …SHALL I REQUEST PERMISSION TO ENTER THERE SPACE ASKED THE FIRST
OFFICER
     YES..PLEASE DO…. HAVE THE AWAY TEAM ASSEMBLED AND TELL HELM
PUT US INTO A STANDARD ORBIT WHEN WE ARRIVE…..ALSO NUMBER ONE…HAIL THE
SPEAR AND THE TITAN TO STAND BY…THEN HAIL THE PLANET'S SPACE
ADMINISTRATION AUTHORITY OF OUR REQUEST TO DISCUS SECURITY OPTIONS FOR
THIS SECTOR.
OH AND ONE MORE THING HAVE THE ADMIRAL JANEWAY NOTIFIED AND MEET ME IN
MY READY ROOM…SAID CHAKOTAY….AY..AY REPLIED PARIS….
     CHAKOTAY THE TURNED TO MR. SPOCK AND SAID....WELL….WE SHOULD APPEAR
AS IF OUR ONLY CONCERNS ARE THE WELFARE OF THE FERENGI GOVERNMENT, AT
LEAST AT FIRST SAID MR. SPOCK…..YES I DO AGREE…THEN WE LOWER THE BOOM SAID
CHAKOTAY…..LOWER THE BOOM ASKED MR. SPOCK…..YES WELL IT'S A HUMAN
FIGURE OF SPEECH….YOU KNOW…LIKE THROWING THEM A CURVE OR LIKE A SURPRISE
ATTACK….HIT THEM WHEN THERE NOT LOOKING…SAID CHAKOTAY WITH A SMILE ON
HIS FACE….MR. SPOCK'S FACE WAS BLANK…HE WAS LOOKING AT CAPTAIN CHAKOTAY
WITH A BLAND STARE….THEN SAID RIGHT…..CHAKOTAY SLOWLY BEGAN TO LOOSE HIS
SMILE AND TURNED TO LOOK AWAY….THEN SAID WHAT I MEAN IS AFTER WE MAKE
THEM FEEL THAT OUR CONCERNS ARE SINCERE WE THEN ASK ABOUT THERE PROGRESS
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WITH NEGOTIATIONS CONCERNING THE "LATNUIM" PLANET THEN AT THIS POINT WE
START OUR INVESTIGATION IN REGARDS TO GENESIS…..I CONCUR REPLIED MR. SPOCK.
     THE DOOR BELL RANG….COME CALLED CHAKOTAY….THE DOOR OPENED AND
JANEWAY ENTERED….GREETINGS ADMIRAL SAID MR. SPOCK…JANEWAY NODDED WITH
A REPLY…GOOD TO SEE YOU TO MR. SPOCK…SPOCK RETURNED THE NOD AND
SAID…THE GOOD CAPTAIN AND I WERE JUST DISCUSSING WHEN WE SHOULD LOWER
THE BOOM ON THE FERENGI…..WITH A TILT TO HER HEAD AND FACING MR. SPOCK BUT
LOOKING AT CHAKOTAY SHE SAD IN A SARCASTIC TONE…REALLY…REALLY
 YES REPLIED MR. SPOCK…AND WITH A FACE OF STONE HE CONTINUED TO SAY…WE
WILL BE THROWING THEM CURVES AND HITTING THEM WHEN THEY ARE NOT
LOOKING…..JANEWAY BEGAN TO SMILE….CHAKOTAY WITH HIS HEAD BOWED DOWN,
MOUTH SHUT TIGHTLY SHAKING WITH LAUGHER….BOY DID I MISS SOMETHING….SAID
JANEWAY.
      AFTER A LONG MOMENT MR. SPOCK SPOKE UP AND SAID…..I BELIEVE WE SHOULD
SEND DOWN THE FIRST AWAY TEAM AND BEGIN OUR MISSION….YES REPLIED
JANEWAY…..CAPTAIN…AFTER YOU COMPOSE YOUR SELF WOULD YOU PLEASE START
THINGS IN MOTION…SAID JANEWAY….AFTER TAKING A DEEP BREATH CHAKOTAY
REPLIED WITH….AY, AY ADMIRAL….THE CAPTAIN GOT UP AND SAID SHALL WE GO…
ADMIRALS SPOCK AND JANEWAY ACCOMPANIED CHAKOTAY OUT OF HIS READY ROOM
AND ENTERED THE BRIDGE.
    NUMBER ONE CALLED CHAKOTAY….AY SIR. REPLIED MR. PARIS….WHAT IS OUR
STATUS…SAID CHAKOTAY….WE JUST GOT PERMISSION TO ENTER A STANDARD OBIT
AND TO PROCEED WITH A LANDING DETAIL…MR. PARIS REPLIED.
GOOD SAID JANEWAY….CAPTAIN YOU CAN NOW HIT THEM WHEN THEY ARE NOT
LOOKING SAID JANEWAY….WITH A SMILE THE CAPTAIN REPLIED YES SIR…..

    CHAKOTAY NODDED TO MR. SPOCK AND CALLED TO HIS AWAY TEAM TO
ASSEMBLE IN THE TRANSPORTER CHAMBER No. 2…..EVERYONE WENT ABOUT
THERE ASSIGNED DUTY'S….AND IN THE TRANSPORTER CHAMBER No.2 WAS
GATHERED ADMIRAL SPOCK WEARING HIS DIPLOMATIC GOWN, CAPTAIN
CHAKOTAY, LIEUTENANT SEVEN OF NINE, HEAD OF SECURITY MR. O'NEAL WITH
TWO SECURITY OFFICERS, THE DOCTOR WITH A WORRIED LOOK ON HIS FACE AND
OF COURSE…..TWO FERENGI‟S..NAMED QUARK, WHO BY THE WAY WAS VERY EGER
TO DO HIS PART AND NOG.


   HERE SEVEN, TAKE THIS IT IS AN INHALER, IT WILL COUNTER THE AFFECT OF THIS
FERENGI POISON YOU WILL BE DRINKING….SAID THE DOCTOR AS HE SPIED A LOOK AT
QUARK…..IT‟S NOT POISON….IT JUST MAKES A FEMALE MORE WILLING TO DO Oo-
MOX…THAT‟S ALL….SAID QUARK…..SMILING SEVEN TOOK THE INHALER FORM THE
DOCTOR AND PUT IT IN HER SHOULDER BAG AS HE SPOKE…PLEASE BE CARFUL WITH
MY MOBIL HOLO EMITTER SEVEN…I JUST DON‟T KNOW WHAT I WOULD DO IF ITS
DAMAGED SAID THE DOCTOR TO SEVEN OF NINE…DON'T WORRY….IF ALL GO'S AS
PLANED I WILL HAVE IT BACK IN YOUR HANDS SOON ENOUGH SAID SEVEN….THEN
SEVEN TOOK THE MOBIL HOLO EMITTER FROM THE DOCTOR AND HE
VANISHED…QUARK LOOKED AT SEVEN WITH A SMILE AND SAID DON‟T FORGET…THE
LOWVELL…. IT WORKS BEST WITH THE RED WORM FECES EXTRACT CAPLETS IN THIS
CASE, I PUT MORE THAN ENOUGH, EXTRA IN CASE YOU WANT TO HAVE SOME FUN.
THEN HE GAVE TO SEVEN A SMALL CASE CONTAINING THE CAPLETS, SEVEN TOOK THE
CASE THEN SHE NOTICED QUARKS FINGERS WERE WIGGLING AS HE SAID….JUST DROP
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TWO INTO HIS DRINK…
    QUARK TURNED TO FACE NOG AND SAID…. NO FUNNY BUSINESS…. GET IN AND OUT
LIKE YOUR PICKING SOMEONE'S POCKET….. AND REMEMBER…. YOU CAN'T MAKE ANY
PROFIT IF YOUR DEAD…. NOW YOU DO NOT HAVE ANYTHING OF VALUE ON YOU???.... NO
UNCLE,… I DON‟T… REPLIED NOG…. GOOD… WE DON'T WANT TO GIVE ANYONE
REASON‟S TO KILL YOU AND GAIN PROFIT FROM YOUR DEATH….. SAID QUARK… DON'T
WORRY UNCLE…. I WILL BE CARFUL…..QUARK GAVE A HEAVY SIGH AND SAID TO
CHAKOTAY…. I HOPE YOU KNOW WHAT YOUR DOING…. NOG IS MY FAVORITE NEPHEW.
   THEN EVERYONE TOOK THERE POSITIONS UNDER THE TRANSPORTER …..
CHAKOTAY SAID…ENERGIZE….
    THE TRANSPORTER ENERGY FIELD ENGULFED THE AWAY TEAM AND THEY TOO
VANISHED…EXCEPT NOG AND SEVEN OF NINE….AS PLANED, SEVEN SHALL MAKE HER
GRAND ENTRANCE LATER, THEN NOG AND HIS AWAY TEAM SHALL BEAM DOWN TO
PERFORM THEIR PART OF THE PLAN.

    BABAK A VERY SHORT FERENGI TURNED TO HIS LEADER AND SAID…DAMON…THE
HUMANS HAVE ARRIVED….GOOD BABAK….FAKAR …JUTEK COME WITH ME SAID
DAMON GENOUK…
    THE THREE FERENGI LEFT THE DAMON'S OFFICE AND WENT TO THE FRONT GATE
WHERE THEY MET THE AWAY TEAM….GREETING'S HUMANS…..WHAT CAN I DO FOR
YOU…OR RATHER WHAT CAN YOU DO FOR ME….EH, EH…GRINNED DAMON GENOUK..
    WE ARE HERE TO HELP SECURE THE AREA…TO ENSURE THAT NO BORG SHIPS ARE
IN THE VICINITY….AND HELP YOU WITH ANY EVACUATIONS THAT YOU MAY
REQUIRE….SAID ADMIRAL SPOCK…..HOW VERY HUMAN OF YOU TO BE
CONCERNED…BUT AS YOU CAN SEE THEY ARE NO BORG HERE AND WE ARE SMALL IN
NUMBERS AND CAN LEAVE AT A MOMENT PACE….SO YOU MAY GO BACK
KNOWING THAT YOUR EFFORTS TO BE OF HELP WERE GREATLY WELCOMED BUT
PREMATURE…REPLIED GENOUK WITH A VERY WIDE GRIN….
     MR. SPOCK NODDED AND REPLIED….THANK YOU…BUT I AM NOT HUMAN AND
THE BORG HAVE A GREAT NEED FOR YOUR NEWLY FOUND RESOURCE….AND WE DID
NOT NOTICE ANY DEFENSE POSTURING BY YOUR MILITARY TO PROTECT YOUR NEWLY
ACQUIRED RESOURCE…SAID MR. SPOCK…..
    GENOUK'S GRIN DROPPED OFF HIS FACE LIKE A ROCK SLIDE….AND
REMARKED….WHAT NEWLY RESOURCE ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT…I KNOW NOTHING
OF WHAT YOU SPEAK OF…..JUST THEN STEPPING OUT FROM THE REAR OF THE GROUP
CAME QUARK WITH A BIG SMILE ON HIS FACE….
    OH COME NOW….EVERYONE KNOWS ABOUT THE "LATIUM PLANET" THAT'S BEING
DIVIDED AMONG THE VERY WEALTHY DAMON'S…SAID QUARK….MR. SPOCK TURNED
TO LOOK AT QUARK AND WAS READY TO SAY SOMETHING BUT GENOUK LIFTED HIS
ARM AND POINTED A FINGER AT QUARK AND SAID…YOU…YOU…WHAT ARE YOU
DOING HERE AND WITH THESE HUMANS….AND HOW DID YOU COME TO KNOW ABOUT
OUR PRIZE….QUARK REPLIED YES GOOD TO SEE YOU TO….WELL IT'S LIKE THIS…YOU
SEE THIS STATELY LOOKING GENTLEMAN IS LIKE HE SAID NOT HUMAN BUT A VULCAN
AND THE VERY VULCAN THAT WAS NEGOTIATING WITH A BROTHER NAMED DAMON
ROWKET OF WHOM OF COURSE I KNOW THAT YOU KNOW WAS IN A BITTER DISPUTE
OVER THE SIZE OF HIS SHARE OF THE LATIUM…SO IT HAS BECOME COMMON
KNOWLEDGE AMONG THE FEDERATION OF YOUR ACQUIRED SO CALLED "RESOURCE"
AND….CAN WE ALL GO INSIDE AND SIT DOWN AND MAYBE HAVE SOME COLD
REFRESHMENTS…I'M THIRSTY….ALSO BY THE WAY…WHERE IS DAMON ROWKET?
      GENOUK'S MOUTH FELL OPEN AND WITH A STARE AT QUARK HE BEGAN TO
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SAY…COMMON KNOWLEDGE …YOU SAY…OH…THE DAMON'S WILL KILL ME…THEY
WILL KILL US ALL…..HE IS INSIDE…STILL IN A BITTER ARGUMENT WITH THE OTHER
DAMONS….COME I WILL BRING YOU TO HIM…THIS IS HIS PROBLEM…SO HE INVOLVED
THE FEDERATION….TO PROVIDE A NEGOTIATOR…THIS MUST HAVE BEEN AGAINST THE
WISHES OF THE OTHER DAMON'S….COME…COME
    AS THE GROUP ENTERED THE BUILDING, MR. SPOCK TURNED TO QUARK AND
SAID…WELL DONE!

BACK ON BOARD THE HORIZON ONE DAY AGO....

      THE QUEEN AND HER ESCORT WALKED DOWN THE CORRIDORS WITH NO
INTERFERENCE AND APPROACHED A TRANSPORTER CHAMBER…..THEY ENTERED AND
APPROACHED THE OPERATING ENGINEER.
      I REQUEST TO BE ALLOWED TO TRANSPORT TO MY VESSEL…”THE D'NARR”
SAID THE CARDASSIAN…..SIR…PLEASE STATE YOUR NAME…REPLIED THE
ENGINEER….MY NAME IS CANUGE…I AM THE PRIME COMMANDER FOR THE
CARDASSIAN FLEET HERE AT THIS STATION…YOU WILL FIND MY CLEARANCE IN YOUR
REGISTRY…SAID FIFTH ADJUNCT OF UNIMATRIX FOUR OF TEN…..YES SIR…I HAVE IT
HERE….PLEASE WOULD YOU STEP UPON THE PLATFORM…REQUESTED THE
ENGINEER….THE QUEEN AND FOUR OF TEN WALKED TO THE PLATFORM, MOUNTED,
TURNED AROUND TO FACE THE ENGINEER…AND SAID WE ARE READY…..
     THE ENGINEER ENERGIZED THE TRANSPORT….AND IN A MOMENT THE QUEEN AND
FOUR OF TEN WERE NOW ABOARD THE D'NARR…

       THIS IS IT MR. DATA….SHE IS WHERE WE WANT HER….I AM NOW READY FOR
TRANSPORT…KNOWING HER SHE WILL NOT LEAVE WITHOUT ME….SO I'M STANDING
BY…AY, AY SIR REPLIED MR. DATA…THE “Q” WITH ONE ELBOW LEANING ON THE
DOOR ARCHWAY LOOKS AT PICARD AND SAYS….OH CAN I MAKE A PLAY OR WHAT…..
      I SHOULD WRITE A BOOK….HIMMM…WHAT TO TITLE IT….HIMMM…I KNOW
"PICARD'S BIG DAY"…WHAT DO YOU THINK JEAN LUC…..PICARD TURNED AND SAID
“Q”….NOT NOW….I'M IN THE MIDDLE OF SOMETHING….COME BACK LATER….OH COME
NOW JEAN LUC…I KNOW WHAT YOU HAVE PLANED….I HAVE PLANED IT TOO!!
SO DON‟T WORRY I'LL BE THERE WHEN SHE FINDS OUT….
IN A FLASH HE WAS GONE….PICARD LOOKED AT THE “Q” AS HE FLASHED OUT AND
WONDERED WHAT THE “Q” WAS PLANNING…. AND HOPING THAT THE “Q” WILL NOT
INTERFERE WITH HIS PLANS.

      THE QUEEN STEPPED DOWN FROM THE PLATFORM ABOARD THE D'NARR AND
SAID… THIS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE…. WHEN WE CLEAR THE STATION, I WANT ALL YOUR
CREW TO BE ASSIMILATED…. IS THIS CLEAR…. SAID THE QUEEN….. YES YOUR
PERFECTION…. IT WILL BE DONE…..THE CREW LOOKED AT THE QUEEN WITH A PUZZLED
LOOK….A BRIDGE CREW MEMBER FIRST COMMANDER APPROACHED CANUGE AND
SAID..PRIME COMMANDER…SHOULD WE ALLOW THIS CREATURE TO WALK ABOUT
FREELY ON THE BRIDGE…..CANUGE REPELLED….COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER DO WE
HAVE CLEARANCE TO DEPART….YES PRIME COMMANDER…..HELM DISENGAGE
DOCKING CLAMPS AND PROCEED TO CLEAR THE STATION AND PREPARE TO LEAVE THE
FLEET AT BEST SPEED….THEN HE TURNED TO FACE HIS FIRST COMMANDER AND
SAID…. COME WITH ME TO MY COMMAND OFFICE
     THE FIRST COMMANDER WITH A FROWN ON HIS FACE AND THE QUEEN FOLLOWED
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CANUGE INTO HIS COMMAND OFFICE AND WHEN THE DOORS CLOSED.
      CANUGE TURNED ON HIS FIRST COMMANDER AND PROCEEDED TO ASSIMILATE
HIM…..THE CARDASSIAN TRIED TO DEFEND HIMSELF BUT TO NO AVAIL… CANUGE WAS
TO STRONG FOR HIM…. AS THE QUEEN WATCHED WITH SATISFACTION AS THE FIRST
COMMANDER WAS TURNED INTO A DRONE.
      WITH MIND TO MIND COMMUNICATION THE QUEEN SAID GOOD…. NOW FIND
LOCUTUS AND BRING HIM TO ME…FOUR OF TEN LEFT HIS OFFICE AND ENTERED THE
BRIDGE….SECURITY….SCAN THE FLEET AND FIND THE FEDERATION FLEET ADMIRAL
KNOWN AS ADMIRAL JEAN LUC PICARD,... HAVE A TRANSPORTER LOCK ON HIM AND
TRANSPORT HIM ABOARD….INFORM ME WHEN YOU HAVE ACQUIRED HIM… SAID THE
PRIME COMMANDER…. FOUR OF TEN THEN RETURNED TO HIS OFFICE TO STAND BY THE
DOOR….THE QUEEN WAS MODIFYING HER NEW DRONE AND INSTRUCTING HIM FOR
FURTHER ASSIMILATION OF THE CREW….SHE TURNED TO FOUR OF TEN AND MENTALLY
ASKED…HOW MANY CREW MEMBERS ON BOARD…. FOUR OF TEN REPLIED…FIFTEEN….
      A SHORT WHILE HAD PAST WHEN….. AT THE PRIME COMMANDERS DOOR CAME A
RING…. ENTER CALL FOUR OF TEN…. A BRIDGE SECURITY OFFICER ENTERED AND
SAID… PRIME COMMANDER WE HAVE THE FLEET ADMIRAL ON BOARD…. GOOD…. NOW
PROCEED TO EXIT THIS SYSTEM…. SAID FOUR OF TEN…. THE OFFICER LOOKED AT THE
QUEEN AND THEN LOOKED AT HIS FIRST COMMANDER BUT COULD ONLY SEE HIS
BACK…. HE LOOKED ODD, THEN SAID….THE HUMAN FLEET ADMIRAL WANTS TO KNOW
WHY HE IS HERE AND BY WHO‟S AUTHORITY GRANTED HIS ABDUCTION…… CANUGE
REPLIED….PUT HIM INTO A SECURE CELL…NOW LEAVE US…THE OFFICER WITH A
STARTLED LOOK ON HIS FACE… SAID YES…YES COMMANDER THEN TURNED AND LEFT
THE OFFICE…. THE QUEEN SAID TO BOTH HER NEW DRONE AND FOUR OF TEN… AFTER
YOU ASSIMILATE THE BRIDGE CREW….. TAKE ME TO LOCUTUS…. THEN THE SHIPS
WARP ENGINES CAME ON LINE… AT CANUGE COMM. CONSOLE CAME A CALL.
THIS IS CANUGE…WHAT IS IT….PRIME COMMANDER…WE HAVE CLEARED THE FLEET….
WHAT COORDINATES SHALL I PROGRAM…ASKED THE HELM…..CANUGE TURNED TO
THE QUEEN……IN HIS CELL PICARD LISTENING TO THE EVENTS TRANSPIRING CALLED TO
MR. DATA VIA HIS COMMUNICATOR IMPLANT… NOW MR. DATA….LET HER MAKE THE PRE-
PROGRAMMED CONTACT…SAID PICARD….THE QUEEN LEANED BACK AND SAID….YES I
CAN HEAR US….YES LOUDER AND LOUDER….FOUR OF TEN TAKE YOUR SHIP TO VECTOR
QUADRANT 67427 BY 91338 BY 7O412….ONCE THERE AWAIT FOR FURTHER
INSTRUCTION….AFTER FOUR OF TEN RELAYED THE QUADRANTS…HE AND THE FIRST
COMMANDER LEFT HIS OFFICE…..THE QUEEN SAT DOWN BEHIND THE DESK AND
SPREAD OUT HIS ARMS TO LOOK AROUND AND THOUGHT TO HER SELF…. HOW
BACKWARD THESE CARDASSIAN'S ARE…. STILL WORKING IN TWO DIMENSIONAL
THINKING….. AT LEAST THE HUMANS HAVE MADE THE THREE DIMENSIONAL LEAP…
NOW THERE CAME SCREAMS FROM OUTSIDE THE DOOR…. BODIES BEING THROWN
ABOUT…. PHASER BLAST BEING HEARD…. THEN SILENCE……

    BACK IN THE PRESENT ON THE KRILAN PLANET....THE DOOR OPENED AND THE
AWAY TEAM ENTERED A LARGE CONFERENCE ROOM WHERE TWELVE FERENGI
WERE IN A HEATED CONVERSATION….

     A FERENGI TURNED FROM THE GROUP OF ARGUING FERENGI'S, STOOD UP AND
SAID…. SO YOU HAVE RETURNED FEDERATION NEGOTIATOR… I NEW THE LURE OF SO
MUCH LATIUM WOULD TURN THE HEAD OF A VULCAN… SAID ROWKET
     GREETINGS DAMON ROWKET…. REPLIED MR. SPOCK…. I ASSURE YOU MY RETURN
HAS A BIT MORE TO DO WITH YOUR SECURITY THAN YOUR ACQUISITIONS…SAID
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SPOCK….. IS THAT RIGHT VULCAN…. WELL I CAN ASSURE YOU THAT ALL IS WELL WITH
US…. BUT I WELCOME YOUR RENOWN POWERS OF NEGOTIATING THAT WILL AS I
FIRMLY HOLD TRUE WILL BRAKE THIS STALEMATE THAT HAS US ALL IN A UP ROAR ….
SAID ROWKET…. I AM AT YOUR SERVICE REPLIED MR. SPOCK…. GOOD THEN…. YOUR
WELCOME TO SIT BY ME… SAID ROWKET.....MR. SPOCK SAT DOWN NEXT TO ROWKET
AND CHAKOTAY SAT NEXT TO MR. SPOCK.
      AH… BUT FIRST…. SOME REFRESHMENTS WOULD YOU PLEASE SAID… QUARK…
ROWKET SMILED AT QUARK AND SAID…. SO THE FALLEN ONE HAS A TONGUE AND IT
SPEAKS WITH COURAGE.... SAID RWOKET…UNDER THE TABLE MR. SPOCK QUIETLY
SCANED ROWKET WITH HIS TRI-CORDER.
     I AM DAMON BRUNT…. AND THIS…. THIS FERENGI IS NOT WELCOMED HERE… HE
IS WHAT WE CALL A….. DESTITUTE….. ONE WHO HAD GREAT ACQUISITIONS AND LOST
IT ALL….. LOST IT ALL TO ME.
     QUARKS SMILE SHOWED ALL HIS TEETH…. AND SAID….AH YES THIS IS TRUE…YOU
DID HAVE HELP FROM A FAMILY MEMBER….THE GRAND NAGUS….BUT THINGS ARE
ABOUT TO CHANGE FOR ME…. AND FOR YOU…. THE BORG WILL BE HERE SOON AND
THEY WILL TAKE ALL OF THIS AWAY FORM YOU, AND YOU WILL ALL SPEND YOUR
AFTER LIFE IN THE VAULT OF ETERNAL DESTITUTION…. UNLESS YOU CAN COME TO….
LET'S SAY… SOME KIND OF AGREEMENT …. ONE THAT WILL BE MOST AGREEABLE TO
ALL…. AND I MEAN TO INCLUDE THE FEDERATION….. THE FEDERATION IS NOT PART OF
THESE DISCUSSION'S AND YOU DO NOT SCARE ME WITH YOUR THREAT‟S….. SAID
DAMON BRUNT …. I BEG TO DIFFER…SAID MR. SPOCK…. YOU SEE YOU DO NOT HAVE
THE TECHNOLOGY TO MOVE YOUR NEW ACQUISITION TO A SAVE LOCATION…. BUT THE
FEDERATION DOES…. DAMON BRUNT …. SMILED AT MR. SPOCK AND REPLIED…. MR.
SPOOK…. WHY WOULD WE WANT TO MOVE THE LATIUM WORLD WHEN ALL WE NEED
TO DO IS INCLUDE THE BORG IN OUR BARGAINING'S ….. SHUT-UP YOU IDIOT… SAID
ROWKET… AND HIS NAME IS SPOCK NOT SPOOK…. JUST SIT THERE AND DO NOTHING….
AS THE FERENGI WERE DEBATING WITH EACH OTHER, MR. SPOCK TURNED TO
CHAKOTAY AND WISPERED IN A LOW VOICE...HE'S OUR MAN....(MEANING THAT ROWKET
WAS THE FERENGI WHO STOLE THE GENESIS DATA)....QUARK, I REALLY CAN'T SEE HOW
YOU COULD EVER HAVE LOST ALL YOUR ACQUISITIONS TO THIS… THIS IDIOT….
ROWKET WAS POINTING HIS FINGER AT DAMON BRUNT WHILE LOOKING AT QUARK…
WELL NOW YOU ALL KNOW WHY I INVITED THE FEDERATION INTO THIS BARGAINING
TABLE…. WE SHALL INCLUDE THE FEDERATION AS A PARTNER….. NOW LETS SIT DOWN
AND GET TO BUSINESSES….SAID ROWKET.
     MR. SPOCK WAS FIRST TO ADDRESS THE CONFERENCE…. GENTLEMEN….
BEFORE WE DIVIDE THE LATIUM PLANET…TWO THINGS WE NEED TO ADDRESS….
     ONE….A SUITABLE RE-LOCATION FOR THE PLANET AND A TIME TABLE TO WORK
FROM….SECOND…. WE NEED A NAME FOR THE PLANET FOR REFERENCE.
     I KNOW…I KNOW…SAID DAMON BRUNT ….LETS NAME THE PLANET THE "LATIUM
PLANET"…. THE GROUP LOOKED AT EACH OTHER…. QUARK SMILED…. SPOCK LOOKED
DOWN THEN UP THEN LOOKED AT DAMON ROWKET…. ROWKET TURNED HIS HEAD TO
LOOK AT BRUNT AND SAID….. THE ONLY THING YOU NEED TO KNOW IS TO "SHUT
UP"!!!!... FIRST AS FOR THE LOCATION….. WE SHALL BRING IT TO OUT HOME WORLD
PLANETARY SYSTEM…. THERE IS A DEAD PLANET THAT WOULD DO PERFECTLY AND
WE CAN PUT THE…. "SPHERE" IN ORBIT AROUND THIS DEAD PLANET…. THEN MR.
SPOCK REPLIED…. GOOD CHOICE…. NOW WE HAVE A LOCATION AND A NAME…. SO THE
SOONER WE MOVE THE SPHERE THE BETTER….SO SHALL WE START…..AT THIS
MOMENT CAPTAIN CHAKOTAY ACTIVATED A SILENT SIGNAL TO VOYAGER AS
ROWKET AND MR. SPOCK BEGAN PLANS FOR THE RELOCATION OF THE "SPHERE",
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WHILE THEY DISCUSED THEIR PLANS, QUARK GAVE A QUICK LOOK AT CHAKOTAY
AND LIFTED HIS DRINK AND DRANK WITH HIS EYES LOOKING RIGHT AND
LEFT....JUST THEN CAPTAIN CHAKOTAY'S COMM. BADGE ANNOUNCED…..
    THIS IS CHAKOTAY….. CAPTAIN…. WE HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED THAT THE BORG ARE
ON THE MOVE AND I HAVE SOME RECON DATA ON THEIR ACTIVITY…. SHALL I BEAM
DOWN…ASKED SEVEN OF NINE…. YES PLEASE DO…. CHAKOTAY OUT.
       SO AS I WAS SAYING SAID MR. SPOCK…. SHALL WE START TOMORROW???
ADMIRAL… SHOULD WE NOT FIRST SEE THE RECON INFO THE LIEUTENANT WILL BE
BRINGING US…ASKED CHAKOTAY….. YES…YES…THIS IS GOOD… WE SHOULD SEE THIS
INFORMATION AS SOON AS POSSIBLE…. SAID DAMON ROWKET
      THE OTHER DAMON'S SHOOK THERE HEADS IN A COMMON AGREEMENT…. AS
THEY BEGAN TO TALK AMONG THEMSELVES A FEDERATION TRANSPORT FIELD OPENED
AND THERE STOOD SEVEN OF NINE WITH A SMALL SHOULDER BAG AND A DATA PAD IN
ONE HAND.
      OVER HERE CALLED MR. SPOCK…. SEVEN TURNED AND WALKED OVER TO THE
TABLE AND PULLED OUT A DATA PAD FROM HER BAG THEN HANDED IT TO
CHAKOTAY… THEN SHE STOOD ASIDE….CHAKOTAY AND MR. SPOCK BEGAN TO GO
OVER THE INFO AS DAMON ROWKET SLOWLY BEGAN THE STAND UP….. HE WAS
LOOKING DIRECTLY AT SEVEN.
      WHAT ARE YOU…..I MEAN WHAT SPECIES OF FEMALE ARE YOU???? ASKED
ROWKET…. SEVEN LOOKED SURPRISED AS SHE LOOKED ABOUT… AND REPLIED I AM
HUMAN… A HUMAN FEMALE…. ROWKET SMILED AND LOOK DUMB FOUNDED… HE
TILTED HIS HEAD AS HIS EYES LOOKED UP AND DOWN SOAKING IN SEVEN'S FORM…. I
DO BELIEVE I HAVE HEARD ABOUT YOU…. YOU ARE THE HUMAN BORG FEMALE….. AM I
NOT RIGHT??? ASKED ROWKET.
      DAMON ROWKET….IT WOULD SEEM THAT TIME IS NOT ON OUR SIDE…. SAID MR.
SPOCK….. UH…OH…. YES WELL WHAT DO YOU SUGGEST… REPLIED ROWKET.
      CAPTAIN CHAKOTAY RESPONDED TO ROWKET WITH….. WE WILL NEED TO OUT FIT
YOUR SHIPS WITH OUR MODIFIED TRACTOR BEAM ARRAY…. THIS SHOULD TAKE SOME
TIME…I WOULD LIKE TO SEND SOME OF MY CREW TO ONE OF YOUR SHIPS TO BEGIN.
      WHILE STILL LOOKING AT SEVEN AND STILL SMILING..ROWKET SAID… YES YOU
MAY BEGIN…. WILL THIS FEMALE BE PART OF THIS TEAM????
      NO NOT EXACTLY…. SEVEN IS NOT PART OF THE ENGINEERING TEAM…. SHE IS
WITH THE SCIENCE DEPARTMENT AND IS PRESENTLY MODIFYING A TERRAFORMING
PROJECT FOR STARFLEET, HOWEVER SHE WILL NEED TO CALIBRATE THE TRACTOR
ARRAY WHEN THE ENGINEERS HAVE FINISHED THEIR MODIFICATIONS OF YOUR
TRACTOR BEAM ASSEMBLY THEN SHE WILL RETURN TO HER DUTY'S…. SAID
CHAKOTAY
      I SEE….. WELL WE SHALL TALK ABOUT HER FUTURE….. AT A LATER TIME SAID
ROWKET…. MY FUTURE….REPLIED SEVEN…. MY FUTURE IS OF NO CONCERN TO YOU
SIR….CONTINUED SEVEN….ROWKET‟S EYES SQUINTED AS HE WHISPERED
THIS IS MORE THAN I HAD HOPED FOR ….. SHE IS FULL OF SPRIT….SAID ROWKET
AS HE TURNED TO FACE MR. SPOCK…
      AFTER WE RELOCATE THE SPHERE… THE DAMON'S CAN GATHER AGAIN TO
BARGAIN FOR THERE SHARE OF THE PLANET… SAID MR. SPOCK….
      SPOCK, CHAKOTAY AND THE REST OF THE AWAY TEAM GOT UP TO SAY THEIR
GOOD BUYS… THEN CHAKOTAY CALLED TO SEVEN AND SAID
       LIEUTENANT…. WOULD YOU PLEASE CONTACT THE SHIP AND INFORM THE
ENGINEERING TEAM TO MEET YOU ON BOARD….. JUST THEN MR. SPOCK INTERRUPTED
BY LIFTING HIS HAND AND SAID…. DAMON ROWKET….. WHICH OF THE SHIPS IN ORBIT
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WOULD YOU LIKE US TO START FIRST WITH…. HERE IT COMES WHISPERED QUARK…
     ROWKET REPLIED WITH…. WELL….WHY NOT MY SHIP…. I WOULD BE MOST HAPPY
TO ESCORT THIS FEMALE…I MEAN YOUR LIEUTENANT TO MY SHIP WHERE SHE CAN
PERFORM FOR ME… I MEAN PERFORM HER DUTY'S….
    VERY WELL DAMON ROWKET…..CAPTAIN…SHALL WE DEPART…SAID MR.
SPOCK….THIS IS THE CAPTAIN…. PLEASE BEAM THIS AWAY TEAM BACK ON BOARD
VOYAGER….
     A TRANSPORTER BEAM ENGULFED THE TEAM AND THEN THEY WERE GONE…
SEVEN OF NINE STANDING ALONE LOOKED ABOUT HER AS THE FERENGI BEGAN TO
SURROUND HER WITH EYES WIDE OPEN AND FULL OF LUST…. BACK OFF… BACK OFF
SAID ROWKET AS HE LOOKED AT SEVEN…. SHE'S MINE…. I MEAN… I MEAN SHE IS WITH
ME…. SHALL WE DEPART TO MY SHIP MY DEAR…ASKED ROWKET…
    SEVEN‟S HEAD WAS LOOKING LEFT TOO RIGHT AND BACK AGAIN AND SEEING ALL
THOSE BIG EYES STARING AT HER….AND THEIR MOUTHS DRIPPING WITH
SALIVA…..YES…YES… LET'S GO NOW REPLIED SEVEN WITH URGENCY IN HER VOICE….
ROWKET WITH A LARGE GRIN ON HIS FACE REACHED FOR HIS COMMUNICATOR AND
CALL TO HIS SHIP…. THIS IS ROWKET…BRING THE SHIP INTO ORBIT….I NEED
IMMEDIATE TRANSPORT…


BACK ON BOARD VOYAGER IN THE TRANSPORTER ROOM….MR. SPOCK TURNED TO
QUARK AND SAID….MR. QUARK YOU DID QUITE GOOD BACK THERE ON THE
PLANET….YOU SEAM TO KNOW JUST HOW AND WHAT TO SAY AT THE RIGHT
TIME…..THANK YOU MR. ADMIRAL….AFTER ALL I AM A FERENGI……BUT….ABOUT THIS
LATIUM PLANET….DO YOU THINK THAT YOU CAN INCLUDE ME IN THE NEGOTIATIONS
AND….CHAKOTAY TURNED TO FACE MR. SPOCK AND INTERRUPTED WITH….NOT NOW
QUARK…. THE ADMIRAL AND I STILL HAVE SOME WORK TO DO…..IS THAT RIGHT
ADMIRAL…..SPOCK LOOKED AT THE CAPTAIN, RAISED AN EYEBROW AND TILTED HIS
HEAD…THEN SAID….I DO BELIEVE YOU ARE THROWING A CURVE….AM I NOT
RIGHT…SAID SPOCK…..CHAKOTAY SAID WITH A SMILE….YES SIR I AM…..QUARK
LOOKING BACK AND FOURTH AT BOTH CHAKOTAY AND MR. SPOCK WITH A GREAT
DEAL OF EMOTION, EYES BIG AND WILD HOLDING HIS HANDS TOGETHER,
SHAKING…SAID BUT…BUT MR. ADMIRAL I WOULD DEEM IT A GREAT….MR. SPOCK
THEN TURNED AND LEFT THE TRANSPORTER ROOM WITH CAPTAIN CHAKOTAY RIGHT
BEHIND HIM…..QUARK‟S ARMS THEN STRETCHED OUT SEEMINGLY TRYING TO REACH
OUT TO THEM AS THE DOOR CLOSED…..THEN HIS ARMS DROPPED, HIS EYES STILL BIG
AND ROUND, MOUTH WIDE AND OPEN….HE WHISPERED TO HIMSELF……TYPICAL….SO
TYPICAL….A DEAL OF A LIFE TIME…..AND I’M LEFT HANGING…..TYPICAL OH SO TYPICAL…

     ADMIRAL AND CAPTAIN ON THE BRIDGE SOUNDED THE COMPUTER….. JANEWAY
TURNED IN HER CHAIR AND ADDRESSED SPOCK AND CHAKOTAY…
     WELL BY THE LOOK ON YOUR FACE CHAKOTAY… HE BOUGHT IT…
HOOK, LINE AND SINKER….. REPLIED CHAKOTAY…. NOW WE WAIT….
     SIR… LOOK AT THE VIEW SCREEN….SENSORS HAVE PICKED UP A FERENGI SHIP
NOW COMING INTO ORBIT SIR… CALLED THE HELM OFFICER.
    ADMIRAL'S SPOCK, JANEWAY AND CAPTAIN CHAKOTAY ALL TURNED TO LOOK AT
THE VIEW SCREEN TO SEE THE FERENGI SHIP…. I AM NOT FAMILIAR WITH FERENGI
SHIPS…IS THAT NOT A LARGE SHIP FOR A SUPPOSEDLY SMALL PARTY… SAID MR.
SPOCK… JANEWAY SLOWLY STOOD UP AND SAID… I BELIEVE THAT'S A D‟KORA
FREIGHT STARSHIP CONVERTED INTO A BATTLE CRUISER… A VERY LARGE BATTLE
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CRUISER….
     CAPTAIN CALLED THE COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER…. YES WHAT IS IT….
LIEUTENANT SEVEN OF NINE HAS JUST BEAMED ABOARD THAT SHIP…. AND HAS JUST
NOW HAILED US FOR THE ENGINEERING TEAM…. INFORM HER THAT THEY WILL BEAM
OVER SHORTLY…. SAID CHAKOTAY.
      SHALL WE DEPART TO THE TRANSPORTER CHAMBER TO MEET THE SECOND AWAY
TEAM….SUGGESTED CAPTAIN CHAKOTAY….. NO…YOU GO WITH ADMIRAL SPOCK…I'LL
STAY HERE AND KEEP AN EYE ON THAT BATTLE CRUISER…SAID JANEWAY.
   SPOCK AND CHAKOTAY BOTH TURNED AND WALKED TO AND ENTERED THE TURBO
LIFT, CHAKOTAY SAID….DECK NINE…..THE DOORS CLOSED, MR. SPOCK TURNED AND
GAVE CHAKOTAY A STRAIGHT LOOK…..CHAKOTAY LOOKED BACK AND THEN BEGAN
TO FEEL A LITTLE STRANGE….IS THERE A PROBLEM…ADMIRAL….ASKED
CHAKOTAY…..HOOK, LINE AND SINKER…..I BELIEVE WHEN HUMANS GO ON ONE OF
THEIR RITUAL'S CALLED A “FISHING TRIP” THEY BRING ALONG A CONTAINER CALLED A
FISHING TACKLE CONTAINING “HOOKS, LINE AND SINKERS”…..I AM AT A LOSS AS TO
HOW THIS IS ASSOCIATED WITH OUR INTERACTIONS WITH DAMON ROWKET…..ASKED
MR. SPOCK…….CHAKOTAY BEGAN TO SMILE AND REPLIED…..OH, IT‟S ANOTHER ONE OF
OUR SO CALLED “FIGURE OF SPEECH”….UM….WELL YOU SEE IT‟S KIND OF LIKE THIS…..
YOU MIGHT THINK OF THE SUBTERFUGE WE ARE DOING WITH DAMON ROWKET AS THE
SAME AS GOING FISHING, WE ARE THE FISHERMAN AND WE PUT BAIT ON THE
HOOK…SEVEN OF NINE AND ROWKET IS THE FISH…..AH…YES I SEE…ROWKET TOOK
THE BAIT, THEN THE BAIT ACQUIRES THE INFORMATION WE NEED, THEN WE REEL IN
THE BAIT…..SAID SPOCK…..CHAKOTAY TOOK A DEEP BREATH AND SAID….YES… YOU
GOT THE GENERAL IDEA…
      AS THE TURBO LIFT DOORS OPENED, MR. SPOCK AND CAPTAIN CHAKOTAY
EXITED, WALKED DOWN THE CORRIDOR TO THE TRANSPORTER ROOM, ENTERED THE
CHAMBER AND STOOD BEFORE THE SECOND AWAY TEAM....CHAKOTAY LOOKED
AROUND AS HIS GAZE STOPPED AT NOG....THEN HE ADDRESSED THEM…
      AS YOU KNOW THIS IS IT…. THIS IS A CRUCIAL PART OF THIS MISSION AND YOUR
PART IS TO HELP SEVEN OF NINE TO SECURE THE STOLEN DATA, SHE WILL REMOVE
THAT DATA FROM THE FERENGI'S DATA BASE THEN RETURN BACK WHILE YOU ARE
PRETENDING TO MODIFY THERE TRACTOR BEAM ARRAY AND I MUST SAY YOU MUST
MAKE IT LOOK GOOD AND TO GIVE SEVEN OF NINE TIME TO COMPLETE HER MISSION
AND ALSO DISENGAGE AS MANY OF THEIR SYSTEMS AS POSSIBLE, LIKE NAVIGATION,
PROPULSION, ORIENTATION. THE SYSTEMS THEY NEED TO PURSUE US AND YOU MUST
DO THIS WITHOUT THEIR NOTICE…… ANY QUESTIONS….NONE… GOOD
       YOU WILL MEET UP WITH LIEUTENANT SEVEN OF NINE AND SHE WILL KEEP
DAMON ROWKET OCCUPIED WHILE SEARCHING THROUGH HIS DATA BASE FOR THE
INFORMATION WE NEED, WE BELIEVE THAT LIKE ALL FERENGI, THEY DO NOT TRUST
EACH OTHER, SO ROWKET WOULD KEEP THE DATA WE NEED CLOSE TO HIM SO WITH
THIS, LIEUTENANT NOG AND YOUR TEAM WILL KEEP THE FERENGI CREW BUSY WITH
MISS INFORMATION REGARDING THE INSTALLATION OF THE MODIFIED TRACTOR BEAM
ARRAY….. SO IF YOU WOULD PLEASE, GET READY FOR TRANSPORT… SAID CHAKOTAY
      ENGINEER PLOT AND LOCK COORDINATES NEAR TO THE LOCATION OF
LIEUTENANT SEVEN OF NINE….SAID MR. SPOCK….COORDINATES ARE PLOTTED AND
LOCKED…..ENERGIZE…..SAID MR. SPOCK…. THE TRANSPORT ENERGY FIELD ENGULFED
THE AWAY TEAM….THEN THEY WERE GONE.

     THE AWAY TEAM BEAMED ON BOARD THE FERENGI BATTLE CRUISER NEAR
TO SEVEN OF NINE…. SHE APPROACHED THEM WITH DAMON ROWKET AT HER SIDE.
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     THIS IS DAMON ROWKET AND HIS AID ROWE…. SAID SEVEN….MY AID SHALL
SHOW YOU TO OUR TRACTOR BEAM SECTION… SO IF YOU WILL ACCOMPANY MY AID…
SAID ROWKET…
ROWE THEN GRABBED ONE OF THE TEAM MEMBERS BY HIS ARM AND SAID…
COME THIS WAY…. NOW!!!... NOG QUICKLY SAID....DON‟T FORGET THE MEDICATION
THE DOCTOR SAID YOU WILL NEED WHILE IN THIS ATMOSPHERIC ENVIRONMENT…. YES
OF COURSE SAID SEVEN THEN NOG TURNED TO HURRY WAY AFTER HIS TEAM.
      INTERESTING…. A FERENGI IN THE SERVICE OF THE FEDERATION…. AND
WEARING A STARFLEET UNIFORM….. VERY INTERESTING…. AND JUST WHAT
MEDICATION IS HE TALKING ABOUT… MY DEAR… ASKED ROWKET… OH JUST
SOMETHING THAT WILL HELP ME BREATH BETTER…. NOT TO BE OF CONCERN….SAID
SEVEN
      SEVEN THEN TURNED TO ROWKET AND SAID…. I HAVE NEVER BEEN ON SUCH A
LARGE SHIP BEFORE…OR A MIGHTY FERENGI SHIP LIKE THIS ONE…. IT REFLECTS THE
POWER OF A MIGHTY DAMON…. WELL…WOULD YOU LIKE THE GRAND TOUR…REPLIED
ROWKET WITH A SMILE AND SHOWING APROUD STATURE….. YES, I HAVE SOME TIME
LEFT BEFORE I AM NEEDED CALIBRATE THE TRACTOR ARRAY…SAID SEVEN…. WELL
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE FIRST….ASKED ROWKET…. WELL WHY DON'T WE
START IN THE COMPUTER SECTION…. COMPUTER'S ALWAYS MAKE ME EXCITED… SAID
SEVEN…
      OF COURSE…. THE COMPUTER SECTION IT IS…. THEN FOR SOME
REFRESHMENTS… AHHH…LET'S SAY IN MY QUARTERS??….SAID ROWKET WITH A
NAUGHTY GRIN… THAT WILL BE FINE…SO,… SHOW ME YOUR COMPUTERS…SAID
SEVEN…RETURNING A LARGE SMILE…..ROWKET‟S FACE LIT UP AND WITH HIS LEFT
ARM POINTING THE WAY SAID….RIGHT THIS WAY MY DEAR….RIGHT THIS WAY…
AS THEY WALKED AWAY, ROWKET TOOK SEVEN BY HER RIGHT ARM… SEVEN LOOKED
AWAY TO HER LEFT SIDE AND HER FACE TWISTED AND HER MOUTH SHUT TIGHT WITH
HER LIPS PRESSING HARD TOGETHER … THEN SHE TURNED TO LOOK AT ROWKET WITH
AN INNOCENT SMILE, EYES WIDE WITH QUESTIONING LOOK IN THEM, WHILE
THINKING…. (BEFORE I LEAVE THIS SHIP…. I'M GOING TO BRAKE ONE OF HIS ARM'S)

THEN BOTH SEVEN AND ROWKET WENT TO THE FERENGI'S PERSONAL TURBO LIFT
AND WENT DOWN.

BACK AT THE FLEET ON BOARD THE D'NARR......

     THE DOOR TO THE PRIME COMMANDER'S OFFICE OPENED AND FOUR OF TEN
ENTERED…. THE BRIDGE CREW HAVE JOINED US SAID FOUR OF TEN…. YES I CAN HEAR
THEM…. NOW TAKE ME TO LOCUTUS…SAID THE QUEEN.
     PICARD WAS SITTING ON A BENCH IN HIS CELL, HE CAN HEAR BORG THOUGHTS,
THEY WERE THE QUEENS AND THEY WERE GETTING LOUDER WHEN THE DOOR TO HIS
HOLDING CHAMBER OPENED… DON‟T LOOK SO SAD LOCUTUS…. I'M HERE WITH YOU
AND YOU NEED NOT SIT IN THIS CELL ANY LONGER…. SAID THE QUEEN.. THEN WITH A
NOD OF HER HEAD, FOUR OF TEN DEACTIVATED THE FORCE FIELD IN PICARD'S CELL….
PICARD GOT UP AND WALKED OUT OF HIS CELL…
     WHAT DO YOU INTEND TO DO WITH ME HE ASKED… OH MY GRAND KNIGHT…
YOU AND I SHALL EMBARK ON A UNION OF A PERSONAL KIND…. WE SHALL BECOME AS
ONE…. YOUR THOUGHTS SHALL BE MY THOUGHTS AND MY THOUGHTS SHALL BE AS
YOURS…. REPLIED THE QUEEN
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       I SEE… SO YOU PLAN TO ASSIMILATE ME…. AGAIN….A DRONE FOR YOUR
PLEASURE SAID PICARD… NOT AT ALL… YOU WILL STILL BE YOU…AS I SHALL BE AS I
AM… YOU SHALL INHABIT ALL BORG AND BE AS I AM…. YOU SHALL NOT BE OF
BORG…. BUT YOU SHALL BE BORG…. AND ALL DRONES SHALL SERVICE YOU AS THEY
SERVICE ME!!!... SAID THE QUEEN….. PICARD LOOKED AT HER…. THEN AS IF HE SAW
HER FOR THE FIRST TIME AND NOTICED A STRANGE BEAUTY IN HER SMILE…. SHE THEN
PUT HER LEFT ARM INTO HIS RIGHT ARM AS THEY WALKED OUT OF THE HOLDING
CHAMBER….
        SHE LOOKED ABOUT AS IF SHE WAS IN SOME KIND OF COMMUNICATION WITH
THE NEWLY ASSIMILATED DRONES…. THEN SHE SAID TO PICARD…SOON A
COMMUNICATIONS BOOSTER SHALL BE CONSTRUCTED, AND I WILL BE ABLE TO
COMMUNICATE WITH THE COLLECTIVE MIND…. THEN WITH THE DATA TRANSFERENCE
COMPLETE WE WILL BEGIN THE ASSIMILATION OF THIS QUADRANT…. (THIS IS IT… THIS
IS WHAT WE HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR….THOUGHT PICARD) DATA TRANSFERENCE….
WHAT KIND OF DATA DO YOU MEAN??? ASKED PICARD…. THE QUEEN LOOKED AT
PICARD AND REPLIED…. THE RECON OF OPPOSITION THAT WILL OPPOSE US… AND THE
ACQUISITION OF THE TIME DIMENSIONAL DISPLACEMENT, YOU CALL A WORM HOLE….
SAID THE QUEEN
       THEY WALKED A WHILE, THEN WENT UP WITHIN A TURBO LIFT TO THE BRIDGE…
       FOUR OF TEN GRABBED PICARD BY HIS ARM AND PULLED HIM INTO WHAT WAS
THE PRIME COMMANDER CANUGE'S OFFICE AND STOOD WATCH OVER HIM AS THE
DOOR CLOSED…. THE QUEEN THEN WENT TO THE NEWLY CONSTRUCTED
COMMUNICATION'S BOOSTER, LOCATED IN PLACE OF THE COMMAND CHAIR AND SAT IN
THE CHAIR MADE FOR HER. SHE THEN CONNECTED HER SELF TO THE CONSOLE ….
       (ADMIRAL… CALLED DATA TO PICARD THOUGH HIS IMPLANTED COMM. LINK…
INFORMATION IS NOW BEING TRANSMITTED….I SHALL DEACTIVATE FOUR OF TEN'S IMAGE
WHILE MAINTAINING HIS MIND CONNECTION TO THE QUEEN)…. AS PICARD LOOKED UP AT
FOUR OF TEN HE DISAPPEARED …. GOOD REPLIED PICARD…. HOW GO'S THE TRANSFER
HE ASKED… ( ALL IS GOING AS PLANED…. WE ARE NOW GETTING THE RECON WE COULD
NOT ACQUIRE BEFORE… AS WELL AS CODED COMMANDS FOR SHIP WIDE CONTROL….
REPLIED DATA…. EXCELLENT SAID PICARD….. KEEP ME INFORMED.
       MR. DATA WAS AT HIS POST AND GOING OVER THE NEWLY ACQUIRED BORG
COMMAND CODES AND NOTICED A PATTERN THAT WERE FOR COLLECTIVE
COMMANDS… COMMANDS THAT CALL FOR A UNIFIED MOVEMENT AND FORMATION…
THIS WOULD BE VERY USEFUL IN MANIPULATING THE BORG INTO POSITION FOR A
HIGHER DESTRUCTIVE YIELD…. AND SOMETHING ELSE HE NOTICED… A STRANGE
CODED LANGUAGE…. UTILIZING THREE DIMENSIONAL VECTOR ANAGRAMS ….. HE
BEGAN TO STUDY THE CODE WHEN SUDDENLY … ALL INCOMING TRANSMISSIONS
CAME TO AN ABRUPT STOP…. HE LOOKED UP AT THE HOLO COMMAND MONITOR TO SEE
THE QUEEN SITTING UP RIGHT WITH HER EYES WIDE OPEN AND DISCONNECTING HER
SELF FROM THE COMMUTATIONS BOOSTER CONSOLE…..
      (ADMIRAL….. SOMETHING'S WRONG…. THE TRANSMISSIONS HAVE STOP AND THE
QUEEN LOOKS AGITATED…. SHE WAS TRANSMITTING A VERY STRANGE CODE…. ONE WE
HAD NO CAPABILITY OF PROVIDING A RESPONSE…. SHE IS HEADING YOUR WAY)
     PICARD WAS WALKING ABOUT THE OFFICE WHEN FOUR OF TEN'S HOLO IMAGE
REPAPERED…. THE BORG LOOKED AT HIM THEN BOTH HE AND PICARD TURNED TO THE
DOOR AS IT OPENED…
     THE QUEEN ENTERED WITH A WIDE EYED LOOK OF FURY IN HER FACE AS SHE
LOOKED AT PICARD…..
WHAT ARE YOU DOING…..WHERE IS THIS PLACE…. SHOUTED THE QUEEN…. PICARD
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TOOK A LOOK AT FOUR OF TEN THEN LOOKED BACK AT THE QUEEN AND SAID…. WHAT
DO YOU MEAN… IS THIS NOT A CARDASSIAN STAR SHIP…. THE QUEENS FACE TWISTED
INTO A BETRAYAL OF RAGE…SHE POINTED TO PICARD AND FACED FOUR OF TEN THEN
SCREAMED….KILL HIM…. KILL HIM NOW…..FOUR OF TEN STOOD STILL AND REPLIED….I
CAN NOT COMPLY WITH YOUR REQUEST, MY PROGRAMMED PARAMETERS ARE
SPECIFIC.
      THE QUEEN‟S MOUTH DROPPED OPEN, HER EYES SHOWED A STARE OF SHOCK AS
SHE LOOKED AT FOUR OF TEN….. THE SHE SLOWLY TURNED HER HEAD TO FACE
PICARD…. AND WHISPERED TO HIM…PROGRAMMED PARAMETERS….PICARD'S LOOK WAS
STERN AND HE REPLIED….
      WELL I GUESS THE JIG IS UP…. YOU SEE…. THIS PLACE IS NOT WHAT YOU THINK
AND THE CREW ARE NOT DRONE'S… AND YOU HAVE NEVER LEFT THE CONFINES OF
OUR STAR SHIP….. MR. DATA YOU MAY DEACTIVATE THE PROGRAM…. CALL PICARD…
     SUDDENLY THE ENVIRONMENT CHANGED WITH A KIND OF WAVY VIBRATION AND
ALL DISAPPEARED …. ALL THAT WAS LEFT WAS A VERY LARGE ROOM WITH LARGE
YELLOW GRID LINES ON A BLUE/BLACK BACKGROUND….
     SHE SCREAMED A WILD AND HORRIBLE SOUND AS SHE LOUNGED AT PICARD…
AS SHE GOT NEAR TO HIM HER CLAWS SCRATCHED DOWN HIS LEFT ARM…. THEN HE
DISAPPEARED THROUGH A TRANSPORT BEAM, AND SHE LANDED ON THE FLOOR..
     THE QUEEN BEGAN TO LIFT HER SELF UP WHEN A TRANSPORT FIELD ENGULFED
HER TOO….. MOMENTS LATER SHE STOOD BACK IN HER CELL.
     HER FACE TWISTED IN RAGE, BEGAN TO RELAX….. AND YOU CAME ALL THIS WAY
TO ASSIMILATE THEM…. HOW AMUSING SAID THE “Q”….. SHE TURNED AROUND TO
FACE THE “Q” AND…. REPLIED…. IT WAS LOCUTUS WHO DEFEATED ME… WHO
TRICKED ME, NOT THOSE PUNY HUMANS…. ONLY HIM…. I KNEW I HAVE CHOSEN
WELL…..REPLIED THE QUEEN WITH A LOT OF HUFF…..AND I WILL SOON HAVE HIS
DNA…
    PICARD WAS TRANSPORTED FROM THE HOLO DECK TO A MED LAB WHERE
CRUSHER WAS READY FOR HIM…..WELL THAT WAS SMART….YOU ALLOWED HER TO
INJURE YOU…SAID BEVERLY…..HARDLY, HER NAILS DID NOT TEAR THROUGH MY
SHIRT….SAID PICARD….TRUE, BUT STILL LET ME SEE…WELL SHE WAS ABLE TO LEAVE
SOME ABRASIONS…REPLIED CRUSHER….SHE SPRAYED A LIQUID ON THE
ABRASIONS…..THAT FEELS BETTER….THANK YOU BEVERLY….BUT NOW I MUST SEE IF
SHE‟S OK….I WILL BE AT HER HOLDING CELL….THEN PICARD TURNED AND LEFT THE
MED LAB AS BEVERLY SAID….YOU KNOW YOU CAN HAVE OTHER PEOPLE DO
THAT….YOU ARE THE ADMIRAL…..THE DOORS TO THE LAB THEN CLOSED BEHIND
PICARD.
      THE DOOR TO HER CHAMBER OPENED, A FLASH AND “Q” WAS GONE AS PICARD
ENTERED THE CHAMBER HE THOUGHT HE SAW A FLASH OR THE LIKE, BUT THE
THOUGHT OF WHAT IT COULD MEAN….. NO WAY…. HE WOULD NOT PLAY US LIKE
THAT…. AS HE APPROACHED THE QUEEN'S CELL, HE LOOKED AT HER AND THEY
STARED AT EACH OTHER FOR A LONG WHILE.


     AND THIS MY DEAR IS THE MAIN FRAME…SAID ROWKET….. I'M IMPRESSED…
REPLIED SEVEN…. AT WHAT CAPACITY…SHE ASKED…. FOUR PETABYTE'S PER
STORAGE MODULE, AND IT SUPPORTS TEN MODULE'S WITHIN EACH OF TWO
SECONDARY MAIN FRAMES….. RUNNING A MASSIVE SPEED OF EIGHT PET HERTZ PER
FRAME….. INCREDIBLE…. SAID SEVEN…. (ALMOST AS LARGE AS WHAT I'M USED TO BACK

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ON VOYAGER…. THOUGHT SEVEN)…. THEN SHE ASKED… CAN WE PULL A FRAME…. I'D
LIKE TO SEE THE…. OH…. NOT NOW… UMMM… WE ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF
SOMETHING…. PERHAPS YOU WOULD LIKE SOME REFRESHMENTS??? ASKED ROWKET….
(FINALLY…THOUGHT SEVEN) WHY YES NOW THAT YOU HAVE MENTION IT…
SOMETHING…. COLD AND SWEET… SAID SEVEN…. OH I KNOW…. I HAVE HEARD ABOUT
A RED BEVERAGE THAT IS KIND OF CALMING….. OH WHAT IS IT CALLED…. CONTINUED
SEVEN…… JUICE OF THE RED ROOT VINE…. WE CALL IT "LOWVELL"…SAID ROWKET…
YES THAT'S THE ONE…. YES I REMEMBER…. ( YES THAT’S THE DRINK THAT QUARK SAID
WORKS BEST WITH THIS DRUG….. THOUGHT SEVEN)
     I HAVE A GOOD SUPPLY OF THE FINEST IN MY QUARTERS…. SHALL WE GO
THEN….ASKED ROWKET.

    SEVEN AND ROWKET BOTH LEFT THE COMPUTER SECTION AND WENT UP IN
ROWKET'S PRIVATE TURBO LIFT.

    AH… HERE WE ARE…. THE DOORS TO ROWKET'S QUARTERS OPENED AND THEY
WALKED IN…. SEVEN WAS GENUINELY IMPRESSED … HIS QUARTERS WERE LARGE AND
MORE LIKE AN APARTMENT WITH A LOUNGE, A STUDY OFFICE AREA, PRIVATE BED
ROOM AND WHAT APPEARS TO BE A DINING AREA.
    MAKE YOUR SELF COMFORTABLE… I SHALL GET SOME LOWVELL…SAID
ROWKET…. SEVEN WALKED OVER TO THE COUCH…. A VERY LARGE COUCH
ESPECIALLY FOR SUCH A SMALL FERENGI, SHE THEN SAT DOWN AND REACHED IN HER
BAG AND PULLED OUT HER INHALER AND THE CASE WITH THE DRUGS IN IT, SHE SLID
THE CASE UNDER HER THIGH THEN TOOK A DEEP BREATH FROM THE INHALER, TURNED
TO LOOKED UP AND SAW ROWKET APPROACHING HER WITH A TRAY….. HE PUT THE
TRAY DOWN ON THE TABLE IN FRONT OF THE COUCH AND BEGAN TO POUR INTO TWO
GOBLETS SOME OF THE LOWVELL THEN HANDED TO SEVEN ONE OF THE GOBLETS.
SEVEN PUT THE INHALER BACK INTO HER BAG THEN REACHED OUT AND EXCEPTED A
GOBLET FROM ROWKET.
    WITH A SIGH ROWKET SPOKE…. LET'S MAKE A TOAST…. OH I KNOW SAID SEVEN
MAY YOU NEVER FORGET THIS DAY FOR ALL THE YEARS OF YOUR LIFE!!!
    WELL SAID…. ROWKET REMARKED….THEN THEY BOTH DRANK…. ROWKET DRANK
DEEPLY…. SEVEN FIRST TASTED THE LOWVELL THEN SHE TO DRANK DEEPLY AND
THEN SAID…. THIS IS REALLY TASTY…. THEN ROWKET SAID..GOOD.. I HOPE I SHALL
NOT DISAPPOINT YOU…. FOR SOME UNEXPLAINED REASON…. I DO BELIEVE YOU WILL
NOT BE A DISAPPOINTMENT…. IN FACT… I THINK YOU WILL GO ALL OUT TO PLEASE
ME….SAID SEVEN….
     ROWKET'S EYES WENT WIDE…. HE PUT DOWN HIS GOBLET AND BEGAN TO REACH
OUT TO GRAB SEVEN WITH SHAKING HANDS…. AHHHHH…. CRIED ROWKET…. I WANT
YOU…. I WANT YOU NOW ....I MUST HAVE YOUUU…HE SAID ALOUD…. SEVEN PUT OUT
HER HAND TO ROWKET'S CHEST TO STOP HIM AND SAID IN A VERY SEXY LOW VOICE….
OH DOWN BOY… WE HAVE TIME… LET'S NOT RUSH IT…. ANTICIPATION CAN BE VERY
REWARDING… ROWKET BEGAN TO SALIVATE…. HIS TONGUE LICKED HIS LIPS… THEN
SAT BACK...LEANING ON THE COUCH….BREATHING VERY HEAVY.
     SEVEN ASKED WITH A SMILE… DO YOU ALWAYS WEAR THIS UNIFORM… OR DO
YOU HAVE SOMETHING…. SAY…MORE REVEALING???
     ROWKET STARTED PANTING…. AND SAID…. YES, YES… I DO… SIT HERE, I SHALL
RETURN…
     ROWKET GOT UP AND RAN TO HIS BED ROOM…. SEVEN THEN PULLED OUT THE
CASE FROM UNDER HER THIGH AND PUT TWO CAPLET'S OF THE DRUG INTO ROWKET'S
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GOBLET AS WAS SUGGESTED BY QUARK…. THEN SHE THOUGHT FOR A SECOND AND
PUT IN ONE MORE JUST TO BE SURE…. THE DRUG WILL NEED ONLY A MOMENT TO
DISSOLVE AND LEAVES NO AFTER TASTE….
      SOON AFTER ROWKET STOOD LEANING ON THE ARCH WAY TO HIS BED ROOM
WITH HIS RIGHT HAND ON HIS HIP AND HIS LEFT ELBOW ON THE ARCHWAY WITH HIS
LEFT HAND HOLDING HIS BIG HEAD WHICH WAS SUPPORTING A WIDE GRIN AND A LOOK
OF SUAVE IN HIS FACE. HE WAS WEARING WHAT APPEARS TO BE SOME KIND OF SKIN
TIGHT TRANSPARENT SHORT SKIRT WITH A SASH AROUND HIS WAIST AND SKIN TIGHT
SLEEVELESS SHIRT WITH HOLES OVER HIS CHEST REVEALING HIS NIPPLES AND ENDED
ABOVE THE BELLY REVEALING HIS TWIN BELLY BUTTON'S. HIS LEFT LEG CROSSED
OVER HIS RIGHT LEG WITH HIS RIGHT HIP POPPED UP.
      SEVEN DID ALL SHE COULD NOT TO LAUGH…. SHE LOOKED DOWN AND
TREMBLED WITH AMUSEMENT…. THEN TOOK CONTROL OF HERSELF AND WITH A SIGH
SHE LOOKED UP AT ROWKET AND SAID…. OH… OH… YOU LOOK LIKE A GOD
      COME… SHOW ME…. ROWKET WITH HIS EYES WIDE AND BULGING BEGAN TO
UNTIE HIS SASH… WHEN SEVEN CONTINUED…. OH I MEANT YOUR COMPUTER…. UH….
SAID ROWKET…. YOU KNOW… YOUR COMPUTER…. I LOVE COMPUTERS…. YOU MUST
HAVE ONE HERE IN YOUR QUARTERS…. OH… WHY YES I DO….. HIMM… LET'S SEE… I DO
HAVE A VERY LARGE DATA BASE FOR SOME OF MY VERY PRIVATE FEMALE
COLLECTION…. WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE IT….ASKED ROWKET…
      NOW… NOW… WHY WOULD I WANT TO SEE THE OTHER WOMEN IN YOUR LIFE….
RIGHT NOW I WANT TO BE THE ONLY WOMAN IN YOUR LIFE… SAID SEVEN AS SHE
STOOD UP AND WALKED ABOUT AND TURNED TO FACE ROWKET WITH HER HANDS ON
HER HIPS…. FANTASTIC…. INCREDIBLE…. YOU ARE THE MOST ENTICING FEMALE I
HAVE HAD IN A LONG TIME… SAID ROWKET…. DO YOU HAVE ANY SPECIAL
INTEREST???? ASKED ROWKET…. SEVEN LOOK STRAIGHT AT ROWKET AND SAID… WELL
I AM INVOLVED WITH A TERRAFORMING PROJECT ABOARD MY SHIP….AND WELL…
TELL ME ABOUT YOUR FARMING TECHNIQUES…. HOW DO YOUR PEOPLE
TERRAFORM….SAY OTHER WORLDS??? ASKED SEVEN….
      LIKE A LITTLE CHILD WITH A NEW TOY TO SHOW OFF, ROWKET WITH A WIDE GRIN
AND HIS HEAD HELD UP HIGH SAID…. COME THIS WAY….
      SEVEN TURNED AND PICKED UP ROWKET'S AND HER GOBLETS AND FOLLOWED
ROWKET TO HIS STUDY OFFICE.
      HERE WE ARE… I WILL ACCESS MY DATA BASE AND SHOW YOU SOMETHING YOU
NEVER THOUGHT POSSIBLE….. YOU WILL SEE HOW THE FERENGI CAN TURN A DEAD
PLANET INTO A PARADISE ….. SAID ROWKET
      BUT FIRST LETS FINISH OUR DRINKS…… REMEMBER WE DID START A TOAST BUT
NEVER FINISHED OUR DRINKS…. SAID SEVEN…. YOUR RIGHT…REPLIED ROWKET…. HE
REACHED FOR HIS GOBLET FROM SEVEN THEN HELD IT HIGH AND SAID REMEMBER
ALWAYS…. AND DRANK HIS GOBLET DRY…. SEVEN ALSO DRANK THEN THEY BOTH PUT
THERE GOBLETS DOWN….
      OK…. SHOW ME THIS WONDERFUL PROGRAM YOU HAVE…. SAID SEVEN
ROWKET STOOD IN FRONT OF HIS COMPUTER CONSOLE AND SAID SOME WORDS
THAT SEVEN DID NOT UNDERSTAND BUT STANDING BEHIND ROWKET SHE PULLED
OUT HER TRI-CORDER FROM HER BAG THEN STARTED TO RECORDED HIS
PASSWORD COMMANDS
      COME OVERRRR…. HEREEEE….. SAID ROWKET SLURRING HIS WORDS…. SEVEN
STOOD NEXT TO HIM AND ASKED… SO WHAT AM I LOOKING AT…. ROWKET THEN
BEGAN TO SPEAK…. WELLL…. LET ME SEEE… I…. I….I THINK I WILLLL SIT DOWNNN NOW…
LET'S DO Oo-MOX…. COME HEREEEE AND SIT BESIDE….. MEEE
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ROWKET PLOPPED DOWN INTO HIS COMPUTER CHAIR AND WITH A STRANGE STARE
AT SEVEN HE BEGAN TO SNORE AS SEVEN LOOKED AT HIM SHE BEGAN TO SMILE….
HE LOOKED RIDICULES … ONE EYE LID HALF CLOSED AND CROSSED EYED… THE
OTHER EYE WAS WIDE OPEN AND LOOKED LIKE IT WAS READY TO POP OUT…. HIS
MOUTH HUNG OPEN WITH HIS TONGUE HANGING OUT AND SALIVA PORING OUT
OVER HIS CHIN WHILE REPEATING THE WORDS….OoMOX…OoMOXXXX…OoMOX…LET'S DO
OoMOXSSSS SEVEN LOOKING AT ROWKET THOUGHT TO HERSELF (THIS I MUST SHOW
TO THE CAPTAIN) SHE POINTED HER TRI-CORDER AT ROWKET AND TOOK HIS
PICTURE…. SHE THOUGHT AGAIN
(WHAT WAS THE PHRASE THAT TOM PARIS USED…. WHAT WAS IT…OH YES… I REMEMBER)
SEVEN SAID OUT LOUD…. THIS IS A KODAK MOMENT!!! I MUST ASK HIM WHAT IT
MEANS….SHE TURNED BACK TO ROWKETS COMPUTER AND BEGAN TO FEEL
STRANGE…SHE LEANED FORWARD AND PUT BOTH HANDS ON THE CONSOLE FOR
SUPPORT…SHE NOTICED THAT SHE WAS BREATHING HEAVY AND SHE FELT LOSE
ALL OVER AND THEN REALIZED THE LOWVELL WAS HAVING IT‟S EFFECTS ON
HER….NO ONE TOLD HER THIS WOULD HAPPEN…SHE SHOOK HER HEAD THEN
REMEMBERED THE INHALER….SHE TOOK IT OUT AND TOOK HER SECOND DEEP
INHALE FROM THE INHALER….AS SOON AS SHE PUT IT AWAY SHE BEGAN TO FEEL
MUCH BETTER
SHE LOOKED UP AND BEGAN TO DOWN LOAD THE DATA…AND THIS TOOK A
WHILE…AS TIME PASSED, HER HAND HELD COMMUNICATOR WITHIN HER BAG
SOUNDED….

   LIEUTENANT SEVEN OF NINE…. THIS IS LIEUTENANT NOG… WE ARE READY HERE….
ALL WARP DRIVE ENGINES HAVE BEEN DISABLED…. THE CREW HAS NO IDEA…
CONTACT ME WHEN YOU HAVE THE PACKAGE….NOG OUT…

   WELLLLL…. I HOPE ITT WASS GOOD FOR YOU TOOOO…. SAID ROWKET….. SEVEN
WAS STARTLED AS SHE HEARD ROWKET FROM BEHIND HER… SHE TURNED AROUND TO
SEE THE FERENGI GETTING UP…. OH… YES… YES IT WAS…. YOU WERE MAGNIFICENT
…. SAID SEVEN…. I NEW I COULD SATISFY A GOOD FEMALE SUCH AS YOUUUUUU…
SEVEN BEGAN TO NOTICE ROWKET WAS COMING OUT OF THE EFFECTS OF THE DRUG
BUT WAS STILL VERY COCK-EYED LOOKING…. SHE ASKED ROWKET… DAMON…
WOULD YOU LIKE MORE LOWVELL
AND THEN SOME MORE….OoMOX… ASKED SEVEN…. NO TO THE LOWVELL, I‟M
ALREADY OUT SIDE MY BODY…. BUT I WOULD LIKE SOME MORE OoMOX…. IT SEEMS
I…I HAVE TROUBLE REMEMBERING….HAVING OoMOX WITH YOU….. BUT.. BUT IF YOU
SAY I WAS MAGNIFICENT….. WHO AM I TO ARGUE WITH YOU…. SAID ROWKET….. AS
SEVEN LEANED BACK, THE COMPUTER BEHIND HER ANNOUNCED…. “DELETION AND
DOWNLOAD COMPLETE”….. SHE STOOD UP AGAIN AND LOOKED AT ROWKET…. HIS
SMILE SLOWLY BEGAN TO FALL FROM HIS FACE AS HE ASKED…. WHAT … WHAT
DOWNLOAD???... WHAT IS GOING ON HERE….. OH… THIS… I… WELL I WAS GOING TO
SURPRISE YOU… I RECORDED OUR LOVE MAKING…. SAID SEVEN…. WHAT LOVE
MAKING…. FERENGI‟S DO NOT MAKE LOVE… THEY TAKE IT…. WE DO OoMOX… LET ME
SEE…ASKED ROWKET… SEVEN THOUGHT FAST…. (NOW IS THE TIME TO GET OUT) YES
BUT FIRST WOULD YOU NOT LIKE TO TAKE MY CLOTHS OFF…. UM… AGAIN…. SAID
SEVEN
   ROWKET THOUGHT FOR A MOMENT…. COME TO THINK OF IT… WHY ARE YOU STILL
YOU DRESSED….ASKED ROWKET…. WELL I THOUGHT YOU MIGHT TAKE FURTHER
PLEASURE IN REMOVING THEM… SO I GOT DRESSED AGAIN…. SAID SEVEN….. AH… YES
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I WOULD REPLIED ROWKET…. DAMON…. DO YOU HAVE ANY FEMALE GARMENTS THAT
YOU WOULD LIKE ME TO WARE FOR YOUR PLEASURE…. PLEASURE TO REMOVE
THEM…ASKED SEVEN…. ROWKET‟S EYES LIT UP…. WHY YES I DO AS A MATER OF
FACT…. I HAVE AN EXTENSIVE FEMALE‟S WARDROBE IN MY BED ROOM …. JUST FOR
THIS KIND OF SITUATION…SAID ROWKET…. SEVEN THEN SAID…. GOOD… YOU WAIT
HERE AND I WILL FIND JUST THE RIGHT GARMENT THAT WILL MAKE YOU MELT… SO I
WILL BE RIGHT BACK….SAID SEVEN…. WAIT I WANT TO SEE YOU GET UNDRESSED THEN
GET DRESSED SO I CAN GET UNDRESSED....I THINK...DID I SAY THAT RIGHT…. SAID
ROWKET…. NO SAID SEVEN WITH HER HEAD UP HIGH…. I WANT THIS TO BE A
SURPRISE… I WANT TO CHOOSE WHAT I THINK YOU WOULD LIKE THE MOST…..
ROWKET‟S SMILE WENT WIDE…. AS SEVEN WALKED INTO ROWKETS BED ROOM…
ROWKET SAT DOWN AND KEPT HIS EYES ON HIS BED ROOM DOOR WAITING WITH
ANTICIPATION….
   WITH THE DOOR CLOSED BEHIND HER… SHE PULLED OUT THE MOBILE HOLO
EMITTER…. THEN ACTIVATED IT AND WITHIN A FLASH AN EXACT COPY OF HER STOOD
BEFORE HER….IN A WHISPER SHE SAID….. YOU KNOW WHAT TO DO…. HE IS IN THE NEXT
ROOM WAITING TO UNDRESS YOU… CHANGE YOUR UNIFORM TO SOMETHING MORE
REVEALING….MATCH SOMETHING FROM THE CLOSET….STALL HIM AS LONG AS YOU CAN, DO NOT
LET HIM TOUCH YOU OR ALL WILL BE LOST…. BUT IF HE DOES… SIGNAL THE SHIP AND WE WILL
RETRIEVE YOU…. IS THIS CLEAR SAID SEVEN…
  THE HOLO IMAGE REPLIED …. PERFECTLY…. SHUSH….NOT SO LOUD…GOOD THEN… SEVEN
THEN TURNED AND PULLED OUT FROM HER BAG HER HAND HELD COMMUNICATOR
AND CONTACTED NOG…. LIEUTENANT NOG…. THIS IS LIEUTENANT SEVEN OF NINE…. THE
PACKAGE IS SECURED…. I AM TRANSPORTING OUT… WILL SEE YOU ON VOYAGER
SEVEN OUT…. SEVEN TOUCHED HER COM BADGE… THIS IS SEVEN…. READY FOR
TRANSPORT…. A MOMENT PASSED THEN SHE WAS ENGULFED WITH TRANSPORT   ENERGY
FIELD AND WAS GONE….SEVEN‟S HOLO IMAGE TURNED TO THE CLOSET, BROWSED FOR
A MOMENT THEN CHOSE A LITTLE OF THIS AND A LITTLE OF THAT…HER HOLO IMAGE
BEGAN TO CHANGE…NOW SHE WAS READY….SHE WENT TO THE DOOR.
   ROWKET WATCHED AS SEVEN EXITED HIS BED ROOM….. HE STOOD UP AND SAID
SPEAKING OF “MAGNIFICENT”…YOU HAVE CHOSEN WELL MY DEAR VERY WELL…
EVEN IF I DO NOT REMEMBER HAVING THAT GARMENT….
   SEVEN STOOD A FEW METERS FROM ROWKET AND BEGAN TO STRIP….VERY...VERY
SLOWLY….

   NO…NO… SAID NOG…. DO NOT ACTIVATE THE NEWLY MODIFIED TRACTOR BEAM
UNTIL YOU ARE READY TO APPLY IT TO THE PLANET YOU NEED TO TRANSPORT…. BUT
HOW DO WE TEST IT… SAID THE FERENGI CHIEF ENGINEER…
NO NEED TO TEST IT…. IT WILL WORK JUST FINE…. TRUST ME…. TRUST ME… SAID
NOG…. I DO NOT TRUST YOU… BUT IF YOU HAVE A FEW STRIPS OF GOLD PRESSED
LATIUM I MIGHT BE ABLE TO GIVE YOU MY TRUST….SAID THE ENGINEER….. WELL NOW
THAT‟S MORE LIKE IT…. SAID NOG
  I JUST HAPPEN TO HAVE “FOUR” STRIPS JUST FOR THIS OCCASION…. NOG REPLIED
AH… NOW I TRUST YOU…. HOW CAN A GOOD BRIBE GO UNREWARDED…. SAID THE
ENGINEER…. GOOD SAID NOG…. JUST THEN NOG RECEIVED A MESSAGE FROM SEVEN OF
NINE…. NOG LISTEN…. THEN SHE CONCLUDED…. WILL SEE YOU ON VOYAGER
SEVEN OUT…. NOG THEN ADDRESSED HIS TEAM… OK LET‟S GO…. THE TEAM GRABBED
THERE TOOLS AND NOG HIT HIS COM BADGE…. THIS IS LIEUTENANT NOG…. MY TEAM IS
READY FOR TRANSPORT…. THE FERENGI ENGINEER WATCHED AS THE FEDERATION
TEAM TRANSPORT OUT…. HE TURNED TO HIS ASSISTANT ENGINEERS AND SAID…..

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WELL THERE GONE AND GOOD RIDDANCE …. CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS…. A FERENGI… IN
THE FEDERATION….AND NOT EVEN GETTING PAID FOR IT…. WHAT AN IDIOT…. AND HE
THINKS HE COULD BRIBE ME WITH “ONE” STRIP OF GOLD PRESSED
LATIUM…. WELL… WHAT…DON‟T LOOK AT ME LIKE THAT…. OF COURSE I WILL SHARE
THE STRIP….LATER….

  CHAKOTAY APPROACHED NOG AND ASKED…. DID THEY FALL FOR IT…. NOG STOOD
STRAIGHT AND LOOKED AT BOTH HIS CAPTAIN AND HIS UNCLE WITH A WIDE GRIN….
LIKE GIVING CANDY TO A HUNGRY CHILD …. LIEUTENANT SEVEN OF NINE… THEN
SAID…. THE DOCTORS MOBILE HOLO EMITTER HAS JUST BEAMED ABOARD….. I WILL
TAKE THE EMITTER TO THE DOCTOR AND RELIVE HIM FROM HIS ANXIETY AND DOWN
LOAD THE LAST FEW MINUTES OF EVENTS THAT TOOK PLACE WITH MY HOLO IMAGE
AND ROWKET…. I ALSO HAVE SOME PHOTO‟S I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH THE
CREW….. I BELIEVE THEY WILL FIND THEM ALL VERY..VARY AMUSING…. GOOD THE
CREW AND I WILL BE LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING THEM AND THE LOOK ON
ROWKETS FACE WHEN HE DISCOVERS HE HAS BEEN DUPED
  WITH SMILES ON THEIR FACES….NOG‟S AWAY TEAM AND ALL THE OTHER
PARTICIPANTS OF THE MISSION TURNED AND WENT TO THERE ASSIGNED DUTIES.

  COME SAID MR. SPOCK….. JANEWAY ENTERED THE SCIENCE LAB AND APPROACHED
MR. SPOCK…. WELL…. IS IT WHAT WE HAVE COME FOR????…ASKED JANEWAY
  INDEED IT IS….. AND MORE…. APPARENTLY THE FERENGI HAVE SOLVED ALL OF THE
PROBLEMS THAT MADE GENESIS A FAILURE…. IT WOULD SEEM THAT THEIR NEW
LATIUM PLANET WILL SURVIVE THE FIFTH STAGE OF CONTROLLED GROWTH
EXPANSION AND SIXTH STAGE THAT HAS CAUSED RAPID AGING AND MOLECULAR
STRUCTURE SEPARATION…. SAID SPOCK
  GOOD…. I‟LL HAVE CHAKOTAY RETURN US TO DS9… SAID JANEWAY WITH THE LOOK
OF SATISFACTION ON HER FACE….
  ADMIRAL JANEWAY PLEASE REPORT TO THE BRIDGE…ANNOUNCED THE
COMPUTER…. WHAT IS IT???? ASKED JANEWAY OVER THE SCIENCE LAB INTERCOM
  CAPTAIN CHAKOTAY‟S VOICE RESPONDED….. ADMIRAL…. TAKE A GUESS….A HINT….
HE HAS LARGE LOBES…. AND HE IS ON THE VIEW SCREEN WEARING…. WELL YOU BEST
COME AND SEE FOR YOUR SELF….. I‟M ON MY WAY…. WOULD YOU LIKE TO JOIN ME MR.
SPOCK…. NO…. I HAVE TO PUT TOGETHER A REPORT ON THE NEW UPGRADES TO THE
DEVICE AND I WILL KEEP YOU INFORMED…. SAID SPOCK
  SEVEN OF NINE WAS AT HER ASTROMATRIX‟S STATION AS JANEWAY ENTERED THE
BRIDGE.
     ADMIRAL ON THE BRIDGE…ANNOUNCED THE COMPUTER… SHE APPROACHED
CHAKOTAY AND TOOK ONE LOOK AT THE VIEW SCREEN THEN WITH A VERY LARGE
GRIN SHE TURNED TO LOOK AT SEVEN AND REMARKED…. SEVEN… WHAT IN HELL DID
YOU DO TO HIM…. THE BRIDGE CREW ALL BEGAN TO LAUGH…. SEVEN TILTED HER
HEAD AND REPLIED…. I DID NOTHING…. HE DID ALL THIS TO HIM SELF…..
    ROWKET STILL UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF THE DRUG AND STILL LOOKING COCK-
EYED AND WEARING HIS DRESS WITH HIS NIPPLES STICKING OUT AND TONGUE
HANGING OVER HIS BOTTOM LIP WAVING HIS ARMS UP AND DOWN.
    WELL LET‟S HEAR WHAT HE HAS TO SAY…..SAID JANEWAY…. CHAKOTAY TURNED
TO HIS COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER AND GAVE NOD.
    ME…TO ME…I AM A DAMON… AND YOU ARE IN MY SPLACE…MY SPACE. I WANT THE
FEMALE… NOW!!!.... NO MORE GAMES….. SHE MUST PERFORM OoMOX…. I WILL GIVE HER TO
MY CREW FOR THEIR PLEASURE…..
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   JANEWAY TURNED TO THE COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER AND WITH HER FINGER SHE
MADE A SLICE UNDER HER NECK…. THEN WITH A SIGH AS THE FERENGI WAS CUT OFF.
SHE SAID TO CHAKOTAY.
  CAPTAIN…. YOU MAY RETURN US DS9…. AND I DO MEAN NOW…. AY, AY SAID
CHAKOTAY.
  COMM. OFFICER…. CONTACT THE TITAN AND THE SPEAR, INFORM THEM THAT WE
ARE DEPARTING…. AY, AY SIR SHE REPLIED.

  ROWKET WATCHED ON HIS VIEW SCREEN AS TWO SHIPS SUDDENLY DE-CLOAKED
AND MOVED ALONG SIDE OF VOYAGER…. THEN WITH A FLASH THE THREE SHIPS WENT
INTO WARP.
  AFTER THEM SCREAMED ROWKET…. THE HELM OFFICER PRESSED ALL THE RIGHT
BUTTONS BUT THE SHIP DID ALL THE WRONG MOVES…. THE FERENGI SHIP BEGAN TO
SPIN AND CIRCLE AROUND IN REVERSE…. THEN ALL THE ESCAPE PODS WERE
RELEASED…. THEN A STRANGE SMELL FILLED THERE BRIDGE…. IT WAS WHAT THE
FERENGI USE TO HELP THEM SLEEP…..
  ROWKET TURNED TO STARE AT HIS CREW…. THEY WERE ALL SITTING WITH THERE
EYES HALF OPENED AND THERE CHINS ON THERE CHEST…. ROWKET‟S BODY WAS
SHAKING AND THEN HE FELL BACKWARDS WITH A LOUD THUD…..WITHIN THE FERENGI
SHIP YOU CAN HEAR THE CREW SNORING AND IN SPACE YOU WOULD SEE THE SHIP WAS
SPINNING AND ROTATING,….IT WAS A SIGHT TO BEHOLD…NOG AND HIS TEAM DID
THEIR JOBS EXACTLY AS PLANED.



   CHAPTER 7:
    “TODAY IS A GOOD DAY TO DIE”

    PICARD STANDING OUTSIDE OF THE QUEENS HOLDING CELL BEGAN TO SEE THE
LOOK OF ADMIRATION IN HER FACE….. WELL DONE LOCUTUS THE QUEEN SAID WITH A
BROAD GRIN AND A VERY REGAL POSTURE WITH HER SHOULDERS HELD HIGH….. BUT
YOU HAVE ACHIEVED NOTHING…. WE HAVE COME IN SUCH A LARGE FORCE THAT NOT
EVEN THE COMBINED GOVERNMENTS OF THIS QUADRANT CAN EVEN HOPE TO STAND
AGAINST…. AND ANY INFORMATION YOU MIGHT HAVE GAIN WOULD DO YOU NO
GOOD….. YOU CAN NOT EVEN BEGIN TO DECODE OR UNDERSTAND THE LANGUAGE OF
THE BORG…. YOU SEE….. PICARD SMILED AND INTERRUPTED…. YOUR LANGUAGE AS
I‟M TOLD IS AS OLD AS THE BORG THEMSELVES AND USES A THREE DIMENSIONAL
VECTOR ANAGRAMS AS IT‟S BASE FORMAT….. MR. DATA ALREADY HAS A BASIC
UNDERSTANDING OF THE ANAGRAMS AND VARY SOON SHALL DECODE THE
INFORMATION YOU HAVE PROVIDED US WITH….. THE ANDROID…YES THAT ANDROID
OF YOURS…. DATA…I HAVE UNDERESTIMATED HIM BEFORE…YES ONCE TWO MANY
TIMES….. HE IS QUITE A UNIQUE….I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN THAT HE WOULD NOT
DESTROY THE HUMANS FIRST WARP SHIP PERFORMING IT‟S MAIDEN WARP TEST….
THAT WAS AN ERROR ON MY BETTER JUDGMENT ….BUT NO MATTER…. IN THE END
YOU WILL BE MINE, YOU SEE I WILL HAVE YOUR DNA AND WITH IT …. I WILL HAVE
YOU….YOU WILL BE MINE…SAID THE QUEEN.
   PICARD WITH A FROWN ON HIS FACE THOUGHT FOR A MOMENT THEN DISENGAGED
THE FORCE FIELD OF HER CELL AND ASKED HER TO COME WITH HIM….. THE QUEEN
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WAS SUDDENLY TAKEN BY SURPRISE…
  WHAT IS THE MEANING OF THIS…ASKED THE QUEEN….. YOU SEE IT IS LIKE THIS…
HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED WHY I AM NOT DEAD…. I MEAN YOU DID HAVE ME
ASSIMILATED…. AND AS YOU KNOW… ONCE ASSIMILATED A PERSON CAN NEVER
RESUME THERE NORMAL LIFE…. YET HERE I AM…. AND THERE IS OF CAUSE SEVEN OF
NINE….. MANY OF OUR TRANSPLANTS ARE STILL IN PLACE AND FULLY FUNCTIONAL…
YET WE ARE NO LONGER PART OF THE COLLECTIVE MIND…. HAVE YOU GIVEN ANY
THOUGHT AS TO THIS ASKED…PICARD….
  THE QUEEN WAS TAKEN ABACK A BIT AND HER FACE WORE A FROWN AS SHE
SPOKE…. YES I HAVE GIVEN SOME THOUGHT TO THIS…. AND WHEN I FIND OUT THE
CAUSE FOR THIS DISEASED ABOMINATION YOU HAVE PERFORMED, THIS DELETION OF
PERFECTION… I PLAN TO REMEDY IT…REPLIED THE QUEEN.
  WELL DON‟T BOTHER YOUR SELF…. YOU SEE….WE HAVE DONE THE SAME TO YOU,
  THE PROCEDURE WAS PERFORMED THROUGH THE TRANSPORT BUFFER ARRAY
SEQUENCING MATER SEPARATOR-REGENERATOR HOLDING MODULE…..
  THE QUEEN TOOK A SMALL STEEP FORWARD, HER EYES WENT WIDE AND HER
MOUTH MOVED TO SPEAK THEN HER SHOULDERS FELL AS HER BODY SLUMPED AND
SHE COLLAPSED UNCONSCIOUS TO THE FLOOR
  PICARD MOVED FORWARD AS TO CATCH HER, BENT DOWN HIS RIGHT KNEE AS HE HIT
HIS COM BADGE FAST AND HARD AND WITH A LOUD VOICE HE CALLED MEDIC…THIS IS
PICARD…. I NEED A MEDIC NOW IN THE QUEEN’S HOLDING CELL

  THE DOOR TO WATERS OFFICE OPENED AND A SERVANT ENTERED….. YOU ASKED
FOR ME FOUNDER… THE SERVANT ASKED…. YES…. HAS THE ONE CALLED BEN
RETURNED FROM THE PORTAL…ASKED WATER…. YES…. HE IS WITH THE ONES CALLED
STARFLEET….REPLIED THE SERVANT… GOOD…. HAVE THE FIRST TAKE ME TO HIM…
SAID WATER…. AS YOU WILL REPLIED THE SERVANT….
  WATER SAT BACK AND MELTED INTO THE CONFINES OF THE CHAIR SHE WAS SITTING
IN….. AND WAITED
  NOW THAT BAJOR HAS BEEN EVACUATED WHAT WILL THE PROPHET‟S DO
NEXT..ASKED NERYS STANDING IN A SMALL CONFERENCE ROOM….. BEN SMILED…. I
DID NOT RETURN TO THIS PLACE TO DISCUSS TACTICAL WARFARE… WE DO NOT MAKE
WAR… I CAME TO INFORM YOU THAT THE TIME DISTORTION YOU CALL THE WORM
HOLE WILL BE CLOSED DURING YOUR CONFLICT AND THE PLANET CALLED BAJOR
SHALL BE PULLED IN FOR IT‟S PROTECTION AND RETURNED WHEN YOUR CONFLICT HAS
PASSED….THAT IS ALL…SAID BEN…. KIRA THEN ASKED....BUT IF BAJOR IS RELOCATED
WITHIN THE WORM HOLE, WHY DO YOU NEED TO EVACUATE THE PEOPLE?...THE
MOVEMENT OF THE PLANET WOULD CAUSE A MAGNETIC FLUX DISRUPTION WITHIN
EACH HEMISPHERE OF THE BAJORAN BRAIN. RESULTING IN THE LOSS OF MEMORY, SO
TO PREVENT THIS WE NEEDED TO RELOCATE THE BAJORAN PEOPLE TO A DIFFERENT
NOW. REPLIED BEN...KIRA NERYS THOUGHT FOR A MOMENT THEN LOOK AT BEN AND
ASKED......OH BEN....WHAT ABOUT ALL OF THE OTHER LIFE FORMS ON BAJOR....THEY ALL
WILL SUFFER MEMORY LOSS, THIS WOULD BE THEIR END....HOW COULD YOU LEAVE
THEM BEHIND?...BEN SMILED AT NERYS....AND SAID...NOT SO, YOU SEE ALL OTHER LIFE
FORMS ON BAJOR "ARE FROM BAJOR" AND HAVE AN INTERNAL ABILITY TO ADJUST TO
THE MAGNETIC FLUX DISRUPTION...ONLY THE BAJORAN PEOPLE DO NOT HAVE THIS
ABILITY....YOU SEE THE BAJORAN PEOPLE "ARE NOT ORIGINALLY FROM BAJOR" AND SO
LACK THIS NATURAL ABILITY....I SEE… BUT WHAT IF WE LOSE THIS CONFLICT…. HOW
CAN BAJOR SURVIVE THE BORG… ASKED NERYS….. IF YOU LOSE THIS CONFLICT NO
MATTER…. BAJOR WILL RETURN TO A PLACE WHERE THE BORG ARE NOT…. SAID BEN….
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I DO NOT SEE IT HAPPENING AS YOU SAY BEN…. IF THE BORG ARE HERE… HOW CAN
THEY NOT BE THEIR AT THE SAME TIME YOU BRING BAJOR TO THIS OTHER
PLACE….ASKED NERYS….
    A VOICE BEHIND THEM RESPONDED TO NERYS‟S QUESTION….
    IT IS REALLY QUIT SIMPLE CAPTAIN…. SAID WATER…. BOTH BEN AND KIRA TURNED
TO SEE THE FOUNDER CALLED WATER STANDING BEHIND THEM NEAR THE ENTRANCE
TO THE SMALL CONFERENCE ROOM…. YOU SEE FOR US TIME IS PAST, PRESENT AND
FUTURE….. BUT TO THE PROPHET‟S… TIME IS ALL…. TIME IS NOW…. TIME IT
SELF...DOES NOT EXIST, AND THE NOW IS FOREVER….. AND THE NOW IS CONSTRUCTED
IN LAYERS OF VIBRATION… EACH LAYER IS ALMOST IDENTICAL TO THE NEXT LAYER
BUT VIBRATING IN A DIFFERENT TONE OR OCTIVE, IT'S RHYTHMIC LEVEL ALMOST
IDENTICAL....BUT DIFFERENT, MAKING THE TIME SPACE CONTINUM APEAR TO BE IN
LAYERS…. SO EVEN IF THE BORG DO WIN IN THIS LAYER…. THERE IS A LAYER THAT
THEY LOST…. AND THAT LAYER WILL BE WHERE BAJOR SHALL BE PLACED…. IN THE
"NOW" OF THAT LAYER….. SAID WATER
   I SEE… KIND OF LIKE A PARALLEL UNIVERSE OR DIMENSION…. SAID NERYS… YES
SOMETHING LIKE THAT….SAID WATER
   BEN LOOKED AT WATER AND SAID…. YOU KNOW MORE THAN YOU HAVE LET ME TO
BELIEVE….. AND I SEE YOU HAVE COME TO SEE ME….. WHY??? ASKED BEN
   YOUR SENSE OF PERCEPTION IS REMARKABLE…. SAID WATER…. AND YES I HAVE
COME TO SEE YOU…. YOU HAVE ANSWERED PART OF MY QUESTION WITH YOUR
CONVERSATION WITH THE CAPTAIN…. HOW EVER…. DURING THIS CONFLICT, HOW CAN
MY JEM-HADAR AND FOUNDERS COMMUNICATE, BRING IN REINFORCEMENTS AND
RETURN TO OUR HOME IF THE SO CALLED WORM HOLE IS CLOSED OR IN
DISPLACEMENT…. ASKED WATER…. BEN LOOKED AT WATER AND REPLIED….. BE AT
THE APPOINTED PLACE AND A WAY SHALL BE MADE FOR YOU…. THEN BEN SUDDENLY
SEEMED TO SHRINK THEN EXPAND THEN HE VANISHED….
   I HATE WHEN HE DOES THAT…SAID WATER…. BUT I KNOW WHAT HE MEANS…
WELL CAPTAIN…. I HAVE TO GO… I KNOW IT IS SO SUDDEN… BUT I HAVE A WAR TO
PARTICIPATE IN…. SO WITH YOUR LEAVE I SAY GOODBYE….
   NERYS…. HAD LITTLE TO NO CHANCE TO EVEN REPLY AS WATER TURNED AND WITH
HER TWO BODYGUARDS SHE LEFT THE SMALL CONFERENCE ROOM.
  WELL THAT WENT WELL….. NERYS SAT DOWN IN THE CHAIR NEAR HER AND
SIGNALED TO HER FIRST OFFICER AND ASKED…. HAVE WE BEEN CALLED YET…
NO CAPTAIN…. I GUESS THE WAR IS ON HOLD FOR NOW… SAID HER FIRST OFFICER
  NERYS OUT…. KIRA NERYS SAT BACK IN HER CHAIR AND WONDERED WHAT WILL BE
NEXT…… AND WHERE HER NEXT ASSIGNMENT WOULD BE….

 THIS IS KANG…. WHAT IS IT…. I HAVE TEMOGIN ON SPEAKER THREE…. THE KLINGON
CHANCELLOR TURNED ON HIS CHAIR TO REACH FOR HIS SHIP TO SHIP
COMMUNICATIONS CONSOLE AND KNOCKED OVER HIS GOBLET SPILLING HIS BLOOD
WINE TO THE FLOOR….
  Qu‟vatlh…. CURSED KANG WITH A GRUNT…. HE PUSHED THE SPEAKER THREE BUTTON
AND SAID…. qeng naDev… ja‟ ..[KANG HERE…REPORT]….
  maH yay… [WE TRIUMPH]….THE D.D.A. WITH ONE BLAST DESTROYED A LARGE BORG
VESSEL…. SAID TEMOGIN…. ToH [AHA]…. AND WHAT OF YOUR BROTHERS… ASKED
KANG….. THEY ARE IN STO-VO-KOR…. THEY DIED…. WELL…. SAID TEMOGIN…. I
SEE… NONE WERE TAKEN…. ASSIMILATED??? ASKED KANG….. NONE REPLIED
TEMOGIN…
 TUMAK WAS FAMILY…. I WILL INFORM HIS WIFE… HE DIED WITH HONOR…. SAID
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TEMOGIN…. NO… I WILL TELL HER…. SAID KANG…. Heghlu‟meH QaQ jajvam [TODAY IS A
GOOD DAY TO DIE]…..batlh Daqawlu‟taH [YOU WILL BE REMEMBERED WITH HONOR]
CONTINUED KANG….. Hlja‟ [YES]… SAID TEMOGIN…. KANG OUT…
  WITH THE TRANSMISSION ENDED TEMOGIN TURNED IN HIS CHAIR AND LOOKED AT
HIS CREW….”Q” WAS BEHIND HIM WITH HIS ARMS CROSSED ON HIS CHEST AND
LEANING ON THE CORNER WALL…. EYES STERNLY FOCUSED ON TEMOGIN….
  WE HAVE BEEN GIVEN A GREAT HONOR….. WHAT SAY YOU RAGNOG…ASKED
TEMOGIN….Heghlu‟meH QaQ jajvam [TODAY IS A GOOD DAY TO DIE]….. AND YOU
MEKOSS, DAKAR, SHOMAK…. ASKED TEMOGIN… I AGREE, AS DO I, AND I…. THEN IT IS
DONE…. RAGNOG…. SAID TEMOGIN…. TAKE US BACK TO THE BORG…. WE SHALL SHOW
THEM WHAT IS IN STORE FOR THEM…. WE SHALL SHOW THEM WHAT IT MEANS TO BE
KLINGON….. Hlja [YES]…. SAID RAGNOG….
  THE KRONOS TURNED AROUND AND AT TOP SPEED HEADED TOWARDS THE BORG
AND “Q” STILL STANDING BEHIND TEMOGIN APPROACHED HIM AND WHISPERED IN HIS
EAR….. WELL MY LITTLE ANIMAL…. YOUR BLOOD DOES RUN HOT….. AND YES YOU WILL
SHOW THEM WHAT IT MEANS TO BE KLINGON…. WHAT BLIND RAGE IS LIKE AND I WILL HAVE
A FRONT SEAT TO THIS DEBAUCHERY…. THEN IN A FLASH “Q” WAS GONE….
  TEMOGIN AND HIS CREW SAT IN THERE CHAIRS WITH A LOOK OF SATISFACTION IN
THEIR FACES….. SOME EVEN HAD SMILES…. THEN IT WAS DAKAR WHO BEGAN A
SING…. THEN THE REST OF THE CREW WITH TEMOGIN BEGAN TO SING…TO SING A SONG
OF BATTLE…. OF BLOOD, GUTS AND WARFARE….
  AND THE KRONOS FLASHED ACROSS SPACE AND TIME…


 ADMIRAL JANEWAY THIS IS CAPTAIN RIKER….. YES I SEE THEM REPLIED JANEWAY…
THEY WERE NOT EXPECTED YET FOR SOME TIME IN THIS SECTOR… CONTINUED
JANEWAY….. OUR PLAN DID NOT INCLUDE FOUR BORG SHIPS… JUST ONE….SAID RIKER
 WELL I GUESS WE WILL HAVE TO OUT RUN THEM… SAID JANEWAY

THE THREE STAR SHIPS WENT INTO FULL WARP, WARP NINE POINT SIX
AND THE FOUR BORG SHIPS DID THE SAME…. AND FOR A WHILE IT WAS A
STALEMATE….. THEN MR. SPOCK CALLED A MEETING.

  IN A CONFERENCE ROOM ABOARD VOYAGER MR. SPOCK ADDRESSED CAPTAIN RIKER,
COMMANDER KROLL, ADMIRAL JANEWAY, CAPTAIN CHAKOTAY AND THE COMMAND
CREW OF VOYAGER….
  WHY NOT, AS HUMANS WOULD SAY…. KILL TWO BIRDS WITH ONE STONE….SAID
SPOCK…. WE NEED TO TEST THE DEVICE… AND RID OURSELVES OF THE BORG SHIPS
THAT WILL EVENTUALLY RUN US DOWN…. SO I PROPOSE THAT WE TEST THE DEVICE A
SMALL YIELD WOULD BE ALL WE NEED ON THE APPROACHING BORG SHIPS…. SAID
SPOCK… JANEWAY SAT BACK IN HER CHAIR AND SMILED AT SPOCK AND SAID…. I
SUPPOSE YOU HAVE A PLAN AS TO HOW WE WILL DEPLOY THE DEVICE WHILE WE ARE
IN WARP NINE…..
   I DO…. REPLIED MR. SPOCK…. RIKER LEANED FORWARD AND PUT ON A WIDE GRIN
THEN SAID…. THIS I GOT TO HEAR….. IF YOU PLAN TO TRANSPORT THE DEVICE TO….
SAY THE LEAD SHIP… WOULD NOT THEY NOTICE IT LONG BEFORE DETONATION…. AS
EXPLAINED TO ME BUY CAPTAIN RIKER, THE DEVICE REQUIRES A FOUR MINUTE
CYCLING STAGE BEFORE DETONATION….. SAID COMMANDER KROLL…. YOU ARE VERY
PERCEPTIVE, COMMANDER… SAID SPOCK…
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    HOWEVER THE COMMANDER IS CORRECT…. SAID JANEWAY…..
QUITE SIMPLY....WE RUN AS LONG AS WE CAN… TRANSPORT THE CREW OF VOYAGER
AND ALL INFORMATION FOR THE DEVICE TO THE OTHER SHIPS THEN REMOTELY
ACTIVATE THE DEVICE ABOARD VOYAGER, WAIT THREE MINUETS THEN BOTH SHIPS
WILL ACTIVATE THEIR CLOAKING CAPABILITIES SLOW DOWN TO WARP TWO AND SPLIT
UP…. VOYAGER WOULD BE PROGRAMMED TO SLOW DOWN TO A FULL STOP AND BE
SACRIFICE TO THE BORG…..AT THIS TIME THE FOUR MINUIT COUNT DOWN WOULD BE
COMPLETE AND THE RESULTS WOULD BE OBSERVE AT A SAFE DISTANCE TO SEE IF
GENESIS WORKS SUFFICIENTLY FOR WHAT WE NEED… A TEST MUST BE APPLIED…..
AND WITH YOUR HISTORY WITH THE BORG, VOYAGER MAKES THE BEST CHOICE.....SAID
MR. SPOCK
  I DON'T THINK THIS IS GOING TO HAPPEN....REPLIED JANEWAY.....MR. SPOCK THEN
SAID...WELL THE ONLY OTHER ALTERNATIVE IS TO DETONATE THE DEVICE ABOARD
VOYAGER (JANEWAY NOW TURNING HER HEAD SIDE TO SIDE INDICATING A "NO"
RESPONSE TO SPOCK'S ALTERNATIVE SUGGESTION)….NOOO WAY THIS IS GOING TO
HAPPEN EITHER SAID JANEWAY AGAIN…PLEASE MAY I EXPLAIN MY PLAN REPLIED MR.
SPOCK….AS I SAID, WE DETONATE THE DEVICE ABOARD VOYAGER FOR THREE
MINUTES OF THE REQUIRED FOUR MINUIT ENCODED CYCLING TIME THEN TRANSPORT
THE DEVICE TO THE BORG WING SHIP ALONG SIDE THE LEAD SHIP…. THE WING SHIP AS
I HAVE COME TO KNOW….KEEPS THEIR SHIELDS AT FIFTY PERCENT HOLDING…. THIS
WILL PROVIDE AN OPENING FOR OUR TRANSPORT OF THE DEVICE…. AFTER THE DEVICE
HAS BEEN TRANSPORTED WE WAIT FIFTEEN SECONDS THEN DROP ENTIRELY OUT OF
WARP… THEN REVERSE WARP ENGINES, ALL THE SHIPS WILL HAVE TO COME TO A FULL
STOP TO ACHIEVE REVERSE WARP STABILITY THEN GO TO THE BEST REVERSE WARP
SPEED WE CAN….. WE SHOULD SEE THE BORG SHIPS DO THE SAME BUT WHEN THEY
COME T A FULL STOP TO REVERSE THEIR ENGINES…. IT WILL BE TO LATE….THE FORTY
FIVE SECONDS OF REMAINING TIME REQUIRED FOR THE BORG TO ACHIEVE A FULL STOP
WILL COMPLETE THE DETONATION CYCLE AND THE DEVICE WILL DETONATED….WE
WILL NEED ALL THE REVERSE POWER WE CAN ACHIEVE TO FIGHT THE GRAVITY PULL
OF THE DEVICE AFTER DETONATION, THE BORG SHIPS WILL NOT BE VARY FAR FROM
US, SO THE DEVICE SHALL BE CONSTRUCTED TO PROVIDE A SMALL YIELD, JUST
ENOUGH FOR THE PURPOSE WE NEED.
  THREE MINUTES AND FIFTEEN SECONDS….. THAT GIVES US ONLY A FORTY FIVE
SECOND WINDOW TO DROP WARP AND REVERSE ENGINES…. SAID CHAKOTAY….
  THIS IS A BOLD PLAN MR. SPOCK…. SAID JANEWAY…. AND WHAT IF THE DEVICE FAILS
TO DETONATE…. THE BORG WILL HAVE THE DEVICE AND A GOOD IDEA OF WHAT WE
ARE PLANNING…..CONTINUED JANEWAY......THIS ALTERNATIVE YOU SPEAK OF IS TO
DANGEROUS FOR OUR CREW.....CAN'T YOU COME UP WITH ANOTHER PLAN.....ONE THAT
DOESN'T PUT OUR CREW AT RISK AND DOESN'T DESTROY MY SHIP...SAID JANEWAY.
   SORRY ADMIRAL....BUT THE FIRST PLAN PROVIDES THE BEST SAFETY MARGINS FOR
OUR CREW.....SAID MR. SPOCK.
  I SEE REPLIED JANEWAY AS SHE SAT BACK INTO HER CHAIR WITH A SAD LOOK IN HER
FACE....ALL THE TIME CHAKOTAY WAS STARING AT HER.
  SPOCK RAISED HIS EYEBROWS AS HE LOOKED AT JANEWAY AND SAID.....IF WE SIMPLY
TRANSPORT THE DEVICE TO THE BORG WING SHIP THEN CLOAK, SEPARATE IN THREE
DIRECTIONS, THE BORG MAY FOLLOW ONE OR ALL OF US. YOU MUST REMEMBER THAT
EVEN THOUGH WE ARE CLOAKED, WE WILL BE TRAVELING AT WARP SPEED AND OUR
WARP SIGNATURE WOULD PROVIDE A CLOAK DISTORTION, ONE OF WHICH THE BORG
WILL UNDOUBTEDLY BE SEARCHING FOR, SO IF WE ARE FOLLOWED.....ALL WILL BE
LOST.
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  BUT WITH VOYAGER AS BAIT...THEIR ATTENTION WOULD BE FOCUSED ON HER AND
WE COULD FACILITATE OUR ESCAPE.
  THE QUEEN WOULD MOST LIKELY COME TO THE CONCLUSION THAT THE TWO
CLOAKED SHIPS AFTER PULLING BACK WOULD CHANGE THEIR ATTACK STRATEGIES
AND SHE WOULD CONTINUE HER PURSUIT OF VOYAGER.
  JANEWAY LOOKED DOWN AT THE FLOOR THEN TOOK A STEP BACK, LOOKED UP AT
CHAKOTAY AND AS SHE TURNED HE HEAD TO LOOK AT MR. SPOCK SHE SAID WITH
NARROW EYES....THIS DAMMED DEVICE OF YOURS HAD BETTER WORK!!!
  I HAVE REVIEWED THE DESIGN PLANS FOR THE DEVICE AND LIKE I SAID THE FERENGI
HAVE SOLVED ALL THE PROBLEMS…. ALL WE NEED TO DO IS ADJUST THE MOLECULAR
STRUCTURE OF THE REQUIRED ONE POINT TWO GRAMS OF PROTO-MATTER TO MAKE IT
TEMPORARY STABLE, LONG ENOUGH FOR COMPLEATION OF THE FIRST STAGE OF
DETONATION….
  PROTO-MATTER…. PROTO-MATTER IS COMPLETELY UNSTABLE IN ANY STATE…. SAID
RIKER…. TRUE… HOWEVER WHEN EXPOSED TO LOW LEVEL URANIUM ISOTOPE U-R4 IN
CONJUNCTION WITH A TWO TOO FOUR RATIO BOMBARDMENT PULSE OF REFINED
HYDROGEN PLASMA PARTIALS IT BECOMES STABLE FOR A SHORT TIME…. A TIME LONG
ENOUGH FOR THE FIRST STAGE OF DETONATION….. SAID SPOCK
   THE GROUP SAT IN THERE CHAIRS STARING AT MR. SPOCK WITH THE LOOK OF
DISTRESS IN THEIR EYES….. IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT THE INITIAL FIRST STAGE BE
PROVIDED WITH A STABLE ELEMENT, BECAUSE IT IS THIS STAGE THAT ALL THE
ACCOMPANYING STAGES WILL BE BASED ON…. THAT IS WHY DR. MARCUS‟S ATTEMPT
HAD FAILED…. THE FIRST STAGE UTILIZED AN UN-STABLE PROTO-MATTER ELEMENT…..
SAID SPOCK
  A FORTY FIVE SECOND WINDOW.... THIS IS CUTTING IT TOO CLOSE… SAID RIKER
  THE FIRST PLAN SOUNDS GOOD TO ME…..WE CLOAK WHILE STILL IN WARP THE BORG
SHIPS FOLLOW VOYAGER, WE THEN SLOW DOWN AND SPLIT UP WHICH WILL GIVE US
SOME DISTANCE BETWEEN THEM AND US AND AS WE MOVE AWAY IN WARP
SPEED….THE BORG SHIPS EXPLODE…. SAID KROLL....I AGREE SAID THE CHIEF ENGINEER
COMMANDER TORRES......MY ENGINES COULD BLOW UNDER THE STRAIN OF SUCH A
MANEUVER AS REVERSE WARP.
  ONE MINUIT SOUNDS BETTER....BUT COULD YOU REVALUATE YOUR TIME
SCHEDULE…. JUST TO BE SURE…. MAYBE TO GIVE US MORE TIME…. SAID JANEWAY
  I A SURE YOU THAT THE TIMING IS CORRECT… SAID SPOCK….. I SEE…AND WE HAVE
NO TIME TO PRACTICE THE ROUTINE…. SO WE HAD BETTER GET IT RIGHT THE FIRST
TIME…. SAID JANEWAY
  YOU SEEM AT EASE WITH THIS PLAN ADMIRAL SPOCK…. SAID CHAKOTAY….
   WHEN YOU ARE THE FIRST OFFICER AND UNDER THE COMMAND OF THE LIKES OF
JAMES TIBERIUS KIRK…. YOU DO THIS ALL THE TIME AND DEVELOP AS YOU WOULD
SAY A THICK SKIN….. REPLIED SPOCK…….
  I DON‟T GET IT…. SAID THE FIRST OFFICER PARIS…. WHY ARE WE SO CONCERNED
WITH THE FINAL STABILITY STAGE OF THE DEVICE, WHY DO WE NEED TO MAKE THE
DEVICE WORK THE WAY IT WAS INTENDED????…. IT WORKS JUST FINE AS A WEAPON…
WHY WASTE TIME PREPARING PROTO-MATER FOR STABILIZATION…. LET JUST DO
IT…BLOW THEM UP….SAID PARIS…. GOOD POINT…. SAID RIKER AS HE TURNED TO
LOOK AT SPOCK… THE REASON FOR A STABLE END RESULT IS BECAUSE WE NEED A
STABLE END RESULT…. THE GREAT MASS OF BORG SHIPS THAT WE ARE PREPARING TO
ANNIHILATE WITH THIS DEVICE WILL LEAVE A MASSIVE AMOUNT OF DISTURBED SPACE
WITH A RESULTING UNSTABLE GRAVITY FIELDS AS WELL AS DEBRIS THAT IS
MOLECULARLY SATURATED WITH RADIATION WHICH WOULD POSE PROBLEMS WITH
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WARP DRIVE ENVELOPS… THIS WOULD BE A DISASTER FOR THAT PART OF SPACE, AS
WELL FOR ANYONE WISHING TO NAVIGATE THROUGH IT…. REPLIED SPOCK
  I SEE YOUR POINT ADMIRAL SPOCK… SAID JANEWAY….. HOW SOON CAN WE HAVE
THE NECESSARY STABLE PROTO-MATER… ASKED JANEWAY
  PRIOR TO THIS MEETING…. I HAD STARTED THE PROCESS …. IT WILL BE EXACTLY…
FORTY FIVE MINUTES…. THIRTY ONE SECONDS…WHEN I RETURN TO THE LAB TO
PROCEED WITH THE BOMBARDMENT PULSE STAGE OF THE PROCESS.
  WELL CAPTAIN‟S AND COMMANDER KROLL…. SEE IF YOU CAN HOLD OFF THE BORG
FOR THAT AMOUNT OF TIME…… ANY QUESTIONS…..ASKED JANEWAY…. NONE WELL
THIS MEETING IS NOW ADJOURNED …. OH AND REMINDER….IN THIS CASE…. TIMING IS
EVERYTHING…..SAID JANEWAY
  AS THE GROUP GOT UP TO GO ABOUT THERE ASSIGNED DUTIES…. KROLL
APPROACHED RIKER AND CHAKOTAY….
  WHY DON‟T I CLOAK AND DROP BEHIND THEM FOR A LITTLE HIT AND RUN TACTIC WE
ROMULANS ARE KNOWN FOR…. DO THIS FOR A WHILE …. THIS SHOULD BE AN
ANNOYANCE TO THE BORG AND KEEP THEM OFF GUARD TO BUY US SOME TIME…. SAID
KROLL
   GOOD IDEA…. SAID RIKER….. YES AND WHEN VOYAGER IS READY FOR TRANSPORT OF
HER CREW TO THE TITAN WE WILL SIGNAL YOU AND IN ONE TEAM EFFORT SPLIT UP AS
ADMIRAL SPOCK‟S PLAN CALLS FOR.....SAID CHAKOTAY.
  GOOD THEN…. I‟M OFF…. WILL CONTACT YOU WHEN I‟M READY…. SAID KROLL
AS THE COMMANDER LEFT THE CONFERENCE ROOM…. CHAKOTAY TURNED TO RIKER
AND SAID…. I‟M BEGINNING TO LIKE THIS COMMANDER…. RIKER SMILED….. AND
SAID…. WHEN THIS IS OVER…. YOU WILL MAKE HIM A BLOOD BROTHER… I GUARANTY
IT.
  THE TWO CAPTAINS THEN DEPARTED TO THERE COMMAND POSTS AS JANEWAY
TOUCHED MR. SPOCK‟S ARM AND ASKED…. I KNOW VULCAN'S DO NOT LIKE TO BE
TOUCHED…. BUT, I MUST ASK…. WOULD YOUR JAMES TIBERIUS KIRK APPROVE OF
YOUR PLAN….. SPOCK TURNED HIS HEAD TO LOOK AT JANEWAY AND SAID…. GIVEN
ALL THAT I KNOW OF KIRK…. AND THE DATA BASE I HAVE ON HIM….. YES HE WOULD….
BECAUSE THIS IS HIS PLAN…. THEN YOU DO AGREE WITH WHAT HE WOULD DO….
ASKED JANEWAY….. YES SAID SPOCK…. I DO…. LOGIC SAYS THIS IS THE SAFEST PLAN.
KIRK WOULD DO EVERYTHING IN HIS POWER TO PRESERVE HIS SHIP....BUT HIS CREW
WOULD HAVE HIS HIGHEST PRIORITY…SO I PROPOSED HIS PLAN…LIKE KIRK I DO
BELIEVE THAT YOU WOULD NOT APPROVE THE LOSS OF YOUR SHIP….BUT LIKE
KIRK...YOU WOULD NOT PUT YOUR CREW AT RISK, KIRK‟S PLAN MUST BE
IMPLEMENTED….. WE MUST RETURN TO THE FLEET ADMIRAL WITH A TESTED
REPORT…..
  WITH HAVING SAID THIS TO JANEWAY…. SPOCK THEN TURNED AND LEFT THE
CONFERENCE ROOM THEN PROCEEDED TO THE SCIENCE LAB TO FINISH STABILIZING
THE PROTO-MATER.
   JANEWAY THOUGHT FOR A MINUIT OVER WHAT SPOCK HAD FELT WAS THE LOGICAL
WAY TO GO… IT WOULD BE THE SAFEST WAY, IT WOULD GIVE US A FULL ONE MINUIT
WINDOW FOR ESCAPE, NOT THE FORTY FIVE SECOND WINDOW THAT WAS ALSO
PROPOSED …. BUT TO LOSE VOYAGER….
HER SHIP…. IT WAS JUST LIKE HE SAID…. THE BORG AND I HAVE A LONG HISTORY WITH
THIS SHIP…..

THE KRONOS CAME OUT OF WARP, THEY WERE CLOAKED…..

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  FULL IMPULSE POWER…. COME ABOUT FORTY FIVE DEGREES AFT… AND HOLD
RELATIVE DISTANCE OF TWENTY FIVE THOUSAND METERS, BOW AT PERPENDICULAR
TO THE ENEMY…. SAID TEMOGIN
  qaH [SIR] SAID RAGNOG AT HELM….. GUNNER CALL TEMOGIN qaH… SAID MEKOS…
PREPARE THE D.D.A. FOR MULTIPLE FIRING…. SAID TEMOGIN…. qah SAID MEKOS
  TEMOGIN LOOKED AROUND AT HIS COMRADES …. AND IN TURN THEY STARED
BACK….. THEN HE SAID… batl da-KOW-loo-takh[YOU WILL BE REMEMBERED WITH
HONOR]…AND AS FOR THE SHIPS THE GOMAD, HEMKARR, LATOK, GEMSOR AND THE
FITORR…. THERE CREW’S AND MY GOOD FRIEND…TUMAK… WE WILL SEE THEM AGAIN IN
STO-VO-KOR…. FOR US NOW…. LET US TAKE AS MANY AS WE CAN TO THE GRAVE…..
   THE CREW OF THE KRONOS CHEERED THEIR COMMANDER WITH YELLS AND
GRUNTS….. THEN DID AS THEY WERE COMMANDED… SOON THEY WERE IN POSITION
AND TEMOGIN GAVE THE ORDER…. HE LOOKED UP AND SAID…
   IT IS TIME…. TO OUR ANCESTORS….. HEAR ME…., FOR I AM TEMOGIN…. AND THESE
ARE MY COMRADES…. THEY AND I WILL SOON JOIN YOU IN PARADISE… BUT BEFORE
WE DO…. COME AND JOIN WITH US IN THIS MOMENT OF GREATNESS…. OF WAR AND
BATTLE…. OF PAIN AND PLEASURE…. WATCH AS WE BRING DESPAIR AND DISGRACE
TO OUR ENEMY…. BEHOLD THE MIGHT OF THE KRONOS….
  HELM WHERE DO WE STAND… ASKED TEMOGIN… WE ARE HOLDING AT FORTY FIVE
DEGREES AFT, TWENTY FIVE THOUSAND METERS PERPENDICULAR TO THE
ENEMY…REPLIED RAGNOG….. GOOD…. ENGINEER… REMAIN CLOAKED AND HELM YOU
WILL MOVE IN TO FIFTEEN HUNDRED METERS AND HOLD…..GUNNER YOU WILL LOCK
ON NEAREST BORG SHIP AND CALL “I HAVE LOCK”….. ENGINEER… YOU WILL DE-CLOAK
SHIP… GUNNER YOU WILL FIRE ON MY COMMAND…. ENGINEER YOU WILL CLOAK SHIP
IMMEDIATELY AFTER WE FIRE…. HELM PULL AWAY WITH EVASIVE ACTION… YOU WILL
MOVE FREELY UNTIL I SAY GO IN…. THEN REPEAT …. IS ALL CLEAR… SAID TEMOGIN….
THE CREW ANSWERED AS ONE….”UNDERSTOOD COMMANDER”
THE KRONOS MOVED ON IN TO FIFTEEN HUNDRED METERS AND THE GUNNER CRIED “I
HAVE A LOCK”….. TEMOGIN SAID “FIRE”…..

    THE QUEEN AWOKE TO A HORRIBLE BLASTING SOUND…. SHE BEGAN HER
INTERFACE WITH HER COLLECTIVE SELF WHEN THE SHIP EXPLODED INTO THOUSANDS
OF PIECES….. THEN ALL WAS SILENT….. MOMENTS LATER AGAIN A BORG SHIP
EXPLODED
ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THERE FORMATION….
   WE ARE BEING TARGETED WITH A POWERFUL WEAPON….. SPREAD OUT AND CREATE A
TRACTOR BEAM NETWORK ALL AROUND US…. WE WILL TRAP THOSE WHO HAVE ATTACKED
US…. THE QUEEN‟S COLLECTIVE THOUGHT SPREAD THROUGHOUT THE BORG FLEET
  “FIRE”…. SCREAMED TEMOGIN…. AND AGAIN ANOTHER BORG SHIP WENT DOWN…
AND AGAIN AND THEN AGAIN ANOTHER BORG SHIP EXPLODED…. THEN A STRANGE
THING HAPPENED.
  WHAT IS THIS SAID TEMOGIN…. THEY ARE RUNNING…. CAN THIS BE…. GUNNER YOU
WILL FIRE AT WILL WHEN WE DE-CLOAK…. ENGINEER YOU WILL… SUDDENLY THE
ENGINEER CALLED “COMMANDER…. COMMANDER”…. THE BORG SHIPS HAVE TRACTOR
BEAMS IN A WIDE SPREAD….. HELM…. EVASIVE ACTION…. WITHDRAW… SAID
TEMOGIN…. AS THE KRONOS STARTED TO TURN, SHE WAS CAUGHT IN A TRACTOR
BEAM…
  THE KRONOS CAME TO AN ABRUPT STOP…. HER ENGINES BEGAN TO TREMBLE…
TEMOGIN SCREAMED “DE-CLOAK”…. AND “FIRE….FIRE….FIRE”…. THE KRONOS
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CAME ALIVE WITH FIRE POWER SHOOTING IN ALL DIRECTIONS WITH THEIR DISRUPTOR
CANNONS, TORPEDOES AND WHEN THE D.D.A.‟S BATTERY WAS CHARGED IT FIRED ….
AGAIN AND AGAIN….MAYHEM AND WHOLE SALE DESTRUCTION WAS HEAPED UPON
THE BORG….. TORPEDOES NOW EXHAUSTED, DISRUPTOR CANNON BATTERIES DRAINED,
ALL SHIELDS DOWN, THE D.D.A. SLOWLY RECHARGING. THEN ALL WENT SILENT….
  TEMOGIN STOOD AND PULLED OUT HIS taj[KNIFE] AND CRYED tlhIngan maH [WE ARE
KLINGON]…. KILL THE BORG…. BORG TRANSPORT BEAMS APPEARED THOUGHT OUT
THE SHIP… THE CREW JUMPED INTO ACTION…. TEMOGIN LANDED A POWERFUL BLOW
WITH HIS LEFT FIST TO ONE BORG AND BROKE HIS NECK THEN STABBED A SECOND
UNDER IT‟S NECK, A THIRD REACHED OUT TO GRAB HIM AND THE BORG LOST HIS ARM,
CUT OFF JUST ABOVE THE ELBOW, TEMOGIN LOOKED TO HIS REAR AS THREE BORG
DRONES JUMPED HIM AND STABBED HIM WITH THEIR TENTACLE NEEDLES AND
PIERCED HIM IN TWO PLACES THEN WITH ALL HIS STRENGTH HE TURNED AROUND ON
HIS COMMAND STATION AND SCREAMED pItlh [IT‟S DONE] HIS LEFT FIST WENT UP
THEN CAME CRASHING DOWN UPON THE SELF DESTRUCT BUTTON…. THE SHIP
SHUTTERED AS THE BORG DRAGGED TEMOGIN DOWN FROM HIS COMMAND STATION…
  THE QUEEN WATCHED ON HER VIEW SCREEN AS THE KRONOS EXPLODED….. THE
LOOK OF DISSATISFACTION ON HER FACE…. SHE THOUGHT… THIS WAS NOT A GOOD
EXCHANGE…. WE LOST NINE SHIPS TO THIS ONE…. WE NEED TO RE-THINK OUR PLAN
OF ATTACK….

BACK ON BOARD THE ENTERPRISE…..

  THE QUEEN LYING ON A MEDICAL BED OPENED HER EYES AND STARED AT A
CEILING…. SHE THEN BEGAN TO FOCUS HER EYES….. THEN SHE REMEMBERED WHAT
LOCUTUS HAD SAID TO HER…. SHE JERKED AND SAT UP QUICKLY ALL IN ONE
MOTION….SHE LOOKED STRAIGHT AHEAD FOR A MOMENT THEN TURNED HER HEAD TO
THE LEFT AND THEN GOT OFF THE MEDICAL BED…… THERE WATCHING HER WAS
COMMANDER DR. BEVERLY CRUSHER….
  WELL GOOD TO SEE MY PATIENT IS UP AND IN GOOD FORM…. SAID CRUSHER…. THE
QUEEN GAVE HER A LOOK OF INDIFFERENCE AND UNCONCERN…. THEN ASKED
  WHERE IS LOCUTUS…. I WANT TO SEE HIM NOW!
DO YOU MEAN ADMIRAL JEAN LUC PICARD? ASKED CRUSHER…. TO ME HE WILL
ALWAYS BE LOCUTUS…. REPLIED THE QUEEN WITH A SLY SMILE…
   “Q” MOVED OUT FROM BEHIND THE MEDICAL DIAGNOSTIC PANEL AND STOOD NEXT
TO THE QUEEN AND WHISPERED IN HER EAR…. I KNOW WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND…. THINK
OF WHAT YOU WILL BE THROWING AWAY… STILL HE’S NOT A BAD SORT OF GUY…

  CRUSHER HIT HER COM BADGE AND CALLED…. ADMIRAL PICARD…. THIS IS
COMMANDER CRUSHER….. THEN A REPLY CAME …. THIS IS PICARD…. YOUR GUEST THE
ROYAL HIGHNESS HAS JUST AWOKE AND IS ASKING FOR YOU…. SAID CRUSHER…. I‟M
ON MY WAY… PICARD OUT…. THE QUEEN LIFTED HER HEAD WITH A SMUG STARE AT
CRUSHER AND SAID…. SEE HOW HE COMES WHEN I CALL…. CRUSHER‟S EYES ROLLED
AROUND IN HER HEAD AND WITH A SMILE SAID…. WHAT EVER PLEASES YOU YOUR
MAJESTY...
  THE QUEEN BEGAN TO PACE BACK AND FORTH …. ALL THE WHILE STARING AT
CRUSHER…. IS THEIR SOMETHING ON YOU MIND…. ASKED CRUSHER…
  I WAS JUST THINKING….. WHEN WE ASSIMILATE YOU…AND YOU BECOME A DRONE….
I WAS THINKING THAT….ONE WITH YOUR TALENTS WOULD DO WELL WORKING IN THE
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WASTE DISPOSAL DEPARTMENT… YOU MIGHT EVEN OUT DO YOUR SELF…. SAID THE
QUEEN WITH A GRIN… CRUSHER WAS ABOUT TO SAY SOMETHING WHEN THE DOOR
OPENED AND PICARD ENTERED THE MEDICAL BAY….
   BOTH CRUSHER AND THE QUEEN TURNED THERE HEADS TOWARDS PICARD AND
STARTED TO TALK TO HIM AT THE SAME TIME…. PICARD PUT UP HIS HANDS AND
SAID…. PLEASE BE QUIET…. BE QUIET…. PLEASE…. ADMIRAL… SHE‟S IN GOOD
HEALTH… AND IN HER USUAL FORM ….MAY I BE DISMISSED….ASKED CRUSHER…. NOT
JUST YET… BEVERLY, I STILL MIGHT NEED YOU….
   PICARD APPROACHED THE QUEEN…. HE THEN ASKED THE DOCTOR TO DEACTIVATED
THE FIELD… IS IT WISE SHE ASKED….I‟LL BE ALRIGHT…JUST DO IT. CRUSHER WENT TO
THE MEDICAL CONTROL PANEL AND DEACTIVATED THE FIELD…THEN HE ASKED THE
QUEEN… WELL HOW DO YOU FEEL???
I FEEL LIKE….I‟M IN THE MOOD FOR A MURDER….. HOW COULD YOU DO THIS TO ME….
WHAT WERE YOU THINKING….. DO YOU THINK THAT I WOULD FALL IN LINE… AND JOIN
IN WITH YOU…. BECOME PART OF YOUR FEDERATION…. STARFLEET….BE A HUMAN….BE
A GOOD LITTLE GIRL….YOU FOOL… THINK OF WHAT YOU HAVE THROWN AWAY….
WHAT YOU COULD HAVE BEEN…. A KING…. BUT…NO…NO....... WELL IF IT HAS TO BE
THIS WAY THEN IT WILL BE THIS WAY….
   THE QUEEN THEN LIFTED HER RIGHT HAND AND VERY SWIFTLY PLACED IT ON
PICARD'S SHOULDER, A SHARP INSTRUMENT EMANATED FROM HER WRIST AND
PIERCED PICARD‟S SHOULDER…HE JUMPED BACK AND BROUGHT HIS HAND TO HIS
SHOULDER AND ASKED…WHAT DID YOU JUST DO TO ME???...CRUSHER TOOK A STEP
FORWARD AS THE QUEEN REACHED UP WITH HER LEFT HAND AND PULLED OPEN WHAT
APPEARED TO BE A FOLD AT THE BASE OF HER HEAD JUST TO THE SIDE OF HER LEFT
EAR… SHE THEN REACHED IN AND PULLED OUT A CYLINDER SHAPED OBJECT AND
DROPPED IT TO THE FLOOR…. HER EYES WENT WIDE… SHE LOOK AT PICARD AND
SAID…. YOU WILL ALWAYS BE MINE…. MINE TO BE A KING, SHE LIFTED THE PALM OF
HER RIGHT HAND IN FRONT OF PICARD AND SAID……I NOW HAVE YOUR DNA
   HER EYES SUDDENLY ROLLED BACK, HER HEAD BENT UP AND A BLUE ELECTRICAL
CURRENT RAN DOWN HER BODY….
NO…. SCREAMED PICARD…. NO SCREAMED “Q”…. CRUSHER JUMPED TO PICARD‟S
SIDE AND SAID JEAN-LUC ARE YOU ALRIGHT ….YES…YES…SEE TO HER GO …GO
NOW…..BUT IT WAS TO LATE… THE QUEEN WENT STIFF AND FELL FORWARD TO THE
FLOOR…
  PICARD GRABBED THE QUEEN… TURNED HER AROUND TO FACE HIM AND SAW THAT
SHE WAS DEAD…. VERY DEAD… HE THEN LET HER GO AND STOOD UP STILL STARING
AT HER AND SAID…. WELL THAT WAS UNEXPECTED….. HE THEN TURNED TO CRUSHER
AND SAID…. DO AN AUTOPSY AND REPORT TO ME ANYTHING WE CAN USE AGAINST
HER OTHER COLLECTIVE SELVES…. CRUSHER THEN SAID LET ME TAKE A LOOK AT
YOUR SHOULDER… SHE RAN HER MEDICAL SCANNER OVER HIS SHOULDER THEN
SAID….IT LOOKS OK…NO NANOPROBE INFUSION….IT LOOKS LIKE SHE TOOK
SOMETHING RATHER THAN GAVE SOMETHING…..THE PUNCTURE LOOKS OK….BUT HERE
I‟LL GIVE YOU THIS… SHE BROUGHT UP A HYPO AND SHOT HIM IN THE ARM…..WHAT‟S
THIS HE ASKED….JUST SOMETHING TO BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM…IF YOU FEEL
ANYTHING AND I MEAN ANYTHING…CALL ME…YOU HEAR…SAID CRUSHER…PICARD
TURNED HIS HEAD TO LOOK AT THE QUEEN…THEN SAID….STRANGE…SHE WANTED MY
DNA….FOR WHAT….SHE'S DEAD….IT JUST DOESN‟T MAKE SENSE, WHY WOULD SHE
KILL HERSELF AFTER EXTRACTING SOME DNA FROM ME, WHAT USE CAN IT DO
HER….WELL REPLIED CRUSHER….I ALWAYS THOUGHT SHE WAS MISSING A FEW
SCREWS….SMILING PICARD THEN TURNED AND WALKED OUT OF THE MEDICAL BAY.
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  DR. CRUSHER TURNED HER HEAD TO STARE AT THE DEAD QUEEN AND SAID TO HER
SELF…. YOU WERE NOT KIDDING…..WHEN YOU SAID YOU WERE IN THE MOOD FOR A
MURDER….YOURS!!.... “Q” STOOD OVER THE QUEEN AND SAID WELL… ONE DOWN….
THIRTY MILLION MORE TO GO…

 VOYAGER, THE TITAN AND THE SPEAR FELT THE FOUR BORG SHIPS GAINING ON
THEM SECOND BY SECOND…..

   THIS IS KROLL…. I AM READY TO CLOAK AND DROP BACK…..GO AHEAD I WILL
INFORM YOU WHEN VOYAGERS CREW IS ON BOARD… REPLIED RIKER
   THE SPEAR SUDDENLY DROPPED OUT OF WARP AND AT THE SAME TIME WENT INTO
CLOAK MODE…. THE BORG WERE NOT INTERESTED IN THE ROMULAN SHIP SO THEY LET
IT PASS…. BUT THEN THEY WERE SUDDENLY UNDER ATTACK FROM BEHIND…
   THE SPEAR WOULD DE-CLOAK AND FIRE A FEW ROUNDS THEN RE-CLOAK…. SHE DID
THIS OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN…. IN DIFFERENT POSITIONS AND LOCATIONS
THROUGH A RANDOM SELECTION….. THE BORG WOULD SOON ADAPT….. BUT JUST
BEFORE THEY DID THE SPEAR WOULD CHANGE HER ATTACK FORMATION… THE TITAN
AND VOYAGER WAS LEFT IN THE LEAD….
   FOR A WHILE THE SPEAR CONTINUED FIRING ON THE BORG SHIPS AT A RANDOM
RATE THE BORG SHIPS BEGAN TO SHOW SOME FRANTIC TACTICS LIKE FIRING BACK IN
ALL DIRECTIONS HOPING TO HIT SOMETHING…. SO UNLIKE THEM….. THEN THE SIGNAL
CAME IN FROM THE TITAN…..
  KROLL WE HAVE VOYAGERS CREW AND WE ARE NOW CLOAKED… ARE YOU
READY…. ASKED RIKER…. YES I'M READY…. REPLIED KROLL…. THEN SAID RIKER...ON
MY MARK THEN….. FOUR, THREE, TWO, ONE….. NOW

BOTH SHIPS TURNED OUT OF FORMATION LEAVING VOYAGER FLEETING AT WARP NINE
POINT TWO WITH FOUR BORG SHIPS IN HOT PURSUIT. THE GENESIS DEVICE WAS NOW IN
ITS ONE MINUET COUNT DOWN MODE.

  WE WILL DROP AND HOLD AT WARP TWO AND WAIT FOR THE FLASH…. IF THERE IS
ONE…. SAID KROLL…. KEEP YOUR SHIP AT FULL ALERT…. THERE IS NO TELLING WHAT
MAY HAPPEN NEXT… SAID RIKER…
  JANEWAY, MR. SPOCK AND FIRST OFFICER TOM PARIS AND TORRES WAITED
PATIENTLY IN THE ENGINEERING LEVEL NEAR A VIEW SCREEN AS TIME SEEMED TO
STAND STILL….. WHY DOES IT ALWAYS SEEM LIKE AN ETERNITY WHEN YOU ARE
WAITING FOR SOMETHING IMPORTANT TO HAPPEN… ASKED TORRES UNDER HER
BREATH….
  WHEN YOU ARE AT THIS MOMENT IN TIME WAITING FOR A THING OR AN EVENT TO
OCCUR…. YOU HAVE BECOME AWARE OF TIME…. YOU ARE IN THE “NOW”…. SO YOU
SENSE TIME AND IT SEEMS LONGER THAT NORMAL…. THE SECONDS DRAG ON SO TO
SPEAK REPLIED MR. SPOCK…. TORRES TURNED TO LOOK AT MR. SPOCK AND WAS
READY TO MAKE A RETORT … TOM'S EYES OPENED WIDE AT TORRES AND JANEWAY
CLEARED HER THROAT AND GAVE TORRES A LOOK WITH A FROWN THAT SEEMED TO
SAY….”DON‟T EVEN GO THERE”….
THE COMPUTER CONTINUED IT‟S COUNT DOWN…… TWENTY SECONDS….ON AND ON
THE COUNT DOWN WENT….. JANEWAY LOOKED AROUND AT TORRES THEN AT MR.
SPOCK… SHE THOUGHT FOR A MOMENT IF SHE WAS TAKING THE RIGHT COURSE OF
ACTION…. A SLIGHT MISCOUNT COULD BE THE END OF HER CREW….. FIFTEEN

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SECONDS….. CONTINUED THE COMPUTER…. TIME WENT ON FOR THE LONGEST
MOMENT, THEN IN A LOUD AND IN A MENACING SOUND…

WE ARE THE BORG YOUR CONTINUED RESISTANCE SHALL NOW
BE TERMINATED….LOWER YOUR SHIELDS…. DROP OUT OF
WARP…. RESISTANCE IS FUTILE…. JANEWAY….YOU WILL….
THE SPEAKER SYSTEM ON BOARD VOYAGER TRANSMITTED THE BORG'S MESSAGE
TO THE TITAN AND THE SPEAR......THEY ARE STILL ON US....CUT THE SPEAKERS WE
NEED NOT HEAR THEIR RANTING…. SAID JANEWAY.
  AS PARIS TURNED OFF THE SPEAKERS VOYAGER SUDDENLY DROPPED OUT OF WARP
AND SLOWED DOWN TO A FULL STOP WITH FOUR BORG SHIPS FINALY APPROCHING
HER....THE COMPUTER CONTINUED ITS COUNT DOWN… THREE,…TWO,…ONE,…END
OF COUNT DOWN….. ON THE VIEW SCREEN A LARGE FLASH EXPLODED …. THE VIEW
SCREEN WENT WHITE…. THEN A RAINBOW OF COLORS APPEARED. THE CREW FELT
VIBRATION EVERYWHERE THE BRIDGE CREW WATCHED THE VIEW SCREEN WITH
AMAZEMENT….
  CHAKOTAY ON THE BRIDGE OF THE TITAN TURNED TO THE SCIENCE STATION AND
ASKED…. THE BORG....DID ANY OF THEM SURVIVE….. NO CAPTAIN… THERE IS NO SIGN
OF THEM…. THEN RIKER ASKED....REPORT....ONLY THE RAPID FORMATION OF A MULTI-
STAGE-GAS NEBULAR….. SENSORS INDICATE LARGE AMOUNTS OF HYDROGEN, CARBON
AND METHANE WITH TRACE ELEMENTS…. ALSO THERE IS A GREAT GRAVITY
DISTORTION EMANATING FROM THE CENTER OF THE BLAST…. THE CREW WITH THERE
EYES GLUED TO THE VIEW SCREEN SEEMED TO BE IN A HYPNOTIC TRANCE AS THEY
GAZED UPON THE DESTRUCTIVE FORCE OF THE GENESIS BLAST…THEN ARMS WENT UP
AS THE CREW BEGAN TO CHEER
 THE DOORS TO THE BRIDGE OPENED AND THE COMPUTER ANNOUNCED…. ADMIRALS
ON THE BRIDGE…..
JANEWAY, TORRES, PARIS AND SPOCK ENTERED THE BRIDGE…. JANEWAY MOVED TO
CHAKOTAY'S SIDE AND GAVE A SAD SMILE TO RIKER….. TORRES WENT TO THE
ENGINEERING STATION, SPOCK TO THE SCIENCE STATION AND TOM PARIS WENT TO HIS
FIRST OFFICER STATION….. JANEWAY ASKED RIKER…. IS THE SHIP OK…. AFTER THAT
STUNT….I‟M PRETTY AMAZED….THE SHIP IS STABLE….. THEN SPOCK SAID…. CAPTAIN
RIKER INFORM THE SPEAR TO FOLLOW OUR LEAD…. HELM MOVE THE SHIP TO EIGHTY
THOUSAND KILOMETERS MID SHIP OF PORT SIDE OF THE BLAST AREAWOULD YOU
PLEASE…. RIKER NODDED TO HIS HELM OFFICER.
THE TWO SHIPS MOVED AS ORDERED…. JANEWAY TURNED TO SPOCK AND ASKED….
WHY SO FAR… THE BLAST WILL NOT REACH US HERE…. ADMIRAL… WHAT YOU SEE ON
THE VIEW SCREEN IS ONLY PART OF THE BLAST….. AS I SUSPECTED…. SENSORS
INDICATE THAT THE BLAST OCCURRED DURING A WARP FIELD TIME DISPLACEMENT
PROVIDED BY THE BORG SHIPS AS THEY CAME UPON VOYAGER THEIR WARP DRIVES
WERE STILL ACTIVATED….THE BLAST HAS RIPPED OPENED SOME TEAR‟S WITHIN THE
FABRIC OF TIME AND SPACE, ALSO THE BLAST SEEMS TO BE IN MOTION AND MOVING
ONE POINT TWO SEVEN KILOMETERS PER HOUR, HOWEVER IT IS SLOWING DOWN AT A
RATE OF POINT THREE KILOMETERS PER HOUR AND WILL EVENTUALLY BECOME
STABLE….. SAID SPOCK
   THE TWO SHIPS CAME TO A HALT AND LOOKING AT THE VIEW SCREEN THE CREW
COULD SEE THE SLIGHTLY ELONGATED BLAST NEBULAR MOVING ACROSS THE SCREEN
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FROM LEFT TO RIGHT….. JANEWAY ASKED… SHOULD WE NOT INSPECT AND DO A
SHORT STUDY OF THIS CLOUD BEFORE WE LEAVE….. WE DO NOT HAVE THE TIME AND
LIBERTY TO PERFORM YOUR REQUEST EVEN IF IT IS THE LOGICAL THING TO DO…. I
WILL DO A SERIES OF HYPOTHETICAL FINAL OUTCOMES OF THE BLAST NEBULAR AND
PRESENT THEM TO STARFLEET WHEN WE RETURN TO DS9…. SO THIS WILL HAVE TO DO
FOR NOW SAID MR. SPOCK….. VERY WELL…. CAPTAIN RIKER BRING THE SHIP ABOUT
AND SET COURSE COORDINATES BACK TO DS9… SAID JANEWAY…..HELM YOU HEARD
THE ADMIRAL….. AT BEST WARP….. ORDERED RIKER.

THE TITAN AND THE SPEAR WENT ON THEIR RETURN JOURNEY BACK TO THE FLEET
AT DS9….. JANEWAY COULD SEE THE PAIN IN MR. SPOCK‟S FACE EVEN IF HE DIDN'T
SHOW IT…. IT MUST BE HARD FOR HIM TO EXCEPT THE DEATHS OF SO MANY BORG
EVEN THOUGH THEY MEANT TO DO HIM HARM…. BUT STILL AS HE LEFT THE
BRIDGE HER HART WENT WITH HIM.



CHAPTER 8: GENESIS

 ADMIRALS LOG: STARDATE: 58200.2:
I AWOKE THIS MORNING WITH A STRANGE FEELING ABOUT THIS DAY….. LAST NIGHT AT
1100 HOURS WE RECEIVED A LONG RANGE MESSAGE THAT THE TITAN WILL BE
DOCKING BY NOON TODAY, AFTER HAVING COMPLETED HER MISSION IT HAS BEEN
SEVEN DAYS SINCE SHE DEPARTED…. SHE HAS THE DEVICE AND IT WAS TESTED TO BE
ALL THAT WE HAD HOPED FOR EVEN AT THE EXPENSE OF VOYAGER….. CHANCELLOR
KANG OF THE KLINGON COUNSEL HAS INFORMED ME THAT ONE OF HIS SHIPS HAS
STOPPED THE BORG DEAD IN THERE TRACKS USING THERE NEW WEAPON CALLED THE
“D.D.A.”….. NOT SURE WHAT THIS MEANS, BUT WE HAVE A RECON TELEMETRY
INFORMING US OF THE HOLDING POSITION AND DISTANCE OF THE BORG FLEET.....AND
INSIDE INFORMATION TO THE QUEENS LANGUAGE WHICH HAS BEEN VERY
INFORMATIVE…. SHE PLANS TO POSITION HER FLEET AT THE WORM HOLE HERE AT DS9
THEN DISPERSE AND ASSIMILATE ALL IN HER WAY. I CAN ONLY HOPE THAT HOW EVER
THIS DAY ENDS…. IT ENDS IN OUR FAVOR.
                                                 PICARD OUT

 JEAN LUC SAT BACK IN HIS CHAIR AND STANDING AT HIS SIDE WAS “Q” WHISPERING
INTO HIS EAR….. NOW JEAN LUC…. DO NOT WORRY…. ALL WILL BE FINE…. PUT ON A SMILE
AND BE OF GOOD CHEER….. PICARD COMFORTABLE IN IS CHAIR BEGAN TO SMILE AND
TOOK A DEEP BREATH…. JUST THEN HIS COM RANG….

    PICARD HERE…. JEAN LUC…. I THINK YOU NEED TO SEE THIS… COME DOWN TO THE
MED LAB THREE…. SAID CRUSHER. I‟M ON MY WAY REPLIED PICARD.
    AS PICARD ENTERED MED LAB THREE HE NOTICED THE AUTOPSY PLATFORM WITH
THE DEAD QUEEN ON IT…. AND WAS QUARANTINED WITH A FORCE FIELD AROUND IT.
    YES BEVERLY…. WHAT IS IT???? ASKED PICARD… OVER HERE, COME TAKE A LOOK.
    PICARD WALKED OVER TO A TEST LAB SECTION OF THE ROOM AND TOOK A LOOK
AT A DNA CHART THAT THE DOCTOR WAS POINTING TO.
    YOU SEE THIS…. IT IS A SAMPLE OF HER MAJESTY'S DNA…. AND GUESS WHAT???
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PICARD LOOKED AT BEVERLY WITH A PUZZLED LOOK….BEVERLY THEN SAID… IT IS
COMPRISED OF EIGHTY THREE PERCENT……. HUMANOID!...... SEVENTEEN PERCENT OF
SOME OTHER KIND OF DNA I HAVE NEVER SEEN BEFORE….. BUT IS COMPLETELY NANO
FRIENDLY….. NANO FRIENDLY….SAID PICARD….SO WHAT ARE YOU TRYING TO
SAY….ASKED PICARD….. THE BORG ORIGINALLY WERE OF A TYPE OF HUMANOID AND
PROBABLY GENETICALLY COMPATIBLE WITH US TO A GREAT DEGREE, WE KNOW THAT
THEY ORIGINATED OR EVOLVED FROM A SPECIES THEY CALL “125”…THIS COULD BE
THE DNA WE ARE LOOKING AT….AND EITHER THE BORG WERE THEY THEMSELVES
CONQUERED BY A NANO TYPE ORGANISM AND MERGED
 OR THEY DEVELOPED A NEW STRAIN OF DNA THAT ENABLED THEM TO MERGE WITH
NANO TECHNOLOGY TO BECOME THE BORG WE KNOW TODAY…..”Q” LOOKED PICARD
RIGHT IN HIS EYES AND SAID…YES…YES THAT’S IT…. THEY WERE HUMANOID AND
MERGED WITH NANO TECHNO BIOLOGY….. PICARD STOOD BACK AND SAID…. YES…YES
THAT‟S IT…. THEY WERE HUMANOID AND MERGED WITH NANO TECHNO BIOLOGY….
THAT EXPLAINS WHY THE ARE SO DETERMINED TO ASSIMILATE US…. I BELIEVE THEY
HAVE COME TO A POINT IN THERE DNA WHERE THEY NEED A NEW FRESH SUPPLY….
THIS IS WHY THE QUEEN HAS A HUMANOID APPEARANCE….
BEVERLY…. I MUST ASK…. WHY IS THE QUEEN IN A QUARANTINED FIELD????
   THAT‟S THE OTHER THING I WANTED TO TELL YOU ABOUT….. YOU SEE JEAN LUC,
SHE MAY BE DEAD…. BUT HER NANO CELLS ARE VERY MUCH ALIVE AND ARE
CONTAGIOUS TO ALL LIFE FORMS….. SHE CAN STILL ASSIMILATE US…. EVEN IN DEATH
SHE‟S A DANGER…. THERE IS ANOTHER THING I NOTICED… SAID CRUSHER
YES TELL ME … SAID PICARD…. WELL… THERE ARE MERGING TRACES OF ANOTHER
DNA SOURCE…. ALSO HUMAN AND GROWING IN AN ALARMING RATE…. SAID
CRUSHER…. ANOTHER DNA…. EXPLAIN… SAID PICARD…. CRUSHER LOOKED DOWN AT
THE FLOOR THEN UP AT PICARD AND SAID…. YOURS…. SHE IS DEVELOPING YOUR DNA
STRANDS AND MERGING THEM WITH HERS. PICARD TURNED TO LOOK AT THE
PLATFORM AND ASKED…. WHY???.... TO THIS I CAN‟T SAY BUT I WILL GET TO THE
BOTTOM OF IT…. I PROMISES YOU…. PICARD TURNED BACK TO LOOK AT CRUSHER
THEN THOUGHT FOR A MOMENT THEN SAID…
   GOOD WORK BEVERLY…. KEEP ME INFORMED IF ANYTHING ELSE ARISES….SAID
PICARD…. WILL DO JEAN LUC… REPLIED COMMANDER CRUSHER.
   PICARD LEFT THE MED LAB AND MADE HIS WAY TO THE BRIDGE…..
THE COMPUTER ANNOUNCED …..”ADMIRAL ON THE BRIDGE”
MR. DATA TURNED FROM HIS CONVERSATION WITH THE HELM OFFICER AND
APPROACHED THE ADMIRAL….. SIR. IT WOULD SEEM FOR NOW THAT THE BORG ARE
STILL HOLDING AT SECTOR FALCON 795…..SAID MR. DATA…. YES … I BELIEVE THIS
HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH THE KLINGONS DDS WEAPON THAT WAS USED AGAINST
THEM…. SAID PICARD…. COULD VERY WELL BE SIR…. SINCE THEY HAVE MADE A
STATIONARY POSTURE…. THE BORG HAVE BEEN TARGETING KLINGON POSITIONS AND
OUT POSTS ALONG THE FALCON PERIMETER….. SAID DATA. YES THIS WOULD MAKE
SENSE….. THE BORG ARE LOOKING TO ASSIMILATE A KLINGON SHIP EQUIPPED WITH
THE DDS WEAPON…. SAID PICARD…. I NEED TO SPEAK WITH THE CHANCELLOR
IMMEDIATELY…. SAID PICARD.
    AS COMMANDER BEVERLY CRUSHER WAS FINISHING UP WITH HER MORNING
ROUTINE IN MED LAB THREE…. THE QUARANTINED FORCE FIELD SECURITY ALARM
SOUNDED…..WARNING..WARNING…QUARANTINE BREACH NOW IN
PROGRESS….WARNING..WARNING…QUARANTINE BREACH NOW
IN PROGRESS…..WARNING…
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    BEVERLY JUMPED UP AND TURNED TO FACE THE QUEENS AUTOPSY PLATFORM
JUST IN TIME TO SEE A MASSIVE SWARM OF NANOPROBES MERGING WITH THE
PLATFORM.
    COMPUTER…. SURROUND AUTOPSY PLATFORM „THREE-A WITH CLASS A1 SECURITY
FIELD…NOW…. THE COMPUTER RESPONDED WITH…..”SECURITY A1 FIELD IN
PLACE”
    SHE HIT HER COM BADGE….. THIS IS CRUSHER IN MED LAB THREE…. NEED A
SECURITY TEAM DOWN HERE NOW!
    WITH THE SECOND FORCE FIELD IN PLACE, CRUSHER WENT TO THE ISO CHAMBER
AND PUT ON A QUARANTINE SUIT… THE DOOR BELL TO THE MED LAD RANG AND
CRUSHER WENT TO THE COM BUTTON NEXT TO THE DOOR…. THIS IS CRUSHER… WE
HAVE A QUARANTINE BREACH IN HERE….. SECURE THIS LEVEL IMMEDIATELY …..
    THIS IS PICARD…. BEVERLY, ARE YOU ALRIGHT????.... YES FOR NOW…. THE QUEENS
NANOPROBES HAVE POPULATED AND ARE IN THE PROGRESS OF ASSIMILATING THE
AUTOPSY PLATFORM THEY SEEM TO BE RE-CONSTRUCTING SOMETHING… CAN‟T MAKE
OUT AS TO WHAT IT IS….. THEY HAVE BROKEN THROUGH THE PLATFORM‟S FORCE
FIELD AND ARE NOW AT THE CLASS A1 SECURITY FIELD….. IT SEEMS THAT THEY ARE
FEEDING OFF THE ENERGY….. OH MY GOD…. JEAN LUC… THEY ARE BREAKING
THROUGH….
   TRANSPORTER…THIS IS PICARD…. GET A LOCK ON DOCTOR CRUSHER WITHIN MED
LAB THREE AND BEAM HER OUT OF THERE….DO IT NOW!....MR. DATA, WE NEED MED
LAB THREE TO BE EJECTED…..NOW.
MR. DATA WENT TO ENGINEERING CONTROLS ON THE BRIDGE AND ACTIVATED THE
EMERGENCY EJECT COMMANDS FOR THE MED LABS…..HE INITIATED THE EJECTION
CODES FOR MED LAB THREE AND HIT THE ACTIVATION SEQUENCE…
THE COMPUTER SOUNDED….WARNING…WARNING…YOU ARE IN
EMERGENCY EJECTION PROTOCOL….EJECTION OF MED LAB
NUMBER THREE SHALL COMMENCE IN THIRTY SECONDS…
  CRUSHER WAS WATCHING THE PLATFORM WHEN A TRANSPORT FIELD ENGULFED
HER….THEN SHE WAS SUDDENLY IN THE TRANSPORTER. ROOM.
  BEVERLY…. ARE YOU ALL RIGHT…..SOUNDED PICARD AS HE CAME IN THROUGH THE
DOOR…. YES…YES I AM…SHE SAID AS SHE STEPPED DOWN FROM THE TRANSPORTER
PLATFORM…

WARNING….ALL ADJACENT COMPARTMENTS ARE NOW
SEALED…SECURITY FIELDS ARE NOW INITIATED….
THE SECURITY TEAM STANDING IN THE CORRIDOR WATCHED THE AREA AROUND MED
LAB THREE BECOME QUARANTINED AND SEALED….THE SHIP SHOOK….THEN THE MED
LAB HOLDING LOCKS POPPED OPEN WITH SMALL BLASTS AND THE LAB BEGAN TO LIFT
WITH IT‟S MINI JET PROPULSION ENGINES AND MOVED AWAY FORM THE SHIP….AS THE
LAB CLEARED THE SHIP….MOVING PANELS BEGAN TO FALL IN PLACE WHERE THE GAP
IN THE SHIPS HULL USE TO HOLD MED LAB THREE…..THE AREA WAS THEN
PRESSURIZED AND THE SECURITY FIELDS DEACTIVATED….. THIS IS THE
COMPUTER....EJECTION OF MED LAB NUMBER THREE HAS BEEN
COMPLEATED.....QUARATINE AREA PRESSURIZATION
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INITIATED....PRESSURIZATION COMPLEATED.....ALL SECURITY
FEILDS HAVE NOW BEEN DEACTIVATED...THIS ENDS THE
EMERGENCY EJECTION PROTOCOL.
THIS IS SECURITY…..TO COMMANDER DATA….THE LAB HAS BEEN EJECTED AND THE
AREA IS SECURED AND READY FOR HABITATION…..SAID THE SECURITY OFFICER
   GOOD SAID DATA….THEN DATA HIT HIS COM BUTTON….ADMIRAL….THIS IS
DATA…THE LAB HAS BEEN EJECTED….THEN PICARD REPLIED…WHEN THE LAB HAS
COMPLETELY CLEARED THE SHIP…BLOW IT APART….. SIR…IF I MAY…WOULD IT NOT
BE WISE TO LET IT GO….LOG IT‟S LOCATION AND HEADING SO WE COULD AT A LATER
DATE COME BACK AND INVESTIGATE, ANALYZE AND UNDERSTAND WHAT HAD JUST
HAPPENED…. MAYBE DISCOVER NEW INSIGHTS IN NANO TECHNOLOGIES…..SAID MR.
DATA……ALWAYS THE SCIENTIST…MR. DATA…OK…LET IT GO….PLEASE LOG
IT….PICARD OUT


   OPEN A CHANEL TO DS9… ASKED CAPTAIN RIKER….. CHANEL OPEN SIR. REPLIED
THE COM. OFFICER…..THIS IS CAPTAIN RIKER OF THE STAR SHIP TITAN…. WE ARE
REQUESTING PERMISSION TO DOCK…..
   THIS IS THE STATION DOCK COMMANDER….. YOU HAVE PERMISSION TO DOCK….
PLEASE DOCK AT DOCKING PORT ZERO FOUR AND YOUR DOCKING PORT NUMBER IS
OO421….. THANK YOU DOCK COMMANDER…. WOULD YOU PLEASE INFORM THE FLEET
ADMIRAL THAT ADMIRALS SPOCK AND JANEWAY REQUEST IMMEDIATE AUDIENCE
WITH HIM…… RIKER OUT.
   NUMBER ONE… PLEASE INFORM JANEWAY AND MR. SPOCK THAT WE HAVE
ARRIVED AND PUT THE SHIP ON STANDBY….. NO CREW MEMBERS ARE TO LEAVE
WITHOUT MY ORDERS…. SAID RIKER….. AY, AY SIR REPLIED TUVOK

RIKER WENT INTO HIS READY ROOM AND SAT DOWN INTO HIS CHAIR, DIANA WAS
SEATED ON THE COUCH WHEN HIS COM UNIT RANG….. THIS IS RIKER….. CAPTAIN THIS
IS JANEWAY….. PLEASE KEEP EVERYONE AT THERE POST UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE AND
KEEP ME INFORM OF ANY NEWS REGARDING MY AUDIENCE WITH THE FLEET
ADMIRAL….. JANEWAY OUT….
RIKER SAT BACK IN HIS CHAIR AND SAID TO DIANA ….. THIS IS IT…..NOW ITS OUR
MOVE. DIANA SAT FURTHER BACK INTO THE COUCH AND STARED AT HER HUSBAND
AND TRIED TO READ HIS THOUGHTS.....


   WITH CRUSHER RESTING IN HER QUARTERS… PICARD WENT TO SEE THE
KLINGON CHANCELLOR KANG….

   AS THE DOOR CLOSED BEHIND PICARD HE APPROACHED THE CHANCELLOR….
   CHANCELLOR….. I SUSPECT YOUR NEW WEAPON HAS HAD A POSITIVE EFFECT ON
THE BORG…. THEY SEEM TO BE HOLDING AT THE FALCON 795 SECTOR. I‟M NOT SURE IF
THIS IS A GOOD THING OR IF THEY ARE GOING TO DISPERSE.
   GOOD TO SEE YOU TO janluq piqard…. [JEAN LUC PICARD]AND YES WE DID STOP
THE BORG… AND I‟M PREPARING TO HEAD MY SHIPS INTO BATTLE AGAINST THEM….
   CAN‟T YOU WAIT FOR A WHILE…. JANEWAY AND SPOCK WILL BE HERE SOON WITH
THE GENESIS DEVICE… FULLY TESTED AND WHEN WE HAVE IT…THE FLEET WILL MOVE
AGAINST THE BORG… SAID PICARD
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    TELL THAT TO THE JEM‟HADAR WHO JUST LEFT TO ENGAGE THE BORG… IT WOULD
SEEM THAT NEW ORDERS HAVE BEEN GIVEN…. REPLIED KANG WITH A GRIN ON HIS
FACE…. PICARD‟S EYES WENT WIDE…. WHO GAVE THE ORDER…..
    I DID…..PICARD TURNED AROUND AND FIXED HIS EYES ON THE MAN SITTING AT
THE END OF KANG'S LONG ROUND DESK…. ADMIRAL PETER C. MANNING….THE CNC OF
STARFLEET.
     WHEN DID YOU ARRIVE PETER ASKED PICARD….. ABOUT AN HOUR AGO…. YOU
WERE INVOLVED WITH AN EMERGENCY AND I NEEDED TO GET THINGS GOING… SO I
CAME TO SEE MY OLD FRIEND….. KANG AND I AGREE ON THIS MATTER…. WE NEED TO
ENSURE THAT THE BORG DO NOT DISPERSE SO WE CAN APPLY THE DEVICE…. SAID
MANNING….. I SEE… YOU COULD NOT WAIT TO INFORM ME OF YOUR
INTENSIONS….ASKED PICARD….. janluq[JEAN LUC] DO NOT BE ANGRY WITH US… YOU
KNOW THAT “NOW” IS THE TIME TO ACT…SAID KANG…. AND WHEN THE JEM‟HADAR
WANTED TO MAKE THERE MOVE…. I GAVE THEM THE GO AHEAD….SAID MANNING…..
PICARD TURNED TO KANG AND SAID
   WELL THEN….LETS MAKE THE MOST OF IT….. STILL LOOKING AT KANG PICARD
ASKED…..WHAT ARE YOUR INTENSIONS WHEN YOU CONFRONT THE BORG????
   SIMPLE….. WE FIGHT THEM…AS ONLY KLINGON‟S CAN….. AND IF THOSE JEM‟HADAR
GET IN THE WAY….WELL THEY MIGHT NOT CONSIDER FRIENDLY FIRE A
WELCOME…..SAID KANG WITH A SMILE…..qeng [KANG]…. WE MUST REMEMBER THAT
THE JEM'HADAR ARE OUR ALLIES…. SAID MANNING AS HE BROUGHT A CUP OF BLOOD
WINE TO HIS LIPS…
  PICARD LOOKED AT HIS COMMANDING OFFICER AND RECALLED THAT PETER AND
KANG HAVE A LONG HISTORY TOGETHER… PETER HAD FOUGHT ALONG SIDE OF KANG
AGAINST THE THOLIAN INCURSION OF KLINGON TERRITORY AND HAD LEARNED THE
KLINGON LANGUAGE…SPEAKING IT NOW LIKE A TRUE KLINGON…..
  YOU KNOW ME BETTER THAN THAT….. I WILL NOT LET THOSE MISTAKES OF NATURE
GET ALL THE GLORY…. REPLIED KANG….
   THEN MAYBE YOU MAKE YOUR POINT OF ATTACK AWAY FROM THE JEM'HADAR….
SAID MANNING….. nug???..tIch tlhIngan batln!!!![WHAT???..INSULT KLINGON
HONOR!!!!!]….SAID KANG IN A RAGE….ghob!!!!gnojmoH chaH „ang chaH chay‟
tlhIngan qem veS!!!![NO!!!INSTRUCT THEM….SHOW THEM….HOW KLINGONS BRING
WAR!!!!]…..SAID MANNING AS HE STOOD UP AND FACED KANG…..
   PICARD STOOD IN THE MIDDLE WITH HIS ARMS SPREAD WIDE BETWEEN BOTH MEN
AND LOOKING BACK AND FOURTH AT THEM…. THEN SAID…..
GENTLEMEN…GENTLEMEN….WE ARE ON THE SAME TEAM…. KANG‟S FACE THEN
BROKE INTO A WIDE GRIN…..toH[WELL! AHA]…YOU ARE RIGHT…. WE WILL SHOW
THEM WHAT BATTLE IS….DRINK WITH ME MY OLD FRIEND…..
  PICARD TOOK A STEP BACK AS BOTH MEN BROUGHT THERE CUPS UP AND WITH A
CRASH THEY SALUTED….AND DRANK DEEPLY….KANG BROUGHT DOWN HIS CUP WITH
A BANG AND SAID WITH A STRAIGHT FACE..
  NOW OFF MY SHIP….. I HAVE SOME TEACHING TO DO…. AND MY STUDENTS THE
JEM'HADAR AWAITS ME…..
  PICARD AND MANNING BOTH TOOK A GOOD LONG LOOK AT KANG THEN MANNING
SAID WITH A SMILE…. YOU COME BACK YOU HERE….. DON‟T MAKE ME COME LOOKING
AFTER YOU…A SECOND TIME…. JEAN LUC TURNED TO MANNING AND WISPERED…. WAS
THAT WISE….. THEN KANG LEANING FORWARD SAID… GO NOW WHILE YOU STILL
CAN!!!!

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 BOTH MEN TURNED AND WALKED THROUGH THE DOOR AND WAS GREETED BY MR.
WORF….. ADMIRAL I JUST RECEIVED A MESSAGE THAT THE TITAN HAS ARRIVED….
 GOOD NEWS….. PETER WILL YOU JOIN ME TO GREET JANEWAY…..ASKED PICARD
LEAD ON… HE REPLIED.

THE AFT DOCKING BAY ON TITAN OPENED AS JANEWAY AND MR. SPOCK EXITED.
  KATE….CALLED JEAN LUC….. GOOD TO SEE YOUR BACK… I GOT YOUR
TRANSMISSION…. PICARD TOOK JANEWAY'S HANDS AS HE SAID...I'M SORRY ABOUT
VOYAGER, I KNOW HOW YOU FEEL. SO THE TEST WENT WELL???? PICARD SAID IN A
MATTER OF FACT KIND OF QUESTION. THE TEST WAS PERFORMED WHILE THE BORG
WERE IN TRANSIT AND THE AREA HAS BEEN QUARANTINED…SAID MR. SPOCK…. JEAN
LUC… GET READY THE FLEET AND HAVE THEM FITTED OUT WITH GENESIS SO WE CAN
GET THIS OPERATION UNDERWAY…COMMANDED MANNING.
 PICARD NODDED AND TURNED TO JANEWAY…. YOU HEARD HIM…. LET'S DO IT.

JANEWAY GAVE THE ORDER TO HER CREW TO TRANSPORT ALL INFORMATION AND
INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION AND DETONATION OF THE GENESIS
DEVICE TO ALL CAPTAINS AND COMMANDERS OF THE FLEET AND TO STAND BY FOR
INSTRUCTIONS ON DEPLOYMENT OF THE DEVICE. THEN SHE AND MEMBERS OF
CARDASSIANS, ROMULANS, KLINGONS AND OTHER MEMBERS OF THE ALLIANCE
ALONG WITH PICARD, SPOCK, MANNING, MR. DATA AND THE SCIENCE TEAM FROM
THE ENTERPRISE, TITAN AND VOYAGER'S CREW MEET ON BOARD DS9‟S MAINE
CONFERENCING CENTER TO DISCUSS IDEAS FOR THE DEPLOYMENT OF THE DEVICE.

  AT THE CONFERENCE TABLE EVERYONE WAS TALKING AT ONCE…. MR. SPOCK SAT
SILENTLY AT ONE END OF THE TABLE LOOKING STRAIGHT WITH HIS HANDS FOLDED ON
HIS LAP….. MR. DATA SAT AT THE OTHER END LOOKING RIGHT AND LEFT IN QUICK
MOTIONS….. THEN PETER MANNING SLAMMED HIS HAND ON THE TABLE BAM AND
SHOUTED…..STOP!!! EVERYONE TURNED TO LOOK AT MANNING AS HE INJECTED…..WE
ARE GETTING NO WHERE LIKE THIS,… WE NEED…..SUDDENLY MR. SPOCK STOOD UP AND
SAID IN A DEEP VOICE…
 I WOULD LIKE TO ADDRESS THIS COUNSEL NOW….
I FIND IT AMAZING WHILE OBSERVING THIS GROUP THAT OUR SPECIES HAS EVER CAME
TO ANY CONCLUSIONS REGARDING ANYTHING OF SUBSTANTIAL VALUE…..
  HOWEVER FOR THE PURPOSE OF FINDING A CONCRETE SOLUTION FOR THE
DEPLOYMENT OF THE DEVICE IT WOULD BE TO OUR ADVANTAGE TO SOLIDIFY OUR
THINKING ON A SINGLE PROPOSAL AT A TIME…. DO YOU NOT AGREE…. MR. DATA
  DATA‟S HEAD JERKED UP LOOKING RIGHT AND LEFT THEN HE REPLIED… YOU ARE
QUIT RIGHT… I PROPOSE THAT WE BEGIN LOOKING AT HOW THE BORG WOULD REACT
TO OUR COUNTER ATTACK STRATEGIES AND TO HOW THEY WOULD DEPLOY
THEMSELVES AGAINST THOSE ACTIONS. THEN FROM THIS POINT OF VIEW WE WOULD
HAVE A BETTER VISUAL OF THE SOLUTION TO THE DEPLOYMENT OF THE DEVICE.
  PICARD SAT BACK IN HIS CHAIR AND WITH A FROWN ON HIS BROW HE REMARKED…
THE BORG WILL ATTACK STRAIGHT FORWARD WITH RELENTLESS RESOLVE… THEY
WILL NOT STOP UNLESS THEY ARE DESTROYED….. STILL HOLDING AT FALCON 795 THEY
WILL GO ON THE MOVE AT THE FIRST SIGN OF OUR APPROACH, THEN JANEWAY
ADDED…...THERE OVER CONFIDENCE AND SENSE OF OVERALL SUPERIORITY OVER US
COULD BE USED AGAINST THEM.


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  SPOCK THEN SAID…. IT WOULD BE TO OUR ADVANTAGE IF WE COULD CORRAL THEM
IN ONE OR TWO LOCATIONS.
  JANEWAY THEN BROKE IN WITH…. THAT COULD BE DONE IF WE BROKE FROM WARP
SPEED RIGHT ON TOP OF THEM….. BUT CLOAKED.
  MANNING THEN SAID…. IF WE DID THIS BUT USED AUTO-CONTROLLED SHIPS WITH
THE DEVICE ALREADY PREPARED TO DETONATE…. WE COULD GET THEM OFF GUARD
AND IN A SINGLE BLAST GROUP.
   A CARDASSIAN WITH SCIENCE OFFICER RANK ADDED….. WE USE A GREAT DEAL OF
AUTOMATED SHIPS FOR MINING THE INNER PLANETS OF OUR SYSTEM WHERE
TEMPERATURES ARE A DANGER…. PERHAPS WE COULD APPLY THEM TO SUCH A
PURPOSE HERE…..
   WHAT WOULD BE THE ETA FOR THERE ARRIVAL???….ASKED MR. SPOCK
IT WOULD TAKE 56 CARDASSIAN HOURS TO ARRIVE FROM OUR SYSTEM…. SAID THE
CARDASSIAN…
   BY EARTH STANDARDS THAT‟S TWO DAYS…..ADDED MR. DATA.
   WE DO NOT HAVE THE TIME… SAID THE ROMULAN ADVISOR…. BUT WE CAN
AUTOMATE WHAT SHIPS WE HAVE HERE…HE CONTINUED.
I AGREE SAID PICARD…. I SUGGEST WE USE SHUTTLE CLASS TYPE SHIPS WITH WARP
CAPACITY AND PROVIDE CLOAKING CAPABILITY….SUGGESTED MR. SPOCK
I AGREE…..SO LETS GET STARTED ASAP SAID MANNING.
   PICARD LOOKED AROUND AT EVERYONE… THEN SAID WELL…..HOP TO IT!

THE CONFERENCE BROKE AND EACH HAD A TASK TO PERFORM, PRIMARILY TO
ARRANGE WITH THERE ASSIGNED GROUPS TO PREPARE SMALL SHUTTLE CLASS
TYPE SHIPS TO THE SPECIFICATIONS REQUIRED, THIS TOOK SOME TIME AND
COORDINATION WITH ALL INVOLVED. THE ROMULANS HAD TO PROVIDE CLOAKING
DEVICES TO THE APPROVED SHIPS, STARFLEET HAD TO PROVIDE THE GENESIS
DEVICE AND PREPARE TO LAUNCH THEM WHEN THEY APPROACHED THE BORG.
AND OF COURSE…. THE KLINGONS HAD TO PROVIDE THE ALLIANCE WITH THERE
NEW WEAPON THE “D.D.A.”

 ONLY FIVE HOURS HAD PASSED SINCE THE CONFERENCE BROKE AND JANEWAY
HAD JUST ENTERED PICARD'S READY ROOM.

  AFTERNOON KATHRYN…..SAID JEAN LUC…AS JANEWAY ENTERED HIS READY
ROOM…. SHE LOOKED AROUND AND FOUND MANNING SITTING ON PICARD'S COUCH.
  PETER SHE SAID WITH A QUESTIONING TONE IN HER VOICE AS SHE WALKED OVER TO
SIT ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE COUCH….. I HAD NOT THE TIME TO ASK… UNTIL
NOW….. SO TELL ME….WHAT MADE YOU COME OUT HERE???
  MANNING PUT ON A SMALL SMILE AND SAID….WELL DID YOU THINK I‟D LET YOU HOT
SHOTS… HAVE ALL THE FUN….AND ANYWAY….. I NEEDED THE TIME OUT…. NEEDED TO
PUT MY TWO CENTS IN SO TO SPEAK….I HAVE NOT BEEN IN THE SADDLE FOR A LONG
TIME…. I EVEN BROUGHT MY OWN WAR SHIP.
  PICARD SHIFTED IN HIS CHAIR AND REMARKED…. SO….YOU THINK THIS IS FUN!!!
MANNING TURNED TO FACE HIM AND REPLIED….. JEAN LUC….I DID NOT MEAN IT THAT
WAY, IT‟S JUST…WELL….I NEED TO BE PART OF THIS…. I NEED TO BE SURE THAT WE DO
ALL THAT WE CAN….. WE CAN‟T AFFORD ANY MISTAKES….. YOU REMEMBER THE LAST
TIME WE STOOD UP TO THEM…. WE FOUGHT ONLY… ONE SHIP AND IT NEARLY
DESTROYED US…. AND NOW WE FACE THOUSANDS!!!!
  AND NOW WE HAVE A WEAPON AND A PLAN AND A MUCH LARGER FLEET TO FIGHT
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THEM WITH….. SAID JANEWAY
  ACTUALLY WE HAVE TWO WEAPONS SAID PICARD…. THE KLINGON‟S “D.D.A.” CALLED
THE DIMENSIONAL DISRUPTOR ARRAY…..IT‟S POWERED BY THE WARP ENGINES SO IT
CAN NOT BE USED AT WARP SPEEDS…. BUT IT WAS TESTED EARLIER AND FOUND TO BE
JUST WHAT WE NEED. HOWEVER IT TAKES TIME TO RECHARGE.
  JANEWAY LOOKED AT BOTH MEN AND ANNOUNCED…I JUST CAME FROM TECH
ENGINEERING TEAM AND WAS INFORMED THAT THE GENESIS DEVICE HAS BEEN
INSTALLED AND MADE READY ON AS MANY AS SIXTY SHIPS, WE SHOULD BE READY
WITH THE KLINGON INSTALLATION OF THE D.D.A. WITHIN THE NEXT FEW HOURS.
   GOOD…. IT SOUNDS LIKE WE WILL BE READY SOON….SAID PICARD WITH A SOUND OF
RELIEF IN HIS VOICE….
  MANNING STOOD UP AND SAID… JEAN LUC, KATHRYN…. I‟M HEADING BACK TO MY
SHIP AND CREW…. WE WILL BE READY FOR OUR NEXT MOVE....HE TURNED TO PICARD
AND WITH A STERN LOOK SAID TO HIM….. I‟M NOT HERE TO WATCH DOG YOU IF THAT‟S
WHATS IN THE BACK OF YOUR MIND…. I'VE BEEN OUT OF ACTION FOR A LONG WHILE
AND THIS IS YOUR SHOW…. SO YOU ARE IN COMMAND…. AND I DO FEEL THAT YOU DO
AGREE WITH MY ACTIONS WITH LETTING THE JEM'HADAR AND KANG HAVE THEIR
MOMENT OF GLORY….. THEY DO HAVE A CODE TO HONOR
AND WELL WE DO NEED SOME KIND OF ACTION TO KEEP THE BORG BUSY AND OFF
CENTERED.
  PICARD STOOD UP AND SAID…PETER…. I KNOW… I KNOW…. AND WITH A SMILE
PICARD CONTINUED…. BY THE WAY I WAS GOING TO SUGGEST TO KANG TO DO JUST
THE THING YOU HAD IN MIND, A LITTLE SELF EXPRESSION KLINGON STYLE.
  MANNING SMILED BACK AS HE WENT TO THE DOOR THEN SAID….TILL THEN WITH A
NOD…. JANEWAY STOOD UP AND SAID HER GOOD BY‟S….MANNING TURNED AND LEFT
PICARD‟S READY ROOM.
  JANEWAY THEN ASKED….. OK JEAN LUC…. WHAT‟S OUR NEXT MOVE???.
  PICARD SAT DOWN AND LEANED FORWARD IN HIS CHAIR….LET‟S MOBILIZE THE
FLEET AND AS SOON THE D.D.A‟S ARE READY….THEN WE WILL BE ON OUR WAY.
  JANEWAY BEGAN TO EXIT PICARD'S READY ROOM AT THE DOOR SHE TURNED AND
SAID YOU CAN REACH ME ON DS9, I WILL BE CHOOSING A NEW SHIP, ONE FROM THE
INTREPID CLASS, I ALWAYS LIKED THE INTREPID CLASS SHIPS AND NOW I WANT
ANOTHER ONE, I SAW SEVERAL OF THEM IN THE REAR SECTION OF THE FLEET WHEN WE
MADE OUR APPROACH TO DS9, I WAS TOLD THEY HAVE MINIMAL CREWS …. I THINK I
WILL CALL THIS ONE "VOYAGER II" SHE TURNED TOOK A STEP FORWARD.... THEN DOOR
CLOSED BEHIND HER.

AS TIME APPROACHED THE READY MARK THE FLEET WAS ALL IN A BUZZ AND
EXCITEMENT WAS THICK IN THE AIR…. SHIPS BEGAN TO ASSEMBLE IN SMALL
LINEAR GROUPS RESEMBLING A DASHED LINE ONE BEHIND THE OTHER…. BELOW
THEM ALSO GROUPED IN LINEAR FORMATION UNDER THE FIRST AND SECOND
ROWS WERE THE SMALLER WARP AND CLOAKED CAPABLE CRAFT‟S THAT WOULD
CARRY THE GENESIS DEVICE TO THERE TARGETS…..

PICARD THOUGHT FOR A MOMENT AS HE RECEIVED NEWS THAT THE FLEET WAS
READY…. HE THEN HIT HIS LOG RECORDER….

ADMIRALS LOG: STARDATE: 58300.9:
ALL IS READY…. AND I HAVE A UNSETTLED FEELING…. NERVES BUT CALM…I GUESS
YOU WOULD CALL IT A CONTROLLED ANXIETY…. THE FLEET IS WAITING FOR MY
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ORDER TO PROCEED. I HAVE JUST RECEIVED INCOMING MESSAGE THAT KANG AND THE
JEM'HADAR HAVE ENGAGED THE BORG….. I ONLY HOPE THAT THEY CAN DO WHAT
NEEDS TO BE DONE FOR OUR PURPOSES AND FOR KANG'S SAKE…..THAT OUR ARRIVAL
IS NOT TO LATE.


CHAPTER 9: RETRIBUTION
PICARD LEFT HIS READY ROOM AND ENTERED THE BRIDGE…
THE COMPUTER ANNOUNCED…..ADMIRAL ON THE BRIDGE!
  THE CREW ALL AT ONCE TURNED THERE HEADS TO LOOK UPON PICARD AS HE
WALKED OVER TO THE CAPTAINS CHAIR AND MR. DATA GOT UP AND MOVED FROM THE
CAPTAINS SEAT TO HIS SEAT BESIDE HIM….PICARD STARED BACK WITH A STERN LOOK
AND ASKED…. MR. DATA WHAT'S OUR POSITION???
 SIR. WE ARE STATIONED AT 15.2 DEGREES A BOW TO DS9 AND TWO KILOMETERS 180
DEGREES A STERN TO THE FLEET….RESPONDED MR. DATA.
 HELM WOULD YOU PLEASE REVERSE THE VIEW ON SCREEN…. ASKED PICARD
YES SIR. HELM RESPONDED..
 PICARD AND HIS CREW SAW THE SIDE VIEW OF DS9 BLINK OUT AND THE FLEET APPEAR
ON SCREEN.
 THEY SAW THOUSANDS OF SHIPS OF ALL KINDS….FROM ALL THE STAR SYSTEMS
WITHIN THE FEDERATION, ANDORRAN SHIPS, VULCAN SHIPS AS WELL AS ROMULAN,
CARDASSIAN AND SOME KLINGON SHIPS THAT WERE TO REMAIN WITH THE
FLEET…..FROM THE FEDERATION THERE WERE SOME AMBASSADOR CLASS AND SOME
REFITTED CONSTELLATION CLASS AND PROMETHEUS CLASS SHIPS AND LEADING THE
CHARGE WERE A HUNDREDS ON DEFIANT CLASS SHIPS….THE ROMULAN SHIPS HAD
SOME OF THE LATEST BIRD OF PREY AND THE D‟DERIDX CLASS WARBIRD'S BY THE
HUNDREDS EVEN SOME DRONE SHIPS THAT WILL BE USED FOR THE AUTOMATED
GENESIS DELIVERY SHIPS…..AND THE CARDASSIAN SHIPS INCLUDED THE GALOR CLASS,
THE KELDON CLASS AND MANY DREADNOUGHTS….SEEING THE AUTOMATED SHIPS
UNDER THE FIRST AND SECOND ROW OF THE DEFIANT CLASS SHIPS AND THE ENTIRE
FLEET STANDING BY…PICARD HAD A STRONG FEELING OF RESOLVE COME OVER
HIM….PICARD CALLED TO THE COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER….
   MS. KAUFMAN … WOULD YOU PLEASE GIVE THE WORD…. ALL LEAD SHIPS TO
ACTIVATE THE CLOAKING DEVICES ON THE DRONE SHIPS THEN ALL SHIPS…. ON MY
ORDER TO PROCEED AT FULL IMPULSES POWER UNTIL WE CLEAR BAJORAN SPACE AND
THEN TO PROCEED TO FALCON 795 SECTOR…AT WARP FIVE…..YES SIR SAID MS.
KAUFMAN ….. MR. DATA….READY STATUS WOULD YOU PLEASE ASKED PICARD…..
   THE SHIP IS IN FULL YELLOW ALERT AND AT ONE HUNDRED TEN PERCENT
EFFICIENCY….REPLIED MR. DATA….
   SIR…CALLED MS. KAUFMAN …. THE FLEET IS READY….
 HELM…FORWARD ON THE VIEW SCREEN AND SET A COURSE FOR THE FALCON 795
…..AND STANDBY FOR MY ORDER…. 795 COURSE PLOTTED AND READY…SAID MR.
MARCUS…..MS. KAUFMAN OPEN A CHANEL TO THE FLEET….. CHANEL OPEN SIR….SAID
MS. KAUFMAN
   THIS IS FLEET ADMIRAL JEAN LUC PICARD…..SOON WE WILL ENGAGE THE
BORG….IN A FIGHT FOR OUR VERY EXISTENCE…. A FIGHT THAT WE MUST WIN…..
THE WEAPON‟S WE WILL BE USING WILL NOT BE ENOUGH BY THEMSELVES TO
DEFEAT OUR NEMESES…. WE MUST DO ALL WE CAN AND MORE…. WE MUST APPLY
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OURSELVES IN WAYS THAT WILL EXCEED OUR CAPABILITIES AND
EXPECTATIONS…. I KNOW WHAT'S ON ALL YOUR MINDS….AND IN YOUR
HEARTS…..BECAUSE IT IS ALSO ON MY MIND AND HART AS WELL….. WE ALL HAVE
BEEN AFFECTED BY THE BORG IN SOME WAY OR ANOTHER…. A FRIEND, RELATIVES
OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW HAS BEEN ASSIMILATED ……WE MUST PREVAIL…AT
ALL COST…..WE HAVE LOST SYSTEM AFTER SYSTEM… TENS OF MILLIONS
OF LIVES HAVE BEEN TAKEN….NOW IT IS OUR TIME…. NOW IT IS WE WHO WILL BE
THE AGGRESSOR…. WE WHO WILL BE THE HUNTER AND THEY THE PREY….
NOW IT IS THE TIME FOR…. RETRIBUTION…..

I NOW GIVE THE ORDER TO ALL SHIPS….ENGAGE

CAPTAIN KIRA NERYS STANDING AT A LARGE PORT WINDOW ABOARD DS9 LOCATED
APPROXIMATELY ONE KILOMETER FROM THE FLEET COULD SEE ROWS OF SHIPS….
ALL MOVING IN PERFECT UNION… IN MOTION LIKE ONE GIANT MOSAIC OF
COLOR… PASSING THE BAJORAN PLANET…. THEN SUDDENLY THE LEAD SHIP BURST
INTO WARP WITH A FLASH… WITH THE ENTERPRISE ON IT‟S WAY THE FIRST ROW
OF SHIPS EXPLODES INTO WARP SPEED WITH THE CLOAKED DRONE SHIPS
BELOW…..ONE, TWO, THREE SECONDS LATER THE SECOND ROW BURST INTO
LIVING COLOR OF WARP SIGNATURES… THEN THREE SECONDS LATER THE THIRD
ROW…. AND ON AND ON UNTIL ALL OF THE FLEET SHIPS WITH VOYAGER II AT THE
REAR SUPPORT HAVE SEEM TO EVAPORATE LIKE A CLOUD OF STEAM. THEN ALL
WAS STILL…..THE PLAN WAS TO PREPARE THE ONBOARD GENESIS DEVICE THREE
MINUETS BEFORE ARRIVING TO THE BORG LOCATION. UPON THERE ARRIVAL
MOVE THE CLOAKED DRONE SHIPS TO THEIR PRE-PROGRAMMED COORDINATES
THEN WAIT AND WATCH FOR THE BLAST….

THE KLINGON AND JEM‟HADAR SHIPS WERE THINLY SPREAD ALL AROUND THE
BORG….. THE D.D.A. BLAST WERE EVERY WHERE…..

   WATER SAID TO HER FIRST….. COME ABOUT AND FIRE….. FIRE….. FIRE …..THE
FOUNDERS SHIP CIRCLED A BORG SPHERE AND WITH A BARRAGE OF BLASTS FIRED IT‟S
GUNS OVER AND OVER AND SEEM TO HAVE NO EFFECT ON THE SPHERE…. THEN SHE
FIRED HER KLINGON ASSEMBLED D.D.A. CANON…. WITH A BLAST OF ENERGY THE
SPHERE EXPLODED APART….
  AS THE QUEEN WATCHED ON HER VIEW SCREEN…. SHE GAVE THE ORDER TO APPLY A
WIDE SPREAD TRACTOR BEAMS AND HOLDING ARRAYS IN ALL DIRECTIONS…
  KANG TURNED IN HIS SEAT TO LOOK ON HIS VIEW SCREEN… HE COULD SEE SPACE
LITTERED WITH BORG, KLINGON AND JEM‟HADAR DEBRIS FROM DESTROYED SHIPS….
UNFORTUNATELY MOST OF THE DEBRIS WERE KLINGON AND JEM‟HADAR… THE
BATTLE WAS NOT GOING AS WELL AS HE HAD EXPECTED…. THE BORG HAD ADAPTED….
THERE TRACTOR BEAMS AND HOLDING ARRAYS WERE A FORCE THAT WAS NOT
ANTICIPATED OR COULD BE RECKONED WITH….

PUT DOWN YOU SHIELDS…..GIVE IN TO US…..AND PERFECTION
SHALL BE YOURS….YOUR RESISTANCE IS FUTILE…YOUR
WEAPONS ARE INEFFECTUAL….
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  WATER TURNED TO HER COMM. OFFICER AND SAID….TURN THAT OFF…..THE VERY
SOUND OF THEM OFFENDS ME….THEN SHE SAW FLASHES OF WARP FIELDS APPEAR…

  LORD….CALLED THE COMM. OFFICER…… SPEAK REPLIED KANG….. THE FEDERATION
FLEET HAS ARRIVED…..LET‟S SEE… SAID KANG
   THE KLINGON CHANCELLOR TURNED ON HIS COMMAND CHAIR TO HIS VIEW HIS
SECONDARY VIEW SCREEN TO SEE THOUSANDS OF SHIPS COMING OUT OF WARP…..
   LORD I HAVE THE FEDERATION LEADER ON A SECURE CHANEL…ylHotlh [PUT HIM ON
SCREEN]….SAID KANG
   PICARD'S FACE FILLED THE VIEW SCREEN…. AND THEN HE SPOKE……KANG WHAT'S
YOUR STATUS??? ASKED PICARD….
   WE LIVE!!!... BUT THE BORG HAVE ADAPTED… IF YOU PLAN TO GET YOUR HANDS
BLOODIED…..I SUGGEST THAT NOW WOULD BE A GOOD TIME…
   THEN HIS SCREEN SPLIT INTO TWO SCREENS WITH THE FOUNDER CALLED WATER….
    WE HAVE TAKEN A HEAVY CASUALTY‟S…..AND WE ARE READY TO FALL BACK FOR
YOUR INTERVENTION..SAID WATER….KANG LOOKED AT PICARD AND NODDED…
  WELL THEN YOU BOTH DID YOUR JOBS….. THE DEVICE COUNT DOWN HAD BEGUN AND
IT‟S NOW…TWO MINUETS TO ZERO….NOW GET THE HELL OUT OF THERE…SAID
PICARD…

THE QUEEN SAW THE FEDERATION FLEET APPEAR AND THEN WATCH THE KLINGON
AND JEM‟HADAR SHIPS PULL BACK TO THERE COMMRADES….
DON’T LET THEM GO SHE SAID…. TRACTOR BEAMS WENT IN ALL
DIRECTIONS…BUT EACH TIME A BEAM LOCKED ON A SHIP…..THE BORG SHIP FELT THE
POWER OF THE D.D.A. CANNON……

PICARD WATCHED THE VIEW SCREEN AND SAW KLINGON AND JEM‟HADAR SHIPS
FIGHTING FOR THEIR LIVES AS THEY APPROCHED THE FLEET….PICARD SPOKE SOFTLY
TO HIMSELF AND SAID….”I SEE IN MYSELF, AN UNSTRAINED SIGHT OR SPECTECAL MADE BY THE
MERCY OF GOD… AND I HAVE GONE OUT OF MYSELF INTO A MORTAL BODY…..AND I AM NOT NOW WHAT
I WAS BEFORE….. BUT WAS BEGOTTEN IN MIND”
HIS EYES CLOSED AND WITH HIS LIPS PRESSED TIGHTLY HE TOOK A DEEP BREATH.

   ADMIRAL….CALLED DATA…. YES…MR. DATA……SAID PICARD AS HIS EYES OPENED
AND HE TURNED TO FACE HIS FIRST OFFICER……ANALYZING BORG
COMMUNICATIONS…THE QUEENS PERSONAL CODED LANGUAGE OF THREE
DIMENSIONAL VECTOR ANAGRAMS……THE BORG SHIPS SIR…..THEY ARE PREPARING
TO DISPERSE….. PICARD LOOKED AT DATA THEN THOUGHT FOR A MOMENT….
   SO THAT’S IT….THEY WERE WAITING FOR US TO ARRIVE IN A MASSIVE
CONGREGATION…. THEY KNEW THAT WE WOULD BE GROUPED IN ONE FORCE THEN
THEY WOULD DISPERSE IN ALL DIRECTIONS… THEY HAD ANTICIPATED OUR THREE
DIMENSIONAL THINKING…SHE KNEW WHAT WE WOULD DO…… CHECKMATE!!!!...
THEY PLAN TO ASSIMILATE SYSTEMS. WHILE ALL THE TIME KNOWING WHERE WE
ARE…..AND TO PURSUE THEM WE WOULD
BE FORCED TO DISPERSE AND BE DEFICIENT IN STRENGTH…. WE THEN WE WOULD BE
NO MATCH FOR THEM…..HOW MUCH TIME DO WE HAVE…MR. DATA
  I BELIEVE WE ONLY HAVE MOMENTS SIR….HE REPLIED!!!
  TO ALL LEAD SHIPS….ENGAGE THE CLOAKED DRONE SHIP‟S …DO IT NOW!!!

THE LEAD SHIPS ENGAGED THE DRONE‟S IMPULSE ENGINE‟S AT MAXIMUM
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SPEEDS…. THE CLOAKED DRONE SHIPS BEGAN TO MOVE INTO THERE PRE-
PROGRAMMED PERIMETER POSITIONS LOCATED OUTSIDE OF THE BORG‟S MAIN
FORMATION, CIRCLING THEM, SURROUNDING THEM FOR A MAXIMUM
DESTRUCTIVE YIELD.

THE QUEEN MOVED HER HEAD FROM SIDE TO SIDE….AND THOUGHT ….WHY DON‟T
THEY ATTACK…WHY ARE THEY JUST STANDING THERE…..SHE WATCHED AS THE
KLINGON AND JEM‟HADAR SHIPS PULLED AWAY…. BEFORE WE DISPERSE WE NEED
THEM ON THE OFFENSIVE…..THE QUEEN ORDERED A SQUAD OF BORG SHIPS TO ENGAGE
THE FLEET…..THEN SHE BEGAN TO NOTICE WITHIN THE STAR FIELD RIPPLES MOVING IN
SPOTS ALL AROUND HER FORMATION….THE RIPPLES WERE SO SLIGHT AND INDISCERNIBLE
THAT HER SHIPS SENSORS COULD NOT DETECT THEM…BUT SHE IS OF ONE MIND BUT IN
MANY PLACES….SHE IS ON EACH SHIP AND SEE’S COLLECTIVELY….AS SHE VIEWED THE
STAR FIELD FROM EACH SHIP, HER COLLECTIVE VIEW WAS MULTIPLE DIMENSIONAL AND
SHE COULD DISCERN THE RIPPLING OF THE STAR FIELD……WHERE HAVE I SEE THIS
BEFORE…SHE THOUGHT…..OH..YES….SHE ORDERED SOME SHIPS TO INVESTIGATE…..

   PIqarD [PICARD] WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR…..SHOUTED KANG!!!!....THE STO-
VO-KOR AND TWENTY ONE OF HER REAMING SHIPS APPROACHED THE FLEET WHEN
THEY NOTICED A SQUAD OF BORG SHIPS HOT ON THERE TRAIL….
THE JEM‟HADAR SHIPS HAD FALLEN IN LINE JUST NEAR THE FLEET AND WAS HOLDING
THERE WHEN THE BORG SHIPS CAUGHT UP TO THE REAR SECTION OF KLINGON
SHIPS….THE STO-VO-KOR TURNED TO FACE THE BORG…THIRTY FEDERATION FLEET
SHIPS JOINED IN WITH THE KLINGONS AND ENGAGED THE BORG….AS THE SHIPS
CRISSCROSSED EACH OTHER AND BORG TRACTOR BEAMS WERE DEPLOYED THE FLEET
SHIPS DID THERE BEST TO AVOID THOSE BEAMS AND STRUGGLED TO HOLD THEIR
OWN….
  PICARD STANDING IN FRONT OF HIS VIEW SCREEN GAVE ORDERS….TO THE FLEET….
HOLD YOU POSITIONS…. ENGAGE THE BORG AS THEY COME TO YOU….
   ADMIRAL CALLED MR. DATA….PICARD TURNED TO FACE HIM AND ASKED…. IS ALL
IN READINESS….MR. DATA…. YES SIR…THE DRONES ARE IN POSITION….SAID MR.
DATA….GOOD…SOUND THE FINAL COUNT DOWN….SAID PICARD….SIR…..THERE ARE A
NUMBER OF BORG SHIPS CLOSING IN ON THE DRONES….MAYBE THEY ARE PICKING UP
THERE TACHYON EMISSIONS…SAID DATA….HIMM… DO YOU THINK THEY CAN SEE
THEM MR. DATA….NOT SURE AT THIS TIME….IT WOULD TAKE SOME TIME FOR THEM TO
LOCK ON, HOWEVER THE COUNT DOWN IS IN IT‟S ONE MINUTE PHASE….THEN PICARD
SAID….GOOD LET‟S HEAR IT ON AUDIO…

THE SHIPS SPEAKER SYSTEM CAME ON AND SOUNDED……ONE MINUTE,…. TWO
SECONDS……ONE MINUTE…..AS THE COUNT DOWN WENT ON THE BORG SHIPS
MAINTAINED THERE ATTACK OF THE FLEET..

THE JEM‟HADAR SHIPS WERE HOLDING THERE POSITIONS AS THE KLINGON AND THE
FLEET SHIPS TOOK A BEATING…..

  CAPTAIN RILEY…..WE ARE BOARDED….RILEY TURNED IN HER COMM. CHAIR AND
SHOUTED PREPARE FOR HAND TO HAND….GREEN BORG TRANSPORTER FIELDS
APPEARED ALL OVER THE SHIP….THE CREW BEGAN TO FIGHT BACK….THEN KLINGON
TRANSPORTER FIELDS APPEARED…..THE BATTLE ABOARD THE FEDERATION STAR SHIP

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THE DAKOTA WAS FAST AND BLOODY…..
CAPTAIN LINDA RILEY JUMPED OUT OF HER COMM. CHAIR TO FIGHT HAND TO HAND
WITH THE NEAREST BORG DRONE….SHE LIFTED HER LEFT ARM UP HIGH TO BLOCK THE
BORG'S TENTACLE ARM THEN WITH A STRONG RIGHT HAND PUNCH TO THE BORG'S MID
SECTION FORCING THE BORG TO BEND FORWARD, THEN WITH HER LEFT HAND BEHIND
IT‟S HEAD SHE TWISTED TO HER RIGHT AND PULLED HIM OVER HER LEFT HIP
THROWING THE BORG TO THE GROUND BREAKING IT‟S BACK…...NUMBER
ONE…BEHIND YOU SHE SHOUTED….FIRST OFFICER MR. JOON LEE TURNED AROUND
JUST IN TIME TO GIVE THE BORG A FRONT THROUGH HART KICK WITH HIS HEEL TO THE
BORG'S CHEST WITH ENOUGH FORCE TO NOCK THE BORG OFF IT‟S FEET…..THE TURBO-
LIFT DOORS OPENED AND A GROUP OF KLINGONS ENTERED….THE COMPUTER WAS IN A
COUNT DOWN…..FOURTY FIVE SECONDS…….FOURTY SECONDS……RILEY HIT
HER COM BADGE….ENGINEERING…..ARE WE READY….SHE GOT NO REPLY…..THE HELM
OFFICER GOT UP OFF THE FLOOR AND QUICKLY SEATED HIM SELF IN HIS HELM
CHAIR….TURNED TO SAY THANKS TO THE KLINGON WHO PULLED THE BORG OFF OF
HIM….CAPTAIN….WE HAVE SHIELDS…..THE DAKOTA‟S SHIELDS CAME ON LINE
STOPPING ANY MORE BORG FROM BEAMING ON BOARD….. THIS IS ENGINEERING TO
THE CAPTAIN…..ALL CLEAR HERE…..WE HAVE IMPULSE… AND WARP…SHIELDS ARE
HOLDING AT SIXTY PERCENT AND THE D.D.A. IS ON LINE…..CAPTAIN RILEY TURNED TO
HER GUNNER AND SAID FIRE THE D.D.A. AT THAT BORG SHIP….NOW MR.….
THE DAKOTA FIRED……THE BORG SHIP WAS HIT WITH A BLAST THEN EXPLODED
APART….THE DAKOTA SHOOK AND WAS KNOCKED TO ITS PORT SIDE……
TWENTY SECONDS,…EIGHTEEN SECONDS….
  PICARD STILL STANDING IN FRONT OF HIS VIEW SCREEN WATCHED AS THE BORG
SHIPS NEARING HIS POSITION BEGAN TO FIRE ON THE ENTERPRISE…..NINETEEN
SECONDS, SEVENTEEN SECONDS… TO ALL SHIPS PREPARE FOR WARP… ON MY
SIGNAL…..TEN,…NINE,…EIGHT,…SEVEN,…SIX,…FIVE,…..NOW!!
  THE QUEEN WATCHING THE BATTLE SAW SOMETHING STRANGE….THE FLEET WAS
FLEEING….THE SHIPS WENT IN ALL DIRECTIONS….THIS WAS UNEXPECTED…..WE WERE
TO DO THIS….AND THEY WERE TO SPLIT UP AND FOLLOW….THEN SMALL SHIPS
SURROUNDING HER FORMATION BEGAN TO APPEAR FOUR,…THREE ….SHE
RECEIVED INFORMATION REGARDING A STRANGE ENERGY FIELD FORMING AND
EMANATING FROM THOSE SHIPS…..SHE THOUGHT….. DE-CLOAKING
SHIPS…..SURROUNDING HER AT THESE PRECISE QUADRANTS….NOW THIS STRANGE
ENERGY FIELD…..GET OUT…..ALL SHIPS TO PRE-PROGRAMMED
COORDINATES AT MAXIMUM WARP……..            IT WAS TO LATE…..

  AS THE ENTERPRISE MOVING AT WARP TWO PULLED AWAY WITH ITS REAR VIEW ON
SCREEN, PICARD WATCHED THE BORG…..THEN DATA SAID…THE BORG SIR…..THERE
WARP DRIVES HAVE COME ONLINE….TWO….ONE…..

PICARD AS WELL AS THE BRIDGE CREW LIFTED THERE ARMS TO COVER THEIR EYES AS
A MASSIVE BLINDING LIGHT FILLED THE VIEW SCREEN……THEN JEAN-LUC PICARD
QUICKLY PUT HIS HANDS OVER HIS EARS, BENT HIS HEAD BACK, HIS FACE TWISTED IN A
GRIMACE FULL OF PAIN, HIS KNEE'S BENT FORWARD AS HIS SHOULDERS WENT
BACKWARD…..HE SCREAMED
TO THE FLOOR WENT PICARD….ADMIRAL CALLED MR. DATA…..DATA HIT HIS COM
BADGE…..HE BENT DOWN ON ONE KNEE AS HE CALLED…MEDIC TO THE BRIDGE….. I
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SAY AGAIN MEDIC TO THE BRIDGE…THE ADMIRAL IS DOWN….

  THE FLEET SHIPS ALL MOVED TO A SAFE DISTANCE AND WATCHED THE EXPLOSION
OF A MAGNITUDE NEVER BEFORE SEEN IN SUCH BRILLIANT COLOR AND VIBRANCY.

  KANG….WITH HIS EYES LIKE SLITS SAID…..ghuy….[DAMN]…..HAVE ALL OUR SHIPS
CLEARED THAT EXPLOSION….ASKED KANG…..HIja…[YES] LORD SAID THE HELM
OFFICER….KANG ASKED…SCIENCE OFFICER….SPEAK…TELL ME WHAT YOU SEE….THE
SCIENCE OFFICER THEN SAID…LORD …I SEE GREAT POWER,….POWER FOR EVIL OR
FOR GOOD….SENSORS SAY….MATER IS….. REGENERATING….CHANGING….FORMING
INTO GASES AND SOLIDS….NO BORG SIGNATURES CAN BE FOUND WITHIN…..
  WELL….THE HUMANS HAVE DONE WHAT THEY HAVE SAID THEY WOULD……KANG
SAT BACK IN HIS CHAIR HIS RIGHT ELBOW ON THE ARM OF THE CHAIR AND HIS RIGHT
HAND BRUSHING HIS BEARD, AS HE THOUGHT….

  JANEWAY LOOKED ON WITH GREAT SATISFACTION……. SHE MUTTERED UNDER HER
BREATH….TAKE THAT YOU BITCH!!! CHAKOTAY TURNED TO JANEWAY AND ASKED…DID YOU
SAY SOMETHING ADMIRAL????...JANEWAY GOT UP AND SAID YOU HAVE THE BRIDGE
CAPTAIN…..CONTACT THE ENTERPRISE AND COORDINATE MANEUVERS TO MAKE SURE
THOSE REMAINING BORG SHIPS DO NOT GET AWAY….. I WILL BE IN YOUR READY
ROOM….JANEWAY THEN LEFT THE BRIDGE.
CHAKOTAY TURNED TO HIS COMM. OFFICER AND REQUESTED AN OPEN CHANEL TO
ENTERPRISE……SIR. CHANEL OPEN ON THREE ..SIR…..THANK YOU MR. HODEL….
  ENTERPRISE….THIS IS CAPTAIN CHAKOTAY….PLEASE COORDINATE MANEUVER
COORDINATES WITH VOYAGER II….DO YOU COPY THAT…..SAID CHAKOTAY…
 THIS IS ENTERPRISE….ACTING CAPTAIN DATA…..ADMIRAL PICARD IS DOWN….SOME
KIND OF MALADY HAS AFFLICTED HIM….WE ARE RETURNING TO DS9
YOU ARE ORDERED TO COORDINATE DESTRUCTION OR CAPTURE OF THE REMAINING
BORG SHIPS AND IN NO WAY SHALL YOU ALLOW ANY SHIP TO BE ASSIMILATED…IS
THIS CLEAR CAPTAIN…SAID CAPTAIN DATA…..THIS IS CLEAR CAPTAIN….THE ORDER
CAME FROM ADMIRAL PICARD I PRESUME….ASKED CHAKOTAY…..AFFIRMATIVE
REPLIED MR. DATA…..THE ADMIRAL HAD ORDER ME TO CONVEY THESE ORDERS TO THE
FLEET DURING OUR JOURNEY FROM DS9….SAID MR. DATA…ENTERPRISE…PLEASE
HOLD YOUR POSITION…..I MUST CONFER WITH ADMIRAL JANEWAY….PLEASE HOLD.
COMM. KEEP ENTERPRISE ON HOLD….THE ADMIRAL MIGHT WISH TO COMMUNICATE
WITH HER….SAID CHAKOTAY….AY, AY SIR…MR. HODEL REPLIED.
CHAKOTAY LEFT HIS COMMAND CHAIR AND WALKED OVER TO HIS READY ROOM AND
ENTERED…..ADMIRAL…..PICARD IS DOWN…THEY DO NOT KNOW WHAT'S WRONG WITH
HIM…..VOYAGER II HAS BEEN ORDERED TO COORDINATE EFFORTS WITH THE FLEET TO
DESTROY OR CAPTURE ANY REMAINING BORG SHIPS AND AVOID BEING ASSIMILATED
AT ALL COST…..SAID CHAKOTAY
 JANEWAY STOOD UP AND ASKED???…WHERE IS ENTERPRISE….SHE IS STANDING
BY…..REPLIED CHAKOTAY……I‟M GOING OVER TO ENTERPRISE TO SEE HIM….ASK
ADMIRAL SPOCK TO JOIN ME……SAID JANEWAY….AY, AY ADMIRAL REPLIED
CHAKOTAY…..CAPTAIN CHAKOTAY LEFT HIS READY ROOM TO RETURN TO HIS
COMMAND CHAIR……ENTERPRISE….THIS IS CAPTAIN CHAKOTAY….STAND BY FOR A
BOARDING PARTY….ADMIRALS JANEWAY AND SPOCK WILL BE COMING OVER.
VOYAGER II WILL REMAIN WITH THE FLEET…DO YOU COPY….SAID CHAKOTAY
AFFIRMATIVE….ENTERPRISE IS STANDING BY….ENTERPRISE OUT…..REPLIED MR.
DATA…..CHAKOTAY SAT DOWN INTO HIS COMMAND CHAIR AND SAID….NUMBER ONE
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PLEASE CONTACT THE FLEET FOR A COORDINATED MOP-UP OF THE REAMING BORG
SHIPS…..AY, AY SIR SAID MR. PARIS

  CAPTAIN RIKER…..A BORG SHIP FIFTY TWO DEGREES AFT PORT SIDE…..RIKER
TURNED IN HIS CHAIR….FIRE TORPEDO BAYS FOUR AND FIVE, FULL SPREAD….IS THE
D.D.A. READY…ASKED RIKER….. NOT YET SIR. SAID MR. ANDREWS…..COME HARD
ABOUT SAID RIKER…..MR. TUVOK TURNED TO THE CAPTAIN AND SAID THE SPEAR IS IN
TROUBLE SIR….SHE IS BEING HELD DOWN….TWO TRACTOR BEAMS HAVE HER….SHE‟S
AT TWENTY PERCENT SHIELDS….CORRECTION FIFTEEN PERCENT AND FALLING
FAST….ANDREWS….IS THAT D.D.A. READY YET….CALLED RIKER…..NO SIR STILL NOT
READY…..HELM….COME ABOUT FULL BOW WITH THAT BORG SHIP…..GUNNER….FIRE
ALL TUBES….FIRE ALL PHASER BANKS……
   THE SPEAR HELD DOWN BY BORG TRACTOR BEAMS WAS BOMBARDED BY BORG
PHASER DISRUPTERS AND PLASMA TORPEDO'S….HER SHIELDS FAILING WHEN
SUDDENLY A BARRAGE OF BLASTS HIT THE BORG SHIP…ALL COMING FROM THE
TITAN…..THE BLAST WERE SO INTENSE THAT THE TRACTOR BEAMS BROKE AND THE
SPEAR FELL BACKWARD…..SIR THE D.D.A. IS ON LINE SHOUTED MR. ANDREWS….HELM
CALLED RIKER…FORTY FIVE DEGREES AFT….RIKER TURNED TO HIS GUNNER AND WITH
A VERY LARGE SMILE….SAID MS. DIAZ WOULD YOU PLEASE FIRE THE D.D.A. ….
   COMMANDER KROLL, SITTING ON THE EDGE OF HIS COMMAND CHAIR WATCHED THE
BORG SHIP THAT HELD HIS SHIP SUDDENLY BLOW APART….THE SPEAR SHUDDERED
AND WAS KNOCKED TO ITS SIDE…… ENGINEERING….DAMAGE REPORT
SHOUTED KROLL…..SHIELDS DOWN TO TWO PERCENT, WARP AND IMPULSE DOWN, THE
D.D.A. IS SLOWLY CHARGING…..ALL WEAPONS DOWN….
   WELL…..SITTING HERE LIKE THIS IS WHAT I ALWAYS NEVER WANTED…I FEEL
NAKED…..ENGINEERING PLEASE TELL ME SOME GOOD NEWS…..JUST THEN THE SPEAR
AGAIN WAS FIRMLY HELD IN A TRACTOR BEAM…..KROLL SAID NO NOT
AGAIN….COMMANDER….WE ARE BEING PULLED OUT OF THE FIRING FIELD…..THE
TITAN HAS HER TRACTOR BEAMS ON US…..
    RIKER…..I AM REALLY BEGINNING TO LIKE THAT HUMAN…..COMMANDER I HAVE
THE HUMAN CAPTAIN ON CHANEL THREE….SAID THE COMM. OFFICER….PUT HIM ON
SCREEN SAID KROLL…..
THE SCREEN JUMPED AND RIKERS BIG FACE AND BIG SMILE GREETED KROLL…
    WELL THAT WAS CLOSE SAID RIKER…..YES…IT WAS.....REPLIED KROLL…..BUT SOME
HOW I KNEW YOU WOULD NOT LET DOWN YOUR OLD FRIEND…CONTINUED
KROLL…..RIKER THEN SAID….COMMANDER SIT BACK AND ENJOY THE RIDE….

SPACE IS A COLD PLACE TO DIE……THE REMAINING BORG SHIPS BEGAN TO FALL
BACK THERE NUMBERS HAVE BEEN CUT BACK NINETY SEVEN PERCENT…..WITH A
LOSS THAT GREAT CONFUSION SET IN..THEY HAD TO FALL BACK…..TRANSWARP
CONDUITS BEGAN TO OPEN EVERYWHERE….THE BORG DID THERE BEST TO FLEE
BUT THE END THAT WAS......NOW WAS INEVITABLE.

ONE BORG SHIP HAD MOVED OUT OF RANGE OF ANY FLEET SHIPS, THEN CAME TO A
STAND STILL. THE SHIP DID A COMPLETE SHUT-DOWN OF ALL IT‟S ENGINES AND
ANY LIFE SUPPORTS OR COMPUTER FUNCTIONS, IT ACTED DEAD. THE QUEEN
NESTED WITHIN A SPHERE RESEMBLING A BALL CUT IN HALF AND SHE WAS
ATTACHED TO THE INSTRUMENTATION WITHIN THIS SPHERE AT HER WAIST. SHE
MOVED ABOUT THE INSIDE LIKE A SPIDER., HER HIVE MIND WAS VERY BUSY WITH
THOUGHTS……
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THIS WEAPON THEY USED ON US…..MUST KNOW WHAT IT IS…..SHE WAITED UNTIL FLEET
ACTIVITY CAME TO A MINIMAL….THEN SHE ACTIVATED THE SHIPS SENSORS...
LOCUTUS DID NOT RESPOND AS WE ANTICIPATED…..APPARENTLY HIS PLANS WERE…YES OF
COURSE….HE DID DO EXACTLY AS LOCUTUS WOULD….JUST USED DIFFERENT MEANS…..WE
HAD EXPECTED HE WOULD ATTACK FIRST….THINKING TO THROW US OFF….SO WE WAITED
FOR HIS ATTACK SO WE COULD THROW HIM OFF…..BY A SHIP WIDE DISPERSAL….WE
WOULD GO IN ALL DIRECTIONS AND START OUR ASSIMILATION OF THIS QUADRANT….BUT
LOCUTUS ATTACK WAS IN A DIFFERENT NATURE….HIS ATTACK WAS PASSIVE…..YES THE
CLOAKED SHIPS WITH THEIR STRANGE
ENERGY FIELD THAT …YES….ENERGY WAS EXPANDING….GROWING….FORMING….
EMANATING A PARTICULAR WAVE LENGTH….RIPPING OF SPACE…..THEN THE
EXPLOSION…..NOW WE SEE STRANGE DEBRIS….PLANETOIDS…..AND SOMETHING
FORMING….GASSES NEBULAR CLOUD…SENSORS SHOW A POWERFUL MAGNETIC FIELD
WITHIN THE FORMING NEBULAR…CONDENSING THE CLOUD……A STAR IS BORN…
SO THAT‟S IT!!!!…. “Q”…..JUST SOME FARMING TOOLS…A MODIFIED PICK AND
SHOVEL THEY COULD USE FOR A BETTER WAY TO TERRAFORM… …SO “Q”
WHAT DID YOU DO….WHAT WERE YOU THINKING…..YOU GAVE THEM A WEAPON
THEY WILL USE ON EACH OTHER…..”I GAVE THEM NOTHING THAT THEY DIDN'T
ALREADY HAVE”….ANSWERED THE “Q”….THE QUEEN LOOKED UP TO SEE THE “Q”
HIS FACE ON HER VIEW SCREEN….ALL I NEED TO DO IS ASSIMILATE ONE OF THEIR
SHIPS…AND WE TOO WILL HAVE THIS WEAPON…..WE SHALL MODIFY IT TO SERVE OUR
NEEDS…IT‟S MATRIX WILL ASSIMILATE RATHER THAN KILL…SAID THE QUEEN WITH A
TWISTED SMILE….”Q”….LOOKED AT HER WITH A FROWN ON HIS FACE….NOW, NOW
LITTLE MISSY….DON‟T GET SO SNOBBY WITH ME…YOU KNOW HOW I FEEL ABOUT
THAT….REMEMBER THE LAST TIME YOU GOT HUFFY WITH ME…..YOU LOST EIGHT STAR
SYSTEMS….THE HUMANS ARE MY PETS…YOU MESS WITH THEM….YOU MESS WITH
ME…..GOT IT..SAID THE “Q”
WITH AN EVEN BIGGER SMILE ON HIS FACE…..WE HAD A DEAL….YOU WERE NOT TO
INTERFERE….YOU CAN HAVE THE HUMANS….THE REST WE WILL TAKE….SO STAY
CLEAR OR…..OR WHAT!!!......THE SHIP SHOOK…THE ALARMS SOUNDED….THE
QUEEN WAS ALARMED…..THEIR WAS ONLY ONE VERY LARGE EYE ON HER VIEW
SCREEN….THE QUEEN LEANED BACK IN HER SPHERE….THEN HER FACE SOFTENED AS
SHE SAID…OH VERY WELL…MAYBE I WAS A LITTLE FORWARD WITH YOU….SO DO YOU
PROMISE ME….YOU WILL LET US HAVE JUST A LITTLE BIT…LET‟S SAY A PIECE
OF THEM….WE HAVE OUR NEEDS AS WELL….YOU KNOW…THE “Q”S FACE REAPPEARED
ON HER VIEW SCREEN……NOW THAT‟S BETTER….YOU SEE YOU CAN BE VERY
PLEASING….JUST A PIECE…AS VERY SMALL PIECE…JUST ENOUGH FOR YOUR
NEEDS….YOU KNOW….SAID THE “Q”…. BLINK!...HE WAS GONE
THE BORG SHIP POWERED UP THEIR ENGINES…THE SHIP CAME TO LIFE….THEN WITH A
FLASH AT MAXIMUM WARP IT LEFT…..MOMENTS LATER A TRANSWARP CONDUIT
OPENED AND THE BORG SHIP WAS GONE.

ON THE ENTERPRISE ACTING CAPTAIN DATA REQUESTED AN OPEN CHANEL TO THE
FLEET……
  THIS IS ACTING CAPTAIN DATA….ADMIRAL PICARD HAS ISSUED THE FOLLOWING
ORDERS…YOU ARE TO COORDINATE DESTRUCTION OR CAPTURE OF THE
REMAINING BORG SHIPS AND IN NO WAY SHALL YOU ALLOW ANY SHIP TO BE
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ASSIMILATED… PLEASE CONFIRM YOUR IMMEDIATE COMPLIANCE…OUR
CHANNELS REMAIN OPEN…..CAPTAIN DATA OUT…..

    COMMANDER BEVERLY CRUSHER WAS HOLDING PICARD‟S HAND WITH A WORRIED
LOOK ON HER FACE….AFTER GIVING HIM A HEAVY SEDATIVE TO CALM HIM DOWN HE
WAS STILL TWITCHING AND HIS FACE…..HIS FACE SHOWED…..PAIN
    TAYLOR…..CALL ME IF HE GET WORSE OR IF HE WAKES UP I‟LL BE IN MY
OFFICE…SAID BEVERLY…YES DOCTOR…REPLIED THE MEDIC…..
     CRUSHER SAT DOWN IN HER CHAIR AND HIT HER COMM. BUTTON….MR. DATA THIS
IS CRUSHER….. THE ADMIRAL IS STILL OUT….WILL KEEP YOU INFORM…..DATA THEN
REPLIED…. THANK YOU DOCTOR….. ADMIRAL‟S JANEWAY AND SPOCK WILL SOON BE
COMING ON BOARD TO SEE THE ADMIRAL….WILL THIS BE SATISFACTORY
WITH YOU….. YES, BUT I GAVE HIM A HEAVY SEDATIVE THIS IS THE THIRD TIME ….AND
I‟M NOT SURE WHEN HE WILL REVIVE AGAIN, BUT LET ME KNOW WHEN THEY ARRIVE, I
WILL GREET THEM….SAID CRUSHER….VERY WELL REPLIED DATA.
  CRUSHER SAT BACK IN HER CHAIR…..AND BEGAN TO ANALYZE THE SITUATION…
GENESIS EXPLODES….JEAN LUC GOES INTO TRAUMA…..HE’S IN A LOT OF PAIN…BUT NOT
PHYSICALLY….MENTALLY….HE’S IN MENTAL TURMOIL…..MENTAL….MENTAL, COULD THIS
HAVE SOMETHING TO DO WITH….HIS REMAINING BORG IMPLANTS….DID HE FEEL THEIR….
  SUDDENLY HER COMM. SOUNDED……THIS IS CRUSHER…..GREETING‟S GOOD
DOCTOR…THIS IS JANEWAY….HOW IS PICARD DOING…SHE ASKED…..WHERE ARE YOU,
I WOULD RATHER SPEAK FACE TO FACE…REPLIED CRUSHER….ON BOARD ENTERPRISE,
IN THE ADMIRALS READY ROOM WITH MR. SPOCK AND A VERY CONCERNED MRS.
RIKER….SAID JANEWAY…..OK I‟M ON MY WAY…REPLIED CRUSHER…

CHAPTER 10: VISIONS
DIANA SAT ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF PICARD'S COUCH WITH JANEWAY ON THE LEFT
SIDE….SPOCK STOOD NEXT TO JANEWAY'S LEFT SIDE NEAR THE COUCH…..
   I HAD HEARD THAT HE FELL ILL JUST AS THE EXPLOSION HAD OCCURRED….SAID
DIANA…. YES…MOST STRANGE….I WONDER WHAT CONNECTION HE HAS WITH THE
EVENTS THAT HAD UNFOLDED….SAID SPOCK….WELL WHATEVER OR WHOEVER IS
RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS, I HAVE MY SUSPICIONS….SO TO SPEAK….I THINK THE BORG
QUEEN HAD SOMETHING TO DO WITH THIS….. I‟VE DEALT WITH HER BEFORE….AND SHE
HAS NO COMPASSION….NO SENSE OF MORAL STRUCTURE…..SAID JANEWAY…..BUT
HOW….SHE AND HE WERE NOT CONNECTED…I MEAN HE WAS NO LONGER PART OF THE
COLLECTIVE…..SAID DIANA…..YES…BUT WE DID CAPTURE HER AND HE WAS EXPOSED
TO HER IN SOME WAY….SAID JANEWAY…..SPOCK NODDED AND SAID…PERHAPS
DURING HER CAPTURED TENURE, SOME OF HER NANO BIO STRUCTURE HAD
COMPROMISED PICARD‟S PHYSIOLOGY….AND…
  JUST THEN THE DOOR SOUNDED…..COME SAID JANEWAY….THE DOOR OPENED AND
CRUSHER WALKED IN WITH MR. DATA…..
  ADMIRAL‟S…SAID DATA….I WILL BE ATTENDING MY DUTIES….IF YOU NEED ME I
WILL BE ON THE BRIDGE…THEN HE TURNED AND LEFT THE READY ROOM.
  CRUSHER NODDED TO DATA AS HE LEFT THEN TURNED TO SEE ALL EYES ON HER
WITH QUESTIONS IN THEM…STRANGELY….SO DID THE EYES OF MR. SPOCK…..
  CRUSHER WALKED UP TO HIM AND SAID…..I HAVE HIM UNDER A HEAVY
SEDATIVE…..I DO NOT LIKE KEEPING HIM UNDER LIKE THIS…..HE HAS AWOKE TWICE
WITH NO CHANGE….STILL SCREAMING AND WITH CONTORTIONS…..HE IS NOT

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SUFFERING FROM ANY PHYSICAL INJURIES NON THAT I CAN FIND…..THE STATE HE‟S IN
IS ONE OF MENTAL AGONY…..HE SEEMS TO BE CAUGHT IN SOME KIND OF NIGHTMARE
FROM WHICH HE CAN‟T AWAKE.
  DID HE HAVE ANY CONTACT WITH THE QUEEN WHILE SHE WAS HERE…ASKED
JANEWAY…..CRUSHER TURNED TO JANEWAY AND REPLIED….NON THAT WOULD IMPLY
MENTAL OR CONSCIENCE CONNECTIONS….HER ABILITY TO INFEST HER NANO BIO
STRUCTURE WAS INHIBITED AND HER CONNECTION TO THE HIVE COLLECTIVE WAS
TERMINATED…..DIANA SAT QUIETLY AND LISTENED AS SPOCK BEGAN TO
SPEAK…..THEIR WAS AN INCIDENT IN ONE OF YOUR LABS INVOLVING THE PURGE OF
BORG NANOPROBES FROM THE DEMISED QUEEN….WAS HE IN ANY CONTACT
THEN?....ASKED SPOCK…..
  NO….NONE….WAIT A MINUIT THAT‟S NOT TRUE….SHE DID EXTRACT WHAT I BELIEVE
WAS SOME DNA FROM HIM….IT WAS A SMALL AMOUNT, AND I DID A MEDICAL CHECK
ON HIM THAT SHOWED NO INFECTIONS OR NANO ACTIVITY….HE WAS FINE….I WAS IN
THE LAB, NOT HIM WHEN THE NANOPROBE PURGE INCIDENT HAD OCCURRED….HE HAD
HER AND THE LAB EJECTED INTO SPACE….THE ONLY OTHER TIME HE TOUCHED HER IN
MY PRESENT‟S WAS JUST AFTER SHE COMMITTED SUICIDE….REPLIED CRUSHER.
SPOCK TURNED TO STARE AT PICARD‟S DESK AND STOOD VERY STILL….LOST IN
THOUGHT….CRUSHER THEN SAID….I WAS THINKING THAT HIS CONNECTION TO THE
HIVE MIND MIGHT HAVE HAD SOMETHING TO DO WITH…..SPOCK‟S HEAD WENT UP AND
HE ASKED…..PICARD WAS STILL CONNECTED TO THE HIVE MIND???
  WELL NOT IN THE COMPLETE SENSE….HE COULD HEAR THEM WHEN THEY CAME
CLOSE TO HIM….WE COULD NOT COMPLETELY REMOVE ALL THE IMPLANTS WITHOUT
KILLING HIM….HIS CONNECTION WAS ONE WAY…HE COULD HEAR THEM AND FEEL
THEIR PRESENT‟S….BUT THAT‟S ALL…..SAID CRUSHER
  SPOCK TURNED TO EVERYONE AND SAID….TO HEAR ALL THOSE TEN‟S OF MILLIONS,
POSSIBLY BILLIONS OF VOICES CRYING OUT….ALL AT THE SAME TIME…..HIS MIND
WAS COMPLETELY OVER WHELMED….SMASHED WITH THE IMMENSE WEIGHT OF ALL
THOSE SCREAMS….
  SPOCK TURNED TO CRUSHER AND SAID…THE NEXT TIME HE AWAKES…..ALERT ME…I
WISH TO SEE HIM….DO NOT ADMINISTRATE ANY FURTHER SEDATIVE‟S…I NEED HIM TO
BE AWAKE….HOW MUCH TIME IS THERE UNTIL HE AWAKES AND IS THEIR A PLACE I
COULD BE ALONE….I NEED TO PREPARE…..
   A FEW HOURS MAYBE…..PREPARE….PREPARE FOR WHAT???...ASKED CRUSHER
  FOR A MIND MELD….REPLIED SPOCK.

  ADMIRAL MANNING….I HAVE THE KLINGON CHANCELLOR ON LINE TWO….SAID
MANNING'S ASSISTANT…..OK…PUT HIM THROUGH…REPLIED MANNING….
  ghuy….[DAMN]…..DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOU HAVE DONE!!!!....ALL THE STAR
SYSTEMS WILL WANT THIS WEAPON OF YOURS…..MOSTLY MY ENEMIES….WE WILL
HAVE TO STRIKE FIRST IF WE ARE TO SURVIVE….SAID KANG IN ANGER…
 CALM DOWN MY OLD FRIEND…..THINGS ARE NOT AS BAD AS YOU MIGHT
PERCEIVE….SAID MANNING IN A SOOTHING VOICE…..NOT AS BAD….NOT AS BAD…... IS
THIS YOUR REPLY TO WHAT ANNIHILATION COULD MEAN TO MY PEOPLE…..SAID
KANG….NO ONE WILL ANNIHILATE ANYONE…..THIS WEAPON WILL ONLY BE USED FOR
WHAT IT WAS INTENDED FOR….. TERRAFORMING DEAD PLANETS….ANYONE EVEN
THINKING OF USING IT ON A LIVING WORLD WILL FIND “ALL OF US AGAINST THEM AND
WITH TREATIES DESCRIBING THE HORRIBLE MAGNITUDE OF REPERCUSSIONS THAT
WILL RESULT OF SUCH USE”…..REPLIED MANNING IN A TONE OF
AUTHORITY…..REPERCUSSIONS…..WHAT REPERCUSSIONS COULD HOLD BACK
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MANIACS WHO CARE FOR NOTHING…..WHAT CAN ANY OF US DO TO CONTROL SUCH A
FANATIC WITH ONLY ONE THOUGHT IN MIND….TO KILL…KILL….SAID KANG…
  WE WOULD USE THE DEVICE ON THEM …..SAID MANNING…….
THEN THEIR WAS SILENCE BETWEEN THE TWO….A LONG QUIETNESS…..THEN KANG
SPOKE…
  KNOW THIS MY OLD FRIEND…..IF ANYONE USE’S THIS…THIS AS A WEAPON ON ANY, AND
I MEAN ANY KLINGON WORLD, PLANETOID, ALLY OR IN ANY WHERE IN KLINGON
TERRITORY'S……I PROMISE…AND I DO MEAN WHAT I SAY…..WE WILL STRIKE THEM WITH
OUT MERCY….ALL OF THEIR KIND WILL NO LONG EXIST….NOT EVEN THEIR DNA…..AGAIN
THEIR WAS A MOMENT OF SILENCE THEN MANNING SAID…
  KANG….MY OLD FRIEND….AND I WILL BE RIGHT THEIR AT YOUR SIDE….THE
FEDERATION OF PLANETS WITH ALL THEIR MIGHT WILL BE READY…..WE AND I MEAN
ALL OF US MUST GATHER OURSELVES, TO CONGREGATE TO PUT TOGETHER
TREATIES OUT LINING IN FULL DETAIL,….WHAT REPERCUSSIONS WOULD BE TAKEN, I
AM SURE THAT THIS WOULD DETER ANYONE….AND I MEAN ANYONE FROM DOING
WHAT WE HAVE DONE TODAY……THEN THEIR WAS ANOTHER MOMENT OF
SILENCE…..THEN KANG SAID
   I AWAIT YOUR COUNSEL…..qan jup [OLD FRIEND}
MANNING SAT BACK INTO HIS SEAT….AS THE COMM. WENT DEAD…..NOW PART TWO OF
THE WAR HAS BEGUN…..TO CONVINCE FEDERATION PARTICIPANTS AND EVERYONE
ELSE, THE ROMULANS, FOUNDERS, CARDASSIANS….EVERYONE…..OF THE
RESPONSIBILITY WE HAVE……WHAT IT MEANS TO HAVE SUCH POWER……

   WELL COMMANDER……I‟LL LEAVE YOU WITH YOUR ROMULAN FLEET….WHEN ALL
OF THIS IS DONE….I STILL HAVE SOME SHORE LEAVE COMING TO ME AND WELL I‟LL
CONTACT YOU VIA THE ROMULAN CONSULATE AND THEN MAYBE WE COULD GET
TOGETHER FOR A GOOD TIME….SAID RIKER…..
  YES…THAT WOULD BE…..GOOD…..VERY GOOD…..TILL THEN….KROLL OUT.
RIKER TURNED IN HIS COMMAND CHAIR AND SAID…..NUMBER ONE…SET A COURSE FOR
THE ENTERPRISE, BEST TIME…..AND OPEN A CHANEL TO TROY…..I‟LL TAKE IT IN MY
READY ROOM.
RIKER GOT UP AND WALKED INTO HIS READY ROOM AND SAT DOWN AS HE FELT THE
SHIP MOVE INTO IT‟S NEW COORDINATES, THEN JUMP INTO WARP….
  CAPTAIN….I HAVE COMMANDER TROY ON LINE THREE…SOUNDED RIKERS COMM.
SPEAKER….PUT HER THROUGH …REPLIED RIKER.
  WILL….ARE YOU ALL RIGHT…DIANA ASKED…..YES, THE TITAN IS JUST FINE…I JUST
LEFT KROLL WITH HIS PEOPLE AND WE‟RE ON OUR WAY TO YOU….HOW WAS YOU
SHUTTLE TO ENTERPRISE???ASKED RIKER….IT WAS UNEVENTFUL…REPLIED
DIANA….HOW IS JEAN-LUC???? RIKER ASKED……NOT GOOD…NOT GOOD AT ALL….I
CAN‟T EVEN GET CLOSE TO HIM…..THE FEELINGS OF PAIN AND ANGUISH…THEY
ARE…TO MUCH FOR ME….BEVERLY DOES NOT HAVE A CLUE AS WHAT TO DO….I
PRIMARILY STAYED OUT OF THEIR SPECULATIONS AND LET THOSE SCIENTIST TYPES DO
ALL THE THINKING…..REPLIED DIANA
  ARE THEY GOING TO TAKE HIM TO THE NEAREST STAR BASE…..HAS ANYONE
DIAGNOSED HIS PROBLEM????ASKED RIKER….
  ADMIRAL SPOCK IS PREPARING TO PERFORM THE VULCAN MIND MELD WITH
HIM….I..I‟M NOT SURE IF THIS IS A GOOD IDEA….THE PAIN HE‟S IN…SPOCK MIGHT
INJURE HIS NEURAL SENSITIVITY…..SAID DIANA
  I‟M SURE MR. SPOCK KNOWS WHAT HE‟S DOING, DIANA…..JUST KEEP ME

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INFORMED…..JUST A MOMENT…..RIKER OPENED CHANEL NUMBER TWO ON HIS COMM.
STATION…..NUMBER ONE…WHAT IS OUR ETA TO ENTERPRISE…ASKED RIKER… JUST
UNDER TWO HOURS…SIR…REPLIED MR. TUVOK…..THANK YOU…
RIKER THEN SAID TO DIANA…..THE TITAN‟S ETA TO ENTERPRISE IS ABOUT TWO
HOURS…..I‟LL SEE YOU THEN…RIKER OUT.

  DIANA GOT UP FROM HER CHAIR AND STOOD FOR A MOMENT LOOKING DOWN AT THE
FLOOR…..SHE WAS LOST IN THOUGHT….HER FEELING WERE OF A MIX NATURE.
SHE SUDDENLY LOOKED UP AND TURNED TO HER DOOR AND SWIFTLY LEFT HER
ASSIGNED QUARTERS.
  SPOCK HAD JUST COME OUT OF DEEP MEDITATION….HE WAS PREPARING HIMSELF
FOR WHAT HE EXPECTS TO BE AN INTERESTING MIND MELD……
  HIS DOOR BELL SOUNDED…..COME SAID SPOCK…..THE DOOR OPENED AND DIANA
WALKED IN.
  OH…I HOPE I‟M NOT DISTURBING YOUR MEDITATIONS ADMIRAL SPOCK….I COULD
COME BACK AT A LATER TIME IF I MAY…..SAID DIANA.
  NO COMMANDER TROY…..I WAS JUST ENDING MY SESSION….PLEASE HAVE A
SEAT…..CAN I OFFER YOU SOME REFRESHMENTS…ASKED SPOCK…
  UM…OH… I‟M FINE…THANK YOU SHE SAID WITH A SMILE….BUT COULD I HAVE A
MOMENT WITH YOU….SHE ASKED.
  SPOCK LOOKED AT DIANA…..SHE TO RETURNED THE STARE….AND FOR A MOMENT
THEY WERE LOCKED IN WHAT ONE COULD CALL A TRANCE….
DIANA SUDDENLY FELT A GREAT CALM COME OVER HER….SHE FELT IN THE
MOMENT…TIME COULD BE FELT….MOMENT BY MOMENT…IN HER MIND SHE COULD
ALMOST HEAR HIS THOUGHTS…..”HE’S TELEPATHIC”…SHE THOUGHT …..YES…I TO CAN
READ YOU MIND…..COMMANDER….SUDDENLY SHE SHOOK HER HEAD….AND SAID…I DID
NOT KNOW YOU WERE TELEPATHIC…..MANY VULCAN'S ARE TO A DEGREE…IT IS
SOMETHING WE DO NOT DISCLOSE TO NON VULCAN'S….REPLIED SPOCK….YOU HAVE
SOMETHING ON YOU MIND…COMMANDER….SOMETHING TO DO WITH MY MIND MELD
WITH PICARD….I READ….SAID SPOCK.
  YES I DO….IS IT SAFE…I, MEAN ARE THERE ANY DANGERS THAT WE MUST BE
PREPARED FOR…..I KNOW YOU AND JEAN-LUC HAVE MELDED BEFORE…BUT THIS TIME
IS DIFFERENT….HE IS IN A GREAT PAIN…..AND HE WAS ASSIMILATED BY THE BORG
ONCE….I‟M IN GREAT FEAR FOR HIM…WITH THIS MIND MELD COULD THAT
ASSIMILATION BE A DANGER TO YOU OR PICARD ….ASKED TROY
 SPOCK'S EYE BROWS LIFTED AND HIS HEAD TILTED TO ONE SIDE AS HE SAID….
PAIN….IS A STATE OF MIND….AND IT‟S RELEVANCY IS ONLY TO THOSE TO WHOM PAY
IT ANY ATTENTION…..HIS HEAD THEN STRAIGHTEN UP AND HIS EYEBROWS DROPPED…I
HAVE BEEN TRAINED TO…HOW SHALL I SAY….TO PAY NO ATTENTION TO PAIN…TO
MAKE PAIN NOT EXISTING….AND AS FOR THE BORG…..A VERY LONG TIME AGO…I HAD
AN VERY INTERESTING EXPERIENCE…..I MIND MELDED WITH WHAT WAS THOUGHT TO
BE AN ARTIFICIAL LIFE FORM…NAMED VEGER…..TO MY ASTONISHMENT….VEGER WAS
NOT AS ARTIFICIAL AS WE HAD THOUGHT EVEN THOUGH IT WAS ENTIRELY
MECHANICAL….IT WAS A MACHINE…BUT A LIVING BEING…..THIS BEING HAD
ENCOUNTER THE BORG IN IT‟S JOURNEYS AND THE BORG CONSIDERED IT A KINDRED
KIND….VEGER COULD NOT BE ASSIMILATED….HOW EVER MY MIND MELD WITH VEGER
MADE FOR ME AN ASSOCIATION OF A KIND THAT ALLOWS ME TO APPEAR THOUGH
THAT ASSOCIATION TO BE A PRODUCT OF VEGER….THIS GIVES ME SOME IMMUNITY TO
THE BORG….. SO COMMANDER….YOU CAN PUT ASIDE YOUR TREPIDATIONS…..I WILL BE
FINE…BUT AS TO ADMIRAL PICARD….I SHALL ATTEMPT TO FIND AND RETRIEVE HIS
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MIND….I BELIEVE AS I COMMENTED TO COMMANDER CRUSHER THAT PICARD IS LOST
IN A HIVE MIND FEEDBACK…..A KIND OF CONTINUING ECHO OF THE EVENTS DURING
THE BLAST…..HE IS RE-LIVING THEIR DEATHS OVER AND OVER.
  DIANA TOOK A STEP BACK AND TURNED TO HER SIDE AND SAID…..IF YOU CAN NOT
BRING HIM OUT….HIS MIND WILL BREAK…..HE WILL BE LOST
  I WILL ENDEAVOR TO DO MY VERY BEST….COMMANDER…NOW IF YOU WOULD
EXCUSE ME…I HAVE SOME NOTES TO RECORD…..SAID SPOCK
  OH..YES OF COURSE….GOOD DAY TO YOU ADMIRAL….REPLIED DIANA
COUNSELOR DIANA TROY RIKER THEN TURNED AND LEFT SPOCK‟S QUARTERS TO
RETURN TO HER OWN.
  MOMENTS LATER SHE ENTERED HER ROOM, STOOD STILL FOR A MOMENT THEN SHE
BEGAN TO PACE BACK AND FORTH. SHE THEN STOPPED IN FRONT OF HER BED TURNED
AND LAID DOWN ON THE BED…..SHE NEEDED TO PUT THE RECENT EVENTS OF THE DAY
BEHIND HER IF SHE WAS TO MAKE IT THROUGH THIS DAY….SHE TOOK A DEEP
BREATH…AH…THIS FEELS GOOD…SHE CLOSED HER EYES, STRETCH OUT AND FELT
HERSELF BLEND INTO THE BED…..HER THOUGHT'S DRIFTED AWAY….SHE LET HER MIND
WONDER, SHE THOUGHT OF WILL RIKER….SHE THOUGHT OF THE FUN THEY HAD ON
PRIMUS 4, IN THE ISCARA SYSTEM…..AND AS FEELINGS OF CONTENTMENT CAME OVER
HER, SHE SOON FELL ASLEEP.

IT HAS BEEN ABOUT AN HOUR AND A HALF WHEN TROY HAD LEFT SPOCK‟S
QUARTERS WHEN SPOCK RECEIVED A CALL FROM CRUSHER.

 YES, DOCTOR…HAS HE AWAKENED???? ASKED SPOCK…..YES HE IS COMING
AROUND….PLEASE COME QUICKLY ADMIRAL….REQUESTED CRUSHER.

SPOCK ENTERED THE MED LAB AND STOPPED AT THE DOOR…CRUSHER LOOKED UP
AND SAID….THANK GOD YOU‟RE HERE….I DON‟T KNOW HOW MUCH LONGER I CAN
ALLOW HIM TO BE IN THIS STATE OF MIND….SPOCK LOOKED AT THE MED STATION
WHERE PICARD WAS AND SAW THREE MED TECHNICIANS TRYING TO HOLD PICARD
DOWN WITH CRUSHER STANDING AT PICARD‟S RIGHT SIDE WITH A HYPO
READY….SPOCK THEN WALKED UP TO PICARD‟S LEFT SIDE….HE TOOK A SLOW BUT
DEEP BREATH….THEN PUT HIS RIGHT HAND TO THE LEFT SIDE OF PICARD‟S FACE AND
HIS LEFT HAND TO HIS RIGHT SIDE….HE THEN ASKED EVERYONE TO BE SILENT AND
STILL….HE THEN LOOKED AT PICARD….JEAN-LUC WAS TWITCHING FROM RIGHT TO
LEFT…..SPOCK THEN SAID….MY MIND TO YOUR MIND…..MY MIND TO YOUR MIND….PICARD
SUDDENLY STIFFENED AND HIS BODY‟S MID SECTION BENT UPWARD.
PICARD GAVE A LOW SCREAM…..MY MIND TO YOUR MIND….MY THOUGHTS TO YOUR
THOUGHTS…MY MIND TO YOUR MIND…MY THOUGHTS TO YOUR
THOUGHTS….THEN BOTH SPOCK AND PICARD SAID IN UNION….MY MIND TO YOUR
MIND….MY THOUGHTS TO YOUR THOUGHTS….MY MIND TO YOUR MIND….MY MIND
TO YOURRRR…….
SPOCK‟S HEAD JUMPED BACK…HIS BROWS BUNCHED TOGETHER…HIS FACE TWISTED IN
PAIN…..PICARD‟S BODY FELL BACK INTO THE BED…SPOCK BEGAN TO SPEAK…..I AM IN
CONTROL…..I AM IN CONTROL….I…AM…IN…CONTROL….HE BROUGHT HIS HEAD
SLOWLY FORWARD FACE DOWN….WITH HIS EYES CLOSED HE AND PICARD WHISPERED
IN UNION….THE LIGHT IS SO BRIGHT….BODIES EVERY WHERE…..THE PAIN….NOT MY FAULT…NOT MY
FAULT….TORN APART…CAN NOT…..NO…NO…SOMEONE HELP…HELP…HELP
THEM….ME….HELP….WAVES OF BLOOD…CASCADING DOWN…UP…EYES STARING VISIONS OF LIFE
GONE…VISIONS OF FUTILITY…VISIONS OF COMPLETE SURRENDER….VISIONS OF ALL THINGS TORN
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AWAY FROM….. BODIES BLOWN OUT FROM THE INSIDE….NOT MY FAULT….THE PAIN…VISIONS OF
SOULS…LOST….SCREAMING OUT…SCREAMING OUT….YOU…YOU…I KNOW YOU…SPOCK….YES, I‟M
HERE…NOT MY FAULT…NOT MY FAULT…THERE IS NO PAIN…THERE IS NO PAIN….YOU MUST
COME WITH ME…GO WITH YOU…WITH YOU…YOU MUST LET GO….LET GO….LET GO OF WHAT
YOU SEE….SHUT DOWN YOUR MIND….SHUT DOWN MY MIND…SHUT DOWN….GO TO SLEEP….GO
TO SLEEP….GO TO SLEEP….SLEEP…SLEEP…….
PICARD‟S BODY RELAXED AND HE GAVE A LONG AND DEEP EXHALE….
SPOCK‟S HANDS FELL AWAY FROM PICARD'S FACE…WITH HIS SHOULDERS SLUMPED HE
STAGGERED AWAY TO A CHAIR THAT BEVERLY BROUGHT OVER TO HIM.
AS HE SAT DOWN HE SAID WITH A DRY VOICE…..THE PAIN HE WAS FEELING…WASN'T
HIS…IT WAS THEIRS THE BORG….IT WAS MAGNIFIED TEN‟S OF THOUSANDS OF
TIMES…HE COULD NOT GET A GRIP ON IT….HE NEEDED GUIDANCE…
HE WILL SLEEP NOW….CALL ME WHEN HE AWAKENS….SPOCK THEN GOT UP.
HERE, LET ME HELP YOU SAID CRUSHER AS SHE REACHED OUT TO SPOCK…..WHEN HER
HANDS TOUCHED HIM HE BEGAN TO TWITCH AND SAID….THANK YOU DOCTOR, BUT I‟M
FINE….JUST NEED TO BE ALONE….AND IN A RESTFUL STATE…I WILL RECOVER IN MY
QUARTERS….

SPOCK THEN PROCEEDED TO LEAVE THE MED LAB…..WELL….THAT WENT…WELL..SAID
CRUSHER….SHE TURNED TO ONE OF HER TECHNICIANS AND SAID…. TAYLOR….KEEP AN
EYE ON THE ADMIRAL….NOTIFY ME IF THERE ANY CHANGES…..YES DOCTOR…REPLIED
TAYLOR. CRUSHER THEN WALKED OVER TO PICARD'S SIDE AND WHISPERED INTO HIS
EAR…..EVERYTHING'S GOING TO BE ALRIGHT JEAN-LUC….ALRIGHT…
THE DOOR OPENED AND DIANA TROY RUN‟S INTO THE ROOM…..WHAT‟S
HAPPENED????… I HEARD THE ADMIRAL HAS AWAKENED…. HAS MR. SPOCK BEEN
CALLED???….WELL JUST DON‟T STAND THEIR….SOMEONE SAY SOMETHING….
THE MED TECHNICIANS STOOD STILL WITH THE LOOK OF “WHAT THE HELL” ON THEIR
FACES AND BEVERLY WITH A STARTLED LOOK ON HER FACE QUICKLY LOOKED UP….
THEN SAID…..WELL…WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN???…..I JUST AWOKE AND ASKED MR.
DATA ABOUT JEAN-LUC AND HE SAID THAT HE HAD JUST AWAKENED….SAID
DIANA…..YES HE DID AND MR. SPOCK HAS COMPLETED HIS MIND MELD…..AND JEAN-
LUC IS RESTING QUIETLY….MR. SPOCK HAS RESIGNED TO HIS QUARTERS…..SAID
CRUSHER…..WHAT???YOU MEAN I MISSED EVERYTHING?????ASKED TROY WITH HER
ARMS UP IN THE AIR……YES YOU DID…REPLIED CRUSHER…..THEN TROY‟S ARMS FELL
DOWN TO HER SIDES AND LOOKING FROM LEFT TO RIGHT AS SHE SAID…WELL ISN'T
THAT HONKY-DORY…..AND I WAS SO WORRIED…..THEN LOOKING AT BEVERLY…SHE
ASKED…DID EVERYTHING GO WELL????…..YES….LIKE I SAID THE ADMIRAL IS RESTING
AND SO IS ADMIRAL SPOCK…..WHY DON‟T YOU GO BACK TO YOUR QUARTERS DIANA
AND WAIT FOR WILL TO ARRIVE…SAID CRUSHER….
DIANA WITH HER HEAD NODDING UP AND DOWN TURNED AND LEFT THE MED LAB.
CRUSHER WITH A VERY LARGE SMILE ON HER FACE TOOK A GLANCE AT EVERY ONE
THEN TURNED AND ENTER HER OFFICE.

THE FLEET WAS EVERY WHERE…..SHIPS SCATTERED THROUGHOUT THE FALCON
SECTOR LOOKING FOR ANY REMAINING BORG SHIPS…..THERE WERE A FEW THAT WERE
IN A STATE OF REPAIRING THEM SELVES WHILE FIGHTING OFF SOME FLEET SHIPS,
THESE BORG SHIPS HAD BEEN DAMAGED DURING THE GENESIS EXPLOSION…BUT WERE
FAR ENOUGH AWAY THAT THEY WERE ABLE TO ESCAPE THE GRAVITATIONAL PULL OF
THE BLAST. THE FLEET SHIPS FLEW ALL AROUND THE BORG SHIPS LIKE ANGRY
BEES….FIRING CONVENTIONAL WEAPONS TRYING TO CAPTURE RATHER THAN
DESTROY….THIS HOWEVER WAS TO THE ADVANTAGE OF THE BORG….WHEN THEY
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COMPLETED REPAIRS TO MEET THEIR NEEDS…THE BORG WOULD LOCK ON WITH A
TRACTOR BEAM AND PULL A FLEET SHIP WITH THEM THROUGH A TRANSWARP
CONDUIT….HOPING TO LATER TO ASSIMILATE THE CAPTURED SHIPS FOR THEIR NEW
WEAPONS…..BUT THIS WAS A BAD IDEA…THE FLEET SHIPS WOULD USED THEIR D.D.A.
CANNONS….AND ESCAPE TO REJOIN THE BATTLE.
  SOON AFTER THE SECTOR WAS CLEARED OF ANY BORG SHIPS…..THE FEDERATION
HAD LOST TWENTY FIVE PERCENT OF THEIR SHIPS, MOSTLY DUE TO CLOSE PROXIMITY
OF THE D.D.A. BLAST….THE KLINGONS LOST THE MOST, BUT DID THE MOST FIGHTING
OF ANY OF THE FLEET SHIPS…..THE JEM‟HADAR FOUGHT A CONSERVATIVE BATTLE,
THEY DID ENGAGE THE BORG FREQUENTLY HOWEVER IT WAS MORE HIT AND
RUN….THE CARDASSIANS FOUGHT AT A DISTANCE AND WAS MOSTLY RECON, THEIR
INTEL OF BORG POSITIONS WAS HELPFUL …..THE FERENGI WELL…THEY MOSTLY
WATCHED…SO ENGROSSED IN THEIR CONTINUING ARGUMENTS OVER WHOM GETS
WHAT PIECE AND HOW LARGE OF THE LATIUM PLANET THAT ONE OF THEIR SHIPS TOO
CLOSE TO THE BATTLE WAS ACTUALLY CAPTURED BY THE BORG AND BLEW APART AS
THE CREW WAS ASSIMILATED….AND KNOW ONE OF THE FERENGI EVEN
NOTICED…..THE ROMULANS FOUGHT A TACTICAL BATTLE…THEIR USE OF FORMATIONS
AND NUMBERS IN A TACTICAL MANNER PROVED MOST EFFECTIVE….BUT THERE
ATTACKS WERE TOO FEW AND FAR IN BETWEEN….

   CAPTAIN RIKER…..I HAVE THE CNC ON CHANEL ONE FOR YOU SIR…SAID THE COMM.
OFFICER…… PUT HIM THROUGH…REPLIED RIKER…..WILLIAM…..I WILL BE HEADING
BACK TO STAR BASE OO1, BUT FIRST I‟LL MAKE A STOP AT DS9 TO SECURE THE AREA
AND TO MAKE SURE THAT NO BORG SHIPS CONTROL THE WORM HOLE…..BUT I NEED TO
KNOW WHAT IS HAPPENING WITHIN THE GENESIS BLAST AREA….IF ALL IS GOING AS
EXPECTED…..WOULD YOU TAKE THE TITAN AND JOIN UP WITH THE DAKOTA AND DO A
N IN-DEPTH REPORT OF THE BLAST AREA…..THIS MAY TAKE A FEW DAYS…. I HAVE
ASKED THREE OTHER STAR SHIP CAPTAINS TO JOIN UP WITH YOU FOR BACK-UP
SUPPORT JUST INCASE THE BORG HAVE THE SAME IDEA AND SHOW UP…..SAID
MANNING
  WILL DO SIR….I REQUEST PERMISSION TO MEET UP WITH THE ENTERPRISE TO
RETRIEVE MY WIFE COMMANDER TROY…REQUESTED RIKER…..YES, YES THAT WILL BE
FINE…I ALREADY HAVE NOTIFIED THE DAKOTA…SO THEY WILL MEET YOU AT THE
SITE…..MANNING OUT.
  HELM…WHAT'S OUR ETA TO ENTERPRISE……ASKED RIKER…..ABOUT EIGHT
MINUETS…SIR REPLIED MS. MATHIEU'S…..GOOD….MR. TUVOK….I WILL BE IN MY
READY ROOM….WHEN WE MEET UP WITH ENTERPRISE, NOTIFY COMMANDER TROY TO
COME ON BOARD IMMEDIATELY AND CONTACT ENTERPRISE CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER
COMMANDER CRUSHER AND PUT HER THROUGH TO ME…SAID RIKER
YES SIR WILL DO….SAID TUVOK.
  RIKER TURNED AND LEFT THE BRIDGE HE THEN ENTERED HIS READY ROOM…..THEN
QUICKLY SAT DOWN, STRETCHED OUT HIS LEGS, PUT HIS HANDS BEHIND HIS HEAD AND
BEGAN TO LET HIS MIND WONDER…….HIS THOUGHTS TOOK HIM BACK TO THE DAYS
WHEN HE WAS FIRST OFFICER ON THE ENTERPRISE….THINGS WERE LESS COMPLICATED
THEN….LESS STRESSFUL….HE FELT IN CHARGE…..COULD BE MORE OPEN WITH HIS
CREW MEMBERS….NOT SO ISOLATED…..TODAY WAS A HELL OF A DAY…..THE CREW
DID OUTSTANDING…..THE LOOK ON JEAN-LUC‟S FACE WHEN WE CAME INTO THE
HOLDING AREA WITH LIEUTENANT SEVEN OF NINE HOLDING A PHASER AT THE BORG
QUEEN….HA THAT WAS……..
 CAPTAIN RIKER….I HAVE COMMANDER CRUSHER ON CHANEL TWO FOR YOU SIR
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SOUNDED HIS COMM.…..RIKER BROUGHT HIS HANDS DOWN AND PULLED IN HIS LEGS
 PUT HER THROUGH….REPLIED RIKER
 WILL…..HOW IS THE TITAN HOLDING UP…ASKED CRUSHER……THE TITAN IS JUST FIND
BEVERLY…..HOW‟S JEAN-LUC HOLDING UP…ASKED RIKER……HE WILL BE FINE.
HE JUST WOKE UP WITH A HEADACHE AND MY ASSISTANT IS SEEING TO HIM…..BUT I
MUST SAY IT WAS TOUCH AND GO OVER HERE….SAID CRUSHER…..YES I HEARD…DID
ADMIRAL SPOCK PERFORM HIS MIND MELD….ASKED RIKER……YES HE DID AND IT
WORKED….. APPARENTLY JEAN-LUC WAS CAUGHT UP INTO SOME KIND OF
REOCCURRING BACKLASH…. A HIVE MIND FEEDBACK CAUSING A CONTINUING ECHO
OF THE EVENTS DURING THE BLAST…..REPLIED CRUSHER.
  WELL IN ANY EVENT, I‟M GLAD HE WAS IN THE RIGHT HANDS…..
RIKERS DOOR SOUNDED…..COME SAID RIKER AND DIANA TROY RIKER WALKED IN….
RIKER TURNED TO HIS COMM. AND SAID….THANKS FOR THE UP DATE BEVERLY…CAN I
TALK TO JEAN-LUC…ASKED RIKER……BEVERLY'S VOICE SOUNDED STERN AS SHE
SAID….WILL I WOULD RATHER HE REST RIGHT NOW AND I…..WAIT JUST ONE
MINUIT….(RIKER COULD HEAR CRUSHER IN THE BACKGROUND)YOU MIGHT BE THE
FLEET ADMIRAL….BUT IN HERE YOU‟RE MY PATIENT….SO SIT RIGHT BACK DOWN
UNTIL I HAVE HAD MY INQUIRES SATISFIED…..RIKER TURNED TO DIANA WITH A WIDE
GRIN AND DIANA WAS CHUCKLING……IS EVERY THING OK OVER THERE…SAID
RIKER…..WILL I HAVE TO GO…..JEAN-LUC THINKS HE CAN PULL RANK OVER
ME…..CRUSHER OUT.
  WELL IT SOUNDS LIKE JEAN-LUC IS DOING JUST FINE AND BACK IN ACTION…SAID
DIANA…..YES AND GOOD TO SEE YOU TO…SAID RIKER…..RIKER OPENED HIS ARMS AND
DIANA WALKED INTO THEM…..AS THEY HELD EACH OTHER…RIKER SAID….IT‟S NOT
OVER YET….WE'VE BEEN ORDERED BACK TO THE BLAST AREA TO STUDY THE EFFECTS
AND OUTCOME….IT SHOULD TAKE JUST A FEW DAYS….THEN WE SHALL RETURN TO
STAR BASE 001…..SO IN THE MEAN TIME…..IT‟S BACK TO DUTY. THEY LOOKED AT EACH
OTHER THEN LET GO OF EACH OTHER….AND DIANA SAID AS SHE WALKED OUT OF THE
READY ROOM….I‟LL BE IN OUR QUARTERS….SEE YOU LATER.
  THE DOORS CLOSED TO HIS OFFICE, RIKER SAT BACK INTO HIS CHAIR AND BEGAN HIS
LOG.

  WITH HIS EYES WIDE OPEN PICARD SAID OUT LOUD….WHAT DO YOU MEAN I CAN’T
GO JUST YET…..THAT‟S RIGHT YOU SIT THERE AND BE STILL….SAID CRUSHER…I‟M
NEEDED ON THE BRIDGE….I HAVE TO FIND OUT WHAT HAS HAPPENED IN THE LAST FEW
HOURS….DON'T YOU PROD ME…..BEVERLY…REALLY I FEEL FINE….SAID
PICARD…..CRUSHER WITH A STERN POSTURE SAID….IT WILL JUST TAKE A
MOMENT….JEAN-LUC…..A QUICK HEAD SCAN…YOU ARE NOT GOING ANYWHERE UNTIL
IT’S DONE…..NO…NO DON‟T GIVE ME THAT LOOK…..THE LONGER YOU FIGHT ME THE
LONGER YOU WILL BE IN HERE….PICARD GAVE UP …..ALL RIGHT…ALL RIGHT…I GIVE
IN…..PICARD LAY BACK AND BEVERLY BEGAN HER SCAN.
  PICARD LAY THERE AND WAS QUIET AS BEVERLY DID HER TESTS……NO
INFLAMMATION AROUND THE IMPLANTS…. CAPILLARIES LOOK GOOD….NO EVIDENT
PRESSURE OR STRESS IN EITHER HEMISPHERE….FRONTAL LOBES…CLEAN…..OK…ALL
DONE!
  PICARD JUMPED UP AND MADE IT FOR THE DOOR…..THANK YOU DOCTOR….SAID
PICARD AS HE LEFT THE MEDICAL ROOM.
  AS THE DOORS CLOSED BEVERLY SAID….YOUR WELCOME….COME BACK AGAIN YOU
HEAR…..

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 PICARD ENTERED THE BRIDGE…..THE COMPUTER SOUNDED…ADMIRAL ON THE
BRIDGE
DATA GOT UP AND TURNED TO PICARD…..”Q” WAS STANDING NEAR THE COMMAND
CHAIR….GOOD TO SEE YOU AGAIN ADMIRAL….YES GOOD TO BE BACK….IT SEEMS IT
WAS MY TURN TO BE IN A UNCONSCIOUS STATE…DATA‟S HEAD TILTED AS HE MADE
THIS REMARK….BETTER I THAN YOU SIR…THE SHIP NEEDS HER CAPTAIN OR ADMIRAL
MORE THAN IT‟S FIRST OFFICER….”Q” SAID…GOOD FOR YOU ANDROID….DON'T THINK
FOR ONE MINUIT THAT WE COULD DO WITHOUT YOU…MR. DATA YOU ARE THE
GREATEST ASSIST THIS SHIP HAS….REPLIED PICARD…DATA‟S LOOK WAS A BLANK ONE,
BUT HE NODDED HIS HEAD…MR. DATA I NEED TO BE UPDATED….WHAT HAS
TRANSPIRED DURING MY ABSENTS…ASKED PICARD.
  RIGHT AFTER YOUR INCIDENT….I PASSED OVER YOUR ORDERS TO DESTROY OR
CAPTURE ANY OF THE REMAINING BORG SHIPS, THEN ORDERED THE ENTERPRISE TO
RETURN TO DS9….WHICH IS AT THIS MOMENT OUR PRESENT HEADING….THE CNC
ADMIRAL MANNING HAS ORDERED THE TITAN AND FOUR OTHER STAR SHIPS TO
RETURN TO THE BLAST AREA FOR STUDY…..MOST OF THE FLEET IS SCATTERED
THROUGHOUT THE FALCON SECTOR PERFORMING A SEARCH…..WE HAVE LOST
APPROXIMATELY TWENTY FIVE PERCENT OF FEDERATION FLEET MEMBERS…AND THE
KLINGONS TOOK THE MOST CASUALTIES….SAID DATA…..AND WHAT OF CHANCELLOR
KANG…DID HE MAKE IT….ASKED PICARD…..RECON AND MONITORING SHIP TO SHIP
COMMUNICATIONS INDICATES THAT HE DID SURVIVE THE BATTLE.
  PICARD STOOD QUIET FOR A MOMENT LOOKING DOWN AT THE FLOOR,
THINKING…..”Q” SPEAKS INTO PICARD‟S EAR AND SAYS….TAKE THE SHIP BACK TO THE
BLAST AREA…..SOMEONE WANTS TO TALK TO YOU…PICARD LOOKS UP AND SAYS…MR.
DATA…WOULD YOU PLEASE TAKE US BACK TO THE BLAST AREA….I NEED TO BE
CERTAIN THAT WE DID THE RIGHT THING…..I WILL BE IN MY READY ROOM….AY, AY,
SIR…ANSWERED DATA.
  PICARD ENTERED HIS READY ROOM AND SAT DOWN HARD INTO HIS CHAIR….HE FELT
TIRED…HE NEW HE NEEDED TO REST…HIS MIND HAD TAKEN A BEATING AND HIS BODY
FELT LIKE IT HAD FALLEN OFF A HUNDRED FOOT CLIFF HITTING EVERY PARAPET ON
THE WAY DOWN…..PUT YOUR MIND AT EASE AND RELAX SAYS THE “Q” …PICARD‟S MIND
BEGAN TO WONDER OFF….HIS THOUGHTS OF ALL THAT HAS TRANSPIRED SEEMS TO
MELT AWAY….HIS BREATHING BEGINS TO STEADY IT SELF INTO A REGULATED
RHYTHM….THEN A THOUGHT CAME TO HIM…THE BORG WILL WANT TO HAVE THIS
WEAPON….WE WILL NEED TO KEEP IT FROM THEM….WHICH MEANS THAT ALL OF THE
SHIPS MUST NOT HAVE ANY DATA BASE INFORMATION ON THE GENESIS DEVICE….THIS
WILL BE HARD TO ACHIEVE…SINCE WE HAVE PROMISED ALL THE PARTICIPANTS
ACCESS TO THAT DATA BASE……PICARD HIT HIS COMM. BUTTON….MR. DATA…WOULD
YOU CONTACT ADMIRAL MANNING AND PUT HIM THROUGH TO ME…REQUESTED
PICARD…..YES SIR…REPLIED DATA.
   PICARD SAT BACK IN HIS CHAIR AND LOOKED UP AT THE CEILING….WE NEED SOME
KIND OF PLAN TO ENFORCE CONTROL OVER THE DEVICE SO IT WON‟T FALL INTO THE
WRONG HANDS.
   SIR….I HAVE ADMIRAL MANNING ON THREE…SAID DATA.
THANK YOU MR. DATA…REPLIED PICARD……PICARD HIT COMM. BUTTON NUMBER
THREE AND SAID….PETER…THIS IS JEAN-LUC….WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT GENESIS…
MANNING REPLIES…..YES WE DO JEAN-LUC….I ALREADY HAD AN INTERESTING
CONVERSATION WITH KANG….AND HE IS VERY ANGRY WITH US OVER THE IDEA THAT
A LOT OF PLANETOID SYSTEMS WILL NOW HAVE ACCESS TO THIS VERY DANGEROUS
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DEVICE…WEAPON OR TERRAFORMING DEAD PLANETS ….IN WHAT EVER WAY YOU USE
IT,…IT CAN BE VERY, VERY DANGEROUS….I HAD TOLD HIM THAT WE ALL WILL NEED
TO CONVERGE TOGETHER TO CREATE NEW LAWS AND REGULATIONS, TREATIES OUT
LINING IN FULL DETAIL A PROPER USE OF THE DEVICE…..PICARD
INTERFERES….PETER…WHAT IF IT IS USED ON A LIVING PLANET…..A PLANET
HABITABLE WITH INTELLIGENT LIFE…..A PLANET LIKE OUR OWN EARTH, MY GOD WHAT
HAVE I DONE…..MOMENTS PASS BETWEEN THE TWO MEN…..JEAN-LUC, WHY IN THE
NAME OF HELL DO YOU THINK WE HAD IT UNDER LOCK AND KEY IN THE FIRST PLACE,
WE FORESEEN THE POTENTIAL THREAT THIS DEVICE POSED…. JEAN-LUC…..YOU DID
COME TO US WITH THIS IDEA AND WE THOUGHT IT A GOOD ONE IN SPITE OF THE
POTENTIAL THREAT….THE BORG HAVE BEEN STOPPED….NOW IT IS THE TIME TO
REALIZE THE SITUATION….A TIME TO SHOW THAT WE ARE ALL RESPONSIBLE,
INTELLIGENT BEINGS….SAID MANNING….
    PICARD REPLIES WITH…..PETER IT ONLY TAKES ONE CRAZY MAN…A
MANIAC….SOMEONE…..MANNING INTERRUPTS PICARD AGAIN….JEAN-LUC…JEAN-LUC,
I‟VE ALREADY BEEN THOUGH THIS WITH KANG…THE DATA BASE WILL HAVE TO BE
PLACED IN A SAFE PLACE…..EVERYONE WILL KNOW WHERE IT IS BUT ACCESS TO IT
CAN ONLY BE PROVIDED BY GENERAL CONSENT AND BE USED UNDER STRICT
SUPERVISION…..SAID MANNING…..YES, YES OF CAUSE…..I JUST WANT TO KNOW….FEEL
SAFE…THAT WE DID NOT OPEN PANDORA'S BOX, THE FERENGI BROKE INTO OUR
SUPPOSEDLY SECURE DATA BASE, IF THEY COULD DO THIS HOW CAN WE SECURE THIS
KIND OF DATA…..SAID PICARD….STARFLEET WILL HAVE TO COME UP WITH NEW
ENCRYPTION CODES OF THE LIKE NO ONE HAS SEEN BEFORE, WE HAVE BEEN DOING
RESEARCH ON THIS VERY PROBLEM AND WILL SOON HAVE A STRONGER AND MORE
SECURE DATA BASE…..SAID MANNING…. I HOPE YOUR RIGHT FOR ALL OUR
SAKE…REPLIED PICARD….THEN ANOTHER MOMENT OF SILENCE BETWEEN THE TWO
MEN…..I SENT THE TITAN AND THE DAKOTA WITH SECURITY TO THE BLAST AREA TO
REPORT ON WHAT THE BLAST IS DOING WITH ALL THAT BORG MATERIAL…SAID
MANNING.
YES I‟M ON MY WAY THERE TOO….I MISSED MUCH OF THE BATTLE AND WOULD LIKE TO
SEE FOR MY SELF THE OUT COME…SAID PICARD…..WELL THEN I WILL SEE YOU LATER
THEN, I‟M OFF TO DS9 TO MAKE SURE IT IS SECURE FROM ANY BORG SHIPS THEN I‟LL BE
GOING HOME TO STAR BASE 001 TO MAKE MY GENERAL REPORT TO THE PRESIDENT
AND OH BY THE WAY I‟M GLAD YOUR OK…I WOULD HATE TO HAVE LOST MY BEST
MAN…..SAID MANNING…..THANKS PETER…TILL THEN….PICARD OUT.
   JEAN-LUC PICARD RESTED HIS ELBOW ON TOP OF HIS DESK WITH HIS HANDS FOLDED
TOGETHER UNDER HIS CHIN, AND THOUGHT…..WE HAVE A LOT OF WORK TO
DO….KEEPING THIS DEVICE AWAY FROM THE BORG AND NOT USING IT ON OURSELVES.




CHAPTER 11: THE STAR OF HOPE

CAPTAINS LOG: STARDATE: 58302.7:
THE TITAN AND THE DAKOTA HAVE ARRIVED AT THE BLAST SITE…..IT IS A BEAUTIFUL
THING TO SEE AND AT THE SAME TIME IT GIVES ME THE CREEPS…SHORT AND LONG

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RANGE SENSORS STILL INDICATE A SMALL BORG PRESENTS….NOT SURE WHAT THIS
MEANS. VERY LITTLE FIGHTING IS GOING ON AND FOR THE MOST PART THE FLEET SHIPS
HAVE GONE BACK TO THEIR RESPECTIVE SYSTEMS….OUR SECURITY SHIPS WE ARE
CALLING “ONE” AND “TWO” ARE CLOAKED TO PROVIDE A BETTER DEFENSE IF WE ARE
ATTACKED…..WE RECEIVED A MESSAGE FROM THE ENTERPRISE THAT SHE WILL BE
JOINING US SHORTLY.

                                               RIKER OUT


    MS. MATHIEU… PLEASE HOLD THE SHIP HERE…… COMMANDER LASKER SET
SENSORS FOR BOTH LONG AND SHORT DISTANCE‟S AND REPORT EVERY FIFTEEN
MINUETS…..MR. GRIMSHAW INFORM OUR SECURITY SHIP ONE TO HOLD AT OUR
POSITION AND KEEP A TIGHT SCAN ON ANYTHING THAT MOVES OUT THERE…..
   SO MR. TUVOK….WHAT DO YOU THINK OF IT…..ASKED RIKER
NOT LIKE ANYTHING I'VE SEEN BEFORE…CAPTAIN…..THE COLOR SATURATION IS
DEEP…….SCIENCE OFFICER LIEUTENANT COMMANDER LASKER TURNED FROM HER
STATION AND SAID…..THAT‟S PROBABLY DUE TO THE HIGH NUTRILLIUM CONTAINED
WITHIN THE BORG SHIPS…..AND CAPTAIN YOU SHOULD SEE THIS…
WHAT IS IT COMMANDER…ASKED RIKER…..SEE THAT THIRD VERY SMALL PLANETOID
IN ORBIT AROUND THE CENTRAL STAR….SAID LASKER….YES I DO…IT LOOKS
STRANGE…SAID RIKER….IT LOOKS LIKE IT‟S MOVING…SAID TUVOK…..MORE LIKE
IT‟S…THROBBING…SWELLING AND SHRINKING…SAID LASKER…..LIKE IT‟S
BREATHING…SAID RIKER….MS. LASKER….GET A FIX ON IT AND SEND IN A
PROBE….SAID RIKER
  CAPTAIN…THE ENTERPRISE HAS ARRIVED…...SAID MR. GRIMSHAW….GOOD…OPEN A
CHANEL TO THE ADMIRAL…ASKED RIKER……CAPTAIN…THE PROBE HAS STARTED
TELEMETRY… THEN STOPPED….AND SENSORS HAVE LOST IT….SAID LASKER….LOST IT
WHAT DO YOU MEAN….LOST IT…ASKED RIKER….IT SIMPLY DISAPPEARED….SAID
LASKER…..
  CAPTAIN I HAVE ADMIRAL PICARD ON CHANEL ONE SIR CALLED GRIMSHAW
PUT HIM THROUGH……
  WILL…..IS WHAT I‟M SEEING REALLY HAPPENING….IS THAT THIRD PLANETOID….
ALIVE!......ASKED PICARD
  GOOD TO HEAR FROM YOU TO SIR…..REPLIED RIKER…..AND IT SEEMS SO….ALIVE
THAT‟S A GOOD WAY TO DESCRIBE IT ADMIRAL…..AND SOMETHING STRANGE HAS
HAPPENED…ONE OF OUR PROBES SENT TO THE PLANETOID HAS DISAPPEARED….
SAID RIKER…..I THINK IT‟S BEST TO STAY AWAY FROM IT….ALERT ALL SHIPS OF THE
PHENOMENON WE ARE EXPERIENCING……WHERE IS THE DAKOTA…..ASKED PICARD
  SHE‟S GONE TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THAT STAR WITH A SECURITY SHIP….WHAT WILL
YOU NAME IT SIR. ASKED RIKER…..NAME IT….YOU KNOW WITH ALL THAT HAS
HAPPENED…..I NEVER THOUGHT OF IT…..SAID PICARD….I‟M SURE I‟LL COME UP WITH
SOMETHING….REPLIED PICARD
  SIR…..I HAVE THE DAKOTA ON SCREEN…..SAID MR. GRIMSHAW….LET‟S SEE…REPLIED
RIKER…..
  CAPTAIN RIKER…..SECURITY SHIP TWO HAS INFORMED ME OF TWO BORG SHIPS
HEADING YOUR WAY….THEIR SHIELDS ARE DOWN…THEY KNOW OF OUR
PRESENTS….HOWEVER THEY ARE IGNORING OUR HAILS.


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   THANK YOU CAPTAIN RILEY….SAID RIKER….RILEY OUT….I HEARD THAT SAID
PICARD…..WILL….I THINK THEY ARE COMING OVER HERE FOR THE SAME REASON WE
ARE….SAID PICARD…..BUT WHY ARE THEIR SHIELDS DOWN……ASKED RIKER
I THINK BY LOWING THEIR SHIELDS THEY ARE SENDING A MESSAGE THAT THEY ARE
NOT HOSTEL…..BUT JUST IN CASE….KEEP OURS UP….SAID PICARD…..WILL DO REPLIED
RIKER….MS. KAUFMAN OPEN A CHANEL TO OUR SECURITY SHIP “ONE” WOULD YOU
PLEASE….ASKED PICARD…… SIR A CHANEL IS OPEN…REPLIED MS. KAUFMAN…..THIS IS
ADMIRAL PICARD….STAND YOUR GROUND BUT TAKE NO ACTION AGAINST THE
APPROACHING BORG SHIPS….. STAY CLOAKED…. I DO NOT WANT THEM TO KNOW
YOU‟RE HERE AND KEEP COMMUNICATION SILENCE….PICARD OUT.

 AS THE FEDERATION SHIPS CONTINUED THEIR OBSERVATIONS OF THE NEW STAR
SYSTEM….CLOSER AND CLOSER CAME THE BORG SHIPS UNTIL THEY STOPPED IN
FRONT OF THE ENTERPRISE AND THE TITAN…THE BORG SHIPS STILL HAD THEIR
SHIELDS DOWN.

  GUNNER….PREPARE THE D.D.A.….IF EITHER BORG SHIP FIRE‟S ON US….BLOW THEM
TO PIECES….IS THAT UNDERSTOOD MR. GARCIA….SAID PICARD…..AY, AY, SIR REPLIED
GARCIA….ADMIRAL….SHOULD WE NOT KEEP A RESPECTABLE DISTANCE FROM THE
BORG SHIPS…..IF WE USE THE D.D.A. WE COULD BE DAMAGED AS WELL…SAID MS.
SANTOS THE CAPTAINS ADVISOR…..NO WE WILL HOLD HERE…IF WE MUST
FIRE….HELM….COORDINATE A RETREAT TIMING SEQUENCE WITH THE GUNNER THAT
WOULD CLEAR US FROM THE BLAST AREA…..SAID PICARD…..SIR….WE ARE RECEIVING
A HALE FROM THE LEAD BORG SHIP SAID MS KAUFMAN AT THE COMM. STATION.
  WELL NOW….LET‟S SEE WHAT THEY WANT…..ON SCREEN WOULD YOU PLEASE….
ASKED PICARD

THE BRIDGE CREW ON THE ENTERPRISE ALL LOOKED UP AT THE VIEW SCREEN TO SEE
THE BORG QUEEN APPEAR.

  LOCUTUS….I SEE YOU ARE LOOKING A BIT WORN….I HOPE YOU KNOW THAT IT IS A
MATTER OF TIME THAT WE SHALL APPROPRIATE BOTH YOUR WEAPONS….AND TURN
THE TIDE IN OUR FAVOR……BUT THAT IS NOT WHY I APPROACHED YOU…..I MISSED
YOU IN THE BATTLE…..STANDING IN THE BACKGROUND WHILE YOUR COMRADES DO
ALL YOUR FIGHTING…. THIS IS NOT LIKE YOU….NOT LIKE YOU AT ALL…..SAID THE
QUEEN…..WHAT IS IT YOU WANT…..YOU DID NOT COME HERE TO CHAT OVER
TEA….SAID PICARD…..
  YES ALWAYS TO THE POINT….DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT YOU HAVE DONE….DID
YOU THINK THAT YOU ACCOMPLISHED SOMETHING IN YOUR BEST INTEREST…..HOW
MANY DRONES HAVE YOU DESTROYED…..THE HARM YOU HAVE CAUSED US.….ALL WE
WANTED FOR YOU IS PERFECTION….WE CAME TO LIBERATE YOU….THINK OF THE LIFE
WE OFFER….NO PAIN…NO HUNGER….NO DISEASES….NO SEPARATION….A LIFE OF
UNION….OF MENTAL JOINING….TO NEVER BE ALONE……YOU FOOL….WHAT HAVE YOU
DONE!... SAID THE QUEEN…
 LIBERATE,…. LIBERATE YOU SAY….OH…NO YOUR MAJESTY….I DO NOT THINK SO..
LOW ON DNA ARE YOU….LOW ON BUILDING MATERIALS…ARE YOU….AND WE DO NOT
SUBSCRIBE TO YOUR BRAND OF LIBERATION….YOUR KIND OF FREEDOM….OH, NO…WE
DO NOT….SO FESS UP AND LICK YOUR WOUNDS AND GET THE HELL OUT OF OUR
SPACE…AND DO NOT COME BACK…YOU ARE NOT WELCOMED HERE…..SAID PICARD
WITH A MENACING TONE IN HIS VOICE…..
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  OUR RECORD KEEPING HAS NOTIFIED US OF A DISCREPANCY IN THE NUMBER OF OUR
SHIPS DESTROYED…..YOU SEE WE KNOW OF EACH AND EVERY SHIP, DRONE AND BORG
THAT HAS BEEN DESTROYED….ALL BUT ONE…..I KNOW YOU HAVE IT…HOW, THAT IS, IS
A MYSTERY TO ME….BUT I KNOW YOU HAVE IT…..I WANT HER BACK, THE BORG AND
HER SHIP…SAID THE QUEEN
  SORRY…..THE SHIP WE ARE KEEPING, AND AS FOR YOUR COPY….SHE IS
DEAD…COMMITTED SUICIDE…..BUT NOT BEFORE TELLING US ALL THAT WE NEEDED TO
KNOW…YOU SEE WE FOUND A WAY TO DISCONNECT HER FROM YOUR COLLECTIVE
MIND….SAID PICARD.
  THE QUEEN‟S FACE BEGAN TO DARKEN….HER STARE AT PICARD BEGAN TO FOCUS
AS SHE SAID…..LOCUTUS….OF ALL THE HUMANS…OF ALL THE SPECIES….WE HAVE
CHOSEN YOU….WHY DO YOU BETRAY US….WHY DO YOU NOT UNDERSTAND….IT IS NOT
JUST YOUR DNA…..IT‟S YOU WE WANT…..WE CAME FOR YOU!
  SORRY, BUT YOUR NOT MY TYPE…..YOU SHOULD HAVE SEEN YOUR COPY AS MY
CAPTIVE….. YOU WERE MOST INFORMATIVE….REPLIED PICARD
  IS THAT SO….SAID THE QUEEN WITH SARCASM….. SHE THEN TURNED HER GAZE
TOWARDS MR. DATA AND WITH A SLIGHT SMILE SHE SAID….SO I SEE DATA…..YOU
REMOVED THE SKIN WE GAVE YOU……WHAT'S THE MATTER….TOO HUMAN FOR
YOU…..COULD NOT ADAPT…..SO PRIMITIVE AN ANDROID YOU ARE…. YOU DISAPPOINT
ME…..SAID THE QUEEN
  DATA STOOD UP AND LOOKED AT PICARD THEN TURNED AND LOOKED AT THE QUEEN
AND SAID…..THE ANDROID OF WHICH YOU ARE SPEAKING OF IS NO LONGER IN
OPERATION, IT WAS DESTROYED SOME TIME AGO BUT AS TO THE SKIN YOU GAVE
HIM......WAS NOT COMPLETE…..HALF HIS FACE AND JUST ONE FOREARM….HARDLY
CONSTITUTES AS HUMAN….AND HE FOUND IT WAS IN HIS BEST INTEREST TO REMOVE IT
BECAUSE IT WAS REALLY IN HIS WAY…. A DISTRACTION….HE COULD FUNCTION FAR
MORE EFFICIENTLY WITHOUT IT….
  ENOUGH OF THIS…. SAY WHAT YOU CAME HERE TO SAY AND THEN BE GONE WITH
YOU…SAID PICARD
GIVE US LOCUTUS…..AND WE WILL BE ON OUR WAY…..NEVER TO RETURN….THAT'S
ALL…..TRANSPORT YOURSELF TO MY SHIP…..AND THE BORG WILL LEAVE THIS
QUADRANT FOR ALL TIME….SAID THE QUEEN.
   PICARD'S EYES SQUINTED….HIS MOUTH TIGHTENED……RIKERS VOICE SOUNDED ON
THE SCREEN…..JEAN-LUC….DON‟T GIVE IN TO THIS….ONCE SHE HAS YOU….SHE WILL
DO WHAT EVER SHE WANTS…..THERE IS NO NEGOTIATING WITH THE BORG
WILL…PLEASE FOR A MOMENT…..LET ME HANDEL THIS…SAID PICARD….YOU KNOW
HE‟S RIGHT…..THERE IS NO TELLING WHAT SHE WILL DO….SAID MS. SANTOS BEHIND
PICARD'S RIGHT EAR.
   PICARD TURNED TO LOOK AT HIS ADVISOR AND NODDED THEN TOOK TWO STEPS
CLOSER TO THE VIEW SCREEN AND LOOKED UP AT THE QUEEN…..I‟M NOT SURE WHAT
GAME YOUR PLAYING…..BUT YOU CAN NOT HAVE ME…I DO NOT BELIEVE THAT YOU
CAN KEEP AN AGREEMENT…..YOUR BORG….YOU TAKE WHAT YOU WANT,
ONCE YOU HAVE ME, I‟M SURE YOU WILL COME BACK AND DO WHAT YOU DO BEST….
RUIN THE LIVES OF ALL WITHIN THIS QUADRANT….ENSLAVE US…..SAID PICARD.
   WELL YOU GIVE ME NO ALTERNATIVE……LOCUTUS…..WE WILL HAVE TO PROVE
OURSELVES….PROVE THAT WE ARE SINCERE…..SO I PROPOSE A TRUCE…..
YOU ALLOW US TO PASS THROUGH THE OUT SKIRT OF YOUR SPACE AND YOU CAN PASS
THROUGH OUR SPACE UNHARMED…..WE WILL NOT ATTACK YOU AND YOU WILL NOT
ATTACK US……SAID THE QUEEN.

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  PICARD'S EYES NARROWED AS HE LOOKED AROUND…THEN HE SAID….I CAN NOT
GIVE YOU AN ANSWER….I CAN NOT SPEAK FOR MY PEOPLE OR FOR THE
FEDERATION….I WILL TAKE THIS PROPOSAL OF YOURS TO OUR COUNCIL AND THEY
WILL GIVE YOU AND ANSWER….AS FOR NOW...IF YOU WANT TO PASS THROUGH OUR
SPACE....YOU MUST ASK....SAID PICARD
  FARE ENOUGH…..LOCUTUS…..I WILL BE WAITING FOR YOUR ANSWER…..ARE YOU
SURE YOU WOULD NOT LIKE LITTLE PRIVATE PLAY TIME WITH ME…..SAID THE QUEEN
WITH A SMILE….
  PICARD GRIMACED, THEN TOOK A GOOD LOOK AROUND THE BRIDGE, RETURNING HIS
GAZE TO THE VIEW SCREEN THEN WAVED THE BACK OF HIS RIGHT HAND AS HE
SAID…..TILL WE MEET AGAIN…I BID YOU GOOD RIDDANCE….HE TURNED TO MS.
KAUFMAN AND WITH HIS LEFT HAND USING HIS INDEX FINGER HE SLICED IT ACROSS
HIS NECK…..SUDDENLY THE VIEW SCREEN RETURNED TO THE STAR FIELD SHOWING
THE TWO BORG SHIPS…..
 PICARD TURNED TO LOOK AT THE SCREEN JUST AS THE TWO BORG SHIPS BEGAN TO
MOVE AWAY…..WILL….I‟M TAKING THE ENTERPRISE BACK TO DS9….BUT BEFORE WE
GO I WILL BE TAKING A CLOSER LOOK AT THAT THIRD PLANETOID TO SEE WHAT‟S
GOING ON……TAKE THE TITAN AROUND THAT STAR AND…..YOU KNOW… I DO HAVE A
NAME FOR THIS STAR....COME TO THINK OF IT…..I‟M GOING TO CALL IT
“HOPE”…..MAYBE THIS TRUCE MIGHT OPEN A NEW ERA IN BORG AND FEDERATION
NEGOTIATIONS….MAYBE A LASTING PEACE AGREEMENT CAN BE ACHIEVED…..SAID
PICARD….
  HOPE…..WELL THAT‟S A NAME I WOULD NEVER HAVE THOUGHT TO USE…..BUT IT
SOUNDS GOOD…”THE HOPE STAR”….. SOMETHING WE MADE…..BUT A LASTING PEACE
WITH THE BORG…… I DON‟T KNOW ABOUT THAT JEAN-LUC….I ONLY HOPE YOUR
RIGHT…SAID RIKER…..I ONLY HOPE SO TOO…ANYWAY TAKE THE TITAN AROUND THE
HOPE STAR AND JOIN UP WITH THE DAKOTA….YOU TWO SHIPS SHOULD STAY CLOSE
AND INFORM YOUR SECURITY SHIPS WHAT HAS HAPPENED.

AS THE ENTERPRISE APPROACHED THE THIRD PLANETOID SHE MADE FOR A WIDE
ORBIT AROUND IT…PICARD WAS IN HIS READY ROOM WITH MS. SANTOS.

  REALLY…DO YOU THINK THE BORG'S PASSAGE THROUGH OUR SPACE WILL BE AN
UNEVENTFUL ONE JEAN-LUC…..THEY HAVE A REASON FOR ASKING THIS……SAID MS.
SANTOS
  OF CAUSE THEY DO……IF THEY COULD ASSIMILATE INTO THEIR COLLECTIVE NEW
BEINGS OF ADVANCE CULTURES OUT SIDE OF OUR SPACE…THEY WOULD HAVE US
SURROUNDED….AND THIS WOULD APPEAL TOO THEIR SENSE OF CONTROL…OF CAUSE
IT WOULD TAKE SOME TIME….BUT IT WOULD SATISFY THEIR NEED FOR NEW RAW
MATERIALS AND MAYBE ACQUIRE FRESHLY NEED DNA…THEN AGAIN WHO KNOWS
WHAT‟S IN HER MIND…..SAID PICARD
  WELL WE KNOW WHAT‟S IN HER MIND…..YOU ARE…SAID SANTOS….PICARD GAVE
SANTOS A LONG STARE AS HE SHIFTED IN HIS CHAIR…..YES WELL SHE WILL JUST HAVE
TO DO WITHOUT ME…REPLIED PICARD.
  PICARD‟S COMM. SOUNDED…..YES THIS IS PICARD….HAVE WE ENTERED ORBIT ......
SIR…YES WE HAVE….AND I THINK YOU NEED TO SEE THIS SIR…..SAID DATA … OK I‟M
ON MY WAY.
  PICARD GOT UP AND WITH MS. SANTOS THEY LEFT THE READY ROOM AND ENTERED
THE BRIDGE…..STRANGE….IT LOOKS SO STRANGE…WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF IT MR.
DATA….ASKED PICARD
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 SIR….SENSOR INDICATE A LARGE PRESENCE OF…..NANOPROBES….. SAID
DATA….NANOPROBES….NANOPROBES…HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE….DID NOT THE
GENESIS MATRIX RECONSTITUTE ALL BORG MATTER…ASKED PICARD…..THE ANSWER
TO THAT IS YES…..BUT WHAT WE ARE SEEING IS IMPOSSIBLE….AND HIGHLY IN
CONTRADICTION TO THE FUNCTION OF THE GENESIS MATRIX WE INTRODUCED…SAID
DATA….GATHER ALL THE DATA YOU CAN AND PUT INTO ORBIT A SENSOR SATELLITE
SET FOR DEEP SPACE TRANSMISSION SO WE CAN CONTINUE TO MONITOR THIS
PHENOMENON…SAID PICARD…OH AND NUMBER ONE WHEN THIS IS ACCOMPLISHED
SET A COURSE BACK TO DS9…..ALSO KEEP ADMIRAL SPOCK UPDATED WHEN HE
AWAKENS I'M SURE HE WILL FIND THIS MOST INTERESTING....IF YOU NEED ME I WILL BE
RESTING IN MY QUARTERS…. SAID PICARD…..AY SIR. WILL DO IT RIGHT
AWAY….ANSWERED DATA
 PICARD THEN WALKED SLOWLY TO THE TURBO LIFT AND LEFT THE BRIDGE….MS.
SANTOS TURNED TO DATA AND SAID….HE LOOKS TIRED…PLEASE TRY NOT TO
DISTURBED HIM…LET HIM GET ALL THE SLEEP HE NEEDS…..YES I WILL DO JUST
THAT…. REPLIED MR. DATA……MS. SANTOS HIT HER COMM. BUTTON AND
ASKED…COMPUTER….CONNECT ME TO DR. CRUSHER……A MOMENT LATER…THIS IS
CRUSHER…..BEVERLY, THIS IS GRACE…..JEAN-LUC HAS LEFT THE BRIDGE TO RETIRE TO
HIS QUARTERS….I HAD ASKED DATA TO TRY NOT TO DISTURBED HIM….AND WELL
WOULD YOU KEEP AN EYE ON HIM FROM TIME TO TIME….HE LOOKS LIKE HE TOOK A
BEATING….SAID SANTOS…..YOUR TELLING ME….REMEMBER I WAS THERE….BUT DON‟T
WORRY….I WILL MONITOR HIM FROM HERE….SAID CRUSHER…..THANKS'
BEVERLY….SANTOS OUT.

(TWO HOURS LATER AFTER THE ENTERPRISE LEFT THE NEW STAR SYSTEM)

  RIKER SAT DOWN INTO HIS CHAIR WITHIN HIS READY ROOM….HE SAT STILL FOR A
MOMENT…..PUT HIS HAND BEHIND HIS NECK AND SQUEEZED AS HE TURNED HIS HEAD
FROM SIDE TO SIDE….THEN AGAIN HE SAT STILL LOST IN THOUGHT….THEN HIT HIS
DESK TOP COMM. BUTTON AND SAID…..MR. GRIMSHAW, WOULD YOU PLEASE CONNECT
ME TO THE DAKOTA, I WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK WITH CAPTAIN RILEY……YES SIR….I
WILL HAVE HER IN JUST A MOMENT SIR….REPLIED MR. GRIMSHAW.
  RIKER WAITED A MOMENT THEN CAPTAIN RILEY SPOKE…..THIS IS RILEY…..HOW GO‟S
IT WILLIAM…..SHE GO‟S EASY….ANY EASIER, AND I MIGHT FALL ASLEEP….I THINK IT
WOULD DO US BOTH A WORLD OF GOOD IF WE JUST DO WHAT PICARD DID
AND LEAVE A FEW SENSOR SATELLITE'S IN A WIDE SPREAD AROUND THIS SYSTEM, IT IS
A SMALL SYSTEM AND EASY TO MONITOR AND THEN BE DONE WITH IT….I‟M READY TO
GO HOME…..MY CREW WAS ON LEAVE WHEN ALL THIS BEGAN…AND WELL I‟M SURE
THEY WOULD LIKE TO RESUME THEIR WELL NEEDED REST AND RELAXATION…SAID
RIKER……YOUR RIGHT…IT IS BORING OUT HERE ESPECIALLY AFTER THE FIGHT WE
JUST HAD…..I WILL INFORM MY SCIENCE STAFF TO COORDINATE SATELLITE
DEPLOYMENT WITH YOUR SCIENCE STAFF….WHEN I‟M DONE WE WILL BE HEADING
BACK TO 001….SAID RILEY……GOOD I‟LL INFORM MY STAFF AS WELL, THEN WE WILL
BE GOING BACK TO DS9….SO TILL WE MEET AGAIN…RIKER OUT.
  RIKER PUT ON A GRAND SMILE…..GOT UP AND LEFT HIS READY ROOM TO INFORM HIS
SCIENCE STAFF OF THE PLAN AND TO INFORM HIS CREW…..THAT THEY WILL BE GOING
BACK TO DS9 TO FILE A REPORT…THEN IT IS OFF TO PRIMUS 4.



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CHAPTER 12: A BORG REBORN

AS THE TITAN AND THE DAKOTA DEPLOYED THEIR SENSOR SATELLITE'S UNDER
THE WATCHFUL EYES OF THE SECURITY SHIPS A DISTANT OBJECT MOVING
TOWARDS THE NEW STAR SYSTEM JUST NOTICED BY THE FEDERATION STAR SHIPS
BEGAN MANEUVERING IT SELF TO ENTER THE NEWLY MADE STAR SYSTEM.

   ABOUT AN HOUR LATER…..CAPTAIN….RIKER….I HAVE CAPTAIN RILEY ON LINE ONE
SAID MR. GRIMSHAW….
ABOUT TIME…..I‟LL TAKE IT IN MY READY ROOM….SAID RIKER…
RIKER SAT DOWN AND HIT COM BUTTON ONE….THIS IS RIKER…..ARE YOU FINISHED
WITH YOUR DEPLOYMENT…..RILEY REPLIED…YES WE ARE….GOOD….THEN, LET GET
THE HELL OUT OF HERE….SAID RIKER
  JUST ONE THING WILLIAM….CHECK YOUR LONG RANGE SENSORS…..THERE IS A
OBJECT APPROACHING THIS SYSTEM….A VERY SMALL SOLID OBJECT….I SUGGEST THAT
WE TAKE A LOOK AT IT AS WE LEAVE THIS SYSTEM….SAID RILEY
  NO PROBLEM…WILL DO…CAPTAIN RIKER OUT.

AS THE TITAN, THE DAKOTA AND THE TWO SECURITY SHIPS APPROACHED THE
OUTER RIM OF THE STAR SYSTEM THEY APPROACHED THE MOVING OBJECT.

  MR. TUVOK….WHAT DO MAKE OF IT…..THE FIRST OFFICER STILL SCANNING THE
OBJECT REPLIED…..CAPTAIN, I BELIEVE THIS IS THE EJECTED MED LAB FROM THE
ENTERPRISE…..HOWEVER IT HAS RECONFIGURED IT‟S SHAPE IN A DRAMATIC WAY.
HOW…WHAT DO YOU MEAN…ASKED RIKER….WELL SIR….MUCH OF THE LAB HAS BEEN
CHANGED TO SUPPORT PROPULSIVE CAPABILITY, ENHANCED SECURITY FIELDS AND
WHAT I BELIEVE IS A FULLY OPERATIONAL SENSOR ARRAY….SAID MR. TUVOK
RIKER SITTING IN HIS COMMAND CHAIR WITH HIS ELBOWS ON HIS KNEES AND HIS CHIN
IN THE PALM OF HIS HANDS LOOKED UP AND SAT BACK AS HE SAID…THIS IS MOST
STRANGE…I WONDER HOW THIS CAME TO BE…..DO YOU HAVE ANY HYPOTHESIS ON
THIS NUMBER ONE….ASKED RIKER…..AS I WAS INFORMED….THE LAB WAS EJECTED DO
TOO THE CONTAMINATION OF NANOPROBES FROM THE DEMISED BORG QUEEN….THEY
WERE DEEMED A THREAT TO ENTERPRISE…..ADMIRAL PICARD ASKED THE FLEET NOT
TO DISTURB THE LAB AND ALLOW IT ON IT‟S COURSE BUT TO PLOT IT‟S PROJECTOR FOR
FUTURE ANALYSIS, HOWEVER SINCE ITS EJECTION THE ON BOARD NANOPROBES HAVE
BEEN VERY BUSY TRANSFORMING THE LAB INTO WHAT WE NOW OBSERVE…..IT IS NOT
CLEAR AS TO ITS PURPOSE WITHOUT FURTHER DATA AT THIS TIME….ANSWERED
TUVOK…..THEN WE SHALL DO AS ORDERED AND JUST PLOT ITS COURSE AND BE DONE
WITH IT….SAID RIKER….DO YOU THINK WE SHOULD ATTACHED A PROBE TO IT FOR A
BETTER ANALYSIS CAPABILITY…ASKED RIKER……ANY EQUIPMENT WE ATTACHED TO
THIS OBJECT WILL BE USED BY THE NANOPROBES FOR WHAT EVER PURPOSE THEY
COULD APPLY IT TO…..REPLIED TUVOK.
   WELL THAT‟S IT. JUST PLOT ITS COURSE AND PROCEED TO DS9….AND NUMBER ONE
ALERT THE DAKOTA AND OUR SECURITY ESCORT AS TO OUR INTENSIONS REGARDING
THE OBJECT…..SAID RIKER….I WILL BE IN MY QUARTERS IF YOU NEED ME.

ALL FOUR SHIPS THEN PROCEEDED TO DS9 AT BEST SPEED LEAVING THE MOVING
OBJECT TO ITS STRANGE JOURNEY.


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                       NIGHTMARE UNFOLDING

IN ALL THE DARKNESS OF SPACE WITH ALL THE SUNS TRYING TO LIGHT UP THE
DARKNESS THE SMALL AND UNMOLESTED OBJECT FLOATED QUIETLY THROUGH
THE HEAVENLY NIGHT …. AN OBJECT THE SIZE OF A MEDIUM SIZED ROOM THAT
ONCE RESEMBLED A MED LAB BUT NOW OTHERWISE AND WITHIN A RECTANGULAR
OBJECT, A MATURATION CONTAINER THAT ONCE RESEMBLED AN AUTOPSY
PLATFORM, MOVING SEEMINGLY WITH PURPOSE SUDDENLY CHANGIED IT‟S
DIRECTION….THE OBJECT NOW ACTING LIKE A SPACE SHIP BEGAN HEADING
TOWARD THE THIRD PLANETOID WITHIN THE STAR SYSTEM OF THE HOPE STAR….
SPINNING EVER SO SLOWLY WITH A WINDOW AT ONE END, AND WITHIN THOUGH
THE WINDOW ONE CAN SEE THESE SMALL LITTLE ROBOTS KNOWN AS
NANOPROBES, HARD AT WORK BUILDING, TRANSFORMING, MERGING…. THEN
SUDDENLY A TRANSMISSION EMANATED FROM WITHIN…. A VOICE….. WHO AM
I….I’M HERE…. I NEED YOU….. COME FOR ME….. THE TRANSMISSION IN A BORG
LANGUAGE OLD AND ANCIENT ONLY UNDERSTOOD BY THE BORG WENT OUT IN ALL
DIRECTIONS….. CALLING…. AS THE WINDOW CAME CLOSE THE IMAGE WITHIN
CAME INTO CLARITY…. A FACE THAT ONCE SEEN WOULD NOT EASLEY BE
FORGOTTEN… A FACE THAT JEAN LUC PICARD WOULD SAY….COULD BE HIS, AND
THE BORG QUEEN COULD ARGUE AND…..SAY IT COULD BE HERS….. WHO AM I….I’M
HERE….I NEED YOU…COME FOR ME….. BUT NO ONE CAME….CLOSER TO THE
PLANETOID IT CAME….IT APPROACHED THE FEDERATION SATELLITE THAT WAS
PUT IN ORBIT BY THE FEDERATION STAR SHIP ENTERPRISE…THE ONCE FORCE
FIELD COMPONENTS OF THE AUTOPSY PLATFORM HAD BEEN TRANSFORMED INTO
A MAGNETIC PROPULSION ENGINE STARTED UP AND MOVED CLOSER TO THE
SATELLITE UNTIL THEY CONNECTED…..SUDDENLY…THOUSANDS OF NANOPROBES
POURED OUT AND ONTO THE SATELLITE….AS TIME WENT BY THE SATELLITE
CHANGED….ITS TRANSMISSIONS STOPPED…AND NOW IT WAS A PART OF THE ONE
TIME MED LAB. THE LAB LEFT ORBIT AND DESCENDED DOWN TOWARDS THE
PLANETOID'S SURFACE….SLOWLY IT DESCENDED…CLOSER AND CLOSER IT
FELL…THE GRAVITY WAS VERY LOW AND THE MED LAB LANDED
SOFTLY…..SUDDENLY THE NANOPROBES ON THE PLANETOID'S SURFACE CLIMBED
UP AND COVERED THE ENTIRE MED LAB OBJECT….THEY BEGAN TO MERGE WITH
THE NANOPROBES FROM THE LAB…WHEN A BURST OF MOVEMENT CAME TO A
SUDDEN HOLT….ALL THE NANOPROBES ON THE PLANETOID STOPPED MOVING…..A
COLLECTIVE MIND CONNECTION HAD BEEN MADE…NOW THE PLANETOIDS
NANOPROBES HAVE NEW PURPOSE….HAVE A NEW PLAN….TO SERVE THE BEING
WITHIN THE MATURATION CONTAINER….TO FIND THE OBJECT OF ITS DESIRE, TO
FULFILL ITS EVERY NEED, TO FIND……THIS THING….THIS THING
CALLED…..LOCUTUS.


FOUR BORG SHIPS BROKE OUT OF A TRANSWARP CONDUIT NEAR BAJOR AND BEGAN
THEIR ADVANCE ON THE FLEET........


  THIS IS CAPTAIN NERYS.....TO ALL FLEET SHIPS.....FOUR INCOMING BORG SHIPS HAVE
JUST ARRIVED AT THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND KILOMETERS AFT PORT SIDE TO DS9....
  MANNING SHOUTED.....PREPARE FOR INCOMING.....THE APACHE WAS SUDDENLY HIT
WITH BORG PLASMA PARTIAL BEAMS....HELM EVASIVE ACTION.....MOVE TO THE SOUTH
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PERIMETER OF THE STATION....ORDERED MANNING......
  THE APACHE TURNED AND RETURNED FIRE WITH HER D.D.A. CANNON AS OTHER
FLEET SHIPS ALSO FIRED THEIR D.D.A. CANNONS.....BUT TO NO AVAIL....
  THE FOUR BORG SHIPS MANEUVERED IN AND OUT OF FIRING RANGE OF THE FLEET
SHIPS THEN A BAND OF FEDERATION SHIPS MADE THEIR MOVE...
  THIS IS LIEUTENANT COMMANDER WORF THE BORG HAVE ADAPTED.....ATTACK
DELTA "A" CONE FORMATION ON THE LEAD BORG SHIP AND FIRE ALL CANNONS FOR A
CONTINUAL BURSTS AT THESE COORDINATES....AT MY MARK........FIRE

FIFTEEN DEFIANT CLASS FEDERATION WAR SHIPS LEAD BY LIEUTENANT COMMANDER
WORF IN A CONE FORMATION WITH IT'S POINT FACING THE LEAD BORG SHIP FIRED ON
THAT SHIP...HITTING HER ALL IN THE SAME SPOT, THIS HAD A SIMILAR EFFECT AS IF
THE BORG SHIP HAD BEEN HIT BY A BLAST FROM A D.D.A. CANNON.....AND THE RESULTS
WERE THE SAME....THE BORG SHIP BEGAN TO EXPLODE.
  THIS IS KANG.....THE BORG HAVE ADAPTED, BY MANEUVERING THEIR POSITIONS
TO EVADE D.D.A. CANNON BLASTS......WE NEED TO REGROUP AND FOLLOW
COMMANDER WORF'S ATTACK MANEUVER .
  KANG'S WAR SHIP THE STO-VO-KOR TURNED TO FACE THE SECOND BORG SHIP AND
FIRED ALL HER CANNONS AND QUANTUM PHOTON TORPEDO'S BUT BARELY HIT THE
BORG SHIP AS SHE MADE EVASIVE MANEUVERS.....THEN SUDDENLY THE STO-VO-KOR
WAS CAUGHT BY A TRACTOR BEAM BY THE THIRD BORG SHIP AND WAS POUNDED WITH
PLASMA PARTICLE BEAM.... THE STO-VO-KOR'S SHIELD'S BEGAN TO FAIL....THEN SHE
WAS HIT IN HER PORT SIDE....THE SECOND BORG SHIP MANEUVERED HER WAY
TOWARDS DS9.
   THE FOURTH BORG SHIP MOVED TO THE WORM HOLE COORDINATES AND BEGAN TO
EMIT A QUANTUM SUPERPOSITION MIXTURE OF LOW LEVEL TACHYON RADIATION
WITH PROTON AND PHOTON PARTICLES, THIS BEGAN TO FORCE THE WORM HOLE TO
OPEN....

  ADMIRAL….THIS IS FIRST OFFICER DATA….SORRY TO DISTURB YOU …BUT WE ARE
RECEIVING SENSOR TRANSMISSIONS FROM THE VICINITY AT DS9 AND THEY INDICATE
THAT THE AREA IS BOMBARDED WITH PHASER AND QUANTUM SIGNATURES AS WELL
AS D.D.A. RADIATION…..WHAT ARE YOUR ORDERS SIR.
  BLAST IT….I‟VE HAD NO REST…I‟VE BEEN SITTING HERE IN MY QUARTERS WITH MY
MIND RACING BACK AND FORTH OVER THIS DAYS EVENTS….AND NOW THIS….HAS
ADMIRAL SPOCK AWOKE...ASKED PICARD.... I HAVE NOT BEEN NOTIFIED AS YET
SIR....SAID DATA.....OK I‟M ON MY WAY TO THE BRIDGE…..REPLIED PICARD.
  AS THE TURBO LIFT DOORS OPENED TO THE BRIDGE AND PICARD MADE HIS EXIT
THE COMPUTER SOUNDED….ADMIRAL ON THE BRIDGE….
  MR. DATA…HAVE YOU CONTACTED DS9…ASKED PICARD….WE HAVE BEEN TRYING TO
MAKE CONTACT….BUT TO NO AVAIL…NO ANSWERS ON ANY CHANEL…NOT EVEN
FROM THE APACHE…REPLIED DATA….THIS IS MOST STRANGE…..MANNING MUST BE
TRYING TO REACH US….DO YOU THINK THEIR UNDER ATTACK….ASKED PICARD
  MOST LIKELY….THE AMOUNT OF WEAPONS DISCHARGE RADIATION WOULD CONFIRM
AN ATTACK AND THE ATTACKER IS MOST LIKELY BLOCKING COMMUNICATIONS…SAID
DATA…..CAN WE CONTACT THE TITAN….ASKED PICARD
DATA TURNED TO MS. KAUFMAN….AND SAID OPEN A CHANEL TO THE TITAN
  A MOMENT LATER MS. KAUFMAN SAID….SIR. A CHANEL IS OPEN AND ON SCREEN.
PICARD LOOKED AT THE VIEW SCREEN AS MR. TUVOK‟S IMAGE APPEARED.
  GREETINGS ADMIRAL…..THE CAPTAIN IS IN HIS QUARTERS…SHALL I INFORM HIM OF
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YOUR COMMUNIQUÉ….ASKED TUVOK….YES PLEASE….WE BELIEVE DS9 IS UNDER
ATTACK.
    PICARD TURNED TO DATA AND ASKED…..CAN WE BREAK THROUGH TO THE
APACHE….NOT AT THIS TIME….WE ARE STILL TO FAR….HOWEVER…THE
COMMUNICATIONS JAM SEEMS TO BE IN A WIDE SPHERICAL PATTERN….FOUR OF THEM
TO BE EXACT….AND THEY ARE MOVING AND SHIFTING ABOUT…. AND JUST NOW ONE
OF THEM HAS DISAPPEARED….ONLY THREE REMAIN…SAID MR. DATA
   I CONCUR SAID MR. JENSON….I BELIEVE THE BORG SHIPS ARE GENERATING THE
JAMMING FIELDS AND ONE OF THE BORG SHIPS MAY HAVE BEEN DESTROYED….SAID
MR. DATA….
  ADMIRAL ON THE BRIDGE….SOUNDED THE COMPUTER.....ALL THE CREW
TURNED THEIR HEADS TOWARDS THE TURBO LIFT TO SEE MR. SPOCK STANDING
THERE.....GREETINGS ADMIRAL PICARD....IT IS GOOD TO SEE YOU HAVE FULLY
RECOVERED....SAID SPOCK.....THANK YOU ADMIRAL...REPLIED PICARD.....
  JEAN-LUC….WHAT‟S HAPPENING…SAID RIKER AS HE JOINED THE CONVERSATION.
  PICARD TURNED TO FACE THE VIEW SCREEN.....IT APPEARS THAT DS9 IS UNDER
ATTACK AND ALL COMMUNICATIONS ARE BEING JAMMED AT THE SOURCE….REPLIED
PICARD…
  BUT THAT‟S NOT RIGHT…..DID WE NOT ESTABLISHED A TEMPORARY PEACE
AGREEMENT WITH THE BORG….SAID RIKER
  THAT‟S WHAT I THOUGHT….SAID PICARD…..MR. DATA WHAT'S OUR ETA TO
DS9…ASKED PICARD…..AT PRESENT SPEED, TWENTY TWO MINUTES, FIFTEEN SECONDS
FROM………NOW…REPLIED MR. DATA…..PICARD LOOKED UP AT DATA AND SMILED
AND ASKED…ARE YOU SURE???.....DATA‟S HEAD TILTED TO HIS LEFT SIDE AND
REPLIED…..YES SIR I AM….I DO ENDEAVOR TO BE AS ACCURATE AS POSSIBLE HOWEVER
IF YOU…….DATA THEN NOTICED EVERYONE HAD A SMILE ON THEIR FACES EXCEPT MR.
SPOCK OF WHOM STOOD STILL AND WITH BOTH EYEBROWS RAISED UP....DATA
CONTINUED WITH HIS SENTENCE….THEN SAID...I SEE SIR…AM I RIGHT….YOU MADE A
JOKE…..WELL YES…KIND OF….MORE OF AN EXAGGERATION…YOUR ACCURACY IS
WELL RENOWN…REPLIED PICARD AS HE TURNED TO FACE MR. SPOCK....THEN HE
TURNED TO FACE THE VIEW SCREEN…..
  WILL…..WHAT‟S YOUR ETA TO DS9…ASKED PICARD…..JUST A LITTLE OVER ONE
HOUR, TWENTY MINUTES…REPLIED RIKER…..MR. DATA WHAT IS OUR WARP STATUS
ASKED PICARD.....WE ARE PRESENTLY HOLDING AT WARP EIGHT POINT FIVE...SIR.
REPLAYED MR. DATA.....HELM CALLED PICARD....GO TO WARP NINE POINT
TWO.....ENGAGE!......MR. DATA...AT THIS SPEED WHAT'S OUR NEW ETA TO DS9...ASKED
PICARD.....AT WARP NINE POINT TWO WE SHALL REACH DS9 IN FIVE MINUTES, FIFTEEN
SECONDS FROM.........NOW...SAID DATA.
  DID YOU HEAR THAT WILL....MAKE YOUR WARP SPEED TO MATCH OURS...I WILL KEEP
YOU INFORMED AS TO THE EVENTS AS THEY UNFOLD…PICARD OUT….
  AS RIKERS IMAGE WAS REPLACED WITH THE FORWARD STAR FIELD MOTION, RIKER
GAVE THE IMPRESSION THAT HE WAS ABOUT TO SAY SOMETHING…..BUT PICARD HAD
OTHER THINGS TO WORRY ABOUT…..
  NUMBER ONE, I WILL BE IN MY READY ROOM…….PICARD TURNED AROUND AND LEFT
THE BRIDGE AND ENTERED HIS READY ROOM…..HE SAT DOWN AND HIT HIS
COMMUNICATIONS BUTTON…..NUMBER ONE….PLEASE LOCATE MS. SANTOS AND HAVE
HER REPORT TO ME IN MY READY ROOM AND ASK ADMIRAL SPOCK TO COME IN THANK
YOU…..
  PICARD SAT BACK THEN HIT HIS RECORDER AND SAID…..COMPUTER….PLAYBACK
FALCON 795 RECORDING FROM THREE POINT TWO HOURS PAST PRESENT SHIPS TIME,
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SET FOR MANUAL CONTROL AT MY CONSOLE……THE COMPUTER
REPLIED….WORKING….FALCON 795 AT THREE POINT TWO HOURS PAST SET FOR
MANUAL…. PICARD'S DOOR SOUNDED.....COME SAID PICARD.....THE DOOR OPENED AND
MR. SPOCK ENTERED......WOULD YOU PLEASE HAVE A SEAT MR. SPOCK....SAID PICARD.
SPOCK PROCEEDED TO SIT DOWN.
  PICARD HIT FORWARD PLAY….AS THE RECORDING PLAYED, HIS DOOR SOUNDED
AGAIN.
COME SAID PICARD…..MS. SANTOS ENTERED….
   JEAN-LUC….SHOULDN'T YOU BE IN BED….I ASKED MR. DATA NOT TO DISTURB YOU
AND BEVERLY…..PICARD WAVED HIS HAND AND SAID…..DS9 IS UNDER
ATTACK…..MOST LIKELY THE BORG HAVE HAD A CHANGE OF MIND. I‟M REPLAYING
THE CONVERSATION WE HAD WITH THE QUEEN TO SEE IF THERE WAS ANYTHING WE‟VE
MISSED OR MISUNDERSTOOD….OH…PLEASE FORGIVE ME…PLEASE HAVE A
SEAT…..CAPTAIN RIKER MADE THE STATEMENT REGARDING A PEACE AGREEMENT
....HAVE I MISSED SOMETHING....ASKED MR. SPOCK...AS PICARD WAS WATCHING THE
MONITOR HE REPLIED....YES WHILE YOU WERE RESTING WE WERE APPROACHED BY THE
BORG AND A TEMPORARY PEACE AGREEMENT WAS AGREED UPON BY US I AM VIEWING
THE PLAYBACK TO THAT CONVERSATION. NOW THE PLAY BACK IS ABOUT TO…THERE
THE BORG HAVE ARRIVED…
LETS SEE IT….
  LOCUTUS….I SEE YOU ARE LOOKING A BIT WORN….I HOPE YOU KNOW THAT IT IS A MATTER OF TIME THAT
WE SHALL APPROPRIATE BOTH YOUR WEAPONS….AND TURN THE TIDE IN OUR FAVOR……BUT THAT IS NOT
WHY I APPROACHED YOU…..I MISSED YOU IN THE BATTLE…..STANDING IN THE BACKGROUND WHILE YOUR
COMRADES DO ALL YOUR FIGHTING…. THIS IS NOT LIKE YOU….NOT LIKE YOU AT ALL…..SAID THE
QUEEN…..WHAT IS IT YOU WANT…..YOU DID NOT COME HERE TO CHAT OVER TEA….SAID PICARD…..
  YES ALWAYS TO THE POINT….DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT YOU HAVE DONE….DID YOU THINK THAT YOU
ACCOMPLISHED SOMETHING IN YOUR BEST INTEREST…..HOW MANY DRONES HAVE YOU DESTROYED…..THE
HARM YOU HAVE CAUSED US.….ALL WE WANTED FOR YOU IS PERFECTION….WE CAME TO LIBERATE
YOU….THINK OF THE LIFE WE OFFER….NO PAIN…NO HUNGER….NO DISEASES….NO SEPARATION….A LIFE OF
UNION….OF MENTAL JOINING….TO NEVER BE ALONE……YOU FOOL….WHAT HAVE YOU DONE!... SAID THE
QUEEN…
PICARD HIT THE PAUSE BUTTON….LOOK THERE BEHIND HER IN THE
BACKGROUND….”Q”…IT‟S “Q”….WHAT THE HELL IS HE DOING THERE….AND HE‟S
LOOKING RIGHT AT ME….
PICARD MOVED IN HIS CHAIR….A COLD FEELING HIT HIM….EVEN STILL THE
RECORDING HAD BEEN PLACED ON PAUSE….THE “Q‟‟S EYES MOVED TO FOLLOW
PICARD'S MOVEMENT….MS. SANTOS GAVE A MOAN….AND SAID….WHAT!! I DON‟T
UNDERSTAND….HE‟S MOVING AS IF…..YES INTERRUPTED PICARD…AS IF HE WAS IN
CONTROL OF THE RECORDING…..SPOCK'S LEFT EYEBROW LIFTED AND HIS HEAD TILTED
TO THE RIGHT....PICARD HIT THE RESUME BUTTON.
 LIBERATE,…. LIBERATE YOU SAY….OH…NO YOUR MAJESTY….I DO NOT THINK SO..
LOW ON DNA ARE YOU….LOW ON BUILDING MATERIALS…ARE YOU….AND WE DO NOT SUBSCRIBE TO YOUR
BRAND OF LIBERATION….YOUR KIND OF FREEDOM….OH, NO…WE DO NOT….SO FESS UP AND LICK YOUR
WOUNDS AND GET THE HELL OUT OF OUR SPACE…AND DO NOT COME BACK…YOU ARE NOT WELCOMED
HERE…..SAID PICARD WITH A MENACING TONE IN HIS VOICE…..
PICARD, MR. SPOCK AND MS. SANTOS CAN SEE THE “Q” IN THE BACKGROUND GIVING
PICARD THE THUMB‟S UP.......PICARD HIT THE STOP BUTTON WITH A NERVES JUMP IN HIS
MOVEMENT.....THE IMAGE ON THE SCREEN WENT STILL.....BUT THE IMAGE OF THE “Q”
WAS STILL THERE AND AMAZINGLY HE WAS WALKING UP TO THE SCREEN, HE WALKED
PAST THE QUEEN AS HIS FACE GOT CLOSE TO THE SCREEN HE STOPPED AND WITH HIS
HANDS HE APPEARED TO GRAB HOLD OF THE MONITOR THEN SHOOK THE SCREEN
WHILE SAYING....
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    SURPRISE..SURPRISE..SURPRISE…..AND NO JEAN-LUC….I AM NOT PLAYING YOU...THE
SHIP SHOOK AND THE ALARMS SOUNDED…THE QUEEN AND I GO WAY BACK….BUT
REALLY… I’M ON YOUR SIDE…AND YES THE PEACE AGREEMENT YOU HAVE WITH HER IS
REAL….BUT SOMEONE FORGOT TO TELL THE ROUGE SHIPS AT YOUR DS9…..THEN THE
SCREEN WENT BLANK....
   ADMIRAL CALLED MR. DATA ON THE COMM...THE SHIP SEEMS TO BE UNDER ATTACK
BY AN UNKNOWN SOURCE.....IT'S ALRIGHT...IT WAS “Q” PLAYING ONE OF HIS
GAMES....HE'S GONE FOR NOW....KEEP THE SHIP ON ALERT...PICARD OUT.
  PICARD HAD A STERN LOOK ON HIS FACE….HE LOOKED UP AT MS. SANTOS AS SHE
BEGAN TO SPEAK….JEAN-LUC….HOW…I DON‟T REMEMBER ANY OF THIS DURING THE
ENCOUNTER WITH THE BORG…..REMEMBER WITH WHOM WE ARE DEALING WITH…SAID
PICARD….HOWEVER…HE HAS GIVEN US GREAT INSIGHT TO THE PRESENT EVENTS
OCCURRING AT DS9…..SAID PICARD....THESE ROUGE SHIPS…..IN ALL PROBABILITY ARE
ACTING OUT SIDE OF THE COLLECTIVE MIND….AND ARE NOT AWARE OF THE PAST
EVENTS….SAID MR. SPOCK.....BUT HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE...ASKED MS. SANTOS.....I'M NOT
SURE....PERHAPS IT HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH THE BLAST SITE REPLIED PICARD.
   PICARD SAT BACK ON HIS CHAIR AS THE COMM. SOUNDED.....THIS IS PICARD....SIR WE
ARE ENTERING THE BAJORAN SYSTEM...SAID MR. DATA.....GOOD I'M COMING TO THE
BRIDGE, IS THE D.D.A. ON LINE ASKED PICARD.....

   MANNING TURNED TO LOOK AT THE VIEW SCREEN......HELM, TAKE THE SHIP IN AND
GET IT AS CLOSE TO THE STO-VO-KOR AS YOU CAN....SHE'S TAKING A BEATING.
THE APACHE MANEUVERED INTO FIRING RANGE AND LET GO ALL OF HER PHASERS AND
QUANTUM TORPEDO'S......
   KANG SHOUTED ORDERS AS HIS BRIDGE SHOOK......THEY WANT OUR NEW
WEAPON.....BUT ALL THEY WILL GET IS A TARG UP THEIR ASS.....IS THE D.D.A. READY
SHOUTED KANG.....THE GUNNER SHOUTED BACK....THE CANNON IS READY MY LORD
   FIRE!!....THE SHIP SHOOK AS THE CANNON BLASTED.....BUT TO KANG'S SURPRISE...THE
BLAST WAS COUNTED BY A BARRAGE OF BORG PLASMA PARTICLE BEAMS AND FORCED
THE BLAST TO CHANGE IT'S COURSE MISSING THE BORG SHIP.
   ghuy......[DAMN] SCREAMED KANG AS THE STO-VO-KOR TOOK A BLAST AT IT'S PORT
SIDE TURNING THE SHIP SIDEWAYS......LORD...MAIN SHIELDS DOWN TO TEN
PERCENT....AFT SHIELDS ARE OFF LINE....WE ARE BEING BOARDED CALLED THE
ENGINEER.....DEFEND YOUR SELVES WITH HONOR SHOUTED KANG......BORG TRANSPORT
BEAMS WERE EVERY WHERE.....ON THE VIEW SCREEN KANG SAW THE APACHE
BOMBARD THE BORG SHIP ALONG WITH FIFTEEN OTHER FLEET SHIPS...ALL HITTING THE
BORG SHIP IN ONE SPOT....THE BORG SHIP DID IT'S BEST TO OUT MANEUVER THE
BOMBARDMENT BUT HAD TO WITHDRAW.....AS IT PULLED BACK IT RAN RIGHT INTO THE
ENTERPRISE AS IT EXITED FROM WARP.....
  FIRE THE D.D.A. SHOUTED PICARD.....THE ENTERPRISE SHOOK AS THE CANNON
BLASTED IT'S POWER AT THE BORG SHIP.
  FEDERATION TRANSPORT BEAMS BEGAN TO APPEAR ON BOARD THE STO-VO-
KOR....MANNING TURNED TO FACE KANG AS A BORG REACHED FOR HIM....BUT KANG
BROUGHT DOWN HIS LONG KNIFE AND THE OUT STRETCHED ARM OF THE BORG FLEW
OFF AT THE ELBOW TO THE FLOOR..... THE BORG'S OTHER ARM REACHED OUT TO KANG
AND KANG TURNED HIS BLADE UPWARD AND WITH A STRONG UPWARD MOVEMENT,
HIS LONG KNIFE CUT THROUGH THE BORG'S ARM AT THE ARM PIT.....THEN KANG FRONT
KICKED THE BORG IN THE CHEST TO SEE THE BORG FLY INTO THE BACK OF HIS
COMMAND CHAIR.

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 MANNING GRABBED A BORG FROM THE BACK BY IT'S HEAD AND TWISTED IT
VIOLENTLY AROUND UNTIL IT SNAPPED.
 THERE WAS PHASER FIRE EVERY WHERE.....BUT IT DID LITTLE DAMAGED TO THE BORG
WHOM HAVE ADAPTED TO THE PHASER SETTINGS....IT WAS THE KLINGONS WITH THEIR
BLADES THAT BROUGHT THE BORG TO THEIR END.

AS THE THIRD BORG SHIP EXPLODED FROM THE COMBINED FIRE POWER OF THE FLEET
SHIPS AND THE D.D.A. CANNON FROM THE ENTERPRISE....PICARD TURNED TO MR. DATA
AND SAID.....WHAT'S THAT BORG SHIP DOING.....IT SEEMS TO HAVE SOME AFFECT ON
THE WORM HOLE......SIR. REPLIED MR. DATA....I BELIEVE IT IS TRYING TO HOLD IT
OPEN.....BUT SOME UNKNOWN PHENOMENON IS COUNTERING THEIR EFFECTS.
THEN SUDDENLY A FLASH OF LIGHT FROM THE WORM HOLE ENGULFED THE BORG SHIP
THEN IT VANISHED AS IF IT JUST BLINKED OUT.
WHAT DO MAKE OF THAT MR. DATA.....ASKED PICARD....I'M NOT SURE SIR....BUT IT
COULD BE A RESULT OF THE LIFE FORMS OCCUPYING WITHIN THE WORM
HOLE....REPLIED MR. DATA.....YOU KNOW YOU COULD BE RIGHT....IT......SIR. I HAVE
ADMIRAL JANEWAY ON LINE.....CALLED MS. KAUFMAN.....ON SCREEN WOULD YOU
PLEASE......SAID PICARD.....JANEWAY'S IMAGE APPEARED ON SCREEN AND SHE LOOKED
A MESS.....HER HAIR PINS HAD FALLEN OUT AND HER FACE WAS FULL OF
CONCERN......WE ARE TAKING A BEATING OVER HERE TRYING TO DEFEND DS9....AND
JUST NOW A FIFTH BORG SHIP HAS APPROACHED THE STATION.....MY REQUEST FOR
MORE FLEET SHIPS ARE NOT BEING ANSWERED......WE NEED.....
THEN A STRONG MESSAGE CAME OVER THE COMM. DROWNING OUT ALL
COMMUNICATIONS WITH JANEWAY AND THE SCREEN WAS FULL OF STATIC.......THIS
IS THE BORG.....ALL HOSTILITIES SHALL STOP.....REQUESTING
COMMUNICATIONS WITH LOCUTUS......
   MS. KAUFMAN....CLEAR THE SCREEN...CALLED PICARD......AY, AY SIR REPLIED MS.
KAUFMAN......PICARD WITH HIS GAZE STILL ON THE SCREEN WATCHED AS THE QUEEN
APPEARED........AND STANDING BEHIND HER WAS THE “Q”...... AS YOU SEE
LOCUTUS.....WE BORG ARE STILL SEEKING PERFECTION......SO EXCUSE US FOR NOT
INFORMING OUR ADVANCE GUARD OF OUR LITTLE AGREEMENT......OUR SHIPS WILL
NOW RETURN TO OUR SPACE.....HOW EVER....THERE IS A LITTLE MATTER WITH ONE OF
OUR SHIPS THAT HAS SO MYSTERIOUSLY DISAPPEARED AT THE VICINITY OF THE TIME
DIMENSIONAL PORTAL.....WE WOULD LIKE TO HAVE IT BACK LOCUTUS......SAID THE
QUEEN WITH A KIND OF LOVING SMILE.
    NOTHING WOULD PLEASE ME MORE THAN TO ACCOMMODATE YOU BUT....YOU SEE
WE HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH YOUR SHIPS DISAPPEARANCE......AND WE ARE NOT QUITE
SURE AS TO HOW THIS WAS ACHIEVED.....SO WHY DON'T YOU CONSIDER IT A LOSS AS
WE HAVE TAKEN A LOSS OF MANY SHIPS YOUR ADVANCE GUARD HAVE DESTROYED
AND TAKE YOUR LACK OF SELF PERFECTION AND GO BACK FROM WHERE YOU
CAME......PICARD OUT.....BRAVO...BRAVO.....JEAN-LUC....SAID THE “Q”
 PICARD JERKED UP AND TURNED TO HIS LEFT TO SEE THE “Q” STANDING THERE
THEN LOOK BACK AT THE SCREEN TO SEE THE “Q” STANDING BEHIND THE QUEEN
WAVING HIS HAND AND THE QUEEN WITH A STERN BUT HURT LOOK ON HER FACE AS
SHE REPLIED TO PICARD.....VERY WELL...THEN SHE LIFTED HER HEAD A BIT.....TILL WE
MEET AGAIN......HER LOOK CHANGED TO ONE OF INDIFFERENCE......THEN THE SCREEN
WENT BLANK.
    PICARD TURNED TO FACE THE “Q” AND SAID......STILL PLAYING YOUR GAMES “Q”
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AND WHAT IS YOUR ARRANGEMENT WITH THE BORG......ARE THESE EVENT ALL YOUR
DOING.......SAID PICARD.....JEAN-LUC....JEAN-LUC.....AS I SAID SHE AND I GO WAY
BACK.....LONG BACK BEFORE YOUR SPECIES BEGAN TO FLY.....YOU SEE I AM SORT OF
RESPONSIBLE FOR THE BORG'S NEED TO SEARCH FOR PERFECTION......THE BORG ARE
LOOKING FOR THE REASON FOR THEIR EXISTENCE, THE PURPOSE OF LIFE, THEY EXCEPT
THE BELIEF THAT THEY EXIST.....BUT DO NOT KNOW.....WHY. BY ASSIMILATING OTHER
SPECIES AND CULTURES, THEY ACQUIRE DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES ON
EXISTENCE.....YOU REMEMBER "ALL GOOD THINGS" REMEMBER WHAT I SAID TO YOU
BACK THEN WHEN YOU WERE TIME TRAVELING, TRYING TO RESOLVE THAT TIME/ANTI-
TIME PARADOX......DID I NOT SAY TO YOU THAT EXPLORATION IS NOT SPACE....BUT THE
NATURE EXISTENCE......HAS THIS EXPERIENCE GIVEN YOU A GREATER INSIGHT TO THE
NATURE OF EXISTENCE....SAID THE “Q”.
    PICARD GAVE “Q” A STRANGE LOOK AS HE ANSWERED.....THIS ATTACK ON US BY
THE BORG WAS PERPETRATED BY YOU AS SOME KIND OF TEST BY TRIAL....THAT TEST
YOUR CONTINUUM HEAPED ON US BACK THERE AT FAR POINT????......WELL NOT
EXACTLY.....THIS ATTACK WAS ENTIRELY THE BORG'S IDEA. BUT IT SEEMED TO FIT
RIGHT INTO OUR PLANS......HOWEVER JUST BETWEEN YOU AND I, MY FELLOW
CONTINUUM MEMBERS DO NOT KNOW THAT I HELPED YOU, WE WERE CURIOUS AS TO
HOW YOUR SPECIES WOULD REACT TO THIS INVASION BUT I KNEW THAT WITH THE
RIGHT PUSH YOU WOULD SUCCEED.....SAID THE “Q”
  SUCCEED YOU SAY......HOW MANY HAVE DIED THIS DAY....HOW COULD YOU.....THEN
SUDDENLY THE “Q” LIFTED HIS HAND AND SAID.......ENOUGH OF THIS BABBLE AND
SNAPPED HIS FINGERS AND FLASHED OUT.
   PICARD TURNED TO LOOK AROUND AT HIS CREW WHEN MR. SPOCK SPOKE.....YOU
KNOW HE'S RIGHT.....THERE IS NO POINT IN TRYING TO JUSTIFY HIS OR OUR
ACTIONS......WHAT WAS DONE NEEDED TO BE DONE.....YOU KNOW MY BELIVE‟S
REGARDING THE NEED TO CAUSE THE DEMISE OF ANY LIFE FORM....HOWEVER WHEN I
WEIGH THE DEATH‟S OF ALL THAT HAVE DIED THIS DAY AGAINST ALL WHOM WOULD
HAVE BEEN ASSIMILATED BY THE BORG...A KIND OF DEATH IN IT'S SELF....I FIND MY
SELF TAKING THE “Q”s SIDE IN THIS MATTER. I SEE YOUR POINT MR. SPOCK....BUT I
HAVE TROUBLE EXCEPTING IT ALL.....PERHAPS I NEED TIME.....REPLIED PICARD......JEAN-
LUC.....YOU LOOK TIRED.....WOULD YOU PLEASE TAKE A REST....ASKED MS. SANTOS.
   YES YOUR RIGHT...PICARD TURNED TO MR. DATA AND SAID......MR. DATA WOULD YOU
COORDINATE A CLEAN UP WITH ADMIRAL JANEWAY AND THE REST OF THE FLEET,
THEN SET A COURSE BACK TO PRIMUS 4......SO WE CAN RESUME OUR HOLIDAY....THE
CREW DESERVES IT AND I THINK IF I HAVE ANOTHER CONFLICT.....I WILL SELF
DESTRUCT....I WILL BE IN MY QUARTERS IF YOU NEED ME.
   PICARD THEN TURNED TO FACE MR. SPOCK AND SAID.....THANK YOU....THANK YOU
FOR EVERYTHING. YOUR INPUT WAS ENORMOUS AND THANK YOU FOR SAVING MY
LIFE......SPOCK NODDED AS PICARD WALKED BY AND HEADED TO THE TURBO LIFT.
   MR. DATA.....WOULD YOU PLEASE CONTACT ADMIRAL JANEWAY AND INFORM HER OF
MY TRANSPORT TO HER SHIP......I WILL BE IN TRANSPORTER BAY NUMBER ONE....SAID
SPOCK....THEN HE TOO WALKED TOWARD THE TURBO LIFT.
   DATA TURNED TO THE BRIDGE CREW AND SAID....PLEASE MAN YOUR STATIONS,
MS. KAUFMAN, WOULD YOU PLEASE OPEN A CHANEL TO VOYAGER II AND INFORM HER
OF ADMIRAL SPOCK'S TRANSPORT AND CONTACT THE FIRST OFFICER MR. PARIS. I
WOULD LIKE TO COORDINATE WITH HIM AND THE FLEET SHIPS FOR A CLEAN UP
MISSION.

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THE ENTERPRISE MANEUVERED HER SELF IN AND OUT OF FLEET SHIPS TO
PERFORM HER PART OF THE CLEAN UP.


EPILOGUE:
  PICARD‟S DREAM


THE TURBO DOOR OPENED AND PICARD STEPPED OUT ONTO THE CORRIDOR AND STOOD
TO LOOK AROUND…..THERE WERE CREW MEMBERS WALKING BACK AND FORTH….HE
STARED HIS WALK TOWARDS HIS QUARTERS WITH A CAPTAIN‟S STRIDE HIDING THE
FATIGUE HE FELT…WHEN HE REACHED HIS DOOR TO HIS QUARTERS HE STOPPED AND
PUT HIS RIGHT HAND ON THE DOOR TO SUPPORT HIM SELF AS HE PUNCHED IN HIS
ACCESS CODES….THE DOOR OPENED AND HE STAGGERED IN TO STOP JUST INSIDE HIS
ROOM….THE DOORS CLOSED BEHIND HIM AND WITH HIS RIGHT HAND HE REACHED OUT
OVER HIS LEFT SHOULDER TO GIVE IT A RUB….THEN BENT HIS BACK BACKWARDS AS
HE BEGAN TO WALK TO HIS BED…HE TURNED AND SAT DOWN LEANING TO HIS LEFT
SIDE WITH HIS LEFT HAND ON THE BED SUPPORTING SOME OF HIS WEIGHT….HE LET
OUT A SLOW BREATH, THOUGHT FOR A MOMENT......THIS HAS BEEN THE LONGEST DAY
IN MY LIFE.....THEN HE SAID….COMPUTER....

 ADMIRALS LOG: STARDATE: 58304.3:
 THIS CERTAINLY HAS BEEN THE LONGEST DAY....MANY HAVE LOST THEIR
LIVES.....COMMENDATIONS FOR COMMANDER DATA, CAPTAINS WILLIAM RIKER, JULIUS
ALVAREZ, LINDA RILEY, T'PORIK REEVES AND OF COURSE LIEUTENANT COMMANDER
WORF, SPECIAL COMMENDATION FOR CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER COMMANDER BEVERLY
CRUSHER AND THE CREW OF THE ENTERPRISE...I MUST SAY THAT THIS WAS THE FIRST
TIME A TOTAL UNIFIED EFFORT MADE BY ALL THE INHABITANTS OF THIS QUADRANT
HAS SUCCEEDED IN REPELLING THE BORG....A FEAT THAT WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN
POSSIBLE IF IT WERE NOT FOR THE INTERVENTION OF THE “Q”.....
SUDDENLY PICARD HEARD SOMEONE....IT SOUNDED LIKE A PERSON CLEARING HIS OR
HER THROAT.... HE LOOKED UP....TURNED HIS HEAD TOWARD HIS REPLICATOR STATION
SQUINTED HIS EYES TO SEE THE “Q” STANDING THERE. PICARD SAID COMPUTER...END
LOG....THEN ADDRESSED THE “Q”…I DID NOT SEE YOU STANDING THERE WHEN I CAME
IN AND THERE WAS NO USUAL FLASH…..”Q” RESPONDED…I WAS ALWAYS AT YOUR
SIDE, YOU SAW ME ONLY WHEN I WANTED YOU TO.
    NOT NOW “Q” I'M TIRED AND I WANT TO BE ALONE…SAID PICARD
“Q” LOOKED AT PICARD AND SAID…YOU DID GOOD JEAN LUC…YOU DID THE RIGHT
THING.
          THE RIGHT THING…..DID GOOD…..MR. SPOCK THINKS YOUR RIGHT...BUT TELL
THAT TO THE BILLIONS OF BORG I JUST MURDERED THE LIVES I TOOK….INSTEAD OF
FREEING THEM FROM THE COLLECTIVE I SIMPLY KILLED THEM…..DID GOOD YOU
SAY….PLEASE GO….GO…GO…LEAVE ME ALONE….THEN PICARD LOOKED HARD AT “Q”
AND SAID…THIS IS ALL YOUR FAULT YOU STARTED THIS YOU BASTARD…YOU PUT
US…ME IN THIS HORROR…THIS SITUATION…WHY COULD YOU HAVE GIVEN ME
ANOTHER IDEA…ONE THAT DID NOT MURDER…ONE THAT COULD FREE THEM, RETURN
THEM, GIVE THEM BACK THERE LIVES...YOU CONSPIRED WITH THE BORG QUEEN, WHAT
GAME ARE YOU PLAYING WITH US….I WISH WE NEVER MET…GO…DAME
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YOU…GO
           JEAN LUC SAID “Q”…YOU ARE THEIR HERO…THERE SAVIOR…..TO FREE
THEM FROM THE COLLECTIVE WOULD BE AN INSULT. YOU SEE EVEN FREED THEY
COULD NEVER GO BACK TO THE LIVES THEY HAD…THE PEOPLE THEY ONCE WERE.
TO BE WITH THE FAMILY'S THEY HAD….THE BORG DO MORE THEN JUST
ASSIMILATE.... THEY DESTROYED THERE WORLDS, THEY MURDERED THEM IN A
WAY THAT NO ONE SHOULD DIE….THEY TOOK EVERYTHING FROM THEM AND IF
FREED….THEY ARE LEFT WITH NOTHING BUT HATE, DESPAIR, AND LOSS….SO YOU
SEE YOU DID DO THE RIGHT THING….YOU FREED THEM…YOU RETURNED THEM TO
THEIR LOVED ONES IN THE AFTER LIFE…..YOU REMEMBER THE AFTER LIFE DON'T
YOU….YOU AND I HAD A GOOD TIME…..I HAD TO START THIS….I HAD TO INTRODUCE
YOU TO THE BORG...HAD TO FORCE THIS…THIS CONFRONTATION….YOU WERE MY ONLY
HOPE…MY ONLY CHANCE TO UNDO WHAT WAS DONE….YOU SHOWED THEM WHAT
HUMANITY IS ALL ABOUT SOMETHING THEY ARE MISSING.....
….COURAGE….MERCY….JUSTICE….WILLING TO DIE FOR ANOTHER BEING…WE ARE SO
PROUD OF YOU.... OF YOU ALL…..THE BORG STILL LIVE….BUT NOW THROUGH THE
PEACE AGREEMENT THEY WILL KNOW TO STAY AWAY FROM YOUR QUADRANT IN
NUMBERS, THEY HAVE LEARNED A LESSON THEY WILL NOT EVER FORGET!!!.....AND
THIS PEASE AGREEMENT IS SOMETHING NEW TO THEM.....THEIR SEARCH FOR
PERFECTION HAS NOW TAKEN A TURN.....NOW THEY MUST....ASK....NOT SIMPLY TAKE
WHAT THEY WANT.....BUT ASK. THE FUTURE IS YOURS..... THE BORG WILL SEE THINGS
DIFFERENTLY VERY SOON...THEY THEMSELVES ARE GOING THROUGH A KIND OF CIVIL
WAR...QUESTIONING THEIR APPROACH TO THEIR EXISTENCE AND RELATIVITY TO ALL
OTHER LIFE FORMS. ALREADY THEY ARE LOOKING FOR A KIND OF JOINING WITH
INTELLIGENT LIFE FORMS....SUCH AS HUMANS.....YOU FOR EXAMPLE, THEY HAVE
ASSIMILATED MORE MINDS THEN IS POSSIBLE FOR THEM TO CONTROL. YOU SEE.....YOU
WERE THEIR ONLY HOPE.....PICARD
           BUT TO USE THE GENESIS DEVICE......WHAT HAVE WE UNLEASHED.....IF THIS
WAS USED FOR THE WRONG REASONS....FOR WAR....WE HAD IT SAFELY
STORED.....HIDDEN FROM OTHERS.....SAID PICARD
           OH...DID YOU....SAID “Q” .....I SEEM TO REMEMBER A LITTLE PIG FERENGI
NAMED ROWKET.....OF WHOM BROKE INTO YOUR STARFLEET SECURE MAIN FRAME AND
TOOK YOUR GENESIS FOR HIS VERY OWN REASONS.....NOT FOR WAR BUT FOR
GREED....HOWEVER SOON IT WOULD DAWN ON HIM THAT HE HELD A VERY POWERFUL
WEAPON.....ONE HE COULD USE FOR CONQUEST.....TO DEEPLY SATISFY HIS LUST FOR
POWER AND GREED......I HAD TO LEAD YOU TO THIS DON'T YOU SEE...BY LOOKING FOR
THIS DEVICE YOUR STARFLEET DISCOVERED IT WAS MISSING AND WHO TOOK IT.....NOW
THAT PIG NO LONGER HAS THIS DATA.....AND NOW IT MUST BE SHARED AND
CONTROLLED WITH ALL YOUR NEW ALLIES......YOU SEE YOU WERE RIGHT....THE TRIAL
GO'S ON....YOUR SPECIES SHALL NOW BE TESTED WITH THE ULTIMATE TEST,
"RESPONSIBILITY"......THE RESPONSIBILITY OF SUCH A POWERFUL TOOL. “Q” COULD
SEE THE BIRTH OF PANIC IN PICARD'S FACE.
           “Q” WALKED OVER TO PICARD AND STOOD OVER HIM…PICARD SITTING AT
THE EDGE OF HIS BED LOOKING UP AT HIM WITH A STRANGE LOOK IN HIS FACE HIS
EYES RAPIDLY LOOKED SIDE TO SIDE HIS MIND RACING WITH THOUGHTS BUT HIS
MOUTH SHUT TIGHT UNABLE TO VOICE THEM...THEN THE LOOK OF CONFUSION FILLED
HIS FACE….HIS EMOTIONS RAN FROM SADNESS TO ANGER THEN TO DESPAIR….HE
BEGAN TO PANIC…..“Q” SAID WITH HIS HEAD TILTED TO HIS LEFT SIDE....I SEE YOU ARE
STILL HAVING A PROBLEM WITH ALL THIS......
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         “Q”s HEAD STRAIGHTENED UP...HIS STARE AT PICARD BECAME FIXED....HE
TOOK IN A DEEP BREATH....THEN IN A DEEP VOICE AND FULL OF VIBRATION THE “Q”
SAID TO PICARD.......
SLEEP….GO TO SLEEP….PICARD'S GAZE INTO THE “Q” FACE WAS ONE OF DEEP
ABSORPTION....HE COULD NOT TURN AWAY.....THEN HIS BODY BEGAN TO MOVE
MECHANICALLY, HIS GAZE STILL FIXED ON THE “Q” AS HE MOVED TO THE CENTER OF
HIS BED. SLEEP…. SAID THE “Q”....HE BEGAN TO LAY BACK WITH HIS HEAD ON HIS
PILLOW AND HIS EYES CLOSED THE “Q” CONTINUED TALKING TO HIM WITH A VOICE
THAT MADE THE ROOM VIBRATE
           SLEEP…SLEEP…OH LITTLE MAN...GO TO THAT PLACE…YOU
KNOW THE ONE…THE ONE THAT'S FULL OF LIGHT….DO YOU SEE
THEM….GO TO THEM…YOU ARE THERE SAVIOR....THEIR HERO….GO TO
THEM......GO TO THEM.....HUMAN
        PICARD WITH HIS EYE‟S CLOSED AND EYE LIDS FULL WITH WATER…. HE
BEGAN TO SMILE….HIS BREATHING BEGAN TO QUICKENED…..HIS FACE LIT UP, HIS
BODY BEGAN TO MOVE LIKE A CHILD LOOKING FOR COMFORT UNDER IT'S BLANKET
AND HE WHISPERED WITH A FARAWAY VOICE...."YES…YES GOOD TO MEET YOU…GOOD TO
MEET YOU ALL"
HIS BODY RELAXED IN HIS BED BUT HIS MIND WAS ELSE WHERE…IN A PLACE WE ONLY
DREAM OF… A PLACE WHERE ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE… A PLACE WHERE WE ARE
REUNITED WITH LOVED ONES NOT WITH US IN THIS REALM…… “SO MANY OF YOU..I SEEM
TO KNOW SOME OF YOU… THERE ENSIGN ROBERTS….OVER THERE LIEUTENANT COMMANDER RAMOS….
AND…CAPTAIN HARRIMAN…..I’M SO GLAD TO SEE YOU….SO GLAD TO SEE YOU ALL....YOU LOOK
WELL......YOU LOOK WHOLE”
STILL WITH A SMILE ON HIS FACE AND GIGGLING LIKE A CHILD, WITH WATER POURING
OUT FROM UNDER HIS EYE LIDS…HIS HANDS OPENING AND CLOSING.....THE “Q”
WALKED TO THE SIDE OF HIS BED AND LOOKED DOWN INTO THE FACE OF JEAN- LUC
PICARD THEN “Q” BEGAN TO CHANGE....HIS FACE LIT-UP WITH LIGHT…HIS HEAD
BEGAN TO FORM INTO A SPHERE....HIS EYES BEGAN TO GROW ROUND AND LARGE AND
WITH A STARE THAT SAW THROUGH PICARD…A FACE FULL OF "OMNIPRESENCE"
HE WAS TRANS-FIGURED HIS BODY FORMING INTO A SPHERE OF WHIT
LIGHT......THEN SAID….TILL WE MEET AGAIN MY PET….THEN HIS FORM BECAME
SHAPELESS. THE ROOM FILLED WITH LIGHT AND SHOOK WITH VIBRATION WITH A
FLASH….HE WAS GONE.




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                          A CHILD'S CRY FOR HELP

ON A PLANETOID WITHIN THE HOPE STAR SYSTEM IT CAME TO BE A PLACE WHERE
ONE SINGLE LIFE FORM SEPARATE FROM MANY BUT YET ACTING AS ONE WITH ALL
LIFE ON THIS SMALL WORLD, THIS LIFE FORM WALKED WITH PURPOSE, IT STEPPED
INTO WHAT APPEARED TO BE SOME KIND OF SPACE CRAFT......THIS CRAFT, ALIVE
AND ALSO SEAMING WITH
PURPOSE.....EXPANDING.....CONTRACTING.....BREATHING.....NOW HOUSING THIS
SINGLE LIFE FORM WITH IT'S PORTAL CLOSED....... IT BEGAN TO LIFT...HIGHER AND
HIGHER UNTIL IT LEFT THE PLANETOID'S GRAVITATIONAL FIELD AND PROCEEDED
TO MOVE OUT INTO SPACE.......AFTER A SHORT DISTANCE THE CRAFT SEEMED TO
EXPAND AS IT CAME TO A HALT.......INSIDE THE CRAFT THE LIFE FORM SAT IN IT'S
COMMAND CHAIR LOOKING LEFT THEN RIGHT.....THINKING WHAT COURSE TO
TAKE.......WHO AM I...WHAT AM I......THOUGHTS FLASHED THROUGH IT'S
MIND....HUMAN.....BORG.....HUMAN.....BORG.....HUMAN/BORG......I AM BOTH.....SHALL I
GO TO BORG SPACE OR TO HUMAN SPACE.....I NEED ANSWERS....PURPOSE.....HUMAN
SPACE IS CLOSER......CLOSER......LOCUTUS IS HUMAN......LOCUTUS IS CLOSER.....I NEED
LOCUTUS...... GO TO HUMAN SPACE....A PLACE CALLED....001
THE CRAFT NOW FULL OF PURPOSE BEGAN TO SHIFT IN POSITION THEN TURN....IT
SEEMED TO CONTRACT AS IT WENT INTO FORWARD MOTION...FASTER AND FASTER
IT MOVED.....SOON THE STARS FLEW BY AT SPEEDS ONLY STAR SHIPS CAN
MATCH.....YET STILL FASTER THE CRAFT WENT.....AND INSIDE SEATED IN THE
COMMAND CHAIR SAT THE LIFE FORM WITH TEARS STREAMING DOWN IT'S
FACE....IT'S MIND RACING WITH THOUGHTS OF DOUBT AND
UNCERTAINTY....FEAR....HELP ME....HELP ME....LOCUTUS HELP ME CRIED OUT
THE CHILD.....HELP ME....I'M HERE....HELP ME.....THEN SUDDENLY ON A SPEAKER
CAME A SOUND......THIS IS SPACE PLATFORM 107.....TO UNIDENTIFIED SPACE CRAFT....DO
YOU READ ME...I SAY AGAIN...DO YOU READ ME....WHAT IS THE NATURE OF YOUR
CONDITION.....DO YOU READ ME....THE CHILD WAS STARTLED HE STARED AT THE
SPEAKER...PLEASE RESPOND....DO YOU REQUIRE ASSISTANCE..THEN THE CHILD
SHIFTED IN IT'S SEAT THEN SPOKE....YES I READ YOU.....MY CONDITION IS THAT I NEED
LOCUTUS......GIVE ME LOCUTUS.....I HAVE NEED FOR MY FATHER....ONLY HE CAN
PROVIDE ME WITH PURPOSE...GIVE HIM TO ME..............OR I WILL DESTROY YOU!!!!

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   I HAVE BEEN A FAN OF STAR TREK (ORIGINAL EPISODES) SINCE IT STARTED BACK IN
THE MID 1960'S. SINCE THEN I HAVE WATCHED NEXT GENERATION, DEEP SPACE NINE,
VOYAGER AND OF COURSE ENTERPRISE. SO I DECIDED TO WRITE A STORY LINE
AROUND NEXT GENERATION INVOLVING A CONFLICT WITH THE BORG AND INCLUDE
DEEP SPACE NINE AND VOYAGER.
   I LIVE AND WORK IN NEW YORK CITY AND AS A MECHANICAL ENGINEER I FIND
SPACE EXPLORATION IS TRULY THE FINAL FRONTIER. NOW A NEW MOVIE WITH THE
NEWLY RESURRECTED ORIGINAL STAR TREK CHARCTURES WITH JAMES KIRK AND
CREW IN A NEW TIME LINE, I MAY CONSIDER WRITING A CAPTAIN KIRK STORY
LINE......THIS COULD BE INTERESTING




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