((On with the madness!! Introducing Q of the Star Trek universe! Gosh, ain't he annoying?
Melissa and Rebecca returned to their ships and flew up into orbit. There, they had their first face-to-face meeting on Melissa’s ship. Again, they had difficulties speaking to each other, for they kept speaking at the same time.
“What did you find?” Melissa asked, but Rebecca was asking the same question. Rebecca held her breath to keep from talking and let Melissa go first.
“The Federation is concerned…” she began, but Rebecca cut in.
“The Federation?” she exclaimed. “Your universe has the Trade Federation?”
“The United Federation of Planets,” Melissa corrected. “The government of much of the Alpha Quadrant.”
“Your universe is more complex than ours, I believe,” Rebecca said, shaking her head. “Alpha Quadrant?”
“Earth is in the Alpha Quadrant,” Melissa answered, giving a sigh of impatience. Rebecca was not letting her get very far. Realizing this, Rebecca apologized and motioned for Melissa to continue. “The Federation is concerned with the apparent ‘hostile takeover’ of half of Earth. At this moment, they are calling back as many of our ships as they can contact. Unfortunately, that is not many. It seems as if much of our fleet has disappeared in this accident.”
“The New Republic fears the same about Coruscant and our fleet,” Rebecca said. “They seem to have simply disappeared.”
“I take it the New Republic is your government,” Melissa said. Rebecca nodded. Suddenly, a Borg ship appeared on their view screen. Without warning, the Borg transported a few drones over to the ship. Rebecca backed away, repulsed by the sight, but Melissa drew her sword.
“What are those things?” Rebecca explained. Melissa sighed, as if frustrated by Rebecca’s lack of knowledge.
“They’re Borg drones,” she snapped. “Don’t you have weapons of some kind?”
Without another word, Rebecca drew her lightsaber and attacked the Borg. When the drones were taken care of, Melissa jumped over to the control panel and raised her shields. Then, she attacked the Borg cube. A bright flash of light could be seen next to them and Rebecca shrieked in anger. They had destroyed her ship.
When the cube was destroyed, Rebecca caught Melissa looking at her lightsaber.
“It’s a lightsaber,” she said. “The weapon of a Jedi.”
“Jedi?” Melissa asked, confused. Rebecca nodded.
“Defenders of the peace in the galaxy,” she answered. She sighed, trying to remove her irritation over the loss of her ship.
“Sorry for bringing danger into your galaxy,” Melissa said. Rebecca stared at her.
“What makes you think I didn’t bring it into yours?” she demanded.
“You aren’t in either galaxy any more,” a voice said. Melissa rolled her eyes in disgust.
“What do you want, Q?” she demanded. A flash of light brought forth the man Melissa had called Q.
“And I thought we were friends!” he said, acting as if he had been insulted. “My dear Melissa, don’t you realize what such a comment could do for you?”
“Who are you?” Rebecca asked. Q turned to her and smirked.
“According to Miss Long, here,” he said, “you wouldn’t want to know anyway. Perhaps I’ll just leave you both here to figure out what has to be done on your own!”
“Q!” Melissa yelled as he disappeared. She gave a sigh of frustration. “He’ll be back.”
Two seconds later, Rebecca found that Melissa was right.
“You called?” he demanded, this time acting as if he did not want to be there.
“Where are we?” she demanded. “You said we aren’t in either of our galaxies. Explain yourself.”
“What if I don’t want to?” he questioned, sticking his tongue out at her. She sighed.
“You do want to tell us or you wouldn’t have come,” she snapped. He nodded, as if pondering this.
“I suppose so,” he said. “Very well then. You aren’t in either of your galaxies. Rather, you are in a new one that was created when the two galaxies crashed into each other. There is only one way you can return things to normal. You have to convince both galaxies to live in peace with each other. If you don’t, the two galaxies will remain joined and engage in a brutal fight with each other. You don’t want that, now do you dears?”
Another flash of light carried him out of their sight. Melissa turned to Rebecca.
“Now do you see why I don’t like him?” she asked. Rebecca nodded vigorously.
“He’s annoying!” she exclaimed.
“That’s not nice!” his voice said.
“Shut up, Q!” the two women said, in unison.
"You are so unkind," he pouted, leaving them alone to think about what he had told them.