Author: Lilia Gibson PM
A young woman from the past contacts Beverly for help. She's a member of the most powerful race of telepaths known to the Federation. Will the crew of the Enterprise be able to help her? Chapters 7 and 8 are posted and rated M under Anachronism, Part 2!Rated: Fiction T - English - Romance/Drama - J. Picard & B. Crusher - Chapters: 6 - Words: 18,485 - Reviews: 25 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 15 - Updated: 03-23-13 - Published: 08-21-11 - id: 7311258
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Summary: A young woman from the past contacts Beverly for help. She's a member of the most powerful race of telepaths known to the Federation. Will they be able to help her? Pure P/C.
Update: Thanks to reviews, I'm currently working on two versions of this story: one where my favorite couple is linked and one where they are not. Also, I find he paranormal fascinating so I've decided to throw in paranormal aspects for fun (not to be confused with gore/horror/scary crap). I'll update when I can. Please read and review!
Chapter Warning: This chapter is rated K. Contains some supernatural elements.
Chapter 1 – In Dreams
Sleep was elusive again tonight. The events of the past year and, more specifically, the last 7 months seemed to invade every unoccupied moment she spent awake. It felt like she stared at the darkness in her mind for an eternity but in an instant she could smell hay and feel a light breeze. She opened her eyes to a large field. She was surrounded by knee-high grass that flowed with the light wind over rolling hills as if she moved the grass with her own hand. Tall, leafy trees surrounded the field and made the expansive piece of land seem secluded. As the wind blew past her nose she smiled. The alfalfa smelled so real and fresh. She turned around to survey the rest of her surroundings and stopped when she saw a tall, stocky horse. Beverly watched the animal for a few minutes. It paid her no attention. It lifted its head and seemed to check something by its front leg then went back to grazing. She saw something move but couldn't tell what it was. She slowly walked closer to the horse and saw the object of the animal's occasional attention: a little girl with dark blonde hair. The little girl looked up and saw Beverly. She looked to be about six years old with her legs drawn up under her chin. She was twisting stalks of grass in one hand and had her other arm wrapped around her legs. The girl looked at Beverly but didn't seem surprised.
"Hello." Beverly said to the little girl with a small smile.
The girl's look felt penetrating as she considered the woman. She braced herself against the horse's leg as she stood up and ducked under the horse's neck as it continued to graze and stood on the other side of the horse to face Beverly. The girl leaned against the horse as she continued her study of Beverly. After a moment longer, her blue-gray eyes stopped scanning and seemed to come to a decision.
"I feel like I don't belong here. I think you're the one to help me." The child said. Beverly stared at the girl a few seconds.
"You feel like you don't belong where?" Beverly asked.
"In my time." the girl responded.
"In your time?"
The girl pointed to Beverly and said, "2012." Beverly looked down and saw she was in uniform. "That looks like a military uniform but its not from the past or present so I assume you're from the future."
Beverly looked at the girl again, "The year 2012?"
"Yes." the girl replied.
'This dream is off to an interesting start…' Beverly thought. The girl smiled.
"What is your name?" Beverly asked.
"Virginia." The little girl paused. "Do you know what an anachronism is, Beverly?"
Beverly thought about asking how the girl knew her name but reminded herself this was a dream. "No."
"An anachronism is something that is out of place, chronologically or historically. I believe that's what I am."
"What makes you think that's what you are?"
"I have unique abilities that many claim to have but none of them are like me."
"What kind of abilities?" Beverly asked.
"I'm telepathic and empathic. That's how I contacted you. I felt a connection but I didn't know to whom so I reached out." As Beverly continued to look at her, the girl's face seemed to age, almost imperceptibly at first. "I don't understand stardates. What year is it where you are?" The girl's face continued to age and her body followed.
"2370." Beverly responded. The little girl was gone and a woman stood in her place with an expression that was one of surprise but quickly turned pensive. She now looked to be in her late-twenties. Her long, dark-blonde hair and steel-blue eyes remained vivid but her childish facial features were replaced with experience and wisdom.
"Wow." Virginia's response was calm. A smile spread across her face and she exhaled aloud. "This is really incredible." Something in her smile caught Beverly's attention. Virginia's canine teeth elongated. She was sure of it. She watched Virginia critically throughout their conversation and until now, her teeth looked perfectly normal and her eyes seemed to brighten unnaturally. Virginia interrupted Beverly's scrutiny. "My teeth, as you've noticed, lengthen and my eyes change color." Virginia hesitated for a split-second and took a deep breath before she continued. Her eyebrows furrowed and her eyes darkened. "My mother passed away recently and I never knew my father. My mother had the same abilities I do and she told me my father did as well." She inhaled deeply and looked up at the sky with only her eyes. She took one more deep breath and looked at Beverly again. "I have no family left here. I love my friends but I can't tell them about me and without my mother I feel completely alone." Beverly knew how she felt all too well. Beverly asked Virginia some additional questions, which she could use to do some research.
"How will I contact you?" Beverly asked.
"I'll sense it when you want to contact me."
The moment Beverly blinked and opened her eyes, Virginia, the horse, and the field were gone. She opened her eyes to her bedroom and stared at the ceiling running what just happened repeatedly in her mind. Unable to sleep or think of anything else, she began to research the information Virginia gave her.
At breakfast, Beverly mulled over how to approach the subject of Virginia to Jean-Luc. Her preoccupation didn't go unnoticed by her breakfast partner. He was about to say something when she beat him to it.
"Jean-Luc," He looked at her as if to say 'go on.' "Do you know what an anachronism is?"
He finished his bite and looked at her, "No. Why do you ask?"
"I believe I had an encounter with one this morning." He looked at her over his cup of tea and waited for her to continue. "An anachronism is something that doesn't belong where it is, usually historically or chronologically. In this case, it was a young woman. I was lying awake in bed and the next thing I knew I was in a field. It was so real. I could smell the alfalfa and feel the breeze blowing through my hair and across my face. It was incredible!" He could feel her excitement as she described her encounter. "She appeared to me as a little girl with a large reddish-brown horse…"
"Sorrel." He interrupted her as he placed his cup on the table in front of him.
"The reddish-brown color of the horse. The name of the color is sorrel." He said and popped the last bite of his croissant in his mouth.
"Oh. Thank you." She said as she thought of the vivid color of the horse, now with a name. She paused a moment then remembered where she left off. "I just can't believe how real it felt." She stood up and put her dishes in the replicator then turned around, walked casually to her chair and rested against it. She looked at nothing in particular then said, "At moments I still think it was a dream but I researched the information she gave me and it is correct. Virginia Marie Smith did exist and was born in Flint, Michigan, on June 12th, 1979." She sat down again. "Her mother's name was Sue Marie Smith. There was no information on her father." He focused on a point on the wall behind her as he digested the information. "She's telepathic and empathic. She also possesses traits unique to a little-known species called the Myslians. She said her mother and father had the same abilities."
"Yes. I do recall reading what is known about them some time ago. They resemble humans in nearly every way physically." He paused while searching his memory then continued. "Nothing is known about their origin or home world. They seem to be quite adept at blending in with other humanoid species because the handful of times they had been encountered was on various planets. From what you've said, it sounds like they could possibly be the most powerful telepathic species known to the Federation with the ability to project through time." He sat for a few seconds longer then looked at her. While the subject they were speaking on existing in their past, the tone in which Beverly mentioned Virginia's parents caught his attention. "You said her mother and father 'had' the same abilities." Beverly knew what he was asking.
"Yes, her mother died, very recently in her time and she has no other family left." He pursed his lips then stood up and took his dishes to the replicator for disposal. As he turned around to face her, he tugged on his tunic and rested his hands on the back of his chair.
"Is she in any danger?" It was his way of asking if time was of the essence.
"No." Beverly looked at her hands where they rested on the table. Her mood became grim. He didn't need to look at her face to see it. He could feel the change in the air. "But she feels very alone and out of place. I can feel that from her." Jean-Luc contemplated the situation then spoke.
"I will bring the situation to Starfleet's attention. So little is known about the Myslians. It isn't out of the realm of possibility that they have had time travel capabilities for some time." She smiled at him. "But first, we will both see Counselor Troi." The more proof they had that Beverly was being contacted by someone who existed more than three-hundred years ago, the better chance they had convincing Starfleet. "Picard to Counselor Troi."
"Troi here, Captain." Deanna responded.
"Counselor, do you have some time free this morning?"
"Yes, Sir. Now, as a matter of fact. I'm in my office."
"We'll be there shortly." He tapped his communications badge. "Shall we?" He gestured toward the door. They walked to Deanna's office in silence and were granted entrance immediately.
"Good morning, Captain. Doctor." She said as she stood up and gestured for them to enter and sit.
"Good morning." Each of her guests responded as they sat on the sofa.
"What can I do for you?" Deanna said.
"I would like to get your opinion on something odd that happened to me this morning." Beverly said to Deanna.
"I was contacted this morning by a young woman from the past. The year 2012 to be exact." She almost expected to see a look of surprise or shock from Deanna but received neither so continued. "Based on the information she gave me, and my research, I believe she's a Myslian."
Deanna considered the information. "It is known that Myslians are a telepathic race but, so little is known about them as well as the depth of their abilities. Did she say how she was able to contact you?"
"She came to me in what seemed like a dream. She said she felt a connection and reached out." Beverly said.
"You confirmed the year?"
"That's incredible. There are no known species with telepathic abilities strong enough to reach through time. How do you contact her?" Deanna asked.
"I haven't tried yet but she said she'll sense it when I want to contact her." Beverly responded.
"Deanna, I would like you to prepare a report for me, which I will include with my final report for Starfleet." Picard said. "I plan to propose an extraction mission."
"Of course, Captain." Deanna said. "Beverly, will you send me the information you have on Virginia and ask her to attempt to contact me?"
"Yes and thank you, Deanna." Beverly said then smiled and looked at Jean-Luc.
He smiled, "Thank you, Deanna."
"Of course." With that, all three stood and both visitors left for their offices.
After the meeting with Deanna, Beverly immediately went to Sickbay. Nothing needed her immediate attention except some reports so she retired to her office for the remainder of the morning. She transferred her research on Virginia to Deanna and Jean-Luc then began working on her stack of medical reports.
'Beverly.' The feminine voice came from nowhere and startled her enough to make her drop the padd she was reading. She sat back in her chair with her hand over her rapidly beating heart. She took some deep breaths. 'Sorry. I didn't mean to startle you.'
'This is going to take some getting used to.' Beverly rolled her eyes and sat forward in her chair again. Virginia easily picked out that this wasn't the first time Beverly had someone else in her head.
'Are you busy?'
'I'm going to take a wild guess you already know the answer.'
'True. I do but I was trying to be courteous.'
'Well, I appreciate that.' Beverly responded then paused as she considered what Virginia just said. 'Is that something that takes work for you?' she asked with a humorous tone. Virginia laughed.
'Sometimes it does.' Virginia said. 'I've been called insensitive.' Virginia smiled to herself. She heard 'ice queen' somewhere within Beverly.
'That doesn't bother you?'
'No. It isn't always meant to be an insult. Sometimes I'm just oblivious and other times I appear to be insensitive compared to most women. There are often times where I tend to be literal and logical versus…' She searched for the right word. 'Emotional. I believe there is very little need for emotions in my line of work. Emotions tend to complicate situations and being a woman, I don't particularly care for being stereotyped.' Virginia paused again. 'So, when was your first time?'
'What?' Beverly exclaimed, her jaw dropped and her eyes wide.
Virginia smiled to herself. Shock value is priceless. 'Your first telepathic experience. This isn't your first time.'
Beverly swallowed as she closed her mouth, thankful no one walked by her office at that moment. She thought about her most recent encounter and her anxiety level began to rise. 'It was several months ago.'
Virginia felt hesitation, excitement, curiosity, pleasure, shock, sadness, fear, and regret from Beverly all at once. The rush of so many emotions would take some time to sort through but one thing stood out whether Beverly wanted it to or not: Jean-Luc. She didn't even consciously think of his name but it was still there. 'Jean-Luc. Is that who was with you and Deanna this morning?' Virginia asked.
The breath left Beverly's body as she felt panicked then angry. 'How?!' She began then paused. Virginia was a telepath. 'Never mind. Yes, he is the captain of the ship.' She answered simply.
Virginia understood the curt answer and moved on. 'Ship? Like a space ship? After all the speculation, movies, TV shows and a failed space program, humans finally acquired space travel. So, you are the doctor of the ship?'
'Yes, I'm the chief medical officer.'
'How long have you been in?' Virginia asked.
'It's not a military. It's called Starfleet. It's an organization dedicated to the exploration of space. Earth no longer has a military but part of Starfleet's duties is to defend Earth.'
'So, I take it war still exists?'
'Unfortunately, yes. With space travel came encounters with some abominable races and species.' Beverly said with a touch of sadness.
'Is it all worth it?'
Beverly paused only a second before she responded. 'Yes.' Virginia could hear the normality return in Beverly's voice.
'Do you think you'll be able to help me?'
'I don't know. We're going to try but we'll need your help. Can you try to contact Deanna? She the ship's counselor.'
'Yes but what for?'
'The more information we have about you and your situation, the better prepared the Captain will be to take your case to Starfleet.' Beverly paused a moment then continued, 'Based on my research this morning, your abilities resemble those of a species called the Myslians. We don't know much about them. We don't know where they come from and there are very few documented interactions with them. The fact that you'll be able to help us learn more about the Myslians will aid him in pleading your case, so to speak.'
'You want to turn me into a guinea pig in exchange for rescuing me?' Virginia asked knowing Beverly couldn't tell she was half joking.
'Yes but, our level of technology would not involve any invasive procedures. Physiological and neurological studies would be completely harmless to you.' Beverly's professional and frank answer put Virginia at ease. 'Now, I have some reports to finish and you need to contact Deanna.'
'Yes, Ma'am!' Virginia replied jokingly.