Who Q? Where Q?
by Stephen Ratliff

This story is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and
incidents are products of the author's imagination or are used
fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events, or locales or
persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.

Star Trek, Star Trek: the Next Generation, and all created on
camera with in, are property of Paramount Pictures. This story
is produced under their no profit rule. All new material created
within is property of the author, Stephen B. Ratliff

Copyright 1995, Stephen B. Ratliff

this is story is dedicated to :

My Cousin Alan Ratliff who suggested Q.


The Learning Disability Teachers of Cave Spring High
Roanoke, VA 1990-1993
Mrs. Ratchford
Mrs. Edwards
Mrs. McGuire
Mrs. Pillis


A Girl's voice recites:
Space ... the final frontier. There are the voyages of
the starship Enterprise. Her mission, to seek out new life, new
civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before.
At least that is what the Enterprise is suppose to be
doing. Lately all the new life the Enterprise has seen is Nurse
Ogawa's new baby. The civilization we are working with this time
is centuries old. As for going were no one has gone before, the
Enterprise hasn't done that in over a year. But then again a
twelve and a half year old doesn't usually command a diplomatic
mission either.
That surprises you doesn't it? Then let me introduce
myself. I am Marrissa Amber Picard, adopted daughter of Captain
Jean-Luc Picard, and commander of the Enterprise's Kid's crew. I
hold the rank of Ensign in Starfleet with all rights and
privileges that entails. I have commanded two ships at various
times (the Maine and the Enterprise saucer section.) for a total
of 2 weeks. At this time I have 54 hours of Starfleet Academy
In fact I was completing 3 of those hours; Tactics 360,
Diplomatic Negotiation; when this began. I was waiting for my
father, Captain Picard, by Holodeck Six ...

"I wish Dad would hurry up and get here so I can get this
over with," Marrissa muttered. "Computer what time is it?"
"He's a half a hour late," She fumed. "Computer locate
Captain Picard."
"Captain Jean-Luc Picard is not aboard the Enterprise."
"Computer who is presently in command of the Enterprise."
"The Senior officer aboard, Ensign Marrissa Amber