Twelve Years Later

"Come on!" Jeanette whispered to her nine-year-old sister, Rose-Marie Anjelique. "There's something I want to show you."

Rose-Marie frowned. "You know we're not supposed to be back here."

"Sh! No one will see us."

Both girls were strawberry blondes and had gray-green eyes with the tiniest flecks of brown. Jeanette was taller, and her hair was wavier and a lighter shade of blonde.

"Here it is!" Jeanette said triumphantly.

"But it's just a rock." Rose-Marie was puzzled.

"It's not just a rock," Jeanette said huffily. "It contains metaphysic radiation. Do you know what that is?"

Rose-Marie shook her head.

"It stops the aging process. Not only that, but it reverses the effects of aging as well. Do you know that when Dad first met Mom, he was almost completely bald?"

"No way!" Rose-Marie laughed and shook her head. Her father had had a full head of hair for as long as she could remember.

"He was. And did you know Geordi used to be blind?"

"You're kidding!"

Jeanette shook her head. "I'm serious. This rock used to be part of one of the rings around Mom's home planet, Ba'Ku. A long time ago, some people called the Son'a tried to force Mom and the rest of the Ba'Ku to move to another planet so that they could steal the rings, but Dad and his crew wouldn't let them," Jeanette said proudly.

"Wow! So how did this one end up on the Enterprise?"

"Mom brought it along when she came on board the Enterprise with Dad. Geordi's been trying for a long time now to find a way to replicate it. He says that's an ethical way that the entire Federation can benefit from it."

"What's that mean?"

"It means that a lot of people can be helped without anyone getting hurt."

"Oh." Rose-Marie looked impressed. "Geordi's pretty smart, isn't he?"

"Dad's pretty smart, too," Jeanette said loyally. "If not for him, Mom and the rest of the Ba'Ku wouldn't even be here anymore."

"So then me and you wouldn't be here either."

"That's right. Come on, let's get out of here before we get caught." The girls tiptoed out of engineering and made their way back before anyone noticed that they had been gone.