"—So, of course, I was upset that Q had freed himself from the continuum without helping us. But that was to be expected. So I was thinking of other plans when Q's mate showed up again." Picard paused to take a sip of his tea. Beverly had insisted on him telling the story over breakfast. "She told us that we had it all along, and I remembered the story."

Beverly nodded, the corners of her mouth quirking. "I suppose you clicked your heels together three times and said 'There's no place like home'."



"I said 'There's no place like the Enterprise'."

"And you came back. You know, you're not unlike Dorothy that way."

"What do you mean?" Picard said, confused.

"You would go to some place in the galaxy by accident that has great wonders, you'd stay for a short time, then you'd start asking 'Where's my ship?'."

"I couldn't abandon my ship and crew, not even if the place was as wondrous as Oz."

"Just as Dorothy can't abandon Aunt Em and Uncle Henry," Beverly said, completing her reasoning.

"I suppose so." Picard conceded. "So I was cast well as Dorothy. What about everyone else?"

Beverly laughed. "Data was the Tin Man. Lots of similarities there."

Picard laughed too. "Let's see: they're both artificial, and think they don't have emotions because they are artificial, but then act surprisingly human."

"Worf pretends he's very strong, but really he's not that frightening." Beverly added. "And Riker's loyal to you like Toto is to Dorothy. Geordi—I don't know."

"Maybe it's in the books." Picard mused.

Beverly got up and went to the computer. "Computer, give me a copy of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz on this data padd."

Picard got up too. "Computer, send a copy to Commander Riker, Lt. Commander Data, Lt. Commander LaForge, and Lt. Worf."

"Sending." The computer said. The text appeared on the data padd.

Picard and Beverly leaned in to read.

A/N The reason for Geordi's casting as the Scarecrow was partly process of elimination, and partly that, in the books, the Scarecrow and Tin Man are friends like Data and Geordi are friends. I will also take this opportunity to recommend the books. You don't have to read all fourteen.