A/N I hope you guys have seen DS9 because it'll make it easier for you to know who Ben and other characters from that show are. If not it's no big deal because it's an easy story to follow along with. Also please take it easy on me guys this is my first Star Trek fic that I've posted on here.

Prologue

San Francisco

2353

"Magnus are you sure you want to do this?" a young black cadet with a deep baritone voice asked as he took a seat at a dinner table.

"I've been waiting for something like this my whole life, Ben." Magnus replied as he handed him a cup of coffee. "Just think about how big of a discovery this would be? We'd be the first humans in over two hundred years to lay eyes on the Borg."

"Two hundred years?" Ben asked shockingly as he almost choked on his coffee. "What do you mean? I've never heard of any account of humans coming into contact with these... Borg."

"Oh um... I really wasn't supposed to say anything about that." Magnus said as a certain rebellious look of mischief came into his eyes. "But what the hell, I'll tell you anyway."

As he said that he grabbed a cup of coffee himself and took a seat at the table, opposite of his old friend and student. They had met several years ago when Ben had taken an interest in Starfleet and the two had become fast friends. When Ben had finally joined, Magnus had the honor of being one of his teachers in exobiology.

"I was sworn to secrecy by Starfleet command so you have to promise not to repeat what I'm about to say to you." at Ben's nod he continued. "About three hundred years ago in 2063 Zefram Cochrane completed his first successful warp flight..."

"I already know that story." Ben interrupted.

"Isn't that the reason why you got bad grades in my class?" Magnus asked with a raised eyebrow. "Because you were always interrupting me when I was about to make a point."

"Sorry." the younger man said with a smile, that he tried to hide behind his coffee mug. "Please go on."

"What the history books don't tell you is that the day before the flight he was attacked by cybernetic beings. Years later and even telling the story again on his death bed all he would say about it was that he was helped by some people from the future to get rid of them and the next day he was able to make his historical flight. They thought that he was crazy and so to not tarnish his accomplishments and the history of what he had done they made sure it never went into the history books."

"That... that's an incredible story."

"One that gets even more incredible. In 2153 a scientific team in the Arctic discovered two mysterious cyborgs, similar to those described by Zefram Cochrane in the snow. The story gets a little vague from there, but it was said that the scientists had somehow turned into the Borg and made their way into space. Jonathan Archer stopped them, but not before they sent out a subspace message headed towards the Delta Quadrant. The powers that be at the time decided to cover it up and it's been a standing order every since."

"Wow... just wow." Ben said, his head spinning at this news.

He also couldn't help to think that it was a bad move on Starfleet's part that others weren't told about these Borg beings. Even though it would take centuries for that subspace message to reach the Delta Quadrant it still wouldn't hurt to be prepared.

"And you're sure you want to go after these things?" Ben asked. "I mean no one knows what they are truly capable of."

"That's why I want to find them, Ben." Magnus replied with a smile. "I've... we've got to know what's really out there."

As he said that the door to the apartment opened and in walked a tall pretty blond woman holding the hands of the cutest little girl Ben had ever seen. Smiling at her, she smiled back before shyly hiding behind her mothers leg.

"Oh I didn't know we were expecting company." the woman said as she gave her husband a kiss on the lips.

"Sorry about that hun." Magnus said as he picked up his daughter. "Erin this is my old friend and former student Benjamin Sisko. Ben this is my wife Erin."

"It's a pleasure to meet you." Ben said as they shook hands. "And who might you be?" he asked of the little girl.

"It's all right honey, Ben won't bite you." Magnus said as his daughter ducked her head into his shoulder.

"My name is Annika." she said meeting Ben's gaze.

"Annika, that's a pretty name."

"Thank you." the little girl said back as her father put her on the ground.

"Honey why don't you go and finish packing." Erin said as she smiled down at her.

"Okay.. mom." she said as she started to walk towards her room, before looking back at Ben. "I hope I see you again, Mr. Sisko."

"I hope so too." Ben replied as she ducked out of the room. "Cute kid."

"Well look at her mom." Magnus said as his wife lightly hit him on the shoulder. "Speaking of kids when are you going to have some?"

"Soon, I hope. I'm just waiting for the right girl to come along." he said as a thought occurred to him. "Wait you're taking the girl with you?"

"Yeah and I'm taking my wife." Magnus said meeting his gaze evenly. Knowing that Ben wasn't being critical of his decision and was just concerned he went on. "Everything is going to be fine. I've thought of some ways to prevent us from being detected but, I need to study the Borg a little more."

"All right." the younger man said not wanting to press the issue. It was the other man's family and not his by the way. "Just good luck." and with that he headed towards the door.

"Hey did you want to stay for dinner?" Magnus suddenly asked. "My wife can replicate a mean pasta."

"I'd love to stay but my father is expecting me home in a hour." he said thinking about the good food he was going to get back in New Orleans. His father always hated replicated food and he did in turn. "Goodbye."

As he said that and closed the door, he hoped it wasn't the last time he would see his old friend.

A/N Please review and just stick with me guys I promise the story is going to get even better.