We've come across another anomoly in space; judging by our ability to find them, and the trouble it causes, we should head sharply in the other direction.
However, as somehow we've been labelled as 'explorers' we have to take a look.
"It is an apparent tear in space." declares Data scientifically, "It leads to a parallel universe."
"Can we see what it is like in there without getting sucked in?" I ask.
"Scanners are working, Captain." he says, "It reveals a lot of familiar planets there, including Earth. Lifesigns reveal they are all Borg. There are no others there."
"Shields up!" shouts Riker. I'll have to tell him that I want a turn at saying that sometime. Does he think that being the Commander untitles him to sole us of that phrase?
A Borg dominated universe is no place to see.
"The tear is very volitile" states Data, "It will collapse at any moment; wait, sir, there is a vessel coming through."
We see a Borg Cube come through just as the tear seals itself.
That's great! A battle with a Cube from a parallel universe! At least I won't be writing 'Nothing happened.' in my Journal. I'll more than likely be writing, 'Was assimilated today' in it.
We are hailed from the Cube with the usual phrases.
"We are the Borg; resistance is futile; you will be assimilated."
Even though they are from a parallel universe, the Borg script is still the same.
Oddly, though, the sound of the feminine voice that delivers it sounds eerily familiar; I can't think where, though.
A visual hail comes on the screen.
"Greetings, Captain; hello Will." says the Borg Queen. It is clearly an assimilated Deanna.
Riker chokes on the donut he was eating. Deanna, sitting next to me, can't believe it. She drops her chocolate sundae. My cup of Earl Grey falls off my chair.
"Yes, I was formerly Deanna Troi before I was assimilated and enlightened by the Collective." says the Queen."We have taken over and destroyed what was the Federation in our universe. Now we shall be doing the same in this one, starting with the Enterprise."
"No you won't!" I tell her in my 'authoritive Captain voice', "You'll find us very resiliant."
"They all say that at first" she sighs, "How about if I assimilate you first, Deanna? We could become great friends, "There are some great shops in the Borg Shopping Mall that we could explore together."
"Are there?" says Deanna eagerly for a moment, before she realises the situation.
"And as for you, Will" continues the Queen, "I may not assimilate you, but keep you as my little pet. You were no fun as a drone in the other universe."
A tractor beam from the Cube grips the Enterprise. We are starting to be pulled towards it.
"Drones will come aboard to escort you to the Assimilation Chamber." says the Queen menacingly.
I must admit, as tough spots go, this must rank an '11 out of 10'.
"Ideas!" I shout to the senior staff. I always say this when I haven't got a clue.
They all look clueless. Then I look at Deanna.
"Counselor" I may have an idea.