The universe isa in a right fix again. The Enterprise has come across a giant rift in space that is expanding at an alarming rate. Sensors and probes have shown that there are no stars, planets or lefesigns within, it looks as if the rift is incapable of supporting life. Eventually, it will grow larger than the unioverse itself and snuff out all life.
I stand up on the Bridge, and talk to the staff.
"Suggestions, anyone?" I say with gravitas. This is a last resort plea I use when I haven't a clue myself. Everyone looks around, unsure.
It's blank look time!
Seven of Nine steps forward.
"We could launch a bomb into the rift and hope it dissolves the rift." the drone suggests.
"Hope?" Riker replies sarcastically, "It would most likely increase the rift sixe at a faster rate, like the Borg did when it invadsed the fluidic space of Species 8472."
Seven shrugs her shoulders, if that is what drones can do.
Jenny Baxter gets up
"We need to go into the rift then try and bring the pieces of space...and...and..." she stutters.
"A noble thought, Ensign." I comment, "But as the rift cannot sustain life, then all life on the Enterprise would disappear when we entered."
"Except for me, sir." Data adds, "If I were to take a shuttlecraft into the rift, I may be able to activate a aortic energy field to bring thr rift to a close."
It all sounds confusing to me, but these scientific suggestions always do. Jennifer bursts into tears at this suggestion from her android boyfriend.
"You can't go, Data!" she exclaims, "It would be a suicide mission. The rift might shut down your positronic brain, you might be closed behind the rift...you might......"
"The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few." Data states calmly, then looks at me.
I give permission for the shuttlecraft to be prepared. Data says his farewells to Jennifer, who has crumpled on the floor.
He lifts the Ensign up and says to her: "I shall be back."
To be continued after the TWQ......