Trek to the Hellmouth. Redux Edition
by Antonio Cabañas
Star Trek in all its incarnations and all related characters are property of Paramount Pictures. Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and all related characters were created and are owned by Joss Whedon. Star Trek, and Star Trek: The Next Generation created by Gene Roddenberry. I created Tony Castro and the USS Corsair
Buffy to season 4, Angel to season 1, although due to the nature of the story there is some spoilers to later seasons. Star Trek to Star Trek: First Contact, and to Deep Space Nine season 5.
This is a rewrite of an old fanfic of mine. The original story was simply too full of things that make me cringe today. In this rewrite I'm striving to making the story coherent, tightening its pace, and removing (or toning down where that is not possible) the most over-the-top moments. Note 2:
If you have read this (redux version) earlier, you probably have noted some minor differences. I'm going to edit the story a bit as I'm posting it, due to some changes on the background for a few of the OCs as I was writing it.
Nearly a month after the events of Star Trek: First Contact, the USS Enterprise, NCC-1701-E, is fully repaired, and it's ready to come back into service. But not all the Borg tech on board was removed...
San Francisco Space Dry-dock. Earth's Orbit. Stardate 50951.3
"Make it so!" said Picard in the bridge.
The engines of the ship slowly came to life as the last connections to the orbital dry-dock were removed. Slowly at first, the USS Enterprise abandoned the structure, gaining speed with each second. As the Sun appeared over the edge of Earth, the ship, finally free from the dry-dock started to execute a graceful turn to free herself from Earth's gravity well.
On the bridge, Picard was exhilarated, and with the corner of his eye he could see the guest of honor, Admiral Antonia Castro, one of the few active officers who could make truthfully the claim to have served aboard the original Federation starship Enterprise, wiping tears from her eyes.
Noticing Picard's eyes on her, she winked at him and smiled, although not with her infamous crooked smile, rather a nostalgic smile remembering old times and old friends. Picard turned his gaze back to front, but he couldn't avoid a little smile to curve his lips. Even with the dark times ahead, with the Dominion gathering its forces to wrestle control of the Bajoran wormhole from the Federation, there was something in getting the Enterprise underway that made him feel young again. But the smile died in his lips when he heard in his mind a very familiar whisper... the whisper of the Borg Collective. USS Enterprise. A small cargo bay besides Shuttle Bay 3
A section of the bulkhead which separated the cargo bay from the shuttle bay was ripped by a saw blade from inside, exposing what had been hidden inside for nearly a month, something which bore little resemblance to what he had been before. Now, it deployed its multiple extensible manipulators, cannibalized from the implants of other drones, around the bay, collecting material to enhance its capabilities and fulfill its mission. Its connection to the Enterprise computer allowed it to catalog the means at its disposal to do so in the more efficient manner, reactivating in the process the pieces of Borg tech that hadn't been removed. USS Enterprise. Bridge
"Mr. Data, there have been some report of Borg activity in the last weeks?" asked Picard, which drew some looks from the bridge personnel. Hardly a question to be asked when the ship had barely left Earth's orbit.
The android looked through the records and reported:
"No, captain, nothing since the destruction of the USS Azrael on Stardate 50879.9, in the actions following the destruction of the Borg cube. Although..."
"Although what, Mr. Data?" said Picard gravelly, fearing what the android was going to say.
"Captain, if I was human I would have sworn that I heard a trace of the Borg communication matrix just before you asked me that question."
"As I had, commander, as I had." said Picard, slightly nonplussed by the statement, and then opened a channel to Engineering "Picard to Laforge."
"Laforge here, captain."
"Geordi, you informed me that a small part of the left over Borg tech couldn't been removed. Can some of those pieces have...?" managed to say Picard before the ship suffered a violent lurch to port which threw to the floor most the crew members who had been standing.
Perim, the Trill conn officer, tried to recover control of the ship, to no effect. "The controls of the helm had been locked, captain. The ship seems to be maneuvering on her own!" another sudden lurch forward shook the ship, which made Perim add new information "We have entered warp, sir."
Meanwhile, in the confusion, Admiral Castro had occupied an unmanned station checking on a hunch, as Laforge reported the situation on Engineering.
"Captain, something seems to have taken control of the Engineering computers here, and its redirecting all available power to the engines, overriding all the security measures. If we don't reroute power in five minutes the nacelles will explode."
"Captain, the problems seem to have originated by the download of a rogue program into the ship computer network." said Data just after Laforge had ended his report. "A program that seems to be of Borg origin. It has taken control of Navigational and Tactical systems and the Engineering subsystems directly related to them."
"But why the Borg would want to blow up the Enterprise? After all, for them, vengeance is... irrelevant." asked Riker.
"I don't think that blowing the Enterprise is the Borg intention, commander." Said Admiral Castro from the station that she had occupied. "The course that we have taken is consistent with an slingshot maneuver around the Sun at high warp. A maneuver that, if executed inside certain parameters, can made the ship enter into a time warp."
"Shit, they are going to try it again." Commented Riker, sotto voce, and then added, although he suspected the answer "How do you know that, Admiral?"
"We had to use it back when I was helming the Enterprise-A, to go back to our time. Due to the classified nature of that mission I can't enter in more details, sorry." Said the oddly youthful woman, while thinking. 'Not that I remember much of that mission either.'
"I can confirm the findings of the Admiral, captain. In fact we will enter into a time warp into less than a minute." Said Data. "Also, I have detected the point of origin of the program download was in a communication console in the cargo bay adjacent to Shuttlebay 3. I have managed to contain its spread, but to purge it from our system we have to destroy the origin."
"Lieutenant Dan..." started to say Picard, remembering suddenly that Paddy Daniels was on leave. His second, Irina Korova, was the acting chief of Security just now. "Ensign Korova, when we get out of the time warp, assemble a team to neutralize the Borg threat. Use whatever means necessary."
"Aye, captain." was the only answer of the Russian ensign, as she quickly checked the evaluations of several tactical scenarios ran by Daniels to check the security personal performance.
"Entering time warp in ten seconds... nine...eight..." started to say Data.
"Everybody, brace yourselves!" said Picard through the general intercom.
"...seven...six...five...four...three...two...one...ze..." continued Data, interrupted by the sudden entry into the time warp. To Be Continued...