"I'm detecting a warp signature captain, but its traveling at one tenth impulse," said Data.
"Put it on screen lieutenant," said Captain Picard.
A white spaceship appeared on screen, it had a jagged crystaline appearance as if the ship was grown instead of built.
"It measures 15 meters by 20 meters, I am registering two distinct power sources and a warp signature coming from with the ship," announced Data, "The ship however is adrift."
"Are there any life forms aboard?"
"Hard to tell captain, the surface of the ship blocks all active sensor reading except for gravitational, but two places on board the ship register heat signatures, one apparently is the engine, but another more diffuse signature comes from within the ship, our active sensors are blocked by the surface of the ship. Gravitational sensors register a high mass. Of approximately 300,000 metric tons,” said Data.
“Seems quite a bit for such a small ship.” Picard commented.
“I am unable to ascertain the exact hull composition, but the high density would certainly account for the inability of active sensors to penetrate the hull.
“Open all hailing frequencies.”
“Hailing frequencies open sir.”
“Attention unidentified ship, You are entering Federation Space please identify yourself.”
The lights flickered.
“We are being scanned, announced Data, somehow it has managed to access the ship’s main computer!” said Data.
“See if you can lock it out!”
“I’m trying captain!”
Wesley Crusher walked down the curved corridor on deck ten after leaving the turbolift, when he noticed the light flicker. Having just completed his studies for the entrance examination to Starfleet Academy, he was ready for some R&R., he approached the holodeck entrance, a program was running on it, but no one was inside, strange Wesley thought, perhaps the power outage had something to do with it. The doors to the Holodeck opened, a bloated red sun illuminated the scene from a very dark blue sky, almost purple. Wesley stepped through, the doors closed and the arch disappeared. Wesley looked up at the star, the grass was a very dark green, almost black, he saw dark leafed trees in the distance, he felt the Sun’s heat on his face, but it wasn’t as painful to look at as his own sun on Earth. In the distance he saw some buildings made of crystal, that had a glassy white grown appearance.
After taking time off to observe his surroundings, he noticed a blue-eyed blonde haired girl watching him, she was wearing a short white dress that seemed to glow under the Sun’s pale red light, a blanket was spread over the dark green grass and a picnic basket was placed down on it. “Hello,” she said with an odd accent, “my name is Kara, what’s yours?”
“My name is Wesley that is Wesley Crusher. Pleased to meet you, he stuck out his hand. Kara bowed formally and then took his hand.”
“Ah yes, I’ve studied your world, a hand shake is a form of Earth greeting.”
Wesley looked up at the Sun, ”Interesting planet you have here, do you normally have picnics under a red sun?”
“That is the sun Rao of my home world, my father thinks its going to go supernova, but he’s not believed by his colleagues, except for his brother.”
“A class-M World around a red supergiant, how does that happen?”
“My father says that Krypton is not our original home world, and that originally our people came from somewhere else.” she said.
“Krypton, it means “hidden” I think, it is also a noble gas I believe.”
“I believe the former definition is most apt in your language.” Kara said.
“I don’t believe I’ve ever heard of your world before, is it a Federation Member?” asked Wesley.
“I don’t know what your Federation is, but I’m sure Krypton is not a member of it, our world does not have much contact with outsiders. My father sent me out on this space ship because he feels Rao is about to blow up.”
“You mean the Enterprise?”
“No,” she said, her imaged flickered for a bit, “You must come aboard my ship I …” The holodeck program suddenly ended. Wesley Crusher stood in a black square gridded room, he headed for the exit, the doors opened and he left.
Captain Picard was in his ready room, “Can we tractor the ship into the hangar deck?” he asked.
“I believe so Captain,” Data said, “the inertial mass seems to be significantly less than the gravitational mass, that is the gravity it emits, so our initial estimates of its mass may have been off.”
“Ok then do so.”
Wesley Crusher stood in the Main shuttle bay, on Deck four, as the crystalline ship was tractored through the air retaining force field. Riker, Geordi LaForge, Data, Tasha Yar and his mom Beverly Crusher were there. Wesley approached the group. “Wes, shouldn’t you be in school?” asked Riker The crystal ship was lowered onto the landing platform. “I have to be there, she is expecting me!” said Wesley. “Who?” said La Forge. “The alien within the ship, she contacted me through the holodeck computer.” said Wesley.
Riker said, “Be careful Wes.” Wesley approached the ship, the crystals retracted as he approached revealing an entrance. Wesley looked carefully inside while staying at the threshold, the crystals glowed an eerie blue radiance, but the steps seemed scaled to human legs and feet. Geordi LaForge extended his tricorder, “Be careful Wes,” he said, “if those doors close we can’t beam you out of there.“ The others followed Wesley into the ship when he signaled the all clear. There was a girl with bluish white skin on a crystal platform as the crystals retracted to expose her to the air. Her hair was pale, and her eyes were closed and she was deathly still. Wesley reached out to touch her Dr Crusher shouted, “Wes no!” There was a hiss as he touched her on the arm, his hand stuck fast is his skin froze to her. “Ow!” Wesley screamed as he tried to pull his hand off. Dr Crusher rushed over to him. “Wait Mom,” Wesley spoke up, “look!” He pointed at the girl as her skin grew pink and her skin chest began to rise with her breathing. Wesley’s palm unstuck, his palm and fingers were blackened with frostbite the girl’s eyes fluttered open. “Wesley,” she said. “Kara is that you?” Wesley asked. “Yes, Wesley it is me, I remember you.” She said. Dr Crusher moved next to her son and tapped her com badge, “Transporter room, two to beam to the sick bay.” Wesley and Beverly Crusher disappeared. “Hey, where did Wesley go?” Kara demanded. “He was beamed to sick bay because of the frost bite he got from touching your arm while you were frozen.” Geordi explained. “But he just disintegrated right before my eyes!” Kara said in an exasperated voice, she stood naked, “excuse me gents while I get dressed.”
Kara emerged later from her ship wearing a pair of red boots, a red skirt, and blue mid drift shirt with a gold ‘S’ on her chest and a red cape. Tasha Yar, Geordi, Riker, and Data stood around while Kara scanned the walls, floor and ceiling of the shuttle bay seemingly looking past them. Kara pushed past them. “Wait, hold it right there, your not authorized to go there!” Tasha yelled, threatening with her phaser set on stun. Kara ignored her and continued on. Tasha fired the phaser into her back, it having no effect, Riker yelled, “Wait stop!” Kara continued towards an access shaft, Riker fired his phaser, it too having no effect on her, then Kara did a strange thing, she simply flew down through the access shaft in the floor without touching the ladder. Tasha, Geordi, Riker and Data ran up to the ladder. Riker tapped his com badge, Riker to Bridge, we have an intruder moving towards the sick bay.
A pair of security guards stood in her way, they fired phasers at her to no effect, Kara simply bowled them aside as she moved past. Kara pushed the doors open to the sick bay with her fingertips, some smoke issued from the sides of the doors as she did so. “Kara, you shouldn’t have followed me here,” Wesley cried, “People here get a little touchy about unauthorized aliens moving about the ship.”
“I’m sorry Wes, I just found it a little disconcerting watching you disappear right before my eyes.” Kara admitted. “Its okay, its just that frostbite needs to be treated right away in order for there to be full recovery, see?” Wesley held up his right hand wrapped in a bandage, My mom says with growth factor my skin and tendons should heal themselves in a day or two. The security officers caught up with her, Kara stared at them, and they backed off.