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PostSubject: Star Trek Fans?   Sat Oct 22, 2011 4:04 am

I'm sure this is a long shot but I wondered if there was anyone here who

1) Likes Star Trek: The Next Generation who
2) Also likes the character Q who
3) Also doesn't mind the Q/Picard pairing.

I sorely doubt it but I tried to write from the perspective of Q and wondered if his POV needed a tweak.

But I figured I'd ask before wasting space with the fic =|

Note that it's not technically slash fic as there isn't any actual slash involved, just the musings of the Q entity in our limited human vocabulary.

Anywho.
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PostSubject: Re: Star Trek Fans?   Sat Oct 22, 2011 8:50 am

Haha, I hadn't thought about a Q/Picard pairing. I always found Q to be delightfully annoying as hell. I like him. He's really interesting to me. So, goes without saying, I like The Next Generation. My dad is a huge trekkie. His loyalties lie with the original, but he got me into TNG. :) I'd be interested in seeing how you portray Q, if you wanna post it. :)
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PostSubject: Re: Star Trek Fans?   Sat Oct 22, 2011 10:27 am

Really? It's one of the most popular pairings in the fandom! 8D

Well, here goes: Qriosity, chapter one

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Things nowadays just seem to run into each other. Everything is, for lack of a better word, bland. It is difficult to express such things in simplistic human terms but then perhaps that is the point of this little exercise.

Everything, after a while, starts to look the same. Inconsequential planets and stars that existed aeons ago within solar systems that died without the universe shedding a single tear seem to show up again, with the same inhabitants and dying the same deaths, and nothing moves me as it did back when all was new and bright and our species in our plane of existence was just starting to explore beyond our socially constructed boundaries. I say socially, because nothing else ever physically stops us. After years, and centuries, and millennia, and aeons, history has a very nasty habit of repeating itself.

Could I explain it to you? I believe there was an appliance known as the television. I understand that there were many different things to watch, and it's also my understanding that after some time of viewing, every show begins to be the same, and indeed many shows do appear again and again and again. Every so often something vaguely interesting appears, and it occupies you for a short amount of time. Once the glow of that is over, once the elation fades and that thing is nothing more than a rerun, you go back to watching, and waiting, and nothing new ever happening.

Imagine this over the course of billions of years.

I am, too, at the stage where nothing interests me. Nothing fascinates me anymore. A single thought and I have everything I want, anything I want, any time I want. But having everything you want soon becomes dull. Having anything your heart desires so immediately removes all of the fun. And with all the uniformity in this bleak and lonely universe, I cannot be moved, and I do not desire.

That is, except for him.

My project, I like to call him, but he's much more than that. His race is so primitive and unevolved but the potential is there, if they would stop being so self-destructive. But if I'm honest, I couldn't care less about the rest of them. Just that one being, that one person.

And at times I cannot believe that's all it took.

Just one thing aroused my curiosity. Of course I tease all of his crew as much as I tease him, but only because it gets a reaction. And it's true that I have expressed an interest in other members of his species of the same rank but it's not the same at all. There is a different feel to it, that is what I am experimenting with and it's always different. While I am entertained… they can never move me, keep my interest, make me care as much as dear Jean-Luc Picard. For all my superiority, sometimes he provokes me as much as I provoke him. It's exhilarating.

And it's frightening.

I'm feeling emotions I'd forgotten that I could feel.

And it's wonderful.

I feel frustration, and longing, and fear, and excitement, and anger, and adoration, and impatience! He helps me to experience so much in his short little life, a life that will, inevitably, be forgotten by his race the longer they live on. And most definitely by mine, more interested in what they will become than what they once were.

I'll remember. Always.

What they will become will never be as breathtaking – I use the term figuratively, of course – as he is, the way he is, the person, the individual who creates such passion in me.

And I'll look back and never stop looking back. His life will end and I will go on for aeons, wandering, waiting. Looking for another but there won't ever be one like him. I could wait for as long as my life has been and there won't be another, and it..

Hurts.

No, it's not a feeling I can describe accurately with such a limited vocabulary. It's a different kind of emotional pain to anything you could even begin to imagine, a mixture of the worst kind of depression and frustration and near-crippling anguish, with a generous helping of what could be called sexual tension.

There's another interesting human concept that I like to explore with him. Leading him through the boundaries, the limits of his own imagination. It seems it never occurred to him just how fragile those barriers were, and no matter how many he put up in response to me, I can almost always break them down.

Almost.

When you're omnipotent and immortal, there are rarely any surprises. You're supposed to know every possibility, every likely outcome of every action. And yet you can be caught off-guard. Isn't that frustrating?

Maybe that's what I'm feeling. It's only regret, resentment, with a mixture of self-indulgent curiosity for the human race and the one man who typifies it so perfectly. He is soft and small, but stern and capable. He could be savage and brutal or he could be vulnerable, submissive. I'm not sure which way I like him better.

'At my mercy' is his constant status, of course. In true human fashion he often refuses to completely submit to the role but it wouldn't be nearly as interesting if there wasn't a little resistance. I hate to say it, but it makes things challenging. Don't get me wrong. I like a challenge. I never did expect to find one in such a futile, irrelevant, miniscule creature. Then again, surprises are just as nice as challenges.

Humans have this odd way of viewing the world and limited space in which they live. They, barring those affected by rather unfortunate cynicism, see the world as being a wondrous place of exploration and innovation, and the universe as an extension of what they already know. If they only knew how wrong they were. Of course I always challenge him on this and he always surprises me. Sometimes he plays right into my, let's call them hands, and does everything I expect him to do. Sometimes it just takes longer than I expected. Perhaps what I feel for him is more like what a human feels towards his dog… or an android towards his cat. Two very different things, yes. But for a Q, not that far removed from one another.

'Jumping through hoops', I believe is the expression. He does this so elegantly, as though he is only too pleased to show me what he is capable of. And I feel he is so easily amused, and then I realise what I'm doing. Watching this tiny blip on the radar of eternity performing for me – and me alone – and deriving great excitement and pleasure from it all. I believe we're making progress, too. I believe that he feels something for me that isn't simply weariness. But that he feels for me at all is a great success.

I am thrilled by it. Knowing that, when I'm around, I receive his full attention one way or the other. Possessive? Of course. When you can have anything you want, you tend to become possessive of everything you want. Like a toy, or a car. Or for some, a lover. And isn't that just sickening? That I could compare myself to a concept so human in nature?

I could run from it forever but in the end I'm only being as primitive as him. Pretending that I don't see what's right in front of me, trying to delude myself as well as him and my brothers and sisters, because none of them could ever understand.

Or do I even understand?

I have never been so captivated. Not attending the births of stars and suns or planets or entire galaxies. Not in viewing the many timelines and possibilities of life and death. Not in the beginnings of new species or in their ends. Never in all of the incalculable years of my life have I been so captivated as I am by him.

Does this mean… that he is the dominant one?

It is not a possibility I ever accounted for. There is that wonderful nature of his again. Surprise, Q! And he doesn't even know he's doing it! It's beautiful and it's terrible and it's everything in between.

All these different threads, all these feelings and new experiences. I need to know more about it all. I thought I understood everything, and I'm adamant that I still do.

I just have some pieces of this magnificent puzzle that are a little out of place.

Must investigate further.

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PostSubject: Re: Star Trek Fans?   Sat Oct 22, 2011 12:56 pm

Ah, Q! Haha, I'll be honest, I never really gushed trekkie nerd-dom with anyone, so I'm totally clueless in terms of the fandom.

Love the name of the story, just saying Wink Tis clever.

I really like this. I want you to post more. I may not be able to respond super fast all the time, but rest assured you have my attention. I can see him reciting this aloud to a voice diary type thing (names escape me, I haven't watched the show in so long) or just merely thinking it. Either way, I can see every facial expression, every tick, every twitch of his hands as he's nervously trying to sort out his thoughts. I love the way you created this... it really seems like something he would muse about, assuming he mused about Mr. Jean-Luc. :p The POV seems totally fine. It's extremely believable, if that's what you're worried about. It seems really in-character for Q.

I love it :D Keep going!
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PostSubject: Re: Star Trek Fans?   Sat Oct 22, 2011 3:10 pm

I'm too afraid to talk to anyone who's been in the fandom forever so we're almost in the same boat xD If it weren't for the fact that I used to roleplay as a Starfleet medical officer/science officer I probably wouldn't know much, and then there's the fact that I freaking love John de Lancie who plays Q :P

Haha, thanks! Nearly all episodes featuring Q had a title that used his name as a pun, so I thought for ages about giving the fic a similar title.

And that just made me think of the episode Hide and Q xD "Star log entry! Stardate... today!"

I'm really glad that the characterisation works for you. I'm most worried about the rhythm being off or wording not being quite right. Q is quite a particular being and you have to work to get him just right.
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PostSubject: Re: Star Trek Fans?   Sat Oct 22, 2011 11:30 pm

Did they? I almost never paid attention to that, I guess.

"Stardate... Today!" That sums him up pretty nicely, I think.

I understand. He had a weird kind of cadence to everything that he'd say. But, like I said, I think you did well with it :) Can't wait to read more :D
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