Title: Another Retelling of Bloodlines

Rating: T

Summary: Dr. Crusher not only left the Enterprise at the end of season one but she left Starfleet and returned to her planet of Caldos. Six years later her past returns in the form of the Enterprise that she left behind with news that Bok is coming for her son, Perseus. The son, among sisters, that she had with Captain Picard. Bok's going to learn you don't make a Howard mad, it's bad for your health. P/C Pairing.

Disclaimer: I don't own any of the Paramount characters and I'm making nothing from this.

Chapter 5

"So where do you want to go first?" Beverly asked them.

"There should be a presentation by Professor Vassbinder," Jean-Luc told her.

"Beverly," a voice said and they turned to see a really tall man standing there. Like eight feet tall.

"Professor March," Beverly said, looking up.

"Well I didn't think that you would be here."

"Surprise," she said. "So what have you been doing?"

"Nothing much," he said. "So is this your husband?"

Deanna cough at that and Beverly said, "No, he's not my husband."

"Oh really."

"I'm engaged to marry him," she said, knowing exactly what he wanted to do.

"Oh sorry to hear that," he said and he moved on.

"Engaged," Jean-Luc said.

"Don't even start," she said. "That's the only way to keep him as far away from me as possible."

Deanna laughed and they went off to find something that sparked their interest.

Beverly went to the plant discussion and debate, watched a couple boring lectures about artificial life, and joined Jean-Luc on several seminars that looked interesting but turned out to be dead boring.

"I can't believe that no one tried to stop him," Beverly said, laughing at what had just happened.

"I don't think anyone could," he told her. "So, even though most of it was boring, I'm glad that you came."

She looked at him and put her hand in his. "I'm glad as well. I missed you, Jean-Luc, in ways that I didn't think that I could. Personally I thought that you would be married at this point."

"I'm not marriage material," he told her.

"Or you haven't found the right woman," Beverly teased.

"I did, but she left me a long time ago," he told her.

Beverly knew who he was talking about. But she asked, "And what horrible woman would do that?"

"You," he answered.

"Well I'm back," she told him.

"But you're going to leave once Bok is caught," he told her.

She knew that he was right but deep inside her heart she knew that she couldn't leave him. If she rejoined Starfleet, he would be her Commanding Officer again and they could never be together. However, if she stayed and had a general practice then no one would go to Sickbay. They would come to her. Of course there was another path that she could take, one that would allow her to remain on the Enterprise but not be in Starfleet.

And that position was the Captain's personal Doctor. The thought made her weak in the knees. God, she loved this man so much to even consider that position.

"Beverly," he said, breaking her from her thoughts.

"Sorry," she said, going pink.

"I was just telling you that I'm heading back to my quarters. I'm tired from all this talk."

Beverly nodded and he left her alone with her thoughts.

"Am I being stupid?" she asked Deanna.

"Well if your being stupid then thanks, that Ktarian was driving me insane," she said.

"I'm sorry, he was into something that you were interested in," Beverly said.

"I'm interested in the subject, not the person presenting it," she said. "So what's going on that you need my advice, Beverly."

She sat down and said, "I'm in-love with my former Captain, the man that has given me all these wonderful children, and he knows that I'm heading back home. I don't know what do to."

Deanna looked at her and said, "Well your no longer under his command. So the rules don't apply anymore."

"So no advice."

"Beverly, the heart is something that even I'm confused with. I usually don't give advice that I know that someone isn't going to follow. I give them suggestions that either they'll follow or they won't. Bok forced the Enterprise to come to Caldos because he threatened the life of a boy that the Captain didn't even know existed. Both of you must have wanted to be together for even that child to be born, let alone his sisters. And it's clear that you both still have strong feelings for each other.

"This situation, and the children, are only making it stronger to not ignore those feelings that you both have. It has, I think, a lot to do with the fact that here are his children, with a woman that he still loves, before him. That does something for his ego and his hope that there will always be a Picard around. The question that I have is what do you want to do now that you're not only spending time with Jean-Luc but that your children are spending time with their father?"

"I don't want to come back to Starfleet," she said. "And I don't want to deny my children the chance to spend time with their father. The only thing that I can do is become his personal Doctor."

"Which the CMO won't like," she said.

"Deanna, I left Starfleet not my medical career," she told her.

"I know that," Deanna said. "Well if you want to become his personal Doctor then I'm not going to stop you."

You wigged your eyebrows at the word personal."

Deanna laughed and said, "I have a feeling that our Captain will be sick more than is normal."

Beverly went beet red.

That night, she went to pick Jean-Luc up for dinner. She was dressed in a black number that made her look elegant. She hadn't been on a date in eight years and she knew that it was due to her feelings for her former Captain. When the door opened he stared at her.

"Well I'm glad that I've found a way to make you speechless," she told him.

"Um, I wasn't-."

"I do hope that you're hungry," she told him.

"Of course," he said and they left.

"So what would you like?" the waiter asked her.

"Pink salmon in that sauce that I'm having a hard time pronouncing."

She pointed to it and he said, "I think that you'll like it."

"The same," Jean-Luc said.

Everyone else handed their orders and the man left.

"So I must say, Beverly, you look very nice tonight."

"Thanks," Beverly said. "I had to replicate something because I didn't have anything for dinner."

"So have you decided what you going to do once Bok is caught?"

"I was thinking about it and I've decided to stay on the Enterprise," she told Geordi. "I'm not about to take my children away from the friends that their making or the Captain."

"So you're coming back to Starfleet."

She looked at Geordi and said, "I've decided to become the Captain's personal Doctor."

"There hasn't been one in decades," Geordi said.

"Well the position exists and I'm taking it."

"I am sure that the Captain will approve," Data told her.

"Oh I know that he will," Beverly said, looking at Jean-Luc who was on the verge of going red.

"At least there won't be any fighting in Sickbay," Deanna said. "The Captain and Doctor Pulaski don't get along."

"And why is that?"

"Because she doesn't understand the concept of leaving me the heck alone," Jean-Luc said.

"I think a personal Doctor is what he needs," Geordi said.

"I am going to agree," Data said.

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A/N: I most likely didn't spell some of the names correctly and I'm sorry about that. This will be one of a couple of chapters that Beverly and Jean-Luc's children aren't in it.