Title: Crystal Picard, Cardcaptor
Summary: Children don't have adventures, doesn't really face danger, but when Crystal Picard opens the Clow book, unleashing the most powerful creation of Clow Reed, she finds herself on the path to become the most powerful sorceress, and Mistress of the Clow Book ever. Why? Because Clow Reed saw her before he died. Crossover of Cardcaptor Sakura, but no Sakura.
Disclaimer: I don't own any of the characters, except Crystal, and I'm making nothing from this.
Chapter 14: Double Edge Sword
Personal Log: The annual Starfleet Swordsmen Competition is taking place on the Enterprise this year. Last year it was on Deep Space Three. Despite my personal opinion I've allowed my daughter to take part. This will be the perfect chance for father and daughter to spend time together. Even if they are on the opposite end of the mat.
"So how good is Crystal?" Data asked her.
"Pretty good," Beverly said. "She won first place last year and Starfleet said that she could take part in this year's competition. I'm more worried that some of the older swordsmen will think because she's a little girl they can push her around."
"I would say that's more than pretty good," Will Riker said.
"Commander, do you want the honor of being her godfather?" Beverly asked him.
He stared at her and Deanna said, "You should sign up. After all, what would the Captain think if you turned down that pretty girl."
"Probably kill me," Will said.
"I highly doubt that, Commander," Data told him.
"It's a figure of speech, Data," Geordi said.
"Winner, Captain Picard," the man said.
"Oh looks like smart boy got his pride blown," Deanna said as Li stormed off.
"They say that the Captain learned to use a sword when he was thirteen," Geordi said. "This should be interesting."
"I thought they didn't allow children to face off against adults," Worf said.
"If they score high enough and there's not enough opponents," Beverly answered. "And Crystal is the Captain's daughter, so she can do pretty much whatever she wants. Not, that she uses it."
"Crystal states that she wants to be treated like any other child," Data told them.
"That's going to be hard," Will said.
"What do you mean, Commander?" Data asked, giving him the usual tilt that marked him as a Soong android.
"Well, she might want to be treated as such but others won't see it that way," Deanna said. "Even her name means that she's the daughter of one of the most famous Captains. Still, it's nice to see someone wanting to move forward on their own merits and not because of who their father is."
"Unlike Li," Beverly said. "Everyone has told me that he likes to remind people that he's the son of an Admiral. And the teacher has told me that he's been trying to bully Crystal."
"He lacks honor," Worf told her.
"True, but he has a lot of pride," Beverly said. "Oh guys, speaking of someone with pride."
Li had come back and the look on his face was murder.
"I have a bad feeling about this," Deanna said.
"Li Syaoron will try, one last time, to defeat an opponent," the man called out. "His challenger is Crystal Picard."
"Now the real fun begins," Beverly said.
They put on their facial covering and they watched as both of them bowed and soon the sound of clashing swords filled the room.
"He defeated several opponents'," Data told them.
"But he won't defeat my daughter," Beverly corrected him. "Though I have a feeling that her father will."
"Did someone mention me?" Jean-Luc said.
"Naturally," Worf said.
"I've never seen anyone do that," he remarked as Crystal did a flip and get him on the target that was on the back of his shirt.
"When did they add that target?" Deanna asked Jean-Luc.
"Four years ago," he answered. "I must admit that she's good."
"Look who she takes after," Beverly said.
"Is that supposed to stoke my ego?" he asked her.
"Of course not," Deanna said, grinning.
"Winner, Madam Picard."
"Why did they not just call her Crystal?"
"Because she's next in-line to head the Picard family," Jean-Luc told Data. "So they call her Madam."
Li stormed off and this time he didn't come back.
"I'm sure that Crystal will appreciate your words," Beverly told Jean-Luc during the break.
"Beverly, even though it's been a month since both you and Crystal arrived, I'm still finding it hard to believe that I even have a daughter. I don't know why you never told me."
"Because I was scared that you wouldn't accept her," Beverly said. "I was so worried that you would hate me and think that I had done something."
He placed his hand on her shoulder and said, "Beverly, my parents raised me to take responsibility for what I've done. I wouldn't have turned my back on you or my daughter. Personally I find her to be a very extraordinary child."
"Is it because she captures mystical cards."
Jean-Luc laughed and said, "No, because she's got your brains and our tempers. I not only see you in her but I see myself."
"Well I must admit that we make great children."
"That we do," he said.
"Well I'm glad that they're finally talking," Deanna told Geordi and Will, looking at the Captain and Beverly talking. "That was something that was needed."
"I think the Captain has been smitten by that little girl the moment that he saw her," Will said. "Of course she acts too much like him."
"Don't remind me," Geordi remarked. "She gives me the 'Picard' look if I say something that she disagrees with."
Deanna laughed and asked, "When did you see this?"
"During a tour of Main Engineering," he said. "The moment that I saw that look I knew that she was most defiantly the Captain's daughter."
"Don't let Data hear you," Will said. "He'll ask you how you came to that conclusion."
"Trust me, I won't," Geordi said, grinning.
"The final match of the competition will take place in five minutes," the Judge told them.
"Let's see if the daughter can do better than the father."
"I'm nervous," Crystal told Kero.
"It's just knocking the sword out of his hand," Kero said. "However, expected the unexpected."
"Thanks for the advice," she said. "As it doesn't help my nerves."
As she put her face guard on she heard Will Riker yell, "KICK HER BUTT."
She saw her mother hitting him in the back of the head.
"Hay, if I didn't have the guard on I would show you a rude gesture," she said, loud enough for him to hear.
Stupid hormone, she thought.
They bowed and then the match started. Crystal had to admit that he was good. No matter what she did he was able to block it. You couldn't kick him in the head, as he probably would block it. Suddenly she had an idea. She pretended to trip and land on her back. Her father fell for it. He raised his sword and she got him right on the target. Everyone stared at the scene in total shock.
"SHE KICKED THE CAPTAIN'S BUTT," Wesley said.
"Winner, Madam Picard."
"That was really low," her father said and then he grinned. "Yep, you're a Picard."
He ruffled her hair.
"Thanks," she said.
Everyone got broaches that were in the shape of a sword. The look on her father's face when her mother forced him to wear his was amusing. She just loved hers and O'Brian got a photo of all of them.
"Got to be proud of her, sir," O'Brian said, Crystal grinning at his words.
"I sure am," he said.
After she had cleaned up, and given Kero his meal, she put her broach on her dresser. She had just started on her own meal when the chime went off.
"I'll get it," her mother said. "Jean-Luc, what a surprise."
"Mom, if you want to go on a date with the Captain I won't mind," Crystal called out.
She swore she heard the word, "CRYSTAL"
"Crystal, he wants to see you," her mother called out and Crystal left her room and walked into the living area.
"I see that you're still wearing the broach," she told him.
He stood there and said nothing.
"Jean-Luc, are you-."
His head raised up and Crystal saw nothing in the depths of his eyes. There was a flash of light and the broach changed into a sixteen-inch-long blade.
"LOOK OUT!" Beverly screamed as he came at Crystal.
"FATHER, WHAT'S WRONG WITH YOU?"
"KERO," her mother screamed and Crystal sensed the tiny animal arriving.
Crystal backed away from him and Kero said, "Crystal, that's the Sword Card."
"The Sword Card."
"I nicknamed it the Assassination Card," Kero told her. "And it has taken complete control of him."
Crystal flipped over his head and out came the key.
"Oh key of Clow, Power of Magic, Power of Might, surrender the wand, the force ignite…. RELEASE."
Her wand appeared in her hand just as her father came at her again.
"What the heck are you doing?" Kero asked her. "We're talking about the Sword Card here. It's not a card that plays nice and there's no place that you can go that it won't find you."
"Kero, I'm getting him away from mother," she told him. "I'm not about to have a dead mother on my hands."
"Fine," he said. "Look, we have to get that sword out of his hands. Once you do that, then you can seal the card away."
"Got it," she told him. "Wait a minute, I have an idea."
Her possessed father found her and came at her, breaking the bulkhead in the process.
"That sword is sharper than the one that I have."
He walked slowly towards her and Crystal pulled out a card. "Illusion card, show Captain Picard what he fears the most." She slammed the wand against the card. "ILLUSION, RELESE AND DESPELL."
She said that command because fear might be enough to break his contact with the Sword card. Illusion came between her and him and she saw him staring at it.
"Beverly," he said.
"He's afraid of mother," Crystal said and then, "The card."
She ran around Illusion and hit her father's wrist hard enough to cause the sword to fall out of his hand, which made him go backwards. She got him before he hit his head on the floor. The Sword Card floated and then she said, "Return to your power confine…...SWORD CARD!"
Chains formed around it and it was sucked into the card shape form. It floated into her hand and she sighed, looking down at her father.
"I'm so sorry, father," she said.
"Let's get him to sickbay," her mother said.
The next morning, she had heard that her father had been released from Sickbay. She was glad that he wasn't suffering from any effects from the card, but she knew that maybe there was still the idea that he had almost killed his own daughter. The cards were getting a lot more dangerous and she was only twelve cards into the whole deck.
"I'm really starting to not like this deck," Crystal said.
"It's not all bad," Kero told her.
She really wish that she could believe that.
She was just about to leave to go to school when the door chime went off. She said, "Enter," and it opened to reveal an Ensign that she figured had done something wrong to have to come and see her.
"The Captain wishes to see you."
"I'm coming," she said and she left Kero alone.
Crystal was shocked that they were heading for the Bridge. He kept on looking at her as though she was this odd thing that had to be stared at. When the doors opened to let them through he said, "He's in his Ready Room."
"Thanks," Crystal said and she headed in that general direction.
She pressed the button and waited.
"Enter," his voice called out and the doors opened to let her in.
"You wanted to see me," she said.
"Sit," he ordered and she slowly lowered herself into her seat. "Crystal, you're not in-trouble. In-fact thanks to you I didn't end up becoming a murderer."
"The Sword Card," she said.
"Beverly told me what happened," he said. "I must admit that to hear that I was under total control over something that powerful shook me. I don't like anything, or anyone, controlling me. However, you were determined to make sure that I not only didn't harm you I didn't harm your mother."
Crystal said nothing, just let him talk.
"When she told me what happened I came to the conclusion that these things are truly a danger to my ship and the crew," he told her. "And since you're the only one that can get rid of them I'm granting you full access to the ship."
"Thanks," Crystal said.
He opened a drawer and handed her a box.
"Open it," he said.
She did and inside was the kind of combadge that her parents had. She looked at him and said, "Thanks."
"You're a full member of the crew," he told her. "Not like what I did for your brother, but it's close."
She smiled at him and put it on. "This really means a lot to me and thanks for putting your faith in me."
She stood up to leave, but only got a few steps before the darkness flooded her vision and she was wrapped around in its silence.
A/N: The second time that Crystal has passed out.