[FANFICTION] - THE ROAD NOT TAKEN... - ALL GOOD THINGS
In the course of the series, we witness the establishment of a 'sentimental tension' between the characters, which however never manages to result in a real relationship between the two of them, who cultivate a friendship and platonic love throughout the seven years of The Next Generation and the four subsequent films.
In All Good Things we see that, in a hypothetical future created by Q to re-test the human race (and, specifically, Picard himself), something seems to have happened between the two protagonists: after deciding to embark on a romantic relationship, they got married. But, at some point, something must have happened that led the couple to divorce: when Jean-Luc Picard, accompanied by Geordi La Forge and Data, boarded the U.S.S. Pasteur, he and Beverly had not seen each other for quite some time, although she kept the surname 'Picard', generating momentary confusion when one hears of 'Captain Picard'.
The fanfiction in question, as I said, takes its title from that very episode: it is a one-shot, stand-alone story, which sees the story between the two finally evolve to the point where it leads to a romantic relationship, no longer platonic as presented in The Next Generation. It is the first OS (one-shot) story belonging to this collection.
PLOT: For years, Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the Enterprise has hoped to be something more for Beverly Crusher, the widow of Jack Crusher, one of his greatest friends; his Chief Medical Officer aboard the Enterprise; his close friend. But despite what happened on the planet Kespritt III, she preferred to remain on a platonic level and not find out in depth about each other's feelings, fearing that they might ruin their friendship. A few months later, when Q again tests Captain Picard and his crew in what appears to be a further test of the 'maturity' achieved by the human race, the woman finally agrees to give their relationship a chance.
WARNINGS: the fanfiction will also be published on the platforms of Archive of Our Own in English, while it will also be possible to find it in Italian on the EFP - fanfic platform under the nickname of "oscuro_errante".