Out of the loop
"Captain, someone has gone out with a shuttle," Ensign Richard said.
Picard knew it was only one person.
"It is Q," Picard said. "Hail him!"
Shortly after Q appeared on the screen.
"Enough is enough," Q said. "I hate to bring you all on a death wish."
"Q, come back!" Picard demanded.
Q shook his head.
"It is best that I go," Q said. "For everyone's sake. I don't need a rescue. This is my choice,and you will respect that." He leaned his elbows on the console. "No tricks, no cheating death, nothing out of you, Picard. I know that you care..." Q sighed, lowering his gaze. "But there are things in life that cannot be avoided." Q looked up toward Picard. "Such as my date with death."
"Q..." Picard said, as though trying to figure out what to say.
Q had a serious but grim look on his face.
"Q out," Q said.
The screen became dark and the image of the inside of the shuttle vanished.
"Q is desperate," Deanna said. "And sad."
"Are we really trying to get Q out?" Riker asked, unsure.
"More so the shuttle," Picard said.
This time Picard didn't go after Q. This time he watch the ship be invaded by the Calamarains.
This time Q died, for good.