Overture came about from a Star Trek fanfiction prompt about new beginnings.
I could not get the idea out of my head about the start of a classical concert. That led me to Lakeisha Warren.
Young love is often a good idea for a story, and this was no exception.
I sent Wesley Crusher out to visit Lakeisha, not too long after they had first met. As a direct sequel to Imprecision, and a prequel to The All-Stars, Wesley would be very interested in this amusing musically gifted girl.
A classical concert, for her, could easily encompass music from The Who’s Tommy rock opera.
As Lakeisha practices, Wesley listens in a little, and then he knocks on her door. He tells her that he does not believe in holding back. He wants her to know she already means something to him.
For a Star Trek fan fiction challenge about nightmares, I went with a dream that evoked a memory that was imperfectly realized.
Wesley Crusher has been, at the start of the story, spending time in the company of the The Traveler.
This is a canon situation. However, also in canon, Wesley eventually leaves The Traveler. In order to dovetail with Crackerjack, this event precipitates Wesley taking his leave.
At the start of the story, Wes wakes up from a nightmare. He remembers his parents fighting, and his mother throwing something. It’s awful; he recalls being a small child at the time, making it even more heart-wrenching. Speaking with The Traveler afterwards, it is determined by them that Wes actually wants to return to a regular life. This is a marker, an indicator that there is unfinished business out there for him. Furthermore, he wants to find out about that memory, which he realizes is something that he suppressed.
Wesley is essentially beamed to his mother’s quarters. He has been gone longer than the regular passage of time would indicate, an idea I had because his time with The Traveler has to be odd and unique and special. For Beverly Crusher, this is sort of a dream, and sort of not. She tells him that it’s a few hours before Will Riker and Deanna Troi‘s wedding (another canon event).
Wesley is hurriedly given a uniform, and it does not necessarily show his correct rank (that is canon, in the film, Nemesis). A little bored with the proceedings, his eyes alight on a young girl playing the French horn for the Starfleet Academy band, which is providing the music for the event. With some confidence mustered up, he talks to her, and realizes that this is why he left The Traveler. It is to meet Lakeisha Warren and begin a new phase of his life.