Rachel stood nervously outside Captain Harry Kim’s quarters.
Reluctantly, she chimed.
The doors opened immediately.
“Good morning Captain.”
“Please, Rachel, Harry is fine.”
“Right, of course. Sorry”
“Take a seat. How are your parents?”
“No idea. They spent the night in the guest quarters. They were both pretty awkward with each other. Privately, they have told me how much they care and that it’s about time they made things more permanent but they are yet to say it out loud.”
“They both love each other very much. You wouldn’t be here if they didn’t. Things will work out.”
“I hope so.”
“Right, let’s get down to business. You're probably wondering why I asked you here.”
“A few things have crossed my mind.”
“I know most Captains in Starfleet are around my age, but Rachel, I’m done. The Delta Quadrant for seven years. Lost in space for weeks with your father. Failed missions in between. I’ve been thinking about it for awhile and I’m ready to hang up my boots.”
“What! But Harry, for years you fought your way up the command ladder and here you are! You’ve got years left in you yet!”
“That was before I met this young eggar Commander who, despite her age, proved she was quite capable of running a starship.”
“Rachel, you are more than ready. Before we left, the Starfleet spoke to me about leaving Voyager to you. Keep it in the family I guess.”
“But I’m pregnant.”
“Voyager will always be here for you. I want to give you this promotion today Rachel.”
“Are you sure?”
“Positive. Will you accept?”
“I would be more than honored to, Sir.”
“Good. Because as soon as we get to the bridge, I’m making it official.”
“What! Why so soon?”
“Rachel, you have clearly been doing a fantastic job in my absence. Why change that and put me back in charge?”
In less than 15 mins, Rachel entered onto the bridge behind Harry.
“What’s going on?” Kathryn stepped forward.
“It’s everything okay?” Chakotay asked.
“Your com is opened to the whole ship, Sir.”
“Thank you, Naomi. I want to thank you all for your efforts to rescue myself and Chakotay. You all stepped up to the challenge and should be greatly thanked. You deserve it. Whilst I’d like to give promotions all around, there are two people who took the challenge, dived into the deep end, and came out the other side. For the remainder of our journey home, these following positions will be effective. Lieutenant Commander Naomi Wildman, for your bravery in the face of adversity I hereby promote you to the rank of Commander, with all the privileges and responsibilities therein.”
A young ensign approached Admiral Janeway with a box containing Naomi’s new pip.
“Admiral, would you like to do the honors?”
Very carefully, Kathryn placed the new pip onto Naomi’s uniform.
“Well done Naomi. I was so worried when you became Voyager’s first baby, but you have done yourself proud!”
“Thank you, Admiral.”
“Naomi, I would like you to serve as Voyager’s first officer for the remainder of our journey.”
Naomi shot a shocked look towards a smiling Rachel Janeway. Kathryn and Chakotay looked as if they were ready to jump Harry for giving away Rachel’s position before they worked out what was happening.
“Commander Rachel Janeway. Or should I say acting Captain? For your determination, which I’m pretty sure is just Janeway second nature, and your constant willingness, I hereby promote you to rank of Captain with all the privileges and responsibilities therein. I have resigned my commission of Voyager. Rachel, she’s all yours!”
With shaking hands, Kathryn opened the box containing Rachel’s new pip. As she approached her daughter, she turned and grabbed Chakotay’s hand, catching his water welled eyes.
Together, they took the pip and pinned it onto Rachel’s uniform before embracing her in a deep hug.
Despite a large amount of crew on the bridge, Kathryn ran her hand down Chakotay’s back, looking into his eyes.
She turned back to Rachel. “Your father and I are so proud of you honey.”
Rachel squeezed her mother’s arms.
“Just following the family tradition.
Kathryn turned back to Chakotay, and their lips met.
A typical Janeway grin aroused on Rachel's face.
The celebration calmed down, and Rachel retreated to her ready room.
The weight of the morning fell onto the lounge with her body.
The door chimed
“Come in.” She relaxed further back, before standing quickly, “Admiral.”
“At ease Rachel, please, sit back down.”
Kathryn joined Rachel on the couch, wrapping an arm around her. Placing a kiss on her check.
“I’m so proud of you honey.”
“Thanks, Mom. Where’s dad?”
“He’s having lunch with Harry. Former Captain to former Captain.”
“You two seemed to be awfully touchy before…”
“You don’t need to tell me.”
“I do Rachel.”
“No details though!”
“You would be surprised to know that it was relatively G rated!”
“Right, as we sit in the room I was conceived!”
“Rachel. Damn, I wish I had never confirmed that one! But no, nothing like that. We just spent time together. In each other's arms, catching up.”
“So you both are… um… okay?”
“I think so.”