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Rachel watched the wedding reception unfold from the corner of the dance floor. The party had moved from the holodeck to the mess hall. Her eyes were set firmly on her dancing parents

“Turned out to be a perfect evening hey Rachel?”
“Hm… yes perfect. Thank you for walking with her Naomi.”
‘No problem. It was nice to be able to do that. I thought for sure she would have my head when I went to meet her!”
“So did I! Whatever Dad wrote in that letter must have worked.”
“So what’s the go with ‘New Earth’? That’s the planet they were stranded on right?”
“Yes. They were stuck there for a while. Mom practically made the first move by asking him to call her Kathryn, but she put up walls pretty fast. He made things to make it feel more like home, while she researched how to get them out of there.”
“Did she give in?”
“Not exactly. Dad said a storm hit one night and destroyed her research so it made her give up. Apparently, she became very domestic after that! Even grew a garden for them. He built her a bath.”
“He built her a bath! How romantic!”
“Mom knew that’s what his true intentions were behind the bath, but she shrugged it off. One night when she was soaking, a primate came and scared her. Dad came running out. At that moment, they both realised that something was growing between them. He gave her a massage to help her relax later, but she put a stop to it before it could become something more. It didn’t help, so she put up parameters. They both agreed to it, but Dad would do anything to keep her happy.”

Rachel’s eye stayed on her parents dancing.
“Your Dad is a very patient man!”
“You could say that again!”

The music stopped and Kathryn moved closer in Chakotay’s arms, whispering into his ear with a grin.

They broke apart and walked over to Rachel.

“Hey honey, we are going to head off. Thank you for tonight. It was beautiful. You and your Dad did a wonderful job organising all this.”

Rachel stood up and took her Mom’s hand.
“It was my pleasure. I’m just glad to see you both so happy.”

Kathryn wrapped her arms around Rachel and drew her in closer.
Chakotay placed his hands around Rachel’s back.
“We love you,” he whispered.

They broke apart.
“Thank you too, Naomi.”
“Any time Admiral.”
“Good night you two.”
“Night Dad, Mom.”

 

Kathryn and Chakotay left the mess hall with a swing in their steps, on their way to the holodeck.
Kathryn held Chakotay’s right hand with both of hers as she placed her head on his shoulder.
“You really are incredible you know.”
He smirked at her remark.
“Not as incredible as you.”

 

They reached the holodeck doors.
“Close your eyes.”
“What? Not again. Chakotay!”
“Please.”
“Fine. Just for you.”

Kathryn closed her eyes and Chakotay took her shaking hands.
“Computer, play song.”

“Kathryn, I promised you, I would always be by your side. Nothing will ever change that. The promises we made to each other on New Earth, I promised myself I would always keep them, stay true to them. Always. Whenever you would be ready, so would I.”

He took her in the holodeck and they approached a small little hut.
They stopped outside the door.
“Okay, open your eyes.”

As she did, she was taken by surprise.
“The hut. Our hut. Our Home. Oh, Chakotay.” She placed her hands on his chest.
“I removed it for the ceremony. I thought we could spend the night here.”
“Are you going to tell me now how you did all this?” she husked.
“Come inside.”

He lead her inside and sat her down on their bed.
“When we got home, I wrote down everything I could remember about New Earth, and then I created it into a program. I used to visit here all the time and remember how close we got, especially after we would have a fight. I hoped that I would get to bring you here. I hoped it would bring you back to me, but we drifted apart as the years went on.”

“Oh Chakotay,” she rested her head on his shoulder, “I love you. I love this. I know there is no point in saying this, but if you had of dragged me here years ago, I would have given in. I have always loved you. This is the most romantic thing anyone has ever done. Thank you for waiting for me to be ready.”
“What will be will be. I’ve got you now.”

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Flashback; Ready room, USS Voyager.
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“Come in.”

“Well Kathryn, you did it! You got us.”

Her eyes remained fixed on the ships around them and the familiar stars of the alpha quadrant.
“We, Chakotay. Everyone on board got us home. You know, it’s not as thrilling as I’d hoped. I guess spending seven years waiting for this moment sort of ruins that actually moment in the end. Tea?”
“I’d love one.”

“I’m going to miss our conversations on this couch Chakotay.”
“I agree. Maybe not the ones where we are yelling at each other though.”
“I don’t know what I would have done without you. I could never have imagined that we would have become so close you know.”
“Do you regret it?”
“I regret some things, but not our friendship.”

A tear ran slowly down her cheek.
“Kathryn…”
“I don’t know how I’m going to spend my days without you.”
“We will catch up.”

His cold and somewhat familiar hand dried her cheek.
“Chakotay…”
His hand remained on her skin as she moved her head into his palm.

He ran his thumb over her lips and her eyes locked onto his.
Moving to her jaw, he pulled her closer, meeting her lips to his.
Continuing, Kathryn ran her hands down Chakotay's arms tugging at his uniform jacket.

Pulling up for air, his lips moved to her neck as his hands searched for her bare skin.
Her eyes rolled back as his hands moved along her pale abdomen.

Kathryn watched as he stopped to remove his jacket before pulling her lips back to his. As he did so, she too removed her jacket before pulling up his undershirt, only breaking apart to lift it over his head. Following suit, he too removed her undershirt, revealing a very non-Starfleet issue bra.

As their clothes continued to be discarded, they began to explore new territories.

Chakotay, carefully and slowly, laid the bare Kathryn Janeway down in the middle of the ready room floor. Legs positioned either side of her, he bent down to great her with a kiss. As he did, she grasped his hips, guiding him down to her opening. Casually, he slid inside her, watching her gasp as he did so. Her hands moved to his neck as they continued in a rhythmic motion.

They soon were at their climax, and as they did, he collapsed down next to her, pulling her over to lay on top of him.

He stared into her light blue eyes. How were they going to come back from this? The longer they starred, the more Chakotay sense her walls coming down.

“Seven of Nine to Chakotay. Commander, you are late for our 1900hr meeting.”

The moment was broken. He broke eye contact to stare at the roof.

Chakotay looked over to see Kathryn already up and getting dressed.

“Kathryn…”
“No Chakotay don’t. I know about you and Seven. The Admiral told me. Plus, there have been rumours around the ship left right and centre. But, the new one, just this morning was that you two had called it quits. Then you come in here and this happens, so stupidly, I thought maybe those rumours were right. But I was dead wrong, wasn’t I?”

“Kathryn, I’m sorry.”
“Stop! I don’t want to hear it. I know I have demanded a lot over you, and I probably have no right to feel this way, but you were jealous when Q wanted to mate with me. You… you… you told me you were to make my burdens lighter. You promised too much. So just go, just go to her. You know how much she means to me though. Really Chakotay! Of everyone on this ship!”
“Please Kathryn.”
“Chakotay, we will never work! Get out! Now!”

Kathryn watched as he dressed, turned and left the ready room.

She collapsed down on the couch.
There was no way she could come back from this.

 

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Flashback; Kathryn’s apartment, San Francisco
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Kathryn, reluctantly, walked over to answer the door.
“Chakotay, hi. Sorry if I bothered you with that late night message. Please come in.”
“No, you never bother me, Kathryn. How have you been faring since we got back.”
“Please, sit. Not too bad, Better than I thought actually. Tea?”
“Yes, thank you. Kathryn, you look pale, are you feeling okay?”

Kathryn sat down across from him at her dining room table, fidgeting with her hands.
“How’s Seven?”
“We ended things. She wanted to explore her humanity on her own, get to know herself a bit better before she gave it to someone else. Kathryn, you avoided my question. What’s wrong?”

She took a deep breath.
“Fine. There was a reason I asked you here other than just catching up. Chakotay, I’m pregnant.”
“Your…” His eyes lit up.

“Remember, 8 weeks ago, in the ready room?”
“Yes… yes of course,” he stood. “Kathryn, I know that it ended in an argument but honestly, this is the best news I have heard in a long time.”

She stood, and at met him at the head of the table.
“So I take it your happy then?”
“Happy? I'm ecstatic. How do you feel?”
“Happy too. But I’m shit scared Chakotay.”

He ran a hand down her arm.
“Hey, if you’ll let me, I’ll be by your side every step of the way, I promise.”

She gazed up into her dark brown eyes.
“I’m sorry for the way things went last time. I do want you with me, but you have to understand. I’m not exactly proud of what we did that day. And I’m certainly never going to just forgive you for what happened. You need to understand that.

“Of course. And I... I’ll follow your lead.”
“I just want what’s best for the baby, and that means having you in it’s life.”
“I understand. Kathryn, I love you okay.”
“I know, and I love you too.”

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Flashback; starfleet medical
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A wet flannel was pressed upon Kathryn’s sweating brow.
“One more push Kathryn.”
“Chakotay… I can’t…”
“You can! Come on! You can do it!”

“One more push now Admiral.”
“Doctor please…”

Kathryn held tight on to Chakotay’s hand as she cried into his shoulder.
“That’s it, Kathryn! Almost there!”

With one last push, cries filled the room.
“Congratulations, it’s a girl.”

Their beautiful daughter was placed into Kathryn’s arms. Chakotay placed kisses on Kathryn’s forehead, before kissing his newborns head and ending on Kathryn’s lips.

“Kathryn, she is beautiful, just like her mother.”
“And her father.”

 

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Present
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“Hey, where did you go?”
“I was just thinking.”
“Thinking about what Mrs Chakotay.”
“Hey, stop teasing me, Mr Janeway! Hm. I was just thinking about our good times.”