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A Very Merry Christmas

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“Chakotay personal log; We have arrived back on the ship after the Kazon took over and left us on a planet. Kathryn and I have barely had any time to talk since we got back from New Earth. It’s Christmas this weekend, and all I want for Christmas is for Kathryn to open up to me more and be by my side.”

The holodeck was the most unusual place to record a personal log. Kathryn was surprised that he hadn’t heard her walk through the doors. Or when she quickly left when she heard his Christmas wish.

He was right though, she thought as she hurried back to her quarters. They needed to talk. Would forming a relationship with him really affect the ship?

She poured herself a glass of white and sat herself down under the stars. She always felt so lonely in her quarters. She missed the company she had on New Earth. Maybe, just maybe, she could give Chakotay what he wanted. There was still three days till Christmas, so she had plenty of time.


Chakotay’s quarters were cold and dark. Not even his small Christmas tree could brighten his spirit. He missed the source of warmth he had on New Earth.

As Christmas approached, both Kathryn and Chakotay felt more empty than one should at this time of year.

Kathryn had chosen to extend her shift on the bridge to let other members of her crew enjoy the Christmas Eve party.

Midnight struck as she made her way back to her quarters. Something stopped her from keying in her code. Her signature smirked appeared and she walked the short distance to where her heart truly belongs.

He answered his door almost immediately.
“Kathryn? Can I help you?”
“Maybe,” she husked as she approached where he was sitting on the couch, “But maybe I can help you.”
“What do you mean?”

She sat down next to him, fidgeting with her hands.
“We need to talk.”
“I know.”

Their eyes met, and she jumped. Their lips met in a flash of light. He reciprocated by deepening the kiss. Her hands moved through his hair. They broke, seeking air.

“I thought you said you want to talk.”
A girlish giggle arose from Kathryn.

“I wanted to make sure you got your Christmas wish first.”
“My Christmas wish? How?”
“I’m sorry Chakotay. I walked in on you when you were on the holodeck the other day recording your log. I overhe-”

He cut her off with a kiss. Making promises between connections.
“I love you, Kathryn.” “I'll be here for you.” And then finally, “are you sure?”

She broke away, staring into his dark eyes.
“I’ve never been sure of anything in my whole life. I’ve felt like something has been missing since we got back to Voyager.

He held her hands close to his chest.
“Merry Christmas Kathryn.”
“Merry Christmas Chakotay. And, I love you.”