Seven weeks, one day, three hours and 6 minutes, not that Kathryn had been counting or checked the time during their first time together, No, she most definitely had not been counting, but Chakotay had. Every morning, like an alarm clock. With a kiss on the side of her face and a whisper in her ear, not that she was complaining.
“Tuvok, you’ve got the bridge.”
Kathryn sighed, leaning her head on Chakotay’s shoulder as the turbolift door shut.
“Do I need to carry you back?”
“Now that would be a sight. No, I’m just glad our first day public is over.”
“It wasn’t that bad.”
“Oh, I don’t know,” she sighed. “Harry’s blushed checks and Tom’s giggles certainly didn’t make it fine.”
“Should have just kissed you on the bridge then.”
Kathryn swatted his chest as they exited the turbolift.
“Are you sure you want to do this? She asks a lot of questions-”
“Kathryn, I mean it. I would not have suggested it if I didn’t. It gives me more time with you as well, and hey, it’s practice.”
Kathryn glanced up, smirking, as Chakotay’s face returned the gesture before she chimed the door.
“Sorry, we’re late Sam.”
“No, your not late, your right on time but I better get going.”
“Enjoy your shift!”
Kathryn and Chakotay exchanged looks. “What?”
Chakotay replied with a shake of his head.
“Aunty Kathryn! Chakotay!”
“Maybe you should call him Uncle Chakotay.”
Chakotay beamed at the remark.
Naomi gasped, “really? Are you sure?”
Kathryn elbowed Chakotay in the ribs.
“Of course you can kid. Uncle Chakotay and Aunt Kathryn at your service!”
Naomi squealed as she ran around the room, with Chakotay letting out a chuckle.
“So, how does this work? What the game plan?”
“Uncle Chakotay! Uncle Chakotay.” Almost out of breath, Naomi came to a complete stop. “Can you make that yummy pasta from New Earth?”
Kathryn took a seat on the lounge, admiring the scene.
“What do you think Aunt Kathryn?”
With Naomie distracted by her toys, Kathryn took an opportunity to check on her lover, slaving away at the stove. Her small arms wrapped around his middle and her check to his back.
“Hm, that smells nice.”
“Here, have a taste.”
Kathryn turned to his side, opening her mouth to accept the spoon. “Hm, just the way I remember. What are you laughing at?”
Trying to hold back his giggles, Chakotay lifted Kathryn’s chin and whipped the pasta sauce that had gathered below her mouth.
“What would I do without you?”
Chakotay replied with a kiss.
“So, what is our Captain’s Assistant up to?”
“Well, she got bored of the games we were playing so she is now playing with her dolls.”
“I see. Well, hopefully, she is hunger because this pasta is ready.”
“Good job Uncle Chakotay. Naomi! Dinner!”
Naomi immediately stopped what she was doing and ran to grab her dinner. “Yum! Thanks, Uncle Chakotay! This is one of my favourite dinners. You’ll have to join Aunt Kathryn more often.”
“Hm, we’ll see about that. Now hurry up young lady, you better finish that before it gets cold. Uncle Chakotay put a lot of effort into that.”
Naomi was too busy scoffing down her meal to reply.
“I guess it’s a hit!”
“When is my pasta ever not a hit!” He replied, whilst planting a kiss on the side of her face.”
Naomi, with half a noodle hanging out of her mouth, froze, staring at the couple.
Chakotay cleared his throat. “Sorry, Naomi.”
“Hm, you know actually, I like that you guys are comfortable around me. I’m just glad you both are happy.”
“Thanks, Naomi. We really appreciate it.” Kathryn reached out and held Chakotay’s hand.
The rest of the night went mostly uneventful.
“That was exhausting,” Chakotay remarked as he fell down onto the bed he nows shares with Kathryn.
“Well, you better get used to it if you want to help out more, or for when we have kids of our own.”
Kathryn pulled back the covers and curled in next to her lover.