By Maquis Leader
Author's note: So you beam a 150 some odd people to the ship who think they belong on the surface -- and then what do you do? Set immediately after Workforce.
1: Who Was I Again?
They'd beamed everyone into
the cargo bay. The Doctor stood on a container at one
end. " If everyone would please listen
to me! You're safe and
everything will be
explained as quickly
Over the next hours the Doctor, B'Elanna, and Neelix sorted the
frightened crewmembers into queues for treatment
according to priority. Quarra had sent several doctors
to help with the initial procedures. The rest of the recovery would require time.
Chakotay had been taken care
of by Dr.
Ravik on the planet's
his mind had not been tampered
with to a great extent. He was angry enough that the planetary government had
agreed to virtually
all his demands
including help and
supplies to repair
the ship. Chief among his demands was that
there be no contact between the
crew and anyone
from the planet.
Quarra’s government was anxious that
word of Dr.
Kaden’s actions not be revealed to the public. Secretly, Chakotay had to wonder if there were more brainwashed people the
government didn't want to find.
" Commander, you must understand we
have citizens who
suddenly lost friends
and loved ones. "
" I do understand Councilman. And
you must understand I have crewmembers that were
embarrassed by their
actions and the
relationships they formed. " Chakotay
gripped the railing at
the edge of the
" I have
crewmembers that are traumatized because they
were separated from
their spouse and
had an affair
with someone else. The fact that they were brainwashed is cold
" I apologize again, Commander. " councilman Gertz
wrung his hands.
" I will
advise them that all
are safe and
doing well. "
we have anyone
who truly wants
to contact someone
or wants to stay on Quarra, we’ll let you know. " He turned away from
the screen as
the image winked
out. " Mr. Kim, how are we doing on repairs? "
" Slow, sir, until
the crew gets
back on duty. Right now most of the work is on the outer hull. B'Elanna’s doing her
best but she's
on her own for now. "
" I don't want
them on the ship. They're paying
the bill so it'll take however
long it takes. " He started
for the turbolift. " Just keep an eye on B'Elanna, I don't want her working herself
into early labor. "
" I'll be in Sickbay, Harry, you have the bridge. "
Yes sir! "
Harry looked around
at the empty bridge. "
This would be a
lot more fun if there was someone else on duty. "
In Sickbay, Chakotay
threaded his way
through the crewmembers
standing in line. " How’s everything
" Fine. If you like assembly
line medical treatment. " The Doctor
waved away the patient he was working with
and motioned the
next one onto
the bio bed.
" The neural stimulants are working as well as can be expected. With the removal of the ‘roadblocks’,
if you will, the brain will heal itself
over time. "
How long will it
For most of the
crew, maybe a day or two. " The Doctor turned
to look at him. "We need to discuss the Captain's condition
in private. "
Waving away the crewman
he'd been examining, he motioned to the next one. "
Just one moment,
I'll be right
Chakotay followed the Doctor
into his office. " Is there
something wrong with
The Captain may take
a week or longer to recover
Why is that?
" Relief eased the tightness in
his chest. He’d been afraid the Doctor was going to say that Kathryn would
From what I can
individuals required more extensive reprogramming
" The Doctor
pulled up the
Captain's brain scans. " You can see
the difference in
the two scans.
Looking at the scans, Chakotay honestly
couldn't see any
then he wasn't
a doctor. " What you're saying
is that certain
stubborn hard-headed individuals needed more
of Dr. Kaden’s tender loving care than
the average patient? "
Despite the seriousness of the situation, he smiled.
" Exactly. Our Captain
undoubtedly taxed his
skill to the limit. "
The hologram's face indicated he thought
the other man's
skill was limited
to begin with. " He had to do extensive reworking of
her memory patterns
to keep her from rebelling.
It may take several days or even weeks for her real memories
to surface. "
" B'Elanna recovered within
a day. I'd think she’d be a tough case. "
much as I dislike his methods, Dr. Kaden knew what
he was doing. He used B'Elanna’s own history of rejection and
abandonment to create
a story of her baby's father
She even believes
she left the Maquis to come here for a better life. "
Why not leave her
with Tom? The newlyweds starting
their new life
There’d be the chance
they'd notice the
And their memories might
start coming back. " Chakotay
finished the thought. Looking out the office window
he saw Tom setting on the bio bed next
to Kathryn. Both had the same confused
And yet they still found their way to each other. "
The Doctor smiled remembering
Neelix telling him
about Tom's protectiveness
of B'Elanna when he
didn't even know
who she was. “Some things are
meant to be."
to leave the Doctor's office then
stopped and turned
I don’t see Naomi. Where is she? "
She’s still in the
cargo bay with
the others. " The cargo
bay had been turned into a makeshift dorm for
the crew until
they were treated. Having 150 people wandering around
the ship with
no idea what was happening and
most wanting to
return to the
planet had necessitated
Why is she in the cargo
She’s not a priority." The Doctor
looked a bit uncomfortable.
Not a priority?
She's a child!” Chakotay ran
his hands through
“She must be frightened
by what’s happening! "
" Commander, we had to rank the crew according
" The Doctor
stepped back from
Chakotay's fierce expression. " I don't like it, however, it's
standard procedure when
the entire crew
Triage. I understand and I don't like it either.
" He walked away.
Kathryn looked up and smiled as Chakotay
walked over to
her. " Hi. "
are you doing? "
" Okay, I guess, confused, and a
" She looked
around the crowded
Are all these
people your crew? "
" Yes. And they’re our crew. "
" Do I look that lost? "
" Yes. " He took her hand. " Let's take a walk, maybe that'll
help bring back
Is that all right, Doctor? "
Take her with my
The Doctor arched
an eyebrow. " She’s not likely
to have memories
of Sickbay. I can't get her in here without a security
Kathryn hadn't decided if
the Doctor liked
her or not. Turning to Tom, she patted him on the shoulder. " Will you be okay
here by yourself? "
" I guess so. The Doc says B'Elanna will
be here in a little while to take me home." he grinned a wicked grin. " He says we're
married and the
" Tom, that's wonderful! "
She hugged him
and gave him
a kiss on the cheek.
" I guess so. It's kind of funny; I couldn’t
get her to take me home with her just last night. Now she has to. " He leaned forward and
They tell me you're the Captain. "
That’s what they tell
me, too.” She whispered back.
Chakotay out of Sickbay, Kathryn nodded
at the people who
call her captain. She believed his story of how they'd been kidnapped and brainwashed, there was too much evidence
not to believe
it. That didn't make her feel any less confused. Clutching
at Chakotay's hand
she sidestepped a
man with bright
Sure you're OK?
" The dark
eyes were concerned. " Do you
want to go back to Sickbay? "
" No. " Straightening her spine, she smiled up at him.
“ Good. " Typical of her to put on a brave face. She might not remember, but she was still Kathryn
We need to go
pick someone up. "
They went to the cargo bay where the crew was sitting on cots or at tables. Neelix was handing out drinks
" He rushed over
to them. " And Captain! You're looking
Thank you. "
She couldn't help
smiling at his
Where’s Naomi?” Chakotay
She’s over here,
I've tried to
keep close to
her, poor thing. She's scared half to death! "
him to where the little girl sat on a cot. " Hey, sweetheart.
" Kneeling next
to her, Chakotay tipped her
face up. Tears were trickling down
" I want to go home. "
" Naomi, I know it's hard to understand, but you are
He brushed her
tears away. " I'm your Uncle
Chakotay and this
is your Aunt Kathy. We all live here on Voyager. "
" I want
to go home. " She repeated.
" I know, sweetheart. " Picking
her up, he cradled her to his chest.
Kathryn stroked the little
girl's blond hair. " It’s confusing, isn't it? But it’ll all be
They carried her to Sickbay. Sitting
her on one of the bio beds,
Chakotay motioned to
the Doctor. " Take care of
her. Now. "
Naomi cringed back from
the Doctor. " I want my mommy and Daddy! "
" Naomi, your mother – " He
According to her file
she has parents
on Quarra. A
couple adopted her. " The hologram
had that faraway
look he always
got when accessing
Voyager's computers. " She isn't aware of this, she believes she was
ill for some time and just got out of the hospital. "
They took her away
Chakotay was horrified. “They took her away from — ”
“It would appear so.”
Kathryn had put her arms around
Naomi while the two men talked. “It’ll
be alright, I promise.”
“Naomi, the Doctor won’t hurt
you, he’s your friend. He delivered you when you were born. Right here on
Voyager.” Chakotay sat on the bed next to her. “How about if I tell you a
“What kind of story?” She peeked at him from under her hair.
“One of your favorites. How
bobcat lost his tail.”
“Bobcats don’t have tails.”
“They did once, a very long
While Chakotay told his story,
the Doctor scanned her and gave her the neural stimulant. “You should take her
back to Neelix now and let her rest.”
“What about her – “ He bit back
the word mother. “Sam?”
“Commander, Sam hasn’t regained
her memories yet. She’s helping out
here in Sickbay, hopefully they’ll start coming back to her.” The hologram
hesitated. “She believes her husband and daughter were killed by Romulans.”
“In the war?” Kathryn asked.
Both men turned to look at her.
“We’ve been at war with the
Romulans for over 10 years.” She looked
from one to the other. “Haven’t we?”
Sighing, Chakotay slid off the
table and took Naomi in his arms again. “Let’s take her back to Neelix.”
“My head hurts.” Naomi rubbed
her head against his shoulder, the small spikes on her forehead rasping against
his neck. “I don’t like doctors. They’re mean.”
“It’ll go away in a little
while.” Kathryn patted her back. She noticed the hurt expression on the Doctor's face. She patted his back, too.
After two days, roughly one-third of
the crew had regained their memories. Thankfully, Naomi and Sam were among them. The Captain, however, was not. Of the senior staff, she and Tom were the only ones still not back on duty.
Voyager was seriously understaffed
and Chakotay was
working 18 hour
shifts trying to
piece ship and
crew back together. Kathryn's time
was spent in the Captain's
quarters reading through
‘her’ personal logs.
were stranded alone
on a planet together and we didn't do anything? "
She looked up
from the PADD she
" Am I crazy?”
" I've often wondered. " He was stretched out
on her sofa trying to catch a nap.
" You didn't try anything? "
Maybe he was the crazy one.
" No. "
" Why? Am I not pretty enough
for you? " She’d read enough
of ‘her ‘ logs to
know she'd wanted
him to kiss her that night he saw her in nothing but a towel. And that was just for starters.
The rest of that particular entry made her blush when she read it.
Fishing for compliments? " he chuckled.
" I was the only woman on the planet and you didn't make a pass at me? " she pulled at the arm he had laying over his eyes. "
It’s a little hard
on the ego. "
" I was taking it slow, figured there was
plenty of time. If I'd known – "
" Torres to Chakotay. "
" Saved the by the bell. Chakotay, here. "
" Chakotay, Councilman Gertz is requesting
to speak with
" I'm on my way, tell him five minutes. Chakotay out. " He swung
his feet off
the sofa and
I have to go to the bridge. "
Can I come? " She'd been
cooped up in her quarters all
day and was feeling a little stir
It’s your bridge.
" He held
out his hand to her.
When they stepped out
onto the bridge, Harry did a double take. " Captain? "
" Hi. " She waved at him.
Choking back a laugh at the look on Harry's face,
Chakotay steered Kathryn
to her seat and stood beside
Put the councilman through. "
Gertz appeared on
the screen. " Commander,
I really must
cost of some of the supplies you’re demanding is
More than the cost
of slave labor? " Chakotay
Slave labor? Really, they were paid – "
After they were kidnapped
and their minds
We’re trying to do
what we can to
rectify the situation. However, the cost is outrageous! "
" Outrageous? " Chakotay
strode to the center
of the command
Then there's the matter
of the child. " The councilman smoothed his
hand over his
oily looking mustache.
The child? "
The little girl.
Her parents want her
He crossed his arms
over his chest.
" Naomi belongs on
mother is here. "
Her mother signed the
papers, I assure you it's quite legal. "
" No. " Chakotay’s
answer was soft, almost a whisper.
" I'll send security
forces to pick
her up. " Obviously mistaking
the calmness for
agreement, Gertz smiled.
" A shuttle will
be there shortly. "
" No.” Behind him Harry and Tuvok
exchanged a look. “I will level
your planet before
I give her to you. " He continued, his voice
low and dangerous. " Voyager
will leave your
world in ruins.
You will not
take my child. "
the councilman paled
and took a step back.
You will tell these
– people – that they have to buy another child. "
" I – I understand. " The man was shaken in the face of Chakotay’s
We’ll see to all
the repairs immediately. "
You have two days. " Prying
his hands loose
from the railing, he turned his back on the screen.
Kathryn sat in the big chair shocked
at what she'd
had been gentle
and kind from
the moment she'd
first met him. Even when he was wounded and wanted by security
he'd never so
much as raised
his voice to her. One request from her
was all it took for him to put down the weapon he’d had. There had been no hint of the anger that lay beneath the
he walked over
to her, she flinched back.
in the black velvet eyes and a sad smile
twisted his mouth. " I wouldn't really,
but he doesn’t need to know that. "
You – you were bluffing? " Relief
More or less.
" Yes, Commander?
" The Vulcan
looked up from
Armed guards at all
points of access. No one from Quarra is allowed
on board without
my direct permission. I get the feeling these
‘ parents’ are highly placed people
to influence the
" Understood. "
" I'll bet a month's
rations the good
councilman is involved
in this scheme
of Dr. Kaden’s.
" It would be unwise to bet against
you, Commander. "
Chakotay’s hand, Kathryn
let him pull her to her feet. In the turbolift she
studied him carefully. He was still angry but not as angry as he had appeared to be on the bridge. "Would I have done something like that? "
" Similar, but more
He smiled at her. "
You’ve got those feminine
wiles to work
with. I have to rely on masculine chest
She laughed. "
The angry warrior routine? "
Where did you hear
Just what had
Kathryn put in
her logs about
the angry warrior?
Just an old story
I read somewhere. " She ducked her head and a flush covered her cheeks. Chakotay’s ‘legend’ had earned itself several pages
in her personal logs. Some of them were quite steamy.
" What will you do if they try to take her?"
" Leave. " He
We’re not ready,
but we've been
in worse shape. "
I've been reading. "
" You told me a story once. Something to remember when times
get tough. "
And what was that? "
Smiling, he tugged
on her hair. " Never underestimate the power of a redhead. "
I did grow up in Indiana? "
mom and sister are alive not dead, but my father is dead?”
Earth isn’t really over crowded and polluted?”
are you listening to me?”
to where he lay on the sofa, Kathryn saw his eyes were closed. Poor baby.
He was working long hours then spending what little free time he had with her.
“Chakotay, why don’t you go home, get some sleep?”
uh… you might disappear…”
on the floor next to him, she ruffled the dark hair. “Not a chance.” The exotic
lines on his forehead drew her fingers. Tracing them gently she whispered to
him as he slept. “I love you, Chakotay.”
Chapter 2: I Tell The Truth Except When I Lie...
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