Once he was sure everything was ready
for flight, Baytart lifted off, he didn't understand why Commander Chakotay
was hovering over Paris like he was but he was positive that if he was
meant to know they would tell him but he really hoped that it was what
he thought it meant.
Chakotay overheard Baytart comm as
he talked to the Doctor as they got closer to Voyager, he knew that if
the quiet man was worried enough to risk a beam out so close to an ion
storm it was worse than they all thought.
Hearing Tom moan Chakotay brushed
his hair out of his face, "Tom?"
Moaning Tom tried to sit up but
the hand on his chest refused to let him up, "Tay?"
"Shhh I'm here baby rest now."
Looking blearily up at Chakotay
asking, "Where are we?"
Stoking Tom's cheek softly, with
a smile, "On our way home love."
"Sure did Greg and Pablo came down."
Tom weakly moaned, "Shit . . . are
we . . . still gonna . . ."
Laying a finger over Tom's lips
saying, "As soon as you're back on your feet my husband of mine, we're
getting married in the eyes of the Federation, Kathryn will marry us Harry
or Tuvok at your side or better yet both, and Gregor standing at my side."
Groaning as a pain hit him once
it subsided he asked, "I thought B'Ela would stand at your side?"
"You see Greg and I have a pact
we made as children, before our pact, he'd be my best man and I'd be his
and I've been his best man twice now."
With a grimace Tom clarified his
thinking to the older man, "Oh I thought it might have been because of
what you found out."
Chakotay smoothly explained, "It
hasn't helped but it wouldn't have mattered, rest now, if you want I'll
explain later but right now all I have on my mind is getting you well and
back onto your feet so we can finished what we started."
With a weak laugh Tom replied, "Is
that an incentive for me to recover fully?"
"You bet ya sweet ass it is Poocuh,
I have plans for us and they don't involve you being in pain or in sickbay
keeping the Doctor company. If you don't mind."
Tom tried to think through the pain
for a smart ass comment but couldn't come up with one with a groan, he
screwed his eyes shut as screamed in pain.
Chakotay felt the pain through the
link, reaching for the nerve that would knock Tom out without the use of
drugs, once he found the nerve, he pressed lightly till Tom stopped screaming.
Baytart spun in his seat asking,
Chakotay wiped the tears from his
eyes before looking over at the pilot saying, "Tom has an infection from
his injuries that came about through the crash, Tuvok perform a Mind meld
to ease the pain, the affects just worn off and his lung had collapsed
because of it, so if you can move this crate any faster do it."
Baytart nodded as he turned with
a smile he was right it was want he hoped had happened, he couldn't help
over hearing want they have been talking about before and for once he was
happy that Tom Paris had found what he was looking for.
Tem watched as the Doctor pulled
in able bodies to move some of the sick out of Sickbay, while getting the
surgical bay pepped for his incoming patient, he barked orders out left
Samantha Wildman moved her daughter
out of range handing her over to Neelix saying, "Take her to Mackie, she'll
look after her till I'm done."
Nodding Neelix headed out of sickbay
while the Doctor sighed once the bubbly Talaxian was out of his hair.
Barking out orders the Doctor cleared
out all the nonessential crew out of sickbay, the room was nearly empty
apart from the sick crew who were unable to be moved remained, while
others had been moved to the Holodecks which had been converted into a
temporary Sickbay, where the ones who were still able looked after them.
Checking the status of the shuttle
he barked out, "Once they docked, have Tom beam straight to sickbay and
send another shuttle out for the others."
Sam nodded as she followed the Doctors
orders calling to the bridge to relay the message, "Wildman to bridge."
Frowning Sam wondered why a member
of the Equinox crew would be on the bridge, deciding to ask Seven later,
she replied, "Gilmore beam Paris to sickbay once the Flyer is docked in
Shuttle bay one and have a fresh pilot sent out for the rest of the away
team still on the planet."
"I'll have Noah Lessing go for them,
he's the only decent pilot left."
Sam frowned at that since the Equinox
crew joined them, they were under a lockout of all major systems, wondering
how they got to the bridge but she knew that they had to trust them since
they were all that was left, "Okay see to it, Commander Chakotay will join
you as soon as the Flyer has docked."
"Acknowledged Bridge out."
Sam wondered if it was her imagination
or did Gilmore sound happy about having the Commander joining her?
On the bridge Gilmore nearly bounced
with joy with a giggle and a little dance, Gilmore pulled herself together
much to the shocked bridge crew who had watched the whole exchange amazement.
Sabrina Van Dune smirked as she
told her, "Gilmore you don't stand a chance in hell of getting Chakotay
to notice you."
Looking at her with a frown marring
her face asking, "What do you mean?"
Sabrina hated Marla Gilmore with
a passion, after hearing her running the Marquis cause among other things
down stated coldly, "You don't have the. . . how shall I put this? Oh I
know, you don't have the right equipment that he so desires." Van Dune
not noticing that the Tubolifts door slide open to reveal her former Captain,
Baytart had pushed the shuttle to it's limits getting Tom to the Doctors
care a little faster, once in range Baytart beamed them both to sickbay
before heading back for the others.
"Van Dune that is enough." A harsh
voice bellowed out.
Chakotay stepped out of the lift
shocked at what he overheard Van Dune saying, "Belay those orders, Gilmore
report to holodeck two, Van Dune ready room NOW."
Chakotay stalked into the ready
room, worried about Tom he let his frustration flew, "How dare you? What
right do you have airing my sex life out in front of others, let alone
on the bridge?"
Van Dune not having anything to
say stood at attention while Chakotay stood at the viewport, Without turning
Chakotay just said, "I'm disappointed in you Sab, I know you have a problem
with Gilmore but this couldn't have happened at the worse possible moment,"
Turning slowly Sabrina witness the
tears flowing from his eyes feeling guilty she knew that she would do anything
to make it up to her former Captain.
"Spread the word to all Marquis,
Tom Paris is not to be touch, from this day forth Tom is under my protection,
if I find out that even one hair on his body is harmed they'll answer to
"Why would you lower yourself to
protect that piece trash for Cha?"
Chakotay glared at her as he said
in a deadly tone, "You've stepped on his toes one time to many, you may
be related to my uncle family but that doesn't give you the right to judge
Tom or Gilmore for that matter. Not sure why I'm telling you this, do you
remember a little blond boy who visited Dorvan V with his Mother and two
Not sure where Chakotay was going,
Sabrina nodded, "Little Tommy was his name, have you ever wondered what
happened to him?"
"Yes, I always wonder if he kept
his promise to you. Why?"
"He did, Little Tommy grew up into
"Now you understand why I want them
off his back."
"That sweet little kid grew up to
be that . . ."
Chakotay cut her off with a growl,
"Don't you dare say it."
Sabrina nodded as she asked. "That
explains why that damn bear of his looks so damn familiar to me, it the
one you gave him. Thank god I saved it from Suder and them in the beginning
and letting them know in no uncertain terms that the damn thing was off
limits, always wondered why I did that, now I know."
Chakotay nodded as she rabbeted
on, totally ignoring her wishing that he was elsewhere other than dealing
with her, finally having enough of her noise he snapped, "Dismissed."
Surprised that he didn't put her
on report Van Dune not wishing to push her luck raced out of the room.
With a smirked Chakotay watched
as she disappeared from his sight saying, "Van Dune it ainít over, the
others will deal with you or have you forgotten?"
Chakotay paced his office where
he had taken refuge since leaving the Captain's ready room. Ayala had joined
him when they had returned from the planet with the others.
Greg had been shocked at what Chakotay
had told him about what Van Dune had done and set into motion Chakotay
plan with Janeway's permission, Van Dune was going to find herself spending
alot of time with Gilmore, they had found that it was successful before
with others who had problems before.
Eyeing the bear sitting on Chakotay
desk, he asked, "That Tay isn't it?"
Nodding bemused that he had gone
to Tom's quarters to get it, "Now how did you know?"
"Don't tell me you have forgotten
that Tom and I have been together."
"No I haven't forgotten."
Ayala asked quietly, "It isn't gonna
be a problem is it?"
Grinning broadly at his friend saying,
"Let me tell you something that no one but the away team know," Chakotay
waited for his to leant forward as he knew he would before exclaiming,
"He's my husband. I've done the one thing no one else has manage to do."
Shocked stunned Greg stagger to
his feet with a huge smile as he yelped, "Details my friend."
Before he could respond, "Sickbay
to Commander Chakotay."
"Chakotay here, go ahead."
"I have someone asking for you sir,
please report to sickbay."
With a smile Chakotay picked up
the bear sitting on his desk saying, "On my way, Chakotay out."
Ayala smirked as he watched his
friend race out of his office, following at a slower pace he went to give
Tem a visit in sickbay.