Title: Red River 2/5
Authors: Isabelle and Maxine
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Red River 2
Somewhat surprised by the action, Chakotay didn't respond at
first. Then he kissed Tom back and
pulled away. He smiled gently at
the younger man and promised he
would be back as quickly as he
could. Tom closed his eyes
and prayed that he would last the hour
and a half that Chakotay said it
would take. He could feel his life
draining out of him through his
hand. 'Well if nothing else I got to
do the one thing I would never do
before I died, kiss Chakotay.'
While Chakotay made his way through the thick forest his
mind was racing. Thoughts of the
kiss, Why did he kiss me? Why now,
why like that? Was it out of fear
or something else? He was shocked
that the man kissed him, more shocked
that he kissed him back. It
wasn't like he didn't wanted to
kiss Tom. He had many times but he
wouldn't have kissed him on the
side of a mountain when one of them
was so ill. Chakotay made it back
to the shuttle in a bit less time
then he had figured. He checked
to see if Voyager had tried to
contact them but they hadn't. He
sent out an emergency beacon, hoping
they would get it and get it soon.
He had the flyer's computer set a
lock on Tom then he tapped his comm
"Chakotay to Paris." No answer
"Chakotay to Paris. Do you read me?"
Still no answer.
"Chakotay to Oromocto. If you can
hear me tap on the small
gold piece attached to Tom's jacket."
"Oromocto here Chakotay. Tom appears
to be unconscious."
"Alright Oromocto. Hold on to him
and I going to transport
you both to the Delta Flyer."
"Alright. I have his hand."
"Computer lock on to Lieutenant Paris'
signal and transport
to the delta flyer."
"Acknowledged. Transport complete."
Chakotay got up from the controls
and went to the back of the flyer.
Tom was lying on the floor and Oromocto
was sitting next to him.
"Well that was interesting."
"Help me get him below. I have to
first regenerate the wound
and hopefully that will slow down
the bleeding out. Next I have to
locate any and all information on
The two men carried Tom to the biobed
below. Chakotay quickly ran a
tricorder over Tom. The readings
told him that Tom was bleeding
internally from two no three organs.
"Why would he be bleeding internally?"
He thought out
loud. "I don't understand why would
Tom be bleeding internally?"
"I have to stop this bleeding. I
am not sure if I can."
"Chakotay I have faith that you will
do whatever is necessary
to help your mate survive."
Chakotay quickly turned and looked
at the other man. But he decided
not to correct him. He was too concerned
with helping Tom.
"Tom can you hear? I need you to
wake up. I need your help."
Chakotay began regenerating the wound
on Tom's hand as he activated
the biobed's medical monitor.
When he had finished with the wound,
he went to the console near by and
began searching. Thinking to
himself again why would Tom be bleeding
internally? I didn't pick up
reading of any tears or punctures.
If there was nothing damaged he
couldn't repair it.
After fifteen minutes he found what
he thought he needed. Going over
to the replicator and ordered the
computer to begin the process. He
needed to replicate clotting factor
VIII. According to the
information he obtained he would
have to infuse Tom three times
during the next 24-hour period.
Hopefully there wasn't an joint or
muscle damage, he couldn't continue
to read about the disease right
now he had to help Tom. Retrieving
what he needed from the replicator
he went back to Tom.
"Tom can you hear me? I have the
factor VIII it has to be
infused. I am sorry but I have to
set up an IV. It's the only way
just hold on a little longer please."
He then carried through with
what he said and set up an IV calling
on all he could remember from
his days in the Maquis when there
were no doctors available and they
had to make due.
"Now what?" Asked Oromocto
'Now I guess we wait. The clotting
factor has to be pushed so
to speak into his body. It's suppose
to help activate the body's
natural ability to cause clotting."
Chakotay explained the best he
could, surprise he remembered what
little he did get to read.
"I am going to keep trying to raise
Voyager. I don't want to move him
anymore or I would take you closer
to the city."
"No do not worry yourself with me
and how I will get back. I
would like to stay and make sure
he gets better. I am terribly sorry
for this. We did not know."
"I didn't know either. I suppose
if you had told us what the
purification did he could have warned
"I still feel responsible. We don't
tell visitors what is
involved. We need to change that
policy." Chakotay just nodded. What
he really felt like doing was screaming
that yes they should have
informed Tom and him what was involved.
They had no right to cause
anyone harm like this. But he knew
he was being irrational.
To keep himself occupied,
Chakotay went back to the terminal
and began to read more about hemophilia,
its cause and it's
treatment. He hoped he wouldn't
have to do anything further then
administer this clotting factor.
He hoped that Voyager would find
them and the doctor would be able
to fix whatever harm the Alinidian
ritual had caused. Chakotay was
so engrossed in his reading that he
didn't hear Tom's weak call at first.
It was Oromocto who did and got
"Tom? Can you hear me?"
"Yes" he responded in a whisper.
"Cha it hurts bad, really bad.
I can feel the blood inside me. It
feels like it is pouring out." Tom
grabbed his stomach turned his
head and threw up.
Chakotay quickly went to the other
side of the bed. Holding Tom's
head in one hand and reaching for
something, anything for him to
throw up in. Oromocto was there
with an environmental suit helmet, he
took it and nodded his thanks. Then
Chakotay realized two things, one
Tom was throwing up blood, not good,
and two Oromocto seemed to be
searching for something.
"Oromocto what are you doing."
"I was trying to see if I could find
something to help clean
Tom up with."
"Oh just go to the replicator there
and ask for a warm wet
towel and one dry one."
Oromocto did as directed and returned
with the towels just as Tom
finished. He handed the towels to
Chakotay and took the helmet.
"Is there someplace I can get rid
"There is a bathroom behind that
door." Chakotay pointed
"You can get rid of it in there.
Thank you" Turning his attention
back to Tom, wiping his face and
mouth the best he could with the wet
"Cha?" Tom rasped out his throat
"I am here Tom." Chakotay whispered
"I don't want to die. But if I am
going to I need to tell you
"Tom you are not going to die. Not
on my watch."
"Well there might not be a choice
here big guy."
"There is a choice you have got to
hang on. The factor VIII
will help slow down the bleeding
and Voyager will be here soon. The
doctor will be able to replace the
gene suppressant and you will be
fine." Chakotay was trying hard
to convince himself as well as Tom.
"I hope you are right but just in
case you aren't I have to
tell you this."
"I won't argue with you what do you
want to tell me?"
"I am sorry I kissed you before,
not because I didn't mean it
but because of when and where. I
am sorry that I didn't tell you
sooner that I like you. I really,
really like you."
"I am not sorry we kissed Tom. And
I really, really like you
too." Chakotay tried to smile but
he knew that the smile didn't take
the sadness out of his eyes.
"I am glad Cha." Tom tried to smile
as a rush of pain washed
over him. He gasped and grabbed
"I am going to be sick again." Turning
his head away from
Chakotay Tom threw up again. Oromocto
had heard him proclamation and
was there with the helmet for Tom.
"I am very sorry for the pain my
people have inadvertently
caused you Tom."
"It's not your fault Oromocto you
"This may be true but I still am
very sorry. I wish there was
something more I could do."
Before Tom could answer him they
heard the comm system
"Voyager to Delta Flyer." It was
Tuvok calling them. Chakotay
jumped up and ran to the computer.
"Delta Flyer here Tuvok. Are you
within transporter range?
There is an emergency here."
"We are not Commander. What is the
"It's Tom, I mean Lieutenant Paris.
He is ill he needs to be
"Commander we are a day and a half
from your current
location, will Mr. Paris be alright
for that long?" Now the captain
had taken over the communiqué.
"I have no idea Captain. He is bleeding
internally, he needs
a blood transfusion." Did Chakotay
sound fearful, anxious? Chakotay
wasn't sure if the captain heard
the tremor in his voice.
"Chakotay was there an accident?
Is the Delta Flyer
"We had to bring the Flyer down because
of an electrical
storm, once again Tom proved he
is the best pilot in the Quadrant.
The flyer sustained no real damage
just a couple of scratches." He
knew he couldn't keep the awe out
of his voice but he didn't really
care at this point.
"Commander the electrical storm has
passed you should have no
trouble taking off and meeting us
half way." Ensign Kim spoke up
"I am not sure if Tom is up for the
flight. Captain can you
ask the doctor? I found out that
Tom's family has a history of
hemophilia and he had a synthetic
gene, which was inadvertently
removed during a purification ritual
here on the planet."
"Chakotay you disobeyed the Prime
"No Captain we did not. The Borg
has introduced the people on
this planet to technology. They
chose not to advance their own
technology, so as not to attract
the Borg again. They invited us to
stay within a village of theirs
until we could contact you." Just a
bit annoyed that Kathryn would think
he would break the Prime
"I see. The doctor is here now Commander."
"Commander Chakotay please describe
for me Lieutenant Paris'
Chakotay went through what had happened
and what he discovered when
he examined Tom. He also told the
doctor what he did according to the
'You did exactly what you should
have done Commander. I would
recommend that you replicate at
least one pint of O positive
synthetic blood for the Lieutenant
and when the infusion course of
the clotting factor is complete
start transfusing that. It will help
stabilize him until you get back
here. I will of course here
everything that is needed when you
get back to replace the lost gene
but I will not be able to do the
operation unless the Lieutenant is
"Thank you doctor. What about the
internal bleeding? I can
not find any tears or punctures."
"Commander, the nature of hemophilia
is somewhat unnerving.
There doesn't have to be a wound
internally for a patient to bleed
internally. I would recommend not
leaving the planet until you have
transfused the Lieutenant and started
"I would suggest at least eight hours
before you try to leave
orbit Commander. That should be
a sufficient amount of time for the
bleeding to slow and Mr. Paris'
body to begin the healing process.
Just be careful not to bounce him
around too much."
"Thank you again doctor." Chakotay
had hoped no one could
hear his frustration. He wasn't
sure if HE could last the eight hours
let alone if Tom could.
"Very well commander take off in
eight hours. We will be
ready to transport Tom as soon as
you are within range."
"Yes captain. Ensign Kim?"
"Are you picking up any reading of
possible electrical storms
in the system?"
"Not at this time Commander but I
will keep a constant check
going just to be on the safe side."
"Thank you Ensign." Chakotay breathed
a sigh of relief, he
didn't really want to ask the Ensign
to make sure he did his job. He
was glad the ensign understood what
he was asking.
"Very well Chakotay we will see you
soon. Stay in contact
with us. Let us know how Tom is
doing and when you are ready to leave
"Yes Captain, Chakotay out."
"Well at least your ship will be
here soon enough. I will
stay with you can continue to help.
I wonder if your computer could
match our communication waves and
I could speak to someone in the
village. Let them know where I am
and what has happened."
"I am sure it can Oromocto. Computers
run a scan of all
bandwidths and locate. Identify
communication bandwidth of the
Alinnid village approximately 200
kilometers from this location."
"Acknowledged scan in progress."
The low computer voice
"Open a channel to the Government
House signal Calic-Bena-
De." Oromocto spoke to the
"This is Oromocto."
"Yes sir. This is Enosho."
"Ah Enosho. I am glad it's you. I
am about 300 jaredes from
the village. I am here with our
two visitors. One of them, Tom became
ill, Chakotay and I brought him
back to their ship. I will be staying
with them until they are able to
leave. Please inform my mate that I
will not be home for the evening
meal. And inform the counsel that we
have found a problem with the purification
ritual. When I return we
will discuss the problem further."
"Yes Oromocto. Please tell Tom I
am sorry he is ill. I will
pass along your messages and we
shall see you when you return. Do you
require assistance getting back?"
"No the travel shall help me become
focused thank you though."
"Very well safe travel home."
The link was ended and
Oromocto returned the computer to
its original position.
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