Title: Red River 5/5
Authors: Isabelle and Maxine
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Red River 5
Chakotay left sickbay after he spent
a few minutes with Tom, speaking quietly to the unconscious pilot. He promised
he would figure
something out and quickly. Beaming
down within an hour's walk of the
village Chakotay took the time to
go over everything that had
happened in the past three days.
The emotions that ran through him
included frustration at the lack
of being able to help Tom. Angry
with himself for not being able
to land the Delta Flyer without
damage. Excitement at the idea of
pursuing a relationship with Tom.
Finally, fear of losing him before
he got the chance.
When Chakotay arrived in the village
he was greeted by
everyone out and about, all showing
concern for Tom and joy because
they were able to see him again.
He really liked these people, if he
had to choose a place in the Delta
Quadrant to live Alinnid would win
hands down. That thought shocked
him a bit, he had never thought
about not getting back to the Alpha
When Oromocto heard the commotion
he came out of the
Government House, seeing Chakotay
again was not really a surprise,
just that fact that it was so soon
after he left. Oromocto had only
arrived back in the village a short
"Chakotay, what brings you back here
so quickly? How is Tom
"That is why I am here Oromocto.
It seems that Tom has
developed an infection, one which
our doctor has not be able to
identify as of yet. The captain
was hoping that maybe your medical
staff could help us with the identification
and possible have a cure
"Oh my, well let's go speak to them
quickly. I take it this
is a major complication for Tom."
"Yes you could say that. Because
of the hemophilia and
everything that Tom's system has
been through, he has almost no
immunity right now." Chakotay knew
he sounded frustrated but he
didn't care anymore.
"I am sorry Chakotay, come through
here." Oromocto motioned
for him to enter a door in a building
next to the Government House.
"This way." They walked down a long
hallway until they came
to another door with a plague reading
'Latan Horio Practitioner'.
Oromocto knocked and then opened
"Oromocto, come in. To what to I
owe the honor of your
presence?" Latan seemed to be a
bit older than Oromocto to Chakotay.
"Latan, this is Chakotay from the
Starship Voyager. You
remember meeting him two solar raises
"Oh yes Hello again Chakotay. I thought
you and your mate Tom
Chakotay couldn't help but blush
at the mate comment once again. Why did everyone think he and Tom were
"We had Latan but Tom became ill
and now our doctor needs
"What kind of help does he need?
What is wrong with Tom?"
"Well one problem that occurred was
that through the
Purification Ritual a synthetic
gene was removed from his cells
causing a inherited disease to surface.
He has brought that under
control but before he can reintroduce
the required gene suppressant
he needs to rid Tom's body of a
bacterial infection he received from
the cut on his hand. The pathogen
is not in our computer files so he
can not find a correction course
of treatment. We were hoping that
you might be able to help us in
identifying it and perhaps even
provide us with a cure."
"Well I will do whatever I can of
course. I would need to
know what pathogen has invaded Tom's
"I have a sample here for you." Chakotay
handed him the vial
of Tom's blood that held the little
bug causing his illness.
Latan took the proffered vial. "I
will be back in a few minutes." He
turned and left the room, Chakotay
assumed to go to his laboratory or whatever they call it here.
"Chakotay Latan is the best practitioner
in this village. I
am sure he will be able to help
your doctor find a cure for Tom."
"I hope you are right Oromocto because
right now the
prognosis isn't very good."
Chakotay couldn't sit still, he found
himself pacing, he never paced.
He was usually very calm but right
now calm was not a word he would
associate with his inner self.
Latan returned several minutes later,
although to Chakotay it seemed
like an hour.
"I have identified the pathogen."
Latan didn't sound pleased.
"And the good news is that it can
be treated if an Alinnidan
was infected. The bad news is that
I am not sure if I can adapt the
needed medication to your human
physiology. While I was scanning for the pathogen I found that human blood
is far more complex then our plasma gel. The medication is based on a simplistic
structure. Our plasma gel only has
two components the blood cells I
saw have fourteen."
As Chakotay listened he felt the
last bit of hope slip away,
Tom was going to die and there was
nothing he or anyone else could do about it. He felt tears well up behind
his eyes and he didn't even
think about stopping them from falling.
He was going to lose Tom
after all and there was not a thing
he could do to stop it.
Oromocto heart broke as he watched
the seemingly strong
minded man in front of him fall
apart before his eyes.
"Chakotay, I am so sorry. This is
entirely our fault and now
we can not fix it. I wish we had
thought to tell you what the
purification ritual entailed before
hand this would have never gotten
so bad if we had."
When Oromocto mentioned the ritual
first Chakotay wanted to scream
that he was damned right it was
entirely their fault, then he
"Oromocto, the purification ritual
you said it removes all
impurities from a person's body
"Yes it does."
"Down to the cellular level right?"
"Yes Chakotay. What are you getting
"That's it! Tom can go through the
ritual again, it will
clear his body of the infection."
Suddenly Chakotay felt excitement
that could not be contained, he
grabbed Oromocto and spun him around.
"Thank you Thank you!" He laughed
through the now subsiding
tears. Then he realized one he had
lost himself for a minute and two
maybe the Alinnidans wouldn't allow
him to bring Tom back down.
"I'm sorry Oromocto, I got carried
away. Do I have your
permission to bring Tom down and
have him go through the ritual
"Of course you can Chakotay. As I
have already stated we will
do whatever we can to help Tom get
well again. GO back to your ship
and get Tom, we will be waiting
"I will need your permission to beam
him down as close to the
village as possible."
"Of course, I do wish there was a
way to beam through the
mountains natural barrier but we
don't have one."
"Honestly, I would prefer not to
find out if we can, because
it might attract unwanted attention
from other species." Not willing
to actually speak his remembered
fear of bringing the Borg back here
Chakotay did the next best thing.
Included any and all unfriendly
aliens who might fly by. Oromocto
nodded his understand.
"I will be back as soon as I can
with Tom, most likely in
about three hours. Thank you again
Oromocto, Thank you Latan!"
Chakotay turned and sprinted out
the door and away from the village.
He had to get back to Voyager and
Tom as quickly as he could. As he
ran he kept trying his comm badge,
wanting to know, as soon he was
away from the barrier that prevented
any contact with off worlders.
Finally winded he had to slow down
some, he should stop he knew that but he just couldn't.
Chakotay was sure there would be
no argument from anyone about
bringing Tom back down here. But
just in case Kathryn decided to try
and say no, he had worked through
every argument she could possibly give having an answer for any one of
her possible objects.
"Chakotay to Voyager" He knew he
was in the clearing now
"Voyager here. Chakotay is the Alinnidan
doctor able to
help?" Janeway was waiting for him.
"No Captain, but there is a way to
help Tom. Beam me up and I
"Alright Chakotay I will meet you
in sickbay. Janeway out."
Chakotay felt the familiar tingle
and then he was in the transporter
room. Nodding his thanks to the
ensign on duty, he left as quickly as
possible. He had actually wanted
to ask to be transported to sickbay
but thought that might be a bit
Knowing that the first officer should
not be seen running through the
corridors Chakotay steeled himself
to just walk as naturally and as
quickly as possible without causing
any eyebrows to be raised.
He arrived at the same time as the
captain, both entered sickbay and
he called for the doctor. Seeing
that Tom was still unconscious, but
not wanting to make a decision like
this without him he asked the
doctor to wake Tom.
"The doctor on Alinnid that I spoke
to said that yes they are
familiar with the pathogen causing
the infection and they have a
cure, but he does not believe it
can be adapted to human physiology." Chakotay saw Tom frown, he placed
his hand on the younger man's
"When Oromocto again apologized for
having caused the initial
problem because of the Purification
Ritual I realized that Tom can go
through the ritual again and the
pathogen would be removed." He
smiled at Tom as he said this and
saw the light come back into his
"When do we leave?" Tom whispered.
"As soon as you want." Chakotay blinked
"Just a minute Commander I am not
sure if that is wise."
"Why not it's Tom's only chance for
survival." Chakotay knew
this argument would happen but it
still annoyed him.
"The ritual removes ALL impurities
within the body down to
the cellular level. Which is what
caused Tom's hemophilia to come to
the surface. Both Oromocto and the
doctor think it is the best way to
rid Tom of the pathogen. You said
yourself that you didn't think you
could find an antibiotic that would
kill the pathogen. Has that
"No, I have been unable to find anything
that will help him."
"So why not just have him beam down
to the village and have
the ritual performed again?"
"Doc, it's ultimately my decision
and I want to do it. I am
not ready to die just yet."
"Doctor Tom is right it is his decision
and he has been
through the ritual once before.
He knows what will happen." Kathryn
was all for the idea herself.
"Fine but I want my objection noted."
"So noted. Now Chakotay, I know we
can't beam you directly
into the village, my question is
how close can we beam you and will
you need help with getting Tom there?"
"The closest I think we will be able
to get is about an
hour's walk to the village. Tom
is in no condition to walk even five
minutes. As for help well I could
carry him the entire way but I am
not sure if climbing the side of
a mountain carrying someone is a
good idea. So yes help would be
"Climbing a mountain with me on your
back isn't a good idea."
As much as Tom wanted to be that
close to Chakotay he knew that is
was impossible under those conditions.
"Very well we will beam you back
down where we picked up your
signal this last time and find someone
to help you. How about in a
half-hour, will that be enough time
for you to clean up Chakotay? You
are a mess!"
"Yes a half-hour would be plenty
of time. I am sorry I look
like this, I ran most of the way
to the transport site." Chakotay
laughed as he looked at himself,
he hadn't thought about his
"Very well see you then." Kathryn
turned and left sickbay.
"Chakotay, thank you for thinking
of the ritual to help me. I
really thought it was all over for
"Did you think I wouldn't find a
way to help you? Tom I told
you, I need you in my life. I need
you to help me find my passion
"I will do what I can, I am so tired
"Well rest, I will be back in a little
while and we can
"Okay see you later."
When Tom closed his eyes Chakotay
leaned down and kissed his cheek and then left sickbay for his quarters.
A half-hour later he was back, the
captain and Tuvok were waiting for
"You look better Chakotay. Tuvok
will be accompanying you and
"Thank you Captain I feel better.
Thank you Tuvok for
"Of course Commander. Any other choice
would be illogical,
Lieutenant Paris will need two strong
people to help him. Aside from
yourself I believe that I fall in
Couldn't beat Vulcan logic, Chakotay
nodded his agreement. After
checking with the doctor to make
sure that Tom was as up for the
travel as possible, he went over
and woke Tom.
"Okay Tom it's time."
Tom looked at Chakotay and tilted
his head slightly giving his
acceptance of the statement. Tuvok
and Chakotay helped Tom stand up and the captain called for the beam out.
When they rematerialized the three
men adjusted their positions and
began the trek up the mountain.
The two older men all but carried Tom as they did. Reaching the village
in a little over an hour, they were greeted by Oromocto and Enosho. They
wasted no time with formalities leading the three aliens to the place where
the ritual would be performed.
Chakotay helped Tom remove the sickbay
clothing he had on replacing it with the ceremonial robe of the Alinnidans.
Once done Tuvok joined them and helped Tom into the Purification Pool.
Oromocto then began the ritual that would cleanse Tom of the pathogens.
Forty-five minutes later it was done
and Tom was asleep. Chakotay
knew he had to get him back to Voyager
as soon as possible so the
doctor could reintroduce the gene
suppressant into his system. He
didn't want to take any chances.
Oromocto and Enosho offered to
assist them in their travel bringing
out a cart that Tom could be
laid in for the duration.
The walk back seemed to go more quickly
than the walk to the
village, for which Chakotay was
grateful. Tuvok spoke with Oromocto
as they walked, each man was intrigued
by the other. Reaching the
preset coordinates Tuvok commed
the captain and informed her that the ritual was over and they could be
beamed back. Thanking Oromocto and Enosho for their assistance and promising
to let them know when Tom was well, Chakotay said goodbye and Tuvok ordered
them to be beamed directly to sickbay.
The doctor performed the replacement
surgery and Tom was
cleared to return to his quarters
within twenty-four hours of the
ritual. He was resting when his
door chime rang out. Chakotay entered
"How are you feeling Tom?"
"A hell of a lot better thanks."
"Good." Chakotay was nervous and
"Chakotay relax please, I am not
going to jump you."
"I know that, there is so much I
want to say to you but I
don't know where to begin."
"How about we save the talk until
after the party on Alinnid? Let's just go down there and have a good time.
Enjoy some music, some food and conversation. We have all the time in the
world to talk later, okay?"
"Sounds like a good idea to me."
"Good and we don't have to go through
the Purification Ritual
again so we get to start sooner
than everyone else."
"True, well let's go then."
The two men walked side by side to
the transporter room, joined by
the captain and Tuvok. The rest
of the senior staff and most of the
crew would be beaming down in a
Everyone agreed when they returned
to the ship that they
could not remember a more friendly
and congenial species in all their
travels. Their cargo bays were stocked
with many wonderful foods and
the hydroponics lab would be busting
out with more fruits and
vegetables in no time at all.
Voyager left orbit with a more relaxed
and happier crew than
anyone could remember in a long