Starting Over 6/6
Major Character death: In the beginning.
Rated R for implied m/m sex (yes
finally the boys get together)
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Starting Over Part 6
Chakotay was beyond angry when he
contacted Neelix. On a secure subspace channel he informed Neelix that
he needed a copy of the data clip he left with him. Neelix promised to
send the information to him during the night when the bandwidths were not
checked as regularly.
After ending that transmission
Chakotay contacted the one person in
Starfleet he trusted other than
Kathryn. Filling his friend in on what was happening and what he would
be receiving in the morning Chakotay felt his anger subside slightly. Finishing
up for the night he went to check on Tom, although Chakotay had put Tom
in his bed, Tom had obviously gotten up and moved to his own.
When Chakotay noticed the tears that
were dried on Tom's face he
again vowed to make sure the admiral
paid for the hurt he caused his
beloved. Tom stirred in his sleep,
opening his eyes he looked up and
saw Chakotay sitting on his bed.
Tom began crying all over again.
"Cha why can't he just leave me to
my life? He has always told me I was a disappointment and proved he felt
that way over and over again. Even after we returned home. Nothing I ever
do is good enough. I didn't make any noise or cause any embarrassment yet
still feels the need to try to ruin
Rocking Tom in his arms Chakotay
whispered words of love and
"I think this is one final attempt
of a truly desperate man to show anyone who cares to look that he still
has some kind of power. Unfortunately for him he has also shown his true
colors, he is grasping at straws. The Admiral will find that while some
of us prefer to live a peaceful life as we can and do fight as furiously
as the mightiest soldier. He also forgot to close his mouth, you know that
in the average lifetime a person will eat seventy assorted insects and
10 spiders. It's obvious that the admiral has been sleeping for far too
"Cha please don't do anything to
ruin your life because of me. I am not worth it."
"You are more than worth it to me
babe. But don't worry nothing will happen to me, I promise. What is going
to happen is all of the admiral's sins are going to catch up with him and
it won't be pretty."
"Just one more reason for people
not to like me. Everyone here is going to think I am like my father Cha.
I can't stay here with you. They will lose respect for you."
"No one on this planet or any other
will blame you for your father's crimes Tom. You can't leave now anyway.
I gave you my heart
if you leave I will die."
"I love you Cha."
"I love you too Tom." Tom leaned
in and kissed Chakotay, he meant for it to be just a kiss of thanks and
love. Chakotay had other ideas and proceeded to show Tom exactly how precious
he was to him.
As they fell asleep Chakotay heard
Tom say "Good Night Beauty" and
slipped in to a peaceful sleep with
a smile on his face.
The next afternoon all hell
had broke loose through out the
Quadrant. News traveled quickly
that one Admiral Owen Paris had
almost single-handedly caused much
of the harm the Federation
experienced during the Dominion
War. It was also reported that he
helped the Cardassians smuggle weapons
across the DMZ in aide against the Maquis. He was also responsible for
there being no Federation or Starfleet presence on or near Dorvan when
the Cardassians had come through.
While having been captured
by the Cardassians as a Captain,
Starfleet now had evidence that
was use a ruse to provide cover for
the exchange of information.
He was personally responsible for the
deaths of not only two non-terran
women he had affairs with and the
children of those liaisons, but
also the deaths of at least two members of his crew while he was Captain
on the Al-Banti. One member's only "crime" was that she turned him down
when he asked for a sexual encounter. The other crewmember was a homosexual.
It was also reported that
it was Admiral Paris and not his son Tom
who had filed the false report after
the accident at Caldik Prime and
that Tom had in fact tried to file
a revised report and the admiral
deleted it. Pictures surfaced of
Paris as a captain and an admiral
with women other than his wife in
There were also rumors that
MR Paris had many illegal dealings with
drug runners. One more item that
was just briefly mentioned was that
the Federation was looking into
reports of child abuse involving the
former admiral against his children.
Starfleet had unceremoniously
kicked the former admiral out and
the Federation called for his
Tom and his mother sat in
shock and anger as they heard everything. Neither of them was able to grasp
the idea that the man they had lived with all their lives was that devious.
Tom felt rage when he
heard about his father's hand in the
devastation on Dorvan. Although
he was devastated to hear that his
father had been unfaithful to his
mother. It hurt more because of
what the people of Dorvan had gone
through during and after the raid.
Chakotay received a communiqué
from Tom's two sisters asking him to inform their mother and brother that
they would be on Dorvan as soon as they could. He also got a cryptic message
from Kathryn "It is
physically impossible for pigs to
look up into the sky." Which
Chakotay interrupted as Owen Paris
couldn't see what was coming down on him.
Chakotay's family gathered
at his house offering support for the
Paris family. Tom was fearful that
when the people of Dorvan heard
the news, no one named Paris would
be welcome. But he was proven
wrong time and again through at
the day, as people from neighboring
homesteads and villages came to
offer their heartfelt sympathy for
all that Tom and Miriam had lived
Miriam and Maria were
found in Chakotay's kitchen cooking and
talking, but not about all the crimes
Miriam's ex-husband had
committed but about their sons'
relationship. Chakotay was at Tom's
side all day holding him as he cried.
Sitting on the couch Tom leaned
against Chakotay as they spoke quietly
about whatever came into their heads. Layla had taken Miral back to her
house knowing that all the confusion would upset the little girl.
"I heard someone say once that `rats
multiply so quickly that in eighteen months, two rats could have over million
father seems to have fulfilled his
destiny as being one big rat."
Chakotay couldn't help but laugh
at Tom's assessment of his father.
Through all the noise and commotion
Chakotay and Tom never heard the hover car stop in front of the house.
To their surprise Kathryn and
Donald appeared in the living room.
Kathryn couldn't help but smile
at the sight of her former first
officer and chief helmsman in each
other's arm. Although she knew they
were together now, seeing it with
her own eyes made it all very real.
"Well there is always a silver lining
to every cloud. Looking at the two of you gives me hope for the future.
You look good together as I knew you would."
"You knew?" Tom asked.
"Well I have known for years how
Chakotay felt about you but
I only recently learned that you
felt the same." Grinning she turned
to her husband and said quietly
"I told you they belonged together."
All Donald could do was nod in agreement.
"Please come in and sit down can
I get you anything?"
Chakotay asked as he got off the
couch. Kathryn stopped him.
"Sit your mother has already taken
care of it. I am sure she and Miriam will be joining us soon." Kathryn
stated as she sat opposite the two men.
"So do I get to be a guest at the
wedding or may I have the honor of marrying you?"
"Kathryn! I think you are jumping
the gun here a bit. I think marriage plans should wait a bit. We have only
been together a little over a month."
"Why? Tom is good enough to bed but
not marry?" Donald joined
the other two men in grasping at
"Spirits Kathryn you know that is
"Well then why wait?"
"Yeah Cha why wait? Are you hoping
someone better comes
along?" Tom asked in mock indignation
thinking Chakotay was still the best person to tease as he noticed the
blush come over his lover.
"Tom you know there is no one better
for me than you. I just thought you would want to wait a bit. B'Elanna
hasn't been gone that long."
"I really don't want to wait Cha.
B'Elanna wouldn't want us too either."
"Well than, Thomas Eugene Paris will
you marry me?"
"Only if you promise to never call
me that again."
"I promise to never call you anything
but Tom ever again."
"Babe works too. I love you Cha and
yes I will marry you."
They kissed to seal the agreement
and Kathryn jumped off the chair
and hugged them.Maria and Miriam
entered the living room to see the three hugging and Donald shaking his
"I really need to talk to her about
being discreet." He mumbled to no one in particular.
"What is this all about?" Asked Maria
handing each person a
glass of iced tea.
"Chakotay and Tom are getting married."
"OH that is wonderful! I am so happy!"
Miriam cried out as she grabbed her son and hugged him.
"Tay why didn't you tell me you were
going to ask Tom to marry you?" Maria hugged her son.
"Because he didn't know he was until
my wife interfered."
Donald spoke up as he took his wife's
hand and sat her back in her
chair. "You know Kathryn if I didn't
know any better I would swear
this is exactly what you planned
all those weeks ago."
"It was." She whispered and kissed
During the following weeks
news traveled to Dorvan that the former
Admiral Paris had mysteriously disappeared
one night, only to turn up
dead a week later on Mars. The details
surrounding his death were not disclosed to the public but Chakotay had
it on good authority that
Owen Paris suffered a slow and very
One month later, life
on Dorvan continued and this day found the
planet alive with visitors all coming
to the wedding of Chakotay and
Thomas Eugene. Tom dropped Paris
faster than anyone could say warp core. All the houses on Chakotay's homestead
were filled with friends and relatives of both grooms. Many of the Voyager's
crew was there, including Seven with the Doctor and Tuvok. Donna and Samantha
were providing flowers to decorate the ceremonial area. Even Dalby and
Horan were there, which surprised more than a few of their old crew. But
all was forgotten when they witness Ken hugging Tom and wishing him every
Greg was acting as Chakotay's
best man and Harry was standing up
for Tom. Now that he got over the
shock of learning his best friend
was bisexual and living with their
former first officer. At first Harry thought that maybe his friend had
blown a gasket with all the news about his father. Harry had come to Dorvan
the week before. He
was not scheduled to leave for his
next assignment until the following month and wanted to spend time with
Tom. At first Harry was a bit apprehensive but as the week he changed his
thinking, he had never seen two people more in love with each other.
Kathryn was presiding over
the wedding but there was also a local
shaman to preside over the tribal
ritual of Tom receiving Chakotay's
family tattoo. Both men were dressed
in black linen pants and white
linen shirts. When they stepped
out into the middle of the crowd,
everyone agreed that neither man
ever looked more handsome. Though Tom and Chakotay would have disagree,
they each thought the other was the most beautiful person they had even
was short and to the point. No one could ever fault
Kathryn Janeway for beating around
the bush. Then came the time for
the tattoo to be applied to Tom's
forehead. Chakotay, with the
permission of the shaman choose
to use modern equipment and a dermal regenerator. Within twenty minutes
he was done, Tom turned to the members of the tribe and showed them his
mark. They all greeted him into the tribe in the traditional way, with
a song to the spirits asking for them to guide Thomas Eugene through out
was a picnic at the homestead, everyone had
donated food for it. The couple
accepted congratulations and gifts
from everyone. Years later it would
be said that was the day that
Dorvan truly became a home of peace
and happiness for all that live