Title: Things Change 3/?
Pairing C/P eventually and only
Rating: This chapter R for language
and a release of frustration
Disclaimer: Paramount and whoever
else owns the characters I just
wanted to have some fun.
Feedback: Sure I can take it firstname.lastname@example.org
Side note: I want to thank Isabelle,
Ayesha and Shao for helping me
work through the dilemma I had with
this story. What Chakotay goes
through comes from real life experience
and to express this in
writing has helped me, but things
went off a bit for a while and
these three ladies were wonderful
in making me see that it's my story
and I should tell it. Okay no more
sap just good fun!
Things Change 3
Tom, Kathryn and B'Elanna approached
the sleeping man. Tom
stepped forward and put his hand
on Chakotay's shoulder.
"Chakotay can you hear me? Come on
it's time to wake up."
"Mr. Paris I think it would be a
bit premature to believe the
commander would wake up so soon
after being in a coma for three days."
"Come on Chief, I did my part it's
your turn now." Tom
continued to talk to Chakotay ignoring
the doctor. Kathryn and
B'Elanna stood back in surprise
that Tom was being so intimate with
him. Since when were Tom and Chakotay
"Tom?" a weak voice was heard.
"Yeah, Chief time to wake up."
"Yes, you are back."
"Thanks, Tom." Chakotay seemed a
bit more coherent. The
doctor stepped forward and examined
"Well it seems that the commander
has beaten the odds once
"Nice to see you too doctor." Kathryn
stepped up to the bed.
"Welcome back Chakotay it's
good to see you awake."
"It's good to be seen Kathryn, especially
after last time."
"Long story Captain I will explain."
Tom injected. B'Elanna
walked around to the other side
of the bed.
"Chakotay you scared me, you can't
do that to me again." She
leaned down and kissed him on the
cheek. Chakotay smiled and whispers
"You shouldn't be so impatient and
I think you are right
about Harry Kim." No one heard him
but B'Elanna, she looked down at
him with a question in her eyes.
"Tom will explain." He whispered
again. She nodded and stood
"I think my patient needs to rest
and Mr. Paris you were
going to explain to me how you knew
the commander was not in a coma
"You didn't tell them yet?" Chakotay
turned back to Tom.
"Haven't have time yet chief. You
rest now, I have a few
questions for you later myself."
Tom smiled at the older man patted
his arm and turned to the others
in the room.
"I would like to know myself what
is going on." Kathryn spoke
in her best command voice.
"Kathryn don't be too hard on Tom.
He was just doing what he
had to. I think I will go back to
sleep now. Have fun explaining
Tom." Chakotay closed his eyes and
fell back to sleep.
"Gee thanks big guy." Tom snorted.
"Mr. Paris if you would." The doctor
pointed towards his
Tom led the others followed. When they all got comfortable
Tom explained what had happened
while he was looking into the
medicine wheel ritual. And how he
ended up helping Chakotay find his
way back. He briefly explained that
Chakotay had heard Kathryn,
B'Elanna and him talking earlier
so he knew that someone would be
coming for him soon enough. That
was half the battle evidently Tom
"So you are telling me that you,
someone who isn't that close
with Chakotay, had to be the one
to 'bring him home'?" B'Elanna
seemed a bit annoyed.
"I am not sure if it had to be me
B'El. It could be that
because I was the first to get to
a sleep or meditation state so I
helped. I don't really know."
"Okay I guess that could be it. I
am wondering now if maybe
it was because of the negative flow
in here the last time."
"I have no idea B'El but what is
important is that Chakotay
is awake and now we can help him
get well again."
"I agree, doctor what will Chakotay
have to do to bring his
health back to an acceptable level?"
Kathryn was eager to get her
friend and first officer back on
"First of all he can not start off
as he left off. It will
have to be slow and gradual. The
first few weeks will entail just
getting him strong enough to get
through the day to day things. He
will be quite weak and he will need
assistance for at least the first
four to six weeks. He will not be
able to do much of anything that
includes walking around or showering.
The Commander will be spending
a good deal of time resting. There
should be someone with him at all
times. As a matter of fact he will
most likely not feel comfortable
alone. There will be a whole range
of emotions that the commander
will go through he is going to need
a lot of emotional support, even
if he thinks he can do it on his
"I know Chakotay will not ask for
help but his friends will
be there to support him. Perhaps
we should see about making
arrangements for people to spend
sometime with him everyday." Kathryn
had already decided that it was
time to make up for what her had done
the past two months. She would be
there if Chakotay needed an ear.
"Captain I would like to volunteer
my off duty time also.
Maybe change my shift so you or
I can be with him." Tom wanted to do
this, he wanted to help Chakotay
as much as possible.
"I want to help also. Between the
three of us we can cover
the day." B'Elanna injected then
turned to the doctor. "He will need
someone to be with him through the
"He will need someone with him 24
hours a day. I am not sure
how he will react to that bit of
information but I will not allow him
to leave sickbay unless he agrees."
"He will agree I will make sure of
it. I do not want to go
through what I did last week again
if I can help it." Kathryn was
bound and determined to make sure
Chakotay followed every
recommendation and restriction the
doctor put in place.
"Alright Captain, I will put together
a schedule for him and
his caregiver to follow over the
next two days. I want him to here
for the next 48 hours to monitor
him. Between the surgery and the
coma, I want to make sure there
are no other complications."
"Understood. I need coffee and sleep.
I am going to call it
an early evening. Good Night everyone."
Kathryn turned and left the
office stopping by Chakotay's bed
once more and saying a quiet good
bye for now she left sickbay.
"I need to get to engineering."
"I will walk you out. I am hungry
I missed lunch and dinner.
I hope Neelix still has some dinner
left. Thanks for everything doc."
"Just doing my job Lieutenant."
B'Elanna went off to engineering and Tom headed
for the messhall. When he got there
he grabbed himself something
green and orange then headed of
a table in the corner. He wanted some
time to think about what had happened
today. Neelix came out of the
kitchen and noticed Tom.
"Tom, how is the commander?" He asked
walking over to him.
"He is awake now Neelix. The doctor
seems to think the worst
is over." A few of the crew heard
what Tom said so they came over and
started asking questions. Tom decided
once again to keep the
information to a minimum just saying
that Chakotay came out of the
coma and had been awake for a few
minutes. No complaints of pain or
While Tom was
explaining things Harry came in. He had asked for a
location on Tom twice the first
time he was in sickbay 'Of course he
is' Harry had thought 'isn't he
always there now?' The second time he
found that Tom was in the mess hall,
he figured he would once again
see if his friend could drag himself
away from the "wondrous"
Commander Chakotay's bedside.
was getting more and more aggravated over everyone's
constant babbling about the commander.
He bet no one worried this
much about him when he was in a
coma or missing. What was so damned
special about the commander? He
had been asking himself the same
thing for the four days and still
hadn't come up with an answer. He
just didn't see it.
noticed the small crowd around Tom. 'Once again he is
playing message boy for the commander.'
Harry thought harshly to
himself. 'I just don't get it. As
soon as the commander wakes up he
will be all over Tom again like
always. Picking on him, pointing out
his faults. I don't get it.'
"I see you decided to drag yourself out of sickbay Tom, nice
of you to join the wakening world."
Harry's voice dipped with sarcasm
"Harry I am always in the wakening world and I don't spend
all my time in sickbay."
"Could have fooled me." Harry mumbled.
"What is your problem Kim?" Ayala spoke up he was tired of
the lousy attitude he had been seeing
all week from this guy.
"I am not the one with the problem Ayala."
"No? Seems to me that you have had a chip on your shoulder all
"Maybe I have better things to do with my time than sit and
cry over someone who isn't dead."
you are a fucking dead man." This was from Ken Dalby. Tom
"Ken come on calm down. Harry didn't mean anything by it did
"Yeah right whatever Paris. I was
going to ask if you wanted
to go and play some pool but it
seems that you have other plans. See
ya" Harry turned and left the messhall.
Not noticing all the glares
"What was that all about Tom?" Neelix could not believe that
the normally sweet, kind Ensign
Kim would be so cold.
have no idea Neelix."
"You should have let me hit him Tom." Ken's fists were still
"You would have ended up in the brig Ken. Is it worth it?"
Tom tried to reason with him.
"Tom I know he is your best friend and everything but you
have not seen how he has been acting.
It's almost like he resents
Chakotay being ill." Ayala needed
to let Tom know what many were
thinking. "I am telling you that
is not the first time this week that
he has been this side of rude and
nasty when it comes to people
talking about Chakotay."
"I just don't understand it Greg, Harry isn't like that. He
wouldn't begrudge anyone being ill."
Tom was more confused now then
when his friend was here and being
rude. "Maybe I should talk to him."
"Maybe you should because if I hear him talk like that one
more time I will be spending the
night in the brig." Ken growled and
walked away. Tom just shook his
head, he really didn't want to play
interference between the crew and
Harry right now. Sighing he got up
and grabbed his tray. Ayala put
his hand on Tom's arm to stop him.
"Tom, I am not sure if anyone has
said this but we all really
appreciate everything you have done
"Thank you Greg, but I would do it
for any one of the crew."
"Yeah most of them have finally figured
that out Tom. I for
one am glad I've known it for a
long time. But still thank you, I
think having you in Chak's corner
will be a big help to him." Tom
"There, maybe be one or two that
wouldn't agree Greg but
you're welcome. Chakotay is a friend
I don't mind. But now speaking
of friends I have one I need to
go and talk too before I have to
nurse him back to health too." Both
men laughed and Tom left.
Tom found Harry in Sandrine's slamming
balls around the pool
table. Approaching his friend cautiously.
"Hey Har, you didn't wait for me."
"Oh Gee I am sorry but now you know
how it feels to be left
alone." Harry snipped at him.
"Not watching the intrepid commander breath tonight?"
"What is going on with you Harry?
Why are you so angry with
me? With Chakotay for that matter?"
Tom had never seen his friend
this angry before about anything.
"I am so sick of listening to everyone
talk about HIM like he
is a fucking god or something. He
is just a man!" Harry threw the
pool cue on the table and stormed
off to the bar. Tom was completely
taken aback for a minute, he shook
himself out of the shock he felt
and followed him.
"Harry, I don't think anyone thinks
Chakotay is a god or any
other heavenly body. He did almost
died the other day and in front of
about a quarter of the crew including
the Captain. One more thing, he
is well liked and respected, a good
part of this crew have been
through hell and back with him before
you or I ever got to know him.
Most people don't want to think
of him NOT being here."
"You are standing here telling me
that YOU like him?" Harry
raised his voice a little. Everyone
in the bar seemed have stopped
what he or she were doing and were
watching and listening. "After all
the bullshit he has put you through
over the years? The name-calling,
the accusations, his rude and cruel
behavior towards you, you are
standing here telling that you actually
like him?" Now he was yelling
and if either man had looked around
the bar they would have noticed a
number of the people there were
ready to pounce on the ensign.
"Harry, Chakotay and I have been
friends for over a year now.
We have moved past all that bullshit.
We talked, cleared the air and
buried the hatchet. You know that
you were there for at least one of
the talking session we had." Tom
really couldn't understand what
Harry's problem was.
"Oh that's right I forgot all about
those little talks you
and he had. Gracing you with his
presence carefully listening to your
explanations and you listening to
his sugar coated words. That will
all be out the nearest airlock the
minute you screw up again Paris.
Then he will be back to the self-righteous
perfection seeking bastard
he was before all that talk." There
was a collective gasp at Harry's
"That's it Kim, your ass is mine
now." Ken Dalby had been
seating in a corner of the bar watching
Harry since he arrived. He
got up and stormed across the bar,
several people tried to stop them
but he just pushed by them.
"I am going to
throw you out a fucking airlock Kim!" Tom got in
front of Harry again, as he did
in the messhall, blocking Ken from
hitting his friend.
"Ken don't do this it isn't worth
it. Besides this is between
Harry and me. Come on man don't
do anything stupid."
"Yeah don't do anything stupid because
the pompous commander
isn't worth it." Harry took Tom's
words and twisted them to his own
liking. Something snapped inside
Tom, he turned around and before
anyone knew what was happening he
punched Harry in the face. Harry
stunned for a second fell backwards
and landed on the floor.
"You, Harry, are the self-righteous,
pompous, holier then
thou bastard. If it wasn't for Chakotay
your ass would have been
space dust years ago." He shook
out his hand to relieve the pain from
hitting Harry, turned back to Ken
"Sorry I took your fun from you Ken
but he is all your now."
He stepped over Harry and walked
towards the door. Seeing Greg Ayala
"I will be in sickbay when Tuvok
comes looking for me." Greg
just nodded his admiration for the
pilot up yet another notch. He
walked over to where Ken was glaring
down at Harry.
"Ken I think Ensign Kim has had enough
for one evening."
"Ensign Kim do
you require medical assistance?"
"No" Harry answered gruffly.
"Good now I would suggest you return
to your quarters and get
cleaned up. I am sure that Commander
Tuvok will have some questions
for you later." Greg took a hold
of Ken's arm and pulled him away
from the younger man. Harry pulled
himself up off the floor looked
around noticing with disgust that
everyone seemed to have agreed with
Tom and left the bar.
Tuvok was notified of both, the incident
in Sandrine's and in
the messhall and after checking
the location of the participants he
chose to go and speak to Ensign
Kim first. He was the one who had
been hit. Although Tuvok could not
understand why Lieutenant Paris
would hit his best friend, he was
sure that there was a perfectly
good explanation. Mr. Paris had
not been in any kind of serious
trouble in quite some time.
Arriving at Ensign Kim's quarters
he rang the door chime and waited.
"Enter" the doors swished open and
Tuvok stepped in.
"Ensign Kim, I understand that you
were assaulted this
evening. I would like you to tell
me what and why it happened to the
best of your ability."
"Sure Commander. Have a seat would
you like something?"
"No thank you I am not thirsty. Please
tell me what happened."
"Well first Ken Dalby threatened
me in the messhall because
he didn't like something I said
about Commander Chakotay. Then Tom
and I were having a discussion in
Sandrine's and I guess we got a bit
loud. Dalby again was listening
to our conversation and he came after
me. Tom tried to stop him but he
was in full 'Maquis don't mess with
me mode'. I mean he was pushing
people away from him, knocking them
down. He said my ass was his and
he swung at me. Tom raised his hand
to stop the punch and I got hit
with Tom's hand instead of Ken's"
Harry rushed through his story. He wasn't about to get Tom
in trouble. He might be angry with
Tom but he was still his friend,
even if he was temporarily blinded
by hero worship. Besides it was
Dalby's fault and he was sure that
no one actually saw Tom hit him.
They were too busy looking at Dalby.
Tuvok listened quietly he was shocked that the ensign had lied
to him. He had the report, he knew
that Tom was with one who hit him,
but Tuvok decided not to point that
fact out to Mr. Kim just yet.
see. What did you say that would have made Mr. Dalby so
angry that he wanted to hit you?"
"I am not really sure, Tom and I were discussing Commander
Chakotay and his past treatment
"This make Mr. Dalby angry? It was never a secret that the
commander and the lieutenant had
problems in the past. Why would he
get angry because you two were discussing
"I have no idea, maybe because everyone
is only claiming the
wonderful things the commander has
done in the past lately. Maybe he
just didn't like to be reminded
that the commander isn't as wonderful
as everyone is trying to make him
out to be."
"I see and you were just reminding Mr. Paris of the
commander's wrong doings over the
"Yes I mean just because the guy
is in sickbay that doesn't
negate his failings." Harry was
relieved Tuvok seemed to understand
what he had been feeling all week.
He breathed a sigh of relief.
"Indeed. Well thank you Ensign Kim. I will get back to you
about possible charges being brought
against Mr. Dalby."
"Oh I want to press charges alright."
"As I said I will get back you. Good
"Good night Commander and thank you."
Tuvok stepped out of Harry's quarters and called for another
location check on Tom. He was still
in sickbay. He also called for
check on Ken Dalby and found he
was in his quarters. Tuvok did not
want to interview Mr. Paris while
he was with the commander. The
captain had informed him that Chakotay's
health was tenuous at best
right now. It would not be logical
to upset him at this point. Tuvok
made his way to Ken's quarters and
rang the door chime again. The
door opened and Tuvok entered finding
Mr. Dalby, Lieutenant Ayala,
Gerron and few other former Maquis
"Commander Tuvok please come in."
Ken stood and showed he a
"Thank you Mr. Dalby, I am sure you
know why I am here."
"Yes sir, I figured you would come
and talk to me. I am sorry
that Tom is in trouble but I am
not sorry that asshole Kim got
"Mr. Dalby I would appreciate it
if you would refrain from
using crude language."
"Now could you tell me what happened.
First in the messhall
and then again on the holodeck."
"Of course Commander." Ken proceeded
to tell Tuvok what
happened from his point of view.
Tom turned around and punched Kim in the face. Shocked
the he.. Heck out of me that is
for sure." The others in the room
nodded their agreement to that statement.
"I see. Can anyone add anything to
Mr. Dalby's statement?"
Everyone shook his or her heads.
"Tuvok I would like to add that Ensign
Kim has had an
attitude all week about Chakotay.
It was almost like he was looking
to fight with someone about how
they felt having Chakotay in
sickbay." Greg wanted to make sure
that Tuvok knew Ken was not just
acting on some whim or having a
bad day. The feelings of wanting to
hit Harry Kim had been building
all week and not just by Ken.
"Thank you Lieutenant. I will leave
you to yourselves now but
please know that I might be calling
on you again if there is a formal
"Tuvok you aren't going to charge
Tom are you?"
"That is not up to me, I must present
the facts as I learn
them to the Captain it will be up
"Well if Tom is going to be charged
then I want you to
charged also. I was the one who
started the whole thing." Ken voiced
"There is no way I am going to let Tom go through it alone. If
I hadn't gone over to Harry, Tom
probably wouldn't have hit him. So
it's just as much my responsibility
as it is Tom's"
"Thank you Mr. Dalby I am sure that
Mr. Paris will appreciate
your willingness to take responsibility
for your actions. I will also
inform the captain of your desire
to take responsibility for your
acts." Tuvok stood and left Ken's
quarters. Once again calling for a
location check on Tom, still in
sickbay. 'Well I suppose I will have
no choice but approach him there.'
"Tuvok to the Captain."
"Janeway here. What can I do for
"Captain would you please meet me
in sickbay there is a
matter I wish to discuss with you
and Mr. Paris and he appears to be
visiting with the commander at this
"Certainly Tuvok, I am going to assume
that this has to do
with the incident in Sandrine's."
"Yes captain it does."
"Alright I am on my way. Janeway
Tuvok made his way to sickbay, along the way he was given
various accounts of what happened
on the holodeck earlier that
evening. One common theme was that
Mr. Kim was yelling and generally
causing a disturbance. A few people
who had been close enough to
actually hear everything told him
that Tom tried everything to calm
Harry down. He tried to be
rational with him but the ensign seemed
dead set on making sure everyone
knew that he resented the commander
and how everyone looked at him.
Tom evidently was pushed to a
breaking point. One crewman described
the lieutenant's facial
features as changing, almost as
if he looked like another person
before he hit the ensign.
Arriving at sickbay Tuvok entered
to find Tom sitting by
Chakotay's bed talking to him. Tuvok
could see that the commander was
not awake or he believed he wasn't
because his eyes were closed. The
doctor was in his office, Tuvok
went to find out how the commander
was doing and to ask if he could
use his office once the captain arrived.
Tom heard the door open and looked
up to find Tuvok looking at him.
"Well Chief, I think the Mounties
have arrived. I sure hope I
don't end up in the brig for too
long I want to be around to help you
out, no arguing with me or the captain
or the doctor for that matter.
You will need to rest and go slow
in your recovery you won't be
climbing any mountain ranges soon
or any of that long distance
running you love so much." Tom just
kept talking to the sleeping man.
He figured Tuvok would come and get him soon enough. The next
time Tom heard the doors swish open
he looked up to see the captain
walk in. When she didn't immediately
come over to Chakotay's bed,
instead went over to Tuvok, he figured
he was in major trouble. When
Tuvok and the captain finished talking
Tuvok went over to Tom.
"Lieutenant Paris, may I have a
word with you in the doctor's
"Sure Tuvok. Gotta go now Chakotay,
I will be back whenever I
can." He patted the older man's
shoulder stood up and followed Tuvok.
Once in the office he stood at attention
waiting for the
pronouncement to be made.
"At ease Tom this is an informal
inquiry only." The captain
reassured him with a smile. He relaxed
and leaned against the window.
"Tom can you tell Tuvok and me what
happened at Sandrine's to
cause Ken Dalby to punch Harry?"
Tom was shocked.
"Ken didn't punch Harry I did. Who
told you Ken punched him?"
"Mr. Kim explained that you and he
were having a discussion
and Mr. Dalby interfered. When Mr.
Dalby raised his fist to hit the
ensign you blocked the punch but
he ended up getting hit anyway."
"Tuvok that is not what happened.
Not at all."
"Why don't you tell us what happened
Tom." He explained the
scene in the messhall and then later
on the holodeck.
"I am sorry captain, I was already
angry with him for saying
all that stuff about Chakotay, when
he called him a pompous bastard I
just snapped. I mean Harry is my
friend yes but so is Chakotay. I
would like to think that I would
have reacted the same way if it were
Harry being spoken about like that.
I just don't understand why Harry
is so angry."
"I am at a loss myself for his reaction
Tom." Tuvok stated.
"My question is why did he choose
to lie to Tuvok about what
happened? He knew he would be speaking
to the others involved."
Kathryn was perplexed as to why
Harry Kim was acting what could only
be described as out of character.
"I don't know captain, he was probably
hoping to keep me out
of trouble. But why would Harry
be willing to press charges against
Ken when he didn't touch him? There
has got to be something going on
here we don't know about. I have
never known Harry to be so cruel."
Tom was still perplexed about his
friend's reaction to everything.
"Perhaps I should go and talk to
him. Maybe he will tell me
what is going on." Kathryn volunteered.
"Captain no offense bit I am not
sure Harry would feel
comfortable opening up to you."
"Well he will open up to me if I
have to rip his jaw off to
do it." No one noticed B'Elanna
entering sickbay or coming over to
the office after checking on Chakotay.
"Lieutenant Torres there has been
enough violence for one
day." Tuvok plainly stated.
"Yeah well someone had better figure
out what Harry Kim's
problem is before he ends up laying
next to Chakotay. From what I
understand that is something he
would never want to have happen. I
can not believe he could be so ugly
especially about Chakotay I
always thought he liked and respected
"I will leave it in your hands Tuvok.
The doctor has come up
with a schedule for Chakotay and
I would like to see what we could do
to implement it as soon as possible.
Then I want to go back to my
quarters and attempt to go to sleep."
"Of course Captain and remember that
I am willing to help the
commander with his recovery in anyway
"I will add you to the list Tuvok
"Captain can I talk to you about
Chakotay's schedule and what
it will involve in private for a
minute?" Tom inquired quietly.
Looking around the room through hooded eyes gauging the
reactions of the others. He had
made up his mind after the scene with
Harry that he would use all his
energy helping Chakotay not wasting
it on trying to make his friend
understand why he felt he should
help. Tom noticed B'Elanna was staring
at him, but she didn't say
"I am going to go and sit with Chakotay
for a bit before I
turn in." B'El said and walked out
of the office wondering what Tom
was going to do.
She hoped that he wouldn't take away his offer to help
because that little shit Harry gave
him a hard time. She had heard
from several people what happened
in both places. She was seriously
thinking of introducing Harry's
nose to his ear, but she heard Tom
had already done that. Tuvok followed
B'Elanna out, almost hearing
"Lieutenant Torres, it would be more
productive to find out
why Mr. Kim is feeling so hostile
instead of bringing more hostility
to the foreground."
"I know that Tuvok but I am so angry
at him, for provoking
Tom and so many others. He really
doesn't know how many people don't
like him right now."
"Perhaps I will talk with him again
and this time I will
express not only others displeasure
with him but my own."
"That might do it Tuvok. I know he
respects you but then
again I thought he respected Chakotay
"I believe that Ensign Kim is having
problems that have
nothing to do with respect. If that
was the case he would have not
lied to me about the incident on
"He lied to you? Now I am shocked!"
"As am I. Good Night Lieutenant."
"Good Night Tuvok."