Title: Things Change 4/?
Pairing C/P eventually and only C/P
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 email@example.com
Side note: I want to thank Ayesha,
Isabelle and Shao for helping me
Things Change 4
"Tom what would you like to discuss?"
"Captain if it is alright with you
and the doctor I would
"You would? Why?"
"I feel that he might respond to
me better then anyone else.
"Tom you don't still feel responsible
for your mother not
"I do in a way captain. If I had
stayed home instead of going
"Tom you have no way of knowing if
that is true or not. From
"Perhaps you are right but I can't
change the way I feel. And
"Alright Tom we will discuss it with
Chakotay and if he
"Thank you captain I appreciate you giving me this chance."
"You are welcome, now how about we
go see if the doctor will
They walked out of the office and
back to Chakotay, B'Elanna was now
"Doctor do you think you could wake
the commander up? We have
"No need I am awake already." Chakotay answered for the doctor
"Chakotay how are you feeling?" B'Elanna up and hugged him.
"Like I went ten rounds with Mohammed
Ali and lost." The
"If that means you feel like you
got beat up pretty bad you
"Thank you doctor for the gory details."
Kathryn stopped him
"Chakotay as you may have guessed
you will have a long road
"I figured that much. So who has
the honors of putting up
"I would like to Chakotay. That is
if you don't mind." Tom
To say that the doctor and B'Elanna
were shocked would have been an
"That would be fine Tom. I appreciate
your volunteering that
"How? You heard me?"
"I guess I did."
"Well I am not being punished and I did volunteer." Tom smiled
"Fine when can I get out of here?"
"The day after tomorrow I have a
few tests I want to run then
"Commander you do understand that you will be extremely
"Exercise, while normally is recommended within two weeks of
"Your eating habits will have to change a bit but we will
"I understand doctor. I will do my
best to listen to you and
"Very well, Mr. Paris, I will discharge
the commander to your
"Chakotay you will listen to the
doctor or I will confine you
"Kathryn I promise I will be a good
boy and take all my
"Listen Mister, don't get cocky with
me. I am still your
"Yes ma'am" Everyone laughed at the sarcasm
"Captain, I will make sure that Chakotay
follows the doctor's
"Oh you're no fun Tom." Chakotay laughed.
"Hey I was the one with my hands
in your chest I will be
Chakotay sighed "If I haven't thanked
you already Tom thank
"Now that that is settled. B'Elanna,
Tuvok and myself will be
"I think I will be able to handle that by myself."
"No you can't the doctor said you
can not take a shower or a
"Oh that is ridiculous. I have been
bathing myself since I
"Chief it's not that you can't do
it. You will be weak and
"I am not sure about this. I don't
know if I can do this."
"Chakotay you have to, it's either
me and Tuvok or the Doc
"None of the above, you wouldn't
want to volunteer B'Elanna
"Been there, done that, have the
tee shirt. Chakotay I love
"No thank you!"
"What is wrong Chakotay?" Kathryn
watched the exchange
"Nothing Kathryn B'Elanna was just
reminding me of something
"Well don't upset him B'El he is
suppose to remain calm." Tom
"Chakotay don't worry we will figure
out something. You could
"Thanks but I prefer not to go unwashed
for four weeks. As a
"Maybe the doctor was let you use
the portable sonic
"That would be great Tom thanks.
My access code is Chakotay
"I will bring the things back in
the morning. Can you wait
"I am tired now. Yes I can wait until
the morning. I suppose
Tom decided that
it was time for him to go to bed. He still had
The following day's duty shift was
strained to say the least.
came Greg invited Tom and B'Elanna to join him and a
The afternoon was just as bad as
if not worse then the
"Captain you wanted to see me?"
"Yes, Tom come in sit down."
"Thank you ma'am."
"Tom are you okay? The tension out
there is so thick I could
"I am fine captain. I apologize for
my part in the tension. I
"Well I can understand it is hard
to be in conflict with your
"Permission to speak freely captain."
"Of course Tom."
"Captain you don't blame yourself
for Chakotay's heart attack
"Boy no one could ever accuse you
of not being perceptive. As
"Captain the doctor said that although
Chakotay had been
"Thank you Tom I will try and remember that."
"You're welcome Captain, now if there
is nothing else I
"Actually I decided to start your
leave a bit sooner. You are
"Captain are you saying that you
believe the commander will
"I refuse to answer that Lieutenant.
Now go." She smiled and
"Yes ma'am" Tom stood and left the
ready room by way of the
Tom spent the evening moving some
of his things into
"Going somewhere?" Harry spitted.
"Yes as a matter of fact I am." Tom
sighed he really didn't
"Leaving the ship because you know
I am right and you can't
"No as a matter of fact, not that
it's any of your business,
"Good God, you have got to be the
saddest person on this
"You know Harry, if I thought it
would make a fucking
"My problem is that no one seems
to understand that the great
"Oh my god!" Tom felt his entire
body stiffen and longer to
"I can not believe you have the fucking nerve to say that! I
"I am not the one who is sorry and
when the commander kicks
"Even if every person on this ship
turns their back on me
"What not gonna hit me again before you leave?"
"You aren't worth the energy." Tom
threw out at him from over
"Whatever Paris you will be back
you always come back. I am
"Is there a problem Ensign Kim?"
Tuvok was standing behind
"Not anymore Commander, I just found
out that Tom Paris is
"Ensign Kim there is a matter that
I wish to discuss with you
"Fine." Harry turned and walked not
waiting to see if Tuvok
When he reached his door he keyed in his code, reminding
"Have a seat Tuvok can I get you something?"
"No thank you Ensign. I will come
right to the point of my
"I. UM I."
"Ensign, not only did Mr. Dalby and
several others inform me
"Stupid me didn't want to get Lieutenant
Paris in trouble. He
"You believe that the lieutenant had no reason to hit you?"
"Yes. I didn't do anything to him. I caused him no harm."
"Did you not think that reminding
him of his failures and the
"No I was stated facts."
"Facts as you saw them?"
"Facts as they are." Harry was getting
annoyed why didn't
"You think so poorly of the commander
that even after the
"I was just stating from experience
that Commander Chakotay
"Perhaps you have not noticed that
Chakotay and Tom have
"Oh I noticed alright. I have had
to spend time watching them
"Do you think that little of the
captain that she would force
"It has nothing to do with the captain
Tuvok. I have a high
While Harry was explaining himself Tuvok noticed that he was
"Mr. Kim I am going to ask you a
direct and probably crude
"What is the question Tuvok." Harry
just wanted this
"Are you jealous of the friendship
that Chakotay and Tom have
"Do not answer me Mr. Kim not now.
I want you to think about
Harry could say another Tuvok stood and left his