Title: Things Change 8/9
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Things Change 8
Rematerializing in Chakotay's quarters,
more precisely in his
bed. Tom fell on to Chakotay in
"I forgot to how accurate Tuvok was."
He laughed as he pushed
himself off the other man. Chakotay
stopped him and pulled him closer.
"I don't mind a bit." He whispered
as he captured Tom's lips
with his own. Kissing Tom had become
a favorite pastime of his.
Chakotay ran the tip of his tongue
along Tom's lips silently
asking for permission to enter.
Tom groaned and gave permission
freely, he opened his mouth and
sucked the tongue in. Both moaned at
the sensation and deepened the kiss.
As they did, Tom kicked off his
shoes and moved to cover Chakotay's
body with his own.
Chakotay reluctantly ended the kiss,
stroking Tom's back, he
looked into the blue eyes filled
"Tom I want to fulfill my promise
to you now, that is if you
want me to."
"Yes please, Chief. I want you."
Tom whispered as he placed
his hands along the sides of Chakotay's
face and kissed him again.
Chakotay returned the kiss, holding
on to Tom, he rolled the two of
them on to their sides. Withdrawing
from the kiss he gently pushed
Tom so he was on his back then ran
his hand up and down his chest.
"Then I will, just enjoy, and if
there is something that
makes you feel uncomfortable tell
me please." Tom nodded his
agreement, closed his eyes and just
enjoyed the feeling of Chakotay's
hands moving over him.
When he saw Tom's surrender Chakotay
began kissing him,
starting with his forehead and slowly
made his way down over his face
and neck as he unbuttoned Tom's
shirt. Once Tom's chest and abdomen
were exposed, Chakotay moved to
taste every inch of skin, alternating
between kisses, nibbles and licks
randomly over Tom's neck, chest and
stomach, not allowing Tom to know
what to expect next. Tom wiggled
and moaned and sometimes let out
a hushed scream as Chakotay attacked
As he continued his assault with
his mouth, Chakotay brought
his hand to the front of Tom's pants,
lightly brushing it over the
rock hard bulge. Tom's hips jerked
upward into the hand that was
unfastening the button then slowly
sliding the zipper down, again
Chakotay moved to retake Tom's mouth
but only for a brief
moment. Pulling himself away, he
couldn't help be chuckle to himself
as Tom tried to follow him with
his mouth. He moved to position
himself at the bed of the end and
leaned over to removed Tom's pants.
Tom lifted his hips automatically
when he felt his pants coming off
his waist. Both men looked into
each other's eyes, watching the play
of arousal dancing through them.
Chakotay slid the pants and boxers
down his legs, the feel of Chakotay's
fingertips running over his
skin made Tom shiver.
"Oh gods, please Cha!" He moaned
loudly as he felt the older
man kiss the inside of his calf.
Chakotay kissed and licked his way
up one leg, when he
reached the junction of hip and
thigh he gently sucked at the skin
then licked to sooth the slight
pain it caused. The sound that action
wrung from Tom could have only been
described as a mixture of a moan,
a scream and a plea. Then he moaned
in protest as the mouth moved
away, only to gasp again when he
felt that tongue ran across the base
of his erection.
Testing the mental theory that he
could produce that
beautiful moan sound again, Chakotay
repeated his suck, lick motion
on the other hip leg junction and
was proved right. Continuing on
down he once again took to kissing,
nibbling and licking Tom's other
leg until finally Tom reached for
him, Chakotay stopped and looked up
at his lover. What he saw was a
plea for him to stop, to continue, to
please make love to him. He moved
to lie on top of Tom and kissed him.
"Cha, Please, make love to me now.
Don't make me wait any
longer." His voice cracked with
"I am Tom, I am." Chakotay answered
as he kissed him over and
"No, you are slowly killing me."
Chakotay looked up and
"But what a way to go, right?"
Chakotay moved off of Tom and off
the bed, he removed his clothes
slowly as he watched Tom licked
his lips in anticipation. Once naked
he went to the bathroom and quickly
returned with lubricant. When he
looked at Tom again he saw a bit
of nervousness play across the
younger man's face.
"Are you sure Tom?" Even though Chakotay
wanted to make love
to Tom, he wouldn't if he was too
"Yes, I am sure." Tom said as he
reached out and pulled
Chakotay to lay on top of him again.
The first touch of that silky
skin against his own caused yet
another gasp to escape from him.
Never one to be completely passive
when making love, Tom put his arms
around Chakotay and stroked anywhere
he could reach kissing him
deeply as he did. Tom's hands found
the firm muscular rear end and
pulled it closer to him, causing
their two extremely hard erections
to rub together. Both men screamed
into each other's mouth as the
electrically sensation ran through
them. Tom's hips involuntarily
began bucking up to cause more friction.
"Tom please, if you keep doing that
I am going to cum before
we get any further."
"Cha, I need you please now." Chakotay
groaned at the words
and moved off of Tom.
"As you wish." He said leaning down
and kissing Tom's neck.
Chakotay slid his hand over Tom's
chest, down his stomach, passed his
erection to where his legs came
together and gently pushed his
thighs. Understanding what Chakotay
wanted Tom opened his legs.
Chakotay then slid his hand to the
tightening sac, fondly the two
orbs nestled inside. As he did this
he kneel in between Tom's legs
opening them further.
Once there he stopped his assault
to open the lube and cover
his fingers with it. Going back
to where he was before, Chakotay slid
a finger over the pucker entrance
and then in. Tom was beyond all
thought at this point, all he could
do was feel and what he felt
almost made he weep with joy.
He hands held on the bedcovers as if
he was holding on for dear life,
mentally begging Chakotay to hurry.
Then he felt two fingers placing
the one, stretching him preparing
him for what was to come. When Chakotay
ran his fingers over the
gland buried deep inside Tom screamed.
Three fingers now and Chakotay felt
Tom pushed against them.
He continued to stretch him just
a bit more, making sure he was
"Now, Cha, now! I need you inside
Chakotay needed to be inside Tom
just as much, so he removed his
fingers, covered his own erection
with lube, took hold of Tom's legs
and pushed them open and up. He
pulled them around his waist, he then
took his erection and guided it
slowly into Tom.
Both men shouted their joy as the
initial joining happened.
Chakotay slowed himself, the need
to pushed completely inside was
overwhelming. He had to make sure
Tom was ready. When he felt Tom
relax, he pushed in more causing
another moan to escape Tom's lips.
"Tom? You okay?" Chakotay asking
"Oh gods! Yes Cha! Wonderful!" To
emphasize just how
wonderful he was. Tom pushed down
with his hips taking more of
Chakotay's cock inside him.
"SPIRITS!" Chakotay had to move now,
slowly at first but then
increasing his speed and deepening
"Yes, oh yes! Feels so good!" Tom
screamed "More Please More!"
Chakotay reach between them and took
hold of Tom's weeping cock, he
began moving his hand in tandem
with his hips, causing a double
assault on Tom's already over taxed
"Yes! Cha! I'm cumming." Tom screamed
"Cum Tom, Cum with me now!" Chakotay
roared as the height of
his orgasm hit him, he felt and
heard Tom erupt, covering his hand
with a stream of semen, as his own
spilled out into Tom. Both
screamed out the other's name as
they did so.
Chakotay instantly collapsed on top
of Tom. Tom slid his legs off
Chakotay's waist and down his legs
again wrapping them around the
older man as he rolled them to their
sides. Each was panting and
gasping for breath, slowly coming
down from having made the other's
Tom recovered first, he leaned in
kissed Chakotay and laid his arm
around his waist.
"Amazing. Absolutely amazing." Tom
whispered as he brushed
his hand over Chakotay's face.
Chakotay smiled and mirrored Tom's
"Yes you were absolutely amazing."
He closed his eyes and
"You tired Chief?"
"Not tired, Tom, just blissfully
happy." He opened his eyes
and smiled. Tom smiled back and
then got up to get something to clean
them off with. When he was done
he got back in and wrapped himself
"How about we take a nap? Because
I am tired." He kissed
"Sounds like a plan to me." Chakotay
responded as he pulled
Tom into a tight embrace. Again
they both signed and soon were asleep.
Sometime later Chakotay woke to the
sound of his door chime.
He gently shook Tom to wake him.
"Computer who is at my door?"
"Captain Kathryn Janeway."
Tom jumped when he heard the name,
grabbing his pants and shirt off
the floor he dressed quickly. As
he exited the bedroom he closed the
door, running his hands through
his hair and called for the captain
"Afternoon Tom, did I wake you?"
"Sorry captain, Chakotay and I just
decided to rest."
"Is he still asleep? I wanted to
talk to him about returning
"I will check." Tom turned not noticing
the captain's curious
look. Was that a hickey on Tom's
neck? She shook her head, she must
have imagined it.
"Hey chief you have a visitor." Tom
called through the door.
Mere seconds later the door slid
open to a sleepy looking Chakotay
dressed only in shorts and a robe.
"Afternoon Kathryn." He smiled
"Afternoon Chakotay. I am sorry I
didn't mean to wake you."
"It's okay Kathryn. Although the
doctor says I am almost
fully recovered, days like today
I feel like I could just curl up and
sleep the day away." He looked at
Tom as he said this and smiled and
Kathryn watched the exchange between
Chakotay and Tom again seeing
the mark on Tom's neck. Suddenly
she realized what was really going
"Well, this is a surprise."
"What is?" Chakotay turned back to
look at his friend.
"I can see that things have changed
between the two of you."
"You can how?" Tom asked this time.
"Well, let's see. Chakotay has this
glow to his skin and I
don't think it's from having a normal
blood flow going on in his
body." She turned to Tom. "And you
Mr. Paris have a hickey the size
of a small tricorder on your neck."
Tom's blush deepened.
"Chakotay!" He yelled and ran into
the bathroom. Chakotay and
Kathryn laughed out loud. He offered
her a seat and she took it.
"So when did this happen Chakotay?"
"Over the past four weeks."
"So no long ago hidden desire?"
"Nope, we truly were just friends,
until then." Chakotay
looked up as Tom came back in the
"I'm sorry Tom, I guess I got carried
"It's okay Chief, I suppose there
is no sense hiding anyway.
I don't think I can play just the
concerned friend anymore anyway."
He smiled as he sat down next to
him. Chakotay put his arm around Tom
and pulled him closer.
"There isn't going to be a problem
is there captain?" Tom was
afraid that the captain would have
concerns because they were both
men and senior officers.
"I don't have one, and I don't think
anyone else will either.
Well except maybe Harry Kim." She
frowned a little, the ensign had
really taken a bad turn recently.
"Captain no disrespect to you. But
Harry Kim can take
whatever problem he has with me
and Chakotay being together and blow
it out his ass." Tom was not going
to give up Chakotay now because
that little weasel had a problem.
"Tom, please." Chakotay pleaded with
him not to get upset.
"Chief, I am not upset, I am angry.
From what I have heard
Harry has been getting worse and
worse the past six weeks. I am sorry
that he thought that I would only
ever need him. I am thirty-two
years old, I am not going to play
'You can't be friends with him
because you are friends with me'
games with him or anyone else."
"Tom, have you tried to talk to him?
I mean since the
incident with Sandrine's program?"
Kathryn really was hoping Tom
could bring Harry out of the funk
he has been in.
"Captain I haven't seen or spoken
to Harry since the night I
moved in here."
"Would you be willing to try?" Still
hopeful she just had to
"Honestly Captain, I don't know.
If I go to talk to him now,
he is going to believe that he was
right that as soon as Chakotay was
better he booted my ass and wants
nothing more to do with me."
"Not with that hickey on your neck
he won't" Chakotay laughed
as he hugged Tom.
"Chief, please." Tom blushed and
leaned into Chakotay's arms.
"Captain, the best I can do is see
if I can talk to him in
say the mess hall. I will not go
to his quarters. I will not seek him
out that will only play into his
warped sense of victory." Tom firmed
in his conviction to make sure Harry
knows that he doesn't need him.
"Also I am not going to befriend
him again just to make
people happy, I'm sorry captain
but that includes you. You don't know
everything he said to me, and I
don't mean just since Chakotay got
sick. When I had the chance and
the inclination I sat and thought
about everything that has gone on
over the years and what I saw I
didn't like at all." He took a deep
breath to steady himself for the
"I can not and will not subject myself
to anyone belittling
me ever again. Harry took every
thing that happened in my life and
used it against me. Used it to keep
me inline, just like my father
did. Reminding me every chance he
got that I was a screw up. Oh, he
didn't use the same tactics as my
father, he didn't come out and say
he was disappointed with me, no
he used the crew to express that."
Tom stopped for a moment, he felt
as if he was going to cry.
" Whenever he thought I was getting
to close to making a new friend
he would subtly remind me of something
I had done in the past that
caused the person to think poorly
of me. He did it with everyone and
that includes you and Chakotay.
I will not allow him to do that
again. The best I can offer is to
try and make him understand that
having more than one person, as
a friend is something I want
something I have always wanted.
And now what I want most of all is to
be able to go to the mess hall or
the holodeck with Chakotay and not
have to worry about Harry picking
"Tom I would never ask you to give
up Chakotay as a friend or
a lover. I would never ask you to
give up anyone. All I am asking is
if you would talk to Harry find
out what is really going on with him.
Tuvok and I don't know what else
to do, he doesn't talk to anyone,
refuses to come out of his cabin
except for duty."
"That might be the smartest thing
he has done in the past six
weeks, if the last time I saw him
was any indication. He was beaten
up pretty good." Chakotay said remembering
the way Harry looked that
day in sickbay when Tom confessed
about the holoprogram glitch.
"Yes, well I need my Ops officer
whole. Tom all I am asking
is for you to think about okay?"
"I will captain, but I am not promising
anything. For all you
know I might make it worse by talking
"I doubt that, but enough about Harry
Kim. What I want to
know is what is going on with you
two, besides the obvious." She
smiled at both men. Tom blushed
and Chakotay grinned.
"Well besides the obvious, I think
that Tom and I have
discovered a new way to go through
life and I can only hope he wants
to go with me." Chakotay turned
at Tom and took hold of his chin,
making the younger man look at him.
"Tom I meant what I said this morning.
I want you here with
me, and not just as my caregiver.
You are my best friend, my
counselor and my lover. I would
like you to move in here completely."
He then looked at Kathryn. "That
is if you have no objections."
"I have no objections whatsoever."
"Chief, you mean that?"
"Of course I do Tom. I want you here
with me always. Not just
for a night or two. I have become
quite content in my day to day life
with you in it." Almost echoing
the words he said to Tom a couple of
weeks ago, explaining how he wanted
to live his life.
"Oh Cha!" Tom placed his hands on
the sides of Chakotay face
and leaned in to kiss him, forgetting
that the captain was there, he
put his entire heart and soul into
the kiss. Chakotay put his all
into the kiss also, just to reconfirm
what he had said. After a
minute Kathryn cleared her throat
to remind them she was still in the
room. Chakotay broke the kiss and
felt himself blush.
"Don't be, it's good to see the two
of you finally happy.
Although I think a few hearts are
going to break."
"Why do you say that Kathryn?"
"Because from the look of things,
the two of you are now off
the market forever."
"Oh like anyone was actually ever
truly interested in me?"
"You would be surprised."
"Yeah Chief, I do know that there
are a couple of ladies on
the lower decks pining away for
"Well too late now. I am quite happy
with the way things have
changed around here." Chakotay again
kissed Tom to bring home the
"Glad to hear it Chief." Tom whispered
when the kiss ended.
"Well gentlemen, I did come here
for a reason and that reason
was to talk to Chakotay about him
going back on duty."
"Alright captain." Tom stood. "I
am going to go and take a
shower and then I am going to go
and get some more of my things." Tom
smiled leaned over and kissed Chakotay
then walked into the bathroom.
Chakotay followed him with his eyes
not wanting to miss a movement.
"Chakotay I have to tell you that
I am really surprised by
this. But a happy surprised."
"Honestly, Kathryn so am I. If anyone
had told me two months
ago that I would ask Tom to move
in with me I would have order a
psychiatric evaluation on them.
But now I can't think of anything I
"I can see that."
"What concerns me is the reaction
of some people, especially
Ensign Kim. If he causes Tom anymore
pain, I will not be held
responsible for my actions."
"Chakotay first off you have to remember
to stay calm, avoid
stress. I know that is what the
doctor told you. Second, Tom can take
care of himself. I don't think at
this point Harry Kim can do
anything more to hurt him, not where
is counts in here." She points
to her own heart.
"I hope not Kathryn. I truly hope
not." He sighed. "Now about
me coming back on duty. The doctor
said I can do half shifts for two
weeks starting next week."
"Yes and the way I would like it
to work this is; your first
day back you work the morning half
then the afternoon half the next
day. Continuing that for the full
two weeks. I thought that would
give you enough time in between
to rest completely."
"Kathryn, I do appreciate what you
are trying to do. But I
don't need special treatment."
"This has nothing to do with special
treatment. This is about
making sure that you are well enough
to return to work. You are my
best friend, but you are also my
first officer. I need to make sure
that you are fully recovered, I
know that doctor said you are but I
have to see for myself. Chakotay,
I don't think I have ever been more
scared in my entire life then that
day in the mess hall. I don't want
to lose you at all, but definitely
not like that." Kathryn found
herself shaking a bit as the memory
of witnessing Chakotay's heart
attack came back to her once again.
Chakotay seeing his friend in distress
he moved to hug her. And as he
did Tom came out of the bedroom.
"Oh sure I am gone ten minutes and
already he has replaced me
with a woman!" Tom cried in mock-horror.
That caused Kathryn to laugh
and pull away from Chakotay, she
wiped the tears from her eyes.
"Believe me Tom, I could never replace
"Nope, you aren't built right." He
"You're too short." He added
before either one could say anything.
"Well I am out of here. I will be
back as soon as I can Chief. I will
get dinner for us when I get back."
"Tom I am quite capable of getting
dinner for us."
"I didn't say you weren't Cha. I
just want to do it tonight okay?" He
asked quietly as he leaned in to
"Okay." Chakotay whispered. "See
you when you get back."
"Sure thing, you should rest you
know. The doctor said you
still need plenty of it."
"Yes, dear." Chakotay snipped.
"Yeah, don't get snippy with me old
man, I am still in charge
of your being well." Turning to
the captain. "Please make sure he
gets some rest captain. I don't
trust him to listen to me anymore.
After all I am just his boyfriend
now." Tom smirked as he walked out
"BRAT!" Chakotay called after him
but it fell in the air for
Tom was gone.
"You sure you are up to this, Chakotay
he could be quite a
handful." Kathryn laughed.
"I am sure Kathryn, I have never
been happier then I am right
now. I can take anything Tom throws
"Good, now I will listen to him and
make sure you get rest.
Go lay down and wait for your 'boyfriend'
to come home and feed you."
" Gods, that sounds wonderful!" Chakotay
stood and walked
with Kathryn to the door.
"Thank you Kathryn for everything.
And thank you for being
such a wonderful friend."
"You are welcome, Chakotay. Now go
and rest, I do not want
Tom hanging me out to dry because
you don't get enough rest today."
Kathryn hugged him, kissed his cheek
Chakotay went to his bedroom striped
and got into bed, with a smile
on his face he fell asleep thinking
about Tom in his arms.
Tom strolled along the corridor happily,
himself, he couldn't believe that
he was on his way to move his
things from his quarters to Chakotay's.
'My how things have changed.'
Six weeks ago he thought he had
lost his best friend but he had been
wrong, he had been about to discover
As he rounded the corner, he ran
into Harry, literally. "UHMP"
"Sorry." Tom said before he realized
who it was.
"Yeah right Paris, still got your
head up your ass I see."
"You know Harry, this routine is
getting real old."
"Whatever." Harry moved to go around
"Harry can we talk for a minute."
He remembered his promise
to the captain.
"Why going to tell me I was right?"
"No I was going to tell you, you
were wrong. But I wanted to
try and clear the air. It's obvious
to me you would rather stay
bitter and hurtful than try and
see if we can work this out like
"We are not friend Paris, you made
your choice. You choose
Chakotay over me!" Harry spat at
'Is that what this has been all about?
That you think I
choose Chakotay over you? Boy you
are stupid Harry Kim. I wouldn't
chose one person over another. I
don't work that way. I don't
understand why I cant be friends
with the both of you. Why can't you
"Allow it? Why should I allow it?
I took you in as a friend
when no one wanted you here at all.
I was the one who stood up for
you when everyone else tried to
knock you down! The least you could
do is show appreciation for the
fact that I decided to be your
friend." Harry yelled vehemently
"Jesus Harry are you listening to
yourself? You decided to be
my friend? You make is sound like
it was a chore, and if that is the
case than why did you bother?"
"Because you needed me." Harry growled
"NO! I needed, I wanted a friend!
Someone who was going to
share things with me, someone who
could see something good I did and
say 'Great job.' What I didn't need
was someone who was around to
remind me of what a screw up I was."
"I didn't do that the rest of the
"NO! That was you! In my ear whispering
pointing out that
someone was only being nice because
I wasn't a smart-ass to them, or
some woman was interested because
she knew I'd show her a good time.
That wasn't them that was YOU Harry."
"No!" Harry was at a loss for the
"Yes Harry it was you not them, and
you know what you were
the only one who remembered everything
I did wrong. Oh yeah, you
patted me on the back when I succeeded,
but as soon as it was all
over or as soon as someone would
approach me to give me their pat you
were there telling me it was temporary.
That isn't being my friend
Harry that is being my father. I
don't need another one of them." Tom
had calmed considerably while he
"No Tom, I didn't mean to sound like
your father. I just
didn't want to see you hurt. I knew
they were going to hurt you."
Harry's anger seemed to fade just
"How did you know that Harry? Since
when are you a mind
reader? You know what Harry you
were wrong about everyone, that is
something I have discovered over
the last six weeks. People do like
me, I have plenty of friends. And
it has nothing to do with me
helping Chakotay, nothing at all."
"That I don't believe."
"Well you don't have to, I do. You
want to know when I found
out that I had friends on this ship
Harry? Do you know when I
discovered that people really liked
It was when I hit you, that is when
I found out that people had
forgotten all the bad stuff from
my past." Tom still couldn't get
over the show of support he had
"Tuvok told me that people came to
him, he didn't go to them, and
they went to him and defended my
actions and me. They volunteered to
testify in my behalf, Harry if these
people didn't like me they
wouldn't have done that. Ken Dalby
stood up to Tuvok and the captain,
from what I heard, and said that
if I was going to be charged with
assault he expected to be charged
too. Ken doesn't put his neck on
the line like that Harry, but he
did for me." Harry could hear the
awe in Tom's voice, then he noticed
movement behind Tom and saw Ken
Dalby, Greg Ayala and Gerron Tem
step up next to him. Tom jumped a
bit when he saw the three men standing
next to him.
"I would do it again in a heartbeat,
Kim, that you can be
sure of." Ken spoke up first and
put an arm on Tom's shoulder.
"Listen Harry, whatever problem you
have, be it with Tom or
with Chakotay you need to get over
it. I know for a fact that
Chakotay doesn't turn his back on
his friends ever." Greg added.
"No, he doesn't." Gerron spoke up
"Yeah well I am not completely convinced."
"You know what Harry, I am sorry
that you aren't and I won't
force you to believe it either.
But know this, Chakotay and I aren't
going to change things just to make
you comfortable. Now if you will
excuse me I have to go to my quarters
and get a few things." He
turned to leave then stopped looking
"Greg would you mind coming with
me? I need to talk to you
"Sure Tom. It is okay that Gerron
"Sure why not."
"I'll come too. I have a couple of
questions for you Tom."
"See ya Harry." Tom threw over his
shoulder not actually
looking at Harry or seeing the bewildered
look on his face. Harry
shook his head and walked away.
Thinking about everything Tom had
said to him, filing that in the
same place as everything Tuvok had
said over the last six weeks. In
another file in his mind he placed
the last scene played out in front
of him, Tom walking off with three
buddies him not being one of them.
Guess he is lost for good now.
When the four men arrived at Tom's
he let them in and offered
them a place to sit. He was visible
nervous, he had only wanted to
talk to Greg, feel him out so to
speak, about Tom being with Chakotay.
"So Tom what was it you wanted to
talk to me about?"
Running his hand through his hair
trying to gather his thoughts. Tom
really wasn't sure if he wanted
to tell all three that he was
sleeping with their old captain
"Well, I was going to ask you if
you thought Chakotay's old
friends and former crew would be
against the idea of him and me being
together." Tom's words came out
jerky and hesitantly. He looked at
the three men and thought they reminded
him of deer startling by
"You and Chakotay, together as in
lovers?" Ken seemed to have
"UMM Yeah, that kind of together."
It came out in a whisper,
he was afraid he was about to hit.
"Well, I know I would think it was
great!" Greg smiled at
him. "Are you telling us that you
and Chakotay are lovers Tom?"
"Yes I am."
"That is great!" Ken got up grabbed
Tom's hand shook, he
wasn't sure what else to do.
"Thanks Ken." Tom really couldn't
believe that they seemed to
be taking it so well.
"So you think that everyone else
will be okay with it Greg?"
"Tom honestly I don't think anyone
is going to have a
"And anyone who does will have to
deal with me." Ken spoke up.
"I like you Tom, I would have never
figured that you were
into men, not that it matters. But
if you are what Chakotay needs to
be happy than that is enough for
me." Ken finished by giving Tom a
pat on his arm.
"Tom how long have you and Chakotay
been lovers? I mean was
it before he got sick? Is that why
you offered to help?" Gerron
"No Gerron, nothing was going on
before. I offered to help
because I wanted to. Things changed
while Chakotay was recovering.
Maybe it's a bit fast but we don't
see why we just can't go for it."
"Well I think it's great Tom, the
two of you deserve to be
happy and if you do that for each
other than all the better." Gerron
offered his congratulations.
"So when do you move the rest of
your stuff in Tom?" Greg asked, Tom
looked at him in surprise.
"By the look on your face I would
venture to guess that is
the reason you are back here now."
"How did you know?"
"Because I know Chakotay, when he
decides he wants to be with
someone it's never half done."
"Yeah, I remember when you moved
in with him Greg, I think
everyone in the cell was too shocked
to do anything but stare." Ken
laughed but then snapped his mouth
shut. "Oh shit!' he breathed
quietly, realizing that Tom might
not know about Chakotay and Greg's
past together. This time Tom laughed.
"Relax Ken, I know about Chakotay
and Greg, he told me about
them the day he got out of sickbay."
"Why the hell would he do that?"
Ken was surprised and this
time Greg laughed.
"Probably because he had to explain
to Tom why he didn't have
to pee for a long time." Ken and
Gerron looked puzzled
"When I went by to help Tom move
his bed, Chakotay said he
needed to talk to me but he actually
had to pee and was embarrassed
to ask Tom for help. So I got the
dubious honor of helping him
christen the portable urinal." They
all laughed at that.
"You know he would kill you if he
knew you just shared that."
Tom laughed harder. After a minute
he regained his composure.
"Okay I need to get a move on, I
told Chakotay I wouldn't be
"Ah! He's got you whipped already."
"Ha! Ha! No actually he is waiting
for me before he eats."
Tom stood and stuck his tongue out
"So you want help?" Greg asked
"Sure thing, I will get a couple
of carryalls and you three
can fill them with my stuff in here.
Don't worry about getting
everything, I can come back." The
three men nodded and went around
collecting up vids and things off
the shelves. Tom returned with two
carryalls and let them work.
He went to his bedroom and filled
another carryall with the
rest of his clothes and uniforms.
He thought about what happened with
Harry and with the three in his
living room. Standing up once again
to show their support and friendship.
It didn't take long to get what
was important. Once done the four
men left Tom's and made their way
to Chakotay's joking and laughing
as they went.
Entering Chakotay's cabin, Tom motioned
for them to be quiet
he was sure Chakotay was asleep.
He told them to sit while he went
and checked. In the bedroom he found
Chakotay lying on his bed but he
wasn't asleep. When Chakotay heard
the door he sat up.
"Hey where have you been? I was beginning
to think you
changed your mind."
Tom went over to him sat on the bed
and leaned in to kiss him.
"Not on your life. I am sorry though,
I had a run in with
Harry in the corridor."
"I am sorry Tom you okay?" Chakotay
took him in his arm and
"Of course he's alright his friends
showed up for support."
Greg was leaning against the doorframe
smiling. Chakotay sat back
when he heard his voice.
"Hey Greg, I didn't know you were
"Of course you didn't you were too
busy trying to get into
your boyfriend's pants to be concerned
that three of your friends are
here to offer you congratulations
and an offer to help finish moving
Tom in." Greg grinned.
"Well after Harry got the Maquis
friends treatment." Tom
smirked at Greg "I asked Greg to
come back to my quarters. I was
going to ask if he thought there
would be a problem when people found
out about us. Ken and Gerron tagged
along and I told them." Tom
shrugged his shoulders.
"I see and I take it that no one
has a problem so far."
Chakotay looked at his friend and
noticed that Ken and Gerron had
joined him in the doorway.
"Nope none." Ken answered with a
"Good because I wouldn't want to
have to break any jaws." He
"Yeah right old man you and what
army?" Greg threw in the
Chakotay just shook his head. He
really wasn't surprised that Greg
wouldn't have a problem it was Ken
that sort of surprised him.
Deciding not to worry about it,
he kissed Tom then got off the bed.
"So did you bring your stuff back?"
"Yes I did and now I am going to
put everything away. Feel
free to talk amongst yourselves
while I do so." A general laugh was
heard as Chakotay and the others
left the bedroom. Tom thought again
about how things change, if anyone
had told him even two months ago
that he would be moving in with
Chakotay and making jokes with
members of the Maquis crew he would
have told them they were nuts.
He did worry a bit about Harry but
not much. Harry would
either deal or not but it wasn't
Tom's problem it was Harry's. He
finished unpacking and went back
out to the living room.
Meanwhile in Harry's cabin, Harry
was sitting and thinking
about everything that had happened.
Trying to decided if he had
fallen into an alternate universe
or something. He laid on his bed
and closed his eyes, he would think
more later, right now he was
tired. Harry drifted off to sleep
wondering how much more bizarre
things could get.