A small raider vessel called the
Pak'Tar floated quietly in space only one hundred meters from the hull
of the USS Voyager. The stealthy ship was a fairly advanced spacecraft
and had an impressive aeronautic design. It had solid duranium armor
and a shrouding device that rendered them invisible to the naked eye
and assisted in repelling most sensor scans.
The ship had been hovering along
quietly unbeknownst to the crew of the larger neighboring ship for
over three days, while the crew of the Pak'Tar ran tactical scans in
They studied the vessel's technology as
much as possible from afar. Voyager was a more advanced ship than the
Pak'Tar, five times larger and had three times the number of crewmen,
so preparation was essential.
The pirates had a significant amount of
information in advance to help them succeed in their mission. They
knew exactly where and when all the life signs would be grouped
together, due to a unique infrared and heat signature scanning device
recently acquired in a raid.
All primary sections of the ship were
located and strategies were discussed. They could even listen in to a
few select internal communication channels that they had tapped into
after an intense frequency search.
All this was made possible with the
assistance of Major Athena, an intellect who organized all the details
of the raid. When she thought they were prepared, the ready to go
signal was given.
Captain Kathryn Janeway was morosely
slumped in her command chair on the Bridge going through the motions
of another quiet duty shift with only her bereaved thoughts to comfort
her. She stared listlessly at the viewscreen of space feeling the
depths of that nothingness to her very core before her thoughts
drifted to a precious time gone by.
Janeway remembered the night before the
accident. It was a bittersweet memory.
Janeway had set a romantic dinner for
the two of them and even went so far as to prepare it herself, which
she loath to do. When the ex-Borg came to her quarters, Janeway
proceeded to wine and dine her. After all, it was a special occasion.
The conversation was light during dinner and Janeway couldn't help but
be marveled at how much Seven had changed in the six months they had
She smiled more in Janeway's presence
of course, but she embraced more human inflections. Whether that was
because of her relationship with the Captain or not, she didn't know,
but Kathryn liked it. Even the crew suspected something had changed in
the young woman seeing Seven's knew attitude, but they didn't know
what had been the catalyst.
Janeway had informed the senior staff
of her relationship with Seven, but she ordered them to maintain
discretion as well, since it was frankly none of anyone's business who
she saw on her personal time.
The usual Starfleet protocols came up
in the discussion, but were quickly dismissed, because they were in
essence lost in the Delta Quadrant and not likely to get home anytime
soon. It wasn't the first time Janeway had violated a Starfleet
directive and she doubted it would be the last. At least this time, it
was for a worthy cause. Her happiness… and a happy Captain was a
healthy Captain, who usually maintained a healthy crew.
Any ways, that evening would have
solved the Starfleet directive problem, because Starfleet had no
directives or regulations against marrying someone.
So Janeway proposed to Seven that night
after their romantic dinner. After she had brought the young woman to
the sofa lining the wall to her quarters, Janeway had carefully taken
Seven's human hand and knelt on one knee. She asked Annika Hansen to
become her wife.
Janeway could remember everything about
Seven's reaction at that moment. Seven was stunned to say the least.
She rose a delicate eyebrow to the Captain's proposal, the normally
clear blue eyes fogged up and widened to stare at Janeway in befuddled
It was clearly not an expected gesture
even though Seven had told the Captain that she had researched the
topic of dating and courtship extensively. Seven was clearly caught
off guard. Her jaw had dropped open even as her eyes glazed over with
obvious emotion that she tried to hide.
The young woman had looked astounded at
first, but after she regained her composure, her face lit up and
practically glowed as Janeway waited for an answer. However, Seven
seemed stupefied and unable to form words as she stared deep into
Janeway's pale blue orbs.
"Do I have to beg?" Janeway
had teased while waiting, getting more nervous by the second.
"Captain!" Seven had said in
astonishment, appalled at such a thought. "Of course not, but
what of the crew--"
Janeway had put a finger to Seven's
soft lips stifling any objection or worries that were for her alone to
decide as Captain. Besides, it was Kathryn Janeway, the woman, who was
in love with Annika Hansen, not her title.
"Yes or no?" Kathryn asked
softly, her heart skipping a few beats.
Seven tilted her head and smiled
widely. "Yes," She said with enthusiasm.
The auburn haired officer let out a
breath of relief and fumbled for the rings. Kathryn showed Seven the
golden engagement rings that she had made for them. She had them
engraved with a heart symbol and each other's initials. It was just
her way of saying that her love would be with Annika even when she
couldn't physically be with her.
"This symbolizes my love for
you." Janeway explained gracefully holding up the ring.
"I do not need a symbol, to know
that you love me." Seven said lightly, but seriously.
"I know, but I had to do
something. To show how much you mean to me… " Kathryn grinned
"I understand." Seven said
tenderly, loving the gesture despite her delicate protest to the
contrary. "Know that you have my heart as well." Seven was
truly delighted with it and her smile had beamed at Kathryn like the
light of a golden angel. They would wear the other's initials as a
symbol of their mutual love for each other.
"I love you, Annika." Janeway
"I love you as well, My
Kathryn." Seven had countered softly.
Kathryn put Seven's ring on, with '©
KJ' inscribed on it before sliding on her ring, which had '©
AH' on it.
They held hands for a moment looking
deep into each other's blue eyes seeing only love and devotion. They
were officially engaged and kissed gently before the passion took
Not able to resist the fervor of the
joyous occasion of their love finally being irrevocably declared for
one another, they had proceeded to make sweet passionate love to each
other for a few hours that night before they both fell into an
exhausted but contented sleep.
Janeway could remember the taste of her
mouth as she kissed her. The feel of her smooth skin as she traced a
path down her long body, the sounds she made before and after the
pinnacle was reached. The quiet murmuring of her breathing after she
had fallen asleep. The constant beat of her lover's heart as Janeway
rested her head on Seven's upper chest before the sound mesmerized her
into a deep peaceful slumber.
The rest of the universe fell away into
the distance as she recalled those moments of tranquility. The best
memories were also the most painful, sometimes reminding you of what
you've lost instead of what you had preciously gained even if for only
a short time.
Seven had loved her with an intensity
that even Janeway would not have expected because of her time as a
Borg drone. To the widow left behind, nothing could change that fact,
so aptly proven during those many hungry nights in which, the ex-Borg
brought out the woman in her Captain by taking her to that higher
plateau of existence where the two women became one in shared love.
Afterwards always embracing Kathryn in her long arms while the older
woman quivered in succulent release, not letting go even after Janeway
had recovered until her auburn haired lover fell asleep.
It was the serenity of that last
morning with her beloved that had sustained Janeway while she mourned.
Janeway had mourned deeply and
painfully over the passed few weeks having to go through all the
classic symptoms of losing a loved one. First there was the denial and
disbelief that she was truly gone, then anger at not being able to
prevent it, then overwhelming grief, which turned into despair and she
became severely depressed.
Even a legitimate, logical reason for
the accident would not have giving Kathryn any solace over her loss of
such magnitude. Only the responsibility of Voyager and getting her
crew home gave her a reason to continue.
Chakotay and Tuvok both agreed that she
take a leave of absence, which she did, but it had not proven to be
exceptionally successful. She couldn't sleep or eat very well and
spending so many nights alone in her bed was pure hell. Her lover's
scent was there and visions would pop into her mind unbidden and
torment her so much that she had to return to full duty after just one
week. She was not able to take the quiet solitude of those painful
reflections any longer. Even with her duty on the Bridge, thoughts of
her beloved were not far from her mind.
That was also why she was distracted
when trouble arrived.
Suddenly before her distant pale grey
eyes, numerous beings dressed in black and blue uniforms with matching
helmets, had the audacity to materialize right on her Bridge.
In an instant, there were aliens all over, brandishing weapons that
were pressed to everyone's throat and necks, except the Captain and
Chakotay, who had one lone alien standing in front of them, its weapon
pointed in her general direction. This humanoid had a feminine
physique, Janeway noticed.
"Who is in charge here?" A
mechanical sounding voice came from the alien. Janeway noticed, after
a quick scan of the Bridge, that there were a total of seven
Captain Janeway stood up to face the
alien. "I'm Captain Kathryn Janeway of the starship Voyager. Who
the hell are you and what are you doing on my--"
"Captain Kathryn Janeway,"
the metallic voice said evenly. "As of this day forward, your
ship and its technology belong to us."
Janeway considered carefully if she had
the time to initiate the self-destruct before the alien fired its
weapon at her. Unfortunately, she figured she didn't.
"Cooperation is all we require and
you will not be harmed." The alien tapped a small button on a
miniature terminal on the left side of its helmet.
"Bridge secured. Teams two through
Eight separate teams reported that
their targeted area was secured. They spoke of areas of her ship;
Engineering, the Cargo Bays, the Shuttle bays, Sickbay, Astrometrics,
the Science Lab and the lower decks, such as deck fifteen, even the
Mess Hall, all taken.
"Well done." She
Anger coursed through Janeway at the
implications of that statement. There were obviously many more aliens
onboard Voyager and it looked like they had taken control of her ship
easily and almost instantaneously!
The alien who appeared to be in charge
called for more guards, who materialized on the Bridge seconds later.
The original half-dozen stayed right where they were watching the crew
closely while the two new aliens stood behind their alien leader. One
of the guards motioned with its weapon for Janeway to move to her
"Captain!" Chakotay stood up
and went to move toward her when an alien struck him in the chin with
the butt of his large rifle.
"Stop!" the leader yelled
turning to her right to face her aggressive colleague. She grabbed at
his weapon's barrel. "That was not necessary." The voice
Janeway moved to help Chakotay back to
his seat. She glared back at the alien guard responsible.
"He was going to attack you!"
the alien guard defended himself.
"No, he wasn't." the leader
said confidently. "What exactly did you see that made you believe
he was going to attack?"
"Sir?" the alien replied
sounding nervous through the helmet.
"He was no threat. He was not
reaching for me. He was simply concerned for his Captain, nothing
more." The metallic tone admonished him, annoyed. They were so
raw, with very little training, the alien leader thought. Taught
only to react and not think. That was not her way. "Think
before you react… and follow orders… " the voice said
tersely. "Is that understood?
He bowed his head submissively.
The female leader came over to stand
before Janeway, who was attending to her crewman. This crewman had a
tattoo over his left eye unlike the others, but he was not severely
injured. He had only a small minor bruise on his chin and she
concluded that he would be fine. It would heal on its own even if left
unattended. She turned her attention to the Captain.
"Let us now proceed to your ready
room, Captain." The voice resonated like a machine through the
Janeway hesitated, giving the alien a
version of the Look. This alien knows the complete layout of my
ship, Janeway thought distastefully.
"Please… " the female alien
The alien leader followed her in
through the opening doors of her Ready Room. From the corner of her
eye, the Captain saw the two guards that were following take a
position on each side of the door at the entrance.
Just the two of them, eh? After
entering, Janeway was told to have a seat. She chose the long sofa on
her left, deciding to sit under the window view port. The alien took
that time to remove its gloves and helmet as Janeway glanced at the
view of the stars streaking outside.
When she turned her head around…
Captain Janeway had never had such a
range of conflicted emotions boil through her as she had at that
moment. Joy coupled with anger, relief flowed into outrage and
calmness with calamity.
Standing before her was the complete
form of Seven of Nine, the ex-Tertiary Adjunct of Unimatrix Zero One,
her former Astrometrics officer, lover... and fiancé.
They thought she had died over a month
ago in a shuttle accident.
Against Janeway's better judgment,
Seven had been chosen to go on a mission to an M-class planet all by
herself. Her goal was to obtain a substance call tellerium because it
was desperately needed to run Voyager's systems.
Only Seven was immune to this
particular type of radiation that had serious side effects to most
humanoids, so Janeway had no other choice. Either send her or risk
Voyager becoming dead in the water if they didn't find another source
So based on that decision, Voyager had
sent her and waited outside of the planet's orbit because of the
radiation's far reaching effects. Janeway nervously waited for her to
return with no reliable sensor readings to tell them where she was or
how she was doing after she left visual range.
If not for Seven's emergency hail,
which came through garbled and barely comprehensible, they wouldn't
have known anything was wrong. It was bad enough, that by the time the
hail reached them, they had no chance to reach her shuttlecraft in
time to deploy an emergency beam out or a tractor beam.
Seven's shuttle had apparently crashed
landed on the planet. Shortly after she went down, a rescue was
attempted from high orbit because anything else would have been too
dangerous. They couldn't beam down a rescue team or establish
communications with her.
Captain Janeway was prepared to go down
to the surface despite Chakotay and Tuvok both explaining to her the
risk. They told her that there was nothing for her to go down to as
Voyager detected no life signs. No life signs, yet she knew the
sensors were not reliable.
Based on that assessment, Janeway went
into the atmosphere with the Delta Flyer forcing the Doctor to inject
her with an inoculation that would keep the majority of the radiation
from harming her for a short time period.
Although she came back pale faced, sick
to her stomach and with radiation burns on her skin, it did not stop
her determination. After spending several days combing the surface in
the Flyer on several flights, she had to give up. She could detect no
sign of Seven or the shuttlecraft and her body could not withstand any
more exposure. She had to acknowledge the loss she was not prepared to
face. She had no choice, so Voyager resumed course for the Alpha
Now here she was, her fiancé, over a month
later standing in front of her with a cold detached face. And to make
matters worse, her ex-lover had assisted in a hostile takeover of
Voyager. Her ship! Janeway's mind reeled angrily against the
fates that would do this to do her. How
could Seven do this?!
Regaining her composure, Janeway's
first thoughts were of betrayal, but there was something about the
eyes that wasn't right. Not only was there no love for her in them
that Janeway could see, but no recognition either in those lovely blue
Janeway's eyes drifted over the uniform
that all the aliens wore. It was mostly black with some blue stripes.
A thick black jacket was covering the torso and shiny black pants with
matching black boots that reminded her of the old stealth training
outfits she had to wear back in her academy days. It was not as
forming fitting as Seven's normal biosuits, nor as loose as the
Starfleet uniforms, but was still very imposing and she wore it well.
Janeway swallowed when she saw the ring, still on the third finger of
her human hand.
"My name is Major Athena. I am in
charge of your vessel now." she stated clearly.
Her voice and tone were the same.
Janeway wondered if she could be a clone, implanted with someone
else's memories, but that idea seemed preposterous in such a short
"I see." Janeway answered,
forcing her command mask down hard. This was not the time for errant
emotions. "And my crew?"
"We have located a planet
precisely 30 light years from here. It is suitable for colonization
for your species." She informed the Captain.
"That's at least a two week
trip." Janeway said with trepidation.
"Yes, that is why your crew
is being gathered into one location.
We cannot match your crew's compliment man for man, therefore we will
need to monitor their activities carefully. That can be done most
effectively by guarding your crew in one secured location."
Janeway realized Seven just gave her a
piece of information that a seasoned military leader would not have.
Janeway was going to get as much information as she could.
"You've planned this all out,
haven't you." Janeway gave her a hard look.
"Yes, this has been planned for
many days. However, unexpected events can always happen, even with the
best of plans, undermining a positive outcome, therefore a backup plan
is always necessary." Athena said taking a step up to the sofa
area to stand before Janeway. She moved her hands behind her back and
clasped them together.
"So where's your cloaked
"Off your starboard bow."
Athena answered raising her implant eyebrow. "How did you
"There's no other way you could
have sneaked up on us undetected and with our shields down."
Athena considered this. "You are
probably right. Your technology is… impressive."
"What exactly are your plans for
my ship?" Janeway asked. She knew she couldn't let Voyager fall
into enemy hands.
Athena became speculative. She
is searching for weaknesses, gathering information, assessing how to
overcome the threat we represent.
"I cannot give you that
information." Athena stated, although she knew Colonel Nad would
be in command of the vessel when he arrived and he would certainly use
it to takeover or destroy less advanced ships.
"Well I have nothing more to say
then. I'm ready to join my crew now." Janeway stood moving
Athena seemed baffled. "You are
the Captain of this vessel, you are not required to be imprisoned with
That caught Janeway off guard.
"Really?" She put a hand on her hip.
"Yes, you may remain in your
quarters until we arrive at your new home." She explained.
"Under guard of course."
"Of course," the Captain
repeated distastefully. Captain's privileges. "I hope you
realize that I will not cooperate with this hostile action against my
Major Athena drew in a breath, "It
would be unwise to challenge us."
"Do you really expect me to
believe that you and your comrades are going to just drop us off on
the nearest habitable planet?" Janeway waved her hand out in a
sweeping motion toward the view ports that showed the stars.
"Unlike many of my comrades, I am
bound by my word. If I say you will be spared, then I mean it."
Janeway shook her head. The mannerisms
were all Seven, but Janeway never heard of an honorable thief.
"And you can guarantee that… for my entire crew?"
Janeway's voice wavered.
"No, I cannot guarantee their
safety. The soldiers under my command are not very disciplined. If
your crew resists, they will be punished. That is why it is imperative
that you and your crew cooperate."
"Why do you care?" Janeway
threw the words at her, testing.
"Care Captain?" She echoed.
"You are mistaken. I do not." She added plainly with
Janeway wondered if Seven's true
personality was in there somewhere because this pirate persona wasn't
like her Seven at all. She was out of character. The Captain could
tell because she knew her Seven so well. This Athena, although
speaking harshly for intimidation purposes to not caring about her
crew, obviously did not prefer violence if it could be avoided.
However, Janeway also knew that compassion and thievery did not mix.
In the long run, one must prevail.
When Janeway retook command of her
ship, this Athena persona would have to make a choice or the Captain
would make it for her. Either way, Janeway wasn't going to lose her
"I wish to see my crew now."
"You are persistent." Athena
said, considering the arrogant tone of the Captain before her.
"If you want my crew's
cooperation, I must speak with them." Janeway insisted.
She raised an eyebrow in contemplation
before speaking. "I agree."
Athena motioned towards the door.
"After you." Once on the Bridge, Major Athena gave
instructions to two guards, to escort Janeway to her crew who were
being rounded up into the Cargo bay.
As Athena watched the Captain head into
the turbo lift, she found she admired the strength of the petite
woman, but hoped the defiant officer would not directly challenge her
as Athena found the idea of harming her distasteful.
The two guards didn't say a single word
to Janeway as they escorted her. She arrived inside the cargo bay
where it looked like the entire crew had been gathered. She counted
five guards at the entrance with rifle weaponry. Apparently, no force
field was being utilized, which gave them another advantage.
They motioned her over and one guard
who got impatient shoved her slightly. Chakotay was going to react
again before Tuvok slipped an arm in front of him to stop his
"Gentlemen," she greeted her
first officer's troubled gaze.
Once the guards left them alone,
Janeway rounded up the senior officer's and headed to the back of the
cargo bay where they could talk so they couldn't be overhead.
Janeway told them of her conversation
with Major Athena before dropping the hard news.
"Seven is alive."
"What?!" Chakotay said
Tuvok raised a brow. B'Elanna and Tom
stared at each other dumbfounded.
"That's the good new."
Janeway's face changed. "The bad news is… she's one of
them." Her eyes pointed vehemently toward the guards.
Shock registered on all their faces,
even Tuvok was surprised by that.
"Why would she do that?"
Chakotay's tone registered shock.
"She doesn't remember who she
"You spoke with her?"
B'Elanna asked mouth agape.
"Yes, apparently she is in charge
of this operation."
"Oh, my god." B'Elanna
replied stunned knowing that was not good for them.
As Security Chief of Voyager, Tuvok
realized the threat immediately. "We need to move quickly if
Seven of Nine is working against us. Her knowledge of this ship
She cut Tuvok off. "I am fully
aware of her capabilities, Lt. Commander. However, I get the sense
that she is confused. That she doesn't know her full capabilities yet.
I need some time to see if I can reach her."
"Do we have that kind of time,
Captain?" Chakotay questioned. He knew the Captain's commitment
to Seven as did all the senior officers, but it was his duty to the
ship to point out any loss of perspective.
Her tone softened visually. "I
have to try. I would do that for any member of my crew." Then it
hardened. "But if the time comes and no reasoning is possible and
we can't subdue her. You all know what you have to do." She
looked at them in full command mode.
They nodded to her. They understood.
Internally, her heart quietly broke
inside, hiding her true pain. She didn't know if she could survive
that kind of loss again. She decided to focus on the positives, not
the negatives. Seven was currently alive and she intended to keep it
"Spread the word, I don't want
anyone to acknowledge who Seven is."
Major Athena visited the cargo bay for
the first time. She stood a few feet in front of the five guards on
duty and looked around. She stood ramrod straight, her hands linked
behind her back while surveying the room and the crew.
All of the officers were dressed in
similar uniforms. Sporting black below the shoulders, and either tan,
blue or red above. She studied their faces. She received apprehensive
looks, but surprisingly there was no fear.
She had been on raids before and there
was always fear. Intrigued, she walked closer to within ten feet of
them. The guards stood at alert. Major Athena was about to call for
the Captain when a child pushed her way to the front of the cargo bay.
She was about to walk right up to her when the guards pointed their
weapons at the child.
"Naomi!" Samantha Wildman
cried while trying frantically to push her way through the crowd of
officers. She was restrained by other fellow officers only a few feet
from her daughter.
"Take it easy, ma'am." The
crewman holding her said with concern. The cadet was looking nervously
at the barrels of those weapons pointed their way.
Janeway and the rest of the senior
officers shoved their way to the front sensing a commotion.
A guard had moved to join Seven and
Naomi with a finger that looked itchy and ready to fire should any
sudden movement occur let alone a revolt.
Fear racing through her, Janeway was
about to act despite the risks. "No," she breathed out.
Athena frowned and flicked her metal
hand up to forestall any unnecessary actions. "Do you intend to
fire on an unarmed child?" She addressed the troops, turning to
evaluate them. It disturbed her to no end at how unprofessional and
inefficient all the raiders seemed to be. As if to be a raider all
rational thought must cease to exist.
She received no reply. "Stand
down." She ordered and they lowered their weapons. The guard next
to her shrugged and moved back to his previous position, but he
remained on alert.
Multiple sighs could be heard from the
crew and Janeway almost rolled her eyes. The arms around Samantha
Wildman loosened and she carefully walked toward her child, until
Athena put a hand up. "Wait."
Major Athena turned to the child.
"What is your name?"
"Naomi... Naomi Wild-man."
She stressed the last syllable.
"Do you always talk to
"Strangers?!" the child
Janeway prayed that Naomi understood
what they had told her.
"Um, er… " Naomi mumbled.
"Then why did you make the effort
to speak with me?" Seven asked sternly.
Come on!, Naomi,
Janeway and the rest of the crew were thinking.
"I… I just wanted to say…
hello." She stammered, then turned and covered the few feet to
her mother's arms.
Surprise, marred Athena's face for a
moment and Janeway saw the affect. A definite emotional response from
the child's unexpected answer, before she tilted her head and spoke to
Samantha. "You are the mother?"
"Make sure to watch your child
more carefully." She warned politely then turned to the
"I require your presence Captain
Janeway. Colonel Nad requests and audience."
She lifted her eye at Seven's wording.
Some things never changed, she thought leaving the Cargo Bay with her.
Major Athena had chosen the Conference
room to meet with Colonel Nad, who hadn't even arrived yet.
Janeway sat at her seat at the head of
the table. Seven didn't seem to care where she sat.
"So where is this Colonel Nad?"
"He will arrive shortly. I brought
you here early to re-iterate the importance of cooperation. Nad is not
as… diplomatic as I am. He does not tolerate disrespect. I have no
desire to see you damaged."
The Captain studied Seven.
So, she doesn't want to see me get hurt! That's a good sign.
"Simply answer his questions,
politely and he will be satisfied."
"And what will satisfy you?"
She didn't have to use that particular wording, but Janeway could not
resist teasing the ex-Borg. She was going to test her ability to
affect Seven's emotion control as much as possible.
Athena stared at the bold Captain, who
appeared to be propositioning her. That in itself was not so shocking.
That the Major's body responded to it, perplexed her greatly.
"Excuse me, I do not understand
"Oh," Janeway said.
"What about you? What do you get out of all this? You don't seem
to enjoy it like the others."
Major Athena's stance stiffened. She
was unsure of what to say. This perceptive Captain was accurate.
Athena did not enjoy the pirating business. The cruelty of the
soldiers appalled her and she had been as cruel with good reason on
one particular raid bringing her own shame to the front. However, she
also had to consider that just four weeks ago she had no memories of
who she was or where she came from.
"I do not." She answered
honestly, "But I have nothing else."
"You could have so much
more." Janeway said quietly, but she did not look at her ex-lover
as she said it.
Major Athena's mouth gaped at Captain
Janeway wondering what she could have possibly meant by that when
Colonel Nad walked in. She recovered quickly, her stance firm. He
brushed by the blonde looking at her provocatively much to Janeway's
The Captain stood up swiftly and bowed
her head towards him, but it was mostly an agitated reaction to his
eyes fondling Seven. "Colonel Nad."
He turned an arrogant eye on her,
surveying her body as well. "Captain Janeway," he said.
"You may sit."
She conceded to his authority, for now.
He was almost human looking except for
small boney protrusions that rested on his forehead. Probably a
trait of his species, Janeway speculated.
Colonel Nad was around six feet tall
and had an imposing posture, but he was not an ugly humanoid. He just
wore his face in such a scowl like manner that coupled with his
apparent arrogant attitude made him appear more than ugly, if not
"I wish to know what types of
weaponry you have?" he cut to the chase.
"I can't answer that
Athena was shocked at the disobedience
after clearly explaining the rules. She moved closer to Janeway on the
other side of the Conference table her facial expression stern. Answer
the questions! She shouted in thought to herself hoping Janeway
would see it in her face and abide.
"What are your defensive
capabilities?" he continued, his tone growing darker.
"I am unable to give you that
"Unable, Captain?" he sucked
in a breath and turned to look at the Major. "You see, why your
methods seldom work, Athena."
"It has not even been a day since
we took this ship. It is normal for any humanoid species to go through
a period of adjustment." Her tone was tight.
"I am not interested in any 'adjustment
theories' of yours. I have faster methods of getting the
information I need."
"It would be unwise to damage this
one." She replied quickly.
Did her voice contain disrespect?!
Nad thought. He slammed his fist down on the table. "It is
starting to irritate me, why you are always questioning my
"You did not give any orders, sir.
You were contemplating the methods available to you in order to obtain
information on this vessel. I believe that course of action is
unnecessary. I have had some time to review this ships systems and
given a few more hours I will be able to answer those questions."
He glared awhile longer. Her way of
speaking seemed derogatory to him. He didn't like her tone or her
posture. The only thing he liked was her face and her body. He wanted
her to submit to him eventually. She had resisted his advances in the
past tactfully, but he wasn't finished yet. Regardless, he would have
her respect though, especially in front of this ship's Captain.
He reached over and slapped the Major
across the face.
Janeway shot out of her chair,
"Please…" She managed to say nicely if hastily, but deep
down inside she wanted to strangle this alien for touching Seven.
It was not a brutal blow. Seven knew it
was only meant to put her in her place in front of the Captain.
"I expect a full report on the
capabilities of this vessel by the end of the day." He growled
and then left.
"You shouldn't have provoked
him." Janeway remarked.
"You should have answered his
questions." Athena responded annoyed.
"I can't. Being Captain means I
have to abide by the laws of my organization. The Federation is
bounded by principles of integrity, honesty and fairness. I am
forbidden to give technology to other species. The law is there to
prevent people like HIM from taking it and using it for their own
The words this humanoid spoke were
understandable. It made sense. Never the less, Athena had her duty.
"Irrelevant. You should not bait him, he might consider killing
your crew one by one starting with you."
"If that's what it takes."
She retaliated vehemently. Janeway gave Athena a force-ten stare
wanting to convey her determination, but inside the Captain had no
intention of sacrificing her crew. Not that easily and not if she
could help it.
Athena's eyes widened. "There will
be nothing I can do to stop it."
"Why would you want to DO anything
about it?" Janeway challenged her.
This behavior puzzled Athena. "You
must think I am inhumane to ask such a question."
"Aren't you?" She said
reproachful. "You're one of them. You're a pirate. You prey on
the weakness of others."
Athena's eyes wandered. She clenched
her fists and paced the floor. How could she deny that fact?
"That is true." Her tone had
a defeated edge to it and her face darkened. It had taken her weeks to
come to terms with her new way of life and now this woman Captain
dared to undermine that.
She tapped a communications device on
her wrist and two guards came into the Conference Room. "Escort
Captain Janeway to her quarters." She said coldly.
Athena was frustrated over the recent
events, but she still had her orders. She went to the Cargo bay and
requested all senior officers to step forward.
Five Individuals came forward. Athena
asked for their name, rank and area of expertise.
Commander Chakotay, Voyager's first
officer; Lt. Commander Tuvok, the Chief of Security; Lt. Torres, the
Chief of Engineering; Lt. Tom Paris, the pilot and Ensign Kim, who was
the Bridge operations officer.
She ordered Lt. Torres and Lt.
Commander Tuvok, to assist her, but when she informed them of the task
required, which was to assist Athena in learning about their ship's
functionality, they flatly refused.
The two guards with Athena would have
beaten them if she had not intervened, but that did not alleviate her
These 'humans' made her look
weak in front of the guards and that had disturbed her greatly, yet at
the same time she felt a profound relief from not having to witness
another senseless beating. As much as she tried to fit in, this did
not feel right to her.
Every evening she would meditate and relax her
mind hoping images of her past would return, but none had. I
must belong somewhere!
It was difficult pretending to be one
of them when she so clearly stood apart. There was the visual evident
of course. Her left hand was encased in a metallic sheath, which
extended halfway up her forearm turning into thick wires and cords
that dug into her skin. There was a metallic piece above her left eye
that curled around it and ended at the high point of her cheek. There
was also a starburst implant below and in front her right ear. It was
a good thing she wore a complete outfit as she had many more that were
She spoke differently than the others
and her tone was too even, sometimes too monotonous. They did not
always understand what she was saying even though she would restate
what she had said in simpler words, making her believe she was
considerably more intelligent than they were.
Her methods were too soft for them. She
refused to beat anyone and the only time she defended herself was when
she was attacked. She believed that was the reason the guards
respected her. Word had spread at how enraged she had become at a
prisoner who had attacked her and what she subsequently did to him.
Even though, the alien himself was of questionable character, Athena
felt no pride over the incident. Rather the opposite, she considered
herself a monster to have been so cruel and to lose control like that.
She did not intend to make an example of him by damaging his bone
structure in so many places but he did attack her with a sharp bladed
weapon. At least, despite the violence, she had spared his life and
she was pleased by that restraint.
Mulling all these thoughts over in her
mind did not help her in trying to learn the systems of the ship
called Voyager. The technology was impressive and it took awhile for
her to map the different systems and subsystems in her head so she
understood how they all related to one another.
She was grateful that the humans hadn't
had time to lock out access to the systems. It would have made her job
almost impossible. She had visited the key areas of the ship in a few
hours and spent extra time in areas like Engineering; Astrometrics;
and the Bridge. It was very enlightening to know that she could
configure all the functions of the ship to be controlled from the
Bridge. Apparently, the Bridge had these stations; Operations,
Tactical, Science, Engineering, and Helm control. A very efficient
design, she noted, especially in an emergency.
She had checked the status of the warp
core, while in Engineering making sure the entire warp propulsion
system was working correctly. She reviewed the matter/anti-matter
reaction assembly, which consisted of four subsystems including the;
reactor injectors, magnetic constriction segments, power transfer
conduits and of course, the anti-matter/matter reaction chamber
itself. She studied the emergency shutdown procedures and checked the
dilithium and the deuterium fuel supplies before heading to
Astrometrics was similar to Stellar
Cartography. This area was used to enhance the accuracy of short and
long range sensors. It could also be used to map the current area of
space as it posted a large curvaceous view screen in front of her and
a dais elevated to the same height of the terminal that could be
traversed for a closer view.
Visiting sickbay, Athena learned the
basic functions of the medical tricorder, but the other devices were
not familiar to her. She could figure them out in a few weeks maybe,
but did not have the time now.
Leaving sickbay, she made a mental note
to ask the prisoners who the Doctor was in case an injury occurred,
which was most likely. She hoped they would not refuse as their own
people might be in need of care at some point.
The Bridge was her last stop this
evening. She reviewed the tactical station noting armament types,
remaining weaponry, the status of the deflector dish, shields and
scanner accuracy. Satisfied, she quickly reviewed the readouts of the
operations, Engineering and science stations and tied them all in to
function at the helm control. She spent a considerable amount of time
at the helm position. After all, it would not do neither party any
good if she steered the ship into an asteroid. She plotted a course
for the M-class planet that was previously agreed upon for
colonization by this species and she engaged the engines to warp
Against her better judgment she called
two guards over. Since she could not be on the Bridge at all times,
she carefully instructed the two guards on duty how to read the basic
display panels and what warning signs to look for. Luckily she had set
the auto-pilot on and configured it to steer clear of any large
Still, Athena hoped nothing critical
happened because they were not very adept. She questioned them
numerous times on what did what before walking into the Conference
room where Colonel Nad would be.
He looked up at her with his normal
domineering stare and she gave him the information he required. She
didn't want to encourage him into beating the prisoners, especially
She explained that Voyager had photon
torpedoes and Type 4 phaser arrays, duranium hull armor and class-9
shields. That Voyager's top speed was 9.975, but only for 1 hour
before structural integrity was compromised.
After her brief report, he said he
wanted a complete overview of all decks and where everything was
located in 48 hours.
Athena marveled at how it was always
her duty to inform him about how things functioned and where
everything was located. Severely irritated at the waste of her time,
she forced herself to comply.
Janeway prowled around her quarters
looking for something she could use, something to give her an edge,
but with disgust, she gave up finding nothing.
They had wisely searched her quarters
removing the hidden phaser near her nightstand and the rifle in her
ensuite. They disconnected the replicators as well.
She was trying to find some edge,
physical or mental that would give her an advantage, but she couldn't
think of nothing… yet.
So she was left with just her thoughts,
which turned to her fiancé. She needed to somehow reach her. That was
the key. Janeway was convinced, if she could get the young woman to
believe in her and switch allegiances, then she could win Voyager back
a lot easier. The pirates would obey Seven as long as they trusted in
her and believed she was Major Athena. Only Colonel Nad didn't trust
her, but he didn't seem to trust anyone. However, if any one of them
were to find out about Seven's true identity that trust could
dissipate quickly and put her at risk.
As Janeway paced her quarters, she
looked down at her left hand. She brought it up to look at the gold
band around her third finger. She twirled it around the finger some.
Sadly, she realized she had to take it off. If Athena recognized it,
she might become suspicious and Janeway couldn't take that chance.
After all, it was almost an exact duplicate of Seven's ring except for
the inscription on the inside.
She sighed deeply and removed it,
carefully putting it in the top draw of her bedroom in the original
container. She hadn't taken it off even after believing Seven had died
and she surely intended to put it back on when this was all over.
A plan regarding Athena suddenly
occurred to Janeway and her heart raced at the thought, but deep down
she knew it wasn't honorable. Shoving down the guilt, she decided she
had to take the risk. Her ship, her crew and her fiancé were all at
Just then Major Athena chimed the door
and entered the Captain's quarters. "I have come to see if you
would like something to eat."
She walked into the main room from the
bedroom to greet Athena. "As a matter of fact, yes. Since your
people were so kind to shut off my replicator." She said
Ignoring the remark, Athena said.
"I believe it is customary for your crew to eat in the Mess
"Yes, but if you don't mind I'd
like to eat here." Janeway asserted.
"Very well, I will have it brought
here. What would you like?"
Janeway told her and Athena relayed the
order through her own internal comm. link. "It will be a few
"So, will my crew be fed as
"Yes, an individual named Chell is
preparing everything as needed."
Under guard no doubt.
"Well, I guess I'll set the table, while we wait." Janeway
said brightly as she set about her plan.
Athena took in a breath. This Captain
was acting way too comfortable for the situation she was in and Athena
believed it to be just an act. To what purpose it would serve, she did
not know. However, Athena liked this Captain, despite her arrogance,
so she would play along for now.
As the Captain set the table her eyes
drifted over to what Athena was wearing. She no longer had the jacket
from earlier and the torso outfit underneath was more form fitting and
revealing. The outfit was of a similar design like the jacket, mostly
black with four thick stripes of navy blue crossing the torso section
at 90-degree angles. Her eyes drifted to the blue stripes that were
crossing over the curves of the chest. Swallowing, she averted her
eyes. All in all, she looked good. Real good. Painfully good. Damn!
Athena watched the expressions change
on the Captain's face. She had seen this type of behavior before among
the guards. However, she noticed the Captain's gaze was more subtle
yet maintained an intensity she had not seen before. Perhaps she is
lonely, Athena considered.
The implant eyebrow rose up sharply,
"Like what you see, Captain?"
More intrigued than embarrassed,
Janeway wanted to see where this conversation would lead. "What
if I do?" she said, going to a cabinet looking for plates.
"I should warn you it is customary
for the lead pirate of a successful raid to take the Captain as a
concubine. Colonel Nad is known to do that when they are female.
However, female Captain's are rare."
Janeway almost dropped the plates she
just picked up and made a horrid face, full of disgust at Seven.
Athena laughed a little and Janeway
beamed at her despite her revulsion at the previous statement. Even
during the six months of their blooming relationship Seven had only
laughed less than a handful of times. It brought back a flood of
memories and Janeway had to fight to contain her emotions.
"I agree," Athena said.
"He is distasteful to say the least, but since it was my raid, he
cannot take what is rightfully mine to claim. Therefore you have
nothing to worry about."
Janeway took that as a compliment and
smiled, even though she did not like what it implied. That she was a
trophy by the taking of her vessel bothered her and she wondered if
the barbaric sexist custom would apply if she were male.
"Oh? You've never taken anyone in
your conquests?" Janeway asked feeling a twinge of jealousy as
she set the table with the plates and silverware she found.
"I have no such compulsions."
Athena reassured her. "but I have not had the opportunity either,
since this is my first planned raid."
No compulsions?! Does that mean she doesn't feel
desire or attraction? Janeway filed that
thought away and continued on with the questions not wanting to lose
the opportunity for gaining as much information as possible.
"You planned this?"
"You chose my vessel to
take over?" Janeway asked tentatively with some irritation, but
she also acknowledged that maybe Athena was being led by something
deeper than mere thievery. She hoped so.
"Yes," Athena responded
succinctly. She did not add that she was drawn to the vessel but had
no idea why.
"We require your vessel."
Athena thought the question odd. Why else would someone take
control of another's property through force, except to gain power.
It was an ironic situation, because Athena truly had no desire for
power or control. She simply wanted to belong somewhere and have a
purpose, a reason for living, for existing, but she also realized that
she owed Savor and Nad for keeping her alive and since this was their
lifestyle she acquiesced in payment of that debt. She really had no
choice in the matter.
"Who requires it? You or Nad?"
Janeway suspected that he would be in control of her vessel not Seven.
That fact disturbed her greatly.
"I have secured the vessel for
him." She admitted. "The first raid goes to the highest
ranking thief, if he so desires it… and he will want
"I see," Janeway paused,
letting her growing aggravations calm down some. Now was not the time
for action. "So… how long have you been doing this?"
"33 days, 12 hours and 39
"Only a month?" Janeway
feigned surprise, but if it was truly her Seven with memory loss then
a month was accurate.
Athena's face was placid, but her eyes
darted around, conveying uncertainty.
"What did you do before
that?" Janeway inquired.
"I do not remember much. I was
told I was in an accident of some kind." She reflected.
"You have no memory of your life
before a month ago?" the Captain asked, her eyes soft.
"No, none." She repeated,
becoming disconcerted with the topic.
"I'm sorry to hear that."
Janeway said, meaning it more than anything in her life. A part of her
heart constricted in her chest. "Would you like some wine?"
She asked needing a distraction. She fumbled around for some
Athena was touched that this Captain
understood her situation. She had not met anyone like her in all the
raids she had been a participant in. She was compassionate even while
in such dire circumstances. Athena found herself envious of the
woman's will power and internal strength.
A chirp sounded and Janeway watched the
blonde take the food tray from the guard after the door had opened.
She brought it over to the table and removed the cover to reveal
steamed chicken, rice pilaf, sweet corn and a baked potato on the
side. There was enough for two.
"You will be joining me?"
Janeway asked, bringing the wine and glasses over.
"I was not planning to."
Athena responded haughtily.
"Please." Janeway said
submissively. "There's plenty."
"If you insist." Athena
submitted hoping her stomach would agree with it.
"I do." The Captain gave a
"I have not tasted any of these
"Don't worry you'll like
them." Janeway encouraged her because she knew what Seven liked.
Kathryn also knew Seven ate lightly, so she only gave her a small
piece of chicken and a small serving of rice and corn. She could
always have seconds if she wanted to.
Janeway was famished after waiting all
day, so she filled her plate with three pieces of assorted chicken and
a generous helping of rice and corn plus a small baked potato. She
poured a generous amount of wine for Seven and herself then dug into
her food, while Seven tentatively tried hers.
The ex-Borg, carefully brought the
chicken to her mouth and ripped off a piece, chewing it thoroughly
before swallowing. Janeway used to love to watch Seven eat among other
things. It was difficult watching the mannerisms of this woman in
front of her that she knew all too well, who was in essence her lover
and yet a complete stranger.
"You were right. It is…
acceptable." Athena said after having sampled everything.
"I told you so." Janeway
peeked a look as Seven tried the wine. Just like her former self, she
rolled it around her mouth and let it settle on her tongue analyzing
the texture and taste.
"This has an interesting flavor.
What is it called?"
"Chateau Picard." She
answered. "It's a wine from the Picard vineyard in Labarre,
France of my home planet."
Athena eyed her dinner companion.
"You should have saved it for a special occasion."
Janeway wanted to say what she was thinking. What
could be a better occasion than to have dinner with the woman I love?
Ah, except you don't remember me do you?
"I may not have a better
occasion." She said somewhat sorrowful.
Athena silently agreed with that
assessment for her own reasons.
They finished dinner while continuing
in abstract conversation with safe topics such as food and wine.
Janeway also told her about Earth.
They moved over to the main area and
sat on the couch along the wall underneath the windows that revealed
the passing stars and nebulas.
After an hour the wine started to
affect Athena. "I feel strange." She brought her mesh hand
up to study it. Her vision was blurred more so than usual and even her
human right eye was affected.
"Oh, that's nothing, wine has
certain delirious effects." She advised the blonde.
"I see," she said displeased.
"If you are trying to distract me it will not succeed."
"What makes you think, I'm trying
to distract you?" Janeway gave her a wicked grin. She hadn't
flirted with Seven in awhile and the alcohol warmed her stomach,
inclining her to do so.
Athena shrugged, grinning back.
"Be aware Captain… I am not easily affected by flirtatiousness
or seduction." Her voice was slightly slurred. "Species of
all kinds have tried to win me over and failed. They mistake my…
compassionate nature with easiness." She frowned contemplating
it. "Besides, I am incapable… of what you would call
"What the hell makes you say
that?" Janeway said with more attitude that she meant, because
she knew better than that. She knew the truth.
Athena reached out to lift Janeway's
chin up. She bent over to peer deeply into Kathryn's eyes only a foot
apart. "I believe you are a sly one. Intelligent and
cunning." Athena grinned back.
The Captain's breathing increased at
the touch. She smells so good! Janeway needed to touch those
The blonde let go, backing away.
"But it will not help you." She said bemused.
"I disagree," Janeway reached
out to cup Seven's face in her hands and pulled her towards her to
touch their lips together. Janeway knew how Seven's body reacted to
her and decided to prove her point by kissing the blonde.
Athena, at first was shocked, but
amusement overcame her at how this Captain thought she could do what
so many others had tried and failed during Athena's short life.
The Captain carefully brushed her lips
first, in a light-teasing manner. When Seven did not resist, she
molded her mouth to the younger woman kissing her firmly.
Athena was astounded at the tingles she
was experiencing while partaking in this touching of lips. It was
quite pleasant to kiss this individual. Curiosity overrode her
normally sound judgment as she slowly kissed the Captain back not
wanting to lose the good sensations it produced.
Kathryn prodded Seven's lips easily
with her tongue seeking entry. The young woman parted them
involuntarily, becoming immensely distracted by the sensations she had
not felt before with anyone who had tried.
Janeway moved her hands to Seven's hips
trying to feel her skin through the uniform. The Captain sought out
Seven's tongue, drinking in the sweet scent of the woman and enjoying
the taste of the left over fine wine. It's been so long! She
moaned into the kiss, seeking more, swirling her tongue ardently
against her former lover's.
Kathryn's arousal took over and her
hands began exploring Seven's body that she knew so well.
Instinctively, Janeway knew what Seven liked and where. She ran her
hands over the buttocks. She knew every inch of Annika's beautiful
body. The touches that distracted her and the touches that made her
wild and wanting more. Janeway moved the palms of her hands in
concentric circles around the blond's stomach and then slid them up to
the chest brushing by the breasts before engulfing them fully in her
grasp. She squeezed them playfully, her whole body feverishly aroused
by the kisses and touching. Kathryn momentarily forgot that this body
didn't house the same mind of her former lover as she attended to her
own long-suffering need.
Fire erupted inside Athena, from her
chest to her toes. The blood in her head was inflamed and the beating
of her heart was pounding like a thundercloud as Janeway fondled her
and although it was extremely pleasant, it was also making her
Coming back to her senses, Athena
brought her hands up to push Janeway away. "What are you doing to
me?!" She shouted, gasping for air.
"I kissed you." Janeway said
breathing heavily, her chest heaving in response. She ran her tongue
across the bottom of her lip to taste the moisture left by their
Athena was confused and out of her
element. She did not know how to respond. "I must leave!"
She got up to go.
"No!" Janeway stood with her.
"Please, you don't have to… Stay with me tonight."
Athena had no idea why her heart
palpitated in her chest with anticipation at those words. She wanted
to stay amidst all the conflicting sensations, but she had to resist
this. She was still convinced this woman was playing a bold game of
seduction with her.
"No," she gave Janeway a grim
look. "I must leave. Goodnight Captain, Janeway." With that
she left in a hurry.
Janeway wanted to strike something. Her
skin was hot, her respiration elevated and her body was quite
stimulated. Oh, she was so ready. She was very cognizant that if Seven
had not left, she would have given herself freely. Wasn't that the
plan? She scolded herself. She decided to take a cold shower or
she wasn't going to get much sleep that night.
Athena barely made it out the door as
her head swam about her. The corridor seemed to move on its own. She
did not want the guards to see her this way, but there was no way
around it. She knew the VIP quarters were right down this hallway and
figured that would be her best bet until the effects wore off.
A wide grin appeared on the faces of
the two guards once they realized her swaying was the result from
partying. It was amusing for them to see the always passive Major
loosen up and in their minds she should have lightened up before.
"Way to go, Major." One guard
"About time you got some."
They jeered. Both assumed she took her spoils from the victory with
regards to the Captain.
She managed a nod before stumbling down
the corridor and into the VIP guest quarters.
She slumbered over to a couch and
collapsed down on it. Her heart was racing and she pondered how the
Captain had aroused her so easily. She had never felt so much before.
Clearly Athena had underestimated this Captain who was more
experienced in the ways of seduction than anyone she had ever met.
Oh, but it felt good, she noted.
The soft lips and the sensual touching. Once the older woman had
touched her chest an explosion of sensory overload overwhelmed her as
her nerve endings rippled with heat. It was most pleasant and she
wondered if there was more to that. Speculating at the pleasant
possibilities, she wondered if she could feel more. Despite her
normally aloof demeanor, Athena realized she wanted to feel
more. She needed to feel more. She did not have a lot of time
and this woman leader could affect her in the most unusual of ways. It
was possible another opportunity such at this one might never present
Despite her better judgment, which was
partially impaired by the alcohol, she gave in and stumbled back to
the Captain's quarters less than thirty minutes later.
She pressed the chime and walked in.
The door opened up to the main living area revealing the low light
level as Athena strolled deeper into the room. Janeway was not in the
Sighing heavily and not appreciating
the interruption at this time, Janeway rose from her bed and went into
the main room. She had put on a clean uniform after her shower and
although she was not happy to have to sleep in it, she did not want to
be caught in anything else should her crew get an opportunity to take
"What can I do for you… "
She started, then seeing who it was. "…Major."
"Cap-tain." Her voice was
still slurred. "I wish… to talk to you."
"Ok." Janeway said. Just like
she suspected, Seven still could not hold her liquor very well. Even
now she was not looking too steady.
Janeway was still unsettled physically
and feeling seriously libidinous urges. The cold shower did not help
to alleviate that and sadly, there was only one true cure.
Athena put her hand to her head,
"Is this a normal effect… of wine." She said her head
"Yes, I'm sorry. Most people don't
react that quickly or intensely to the amount you had." Janeway
guided her to the couch.
"Why did you do that?" she
asked exasperated, barely keeping her torso upright.
"Do what?" Janeway asked.
"You mean the wine?"
She put a finger to her lips, "You
kissed me…" Her voice was reflective.
"I had too much to drink." Janeway
lied. I missed you, your presence, your
touch, your fragrance. I still do.
"You touched me… " She
gestured to her chest. "here…"
"Yes," Janeway concurred.
"Did it bother you?"
"No," Athena stammered.
"It… was nice."
A stray strand of blonde hair came
loose from the normally neat bun. Janeway pushed it back out of
Athena's face. It was an involuntary response. She had done it so many
times before without thinking about it.
Athena took the gesture as a sign of
affection and leaned in for a kiss. Janeway obliged her, but it wasn't
coordinated, as the young blonde was almost out of it. It was a sloppy
kiss that reminded Janeway of those lustful moments in the past when
she and Seven couldn't get enough of each other during the beginning
stages of their courtship. That brought a smile to her wet lips. She
moved to Athena's neck to nibble the tender flesh there before gliding
over to the pliable ear lobes to suck on them thoroughly.
Kathryn was going to move onto bolder
things when Seven flopped backwards on the couch out cold. Sighing
heavily, she pursed her lips and checked her pulse, making sure it was
strong and steady. She assumed the nanoprobes in her body would take
care of the alcohol by morning.
She brought Seven's legs up on the
couch and quickly retrieving a blanket, put it over her. She stroked
the pale cheek, then kissed her on it. "Good night, Annika."
She went into her bedroom, laid down on
her bed and tried to go to sleep, promising herself she would bring
Annika back to her. She would find a way. She had to.
Colonel Nad was waiting in the Ready
Room for his two most trusted underlings. Lt. Savor and Lt. Volan
entered the room and stood at attention before the Colonel.
Lt. Volan was a humanoid looking alien
with bluish wavy hair and a grow tee on his chin. His eyes were pupil
less and black giving an ominous dark appearance. Savor had pale skin
similar to that of humans except for his squarish chin and rounded
nose. Nad still thought they were both ugly.
"I want you two to keep an eye on
the Major. I don't trust her and I don't like her." He said the
distaste dripping off his tongue. "I can't explain it, but
something is not right about her."
"Yes sir, but I thought we agreed
to keep her around for awhile because of her abilities." Savor
"I know it benefits us, but I've
got this…" Nad made a twisted face. "intuition."
"We could not have taken this
vessel without her." Savor reminded him.
"I say we get rid of her
now." Volan said cold as ice.
"Now?!" Nad rose his voice.
"Her loyalties are to herself. She
is not a pirate at heart. She is too compassionate, which leads me to
believe that she will betray us. It's just a matter of time."
Nad contemplated those words, but now
was not the time. He needed her to run this ship, especially since he
intended to keep only a few of the crew alive. There was no need to
rendezvous with a planet days out of their way just to keep a few
insignificant beings alive. Utter nonsense! Only selected members that
were required to run this ship would be left alive. For now though, he
would humor Athena and keep them alive, to keep her in line. He
noticed how Athena seemed unusually smitten with the Captain and knew
he could use that to his advantage when the time came.
"Just keep an eye on her. Make
sure you know where she is at all times. I may need you two as back up
if I need to take her out. Especially, if she starts showing signs of
mutiny. So make sure you know how to fly this ship!"
"Very well," Volan conceded.
Athena woke up to blurred vision and a
thunderous headache. She moaned out her pain, and opened her eyes
blinking frantically to clear them. The room seemed too bright and her
stomach lurched in protest. She tried to stand and fell to her knees
with a thumping sound.
Captain Janeway heard a noise coming
from the main room and left her reading to investigate. She found
Seven on her knees near the couch, clutching at her head and groaning
Knowing exactly what the problem was,
Janeway retrieved her emergency hypospray from the bedroom nightstand.
It would take care of the effects of inebriation. She had saved it for
herself on those special occasions when a stiff drink was required to
ease the tension of command, but now Seven really needed it. She
didn't really mind using it on Seven as Janeway could simply
appropriate another from sickbay as needed. However, she did consider
it odd how Seven's nanoprobes hadn't filtered out the alcohol's
effects by now having had hours to do so. She dismissed the allusive
reasons as to why until later.
Janeway knelt next to Seven and pressed
it to her neck. Athena stiffened hearing the hiss, but did not move as
she was still groggy. Thirty seconds later her head cleared and she
grabbed Janeway's wrists tightly.
"What was that?!" She
demanded with a mixture of panic and exasperation.
Overwhelmed by the strong reaction,
Janeway flinched at Seven's fast movement toward her. Momentarily
distracted, the Captain had to remind herself that this was not her
Seven and that she would obviously assume she was being sedated or
poisoned. "It's for the effects of the wine, nothing more."
She asserted quickly.
Athena stared deep into Janeway's eyes
as she held her wrists waiting to see if she would pass out or keel
over and die.
Janeway felt the tight grip on her
wrists and felt Seven's hands trembling oddly, especially the left
hand with the mesh covering. The medication should have cured her
of all the alcoholic intoxication, Janeway rationalized.
After a minute and still conscious,
Athena released her grip and cautiously stood up. "How did I get
here?" She looked around the Captain's quarters.
"You probably don't remember, but
you stopped by to chat with me before passing out." Janeway
"Yes... " her features
wrinkled in thought, but she needed to charge her systems so she cut
the conversation short. "Well, I must be going now."
"Am I to stay here all day?"
Janeway asked as Athena reached the door.
"It is better than the
alternative." She replied unyielding and left.
The Captain was going to reply, but
reserved her anger for when the time was right. This was not Seven's
Seven notified Savor that she was
returning to the Pak'Tar to 'energize' as the soldiers called
She tolerated Savor. Of all the pirates
he was the most honorable, if there was such a thing among thieves. He
was the most logical and seemed to possess wisdom despite his many
years at being what he was. Athena sensed that he liked her, despite
her odd demeanor. He trained her how to fight 'pirate style' he
called it, but after seeing her natural ability he admitted that she
really didn't need it.
She transported over to the smaller
ship, heading for her quarters that were located at the back of the
ship, in the aft section. There were a few small cabins in this area
of the ship near Engineering and they were usually assigned to the
lesser-ranked thieves of the crew.
She actually appreciated having her
room near the engines and away from the rest of the crew because what
she had to do was more than unsettling and noisy.
Despite her rank, they didn't question
it because she was the only credible and reliable Engineer and where
better to be than near the engines in case of a malfunction.
Athena was actually the only engineer
on board who had a decent if vague understanding of the cloaking
device. She had managed to get it functioning, but every couple of
days it seemed to fluctuate and the ship would become visible again.
It was becoming a problem that could be the death of them all if they
were in the middle of a covert operation with a larger more lethal
Reaching her quarters, she entered her
room and moved to the far corner. She located an old antique rusted
pine chest. She opened it and pulled out a fluctuating energy cell.
It resembled a small rectangular
container around one foot long and a half-foot wide. It had four
vertical energy packs surrounded by metal slots used for connection
purposes. Athena pulled out a long coiled metallic cord and connected
it to the metallic slot on one of the energy cells.
She pulled up her uniform and finding
the back metal plate at the base of her spine connected the two.
Athena screamed. Electrical sparks tore
through her nerve endings and her brain felt like it was on fire. The
pain threatened to consume her, but she knew the worst of it was the
first few minutes. Over the next two hours, a constant piercing throb
would engulf her and then it would subside into a sharp ache in her
lower back and lower extremities for another two hours before she
She was then free for another 72 hours
until she would have to repeat the painful process. Her body required
the energy to live so she had no other choice. Unlike the other
humanoids, she was part machine and after trying to sustain herself
with only food, she almost died. It was a good thing, she realized
something was wrong early on. Working furiously to come up with a
compatible energy source, she finally found one that worked after many
days of trial and error, but she knew it was it only a temporary fix.
This method of acquiring the energy she
needed to live was only prolonging the inevitable. No one she met knew
who she was or where she came from. She doubted in time, if she could
figure out a non-painful and fully compatible energy source.
Time was not on her side. The trembling in her
hands and body would come and go periodically and that wasn't the
worst. Heading into the 70th hour
before needing to 'energize', she felt increased migraines on
and off, which would almost incapacitate her for a few minutes.
She couldn't even begin to describe the
internal pain she felt when she had what felt like millions of
pinpricks inside her body all electrifying at once. Athena could take
pain, but even for her this was brutal and hard to bare. Her current
malfunctions also caused her ability to digest food to become harsh
and unwelcome. It made her eat less each day only compounding the
initial problem by making her steadily weaker.
She wasn't sure if this kind of
existence was worth all the suffering, but she forced herself to
continue. She did not know why she had this uncanny attitude. She
utilized something deep down inside her, an invisible force that
seemed real, but which she could not explain.
She knew it had something do with the
golden ring she had on her finger. She had studied it back when she
had first taken it off to look at it more closely. She had seen words
inscribed inside the ring and a symbol, so miniscule she had to zoom
in with her mechanical eye. Despite the blurriness in that eye, she
had managed to read it.
It said, '©
KJ', but she did not know what the symbol meant. She
thought, perhaps, the initials could be an abbreviation of her name,
but she simply had no memory of it.
The answers were out there somewhere
and she would continue searching until she either found them or died
trying. She used this excuse to keep going, despite the agony she had
Day 2: Evening:
Athena knew as a pirate it was the
wrong thing to do, but she needed the distraction. She decided to join
Captain Janeway for dinner again. She would have vowed to be more
prepared for any other sneaky tactics on Janeway's part if Athena
wasn't so enticed by it all. It was just that amidst all the pain,
physical and emotional, Athena had never felt so good in those moments
when the Captain was touching her with her lips and hands.
The young woman knew she should not go, but she
was driven to wash the pain away. She so much needed to erase the
torment in her body and mind and she felt Janeway could do that. I
must take what she is willing to offer.
Entering Captain Kathryn Janeway's
quarters, Athena brought the food tray with her this time. She had
called ahead asking Janeway what she wanted and decided to pick it up
in the Mess Hall from a blue man with ridges on his forehead. Since
her crew had to eat, a humanoid named Chell cooked and replicated for
both crews and prepared what Athena had asked him to without
Janeway greeted her politely after she
walked in and they sat down to eat dinner in relative silence.
Afterwards, while talking on the couch, Athena decided to bring up
what happened the previous evening.
"I was wondering, Captain. Did you
get me drunk so you could seduce me?" she asked light-hearted.
"Why would you think that?"
Janeway asked back.
"Well, there was the kiss."
She stated, her eyes gleamed in the starlight.
Janeway glanced at her with a small
smile not wanting to ruin the moment.
"Well, you were touching me… in
ways I was not aware of. What do you call it? Foreplay, intercourse,
fornication, procreation, copulation, sex?" she stopped to read
The Captain looked slightly paler in
the cheeks and her ears turned slightly crimson. Athena could hear the
sudden intake of air as her companion's breathing increased. Janeway
"I have reviewed your database
regarding these acts and those words came up. I understand they
resemble actions taken by two people who are intimate, but I have no
practical experience in what truly occurs." Athena tilted her
head inquisitively, "Perhaps you could show me."
With that said, Athena moved in to
touch Kathryn's chest as she had done to her. The suddenness of the
movement startled Janeway and she gripped Seven's hand holding it at
Even though it was her initial plan,
Janeway was having second thoughts about whether or not she should
seduce Seven in this manner. She had resolved to herself earlier in
the day to be good and not tempt Athena, but now after hearing all
those words pop out of her ex-lover's mouth, it was like a match to
gasoline waiting to erupt and awaken Janeway's long-suffering body. It
was hard for Janeway to back out.
"I don't believe that's a good
idea." She said through slightly clenched teeth as she was
painfully trying to resist her own body's urges, but the tone simply
came out more annoyed sounding than anything else.
"I see," Athena said steamed
up. "You have changed your mind. You just wanted to see if I
could respond. So, you could win me over. A game?"
"What?" Janeway remarked,
miscalculating Athena's attraction and appeal towards her. "No,
that's not it--."
"You were teasing me." The
blonde said in anger, "Taking advantage of my inexperience.
Toying with me! To make me YOUR prize?!" Athena took a shaky
breath. "You had no intentions of showing me intimacy did
"No, I--" the auburn haired
officer tried to speak, but guilt held her back because she had
attempted to take advantage of Athena. That was part of her original
"I have superior strength! I could
take you if I wanted to!" Athena threatened, her fists clenched
at her side, her nose flaring. She was striking out verbally in
desperation and in anger at her situation, her pain more so than what
Janeway had or had not done.
Janeway's face blushed hotly,
"Yes, you could." She admitted quietly, ruffled by the idea
of being forced. "but do you really want to do that?" she
questioned, her tone thick.
Janeway glimpsed the intensity of
Athena's face, the nose flare, the tight lines, and piercing eyes.
"No," she said quietly,
disgusted with herself. "It is not my way, even if I am a
pirate." She knew there would be no pleasure this night. "I
will leave you now." Athena choked out, her voice remorseful. She
turned to leave, but Janeway's hand reached out to grab Seven's arm
and halt her progress.
"Wait!" the Captain pleaded.
Janeway's heart could not help, but respond to that kind of anguish
coming from Seven. She realized this young woman, who was in a sense a
stranger, still wanted her after barely knowing her for less than two
days! She conceded to the misery in that cry and deep down inside,
despite what her Starfleet voice was saying, the woman in her, still
gave in mind, body and spirit to what her beloved needed.
"Captain," Athena said
dissatisfied and restless. "I have no intention of playing games
with you any further."
"I know." Her voice softened.
"I don't want to play any games with you." Her voice was
thick with longing and anticipation filled her eyes, but she needed to
be absolutely certain of something first.
"But I don’t like being
threatened either… Athena."
"I most definitely would not force
intimacy of any kind on you." She stated resolutely, her gaze
strong. "Until you kissed me I had not even wanted it…
Janeway moved closer and reached out to
hold her human hand, rubbing her thumb in circles against the soft
alabaster skin. "I'm sorry. I was teasing you, but you don't have
Athena eyed her wantonly. "Once
you start this Captain Janeway, I may not be able to stop myself. Be
certain this is what you want." Her voice held distress and a
pang of desperation.
"I am certain. I won't stop
you." Kathryn removed the pins keeping Athena's hair up, and
watched it flow free while stroking the soft blonde strands. "I
will assist you."
Bringing her arms completely around
Athena, Kathryn blew a hot breath over her partner's cheek evoking a
shudder, before she kissed her soundly.
Athena felt a flood of arousal
inside her as she exuberantly hugged Janeway around the waist. She
lifted the source of her pleasure off her feet and carried her to the
bedroom while muzzling her neckline. After Athena put her down, she
gazed apprehensively into
"Is something wrong?" Janeway
"I should warn you, my body is
heavily scarred with--."
Janeway put a finger to Athena's lips.
"Shh, don't worry about that." She soothed.
Athena was flabbergasted by how sensual
and kind Janeway was being to her, since she was her abductor and
conqueror. Even with the pain, Athena would have never agreed to this
sexual encounter if she wasn't so intrigued by this bold woman, who
"I… I am uncertain how to
"I'm sure we'll figure it
out." Kathryn said, seductively, tasting her partner's mouth
again before removing their clothes. Tossing them aside haphazardly,
they fell onto the bed with Seven on top. Janeway gasped audibly as
her warm flesh touched Seven's hot flesh and cool metal
simultaneously. Their limbs intermingled generously on the satin
Janeway molded her mouth to Seven's in
a passionate embrace of lips and tongue. She wanted the young woman so
much. The absence of her lover's touch for so long causing her libido
to want to be satiated now, at this very moment.
The older woman moved her hands over
Seven's buttocks squeezing them hard pressing them towards her hips
desperately needing the close contact.
Janeway ravished Seven's mouth some
more, while the young woman was holding her weight on her elbows,
complying readily. Kathryn broke the kiss to whisper in her ear.
"Let me show you…" she nibbled an ear. "That you are
more…" She kissed her cheek. "Than capable of love."
Athena's body shuddered in response to
the Captain's touch and the words so erotically spoken.
Janeway rolled her lover over, so she
was on top. She leered wantonly, easing apart Seven's legs with a
nudge of her own, stroking the inner thigh utilizing the whole surface
area of her hand to feel the warm slick skin.
Janeway fingered the large breasts
playing with them fully watching them pucker in appreciation. She
latched her salivating mouth onto the left one swirling her tongue
along the tip before engulfing the lovely mound of flesh by sliding it
into her mouth as far as she could. Oh, how she had missed them!
Crying out, Athena arched her body, thrusting
her chest up higher as her lover suckled on her mercilessly consuming
the tips of her mammary glands. Such
Using her fingertips from her right
stroking hand, she gently opened the delicate outer lips of Seven's
sex and inserted a single digit forcing a loud cadence from her lover.
It had been so long, since she tasted of her love that her body was
inclined to rush things. Kathryn kept the pace steady at first, then
added another digit and increased the rhythm with long deep strokes to
keep the feeling intense.
She moved to the right breast, tasting
of the beautifully cultivated pink areola causing her lover to writhe
beneath her. Annika obviously still responded to her ministrations. Thank
you God! Sliding into the moist soft channel that welcomed her
intrusion, Kathryn was so grateful to whatever powers existed that
Seven was still alive and here with her even under these
There was so much heat coursing through
Athena's veins. A hot liquid fire burned through her. The penetration
of her lower extremities was driving her wild. Her blood flowed
through her pounding hard into her breasts and genitals. Her skin
sparked with tingles of electricity that made her want to fly and did
not cause pain.
She undulated her hips in tune with her
new lover as Kathryn motioned inside her. The slick folds started to
contract with force. In response, Kathryn pressed her mouth hard to
Seven's sucking and tasting on her plump lower lip. Propelling her
love into the motions, Kathryn felt the shudders begin with a
tightness enveloping around her fingers squeezing in short quick
Athena's chest tightened and
constricted as the orgasm tore through her body. Panting raggedly, her
body convulsed in a spasmodic movement of ecstasy that was not known
to her. From the core of her being, the volcano in her loins boiled
over streaming out her wholesome juices while her torso bucked and
jerked in release. Athena's extra juices bathed Janeway's thigh.
Athena hoped she would not die during
these incredible moments of ecstasy. All she had ever known was pain,
anguish and violence. To say this was freeing her tortured soul was an
understatement. She inhaled deeply as her body glistened with beads of
moisture at the expenditure.
Kathryn removed herself from Seven
after the fierce contractions subsided and kissed her again. A
soothing less erotic kiss that was intended to calm down the
overheated woman. She held her in a loose embrace stroking her
stomach, while the younger woman recovered her faculties.
Nothing could have prepared Athena
physically or emotionally for the aftermath of her first climax. A
tear escaped her right eye, since her left one was not functioning
optimally. She smiled shyly at the Captain, and after rolling her
over, slithered on top of the smaller woman. This was all new
territory to her. She was inexperienced in sexual intimacy, but was
determined to enjoy the journey of discovery with this woman before
her. The only discover she might ever be able to indulge in.
Athena kissed her new lover deeply, her
tongue smacking the redhead's soft muscle in earnest need. She wanted
to feel more. She tasted of the stiff breasts swirling a tongue around
the firm bosoms and pressing a heated breath over the coral buds
before trying to suck the life from them. She felt a copious amount of
fluid on her thighs and caressed the opening of her partner's wet heat
before plunging into the unknown depths of her desire. Fingers slid
easily in Kathryn's well-lubricated silky-smooth entrance, causing a
large groan. Athena held nothing back in her lustful quest for more
sensation as she pressed deeply into Janeway, who shouted out her
appreciation. Janeway thrusted her pelvis up harshly in response to
the thrilling sensations that blazed fervently through her shattering
any remaining equilibrium.
The young woman probed ardently for
that hot spot that brought about the exultation she had felt. The
liquid sound of her hand smacking in an out aroused Athena again, to
her surprise. She was perplexed at how her body responded to this
individual. She found Janeway's mouth fashioning hers around it to
sample her seasoned flavor again.
She hit the g-spot, flexing her fingers
inside and suddenly the walls clamped down, causing Janeway to yell
out, roaring her passion into the night. A crescendo of waves rolled
through her as she climaxed lifting her body off the bed and bringing
them back down in a heap of sweaty exhausted flesh.
Gulping for air, Kathryn's body slowly
came down from the state of physical bliss. A deep sense of
fulfillment overcame her at finally being satiated after a month of
abstinence. Although, she had missed the sexual intimacy they shared,
it was simply the young woman's physical presence in her bed that made
all the difference here and now.
Knowing this was not her experienced
fiancé making love to her, Janeway envisioned this act of sex as
quite pleasurable if not filled with the love and passion she had
grown accustomed to. Janeway's forced abstinence had a helping hand in
it as her body could not help but respond to Seven's lustful
enthusiasm. The redhead could not fake her love for the blonde woman
in her arms despite the memory loss.
Athena rolled off Janeway sooner than
the older woman would have preferred. Athena laid next to Janeway
while her chest heaved up and down with the intake and outtake of
breath. She closed her eyes to relax and calm her body down.
Janeway liked to cuddle after making
love and had to restrain her disappointment. She had to keep her
perspective. She, in essence, had slept with a stranger regardless of
how familiar she was with Seven's body. She had to keep that in the
back of her mind. As if a Starfleet officer could really be
expected to be on alert during intense lovemaking, especially with
your fiancé, who just happens to think that she is one of the enemy
because she doesn't remember who she is?
With some sadness, Kathryn realized
that this Athena persona could not love her like that. It was this
cold detachment after the act that brought Janeway harshly back to
reality about her situation. She shook her head to avoid the thoughts
of what was still missing.
I wonder what is going through her mind? What is
she thinking? Who is she thinking about? Janeway
closed her eyes holding back her tears of frustration and
helplessness, because now was not the time. She had not lost her lover
yet and she would fight for Seven, pirates beware.
Athena's body had relaxed into a state
of perfect peaceful bliss. Time stood still for the young woman as she
ruminated on how she felt physically for the first time. The basic
term for this act is called sex, she thought. We had sex.
She analyzed the act. Pure and
basic, yet complex, involving the taking of pleasure from each other's
body. Yet something was missing, an intangible that Athena could
not pinpoint and it made her profoundly sad as if she had lost
something. The irony was how could she lose something she had never
Athena was highly intrigued and had no
idea that this 'sex' could be so euphoric.
Since this performance kept the pain
away, she would have to encourage Janeway to engage in it again. The
Captain had exceptional prowess in the ways of sexuality and she
wished to partake in it some more in the near future.
It was pleasurable for her and
efficient for Athena's purposes. Something Athena didn't have much of
in her short life.
Athena closed her eyes enjoying the
rare serenity of the moment and drifted off to sleep.
Athena's eyes moved under her eyelids
and her body shifted as her mind opened into a dream state.
It was dark and foggy. The internal
atmosphere was misty and she could make out machinery, wires and
cables all bathed in a sickly green color.
As the vision cleared, she could see a
figure approach. She gasped in shock as it came toward her. A ghastly
looking pale humanoid was completely covered in metallic armor plating
with wires going from its head to its chest plate and it made her
flinch in terror. She tried to run but her legs would not move. Frozen
with horror, she watched the creature move up to her, it's right
mechanical red eye shining on her chest like a beacon. Fear scorched
through in her nerves. The pale face spoke to her, but she could not
hear the words. Terror swept through her shivering bones as this
figure reminded her of the living dead. The pale left hand, covered
with a metal sheath, had two snake like protrusions that slithered out
at the knuckle joint and sought out her flesh piercing her skin
She shot up sharply and wailed,
"No!" Frantically looking around, Athena saw no such
Abruptly, Janeway shot up like a
cannonball. Hammering in her chest, her heart threatened to explode at
the suddenness of her awakening.
After a few seconds, Janeway realized
Athena was the cause of the loud disturbance. She was staring straight
ahead with a look of utter dread. Sweat beaded up on her forehead as
she struggled for air, mouth agape.
Janeway put a hand on her shoulder.
"Are you all right."
The blonde did not respond. Breathing
heavily, she simply stared ahead frightened.
"Athena!" Janeway shook her
and turned her face to gaze into her eyes.
Athena blinked taking in her
surroundings. She realized she was in the Captain's bed and that she
had fallen asleep next to her from the night before.
The Captain was looking at her with a
worried expression on her face.
"Are you all right?" she
asked again as Athena's face went from abject fright to cool
"Yes, I am fine." She said
abruptly, not appreciating this moment of weakness in front of the
Captain, who was still her captive. She moved to get out of the bed,
since the time for their coupling had gone.
Janeway let her go. "If you need
to talk about it."
"That will not be necessary."
Janeway sighed heavily watching the
ex-Borg get dressed and leave her quarters without saying another
"Computer, time." she called
The computer chimed.
Janeway got dressed as well. She felt
momentarily guilty at the comfort she had compared to her crew. Here
she was in a comfortable bed participating eagerly in a sexual
encounter, while her crew was left to sleep on blankets on the cold
floor of the cargo bay, while under armed guards.
Of course, Athena was more than adamant
about her staying in her quarters. For her amusement no doubt, now.
Sadness overwhelmed Janeway for a brief moment as she realized that
she was probably being used by Athena as much as Janeway was trying to
seduce her. She hoped the seduction would bring back some of the
memories, but there was no recognition during or after the act, much
to her disappointment.
However, there was a dream, no… a nightmare of
sorts. That might be something. Janeway
could only hope.
Major Athena was given the assignment
of figuring out how all the systems worked on Voyager and where
everything resided so she decided to get started on it. Colonel Nad
wanted a thorough report, but she knew he wouldn't read most of it. He
liked to keep her occupied. He was obviously distrustful of her and
didn't hide it in the slightest.
Her next stop was the cargo bay, where
all the prisoners were being held. She wanted to study the odd
mechanical units standing against the wall. The technology did not
seem to belong and she wanted to find out why and what its function
She walked through the doors and
stopped to whisper something to a guard. He followed her to the
alcoves motioning for the prisoners to stand back. She sent the guard
away, who looked at her oddly before mumbling something and returning
to his post.
She was not afraid of these people.
She studied the units and she seemed to
intuitively know which button did certain things, but what it was used
for, she could not imagine.
Finally she addressed the prisoners.
"Is there anyone here who is familiar with this technology?"
There was no answer. She was not in the
greatest of moods to begin with so this resistance caused her
irritation grow. "I ask again." She said more forcefully.
"Is there anyone here who understands this technology?"
A woman with sharp ridges on her
forehead pushed through the crowd to stand before her. Athena
remembered this one as Lt. B'Elanna Torres, the Engineer.
"I have a rudimentary
understanding of it." She said, as two men, one with a tattoo the
other dark skinned with pointy ears came up next to her. She
remembered them too. Chakotay, the first officer and the Chief of
"What is its function?" She
asked pointedly to the woman.
B'Elanna was at a loss, not knowing if
she should explain or not. Chakotay nodded for her to answer.
"It's a… regenerator." She
replied, not far from the truth.
"What is its power
"Ah, that I'm not exactly sure
about. It varies depending on the amplitude of the flux capacity and
the intermittent frequency ratio converters." She lied
Athena stood to the side of an alcove
and pressed at the keypad. "Regeneration cycle
incomplete", the computer toned.
She continued to study the foreign
equipment. "What exactly does it regenerate?" she asked
brusquely. Athena found it most distasteful and the greenish glowing
light that shined through a glass face plate at the top gave her a
creepy feeling. "It consumes a lot of power, it should be shutoff
Shocked, B'Elanna needed an excuse.
"We have crewmen who need it to survive."
"A member of your crew uses
THIS?" She turned to face B'Elanna, consternation clearly evident
in her tone.
Tuvok and Chakotay both gave her a warning gaze
saying 'careful what you say'.
"Yes," She said quietly,
thinking of Icheb as well as Seven.
"Indeed." She contemplated
that information. Athena glanced at the engineer. "Who designed
She considered her answer. "The
Athena thought she was being played
with and cast the brunette a disdainful look. "The Borg?"
"Yes, a race of beings that are…
" She needed something vague to say. "mechanically
inclined." She made it up, but it wasn't a complete lie.
She raised an eyebrow, "How did it
come aboard your vessel?"
"It was an accident."
Athena was most curious if the energy
signature would be compatible with her. The painful process she used
was slowly killing her.
Athena asked a few more questions
before taking her leave, not realizing the coincidence at all.
The next few days continued without
incident. Athena continued to learn about the ship's systems, and
monitored its heading and speed.
She had been ignoring Captain Janeway
for a couple of days. Emotionally, she did not want to get attached to
the well-accomplished Captain. However, she was already enchanted with
her mentally and strongly drawn to her physically.
It is difficult to ignore her,
Athena thought. It was strange how she could feel such an emptiness by
spending time away from the red headed woman. In any event, Athena
would need to visit her today, after re-energizing. She would allow
herself that luxury because of the pain. Did she not deserve to be
Janeway was livid at being left in her
quarters for three days. Athena had not visited. Not once.
The guards had brought her food and
leered at her strangely. She had asked for them to pass on a message
to Athena for her, which she was sure they did not do.
She paced the room like a caged lion,
wondering why the hell Seven, AKA Athena had not visited her. She was
being used and she knew it. Soon, she would have to confront Athena
and force her to make a conscious choice whether she remembered her
life on Voyager or not.
She had a lot of time, to plot a
strategy to get her crew back, but her biggest obstacle was how to get
her crew free from the Cargo Bay and keep it quiet enough so they had
time to take back the rest of the ship. She did had a plan, sort of,
and having a couple days to herself certainly helped that, but she
would not deploy it unless necessary. Especially, since she didn't
know if it would work.
And then there was Athena of course.
Janeway did not want to risk a confrontation with her, but didn't know
how she could incapacitate the young woman without actually harming
her, without a phaser. She did not know truly how far the blonde would
go and realized that painful fact as the Captain, if not as her lover
and fiancé. She had to consider that her feelings would make her
biased and she was determined to not let that happen.
Athena visited the Captain that evening
after finishing the painful process of energizing her body. She came
right after she finished, so she was a bit disoriented because her
body was still recovering from it. She was considerably agitated and
The Captain had a scowl on her face,
but Athena walked boldly right up to her and kissed her. Surprise
marked the older woman's face, but determined in her resolve, she
pushed Athena away.
"No," Janeway stated,
"This is not going to happen." She fought to keep her
Athena tensed confounded.
"Why?" She demanded firmly.
"You left me here for days. You
didn't come to see me once and you're asking me why?!" Janeway
turned and paced up and down.
Athena's watched her quietly thinking.
"You are a prisoner, what did you expect?"
Janeway stopped, turned and narrowed
her eyes. "Better treatment than this."
"You have not been mistreated. In
fact, you have received much more than your crew." Her eyes
twinkled at Janeway. "You have received intimacy."
The Captain's eyes squinted, "That
doesn't make your actions acceptable."
"You were not complaining at the
time." She paused. "And it was your decision to proceed, not
mine. I was ready to leave, if you recall correctly."
Janeway inhaled a slow breath,
irritated at her inability to deny that assessment. She changed the
subject. "Do you normally make love with your prisoners and then
forget about them?"
"Make love? Is that another
reference for sex?" Athena asked intrigued, ignoring the latter
half of the question.
"Yes," Janeway said clipped
and went to the replicator. "Coffee, black." A cup of
steaming black coffee materialized and Janeway lifted it, inhaled the
aroma and took a sip. She was grateful Athena had given her limited
access to the replicator. Coffee was an indulgence for her. It was one
of the finest organic suspensions ever devised and she needed it.
Janeway went and sat down on the couch, her back to the stars as she
put her coffee cup down on the glass table.
Athena joined her and sat in the lounge
chair across from the table.
"No," she stated crisp.
"I do not 'make love' with prisoners. I have never done so
before. However, I have never been so thoroughly seduced by someone
who is such a highly skilled master at it either."
Janeway was offended even though it was
the truth. This Athena individual was more aware of the situation than
Janeway gave her credit for.
"That's true. I did, but I'm not
sorry about it." She proclaimed. "You… remind me of
someone I used to know." She said slowly taking in a breath. It
was a true statement.
Athena's heart quickened on its own.
"Where is this individual you speak of?"
"I don't know." She said in
small voice. "but she's close I can feel it." She said
gazing into Athena's blue eyes.
"I regret your loss." She
stated. "I too have lost. I have no recollection of who I was
before a month ago and my current existence is less than
"But you still do it. You still
raid helpless ships and hurt people. Is that what you want from your
Shame and regret suddenly filled
Athena. Her features hardened, but she had no intentions of explaining
herself in depth to the Captain. "I have nothing else." She
said keeping it concise.
"But you don't enjoy hurting
people, I can tell. "Janeway said. "Why do you do that to
"It does not matter." She was
growing tired of discussion.
"Yes it does, what if I gave you
another choice?" Janeway suggested.
"There are no other choices for
me." Athena fidgeted with her hands, which were in her lap.
"Yes, there are!" Janeway
retaliated. "Ask yourself this. Would these so called pirates
betray you if an opportunity came up for substantial gain?"
"I do not care." Athena said
"I don't believe you."
Janeway said but didn't elaborate. "What if I could help you find
out who you were? Would you help me then?" Janeway knew she was
pushing this line of questioning, but she only had a little over a
week left. She had to take the chance.
Athena glowered deeply. "I have
clearly underestimated your ability at manipulating me." Athena
bristled with anger.
"I am not manipulating you! I give
you my word. Give me back control of my ship and I will find out who
you are." She offered.
Throbbing from pain, Athena wanted
release, but it was not to be this evening and her mind reeled at the
implications of Captain Janeway's offer of mutiny. "I do not have
that kind of power."
"Maybe not alone, but together, I
know we can take back my ship." She advised. The Captain saw
confusion and pain behind Seven's eyes.
"You are asking me to betray my
comrades." Athena retorted, but she was tempted by the offer.
This was proving difficult, but she
didn’t say 'no'. "Yes, but they are not your comrades,
they're using you. Your real friends are out there somewhere waiting
for you to come home. All you have to do is take that step!"
Athena was aghast. "How do you
know this!" She shouted out.
"Call it instinct, but I know
we'll find them." She imposed how absolutely sure she was into
Miserable and displeased, the Major
wanted to lash out at everything that was responsible for her
situation. Closing her eyes, she forced control to return.
"I have no intentions of becoming
your slave, Captain. I am free with them, with you I will be a
"You will NEVER be a prisoner
onboard my vessel!" Janeway said appalled at the idea, wringing
her hands at her sides. "That's NOT how we do
The strength of the statement
bewildered and dazed Athena. "You are clever, Captain Janeway,
but your offer is meaningless. There is not enough time."
"There is plenty of time if we act
"Not for me." Athena stood up
Janeway leaned over and reached out for
her arm. "What does that mean?" Janeway's brow furrowed
deeply, concern etched in her face.
"Release my arm." Athena
commanded. The anger in her tone gave suspect to a deeper threat.
"Tell me what that means!"
Janeway yelled moving towards the blonde to face her. She gripped both
of the young woman's arms.
Feeling antagonized beyond reason,
Athena flicked her wrists instantly freeing her hands then seized
Janeway wrists in one fluid motion and shoved her back against couch.
"You do not command me!"
Janeway was taken aback by Seven's use
of force, but she had restrained the ex-Borg. However, it did not
Janeway stood up abruptly.
The blonde had already started for the
door, when Janeway jumped in front blocking her path.
Athena clenched her fists tightly and
tilted her head, her face contorted with resentment and fury. The
former drone stood approximately three feet from a very determined yet
The Captain considered for a moment
that she could have pushed this Athena persona too far, but she was
concerned for Seven's safety. Her instincts told her that Seven was
hiding something important and dangerous and Janeway had to know what
it was. Seven's health was at stake and Janeway was absolutely
convinced the young woman was in some kind of immediate danger.
Janeway noticed that Athena's hands
were trembling again. Except this time, her face was also flushed and
her eyes became bloodshot red.
"Captain Janeway," Athena
said, ice dripping off the tone. "I am warning you. I am agitated
and I might not be able to control my---"
"I'm sorry," Janeway
interrupted pleading softly. She needed to calm her down. The Captain
was truly frightened for Seven and herself at this point. "…but
I really need to know why there is not enough time for you."
"It is none of your business. Out
of my way!" She yelled. Her lower lip curled in a feral grin, but
did not move.
"I can't. Something is wrong with
you isn't it?" Worry filled her eyes along with the formation of
tears. "I don't want to see you get hurt." If she couldn't
sway Athena here and now, she might never be able to. She put it all
on the line. "I care too much about you to let that happen."
Janeway dared to step closer, slowly.
"Do what you have to do…" She sacrificed herself.
Tears? Janeway was crying!? Over her?! WHY?! Athena's
anger went from a boil to a simmer as she considered the words. She
felt the beginnings of a headache.
At no response, Janeway pleaded.
"Please," she begged. "I just want to talk to
you." She said softly.
The hardness eased out of Athena's
features slowly revealing a drained face that had lost a battle with
"Can we talk?" Janeway asked
The Major's head was now pounding with
a migraine. It was ferocious and her eyes stung from the pressure. The
dizziness was coming in a flood. Her head drooped to the floor in
"Athena?" Janeway called,
rattled by the lack of a response. Janeway carefully put her hands on
the other woman's shoulders.
Athena's resolve broke down under the
pain, stress and fatigue. "I only wanted to stop the pain!"
She croaked. "…Just wanted your t-o-u-c-h." She mumbled,
reaching up to touch Janeway's face and stroke her cheek.
Suddenly, Athena threw her head back
and her body went rigid and tense. Her eyes rolled up showing only the
whites. Athena hissed in pain through clenched teeth and her body gave
out and crashed to the floor.
Janeway reached out and snatched her
hands before Seven's head hit the floor. She managed to slow her
descent and lower her to the floor despite the muscle strain in her
upper arms and shoulders. Seven's body started convulsing on the floor
as if she was having a seizure.
Flushed and worried beyond reason,
Janeway tried to keep her from harming herself, which was no easy
task. The ex-Borg was bigger and out-weighed her by fifty pounds
because of the Borg implants.
"Computer! On a secure channel,
notify the EMH, there's a medical emergency in the Captain's
The Doctor materialized immediately.
"What happened?" he asked quickly.
"I don't know, we were arguing and
then she collapsed."
He didn't comment as he opened a
medical tricorder and ran scans over Seven's writhing body. He pressed
a hypospray to her neck to ease the spasms.
"Did anyone see you leave,
"No." he replied. "My
god! All her systems are degrading. Her ocular implant is misaligned.
Her cortical node is showing signs of damage. I'm detecting an unusual
energy signature. Only 25% of her nanoprobes are still functioning!
When was the last time she regenerated?" He asked Janeway.
The Captain blanched, "I don't
think she knows to regenerate!" She had totally forgotten about
that fact and could kick herself.
"How has she been regenerating
then?!" He asked astonished, but Janeway shook her head not
knowing the answer. "There's no way she could survive a month
without regenerating. We've got to get her to sickbay!"
"Wait! Can you treat her
"Possibly, but there's not a lot
of time, we--."
"Answer the question,
Doctor!" Captain said vehemently. "Will she live if you
treat her here?!"
"Yes, but the damage is extensive!
I can't even guarantee that I can reverse the damage!" he
retaliated. "We should get her to sickbay now!"
"You might be my ONLY way to
retake this ship! I can't risk exposing your existence. Go to sickbay
and bring back a medical kit and whatever else you need."
He hesitated glaring at her.
"That's an order, Doctor."
He tilted his head and disappeared in a
haze of blue sparkles. Janeway paced the room for an eternity waiting
for the Doctor to return.
The Doctor re-materialized in front of
Seven carrying two emergency kits, which he handed to the Captain.
"I need to carry her to the bedroom." He stated.
His matrix flickered as he increased
his particle density so he would be strong enough to carry the
ex-Borg. He scooped her up and brought her easily to the bedroom where
he laid her down on the bed. Janeway was right behind.
He took the two medical kits from
Janeway, put them on the nightstand, opened them up and started
scanning the young woman.
"So, what were you two arguing
about?" he asked.
Janeway gave a small cynical laugh.
"I offered to help her find out who she was in exchange for her
assistance in taking back my ship."
"I take it you were
"She thinks I'm manipulating her,
which in a sense I am, but not because I want to make her a
subservient on my ship. I have a personal investment in her despite my
professional duties." Janeway did not admit those kinds of things
out loud very often even though the Doctor and the senior staff
already knew of their relationship, but her heartache was consuming
her and she needed to vent.
"Well, I would tell her as soon as
she awakens who she is." He suggested gently.
"I'm not sure I can do that
"Let me guess. The ship comes
"I don't care for your
condescending attitude." She snapped.
"Perhaps, you need to consider the
alternative." He said stiffly. "If she doesn't regenerate
within three days, she will most likely suffer permanent damage."
"Permanent damage?" Janeway
repeated while glaring at him with stern eyes. The pangs of sorrow
engraved in her narrow features.
"You have to tell her." He
stipulated as humane as possible.
"If she doesn't cooperate, I've
got another enemy on my hands. An enemy I--"
He interrupted her. "She's not
your enemy regardless of what she decides. She doesn't know who you
are. You're a total stranger to her." He paused thinking of a way
to reach the stubborn Captain. "If you're forced to… If you are
responsible for her death, could you honestly live with that?"
"That's enough!" the word 'stranger'
tormented her soul and 'death' crushed her heart. "You are
way out of line Doctor! You have no right to question my loyalty to
her or to my ship. Is that understood?!" She went from sorrowful
to outraged in seconds at his remarks.
"I'm sorry, it's your decision
either way, but you've got three days and after a week, her chances of
survival of dim." He divulged the information with finality.
The Captain's face was red with stress
and anxiety as she thought her options over. She thought about her
duty to the ship and the personal consequences to herself, which were
almost unbearable to consider. She surmised that whether she enlisted
Seven's help or not the ex-drone's condition was rapidly deteriorating
making her most likely unable to help in a revolt any ways. Her Borg
enhanced strength would have been an asset to say the least, but if
she told Athena who she was and she resisted then Kathryn would have
to incapacitate her until they could get her to regenerate safely
under their own security.
"Is she stabilized for now?"
Janeway asked coming out of her musings.
"Yes and I've sedated her. She
probably won't wake up until tomorrow. I re-aligned her ocular
implant, so she can see clearly out of her left eye and I gave her
hydrocortilene for the pain."
"Pain? She mentioned something
about pain, just before she passed out." Janeway remembered.
"I can't even begin to imagine
what she is going through or what she has gone through. However, I
eventually need to do more scans in sickbay to determine the cause of
her decay, but I'm convinced it has to do with 'how' she's been
attempting to regenerate her systems."
Oh, my God! She
kept the thought to herself. She had said, 'I only want to stop the
pain! Just wanted your touch.'
She wasn't sleeping with the Captain as
a trophy of victory or to prove her superiority. Not even out of
uncontrollable lust, although she was certain Athena was attracted to
her. It was to overcome her increasing physical pain. As a distraction
and Janeway flat out refused her even after seducing her in the first
As much as Janeway wanted Athena to
feel something for her, the Captain would have given in to ease her
pain if she had known. She could never let Seven suffer for any
reason. It was technically selfish to engage in sex just to satisfy
one's need, but to erase a body plagued with suffering, she could
understand it completely and would have done it herself. Especially,
if she trusted her partner, her lover, which Janeway thought even
Athena did with regards to sex. Athena trusted her enough to be
intimate. Maybe not with regards to the ship, but she did in bed that
"Are you all right?" The
"Yes, Yes, I agree," she said
distracted, rubbing her forehead. "She was in pain, looking back
I can see that now."
The Doctor studied his Captain. She was
somewhat pale, the stress of the situation showing in the fine lines
of her gracefully aging face. He surmised the greater problem being
with Janeway's fiancé than with her ship being taken at the moment.
He could only imagine at the personal and professional war that must
be raging inside her at this very moment.
"Is the original plan still in
effect?" He inquired affably.
She turned a glazed eye at him.
"Yes, when I give the word, not before."
Day 7, Morning:
Athena woke up batting her eyes
furiously to clear the haziness. She felt warmth engulfing her mesh
hand and tried to focus on it. The image of a pinkish hand held hers
and she trailed her eyes up to the individual holding it.
Janeway was looking at her with
distress in her face, the lines of weariness taking it's toll on the
older woman since this whole incident began.
She fluttered her eyes some more,
"Yes, I'm here. How are you
feeling?" she questioned tenderly.
Athena propped herself up on her elbows
and looked down at herself, assessing how she felt. That throbbing
pain in her lower back was gone. She didn't feel great, but better
than she had in weeks. She realized the increasing weakness had not
left, but she was grateful any ways.
"The pain," she commented.
"It has been removed." She said confounded, her voice light.
She sat up and reached to touch her lower back plate but grimaced in
pain. It was still tender.
Janeway reached out to take her arm.
"Take it easy. It's going to take a while for you to recover from
all you've been through."
Athena then realized her left eye was no longer
blurry. "My eye," she rubbed it to make sure, it wasn't a
fluke. She looked at Janeway for the first time with clear eyes.
"It has been fixed." She was stunned. Gazing into Janeway's
bluish grey eyes, Athena saw that they sparkled brilliantly. "I
can see." She said it in a dreamy tone, like she hadn't seen
before and looked at Janeway amazed. She
Her gaze became clouded as she lost
herself deeply into those compelling eyes. I've seen those before.
Her left eye zoomed in on its own volition. The shape of the
way the colors swirled reminded her of something. The sparkling swirl
of sharp blue made her think of the word, omega. Mesmerized, her mesh
hand reached up on its own and caressed the soft skin of Kathryn's
Janeway was touched by the tenderness Athena was
exhibiting, but was concerned over the dreamy look in her eyes and the
deep scrutiny. "Is everything all right? She said, staring back
with affection in her eyes at the gestured meaning. Could
she be remembering, something?
The moment gone, realizing what she had
done, she turned away. "Yes, everything is perfect."
Janeway's eyes widened for a mere
instant astounded at the odd Borg-like declaration given so casually.
She wondered if Athena had realized what she said and what she meant
by it. "I'm glad." Janeway said easily, a bit perplexed
herself, but pleased.
"There's something I need to talk
to you about." Janeway added seriously standing up.
"Perhaps we can discuss it later.
There are some pressing matters that I must attend to
immediately." She left the bedroom and started for the exit.
Janeway followed her. "This is
important, Athena." She said determined, "We need to discuss
"I understand, but what I must do
is equally important. I give you my word that I will return
shortly." She nodded and headed for the door.
Janeway couldn't stop her as much as
she wanted to. It would antagonize the situation. Damn! She
lowered her brow, and watched the door close, her eyes throwing
daggers of disdain at it.
Reluctantly, Janeway had to let her
leave, but vowed to go get her if Athena did not return in 24 hours.
She would attempt to take back her ship and come for her lover, her
mate. The consequences be damned.
The door to the Captain's quarters
swished open, when Janeway was recycling a coffee cup.
"Athena?" she asked, turning
"No," the icy voice said.
"Oh," she tried to cover her
disappointment. "Colonel Nad."
"I was just stopping by to check
up on a few things." He said mischievously.
"What can I do for you?" she
asked politely eyeing him cautiously.
He grinned from ear to ear and
Janeway's heart fluttered in consternation. "I noticed that
Athena has been spending a considerable amount of time with you."
He walked around the room and pretended to study a few artifacts.
"I was wondering if I should be concerned."
Janeway glowered somewhat.
"Concerned? What for?" Warning signs were going off in her
"You see, Athena and I… well
we've come to an understanding." He turned to look at her,
walking closer. He wanted to see the affect of his words up close.
Janeway did not want to see him up
close. His face was bristled with days of hair growth and he wore that
"I'd hate to see you get
hurt." He said slowly emphasizing the words.
"I don't know what you mean."
She kept her command mask tight and passive.
Colonel Nad's greatest weakness was his
patience. He was an excellent tactician and could manipulate people to
get the answers he wanted, but impatience was his true enemy.
"Come now Captain." He
challenged. "Do you think I'm a fool?"
"Of course not, Colonel." She
"Are you sleeping with my
Athena?" He asked point blank, his eyes trying to pierce the
truth from her.
Janeway thought she heard the
unmistakable tone of jealously, but she knew that was a ploy. He was
not jealous of either of them. He wanted to control them. The Captain
guessed that Nad had a difficult time keeping Athena in line. Seven
always had her own ideas about authority even with her ex-Captain.
The Colonel's idea of dominating Athena
was by sleeping with her. Only then could he consider her conquered by
having his way with her. Only Seven must have refused his offer. Even
the mighty Nad would have had trouble forcing such a formidable woman
like Seven. That must have infuriated him. The only woman he probably
"She has claimed me as her own, by
your own rules." Janeway stated diplomatically.
"Who are you to be quoting our
rules?" his ire was growing. He was angry, this Captain was not
afraid of him. She was not humble to him, just like Athena. The blonde
woman he could not force, she was too powerful for him under ideal
conditions. However, Athena was quite taken with the auburn haired
Captain. Colonel Nad could take her and by doing so get his revenge on
both. The act alone would devastate Athena, he was almost sure.
"So you don't deny it?" he
"It is her right."
"No it is NOT! I'm the ranking
officer." His tone took on a lustful property that made Janeway's
body tense up. "Shouldn't I get the spoils as well." He
Janeway glared back at him, this was
going to get ugly regardless of what she said. "I don't think she
wants to share and I don't believe you want to incur her wrath,
therefore, I suggest you leave now… Colonel Nad."
"You do NOT order me, woman!"
he lunged for her.
She considered for a second to call the
Doctor, but her Starfleet training took over and prevented her from
using her only advantage. She would have to endure this somehow.
Captain Janeway never backed down from
a fight even if she was outmatched. She grabbed his wrists and kicked
him in the gut sending him flying back a few feet.
Kathryn was near the replicator and an
evil thought crossed her mind. "Computer, Coffee, black,
HOT!" Seconds later as the Colonel was gathering himself for
another attack, Janeway grabbed the steaming cup and held it in front
"How dare you lift your hands to
me?" he threatened, but he was not paying attention. Janeway
summarily threw the boiling liquid at him, which impacted right on his
upper chest, spilling all over.
Such a waste of a decent cup of coffee.
Janeway mused hating to waste precious replicator rations.
"Argghh!" He yelled in pain.
His hands, lower chin and parts of his cheek were scolded by the hot
liquid. He could feel the heat through his uniform, but it protected
his upper torso from the burns.
She pushed him aside and ran for the
door. She attacked the guards, striking one in the face with an upward
open palm thrust forcing his head back sharply, stunning him
Janeway was not strong and had to use
her body weight and other tactics instead of brute strength. The other
guard was quick and struck her in the upper back hard, knocking her
into the wall, causing her head to spin. When she turned around Nad's
raging face was clearly focused on her.
He jabbed a hard fist into her stomach
causing all her internal air to go whoosh right out her mouth.
Doubling over, she gasped for air.
"Bring her!" her ordered
walking back into the Captain's quarters. No sooner than she was back
in her quarters, she felt a right cross across her jaw. A howl of pain
escaped from her lips as she felt a second blow to her head. Dazed and
almost unconscious, she was vaguely aware of being carried and then
deposited roughly on her bed.
Wincing at the pain, she tried to
scramble away feebly, but strong hands engulfed her dragging her back.
A hard slap against the side of her cheek stopped her struggling
She was being shaken violently as hands
ripped at her clothing and then covered her chest in a squeezing
manner, forcing her to scream. Forcing her body to move, she felt
another blow and all resistance ceased. She had no more strength left.
She knew a body had pressed against her
by the unwelcome heat forcing itself on her making breathing difficult
along with her injuries. Something rough and scratchy was on her face.
She could feel a grizzly sensation on her cheek and neck.
Her pants were being tugged crudely,
she heard a ripping sound before she swore she heard a chirp coming
from the other room.
Athena entered the Captain's quarters
looking around cautiously before finding Colonel Nad hurrying toward
her as he fixed his clothes. Nad grumbled to himself at not having
enough time to finish what he barely started. He glared at Athena then
left without saying anything.
Fear laced through Athena. She knew
something was wrong when the guards would not let her enter. She had
dispatched them of course, but it took her longer than normal and she
knew her strength was not as it had been.
Quickly, she strolled into the bedroom
and found her. Athena saw Janeway and the blonde's jaw dropped in
shock. She went to her immediately, "Captain?" pressing a
hand to her arm gently.
Janeway was lying haphazardly on the
bed, bleeding and bruised. She had been beaten. Her uniform was ripped
off, leaving only the top blue tunic in shreds to reveal the bruised
flesh underneath. Her bottom lip was split and bleeding and a purple
bruise was growing on her left upper cheek extending to her eye.
Athena's face became hot and her heart
wavered and constricted in her chest. She involuntarily tightened her
knuckles. Colonel Nad did this!, she fumed. She turned to go
after him, when she felt a warm hand touch her arm.
"An.. ni.. ka..," Came the
croaked voice from parched lips.
Athena was so angry that she hadn't
noticed the name Janeway had called out. "Yes, My Captain. I am
"Please… " Janeway regarded
her Athena through glazed eyes, a tear escaping down the side, but all
she could do was moan her discomfort before passing out.
Athena ached at not being able to help.
"I will get you to a Doctor." She said, taking off her
jacket and covering the Captain's torso. She picked her up and carried
her out to the hallway.
She walked through the hallways of
Voyager carrying the unconscious Captain. She realized this was
probably not a good idea for her image to be seen carrying a prisoner,
but it did not seem to matter to her for some reason.
The Cargo bay doors opened and she
strolled right in amidst surprised glances from the guards. They were
surprised. Athena was carrying the slave instead of just dragging her
in. Most of them just shrugged thinking this was a beating to enforce
cooperation from the prisoners.
The crew were sitting down on make
shift bed and blankets huddled together in small groups. She was
initially ignored as she stood before them.
"I need a Doctor!" She
The senior staff was huddled in front
and B'Elanna noticed her cargo and gasped loudly. "What the hell
have you done!" She stood up aggressively. The gaze she gave
Athena was nothing short of loathing.
As the realization hit the rest of the
crew, more stood up in a combination of worry, dread and outrage.
There were many audible gasps and cries of shock as the crew saw the
Captain's injuries and the tattered uniform.
"I have done nothing." Athena
opposed aggressively. "Where is your Doctor?" She demanded.
After a few glances to Tuvok and
Chakotay, Tom stepped forward, "I can assist you, but not here.
Sickbay is the only place I can treat her."
Athena briefly wondered why he had not
told her of his medical abilities before, but now was not the time to
"Agreed, follow me," She
ordered, turning to leave.
A guard stepped in her path with
another one following. "Major, I have orders not to let any
prisoner leave without a full escort."
"That will not be necessary."
"I have my orders," he
"From General Nad?"
"Yes," he asserted.
"General Nad is directly
responsible for the injuries to this prisoner. His orders have been
rescinded. Do you have a problem with that?"
He did not budge from his position.
Athena regarded him coolly. Glaring and stabbing her eyes into his as
she moved closer so she could talk quieter, privately.
"Ask yourself who you fear more
because if I have to put her down to discipline you, I guarantee you
will not survive." She threatened through clenched teeth.
He moved back slowly, piercing her with
narrowed eyes. Unhindered, she left the Cargo Bay with Tom following
Tom shook all thought of using this as
an opportunity to incapacitate Seven after that bone chilling threat
he overheard. The way she kept gazing at Janeway's face with that Look
suggested she wasn't the same person she had been a week earlier any
They arrived in sickbay and Tom
motioned to put the Captain down on the biobed located in the small
alcoved area that was isolated from the rest of sickbay by a round
wall. He went to work immediately rolling the tray of medical tools
next to the bed. He removed the jacket that had been covering her and
gasped at her shredded clothing.
Tom scanned the Captain, first checking
her bio readings while shaking his head; a severely bruised jaw, two
broken ribs, coupled with numerous cuts, abrasions and bruises along
her torso and face. He moved aside most of the tattered clothing to
access the injuries. He ran a variety of medical instruments over the
Captain; a dermal regenerator for the bruising and skin damage, an
osteogenic stimulator for the bone damage and then he gave her
hydrocortilene for the pain.
Athena stayed the whole time watching.
After Tom finished he covered her with a white sterilized sheet.
"Will she survive?" Athena
"Yes, she just needs rest
now." He answered.
"I will have you escorted back to
the Cargo Bay."
"Wait a minute. I should be here
in case, something goes wrong." He said annoyed at being so
"You said she would survive."
Seven asserted, but Tom thought she sounded angry.
"She will most likely, but she
shouldn't be alone, either!" he said raising his voice.
"Especially, after what you this Nad person did to her!"
"She will NOT be alone."
Athena proclaimed loudly. "I will take her back to her quarters
and remain with her." She substantiated her plan, staring icily
He sighed, "You're only one
person, you can't stay with her forever." He stated the obvious.
He noticed her hesitation as she acknowledged the truth he spoke.
"Steps are being taken to
alleviate that threat." She confirmed, then wasting no more time,
tapped the communications device on her arm. A guard entered.
"Take him back to the Cargo bay." She ordered.
The guard motioned with his rifle for
Tom to move ahead of him. The guard gave her a nasty look before
She was losing what little respect she
had from them. She could tell her time in authority was running out.
The Colonel had their loyalty and it was not a good sign. To Athena,
it really did not matter. Not now.
Not wanting the guards to see her, she
beamed herself and Janeway back to the Captain's quarters. She laid
the Captain down, took her tattered clothes off and tucked her in bed,
covering her with the bed sheets.
Athena went into the main room and sat
down on the lounge chair facing the entrance. She anticipated an
altercation if Colonel Nad showed up.
She was alarmed by how enraged she was
at seeing Janeway so damaged. Colonel Nad. Her eyes narrowed.
Her commanding officer. She still wanted to terminate him for what he
She was more than discontented with
what happened and forced herself to remain calm. Luckily, her eyes
were heavy from the day's activity and they fluttered mercilessly
until she closed them. Eventually she dozed off, her last thoughts
were how she was going to protect Janeway from a violent group of
Continued on the
next page >>>