I am Borg - Part 3 - Chapter 1
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Summary: Seven goes on her first date with B'Elanna.
B'Elanna, Seven and Harry spent several hours in the Holodeck
studying the Jem'Hadar rifle the next day. After the second
day's testing Seven felt confident that she and B'Elanna could
build the Jem'Hadar power cell. Harry had concentrated on
finding out the alloy that was used for the rifle components and
had reported that he was fairly certain he had the material
structure figured out. B'Elanna had focused on determining how
the weapon produced a coherent tachyon beam. As they were
finishing up the second day's worth of testing, B'Elanna felt
that she was starting to understand how it was created.
Seven saved the program and the three of them left the Holodeck,
Harry headed back to the bridge while Seven and B'Elanna headed
towards Engineering. Seven waited until they were alone on the
turbolift before asking, "B'Elanna, do you have a dinner
preference for this evening?"
"You mean what style of food?" B'Elanna asked trying to clarify
what Seven meant.
"Yes," answered Seven. She had looked at the descriptions of the
standard restaurant Holodeck programs and quickly realized she
had no idea what B'Elanna would prefer to eat. Crewmembers had
been expected to make use of the mess hall facilities the entire
time she had been aboard Voyager, which meant they were expected
to attempt to eat Nelix's cooking. The only thing Seven knew of
B'Elanna's food preferences was that the woman was not fond of
leola root, or Nelix's idea of spicy.
"I like Italian food, while I was at the Academy I used to go
out and eat at an Italian restaurant quite often," said B'Elanna.
Seven immediately thought of one of the holoprograms she had
noticed earlier of a restaurant located upon Capri Island off
the coast of Italy. It was very highly rated and the description
of the restaurant included what were apparently scenic views of
the islands rocky coast.
The two of them had reached Engineering and Seven turned to
B'Elanna and asked, "With your permission Lt. Torres I would
like to perform routine maintenance on the Holodeck replicator."
The Holodecks did not normally produce real food, however on
those occasions when it was being used for dining purposes there
was a replicator located behind the hologrid that produced the
food served. All the restaurant programs carefully located the
kitchen of the restaurant within the vicinity of the replicator
so that the waiter holo-characters appeared to bring the food
from the correct location.
B'Elanna smiled, "That sounds like a good idea, I'd hate for
there to be anything wrong with that particular replicator
Seven smiled back at B'Elanna, well she quirked her lips upward
in her personal version of a smile, "That would be unfortunate,"
she said as she picked up an engineering kit and then walked
back out of Engineering.
Seven made her way back to the Holodeck, once there she realized
that someone was already running a holoprogram. Seven checked to
see who was utilizing the Holodeck and discovered that Samantha
and Naomi Wildman were running a Flotter program.
"Seven to Ensign Wildman," Seven decided to ask if she could
come into the Holodeck and perform the maintenance while it was
"Ensign Wildman here," came the reply.
"Ensign Wildman, I need to perform maintenance upon the Holodeck
replicator. Would you or Naomi Wildman mind if I entered and
performed my maintenance while you were utilizing the Holodeck?"
Seven asked, being careful to be polite since she was asking for
what was termed a favor. Unless it was an emergency repair,
Engineering was not supposed to interrupt scheduled Holodeck
There was a pause then, "Sure Seven, it won't affect the Flotter
"Thank you, Ensign Wildman," Seven said and then closed the
communications channel. Stepping into the Holodeck she opened
her tricorder and used it to locate where in the holoprogram the
replicator was hidden. She could not see Samantha or Naomi
Wildman and was pleased that she was not interrupting their time
Using her optical implant and tricorder Seven carefully checked
all the systems of the replicator thoroughly ensuring that it
would produce faithful replications of the dishes that were to
be served this evening. As she was finishing up Samantha Wildman
and Naomi Wildman appeared.
Samantha Wildman gave Seven a smile and curious look, "Usually
that replicator gets checked out of schedule when someone from
Engineering is planning on using the Holodeck to take someone
out for a dinner date."
"Yes," replied Seven interested in the trivia which indicated
that she was performing the pre-date protocol correctly, though
this had not been included as one of the steps in her studies. A
tactical review of the possible failures of the evening planned
had brought this up as an equipment check that was needed.
Samantha Wildman shifted, Naomi who had been staring back and
forth at the two women grinned at Seven and asked, "Who are you
going out on a date with Seven? Lt. Torres?"
Samantha Wildman looked at her daughter with and outraged mother
look, and then was thoroughly sidetracked from rebuking her
daughter by Seven's reply.
"You are correct Naomi Wildman, Lt. Torres and I are going to
dinner together this evening. It will be our first date,"
"What are you going to wear?" asked Naomi curiously. Samantha
was embarrassed at her daughter's questions, but she was so
thoroughly curious by now that she didn't attempt to stop her
daughter from grilling the ex-Borg.
"I have not decided," admitted Seven, "I believe I should
consult with Lt. Torres before making a decision."
Naomi nodded and Samantha finally found her voice, "That's
probably a good idea Seven, nothing is more embarrassing than
showing up for a date and being either under dressed or over
Seven looked at Samantha, confused as to the woman's meaning.
Literally the words did not make much sense, as they implied
that one would either be wearing too few or too many clothes.
Samantha, seeing Seven's confusion tried again, "You don't want
to be wearing casual clothing and Lt. Torres show up wearing a
formal dress or vice versa."
Seven nodded, that was the situation that the Andorian dating
guide had described as a social gaffe that should be avoided. "I
will consult with Lt. Torres as soon as our duty shift is over,"
she assured them. "I must return to Engineering... " Seven
hesitated searching for the correct phrase, "Please enjoy the
rest of your day."
Samantha Wildman stared for a second and then stammered out,
"You too Seven, I hope your date goes well."
Naomi Wildman grinned at Seven, "Lt. Torres is pretty."
Seven raised a brow at this observation then nodded, "I concur,
Samantha now feeling a vast sense of unreality broke into the
conversation, "Well our Holodeck time is up." Samantha had taken
a long time to get used to the fact that the ex-drone was no
threat to her daughter. She had done her best to keep Naomi from
finding out the grim fate of her friend and had been overjoyed
to find out that Seven was still alive. However, this new Seven
had her off balance, it wasn't that she didn't like the new
polite and more emotional Seven, it was just... odd.
Seven left the Holodeck and returned to Engineering. Lt. Torres
was absorbed with running some dilithium matrix diagnostics and
Seven did not want to disturb her with what was after all
personal business. Instead Seven waited and monitored the warp
displays, when the power fluctuation that had been present
stabilized Seven knew that B'Elanna had been successful.
She turned and looked at the Chief Engineer giving B'Elanna a
congratulatory smile and receiving a warm smile in return. The
smile caused Seven to reflect on how much she enjoyed the
current state of affairs between her and B'Elanna much more than
their previous adversarial one.
Seven briefly brought up images in her minds eye, of B'Elanna
when Seven had been particularly successful in irritating the
woman, and realized that she still was entranced by how the
engineer looked when she was angry. The way her skin colored
more warmly from being flushed, the way she seemed to vibrate
with energy, and the passionate look in her eyes. Now if there
was only a way to obtain that look without the unpleasant
argument, Seven thought.
Unbidden her memory brought up the image of Jorunn right after
their last kiss, Seven was confused as to what one had to do
with the other before she noted how Jorunn's face had changed
because of her arousal. Suddenly she realized why her memory had
presented this image to her. Seven paused and looked across
Engineering at B'Elanna and tried to imagine how she would look
in a state of arousal.
The picture that rose in her mind was very like the one's she
remembered from their arguments, but instead of anger there was
an intent look of desire. Seven's breath caught for a moment at
the image, and she felt an odd tingle race through her body that
seemed to end concentrated in her groin and fingertips. B'Elanna
looked up at that moment and their gazes met, for both of them
the rest of Engineering seemed to fade away for a moment until
Lt. Carey actually coughed trying to get Lt. Torres attention.
The moment broken both women jerked their gaze away from the
Seven looked at the displays in front of her, not really paying
attention to their meaning, but trying to regain control of what
suddenly seemed to be a runaway endocrine system. She seemed to
be in a state of hyper awareness, her body taunt, her breathing
increased, eyes dilated. Seven wondered if this was how B'Elanna
felt when she was looking at her and growling. Seven felt the
sensations drain away and knew that her nanoprobes had taken
care of them, feeling calmer she wondered how B'Elanna dealt
with the emotions, they had seemed so overwhelming.
Thankfully Alpha shift was over relatively quickly and Seven and
B'Elanna headed out of Engineering toward B'Elanna's quarters
agreeing that a snack of some type was in order since they would
be eating late. Once they had reached her quarters B'Elanna
replicated a selection of fruit and cheese. It had become a
favorite of Seven's since the first time B'Elanna had prepared a
plate for them during one of their late night discussions over
the chemical reactor.
"B'Elanna," said Seven somewhat hesitantly, "I wish to discuss
the appropriate clothing for this evening. I understand it is
important that we agree upon the appropriate... " Seven frowned
searching for the correct words.
"Casual or formal clothing, you mean," said B'Elanna.
Relieved Seven nodded, and then looked expectantly at B'Elanna.
"So... which would you prefer Seven, you're the one who gets to
decide since you invited me." B'Elanna smiled at Seven's
Seven stared at B'Elanna in uncertainty for a moment, "How does
one decide," she finally asked.
"Well," said B'Elanna considering, "Usually the type of
restaurant you are going to decides the level of clothing
appropriate. Usually the holoprograms are marked as formal if
formal evening wear is suggested," B'Elanna said helpfully.
Seven straightened reassured, "No dress requirements were
mentioned for the holoprogram I have chosen, therefore the dress
for this evening will be casual." With the unexpectedly
difficult task of addressing clothing issues completed, Seven
began to worry that B'Elanna might not like her choice of
holoprograms. Seven of course knew that B'Elanna liked Italian
food but further study into that particular ethnic food revealed
distinctive differences in regional food preparation.
"Seven," B'Elanna said, "I'm sure I'll like wherever you chose
Seven jerked her gaze away from her abstract perusal of the
floor to B'Elanna's face, wondering how the other woman had
guessed her thoughts.
B'Elanna smiled, "I'll be worrying about the same thing the
first time I take you out to eat Seven," she explained.
Seven smiled shyly back and then noticed the time, "B'Elanna, I
must go to my own quarters to prepare for our date. I will meet
you here at 1945 hours if that is acceptable."
"That is acceptable," B'Elanna agreed still smiling.
Seven headed to her own quarters to shower and dress,
uncharacteristically she hesitated for a long moment over the
various color choices she had, finally settling on a Mularan
outfit of a white shirt with blue pants and wraps. She left her
hair down and loosely gathered at the nape of her neck, knowing
that B'Elanna preferred her hair this way.
Heading back to B'Elanna's quarters she waited somewhat
patiently for B'Elanna to respond to the admittance chime. When
the doors to B'Elanna's quarters opened Seven was surprised to
see B'Elanna wearing a white sleeveless shirt and black pants
Seven allowed her eyes to roam for a moment over the torso of
the compact woman, admiring the contrast between the whiteness
of the shirt and the caramel skin tone, the discrete but defined
musculature revealed by the sleeveless top. Suddenly Seven was
uncertain of her own clothing choice which was what she usually
wore after working hours.
"You look good in those colors, Seven," said B'Elanna correctly
interpreting Seven's glance from her own clothing to B'Elanna's.
Reassured, Seven replied "Thank you B'Elanna, you look... "
Seven paused for a moment wondering what adjective would be
appropriate, "very nice as well," she finished. Touchable was
more of a correct adjective for what Seven thought but she was
fairly certain it was not the polite comment to actually make.
The two women paused for a moment awkwardly then Seven said, "It
is almost 2000 hours, we should proceed to the Holodeck."
B'Elanna nodded and the two women made their way to the Holodeck
which was already empty. "Computer run program Capri Island,"
B'Elanna looked at her curiously not familiar with the islands
name as they entered the Holodeck. They stepped directly into
the restaurant and were greeted by a gentleman wearing an old
fashioned black suit and white shirt that lead them through the
restaurant to the open air seating area. "Welcome to Le
Grottelle," he said, "your waiter will be with you shortly. In
the meantime please enjoy the view of the Arco Naturale."
B'Elanna and Seven looked out over the ledge of the seating area
down a steep cliff face to where the man was pointing. Towering
in the air no less than 100 meters away, was a natural rock arch
that dominated the view of the cliff and ocean. The cliff face
was rocky and densely covered with short pine trees and
vegetation. The grey limestone rocks and dark green of the pine
made for a beautiful view.
The open eating area was covered with a wooden awning and vines
with deep purple flowers ran up the poles to the awning and
along its top. Seven was pleasantly surprised with the view and
enjoyed the feel of the breeze and the height that allowed her
to look out far over the ocean. Looking at B'Elanna's openly
interested face as she leaned over the railing to examine the
cliff, arch and ocean; Seven knew she had made the correct
choice for their first date.
"Where are we?" asked B'Elanna curiously.
"Capri Island," answered Seven, "Approximately 5 kilometers off
the coast of Italy in the Gulf of Naples. The island is about
six kilometers long and three kilometers wide, and has a total
coastline of seventeen kilometers." Seven recited from her
studies of the island.
Just then their waiter appeared with menu's which he placed
before them, "Ladies may I get you any drinks before you order?"
he asked politely.
Seven who had researched non-synthol beverages in preparation
replied, "San Pellegrino water."
B'Elanna looked at her curiously before ordering a glass of
white wine. "What's Pellegrino water?"
"Sparkling mineral water originally produced in Italy,"
explained Seven as she opened her menu to examine the dinner
choices. Seven had already decided to try some of the local
cuisine after reading about the combination of Greek and Italian
influences upon it. Seven quickly decided to have the Insalada
Caprese, a salad of mozzarella, tomatoes, basil and olive oil,
followed by an appetizer of stuffed calamari and a dinner of
Ravioli alla Caprese. The ravioli sounded quite interesting
being stuffed with a filling of caciotta cheese, parmesan and
marjoram and served in a tomato and basil sauce.
When the waiter came back Seven quickly gave her order and then
waited to see what B'Elanna would choose. To Seven's surprise
B'Elanna gave her a considering look and then said, "I'll have
the same please," to the waiter. When the waiter left B'Elanna
turned to Seven, "I was thinking of having the wild quail but
the ravioli sounded more interesting."
"What made you choose this program?" B'Elanna asked Seven
"I knew you liked the ocean and Italian food B'Elanna, combining
the two seemed a logical choice. It is more... beautiful than I
thought it would be," admitted Seven.
"Yes it is beautiful," agreed B'Elanna. She wondered how Seven
had known she loved the ocean and then remembered the extensive
study Seven had done of B'Elanna's relationship with Tom.
Undoubtedly that was when Seven had noticed B'Elanna's fondness
of water. "I usually like sandy beaches, but I think I may have
to expand my choices due to this view."
The waiter appeared once again with their salads and placed them
before the two women. After inquiring whether there was anything
else they needed he went to check on one of the holographic
couples at the restaurant. Seven examined the salad in front of
her curiously and then picked up what she knew from her studies
was the salad fork and began eating.
The salad was an interesting mixture of flavors, the creamy mild
salty taste of the mozzarella, with the clean sharp taste of the
basil and tomato and the mild olive flavor of the oil.
Thankfully the serving was small or the two women would have
found themselves stuffed from the filling salad alone.
As they ate the salad they discussed the stone arch and Seven
described how it had once been the opening of a large grotto.
The interior of the grotto had worn away over time and fallen
into the ocean, leaving only the rocky opening remaining. Once
Seven had described the formation of the arch it was not
difficult for B'Elanna to form in her mind the original grotto,
obviously far in the past the edge of the cliff face had
extended several meters further.
A few minutes after the two of them had finished off their
salads the waiter brought out the stuffed calamari. B'Elanna, to
get a conversational ball rolling that wasn't about engineering
or astrometrics, asked Seven about the history of the island.
Seven was more than willing to comply and began telling B'Elanna
about the excavated villa's that Emperor Tiberius had built on
the island in the Terran year 30 A.D. Capri had remained under
Roman control until 1200 A.D. when it changed hands to the
Normans, then to the Spanish, and finally to the French until
around 1800 A.D. when it again came under Italian control.
Their main course had been delivered by the waiter by this time
and Seven paused while they both turned their attention to
consuming the pasta dish. The combination of cheeses, herbs and
tomatoes was quite good and both women settled back from their
dinners feeling rather full. When the waiter came back over and
took their dinner plates and left the dessert menu with them.
Seven, who had already researched the desert choices, knew that
she wanted to try the Torta Caprese, a flourless torte made of
chocolate, ground almonds, butter and sugar. As soon as the
waiter came back she confidently gave her order, "I will have
the Torta Caprese and a cappuccino, please."
B'Elanna smiled at Seven amused, she had heard that the Captain
had made another coffee convert and obviously it was true. "Rakatajino
and Torta Caprese," B'Elanna ordered, preferring the Klingon
version of cappuccino with its spicier and nuttier taste.
While they waited for their deserts Seven continued relating the
history of the island. Describing how it had survived through
the Eugenics Wars and World War III only because of its low
strategic value. Colonel Green had actually visited the island
on vacation and had from all accounts enjoyed his time there.
When the waiter reappeared with their drinks and deserts both
women stopped talking and examined the slender slices of torte
that were placed in front of them. The apparent density of the
torte spoke to it's richness before either of them tasted it.
Seven picked up her fork and separated a small piece and tasted
it, the richness of bittersweet chocolate and almonds filled her
mouth eliciting an appreciative noise from her.
B'Elanna chuckled softly at Seven's obvious enjoyment of the
torte and took up her fork to start eating the desert herself.
After the first bite she understood the look on Seven's face.
"Very rich," she commented to Seven enjoying the strong flavors.
A nod was all the reply she got for the moment as Seven was
experiencing her first taste of the cappuccino. B'Elanna mused
that the evening was already more of a success than Seven's
other two dates. She still felt a twinge of sorrow for Seven,
but she also felt a bit of victory that she was the one who was
sharing this experience with Seven.
Seven had also been a good conversationalist... granted a
discussion of the history of the island hadn't been what she had
expected at the beginning of the evening. It was something she
associated with Chakotay, but not a side of Seven that she had
expected. The ex-drone had apparently found the history of the
island very interesting and had mentioned that she would like to
come back to look at the Roman excavations and the gardens that
had been built in the early 1900's.
Seven glanced at B'Elanna examining the proud profile of a face
that was turned to look out over the restless ocean. A pleasing
steady breeze was blowing inland and pushing B'Elanna's hair
back from her face. Seven wasn't sure she had been pleasant
company during the evening, the Andorian study had been quite
sure that she should have let B'Elanna talk about herself.
Instead Seven had spent the entire evening discussing the
general history of the island. The only thing that gave her any
consolation was that B'Elanna had asked about the history of the
island first and she hadn't shown any signs that she found the
They had finished their deserts and beverages and were enjoying
sitting on the open deck in the sunshine when Seven realized
they only had thirty minutes of Holodeck time remaining. "B'Elanna,"
she said hesitantly, "There is one other place on the island I
would like to visit before our time expires."
B'Elanna looked at Seven curiously, "Sure Seven, can we walk
there from here?"
"I believe it would be more expedient for us to change locations
in the program, it would take us too long to walk there from
here," said Seven as she stood and waited for B'Elanna to stand
as well. "Computer change location to La Grotto Azzurra."
Suddenly the landscape changed, now they were standing on a
rocky ledge right next to the ocean. Metal railing separated
them from the water and a set of steps lead down to a boat that
was being held steady for them by a waiting boatman.
"Ladies, I was not certain you would be arriving this evening,
if you will step down into the boat I will row us into the
grotto. Remember you will need to bend down as we enter the
grotto to avoid injury, the opening is very low," the boatman
said. His smile was bright against his seamed and tanned face.
Seven nodded back to him, then turned to B'Elanna and indicated
that she should go first. Bemusedly B'Elanna did so and as she
got into the boat she looked up at the sheer cliff face that
hung above them. There was no beach here, the ocean waves dashed
themselves directly against the stony cliff. Fifteen meters away
she could see the low narrow grotto opening that was their
destination. Seven stepped into the boat behind her and the
boatman started rowing them toward the opening.
The boatman was correct about them needing to bend down
reflected B'Elanna as they scraped under the rocky opening and
into a stunning cavern. As the boatman kept rowing B'Elanna
glanced around at the low stone cavern they had entered and
gasped. The cavern itself was fairly unremarkable; limestone
walls enclosed a long narrow area of sixty meters by twenty-five
meters. What gave the grotto its name was the intense blue color
of the water.
Seven examined the color intensity of the water with
satisfaction; she knew that the blue color was the result of an
underwater opening that refracted the sunlight into the grotto.
Knowing the explanation behind the intense color however did not
dim her enjoyment of the experience. As they reached the
midpoint of the cavern Seven said, "Computer pause boat at this
location and delete holo-character."
The boat obediently paused and the boatman disappeared leaving
them alone in the middle of the cavern, the under lit blueness
of the water playing along the cavern walls and the face of the
woman across from her. B'Elanna was suddenly struck by how the
reflected water color made Seven's eyes look almost the same
color as the water. Gingerly B'Elanna crouched, "Computer hold
boat steady," she moved toward the prow of the boat where Seven
was seated looking at her curiously.
"It may be a bit premature," B'Elanna said as she sat on the
slat directly opposite Seven, "but I believe this is the perfect
location for us to have our first kiss if you don't mind."
Seven felt suddenly short of breath, "I believe that is the
expected ending to the first date. This location is ... ," Seven
initially wanted to say acceptable, but in truth this location
was more than acceptable. "This location would be perfect for
our first kiss."
B'Elanna grinned, "Perfect huh, I just hope the kiss can live up
to its location then." B'Elanna had been imagining this moment
for the entire week, and she wanted it to be perfect. Examining
the situation she could see only one satisfactory way to get
close enough to Seven to kiss her the way she wanted, she just
hoped that it wouldn't come across as too aggressive. Slowly she
stood in the now rock still boat and straddled Seven's knees
looking down at her. To her surprise Seven reached up and placed
her hands on her waist and pulled her down so that she was
sitting on Seven's knees facing her.
'Well I guess I wasn't being too aggressive' B'Elanna thought as
she rested her hands on Seven's shoulders. B'Elanna examined
Seven's face noting the dilated eyes and increased respiration.
With a grin she stated, "Seven your eyes are dilated and your
respiration has increased."
"As have yours," Seven responded.
"I guess that means we are both aroused then," B'Elanna said
right before she leaned in to lightly brush her lips across
Seven's. As Seven's hands at her waist pulled her in closer she
leaned back, preventing Seven from deepening the kiss. What she
thought was a frustrated sigh caused B'Elanna to grin
mischievously before she leaned in to gently brush her lips
against Seven's again, an answering light nip across her bottom
lip both surprised and excited B'Elanna.
Seven shifted one of her hands from B'Elanna's waist and moved
it up her back, pressing B'Elanna forward and causing her to
slide toward Seven until they were firmly resting against one
another. A light nip from B'Elanna in response to her action,
increased the feeling of arousal Seven was experiencing.
Remembering her lesson's from Jorunn Seven gently raked her
teeth over B'Elanna's lower lip then gently soothed it with her
The resulting groan from B'Elanna was all that she could have
wished, letting Seven know that she was performing correctly.
When B'Elanna repeated the same move Seven found that rational
thought was becoming increasingly difficult. Seven felt
B'Elanna's hands move from her shoulders to rest with one behind
her neck and one gently cupping the back of her head. When
B'Elanna's tongue slipped between her lips and started exploring
her mouth all thought fled and she reacted instinctively meeting
B'Elanna's tongue with her own.
Neither of them particularly realized that the five minute
warning had passed unnoticed, they did however notice when the
boat disappeared from beneath them leaving them sitting on one
another's laps on the floor of the Holodeck. "Ladies, I believe
your time has expired," said the voice of the Captain.
B'Elanna felt as thought someone had suddenly dumped ice water
over her, as she jerked her head around to look at what was
essentially the mother of the woman she had just been kissing.
Stumbling to her feet she extended her hand to help a confused
and slightly disgruntled looking Seven to her feet.
"Uhm... sorry Captain, I didn't hear the five minute warning,"
babbled B'Elanna, noticing that the Captain was dressed in her
Velocity outfit and that Chakotay was also present. He was
standing several feet away from the Captain with his hand
covering what was undoubtedly a wide grin.
"I noticed," said Janeway dryly. "I gather your dinner went
well?" she asked.
"Yes, Captain," responded Seven, somewhat confused as to why
Kathryn was asking how their evening had went. Searching her
memory for a reason she realized that Kathryn was properly
fulfilling her role as 'mother' as described in the Andorian
study. It was the duty of the mother to frustrate and block all
efforts at intimacy until a sufficient emotional bond had formed
between the daughter and her suitor to ensure that they would
have meaningful instead of casual sex. Apparently there was an
important distinction between the two forms of intimacy, and
mothers were in fact supposed to ensure their daughters did not
experience the lesser form.
Satisfied that she knew the answer Seven realized that Kathryn's
attention was on B'Elanna not on her; obviously B'Elanna was
currently in the 'suitor' role as far as Kathryn was concerned.
B'Elanna must have realized this as well for in the next moment
she said, "The dinner was excellent Captain, we spent most of
the evening discussing the history of Capri Island. I was just
about to escort Seven to her quarters if you have no
"No of course not, I have no objections to you escorting Seven
to the door of her quarters," said Janeway with an emphasis on
the word door.
"Yes, ma'am," replied B'Elanna nervously. "I'll escort her there
now Captain unless you have anything else?"
Finally Janeway turned to Seven, "Did you have an enjoyable
Seven graced her with one of her rare full smiles, "Yes I did
Kathryn, and B'Elanna and I will not engage in casual sex this
evening. Your interruption had its intended effect; I believe it
was the equivalent of 'turning the front light on'?"
"I've got to read that Andorian study, apparently it was quite
comprehensive," said Kathryn chuckling over Annika's bluntness.
"And yes that was the equivalent of turning the front light on."
Seven nodded satisfied; tilting her head to the side she
pondered the correct course of action from this point. "I hope
you have a good Velocity game, Kathryn. Would it be acceptable
at this point for me to wish you a good night and exchange
Kathryn's face relaxed into her mother look and she huskily
replied, "Yes it would be acceptable."
Seven walked over to Kathryn and gently bent down and hugged the
older woman, "Have a good night Kathryn, and thank you for
caring about my wellbeing."
Kathryn returned the hug firmly, allowing herself to acknowledge
the bond she had with this one extraordinary person she had
freed from the Collective. Kathryn broke the hug and stepped
back slightly then reached up and gently cupped Annika's face,
"You have a good night as well Annika, and I've always cared
about your wellbeing."
Seven flashed to a similar moment with the Borg Queen, looking
into Kathryn's eyes now though she saw what had been lacking in
the Queen's eyes then. Caring, love, compassion. It was why,
after all, she had been able to break the Queen's hold over her
to obey Kathryn's order in the Queen's ship.
"I know," Annika admitted softly. "I care about yours as well."
The two women stepped back from one another, Annika nodded
politely to the now slightly stunned looking Chakotay, "Have a
good game Commander." Then she turned back to B'Elanna.
"Captain, Commander," B'Elanna said surprised herself at the
openly emotional moment between the Captain and Seven, 'Kathryn
and Annika', she corrected to herself. "Enjoy your game." With
that the two of them left the Holodeck and proceeded quietly
back to Deck 9.
Noting that B'Elanna had remained silent Seven hesitantly asked,
"B'Elanna are you displeased with the way our first date ended?"
B'Elanna pulled out of her thoughts looked into Seven's
uncertain face and hurried to reassure her, "Surprised by how it
ended. I guess I hadn't really considered all the implications
of your relationship with the Captain. It's probably best though
that she 'turned the front light on'," said B'Elanna with a
grin. "I've never had the experience of dealing with a date's
"A new experience for the both of us then," noted Seven. "B'Elanna,
I would be pleased if you would call me Annika when we are off
B'Elanna smiled broadly; she had noted the Captain's use of
Seven's human name and had been hurt that Seven hadn't yet
invited her to use it as well. "I'd be happy to Annika."
They paused in front of Seven's quarters, both of them suddenly
hesitant and searching for something to say. B'Elanna finally
said, "Thank you for the date Annika, it was wonderful. I'll
have to think of something that will be just as nice to invite
you to go out with me to."
"You would like to go on another date with me?" Seven asked
"I would be very disappointed if we didn't Annika," B'Elanna
said and then stepped forward to pull Seven's face toward hers
for a brief kiss. "Good night," B'Elanna wished her as she
stepped back from Seven who now had a soft smile on her face.
"Good night B'Elanna," replied Seven as she stepped through the
door into her quarters.
"Do you want me to take Seven off my Away Team list?" Chakotay
asked Kathryn after the other two women had left.
"Why would you do that?" asked Kathryn puzzled.
"Well, because of the nature of the relationship between you. I
assumed you wouldn't want to put her in any more danger than
necessary," Chakotay said hesitantly, unsure of Kathryn's
Kathryn shook her head, "I would never do that to her, my
parent's never tried to shield me from difficulties, and though
I may not have appreciated it when I was younger, I do now. I've
certainly relied on my early lessons of not to give up just
because something was difficult out here in the Delta Quadrant.
Besides, out of everyone on this ship, Seven is the most likely
to be able to survive an attack and be able to protect the rest
of the Away Team."
"So she really did get injured with a spear and just pulled it
out and used it to kill the man who attacked her with it?" asked
Chakotay who had been uncertain if the fight description had
"Yes, she did. From her description to me she barely bled from
the injury and was pretty much fully healed after an hour. And
that was with her walking at a brisk place for the entire time,"
Kathryn still wasn't sure what to think about the extensive
modifications that Mulara had made to Annika. In many ways she
was, as she had just stated to Chakotay, reassured that Annika
could survive most attacks. On the other hand, given what Mulara
had told her the other evening she was becoming more concerned
that those modifications would be needed for Annika to survive
whatever task Mulara asked of her.
"That reminds me," said Kathryn as they began the Velocity
program, "I've got a reading list put together for Seven and
B'Elanna. I would like you to go over it as well, see if you
think I've left out anything important."
"The studies Mulara asked you to start?" inquired Chakotay who
had been informed of the events on the Holodeck. He, like the
Captain, was dismayed at the thought that Voyager would play
such a pivotal role in future events. Though, unlike the
Captain, he wasn't as certain that Seven would be able to
fulfill the role Mulara had in mind for her.
He was more dismayed by the thought that B'Elanna was getting
involved with the ex-Borg, and thus involving herself directly
in whatever plans Mulara had for Seven. He had hoped that the
two of them would become friends, but the passionate scene he
and a positively gleeful Captain had interrupted definitely
proved that the rumor mill was correct. He had been confused as
to why the Captain had wanted to play such a late Velocity game,
but she had filled him in as to her actual reason as they stood
outside the Holodeck and waited for Seven's reserved time to
The following scene between Seven and Kathryn had not been one
he had expected. He had thought that Seven would be irritated at
the very least by Kathryn's actions, and her amused and
accepting reaction had surprised him. As had the muted emotional
declaration of caring between the two of them that had spurred
him to inquire if he should refrain from assigning Seven to any
more Away missions.
As they started playing Velocity, Chakotay glanced at Kathryn,
thinking that she had seen something special in Seven from the
beginning. Perhaps he should trust more in her judgment of Seven
than he had previously, he considered.
"Yes, I was planning on starting the training as soon as I
finalized their first reading list," said Kathryn.
"Sounds like a good idea, I'll read it over first thing in the
morning and get back to you," he offered.
Seven finished getting ready for bed and slipped underneath the
sheets, wishing for a moment that B'Elanna was present to hold
her. She accepted that it was a good idea that they hadn't
continued their actions on the Holodeck in either of their
quarters, however, she didn't like the aching feeling of desire
that was still with her.
After turning restlessly for a while, Seven finally got up and
lit a candle, starting the first meditation that Tuvok had
taught her in an effort to regain control of her emotions enough