The Marquis ship and Voyager are pulled into the Delta Quadrant by an entity known as the Caretaker.
Kate Mulgrew as Kathryn Janeway
Robert Beltran as Chakotay
Roxann Dawson as B'Elanna Torres
Jennifer Lien as Kes
Robert Duncan McNeill as Tom Paris
Ethan Phillips as Neelix
Robert Picardo as the Doctor
Søren Rasted as Craig Anderson
Tim Russ as Tuvok
Lisa Scott-Lee as Jessie Rex
Garrett Wang as Harry Kim
Ian H Watkins as James Taylor
3rd September 2001 - 30th March 2002
September 2370 (early season 1)
The school bell rang throughout the school halls. A few seconds later hundreds of teenagers were on their way to different classrooms. The corridor cleared about 2 minutes later. Two teenagers were the only ones left in the corridor. One was a girl and the other was a boy. The girl was walking a lot faster towards a certain classroom. She stopped all of a sudden and she turned to face him.
"Come on, Lee! We're going to get in trouble again!" the girl yelled.
"So, it's not like we are at school for 2 weeks after today," Lee muttered.
"We'll not be going on work experience at all if you don't hurry up," the girl said and she walked into the classroom. Lee was forced to catch up with her and he entered the classroom.
The teacher wasn't in the classroom when they got in. The other members of the class, excluding the odd two, were causing trouble and talking loudly. The girl and Lee walked up to their desks and they sat down. Right on cue the teacher walked in.
"Good morning, Year 9," the teacher said in a cheerful manner.
Only a few responded. A few continued with their conversation.
"Ok, I've gotten all of your work experience sorted out, you'll be going tomorrow. Most of you will be working in similar work places though," the teacher said. She opened her large bag and she pulled out 24 PADDs. She started handing them out.
"I wonder where we're going, Claire," Lee whispered.
"I hope I'm not on my own, it's going to be a really boring 2 weeks," the girl said quietly. The teacher put a PADD on their two desks. They both looked at them. Claire's face dropped as she read the PADD. "Lee, where are you going?" Claire asked.
"It's so cool. I'm going to a starship," Lee replied.
"Which one?" Claire asked.
"Voyager, it's a new ship, supposedly they've been assigned to find a renegade Marquis ship," Lee replied. He continued to read from the PADD.
"Oh well, at least we'll be together," Claire said.
"You're going too? That's even better!" Lee exclaimed. His face also dropped as he read the PADD further. "Oh, I was hoping I'd be on the Bridge, but I'm only in Sickbay. Well, can't be that bad," Lee said.
"Er, I'm on the Bridge," Claire muttered.
"That's not fair! I want to be on the Bridge!" Lee exclaimed.
"I don't want to be on a starship full stop," Claire muttered.
"Why not?" Lee asked.
"I get space sickness easily," Claire replied.
"Well, I'm working in Sickbay. Everytime you get sick we could meet up in there," Lee said.
"Oh yeah. It's fun for you," Claire muttered.
"On the PADD is your meeting places. You must be on time, and be on your best behaviour," the teacher said.
The shuttle doors opened. Lee, Claire and another girl stepped out of the shuttle.
"Remind me to never go on a shuttle again," Claire muttered. They were all faced by an Admiral.
"Welcome to Voyager. I am Admiral Patterson. Before I assign somebody to show you to your quarters we have to make a quick stop at the transporter room. We are meeting your Captain there," the Admiral said.
"Oh cool, the Captain," Lee said happily.
"Oh please," Claire muttered.
"Before we go I need to know your names," Patterson said.
"Lee Williams sir," Lee said.
"Chovi," Claire muttered.
"No, Williams. I haven't been called Chovi in years," Lee said.
"Whatever. I'm Claire Lewis sir," Claire said. They all looked at the other girl. She was too busy looking at her feet. "Er, this is Faye O'Tani sir, she's always like this," Claire muttered.
"Yeah, she always acts like a freak," Lee said.
"She's not a freak, she just doesn't have any friends because she's shy," Claire said.
"She doesn't have any friends because she's insane," Lee said.
"We'd better get to the Transporter Room," Peterson said, ignoring Lee's comments. He turned around and he headed out. The other three quickly followed.
later (in orbit of Earth)
Lee was working at the console next to the door. Claire walked in and she walked over to Lee.
"A little help," Claire muttered.
"Space sickness, already?" Lee asked.
"Yeah, where's the doctors?" Claire asked.
"Hang on a sec," Lee replied. He walked over to the doctor who was treating a patient. "Sir, can I have some help," Lee said. The doctor nodded at the Vulcan nurse. She walked up to Lee.
"How can I help you?" she asked.
"Er, my friend has space sickness," Lee replied and he pointed at Claire. The Vulcan walked over to Claire and she scanned her.
"It's not space sickness. You've just got low blood sugar levels. I suggest you go to the Mess Hall and get something to eat," the Vulcan nurse said. She closed her tricorder and she walked away.
"Nice bedside manner," Claire muttered.
"I tell you what. I'm off for a 15 minute break in 10 minutes time. I could meet you at the Mess Hall," Lee said.
"Good idea. You'll probably would have finished by the time I find it," Claire said.
A lot of the prisoners were working. One was working on his own.
"Tom Paris?" a hard voice said. The prisoner looked up to see who was speaking to him. It was a small skinny woman with a really bizarre bun in her hair. She had her hands on her hips. "Kathryn Janeway. I served with your father on the Al'Batani. I was wondering if we could go somewhere and talk," the woman said.
Tom thought, "this woman reminds me of Peter Pan. That can't be hair on her head, it has to be a wig."
"About what?" Tom asked.
"About a job we'd like you to do for us," Kathryn replied.
"I'm already doing a job, for the Federation," Tom said.
"I've been told that the rehab commission is very pleased with your work. They've given me approval to discuss this issue with you," Kathryn said.
"Then I guess I'm yours," Tom said. He stood up.
Kathryn thought, "god this guy looks like a pervert. He was looking at me funny. Oh well, it's nothing that coffee can't cure. Mmm, coffee."
"Your father taught me a great deal. I was a science officer during the Arias expedition," Kathryn said as they both started walking nowhere in particular.
"You must be good. My father only accepts the best and the brightest," Tom said.
"I'm leaving on a mission to find a Marquis ship that disappeared in the Badlands a week ago," Kathryn said.
"I wouldn't if I were you," Tom muttered.
"Really?" Kathryn asked.
"I've never seen a starship that could maneuver safely through the plasma storms," Tom replied.
"You've never seen Voyager. We'd like you to come along," Kathryn said.
"You'd like me to lead you to my former colleagues. I was only with the Marquis a few weeks before I was captured, Captain. I don't know where most of their hiding places are," Tom said.
"You know the territory better than anyone we've got," Kathryn said.
"What's so important about this particular Marquis ship?" Tom asked.
"My chief of Security was on board, undercover. He was supposed to report in twice during the last 6 days. He didn't," Kathryn replied.
"Maybe it's just your chief of security who's disappeared," Tom said.
"Maybe. That Marquis ship is commanded by another former starfleet officer, named Chakotay. I understand you knew him," Kathryn said.
"That's right," Tom muttered.
"The two of you didn't get along so I'm told," Kathryn said.
"Chakotay will tell you he left Starfleet under principle. To defend his home colony from the Cardassians. I, on the other hand, was forced to resign. He considered me a mercenary willing to fight for anyone who paid my bar tab. The trouble is he was right. I have no problem with helping you to track down my friends in the Marquis, Captain. All I want to know from you is what's in it for me?" Tom asked.
"You help us find that ship. We'll help you with your next outdate review," Kathryn replied.
"Uh huh," Tom muttered.
"Officially you'll be a starfleet observer during the mission," Kathryn said.
"Observer? Hell, I'm the best pilot you could have!" Tom exclaimed.
"You'll be an observer. When it's over you're cut loose," Kathryn said.
"Story of my life," Tom muttered.
The Mess Hall
Claire walked through the main doors slowly. She looked relieved when she looked around the room briefly. There was no spare tables. She spotted Faye sitting on her own. Claire ordered something from the replicator and she walked over to Faye.
"Hi, can I join you?" Claire asked politely.
"Are you talking to me?" Faye asked nervously.
"Yeah, I am," Claire replied.
"Okay," Faye muttered and she got back to the PADD she was writing on. Claire put her food on the table and she sat down next to Faye.
"What are you writing?" Claire asked. Faye looked up again with the nervous look in her eye.
"A story," Faye replied
"When you finish it, can I read it?" Claire asked.
"I never get a chance to finish any story," Faye muttered.
"School gets in the way doesn't it. Is this why you never talk to anyone?" Claire asked.
"Er, maybe. Nobody likes me," Faye muttered.
"That's not true," Claire said.
"Oh, you're not sitting with her are you?" Lee asked as he walked up to the table.
"Quiet Lee," Claire said angrily.
"I'm not sitting with that freak," Lee said.
"She's not a freak," Claire said angrily.
"I think I'd better go," Faye muttered. She stood up and she quickly left the room.
"Thanks a lot, Lee. I was trying to help her," Claire said.
"What the hell for?" Lee asked.
"Typical boy," Claire muttered.
"What's that suppose to mean?" Lee asked. They both noticed that the ship was moving again. They felt it jump to warp.
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