Voyager's Mess Hall:
Neelix had a microphone, he was standing beside the TV that is hardly ever let out from it's cupboard. A couple of people had already gathered around. The new look Pulse, and Lena was standing nearby the kitchen.
"You'll like our vid sis, it's so cool.." Yasmin was saying.
"Yassy, we cut out several bits. For example the bit where you knocked a dead guy's head off," Kiara said.
"Yeah, that one took two takes but it was worth it," Nikki said.
Lena shuddered, "oh god, you have dead bodies in your video?"
"Yeah baby," Yasmin said with the usual grin on her face.
Lena looked at the single cover Kiara handed to her. "Sound of the Graveyard, nice."
"You should see the other video.." Yasmin started to say. She turned to Kiara, "you did keep the bit where you see those guys dead, right?"
"Nope, you just see an explosion," Kiara replied.
"Aaaw," Yasmin moaned.
"Do you have a single out anytime soon?" Kiara asked.
"Ha, that would be pretty hard since my other band member hasn't been seen for a week," Lena replied.
"Hehehehe," Yasmin giggled.
"It's not funny," Lena muttered.
"Yeah it is, I never liked Craig," Yasmin said.
"He's still alive," Lena said.
"Damn, this is not my day," Yasmin moaned. Nikki and Kiara patted her on each shoulder.
"Ok everyone! I'm going to show Pulse's new video, Treat Me Like The Villain!" Neelix yelled to get everyone's attention. He used a remote to switch on the TV.
Three minutes later..
"Uh, that was great. Wasn't it?" Neelix said nervously.
"It could of been better, nobody died," Yasmin said.
"There's plenty of death in the other video, Yasmin," Kiara said.
on the Enterprise:
Craig was strolling down the corridor, sporting a one of a kind scar next to his eye. He stopped outside one of the cargo bay doors, looked around sneakily and stepped inside.
"Ok if I was a secret Cherry Coke supply, where would I be hidden?" he asked himself. A small banging noise startled him. "Is someone there?"
A shadow came out behind a huge crate. "Nope, just your imagination," a familiar voice replied.
"Uh huh, you know I'm sure this is the wrong Cargo Bay. Bye!" Craig stuttered. He ran out of the bay.
Captains Log Stardate, stuff it. Both ships have been flying at warp for a change so we haven't encountered anybody. Frankly I don't care cos I'm not in the mood to..
"Captain Lena, someone's sent us a distress call," Triah said.
"Ah son of a b**ch, Voyager will get it," Lena said.
"They have, what I meant was they're hailing us," Triah said.
"Why didn't you say that then?" Lena asked angrily.
"I just found out about the distress call now, I was cleaning my console. Someone's left horrible finger prints on it," Triah replied.
"Oh dear you have such problems, I feel terrible for you," Jessie said sarcastically.
"Thank you, at least someone does," Triah said. Everyone groaned.
"Didn't anyone mention to you that Craig nearly died a week ago?" Lena asked.
"Yeah, but everyone dies then comes back. You really can't get finger prints off a console as easily," Triah replied.
Lena rolled her eyes, "put Voyager on screen."
"Okay," Triah said. She keyed in some commands and a picture of Voyager appeared on the screen.
"Er Triah, I meant contact Voyager," Lena said.
"Oh right," Triah laughed.
Kathryn appeared on the screen. "Lena, drop out of warp with us. There's a ship that really needs our help."
"No one comes to help us when we're in trouble," Lena muttered.
"Just do it," Kathryn said. The view screen went back to space view.
"You heard her, Bryan," Lena said.
"Aye aye, Captain," Bryan said.
Voyager and the Enterprise dropped out of warp, they both flew towards a small freighter.
"According to the sensors there are lots of different aliens on that ship, including humans," Triah said.
"Oooh," nearly everyone said.
Kathryn and Chakotay were standing in the centre of the bridge, everyone else was in their usual places.
"Put them on screen," Kathryn commanded.
The view screen changed to show a middle aged human guy. "I'm Commander Harris of the freighter Ramora."
"Captain Janeway of the starship Voyager," Kathryn said.
"Voyager huh? It took me two years to do it but I've finally found you," Richard said.
"Excuse me?" Chakotay said questioningly.
"I apologise, I'll explain. I use this freighter to rescue any Game Cube victims, while at the same time I look for you," Richard said.
"You're one of the humans we detected," Kathryn said.
"That's right," Richard said.
"So why did you send out the distress call? What's the problem?" Chakotay asked.
"We've ran dangerously low on dilithium, I was wondering if we could trade," Richard replied.
"The Enterprise has the most dilithium at the moment, we'll contact them," Kathryn said.
"Thank you Captain," Richard said. The view screen went back to space view.
"Contact the Enterprise again," Kathryn ordered.
Lena and Craig were both walking down the corridor. "I dunno why she can't handle it, it's not like we're on different fleets," Lena said.
"Maybe she just wants to see how you handle non violent situations," Craig said.
"Then why didn't she say that?" Lena grumbled as they walked into the transporter room.
"Energise," Craig said to the transporter guy. He nodded.
Richard rematerialised on the platform with two other guys. "Hello, I'm Commander Richard Harris. He's Jaka Riu and he's Bralan," Harris said.
"Hi, Captain Jane.. Lena, this is Craig Anderson," Lena said.
Richard, Jaka and Bralan stepped down from the platform. "Nice to meet you," Harris said.
"So, what is it you need?" Lena asked.
"Dilithium, remember Lena?" Craig replied.
"Oh yeah of course," Lena said nervously.
Richard smiled, "it's all right. We have quite a lot of supplies we can trade in return."
"Yeah, we'll discuss this in my Ready Room," Lena said. The group left the transporter room.
Richard was sitting opposite Lena, Craig was standing beside her while Jaka and Bralan was standing at the door.
"Here, this is the list of supplies we have that we're willing to trade," Richard said. He handed an alien PADD over to Lena.
Craig looked over Lena's shoulder to look at the PADD. "We could do with some extra food supplies, just in case," Craig said.
"Yeah, what kind of food do you have?" Lena asked.
"Uh, well.." Richard started to speak.
"Lena, it doesn't matter," Craig said.
"I guess, I'm sorry," Lena muttered.
"No it's ok, we'll trade food supplies for dilithium," Richard said.
"Agreed," Lena said.
"Oh yeah there's one more thing we, well actually just I need," Richard said.
Lena shrugged, "what is it?"
"Well my estranged daughter joined the Marquis, and that ship she was on got lost in this quadrant," Richard said quietly.
"Oh.." Lena muttered.
"I was just wondering if you could help me, I could give you more food supplies or something," Richard said.
"It's ok, if she's on this ship there's no point in paying us is there? Right Lena?" Craig said questioningly.
"Yeah, exactly. What's her name?" Lena asked.
"That's the thing, I got trapped in a Game Cube when she was only a few weeks old. That was nearly thirty years ago, and I have a really bad memory. I know, I'm an awful person," Richard replied.
"So how are we going to find her?" Lena asked as she glanced up at Craig.
"Simple, we know she's nearly thirty, she was in the Marquis, her father disappeared when she was a baby.. Richard help me out," Craig replied.
"She had a teen mum, does that help?" Richard said.
"I guess that's a start. We can get a list of the Marquis crew manifest, then we can narrow the list down with all the details. I guess we can interview the remaining girls that we end up with," Craig said.
"Good idea. Don't worry Richard we'll find your daughter. If you think of any more details, contact Craig," Lena said.
"I'm on it," Craig said. He left the Ready Room.
"Thank you, I really appreciate it," Richard said.
"Don't thank us yet, I hope you know that there's a chance she could be.." Lena said.
"Dead, I know. I'm prepared for that," Richard said.
outside the cargo
Emma was wandering down the corridor, she slipped into the cargo bay. "Here Cherry Cherry Coke," Emma sang.
"Emma, is that you?" came from the middle of the room.
"Who's that, the Cherry Coke is mine so lay off," Emma said.
"Oh believe me, I'm not here for the Cherry Coke," the voice said.
Emma went further into the room, she glanced around the room while she did. Somebody suddenly came out from behind a big crate. "Oh, so is this where you've been hiding?" Emma asked.
"I hardly call it hiding," James replied.
"Then what is it? Are you trying to scare people away from the Cherry Coke supplies?" Emma asked.
"Emma, there is none here," James replied.
"So Lena lied to me, she said it was in one of the cargo bays. God, this is the last one I tried," Emma said.
"Look Emma, just go and don't tell anyone I'm here," James said.
"Why are you here?" Emma asked.
"Doesn't matter, just go, there's nothing here," James replied.
Emma walked backwards a few steps, she turned around and left the bay.
Enterprise's Mess Hall:
Danny was sitting on her own at a small table. Craig was standing not far away, continuously hitting his hand with a PADD. Danny looked over, she shook her head and turned her head back. Craig then went over to her.
"Hi Danny," Craig said.
Danny looked up at him. "Hey, what's up?"
"Just a random question, did you know your dad at all?" Craig asked.
little while later:
Craig came onto the Bridge, he went over to Jessie. "Hi Jessie."
"Erm, hey. Aren't you supposed to be.." Jessie said.
"Yeah, I am still working on that," Craig said.
"Who is that guy looking for anyway? A friend's relative, an ex girlfriend or something?" Jessie asked.
"Er.. just a random question.. did you know your dad?" Craig asked.
hours later, Lena's
"He's what?" Lena said in shock.
Emma shrugged, "he told me not to tell anyone."
Lena groaned, she covered her face with her left hand. "So typical of him, he's probably been there the whole time."
"So what are you going to do?" Emma asked.
"Well it's obvious, I have to go and see him. He must be there to calm himself down, like Craig said," Lena replied. The door chimed. "Yeah?"
Craig strolled in looking please with himself. "I've found the daughter."
"Really, good work Craig," Lena said.
"So who is it?" Emma asked.
"You don't even know what we're talking about," Lena said.
"Oh yeah, bye," Emma said. She walked out.
"Well?" Lena said questioningly.
"Well most of the girls were basically all the same, except for one. She said that her father just left when her mum became pregnant, but she was closer than the others," Craig said.
"I don't get it, how does that make her the daughter? He said she was a few weeks old," Lena asked.
"Yeah but all the other girls said their mums got pregnant because of a drunken one night stand with guys they never knew. This one said her mum and dad went out for ages.." Craig replied.
"And?" Lena said.
"And she was put for adoption after the father disappeared, that's what she said but how can you put a baby that's not been born in for adoption? Also she said the foster mum told her why she was put for adoption.." Craig said.
"Adoption, why would the mum put her up for adoption?" Lena asked.
"Please let me finish," Craig moaned.
"Fine," Lena muttered.
"Her foster mum told her that her mum couldn't handle the strain cos the father had left. I double checked with Richard, he said that he and the mum had a massive argument about the baby before he got trapped in the Game Cubes. That may have given the mum the impression that he'd left her, and the adoption agency may have not took the baby off her hands if they knew there was a chance he could come back, right," Craig said.
"Interesting, but not good enough," Lena said.
"I have more," Craig said quietly.
"Please, tell me it isn't true," Lena moaned.
"The daughter is one of two twins, two girls fit that file surprisingly. Luckily Richard told me that he talked to the girl's mum when he got back to Earth, two years ago by the way. She said that they both met once in their teens, but fell out over a guy which caused the girl to join the Marquis. Getting it yet?" Craig said questioningly.
"Oh my god, it's Jessie," Lena gasped.
"Right on, unlike Richard I have a good memory and I remember Jessie telling that story," Craig said.
"I know, Test of Time," Lena said.
"I didn't tell him, I figured that Jessie should know first," Craig said.
"She hasn't got the idea yet, that's weird," Lena said.
"I was interviewing lots of girls, I just told her I was asking the same questions I ask all of them.. which I do at the beginning," Craig said.
"Where is Richard then?" Lena asked.
"He's gone back to his ship to sort out the supplies, he's going to let us choose what food we want," Craig replied.
"Lovely, organise a senior staff meeting tonight. Everyone should have their say," Lena said.
"What are we going to do about the Jessie and her dad thing?" Craig asked.
"I need to think about that, there's something I have to do first," Lena replied. She left the Ready Room. Craig eventually followed.
Kiara, Naomi, Yasmin, Bryan and Nikki were all quietly working while Doctor Jones was busy writing something on the board.
"Kiara, are you mad about the Pulse thing still?" Bryan asked quietly.
"Nope, there's plenty more things to be mad at," Kiara whispered in response.
"Like what?" Bryan asked.
"Like the whole scene back at Christmas," Kiara replied.
"Ooh, what happened at Christmas?" Yasmin asked.
"Nothing you'd be interested in," Kiara replied.
"Then it must be something us normal people would be interested in then," Naomi said.
"Nah," Kiara said.
"Come on, what happened?" Naomi asked.
Bryan blushed, so did Kiara. "Nothing," Bryan replied.
"That blush says everything, did you two have a try of the mistletoe?" Naomi asked.
"Huh?" Yasmin and Nikki said.
"Explain later," Naomi whispered.
"Of course not, why would we?" Kiara replied.
"Yes you did, you two did some smoochy," Naomi said in a teasing voice.
Yasmin pulled a face, Nikki just giggled. "That's just gross," Yasmin muttered.
"Yeah gross, how could you suggest such a thing," Kiara said quickly.
"If you think it's gross then I think it's gross," Bryan said in a stroppy voice.
"Oh good going Bryan," Kiara said angrily.
"Kiara and Bryan sitting in a tree, K I S S I N G," Naomi sang. She and Nikki laughed. Yasmin just continued to pull faces.
Doctor Jones turned around. "Will you please concentrate. You need to know this."
"Yeah sure, like we're going to need to know about plants and how they live when we live in space," Naomi said.
"There are plants on the ship," Doctor Jones said.
"Doesn't mean that we're all going to have a planty job, does it," Naomi said.
"Just take notes," Doctor Jones muttered.
"Ok, say Janeway's a whore," Duncan said.
"Hehe," Sasha laughed.
"Daneway pix nose," Johnathan said.
"Eeeew," Duncan moaned.
"Boo boo," Sasha giggled.
"Boo boo sounds nothing like Janeway or whore," Duncan said.
"Daneway pix nose," Johnathan repeated.
Lena walked into the bay, "James! I know you're here!"
James slowly appeared from behind one of the crates. "What are you doing here?"
"Good question, answer it," Lena replied as she went closer to the crate.
"Isn't it obvious?" James said.
"Kinda, you're here to stop yourself from killing more people," Lena said.
"Close enough," James said. He disappeared behind the crate again.
Lena went over to the crate, she leaned on it so she could look over it. "Look you've been in here a week, voluntarily. I don't think you're going to kill anyone else."
James looked up at Lena briefly, he looked back down at the ground. "Ok, what about Craig.. I killed him."
"Yeah, well if you were really still evil you'd be out killing now. You wouldn't of locked yourself in here," Lena said.
"Lena.. I'm staying here, it's for everyone's safety. I seem fine for a while then something happens that makes me go evil again. There's no point," James said.
"So you're just going to stay here forever?" Lena asked.
"No, I just need more time just in case I haven't calmed down yet. This is not helping," James replied.
Lena stood up fully, "fine. I'll come back later."
"Who told you I was here anyway? Emma, Craig?" James asked.
"That doesn't matter.. wait, Craig saw you?" Lena replied.
"I think he thought it was me, he couldn't of saw me it was too dark. He just ran out," James said.
"Why the hell did he not mention it, see you later," Lena muttered. She rushed out.
Richard was sitting at a table with Craig. "So when is my daughter coming?" Richard asked.
"Lena's gone to get her, she told me when I was on my way here," Craig replied.
"So is there anything you can tell me?" Richard asked.
"I think she should tell you everything, instead of me," Craig replied.
Lena came out of the turbolift, she went over to Tactical where Jessie was sitting. "Hey Jess."
"Hi, what's up?" Jessie said.
"Well it turns out that the girl Richard's looking for is you," Lena said.
"Really? How do I know him then?" Jessie asked.
"Well.. you kinda don't know him. You were only a few weeks old when you last saw him," Lena replied.
"So why is he looking for me?" Jessie asked.
"Well I guess the only way to say is to say it. He's your dad," Lena replied.
Jessie laughed, "yeah right. He scarpered as soon as he found out my mum was pregnant."
"Well I guess your foster mum got the wrong idea, he actually got trapped in a Game Cube," Lena said.
"That sounds better, but he probably just says that to sound better. It's probably not even him," Jessie said.
"Really, maybe you should talk to him about that," Lena said.
"Look I doubt it's him, Lena. Why would the adoption people tell my foster mum a lie?" Jessie said.
"Your real mum probably told them a lie so she could give you to them. Besides he met with your real mum two years ago. It's not convenient that the other twin on this ship fell out with the other twin over a guy. You're definitely the daughter of Richard," Lena said.
"Me and Dannielle didn't fall out over James, we never liked each other anyway," Jessie said.
"Yeah well, the other twin actually knew her twin all her life," Lena said.
"Lena, it's not my dad," Jessie said.
"Ok, if you're not sure we can do a DNA scan. There's recent transporter logs of Richard to compare with yours," Lena said.
"Fine, but I'm telling you he's not my dad," Jessie said.
Johnathan crawled into the room, he went straight over to Doctor Jones. He tugged on his trouser leg. Doctor Jones looked down. "Johnathan, how did you get out of the nursery? Oh sorry, you can't talk yet.. you can't.."
"Daneway pix er nose," Johnathan said.
"I can't say I'm surprised," Yasmin muttered.
Doctor Jones groaned, he tapped his commbadge. "Jones to Torres, Johnathan's just spoke his first words.. I think."
In: "Great, what did he say?"
"Too be honest, he just said his first rumour," Doctor Jones replied.
In: "Oh dear god no"
Doctor Jones tapped his commbadge, "Jones to Paris. Johnathan's just said his first rumour."
In: "Aaaw, that's my boy."
Doctor Jones shook his head, Johnathan just laughed.
Lena and Jessie walked through the doors. Jessie stopped abruptly, Lena stopped and turned to her. "Are you ok?"
"What am I going to say, I mean this guy could of abandoned me," Jessie replied.
"But if he abandoned you he wouldn't of tried to look for you," Lena said.
"Yeah true, but you remember what happened when James went through a similar thing," Jessie said.
"Similar but different, don't worry. I'll go first. I'll introduce you," Lena said.
"Thanks, right behind you," Jessie said.
Lena went over to Richard and Craig, Jessie slowly followed behind. "Craig, you can go now," Lena said.
"Right, see ya around," Craig said as he stood up. He headed to the door furthest away.
Richard looked up at Lena. "So will you at least tell me my daughter's name?"
Lena looked behind her nervously, "yeh I will." She stepped backwards so Jessie was more in Richard's sight. "Richard, this is Jessie."
"Jessica, that's right. This is quite embarrassing," Richard said. He quickly stood up. "Strange, I don't know what to say."
"I'm sure you had plenty of time to think of something," Jessie said quietly.
"Yeah well he probably forgot it.." Lena said. She noticed Richard giving her a funny look. "Ok, me go now, happy catching up." She quickly rushed out of the same door Craig did.
"I can't believe this, I can't believe you're my daughter. You're so pretty," Richard said.
"Yeah, well I can't help that," Jessie said.
"Sit down, we have to catch up," Richard said. Jessie shrugged and she sat down, Richard followed suit. "I heard that Dannielle was chosen over you, it's so typical of your mum."
"What do you mean?" Jessie asked.
"I know it's not nice but Rachel preferred Dannielle, but to tell you the truth you were my favourite," Richard replied.
"We were twins, what was so different about us back then?" Jessie asked.
"You'll think I'm sick or something for this reason, but the reason why I preferred you was because when it was my time to babysit.. you were quieter. Dannielle used to cry so much just because I was in the room I guess," Richard replied.
"Were you about thirteen-ish when you had us, like mum?" Jessie asked.
"Well no, I was nearly twenty. Your mum told me she was eighteen, coming on nineteen. The day I got trapped in the Game Cube was the day I found out she was only fourteen. She was an old looking fourteen year old," Richard replied.
"She must of developed early like I did," Jessie said.
"Are you kidding, you don't look twenty nine. You look early twenties," Richard said.
"Are you just complimenting me to suck up?" Jessie asked.
"No of course not," Richard replied.
"Ok, then it's ok to be the opposite of modest then," Jessie said.
"You know I wasn't surprised that Rachel thought I'd left her. It was a good thing I found out about her age.. but not on that day, too much convenience. If I hadn't of found out I probably wouldn't of gone out and got trapped in that Game. Of course we would of got married after that, if we had of you wouldn't of been put into adoption. I'm sorry about that," Richard said.
"Nah, my foster mum was really nice.. so was all her other adopted daughters," Jessie said.
"Doesn't it bother you that the only time you saw your sister, was when you had a fight over some guy she was going to marry?" Richard asked.
"We didn't have a fight, not the first time we met anyway," Jessie replied.
"So typical of twins though, to fight over a guy who's not worth it," Richard said.
"He's my best friend, he was worth it. I didn't fight with her cos I wanted him, it was cos I was defending him. Mum did tell you it was an arranged engagement, right?" Jessie said.
"Yes she did, both sides weren't so happy about it. But Dannielle seemed to like the lad when she met him," Richard said.
"Yeah, too bad for her. She's probably married now, right?" Jessie said.
"I don't know, according to Rachel she went up to Durham and never came back. It was around about the same time a Game Cube landed in that area. Supposedly she went up there to find her so called fiancée. Goodness knows where he went to," Richard said.
"Sure, whatever.." Jessie muttered.
"From what I heard he wasn't a very nice guy, there was an incident in the Trafford centre. You know the old one, remember? I'm so glad one of my daughters didn't marry him, he's nothing but trouble," Richard said.
Jessie laughed nervously, "let's change the subject please."
"Why, oh I'm sorry. He was your friend, I'm sorry," Richard said.
"Best friend, dad. I can call you that right," Jessie said.
"Well of course. I hope you aren't friends with him still, nasty piece of work he is," Richard said.
"Kinda yeah," Jessie said.
"Kinda? Oh I get it, you joined the Marquis and never saw him again, didn't you? See my memory's terrible," Richard said.
"No.. kinda in another way," Jessie said.
"He joined the Marquis and died?" Richard said questioningly.
"Dad!?" Jessie snapped.
"I take it that was the one," Richard said.
"No, he's still alive. I just don't know where he is now," Jessie said.
"I see. Well, maybe we should talk about something else," Richard said.
"Yeah, good idea," Jessie said.
"So, do I have any grandchildren.. are you married?" Richard asked.
"First one," Jessie replied.
"You're not married, but you have kids," Richard muttered slowly.
"Didn't you?" Jessie said.
"Great, my grandchildren are b***ards, great," Richard muttered.
"There's nothing wrong with that," Jessie said.
"Your mum and I were going to marry, I don't see what your excuse is," Richard said.
"It's complicated," Jessie said.
"I don't want you to make the same mistake as me, who's the father?" Richard asked.
"Er.. doesn't matter. Let's get you a drink, coffee? Maybe some alcohol?" Jessie replied nervously.
"I don't believe this. What kind of sick man knocks up a girl, how many times?" Richard said.
"I'm not going to answer that," Jessie muttered.
"Ok, what kind of sick man knocks up a girl at least once and refuses to marry her. I hope all the children are from the same guy," Richard said angrily.
"Yeah, I'm not a whore," Jessie said quietly.
"Where is he then, who is he?" Richard asked as he stood up, with a menacing glare on his face.
"Dad, it doesn't matter," Jessie replied.
"Who is he, and where is he!?" Richard yelled, looking more scary by the minute. A few people nearby backed away, some even ran out in fear.
"Well remember the part where I said I don't know where he is?" Jessie said nervously.
"You mean you slept with the boy that your twin sister was going to marry, and you said you didn't want him!" Richard yelled.
"Um, yeah kinda. He isn't as bad as you think," Jessie said quietly.
"That guy killed two Cardassians for no reason, Jessica, you slept with a murderer. Did you not know about it or something?" Richard yelled.
"Firstly, yeah I did. Secondly, please god stop yelling," Jessie replied.
"This is unacceptable. I'll find him and I'll kill him!" Richard yelled. He stormed out of the Mess Hall.
"Good luck with that," Jessie muttered.
Tom had Johnathan on his knee, feeding him some chocolate milkshake. B'Elanna was standing nearby frowning with her arms folded.
"I can't believe it, my son is a gossip," B'Elanna muttered.
"Yeah it's about time we had one," Tom said.
"Hey," Bryan moaned. Kiara patted him on the shoulder.
"It's nothing to worry about, he probably won't be. He probably just saw her do it," Doctor Jones said.
"Really, kids learn words from people around them. He probably heard someone say it and told you. Gossips do that," B'Elanna said.
"B'Elanna, there's nothing wrong with gossips. Hell I'm kind of one," Tom said.
"Tom.. firstly there is something wrong with being a gossip. Secondly, stop saying swear words in front of a kid that's just learned to talk," B'Elanna said.
"Oops, sorry," Tom muttered.
"Nah Tom's right, gossips are the kind of people who socialise right. Bryan's the complete opposite, not a gossip and let's face it, a silent loser," Naomi said.
"I think it's better to be a non gossip than an enormous slut like you," Kiara snapped.
"I am neither of those, take it back!" Naomi yelled.
"No, you take back what you said about Bryan," Kiara said.
"Girls, don't fight," Bryan muttered.
"Shut up Bryan! Can I join in?" Yasmin asked.
"No!" Kiara and Naomi yelled.
"Look all you pack it in, the only one who's weird is Yasmin and you all know it," Tom said.
"Is weird good or bad?" Yasmin asked.
"Ok settle down, this is a classroom not a war room," Doctor Jones said.
"Isn't that the same thing?" Nikki asked.
"No sweetie, you're just getting mixed up with playgrounds," Naomi replied.
"Sweetie? Ookay," Kiara said.
"Ok all of you stop it, there's a baby here.. try and set a good example," Doctor Jones said.
"If you don't, I'll smack you all," B'Elanna said.
"Hehe, get the fight started B'Elanna," Yasmin said.
B'Elanna rolled her eyes, "come on, let's get Johnathan back to the nursery."
"Sure," Tom said. He stood up with Johnathan in his arms. He and B'Elanna walked out.
"I'm confused, did Janeway really pick her nose?" Yasmin asked.
"Unless she stuffed coffee in her nose by accident, I doubt it," Doctor Jones replied.
"I wasn't supposed to tell anyone, but I really couldn't keep it in anymore," Emma said as she and Harry walked down the corridor.
"What then?" Harry said questioningly.
"James is hiding in one of the Cargo Bays," Emma said, just as Richard passed by.
Richard turned around and he quickly went in front of Emma and Harry which stopped them. "Where did you say he was?"
"I'm not telling you, I don't even know who you are," Emma said.
"I'm Jessica Annet's dad, I need to see this James character," Richard said.
"He's in Cargo Bay Three," Harry said.
"Harry! Why did you do that?" Emma asked angrily.
"I don't really like him, let's go," Harry replied. He continued down the corridor, Emma followed him looking pi**ed off.
"Computer where is Cargo Bay Three?" Richard asked.
little while later, Cargo Bay Three:
Richard stormed through the doors, he looked around the whole bay until he finally found his prey. James was in the same place Lena found him at earlier, this time he was leaning against the crate, asleep. Sitting right next to him were the sunglasses he always wears now. Richard angrily stepped on them, the sound of the breakage woke James up.
"Who the hell are you?" James asked as he looked up at Richard.
"Never mind that. Do you think you could just knock up my daughter and get away with not marrying her!" Richard yelled.
"You got the wrong guy, whoever your daughter is I haven't slept with her. Ok?" James said.
"Does the name Jessica Annet ring a bell in that small brain of yours?" Richard yelled.
"Oh, you're Jessie's dad," James said.
"Yes, and you are going to pay for doing this to my daughter!" Richard yelled.
James stood up, as he did he noticed the broken sun glasses. "Ok, why take it out on those. I need them."
"Is that all you care about, you moron?" Richard yelled.
"Wait a minute, let me get this straight. You're Jessie's dad," James said.
"Yes, are you stupid?" Richard yelled.
"The guy who hasn't been in her life whatsoever, the guy who knocked up a girl at thirteen, right?" James said.
"That's different, I was going to marry her mother until I noticed her real age. It's more than you'll ever do," Richard said angrily.
"So you think you can just pop back into Jessie's life after twenty nine years, and pick a fight with me?" James asked.
"She's my daughter, and I have to protect her from the likes of you. You got my girl pregnant at least once, refused to marry her about ten years after you refused to marry my other daughter. I'm going to kill you!" Richard screamed as he pointed up at James' face.
"Uh huh, well I care about Jessie a lot. I have to protect her too, and you know something.. you caught me at a really bad time," James said.
"Oh really, what are you going to do little boy?" Richard asked.
"Little? I'm bigger than you," James replied.
"In height, but that's it," Richard said.
"Can I just double check? You're Jessie's father right, just in case," James said.
"Just in case of what, yes I am her father," Richard said.
"Ok," James said. He smacked Richard in the face, just lightly though. Richard stumbled backwards into another crate. James just sat back down and tried to get back to sleep. Richard left the bay with his hand across the side of his face.
of Part I
the Ready Room:
Kathryn and her coffee were sitting on the couch sharing a special moment together when the door rudely chimed. "Come in!" she yelled.
Richard came in. "Sorry to disturb you Captain, the other Captain wasn't in her office so.."
"No it's all right. Come in," Kathryn said.
Richard went over to the sofa. "Do you know that your other Captain has a killer on her ship?"
"If we're thinking about the same one, then yes," Kathryn replied.
"How my daughter could of dated a psychopath is beyond me," Richard said.
Kathryn sighed, "so you found out who her fiancée is, huh?"
"What, they are engaged?" Richard asked.
"Yes, she didn't tell you I take it," Kathryn replied.
"So what the hell is that psycho doing in the Cargo Bay?" Richard asked.
"Cargo Bay, well that solves one mystery," Kathryn muttered.
"Indeed, what does she see in him?" Richard asked.
"Can I just stop you there, I don't like people talking about my son that way," Kathryn replied.
"You're kidding right? Why did you raise your son that way?" Richard asked.
"Technically I didn't, believe me if I raised him he'd probably be a lot better," Kathryn replied.
"I don't understand.. both of my daughters fought over him, both of them have been engaged to him, he's the father of my grandchildren. Could this day get any worse?" Richard said as he sat down beside Kathryn.
"I know he seems like a nasty piece of work now, but he's really a sweet lad.. not to me anyway. They both love each other very much, you have nothing to worry about," Kathryn said.
"I'll take your word for it. So, what can you tell me about my grandchildren?" Richard asked.
"Well the oldest is Duncan, he's two in April, he's very much like his dad.. protective, badly behaved, sweet, funny, and a little hyperactive," Kathryn replied.
"His dad didn't seem funny, sweet or hyperactive when I met him," Richard said.
"A lot's happened recently, it's hard to explain it to someone who wasn't around then. Anyway Sasha's nearly five months old, she's cute, quiet, not exactly shy though, and she's always good when I see her," Kathryn said.
"Just like her mum was," Richard muttered.
"Really? I can never imagine Jessie quiet and good," Kathryn said. Richard didn't look to happy as he glanced at her. "No offense."
"No it's ok, children grow up. Probably being around her so called best friend made her into what she is now," Richard said.
"They're still best friends, Richard. They're just very close as well," Kathryn said.
"So, when's the wedding?" Richard asked.
"To be honest they haven't set a date yet, they got engaged a second time seven months ago so you'd think they would of," Kathryn replied.
"Second time?" Richard said questioningly.
"Well Jessie turned evil and threw away the engagement band, when she recovered he proposed again. Ooops, did I say the evil part?" Kathryn mumbled.
"Oh.. why did she turn evil? Witches like her can't turn evil unless.." Richard asked.
"You know she's a witch?" Kathryn replied.
"Her mum was a witch, the whole female half of the Annet family are witches," Richard said.
"Ah, I see. I noticed Sasha, well the future one, had witch powers but she wasn't a natural witch," Kathryn said.
"Really? There must be something in your side of the family that overpowered the witch gene," Richard said.
"Well she is a Chosen Slayer, that might have something to do with it," Kathryn said.
"My grandchildren are Chosen Slayers? Wow," Richard said in amazement.
"Yes well they got that from their father," Kathryn said.
"Oh, that isn't as good. My daughter's a witch and she is going to marry a Chosen Slayer. That isn't good," Richard said.
"How so?" Kathryn said.
"You said it just before, Sasha is a Chosen Slayer with witch powers. Until she grows up there will be people after her, a Slayer with extra abilities is nearly unstoppable," Richard said.
"Yes we've had people trying to kidnap the two of them before," Kathryn said. The door chimed again. "Come in!"
Lena rushed in, "mum there's something I have to tell you." She then noticed Richard. "Oh, I'll come back later."
"No it's all right," Richard said. He stood up, he walked passed Lena. "We'll speak later."
"Right," Kathryn said.
Lena watched Richard leave the room. She went over to the sofa. "So getting to know your future brother in law?" Lena said.
"Well more like trying to calm him down about James. What is it you wanted to tell me?" Kathryn asked.
"Well I know where James is, he's in Cargo Bay Three," Lena replied.
"I know, Richard told me," Kathryn said. The door chimed again. Kathryn sighed, "come in."
Phoebe strolled in. "Hey did you know there's a rumour going around about you?"
"Me? What kind of rumour?" Kathryn asked.
"That you picked your nose," Phoebe replied.
"Ugh, that's not true," Kathryn said.
"Wooh good," Lena muttered.
"What kind of person would start off a rumour like that?" Kathryn asked herself.
"Tom's son, Johnathan supposedly," Phoebe replied.
"Oh great, more like Tom Junior," Kathryn muttered.
"I'd better go," Lena said. She headed towards the door.
"Lena, which Cargo Bay is James in again?" Kathryn asked.
"Three, Enterprise one," Lena replied. She walked out.
"Is it just me or is he always in an angsty mood?" Phoebe asked.
"No not always. He's like that when he's around me most of the time," Kathryn replied.
"He still hasn't forgiven you about that whole leaving him with his dad thing?" Phoebe asked.
"Nope, I don't blame him either.. but at the same time I wish he'd just calm down," Kathryn replied.
"If you want I'll talk to him," Phoebe said.
"Oh yes that will help," Kathryn said sarcastically.
"No it's ok, leave it to me. I'm a more people person than you are," Phoebe said. She walked out.
"Oh thanks," Kathryn grumbled. She got back to her coffee.
little while later, Enterprise's Conference Room:
All of the main cast, excluding James, Phoebe, and all the ones that are at school, were sitting at the table.
"Why aren't we using Voyager's like we usually do?" Tom asked.
"Because this one looks better," Kathryn replied.
"This one has a replicator," Chakotay whispered.
Kathryn glared at him, she drank one of the many cups of coffee she had. "Commander Harris has agreed to trade food supplies for the dilithium he wants. Feel free to tell us what kind of food you want."
"Decaf coffee," Neelix said quietly. Lena nodded, she made note of it on the PADD.
"Cherry Coke, of course," Emma said.
"But it's an alien freighter," Lena said.
"You put down decaf coffee," Emma said.
"What!" Kathryn growled.
"Shhh," Lena shushed.
"It's ok Captain, the decaf is for everyone but you," Neelix said.
"Good," Kathryn said.
"I'll put down Cherry Coke just in case," Lena said.
"I think I speak for everyone here that we should request anything that isn't purple, pink, blue or any illuminous colours," Tom said.
"Hell yeah," nearly everyone said. Everyone else just nodded.
"And everything that needs to be cooked should be given to Sandi's kitchen, not Neelix's," Harry said.
"Hey!" Neelix protested.
"Thanks Harry," Sandi said.
"Yeh, can I have my cake now?" Harry asked quietly.
Sandi pulled out a small container, she passed it to Harry. He opened it up and took out a chocolate cake.
"Bribery," Neelix said angrily.
"No, we had a competition where the winner would bring it up and get a cake," Sandi said.
"I got second place, where's my muffin?" Tom asked.
"Oh sorry," Sandi replied. She brought out another container, and she passed to Tom.
"Ok, if that's all I'll just make a brief announcement. Thanks to Tom's son a rumour has spread around both ships, I assure you.. it's not true!" Kathryn said, getting louder by the word.
"Bish," a small voice said from underneath the table.
Kathryn gasped, "who was that?"
"Sounded like a baby.. possibly a girl," Kevin said.
"Phew, it's not mine then," Tom sighed.
"Don't look at me, my girl never says swear words," Danny said.
"Er, exactly," Ian said nervously. Danny turned to him, she smacked him across the head.
"I demand to know who called me a b**ch!" Kathryn yelled as she stood up, hands on her hips.
"B**ch," the voice said.
"Shhh, stupid kid," Duncan's voice said, also from under the table.
At the same time everyone looked under the table. They saw Duncan trying to cover Sasha's mouth. He spotted everyone looking. "Uhoh," he muttered.
Sasha pushed Duncan's hand off, "b**ch!"
Everyone sat straight back up, they all glanced at Jessie. She covered her face with her hand. "Son of a b**ch," she said underneath her hand.
"Ha, mine's not the worst child now," Tom said. B'Elanna rolled her eyes.
"Great, my granddaughter's first word is b**ch. That was James' first word too," Kathryn moaned as she sat back down.
"I thought it was vodka," Lena said.
"Second," Kathryn muttered.
"With a relative like her no wonder b**ch was James and Sasha's first words," Tom whispered to Harry and B'Elanna.
"I heard that Mr Paris!" Kathryn yelled.
"Uhoh," Tom muttered.
"As a matter of fact, James said b**ch to his stepmum, not me," Kathryn said.
"Yeah yeah," everyone, including Duncan, said.
Kathryn fumed. "I hate you all!" She stormed out of the room.
Cargo Bay Three:
Phoebe walked into the bay, she bumped straight into James. "Maybe I should set up a reception, I'm getting a lot of visitors recently," he said.
"Good for you. Hopefully I'm more straight forward than the other visitors," Phoebe said.
"Ok, what do you want?" James asked.
"Well I'm kinda here on your mum's behalf.. but she didn't want me to come," Phoebe replied.
"What's she moaning about now? Not as many guys are falling for her general sluttines?" James said.
"See that's it, right there. That's the problem," Phoebe said.
"Thought so," James said.
"No, I mean your attitude towards her. Yeah I know what she did was bad, but it's made you who you are. Let's face it, god knows where you'd be, who you'd be, and who you'd be with if she raised you. You could of ended up like her," Phoebe said.
James visibly shuddered, "please don't say that again."
"Sorry," Phoebe said.
"Believe me I've had plenty of time to think about what you've just said, it isn't really the point," James said.
"Ok, what is the point?" Phoebe asked.
"The thing I'm angry about the most was that we spent about seven years on Voyager, and she didn't even bother to tell me. That's what bugs me the most. I would of been more forgiving if she'd told me as soon as she met me," James replied.
"I see your point but she was probably scared. Besides she never told me either, I'm not as mad with her as you are. I would of loved to babysit and everything. Instead she just left you with the father and never told any of us," Phoebe said.
"So what made you forgive her then?" James asked.
"She's my sister, she's family. That's what you should remember. She brought you into existence, you should be at least thankful for that," Phoebe replied.
"Yeah sure," James muttered sarcastically.
"What do you mean by yeah sure?" Phoebe asked.
"Should I be thankful for being beaten by my dad when I was three? Or should I be more thankful for being taken away from my best friends by a woman I thought was my mum?" James replied.
"I dunno, the second one's not so bad," Phoebe muttered.
"Not so bad? I tried to commit suicide, I spent several years in misery, believe it or not I was haunted by my dad, and lastly I got so angry when my step mum was murdered I killed two guys," James said.
"Oh.. yeah that's bad," Phoebe muttered.
"Yeah if Janeway had taken me to America to be raised by her, I wouldn't of met Jessie and I wouldn't be engaged with kids. But getting to where I am now was absolute hell. Do you think I should be thankful to Janeway for that?" James asked.
Phoebe sighed. "Ok firstly it's not Janeway, it's mum. Secondly, you should be thankful to her. She didn't know you'd be worse off with your dad, she did what she thought was best. It seems to me that your fiancée is the real cause of your past and now present misery."
"What are you on about?" James asked.
"Well I barely know you and I have already worked it out. You're just blinded by your infatuation with the girl to realise it yourself," Phoebe replied.
"Infatuation? That's a really good word for it Phoebe. Yeah maybe Jessie has caused me some pain in the past but I don't care. You want to know why?" James said angrily.
"Ok, why?" Phoebe replied.
"Because I love her, and I always have. A lot of people in love suffer pain like this, but it's all worth it. I mean a single girl at your age will probably never understand that," James said.
"Hey, I'm single cos I want to be!" Phoebe yelled.
"So why did you bring up Jessie like that? You never bring up things you don't understand, there's no chance you'll make any sense," James said.
"Just because I'm single doesn't mean that I have no experience," Phoebe said.
"Ok fine, go away," James said. He turned around and went back into the darkness.
"Why should I? I came here to help my sister, not have a fight with my nephew and leave it like that," Phoebe said.
"Oh you have helped your sister, I kinda hate you more than her at the moment," James said.
"Ok I know what your problem is. You hate people too easily. You don't like people challenging your opinion cos you don't like to be wrong. You are like your mother after all," Phoebe said.
James turned around and went back up to Phoebe. "You take that back."
"No, it's true isn't it. You're stubborn, easily irritated, 'never' wrong.. you are so like your mother," Phoebe said.
"If I were you I'd get out of here, you obviously don't seem to know why I came here," James said.
"No I don't, why did you come here?" Phoebe asked.
"Because I killed my sister's boyfriend out of anger and obvious evil Slayerness. I don't want to hurt anyone else, that's why I'm here," James replied.
"All right I'll leave. But just remember what I said. If you hate your mother you hate yourself," Phoebe said. She left the bay.
the Mess Hall:
Bryan walked in, he went over to the replicator. He looked around feeling like everyone's eyes were on his back. He turned around holding a plate of food, everyone's eyes were on him. He rushed over to Tom's table.
"Dad, why is everyone looking at me?" Bryan asked.
"Sandi told me that a rumour about you is going around. Something about pictures of Kiara," Tom replied.
"Pictures of Kiara? Why would I take pictures of her, I see her everyday?" Bryan asked.
"Not like what everyone thinks," Tom said, he drank some of his coffee. Bryan pulled a disgusted face.
Lena came in through the left doors. Bryan's eyes widened in horror, "dad hide me."
"Why?" Tom said questioningly. He looked around, he spotted Lena. "I doubt she knows Bry."
Lena spotted Tom and Bryan. She went over to the table. "Bryan can I talk to you?" she asked.
"Uh, no.. bye," Bryan stuttered. He ran as quickly as he could. Lena started to go after him but Tom quickly grabbed her arm as he stood up.
"Lena it's only a rumour, and he's only a kid. If you want to hit someone, hit me," Tom said.
Lena rolled her eyes. "Where would a rumour like that come from?"
"I dunno, anybody," Tom replied.
"If I find out that it's true, I will hit somebody," Lena said.
"Can I remind you Bryan's only two before you decide who to hit?" Tom said questioningly.
"Ok fine," Lena said. She went back the way she came. Tom sighed in relief.
Jessie walked through the main door, she collapsed on the sofa. Just as she did the door chimed. "Come in," she muttered.
Phoebe stuck her head through the door, she nervously walked in. "Hi, are you Jessie?"
"Uh, yeah. You're Janeway's sister right?" Jessie replied.
"That's right," Phoebe said.
"I've seen you around, how come you didn't know who I was?" Jessie asked.
"I kinda did, I just didn't want to embarrass myself," Phoebe replied.
"Oh ok," Jessie said.
"Right I just came here to tell you I'm sorry," Phoebe said.
"For what?" Jessie asked.
"I went to see your boyfriend, I made him more mad and.." Phoebe replied.
"You know where James is?" Jessie said as she stood up.
"Yeah, can I finish?" Phoebe said.
"Sure," Jessie muttered.
"We had an argument, I made him more mad. He's where he is to calm down you see," Phoebe said.
"I had a feeling, where is he?" Jessie asked.
"Well um, depends what you're going to do," Phoebe said.
"Get him out of there, that's what," Jessie said.
"Are you sure that's a good idea? I made him more angry and that's never a good thing," Phoebe said.
"I don't care, I've been stuck looking after the kids on my own.. it's killing me. And anyway I miss him," Jessie said.
"All right, he's in Cargo Bay Three," Phoebe said.
"Thanks," Jessie said. She headed for the door.
"Wait, you're going now?" Phoebe asked.
"Uh yeah," Jessie replied. She walked out, Phoebe followed her.
"Where's the kids at?" Phoebe asked.
"Nursery," Jessie replied.
"Isn't Sasha a little young for that?" Phoebe asked.
Jessie turned around. "I can't look after her on duty anymore, what am I supposed to do?" She turned back around and continued down the corridor. Phoebe sighed, she went in the opposite direction.
Kathryn was a little high on coffee when the door chimed. "Come in!"
Richard walked in. "Hi, can I talk to you for a minute?"
"Sure, wanna coffee?" Kathryn replied.
"Yes please," Richard said. He sat next to Kathryn on the sofa. She gave him a cup of coffee.
"What do you want to talk about, pet?" Kathryn asked. She giggled afterwards.
Richard laughed a little. "Have you ever went a bit nuts about who your kids go out with?"
"Hell yeah. Have you seen the guy Lena's dating?" Kathryn laughed.
"No, I don't think so," Richard said.
"Craig Anderson," Kathryn said.
"Oh him, yes I've seen him. He's a nice lad," Richard said.
"They fell out cos he got really jealous of Lena's brother. They didn't know they were brother and sister then, so you know.." Kathryn said.
"How did they not know?" Richard asked.
"Because James didn't know I was his mummy, only Chakotay did. That b***ard, he married me drunk," Kathryn replied. She had another sip of coffee.
"Ookay, I think I should drink more of this," Richard said. He finished his cup really quickly.
"Chakotay's not his daddy though, only Lena's daddy. Some other b***ard is James' daddy. He's the king of all creeps, sexist pig," Kathryn said.
"Uh yeah, can I have some more coffee?" Richard asked. Kathryn handed him one of her many flasks.
"I've fallen for some right twits over the years. First was that Riker dude, he's so pig like. And Justin, he had to go and die didn't he? James' father Peter, like I said sexist pig. Mark, he couldn't even wait seventy years for me. He waited two to three years then he went off with some hussy. And Chakotay, well he questions my every move," Kathryn ranted on.
"Yes well my girlfriend turned out to be lying about her age," Richard said.
"Relationships, what's the point?" Kathryn laughed.
"We got kids out of them," Richard said.
"Ok that's the only good part. Why can't either of us find anyone decent that won't cheat, die, be sexist and or just plain annoying? Our kids seem to be doing better," Kathryn asked.
"Yeah I noticed. My daughter's getting married to your son, your daughter's dating, and here we are with nobody," Richard said. He finished his second cup.
"Well my second daughter isn't with anyone, but I doubt she'll want to date. Hell my granddaughter's probably dating now," Kathryn said.
"Granddaughter, you don't mean Sasha do you?" Richard asked.
"No, Lena's daughter Kiara. Lovely little girl she is," Kathryn replied.
"See what I mean, everyone's got it better than us," Richard said.
"Yeah, you're a nice guy. Why can't you find anybody?" Kathryn said questioningly.
"Yes, you're a funny woman. I really don't know why you've had such bad luck," Richard said. Suddenly, out of nowhere, the two started kissing.
Chakotay walked in, "what the hell is going on here!"
Richard and Kathryn separated looking just as shocked as Chakotay. "Oh my god," Richard muttered.
"Are you not content with lying to your son about who his mum is or something. It seems pretty clear you want to screw up his wedding too," Chakotay said.
"It was just a kiss Chakotay, it's not like we've done anything else," Kathryn muttered. "Oh crap, we've ran out of coffee!"
"I'd better go, let's forget that ever happened," Richard said nervously. He rushed out.
"What did you come in here for anyway?" Kathryn asked.
"I was coming to ask you for a late dinner, but never mind," Chakotay replied. He walked out.
"Damn it," Kathryn muttered. She fell off the sofa.
James heard the bay doors opening and closing again. "All right, let's announce to the whole ship that I'm here. For crying out loud!"
"Don't mouth off at me," Jessie snapped.
James came out of the dark part of the bay. "Oh, hi Jessie."
"That's better, now let's go," Jessie said.
"That was a quick visit," James said.
"Well done, a wise crack. Now can we go?" Jessie said.
"I'm not leaving," James said.
"Why not?" Jessie asked as she folded her arms.
"Because I can't, do you want me to go all psycho on you?" James asked.
"You seem fine to me," Jessie replied.
"I always do for a while, how long will it be until I lose control again?" James said.
"So do you plan to live in the dark your whole life?" Jessie asked.
"That's what Lena asked, I told her that I'm just staying here for a little while to calm down. Then she left," James replied.
"Ah that's the difference between Lena and me. I'm more forceful and I'm not going to leave until you do," Jessie said.
"Better get a babysitter, you're going to be here for a while," James said.
"Ok, maybe a hard slap will snap you out of it. You're not evil, so stop hiding away like a little coward," Jessie said.
"This is not a cowardly act. I'm here so I don't hurt anyone else," James said.
"I don't understand. An Evil Slayer would be wandering around the ship looking for his next victim, not moping around a dark cargo bay," Jessie said.
"I know that, that's why I'm here," James said.
"You wouldn't even be here if you were evil, get my point!" Jessie yelled.
"Yeah and it's not the first time I've heard it," James said.
"Then what are you still doing here?" Jessie said.
"Look I'll leave when I know I'm in full control again," James said.
"And how will you know when you're on your own all the time?" Jessie asked.
"I've lashed out at every visitor I've had, mostly. I'll know if I stay calm during a whole visit," James replied.
"You're doing ok so far," Jessie said.
"Sorry, but I'm staying here," James said.
"Ok, we're going around in circles here. Did any of your visitors tell you that Sasha said her first word?" Jessie asked.
"No.. what was it?" James replied.
"Apparently the same word as yours," Jessie said.
"Oh, that's not good," James said.
"Look if you stay in here any longer you're going to miss a lot more than that. And besides I need you right now," Jessie said.
"Why do you need me?" James asked.
"I take it my dad never found you then," Jessie replied.
"Oh he did," James said.
"Hey I was supporting you when your dad came to Voyager, wasn't I? Can't you do the same for me?" Jessie asked.
"All right, I'm sorry. If it helps I hit him for you," James replied.
"You didn't have to do that, he didn't abandon me," Jessie said.
"I didn't hit him that hard," James muttered.
"Good, he's already got a bad impression on you. I don't want it to get worse. He obviously doesn't get that I don't care how many people you've killed," Jessie said.
"Really? You should," James said.
"Don't be stupid. You don't care that I killed lots of people myself, do you?" Jessie asked.
"No, you were evil," James said.
"So were you," Jessie said.
"So you obviously didn't tell him we're engaged," James said.
"No, didn't get a chance too. He was too busy obsessing about you being a nasty piece of work, and stuff," Jessie said.
"Well I kinda am," James said.
"Look I don't care about that. I love you and that's all that matters," Jessie said.
"Yeah I kinda said something similar to Phoebe," James said.
"See, you understand. You can turn evil every week and I'll still love you. Now, can we both leave this bay?" Jessie asked.
"Yeah ok," James replied.
They put their arm around each other as they headed out. "Wait a minute, you're scared of the dark yet you've stayed here for a week," Jessie said.
"It was only a week?" James said questioningly. Jessie just laughed.
Richard was on his way down a corridor when he ran into Danny. "Excuse me, but do you know where Jessica Annet's quarters are?"
"Sure I do, I was going there myself," Danny replied. Richard turned around and he walked with her.
"I take it you're a friend," Richard said.
"Yeah, and I take it you're her dad," Danny said.
"How did you know?" Richard asked.
"I was one of the girls Craig interviewed," Danny replied.
"Oh right," Richard said.
"Just so you know, she prefers to be called Jessie," Danny said.
"I prefer Jessica," Richard said.
"If it helps, I call her Jess sometimes," Danny said.
"That's fine, thanks," Richard said.
Danny stopped outside one of the doors, she rang the doorchime. Duncan answered the door.
"Hi Danny," Duncan said.
"Hey, where's your parents?" Danny asked.
"Ugh, too busy smooching on the sofa," Duncan groaned. He walked away. Jessie and James overheard so they stopped kissing.
Danny and Richard walked in, Richard looked a bit disgusted as he did.
"So you guys made up, made out, and made.." Danny said.
"I'll stop you there, Dan. Just the first two," Jessie said as she stood up.
"Oh all right, ruined a perfectly good joke there," Danny said.
"Good?" Richard said questioningly. Danny just giggled rudely.
"So what are you doing here dad?" Jessie asked.
"I've come to apologise," Richard said as James stood up, and stood beside Jessie. "To both of you."
"And I've come to use your bathroom, Ian's put the kids in the bath," Danny said.
"Yeah, go ahead," James said.
"Thanks," Danny said. She rushed into the bathroom.
"I shouldn't of lost my temper, I didn't know you were both engaged. Also it doesn't matter what I think, I'm sure you'll be happy together," Richard said.
"Thanks, that was sweet," Jessie said.
"Yeah, thanks," James said.
Duncan walked back into the main. "Mum, I really need to go!"
"Danny!" Jessie yelled.
"Yeah, I heard him!" Danny yelled from the bathroom.
"So, where's Sasha?" Richard asked.
"James, you'd better wake her up," Jessie said. James nodded, he went into the other room.
"I thought that it'll take a while for you to get married and such, and that you won't have anywhere to do it, so I want to give you this," Richard said. He handed Jessie a small computer chip.
"What is it?" Jessie asked.
"It's a holodeck program I made when you and Dannielle were born. I thought you could both use it to get married in," Richard replied.
"Oh, thanks dad," Jessie said.
James came into the room holding Sasha. "I thought you said her first word was vodka."
"No, I said it was the same as yours. Janeway said yours was b**ch," Jessie said.
"Oh, that makes more sense," James said.
"Oh dad's just given us a holodeck program for the wedding," Jessie said.
"That just means we have to book the holodeck," James said.
"Yeah, so?" Jessie said questioningly.
"We were going to book Sandi's Mess Hall for the day. We have to pay her for all the food. With a holoprogram we won't have to pay for as much food, snack food and alcohol can be holographic," James said.
"Yeah.. so?" Jessie said again.
"I was saving up for that, if we use the holoprogram I won't have to save up anymore," James said.
"That's great, you could get married this month," Richard said.
"Hang on dad, you did this to get us married earlier. Didn't you?" Jessie said.
"No, I made this years ago. I don't see what the problem is," Richard said.
"I don't think we're quite ready yet," James said.
"If you weren't ready why did you ever propose to her?" Richard asked.
"Our friends had a long engagement, we wanted one too," Jessie replied.
Danny emerged from the bathroom. "Don't worry folks, I washed up too.. that's why I took so long."
"I could of wet my pants, stupid," Duncan muttered. He ran into the bathroom.
"Oops, I forgot about that," Danny muttered.
"It's ok Danny, see you later," Jessie said.
"Yeah," Danny said. She walked out.
"Don't you think it's a better idea to get married soon, your kids will be called b***ards until you do," Richard said.
"They have never been called that," James said.
"Dad just understand, we'll get married when we think we're ready, not because you want us to do it soon," Jessie said.
"You're right, I'm sorry sweetie," Richard said. He went over and hugged Jessie.
"Why's my dad never apologised to me," James muttered.
Richard and Jessie separated "What did he say to you?"
"Something like 'stop crying you little wuss, grow up and be a man'," James replied.
"Uh, ok," Richard muttered.
"I was only three," James said.
"Oh," Richard said.
"His dad used to beat him," Jessie said quietly.
"Oh crap, I hope the old saying 'like father like son' isn't taken too seriously here," Richard said.
"It isn't, I'd never hurt Duncan and Sasha," James said.
"That's always good to know, I'll see you two around," Richard said. He walked out.
"I can tell he still doesn't like me," James said.
"None of your parents seemed to like me, so we're even," Jessie said.
"My stepdad liked you," James said.
"I didn't count him," Jessie said.
Richard walked in when they started kissing again. "Sorry, I'll go," Richard said nervously. He walked back out.
"Isn't it your mum that's supposed to walk in on us?" James asked.
"No that's when we sleep together, sweetie," Jessie replied.
"Ah ok," James said.
School Room 1:
Bryan and Kiara walked into the classroom. "I'll prove it right now," Bryan was saying.
"Bryan, you can't prove it, I have to. I know there's no pictures," Kiara said. She and him went to the front of the class. "Yasmin, Naomi, Nikki.. I just want you to know that the rumour about the pictures of me isn't true. If I hear anymore about it, I can do something to you with my Q powers. Ok?"
"Ah we don't care about that anymore," Naomi said.
"Ok, why not?" Bryan asked.
"According to a rumour, my mum and Jessie's dad did smoochies," Yasmin replied.
Kiara cringed, "you mean Jessie and James' parents? Oh my god!"
"I know, that's what makes it so funny," Naomi laughed.
"God this is one of those rare moments where I feel sorry for my uncle," Kiara muttered.
"Do they know?" Bryan asked.
"I dunno," Naomi replied.
"I think they do, they were the ones who kissed," Yasmin said.
"I meant Jessie and James," Bryan muttered.
"Oh, I dunno then," Yasmin said.
"I think it's best if they didn't," Kiara said.
night, Voyager, The Ready Room:
Kathryn was sitting at her desk trying to lay off the coffee. The door chimed. "Come in." Richard walked in.
"You wanted to see me," Richard said.
"Yeah. I don't know how but people on the ship know about what happened last night. If it spreads to your daughter and my son they will hate us," Kathryn said.
"Right, so what do we do?" Richard asked.
"Deny everything. I hate to do more lying to my son but it's better than the truth this time," Kathryn replied.
"It was only a kiss, we did that because we were lonely and kind of hyperactive," Richard said.
"Not the point. Your daughter and my son are getting married some time, they have children too. It was wrong, and it's best if we never speak of it again. And it's best that nothing else comes out of it," Kathryn said.
"Maybe it is wrong if we were in a serious relationship or planning to wed ourselves. It was only a drunken kiss, it doesn't mean anything," Richard said.
"So are you suggesting we tell them the truth when they find out?" Kathryn asked.
"No, I agree that they shouldn't know about it," Richard replied.
"Then what's your point?" Kathryn asked.
"Well, I know it sounds stupid but I do like you," Richard replied.
"I like you too, but it can't happen," Kathryn said.
"It's not wrong if we go on a small date every now and then, they don't have to know about it," Richard said.
"No they don't, but we're going to be brother and sister in law. Doesn't that bother you?" Kathryn asked.
"It does, that's why I'm asking you out now," Richard replied.
"It's wrong, the last thing I want is my son finding out and hating me even more," Kathryn said.
"He won't, just think of a first date as a getting to know future in laws date," Richard said.
"I could do that, if that is what it will be," Kathryn said.
"It will be, I want us to be friends," Richard said.
"Then yes, I will," Kathryn said.
"Good, what about now?" Richard asked.
Kathryn laughed, "fine."
next day, outside the nursery:
Danny, Ian, Jessie, James, Duncan, Sasha, Kirsty and Kyle were waiting inside the corridor. Kirsty and Duncan were busy playing on James' Game Boy.
"We talked last night, and we agreed on a date for the wedding," Jessie was saying.
"Great, when is it? Can I be the bridesmaid?" Danny asked.
"First, yes you can. Second, first Saturday of April," Jessie replied.
"I guess since your dad is back he'll be the best man. I was hoping to return the favour cos James did it for ours," Ian mumbled.
"I'm sorry Ian, I wish you could be but my dad'll insist," Jessie said.
"Jess, no offense to him, but he can't give you away. He's only known you for in total a month," James said.
"Nah Jessie's right, he should be the best man. I'm sure Ian can do something else," Danny said.
"I know, why don't both of us walk you down. Then since I'm the other best man I can arrange the bachelor party," Ian said.
"Do we have to have a bachelor party?" James asked.
"Yep, we didn't have one for mine. It was basically a party in Las Vegas," Ian replied.
"I kinda like the idea of both you and my dad being the best men," Jessie said.
"Me too, it'll be cute," Danny said.
Tom, B'Elanna and Johnathan came down the corridor. Sasha pointed at Tom and said, "b**ch."
"Thank you Sasha," Tom grumbled.
The doors to the nursery opened, the nursery teacher popped her head through the door. "Ok, kids you can come in now." All the kids went into the nursery. The six parents went down seperate corridors.
"Sasha's right you know," Danny laughed.
"Yep," Jessie said.
"So are you going to duty today, skiver?" Ian asked.
"I may, if I'm bored enough," James replied.
"We have to see my dad first, I'm going to tell him the date of the wedding," Jessie said.
"And then you'll tell Janeway," Danny said.
"Will we?" James said questioningly.
"Well yeah, she's your mum. And she's the only one on board that can legally marry us," Jessie said.
"Why didn't anyone warn me sooner?" James asked.
"Cos only she and Chakotay knew I think. She was a bit scared that's why," Ian replied.
"I meant the legally marry us bit," James said.
"Oh right," Ian laughed. He and Danny went off down a different corridor.
Jessie and James stopped outside Richard's quarters. Jessie rang the doorchime. "Let's just hope you didn't inherit your sleeping in thing off your dad," James said.
"You're worse than me," Jessie said. She rang the doorchime again. "I'd better go in and wake him. You may as well wait in the main room."
"Good idea, let me hack," James said. He fiddled with the panel next to the door. The door opened. They both walked in. Jessie went over to the only bedroom door.
"Dad, I need to talk to you," Jessie said as she did. The door opened, she stopped suddenly. "Oh my god!" she gasped.
James rushed over to her, "what, what's wrong?" He stopped at her side, "oh dear god."
What were Jessie and James shocked about? Has anybody actually guessed? How did the teens find out about Richard and Janeway's kiss anyway? Did Johnathan spread the rumour about the pictures of Kiara? Why did it take so long for me to write this? And did Richard's ship have any Cherry Coke supplies? *drools*
Find out the answers to just one of these questions in the next installment of Fifth Voyager!
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