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The New Earth colony is plunged into darkness after a heavy storm, Voyager meanwhile becomes under threat by a new foe.
13th, 15th & 16th September 2003
12th & 18th July 2013
February - March 2372 (mid season 2)
Chakotay was busy sanding a bit of wood, Lisa was busy sunbathing and Ian was busy doing nothing. Kathryn emerged from the shelter, "I'm going to check the insect traps in beta four." She spotted Chakotay, she made her way over to him. "Oh, what are you up to now?"
"Making headboards," Chakotay replied.
"Headboards?" Kathryn said.
"I noticed you sometimes sit up in your bed to read. I figured you could use a comfortable back rest," Chakotay said.
Ian sniggered, "he sees her in bed, hmm."
"Shut up," Chakotay snapped.
Kathryn ignored them, "that's very thoughtful Chakotay. You've done so many things to make our lives easier here." She sat down near one of the trees, "the cooking for example, I hate to cook."
Chakotay put his sander down, he stood in front of Kathryn. "But what I do makes you uncomfortable, doesn't it? Everytime I add a personal touch to the shelter, you resist it."
"Sometimes it feels as though you've given up, that your focused on making a home here instead of finding a cure that'll let us leave," Kathryn said.
"I can't sacrifice the present waiting for a future that may never happen. The reality of this situation is that we may never leave here. So yes, I'm trying to make a home, something that's more than a plain grey box," Chakotay said.
"Someday I may have to let go," Kathryn smiled, she held out her hand. Chakotay took it and helped her up. "But not today ok." She headed off into the woods, "anyway I have a feeling, today might be the day I make a break through." Chakotay got back to work as she disappeared from sight.
"You can tell she's got coffee access again, right Chucks," Ian said.
Chakotay shook his head, "yes whatever."
"Seriously though, how's things getting on with her?" Ian asked as he went over to Chakotay.
Chakotay groaned, "well enough, now I know this is about the bet so you can cut it out."
Lisa sat up, she took off her sunglasses, "ok I knew it wasn't just me, is it getting darker?"
Chakotay and Ian glanced at each other, Ian looked up in the sky. "Yeah, it looks like it's going to rain."
It got very windy really quickly, Lisa stood up despite her hair blowing in her face. "Why is it always windy when it rains, really annoying." The whole sky clouded over, the whole area went as dark as night.
Chakotay pulled out a tricorder, "get inside, it's a plasma storm."
"What about Janeway?" Lisa questioned.
"I'll go and find her, you two just get inside," Chakotay said.
Ian meekly put his hand up, "has anyone seen James and Jess around?"
Lisa battled to open one of the doors, "they're inside stupid."
"It was just a question," Ian muttered as he headed towards the other shelter. He opened the door easily, well it nearly blew off in the process. "Oh crap," he groaned.
"What the hell is going on?" James asked.
"Storm, windy, help me close the door!" Ian yelled. James went over to the door, he helped close the door easily. Ian stared at him, "would you stop doing that, it's really embarrassing."
"Doing what? You wanted me to help," James said.
little while later:
Lisa was underneath one of the tables, the door flew open suddenly. Kathryn and Chakotay stumbled inside, they both joined Lisa under the table.
"By the way, a few cups and stuff have fallen on the floor. Storm's fault," Lisa said.
"I know it doesn't matter, just stay here until it's over," Chakotay said.
A coffee flask fell on the floor, coffee leaked on the floor. Kathryn's eyes widened in horror, "ohno the coffee, nooo." Chakotay tried to stop her reaching for it. She looked like she was going to cry.
an hour later:
One of the shelter doors opened up, Chakotay, Kathryn and Lisa stepped out of. Chakotay and Kathryn started checking all of the equipment that was lying around. The other shelter door opened up, Ian fell out of it as it did.
"Who designed these doors?" Ian moaned from the ground.
James and Jessie ignored him, they both stepped over him. "That's it, I officially hate this place," James said.
"What did you lose?" Lisa muttered questioningly.
"Nothing," James replied. Jessie glanced over at him with a raised eyebrow. "Ok, Mr Pointy my favourite knife, that was on the window and blew away."
Lisa tried her best not to laugh, "I'll try to hold myself back there."
"That's what Danny said," Jessie muttered.
"Hey, my headboard has a knife through it!" Chakotay yelled.
James went over to him, he pulled a knife out of the headboard. He placed it against his chest like he was hugging it.
"Ok, what is wrong with that guy?" Lisa asked.
Jessie shrugged, "well he hates cuddly toys, in my opinion you've got to love some kind of object. You know like Ian loves his Disney CDs."
Ian tried not to cry, "my CD collection is partially ruined."
"None of the equipment is salvageable either," Kathryn said. She stood up, "there's no way I can continue to do my research."
"I'm sorry," Chakotay said.
Kathryn turned around, "well that's one way of letting go."
41, the FVDA
It was a 'normal' day off for the FVDA crew, four were all playing a game of pool. Johnny was meanwhile sitting around just sorting his hair out.
Damien leaned on the pool table, he aimed and then fired, the ball hit Justin right in the face. "Oh I'm sorry Justin," Damien said, not meaning it at all.
"Damien, we're never going to win this way," Gareth said.
"I know, I don't really care," Damien said.
The ship shook violently as Myleene was about to take a shot, all of the balls went into their closer hole. "Yey I won!"
"Oh screw it," Damien groaned, he smacked Justin over the head with the cue.
"What's going on?" Johnny asked.
"I have no idea, never seen them before," Damien replied. He turned around, "get to your station you bimbo."
Johnny sheepishly went over to the Tactical, "sorry."
"They're hailing," Myleene said.
"Fine, let's chat to them. Johnny, while they're distracted destroy them," Damien ordered.
Johnny cringed. Damien then noticed the viewscreen was already on.
The man on the screen stared menacingly at the FVDA crew. "You, you have trespassed in our space. Explain!"
"Well you see, I don't care," Damien replied.
"You should care. All diversity must be eliminated. Your trespassing has only just shortened the time you had."
Damien looked around his bridge in confusion. "I think you must be mistaken. There's nothing diverse about these lot. They're all just as annoying and overrated."
A woman appeared on the screen to whisper to the man. He smiled, "I see. Only some will spared. The rest of you are outdated, no longer relevant."
"Oh, I guess this episode is ten years old now," Damien thoughtfully said. He shook his head. "I imagine I'd be the one who's setting your diversity scanner off, I'm as unique as they come. So no eliminating today."
"Episode?" the man seemed confused.
"Oh, that part you comment on," Johnny Junior groaned.
Justin seemed more than happy to explain. "Voyager, Fifth Voyager, you'll find it somewhere nearby."
"I see. I've never heard of it. It must be evil as only well known things have meaning," the man smiled evilly. "I'll spare you for now. Allow me to introduce myself. I am Jeeve Stobs, the CEO of Assuming Popular equals Perfection, Litigate Everyone, otherwise known as Apple."
"We're going to get sued," Damien muttered under his breath. "Or at least mindless fanboys flapping their gums."
"Impossible," Jeeve's voice boomed. "You assume people know of your deeds, your episodes remain unseen. You are harmless."
Damien narrowed his eyes. "My episodes? Harmless? Johnny, what did I tell you!?"
Jeeve laughed bitterly. "You are apart of this series, are you not? Do not concern yourselves yet, destroying this Voyager should end your pitiful existence as well."
The crew looked at Damien as his words sunk in, even his smugness couldn't reach him. "I never thought of that. Damn fourth walls."
"What happened to the first three?" Myleene looked confused.
"All things diverse and lesser known must be destroyed, in order to leave room for more important things. Join us, follow us and preach our brilliance, or die with your protagonists. Only allies can be spared as long as they remain no threat to us," Jeeve said.
Damien clenched his fists, "the great Damien doesn't follow anyone!"
"What about Rick and Brannon last season?" Johnny dared to ask.
"They were only made to think I was following them, I manipulated them, they did everything I wanted," Damien grumbled.
"Sure," everyone said. Damien scowled at no one in particular.
"You seem to believe you have a choice in this matter. In our space, there are no choices, only us. No matter, you are not the first ones to make that mistake," Jeeve sneered.
A familiar face wandered onto the screen, and her familiar body too. Damien and Johnny Junior grimaced as she was wearing barely anything as usual. The ones not bothered about her nakedness realised she was carrying a severed head in her hands.
"Where should I put the head of the Samson race?" she asked Jeeve.
Jeeve laughed maliciously, "the ones who dared to copy us? Mount it on a spike in my bedroom with the others."
"Wow, this guy's a lot more evil than you Damien," Justin stupidly said. As expected a heavyish object was thrown at his head.
Damien frowned, "wait, Rihanna... when did you escape the bathroom I made you clean for eternity?"
"Oh Damien, you think in such realistic terms. This is Fifth Voyager remember, how naive you've become," Rihanna sneered.
Jeeve put his arm around her shoulders. "You made the correct choice, Riri. Your music will become the standard which everyone will love. It's what we're best at."
"What... I thought Damien liked to torture people that way," Justin said. Damien glared at him, this time throwing his phaser at the immortal man's head.
"Ah, a competitor? It looks like you must be destroyed after all," Jeeve sneered. "So much for adding you to my flock."
"Flock?" Damien raised his eyebrow.
Rihanna scoffed, "you know, sheep. Everyone will fall in line to Apple and Rihanna, because there will be no other choice. In the meantime our sheep will work on destroying the wills, or literally destroying the people with opinions. Order will be restored to the universe."
"Starting with Voyager. It's not like anyone will notice if that was wiped out," Jeeve laughed. The viewscreen cut off to show the spherical apple shaped ship.
"I've forgotten something, I'm sure..." Johnny muttered to himself. "I hate it when that happens. It's on the tip of your brain."
"Brain?" Myleene squeaked, genuinely confused.
Damien shook his head, "fire!"
"Oh, that's it. Thanks," Johnny grinned. Everyone waited but he didn't do anything. Damien glared at him for a whole minute, "oh yeah."
The FVDA ship pulled forward, firing a couple of torpedoes at the strange ship. They tore out a chunk of its hull before blasting off into warp. The apple shaped ship now looked like somebody had bitten into it.
"Look what they've done!" Rihanna whined.
Jeeve smiled maliciously, "I know, it's beautiful. It sends out a message."
"Let's get out of here, we'd better warn Voyager," Damien said.
"Um yes sir," Myleene stuttered.
The sun was just rising as James went inside the shelter, he climbed into his own bed, ignoring Ian's snoring. A few minutes later an alarm clock went off, waking up Ian. He looked out of the window, "gee, it's getting darker everytime."
He climbed out of bed, took one look at James. "Lazy butt, it's eight wake up."
"Fine whatever," James muttered. He climbed back out of bed.
"Wait a minute, there's something I want to ask you," Ian said, folding his arms.
James headed over to the small kitchen area, "what?"
"I woke up about three, you weren't in bed. Where were you?" Ian asked.
James briefly glanced at him, "um couldn't sleep, I went for a walk."
"Don't look nervous, I was just wondering. Remember Janeway said not to go around on your own at night," Ian said.
"Yeah but we've been here for nearly a month, I think we're ok now," James said. He pressed some buttons on the replicator, "um it isn't working."
"What isn't?" Ian questioned.
"The replicator, it usually makes beepy noises when you press the buttons," James replied.
Ian shrugged, he joined him in the kitchen, "just order something, it did it to me once but I think it was because I had music on."
"Coffee, white," James ordered, the replicator didn't do anything.
Ian pulled a face, "coffee, you don't like the stuff."
"It has caffeine in it, and I used to like it ok. I'd better check the power thingy," James said. He stepped back outside.
Jessie came out of her room, "what's going on?"
"Replicator's not working," Ian replied. He leaned against the wall, "and James wanted a coffee."
"You must have really kept him up last night with all that snoring," Jessie said.
Ian blushed, "I don't snore."
Jessie stood next to him, she patted his arm, "yes you do."
James and Chakotay came into the room both looking worried. "Someone's cut the power," Chakotay said.
"What, are you sure?" Ian questioned.
"Oh yes. The metre is fine but the connection's been cut in a place hard to get at," James replied.
"It's not hard to get at, you're just a small person," Chakotay said.
"Why would anyone want to cut off the power?" Jessie asked.
Ian looked even more confused, "yeah and how did my alarm clock go off a minute ago?"
"Well the power must have been cut off just recently, that's impossible," Chakotay replied.
"There was a small storm last night, I doubt that would have affected it, right?" James said.
Chakotay shook his head, "no it's been cut with some kind of cutting equipment. Somebody did this intentionally but everyone were in their shelters at the time."
"Ian, does your alarm clock have back up power like batteries?" Jessie asked, eyeing the alarm clock.
"I dunno," Ian replied.
"Well it's still on," Jessie said.
"Oh it probably does then," Ian sheepishly said.
"This still doesn't add up, why would anyone want to disconnect the power?" Chakotay said questioningly.
"That's not the question you should be asking. We should be asking who was awake and around at some part of the night?" Ian said. He glanced at James.
James rolled his eyes, "yeah I cut the power off to get a kick, I was that bored."
"He confessed, case solved," Ian said.
Jessie tried to keep a straight face, "you said it was a hard place to get at for small people. Is a tree nearby or anything?"
Chakotay nodded, "yes why?"
"Maybe it was a monkey," Jessie said.
"You've just woke up haven't you?" Chakotay questioned.
"Uh yeah," Jessie said.
"It shows," Chakotay muttered.
"Just a thought, how long will it take to fix it?" James asked.
"Well we have a few hours of daylight each day, in total it'll probably take two to three days," Chakotay replied.
"Captain Tuvok," Harry said loud enough to get attention.
"I'm picking up a convoy on long range sensors, it's the Vidiians sir," Harry said.
"Distance?" Tuvok said.
"About 1.5 lightyears," Harry said cheerfully.
"Miss Scott, alter course to another heading. I don't want to risk them detecting us," Tuvok commanded.
Danny nodded. Harry stood up, "sir the Vidiians."
"Yes?" Tuvok said.
"They're in hailing range. We can ask if they know anything about that illness," Harry said.
"You remember that Captain Janeway left exact instructions not to make contact with the Vidiians," Tuvok said.
"It's not like we went out of our way to find them. It would be, taking advantage of an opportunity that's presented itself," Harry said, raising his voice.
"That bit of sophistry is not terribly convincing Ensign," Tuvok said calmly.
Harry stepped away from his station, "sir how could we turn our backs on this chance to do something. Don't we have to try, don't we owe that to those six crewmembers stranded on that planet?"
"The matter is closed Ensign, return to your station," Tuvok ordered.
Harry sighed, he glanced around the room for some help. "What's wrong with all of you? You know I'm right!"
Tuvok stood up, "Ensign Kim. You are relived of duty, leave the bridge or I will have Security come to remove you."
Harry sighed, "fine." He left the room.
Mess Hall, later
Neelix was busy cleaning up his pots and pans, while an odd few crewmembers were scattered around on different tables finishing off drinks. Danny and Kes entered the room, they walked straight over to Harry's table and sat down on both sides of him.
Harry passed them both confused looks, "ok, is there something you two want?"
"Danny told me about you getting sent off duty," Kes said.
"Oh, come to laugh at me then?" Harry muttered.
"Maybe in different circumstances yeah," Danny replied.
"Look we think you're right about the Vidiians, we have to contact them," Kes said.
"Yeah, they'll kick our a** but it's worth it. I'd do a lot of things to get my friends back," Danny said.
"And Ian," Kes commented.
Danny shrugged, "well he sort of goes into the friends category."
"I wouldn't mind taking the risk too, but Tuvok's made his decision. Three crewmembers won't change his mind," Harry said.
"Don't you mean about one hundred and fifty crewmembers?" Danny said.
Harry's eyes lit up, "really?"
"You kidding, another seventy years with Tuvok changing our shifts so we have to work at late or really early hours and I'll go insane. For the past year we've had the same old duty shifts, everyone's pretty tiffed about doing something different," Danny replied.
Kes nodded her head, "yeah and I think Tom's feeling the worst of it."
The three glanced at Tom's table, he was shaking madly while trying to drink a cup of coffee. He glanced to the left, "call Buckingham Palace, Janeway's pinched the soldier's wigs."
"Yeah, what's up with that?" Danny asked.
"I think he misses insulting Chakotay, Janeway, Jessie... actually everybody that's on that planet. I guess all the insults he thought up just come out even when he's alone. It's very sad," Kes replied.
"Ok, I think I have an idea," Harry said.
"It doesn't involve setting the Doctor onto Tuvok wearing a tutu does it? Cos that's my idea and you've stole it," Danny said.
Harry stared blankly at her, "um so much for that idea. Anyway, I have another plan."
"Ohno, not Neelix streaking again," Danny said. Kes and Harry shuddered.
"Danny stop that, I have a normal people plan. We're not desperate yet," Harry said.
"That rules out the murder option," Danny grumbled.
the FVDA ship:
Saddam was cheerfully skipping down the corridor with his toilet cleaning gear. He went through one of the doors, and stopped in shock, "oh my..."
R Kelly and Osama pulled away from each other, Osama stood up. "Saddy I can explain!"
"No you can't. I should have known you'd make a move Kelly," Saddam stuttered.
R Kelly stood up, "you should have man, we're madly in love."
"I don't love you at all R Kelly, you saying that you understand how I felt, well it made me feel wanted," Osama said.
Saddam gasped, "and I don't make you feel like that. I thought we looked after each other's evilness, this guy only has porn, he's not as evil as us."
"I don't do porn man," R Kelly said, looking around nervously.
"You're right, Saddy. Will you take me back?" Osama questioned.
"Hmm well cheating is evil, ok let's get back together," Saddam replied.
R Kelly sulked, "damn trippy. I'm so glad I have my por... porshe, yes that'll do." He ran out of the room.
Tuvok raised his eyebrow, "ok... that was just not necessary." The door chimed, "enter."
Harry strolled into the room, "can I have a moment sir?"
Tuvok stood up, "it's 0100 hours Ensign, don't you have the early shift this morning?"
"Yes sir, no thanks you, um this is important," Harry grumbled.
"Very well," Tuvok said, sitting back down.
Harry sat opposite him, "firstly I want to apologise for my behaviour today."
"Apology accepted, I know this is a difficult time for you," Tuvok said.
"I'd like to suggest a plan, it's something a few others have worked on too," Harry said. Tuvok nodded. "We have a big bargaining point when it comes to dealing with the Vidiians. Firstly there's the one that Doc treated in an ep that doesn't exist, Denara Pell. They were very close so I'm sure she'd help us if she could. Secondly, B'Elanna's DNA leads to a cure for the Phage, we can give them some in exchange for the cure to treat the six on the planet."
"It makes you think this season should have included some more original episodes from the original second season," Tuvok commented.
Harry coughed, "ahem."
"Those are, as you say, points in our favour. But you may have forgotten that we were responsible for the destruction of a Vidiian ship, an act that killed over three hundred of their people. That alone should stop us from contacting them," Tuvok said.
"Sir, you should know a lot of people on this crew disagree with you. Everyone I talked too thinks we should give this a try," Harry said.
"The people you talked to do not have the ability to command this vessel, I do. The safety of this crew is paramount. I must not allow the feelings of the crew to dominate my decisions," Tuvok said.
"Don't you think for a second that for once you should follow the feelings of the crew? Our plan could help the Captain and..." Harry raised his voice.
Tuvok stood back up, "Mr Kim, I'm going to say this once, and once only, if you argue with my orders again, you'll be relived of duty permanently. The next words I expect to hear from you is yes sir."
Harry stood up, he gave Tuvok the most evil glare he could, "yes... sir."
The door chimed, Tuvok looked up from the computer, "come in." Kes walked in.
"Do you have a moment?" she asked.
"Yes, please sit down," Tuvok replied.
Kes sat down opposite him, "I'd like to talk to you, about my father."
"Your father?" Tuvok said.
"He was a very wise man. More than anyone he shaped the person I am. If it hadn't of been for him I would never have questioned my people's beliefs, I would never have left our city. I'd never have met all of you," Kes said.
"Then we owe him a debt, it's difficult to imagine this journey without you," Tuvok said.
"When he died I had just turned one year old and..." Kes said.
"Wait, wasn't he alive when you left the planet?" Tuvok said questioningly.
Kes looked nervous, "um ok you caught me, he didn't die, at least I hope he didn't. I had just turned one then, and he could have died in a cut scene. Ok, the writer can't write an entire original scene properly for very long, so I'm to convince you another way," Kes said. She stood up, "follow me."
Tuvok, looking pretty confused, stood up and followed her out of the room. As they entered the bridge they saw Tom pacing the bridge, while pointing at people he was yelling insults at them.
He pointed at Harry, "sort that huge hair out Janeway." He then pointed at Faye, "you are so gay you don't fancy any gender."
Faye pulled a face, "meanie."
Tom starting crying into his hands, as he fell to his knees, "it's not fair, it's not fair. I can't insult, maybe I'll just be nice to people."
Kes glanced at Tuvok, "do it for Tom... he's dying."
Tuvok sighed, "very well... ahem, now I'll do a speech."
"Can we do it without the speech, I'm only on a little bit of caffeine today," Faye questioned.
"Very well," Tuvok sighed, looking really disappointed. He threw away a PADD, since he was standing next to the Ready Room door it was still open, and the PADD flew inside, knocking Janeway's favourite cup to the ground.
"Quickly, before he notices and changes his mind," Kes whispered to Danny. She nodded while keying in commands at the helm.
James was standing on some wood planks while he was fiddling with that pipe thing, all the others except Lisa were clearing away branches.
"I don't see why I have to do this," James muttered.
"Cos it's really a guys job in my opinion," Ian said.
"Yep, and that job is fiddly, smaller hands do the job," Chakotay added on.
"Why don't you get Lisa or Janeway to do it, some girls have small hands," James said.
Lisa laughed, "me working on electricity? Do you have any idea what it would do to my hair? Not in this life bub."
"I was going to say a similar thing. Though it is quite dangerous, shouldn't there be some kind of protection for this job?" Kathryn said.
Lisa burst into a fit of giggles, "that's a good one."
Jessie glanced in her direction, "I don't see how it's a 'good one' Danny Junior."
"Oh come on, you don't get why it's funny?" Lisa muttered, shaking her head.
"No, but it's obvious that it's a dirty kind of funny," Jessie said.
James walked away from the pipe, "can we go on a day without you laughing at something, thinking it's dirty?"
Lisa pretended to think about it, "nope."
"People... can we talk about something else, please?" Chakotay grumbled.
"Blame Lisa, it was her fault," James said.
"No way, Janeway made me laugh," Lisa grumbled.
"There's something about that sentence that doesn't really make sense, what bit is that?" James said.
Kathryn put her hands on her hips, "I can be funny, I'll tell a funny story..."
"Ohno," everyone but Chakotay groaned.
"Stop complaining, as soon as we finish working you can do whatever you want," Chakotay said. He stepped on a barrel to get to the roof of the shelter.
Kathryn smiled, "thank you Chakotay, but I'm not in the mood for a funny story now."
"I was thinking we could make some more living space using some of this wood," Chakotay said.
"We can build a log cabin, I've always wanted to see one of those," Lisa commented.
"I think I'll play around with electricity," James muttered. He went back towards the pipe thing.
"That's an idea, I built a few of them when I was growing up. My father thought it was important for me to learn how," Chakotay said.
"That's nice, my dad thought it was important to beat the s*** out of me," James said.
Kathryn dropped one of the branches on the ground in shock, "oh... that's not nice. Anyway getting away from that, when I was young my parents took me on back packing trips. I hated it, no beds, no replicator..."
"No coffee," Jessie commented.
"No bathtubs," Chakotay added on.
"Exactly," Kathryn laughed. "I guess I was always a 24th century girl."
"You might say those camping trips prepared you for life here," Chakotay said.
"Ohno, life here is much better than that," Kathryn said.
Chakotay smiled, "that's the first time I've heard you say anything positive about living here."
Kathryn was about to respond but the sound of the monkey interrupted her. She turned around, Chakotay jumped down from the barrel, and headed over. "Well hello there," Kathryn said in a funny voice.
"Well hello there," Lisa imitated Kathryn's voice.
"I haven't seen you in a while, where have you been?" Kathryn questioned, while kneeling down.
"You expect him to answer you?" Chakotay asked.
"Not yet, but I sense intelligence in him. I swear he tried to warn me about the first plasma storm," Kathryn whispered. She put her hand out, "come on little fella, come here." The monkey ignored her, he climbed back up the tree.
"I doubt he can be domesticated, at least not very easily," Chakotay commented.
"Yeah it took so long to domesticate Chakotay," Ian said quietly to the others. Chakotay glared in his direction.
"Well we have plenty of time... the rest of our lives," Kathryn said, she glanced at Chakotay.
He nodded his head, "that's a long time, at least I hope so."
Kathryn laughed, she placed a hand on his arm, "well I can't give any of you orders anymore but I suggest we all get back to work."
"Aye aye Captain," Chakotay said as he stood up.
Ian came up behind Jessie to whisper in her ear, "we're going to win, did you see that?"
Jessie looked confused, "see what?"
Lisa rolled her eyes, "oh for god's sake, she touched his arm. Big deal."
Kathryn turned to James, "how's it going anyway?"
"Well I haven't been shocked yet, so obviously not very well," James replied.
"That makes me feel better," Kathryn muttered.
"Yep, another night in complete darkness," Lisa moaned.
"We had candles, and one torch," Jessie muttered.
"Yeah well I don't like candles, I hate fire," Lisa said sheepishly.
Ian again whispered in Jessie's ear, "she set fire to her living room with one."
Lisa gasped, "hey, that was our secret!" Ian just shrugged his shoulders.
Jessie went over to James, "you're never going to get a day off at this rate."
James pulled a face, "typical, I was the only one who betted on them." He stepped away from the pipe thing.
Jessie smiled smugly, "Janeway and Chakotay seem to be getting closer everyday, so you'd better get practising the foot massages."
James folded his arms, "I thought someone else would do that? I mean I've never done it before, I'd probably break a bone."
Lisa came over, "what was that I overheard, foot massages?"
Jessie rolled her eyes, "ugh my god." She walked away.
Lisa tried to look innocent, "what, what?"
"It's not fair, just because pansy James is afraid of the dark we have to finish off his work," Lisa was busy grumbling.
Ian shook his head, "you always had to complain about everything."
"Well I don't know what I'm doing, and what if I get electrocuted?" Lisa said.
"You're just passing me the equipment when I need it, I'm the one in danger here," Ian muttered.
Lisa shrugged her shoulders, "fine."
One of the shelter's windows opened up suddenly, Lisa and Ian jumped a mile as a result. James popped his head out, "sorry, did I scare you?"
Lisa placed her hand on her chest, "oh my god, of course not. It's pitch black in the middle of the woods, a loud noise happens and well that's not scary at all."
"Ok," James muttered.
"Before you ask, no we're not getting anywhere," Ian said.
"Yeah, so you're going to have to light up more candles if you're scared," Lisa said, still trying her best to calm down.
"Weirdly enough I'm not scared, and since when did Lisa know about my dark fear?" James questioned, looking in Ian's direction.
Ian looked behind him, "who are you talking to James? It's not me cos I have no idea what you're talking about."
Lisa grinned, "he's so cute when he's nervous."
"Um... if you're not scared, why aren't you fixing this?" Ian asked.
"Ooh, are you and Jessie on a date or something, please tell me you are. My back's killing me," Lisa said.
James raised his eyebrow, "no... since when did we start betting on people going on dates?"
"Not like there's anywhere to go, really," Ian muttered.
Lisa shrugged, "just wondering..."
"I was actually going to have another go at fixing the power," James said.
"Well you can't do it there, unless you have stretch arms. That would be freaky," Lisa said. Ian shuddered, Lisa glanced at him looking worried. "Oops, I forgot about your fear for Inspector Gadget."
Ian glared at her, "my secret fear."
James tried not to laugh, "wow, I'm not the biggest wuss anymore."
Ian pouted, "it's not my fault he's so creepy, ok."
"Ok Ian, I'll be right out. First I'll check your Disney CDs, he might come out of them," James said. He disappeared into the dark shelter.
"Oopsie," Lisa muttered, glancing at the ground.
"You'd think you've embarrassed me enough, but obviously not," Ian grumbled.
"I'm sorry, how many times do I have to say it," Lisa pouted.
"Should I come back later?" James asked as he came up behind them.
They both jumped a mile again. "For god's sake, put some noisy shoes on next time you sneak up on us!" Lisa cried.
"I said I was coming out," James said.
"It's ok, we're going inside anyway," Ian said.
"We are, great," Lisa said.
"Great, I know when I'm not wanted," James muttered.
"No it's just we haven't really talked, we need to talk," Ian said.
Lisa looked worried, "I'm not that good at the talking."
James looked confused, "but you talk all the time."
"Ugh, you know what I mean," Lisa groaned. She stormed into the shelter, slamming the door behind her. She passed the table which Kathryn and Chakotay were working at, before going into her room.
Kathryn tried to massage her own left shoulder, "ugh, you can tell I'm not used to this kind of work. My knots are getting knots."
Chakotay smiled, he climbed out of his chair, "here let me help." He walked over to stand behind Kathryn's chair. After pushing her hair to the side, he started to massage her shoulders.
Ian walked into the room quietly, he spotted what was going on, quickly he went into Lisa's room. She walked up to him, "what you in a hurry for?"
"Shh, I had to get in here quickly because those two were having a moment," Ian replied quietly.
"Oh you mean James and Jessie?" Lisa whispered.
"No, Janeway and Chakotay duh. They're the ones who live here after all," Ian replied.
Lisa clicked her fingers angrily, "I knew I should have betted on them. It wasn't anything too bad was it, they were just flirting right? Making out's never good."
"Well he's giving her a massage," Ian said.
"Oh that's ok then," Lisa muttered. Ian looked confused.
James was leaning on the window again, except he was on the opposite side than before, trying to reach for something in the shelter, "for crying out loud, damn gravity." Eventually he brought a bag out through the window.
The monkey jumped down from the trees, he started pointing behind him.
"Hey pervert, what's up?" James said quietly.
The monkey continued to point behind him, it then ran off in the direction he was pointing at. James then followed him into the woods. A dark figure came out from behind a tree. "Oh it's you, have you seen a monkey running around. That was my lunch," Frenit said.
James pulled a face, "eew, stop saying it like that."
"I take that as a no then," Frenit muttered.
"The last time you came here you weren't monkey hunting, what's up this time?" James questioned.
"Ok you caught me, I've came to tell you something," Frenit said, smiling deviously.
"That sounds interesting, what is it?" James said sarcastically.
Frenit folded his arms, "I wouldn't use that attitude when the Masters visit you tomorrow at sunset, they don't like to waste time talking."
"Unlike somebody I know and don't love," James said.
Frenit looked pretty annoyed, "didn't you hear me? The Masters, grrr aargh, scary original vampires. They'll kick your arse, that's if they decide to fight. They may just get right to the point."
"Wow when you put it like that I'm even less scared than before," James muttered.
"It was the grrr aargh thing wasn't it?" Frenit questioned. James nodded his head. "I knew it, I just wanted to be taken less seriously."
"It's ok, I never really did. I think it was your name," James said.
"Like yours is any less weird," Frenit grumbled.
"Well it's been um swell talking to you, bye now," James muttered, he turned back the way he came.
"You don't even try to kill me now, that's a shame," Frenit said.
James stopped, "I only tried once."
"Yeah and I killed you, and I'm only fifty years old. The Masters are over three hundred," Frenit said.
"Well then, I'll use their walking sticks to stake them," James commented.
"Vampires don't age and you know it," Frenit said.
James turned around again, "so why is age so important in this argument?"
"Because they've spent three hundred years killing innocent people to feed, killed Slayers just for fun and revenge, they're not pushovers," Frenit replied.
"So, tomorrow then?" James said.
"Yes, they'll probably slaughter you and then decide to eat your friends just for the hell of it. Every Slayer they've found has been killed, if I were you I'd run and hide," Frenit said.
"So you've already told me," James muttered.
"Look they told me to give you the message to meet them at the lake at sunset, or they'll come for you. If you hide they'll probably find your friends, if you don't they may not be found," Frenit said.
"How do I know that you're not just making this up as a trick?" James questioned.
"It doesn't matter, whatever you do will result in someone dying. Whoever that'll be is up to you," Frenit replied. He backed off, and went out of sight.
Danny glanced towards opps, "how long now?"
Harry sighed, "another twelve hours."
Danny pulled a face, "how long have I been on duty?"
"A ship's coming towards us, they're powering weapons," B'Elanna said from tactical.
"The Vidiians?" Danny said.
"No, I don't know who they are," B'Elanna said. The ship shook gently. "Just a warning shot."
"They're hailing," Harry said.
"On screen," Tuvok ordered.
Jeeve appeared on the view screen. "Fifth Voyager, your existence creates diversity. Though you are relatively unknown, we cannot allow you to continue."
"Um, come again?" Harry said.
Tuvok raised both of his eyebrows. "Continue? I was not informed that we were inside anybody's space. Our apologies."
"Continue living," Jeeve maliciously smiled. "You have trespassed in our space, that alone is punishable by death. But you brought in your ugly uniqueness and choice as well, it sickens me. Surrender, resisting would be fut-ill."
"Futile," everyone on the bridge corrected him.
"It has an E on the end, so you pronounce it as fute-eyel," Tuvok explained.
This angered Jeeve so much he slammed his hand on his computer desk. "If you plan to spread your filth in our space, then we will deliver something worse than death."
"There is no need to be hostile, we will withdraw from your territory. Threatening us will get you nowhere," Tuvok said.
Jeeve's face got even redder, "host-ill, but do not worry. Your distinctiveness will be destroyed and your crew will be following our own."
"Dude, enough with the Borg ripoff's. You don't do anything original do you?" Danny groaned.
The Apple Ship:
Jeeve growled at his viewscreen. He looked over his shoulder to Rihanna manning a station. "Do it, Riri."
She smiled fiendishly. "Transmitting now."
Jeeve laughed, "the Borg copied us, like everyone else. Soon you'll understand." He turned his head, immediately his laugh stopped. The viewscreen wasn't showing Voyager's bridge anymore. "What, how..." He flew a glare towards Rihanna. "They dare to deny Apple greatness, who are these people?"
Rihanna shrugged, "clearly they don't want perfection."
"No matter, activate the Indestructible - People Hump Our Name Enveloper," Jeeve cackled.
"Hehe, I love that name, it's so naughty," Rihanna giggled. She leaned over to press in some commands. "Activating the almost 6 but it's really 5 with an S on the end version, mwahaheheheheheheheh!"
"Did the writer think cos she was getting away with killing Justin Timberlake and a certain character we haven't met yet, not to mention what that Season Five episode was skitting, that she could get away with this too?" Harry was bemused to say the least.
Tuvok raised his eyebrow, "nobody reads this series anymore, Ensign. Anybody who did, gave up waiting for new episodes years ago."
"But if somebody does and they like what she's taking the piss out of, then..." Harry said.
Danny laughed, "like that'll ever happen. Still, it's better than Fox as the villains."
"Just turn us around and get us out of here, Crewman," Tuvok commanded.
Danny nodded and did a little salute. She quickly keyed in the commands to jump to warp.
"Lieutenant, if we turn around we won't be able to go back for our people," Harry protested.
"I realise that, Ensign. We'll find another way around. After all, we managed to avoid them on the way here," Tuvok said.
Voyager jumped to warp just as the Apple ship fired a yellow beam in their direction, just missing them.
"Damn, we hit nothing," Jeeve scowled.
Rihanna cringed, "not exactly. We seem to have hit some minuscule space creatures."
"And they were right in Voyager's spot, how convenient," Jeeve grumbled sarcastically. The ship shook a little. "Let me guess..."
"Nobody can resist the lure of the Indestructible Peo..." Rihanna giggled.
Rihanna pouted, "we're getting a transmission back from them."
"Declarations of love and the promise to keep buying our merchandise I assume," Jeeve sneered.
"Shall I tell our lab..." Rihanna began to ask.
Jeeve's smile got even more devious, "yes, tell the lab to continue doing nothing but replicating and scanning other people's technology. Speaking of which, did that Voyager have anything useful?"
"I'm glad you asked!" Rihanna cackled. She pointed at her screen as Jeeve walked over, on it was a picture and schematics of a PADD.
"Excellent. We will enlarge it, give it less features and charge three times as much. Our drones will lap it up. Mwahahahahaha!" Jeeve cackled. Rihanna did her Umbrella laugh alongside him.
Lisa and Ian were sitting on her bed talking with a torch lying next to them. "I don't care what you think, I'm not a freak," Ian was saying.
"I had to think of a word for it, I mean what I did, I did it cos I thought you weren't a freak. Get my meaning," Lisa said.
"I didn't care about that, and not in a bad way either," Ian said.
Lisa smiled nervously, "I wish I knew that a lot earlier."
The two sat in silence for a while, voices in the next room then caught their attention. "Ooh, this maybe it," Ian said, looking too sure of himself.
Lisa rolled her eyes, "oh please, I doubt it. He only gave her a back massage."
"You seemed interested in the fact that Jessie wants a foot massage if she wins, which she will," Ian said.
"Yeah well a foot massage is different," Lisa said.
"How is it a better kind of different? Feet is just things you walk on, and kick people with," Ian questioned.
"People always touch people on their arms, and shoulders. They don't touch feet, it's different to normal you see," Lisa said.
Ian pulled a face, "it's feet."
"Anyone can give someone a back massage, it doesn't usually mean anything. I swear," Lisa said.
"I guess, well I know that but..." Ian muttered. He slapped his own leg, "damn it Lisa, I saw them. That wasn't just a friendly back massage. Stop trying to annoy the J/Cers."
Lisa shrugged, "well if you really think that, I'd be trying to figure out what they're talking about."
Ian nodded, "good idea." He stood up, and hung around the door.
Lisa tried not to laugh, "I wasn't serious."
James stepped through the main shelter door, he dumped the bag on the chair nearby.
"Been somewhere?" Jessie asked from the bedroom doorway.
James jumped in shock, "Jess, I didn't see you there."
"Well I don't really have any light with me, so it's obvious you didn't," Jessie said.
James glanced around the room, "Ian still with Lisa?"
Jessie shrugged, "I guess so. Anyway, been somewhere?"
"Oh I went for a walk," James replied.
"Weird, you never had this many walks on Voyager. Something up?" Jessie commented.
"No, not really," James replied.
Jessie nodded, "ok." She turned around, went into her room.
James followed her into the candle lit room, "actually there is something up."
Jessie turned around, "oh, what is it?"
"Well it's something that's been bugging me for months now," James replied.
"Then why didn't you talk to me about it?" Jessie asked.
"Because we tried, and well I needed a long time to think about it. Now we're talking about it," James replied.
Jessie tried her best not to look confused, "um, I'm not following you."
"Well to be honest it doesn't matter if you don't, cos well I dunno. Can't explain it without sounding like..." James said.
"Sounding like you're making this up as you go along. You only do this when you're nervous," Jessie said.
James stepped closer to her, "I'm not actually... that's the thing. When we first talked about it, I was, I'm not now. I was actually worried that I'd sound like a jerk."
"There's only one thing I can think of that'll get you worried about something like that, and it can't be that," Jessie said.
"I think you actually got it there," James muttered.
"Oh, but what about the bet?" Jessie questioned.
"They'd have to know about it, besides I do work every day anyway," James said.
Jessie briefly looked down at the ground, "when you put it like that, it doesn't really matter does it?" They both started kissing.
again, the other shelter:
Kathryn and Chakotay were sitting opposite each other at the table. Chakotay was doing his speech, you know which one. If you don't, where have you been? "...The angry warrior swore to himself that he would stay by her side, doing whatever he could to make her burden lighter. From that point on, her needs would come first, and in that way, the warrior began to know the true meaning of peace."
Kathryn smiled, "is that really an ancient legend?
Chakotay smiled too, "no, but it made it easier to say."
Lisa glanced over at Ian, he was asleep against the door. She rolled her eyes, "oh my god... Ian, wake up."
Ian woke up suddenly, "what... what?"
"You just missed this really nice speech," Lisa said.
"Nice, speech? I didn't think those two words went together," Ian said.
"Oh Ian, stop annoying the J/Cers," Lisa said, she winked at him.
Ian didn't look happy, "ohno, what else has been said?"
"Nothing much, I can't hear anything, that's always promising," Lisa replied.
"That's just great, I can't leave unless they're still in there," Ian said.
"Climb out of the wind..." Lisa started to say.
"No, I'll keep listening," Ian said quickly.
Kathryn stood up, she walked over to where Chakotay was sitting. She leaned down and kissed him on the lips.
The monkey appeared on the open window screeching his head off. Kathryn and Chakotay pulled away, Chakotay not looking very chuffed at all. Kathryn looked over at the monkey, "what's up little fella?"
The monkey continued to screech, he started making funny symbols with his hands. Kathryn gasped in horror.
Chakotay stood up, "what is it? Storm coming? Somebody missing, Borg crashed here, what, it better be good?"
Kathryn turned around, glaring in her usual icy way.
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