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A shuttle returns to Voyager with Chakotay brain dead inside.
The major changes to this episode are to do with its old side plot. It's gone. Why? Apart from the cheese factor of it, my primary problem for it is the same one I have for Dimension Jump (now known as Anarchy), half of Why oh Why etc...
However removing it I noticed how little Cathexis is in this, so half of it has had to be written from scratch, using the actual original to help me.
30th March 2019
3rd December 2019
23rd October 2002
7th November 2002
Kathryn was in heaven. She had made herself a holodeck program, and guess what it was a simulation of.
"Can I have some of that coffee powder?" Kathryn asked a factory worker.
The guy, who was monitoring the machine that put coffee into the jars, looked at her oddly. "No, sorry."
"Oh well, I'll just go to the end of the line," Kathryn said. She giggled like a school kid and she ran over to some of the jars.
In: "Kim to Janeway."
"Damn it Harry, can't I have some privacy here?" Kathryn asked with a mouthful of coffee powder.
In: "Tuvok and Chakotay's shuttle is returning, it's badly damaged and there is some very weak lifesigns onboard."
"Can't you do anything yourself? Just beam them to Sickbay and get rid of the damn shuttle," Kathryn said. She sighed, she picked up all the jars she could. "Computer end program." The factory disappeared, as it did all the coffee jars disappeared too. "Ah, son of a.."
Kathryn stumbled into the room trying to fix her new hairstyle. She went over to Kes and the Doctor who were standing by Chakotay's biobed.
"Captain, I'm glad you're here. Commander Chakotay suffered the worst of it, Mr Tuvok only has a concussion. Chakotay's braindead," the Doctor said.
Kathryn gasped, "oh my goodness." Kes and the Doctor watched her slowly faint onto the ground. They then glanced at each other.
"Was she hyper or just shocked?" Kes asked. The Doctor shrugged.
Kes poured water over Kathryn, she quickly sat up. "What happened?"
"You fainted, you'll be ok," Kes replied. Both of the stood up.
Tuvok was now awake and he was sitting on the biobed, sniggering in an evil fashion. "Soon these people's energy shall be ours."
Kathryn and the Doctor went over to Tuvok. As they did Kes was heading towards the main door. "Doctor, can I go on my break now?"
"Yes, but be quick," the Doctor replied.
"Tuvok what happened?" Kathryn asked.
"We found a very interesting nebula so we went to take a look. Then an alien ship attacked us. The shuttle started leaking some gas, Chakotay blacked out straight away but I managed to set the auto pilot," Tuvok replied.
"Who attacked you?" Kathryn asked.
"I do not know, the ship was unfamiliar," Tuvok replied.
Why would someone want to extract his bioneural energy?" Kathryn asked.
"I don't know, if I were to have any hope of reviving him I must know how his neurons were depleted. It would be a great help if I could examine the weapon," the Doctor replied.
"We're going back to that nebula to find the ship that attacked you," Kathryn said.
"Excellent... er I mean very logical Captain," Tuvok said.
Kathryn and Tuvok were at the Engineering station, Tom was at the helm, Harry was at opps, Ian was working at Tactical.
"All sensor data has been erased," Tuvok was saying.
"Lieutenant Torres is in Sickbay now, when she reports tell her to go over those damaged sensor logs with a fine tooth comb to see if she can reconstruct any of the data," Kathryn said.
"Aye Captain," Tuvok said.
Tom was busy playing a game on the helm when he suddenly felt there was something surrounding him. He shook his head as he turned off the game. He then started to do some serious work at the helm.
"I've lost all sensor contact of the nebula. I don't understand. Wait a minute, we've changed course," Kathryn said. She turned to Tom who was still busy. "Mr Paris?"
Tom seemed like he just woke up, he looked at the console looking confused. "Our new heading is 121 mark 6, we've completely come about Captain, but it wasn't me," Tom said.
"Mr Kim check the navigational computer, who ordered the course change?" Kathryn asked.
"According to this, the command was issued from the helm," Harry replied.
"I'm telling you it wasn't me, the helm's fine too," Tom said.
Kathryn headed towards Tom, "Harry, re-route helm control to your station and reset original course. Tom, I think you should do a diagnostic on the helm, see if there is a problem with it."
"Yes ma'am," Tom said. He continued working at the helm.
Kes was lying on her sofa reading a book, she looked around the room briefly. She closed her book, then she put it on the sofa as she got onto her feet. "Hello, is someone here?" She looked around the room but she saw no one.
Neelix was busy cooking another meal as Kes, Danny and Jessie were talking nearby the kitchen. "When I was in my quarters just now, it felt like somebody was in the room with me," Kes was saying. Neelix dropped an empty pan on the floor in shock, he knelt down and picked it back up.
"Do you know who it was?" Danny asked.
"I don't know, I didn't see anyone. It was just a presence, that's all I can say," Kes replied.
"There's a lot of odd things going on today, what's next?" Jessie said.
"Well I'm going to go back to my quarters, if the presence is still there I might be able to work out who it is," Kes said.
"I'll walk you there if you want," Danny said. Kes nodded, she and Danny headed out.
"Neelix, are you ok?" Jessie asked while trying not to actually look at him.
"I'm fine, better than fine. Someone was in Kes' quarters, I'm fine," Neelix stuttered.
"Ok whatever, just don't streak," Jessie said.
"I was drunk ok!" Neelix exclaimed. He got back to work.
"I wish I was," Jessie mumbled to herself on her way out.
Jessie was talking to Danny as she worked at her station. "And then she said that my, you know, are too big."
Danny glanced at her, then turned back to her station with raised eyebrows.
"Oh my god you looked!" Jessie gasped.
"Jeez calm down, it's not that big a deal," Danny muttered.
Suddenly the lights went off, and consoles started flashing on and off. The warp core also went dead.
"What the hell?" Danny said. She glanced over at B'Elanna who was standing around doing nothing like she was in a trance.
A few minutes later Kathryn and Tuvok rushed in, B'Elanna seemed to snap out of it as they did. They both went over to her.
"Torres, what's going on?" Kathryn asked.
"Captain?" B'Elanna said, sounding confused.
"You've initiated a core shutdown," Kathryn said.
"What?" B'Elanna exclaimed, Tuvok pulled her out of the way as Kathryn checked the core.
"It's too late, it'll take ages to get it working again. Apparently you shut down the main computer, locked out the Bridge and stopped this ship cold. Do you want to tell me why?" Kathryn asked.
"Captain I don't know what you're talking about," B'Elanna replied.
"What the hell is going on here?" Kathryn asked angrily.
B'Elanna and Tom were both sitting on seperate biobeds. The Doctor, Kathryn and Tuvok were all standing nearby.
"If that's true the alien could be in anyone of us, controlling our actions without us even realising it," Kathryn was saying.
"Well except me," the Doctor commented.
"That's right, so far it's only taken over humanoids. If it could take over computer systems it would of done it by now," Tom said.
"We do not know who this alien will take over next, it could be at one point. Doctor, if I give you the command codes will you..." Kathryn said.
"Would that mean that I will be in command?" the Doctor asked.
"No, it's just in case I get taken over. If that happens you will have to take my command away from me, do you understand?" Kathryn asked.
"Of course, I make life and death decisions all the time," the Doctor replied.
"I feel better already," Tom muttered.
"Computer, transfer all command codes to the EMH.. authorisation Janeway Pi-110," Kathryn said.
Kes was rushing down the corridor, she quickly got into the turbolift. "Deck 5," she ordered. The turbolift went into motion, it stopped at deck 5. She stepped out and she rushed down the corridor. She saw Kathryn, Tom, B'Elanna and Tuvok coming out of Sickbay.
"Captain! You're right another presence is here, I've been sensing something all day and I don't know how to describe it," Kes said.
"Wait a minute, how did you know that we had found out about this?" Kathryn asked.
"I dunno, the writer can't figure it out either," Kes replied.
"Well of course not, she's dumb," Tom commented.
"Well judging by the original blooper, so are the writers for the original episode," B'Elanna said.
"Can we get back to the script?" Kathryn asked.
"Excellent," Tuvok sniggered. Everyone glanced at him, he quickly cleared his throat. "Excellent idea Captain."
"I just know it's on the ship," Kes said.
"Captain, Kes' telepathic abilities are undisciplined. Maybe if I do a Vulcan mind meld on her she may be able to determine where the alien is," Tuvok said.
"I'm willing to try that," Kes said.
"Here we go with the mind melds," Tom commented.
"Go ahead Tuvok," Kathryn said, ignoring Tom's comment.
Tuvok and Kes headed down the corridor. Kathryn, Tom and B'Elanna went in the opposite direction.
"And then he said something like; this is a Mess Hall, not a wrestling arena! Stop them this instant!" James was saying.
Walking alongside him, Ian nervously laughed. "He thought...? Did it work?"
James shrugged, "yeah, but the bone ended up in someone else's meal. Vicious circle."
"Oh god," Ian laughed genuinely this time.
Harry appeared around another corner. "Guys, be on alert there's some sort of alien being on the ship, ok."
Ian grimaced at the thought. "I wonder if that's how the bone got in the broth." James looked at him in disgust.
"No. What? It's some sort of non corporeal alien," Harry said, silently judging him as well.
The three guys reached a turbolift. "Non corporeal? Does that mean it can move through anything?" James asked.
The turbolift doors opened, Kes and Tuvok were lying unconscious inside.
Harry tapped his commbadge, "Kim to Sickbay, medical emergency Deck 13."
The Doctor firmly grit his teeth as he tried to treat his latest patient, as well as bat away the fly that was bugging him.
"Mister Neelix, just because a man changes his drink order doesn't mean he's possessed by an alien..."
Neelix looked on in shock, "didn't you hear me? He told me to shove the Leola topping up my nose. He was going to drink his coffee with hot milk. Who does that?"
"Most... many people, now shove off or I can't help Kes," the Doctor grunted.
To his relief Neelix did as he was told for once. It didn't last as someone else came in. He looked over his shoulder and caught Tuvok fiddling with a wall panel, muttering away to himself.
"Excuse me?" the Doctor snapped, somehow startling the Vulcan into dropping the tool he was using. "Must you do that now, I'm in the middle of a treatment." He turned back to continue his work.
Tuvok flicked a finger, then another. "Of course I do, it's only logical I do it before you fin..." The Doctor's eyebrow pointed up. "We do not want the alien coming in here to hurt Kes again before she's conscious, the sensors will warn me. Can't have that, can we?"
"Uh no," the Doctor mumbled, very confused. "I'm not sure it's the same thing. No irreparable damage. In fact, her injuries are quite different from Commander Chakotay's. Her bioneural energy is completely intact, and I'm curious about these contusions on her neck and shoulder. They're not consistent with an energy discharge. They look more like wounds sustained during a physical struggle."
"Odd," Tuvok said with a twitch. "There was no physical struggle that I can recall."
The Doctor looked over his shoulder, eyes narrowing. "I don't understand then. The only thing these injuries come close to resembling is an extreme trauma to the trapezius nerve bundle. It's as though her nerve fibres have been ruptured."
Tuvok eyed the wall panel again, clenching a fist. "Is that so? I should inform the Captain of your discovery."
"Hmm," the Doctor didn't sound convinced.
Kathryn peered into a jar suspiciously, then into her empty cup, and back again. She did this several more times before the door chimed. "What?"
Tuvok entered. "I have completed reconfiguring the sensor relays all over the ship. Lieutenant Torres will be ready to initiate the magneton scan in two hours."
Kathryn looked into the jar again, huffed, then tossed it over her shoulder. "Two hours might be too late."
"Indeed," Tuvok said. "The Doctor has informed me that Kes' injuries were not caused by an energy discharge. Someone physically assaulted her."
Kathryn pointed eye daggers up at him. "But nothing happened to you, correct?"
"It is," Tuvok answered.
"I see," Kathryn said, leaning back in her chair, her eye level increasing in iciness. "Is it possible that the alien did this to her through you?"
Tuvok stared back with little fear, his eyebrow even dared to smidge up a bit. "That may be possible. Perhaps we should have the Doctor run a scan to see if I show any memory disruption."
"Agreed," Kathryn said, tapping her commbadge. "Janeway to Sickbay." No response, she tried again. "Computer activate the EMH."
"Unable to comply. The EMH programme has been disabled."
Kathryn's icy demeanor brought a chill to the entire room, even Tuvok briefly shivered. "By whom?"
"What?" Kathryn grumbled as she reached for her computer. A few taps on it made her face scrunch up. "Seems like it happened on Deck Four. Why would someone do this?"
"The Doctor does hold the command codes," Tuvok answered.
"Yes but once he was turned off they automatically went back to me," Kathryn said, her eyes darted over to her empty cup much to Tuvok's confusion. "If the alien possesses me, it will have control of this ship. I suggest we divide the protocols into two code groupings."
When she briefly looked down at the computer Tuvok smirked for a moment. "An excellent idea, Captain, most wise."
"As my second in command at the moment, you'd be the best choice. The alien cannot possess us both," Kathryn said.
Tuvok raised an eyebrow, "no he cannot."
Kathryn and Tuvok stepped off the Bridge. Everyone gathered around since Kathryn looked she had something important to say. "I need to alert you of something that has just happened. The Doctor has been disabled, and we have no way of activating him. I have decided to split my command protocols..."
Tuvok looked puzzled, he turned to Kathryn. "Captain?" Suddenly she gave him one big smack in the face. She then pulled out a phaser. "Stun her, she's the alien!" Tuvok yelled.
Tom pulled out a phaser quickly and he shot Kathryn. She fell to the ground. Suddenly Harry stepped forward and pulled out a phaser. Tom noticed and he hit him hard to knock him unconscious. Then Claire pulled out a phaser too, she fired at Tuvok. He ducked and he fired at her. Tuvok then fiddled with his own phaser then he fired, a huge phaser beam knocked everyone unconscious.
"Mwahahaha, you can't beat me, so there," Tuvok laughed evilly.
Kathryn awoke with a migraine and a light in her face. When she batted it away she heard a frightened yelp and a clatter.
"Aaaw, I didn't even get to ask to look left," Lee whined as he crouched down to collect a broken device.
"What happened?" Kathryn groaned, sitting up, "I swear I turned the safeties off." She then noticed the whole bridge staff looking at her, each of them but Tuvok looking groggy. Tom looked extra twitchy for no reason she understood or cared about. "Oh that's right. I've decided to not share my coffee protocols. Get your own drink, you moochers."
Tuvok not so discreetly rolled his eyes. "Captain, this is Sickbay."
"So?" Kathryn snapped back.
Tom cleared his throat and coughed. "So..." Lee meanwhile made another attempt to go over to Kathryn, this time with a hypospray. "We've had some trouble getting the Doc back..."
"There's at least six levels of encryption on the holo-emitters. James is on it," Harry said.
"And how long is that going to take?" Kathryn asked.
"However long it takes to piss off and leave him alone apparently," Harry bitterly grumbled.
Kathryn sighed impatiently. Tuvok stepped forward before she could complain, "Captain it's very probable that the alien used him to do this, and may use him again. Perhaps no one should be working alone."
Tom laughed, "yeah, no one's going to volunteer to babysit him."
"Permission to assist Mr Taylor," Tuvok said, wiping the smirk from Tom.
In: "Torres to Janeway."
"Sure fine, just make sure he gives us a time to work with," Kathryn said. She tapped her commbadge, "Janeway here."
Tuvok hurried out, Harry swore he saw him cracking his knuckles just before the door closed.
In: "Captain, can you come down to Engineering. There's something you should see."
"Fine. Paris, you're in charge here for now," Kathryn said while walking out as well.
Tom whined while Lee smugly smiled. "Why me?" Tom grumbled.
Kathryn found B'Elanna sitting at one of the side consoles, she walked over to join her.
"I've been trying to reconstruct the damaged sensor logs from Tuvok and Chakotay's shuttlecraft. I didn't have any luck until I ran a parity trace scan. Captain, the sensor logs weren't destroyed by an energy discharge. Someone erased them, and then overloaded the sensor matrix to make it look like they'd been damaged.
It gets worse. There was enough information left in the backup logs for me to reconstruct what happened during the attack. They were near a dark matter nebula and an energy discharge did breach the hull, but there was no other ship."
"No ship?" Kathryn sounded shocked.
"I'm certain of it," B'Elanna answered. "From what I can tell, the energy discharge came from the nebula itself."
Kathryn glanced to one side, "why would Tuvok lie about being attacked?"
The viewscreen changed to show a large colourful nebula directly ahead. Kathryn stared at it cautiously. She heard the turbolift open, so peered over her shoulder to see who entered. Since it was Jessie she sighed irritably. "Crewman, can you take Tactical for now until Tuvok returns?"
"Really?" Jessie stammered. She couldn't help but smile, "sure."
"Where is he?" Kathryn muttered under her breath. She shook off her annoyance. "Is there any sign of an ion trail from the ship Tuvok mentioned?" Jessie had a look over her new console.
Tom darted on the bridge looking out of breath. He wheezed a couple of times. "Captain, I've finished the analysis the Doc was running on Kes before he was switched off. It looks to me like the bruises she got were from a Vulcan neck pinch."
Jessie peered up from her station, "um, I found something but it doesn't look right."
"I think we've played this game long enough. Someone find Tuvok, bring him here. We're not going anywhere..." Kathryn said.
The turbolift doors opened yet again. This time for a disheveled Tuvok sporting a very sore looking swollen eye. He acted as if nothing was wrong. "My suspicions were correct."
Kathryn tried not to let loose a smirk, "oh?"
"I believe Ensign Taylor was inhabited by the alien. I do not recall how I ended up on the ground like this, or where he went to while I was unconscious," Tuvok said. He stared accusingly at Jessie, she frowned back.
"That's really interesting," Kathryn said. "This alien doesn't seem to like you very much, does it?"
Tuvok raised his good eyebrow. "Captain?"
"We're leaping to conclusions on this one, aren't we?" Tom mused aloud. "James giving people black eyes doesn't sound out of character to me."
"Correct me if I'm wrong, but that's still at least three separate incidents where the alien has targetted you," Kathryn said.
"I am the Chief of Security. It may see me as a particular threat," Tuvok said.
Kathryn cautiously approached him, "I don't see how you could be anymore of a threat than anyone else."
Tuvok scanned the room, noticing everyone paying attention to him. "It seems I am the only one who isn't suffering from paranoia. That may be why."
"Fine. Why does the ion trail not look right Crewman?" Kathryn asked, stopping at the console behind the command chairs.
"I couldn't see it with any of the usual ways. It barely registers," Jessie replied.
Kathryn peered at her own console, nodding in understanding. "I see. I see your attackers now. Not bad for a ship without any engines."
"Captain?" Tuvok said, Tom noticed his fist clenching.
"Danny, reverse course," Kathryn ordered. At the helm, Danny looked around with wide eyes. "We're not going in there until we have some answers."
Tuvok snatched a phaser from his belt, pointing it at the Captain. "Belay that order. The alien has been trying to thwart us at every step, that is not the Captain. Crewman, proceed into the nebula."
"Don't!" Kathryn barked.
"Now!" Tuvok shouted in the helm's direction.
Danny giggled, Jessie meanwhile rolled her eyes in disgust. "Ooh, come over here and make me," Danny said, giving him a wink.
"What?" Tuvok stuttered. Jessie stepped forward while he was recovering. "No, this phaser is on wide beam." He side stepped further away from her, turning in a circle, aiming at everyone. "It's set to kill. Stand together so I can see you."
Everyone reluctantly did as he said, converging at the centre of the back of the bridge. Tuvok meanwhile went to Opps.
"Captain. We're entering the nebula," a male crewmember whispered to Kathryn.
She looked at him as if he sniffed her coffee. "And who the frig are you, stating the bleeding obvious?"
The man stammered a bit. "Don't you remember, my name is..."
"Captain, there's some kind of energy pulses in the nebula," Harry frantically cut in. "Highly coherent, with a biomatrix."
"Life forms," Kathryn mused.
The man tried to get a word in, "crewman..."
"And they're coming for us," Harry said over the top of him.
"Please, I don't want my face ripped off in the next one," the man whimpered.
Kathryn stared curiously towards Tuvok. "These lifeforms, are they your people?"
"We are the Komar, this is our domain," Tuvok replied.
James worked on the station in the middle of the room, trying to ignore the tremors and red alert klaxon. And Neelix fretting over Kes over the slightest thing.
The Doctor shimmered into existence, partly leaning over nothing. "That must mean that..." he swung around to point in James' general direction, "you are the... wait, you're not Tuvok."
"Really not," James said. "Tuvok's the what?"
The Doctor looked around anxiously, noticing the change in the room. "Tuvok's the alien, he attacked Kes."
James looked confused for a moment, then he did a little oh in realisation. "I was wondering why he went poof, and I had green on my hand." The Doctor stared at him blankly. "And why the console wasn't the same one."
"What, my precious flower petal," Neelix spat feathers. He tried to march out, but James grabbed him by the shoulders and turned him half circle so he'd go back to Kes' biobed. "How rude."
"Can you..." the Doctor complained, then gestured back at the door. "That wasn't necessary."
"Sorry," James said, shrugging. He did the same again. Only Neelix didn't continue marching, he stumbled over from dizziness.
The Doctor groaned at the loud thud that made. "If Tuvok's the one who is possessed, how come it's you that does not remember what happened?"
"Huh," James sighed, "that's a point."
B'Elanna worked hurriedly at her station, only to stop suddenly. Wordlessly she moved over to a different station and keyed in some commands. The rest of the room went into panic as the warp core fell through the floor, jolting the ship to a stop.
"No!" Tuvok screeched, "no, we were almost there!"
In: "Torres to Bridge. I think the alien has just taken over me. The warp core's been ejected."
"What the, but he's here," Tom whispered, gesturing towards Tuvok.
Harry shook his head. "Maybe there's two."
Kathryn scowled. "No. Torres isn't authorised to eject the warp core. Only a command code authorisation can do that."
"Well it wasn't Tuvok, clearly," Jessie commented.
"This one wants us in the nebula, but there's another that wants us out," Kathryn said, smiling as she figured it out. "Apart from me, only Chakotay could've ejected the core."
Tom chuckled, "if so, then that explains why he keeps bashing Tuvok around."
"Looks like emergency thrusters are on," the male crewmember said.
Harry peered over the same station he was. "Ohno, good spotting Dust."
"It's..." the crewmember groaned.
Kathryn rolled her eyes as she ducked under the banister near her seat. She tapped in something on the small console. A bright light flashed across the bridge, stunning Tuvok so much he stumbled back into opps.
Tom hurried forward to scan him, just as a ball of energy floated out of his body and up into the ceiling.
"It's gone outside to join its friends," Harry said.
"Reverse course, get us out of here," Kathryn ordered.
"Durst, my name's Durst. Now I can't die! Suck on that!" the male crewmember shouted. He ran out into the nearest turbolift.
Kathryn frowned and looked over her shoulder in his previous direction. "What was Crewman Thirst's problem?"
Neelix got up from the floor. Neither the Doctor or James noticed as their backs were on him. He strode out of Sickbay as if nothing happened.
Captain's Log Stardate 48735.9: We have retrieved the warp core on our way out of the nebula. The Doctor has informed me that Kes is in recovery, so now we're hoping he'll be able to do the same for Chakotay.
Chakotay groggily awoke to the Doctor, Kathryn and B'Elanna hovering over his bed.
"Commander?" Kathryn said softly, leaning over to grasp his shoulder. B'Elanna did a double take and stepped a bit off to the side. "Tell us what happened?"
"After the attack on the shuttle, I had the sensation of floating above my own body. I thought I was dead," Chakotay replied.
"And when the shuttle returned to Voyager you were still disembodied?" Kathryn gently asked.
"Yes," Chakotay replied. "I couldn't speak, I couldn't touch anything. But then I found if I concentrated on someone who was in the room with me, I could share their consciousness. At first I could only do little things with the host's body. Push buttons, work a console. As time went on, it became easier to do more."
It was only then he noticed Tuvok standing far ahead of him along with James and Kes He smiled weakly at the Vulcan. "Sorry I had to knock you around, Tuvok."
"No apology is necessary," Tuvok said, passing a side-eye towards James.
"What?" he asked innocently.
Neelix frantically ran in with a panicked look on his face.
"Captain, I think I've been possessed by the alien. All of my Leola Root is gone, and my kitchen's been trashed," Neelix stammered.
Chakotay smirked, only the trio around him saw him do it. Kathryn patted him again on the shoulder, "excellent job, Commander. And welcome back," Kathryn said, managing to lean in even closer. Everyone else looked on or away awkwardly.
Chakotay though smiled, "to be honest, I feel like I never left." Kathryn smiled in return.
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