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The title came directly from a line in the song Chain Reaction, sort of.. it sounds like Lisa sings crying, dying just before the chorus. Oh who cares ^_^ This episode basically follows the episode Deadlock, but there's a character 'flashback' subplot related to the Samantha/Naomi parts. You'll understand when you see the synopsis. We were going to show more of the Voyager getting it's butt kicked scenes in the beginning, but there was a little too much technobabble to remember ^_^

Episode Synopsis
Voyager passes through a plasma drift to avoid the Vidiians. Meanwhile Samantha goes into labour, which makes Janeway think back to the time she gave birth herself.

Guest Stars
Marill and Vulpix as themselves
Nancy Hower as Samantha Wildman
Jeremy Irons as Peter Taylor
?? as Leanne
?? as Debbie Taylor
?? as Susy Taylor

Written By
Marill & Vulpix

26th & 28th May 2003

15th March 2005

Episode Based In
October 2371 (early season 2)


Last time on B4 Fifth Voyager
The viewscreen changed to show some blue aliens with Klingon like forehead ridges. "We are the Lorane, surrender your ship or we'll destroy you."

"What have we done to you?" Damien asked, putting his hands on his hips.

"Oh you're not that Voyager, you're those aliens who can't seem to sing. We'll still kill you," the Lorane said.

"They won't kill us, I have a good plan," Brannon said.

"Kes, do you have any idea how long James will be like this?" Jessie asked. She sat down on the side of James' biobed.

Kes sighed, "I don't know. Shouldn't be long, I mean his injuries weren't that bad."

"There's a ship coming towards us, they're powering weapons, I think," Harry said.

"What do you mean by you think?" Chakotay asked.

"Well that virus is still hanging around, the station crashed before I got to read the rest of the readings," Harry replied.

There was a brief flash of light, after it died down everyone turned to Harry. "What the hell was that?" Chakotay asked.

"I don't know, whatever it was it's gone now," Harry replied.

Kathryn headed over to the replicator. "Coffee black," she ordered.

"Who do you think you are giving me orders, damn b**ch," the computer said.

"Ok that's strange," Chakotay said.

Tuvok rolled his eyes, "I'll call for red alert then."

"Ok something weird is going on," Kathryn said.

Tuvok laughed, then he turned serious again. "Oh crap, I'm losing my control.."

"Something weird's going on," Ian said, glancing around.

"You don't say. Some guy fell through the ceiling before, now there's no hole. Oh and some girl ran through here being chased by a small dog," Lisa said.

Everyone turned to look at Chakotay, they all laughed. Chakotay looked down at himself, the only thing he was wearing was underpants. "This is a dream, wake up," he muttered.

"Hey Dan, you didn't say anything dirty. Are you ok?" Jessie asked.

Danny's eyes widened, "oh dear god, I missed out and I had a good one too."

Harry screamed loudly, everyone jumped and turned to him. About twenty large spiders were on Harry's station. He had two on his shoulders.

"It appears that the crew have been affected by a virus. It's causing hallucinations," the Doctor was saying.

"These aren't normal hallucinations, everyone else can see them," Tom said.

"True. It's probably an evolved form of an hallucinogenic virus," the Doctor said.

"Probably from that alien ship who attacked us," Harry replied, shaking a bit. He brushed his arm a few times.

"There's another thing," Kes said. Everyone glanced over at her. "Everyone who's been infected seem to be hallucinating nightmares they've had, or worst fears."

B'Elanna glanced at him with a raised eyebrow, "you fear clowns?"

Tom grabbed B'Elanna by the shoulders, "hide me."

The clown ran over to the pair, he pulled out a knife. He swung it towards Tom, he and B'Elanna got out of the way. "Since when do clowns have knives?" B'Elanna asked.

"It was you.. do you have any idea how embarrassing it was to raise a Klingon child," B'Elanna's dad replied.

"But.. I.." B'Elanna stuttered.

"Of course you don't understand, you cannot see what's in front of you. Then again I'm not surprised, you always were very selfish," B'Elanna's dad said.

The Doctor fiddled with the station, "there. We need to put some of that into the ships air. It'll take time but the hallucinations will stop."

"How much time?" Kes muttered.

The clown came into the room, this time holding a chain-saw. He revved it up. Tom screamed and ran into the Doctor's office, the clown ran after him giggling.

"I don't think Tom has enough time," the Doctor said. Kes nodded.

A few strange noises came from James' biobed. Kes went over to him, "uh doc.. we have another problem."

"What? He can't be hallucinating," the Doctor groaned.

Kes glanced at Jessie, "I don't think it's him."

"Oh crap.. what is it?" Jessie asked nervously.

"He's dying," Kes replied.

"Well let's just check something first. Jessie, is this your worst fear or something?" the Doctor asked.

Jessie glared at him, "just do something about it!"

"I take that as yes then. If he's dying because of the virus, then he should recover when the cure gets around here," the Doctor said.

"Kazon," Kes stuttered. Sure enough there were a few Kazon at the door. "Great, it's my turn."

"I'll put some of the cure into Sickbay's atmosphere," the Doctor said.

Kes was leaning against the wall, the Kazons were about to stab her but they disappeared. "Oh thank god for that," she sighed.

Jessie glanced over at James' biobed. "Well at least the noises have stopped."

The Doctor nodded, "indeed. The virus is gone."

"The style of ship was very similar to one of the ships near the Leda, so Chakotay thinks they might have been trying to get revenge."

Kathryn sighed, "why don't we just forget the virus ever happened."

"Good idea," Tom said quickly.

And now the conclusion
February 2349, the UK:
A much younger Kathryn stepped into a doctor's waiting room, she went up to the receptionist. "Hi, I'm here to see Leanne."

"Oh yeah, you're her cousin Kathryn right. Go on in, she's waiting for you," the receptionist said.

Kathryn pushed the nearby doors open, she looked up and down the corridor. An older girl with short dark hair, came up behind her. Kathryn turned around to face her. "Hi Leanne," she said.

"Hey Kath, what's the big emergency?" Leanne asked.

"I was hoping you'd tell me," Kathryn replied.

Leanne lead her into one of the offices. She picked up one of the tricorders. "What's the symptoms?"

"I'm hoping it's nothing, I just feel sick all the time. It might have had something to do with the Christmas party," Kathryn replied.

"Drank too much? I doubt two months later it'll be affecting you," Leanne said. She started to scan Kathryn, she frowned. "Well actually, it kind of depends on what you did there."

Kathryn sighed and looked at the ground. "It wasn't just a stomach bug, I wasn't kidding myself."

Leanne nodded, "two months pregnant Kath. Was it Cheb?"

"No.. oh my god, he's going to hate me for this. I mean I couldn't have chosen a worst man to betray him with," Kathryn said.

"It's in early stages, so you can abort if you want. He won't ever have to know," Leanne said.

"That would be murder, no thanks. It's not the kid's fault," Kathryn said.

"So, what are you going to do?" Leanne asked.

"Nothing," Kathryn replied.

"Seven months of doing nothing will get you a cute little baby. Are you sure you're ready for that, you're only seventeen?" Leanne said.

"Did I say anything about being ready for this?" Kathryn said questioningly.

Present day:
Neelix handed two unknown crewmembers a cup of tea each. He went over to Samantha's table. "Hello, how are you two doing today?"

Samantha smiled, "we're doing just fine, thanks."

"I was just wondering if you could help me out. I have been waiting for Mr Kim to come and fix the thermal generator in my kitchen, he still hasn't come. You don't mind looking at it, do you?" Neelix asked.

"No, I don't mind," Samantha replied. She pulled herself to her feet.

Claire and Lee came through the left doors giggling their heads off. They spotted Neelix and Samantha in the kitchen. Claire shook her head, "out of all the people here, he asks a heavily pregnant girl to help out."

"Think about it though, if he asked an unknown crewmember, the device he wants fixing will blow up in their faces," Lee said.

Claire and Lee watched Neelix and Samantha go over to the replicator. "I guess you're right, but we're main characters," Claire said.

"Ohno, I'm not getting involved with his cooking," Lee said.

Samantha moaned in pain, she sat down quickly. "Ohno, I think I'm having a contraction... oh yeah, definitely."

"This is great news. Mr Williams, help me get her to Sickbay," Neelix said.

Claire glanced at Lee, he groaned. "I just came on break," he moaned.

The bridge:
Tom rushed out of the turbolift, "everyone guess what."

"You found your brain?" Jessie said questioningly.

Tom glared at her, he put his middle finger up at her. "No, Sam's having her baby."

"That's wonderful news," Chakotay said.

Kathryn glanced briefly at him, she turned to Tom. "That's nice, why are you late?"

Tom blinked, he cursed under his breath. "Damn it, I figured you'd be too excited to ask." He wandered over to the helm.

"I still don't hear an answer," Kathryn muttered.

"Just let him off this once, I mean he's in the totally wrong place again," Chakotay whispered.

"Danny, what the hell are you doing in my chair... oh yeah," Tom said, he glanced around the whole room.

"Tommy's went to the wrong shift again," Danny giggled.

Tom pulled a face at her, "well at least my new duty involves bossing people around."

"Yeah it's a shame that the one you'd most want to boss around is kinda asleep," Danny said. She glanced nervously at Jessie briefly.

"What, Thompson's slept in again!" Tom exclaimed. He looked at the floor, "oh right. I need to get back to bed and start again." He walked back towards the turbolift.

Chakotay leaned on the side of his chair so he could be closer to Kathryn. "Just wondering, was James born asleep?" he asked.

Kathryn glared at him, "what kind of question is that?"

"Oh come on, he has a few burns on his skin and he's in a coma for two months," Chakotay replied.

Kathryn snorted, "that's not his fault. And to answer your question, yes he was.. kind of." She pulled herself off the chair, and marched into her Ready Room. Chakotay stood up, he followed her straight inside. "Don't you ever use the door chime?" Kathryn asked angrily.

"Oh sorry," Chakotay said. He stepped outside, the door chimed then he walked back in. "Better?"

"Why did you follow me in?" Kathryn asked, putting her hands on her hips.

"I didn't mean to upset you, it was a joke question aimed at him," Chakotay replied.

"Well that's not nice, doing it behind his back," Kathryn said.

"No everyone on decks 15 to 6 would be behind his back, we're in front of him. Somebody shut me up," Chakotay said.

"You don't get it do you. I don't mind a joke question now and then, but that one was awful," Kathryn said.

"Ok.. I don't understand why it was awful," Chakotay said.

Kathryn sighed. "Let me explain it to you then. James was born in early July, I got pregnant with him in December.. does that add up to nine months?"

"No, not really," Chakotay replied.

"Let's just say they had to force labour onto me because he was dying. He was dead when he was born. Get it now," Kathryn said.

Chakotay looked at the ground briefly, he looked back up at Kathryn. "Oh, I'm sorry."

"It's ok I guess, you didn't know. It's just Susy made a similar joke when he was born, she didn't care. Surprisingly though, his dad did," Kathryn said.

"You lost me at the name Susy," Chakotay said.

"Susy was James' dad's wife," Kathryn said.

"Oh that's great," Chakotay said through his gritted teeth.

"Isn't it? You know just forget it, get back to the bridge," Kathryn said.

"Ok, you know I'm sorry," Chakotay said.

Kathryn sat down in her chair, "forget it."

Chakotay nodded, he walked out of the room.

Meanwhile, Deck 6:
An unknown crewmember was sitting in a dark room, crying her eyes out. "I'm sure I felt death on my shoulder, we're all going to die aren't we?"

"Everyone dies," Vulpix replied.

"No, soon I mean," the unknown crewmember whimpered.

Vulpix nodded, "you're being paranoid.. but you're right."

The girl cried into her hands. "What am I going to do? I haven't been with a man before."

"Uh huh, yeah. What else?" Vulpix said.

"I think that's it," the girl said.

Vulpix pulled a face, "ok, you're only a kid and that's all you want to do before you die?"

"Uh huh," the girl replied.

"Ok, bye bye," Vulpix said.

"But you're a therapist, you're suppose to help me," the girl said.

"How can I help you with your problem, I'm not a guy," Vulpix said.

The girl laughed, "oh yeah you're right." She ran out of the room.

The door opened again, Marill stepped through them. "Vulpix.. what are you doing?" she asked in a fake sweet voice.

Vulpix smiled innocently, "counselling."

"Great.. why?" Marill said questioningly.

"Because I've had something missing in life.. I want to help people," Vulpix replied.

"Sounds good," Marill said, she sat down next to her.

Another unknown crewmember ran in. "You're the therapist right?"

"Yes, I'm here to help more unfortunate people," Vulpix replied.

"Oh please," Marill groaned.

The guy sat down opposite her. "I feel like I'm going to die soon, and I never made up with my mother."

"I'm sure your mum knows you're a pathetic loser, she'll understand," Vulpix said.

The guy started crying, he ran out of the room. Marill glanced at Vulpix with a raised eyebrow. "Vulpix, you're making it worse."

"And?" Vulpix said, sounding confused.

"It sounds fun, let me do one," Marill said.


End of Part I

Part II


A few minutes later:
Marill was in Vulpix's chair, and Tom was sitting opposite. "I know this is completely off topic here, but I wanted to know why my dad hated me so much. I'm a nice guy right?"

"Your dad was an admiral right?" Marill said questioningly.

"Right, how did you know?" Tom asked in amazement.

Marill glanced around, she smiled sweetly, "I'm telepathic."

"Cool," Tom said.

"Well I have a theory. He probably didn't like you cos you're two different people," Marill said.

"Boring," Vulpix groaned.

"I don't get it," Tom said.

"Well he was a bossy, old boring admiral. You're a sarcastic, joke of a man that only got to be in command of a security team because somebody is in a coma," Marill said.

Tom narrowed his eyes, "wait a minute, are you one of the writers?"

Vulpix laughed, "oh yeah she is. I'm the telepathic one."

"Oh yeah, two can play at that game. Vulpix was the one who wrote the ep where you joined that team," Marill said.

"Damn it!" Vulpix exclaimed.

"Haha, I'm going to tell everyone you're phoney's," Tom said in a true Ash voice.

"Who said I was a phoney," Vulpix said, she smiled evilly.

Marill rolled her eyes, "oh yeah, I doubt you'd get a degree."

"Really! Who's the one who's going through an AVCE course better?" Vulpix yelled.

"Better? You spend more time on the Internet than I did!" Marill yelled back.

Tom looked nervous, "um.. oops." He stood up, and sneakily left the room.

February 2349, the UK:
Kathryn made her way slowly through the front yard of a small house. She knocked on the front door. A young girl with long blonde hair with bright blue eyes answered the door. She looked up at Kathryn. "Hiya," she said.

"Oh.. I think I've got the wrong house. Is there a Peter Taylor here?" Kathryn asked nervously.

"We're Taylors, hang on I'll ask daddy," the girl replied. She went back into the house. "Daddy, someone's at the door!"

Kathryn closed her eyes, "please be the wrong house, please be the wrong house."

A dark man came to the door, he almost groaned when he saw Kathryn. "Oh it's you, what do you want?"

Kathryn cursed under her breath. "Um, you have a nice daughter."

"Thanks, now go away before you ruin things," the man said.

"Peter, there's something you have to know," Kathryn said.

Peter raised his eyebrow, "it better not be what I think it is. I don't care, I am married and I have a daughter. I don't think we should even be friends, go away."

"You have to be kidding me, don't flatter yourself," Kathryn snapped.

"Then what is it then?" Peter asked.

Another woman came to the door. "Who's this?"

"Somebody I met. Kathy, this is my wife Susy. Now you're just leaving," Peter replied.

Kathryn looked at the ground. "This is not happening."

"What isn't, what do you want?" Peter asked.

Kathryn glanced at Susy nervously. "Um I'd better say it now, I'm pregnant with his child."

Susy glared at Peter icily, "what the hell, is this true!?"

"I was drunk.. wait, pregnant!" Peter yelled.

Kathryn rolled her eyes, "I only came here to tell you that you can be involved as you want. You obviously don't care."

"No, he's not going to be involved at all," Susy said.

"Shut up woman, let her speak. Is it a boy or a girl?" Peter asked.

"I don't know, I didn't want to know," Kathryn replied.

"It doesn't matter.. you can have a son with me, that's if I ever let you touch me again," Susy snapped.

Kathryn looked confused, "I don't understand."

Susy rolled her eyes, "look you boozy slut, every Taylor 'must' have a son in each generation. Dunno why, but it's the truth."

"Boozy slut!" Kathryn yelled.

"Yes, that's all you are," Susy said.

"Ok enough!" Peter yelled.

"So if it's a boy you want to be involved.. can I just say you're a sexist pig?" Kathryn said.

"Oh that's a compliment for him," Susy said.

"That's enough. If you don't want to know what it is yet, fine. You can stay here until we do find out," Peter said.

"Her, stay in my house. Get real," Susy said.

"It's my family house, live with it," Peter said.

"Look, I hate to burst your bubble.. but I will be going to Starfleet Academy in San Francisco. I can't stay here," Kathryn said.

"Well you should have thought about that before you got drunk at a party," Peter said.

"Excuse me.. that was my first party since I was twelve," Kathryn snapped.

"You got drunk and bedded a married man then too?" Susy said questioningly.

Kathryn glared at her. "You can talk, your daughter looks about ten."

"Well at least the father was going out with me," Susy said angrily.

"Girls, don't fight over me," Peter said.

Kathryn tried not to laugh, "what did I say about the flatter yourself part? Don't."

Peter rolled his eyes, "it's up to you I suppose. If you take yourself back to yank land, you'll probably have a good old law suit on your hands."

"Fine, I'll take a few month 'holiday'," Kathryn muttered.

"Deal. If it's a girl, you can do whatever the hell you want with her. If it's a boy, you stay as long as you have to and then leave us," Peter said.

"Why should I agree to that?" Kathryn asked.

"Because one way or the other, this kid is only going to be with one of his or her's biological parents. Just because you're the mum doesn't mean it has to be you," Peter replied.

"Oh great, better be a girl," Susy muttered.

"I was thinking the same thing," Kathryn said.

"We have a deal then?" Peter asked.

"I'm going to regret this, but yes," Kathryn replied.

Present day:
Marill and Vulpix were still busy fighting verbally, Kathryn stepped into the room. "Excuse me?" she said.

The two girls turned away from each other, they smiled innocently. "Yes," Vulpix said.

"I have a confession," Kathryn said.

"Shoot," Marill said.

"Um.. I'm James' real mother," Kathryn said.

Marill and Vulpix stared at each other, they glanced back at her. "Don't you know who we are, we're the writers. I think we were the first to know," Marill said.

"Oh.. ok bye," Kathryn said. She headed for the door.

"You can talk about it, we are the only ones who know.. well except Chakotay," Vulpix said.

"Great.. I think I need a top up for this one," Marill muttered. She brought a Cherry Coke bottle out of nowhere and started drinking it.

Kathryn turned around. "Um, you're the writers right. When does he wake up.. oh and he doesn't do anything with that hussy Jessie does he?"

Marill and Vulpix glanced at each other again, Vulpix tried not to laugh. "I think I need more," Marill muttered.

"I'm not telling you when he wakes up, and.." Vulpix said, Marill covered her mouth.

"Don't say a bloody thing, what did I tell you about the rumours?" Marill whispered.

"It's not a rumour though, it's been mentioned in a few episodes," Vulpix said.

"What.. tell me!" Kathryn yelled.

"Nah.. we won't," Vulpix said.

"I don't like you," Kathryn muttered.

Marill smiled, "yeah I get that a lot." Kathryn turned around and she walked out.

Vulpix glanced at her, "you probably will if you keep that attitude up."

Marill pulled a face, "why do people keep saying stuff like that?"

Samantha was still in labour, the Doctor, Kes and Lee were standing nearby her. Tom strolled into the room, he went over to Samantha's side. "Hey Sam, how's it going?"

Samantha glared at Tom. The next thing he knew he was lying against the wall with a black eye.

"Don't worry about it, she punches everyone who goes on her left side," Kes said sweetly.

"Thanks for the warning," Tom groaned.

The bridge:
Kathryn was busy pacing around the bridge, everyone was sitting or standing around waiting. Tom came out of the turbolift, everyone turned to him, he shook his head.

"Jeeze, how long does it take to have a baby?" Danny moaned.

"It depends," Kathryn muttered.

"My wife was in labour for ninety six hours," Tuvok pointed out.

Jessie turned to him, "remind me to never get over the 'put off having kids' thing." Tuvok raised his eyebrow.

"Um guys. There's a convoy of Vidiian ships nearby, should we panic?" Harry asked nervously.

"Not yet," Kathryn replied.

"Did I mention a few planets have lots of them on?" Harry asked.

"We must be heading into their territory," Chakotay replied.

"We should panic now, options people?" Kathryn said.

"Yeah, I wouldn't mind a hot chocolate," Danny said. Everyone stared blankly at her. "I thought it was funny."

Harry shook his head, "there's a plasma drift nearby. It should hide us from their sensors."

"Danny, you heard him," Kathryn said.

"Huh, what did he say?" Danny said questioningly.

"Obviously not. Set a course for the plasma drift," Kathryn ordered.

"Yes ma'am," Danny said.

"Oh crap!" Samantha screamed.

"What, what?" the Doctor said in a dramatic voice.

"I don't know, I'm in pain you moron!" Samantha screamed.

The Doctor and Kes rushed over to the nearby console, Lee looked pretty helpless.

"The baby has shifted position, her cranial ridges are lodged into the uteran wall," the Doctor said.

"That doesn't sound nice," Lee commented. Samantha punched him with her left hand, he fell on the floor.

"We'll have to do a fetal transport," the Doctor said.

The bridge:
"We're clear of the drift, the Vidiians didn't detect us," Danny said.

"Good job everyone," Kathryn said.

The lights flickered on and off. "Uhoh, that's never good," Danny muttered.

"It's nothing much, a load of technobabble is draining the power," Jessie said.

"Nothing much, without power we're doomed. Doomed!" Tom exclaimed. Everyone stared at him.

"Ok, is Fifth Voyager trying to get nominated for the most stupid dramatic character award?" Danny said jokingly.

"Wow, I didn't know there was an award for that," Harry said.

"No, but how about the award for stupidly trying to make the readers laugh with stupid jokes?" Chakotay said.

Kathryn shook her head, she tapped her commbadge. "Janeway to Engineering, we need options fast."

Danny was about to say something but everyone glared at her, she turned back to the helm.

In: "We could easily do the proton bursts, it's no problem Captain."

"Good, do it," Kathryn commanded.

In: "I'll keep you updated, Torres out."

"Initiating transport," the Doctor said.

A baby rematerialised on what looked like a mini bed. The Doctor smiled, he scanned her. "Congratulations, it's a girl."

"You needed a tricorder to tell that?" Lee asked in disgust. Samantha punched him again.

"Is she alright?" Samantha asked innocently.

"She's got a small case of hemosophebia, we can treat that easily," the Doctor replied.

Kes and Samantha smiled at each other. "Everyone on the bridge has been waiting, I'll tell them," Kes said.

The bridge:
Jessie was standing nearby the helm. "It's been two months, I wonder if he'll ever wake up," she said.

Danny shrugged, "maybe he doesn't want to."

"Why wouldn't he want to?" Jessie asked.

"He could be having the time of his life. He could be dreaming about chocolate factories," Danny replied.

Kathryn smiled, "Or coffee maybe."

Jessie rolled her eyes, "that's a nightmare."

"No, it's a lovely dream. I had it last night, I was in a coffee bath," Kathryn said.

"A nightmare, obviously.. it must have been really hot," Jessie said.

"Or really cold," Danny said with a grin on her face.

"Talk about cold showers," Tom commented. Everyone looked at him. "I don't know where that came from."

"So do you really think he won't wake up cos he's having good dreams?" Jessie asked, ignoring Tom's comment.

"Hell yeah. It doesn't mean he won't wake up at all, it just means he'll have a hard time waking up," Danny replied.

"Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't nightmares harder to get out of?" Tom asked.

"Oh god, two months of nightmares," Jessie stuttered.

Danny pulled a nasty face at Tom, "no, my theory's better."

Samantha was holding her new baby in her arms. Lee was busy being treated by the Doctor. "Doctor, I'm just going to check on James," Kes said.

"I know, you do that everyday," the Doctor muttered.

Kes shook her head, she went over to James' biobed and started to scan him. Samantha's baby started crying very loudly. Kes frowned, "um Doc?"

"What is it?" the Doctor said questioningly.

"The readings are different," Kes said. The Doctor went over to her, he took the tricorder off her.

Meanwhile in some dream place:
James was going down a deserted corridor that seemed to go on for ages. He heard some giggling up ahead, he picked up speed. Eventually he reached a junction, and he found Jessie and Tom talking.

Jessie and Tom both noticed him, Tom just laughed in his direction. "There you are James, I've been wanting to talk to you," Jessie said. She went over to him, Tom followed her.

"About what?" James asked.

"About us. There's something I wanted to tell you when we first met but I never had the guts," Jessie replied.

Tom sniggered, "you're going to love this."

Jessie grinned, "oh yeah."

"What?" James said.

"I thought you were a whiny, arrogant little brat. But guess what, you haven't changed one bit," Jessie said, she burst out laughing. Tom joined in.

"If you thought that, why did you hang around with me?" James asked quietly.

Jessie giggled, "who else was going to beat everyone up for me until I learned how to? I mean what else are you good for?" Tom put his arm around Jessie.

"Don't you think we make a lovely couple, Jamesy?" Tom said in a teasing voice.

"Look behind you," Jessie said.

James looked behind him, a Cardassian was standing right behind him. "Let's see if you like it," he hissed. He hit James hard, he fell to the ground and everything blacked out.

James woke up in a familiar looking room, he appeared to be standing in a small bathroom. Somebody came up behind him. "You know, I don't know why I even stopped beating you.. you're still pathetic." James turned around, he saw Peter in front of him.

"No.. you're dead," James stuttered.

"That's what you'd like to think, son. You need to be taught a lesson," Peter said. He stepped closer to James, he stepped backwards as a result. He bumped into the bath. Peter smiled, "well what do you know, it's finished running."

"You can't.. I'm not a little kid anymore," James said nervously.

"So fight back you wimp, and maybe I'll leave you alone for a little while," Peter said. He stepped as close as he could to James. He hit him across the head. Once again everything went blank. James opened his eyes again, a bright light was shining in his eyes.

"I think he's coming out of it," the Doctor's voice said.

"No kidding, his eyes are open," Kes's voice muttered.

The lights died down, James could now see Kes and the Doctor's faces all blurred. The sound of the baby crying was like a high pitched noise to him.

"Welcome back Mr Taylor," the Doctor said. He started scanning him.

"Where am I, what happened?" James asked.

"You're in Sickbay, what's the last thing you remember?" Kes replied softly.

"The Leda.. I thought I was dead. Am I dead?" James said.

Kes smiled, "no you're not."

"I wouldn't try to get up anytime soon, your body's just used to lying there.. it won't be able to do anything really," the Doctor said.

"Great bedside manner, doc," Kes said.

"I had to tell the truth," the Doctor said. James sat up anyway, he gave the Doctor a funny look. "Oh.. maybe not."

"What is that noise?" James asked.

"Oh Sam had her baby," Kes replied.

James looked confused, "how long was I asleep?"

Kes and the Doctor glanced at each other nervously. "Two months," the Doctor replied.


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