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Please review I need to know what you think? Thanks. Set just after Extreme Risk.
B'Elanna pulled up a chair and joined him, placing her plate on the table as she spoke" Tell me Chakotay how did you know?"
" Know what? B'Elanna" he sipped his tea
"How come you knew the Captain was going to try and stay in the void?" She lifted her fork to her lips, inclining her head slightly pulling a face as if seeing for the first time what she had chosen.
Chakotay watched with interest to see if she would taste it. She did;
"Not to bad for yellow?" she paused not quite knowing how to describe what she was eating for breakfast. He smiled "yellow nourishment" he added helpfully.
Her face lit up as she smiled, he'd missed that of late. She tried another forkful and nodded her approval.
She'd always enjoyed the time they spent like this, with her oldest friend. They hadn't done this enough of late, mostly her fault she spent most of her spare time with Tom. She'd missed him.
"We should do this more often" his voice broke into her thoughts *how did he do that, know what she was thinking? Damn him*
"You know you two are very alike?" he watched as the reaction he expected unfolded before his eyes. "WHAT. Who me and the Captain, No Way" she exploded slamming down the fork. The other people in the mess hall turned to look, but none showed anything other than slight interest. The crew had grown used to the chief engineers outbursts.
Lowering her voice slightly she continued slowly as if to a child "WE ARE NOT ALIKE"
She picked up her fork and played with her food not looking at him. He continued to watch her not speaking
she snapped resigned now but still she challenged him He smiled "I'm just answering your question" glaring back As she replied "No; you're not"
"Really are you so sure?" he had her interest now and he knew it "How so?" playing with her food as she tried to understand what he was he was just so enigmatic she could scream.
Smiling as she recalled their Marquis days and the trouble her temper used to get her in back then. How many times had Chakotay pulled her out of a bar screaming, holding her back as she threatened to rip someone's heart out. But equally how many times had he returned and smashed the same someone's face for upsetting her.
A smile crossed his face as she remembered "Hell Chakotay, get out of my mind." Her anger softer now
"How's Tom?" his voice low "Don't you dare try to avoid answering me with silly questions?" she was trying to keep up, with his thoughts but failing. "So he's alright then?"
"Why, the interest in Tom?" she moved her head as he answered "He was worried about you. I just wondered that's all. There's no rule that says I can't inquire about someone you care about is there". Looking into her eyes as he spoke
"You do care don't you?"
"Yes, and Tom's fine" she resigned herself to the fact she wouldn't get a straight answer this morning. Her eyes sparkled as she thought of a question. "How's the Captain" he dropped his head to avoid her eyes, but not before he let her see the smile that escaped.
"So?" she had the upper hand now and she intended to make the most of it. "Vorik to Torres" touching her comm badge she responded "Torres here go ahead ensign"
"Lieutenant could you come to engineering we have a problem you should look at" She rose from her chair. She placed her hands flat on the table as she spoke her face inches from his.
"Lucky; very lucky; next time old man." He didn't reply just looked at her and winked.
She was right, he considered himself lucky but few others would. The two people he cared for most were enough to try the patience of a saint or an Indian. He smiled. But he wouldn't change either of them. Well not much?
And that plan was already under way.
I have another chapter in mind anyone interested?