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"Good evening Ensign," Commander Chakotay replied, as he happily made his way through Voyager's corridors. With a smile in his voice, as well as apparent on his face, and a bounce in his step, Chakotay greeted many crewmen in this manner. He looked the epitome of happiness. And Commander Chakotay had a very good reason to be happy.
It was 1800 hours, he had just finished his duty shift, and he would be having dinner with Kathryn within half an hour. A quick shower, with real water he thought, and a change of clothes, and then he would have the rest of the evening to spend alone with her. He had been looking forward to this all day.
"Chakotay to Janeway," he said as he keyed in the code to his quarters.
"I just got back to my quarters. I'll take a quick shower and change. I'll be over in about twenty minutes," Chakotay said, while heading towards the bedroom and removing the rank bar from his collar.
"Okay Chakotay. I'll see you in twenty minutes....oh and Chakotay?"
"Yes?" he replied, unable to miss the huskiness of her voice.
"Don't be late."
"Aye Captain. Chakotay out." He smiled to himself as he sat on the bed to remove his boots, glad that todays shift was finally over and that he had the whole evening to look forward to.
They had put the finishing touches on negotiations which had dragged on for the past week, and were now on a course for a nearby M class planet, where they had been granted permission to gather food supplies.
Just as he bent to remove his other boot, Tuvok's voice came over his commbadge.
"Tuvok to Commander Chakotay."
"Chakotay here. Tuvok, is there a problem?"
"Commander, Ambassador Tomar has asked that we adjust our present course in order to avoid a highly populated area of their space," Tuvoks stoic voice said, "Your authorisation is required."
"Okay Tuvok, I'm on my way. Chakotay out." Chakotay sighed, not bothering to remove his other boot, instead replacing the one which had just left his aching foot.
"Damn it, why can't things go smoothly for once. I'd better call Kathryn," he said out loud.
Just as Chakotay reached for his commbadge, his doorchime rang.
"Come," Chakotay called, becoming more aggitated with each second.
"Chakotay, I'm sorry to disturb you, I know you just came off duty," B'Elanna Torres half shouted as she stormed into his quarters, a look of rage on her face.
"B'Elanna, what's wrong?" Chakotay asked concerned.
"I'm gonna kill that P'Tach, I swear Chakotay, I'm gonna kill him."
"Hey, calm down B'Elanna. I take it you're talking about Tom."
"Of course I'm talking about Tom, who do you think I'm talking about?"
Chakotay watched as B'Elanna marched up and down his quarters, fists clenched into balls, and decided it was in his best interest to stay on her good side.
"B'Elanna......B'Elanna!" Chakotay said louder, walking over to stand in front her, effectively stopping her from pacing back and forth.
"What?" B'Elanna shouted.
Chakotay stepped back slightly, realising he was in prime position for any punches she might decide to throw.
"B'Elanna, Tuvok needs me on the bridge, why not walk with me and tell me what happened on the way." With relief, he noted she calmed, though only slightly.
"I'll walk with you Chakotay. I'm due on the bridge in ten minutes anyway" B'Elanna said, her anger level dropping dramatically.
"Okay, lets go before Tuvok hails me again. You can talk to me some more when your shift finishes as well if you still want to."
"Okay. Thanks Chakotay."
"Report," Chakotay called as he and B'Elanna walked onto the bridge. As Chakotay approached Tuvok's station, B'Elanna continued on to the engineering console, much less irate than when she had entered Chakotay's quarters five minutes earlier.
"Commander, this is the course we are on at present," Tuvok showed Chakotay on his screen at tactical. "However, Ambassador Tomar wishes us to adjust to this heading, a rather inconvenient route. It will add a further two days, 6 hours to our journey." It was obvious Tuvok was far from content.
As Chakotay looked over the new course Ambassador Tomar had layed out, he completely forgot that he had not contacted Kathryn to tell her he would be slightly late.
Thirty minutes later, Chakotay had quickly and successfully, negotiated a new route with Ambassador Tomar, one which would now only add one more day to their journey.
Just as he was keying the final adjustments into his padd, Kathryn's voice came over the conn.
"Janeway to Chakotay."
"Chakotay here," he said absentmindedly.
"Chakotay, a girl doesn't like to be kept waiting. Over ten minutes late. Tsk, tsk, tsk. If it's because you can't find that sexy beige top of yours, don't worry, I just found it mixed up with some of my stuff."
"Uh...Captain....actually I'm on the b...." but Kathryn interrupted him, seemingly unaware of the strangled tone of his voice.
*Gods, I forgot to tell Kathryn I'd be late. She doesn't know I'm on the bridge.*
"Chakotay," Kathryn continued, her voice dropping an octave, "If you don't hurry, the bath will be cold, the champagne will be warm, and you may very well find your Captain asleep." Her voice had grown even huskier as she spoke, slowly drawing out what she was saying.
Not a sound could be heard on the bridge. Chakotay felt as though all eyes were rivetted on him, and he didn't know whether to laugh or cry.
But not only was he feeling the slightest bit embarrasssed, but unfortunately, the tone in which Kathryn spoke was not doing any favours for his appearance.
Even though his back was to him, he could sense Tuvok's eyebrows had risen to new levels, his head cocked to the side. A quick turn of his head showed Harry rooted to the spot at ops, eyes open wide and mouth even wider. And he wasn't even going to risk looking at Tom.
"Umm...I'll be there in five minutes. Chakotay out," he practically cried, cutting her off before she could say anymore.
With the bridge still remarkably quiet, and Chakotay feeling his face growing redder by the second, he decided to make a hasty retreat.
Walking from the command level towards Tuvok he said, "Lay in this course Commander, warp four. You have the bridge," and continued straight on towards the turbolift, handing the padd to Tuvok as quickly as possible, without looking back.
With the turbolift doors finally shut, Chakotay called out, "Computer, deck four." He slumped against the wall, letting out a long moan in the process.
As soon as the doors to Kathryn's quarters whooshed shut, he looked around the room, instantly aware of the numerous lit candles which were creating a soft and romantic mood. He hadn't bothered changing, wanting to get to her quarters quickly, before anything else could happen.
"Kathryn," he called out, making his way towards the bedroom.
"Yes Chakotay?" Suddenly Kathryn appeared, dressed in a light blue strappy satin nightdress, which took Chakotay's breath away.
Chakotay had to take a few deep breaths before he could speak. *Damn,* he thought, *why did Tuvok have to interrupt tonight.*
"Kathryn, you look beautiful," he said moving closer, taking her in his arms, and kissing her gently.
"Thank you. But you're late Commander."
Chakotay looked at her closely. How was he supposed to tell her what she had just done. Talk about a mood killer.
"Uh Kathryn, I need to tell you something. About why I'm late," he started, moving her towards the bed and sitting down with her.
"When you contacted me a few minutes ago, I wasn't in my quarters. I was..." Chakotay stopped, looked down and continued, "I was on the bridge." As he fininshed, he waited for the outburst he was sure would come.
After several seconds of silence, he looked up, directly into her eyes. And what he saw startled him. There was no look of shock, or embarassment, or even regret. Kathyrn's eyes were bright with mischief, a dazzling smile lighting her face. Chakotay sat and stared at her, and finally it sank in.
"You did that on purpose," he said, his eyes wide open in shock. "You knew I had been called to the bridge. Why?"
Kathryn's smile continued to grow at the look of shock on Chakotay's face. She moved closer to him, wrapping her arms around his neck, and leaned suggestively into him.
"I couldn't wait any longer Chakotay. That's what you get for keeping your Captain waiting. And it would be wise to remember that."
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