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22 May 2007 @ 02:31 pm
Sanity Saving Voyager Ficlet!  
Lord. Love. A Duck.

Work is kind of making me want to stab myself in the neck with a pen, which is very bad for me, but good because it prompted emergency sanity-saving fanficcery.

Title: "Detox"
Rating: G
Category: Janeway/Chakotay friendship, future!fic, fluff.
Spoilers: None. Goes AU before "Endgame."
Summary: They never really change.
ETA: FOR A.J. WHOSE BIRTHDAY IT TOTALLY IS RIGHT NOW.

He brings her coffee to the Starfleet Academy Hospital.

She looks at him, skeptical, as he hands her the cup and drops in the visitor's chair next to her bed. She looks a lot more like herself than she did three days ago. More color. Fewer monitors. A stack of Starfleet reports on the pillow next to her. Kathryn Janeway has always bounced back quickly.

"I thought you'd be the last person enabling me to disobey medical orders."

He did read her the riot act the other day when he burst through her hospital doors at 0200, six hours after she was admitted for a complete systemic collapse. She's working too hard, not acknowledging her age. She can't still treat herself like she did in the Delta Quadrant, running on adrenaline and caffeine. However, she's always been awful at slowing down -- almost as bad as she is at obeying doctors, or taking him seriously when he mother-hens.

She probably wouldn't have told him she was in here at all. She still likes appearing invincible, even in front of her friends. Naomi Wildman -- Naomi Z'Cchevik, Chakotay mentally corrects -- is still in her residency, and sent him a message at the university as soon as Admiral Janeway was admitted.

Kathryn takes a sip of the coffee. "It's not that great."

He smiles, more relieved than he expected to be that she's all right. Some things never change. "Beggars can't be choosers."

Kathryn takes another swallow. "Touche. So, why the change of heart? As I recall, you were in here the other night yelling something about how my bad habits would be the death of me..."

"I just can't say no to you."

Kathryn's expression seems to melt. The simplest acts of kindness are always the ones that touch her the most. "Why didn't we ever get together?" she asks. It's an old joke now, one that started in their twelfth -- and last -- year in the Delta Quadrant, when they were in arm's reach of home. Everything is an old joke now.

He smirks. "Because you could always say no to me."

"You know me and my bad habits."

He picks up the PADD with her chart and she slaps his hand.

"That's personal."

He ignores her. "Did the Doctor come by to check up on you?"

"I told Naomi not to bother him. Really, Chakotay, it's nothing serious. I'm fine."

"That's another one of your bad habits, you know."

She shrugs. "Well, I'm too old to start changing them now."

"It's never too late."

She smiles, takes his hand. Squeezes.

"You know," he says, "I'd settle for you just taking better care of yourself."

"Says the man who smuggled me coffee in a flask hidden in a flower vase."

He's got to keep his Maquis skills sharp somehow.

He smiles. Can't keep a secret. "It's decaf."

She rolls her eyes. "You never change, Chakotay."

"I guess we're both too old to learn new tricks."

Kathryn drinks it anyway. "This really is terrible."

He knows she's going to laugh as soon as he says it: "You could always switch to tea."

She does. "You never give up, do you?"

"It's a bad habit."

She hands him the empty flask. "I'll think about it."

He squeezes her hand again. "Well, you've got plenty of time."

- end -
 
 
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Human Collaborator Flunkie Pool!fic Muse: S/J - hopeless (by the_cat07)joyfulfeather on May 22nd, 2007 10:07 pm (UTC)
Awwwwwwwwwww! *melts* And they so weren't talking about the switch to tea at the end. ;) They're adorable!

I'm sorry you're having a bad time at work, but at least you channel it well! :)
Little Red: trek - jc float on - daygloparkermylittleredgirl on May 22nd, 2007 11:39 pm (UTC)
Definitely not talking about tea! I'm sure Chakotay would forgive her the coffee habit if she jumped him. ;)

I love Star Trek relationships, because they're so solidly based in friendship and comaraderie and family-ness. So it's not sad if they don't Get Together because... well, they are together, just not in a sexing way. That's what I love about Janeway/Chakotay in the later seasons -- they are TOTALLY DATING, except they're not actually dating. You know? LOVE.
A.j.: happyaj on May 22nd, 2007 10:18 pm (UTC)
OH, GOOBERBOY. ILU. ILU SO VERY MUCH.

*happies*

*steals as her birfday present*
Little Red: sga - sw happiness - jeepnymylittleredgirl on May 22nd, 2007 11:36 pm (UTC)
OMG IT'S TOTALLY YOUR BIRTHDAY!!

I was thinking of you the whole time I wrote it, which you could probably tell, because OMG, THE RIDICULOUS GOOBERNESS and friendship!fic and squeee!

EEEE! SUPER MEGA ULTRA BIRTHDAY HAPPY FUN TIME for both of us is coming SOOOOOON!

(My days off have changed, as you may have read. We will have mad fun awesome time anyway. I am off Sunday, and will try to shorten my hours on Monday. ROCK.)
A.j.: geminiaj on May 23rd, 2007 12:21 am (UTC)
IT IS!!! I LOVE MAY 22!!! YAY, GEMINI'S!

And aww! Yes, the ridiculous gooberness makes me happy beyond the telling. They are SO. CUTE. Even really old! *clings to you* MEGA HAPPY FUN TIME! If nothing else, dump me at a bookstore or something. I'm good at amusing myself. ;) OR! I can take photos! I've decided that my new goal is to cover my apartment in little framed photographs. PHOTOS OF PORTLAND!!!

(*hugs* It's okay. There shall be rockin' fun times on Sunday!)
Little Red: oregon trailmylittleredgirl on May 23rd, 2007 12:26 am (UTC)
I <3 Geminis!!! You are crazy nutbars and I adore you. :)

They are SUPER CUTE old. Ahahaha. You know, I'm also writing Sparky old, and they are so much more with the angst. Janeway and Chakotay are just totally over the angst already, and now are all kicking ass at Starfleet Headquarters Bingo Night or something.

Oooooh, photos! There are pretty photos! I have cool view shots from the towers I work at, and it is a nifty city for picture-ing. And there is only the largest bookstore EVARRR where you could totally spend 8 hours and not notice, so I will drop you off there. :-P

ROCKING FUN TIMES INDEED.
A.j.: geekyaj on May 24th, 2007 02:22 pm (UTC)
...Starfleet Headquarters Bingo night. LOVE. EEET. OMG, can you imagine them with like.. Picard and his little go-cart of evil death? And they totally go out to dinner and stuff and mock young cadets about how they're necking wrong and stuff. OMG. OMG!!
One Whose Honesty is Stronger Than Her Fear: mmmmamilyn on May 23rd, 2007 10:28 pm (UTC)
Awwwwww!

I love you!

I love this!

I miss them.
Little Red: trek - jc float on - daygloparkermylittleredgirl on May 24th, 2007 04:23 am (UTC)
Yay! I am full of Voyager squeee.
drakkenfyredrakkenfyre on November 24th, 2007 01:58 pm (UTC)
You write awesome stories in the best pairings. :D
Little Red: trek - jc float on - daygloparkermylittleredgirl on November 24th, 2007 05:04 pm (UTC)
Awwwww!! Thank you! *grins*