Janeway and Chakotay are laughing and talking about the “old times” on Voyager while eating dinner. They have been together for several months but it seems like years to Chakotay. He has gotten closer with Janeway than he ever imagined. He realizes that he can’t live with out her.
“Do you remember the time right during Unimatrix Zero? When you were going to release a deadly virus into the Borg hive mind?”
“Well of course I do I have never been so frightened in all my life.”
Chakotay takes her hand and places in his. A smile stretches both their faces.
“I was afraid that if you left you wouldn’t be returning and that I could never let you know how much you have been a part of my life.”
Janeway is touched by Chakotay’s statement. An emotional roller coaster runs through Janeway’s body. So severely that tears begin to form at the base of her eyelids.
“I have loved you since New Earth. When you finally told me that maybe it was fate that we were infected with the virus. That perhaps in time I could accept that we would be together for the rest of our lives. Those word ripped at my heart and caused me to think that perhaps being stranded on New Earth was what I destiny was.”
“I told you the story an ancient legend among my tribe. About an angry warrior who couldn’t find peace. That one day an female warrior came into his life and together they formed a much stronger tribe.”
Janeway smiles at the pleasant memory. She knew right away that Chakotay was talking about her and her “warriors” but she let him continue.
“You always make a ancient legend up to make things easier to understand. That’s what I liked the most about you. Your stories were never boring and kept my interest.”
“Well by creating an ancient legend my people would know that only after a brief amount of time they would loose their audience. I wanted to tell you that I loved you for as long as I can remember. But it never seemed to be appropriate I knew your personal thoughts about a Captain getting involved with a fellow crewmember. I was just hoping that it wouldn’t take seventy-five years to reach earth because I found the woman who I wanted to be the mother of my children.”
“And I found the man I wanted to be the father of my children. Before you I had always known that someday I would be a mother. As the years went on I got more and more excited about becoming a mother. I met Mark, got engaged to him, and went on my first mission, then suddenly all my dreams were shattered. It took time but I finally excepted that I would never be a mother.”
“In some way, you are a mother to all of us. Or was a mother to all of us. You took us through the Delta Quadrant like a trooper. When everyone gave up you were there to tell us that we would make it. And we did.”
Janeway smiles and strokes Chakotay’s hand with hers. She always felt better when Chakotay was with her. He was never afraid to tell her she was wrong.
“I am so happy you finally decided to become a couple.”
“I am too.”
A Few Months Later...
Chakotay is trying to remember how to breathe. Janeway and he are on vacation in Risa. Chakotay wants to propose to her here but can’t find the words. Janeway comes out of the side room dressed for the beach. Chakotay takes a few more deep breaths before he leaves the room with Janeway to go to the beach.
Together they leave the beach house and walk right out onto the beach. The sun is high on the horizon not a cloud lingers so the day is a fine day to propose. As Chakotay lies the blanket down onto the sand Janeway puts up the chairs.
“Chakotay, could you put sun screen on me I don’t want to get a sunburn. If I do I wouldn’t make good company.”
“Sure, but after I do you have to come and swim with me. I got an old beach toy from a nearby boardwalk it’s called a “boogie board.”
“What is it used for?”
“To ride the waves but you have to get just the right height in order for you to have the time or your life.”
“That sounds so childish. What would the other people say? I can just see it now. “Look at those old people. They really think that they can ride the waves with that.”
“Who cares what they think? We are all children at heart come on lets have some fun. It’s been a long time since I’ve done this so be patient.”
“I have never done this so we can both look like fools together.”
Janeway and Chakotay laugh and grab their boards. Together, hand and hand, they run to the waves Chakotay decides he would be a smart ass and dives right into the wave quickly approaching. When it hits Janeway is pulled under but comes up again laughing hysterically.
“Are you all right?”
“Yes Chakotay I’m fine that was a lot of fun just promise me something never do that again I just about had a heart attack.”
“Okay I promise come on there is a wave approaching and it is a good one.”
Janeway and Chakotay swim out to where it is deeper and waits for the wave to crash down on them. Believe it or not they both took up the boogie board very well.
Later that evening...
Janeway and Chakotay are sitting in the hammock out on the porch watching the sun set over the horizon. Chakotay takes out a small jewelry box and faces Janeway who is in his arms.
“I know that it is old-fashioned but I don’t like the new traditions of this country. I want to marry you Kathryn. Now more than ever, I know we haven’t really been seeing each other for very long but I know that this is what I want.”
Janeway pauses and takes the box out of his hands to reveal a diamond ring. Janeway begins to cry.
“What’s the matter?”
“All of the men who proposed to me have died. That’s why I must give this back to you. I do love you but I don’t want to loose you.”
Janeway hands the box back to a very sad Chakotay. She runs off the porch and into the house leaving Chakotay in despair.