A Valentine Vignette


Elorie Alton


Disclaimer: All Voyager characters are the property of Paramount. No copyright infringement is intended.


Kathryn rolled over with her husband and slipped into his arms, wrapping him in her own. She could still feel the tension in his body. She had hoped that their private celebration of this day of love would alleviate his tension, but it had not. She tucked her head under his chin and rested her face against his chest. She could hear the rumble of his sigh as he pulled her closer, burying his face in her hair.

Seeking out her softness as solace, he savored the feeling of this woman in his arms. He breathed in the scent of her hair as he kissed the top of her head.

She caressed his back, running her small hand up and down, waiting for him to relax. It had been a long hard day and that special peace that usually followed their lovemaking did not envelop them tonight as she wanted. He remained tense and she knew he was having difficulty reconciling today’s events.

Kathryn leaned back looking into his dark eyes, and brushed his gray hair away from his tattooed forehead. She gave him a sad smile and then leaned back into him, softly kissing his bare chest.

"How many times have you told me that our children are not given, but only loaned to us?" Her dusky voice took on a soothing quality, and he finally relaxed against his wife. The tears that had threatened all day slowly rolled down his checks and dropped into her hair as he listened to her. "I was so proud of you today when you walked our beautiful daughter down that aisle and gave her to Tommy Paris."

"I think that was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. Spirits, Kathryn, I gave my baby to Tom Paris’ son."

"But can you imagine giving her to anyone else? They are so right together. You’ve always known that we would eventually have to give her up. Besides how are we going to get grandchildren if you don’t let her go? Chakotay, our son certainly hasn’t showed any inclination in that area."

He remembered Kathryn, her face contorted in concentration as she pushed each of their two children in to the world, and the thought caused him to stiffen in her arms.

"I think I’ll go kill him now!"

"No Chakotay," she answered. "Just think of that look on her face when Tommy reached for her hand. Besides she will back at your side, assisting you in class as soon as the honeymoon is over."

"You mean until she surpasses me and I have to become her assistant," sadness still reflected in his laugh.

"It really was a lovely Valentine’s Day wedding. A perfect celebration of their love, and in its own way, a celebration of our love, Chakotay." She snuggled in closer and settled back into his arms.

"You are right," he smiled. "Today’s wedding was a reflection of our love, spreading out like ripples in a pond. Our ripples touched Tom and B’Elanna’s and now the ripples of our children are spreading out."

She laughed again, "You are really becoming a philosopher. Valentine’s Day is nearly over and our daughter is with her husband tonight. It’s a day to celebrate love, and maybe in their celebration - just maybe - they’ll conceive a grandchild for us."

Kathryn felt Chakotay stiffen in her arms again. "I think I’ll go kill him now!"



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