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“On screen.”

Rachel’s eyes grew wider as the wormhole appeared.

“Is it stable?”

“For the most part”

 

It had taken them a little longer than Q’s promised month, but they were here, and everything was looking promising. At 35 weeks pregnant, Rachel was looking forward to finally getting off the ship. Chakotay, Kathryn and Harry were all helping out in engineering to make sure that this was a successful journey.

 

“Okay Lieutenant Paris, take us in, slow and steady.”

 

Voyager shook as they began their journey home.

“Easy now.”

 

The shakes got stronger and stronger.

“Slow us down Miral!”

“I’m trying.”

 

The bridge crew were beginning to be knocked to the grown.

 

“Rachel!”

“I’m fine Naomi.”

 

A sharp pain stabbed down Rachel’s back

“You should get to sickbay.”

“I’m fine.”

 

Explosions were heard in the distance.

“Rachel go! I’ve got the bridge.”

“Fine, keep me updated.”

“You know I will.”

 

Naomi embraced her Captain as Rachel, trying to hide her pain, made her way to the turbolift.

 

~

 

“Captain, I meant it when I said you should go on maternity leave.”

“I need to be there for this.”

“You're as stubborn as your mother, and that stubbornness has caused you to go into labour.”

“What?”

“Just lay back and relax.”

 

“Admiral to the Captain.”

“Go ahead.” Rachel grimaced.

“Honey, what’s going on? Naomi said she sent you to sickbay.”

 

The ship rocked again.

“Mom I’m fine.”

“No, you're clearly not. I’m on my way.”

“Don’t you dare! Voyager needs you! I’ve got the Doctor.”

“Rachel!”

“Mom, please! Voyager needs you right now if this is going to work.”

 

Rachel heard the noise of her mother taking in a deep breath.

“Fine, Doctor keep me updated!”

“Will do.”

“Thank you, Janeway out.”

 

“Lay back, I’m going to give you a mild analgesic.”

 

~

“Miral, what’s going on?”

“I don’t know, Naomi. It’s certainly not as stable as we thought.”

“Bridge to Seven of Nine, report.”

 

“The wormhole is breaking up Commander.”

“Will we make it?”

“Yes, if we stay at our current speed.”

“Well, Voyager is certainly going to need repairs when we get home.”

“Engineering to Bridge.”

“Go ahead.”

 

“Naomi, we are losing structural integrity down here, the bulkheads are going to give way in a few hours if we don’t slow down.”

“We can’t slow down.”

 

~

 

“That’s it just breathe, breathe, you're doing great Rachel.”

“Oh god---- how much longer?”

“Your 4cm dilated.”

“Great”

“Rachel, we are going to get through this.”

“Don’t be so sure of yourself Doctor.”

 

~

 

“Naomi, the warp core is going to breach if we don’t do something.”

“Understood B’Elanna, Seven is working on a new course that should give us a break from the shock waves of the wormhole collapsing.”

“We don’t have much time down here!”



“B’Elanna, we are going to have to evacuate engineering.”

“I know Chakotay. Okay, right Everybody out, NOW!”

 

The officers began to file out before Kathryn turned an ran back to a console.

 

“Kathryn! Where are you going?”

“I just want to try something Chakotay. I think I can stop the breach.”

“No! KATHRYN! We have to go! It’s not worth it.”

“Chakotay, go. I’ll be fine, just give me a minute.”

 

“Warp core breach in 30 seconds.”

 

Chakotay watched as Kathryn crawled to the console through the dust and the smoke as B’Elanna dragged him out of engineering.

“B’Elanna I have to go back and get her.”

“I’m sorry, we don’t have the time.”

 

B’Elanna and Harry held him back as smoke filled the air.

 

Their ears were overcome with the noises of explosions coming from engineering. Chakotay fell to his knees.

 

“Computer what’s the status of the warp core?” B’Elanna whispered, placing a hand on Chakotay’s shoulder.

“The warp core is intact.”  

 

“She did it.”

Barely able to stand, Chakotay ran into engineering.

 

Kathryn’s lifeless body lay lying in the middle on the floor.

He collapsed down next to her.

“Kathryn! Kathryn, please!”

 

Harry sat down next to him with a tricorder, no life signs appeared.

 

“What no! Do it again!”

“Chakotay” B’Elanna came up beside him.

“Send her to sickbay then! The Doctor can bring her back!” He sobbed.

“Chakotay, we can’t.”

“Why can’t we?”

“Rachel is in sickbay remember, she doesn’t need this right now.”

 

“Engineering report”

 

“Ah, things are… are stable down here Commander.”

“Good,  the wormhole is stabilising.”

“Naomi, can you go to the ready room, I need to talk to you privately.”

“Sure, give me a second.”

 

Naomi left the bridge and opened Rachel’s console to talk to B’Elanna.

“What’s wrong? Engineering looks a mess.”

 

B’Elanna looked up as Harry, Chakotay and Kathryn’s body transported to the couple’s quarters.

“Yeah, it is. Admiral Janeway stopped the breach.

“Oh thank god! How is she?”

“Um…” A tear ran down B’Elanna’s left eye as she looked to the roof.

“She… She.”
“B’Elanna… she didn’t make it did she?”

“No.”

 

Both women took in a deep breath.

“Okay, you do what you got to do. I’ll inform the Doctor.”

 

Naomi closed the link and sat back in her chair, before stabilising a link with sickbay.

 

~

“8cm Rachel, you're doing great! We are almost ready to push! Who the hell is trying to call me! I won’t be a second Rachel.”

“Don’t you dare be any longer!”

 

The Doctor stepped away into his office.

“Naomi, what a surprise, is everything okay.”

“No Doctor, everything is not okay. The Admiral was killed trying to stop a warp core breach. Chakotay is with her body in their quarters.”

“Oh, I see.” His face dropped.

 

“Doctor! Hurry up!”

“I trust you to make the right decision here Doctor. Wildman out.”

 

The Doctor returned to Rachel’s side as Voyager made her way back the Alpha Quadrant.

 

“Okay Rachel, let’s get this show on the road.”

“Is everything okay Doctor?”

“Let’s just focus on getting your baby here.”

 

He waited until after the beautiful Sophie Kathryn Janeway was settled in her mother's arms to break the news.

 

“Rachel… there is something I have to tell you.”

“Is something wrong with Sophie?”

“No.”

“What is it then.”

“The warp core was going to breach, the bulkheads in engineering were destabilising. B’Elanna evacuated everyone but your mother ran back in to try and stop the breach.”

“What are you trying to say?”

 

“Your mother was hit by a falling bulkhead and overcome with smoke inhalation. I’m sorry Rachel, but she didn’t make it.”

 

Rachel stared into the abyss as the news settled in. Her sobs were quite and overturned by her sleeping bundle of joy.

 

“Where is Dad? And…um Mom’s body?”

“He transported to his quarters with your mother, as they didn’t want you to have the stress while you were giving birth. Seven and B’Elanna took her to the morgue once Voyager reached the Alpha Quadrant. Your Dad is still in the quarters waiting for news on you. As soon as I’ve finished these last scans you can go to him, both of you, and… and I’ll transport your mother here.”

 

 

She was soon allowed to leave sickbay, and she went straight to be with her father.

 

They sat, motionless, staring at Sophie. It was barely a whisper, but just loud enough for the computer to complete her request to ‘play song’.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSp7MVtjN5Q )

 

“Your mom used to play this song all the time.”

“I know, strangely one of her favourites, and one of mine too.”

“I know it hurts right now, but we are going to get through this, together.”

“I don’t know what we would do without you. I don’t know what we are going to do without her.”

“We’ve got Sophie now.”

 

I, I don't know what you do

You make me think that you

Will change my life forever

I, I'll always want you near

Give up on you, my dear I will never

 

You thrill me, you delight me

You please me, you excite me

You're all that I've been yearning for

I love you, I adore you

I lay my life before you

I only want you more and more

And finally it seems my lonely days are through

I've been waiting for you

 

I'll carry you all the way

And you will choose the day

When you're prepared to greet me

I'll be a good mum, I swear

You'll see how much I care

When you meet me

 

You thrill me, you delight me

You please me, you excite me

You're all that I'd been yearning for

I love you, I adore you

I lay my life before you

I only want you more and more

 

And finally it seems my lonely days are through

I've been waiting for you

Oh...

I've been waiting for you



“Why did she have to be so stubborn!”

“Hey, shhh.”

“I can’t do this without her!”

“Yes, you can! We can. I promise. She was so proud of you. You are the daughter of the great Kathryn Janeway, so you're going to be an amazing mother. You know what else was her favorite song, computer play my love my life”



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtEGNJpl2lM )

 

“Dad..”

“When you were tiny, I used to come home to your Mom, holding you, swaying, singing this one, from her favourite movie.”

 

I’ve never felt this strong
I’m invincible, how could this go wrong?
No, here, here’s where we belong
I see a road ahead
I never thought I would dare to tread


Like an image passing by
My love, my life
In the mirror of your eyes
My love, my life
I can see it all so clearly
All I love so dearly
Images passing by
Like reflections of your mind
My love, my life
Are the words I try to find
My love, my life
But I know I don’t possess you
With all my heart, God bless you
You will be my love and my life
You’re my one and only


I held you close to me
Felt your heart beat
And I thought: I am free
Oh yes, and as one are we
In the now and beyond
Nothing and no one can break this bond


Like an image passing by
My love, my life
In the mirror of your eyes
My love, my life
I can see it all so clearly
All I love so dearly
Images passing by
Like reflections of your mind
My love, my life
Are the words I try to find
My love, my life
But I know I don’t possess you
With all my heart, God bless you
You are still my love and my life
Yes I know I don’t possess you


With all my heart, God bless you
You are still my love and my life
You’re my one and only



Holding his daughter and granddaughter, the trio stared out the window as earth grew closer.

“You were her love and life, don’t forget that.”