Air rushed from the sparkling gap in the
crystalline rocks, and the believers shook as fear uncurled in their
breasts. The priestess
gazed down upon them, a small smile curving her lips.
So typical, she thought
with disdain and triumph. The
day of Cam will be upon us soon, and the powers of the universe will
be at our disposal. There
is nothing we won’t be able to do.
The gap began to bubble and emit small flames.
During its periodic appearances through the ages, some called
it Dawn’s End, while others christened it The Sacred Tear.
Stories about it abounded with fantastical descriptions of
mysterious creatures of beauty, able to fly and draw light and
dispense energy with the smallest of gestures.
But the last appearance had been five hundred Passings
previous, and only a small group of Wicchais continued to cling to the
ancient prophecies. And
of this select group, a still smaller number accepted the existence of
a goddess within the gap. A
goddess who would be able to turn desire into reality, love into
unending lust, and death into life itself.
Pale blue eyes turned upwards in delight, as high
winds tumbled hundreds of small ice flakes from cliff sides onto the
blonde head. Off to the
side, a smaller, auburn-haired woman, trim in her compact insulated
uniform, watched with an indulgent smile, happy to see her wife
clearly enthralled by the newness of real snow.
“Wait till the blizzard comes in a few days,”
she teased, her smile widening, “then we’ll see how much
you really enjoy this weather.”
Seven of Nine turned and offered a small,
stubborn smile. “It is
wonderful, Kathryn. Perhaps
I should accompany the others on their skiing expedition.”
And miss the Wicchais’ special Coldfall celebration?”
Seven moved to her wife with an easy grace,
her ice-blue eyes warming with affection, her generous, full-lipped
mouth puckering with undisguised desire.
She caught the smaller in her arms, embracing her tightly.
“I was being facetious, my wife,” she said softly, drawing
their faces closer together, enjoying the sudden change in Janeway’s
breathing. “I would not
wish to miss this opportunity. After
all, this alien celebration was fortunate to coincide with our wedding
anniversary. It will be
one more reason to celebrate.”
Seven bent her head, warming Janeway with a
tenderly passionate kiss, loving the way that the smaller woman seemed
to melt into her body, every curve fitting precisely in an
The captain groaned in mock surrender, before
pulling away, somewhat breathlessly.
“What you do to me,” she whispered, then hid her face in
Seven’s neck. Janeway
felt her wife smile once more, and they hugged more tightly.
“Come on,” said the captain, peering up
adoringly at the blonde woman, “let’s dress fabulously for the
celebration. Give them
something to remember.” And
she leered elegantly for effect.
The priestess watched the festivities unfold
from her perch high above the formal square.
Lithe and tall, with a fall of thick black hair that accented a
narrow, severely beautiful face, Aleyna was a priestess of the Ladnuf
Order, ordained in that post for three years now in the aftermath of
the mysterious, premature death of Arch Priestess Olai.
Few worshipers of the order doubted that Aleyna had a hand in
that death; yet even the most dogged could not produce a single shred
of evidence to counter her ascent.
And Aleyna’s consolidation of power had fully cemented her
hold on the order, with Olai’s most fervent allies suddenly cut from
power and moved to minor posts around the sector.
It was a most efficient use of force — and done so
gracefully, so elegantly, and so firmly that resistance to Aleyna
seemed to melt like snow in fire.
Now, Aleyna’s attention was focused
squarely on attaining the power of Dawn’s End, which, according to
the most ancient and sacred prophecies, should be maturing sometime
during the Rite of Coldfall. She
smiled thinly, a humorless exercise that served to chill her black
eyes even further.
Her eyes followed the two off-world females
at the center of the Voyager procession.
Captain Kathryn Janeway and Seven of Nine. The commanding officer and her trusted Borg subordinate.
The leader and her wife.
Aleyna chuckled coldly.
This too, she thought with pleasure, was foreseen by
the prophets: An explorer
and her treasure.
Ah, yes, Aleya reflected languidly,
her keen eyes sweeping over Seven.
The blonde wore a silky sapphire-blue dress, her creamy
shoulders exposed and a long slit up on the left leg.
When she moved, her long legs seemed to flow in and out of the
dress with a grace that made many in the crowd pause to admire.
In the shades of night alleviated only by flame light, the Borg
implants seem to bejewel her body, flashing dully on her face, arms
and legs. Treasure.
Then, the captain turned her face to the sky.
Their eyes met briefly, although Aleyna was unsure whether or
not the human was able to make out her form from such a distance.
But she shrank into the cliff side, inexplicably shaken by that
brief connection. She shook herself, cursing her own paranoid reactions.
“Love, you are so beautiful. I’m glad you wore that dress,” whispered Janeway, her
eyes sweeping proudly over her wife.
Seven smiled faintly.
“In truth, I care only that I am here with you.
You are the most beautiful one at this gathering, Kathryn.”
The captain blushed lightly, her eyes
self-consciously casting down to look at her own choice of clothing. Encased in a deep-red slinky gown, with one shoulder bare,
the light material seeming to caress her skin with each movement.
The color of the dress, thanks to its special material bought
during a brief layover in the Xynox sector, appeared to blend into the
skin of its wearer, sometimes, given the right lighting, even creating
the impression of a chameleon skin.
She shivered under her wife’s appraising eye.
We are delighted that you have joined us for this
celebration,” cried a jovial Counsel Jonesi, the planet’s top
ambassador. He moved
forward eagerly, clearly enjoying the two women’s aesthetic
appearances, and offered his hands to both women.
They grasped each hand, in the tradition of his people, and
continued their progress towards the seating area.
Janeway smiled warmly.
“We are pleased to be invited for this event.”
“Yes,” added Seven, “it coincides with
a very special day for us.”
“Really?” asked Jonesi, turning curiously
to look at Seven. “What
is that, if I may inquire?”
“This is our second wedding anniversary,”
asserted the Borg proudly, her eyes noting Janeway’s light flush
“Well, that is wonderful!” declared
Jonesi, his hands tightening joyfully.
“Then you must be sure to enjoy yourselves completely.”
He paused at the end of a row of tables. “I must leave you now, but here is your table.”
He gestured grandly at the long, stone table, which was framed
by a series of plush, high chairs.
Several guests already were present, and they all nodded
formally to the three newcomers.
“You sit in esteemed company, I am
afraid,” added Jonesi with a conspiratorial squeeze.
“Our President and her advisors will be to your left, and on
your right will be representatives of our most powerful religious
“Indeed,” murmured Janeway, her eyes
taking on a new gleam. “Politics
and religion…this should make for a fun evening.”
Seven resisted the urge to roll her eyes.
The evening proceeded slowly, with formal
introductions taking up the better part of an hour.
After that, a delightful procession of small meats and
delicacies were presented to the table, so much so that, by the time
that the main entrees were served, Janeway was forced to take only
small bites. She stifled a groan, cursing herself silently for eating far
too much. She sneaked a
glance at Seven, wishing that her Borg wife at least had the grace to
join in her misery. But
it wasn’t likely. The
blonde officer was eating comfortably — no doubt due to much greater
restraint during the earlier stages of the evening, decided Janeway
with some resentment.
A warm hand suddenly clasped her upper thigh.
Seven turned slightly, asking in a low voice, “Kathryn, are
The captain offered a small smile, warmed by
Seven’s thoughtful touch and concern.
“Yes, darling, just too little discipline around all these
delicacies. My own
fault,” she muttered in response.
“Let us hope that they are not the only
indulgence of the evening,” Seven replied.
Janeway chuckled lightly at that, delighted
as always by her spouse’s subtle humor.
That laugh must have caught the attention of the priestess at
the end of the table, for the raven-haired woman glanced up and met
Janeway’s eyes. For an
instant, the captain felt a chill pass through her, shocking her into
silence. Confused, she
smiled wanly at the woman, then dropped her eyes to her plate, going
through the motions of eating as she tried to ascertain the reason
behind her sudden unease.
She continued to feel the woman’s strange
gaze on her, and shifted uncomfortably in her chair, wondering if
liberal servings of the planet’s delicious fruit wine had wreaked
havoc on her senses. Janeway
tried to focus on the soft murmur of Seven’s conversation with
another guest, a prophet of an ancient order.
But her mind was fogging, and she stood up slowly, determined
to find the nearest water room for a good, cold splash of water to the
“Kathryn?” questioned Seven, who had
turned from her conversation abruptly.
“Are you feeling ill?”
Janeway shook her head firmly. “I’m all right, Seven.
I just need to find the water room.
I’ll be right back.”
In the water room, the buzz of the
celebration was muted, a fact for which Janeway was thankful.
She checked her chronometer with some relief. It was well past time to return to their planet-side
quarters. After all,
thought Janeway with a faintly lascivious grin, they still had an
anniversary to celebrate. She
took a few more minutes to rest her head in the small, warm, quiet
room, feeling her head clear of that strange, sudden haze.
When she opened the door into the open air,
however, the atmosphere had altered dramatically.
Janeway rushed forward to stop a passing
Wicchai. “What is
happening?” she yelled, struggling to be heard above the din.
Frantic dark eyes focused on her.
“It is the gap! Dawn’s End! Something
is forming from it!” Abruptly,
the man broke from her grasp and fled, his form quickly swallowed up
by the surrounding darkness.
The Starfleet captain blinked. All the flame holders had been extinguished; if not for the
pale light of the planet’s two moons, utter darkness would have
Frantic yells reached her ears, coming from
the vicinity of the nearby mountainside that hosted this mysterious
gap. As she rushed
towards the gathering crowd, her eyes anxiously searching for
Voyager’s crewmembers, especially for one in particular, she
reviewed her scant knowledge of the phenomenon that this species
called “Dawn’s End.” It
was a periodic, if irregular, occurrence that had gained mythical
status in the planet’s diverse religious traditions.
Some religious orders associated it with a
visitation from another dimension, urging many to maintain a
respectful distance lest they become swallowed up and leave the
Wicchai world forever. Other
orders named it “The Sacred Tear,” explaining it as a benevolent
aperture into the very fabric of the universe, a holy vision bestowed
on the blessed Wicchai species as part of a benevolent compact between
species and god being. The
Wicchai ambassador also had mentioned another obscure belief,
championed by a very small minority of believers: that the gap was an
escape route for a trapped goddess of fearsome power, and that if she
ever escaped, then ruin would come to the Wicchai race.
All these assorted beliefs, thought Janeway,
were frustrating because they prevented the scientific orders of this
world from conducting rational studies of the phenomenon.
Even Voyager’s scientists were denied access to the
mountainside, and the Starfleet team had been forced to perform
surreptitious, and ultimately fruitless, scans from space.
The mountain’s crystalline rocks were unique, somehow, and
defied even Voyager’s sophisticated scanning technology.
As she neared the crowd, Janeway saw dozens,
perhaps hundreds, of Wicchai prostrated on the ground, heads lowered
and bodies visibly trembling. Several
of her crew were standing to one side, bewildered and seemingly
stunned. Then her
attention was claimed by the women standing in front of the sparkling,
flaming gap. The strange, raven-haired priestess from the table stood
upright, arms outstretched towards the gap, unafraid of the large
flames that licked and sprayed as the gap expanded before their very
eyes, with massive groans of screeching rock and thunderous grinding.
And to her side, stood a transfixed Seven of Nine, her eyes
wide open and hair flying wildly about her face.
To Janeway’s horror, the Borg woman seemed caught in a trance
state, an oddly vacant expression slackening the narrow features.
“Seven!” the captain screamed, scrambling
quickly up the rocks to reach her silent wife.
Then she was tackled to the ground, groaning
in pain as sharp rocks bit into her face and chest as she hit the
mountainside. Strong arms
pinned her face down to the soil, and another pair efficiently
strapped her limbs together with a loose, metallic material.
“Don’t move, off-worlder,” came the low
command. It was a male
voice, guttural in the Wicchai way.
Then a gag was placed over her mouth,
strangling the words she would have screamed.
She struggled futilely, realizing quickly that all advantage
was claimed by her new enemies.
With a sickening dread, her eyes swept the
procession once more, noting how the other Voyager crewmembers stood
still, eyes vacant and mouths slack.
Somehow, they had been bewitched.
The Wicchai, however, largely remained cringing on the ground,
low harmonic murmurs swelling from the trembling crowd.
And at the mouth of the gap, an odd blue light had appeared.
The blue light formed a spherical shape, expanding until it was
easily twenty feet in circumference, then it throbbed with a rising
Eyes stricken, Janeway watched helplessly as
the black-haired priestess raised a hand and gestured to Seven.
Obeying the command, the Borg woman walked towards the sphere.
The captain screamed silent warnings to her wife, a sudden
chill running down her spine as Seven neared the blue sphere.
Then Seven was upon the sphere, yet continued
her advance. In an
instant, she was swallowed up by the light, and only the sphere
remained, its frequency dulling to a monotonous, regular pulse.
Aleyna relaxed her posture, breathing
rhythmically as she tempered her power and excitement.
She turned once to survey the crowd, noting with satisfaction
the trembling, massed Wicchai and the bewitched off-worlder
slightly to investigate a disturbance in the field of mental energy,
her eyes lit upon the alien commander, who lay trussed and facedown on
the lower mountainside. The
woman radiated fury and a deep determination, the priestess noted in
annoyance. Her thin, black eyebrows knit together, as she concentrated
on sending a mental soothing flow to the alien woman.
Her mouth tightened.
The stubborn woman was fighting the mental suggestion, blocking
it out in an impressive display of mental strength.
Aleyna turned away, forcing herself to ignore the deviation in
the mental field caused by the alien commander.
She stared expectantly at the pulsating blue sphere, excitement
building as she thought about the power that lay so close at hand.
The Borg woman had been a revelation.
While Aleyna had encountered others who had the ability to
harbor and control dozens of inner voices, never before had she come
across a being that held the collective memories and experiences of
thousands. It was as
though Seven of Nine was a receptacle of living histories, each one of
which lay dormant, yet somehow still viable, within a remarkably
ordered consciousness. Truly,
reflected Aleyna, her black eyes glinting in the moonlight, a
treasure for the day of Cam. A
treasure for the Ladnuf Order, just as ancient prophesy foretold.
It had taken a rather concentrated burst of
mental persuasion to slip through the Borg’s defenses, then to find
the single consciousness to hook onto, a consciousness as deeply
devout as her own. That
hook, that entry into the Borg’s very mind, had been enough to
battle a very surprised, stunned Seven of Nine for control, if only
temporary, of the body’s conscious volition.
But it would not last long.
Even now, the mental energy she was expending to maintain the
mental link was draining her, making the commander’s mental defiance
far more distracting than it should have been.
It was a shame that the others required all their mental
reserves to control the Wicchai and off-worlder crowds.
Otherwise, thought Aleyna angrily, she would command them to
purge that uniquely unsettling mind.
She shivered, feeling a change in the mental
link. It has begun,
she realized with a faint stirring of fear.
But she pushed away that fear, focusing instead on a hunger
deep within her heart, a ravenous unceasing need for power and energy
that had pushed her to the very apex of her chosen order.
That had forced her to kill Olai, to purge the order’s
leadership roster of any enemies, to use ruthless force and
manipulation to seed other, competing orders with her dedicated spies
and pathetic lovers. So
that this moment could arrive and she could control the proceedings.
Aleyna shook, as a new power flowed into her.
The Borg woman is making the transfer, she exulted
silently, tasting the new energy like a living thing, feeling its
textures and strength like a drug inundating her open channels.
She threw back her head in sensual enjoyment, closing her eyes
in order to better experience this power.
But it still wasn’t enough. It wasn’t truly satisfying.
The transfer was not yet complete.
Impatient now, having touched a mere shadow of the full
reality, she focused once more on the pulsating blue sphere —
awaiting the moment when Seven of Nine would emerge, transformed into
a living vessel of the vast energy of the freed goddess, and complete
the transfer with her, with Aleyna, the High Priestess of the Ladnuf
Seven of Nine watched the events unfolding
before her eyes, helpless to command her own body’s actions. As she entered the sphere, she felt an anger unfolding
around her, an anger of such depth and magnitude that, if she
controlled her body she would have fled the area, bowed by an
unspeakably powerful dread. Her
flight would have been dictated by reflex, instinct, pure survival
movements. But there was
no margin for instinct. Her
every action was controlled and, for the first time since her
disconnection from the Borg Collective, she felt utterly naked and
vulnerable — unable to assert her own fate, to account for her own
actions. It was her own
private hell. It was
similar to life in the Borg Collective.
And it was happening again.
She had watched with horror as the Wicchai
were mysteriously and rapidly reduced to a quivering, prostrate mass,
as the rest of the Voyager contingent — though, worryingly, Janeway
could not be seen — were transformed into a vacant lot of apathetic
bystanders. Then she felt
her body obeying the dictates of the dark-haired priestess, Aleyna.
And now, she was trapped in a strange blue orb that filled her
with the starkest fear she had ever known.
The orb’s anger seemed to vibrate through
her very skin. And then
she gasped as a mysterious presence entered her body, soul and mind. It was an elusive presence, as though something was sifting
through her very consciousness, and every time she tried to identify
it, she failed, feeling it slip away with a whisper.
Despite her fear, she understood that it was not malevolent.
Even though its anger was caused by her trespass into the orb,
it was searching for something, for an answer, for an explanation,
during its forays into her consciousness.
Then she felt it reach out, through her, to the priestess;
after several unending moments, it retreated.
Then it pierced her again, with a renewed
force, and this time the energy was different.
It was focused. Instantly,
she knew its purpose. And
she knew the priestess did not comprehend, could not imagine, what
would occur next. It was
the anger, tempered into an irresistibly, undeniably powerful force.
And it neither heeded the wishful prophecies of this world, nor
the desires of so-called true believers.
Aleyna advanced on the blue orb, coming as
close as she dared. She
stopped ten feet from it, feeling her blood heat up from the nearness
of so much power. The
energy flow from the Borg woman had eased, leaving the priestess
hungering for the final transfer.
Never before had she felt so ravenous.
Even the months of discipline and careful cultivation of mental
energies did not seem enough. As much power as had ever cultivated within herself was still
minuscule, even embarrassingly paltry, when compared to that singular
taste of power she had experienced through the mental link. She had to have more. And
she would, she exulted to the night air, luxuriating in her mastery of
the arcane political machinations that had positioned her at this very
site, with such dominance.
Then the blue orb seemed to shimmer, and the
Borg woman reappeared. There
was no visible change, save a change in the eyes, from palest blue to
a glowing blood red. Those
eyes seemed to cut into her being, and Aleyna stood enthralled, her
breath coming in short gasps. The
off-worlder advanced, resplendent in her evening dress, careless
beauty and naked power melding together in an intoxicating blend.
Aleyna reached for the blonde alien, feeling
a surge of desire, of both power and lust, rasp through her body.
The alien’s skin felt hot to her touch, and Aleyna groaned as
she pulled the other woman into her embrace.
She would finish this now.
She would now complete the power transfer, through the final
cleansing rituals of body, blood and sex.
The priestess grasped onto the Borg woman,
one arm flung across, down the back, with the hand pressing urgently
into the lower back. The
other arm snaked around the waist, pulling Seven into intimate
contact. Aleyna gasped
out loud as the full body contact seemed to sear her very skin.
She looked into the solemn face, now level
with her own. The
blood-red eyes were swirling, even sparking.
And then Aleyna lowered her face, searching for the full lips
that she had coveted all evening.
At first contact, Aleyna felt the change,
understood that something was wrong.
She struggled to end the touch, to flee the arms that had
reached up to complete their embrace.
But she could not. It
was all wrong, she screamed silently, her mind convulsing with the
knowledge that now flowed from Seven.
The Order of Ladnuf had misunderstood
everything. Dawn’s End
indeed represented vast power, but, horribly and terribly and fatally,
it was definitely not theirs to take.
Indeed, it was not for anyone’s taking.
It was a thing unto itself.
And now it demanded vengeance for their trespass.
She moaned in despair, feeling her life’s
energy flow out of her, then feeling the combined energies of her
fellow order members pour through her on their way to annihilation.
Her body jerked uncontrollably as each member’s energy passed
through hers. She felt
their initial lack of comprehension, then heard their silent screams
as they realized, too late, their trespass.
And then she felt no more.
Captain Janeway watched soberly as the
Wicchai world retreated from her view screen.
After she gave the order to go to warp, she excused herself
from the bridge, logged off duty, and wearily returned to her
As the doors swooshed open, she blinked
twice. Instead of the
usual set-up, her quarters had been transformed into a holiday
showcase. Off to one
side, a gaily decorated Terran Christmas tree vaulted to the ceiling,
underneath which lay at least a dozen brightly wrapped presents; in a
corner, burning elegantly in the darkened room, was a menorah.
Scattered around the room were other holiday accoutrements from
Earth’s diverse religions: a mooncake lay amidst a pile of small,
cheerful red envelopes, Kwanzaa-style wraps adorned a candle-lit
And, best of all, Seven of Nine stood in the
center of the room, long blonde hair flowing gloriously, dressed in a
deliciously form-fitting, if indecently low-cut, elf’s uniform, long
bare legs tapering down to a pair of adorable, pointed green boots.
“Seven?” the captain managed in a choked
Her wife advanced slowly, a brilliant smile
forming on those full lips. Janeway
held her breath, as she felt a tingle of desire forming in her
“Kathryn, do you like it?”
Janeway blinked again, then shook her head
continually surprise me, Seven of Nine,” she murmured softly.
“I love it.”
Seven reached out and pulled Janeway into a
close embrace. “After
our sojourn on Wicchai, which I must add was most stressful, I decided
that we needed a holiday celebration of our very own.
One that we can enjoy and control.”
She looked down at the captain, and for an instant, a shadow
flit across Seven’s face. “I
also wished to salvage our wedding anniversary.
May we celebrate it now? I
know that today is not the actual day, but—“
“Say no more, darling,” whispered
Janeway, tightening her grip on her wife.
“I would celebrate it every day if that was what you
Seven smiled once more, her eyes lightening
with happiness. She
pulled Janeway further into the room.
“I have made a traditional dinner.
Please join me now.”
Janeway followed her wife to the dinner
table, seating herself as she watched Seven go to the kitchen area and
return with several dishes. Quietly,
she studied her wife, noting the subdued manner in which Seven moved. As Seven sat down, Janeway asked gently, “Are you sure you
are all right? I know
that you went through an experience that none of us can truly
Seven paused, taking time to ladle eggnog
into two glasses. Her
movements were precise and unhurried.
Laying down the ladle, she gazed evenly at her spouse.
“We will talk about it, Kathryn.”
She turned away, seeming to hesitate, then her eyes returned to
Janeway. “However, I
wish to enjoy this night as simply our anniversary.
I wish to dwell upon nothing else but the fact that you are my
wife and I love you.”
Then Seven looked away again, swallowing
At this, Janeway rose and walked over to
where her partner sat. She
knelt in front of Seven, placing a hand on a thigh, while the other
hand moved up to cup Seven’s cheek, forcing their eyes to meet.
“Hey, love,” she urged softly, gazing into beloved blue
eyes with as much love as she could display, “you mustn’t hide
anything from me. I
won’t enjoy the evening less if you are honest with me about how you
Seven’s chin seemed to tremble, and Janeway
reached up with the other hand, cupping Seven’s face tenderly.
“The destruction of the Ladnuf Order was
indeed terrible to experience,” began Seven slowly, “but that in
itself was a product of their own misinterpretations and greed for
“Yes,” Janeway agreed, nodding, “they
had the hubris to believe that their own explanations of extrasensory
phenomena were correct. And
they paid for this miscalculation with their life forces.
I’m sorry you had to be a part of that.”
“I understand that I was used as a vessel, on both ends.
But that per se does not bother me.
The events played out according to their logical conclusion,
given the reality involved.”
Again, Janeway nodded, trying to work with
Seven to explicate the event, and perhaps lay it to rest. “Yes, the so-called ‘goddess’ was angry at being
disturbed in such a fashion, and took measures to warn off any other
future trespassers. It
was foolish of the Ladnuf to believe that the power was simply theirs
to assume.” She paused,
a bit confusedly. “But,
darling, what really bothered you then?”
Seven inhaled deeply, her eyes intently
watching Janeway. Her
hands reached out to pull the other woman up and into her lap.
As the captain settled happily onto her wife, Seven reached up
and caressed the delicate cheeks with warm knuckles.
“I am upset,” she said, huskily, “that my wife saw me
kiss another woman on our anniversary night.”
Janeway felt her heart spasm at Seven’s
tender concern, even as a shadow crossed her face at the memory of
that long, terrible kiss. She
had watched in silent horror as Seven, eyes blazing red, had emerged
from the blue orb. And
when the priestess had dared to embrace and kiss Seven, Janeway had
felt a very real anger and jealousy bite deep into her soul — even
as she realized that Seven was being controlled by other forces, even
as she knew, in her bones, that the being that emerged from the orb
was not fully Seven of Nine, but something other.
A gentle hand stroking her cheeks, the soft
murmur of her name, carried Janeway back into the present.
She looked down at her wife, who was watching her intently,
concern and regret and love written all over the narrow features.
“Oh, love,” whispered Janeway, unable to
say anything else as Seven’s face ascended and captured her lips in
a searing kiss of profound devotion.
They kissed again and again, more deeply and passionately with
every passing second.
Seven trembled slightly, her breath coming in
short gasps, as she gently pulled away from the kisses. “Kathryn, what about our dinner?”
The captain gazed at the laden table with a
mischievous glint in her eyes. “Let’s
work up an appetite first, shall we?”
And she reached for her wife.
THE END…and happy holidays!