Mistakes can be avoided
. 2273. . .
. . . Voyager . . .
The Doctor was busy reading up on Quarty's medical records sent by John-Luc and also searching for any illness described by John-Luc prior to the information being sent. John-Luc noted the big specimen was sent to the Federation for further testing and analysis. Tuvok and Chakotay were both called to Captain Janeway's ready room.
Janeway put down cup of coffee.
And then she changed before their eyes. Her uniform changed from gentle colors to darker colors. It was strange. Chakotay blinked at first trying to make sure it was not a figment of his imagination. Her hair had a different hair style about it. Tuvok, on the other hand, notcied that she randomly had a padd in her hand. She also seemed to be . . pregnant?
"I have read your reports regarding the unwelcome passenger," Janeway said. She paused as though for dramatic effect lowering the padd. "And we can't keep her."
"Captain?" Tuvok said, surprised.
"Yes, Tuvok, the old woman must be sent back to her people." Janeway said.
"Captain,are you pregnant?" Chakotay asked.
"I am, Commander," Janeway said, her mood changing from the usual deamnor to a happy one. "I am due any day."
"Ah, Captain," Tuvok said. "May we go?"
"Request granted." Janeway said. "But I expect you to be at your posts in case of Koloster and Romulan attack."
The two left Janeway's ready room and went into a private room. Not a animal or person lurked in this private almost dark but well lit section of the Voyager. For petes sake the corridors had darker colors. The floor was black. Pitch black.
"Commander, I sense we are not in our timeline." Tuvok said.
"I believe we are still in it." Chakotay said.
"How?" Tuvok asked.
"Sometimes the effect happens before the cause takes place." Chakotay said. "Remember the time we were stuck in a wormhole?"
"I do." Tuvok said.
"We have to find out what happened in the past that lead to our current position and. . ." Chakotay glanced at Tuvok seeing one pip on his uniform. "No offense. . . But when did you become a Ensign?"
"I am not a Ensign." Tuvok said.
"Your pip says so." Chakotay said.
Tuvok felt along his pip to feel one.
Just one pip.
"You are right." Tuvok said.
"I will check at sick bay and you check the files." Chakotay said.
. . . Sick Bay . .
. . . Fifteen minutes later . . .
Chakotay enter Sick Bay. But it wasn't so light has he had recalled. It was mostly dark and the only way he could see around was due to the bright colors. The Doctor wasn't around, but maybe he was somewhere else aboard the ship. There he saw on the table laid a old woman with a posture indicating she is ill. He felt odd being around her. Why did he feel this way? It was so odd.
He felt an unusual sense indicating history was repeating itself.
Except there is a woman on the bed not a man.
"Hello." Chakotay said.
"Oh, Commander." The old lady said. "Where is my spouse?"
Chakotay approached the old woman.
"I am sorry, but I am not of your time," Chakotay said. "What is your name?"
The old lady sighed.
"I don't remember it." The old lady said.
"Annabeth? Sarah? Hannah? Lady Q?" Chakotay said.
"Who is Lady Q?" The old lady asked.
"A woman nicer than the Q I know," Chakotay said.
The old lady smiled.
"Lady Q sounds like a royally nice name," The old lady said. "Maybe that is my name." She sat upright with her eyes fixed toward her hands now placed on her lap. "It has been so long since I called myself . . . Lady Q."
"When did you stop calling yourself Lady Q?" Chakotay asked.
"The day I intervened in another Q's fate. . ." The old lady said. "I picked up the needle and injected myself with it. It wasn't intervening. But losing some-one like that you use to know so well . . .That is. . ." She looked up toward his direction. "I remember it was a painful day for me."
She closed her eyes wincing clenching at her arm.
"My arm." The old lady said.
The Doctor should be coming any moment.
But instead of the Doctor came Kes.
"Commander?" Kes said. "Why are you here rather than at a Holo-tennis match with the Doctor?"
. . . 23 minutes later . . .
They hadn't expected this to happen.
To learn they were in the Alpha Quadrant was a shocker! Tuvok and Chakotay learned that the Voyager was orbiting a planet that was unwise to orbit but the location was strategically thought out for in case of attacks. The first attack came from behind. Photonic Torpedoes were fired at the vessel that was a Romulan one. The Romulans had gone beyond the zone that divided them from the federation along with a dark larger prickly vessel that had thorns sticking out all over the place.
Chakotay and Tuvok were at their stations.
God, if one could say Chakotay was scared they were right.
He hadn't been in this kind of position in FEDERATION SPACE!
Tuvok grabbed onto his station when the side of the Voyager was hit. The bridge trembled making everyone shake in their place. Tuvok and Chakotay had figured out what the two parallel universes shared: a old person in Sick Bay with a illness that affected their memory. They had shifted in time, oddly enough. It wasn't their finest hour hearing the reports of decks being hit. The bridge was struck by the attacks. Tuvok claimed to know the cause of why Kolosters were engaging in a attack with the Romulans against the Voyager.
In the mist of the attack, Janeway had to go into the ready room.
Now, here was the chance to message the Doctor . . . Quickly.
Chakotay messaged The Doctor.
"Doctor, you must operate on the patient." Chakotay said.
"Are you kidding?" The Doctor asked. "We are under attack. I don't think we have a chance of survival due to-"
"This is very important, Doctor," Chakotay said. "Do you notice something is amiss?"
"Well, everything is amiss." The Doctor said.
"Name one!" Chakotay said.
"The patient," The Doctor said. "I keep seeing a sleeping man in her place!"
"You have to operate on her head, that's the only way this timeline will end." Chakotay said.
"Are you saying we are in a parallel universe because I didn't operate on a man?" The Doctor asked.
"Yes, Doctor!" Chakotay said.
"Well, that explains everything," The Doctor said. "I'll take your advice. Doctor out."
Janeway came out of her ready room with her hair fixed up and a determined look on her face. She set the order for there to be attacks on the Koloster's bridge and the Klingons wing section. Her order went though as the Voyager shook. Janeway was able to make her way back to the center of the bridge even as some wall material fell through to the floor. She managed to stay put of the way. Harry Kim and the other bridge officers were unsure how the Doctor related to the attack.
The attack had stopped, abruptly shortly after the shots fired on the two vessels.
"Captain," Tuvok said. "I believe we have reached a stalemate."
"Why are they not firing?" Janeway asked out loud.
"Pardon?" Chakotay said.
"They wouldn't stop firing because their bridges are out and their wings," Janeway said. "These are the Conjoined Rasven Alliance and they don't ever stop. They are playing possum with us."
"Maybe they are dead." Chakotay said.
"Commander, this is unlike you." Janeway said.
"I am always this way." Chakotay said.
"Giving the Kolosters and Romulans mercy is a insult to the thousands of lives they killed aboard twenty-two ships two years ago!" Janeway said. "Need I remind you one of which being Enterprise-C falling victims to them."
"But Captain, that never happened." Chakotay acknowledged.
"Yes, it did!" Janeway said. "You were there, Commander."
"The Commander is right, Captain." Tuvok said.
"You two, my ready room." Janeway said.
The three went into Janeway's ready room. Janeway went to her chair then stood in front of it appearing to be cross. She was irritated with them, visibily. She put her hands on both hips and then said, "I don't know what is wrong with you but you must stop it!"
"Captain-" Tuvok started but Janeway cut him off.
"Do not lie to me, Mr Tuvok," Janeway said. "I want to know if you are traitors to The Federation or Romulan spies."
"You may need to sit down for this." Chakotay said.
Janeway sat down.
In the next second that passed Janeway was right back to her regular self lacking a pregnant stomach. The two sighed in relief that was seemingly strange for their behavior toward their Captain who hadn't noticed the change.
"I want to hear your full reports on why you have been harassing the crew." Janeway said.
"Captain," Tuvok said. "We have experienced a time shift into another universe where Mr Quarty died."
"Oh?" Janeway said.
"Mr Quarty is instrumental . . ." Tuvok had a pause. "Or was. . . Instrumental to ensuring the Kolosters did not meet the Romulans. In 2297, Mr Pocirld and Mr Quarty intercept with the Keorwitz that was headed to Romulus at the time. They convinced the captain to turn away and instead visit Cippallon. This is after what Quarty explained to them generations of bitter hate and death that leads to the downfall of the Federation and the Romulan Empire."
"And I was pregnant in that timeline?" Janeway asked.
"Yes, Captain," Chakotay said. "You were."
Janeway shook her head taking a sip of her coffee that was recent.
"Captain?" Tuvok said. "How long have we been harassing the crew?"
"Past two hours," Janeway said. "You have been insisting on visiting Mr Quarty and claiming he was Lady Q."
Janeway lowered her cup.
Before their eyes, once more, their captain changed standing up with her hands on her hips appearing to be in disbelief. What was going on? How was this being initiated? Chakotay and Tuvok shared a puzzled look.
"Now look, I won't believe this nonsense that I am not pregnant because you have space feet sickness!" Janeway said.
"Captain," Tuvok said. "We are not ill."
"It seems every time you stand up we are shifting," Chakotay observed. "May you sit down, again, please and hear what they have to say?"
"No, I am not listening to you traitors!" Janeway said. She pressed a button on the desk with a scowl on her face. "Security, take Commander Chakotay and Ensign Tuvok-" Tuvok delivered the Vulcan nerve pinch to Janeway making her fall to the chair. "Ah."
She changed, again.
"This is getting on my nerves," Chakotay said, rubbing his forehead.
"I have a new theory," Tuvok said. "And a logical solution to this problem."
"What is it?" Chakotay asked.
"We have to get our Janeway into our position," Tuvok said. "It will be confusing but . . . It may work for her to believe us."
"Do you think the other you is saying the same thing?" Chakotay asked.
"It is our only hope." Tuvok said.
. . . Brig. . .
. . . Half an hour later . . .
Janeway woke up in the Brig along with a woman who looked strikingly like her. It was strange to see her counterpart resting on a bed. She had a pain in her shoulder. She looked over seeing only one Chakotay with his arms folded. Only one.
"Are you my Chakotay?" Janeway asked.
"I am her Chakotay," Chakotay said, pointing over to the sleeping woman. "Our Tuvok realized the only way to end this is by making both of you interact and come to a solution on what to do about your little problem in sick bay. Your Doctor is still researching on Mr Quarty's illness due to the various tests it was put through and the experimental rats and primates used as test subjects."
"Oh, so that is what he meant by bringing us face to face," Janeway said, briefly closing her eyes. "It is kind of silly things only change for you two when we are sitting."
"Yes, it is." Chakotay said.
Kathryn sat upwards, mumbling about 'Those traitors will pay dearly'.
"What traitors?" Janeway asked.
Kathryn froze seeing herself.
"You . . . You are a copy!" Kathryn said.
"I assure you, I am not a copy," Janeway said.
Kathryn stood up.
Chakotay is replaced by Tuvok.
"Apologies, Captains," Tuvok said. "It was the only way."
"Traitor!" Kathryn accused Tuvok.
"Captain, you have to stand up so this . . .Mess will stop," Tuvok said. "Theoretically two beings who have the same face from two different universes can open two doorways to their universe and close them after coming to a conclusion about a major decision that affects their future and past."
"In English?" Janeway asked.
"The universe is having a mid-life crises and our pasts AND Future rely on your decision regarding Quarty's status," Tuvok said. "I have messaged Mr Pocirld regarding our little problem. He wishes you good luck."
"Whe we're done, what happens to the field?" Janeway asked.
"You both must walk through it," Tuvok said. "At the same time. Tuvok of her universe will be distinguishable and yours . . Sincerely, me. We will not be able to hear your conversation once you have stood up. Time will go as it should be during your conversation."
"No way!" Kathryn shouted, standing up.
Now there was another Tuvok with ONE Pip beside him.
"Kathryn," Janeway said. "Have you come across a man named Q?"
Kathryn turned around with a confused look.
"I don't know who you are talking about."
"Nice woman,she helps us out once in awhile."
"I am having a tough time deciding my Q's fate."
"Your Q's fate?"
"Let's imagine our Q are the one and same person."
"But they are not."
"Bear with me, Kathryn."
"Fine, so what?"
"If I decide that Q dies then your future will be possible."
"I am in the Alpha Quadrant unlike you being stuck in the Delta Quadrant!"
"You heard me. We never got stuck."
Janeway had a good look at Kathryn.
"Who is the father?"
Kathryn nodded, proudly.
"What is your spirit animal?"
"If I tell you mine then it will leave."
"You can always tell yourself, besides, I am you."
"Mine is a lizard."
"A lizard. . . . Really?"
"Yes, a lizard."
"When was the last time you ever saw Lady Q?" Janeway asked.
"A year ago." Kathryn said.
"If I decide my Q dies then she will be on the table being operated on by your Doctor and she will die aboard your ship," Janeway said. "I just realized it . . . She will never come back, Kathryn. Not ever. Not in a million years."
Kathryn grabbed her by the collar then pressed Janeway against the wall.
"My friend is on that table because you refuse to help him?" Kathryn asked.
"Yes." Janeway said.
"My lady Q is the godmother of my child and I can't imagine a world where her god child never meets her god parent." Kathryn said.
Janeway looked down to see Kathryn's pants are stained.
"Your water broke." Janeway said.
Kathryn let go of Janeway stepping back grabbing at her stomach.
"Maybe, just maybe," Kathryn said. "Your Q has already made you a god parent without your knowledge."
"I don't think so." Janeway said.
"We have to go at the same time and you are going to allow your doctor to save his ass." Kathryn said.
"But if I do, you would never exist." Janeway said.
Kathryn smiled rubbing her stomach.
"In some aspect of parallel universes, I will be alive . . . Captain." Kathryn said.
The two came to the force field that seemed to be . . de-electrifiying? Kathryn faced her Tuvok and Janeway faced her Tuvok. At the same time they walked through the field without earning a bruise. Janeway saw her Tuvok standing there clear as day waiting for the possibly reassuring words.
"Tuvok,is the whole time shifting ordeal over for you?" Janeway asked.
"Affirmative,Captain." Tuvok said.
"It is nice to have you back, Tuvok." Janeway said, with a smile.