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Temporal Distortions
Part 3
Author: Mac
Disclaimers in Part 1
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"That was amazing, Tom!" Peri exclaimed as they headed to the
turbolift. "I haven't been to San Francisco in a few years."

Tom smiled. "I'm glad you enjoyed it. I think the 20th Century was a
great period in Earth's history."

"Tom!"

"Hey, Harry," Tom replied. He grinned when he saw him staring at
Peri. "What's going on?"

Harry shook his head as if to clear it. "B'Elanna's going to kick your
ass, that's what's going on."

"Damn, I forgot! Peri, this is my good friend, Harry Kim. He'll take
you to the Captain's Ready Room. I'm sorry I have to cut this short..."

Peri kept her attention on the younger man. "No problem. I'm sure
Harry and I will be just fine."

"Yeah... Just fine," Harry replied.

***********

Tom peered around the door and into the mess hall. There didn't seem
to be any sign of B'Elanna. Taking a deep breath, he stepped inside
and headed over to Neelix.

The Talaxian looked a bit nervous about something. "What's for
dinner, Neelix?"

"Um... Dinner? Uh... um..."

Tom felt something hard and wet hit him on the back of the head. He
turned around to see his girlfriend glaring at him. "Tom Paris, you're
late."

"I'm sorry, B'Elanna," he said. She ignored him and left the mess
hall. Tom raced after her. "B'Elanna, wait, I can explain!"

She sighed and crossed her arms. "I'm waiting."

"I was in the holodeck--" B'Elanna was about to say something, but
Tom held up his hand. "Would you let me finish already? Neelix brought our visitors in on a tour and since Peri seemed fascinated with it, I showed her the version of San Francisco I was working on. She helped me out with some of the smaller details."

"Is that all?"

"That's all. I was taking her up to see the Captain when Harry
reminded me about our dinner date. I'm really sorry, B'Elanna. I know
I should have called you, but I was so excited about the program I
completely forgot."

She watched as he gave her the 'I'm sorry' look. She could never turn
it down. B'Elanna always found herself lost in his blue eyes when he
did that. "No, I'm sorry, Tom. I should have let you explain before I
started chucking tomatoes at you."

He smiled. "Why don't you help me clean up?"

"Lead the way, Helmboy," she replied, taking his hand.

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"Enter." Harry led Peri into the Captain's Ready Room. "Thank you,
Ensign Kim. Dismissed."

"Aye, Captain."

The young girl watched Harry leave with love struck eyes. "Peri," the
Doctor said, "come have seat. The Captain and I were just discuss--
Peri!"

"Huh? Oh, sorry, Doctor, were you saying something?"

Janeway laughed. "Have a seat, Peri. Would you like something to
drink?"

Peri thought for a moment. Harry told her about the Replicators and
she wanted something she hadn't had since she joined the Doctor.
"Chocolate milkshake, thank you."

"Good choice."

The three chatted amicably regarding their adventures. Peri's eyes
shined with wonder. If she didn't have to be back in her time, she
would stay with Captain Janeway and... Harry Kim.

Now he was someone she could get to know. Smart, handsome, funny.
Just what she looks for in a man. She glanced over at the Doctor. He
would never let her remain here. And something told her Captain
Janeway wouldn't be too keen on the idea either.

The Doctor stood up. "Well, Captain, as much I as enjoyed our time
here, we should really be going."

Janeway smiled. "I understand, Doctor. I'll escort you to the Cargo
Bay."

**********

Tom, Neelix, and Harry joined the Captain in the Cargo Bay. "We've had
a delightful time," the Doctor said. "I'll certainly try to visit
again one day."

"That would be fantastic," Janeway replied.

Peri smiled at Tom. "Thank you for letting me help you with San
Francisco. It's really great to see a part of Earth again even if it
wasn't real."

"No problem," he replied, shaking her hand.

Harry just stared at her and Tom had to push him closer. "So..."

"So..." Peri kissed him on the cheek. "Thanks for a great time."

"No problem," Harry said, blushing.

The two said their final goodbyes and entered the TARDIS. Tom glanced
over at Harry and saw that he was still blushing. "How about a nice
cold shower, buddy?" Tom asked, leading him out of the Cargo Bay.

The Captain and Neelix followed, laughing.

***********

The Doctor looked over at his companion. She seemed very quiet. "You
know you couldn't have stayed there, Peri."

"I know, Doctor."

"That's 10 centuries ahead of your time."

"I know, Doctor."

He smiled warmly at her. "You had a good time?"

"I did because for once, no one tried to kill us."

"Thank the heavens for small favors," he muttered. "Now, where to
next? Androzani? I wonder if it's changed any, I haven't been there
in a while..."