REUNION

PROLOGUE:

Kathryn Janeway sighed with pleasure, as she sank deeper into her bath. The bubbles tickled her chin, but she did not mind. The familiar night sounds of the planet surrounded her, and she felt herself relax.

"Are you going to stay in there all night?" a deep voice asked from the shadows.

Kathryn smiled at the voice. "I might." She said, as Chakotay steeped into the light.

He chuckled. "The kids want dinner."

Kathryn arched her eyebrow at her lover. "They always want food."

She smiled softly as she looked at him. They had been on this planet for twenty years, but he was still as handsome as her had been then. Grey streaked his black hair now, and the corners of his eyes and mouth were crinkled, but he was still the same to her.

"What are you smiling at?" he asked, gazing at her with warm brown eyes.

"You." She whispered softly.

He smiled softly at her, before bending over to kiss her.

"Yuck!" a voice behind them grumbled. "They're kissing again, Leo!"

Chakotay turned to see his grinning nineteen-year-old son. He was joined a moment later by his twin brother. "Not again, Tay!" he moaned.

Chakotay laughed. "Seems we've been caught, Katie."

Both the twins were as tall as their father, but Leo wore his light brown hair long while Tay's was short. They both had their mother's hazel eyes and curious nature.

"Indeed we have." Kathryn told Chakotay. "Now off you go, so I can get changed."

Grinning, Chakotay took his sons and headed back to the large log cabin they lived in. "Let's go see what your sister's up to." He said.

They found her standing in the middle of the cabin, her hands on her hips, when the entered. "Where did you disappear to?" she asked. "Dinner's ready!"

"Sorry, Amy." The twins muttered softly, as the crept past her to the table.

Amelia raised an eyebrow at her father. "Where's mum?" she asked.

"Right here." A voice came from behind Chakotay, as Kathryn entered.

"Dinner's ready." Amy said, but less angry as before.

Kathryn looked at Amelia and then Chakotay. She smiled. They looked so alike, with their dark hair, golden skin and brown eyes. Her seventeen- year-old daughter even had the same tattoo above her left eye, much to her father's pride.

"Then let's eat." She said, and walked toward the table where Tay and Leo were already sitting.

A few hours later, after dinner, Chakotay and Kathryn sat in the lounge drinking tea. "You know, Amy renamed the shuttle today?" he asked.

"No." Kathryn said, turning on the couch to face him. "What did she call it?"

"The 'Seeker'."

"Really?" Kathryn smiled. "We always knew she had the spirit of an explorer. Just like us."

Chakotay smiled softly, a sad look in his eyes. "She'll be leaving us soon, Katie."

Kathryn nodded, reaching out to cup his cheek with her palm. "I know." She said.

That sat together curled in each other's arms, as they had for the past twenty years. "We won't be able to stop her." Kathryn added, after a moment.

Chakotay nodded the feeling of sadness that came to any father when their child was about to leave, and become an adult.

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"I'll miss you so much." Amelia said, as she stood in front of the Seeker.

"We'll miss you too." Kathryn said, her arm around Chakotay's waist.

Amelia looked around the planet that had been her home for eighteen years. "I'll come back and visit heaps." She added.

"I'll hold you to that." He father said.

She smiled sadly at her family, and stepped forward to hug them all once again. "I just need to do this."

Amelia stepped back, and climbed into the Seeker, before anyone could see her cry. She wished leaving her family didn't have to be so hard. Taking one last look at them, she fired up the engines, and took off. Soon stars replaced the greens and blues of the planet, and her family was gone.

Wiping her eyes, Amelia ordered. "Computer, maximum warp on path one- two-one mark thirteen."

And with that, Amelia Chakotay Janeway began her exploration of the stars.