For The Love of a Child
Part One

B'Elanna Torres, the chief engineer of Voyager was not a happy woman. Captain Janeway had all but forced her to lead this away mission. She had to beam down to an uninhabited planet along with Ensign Kim, crewmen Jenkins, lieutenant Carrey, and Seven of Nine. The Captain actually expected them to spend the entire day on the planet collecting plant and mineral samples.

This in itself wasn't the worst part. The worst part was the fact that she and Seven of Nine had to be put on the same away mission. The two of them just could not get along. It started the moment that they met. Something about the Borg hybrid just annoyed her.

"Alright everybody," B'Elanna shouted to get everyone's attention. "I think we have everything that the Captain wants so start packing up."

As B'Elanna looked around she realized that Seven was no where around. "Damn it," she cursed under her breath. "Has anyone seen where Seven went?"

"I think I saw her going over there," Kim said pointing to towards a small valley. "She said something about looking for a flower."

"Alright," B'Elanna sighed. "I'll go look for her. The rest of you pack up and beam out. It shouldn't take too long to find her."

B'Elanna walked towards the valley, hoping she could find Seven quickly. She had plans with Tom tonight, and she really didn't want to be late.

After about ten minutes of searching she finally found Seven. She was kneeling down beside some wild flowers. She was using a pair of clippers to collect a small pile of different flowers.

"Seven what the hell are you doing?" B'Elanna asked as she moved to stand Beside Seven. "I thought I told you to stay with the rest of the group?"

"I am picking flowers," Seven said as she clipped another flower.

"What do you want flowers for," B'Elanna asked confused.

"They are not for me. Naiomi Wildman wished to see some of the plant life on this planet but was not authorized to beam down."

"Ok," B'Elanna said accepting her explanation. "The rest of the away team just beamed up, so let's get going," she said as she pulled Seven to her feet.

"As you wish lieutenant," Seven said as she picked up the flowers she picked.

Just as B'Elanna was about to tap her badge and request for a beam out, something strange started to happen. The once sunny sky had suddenly been covered by dark clouds. Streaks of lightning crashed down around them, some very close to striking the two women.

Just as a bolt of lighting came down to strike them B'Elanna was able to tap her badge. "Two for emergency beam out," she shouted as she grabbed a hold of Seven.

The beam out happed just moments before the bolt of lightning struck, scorching the place they were just standing.

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"Something strange is going on with the transporters," Kim said as he was trying to bam up Seven and B'Elanna. "Their signals are trying to merge. I can barely keep them separated."

"Widen the angular confinement beam," Chakotay suggested as he looked over Kim's shoulder.

"It's working," Kim said as he looked down at his screen. "The signals have almost finished separating. There got it," he said smiling.

Kim input a few more commands before Seven and B'Elanna materialized on the transporter pad.

"Are you two okay?" Kim asked.

"Yeah were fine," B'Elanna said as she looked over to Seven.

Seven looked up with dull eyes. Her skin was all clammy and pale, and she looked like she was going to collapse on the spot.

"I need to speak with the doctor," Seven said as took a few unsteady steps towards the door before collapsing.

B'Elanna and Harry rushed over to Seven and rolled her onto her back. Seven was out cold, and was looking even worse.

"Emergency transport to sickbay," B'Elanna shouted as she Seven, and Harry were transported to sickbay.

"Activate E.M.H," Harry said as he moved Seven to the bio-bed.

"Please state the nature of the medical emergency," the doctor said as he shimmered into existence.

"Something happened on the away mission, when we transported back Seven collapsed," B'Elanna said getting worried.

The doctor quickly began to scan Seven, and then stopped with a look of shock on his face. "This can't be right," he muttered.

"What's wrong with her doctor," Harry asked.

"I'll tell you as soon as we wake Seven up," the doctor said as he pressed a hypo spray to Seven's neck.

As Seven eyes fluttered open she looked up to see the doctor, Harry, B'Elanna all leaning over her. "What happened?" she asked in a weak voice.

"It seems you're pregnant Seven," the doctor said with his usually horrible bedside manor.

"What?" Seven shouted trying to sit up quickly.

"Stay calm Seven," the doctor said as he pushed Seven back down. "Your body has gone through a huge shock," he admonished her.

"How is this possible?" Seven asked confused. "I have never, with anyone, this can not be possible."

"Well it looks like you're going to be the virgin mother," the doctor tried to joke.

"You are not funny," Seven said in a cold voice.

"Hold still," the doctor said ignoring her earlier statement. He pushed a button on the bio-bed, starting a more detailed scan of Seven's womb.

After the scan was completed, the doctor started pulling up the information at his desk. After a few minutes of looking over the read outs he turned to face B'Elanna.

"B'Elanna did you transport off the planet with Seven?" the doctor asked looking up from the screen.

"Yeah, we both transported off the planet right before the lightning struck."

"I think that explains it. One of your eggs was transported into Seven's womb, and bonded with one of her eggs. In essence you are the father."

"How is this even possible?" B'Elanna asked starting to panic.

"When the borg assimilated me they altered my re-productive organs. I can be impregnated by both males and females," Seven said from the bio-bed.

"Why would they do that? I thought single cell fertilization would be too inefficient for them," Harry asked.

"It normally is, but in situations where skilled drones are required quickly single cell fertilization is the only option."

"How are new drones in nine months going to help them?"

"The child will not be born in nine months. It will be closer to one month. The nanoprobes in my womb are specialized to speed up the development of my child."

"I think we should call the Captain now," the doctor said as he tapped his comm. badge.

"The Doctor to Captain Janeway."

"Janeway here," the captain answered through the comm. badge.

"Captain, I think that you need to come down to sick bay. We have a problem."

"Are B'Elanna and Seven okay?" Janeway asked.

"It will be easier to explain when you come down to sickbay."

"Alright, I'm on my way, Janeway out."

As the comm. link closed Seven looked towards the doctor. "What is going to happen, doctor?"

"There is a law concerning situations like this. At this stage of development both parents must consent to the child being born," the doctor said.

"Do you mean you will terminate the child if B'Elanna does not consent?" Seven asked as she wrapped her arms around her stomach horrified.

Janeway entered sickbay to a very odd scene. Seven was sitting up on a bio- bed, B'Elanna's face had turned a shocked white, and Harry was just staring between B'Elanna and Seven dumbly.

"What's going on doctor?" Janeway asked. "What's wrong with Seven?"

"Well Captain, Seven is pregnant and B'Elanna is the father," the doctor answered in his usually blunt manner.

"Explain Doctor," Janeway said glaring at him.

"When the borg assimilated Seven they made it possible for her to be impregnated by both males and females. When Seven and B'Elanna transported off the planet something happened to the transporter. One of B'Elanna's eggs was transported into Seven's womb, and bonded with one of Seven's eggs."

"Have the two of you decided how you wish to proceed?" Janeway asked.

"I don't really think that we're the best two people to handle something like this Captain. I think it would be best if we terminated the fetus now," B'Elanna said.

"NO," Seven shouted. "Please Lieutenant do not do this. I will take care of everything myself. I will not trouble you with any part of the pregnancy, or raising the child," Seven pleaded.

"Why is this so important to you Seven?" B'Elanna asked clearly confused. From what B'Elanna knew of Seven she always took the most logical approach to everything, and the two of them having a child was probably the least logical thing that they could do.

"It is important because I promised myself that I would never destroy another life," Seven said letting her emotions show.

"Please Lieutenant. I know that you do not want this child, but I do. I will do anything you want. You will not have to lift a finger to help," Seven begged the older woman.

"Do you mean it Seven," B'Elanna asked letting her relief show. Even though B'Elanna didn't want a child, she couldn't simply have it terminated. If she did she would probably end up feeling guilty about it for the rest of her life.

"Yes," Seven said shaking her head vigorously. "I will take care of everything."

"Alright, if Seven is willing to take the responsibility for taking care of this child, then she can do what ever she wants," B'Elanna agreed.

"Thank you Lieutenant," Seven said relived.

"Well I guess that takes care of that," the doctor said. "I have to run a few more tests on Seven to make sure everything is okay, but I guess the rest of you can get back to work."

As Harry, and B'Elanna left sickbay Seven laid back down to let the doctor finish his test.

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"So how was your away mission?" Tom asked as he sat with B'Elanna in the mess hall.

"It could not have gone worse," B'Elanna said in a tired voice. "Something went wrong with the transporters, and I impregnated Seven."

"You did what?" Tom asked in shocked voice. "You're not going to keep it are you?"

"Seven said that she would take care of everything. That I wouldn't have to help her raise the kid. It's actually kind of a relief, I wouldn't be able to live with myself if I had the pregnancy terminated, and I'm not ready to take care of a kid now."

"So this won't affect us?" Tom said. "We can go on like this never happened?"

"Is that all you can think about?" B'Elanna asked getting a little angry. "Seven is going to be raising a child by herself, and you're worried about how it's going to affect us?" B'Elanna said as she got up and stormed out of the mess hall.

"I need to get to engineering," B'Elanna muttered to herself. "I need to get my mind off what happened."

When B'Elanna got down to engineering she flagged Carrey over. "I need something complicated and time consuming to do. What do we have on the list?" B'Elanna asked.

"Well we've been putting off re-calibrating the plasma conduits for a while. I can get a team together to give you a hand in a couple of hours," Carrey offered.

"Don't bother. I'll take care of it myself. I could use the time to myself," B'Elanna said.

"You're going to have to get a hypo spanner from cargo bay 2," Carrey said. "Jenkins just broke the last one an hour ago."

"Fine," B'Elanna said as she left engineering, and went towards cargo bay 2. "I really hope Seven isn't in there," B'Elanna thought as she stood in front of the cargo bay doors.

The doors opened softly as B'Elanna made her way in. As she looked around her eyes caught Seven's alcove glowing softly against the back wall. Next to it was a small area sectioned off with cloth room dividers. She walked over to it and peeked in curiously.

What she saw inside bothered her. Seven was asleep in an emergency cot. The space that she had sectioned off was smaller than most prison cells. Anybody could walk in at anytime, and do god knows what to her anytime they wanted.

B'Elanna quickly moved towards Seven's cot and began to shake her awake.

Seven woke up feeling herself being shaken. "What's going on," she asked in a tired voice. "What are you doing B'Elanna?"

"What am I doing?" B'Elanna asked in an angry voice. "I think the more important question is what are you doing here? I thought you said that you could take care of things. You should have asked for quarters."

"I have already asked. The Captain did not wish to assign me any," Seven said sitting up.

"Why the hell would she not give you any quarters, especially now?" B'Elanna asked.

"When you left the Captain told to terminate the child. I refused, and she did not assign any quarters to me as punishment," she said.

"Well you can't sleep here, it isn't safe," B'Elanna said standing up.

"I have no where else to go," Seven lying down on the bed again.

"Alright Seven you can stay with me, just until I can find you a permanent place to stay," she said helping the younger woman to stand up.

"Thank you Lieutenant," Seven said. "I will try to stay out of your way."

B'Elanna led a surprisingly quiet and more subdued Seven to her quarters. As the doors opened B'Elanna began to give new commands to the computer.

"Computer, give Seven of Nine complete access to my quarters."

"Acknowledged."

"Computer, allow Seven of Nine use of the replicator."

"Acknowledged."

"Sorry about the mess," B'Elanna said sheepishly. "I'll clean it up when I'm finished in engineering."

"Replicate anything you want to eat," B'Elanna said as she walked out of quarters.

Seven sighed as she looked around the room. B'Elanna may have been a brilliant engineer, but she lived in a sty.

"I will have to clean these quarters before I can rest," Seven thought as she began to pick up the clothes that B'Elanna left lying on the floor. After all the clothes were picked up and cleaned Seven started on all the empty plates and cups lying around.

After a long couple of hours B'Elanna's quarters were finally clean. Seven sat down on the sofa that she had recently uncovered and put her feet up. She hoped that she would not have to impose on B'Elanna for too long. She also had to be careful not to anger the Klingon. She was not sure if B'Elanna would change her mind about letting her keep the child.

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"I wonder who would take in a pregnant ex-drone." B'Elanna thought to herself as she worked on the plasma conduits. "Maybe Samantha would be willing to take her in. Seven gets along pretty well with Naiomi."

As B'Elanna continued to work her mind kept drifting back to Seven, and the child she was going to have. This was quite possibly the strangest situation she had ever been in. One woman impregnating another was completely unheard of. In the federation it was considered genetic tampering, and was against the law. Never in B'Elanna's wildest dreams did she see this coming. As a woman she had never even had to think about the consequences of getting someone pregnant.

After what seemed like ages B'Elanna was finally done. She packed up her tools and headed out of engineering. "Still enough time to talk to Samantha," she thought.

"Computer what is the location of Samantha Wildman?" B'Elanna asked.

"Samantha Wildman is in her quarters," the computer responded.

B'Elanna quickly made her way to Samantha's quarters and rang the entry chime.

"Hi B'Elanna," Samantha said as the doors to her quarters opened.

"Hey Samantha, could I talk to you privately about something?" B'Elanna asked.

"Sure, come in Naiomi is playing on the holodeck, so we should have enough time."

"Thanks," B'Elanna said as she walked into Samantha's quarters. "It's actually about Seven and me. We went on an away mission today. Something happened to the transporter, and long story short I impregnated Seven."

Samantha was shocked for a minute. "How could you make Seven pregnant?" she asked bewildered.

"It has something to do with her borg implants. She can be impregnated by both males and females."

"You're going to keep the child right?" Samantha asked.

"Seven is. I'm not ready to be a parent. She said that she would take care of everything herself."

"So where do I fit into all of this?" Samantha asked.

"Well Seven asked Janeway for some quarters but Janeway wouldn't give her any. I think she's doing it to punish Seven for keeping the child."

"That's horrible," Samantha said getting angry about the Captain's behavior.

"It gets worse," B'Elanna said uncomfortably. "I found her asleep in the cargo bay. Anybody could walk in whenever they wanted and could do god knows what to her. She needs a place to stay until the pregnancy is over."

"Let me guess, you want Seven to stay with me," Samantha said.

"I would let her stay with me, but we don't really get along. An angry Klingon is probably the last thing that she need now," B'Elanna said.

"I'd love to have Seven stay with me, after all she is Naiomi's best friend."

"Thanks Samantha, I owe you one," B'Elanna said as she returned to her quarters.

B'Elanna stood outside her door, almost afraid to go in. She had just given Seven free reign to her home. She finally just had to suck it in and face the music. She quickly opened the door and stepped in before she lost her nerve.

What she saw when she got inside shocked her. For the first time since she moved in her quarters were clean. She looked around, marveling at how well Seven had cleaned the place up. "Maybe having Seven around may not be such a bad idea after all," she thought to herself idly.

As she looked towards the sofa she finally noticed Seven. She had fallen asleep on the sofa. "She isn't so bad when she's asleep," B'Elanna thought.

She then pulled the blanket off of the chair she was standing next to wrapped it around Seven. "Yeah, most definitely better to have around when she's asleep," she said looking down at the sleeping form of Seven. "Maybe I shouldn't wake her, I can always send her to Samantha in the morning," B'Elanna thought as she went to her bedroom."

"Torres to Samantha Wildman," B'Elanna said into her comm. badge.

"Wildman here," answered Samantha.

"Hey Sam, I was thinking. Seven just fell asleep, and she looks so peaceful. It would be a shame to wake her up now. Would it be okay if I sent her over in the morning?"

"Sure B'Elanna, that's no problem," Samantha said as she closed the link.

"What have I gotten myself into?" B'Elanna said as she got into bed.

To Be Continued.