Story2.html Title: A Probing Problem
Author: Storyspindler
Spoiler: None
Disclaimer: These characters do not belong to me, except the ones that you've never seen anywhere else, but don't worry, I'm just having a little fun
with them.
Author's Notes: Though I've been writing fanfic for a while, this is the first time that I've had the nerve to post one. Please be honest, and for those of you who saw this earlier, I hope that this works better

"Captain," Harry Kim's voice broke the silence on the bridge, "sensors are picking up some kind of probe on an intercept course."

"Shields up. On screen." Immediately, Janeway had slipped on her "captain's" demeanor as she stood.

Chakotay stood beside her as she studied the object that appeared on the view screen. Her face turned into a frown as she attempted to make out the
symbols on the probe.

"There appears to be some kind of name on it." Her voice held some kind of soft wonder.

"Captain, the probe is emitting a beam. It appears to be scanning us." Tuvok returned his captain back to reality.

"Shield status?" Janeway demanded.

"Shields are in tact, but the beam is passing right through them."

A fire began to burn within Janeway's mind, sending flames of pain down her nerves. Her captain's instinct ordered her to suppress the pain, but even
the strongest captain's have a limited pain tolerance.

A gasp of pain escaped her lips, snapping Chakotay's attention towards her.

"Captain?"

Janeway couldn't hear him. The pain was screaming too loudly inside of her body. Her hands moved toward her head in an attempt to block the origin
of the pain.

"Block the transmission!" Chakotay ordered as he placed an arm around Janeway's shoulders, meaning to ease her back to her chair.

"The probe is downloading massive information into our data banks!" Harry announced.

"I'm reading structural instability in the probe." Tuvok reported seconds before the probe erupted into a ball of flame, leaving only a pile of debris.

Chakotay felt Janeway go limp in his arms. With one hand he gently lowered her to the floor; with the other, he tapped his commbadge.

"Bridge to transporter room. Medical emergency. Two to beam directly to sickbay."

As they materialized in sickbay, Janeway's form began to seize.

"What happened?" The Doctor demanded as Chakotay helped him lift her onto a biobed.

"She was scanned by some sort if probe."

The Doctor ran his tricorder over her as her heart stopped.

It was the pain that finally pulled Janeway back into consciousness.

"Kathryn? Are you awake?"

"Chakotay?" Her voice sounded weak, and her eyes weren't focusing correctly.

"Welcome back to the world of the living." The Doctor stated, scanning her.

"What happened?"

"You went into neural shock and cardiovascular distress. You gave us quite a scare for about seven hours."

"How do you feel?" Chakotay asked gently.

"I've been better."

"Are you in pain?" Concern generated from The Doctor's eyes.

"A little." She admitted.

The Doctor pressed a hypospray into her neck. "This should help."

"Thank you." Tired eyelids fluttered closed.

"Is she going to be okay?"

The Doctor nodded. "She should make a full recovery."

Captain Janeway stepped carefully into sickbay, knowing that she was on the verge of heaving her stomach inside out yet again.

"Captain?!" The Doctor rushed over to her, arriving just in time to catch her as her legs buckled beneath her.

Janeway felt The Doctor leading her over to a biobed as a cloud of dizziness encompassed her brain and nausea gripped tighter at her stomach.

Somehow, The Doctor got her onto the biobed. He flipped open his tricorder and ran it over the captain's body. He was about to chastise her for not
taking care of herself, as evidenced by the anemia he was detecting, when the tricorder picked up something else. The Doctor's eyes actually widened in
shock as he read the display on his tricorder.

"Doctor, what's wrong with me?"

"You have a slight case of anemia."

"Doctor, this is more than a slight case of anemia."

The Doctor averted his gaze, sending a wave of panic through Janeway.

"Doctor?"

"You're pregnant."

"WHAT!" Janeway bolted upright, regretting the action instantly as the nausea and dizziness overwhelmed her.

The Doctor pressed a hypospray to her neck and eased her back down. "Take it easy, Captain. Let me explain what I can. The embryo growing inside
of you is a six- week-old half-human, half-Nosnhoj."

"The probe?"

The Doctor nodded. "Usually under these circumstances, I would normally offer you the option of terminating the pregnancy, but I'm afraid that I
can't."

"Why not?"

"In Nosnhoj pregnancies, a hormone is secreted which telepathically bonds the mother and unborn child. I'm reading that hormone in your system,
and I'm afraid that a termination of the pregnancy could prove fatal."

"I see." She blinked back tears. She felt trapped, violated.

"Feel better?"

He helped eased her up, and she was thankful that the dizziness and nausea had dissipated.

"Yes. Thank you, Doctor."

"I'd like to see you daily for a while because of the nature of your situation."

"Okay."

"I'd also like you to take some time off to think about things."

"Doctor-"

"Please."

"I'll take today off unless there's an emergency." She acquiesced.

Janeway entered her quarters. A sudden burst of passion burst inside of her as she heaved a vase against the wall.
As the glass shattered upon impact, Janeway's world shattered around her. She sank wearily onto the couch with violent sobs racking her body.
Emotion upon emotion piled inside of her, and even Captain Janeway could not withstand the burden.

She was so consumed by her confused state that her ears became deaf to the multiple chimings of the door.

Chakotay rushed in to find his friend in emotional tumult.

"Kathryn?" He whispered as he approached her.

Janeway looked up at him in surprise as she attempted to compose herself.

"Chakotay, what are you doing here?"

"I rang the chime and didn't get an answer. I was concerned. What's wrong?"

Janeway swiped the tears from her face. "Nothing."

"Kathryn, please don't lie to me. There's obviously something wrong. I don't think that I've ever seen you cry before. Not like this."

He sat next to her, and she averted his gaze.

"Let me help. Don't try to do this alone."

Her eyes met his as she fought an inward battle within herself.

Finally, she managed, "Do you remember the probe that scanned me six weeks ago."

How could he ever forget those awful seven hours standing in sickbay? How could he ever forget that every time The Doctor and Paris lost her pulse
or brain activity, he was terrified that he had lost his captain... and his best friend?

He nodded.

"There seem to be an unexpected side effect." She lowered her eyes again as she whispered, "I'm pregnant."

Chakotay wasn't quite sure what happened next, but somehow Kathryn Janeway ended up in his arms. He held her close to him, trying to protect her
from her pain and not caring that her tears were soaking his uniform.

Janeway felt herself in Chakotay's strong arms, and for a brief moment she felt like a little girl again, safe in Daddy's arms.

A few eternities seemed to pass them before the moment was finally broken.

Janeway's sobbing calmed, and Chakotay released her to wipe the last remaining tears from her cheeks.

"I don't know what to do, Chakotay. I can't captain Voyager and raise a child at the same time."

"No, Kathryn, you can't, but you can be a captain and a mother with the help of your crew. Ask Samantha Wildman. The crew came together to help
her through the difficult times, and look at how Naomi is turning out. Let us help you, Kathryn. Together, we can through anything. I promise you
that."

Janeway was picking up the shattered pieces of the vase when the door chimed again. Chakotay had offered to stay with her, but she had insisted that
she needed some time alone.

"Come in."

This time, the doors slid open to reveal Tuvok. His eyes narrowed slightly as he noticed that her eyes appeared to have a hint of redness and swelling.

"Tuvok?" She was surprised. She had thought that it would have been Chakotay checking up on her. "What can I do for you?"

"Actually, Captain, I came to ask if there was something that I could do for you. The Doctor stated that you were not well."

"The Doctor was not entirely truthful."

"Indeed? Then may I ask what has caused your emotional distress."

Janeway offered him a smile. "I can't hide anything from you can I? I'm six weeks pregnant, Tuvok."

She watched as Tuvok's brows knit. "The probe?"

She nodded, determined not to lose her composure in front of her Vulcan friend.

Tuvok closed the distance between them, and in an uncharacteristic move, he placed a reassuring hand on her arm.

"If there's anything that I can do to aid you, my friend, do not hesitate to ask."

The next morning, Janeway was pulling on her uniform when she noticed the slightest bulge in her abdomen. Her hands went there instinctively as if
she could feel the life growing inside of her.

She put on her uniform, self-conscious that everyone could tell that she was pregnant simply by looking at her. Steeling herself, she headed for
sickbay.

"Captain, how are you feeling this morning?"

"Just a little morning sickness, Doctor."

"Up here." The Doctor padded the biobed. "I just want to run a quick scan."

Janeway hopped onto the biobed, and The Doctor ran his tricorder over her.

"Everything appears to be normal."

"May I return to duty now?"

"By all means, but take it easy."

"I will." She pushed herself off of the biobed and started towards the door, but she stopped and turned back towards The Doctor. "Doctor?"

"Yes, Captain?"

"I'm going to call a meeting of the senior staff to tell them. I might need your help."

"Of course. Just let me know."

Janeway glanced around the Observation Lounge where her senior staff had convened. Chakotay met her eyes and gave her an encouraging nod, but
she just couldn't find the words to say. The tension built inside of the room as the silence persisted.

Finally, Harry Kim's voice penetrated the silence. "Captain, is there something wrong?"

She offered him a small but fleeting smile. "I'm afraid so, Harry. At least things have gotten a little more complicated." She diverted her glance so that
she couldn't see them staring at her in concern. "I'm pregnant." Her voice was barely above a whisper.

Her words were so soft that those who were not prepared for the news were not certain that they had heard her right.

Looking at Chakotay, Neelix asked, "Who's the father?"

Janeway didn't even notice the flush that crept up into her first officers cheeks. She began to open her mouth to explain, but she felt the tears threaten
to break from her eyes. The Doctor met her eyes, and she gave him a slight nod.

"Apparently, when the probe scanned Captain Janeway six weeks ago, it impregnated her as well."

Tom's face had taken on an unhealthy pallor. "Do you know why it did this?"

Janeway shook her head. "No. I wish that I did-" Her voice was cut off by a gasp of pain. Her eyes were receiving were receiving one set of images
while her brain was receiving another. Two realities were blurring together in an attempt to achieve dominance. The battle overwhelmed her, and
unconsciousness consumed her. Her body fell limply into Chakotay's arms.

"How is she, Doctor?" Chakotay's eyes flashed with with anxiety.

"Her vitals are stable, but I'm concerned about the elevated levels of Sirknium in her system."

"Sirknium?" Tuvok questioned with a raised eyebrow.

"It's the hormone that links the minds of mother and child. I'm afraid that she's having some kind of reaction to it. She won't respond."

"Is she going to be all right?" Fear clenched a fight tightly around Chakotay's heart.

"I honestly don't know. We're in uncharted waters. Theoretically, she could wake up anytime now, or she might not ever come out of it. I simply
can't give you an answer."

"May we see her?" Tuvok posed the question as Chakotay could no longer trust his vocal chords to work properly.

"Of course, but I don't know if she'll be able to hear you." The Doctor stepped to the side and allowed them to move to their friend's bedside.
Janeway appeared to be sleeping. Her breathing was slow and even, but her skin did appear slightly paler than it should. Chakotay took one of her
hands. Tuvok looked down at her with not quite an impassive look on his face.

"Commander, I'll take the bridge."

It was a simple statement, but Chakotay knew that Tuvok was offering him the chance to be alone with Kathryn.

"I'll contact you if she wakes up."

Tuvok nodded.

"Z'ret, I have something to tell you."

"What is it Q'wem?"

"We're going to have a baby."

The two ended up in each other's arms, crying in joy.

Janeway watched them, heart wrenching that she couldn't have met her pregnancy with the same happiness. They couldn't see or hear her. She had
tried to get their attention, but it was as if she was in the alien created illusion of her death again except for the fact that she wasn't dead. She just didn't
exist.

Chakotay stared down at Janeway's unresponsive body. "Kathryn, I don't know if you can hear me, but I need you to come back. I promised you
that we'd get through this together, but I can't do it alone."

A tear trailed down Chakotay's face.

He felt a hand placed upon his shoulder. "Commander, go get some rest. I'll notify you immediately if she wakes up."

Chakotay looked at her reluctantly.

"Go on. It won't do anyone any good if you end up in here as well."

"How are they, Doctor?"

"I'm sorry, Z'ret. There was nothing that we could do for your wife. She lost too much blood."

"The baby?"

"You have an 8 pound 14 ounce baby girl."

"Is she all right? That's awfully small."

Janeway's eyes widened. That was considered small?

"Her vitals are steady and strong. She should be just fine. Would you like to see her?"

"Yes."

"Follow me."

The doctor led them to the nursery and lifted one of the infants from the incubators. "Does this little angel have a name?"

"X'net." He whispered as the doctor slipped her into his arms.

Janeway recognized it as the name on the probe.

"I'll leave the two of you alone."

"Hi there little one. I'm your daddy, and I love you so much. Your mommy loves you too, and she's so sorry that she can't be here with you."

He began to cry, and tears glistened in Janeway's eyes.

"Commander, may I have a word with you?"

Chakotay turned in his chair that The Doctor had placed next to the captain's bed. "What is it, Neelix?"

"You need to know that the crew morale is plummeting."

"Of course it is, Neelix. It's only natural."

"What I meant to say, Commander, is that morale is suffering worse than it should. The crew doesn't know what's going on, and rumors are flying
everywhere."

"What do you want me to do, Neelix, announce everything to the entire crew?"

"Yes."

"Neelix, I can't. She'd want to announce her pregnancy personally."

"She also wouldn't want the crew to suffer unnecessarily. The Doctor doesn't know when or if she'll regain consciousness. She'd want you to tell
them under the circumstances."

Chakotay sighed. "You're right, Neelix, she would. Will you sit with her for a moment? I'll be on the bridge."

"Of course, Commander. Thank you."

Chakotay strode onto the bridge, and Tuvok retreated from the command center to tactical.

"Tuvok, open ship wide communications."

"Ship wide communications open."

"This is Commander Chakotay to all crew members. As you all are probably aware, Captain Janeway is in sickbay. What you don't know is why.
Captain Janeway would've liked to tell you this herself, but under the circumstances, I think that she'd want me to tell you. When the probe scanned
her six weeks ago, it impregnated her. Right now, there is a hormone being produced in the captain's system that is unique to Nosnhoj pregnancies.
The Doctor believes that the captain is having a reaction to this hormone. Right now, her vitals are strong, and The Doctor predicts that she will make a
full recovery. When that happens, she's going to need your full support. Chakotay out."

Chakotay walked back into sickbay to find Lieutenant Carey sitting at the captain's side.

"Lieutenant, what are you doing here? Where's Neelix?"

"It's my watch, sir."

"What?"

"Well, after you made the announcement, a group of us found Neelix and told him that we wanted turns sitting with her. He's starting a schedule of
hour shifts."

Chakotay was taken aback. Kathryn would be so touched.

"It's a great idea." He acknowledged, smiling. "She'd really appreciate it."

"Thank you, sir."

"Daddy, we're all going to die, aren't we?" It was a big question for a five-year-old.

"No, sweetheart."

"Daddy, don't lie to me. I know that the asteroid is going to destroy this planet. I've seen your calculations."

"You're such a smart little girl. Come here." Z'ret pulled his daughter into an embrace.

"Daddy, isn't there some way that we can leave something behind? We just can't die."

"I'm working on something, Tseni. I promise that there will be something left of us."

"There it goes, Tseni."

"I love you, Daddy."

"I love you too."

Janeway watched as the asteroid streamed into the planet's atmosphere. It impacted, causing massive earthquakes and throwing Janeway to the
ground. She didn't have time to push herself up before her world exploded...
Leaving her in a black surrounding face-to-face with Z'ret.

"Do you understand now? I did this for my people, but I mostly did this for her."

"I understand why you constructed the probe, but I don't understand why you didn't give me a choice."

His eyes widened. "It should have. Was it malfunctioning?"

"Actually, it was. It blew up right after it finished downloading everything into our database."

"Then I must apologize. It was never my intention to force pregnancy on anyone."

"It's okay. You had a beautiful daughter."

"I did. She didn't deserve to die so young. She wanted a baby brother by the way."

Janeway smiled. "I'll see what I can do."

"Thank you, and good luck."

The mental image faded, and Janeway opened her eyes. Her world was still fuzzy, but her ears clearly heard Naomi's voice call for The Doctor.

"Welcome back, Captain. How do you feel?"

"I feel fine." She started to push herself into a sitting position, but The Doctor placed a restraining hand on her shoulder.

"Don't try to get up just yet."

"Doctor, I'm fine."

"Captain, please don't get up just yet. You don't want to risk hurting the baby." Naomi pleaded.

Janeway looked at The Doctor incredulously. "You told them?"

"You've been out for five days. Commander Chakotay made a ship wide announcement. We weren't sure how long you were going to be
unresponsive."

The doors to sickbay opened, admitting Chakotay.

"Kathryn, how do you feel?"

"I'm fine, Chakotay."

"Doctor, could you give us a couple of minutes?"

"Of course. Come on, Naomi."

Chakotay sat down in the chair next to the bed as Janeway sat up.

"The Doctor tells me that you announced my pregnancy to the crew."

"We didn't know when you would come out of it. I thought that you would want the crew to know what was going on."

"Chakotay, it's all right. I understand. I think that you made the right choice." She paused for a moment. "Was I really out for five days?"

He nodded. "What's wrong?"

"It's just that I lived five years in five days."

Chakotay frowned. "What? Kathryn, you haven't moved from this biobed."

"I know, but when Tom asked the question about why the probe impregnated me, it triggered something left over from the probe."

"Did it tell you why?"

She nodded. "The baby is the only thing left of its people. Everyone else died when the planet was hit by an asteroid. In a way, it was the last wish of
a dying girl." She adverted her gaze. "I was supposed to get a choice. How is the crew taking it?"

"Probably better than you are. They created a schedule to sit with you in order to demonstrate their support."

"Really?"

"Really. The crew is very concerned for you."

"I'll be all right, Chakotay. I just need some time to adjust."

Well that's it for now. I will post more depending upon respnses to this, so please r+r.