Magicked Lands

Magicked Lands

She Will Try

Chakotay and Tom were at "Headquarters" as Tom called it. They sat, drinking some water. Chakotay had put off the sword and armor. Freya came in with Gesor. Chakotay and Tom stood up right away. "This should not have happened!" said Freya. "We did not know there would be a mounted attack" said Gesor, trying to be calm. They broke off their argument at the sight of two staring men. Freya cleared her throat, "Chakotay, there should not have been a prepared attack against us," she said thoughtfully, her anger cooling down. "But how did they know?" asked Tom. "There has to be a spy here" said Gesor. Freya was taken aback,

"But a spy?" "How?" she asked sputtering. "There is no other way, our plans were only open to the village, if anyone else knew, we all would seal the security breach" he said. "The spy could be anyone, an adult, or child" said Freya. "A child?" asked Tom. "But, aren't they. . .innocent?" he asked seeming slightly stupid. "Children here are trained to be mages, and warriors. Children can be turned into spies, it has happened enough times before" she said coldly. Tom seemed to have struck a nerve. He backed off.

**

He and Chakotay sat in the room where they had first started out. The boys surrounded them on the cushions. "Why did she act that way when I asked her about spies?" asked Tom to himself. Lores heard him and leaned closer, as if sharing a secret. "Her child was killed when she was caught spying on the Empress two years ago, she's never been the same about her or them ever since." he said. "She had a child?" Tom asked. "Yeah, her name was Nessa. She wasn't much older than me and actually volunteered to spy. We all tried to stop her, but it was no use. For a while, we didn't see Freya" he said, then went away. Tom thought about it and knew Lores was right.

**

The Empress didn't agree with me. She refused. Thought Kathryn Janeway numbly as she stumbled on the streets.

I failed Freya, Carmione, my people! I can't face them again. She felt waves of sadness, self-pity, and anger was over her.

I won't make the same mistake, I won't subject my people to my failure. I won't hurt anyone again She thought, and made up her mind.

**

Carmione walked the city streets with he hair tied neatly behind her head, she never wore it this way and it made her look very different, all for the better. Freya had sent her to look for the Emissary who had not yet returned. Carmione was worried for her. She weaved through the traffic and people and found the Emissary sitting on the steps of the Senate, she was relieved. She ran over and gave her a quick hug, the Emissary looked up, surprised.

"It's me, Carmione" she said. "Oh" said Janeway. Carmione wondered what was wrong with her, but finding her distracted Carmione and she led her back to their village.

**

Tom had almost gotten around to telling Chakotay the end of the reason Freya bit his head off before, when Perrin came full throttle at them. "The Emissary is back!!" he said. Tom jerked back instinctively from the boy's sudden speed, then put his head back in the position it was in before. "Thanks Perrin" said Chakotay. And they stood up to take their Captain back to Voyager.

**

On Voyager, it was strangely quiet. Chakotay, back in uniform, wondered why. The Captain was also acting strange and she hadn't come out of her ready room once. He decided to check on her.

Stepping through the doors, what he saw horrified him. The room had been trashed and the vase she had on her tea table was violently smashed and the remains littered the floor. "Kathryn?" he called almost frightened. He heard a faint, "Damn, and ouch" He went to the desk. "Kathryn?" he asked again. "Leave me be!" she said. "No I won't , what the hell happened?" he said. "Nothing, everything's for your good" she muttered and he traced the sounds from under the desk. He knocked gently, "Kathryn" he said.

She seemed to have lost it, "Stop it! Just stop it! Go away! Dammit! GET THE HELL AWAY FROM ME!" she bellowed the last sentence. He wouldn't let her do whatever she was going to do and he was not going to get the hell away from her, with great effort, he pushed the table aside.

Janeway sat on the floor, with her hair out of place. She fumbled with something in her hands, he tried to get a closer look, but she screamed at him. Then he realized it was a shard of glass, long thick glass from the vase. Her fingers were bleeding and she kept playing with it, trying to get a good grip without nicking herself more. "Kathryn, give the glass to me" he said slowly. "No!" she said like a child not giving up a plaything. "Give it to me, now!" he said, he held out his hand. "Let me die in peace" she said almost sounding exasperated. "Die?" he whispered. She finally found a way to hold the long sharp and began to raise it in the air. "No!" he shouted. and lunged at it.

**

Time seemed to slow and he felt like he was flying. In slow motion, he grabbed the glass and flung in away. He landed hard on the floor face first. "You!" she started. "I hate you!" she shrieked and dived towards the glass. He grabbed her and smoothed her hair, "what the hell were you trying to do?" he asked over and over. Her hands kept groping towards the glass. She's going to need medical help he realized and somehow managed to tap his commbadge. "Chakotay to sickbay, emergency medical beam up for two" he said and they disappeared.

To be continued. . .

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