Hello again! :D This little one shot takes place after the Season 5 episode, "The Fight." Enjoy ;D

~Cissa


Chakotay was on the holodeck boxing. It was how he blew off steam; and with his most recent experience with the aliens and chaotic space he definitely needed to unwind and forget the mental trauma of the encounter. Boxing allowed him to do that.

"Come on son, focus! You're all over the place," Boothby shouted to him from the sidelines. As he dodged the jab of his opponent, a large Andorian, and prepared to fire an answering shot he heard a familiar voice call out, "Computer. Delete all holographic characters." Boothby and the Andorian vanished as he turned around to see a petite figure walking towards him, wearing a grey tank top with boxing gloves in hand.

"I thought I'd see how you fared against a real opponent," Kathryn Janeway said to him, an arch smile on her face as she slipped blithely through the ropes of the arena.

"I don't fight women," he said simply, shaking his head.

"Well that's a very chauvinistic attitude coming from someone who's taken orders from a woman for the past five years," she replied, hand on her hip.

"Which is exactly why I won't fight you; I respect you too much. I don't want to hurt you."

"What makes you think you'll hurt me?" she said with raised eyebrows. Then she smiled, "Come on Chakotay. I'm a big girl, I know what I'm doing. Let's see if you do."

"Alright Captain, if you insist," he said, returning her smile and heading to the opposite side of the ring.

"Computer, begin program," Kathryn called as she took her place.

"Round One…begin," the mechanized voice of the computer said as the bell dinged to begin their fight.

Slowly circling each other, Chakotay decided to take the first move. He lightly jabbed at her midriff, too afraid of hurting her to put his full strength into the blow. She blocked it easily, countering with a strong left hook to his face that sent him reeling.

Shaking it off, he looked over to see her smiling. "Maybe that's the last time you underestimate your opponent," she said with a teasing look on her face.

"You shouldn't have done that," he said returning her smile. He charged at her, taking her by surprise as he hoisted her over his shoulder. Kicking and flailing, she was completely helpless as he carried her over to the edge of the arena and dropped her over the ropes onto the mats below.

Laughing, Chakotay watched as she stood up pouting with a vengeful gleam in her eye. "So that's how you want to play is it," she said as she climbed back into the ring.

"You started it," he replied, with an innocent little shrug of his shoulders.

"All right then mister…bring it on." They circled each other again, watching for openings and signs of weakness. This time Kathryn was the first to move, feigning a hook then striking his chin with an uppercut. He retaliated with a swift kick around her feet, trying to knock her off balance. Instead she jumped and kicked him hard in the chest, knocking out his breath and sending him crashing to the ground. Gasping for air he watched as she walked over to him and put her foot on his chest as she looked down at him. "I win," she said with a smile.

"Not quite," he said. He reached up and grabbed her foot, pulling it out from under her and sending her crashing to the floor next to him. Rolling over slightly, he put his elbow on her stomach and smiled his most dazzling smile down at her, "Pinned ya." Then, without thinking about it, he leaned down and kissed her softly. Stunned, he looked down at her, awaiting her reaction. She reached up, lacing her arms around his neck and pulling him closer, kissing him again, longer and harder this time. Finally breaking apart after several minutes he looked down at her, his eyes shining with happiness.

"What ever happened to 'defining parameters'?" he teased.

"To hell with perimeters," she said, cupping his face with her hand, "Ever since you first set foot on my bridge I've been in love with you. Seeing you suffering on that biobed made me realize just how much." As she began tracing his tattoo with her finger she said, "Five years ago I didn't even know your name. Now I can't imagine a day without you." Then she looked deeply into his brown eyes, "I love you Chakotay."

"I never thought I'd ever hear you say that," he said, drawing her to him again and kissing her forehead.

She leaned her head on his chest and they lay there content in each other's arms for several minutes, till she smiled and began laughing.

"What's so funny?" he asked.

"It's just…we're both sweaty and disgusting. Maybe we should go clean up and then you can come over to my quarters for dinner."

Chuckling, he got up from the floor then took her hands in his as he helped her up.

"Agreed," he replied, "on one condition."

"And that would be?" she asked, curious.

"I get to do the cooking," he said with a wink.

"Deal," she said laughing as she slipped her arm around his waist.

Wrapping his arm around her shoulders he led her into the hall and back towards their quarters, causing stares from more than one direction. But he didn't care. He finally had Kathryn and nothing was going to stop him now.

"Shall we say 1800 hours?" he asked her as they reached her quarters.

"Sounds perfect," she said standing on tiptoe and giving him a quick kiss. "Though I wouldn't object if you came over earlier," she finished with a sly look.

"1750 it is," he said with a laugh kissing the top of her head before letting her go.

Walking back to his quarters Chakotay had a new spring in his step…Kathryn was finally his. All was right with the universe.