"Yes!" B'Elanna cried. "We have a connection to the Alpha Quadrant!"
"Well done, B'Elanna," Janeway congratulated. "And we couldn't have done it without you, Seven."
The blonde tilted her head in acknowledgement as B'Elanna squinted at the data flashing past her on the screen of one of the astrometrics consoles.
"It looks like I've accessed Starfleet's database," she said. Her forehead ridges became more pronounced as she furrowed her brow. "I think. It looks like a database, but it's confusing and I can't read it."
"Try searching for mentions of Voyager." Janeway ordered. "Maybe searching for something specific will clear things up."
B'Elanna tapped at the panel below the screen, and her brow furrowed more. "What's 'Google'?"
"A term for the large number ten to the hundredth power, or an Internet search engine in the late twentieth and early twenty-first century on Earth," Seven replied promptly.
The other two women looked at her in awe.
"The Borg once assimilated a historian whose specialty was the twenty-first century Information Revolution."
"Well, I'm certainly getting information," B'Elanna said. "But it's all about the Voyager space program in the 1970s."
"Seven, scan for temporal distortions," Janeway said, a sinking feeling in the pit of her stomach.
Seven tapped at the console directly below the astrometrics lab's near-panoramic screen. A small shape labeled "U.S.S Voyager" appeared on it. The relay that connected to the Alpha Quadrant extended out from the shape of Voyager. A few more taps, and a cloudy black space obscured a section of the relay.
"A temporal distortion," Seven confirmed, zooming in on the fuzzy patch.
Janeway cursed. "Voyager seems to be a magnet for those things. Terminate the link."
"I can't do that, Captain," B'Elanna said, a note of urgency in her voice. "There's something here you need to see."
Seven and Janeway moved over to B'Elanna's console.
"This was the third thing that came up for Voyager," the engineer explained.
"Star Trek: Voyager is a science fiction television series set in the Star Trek universe," Janeway read out loud, her eyes widening. "Set in the 24th century from the year 2371 through 2378, the series follows the adventures of the Starfleet vessel—" Janeway gasped. "—U.S.S. Voyager, which becomes stranded in the Delta Quadrant 70,000 light-years from home while pursuing a renegade Maquis ship. Both ships' crews merge aboard Voyager to make the estimated 75-year journey home."
"This is…surprising," Seven said.
"Surprising doesn't even begin to cover it," Janeway said. "I've always thought our voyage would make a good story, but I never thought I'd find that it was one."
"Especially not in the 20th century," B'Elanna agreed. "We've probably tapped into an alternate universe. I mean, this is just not temporally possible."
"Unless Starfleet's been hiding something," Janeway said. Then she smiled. "I don't know about you two, but I'm curious about this. Does it follow our voyage precisely? Do our actors act like us?"
"What were our ratings?" B'Elanna chimed in. "Who was the favorite character?"
"We must be careful," Seven said. "The description says that the television show covers events through 2378. To avoid the Temporal Prime Directive, we should restrict our viewing to 2376 or earlier."
"A wise precaution, put a filter in place," Janeway said, and Seven and B'Elanna tapped at their consoles for a bit. Once they were done, the captain took the controls eagerly.
"Now, who's this Kate Mulgrew?"
A/N There are three chapters of backstory, but the other two are shorter than this one, which is short. Then onto the letters! As always, I don't own anything. Especially not the Wikipedia article I quoted from or Kate Mulgrew or Star Trek: Voyager. If I did own Voyager, Harry would have gotten a promotion.