Title: Mental Images Rating: PG-13 Author: Mac (ColMackenzieJAG@aol.com) Disclaimer: All Voyager characters are property of the all-powerful Paramount Pictures. Unfortunately, that's not me.

Tom sat up with a start, sweating profusely. He looked around the room, but didn't see her. "Computer, what's the time?" he said after he caught his breath.

::0600 hours::

Tom sighed. That meant B'Elanna was already in Engineering and he still had an hour before the Senior staff meeting.

He slowly got out of bed to get ready for the day. He was just putting his pip on when he heard a woman's voice call his name.

Tom went into his bedroom, looking around. And that's when he saw her. "Alice..." he whispered in shock.

Just as quickly as she appeared, she disappeared. Tom shook his head. "No, she can't be back! Please no!" He backed into the wall and sank to the floor.

He remembered what he did during the days Alice had control of him and it made him sick to his stomach. The way he treated B'Elanna, God, he almost

killed her! *No, Alice almost killed her, Tom.*

"She's not back... she's not..."

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B'Elanna sat next to Harry in the briefing room. "Where's Tom?" she asked.

"I don't know," B'Elanna replied. "I've been in Engineering since 0530. I thought he was going to meet you for breakfast."

Harry nodded. "He was supposed to, but he never did." He grinned slyly. "Maybe he slept in. You two have a late night?"

B'Elanna glared at him. "Wipe that grin off your face, Ensign."

"Aye, Lieutenant," Harry replied with a laugh. "But seriously, I wonder where he's at."

Before they could continue, the Captain entered followed by Chakotay, Tuvok, and Seven of Nine. "Okay, people," Captain Janeway said. "Lets get started."

She noticed her chief helmsman wasn't there. "Where's Mr. Paris?"

"That's what we were wondering, Captain," Harry said.

Tuvok raised an eyebrow. "Perhaps Mr. Paris has forgotten about the meeting?"

"No," B'Elanna replied. "He couldn't have. We talked about it last night."

"Perhaps he is damaged," Seven stated.

"Enough with the speculation," Chakotay said, "lets ask the computer."

"I knew you were my first officer for a reason," she said sarcastically. "Computer, locate Lieutenant Paris."

::Lieutenant Paris is in his quarters::

"B'Elanna, why don't you go check on him?" Janeway suggested.

She really didn't need to go down there and if Tom did sleep through his alarm, Tuvok or Chakotay would not be very welcome. Besides, she had an odd feeling in her stomach.

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B'Elanna entered Tom's quarters to hear him talking to someone. "Tom?" she

said, knocking on his bedroom. When he didn't reply, she opened the door.

"Just leave me alone!" he cried. "I love B'Elanna!"

She looked around the room, but there was no one else in there. "Tom!" B'Elanna cried, taking a step towards him.

"B'Elanna! Thank God you're here!" he exclaimed, taking her into his arms. "She won't leave me alone! Doc said she was gone, but she's still here! She's--" Tom suddenly clutched his head and screamed in agony.

"Tom!" she said again. "Torres to Sickbay, medical emergency!"

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