*************** Mental Images Epilogue Author: Mac Disclaimers in Part 1 ***************

Note from the Author: Thank you for your reviews. I'm sorry if the parts were slow in coming out, but you can't rush creative genius, can you? Hehe, I'll shut up now. Enjoy the rest of the fic! ~Mac

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"He's in the holodeck, B'Elanna."

"What Harry?"

Harry looked up from Neelix's lastest... er, lunch? "Tom. He's in the holodeck."

She crossed her arms. "Am I really that transparent?"

"Not usually," Harry replied. "But with everyone visiting Tom and checking on him, I didn't think you got a chance to talk with him in a few days."

"You're right, I haven't." She smiled at her friend, then bent down to give him a hug. Harry was surprised, to say the least. B'Elanna rarely showed affection in front of the crew. "Thanks for everything, Harry. I don't think I would have gotten through this without you."

Harry smiled back. "You would have done the same for me. Now get to the holodeck, Tom's waiting!"

B'Elanna left the mess hall, needing no further urging.

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Tom was alone in Neelix's resort program when she entered. He was sitting on the beach looking out at the ocean. Apparently, he was so lost in thought that he didn't notice her until she sat next to him.

"Hey there, Helmboy."

Tom took her hand in his. "Hey."

"How are you feeling?" He laughed. "Sorry, I guess everyone's been asking you that, huh?"

"Yeah, but if it were anyone else, I would have decked them," Tom replied.

B'Elanna smiled. "I'll consider myself lucky then."

Tom turned to face her and smiled back. "I already do." He pulled her close. "I love you so much, B'Elanna. I'm sorry if I hurt you, even though I wasn't in control," he added quickly.

"I was so scared that 'she' had won, Tom," B'Elanna whispered. Her head rested on his chest, listening to the beat of his heart. "But, I knew that you wouldn't let her."

"I couldn't let her. If she did, God knows what she would have done to Voyager... to you and Harry. And I know she would have bragged about it." He shivered at the thought.

B'Elanna looked into his blue eyes. The haunted look he had at the start of it all was gone. "Tom, I love you."

"I love you too," Tom replied.

"Tom."

"Yeah?"

"Kiss me!"

"Yes, Ma'me!"