Summary: Tumblr prompt: "After Voyager returns, Chakotay is made captain. On his first night in the captain’s quarters he suddenly realizes that he’s now sleeping in the same bed Kathryn used to sleep in."
This is Version 2.
Characters: Janeway, Chakotay
Disclaimer: Characters are Paramount's. No infringement intended.
Lying here, he finally understands why she slept so little.
The bed in the captain’s quarters is damned uncomfortable.
Besides, he’d always hoped that if he ever lay in it, he wouldn’t be alone.
“Chakotay to Admiral Janeway.”
A pause, then: “Chakotay? It’s two in the morning.”
“I couldn’t sleep.”
“Ah,” she understands.
“Why’d you put up with it?”
“Because I deserved the discomfort.”
“Oh, Kathryn.” He sighs. “I’m sorry I woke you.”
“Actually,” she admits, “I wasn’t sleeping either.”
In the quiet night, reticence seems pointless. “We could sleep together.”
Her reply is husky. “I thought you’d never ask.”