May 20, 2373

Summary: Red satin sheets weren't exactly what the captain had in mind as a gift for her third birthday in the Delta quadrant.

Characters: Chakotay, Janeway

Codes: Janeway/Chakotay

Disclaimer: Characters are Paramount's. No infringement intended.

Notes: Stardate 50380.8, during The Q and the Grey.

Rated K

He rued his impulse the instant she opened her door. But then, he hadn't expected to find her in a hastily-tied robe, damp tendrils of hair framing cheeks flushed from steam.

Or – he looked closer – indignation.

“Another visit from Q?”

“He serenaded me,” she huffed, “in my bath.”

Chakotay glared into her darkened quarters. “Is he still here?”

“He’s gone.” Kathryn warded him off. “Why are you here?”

“I heard shouting.”

She grimaced. “Now you know why.”

With effort he calmed, lightened his tone. “I hope he at least sang happy birthday.”

“Oh Chakotay,” her pinched expression softened, “you remembered.”

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