A Broken Promise

By Jade East (jadetrekeast@yahoo.com)
© October 2000
Rating: PG
Series: Star Trek: Voyager

Kathryn falls for another man and breaks her promise to Chakotay.

Paramount owns Voyager. We all know that. I am only borrowing the characters.

Kathryn slowly awakened from contented sleep. As she regained full consciousness, she became aware of the sound of breathing. It was coming from the sleeping form next to her. She could see dark reddish brown hair as it contrasted against the white of the pillow case. She quietly slipped from the bed, grabbing her robe from foot of the bed.

As she made her way to the bathroom, she glanced lovingly at the person she had spend the night with. Kathryn loved him with all of her heart. She had from the moment she first saw him. She remember as if it were yesterday. It truly was love at first sight. His dark eyes seemed to see into her soul. Her life had somehow seemed more complete.

It was then that she spotted the holo-image of herself and her husband. Chakotay. A frown chased the smile from her face. She would have to make sure Chakotay didn't find out. She loved Chakotay too. She had promised him that it would never happen again after he caught them together the first time. And she had just broken that promise.

Chakotay was lecturing at a three-day archeology symposium on Mars. Kathryn had not been able arrange her schedule so as to go with him. She had not planned allow *him* in her bed again, but he begged and pleaded. He used every charm that he possessed to wear her down. He smiled so adoringly when she finally gave in that she was enchanted and completely forgot her solemn vow to her husband.

After Kathryn finished dressing and had left the bedroom, she looked at the old clock that hung on the wall. She started as she realized it was so close to the time Chakotay was due home. She had less an hour. That was at least enough time to replicate a cup of coffee before she had to wake *him*.

She walked out of the bedroom and closed the door as softly as possible. She walked quickly to the kitchen and went to the replicator. It was too late to brew a fresh pot of coffee. She had given the order and was reaching for the cup of hot liquid as it materialized when she heard the sound of the back door opening. She tried hard to keep from spilling the coffee as she removed it from the replicator.

"Replicated coffee?" Chakotay asked as he walked across the kitchen floor to where she stood. "I thought you never wanted to drink replicated coffee again."

"I was in a hurry," she said as she sipped from the cup.

Chakotay wrapped his arms around her waist, careful not make her spill the coffee. As he kissed her neck, she tensed. Try as she might she couldn't relax, knowing that their bed was still occupied.

Chakotay, sensing something was wrong, turned her around and took the cup from her hands. He took her hands in one of his hands and lifted her head with the other.

"What's wrong? You are so stiff." He looked into her eyes, searching for his answer.

Kathryn tried to keep her eyes steadily gazing into his, but she could not as she lied and said, "I don't know why."

"Kathryn," he spoke her name softly but with a cold edge, "you didn't?"

She pulled away from him, picked up her cup, and walked to the sink. She stood, drinking her coffee with her back to her husband. How could she explain herself to him? "You don't understand," she spoke in a choked whisper.

"What is there to understand?" His voice rose in volume. "You broke your promise to me."

Tears welled up in her eyes as she turned to face him. "I know, and I am so sorry, Chakotay."

Chakotay frowned as he saw the tears. He loved her so much but he was disappointed in her. He wanted to forgive her, but he was having a difficult time. He thought that they had settled this before. However he had underestimated *his* power over his wife.

The distance between the husband and wife seemed far greater than the meter or so that it measured. Chakotay watched Kathryn lift her tear-stained face to look at him, silently begging him to forgive her. His resolve vanished and he bridged the space between them and took her in his arms. He had never been able to withstand her in all the years. From the time they first met in the Delta Quadrant until the present, she was and always would his downfall.

He lifted her face to kiss her when he heard the sound of footsteps.

"Daddy!" shrieked a small boy as he realized that Chakotay was standing in front of him. He launched him himself at his father at near child warp speed. Chakotay grabbed the boy and tossed him into the air before he hugged him.

"Daddy," the child confided, "Mommy let me sleep with her last night. I have bad dreams when you are gone."