Author's note: This is another short vignette.

Written: July 15, 1999 12:34 a.m.

Rated: G

Summary: Kathryn has a dream.

The Dream

By: Saffron (c) July 1999

Kathryn lay awake in the dark.

The ache in her heart wouldn't let her sleep.

She knew what caused it. What else could happen when you deny your feelings for someone?

Kathryn looked up at the ceiling even though she couldn't see it. She felt the tears sting the back of her eyes. She tried the remember what it was like to not sleep alone, to be able to curl up against a warm body. She had been sleeping alone for so long.

An audible sigh filled the room. It took her a second to realize that it was she who made the sound.

She sat up in the bed and gathered the covers around her for comfort. Chakotay. His name filled her brain. She closed her eyes and suddenly he was there.

She backed up against her pillow and stared at him. "What are you doing here?" she asked.

He just smiled, slightly flashing his teeth at her. His voice was soft, but it filled her brain. "How should I know?" he said calmly. "This is your dream."

"A dream," she whispered.

Kathryn sat very still, afraid that if she reached out to him, he would disappear.

Chakotay responded as if he could read her mind. He reached out to her. "I won't leave unless you tell me to."

She gingerly reached out and touched his hand. She felt warmth permeate from his skin. So real.

He grasped her hand gently in his and moved closer. "What do you want, Kathryn?"

"Would you...just stay with me?" she asked timidly.

Chakotay smiled and nodded.

Kathryn adjusted the covers so he could slip under them. She rolled over on her side and felt him close the space between them and put his hand around her waist, pulling her close. His breath warmed her neck.

This was what she wanted. She fought to keep her eyes open. She didn't want to moment to end.

Kathryn eyes popped open. She didn't remember falling asleep. She quickly sat up and looked around her. She was alone. But not lonely. And the ache in her heard was gone. She swung her legs over the side of the bed, stood up and stretched.

She walked to the sonic shower, smiling to herself. She knew that sometimes, dreams come true.


To my other stories:

 Resolutions Vignette  No Longer Alone  All or Nothing
 What He Wants  Pursuit of Closure "Night" Prequel
"Night" Sequel Reaching Out The Hunt
Thank you for being a friend The Encounter If you like Kathryn Janeway
The Dream Gotcha Mad Scientist Janeway
Remembering Kathryn Vignette Series It's Never to Early for That
Sex & Ice Heat & Insomnia  

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