Waking up

Imagine being on the Voyager after escaping the aliens who abducted you. You set course to earth together with Captain Janeway, Chakotay, Tuvok, Harry and Seven. Icheb gets a crush on you. Neelix teaches you how to cook. The doctor sees you as his personal psychologist. Tom and B’Ellanna are having a furious marriage.
But your abductors come back to claim you as their property.
(_Stardate 54400 – 54470; Season 7, episode 10 – 13)

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2. Going home

Stardate 54401.8, May 27, 2377, afternoon. I was convinced that the people on this ship worked for NASA and would bring me home as fast as they could. So I woke up again, surprised that I wasn’t dead.

This time, I knew I was save. The hologram-doctor gave me a smile and asked me how I was feeling. He called me a miracle.
“Better,” I answered, “Why am I wearing glasses?”
He nodded and explained: “You are, how should I explain this…? You are blind, but not entirely. You see energy and your skin senses every vibration. The glasses will protect you from an overdose of all the impulses on this ship.”
“Because they changed my DNA?”
“Correctly, try to wear them all the time.”
He stepped closer and took his scanning device. I sat up and let him scan me.
“May I ask you how you were able to lock the door earlier this day?”
“I just, told the computer to close it, somehow…”
“Interesting… That explains the unknown patterns in your DNA. They must be from the species that locked you up in their laboratory…”
Painful memories caught me surprise.
“I’m sorry, I didn’t want to upset you. What is your name?”
“Lin Dempsey.”
“Well, Lin, the captain wants to see you. You recovered very quickly, once I adjusted the right dose of energy, and you can leave the infirmary. Tuvok is on his way to guide you to the captain.”
“The telepath?”
“He is Vulcan.”
“And you are a hologram?”
He smiled, honored, and then gave me a five minute long explanation about his very complex matrix. In the meantime, I got up and discovered the new environment.
I was still convinced this was all a dream. And if it wasn’t: how had our government kept this all a secret? 1) Aliens did exist and they worked for NASA. 2) Space ships were far more developed and could travel further than Mars.
Everything was so… futuristic. I mean: holograms, automatic doors, gravity regulators, etc.
The door slid open and Tuvok entered. The doctor formally introduced us and said I was as healthy as a fish.
Not much later, I followed the Vulcan and saw the ship from another perspective, less threatening. The glasses helped a lot.
I was now on the bridge, hiding behind Tuvok. Everyone just stared at me. Except for the captain, a woman. She came towards me with a big smile.
“Lin! Nice to meet you. Please, come with me.”
A hand on my shoulder gently guided me to a room on the side. She served me a cup of tea and took a cup of coffee for herself.
We sat down on the long divan. I was still looking amazed at the machine who had made our drinks out of thin air.
“Lin, do you remember how you ended up in open space? So far from home…”

So I told her everything. And I felt save. She always encouraged me with a little nod to go on. Her eyes stayed fixed on me the whole time.
“They were slimy and electrically charged. I really… only do remember fragments and… weird tools.”
My escape was as fussy as the rest. Somehow, I remember leaving the shuttle pod, or did it explode? I had been floating around unconscious until the Voyager picked me up.
“The doctor says you have been exposed to open space for a few hours. But our scans didn’t pick up anything unusual. Still, they must be closer than we think,” she ended the conversation as she stood up, alarmed by some of the details. She pushed the device on her shirt and said: “Captain Janeway to all leading officers, reunion in the meeting room right away.”
When we walked to the meeting room, I as an honored guest, everyone’s gaze followed me. One I already knew. It was Harry. He still had a lot of questions. Me too.
These guys weren’t NASA.

I was seated at a large table and the people around me, the leading officers, discussed important things. I was only half paying attention as I was observing them all.
There was B’Elanna, chief-engineer. She was half-Klingon and married to a man, who I had met earlier in the infirmary. He was Lieutenant Paris, the pilot. Seated next to me was Tuvok on my right and commander Chakotay on my left. They both had a sort of serenity and seemed very competent.
Not officers, but important on this ship, were Neelix and Seven of Nine. Neelix was the most exotic species on the ship. I couldn’t tell what his skin-color was, but it was very different from the others. He was the moral officer, the cook, the ambassador.
Seven was an ex-borg, whatever that supposed to mean. I had met another one and knew now they weren’t robots, not anymore.
Anyway, I didn’t understand much at the moment, but everyone was very kind.
“Lin?”
“Yes?”
“We can’t find you in our database? Did we maybe spell your name wrong?”
“No, I guess I’m not in it.”
I followed the captains gaze to Tuvok and Chakotay. She trusted them the most and they weren’t worried about my identity.
“We’ll find out eventually,” she confirmed with a firm tone, “I’m going to protect this young lady, whatever it takes. The Voyager has to be in good condition. We are bringing everyone home, back to earth.”
They were stranded here, at the other side of the galaxy. This wasn’t looking good, but at least they had contact with earth. I would be sending a letter to my mother soon. She must be very worried.
The meeting ended. All preparations were planned and appointments were made for my contribution on the ship. I would get my own quarters.
But then suddenly I realized something terrible. Even more terrible than the calculated duration of the return flight. All the pieces fell together.
“I want to get this ship home in one piece, with everyone on it. You all know what to do. Dismissed.”
All stood up and started leaving the room.
But I stayed clenched to my chair and Chakotay saw me bit my tongue. Behind the glasses, my eyes teared up and I suddenly had trouble breathing.
He asked: “Lin, are you okay?”
Janeway, Tuvok and Neelix stopped in their tracks.
“Lin, do I need to call medical support?” Janeway asked.
I was making a fool of myself…
My voice trembled terribly: “No need for that, captain. I only need someone to confirm we’re living in the year 2377…”
“Yes, May 2377?”
I turned my face away in shock and raised from the chair. Chakotay placed his hand on my shoulder, worried.
“My mother won’t receive my letter. You won’t find me in the database.”
I let a long pause, comforted by the warm hand pinching softly. I was thinking about a way to explain this without bursting out in tears or sounding mad.
“I was abducted in 2017.”
The silence could only be described as… impossible not to hear the tension.
I turned to Chakotay, glad I was wearing dark glasses. He was assigned to give me a tour on the ship.
“I would like to go to my quarters, if I may?”
I sounded like an ice queen, but on the inside I looked forward at closing the door behind me, crush against the wall and start crying hysterically while dropping on the floor.
And, after five dramatical minutes of Chakotay comforting me with kind words all the way to my quarters, I did.
Before the door closed between us, his eyes told me it was okay. It was all going to be okay. I was on my way home, or what was left of it.

I woke up in the future.

I was 376 years old.

I was 5% alien.

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