Completion

The smell of caramel brownies had invaded the house. Every first Sunday of the month, Gretchen Janeway found herself baking her oldest daughter’s favorite brownies. Unfortunately, Kathryn would not be there to enjoy them. Instead Phoebe and her family would come over, and Kathy – Phoebe’s eldest – would do her aunt proud by begging her grandmother to let her eat them all.

Disclaimer: From all the money I’ll make with this story, I intend to buy Paramount. That way the characters will finally be mine! (*sigh* my dreamscenario)

Story n°5: still from that one moment of clarity when I met Rose.

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The smell of caramel brownies had invaded the house. Every first Sunday of the month, Gretchen Janeway found herself baking her oldest daughter’s favorite brownies. Unfortunately, Kathryn would not be there to enjoy them. Instead Phoebe and her family would come over, and Kathy – Phoebe’s eldest – would do her aunt proud by begging her grandmother to let her eat them all.

As the doorbell rang, Gretchen realized they must have come over early today. All week there had been rumors of a possible return of Voyager, but no one at Starfleet had been able to confirm.

It had been twelve years since she disappeared in the Badlands.

Opening the door she looked at the woman in front of her. It couldn’t be! This was a trick!

“Mom?”

“Kathryn?”

If it was a trick, someone was going to pay for it. For now Gretchen enjoyed finally having her Kathryn back in her arms.

“Mom. It is really me. We’re home!”

With a tear-streaked face, Gretchen pulled back to look at her daughter. Kathryn had changed. There was peacefulness in her expression. On the other hand, her body still showed the Janeway pose – hands on her hips. But her face showed a happiness she had never seen in her daughter. Only now did she see the tall dark figure behind Kathryn. He was standing at her left side. In his arms was the sleeping form of a little girl.

Kathryn saw her mother’s surprised expression. “Don’t worry, I will tell you everything. The whole trip down here was a bit much for her.”

Gretchen looked back at her daughter, this time scrutinizing her more closely. Kathryn had to smile when her mother’s gaze settled on the slight bulge of her stomach. She looked over her shoulder at Chakotay. “I told you she’d notice.”

Gretchen took her daughter’s hands, not willing to risk loosing the physical connection. “Kathryn Marie Janeway, you better have a damned fine excuse for not inviting your own mother to your wedding!” The two embraced again and Gretchen regarded Chakotay over her daughter’s shoulder. “You must be Chakotay.”

They contacted Phoebe immediately. By now Rose was awake and instantly took to her grandmother. Kathryn and Chakotay told Gretchen some things about Voyager, but decided to wait until the family was complete.