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favourites. No profit intended.
It's unbetaed so i will take the blame for all grammer/spelling mistakes but i am not apologising for them;)
"Noami Wildman, I require your help." Seven stated to her young friend.
Eager to help her adult friend Naomi asked "Sure Seven how can I help."
"Captain Janeway has informed me it is customary to celebrate ones birthday every year. I do not see the use of celebrating a day that is no different from most other days. However the Captain does not agree and stated that since it has been nearly 20 years since I celebrated my last birthday I was going to get one this year and to prepare myself for this. Also that I had to make my wish list."
"That is great Seven, does that mean we are going to get a party!" Naomi enthused.
Sighing Seven answered; "Apparently, please explain to me what is a wish list?"
A few weeks later Seven went through the presents she had acquired on her birthday party. It included two Kadis Koth games; she had gotten one from Neelix and one from Naomi. The Captain had given her an old book and the doctor a collection of old songs. Chakotay had given her a dream catcher, did he not know that she did not dream when she regenerated? Still it was a nice gesture. Harrie and Tom had pulled resources and created a holo programme for her. Even Tuvok had gone out of his way to find something pleasing for his student's birthday and given her a composition of a traditional Vulcan ballad.
Only lt. Torres had not been present at her party, which was no surprise but to her own consternation Seven realised she had very much liked the hybrid to have been present. She had honestly believed that their animosity was starting to be a thing of the past and Seven at least, was actually starting to look forward to seeing the Klingon more and more each time. Why this was the case she did not know.
Seven appreciated all the gifts that she had gotten. It obviously meant her colleagues cared about her and she was certain that she would enjoy the gifts later on. However she had gotten nothing from her wish list.
What was the point of making a wish list if nothing on it was given? Astrometrics had not gotten the extra power. The Doctor still sung his operas and Neelix would not promise to stop putting leola root in the food.
Suddenly a parcel materialised in front of her. It was a small package wrapped in bleu paper with a silver ribbon tied around it. Her favourite colours Next to it was a PADD.
Seven decided to open the present first. In it was a holo picture from the senior staff, including B'Elanna Torres, the borg children, plus Naomi and Samantha Wildman. As she pushed the button to start playing the image, she was treated to a collective `happy birthday' yet again from her friends. A small smile tugged at her lips, she had indeed enjoyed her party. Making a mental note to thank the Captain later she activated the PADD.
To her surprise the PADD was from B'Elanna and it read
I APOLOGISE FOR MISSING YOUR PARTY. I AM AFRAID I WAS STUCK IN ENGINEERING WORKING ON A PROJECT THAT I HOPED TO HAVE FINISHED BEFORE YOUR BIRTHDAY. UNFORTUNATELY OTHER PROBLEMS KEPT APPEARING AND I ONLY JUST FINISHED MY PROJECT.
YOU ARE PROBABLY REGENERATING NOW BUT I WANTED TO SEND YOU YOUR GIFT WHILE IT WAS STILL ACTUALLY YOUR BIRTHDAY. I CANNOT STOP THE DOCTOR FROM SINGING OPERA, CAPTAIN JANEWAY WILL NOT ALLOW ME TO REPROGRAMME THE DOCTOR'S SUBROUTINES, AND NEELIX IS IN CHARGE OF THE MESS HALL. BUT I DID -FINALLY- CONVERT THE EXTRA POWER TO ASTROMETRICS AS PER YOUR PRIOR IDEAS. I HOPE THIS WILL BE OKAY.
I ALSO HOPE YOU LIKE THE PICTURE, WHEN I WAS IN CARGO BAY TWO LAST TIME, I NOTICED THAT YOU AND THE BORGLINGS DID NOT HAVE ANY PERSONAL KNICK NACKS AND MOMENTOS CLUTTERING YOUR PERSONAL SPACE LIKE MOST PEOPLE. SO I THOUGHT YOU MIGHT LIKE A PICTURES OF YOUR FAMILY. CAUSE THAT IS WHAT WE HERE ON VOYAGER ARE SEVEN.
SO HAPPY BIRTHDAY AGAIN,
Touched Seven put the picture and PADD on her console. The content of the PADD already stored in her eidetic memory. She was touched that the lieutenant had thought of such a lovely gift plus she was the only one who had actually given her a gift of her wish list. Maybe the other gift were a bit unrealistically but it would certainly have been for the good of the ship.
What truly warmed her more then she thought possible was that the Chief-Engineer considered her family. On impulse she queried the computer. "Computer is lt. Torres still awake."
Deciding to act on impulse Seven left the Cargo Bay and quickly made her way deck nine which housed the Klingon's quarters. Pressing the door chime she entered the engineers quarters as soon as permission was given.
With big steps she pounded directly towards the engineer who was having a late diner at her couch while reading one of her favourite Klingon romance novels.
Putting everything down as Seven entered and standing to wish her a happy birthday she was taken completely by surprise as Seven hugged her fiercely. Even lifting the Klingon-Human hybrid from the floor in the process.
"B'Elanna Torres I wish to thank you for your wonderful gifts and for stating that we are family. This was a very thoughtful gift. Thank you."
Smiling and very pleased that her gifts had been well received B'Elanna answered. "You are welcome Seven, ehm, can you put me down now so I can wish you a proper happy birthday please."
Surprisingly reluctant to let go of the embrace the ex-Borg drone put the Lieutenant slowly down. And then she suddenly realised something strange but in accordance with her impulsive mood she stated "you smell very nice."
Turning slightly red B'Elanna decided to ignore the comment, instead grabbing Seven's hand and quickly congratulated Seven as well as given her the three compulsory birthday kisses. However Seven noticed B'Elanna's increased heart rate as well as the slight dilation of the pupils and now a devilish grin grazed her lips. Maybe it was time to take a chance.
"I like your kisses they are different from the Captain's."
Now getting a bit nervous B'Elanna answered uncertainly but smiling; "Thanks. I think."
"I would like for you to kiss me again so I can be certain."
For a moment B'Elanna stared at her companion but then embarrassment made place for excitement. Two could play at this game.
Kissing Seven squarely on the mouth she intended to give the younger woman something to remember. Seven eagerly accepted the kiss and responded in kind.
The kiss lingered for a while but finally B'Elanna let go for a second to ask; "Do you now also need to go to the Captain for comparison?"
Smirking Seven answered; "No I do not believe anything can top this kiss."
"Do you now," replied the chief engineer mysteriously, "Just stick around Sev, you ain't seen nothing yet."