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Third place in bath time contest
"I thought you were tired, Kathryn." Chakotay shook his head as he followed her to the lift.
"So, why the holodeck? We could just spend a quiet evening in your quarters." He eyed the bag she carried. "What's that?"
"Just a few things we need for our 'adventure' on the holodeck."
"Adventure? This doesn't sound very relaxing."
"Deck 6." She ordered the computer, giving him a sly grin. "Trust me, Chakotay."
"I do Kathryn, with my life." He chuckled and leaned back against the wall. "I'm just not sure I trust with my leisure."
"Why would you say that?"
"Because you tend to be a workaholic and sometimes I don't think you know what it is to relax."
"We'll see." They exited the lift and she punched a code into the control, stepping back to let him enter first.
The scene before them was lush and green, a flowered meadow, edged by a thick stand of trees. The light music of birds, flowed on a warm breeze under the bright blue sunlit sky. The sun was warm on his face, the delicate scent of the flowers mixed with the heavier scent of the thick pines.
"Well, what do you think now?" Kathryn kicked off her shoes, wiggling her toes in the short grass.
"I owe you an apology, Kathryn. This is truly lovely and it looks very relaxing."
"Oh, and it gets better."
Taking his hand, Kathryn led him across the grass toward the trees. From the edge of the meadow, they followed a winding path through the trees to a clearing at the top of rolling hill. Something resembling a large wooden barrel was perched on the hilltop; a ladder ran up one side to the open top. As they approached, Kathryn put down the bag she carried and began to unbutton her dress.
"Kathryn, not that I have any objection, but -- what are you doing?" He stood back watching her neatly fold the dress and begin to remove her undergarments.
"I'm taking my clothes off." She smiled up at him as she stuffed her bra in the bag.
"I can see that, why?"
"If you would rather, I could put them back on." She was standing in front of him completely naked.
"Er- No, no don't do that."
"Then join me." She started to climb the ladder and he followed. "Chakotay."
"You need to take you clothes off first."
"Oh, yeah, OK."
By the time Chakotay shed his clothes and climbed up to join her, she had gone over the top of the barrel and was floating in the largest bubble bath he had ever seen.
"A bubble bath?!" He laughed as he watched her dive beneath the surface and emerge covered in foamy bubbles. "Kathryn, you're crazy."
"It's a great way to relax. Come on in and see for yourself." She splashed hot soapy water in his direction.
“Can you stand?”
“No, it’s too deep. But there is a seat right under you, the water out here is deep.”
That was all the information he needed. Chakotay jumped up and pulled his legs to his chest landing in front of her with a large splash, scattering bubbles everywhere.
“Nice.” Kathryn sputtered the soap out of her mouth. “Graceful, like a great golden whale!”
“I couldn’t resist.” He laughed as he brushed the bubbles from her face. “It looked so inviting and you looked way too smug.”
“And now? I look like a drowned rat?”
“Yes.” He kissed the tip of her nose. “But, you are my drowned rat.”
“Gee, thanks.” She slipped away and took a seat. “Come relax.”
“Ya know, there just might be something to this bubble bath thing of yours.” He moved next to her. “Very nice.”
“It gets better.”
“More?” He snickered.
“Keep your evil thought to yourself and turn around.” Kathryn pushed at his shoulder, turning his back to her, and massaging his neck and shoulders above the water.
“Ahh, yes, it does keep getting better.” He relaxed into her hands, groaning when she stopped.
“Shh, do you hear something?”
“You put the privacy lock on didn’t you?”
“Shit, no. Shhh.” Kathryn peeked over the rim. “Someone is out there.”
“Well, talk about being sprung!” Chakotay couldn’t help laughing. “I can hear Paris now—‘they were naked in the bubbles!’ “
“Shh.” She stifled her own giggles. “Ohmygod, it’s Naomi!” She whispered, almost losing it at the sudden panic on his face. “Oh, now it’s serious, huh?”
He slipped off the seat, moving close to the wall with only his head above the water, so he couldn’t be seen from the outside.
“Naomi, what are you doing in here?” Kathryn called out.
"Oh, Captain, I'm sorry to bother you," Naomi slowly approached. "but, I didn't realize this was a private program."
"That's all right honey, but if you'll excuse me, I'm in the middle of my bubble bath." Kathryn scooped up some bubbles and blew them over the edge of the large tub at Naomi.
"I didn't know you liked bubble baths!" Instead of moving away, this conversation drew Naomi closer, until she had to step on the ladder to see the Captain above the rim of the large wooden tub.
"Yes, dear, well - maybe, you can use the tub sometime." Kathryn was getting desperate. "Run along now and I will speak to your mother about it soon."
"It's awfully big." Naomi climbed higher to see the inside of the tub. Peeking over the edge, she spotted the extra set of ripples in the water, where Kathryn had pushed Chakotay completely under the water. Jumping off the ladder, Naomi started back down the path, calling her good-byes over her shoulder as she went. "See you later, Captain." Naomi stopped and turned to face the tub. "Oh and, Captain, you better let the Commander up now. I don't know how long he can hold his breath." She giggled and ran for the exit.
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