Gun Brookes Advent Calendar 2012

Star Trek Voyager /Devil Wear Prada – Crossover

Dangerous by Design


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Door 17


All hands, report to duty stations at 0800 hours. We are approaching the Condwatchy space station. A brief shore leave is allowed only after security verifies safety protocols. No children under the age of eighteen are allowed to go aboard the space station without the being accompanied by an adult.”

The female voice actually sounded quite admonishing and Janeway glanced down the breakfast table, which they shared with Miranda, Andy and their family. The Priestly twins—she could not tell them apart even if Andy had pointed out ‘obvious differences’—were looking outraged.

“But mom,” one of them said with a pout. “We’re not kids anymore.”

“You are,” Miranda answered calmly and put spread on her toast. “And as I’ll be in meetings aboard the station, you have either your nanny or Andrea to take you, if you’re good girls. I can’t imagine Andrea would want to drag around some whiny children and go shopping.”

The girls blinked and then snapped their heads around to gaze at Andy. “Shopping? You’re taking us shopping?”

“If you like.” Andy bit into a piece of fruit and winked at Miranda. “Depends on the whininess level.”

As Janeway could have foreseen, the twins immediately looked angelic and vowed to be perfect angels all day. Janeway snorted and returned her attention to Seven and her coffee.

“Do you wish to have children?” Seven asked.

Having just sipped her coffee, Janeway coughed, trying to move the hot beverage past her larynx and avoid getting down her lungs. “Children?” she managed.

“I have observed how you have studied Caroline and Cassidy on several occasions.” Seven looked her usual together self and didn’t give any indication on her thoughts on the matter.

“I can safely say that the topic hasn’t come until this morning.” Janeway smiled wryly. “I don’t think the mess hall is the correct place for such private discussions.”

“I did not mean to make you uncomfortable,” Seven said and now there were clear signs of distress in her voice. “I apologize.”

“Oh, darling, don’t apologize. You have nothing to be sorry for. This question has just not dawned on me, and it is something we need to address. I promise we’ll revisit this at the earliest possible opportunity if you want to.”

“And if we end up disagreeing completely?” Seven blanched.

Janeway’s heart somersaulted. “Nothing, and I repeat, nothing, can keep me from you. No matter what, Seven.” She reached across the table and squeezed Seven’s Borg-enhanced hand. “Do you trust me?”

“With my life,” Seven whispered, her lips smiling tremulously.

“Good. Now, I’m due for a meeting as well. As soon as security declares it safe, why don’t you join Andy and the kids?”

“I was thinking just that.” Seven looked decidedly happier. “I think it will prove to be quite the experience as Cassidy informed me that her sister and she are ‘professional shoppers’.”

“Sounds intimidating. Andy might need the reinforcement.”


Janeway got up and escorted her lover toward the corridor where she leaned in and kissed her lightly. “And don’t worry about the other topic. I love you.”

Tucking some hair behind Janeway’s ear, Seven nodded determinedly.  “And I love you, Kathryn.”




The Condwatchy space station was one of the very few stations in this sector where planet density was low. This made for lucrative business arrangements for the people setting up shop there, which in turn had made the station grow exponentially. Almost 20,000 people lived there permanently and as Tal stepped into the main promenade, she could tell it most defiantly deserved its rumor of being both a paradise and a hell. Shady characters seemed to lurk in the shadows, while the most expensively dressed visitors frequented the high-end stores. It was probably also true that you could buy everything in the entire quadrant here.

Tal new Miranda and Kathryn was in a meeting somewhere, something she clearly wasn’t privy to. Andy had offered her to join her, Seven and Miranda’s children on a shopping excursion, but she’d declined. She had so much need for solitude these days, she wondered if she’d ever want to be among other people and just be happy-go-lucky social like before.

A pub appeared when she turned the corner and Tal went inside, ordered a Bajoran beer, and took her seat on a bar stool at the far end of the counter. She hoped nobody among the other patrons would approach her, as she was not in the mood to be civil.

After drinking half of the strong beer, Tal began to relax somewhat. Nobody was talking to her, which suited her perfectly. She thought about Andy, the only one that had been unconditionally friendly toward her aboard the Brilliance. She was a nice person and it boggled the mind that she put up with a woman like Miranda. Clearly Andy saw something in Miranda than Tal and most other people didn’t. It was also quite interesting that Tal hadn’t found it the least bit strange to see Janeway and Seven together as a couple. They had always shared that special bond, which clearly had surpassed Chakotay’s attempt at keeping the stunning blonde with him.

“Tal Celes. Now there’s a sight for sore eyes.” The deep, sonorous female voice nearly made Tal drop her glass. She swallowed the bile that rose fast within her and pivoted slowly on the barstool.

“Nash Forster. What brings you this deep into Federation space?”



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