Chakotay fic alert!
Patterns of Behavior
This story was originally posted to ASC on July 14, 2005. Old habits haunt Picard, Crusher and Chakotay with Vash an innocent victim.
Okay, it's a TNG story, but we've reached the point in our Reasons of the Heart universe where we pair Chakotay with Beverly Crusher. For this incarnation of Chakotay, we take the character as written through the end of the series and create our version of what his life was like after Voyager's return to the Alpha Quadrant. The only major item we ignore is Season Seven's reference to a sister. Since every scrap of canon prior to that has Chakotay's only living relative as a cousin in Ohio, that's what we go with; otherwise all Voyager canon through Endgame is assumed. In terms of TNG canon, the Reasons of the Heart universe assumes canon up through Insurrection and breaks off from there. So, we can all happily pretend that Nemesis never happened.
This story follows the events in Incendiary, Speaking in Tongues, Eye of the Beholder, Happily After All, Chocolate By Any Other Name and Divergences, but it's not necessary to have read any of those as our stories are written (intended) to stand on their own. There's hopefully more depth and a sense of continuity if you've read previous stories in the Reasons of the Heart universe, but it should still be an enjoyable story regardless.