Re: Real life: A very affecting story... and a cute look into B'Elanna's preferred choice of reading materials.
Women Warriors at the River of Blood
better than Scotty's "technical manuals".
As for B&A...
Kes' trip back changes things so Janeway survives the first encounter and manages to changes things for a third timeline.
Kes changes things within
the episode, but anything that changes "after" the episode/before Janeway gets TS's is all the timeship's doing.
I love B&A, and wish Voyager was brave enough to age Kes in the series the way they aged her in this one episode. Why have someone who lives a lifetime in 9 years and NOT let them live that life