this is a J/C oneshot that I wrote a few months ago Kathryn Janeway had taken an hour for lunch so she could slip out of Starfleet headquarters to grab a good cup of Earth coffee and not the replicated stuff. She had been plagued by the rich scent of the roasting beans all morning and she resolved to get a cup at least once that day. Lunch proved the perfect opportunity. It was good to be home and even better to be getting real coffee. Walking down the street she didn’t notice people staring at her. She was the Captain who brought her ship home after seven long years alone in an unknown sector of space. Kathryn would remember her time spent of Voyager and she secretly longed to be back out there making new discoveries. Janeway rounded a corner and there was her coffee nirvana. The café was small and homey and just was she needed. Taking a seat out side at one of the tables she placed her order and stared off into space while the people passed by. Some of them stared at her and others over looked her. It was a mixture of looks really and Kathryn paid them no mind. All Kathryn wanted was her coffee. She as staring at the clouds when she sensed a presence behind her, “Excuse me, do you think you could help me. I’m looking for a friend and I have it on good authority that she is here.” Kathryn knew that voice but she decided to play along. “Really, and what does this friend look like?” Kathryn asked turning to greet her unexpected guest. “Well she has short reddish brown hair cut to frame her face, creamy white skin, and clear blue eyes the can see into men’s souls.” The man spoke offering her up a dimpled grin that made Kathryn’s heart flutter. “Anything else I can go on?” Kathryn asked playing along a little more. “Yeah, she is addicted to coffee. Hi Kathryn.” Chakotay sat down and smiled at Kathryn. “Chakotay, it’s good to see you. Is Seven with you?” Kathryn hoped he would say no. As much as she would have liked to see the ex-borg, she wanted to see Chakotay more and to be alone with him. It was Chakotay’s presence and smile she missed the most. “No, she’s gone.” Chakotay’s smile faltered but soon reinforced when he looked into Kathryn’s eyes, the eyes he had missed for moths. After being accustomed to seeing her everyday for seven years it was hard to wake up and remember that he wasn’t on Voyager and he wasn’t about to see Kathryn on the bridge with her habitual first cup of coffee in her hand as she read reports for Gamma shift. “Oh, Chakotay I’m sorry. What happened?” Kathryn offered her hand across the table to him and Chakotay had a flash of the mission to the Borg cube when Kathryn and let herself get assimilated. “I had a great noise in my heart and Seven couldn’t quiet it.” Chakotay spoke from that very spot in his heart that had held Kathryn. Sitting across from her and holding her hand dulled the pain of not seeing her the past months. In truth he had wanted to contact her but he hadn’t the words to covey to her what he was feeling. Rising from his chair Chakotay walked around the table he placed his lips gently on her cheek whispering, “I missed you.” Kathryn sighed and turned her head when he pulled back placing her lips on his cheek the same way he had. “I missed you too.” She whispered in return. Chakotay smiled and took his seat again just as the server brought Kathryn’s coffee. “Can I get you anything sir?” The server asked. “Coffee with cream and sugar, thank you.” Chakotay replied and looked at Kathryn when she made a funny face. “Eww.” Kathryn smiled when he pointed at her playfully. “Hey, I don’t drink the kind of poison you do.” He laughed. “It’s not poison.” “If you say so. That stuff is going to kill you, you know.” Chakotay said with concern. Kathryn smiled. He was still worried about her health after all this time. On Voyager she would put Voyager and her crew first and herself last, but Chakotay had been there to take care of her, when she let him that is. “Always looking out for me.” Kathryn smiled again. “It’s an old habit.” Chakotay couldn’t help it. “Have dinner with me tonight?” he asked and waited for her response. Kathryn looked surprised and then nodded. It had been a while since they had shared a meal. She looked forward to tonight. “I will, but my lunch break is over. I have to get back to Starfleet Headquarters.” Kathryn rose from her chair and watched as Chakotay got up with her. They paid and Chakotay walked her back to her office. Tonight he would make dinner for her at his place and Kathryn would bring the wine.