Thinking about her.*
*The USS Voyager, the ship that flew farther than any other, sent to the Fleet Museum to rest. But can she? Can the ship that never knew the safety of harbor find peace as an exhibit, a display, a starship that can no longer explore the stars? Is she okay? Is she depressed? Are her gelpacks that healthy blue or have they turned sickly green and no one can figure out why, languid processing and connectivity, organic circuitry behaving erratically and sometimes failing to perform even basic tasks? Do her darkened corridors echo with the memories of a crew that celebrated and mourned and fought and made up and cared about the journey, cared about her, their home? Do the other ships know what that was like — to be a home, not a posting? The other ships don’t have bio-neural circuitry, so they don’t seem to register where they are or what’s happening. But Voyager does. Voyagerknows where she is and why. Is she okay, though? Is she?
Brb just imagining white-haired retired B’elanna stepping onto the ship and it just, hums in excitement, and all the panels light up as she walks from the transporter room to main engineering and when she gets there the console by the warp core is flashing the message WELLCOME BACK and she does that cute lil smirk as she swipes the message away and asks the ship if she’s been treated nicely over the years
Okay but now I’m picturing Naomi constantly visiting and B’Elanna gets Naomi’s entire starfleet academy history from a VERY EXCITED ship.
Not gonna lie the whole fleet museum concept, and Geordi being the dad who restores the classic car in the garage on weekends, just had me imagining.
Like StarFleet has a lot of ships. Only ones that they consider to be the prime example of their class – the ones that made their mark on history get a place in the fleet museum.
So obviously the chief engineers of those ships are very protective and want their ships looking the best they can be. Like I know it was a budget thing but I am just howling at how all of those fleet ships like Voyager are probably as pristine and ready to fly as if they were brand new, and they could have taken any/all of them to save the day as they are just perfect.
If anything happens like a rogue ion storm, you betcha that practically every retired engineer in StarFleet would descend on the museum. B’elanna would maximum warp it to the fleet museum, metaphorical wrench in hand, because Voyager has her quirks, a personality, and only she really gets her. So recalibrate, reset, make it good as new. And it would be like that with all ships. Engineers would get older, they would retire, they might spend even more time at the fleet museum tending to their beloved ship.
When the Chief passed on (like Scotty for Kirk’s Enterprise), another Engineer would self-appoint the task because they are our ships, they saved us when we needed them and dammit one day they might be called on to save us again. The old “they don’t make them like they used to” but also because those ships were home. More than transport. Pike said he has faith in the Enterprise that it would hold. Janeway had faith in Voyager. B’elanna made sure Voyager held together. It might have been metaphorical duct tape and dreams, a lot of the time (along with a hell of a lot of skill) but Voyager was a safe harbour in a strange land. She was home when home was an impossible dream, and she got them back.
I may have to write fic about Seven taking Voyager because if it’s about faith in a ship, then she would know that Voyager had a lot to give and could be trusted. That if any ship could stand against impossible odds and win the day it would be Voyager.
I don’t know I just have a lot of feelings about the ships, and the Chief Engineers who poured their heart and soul into them, and how the ship just became something more, something they could believe in.