Alone (Star Trek: VOY story)

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Star Trek VOY Fanfiction
Title: Alone
Author(s): Djinn
Date(s): 2002
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Fandom: Star Trek: Voyager
External Links: Alone on ao3

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Alone is a Star Trek: VOY story by Djinn. It features Seven of Nine.

It was nominated for a 2002 ASC Award.

Reactions and Reviews

This is a very intriguing look into Seven's mind, although the title led me to expect anything *but* Seven living happily ever after with Chakotay, having his baby. Djinn expressed Seven's ambiguity over this new role very well. The ending struck me as more than a little disturbing, as it seems that Seven is defining herself wholly by Chakotay, not attempting to continue discovering who she is as an individual. [1]
A bittersweet, sparse, but utterly perfect glimpse into Seven of Nine's thoughts. [2]
Djinn's Seven is one of the best I've seen. Every thought of hers in this story is new and different and still clearly Seven. I hadn't thought much about Seven and Chakotay's future together but as I read this story I was thinking, of course it would have to be that way. The C/7 alone was a wonderful story; the addition at the end is an unexpected bonus. The line "And she speaks Borg" gave me chills. The ending ought to have been frightening but instead was deeply satisfying. [3]
I must say, I like the constant dictionary definitions throughout this - they give the reader food for thought, something to think about while considering what it is that Seven refers to when she says she is "alone". I'm grateful for authors like Djinn who have added so much dimension to the Chakotay and Seven relationship. 'Dimension' that i never saw on the show -and that always seemed unfair to the characters. I think the use of a pregnancy to remind us of other ways to be connected to other beings is inspired. And intriguing. [4]
I thought that "Alone" was an outstanding story for the way it digs into Seven's character and gets into her head. Though not happy with how the C/7 relationship came out of no where on the show, I don't see Seven by any means as the villain for winding up with Chakotay and was happy to see a story sympathetic to her and their relationship. I also liked it did so while nevertheless acknowledging that Chakotay still has strong feelings for Janeway. But I like that the author does not show the relationship between Chakotay and Seven as doomed, showing real love there they can build on. Alone is a truly lovely C/7, but it goes beyond exploring that relationship. The story imo is more remarkable for getting to the essence of Seven's character, still torn between Borg drone and human, and the way the Borg still leaves its traces on her thinking and emotions. I think all that comes through beautifully in the language and imagery of the story. The writing of the story itself is quite beautiful and poetic. I loved the changes that Djinn rang on the etymology and meanings of the very word "alone" and the story comes with a nicely wicked patented Djinn twist. [5]
In this haunting, beautifully-told story, Djinn not only presents a compelling portrait of Seven, but she also gives us insights into the nature of love and union in general. The opening paragraph sets the perfect tone: "She still dreams in shades of gray, her nocturnal world colored only by the flickering green lights of the alcoves that line the cube she returns to as soon as her conscious mind relaxes its control. And inside the cube, they call to her still. . ." [6]
It takes a lot for me to really like a canon Seven story these days, but Djinn managed it here. This is a surprisingly touching look at the C/7 relationship, as seen from the POV of a Seven who is more fully human, and therefore more insecure, than we've seen before. Very nice. [7]
I'm a sucker for C/7 stories and this one was a lovely, lovely example of one. I like the juxtaposition of C/7 being together yet the intense loneliness and insecurity Seven feels despite being in what ought to be a fulfilling relationship. Djinn is very kind and sympathetic to Seven. In addition, I never considered what a pregnant Seven might think and this story gives a very realistic idea of what her feelings might be. Lovely story, Djinn! [8]
This is a terrific story. It was one of the first C/7 stories I read, and one of the reasons I became interested in the pairing at all. I love the way you use the word "Alone", explaining it in different ways, and relating it to Seven's life. And how she finally connects with the child - it almost brought a tear to my eye! :) [9]
It certainly makes sense that Seven would have attachment issues, given her past, and it's perfectly logical to expect that any child would have Borg characteristics this way. I appreciate most the way she keeps all of it to herself, perhaps out of knowledge that it would upset him, and since he could do nothing about it there is no need to inform him. [10]

References

  1. Rocky This is the Digest from 2002 for the Category of: Featuring Seven of Nine
  2. Anake This is the Digest from 2002 for the Category of: Featuring Seven of Nine
  3. Jemima This is the Digest from 2002 for the Category of: Featuring Seven of Nine
  4. christinecgb This is the Digest from 2002 for the Category of: Featuring Seven of Nine
  5. Rabble Rouser This is the Digest from 2002 for the Category of: Featuring Seven of Nine
  6. Kelly Chambliss This is the Digest from 2002 for the Category of: Featuring Seven of Nine
  7. Penny Proctor This is the Digest from 2002 for the Category of: Featuring Seven of Nine
  8. Seema This is the Digest from 2002 for the Category of: Featuring Seven of Nine
  9. Elise This is the Digest from 2002 for the Category of: Featuring Seven of Nine
  10. Lori This is the Digest from 2002 for the Category of: Featuring Seven of Nine