|Prod. code:||MCNL 1x01|
|Original post date:||15 December 2014|
|Stardate:||Federation Stardate 48281.88|
Cardassian Unified Date 4701.6.22/192
|Year:||6 February 2371|
|Next story:||"Lizard-Women from Another Dimension!"|
- This article concerns the first chapter of The Mysterious Case of Neelix's Lungs. For the canon episode that this chapter adapts, see VOY: "Caretaker".
"Caretaker" is the first chapter of The Mysterious Case of Neelix's Lungs, written primarily by worffan101.
One week later, the Federation Starship Voyager, in search of a Starfleet Intelligence operative aboard the Val Jean, is taken by the same entity. A third of the crew is killed, including Captain Kathryn Janeway, and conn officer Veronica Stadi is forced to assume command despite severe injuries.
Captain Stadi allies with Evek and together the two ships fight off a determined Kazon attack, then set a course for home.
- "The other Kazon tried to clap a foul-smelling hand over Stadi's mouth; the Betazoid lanced out with her mind instinctively.
Blood. Ugly laughter. Screams. More laughter. A red-haired woman of a species Stadi didn't know, screaming in agony and fear. More laughter. Blood. Screams. Laughter.
- — first contact with the Kazon-Ogla