Chakotay and Seven of Nine: An Unbreakable Link
Chakotay: Seven of Nine, stop what you're doing. You're human. A human individual. Our minds are linked. We are one. I can hear your thoughts...I can see your memories. You remember being human.
Seven of Nine: We are Borg.
Chakotay: I see a young girl. A family.
Seven of Nine: Irrelevant. Your appeal to my humanity is pointless.
Chakotay: Listen to your human side. To yourself, the little girl. Seven of Nine. Annika!
With the link severed with a painful spark, both would collapse with a future ahead of them. As the episodes progressed, we would see Chakotay and Seven grow, separately - and together. In due time, both characters would grow to be working colleagues. As seen in the episode "Day of Honor", Seven of Nine would approach Chakotay in asking for more duty shifts and leniency on Voyager. By the end of the season, the two would be paired on their first away mission together in "Demon". It would be by the advisement of B'elanna Torres to Chakotay where she insisted that he "take" Seven with him. This away mission would show Seven a new world and the meaning of humanity as Voyager would be cloned by a demon-class planet with inhabitants called the "silver blood". By the end of the 4th season, Seven of Nine would find herself in a moral dilemma highlighted in the episode "The Omega Directive". While in Cargo Bay 2, Seven would confide in Chakotay as she had come upon an entity which had been the closest thing to a spiritual being in her life. Knowing Chakotay was a man of faith, the two would talk on an intimate level about the Borg's opinion on an afterlife, but how she felt connected to the "Omega Molecule". As Seven would explain it's significance with "infinite parts functioning as one", Chakotay would stop her and say "like the Borg"; thus, understanding her psyche like no other crewmen.
Chakotay: Maybe you can just flip some Borg switch and shut down your emotions, but I can't.
Seven: I suggest you try. It will make things less difficult for you if any harm should come to me.
Chakotay: Why are you suddenly so concerned about that? Is there something I should know?
Seven: The admiral suggested that your feelings for me will cause you pain in the future. I can't allow that to happen.
Chakotay: Seven, any relationship involves risk. And nobody can guarantee what's going to happen tomorrow. not even an admiral from the future. The only certainty is how we feel about each other here and now. If you think I'm going to let you end this because of what might happen, then you need to get to know me a little better.