By Carol Sandford


Chapter 01


"Do you remember when you first met me on Betazed, Will?"

Even though he was laying prone on the bed with his hands behind his head enjoying Deanna's fingertips trailing around his naked torso and twirling the tight springy curls upon his chest around her fingers, making miniature ringlet's.

Her question made him grin with fondness in the darkness as he answered her, "How could I ever forget the best moment of my life? Correction, the second best moment of my life?"

He removed one hand and stroked the back of her head tenderly, placing a quick kiss upon the raven curls. "I remember."

After a few seconds silence, her voice broke the quiet again. "Do you remember how you made me feel?"

Will frowned, but not with worry, it was a frown of amused puzzlement as he wondered where the strange line of questioning was going and he wasn't quite sure what to say. "What do you mean, sweetheart?"

He winced as she playfully tweaked the current lock of hair that was between her fingertips. "I want to know if you remember how I felt when you crashed into my life and consumed my every sane thought from that moment on."

Realisation dawned, "Oh! You mean, when you found out that I could thought send to you?!" He felt her nod against his shoulder, "Yes, I remember being extremely smug at getting one up on you, but mostly I remember the effect it had on you. I think it was also then, even before our time in the jungle, that I knew we had something special."

"You laughed at me."

Will chuckled. "I did not! I was not laughing at you, Deanna, I was beside myself with joy because I knew from then on we were going to make it; we had a chance. I had finally found a way through that invisible brick wall you had placed around yourself."

He gently pushed her to one side of him as he moved to his side so that he could talk to her, face to face. She saw nothing but his love as he poured his soul into his words for her.

"When I found out that I could get through to you without physical words, or actions, it meant the world to me. It meant I had found someone that was truly worth pursuing. It meant that I had gone out of my way to think of what You wanted, and not just my libido. The day I crashed through that barrier was the day I grew up, Deanna."

She looked lovingly up into his eyes, letting her finger trace a path along his strong jawline, her voice dreamy as she told him, "I know. That's when I knew I was going to spend the rest of my life with you. Not when we made love and became Imzadi. It was when you showed me that you were willing to learn my ways, and that you actually achieved it. I knew you were someone very special, then."

Their lips met in a kiss that was as tender as their love for each other and she heard him relay his thoughts to her, I love you, Imzadi.

And I you, I'm glad you thought I was worth it.

Oh yes, you were definitely worth it, my love.

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