By Carol Sandford


Chapter 03


The two women sat opposite each other in their aerobics class, stretching tense, tired muscles and relaxing their minds. Beverly Crusher noticed that Deanna looked almost serene as she wandered off into her own little universe, her movements automatic from the constant sessions every week. Usually, they exercised in relative silence, but the secretive little smile on her friend«s face intrigued her.

"So, how are things?"

Deanna glanced at the strikingly beautiful redhead, surprised at her question.

"What do mean?"

So, it was going to be like that was it, Beverly wondered to herself.

"Oh, I just wondered, you know, are you happy? How are things are between you and Will?"

As soon as she had said Will's name, Beverly knew Deanna was hiding something. Again Deanna feigned innocence.

"Wha...What do you mean? What makes you ask?"

"Oh, just curious. I haven't seen you much outside of working hours, and come to think of it, I haven't seen much of Will either."

Beverly looked quickly at the darkly mysterious Betazoid for the blush that was sure to give the game away, inwardly triumphant at the telltale red spot that appeared on Deanna«s high cheekbone.

Deanna felt her pulse quicken as she realised she was digging herself into a deep hole. She knew Beverly had picked up on her flustered embarrassment. She had been taken by surprise and had not managed to mask her feelings in time. The mere mention of Will made her heart race, though they'd had this conversation numerous times before.

Until now, her feelings had been kept well and truly buried, but now she was worried. Because it was the last thing she wanted anyone to find out, she tried to bluff it out.

"Well, I can't say for Will, but I've been...taking piano lessons. Someone recommended me to try it, apparently its great for relaxation."

Deanna quietly looked to her friend to see if she had brought her story, her heart hit the floor as Beverly enthused,

"That's great! You'll have to do a show for us in Ten Forward, maybe Data can accompany you."

Deanna held up her hand to stop Beverly in her tracks.

"Whoa, Bev, It willbe a 'long' time before I try anything like that, I've only been practicing for a couple of weeks."

Beverly looked crestfallen, but soon picked something else to discuss, her face brightening again.

"So, how are things between you and Will?"

Deanna sighed. This was going to be very long aerobic class...

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