By Carol Sandford


Chapter 05


~*~*~*~*~Locked away in their own private world, Will put his head onto her lap, a restful, happy smile lit up his face and Deanna smiled at his obvious pleasure. Her fingers began to play with the errant locks that teased his head. Deanna looked down at him thoughtfully; his eyes now shut, and dared to break the quiet, reflective mood that had embraced them.

"Will, how much do you love me?"

He opened one eye to peek at her unusual question. His grin widening at the serious look on her face, he gently teased,

"You mean, you really don't know?"

Will watched her smile sadly and pushed himself up onto his hand to look at her straight in the face, his other hand gently lifted her chin to make her look at him. Deanna's breath became shallow as he exposed his love to her with his eyes.

"Deanna Troi, I love you more than words could ever say. You are my whole universe, you are all that I live for, and for you alone, I would gladly die.Because without you, there is no point in my existence. You are my life, Imzadi."

Will watched the tears trickle down her face. He could feel her uncertainty, but was not sure what was causing it. Whatever it was, she knew that he would always be there for her. One way or another, he would always be there. Always

Will gathered her within his arms and let her quietly sob into his shoulder. His own emotions eventually quieted her as she truly realised just what she meant to him. He felt her lightly kiss his cheek and pulled back to look at her, her eyes still shimmered with unshed tears. Will gasped as he could feel Deanna's inner most desires filtered through his own yearning. The need to have her within him became second to her own needs, he barely heard her choked whispered plead,


It was all he needed, the meeting of their lips opened the floodgate for every need, desire, and ache that surged throughout their bodies, both in tune with one another, both minds in perfect harmony. Together they soared and together they reached out and took the love that was theirs for the taking.

They were one again~*~*~*~*~


"So, Deanna, how's the piano lessons coming on, are we up for a debut show yet?"

Deanna looked nervously around at her friends as they all looked expectantly at her. She lowered her eyes to watch Data deal out the cards and she caught his quick glance, but knew she had no fear of being rumbled by him. Data was sworn to secrecy. Her voice sounded over bright even to her own ears,

"Heavens No! I've only just about mastered chopsticks!!"

They all joined her nervous laughter, but as Deanna stared at the cards within her hand, Will studied the face that had become a permanent fixture within his head, and he suddenly realised that she was lying!

As the game wore on, Deanna slowly came to realise that Will was watching her intently and she threw him a grin occasionally, hoping to throw him off. As time went on an overwhelming dread began to settle throughout her. Will knew she was lying.

Deanna entered her quarters relieved that she'd managed to escape the inquisition. Her hurried departure brought surprised glances from her comrades. Now Will knew there was definitely something wrong. Deanna nearly always stayed behind and had a drink with him.

~*~*~*~*~ »The moonlight was especially enchanting tonight, the sky was ablaze with almost every shade of pink ever discovered, a sky for romance...

"Hi Deanna, are you okay?"

Deanna walked into his waiting arms and hugged him close, savouring his warmth and his ability to wash away all the day's wrongs for her. She loved these special intimate moments that they had come to depend on.

"Oh, Will, I'm so glad that I have you. I don't know what I'd do without you, you're so right for me, I wish we didn't have to hide."

Will squeezed her tight as his feelings mirrored her own.

"I know, I know, but I don't want to spoil what we have, and we both know that it wouldn't work any other way. You do know that, don't you, Dee?"

Will held her away from him so that she could see the sincerity of his words, he saw her sigh, resigned to the knowledge that he was unquestionably right.

"Yes...I know."

They looked longingly into each other«s eyes, reading the love that shone from within their depths.

"Kiss me, Will, please, iss me."

And once more, he drew her into his embrace, this time to show her how much he wished it could be any other way...~*~*~*~*~

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