By Carol Sandford


Chapter 04


Guinan had been meeting with Will almost daily, and although she was reasonably pleased with his progress, he still had a long way to go. At least he had made the move from his quarters to Ten Forward.And, at least he could talk without breaking down.

But Guinan knew that Will’s problem would never be solved. He visibly pined for his lost link, and no Counselor in the universe had a cure for that, except one.


"So, what are you going to do to make her come back, Will?"

As Will thought about her question, he idly turned the fingers over, marvelling at their smallness, the colour of her nail polish, and the deep lines that mapped across her palm, He wondered if her future was going to be as rich as her past. He also wondered if his future was going to be plagued with the never ending misery that constantly shadowed him.

Her voice brought him back to the question at hand.


Will shrugged lightly. That same question had gone through his mind constantly over the past three weeks, and he still came up with the same solution.

"I...could ask her to marry me."

"Do you really think that she would marry you now?"

Guinan saw the defeat in his eyes, heard the resignation in his voice.

"No. No, she wouldn’t."

"So what are you going to do to change that, Will?"

Will solemnly regarded the El-Aurian through lowered eyelashes, she watched him chew on his lower lip, a habit of late that seemed to be a constant tell-tale sign of his nervousness.

"Do you think I should go after her?"

"Why bother? You’ve said yourself that you don’t have enough to offer her. You said yourself that she would want every part of you. Why should you bother to go after her, Will?"

He shrugged again, but Guinan saw the change in his face. Something had happened, something had changed, and as he spoke, Guinan saw that he had, at last, seen the light.

"I can’t live without her any longer, Guinan, it's as simple as that. She belongs by my side, and I'm incomplete without her. He suddenly stood up. I’m going after her." he declared.

Guinan grinned knowingly, "Well, thank the stars above, it's about time!Nnow, we need a plan..."

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