by Carol Sandford
Disclaimers here somewhere, just look for it.

Their laughter echoed through the ~Enterprise‘s~ corridors. It was
delightful, carefree, teasing and sensuous.

The laughter of lovers.

Deanna was still smiling as she attempted to turn her thoughts to the task
at hand: Crew evaluations, hence why the Commander had just visited.

Hence the high-cheeked blush that still lingered on her flushed cheeks, and
hence why she was struggling to keep her limbs from squirming. William
Riker touched her like no other. William Riker invaded her head like no

Because he was like no other.

Just one look. Just one tender stroke to her hair.  Just one word; ~The~
word, Imzadi.

Just thinking of that word sent an invisible punch to her midriff and an
ache to her femine core.

But when he physically touched her; When he looked a her with those
innocent blue eyes; When he touched her in places that ignited a flame that
only he could turn to a heat that could curl her toes. That is when she
knows she has been blessed.

Her smile grew wider, but Deanna knew she had to push on with her work. The
Captain was expecting the padd on his desk in two hours time.

She tried to push him from her mind, if only for a little while. She tried
to think of everything and everything to remove his image; His hands; His
mouth. Oh Lord, that mouth.

Deanna groaned, hitting the padd's flat surface with such force, it bleeped
at her alarmingly. She soothed the delicate computer as she would have
soothed Will‘s body; Tender, loving, intimate strokes.

She laughed outright, "My God, I‘m making love to a padd! Get out of my
head, Will Riker, I‘m too busy for you."


As Deanna tapped in the final word, she dropped the padd onto the desktop‘s
surface with relief. "Thank goodness." But no sooner had the remark left
her head, when the door chime sounded, she grinned wider, like the cat had
at last got at the cream, "Come in, Will."

They met half way across the room, unable to stand the prolonged wait for
him to reach her. Once more he invaded her mind, and her heart, her very
soul. Only this time she welcomed him in and let him stay.