Golden moments
by Carol Sandford

Rated: PG
Set: Anytime when they are'just friends'
Disclaimer: Cripes! How many more times have I gotta say it??!

Inch by inch, the sun descended into the sea. I watched its journey and
my soul felt at peace. Because you were beside me, watching too.

The lap of the waves along the shore line was the only thing to break the
silence. The sand beneath our feet, still warm from the day‘s heat.

We sat, side by side. No words were spoken, nothing needed to be said
aloud. And as you smiled gently at me and settled your head against my
shoulder, I felt a tranquillity settle over me and I couldn‘t help smiling
as my eyes briefly flitted shut with the happiness that rushed through my
being at having you with me.

It had been a long time since we had given in to our hearts and once more
shared moments like this. United moments. Golden moments. As gold as the
water that shimmered before us as the sun sank beneath the waves.

Mutually our lips met in a kiss that held more than friendship, but nothing
less than love. I traced her lips with my tongue until she let me in and
allowed me to drink her sweetness.

Her hand scorched a path up my chest to my jaw and she caressed it
tenderly, like a lover. Like Deanna. Only she wasn‘t a lover, she was my
Imzadi and the kiss was a reminder of what we could be if we wanted to be.

But we didn‘t, and as I broke away from her mouth, breathless and aching, I
felt glad that her own face, body and mind mirrored my own.

Reluctantly, but together, I held her close as her head once more settled
against my shoulder. Only this time, there was a sigh, but it was a sigh of
gratitude, and understanding. And peace.

For one hour of the day we became closer than we‘d been for a long time,
thanks to a setting sun and a memory.