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Deanna lay awake crying in her quarters reliving the argument that she had
with Will earlier that evening...
"Not only do you have the nerve to ignore me, but go out and date my best friend!"
"Well, you have the nerve to ignore me, and run around with other women!"
She remembered the sadness in his eyes as he looked at her and said,
"I only ran around with other women looking for someone to fill the hole you left in me when I left you on Betazed."
Deanna remembered how surprised she left at his sudden change in emotion, but then, merely in anger confronted and said, "I'm only dating Worf trying to fill the hole YOU left in me when you left me for your career and I think I have filled the hole you left with Worf!"
Deanna knew that Worf would never take Will's place in her heart, but she said it only out of anger and stubbornness. Will only looked at her sadly, with sadness she had only seen in his eyes that day he left Betazed.
"I never filled the hole you left in me...there is only one person who could fill it..."
Will sadly turned and left Deanna's quarters unable to stay any longer.
After Will left, Deanna broke down in sobs of anger, regret, and guilt.
She stepped into the shower to get ready for bed, and when the water hit her face, she couldn't tell whether it was water or tears that streamed down her face.
She was now in bed, still crying and feeling guilty about regrets and years past. She had to talk to Will or she would never go to sleep.
She put on her robe, and since it was very late, no one would be in the corridors, she went to Will's quarters which were conveniently next to hers.
She didn't want to wake him if he was asleep, so she punched in the access code he had given her years ago in case she ever needed in. She walked into his quarters and into the bedroom and the sight that greeted her made her heart stop and her stomach turn somersaults.
He was crying.
Will Riker was crying.
In all of her years of knowing him, body and soul, she had never seen him cry.
As he turned at her entrance, he never reached to wipe away the tears that had stained his cheeks.
He looked at her with an apology written on his face and said,
Deanna would have none of it and interrupted saying, "Don't say anything, I should be the one who's sorry..."
She sat down upon the bed beside him and reached for his hand and held it tightly and said,
" You were right...I was the only one for you and you were the only one for me..."
Will looked at her with relief and understanding and a hint of happiness in his eyes.
"You don't know how long I've waited to here you say that."
Deanna smiled and understood and said in answering, " You don't know how long I've waited to here you say that."
Will sat up and held Deanna's face in his hands and looked into her eyes and gave her the look that told her that he wanted to kiss her, and gave her plenty of time to protest, and when she didn't, he smiled and whispered,
She smiled and whispered back,
Will smiled back through the tears and kissed her knowing that she was the only one for him and having the peace that she knew that he was the only one for her.