Time has run out for Will & Deanna.
one is for you, Carol. J
Unfortunately, the characters will never be mine, but the idea is.
heard the whisper, heard him call her name, but she did not turn around.
came closer; so close that she could smell the scent of the aftershave he wore.
closed her eyes, feeling the tears begin to burn behind her eyelids.
Will, just leave me alone.”
stared out the windows at the infinite Universe, at the stars. They shone as
brightly as ever.
turned to face him.
eyes were so blue … she wanted to lose herself in them.
they were not hers to get lost in.
was not hers.
are you doing here?”
was still whispering, and Deanna smiled despite herself.
a little late for that, isn’t it?”
anger surfaced, and she noticed him cringe.
leave me alone. You have a celebration to attend.”
hand was warm against her arm, and she jumped slightly at his touch.
we get through this?”
felt his body tense as her eyes fell on his hand.
was looking at his wedding band.
a minute Troi was stunned by the emotion conveyed in his question, but she
nothing to get through, Commander,” she answered, turning her back to him
know,” he conceded. “I shouldn’t have --- I shouldn’t be here.”
laughed at that; it was all she could do not to cry.
perceptive of you,” she shot back at him. “So, what are you still doing
am sorry,” he repeated. “Deanna, I --- if I had known that you still
… Maybe I should have known. Of course I should. But I didn’t. I didn’t
felt the pain he was experiencing, even if she did her best to block him out.
doesn’t matter. Just go.”
faced him again.
was obviously attractive, but it was more than that. He had something that she
was not able to put her finger on, and she was pretty sure that she would never
succeed in pinpointing exactly what characteristic of his it was that had her so
vulnerable around him.
was not just one thing – she had to admit that.
were Imzadi, after all.
two of them were forever bonded, even if he had pledged his life to another
woman just minutes ago and even if she herself had other commitments.
did this have to happen?’ she thought, battling to keep her frustration in
had thought that they had all the time in the Universe to get it right. But time
had run on out.
had married someone else.
eyes were fixed on her face.
Imzadi … the woman he had loved for so long, the woman he would love
woman who would never again be his ...
will love you always, Deanna.”
was sincere, she knew that, but it did not help. In fact, it made it all the
more difficult - if that was even remotely possible.
now that did not seem likely.
nodded slightly, waiting.
I wish I had never met you.”
watched the man in front of her; the man who had come to mean more to her that
she could say, and who no man would ever be able to replace.
that just does wonders for my self-esteem.”
felt her lips curl upwards a little as she thought that this probably would be
what she would miss most of all – their friendly banter.
said sometimes,” she continued, feeling her heart fall.
know,” he agreed. “Sometimes I feel that way, too, but mostly I feel
swallowed hard, wondering how it had come to this.
was not supposed to be like this – they were supposed to be together, and,
yet, here they were … saying goodbye.
nodded, realizing that this would be the last time she would see him.
looked at her one last time before turning away to leave.
stopped as her words echoed in his mind.
might be happy, but he would never be whole.
smiled as she picked up on his thoughts.
thought about it only for an instant before he turned around and walked back to
embrace was short, but both Will and Deanna felt the power of the bond that they
would always share.
is all I have ever wanted for you,” he whispered. “Imzadi.”
Deanna watched him go a single tear rolling down her cheek as she settled into
the fact that this was the end.
would not be easy – she knew that. Sometimes it might even be so hard that the
pain would seem unbearable.
she would get through it. In time it would hurt less and less until one day she
would find herself thinking of him without feeling like her heart was breaking.
day that would happen.
could not wait for that day.