Summary: Will realizes what’s
really important in his life
Disclaimer: None of this is mine;
I’m just having fun.
William T. Riker was standing
alone by the windows in Ten-Forward. In a few hours he’d be out there, among
But he wasn’t happy about it,
not at all.
He turned around and smiled at
the woman in front of him.
“Dee, I’ll be right back, I
just need a few minutes alone.”
Deanna nodded and reached up to
kiss him. For a minute everything else faded away, then she felt his sadness
overpower him again and withdrew from his tight embrace.
“It will be okay,” she
promised him. “Don’t worry.”
“You are the most incredible
He loved her, everything about
her - more and more every minute, every day. She was so beautiful that it
sometimes took his breath away.
Deanna looked at her beloved
husband, smiling as she saw his expression change from sad to that of the
proudest father she had ever seen.
Will squatted and opened his arms
to the beautiful little girl running towards him. She had stolen his heart away
from the minute she was born.
“Sweetheart, what are you doing
He kissed her softly and held her
close to him.
Deanna saw her husband’s eyes
beam with love and happiness. She smiled as Will’s gaze met hers over their
daughter’s dark curls.
~ I love you so much. ~
Will shifted his attention back
to the little girl in his arms.
“Are you having fun, Ally?”
He smiled at her, kissing the tip
of her nose.
“Yes!” she exclaimed.
Alyssa Beverly Troi-Riker was the
spitting image of her mother, but when it came to her spirit she was exactly
like her father.
“Daddy, look! Stars.”
Ally pointed, and Will and Deanna
watched the dark sky with their daughter.
Will put his arm around
Deanna’s shoulder feeling more content than he’d ever felt before. He felt
“Isn’t it beautiful, Ally?”
The girl turned around in
Will’s arms and looked at her mother. Her smile took Deanna’s breath away
for a few seconds.
She was such a beautiful baby,
but she was growing up much too fast.
“Will Daddy be out there?”
“Yes, he will, Little One. But
he will be home again very soon.”
Deanna knew how difficult it was
for Will to leave, and she wished he wasn’t going away. But she didn’t want
to make it any harder on him.
“Princess, do you see the star
Will pointed to one of the
shining stars before looking into his daughter’s dark eyes.
She nodded eagerly.
“When I’m away and you miss
me, all you have to do is look at this star, and you’ll know I’m thinking of
Deanna swallowed hard to keep
~ That was beautiful, Imzadi. ~
Will looked up at her, leaning in
to kiss her softly.
Ally giggled happily.
Will and Deanna smiled, this was
all any of them could ever ask for.
“Who wants cake?”
Will smiled at Ally’s outburst
and reached for Deanna’s hand as the family left the lounge to join the
birthday party that the Doctor and the Captain had arranged.
The happy couple entered the
holodeck and the same thought went through their minds as they watched Alyssa
blow out the candles on her cake.
~ Has it really been a year
“Did you remember to make a
Beverly smiled at her
“I wished that Daddy didn’t
have to go away.”
The room went silent.
Beverly looked at Will and Deanna
Will scooped the child up in his
“I have to, Angel, but I’ll
take you with me.” He smiled. “You and Mommy will be right here, always.”
Deanna and the rest of the
Enterprise crew watched the little girl as she placed her little hand over her
father’s on his heart.
“’Love you, too, Daddy.”
Deanna took the child from
Will’s arms and hugged her before letting her run and play with all her gifts.
“Will, I promise you, she will
be all right.”
“I know, but I hate leaving
He smiled, bringing her into his
“I hate having to leave you,”
he whispered against her lips, before he kissed her.
“Me too.” She paused, looking
into his bright eyes. “But, Will,
this is who you are, what you need to do.”
Deanna looked at him, silently
waiting for him to continue.
“This is all I need, Deanna.
You and Alyssa are my life now. I have to go now, but it will be the last time.
I want to be here for you and our children.”
“Are you sure?”
“Yes, I am.”
They embraced again, sharing a
tender kiss as the crew watched smiling.
Will withdrew a little; losing
himself in the happiness he felt being in her arms.
Deanna’s emotions mirrored
Will’s, and they turned around at the same time, their eyes shining with love
for the little girl playing in front of them.
They were family.
They were the answer to each
They were truly blessed.