TNG: Crusher, Picard; Rated G; drabble
Jean-Luc walked her home that night, a favor to Jack who was late for his duty watch. She hesitated on her doorstep.
"I know, you're Jack's girl. I know it in my head, but in here," he pointed to his heart, "you'll always be mine." He caressed her cheek. "I'll wait for you, Beverly. Forever."
With a small cry, she turned and fled into the safety of her dorm....
Twenty-one years later he stood in the transporter room of the Enterprise, watching Beverly head for Starfleet Medical and a life that didn't include him.
"Forever," he whispered.