The Power of Love: Secret
By Erin  A l p e r t 

Okay, this is the P/T song that made me think of this title, and some events in it:

By Madonna

Things haven't been the same
Since you came into my life
You found a way to touch my soul
And I'm never, ever, ever gonna let it go


Happiness lies in your own hand
It took me much too long to understand
How it could be
Until you shared your secret with me

Mmm mmm (skip for the first two times)
Something's comin' over, mmm mmm
Something's comin' over, mmm mmm
Something's comin' over me
My baby's got a secret

You gave me back the paradise
That I thought I lost for good
You helped me find the reasons why
It took me by surprise that you understood
You knew all along
What I never wanted to say
Until I learned to love myself
I was never ever lovin' anybody else

(chorus, repeat)

(chorus, repeat)

Mmm mmm, my baby's got a secret
Mmm mmm, my baby's got a secret
Mmm mmm, my baby's got a secret for me
Mmm mmm, mmm mmm, mmm mmm

* You still haven’t told him, * B’Elanna reminded herself of what she needed to tell Tom... she didn’t know how she could, or how she could even work up the courage to.
“B’Elanna? You okay?”  Tom was concerned by the troubled look on her face. 
“Yeah, I’m fine,” she easiliy lied.
“You’ve been acting weird since your check-up this morning, is there
something wrong?”
“No, Tom, I’m fine.”
“If there’s something wrong,” he smiled, and moved a little closer next to her.
She pushed him away, nearly slapping him, “I’m fine, Tom.”
“B’Elanna... you never act like this, especially here, with me... what’s
She looked over at him, laying in their bed with her, “I told you, I’m fine.”
He gently reached over to touch her shoulder lightly, “ ‘Lann, you said there nothing wrong, but if something comes up... you can tell me.”
That made her feel a little better. Ever since he became a major part of her life, she had felt less empty, always had someone to talk to, to be loved by, and to love.  “Thanks,” she rolled over slightly and kissed him.
“I’m always here for you,” he reminded her, and gave her a sweet kiss.
“I know, thanks Tom... you’re the best.... I’ll never forget this.”
He looked puzzled, “What so special about this time?”
She was caught... “Nothing, mmmm... Love you Tom, now get some rest.  You’ve had your day off, there’s work tommorrow,” she allowed time for one more kiss, before turning slighty away.
“Love you to,” he turned, facing the same direction as her, wrapped his arms around her, and let out a small sigh into the back of her neck. She felt it, warm, light, and it reminded her of the secret she was hiding.  She thought of all the things he’d been to her: a colluege, a friend, a boyfriend and lover, her fiance, her husband... and now this.. the father of her child... a scary thought.. too scary.  

She felt a rustle behind her, and Tom moved one of his arms, then spoke softly, “B’Elanna, I forgot to tell you something.”
“What now, Tom?” she asked, very tired now.
“I have a little surprise for us, tommorrow, before we leave for the
“Oh goody... sounds like fun..   now get some sleep, Tom, you’ve got an early shift.”
“ ‘Night, ‘Lanna,” he kissed the back of her neck, and hoped she would enjoy what he had planned.. his secret little plan..


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