My Confession

Author's Note: This takes place after "Sacrifice of Angels", the last episode in the 5th/6th season Dominion War arc. It was inspired by the song "My Confession" sung by Josh Groban on his album "Closer" and written by Richard Page.

"I've been blind," Odo began, pushing the words out as though they were pockets of air caught in his throat. "And I don't know how to express my sorrow because it seems that a simple apology is nowhere near enough." He took a deep breath, despite the fact that he didn't require it to continue his existence. His gaze remained toward the ground for he was unable to lift his head because of the sorrow that weighed so heavily on him.

"I've been wrong about you," he continued. "I thought I was strong without you." His weary voice dragged on, emotions pushing through the hardened mask he'd spent so much time constructing. "For so long nothing could move me. Nothing could change me." An imperceptible smile full of irony appeared subconsciously on his face.

"Not that the coldness I felt was any different from what people usually see in me." The smile disappeared as subtly as it had appeared. Odo still didn't dare to lift his face. "I knew the difference and that's what matters. I felt cold, indifferent to the things that really matter." He paused, shaking his head slightly. "I don't understand how I could have been that way. I wish I could just erase what I did...what I said...what I allowed to happen...but there's no way to do that. There's only one thing left that can be done."

Odo finally looked at the person across from him. His piercing blue eyes filled with an unmatched depth of emotion, his heart was ready to pour out its secrets.

"I feel myself surrender each time I see your face. I'm captured by your beauty, your unassuming grace. Now I feel my heart is turning, falling into place. I can't hide it. Now hear my confession." He hesitated, gathering the strength to say the next few words.

"You are the air that I breathe. You are the ground beneath my feet." A look of rapture overtook his face as he finished, "When did I stop believing?"

Silence bathed the room in an eerie light. The moments passed, neither fleetingly nor leisurely. Time filled the air.

Odo let out a long sigh, his heart still in pieces. Sad blue eyes gazed back at him from within the mirror.

"I can fight against the most retched men in the universe and yet I can't tell the woman I love the truth."

"What kind of justice is that?"

Author's Closing Remarks: I'm sure that Odo's only this poetic in private. I'm not sure he'd exactly say it that way but whenever I hear that song, I can't help but hear his voice. If it's not something that he'd say, it's a poetic version of what he thinks. I hope you enjoyed, even if it was a little angst.