A Lifetime Of Love: Syd and Sky
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Challenge: Album
Last Revised: February 13, 2008

Summary: Sometimes, you just got to take a few minutes and thank the ones who've seen you along your crazy journey called life…
Disclaimer: I don't own 'em, wish I did.
Genre: General
Rating: T, for now.
Ship: Sydney/Sky

AN: This is set the January following Song, so about two months past Song. Yes, it's a little clichéd, but I had to do it! P.s. HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY (for those of you celebrating), I don't celebrate it cause unfortunately I'm utterly single still, but who knows, maybe this year will be different!

Dedicated To: Angel and Enigmaforum for forever being my little sisters and muses, CathyD aka Cat for being a great inspiration and an even better friend, and MHB15 for being such a fan of this series and for never giving up on me finishing it. Only a few more to go ladies!

Cause even though when times got rough
You never turned away
You were right there
And I thank you (thank you)
When I felt I had enough
You never turned away
You were right there
And I thank you (thank you)

All through my life
I knew that youd be my world
Knowing every where I go
Things you taught me they would show
So many times and changes
Youve seen me through
I sure enough couldnt have survived without you
And so I thought up this song
To show my appreciation for lovin me so long
You dont know how much you mean to me
-- Boyz II Men, Thank You --


Sky couldn't stop the grin that had erupted onto his face as he walked into the common room and sat down. In his hands was the first copy of the long awaited album that Sydney had been spending months writing and recording for. He knew the songs on it by heart, having heard her sing each and every one of them countless times as she prepared for her European tour. No, what he was most anxious for was to read the liner notes of the c.d. Syd had told him there was a very long, very special message inside.

This album has been a long time coming. Nearly seven years in the making; I'm proud to finally present it to you. So much has happened in my life since I last recorded, and as surely as all of you have grown, I have grown too. Experiences I could have never imagined have paved my path from the child I was to the woman I have become, a woman I'm proud to be. When we last met, I was just about ready to embark on one of the greatest journeys of life; I was about to enter SPD. Until you commit yourself to something as monumental as that, you can't fathom how all the things that you thought were important in life really weren't. Fame, fortune, material things, they all pale in comparison to doing something much more important with your life. I have always loved music, will continue to love it until the day I die, but music isn't everything, and I know I am truly blessed to have the opportunity to share my long journey with you. The songs on this album are a testament to that journey, to the people who've touched my life so completely, who've changed me and who I've changed, and to the ones closest to me, who shared with me a very special destiny.

Sky's eye brows shot up at that. His Sydney sounded so utterly mature and far more different than she had nearly seven years before when she walked through the doors of SPD and started complaining about having to sweat, to work, to fight. The child had become a woman, one whose experiences had shaped and forged a new identity for her.

I must first take a moment to thank God, or whatever higher being has been watching over me since my birth. Thank you for the gift of song, thank you for my family and my friends, for those who've taken the time to work with me, both in music and during my other pursuits. Thank you for the once unwanted gift of being able to turn my hands into anything I touch. It was that one thing that has truly shaped my life in ways I never thought possible.

There are so many people I could sit here and thank – all the writers, producers, musicians, technicians, record label staff, radio, retail – everyone who's helped make this album a hit. There's so many of you, that I can't possibly thank you all in this tiny space, but I do thank you, you know who you are.

Kim, Kira, and Vida – thank you so much for enriching my life musically. I'm still utterly amazed at the link between the four of us, the one that is so much stronger than even that of the musical gifts we share. It's nice to know that I come from a long line of women who know what it means to sacrifice, to fight, to bleed, to cry, to have the courage and the heart to make it through the long, terrifying night. I pray that I made each of you proud, my sisters in power, soul, and color.

The smile that split Sky's face at that was bright. He should have expected Sydney to pay homage to the three women she'd worked with in the recording studio who had also become more than working partners and friends. He knew she cherished the heritage of being a female Ranger with them.

Thank you doesn't seem enough, but it'll have to do for now – to all those who came before us, who served the legacy proudly, who died in the line of duty, who sacrificed their lives, physically, mentally, emotionally. Thank you for giving us hope and the chance for each of us to make our own marks. May the power protect you!

Sky swallowed the lump in his throat. He was surprised she put that, given that everyone knew she'd been a Ranger, but he felt the personal note to those who'd come before them spoke highly of the woman his beloved had become. Not to mention the tie in with him on that one, because of his dad. She'd always said she'd wished she'd gotten to meet him.

Mom, Daddy, thank you for standing beside me through it all, for loving me regardless of all the decisions I've made, the path I've taken. I couldn't have asked for better parents then you. I love you both so much, and I want you to know how proud I am to be your daughter.

To my family at SPD – I salute each and every one of you for the job you do day in and day out. I'm proud to know that our safety lies in your strong, protective embrace.

Doggie, Isinia, Kat and Boom – I miss you all so much. It's hard to believe that so much time has passed since we last saw each other, but know that you are always in my heart, and I wouldn't be here without you!

Sky shuddered at that, knowing how true it was. The four of them were as much a part of B Squad as the five core Rangers and Omega had been. It made him happy to see she'd not forgotten them.

Jack – I was surfing the web the other day, waiting for a call from you and Ally, and I found this quote. I couldn't help put it in here for you, because honestly, it reminded me of you so much that it wasn't funny. Thank you, Jack, for being there, always, when I needed you most, for being my big brother and birthday mate, and remember always that I love you! "The Mile: People come into our lives and walk with us a mile, and then because of circumstance they only stay a while. They serve a need within the days that move so quickly by, and then are gone beyond our reach, we often wonder why. God only knows the reason that we meet and share a smile, why people come into our lives and walk with us a mile."

Z – the sister I never had, and NEVER wanted (yes, I'm laughing hysterically at that, and I know you are too!). Thanks for putting up with me always being such a neat freak. You know, even after all this time, my room still seems empty without you practically pouring out the seams from the other side. Z, remember always - "We weren't born sisters at birth but fate knew from the start we were meant to be sisters by heart." I LOVE YOU!

When they'd first joined the team, Sky knew, no one would have ever expected the five of them to become such a unit. But they had, and he couldn't imagine his life now without them. Jack truly was a brother to both him and Syd in every way save one, just like Z was the sister neither of them had ever had, or in Syd's case, never wanted. But now, even with Jack and Syd not a SPD anymore, the five of them were still attached at the hip whenever they were together.

"Though miles may lie between us, we're never far apart, for friendship doesn't count the miles, it's measured by the heart." Bridgey, my Bridgey! -grins- I miss you so much. It's weird not seeing you every day, weird to not go to you and Sky's room and have to worry about the computer shooting buttery toast at me, to not hear your voice or to not walk into the Common Room and see you and Boom on your heads, trying to get some idea for this or that. I will always consider Jack my brother, but Bridgey, that title was yours first, yours always, yours forever. You've understood me in times of frustration, pain, joy, happiness, love and all the things between. You were there for me in a time where I had so much growing up to do and you never treated me like someone from another dimension. YOU were always the one who saw the woman I was meant to be. Thank you just doesn't seem enough, words cannot express what I feel for you brother of my heart and soul. You were my angel, heaven sent, to get me through those times when I didn't think I could walk another step, speak another word, feel another feeling, or breathe another breath. I will love you always and forever and a day longer!

Sky smiled at that. Bridge and Syd were probably closer than even Jack and Z were. Shaking his head, he went on to read the next part and felt his throat close up on him.

Last but not least…

"To truly love something, you must first give it a chance to fail. If it survives, it is going to be stronger than ever. Distance is pure proof of this, and forever we will love if we survive."

I have lived the words of this quote, by choices I made and choices made by others. I found the one person I belong with, belong to, and in my own fear, anger, and pride, I nearly lost him, and myself in the process. Schuyler, I love you, with every breath I take, every beat of my heart, every time I smile, every time I cry. YOU are my reason for living, Sky. You are my strength, my shelter, my hope, my faith. I can't imagine a world without you; I've been there, it's not a life worth living. The songs on this album are a testament to us, to the light and laughter and love you brought into my life, for the life you've helped save countless times, and to the future I see for us – a house, kids, maybe a dog –winks- I want it all, Sky, and I want it with you. Most of all, thank you for loving me, for letting me be me, and thank you for being YOU. I LOVE YOU, MY FOREVER BLUE!

To my fans – thank you for sticking around as I came back from my long absence and thanks for making the ride a wonderful one! I Love You!

Sky took several deep breaths to get his emotions back under control. With a smile, he carefully tucked the liner notes back into the c.d. case and briefly wondered what the others were going to think when they read it. In all his musings, he never heard the door to the Common Room open, nor did he see the figure leaning against the frame.

Dressed in white Capri pants, white tennis shoes, a pink camisole and a blue and red denim jacket, the figure had her arms crossed over her chest and was carefully watching him sit there. A smile graced her lips, which glistened with lip gloss. Kat and Boom had told her earlier that he was heading for some quiet time, and when she hadn't found him in his office, the lab, Bridge's room, or anywhere else on base, she checked the last place she'd have expected.

"Hey Commander, you ready to go?" she called out, causing him to jump.

His head snapped up and his eyes darkened while his smile went from cute to sexy. Pushing up from the couch, c.d. in hand, he quickly moved to stand before her. "I'm not officially Commander yet," he joked, reaching out to run his hand down her arm. It was so good to see her back in SPD, even if it was only for a visit.

"Close enough, you've only got a few more weeks and your training is done and Doggie hands it all over to you," she grinned, then sobered. "Have you decided who you're going to give the Red mantle to?"

He nodded and pulled her close. "I talked to Z about the whole thing already. She doesn't want to be Red, so problem solved. I was going to give it to Bridge anyway."

She smiled. "He's going to love you for that, once the headache from all the paper work wears off."

Reaching up, he pushed her golden curls back from her face. "I love you."

"I love you too," she whispered, standing on tip toes to kiss him. When she was back on her feet, she held out her hand to him and watched with a smile as he took it, brought it to his lips for a kiss, then led her from the room.