AN: I heard a song on the radio the other day, and it inspired me to write a Lorne/Keller story.
And now I'm issuing a challenge! The challenge is to write a story, any genre, that has a song as it's baseline. It must be from one character's perspective, the entire song must be in the story, and it must be less than 1000 words for the whole story (just the story, not the author notes or the disclaimer). As mine comes out to 987, according to my word processor, it should be pretty easy.
If you would, drop me a note after you post it. I'd love to see all the different stories.

Disclaimer: Stargate Atlantis is owned by MGM. 'Love Me' is owned by JJ Heller.
Genre: Romance

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Walking silently through the dark corridors, Evan relished the peace and quiet of his home. Sure, he missed his Mom, sister, nephews, friends… But where they lived wasn't home to him anymore. This beautiful city… Atlantis… This was his home now.

He didn't expect anyone else to be awake, it was almost midnight, but he wasn't surprised to faintly hear the sound of a piano. They had discovered a giant room only a few weeks previous; presumably it was for meetings involving a large number of people or for concerts. An instrument favoring a piano, but with a slightly different sound, was situated to the side of a raised stage while chairs were lined up, filling the room.

Reaching the room, Evan saw Jennifer Keller, his friend and colleague, playing the piano-type instrument. He didn't know she played, or how she managed to get the sound so wonderful, but he took a moment to enjoy it.
She played for a few minutes before starting on another song. Evan assumed she knew it by heart as there was no sheet music in front of her, and he was impressed.

He became even more impressed when Jennifer began singing, her voice echoing throughout the concert hall and carrying on through the open doors, down the silent corridors.

He listened intently to the words, Jennifer had an amazing voice, and he vaguely wondered why she had never told him of her talent.

"He cries in the corner where nobody sees
He's the kid with the story no one would believe
He prays every night, "Dear God won't you please
Could you send someone here who will love me?""

Evan leaned lightly against a wall next to the door he'd come through, content to listen to the music.

"Who will love me for me
Not for what I have done or what I will become
Who will love me for me
'Cause nobody has shown me what love
What love really means"

Evan grew curious. Jennifer had such passion for this song, he wondered if maybe it meant more to her than just words on a page.

"Her office is shrinking a little each day
She's the woman whose husband has run away
She'll go to the gym after working today
Maybe if she was thinner
Then he would've stayed
And she says…

Who will love me for me?
Not for what I have done or what I will become
Who will love me for me?
'Cause nobody has shown me what love, what love really means"

Evan's face scrunched into a questioning, confused expression. In the low light, he could barely make out the shapes of tears rolling down his friend's cheeks, slowly dripping to land in her lap. She never once quit playing, even though it was probably hard for her to see.

"He's waiting to die as he sits all alone
He's a man in a cell who regrets what he's done
He utters a cry from the depths of his soul
"Oh Lord, forgive me, I want to go home"

Then he heard a voice somewhere deep inside
And it said
"I know you've murdered and I know you've lied
I have watched you suffer all of your life
And now that you'll listen, I'll tell you that I...""

Evan walked slowly up to the piano. He wasn't sure Jennifer had seen him, and he didn't want to spook her. But she seemed in need of comfort, and he wanted to give her that.
He paused behind her as she sang the next part of the song.

"I will love you for you
Not for what you have done or what you will become
I will love you for you
I will give you the love
The love that you never knew

Love you for you
Not for what you have done or what you will become
I will love you for you
I will give you the love
The love that you never knew"

The last notes of the song died out and Evan stepped forward, enveloping her in his arms, even as she brought her hands to her face and cried.

"Shhhhh." He whispered, sitting on the stool beside her, still keeping her wrapped in his arms. "It'll be okay, Jen."

"Oh, Evan!" She sobbed, turning in his arms to cry into his shirt. He didn't care, clothes could be washed.

"It's alright, Jen, I'm here."

"Evan, I-" Evan cut her off with a finger to her lips as his eyes found hers and tried to reassure her.

"You don't have to tell me anything unless you absolutely want to."

She smiled briefly, tears glistening in the light. "Thanks, Evan."

"Jen," He began, keeping his hold around her. "I may not know why that song means so much to you, but there is someone that loves you."

"Who?"

"Me."

"Evan, you don't have t-" Evan cut her off again.

"I'm not saying that just to comfort you. I really do love you, Jen. I love you for who you are, not for what you've done or what you might become one day."

She smiled, a true genuine smile. "Thanks, Evan."

He didn't say anything, just continued to hold her as she once again buried her face into his chest and wrapped her arms around his torso.

They stayed like that for a few moments, quietly enjoying the comfort of each other's presence.

Jennifer was the first to move by raising her head to look Evan in the eye again. "I love you too, Evan."

His eyes locked with hers, Evan couldn't stop the grin that covered his face. He readjusted his hold on her, maneuvering her into his lap and resting his chin of the top of her head, smelling the strawberry fragrance of shampoo.

Evan didn't know where their relationship might go, but he was going to be there for her, no matter what.

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