Title: Need You Now
Character: Evan Lorne/Jennifer Keller
Synopsis: They need each other more than they thought.
Date Written: 2-11-2011

Author's Note: One of my best friends, Kelcy, wrote a Kingdom Hearts fanfic using this same song and it inspired me to write one about Evan and Jennifer- so here it is. 'Need You Now' is the title track off of Lady Antebellum's latest CD.

/\_/\_/\

Her favorite picture was on her nightstand- evidence of just how happy she'd been. They'd been together for three months and she'd never been happier. Everyone said they were the perfect couple… and yet here she was, crying alone in the darkest spot of her room, wishing he'd come back.

Picture perfect memories, scattered all around the floor
Reaching for the phone 'cause I can't fight it anymore

All her thoughts were on him. His smile, the way his face lit up when he talked about painting, the way he always thought to bring her dinner when she had the late shift.

And I wonder if I ever cross your mind
For me it happens all the time

The red LED light of the clock shown brightly in the dark room. 1:15AM it said… Normally she'd be asleep, dreaming of him, but not tonight. Tonight she huddled in a blanket- the one he'd laid on just the previous night, and it still had his scent on it.

She inhaled deeply, the scent of his vanilla spice aftershave filling her nostrils and going straight to her heart as she remembered the first time she ever smelled it. He'd come into the infirmary for a post-mission check-up and it'd fallen to her to close up the small cut on his forehead. It only took two butterfly strips to fix, but she'd gotten close enough to smell his aftershave and had almost fallen in love right then.

It's a quarter after one, I'm all alone and I need you now
Said I wouldn't call but I've lost all control and I need you now

She didn't know what she'd done to make him leave, she only wanted him back. She wanted to grab the radio and call him to come back to her- wanted to apologize for whatever it was that she'd done to push him away. She wanted, no, needed him. She needed him now.

And I don't know how I can do without
I just need you now

/\_/\

Someone refilled his glass and he took a swig. He didn't know who had done it, and he really didn't care. All he wanted was to see his girl stalking in the door to beat him upside the head for being so incredibly stupid.
He wasn't sure why he needed to be smacked, he didn't remember doing anything stupid, but since it was now a quarter after one in the morning and he wasn't with her… Obviously he'd done something to make her leave.

Another shot of whiskey, can't stop looking at the door
Wishing you'd come sweeping in the way you did before

He wondered if he was on her mind the way she was on his. She was his life, his love… How would he operate without her by his side? They'd been the perfect couple- the head doctor and the second in command of a military base.

She was always on his mind, even when he needed to concentrate on negotiations. He doubted she knew how much he loved her. Maybe if he'd told her just how much he did she wouldn't have left.

And I wonder if I ever cross your mind
For me it happens all the time

He finished off his glass and grabbed the bottle, not bothering to refill the glass, just tipping up the clear bottle and letting the moonshine slide down his throat, burning the whole way.

He knew he was drunk, but he didn't care. He wanted to activate his radio and ask her forgiveness for whatever it was that he'd done. But maybe she needed some time away from him. And besides, she was probably asleep right now.

It's a quarter after one, I'm a little drunk and I need you now
Said I wouldn't call but I've lost all control and I need you now

He rested his chin on his hand, breathing deeply and somehow finding her fragrance reaching his senses. The light scent of daffodils invaded his mind, comforting and yet saddening him. It reminded him of what he'd lost- what he wished to gain again.

And I don't know how I can do without
I just need you now

/\_/\

Memories of their first date, first kiss, and first night together assaulted her mind. They brought pain, but she guessed that pain at the love she'd lost was better than never feeling love at all.

Guess I'd rather hurt than feel nothing at all

Her hand itched to reach for her radio, to find him and beg him to take her back. It would hurt if he rejected her, but if he took her back, all the pain would be erased and they'd go back to how things were.

She couldn't stand it anymore- she stood, keeping the blanket around her shoulders, and steadily walked out of her room. She didn't know exactly where he was, but she was going to try his room and if he wasn't there… She'd call him. Find out where he was and beg that he take her back.

She couldn't stand the loneliness. She needed him.

It's a quarter after one, I'm all alone and I need you now

/\_/\

He slammed the empty bottle onto the table, ignoring the looks he got from the people around him. Guys Poker Night was officially done, though most were still hanging around and getting drunk.

He grabbed his jacket, pushing through the fog to reach the door. He couldn't go on without her… He needed her.

And I said I wouldn't call but I'm a little drunk and I need you now

/\_/\

She couldn't find him in his room or the mess. She was about to call him when she remembered that it was Guys Poker Night. If he'd gone, he'd be in the Game Room.

She rushed that direction, hoping that he was there.

She was almost up to the door leading into the room when it opened and he swaggered out. He looked drunk, but as he was walking in a straight line without help, he wasn't too far gone. She rushed up, stopping right in his pathway, staring up into his eyes.

And I don't know how I can do without
I just need you now, I just need you now

/\_/\

She stood right in front of him. The look on her face was precious. It was one of hope, concern, and love. The one thing he didn't think she'd ever feel for him anymore.

"Jenn…" He whispered.

"I love you, Evan." Her voice was also low so that their voices wouldn't echo down the hallway.

"Oh, Jenn." He placed one hand on each side of her face and pulled her into a kiss. He tried to convey everything he felt into that kiss, but he felt that it was sorely lacking… Until she kissed back and effectively ended every coherent thought in his mind.

Oh baby, I need you now