Disclaimer: I'd give my soul for Methos.

Ch. 5:

Sekhmet and Amanda arrived at Aurore's shop early the next morning. She had called early to tell them they should stop by before they left. As they approached the door, it swung open.

"Have you slept?" Sekhmet said as they stepped inside.

Aurore, who had looked very put together yesterday, looked slightly unkempt and sleep deprived.

"I spent the night working on the design for your dress." She said, leading them into the back room.

"You didn't need to do that, Aurore." Sekhmet told her.

"Please." Aurore said, waving a hand. "It's the first time I've really been inspired in years."

She went to her desk and pulled out several sheets of paper and handed it to Amanda.

"This is beautiful." Sekhmet said, flipping through the pages. "It's perfect. How did you come up with this?"

The drawings were of a simple white dress with Egyptian influences. It was sleeveless, with an empire waist that she had marked with a note saying it would be jeweled. The back was crossed ribbons that would also have jewels on them. The skirt flowed out from the waist and to the ground.

"I listened to your story last night and it just came to me." Aurore said. "When I got home, I just started drawing, and this is what I came up with."

"I love it, Aurore." Sekhmet said, setting the drawings down and hugging the designer. "Thank you so much."

"You're very welcome." Aurore told her. "And thank you for giving me inspiration again."

"We better go if we're going to make it to the airport." Amanda pointed out.

"You're leaving so soon?" Aurore asked.

"Our plane leaves at noon." Sekhmet said. "I need to get back to Methos. It makes me nervous to be away from him for long."

"Well, I'll call when it's ready for a fitting." Aurore promised.

"Thanks." Sekhmet said.

She hugged Aurore one last time before she and Amanda left.

Methos was sitting on his bed reading when he felt another Immortal approached the apartment. He reached over and grabbed his sword when he heard the key turn and it opened to reveal Sekhmet. He felt his heart stop when he saw her. She was simply dressed in a t-shirt and jeans, but at that moment, he thought she was the most beautiful think he'd ever seen. A second later, he was on his feet and she was in his arms.

"Hi." She breathed, burying her head in his shoulder.

"Hi." He replied, leaning down to kiss her neck.

She pulled back and captured his lips with hers, pushing him back towards the bed. When they reached it, she pushed him down before straddling him.

"I really missed you." She whispered, leaning down to kiss him softly.

"I can tell." He replied, laughing. "I missed you, too."

"Is that so?" Sekhmet asked, smirking. "Why don't you show me just how much?"

With that, he flipped her over so he was on top and kissed her deeply before doing just that.

Sekhmet lay on her stomach, her head turned to look at Methos, who was laying on his side, gently playing with her hair.

"What are you doing tomorrow?" he asked her.

"Amanda and I were thinking about going shopping." She said. "Why?"

"Well, I thought we could go out to dinner tomorrow and then we could meet MacLeod and Amanda for drinks at Joe's." he replied.

"You mean like a date?" Sekhmet asked, smirking.

"Exactly like a date." He said, smiling as he kissed her.

"Sounds like fun." She said. "Maybe Amanda and I could change our shopping trip into a spa trip. Where are we going to eat?"

"I got reservations at La Bella Musica." Methos said, naming one of the nicest restaurants in town.

"Fancy." Sekhmet said. "Any particular occasion?"

"Yeah." He said, softly kissing her shoulder. "You coming home."

"Well." She said, rolling over. "I guess I'll just have to come home more often."

She sat up and got up, taking the sheet with her.

"Um, where are you going and who said you get the sheet?" Methos demanded, pulling the sheet back towards him.

"I'm going to call Amanda and let her know about the change of plans." She said, pulling the sheet back from him. "And I get the sheet because then I have the better view."

"Minx." He told her.

"That's Lioness." She said, leaning down and kissing him. "Get your animals straight."

He made to grab her and she laughed as she ducked away. She went to the phone, careful to put an extra swing in her step, and quickly dialed.

"Hey, it's me." She said when Amanda picked up. "Slight change of plan."

Methos and Sekhmet both sat up quickly as they felt another Immortal approach, and a second later there was a loud banging on the door.

"Up!" came Amanda's voice. "Get up!"

"If we're very quiet, maybe she'll lose interest and go away." Methos suggested.

"She's not a door to door salesman." Sekhmet replied, giggling. "She's an Immortal, remember? She knows we're here."

"Damn." He said, flopping back on the bed.

"I know you're in there!" Amanda called. "I have a whole day planed here, and you're not going to screw it up by sleeping."

Methos whipped a pillow at the door as Sekhmet sat up, laughing.

"I heard that!" Amanda called. "I don't know what you threw, but it wasn't nice!"

"It was Methos!" Sekhmet called back as she grabbed Methos' shirt from the night before, throwing it on as she stood up.

"Traitor." Methos growled at her.

Sekhmet grinned at him as she hunted for her pants. She finally found them and pulled them on before opening the door. Amanda breezed right in, not waiting for an invitation.

"No, make yourself at home." Sekhmet said sarcastically as she shut the door.

"Wow." Amanda said, looking at Methos, who was still lying on the bed with only the sheet to cover him. "I can see why you're still in bed."

"Okay, that's enough of that." Sekhmet said, trying to cover Amanda's eyes as the other Immortal ducked around her to keep a clear view of Methos. "Methos, go get dressed."

Methos wrapped the sheet around himself and stood up, walking to the bathroom and shutting the door.

"Spoilsport." Amanda pouted.

"You get Duncan." Sekhmet pointed out as she moved to the kitchen. "Methos is mine. Coffee?"

"Yeah, thanks." Amanda said.

Sekhmet moved around the kitchen, getting three cups ready. As she was working, Methos walked out, wearing a pair of jeans, but no shirt.

"I thought I told you to get dressed." Sekhmet said, smiling as he came up behind her and wrapped his arms around her waist, kissing her neck.

"I'm still trying to convince you to give up the spa day and come back to bed." He said.

"Un uh." Amanda told him. "She's coming with me and you're supposed to call Duncan. He needs your help with something."

"What something?" Sekhmet asked, handing Amanda her cup.

"I don't know, I didn't ask." Amanda said, shrugging. "Hurry up and get dressed, our appointment is at 10."

Sekhmet sighed before kissing Methos and moving to do as Amanda ordered.

Duncan sat in his loft reading a book, when he felt an Immortal approach. The elevator opened and Methos stepped out.

"You're girlfriend stole mine this morning." He complained, throwing himself into a chair.

"Yeah, so you could go pick up Sekhmet's ring." Duncan shot back. "Did you get it?"

"Yeah." Methos replied, showing him the box.

"And you're ready for tonight?" Duncan asked.

"I made reservations at La Bella Musica for 8 tonight." Methos told him. "Is everything ready at Joe's?"

"We'll meet you there at 10." Duncan assured him. "You need to relax or she's going to realize something's going on."

Methos sighed and nodded.

"I've been kicked out of my apartment for the day." He told Duncan. "So I'm crashing here."

"Why?" Duncan asked.

"Because it was your girlfriend who stole my girlfriend and kicked me out of my home." Methos replied.

"Fair enough." Duncan said.

"And I'm drinking your beer." Methos said, getting up and stalking to the refrigerator.

"What else is new?" Duncan muttered.

Methos sat in the restaurant, getting more nervous as the time ticked by. He glanced down at his watch and saw that it was 8:10. Finally, he felt an Immortal approach and looked up to see Sekhmet hurrying towards him.

"I'm so sorry I'm late." She said as she arrived at the table. "Amanda is a dictator. I'm thinking of staging an uprising."

He stood up and helped her take off her coat, and then froze.

"What is it?" she asked.

"You look so beautiful." He told her.

She was dressed in a black dress, with a low neckline that accented her ankh pendent and went down to her knees. The back was covered in lace down to her waist. Her hair was pulled up in a loose bun and her eyes were smokey.

She smiled and kissed his cheek.

"Thank you." She said softly. "You look very nice, too."

He was dressed out of character for him in a nice fitting suit without a tie. He shook himself and pulled out her chair for her to sit down. As he sat down, she reached over and took his hand, squeezing it. A few seconds later, a waiter came by, bringing their drinks and taking their order.

"So, what is that all about?" Sekhmet asked.

"Can't I just take the woman I love out to dinner?" Methos shot back.

"Methos." Sekhmet said with a long suffering sigh.

"Okay." He said, laughing. "I just wanted us to have a normal, human experience. I think, after everything, we deserve a normal night."

She smiled and nodded.

"Then let's have a normal night." She agreed.

Methos and Sekhmet walked into Joe's to find it a quiet night. Really the only people in the bar were Duncan, Amanda, Joe, and one other man.

"Richie!" Sekhmet said happily, hugging the young man. "What are you doing here?"

"I'm just passing through and Mac invited me to join you tonight." Richie replied. "You look beautiful, Sekhmet."

"Thank you." Sekhmet said, smiling.

They all sat down at a table as the waitress served them.

"So how was dinner?" Amanda asked.

"It was perfect." Sekhmet replied, smiling at Methos.

"See?" Amanda said, swatting Duncan. "Why can't you do things like that?"

The others laughed as Duncan's mouth moved up and down, but Amanda ignored him, turning back to Sekhmet.

"See, I was right about the dress, wasn't I?" she asked smugly.

"Doesn't mean you aren't a dictator." Sekhmet shot back.

Duncan laughed as Amanda pouted, kissing her forehead. The friends spent the next hour, just sitting around talking and laughing. Finally, Methos caught Joe's eye and the old Watcher nodded to the bar tender. A second later, a new song came on and Methos stood up.

"Would you like to dance?" he asked Sekhmet, holding out his hand.

"I would love to." She replied, taking his hand and following him to the middle of the floor.

They tell you where you need to go, tell you when you need to leave. Tell you what you need to know, tell you who you need to be.

Methos wrapped his arm around her waist and pulled her close as he took her hand and held it over his heart. He gently began to lead her across the floor.

But everything inside you knows there's more than what you've heard. There's so much more than empty conversations filled with empty words.

And you're on fire when he's near you. You're on fire when he speaks. You're on fire burning at these mysteries.

"I love you so much." He told her softly in Egyptian. "For centuries, I thought I had seen everything. Done everything. Nothing was interesting to me at all. And then you came back to me and it was like the world was new again. Everything was bright and beautiful again."

He gently reached up and wiped a tear from her cheek before spinning her and making her laugh.

Give me one more time around; give me one more chance to see. Give me everything you are, give me one more chance to be near you.

When everything inside me looks like everything I hate, you are the hope I have for change. You are the only chance I'll take.

When I'm on fire when you're near me. I'm on fire when you speak. And I'm on fire, burning at these mysteries, mysteries, mysteries.

"Long ago, I asked you to marry me." He told her, pulling her close again. "We never thought we'd actually make it. Everything thing was against us. And then, as if the gods were on our side, everything went right. Which made losing you that much worse. And then the things I did…"

You're on fire. You're on fire. You're on fire.

I'm standing on the edge of me, I'm standing on the edge of me, I'm standing on the edge of me, I'm standing on the edge…I'm standing on the edge of everything I've never been before, and I've been standing on the edge of me, standing on the edge.

"There's nothing I've done I ever want to hide from you." He told her. "And I never want to be without you again."

He let her go and got down on one knee.

And I'm on fire when you're near me. I'm on fire when you speak. Yeah, I'm on fire burning at these mysteries. Yeah, these mysteries.

The song trailed off and Methos pulled the ring box from his pocket and opened it so she could see the ring nestled in the velvet.

It was a platinum ring with a large sapphire in the middle. The band wrapped around the stone in a swirl and on either side of the sapphire was a smaller diamond.

"Sekhmet, will you marry me?" Methos asked softly in English.

"Yes." She whispered, tears falling down her cheeks. "Yes, I'll marry you."

Methos quickly got to his feet, grabbing her in a hug and spinning her around. Finally, he set her down and took the ring out of the box.

"Look inside." He told her.

She did as he asked and smiled brightly.

"Methos' Lioness." She said, laughing.

"I told you they'd have to get in line." He said smugly.

She wrapped her arms around his neck, laughing as she hugged him tightly. Finally, they pulled apart so Methos could slip the ring onto her finger. He gently kissed it before kissing her lips.

"I love you, Sekhmet." He told her.

"And I love you, Methos." She replied.

"I wanna see the ring." They heard Amanda hiss so they turned and let their friends congratulate them.

A/N: Let me know what you think. If you want to see Sekhmet's ring or dress, go to my profile and there will be a link at the bottom.

Also, I know that On Fire by Switchfoot wasn't written when this was supposed to take place, but it's such a good song for them, don't you think?

The ongoing saga of Methos and Sekhmet will continue in The Valkyrie.