Hey guys. I already put this up on DA a while back, but I changed it and I think I like this version better. So, hope you like it and please review. And I haven't seen any fics with lyrics to songs, if I'm violating any rules please let me know.

Leviathan series belong to Scott-la.

A Thousand Miles

"I don't want to hear it!" Alek hissed, his stance rigid, his eyes wild.

"You're not a child anymore," the Count replied calmly. "Now you're the Emperor, and as such, it is your duty to continue the royal line."

Alek ran a hand through his thick red-brown hair, attempting to calm himself.

Volger knew better than anyone how touchy the subject was, and hadn't brought it up until now.

Alek straightened, and gave the Count a cool look. "And I suppose it's also my duty to simply be the mouthpiece of my advisors, is it not?"

Without another word, he spun on his heel and stalked out the door, waving away servants as he went, and walked out into the street, the rain pouring down on him.

Making my way downtown, walking fast, faces pass and I'm home bound.

The familiar ache in his heart began to throb, pounding within his chest.

Staring blankly ahead, just making my way, making a way through the crowd.

Everyday, she was the last thing he thought of when he went to bed, and the first thing he remembered when he woke.

And I need you, and I miss you, and now I wonder...

He pulled out the the worn piece of paper that he kept in his pocket and examinded it. It was a newspaper clipping of a certain Deryn Sharp swinging from the trunk of a mechanikal elephant. He traced her face with the tip of his finger, wishing he could repeat the gesture to the real Deryn.

If I could fall, into the sky, do you think time, would pass me by? 'Cause you know I would walk a thousand miles, if I could just see you tonight.

When he had first found out, Deryn had said that he would've had to run a mile if he had known about her true identity. He never got the chance to tell her, but he would run any distance to be with her.

It's always times like these, when I think of you, and I wonder if you ever think of me.

"Do you remember me, Deryn?" he asks in an inaudible whisper.

'Cause everything's so wrong, and I don't belong, living in your precious memories.

He had let Deryn keep Bovril, and he missed the beastie's weight on his shoulder. Everything that had once made him happy, had been left on that great Darwinist ship.

'Cause I need you, and I miss you, and now I wonder...

Alek let out a sigh, tired of wallowing in self-pity. Perhaps it was the way things were supposed to be. How could a relationship between a commoner and a prince ever work? Perhaps he would be content with a royal for a wife.

If I could fall, into the sky, do you think time would pass me by? Oh, 'cause you know, I'd walk a thousand miles, if I could just see you, tonight.

Perhaps Deryn didn't even know the way he felt about her.

And I, I don't want to let you know, I, I drown in your memory I, I don't want to let this go, I, I don't...

Yes, that was it. It was all in his mind, just a fantasy.

Making my way downtown, walking fast, faces pass and I'm home bound.

No, it wasn't love. He didn't have any feelings for that annoying, cocky, funny, brave, smart... His shoulders sagged. It was no use. He had invouluntarily fallen for Deryn Sharp, and no matter how far he pushed his feelings for her, it would always be there, sharp and painful, yet warm and pleasant at the same time.

Staring blankly ahead, making my way, making a way through the crowd.

But how could he have been foolish enough to let this happen? How could he let his attachment go beyond that of friendship?

And I still need you, and I still miss you, and now I wonder...

If he had been content with just their friendship, he wouldn't have this problem. He would have gone on with his life, gotten married to a woman of his status, and been able to do his duty as Emperor.

If I could fall, into the sky, do you think time would pass me by? Oh, cause you know I would walk a thousand miles, if I could just see you...

For a moment, his anger rose. That girl had lied to him, hid her very gender from him, then she managed to charm him, made him love her.

Then the anger died. His months on the Leviathan with her had been the happiest of his life. Whatever he did, whatever he said, he would always love that slightly mad Scottish middy.

He let out another sigh, turned and began heading back to the palace.

If I could fall, into the sky, do you think time would pass me by? 'Cause you know I'd walk a thousand miles if I could just see you, if I could just hold you...tonight.

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