posted on 28-Nov-2001 2:33:18 AM
I Dont own Roswell or any part of...just borrowing
This was posted on our other board but in the move is now gone..If I get feedback...hehehe Ill post the other chapters I have so far..Hope you like it guys...Melinda

Thanks for all the feedback...*happy*
CHAPTER 1
A young man leaned against an open train car....he watched the stars race against the sky....he closed his eyes tight...he didn’t even know for sure where the train was headed....but did it really matter...never did before, why would it now....
"It don't..." He thought...."Everything is how it should be...they were alone..and it needed to stay like that
No attachments…not that there were any options…” He thought….
From the corner came a mumbling…and a quiet snore
Max looked towards the shadow…concern etched on his face…
Like him his brother he too struggled …fighting the feelings he denied…The want of a different life…to be missed and worried about, but most of all to be loved….unconditionally. Unconditionally? Really isn’t that what everyone really wants…hopes for. Max leaned his head back and closed his eyes. Maybe if he slept her face would come again. The face of an angel…he didn’t know her, or even allow the possibility of knowing her be there..she just gave him comfort he hadn’t felt …ever.
When he opened them again it was daylight…Michael stood by the open train car door…bag by his feet..ever prepared….Max stood up and stretched.
“Did you sleep any?”
“What’s the use…we know it’s no point in it…” Michael avoided his eyes….”You do what you need to do Max…and so will I…now right now, we need to get off this…were almost in town…”
Max started gathering his belongings…“You can’t go without sleep Michael..it’s not safe..to you or to me…I need you alert…you could jeopardize us…”
“How the Hell could I do that…” Michael was getting sick of this conversation…the same every day…
“Are you saying I’m not holding up my side of this…cause if that’s the case…”
“No..I’m not saying that Michael..but we do need to sleep …yes even you…just cause we are different…we do have limitations…” Max finished packing his bag before standing next to him ready….
“I know that Max...now leave me the hell alone!”
A town came in site and the train started to slow…in no set order the two jumped out the door…quickly they pulled there selves together and hid in some bushes till the train passed…then headed in…
It was nothing special..just another small town…the only thing they had going for them was FBI never looked in small towns.
“How about grabbing a bite to eat and looking for a place to sleep a couple of days?”
Michael looked around. ”Yeah this place will do.”
“Michael?” Max placed his hand on his shoulder…”Im sorry for before..I know it’s hard on you. It’s hard on me too…we need to stick together.”
“I know Max..but when you close your eyes..you get pleasure…I get what I know I can’t have..what neither of us should have when it comes right down to it…”
“Michael, I have to wake up sooner or later you know…and then it hits me too…but I’d rather have a few hours with her…than never, even if it is just a dream….I have to have hope things will change for us one day…”
“They are dreams Max…just dreams. They aren’t real.”
“Maybe…But where did they come from…they are always the same two…I’ve never meet her…never touched her and yet…”
“Dreams…distractions …something we can’t afford…we need to stay focused..we never know when, or where at any given time we could be caught…Again!”

Chapter 2
Maria hurried through her shower...she was late again. Maybe she should just not sleep. She smiled at that thought. She was never sleeping in her dreams anyway..that's for sure.No! She had to sleep...no dault about that...there was no way she could do without her nightly...ummm dreams...She dressed quickly...pulling out jeans and a blue tank top...as she turned towards the mirror to apply her makeup....she saw it......

Liz lazily lazily stretched out on her bed...morning already... she glanced at the clock...and moaned....okay another day.......then when it dawned on her, she had thirty minutes to get to school, she jumped up and ran in the restroom....
"Not again Liz Parker...!" she scolded herself...
"This must stop...I'm losing it...."She stood in front of the mirror...combing her hair out...she let herself remember... usually she blocked it out...it wasn’t real...she knew it...but her heart spoke another tune....she pulled her hair back to put in her clip and saw it...


Liz ran to her homeroom...and barely made it through the door before the bell rang...Maria was already there...and there eyes caught as she made her way to her desk...A few minutes later they ran to the restroom...and after checking the stoles....
"Okay...Liz I need to show you something...and I don't want you to freak...I mean... like I’am...cause I need you to be your logical self..." Maria pulled back her hair to show her the mark...Liz swallowed hard before doing the same...
"Oh My God Liz!"
The two laughed...and at the same time said..."The Dreams!" As other girls swormed into the room...
"What are we going to do...like who are they...and does this mean they are like real...or what?"
Liz paced up and down in front…thinking...."This just don’t happen Maria...I mean...dreams aren't real...they are figments of our minds, bits and pieces of memory...."
"Maria looked at her friend with attitude...and pointed to the mark..."Well Miss Sci fi...explains this..."
Liz rolled her eyes..."I know Maria...! And I can’t…"she whispered..
"Well I don’t know...but ...I can tell you this...I think he has ruined me for all other guys...I mean I look at the guys around here and just shake my head...you know?"
"Yeah I do...Kyle is like on me all the time to go out...but...I know this will sound stupid...but…you know it's like, I’d be cheating...like I'm taken already."
"Exactly...I feel almost even..." Maria leaned over and whispered...”Married!"
Liz shook her head agreeing...but didn’t speak... she turned back towards the mirror...and looked again at the mark...as the bell rang for first class.
"Did he stay longer last night...?" Liz picked up her book bag...and waited for her to answer before heading for the door.
"Yes...at first he is like always hesitant...but once he is in my arms it's all over...he likes holds me like I’m precious or something. Your lucky, at least your's comes to you every night...I never know when or if he will be there...I just take a chance and hope..." Maria looks at the mark one last time...
"You want to cover it...I have something..."
"You know...I don't...I don't mind it’s there...it's like... his mark..." Maria laughed..."Is that like weird?"
"Nope!...I understand...it's like part of him...."
After one last hug the two took off for class...everything went normal until lunchtime....
"Liz ...we need to talk now!" Kyle walked over by the tree to wait...
Liz stood up and followed...she never saw him so upset...
"Kyle what's wrong?"
He took her hand and pulled her further away from Maria...who smiled and just kept eating...God he has it bad she thought...she wondered how Liz was going to handle it....
"Okay Liz...I heard about it from five people. Is it true?"
"Is what true...what are you talking about Kyle?" Liz stood in front of him with her arms crossed waiting...
He reached over and pulled her hair back..."That!" he said loudly....
"Who is he Liz...does he go here...I have a right to know..."
Liz was looking at the ground...she was the talk of the school...God this cant be happening...she glanced
over at Maria who stopped eating and was looking back... she stood up and headed over to her....
"Well Liz...are you going to answer me?"
"Answer you about what...Liz...what's going on?" Maria stood next to her friend and knew by the way she trembled he had upset her...."Kyle...what did you say to her?" Maria yelled at him..."This conversation is like so over...go away...!" Maria slipped her arm around Liz....
"No it's okay Maria...Kyle it's like really none of your business...but yes I do have someone in my life...and he is very important to me...so you see...I cant go out with you...and as far as the rumors...."
"Rumors... what rumors...?" Maria broke in giving Kyle a dirty look...
Kyle held up his hands…”I had nothing to do about them…I just heard them.”
“Well…what exactly is being said?” Maria asked none to friendly…
Kyle looked down at the ground…suddenly hesitant…
“Well?” Maria said louder…
“Just that you had a huge hickey on your neck and some lucky guy finally got to you.”
“That’s all? Some lucky guy Kyle? Like maybe you?” Did you let them think it was you?”
“No!…But”
“But what?” Liz asked softly
“They kinda all thought it was me…but I was so angry they figured out I’m sure…that it wasn’t.”
“Fine Kyle…whatever…now just leave us alone..okay?” Maria wrapped her arm around Liz and the two headed back over to the tree…and sat down.
After a few mins. Maria smiled over at her…”Well and we all thought it would be me with the rep.”
Liz couldn’t help but smile back…
“Look it could be worst…Your folks could have heard…at least if it’s just here maybe it won’t spread.”
“Oh my God…Maria I would just die…especially since…well I’m not like dating any one they know of…so they would just presume I like snook out or was trying to hide him. It’s not like I can just present him to them…you know?”
“I know..it will be ok honey…common that was the bell” Maria and Liz stood and headed back in to the building..but Liz suddenly got chills down he arms..she turned and looked around…with a feeling someone was watching them…her!
“Liz? Whats wrong?’
She turned toward her and smiled…”Nothing..just tired…” No sense alarming her..it was probley just her imagination….
TBC

Chapter 3
Max and Michael sat in a booth in a little diner called Cleo’s…
Max picked up the menu and glanced thru it as Michael continued to brood…
He placed it down and glared over at him…”Okay…Michael, I know your mad at me. What?”
“I fell a sleep last night Max…you know what that means don’t you?”
Max took a deep breath…”Yeah I know what that means…it means your going to be tick off at me because I didn’t wake you up…You know what Michael...Get over it! They are good for us! As long as it happens…for whatever reason it is happening…I’m going to enjoy it. You? You can do whatever the hell you want to do…just don’t expect me to babysit you!"
With that...Max got up and left…
The waitress came over watching him leave…and smiling down at Michael…
“If a babysetter is what you need…I work cheap honey…”She winked at him…
“Well…I better get home…it’s past my bed time…maybe next time…” Michael stood up…and headed around her…
“Could you use someone to tuck you in?” She eyed him up and down…
“Maybe..I’ll let you know…” He smiled at her as he walked out…he learned never to upset the town tramp…she usally had lots of friends…like the law!
Michael knew Max was right…he went to the room the two was sharing and found Max in the shower…he streached out on the bed that was too small for his height and soon was asleep…
Elsewhere…
Maria sat in history..she hated this class. She felt it was a waste…truth be told it was easy…all the teacher did was hand out fill in sheets…and they could use there books…no discussions…just sheets. She was so tired…she smiled..well it was a long night…looking around the room and finding everyone whispering or sleeping she choose the ladder and laid her head down on her desk…soon she was out…and he was there…They were in a room…sorta like a motel…cheap..sparse…he was in bed looking at her…he opened his arms and she went to him easily. Michael held her to him…she was so small in his arms…he thought..
They never spoke before…but Maria decided to try and see what happens…
“Thank you for coming…I missed you!”
Michael held his breath…she spoke…this was new…should he speak back…?”
“No problem…”
That wasn’t the response she was hoping for…
After a few minutes…Maria decided to just dive in…
Can I ask you a question?” Maria turned her head up so she could look at his face…
“Maybe.”
“Okay….what is your name?”
“Michael…and your’s?”
“Maria.”
“Well…so where do you like live…? I live in Roswell.” Maria held her breath hoping it was somewhere close by…
Michael didn’t answer this time…
“Okay well I just thought I’d give it a try…but if you don’t want to say…it’s okay.”
He took a deep breath…”It’s not that I don’t want to answer…I’m really not allowed.”
“Oh..I see…” Maria really didn’t…but didn’t know what else to say.”
“No you don’t…I know it sounds weird…but in my line of work…it just has to go like that.”
“Well…okay…so like will I ever actually meet you? Ever!” Maria sat up on the bed and looked back at him
Michael closed his eyes…”Look I don’t make the rules okay?…So don’t look at me like that!”
Maria’s eyes got huge….she was stund at his attitude…
Instantly Michael knew he was in trouble…she got off the bed and stood by the window…
He took a deep breath…he wasn’t use to dealing with woman…and being sensitive was something he hadn’t exactly mastered yet.
“Look are you coming back over here…or do I like just leave?”
Maria turned and glared at him…”Let me do it for you!” And with that …she woke up.
It was Michael’s turn to sat shocked…he sat there for a while thinking before he too woke.
Maria was shook up when she woke up …still in class…she asked for a hall pass and headed for Liz…
Inside the class room Liz sat…staring out the window…she was thinking about him again…and if they would ever really get a chance to meet…when she heard her…
Maria hissing at her to come out some how….Liz smiled and headed for the front…
Mrs Hensley,can I have a pass to the restroom please.”
“Okay but no conversing…”
Liz took the pass and headed for the door…
“Thank you..I was so bored in there…” Liz smiled at Maria but knew the moment she saw her up close she was upset.
“Maria what’s wrong…?”
“Like just everything…I fell asleep in class and was with Michael…”
“Maria …slow down…Like who is Michael?”
“My guy…from the dreams…”
“OMG….you spoke to him…Maria tell me everything!”
Maria repeated every word to her…Liz was speechless.
“Oh Maria...I’m sorry…” She hugged her tight...
"What kind of work would he have that he couldnt tell you where he lived?" Liz asked her friend before hugging her again...
"I dont know..But Liz...Im getting kinda scared..."

Chapter 4
Max stepped out of the bathroom…as Michael sat up on the side of his bed…
“Max?”
“Yeah Michael? What is it?” As he dried off…
“The girls are real Max!”
He stopped and turned to face him “Are you sure…? What happened?”
“I feel asleep again…and she was there…so I asked her.”
“You spoke to her? What did she say?” Does she know mine…?”
“She asked me my name…and we just talked.”
“What else…any hints on where they live?”
“I didn’t ask her…”
“You spoke to her and you didn’t ask her where they lived? Gee that was good..."
“Better than that...I told her good bye…so there! I guess that ends that ha?”
“Why did you do that Michael? God!”
“I told her to forget me…and she should! We are trouble...and if you care about that girl at all…you will do the same!” With that Michael headed for the shower…
Max sat watching Michael leave…he knew he was right…and he was scared…as he was! The girls caused them to feel only what they dreamed of till now…but he wasn’t ready to say goodbye…not till he had to…until then, Michael would have to sleep sooner or later! Max pulled out the sleeping pills.

While Maria drove Liz home they discussed the guys…and just what their next move was going to be. Liz suggested they just wait and see what happens tonight when they go to sleep…hopefully Liz’s guy would come and she could talk to him and see what goes with Michael. Maria agreed and headed home…with her mom-gone for a few days, the house was quiet and lonely. She lay down and thought about all he said to her or what all he didn’t say. Maybe she was too hasty…she never was one for patience…what really was the big deal where he was...he could always just come to her. She knew she was compromising and she didn’t care! All she knew was she had to have him back!

Michael walked out of the rest room…Max was watching TV.
“Hey sense you blew my dinner tonight…why don’t you go down and get us something to drink?”
“Yeah...whatever!” And walked out…
Michael felt something wasn’t right…he was edgy…more so than normal…he looked around...nothing was there…he got the pops and headed back …
“Max do you sense anything?”
Instantly Max was up and at the window…”No but obviously you do!””
“Maybe…I don’t know.” He ran his hand through his hair…maybe I just have a lot on my mind…
with all that’s happened today…it might be just nerves.”
“Or not! I trust your feelings more than anyone!” Max sat back down.
“Well…tonight…I’m off. I just need to get her off my mind…maybe I’ll watch TV.”
Michael…did you hear something?” As Michael looked out the window Max slipped a pill into his pop.
“Nothing…your getting as bad as me.” Michael grabbed his pop and headed for the bed.
“Yeah, I’m tired…I think I’ll just hit the hay….I need to relax too.” Max smiled over at Michael.
“By all means, don’t let me come between you and your dreams. I’m fine. “
Max laid back and waited…thirty mins. Later Michael was out. Then Max relaxed and followed him…
Just about instantly Maria was there…
“Michael!” she reached for him…
“This can’t continue…I’m sorry!”
“Why? Don’t you care for me?”
“You can’t understand…but I’m not right for you.” He looked away…he had to…as he continued...
“No! You were okay…something to past the time away for awhile…but to tell you the truth...I’m married!”
So this is over!”
Maria stood not breathing…the room was suddenly very warm and she thought she would be sick!
“Married! You’re married…”She whispered…tears ran down her face…
“Yeah so you see…we can never be!”
Inside Michael was dying…he knew he was hurting her. The last thing he ever wanted to do…but this was keeping her safe…and that was more important than anything…even his heart.
“I can’t lose you! Michael…look at me! Michael...look at me!”
Michael faced her…
“Is this really what you want? Tell me and I won’t ever bother you again..”
“You never bothered me…” he whispered…just under his breath.
‘Say the words…say I don’t ever want to see you again!”
He looked away…
“Say it! And I’ll leave…” Maria was crying harder…as she yelled at him…
To stop his hands from shacking he placed them in his pants pockets….
Maria walked over to him….”Look at me.” She said softly
“I will never leave you or hurt you.” She started to touch his face but he backed away…
“You know nothing about me...there are things you wouldn’t believe.”
“I know what I need to know…for now. I know you’re worried about me…I can tell. But it will be okay. What ever it is. I just need to be with you…”
Michael couldn’t resist any longer…he picked her up in his arms and carried her to the bed…gently he kissed her wet face...as she held him to her. She marveled in the feel of him against her and never wanted him to leave her arms again.
“Michael…do you know why this has happened to us?”
“No…but your right…I’m worried…this can’t be right.”
“My friend Liz is also being visited…do you know him?”
“Yeah... he is my brother, Max.”
“Is there any way we can meet…I mean for real…”
“I don’t know.” Michael thought for a second…But there maybe something I can do…as far as keeping you safe.”
“Safe from what?”
“Never mind that…” He removed a gold ring from his finger and after holding it tight and sizing it with his powers he placed it on her finger…”If you ever need me…just touch this ring and think of me…and I’ll come as soon as I can.”
“Oh it’s beautiful! Michael…? “
“Just do it...okay?” he knew she had ten questions…but they would have to wait for another time…he couldn’t open up …he knew it was too dangerous.
Maria snuggled up to him and just was satisfied he was back with her…

Max and Liz also had opened up communication…
Liz?” he repeated it again…
“And yours?”
“Max.”
“Well Max…glad to meet you.”
Max laughed…”Same here!” He held her tighter…“Liz…you make me feel things I never felt before.”
“I know…me too.”
“But we have a small problem…”
“What?” Liz sat up and looked at him
“I never want to wake up.” Liz laughed as he pulled her back into his arms…
“Me too…so I guess we both have a problem.”
“I’m crazy about you…I want to see you…where do you live?”
“Roswell. And where are you?”
“That’s not important…I’ll get to you…watch for me. “
“Why all the secrecy Max? Are you in trouble with the law…or...”
“Don’t worry about it…it’s okay…I don’t want you to know too much…it’s for your safety. Trust me Liz…”
“I do Max…it’s just I’m worried about you.”
“I’m fine as long as I know...your safe. And this is the way to keep you like that.”
She laid back into his arms…still thinking about his secret…
When out of no where the hotel door is torn down and men carrying guns come in…and swarm on Michael and Max.
TBC

Chapter 5

Maria jerked up the same as Liz did as the guys were snatched from their arms…Liz reached over for the phone but it was already ringing…
“Liz? You …oh my God…I was…” Maria stammered…
“Maria…take a deep breath…It happened to me too…can you come over early in the morning…we need to talk about this …I'm really scared!”
“Forget about morning…can I come over now…I don’t want to be alone tonight!”
“That would be like so great…come to the side and I’ll let you in…”
“Liz? Do you think they are okay?” Maria had a tremble in her voice.
“I don’t know…”
“I’ll be right there!” Maria grabbed her purse and keys and headed for the car…
Liz sat up and drew in her legs…she wrapped her arms around herself…and cried. She had a feeling…one of her feelings. She has them once in a while…only Maria knows about them. The first time she had one…she was around ten…she tried to block it out…but it was not going to happen…she knew her life was about to change…and not for the better!

Max was thrown against a wall… in a small room that even the rats deserted long ago…But he was unaware of his surrounding due to the fact he was out cold…After numerous attempts to get him to break…they decided to continue again in the morning. Hours later Max finally stirred …he knew the moment his eyes opened he was hurt…his whole body ached from head to toe…after taken in the pain points he summoned up he had a broken arm…several broken ribs…and probley a concussion…not to mention burns from the electric rod they kept poking him with…but his thoughts were on Michael. The last he saw of him was when they arrived in the court yard of the building…they put them in different cars to get there but he had a chance to glimpse him when they were pulled out and brought in. Just like his normal self, Michael was fighting them tooth and nail…all the way! He tried to tell him thru telepethy to stop but he was too angry to listen…and just kept it up…that’s when he saw them do that to him! Max closed his eyes to shut out the look on Michael’s face as they held him down and shot him in the head with the electric rod…Max never heard anyone scream like that before…and even now he still felt the pain with him! He closed his eyes and tried to connect with Michael…but all he received back was silence! That had never happened. He never felt so alone…

Liz opened the door as Maria fell into her arms…
“Liz…thank you for having me over! I’m just so jumpy…” Maria held onto her friend for a second longer, before she pulled away to look at her face…
“Oh god…Liz...what’s wrong? You had one didn’t you?”
Liz looked around quickly…”Shush…my folks are here…common lets go up stairs.”
When they both were settled Liz sat in front of her, not ready to begin but knowing she needed to tell someone, but this time…she wish it wasn’t Maria!

In a lab elsewhere…
“So what do you think?”
“I think your men are out of control...and are all f*/*ing idiots!”
“Look...he was out of control! They did what was needed!”
“He was the best one! He had what he wanted…now?”
“Comon…you can save him…right?”
“Oh…he’ll live…but will he live? Now that’s the question!”
“What do you mean?”
“Well…let’s just say…he will never be a threat to your men again…ever!”

Chapter…6

“Liz what is going on?” Maria started the moment the door closed to Liz’s room…
Slowly the other girl walked over to the mirror on her wall and looked at herself…she knew that was her looking back …but she felt all the same it wasn’t…she felt a calm come over her and turned to face her friend…she was about to do something she never had done before…Lie to her best friend!
“Maria …nothing has happened…. I’m just upset like you…and have been crying…I mean it was so scary…” She sat down on her bed and drew her legs up…Maria sat across her shaking her head…
“Tell me about it...It was something out of a horror movie…you know?”
“Yeah...except this time …we aren’t eating the ice cream and we cant pause it during the scary parts…”
“Oh girl…what are we into here…?” Maria laid back exhausted…
“I don’t know Maria but…we need to tell Alex.”
“Alex? Why...I mean besides the obvious…he’s our bud…?”
“Don’t you see Maria…we could be like next…and we need someone to know about this in case anything happens…”
“Like what? Oh my God Liz…are you sure you didn’t have one of your thingys…”She sat up and looked into her eyes…but Liz just got up and walked towards her dresser…
“Yes Maria…. haven’t I always told you every one I have ever had?”
“Yes…. but….”
“No buts! I wouldn’t just keep something this important from you…I just think…well it would be wise if we told him.”
“Wise? Wise to tell him?” Maria was none too convinced with her story…she looked at her skeptical…
“So you think Alex could like …I don’t know maybe fight off guys with big guns and real…Real! Bullets? Comon Liz…who are you fooling…cause it’s certainly not me…. now give!”

Elsewhere…
The man stood over the body in the bed…”Well. I have done all I can here…” He removed his gloves and after writing something in a chart left the room…
“Nurse…have you seen Mr. Perry?”
“No doctor…not since before the procedure.”
“Okay…if you need me…I’ll be in my office.” He proceeded down the hall and into a small room…once inside he found Mr. Perry waiting…
Mr. Perry turned from the window...he was a large man…well over six foot and leaning towards three hundred pounds…he was in his fifties but looked older…but none of this stopped the cold look in his eyes...a look no one ever wanted to see up close and directed at them…
“Mr. PPPerry?”...The doctor stuttered. “I was just looking for you…” He walked over slowly to his desk…never taking his eyes off the older man.
“Really Bruce…why is that?”
“Well…I just wanted to let you know….how the thing was coming along…” The doctor started shuffling papers around on his desk as he searched for the words…
“Okay…I’ll play along…what news….”
The doctor pasted a smile on his face and looked up….”Well it looks like he will be just fine…after all…I mean it was touch and go there but…today is much better…”
Mr. Perry turned and looked back out the window…”Really? That’s funny.”
The doctor swallowed…”Funny? Why is that funny?” He whispered.
“ I heard he wasn’t all right…in fact….” He turned back and faced the doctor….”I heard he was still a FU*KING vegetable!” he yelled.
“Really…? Where did you hear such nonsense? I mean you can’t trust some people sir…I mean…”
“Are you calling me a liar Bruce...I mean you aren’t are you?”
“Me? No way Mr. Perry…I would never do that!”
“I didn’t think so…so if I say he is a Veggie…then???”
The doctor held his head…”Then he is a vegetable sir.”
“That’s better…now…why don’t you call your wife.”
“My wife sir…?”
“Yes…your wife…but make it fast…lets say two mins.”
With that Mr. Perry walked to the door and left…as another man walked in and closed the door behind him….

Max stirred…okay things felt better…All day he had woke to heal something the best he could only to pass out from the excursion of doing so…it was a slow process but he thought he was just about there…he pulled himself up against the dirty wall …and tried to take in his surroundings. Well …he thought…its certainly not the Holiday Inn…in fact he had been in cleaner looking whore houses…looking for Michael of course…he reached up and slowly climbed the wall till he stood…*Okay Max...shaky but standing…that was good…*Max took some cleansing breaths before trying a step…instantly he feel to his knees…they were still like jello…*Maybe…just a little more sleep* and he was out…


Chapter 7
Maria sat waiting for Liz to start talking….she had known her too long to believe her story…she had that look about her…the one where she wanted to say more but just couldn’t get the words out…Maria was going to see that she did…
“Maria…I don’t know what you mean…Look…I’m just tired and worried…don’t make more of this than there is okay…” Liz flopped down along side of her on the bed…Maria looked skeptical at her as Liz hung her head down and closed her eyes…she knew Maria was on to her…
“Okay! God Maria you can be sooooo!”
“Annoying? Pig headed? Right? Stop me if I get close…Id say right was the one…how about you?”
Liz smiled over at her…”Whatever!”
“Now spill it…what did you see?”
Liz sat up in the bed…”Maria…you know that time I saw the accident?”
Maria stopped breathing for a moment…and shook her head yes…
“Well…this is sort of like that…by that I mean…it’s not good news…in fact…it’s really bad! For both of us…do you still want to know?”
Maria sat up face to face with her…wondering if she should just cut her loses and say no. Liz reached out and took her hand…
“I’ll understand if you say no Maria…I mean…it’s hard enough not being able to control these…much like pawn them off on another…”
Maria took a deep breath…”No babe…I’m here…I can handle it...you know…I’m from strong stock…”
“Are you sure Maria? I always feel so bad after I share these with you…I mean…why should both of us go through it?”
“Babe...Don’t I always have your back…this is no different then all the other times…I’m here for you!”
Liz shook her head yes and told her about her vision…
“It was a dark place...kind of cold...but more damp than anything…there was also a scent in the air like…old and musty smelling…then I heard him…”
“Him? Who?” Maria waited …
“Michael!”


Max awoke with a start…remembering where he was…he sat up, realizing he had no pain. He leaned back against the wall and listened to the sounds around him...trying to make out the voices…to his dismay…none were of Michael…did he dream it? Or did everything happen that he remembered? God he hoped not…but something in him said it did…he stood up and tried his legs out…this time he was back…he went to the door and tried to see out in the hall…but it was too dark…Max sat back down and closed his eyes…maybe he could connect…he started his breathing…easy and controlled…but nothing came! He didn’t want to think that maybe…his nightmare…was real!

Maria sat with tears running down her face…she had listened to Liz explain about the pain she felt coming from Michael and how she felt him….well the only word that really fit she said was…disappear. After that…there was silence…but it was eerie Liz said…for there was an underlying emotion she just couldn’t touch…but she was afraid to try…the last time...she said she never felt so alone afterwards…
“But Liz. I’m here now …I wouldn’t let anything happen to you….”
“I don’t know Maria…it was so scary…and you know I cant always just make them come…it usually just happens.”
“Maria jumped off the bed…”You have to…don’t you see…he could be hurt...or worst...he could need us and we couldn’t find him…but if you can see where he is?”
Liz looked down on the cover on her bed…she absently played with a string…she knew Maria would ask this…that’s one of the reason she didn’t want to share this with her…she didn’t want to go back there again.
TBC

Chapter 8
Liz knew she was right…this could be the most important vision of her life so far…with that in mind she laid back and closed her eyes…she cleared her mind and hoped that it wouldn’t be too bad…what ever it was that was going to happen…
Before she took her fifth breath…she was there…once again it was dark…she could hear moaning in the distance…she stopped outside a door …something in her said to touch it…so she reached over and placed her hand on the wood…instantly she felt him…Max!

After numerous attempts to connect with Michael, Max finally gave up…he wrapped his arms around his body, he felt so cold…and alone. He closed his eyes again…but this time his thoughts were on Liz…how sweet she smelt…like strawberries…and the way she felt in his arms…small and fragile…then he felt it…! He reached over and touched the door…he felt her there…but that couldn’t be…then they connected…
“Liz?” he whispered to himself
“Max? What is going on…Oh God…where are you?”
“Liz? How can this be?”
“No time…where are you?”
“I don’t know…it’s dark and it’s cold…I can”t see out side…there is no window… Liz? Stay away from here…it’s too dangerous…”
“Max? Where is Michael?”
“I don’t know...I haven’t seen him since we got here…Why?”
But Liz was gone...
“LIZ?” Max leaned his head against the rough door and waited…but she didn’t come back…If only I could tell her…now I may never have the chance….
Liz came back with a start…. gasping for air…as Maria grabbed her up…
“It’s okay…I’m here…! Take a deep breath…breath Liz…”
Liz rolled over and caught her breath...before setting up and facing Maria…
“Well what did you see? Did you find him?”
Liz looked down…”No…but I think I spoke to Max…”
“Max…where…you spoke to him…how is that possible…?”
“I don’t know…” She placed her face in her hands…
“Okay…start over Liz…it’s going to be okay…so you saw Max?”
“No..I just spoke to him…through a door…”
”Okay...and he said what?”
“He didn’t know where he was…but it was dark…”
”Oh…and Michael…was he there too?”
Liz hesitated not wanting to say…“No…I’m sorry Maria…Max didn’t know where he was…they were separated when they got there…where ever that may be.”
“Did you notice any thing that might help find them…?”
Liz tried to think back….nothing came to mind…so she shook her head…
Maria laid back…”So that’s it...you know…It just wasn’t meant to be you know? He is obviously not the guy for me…” Liz watched and waited as Maria spoke…Maria crumbled with her last words…all Liz could do for her friend was hold her hand and try not to think about Max…and what all was happening to them…

New from here on..12/2
Chapter 9
Somewhere in the darkness…he lingered…the pain wasn’t bad here. He figured he would just stay here a while and close his eyes and dream sweet dreams…he was pushing against time …but it was okay…he was free and no one could touch him here…so much for the great beyond….where is the light…no light…no music…music….he needed her voice…he wanted her body…he fought against the time…where is this thing called love when is it his time…were are the answers from the great beyond…where is his Maria…where is his future…time Is catching up with him,….time is here…time to… no where to be found…there is the pain…why the pain…where is his Maria…where is the music???

Morning came in through the windows at the sleeping girls…both had a restless night waking up and pacing only to lie down and sleep a little more…
“Liz…time to get up! We could use some help downstairs…big breakfast crowd today…” Liz’s mom yelled through the locked door for her…only to have Liz cover her head with the pillow to block her out…She knew her mom wouldn’t give up after one call unless she answered her…but still the words just wouldn’t come…
“Elizzzebeth?” her Mom continued….
“UGH! Yes! Yes! Immmmmmmmm up!….”
“Good! Now fifteen minutes...we need you!”
Liz could hear her going back down the stairs…her Mom would have never called her unless they were swamp…it was her day off…Liz looked over at Maria…she decided to let her sleep and gently got up, to take a shower…when she came back out the bed was empty…

Max awoke with a start…almost forgetting where he was…but all too soon it came back…He stood up and stretched…getting all the kinks out from sleeping on the hard floor…even convicts get a mattress and bed...he thought…just then the lock on the door snapped and two guards walked in…
“Give us trouble…and wind up like the other one…” The first one said as he pointed a strange weapon in his face…”Now get going….!”
Max did what he was told …wanting a chance to see beyond the cell walls…and what did he mean...like the other one? Was Michael??? He couldn’t even think the word…
“Get going…look a head…!”
Max picked up the pace …after numerous stairs and hallways, he was directed in a room that looked like a study…it had a large antique desk by a window…with dark chairs and tables that matched…copies of famous paintings lined the wall…on a table was a platter with several sandwiches and sliced fruit…
“Set down…don’t touch anything…!”
A man walked in about then and the two guards left after a few whispered words…
“So…you are Max?”
“Where are we and where is Michael?” Max asked in a controlled voice…
“Where are your manners…? My my… young people today...you have no manners...even …” he chuckled…”Royalty like you…”
Max didn’t bite on that...so he continued…
“I’m Mr. Perry…your host sort speak….you have been invited to my party…are you having fun yet?…Guess not…I’m sorry…maybe we can do something about that…what do you think…
Are you hungry…”He walked over to the table and handed Max the tray…
“Please take it…you know you are…”
Max looked away….”Suit yourself…but you may change your mind after I tell you what I have to say…”
“The only thing I want is to know where Michael is and what have you done to him?”
“I don’t negotiate!” he walked over behind his desk and sat down…”Normally…”
He pushed a button and the guards walked in…
”Take him to the other one! Then bring him back…don’t let him touch him…”
Max was ushered out and down the hall to an elevator…they exited on the ninth floor he noticed for future reference…he counted five doors then they stopped…
The guard knocked on the door…then turned to Max…”You have five minutes…”
The door opened on it's own and Max went in.
There on the table was Michael…machines beeped around him…too many to count…he looked deathly white...and had only a sheet on him…Max looked around the room…it was quite large for only one patient…in the corners of the ceiling were cameras…so no matter where someone was they could be seen…so he didn’t dare step out of line…this may be the only time he saw him… he knew what he had to do…if only he had the guts…..
Maria hurried into her house….she grabbed her backpack and threw some clothes inside…then hurried a note to her Mom incase she didn’t return…She wanted to tell Liz but ….no she couldn’t…with that she headed back out to her car and drove away…several hours later…she finally turned off on a dirt road…after several more miles and a new transmission she was sure she would need….she stopped. Maria grabbed her bag and looked at what was a head of her..then headed up the hill…she never was one for exercise so by time she reached the top she was exhausted…she only continued …by sheer love for Michael!
TBC

Chapter 10
All day Liz wondered what happened to Maria…she never did show back up…after her shift she went up to her room…at a loss at what to do next…Max and Michael were still missing and now so was Maria…she decided to drive over to Maria’s house and check around…anything was better than setting and worrying
That was driving her crazy…when she got there she saw the place darken out and Maria’s car wasn’t in the drive…she found the hidden key and went in…everything looked normal….in her room she noticed some things missing right away…Maria’s favorite brush was gone, along with her knapsack that hung on her post…so she was, here…she continued in the the rest of the house looking for anything out of place…there on the fridge was a note to her Mom…it just said she had to do something really important and might be gone a few days….not to worry and she would call if anything happened…but again not to worry…typical Maria….fast and no sense…What happened from the moment she went into the shower to when she came out…Liz had no clue…

Maria looked around the corner outside the building…okay…no one …or is there…she knew she had to be careful…she snuck down and made her way to the door…there she punched in some numbers and the door clicked open…one more look around and she went in…no alarms…good…now where is that blue door…Maria crouched behind a pile of boxes…sneaking peeks for it…when two men walked by…one stopped and tied his shoe…Maria held her breath…so this is how I’m going to die…but when finished he caught up to the other man and they finished there rounds…she let out her breath….and sat down…God that was close…once more she looked out and hunted for it….okay there it is….she made her way carefully to it and once again punched in the numbers…again she waited and it clicked open…she slid in and closed it back…on the wall was a panel box….she open it and took out a piece of paper with a series of numbers and letters on it…Maria closed her eyes…and said a quiet prayer…then proceeded to punch them in…all the red lights changed to green…Maria smiled and did a little dance…then remembering where she was she grabbed up her bag and again headed out the door she came in…once back behind the boxes…she waited ten minutes…and then went in the direction of the two men…she was searching for an elevator…but no luck…did she make the wrong turn…okay now what…she darted in a door way as she heard footsteps approaching…
“So one is okay and the other one is not…is that what you are telling me?”
“Yes sir…that’s about the jest of things…”
“So what does he say about this?”
“He is mad as hell…he terminated the doctor.”
“Well that’s a start…I want to see him right away!”
“Yes sir…in your office?”
“Yes…but wait a few minutes…just let him know…I’m here first…”
The other man smiled…”Yes sir…I understand…right away…”
The older man ran his hand over a box on the wall and part of the wall gave way to the elevator…
There it is…Maria witnessed from her hiding place…After the men disappeared…she headed over to the panel…how did he do that…she ran her hand over it…nothing! Okay now what???
Tbc

Chapter 11
Liz headed back home after finishing up at Maria’s…she didn’t really know what her next move was going to be…and she had no one to ask…then she remembered….
“Mom Im home…” Liz announced….just to check if she was alone or not…
“Liz? Honey is that you…?” Her mom called from the kitchen
“Yeah….Hi…So whats for dinner?”
“Meatloaf…and twice backed potatoes…” She continued chopping the salad…
“Did anyone call for me?” Liz grabbed a cold water from the fridge…
“No…sorry hun….can you set the table….it’s just you and me for now….your dad had a town meeting tonight…so he’ll eat later…”
“Sure…Alex may come over later for a visit…”
“That’s nice…he’s always welcome here you know that…now set the table…everything is almost ready…”
Liz hurried and finished then headed in her room…grabbing the phone off her nightstand she dialed his number…
“Hi can I speak to Alex…?”
“Yes…just a moment…is this Liz?”
“Yeah Hi…Mrs. Whitman…how are you?”
“Good and your family…?”
“Good...everyone is good…is Alex home tonight?”
“He sure is…you have to come over now soon...we love having his friends here…especially...his girlfriends.”
Liz tried not to laugh….poor Alex…
“Well Ill try…” Liz replyed…not knowing what more to say…
“Good...Let me get him for you…” Liz heard a noise then a door open…and Alex yell…
“God Mom…can’t you knock…!!!!”
“Im sorry Alex…oh geez….I didn’t see a thing…really…..Liz is on the phone for you….here….” The phone was dropped and Liz held her ear….
“Liz…you there?”
Yeah…what happened?”
“She did it again…god I need a lock….and like now!”
“I’m sorry Alex…”
‘So…how is my girl?’
“Not too good…can you come over?”
“Like when…now?”
That would be so great…”
“Give me five…I’m on my way.”
Liz felt better already….just knowing he was coming over….now if he only believed her…

Max stood by Michael’s bed…glancing at the monitors…he thought about this moment so many times before…wondering if the time came…could he…he chanced one more look at the monitors then acted…
Max grabbed Michael’s arm and pushed into a spot on it…guards rushed in and grabbed him…wrestling him down to the floor…
“What happened here…?”
“The prisoner was touching him sir!”
“Really…where?”
“His arm sir…”
“What were you doing…?”He leaned down and got in Max’s face…but Max was silent…
“Well I could always just have one of my…fine…. doctors…operate and see….now if by any chance…they slip and well let’s say touch a nerve or maybe an artery…hey….it wouldn’t be the first time….mistakes happen you know….so we wound up having to amputate due to infection…hey why would he need his arm for….?”
Okay…don’t touch him…Ill tell you…”
“I thought you’d see it my way…”
“Whatever…now can I get up?”
He made a move and they let him up…
“So tell me Max…what did you do…?”
“Well I hate to disappoint you but I was just touching him…out of concern….”
“Concern?”
Max shook his head …
“You expect me to buy that one.?”
‘Contrary to popular demand…we do have feelings…”
He walked around Max slowly…
”Do you feel this…” He took a rod and stuck it on Max’s back…an electric charge went through it… rendering him in pain on the floor…Max laid not able to breath from it…
“Hey men he does feel…he was right….” He laughed and then they joined him…
Suddenly the air got thick…
“What’s going on here…answer me at once!”
Mr. Perry turned around to see the last person he hoped ever to see again…

Maria tried the panel again…nothing…she had to find a way…she had a thought….if only she could…it may be the only way…and time was running out….she had to work fast…she got her brush out and used it….then she rolled her shirt up and tied it at her waist…now to pick the right one…she saw a board up against the wall…perfect…then she sat down and waited hoping one of them would come by…not two this time…she didn’t have long to wait…soon she smelt smoke…and knew one was coming…she sized him up…he wasn’t that small…maybe she should wait…but no she had no time to…it was now or never…she started crying…loudly…the guard was on here instantly…
“Who are you….where did you come from…”
Maria looked up at him with fake tears running down her face…
“I snuck in here trying to find some place to sleep tonight…please don’t send me out…”
“The guard softened….”You cant stay here miss….it’s not safe here any way believe me…you have to go…!” He stepped away from her to look back where he came from…
“Maybe we can work something out…” She stood up and he took in her body…as she placed her hands on her hips…
Again he looked back…”Yeah maybe…” Was all he got out before Maria hit him with the board knocking him out cold!
Okay….now…she grabbed up her bag and placed it by the elevator…then went back for him…after grunting and tugging she managed to get him by the doors…now to get him up so she can use his hand…there was no way she could lift him….she darted around the room looking for anything to help…leaning up against the wall was the perfect thing….a folding table…she unfolded it and placed it by the panel…then after numerous attempts …she put first his legs…then his torso on the table… totally out of breath …she took a second and plopped down…Liz will never believe this when I get back…if I get back…she shook the tired off and got up…lifting his hand…she ran it over the panel…instantly the doors opened…
“YES!”
She placed her bag down so the doors couldn’t close…and non too gently tumbled the guard off the table…then folded it up…placing it back where she found it…now to place him somewhere she thought…then she saw the crate…she grabbed his arms and tugged him…over and over till finally he was next to it…realizing she couldn’t lift him inside she placed some boxes around him and took off…
Once inside she pushed the ninth floor and was off….


Chapter 12
Liz answered the door before he had a chance to ring the bell…
“Well hello…!”
“Hi Alex…comon in….have you ate yet…?”
“No…have you tasted her cooking…what do you think….?”
“Sorry stupid question…we are just setting down…comon in…there’s plenty…”
“Great you sure your mom doesn’t mind ?”
“Nope…and we are having meatloaf and twice backed potatoes…”
“Ugh…sounds so good…I’m there…”
They walked into the dining room just as Mrs. Parker placed a basket of bread down…
“Great timing….just finished… Hi Alex…set down and lets dig in…shall we..” She smiled over at him as they started the meal…
“So what are you going to do this summer…?”
Liz smiled over at him…as he looked at her first before answering…
“Well…I’m going on a journey…I’m staying out at the reservation for the summer”
“Really…doing what…?” She stopped eating and looked at them both…
“Well I”m going to set up camp…and live just as if I was one…back a hundred years ago…Im going to hunt and learn to carve…and hey maybe even dance…”
“And pray tell why...? I mean…are you excited about this?”
“Yeah…!”
“You see Mom it’s for collage…it’s a world development study…”
“Oh…I see…so you’ll get credits for this then…?”
“No…no credits…!”
“Okay…so where does school fit in?”
“It’s for my collage application…it looks good…”
“Looks good? And that matters? What about grades?”
“Yeah Mom they matter….too…but today’s schools look for the student that is more well…rounded…like hobbies and clubs and volunteer work…all that counts now too.”
“Really…so what are you doing young lady to catch there eye…”
Liz looked down at her plate…”Well I’m president of Sci lab…and co president of Bio World...and next year there are some really nice new courses that are offered for the first time I’m thinking of taking…” Liz quietly answered…
The dinner suddenly didn’t taste the same for Alex…he waited for her mom’s reply…
“Well see about that…now wont we….I want a list of these new classes….before you sign up for one….you understand? Going away to reservations…this will take some quick planning but we need to think of something for you to do…I’ll be in my room if you need me…” She got up and left the table without finishing her food….
“Liz I’m so sorry babe…”Alex started the minute she left…”I didn’t think first…”
“No Alex…it’s okay really…she will find something stupid for me to do and and I just will tell her no…”
Alex looked down at his hands…knowing things weren’t that cut and dry…
“Help me clear the table…cause I need to talk to you about something…seriously…”She whispered.
Within ten minutes everything was in the dishwasher and put away….
After Liz put a tape in and closed the door to her room…she turned to Alex…and hugged him….
“Hey…. it’s okay…or will be…Old Alex is here now…”
”Oh Alex. what I’m about to tell you….you will probley think I’m like insane…”
“So what’s new…you girls and your moods…I’m use to them by now…”
Liz pulled away and they sat down on the floor…by her bed…
“Not this time Alex…nothing like that…this is really serious…” She looked him in the eye…
“Okay…so spill…your making me nervous here…? Is someone pregnant…cause it wasn’t me…!”
Liz rolled her eyes…”No Alex…stop…now what I’m about to say is going to sound so crazy…so bizarre…but you have to listen…. it’s true…okay?”
“Gotcha…true…now what is so true?”
“Maria and I for the past…several weeks have been having these dreams…about these two guys…”
Alex smiled…”Really well tell me more….”
Liz let out a breath…”No Alex..listen there’s more to it…not only did we dream them….but it was like we met in the dreams…for like real met…okay I know it’s crazy…just follow me…any way so we were like with them in our dreams two days ago…and suddenly they were grabbed up…right out of our arms…and taken…”
“Taken …kidnapped…”
“Well sorta…these men came in and they had guns…real big guns Alex…and then they were gone…!”
Alex looked down…then up at Liz…
“I know…it sounds crazy…But it’s true…if only Maria was here…she would back me…But Alex…there’s more….”
“Where is our little sniffer tonight?”
“That’s just it…we spent the night here last night…and when I went in to take a shower...she left…and I cant find her….she left this note at her house for her mom…that there was like something she had to do…and not to worry…and she is gone….”
“Well you know Maria she gets something in her head and it’s like all over…she’ll turn up…”
“No Alex…she was so worried about Michael.”
“Who is Michael?”
“He is the guy she met…”
”Met? In the dreams? She knows his name?”
Liz laid back on the floor…”I know…if it didn’t happen to me…I too would have a hard time believing it…but….it happened…it’s true...and now...where ever they are…they are in trouble…and we cant help them…”
TBC…
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Okay guys this is all I have of the story so far..everything I have posted on the old board and a new chapter to boot..hope you like where this is going..xo Melinda

Chapter 13
Mr. Perry swallowed hard as he looked into the devils eyes....
“What I repeat is going on here?”
“We were just interrogating the creature sir...he touched the other one and we are trying to find out why.”
The man walked over to Max...and their eyes met...
“So tell me...for what reason did you touch him…?”
“He said...”
“I didn’t ask you now did I” He snapped at the other man...giving him a deadly stare…
“Sorry...sir I was just trying”
"What to get your self killed...cause you’re one glance away.” He turned back to Max who was setting up after catching his breath…
.”Now…I’m sorry we were so rudely interrupted..where was I? Oh yes..why did you touch him?
Max swallowed before answering….”"Like I told them…I was just concern for him”."
The man thought about this..looking between Mr. Perry and Max
"Leave us!"
Mr. Perry stood not knowing what he meant...“Who sir...are you referring to?
"All of you...except the prisoner and myself...NOW!"
Everyone headed for the door...closing it behind them...
The man motioned toward a chair for Max to sit in...slowly he stood and made his way to it…
"So…tell me...Max? Right?...Tell me what do you think of Mr. Perry?"
Max hesitated…
"It’s okay..…speak your mind…"
"I think he is a prick!" Max whispered…
The man started laughing.…”Yeah..…that he is..…that he is..…but at last, he’s a yes sir man...you know what that is Max? A yes sir man.…”" He waited for the reply…
"A ass kisser!"
He laughed again….“Exactly! A type of person...that I think you will never be...that you would rather die than ever become…Am I not right? Of course I’am! So...we have something in common already…
Shall we let them back in…? Now that we have a better understanding of each other…”"
He walked to the door and opened it back up….”
"So Max did you know that Mr. Perry here was the one who gave the orders to hurt Michael?"
Max gave him a cold stare as Mr. Perry shifted uncomfortably…
"You want him dead Max…I can see it in your eyes..…and you know what? So do I…”"
The man pulled out a gun and at point blank range shot him dead!
Max looked on in horror...as Mr. Perry fell to the floor…
"Thank you Max…I always hate making those decisions…. so Thank you for making it for me…Take him to room nine..…and see that he gets something to eat..…decent to eat! You hear me?"
"Yes sir!" They grabbed onto a still stunned Max and escorted him out…

The doors opened…and Maria stuck her head out looking around quickly…clear…she headed down the hall…jumping in and out of the door ways….her heart was beating so load…she felt for sure someone could hear it… she closed her eyes for a second…then continued down the hall…up a head she heard voices coming straight for her…quickly she ducked into a room…with her luck…they stopped outside her door…she looked around for a place to hide…just as it opened she slid under the bed…
“Well be back soon with food…don’t give us trouble…”
the door closed and Maria chanced a look out…to her relief…she was pretty sure….this was Max…

Maria scooted out from under the bed…as Max stood back in shock and watched…
“Who are you?”
“Well I’m Maria…and hopefully you are Max…cause I’m way over my head here…and could use some help…”
“Well I’m Max…is Liz here to?”
Maria sat on the bed….”Well that’s a long story…but no…just me…”
“So how did you get here…how did you know where we were? I don’t even know….”
“Michael!”
“What do you mean Michael…he told you…but how…Maria he is like…”
“Yeah…well I know…but he did…you see he gave me this ring and told me if I ever needed him I could just think about him and touch it and he would come…well I did…and he kinda did…”
“Kinda did what?”
“Well…he like kinda appeared…You see...After I touched the ring…he didn’t show up…I didn’t think he would…I was just being nuts…well I went to sleep afterwards…and he came to me…and told me where to find you and how to get in…everything…when I woke I knew I had to try…I couldn’t just set there and wait…”
“So did you tell Liz where you were going…?”
“No…you see I figured it was going to be dangerous enough …and well Im expendable….you know….no one would miss me if I was gone…but Liz…her Mom and Dad would travel the ends of the earth looking for her…then we would have to explain to them where we were and why…so this way it’s better…plus she is safe there…this place is crazy…I had to like hit a guard…after I offered him my goodies mind you…and then I had to hide him…”
“Wait a minute…you hit a guard? With what…never mind Later...for now we have to get out of here…how did you get in?”
“The door was open…so I just came in…”
“Do you think you can find your way back out?”
“Sure…I think so…”
“Okay…all we need to do now is get to Michael…”
“Oh that’s cool..I know where he is…”
“So do I…but there are cameras everywhere…”
“I have a pass word for that…”
“How? …Michael…?”
Maria shook her head yes…”I don’t know how he found out everything but he had all kinds of infro…and somehow, when I woke up…it was all in there…” She pointed to her head…
“He must have connected with someone…”
“Connected?” Maria looked at him cautiously…
"Yeah…sorta a mind connection…”. Max still didn’t know how much Maria knew about them…..and didn’t want her flipping out in case she knew little…..he needed her..…if he was
going to get all three of them out…..alive!
“Really…is that how he did what he did to me…?”
“Yeah probley…so we have to get a plan together…when they come back to get the tray…you need to slip out…then when they are gone you can open the door and let me out…you think you can do that?”
“I can try….”
“Ill distract them…say I’m sick or something…get them to come in here…if you get caught…it wont be good Maria...I may not be able to help you…so “
“No Max…I am here to do this…no matter what happens…I’m not leaving without Michael…and You!” She added…”Liz would kill me if I came back with out you both…I mean literally… she is going to anyway…you know...but…”She smiled at him…”I’m sorry…I’m ramble ling again…I do that when I’m nervous…”
Max smiled…he liked her…she was a handful…and so unlike his Liz…and these two are best friends…well Look at me and Michael...he thought…
Maria stood up and checked out his food…”Aren’t you going to eat?” she looked back and forth between him and the plate…
“No…help your self…” He smiled…as she grabbed up the sandwich and took a bite…
“Is it good?” Before she could answer there was a noise in the hallway…she dropped the sandwich and grabbed her bag…Max pointed behind the door…then laid down on the cot…Maria stood straight against the wall…waiting as they came in to get the tray…
“Ugh…I could use some medicine…my stomach is killing me…”Max moaned…and held his gut…acting the role…the other guard came in to check what the problem was…that was Maria’s chance to make her escape…
“What should we do…he will kill us if he thinks we gave him something that made him sick man…you saw what he did to Perry…I’m not going down for this…”
“Lets go and look in the doctors office and see what we can find...there has to be like an antacid or something in there…come on…”
They turned and headed down the hall…Maria stepped out of the a joining rooms doorway and headed over to the panel…she pulled out the paper and looked at the numbers on it…now to pick the right one…she tried one…nothing happened…okay how about this one…she punched in another…still nothing…she closed her eyes in frustration…and tried the bottom one just as she heard the elevator door…the door opened and Max was free…they took off down the hall...just as the guards turned the corner…
“It wont take them long to realize I’m gone…then all hell will break lose…we need to hurry to Michael…”
”Okay…I have the code…let’s go…”

Back at the front….
The phone next to Liz’s bed rang loud…in the middle of the night…breaking the quiet in the house…she grabbed it hoping her parents didn’t hear it…
“Yes…Maria?”
“No…it’s me, Alex…so I guess there is no news…?”
Liz sat up pulling the covers around her…”No and I’m so worried Alex…she has always been well…spontaneous…but to just take off like this and no explanation…it’s not like her to worry me…us…you know?”
Suddenly there was a knock on her door…”Liz honey…is everything okay?”
Her mom stuck her head in...”I heard the phone ring.”
“Yeah mom…it’s just Alex…he had a bad dream and just needed a voice to talk to for a minute…too much ice cream before bed…you know?”
“Oh…is he okay?”
“Oh he’ll be fine…I’m just going to talk to him for a second…then back to sleep…”
”Okay…tell him to think about nice things….”
“Okay I will…night mom…”
“Good night.”
Liz turned back to the phone…”So you heard…?”
“Yeah…nice things ha…well let’s see…maybe Maria back home safe for starters…you know…maybe we should tell someone…?”
“I know...we’ll give it till tomorrow afternoon...if she doesn’t come back...we will tell my mom and dad…”
“Okay…so you call me if she calls…and I mean right away...no matter what time…”
“I will I promise...get some sleep…bye…”
Liz curled up under the covers and tried to connect with Max again…still nothing…maybe it was all in my head…maybe we never did connect…she was starting to doubt her own self…she wondered if he was thinking about her…for that matter if he was okay…would she ever hold him in her arms for real she wondered…or is he always going to be just her dream lover…so many thoughts were running through her head…she closed her eyes and fell asleep thinking about his touch…
Tbc

Chapter 14
Max and Maria made their way down the hall…stopping here and there to check behind…finally they were to Michael’s room…
“Okay so you have what exactly…?” Max whispered as he kept his eyes toward the end of the hall…
“Well I have a code to get in…and I have one to disassemble the cameras…” Maria was breathing hard…she knew he was right behind that door…in what shape was what worried her…
“Okay…here’s what we need to do…you punch in the code…and we stop and wait…”
“Stop…why?” She looked at him like he was nuts…”Listen I’m not going to just stand here…I want him out!”
“Shush…I do too…let me finish…we wait...in case the alarm goes off…if not...we might not have a another chance to get him out…we are his only hope Maria…
if we get caught...then he is surely a goner…and so are we…!”
Maria took a deep breath…he was right…they have to think things through…each step had to be planned…these people meant business…and they didn’t care more or less if you lived or died…
“Im sorry your right of course…” She hung her head rubbing her eyes…as he looked at her closely…he knew she was exhausted…and was doing the best she could…in fact she was doing better than he was…he was amazed she made it this far…and mostly on her own…
“Its okay…now lets do this and get the hell out of here…” With that she stood up and punched in the numbers…the door clicked open. She knelt back down as Max watched for sounds of trouble…just then an alarm was sounded and lights flashed everywhere…
Maria stood next to Max not knowing what to do…
“Lets go…!” He pulled her in the room and closed the door behind them…pressing her against the wall…she punched in another set of numbers and the board turned blue…
“Okay..they are off..” She turned to Max but he was no longer next to her…he stood across the room …staring at the lifeless form on the table…Maria covered her mouth with her hand to stop the cry from escaping… Michael laid with a sheet covering him…tubes came from underneath everywhere…and machines surrounded him…Max turned to Maria and held out his hand… and he held her briefly…
“If we turn them off…I don’t know what will happen?” He whispered in her hair as he held her trembling body…
“What else can we do…we have to get him out of here…” She looked over at him again then away…”I never thought he’d be …” she trailed off not able to finish…
“I know…me neither…but now we have to make a decision…do we risk killing him to maybe get him out…or do we leave him here and plan another way…?”
Maria shook her head…”I don’t know…leave him here…Max how…?”
“Maria I hate the thought of it too…but we could lose him the minute we pull the plug…I don’t know if I can do that…” Max walked over to the door and listened…nothing! That worried him…
“Look no one has come here to check yet…and they should have by now…so this is not good…we have to decide…I vote to come back…what do you say?”

Back home…
Liz was up and dressed before the alarm went off…she barely slept all night…and when she did she dreamt of darkness and pain…whose pain she wasn’t for sure of…but it was scary as hell…she looked in the mirror…dark circles were forming under her eyes…she applied some makeup and practiced a good morning smile …”Well that will have to do”…she thought as she headed down stairs…
“Morning Mom…” She sat across from her…trying to avoid her eyes…
“Well I thought about this summer project thing that Alex is doing…and I think I have a plan for us…”
“Us?” Liz asked…buttering a piece of toast…here it comes she thought…
‘Your Great Aunt has fallen and she broke her hip in two places…she needs someone to help her for the next few months…and so I called her and volunteered you for the summer…!”
“My great Aunt?”
“Yes…you never met her..or at least you were a baby when you did…she is a lone never been married…and has no children to help her…”
Liz shook her head…”Okay…so where is she at…Like we have never gone and seen her…why?”
“Well she is not from around here…” Her mom got up and poured some more coffee in her cup before continuing…”She lives in…Ohio.”
Liz’s eyes grew big….”Ohio? Your sending me to Ohio?”
TBC

Chapter 15
Liz sat dumbfounded…Ohio…?
“Mom…I know we haven’t had a good year…you and me…but...Ohio?”
Mrs. Parker smiled…”Honey…do you really think I’m punishing you...or something…” She leaned down and hugged her daughter to her…
“Well then why?”
“Well certainly not because I want you to be unhappy…its just that after the talk with Alex...I realized you probley should do something with your summer besides working your mom and dad’s restaurant…I just didn’t know what…then I remembered that she called like…two weeks ago and asked if you could come for the summer…of course I said no…I didn’t want you away from us that long…and I needed you here for the summer rush…that hopefully comes…”
“Mom I don’t want to be away from all my friends that long…please..”
“Elizabeth…you have like two friends…Alex and Maria...now…I think they can get along without you for awhile…and you can call them…and maybe they can even come and see you…”
“Where in Ohio…I can see it now...Hey you want to come see me…Where…well Ohio…they would laugh there heads off…Mom its not just down the street…it’s like two thousands miles…”
“Look at it as an adventure…” Her mom smiled and placed her cup in the sink…
“Mom…”
“Its settled Liz…I’m sorry…! You look tired honey...just take it easy for a little while longer...I have to get downstairs…and no sense going to Dad…. he agrees with me…we love you…and we think this is what you need…I think you will thank me…really…its like a working vacation…in a mansion…to boot! Hey I wish I was going…” She laughed and hugged her once more before heading down…
Liz stood and picked the phone up…wait till Alex hears this…

Max and Maria stood looking at Michael...what was there next move...neither one was ready to pull any plugs...sudennly there was a loud noise outside the doorthat sounded like a gun...and the alarms stopped ringing...Maria and Max exchanged glances before he pulled her behind him,and waited for the attack...Again loud gun fire was heard...and the alrams started back up...
Max's heart was pounding in his ears...so this is what war feels like...he thought...they can have it...Then...without warning the door slammed open...smoke poured into the room from the hallway...and red lights could be seen from a distance...when it cleared some in its path stood a outline of a body...
"So what took you so long?" Max asked with relief in his voice...
Isabel walked over and looked him in the eye..."Due to the situation....Im going to forget you said that!" She turned and gave a quick glance at Maria..then went for the table and Michael...
"Why havent you awaken him yet...we dont have time for this...?" Isabel turned angerly towards Max...
"We are worried...he has so much wrong...what if he dies..."
"Dies...he is not going to die..just pull it..."
Maria had had about enough.."Look...who ever you are...Im not risking his life for a maybe...!"
Isabel walked over to Maria...and looked her in the eye...Maria didnt flinch...
"Number one....this isnt any of your Fucking business...Number two...shut up!"
"And number three...Make me bitch!" Maria shoved Isabel back...onto the floor...and stood over her..."Like I said...Im not risking his life...!"
Isabel jumped up and cocked her gun...just as Max stood between them...
"Okay...that will be about enough...!Maria get over by Michael...Isabel...put the damn gun away before I have to embarrass you..."
"Id like to see you try...."She got out before turning towards the bed again...
Max grabbed her arm.."You seem sure he will be okay...how?"
"Well its like this....we have connected...he is fine...just needs to be turned off..." Isabel made sure she improvised the word connected.... when she looked at Maria..."I mean...why wouldn’t we...we are mates...!"
Maria's eyes flew open...Isabel inwardly smiled...she hit home with that one...
Maria started to say something....when Max reached over and ran his hand across the bed...everything in Michael..disappeared...to her shock...
"How the hell..?" She stood frozen ...
"Later...!" Max answered..."We now have to get out of here...!"
Michael slowly came around...he looked up and saw the lights...and sat up...startled...
"Your okay...! Now move your ass!" Isabel barked...
Michael sat on the side...looking around for his clothes...Isabel reached in her backpack and pulled out a dark green jumpsuit...and threw it to him...
he got off the table and started pulling it on...Max stood near by in case he didnt have his legs yet...but he seemed just fine...Maria...backed away...not knowing where to go...she was in shock and she was pissed off...Mate my ass...when Michael was finished...he turned around and saw her for the first time...there eyes locked and there hearts beat as one in time...but before either could move...Isabel grabbed his arm and pulled him out the door...Max took Maria's and they followed...never looking back!


“Ohio?” Alex asked for the tenth time...
“God I know...what am I going to do...and she said not to go to my Dad...cause he is like all for it too......it looks like Im stuck...”
Liz continued clearing the table of the dishes...she had explained the situation to Alex and he was in shock ...
“I never heard of a Aunt of your’s in Ohio....what do you know about her?”
“Not much really...just that she has no kids...and she is wealthy..”
“Wealthy?” Alex smiled
“Yeah like she lives in this Mansion...or that is what my Mom called it..I dont know Alex..I dont care if she lived on the moon...I cant go..not now...” She looked around...”Not with all that has happened lately...there is no way..you know..?”
“Okay..so lets take stock here....Your going to Ohio..Maria is like missing..and you have made some new strange friends...yep Life is never boring around you girls..thats for sure...”
“Alex..what am I going to do?”
“We will think of something...Im out of here..I have to do some stuff for my Dad..but Ill be back later...just calm down...it will be ok...”he hugged her before heading out the resturant...
She turned around just to run into her Dad the last person she wanted to see...
"Excuse me.." She started around him...
"Lizzy..so your Mom spoke to you..."
"Yeah Dad she did...and let me go on record as saying..its not fair...!"
"We only want what is best for you.."
"Did anyone try asking me first..no..you just go and make plans for me..like Im some kind of two year old..." Customers stopped eating and looked up at them...
"Let's take this in back shall we..." Liz turned and walked back in the kitchen
"Look Liz..she is an old lady..."
"I know that Dad..so why would I want to spend my summer with her..and not with my friends...Dad..Its OHIO!"
"Well its all set..your going..Im sorry...you will think me one day..your'll see" With that he went back up front...Liz had no choice..she was going to Ohio...


The line of cars went on forever...Maria was in the back of one...she didnt know what order..and really didnt care...she felt numb..and more tired than she ever had in her life...and he never gave her a second look..what was that...all about...suddenly the car started slowing..she looked out the window and saw only desert...
"Stay here...!" Max started out the door just as it was opened...Michael climbed in and sat next to Maria ....who sat shocked...
"What...I didnt like the other car..now can we just go.." he answered before they had a chance to even speak...
Max smiled..."Sure..but I think I like the other one better..." He climbed out and soon they were moving again...
Maria sat back holding her breath waiting for some sign...she couldnt beleive he stopped the cars to get in with her..or did he..maybe he really just didnt like the car...she was so tired...she knew she wasnt thinking straight...she laid her head back and closed her eyes...Michael slipped his arm around her shoulders and pulled her to him...her slight frame slid into his as he placed her legs across his...she snuggled into himas all the tension poured out and she cried...like she never had before...Michael only held her closer...whispering her name...and kissing her softly...pledging to never leave her again...



*angel*

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posted on 10-Dec-2001 8:11:27 AM
ok Im worried..I posted alot of new chapters and no one has read them..LOL..are you trying to tell me something??? If so..Its cool but Let me know...Umm Ok..Bye..Melinda