posted on 9-Sep-2001 11:19:59 AM
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Title: Author: Carebehr (Carrie)
Category: Max/Liz/ others-future fic
Rating: PG-13 for now
Disclaimer: I own no parts of Rowell
Summary: This is about 10 years after Departure. Max, Isabel, and Michael disappeared without telling Liz, Maria and Kyle where they went shortly after Tess left. Liz becomes and FBI agent and is unwillingly pulled into the special unit and directed to track them down.

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Part 44

Their plane touched down in Albuquerque shortly after dawn the next day. After flying all night they were tired, but their need to see Amy and Kyle was a driving force in keeping them all going. Alexandra did surprisingly well on all of the flights, as she just slept almost the entire time. Their flight to Paris had been short, and their flight on the Concorde to New York also hadn’t been too bad. Thank God for the Concorde or the trip would have taken them close to two days. Their flight from New York into New Mexico had been delayed by an hour, but they still managed to make it in an decent amount of time.

“Come on, let’s head straight for the hospital.” Maria said as she threw her bags into the rental car her and Michael were driving.

“Relax Maria, it’s still going to take us a few hours to get to Roswell from here you know.” Michael said as he climbed in and fastened his seat belt.

Maria climbed into the passenger seat. “I know, I just feel like were traveling and traveling and not getting there fast enough.” Maria said as she buckled her seat belt as well.

“I know what you mean.” Michael nodded. “It will be fine, she’ll be okay, and if she isn’t, then Max can heal her.”

“I know. I keep telling myself the same thing.” Maria nodded.

“I’m surprised Isabel decided to ride with Max and Liz.” Michael said as he pulled up behind their friends in the car in front of them.

“I’m not.” Maria smiled. “She’s in love with little Alexandra. I’m sure she decided to ride with them so she could be in the back seat with the baby. You know she’s dying to have one of her own soon.”

“Mmm” Michael responded.

“What?” Maria asked.

“What?” Michael repeated.

“Mmm what?” Maira asked again. “What’s going on, you sound like you know something you’re not telling me Michael.”

“Nothing.” Michael said as he looked in the rear view mirror.

“Michael?” Maria asked, knowing he was hiding something.

“Nothing.” Michael said again. “It’s just that…never mind.”

“Oh no you don’t!” Maria said angrily. “You tell me right now. It’s just that what?”

Michael rolled his eyes. Sometimes he hated the fact that Maria knew him so well. “It’s just that I’m not sure Todd is right for Isabel that’s all.” He confessed.

“Why do you say that?” Maria said narrowing her eyes at him suspiciously.

“I don’t know.” Michael answered a little too quickly.

“Yes you do!” Maria said as she pointed at him and fixed him with a penetrating stare. “Tell me.”

“Let’s just say that Todd isn’t exactly a one woman kind of guy and leave it at that okay?” Michael asked, his eyes begging her to drop the subject.

Maria’s mouth dropped open in surprise and her expression told Michael that there was no way she was going to drop the subject. “Todd is cheating on Isabel?”

Michael looked in the rear view mirror again and hesitated for a moment before answering. He knew he had already said to much to go back so he might as well tell her the truth. “Yes. Todd is, has been, and probably always will be, cheating on Isabel.”

“Oh my God!” Maria said loudly and turned to look out the window. A moment later she faced Michael again. ‘Why didn’t you say anything? Why didn’t you tell her? Why didn’t you at least tell me Michael?”

“We can’t afford to lose Todd as part of our team Maria.” Michael said bluntly. “It’s not my business.”

“Not your business?” Maria yelled. “Isabel is like your sister Michael. Does Max know about this?”

“No and you’re not going to tell him. You’re not going to tell Isabel either.” Michael said as he glared at her. “I mean it Maria, keep your mouth shut about this. You can’t even tell Liz.”

“Michael…we can’t just let her marry the guy!” Maria said, shocked by Michael’s indifference to the situation.

“Yes we can, and we will.” Michael said harshly. “Isabel loves him, and I’m not going to be the one responsible for causing her any pain. Besides, like I said, we can’t afford to lose Todd, and if we butt in, that’s exactly what will happen. I mean it Maria, zip your mouth on this one.”

Maria was quiet as she thought about what Michael had just told her. “Fine.” She agreed a moment later. Meanwhile her mind was working a million miles a minute as she derived a plan that she knew would bring the truth out into the open, and stop Isabel’s wedding. Even if it meant hurting Isabel, it was for her own good.

Just under three hours and two hundred miles later the two cars pulled up outside of Roswell Hospital. Maria jumped out of the car, not bothering to wait for any of the rest of them, and ran into the hospital. She only stopped when she realized she had no idea where her mother was.

Michael and Liz came running up behind her when she stopped at the administration desk to ask what room her mom was in.

“Maria wait!” Michael called out as he ran up behind her.

“What room is Amy Valenti in please?’ Maria asked, completely breathless.

“Room 419.” The nurse replied. “It’s intensive care, are you family?”

“Yes.” Maria said. “I’m her daughter, and this is my husband.”

“Very well, it’s down the hall, through the double doors, and the second room on the left.” The nurse said. Looking at Liz she said, “There’s a waiting room right outside the double doors for non family.”

“Thank you.” Liz called out as she followed a running Maria down the hall.

“Where are Max and Iz?” Michael called out behind him.

“They ran into Todd outside in the parking lot. They stopped to talk to him. They said they would be right in.” Liz called out to him as he and Maria disappeared through the double doors, leaving Liz by herself in the hallway holding Alexandra in her baby carrier.

“Looks like it’s just us.” Liz whispered as she looked down at Alex. She walked into the waiting room and took a seat, resting the baby carrier in the chair next to her. A moment later Max and Isabel joined her, accompanied by a very distraught looking Todd.

“Hi you guys.” Liz said. “Maria and Michael are in with Amy.”

Max nodded and took the seat on the other side of Liz. “Todd was just telling us about the accident.”

Liz shook her head. “It’s so awful, I still can’t believe it.”

“I know.” Isabel whispered as she leaned into Todd.

“So Todd, why is the head of the FBI’s special unit here?” Liz asked, trying to manage a smile. “I mean FBI, especially the SU, doesn’t usually show up to investigate normal traffic accidents. What’s going on?”

Todd looked down at Isabel and then over to Max. Max nodded and said, “Go on and tell her. We don’t have any secrets between us.”

Todd nodded. “Alright. It turns out the accident was not actually an “accident” after all. They had a Skin in the car with them Liz. Our people took them out before they even knew who the humans in the car were. We’re responsible for what happened.”

Isabel snapped her head up and stared at Todd. “What?” she hissed. “Who’s responsible? Max’s people or the FBI?”

“The FBI, namely some of the agents in the SU. They were directed to bring me back a Skin, and so they caused the accident to try to get a hold of one.” Todd said sadly. “I’m so sorry about your friend Valenti.” He said as he rubbed Isabel’s arm. She shrugged him off of her and stepped away from him.

“Don’t your people check to see who their putting in danger Todd? Fuck! This guy put his life on the line countless times for us, and after all of these years, he dies because of some stupid FBI mistake?” Isabel yelled. “There was no God damn Skin in that car Todd! Those were our friends, and our family!”

“Isabel.” Max said, standing up and trying to calm her down. “Getting angry isn’t going to change anything.”

“I don’t really care Max!” Isabel yelled. “Valenti was like a father to us! Arent you mad about this?”

“Yes.” Max nodded. “I’m furious. I’m just trying to stay calm about it.”

“Well I’m glad that’s so easy for you.” Isabel said as she collapsed onto a chair. “What in the hell made your people think there was a Skin in their car Todd?”

“There was Isabel.” Todd said as he walked up next to her and sat down. “Kyle's wife, she was a Skin.”


Edited by - Carebehr on 09/23/2001 19:41:00

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posted on 20-Sep-2001 3:16:36 PM
Hi everyone! Sorry I haven't been around with new parts to this story, but I was having trouble posting and then the whole horrble thing in New York and Washington happened and I haven't been able to tear myself away from the news to write anything. I'm now trying to get my life back to normal, and God knows I need a break from reality so here is a new part, and I will try to get more out ASAP!

Part 45

“What?” Isabel asked in shock. “What are you talking about?”

“Kyle’s wife was a skin. My people weren’t trying to kill her, just capture her. It was an accident baby.” Todd said as he walked over to her and tried to wrap his arms around her.

“Please don’t touch me.” Isabel said angrily as she took a step away from him. “I can’t believe this. We’re responsible for more innocent lives being lost.”

“What’s going on?” Maria asked from the doorway. “What are you talking about?”

Liz immediately jumped up and ran over to her best friend while giving Todd and angry look. She placed her arm around Maria’s shoulder and looked at her face gently. “Maria, how’s your mom?”

“She’s going to be okay, thank God.” Maria said, visibly relaxing. “The doctor said she had some pretty serious internal bleeding, but they were able to stop it in surgery. He thinks she’s going to be just fine.”

“That’s great news.” Max smiled at her. “Did you get to talk to her?” he asked.

“Yeah, for a few minutes.” Maria nodded. “I told her I would be back later. I wanted to head over to Kyle’s house in a while to see how he’s holding up.”

“Good idea. Let’s go now.” Isabel said as she glared at Todd.

“Wait.” Maria said stepping in front of the door. “What were you guys talking about when we came in?”

“Yeah.” Michael said. “It sounded pretty serious, and by the pissed off look on Isabel’s face, I’d say it is.”

Isabel looked over at Michael and then pointed to Todd. “He just told us that Kyle’s wife was a skin and that his incompetent agents caused the accident.”

“What?” Michael asked in shock and looked over at Max. “Max, is it true?”

“I guess so.” Max shrugged. “I didn’t know anything about it. It’s strictly an FBI thing.”

“It’s true.” Todd said. “They were trying to capture Kyle’s wife and the accident was a mistake.”

“She had a name you know.” Liz spat at him. “It was Michelle, and she was a person.”

“Oh my god.” Maria said as her legs gave out and she collapsed on to the chair next to her, Liz still holding her hand. “Your people killed Jim!”

“I know Maria, and don’t think they haven’t been strongly reprimanded for it. I’m really sorry.” Todd said sadly.

“Sorry?” Maria raised her voice and stood up quickly. “You’re sorry? Your people have been reprimanded? Big fucking deal!” she yelled.

“Maria, calm down.” Michael said, quickly shutting the door to the waiting room.

“No I’m not going to calm down Michael!” She yelled. “His “people” almost killed my mom and they did kill Jim and Kyle’s wife! Aren’t you angry?”

“Yes.” Michael nodded. “I’m furious, but this isn’t the time or place to do this. Let’s go get checked into the hotel, and take a nap, then we’ll go and see Kyle. We’ll sort all of this out later.”

“Michael’s right Maria.” Isabel sighed. “I’m just as upset as you are, but we need to hold it together for your mom and Kyle.”

“Fine.” Maria nodded angrily. She walked over to Todd and stood mere inches from his face looking coldly into his eyes. “I’m telling you right now though this is far from over.” She spun on her heel and stormed out of the waiting room heading for the exit of the hospital, the rest of the group silently following her.

“Do you have the directions to his house?” Michael asked Maria as they drove along the street.

“Mmm-hmm.” Maria mumbled as she looked at Roswell through her window. “Make a left at the next light.”

“Maria, I know you’re upset with Todd, but let’s try to be somewhat upbeat for Kyle okay?”

“Okay.” Maria nodded in agreement as she continued to look out the window. “I can’t believe we’re back here Michael.”

“I know. It’s weird huh?” Michael smiled. “My old apartment is just around the corner up here on the right. Do you want to drive by it for old times sake?”

“Not now. Max and Liz are behind us with Isabel. We can go look at it later if you want.” Maria said sadly.

“Don’t sound too excited honey.” Michael said sarcastically.

“Sorry Michael, but this town doesn’t hold a lot of good memories for me you know.” Maria said turning to look at him. “After you guys left, I would go over to your apartment every night and sit on your bed, hoping you would walk through the door. I even paid your rent for three months so they wouldn’t rent it out to anyone else.”

“You did?” Michael asked in surprise. “You didn’t tell me that.”

“Well it’s pretty pathetic.” Maria smiled weakly. “I guess I was embarrassed to tell you.”

“I don’t; think it’s pathetic at all Maria. Actually I think it’s really sweet.” Michael reached over and took her hand in his. “I probably would have done the same thing.”

“Really?” Maria asked giving his hand a squeeze.

Michael nodded. “Yeah. I know I didn’t tell you a whole lot back then, but I was so in love with you. I still am.”

“Thanks. I love you too.” Maria leaned her head on his shoulder as he turned the corner. “It’s that blue house on the left, the one with the white Ford Explorer in the driveway. My mom said Kyle had just bought it for Michelle a couple of weeks ago.”

Michael nodded. “So do you feel any better after your nap?”

“A little.” Maria said as he stopped in front of Kyle’s house. “Physically I feel better but mentally and emotionally I still feel wiped out.”

“That’s to be expected honey. Just don’t get to worked up okay?” Michael asked as he turned the car off and looked at her.

“Okay, I’ll try not too.” Maria agreed. “Michael, do you think Kyle knew Michelle was a skin? Do think she really was one?”

“I don’t know.” Michael shook his head. “I can’t imagine Kyle would have had any type of relationship with her if he knew, but then again how could he not know? Maybe she wasn’t one and Todd’s people made a mistake.”

“I’m telling you, I like that guy less and less every minute.” Maria said opening her door and stepping out of the car to find Liz and Max waiting for her.

“Where’s Isabel?” Maria asked as she looked back towards their car.

“She’s giving Alex her bottle. She said she’d meet us inside in a few minutes.” Max said as he took Liz’s hand in his. “Are you guy’s ready?” he asked everyone.

“As ready as we’ll ever be.” Michael said, placing his hand around Maria’s shoulders. “This is going to be weird.”

“Very.” Maria said as she started walking up to Kyle’s porch.

“Did anyone call him to warn him we were coming over?” Liz asked as she looked at them.

“Nope.” Maria said as they reached his front door.

“Ok then.” Max smiled as he pressed the doorbell.

A moment later they heard a sound coming from behind the door and they knew someone was looking at them through the peephole. A second later the door flung open, revealing a disheveled Kyle, his leg covered in a cast. He was obviously having trouble keepinghis balance on his crutches, because he was wobbling back and forth as if he was about to tip over any minute. He looked at them in shock for a second before he found his voice. “What are you guys doing here?” he asked with a confused expression.

“We heard about the accident.” Maria whispered, unsure about how he felt to see them after all that had happened.

“Oh right.” Kyle nodded. “Well come in I guess.”

He turned on his crutches and headed back into his living room, carelessly throwing them onto the floor, and collapsing into his recliner with a thud. He reached over and picked his leg up, hoisting it onto the chair before leaning back and getting comfortable. “I’d offer you all something to drink, but I’m not really in the condition to go and get it. Help yourselves to whatever you want.”

“We’re fine.” Liz said quietly as she sat down on the sofa, dragging Max down to sit next to her. “How are you?”

“Oh you know.” Kyle shrugged as his eyes filled up with tears. “Oine minute I have a loving Dad and wife, and the next I don’t have anything.” He put his hand up to his face and rubbed it over his eyes. “Sorry, I guess I’m just feeling sorry for myself. Maria, I heard your mom’s going to be okay. That’s great.”

Maria nodded. “Kyle, I’m so sorry. We all are.”

“Thanks.” Kyle nodded. “So tell me about you guys. Liz, I see you’re not pregnant anymore. Was it a girl like you thought?”

Liz nodded happily. “Yeah. Her name is Alexandra.”

Kyle smiled when heard the name. “That’s great, congratulations. Where is she?” he asked looking around.

“She’s outside in the car with Isabel. She’s feeding her and waiting until she falls asleep. She should be in soon.” Liz said smiling.

“Isabel is here too?” Kyle asked with the first smile they had seen on him since they got there. “That’s great. I can’t wait to see both of them.”

“Yeah, she wanted to come with us, you know, she really loved your dad Kyle.” Max said gently. “He was like a second father to all of us.”

“Actually he was the only father I ever knew.” Maria whispered. “Kyle, I’m so, so sorry.” Maria said as she started to cry. She turned to Michael and buried her head in his chest.

“Maria, please don’t cry.” Kyle said as he reached over to her and rubbed her back. “He loved you too. It was an accident, just be thankful for the time we had with him while he was here. He would want that. He wouldn’t want us sitting around here crying over him. You know that. You all know that.” Kyle said as he looked around at all of them. Changing the subject he said, “Tell me about you and Michael. I see you guys are expecting a baby too.” Kyle said as he pointed to Maria’s slightly protruding belly. “Congratulations. I know how much you wanted a baby. I guess you really were waiting for Michael.”

Michael smiled. “Sorry man.” He said as Kyle reached out to shake his hand.

“It’s okay. She was always meant for you, I knew that.” Kyle shrugged. “We were just there to fill in the missing pieces of our souls while we waited for the one’s we were really meant to be with to come for us.”

Maria and Michael looked at him and smiled while Liz looked at Kyle strangely. She wondered what the hell he was talking about. “So Kyle, are you still into Buddah?” she asked, thinking that maybe that had something to do with his weird little speech a moment ago.

“No, not really.” Kyle shook his head. “I mean I still incorporate those teachings into my daily life, but mostly just to bring myself less stress. Michelle though it was ridiculous, so I kind of bailed on it.”

“Oh.” Liz said nodding as she looked at Max. He was also deep in thought, she could tell he was also wondering what Kyle had meant a couple of moments ago. They heard the front door open and then shut quickly and a second later they knew exactly what he had been talking about. Liz looked at Max’s expression change as a slight smile crossed his lips. She looked up just in time to catch Kyle’s fleeting expression as Isabel walked into the room carrying a sleeping Alexandra in her arms.

“Hi Kyle.” Isabel whispered shyly as she looked at him sitting in his recliner, unshaven and his hair messy.

“Hi Isabel.” Kyle said quietly as he snapped out of his dreamlike state and quickly looked at the floor.

Maria and Michael looked at each other strangely with confused looks as Max looked at Liz with a confused expression of his own.

Liz tried to cut the tension by standing up and walking over to Isabel. “Thanks for feeding her Iz.” Liz said, as she acted like nothing weird was going on. “I really appreciate it.”

Isabel quickly looked up at Liz and smiled. “What? Oh right. Sure Liz, no problem.”

“Will you come help me lay her down in the other room so we can all talk for a while longer?” Liz asked as she tugged on Isabel’s sleeve.

“Sure.” Isabel said, now focusing all of her attention on Liz.
“Great.” Liz smiled. “Maria, can you grab my bag and meet us in there so I can change her. I’m sure the guy’s don’t want to have to witness that!” She laughed lightly.

“Coming!” Maria said as she stood up quickly and Max handed Liz’s diaper bag over to her. Maria knew this was Liz’s way of getting the dirt on what just went on between Isabel and Kyle, so she didn’t want to miss a second of it. “Be right back you guys.” She said.

“Take your time.” Max said as he leaned back into the couch. He had a few questions of his own to ask.

“Hey Kyle, do you have any soda?” Michael asked.

“Yeah, help yourself, and could you bring me a beer man?” Kyle asked as he once again ran his hand over his stubbly face and then through his hair.

“Coming right up.” Michael said as he shot Max a funny look and headed towards the kitchen.

Maria followed Liz and Isabel into the spare bedroom down the hallway that looked like it doubled as an office and a guest room. There was a twin-sized bed in the corner and Isabel placed a couple of pillows along the edge of the bed, as Liz laid Alex down gently. She was still too young to roll over, so they knew she would be safe as long as they were standing there watching her.

“So spill it girl.” Maria said once Alex was settled.

“What?” Isabel asked innocently.

“What the hell that just was in there between you and Kyle?” Maria said smiling. “Come on, Isabel. We walked in here and he was completely disheveled and obviously in serious mourning, and then we mention your name and he instantly gets a smile on his face!”

“He did?” Isabel asked as she tried to keep from smiling. “What were you talking about?”

“Nothing, Liz just mentioned that you were outside with Alex and he said he was looking forward to seeing you. But it was how he said it! Then you walked in and it was like he was in a daze. You were too. Now what’s going on?” Maria asked as she stood looking at Isabel with her hands on her hips.

“Nothing! How could something be going on? I haven’t seen him in ten years!” Isabel said a little too defensively. “Liz, would you please tell her that she’s being completely ridiculous.”

“Sorry Iz, but I can’t.” Liz smiled. “She’s right. You might as well tell us, you know we’re not going to just let it go. Come on Isabel, we tell each other everything.” Liz smiled trying to get Isabel to spill her guts. “Besides, before you came in, he was talking bout his marriage to Maria just being something to…what was it again Maria?” she asked.

“I believe he said that, “We were just there to fill in the missing pieces of our souls while we waited for the one’s we were really meant to be with to come for us.” Maria asked as she clutched her heart and spoke dramatically. “Wasn’t it?”

“Exactly.” Liz nodded laughing. “So what the hell did that mean?” she asked pointedly.

“Ok fine. If you two must know…we had a thing before Max, Michael and I left.” Isabel said as she turned and looked out the window. “It was no big deal. I would have though he’d forgotten all about it by now. You know Kyle.”

“A thing?” Liz asked. “What kind of a thing?”

“We slept together.” Isabel said as she sat down in the office chair, put her head in her hands and started to rub her temples.

“You what?” Maria practically yelled.

“Shhh!” Liz said looking over at Alex. “Don’t wake her up!”

“Sorry.” Maria said covering her mouth quickly. “You and Kyle slept together? Why, I mean how…holy shit!”

“I know. It took me forever just to believe it myself, and I was there.” Isabel said. “The last few weeks before we left, we just got to be good friends. We were playing all sorts of tricks on Max, and the night before we left, he told me he thought he was falling in love with me.” Isabel said, still not looking up at them. “I thought he had some thing for Tess, but he said that was more like a brother sister thing. Anyway, one thing led to another and I slept with him okay? I thought I was just another girl to him. Obviously he hasn’t forgotten about it. That must have been what that thing just now was all about.”

“Have you forgotten about it Isabel?” Liz asked gently.

“I don’t know. I mean he was my first you know? You never forget that.” Isabel said quietly. “It doesn’t matter, it was a long time ago.”

“Well from the looks of things, I’d say it still matters a lot. At least to Kyle.” Maria said sitting down next to Isabel and putting her hand on her friend’s back. “Isabel, were you in love with Kyle?”

Isabel didn’t say anything for a few minutes and then she looked up at Maria. “I think so. Like I said. It doesn’t matter now. He just lost his wife, and I’m in love with Todd now. We’re getting married. It was a long time ago.” She shook her head and took a deep breath. “There’s no use in wondering what might have happened between Kyle and I if we had come back sooner. We both moved on and fell in love with other people. Unfortunately his wife is gone. But I still have a life with Todd to get on with.”

"We'll see about that." Maria muttered under her breath.


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posted on 21-Sep-2001 4:33:27 PM
Part 46

“Max?” Liz asked as she walked back into the living room with Maria following close behind her. Max looked up and smiled as she walked in. “Are you about ready to head over to my parents house?” she asked, rolling her eyes.

Max stood up and nodded. “Yeah, whenever you’re ready.”

“Isabel said she’d stay here with Alex while we’re gone. We’re going to meet her at your parent’s later this afternoon.” Liz said as she walked over to Max and wrapped her arms around him. She nuzzled into his chest as she turned to face Kyle. “Is it okay if Iz hangs out for awhile Kyle? I mean Alex is asleep on the bed in there. She should be fine, I just don’t want to wake her if we don’t have to.”

“Sure no problem. I could use the company.” Kyle said with a small smile. “Maria, would you and Michael like to stay too? We could order a pizza or something for lunch if you guys want.”

Michael was about to accept Kyle’s invitation when he felt Maria pinch his arm. Maria smiled sweetly back at him before answering Kyle. “Actually we need to get back to the hospital to see my mom. Sorry. We’ll see you later though.” She walked over and gave Kyle a kiss on the cheek. “You take care of yourself, and let Isabel know if she can do anything for you.” She gave Kyle a strange look and wiggled her eyebrows at him.

Kyle looked up at Maria in surprise and nodded mutely. He wondered if Maria knew about what him and Isabel had done all those years ago. Isabel had made him promise he would never tell any of their friends, so it just wasn’t possible that she had told them herself. He managed a smile and a wave before Liz was also kissing him on the cheek and then the four of them headed out the door.

Kyle leaned back into the recliner and stared off into the air around him trying to figure out what that whole scene was about. A moment later he sensed her behind him and smelled her faint perfume that reminded him of a crisp clean morning ten years before. The morning she had left. He closed his eyes and inhaled it quickly before turning around in his chair slowly to see Isabel standing behind him.

“Hey.” Isabel said as she slowly walked over to where he was sitting. She sat down on the couch next to him and reached over, taking his hand in hers gently. “Are you okay?”

“I’m getting through it. You know, one day at a time.” Kyle said as he looked down and her hand in his and at the beautiful diamond ring she was wearing on her left ring finger. “How are you doing? Long time no see huh?” he asked.

“Yeah.” Isabel nodded quietly before looking up at his face. “I guess so.” She said awkwardly. “Kyle, I’m so sorry about your dad, and about Michelle too. Tell me about her.”

Kyle nodded and pointed to the mantel. “There’s a picture of her over there. She was beautiful.” He said quietly. “We were only married about a year. We met last winter when I was skiing in Colorado.”

Isabel nodded silently and squeezed his hand, urging him to continue.

“The truth is Isabel, I really didn’t know her that well. She had just gotten out of a messy divorce, and I was lonely. We hit it off and we ended up married within six weeks. She was a model and so she traveled a lot. We didn’t get to spend a lot of time together. She’s still sort of a mystery to me, even now, you know?” he asked, looking up at her.

“Well you loved her right?” Isabel asked gently, trying to get a reaction from him one way or another. “I mean she was your wife, you must be destroyed by what happened.”

“Actually, I’ve been feeling really guilty that I’m not more destroyed than I am.” Kyle whispered as he continued to hold on to Isabel’s hand. “The truth is, we had just filed for divorce. We were coming back from dinner with my dad and Amy when the accident happened. We had just broken the news to them.” Kyle laughed unexpectantly and tears filled his eyes. “My dad was thrilled, he hated Michelle.”

“Why?” Isabel asked.

“I don’t know, he never told me. He just said there was something he didn’t like about her. He said he couldn’t quite put his finger on it but he was adamant about it. He hated her.” Kyle smiled weakly at his father’s memory.

“I’m really going to miss your dad Kyle.” Isabel said as she reached up with one hand and brushed the tears away from her eyes. “It’s weird you know, I always thought I’d see him again. Hell, I thought I’d see you again before now. I guess life has a way of throwing a wrench into things.”

“He loved all you guys so much. You were like his own kid’s you know?” Kyle said as his eyes welled up with tears as well. “I just miss him so much Iz.” Kyle broke into sobs as Isabel scooted closer to him and held him in her arms, rocking him back and forth.

“Shh it’s okay.” Isabel said as she rocked him. He was a broken shell of the strong man she had known for more than a decade. She never imagined seeing Kyle so upset and raw with emotion. “Kyle, it’s okay. We’re all here for you. We’ll get through it together.”
Kyle regained control of himself and sat up, wiping his tears away and gripping Isabel’s hand tightly. “Why did you come back with the rest of them Isabel?”

“What do you mean?” Isabel asked in surprise. “I came back to pay my respects to your dad.”

“Why didn’t you come back before now? Why not while he was alive?” Kyle asked as he started to get angry.

“Kyle, what are you talking about?” Isabel asked, letting go of his hand and standing up, uncomfortable in the direction the conversation was taking. She straightened the front of her black leather pants and pulled down the waistband of her black sweater as she walked over to the mantel and looked at the picture of Kyle’s wife.

“You know what I’m asking Isabel. Aren’t we even going to talk about it? We never talked about it. You just left. Why did you just leave without saying goodbye to me?” Kyle whispered as his voice cracked with new emotion.

Isabel closed her eyes as fresh tears filled them. She rested her head in her hand, leaning her elbow on the mantel, but she didn’t answer him, and she didn’t turn around either. She couldn’t face him.

“Isabel, I was awake when you left that morning. I pretended I was still sleeping, but I wasn’t. I heard you get ready, I heard you showering, drying your hair, and getting dressed that morning. You wore the same perfume you’re wearing right now. You leaned over me and kissed my cheek. You whispered goodbye and you said something else to me too. Do you remember what you said to me Isabel?” Kyle asked with a tender voice.

Isabel nodded and slowly turned around, avoiding his gaze. “It was a long time ago Kyle. We were just kids.” She said as she turned to face Michelle’s picture again. “Besides, it doesn’t matter anyway.”

“Why’s that?” Kyle asked. “Because you never wanted me to hear it? As far as you knew, I was asleep, and I never did. Why didn’t you want me too? Why doesn’t it matter anymore? Because you’re getting married?”

“Why are you pushing this?” Isabel asked. “I remember that morning just as clearly as I remember yesterday. Don’t you think I’ve thought about it?”

“I don’t know have you?” Kyle asked. “I know I have. I’ve thought about it everyday for the last ten years. Isabel why didn’t you guy’s come back? Why did you tell me you loved me if you didn’t mean it?”

“I did mean it!” Isabel said angrily as she turned around to face him. “God I wouldn’t have just said something like that if I didn’t mean it.”

“Why then? Why didn’t you come back to me? Why weren’t we the one’s having children and living happily ever after like the others?” Kyle asked as his voice cracked again.

“I did come back. We all did.” Isabel said. “We looked for you guys for months, years even. All of your parents made it clear that there was no room in your lives for us anymore. Your dad wanted to help us, but Amy wouldn’t let him. You had already married Maria by the time I came back, so I figured that I was just another one of your conquests.” She shrugged helplessly.

“That’s bullshit and you know it. You know I loved you Isabel. I told you about a hundred times the night we were together. Do you think I just say that to every girl? After everything we all went through, you knew you weren’t just another conquest.” Kyle shook his head. “You also knew how much Maria loved Michael. You had to have both known that if we were married to each other it was just because we couldn’t have you two. We were only comforting each other. We were both destroyed when you didn’t come back.”

“How come you never told Maria about us?” Isabel asked.

“I promised you I wouldn’t. I keep my promises.” Kyle said. “Do you remember what else I promised you?”

Isabel shook her head. She did remember but she didn’t want to let him know it. “No.” she said bluntly.

“I promised you that I would love you forever. I also promised you that I would take care of you, and I would protect you.” Kyle said sadly. “I guess you found someone else to that though huh?” he asked looking at her ring again. “That’s some ring by the way. When’s the big day?”

“A few weeks.” Isabel shrugged. “Kyle you found someone else too you know.” She said looking at the picture again. “By the way, why were you guys getting divorced?”

“Irreconcilable differences.” Kyle said. “It doesn’t matter. I told you, we hardly knew each other. We weren’t in love. She was in love with her ex husband, and married me to make him jealous. It didn’t work. I married her because I wanted to settle down and have kids. Start a family. She didn’t want that.” Kyle shrugged. “The whole thing was a mistake. I was just tired of waiting I guess.”

“Waiting for what?” Isabel asked curiously as she turned and looked at him, their eyes meeting across the short distance that stood between them.

“Tired of waiting for you Isabel.” Kyle sighed as he broke their eye contact and turned towards the window. “It doesn’t matter. Have a nice wedding and I hope this guy can make you as happy as you deserve to be.”

Isabel noticed his eyes well up with tears as he continued to look out the window. “Kyle, please don’t be like that. What do you want from me?” She said.

“How do you want me to be?” Kyle asked. “It took my dad dying to bring you back here. It’s perfectly clear that’s the only reason you came back. It has nothing to do with me. It’s cool. It just obviously meant more to me than it did to you. I’m a big boy and I can handle it. I’ve spent the last ten years getting over you Isabel, the rest of my life should be a breeze. I just hope this guy knows how lucky he is.”

Isabel looked at him and hoped the same thing. She watched Kyle silently as he hoisted himself up off of the chair and carefully balanced his weight on his crutches. “There’s something I need to say to you Kyle, and then I’ll get Alexandra and leave.”

“What?” Kyle asked angrily as he looked up at her tear stained cheeks.

“I’ve never forgotten our night together. You were my first time. A girl doesn’t forget that. I never lied to you, never said anything I didn’t mean, and I never gave up hope something would bring us together again. A big part of me is still in love with you Kyle, and probably always will be, but I’m going to marry Todd. He’s not perfect, but I do love him. You moved on and so did I. We’re adults now, and we have to live up to the obligations we have. There’s no more room in my life for silly nostalgia or schoolgirl love. I just can’t get into all of this again. I’m sorry.” Isabel said as she walked over to him, kissed his cheek and left the room, going to collect Alexandra and her things.

Kyle was completely speechless. What the hell did that all mean? Did she still love him? Is that was she was saying?

“Ready?” Max asked as he reached up to ring the doorbell of the Parker’s house. They still owned The Crashdown, and lived above it, though now someone else managed it so they could take more time off together.

“As ready as I’ll ever be.” Liz said nervously. She wasn’t sure why she was nervous. She just knew she was.

“Ok, here we go.” Max said supportively as he rang the bell with one hand and squeezed her hand with the other.

“Ok, I can do this right?” Liz asked Max as he gave her a smile.

“Absolutely. Remember. I’m right here with you.” Max said as he leaned over and gave her cheek a quick kiss.

“I’d like to apologize in advance for anything my parents might do or say to offend you honey.” Liz smiled weakly as the door flung open. They suddenly found themselves face to face with Liz’s mother.

“Lizzie!” Nancy Parker squealed as she quickly embraced Liz, closing her eyes tightly with the emotions she was experiencing. She didn’t even see Max standing there next to her. “Come in, come in!” she smiled merrily as she dragged Liz into the house.

“Mom, you remember Max right?” Liz asked, waiting for her mother’s surprised expression.

Nancy Parker stared at Max and then back to Liz. She quickly changed her shocked expression into one of polite disgust. “Oh yes. Hello Max, how are you doing?” she asked as she continued to look from Liz to Max with a plastic smile glued unnaturally to her face. “Jeff?” she called out. “Could you come down here honey? Lizzie is here and Max is with her.” She tried to keep the smile on her face as her voice gave away her true emotions.

Liz stifled a giggle at her mother’s awful attempt to hide her feelings. This was so ridiculous. She refused to sit down, but she motioned Max over to the couch to have a seat. She was going to take the upper hand in this conversation if it killed her. No way was she going to allow her parents to squirm out of this one. “So mom, while we’re waiting for Dad to come down I’d like to ask you a few questions.” Liz said as she stared her mom down with an angry glare.

“Please Lizzie, let’s not argue. I’m sure I know what you want to ask me about, but before you do let me just say that anything your father and I did we did it because we love you.” Nancy said as she looked up to see Jeff walking down the stairs. She relaxed visibly.

“Lizzie it’s nice to see you.” Jeff nodded at her as he stuck his hands in his pockets and glanced towards the couch. “Max, you too. I see you finally found our daughter, and judging from the fact that we haven’t heard from her in months, I can assume you two have been together for awhile.”

“Actually, she found me.” Max smiled sarcastically at him. “But yes, we’ve been together for awhile now.”

“I want to know why you two never told me Max came back to Roswell.” Liz said as she looked from her father to her mother. She placed her hands on her hips and glared at them for a moment. When they didn’t answer she got angrier. “Hello? I deserve an answer! Max came back looking for me all those years ago and not only did you guys not tell me about it, you flat out lied to me when I asked you if anyone had heard from them. Who the hell do you think you two are?”

“Dammit Lizzie, we’re your parents. We did what we thought was best.” Jeff said, surprised at the anger flashing in his only daughter’s eyes. “You had left and gone to college. Maria and Kyle had left town and married each other. Amy, Jim and your mother and I got together and talked about what we should do, and we thought not telling you girls about Max and Michael was the best thing for you.” He said as he looked over at Nancy. “Isn’t that right honey?”

“Yes.” Nancy whispered. “You two were so miserable for so long after they left.” She said as she pointed accusingly at Max. “When they came back, you had just finally started to go on with your life. We didn’t want you to drop out of college for him. For some boy, some little crush.”

Liz clenched her fists as the anger began to boil up inside of her. She couldn’t stop herself from releasing the full wrath of her anger on them. It was like she didn’t even know them at all, like they were two strangers. “For your information NANCY, it wasn’t a “little crush”. I was, and I still am, in love with Max! As a matter of fact, we’re married! You two had no right to interfere with my life like you did. I was an adult back then, free to make my own decisions and choices, but you didn’t allow me to do that!” Liz said as she walked over to the couch to hold Max’s hand. He stood up next to her and they made a powerful statement of unity. “Now I’m going to make a decision that will affect your life forever. You two have a granddaughter. Her name is Alexandra, and I think it’s best that you don’t know her and that she doesn’t know you either. Choke on that!” Liz screamed at them as she led Max to the door. “See how you like it when someone else fucks with your life. See ya.” Liz opened the door and walked through it, leaving a shocked Max walking out after her.

Jeff and Nancy Parker looked at the closed door that their daughter had just stormed out of and then slowly they sat down on the couch. Nancy rested her head in her hands and immediately broke into sobs as Jeff just sat there muttering to himself. “What have we done, oh God, what have we done?”


Edited by - Carebehr on 09/22/2001 16:52:40
posted on 22-Sep-2001 7:40:22 PM
Part 47

“You were pretty hard on them don’t you think?” Max asked as he got behind the wheel of their car.

“No. Actually I don’t think I was hard enough on them.” Liz said, crossing her arms adamantly in the seat next to him.

“Are you serious?” Max asked. “Telling them they can’t ever see Alex? That’s brutal Liz.”

“Are you saying they don’t deserve it after what they did to us?” Liz asked, shocked at Max’s attitude. “If it were up to them, we still wouldn’t be together.”

“I’m sure, at the time, they thought they were making the right decision.” Max said.

“Are you crazy?” Liz asked. “They could have kept us apart forever! I can’t forgive them, and frankly I’m surprised you can Max.”

“I just know that if it were Alex, I’d be protective too. I know I wouldn’t want her throwing away her life for someone like me.” Max said, looking over just in time to catch Liz smile.

“What?” Liz asked him. “You’re great. I didn’t throw my life away.”

“I know, but we don’t know where we would be right now if we had left together ten years ago. We could be homeless, living on the streets of LA right now.” Max said. “You just never know. Maybe you should forgive them honey.”

“Nope.” Liz said. “At least not now. I’m not ready to just let bygones be bygones.” She shook her head. “Come on, let’s go see your parents.”

“Ok.” Max smiled. “I know they can’t wait to see you and Alex. They’re thrilled that we found each other.”

“At least someone is.” Liz said as she looked out the window.

“I am.” Max said as he placed his hand on her leg. “Aren’t you?”

“Of course.” Liz smiled. “I love you.”

“I love you too.” Max said. “Isabel should be there with Alex by now.”

“Max, did you know that Isabel and Kyle had a fling?” Liz asked. “I mean before you guys left all those years ago.”

“No.” Max shook his head. “They did?”

Liz nodded. “Yep. I think Kyle might still be in love with her too.”

“Wait, you said they had a fling, you didn’t say they were in love.” Max said looking over at her.

“Sorry, I didn’t mean in love. I meant that I think he still has feelings for her.” Liz corrected herself.

“But his wife just died.” Max said.

“So?” Liz asked. “It doesn’t mean he can’t have old feelings resurface.”

“I know.” Max said. “But Isabel is marrying Todd.”

“Yeah, I know.” Liz nodded. “I was just asking if you knew about their past, that’s all.”

“Nope I didn’t.” Max said. “I probably could have gone my whole life without that information too.”

“Oh grow up.” Liz laughed.

“Oh, I’m grown up.” Max said smiling. “In fact, I’m going to show you how grown up I am later.”

“Promises, promises.” Liz said as she ran her hand up his leg and rested it on top of his zipper.

“Count on it.” Max winked and he inhaled sharply.

“Hey Michael, could you put these potatoes on the table?” Isabel asked as she handed Michael the giant bowl.

“Sure.” Michael said. “When are Max and Liz supposed to be here?”

“Any minute probably.” Isabel said. “It depends on how it goes with Liz’s parents probably.”

“Liz was pretty pissed. I wouldn’t bet on it going well. That girl can hold a grudge for longer than anyone I’ve ever known.” Maria said.

Diane walked into the kitchen holding Alexandra in her arms. “This is the best baby in the entire world.” She said. “Isabel I hope when you have a baby it’s as good as this one is.”

“Ok mom, I’ll put that request in when I order it.” Isabel laughed.

“When is Todd going to be here?” Maria asked.

“He can’t come. He has a dinner meeting.” Isabel said. “He’ll be at the funeral tomorrow though.”

Maria shot Michael a look that told him exactly what she was thinking.

“So is, where is he having this meeting? Maybe we can all go and catch up with him later.” Michael asked as he glared at Maria.

“Some Italian place over off of Randall Street. Some new place.” Isabel said.

“Oh he must be a Luigi’s.” Diane said. “It’s new. It’s lovely, they have the best Tiramisu.”

“See! We should head over there after dinner. We could have dessert.” Maria suggested.

“I don’t know. I don’t like to bother him while he’s working.” Isabel said. “I don’t want anyone to get suspicious.”

“Why would they be?” Maria asked. “We’ll just go and sit at a different table. That way when he’s done he can join us, and if we miss him, then we can still have a nice dessert.”

“Yeah, don’t deny a pregnant lady dessert Iz.” Michael said laughing. “Now she’s got Tiramisu in her head and if she doesn’t get it she’s liable to kill someone. Since I share a bed with her I’m begging you…”

“Ok, ok.” Isabel agreed, cutting Michael off. “We can head over there later.

“Oh you’ll love it.” Diane said. “I’ll even take care of little Alex so Liz and Max can go with you.”

“Did someone say our names?” Max said as he and Liz entered the kitchen smiling.

“Max!” Diane said happily, handing Alex to Isabel. She quickly wrapped her arms around her son and hugged him tightly.

“Hi mom.” Max said kissing her cheek and releasing her from his embrace.

“Hi Liz!” Diane said as she hugged Liz tightly as well. After hugging her she looked at them with tears in her eyes. “Alex is just beautiful. I’m so glad you’re home. You’re father will be here any minute.” Diane rambled on as she looked from Max to Liz as they laughed.

“It’s great to see you Mrs. Evans.” Liz smiled.

“Oh call me Mom.” Diane said draping her arm around her daughter in law. “Let’s go catch up. I want to hear everything you’ve been up too. Max told me you were with the FBI.” She whispered as she led Liz into the dining room.

“Hey how’d it go?” Maria asked as she looked at Max.

“Oh awful. She really let them have it.” Max shook his head. “She told them about Alex, and then she told them that they couldn’t see her-ever. She said she didn’t want them to be a part of Alex’s life.”

“Wow. Harsh.” Michael said. “How did they take it?”

“I don’t know. We left right after she told them off.” Max shrugged. “I can’t imagine how awful they must feel.”

“Well they deserve it.” Maria said.

“Maria!” Michael said as he looked at her in shock.

“What?” Maria asked. “I’m still really pissed at my mom too you know. When she gets better, we’re really going to have it out.”

“Still, you’re not going to tell her she can’t be part of our baby’s life are you?” Michael asked.

Maria shook her head. “No, but if the accident wouldn’t have brought us back here, I honestly don’t know if I would be reacting any differently than Liz is right now. Give her time. She’ll come around.”

Max nodded. “I think you’re right. She can’t stay mad at them forever.” He said. “So Isabel, how was your afternoon with Kyle?” he asked looking at her strangely.

“Why?” Isabel asked as she shot Maria a look.

“Just wondering.” Max asked with a smirk.

“Max Evans, you know something don’t you?” Isabel asked as she narrowed her eyes at him. “Who told you?”

“Liz.” Max laughed. “It’s no big deal.”

“I suppose you know too?” Isabel asked as she looked over at Michael, who was pretending not to hear them.

“What?” Michael asked.

“Great.” Isabel said throwing up her hands. “So everyone knows now. I manage to keep it a secret for ten years, and we’re back in this town for one day and everyone knows.” She mumbled to herself as she walked out of the kitchen and left the three of them standing there.

Maria busted out laughing and Max and Michael quickly followed. “By the way Max, we’re going to Luigi’s for dessert tonight.” Maria said as she tried to control her laughter.

“We are?” Max asked. “Why?”

“Just for a nice evening out.” Maria said, before Michael could answer.

“Ok.” Max said. “That sounds nice. What’s Luigi’s?”

“It’s some new Italian place. Maria got it into her head that she wants Tiramisu. Your mom said theirs was really good, so Maria wants to go.” Michael tried to explain.

“Ok, but I want to get back early, I haven’t had a night alone with my wife for days.” Max said wiggling his eyebrows.

“Oh, I have a feeling we’ll be home very early.” Maria said as her and Michael shared a glance of conspiracy.

“There it is, up there on the right.” Maria said as she pointed to the red and white sign with the green letters. See Luigi’s Italian Trattoria”

“I can’t believe we live in Italy, and we’re going to an Italian restaurant in Roswell New Mexico. Does this sound weird to anyone else?” Liz asked as Maria elbowed her in the ribs. “What?”

“I want Tiramisu.” Maria said in an angry tone. “What's the big deal? We’re all out of the house aren’t we? We should enjoy it while it lasts!”

“Ok sorry.” Liz said as she looked at Max with questioning eyes.

Max shrugged. It was weird that Maria had insisted that they go to this place tonight. Frankly he just wanted to let her get her dessert so he could go back to the hotel and make love to Liz. He looked at her sitting next to him and she squeezed his leg and smiled at him. “Are we there yet?” he asked.

“Yeah, here we are.” Michael asked as he pulled into the parking lot. “Hey didn’t this used to be a Pup-n-Taco?”

“I think so.” Isabel nodded as she looked out the window. “Wow it sure is dark out here.”

“Yeah. Is this place even open?” Max asked.

“It must be, there’s Todd’s car.” Isabel said pointing as she climbed out of the front seat.

“What’s he doing here?” Max asked as he looked over at Maria.

“He has a meeting here tonight.” Isabel said. “We thought we’d come and see if he wanted to have dessert with us. Didn’t Maria and Michael tell you?”

“No.” Max said, shooting Michael a dirty look. Michael pretended not to notice. “Liz did you know about this?”

“Nope.” Liz shook her head. “I don’t like it either. This place gives me a bad feeling.”

“You’re just being paranoid Miss ex-FBI agent.” Maria said rolling her eyes.

“Come on, let’s go in.” Michael said as they all walked towards the restaurant. He held the door open for everyone and they all walked in one by one, Max bringing up the rear.

“I want to talk to you about this later.” Max whispered as he passed Michael.

“Man, if everything goes as I think it will, you won’t have to ask me any questions about why we’re here.” Michael said as he walked in behind him and let go of the door.

“Can I help you?” A small Italian man asked as they came to the host’s podium.

“Yes, five for dessert please.” Isabel said as she looked around the restaurant, trying to see Todd through the darkness.

“Of course, right this way.” The man said as he led them all to a giant booth. They all squeezed in and the man handed them menus. “The Tiramisu is our specialty.”

“Well I know we want at least one of those.” Isabel laughed as she looked at Maria.

“I don’t know if I’m still in the mood for Tiramisu.” Maria said as she made a face. She looked at the shocked expressions of her friends and said, “I’ll just look at the menu.” And she opened up the menu and plunged into reading it.

“Hey Isabel, isn’t that Todd over there?” Michael asked as he gently nudged Maria under the table.

“Yeah, I think so.” Isabel squinted. “It’s so dark in here I can barely see.”

“Here use this.” Maria said handing her a flashlight pen. They all looked at her again with strange expressions. “What? I like to read in the dark.”

They turned back around as Isabel pointed the light towards the table they thought Todd was at. Surprisingly the little light was bright and they were able to make out Todd’s form, as well as the form of the woman he was eating with.

“Who’s he with?” Maria asked, trying to see past Isabel’s head.

“I’m not sure.” Isabel answered. “It looks like…no that’s impossible.”

“Who?” Liz asked as Maria was kicking her under the table.

“It looks like its Michelle. Kyle’s wife.” Isabel said squinting again.

“But she’s dead!” Maria said a little too loudly as Michael kicked her. “Oww. Well she is.”

“I know she is.” Isabel said, turning around and shooting Maria an angry look.

“Well are you sure it’s her?” Maria asked impatiently.

“Maria, I spent the better part of this afternoon looking at that woman’s picture on Kyle’s mantel. I’m sure.” Isabel said.

“If she’s dead then what the hell is she doing here, with Todd no less?” Liz asked.

“I don’t know, but we’re going to find out.” Max said as he started to stand up. “He told us this afternoon she was a Skin.”

“Wait!” Isabel hissed. “He’s giving her something.”

“What?” Maria asked. Her and Michael had expected to see Todd here with another woman, but they had no idea it would be Kyle’s wife.

“Money.” Isabel said. “He just handed her a stack of money.”


Edited by - Carebehr on 09/24/2001 08:54:40
posted on 17-Oct-2001 7:57:36 PM
Ok ok-I know I am so bad for not updating this and leaving you all hanging for about a month now, but I'm back and you can all be certain I will update it regularly from now on. My life has been CRAZY!! Anyway, thanks fro all the kind words and great feedback and now here's part 48!

Title: Agent Parker / Case Name:ROS #234
Author: Carebehr (Carrie)
Category: Max/Liz/ others-future fic
Rating: PG-13 for now
Disclaimer: I own no parts of Rowell
Summary: This is about 10 years after Departure. Max, Isabel, and Michael disappeared without telling Liz, Maria and Kyle where they went shortly after Tess left. Liz becomes and FBI agent and is unwillingly pulled into the special unit and directed to track them down.

Part 48

"Man, I'm never going to get to be alone with you!" Max moaned as he leaned over and whispered into Liz's ear. "Damn." he said as he started to scoot his way to the end of his seat and stand up.

"Where are you going?" Isabel asked, her eyebrows raised curiously.

"Where do you think?" Max asked. "I'm going to find out what the hell is going on."

"Wait, I'm coming too." Isabel said, standing up. "I'm supposed to marry that guy you know?" she pointed the light over in the direction of Todd's table again.

"Shit!" Maria squealed as she tried to duck down. "They just saw us."

"Come on." Max said, waving Isabel to come with him. "We're going to get to the bottom of this right now."

Isabel stood up and the two of them walked over to Todd's table, determined looks on their faces. Michelle had put the stack of money away and so they appeared to just be having a normal innocent dinner except for the fact that Michelle was supposed to be a dead woman.

As they approached the table, Todd and Michelle both stood up.

"Isabel." Todd said, trying to pull her into his arms. "What are you doing here sweetie?"

"I think the better question is what are you doing here- with her?" Isabel said as she pointed to the woman. "It thought you said she was dead?"

"I swear I thought you said she was a skin Todd. What's going on?" Max asked, taking a step back as the cold feeling of danger crept up his back.

“Oh umm..” Todd stammered. “This is Michelle’s twin sister.” He tried.

“Don’t give me that bullshit Todd.” Isabel said angrily. “You’re having a cozy little dinner with her when she’s not only supposed to be dead, she’s married to Kyle.”

“For all purposes she is dead.” Todd said. “Well she’s dying.”

“What?” Max asked.

“It’s true.” Michelle said. “I’m dying, and I am a skin.”

“Explain.” Max said as he crossed his arms over his chest. “Now.”

“Well, Todd paid me to get into that accident.” Michelle said as Todd shook his head at her trying to shut her up.

“You what?” Isabel asked Todd as Liz, Maria and Michael walked up behind them.

“He paid me.” Michelle answered.

“You stupid bitch.” Todd said, as he looked over at Michelle. “You never did know how to keep your mouth shut.

“Todd!” Isabel said in shock at his language, as Max and Michael stepped forward. “I can’t believe I thought I loved you.” She shook her head.

“You shut up too.” Todd said, looking at Isabel in disgust. “All of you have such unbelievably big mouths!” he turned to Max and pointed at Liz. “ I mean first you fall in love with a human and save her life, compromising your entire race by telling her about our people.” Todd said looking at Max. “I thought you had come to your senses when you slept with Tess, but obviously not.” Todd turned toward the other couple “And you’re no better Michael, sleeping with that bitch.” he pointed at Maria and glared at Michael.

“Hold it right there man, don’t you talk about her like that.” Michael said as he stepped closer to Todd, Maria trying desperately to hold him back. “I’m so gonna kick your ass.”

“I’ll say whatever I damn well please about her or anyone else.” Todd said. “I thought we had finally moved past all of the bullshit and the human crap, until you all found each other again and you married them!” Todd said. “It’s disgusting.”

“The only thing here that’s disgusting us you Todd. Get the hell out of my sight. NOW!” Max yelled as he flipped their table over in anger. “I’ll deal with you later.”

“You bet you will.” Todd nodded. “Don’t forget I’m still the head of the Special Unit Max, and even you can’t change that. I can cause a lot of problems for you and your happy little families.”

“We’ll see.” Max said as Todd walked past him and out of the restaurant.

“I better be going too.” Michelle said uncomfortably. “Please don’t tell Kyle about this.”

“Sit down.” Max said as he pointed to the tipped over chair.

Michelle bent over and picked the chair up, sitting down as she was told. She knew better than to screw with Max Evans, and from what she had heard, the rest of their group was no picnic either.

“Tell us about Todd, and the accident.” Max said as he also picked up two chairs for Liz and Isabel to sit down in. Michael pulled one up for Maria and he and Max stood, towering over Michelle.

“Well, it started about three years ago when I met Todd on our home planet.” Michelle said. “I fell in love with him.” Michelle noticed the hurt on Isabel’s face and turned to look at her. “Sorry.”

“No biggie.” Isabel said quietly.

“Continue.” Max said. “How did you end up on Earth and with Kyle?”

“Well, it’s simple really. The first couple of years with Todd were wonderful, I even became used to the fact that he was here on Earth, working for you, most of the time. Every time Todd was back home we would be together, I thought he loved me, but he was just using me.” Michelle said sadly.

“Join the club.” Isabel nodded.

“Anyway, about a year ago, maybe a little before, he told me that he wasn’t coming back to Antar and if I wanted to be with him I would have to come to Earth. He said that he had been working for you, inside the FBI for a few years, keeping his eyes open for you and Michael and Isabel, making sure you were safe from behind the scenes. He said he was heading towards a big promotion that would help you guys out. This was before Liz had been assigned your case.” Michelle explained. “He told me he wanted me to come to Earth with him and start a family. He said he didn’t know where you were, but that you kept in contact by telephone and secret meetings and stuff. He said it was very hush-hush and I wasn’t to tell anyone, even back on our planet. He told me he wanted to find you. I didn’t realize that he really meant he wanted to find Isabel.” Michelle said. “Like I said, I didn’t find out about you guys until a couple of weeks ago.” She said looking over at Isabel.

Isabel nodded. “Yeah, we kept in contact by phone and letters when we couldn’t be together. Max never allowed me to tell him where I was until the last few weeks.” Isabel said, glancing at Max.

“Go on.” Max said.

"Well I came to Earth to be with him of course, and when I got here Todd got me a clerical job at the local FBI office in Washington. We continued to date, and he continued to protect you. He got a break when he came across a memo that had been thrown away by mistake. It had all three of your names on it and it was a SU memo. He saw that they were going to reopen the Roswell files." Michelle said as she looked at the three aliens.

"And?" Max asked curiously.

"Well he asked me to make sure that the case was assigned to a specific agent that wasn’t in the Special Unit, but would be terrific on the case." Michelle said. “Someone he had worked with before on another case.”

"Me." Liz said quietly. "He had me assigned to the case, knowing I would lead him right to you guys. That’s why he was at the airport that day.”

“Yep.” Michelle said. “He didn’t count on you two getting married and everything though. He just wanted to find out where Isabel was. I think he really loved her.”

“No he didn’t.” Michael said as the group looked at him. “Sorry, I don’t want to hurt anyone, but it’s true. Todd hasn’t been faithful to Isabel, or to Michelle. There have been others.”

“I’m not surprised.” Isabel said. “I’m sure it was just the challenge of finding me and getting me.”

“Is Todd a skin?” Max asked trying to redirect the conversation.

“No, he’s Antarian, just like you all thought. He’s not a traitor either, at least he wasn't before tonight. He was paying me to die so that he could turn my husk over to the FBI to experiment on, hopefully taking the pressure off of their search for Antarians or hybrids like you three.” Michelle explained. “I loved him and I thought it was what he wanted so I agreed. Like a moron.”

“Then what happened?” Liz asked as she berated herself in her mind for being so naive as to allow herself to be used by him.

“Todd convinced me to try to get together with Kyle after he found out Liz was pregnant, and it wasn’t hard to convince me. Once I met him and found out what a sweetheart he was, I agreed to marry him. Todd had told me he would never marry me. Kyle knew I wasn’t in love with him, but he was lonely you know? We needed each other. We were friends” Michelle looked around at the listening group.

“Why Kyle?” Isabel asked.

“Kyle was also listed in the FBI files with your names in them. Just like Liz, Maria and at one time your friend Alex.” Michelle said. “Todd thought the story of me being an alien, and being found while being married to Kyle would be easy for the SU to believe since he was once linked to you three.” She said as she looked at Max, Isabel and Michael. “I was supposed to be alone in the car that night. They weren’t supposed to be there. It was all a terrible mistake.”

“So what happened?” Liz asked, sitting on the edge of her seat.

“Well, one night after work we all met at Senor Chow’s so Kyle and I could tell Jim and Amy we were getting a divorce. We just weren’t happy being friend’s and being married you know? Besides I found out that Todd was going to marry Isabel, and I wanted to leave Earth.” Michelle said, shrugging. “Jim and Amy took the news pretty well, I don’t think they were surprised. Jim never liked me.” She said sadly. “ Long story short, we left the restaurant, Kyle was going to go back to their place to talk and I was heading home. We went to the parking lot and Jim’s car had a dead battery so we all ended up in my car. Todd’s people caused the accident as planned, and Kyle and Amy got hurt and Jim died.” She said with a sad look on her face as a tear rolled down her cheek. “I never wanted anything bad to happen to any of them, I swear, it was just supposed to be me. Without Todd I had nothing to live for. I thought doing this would be my final gift to him.”

“So how did the money come into it?” Michael asked. “How did he convince you to do it? You didn’t need any money if you were going to be dead. And how did he turn into such a jerk? What is he trying to do?”

“He’s jealous.” Isabel answered. “He’s jealous that we have the power to control Antar and he works for us. It’s why he’s so upset about you guys marrying Maria and Liz and having children with them.” She said as she faced Max and Michael. “ He has always believed that only pure Antarians should have power. He’s told me as much thousands of times. He‘s only stayed loyal to us up to this point because of his relationship with me. If we hadn’t have exposed this he would have married me to have his own power on Antar.” Isabel said. “He’s going to turn. His threat was viable. He could cause us a lot of problems now."

Michelle nodded. ”Isabel’s absolutely right.”

“What about the money? Why did you agree to do it?” Liz asked.

Todd knew how I felt about the Valenti’s. I cared about them a lot. They were the only family I had. He agreed to pay Kyle three hundred thousand dollars if I fulfilled the plan to die in the accident.” Michelle said. “Unfortunately I didn’t die. They all thought I did. I might as well have.”

“So why are you dying now?” Maria asked. “And why did he still give you the money?”

“The accident damaged my regenerative process. I can’t keep regenerating my husk so it’s dying. Normally it would peel for another thirty years at least, but without the regeneration of the peeling, it can’t survive. Todd paid me some of the money he promised, but since I didn’t die immediately he has to go out of his way to make the story fit for the FBI. He was also upset because now he has to wait for my husk, and stall the Special Unit. He took some of what he was supposed to pay me as an “inconvenience charge” he called it.” Michelle explained as she rolled her eyes. “He gave me about half of the money. A little over one hundred and fifty thousand dollars.”

“What a jerk.” Liz shook her head.

“I still want the money to get to Kyle.” Michelle said. “He’s my best friend. Could you please make sure he gets it? Tell him it’s life insurance or something. I just don’t want him to know I’m a Skin.”

“Yeah sure.” Max nodded as he thought about what she had told him. She had sacrificed her own life for her love for a miserable son of a bitch, and for the benefit of her best friend. She was completely unselfish. As big of a jerk Todd was, he was right about one thing. Her sacrifice would have taken the search off of them and satiated the SU for a while. Max thought about this woman in front of him and smiled. “Michelle, I think you might be able to help us deal with Todd. If you’re willing to help, I’ll give you, or Kyle, the rest of that three hundred thousand dollars.”

Michelle smiled up at Max and looked around at the rest of them. “Really?” she asked hopefully.

“Really.” Max said as he looked over at Liz.

“Wow. Well what do you want me to do?” Michelle asked and Max smiled. He thought to himself that he just might get to be alone with Liz tonight after all.


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posted on 30-Oct-2001 12:39:13 PM
Ok everyone, sorry but I have some bad news! We moved to a different apartment this last weekend, in the same complex, literally two doors down to a bigger one, and now Cox can't come and connect my internet access until Nov 5 -next Monday! Anyway, I am busy writing new parts to this and my others stories, so hang in there and I will post tons of new parts next Monday when I get reconnected. Any of you that tried to send me email and got it sent back to you, my email is still the same, and it will also be back up next week! In the meantime, you can send me email at my free email box at carrieberry⊕

I can check that box as well as check this board in my office center of my apartment, but I can't get over here very often. Hang in there guys and I will have new parts for you soon!
posted on 6-Nov-2001 11:30:29 PM
Thanks for being patient everyone! Here is a new part for you and it's NC-17! I should also have another one up tomorrow! Happy reading!

Part 49 NC-17

Max kicked the door to their hotel room shut as he held Liz in his arms. She had wrapped her legs around his waist and he had lifted her up when they had reached the top of the stairs. He kissed her neck and she moaned.

“Oh God Max, I thought we’d never get to be alone.” Liz whispered into his ear, nearly out of breath.

“I know what you mean.” Max said in between kisses. “First the baby, then the accident, I thought it would be ages before I’d get you all to myself again.”

“Well we’ll have to make it count.” Liz said sexily as she leaned back and looked into his eyes. “Do you realize that this will be the first time we’ll be making love in Roswell?”

“Yep.” Max said as he looked at her for a moment before he buried his head into her neck and kissed it again. “Why do you have something special in mind?” he asked.

“Actually I do, if you’re up for it.” Liz said mysteriously.

Max leaned back again and gently put her down. “What?” he asked curiously.

“Well, I just sort of always imagined what our first time would be like you know? I mean, I always pictured it a certain way. I thought maybe we could make that fantasy a reality.” Liz explained.

“I know what you mean.” Max said. “I always thought our first time together would be here as well, and then all that stuff with Tess happened.”

“Please don’t mention her name.” Liz rolled her eyes. “Especially right before we’re going to make love.”

“Right. Sorry.” Max laughed. “So what’s you’re idea?”

“Well, since we had our first time at your house, I thought we’d have our first time in Roswell at my house.” Liz said with a grin.

“What do you mean?” Max asked, totally baffled.

“Come on, I’ll show you.” Liz said as she took Max’s hand and headed for the door.

“Wait Liz, what about Alexandra?” Max asked, looking towards the connecting room door that led to his sister’s room.

“What about her?” Liz asked. “She’ll be fine, we’ll just stop by Isabel’s room and check on her before we go. Isabel said she could sleep in there all night.”

“Ok.” Max smiled. “Let’s go then.”

“Great.” Liz said with a giggle. “Oh, better grab a jacket.”

Max looked up at her confused, but Liz just smiled and giggled again.

“Liz, what are we doing?” Max asked as Liz quietly led him down the alley.

“We’re going up to my old balcony.” Liz said smiling.

“What?” Max asked. “Are you nuts? What if your parents catch us?”

“What if they do?” Liz asked. “We’re adults Max, and we’re married. Besides, that’s what makes it exciting.”

“Well it does sound exciting, that’s for sure.” Max smiled as he watched Liz step up to the first rung of the ladder, her bottom right in front of his face.

“Shh.” Liz whispered. “We don’t WANT to get caught now do we?”

“No.” Max laughed under his breath as he watched her climb and then started after her.

When Liz reached the top, she swiftly climbed over the brick wall that surrounded the area where she used to spend all of her time. Her deck looked exactly as she had left it a decade earlier. Tiny gold lights still surrounded it. They weren’t turned on, but even in the pitch-black dark she could tell that everything was the same. Even her old lounge chair was still there. Her parents had put a cover over it to protect it from the elements, but she knew it was her same chair underneath. She walked over to it and quickly pulled the cover off of it. She smiled to herself as she noticed that her parents had even left her old pillows on it. She looked up at the sky and at all the twinkling stars.

Max walked up behind her and looked up at the sky as well. “Hard to believe that there’s other life out there isn’t it?” he asked her in a quiet voice as he snaked his arms around her waist.

“It used to be, but not since I met you.” Liz said. “The evening after you saved my life in The Crashdown, I came out here to write in my journal, and I looked at all the stars, wondering if you healing me had actually happened.”

Max smiled sadly. “I’m so sorry I dragged you into all of that, into all of this.” He whispered.

“Are you really?” Liz asked with a small smile as she leaned her head back onto his chest.

“No, not really.” Max whispered. “To be honest, it was the best thing I ever did, not only for me, but for Michael and Isabel also. Letting all of you into our lives, was the best thing that we could of done.”

“I agree.” Liz whispered, as she turned around in his arms. “I’m so glad we found each other again Max.”

“Me too baby, me too.” Max said as he leaned in and kissed her lips gently. “I love you Liz Evans.”

“I love you too.” Liz whispered as she kissed him back. Her kisses were gentle at first but soon grew into a passionate need. She parted her lips and allowed him to deepen the kiss.

Max could feel her body grow burning hot as it always did when she needed him. He didn’t disappoint her. He needed her just as bad. He plunged his tongue deep into her mouth as she ran her fingers through his hair, exciting him even further.

Liz teased his tongue with hers as their lips continued to burn each other. “Oh…” Liz moaned. She let go of him for only an instant, not releasing his lips, only her arms so she could shrug out of her jacket.

Max took the opportunity to do the same as they both breathlessly tried to continue kissing as they removed their coats. Max’s senses were overwhelmed with Liz as he quickly wrapped his arms around her once again, grasping for any flesh he could get his hands on.

Liz felt his hands tugging at her clothing as she reached up to put her arms around his neck, the bottom of her sweater lifting up and exposing bare skin. Max’s hands instantly went to her flesh and his hands felt cool on her hot skin. “Max…” Liz moaned as his hands touched her.

“Yes?” Max whispered in his deep sexy voice.

“Let’s lay down.” Liz said as more of a command then a request.

“Where?” Max asked breathlessly as he continued to run his hands up and down her back, her heat flooding into him.

Liz used her feet to lay their jackets out, while she continued to enjoy Max’s caresses.

“Wait.” Max said as he released her and bet down to lay their jackets out properly. He quickly walked over to her lounge chair and grabbed the pillows from it, getting down on his hands and knees and laying them down on the jackets. “There, How’s that?” he asked, looking up at her.

“Perfect.” Liz smiled as she got down onto her knees next to him.

“Well, almost perfect.” Max smiled as he lifted his hand up and waved it in front of them. Immediately his powers illuminated the little gold lights hanging on the balcony and it lit up, creating a romantic glow. Max turned to Liz and smiled. He was confused by her pouting expression. “What’s wrong?” Max asked, completely perplexed.

“You forgot something.” Liz pouted, looking like a little girl.

Max thought for a moment and then smiled. “Oh right.” He whispered as he waved his hand towards the wall next to her lounge chair. A second later a giant heart appeared with their initials inside of it.

Liz smiled and nodded as she looked at the old artwork that Max had created the night he was drunk. Her eyes filled up with tears as she remembered all of the wonderful things he had said to her that evening.

“What’s wrong honey?” Max asked as he scooted closer to her. “Why do you look so sad?”

“I’m not sad.” Liz whispered, shaking her head. “I’m happy. I’m happy that we’re finally together and married and everything. I was just thinking about the night you made that.” She said as she pointed to the giant glowing heart.

“You’ll have to tell me all about that night later.” Max said as he reached over and touched her cheek. “Unfortunately I still don’t remember.”

Liz smiled. “I know you don’t. You just told me a lot of wonderful crazy things that night. It made me realize that no matter where I was, or what I was doing in my life, my heart would always belong to you. I knew it then, and I know it now.”

“Good.” Max said leaning in and gently kissing her lips. “But you’ll always be with me, so it won’t be an issue.”

“That’s right.” Liz smiled as she wrapped her arms around his neck and he gently laid them down on to the jackets and the pillows. “ Now make love to me dammit.”

“Ok.” Max laughed, as he looked down at her brushed a stray piece of hair out of her beautiful face.

Max moaned as Liz caressed his back under his shirt with her soft fingers and he gave himself up completely to the pleasure of her touch. Liz always did know how to get him going, and this night was certainly no exception. Max kissed her gently, all over her face. He kissed her lips, her cheeks, her forehead and her eyelids, which fluttered open briefly to show him how full of desire she was for him.

Liz’s breath caught in her throat as she looked into his deep amber eyes and saw her own passion reflected in them. She knew he wanted to be inside her just as mush as she wanted him there. She quickly kicked off her shoes and reached down to her stomach to unbutton her jeans. She wiggled out of them quickly, revealing black lace panties that had been hidden underneath the rough denim material.

Max inhaled sharply as he looked down at the exquisite creature that was laid out before him. He gently lifted the bottom of her sweater up and she helped him along by lifting her arms up so he could remove it completely in one swift motion. Max smiled as he noticed she had no bra on underneath her sweater. He bent his head slowly, kissing her stomach and cleavage before letting his tongue travel to her breast. He touched her nipple with his fingers, teasing it as Liz arched her back and tipped her head back in the pleasure of his touch.

Liz was floating on clouds as Max climbed on top of her, straddling her under him as he continued to tease her breast with his tongue. She felt the cold air of night cool off her burning skin briefly, only to have it heat back up as she felt Max’s hardness press into her heat. She moaned as he slid his fingers from her breast to her panties, sliding them under the lace and into her moist center expertly.

Max felt Liz’s passion grow as he plunged his fingers deep inside her. He could feel her breathing become faster as her chest continued to rise and fall quickly under his touch. His pants were instantly unbuttoned and her hand was inside in boxers just as quickly as he had made it into her center. She reached in and caressed him until he was just about ready to explode from the pleasure.

Max moaned as Liz felt the first drops of his liquid hit her fingers and then she moaned with him. She quickly removed her hand from his hardness and desperately tugged at the sides of his jeans, trying to lower them. “Max please,” she whispered, “I need you right now. I need you inside of me.” She heard Max moan again as he looked up into her eyes and smiled, pulling his hand out from her panties and helping her to lower his pants. Liz moaned as she felt his hardness spring free from the confining material and touch her flesh.

“Are you sure you want to do this here?” Max whispered as he kicked off his shoes and wiggled the rest of the way out of his pants, then easily sliding her panties down and off of her body as well..

“Definitely.” Liz said, almost to the edge. “Don’t you?”

“Yeah.” Max said quickly before he bent his head to hers and plunged his tongue into her mouth roughly, with all the passion he had been keeping in check for the last few days. “I want to be inside you so damn bad.” He whispered into her ear as he released her lips and moved on top of her again. “Do you want me?”

“Oh God yes Max.” Liz said as she felt his hardness slide into her heat. They both moaned at the sensation as Liz wrapped her legs around his waist and dug her fingers into his back in pure pleasure. Max pumped into her deeper and deeper as they both continued to moan and call out each other’s names in heated whispers.

Max quickly flipped them both over so Liz was on top of him and the stars were behind her. He looked up at her and realized again how beautiful she was. Her hair was sticking to her cheeks in moist strands, and her breasts were heaving with desire. She continued to raise and lower herself onto him, moaning in agony every time he was almost out of her heat and then moaning in pleasure as she slowly allowed him to slide back in. Max knew her game was torturing her as much as it was teasing and torturing him, but he allowed her to lengthen their lovemaking since he was enjoying every second of it as much as she was. Max looked up at her again as she raised herself off of him. Their eyes met and tiny drops of sweat slid down her tanned chest and stomach. Her flesh was burning, getting hotter and hotter by the second. Max knew this meant she was ready. He flipped them both back over again and roughly plunged himself into her as she bit her lip to keep from crying out in pleasure.

Liz opened her eyes briefly, looking at the stars and smiling as she once again realized that one of them had sent Max to her. She felt him grab her bottom to bring her closer to him and she again wrapped her legs around his waist.

“I need to be closer to you...” Max whispered and he held her tight, continuing to pump into her, harder and deeper than he ever had before.

Liz matched him thrust for thrust as she felt like she needed to be closer to him as well. She wanted to be one with him, be inside of his body and inside of his mind. She closed her eyes tightly as she surrendered herself completely to him and he continued to thrust into her. Finally, their pleasure could mount no more, and they both began to shudder, racked with spasms of pure pleasure as Max filled her with his love for what seemed like hours.

When they both caught their breaths, Max rolled off of Liz, and she immediately felt the loss of him. “Come back.” She whispered.

“Come on, we better get out of here.” Max said as he bent down and kissed her cheek. “Have I told you today how beautiful you are and how much I love you?”

“Yes, but tell me again.” Liz smiled as she sat up and started to put on her sweater.

“You are the most wonderful, beautiful, amazing woman I have ever known, and iu love you.” Max said, pulling on his pants.

“Thanks.” Liz smiled, pulling her pants on as well.

“And?” Max asked as he tied his shoes quickly.

“And…I love you too.” Liz said, putting her shoes on and glancing at him out of the corner of her eye.

“That’s it?” Max asked, looking at her like a ten year old.

“And, Mr. Evans, you are an amazing lover. Even in my dreams I didn’t think it could be as wonderful as that just was.” Liz smiled, pulling her sweater on quickly and then reaching for her jacket, which was underneath Max.

Max grabbed her wrist and pushed her back on to the pillow again. He kissed her lips tenderly and then looked into her eyes. “Does that mean you want to go back to the hotel and go another round?”

“Absolutely.” Liz said in a seductive tone. She wrapped her hand around his neck, but Max’s expression changed suddenly, his smile disappearing.

“Do you hear something?” Max asked as he suddenly sat up and waved his hand over the balcony, immediately turning all the tiny gold lights out and making the glowing heart on the wall disappear.

“Shit!” Liz whispered. “Look!”

Max turned towards where Liz was looking and noticed what she saw, her bedroom light had been turned on. “You parents must be up! Run!” Max said as he helped Liz up and grabbed both of their jackets. He quickly tossed the pillows back on to the lounge chair and threw the cover on top of it haphazardly. When he made it to the edge of the balcony, he looked over and saw that Liz was already halfway down.

Max laughed to himself and muttered, “So much for my fearless, former FBI, partner in crime.” He threw his leg over the edge and climbed down after her, laughing as he thought about how crazy they had both just been. When he reached the bottom he found Liz, almost doubled over in laughter.

“I can’t believe we just did that!” Liz laughed as she tried to stay quiet and catch her breath at the same time.

“I know.” Max laughed as he pulled her into his arms. “So was it all you thought it would be?”

“Oh yes.” Liz nodded seriously. “And more.” She kissed him quickly and then started running towards the end of the alley. “Come on, we’re not done yet.”

“That’s for sure.” Max laughed as he ran towards her feeling the beginning of a summer rain. “Hey you know what? I think our hotel room has a pretty big deck on it too.”
posted on 4-Jan-2002 2:37:54 PM
Sorry this fic has been so neglected! Enjoy!

Part 50

Liz rolled over and hit the top of the clock, making the alarm stop buzzing. “Why do they make those things sound so annoying?” she moaned as she felt Max’s hand slide under her tank top and rest on her stomach.

“So you have to get up.” Max said in a sleepy tone. “They know that once you hear that noise, there’s no way you can go back to sleep without hearing it echo in your head.”

“Good point.” Liz smiled, her eyes still closed. “Want to take a shower with me?”

“Yup.” Max said, immediately awake and picturing Liz in the shower. “Let’s go.”

“Ok.” Liz said, but neither of them moved.

They heard a light knocking on the door and Max opened his eyes. “So much for that idea.” He sighed as he rolled out of bed and walked over to the door, scratching his bare chest and yawning.

“Damn, not a moments peace. Isabel must be here with Alex.” Liz said as she too sat up and swung her legs over the edge of the bed.

Max opened the door to find Maria standing there. “Hi Maria, what’s up?” Max asked sleepily.

“Sorry, did I wake you guys?” Maria asked as she ran her hand over her growing belly.

“Yep, but it’s ok.” Liz called out as she walked up behind Max and he turned to walk back to the bed. “What’s up?” she asked.

“Oh, nothing.” Maria smiled. “My mom is coming home from the hospital this afternoon and I was going to see if you wanted to come over to her place with me and get her settled. You know she hasn’t been home since Jim died.” Maria explained.

“Right.” Liz nodded. “Of course I’ll come. Let me take a quick shower and I’ll be ready to go.”

Maria sighed. “Great. I don’t think I can handle it by myself and Michael is meeting with Michelle to get the ball rolling with the whole Todd fiasco.”

Liz nodded and turned towards Max who was half asleep again. “Max can you take care of Alex this morning while I go with Maria?”

Max didn’t respond and a low snore came from the bed.

“Max!” Liz yelled with a small grin.

“What? Huh? Yeah, fine.” Max mumbled as he opened his eyes and looked over at them.

“Jeez, how late were you two up last night?” Maria giggled as she walked into the room and closed the door behind her.

“Oh you know..” Liz said, tossing her long mane of chocolate hair behind her shoulder. “It was our first night alone in awhile.”

“Well let the poor guy sleep.” Maria laughed. “We can take Alex with us. I’m sure it wont be a problem. I just need you for moral support more than anything else. Besides I know my mom would love to see her.”

Liz looked at Max again and nodded. “Ok. Max, you can go back to sleep. I’ll pick up Alex from Isabel on our way to the hospital.”

Max blew her a kiss with closed eyes and rolled back over and into his slumber.

Liz laughed and headed towards the bathroom. “I’ll just be a minute Maria.”

“Kay.” Maria smiled as she lowered herself onto the hotel room chair.

“Look Michelle, let’s cut the crap.” Michael said to the woman seated across from him. “I don’t agree with this plan, because I don’t think you can be trusted. To me you’re still just a skin. Our enemy. But, Max seems to think you can be trusted and since he’s the boss I have to go along with it.”

“Michael, spare me the scary speech.” Michelle said, lighting a cigarette. “I’ve been through a lot with that prick Todd, and I want to help you.”

Michael looked at her and wondered if this whole thing was a good idea. “Fine.” He mumbled as he took a drink of his cherry coke.

“So what do you want me to do?” Michelle asked.

“We want you to contact Todd and try to get close to him again.”

Michelle sighed. “What’s to guarantee that he’s not going to kill me?”

“What do you care?” Michael asked. “You’re dying anyway right?”

“Yeah.” Michelle said sadly. “Anyway, how am I supposed to do it? Can I remind you that our last meeting ended with him calling me a stupid bitch that couldn’t keep her mouth shut?”

“I know.” Michael nodded.

“So he’s going to suspect I’m working for you guys now. It won’t work.” Michelle said taking a drag of her cigarette and exhaling slowly.

“Yes it will because you’re going to tell him that you are working for us.” Michael said with a sly grin.

“Huh?” Michelle asked in confusion.

“Look, you’re going to call him and tell him that we want you to be a part of a plan to get him removed as head of the Special Unit. Then you tell him you’re scared and you don’t know what to do.” Michael said in a quiet voice.

“And he’s going to buy this because?” Michelle asked, waving the waitress over.

“Because you are going to explain to him that we told you if you don’t help us, we’re going to kill Kyle.” Michael said in barely above a whisper.

The waitress of the airport bar they had met at stepped up to their table. “Can I get you something?” she asked impatiently.

“Yeah.” Michelle muttered as she stared at Michael. “I’ll take a scotch of the rocks. Make it a double.”

Part 51

Kyle walked up the hallway slowly, using his crutches as support. He had no idea why he was at the hotel, just that it was something he needed to do. It was the first day of the rest of his life. He still had the scars and bandages from the accident, but it was time to allow his mind and heart the chance to heal. The loss of his father would always weigh heavy on him, but the loss of Michelle he would need to recover from. It was the first day since the accident that he had gotten dressed, shaved and combed his hair. The first day he wasn’t numb from grief. He knew the reason he felt this way was because of her. He needed to see her again.

Kyle reached the doorway and hesitated for a moment before lifting his fist up to knock. He took a deep breath and allowed his hand to hit the wood three times quickly , before he lost his nerve.

A moment later the door swung open.

“Kyle, Hi. What a surprise.” Isabel said with true shock. Kyle was the last person she expected to see standing in her hotel doorway, espescially after the way they had left things the previous day.

“Yeah, I’m surprised myself.” Kyle muttered. “I just wanted to come by and thank you for yesterday.”

“Thank me?” Isabel asked. “For what? For arguing with you?”

“For making me realize it was time to get off my ass and stop feeling sorry for myself.” Kyle said. “It was really great to spend time with you again Isabel.”

“Come on in.” Isabel smiled. “I’m babysitting Alexandra for Max and Liz and I’m just getting ready to feed her. Liz is on her way to come pick her up.”

Kyle nodded and walked into the room, using one of his crutches to shut the door behind him.

“Have a seat.” Isabel said pointing to the chair.

Kyle sat down and propped his crutches up next to him. “So how long are you guys in town for?” he asked casually.

“Well we’re going to stay for your dad’s funeral tomorrow. I guess we could stay for Michelle’s if you want us too.” Isabel said as she snuck a look at him from the corner of her eye.

“Actually, Michelle’s funeral will be back east. I’m not going.” Kyle said sadly.

“Why not?” Isabel asked curiously. “And why is it back east?”

“Her family is all back there, so the day after she died they sent her body to them for the arrangements and stuff. They told me not to come. They didn’t like me very much.” Kyle said matter-of-factly. “The doctor said I shouldn’t fly so soon after the accident anyway. I have to wait another week or so at least.”

Isabel nodded knowing that the reason Michelle’s body had been supposedly sent back east was because of Todd and his plan. She was sure Michelle’s so called “family” was the SU in Washington DC. She turned around and faced Kyle. “Oh, that’s too bad Kyle. I’m sorry.” She said in a genuine tone.

“Don’t be.” Kyle said. “I didn’t come here to talk about Michelle. I came to talk about you.”

“Me?” Isabel said. “What about me?”

“About everything that you said yesterday.” Kyle said. “You were right. We’re grown-ups now. It was stupid for me to wait for you all those years. I just wanted to let you know that I’m fine with it and with you marrying that guy. As long as you’re happy Iz, that’s all that matters. I just want us to keep in touch this time. You’re really important to me. I want you in my life.”

Isabel picked up Alex and turned around slowly and looked at Kyle. His eyes were filled with tears and he avoided her glance, pretending to pick imaginary lint off of his black pants. “I’m not marrying Todd.” Isabel said as she sat down on the edge of the bed.

Kyle looked up at her and his eyes went to her left hand. The huge diamond ring that sat there the day before was gone, just like the knot in his stomach that was there a moment ago. “What…what happened?” he asked in true shock.

“It’s over.” Isabel shrugged. “Not the guy for me I guess.”

“Why not?” Kyle asked, trying to sound as casual as possible.

“It turned out he was scum.” Isabel said. “Lying cheating scum.”

“He cheated on you?” Kyle asked, his eyebrows rising.

Isabel nodded. “Yep.”

“He must be crazy.” Kyle said, shaking his head in amazement. “What a total jerk!”

“Yeah well you know what?” Isabel asked as she started feeding Alex her bottle. “I’m not all that upset about it to tell you the truth.”

“Really?” Kyle asked. “How come?”

“I don’t know.” Isabel shrugged. “I guess I never really felt like he was my soul mate.” She said quietly.

Kyle stared at her but she refused to meet his eyes. She held Alexandra in her arms and stared down at the child with love and devotion.

Isabel finally looked up at him and smiled. “Besides, he was Antarian. Full blooded. I’ll never have anything close to a normal existence if I marry a full blooded alien.”

Kyle laughed and nodded in agreement before taking on a serious expression. “Isabel Evans, would you have dinner with me tonight?” he asked quietly.

Isabel looked at him and smiled with her whole face. “Sure. I’d love too.” She said. “I thought you’d never ask.”

TBC...soon I promise!

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