posted on 24-Feb-2002 2:30:31 AM
I've received such encouraging responses from a fic I just started posting. So I thought I post this one that I had on another board but didn't get much response from. I have high hopes you'll be as encouraging for this one as for the other.

Thanks in advance for your feedback.

LOVE LOST, LOVE REGAINED

Category: (AU) M/T, to start; but mostly M/L later; with a little A/I and M/M sprinkled
in, more by inference.
Disclaimer: I own none of the Roswell characters
Rating: Not more than PG13, if that

(Liz rents a guesthouse from A/I that Maria and Michael move out of because she and Michael went on concert tour, with Michael as her manager. Liz doesn’t know M/T and just met A/I. M/T are married and have a 10-year-old son, Josh.)

Chapter 1

“I want to thank you so much, Isabel, for renting me the guesthouse when Maria went on tour,” Liz said.

“It’s no problem at all. We really didn’t plan on renting it again It’s not like we need the money. But we’ve known Maria since high school. She’s talked about you so much
since she met you in college that we feel like we know you. And when she told us what a rough time you’ve had in the last couple years, we just felt that helping you out is like helping out a family member.”

Liz responded, “I hope you don’t think I’m here looking for a handout. I have every intention of paying you whatever you tell me -- if it’s within my price range, that is. I can only afford a few hundred dollars a month, until I can get back on my feet again. I’ve already been able to get a waitress job nearby, but I don’t know how much I’ll be able to make in tips. That’s all I’m certain of at this time. And I’m having to work all the awful hours so I can continue going to college, until I can get my degree. It’s going to take another year or more to do that, since I need to work to finish paying for the books and tuition.”

Isabel answered, “As I said, Liz, it’s not that we need the money. Whatever you can pay is fine with us. We’d let you have it free, but Maria told us how hard it is for you to ask for help in the first place. So if it means that much to you, to pay anything, then just pay us what you can. If you feel you want to pay more when you’re in a position to, that’s up to you. Just remember that’s not an issue with us.”

“Well, under those conditions, if there’s anything I can do to help out in any other way -- that doesn’t include money, that is -- just feel free to ask. If I’m able to, I’ll be happy to do it.”

Isabel eyed her thoughtfully and said, “Well, now that you mention it, there is something I really need tonight, if you’re available.”

“Sure. What is it? I don’t start work until Monday.”

“Well, Alex and I were supposed to join my brother Max and his wife Tess for dinner tonight -- it’s their 10th anniversary -- but at the last minute, the sitter for their son became ill. So she had to cancel on them. We were just going to send them out together without us. But it would really mean a lot to us to share that with them.”

Liz thought for a second, and then slowly responded, “Well, I don’t know how good I am with kids, but I’d be happy to fill in, if it’s only for the evening; that is, if the child isn’t too much of a handful.”

“Oh, you don’t need to worry about that. Josh is one of the sweetest boys you could ever meet. He takes a lot after his dad in that way. He’s a very sensitive young man, even though he is only 10.”

“Well, okay. If it really means that much to you guys, I’ll be happy to do it.”

“Oh, thank you so much, Liz. I’ll just go call Max and Tess. They were planning to drop him off in just a few minutes. Since Alex and I don’t have much time to get ready, they won’t have a chance to come meet you. Normally, they like to meet whomever they’re going to leave Josh with. They’re very protective of him in that way, especially his dad. But since you’re a friend of Maria’s, I’ll tell them they don’t have anything to worry about. I’ve met you, and I feel as though I’ve hit it off with you already.

“Oh, there’s one other thing. I hope you don’t mind, but I was planning to have Josh spend the night. Tess has to leave first thing tomorrow morning for a convention she needs to attend dealing with the line of work she’s in. Max is planning to drive her to the airport, since she’ll be gone for at least a week. So they won’t have another time to be together until she returns. That’s why I was going to have Josh stay. That way, they can leave for the airport fresh, and a few last minutes together as well.

“I hope that’s okay with you.”

“That’s no problem at all. I can just have him sleep in my bed. I’m used to sleeping on the couch anyway, with all the late nights I’ve spent over the years pulling all-nighters for tests the next day.

“Well, if you really don’t mind, that would be perfect. Thanks again so much for being willing to help out on such short notice.”

“It’s no problem at all. Don’t worry about it. It really is my pleasure. It’s the least I can do for all the help you’re providing me at this time.

“I hope you all have a great evening.”

TBC-???*happy*
posted on 24-Feb-2002 11:08:34 AM
I'm really hoping the only reason I only got one response on this so far is because it was so early in the morning, and not because it's thought not to be very good. So I'm going to add another chapter, hoping perhaps more will be awake to read it.

Thanks again for your response(s).

LOVE LOST, LOVE REGAINED

CATEGORY: (AU) M/T, to start; but mostly M/L later; with a little A/I and M/M
sprinkled in, more by inference. No aliens in sight.
DISCLAIMER: I own none of the Roswell characters
RATING: Not more than PG13, if that

(Liz rents a guesthouse from A/I that Maria and Michael move out of because she and Michael went on concert tour, with Michael as her manager. Liz doesn’t know M/T and just met A/I. M/T are married and have a 10-year-old son, Josh.)

Chapter 2

“So, Josh, I hope you don’t mind getting a last-minute replacement for your sitter,” Liz began.

“Well, when Aunt Isabel told me I was going to have someone different tonight, I was a little worried.
Some of the sitters I’ve had are so lame. They really don’t know how to talk to kids like me. So it can get a
little boring. But when Aunt Isabel said you’re a friend of Maria’s, I knew everything would be okay. Maria’s watched me a few times, and I always have a great time with her. In fact, she’s even told me stories about how you and she would pull pranks on some of your classmates in college. So I kind of feel like I know you anyway. If you’re anything like her, I know I’m going to really enjoy you being my sitter,” Josh replied.

“Well, I’m glad you feel that way. I hope I don’t disappoint you, though.”

“Don’t worry. You don’t have to entertain me like most kids my age. If you’ll just tell me some of the stories Maria didn’t get to, that’ll be great. I love hearing all those stories.”

“Well, if that’s all it’s going to take, I’m sure we’ll get along fine. Spending time with Maria is a time in my
life that I always remember with laughter,” Liz responded.

“Great. So go ahead. Start telling me some of those stories. I want to laugh about it too.”

“Okay. Here goes........”

MEANWHILE......

“It’s so great that you were able to get a sitter, it being so last minute and all,” Tess said.

Max responded, “I wish we could have met her first, though. I don’t like leaving Josh with strangers.”

Isabel wanted to reassure her brother. “Don’t worry. He’ll be fine. I had a chance to talk with Liz for a
while before you guys even called. You know how hard it is for me to take to anyone. But what with her
being Maria’s friend and all, and then talking with her, I liked her right off. Josh’ll be in good hands with her.”

“Well, if you say so. I guess that makes me feel a little better.”

“Come on, Honey,” Tess said, “this is our 10th anniversary. We haven’t done much of anything with
ourselves, let alone spending time with Isabel and Alex, since you’ve been working so much on that new court case.”

“I’m sorry, Hon. I know I’ve been really busy lately. You’re right. Let’s just change the subject and enjoy
this time together, all of us.”

(Back at Liz’s)

“Did you and Maria really do all those crazy things she told me about?”

“Oh, yeah. We had so much fun together.......until I had to leave college so suddenly and all.”

“Why did you have to?”

“Well, that’s a long story. And it’s not filled with laughter like the times I spent with Maria.”

“So you don’t like talking about it, huh?”

“Your Aunt Isabel was right. You really are a sensitive child, and at such a young age, too.
“But you’re right. It’s something I really don’t want to talk about right now. Maybe some other
time, if, and when, I run out of the fun stories about Maria and me.”

TBC-????

*bounce*