|posted on 3-Jul-2002 2:29:33 PM by jade1976|
|This is my very first attempt at any kind of fanfic so I would love to hear your feedback (whether it is positive or negative). I only ask that you keep and open mind and explore all possibilities. Yeah it's a little out there. Oh, there are quite a few grammatical errors... Please forgive them.|
Characters: All of the characters, with a M/L general focus
This Fic is Rated R (Nearly X) For a mature audience only.... Please!!!! This fanfic will contain some Strong Adult language, Adult content, and Strong Sexual Content (I think it's a little like soft porn but with a better script).
Summary: One of the teens finds there is more to themselves than meets the eye.
Lying stretched across her bed, looking downward to the floor, Liz tried to focus on how she was going to make this year a better year for herself. Fumbling with a pencil, she noticed her journal hanging from a spring from under her bed.
"It's January 1, 2001, and I realized that I had not written in my journal for the longest time. So much has happened and I don't know where to begin. Well, I guess I can start with yesterday. Of course we closed the Crashdown so we could make preparation for the New Year's Eve party. Dad and I stayed up the night before just so we could put up the party streamers and stuff like that. It's funny; I've always wondering how he could get those little things to pop exactly at twelve. I guess it just one of the quirky daddy things. Anyway, I could tell Mom wanted us to spend some time together. She's a little quirky too. (Liz smiles) Of course she couldn't help with the decoration because her back ached. A couple days before, I caught her trying some new dance moves to Elvis Costello?. Elvis Costello!!! And to think, I thought she only liked listening to him when she was doing laundry. OMG, it was sooooo funny. MTV does not stand for Middle-Age Television. You know I'm wondering if she was trying to recapture her youth? Anyway, I guess Dad and I should've spent some time together. We use to be pretty tight. I think the last time that we were actually alone together was when??."
A knock came from her window. It was Max.
"Are you busy?"
"Ummm, Max, No why?"
"Liz, I need to talk to you."
"Is something wrong?"
"Yes and no."
"Let me grab my coat."
"I really don't want to talk right here. Would you mind if we went for a drive?"
"Max it's kinda late, and, we have school tomorrow."
"I know Liz, but I have to talk to somebody ’cause this is killing me."
In the jeep, Max was silent. Liz couldn't take it. Something was wrong. He said he wanted to talk but yet he was quite the entire time. They drove to the park.
Liz looked a little confused but more concerned.
"Max why are we here?"
He took the keys out of the ignition and out of the jeep. He walked over to open the door for her.
"I thought this was the most appropriate place to tell you what's been on my mind."
He caressed and her hand gently gave her a pull so that she would be closer to him. She could feel the warmth of his breath. The warmth that pierced her lips like they pierced her soul. She could smell his cologne. It intoxicated her. She could feel the reaction his body gave once he had her close. She tried to pull back just a little, but then he only held her tighter and closer.
"Ummmm, Max? Maybe we, we should go back"
"After I tell you what I have to say" He then turn and led her to a bench and they both sat down facing each other. He cupped her hands and inhaled deeply before he began. "Liz, I've been doing some thinking. A lot of thinking actually. The night that I saw you and Kyle together. I came here and sat on this very bench. Liz I know you. And I know what happened with you and Kyle.
Liz in complete shocked? "Whaaa, What do you mean you know about Kyle and I?"
"I know Liz, I know you could never sleep with him. You love me too much to hurt me like that. No matter what you say, I will never believe that you did. I feel it Liz. I see it Liz. I see the way you look at me. Last night, I had an epiphany. I thought about all the times that we were together. I remembered all of the times you sacrificed to help me, us. I know how many times you put yourself in danger because of me. Liz, one and one doesn't make three. You just want me to accept that you slept with Kyle and that it was a mistake, but I know you could never do that to me. When I went to New York, do you remember what you said to me about the Granilith?" Liz nodded. "How could you know Liz? How could you know?"
Liz wittingly answered, "Maria told me about it. Michael took her to see it."
"Don't you know that I can tell you're lying? What are you keeping from me Liz? Maria and I've already talked. She doesn't recall telling you anything about the Granilith. You know once I had a chance to really think about it Liz, nothing adds up. You trying to push Tess and I together, then the hold thing with Kyle, and you knowing about the Granilith, I know Liz, I know that you would never sleep with him because you don't love him. Don't you think I know how you feel about your body? That it's precious and sacred?
"Max why are you doing this to yourself? I... I thought.." Max interrupted her.
"You thought what, that I would just forget about it. Come on Liz, you know me. Just like I know you. I love you Liz. I'm in love with you. Nothing in this world or any other is going to change that. I was serious when I told you that I would come for you. I'm not going to let you go. No matter what you say or what you do?.. I'm never going to let you go. "
He embraced her. Parting her lips with his tongue he found the sweetest sensation. Deeper and deeper his did passion grow. It had been killing him. How could he have lived without her touch, her sweet aroma? How would, how could her live without her? He could feel her body rise to his touch. The kiss became more and more intense by the second. Little by little they both came up for air but never stop the passionate embrace and then?? He had a flash.
White fire burned across a charcoal sky. Images of cadavers with silverhand prints. The magnificent sight of a nova exploding and the process of mitosis of a human embryo clouded Max's mind. He felt the sensation of exhilaration as if he were on a rollercoaster. He saw images of the white room and being tortured. He saw an older version of himself dancing with Liz. He felt some type of gravitational pull and then suddenly all was still. A deafly silence filled an unknown hall. It looked as if there had been a celebration that turned into a bloodbath. The flashes became too intense. Gasping for air, he pulled away from the heavy embraced that held him captive.
"Max, what is it? Are you ok?"
A little off balanced while shaking his head as if he were a little unsure. "Yeah, Yeah, I'm ok."
Looking at him with great concern, "You don't look alright…maybe we should go home?"
"No I'm serious, I'm alright, I just had a flash that's all"
"You did!? What did you see?"
"I can't make anything of it. It wasn't like the others." Shaking his head in disbelief he said, "You're right, I should get you back."
"Do you want me to drive?"
"I didn't know you could drive a stick"
Hoping into the driver's side "Yep! I can do just about everything" they both smiled as Max got in the jeep as well.
It was a little after twelve when they reached the Crashdown. Still riddled with concern, Liz turned to Max. "Are you sure that you'll be able to drive home? I mean you were kinda quite the ride back"
Switching places he answered, "I was quite the ride over too?" He forced a smile "Liz, don't worry about me. As long as I know I have you, I'm fine. I love you Liz. Now get going…we have school tomorrow" He leaned toward her and brush a piece of untamed hair from her face and gave her the sweetest kiss goodnight. "See you tomorrow"
Liz watched with a heavy heart as Max made a U-turn almost forgetting that her parents do a midnight check every so often. After that last episode with her staying out all night with Max, they were just starting to rebuild that trust. Liz rushed up the fire escape and climbed through her window. She ran into her bathroom, stripped and hurriedly slipped into her robe. Sliding across her bed as if it were a sheet of ice, she grabs the exposed journal she just left lying there. A knock came to the door and then a voice.
"Liz Honey, you alright in there?"
"Yeah Dad, I'm fine"
"Honey, have you seen my Tic-Tacs. I just brought case a couple of days ago and I can't find it anywhere"
Liz went to open the door. "Did you check the cellar? You know you're always down there."
"Of course I check the cellar" he smiled and turned for the stairwell.
""Where are you going?"
"No where. Just going to check the cellar of course"
She smiled and headed back into her room. She noticed that she didn't finish the entry in her journal. With her eyes closed, she held her journal close and tight to her chest. She couldn't believe what happened tonight. She wanted to scream. Her mind, body and spirit had ached for him. It was such a relief but then she thought about Future Max and everything they did to bring Tess and Max together.
She started mumbling "I can't do this, I can't do this, I can't do this….I just can't do THIS!!!" She didn't realize she had gotten louder until she heard her father.
"You can't do what honey?"
"Huh?" She didn't realize that she had left her door open.
"May I come in?"
"It's late dad and I have school in the morning."
"Mmmmmm……right….school. I presume you told Mr. Evans that before you went out tonight eh?"
(Mockingly) "Huh?? Yeah, I saw you two. I was going downstairs to find your mom some pain relievers and I saw you get in the jeep." Popping a Tic-Tac into his mouth "So, are you guys back together again?" He smiled a Cheshire cat grin.
"OMG please tell me we aren't having this conversation?"
He walked in and closed her bedroom door only halfway. He sat at the corner of her bed "Come on, I was young once. Besides, I happen to like Mr. Evans. He's an admirable young man. Reminds me a lot of myself" Popping another tic-Tac into his mouth "Well, I guess we can have a heart to heart about that some other time. Get some sleep…don't worry I won't tell your mother. She's already in enough pain" He winked his eye and headed for the door.
They exchanged smiles and he was gone.
She smiled at the thought of her father's comment. Max reminding him a lot of himself. He is pretty cool. Just before turning in, she decided to finish writing in her journal. Reading over where she had stopped "MTV does not stand for Middle-Age Television." She smiled to herself. "I am sooooo funny…. I crack myself up" She read on "You know I'm wondering if she was trying to recapture her youth? Anyway, I guess Dad and I should've spent some time together. We use to be pretty tight. I think the last time that we were actually alone together was when" Putting the pencil's eraser in her mouth "was when we went on that retreat in the woods. You know, I'm truly blessed to have him in my life. I don't know what I would do without my daddy."
Exhausted, she yawned while closing her journal. "I'll finish tomorrow."
Yawning, Liz didn't realize that Maria had been standing behind her. Maria, holding her books close to her chest examined Liz. With a very inquisitive look, she walked around and tapped Liz on the shoulder. With a closer look at Liz "Damn Girl!!! Ok ok ok Ok spill spill spill...??? Mmmmm late night?"
"Oh, hey Maria. Yeah kinda"
"Let me guess. A certain person named Max came to your house late last night and whisked you off you're feet?"
Liz smiled. "Yeah, how did you know?"
Maria smiled "Even though you look like shit, you're kinda glowing and I figured it's had to be an alien thing."
Covering her face with her hands, Liz fell gently backwards toward her locker. "OMG Maria, I don't even know where to begin"
The bell rang, cutting their conversation short.
Jogging backwards and yelling down the hall Maria said, "Well tell me all about it this afternoon, in the mean time I have to get to Mr. Holmes's class before he has a freakin fit." Hitting herself on the her forehead "Man I tell yah, I'm soooooooo glad that this is my last year of remedial science."
Seventh period was free for Liz. So she decided to go out to the open foyer to study. The sun was shinning and it was a fairly breezy day. She copped a squat on the bench under a huge oak tree. Liz tried to concentrate on her studies, but all she could think about was Max. How could she not after what happened last night? How could she not tell him the truth? If they were starting over, shouldn't they be allowed a fresh start? Meaning with no lies, no deceit?
"A penny for your thoughts?"
"Mind if I join you?"
"No, not at all"
He pulled two yoo-hoos and a ham and cheese sandwich from his backpack. He'd forgotten he had them at lunch. "Wanna piece?"
Nodding her head in agreement, she took half of his sandwich. While admiring the view of the schoolyard Alex said, "Liz you're a girl, right?"
She choked on her reply "Yeah, the last time I checked" she laughed.
"No, no, that's not what I mean. What's wrong with me Liz? I've tried just about everything and still Isabel won't give me the time of day. You know, I'm starting to believe that the psychic was right. No matter what I do or try to do for that girl.... it's still never enough. Through every test and trail she's been through... I've been there."
Sympathetically, she put her hand on his shoulder. "It's not you Alex, Isabel is just going through some tough times right now. I know that she values your friendship even if it isn't what you want."
"I mean she's sending me mix messages. At first we're friends, then a couple, then back to friends and you know what the funny part is.......?" Liz shaking her no "How the hell did we get to be a couple in the first place??? And now all of a sudden we're back to being just friends?"
"Well what's wrong with trying to be her friend again?"
"Is it working for you and Max?"
"Well.... ummmm Alex, that's different"
"So you guys aren't friends?"
"No, I didn't say that"
"Then what?" He thought to himself ..... he began to laugh and starting pointing his finger at Liz "Whoooooooaaaaaa, hahahahhahahaah..... you guys are back together again."
"See Alex, now this was supposed to be about you"
He stopped laughing but he still had a silly smirk on his face. "Well it is... kinda. But on a serious note, did you hear the vicious rumor about you and Kyle Valenti?"
"Yeah, I've heard it"
"I know that there's no truth to it, so I won't even ask you." He paused for a moment "Did you and Kyle sleep together?"
"Alexxxxxxxx, I thought you weren't going to ask me?"
"Yeah, I know but it's bugging me now. So is it any truth to it?"
"Yes and No"
"Well, how much yes and how much no?"
"Oh Man Alex, can we talk about this later?"
"I guess so.... Hey on a different note... my band and I just burned a new CD. I'll come past later so you guys can hear it." He gives Liz and kiss on the cheek and hops off the bench. "Hey Liz, is your eighth period free as well?"
"Maybe you need to get your hearing checked.... that's the second bell"
"Damn!!!" She scrambled for her things and jumped off the bench and ran to her eighth period class.
The first day back to school had been exhausting for Liz. There was no way she could find the energy to waitress at the Crashdown afterwards. Both Maria and Liz were getting into their uniforms when Liz turned to Maria.
"Please tell me you have some have some Ginseng?"
Maria smiled and looked in her locker for her sachet. "Of course I do. Here." She handed her the pill. "You'll only need one. You know I have it in tea as well."
"No, this will do just fine, thanks."
"So what ????"
"So are you like going to tell me what happened last night with you and Max Evans??"
"Oh!!!" Liz smiled. "Oh my goodness Maria, I wasn't even expected it. Last night he came to my window right, and he said that he needed to talk to someone. Well since we'd like renewed our friendship or whatever, I didn't think anything of it. So, I grab my coat and went out on the roof. Well, he says that he doesn't want to talk there."
"So, where did you guys go."
"To the park. But the entire way over he was quite. Now I'm thinking are you or we like supposed to be talking or something. Which you know, it being silent like that kinda made me nervous. The last time he was quite like that, he wasn't Max but actually Nasedo. Anyway, we get to the park and he tells me that he knows all about the night I supposedly slept with Kyle."
"No!!!!!. He knew about Future Max!?"
"No, that's what I thought at first."
"Don't tell me that you told him?"
"No….. Maria will you let me finish?"
"Ok ok, go on, go on."
"Well, ok of course I'm thinking that somehow he knows about Future Max but then he goes on to tell me that he knew I couldn't do that to him because I loved him to much which is true but still. And then he just kissed me and Maria." Liz crossed her hands over her heart and plopped down on the couch. "I was putty in his arms. I just melted. No matter how much I tried. I just couldn't pull away from him."
Maria walked over and sat down beside her. "Well it seems to me, that you didn't try that hard. What about that whole destiny thing with Tess?"
"I know, I mean I love Max and I want to be with him, but us being together could mean the end of world. A little dramatic but true."
A knock came from the outside door. "Alright ladies, the customers aren't going to serve themselves."
They both looked in that direction "Alright Dad, we'll be out in a minute."
Liz motioned Maria to zipping her up. "So Liz, where's your Mom?"
"Oh she upstairs resting, thank you."
Maria turned around so Liz could do the same "Is she alright?"
"Yeah, she pulled a muscle in her back a couple of days ago. There you go."
"Thanks. What did she fall or something?"
There were turned facing each other. "Something like that." Or you can say she fell from Grace."
"She pulled a muscle trying to dance to Elvis Costello."
"Noooooo!!!!!!!" Maria giggled while covering her mouth.
"Come on before my dad gets ballistic and his boxer's in ah bunch."
As they were walking out." Liz's dad smiled and pointed at the customers. "I'm glad you two decided to join us here."
Liz looked at her dad, "We were coming"
"Yeah, I know you were, just not fast enough. Well, I have to go out. Liz I'm going to need you to cover for Asta tonight. She won't be able to make it in. She's not feeling well. Oh, I also need you to cover the register. Maria, take tables five through eleven. I know you ladies can take care of everything. I should be back within an hour and a half. Oh, Liz in about thirty minutes check on your Mom, ok? I left her some painkillers on the nightstand along with a glass of water. She slept through lunch, so I lefted it in............."
Liz interrupted "Gone on dad, I can handle everything."
Jeff looked at Maria "Hey, you go easy on Mr. Guerin. He's have been burning my burgers and slicing the deli meat too thick. Your beauty his blinding him and making a poor man out of me."
Maria smiled and pointed to the door "Don't you have to be somewhere?"
"I'm going, I'm going."
Business picked up for about an hour and then slacked off dramatically. Liz had been at the register practically all day, with the exception of the few times she'd checked on her Mom. Her dad, Jeff Parker, still hadn't returned from the errand he'd been running. Liz decided since business was a little slow that she'd clean up a little and replenish the condiment containers. That's when
Max, Isabel and Alex walked in.
"Hey" they all said in unison.
"I'll be right with you, as soon as I put up a few things"
Max, Isabel, and Alex found themselves a seat. Of course, they had the pick of the place because it was practically deserted. Alex began talking about how his band had burned a new CD and how he wanted everybody to hear it. Isabel called out for Maria who had been scolding Michael earlier for not listening to a word she'd been saying. Maria didn't hear Isabel's call as she and Michael were getting into a heavy argument.
"Michael, I told you Pepperjack not Monterey. "
"Well, hell they all sound the same to me."
"Ok Spaceboy, what is your freakin problem?"
"Do you really want to know?" he said grinning is teeth angrily.
"Yes. I really want to know. I mean what is up with you man! First you give me the silent treatment and I didn't do a damn thing to you. And then you come off with this really shitty attitude and frankly Michael I'm tired of it."
"Yes, your attitude. What? Do you want me to spell it out for you?"
"If you really want to know what the problem is, it's..." Michael hesitated and then leaned over the counter, "Why do you have to go running over there every time Brody calls? Hmmm???? What? No one else is good enough to bring his meals to him? Looks to me as if he's practically throwing himself at you. And it doesn't look like you're throwing him back!"
"OMG? No you're not doing this. You're getting all spazzed out because I take Brody's lunch and dinner to him? Oh oh, god forbid that I ever go over his house late at night while he's in the shower!"
"I told you, nothing happened with Courtney and Me. Nothing!"
"Well, if nothing was going on, why the fuck did you kiss her? What?" She threw her hands up in the air, "Does kissing mean nothing to you?" Then she pointed to herself. "What? Kissing me means nothing to you? A little respect for ME means nothing to you? It's not the fact that you kissed her Michael, even though I was really upset about it, it's the fact that you show me very little or no respect. No fucking respect at all. I'm tired of chasing after you, tired of trying to prove my love for you. I'm tired. You wouldn't have a reason to feel or be jealous if you'd treated me the way you fucking want to be treated." The tears were building up in her eyes "I don't ask for much Michael, I don't. When you want space? I give you your space, even though it kills me. You're a warrior, a solider, whatever!! It still doesn't excuse your behavior toward me. This isn't about Brody, this is about you! You can't handle the fact that someone else is showing some interested in me. Let me tell you this?" She put her finger in his face " If I wanted to be with Brody, I wouldn't be here explaining this shit to you. Now put the fucking Pepperjack on his sandwich so I can go!"
Michael took a big gulp and swallowed his pride. Oh boy! The shit he spat out, he had to take it all back in. He thought to himself, what the hell did he do? He'd pissed Maria off to the highest point of pisstivity that's what he did. He knew he made a mistake. How could he be such a shit? He loved her. He really loved her and he didn't want to lose her. Before she turned to walk away, Michael gently tugged at her arm. With his head down "I? I'm sorry."
"Yeah, you should be."
He pulled her closer to wipe the tears that had been forming in her eyes. Her head was down. She didn't want him to see her tears once again, like he had so many other times. So, he cupped her chin in his hand and gently pushed her head up so that they would be looking straight into each other's eyes. "I'm really sorry. And you're right." He gently kissed her on her forehead then on her lips. He could taste the saltiness of her tears. As the others froze with all that just transpired, Max found himself lost in thought. All he could do was think about Liz. Liz was in the back putting away some items that her dad had left in the hall. She hadn't heard a thing. All she too could do was think about Max. That's when he decided to walk through the double doors.
"Hey," he said.
"You need any help?"
Before she could say no, he already starting helping her. "Umm Liz, do you think we should talk about what happen last night?"
"Ummm, if you want."
"It's nothing bad. I just want to know how you feel because I just kinda threw it at you."
"Yeah." She smiled. "Kinda sink or swim."
"Yeah, but you swam."
"I did, didn't I?"
He paused for a moment and then he completely stopped from helping her. She looked over at him. "Is something wrong?"
He took the industrial size can of vegetable oil she'd been holding and sat it down. He pulled her close to him and engulfed her in an intense passionate embrace. Stroking her cheek with his thumb, he found the exploration of her face, her skin, intoxicating. An inferno of intensity burned within him. He could help but to gently grin up against her. She could feel him and it excited her. She ran her fingers through his hair. He kissed her on the nape of her neck moving slowing upward toward her earlobe. She could feel the warmness of his breath. It gave her goose bumps. Her lips trembled with excitement as she gave out a pleasurable moan. He couldn't take it anymore. She was driving him crazy. He was driving her mad. He picked her up and sat her on the cart they'd been unpacking. There he stood still softly grinning against her. "Max?" gasping for air from their long unwavering kiss. "Hmm?" Still kissing her deeply. "Max!" her voiced started to echo off. "Max! Max"
"MAX!!" Isabel waving and clapping her hands in Max's face. "Where are you?"
"Yeah, Man?" Alex interceded.
"Huh?" Coming back to reality "What? I was listening." He tried to say convincingly.
He couldn't believe it. He imagined it all. He fantasized everything except what happened last night. He hadn't gone back there to help Liz. He had drifted off into a daydream as soon as Alex started talking about his band and the new CD they'd made.
Liz walked out "Ok guys, what can I get you?"
Then suddenly a loud crashing sound that rocked the Crashdown came from outside.
The loud crashing sound startled everyone. Max slid out from the booth he'd been sitting at. Michael jumped over the counter. The both cautiously went to investigate the loud noise. Everyone else froze where they stood. It seems as if the rest were almost too afraid to see where the disturbance came from. Liz mustard up the courage and went after Max, as did Maria. "Max!" Liz called.
A mailbox was embedded into a lamppost and there outside the Crashdown was Jeff Parker. "Awhhhhhhhh got damn it ... all to hell....shiiiiiiitttttttt!!!!!!" He gets out of his Blue/Green Suburban and slams the door. He walked over to inspect the victim. "Come on....give me ah break!!"
Bursting through the Crashdown's doors, Liz saw her father crouched to the ground, leaning over someone or something. She gasped, as she didn't know what to expect. Running toward her father. "Dad??? Are you alright?"
"Awhhh you damn dog, where the hell did you come from? You stupid stupid mutt." He said calmly as he stroked the dog's head." Liz, not knowing what to expect, finds an uninjured dog.
"Dad are you alright?"
"Yeah, I don't know happened. All of a sudden, the top of the spray paint pops right off and damn near hits me in the eye... and I swerved to avoid hitting this little fella and I totaled the damn jeep. Ah your Mom is going to kill me."
Liz noticed that her father's forehead bleeding. She went to wipe it. Jeff stepped back and knock her hand away. "What are you doing?"
"You... you.. your head is bleeding Dad?"
He went to touch the wound. When he pulled his hand from the cut, it began bleeding worse. Everyone watched horrified as the blood started to pour from his forehead.
Liz screamed, "OMG Dad it's worse!!!! Max!!!! Call and ambulance"
"Liz NO!...ummmm no. I'm alright." Her father try to reassure her.
"Mr. Parker" Max interceded "Maybe we should get you to a hospital?"
For a split second.....Jeff's facial expression had been stricken with panic and fear. When he realized how many people were watching him, he quickly pulled himself together. "I'm fine Maxwell... I don't need to go to the hospital. It's just a little cut. I'll go right in and fix it," He stumbled a little as he got to his feet. Jeff took the towel Liz used to wipe the blood. He used it as a compress. The on-lookers were flabbergasted.
Following her father back into the restaurant... Isabel tugged Liz by her arm and whispered in her ear. "Geeeezzzz Liz what's up with your dad? That can't be healthy... how is he going to take care of a cut like that?"
"Isabel, it's not that bad. And besides ummm, my ...my Dad has this...this thing about hospital's"
"But he could be seriously injured." Max added "I should know ....... remember," pointing to his head.
"Yeah but that was different Max" Liz added. "My Dad has a blood disorder so it looks worse than what it actually is."
"Yeah but didn't he seem kinda panicked to you?" said Maria.
They’d all sort of cornered Liz. "Well, you would be too if a lot of people had been staring at you." Liz said in her father's defense. "Not to mention the fact that your head is gushing with blood." She knew something was wrong. It wasn't like last time. But she wasn't going to admit that to the gang.
Alex jumped in. "Hey guys.... I mean take it easy on Liz... You know! Her Dad's a grown man. Maybe it really isn't as bad as it looks. Does Mr. Parker seem like an irrational or irresponsible person to you? I'm pretty sure, if it was really bad that he'd go to a hospital. He wouldn't jeopardize his health or his family."
"Not to mention the Crashdown." said Maria.
Maria put her arm around Liz and whispered as the others were going back to their seats. "You've gotta admit, that was kinda freaky Liz."
Liz walked over to their table. "Hey, do you guys still want anything?"
Isabel looked at Liz...... "Umm.. I think we've kinda lost our appetites."
"Yeah" Max and Alex agreed. Max looked up "Can you bring us a couple of cokes?"
"Sure." Liz walked back into the kitchen to get their drinks when she tripped over the trap door to the cellar and stubbed her toe. "Owwww owwwowww............" She mumbled, "Damn stupid door"
When she walked back to their table, they had been playing Alex's new CD. Liz handed everyone their drinks and only listened to Alex's CD for a moment. She was really concerned about her father. "Hey, I'm gonna close up the kitchen"
"Done!" said Michael still jamming to the Music
"Well, I'll be back.... I'm gonna check on my dad"
Max turned around "You want me to go with you?" "Nah, I'll be right back"
Liz checked upstairs but didn't see her dad. She noticed earlier that he'd left his case of Tic-Tac's on the counter. She decided to take them into the cellar.
She opened up the cellar door to a blinding white light. "Dad.......???? You down there??? Something's wrong with that bulb!!! Dad????" The case of Tic-Tac's hadn't been heavy, so she shielded her eyes with her available hand. "Dad....... ooowwowhhhhhow.. ouch...awhhhhhhhhh man!!!!" She slipped as she was going down the stairs and fell on her backside... There was some type of goo on the step. "Dad!" She felt a wetness. "Come on.... gross!!!
ewhhhhhhhh........ what in the world??" As she started to examined the goo that was on her backside there was Jeff at the bottom of the stairs.
"Honey, are you alright?"
"Yeah, I just slipped in this......???? What in the world????"
"Here, let me take this." He took the box of from underneath her arm. She tucked it when she shielded the light from her eyes.
"I...I.....I was just checking to see if you were alright" She noticed he'd cleaned it up pretty nicely. You could hardly see the scar. "I guess you were right, it wasn't as bad at it look."
"No it wasn't."
She could smell his breath. It smelled like pure mint.
"Dang Dad, what you do.... eat an entire thing of Tic-Tac's...." She started smiling. "Hope you didn't mistake them for pain killers?"
"Don't you have guest up stairs?"
"I'm going.... but I need to change...what are you working on down here... you spilled this goop on the stairs... I could've killed myself."
"I didn't notice... I'll clean it up... did you check on you're Mom...??"
Liz was walking back up the staircase. "Yeah, she's still pretty much out of it." Just before she got to the door Liz turned around. "Hey Dad.... check that light bulb... it's acting up again... maybe you should call an electrician."
After the commotion of her dad's accident and the Sheriff filing his official accident report, nothing sounded better than last period's bell. Finally, Liz would have a chance to relax. With all that transpired this week, Liz was more than looking forward to the weekend. She welcomed it with open arms. As she was coming out of Political History III, she saw Maria.
"So??? What do we have planned for tonight? Hmmm??" She smiled with a devilish grin.
"Maria, you're horns are starting to show." Liz smiled as she put her books away in her locker "Nothing really. Why?? Do you know something I don't?"
"Well, as a matter of fact I do!" She hesitated. Looking around and over her shoulder, Maria started excitedly "Ok ok ok, like I heard from this certain unnamed person that..."
"That what Maria?" Max squeezed her shoulders, as she was about to spoil the surprise.
"Ooooh," She tensed up. "Ummm... Nothing." She paused for a moment "You know what Liz, I just completely forgot," She forced a laugh.
Michael walked over an assessed the situation "So let me guess... Big mouth here..." pointing to Maria, "spilled the beans about us going to Carlsbad this weekend to see Creed."
Liz said excitedly "Max, you got tickets to see Creed?" She went to hug and kiss him. Still excited she continued, "OMG Max, they must have cost a fortune!!"
"No." Grinding his teeth as he nudge Michael for spoiling the surprise. "Actually my dad got them for Isabel and I. He was at some convention in Boston when he'd gotten the opportunity to meet with their promotional manager or something like that. Anyway, Iz couldn't come because she already made plans with Tess. They're going to the Manzano Mountains. Besides, Iz isn't a big fan of Creed"
Maria interrupted, "What the hell's in Manzano Mountains?"
"Mountains !!!! of Course!!!!" Michael said sarcastically.
Maria looked at him and scoffed while rolling her eyes. "Smart-ass."
“Manzano Mountains??? Probably some health spa or girly retreat," said Michael picking and pointing at Maria.
"Hey," Isabel nodded as she walked toward the gang but didn't bother to stop. "Well, actually Michael... It is a girly retreat." Her voice starting trailing off. "I couldn't just cancel. We've been planning this for months. Besides, I need to treat myself to a day of beauty and relaxation!" As she was heading for the door, she held up her hand and waved, "Have a great weekend! I know I am!"
Michael, with an impatient look on his face and throwing his hands up, "So are we going or what?"
Liz and Maria looked at each other and said in unison, "Road Trip!!"
Maria looked kind of concern, "Liz do you think that you dad is going to have a problem with all of us not being there?"
Michael interrupted, "Well, Benny's covering for me this weekend. So I'm in the clear."
Liz began, "Well, I know Asta wanted to make up her time and my dad just hired that new girl June, so I don't think it's going to be a problem with us not working this weekend. I think the only thing that might pose a problem for my parents is us four alone for an entire weekend."
Max with a bummed expression, looked at Liz. "I didn't think about that."
Liz continued, "Well, it may not be such as bad thing. But you know we're still working out our trust issue."
Michael becoming more impatient, "So are we gonna go or not?"
Liz thought to herself for a moment. There is no reason why her parents shouldn't trust her. She explained everything that happen that night she and Max stayed out. Besides, Max and she wouldn't be alone together. Michael and Maria would be there. But how much comfort would that hold for her parents? When would they learn to have faith in her, to trust her? It was just a freakin concert. No, it's not just any concert it's CREED! "Yeah, we're gonna go."
"Finally!" said Michael.
"So, we'll pick you guys up at Maria's house around 5:30. Carlsbad is about an hour and a half away and the concert start's at 8:30. I've already made reservations at a little bed and breakfast for the weekend. I figure we can drop our bags off there and head to the concert."
"Yeah, Bed and Breakfast," Michael smiled and winked while holding Maria's waist implying some kind of sexual addendum.
Maria scoffed, "Yeah right, In your dreams, Spaceboy!!" and pushed his hands off.
Max smiled at the couple. "Since we'd already be down there for the weekend, I thought we'd visit Carlsbad Cavern's."
Michael nodded and smiled. "Now Maxwell, that sounds like a plan to me."
Liz packing her clothes had to mustard the courage to tell her parents that she was going away for the weekend. But how was she going to do it? Her mind had already been made up. She was going to that concert. There was no way in hell she was going to miss the chance to see Creed. First, she thought she'd be practical about telling her parents. Then she thought she'd tried reasoning with them. Then she thought that she'd just tell them as she was heading for the door. "Yeah, that'll work." Liz grabbed her overnight bag and headed for the door. Skipping down the stairs she yelled out " Mom, Dad, I'm going with the gang to a concert in Carlsbad... I'll see you guys later. I'll call...love yah
Her mother heavily sedated, "Ok honey...but don't fight...." incoherently she finished "yooooouuu knoooow mmmmm how those gangs are." Then she rolled over and went back to sleep.
Liz didn't hear her. She was already out the door and heading to Maria's.
"Ok, like I have absolutely nothing to wear!" Said Maria frantically throwing clothes every which way. As Liz walk through her bedroom door....a very heavy pleated plaid shirt flew over Maria head and landed in Liz's face.
Liz making a keen observation "OMG Maria....what happened to your room!?"
Hyperventilating Maria said " OMG Liz, I have nothing to wear.... I mean nothing to wear..... I . .. I ... I can't go like this!"
"Maria calm down"
"Calm down?...how can I calm down? They will be here any minute and I still haven't finished packing. I am NOT going to the concert...looking like a cheap raga muffin."
Liz tried to hold in her amusement but she couldn't help it. She giggled. "A cheap raga muffin?? Maria?? really, what's wrong?"
All Pouty like, Maria started "Ok but you gonna think it's stupid."
"Maria how long have we been friends...??"
"A long time."
"Yes...so tell me what's bothering you?"
They walked over to the bed and sat down. "It's Michael"
"What did he do?"
"No .no no...He didn't do anything. It's not like that... When we go the concert tonight... I just know.... I'm gonna have to take some snotty ass bitch down a peg or two. So, I wanted to wear something that will keep Michael's attention focused on me and only me. How am I going to do that when I have nothiiiiiiiiiiiiing to wearrrrrrrrrr" she said stomping her feet and sobbing louder.
"Maria, Honey.. here!" Liz reached for Maria's bottle of myrth and hyacinth. "Here Honey.... Breathe it in ...sooooaaaak it all in. There you go. Ok, now breathe out..... Feel better?"
"Mmmmm. You see what Michael Guerin does to me? I'm a mess!!" She said wiping the tears from her eyes.
"Maria, look at you! You're gorgeous...and Michael is fixated on you ... And you have plenty of nice clothes... so pack them before they come." Liz hopped off the bed.
Two consecutive beeps from Max's jeep echoed through Maria head. They both looked at each other.
"Oooohhh... see and I'm not ready." Maria shaking her hands in the air.
"I'll go outside and tell them we're coming. That'll give you sometime to get yourself together"
As Liz walked toward the jeep, Michael looked over at Max. "See Maxwell, I knew they wouldn't be ready. What? Is she freighting over her clothes again?" He asked Liz. But before Liz could answer.
"As a matter of fact Mr. Guerin, I was adding a few finishing touches" Maria walked out switching as she threw her bag over her shoulder. She looked stunning. Michael mouth's dropped opened. As did Max and Liz's. Michael couldn't believe his eyes. But then again...he knew every inch and every curve of Maria's body. The gold and black halter she wore glistened with every stride. Oh god how he wish he were that halter. How it snuggled her, held, and caressed her. How it seemed to become her second skin intertwined with the sweetness of her essence. The belly chain she wore only set off her tight black leather pants. The body glittered she sprinkled over her cleavage seemed to have invoked something inside of him.
Maria walked straight to him and whispered in his ear "Close your mouth Spaceboy.... You're gonna let the flies in and the shit out." She smiled and jumped into the backseat of the jeep. Michael was speechless.... For the first time Michael Guerin of all people was speechless. He had to turn in his seat and cross his legs for he knew.... His soldier was starting to stand at attention.
Both Max and Liz were surprised. All they could do was snicker at the couple. Why? Because they were like Vinegar and Oil, Fire and Water, summer and winter, Yin and Yang but most of all they complimented each other. One could not exist without the other.
Liz jumped into the backseat, of course with Max's help.
"Thanks" She smiled at him.
"You're most welcome"
Michael trying and starting to regain his composure.... "Uhmmm mmm... can we go now?"
Meanwhile back at the Crashdown, Jeff Parker ran the restaurant.
"Asta have you seen Liz?"
"No, oh I mean yes... She dashed out of here about an half and hour ago."
"Really?" Jeff asked inquisitively. "Do you know who's covering her shift?"
"I am... I don't mind. Besides, it's the weekend and I need and would like to make up for the time I was out this week."
"Oh Asta, I don't have a problem with that. Can you do me a favor and watch the register? I'll be right back. I need to check in on Mrs. Parker."
"I hope she's feeling better."
Why didn't Liz tell him that she was going out? Not to mention it's was for an entire weekend. Marching up the stairwell into his bedroom, he needed to find out if Nancy knew anything about it.
"Did Liz tell you she was going out?"
"Did she tell you were she was going?"
"MMMmmmm....she said she was going to join a gang with Carl cause he's bad or she's mad.... but she said she'd call."
"She said what!?"
"Ummmm I don't know.... something about a gang and a Carl and I think he's mad and she's bad but she said she'd call." Nancy rolled over and went back to sleep.
Because of the fact his wife was incoherent, he could not rely on the information she just told him. So he decided to call Amy Deluca. The phone rang four times before an automated voice answered. "To leave a message with Amy ... please press one.... Or to leave a message with Maria.... please press two... Thank you and have a good day." Instead of leaving a message, Jeff Parker hung up the phone.
He would try the Evans! When he called a masculine voice answered. "Hello?"
"Hi, Phillip? It's Jeff Parker... I was wondering..... If Max was there?"
"Uh????? Actually, No he isn't. They all went to a Creed Concert in Carlsbad."
"Is everything alright Jim?"
"Oh yeah...sure it's fine. I was just a little worried that's all. Nancy got the message a little mixed up. I'm sorry to bother you."
"Actually, it was no bother at all. Hey Jim, I'm having a little poker game tonight.... You're welcome to come."
"Thanks Phil....but Nancy had a little accident last week. She strained her back and I need to stay here and take care of her."
"Hey, I understand. Well you give my best to Nancy... all right now.... talk with you later goodbye."
Thirty minutes into the drive to Carlsbad, there was a deafening silence. Michael became irritated. He needed something to occupy his mind. He couldn't stay in this state the entire drive. Holding one hand over his harden area....he reached to turn on the radio. Turning through the stations, he couldn't find one appeasing to him.
"Stupid-ass radio......" he mumbled.
Maria smiled at the thought of him not being able to concentrate on anything but her. So she decided she would tease him further and drive him a little closer to the edge....his edge. So she lifted up from her seat and turned her body sideways and leaned toward the passenger side.
"Will you sit back!?" Michael said annoyed.
"Why? I don't want to listen to this station...." She could see he was avoiding eye contact "Besides this music sucks! And Max doesn't mind if I turn the station... do you Max?"
Max laughing to himself, while watching Liz through the rear view. "Umm No.."
"Oh Maxwell, so you find this funny?"
"Oh, no Michael... not at all" Still looking at Liz
Maria cupped a finger under his chin and turned his head toward her so they could make eye contact. She spoke ever so softly. "Why do you have such a shitty attitude today? Actually, you've had kinda a shitty attitude all week, why?"
He could smell the sandalwood in her hair and the jasmine on her body. He felt inebriated. She had such a power over Michael that was exquisite but yet excruciating. He had to maintain his composer. "I'm just a little frustrated that's all ...... are you done?"
Without saying any words, she returned to her seat. She knew she'd gotten to him. She poked Liz in the side and motioned for her to look at Michael. Liz and Maria smiled at each other. Maria felt he kinda deserved it for being such a shit...especially to her. Then suddenly she heard something familiar on the radio....Liz recognized it as well.
"Hey Max!!!... turn that up will you??"
Max reach down to turn up the radio. Liz and Maria starting mimicking the words " Over and over I look in your eyes, You are all I desire, You have captured me. I want to hold you I want to be close to you , I never want to let go. (Whitney Houston voice over) I wish that this night would never end." Before Liz started singing the chorus line. She went to hug Max. Of course he couldn't turn around but he gazed at her lovingly through the mirror as she continued while pointing at herself " I need to know!!! Could I hold you for a lifetime??? Could I look into your eyes?? Could I have this night to share this night together?? Could I hold you close beside me?? Could I hold you for all time?? Could I could I have this kiss forever??? Could I could I have this kiss forever, forever????" She and Maria continue singing. All the guys could so was sit back and watch them.
"Over and over I've dreamed of this night.
Now you're here by my side
You are next to me
I want to hold you and touch you and taste you
And make you want no one but me
I wish that this kiss could never end
Oh baby please
Could I hold you for a lifetime
Could I look into your eyes
Could I have this night to share this night together
Could I hold you close beside me
Could I hold you for all time
Could I could I have this kiss forever
Could I could I have this kiss forever, forever
I don't want any night to go by
Without you by my side
I just want all my days
Spent being next to you
Lived for just loving you
And baby, oh by the way
Could I hold you for a lifetime
Could I look into your eyes
Could I have this night to share this night together
Could I hold you close beside me
Could I hold you for all time
Could I could I have this kiss forever
Could I could I have this kiss forever, forever
As the song faded into the background, Michael turned down the radio. Maria and Liz out of breath, fell back into their seats laughing.
"Oh my goodness.... I love that song." Liz said holding her stomach.
"Me too." said Maria.
"Sounds kind of cornball if you ask me"
Maria lifted up.. . "As I recall.... no one asked you."
Max nudged him in his side. Michael looked surprised. "Come on Maxwell, you can't possibly like this song ..... do you? This guy is a loser.... What man do you know would really says those things unless he was trying to get some.... that's the only time females go for shit like that" Max nudged him again..
Max pulled the jeep over and motioned for Michael to get out. "Michael! What the hell is wrong with you."
"What am I giving away secrets?"
"Man... just switch seats with Liz... I know you're gonna have a lot of apologizing to do. I'm just trying to help you out before she gets feed up with you. I'm telling you...don't lose out because of stupidity or just being plain naive... Maria loves you more than you'll ever know...and its time you started treating her with a little more respect. Stop staying the first thing that pops into that thick head of yours. And for once try putting yourself in her place. Man...she just sung to you. Doesn't that mean anything?? Whether it's sappy or not... For once just go with it... I bet both you guys would be a lot happier.
"Like you and Liz Parker?"
"Seriously Michael, I mean, if you can't do that... you need to let her know and let her go" Max walk around the jeep and opened the door so Liz could get out and Michael could get in. Michael looking at him with a puppy dog expression "What... what'd I say wrong?"
Liz, Maria, and Max all said in unison. "Everything!"
Michael climbed into the backseat with Maria. She turned herself in the opposite direction instead of facing him.
Before closing the door, Michael said to Max as if he were trying to avoid this necessary conversation. "Hey Maxwell, you know were kinda pressed for time!" Max slammed the jeep door and yelled "Talk Dammit!!"
He walked over to Liz. "I think we need to give them a minute or two."
She nodded in agreement "Yeah.. I don't know why Michael is acting this way. They were fine a couple of days ago."
Max knew why. He was just too much of a gentleman to tell Liz or Maria ... Michael's testosterone level has been building up and every guy...including an alien hybrid needed some release.
Michael twiddle his thumbs before he spoke to her "Hey?"
"Ok look, I'm not every good with apologies. I guess the best way to do this is to come out and say it. Maria... you are driving me fucking nuts!!!. Alright! You're driving me fucking nuts... I'm going crazy over here! I mean look at you! You're beautiful. I mean shit... all those guys are gonna be staring at you. I don't know how to deal with this shit. It's like I want you so bad I can taste it. I know I'm no Max, and I'm not good with that romantic stuff but I do love you... and most of the time I act like an ass cause I really don't know how to tell you or express it or whatever! Well .... at least not like you want me too. You know what I'm trying to say. I'm not trying to be a shit.... but I can only be myself. See what you do to me..." He took her hand and guided it to himself. "This is why I'm acting the way I am... you made all the blood rush from one head to the another... I can't think straight"
They both burst out laughing. Maria snatched her hand away. "You are so fucking nasty... you know that?"
"So..... are we alright?"
"I guess so... or until the next time you fuck up." She smiled.
"Oooowww!!! fuck up...I think I could use a lil something something...." He made humping gestures. "So I guess this means you forgive me...once again?"
She starting laughing "I think you better stick with Palmalena. And Yes .....I forgive you once again." She looked over Michael's shoulders, out through the window and saw Max and Liz talking. "You better motion to them so we can go"
"Girl, I'd like it if I motioned to you so we can cum."
"I bet you would....Spaceboy"
He leaned over to give her a kiss as Max opened the door. Maria and Michael both sighed.
"I'm sorry, I thought you guys would be finished by now." Max helped Liz into the jeep and once again they were on their way. Michael didn't say anything. He forced a smile and for once... he'd actually let it go.
After the concert was over... Max drove back to the B&B, which was about 20 minutes away. During the drive back, Liz noticed that Michael and Maria had fallen asleep in each other arms.
"Wow, isn't it amazing?
Max curiously looks over at Liz "What?"
"Well, look at them, fighting one minute and then the next....wrapped in each others arms. I don't know how they do it. They both have got to be into that kind of love/hate relationship thing."
"I guess whatever works for them."
"Which brings me to the question..... what work for us Max?" Instead of looking out into the night she turned and looked at him, waiting for his response to her very serious question.
He was silent. Everything he thought of she could throw back in his face. Like what? Well honesty. She wasn't honest about how she knew about the Granilith. He didn't think she was honest about sleeping with Kyle or at least the reason why she slept with him. Why was she even with him now?
"Forget it Max"
"What? You want an honest answer don't you?"
"Well, Yeah...but I don't think that it should've taken you that long to think about the question or the answer"
"So you're not looking for honesty... you just want to hear what you want to hear?"
"Oh ....come off it !" she scoffed.
"Come of what?"
"Your fucking high horse!"
"My high horse...my high horse???" He started to get louder "Look at you... you got your fucking nerve!! I never cheated on you... not once... and even when you were gone for the summer. I didn't even look at another female...never the less sleep with one! or my Ex"
Liz gasped. "You know what? ..... FUCK YOU... OK .... Whatever!!" She tried to hold back the tears but she couldn't. He couldn't possibly understand or even fathom all the things she went through ... all that she had to give up.
Max couldn't believe the words that were coming out of his mouth. Never once had he ever talked to Liz like that. Not once!!! He had to rectify what he had done. "Liz....... I'm ...I'. .... I'm... sorry." He reached for her.
She turned away. "I see that no matter what...in the back of your mind... you will never forgive me for sleeping with Kyle."
Max had no words. It was surprising that their little argument had not waken Michael or Maria until Liz jumped out of the jeep and slammed the door.
"Hey.....what the hell!!!" Groggy, Maria lifted up. "Where's she going?"
Max didn't say anything. Maria climbed over Michael and jumped out of the jeep after Liz. Max frustrated, hit the jeep's horn "SHIT!!!!"
"Mmmm....nice going Maxwell...and you talk about me." Michael got out of the jeep laughing. Then he walked around to the driver side and patted Max on the shoulder. "I guess you've got some serious apologizing to do Bro'.... Well... maybe...... more or less like groveling. See yah in the room pal!"
What had he done? Maybe she was right. Although Max love her more than life itself, maybe in the back of his mind he would never forgive her. Max could've kicked himself. Walking to his room with his head down, he really wasn't in the mood for a lecture from Michael. When he got to their room, he didn't see Michael. As he walked around the corner there was Liz sitting on the bed.
"Where's Michael?" He said still searching the floor instead of Liz.
"He's in our room with Maria."
"Oh" Still searching the carpeted area of the floor.
But before she could finished, he jumped right in "Look Liz, I don't know why I said what I said. I guess deep down.... I'm still a little hurt that you would sleep with Kyle. A man that you don't even love."
She stood up and walked over to him. "Max, I can't keep apologizing for what I've done. I didn't mean to hurt you. I love you. But I can't have you throwing this up in my face every time we get into an argument. It's not fair... fair to me ... and it's not fair to you. I think ... I know that if we are to be a couple... we're gonna have to put the past behind us or it's likely that this going to repeat itself. This argument I mean. Look Max, I don't know why or how it happened... it just happened ... It just happened."
A tear rolled down Max's face. "Maybe it's easy for you to accept Liz because you're not in my place....."
"But I feel everything you feel... Everything you've felt." She lifted his head up so that their eyes would meet. "I will never love anyone...the way that I love you... Max, it was a stupid mistake."
Somehow her last statement reassured him. His eyes were red from his sweltering smoldering tears. She saw that their argument hurt him. Things were said out of the heat of the moment. Repressed anger.... mixed with hurt. How could he not be hurt? The one he loved gave herself to another. The day had started out perfect.... how could it have ended up like this? Liz took from the silence that Max had a lot on his mind. So she wrapped her arms around him and began kissing him deeply.
His body began to ache as she moaned softly. The aches began to deepen as it responded to her touch. Her lips quivered against his. Massaging her tongue with his, he inhaled her delectable aroma. She started to lead him toward the bed. He followed knowingly. Retreating from the fervent clasp that once united them, he whispered. "Liz what are we doing? Are you sure about this?"
Liz searched his eyes, those soul-filled eyes. "Max, I'm never sure when I'm with you. You change all the rules. But I know, I've never wanted you more than I do right now."
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