posted on 7-Jul-2002 3:12:19 PM by katy_mae
Title: More than just the two of us
Category: Max/Liz , AU, NO ALIENS
Disclaimer: Not mine.
AUTHOR's NOTE: This story switches POV's, which means, it could be Liz's, narrator's, max's..whoever!
Feedback: A must to continue.

Liz POV

So here I am, Liz parker, 16 years old, and all my life, I've lived in Roswell, New Mexico. I lead a pretty average life. I work at the Crashdown, which my parents own. The friends I have now are the friends that I met when I was still a kid. We're a pretty tight group. At first, it started out just me and Max. We met in first grade. Ever since he asked me to switch snacks with him, we've been best friends. His twin sister, Isabel, at first didn't like me. I guess she was jealous that Max could be friends with another girl that wasn't her. But, when Isabel found out about my Barbie collection, it was safe to say that she accepted me.

The other people in our group sorta joined us from then on. Maria and I met in second grade. She was so quirky and funny, that Isabel and I loved her from the moment we met her. Michael, lives with his cousin Alex. They were both the same age, and after a while became our friends too.

Remember the age when girls hated boys and vice versa? Well, we went through that phase. Michael and I despised each other. And so did Max and Isabel. Michael and Maria always hated each other, so there's no news there. For a while the guys kinda drifted away from us. But max and I never lost touch. Even if Alex and Michael would tease him about being "girly" or wanting to hang out with me, he didn't mind the teasing. We've been friends for so long that my parents didn't mind if he spent the night. They always joked around and kept saying they were his adopted son.

I, on the other hand was treated the same at max's house. The Evans wondered why I would be better friends with Max than Isabel, but they knew the bond that Max and I shared, and they thought it was cute that a boy and a girl could be best friends for so long. Isabel would always hang out with Maria anyway.

So here we were, friends since childhood, and now in high school. We've all kinda stuck together. Max and I have been there for each other through thick and thin. Through family problems, school problems, heartaches, name it! We were there for each other! The best way I can describe our friendship is what Will & Grace have. Except that max isn't gay. But lately things have been changing between Max and I....


Should I continue?

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posted on 9-Jul-2002 7:09:36 AM by katy_mae
Sorry about the late update, my internet access was acting up! sheesh! anyway here's another part for you guys. thanks to all that left feedback! *happy*

--

Our usual hangout is at the Crashdown. Michael, Maria, Isabel and I work there, so Alex and Max pretty much hang there a lot too. It's a Friday night and our shift was about to end so we were deciding on what to do...

"So what are we doing tonight?" asked Alex, while fiddling with his guitar. He was becoming really good at that thing, who knew Alex was the musician in the group?

Isabel sat down at the booth across from Alex and Max, glad that her shift was over.

"I dunno, but I don't want to do anything tiring. I just want to relax. It was really busy tonight." she said while massaging her arms.

I notice Alex staring at Isabel for a moment a then turning his attention back to his guitar. I raise my eyebrows at this. Hmmm... I wonder. Then I feel someone looking at me. I look and see Max giving me a look of 'what's up?'

I shrug.

Then we all turn our heads toward the kitchen. We hear Maria and Michael arguing. Again. It was never peaceful between those two. They were friends alright, but they're always arguing. It has always been about petty stuff though.. never anything serious to put tension within the group. I roll my eyes and look at Max expectantly.

"It's your turn" he says smiling.

I reluctantly got up to play peacemaker. Max and I always took turns making them stop fighting. Isabel refused to acknowledge them where they were like this, and Alex just plain gave up. So it was up to me and Max.

"I told you Michael, that you have to clean the grill! It looks so filthy!"

"Maria, I'm a cook ok? I don't clean."

"But you're the one that uses that thing... you might as well clean it!"

"You're not my boss!"

"Well I should be!"

"GUYS!" I yell, "What's goin' on?"

"Maria here thinks that she can just tell me what to do.."

"Liz, it should be common knowlege-"

"I don't even want to hear it guys." I interrupt, "just drop whatever you were arguing ok? Let's just have fun tonight."

They stop arguing and I smile. That was the thing I liked about them. They would always listen. I walk back to the dining area and sit next to Isabel.

"I think we should go to the park. They have a really cool local band playing there tonight. It'll be fun, and... umm...not too tiring" suggested Alex, looking at Isabel.

Isabel smiled at Alex.

"Sounds good to me! Let me just go get changed." I say

--

I put on a pair of jeans and my red button up sweater that I thought complimented my figure. I wore my hair down and put lip gloss and I was ready. I came downstairs and saw Max waiting for me at the bottom of the stairs. He was oddly staring at me as I was coming down and I felt myself blushing. Huh? why am I blushing? Pushing the thought aside, I stood there, and Max was still staring. I thought I had something on my face so I self conciously caressed my cheeks. Still staring.

"Hello?" I ask him waving my hand in front of his face.

He took in a deep breath and smiled at me.

"What?" he asked.

"Is there something on my face?"

"No, why?"

"Well, you've been staring." I smiled, thinking he was really goofy.

"Sorry..........you look beautiful."

I mock surprise.

"What? I do? Was that a compliment? From you?" I teased him. Although he has always paid me compliments before like, nice shoes, or 'you look good in that.' He has never called me beautiful before. It made my heart skip a beat.

Max just shook his head smiling. Put his arm around me like he always does, and dragged me to the now empty dining area.

"Let's go." he says

"Where's everyone?"

"They said they'd meet us there. Alex wanted to get there early so we can have a good spot."

--

Max and I got there with the others already settled. Alex brought a big blanket for us to sit on and everyone was enjoying the band. Max and I sat together and just talked. The others didn't really pay attention to what we were talking about. Because it was just about nothing and everything. Max and I were always like that. We would have these really long conversations, and we never got tired of talking. The others tried getting into our conversations at times, but I guess they eventually got tired of talking about stuff. Now though, they just basically leave us alone.

The little concert at the park ended without Max and I even noticing. We were too busy enjoying each other's company. We only noticed it was over when the others started to get up.

"Did you enjoy the concert, Liz?" asked Maria, pulling me back away from Max's grip to walk with her.

"Huh? Yeah, of course." I smiled.

"Really?... and which song did you particulary like?" she asked with a knowing smile.

Maria has this idea that Max and I were totally in love with each other without either of us knowing it. She has always noticed the way we looked into each other's eyes, the way we're so sweet together. I told her that what Max and I had was nothing more than friendship. She should know. she's known us forever.

But maria will always be maria. She insists that we're madly in love. There was no use arguing with her, so I just ignored it whenever she would tease me.

"Don't start Maria..." I roll my eyes.

"Liz, did you not notice that you and Max just 'talked' for a whole 2 hours straight?"

"So? We always do that..."

"Ok, chika, I know that. But if I were someone that doesn't know you, I would really think that something was going on. I mean, the way you guys treat each other...it's like you're a couple!"

"Maria, for the hundreth time. There is nothing going on between us. We're just best friends!"

"Ok, whatever you say." she smiled, winking at me, and walking away to catch up with Isabel.

I just smile and shake my head.

Seeing Maria pass him, Max turned and saw me walking by myself. He stopped and waited.

"What was that about?" asked Max

"You know, same 'ol Maria stuff..."

"Ah..." he said.

I told Max about Maria's little theory a long time ago. We had a good laugh over it. And usually he'd have some sort of quirky answer... but tonight... it was just....."Ah"

He remained quiet for the rest of the walk to the parking lot. I was about to ask him what was wrong when Alex approached us.

"Listen, Max, do you mind if I take Isabel home?" he asked uneasily.

"Oh, that's okay Alex, I live with her, so you don't have to.." laughed Max at the silly idea.

Alex looked disappointed. Max thought he was kidding. He could be so dense at times. I knew Alex had been eyeing Isabel for quite some time now. But he has yet to confirm those feelings to me.

"Well, can you just give me a ride instead Alex?" I ask.

Max stopped laughing, and looked at me curiously.

"But I always take you home." he says. And he's right too. There was never any question of who was going to take me home. Max usually stays in my room anyway, we just talk til I fall asleep.

"Well, I figured, you know, to save time.. I go with alex, so you and Iz can go straight home." I say matter-of-factly.

"Well, I'm coming over anyway.." said Max

"Well then to save time, again," said Alex excitedly, "lemme take Isabel home so you can just go straight to Liz's!"

"What's with all of this saving time crap?" asked Michael. We ignore him.

"Well, ok. I guess that makes sense" said Max

Alex looked relieved. Gave me a kiss on the forehead before going to Isabel. Michael and Maria was in one car. They always fight, but Michael always brought maria home. I asked him about it once, and he told me that he might as well, cuz she lived close to him. But she could just easily get a ride with Alex. I decided to drop it. I don't want to be ragging maria about how michael and her are secretly in love.... I know how annoying that could be.

posted on 11-Jul-2002 12:03:25 PM by katy_mae
Thanks for all the feedback from frenchkiss70, Angelic, rossieaddicted, miss_Roswell just wish I had more readers... hope you guys like this part!!


STILL LIZ POV

I enter my room and I hear the familiar sound of Max climbing up my balcony.

"Max, you know you just dropped me off, you could've used the front door."

"I know, but I wanted to park the jeep in the alley." he said as he bent down to enter through my window.

I changed in bathroom, while Max laid down on my bed reading through my science magazines. A habit that he has done hunderds of times.

I come out wearing a tank top and pajamas. I sit in front of my dresser, brushing my hair. I always brush it a hundered times. Ever since I saw Marcia Brady doing that, I just had to do it. Oh well, it works. My hair is shiny. I was halfway my count when I saw Max staring at me through the mirror. He had a small smile on his face. It looked like... admiration?

This is the second time tonight I catch him staring at me. I stop brushing my hair and went on 'my side of the bed'. I made myself comfortable, getting under my blanket, turning sideways to face him, my head propped up by my hand.

"Ok, what's with the staring?" I ask.

"Staring?" he asked, putting the magazine down and facing me, copying my position.

"You've been staring at me Max. Now I wanna know why. Is there something different about me or something?"

Max was quiet. But I can see it in his eyes that he was looking for an answer somewhere in his brain. I patiently wait.

"Just noticing how beautiful you're turning out to be..." he said looking into my eyes.

I stare back at him, completely not expecting what he just said. I feel my cheeks getting hot, and I knew I was blushing. I look down and smiled.

"Thanks" I say, as I fix my pillow and got ready to sleep. My heart beating a mile a minute. This was our ritual. Whenever I was getting ready to find my comfortable spot for the night, Max would extend his arm, making it my pillow and cuddles me close until we or I fall asleep. We've been like this ever since I can remember.

Why do I feel like I want to stay in his arms forever? I say to myself as I close my eyes, driftng to sleep.

***
Narrator POV

Max waited til Liz fell asleep before he started to leave. He always felt peace whenever he held Liz in his arms sleeping. He caressed her hair, and marveled at its softness. He knew he was getting obvious. He was surprised that Liz asked him about the staring. He didn't even know he was staring. He couldn't help it. He knew he was starting to fall for her. He knew he always loved Liz, but these feelings were starting to get stronger. He didn't know if he was to be happy or worried. He slowly got up, careful not to wake Liz. Before he climed through the window, he looked back and thought if it would be violating her if he kissed her goodnight. He has always kissed her goodnight millions of times, but now, with these feelings that he's having, he didn't know if it was right.

Not being able to resist, he carefully placed a soft kiss on her cheek. That was when it hit him that these feelings he was having were wrong. A simple goodbye kiss which he has given her hunderds of times was now difficult to do? He didn't want to complicate things. His greatest fear right now was acting on his feelings and losing Liz in the end. He didn't want that to happen. But he knew that everyday he saw Liz, he would fall deeper. He sighed.

It was either continue what he had with Liz and fall madly in love with her and risk losing her, or get over her by staying away until he can be just friends with her again. He needs to talk to someone. He needs his best friend...

LIZ POV

Saturday morning. I wake up and see that Max was already gone. He probably just waited til I fell asleep before he went home. My thoughts wander to what max told me last night. 'just noticing how beautiful you're turning out to be..'

Didn't he think me beautiful before? Well, obviously not. But what does that mean that now he's noticing? Is he starting to like me? Am I starting to like him? Is what Maria saying true? And what the heck am I doing thinking these thoughts about Max?!? I mean, this is Max! He's like a brother to me! I should be grossed out just thinking about this....

I cover my head with a pillow. Don't complicate things Liz. You don't want to lose Max as a best friend. A lot of friendships get ruined that way. I get up to get dressed for the day. One of the few Saturdays I have off, and I'm going to enjoy it. I got up and showered, put on a pair of jeans and a shirt as I headed downstairs for breakfast, expecting to see Alex. He always had saturday breakfast here.

Sure enough, I walk over to alex to join him for breakfast.

"morning.." I say as I slide in the booth in front of Alex

"Hey." he says, reading the paper. Comic section of course.

"so.... how was the ride home?" I smile

Alex tried to play it off like it meant nothing to him. I smother an even biger smile. He probably thinks I don't know him well enough.

"Good...you know, no traffic, no flat tires... safe..."

"Aw, come on Alex, tell me what's up with you and Isabel!"

Alex looked at me, his face red. Then as if having an idea, he smiled.

"I will if you tell me what's up with you and Max.."

Whoa, where did that come from..

"Huh?! What are you talking about?"

"C'mon I see the way you guys look at each other... the extra special touching..." he says wiggling his fingers

"Alex, we've always been like that..."

"Yeah I know that Liz, but it seems different now... before you guys would touch and it was normal, you know... but now, everytime you touch, you smile and look into each other's eyes.."

"We do?"

"You do."

I sit back and ponder what alex just said. Do we really do that? Or was it just so natural to us that we don't even notice...

"Whatever Alex, nothing's going on. It's all in your mind.."

"we'll I guess it's just all on everyone's mind then... Like Michael said.."

"Wait, michael? you guys have discussed this?!"

"It has come up in conversation, yes...."

"C'mon Alex, there's nothing going on..."

Alex just me that 'whatever' smile, and changed the subject.

---

So, here I am, at the mall spending a quiet Saturday. I like these days where I can just go somewhere by myself. Gives me time to clear my head. After a few hours of window shopping, I decided to head over to Max's. I had nothing else to do, and when I'm bored, I can usually be found at the Evans'.

Diane let me in gave me a hug.

"How are you sweetie?"

"Good, Mrs. Evans." I smile

"Max is upstairs, can you stay for lunch?"

I nod as I go to the stairs, leading up to max's room. I open the door, and I find him still asleep. I sneak in close the door silently behind me. I just look at him. He looked so peaceful sleeping. I take my shoes off decided to lie down on 'my side of the bed' and lay with him. I was about to wake him when he suddenly reached over and hugged me close, apparently still sound asleep. But now, he had a small smile on his face. I snuggle close, liking the warmth.

"...Liz..."

I look at him when he said my name. He must be up already, I mean, how would he know I was here..

"Yeah, Max?" I say, ready for a conversation. still asleep.

"..I love you..." he murmurs, and I was dumbfounded. We've said 'I love you's' before, but not with the passion that he just said. Thinking that he was playing a joke on me, I playfully slap him on the shoulder giggling.

"Shut up Max!" I laugh

"Ow!" he says, suddenly opening his eyes. He was surprised that I was there.

"LIz! You're here!"

"Duh.. Max, quit joking around!"

"Huh?"

"I know you were pretending to be talking in your sleep!"

"I was?... Oh yeah..... I was..." he said as he rested is head back on his pillow.

I lay my head on his shoulder and hug him tightly.

"Well, I love you too, buddy." I say easily.

I felt his body stiffen. LIke he was uncomfortable when I said it. I look at him, confusion on my face.

"What?" he asked

"What's wrong? Do you not want me here?" feeling hurt at the thought.

"What? no!"

"NO?!?"

"I mean, no I wasn't thinking I didn't want you here.."

"Then why do you seem so uncomfortable around me?"

"I do?"

"Max!" I said, now annoyed. "What is going on?" I've said I love you to him a million times but he never tensed up like he did now. Then it dawned on me... Max probably thinks I'm in love with him and he doesn't feel the same way...

Max sits up and looks at me like I just said something in a different language.

"Liz, I just woke up and I have NO idea what you're talking about."

"Nevermind." I say as I put my shoes back on. Tears threatening to spill. This is humiliating.

"Where are you going?"

"HOME!" as I quickly walk out and slam his door. I hear him calling after me, but I ignored him and made a beeline to the front door.

As I briskly walk home, I feel tears stinging my eyes. Why am I even crying?!? I know why.. things were changing between me and my best friend..... Somebody kill me now...

***

NARRATOR POV

Max hurriedly ran after Liz, but by the time he reached his living room, she was gone. His mother came in from the kitchen.

"What's wrong honey?"

"Uhm... I was going after Liz, but I guess I didn't catch her."

"What did you fight about? I heard doors slamming."

"I don't know" he shrugs

"You don't know what you fought about?" asked his mother

"No mom, I honestly don't." thinking how ridiculous he must sound.

"Well, I'm sure it's nothing. You and Liz could never stay mad at each other long. why, I remember when you were both little when she would play with your GI Joe figure cuz she wanted him to marry her Barbie? And you were so mad about that because you said GI joe was a tough guy that would never marry girls! You argued about that for a long time! You didn't speak for a half hour. When finally you both coudn't stand being away from each other anymore. You went over to her to give her your GI Joe to marry off, when she gave you her Barbie doll wearing an army uniform!" laughed Dianne, "You guys were so cute!"

Max thought about what his mother just said. He remembered that day. No matter how mad he was at Liz, it didn't compare to the feeling of emptiness he felt when they weren't talking. He sighed and ran his hand through his hair. Whatever it was that they fought about, he was willing to take blame. Anything for Liz... he thought as he ran upstairs to change.

---

Max reached the Crashdown right away. But instead of going in, he went through the alley. He climed the ladder leading to her balcony. He knew she'd be here. She was always here when she was upset about something.

Liz knew he would come. So she just sat in her lawn chair and waited. They needed to talk. She didn't look at him as he arrived. He sat next to her, put his arm around her, and rested his chin on her head.

"Tell me..." he says

"I don't know what's going on..everyone has been noticing these changes between us. Things that we do that just comes so natural to us.... suddenly it has meaning to everyone else...

Max tried breathing easily but couldn't. He grabbed her shoulder so that they were face to face.

"Liz, I..."

"No, don't say it Max, " she said, as tears start to form in her eyes. Why the hall am I crying?!? she thought.

"Why not?"

"Because I don't want to lose you as a friend! I don't want you to end up hating or avoiding me! I can't stand the thought of losing you. I would rather have you like this, as a friend, than anything."

Max was confused. He wanted to tell her that he loved her, but she was saying that she didn't love him back.

"You're not going to lose me... !" max said pleadingly.

Seeing the hopeless look on his face, made Liz's heart break, all she wanted to do was make him feel better. Why else would he tense up when she told him she loved him? It wasn't even a sincere I love you...

Max's heart was shattering into a million pieces! He wanted to plead with her... but if she didn't feel the same way, there was nothing he could do... she just wanted to be friends... damn...

"Let's always be friends Max... promise me you'll always be my friend..

"You know I will, Liz.." said Max sadly... I'll take whatever you can give me, he thought.



Please tell me what you think...
posted on 11-Jul-2002 1:10:12 PM by katy_mae
HI pixie!

I was just surprised to see your name here! *happy* I'm actually reading your fic The Wallflower Society! I love the way you write !
posted on 13-Jul-2002 8:17:09 AM by katy_mae
Short update.........



Liz hoped that everything will be back to normal between her and Max. It has been a week since their little 'talk' and she felt some tension between them. Both of them tried hard to bring it back the way it used to be.

She couldn't concentrate on anything. She feared that she had ruined their friendship. She has to get past this.. she needs some sort of diversion...

Max, on the other hand, has been miserable this past week. He wanted to tell Liz that he loved her more than anything, but her words kept on repeating itself in his head.. "I would rather have you like this, as a friend, than anything"

He made a vow to himself that he would forever be her friend no matter how hard it would be for him. But, He needed to get over her...

---

Kyle Valenti walked into the Crashdown and looked for his favorite waitress. He has liked Liz for as long as he has known her. They even went out in junior high. Although they were only young then, Kyle has always thought that he would always feel the same way about her. And he was right, his feelings for her never changed. Throughout the years, he has managed to get Liz's friendship and trust. He was glad at that. At least, he got friendship, he would just wait until Liz was ready for something more.

"Hey Liz!" said Kyle as Liz approached him with a menu. He knows which tables are assigned to Liz, and he always sat in her area.

"What can I get you Kyle?" Liz smiled at him, but her smile was forced. It wasn't the smile that she poured her soul into. It wasn't the smile that he fell in love with.

"Something wrong Liz?"

"Wrong? no, nothing's wrong..." said Liz staring at her notepad.

"C'mon Parker, we've known each other forever! I know when those eyes of yours are lying."

"I'm just fine Kyle, now what can I get you?"

Just then, Max comes in the door and Liz turned around to see who came in. Their eyes lock briefly, but Liz quickly looked away, giving all her attention to Kyle.

Max noticed that she was the first one to break their staring. He felt his heart squeeze in pain. Things will never be the same, he thought. And then there was Kyle. For as long as he could remember, that boy has always been in love with Liz. He has even teased her about him millions of times. But this time, amusement was not to be seen in Max's eyes. Just pure jealousy.

"Should I just get you your usual order, Kyle?" asked Liz, trying so hard not to look at the figure sitting on the other booth.

"Yeah, go ahead... Uhm, Liz... Is everything ok between you and Max? You guys didn't say a word to each other when he came in. Usually, you run up to him and give him a big hug, then he twirls you around, and kisses you in the forehead."

Liz smiled at his thorough description.

"How do you know that Kyle?" don't tell me he's noticed things too, she inwardly groan.

"It's nothing stalkerish or anything like that, Liz. I, always look at you.. and I dunno..." said Kyle turning red.

"You're so cute, Kyle. I'll be right back with your order." said Liz as she turned and left.

Max, who has been sitting at the other booth, has been straining to hear what their conversation was all about. It wasn't like Liz to take her time taking Kyle's order. The last thing he heard as he strained to listen to their conversation was "you're so cute kyle"

Damn! He knew Valenti would never stop pursuing her! Why wouldn't he? He has always had the hots for Liz. It didn't bother him before because he knew that no matter what, Liz would never go for him. Besides, he had the comfort of being Liz's best friend. But now... what the hell was he to her? An ex? an ex best friend? He sighed. His thoughts were interrupted when he heard his name being called..

"Max?..."

He abruptly looked to his left and saw Liz looking at him curiously.

"You okay?" she smiled.

"Uhm.... yeah... fine..." he said, clearing his throat.

"Want me to get you your usual?" she asked, ready to write it on her notepad. Just then, Alex walked into the crashdown excitedly looking for someone.

"MAX!" he called out as he hurriedly walked towards Max and Liz. He gave Liz a kiss on the forehead and sat down in front of Max. Out of the guys in the group, Alex would be the closest to Liz after Max. LIz smiled at him.

"Can I get you anything Alex?"

"No thanks, Liz. Max, I have a big favor to ask you!"

"What is it?" asked Max. Liz turned around and went to go get Kyle's drink.

She passed by their table carrying Kyle's drink when she heard Alex ask for his big favor.

"I need you to go on a date with Tess Harding..."

The drink she was holding suddenly slipped out of her hand and splattered all over the floor. Not mention, the glass the drink was in broke and almost cut Liz's leg..

Max was immediately by her side.

"Liz, are you alright? Did you hurt yourself?"

"Yeah... I'm fine..."

Jose, the cook, helped clean up the mess, Liz, was trying to look busy, but at the same time listening to Alex and Max's conversation..

"Please Max? I owe her this big favor, and she wanted me to fix her up with you..."

"I dunno, Alex..." said Max, looking at Liz

"I've noticed that you've been kinda... out of the loop lately.. and well, this is a no strings attatched date...just relax and have fun... she isn't that bad.."

Max thought long and hard.. he knew Alex had a point. He needed to a diversion from Liz and going out with Tess isn't going to kill him.. She was actually a nice person..

"Well... what the hell! Ok, Alex I'll go." said Max

And as if on cue, they hear a couple of plates crashing to the floor over by the counter.

"Whoops, GOD! I'm such a clutz today!" sayd Liz, obviously in a bad mood.
posted on 13-Jul-2002 10:20:52 PM by katy_mae
Strawberry88 Sorry about that! I always seem to forget to update the title.. I'll be sure to do it now. Thanks! *happy*