posted on 12-Jul-2002 4:55:13 PM by hollywoodstarz4444


Title: Treasure
Author: Hollywoodstarz4444
Summary: Maria and Michael. Need I say more?
Rating: I guess pg so far. Don't know how high it will go. Probably R at the most.
Disclaimer: If I owned Roswell or anything to do with it, would I have had a lack of candy in season 3? I think not.
A/N: This is my first fanfic I'm posting on the boards. So feedback is a definite must.


You could hear yelling coming from the upstairs of the beautiful two-story home. The stairs were a scuffed brown from all of her childhood years of running up and down them. When she used to run her hands up the banister when she went up the steps to go to bed at night. When she was carefree.

"I'm staying here. You can go if you want, but I'm not going." Maria DeLuca argued unpacking some of the things her mother had packed for her.

"This is not a discussion. You are going and you are going to make the best of it." Amy looked at her daughter. She had her fathers eyes. God she missed him.

"Why do we have to go to New Mexico of all places. It's full of loons. 'HOME of the ALIENS'. And the scary thing is, some of them actually believe it." Roswell. There was nothing there for her except little green men. Hey, if she was lucky maybe she would get to meet one.

"Hey I would watch if I were you miss, I grew up there. We get to move back into my old house."

"Wow bundles of fun."

"Listen young lady. You better not cop an attitude with me. I'm still your mother and you are still seventeen. You will listen to me, which means you are going to Roswell and you will not complain. So I suggest you start repacking and thats final." Amy stormed out of her daughters room. When she gets the last word in, it really is final.

"God why does she make it so difficult!" she sighed in exasperation. If her father was here she could just give him the puppy dogs eyes and he would give in. 'But he's not here so just stop complaining'. She really missed him. When she wandered around the house she could still smell the Aqua di Gio he used to wear. {A/N:which by the way smells really good.}.

If only they had been when step ahead of them. If they could have just... It won't bring him back to relive the memories. She started repacking all of her stuff. It looked like she was off to Roswell, New Mexico.

****

The flight had been awful. It was delayed a good two hours and she ended up sitting next to a guy who thought burping the Star-spangled banner was a special talent to be shared with the world. It had been one of the top five most boring experiences from her life.

When she got off the plane she went to pick up her luggage. Her mother trailed behind her. She could only assume that she was taking in the fact that she was back in her home town. She could personally care less, but since she would be living here for a while she was determined to make the best of it.


She grabbed her luggage and headed out to there rental car. Her mothers' Jetta should be here in a couple of days via a friend that was passing through. Yeah. A friend. A GUY friend who probably wanted a favor in return from her mother which she found personally gross. Her mother started getting involved with a lot of guys to keep her mind off her dad since he passed away. Well, not exactly passed away. That was such a weak term for what happened to him. He was murdered. She shuttered involuntarily shuddered and hopped into the passenger seat for the long ride to her house. Not home. A house.

****

"It's...quaint." Maria looked around her new house. She inspected every crevice. True, it wasn't as big as her previous one, but it was nice looking.

"Quaint? OK, since when have you used the word quaint?"

"Since I stepped into this house. Thats when." She went into the hallway that connected the living room to her new bedroom. Her boxes had already arrived and was set in the corner of her room. There was a window at the opposite end of the room that overlooked the front yard. She was already planning on where she was going to put her bed and dresser.

From the looks of it she would be inside all night unpacking. Tommorow she would go exploring the town. But until then it looked like she was goning to be jumping into the wonderful world of boxes and memories.

***

She woke up in the morning feeling refreshed. She instantly felt comfortable in the little house that her mother grew up in. She rolled out of bed and headed for the shower. She got in and let the cold water wake her up. When people said New Mexico was a desert state, they weren't lying. It was hot. Well hot compared to what she was used to. Illinois wasn't a state for warm weather all the time.

She turned off the water and stepped out of the shower. She dried her long blonde hair and slipped into a pair of denim cut-off shorts and a baby blue tank top.

Maria heard the sound of pans clanking and knew her mother was cooking breakfast.

"Hey mom. Smells good."

"Thanks honey. So are you ready for my famous blueberry pancakes?" Amy grinned. She knew it was Maria's favorite.

"Always. So, I was thinking I would go take a tour of the town. Take in the sights." She knew what was coming next. It was a warning that always came every time she went somewhere. She could probably mimick everything her mom would say and do.

"Just remember Maria. No, uh..well you know." Her smile faltered. She didn't want anything happening to her baby. Her memories switched to her late husband.

"Yes mom. I know. We have this conversation everytime I leave the house. I'm seventeen. I know what I'm doing." She hates it when her mom gets into the overprotective mode. Yes, she has reason too, but she should have a little faith in her.

"I just don't want history to repeat itself," Amy said with a sad smile, "Well you better get a move on if you want to see everything."

"Oh I doubt it will take that long. Roswell isn't that big." Maria put her dish in the dishwasher, put on her walking shoes, grabbed her purse and walked out the door.She would be taking in the sights by foot considering her car wouldn't be here until tommorow.

****

Maria thought she was going to bust. She walked around all morning trying to find things to do. She did a little shopping at the little stores. That didn't last too long considering there weren't to many of them. Then she headed over to the UFO Center. She thought it had to be the least factual thing she has ever seen.

That's when she had to stop. Her stomach was growling in protest. She didn't eat too much before she left. She didn't want to stick around to hear her mom start lecturing her on being safe. She was perfectly fine on her own. ggrr. Ok, so her stomach thought it was time for her to stop for something to eat for lunch. She came out of the UFO Center and headed over to the Crashdown Cafe.

She walked in and looked for a place to sit. She headed to the back and sat down in a booth. She took a menu and started looking over what they had. Then the waitress came over to take her order. She didn't have to look up to know she was there. She could feel her. It was one of these weird things she could do.

"Hi. Im Liz and I'll be your waitress can I start you off with something to drink?"

Maria looked out and let out an unvoluntary laugh when she caught a look at her outfit. "Oh Im so sorry. You probably think I'm crazy. It's just I've never seen an outfit like that."

"It's ok. At least you don't have to wear it when you work.Believe me I tried to tell my dad to change it but he won't. Says it gives the place character."

"Your dad?" She assumed her dad owned the place or something but she wanted to be sure.

"Yeah he owns this place. So would you like anything to drink?"

"OH yeah sorry to waste your time. UH...how 'bout a cherry coke. And can you bring some extra suger?" Maria saw something pass in Liz's eyes but couldn't quite place it.

"Oh no your not a bother. It's just I don't see too many people use extra suger in there drink."

"It's a dietary quirk. We all have them I guess." Maria smiled at Liz when she went to get her drink. She seemed nice enough. But she knew she couldn't go telling too much about herself. She didn't want to get caught up like her father did. Liz came over and had a little conversation with her. She asked about the usual stuff about her being new in town and gave Maria her phone number to get together sometime.

She was eating her meal and that's when she felt it. YOu know the feeling. That feeling when the hairs on the back of your neck stand up because someones staring at you. She nonchalantly turned around. She saw Liz sitting in a booth talking to a group of teens around her age. She was staring at a guy with dark brown hair and brown eyes. Maria could only assume he was a boyfriend. Across from him, facing Maria was a gorgeous blonde with brown eyes. She looked like your basic supermodel.

But that's not what caught her eye. Sitting next to her was a guy with short spikey brown hair and the most intense brown eyes she has ever seen. And he was staring right at her. 'So that's whose been boring holes in the back of my head' She slowly turned back around and ate her food. Making sure she had a bottle of tabasco sauce next to her. {A/N: I know it's not that oringinal but I couldn't think of anything else.}


"So I think we should go to the movies tonight as a group. You know, us and Alex." Liz looked deep into Max's eyes. She could really care less what about what the other's wanted when she got lost in his eyes.

"Yeah how about Men in Black 2? It should be good." Max stared back at Liz.

"I don't like it." Michael stared at the girl who was sitting in the back booth eating by herself.

"What? Men in Black? You haven't even seen it." Max looked over at his friend of ten years.

"NO! The fact that a new girl shows up in town and you don't find it suspicious. I mean we just got rid of Topolsky and she pops up. How suspicous is that?!" Michael glared at Max. How could he be making googly eyes at Liz when there could be a potential killer in their mist?

"Michael, your paranoid. Just because there is a new face in town doesn't mean that they are after us. Besides if we went following them everywhere and they were FBI or something that would give us away in a heartbeat." Isabel glared at Michael.

Michael glanced up when Maria came over by there table. He couldn't help but admit she was the most beautiful creature he has ever seen.She had intense emerald eyes and the softest looking blonde hair he's ever seen. 'Where the hell did that come from?'

"Hi, Liz?" Maria chanced a look towards Michael. He was staring at her again.

Before Liz could awnser Michael blurted out, "Who are you?" He didn't mean for it to come out as rude as it did but he couldn't risk being exposed. Whether or not she was beautiful. Damn there he goes again.

"God Michael can you be anymore rude?" Isabel turned her ice glare on him but he just shrugged it off. He was used to those glares.

Who did this guy thinks he is that he can get an attitude with me?! She bit back a retort and just went with the friendly path, "Its ok. I'm Maria DeLuca. I just wanted to pay..."

"OH sorry. I should be up at the counter. Here I'll ring that up for you." Liz made her way over to the counter with Maria close behind.

"Hey. Sorry about Michael. He gets a little strange around new people." Liz didn't want Michael to be on her bad side right from the start. Besides, if he was right and she was FBI or something, than she didn't want to give her more reason to resent him.

Oo. So his name is Michael. "Yeah. Well, I can understand that.I guess I'll see you around." With that Maria left. She was determined to find a new outfit for school next week. She wanted to make an impression.

****

The week went by and nothing eventful happened. Maria had sat through her first four classes being bored out of her right mind. She had lunch next and Liz had invited her to sit with her group during her first period science class. She was actually kind of nervous. She didn't want anything to slip and have them find out her true origins.

She looked at the clock. Five more minutes. Five more minutes until she was out of math and sitting with her new friend. If you could even call Liz a friend. She didn't know if she was doing it to be nice or if she really thought of her as a friend. Ring. Yes! I'm outta here.

~~~~

"I can't believe you invited her to sit with us. She's just trying to get close enough so she can expose us!" Michael went on a rampage. He did not like the fact that Liz was getting close to that Maria girl. She could be trouble.

"Michael. She is not out to get us. I feel something genuine about her. Besides, if she is out to get us than we just get close to her. We become friends and find out what she is really up to. But we have no reason to suspect her of anything. Have you thought of the fact that she could be just a normal transfer student?" Max really wanted to make Michael less paranoid. He wouldn't get anywhere if he wouldn't be more open-minded.

"Yeah. Whatever. But I don't have to be nice."

"No one said you had to."

Maria made her way over to Liz. She saw she was sitting with everyone who was at the Crashdown the other day plus a new addition. Ok, here goes nothing.

"Hey Liz." She glanced around the group.

"Hey Maria. Have a seat." She looked around and the only open spot was next to Michael. Oh god here we go.

"Maria, this is my boyfriend Max, his sister Isabel, her boyfriend Alex and Michael." She pointed out the various people.

There it was again. The prickly feeling she gets when people stare at her. She had one guess as to who it was. She looked over. Yep it was him.

"So, Maria. How do you like Roswell High?" Isabel started out. She still had her ice queen facade up but made sure she seemed friendly enough to talk to.

"It's not quite as big as I'm used to.Everyone seems nice enough though." There you go start with the basics.

Michael stared over at Maria. She looked good. Like, reaaall good. She was wearing a green skirt that matched her eyes. It was about knee length and met her boots at its hem. She wore a tight yellow shirt with a only one sleeve. What guy wouldn't notice?

"So where did you used to live?" Alex inquired. He seemed nice enough. A little geeky. She couldn't imagine Isabel dating him.

"Actually, I lived in Chicago since I was about six." She could still feel Michael's eyes constantly on her. She had enough. "OK. Can you please stop staring at me?" She actually didn't mind being noticed by him, but it would help if it didn't feel like she was being dissected.

"What are you talking about I wasn't staring." He hoped nobody saw him blush. He never intended on being caught.

"Yes you were?"

"No I wasn't"

"I distinctly felt you looking at me. I turned and you were staring at me. YOU WERE STARING!" The others stared on in amuesment. Was Michael actually ..blushing?

"I think the blonde has sunk in too far. Because I was not staring."

"Yeah well I know what I know and I KNOW you were staring." Maria bit back a smile as she saw his adorable exasperated face.

"Whatever!" The pod squad looked at him in amazment. Nobody and that really is NOBODY won an arguement with him. He always had the last word and he just gave up.

"So um..*cough*.. let me see your schedule Maria. Maybe we have some classes together after school." Alex tried to figure out what was going on with Michael. Something was..off. He wasn't acting normal. But then again, nothing was normal with them.
posted on 14-Jul-2002 6:22:57 PM by hollywoodstarz4444
Hey. Back with a short part to hold you over. Since only three people sent feedback I'm doin it for you. Thanks.



PART 2-

The next day Maria was sitting in her english class drifting of into lala land. She had at least one class with everyone in the group. They seemed close. She wished she could get that close, but she knew it was impossible. She couldn't let herself get attactched to these people than want to tell them anything.

"Hello class. Today I have a special treat for you all." He held a packet of papers up. "A partner essay!" A wave of groans and swears could be heard.

"Ahh. Just as I thought. Not to thrilling right. Well.. too bad because your doing it anyway. I will pick your partners for you. It is a two page essay on your partner and what they are really like. Not a simple 'what is your favorite color' essay either. I will you give you guide lines with questions on them you can ask, and you can figure them into the essay somehow."

'Uh-oh. Okay DeLuca don't panick. You can just leave out some details.'

"Okay lets get this started. Alans with Zertuchi. Baker with Sturino..."

*Please let me be with Liz. Please let me be with Liz*

"M. Evans with Parker."

*DAMN*

"DeLuca with..."

*pleasepleaseplease*

"Guerin"

"WHAT! Im sorry that's unacceptable." Out of all the people in all the class I have to be stuck with him. He hates me.

Mr. Madison looked up from his list. " I beg your pardon?"

Okay time to make a quick excuse..come on quick excuse...come on ANY excuse..damn. "I mean the guys not even here" Yeah, that was lame.

"Well I'm sure you can track him down. Franks with Sanchez...."

****

"Michael! Wait.' I can't believe I'm actually gonna do this report. Especially after I had to track his ass down to the football leachers.

"What do you want blondie?" Michael wondered why she would come looking for him. "We have this bogus english project and we are paired up. I need you to awnser some questions." Oh.

"I'm not into english."

"Yes, I realize that. But I'm not going to fail this assignment because your not 'into it'. So I suggest you awnser my questions otherwise I'm not going to leave you alone!"

Don't then. "Fine. I told Max I would meet him. I will meet you at your house at eight." With that he left.

Maria let out a breath she hadn't realized she was holding. Fine. He's going to meet me at my house. OKay I can handle this...OH MY GOD! He's going to meet me at my house. I have to go home and clean.

****













posted on 18-Jul-2002 5:32:07 PM by hollywoodstarz4444
Hey guys. Just poppin in to get you a new part. Thanks for the feed back. Glad you like it.Now..on to part three.


PART 3

Maria was sitting on her couch watching tv. She spent the last hour cleaning up whatever mess she could find so she didn't look like a complete slob. God knows Michael would have a field day making jokes at her house if it looked horrible. But she didn't really care. His opinion didn't matter. 'Then why did you spend the hour trying to find anything dirty and clean it?'
"I did not" 'Did too' "I did it so I could feel better...oh geez. I'm talking to myself."

"Okay DeLuca. Get it together. You have..." She glanced at her clock "Half an hour before he gets here." Why do I even care. He's just an annoying, repulsive, spikey haired..very good looking, amazing guy I've ever met. Oh no. I've lost it.

****

Okay Guerin. You can back out of this. Just tell her you don't want to do the report and leave. Its not that difficult. She is nothing but a annoying, loud-mouthed...beautiful blonde. Damn. Knew it wasn't gonna be that easy. Just suck it up. She is a human. She means nothing.

Michael sat outside her house ten minutes before he actually rang the doorbell. 'Tell her you don't want to do the report. Then Leave. No report. Leave. No report. Leave.

That all went to hell when she awnsered the door. He had to remind his mind, and other parts of his anatomy, to stay focused. But how could he when she was dressed in a skin tight, baby pink tank top. Not to mention the pair of cut-off shorts that made hotpants run in shame.

"Hi Michael. You gonna come in or just stand out here all night?" Maria was in her own daze. Granted the guy had nothing but black in his closet probably. But he knew how to use it to his advantage. His chest was screaming touch me. She let him in and got a good look at him. 'Not to mention the jeans did something for him.'

"So I figure we can start off with you awnsering my questions. Since I know that you're not doing your half." Maria motioned for him to take a seat on the couch while, with much self-control, she took a seat across from his on an overstuffed chair.

"Okay. So." She glanced down at her sheet. "What is your favorite ice cream flavor?"

"You have got to be kidding me."

"No. Now awnser the question."

"Pistachio."

"Okay. Pi-sta-chio. Next. If you could visit one place, where would it be?"

Home. "Never land."

"Be serious." She glared at him.

"What if I am?" He glared right back at her.

"Fine.Favorite book?"

"Winnie the Pooh." He gave her a legendary smirk.

"Okay if you're not going to be serious about this I will make up the awnsers for you."

"Please do. Let's see what you would do. Since you must know me so well."

"Fine. Your favorite book would be ... How to be a Rebel for Dummies. Your favorite color would be black for obvious reasons. Your idol would have to have been James Dean."

"Are you making fun of my look?!" Nobody makes fun of my look. She doesn't know me.He got up to look intimidating. That was shot when she stood up and got in his face.

"Look?! Ha! It's not even an original look. Your trying to be the resident bad-ass because you don't want people to see who you really are." Her and Michael were heading towards each other.

"Oh really. Why wouldn't I want people to see me?"

"Because your scared." Maria and Michael were inches apart. She could smell his aftershave.

"Scared! I'm never scared. What would I be scared of?" It came out kind nervous but he recovered.

"Your scared of what people will think of you if you showed them who you really are. Your scared that if someone saw you, the real you, that they would go running. You don't think I haven't noticed you. You are always sitting on the outside of the group. Afraid to make a new friend. What? You didn't think anyone noticed. Well they do." How could he get her so..annoyed?

For once Michael didn't have a comeback. She was absoulutely right. He was scared. He looked down at the girl in front of him. She was standing there in all her hell-raising glory. There would be one thing he wasn't scared of.

Maria surprised herself at her outburst. She didn't mean to say all that. But she was kind of glad that she did. That would give him something to think about. She looked up at him. He looked like he was contemplating something. What if he was contemplating the best way to kill her so someone wouldn't notice.

Here goes nothing. He pulled Maria against and pressed his lips against hers. He could feel the heat between them. He ran his tongue against her lips and asked for entrance. She gladly agreed and he deepened the kiss.

Oh my god. He's kissing me. No this isn't right. OH to hell with right. She ran her hands against his chest. Over every muscle that she moved her fingers against flexed. She found her way around her his neck and pulled him closer. She could feel him run his hands up her sides and wrap them around her waist and pull her closer. Then it stopped.

He pulled away suddenly. He had no idea why he just did that. Well he did, but he didn't know he would be stupid enough to act on it. "Uh..I have to go." With that he turned and literally ran out the door.

Maria stood there stunned.'Did that really just happen?' She brought her fingers to her lips and ran them across her bottom lip. OH yeah that just happened.

****
posted on 20-Jul-2002 4:24:00 AM by hollywoodstarz4444
Hey. Just stoppin into say I will have a new part for you guys within the next two days. Its a goal. Thanks for the feedback.

brandy*bounce**tongue**angel*
posted on 25-Jul-2002 11:05:26 PM by hollywoodstarz4444
K. I know I said two days but Ive been busy with some stuff and I will get the next part posted asap.

Brandy*bounce**tongue**angel*
posted on 10-Aug-2002 11:32:34 PM by hollywoodstarz4444
Ok. Im back. I didn't go anywhere too far. But Im kinda stuck. I already have half of the next part written. But Im not sure where Im gonna go with it. But I do know where I wont go with it. I will post more soon. Girls Scouts honor.Thanks for the feedback.

Brandy
posted on 29-Aug-2002 8:22:17 PM by hollywoodstarz4444
Just bumpin myself so that as soon as I get out of my writing rut I can post without it being lost on people

brandy



posted on 2-Sep-2002 10:04:12 PM by hollywoodstarz4444
Hey guess what people Im back. I have gotten over this case of writers block. Thank you so much to everyone who gave feedback, otherwise I would have probably given up by now. The song in this is by Ginny Owens and the words may be messed up a little. Enjoy.



PART 4

Maria made her way out to the quad to meet up with the whole group. She had done her best to avoid Michael all day because she had no idea what to say to him. Although, she probably succeeded in avoiding him because, he too, was avoiding her like the plague also.

"Hey guys." Maria dropped her bookbag next to her when she sat down in between Liz and Isabel. "Where is everyone else?"

"Well, Max said he was going to be a few minutes late because he needs to stay after in bio for an assignment he missed." Liz replied.

"Michael didn't come to school and Alex said he was going to put up some more posters for his band before he came to lunch. His singer got mono so he's looking for a replacement." Isabel went back to dipping her carrots in some kind of special dip.

Maria seemed disappointed that Michael didn't come to school but perked up when she heard they were looking for a singer. "So he's looking for a new singer, huh. I used to sing."

"Really! You should totally try out for him. He's getting pretty desperate. He even asked me to sing and lets just say I should stick to molecular sciences." Liz flashed her a smile.

"I don't know. I guess I could ask about it."

Max came up to the table with Alex and sat down next to Liz. Alex took his seat next to Isabel.

"What's up ladies?" Alex gave a 100 watt smile.

"Well, actually we were just talking about Maria having a gorgeous voice." Liz tryed to drop hints.

"We never said I had a gorgeous voice. They haven't even heard me before." Maria said.

"Do you think you would want to come and sing with me and my band? Pretty please?" He did his best to give a puppy dog pout. Which he was failing horribly at. For some reason it didn't look as good on guys.

"You haven't even heard me sing yet."

"So! You have to better than all the other people that tried out. I have faith in you."

"Fine. I'll do it."

"Oh yes thank you, thank you, thank you. Meet me at my house tonight after school. We will go over the songs we're going to sing." With that the bell rang and everyone filed out to their respective classes.


****


Maria walked up to Alex's house and rang the doorbell. He awnsered and led her through the house and to the attached garage.

"Ok, guys this is Maria. Maria this is Steve, Jacob and Robert." As he pointed out each guy they gave a little nod with their heads. Must be a guy thing.

"Ok, so Maria. We are going to do it this way. We have a list of songs we know and want to perform Friday night at the Jam spot. Now, I know Friday night is only two days away, but if you know the songs then all you have to do is get used to singing with a live band." Alex said.

"Ok I think I can do it. Um.. why don't you show me the list and we'll pick out songs I know and we'll do a set list."

"Okay here it is." She scanned the list and they came up with a list of songs they all agreed to perform.

"Maria, why don't we do this first song and see what kind of talent we have in our mist." Alex cued the band and the garage was filled with beautiful music. Then Maria began the vocals.



The pathway is broken
And the signs are unclear
And I don't know the reason
Why you brought me here
Just because you love me
The way that you do
Im gonna walk through the valley
If you want me too

Cuz Im not who I was
When I took my first step
And I'm clinging to the promise
Your not through with me yet
So if all of these toils
Brings me closer to you
And I will go through the fire
If you want me too

It may not be the way
I would've chosen
When you lead me through a world
Thats not my home
But you never said
It would be easy
YOu only said I wont go alone

So when the whole world turns against me
And Im all by myself
And I can't hear you awnser
My cries for help
I'll remember the sufferin
YOur love put you through
And I'll go through the valley
If you want me too, yeah


The song ended and she turned around to face the guys. They didn't say anything so she flipped out. "It sucked didn't it. I'm sorry I knew I should have never said that I sang. I'm sorry I'll go." She turned around to go but Alex grabbed her arm.

"Are you crazy. That, wow. I mean... I'm speechless. Well, no actually I'm not. That kicked some major ass!"

She started to blush then asked, " So I can still sing with you?"

Alex looked at her like she had three heads. " Well, no duh. You did amazing. Why don't we work on the rest of the songs. And then we will meet up again tommorow."


****


Maria was waiting for Alex before school so she could go over the final details before there last rehersal tonight. Tommorow she would be up on stage singing in front of club full of people.

She turned towards the parking lot entrance and saw Alex, Max, Liz, Isabel and Micahel all crammed into Max's jeep. She walked up to the jeep and greeted them.

"Ok, so Alex what time do you want me to meet you at the club tommorow?"

"Probably around six. We dont perform until seven though."

Michael looked at the two and had to ask, "Perform?"

"Yeah, you know the Whits are performing tommorow." Alex said.

"Yeah, I know that, but why is she going?"

Maria sent a glare his way. "For your information, I'm singing with them tommorow, Michael." She stressed his name.

"Why?"

"Because their original singer got mono and I'm filling in for her. Do you have a problem with that?"

"This will be interesting."

"And what's that supposed to mean?"

"Whatever you think it's supposed to mean."

"I happen to--"

Isabel stepped in between them. "Ok you know what. We're going to be late for class, so you two stop your bickering. You sound like an old married couple." They looked at her with disgust in there eyes. She couldn't help but have a smile on her face. Her work here was done. "Alright, lets go to class."


****

Next: how will the concert go, will Michael kiss Maria again(or vice versa) and will Alex ever change the name of his band to something more cutting edge? All will be revealed (or maybe just some of it) in the next chapter.




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posted on 18-Sep-2002 8:54:26 PM by hollywoodstarz4444
I would just like to say I'm not dead. I am updating just wait a little teensy bit longer. I promise it will be worth the wait. Gracias.

-Brandy
posted on 19-Oct-2002 11:41:59 AM by hollywoodstarz4444
I would just like to say that bumping and fb dont hurt. hint hint...hehe.


Brandy
posted on 25-Oct-2002 4:49:18 PM by hollywoodstarz4444
Im back! I have a new part. Sorry it took so long. These things take time. Well, at least for me they do. Thank you to Shelbecat who stuck with me through the whole thing. And to everyone else who has sent me feedback or who just lurks. Now on with the fic!


Part 5

The day passed by quickly to Maria but she couldn't get the butterflies out of her stomach. It wasn't from the performance in a couple hours but from Isabel's recognition of hers and Michael's flirtatious banter the day before. She got home and decided to try to eat something before her singing debut in Roswell, New Mexico. It wasn't like she has never sung before, but it will be the first time her new group of friends will hear her with the exception of Alex of course. She just prayed nothing out of the ordinary happened tonight.

***

She arrived at the concert an hour before the audience was supposed to show. She decided on a green dress with swirls through it and a pair of tan knee high boots. Her tight fitting dress had a low cut neckline, but not too low. You could see a little skin between the boots and dress. Her hair hung half down her shoulders and the top half in a messy bun. She saw Alex plugging in the amps and decided to go show off her new look.

"Hey Alex." She fluttered her long eyelashes at him.

Alex didn't look up but kept working on the set, " Hey Maria," he glanced up at her ," are you r--- woah."

"Ok that was the reaction I was looking for." She twirled for him and struck a pose. " So honestly Mr. Whitman, what do you think?"

"I think you look absolutely fabulous darling," he said trying to do an accent to go along with it. Didn't work." So are you nervous yet?"

"Just a little. It's been awhile since I've sung in front of people. It should be good for me."

"Really, when was the last time you sang?"

She wanted to say right before the men killed her father. "Right before my father died."

He didn't mean to over step his bounderies. He could tell she was deeply saddened by the look on her face."Oh. I'm sorry."

"Thanks. Well, we better hurry and get set up everyone should be here in a half an hour."

"Ok. Lets go to work."


***

"How long do I have to sit here again?" Michael hadn't stopped complaining since he arrived at the club.He sat at a table with Max, Liz and Isabel. He sat in the middle of them for the reason that he would most likely bolt. At least this way either Isabel or Max could grab him before he ran.

"The whole damn time Michael! What is it with you anyway. We are here to support our friends. Besides I want to hear Maria sing. Alex says she has a gorgeous voice." Isabel flipped her hair and gave him a look which means he better stay in his seat the whole time or he was gonna get it.

"Exactly my point. Maria is singing. I don't have to stay because she isn't my friend." Micheal gave her a glare.

"Not with the way you two have been acting around each other lately." Max sent him a knowing stare.

"What's that supposed to mean?!"

"Nothing. Now shush the concerts starting." Isabel stared forward with a smirk on his face.

The band came on and everyone's eyes were transfixed on the stage. Maria glided onto the stage in one fluid motion. She made her way to the mic and the multicolored lights hit her and the band started up.


Im standin on a bridge
Im waitin in the dark.
I thought that youd be here by now
Theres nothin but the rain
No footsteps on the ground
Im listening but theres no sound

Isnt anyone tryin to find me
Wont somebody come take me home
Its a damn cold night
Trying to figure out this life
Wont you take me by the hand
Take me somwhere new
I dont know who you are but I
Im with you, Im with you

Im lookin for a place
Im searchin for a face
Is anybody here I know
Cuz nothins goin right
And everythings a mess
And noone likes to be alone

Isnt anyone trying to find me
Wont somebody come take me home
Its a damn cold night
Trying to figure out this life
wont you take me by the hand
Take me somewhere new
I dont know who you are but I
Im with you , Im with you

Oh, Why is everything so confusing
Maybe Im just out of my mind
Yeah, Yeah, yeah , Yeah , Yeah

Its a damn cold night
Trying to figure out this life
wont you take me by the hand
Take me somewhere new
I dont know who you are but I
Im with you , Im with you

Take me by the hand
Take me somewhere new
I dont know who you are but I
Im with you , Im with you


The song came to an end and the audience applauded while Michael stared up at the women of the hour. She looked amazing. Her chest rose up and down while she caught her breath.He heard from Isabel that she could sing but...whoah this is not what he expected. Plus, it didn't hurt that she looked damn good too.

Maria glanced across the audience and her friends. She stopped when she could see a set of intense brown eyes staring right into her emerald green ones. He looked like he wanted to jump out of his seat and ravish her. Which wouldn't be and entirely bad thing. But right now she was going to focus on her music.

Alex cued the band and they started up again. They went through there entire set and it came to a close and hour later. The crowd cleared out and there were only the regulars still in the club after all the "groupies" left. Maria and the rest of the gang left outside to go through the backdoor to get to the Max's jeep.

"Max, where did you park?" Maria glanced around and didn't see the car parked in the back parking lot.

"I parked down the alley, just in case there was still a crowd and it wouldn't take forever to get out."

"So, you guys did awesome. Maria, how did you learn all those songs so fast?" Liz looked at the slightly taller girl to her right.

"Well most of the songs we did I already knew it was just a matter of learning how to do it with Alex's band doing the live music." Maria glanced behind her and to her right and saw Michael behind her boring holes in the back of her head. Again.

"I don't see what the big deal is its just like karaoke." Michael shot daggers at her.

"You know what, if you think you would do such a good job at 'karaoke' maybe you should sing with them next time. Oh wait, most of the audience wouldn't stay long enough for the second verse." She shot daggers right back at him. She looked around and noticed they just entered the alley. Geez he really did park DOWN the alley, the jeep looked so far away.

"Could we not do this right now. Michael you know you would suck if you had to go up there and Maria, you did a wonderful job." Isabel sent Michael a warning glare.

She looked around her and got a chill up her spine. Something was wrong. "Hey. You guys." She stopped dead in her tracks. Everyone followed her example and looked over to her.

"Do you guys feel something?"

Isabel looked over the rest of them. "Like what?"

"I dunno. It was stupid. I just get paranoid a lot." She coninued walking but the feeling kept on getting stronger. It got so strong she had to stop and bend down and put her hands to her stomach.

"Maria, are you ok?" Alex looked at her worried. She looked ready to throw-up.

"No." She looked around her and sshhed everyone. In a very short tone she said, "Turn around."

"What, what are you talking about the jeep is like 20 feet away." Michael had to admit he was wiggin a little. She looked really bad.

"Now." She got up and started to turn around right as a green beam shot past her. Everyone turned around and saw a man in his early thirties appear from behind the jeep. He looked normal except his eyes. His eyes were all red with no pupils. He shot another shot towards them.

"Everyone! Get down!" Max covered Liz with a hand and they ran and ducked to get behind a garage. Alex pushed Isabel towards the garage with Max and Liz.

"Maria. Get down!" Michael shoved Maria towards the opposite side of the alley to everyone else. They got behind a moving crate and lay flat down behind it. Michael used his body to cover hers.

The man moved slowly down the alley toward them. "Come out, come out wherever you are. You can't hide from me. I smell Antarian blood." He moved towards the side of the alley that Max, Liz, Alex and Isabel were on. "You know I find it interesting that I smell human blood too. I thought Antarians only ran with Antarians."

He came closer and closer towards the group of teens behind the garage. He got frustrated when no one would awnser him."You know I have no problem in killing humans to get to you." At that everyone froze up.

Maria was really scared. She has seen this man before. She knew what she had to do. She started to move to get up before she felt a pair of hands wrap around her waist and pull her back down. She got a tingly feeling but decided to ignore it becuase there were more important things to deal with.

"What are you doing?!" Michael said.

"I have to do something. "

"He is not human. Didn't you see what he did?! He would do that to you without hesitation."

"I know that. But what are we gonna do sit here until he decideds to kill us. I dont think so." She started to move again but he tightened his grip on her.

"Im not letting anything happen to you because of me." She regarded him with a strange look to his last comment.

"What do you mean your fault?" Before he could respond she heard Liz screaming. She looked from her position in Michaels arms to see Liz being dragged away from the rest of the group. Michael jumped up and told her to stay there. Like she would listen.She crept up behind them to see Max yelling for him to let her go or he would shoot and holding his hand up making a....shield? With his hand? Isabel and Micahel were standing on either side of him with their hands up. Alex was behind them. They couldn't be. Well there is time for that later, right now there is a man holding her friend hostage and she was going to get her back.

She walked up behind them and cleared her throat. Michael and Isabel turned their heads but Max continued to converse with the man and stare at Liz.

"I thought I told you to stay behind the crate." Michael looked pissed off, but oh well.

"Thats not going to work." She directed her comment at Max.

"What are you talking about." Max looked back at her.

"That shield, if thats what you would call it, it won't work." Max looked at her strangely.

"Why isn't she behind the crate. We'll have to talk to her later about this." He directed that to Isabel.

"Fine. You know the only reason he hasn't blasted right through that shield is because he wants to see you suffer because he has Liz. Put it down and let me help."

Max wavered and he didn't know what to do. This girl was obviously talking crazy. Thinking she was an invincible cat women or something.

Maria looked at everyones faces. They didn't look like they were going to back down. "Fine. Have it your way." She flicked her wrists at the shield."Disipitate." The green power source flickered and died out. She turned towards the group of teens and flicked her wrists and threw them gently towards the garages. She then turned her attention to the mystery man and Liz.

"Ooh. I smell a fiesty one. Silly girl, do you think you could seriously kill me with your weak telekenises powers. What are you going to do throw me into a garage a couple times and hope it kills me. Well, I still have your little friend here. "He ran his finger across her cheek.

"No. But I bet this can kill you. " She raised her hand up and let a white light emit from her hands.

"Powers that are and powers that be
Take this creature away from me
Vanquish his heart, vanquish this sore
Vanquish him till there is no more"


He let out a blood-curling scream and red and yellow flames started to form into a ball around him."NO!"

"I wish I had known this back then. Have fun in hell." She took one last look at his horrific expression before she turned around and he burts into ashes that fell slowly to the ground.

"Oh my god. What the hell just happened?" Liz looked around at everyone to see the same expression of their face that she saw on hers.

"Nothing. I should go. My mom is probably looking for me by now." Maria turned to make a getaway but Michael stepped in front of her.

"Your not going anywhere until you tell us what just happened." He grabbed her by the wrist to keep her from running.

"Let go of me! You have no right to hold me against my will. Besides, why don't you tell me what the hell happened because I'm not the only one doing some freaky shit here tonight."

"You go first." Michael looked her straight in her eyes challenging her.

"God, could you be any more of a kid about it. Why do I have to go first?" She dared him to say something.

"Because think about it: we have strength in numbers. If you turn out to be some freaky alien bounty hunter or something we need to know."

Maria looked around her. Everyone was eyeing her suspiciously. She couldn't believe after the time they spent together they would think she would hurt them. Well, on second thought that is the same way she would be if a new kid just showed up in town with powers.

"Fine. You want to know the truth. You can have it. Although my mother would probably kill me." She looked around to make sure she looked everyone in the eye so she could gauge their reaction. "I'm an Antarian witch."

posted on 25-Oct-2002 4:50:52 PM by hollywoodstarz4444
P.S the song is by Avril Lavigne. Bless her.

Brandy