posted on 29-Jul-2002 11:46:45 PM by Angelus
Title: A Little Love
Disclaimer: The usual
Summary: A different twist on “Independence Day”.
Note: Set during “Independence Day”. After Michael left Max and Isabel’s house was when he went to Maria. When Amy caught them he went back to Hank’s trailer. The story begins with Liz and Maria talking in the Crashdown.

Part 1

“You know, what you said really made sense, and I've been sticking to it. And you would be so proud of me. I mean, just last night even, I said it really clearly. No. Of course, Max wasn't there...but when he is there, I'll be ready for him. Are you even listening to me?”

“Oh, sorry. I'm sorry.”

“What's wrong?”

“Oh...well...”

Isabel walks into the Crashdown

“Have you guys seen Michael?”

“Maybe.”

“Come on, Maria, you have to tell me. It's really important.”

“Well, if it's that important, then you tell me. I'm worried about him, too.”

“I can't.”

“Ditto.”

“All right. Michael's in trouble.”

“What...what kind of trouble?”

“It's Hank. He's, um...he's been hurting him, and Max and I are trying to help.”

“Oh, my God, Isabel.”

“Michael made us promise not to say anything.”

“He was with me last night. All night.”

Liz can’t believe what she’s hearing.

“What? He spent the night, Maria? What happened to "no"?”

“He never told me what was wrong. We just slept. And then...in the morning, my mom came in, and he took off, and I haven't seen him since.”

Now Maria is really worried. She has never seen him as upset as he was last night, and now he’s missing. Later that night she finds out his address and goes there. No one answers the door, but she has a strange and upsetting feeling that he is there. She opens the door and walks in. The place is a wreck. There are beer cans everywhere. She looks around and sees Michael curled up on the floor.
“Oh my god, Michael!”

She runs to him and dives by his side.

“Oh god! Are you alright?!”

He is obviously not okay. He can barely move and his voice is no louder than a whisper.

“Please… be quite. He’ll… wake up.”

Maria pulls out her cell phone.

“I’ll call Max.”

With much effort Michael takes the phone from her.

“No.”

“Michael you need him to heal you!”

“No. They can’t know that… that this got any… worse. Please Maria… don’t tell them.”

“Michael…”

“Please!”

She can see that he is in a lot of pain, but he’s even more scared.

“Okay, but only if you let me help you.

He nods.

She carefully helps him up and to her car.

“What about… your mom?”

“She very reluctantly went out of town. She won’t be back for a week.”

“Good.”

TBC

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posted on 30-Jul-2002 12:36:43 AM by Angelus
Part 2

Michael passed out twice on the way to Maria’s. When they finally got there she had to practically drag him to her room. She came so close to calling Max on the way, but she knew if she did Michael would never speak to her again, and he would never let her help him. When she set him down on the bed he was awake again. She didn’t really know what to do. First she needed to know how bad it was.

“Okay. Do you think you can take off your shirt?”

“You’ll have to help me.”

She helps him get his shirt off, and what she sees under it is not what she expected.

“Oh god Michael!”

There are bruises all over his chest, especially around his ribs.
“How long has this been going on?”

“A while.”

She drops to her knees in front of him to check to make sure nothings broken.

“They don’t feel broken, just bruised.”

She gets back up to look at his head.

“You have quite a gash here.”

“It’s never been this bad. He was just really drunk and really pissed off.”

“Don’t defend him Michael. He has no right to hurt you like this. If he ever does again, I’ll have to kick his ass.”

He laughs a little but stops because it hurts.

“I mean it Michael. You’re not going back there. I won’t let him hurt anymore.”

“What does it matter?”

She cups his face in her hands and makes him look into her eyes.

“You matter Michael. I care about you and so do Max and Isabel. More people could if you’d let them.”

They just stare into each others eyes for a moment.

“I’m gonna go get a bandage for your head. Just lay down I’ll be right back.”

As she walks away he grabs her hand.

“Thank you.”

She smiles, knowing how hard it was for him to say that.

“You’re welcome.”

TBC

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posted on 31-Jul-2002 11:17:12 PM by Angelus
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Part 3

She comes back a few minutes later with a bandage and some tea.

“I made you some tea.”

“Thanks.”

“Can you sit up a little?”

“I think so.”

She helps him sit up. He drinks some tea as she patches up his head.

“You don’t have to do all this you know.”

“I know. I want to.”
“Why? All I‘ve ever done is push you away. Why are you helping me?”

“Because it’s right. And because no matter how much you push me away I’m still here. I still care about you, and I always will.”

He just smiles. She really cares about him. Someone really cares about him.

“Are you sure you don’t want me to call Max? I mean you’re hurt pretty bad.”

“I’ll live.”

“You know Max and Isabel are really worried about you.”

“I know.”

“Don’t you think you should at least let them no you’re okay?”

“I will when I actually am.”

“Okay. Well, try to get some rest. I’ll be in the kitchen. Just yell if you need me, don’t try to get up.”

“Okay.”

She starts to walk away, but turns back around.

“Everything’s gonna be alright Michael. I promise. I’ll take care of you. I just thought you should hear that out loud.”

“Thanks.”

She turns around and goes to the kitchen. He has never felt this way. Like someone really will take care of him and keep him safe. Not even Max and Isabel make him feel like that. He drifts off to sleep thinking only of his angel, his Maria. From now on that’s what she’ll be to him.

TBC

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posted on 1-Aug-2002 11:37:02 PM by Angelus
Part 5

Maria didn’t know what to say. She promised Michael she wouldn’t tell them what happened, and now they’re at her door demanding an explanation.

“Answer me damn it!”

“Look, you guys shouldn’t be here.”

“Excuse me?!”

She could tell Isabel was getting very angry.

“Michael is like our brother! We should be taking care of him not you!”

“Will you listen to yourself? Who do care more about, him or you?”

“What is that supposed to mean?”

“It means that he doesn’t want you two to take care of him. I was lucky he let me take care of him. I promised him I wouldn’t call you as long as he came home with me.”

“What happened?”

“I can’t tell you.”

“If he’s hurt you need to.”

“He’ll be alright. I’m taking care of him.”

“Why wouldn’t he want me to heal him?”

“Because he doesn’t want you involved.”

“Why are you?”

“Because he’s wants me to be. Because I can help him more than you can. Has he ever let either of you hold him, or feed him. As he ever cried in front of you, or told you that he’s scared?”

Isabel is about to cry. What makes Maria so special? Why can’t she help him like this?

“No.”

“That’s what I thought. He’ll come to you when he’s ready, but for now please just let me help him.”

Isabel nods and leaves. Max looks Maria right in the eyes.

“Thank you for helping him.”

“You’re welcome.”

Max turns and leaves as well. Maria goes back to her room to check on Michael.

“Who was at the door?”

“Liz. She just drop by. I told I had things to do so she left.”

“Oh, okay.”

“Maybe you should try to get some more sleep.”

“I don’t think I can.”

She sits on the bed next to him.

“Because of the dream?”

“Yeah.”

“You want to tell me about it?”

“Not really.”

“Okay, you don’t have to.”

“Will you do something for me?”

“Anything.”

“Will you sing for me?”

She is shocked. She didn’t expect that request.

“All right.”

She turns on the radio and “I’m with you” by Avril Lavigne starts playing. Michael stares into her eyes as she sings for him.

I'm Standing on a bridge
I'm waiting in the dark
I thought that you'd be here by now
There’s nothing but the rain
No footsteps on the ground
I'm listening but there’s no sound

Isn't anyone tryin to find me?
Won't somebody come take me home
It's a damn cold night
Trying to figure out this life
Wont you take me by the hand
take me somewhere new
I don’t know who you are
but I... I'm with you

I’m looking for a place
searching for a face
is anybody here I know
cause nothings going right
and everything’s a mess
and no one likes to be alone

Isn't anyone tryin to find me?
Won't somebody come take me home
It's a damn cold night
Trying to figure out this life
Wont you take me by the hand
take me somewhere new
I don’t know who you are
but I... I'm with you

oh why is everything so confusing
maybe I'm just out of my mind
yea yea yea

It's a damn cold night
Trying to figure out this life
Wont you take me by the hand
take me somewhere new
I don’t know who you are
but I... I'm with you

Take me by the hand
take me somewhere new
I don’t know who you are
but I... I'm with you
I'm with you

Take me by the hand
take me somewhere new
I don’t know who you are
but I... I'm with you
I'm with you
I'm with you...

After she finishes the song she leans down and gives him a passionate kiss. He welcomes this passion, but when he tries to move closer to her his ribs start to hurt and he has to break to kiss. They both laugh.

“We’ll continue this once you heal.”

“You bet we will.”

TBC
posted on 3-Aug-2002 9:32:49 PM by Angelus
Part 6

The next morning Maria wakes up in a chair next to her bed. When she looks at the bed it is empty. She hears a thud in the hall and goes to see what it is. She finds Michael lying on the floor.

“Michael, what are you doing?”

“I had to go to the bathroom. I didn’t want to wake you, so I just tried to walk myself. I almost made it back, and then my legs gave out.”

“You should’ve woken me up. You could have hurt yourself even more.”

She helps him to his feet. He tries not to lean on her too much, but he can’t stand well.

“Can we go to living room? I can’t stand just laying there anymore.”

“Alright.”

They slowly walk to the living room. She helps him sit down on the couch and hands him the remote.

“Here. You watch some T.V while I make us some breakfast.”

“Fine with me.”

She goes into the kitchen. She makes them eggs and toast.

“It’s done!”

She goes to living room and helps him to the kitchen.

“Smells good.”

“Thanks.”

They sit down and start eating.

“Michael.”

“Yeah.”

“I lied to you last night. It wasn’t Liz that came over. It was Max and Isabel. Somehow they knew you were here.”

“I know. I heard you yelling at them. That was very brave and kind of you. Thanks.”

“No problem. I didn’t tell them anything.”

“I know.”

“Why did you ask if you already knew?”

“I wanted to see what you’d tell me.”

“Did you want me to tell you the truth?”

“No.”

“That’s what I thought.”

When they both finish eating Maria picks up their plates, but drops them when she turns toward the door. Someone she hasn’t seen in years is standing in her doorway. She can’t move. She can’t breath.

“Hello Maria.”

TBC
posted on 10-Aug-2002 7:17:08 PM by Angelus
Part 7

Michael gets up as fast as he can to get to her side before she passes out.

“Maria what is it? Who is he?”

She can’t say a word.

“I’m her father.”

“Her father?”

“Yes. I take it you’re her boyfriend.”

Without a second thought he answered.

“Yeah.”

Maria finally gets enough nerve to speak.

“What do you want?”

“What?”

“Why are you here?”

“To see you.”

“Oh really.”

“Yes.”

“You didn’t seem to care about me when you left. Why care now?”

“I know that what I did was terrible.”

“Yeah it was. And there’s nothing you can do to make up for it, so why don’t you just leave.”

“Maria, I understand how much I hurt you.”

“Do you? How could you possibly understand how it felt for my father to abandon me?”

“Maria if we could just sit down and talk I could…”

“You could what? Explain? I don’t want to hear it! Get out!”

“Maria…”

“Get out!”

He very reluctantly turns around to leave, but says one last thing before he does.

“I’m not giving up.”

Then he leaves. Maria starts to cry. Michael takes her in his arms and holds her as tight as he can. She is hugging him so tight that it is hurting him, but he doesn’t care. She needs him now. She has helped him whenever he needed it, she deserves the same. After a few minutes they both collapse to the floor, still holding each other tight.

Michael can’t believe this. This beautiful girl that has always been so strong is now falling apart in his arms. He knew about Maria’s dad, and he hated him for leaving her, but now he hates him even more. He is still hurt, but he will kick that mans ass if he ever hurts Maria again. He has never felt anything like this before. He cares about her more than he has ever cared about anything in his entire life. She means everything to him, she always has, he just never knew it. Could this be love?

TBC

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posted on 18-Aug-2002 12:25:38 AM by Angelus
Thanks to pixie101 for helping me with ideas for this story! I couldn't have done it without you!

Part 8

After a few minutes Maria finally stops crying and realizes how tightly she is holding Michael.

“Oh god. I’m sorry. I didn’t hurt you did I?”

“No. I’m fine.”

“I can’t believe he actually came back. When I was little I used to wish ever night that he’d come home, but he never did. Eventually I gave up hope. I don’t want him to come back. I don’t need him anymore.”

“You gonna be okay?”

“Yeah, I’ll be fine. Let’s get off the floor.”

She stands up and helps him up, then takes him back to the living room. They sit down on the couch. Michael wipes away the few tears left on Maria’s face.

“Are you sure you’re alright? You can talk to me you know.”

“I know. I’m really glad you’re here.”

“So am I.”

He hugs her as tight as he can. A few minutes later they hear someone come in the house.

“Maria?”

“Mom?”

Amy comes into the living room and sees Michael.

“What is he doing here?”

“Mom, please don’t get mad.”

“Maria, I thought I could trust you!”

“You can.”

“Then what is he doing here?!”

Michael stands up. Amy notices that it is taking a lot of effort and help from Maria for him to stay standing.

“Don’t yell at her Miss Deluca. She’s just trying to help me. That’s why I was here before. I was scared and Maria is really the only person that can make me feel safe.”

He lifts up his shirt to show her his bruises. Amy is shocked.

“My foster dad loves two things. Getting drunk and beating on me. I was too proud to ask for help, but Maria helped me anyway. She’s saved my life. You should be really proud of her.”

Maria is almost crying. She can’t believe he finally admitted it. She is so proud of him.

Amy can’t believe it. She never expected this. She walks up to Michael and gives him a hug.

“I’m so sorry. I had no idea. You can stay here as long as you like. On the couch.”

“Right. Thank you.”

“You’re welcome.”

Next she hugs Maria.

“I’m sorry I didn’t trust you.”

“That’s okay.”
That night Michael sleeps on the couch. He is having a nightmare and screaming in his sleep. Maria wakes up and runs to him.

“Michael! Michael, wake up!”

Suddenly his eyes shoot open. He looks around and realizes that it was just a dream. He puts his head in his hands and starts to cry. Maria takes him in her arms and holds him tight. She lays down next to him and puts his head against her chest. She whispers smoothing words to him and rubs his back to calm him. After a little while he falls back to sleep to the sound of her heartbeat.

The next morning Amy finds them on the couch together, but doesn’t wake them. She also heard Michael scream last night. She now knows that he needs Maria more than anything. She goes to the kitchen to make them breakfast. She hears a knock at the door. When she answers it Maria father in standing in front of her. She is shocked. She rushes at him and hugs him tight. He smiles and hugs her back.

“It’s so good to see you Amy!”

“It’s good to see you too Jerry! I’ve missed you so much!”

“I came by yesterday. Did Maria tell you?”

“No, she didn’t.”

“She wasn’t very happy to see me.”

“I’ll talk to her. Don’t worry. Come in.”

He comes inside and sits down.

“So you’re not in danger anymore?”

“No, I’m not.”

“And Maria isn’t?”

“No. We’re safe now.”

“Oh thank god!”

Maria wakes up and looks at Michael. He has his strong arms wrapped around her. He was so scared last night. She wishes she could make these dreams go away. He starts to stir in his sleep and wakes up.

“Hi.”

“Hi.”

“Feel better.”

“Little.”

“Hungry?”

“Yeah.”

“Let’s get some breakfast.”

They go into the kitchen. When Maria sees her father she gets very angry and suddenly a window shatters. Michael is very confused, but Amy and Jerry don’t seem to be.

“What was that?”

“Maria did it.”

“No, I couldn’t have.”

“Yes Maria, you can.”

“What are you talking about? Why are you here?”

“It’s finally safe for me to come back. I never wanted to leave Maria. I had to. But now I’m home, and I can teach you all about your powers.”

“What powers?”

“Maria, I’m an alien. Which makes you half alien.”

TBC

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posted on 18-Aug-2002 1:49:13 AM by Angelus
Part 9

“No way.”

“It’s true Maria you are half alien.”

He gets up and starts walking towards her. She moves away from him and closer to Michael.

“Mom, why didn’t you tell me?”

“I didn’t know what to say.”

“I must say I’m not really surprised you fell for him.”

He was of course referring to Michael.

“You know that I’m an alien too?”

“Of course. I was on the ship with you.”

“You were with us.”

“Yes. I was very good friends with your parents, and Max and Isabel’s parents.”

“You knew our parents?”

“Oh yes.”

“Are they here? Are they alive?”

“I’m sorry Michael. Your parents were also on the ship, but they died in the crash.”

Michael can’t believe it. Maria gives him a supporting hug. She can see that he is in shock.

“I have to go.”

“What? Where are you going?”

“Anywhere. I just need to go.”

“Michael you can barely stand on your own. Let me come with you.”

“Okay.”

She grabs her jacket and helps him out the door. They get in the Jetta and drive away before Amy or Jerry can stop them.

“Where do you want to go?”

“It doesn’t matter.”

They drive out to the middle of the desert. Maria gets a blanket out of the trunk and lays it down on the ground. They both lay down and stare at the sky.

“I’m really sorry Michael.”

“Thanks.”

“I can’t believe this. I’m half alien. I’m like you.”

“Do you consider it a bad thing?”

“No, I don’t. I just wish they hadn’t lied to me all this time.”

Maria looks over at Michael and sees that he is crying.

“Michael…”

She pulls him close to her and holds him tight.

“I can’t believe they’re gone. I never even knew them.”

“It’s gonna be okay Michael. It’s gonna be okay.”

She looks him in the eyes and kisses him. Soon the kiss grows deeper and she is laying on top of him. It hurts a little, but he doesn’t care. It feels so good to feel her body against his. Eventually their passion gets the best of them and they make love. After they are laying in each others arms, and once again staring at the sky.

“Wow!”

“That pretty much sums it up.”

“I know that we’re both sad and angry, but I don’t think that’s why we did it. Do you?”

“No. We did it because we’re in love.”

“You love me?”

“Yes, I do.”

“Say it.”
“I love you Maria.”

“I love you too.”

Maria shivers a little.

“You okay?”

“A little cold.”

He puts his jacket over top of them and holds her close. She looks at her watch.

“I wish we could just stay here forever, but I have to get to work.”

“Okay. I’ll come with you.”

“Great.”

They get up and get dress. When Maria looks at Michael before he puts his shirt on she notices something.

“Michael, your bruises are gone!”

He looks at his chest.

“You’re right. You must have done it.”

“How?”

“I don’t know.”

“Wow.”

“Thanks.”

“No problem.”

She gives him a soft kiss then gets in the car. They drive to the Crashdown and walk in practically attacked to each other. Max and Isabel are sitting at a booth and spot them. They get up and stop them before they can run to the back room.

“Hi guys.”

“Hi Michael. How are you?”

“Never better.”

“Really?”

“Yeah.”

Maria whispers something in his ear and goes to the back room. They don’t let go of each others hands until the last second. Michael smiles as he watches her. Max and Isabel are very confused. They’ve never seen him smile like that.

“Are you sure you’re alright?”

“I’m great.”

“Did something happen between you and Maria?”

“Oh yeah. We fell in love.”

“Wow.”

“Yeah.”

“You two didn’t… you know…”

Michael smiles.

“Oh my god you did! You two slept together!”

“The rest of the world doesn’t need to know that.”

“How could you do this?! How could you be so irresponsible?! What if she gets pregnant?!”

“Then I’ll take care of her and baby.”

“And how exactly will you do that?”

“I should have known you’d react like this. Maria and I shared something amazing and I’m not gonna let you make me feel bad about that! You have no idea what I’ve been through over the past few days! I got the crap beat out of me, had horrible nightmares, and found out that my parents are dead! That stuff wasn’t easy to deal with, but Maria helped me through it, and now I’m finally happy but that’s just not enough for you is it?! Why can’t you just for once be happy for me?!”

He gets up walks to the back room. Maria is standing at the door.

“Were you listening to that?”

“Yes.”

“I can’t believe them!”

“Don’t worry about it.”

She gives him a soft kiss on the forehead, nose, and lips.

“I love you.”

“I love you too.”

He gives her a tight hug. That’s his Maria. She can always make him feel better. But he couldn’t help but think about what Isabel said. What if Maria got pregnant? Would he be able to take care of her? Yes, he’d have to. She’s his family, his life, his world, his home, and his love.

TBC
posted on 18-Aug-2002 7:09:36 PM by Angelus
Part 10

When Michael and Maria went home Maria stopped before they went inside.

“You okay?”

“I don’t want to talk to them. They lied to me all these years. I just don’t want to deal with them.”

“You don’t have to. When we go inside we’ll just walk right passed them, okay?”

“Okay.”

She takes his hand and opens the door. As expected her parents are waiting for them in the kitchen. Michael and Maria just walk right passed them and go to Maria’s room. They lock the door behind them.

“Maria, come out of there. We want to talk to you.”

“I don’t want to talk to you. Go away!”

“Maria, I know this is all a bit overwhelming and strange, but it’s gonna be okay.”

“That’s not why I’m mad. I don’t mind being part alien. I’m mad because you lied to me.”

“Honey…”

“Don’t ‘honey’ me! Go away!”

Michael can see that Maria is getting upset so he gives her a supporting hug. She looks up at him and smiles. Finally they hear Jerry and Amy leave.

“Thank god. I really don’t want to deal with them right now.”

Michael notices that Maria doesn’t look so good.

“You okay?”

“I’m just tired.”

“Let’s go to bed then.”

He takes her hand and leads her to the bed, then lays down next to her and holds her close. Suddenly they both get flashes.

*Flash*

Maria holding a newborn baby.

*Flash*

Michael teaching his little girl, who has Maria’s green eyes and his brown hair, how to walk.

*Flash*

Their 5 year old running around the house covered in dirt, with her parents chasing her.

*Flash*

Their daughter’s 16th birthday.

*Flash*

Their daughter going off to college.
*Flash*

Their daughter’s wedding day.

*End Flash*

Maria looks at her stomach, then at Michael with a giant smile on her face.

“I’m pregnant.”

Michael pulls her closer to him and smiles as well.

The next morning Michael goes to the Evans house. Mrs. Evans answers the door.

“Hello Michael.”

“Hi Mrs. Evans.”

“Max and Isabel aren’t home.”

“I know. I actually need to talk to Mr. Evans.”

“Oh, well come on in.”

“Thank you.”

“Phillip, you remember Max and Isabel’s friend Michael.”

“Yes, hi.”

“Hi. Uh...I was wondering if you could help me. Uh, I wanna...I wanna find a way to live on my own, and I was told that it could be done.”

“It's complicated. You'd have to file a petition for emancipation...go before a judge.”

“You know, I'll do whatever it takes. I've thought about it, and I want to take control of things. And I think I'm ready to do that now, so...”

“Why don't you come by my office this afternoon and we'll talk. I'd like to know more about your situation.”

“Yeah, this afternoon then.”

Michael goes to Mr. Evans office that afternoon and they talk about his situation.

Maria is still locked in her room. She hasn’t spoken to her parents since yesterday. She left the window open for Michael. When he comes home she is asleep. He climbs into bed with her and pulls her close to him.

“So?”

“We’re going before a judge tomorrow. You gonna come?”

“Of course.”

Maria is standing in a judge's inner chambers, looking on as Michael and Mr. Evans present a petition for emancipation to the judge. She hears someone walk in and turns to see you it is. It turns out to be Max and Isabel.

“And does the minor, Michael Guerin, pledge to take charge of his life as an adult from here forward?”

“I do, your honor.”

“And do you understand that you will be solely responsible for your financial, educational, and medical decisions as they may arise?”

“I do, sir.”

“And I might add, young man, that you are fortunate in having these folks here today...who have an interest in your future...and have shown a confidence in you that is reflected in my decision. I hope you can live up to that faith.”

He turns around and sees Max and Isabel proudly watching him take control of his life.

“I'll try your honor.”

“I hereby grant your petition for emancipation.”

TBC
posted on 18-Aug-2002 10:35:12 PM by Angelus
Thanks again to pixie101 for helping me. I couldn't have done it without you!

Part 11

Michael and Maria walk out of the judge’s chambers hand in hand.

“I’m so proud of you!”

“I’m kinda proud of me too.”

“You should be.”

Michael turns to Max and Isabel.

“I’m really glad you two came.”

“We had to. You’re family.”

They give a big, family hug.

“Look, there’s something we have to tell you.”

“Uh oh.”

“It’s nothing bad.”

“Then what is it?”

“Well, Maria’s dad is an alien. He was in the crash with us.”

They are both speechless.

“We haven’t really talked to him about it. All he’s told me is that my parents died in the crash.”

“Oh Michael, I’m so sorry.”
“Yeah, it sucks, but what can you do? We were finally gonna go talk to him, and we thought you should come.”

“Good idea.”

The four of them go to Maria’s. Her mom and dad are waiting for her in the living room.

“I’m still angry with you. I’m only talking to you because we need answers. Answers only you can give us.”

“I understand. What do you want to know?”

“Everything. Like where are you from?”

“A planet very far from here called Antar.”

Max chimes in.

“Why are we here?”

“So you’ll be safe.”

“Why weren’t we safe there?”

“Because there was a rebellion against you. You three were royalty. Max, you were a king, Isabel, you were a princess. And Michael, you were a general and Max’s second in command. You were killed by Kivar, your greatest enemy. We cloned your essence and mixed it with human DNA so you could live here until it was time for you to return home.”

“So we can go home?”

“Someday yes.”

“Someday? When’s that?”

“I don’t really know.”

“Where have you been all this time?”

“Running from the FBI. They are not easy to deal with.”

“I bet.”

Maria turns to Michael.

“Can I talk to you alone for a minute?”

“Sure.”

They go into Maria’s room.

“Should we tell them about the baby?”

“I don’t know. Max and Isabel will not be happy with me.”

“How do you think my mom’s gonna react?”
“Let’s tell them when they’re all together. Tonight at the Crashdown.”

“Yeah, we can go there to celebrate your emancipation and then tell them.”

“What about your parents?”

“Let’s tell them alone.”

“Okay.”

They go back to the living room.

“Everything alright?”

“Fine. Max, Isabel, can we talk to my parents alone?”

“Sure.”

“How bout we meet you at the Crashdown to celebrate?”

“Okay. We’ll call the others.”

“Great. Bye.”

Max and Isabel leave.

Maria turns to face her parents.

“We have something to tell you.”

“What’s that?”

“Well, I’m pregnant.”

“What?!”

“Yeah. It happened a few days ago.”

Amy gets right in Michael’s face.

“What have you done to my daughter?!”

“Mom, it’s not his fault. It takes two for this to happen.”

“He forced you didn’t he?!”

“No! I can’t believe you’d think that! Michael is not like that! He is a good man! And he’s gonna take care of us!”

“Damn right I will!”

He puts his arms around her waist from behind.

“I know that you’re not very happy with me, but I was hoping for a little bit of support considering you know what I’m going through, but I guess that’s just too much to ask isn’t it?”

She starts to cry and runs out of the house. Michael gives Amy and Jerry an angry look and goes chasing after Maria. He catches her in the front yard and pulls her into a tight, protective hug.

“It’s okay. It’s gonna be okay.”

After a few minutes Maria calms down.

“You okay now?”

“Yeah.”

“Don’t worry about them Maria. You have me. You’ll always have me!”

“Thank god.”

She puts her forehead against his and looks into his eyes.

“I love you.”

“I love you too.”

He gives her a soft kiss on the lips, and then hugs her tight again. They go to the Crashdown where their friends are waiting for them. Liz and Alex congratulate Michael as he walks in the door. They all sit down and Michael pulls Maria into his lap.

“Guys we have an announcement to make.”

“Uh oh.”

“Isabel, why do you think everything I have to say is bad?”

“Sorry, natural reaction.”

“Well it’s not bad.”

“Good.”

“Maria’s pregnant.”

For a moment everyone is stunned. Alex gets up and hugs Maria.

“That’s great! Congratulations!”

“Thank you!”

Liz gets up and sits down next to Maria.

“Are you sure this is safe? What if a human body can’t handle an alien baby?”

“Well it shouldn’t be a problem for me because I’m half alien. My dad’s an alien.”

“Really?”

“Yeah.”

Michael looks at Max and Isabel. Neither of them look happy.
“Do you two have anything to say?”

Isabel speaks first.

“I can’t say I’m very happy with you. This was very irresponsible of you two. But I’ll help in any way I can. You have my support.”

“Thank you. Max?”

“How could you be so stupid?! Not only are you two 16 years old, but we don’t not know enough about what’s going to happen, and what this thing will be!”

Michael gets up and punches Max hard in the face.

“If you ever call my kid a thing again I’ll do much more then punch you!”

Maria is instantly by his side giving Max an evil glare.

“Let’s go.”

They leave and drive out to the desert again.

“This is the only place I really feel at home.”

“Same.”

“What are we gonna do Michael?”

“I don’t know. But whatever we do, we’ll do it together.”

TBC

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posted on 19-Aug-2002 1:35:15 AM by Angelus
Part 12

That night they sleep on a blanket in the desert in each others arms. Michael doesn’t sleep much. He mostly watches Maria. He loves watching her sleep. She is so beautiful. She wakes up and sees him staring at her.

“Hey.”

“Hey.”

“How long have you been watching me?”

“A while.”

Michael notices that she has her hand on her stomach. He smiles. He takes her hand in his, lays his head on her stomach, and starts talking to the baby.

“Hey there. I’m your daddy. I love you very much. Your mommy loves you too. And no matter what anyone else says you are one of the best things that have ever happened to me.”

Maria is almost crying. She has never seen him be so sweet.

Michael lifts up her shirt and places soft kisses all over her stomach.

“Michael?”

“Yes?”
He doesn’t even look up. He just continues kissing her stomach.

“What are we gonna name her?”

He says names in between kisses.

“Madeline?”

“No.”

“Alison?”

“No.”

“Jamie?”

“No.”

“Samantha?”

“No.”

“Mara?”

“Perfect!”

He starts talking to the baby again.

“You hear that? Your name is Mara.”

“Michael I think you kissed her enough.”

“Okay. I guess now I’ll have to kiss you.”

“Yay.”

He moves back up to her lips and gives her a deep kiss.

“We should get back.”

“Why?”

“You have to talk to Mr. Parker about a job.”

“You’re right. Let’s go.”

He picks her up and carries her to the car.

“I can walk you know.”

“I know.”

She just laughs and lays her head on his shoulder. He puts her in the car and drives to the Crashdown.

“I’m gonna go for a walk.”

“Wait for me, I’ll go with you.”

“Michael I appreciate you being protective of me, but I’ll be okay. Don’t worry.”

“Okay.”

“I’ll meet you back here in half an hour.”

“All right. Bye.”

“Bye.”

Michael goes into the Crashdown and Maria heads off for her walk. Within a few minutes she is out of Michael’s site. She crosses the street, but she doesn’t see a car coming at her from behind.

TBC

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posted on 19-Aug-2002 1:38:32 AM by Angelus
Part 13

The car hits her from behind and knocks her down. She isn’t moving when the driver is seeing if she’s alright. Someone calls 911 and an ambulance comes.

Michael is sitting outside the Crashdown after getting the cooking job. He has a really bad feeling that something has happened, but he doesn’t know what. Liz comes running out of the Crashdown and stops in front of him.

“Maria’s in the hospital.”

He doesn’t even let her finish telling him what happened. He jumps into the Jetta. She gets into the passenger side. He drives to the hospital as fast as he can. When they get to the hospital all the nurse will tell them is that the doctor is with her. They go to the waiting room to wait for the doctor to come talk to them. The others come a few minutes later. Liz is falling apart, Alex is a wreck, and Maria’s parents are in shock. The doctor finally comes.

“She doing fine. They both are. She was lucky. She almost lost the baby.”

“But they’ll be fine?”

“Yes. I’m going to keep her here overnight, and if she feels up to it she can go home tomorrow.”

“Can we see her?”

“Of course. She’s in room 223.”

Michael runs down the hall. He knows that Maria needs him right now. When he gets to her room she has her head in her hands and is crying her eyes out. When she looks up and sees him so is so relieved. He runs to her side and hugs her tight. He gets up on the bed with her and holds her close.

“Shh. It’s okay now. I’m here. It’s okay.”

“God Michael, we almost lost her!”

“Shh. She’s fine. You’re both fine. It’s okay. Shh.”

The others are watching from the door. It really hurts them to see Maria so scared. They walk in and surround her. She looks up at them, but won’t let go of Michael.

“Hi guys.”
“Hi honey. You okay?”

She nods her head, but her tears aren’t very convincing. A nurse comes in the room.

“Visiting hours are over. You all have to leave now.”

Maria gets very scared.

“One person can stay overnight with you, but that’s all.”

“Michael, you have to stay with me!”

“I will. I’ll stay.”

He pulls her closer to him to make her feel safe. The others say good bye and leave. Amy and Jerry are the last to leave.

“I’m sorry sweetheart. I should have been more supportive.”

“It’s okay mom. I get it. Don’t worry about it.”

Amy just smiles and leaves with Jerry right behind her. Michael looks down at Maria.

“Well, I guess it’s just the three of us.”

“Yep.”

He moves down the bed until he gets to her stomach. He lifts her hospital gown to show her stomach and starts kissing it like he did that morning. Maria just laughs.

“I think she likes when you do that.”

“Really?”

He gives her stomach even more kisses.

“I’m sorry Michael.”

“For what?”

“For not seeing that car. For almost losing our baby.”

She starts crying again. Michael cups her face in his hands and looks into her eyes.

“This was not your fault. Don’t blame yourself. You are fine, and so is Mara. Don’t worry about it. You did nothing wrong.”

He gives her a soft kiss, then holds her close and sooths her to sleep. He can’t sleep. Not when the two most important things in his life are in the hospital. They need him to protect them, to take care of them. And that’s exactly what he’s gonna do.

TBC
posted on 29-Aug-2002 10:04:00 PM by Angelus
Part 14

The next morning Max comes into Maria’s hospital room with flowers in his hand. Michael is still asleep holding Maria, but she is awake.

“Hey.”

“Hey.’

He holds up the flowers.

“Truce?”

“Yeah.”

“I am sorry for what I said.”

Michael wakes up to hear what Max just said.

“You should be.”

“I was just worried. I’m really sorry.”

“Forgiven.”

“Thank you.”

Suddenly they hear the sound of a guitar playing and a bad Elvis impression. Max smiles knowing exactly what’s going on.

“Max, what’s going on?”

“Elvis came to visit you.”

Maria’s eyes widen when she sees Alex walk into her room dressed as the king.

“Alex?”

Michael almost falls over from laughing so hard. Alex starts to sing with his Elvis accent.

“I got this friend named Maria; she’s in love with a guy, who’s not from around here. She’s been through a lot, so I’m here to make her laugh. Cause when I see her smile the world lights up. She just needs to be loved. And if Michael don’t love her right, no matter how many pounds he’s got on me, I’ll kick his ass right back to his home planet. Thank you, thank you very much.”

The whole gang is in the room laughing and applauding Alex as he takes a bow. Maria gives him a big hug.

“Thanks. I needed that.”

“I figured.”

A nurse comes in to check on Maria.

“You have some interesting friends.”

“Thank you.”

“Vitals look good.”

“Does that mean I can go home?”

“The doctor will be here in a minute to discuss that with you.”

The doctor walks in.

“Morning Maria.”

“Hi.”

“You and your baby seem to be doing well.”

“So can I go home now?”

“Yes, you can go home.”

Amy and Jerry are setting up decorations at their house for when Maria comes home. They hear the gang pull up.

Michael walks around to the passenger side of the car and carries Maria inside.

“Welcome home sweetie.”

“Oh, look at this. Thanks mom, thanks dad. But you’re not off the hook that easily. Michael, will you take me to my room?”

“Sure.”

He carries her to her room and lays her down on the bed.

“Are you gonna be mad at them forever?”

“I don’t know. I just don’t know what to do. I get why they lied to me, but it still hurts. My whole life has been one big lie. They lied to me about who I really am. That’s not easy to deal with.”

“I know. Don’t worry about it right now. Just relax, and get some rest.”

“Okay.”

“Michael?”

“Yeah?”

“I’m really glad you let me help you.”

“So am I.”

TBC
posted on 16-Sep-2002 4:34:00 PM by Angelus
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