posted on 28-Aug-2002 2:10:34 AM by Sweetie Pie
Title: Living Life
Disclaimer: the usual
Summary: Michael and Maria decide to leave Roswell to really live life.
Note: This story takes place after “Departure”. None of S3 has happened.

Part 1

After Tess left everyone went home, and Michael took Maria back to his place.

“I can’t believe you stayed for me.”

“Well, I couldn’t just leave you. Not after last night.”

They both laugh.

“You know you’re the only reason I stayed.”

“Really?”

“Yep. I hate this town and most of the people in it. I hate the life I have here. But despite all that, I still have you.”

“That’s the sweetest thing I’ve ever heard.”

“That’s what I was going for.”

“You really hate it here.”

“Yeah.”

“Then let’s leave.”

“What?”

“I hate this town too. I feel trapped, like I can’t really live. I want to get away. I want to go somewhere I’ve never been to, where no one knows me. And I want you to come with me.”

“You’re really serious about this.”

“Completely.”

“Your mom would kill me.”

“I’ll take care of my mother.”

“Max would kill me.”

“It won’t be forever. Just for a little while. Like a road trip.”

“I still don’t think he’ll let me.”

“Then don’t tell him. He doesn’t run your life Michael. Just because he’s your leader don’t mean he owns you.”

“You’re right. Let’s go.”

TBC

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posted on 28-Aug-2002 1:22:52 PM by Sweetie Pie
Part 2

Michael gathers some of his stuff and puts it in Maria’s car. Then they go to her house to get some of her things. She leaves a note for her mom saying she’s gone camping again, and then they hit the road.

“Let me see your cell phone.”

“Why?”

“I’m gonna call Max.”

He dials Max’s cell phone number and waits for him to answer.

“Hello.”

“”Hey Max, its Michael.”

“Hi Michael. What’s up?”

“Maria and I are going out of town for a few days.”

“Out of town? Where?”

“We’re not really sure yet.”

“Michael you can’t just leave town, especially now!”

“Why? Tess is gone. Everything’s fine now. I think we deserve a little time away.”

“You already left didn’t you?”

“Yeah.”

“Michael you can’t do this! We need to stick together!”

“And we will, as soon as we get back. Bye.”

“Michael…”

He hangs up.

“He is gonna be so pissed when we get back.”

“Yeah, but it’ll be worth it. I promise.”

“So where do you want to go?”

“Anywhere.”

“Narrow it down for me.”

She pulls a map out of the glove compartment.

“Well, how about we go through Arizona and make our way to California.”

“Sounds good to me.”
“Hey we could stop and say hello to Laurie on the way.”

“Good idea.”

TBC
posted on 28-Aug-2002 1:24:52 PM by Sweetie Pie
Part 3

After visiting Laurie they drive to New York City. Maria gets out of the car to soak in the atmosphere.

“I’ve always wanted to see New York City.”

Michael puts his arms around her.

“And I’ve always wanted to make your dreams come true. So I guess we both win.”

“I guess.”

Michael looks around suspiciously.

“What’s wrong?’

“I don’t know. I feel like… like someone’s watching us.”

“It’s probably just because you’re not used to being in a big city. I mean this is the exact opposite of Roswell.”

“Yeah, you’re probably right. Let’s find a motel to stay in.”

“Good idea.”

They find a motel and settle in. Michael picks up the phone.

“Who are you calling?”

“Max.”

“Why?”

“I told him I’d call when we got here.”

“Why is he all of a sudden so interested in what you do? And what do you care what he says?”

“Maria, he just lost his son. And the kid’s mother betrayed us all. He’s scared. Scared of losing someone else. For once in my life I feel bad for him. I love him Maria, and if one little phone call will make him feel better then that’s what I gotta do.”

She smiles and kisses him.

“I’m glad you care so much. It’s really sweet.”

“Thank you.”

“Make your call, then come to bed.”

“Yes ma’am.”

Maria goes to the window while Michael calls Max. She gets the same feeling Michael got earlier, the feeling of being watched. She just shrugs and lays down on the bed. Michael joins her a few minutes later.

“So what do you want to do now?”

“Well, there’s only one thing that comes to mind.”

She lays him on his back and straddles his waist.

“Oh yeah? What?”

He starts tickling her.

“No! Michael, stop it!”

“You wanted to know.”

She gets out of his grasp and starts running around the room. He chases her all over the place.

“Come here!”

“No way!”

“I’m gonna catch you eventually!”

“No!”

He tackles her to the floor and starts tickling her again. She pushes him off her and he hits his head on the dresser.

“Oh my god. Michael?”

“Ow!”

“That’ll teach ya to tickle me.”

She laughs as he gives her an evil glare.

“I’m sorry. Do you want me to kiss it and make it better?”

He shakes his head and gives her the cutest puppy dog look. She kisses his head, then his nose, then his lips.

“Better?”

“A little, but I think I could use some more kisses.”

She laughs and kisses him again, this time more passionately. He picks her up and carries her to the bed.

They can’t see him, but just as they thought, someone is watching them. A girl walks up to him.

“Rath, what’re ya lookin’ at?”

“You are not gonna believe this Lonnie. My dupe and his little blond are in town. They got here a few hours ago.”

“You’re kiddin’ me? What the hell are they doin’ here?”

“I don’t know, but I’m gonna find out.”

TBC
posted on 30-Aug-2002 12:27:41 PM by Sweetie Pie
Part 4

The next morning Maria wakes up without Michael beside her. She sees a note on the dresser.

‘Went to the store for some food. Be back soon. Love you. Michael.’

There is a knock at the door. She gets dressed and answers it.

“Michael. Where’s the food?”

“What food?”

“The food you went to go get.”

“Right, the food. I left my money here. Sorry.”

“Oh, that’s okay. I missed you.”

She puts her arms around his neck and kisses him. Usually when they kiss she gets flashes and can feel what he’s feeling, but this time she’s not. He feels like a stranger. She pulls away and looks at him.

“What?”

She starts backing up.

“Get away from me.”

“Maria, what’s wrong?”

He starts to walk closer to her.

“Stay away from me Rath! I know that’s who you are!”

He makes himself look like Rath.

“How’d you figure it out?”

“When I kiss Michael I get flashes. I can feel what he’s feeling. I didn’t get that fro you.”

“Oops. Oh well.”

She keeps backing up.

“I’m not gonna hurt you.”

“I really believe you.”

She says sarcastically.

“I’m not, I promise. I just wanna know what you two are doing here.”

“That’s it?”
“Yeah.”

“We’re on a road trip.”

“A road trip?”

“Yeah, we wanted to get out of Roswell for a little while. What’d you think we were doing here?”

“Nothing.”

Suddenly someone grabs him from behind and slams him up against the wall.

“Wanna try that again? What did you think we were doing here?”

“Well, well. If it isn’t the general. How’s it goin’?”

“I’m great. Can’t say the same for you if you don’t start talking.”

“How exactly are you gonna make me talk?”

“I have my ways, and I don’t think you wanna see them.”

“Probably not. We thought you were here for your friends.”

“We?”

“Me and Lonnie.”

“What friends?”

“Alex and Tess.”

“Alex is dead and Tess went home.”

“What do you mean went home?”

“She took the granilith and went back to Antar.”

“That little bitch! I’m gonna kill her! That wasn’t Tess, it was Ava. She was gonna pretend to be Tess to get to the granilith, then come get us and go home. She kidnapped Tess and Alex.”

“Where are they?”

“Here. With Lonnie.”

Michael let’s go of him.

“Take us to them.”

“Why should I?”

He looks over at Maria. She’s crying from hearing that Alex is alive.

“Follow me.”

He leads them to the sewer. Lonnie raises her hand when she sees them, but Rath tells her to back off. Maria runs to Alex and gives him a big hug.

“Alex! I missed you so much!”

“I missed you too.”

“Did they hurt you?”

“Not much. They’ve actually been kinda nice.”

Michael checks Tess.

“Are you okay?”

“Yeah, thanks.”

Lonnie smacks Rath in the head.

“Why the hell did you bring them here?!”

“There’s no point in keepin’ ‘em. Ava left without us.”

“What?!”

“You heard me.”

“I can’t believe her! What’re we gonna do?!”

Michael is surprised to see that Lonnie is almost crying. Rath takes her in his arms to calm her.

“We’ll figure somethin’ out. Don’t worry.”

“What’s so horrible about earth?”

“Alien babies can’t survive on it.”

TBC
posted on 24-Sep-2002 4:35:55 PM by Sweetie Pie
Part 5

“Lonnie’s pregnant and he’s dyin’ cause he can’t survive here.”

“I thought she was faking it.”

“What?”

“Tes… Ava. She was pregnant with Max’s kid when she left. When we found out she was a traitor I figured she had faked to get us to activate the granilith. I guess I was wrong.”

“I guess.”

Lonnie feels a sharp pain in her stomach.

“Rath!”

Rath catches her before she hits the ground. He lays her down on the couch. He doesn’t know what to do.

Maria finds a cloth and some cold water. She makes a cold compress for Lonnie. It seems to help.

“Thank you.”

“No problem.”

She hands the cloth to Rath and takes Michael across the room.

“Isn’t there anything we can do?”

“Not that I know of. Let’s call the others. Maybe they can help.”

“Good idea. Here, go back up to the street and call them.”

She hands him her cell phone. He goes up to the street to call the others. She looks over at Rath and Lonnie. They are so scared. She’s definitely not happy that they kidnapped Alex, but now she understands why. She feels bad for them. There must be something they can do.

Michael comes back.

“They’re taking a flight out here as soon as they can.”

“Good.”

She looks over at Lonnie and Rath.

“Michael, I feel so bad. Look at them. They’re so scared.”

“We’ll figure something out.”

“What if we can’t?”

“I don’t know Maria. I just don’t know.”

Tess is listening to their conversation. She starts to feel bad.

“No, they deserve it. They kidnapped me and Alex. They deserve this.”

Later that night the others come to New York. Michael meets them at the airport and brings them to the sewers. When Isabel sees Alex she starts crying. She runs to him and falls into his arms.

“Alex! I missed you so much!”

“I missed you too!”

“I love you Alex! I’m sorry I never realized it before, but I love you so much!”

Now Alex is about to cry.

“I love you too.”

No one knows what to say to Tess. Kyle walks up to her and hugs her tightly. She hugs him back just as tight.

“I’m so glad it wasn’t you!”

“Me too.”

When Isabel finally let’s go of Alex she walks up to Lonnie who is still laying on the couch. Rath is about to step between them, but Isabel just sits down, takes Lonnie’s hand, and gives her a look as if to say that she forgives her. Lonnie gives her a look back as if to say thanks.

Max walks up to Rath and punches him hard in the face.

“Guess I deserved that.”

“Damn right you did.”

“Look, I’m just tryin’ to save my kid, if you don’t want to help us then go back to Roswell.”

He goes back over to Lonnie. Isabel gets up and gives him her seat. She goes back to Alex.

Max doesn’t know what to do. How can he help them after everything they’ve done? They made us think Alex was dead. They kidnapped Tess and put Ava in her place. They made life hell for them. How can they just forgive that? He watches as Rath tries to help Lonnie and can’t help but feel bad. He knows what it’s like. His son was dying as well. He has to help them.

“Okay. We’ll help you.”

That night they all sleep in the sewers, Isabel in Alex’s arms, Maria in Michael’s arms, Tess in Kyle’s arms, Liz in Max’s arms, and Lonnie in Rath’s arms. Max is awake watching Liz. He hears someone cry and looks over at Lonnie. She is crying in her sleep, but Rath holds her close and whispers in her ear to calm her. After a few minutes she stops crying. Max hadn’t realized Rath was still up.

“I didn’t know you were awake.”

“I don’t sleep much lately. Gotta take care of her ya know?”

“Yeah. I know.”

“I’m sorry. For sendin’ Ava, and kidnappin’ Tess and Alex.”

“Don’t worry about it. I understand why you did it. I know what it’s like to be in your position.”

“Sucks, don’t it?”

“Yeah. It really does.”

“Maybe after you help us, we’ll help you. Maybe together we can get your son back.”

“Thank you.”

“No prob.”

Max can’t believe Rath actually wants to help him. He wasn’t this nice the first time they met. Being a father really seems to agree with him. There must be some way to save his son.

TBC
posted on 7-Oct-2002 3:47:22 PM by Sweetie Pie
Part 6

When everyone wakes up the next morning they see Rath yelling at Tess. He grabs her arms and shakes her a little. Kyle tries to help her, but Rath pushes him away.

“How can you do this?! I should kill you right now!”

Max pulls Tess out of Rath’s grip.

“What are you doing?”

“She’s killin’ my son!”

“I’m not.”

“I can feel it! It’s coming from you!”

“He’s not dying.”

“What?”

“It was a mindwarp. I was angry with you two for kidnapping me and Alex.”

Everyone looks at Tess. Lonnie gets up off the couch.

“But it started before we took you.”

“Ava did it before. I guess she really wanted to go home.”

“That little bitch!”

Lonnie sits back down.

“Rath.”

Rath rushes to Lonnie’s side. He looks at Tess.

“I thought you stopped!”

“I did! She must be… going into labor.”

Michael steps forward.

“Let’s take her to the motel room Maria and I got. She shouldn’t have the baby here in a sewer.”

“Then lets get movin’ cause he ain’t bein patient.”

They take Lonnie to Michael and Maria’s motel room where she gives birth.

“He’s beautiful.”

“Thanks. What’d ya wanna call him Lonnie?”

“Rathan. After his dad.”

“Sounds good.”

They all gather their things and go to the airport. Maria hugs Liz.

“We’ll see you there soon. We have to drive back.”

Michael gives her a look.

“What are you talking about?”

“We can’t leave the Jetta here.”

“Well, of course not. We need it to keep going. The adventure’s not over yet.”

“Are you serious?”

“Yes I’m serious. That is if you want to keep going.”

“I do.”

“Then let’s go.”

They say goodbye to the others and get back in the Jetta to continue their adventure. They have no idea what awaits them.

TBC
posted on 23-Jan-2003 4:01:48 PM by Sweetie Pie
Part 7

Next Michael and Maria end up in Maryland.

“Wow. It’s beautiful here.”

“Not as beautiful as you.”

“Flattery will get you nowhere.”

He pulls her close and gives her a deep, passionate kiss.

“But that might.”

They find a motel. As they walk to their room a drunken man bumps into Maria.

“Hey, watch it!”

When she looks at the man’s face she realizes who he is.

Michael can see the shock in her face.

“Maria, are you okay?”

“What?”

“Are you alright?”

“Yeah, he just startled me.”

She goes to their room. Michael follows. He knows something is up, but decides not to push it, yet.

“Michael, I’m really tired. Can we just go to bed?”

“Sure.”

They lay down and Maria snuggles into Michael’s chest. He holds her close and kisses the top of her head. He is still feeling a rush of emotions from her after seeing that man in the hall. Shock, excitement, anger, joy, pain, but most of all fear, and that fear is getting stronger.

“Maria?”

“Yeah/”

“Who was that guy in the hall?”

“I don’t know.”

“Yes you do. I’m feeling a lot of emotions from you right now. The strongest is fear. Why would you be afraid of a perfect stranger?”

“Because he looked scary, and he was drunk.”

“Maria, don’t lie to me. Who is he?”

“None of your business!”

“It is my business! Everything about you is my business because I love you and I want to take care of you, but I can’t do that if you don’t talk to me!”

“Well maybe it’s too hard to talk about!”

She runs into the bathroom and locks the door. He is about to unlock it with his powers, but realizes that it won’t help. She has to come to him. He just sits down next to the door and waits.

TBC