|posted on 18-Sep-2002 1:24:14 PM by littleroswell|
|This is the first fic I've posted on this site. I hope you all like it. It is the first fic I ever wrote. It was written not long after The End of the World episode so it is old. I've written others and hope to hear how you guys like them too.|
Author: Beth Barker
Disclaimer: I own nothing except the characters I create. This story is strictly for fun and that’s the way it should be.
Summary: Alexis is the newest member aboard the Enterprise and she will be a key player in their new mission.
Author’s Note: Please bear with me for this first part as Roswell and its characters aren’t introduced until the end, but I promise the next part will be more Roswell-filled. Feedback will be my motivating factor to continue so please let me know what you think. I can take it!
Part 1: “Where Do I Start?”
We have just arrived at Star Base 61 near Omega 3 and will be beaming aboard the newest member of the Enterprise crew. Dr. Alexis Pickerd has an impressive Star Fleet record. She has a ranking of first officer, is a medical doctor, certified counselor, and holds several degrees in engineering. She has come aboard to give assistance to Dr. Crusher, Counselor Troi, and Commander LaForge, and to hopefully take some of the stress off of these officers that dealing with a crew this size can bring upon them.
“Are you looking forward to meeting Dr. Pickerd?” Will Riker asked Captain Jean-Luc Picard as they headed for Transporter Room 3.
“Yes, I am actually. I just hope her personality is as pleasant as her Star Fleet record,” he answered.
“I’m anxious to see just how old she is and how she’ll get along here.”
“What makes you think she’s old, Number One?” Jean-Luc asked his first officer.
“Captain, she’s finished 4 Star Fleet programs and also served 5 years at this Star Base. She can’t exactly be fresh out of the Academy.”
They reached the transporter room and the Captain nodded to Chief O’Brien. Seconds later, they were looking at a beautiful young woman who couldn’t have been a day over 30. She was probably 5 feet, 6 inches tall and had straight, dark brown hair and warm brown eyes. Both men showed the surprise that they felt but both men for different reasons. The young woman came forward with her hand extended. The Captain realized then whom it was that she reminded him of and he took a step back.
“Captain Picard? I’m Dr. Alexis Pickerd. Is something wrong?” she asked.
“Just exactly how old are you?” Will asked without thinking.
Jean-Luc snapped out of his daze and reprimanded his first officer. “Number One, that was rather rude.”
“Oh, it’s alright, Captain, I should have realized that’s way you both looked so shocked. Most people are when they read or hear about my Star Fleet record and then meet me. I’m actually 28 years old,” she smiled at them.
Commander Riker, embarrassed at his mistake, took her outstretched hand and apologized. “I’m sorry, I was just, as you said, surprised. Please forgive me. I’m Commander William T. Riker and this, of course, is Captain Jean-Luc Picard. Welcome aboard the Enterprise.”
“Thank you. I’m very happy to be here,” she answered. “Let me go ahead and answer the next question you’re thinking although you haven’t asked it yet. I doubled up on class schedules and took summer school in the Academy. I had so much that I wanted to learn about that I didn’t stop to think that I was doing something unusual. So I finished early and in 4 fields. Although, I finished my last one while serving on the Star Base by correspondence.”
“Well, that does answer that question, doesn’t it?” Captain Picard said, trying to calm his inner thoughts.
“Captain, are you feeling alright? You don’t look so well,” Alexis asked concerned.
“I’m fine. It’s just the surprise of your young age, and you look like someone I once knew,” he answered. “Now Commander Riker will show you to your quarters. I’m afraid that I need to go and review the notes for our next mission. If you’ll excuse me,” and with that, he left the room.
“I guess he’ll be even more surprised to find out that the next mission involves me,” Alexis said.
Will looked back in renewed surprise and asked, “How do you know what the next mission is and that you’re part of it?”
Alexis walked out the door and Will followed and picked up the lead, heading toward the new Dr’s quarters. Only then did she answer him. “I’m only half human. My father was human but my mother was a little heard of alien species called Healers. I never knew my father and my mother died when I was 16.”
“What happened to them and what does all this have to do with the mission?” Will asked genuinely perplexed.
“Well, my mother told me that my father was a captain aboard a Star Fleet ship and that he was killed when his ship was attacked by Romulans. I used to love to hear stories that she told about him. He was the reason I was so interested in Star Fleet. I wanted to make him proud of me so I took the entrance exam to the Academy at 16 and passed. That wasn’t long after my mother died. All I really know about my father is that he was very brave, that he loved my mother, and that he never knew about me. My mother caught some kind of unusual disease that only 2 other people have ever been known to have and they died of it too.
As for the mission, the Healer species is unlike any other alien race in that it does not seem to be native to any one planet. Healers have been found all over the galaxy and there aren’t many of them. Incidentally, the other 2 people that died of that disease were also Healers. The mission is to try and find out why there aren’t many Healers, why they are spread all over the galaxy, and anything else about their history that might help preserve the species, as it is considered endangered. Healers were given that name mostly due to their ability to heal people’s cuts, colds, or whatever with just a touch. We don’t get sick, although, no one knows why. However, there are other things Healers can do like blow things up and read others’ feelings. I am the only Healer in Star Fleet that I know of and little is known about our biological make up.”
“How many Healers have been counted so far?” Will asked, slowing as they neared her quarters.
Her face fell and she answered quietly, “25 and all of them are mixed species. Not one of them is a pure Healer.”
“That’s all?! Where are we going to start looking for this history?” he asked.
“There are 2 half-Healers that both claim the planet Negeb as their home planet and that is where we are going to start.”
* * * * * * * * * * * *
Jean-Luc Picard tried to concentrate on the mission notes, but his mind was whirling with thoughts and they were giving him a headache. Ordinarily, he would have found this mission fascinating; he loved reading about extinct and endangered species, especially if it involved the newest member of his crew, but his reading kept getting interrupted by other thoughts.
He read enough to get the gist of the mission and decided to take a nap to help settle his thoughts. He went over to his couch and laid down. “Computer, reduce lighting by 80% and put on some soft relaxing music,” he said, as he tried to get comfortable.
“Please specify,” the computer answered.
“Oh, I don’t care! Anything by Beethoven or Mozart that can be considered relaxing,” he answered irritated.
He settled into the couch and drifted off to a place he hadn’t been to in almost 30 years. He saw a young woman with dark brown hair and warm dancing eyes smiling at him and he slept contentedly.
* * * * * * * * * * * *
After brief introductions were made, the Captain called the briefing meeting to order. He summarized what he had read of the mission and turned to Alexis. “Didn’t your mother tell you anything about your species that wasn’t in the mission notes?”
“My mother was adopted, Captain, when she was about 1 year old. All I can tell you about my species is that we live to be very old because my mother died at 97 and didn’t look older than about 50 in human years. She knew even less about our species than I do. I’ve talked with the 2 Healers from Negeb and they didn’t even know about each other although they were only about 100 miles apart. They knew little as well for both of them were adopted too. One remembers his mother telling him to be good and that she loved him but that’s all.”
“Hmm. That doesn’t give us much to go on, does it?” the Captain said thinking. He asked for suggestions.
Commander Riker spoke up. “I suggest that we take 2 away teams to the surface, 1 for each place, and scout out the areas. Dr. Pickerd, did they give you any leads as to where we might start looking?”
“Well, one of them said that his adopted sister still lives in their childhood home and that she would be happy to help us any way that she can. We could start with her,” Alexis offered.
“Good. Number One, you are to lead one team while Dr. Pickerd leads the other. Choose your teams and I would like for Dr. Pickerd’s team to talk with the sister. Any questions?” Jean-Luc directed.
“I would like to run some medical tests on Dr. Pickerd later if that’s alright with you and her,” Dr. Crusher spoke up.
“Fine with me but all of my medical history should be on file, doctor. I must admit though, that it’s a short file. Like I said, I never get sick,” Alexis told her.
“Alright then, dismissed,” Captain Picard told them.
* * * * * * * * * * * *
“We knew that he was different, but until we took him to the doctor not long after he came to our home, we didn’t know how different.”
Alexis was walking through a grassy meadow towards a small playhouse with the sister of one of the Healers. She had offered to take the away team to different spots that had been important in her brother’s childhood.
“The doctor told us that he had never seen a species like he was and then when he got older and could do things, it was just strange.”
“What kind of things?” Alexis asked.
“Well, he could tell how other people were feeling; not just that they were sick or sad but he could tell what was wrong. Then too, when I fell and skinned my knees, he just waved his hand over them and they were well again. And then there was the time our mother got caught in a cave and it caved in, he just lifted his hand and kind of blasted away some of the stones so we could get to her.”
“Hmm. That’s interesting. I too can tell what others are feeling but I never really thought much of it and I can’t always tell. So this is where the 2 of you played together most of the time?”
“Yes, I haven’t been here in years. Feel free to look around. Although, I don’t think you’ll find much worth fooling with.”
Alexis began looking thoroughly through the small playhouse and then around the outside, but found nothing. She was about to give up and leave when she spotted a strange spot in the grass. She bent over to study it and the sister ran over to her.
“Oh my gosh! I completely forgot about this until now! We used to bury things here that we loved to play with and didn’t want anyone to find. I bet there’s one thing that might interest you. Although, it still might just be a really well written book.”
She pulled at a corner of the square patch of grass that looked out of place and it lifted up to reveal a small wooden door in the ground. She pulled it open and pulled out a really old looking book. “Here,” she said, handing it to Alexis, “Steven was carrying this book when he came to our home. We thought that it was his mother’s but he said that he knew it wasn’t her’s by the names in it so we don’t know where it came from. You can have it if you think it will help.”
Alexis flipped through the book and then turned to the first page. It read, “Private property of Elizabeth Parker. If lost, please return to the Crashdown Café, Roswell, NM.” She closed the book and smiled at the sister. “Thanks, I think I will take this with me. May I look at the other things in the hiding place?”
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|posted on 18-Sep-2002 1:31:06 PM by littleroswell|
|Wow! I didn't know that the parts would look that long! I hope you guys like to read because all of my parts are that long or longer. Enjoy!|
Summary: Alexis’s away team and the other team tell the others what they’ve found out and decisions are made.
Part 2: “Clues or good stories?”
We have been stationed at the planet Negeb and have sent 2 away teams to the surface in hopes of finding some clue to the history of the Healer race. These 2 teams have returned and have joined me in the observation lounge to discuss their findings.
“So what did your team find, Number One? Anything?” Captain Picard asked.
“Not much, Captain. We did find out by talking to some of the neighbors and other people that knew the Healer that she didn’t like being different so she stayed to herself most of the time and had very few close friends. However, the people who lived in the home now gave us this and said that it was left in the house when they moved in,” Will pulled out a small football shaped object. It was metallic in appearance and had an odd design cut out at the top. “We don’t really know if it means anything, but we thought we’d hold on to it anyways.”
Alexis picked up the object off of the table and began to examine it. Even though she knew she had never seen it before, she knew that it was significant. She didn’t know what it was or what it was for but her instincts told her this was important to her past. She set the object back on the table and looked back up at the Captain to find him staring at her, again.
Ever since she had come aboard, she had caught Captain Picard studying her when he thought she wasn’t looking. It was very unnerving. She knew that Counselor Troi had noticed it too, and Alexis planned on asking her what she thought about it. Now, though, the Captain just looked away and pretended to be very interested in Commander Riker’s apology for not having anymore information.
Jean-Luc then pointedly turned to Alexis and asked her what her team had found. She pulled out the journal that the sister on the planet had given her. It was falling apart but it should have not even existed by the dates that were in it. Many of the entries were far too old for this book to have survived as long as it had, making it a phony, but from what she had seen of it, it was a very good phony.
“This is a journal that the sister of the other Healer gave me. She said that he was carrying it when he appeared at their home. As you can see from the outer appearance, it is a very old book. However, the dates of the entries are too old for this book to even exist anymore so I don’t know. I would like to take some time to examine it and do some research on it,” Alexis said, passing the book around for everyone to look at it.
When Will Riker got it, he read the first page out loud. “Roswell, NM? How in the world did this get way out here from Earth? It could be a fake.”
“Yes, that’s why I want to do some research on it. I’d like to find out if this Elizabeth Parker was a real person and if she really lived around the time of these dates. Then maybe I can determine from there that it really is a fake, like I believe that it is,” Alexis addressed the group.
Captain Picard took the journal from his first officer and examined it. “It does look interesting in any case.” He looked back at the group and handed the book back to Alexis. “Make it so. Number One, I’d like for you to talk to these 2 Healers and tell them what we found out; see if it triggers anymore memories or something they may have forgotten to tell us. Then research the other known Healers in the galaxy and see what you can find out. Dr. Pickerd, do your research on this Elizabeth Parker as well as Roswell, NM. Even if it is a fake, whoever wrote this book was interested in Roswell, NM and was somehow important to the young Healer’s past. Find out what if you can. Everyone else, help them out anyway you can. Dismissed.”
As everyone started filtering out of the room, Deanna Troi walked over to the Captain. He was always difficult to get to open up and express his feelings, but that never discouraged Deanna from trying and often, her determination had paid off.
“Captain, may I talk with you for a moment?” she asked. She tried to study his feelings. There was a lot of mixed emotions running through him. She sensed love, sadness, nostalgia, loss, regret, and many more feelings. Always there was strength in him; never had he shown weakness in all the years she had known him.
“What is it, Counselor, I need to review the away teams’ reports,” he said, knowing what was coming.
Deanna decided to try to be subtle. “I just wanted to ask you about Dr. Pickerd. She’s so young for her rank and to have the record she does. What do you think about her?”
“She seems amiable enough. She is very thorough. The crew already seems to like her. I don’t know her well enough to say much else about her. She does her job and that’s what counts I guess,” he answered. His feelings were different from his words, however.
This didn’t sound like the Captain Picard Deanna knew. Doing your job was just the beginning in his opinion usually. She could tell something was wrong. Was it best just to come right out and ask about it or be subtle? She couldn’t always tell which was the best approach with the Captain.
She decided to be more direct. “That’s not exactly what I meant. I’ve caught you staring at her several times just during this meeting. She noticed it too and I think you’re making her nervous. Is something wrong, Captain?”
Jean-Luc looked at the woman standing in front of him. He had confided in her before and had felt better. Her deep black eyes and her beautiful face always had on a concerned and loving expression. He knew that the other members of the crew trusted in her and she made them feel better just by being there to listen. He was grateful to have Deanna Troi serving under him especially as Counselor.
In a moment he made his decision. “I don’t mean to be rude or to make her uneasy. She just reminds me of someone I knew a number of years ago.”
“Do you want to talk about it?” Deanna asked. She knew he had decided to do just that but she wanted to make sure he knew that’s what he wanted to do.
“Yes, but not right now. I’ll try and talk to you later today or maybe tomorrow. Make me an appointment in your busy schedule.”
“That won’t be a problem, Captain. You just tell me when you’re ready to talk. May I go now?”
“Yes, that will be all, Counselor.”
As she headed for the door and was on her way out, he called out, “And, Deanna,” she stopped and turned to him, “Thank you.” She nodded and left the room.
* * * * * * * * * * *
“Data, would you mind helping me with some research?” Alexis Pickerd said, catching up to Commander Data as he headed down the corridor.
“Not at all, Doctor. How can I help you?” he asked.
“I was wondering if we can go to a console to work on researching some things on Roswell, New Mexico. If you’re too busy right now, I can wait.”
“No, I can help you now. Come with me to my quarters; I have a console there,” Data said.
She followed him until they reached his quarters. She noticed upon entering that he must love to paint but the fact that he had a console in his quarters told her that he worked all the time. She started to ask him about this but instead decided to wait until later.
“Where should we start?” Data asked her, sitting down to his console.
She pulled up a chair beside him. “Well, let’s start with Roswell. Pull up all books in the computer’s system on it. How many are there?”
“372,” he answered. “Plus 5 poems, 3 songs, and 4 movies.”
“Ok, now narrow that down by eliminating the fiction. How many are we at now?” Alexis asked.
Data pushed some buttons. “117,” he returned.
“Ok, now sort those, putting the ones from the 20th and the 21st centuries on top. Don’t eliminate the others, just put those on top. How many of those are there?”
“65. What would you like to eliminate next?” Data asked, poised to respond.
“Nothing, Data. Could you do me a favor later? Could you give me a small disk with the titles of all of these books, the ones from the 20th and 21st centuries first, along with a brief summary of each one? I wouldn’t ask just anyone this favor but I know that you can do it in very little time. Would you mind?” Alexis asked.
“No, but I can do it right now and it will only take me 2.47 minutes to go through each of them. Can you give me those 2 minutes?”
Alexis stared at the android in amazement. She had read about Data and had been fascinated. He was the only one of his kind known and his desire to be more human had touched her. She was so happy when she learned that she would be serving on the Enterprise with him.
“Sure go ahead, and then if you don’t mind, I have one more search I’d like put on that same disk. I want to review all of this stuff later in my quarters where I can think,” she replied.
Data started moving at lightning speed through the books with one hand while transferring his summaries with the other. Alexis watched him in awe. She could tell that he was holding back, he could have gone faster but the computer wouldn’t have been able to keep up with him.
“Finished with .05 minutes to go,” Data said looking at Alexis. “What else did you want to research?”
It took Alexis a minute to gather her thoughts. “Uh, oh yeah, Elizabeth Parker. Can you look and see if there was an Elizabeth Parker born in or around Roswell, NM in the latter half of the 20th century?”
Data pushed a couple of buttons. “There are 2 Elizabeth Parkers born around Roswell, NM. One was born in the year 1983 and the other was born in 1978. Which one would you like me to pull up?”
Alexis thought for a minute. “The one born in 1983,” she answered, “and just put everything about her life on that disk.”
Data finished it up and handed the disk to Alexis. “If you need anymore help, please, let me know. Do not worry if it is late in the evening, I do not sleep.”
“Uh, thanks, Data, I will,” Alexis said. She left his quarters and started off to talk to Counselor Troi.
* * * * * * * * * * * *
Deanna was sitting on her couch in her quarters listening to some of her favorite music and sipping on a Betazed tea. She heard the chimes from the computer signaling that someone was at the door. She knew who it had to be.
“Enter,” she called.
Captain Picard walked in and took in her tea and music. “I’m sorry, you’re trying to relax; I’ll just come back later.”
“No, Captain, it’s alright. Please come in and sit down. I know you want to talk and this is a good time to do so,” Deanna said. She was not letting him get off that easily.
The Captain sat down in a chair opposite of the Counselor and began to tell her what was bothering him.
* * * * * * * * * * * *
Alexis lounged in her quarters trying to read over the material that Data had put on the disk about Roswell. The book titles and summaries were just not that interesting to her right now. She found out a little bit about it and some of what she found amused her. According to most of the books, the small town was a tourist attraction and a center of controversy regarding something that supposedly happened in the year 1947. Something crashed just outside of this small town and many people at that time believed that it was an alien vessel. It was thought that the government of the then United States of America was trying to cover this up with telling people that it was just a weather balloon and many people did not believe this. The whole town of Roswell became a tourist attraction dedicated to aliens. There was a UFO museum built and everything was named and built for the belief in the aliens.
This amused Alexis greatly for there was no way that this could have been anything other than a weather balloon. Earth’s history notes the first extraterrestrial encounter was at the first contact after what they called World War 3 on April 5th, 2063 and that was with the Vulcans. This Elizabeth Parker would have been 80 years old, if she was real and she survived the war.
Alexis was still thinking this over when one of the other books caught her attention. It mentioned the Crashdown Café! She couldn’t believe her eyes. Then she thought about it and decided that whoever wrote that book could be basing it on real facts. Many authors did that; they took someone real in history and where they lived and they wrote fiction about them. Making it sound real.
The summary mentioned nothing else about the Café so she kept reading down the list. Finally, another book captured her attention and held it. This was big! The title was “When Teenagers Disappear: The Story of the Lost Teens of Roswell”. The summary spoke of 8 teens who had disappeared. What had caught her attention were the names: Liz Parker, Max Evans, Isabel Evans, Alex Whitman, Maria DeLuca, Michael Guerin, Tess Harding, and Kyle Valenti. These were the names she saw mentioned in the journal! This was indeed a brief summary of the book. All it mentioned were the ages of all those who disappeared. Liz was the oldest when she disappeared and that was right after she graduated from the University of New Mexico. All of the others had disappeared a few years earlier. However, these were noted to be a group of friends that were usually seen together. It was strange that she didn’t disappear at the same time as the rest of them did.
There was something about the names of these people that really struck a chord in Alexis. She couldn’t pinpoint it out! Why were these people important? She could feel that they were, however, she knew she had never heard of these people before. She made a mental note to have Data pull up the entire book for the one that mentioned the café and the one on the disappearing teens. Then she turned her attention to the information on Liz Parker.
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|posted on 18-Sep-2002 1:34:02 PM by littleroswell|
|Here is part 3.|
Summary: Alexis is still reviewing the information she has found about Liz Parker. This is an important link to her past and the Healers.
Part 3: “Real or make believe”
Alexis Pickerd was sitting in her quarters reviewing the information that she had Commander Data put on the disk for her. She had already found out so much just with that summary list of books on Roswell. Now she was going to look at the information on Liz Parker. She really wanted to delve into that journal, but this information was getting interesting. She looked over the basic stats fairly quickly.
Full Name: Elizabeth Marie Parker
Date of Birth: April 17, 1983
Birth Information: Born to Jeffrey Parker and Nancy Parker. Born in Santa Rosa, NM.
Marital Status: Single up unto her disappearance.
Died: Unknown – Disappeared at the age of 22 not long after graduating from the University of New Mexico.
Alexis skimmed over the medical history; she could always come back to that later but for now, it didn’t interest her. She got to the life description and started to read very slowly, trying to memorize as much about this woman as she could.
Liz had been in Roswell all of her life. She graduated from Roswell High School with honors and a GPA of 4.127. She went on to college and graduated in the top 5% of her class in her major, astronomy. She disappeared shortly thereafter.
While she lived at home with her parents, she worked for them in their small restaurant as a waitress at the Crashdown Café. Her parents owned this restaurant and all 3 of them lived above it in an apartment.
Liz Parker led a pretty quiet life from what Alexis read. She was said to have dated a Max Evans in high school, and was often seen with him and several friends including her childhood friends Maria DeLuca and Alex Whitman as well as Max Evans’ sister Isabel Evans. When Mr. Evans and her friends disappeared mysteriously, however, it is rumored that she did not date again. Many of her later friends and her parents often said that she was never the same after they had disappeared, and some have speculated that they are the reason for Liz’s disappearance. It is thought that she might have gone off somewhere and committed suicide. She was never married nor did she have any children.
One of the strange things about her disappearance was that her body was never found. In fact, there had been no trace of her at all after that day. A friend told police everything she knew about Liz and when questioned, the fact that she used to keep a journal had come up. Upon investigating and looking for that journal, it was discovered that it too had disappeared. Alexis about fell out! A journal! No it couldn’t be! It was impossible, wasn’t it? However, there in front of her, plain as day, was a description of that journal and it fit the one the sister had given her perfectly!
There wasn’t really much else about Liz in the information, so Alexis anxiously turned to the journal. She opened it and began skimming through the first few entries, noting the dates of each one. She paid the most attention to names mentioned as well as the places and descriptions she found. The details of everything were too great. Either this was a really good piece of fiction or this was the real McCoy. She decided that before she really got to reading the journal, she’d pay a visit to Commander Data.
* * * * * * * * * * * *
An hour later, Alexis sat shaking in her quarters. The information Data had pulled up on everyone else already seemed to coincide with the journal and she hadn’t read that far. Alex and Maria were the only 2 characters she had read about yet but everything was accurate. She was also shaking because while reading she kept getting these images flashing through her mind. She saw what she was reading. She saw Alex, Maria, Liz, and Jeff and Nancy Parker. She had never met these people and yet she could see these images and happenings as if they had happened to her yesterday. It was such a strange experience!
Then she got to the first entry mentioning Max Evans. She couldn’t believe her eyes. Liz shot with a 20th century gun and Max Evans healing her. No! This couldn’t be right! However, the more entries she read, the more convincing evidence there was that not only was Max Evans a healer, but so were his sister Isabel and their friend Michael. She saw it all in her mind’s eye, felt the bullet where it struck Liz and she knew in her heart and in her gut that these people had been real, that this journal was real. She didn’t know how but somehow this journal had survived the past 300 plus years. She fell asleep with visions in her head from an earlier time and place.
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|posted on 18-Sep-2002 1:38:27 PM by littleroswell|
|Here's part 4|
Summary: Alexis is still reviewing the information she has found about Liz Parker. This is an important link to her past and the Healers. Also, she is about to discover something else that will change her life.
Part 4: “Hidden Family?”
I have heard and read the reports on the research on Roswell, NM, Liz Parker and her friends, as well as the other Healers and have agreed with Dr. Pickerd that the journal must indeed be genuine. I have asked her to continue reading it and report what she finds to us. I have also told her that she needs to make sure and get a physical in Sick Bay as soon as possible. I have also decided that the best place to continue sorting through this mystery is Roswell, NM. Perhaps we could find a distant relative of one of these people in the journal who might know something.
* * * * * * * * * * * *
As Alexis headed to Sick Bay, Counselor Troi caught up to her and matched her stride. “Where are you headed, Alexis?” she asked her.
“I have to go get a check up. I think Dr. Crusher is just itching to see if there is anything different in my anatomy from pure humans. I don’t mind, it happens with the best doctors. I can’t say that I blame her, I’d be the same way,” Alexis told Deanna.
“Do you mind if I come along? I’d like to talk with you,” she asked.
“No, it looks like you’re headed that way anyways,” Alexis said with a grin.
Deanna just smiled back and didn’t say anything else for a few minutes. She was trying to study the newest member of the crew. Deanna sensed so many things in this young woman. Many of the things she sensed were natural, slight nervousness either from the ship’s Counselor wanting to talk with her when she didn’t even know her or from the check up or any other number of things. However, she could feel a deep pain, a sense of loss, determination, sadness but also joy, excitement and a deep strength that she had only sensed that deep in one other person.
“Counselor Troi, why are you studying me so deeply? I can tell you anything you want to know,” Alexis asked in mock annoyance. She knew she had caught Deanna off guard, she did that with all telepaths.
“How did you know I was studying you? You aren’t a telepath are you? I have never come across one that I couldn’t detect,” Deanna said visibly startled.
“Actually, I’m not exactly telepath. I can sense feelings and things such as that and sometimes it’s stronger than others. I have always had that affect on other telepaths before though. Who knows a pure healer might be telepathic.”
“I’m sorry. You should know that I’m only half Betazed so I can’t read thoughts just emotions kind of like you; although if I’m with another telepath, especially my mother, I can communicate with them most of the time. I was just trying to read your feelings about being aboard the Enterprise. How are you enjoying it so far?” Deanna asked, smoothly changing the subject.
“I love it. I was so honored when Admiral Tauk told me that Captain Picard had asked to have me brought aboard. This ship has a great history. I was also grateful for the chance to find out more about my race’s history on such a resourceful ship. Has the Captain said anything about my performance thus far?” she asked.
They stepped through the automatic doors of the Sick Bay and Beverly Crusher started walking toward them. “He has said that he thinks he made the right decision to bring you aboard and that you are very thorough in your work,” Deanna answered.
As the check up went on, it was somewhat difficult to talk in between directions for scans from the doctor so there was a bit of a lull in the conversation. When the doctor finished her scans, something rang a bell with Alexis’s DNA scan. When it hit her what it was, her mouth and eyes formed perfect circles. Deanna, seeing that she was about to spill some news that wasn’t supposed to be out yet, pulled Beverly aside. They talked in hushed tones for a minute before turning back to Alexis.
Alexis didn’t know what they had said but something was up. “Everything turn out ok?” she asked.
Dr. Crusher smiled but it didn’t fool Alexis. “Oh yeah, everything’s fine. I was just surprised by your white blood cell count. It’s so high!”
Alexis knew that this wasn’t what had startled the doctor but she also knew she wasn’t lying when she said that she was fine. She decided to let it go for now. “Oh, I know. I think that has to do with my healing power. I think that some of those white blood cells (author’s note: white blood cells help in fighting germs, viruses, etc.) are transferred to whoever I heal because their count usually goes up a little too after I heal them. Mine lowers ever so slightly but it doesn’t usually take long for it to go back up.”
“That’s amazing! I would love to do some experiments on this later if you have some time. I’m done for now, however,” Dr. Crusher said, genuinely interested.
Alexis was itching to get back to the journal and she could see that Deanna still wanted to talk. She decided to stop the discussion before it even started. “Counselor, I know you wanted to talk with me but unfortunately, I really need to get back to work right now. Can we pick this up later?” she asked.
“That’s fine, I think the Captain wants to talk with you at the same time anyway. Let’s set up an appointment for tomorrow at 14:00 hours,” Deanna answered.
* * * * * * * * * * * *
Half an hour later, Alexis was back in her quarters, the journal in front of her along with a cup of hot chocolate. She always liked something hot to drink when she read. Alexis had forced herself to do some research on the dates in the journal before she picked up reading again. Sure enough, in the Crashdown Café’s history, there had been shots fired on the date mentioned in the journal, however, all records indicated that no one had been hurt.
‘Which makes sense if he healed her and she told everyone that she had just spilled a bottle of ketchup on herself,’ Alexis thought to herself.
All of the other dates that she could confirm checked out in the history books only more firmly convincing Alexis that this journal was for real. With the research out of the way, she turned her attention to the journal and turned to where she left off reading. As she read through it she was introduced to other characters. She continued to see the images clearly just as she had before.
Alexis could feel her own heart pounding at the description of Max’s near death experience in what Liz called “the white room”. When Tess Harding came onto the scene, Alexis immediately had her guard up although she couldn’t explain why. As she read about Sheriff Valenti and Kyle finding out the secret and Max saving Kyle’s life her heart went out to these people whom she had never known. She felt her own tears running down her face as she read Liz’s description of her decision to leave Max to his destiny with Tess.
It was here that Alexis stopped and something wasn’t right about this decision. Alexis didn’t understand why these accounts would be affecting her so deeply but they were. She knew in her heart that Tess should not be with Max even though there was clear evidence of this being the case. She decided to look into Liz’s medical history after all. She didn’t know why but she knew that this was the next step she should take.
* * * * * * * * * * * *
Dr. Beverly Crusher studied the files on Liz Parker that Dr. Pickerd had brought her. She didn’t really have much to go on. 20th century medicine was so ancient and crude. As she studied it though, something caught her attention. Something about this file was similar to Alexis’ scans. She pulled up Alexis’ records on her console and compared them to what she had on Ms. Parker. There was not much room for doubt for what she saw.
Alexis watched the doctor’s expressions closely. She hoped something would come out of her hunch and Beverly didn’t disappoint her. She was not ready for what she was about to hear however.
“Dr. Pickerd . . .” Beverly began.
“Alexis, please,” Alexis interrupted.
Beverly looked at her and smiled. “Alright, Alexis. I have something to tell you which may be a bit unnerving to you. You are related to this Liz Parker in some way. The similarities in the blood lines from what I can tell definitely put her in your family tree. How she’s related I can’t tell but she is a relative of yours.”
Alexis’ eyes opened wide at this news. “But she didn’t have any children and she was an only child! How can I be related to her? It wouldn’t show up as well if it had been a cousin and yet you seem very definite about this.”
“I am. Maybe she had a child no one knew about or after she disappeared but you are definitely a descendent of hers. I can’t really tell you much more than that,” Beverly said.
Alexis sat mulling over this unexpected news. Then she had another hunch. “Can you look at Max Evans’ medical history and tell me what you see?” she asked the doctor.
Beverly pushed a couple of keys but Max Evans’ medical records were blank. “There aren’t any medical records under his name. Maybe if we knew his name before he was adopted we could check on them but as it is . . .”
“Of course there wouldn’t be any medical records if he was a Healer! Why didn’t I notice that before? He would keep everything a secret as much as possible. Aliens were considered a probable threat if they existed in the 20th century,” Alexis said, thinking out loud. She looked back up at the doctor and the frown on her face disappeared. “Thank you, Beverly. I appreciate your help.”
As Alexis got up and headed out of Dr. Crusher’s office, Beverly stopped her. “Alexis, have you talked to the Captain or Counselor Troi yet?”
Alexis got a confused look on her face and answered, “About what?”
Beverly quickly realized that she hadn’t. “About what you’ve found. Maybe Deanna can help you with some of this,” she told her.
“Thanks, I haven’t yet but I will,” Alexis said, and she left Sick Bay.
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|posted on 18-Sep-2002 1:55:15 PM by littleroswell|
Summary: The Enterprise is on its way to Earth to hopefully find out some information in Roswell, NM. Alexis finds out something else about herself and her family and is introduced to a well-known enemy of Captain Picard’s.
Part 5: “Oh, I Am What I Am . . .”
We will be entering an orbit around the planet Earth soon and will be visiting the city of Roswell, NM. Dr. Pickerd has just made a surprising discovery that she is in fact related to the young woman who disappeared at such a young age and who indisputably wrote the journal that we have in our possession. I personally have some news for the new doctor that might give her another good shock.
Alexis was in her quarters finishing up getting ready for her “Welcome Aboard Party”. She made a few finishing touches to her make up, headed out the door, and bumped right into Captain Picard.
“Am I that late that you had to come get me,” Alexis laughed.
Jean-Luc gave a shy smile and a soft chuckle himself. “No, actually I just wanted to talk with you for a minute before you came. May we sit down?” he asked.
Alexis saw how nervous the Captain looked and immediately was concerned. Had she done something wrong? Was there something wrong with the Captain? What in the world could he have to say that he wanted to talk alone, now? However, Alexis knew Captain Picard’s type. He would be upset even more if she drew attention to his nervousness so she decided to play it cool.
“Of course, Captain. Please come inside my quarters and make yourself comfortable,” she said smiling warmly.
Jean-Luc took a seat in a chair and Alexis sat on the couch opposite him, waiting for him to begin. Her heart went out to him as he cleared his throat several times and situated himself in his seat.
“What I have to tell you is going to give you quite a shock. I guess I should start from the beginning. Almost 30 years ago, I was serving on a star ship that had seen a lot of action. I needed a vacation and so I took a much-needed shore leave to the planet Loren III,” he began.
“That’s my home planet, Captain; you made a nice choice, Loren III is a very beautiful planet,” Alexis interrupted.
“Yes, so I understand. Well, while I was there, I met someone. She was beautiful and sweet and I . . . well I fell in love with her. My 2 week shore leave turned into 2 months and then into 3 months. I never take time off so I had it all saved up but when I met this woman I almost requested a transfer to the base there at Loren III. I asked her to marry me for I knew that she loved me too,” Jean-Luc continued. He got up and stared out the window at the beautiful star-filled blackness in front of him. “However, she turned me down. She told me that she loved me but that my heart was in the stars and she would not ask me to give that up. She knew me better than I knew myself because I thought that I could give that up and I probably could have but I would have regretted it from time to time. I left her there and went on in my career in Starfleet.”
The Captain came back to his chair and looked intently into Alexis’s face, into her eyes to watch for a reaction for what he was about to tell her. “Alexis, I just found out recently that she had a child, a daughter by me. I would never have left her if I had known about this child but maybe that’s why this woman never told me about her, my daughter that is. Even when I went back to see her a couple of years later, she didn’t mention any of it to me.”
Alexis looked a little confused for a moment but then the realization started to sink in. No! It could NOT be! Her father was dead, killed by Romulans. She turned pale and asked the Captain to go on.
“This woman was beautiful. She had dark brown hair and warm dancing brown eyes that could look right into your soul. She was very quiet and thoughtful and I loved her a great deal. Alexis, you are my daughter,” he finished.
The energy of the moment was suddenly drained from him and he let out a huge sigh. He finally started to breathe again. Then he noticed that Alexis Pickerd wasn’t moving or saying anything. She had turned a ghastly white pasty color and he was afraid that at any moment she might hit the floor.
When Alexis finally spoke, it was in a whisper so low that Jean-Luc had to strain to hear her. “You are my father? How can that be?” She seemed to come to herself and some of her coloring returned. “You are my father! Mother told me that my last name came from you but I couldn’t find any records of a Starfleet captain named Pickerd. She didn’t tell me so that I couldn’t find you too soon. My last name should be Picard! She’s told me since I was little that she loved you so much that she had to let you go back to your dreams in the stars and that you never knew about me. There were so many clues and I missed them all some how!”
Alexis was so excited by now that she couldn’t help but jumping up and throwing her arms around the Captain’s neck. It took Jean-Luc by surprise but he found himself putting his arms around her too. This was his daughter!
* * * * * * * * * * *
Later that night as Alexis got ready to go to bed, she thought about all of the things she had learned during her short time on the Enterprise. She had found several big pieces in the puzzle of her ancestors, she had found a father, discovered a possible change in the history of Earth, and had scored a date with the first officer, Will Riker. She had enjoyed herself at the party given in her honor but she couldn’t really concentrate. She couldn’t wait to get back into her quarters and pick up the journal.
The Captain had announced to his crew the discovery of his daughter earlier at the party and they had cancelled the session with Deanna. They would talk on their own first and then talk with the Counselor. Alexis looked forward to getting to know her father and the Captain seemed just as happy to have found her.
Now she pulled out the journal and before she opened it she closed her eyes, trying to remember as much about what she had already read as she could. So many images flashed through her mind, a short curly blond headed girl, a dark haired girl that looked much like herself, a dark haired, quiet boy with telling eyes. She saw so many others, all of them familiar to her and yet she knew them not at all! How did she know that Max was so quiet? This wasn’t just her imagination; these were someone’s memories yet they couldn’t be her own.
Alexis woke up the next morning with the journal still clutched in her hands. She got up and got ready to go to work. Today she would be helping Dr. Crusher in Sick Bay with a few check ups. Alexis couldn’t wait to get to Roswell. They would be arriving in orbit to Earth in approximately 4 hours. She had to see this place.
* * * * * * * * * * *
“I still don’t understand why I should get a check up today!” Captain Picard protested as Alexis pulled out her hand scanner.
“Do not argue with me on this, Captain Picard,” she told him authoritatively, “I have your stubbornness in me and I will prevail on this matter. You are a member of this crew and as such, you will get a yearly check up. Now hold still.” Alexis looked at her father defiantly and he realized she was right, she had gotten his stubbornness. He gave in.
Just as Alexis finished up with Jean-Luc, there was a flash of light and suddenly standing before them both in a Starfleet uniform was a man Alexis didn’t recognize and Captain Picard groaned in recognition. This man had an unusual gleam in his eyes. His smile seemed to be full of mischief and Alexis was immediately on guard.
“Q! What are you doing here?” Picard asked obviously upset.
“What a welcome Jean-Luc! I would have thought after everything we’ve been through together that you might be a little more hospitable. By the way, who’s this gorgeous young creature,” the creature named Q retorted. As he asked about Alexis, he took her hand and kissed it.
“I’m Dr. Alexis Picard, and you are?” she asked him, suddenly amused by this creature.
“Oh, no! You aren’t related to this boring human are you? Well no matter, I can see that you aren’t near as boring as Jean-Luc,” Q said, his voice oozing with charm.
“Q, what do you want?” Jean-Luc asked impatiently. He didn’t like this enemy of his drooling all over his daughter; who knows what he would do if she didn’t like him!
“I came, dear Jean-Luc, to meet the newest member of your crew and to tell you that your mission is going to take you a very long time without my help. I am offering my services.”
“We don’t need your services, Q, and what do you know about our mission anyway,” the Captain snapped.
Alexis’s ears perked up at Q’s words, however. How could this creature who appeared out of nowhere help her find out about her people? She was interested in knowing the answer to this but it was clear that her father had had previous dealings with this creature and they must not have been good.
“Temper, temper, Jean-Luc. I have been following you ever since I found out there was a new member on the Enterprise. Your ship’s affairs so interest me, you know. Besides, Healers have an interesting history with Earth and in general,” Q continued dramatically, “What you have already learned has changed Earth’s history in that you must know by now that the first contact was not with Vulcans after the third world war. What you will eventually learn will also change the history of Starfleet.”
Alexis was definitely interested now. Q had just confirmed that everything she had learned so far about Roswell, NM and Liz Parker was true. She waited for this creature to continue.
Seeing the interest in his daughter’s eyes, Jean-Luc Picard decided to put an end to this right now. He answered Q calmly, “We will learn it on our own, then, Q. Thank you for your offer but we would much rather discover all of this on our own. Now I would thank you to leave my ship.”
Q narrowed his eyes at the Captain and answered, “As you wish, Captain,” and he was gone as quickly as he came.
Alexis looked disappointed but not too very and the Captain said that he had to get back to the bridge. They would soon enter an orbit around Earth. As soon as he had left and Alexis started to straighten things up, the creature suddenly reappeared.
“I know that you were interested, Dr. Picard. Would you like to learn more? I can show you so much more than you’d ever be able to see on this star ship,” he told Alexis. “I’ve been watching you and you interest me. I know what you’ve already learned from that journal that you found. Do you want my help to learn more?”
Alexis bit her lip in concentration. She was so tempted, she wanted to learn about her people so badly. However, she knew that accepting Q’s help would be undermining her superior’s authority, not to mention her father’s. She made up her mind.
“I’m sorry, Q. I really would like to accept your generous offer, but if I did I would be going against my superior officer and my father. I can’t accept right now,” she told him.
“You said that so nicely that I’m going to give you that opportunity in the future. Any time you change your mind, you call my name, Q, and I’ll be right there with you to show you all about your ancestors. Fascinating creatures, Healers are and you are definitely fascinating too,” he told her, and with that he disappeared again.
Alexis marveled again at the wondrous things she was learning on the Enterprise and the people she was meeting. She made a mental note to be sure and transmit a thank you to Admiral Tauk for putting her here. She would do that after she got back from Roswell.
Thinking of Roswell, she remembered that the Captain had left to go to the Bridge because they were nearing Earth. She started to sing to herself an old song as she headed out the door toward the Bridge herself. “Oh I am what I am, I’ll do what I want, but I can’t hide . . .”
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|posted on 18-Sep-2002 1:58:08 PM by littleroswell|
Summary: The Enterprise is in an orbit around Earth. A team goes down to Roswell to find out whatever they can. They meet someone interesting who provides a lot of helpful information.
Part 6: “Echoes of the Past”
Alexis made her way to the transporter room barely containing her excitement. Roswell, NM was just a few seconds away. She tried not to get her hopes up but she wasn’t the only one excited by what they had already found and the prospects of what they might find on the surface. She looked from one member of the away team to the other. This was a big group. Captain Picard had insisted on going himself. Also in the group were Will Riker, Commander Data, Commander Worf, Deanna Troi, and Dr. Beverly Crusher. At least there was no real danger here and no one would be surprised to see a group of Starfleet officers. In fact, Alexis was kind of glad that their search led them to a place where people would be more willing to talk.
The growing excitement filled the group headed for the transporter room. They all realized what a momentous event the first contact had been and the fact that the date and type of alien first encountered on earth would probably change in the history books because of what the crew of the Enterprise had found put them in the history books too. Alexis still wanted to ask her father about Q, though. If he could help, why didn’t the Captain want to accept that help?
As they all reached the surface, they looked around at the small town. With the exception of the mode of transportation and more technology, Alexis could tell that really not a whole lot had changed. However, there weren’t many people around and it looked like the town was falling apart at the seams. As she spotted the Crashdown Café, however, her heart began to pound in her chest. It was just as she had pictured it, if a little run down.
“Well, Dr. Picard, shall we start with the café?” Jean-Luc asked Alexis, noticing the excitement in her eyes.
“Yes, let’s start there!” she exclaimed.
Commander Data and Commander Riker decided to look around at the rest of the town and meet the others back at the café later. As they entered, Alexis was disappointed to notice just how far run down this little piece of history actually was. Her hopes brightened, however, as she noticed that there were pictures on the wall of the café from years earlier. She started to cross the room over to them to study them when someone came from the kitchen stopping her in mid stride.
“Afternoon! What can I do for you folks today? Hope you’re hungry ‘cause we’ve got the best food in town!” a young man in his mid thirties came out saying. He was rather tall with sandy blond hair and seemed to be a jovial person. He seemed to be the only person in the café at the moment and Alexis assumed that he was left to run things after the lunch crowd had dissipated.
“Let’s keep a low profile here, people. I don’t want the media alerted to the possible change in history just yet,” the Captain told his crew before smiling and turning his attention to the young man.
“Yes, we are actually. I would love to see the menu!” Jean-Luc answered him.
“Great! Pull up a chair or a booth and make yourselves at home! The menus are on the table and I’ll get your orders in just a minute. Let me just fire up the grill!” With that the young man disappeared back into the kitchen.
The group decided to sit in a couple of booths and Alexis sat down in one not too far from the door. As she sat down, she got a flash of a young man with dark hair and telling eyes, who she knew from previous flashes and pictures as Max Evans, sitting in this booth with school books spread out in front of him, his eyes following a dark haired young waitress. As she started to tell the Captain about this flash, the young man reemerged from the back.
“Everything here is made from scratch. No replicators here! No sir! What can I get you folks?” he asked jovially.
Alexis looked at the menu and laughed out loud. Every food item on the menu had something to do with the 20th century view of aliens and the movies from that time period. She told the young man that she liked the menus and he seemed pleased.
“That’s the original layout of the menus as they were over 300 years ago! My family has owned this restaurant since it opened in the 20th century!” he boasted.
“Oh, so you’re related to Jeff and Nancy Parker?” Alexis asked.
The young man narrowed his eyes at her, studying her for a moment but then the smile returned to his face. “Yup! My great-great-grandparents were their brother and sister-in-law. When their only daughter disappeared, Jeff decided to leave the restaurant to his nephew my great-grandfather. My name is James Parker by the way.”
James was such a jolly person and so obviously proud of his heritage that he had everyone smiling except Worf who was seriously debating weather he should eat the food that came from this place. Alexis decided that this James would be easy to get to talk about anything having to do with Liz Parker and this restaurant. As they placed their orders with James, she thought about how to bring it all up.
They were discussing this as a group when James brought back their orders. Worf eyed his order of Saturn’s onion rings with suspicion. James pulled up a chair and wiped his face with a towel. He grinned at the site of a Klingon in his café trying to eat human food.
“So James, you said that the Parker’s only daughter disappeared. What happened, does anybody know?” Deanna asked him.
“No, not really. It was a family joke to say that she was abducted by aliens, given where we were and everything, but really nobody knows what happened to her. Her name was Elizabeth Parker and she disappeared not long after graduating from college. She was pretty though and so full of life before her friends disappeared. That’s her there up above you in that picture,” he told them pointing above their heads.
Alexis studied the picture. This was the girl she had seen in her flashes and in the pictures with her information. She was in a turquoise blue uniform with a funny silver “alien head” apron around her waist. She had on a pair of antennae and she was standing with her arm around a girl about the same height as her, maybe an inch or two taller, with blond hair and laughing. Alexis knew who it was but to confirm it she asked about her to James.
“Oh, that was her best friend, Maria DeLuca, one of the ones who disappeared. They were friends from the 3rd grade up until her disappearance. She worked here too as you can see. Those were happier times for this place,” he said rather forlornly.
“Why? What do you mean?” Beverly Crusher asked.
“Roswell was a small town with very few people having heard about her until the infamous UFO crash in 1947. Then everything here changed. It became a tourist town with most of its income coming from everything being based on the premise of aliens. This town was bustling with people who wanted to visit the crash site, especially during the conventions. I mean there was a UFO museum for crying out loud. However, it kind of slowed down after a few years. When all those kids disappeared, it picked back up but when a year went by with no clues and even the parents had stopped looking, it died down again. The only other time it picked back up after that was right after first contact was made with the Vulcans after WWIII. People got interested in extraterrestrials again and business picked back up. That only lasted another few months, however. People started to realize that the crash of 1947 was probably in fact just what the military had told them then, a weather balloon. So everything went down hill from there and now this town is a ghost town. Even the UFO museum is boarded up. You guys are the first customers I’ve had in here all day,” he recounted sadly.
Alexis’s heart broke to hear this story. It always made her sad to see change and time affect a town or city so badly. She was especially disappointed to hear that the museum had been boarded up, she had wanted to see it. Then she made up her mind that she would see it.
“James, do you live upstairs now? I noticed it looked like there was an apartment up there,” she asked him gently.
“Yes. I just can’t give up this place. I don’t have any children so I suppose that when I die it will be boarded up too. It’s just that it’s a piece of my history and I can’t let it go. I’ve tried to remodel this place but I don’t really have the resources to do it,” he said wiping a tear away. “Well, I need to get the kitchen cleaned up. You folks stay as long as you want and feel free to look around.”
As he headed back into the kitchen, Alexis started looking at the pictures on the wall again. Worf mumbled something about looking around at the old buildings and left. Dr. Crusher went in search of the ladies’ room and the Captain decided to look around at the outside of the café.
Alexis sat studying the pictures quietly. There were several of people who she somehow knew were Jeff and Nancy Parker. There were pictures of Liz and Maria and Alex Whitman together. There were some of Sheriff Valenti and his son Kyle. However, the pictures that fascinated Alexis the most were the ones of all of them together. There was some sort of celebration going on, apparently after the café was closed, and they were all having such a good time. In these pictures, they looked happy. Michael Guerin, Isabel Evans, Max Evans, Kyle Valenti, Sheriff Valenti, Jeff and Nancy Parker, Liz Parker, Tess Harding, Amy and Maria DeLuca, Phillip and Diane Evans, they were all there and all happy. What had happened to them? Where did they all go? Were any of them Healers like she thought?
Deanna broke into her thoughts, “You look like her, Liz I mean. It’s amazing how much of a resemblance there is considering there has to be at least 3 generations between you. I really think you are a descendent of her.”
“Deanna, what could have happened to them all? I mean they can’t have just disappeared into thin air?” Alexis asked.
“I wish I knew, Alexis. It certainly is a good mystery,” Deanna said sympathetically.
“I can’t believe that I’m in the same place they used to be! It is just amazing. Looking at these pictures, I can see it all. I can hear the clinking of plates and glasses as people eat. I can hear Liz and Maria yelling out orders in the back. I can hear it almost as if I am actually there. It’s very unnerving,” Alexis told the Counselor.
Just as she finished saying this, the Captain came back in the café with Data and Riker and Dr. Crusher came from the back. Data and Riker told them that they had seen the UFO museum and felt that they could get inside fairly easily. Jean-Luc said he didn’t really find anything outside but Alexis wanted to look around outside the café before they headed back to the museum. As they started to leave, James came back out of the kitchen.
“You all leaving so soon? That’s too bad, I enjoyed talking with you. Please come back again,” he told them sincerely.
“Thank you, James, for all of your help. Do you mind if we look around outside the café for a few minutes?” Alexis said shaking his hand.
“Sure! You go right ahead and if you want to know anything else about this town, just let me know. I may not know all of it but my family has passed down a lot of the history,” he answered.
As Alexis looked around outside the café, she came around the back and discovered an old-fashioned fire escape ladder leading to a small balcony outside one of the windows of a room in the apartment upstairs. She walked over to it and as she put her hand on it to climb it, she suddenly got flashes of Max Evans doing the same thing and Liz Parker coming down it. She quickly scaled the ladder and stood on the balcony. So many images flooded her mind she sat down on the concrete floor. Max and Liz kissing. A much older Max dancing with a young Liz. Liz crying, hugging her knees to her chest, as well as her writing in the journal, and stargazing from an old lawn chair. So much just from this one spot! What it all meant, Alexis didn’t know. Some of it, she remembered from the journal but some of it she didn’t understand.
She climbed back down the ladder and explained what she had gone through up on the balcony. The Captain looked concerned and asked if she thought she was ok. When Alexis assured him she was fine and suggested they head for the museum he consented.
“Alright, to the museum then. Lead the way, Number One,” he told his first officer.
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|posted on 18-Sep-2002 2:01:45 PM by littleroswell|
Summary: The Enterprise is in an orbit around Earth. A team goes down to Roswell to find out whatever they can. They have already visited the Crashdown Café and head for the UFO museum. Q makes a tempting offer.
Part 7: “Q’s Offer”
As the away team headed for the UFO museum, Alexis could see just how long the museum had been boarded up. It looked completely deserted and like it hadn’t been occupied for years. She just hoped that they might find something useful, but somehow she doubted it.
Commander Data removed some of the boards from the front door and opened it so everyone could step inside. Commander Worf declared he would wait outside to watch for any signs that someone might want to stop them. They had to brush away numerous cob webs in order to walk through and they pulled out their flashlights. They decided to split up to search in groups of 2 for anything worth mentioning.
Alexis and the Captain headed off in one direction while the others headed off in theirs. As Alexis looked around to see where to start, she got a flash of Max Evans standing in this same spot wearing a vest with UFO buttons on them and a name tag. She saw the museum as it had once looked and she couldn’t help but laugh out loud.
“Something funny?” Jean-Luc asked with raised eyebrows.
Alexis explained about her flash and what she had seen. Little green and gray men with big heads and almond eyes in various set ups all over the museum. Never had she seen such ridiculous set ups. They looked around for a while longer but didn’t really discover anything useful. There was a lot of speculation and assumptions about the crash and aliens that were just completely off base so at least they got a good laugh out of it all.
Just as they were about to leave, Alexis realized this would be a good time to ask her father about Q. “Captain, who is Q and what did he mean he could help us?” she asked.
“When no one else is around, Alexis, I’d love for you to call me father or dad or something less formal. Even Jean-Luc would be better. As for Q, he is a being that is part of the Q collective. He is a bit of a trouble maker and has caused us trouble many times in the past. He was even punished by the collective one time by being turned into a human and he chose to be placed on my ship, causing a lot of chaos. As for how he could help us, I don’t know and don’t care to find out,” Jean-Luc said with disgust.
“Oh! That’s right! Now I remember reading about him. Yes, if memory serves me correctly, you’re right, he did cause a lot of trouble for you,” she said teasing him.
“What’s a bigger word for trouble? Q. Don’t trust him,” he responded. “There’s nothing here. Let’s get the others and get out of here.”
As they left, they were careful to replace the boards as best they could. Alexis was a little disappointed but not too very. Her flashes and James Parker’s stories had just cemented so much of what she had read in the journal. She couldn’t wait to get back and read more.
* * * * * * * * * * *
Later in her quarters, Alexis pulled out the journal before climbing into bed. She had had dinner with Commander Riker that night and had thoroughly enjoyed herself. Once she had gotten him past the ego part, he had actually seemed to be a real gentleman. It worried her somewhat though that he had once been so close to Deanna Troi. She liked Deanna immensely and did not want to do anything to jeopardize their growing friendship.
Alexis turned to where she had left off. She could feel the pain in Liz’s entries as she tried to forget about Max Evans without succeeding. He didn’t seem to want to give up so easily on her either. Alexis’s heart broke to read these entries knowing that Liz loved Max but felt that she had to give him up.
The next entry, however, made her bolt upright. She read and reread it. This was important! The entry was dated Oct. 30th, 2000.
“This entry is probably the hardest I’ve ever had to write, including the one about my leaving Max to his “destiny” with Tess. I’ve finally driven him completely away from me and the funny thing is, it wasn’t even what I wanted it was what he wanted. Let me explain.
A couple of days ago, I was sitting on my bed looking at the pictures of Max and I from the mall when there was a very strange flash of light and a crack of thunder outside which was strange because there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. Then at my window appeared someone who said my name and I thought it was Max. When I got up though and when he came in I realized it wasn’t him, or at least not as I know him. It was Max, a much older version of the Max I know from the future, 14 years to be accurate.
How did he convince me of this? Me, Liz Parker, a reasonable person who usually thinks like a scientist and therefore would say this is impossible? By predicting exactly what Max did next that was totally out of character for him. He showed up with a mariachi band and started singing to me in Spanish and he brought me a bouquet of white roses, at least they were white after he changed them from red. That would convince anybody.
The next logical question would be why was he here? That’s simple enough, to stop the coming of the end of the world. He said he had used the granolith to come back to this time period. Not long before he came to this time, Michael and Isabel had been killed and their enemies had taken over Earth, all because Max and I were together and our relationship caused him to drive Tess away who was a key player in everyone’s survival. Max, I mean future Max, had a simple solution: make him fall out of love me. How was I supposed to do that?
I tried everything I could think of. I went to Tess and tried to help push Max to her and it backfired when he caught me and it made him love me more. Then I went to him with this whole speech I made up about how my life didn’t have to be in danger and that even though I loved him, I wasn’t ready to die for him, which is of course completely not true. I love him with everything that I am and there will never be anybody like him and I don’t mean just because he’s not human either. I would gladly die for him a thousand times if he needed me to but that means that I also love him enough to give him up if it will save his life as well as his friends’ and mine.
I was about at the end of my rope when I talked to Maria about what she had found with Michael and Courtney and I suddenly got this idea. I went to Kyle for help and told future Max that I had a plan that if it didn’t work he’d have to do something else. So, I made it look like Kyle and I had slept together and I let Max catch us in bed together. I’ll never forget the look on his face as long as I live of the hurt and betrayal. It almost killed me but if it was for him I could do it. Whatever happened after that, it must have worked because not too long after that future Max disappeared.
I had asked future Max if we got married and we did; at 19, we eloped to Vegas. Michael, Isabel, Maria, and Alex were all there and we were happy. We danced all night and when we were the only 2 left dancing, the song “I Shall Believe” came on and from that day on, it was our song. The funny thing is, just as I really started letting all of this set into my brain another thought hit me: If we succeeded, none of that would happen. It was all I could do to keep going with the plan. But at least, I have the knowledge that we would have been married and happy. On a good note, I got my wedding dance before he disappeared. I asked him to dance with me and future Max was happy to give me that much of what I would miss. Ironically, he doesn’t even exist except in my memory anymore and now none of that happened at all. I know though that I can never be with anyone else. Max is my soul mate and I could never betray that.”
As Alexis read this entry she suddenly realized what so many of those flashes on that balcony meant. She had seen it all happen, again as if she had been right there, in such minute detail! She hadn’t even realized she had been crying until something tickled her face and she wiped away a few tears. She put the journal down and went over to the sink and cleaned her face and hands.
As she finished drying her face off, she realized that something wasn’t right. Liz and Max had to be together, she felt this in her heart of hearts. If they didn’t end up together, something terrible would happen. But what? How did she know all that? Why was there a sense of absolute foreboding when she had read that entry?
“Because they are your great-grandparents! If they didn’t end up together then you wouldn’t exist!” someone said answering her thoughts aloud. With a flash of light, there was Q lounging on her bed, propped up on one elbow and still wearing a Starfleet uniform.
“I didn’t know Q’s were telepaths,” Alexis said smoothly, trying not to appear to be surprised at his arrival. She suddenly realized that she was in her night gown and started to fell a bit uncomfortable with this creature always popping in and out whenever he liked.
Q must have sensed that too. “Nice outfit,” he said appreciatively. “We can be. We can be any type of creature we like. Most of the time I choose not to be telepathic because most of what people think bores me. You, however, Dr. Picard, intrigue me. You have all the resources you need to solve this mystery, me, and you refuse to accept them and go about it the hard way! Much too human of you for being Healer! So much potential, so little used,” he sighed.
“What do you want, Q? Wait a minute, did you say that they are my great-grandparents? How do you know that? How could they be my great-grandparents? Don’t you mean great-great-grandparents?” she exclaimed.
“No, I said what I meant. I told you, I’m very powerful. I want to help you. I can not only travel through space in a split second, I can also travel through time and dimensions. I’m willing to help you go back and follow these people to learn about your ancestors and what happened to all the Healers. It’s all in your hands,” Q told her smoothly.
“But all attempts at time travel are forbidden by the Federation. There are too many things that can go wrong and that can be changed. We aren’t supposed to alter the past. It can have dangerous consequences,” she replied, starting to pace the room.
“Ah, still thinking like a human Starfleet officer, aren’t you?” he sighed getting up from the bed. He stopped her in mid-stride as he told her, “I’m not talking about altering history! I’m talking about studying history first hand! I’m talking about being able to see your ancestors and to see why they disappeared!”
As he saw her bite her bottom lip obviously reconsidering his offer, he hurried on, “And you can see their happy reunion first hand. You can actually watch Liz Parker write in the journal you have in your hands. Finding out about what happened to the other Healers could help you find more of them in this century and help keep them from dying out altogether. What do you say?”
“What do you want in return, Q? Why do you want to do this for me so badly?” Alexis asked suspicious.
“I told you, you fascinate me Alexis Picard and I like helping people who fascinate me,” he told her with a gleam in his brown eyes.
“Like my father?” she retorted.
“No, I’m not as interested in Jean-Luc as I am in you for some reason. Maybe it’s because you are the first human-healer I’ve ever been attracted to but I really want to be friends with you. So what do you say? Shall we go back and study history?” he asked with a sparkle in his eyes and a smile on his lips.
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|posted on 18-Sep-2002 2:04:33 PM by littleroswell|
Summary: Alexis considers Q’s offer and brings it to Captain Picard’s attention. Q also decides to force his help on them another way. This part is short but is jam packed!
Part 8: “Going At It From a Different Angle”
Alexis bit her lip trying to decide whether to accept Q’s offer. If she decided to go with his help, she could loose her position in Starfleet or even be court martialed. She wanted to know about her ancestors badly but she didn’t want to jeopardize her career, she loved Starfleet. She came to a decision.
“Q, I really appreciate your offer, but I need to time to think about this and I’d like to run this by my father before I make any kind of decision,” she told him.
Q’s face fell and he looked irritated for a moment but then it seemed to pass. “Very well. I await your decision. Don’t disappoint me, Dr. Picard. I’d like to think you are as intelligent as you are beautiful,” he said and with that he disappeared again.
* * * * * * * * * * *
“No, that’s out of the question,” Captain Picard answered her the next day.
Alexis had come to Jean-Luc first thing this morning to tell him about Q’s offer. They had enjoyed chatting through breakfast and becoming acquainted a bit before she let the cat out of the bag. Now she sat at a small table in his quarters and watched him get up and start pacing the length of the small area.
“I’ve disobeyed Starfleet regulations before for various reasons but never for selfish reasons. Time travel is strictly forbidden without Starfleet’s approval. First of all, it’s too dangerous, too many people have died attempting it. Second of all, it can alter history, even slightly, so that people might cease to exist,” Jean-Luc told her.
“I know, father, but what if I just go to watch them? I won’t even talk to any of them,” Alexis said.
“No, absolutely not! I don’t want anything to happen to you and I don’t trust Q. Besides we are talking about who knows how many people’s history here. Just take yours for instance. Who knows that if you go back and someone sees you, or because you see someone walk in front of a bus and you save them, someone else doesn’t end up marrying the person they are supposed to, and then their children and grandchildren don’t exist, and it goes on from there. I will not take that chance, Alexis, I can’t,” he said, his mind made up.
Alexis sighed, “Well, it was just a thought. I didn’t think you’d approve and I wouldn’t want to go against your orders. So what do we do next, Captain?”
“I’m not sure just yet. I want to go over some things from the information on the other Healers that Commander Riker gave me and then I’ll go from there,” he answered.
Alexis rose from her chair. “Well, I’ll go and pick up in that journal where I left off and see what else I can discover,” she told him.
* * * * * * * * * * *
Alexis had no more gotten settled in her quarters and pulled out the journal to pick up reading, when Q appeared, kneeling by her side. She jumped, startled, almost spilling her cup of earl grey tea. She was starting to get tired of Q popping in and out whenever he pleased.
“You disappointed me after all, Dr. Picard. I had hoped you were more than the sum of you genetic make up, at least your human genes,” he pouted.
“Q,” she started, trying to be patient, “I didn’t call you. How do you know that I won’t accept your
“Because, my pet, you won’t go against your father and your Captain, especially since they are one and the same. Really we could have had some fun learning, you and I,” he sighed.
“Well, I can’t risk losing my Starfleet career, Q. I’ve worked too hard for it to end now with a black mark on my record for disobeying a superior officer and a Starfleet regulation,” she said. Alexis was starting to get annoyed.
“Starfleet! Don’t you realize that there are so many things to do outside of Starfleet? I could take you anywhere you wanted to go. You could see anyone or anything your heart desired,” he told her dramatically.
“Thank you, Q, but I must refuse your offer. I’ve learned quite a bit in Starfleet already and I still have a lot to learn. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to get back to reading this journal,” she told him coolly.
“You don’t know what you’re missing. Maybe I should prove to you just what an asset it is to have me around and on your side,” he said and with that he disappeared.
Alexis was a little uneasy with these words. However, after a few minutes, when nothing dramatic happened, she got up to look outside in the corridor and make sure everything looked alright. When she did and nothing seemed out of the ordinary, she went back inside her quarters and settled back down with the journal again.
* * * * * * * * * * *
Captain Picard stood looking out at the stars. He had been concentrating on Commander Riker’s notes on the other Healers in his ready room and he needed a break. He never tired of looking out into the wide canvas of stars, black holes, planets and moons. ‘So much out there to discover,’ he thought to himself. He took a sip of his tea and sighed.
At that moment he heard a voice behind him that he knew all too well. “So much out there and you’ll never even see a fraction of it. Too bad you won’t allow your daughter the opportunity to see more of it than most humans could no matter how old they lived to be.”
Jean-Luc sighed again and tore himself away from the magnificent view. He sat down at his desk and turned to address the owner of that voice rather tiredly. “Q, what do you want?”
“Want? I want the opportunity to help your daughter find what she’s looking for. I want to help her, Jean-Luc. Even if you don’t want my help, why must you insist that she not accept it? I thought parents wanted their children to succeed where they had failed. She could succeed with my help in so many ways!” Q said with a flourish.
“Q, I do want what’s best for her, as my daughter and as the newest member of my crew and as a valuable officer in Starfleet. That’s why I cannot allow what you are purposing. Time travel is dangerous and I will not allow her to put herself unnecessarily in mortal danger. I’m not saying that it is necessarily the time traveling itself that poses a threat, I’m talking about messing with history. Changing history can have dangerous consequences and it can happen with even little things. Can’t you understand that?” Jean-Luc said, genuinely trying to get Q to see his point.
“Jean-Luc, you worry too much, I could fix whatever happened. I could give you my word that nothing in Earth’s history will change that drastically,” Q told him.
The Captain sighed again, obviously unable to get through to Q. “No, Q. That is my final answer on this subject, no.”
“Alright, Jean-Luc, then I’ll just have to help you another way,” Q said as he disappeared again.
Jean-Luc Picard felt the ship shake violently and then it felt as though the whole ship was being pulled away at an unbelievable rate of speed. He moved as fast as he could out onto the bridge and called for his senior officers to locate themselves there as well.
“What’s happening, Commander Data?” he asked.
“Unknown, sir. It seems as if something is pulling the ship, despite our engines being targeted in a different direction,” Data answered.
As the rest of the bridge crew filtered in, Commander Riker asked, “What’s the status of the ship? How is she holding up?”
“Damage is minimal as far as I can tell, Commander,” Worf answered. “Engines are being strained, however.”
“All engines full stop,” the Captain ordered.
The engines were cut off as the ship continued to hurtle through space at an alarmingly increasing speed. Everyone was having a hard time staying on their feet. Alexis finally gave up and sat on the floor against a wall out of the way. The ship had been speeding through space for about 10 straight minutes when suddenly it slowed down and stopped.
“Report,” Jean-Luc requested.
“Again, Captain, damage minimal. Minor injuries. Everything seems to be intact,” Worf reported.
“Where the hell are we, Data?” Riker asked.
Data got a bewildered look on his pale face and answered, “Unknown, sir. The computer does not recognize anything in this region of space.”
“Go to long range sensors,” Riker told him.
“Still no patterns, constellations, or planets recognized by the computer. Incidentally, we have started an orbit around a small planet and it too is unknown,” Data said.
“On screen,” ordered the Captain.
As Data put it on the view screen, Jean-Luc got a sinking feeling that Q had something to do with this. He was not disappointed for at that moment, Q appeared with a satisfied look in his eyes. Jean-Luc suppressed another sigh.
“Where the hell are we, Q? If you have sent us through time against my wishes . . .” Captain Picard began.
Q waved his hand as if to clear away Jean-Luc’s worries. “Relax, Jean-Luc, we are still in your time, just not in your galaxy.”
Everyone paled slightly and Alexis rose to her feet slowly. She had read about the Q’s powers but never would she have imagined this. Q had to be playing a trick on them; it would take lifetimes to get to another galaxy. It just wasn’t possible that what they had heard was what he had said.
“What did you say?” Will Riker asked.
“I said you are in a different galaxy. I’ve brought you to this small planet for a reason, Jean-Luc. You will be able to find someone down there on the surface who will know a great deal about the Healers, their history, and maybe even what happened to them. Welcome to the Dagobah system,” Q told them.
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|posted on 18-Sep-2002 2:12:46 PM by littleroswell|
Summary: Q has forced his help on the crew. Alexis meets an interesting creature who has the answer to many of her questions.
Part 9: “Great Things Come in Small Packages”
“Where are we?” Alexis asked stunned.
“The Dagobah system. This, my dear Dr. Picard, is where you will have many of your questions answered,” Q answered her, his arms spread wide toward the planet.
“Q, get us back home, now!” the Captain said between clenched teeth.
Alexis ran over to her father. “No, wait! Father, please, Captain. We haven’t traveled through time just through space. What harm could there be in exploring this planet and meeting the one Q’s speaking of?” she pleaded with him.
“She’s right, Jean-Luc, you’ll never get an opportunity like this one. Think of what you’ve achieved just by being in another galaxy! If you had tried to do this the normal way, your great-great-grandchildren would have been your age by now! Think of what you can bring back in your reports to Starfleet!” Q told him.
Jean-Luc sighed, suddenly feeling very tired. He didn’t really see anything wrong with going down to the surface but he didn’t trust Q. Then another couple of thoughts hit him. He bolted out of his chair.
“Q, do they have warp capabilities here? We’re not violating the prime directive by being here are we?” he asked, worried.
“Relax, Jean-Luc. They are quite aware of space travel and other species. I know you’ll ask so I’ll go ahead and say that yes, the planet can sustain you on its surface. So how shall we proceed?” Q asked, a gleam in his eye.
In one moment Jean-Luc had made up his mind. “Commander Riker, take Dr. Crusher, Counselor Troi, Commander Worf, and Dr. Picard to the surface. We’ll beam them down,” he stated.
“Oh, why bother? I can do it myself,” Q said and before the Captain could object, the away team had vanished.
* * * * * * * * * * *
Before Alexis and the rest of the away team knew what was happening, they were standing almost knee deep in muck. Alexis looked around and immediately was irritated at Q. The others must have felt the same way for she saw the same look on her face reflected on the faces of the rest of them.
“Q, why didn’t you tell us this place was a swamp? At least we could have dressed for it better!” Will Riker said irritably.
“I’ll fix that. Sorry,” Q answered, and with another flash they were all attired in more appropriate clothing. “Alright, everybody follow me.”
The group made it’s way through the swamp trying to avoid the softest earth. Before they made it to their destination, they had had one person get their foot stuck, someone stepped on an unidentified rodent, someone had fallen into an unexpected pool of water, and they were all more than a little damp from the saturated air.
“What kind of person would want to live in a horrible place like this?” Beverly Crusher spoke up.
“My home, this is,” a voice answered.
Everyone looked around in search of the voice but saw no one. Then Will noticed a small creature poke his head out from behind a tree. The creature was no bigger than about 3 feet tall and was green. He was obviously old by the grey hair standing off of his head and coming out of his pointed ears.
“I am wondering, why you are here,” the creature said.
“We’re looking for an old jedi master, little friend, could you perhaps direct us to him?” Q answered, taking charge.
“Yoda? You seek Yoda?” the creature asked.
“That’s right, my friend here has some questions for him. Do you know where he is or where we might find him?” Q asked.
Alexis had a feeling before the creature said anything. He looked at her curiously but said nothing to her. He seemed to study them for a minute and then made up his mind about something.
“Foresee this, I did not,” he mumbled under his breath. Aloud he answered, “Yes, take you to him I will. Follow me, follow me.”
They started out after the creature and didn’t go far when they came to a small dwelling. It was a domed structure with smoke coming out of a chimney but quite small. It was apparent that it had been built for someone about the creatures size.
“You are Yoda, aren’t you?” Alexis asked quietly.
The group stopped just outside the structure and looked at Alexis and then at the small creature and then at Q. They all had a puzzled expression on their faces. Yoda nodded before entering the small structure, beckoning them to follow him. Will held Alexis back as the others piled into the small dwelling.
“How did you know it was him? Even Q didn’t know,” Will asked her.
“I’m not sure. I just had a feeling that he was the one we were looking for,” she replied.
As they went inside, it quickly became cramped inside the small house. While Yoda could move freely through the small structure, the others had to crawl in and then they all sat indian style on the floor to keep from bumping their heads on the ceiling.
Yoda passed out plates of some kind of unrecognizable stew to each person sitting in his home before taking a plate himself and sitting down with his guests. Worf eyed his plate suspiciously. Having been in at least one other situation like this where food was concerned, he contemplated asking to sit out the next away mission. His digestive system was starting to protest all these foreign unrecognizable foods.
Yoda turned his attention to Q first. “From where are you?”
“I am a Q, master Yoda. It has been a long time since we were in this galaxy,” Q answered.
“Many years since Q’s I have seen. Since before the Clone Wars, has it been,” Yoda said remembering.
“How is the council of Jedi masters?” Q asked politely.
“No more is the council, not for many years. Strong is the dark side now. Fearful for my pupil am I,” Yoda answered sadly.
“What?! The council is no more? How can that be?” Q asked incredulously.
“To answer her questions are you not here?” Yoda asked pointing to Alexis.
“Yes,” Q answered, pulling himself together, “This is Alexis Picard. She is half human, half healer. She has come to ask about her people why there aren’t any more like her than there are.”
Yoda studied Alexis for a moment and decided that this one was powerful. The force had not let him see her coming, but why? She was not of this galaxy although her people once flourished here. What had kept Yoda from seeing her coming?
“Strong is the force with this one,” he said aloud. “Powerful Jedi would she be. Train she should. Teach her myself, I cannot.”
Alexis got a puzzled look on her face. “What is the force? What is a Jedi?” she asked.
“Powerful are Jedi knights. Use the force they do. Strong is the force. Surrounds us it does, controls and helps us it does. Jedi learns to hear the force. Learns to control it he does,” Yoda answered. “However, not why you are here is this. Questions you have you should ask.”
Alexis was about to ask more about the Jedi knights but decided that Yoda was right. This wasn’t why she had come here, well had been dragged here by force. Where should she begin?
“Master Yoda,” she began using the name that seemed appropriate to this small creature, “In our galaxy, we have only discovered 25 healers and none of them are pure healers, all of them are mixed species. I want to know what happened to the rest of the healers. Where are they? Why aren’t all 25 of the healers we know of on one planet? They are scattered throughout our galaxy. What happened to Max, Liz, and their friends on earth?”
Yoda held up his hand for her to stop. He took a deep breath and said, “Many questions have you. One answer for all of them there is. Ready to listen you have to be. Long story it is.”
Just as Alexis was about to tell Yoda that she was ready to hear the answer, she was interrupted by the Enterprise. “Report, Number One,” Captain Picard said.
“We’ve found who it is we’re looking for and he has been very hospitable in his home. We’ll report again when we’ve finished talking with him,” Will answered.
“Very good, then, Picard out,” came the response.
“Sorry about that,” Will said to Yoda.
Alexis turned back to the Jedi master and said, “I’m ready to listen to the answer, Master.”
“Then tell you the story I will,” the old creature told her.
|posted on 18-Sep-2002 2:50:35 PM by littleroswell|
Summary: Yoda answers Alexis’s questions about her ancestors. Q makes another suggestion.
Part 10: “Explanations”
“Almost 900 years old am I,” Yoda began. “When young I was, many healers there were. Five planets there were belonging together, the planets of Valore. Here, the force ruled by choosing the king of healers. Everywhere was peace. Many Jedis there were too. Most healers were Jedis but not all Jedis were healers. Civil war broke out then on the planets of Valore, the dark side tried to prevail by killing the royal family. Saved they were and sent to earth. Xan, Max Evans the king was,” here Yoda stopped for a minute for what he had just said to sink in for everyone.
Alexis was stunned. Master Yoda was definitely the Jedi with the answers to her questions but this brought up another question. “Where are the planets of Valore? Are they in our galaxy?” she asked.
“In your galaxy they are not. Exist any longer they do not. Get to that I will. A doorway between galaxies there was. Created by the force and the Jedis it was, and many travels through it there were,” Yoda said sadly. He shook his head and went on with the story. “Disappear they did not! Come home they did. The dark side did not prevail in the civil war and when peace was everywhere again, come home they did.”
“Then why did everyone except Liz Parker disappear and then she did later?” Alexis asked.
“On earth she wanted to stay, thought she. Found out differently she did. Give up love, they could not. Come back for her, Max Evans did. Ruled in peace until their accident they did,” Yoda explained. Before she could ask the next logical question, Yoda moved on in the story, “Happy they were, all of them. Knew them I did, remind me of Liz Parker you do. Malfunction on their ship there was as they left for vacation. Blew up it did.”
Everyone felt the heavy silence encircle them as Yoda finished this part. Alexis especially was upset, but happy to find out what happened to them at the same time. So Liz Parker did marry Max Evans. But how did their children survive and what about the journal?
“Master Yoda, what happened to their children?” she asked quietly.
“Go with them they did not. Raised by others they were and ruled some of them did. Went back to live on earth 2 of them did. Lived there and died there they did. Everywhere was peace. The dark side is trying again at this time though. Many years ago, one there was that betrayed the Jedis. Hunted them and killed them he did. Many healers fled the planets of Valore. Escaped through the door into your galaxy some did. Closed the door between the galaxies they did. Destroyed the planets the traitor did. Now very few Jedis and healers there are,” Yoda finished.
Alexis sat back in shock. She wasn’t even aware that she had been straining forward so as not to miss a word of Yoda’s story. A traitor of the force and the Jedis killed her people. It was so much for her to digest. She looked around at all of her fellow crew members there with her and saw the same look of shock in their faces. Even Q looked upset. Then another thought hit her and she sat straight up.
“That’s why they’re my great-grandparents instead of my great-great-grandparents! When they all crossed into the other galaxy, it was many years later once on the other side. Even with the door making traveling between the 2 galaxies faster, it still sent them through years later!” Alexis said excited at her discovery.
Yoda nodded his head. “Good thinker are you! Short cut still many years later.”
“Is there anything else that you can tell me, Master Yoda? Is there any way I can help save what’s left of the healers?” she asked.
“Strong are the healer genes, but not that strong. The force keeps the genes strong. Learn the ways of the force. Teach you myself I cannot. Learn from my pupil you must. Teach others you must,” he answered.
“But how? I’m only one person and I can’t come back to this galaxy like I did this time. I had Q’s help but if I tried to come on my own, I wouldn’t make it before I died,” she told him.
“Then in 4 generations gone will be the healers,” Yoda replied as he hung his head.
* * * * * * * * * * *
Back aboard the Enterprise, they told the Captain all that Yoda had told them. Alexis sat quietly while allowing the others to fill in all the details. Q stood by and tried to look amused but he kept watching Alexis’s expression. She sat staring at nothing and looking very sad.
“So how did the journal get in this galaxy, on a different planet if Liz went back with Max?” Captain Picard asked everyone.
Q spoke up, “I do believe that she took it with her so that no one might find it on earth and then gave it to one of her children. That would make the most sense since it was a part of their history that they would pass it through the family and whoever ended up with it just before the traitor destroyed everybody had brought it with them to this galaxy where it eventually ended up on Negeb.”
“That makes sense,” the Captain responded.
After they had told the whole story, Jean-Luc sat back in his chair with a grim look on his face. He turned to his daughter, “It seems that you have learned a lot more than you ever expected to about what happened to Liz Parker, Max Evans, their friends, and the healers. I’m sorry, Alexis. I wish there was something we could do to help with all of this. At least we know for sure now that the first contact on earth with an extraterrestrial was not with the Vulcans after the third World War.”
Alexis seemed to come out of her daze. “How can you be so calm about this? We’re talking about genocide here, not a species that naturally faded out! We can’t let this happen! We can’t let the species, my species, die out!” she said as she burst into tears.
Everyone was so startled that nobody moved. Then Counselor Troi moved to Alexis and hugged her while she cried. No one could think of anything to say or do to help the situation. Finally, Q spoke up and shocked them all over again.
“I have an idea, Jean-Luc, and I’m afraid you aren’t going to like it but just think about it. Why don’t we rescue Max Evans, Liz Parker, and whoever else was on that ship that blew up and bring them here? They could teach Alexis and the other healers that are here about the ways of the force and help reproduce more healers,” Q offered trying to be helpful.
Alexis’s head shot up at this and everyone stared at Q. “You’re talking about time travel again, Q, and we’ve talked about this before. It’s too dangerous and it’s against Starfleet regulations,” the Captain said.
“It’s not dangerous. Listen, I could take the whole ship back in time and we can just warn the ones we’d be bringing back with us and then we can take them back just before the ship blows up! Nobody would know the difference,” Q said getting excited.
“And what exactly am I supposed to put in my report to Starfleet about all of that? I’m not only jeopardizing my career but possibly even those of my crew members,” Jean-Luc snapped at Q.
Alexis jumped up and knelt down at her father’s feet. “Please, father, let me go. I don’t want the rest of you to jeopardize your careers but I could do it. I could go with Q and I’ll take the consequences for what I do,” she begged.
Q got a gleam in his eyes and smiled at Alexis and Jean-Luc. “Or I could just zap you back in time against your will and you can go from there and put that in your report. I have no problems with that.”
The Captain stood up and walked to the window. He sighed and thought about the situation for a moment. Then he turned back to his crew and asked for their opinions.
“Captain, Starfleet regulations may be against time travel but they also state that we are to do everything in our power to help an endangered species, which is what we’d be doing. Besides, if we do this correctly, Q’s right, nobody will know the difference,” Will Riker said, speaking up.
The other members of the crew in the room began nodding and mumbling their agreement with the first officer’s words. Captain Picard looked from one face to the next and when he got to Alexis’s, he crumbled. He couldn’t agree more with his crew.
“I am certainly fortunate that I didn’t know you when you were younger, Alexis. At 26 you can still pull my heartstrings. Ok, let’s do it,” he told her.
“Oh, Captain! Thank you so much; this means so much to me!” she exclaimed standing up and throwing her arms around his neck.
“Let the adventure begin,” Q said with a grin.
|posted on 18-Sep-2002 3:07:48 PM by littleroswell|
Summary: The Enterprise travels back in time to meet the Roswell gang.
Part 11: “Greetings, We Come In Peace”
“Wait!” Jean-Luc called before Q could wave his hand and they all ended up in another time. “Before we head into the past, we need to form a game plan,” he told them.
“Right. For once, Jean-Luc, I completely agree with you,” Q said grinning.
The crew members sat and discussed what point in time they should travel to first. They all agreed that they didn’t just want to pop back in time and snatch these people back with them. Counselor Troi suggested that they let them decide whether they wanted to come with them back to this time or not. Everyone agreed with that, and so it was decided that they would go back right around the time period that Alexis had been reading about in the journal, leave the decision with all of them, and then when they came back right before the ship exploded, the teenagers could decide then. This sounded like a good plan and that’s what they decided upon.
“Alright, next problem we have to deal with is where to hide the Enterprise,” the Captain said. “Earth at the time we are talking about has a very active space program and we cannot have them finding a spaceship from the future. Suggestions?”
Worf spoke up, “I suggest some kind of cloaking device.”
Everyone looked startled for a moment. Cloaking devices were not permitted aboard galaxy type starships. However, no one else could come up with a better solution and Jean-Luc slowly began nodding his head. He looked up to view the reaction from his officers.
“That does seem the most logical solution. We’re already breaking several regulations but we’re doing that to help preserve a species and to keep the prime directive from being violated. Geordi, I’d like you, Commander Worf, and Dr. Picard to work on the cloaking device and when you have it ready, let me know,” he ordered. He dismissed them all from the meeting and sat thinking.
* * * * * * * * * * *
It took only a few hours for Commander LaForge, Alexis, and Commander Worf to get a cloaking device in working order on the ship. Both men extremely impressed with Alexis’s knowledge. When they were through, they let Jean-Luc know and he ordered them that the minute that they arrived in the 20th century, they were to activate the device. There could not be a prolonged delay, too risky.
“Now all we need is a cover story,” the Captain told his assembled officers. “We don’t want to go down there and immediately tell them who we are. We need to study them for a while and make sure we have the right people and that they trust us. I’d much rather they told us who they were instead of making it look like we’re prying.”
“Who all are you sending, Captain?” Alexis asked.
“I hadn’t thought that far ahead really. I only knew that you would definitely want to go,” he answered.
“What if Q and I, Will and Deanna went pretending to be married couples who were thinking of moving to Roswell. To make it even more believable that we’d all be moving together we could say that Deanna and I were sisters,” Alexis offered.
Will Riker turned to Alexis with a grin on his face and asked, “Why did you pair us up that way?”
Alexis blushed, but before she had a chance to say anything in response, Jean-Luc interrupted. “That sounds good enough to me. Let’s go to it.”
Just as everyone started to leave the room, Q came over to Alexis and squatted down on one knee, taking her hand in his. Alexis looked startled for a moment and confused. Q grinned up at her and asked rather loudly, “Dr. Alexis Picard, would you do me the honor of being my wife?”
Everyone stopped dead in their tracks and turned around to stare at Q and Alexis. Alexis was so caught off guard that all she could do was open and close her mouth a couple of times. Just as she didn’t think she could be anymore red in the face, she caught the gleam in Q’s eye and started laughing.
“Not on your life, Q, but I will pretend to be for this mission,” she answered still laughing.
“Exactly the answer I was looking for!” Q replied and with a flourish pulled a ring out of nowhere and placed it on her ring finger.
Everyone laughed and the look of horror that had been on Captain Picard and Will Riker’s faces was quickly replaced with a smile. Although, as they left the observation room, they were muttering to each other about Q scaring the living daylights out of them.
* * * * * * * * * * *
“Bridge to engineering,” Captain Picard said.
“LaForge here,” came the response.
“Geordi, get ready to engage the cloaking device at my command,” he ordered.
“Acknowledged,” Geordi replied.
“Alright, Q, I guess we’re ready,” Jean-Luc said.
There was a brilliant flash of light and immediately after that flash was over, the Captain ordered the cloaking device engaged. He asked Data for a status report.
“We are just outside of an orbit around Jupiter, headed toward Earth at one-quarter impulse power,” Data answered.
“Take us as far as the moon and stop, Commander, and put the view on screen,” Jean-Luc commanded.
As they neared the Earth’s moon everyone let out a gasp at the sight before them. Earth of the 20th century looked a lot different from the Earth they were used to. Alexis had read about how polluted this beautiful planet had once been and the tremendous effort and the number of years it had taken to clean it up, but nothing she had read prepared her for what she saw. The Earth looked like it was bleeding. So much pollution could be seen from this far away and all of the erosion of the land into the rivers and oceans really made the planet look like it had been wounded and was bleeding. There was garbage floating in space from previous space explorations off of the shuttles.
“How in the universe did Earth and humans ever survive all this destruction?” Q said aloud.
“Even as a human, I’d have to agree with that,” Will Riker said.
“Well, somehow they carried on, and let’s do the same,” Captain Picard said trying to break the feeling of gloom that had come over everyone. “Let’s do what we came to do.”
* * * * * * * * * * *
“Sooo, how is the whole friendship thing going?” Maria asked Liz as she threw a glance at Michael behind the counter.
“Not bad, really,” Liz answered trying to sound better about it than she felt. She picked up a plate of food and headed to the table it belonged at and avoided looking at Maria directly.
Maria wasn’t fooled a bit. “Yeah, right. It’s so easy to be friends with someone you’re in love with,” she muttered. She followed Liz with 2 glasses of cola in her hands and said aloud, “I am so tired of our lives being like a soap opera. No wait; make that a teenage, sci-fi, drama show. I swear that’s what it feels like more than 60% of the time.”
“So how’s it going between you and Michael?” Liz asked in a low voice, trying to change the subject.
“Honestly, I have no idea. I mean, I don’t know if we’re together or what anymore. I was really upset with the whole Courtney thing until he saved her skin, literally, and she killed herself to save everybody. At that point I thought he was sweet. Then there was the whole, everybody’s disappearing thing and I realized how much he meant to me but has he said anything about whether he’d miss me? No. So to make a long story short, I have no idea what’s going on with our relationship,” Maria said out of breath.
“I thought to make a long story short, you actually cut out something,” Liz said teasing her best friend.
“Hey! Quit gabbing and get these orders out! I’m running out of counter space,” Michael called to them.
The girls rolled their eyes at him but scooted to action, grabbing up as many plates as they could carry and hustling them to their proper tables. As they finished up and the dinner crowd started to thin out, they started refilling the condiment containers and the general tidying that comes with closing time. They still had about an hour before they closed but they wanted to be ready because they were both tired.
“Hey,” Maria said, getting Liz’s attention, “Check out the group that just walked in the door. That one girl looks like she could be your sister.”
Liz glanced up from her counting the change in the register and had to do a double take. The group of 4 people that just walked in were a handsome group, all dark haired and dark eyed but immediately Liz knew who Maria was talking about. She was taller than Liz but something about her just looked like Liz.
They certainly dressed differently. It wasn’t that they looked out of place, necessarily, it was just that Liz had never seen the type of clothes they were wearing. The one with the beard and mustache had on a leather jacket that looked like real leather but came in a very strange shade of brown. The dark, curly haired woman had on a one piece outfit that was an unusual color of blue.
Liz went over to the table they had sat down at and smiled at them. “Hi, welcome to the Crashdown Café. Can I get you guys something to drink?” she asked sweetly.
Will Riker removed his jacket and spoke up for all of them, “Sure, I think we’ll take the Cherry Coke.”
“So that’s 4 cherry cokes then?” she said. When they answered in the affirmative, she left the table.
Alexis looked around her growing more and more excited. It was just as she had seen it in her flashes and the way it was in the pictures. Liz Parker seemed just like she thought she would be. She couldn’t wait to really talk to these people.
Liz came back and decided to try and strike up a conversation. “So I haven’t seen you guys around here before are you here to see the famous Roswell, New Mexico or are you just passing through?”
“Actually, we’re thinking about moving here. My name is Alexis Picard and this is my sister Deanna and her husband Will and this is my husband Q,” Alexis said without thinking.
“Q? Where did you get a name like that? Is it like the letter Q?” Liz asked looking at them with a puzzled look on her face.
‘Great job, Alexis, already getting her suspicious,’ Alexis scolded herself. Just as Q was about to say something, she spoke up. “Actually, it’s just a nickname. His real name is Quincy and he hates that name so we just started calling him Q.”
Q gave her a grimace as he really did NOT like Quincy. She just shot him a warning look and they placed their orders. Liz smiled at them but she was worried. Why were 2 married couples thinking of moving to Roswell? What could they want here? She asked them this politely as she brought them their food.
“Well, we’ve always been interested in aliens and we were looking for a small town to move to since we’re tired of the city,” Deanna explained with a smile.
Liz made a few polite comments and left the table but she was still worried. As Maria made her way back to stand beside Liz by where Michael was trying to straighten things up in the kitchen. She asked to talk to them both really quickly.
“What’s up?” Michael asked.
“Those two couples are thinking of moving to Roswell. They said that they’re interested in aliens and that they’re tired of the city but I don’t know. Maybe we should keep an eye on them,” Liz told them.
“Here we go again. Why can’t we just take their word for what it is? Why is it everyone new in Roswell has to have something to do with the Royal Four? They looked like nice people,” Maria sighed.
“Because people just don’t decide to move to Roswell. There are a million other small towns in this country they could have picked but they chose here. Why? Liz is right we need to keep an eye on them and tell Max, Isabel, and the others about this,” Michael replied. “For now, let’s get things cleaned up so we can close, we have school tomorrow.”
“Will the new comers be out to get our friends? Tune in next week,” Maria said under her breath.
|posted on 18-Sep-2002 3:16:59 PM by littleroswell|
Summary: The Roswell gang gets suspicious.
Part 12: “Paranoia or Rightful Suspicion?”
“Liz and Michael are right. We need to keep an eye on these people. Hopefully, they’re just who they say they are but we can’t be too careful,” Max said looking around at the assembled group.
Michael and Liz had told Max about the group from the café the night before and Max called a meeting of everybody. They had met at Michael’s place right after school, everyone except Kyle who had practice. The last game of the season was coming up on Friday and he couldn’t miss practice again.
“So how exactly are we supposed to keep an eye on 2 married couples? We have school and work and they probably are not going to easily hang out with a bunch of high school teenagers,” Alex pointed out.
“Good question, maybe this is where we could get our parents involved without them even knowing. We could ask them if they’ve met the new people thinking of moving to Roswell. I know my mom will have them over immediately as soon as she knows they’re here,” Isabel suggested.
“That’s a good idea, let’s try something like that first,” Max said. “But everybody be careful.”
* * * * * * * * * * *
Liz walked into the Crashdown 15 minutes late for her shift. ‘Good thing I put my uniform on before I left Michael’s,’ she thought. Her dad did not look happy but not too upset either.
“Liz, where have you been, honey? I was starting to get worried,” her dad asked coming up to her.
“I got detained at school. One of my teachers wanted to talk to me about the Astronomy program at the University of New Mexico,” Liz lied not looking at her dad directly.
“Oh, well, I can forgive that, anything that involves school,” he said brightening. “There’s someone I want you to meet. I just hired a new waitress to help out since Juanita quit.”
Liz looked up and saw the woman from the night before walking toward them with a big smile on her face. ‘Oh, what was her name?’ Liz asked herself. What was she doing here? At least this way, Liz could keep an eye on her pretty easily.
“Hi, Liz right? I’m Alexis in case you forgot,” she said extending her hand.
Liz took her hand and shook it and nodded. “Yeah, it’s Liz.”
“Great! You two have already met then. Liz, I want you to help show Alexis the ropes around here ok? I’ve got to go order some more supplies,” Jeff Parker said and he left the two ladies alone.
“So you guys have moved in?” Liz asked politely as she headed to a table to clear it.
“Yeah, it’s really nice here. I love the sun and the sunset over the desert is so beautiful. The dust will take some getting use to though,” Alexis replied. She couldn’t believe that she was standing here talking to her great-grandmother, at 17 no less!
They chatted when they had a minute the rest of the shift and by the end of it, Liz found it hard to be suspicious of Alexis. She was so sweet and seemed to be a sincere person. Under normal circumstances, Liz would have thought they could really become good friends pretty quickly. She had to keep reminding herself to be cautious because she felt like she was connected to this woman somehow.
Michael called Liz over to the kitchen to talk. When she got over to him, he started in on her. “What are you doing?” he hissed. “You’re acting like you want to be her new best friend. We’re supposed to be careful remember?”
“I can’t help it, Michael. I like her. She seems sweet and for some reason I think that she and I could be good friends. I kind of feel this connection to her,” she replied.
At that moment, the bell on the front door jingled and Max, Tess, Isabel, Alex, and Maria walked in. Liz sighed and left Michael standing there just as he was about to say something. She walked over to the table and glanced around to see where Alexis was. When she saw that the ladies’ bathroom door was closed she decided that she must be in there.
“Hey, guys, what’s up?” she asked trying to sound upbeat around Max.
‘She looks tired and worn out. I wish I could wipe away that look from her face forever,’ Max thought to himself. He still hurt every time he thought of Liz and Kyle together but for some reason he knew that she was lying and keeping something from him and that hurt a whole lot worse. His game of “Should I Trust Her or Should I Not” began playing in his head again.
“We’ll have Cherry Colas all around but we really came to see if any of them came back,” Max answered aloud.
“I’ll say, Alexis is working as a waitress here now. Dad hired her today and to tell the truth, I like her. I’m not sure we shouldn’t accept her for face value,” Liz said, knowing that she might cause a riot with those words.
“Liz, you know that we have to be careful. Maybe she is who she says she is but maybe it’s her husband or her sister we have to worry about. We put absolute trust in no one and almost absolute trust only in each other,” Max replied looking pointedly at Liz.
Liz avoided his eyes. Everyone nodded and she left to get their sodas. Alexis came out of the ladies’ room and offered to wait on the customers at the booth with a smile. Liz told her they were friends of hers and that they just wanted some colas.
“You can take them to them if you’d like,” Liz said when Alexis’s face seemed to fall.
“Great. I love this waitressing stuff,” she said as she headed to the booth with the drinks.
“Hi, I’m Alexis and I’m new here so bear with me. Did everyone have the same drink?” she asked.
“Hi, Alexis, yeah just pass them out, they’re all the same. So where did you move here from?” Isabel jumped in.
“Oh, a long ways from here. Do I have an accent? Can you guess where I’m from?” Alexis answered. The truth was, she couldn’t think of a place to tell them. She knew nothing about Earth cities really.
“No, you don’t really have an accent that would give you away. So where are you from?” Alex answered.
“Atlanta, yeah, the other side of the continent,” Alexis popped out.
“Really? I’ve never been to Atlanta. What’s it like there?” Maria asked.
“Uh, crowded. That’s why I moved here,” Alexis said. She didn’t know anything about Atlanta in the 24th century let alone the 20th. She wiped up a little cola that had spilled on the floor and walked off.
“That was strange. It was as if she had to think about where she was from and then she describes Atlanta as ‘crowded’? Something is definitely up with that,” Tess said. The rest agreed.
* * * * * * * * * * *
A few days passed without event and Isabel had been right about Diane Evans. The minute she heard there were new people in town, she sent Isabel to the Crashdown to ask Alexis if she and her husband and sister and brother-in-law would like to come for dinner. Alexis said she was flattered and accepted the invitation. Max invited Michael over to help watch the guests.
“It was awfully nice of you to invite us, Mrs. Evans,” Alexis told her hostess as they came in the door.
“Oh, it’s my pleasure. I hope you’ll like living in Roswell. We don’t get many new people,” Diane said. “And call me Diane. My husband, Phillip, and I were glad you could come.”
“This is my husband Q, my sister Deanna, and her husband Will, and I’m Alexis,” she said introducing everyone.
“Well, come on in and sit down. Dinner’s ready,” Diane said leading the way to the dining room.
After they had all settled at the table and had chatted for a few minutes, Alexis decided to try to gain Michael and Max’s trust a little. She smiled at the teenagers who were her distant relatives and they smiled shyly, no more like suspiciously, back. Michael had been kind of hostile at work too.
“So, Max, you come into the Crashdown a lot and I’ve noticed you staring at Liz. Have you asked her out yet?” she asked casually.
Max dropped his napkin on the floor and Michael and Isabel about choked on their food. Diane and Phillip looked up expectantly. They too wanted to know what was happening with their son. Liz Parker didn’t seem to be around much anymore and they both liked her.
“Well, actually, we have gone out before but we broke up. We’re just friends now,” Max answered.
“Oh that’s too bad, I’m so sorry. Breaking up is hard sometimes, but it’s nice that you’re still friends,” Alexis said.
“When did this happen, Max? What happened? I really liked her. I thought you were completely gone on her,” Diane asked upset.
“I don’t want to talk about it, mom,” Max answered as he shoved another bite of food into his mouth.
“Ooohhh, so she was the one not so gone on you? That’s too bad, I thought . . .”
“He said he doesn’t want to talk about it, Diane. Leave the boy alone,” Phillip told his wife.
There was an uncomfortable silence for a minute and Isabel and Michael glanced at everyone at the table and then at each other. Max sat studying his plate, suddenly not very hungry. Alexis looked upset that she had started the whole problem. Then Q decided to switch around the subject.
“I remember the first time we broke up, don’t you, honeybunch?” he said to Alexis.
“Uh, I think so. We broke up so many times,” she said following his lead.
“We had an argument over which movie to go see. She said that I got to pick last time and I said, no she did. Then it went from there and by the end of the night, she had called me an insensitive jerk and I had called her a selfish pain in the neck. We made up two days later. It’s funny looking back on it,” Q finished with a flourish, knocking over Alexis’s glass of wine right into her lap.
“Oh, I’m so sorry, honey,” he said truly apologizing.
“It happens, don’t worry about it too much. I’m just gonna go rinse this out before it stains. Where’s the restroom, Diane?”
“Second door on the right down the hall,” Diane answered.
The group left at the table chatted companionably with Isabel and Michael responding to questions politely and Max saying little to nothing at all. Just as he was about to ask to be excused, Alexis came back with no trace of the wine spill. Isabel’s eyes opened wide and she looked at Max. Max looked puzzled at her and then looked to where she had been looking. Alexis’s skirt was not only rinsed free of the wine, it was also dry and she had only been gone a few minutes! Max immediately started paying more attention to his guests.
Later after they had left, Max, Isabel, and Michael were in Max’s room talking about what had happened at dinner. Michael said that he had caught Alexis’s putting Tabasco sauce on just about everything she ate but not quite. No one else had caught this and it caused the frown on Max and Isabel’s faces to deepen.
“And what about that wine spill? She was wearing a light colored skirt, that wine should have stained. Instead it disappeared and she was dry? Something doesn’t add up. And if they’re supposed to be newly weds, why is it they didn’t even seem to pay much attention to each other. Other than a few ‘hon’s’ and ‘sweeties’ they just acted like friends,” Isabel said.
“I agree. Something is not right here. We need to warn the others, especially Liz. Isabel, can you try and talk some sense into the girl? Michael has tried and I tried,” Max asked his sister.
“I’ll try. Meanwhile, what do we do about them?” she answered.
“We watch some more. We can’t jump to conclusions just yet here. If something more definite happens then we confront them,” Max told them.
“I’ll call Maria and tell her to keep an eye on Alexis and maybe even to warn Liz about her too,” Michael volunteered.
The fact that Michael had taken Max’s words and not fought them touched Max and he thanked Michael. Then Michael headed home. They had to have rest if they had another battle ahead of them. Max prayed they were just being paranoid.
|posted on 18-Sep-2002 3:21:02 PM by littleroswell|
Summary: The Roswell gang gets suspicious.
Part 13: “But I Can’t Hide . . .”
“Hello?” Maria said into the phone. She was sitting on her bed trying to pay attention to her Algebra homework. When she heard the voice at the other end of the line the book was tossed aside.
“Maria? It’s me, Michael,” he said.
“Yeah?” Maria squeaked. She couldn’t think of anything else to say.
“Listen, we need to talk. These new people are weird. Something isn’t right, especially with Alexis,” Michael began.
Maria let out a frustrated sigh. She had hoped when he said they needed to talk it meant about them. She should have known that wasn’t why he called. She sighed again and Michael stopped in the middle of his explanation of what happened at dinner.
“Are you ok? What’s wrong?” he asked gently.
“Do you really want to know, Michael? Or are you asking just to be polite?” Maria asked.
“Maria, you know better than that. Tell me,” he said quietly.
Maria couldn’t believe her ears. “I am still on the phone with Michael Guerrin right?” she asked.
“Look, do you want to talk about what’s buggin’ you or don’t you?” he snapped.
“Ok, I’m convinced now. I thought you called to talk about us. I don’t know what’s going on between us, Michael. I mean, are we a couple or friends or what? Because Brody is really nice and he’s asked me out on numerous occasions and if you and I aren’t a couple than maybe I’d better move on while I can. I don’t want to end up like Liz, walking around like a zombie every time she gets near Max,” Maria spilled out.
“I’ll kill him,” Michael said to himself about Brody. Louder he took a deep breath and said, “Look, Maria, I know we’ve been through a kind of relationship roller coaster here. However, I do care about you a lot. I haven’t exactly been sure of what was up with us either, but I do want us to be together. I’ve figured that much out. I may not always show it the way you want me to but I love you, Maria. I’ve never let myself care about anybody as much as I do you. Even Isabel and Max, while they mean a lot to me, mean little compared to you.”
Maria couldn’t believe all this was coming from Michael. Michael, who couldn’t say anything nice without following it with something nasty or sarcastic. She realized right then that Brody was never really in the picture. Michael was the one she wanted to be with for as long as she could be.
“Michael, I know that took a lot for you to say all that. I know you’re not that good with words when it comes to expressing your feelings, but if you’d just open up to me like this more often, we’d have a whole lot less problems. I love you too and thanks for saying all that,” she told him softly.
Michael cleared his throat, “Yeah, your welcome. So anyways, back to the new people in town,” and his moment of opening up was over.
When he had finished telling her all the events of the night she sighed again. “But, Michael, I’m with Liz on this one. She is so sweet, there is no way they are here to get you guys. I mean she always has time to listen to us and to talk and besides she’s a great waitress. Why can’t we just accept her as another new Roswell citizen like she seems to want?”
“Have you been listening to anything I’ve said? Maybe she took acting lessons but there is something definitely fishy here! Just be careful and warn Liz the same!” he told her.
“Ok, ok, we’ll be careful,” Maria conceded.
* * * * * * * * * * *
Max came into the near empty Crashdown and sat at his usual booth. He looked around for Liz but couldn’t see her anywhere. Alexis was taking the only other person’s order and Maria was talking to Michael at the kitchen window. Alexis looked up and smiled at him. He smiled back. She gave the customer’s order to Michael and headed to Max’s table.
“Hi, Max. How are you today? What can I get ya?” she said smiling.
“Not too bad, I guess. Uh, I guess I’ll have a piece of Men in Blackberry pie,” he said looking around.
Alexis lowered her voice a little and said, “She’s not here. She’s studying in her room. She had the afternoon off.” She gave him a wink and left to get his pie.
Max couldn’t help smiling at her. She certainly did seem sweet, and she had him figured out when it came to Liz. Every time he had talked with her, she had a smile on her face. She delivered the other customer’s food to him and headed over with Max’s pie and a glass of milk. She put the food down in front of him and sat across from him.
“I thought you could use the milk; it goes great with that pie. It’s on the house, my treat. I wanted to apologize for bringing up Liz in front of your parents and everybody. That was thoughtless of me and I’m sorry,” she said sincerely.
Max smiled at Alexis and said, “Oh, it’s alright. How could you have known? Besides, I still love Liz. You and just about anyone else can see that pretty plainly.”
“Still I shouldn’t have brought it up in front of so many people. I’m trying to make friends here in Roswell and I was afraid I might have made an enemy,” she replied smiling.
Max looked at her closely but could see no trace of anything except sincerity. He relaxed a little and assured her that he didn’t consider her an enemy. They talked for a while about Liz, Maria, and Michael. They were both laughing when the other customer called at Alexis asking for his check. She excused herself and went to take care of him.
Caught off guard by himself, he realized that Alexis was one of the first people he had ever been around that he felt comfortable around. Even with Michael and the others there was always a little tension in the air. Only with Isabel and for a short time with Liz had he felt so comfortable with someone else. This made him wonder if he really did need to watch the new comers so closely. He shook his head trying to sort it all out.
“Something wrong?” Alexis asked as she sat down again.
“No, nothing. You know, I can see why everyone says you’re so sweet because you are,” Max told her.
“Aw, get out of here! That’s sweet. I try to be a good person who likes everybody. I even try to find something good about Ferengis,” Alexis joked. Then she realized her mistake and she covered her mouth.
“What? What are Ferengis?” Max asked.
“Huh? Oh, um, Ferengis are just an inside joke between my sister and I; sometimes I forget nobody else gets jokes about them,” she said trying to recover.
Max could tell that she was suddenly nervous, as if she had made a big mistake. Could Ferengis be another alien species she didn’t want to leak out? He was about to try and press the issue of what they were when she suddenly had to get busy cleaning some things up. She excused herself and Max was suddenly suspicious of her again.
* * * * * * * * * * *
“I’m telling you it was weird. It was as if I was drawn to her. Not like with Tess before though. More like I wanted to confide things in her that I know I shouldn’t,” Max said.
He sat at the Crashdown with everybody just after it closed. He had recounted the afternoon to Tess, Kyle, Liz, Maria, Michael, Isabel, and Alex. They were trying to comprehend what was happening. As much as they hated to admit it, things were looking bad where the new people were concerned. No one ever saw any of them except Alexis during the day, most days, and some nights, she even disappeared. No one knew where they lived, including Mr. Parker which was strange.
Suddenly in the back of the room, there was a flash of light and there stood Q and Alexis. Max gave one look to Tess and immediately she understood. Before Alexis and Q could notice them, Tess made it so they only saw an empty café. They started looking around on the floor and under tables as if searching for something.
“I can’t believe I can’t find my combadge! I had it this morning in my uniform pocket and when I got back to the Enterprise, it was gone,” Alexis said moving behind the counter to look for whatever a combadge was.
“Do you remember hearing anything drop that might sound like it?” Q asked trying to be helpful.
She stopped her search of the floor to give him an exasperated look. “Q, have you paid attention to what it’s like here when it’s busy? People drop things all the time. Sometimes you can’t hear things drop because it gets so loud during a crowd. Just help me look for it. You continue to look in here and I’ll check my locker just in case.”
Just then, Isabel moved her elbow and hit something small that had been resting on the table and she hadn’t noticed. It hit the floor with a metallic ring. Alexis and Q looked to the direction it had come from and the group hiding with Tess’s mind trick looked at each other worried. Tess didn’t know how much longer she could hold out.
“Alexis, this is going to sound strange but . . .” Q started.
“Somebody is here, in this room with us,” Alexis finished for him. She felt it too. The presences she felt were familiar though and she wasn’t too worried.
Tess finally let go of the connection and they all jumped out of the booths ready for whatever might be coming, so they thought. Michael put his hand out, ready to defend himself and his friends if he had to against whoever or whatever these people were.
“Michael, Max, all of you, we aren’t here to harm you, please believe that,” Alexis started as she slowly walked toward them.
“Don’t move! I have no reason to trust what you say. Who or what are you?” Max ordered.
“Can we at least sit down? It’s a long story and I don’t want to stand here the whole time I tell it either,” Alexis asked. When Max nodded, she sat in the chair nearest to her and turned to Q.
“Go tell my father what’s happened and that I might be a few minutes. I’ll be alright here by myself,” she told him.
“Are you sure? I can bring reinforcements or I can handle them myself if they get out of hand,” Q said.
“No one’s going anywhere,” Max said at the same time. Before he knew it, however, Q vanished the same way they had appeared. “Where did he go? You won’t do that too will you?”
“I can’t. I don’t have that ability, unfortunately, it could come in handy. No. Q just went to tell some friends of mine that I’ll be fine here and that I’m having to explain a little sooner than we planned,” Alexis answered.
Michael slowly lowered his hand. “Who are you and what are you doing here?” he asked. To his surprise, Alexis didn’t seem to be afraid or have changed much personality wise. She was still trying to be friends and he didn’t know what to make of it all.
“Please, you guys, sit down too. Like I said it’s a long story and you’d be too tired standing up,” she told them sincerely.
Everyone of them sat down except Michael who wanted to be ready in case she tried anything. As they sat down, Alexis let out a sigh and smiled at the group. How were they going to believe all of this? How much should she tell them? Max and Liz weren’t a couple right now and telling them that she was their great-granddaughter might be changing future events for them. So she let out another sigh and began.
|posted on 18-Sep-2002 3:26:01 PM by littleroswell|
Summary: Alexis explains why she is on Earth to our beloved Roswell characters.
Part 14: “Again, We Come In Peace”
“Ok, first of all, let me say again that we aren’t here to hurt you. In fact, we’re here for just the opposite, to help you. Q is not really my husband, nor is Deanna my sister or Will her husband. We are all friends and none of us are from earth. Well, not really. Will is human but I’m not sure if he was born on earth or not,” Alexis began.
“What do you mean he’s human but wasn’t born on earth?” Isabel asked.
Alexis looked at her and smiled. “Well, in the future, many humans are born on other planets or on spaceships,” she replied.
The group looked around at each other. Liz paled considerably. Max saw her and panicked. “Are you all right, Liz?” he asked worried.
She nodded but put her head in her hands. ‘Did I do something wrong? Did they come back to tell me that I messed things up?’ she thought. Alexis saw her distress and immediately made the connection.
“Liz, this isn’t what you’re thinking. I’m not here because of other events that you know about,” she reassured her. Liz sat up and stared at Alexis, but somehow she felt better.
Max looked from one to the other and realized that Liz knew exactly what Alexis was talking about but no one else did. Why? Could this person from the future somehow know what Liz had been keeping from him?
“My name is Alexis Picard and the names of the people I introduced you to are the correct names. We have come back to this time period from the 24th century. My father is Captain of a starship from the future. I’m sure you all have noticed my resemblance to Liz. That’s because I am a distant relative of hers. Q is not human or healer, which is what you, Max, Isabel, Tess, and Michael, are. That is your species and sort of mine. I am part healer, part human,” Alexis explained.
Max interrupted her asking, “So humans and us, healers, we can have children? Our make up allows for that?”
She nodded. “Yes, Max, you can have children with a human. Most healers are shapeshifters but honestly feel more comfortable as humans or humanoids, although why I don’t know. All the shapeshifters from the 24th century are able to shapeshift when they’ve reached puberty in their original form. I have not told my crew mates, I work on my father’s ship, that part about me yet. I wasn’t sure how they would react. Shapeshifting sometimes scares people.”
“What do you mean? We can’t shapeshift. The only one who was ever able to shapeshift was Necedo and he’s dead. What kinds of things can you shapeshift into?” Tess asked confused.
“That’s right, I read about him. Well, I don’t know why you wouldn’t be able to shapeshift unless it has something to do with the fact that you are almost purely healers and maybe pure healers go through a separate puberty to be able to shapeshift. As for what I can turn in to . . .” Alexis said letting her sentence trail off. There was a split second and a small flash of light before, instead of seeing Alexis sitting there, they all saw Isabel. “I can turn myself into anyone I’ve ever seen, including any other species. I can also become a plant but whatever I’ve tried to turn myself into, the only things that work are live things. I cannot become a wall,” Alexis/Isabel said. There was another burst of light and Alexis sat before them again.
“Necedo said that we couldn’t shapeshift because we were turned into humans, granted more advanced humans, but still humans. When we died on our home world in the war, we were mixed with human DNA and voila, here we are,” Michael said, still wary.
“Well, if that’s true then you may never be able to shapeshift but then too, the healer part has always been dominant in mixed species. Like I said, it might take a while for it to show up. Anyway, as I was saying, Q is not a healer or human but a different type of species as is Deanna, who is a Betazoid,” Alexis continued.
“You mean there are more species of aliens out there?” Alex asked. He felt like his head was reeling.
Alexis smiled at him. “As Q would say, ‘Still thinking like a human.’ Alex, there are many millions of types of creatures in this universe. Why should earth and the planets of Voltare be the only planets with life? I personally work with dozens of different species just on my ship alone.”
“Liz Parker, what’s going on down there? It’s getting late. I know you don’t have school tomorrow but some of us still have to work in the morning, can you keep it down,” a woman’s voice called from upstairs.
“Sorry, mom! We’ll try to keep it down,” Liz called. She looked at Alexis and said, “What are the planets of Voltare and what are you doing here?”
“The planets of Voltare are the healers’ home planets. Your home planets, Max, Isabel, Tess, Michael. In the 24th century, the healers are an endangered species and in the next few years or so, there is going to be an accident,” she started to answer.
“Wait, what do you mean an endangered species? I thought there were 5 planets included in our ‘home’ and they were full of people like us. Just how endangered are we talking about here?” Michael asked.
Alexis looked at them all. She didn’t have the heart to tell them exactly how many were left and that the planets were gone. She made up her mind to give them an answer though. “Healers are on their way to extinction within the next few generations, Michael. That’s part of the reason why I’m here. We need you’re help to keep the species in existence.”
“What’s the other part of why you’re here?” Max asked. He wasn’t sure whether to believe all this or not. It could just be a really good scheme to get them to lower their defenses.
Alexis gave one of her biggest and brightest smiles. There was some good news she could give them about their future. “Because you all have changed human and earth history as we know it in the future. It’s not good to know too much about your future, but in earth’s history the acknowledged first contact with extraterrestrials is after WWIII, which I can’t tell you when that occurs or who the contact is made with. You have changed that part of history for us and we have written proof of that.”
Here Alexis stopped and tried to let everything sink into the young people. There was a flash of light and Q appeared again with Commander Riker and Deanna Troi. They were in uniform and suddenly Alexis remembered what she had come to the Crashdown to find.
“Max, can I have my combadge back please? It’s important for my work,” Alexis asked.
Max held up the object that Isabel had knocked to the floor and studied it for a minute. “Why? What does it do?” he asked suspiciously.
“It lets me communicate with my starship and has a signal built in it so that people on the starship can find me. I promise that’s all it is,” she told him.
For some reason, Max trusted her on this. He tossed the combadge to her and she caught it and put it on. He didn’t know what to make of all of this. Part of him told him to believe her, that she was sincere, but part of him was still extremely wary of this person.
Liz stepped out from behind everyone and asked Alexis, “You said several times that you read information about us somewhere. Where did you read about us if you didn’t even know they weren’t from this planet?”
Alexis put her hands behind her back and looked at Q again. He nodded and she felt her hands were suddenly a bit more heavy than before. She pulled her hands from behind her back and held up the object in her hand. “By your own hand, Liz. We found your journal,” she answered.
Every one of the teenagers looked as though someone had slapped them in the face. Liz was the first to move. She stepped forward and looked at the book Alexis held out. She looked to Alexis’s face to ask for permission before reaching for the book. As she opened the book and looked through it, her eyes grew wide. She dropped into the booth nearest to her and looked up at Alexis with awe on her face.
“This is my journal! Where did you find it? How could it have lasted to the 24th century?” she asked.
At this all the teenagers started murmuring among themselves and moved to look at the book Liz held in her hands. Before they could read too much in it, Alexis took the journal back from them. She smiled at them and then at Will and Deanna. Now they believed her.
“I can’t answer those questions right now, Liz; it would be telling you too much about the future. That’s also why I didn’t let you look at the journal for too long, there are things in here that you haven’t written yet. I know that you all believe me now. That’s good! We can move forward from here, but for now I think everybody should go home and go to bed. We can talk more tomorrow; give yourselves some time to let everything I’ve told you sink in,” Alexis told the group in front of her.
Maria looked up at her confused. “So where do you sleep? I mean where do you live, not here in Roswell?”
“I live and sleep for now on the Enterprise, my father’s ship. I have quarters on board,” Alexis answered.
“Can we see your ship?” Kyle asked getting excited about the whole spaceship idea.
“Maybe, we have to check with the Captain first,” Will said.
Everyone said their goodnights and Alexis, Q, Deanna, and Will were gone with a flash. The rest piled out the door and headed home. Michael walked Maria home and Tess and Kyle headed for the Valenti home still talking about all the events. Alex and Isabel fell into step with one another as they talked heading for the Evans’ house. Max hesitated and as Liz turned to head upstairs, he stopped her.
“Liz, this has been a lot to comprehend but there was something that happened tonight that I need to ask you about,” he said looking into her eyes.
He realized he was still holding her arm from when he had stopped her from leaving and let his hand drop. She averted her eyes and looked at her hands. She was afraid of what might be coming.
“Liz, I saw your face when she first mentioned being from the future. The look you had on your face wasn’t the same look on everyone else’s face. Their faces registered disbelief and surprise. Your face went pale and there was belief and fear on your face. Why? And then it was as if Alexis knew exactly what you were thinking because she said that the reason she was here was not what you were thinking. What did she mean, Liz?” he asked, pleading with her to tell him.
“I can’t tell you that, Max. Please don’t ask me again; I just can’t answer you,” Liz said and ran upstairs.
Max heard her bedroom door close and he stood there for a minute, hoping she’d come back down. He thought about following her but decided against it. Instead, he sighed wearily and left to go home.
|posted on 18-Sep-2002 3:29:11 PM by littleroswell|
Summary: They talk some more and Max, Liz, Isabel, Tess, Kyle, Alex, Michael, and Maria get to see the Enterprise.
Part 15: “Left Up to You”
“Alexis, I don’t like the fact that they already know about all of this. I’m glad you didn’t tell them too much though, about the future I mean. You told them just enough so far. I’m not sure it’s a good idea to bring them aboard the Enterprise either, at least not until they decide for sure whether they want to come back with us or not,” Captain Picard told his daughter.
They both sat in his quarters, sipping on earl grey tea and munching on croissants. Alexis had told him all that had happened on the surface the previous night. Now she looked at him and smiled. She was enjoying getting to know her father. She could understand why her mother had never tried to keep him with her, he was the Captain of a starship. Yet, she could feel so much of herself in him that she had wondered about, her sense of adventure, her love of the universe, the inner, quiet strength that she had always carried inside her. Although, her mother had had a strength of her own, too.
“Father, I couldn’t have not told them then. Besides, they know only just enough. I didn’t want to set their brains on overload. I’ll just have to watch what I tell them right now. We can tell them more later, when they come back with us from our next stop in time,” Alexis said.
“If they come back with us. They are free to make that choice, Alexis,” he told her pointedly.
* * * * * * * * * * *
Alexis hummed as she cleared a table away at the Crashdown later that afternoon. She looked up to find Maria and Liz staring at her from the corner where they were talking. She smiled at them and they gave her a quick smile before hastily turning away. As she finished wiping the table down, she heard the bell on the door jingle and she looked up to Max, Isabel, Tess, Alex, and Kyle coming in.
As they sat at their usual booths, she put on a big smile and walked over to them. “Hi, guys, what can I get you?” she asked.
“Nothing really. We’re just waiting for you guys to get off and the other shift to get here so we can all talk,” Max answered for them.
“Ok, well it won’t be much longer, it’s already 3:00,” she told them.
Alexis hadn’t missed the seating arrangements. Alex had parked himself deliberately beside Isabel and as Max as climbed in the booth, Tess sat down next to him with Kyle pulling up a chair beside her. Liz glanced over at them and Alexis could feel her pain all the way across the room. As she crossed over to pick up the stack of dishes she had cleared to take them to the kitchen, she wondered why Max couldn’t feel it too. She did notice him glance at her but would not look in that direction after that. As she passed into the kitchen, Liz looked up at her and Alexis gave her a sympathetic smile.
As she set the dirty dishes in the huge sink, she heard the kitchen door open. She turned around to find Liz and Maria looking from her to Michael at the grill and back again. Obviously they wanted to talk but didn’t want Michael to over hear them. Alexis smiled and motioned for them to pass back into the dining area. They huddled in a corner by the drink machine, keeping their eyes out for any new arrivals.
“Alexis, we had to know something. You know about the future Max coming to visit me and what happened while he was here?” Liz whispered to her.
“Yes, Liz, you wrote it all down in your journal remember?” Alexis answered.
“Great! So you know if Max and Liz get back together then! Do they? If they do, when?” Maria asked excitedly.
Alexis looked from one face to another, both so full of hope. She hated to have to break their hearts by telling them that she couldn’t tell them about their future. However, she didn’t want to leave Liz without some hope.
“Liz, Maria, I can’t answer those questions. You know that,” she hurried on as their faces fell, “but if you think about some of the things I’ve already told you and listen to your heart and to love, you’ll find the answer.”
She walked away to go help Michael finish up the dishes in the kitchen. The two girls just watched her walk away. When she had disappeared behind the kitchen door, Liz felt her eyes fill up with tears and Maria looked at her and hugged her.
“Huh! Some friend she turned out to be! Why couldn’t she just tell you if you’d be happy or not at least, you know? With or without Max,” Maria said in a huff.
“No, Maria, she knows that anything she might say to us could change the future that she knows. She’s doing the right thing. I am trying to change a future that I was told existed and that I had to change, and I guess I did that to some extent. Telling people about the future that they know can be painful,” Liz answered quietly.
Maria’s mouth dropped open and she quickly grabbed her friend in another hug. “God, I’m sorry, Liz! I didn’t mean to bring it up like that! I should have realized that she’s right. I mean you told me the whole story and here I am acting like a complete idiot,” she apologized.
“Told you what whole story?” Michael asked as he came out of the kitchen taking his apron off.
“How long have you been eavesdropping on us?” Maria demanded.
“I wasn’t eavesdropping, snippy. I came out of the kitchen just to hear that last part. Jeez, if you don’t want people to hear your conversation, you shouldn’t talk so loud!” Michael retorted.
He headed toward the group seated in the booths with Maria following him apologizing and Liz trailing after them. They sat down with the others. Alexis came out of the kitchen and strolled over to them.
“Alright, guys, where do we go to talk?” she asked.
“We could go to Michael’s place,” Isabel suggested.
“I’m not having any parents calling and interrupting this conversation. We need a place without a phone that everybody’s parents wouldn’t think to look for us,” Michael said emphatically.
Max spoke up, “That leaves the pod chamber. I’m sure Alexis would love to see it.”
Alexis’s eyes lit up. “Yes, I would. That’s perfect. Then I can see the granolith too,” she said. So they all piled into cars and headed for the mountain.
* * * * * * * * * * *
“Wow, I didn’t even think to look for this place when we were in Roswell in my time. I forgot about it until now,” Alexis said as she ran her hands lovingly over the broken pods.
She looked from there to the granolith and her eyes filled with tears. ‘I wonder what happened to the granolith when the planets were destroyed,’ she thought. The thought of these people who were her people being wiped out of existence made her want to cry even more. She could hear their cries as they ran for cover, hoping to survive somehow. They grew louder until she felt a hand on her shoulder.
“Are you ok?” Tess asked her.
Before Alexis had a chance to answer, Max asked her, “By the way, what’s a Ferengi?”
She laughed as she wiped away the tears in her eyes. “They are another type of alien. Their whole purpose in living is to make money. Nobody really cares for them.”
Everyone looked at them both with puzzled expressions on their faces. Alexis looked at them and realized that they had no idea what they were talking about. She laughed again and explained about her conversation with Max.
“Alright, so why exactly did you come here and when can we see your starship?” Michael asked getting impatient.
Alexis took a deep breath. “Well, like I said before, in the future there is an accident and some of you, I can’t tell you who because that might change the future, will be killed. However, in my century there are very few healers and the species is basically dying out. I’m offering you a chance to live and survive that accident,” she took another deep breath before continuing, “by coming back to my century with us. You can help us repopulate the healer species and teach us more about our powers.”
“Let me get this straight. You’re telling us that at some point in the future, there’s gonna be some kind of accident that kills some of us and you want to save us by taking us further into the future. Have I got it?” Michael asked.
“Yes, that’s right,” Alexis said. Seeing Liz grow pale again, she quickly subsided her fears. “It’s not what you’re thinking, Liz. You know nothing about this accident.”
Liz visibly relaxed and again Max had to wonder about what secret these two women shared. Everyone kind of let out a big sigh. Alex sat down on the floor where he stood, and Tess and Michael fell back against the walls they were standing in front of. None of them knew what to say next.
“When is this accident supposed to happen and why wait to take us with you? Who all are we talking about here?” Max asked.
Alexis ran moved her hair behind her ears and Max was struck by just how much she reminded him of Liz. “I can’t tell you who and when, Max. We have to wait to take you so that nothing changes except the fact that you live instead of die. Everyone that knows you are in that accident in the future has to believe that you are dead or things could go very badly. If I told you all the details or took you back now, certain people in the future might not be born,” she told him.
“My god! I never thought of that before,” Isabel said suddenly struck by how risky what Alexis had done by coming here actually was.
“You don’t have to decide right away. We just wanted to talk to you about it for now and when we come back right before the accident, you’ll know it’s time and you can give us your answer then. That way you’ll have plenty of time to think about it, but please do think about it,” Alexis pleaded with them. “As for going aboard the Enterprise, I really don’t think it’s a good idea right now. It’s not a good idea to learn too much about the future.”
“I’m not going anywhere or deciding anything until I have some more proof here. I mean, you could be a skin with a very elaborate hoax here from the future with Liz’s journal just saying you want to help us,” Tess said.
Alexis sighed. “Ok, I can take you aboard the Enterprise and introduce you to my father, Captain Picard but you won’t be able to see much of it. Will that work?” she asked.
Everyone nodded slowly. Alex said, “I think that’s fair.”
“Alright then,” Alexis said and hit her combadge. “Dr. Picard to Enterprise.”
“Go ahead, Alexis,” she heard her father say.
“9 to beam aboard,” she answered.
The next thing the teens knew, they were standing on some kind of platform with 3 men in front of them, one of them standing behind some kind of podium. They blinked and looked at each other. They recognized one of the men as Q.
“Welcome aboard the Enterprise. I’m Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Alexis’s father,” Jean-Luc said to the group.
They all just stood there staring with their mouths open. Max was the first to break from the daze. “Thank you, Captain. It’s a . . . well I wanted to say pleasure but that’s not exactly the right word for it; maybe experience? I’m Max Evans,” he replied taking Jean-Luc’s hand and shaking it.
Picard’s smile got bigger with the handshake and he said, “I can’t believe I’m shaking hands with a prominent leader in history.”
Max looked confused and Alexis explained, “Max, you are a part of our history now. Just imagine how you would feel if you got to meet Abraham Lincoln or George Washington face to face. That’s how we feel about you and the rest of you guys.” Max couldn’t think of anything to say.
Everyone introduced themselves and Michael asked, “So how did we get here, anyways? I thought Alexis said that she couldn’t do that disappearing act.”
Alexis smiled. “It’s called a transporter. It takes your molecules apart and puts them back together in a different place. That’s the best way to describe it.”
“I trust Alexis has told you why we are here by now?” the Captain asked them.
“Yes, sir. She told us that there was an accident in the future and that we were needed to help repopulate the Healer species and to keep it alive,” Max said.
“Good, but let’s get one thing absolutely clear: no one will force your decision one way or the other. If you choose not to come back with us, it will be up to you,” Jean-Luc told them.
|posted on 18-Sep-2002 4:47:50 PM by littleroswell|
Part 16: “Temporary Partings”
The next morning in school, Max was pulling some things out of his locker when Michael walked up. He leaned against the other lockers facing Max. Max didn’t even have to look up to see who it was.
“What is it, Michael?” he asked.
“What do you think about all this stuff Alexis has told us? I mean when do you think this accident will happen and who do you think will be in it?”
Max sighed and closed his locker. “I don’t know. The fact that only some of us are in that accident upsets me because that means that we split up and I don’t like that at all.”
“That and the fact that you know Liz is hiding something from us, and she might be one of the ones that isn’t in that accident because she splits off,” Michael said.
Max winced; It hurt to think of Liz drawing away from them completely but that’s what it looked like she was doing. How could he live without her? He was becoming friends with Tess but he could never love her. It looked like Kyle was interested in Tess, though, and that confused the hell out of him. First, Kyle dates Liz. Then Liz breaks up with Kyle because of her feelings for Max, and then she sleeps with Kyle. He just didn’t get it.
“Hello? Are you listening to me?” Michael asked, waving a hand in front of Max’s face.
“Sorry, Michael, what were you saying?” Max asked, coming out of his thoughts.
They headed to their class. Max thanked heaven that schedules had been changed and Liz wasn’t in his first period class anymore. In fact, the only class they had together besides lunch was anatomy and she sat across the room and up 2 rows. They rarely spoke in that class. Even though they were trying to be friends, they rarely spoke at all anymore. Usually, it was just casual stuff and Max couldn’t seem to bring up anything deeper.
“I said, Maria knows whatever it is that Liz is hiding from everybody because they were talking at the Crashdown with Alexis and she got really jumpy when I walked up, saying that I shouldn’t be eavesdropping on people. By the way, what finally made you give up on Liz?” Michael told him.
Max stopped dead in his tracks and slowly turned to Michael. His eyes were wide and he asked, “Maria knows? Did Liz tell her or did she find out on her own?”
“I don’t know. Are you going to answer my question?” Michael asked a little annoyed.
Isabel had asked the same question the night before as they were getting ready for bed and shared the sink in the bathroom. Max told her he couldn’t say but he really needed to talk to somebody. He sighed again and decided to confide in Michael.
“Come on, let’s skip first and second and I’ll tell you. Let’s go to your place,” he answered.
* * * * * * * * * *
Once seated in Michael’s apartment, Max took a deep breath and said, “I caught Liz and Kyle in bed together.”
Michael, who had been drinking a glass of milk and Tabasco sauce, spewed it all over the room and yelled, “WHAT?!”
Max nodded and told Michael the story. When he was done, Michael sat back in his chair, shaking his head. He just couldn’t believe it. Liz Parker of all people.
“That just doesn’t sound like Liz, and I haven’t said anything before but I’ve caught Kyle really checking Tess out several times,” Michael said.
“I know, something just doesn’t make sense here. She and I had something so special. Why would she try so hard to drive me away? I know she loves me,” Max asked passionately.
Michael stood up, feeling bad for his friend. “I don’t know but we need to get back to school. I don’t want to miss lunch and I have a test 5th period.”
“I think I’ll have a talk with Maria,” Max mumbled under his breath.
* * * * * * * * * * *
Max caught Maria just as she headed outside to look for Liz, Michael, and the rest of the gang. He grabbed her arm and pulled her aside, asking if they could talk.
“What up, girlfriend?” Maria asked.
“Maria, I need to ask you something. I know you know whatever it is that Liz is keeping from everyone. I need to know what it is,” Max told her.
Maria’s eyes widened and her mouth fell open. Then she thought to herself, ‘Cool it DeLucca. He’s bluffing. Don’t blow it now.’ Aloud, she said, “Max Evans, what in the world are you talking about?”
Max grinned. He knew he had caught her off guard and now she was trying to cover it up. “Michael said you and Liz were talking with Alexis and when he caught the tail end of the conversation, you got all jumpy. Come on, Maria, I love Liz and I don’t understand why she’s doing this to me,” Max pleaded.
Maria’s heart went out to them both. She hated to see her two friends like this but she couldn’t say anything. So much was riding on her silence in this. She took a deep breath and hung her head.
“I’m sorry, Max. I do know what it is but there are a million reasons why I can’t tell you. I really wish I could but I can tell you that your instincts are right about her feelings for you,” Maria answered softly. Then she went outside.
Max stood there for a moment, a million feelings running through him all at once. Anger, pain, relief, love, guilt, so many feelings, he didn’t know how to react. He finally decided to mull over everything for a while before reacting at all. He went out and sat with the others and kept quiet through all of lunch.
* * * * * * * * * * *
The group walked into the Crashdown right after school and sat at their usual tables. Kyle and Tess kept throwing glances at each other. This was not lost on anyone. Alexis looked up from the register as they walked in and smiled. Maria and Liz headed to the back to get ready for their shift.
Alexis walked over to the tables and said, “Hey, guys, what can I get for you?”
Max looked up into Alexis’s eyes and she saw the fresh pain in his. Her heart melted and she quickly called him aside. Max realized as he walked over to her that he had really invested a lot of trust very quickly in Alexis and this scared him. Trust makes you vulnerable. He hoped his trust was well founded.
“Max, I’m so sorry. I know you’re going through a lot right now but just know you aren’t alone. You have friends that are there for you and even though I’m leaving, I’ll be here with you in spirit. Don’t feel you have to go through rough times alone,” Alexis said hugging him.
Max hugged her back and he realized that he really cared about this girl from the future. He had never been so comfortable around anyone else. All of a sudden, her words sank in.
“You’re leaving? When? Why?” he asked upset.
Alexis smiled at him, pulling back from their hug. “Max, I have accomplished what I came to do right now. I told you about the accident and now I have to go forward in time to find out how the story ends. I’m leaving tomorrow afternoon after my shift. I feel bad about leaving Mr. Parker in a bind but I’m sure he’ll manage.”
Max looked at her and suddenly he wanted to get to know Alexis more. “Alexis, if I’m in that accident in the future and if I choose to come back with you on your ship, maybe we could get to know each other a little better. I mean I really feel close to you and maybe now that Liz doesn’t want to be with me anymore . . .” Max started.
Alexis started laughing and cut him off. “Max, hold it. First of all, you don’t know for sure that Liz doesn’t want to be with you. Second, you don’t know what the future will bring. I’m telling you now that if you are in that accident and if you do decide to come back with us, I promise you what you find out about me will change what you’re thinking really fast. There is a reason you feel close to me and when you find out what that is, you’ll laugh at yourself. I promise you though that you will see me again.”
Max didn’t understand what Alexis was saying. She saw this and finally sighed and said, “Come on, let’s go tell the others that I’m leaving tomorrow. They’ll probably have some things to say about that.”
They headed back over to the booths and everyone looked up expectantly. When Max told them Alexis was leaving, everyone started talking at once. Everyone had questions about their future, about her, about the accident. Alexis raised her hand to stop them and they all hushed.
“I’m sorry I can’t answer these questions, guys. You have come to mean so much to me in such a short period of time. Just keep in mind that I will see you again and it will only be a few seconds for me. If you think of it that way, it won’t seem so bad. Please, guys, don’t over analyze what I’ve told you. Don’t try to figure out when the accident will be, just keep it in the back of your minds and try to decide if you’d want to go or not,” Alexis said.
* * * * * * * * * * *
The next afternoon, they were all at the cave to say their goodbyes to Alexis. She hugged them all and told them not to worry too much about the future. Max made a decision and pulled her behind the pods he, Michael, Isabel, and Tess had come out of. Alexis’s eyes grew wide at the site before her.
“This is the granolith. We didn’t show it to you before because I wasn’t sure I could trust you. Now I feel like my whole life is in your hands,” Max said.
The others had piled in behind them and Alexis put her hand up to touch the granolith. Just before she touched it, though, her hand dropped and fresh tears filled her eyes. She had never before felt so clearly the feelings of others. Her feelings were intermingled with those of the teenagers standing before her and the echoes of feelings of those who were to die at the hands of a horrible enemy yet to come. It was overwhelming.
“We’ll miss you, Alexis,” Liz said quietly.
Alexis jumped up and hugged Liz. “Oh, Liz, I’m gonna miss you guys too. I promise that life is worth living and that it will be filled with sorrows as well as happiness. Don’t forget that.”
After she had hugged everybody all over again, her father called her from the Enterprise. “Alexis, are you ready?”
She took a deep breath and waved at them all. “Yes, Enterprise, one to beam aboard.”
Then she was gone and there was silence in the cave as the teenagers were each lost in their own thoughts. They slowly filtered out of the cave and headed back towards town.
|posted on 18-Sep-2002 4:51:46 PM by littleroswell|
Summary: Ok, in this part, I pick up with the Roswell gang after Alexis has left. It’s not that great but I promise the next part will be better.
Part 17: “Heartaches”
Liz sat at her window staring out at the rain. She had long since given up writing in her journal tonight. It was hard to think about writing on a day like today. It was strange to sit down and write knowing that Alexis was reading it years in the future. She really missed her. Alexis was the only one besides Maria that knew about Future Max and Liz had really learned to like her. She thought they would have been really close friends if she hadn’t left.
Throughout the summer, Liz and Max had at least started talking again but it wasn’t the same. They were like acquaintances more than friends. She missed him so much. During school she could keep busy with her studies and at work she could always find something to do, even though it was still hard when Max came in. However, he didn’t come in as often as he used to. He talked to everyone very openly except her. Not that he didn’t try, because he was polite and even friendly, but the intimacy was gone and he wouldn’t look her in the eyes anymore. She missed him so much but it was getting a little easier to let it go, when he wasn’t around. It was at times like now, when there was no school work because it was summer, when she had cleaned out everything she possibly could in her room, when the café was spotless and closed, when she was in her room watching the rain and wishing he would come to her window again, it was then that she really felt the loss.
Liz sighed and walked over to her stereo and flipped it on. She threw herself on her bed and pulled out a book. She decided that reading might take her to some far off place, anywhere but Roswell, NM in her room, feeling sorry for herself. She opened the book and started to read. When the song came on the radio, she froze. Usually, when a song that reminded her of Max and their relationship came on, she immediately turned it off but this one. . . this one she stopped and listened to.
* * * * * * * * * * *
Max laid on his bed listening to the rain outside. Isabel had gone out with Tess to go shopping and had come home, exhausted and went to bed. Max had tried watching TV but couldn’t find anything interesting so he had decided to try to go to sleep early too. As he laid there staring at the ceiling he thought about the summer. School would be starting in 2 weeks and they would be seniors. What happened after that? What would happen to everybody? Would everyone try to go their separate ways or would they stick together like he thought they should. He thought about Alexis and about Liz. He and Liz had been talking but things weren’t the same. He doubted they ever would be again. He still loved her but it was hard to look at her knowing that she wasn’t the angel he pictured her to be. She was a traitor, had betrayed not only him but everything he believed in.
He sighed and got up. He switched on his lamp and pulled the picture of Liz he kept in his nightstand out to look at it. He turned on his radio and laid back down on the bed studying the picture of Liz. As the song came on the radio, he listened to the words of the song and he realized that he really missed Liz and their closeness.
When the road gets dark
And you can no longer see
Just let my love throw a spark
And have a little faith in me
When the tears you cry
Are all you can believe
Just give these loving arms a try, now baby
And have a little faith in me
Have a little faith in me
And have a little faith in me
And have a little faith in me
And have a little faith in me
When your secret heart
Cannot speak so easily
Come here, darlin’, from a whisper start
To have a little faith in me
And when your back’s against the wall
Just turn around and you, you will see
I will catch you, I will catch you falling
Just have a little faith in me
Have a little faith in me
And have a little faith in me
And have a little faith in me
And have a little faith in me
Well I’ve been loving you for such a long time, girl,
Expecting nothing in return
Just for you to have a little faith in me
You see time, time is our friend
‘Cause for us there is no end
And all you gotta do is have a little
I said I will hold you up
I will hold you up
Your love gives me strength
So have a little faith. . .
I said hey, all you gotta do for me girl
Is have a little faith in me
As the song ended, Liz dried her eyes, switched off her stereo and the lights and tried to go to sleep. In a house not too far away, Max turned off his light and radio and rolled over and fell asleep dreaming about Liz.
* * * * * * * * * * *
“So how much longer until we can actually travel through time again?” Deanna asked. Alexis and Deanna were eating dinner in Ten Forward and talking about Alexis’s time in Roswell.
“I’m sorry, Deanna, what did you ask?” Alexis said looking up at Deanna from her plate.
“You seem awfully distracted. Are you alright? Do you need to talk about what’s on your mind?” Deanna asked.
“I’m just thinking about the group in Roswell. It was hard to leave them that way, knowing that they are going to go through so much in the next few years, especially Liz. Then too after they are gone and all those people, my people are killed. I just wish we could save them all. I don’t know much about my powers, mostly just what I have discovered by accident but ever since we visited Yoda, I have been able to feel what other people feel more clearly. I can hear the cries of my people as they are killed. I can feel their fear right before they are blown out of the universe. It’s very disturbing. I just hope that the guys decide to come back with us. I would hate to have gotten so close to them and they choose not to come,” Alexis explained.
Q appeared in one of the other 2 chairs at the table and said, “Why would anyone choose death when they can live? Surely, they wouldn’t do something that stupid.”
Deanna and Alexis sighed and looked at each other. “Q, they might decide not to come for several reasons. They don’t know anyone in this time and they never would run into anyone they did except us. They would be leaving behind everything familiar, knowing that everyone they once knew is dead now. They would have years of learning to catch up on. It might be too much for them. They might choose to die happily in their own time and in familiar settings rather than start something new again,” Alexis answered.
“I’ll never understand humans. Alexis, I came to tell you that we are almost at the spot where the accident takes place. Then when Jean-Luc gives the signal I’ll take you back, or rather, forward to that time. Meanwhile, I was wondering if you would like to take a trip with me? I think you might want to see what I have to show you,” Q said.
“Where do you want to take me, Q?” Alexis asked suspiciously.
“To meet your people. I thought you might want to see the planets before they are destroyed and see how the Healers lived,” Q answered with a smile.
“No thank you, Q. I don’t think I could take seeing them and then knowing they are going to be destroyed and I can’t do anything about it. I’d rather not see them,” Alexis said quietly. “I’m sorry, Deanna, but I think I’m going to retire for the evening. I need some quiet time to myself before we get to our next stop in time. Please excuse me.”
Deanna nodded and Alexis headed to her quarters. Q followed her with his eyes, completely baffled. “What in the world did I say? I thought she would jump at the chance to see her ancestors. I just don’t understand.”
Deanna leaned forward and told Q, “Once, not too long ago, she might have. Meeting the young people in Roswell who are her ancestors meant a lot to her, Q. However, it also changed her perspective on time travel. Even though we haven’t really changed anything yet, she realizes that the price for time travel may be highest in feelings. If they don’t choose to come back with us, she will feel responsible for even telling them that they are going to die. She will feel guilty about ruining the last few moments of their life which otherwise might be happy. She has a lot on her mind and meeting people that she could care about and that will definitely die horribly would be too much for her, Q. I know that you can’t really understand this but that is the way it is.”
* * * * * * * * * * *
Alexis was reading Liz’s journal in her quarters. It struck her as funny when she read about how Liz described her coming and how she had changed their lives. Then she read the entry written just after they had started their senior year in high school and her heart went out to this young woman who was lonely.
October 3, 2001
Well, we’ve started our senior year. I’ve been talking with my science teacher and also a couple of the counselors and I think I might go to the University of New Mexico and study astronomy. Everyone I talk to thinks it’s a good idea. Maria and Alex have told me they are behind me 100%. Tess and Kyle have told me they think it’s great. Michael threw a fit but not as big as I expected. Isabel didn’t know what to say. It was Max’s reaction that hurt me the most. He just looked at me and said, “If that’s what you want, I guess you should go for it.” Then he walked away.
Alexis, I know that you are reading this on your spaceship. I wish you were here so I could talk to you about all of this. We have already killed several more aliens that have popped up over the summer. Things have calmed down and now I really miss Max. I love him so much and I don’t know what to do. It doesn’t look like Tess will be going anywhere but how can I be sure? I don’t know if going to college is what I should be doing or not. I’ve second guessed everything I’ve done since you left and I don’t know if I’m doing things right or not. Michael and Maria are constantly together and Isabel and Alex are becoming closer friends all the time. I’m just so tired of feeling so alone.
There I feel a little better. I just wish I had someone to talk to again. I love Max and know I can’t say anything but I really do wish there was some other way. I guess I don’t really have anything else to write right now so I’ll stop. I hope someday I’ll see you again and maybe all this will seem funny to me and we can laugh about it. Now, however, I think I’ll cry myself to sleep and hope I wake up and find all of this a dream.
|posted on 18-Sep-2002 4:55:48 PM by littleroswell|
Summary: Ok, in this part, I pick up with the Roswell gang after Alexis has left. They are graduating high school!
Part 18: “Graduation”
“So what did you get Max for graduation?” Maria asked Liz. They were 3 weeks away from graduating high school and Maria and Liz were working at the Crashdown. Maria was standing at the kitchen window waiting for an order.
Liz finished up with a customer at the cash register and turned to Maria. “Maria, we are 3 weeks from graduation. I have had 2 tests this week, 2 next week, finals are the week after that and then graduation practice. All I’ve had time to do is eat, sleep, go to school, study and work. I have no idea what I’m going to give him. I don’t even know when I’ll have time to go shopping for anything for anyone.”
“Well, I got Michael a really nice swiss-army knife, a whole $50 nice. I also got Max, Isabel, Alex, and Kyle their presents and I still can’t decide if I should get Tess something or not. I have not a clue what to get you. What do you want or need?” Maria asked her best friend.
“Why don’t we just agree to give each other $50 and don’t worry about it. I don’t really need anything except a car and I don’t think you can help me with that. Let’s just say that I gave you $50 and you gave me $50. Thanks and good luck with the rest of your life. See, simple,” Liz told her grinning.
“Sounds good to me. However, I don’t think you should do that for everybody. I have an idea. Mr. Parker?” Maria called.
“Yes, Maria? Whachya need?” Liz’s father answered, poking his head out of the kitchen.
“Liz and I have a slight problem. With graduation only 3 weeks away, all we’ve had time to do is eat, sleep, study, and work. We really need some recreation time and we need to get our friends some graduation presents and we haven’t really had time to go shopping. Is there any way we could get some time off?” Maria asked.
“Maria!” Liz cried.
“Sure. You 2 can have the rest of the week off and any nights you have tests the next day. You 2 work hard and have earned some time off especially for the grades you have brought home during school, Liz. Just finish your shifts today, ok?” Jeff said with a smile.
“Thanks, Mr. Parker,” Maria called as he disappeared into the kitchen again. “See, easy as pie.”
“Maria, I really need the money from working. I’m going off to college next year remember? I’m going to need a car, I’d like to find an apartment instead of living in the dorms, and I’ll have my personal expenses. My scholarship doesn’t cover everything,” Liz said matter-of-factly.
“You’re really going thru with that? I never really thought you’d leave us, Lizzy!” Maria said throwing her arms around her friend.
“Maria, I’m only going to be a car ride away. I’m in the same state and I’ll be back for holidays. It’s not like you’ll never see me again. Besides, I think it will be better for me to get away from Max for a while. It is so hard to be around him knowing that we just can’t seem to talk anymore. I still love him; in fact, I love him now more than ever. I just can’t be in the way of him and the rest of the Czech’s winning this war,” Liz said.
“Liz, Rath and Lonnie are dead. There haven’t been any bad aliens around for weeks now. I don’t want you to go away to college regretting this situation between the 2 of you. Besides, if you are part of the group involved in that accident in the future, I don’t want you to choose not to go back with Alexis and everyone just because you can’t be in Max’s way,” Maria told her.
“Maria, I really don’t think I’ll be in that group. I might be but I have to use my judgment on this and I can’t say anything. Please don’t tell Max anything,” Liz begged.
“Alright, I promised I wouldn’t say anything and I won’t. Now where do you want to go shopping tomorrow?”
* * * * * * * * * * *
“I’m so glad that for once things seem to be going normal, no alien stuff. It is so refreshing for once to be a normal teenager,” Isabel said as they all sat around the Crashdown, diplomas in hand, thinking back on the day.
“Yeah, the only thing that seemed to be from another planet was Jackie Milligan. Did you hear that speech?” Alex joked.
“Half of it. I fell sleep half way through it. The only part of the whole graduation thing that I enjoyed besides getting my diploma was hearing Maria’s version of the Graduation song,” Michael answered.
“Really? You think I did a good job?” Maria asked flattered.
“I wouldn’t say it if I didn’t mean it!” Michael said sourly.
“Well, how about we all give out each other’s graduation presents now?” Kyle suggested.
“No, let’s wait. I think we all need a nap after all the excitement this morning and with the party this afternoon. Besides, I don’t have everybody’s present here,” Max said.
Everyone agreed to meet back at the Crashdown early for the party that the Parkers were putting on for everyone. They would meet there at 6:30 and the parents would be there hopefully at 7. Everyone left and went their separate ways.
As everyone started filing in later that evening, Jeff and Nancy were busy with finishing touches with the food in the kitchen. Max was the last to arrive and he had a strange look on his face. Liz came downstairs, her arms so full of gifts that she couldn’t see where she was going.
“Here! Let me help you with those,” Michael volunteered rushing over and taking a few of the packages from her hands.
“Thanks, Michael,” Liz smiled at him and pulled out one of the biggest wrapped gifts and handed it to him. “Congratulations.”
“This is for me? What is it?” Michael asked.
“Well, open it and see,” Liz told him as she started passing out boxes to everyone.
Max watched her with mixed emotions. He was so proud of her and so happy to see her smiling. He was also hurting inside thinking about her going off to college without him. She had graduated with a 4.1 GPA and had received a full scholarship to the University of New Mexico. He also noted how pretty she looked in the little black dress she was wearing. She had put her hair up and was wearing a pair of black pumps.
Liz placed a small rectangular box in Tess’s hands and she looked up at Liz with a puzzled expression. “You got me a gift? I thought you hated me,” she said quietly.
“Tess, I don’t hate you. I have come to accept you as a part of my life as well as a part of Roswell that I will always remember and even a little bit fondly. Maybe someday we can even be friends.” When Tess still didn’t move to open the present, Liz said, “Well, aren’t you going to open it?”
“Oh, yeah,” Tess answered.
As Liz placed a package in Maria’s hands, Maria scolded her, “Liz, we agreed, no presents. What’s this doing in my hands?”
“Maria, you are my best friend. I had to get you something!”
“That’s ok, I got you something too,” Maria said placing a box of similar size in Liz’s hands.
They both opened their boxes and started laughing hysterically. They hugged each other and about fell on the floor they were laughing so hard. Everyone looked at them puzzled.
“What’s so funny?” Alex asked for everyone.
“We got each other the exact same gift!” the 2 girls squealed at the same time.
Liz and Maria pulled out two engraved gold lockets that said, “Best friends forever” and put them on each other. Then they looked at the $50 bill each of them held and started laughing all over again.
“Well, it’s obvious we’ve known each other for a long time. We knew what the other would like. I really do love the locket, Liz and I’ll never take it off,” Maria said hugging her friend.
“Me either,” Liz said hugging her back.
Tess looked up with tears in her eyes. “Oh, Liz, thank you so much. It’s perfect!” she said as she held up a wooden frame that said my family. In the frame was a picture of Kyle, the Sheriff, Liz, Max, Isabel, Alex, Maria, and Michael. Tess stood up and hugged Liz.
The hug caught Liz off guard. She reluctantly put her arms around Tess and when she didn’t feel repulsed like she expected to, she realized just how far her feelings for Tess had come. She really didn’t hate her.
Michael was staring at his gift as if he was hanging onto it as if his life depended on it. Liz walked over to him and tried to catch his eyes.
“What’s the matter? Don’t you like it, Michael?” she asked him.
“What is it?” Maria asked, coming over and looking over Liz’s shoulder.
Michael pulled out a swiss-army pocket watch and held it up for everyone to see. He looked at her and smiled. Liz smiled back and Maria got a big grin on her face and ran to get her gift for Michael, knowing that now was the best time to give it to him.
“Liz, you didn’t have to spend so much money on me. I don’t deserve it. I haven’t gotten anything this nice from anyone except Maria and as she is my girlfriend it’s kind of expected,” Michael told her while clipping the watch to his belt loop.
“Michael, you and Alex are the closest things I have to brothers. You have done nothing but look out for everyone from day one and you do deserve something nice. Besides, it will go really well with Maria’s present. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to give Max his gift,” Liz said with a smile.
“Alright! A $50 gift certificate for Mars Music! I can get that new microphone and some more sheet music for the band. Thanks so much, Lizzy!!” Alex exclaimed dancing around the room and picking Liz up in a big bear hug.
Liz laughed and hugged him back before going over and placing a small box in Max’s hands. “It took me a long time to figure out what to get you. I know things haven’t exactly been great between us but you are still very important to me Max. Congratulations.”
Isabel came over and hugged Liz from behind. “Thanks for the make up kit. I know it had to cost quite a bit. I love it!” she told her.
“You’re welcome,” Liz answered.
Kyle winked at Liz and said, “Thanks for the miniature globe set. I really needed to remember exactly where I was.”
Liz came over and pulled out the little globe and put it on the counter in front of him. “It has a small light in it and when you plug it in it, it rotates. There is also a couple of pins labeled, “I am here” and “you are there”; that way you can keep yourself grounded here on earth while still dealing with all the alien stuff.”
“Thanks, really. I will use this to help keep me grounded as you put it,” Kyle said hugging her.
Liz walked back over to Max and searched his face hoping that he liked the present she had picked out for him. He looked up and asked, “Where did you get such a nice watch?”
Liz pulled out the gold pocket watch that had been her grandfather’s and tears formed in her eyes. “Grandma Claudia gave it to me before she died and told me to give it to the love of my life as she had given it to grandpa as a wedding present. I really don’t think I’ll ever get married and you were the closest thing to the love of my life so . . .”
“Liz, I can’t accept this. This should stay with you until you find the right guy, a normal guy who can give you the kind of life you deserve,” Max told her trying to give back the watch.
Tears were streaming down Liz’s face now. “Max, my grandmother was very fond of you and I don’t think she would want anyone else to have it. You heard her yourself, she thought you were special. You are special Max and I thought you should have something just as special as you are,” she told him quietly.
Max stood up and hugged Liz and just held her. He wanted so badly to kiss her but he was afraid she would just clam up on him again so he just held her. Knowing that in just a few short months she would be leaving Roswell, maybe for good, was eating him up inside. There was so much he wanted to say to her. Just as he was about to say just that, the Parkers came in with the rest of the parents with the food to spread out in the café.
|posted on 18-Sep-2002 4:59:00 PM by littleroswell|
Summary: Ok, in this part, I pick up with the Roswell gang after Alexis has left. They have a choice to make and the parents give their presents.
Part 19: “Graduation Party and Everything After”
As the party got into swing and everyone exchanged presents, Max watched everyone through a separated spirit. It was as if someone put everything in slow motion. How was he going to tell them the news? He decided to put it aside until tomorrow. Isabel came over and smiled at him.
“Hey! This is supposed to be a happy day, remember? What’s wrong?” she said sitting down beside him.
“Nothing. Listen, I’d like to have a meeting with everybody tomorrow. We could have it somewhere kind of relaxed,” he told her.
“We could have it at our house. Everybody could go swimming and we could make it a cookout,” Isabel suggested.
“That’s a good idea. Now how about we dance?” Max said putting on a smile.
“Ok, kids, or maybe we should say young adults, listen up. All of us parents have our gifts to give out too. First, we’d like to say that we are all proud of you. Except for disappearing from time to time at weird times and not telling us where you went before you left, you have given us very little trouble and have been model students,” Philip Evans said looking at each of the young people in turn.
“We’d like to go first with Liz’s present,” Nancy said.
“Liz, you have been the best child a parent could ask for and we are so proud of you. Now you’ll be going off to college and starting your own life and there is only one way to start going anywhere,” Jeff Parker started. He pulled something out of his pocket and smiled at his wife and then at his daughter. He walked over to Liz and placed a couple of keys in her hand.
Liz looked at the keys in her hand and then up into her father’s face. “What are these for?” she asked.
Jeff grinned and said, “Walk out to the alley and see.”
The whole group walked outside and around the side of the building to the alley below Liz’s balcony. As they rounded the corner, they saw a sky blue Toyota Corolla with a sunroof and a cream colored interior. Liz looked from the car to her parents and back at the car. She started shaking and walked over to the car. She noticed that it was locked and she took the keys in her hand and put one of them in the door locks and turned it. The door unlocked and she turned around to her parents with tears in her eyes.
“This is for me? A car?” she asked.
“It’s all yours, Liz, baby. I mean it isn’t a BMW or anything expensive like that but it’s dependable and I thought it looked nice and it should be pretty reliable,” Nancy told her daughter.
“No, it’s perfect,” Liz said throwing one arm around each of her parents’ necks. “Thank you so much. I love it.”
“Ok, me next,” Amy DeLuca said coming forward. “Maria, the Jetta is officially yours. It is paid off and the only thing you have to pay for is the insurance and the upkeep. The title has been changed to your name.”
“Thanks, mom. I really appreciate it,” Maria said hugging her mother.
“Now for us,” Diane Evans said stepping forward. “We wanted to do something for all of you and so we are funding a trip for you guys for wherever you want to go within a certain dollar limit. You can all go together and depending on how much it looks like it will cost, you can go for a weekend or up to a week.”
“Oh, mom, that’s so sweet of you guys,” Isabel said coming over and hugging her mother too.
“Yeah, dad, thanks,” Max spoke up. Phillip stuck out his hand to shake hands with Max but Max instead moved to hug his adoptive father and for the first time, Phillip felt that his son really felt a part of things.
“Now, I know that Tess you and Michael don’t really have any family but you have become a part of Kyle and my family so I wanted to do something for all of you. So, I’m giving each of you $1000 to do with whatever you want. I know it isn’t worth as much as maybe that trip or a car but it’s all I have,” Jim Valenti told the three teens.
“Dad, you were saving that money for additions and redoing some of the rooms in the house. Why are you giving it all to us?” Kyle asked.
“Well, Kyle, I was doing improvements to the house for us but honestly, I don’t think you and Tess will be living with me much longer and it will be just me so what’s the point. I’d much rather you 3 have the money,” his father answered.
“Thanks so much, Sheriff,” Tess said throwing her arms around the man’s neck.
Liz looked at Alex and he looked sort of uncomfortable. He was the only one with parents that hadn’t been at the graduation or at the party. They were house hunting in Phoenix. She walked over to him and put her arm around his shoulders.
“I’m sorry your parents couldn’t be here, Alex. I’m sure they’re sorry too,” she told her friend.
Maria walked over and stood on Alex’s other side and threw her arm over Liz’s. “Yeah, bud. I’m sorry too but we’re here and I’m sure they’ll have a great graduation present for you.”
“You guys don’t get it. My parents really don’t care about me at all. They called this afternoon and do you know what they said? They didn’t ask about graduation or what I was doing, all they asked was if I had been taking care of the dog and had I taken the garbage out. Let’s face it, guys, I wasn’t supposed to happen at all. My mother told me before that she had planned on stopping after my older sister and that I was an unexpected surprise. They have never cared where I go or what I do,” Alex said without feeling.
“Alex, we care. We are your family. All of us are a family and that will never change,” Maria said, speaking for everyone present.
“Yeah,” everyone said in turn.
“Thanks, guys, I really appreciate that,” Alex smiled at them.
* * * * * * * * * *
“Ok, Maxwell, spill it. What’s on your mind? You have been acting completely out of it even for you since the party yesterday. Now what’s going on?” Michael asked as they all sat around the pool the next afternoon.
“Get everyone over here and I’ll tell you,” Max told him.
As everyone gathered around, Liz got an uneasy feeling that she was going to be upset by whatever Max had to say. Everyone else was just as expectant. They looked at their leader waiting for him to speak.
Max sighed and looked at his hands. How was he going to tell them? “Ok, I have some good news, some bad news, and some news that I’m not sure how to classify. Which do you want to hear first?”
“The good news!” Isabel spoke up.
“Ok, the good news is that I know why things have been so quiet around here. The war on our planets is over. The other species that was planning to go to war has signed a peace treaty and they are ready to accept me as King again. The second part of the good news is that Kevhar is dead. Larek gave the final blow to the war by killing him. The bad news is that Kevhar struck down Larek before he died and Larek is now dead. I wish I could have gotten a chance to get to know him again before he died. He once told me that we were friends. At least Brody won’t be ‘abducted’ anymore,” Max stopped and looked at everyone in turn and he saw a mixture of feelings on their faces. Happiness that the war was over and yet sadness for their distant friend and protector registered on everyone’s face.
“What’s the other news, Max?” Tess asked quietly.
“They want us to come home. They need us to bring peace to our home worlds again, and they want us to give them an answer as to how many are coming because you can all come with us,” Max answered.
Everyone’s mouth dropped open. “You mean we’re leaving? We’re really leaving and Maria, Alex, Kyle, and Liz can come with us?” Michael asked getting excited.
Max looked at him and then at everyone in turn. “Yes. If they want to come, they can. Our mother told me yesterday afternoon. At first, I said that we didn’t want to come back, but she begged me and told me that the only way there would be peace is if the royal four came back and took their rightful positions.”
Maria looked at Michael and tears formed in her eyes. Michael came over and took her hands in his and looked into her eyes. “Will you come with us? Will you come with me? I can’t imagine leaving without you,” he told her.
“Really? You really want to come with you?” Maria asked, happiness radiating from every nerve in her body.
“I wouldn’t ask if I didn’t want you to come. I won’t ask again either. Go or stay, but know that I want you to come,” Michael said trying to be aloof. He was answered by Maria tackling him and kissing him deeply.
“Kyle, you’ll come too right? I mean, you and I have become close and well, I can’t think of life without freaking you out with all my alien stuff,” Tess said hoping he would say yes.
“I don’t know, I’d have to think about it,” Kyle said, unsure.
“Alex, you’re coming with us. I need you. You’re my support and besides, you’re part of our family so I’m ordering you to come with us. That is, if you want to,” Isabel told Alex.
“I can’t disobey a princess now can I?” Alex said with a big grin.
“Liz, you’re coming with us aren’t you? I mean, I can’t live without my Liz,” Maria told her.
“Coming where? You guys planning your trip?” Diane Evans asked, coming out of the house with a plate full of burgers.
Everyone looked at each other. “Yeah, mom, we’re just trying to figure out where we want to go,” Isabel answered with a half smile.
“Great! Well, just let your father and I know and we’ll take care of all the details,” she answered, and with a smile, she went back inside.
“Max, we’re going to be leaving for good?” Isabel asked.
Knowing exactly what his sister was thinking, Max answered, “Yeah, it looks that way.”
“What are we going to tell our parents? We can’t just disappear,” she said jumping up and starting to pace.
“Look we have about a month until we have to go. That will give us time to go on our trip and plan all of this out. Including, figuring out if Kyle and Liz are coming with us,” Max said before Phillip appeared to start up the grill.
“So, you guys decide where you want to go yet?” he asked smiling at the teens.
“Actually, we were wondering if you had any ideas. We can’t seem to agree on anything,” Max answered.
“How about LA? You’re grandparents are out of town so you could have their house our there to stay in and there’s lots to do in Los Angeles. You may even become movie stars!” Phillip joked.
Everyone looked at each other and shrugged. “Sounds good to me,” Maria said.
“Sure,” Alex and Kyle said at the same time.
Everyone agreed that it sounded like a good idea while each was thinking about the bigger trip ahead. Liz was scared. Isabel didn’t know what to think about what to tell all the parents. Everyone was lost in their own thoughts.
|posted on 18-Sep-2002 5:03:56 PM by littleroswell|
Summary: Ok, in this part, I pick up with the Roswell gang after Alexis has left. They go to LA and Liz makes a decision.
Part 20: “Goodbyes”
The teenagers set down their luggage and looked around the ranch style house that belonged to Diane Evans parents. It was in the typical Spanish style with a Mexican tile roof and stucco walls. The doorways were arched as well as many of the windows. Wooden beams ran along the ceiling in the family room with the small adobe fireplace against the far wall.
“Nice,” Tess commented.
“I remember this house being a lot bigger,” Isabel said with a smile.
“How old were you when you were here last?” Maria asked.
“Well, with dad’s work schedule grandma and grandpa usually came out to see us. We haven’t been out here since we were 8 or 9,” Max explained.
“Hey, there are only 3 bedrooms. There are 8 of us. Where is everybody going to sleep?” Liz said poking her head out of a room down the hall.
“The couch in the study unfolds into a bed so we each will have to have a bed pal but we should be ok,” Isabel answered.
“Ok, so, Isabel, do you want to stay in one bedroom with me and then Liz and Maria can stay in one of the other ones and you boys can figure out your own arrangements,” Tess ordered. She went into a bedroom and dragged her suitcase in there.
“Who died and made her queen? Oh, wait that’s right . . .” Maria muttered, dragging her suitcase into the next bedroom.
“Michael and I will sleep on the fold out couch if you and Kyle want the last bedroom, Alex,” Max told Alex.
“This looks to be a fun trip,” Kyle mumbled throwing his duffle bag over his shoulder.
* * * * * * * * * * *
At the end of the week, the teens were much more relaxed on the outside and Kyle had decided to go along with the group back to their home planet. Liz still hadn’t decided and they had all decided to tell all the parents at the same time. It would be easier with the Sheriff already knowing so much but it still was going to take some time.
As they all stepped off the plane in the Roswell airport, all the parents were there to greet them and each felt that this might be the last time they would ever come home to their families again. Alex’s parents weren’t there of course but no one expected them to be and none of them thought anything of it.
They told their parents about their trip and all the site seeing they had done. Then they told them that they wanted to have a cook out the next night with all the parents and teens together. Everyone agreed to meet at the Evans’ house at 6 the next evening.
* * * * * * * * * * *
All the parents let out a giant sigh that echoed in the silent room. Max had just finished telling their parents exactly what had been going on for the last few years. He had also told them about their leaving.
“When would you go?” Diane asked quietly.
“We don’t know yet,” Michael said.
“In 2 weeks,” Max answered.
“In 2 weeks?!” Michael and Isabel yelled at the same time.
“In 2 weeks!! Max, we are leaving in 2 weeks and you didn’t tell us? Why can’t we have more time?” Isabel yelled.
“If we waited any longer, we would have to wait at least another year maybe longer. Something to do with where the earth is in its orbit and our location and calculations they would have to redo,” Max answered.
“So all of you are leaving? Why?” Amy asked, tears forming in her eyes.
“Because we are a group, a family. I can’t live without Maria. We are Alex’s family. Kyle and Tess are close, and Liz . . . well, Liz has always been a part of the group,” Michael answered gently.
Phillip Evans stood up, an ever present logical thinker. “Well, if they’re leaving let’s not waste the time we have left crying about how much we’ll miss each other. Instead, let’s get to know our kids without the secrets. I for one am extremely happy that you all decided to confide in us and I hope to live up to that confidence. I would also like to do what I can to help you all get home.”
Jeff Parker nodded his head. “That’s true. Let’s make the most of the days we have left together.”
“Actually, Liz still hasn’t told us if she has decided to go or not yet,” Isabel said.
Liz felt all eyes turn to her and it seemed that everything was suddenly in slow motion. She knew her decision and yet trying to tell the group that she would no longer be with would be difficult. She took a deep breath and let it out slowly.
“I’m not going with you guys. I’m staying here on earth with my family and going to college like I’ve planned from the beginning of my high school years,” Liz said trying not to cry.
Everyone’s mouth dropped open. Maria stood up and looked into Liz’s face. “Lizzie, you can’t stay here! You’re part of our group, you’re a main character in this space drama. How can I leave without you? You are my best friend; we’ve been best friends for as long as I can remember!”
“Liz, you aren’t really going to stay here are you? I mean we are you’re only friends and you were the first one to find out about us,” Isabel said.
“Come on, let’s face it, I haven’t been a part of the group for a long time. I can’t go on trying to keep up with all the changes that keep coming up. I just want to lead a normal life for once. Besides, I don’t want to be in the way when Max and Tess take their places as king and queen,” Liz said in tears.
“Liz, I want you to come with us. I can’t imagine my life without you. Please come with us,” Max said taking her hands in his.
“I can’t. I’m so sorry,” Liz whispered running from the room. A few minutes later, they all heard Liz’s car start up and pull out of the driveway.
“Should we go after her?” Michael asked.
“No, she has a week to change her mind. If she comes, she comes. If she doesn’t, she doesn’t. I’m tired of trying with her,” Max sighed.
* * * * * * * * * * *
Everyone planned out where and how to meet up with the ship coming for them. The ship was coming at night so they could get out of Roswell without being seen. They would plan a big camp out with all parents and teens and hike in the mountains. Then they could come back to the specified site at the right time and leave from there. The parents would come back spreading the word that the teens had decided to stay out for a few extra days and then they would put up a big front of being worried when the teens didn’t come back. If Liz didn’t go with them, she would pretend to have come back due to not feeling well.
The group left for the mountains on Wednesday. They hiked and camped out, enjoying the time together. Liz said little over the few days and Max refused to even look at her. She cried herself to sleep quietly every night. She didn’t know that someone heard her and had a plan.
On Saturday morning as everyone packed up, knowing it would be for the last time, Maria suggested that they all go swimming in the lake nearby. The parents decided to sit around the fire and talk and finish packing up the gear, while the teens headed to the lake. They were all goofing off when Maria whispered something in Michael’s ear. He nodded and picked up Maria, marching towards the lake. She squealed and he pretended to drop her. She took off in the opposite direction smashing into Alex, who chased after her with Michael close at his heels.
“Guys, that is so immature. I thought we had graduated from high school not just started grade school,” Isabel called.
“Yeah, cut it out,” Tess echoed.
“Oh, yeah?” Kyle and Alex said at the same time looking at the two girls with a wild gleam in their eyes.
The 2 girls squealed and started running away from the lake while the guys chased after them. Suddenly, Liz and Max realized that they had been left alone. Max looked at Liz and when their eyes met he looked quickly away. He started to get out of the lake and head back to the campsite, when Liz stopped him.
“Max, wait. I think we need to talk. Look, I really don’t want you to leave being mad at me. Please don’t think that I won’t miss you guys, especially you, but I need this. I have done nothing but run from invisible enemies, watch over my shoulder for would be assassins, lie to my parents, and not talk to anyone but the 7 of you guys for the past 3 and a half years. I need to be normal for once. I want to go on to college and I don’t think I’m ready to say goodbye to my parents forever just yet. Please try to understand, Max. I’m just not ready for this,” Liz pleaded with him.
Max tried not to listen. He tried to ignore the pleading in her voice. He tried to make himself walk away without another thought. Unfortunately, he made the mistake of looking into her eyes. His expression softened.
“I’m sorry, Liz. I didn’t mean to act like such a jerk. Now I’ve wasted all our time together being a total idiot. I missed out on trying to make up all our wasted time from the past couple of years,” Max said.
Liz moved toward him and slipped her arms around his neck. He put his arms around her waist and they stood holding each other. Each let the memories of the last few years run through their minds. Max had forgotten how great it felt to hold her and she had forgotten how great it felt to be held by him. She almost forgot about how she wasn’t supposed to be with him. But only almost. She backed out of the hug and smiled at Max.
“We’d better get going. We have a long hike ahead of us if we’re going to make it to the ship on time tonight,” she said.
“Yeah, I guess you’re right,” Max said.
Everyone headed to the campsite and started gathering their things. As they started off for the designated spot, everyone noticed that the tension that had been plaguing the group was gone. The mood was lighter and they made it to the spot in plenty of time. For the rest of the afternoon, everyone just sat around talking of old times. As it got dark, they all wished they could put off for just a little longer the goodbyes they knew were coming.
Suddenly, there was a noise coming from the woods nearby. They looked at each other and started to get up and look around when Brody stepped out from the bushes. They all looked surprised. Max noticed the strange look in his eyes and realized that it wasn’t Brody. It was time to leave.
“You must hurry and say your goodbyes, before you are taken home. You only have 10 earth minutes,” a foreign voice said from Brody’s body.
“I though Larek was dead,” Tess said.
“I am the pilot of your ship. Now hurry and say your goodbyes, we don’t have much time.”
Tess turned to the Sheriff and gave him a hug. “Thanks, Jim Valenti for taking me in and for treating me like a member of the family. I really appreciate it.”
Maria hugged her mom and the Parkers and told them she’d miss them. Alex said goodbye to Jim and the rest of the parents. Michael thanked Phillip and Diane for being so good to him. Then they all turned to Liz. Liz, who had been there for them whenever they need her. Liz, the person that had brought them all to this moment. Liz, their friend.
Michael gave her a quick hug and said he would miss her. Tess smiled at her and said that she wished they had tried harder to be friends. Kyle hugged her and wished her well. Maria and Alex hugged her at the same time and would not let go. Maria’s tears matched Liz’s as they smiled at each other.
“Girl, I’m gonna miss you so much. How am I going to live without my Liz? Never forget me ok? Maybe we can both wear our lockets all the time to remember each other. Never take yours off and I’ll never take mine off either. That way, we can never forget each other because we’ll have a piece of each other around our necks,” Maria told her best friend.
“Maria, I could never forget you, any of you. You are my best friend and I don’t know how I’ll get along without you either. Alex, you have been the only brother I’ve ever known. Take care of yourself, do you hear me?” Liz said crying openly now.
“I will, Liz. You take care too. Make good grades in college. Have fun and try and stay out of trouble ok?” Alex said with half of a smile.
Liz turned to Max and fresh tears filled her eyes. “I feel like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. I believe my line is, ‘I think I shall miss you most of all.’ You will be a great king, Max.”
Max felt his own eyes tear up. He reached out to pull her to him when suddenly the sky lit up like daytime. They both looked up and realized that they only had a few moments. Then a loud noise that sounded somewhat like a helicopter came from above them.
“Liz, I love you. Please come with us. Please don’t make me leave here without you,” Max yelled.
“I’m sorry, Max. I love you too! Now say goodbye and go rule your people,” Liz yelled back.
Max suddenly pulled her to him and kissed her. The kiss deepened and Max got a flash of Liz and Kyle climbing into bed with their clothes on. Liz suddenly pulled away and her eyes were wide as were Max’s.
“Max, there’s something I have to tell you before you go,” Liz yelled.
Right at that moment there was a louder noise coming from above them. One by one the teens started to disappear. First, Tess vanished. Then Michael. Then Isabel. Then Alex. Liz started to panic.
“Max, I didn’t sleep with Kyle!” she yelled.
“What? I can’t hear you!” Max yelled back.
“I didn’t sleep with Kyle!!” she screamed at the top of her lungs.
As Max shrugged, the only other one left was Maria. Liz looked at her with a look to beg for her help. Maria nodded in understanding and mouthed, ‘I’ll tell him.’ Then she was gone. Max looked at Liz, begging for her to tell him again so that he could hear. She gave him half a smile, tears still streaming down her face and then he was gone.
“I love you, Max. I love you,” she whispered.
|posted on 19-Sep-2002 8:30:23 AM by littleroswell|
|You have to remember that Alexis is a decendent of Max and Liz and obviously they haven't had children yet so the crew of the Enterprise cannot take them away to the future yet. Otherwise, Alexis will never be born. Glad you guys are liking the story!|
|posted on 19-Sep-2002 4:40:07 PM by littleroswell|
Summary: Ok, in this part, I pick up with Liz after the Roswell gang has left. She has made it to college.
Part 21: “A New Start”
Liz sat her bag down and looked around the room. Jeff Parker came in carrying her trunk and Nancy was right behind him carrying a laundry basket full of Liz’s other things. Jeff sat the trunk down with a groan and sat down, breathing heavily.
“It had to be on the top floor,” he panted out.
“Jeff, it’s only 3 flights of stairs. You must be really out of shape,” Nancy told her husband.
“Have you tried to lift this thing? It feels like Liz packed an elephant in there!”
“Elephants don’t travel in trunks, they carry trunks with them,” his wife replied with a grin.
“Ha, ha, very funny. Well, this looks like a nice dorm, Liz. What do you think?”
Liz looked around and saw that someone else’s things were already on one side of the room. She sighed, and her parents looked at each other. Liz immediately regretted letting the sigh escape her lips. She knew her parents were worried about her. She had done nothing but work through the summer and she had lost weight, a good 15 pounds. She tried to eat but she had no appetite. She tried to sleep but it was restless at best, impossible at worst.
“It looks nice here,” she tried to cover her sigh.
“Liz, honey, we know how much you miss your friends, but we’re worried about you. You’ve lost too much weight and all you did all summer was work. Now we want you to have some fun here and make new friends. Who knows you might even meet somebody and start dating . . .” Nancy started.
“No! I’ll never, ever meet anyone like Max. He was the love of my life and no one will ever replace him,” Liz said emphatically.
“Oh, Liz, I didn’t mean to . . .” her mother exclaimed.
“Let’s just drop it ok? I really don’t want to talk about it. It looks like my roommate is already here. I really hoped to get here first. I hope we’ll get along.”
A young lady who was about 5 feet, 7 inches tall walked into the room. She had long straight, dark auburn hair that reached almost to her waist. Her eyes were so green, they looked like they once belonged to a cat. She was wearing a pair of fitted jeans and a baggy sweater that ended at her waist. She gave everyone a big smile.
“Hi, you must be Elizabeth Parker and parents. I’m Serena Powell,” she said and held her hand out to Liz.
“Yeah, I’m Liz and these are my parents, Jeff and Nancy. Nice to meet you, Serena,” Liz responded. She didn’t know why but she had the feeling that she should know this girl somehow.
“Nice to meet you too. So are you from New Mexico?” the friendly girl asked.
“Yeah, actually we’re from Roswell. I’ve lived there all my life,” Liz answered.
Serena’s eyes grew wide and her smile grew even bigger. “Home of the 1947 alien crash? Cool! I’ve always wanted to visit there but daddy never got transferred close enough. This has to be the next best thing. Now you can tell me all about it and what it’s like to grow up in such a touristy spot.”
“Liz, honey, we have to go. We’d like to make it home before dark. Give me a hug before we leave,” Jeff said to his daughter.
Liz wrapped her arms around her father’s neck and buried her face in his shirt. She was going to miss her father and mother. They were all she had left. After hugging both of her parents and they had gone, she turned back to Serena who had been discreetly quiet. She flashed her roommate a shy smile.
“Sorry, I must have seemed awfully young to you. It’s just that I’ve never left Roswell for as long as I will be gone and I’m really going to miss my parents,” Liz explained.
“Please don’t apologize. You should have seen me say goodbye to my father. I was boohooing like a baby. I’ve never been anywhere except my aunt and uncle’s house without him,” Serena told her.
Suddenly, Liz remembered where she knew Serena from. She didn’t know Serena, she knew her name. This was the girl that future Max had told her that she became friends with later. Had she done something wrong in having Maria tell Max the truth? Was she repeating history, of that future? She quickly dismissed the possibility. Max was gone, the war was over, and she was here. The future that Future Max once told her no longer existed.
“What about your mother?” Liz asked, remembering the last thing that the girl had told her.
“She died when I was born. It’s just been dad and me. My dad had a job that would move us every couple of years or so but he always made sure that we moved while school was out. He was hurt when I said I wanted to go to UNM because he had just moved to Dallas, Texas, but then he realized that he would always be moving so why would it matter what school I went to? I’m sorry, I’m talking too much. I have that problem.”
“No, I kind of like it. I mean your talking. It kind of reminds me of my best friend. She liked to chatter and sometimes she would get on my nerves but most of the time, she just made me laugh. I would give anything to hear her chatter on again,” Liz said, pulling her suitcase up on the unoccupied bed.
Serena jumped up off of the bed she had been sitting on. “Did you want this bed? I don’t mind moving but I wanted to be near the window. It’s such a lovely view. I’ll switch with you if you’d like.”
“No, that’s ok. I’ll get more studying done if I’m not by the window,” Liz answered, as she started to unpack.
“So, you said that you’d give anything to hear your best friend again. Did something happen to her? Or is that just because she doesn’t go here?” Serena asked.
“She and the rest of my friends disappeared not long after we all graduated. A search was made for them, but they were never found.”
“Oh, yeah, I saw something about that on TV. They were your friends? Gee, it must be awful to have everyone you care about disappear into thin air,” Liz’s roommate said.
“Words can’t describe it. So how long have you been here?” Liz asked, changing the subject.
“I got here 2 days ago. I already love it. It’s so pretty here and all the girls seem nice in the dorm. Have you met Katherine yet?” Serena asked.
“No, who’s that?”
“Katherine Thornberry. She’s our den mother. She’s just down the hall and she’s an absolute angel. She practically ordered us to call her Katherine. I think you’ll just love her.”
At that moment, a tall, thin woman who looked to be in her mid-thirties walked into the room. She smiled at Serena and then at Liz. “You must be Liz Parker. I’m Katherine Thornberry. Please call me by my first name.”
“Nice to meet you,” Liz said shaking the woman’s hand. Serena was right; Liz could tell immediately that she was going to like their den mother.
“Serena, you’ve already heard my speech once so I’m warning you now that if you don’t want to hear it again, you should leave. Liz, every room has 2 girls in it. You will share a bathroom with 1 other room, meaning 2 other girls. Now it will be your responsibility to make sure it stays clean. I don’t care how the four of you work out the shower schedule or the cleaning schedule but it is up to the 4 of you to work it out. Unlike, the title implies, I am not your mother. I will be inspecting the bathrooms for the first quarter every other week. There are no boys allowed in the dorm after 10 pm Sunday thru Thursday. They have to be out by midnight on weekends. No loud music after 11 pm on week days or after 2 am on weekends. Other than that, everything else is pretty explanatory I think. Oh, there are certain items that aren’t allowed but most of them are pretty obvious. If you aren’t sure, you can always ask. You girls are lucky to be in the end room. The bathroom is on your right and your ‘bathroom buddies’ are after that. I have to go make this speech to several other people now so if you’ll excuse me ladies. I hope we’ll get along well,” and with that she was gone again.
Liz grinned at Serena and she grinned back. “You’re right, she’s great!” Liz told her.
“You know what, Liz? I think we’re going to get along just great. I already like you immensely.”
“Me too, Serena.”
Two more girls walked into the room. One was on the short side with short blonde hair. The other was really tall with curly black hair that reached past her shoulders. They both smiled at Serena.
“Hi, you must be Liz. We’re your bathroom buddies. We’ve already met Serena. I’m Melinda Bates, and this is my roommate, Tori Phillips,” the short blonde said, introducing herself.
“We were just about to go to Wal-Mart and do some shopping and we thought we’d see if you guys want to come along. We’d thought we’d also price the mini refrigerators. If you guys wanted to go in on it with us then, we could let you keep it in your room and we could all share it,” Tori told them.
“That sounds nice but I still have some unpacking to do,” Liz answered.
“That’s ok. We can wait on you; there’s no hurry,” Melinda said.
“So what is everyone interested in here at UNM? Or have you decided yet?” Serena asked all of them.
“I’m hoping to go into accounting. I want to be a CPA,” Tori answered.
“Ew. I hate math. I’m going for my teaching degree. I want to teach elementary school students,” Melinda piped up.
“How about you, Liz? What are you going to major in?” Serena asked her.
“I came here to study astronomy. I want to be an astronomer.”
“Really? I’m here for a science major too! I can’t decide whether to go into medicine and become a doctor or to go into cryogenics or cloning. Either way, I’m going to medical school,” Serena said. “I guess we have even more in common than we might have thought, Parker.”
“Yeah, I guess so,” Liz answered with a smile.
“So how do you girls want to work the bathroom cleaning schedule? Do you want each of us to rotate, each person cleaning the bathroom each week? Then you wouldn’t have to clean the bathroom for 4 weeks. Or we can do it by rooms. Melinda and I could do it one week and Liz and Serena would do it the next,” Tori asked.
“That sounds good. It won’t take as long to clean and that way we can always blame the other room if it isn’t clean,” Serena teased.
Melinda picked up a pillow and threw it at her. They all laughed and realized that they were all going to get along just fine. Liz finished unpacking and they all left for the store. Liz suddenly felt like she could carry on just fine at UNM. She still missed her friends, but she realized that she would make new ones.
* * * * * * * * * * *
Later that night, Liz sat down at her little desk against the wall and pulled out her journal. As she picked up her pen to write in it, Serena came into the room. She threw herself onto her bed with a groan and pulled off her shoes.
“I am so beat! What a long, busy, but fun day. What are you doing, Liz?” she asked.
“I’m writing in my journal. I know that must sound a bit young to you but it’s the only I can keep my head clear. I tried to go for a while without writing in it and my head was one big mess. I don’t like for other people to read it, but it’s important to me,” Liz answered.
“That’s a good idea. Maybe that would help keep my head clear. You don’t have to worry about me. I won’t read it. You don’t have to hide it away unless you just want to. I won’t even look for it.”
Liz threw her a warm smile. “Thanks, I won’t even bother to hide it from you then.”
It seems that I have turned my journal into one big letter to you, but at least you care about what’s in it. I have started my first day here at UNM, or rather on the campus in the all girls dorm. I really like my roommate, Serena Powell and the two girls 2 doors down, Melinda and Tori. Everyone seems nice but I miss Roswell.
It’s funny, I couldn’t wait to get out of Roswell because of all the painful memories left there but now I miss it terribly. I guess what I really miss are my friends and Max. I made the biggest mistake of my life in staying here on earth instead of going with them but maybe it will work out for the better for them. I certainly have been depressed about it this summer but I’ll be alright as soon as classes start and I can throw myself into school work. I may even get a job for when I don’t have classes.
I wish you were here to tell me if Maria, Max, Alex and the others were ok. I really hope they are. I realized the moment my parents said it was time to go home after they had left that I should have gone with them. Max was the best thing that ever happened to me and I threw it all away, 2ce! I hope someday, he can forgive me because I know that I hurt him, the others too.
Well, this has turned into a pitiful entry. I’m sorry to sound so sorrowful for myself; after all, I did bring it upon myself. I hope to see you again someday and maybe if at all possible, Max, Maria, Alex, Michael, Kyle, Isabel, and even Tess.
|posted on 19-Sep-2002 4:50:48 PM by littleroswell|
Summary: Ok, in this part, I pick up with Liz after the Roswell gang has left. She has made it to college. Her first year is almost over.
Part 22: “Going Home”
Liz laughed at the letter her father had written her. Serena looked away from the window where she had been watching the rain fall outside. She came over and sat on the bed next to Liz.
“What’s so funny?” she asked.
“My father is just writing about the last waitress that they hired. She was so stupid! First of all, she didn’t want to wear the antenna headband because she didn’t think she looked good in a headband. Then, she kept getting all the orders mixed up. It was just one thing after another. When dad tried to fire her, she thought it was a joke,” Liz explained.
Serena sighed and stretched. “It has done nothing but rain all week long! Will it ever stop?”
“It’ll probably be like this for the rest of the month. That’s what it usually does when it has been raining for this long,” Liz told her, putting her father’s letter away.
Serena groaned. “Well, let’s talk about something to distract me from noticing it. I know! Let’s talk about this summer. I can’t wait to see my dad. I have missed him so much.”
“I know, I miss my parents, Diane and Phillip, and Amy and the Sheriff too. I’m not sure if I’m ready to face Roswell again though.”
“Oh, Lizzie, what am I going to do without you this summer? I can’t imagine a time when we didn’t discuss everything that was going on! I really feel like we have become so close in the last year. Oh! Did you know that Todd asked Melinda out and she said yes? I am so happy for her! I mean, she has liked him for the past month and a half,” Serena spouted.
Liz and Serena and their “bathroom buddies” had all gotten jobs at the Wal-Mart to help pay for their expenses. Todd was a guy that they worked with that also went to UNM as a junior. Serena was right when she had said that she and Liz had become close. Liz could almost forget about the friends that she had deserted and that had left to go to another world. It almost seemed like a dream, but only almost. She would really miss Serena over the summer. Then, an idea hit her.
“Hey, Serena! What if we didn’t have to miss each other this summer?” Liz asked.
“What do you mean?” Serena answered.
“I mean, what if you came to Roswell with me and stayed with us? You could work at the Crashdown, we always need help, and I really would feel much better knowing that I still had one friend left in Roswell. It would be great!” Liz suggested.
“That sounds nice but, Liz, I have to see my dad first. I know! You could come with me out to Dallas for a few weeks and then we come back here to Roswell. It would be fun and you would just love my dad. Please say you’ll come, Liz! I’ll just die if you don’t,” Serena said melodramatically.
Liz laughed. “Ok, ok. I’ll come. It does sound like fun.”
“What sounds like fun?” Tori asked coming into the room with Melinda close behind.
“Liz is coming with me to Dallas to visit my dad for a few weeks after school lets out and then I’m coming with her to Roswell,” Serena explained. “Hey, are you guys going to be staying here next year?”
“Yup, we already paid up for it. I guess finding our own apartment will have to wait. We just can’t afford it,” Melinda answered.
“I think it’s better anyway. We can stay together. Liz and I are staying here too. We’ll miss you guys so much over the summer but we can still write each other!”
* * * * * * * * * * *
Liz and Serena stepped out of the car into the one place Liz had been avoiding for the past year. Even on holidays her parents came to visit her or she spent the time working. It was only a few hours away but it was far enough if she didn’t go back. Now here she was facing her fears of being here alone without her friends again.
“Looks like the café is hopping!” Serena said.
“Yeah, I hope they have enough help; I really don’t want to start working right away,” Liz answered.
They walked in and saw that it must have been a field trip for a summer camp from the UFO museum as there were bunches and bunches of kids running all over the café. At least they all looked like they had been served food. Someone called out from the kitchen and Liz heard her father yell a reply. Just then, her mother stepped out from the kitchen, carrying 2 trays of desserts for the kids. Liz smiled at her mother in the funny costume.
“Lizzie!? I can’t believe that you’re here! We didn’t expect you until later this evening! Jeff, get out here!” Nancy yelled, throwing the trays down on the nearest table and running to hug her daughter.
“What’s all the commotion about out here, Nancy? I know it’s busy but . . . Liz! When did you get here? I’m so glad to see you,” Jeff Parker said throwing his arms around his daughter.
“We just walked in the door not 2 minutes ago. Oh, mom, dad, you remember my roommate, Serena?” Liz said reintroducing them.
“Oh, yes, it’s very nice to have you with us, Serena. Liz, honey, I’m sorry we can’t talk at the moment but if you want to take your stuff upstairs and start unpacking, we can talk later when things have died down more. If it doesn’t stay too busy for dinner maybe we can close the café early and talk. You might want to go and see the Evans or Amy or even Jim if you get a chance before dinner. Just relax and have fun ok?” Nancy told her.
Liz and Serena spent the next hour unpacking their clothes and sorting through their things. Liz noticed that her queen sized bed had been replaced temporarily with 2 twin beds so that each girl could have her own space. Serena opened the window and climbed out onto the balcony.
“Nice, you sure had a nice little area out here all to yourself! Did you spend a lot of time out here?” she asked.
“Yeah, I used to sit out here and stare at the stars. When my grandmother bought me a telescope for my 12th birthday, my parents were afraid they would never see me again. This was my place. I have a lot of memories here, some good, some not so good,” Liz answered her.
The girls finished unpacking and putting things away and left to go see the town. Serena was like a little girl at a zoo. She wanted to see everything. Then, as they rounded the corner to the UFO museum, they saw a police car outside with a man leaning against it, reading something in his hands. The man had on a cowboy hat.
“Sheriff? Sheriff Valenti?” Liz asked.
The man turned around and smiled. “Liz? Hey, it’s so good to see you! How was school?”
“Pretty good. I’m getting good grades and making a few new friends. This is my roommate, Serena. Serena, this is Sheriff James Valenti. He was . . . is Kyle’s dad,” Liz told her.
“Nice to meet you, Serena,” Jim said.
“Same here, Sheriff. I’m sorry about your son. It must be hard being in law enforcement and still not being able to do anything to find him,” Serena said.
Jim’s face fell. “You have no idea, young lady. I just hope that wherever he is that he is ok. Liz, I think your parents have invited several people over for dinner tonight to celebrate your coming home. Amy and I will be there. We’re getting married next spring you know. Let us know when you get out for spring break and we’ll have the wedding while you’re out of school.”
“I can come down for the wedding if you have it on the weekend. It’s only a 3 and a half hour drive,” Liz answered. “Well, we had better be going. I need to go home and get a nap before dinner.”
“Alright, we’ll see you guys later tonight.”
* * * * * * * * * * *
“It is so good to see you, Liz! I for one have missed you tremendously. I’m also glad to see that you are making new friends at school,” Diane Evans exclaimed.
“It’s good to see all of you, too. I have missed you all but with Max, Isabel, Maria and the others gone . . .” Liz began.
“I know, I know. We miss them too, Liz. You are the only link to them we have left. Please don’t shut us out because you miss them,” Amy pleaded.
“I’m sorry. I’ll try to do better,” Liz told her best friend’s mom.
“Hey, Liz, there’s somebody that keeps walking back and forth in front of the café,” Serena said looking out the door.
Liz peeked lifted the shade over the door and recognized an old friend standing on the other side. She undid the lock and threw open the door. She stepped out into the evening and called out to the young man.
“Andy! Wait, come on in. My parents just closed the café early to celebrate my home coming,” Liz said.
“Well, it is something to celebrate. I’m sure they were worried that you too might disappear. How are you, Lizzie?” the young man said, hugging her.
“I’m good. How are you? I haven’t seen you since graduation and even then, the only thing I got to say to you was congratulations.”
As the 2 young people stepped back through the door, everyone looked their way. “Mom, dad, everbody, this is Andy Brackett. He and I went to school together. In fact, I’ve known Andy since pre-school. He and I were good friends back then. He and Kyle were on the football team together,” Liz told them.
“Of course, Andy, I remember you. You and Kyle were good friends and were an unstoppable team on the football field,” the Sheriff said.
“I knew your mother, Andy. She and I were good friends before she died. I’m sorry our families did not stay close,” Nancy Parker told the young man.
Liz finished all introductions and turned back to her friend. Andy was a tall guy at 6 feet 2 inches and still had the football player build. He had chestnut-colored hair and dark green eyes. When he smiled, he had dimples on either side of his face. Any girl would have fallen for him with the first smile; any girl, that is, except Liz, whose heart still belonged to a young man who lived on a different world.
“So what are you doing now? Are you going to school somewhere?” Liz asked.
“Yeah, I’m going to UCLA. I got a football scholarship to go there. I’m also studying chemistry,” Andy answered. “And what about you? How’s life at UNM? I heard about your scholarship. Congratulations.”
“You’ve been keeping up with me?” Liz asked, surprised.
“I always keep up with my friends, even if we’ve drifted apart,” Andy answered with a smile. Liz smiled back.
Andy glanced at the clock on the wall behind her and said, “Oh, I’ve got to go. I’m meeting a friend for dinner. Maybe we can see each other later this week or something. We could catch up on each other’s lives. How does that sound?”
Liz smiled, walking him to the door. “That sounds great, Andy. How does Friday night sound? We could catch a movie or something.”
“Great! Oh, and bring Serena and I’ll bring my roommate from college. We could double date,” Andy suggested.
“Sounds good to me. Hey, whatever happened to Karen, your girlfriend from high school? Are you too still together?” Liz asked as Andy started to walk off.
“She was killed in a car accident last summer, right after graduation. A drunk driver hit her. I went through a hard time of it for the past year but I’m getting ok now. I’ll pick you up on Friday, if I don’t see you before.”
|posted on 19-Sep-2002 5:03:22 PM by littleroswell|
Summary: Ok, in this part, I pick up with Liz after the Roswell gang has left. She has returned home for the summer and is catching up with an old friend.
Part 23: “Old Friends”
Liz looked around the dance club. The music was loud and the place was hopping. She turned and smiled at Serena and at Andy. They smiled back and Serena’s date, Chris caught up with them. They proceeded to the nearest free table and sat down. They each ordered something to drink and Chris asked Serena to dance.
Liz turned to Andy. “I didn’t get a chance to tell you yesterday how sorry I am about Karen. I know you guys were close. I know what it’s like to loose someone you love.”
“Yeah, you should; you lost 7 friends. I really wish somebody could find out something to help you and their families at least find some closure to the whole matter. It has to be hard to feel all alone. I always thought that we would still be close friends if you had stayed together with Kyle like it was our sophomore year,” Andy told her. “Karen and I were having some problems anyway but it still hurt to lose her. At least she wasn’t in any pain when she died. Her parents told me that the doctor said she had died on impact.”
“Well, that’s some comfort. So what else have you been up to? I mean, how’s your team doing this year?” Liz asked.
“Come on, Liz. I know you’re not interested in football. You never have been. Just to answer your question, though, we did well this past year; not great but we’ll do better next year,” Andy said looking into her eyes.
Liz felt her heart beating faster and the color rush to her cheeks. Why did it suddenly feel hot in here? She started racking her brain for something to say when Serena and Chris returned from the dance floor and the waitress returned with refills for Andy and Liz.
“Wow, is it getting warm in here or what? I think it’s the fact that there are so many people in here. So you guys get caught up yet?” Serena asked.
“We’re working on it. I think it’ll take at least one more date to really get caught up on everything though,” Andy said looking into Liz’s eyes again.
“I think that sounds about right,” Liz said back.
Serena and Chris gave each other a knowing look. They thought they should go out again too.
* * * * * * * * * * *
“Will that be all? Ok, I’ll be right back with some more tea and your orders should be out soon,” Serena told her customers.
She walked over to where Liz was standing in front of the fan on the counter. She picked up the tea and wiped her forehead that was covered in sweat. Liz looked at her and nodded her agreement. It was hot!
“What a time for the air conditioner to go out! Everything is melting as soon as it comes out of the refrigerator,” Liz groaned.
“Well, at least the repairman is able to come today to look at it. I really didn’t think he would agree to come with your parents being out of town. When is he supposed to be here?” Serena asked.
“He said he’d be here at 2:30. It’s now 3:30. Is that lousy repairman ever going to show up? The customers are leaving as soon as they realize there is no air conditioning,” Liz said.
“I don’t know but I have to get the last 2 customers in the café their tea,” Serena said, walking over to their table.
Chris and Andy walked in the door at that moment. Chris sat down on a stool and Andy walked over to Liz. Chris looked around for Serena and his face fell when he saw that she was with some customers. Andy smiled at Liz and she gave him a small smile back.
“It is hotter in here than it is outside! What’s wrong with the air conditioner?” Chris asked.
“I don’t know! The repairman was supposed to be here an hour ago and he hasn’t even called!” Liz yelled.
“Hey, hey, calm down. You’re probably dehydrated. Get some water and show me to the air conditioning unit outside,” Andy said rubbing her back.
“Ok,” Liz grumbled. She grabbed a big glass of ice water and headed out the back door.
Andy followed her to the unit and looked at it for a minute. Then he went inside and down to the basement to the circuit breaker. He flipped a switch in the box and went back to the unit. He did something there that Liz couldn’t see and suddenly the air conditioner hummed to life. Liz’ eyes got big as they both went back into the kitchen.
“How did you know what to do? I mean, the air conditioning went out this morning. I didn’t have a clue how to fix it,” Liz exclaimed.
“You mean when there was a storm and the power went out all down the street for a second or two? It just tripped the circuit that the air conditioner was on and the unit itself has a safety switch. My uncle is in heating and air. I used to ride with him on his jobs when I spent some time with my aunt and him. You can’t imagine how many calls we had just on that exact problem!” Andy answered. “Come on, I’ll show you what to do in case you need to do it yourself sometime.”
Andy led the way back down to the basement and opened the box again. He pointed to a particular switch. “See that switch there? That’s the one you need to flip, usually twice.”
Liz leaned in a little to see exactly which switch she needed to look at. “Yeah, I got it. Now come show me the switch on the unit itself,” she told him as she headed back up the stairs again.
They both went outside again and Andy went around to the back of the unit and got on his knees. Liz got on her knees beside him and saw a small red switch on the back side of the unit. He pointed to it and told her that was the other switch she needed to flip. Just then, he realized just how close to Liz he was. He also noticed how beautiful her eyes were.
Liz looked up from the switch and found herself staring into Andy’s eyes. She could feel her heart pounding and her palms started getting sweaty. Suddenly, his lips were on hers and they were kissing. She had missed being kissed and Andy was a great kisser. She almost forgot where they were when they heard a dog bark. Liz pulled away and jumped up off of her knees. She started toward the café and Andy called out to her, getting up off of his knees and following her.
“Liz, I’m sorry. I know you probably aren’t ready for that. I know that Max meant a great deal to you but he’s gone. If I remember correctly, you guys weren’t together when he disappeared anyways. I really am starting to like you and I don’t want to mess this up by pushing things too fast but, Liz, I really want this to work,” Andy pleaded with her, stopping her on her way in.
Liz looked up into his eyes and several feelings went through her all at once. One of these feelings was fear. He was more right than he knew; Max was gone. He would never be back and Alexis promised her that she would be happy. Andy was so sweet and when she was with him, she could laugh and for a short while forget that all her friends had left her to go to another planet.
“Andy, I like you too, but I’m not sure exactly how I like you. I’m going to need a lot of time on this. I need to really think about this,” Liz told him.
“Liz, Chris and I are leaving to go back to school in a week. You and Serena leave for school after that. Let’s write back and forth and kind of get to know each other that way. We can still date other people while at school and come back here to Roswell on holidays. That way we won’t be going too fast and you can think about us without me being in the way,” Andy suggested.
“I think that’s a good idea, except for the fact that you and Chris will be leaving before us. I don’t know how I’ll be able to stand being in Roswell without you to keep my mind off of . . . uh, the past. I’ll truly miss you,” she said.
“I know. I’ll miss you too.”
* * * * * * * * * * *
“Liz, can I talk to you for a minute?” Diane Evans asked her.
“Sure. Do you mind talking while I finish packing? Serena and I are wanting to leave first thing in the morning,” Liz told her. She really liked Diane. She would have liked her better as a mother-in-law but that would never happen now.
Diane came over and picked up a blouse from Liz’s bed and folded it up and placed it in the suitcase. “Where is Serena?” she asked.
“Working downstairs. I’m working the close shift while she packs. We hope to leave no later than about 10.”
“Liz, you know that I care about you a great deal. I always hoped that you would end up being my daughter-in-law, but I feel that we are close enough for me to stick my nose into your business a little bit. I want to talk to you about Andy,” Diane said folding up more clothes.
Liz stopped packing and looked at Diane for a minute. Then she picked up with her packing again. “Diane, you can talk to me about anything. As for Andy, he and I are just old friends.”
“Liz, I’ve seen the way you look at him but even more importantly, I’ve seen the way he looks at you. You aren’t sure about your feelings for him but he’s sure about you. Now I don’t want you to worry about Max. We both know that he’s gone and he would want you to be happy. If it works out with this boy, just know that we, as Max’s parents, are behind you 100%. I for one think that Andy is good for you. Just be sure that you are dating him for the right reasons,” Diane told her.
Liz turned to face Diane. “Diane, you and Phillip and Amy and everybody have been great. I loved your son with all my heart, I still do! I just don’t want to make a mistake by dating Andy too fast too soon. I don’t want to hurt his feelings any more than I have to. Max was . . . is the love of my life and I just don’t know if anybody else is going to really get me over him.”
“You don’t have to get over him, just make room in your heart for someone else too. I for one will always love Max but that doesn’t mean that I wouldn’t make room in my heart for another son, if I had one. Love is the one thing that the more you give away, the more you have. Liz, I just don’t want you to grow old and live alone with a whole bunch of cats.”
Liz laughed. “I can guarantee that won’t happen, I’m allergic to cats. Diane, thank you for talking with me. I can’t honestly say that I had thought about how you guys would feel about me dating a guy other than your son. I probably would have thought about it in the middle of one of my classes and called you in tears telling you how guilty I felt.”
Diane laughed. “Liz, you can call me anytime you want but hopefully, you won’t be in tears.” They hugged each other and Diane helped her finish packing.
* * * * * * * * * * *
“Well, here we are again. Same old dorm room. Hey, do you want the bed by the window this year? I could use some more study space, considering that I’ve decided that I want to concentrate my studies on quantum physics. I like the idea of traveling in time and different dimensions. Although I think I’m still going to go through medical school and become a doctor too,” Serena said setting down her things and walking over to the window to look out.
Liz looked at her sharply. “Did you say quantum physics?”
“Yeah, why? What’s wrong with that?” Serena asked confused.
“Nothing, it’s just a good thing you’re going to be a doctor too because the government and colleges have to fund research for quantum physics and you know they wouldn’t pay much,” Liz said recovering quickly.
Tori and Melinda walked in at that moment and squealed at seeing Liz and Serena. “Oh, my goodness, it’s good to see you two again!” Melinda exclaimed.
“Yeah, you guys have to tell us all about your summer. I want to hear all about Roswell and Dallas,” Tori said.
The girls finished unpacking all their things talking with Tori and Melinda about their summers. When they finished unpacking, they decided to go to dinner to finish talking. Liz forgot all about Serena’s declaration about wanting to study quantum physics.
|posted on 19-Sep-2002 5:17:39 PM by littleroswell|
Summary: Ok, in this part, I pick up with Liz after the Roswell gang has left. She tells Serena a few things and they go back to Roswell for another summer.
Part 24: “Discoveries”
“Liz, are you ready to go to dinner?” Serena asked coming into their dorm room.
Serena walked over to Liz’s desk where she was writing in her journal. Their junior year was almost over and they would be taking finals in a couple of weeks and then it was off to Dallas and then to Roswell. The girls were closer than sisters now but Serena knew that there were still many things that Liz hadn’t told her about Roswell and her past friends, even though they had even watched home movies together.
“Just about, I just have to finish this entry in my journal,” Liz answered finishing the last line. It seemed that quite a few of her entries in the last 3 years had been addressed to Alexis like letters. Maybe someday, she would hear that Alexis had actually gotten all of those letters and hear her thoughts on them.
“Who’s Alexis? Don’t tell me that you named your journal!” Serena said catching a glimpse of Liz’s entry as she put it away.
“I thought that you would respect my privacy!” Liz countered.
“I didn’t read anything! I just noticed that it looked like you were writing a letter and I just happened to see the name Alexis. Sheesh, so touchy!” Serena said, a little hurt.
“I’m sorry, Serena. She’s just an old friend that I hope to see again someday,” Liz told her.
“But I thought that all your friends disappeared and as much as you talk about them, you’ve never mentioned an Alexis. She wasn’t even in any of the home movies you showed me. Speaking of which, I pulled a couple of them out to watch again this afternoon when it was raining and you were in class, mostly the ones that were full of Alex. I still hope to meet that guy one day, he’s so cute! I noticed something that I hadn’t noticed before on one of them. I left it in the VCR so that I could ask you about it,” Serena said walking over to their TV.
As she picked up the remote control, Liz got a sinking feeling in her stomach. Serena pressed play and Liz recognized the clips of their graduation party. It was the part where Alex was giving his goofy farewell speech on camera and Liz didn’t really pay attention because she had the tape memorized. Then, she picked up on something that she hadn’t noticed before. Isabel was in the background with the CDs that were playing and she was waving her hands over them and they were glowing. Then Michael came over and picked up one of the CDs that were glowing and started saying some thing to Isabel. She shrugged her shoulders and went on dancing. Michael looked like he was getting upset and went to break the CD when Isabel took it from his hand and set it back on the counter. She waved her hand back over it and suddenly the music was louder in the background and Alex was getting drowned out. He pretended that he didn’t notice and just spoke louder. Just then Michael put his hand over the CD and blew it up into a million pieces. The music stopped and there were groans heard all over the café in the background. However, Alex finished his speech and the tape cut to a different scene from the party.
“Did you see that? First of all, it looked like Isabel, I think that’s her name, was playing those CD’s with her hands and then Michael put his hand over the CD that he apparently didn’t like and blew it up! Now what have you not told me about these friends of yours, Liz?” Serena said.
Liz thought about trying to lie. She tried to tell Serena that she hadn’t seen anything unusual. Then she remembered that Serena was the one that in the other time line had helped them and that future Max had said that she was a true friend. Could Liz risk telling her the truth in this time line? How would she react?
“Serena, do you really want to know the answer to that? The answer is a bit unbelievable and then it is kind of scary at first. If you want to know, I suggest that we tell Melinda and Tori that we need to talk and stay here and order pizza,” Liz answered.
“Yeah, Liz, I want to know. You can trust me. I really consider you my best friend and I wouldn’t do anything to jeopardize that. I’ll go tell Melinda and Tori,” Serena answered back.
* * * * * * * * * * *
“Wow! So you’re saying that Michael, Isabel, Max and Tess are aliens? As in ET phone home, flying saucers, and all that stuff? Oh, Liz, this is a bit unbelievable,” Serena said after reading Liz’s journal and hearing the story from Liz’s lips.
“Serena, if you’re going into quantum physics, believe the unbelievable. Everything that I’m saying is true,” Liz told her biting into another slice of pizza.
“This is so cool! But, Liz, that means that your friends didn’t disappear, they left you behind on this planet. You stayed here of your own free will. Do you ever regret that?” Serena asked.
“I made the biggest mistake of my life in not going with them, Serena. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I hate myself for not going, but the more I learn in school and the more I hear from Andy and spend time with you, the easier it is to live with my decision. Max would be a great king as long as I wasn’t in his way.”
“Liz, it sounds and looks like he loved you just as much as you loved him. I’m sure he misses you too,” Serena tried to comfort her friend.
“I’m sure he’s remarried to Tess by now and may even have a little Max or Tess running around. I just hope that he’s happy.”
* * * * * * * * * * *
“Well, how was school this year?” Nancy asked her daughter as Liz and Serena were unpacking in the room above the café.
“Mom, I wrote you all those letters; didn’t you read how school was?” Liz asked her mother.
“Yeah, but that’s just the first question that popped into my head. Listen, Liz, unfortunately, I don’t have a need for both you and Serena in the café this summer so if one of you wants to work here that’s fine, we could use you. Phillip said that he needs some help at his office though and whoever doesn’t end up working here is welcome to work with him. I’m going to go to the store and do some shopping. Just make yourselves at home,” Nancy Parker told the girls.
“Well, which job do you want, Serena? I don’t mind taking either,” Liz told her roommate.
“I guess I’ll take the job with Mr. Evans. Your parents own the café and if they go out of town they’ll probably want to leave you in charge,” Serena answered.
“Ok, sounds good to me. Hey, I’m thirsty; want to go down and get something to drink?”
“That sounds good.”
The two girls went downstairs and sat on a couple of stools at the counter. The “chef” in the kitchen came to the window and rang the bell to signal to the waitress that an order was out. Serena giggled and hit Liz on the arm.
“Hey, look who the cook is this summer!” Serena giggled out.
Liz looked up from the magazine she had picked up and saw Andy behind the counter. Her heart started pounding and the color rushed to her cheeks. She smiled though at the look of him in the apron flipping the space burgers. She walked over to the window where he had his back to it and was facing the grill.
“They’ll let just about anybody work here,” Liz called out to him.
Andy turned around and grinned, making his dimples appear. “Hey, Liz! How are you? When did you get here?”
“About fifteen minutes ago. Where were you? I didn’t see you when we came in,” Liz answered.
“I must have been in the men’s room. You look great! Looking good for anybody in particular?” Andy asked avoiding her eyes.
Liz laughed. “You, goof! I look awful! You know that I haven’t dated anybody at school since Jack, and I only went on 2 dates with him. You’re the only guy since Max that I can even stand to hang around for more than a couple of weeks.”
As soon as she mentioned Max, she regretted it. Andy had really fallen in love with her and she knew it. It hurt him to hear about Max because he knew that she would never care for him to the extent she had about Max. He never let it show, though, and sometimes even asked about something that he knew would bring Max into the conversation. Liz really respected Andy for the way he treated the situation.
“Well, I don’t get off for a while since I’m closing but if you want to catch a late movie, I’d love to take you,” Andy told her smiling.
Liz smiled back. “And I’d love to go with you.”
* * * * * * * * * * *
“So how exactly do you feel about him?” Serena asked Liz while looking at a dress on the rack.
The girls had decided to take the afternoon off to do some shopping. The summer was almost over now and Liz and Andy were out together all the time. Last night after bringing her back to the café, he had told Liz that he was in love with her. She told him that she wasn’t sure that she could say that back just yet and had gotten out of the car. Andy tried to call her when he got home but she wouldn’t pick up the phone. He left a message saying that he would wait for her for as long as it took.
“I just don’t know, Serena! I mean, why couldn’t this have happened to you with Chris instead of me? You’re the one that wants to get married and have a family after school,” Liz answered in desperation.
“Liz Parker, Chris and I broke up last summer when we both realized that there was just nothing there anymore. I may want to get married but I’m happy that you found somebody as great as Andy. I mean, he’s cute, he’s smart, he’s funny, he’s sensitive, and he really cares about you. What girl wouldn’t want Andy?” Serena told her.
They moved on to the other side of the store and not seeing anything, left. They were in the car before Liz brought up the subject again. She had another date tomorrow night with Andy unless she finally decided once and for all that she couldn’t be with him. She hated not understanding herself.
“I’m just not sure, Serena. If Max was here then. . .” Liz began.
“Liz, Max is not here and he’s not coming back! I know that he was the love of your life and all that but he would want you to be happy and it has been 3 years since he left and you two weren’t even together then. I really think that you need to move on, with or without Andy. If you don’t let Max go, you can never be happy and I don’t want to see my best friend miserable for the rest of her life!” Serena scolded her.
Liz sighed. “You’re right. I need to let Max go. Thanks, Serena, I really needed that. Thanks too for not telling anybody, even Melinda and Tori that I’ve been dating Andy. I know that we’re all close but I just didn’t want anybody to know about us until I was sure.”
Both girls were silent for a few minutes. Then Serena bust out into a fit of giggles. Liz asked her friend what was so funny. “Do you remember when we first got here at the beginning of the summer how we got ourselves stuck in the pod chamber because we couldn’t remember exactly where the entrance stone was that we were supposed to push? We were stuck in there all day until we realized that we had missed the most obvious spot because I thought you had checked it and you had thought I had checked it.”
Liz laughed with her. “Yeah, that was funny. I still can’t believe that Max and Isabel and all of them forgot to take the granolith with them! I mean I thought it was really important.”
“Maybe that’s why they left it here. Maybe they didn’t forget it, maybe they just didn’t want it to fall into the wrong hands. After a civil war, I wouldn’t want the most powerful instrument just lying around waiting for the rebels to come and take it,” Serena said.
“That makes sense. At least you and I figured out how to make it work and do some things. It really wasn’t that hard after we thought about it for a while.”
“I think we just watch too many sci-fi shows and movies. Seriously, that’s how I came up for the idea to just use our minds together while touching the machine to make it work. Everybody knows that all the intelligent aliens use telepathy for a lot of things.” Both girls looked at each other and burst into giggles again.
* * * * * * * * * * *
“Liz, I’m sorry if I scared you the other night by telling you that I love you but I was just being open with my feelings,” Andy said.
They were sitting inside the semi-dark café with ice-cream sundaes after going to the late movie. Liz sighed and pushed the half-eaten sundae away from her. She had made a decision yesterday and now she had to act on it.
“I’m sorry too, Andy. You’re right, you did scare me but you know what? I love you too,” Liz said. She found it odd though, that she couldn’t seem to look at him in the eyes when she told him what he wanted to hear.
“Really? That’s great, Liz! I mean, that makes it ten times easier to say what I was going to say tonight,” Andy said. He took her face in his hand and forced her to look at him. Then he took her hands and took a deep breath. “Liz, I love you with all my heart. I know that I’m not your first love or the love of your life but I love you. I know I’m not Max Evans but if you could find a place for me I in your heart, I know I could make you happy.”
Liz’s eyes grew wide as she realized what he was saying. ‘No, not yet!’ her mind screamed but her mouth stayed shut. She couldn’t seem to stop him from saying the words she knew were coming. How would she answer those words?
“Liz, I’m asking you to marry me. I don’t want an answer now even if it’s yes. I want you to think about it while you’re at school this year and give me your answer when we come back here next summer. You have brightened my world since Karen died and I realized that I hadn’t lived until I fell in love with you.”
Liz stuttered a couple of times and opened her mouth a couple of times before the sounds she wanted to come out obeyed her. “Andy, I don’t know what to say! I mean, you have literally left me speechless.”
Andy grinned at her. “Just say, ‘ok, I’ll think about your proposal and I’ll see you next summer.’ I’m leaving here in 2 days to go back to school and meet back up with Chris and like I said, I don’t want an answer. In fact, I really think it would be better if I left you here now and I didn’t see you again until next summer. Otherwise, I might actually ask you for an answer before next year.” He stood up and Liz couldn’t believe that he was leaving. “I won’t even mention my proposal in my letters from school. Just be prepared to answer me next summer. I love you, Liz Parker.”
With that, he leaned down and kissed her gently on the lips. His kiss was so sweet and tender. Liz started to deepen the kiss when he pulled away and grinned at her again. He chuckled a little and left the café. Liz sat in the booth for a minute wondering if there was any possibility that it had all been a dream. Then, she cleared away the dishes and went upstairs to her room. Serena was sitting up in bed with the light on, reading a book.
“Well? How did it go? Did you tell him you love him or did you dump him?” she asked.
Liz didn’t answer right away. Instead she got ready for bed and went into the bathroom and washed her face and brushed her teeth. Serena waited for an answer and put the book on the night stand. Liz switched off the lamp and rolled onto her back, staring at the ceiling.
“Serena, Andy asked me to marry him,” she finally answered.
Suddenly the light came back on and Serena was staring at her with her mouth open. “What!!?”
|posted on 19-Sep-2002 7:18:37 PM by littleroswell|
Summary: Ok, in this part, I pick up with Liz after the Roswell gang has left. Serena and Liz are graduating from college.
Part 25: “Onto the next Phase”
The girls’ last year at UNM went by too fast. When they had returned from Roswell, they found that Melinda had transferred to another university and Tori had decided to get her own apartment. They both called Serena and Liz to exchange numbers and addresses promising to keep in touch, and both Tori and Melinda told Liz and Serena they could keep the mini refrigerator they had bought together.
With Melinda and Tori gone, Serena and Liz decided to get an apartment together for the year. They found a small, fully furnished, 2 bedroom apartment not far from the campus. Katherine, their den mother, came by to wish the girls well. They were going to miss her.
“I wish I could change your minds. You girls, along with Tori and Melinda have been the best occupants. Are you sure you won’t stay?” She begged.
“Without Melinda and Tori, it just wouldn’t be the same. We’ll miss you too, though, Katherine. You’ve been great,” Liz answered.
The girls sold the mini fridge to the new tenants and moved into their apartment. They settled into a routine full of classes and work, carpooling when they could to save on expenses. Liz felt relieved to find that her studies were coming pretty easily this year and she appreciated being able to be so open with Serena. She really was a trusted friend and a lot of fun to be around.
On one afternoon in January, Liz asked her, “Serena, if I do marry Andy, would you be my maid of honor?”
Serena looked up from her math book and studied Liz for a minute before smiling. “So are you going to say yes?”
“I still don’t know yet. We’ll both just be getting out of college and I’m not sure I’ll be ready to get married right away,” Liz told her.
“You don’t have to marry him right away. I would suggest just getting engaged and then work things out from there. I once knew a girl who was engaged for four years while she went through school,” Serena said.
Soon the girls were taking finals and getting ready for graduation. They packed up most of their things to prepare for their last summer together before Serena went on to pre-med school. Liz still hadn’t come to a decision, though, she assured Andy in every letter that she loved him. He kept his promise and didn’t mention marriage again.
“I can’t believe we’re graduating in 2 days!” Serena exclaimed looking around the apartment they had shared together for the past year.
Liz folded up the latest letter from Andy, the last one she would receive before she saw him in Roswell. She sighed. “I know. It seems like we just got here.”
“What did Andy have to say?” Serena asked, coming over and sitting beside Liz on the couch.
“His grandmother is sick so he’s going to visit her in Seattle and take care of her right after graduation so he won’t be able to come to our graduation or be in Roswell right away,” Liz answered.
* * * * * * * * * * *
“Liz, Serena!” a voice called from the sea of people.
The girls looked for the source and saw Tori coming toward them. They all hugged and laughed. They had made it! UNM was a memory now.
“Congratulations you two! Graduating in science fields with honors, how amazing!” Tori told them both.
“You didn’t do so bad either, Tori. We heard about your grades,” Serena told her.
“Oh, you guys! I’m going to miss you so much! Promise me you’ll come and see me in Phoenix soon and I’ll come out to Roswell too or wherever you two end up. Call me ok?” Tori told them, hugging them again. All 3 girls were crying at this point and then Tori disappeared into the crowd again.
Liz found her parents in the crowd and they had actually ended up sitting next to Serena’s father and aunt and uncle. They all hugged each other and the families told them how proud they were of the girls.
Then, as Liz pulled away from her dad’s hug and looked around, she saw two familiar faces watching her from a distance. Her heart leaped up into her throat and she swallowed hard. One of the faces realized that she had seen it and smiled. Jeff and Nancy looked in the direction that Liz was looking and recognized the two people.
Jeff waved and called out, “Alexis, Q! Over here!”
They walked over to them and Alexis hugged Liz. “Hi, Liz. I’m so happy I got to see you graduate and I’m even happier to see you.”
Liz had tears running down her face. She wiped at them and said, “I’m happy to see you too, Alexis. Did I do something wrong? Why are you here?”
“No, no, Liz! I’m just here for your graduation and to tell you you’ve been doing great. Things are going to really start looking up for you, I promise,” Alexis said smiling.
“What are you a counselor or something?” Serena’s father asked. Mr. Powell looked at Liz and Liz looked at Serena.
“Yeah, Mr. Powell, I had sessions with Alexis when my friends all disappeared,” Liz answered quickly. “Mr. Powell, this is Dr. Alexis Picard. Alexis, this is my roommate Serena Powell and her father and aunt and uncle. You remember my parents, Jeff and Nancy.”
“Nice to see you again, Alexis,” Nancy told her.
“Wasn’t there a guy with you over there?” Mr. Powell asked looking around.
Q popped up next to Alexis almost as if from thin air and Alexis glared at him. “You mean me? I’m just here for the fun of the trip.”
“That’s right; he’s not important. He just came along for the ride,” Alexis said. Q looked insulted for a moment but then dropped the face and smiled when Alexis gave him a warning look.
“Come on, daddy. I want to introduce you to Professor Jackson,” Serena said, dragging her family away. Liz gave her a grateful smile.
When they were out of sight, Liz asked, “So how are you? You look great!”
Alexis smiled. “Remembered that it’s only been about an hour since I saw you last but it’s been years since you saw me. I’ve been doing good though, reading your journal. I’ve lived the past 5 years or more with you, Liz. I can’t tell you anything except that things are going the way they’re supposed to and that all your friends on the 5 planets of Voltaire are fine. Unfortunately, we can’t stay, I have a rendezvous to make with some friends. Goodbye, Liz; give me a hug and then Q and I have to go.”
Liz hugged her and asked, “Will I ever see you again?”
“I can’t tell you that just yet. There’s something that I do have to tell you, though, and it won’t make any sense to you right now. I want you to write it in your journal and remember it but don’t analyze it. You’ll know what I mean when the time comes.”
“What is it?” Liz asked.
“Serena cannot go with you. She has an important future ahead of her without you. I can’t explain any more than that. Just remember, Serena cannot go with you,” Alexis told her. Liz nodded and Alexis and Q were gone.
* * * * * * * * * * *
“So are you sure it was a good idea for me to come back to Roswell with you then?” Serena asked as the 2 girls stepped out of Liz’s car in front of the café.
“Yes, Alexis said I would know when the time comes what she meant and this isn’t it. I mean, you can always leave Roswell, and you will to go off to school. Maybe that’s how you’ll have an important future,” Liz answered, opening the trunk and pulling out her suitcase and other luggage.
“Hey, there’s a couple of college graduates out here,” Jeff called into the café. “Here, let me get that trunk, Liz. How are you, Serena?”
“Fine, Jeff, thanks. My dad said to tell you how nice he thought both you and Nancy are,” Serena answered.
“That’s nice of him. We enjoyed meeting him too. Liz, Diane called and she wants you and Serena to come over for dinner. We were going to have a party for you and Serena but we thought that you might want to wait for Andy to come home first. You might want to call and tell Diane whether you two are coming or not,” Jeff Parker told his daughter.
“Ok, dad, thanks. Serena, do you want to go?”
“Sure. I love Diane and Phillip.”
* * * * * * * * * * *
Later that month, Liz was sitting out on her balcony looking up at the stars. Serena sat on a lawn chair next to hers and watched the comet shooting across the sky. They were both quiet and Serena was getting sleepy. She looked at her watch. 1:30 am. She yawned and stretched.
“I’m getting sleepy, aren’t you?” she asked Liz.
“Not really. Not yet, anyways. You know something, Serena? I can’t look at the stars in the same way I used to. I mean, I used to just look up at the beautiful expanse and just think that there were so many and that they were so beautiful. The only other thought about the stars that would pass through my mind was that I wondered what all was out there. Now I know that there are so many different types of creatures out there. I’ve taken classes to learn how it all works and just exactly what makes up the universe, and you know what?”
Serena looked at her friend with interest. “What?”
“I wish that I could go back to just wondering about them. I wish that all that I could think about when I looked up into the night sky was that they were beautiful instead of wondering how my friends and Max are doing. I wish that I wasn’t constantly wondering if they think about me, if they miss me. I just can’t get them out of my head, Serena, no matter how hard I try,” Liz said, tears falling unheeded down her face.
Serena got up and went over to her friend. She hugged her. “Liz, you’re tired. Things will look better in the morning and even better the day after that and the day after that because if it’s one thing I’ve learned in my 22 years of life, it’s that time is the ultimate healer. Why don’t you take a nice, hot bubble bath and go to bed. I’m going to go to bed now. Ok?”
Liz looked down at her hands. “You’re right. I’ll be fine in the morning. Goodnight, Serena.”
“Goodnight,” Serena said, climbing into the window and going into the bathroom.
Liz looked back up at the comet and said out loud, “You’re supposed to make a wish on a shooting star and on comets but I really don’t know what to wish for. I guess if I had one wish it would be to see all of my friends just one more time, even if they couldn’t see me, just to know that they are really ok.”
“Granted,” a voice said from behind her. It came from the direction of the ladder up to her balcony.
Liz jumped up from her chair and whirled around to find Maria standing in their with Isabel and Alex coming up the ladder behind her. She pinched herself and then rubbed her eyes. Was she dreaming? Were they really here?
“Yes, dear Lizzie, we’re really here! We’re back. Oh, god I’ve missed you so much!” Maria said throwing her arms around her friend’s neck.
“Maria? Alex? Isabel? You’re all here?” Liz asked stunned.
“Yeah, we’re all here. All 7 of us,” Alex said hugging Liz, who still hadn’t moved.
Then the one person in the whole universe who meant everything to her appeared over the top of the ladder. Max came up and smiled at her. “Hi, Liz. How are you?”
“I. . . I,” Liz started and then she passed out.
|posted on 20-Sep-2002 7:56:10 AM by littleroswell|
Summary: Serena and Liz have come back to Roswell after graduating from college and the gang is back!
Part 26: “I Do and. . .”
Liz heard birds chirping outside of her window and felt the warm sun coming through and falling on her face. She opened her eyes and stretched her arms up over her body. Then she remembered what had happened the night before. She sat straight up in bed and looked around the room. Serena’s bed was empty and made up. Serena walked into the room carrying two cups of coffee.
“Hey, sleepyhead, you finally woke up, huh? Here, I brought you some coffee,” Serena told her handing her one of the mugs.
“Serena, was there anybody in our room last night? Was anybody here?” Liz asked in a panic.
“Like who? Nobody better have been in here. I don’t remember anything. I was so tired, I don’t even remember you coming in from outside and going to bed,” Serena said.
Liz started bawling right then and there. Serena’s eyes widened and she sat her coffee down and rushed over to hug her friend. “What’s wrong, Liz? What happened?”
Before Liz could answer, the phone on their nightstand rang. Serena answered it and handed it to Liz telling her it was for her. Liz took the phone from her hand and wiped her face with the back of her hand. She sniffed a minute and put the receiver up to her ear.
“Good morning, beautiful. Are you awake?” a male voice on the other end of the line asked.
Liz was almost afraid to ask. “Who is this? Please tell me, even though I should probably know.”
There was a low chuckle on the other end. “It’s Max, Liz. You passed out after realizing that we were all back. Michael and I pulled you into your room and Maria and Isabel changed you into your pajamas and then we all went over to my parents’ house. Kyle was really anxious to see his dad so he and Tess went over there.”
“Oh, Max!” Liz cried and burst into tears again. She was crying so hard that she couldn’t breathe.
Max sat straight up in bed. When he woke up, he couldn’t wait to call Liz even if she was still sleeping. Now he was worried. Why was she crying? “Liz, are you alright?” he asked.
Serena’s eyes grew really big. “Max? He’s here? Is that who you were talking about?” she asked Liz.
Liz nodded at her. “I’m sorry; it’s just that when I woke up and didn’t see any trace that you all had been here last night, I thought that it had all been a dream and I cried my heart out and now that I know it really happened, I’m just so happy, I can’t hold my tears in,” she sobbed into the phone.
“Listen, I’m going to jump into the shower and I want you to do the same thing. Then when you’re dressed, come over here. I would come over there but we don’t want people to see us. It might start the media up for 7 teens who disappeared to suddenly reappear in their old home town. So get dressed and come over here, and, Liz?” Max said.
“I love you. I’ve missed you more than you could possibly imagine,” and he hung up.
* * * * * * * * * * *
Liz set a new world record in the fastest shower and she and Serena raced down the stairs. Jeff was about to take out a bucket of dirty water and caught the girls on the way out the back door. “Hey! Where are you two off to in such a hurry?” he called.
“The Evans! Dad, they’re back!” Liz called back from the door of her car.
“Who’s back?” Jeff asked confused. Then realization registered on his face. “You mean. . .”
“Yeah, that’s exactly who I mean!” Liz called happily.
“Liz, wait! Should we come over too?”
“I’ll call you when I get there, dad. I have to go, NOW.”
The two girls raced across town at breakneck speed and screeched to a halt in the Evans’ driveway. They jumped out of the car and Diane was at the door to greet them. She laughed as she hugged the two girls.
“Isn’t it wonderful? I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw all of them. Amy and Jim and Kyle and Tess are on their way too. Go on up, Liz, Max is in his room,” she said happily.
Liz raced upstairs and Serena politely gave them their space. Max opened his bedroom door preparing to race down the stairs when Liz met him at the door and threw herself in his arms, planting her lips on his. He hungrily kissed her back, pulling her into the room and closing the door behind them. He dropped them both on the bed and kissed Liz all over her face and neck. She laughed and he stopped to study her face.
“God, I’ve missed you! I would have come back sooner but we couldn’t for several reasons. I came back as soon as I could. I love you so much. How was school? How have things been in Roswell? Did you graduate with honors?” Max rattled off. Then he stopped and a look of horror came across his face. He pulled her left hand to his face and looked at it. “You’re not married are you?” he asked in panic.
Liz laughed again. “Oh, Max, I’ve missed you too, and no I’m not married. I love you so much. Promise me you’ll never leave me again.”
Max looked into the eyes he hadn’t seen except in his dreams for the past four years and sighed happily. “I promise. I’m so proud of you for what you did for us. Everything that you went through because you love me, all that pain, the pretending, I just couldn’t believe it. I’ve never loved you more than when Maria told me the whole story.”
Liz sat up and looked down at her hands. “So, has the royal family been restored to their rightful place?” she asked quietly.
Max took her face in his hand and made her look at him. “Liz, we are ruling again, but not with Tess and I as king and queen. I wasn’t going to say anything just yet because it’s really not my place but Tess and Kyle were married about a year after we left. Alex and Isabel were married not long after that. Maria and Michael are engaged but Maria refused to get married without you as her maid of honor. I’ve told you before, Liz, and I’m saying it now; it’s you that I’m meant to be with in this life. You are my destiny and the love of my life. I want you to be my queen and come back with us, Liz.”
Before Liz could say anything there was a quick knock at the door and Isabel opened it and popped her head in. “Hey, Max, oh hey, Liz. Max, everybody’s here and are waiting downstairs.”
Liz jumped off the bed and hugged Isabel. “I just heard the news, Isabel. Congratulations and congratulations to Alex too.”
Isabel got a funny look on her face. “What news?”
“That you and Alex got married. I’m so happy for the both of you.”
Isabel let out a sigh. “Oh, that, thanks. I know that didn’t sound right but it’s just that we’ve been married for over 3 years now and I’m past the congratulations stage. Now come on you two, everybody’s waiting.”
The three of them went down the stairs, and Maria jumped off the couch from where she had been sitting next to Michael. “Now maybe I can get a decent hello from my best friend,” she said throwing her arms around Liz. “How are you, sweetie? I missed you so much. Oh, did Max tell you? Michael and I are getting married and you have to be my maid of honor.”
Liz laughed and Alex came over. “Hey, she’s our friend too; make way for Alex. How are you, Liz? We can’t wait to tell you all about the past 4 years, and we definitely want to hear about your past 4 years.”
After hugging everybody in the room and sincerely wishing Tess and Kyle all the happiness in the universe, they all sat down and Max stood in the center of the room. Diane and Phillip came in from the kitchen, followed by Amy and Jim and finally Serena. Max and the rest of the gang sat straight up and immediately there was tension in the room. Serena sensed it and looked nervously around the room.
“What? What’s wrong?” she asked.
Max looked at Liz and Liz realized what she had taken for granted for the past 4 years. “Oh, Max, this is Serena Powell. She was my roommate in college and she knows all about you guys. She’s been the best friend anyone could ask for since you left.”
Everyone relaxed a little but only a little. Michael stood up and asked, “She knows? Why would you tell her about us?”
Liz looked him in the eyes and said, “I said her name was Serena, as in the friend that future Max told me I would have and that would be trustworthy and believe me she is. If you don’t want her here, we can both leave.”
Max intervened. “No, it’s fine. If you trust her, then we trust her.”
“Welcome to Aliens Anonymous,” Maria told her with a smile. “Trust no one and live. Don’t take it personally.”
Serena smiled back. “Thanks, Maria, and by the way, it’s really nice to meet you all in person. I loved you in the home movies,” she said with a grin.
Maria turned to Liz and said, “I like this girl; she’s got a great sense of humor.”
“Can we get down to business here, please? We don’t have much time you know,” Kyle said.
Liz sat up straight. “Should I call my parents? They asked if they should come over but I couldn’t wait for them to get ready.”
Max shook his head. “We can tell them everything later. Kyle is right; we really don’t have much time and we need to talk. Now, as you all probably know by now, Kyle and Tess are married and Isabel and Alex are also married. You probably don’t know that Tess and Kyle are expecting twins. She’s three months pregnant.”
Liz, Serena, and the parents looked confused. “How do you know she’s pregnant with twins at this stage?”
“We can feel both life forms. I can’t explain that very well just yet. Liz, I kind of asked you what I wanted to ask you in a better way, but I meant it. I want you to be my wife. Will you marry me? Will you be my queen? Please come back with us this time,” Max said, coming over and kneeling beside Liz.
Liz smiled, but before she could answer, Diane jumped up out of her chair and cried, “You’re leaving again? You’re leaving earth again?”
Isabel gave her a sympathetic smile. “Mom, we love you guys, we really do, but Voltaire is our real home. We have made new lives there, and we are ruling over the people there, sort of. We have to go back. The only reason we’re back here now is that we came back for Liz. It was really dangerous for us to come here. Any government agency that takes any sightings of last night, when we landed, seriously might find out about us and while we might be able to get away, I don’t want anything to happen to you.”
“When would you leave?” Amy asked. She realized how much she had missed Maria.
“We have to leave in a month, at the next new moon. If we don’t leave then, we have to wait at least another 4 years,” Michael answered.
Serena spoke up, “Does that have to do with where the earth is in its orbit? I mean that’s why we have a leap year every four years. Am I right?”
Max smiled, “Yeah, you are right. You must have graduated in the science field in college too.”
Serena smiled back, “Yeah, I’m going into pre-med school.”
“Hello! Liz still hasn’t said whether she’s going back with us or not,” Tess said pulling everybody back to the subject at hand.
Everyone looked at Liz, and Liz looked into Max’s eyes. “Yes, yes, I’ll marry you and come back with you.”
Max leaned in and kissed Liz passionately. “Thank you. Thank you for saving Michael and Isabel, and thank you for agreeing to make me the happiest man in the universe.”
“You’re welcome,” Liz whispered before kissing him again.
|posted on 20-Sep-2002 8:00:31 AM by littleroswell|
Summary: Maria and Liz are getting married!
Part 27: “I Do and I Do Not”
Liz came into the Crashdown with Serena and Maria, with both Maria and Liz carrying large boxes. They went into the back room and set the boxes down on a small table, laughing and talking over each other. Isabel and Tess came in from the back door to find them laughing hysterically.
“Did you find your dresses?” Tess asked coming over to the table.
“What else do you think is in the box?” Maria teased. “Yeah, we got our dresses, and I have to say they are beautiful. How did you guys do?” she asked, pulling her wedding dress out of the box she had carried in.
“Oh, Maria, it’s beautiful,” Tess told her.
“We found a couple of dresses that fit your description pretty closely and here are the Polaroid’s,” Isabel answered pulling out a couple of instant pictures.
It had been a week since the group had come back to Roswell, and Maria and Liz had decided to have a double wedding ceremony for their families’ benefit. They would have to have another ceremony on the planets of Voltaire, but both Nancy and Amy wanted to see their girls get married. Diane was beside herself that she hadn’t seen Isabel get married, so she was throwing herself heart and soul into Maria and Liz’s wedding.
This particular afternoon, Liz, Maria, and Serena had gone wedding dress shopping and sent Isabel and Tess shopping for the wedding party dresses. Isabel and Tess altered their appearance enough not to be recognized and Maria wore a wig and sunglasses. The wedding was in 3 weeks, the day they were to leave for Voltaire, and the Sheriff was performing the ceremony. Unfortunately, it couldn’t be legal for they couldn’t file marriages with people who disappeared over 4 years ago.
“Liz, let’s see yours,” Isabel prompted. Liz pulled hers out of the box and Isabel let out a sigh. “That’s the same dress I would have picked out I think. It’s so beautiful. By the way, guys, I didn’t want to tell my parents this because I didn’t want to break mom’s heart again, but I’m pregnant.”
All the girls let out a squeal. “I’m so happy for you, Isabel!” was the phrase that passed from each set of lips.
“When is it due?” Liz asked.
“I’m only about 6 weeks into the pregnancy. I also didn’t want to say anything to take the focus off of the wedding or Tess’s pregnancy,” Isabel said.
“We’ll gladly share the spotlight with you, Isabel. Come on, we’re talking about a baby here!” Maria squealed.
“Wow! Babies, weddings, it sounds like there’s a lot going on here in Roswell,” a voice said from the back door. All the girls turned around to find a young man standing there. A young man that Liz had honestly not thought about since Max had arrived in Roswell, and that fact obviously registered on the young man’s face. “I’m guessing that beautiful wedding dress isn’t for our wedding.”
Liz stumbled forward, racking her brain to find something to ease the pain in the young man’s face. “Andy . . . how’s your grandmother?” she asked weakly.
Andy got a wry smile on his face. “She died 2 weeks ago, thanks. I tried calling you and only got a machine. I decided to wait to talk to you when I saw you here, but now that doesn’t seem like such a good idea.”
“Andy, I. . .” Liz tried again.
He interrupted her. “So who is it, Liz? Just tell me who you found since the last letter you wrote me telling me you love me, or have you been seeing this guy behind my back? Huh?”
“Andy, it’s not really what you think,” Liz started yet again. She handed the wedding dress to Tess who stuffed it back into the box.
At the same moment when Liz was trying to explain to Andy, Max, Alex, Kyle, and Michael came down the stairs from where they had been trying on the shoes that Jeff Parker had bought for the wedding. Max froze staring in the direction of the back door, seeing a face he didn’t recognize and that could tell the whole world about them. Andy froze too, recognizing a face he never expected to see again.
“Evans? Max Evans?” he asked.
Then Max recognized the young man as Andy Brackett. He used to be on the football team with Kyle. “Andy Brackett, how are you?” he said trying to play the confrontation down. He extended his hand to Andy, who ignored it.
Instead, Andy turned back to Liz. “He just keeps coming between us doesn’t he? I can see that you haven’t really given me a chance. He always did come between us, even when he wasn’t here. It must be nice to know that he isn’t dead.”
Liz was scared. Would he tell anyone? “Andy, you know that I love Max. I always have but I really do care about you. It’s just that Max is my soul mate. I can’t let him get away again. I can’t let him leave without me this time. You won’t tell anyone that he’s here, will you?”
Andy stared at her. “Liz, you knew where they were all this time? And their parents were so worried about them! That’s just cruel, but no I wouldn’t dream of telling anyone that they were here.”
As he started to walk out the door, Serena stopped him. “Andy, wait. Can we go for a walk and talk?” she asked.
Andy let out a huff. “What’s there to talk about?” he asked bitterly.
Serena gave him a wry smile. “Please, I think I have some things to explain to you.”
Liz watched them walk out with Serena giving her a thumb’s up sign behind her back. When they were gone, Liz sat down in a chair and started crying. Everybody came over to her and Tess handed her a tissue.
“What was that all about, Liz?” Isabel asked.
Liz looked up into Max’s face. “I didn’t want to be alone here in Roswell so Serena came back here with me on vacations and I ran into Andy. At first, he was just a nice distraction from missing you, but then things started getting serious. Every time he brought up anything about being a permanent couple, I couldn’t stop thinking of you even though everyone said that we seemed to get along so well. Even Diane told me that she was behind us being together as long as I was happy. Then, last summer, just before he left to go back to school, he asked me to marry him. I was supposed to give him my answer this summer when we met back here in Roswell.”
Max squatted down next to her and took her hand. “Do you love him?” he asked, even though he was afraid of the answer.
“I don’t want to sound mean but the minute I saw you, I forgot all about him until just a few minutes ago when he appeared in the doorway. Max, I love you. You are the one I want to spend the rest of my life with,” Liz answered. She kissed him, and he kissed her back.
“Come on, Liz, we need to go show our dresses to the moms,” Maria said pulling Liz away from Max.
* * * * * * * * * * *
Later that night, everyone was up on Liz’s balcony grilling hamburgers and hot dogs laughing and talking about old times and also about times ahead. They told Liz all about Voltaire and that Isabel and Max’s mother was looking forward to meeting her and welcoming her to the royal family. They all heard a noise coming from Liz’s window and looked over to find Andy and Serena climbing out to join them. Suddenly, they all got quiet.
Serena smiled at them and prayed that she had done the right thing. She didn’t want Liz to be mad at her. “Hey, guys. Um, Andy had something he wanted to tell you.”
Andy looked from one face to the other, looking for signs of something unusual about them. Then he turned his attention to Liz. “Liz, I’m sorry for the way I acted earlier. Serena told me everything and . . .”
“No, Andy, you had every right to be hurt,” Liz interrupted.
“She told you everything?” Michael asked, panic rising in his voice.
Andy looked at him. “Yeah, everything. I think that it must have been hard to leave earth when you don’t really remember your home world. It must have been even harder to give up the love of your life because you thought it was for the good of everyone else that you care about.”
Michael turned on Serena whose smile fell from her face. “You idiot! I thought we could trust you, and then you go behind our backs and tell someone else about us? What is wrong with you?” he yelled.
Serena backed up when Michael got in her face. “I’m sorry. I just felt that he should know the truth. I still think it was a good idea.”
Andy stepped in between them. “Hey, Michael, ease up on her. She just did what she thought was right. To tell the truth, I think she did the right thing. I’m not going to tell anybody about you guys ok?”
“Can we really trust you, Andy?” Max asked stepping forward.
Andy gave him half a smile. “Yes, Your Majesty, I won’t tell the people of earth about the green little men. Liz,” Andy began again turning to Liz. “Liz, I do love you, but I know that you’ve always loved Max and I don’t want to be in the way or have you feeling guilty for following your heart. I want you to be happy wherever you go with whomever you choose to go with. Are we friends again?”
Liz smiled at him. She hugged him and told him, “Friends. Please say you’ll come to my wedding.”
Andy smiled back at her. “I wouldn’t miss it for the world.”
* * * * * * * * * * *
The day of the wedding dawned bright and clear. Liz and Maria awoke at the Valenti’s house, along with the other female members of the group that were to be at the Evans’ house for the ceremony that would begin in the early afternoon. The whole house was abuzz with excitement. All the girls got up and took quick showers to allow Maria and Liz to take long showers or baths to help keep relaxed before the wedding.
“I can’t find my other shoe! I can’t get married in one shoe! Liz, what if I can’t find it? Then, we’ll never be able to get married,” Maria shrieked, moving through the house like a tornado searching for her missing shoe.
“Here! Here it is; now calm down, Maria,” Tess said running into the room with the missing apparel.
“Now I can’t find my pearl necklace that dad gave me! That was my wedding present from my father! I have to find it!” Liz panicked.
“Liz, you’re wearing it! Ok, whose idea was it to have both brides to deal with on the same day in the same house?” Isabel sighed.
“Well, there is one consolation. At least the guys are probably having the same hard time with Max and Michael,” Diane said coming in with Maria’s veil.
At the Evans’ house, Diane’s prediction was right. Max was standing in front of a mirror fighting with his bow tie. “I can’t get this right! How in the world are you supposed to tie this stupid thing?” he said through clenched teeth.
“Here, let me help,” Jeff said coming over to him. Liz’s father tied the retched tie for Max and put his hand on Max’s shoulder. “You promise me that you’ll take good care of her. She’s all I have,” Jeff Parker said with tears in his eyes.
“I promise. I love her, Jeff, and I won’t let anything happen to her,” Max told him sincerely.
“ARGH! I can’t figure out what to do with my hair! I just can’t get it to look right,” Michael’s voice said coming from Isabel’s old room.
Kyle came in and took the comb away from Michael. He combed it, and called Alex to come in and look at it. “What do you think? Do you think it should be on the side?”
Alex leaned back and studied Michael for a moment. “No, I kind of like it straight back like that. Yeah, leave it like that.”
Max watched the proceedings from the door and realized how far they had all come in the last four years. They were no longer just allies; they were friends, close friends. Andy, Jim, and Phillip came in carrying the boutonnières. They sat them all on the bed and started pinning them on each other.
Several hours later, everyone except the brides and grooms were out in the garden getting ready for the ceremony to begin. Alex started up the music on the stereo, and Jeff and Jim went around to the front of the house for Maria and Liz. Max and Michael came downstairs and stood in their respective spots. Max envied Michael; he looked so calm. Michael was thinking the same thing about Max when they both spotted the girls coming from around either side of the house toward them.
“My god! Doesn’t Maria look beautiful?” Michael asked Max.
Max couldn’t answer. He was too stunned to answer. He hadn’t even seen Maria. Not that she didn’t look great but he was too mesmerized by Liz’s beauty. She had a simple satin dress with an empire waist and sleeves that went to her elbow and a scoop neck. It was a beautiful Champaign color, and she was carrying a small bouquet of red roses. Her hair was pulled up in a stylish manner, thanks to Isabel and Tess, and she was wearing the necklace her father gave her.
Michael watched Maria come toward him, his insides twisting into knots. Her veil hid her face but not her beautiful ringlets flowing down her back. Her dress was long sleeved, despite the fact that it was nearly July, stark white, and covered in lace. She too carried a bouquet of red roses and as she drew closer, she smiled nervously at Michael.
Jim Valenti unveiled Maria and took his place to perform the ceremony. Jeff Parker planted a kiss on his daughter’s cheek and sat down beside his wife. The ceremony took place without incident, and the grooms felt like the happiest men in the universe. Everyone wished them well and then moved inside to change clothes to see the group of young people off since they were leaving at midnight. This was the last time they would all be together again with their parents and Andy and Serena.
* * * * * * * * * *
“Liz, I want to ask you something before the ship comes for you guys,” Serena said at the campfire later that night.
“Go ahead, Serena. You know you can ask me anything,” Liz told her friend.
“Can I come with you? It would be a great opportunity for me, and you’re the only real friend I have. My dad is the only person on the planet who would really miss me and he would be ok. So can I come?” Serena asked.
Liz looked at her and was about to say Serena could come when Alexis’s words rang in her head. ‘Remember, Serena cannot come with you. She has an important future ahead of her.’ Liz looked at her friend and saw the hope in her eyes. She hated to disappoint her, but she knew that Alexis meant this.
“I wish I could take you with me, Serena. You’ve been a great friend,” Liz started.
“But . . .?” Serena waited.
“But do you remember what Alexis said about me not being able to take you with me?” When Serena nodded, Liz continued, “Well, she meant this. Somehow she knew you would want to come with me and you can’t. She told me that you had an important future ahead of you. I can’t change that. I’m sorry, Serena.”
Serena sighed. “Well, it was worth asking. I’ll miss you, Liz, but I know you’ll be happier with Max.”
The two girls hugged, and suddenly there was a bright light in the sky and a noise like a helicopter. Everyone gathered outside and they knew that the time had come. Isabel and Max hugged their parents and their friends, as did the rest of the young people. Liz hugged her parents and friends and then turned to Andy and Serena.
“Thank you both for helping me through the worst time of my life. I’ll never forget you, either of you. Andy, promise me that you won’t stay single. I’m not trying to be egotistical, but I know you lost Karen and now you’ve lost me. I want you to be happy,” Liz told her friend.
Andy smiled and gave her another hug. “I love you, Liz, but I’ll get over you. I’ll be ok. Just promise to make Evans take care of you.”
Liz waved goodbye just before she disappeared, and the parents and Serena and Andy watched the sky until everything was dark and quiet again. Then they packed up the campsite to prepare to leave tomorrow. Diane and Nancy were crying and Serena came over to them. She hugged them both and told them that everything would be ok. She was sure of it.
|posted on 20-Sep-2002 8:39:30 AM by littleroswell|
Summary: This picks up on the Enterprise and has them coming to the Royal Family’s rescue.
Part 28: “Welcome to the 24th Century”
Alexis and Q reappeared on the Enterprise in her quarters. Alexis got her bearings and headed out the door to the bridge. “How long until the ship appears?” she asked Q.
“It should arrive here in about an hour,” Q answered, following her.
Alexis frowned. “That doesn’t give us much time. Q, I need you to dress you and I in the appropriate clothes for the time and place so we can blend in on the ship. We have to get the cloaking device operating before we’re detected by their technology. How long before the actual accident?” she asked, stepping off the turbo lift onto the bridge.
“It’s only a few minutes after the ship reaches this point that it explodes. We’ll have approximately 10 minutes to get them off the ship when it arrives,” Q answered.
“Captain, we only have a little over an hour before the ship carrying them arrives. How long do you think that the cloaking device can hide us?” Alexis asked her father.
Jean-Luc called, “Bridge to Engineering.”
“LaForge here, sir.”
“Geordi, how long will the cloaking device work? Can we hold out longer than an hour?”
“It was put together rather hastily, Captain. If we have to, we probably can keep it running for an hour and 15 minutes or so, but I don’t think it will work longer than that,” the Commander answered.
“That’s going to be pushing it, sir,” Commander Riker told the captain.
“Hmm,” Jean-Luc answered.
“Captain, we can wait another 15 minutes before cloaking but it can’t be longer than that or they’ll detect us,” Alexis told him.
“Make it so,” Picard told them.
* * * * * * * * * * *
“I am so looking forward to this vacation. We haven’t had any time alone with just us since we left Roswell 5 years ago,” Maria said.
“I know what you mean. I thought that when I left Roswell, we’d be able to have loads of time to spend with our little group or with just Max, but then I had to learn the ways of the force and the etiquette of the planets and then the kids were born and we’ve all just been so busy,” Liz told her.
They were on their way to one of the planets known for a great vacation. They had left the kids with their nannies and were going to enjoy a wonderful week in the twin suns. Max and Michael came back to the girls and looked over at Isabel who looked like she was going to pop with her third child.
“Isabel, Alex is coming with your juice. He just had to add the pickles to it,” Michael told her, rubbing her back. “Are you comfortable enough? Do you want to prop your feet up?”
“That would be nice, thanks,” Isabel answered.
“Here, I’ll get it,” Tess said, bringing a stool over and placing Isabel’s feet on it.
“What a time to go on vacation. I just hope she doesn’t go into labor, I really need this time off,” Max teased his sister.
“Yeah, we’ll talk about needing time off when you’ve been working and you’re 8 months pregnant,” Isabel told her brother.
“Here you go, Isa,” Alex said coming into the room with her juice. “Just don’t get it on me or let me watch you drink it. That’s disgusting.”
“Thanks, sweetie,” Isabel said, taking the glass from his hands. “Are you sure we should have left the kids like that? I kind of feel guilty about not taking them with us.”
“Isabel, we haven’t been without the kids since they were born. I’m going to miss our son and daughter and I know that Liz and Max will miss their daughter and Tess and Kyle are going to miss their son and Michael and Maria are going to miss their kids too, but we need some time to ourselves too,” Alex told his wife.
At that moment, they felt a presence they hadn’t felt in a long time. They all looked at each other knowing that the others felt it too. “Do you guys feel that?” Tess asked.
“Yeah, but that can’t be right. Alexis said she wouldn’t see us again until. . .” Max’s face registered her words, “Until the accident.”
“No! It can’t be now!” Isabel said, getting upset.
Suddenly, Q and Alexis came out of the back room where they had popped in. Alexis smiled at them. Then her eyes grew wide at the sight of Isabel being so big. She turned on Q. “Why didn’t you tell me that she would be pregnant?” she demanded.
“I didn’t know!” Q snapped back.
Liz stepped forward. “Alexis, why are you here?” she asked afraid of the answer.
Alexis felt their panic. “You all know why I’m here. The time has come for you to make a decision. Do you want to continue living and come with us to the 24th century or do you want to stay here?” she asked gently.
“What will happen if we stay?” Michael asked.
“This ship is going to explode due to a fuel leak in less than 10 minutes. If you want to come with us, you need to tell us quickly,” Q answered.
Isabel stood up, with some difficulty, and told them all, “I want to go. I’m pregnant and I have a right to protect my baby as much as I can. Please, Alex, say we can go.”
Alex looked at his wife. “Isabel, I have no death wish. We’ll go.”
“What about the kids? I mean, we’ll never see our children again. Or can we bring them with us?” Tess asked.
“The kids have to stay on the planets of Voltaire,” Alexis answered. Then she smiled, “Otherwise, I won’t be born.” The others didn’t seem to let that comment register.
“Ok, I’m in. It’ll be an adventure. We can go can’t we, Tess?” Kyle asked his wife.
“I’ll go wherever you want, Kyle. I love you and we either go together or die together,” Tess answered.
“Ok, what about you four?” Q asked Max, Liz, Michael and Maria.
“Michael, we’re going. I can’t die here, not when I have a choice,” Maria told Michael.
“Yes, ma’am,” Michael answered, kissing her.
“Liz, are we going?” Max asked.
Liz looked into Max’s eyes. “Where you go, I go. The decision belongs to you, my king,” she said, half-jokingly.
“Alright, Alexis, it looks like you have all eight of us,” Max told her.
“Great, hold on for a couple of minutes. We want to wait until the last minute so that they don’t discover you’re missing and send out a message that you’re missing. The people of Voltaire have to believe that you’re dead. So give it five minutes and then we’ll go,” Alexis told them.
* * * * * * * * * * *
Five minutes later, safely aboard the Enterprise, the group watched the ship that was going to take them on a vacation explode, killing several friends of theirs. Each couple held onto each other and thought about their children. They would never see them again.
“I’m sorry about your friends aboard that ship,” Alexis said quietly.
“Engineering to Bridge,” Geordi’s voice came over.
“Go ahead, Geordi,” Jean-Luc answered.
“Captain, the cloaking device is about to give out. We need to get out of here before we’re discovered.”
“Q, please take us home,” the captain asked.
“Your wish is my command, Jean-Luc,” Q answered with a flourish.
There was a bright flash of light and suddenly they were not far from Pluto in the Solar System. Alexis looked at the group and decided to take them to Sick Bay to make sure they weren’t carrying any germs. They followed her there and she noticed that all of the girls were crying. She had to do something to at least get Isabel to cheer up a little. It wasn’t good for the baby.
“Welcome to the 24th century, guys,” she told them.
“Where do we go now?” Isabel asked. “Everybody we knew is dead.”
“We could go back to Voltaire and see what’s become of the planets and our people,” Michael suggested.
Alexis looked at them and shook her head. “I’m sorry, Michael. The planets of Voltaire were destroyed years ago. They no longer exist.”
Shock registered on each of their faces. “What!? How is that possible? What happened?” Isabel yelled.
“I’m not sure. After we finish your medical scans, I’ll tell you the whole story of what we’ve found out in our research. Then maybe we can figure out where to go next,” Alexis answered.
* * * * * * * * * * *
Max sat back in his chair unable to comprehend what he had just heard. Master Yoda had told her himself though, so it had to be true. All 5 planets were gone! There were only 25 known Healers in the whole galaxy. Everything that they had gone through, everything they had fought for was gone.
“So what happened to our children?” Tess asked.
“They had children, and then they had children. I told you once, Max, that you would understand why you wouldn’t want to try to get to know me in a certain way and the reason is that I am your great-granddaughter. I was named after my grandmother, Alexis Evans-Berren,” Alexis told Liz and Max.
Liz laughed. “That’s funny, you were named after a grandmother that was named after you!” she spurted between laughs.
Alexis looked confused for a minute. “What do you mean?” she asked.
Max explained, “We named our daughter Alexis after you. If you’re our great-granddaughter and you were named after your grandmother, then you were basically named after yourself.”
Alexis laughed along with the rest of the group. Then, Liz stopped and asked, “So what happened to Andy and to Serena? I mean, you said that she had an important future ahead of her, and I’d like to know what happened to them.”
Alexis smiled. “Well, Dr. Serena Powell-Brackett discovered the cure for cancer, and much of her research in other fields has been used in various fields including the medical field as well as quantum physics. Some of her theories regarding time travel and dimensions have been proven as fact,” she answered.
“Powell-Brackett? As in Andy Brackett?” Liz asked in disbelief.
“Yeah, after you left, Andy and Serena kept in touch and became even closer than friends. She realized that he was her biggest supporter, and they fell in love. They were married not 6 years after you disappeared. They have great-great grandchildren alive today. You can meet them, as they are on earth living, one of them just outside of Phoenix, Arizona,” Alexis told her.
“So where are we going anyway? We have about 300 years of history to catch up on, and Isabel is going to have that baby so we need a place to live,” Maria asked.
“Can I make a suggestion?” Alexis asked.
“Please do, we could use several probably,” Max said gratefully.
“I suggest you go back to Roswell, if for no other reason than to just get an idea of where to go from there. The Crashdown is still there and run by a distant relative of Liz’s. I can’t exactly explain how he’s related except to say that his ancestors were Jeff and Nancy’s brother and sister-in-law. His name is James Parker,” Alexis told them.
“Aunt Laura and Uncle Mike?” Liz asked surprised.
“I think that’s a good idea. We could go and see what Roswell looks like now,” Max said.
“Look, Maxwell, there are no subjects here. You aren’t the king in the 24th century so I say we vote on it,” Michael said.
“Ok, so all those in favor of going home to Roswell, raise your hands,” Max said. When everyone, including Michael, raised his or her hand, Max asked, “Michael, if you wanted to go to Roswell, what was all the fuss about?”
“I just wanted everyone to have a say in this,” Michael answered.
“Ok, so we’re going back to Roswell, then,” Isabel said.
“Great! I’ll notify the Captain of your decision and make arrangements for the press to meet you there. You guys are big celebrities in this time period,” Alexis said standing up.
“Are you sure we should tell anyone that we’re here and what we are?” Tess asked.
“You poor dear! You’ve been running so long you can’t relax can you? How did you act on the planets of Voltaire? Tess, all of you, you don’t have to worry. Remember that in this century, extraterrestrials are as common as all the species of insects on earth. You’ve already met Commander Worf and Q, you should know that no one is going to harm you here,” Alexis reassured them.
“So we’re going home, home to Roswell,” Tess said happily.
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|posted on 20-Sep-2002 9:25:58 AM by littleroswell|
|Part 29 (Last Part) Thanks for all the feedback. Please check out my other fics that are/will be posted on this site. Beth|
Part 29: “Rebirths”
“To all of you who are listening to this transmission, we are very privileged to have a piece of history here with us today, or rather 8 pieces of history,” Alexis told the reporters.
She stood with the 8 people from the 21st century on Earth just outside of Roswell, New Mexico. While she made her speech, she wondered how they would react to seeing their once thriving, tourist attraction home now almost completely empty. She hoped they wouldn’t be too upset, especially Isabel. She was so close to having that baby.
As she finished her speech, she thanked the President of the Federation for supporting the Enterprise in their mission and for welcoming the newest arrivals to the 24th century. She then introduced the group from Roswell to the reporters and to everyone else that might have been watching the interviews. The reporters were dying to ask questions, and Max agreed to answer them to the best of his knowledge.
“Mr. Evans, when is your sister due?” one reporter answered.
“In less than a month,” he answered.
“Max, how does it feel to have left behind everything and everyone you knew and loved?”
“We didn’t leave everyone, they came with us in our hearts, and the ones we are closest to are here.”
“Mr. Evans, do you miss your children? Did you want to bring them with you?”
“No offense, but that’s a stupid question. Of course we miss our children and wish they could have come with us. However, if they had, Dr. Alexis Picard would never have been born. She is our great-granddaughter.”
“Max, where are you going to go now? I mean, where are you all going to live?”
Max stopped. His mind reeled at the question. Yes, where would they go? They had lived on several planets and now in two different times. “I honestly don’t know the answer to that question,” he answered finally.
* * * * * * * * * * *
The group walked into the Crashdown and looked around. Except for being a little run down, it hadn’t changed much. A young man came out from the kitchen and Alexis smiled. He was tying on his apron and not looking up. “Welcome to the Crashdown Café. We have genuine 21st century food made by hand. No replicators here, that’s what makes our food so good,” he said.
“I would suggest you stay away from the onion rings,” Worf muttered.
Alexis laughed at this, along with Deanna and Will. The others looked confused. Then they realized that James, the young man in the apron, had frozen in his tracks and his mouth was hanging open. Max leaned over and asked Alexis what was wrong with him.
“Max, look around you. Look at what’s hanging on the walls; pictures of you and Liz and Maria and all of you. What do you expect him to do?” she asked him back.
James had come back to himself at this point and said, “Aren’t you the same group that was in here a couple of days ago? Yeah, I remember the Klingon ordered the Saturn rings. Who are all these people and why are they in costumes dressed like the teens that disappeared from Roswell years ago? It isn’t even the anniversary of that yet.”
Alexis smiled. “James, it’s kind of you to remember us. Actually, have you been watching the news communications? These are the teens that disappeared from Roswell.”
Alexis proceeded to introduce everybody and spent the next fifteen minutes convincing James that they really were the same group from the 21st century. When he finally was convinced, he took their orders saying they were on the house. He whistled through his work and told them to look around and make themselves at home, since they were.
The group got up from their seats and looked around the place at their memories hanging on the wall. There were pictures of their families, pictures of regular customers, pictures of them working and having fun. There were even pictures of Andy and Serena, a couple with them holding a little bundle of joy with Serena’s hair and Andy’s eyes. Suddenly, they realized where they needed to be. They realized that they had missed Roswell and all the memories that it held for them.
“Alexis, what happened here? Why aren’t there any people living in Roswell anymore?” Tess asked.
“Let me see if I can guess,” Michael said. “Roswell’s whole way of life was based on the existence of aliens. It was a tourist trap and when extraterrestrials became a normal part of life, no one was interested in coming here anymore. Am I right?”
Alexis smiled at them. “Sort of, people weren’t interested in made up stories that couldn’t be proven. The focus moved from here to a small town in Montana where the first proven contact with extraterrestrials took place. Now with your stories spreading through the galaxy at an accelerating rate, Roswell is going to be a booming town again. Its place in history is assured now. No one can deny that the crash in 1947 took place now and everyone will be flocking here in droves to see the place of the first alien landing, proven alien landing that is.”
Max looked at his sister and her husband, his friend Michael and his wife, at Tess and Kyle and he realized that they all felt the same way. “Alexis, we have decided to stay here in Roswell. We want to be a part of its rebirth, just as it was a part of ours. This is our home now.”
Everyone nodded in agreement. Max had said exactly how they all felt. Here is where they wanted to raise their children and their grandchildren, again. Even Michael felt that Roswell was home. Tess had long since decided that her place was with her family, and with the help of Liz, she had found her family. She felt a fondness for Liz that she never imagined she could.
Isabel broke the thoughtful silence. “We could reopen the UFO museum. I bet people in the 24th century would get a kick out of it.”
“That’s a good idea and we could help James here at the Crashdown because Lord knows this place will be hopping,” Maria said, excited.
“Who knows, maybe people will want their picture taken with us,” Alex said with a grin.
Michael kind of frowned. “Do they even have pictures in the 24th century?” he asked.
Alexis laughed. “You guys are too much. You will be busy for a long time. First of all, we’ll have to get your story straight from beginning to end, so people can learn about you. Then, we need to learn as much as we can about Voltaire and Healers. We also have to get you all caught up on everything that’s happened in the last 300 plus years. There’s just a lot to do.”
“Great, we travel 300 years into the future, have been on 6 planets just to go back to school,” Kyle said.
“We also need to teach the Healers of this time the ways of the force. From what you’ve told us, the Jedi’s have pretty much been wiped out of existence. It’s important,” Max said.
“The ways of the force? Oh, you mean what Master Yoda was speaking about,” Alexis said.
“Yes, it is in our blood to uphold the ways of the force and battle the dark side. It is part of being a Healer,” Tess chimed in.
Maria laughed and everyone looked at her. “Listen to us! I am a Jedi knight and I still have to laugh. We sound like people out of a science fiction movie!”
* * * * * * * * * * *
“Are you sure you won’t change your mind and stay on board?” Will asked Alexis a couple of days later.
Alexis smiled at him. “The Captain asked me the same thing. I can’t turn down an opportunity like this. I have a lot to learn from them and to teach them. I can’t stay on board a ship where I’m really not needed. The Enterprise already has a doctor, an engineer, and a counselor, whom I might add is still very much attracted to you, but I didn’t say it.”
The Captain came into the transporter room followed by Max, Liz, and the others. He smiled at his daughter. He was going to miss her; they were just starting to get to know each other. In a short period of time, he had realized how much he missed having children. He wished he had known about her from the beginning.
“Alright, are we all ready to go?” Max asked stepping up onto the platform.
“Almost,” Alexis said and turned to her father. “I’ll miss you. I was just getting used to having a father around.”
“I know. I was just starting to get used to having a daughter. I’m proud to call you that. You are an exceptional person and an outstanding Starfleet officer,” Jean-Luc said with pride.
Alexis hugged her father. “I’ll write you and send you messages. I want to know everything that’s going on. Let’s not loose the closeness that we’ve developed.”
“Agreed,” the Captain answered. Then, he turned to the 8 people that had become a part of history simply by choosing to live. “It has been a pleasure having you aboard the Enterprise, and I feel privileged to have met you personally.”
“Are you kidding, Captain Picard? It has been nothing but one big adventure and pleasure for us to be a part of all of this. You have a magnificent ship and keep it running smoothly. That takes talent,” Maria spoke up.
Alexis turned to the Commander. “I’ll miss you too, Will. I’ve enjoyed our time together. I can’t say that I wouldn’t like to see you again, but I don’t think it will happen.”
“You’re one of the most amazing women I’ve ever met. I’d be happy to see you again. Who knows maybe the force will bring us together again,” Will said, referencing what she had learned in her first lesson towards becoming a Jedi knight. He kissed her, and she realized that it would be their last kiss.
Alexis smiled up into his face and silently said goodbye. She started toward the platform when there was a bright light and Q appeared in front of her. She fell back a step in surprise. Then, a look of annoyance appeared on her face in recognition.
“Q, what are you doing here?” Picard asked.
“I told you before that this girl interests me as well as Healers in general. I’m coming along and learning all of this along with Alexis. Besides, I hope to get to know Alexis better,” he said with a grin in her direction.
Alexis grinned back. Will was appalled. “You aren’t actually thinking of allowing him to stick around while you try to get them all settled in, are you? He’ll only cause trouble.”
Alexis didn’t stop grinning nor did she look away from Q, “I can handle Q. You’re welcome to come along, Q.”
“Thank you, Alexis.”
“Now can we go? I need to get somewhere to lay down soon, my feet hurt,” Isabel said.
“As soon as Alexis gets in position, we can beam you down to the surface,” Jean-Luc said.
“Why bother with transporters? Jean-Luc, I’ll see you around the galaxy,” Q said with a flourish. Then there was a bright light and all 10 of them had disappeared.
Will and Jean-Luc turned to head to the bridge when they exchanged a knowing look. The Captain hit his comlink. “Enterprise to Dr. Picard. Alexis, did Q get you to the correct destination?”
“We’re fine, Captain. Stop worrying. I’ll be in touch with you soon.”
“Just checking. Picard out.”
|posted on 20-Sep-2002 12:24:56 PM by littleroswell|
|Glad you few are liking the story. I was thinking about writing a sequel but I'm not sure. What do you think?|
|posted on 25-Sep-2002 8:15:10 AM by littleroswell|
|Just bumping my own fic again.|
|posted on 3-Oct-2002 8:48:12 PM by littleroswell|
|Unfortunately, I'm not sure I'm going to get to a sequel to this story for a long time. I hope you guys will check out my other fics on this site. They are The Original Royal Four, Picking Up the Pieces, and The Most Painful Kind of Betrayal. They are each unique and I'm currently in the works on another fic. Thanks for your support.|