posted on 20-Sep-2002 8:44:54 AM by littleroswell
Ok this is a fic I wrote a long time ago, obviously because Tess is still a good guy.

The Most Painful Kind of Betrayal

Rating: PG-13
Category: Mostly M/L but everybody is in it
Disclaimer: I don’t own anything, not the characters, not the actors, not the music I use, notta.
Summary: This story is set in the future. I don’t want to give too much away right now so that’s all I’ll say for now.

Part 1

The Hartsfield International Airport was bustling with activity as it always was. A woman in her mid-thirties strained her neck to see around the tall man standing in front of her, trying to watch for her daughter to come off the flight that had just arrived. Then she saw the teen, who was a spitting image of her mother, come out of the gate door. She moved around the tall gentleman and waved to her daughter.

“Shannon, over here! Oh, it’s so good to see you! I’ve missed you so much,” the mother said, embracing the young woman.

“I’ve missed you too, mom,” Shannon answered. “How are Aunt Maria and Uncle Kyle and Aunt Tess? How are Serena and Leslie?”

Shannon’s mother took one of the carry-on bags from her daughter and headed down the concourse toward the baggage claim. “Everyone’s doing just fine here. They missed you, though. Serena’s waiting at the baggage claim area to help with your luggage. Leslie would have come too, but she had to work, as did Maria.”

“Leslie got a job? Where?” Shannon asked. Leslie was Serena’s daughter and one of Shannon’s best friends.

“Yeah, she’s working at Starbucks. She just started last week so she didn’t want to ask for time off right away. She’s planning on seeing you tonight though.” They both stopped and looked around the baggage claim area for Serena. “Do you see her anywhere?”

Suddenly, they spotted a tall woman with short dark hair and green eyes, coming towards them, waving and pushing a luggage cart. “Liz, Shannon, I’m coming! Whew! There are so many people here! Hey, sweetie. How are you?” Serena said with her slight southern accent.

“I’m fine, Serena. How are you?” Shannon said, hugging her mom’s friend.

“Just fine. Leslie had to work, otherwise, she would have come too,” Serena answered.

“Yeah, mom said she got a job at Starbucks. Are they still hiring? I’m going to need a job too. Now that I’m 16, I’m going to need some money to get around on,” Shannon said.

“That’s right, you and Dexter had a birthday while you were gone, happy late birthday,” Serena told her.

“I want you to just relax and enjoy being home for a little while before you go looking for a job. With school being out for the summer, I want to spend some time with you before Dexter gets here,” Liz told her daughter.

When they had removed all of Shannon’s luggage off of the carousel, they made their way to the parking lot and to Serena’s Toyota 4-Runner. They loaded the luggage into the SUV and climbed into it. Shannon asked her mother how school had gone for her this year, as it was her first year teaching high school students.

“I really loved it. Everything went much better than I expected. I even have a few students who thought I was a pretty cool teacher. I hope you and Dexter have kept up with your studies. I know you guys have been doing well in the past, but I have to keep checking up on you two, especially since you’re in a home schooling program; after all, I am your mother,” Liz said, speaking of her twin children.

“Yeah, mom, actually, we’ve just finished the last book for a while. Dad asked them for a few weeks off for us so we could get settled back here in Atlanta before we have to dive back into the books again. By the way, I have Dexter’s flight information in my bag in the back. Remind me when we get home and I’ll give it to you,” Shannon answered.

As Serena pulled onto the interstate heading toward Marietta, Liz turned around to face her daughter in the back seat. “So how are Alex and Isabel? How is Michael?”

“Uncle Alex and Aunt Isabel are doing fine. Jack had to have his tonsils removed in January. Michael asked about Maria but told me not to tell her that he did. Both sets of grandparents send their love, and Grandma and Grandpa Evans want to come out and visit soon. Oh, and Dad asked about you and sends his love,” Shannon answered quickly.

“Well, I’ll tell Maria then about Michael and that way you didn’t say a word. How old is Jack now? He’s got to be what 10? That’s right because Mandi just turned 15,” Liz said, speaking of Isabel and Alex’s children.

“Mom, did you hear what I said about Dad?” Shannon asked.

Liz turned back to face the front of the vehicle. “Yes, I heard you, Shannon,” she said quietly.

“Aren’t you even going to ask how he’s doing? Don’t you even want to know how his shop’s coming and the UFO museum?”

“Shannon, you know I don’t like talking about your father, especially when you’ve just got back from being with him. But since you brought it up, how is he doing? How’s his work going? Is he seeing anybody?” Liz asked, still not looking at her daughter.

Shannon rolled her eyes and Serena shot Liz a quick look. “Mom, you know that dad still wears his wedding ring! He’s gone out with a total of two different women, once each, the whole time Dexter and I were out there, and that’s only because they asked him out. Two dates in six months, mom! I could probably count on one hand the total number of dates he’s had since you guys split up. He still loves you. I just don’t understand why you guys got a divorce,” Shannon told her mother.

Liz sighed and pushed her hair behind her ears. “Can we change the subject please?” she asked.

“Mom, I’m 16 years old now. You can tell me what it was that made you guys split up. I can handle it.”

“I asked that we drop the subject. Now, I was going to just let it be a surprise when you got there but we have moved,” Liz said.

“Moved? What do you mean moved?”

Serena felt she could pipe up now. “Yeah, Maria and your mom got a house while you were gone. It’s beautiful and in a safe neighborhood not far from Leslie and I. No more apartment life.”

“You moved all of my stuff? I hope you didn’t look through any of it. I mean I don’t really have anything to hide but some things are private,” Shannon said.

“I just packed it up, Shannon. I didn’t go through it. However, I did leave a few boxes in your room that you’ll have to unpack, and I’d like within the next couple of weeks for you to go through your things and throw out anything you don’t want. Oh, and Maria and Serena and Leslie and I were going to go to a movie this evening and for pizza after, if you feel like you’re up to going after getting home,” Liz said.

“Sounds good. I just need a nap when we get home. I’ve got some major jet lag, probably because I had to get up really early to finish packing,” Shannon answered, yawning.

They chatted the rest of the way home. When they pulled into the driveway, Shannon commented on how pretty the house was and they unloaded her things from the SUV. Serena said she would see them later and then they went in the house. It was a split-level house, with four bedrooms upstairs and a full sized basement. Liz showed Shannon where her room was.

“We can fix it up any way you like. Dexter has the room across the hall and I’m down on the right with the guest room across the hall from me. Maria has the basement. If you have any clothes you need me to do, just load them in a basket and bring them downstairs to the basement; I’m doing Maria’s and my laundry,” Liz said.

“Actually, I did mine and Dexter’s laundry before I left so I’m fine. I just want to take a nap.”

“Ok, sweetie. Well, it’s good to have you home. I missed you,” Liz told her with a hug.

“Roswell is my home too, but I’ve missed you too, mom.”

* * * * * * * * * * *

An hour later, Maria walked in the door and found Liz standing at the couch folding up clothes. “Hey, did Shannon get in ok?” she asked, setting her purse and keys on the kitchen table.

“Yeah, she’s upstairs taking a nap right now,” Liz said heavily.

Maria walked over and sat in the big over-stuffed chair. “What’s wrong? Shannon’s ok isn’t she?”

“Yes, she’s fine. Maria, she asked me again why Max and I split up. She really wants to know. I’m afraid she’s just going to keep on bugging me until I tell her. If Dexter is still the same boy he was six months ago, he’ll join in with her trying to break me down and tell them,” Liz sighed.

“So why don’t you just go ahead and tell them if they want to know so much?” Maria answered.

Liz gave her an exasperated look. “Maria, you know I don’t want them thinking badly of their father. I just don’t think it’s right to put that kind of burden on my children.”

“Liz, what Max did was wrong, you know it, he knows it. Those kids are old enough to know the truth. I think if you don’t tell them they’ll end up growing up blaming themselves and thinking it was their fault you broke up.”

Liz sat down hard on the couch. “Oh, Maria, do you really think so? I hadn’t thought of it that way. I don’t want that.”

“Then I think you should tell them. I’m going to go take a shower before we go. Somebody’s kid spilled juice all over me at the grocery store today. I swear I need to find a new job,” Maria said, going downstairs to take a shower.

Liz thought about what Maria had said. Would her children really blame themselves for Max and her splitting up? Should she tell them the real reason? How do you tell your children that their father cheated on you and admitted to it? One thing she knew for sure, she wasn’t going to tell the story twice; Shannon would just have to wait for Dexter to come home before she told her anything.

* * * * * * * * * * *

Later that evening, after the movie, they were all sitting in the pizza place munching on a pizza with everything. Leslie and Shannon were catching up and giggling at nothing at all. They were born on the same day and they wished each other a late happy birthday.

“I wish you had been here, Shannon. Mom and Liz threw me a great party. Scott was there, along with Tess and Kyle of course, and he asked about you. All my school friends were there, including. . .” Leslie said with a flourish, “Jeremy, who just happens to be my boyfriend now.”

Shannon squealed. “Jeremy asked you out? Finally! I thought you two were never going to get together!”

“I could say the same thing about you and Scott. I mean, I know you call Tess and Kyle your uncle and aunt but they aren’t really your blood relatives and Scott has had a crush on you for as long as I can remember. When are you going to snatch up that gorgeous guy?” Leslie asked her friend. Scott was Tess and Kyle’s son.

“You two are horrible! I can’t believe you talk about guys that way. You act like they’re prizes that you won,” Maria said with mock surprise.

“Aunt Maria, we learned from the best,” Shannon teased laughing.

“Thank you, thank you, but as you can see, I’m not the best as I am still single. I’m with Leslie on this one, Shannon, you’d better snatch up that boy before some other girl does,” Maria told the girls.

“We’ve been telling you the same thing about Brody, Aunt Maria! Brody has been in love with you for as long as either of us has been alive. Then, there’s Uncle Michael who also is still in love with you. Personally, as much as I adore Uncle Michael, I think you ought to snatch up Brody; he’s got more money,” Shannon told her.

Maria just laughed her off. She didn’t dare say that Brody had gotten tired of waiting on Maria to accept his constant proposal and had found someone else. He was getting married in two months. Michael was a constant thorn in Maria’s side, and she didn’t like discussing him with anybody except Liz, and even then it was painful.

Liz smiled at the scene. She remembered talking in the same way years ago. It brought back memories of Maria and her sitting in class giggling at the guys sitting across the room. She remembered laughing with her when talking about Max and Michael. Liz sighed; that seemed like so long ago.

“Shannon, I know you said you wanted to know what happened between your father and I and I’ve decided to tell you,” she announced.

Shannon blinked and looked at her mom. She was finally going to learn the truth about why her parents split up. “Ok, go ahead, I’m listening.”

“No, I don’t want to tell you now. I want to wait until I can tell you and Dexter at the same time. So when he comes home and if he still wants to know, I’ll tell you both,” Liz said.

Shannon smiled at her mother and placed her hand on her mother’s arm. “Thanks, mom. I know it’s hard on you but we really want to know.”

“I just hope I’m doing the right thing by telling you.”

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posted on 20-Sep-2002 10:21:44 AM by littleroswell
Part 2

Part 2a

Liz, Shannon, Maria, and Leslie all climbed into Maria’s car and headed toward Starbucks. Shannon had been back in Atlanta for two weeks and was starting at the small coffee shop today. Dexter was also coming home today, and Liz was nervous about telling her children the story she had kept from them for the past 6 years.

As they pulled into the parking lot of the coffee shop, Leslie and Shannon pulled their seatbelts off and opened the door when the car had stopped. “Have fun at work today, Shannon. Listen to what everyone tells you, and either Serena or I will be by to pick you girls up when you get off,” Liz told them.

“Mom, I’ll be fine but thanks,” Shannon said closing the door.

Liz sighed, looking after her daughter, and Maria studied her for a moment before laughing out loud. Liz looked at her and asked what was so funny. “You! You have become the typical mom, and that’s something we swore we would never do when we were younger. Shannon is 16 and is starting her first job, outside of working for her father, today; she’s not starting her first day of school.”

“You’re right, Maria, I have become the typical mom because I was just thinking how fast they grow up. You do realize that I was 16 when I fell in love with Max, don’t you? I just hope that Scott and Shannon end up happier than we did. I still can’t believe they’re dating already,” Liz said laughing at herself.

Maria rolled her eyes. “Max again! Girl, it’s been 6 years since you two split up and you’ve been seeing Brian for the past 6 months. Aren’t you the slightest bit over Max yet? By the way, have you told Shannon about Brian?” she asked.

Liz avoided looking at her as they headed for the airport to pick up Dexter. “Well, not yet. I thought I’d wait until he came home from his business trip and let the kids meet him first before I tell them that we’ve been dating that long.”

Maria groaned. “Liz, Shannon is going to be mad you didn’t tell her about him when you two started dating, and Dexter is too. They feel like they need to protect you, you know.”

“I know but they’ve always tried to push Max and I back together and I wanted to wait to tell them about Brian in person and now that I’ve decided to tell them why Max and I split up, I thought I’d tell them about him after that. Is that a crime? I’m just watching my timing on these things. Life was complicated when we were 16, but it’s become a whole lot more complicated since my children turned 16,” Liz answered.

* * * * * * * * * * *

Dexter hugged his mother and they headed to get his bags. “I’ve missed you so much, mom. Oh, before I forget, dad sent this to you. He said to keep it and use it for us,” he told Liz, handing her an envelope.

Liz took it and put it in her pocket like she always did. She knew what was in it, money. Ever since she had moved to Atlanta with Serena and the kids, he had sent them money. For the first 2 years or so, Liz would send it back with a cold note saying she didn’t need anything from him ever again. After a while though, she realized that the money did help, and as he continuously pointed out, Dexter and Shannon were his children too and if she didn’t want the money for herself then spend it on their kids. So now she kept the money in a separate account for Dexter and Shannon and only used it in emergencies. She had decided to turn the account over to them now that they were 16 so they could handle their own money.

“So how are you, Dexter? You look great! I’ve heard most of the news from Roswell through Shannon but she didn’t tell me enough about you,” Liz told her son. They had always shared a special bond. Maybe that was because he looked so much like Max, right down to those expressive brown eyes.

“I’m fine, been busy working with dad at the UFO museum and the store. You wouldn’t believe how great the jewelry store has been going since dad opened it. I guess dad was right when he said that people liked to have a choice of where they shop. One jewelry store in Roswell was nice but now that we have ours open, business is booming. Where did dad come up with that idea anyway?” Dexter asked her as they walked to the car where Maria was waiting.

Liz got a flash back to when they had gone to the only jewelry store in Roswell looking for their wedding rings. She shook her head to clear the image and smiled at her son. “He got it from when we were engaged and he took me looking for wedding rings. That one store in Roswell was just too expensive so we had to drive to the next town and the next town until we found one that was reasonable.”

“He’s been thinking about opening this store for over 17 years? Why did it take him so long to do it?” Dexter asked surprised. Usually his father didn’t wait for anything that long.

Liz cleared her throat. It hurt to think that their dream had become a reality without her. “Well, he was really busy for a while when he bought the museum from Brody. That took a couple of years to really get into the swing of things. Then we didn’t have the money, and we were busy with you and Shannon. It was just a bunch of things that held him up. The important thing is that he didn’t give up. Your father was such a romantic, and we didn’t like the fact that people were trying to take advantage of other people in love by making them pay an arm and a leg for jewelry.”

They opened the trunk of Maria’s car and put his luggage in it and climbed in. “I was starting to worry about you two. Hey, Dex, how you doing kid?” Maria asked starting the car.

“Fine, Aunt Maria, how are you? How’s Brody?” Dexter asked. He adored Maria and really hoped that she would be happy with Brody someday.

“I’m doing just great and Brody is getting married next month,” Maria answered.

“To you?”

Maria laughed. “No, not to me. He got tired of waiting around for me to finally say yes so he met somebody else. She’s really cute and Sydney just adores her.”

Dexter frowned. “I’m sorry, Maria. I always thought you guys would end up together.”

“Hey, don’t be upset for me. I’m not. I’m really happy for Brody; he deserves somebody nice that will just worship him and that’s exactly who this girl is. I could never really make him happy, nor could I really be happy with him,” Maria answered truthfully.

Dexter decided to change the subject. “So, mom, you’re finally going to tell Shannon and I what happened between you and dad tonight, huh?”

Liz whipped her head around. “How did you know that?”

“Shannon called me a couple of days ago and she told me then. I didn’t tell dad that you were going to tell us. I’m glad you are though. It means more to us than you know,” he told his mother.

* * * * * * * * * * *

Liz sat at the kitchen table looking over the mail and drinking iced tea when Dexter and Shannon came into the room. They sat down at the table with her, and Maria looked up from the pan where she was trying a new recipe. Liz looked at her two children and sighed. This was it. There was no turning back now.

“Do you want me to leave?” Maria asked Liz.

“No, you know the story. You can help me if I leave out any details,” Liz answered putting aside the mail.

“Mom, we love you and daddy both, but we just want to know what happened between you two. I promise that my feelings for you guys won’t change,” Shannon told her mother.

Liz studied her children. They were both so young and the war had been over long before they were born. They had no idea what could change your life and your feelings. She took a deep breath and started telling them what they wanted to know.

** Flashback to a warm spring Saturday evening 6 years ago **

Liz danced and sang with the radio as she fixed dinner. Shannon and Dexter were playing at the park with the other kids and Tess and Kyle, and they wouldn’t be home until after eight. So it was just Max and Liz eating alone together and Liz was looking forward to it. As she sang to one of her favorite songs, she heard the door open and she smiled.

Liz felt Max come into the kitchen behind her and she said, “Hey, baby, you’re home a few minutes early today. I’m glad though.” She turned away from the salad she had been putting together to kiss him. “What’s wrong, Max?” she asked when she saw his face.

Max let out a big sigh and looked at Liz with pain in his eyes. “Liz, we need to talk.” He took her hand and led her to the living room.

They sat down on the couch and Max just held Liz in silence for a few moments. Liz didn’t interrupt his thinking, knowing that he would speak when he was ready. The longer they sat there, however, the more scared she got. Was this about his home planet? Was it an alien problem?

“You know that I love you and that I would never hurt you on purpose, don’t you?” he asked finally. When she nodded, he continued, “I have something to tell you and it’s going to hurt, badly. Liz, last night while you and Shannon were over at Isabel’s for Mandi’s slumber party and Dexter was over with Scott at Tess and Kyle’s, Sharon Covey came by to talk with us.”

Liz sat up straight. She couldn’t stand Sharon. She had graduated with them and was always hanging around because she was in love with Max. She didn’t care that he was married and flirted openly in front of Liz. “What did she want?” Liz asked.

“Honestly, I don’t remember exactly. She brought a bottle of Champaign. I told her you weren’t home and she seemed disappointed,” he told her.

“Yeah, I’ll bet,” Liz answered sarcastically.

“Anyway, she pushed past me and went to the kitchen. She found 2 glasses and filled them with Champaign even though I told her I didn’t drink. She said that one glass wouldn’t hurt me. I thought she might be right since it was only Champaign and it had been a while since I had anything with alcohol. I asked what we were celebrating, but before she could answer, I drank a bit of mine and I don’t remember anything else.

However, this morning I woke up naked in bed and she came in putting on her earrings. She said, ‘Good morning, sleepyhead. You haven’t seen my shoes have you?’ She looked under the bed and all I could do was watch her stunned. She found her shoes, gave me a quick hug and kiss on the cheek and said she’d call me when she got to Seattle,” Max finished. He buried his face in Liz’s hair.

Realization crept into Liz and she stood up and faced her husband. “Max, what are you saying?” she asked afraid of the answer.

“Liz, I slept with Sharon last night. I finished that whole bottle of Champaign. I’m so sorry,” Max told her in tears.

Liz looked at him, disgust, disbelief, pain, and horror plainly written on her face. “Max Evans, how could you? You slept with that slut in our bed?!” she yelled. She whipped around and went upstairs to their bedroom and pulled out a suitcase, throwing clothes into it. Max came into the room behind her.

“Liz, what are you doing?” Max asked, panicked.

“I’m leaving,” she answered shortly.

“Where are you going? When will you be back?”

Liz stopped for a moment, pushed her hair behind her ears and sniffed. “I don’t know and I don’t know. I just have to get out of here right now,” she told him. She closed the suitcase and turned around to head out the door.

Max stepped in her way and placed his hands on her shoulders. “Please, Liz, can’t we talk this out? I didn’t mean for this to happen. I’m so sorry. Please stay and let’s work this out,” he begged.

Liz shrugged his hands off. “I don’t see that we have anything to talk about, Max. I told you Sharon was a conniving person, that she was after you, and that the fact that we were married meant nothing to her. I suggested that you stay away from her as much as possible and you laughed me off, saying that I should have more faith and trust in you. Guess what, I was right, she stopped at nothing to get you; you slept with her. You’ve broken the trust that we built in our marriage, and I don’t think we can get that back just by talking. Now get out of my way,” she said coldly.

Max moved aside and hung his head, and Liz rushed past him and hurried down the stairs. He didn’t move until he heard the front door bang shut and Liz’s car start and speed off down the road. Then, he collapsed on the floor and cried into his hands.
posted on 20-Sep-2002 12:19:41 PM by littleroswell
I just wanted to let you guys know that I should have out another part or two posted by the end of the day.

Beth *bounce*
posted on 20-Sep-2002 1:00:26 PM by littleroswell
Part 2b – This is a continuation of the flashback that I started in part a.

Maria opened the front door to quiet the insistent knocking and found her best friend crying so hard she couldn’t see straight. She put her arms around Liz and pulled her inside. Liz just cried into Maria’s hair. She had made it all the way to the Valenti’s before she just fell apart.

“Maria, who was at the door?” Amy Valenti called from the back of the house.

“It’s just Liz, mom,” Maria called back. To Liz, she said, “Alright, let’s go to my room, and you can pour your heart out.”

Liz followed Maria to Kyle’s old room. Maria was the only one still living at home with her mom, but ever since Amy and the Sheriff had gotten married, Maria had grown closer to her mother, and it made it nice for Amy because she didn’t have to stay home alone on the nights that Jim had to work. Besides, with Michael having been in medical school for the past few years, if they had both had their own place, they wouldn’t have been able to afford to get married next summer. This way, Michael could set up his practice and be in full swing by the time they did get married.

Maria closed the door and sat down on the bed trying not to show her alarm at the sight of Liz carrying a suitcase and crying her eyes out. Liz sat down beside her. “Ok, Liz, spill it. What’s wrong?”

Liz sobbed out the whole story to a speechless Maria. How could Max do that to her? She told Liz she could stay with them for a few days and Liz was grateful. When Wednesday rolled around, however, and Liz still hadn’t gone to work or basically moved from the couch, Maria was starting to worry, and so were Amy and Jim.

On Thursday, however, Liz got up and got dressed for work. Before she headed off to the school, she asked Maria to call everyone except Max for a meeting at Liz and Max’s house. Liz said that she wanted to call Max herself. She called him and said that she wanted to talk with him and that she had called a meeting for that evening.

When Liz walked into her house, everyone else was already there in the living room. She was glad to see that Isabel, Diane, and Phillip were absent. She really didn’t want them to hear what she had to say.

“Where are Isabel, Diane, and Phillip?” she asked anyway. She wanted to make sure they didn’t walk in right in the middle of this.

Alex spoke up. “Isabel is at home, she fell asleep as soon as she got home from work, and she hasn’t been sleeping well so I let her sleep. As for Diane and Phillip, somebody had to watch the kids and Diane volunteered herself and Phillip. We call fill them all in later.”

“Let’s not make this too long, then. Diane and Phillip enjoy watching the kids, but I don’t know about all eight of them at once,” Amy said.

Liz nodded and took a deep breath. “I asked Maria to call all of you here because I have something to tell you that you aren’t prepared to hear.” Everyone looked at her expectantly and Max looked at her with a little fear. “Sunday night, Max told me that he cheated on me. I have spent the last few days and nights on the Valenti’s couch, thinking, and I’ve decided to leave Roswell and I’m taking Shannon and Dexter with me. Max, I want a divorce,” Liz said, looking at her hands.

Everyone looked stunned for a moment. All the color drained from Max’s face. Then, everyone was yelling at once. Kyle and Jim finally got everyone’s attention, and Kyle looked to Michael to take charge, as he was second in command. Michael stood up and cleared his throat.

“Is what she said true, Maxwell?” he asked, glaring at his friend. Max just covered his face with his hands and nodded silently. Michael looked at Liz. “Liz, you can’t leave Roswell, especially with the kids. It’s too dangerous. Where would you go? How could we protect you or them? The war may be over but not all of our enemies have been taken care of. No, taking them with you is not an option and I won’t let you leave either.”

Liz’s face turned bright red with anger. “Listen, Michael, if I don’t get out of Roswell, I’m going to fall completely apart just like my marriage did, and I’m not going to let that happen. I’m also not going to walk out on my children. They need me and I need them. I have no idea where I’m going but I am leaving.”

Before Michael could retaliate, Serena spoke up. “Liz, I wasn’t going to tell everyone until next week but I’m moving back to Atlanta. I came out here to Roswell with my husband because he wanted to live in a small town in the west, but ever since he was killed in that car accident last year, I’ve wanted to go home to my family. You could come with me if you want.”

Liz looked at her friend. “Thanks, Serena. That sounds like a good idea.”

Michael shook his head. “No, we stick together. If I’ve learned anything from Max and our past, it’s that we have to stay together.”

Maria flew at him. “Michael, if Liz says she needs to leave Roswell, we need to support her.” She turned to Liz. “Liz, I’ll go with you to help you with the kids. I can’t imagine being that far apart after all these years.”

Michael looked hurt. “Maria, I’ve just opened my office. We can’t move to Atlanta.”

“Michael, Liz needs our support and you can practice just as well in Atlanta as here. I can’t let Liz and Serena move across the country with three children alone. We’re going with them,” she told him.

Michael set his jaw and gave her a hard look. “Maria, I became a doctor for all of our children and the rest of us so that I could hopefully tell if something was wrong with them, but I also have patients here. I’m not leaving.”

Maria folded her arms across her chest. “Well then, I guess I’m going without you.”

Michael’s mouth dropped open and he looked frozen in place for a moment. Then, he seemed to get himself together and he turned to stalk out of the door. Jim and Amy tried to stop him but he just brushed past them. The door slammed behind him.

Liz looked at Maria. “Oh, Maria, I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to . . .” she started.

“No, no, Liz. You didn’t do anything. When do we leave for Atlanta?” she asked.

* * * * * * * * * * *

Liz put in her notice with the school. Since it would let out in a month, they decided to stay for the rest of the school year. Serena called her family and told them to look for three apartments, one for Liz, Shannon, and Dexter, one for Maria, and one for Serena and Leslie, all in the same building if possible. Serena’s sister, however, lived alone and wanted Serena and Leslie to move in with her.

The family found two apartments right next door to each other in the apartment complex not far from the local middle school in Marietta, but they were two bedroom, and Dexter and Shannon were too big to share a room. Finally, it was decided that Shannon would live with Maria and Dexter and Liz would live next door.

Liz didn’t want Isabel, Diane, and Phillip to think badly of Max so she didn’t let anyone tell them why she was leaving. Diane was so upset; she just didn’t understand what had happened between them; she thought Liz was happy with Max. Phillip was hurt but felt it wasn’t anybody’s business but Max and Liz’s. Isabel, however, just flat out refused to speak to Liz. Max saw what a hard time his family was giving Liz and offered to tell them the truth, but Liz refused, saying that no mother needed to know that her son was a cheater. Max was grateful to Liz for that.

A little over a week before school was to let out, Tess came by the elementary school where Liz was working to talk to Liz, knowing that the children would have already gone home. She knocked on Liz’s open door as she walked in. Liz looked up from the papers she was grading, expecting to see the principal or another teacher, and was pleasantly surprised to see Tess. She told her to come on in.

“Is everything ok, Tess?” she asked.

Tess smiled at her. “Yeah, I just wanted to talk to you. Liz, ever since you said you were moving to Atlanta, I’ve been thinking and I’ve talked with Kyle, and we’ve decided to come with you guys.”

Liz’s surprise registered on her face. “Why did you decide to do that?” she asked.

“Well, for two reasons really. One is that we really wanted to be close to help you out if anything happens and the kids are so close we didn’t want to separate them,” Tess started.

Liz picked up her papers and started to pack them up to take them home. “You don’t have to worry about that, Tess. Max and I worked out the child custody problem by deciding to put them in home school, and we each get them for six months out of the year, with a two week stagger so that Dexter and Shannon get some time away from each other.”

Tess put her hand on Liz’s wrist to stop her from packing up and so she would look at her. “Liz, you didn’t let me finish. The other reason we’re going is to show the others that we support you. When I first came to Roswell and you and Max were together, I felt like I had been cheated on. Remember that Max and I were married on our home planet before we were sent here. Although, I’m very happily married to Kyle now, when I first came here, I found that my one time husband was dating and making out with you. I guess what I’m trying to say is that I know how it must have felt to have heard Max tell you that he slept with someone else.”

Tears were running down Liz’s face and she hugged Tess. This wasn’t the first time that Tess had been there for them. When Shannon and Dexter were born, she had been by her every minute. She and Isabel had helped give her strength to get both children out of her. “Tess, at one time I would have never imagined myself saying this, but I’m really glad you’ve decided to come with us and that you’re in our lives.”

* * * * * * * * * * *

The night before Liz and the rest of them were supposed to leave, she was at the Crashdown with Shannon and Dexter spending their last night in Roswell with Maria and the Parkers. They were all talking and having a pretty good time with the children when Max walked into the café. Liz stiffened up but Shannon ran over to Max and threw her arms around her father’s waist.

“Daddy, why do I have to go to Atlanta? I don’t want to leave Roswell. I want to stay here with you!” she sobbed at him.

Max bent down and hugged his daughter. God, why did he have to hurt everybody like this? He pulled his daughter back so that he could smile at her and wipe her eyes. “Listen, you’re going to have a great time in Atlanta with mom and Maria and Serena and Leslie, and you’ll be back in Roswell before you know it.”

Shannon shook her head violently. “No! I don’t want to leave! Please don’t make me. I go to school here and all my friends are here.”

Liz spoke up now. “Shannon, Scott and Leslie are coming with us to Atlanta as well as Uncle Kyle, Aunt Tess, and Aunt Maria, and Lindsay and Kevin (Tess and Kyle’s other two children). We’re all going to Atlanta so you won’t be leaving your best friends behind.”

Shannon turned on her mother. “I don’t want to leave Roswell! Why did you have to go and divorce daddy anyways? I don’t want to go to Atlanta because I hate you! I want to stay here with daddy!” she yelled.

“Shannon Isabel Evans, you don’t talk that way to your mother,” Max scolded.

“Why not? It’s true! I hate her!” Shannon said again before running up the stairs to her mother’s old room.

Max stood there awkwardly for a minute. Dexter went over to his mother and put his hands around her neck. “I don’t hate you, mom. I still love you, and Shannon doesn’t really hate you. She’s just saying that because she’s upset.”

Liz patted her son’s arms. “Thank you, Dexter. Would you go up and check on her for me please?”

As soon as Dexter was upstairs, Liz stood up. Max cleared his throat. “Um, Liz, I’m sorry about that. I don’t want you guys to go either but Shannon . . .” he started.

Liz interrupted him. “Don’t, Max. I know that Shannon doesn’t really hate me, at least I hope not. She’s just upset right now and who could blame her? Her father made a bad decision, and now she’s paying for it as well as all our friends and their children,” she said, starting to go to the ladies’ room.

“Liz, I said I’m sorry and I’ll say it until the day I die. I’d use the granolith to change what I did, but we aren’t supposed to use it for personal problems. I have to face the consequences of what I’ve done,” Max told her.

Liz turned on him in a rage. “You’re right, Max, you do have to pay for your mistakes! Unfortunately, so do your children and your friends and me. Saying you’re sorry won’t put Humpty Dumpty back together again! It’s over, Max, and for what? For a few minutes of fun that you don’t even remember!”

Max was in tears again. “Liz, if there’s anything I can do to help make it easier or better, please tell me because I don’t know what to do.”

“Yeah, Max, there is something you can do for me. You can get out of here and out of my life because I never want to see you again for as long as I live!” Liz said.

Max turned and ran out of the Crashdown. That was the last time Shannon and Dexter ever saw their parents together. That was the last time, Liz saw or spoke to Max.
posted on 20-Sep-2002 9:59:22 PM by littleroswell
Here is part 3. Enjoy!

Beth

As Liz finished telling Dexter and Shannon about why she and Max broke up, Shannon jumped up from her chair, knocking it over. “You’re lying! Daddy would never do that to you, to us!” she shouted at her mother.

Liz looked up into her daughter’s eyes filled with tears that matched her own. She felt Dexter put his arm around her shoulders and she patted his hand unconsciously. “Shannon, I’ve never lied to you and I’m not doing so now. I love you but you wanted to know, and honestly, I think you deserved to know the truth.”

Shannon picked the chair up and set it upright and sat down again. “You’re right, mom. I’m sorry for yelling at you like that,” she said quietly.

Dexter looked at Maria. “Is that why you never really gave Brody a chance, because you are still in love with Michael?” he asked.

Maria gave him a wry smile. “You’ve got me there, Dex. No one ever came close after Michael. You aliens are a tough act to follow.”

Liz stood up. “I think it’s time that we all tried that new recipe Maria made. It sure smells good.”

The others stood up and got ready to eat, each lost in their own thoughts. Maria thought of Michael. Dexter and Shannon tried to let what their mother had told them sink in. Liz stood there and debated whether now was the best time to bring up Brian. She decided against it, thinking that they had enough to think about without bringing him up just yet.

* * * * * * * * * * *

The doorbell rang a week later and Liz went to open it. Dexter was at the mall with Scott applying for jobs in the food court and Shannon and Maria were at work. Liz opened the door to find a man that she didn’t expect to see for another week. Her surprise showed on her face.

“Surprise!” the man said coming in and hugging her to him.

“Brian, what are you doing here? You weren’t supposed to be back for another week,” she said, hugging him back.

“I know but we finished a week early just so that I could come back here to you. So did you miss me? How did the kids take it when you told them about me?” Brian asked all excited.

Liz walked to the kitchen with Brian following her. Brian was a tall man standing at 6 feet 5 inches tall but he was on the thin side. His bright blond hair looked strange against his unusually tan skin and dark green eyes. He and Liz had met at the grocery store and had struck up a conversation over the yellow squash. The next thing Liz knew she had agreed to go on a date with him. That was a week after Shannon and Dexter had gone out to Roswell.

Liz kept telling herself that she was only lonely. Brian was great company. His wife and he had split up after she had slept with her ex-boyfriend, and Liz found that he was a great comfort when he found out about her and Max’s situation. After a while, she realized that he made her laugh and that was something she hadn’t done in almost 6 years.

“Well, I haven’t exactly told . . .” she began as she poured them both some iced tea. She was interrupted by the front door opening and closing, and a bunch of talking teens entered the kitchen.

Shannon and Leslie had come in at the same time as Dexter and Scott as well as Maria. They walked in and Shannon and Dexter froze in their tracks. The others realized that no one had told them about the man sitting with their mother.

Liz stood up. “Dexter, Shannon, this is Brian Hewitt, a friend of mine.”

Shannon and Dexter were immediately on guard. They could feel when their mother was hiding something from them as she was now. Scott, Maria, and Leslie said hi and Brian greeted them all warmly.

“Brian, these are my children, Dexter and Shannon,” Liz said.

Brian stood up and extended his hand to Dexter. “Dexter, Shannon, I’ve heard a lot about you. It’s nice to finally meet you.”

Dexter took his hand reluctantly and said, “I wish we could say the same thing about you, Mr. Hewitt.”

“Please call me Brian. Liz, you didn’t tell your children about me?” he asked a little hurt. “Well, I guess you didn’t really have time to do so yet. You guys have only been back what a week, maybe 2?”

Shannon looked pointedly at Liz. “Actually, I’ve been here for a month and Dexter has been here for 2 weeks. Mom, why haven’t you told us about Brian?”

Liz looked right back at her daughter. “We had other things to discuss and it wasn’t the time then to bring him up,” she answered.

Brian sat back down and directed the others to do the same. Liz did but the teens stayed where they were. Maria excused herself and went downstairs to her room. Brian spoke up again. “Well, I can tell you about myself right now. Your mom and I met at the grocery store and we’ve been dating since then, about 6 months now.”

“Six months! You’ve been dating this guy for six months and haven’t said a word to us about him in your letters or on the phone?” Shannon accused her mother.

“I didn’t think it important at first and then I wanted you to hear about Brian in person,” Liz said helplessly.

Brian stood up. “You know, maybe it’s better that I go home for now and get settled back in while you talk with your kids,” he said. He gave her a quick kiss and headed for the door. “I’ll call you later.”

Liz looked at him grateful and followed him. He always seemed to know exactly the right thing to do. “Thanks, Brian. I’m sorry, I would have told them about you this week before you came back from your trip. Maybe we can all go to dinner later this week.”

Brian smiled at her as he climbed into his car. “I’d like that. I’ll call you around 9 or so.”

Liz went back inside and Leslie and Scott made up excuses to leave to go home. After they were gone, Dexter and Shannon folded their arms across their chests and waited for Liz to explain. Liz cleared her throat and sat down to sip on her tea again. Dexter sat beside her and Shannon sat down across from her.

“Mom, spill it. Why didn’t you tell us about Brian? Does he know about us, I mean really know about us?” Dexter asked.

“Of course not! How would I tell him that my children are half alien? I didn’t tell you because I didn’t know how you would react. It’s really not that serious between us. I met him at the grocery store and agreed to go on a date with him. His wife and he got a divorce when she cheated on him so we had something major in common. He’s just good company, that’s all,” Liz told them.

Dexter relaxed a little but Shannon was still visibly upset. “Mom, I thought you still loved daddy. I know that what he did hurt you but what if you just forgave him and then you guys could try to work everything out.”

Liz sighed. “Shannon, your father and I are not getting back together. I can’t tell you exactly what it feels like to have your whole world fall apart.”

Dexter came to her rescue. “Shannon, mom has the right to see other people. That’s one privilege of being divorced. I just hope you’re making the right decision, mom.”

Liz smiled at her son. As much as she loved him, he was a sore spot because he was so much like Max. “Thank you, Dexter.”

* * * * * * * * * * *

Later that week, Brian, Shannon, Dexter, and Liz went to dinner and a movie. Over the next few weeks, Shannon and Dexter began to loosen up around him and realized that he was good for Liz. He was also fun to be around, although Shannon would never admit that to her mother.

One night when Brian and Liz had gone out just the two of them, he had taken her to the first restaurant they had gone to. While Liz was finishing her desert, the waiter came over and asked if there was anything else. Liz looked up and smiled saying no thank you. When she looked back at the table, there was a small box sitting in front of her. She swallowed hard.

She looked at Brian, who smiled at her. “Go ahead, open it, Liz.”

Liz picked up the box with trembling fingers. As she opened it, her fears were confirmed. The ring inside had to have been a full carat. She looked up at Brian. “Brian, where, what, why?” she stuttered.

Brian took the box and pulled the ring out of the box. “Elizabeth Evans, will you marry me? I could make you happy, and I’d treat your kids like they were my own.”

Liz panicked. She didn’t know what to say. She wasn’t prepared for this. What should she say? “Brian, I am extremely fond of you but I have to honestly say that I didn’t see this coming. I don’t know what to say,” she said.

Brian’s smile fell for a minute but only for a minute. “Liz, I love you, but I want you to be happy. You can wait to tell me your answer if you need to. I’m leaving for Tallahassee in a few days, you can tell me your answer when I get back. Just know that I love you and you know I will never do what Max did to you.”

Liz smiled genuinely at him. “I know, Brian. Thank you for giving me some time. I will get you an answer as soon as I can.”

* * * * * * * * * * *

Later that night, as she got home, she realized that Shannon and Dexter were still up as well as Maria. She called them all to the living room and sat down on the couch. They all came into the room and sat down, looking at Liz expectantly.

“I have something to tell you all. Brian asked me to marry him tonight,” Liz said.

Shannon and Dexter paled considerably. Maria didn’t know what to say. Finally Dexter said, “What did you say?”

“I told him the truth, that I hadn’t seen this coming. I also told him that I needed time to think about it. I want to know what you guys honestly think. I’ve already told you that I am not getting back together with Max so with that in mind, I want to hear your opinions,” Liz begged.

Maria put her arm around her best friend. “Liz, I like Brian and I think he’s good for you, but I also know that it’s your decision. If you really love Brian then I say go for it.”

Dexter slowly nodded his head. “I agree with Maria. I haven’t known Brian that long, but he makes you laugh and you haven’t really laughed in a long time.”

Liz hugged her son and turned to Shannon. Shannon sighed. “Mom, I love you and I’ll support whatever decision you make. I wish you and daddy would work out your problems, but since you’re determined that won’t happen I’ll support you if you decide to marry Brian.”

Liz hugged her daughter so hard she couldn’t breathe well. “Thank you so much, honey. I love you too.”

* * * * * * * * * * *

A few days later, Liz was driving Brian to the airport, and as he slept in the seat beside her, she stole glances at him from time to time. ‘Could I really spend the rest of my life with him? I mean, he’s so good to me and he obviously likes the kids, but he’s not Max. Stop it, Liz! There is never going to be another Max. You thought he was special, but look at what he did to you. Brian would never cheat on you; he’s had it happen to him so he knows how it feels,’ Liz wrestled inside her head. She did that all the way to the airport.

As they went to the gate for his plane, the wreck on I-85 had held them up enough that they were already boarding the plane. Brian turned to Liz and smiled at her. “I guess I need to get aboard. I’ll miss you but this job should only take a week and a half, two weeks tops. I’ll be back home to you before you know it,” he said, leaning over to kiss her.

He took his briefcase from her hands and kissed her again before heading for the door to board the plane. As he was just about to disappear, she called him back. Brian looked back questioningly and she ran over to him. She looked into his eyes and made her decision.

“Brian, I don’t have to wait until you get back from Tallahassee to give you an answer. Yes, I’ll marry you,” she told him.

Brian got a huge grin on his face. “Really? I mean, you’re sure right, Liz? I’m willing to give you all the time you need to make this decision. Not that I want you to back out but . . .”

She interrupted him by kissing him, and he dropped his bags and really returned that kiss. He pulled the ring out of his jacket pocket and placed it on her finger. She started laughing.

“How long have you been carrying that around in your pocket?” she asked.

He grinned again. “Every time I’ve thought I might see you since I purposed. I hate to say this but I really have to go. I’ll call you when I get settled in the hotel and have eaten something. I love you.”

Liz watched him board the plane and felt an odd sensation inside her. She pushed it aside as just nerves from having made that decision. She had made the decision to move on with her life and she reasoned that it was a scary decision to make. Brian would make her happy, she was sure of it.
posted on 23-Sep-2002 8:27:09 AM by littleroswell
The Most Painful Kind of Betrayal

Part 3

As Liz finished telling Dexter and Shannon about why she and Max broke up, Shannon jumped up from her chair, knocking it over. “You’re lying! Daddy would never do that to you, to us!” she shouted at her mother.

Liz looked up into her daughter’s eyes filled with tears that matched her own. She felt Dexter put his arm around her shoulders and she patted his hand unconsciously. “Shannon, I’ve never lied to you and I’m not doing so now. I love you but you wanted to know, and honestly, I think you deserved to know the truth.”

Shannon picked the chair up and set it upright and sat down again. “You’re right, mom. I’m sorry for yelling at you like that,” she said quietly.

Dexter looked at Maria. “Is that why you never really gave Brody a chance, because you are still in love with Michael?” he asked.

Maria gave him a wry smile. “You’ve got me there, Dex. No one ever came close after Michael. You aliens are a tough act to follow.”

Liz stood up. “I think it’s time that we all tried that new recipe Maria made. It sure smells good.”

The others stood up and got ready to eat, each lost in their own thoughts. Maria thought of Michael. Dexter and Shannon tried to let what their mother had told them sink in. Liz stood there and debated whether now was the best time to bring up Brian. She decided against it, thinking that they had enough to think about without bringing him up just yet.

* * * * * * * * * * *

The doorbell rang a week later and Liz went to open it. Dexter was at the mall with Scott applying for jobs in the food court and Shannon and Maria were at work. Liz opened the door to find a man that she didn’t expect to see for another week. Her surprise showed on her face.

“Surprise!” the man said coming in and hugging her to him.

“Brian, what are you doing here? You weren’t supposed to be back for another week,” she said, hugging him back.

“I know but we finished a week early just so that I could come back here to you. So did you miss me? How did the kids take it when you told them about me?” Brian asked all excited.

Liz walked to the kitchen with Brian following her. Brian was a tall man standing at 6 feet 5 inches tall but he was on the thin side. His bright blond hair looked strange against his unusually tan skin and dark green eyes. He and Liz had met at the grocery store and had struck up a conversation over the yellow squash. The next thing Liz knew she had agreed to go on a date with him. That was a week after Shannon and Dexter had gone out to Roswell.

Liz kept telling herself that she was only lonely. Brian was great company. His wife and he had split up after she had slept with her ex-boyfriend, and Liz found that he was a great comfort when he found out about her and Max’s situation. After a while, she realized that he made her laugh and that was something she hadn’t done in almost 6 years.

“Well, I haven’t exactly told . . .” she began as she poured them both some iced tea. She was interrupted by the front door opening and closing, and a bunch of talking teens entered the kitchen.

Shannon and Leslie had come in at the same time as Dexter and Scott as well as Maria. They walked in and Shannon and Dexter froze in their tracks. The others realized that no one had told them about the man sitting with their mother.

Liz stood up. “Dexter, Shannon, this is Brian Hewitt, a friend of mine.”

Shannon and Dexter were immediately on guard. They could feel when their mother was hiding something from them as she was now. Scott, Maria, and Leslie said hi and Brian greeted them all warmly.

“Brian, these are my children, Dexter and Shannon,” Liz said.

Brian stood up and extended his hand to Dexter. “Dexter, Shannon, I’ve heard a lot about you. It’s nice to finally meet you.”

Dexter took his hand reluctantly and said, “I wish we could say the same thing about you, Mr. Hewitt.”

“Please call me Brian. Liz, you didn’t tell your children about me?” he asked a little hurt. “Well, I guess you didn’t really have time to do so yet. You guys have only been back what a week, maybe 2?”

Shannon looked pointedly at Liz. “Actually, I’ve been here for a month and Dexter has been here for 2 weeks. Mom, why haven’t you told us about Brian?”

Liz looked right back at her daughter. “We had other things to discuss and it wasn’t the time then to bring him up,” she answered.

Brian sat back down and directed the others to do the same. Liz did but the teens stayed where they were. Maria excused herself and went downstairs to her room. Brian spoke up again. “Well, I can tell you about myself right now. Your mom and I met at the grocery store and we’ve been dating since then, about 6 months now.”

“Six months! You’ve been dating this guy for six months and haven’t said a word to us about him in your letters or on the phone?” Shannon accused her mother.

“I didn’t think it important at first and then I wanted you to hear about Brian in person,” Liz said helplessly.

Brian stood up. “You know, maybe it’s better that I go home for now and get settled back in while you talk with your kids,” he said. He gave her a quick kiss and headed for the door. “I’ll call you later.”

Liz looked at him grateful and followed him. He always seemed to know exactly the right thing to do. “Thanks, Brian. I’m sorry, I would have told them about you this week before you came back from your trip. Maybe we can all go to dinner later this week.”

Brian smiled at her as he climbed into his car. “I’d like that. I’ll call you around 9 or so.”

Liz went back inside and Leslie and Scott made up excuses to leave to go home. After they were gone, Dexter and Shannon folded their arms across their chests and waited for Liz to explain. Liz cleared her throat and sat down to sip on her tea again. Dexter sat beside her and Shannon sat down across from her.

“Mom, spill it. Why didn’t you tell us about Brian? Does he know about us, I mean really know about us?” Dexter asked.

“Of course not! How would I tell him that my children are half alien? I didn’t tell you because I didn’t know how you would react. It’s really not that serious between us. I met him at the grocery store and agreed to go on a date with him. His wife and he got a divorce when she cheated on him so we had something major in common. He’s just good company, that’s all,” Liz told them.

Dexter relaxed a little but Shannon was still visibly upset. “Mom, I thought you still loved daddy. I know that what he did hurt you but what if you just forgave him and then you guys could try to work everything out.”

Liz sighed. “Shannon, your father and I are not getting back together. I can’t tell you exactly what it feels like to have your whole world fall apart.”

Dexter came to her rescue. “Shannon, mom has the right to see other people. That’s one privilege of being divorced. I just hope you’re making the right decision, mom.”

Liz smiled at her son. As much as she loved him, he was a sore spot because he was so much like Max. “Thank you, Dexter.”

* * * * * * * * * * *

Later that week, Brian, Shannon, Dexter, and Liz went to dinner and a movie. Over the next few weeks, Shannon and Dexter began to loosen up around him and realized that he was good for Liz. He was also fun to be around, although Shannon would never admit that to her mother.

One night when Brian and Liz had gone out just the two of them, he had taken her to the first restaurant they had gone to. While Liz was finishing her desert, the waiter came over and asked if there was anything else. Liz looked up and smiled saying no thank you. When she looked back at the table, there was a small box sitting in front of her. She swallowed hard.

She looked at Brian, who smiled at her. “Go ahead, open it, Liz.”

Liz picked up the box with trembling fingers. As she opened it, her fears were confirmed. The ring inside had to have been a full carat. She looked up at Brian. “Brian, where, what, why?” she stuttered.

Brian took the box and pulled the ring out of the box. “Elizabeth Evans, will you marry me? I could make you happy, and I’d treat your kids like they were my own.”

Liz panicked. She didn’t know what to say. She wasn’t prepared for this. What should she say? “Brian, I am extremely fond of you but I have to honestly say that I didn’t see this coming. I don’t know what to say,” she said.

Brian’s smile fell for a minute but only for a minute. “Liz, I love you, but I want you to be happy. You can wait to tell me your answer if you need to. I’m leaving for Tallahassee in a few days, you can tell me your answer when I get back. Just know that I love you and you know I will never do what Max did to you.”

Liz smiled genuinely at him. “I know, Brian. Thank you for giving me some time. I will get you an answer as soon as I can.”

* * * * * * * * * * *

Later that night, as she got home, she realized that Shannon and Dexter were still up as well as Maria. She called them all to the living room and sat down on the couch. They all came into the room and sat down, looking at Liz expectantly.

“I have something to tell you all. Brian asked me to marry him tonight,” Liz said.

Shannon and Dexter paled considerably. Maria didn’t know what to say. Finally Dexter said, “What did you say?”

“I told him the truth, that I hadn’t seen this coming. I also told him that I needed time to think about it. I want to know what you guys honestly think. I’ve already told you that I am not getting back together with Max so with that in mind, I want to hear your opinions,” Liz begged.

Maria put her arm around her best friend. “Liz, I like Brian and I think he’s good for you, but I also know that it’s your decision. If you really love Brian then I say go for it.”

Dexter slowly nodded his head. “I agree with Maria. I haven’t known Brian that long, but he makes you laugh and you haven’t really laughed in a long time.”

Liz hugged her son and turned to Shannon. Shannon sighed. “Mom, I love you and I’ll support whatever decision you make. I wish you and daddy would work out your problems, but since you’re determined that won’t happen I’ll support you if you decide to marry Brian.”

Liz hugged her daughter so hard she couldn’t breathe well. “Thank you so much, honey. I love you too.”

* * * * * * * * * * *

A few days later, Liz was driving Brian to the airport, and as he slept in the seat beside her, she stole glances at him from time to time. ‘Could I really spend the rest of my life with him? I mean, he’s so good to me and he obviously likes the kids, but he’s not Max. Stop it, Liz! There is never going to be another Max. You thought he was special, but look at what he did to you. Brian would never cheat on you; he’s had it happen to him so he knows how it feels,’ Liz wrestled inside her head. She did that all the way to the airport.

As they went to the gate for his plane, the wreck on I-85 had held them up enough that they were already boarding the plane. Brian turned to Liz and smiled at her. “I guess I need to get aboard. I’ll miss you but this job should only take a week and a half, two weeks tops. I’ll be back home to you before you know it,” he said, leaning over to kiss her.

He took his briefcase from her hands and kissed her again before heading for the door to board the plane. As he was just about to disappear, she called him back. Brian looked back questioningly and she ran over to him. She looked into his eyes and made her decision.

“Brian, I don’t have to wait until you get back from Tallahassee to give you an answer. Yes, I’ll marry you,” she told him.

Brian got a huge grin on his face. “Really? I mean, you’re sure right, Liz? I’m willing to give you all the time you need to make this decision. Not that I want you to back out but . . .”

She interrupted him by kissing him, and he dropped his bags and really returned that kiss. He pulled the ring out of his jacket pocket and placed it on her finger. She started laughing.

“How long have you been carrying that around in your pocket?” she asked.

He grinned again. “Every time I’ve thought I might see you since I purposed. I hate to say this but I really have to go. I’ll call you when I get settled in the hotel and have eaten something. I love you.”

Liz watched him board the plane and felt an odd sensation inside her. She pushed it aside as just nerves from having made that decision. She had made the decision to move on with her life and she reasoned that it was a scary decision to make. Brian would make her happy, she was sure of it.
posted on 23-Sep-2002 11:46:01 AM by littleroswell
I am trying to get the next couple of parts soon. I'm currently in the middle of editing them. Thanks for your patience.

Beth
posted on 24-Sep-2002 11:03:00 AM by littleroswell
Ok, this is going to seem silly but I'm bumping my own fic up. I have to find it later to post the next part or 2.

Beth

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posted on 24-Sep-2002 1:53:29 PM by littleroswell
Part 4

Liz, her kids, Maria, Leslie, and Serena were all over at Tess and Kyle’s house for dinner a couple of nights later. Everyone was talking and having a great time. Tess and Kyle were telling everybody about their trip to Florida. Tess said that they had a great time visiting Kyle’s grandmother.

In the middle of it all, Liz had been sitting there trying to figure out how to break her news to everyone. Finally, she just blurted out, “Brian asked me to marry him and I said yes while you guys were gone.”

Everyone stopped and looked at her, the news not registering at first. Then Maria smiled and hugged her friend. “Congratulations, Liz.”

Kyle, Scott, Leslie, and Serena each offered their congratulations as well. Dexter and Shannon just answered with a hug. It hurt to see their mother with someone other than Max, but they had said they would support her and they would. Tess just looked at her, studying her. No one noticed that she didn’t say anything about the news.

“So do you know when you’re getting married?” Kyle asked.

Liz shook her head. “No, I just accepted his proposal as he left for Tallahassee the other day. We’ve talked about maybe early next summer, like right after school lets out. We’ve both agreed that it will be a small wedding, though. We’ve both been married before, and we don’t want a big deal made of this.”

Liz showed all the girls her ring, and still Tess said nothing about it. Finally, she said she was feeling tired from the trip home as they had only gotten back the day before and excused herself. No one thought anything of it except Kyle. He knew something wasn’t right, but he didn’t say anything.

Later, when everyone had gone home after a movie, Kyle went up to their bedroom to find Tess watching some home movies from when the kids were little. He started pulling off his clothes and asked if everything was ok. Tess didn’t answer for a minute, and when she did she was still watching the television at first.

“No, Kyle, everything is not ok,” she looked at him sadly. “I think Liz is making a big mistake. Max was her life, her whole world, and now she’s marrying Brian. Not that I don’t like Brian, but he’s not Max and she still loves him. I wish I could say something without looking like I’m turning on her.”

Kyle lay down beside her and yawned. “Liz is a big girl, Tess. If she’s making a mistake, she’s smart enough to figure that out.”

Tess sighed and turned off the TV. “I just hope she figures it out before she marries Brian.”

* * * * * * * * * * *

Liz was cleaning the bathroom one afternoon a week later when the phone rang. She called for someone else to get it but realized that she was the only one home. She ran to get the phone just as the answering machine picked it up. She quickly cut it off and said hello again into the receiver.

“Liz? This is Alex,” said the other end.

Liz smiled and sat in a chair. “Alex, hi. How are you? Man, has it been a while since I’ve talked with you,” she said, glad to hear from her friend.

“Liz, this is not a social call. There’s been an accident,” Alex told her.

Liz felt her heart do a flip. “Max, he’s not . . .” she began.

Alex quickly reassured her. He should have realized that would be the first thing she would think of and scolded himself for not thinking before he spoke. “No, no, Liz, it isn’t Max. Actually, it’s Phillip and Diane. They were in a car accident just a little while ago,” he said.

Liz swallowed hard. She loved Phillip and Diane like her own parents. “How bad is it, Alex?” she asked shaking.

Alex paused before answering, and Liz knew it was bad. “Liz, Phillip was killed on impact. Diane is in ICU at Roswell Memorial.” When Alex didn’t hear a response on the other end of the phone, he worried. “Liz? Are you still there?” he asked.

“Yeah, I’m still here. Does she know? Does she know about Phillip? Is she going to make it? Alex, I need more information here,” she said.

“No, we didn’t have the heart to tell her right now, and the doctor said it’s better that we don’t until we’re sure she’ll make it. She’s been bleeding internally and they’re running some tests. We just don’t know yet. The doctor does say that it’s a good sign that she’s conscious,” Alex replied.

“I’ll be on the first flight I can get on and make it to the airport by,” Liz said standing up.

“Liz, now, she’s resting tonight and she won’t be able to have visitors until tomorrow. Just get some sleep tonight and come in the morning,” Alex suggested.

“You’re right. I need to let everyone here know too. I’ll be on the first flight in the morning. Can you come pick me up at the airport?” she asked.

“Yeah, just call my mobile number when you know the exact time you’ll arrive and I’ll pick you up. Don’t call the house because Isabel will be at the hospital all night and I’ll probably be there too.”

“Ok, I’ll call you in the morning.”

* * * * * * * * * * *

Kyle couldn’t take any more time off for a couple of weeks and Tess couldn’t get away from the house for another day because she said she had a doctor’s appointment that she couldn’t break. The kids and Maria took the time off of work and were flying to Roswell with Liz. Serena couldn’t afford to take the time off but asked that Liz send her love and to tell everyone she wanted to be there. Liz was taking the first flight out in the morning, and she ran around the house trying not to think about Phillip being gone.

Finally, she lay down to go to sleep around 2 in the morning. She stared at the ceiling and thought about Phillip. He was such a good person. Max cared about him so much, but not nearly as much as Isabel. How were they taking it? She started crying for her father-in-law. He never knew the truth about her and Max. He died thinking that she had left his son because she didn’t love him. That hurt because she didn’t want Phillip to think that she was a bad person. She cried the rest of the night and prayed that Diane would make it.

* * * * * * * * * * *

They all stepped off the plane and Liz let out a sigh. She hadn’t been in Roswell in 6 years. She normally would have tried to avoid Max, but she couldn’t exactly do that in this situation. She was so nervous she was shaking. Maria looked at her and knew exactly what was going through her head because she was thinking the same thing about Michael.

“Liz, you might want to freshen up in the bathroom before we go anywhere. You look like you haven’t slept in days,” she told her friend.

Liz sighed again. “Well, I haven’t. I’ve been debating on the whole marriage to Brian issue, and then I was up all night last night thinking about Phillip and Diane. I’m going to run to the ladies’ room. If you see Alex, tell him I’ll meet you guys at the luggage claim.”

She left and Shannon and Dexter looked at Maria. “Aunt Maria, you aren’t nervous about seeing Uncle Michael again are you? Because you look a little pale and your hands are shaking,” Dexter asked.

“Who me? Why would I be nervous about seeing Michael?” Maria asked. Then she smiled. “Ok, maybe just a little,” she admitted.

They found Alex and picked up their luggage and met up with Liz. They all piled into his van and he pulled out onto the highway. He chatted about the kids for a while and Kyle and Tess. They told him that Tess would be out tomorrow as well as Scott. Their other children would be staying with Kyle.

“So where are you guys staying? You can stay at Phillip and Diane’s house if you want since they aren’t there,” Alex said. Then he caught himself and everyone’s face fell.

Liz stared out the window at the passing countryside. “I want to go to the hospital first. Where we stay doesn’t matter to me.”

Everyone was silent the rest of the way to the hospital. Liz worried about Diane and how to tell everyone about Brian. Maybe she shouldn’t tell them at all. Would Diane make it through this? How would she take the news about Phillip? Her thoughts plagued her all the way to the hospital.

* * * * * * * * * * *

“What is she doing here?” Isabel said, flying at Alex. “Alex Whitman, you called her after I told you not to?”

Liz stepped forward. “Isabel, he did the right thing. I still love your mother. She’s someone I really cherish.”

Isabel turned on Liz. “As opposed to Max right? I mean, your feelings for my mother won’t change will they? The kids need their grandmother, you know, and she couldn’t take another heartbreak.”

“Isabel!” came a voice from behind Liz.

Liz froze at the sound. Isabel muttered something and stalked towards her mother’s room. Liz still didn’t move because she hadn’t heard that voice in such a long time. She had wanted some time to prepare for this, but she guessed that was out of the question now. She slowly turned around to see Max Evans standing there, a little surprise in his face.

“Hello, Liz. How are you?” he asked, not knowing what else to say. He noticed quickly that she looked absolutely stunning, worried but stunning nonetheless.

“Hi, Max. I’m ok. How’s your mother? Can I see her?” she asked not looking into his eyes.

“In a minute. Only one other person in the room at a time. She’s pretty weak right now. I guess Alex told you about dad?” Max said tears forming in his eyes.

At one time, Liz would have done anything to take those tears away. She told herself that she had changed though. “Yeah, and Max, I’m really sorry. I know how much he meant to you.”

“Yeah, but Isabel took it even harder. I mean, I love them so much, but I can’t show it like she does. I think she wishes we could have been there, that maybe we could have done something,” Max sighed putting his hand to his head.

As he did so, Liz noticed that Shannon hadn’t been lying; he still wore his wedding ring. Max saw that she noticed and gave her a wry smile and a nod. “Yes, I still wear it, Liz.” He looked at her hand and for some reason she wanted to hide it. “So you found somebody new? Who is he? Anybody I might have heard of from the kids?”

“You’re getting remarried?! Liz, I thought you were bored in your marriage but I never really thought you would hurt Max that much, by marrying somebody else! I never really thought you ever stopped loving him!” Isabel threw at her. Liz had never seen her so angry. For the first time in her life, Liz was afraid of Isabel. Once they had been close friends.

Max stepped between Liz and Isabel. “Isabel, she has that right. We’ve been divorced for 6 years.”

“How can you say that when all she has done is rip your heart out, and now she’s putting it in the blender and hitting the frappe button? Why do you continue to defend her actions?” Isabel asked him.

“Because I cheated on her!” Max answered before he thought about it.

Liz froze, as did Alex, Maria, and the kids. Isabel’s mouth dropped open and she shook her head. “No, I don’t believe it. You wouldn’t do that to Liz. You guys wouldn’t keep that from me would you?” She looked at their faces and knew that it was true. “Why? Why didn’t you tell me?”

“Because I didn’t want you thinking badly of Max. Your parents don’t know either, Isabel,” Liz sighed.

Isabel looked at Liz and tears filled her eyes. “Oh, Liz, you mean that dad . . . when he died he didn’t know?” When Liz shook her head, Isabel put her arms around Liz and hugged her. “Oh, Liz, I’m so sorry. I’m so so sorry. I didn’t know. I would never have treated you that way if I had. I feel just terrible.”

“I didn’t want you to know, Isabel. I made Max promise not to tell you. Now, I’m going to go see your mother. I haven’t seen her in quite some time,” Liz said starting to walk off. Just as she got to the door to Diane’s room, she turned back to ask them a question. “Hey, Max, Isabel, where’s Michael?”

Isabel answered, “He’s on his way. He had a full schedule today, and none of his patients would let him cancel. Everyone has that late flu that’s been going around.”

Liz came back to them as a thought hit her. “Max, haven’t you tried to heal Diane?”

“I can’t. When I heard about the accident she was already in the hospital, and with so many people in and out of her room, I haven’t even had a chance to see just how bad off she is. I thought I would wait for the doctors to tell us something before I helped her. Every time I’m in her room a nurse or a doctor comes in,” Max told her.

Liz nodded and went to see her mother-in-law. Isabel knew now, there was nothing she could do about that. She could keep that pain from Diane and she would until the day either of them died.
posted on 24-Sep-2002 1:55:47 PM by littleroswell
Part 5

Liz walked into her mother-in-law’s room and saw Diane hooked up to all kinds of machines. It hurt her to see Diane like this. She was so full of life; she shouldn’t be bedridden like this. She had her eyes closed, and Liz was just about to walk out, when she opened her eyes and called Liz back.

“Liz, what are you doing here?” Diane asked with a weak smile.

Liz smiled back and came over to kiss Diane on the cheek. She sat down in the chair beside her bed and patted her hand. “I came as soon as I heard about your accident. The kids and Maria are here, and Tess and Scott will be here tomorrow,” she told her.

“All this fuss! You know I’m a fighter and will come out on top of this, stronger than ever. Liz, have you seen Max? Doesn’t he look great?” Diane asked.

Liz sighed but continued smiling. Diane never gave up. “Yeah, I saw him and Isabel in the hall.”

Diane got a worried look on her face. “Isabel wasn’t too hateful was she? She just never got over you leaving Max, you know. I didn’t really understand it either until I thought about it. Now, I know that you still love him. You just wanted some time to prove that you could live on your own. You were married so young, and you really didn’t get time to do things on your own.”

Liz’s smile faltered. “Isabel and I talked some things out, and I think we’re going to be ok. But, Diane, Max and I are over. I’m sorry to have to really drive this point home right now, but I can’t ever get back with Max. Diane, I was going to wait to tell you this, but I’ve met the nicest guy. His name is Brian and he works on computer systems. I’ve told him all about you, and he can’t wait to meet you,” she told her.

Diane got a horrified look on her face. She looked down at Liz’s hand and saw her ring. “No, Liz, tell me it’s not true! You’re not marrying this guy?” Liz looked down, and Diane realized that it was true. “Get out! Get out of this room and out of my life. You are not going to have my approval in this, and I never want to see you again. I’ll see my grandchildren when they come out here to stay with Max, my son.”

Liz started crying. “Diane, please . . .” she begged. She loved Diane; she was one person that Liz trusted completely with her heart.

“I said get out!” Diane yelled at her.

The nurse and Isabel and the group outside had heard Diane yell and came running. Diane was getting hysterical at this point, and the nurse asked everyone to leave. Everyone left except Isabel and Liz, who lingered not wanting to leave. Finally, the nurse physically pushed them out of the room and started calming Diane down.

When Liz and Isabel were out in the hall, Max looked at Liz angrily and asked, “What happened in there, Liz?”

Liz looked at him with tears in her eyes. “I told her about Brian and she saw the ring on my finger. She flipped out, screaming at me to get out of her room and out of her life. She really doesn’t want to see me again because I’ve crushed all hope of us getting back together.”

Max softened. “I’m sorry, Liz. When she’s stronger, I’ll tell her the truth. I don’t want what I did to ruin your friendship with my mom. I know you guys are close.”

Liz shook her head violently, and Isabel put her arm around Liz. “No, Max. I don’t want her to know the truth. I’d rather her hate me for thinking that I walked out on you than have her crushed by the truth of what broke us up. She just wouldn’t understand how you could do that and it would kill her,” Liz said adamantly.

Max sighed and Isabel asked, “Are you sure, Liz? Mom’s stronger than you think, and it would repair anything that came between you. I know that I’m glad to know the truth.”

Liz looked at Isabel and shook her head again. “No, Isabel. Everybody has a breaking point and this would be Diane’s. She loves you and Max more than anything else in the world.”

Max sighed again, and Michael walked up and said, “Hi, Liz.” He smiled at her, and Liz realized that she had missed the friend that she had found in Michael.

Liz smiled at him through her tears and moved to his arms. “Hi, Michael.” He hugged her and realized that he had missed Liz too.

Michael and Liz had gotten close when the kids were born. He was there for their delivery and in fact had delivered them with the help of Tess and Isabel. He held a special place in Liz’s heart and her in his ever since then.

“Liz, you and the kids can stay at the house. I’ll move in with Michael while you’re here,” Max told her.

Liz pulled away from Michael and wiped her eyes. “Thanks, Max. I think we’ll take you up on that. Maria, are you staying with us too or are you staying with your mother and Jim?”

Maria spoke quickly. “I’ll stay with you guys.”

Alex spoke up. “Why don’t we all go home for a while? We could use the rest, especially you guys coming from the airport.”

Protests came from all directions. Isabel, Liz, Max, everyone was protesting Alex’s suggestion. Isabel was determined to stay at the hospital with her mother, as was Max. However, everyone agreed that there was no need for everyone to stay. Liz finally agreed to go and get settled in at Max’s house with the kids, get a shower and something to eat, and then come back.

Michael would stay with Max and Isabel. Amy and Jim would be coming soon too. Alex piled everyone back into the van and drove to the house that Liz had happily lived in with Max once upon a time. That’s the way that Liz felt; that it was all a fairy tale that she woke up from. She was dreading going back into that house.

“Ok, well, here you are. I’m going to go home and take a nap. If you need me, you know the number. I’ll pick you guys up in a couple of hours to go back to the hospital if you want,” Alex said as they all climbed out.

“Thanks, Alex. You’re the best,” Maria said, heading to the door. She dragged her suitcase tiredly with the kids following.

Liz turned to Alex with a smile. “Yeah, thanks, bud. It was great to see you again too.”

She dragged her suitcase into the house and stood just inside the door, looking around. Max hadn’t changed a thing since she had packed up and left 6 years ago. The kids ran up the stairs and to their rooms, collapsing on the beds exhausted. Maria declared she was going to take a hot shower and go lay down too.

Liz went up and put her suitcase in the master bedroom and looked around. She had been right. Except for the things that she had taken with her, nothing had been moved from the day she left. She couldn’t stay in this room right now. She fled down the stairs to the kitchen to try to find something to eat. She found a whole ham in the refrigerator and decided to make sandwiches for everyone. She fixed sandwiches for Maria and Dexter and Shannon and then for herself. As she finished those, she remembered that Isabel and Max had been at the hospital for quite some time. She fixed sandwiches for everyone that she could think of.

She would not let herself think of anything but what needed to be done. She took a few of the sandwiches up to the kids, but they were both sound asleep. She went into the guest room to find Maria combing her hair on the bed. Maria gratefully took a sandwich and almost swallowed it whole.

“So what was it like to see Michael again?” Liz asked Maria.

Maria swallowed and gave her a wry smile. “Well, he showed up at the hospital, looked at me, said, ‘Hi, Maria, how are you?’ I said I’m fine and then Diane started yelling. So really we didn’t get to say a whole lot. He does look great though.”

Liz got tears in her eyes. “I’m sorry, Maria. I wish that hadn’t happened at all, especially timing it so that you and Michael didn’t get to talk.”

Maria patted her friend’s hand. “It’s ok, Liz. We’ll have time to talk if he wants to talk. Now what was your first reaction at seeing Max again? Be honest with me here, Liz.”

Liz sighed. “I was so confused. He looks so great, Maria. I know that people change but he looked so great. I really wish we could go back in time and change things. I wonder what life would have been like if we had never gotten married or if he hadn’t slept with that slut. There are just so many possibilities.”

Maria yawned. “Well, if you don’t mind, I’m beat and I need a nap.”

Liz left her to nap and went back into the master bedroom. She went to the nightstand beside the bed and looked at the wedding picture of her and Max that sat there. She had taken no pictures with her except of the kids. She put the picture back down. Liz walked over to the closet and pulled out Max’s favorite flannel shirt. She put it to her nose and drank in his smell. How she had missed him! She put the shirt on and went over to the bed. She laid down on it and was asleep in no time. As she slept, she began to dream about their wedding day.

* * * * * * * * * * *

**Flashback to Max and Liz’s wedding day almost 18 years ago**

“Oh, God, Maria. I’m so nervous. How am I ever going to survive this? What if Max backs out? What if he doesn’t even show up at the ceremony?” Liz asked pacing the room where they were getting ready.

“Liz, if you don’t stay still for me to fix your hair, it’s going to come out really funny and you’ll be sorry,” Tess said.

Isabel finished doing her own hair. “Liz, I don’t know why you’re so nervous. You know Max loves you, and you two are going to be so happy for the rest of your lives. He’s going to show up and you guys are going to have kids and live happily ever after just like a fairy tale.”

Maria laughed. “Yeah, Liz. I mean Kyle showed up for his and Tess’s wedding and Alex promised Isabel that he’ll show up for theirs and Michael . . .well Michael and I will cross that bridge when we come to it.”

Nancy Parker walked into the room and stopped, awestruck by her daughter. “Oh, Liz, you look absolutely beautiful. You all do. No one would ever believe that a month ago you all were in an all out war. I’m so glad we didn’t lose any of you.”

They came together, all crying for their past hardships and the happiness that they had made it through together. They hugged each other, and there was a knock at the door. They all came apart and wiped their eyes.

“They’re about to start the music. Are you all ready in there?” came Jeff Parker’s voice from the other side of the door.

“Yes, Jeff, we’re all ready in here. Tell them to go ahead. Then come back up for Liz,” Nancy answered her husband.

Liz gave everyone one last hug. “Oh, guys, I can’t tell you how much you all mean to me. Maria, it’s always been you and me, best friends forever for as long as I can remember. Tess, I’m so glad that we worked things out. I’m sorry you lost your baby but I think that you and I have really become closer because of it and when you saved my life, that was the ultimate turning point for our relationship.”

Tess looked at her. “Liz, I’m so sorry for everything I put you and Max and all of you through. I never would have done it if Khavahr hadn’t been controlling my mind too. I really do care about you guys, and if I remember correctly, you saved my life too. I think we’re even, and I’m so glad that we’re friends now,” she said crying again.

Liz hugged her and told her, “Tess, we promised never to bring that up again. I’m sorry I did. I know it must be painful to think of your son.”

Liz turned to Isabel. “Isabel, we’re going to be sisters now. I really think that you and I have come a long way in our friendship. I hope that you know that I appreciate you for you and not because I’m in love with your brother.”

Isabel smiled at her. “Liz, I can’t think of anyone else I’d rather have for a sister or a friend.”

“Ok, girls, go on out and wait for your cues,” Nancy said, chasing them out the door. Then she turned to her daughter. “I’m so proud of you, Liz. You and Max have come a long way. I’m happy for you both, and I love you very much.”

“I love you too, mom,” Liz said hugging her. “I thought weddings were supposed to be happy occasions. All I’ve done so far is cry.”

There was a knock on the door, and Nancy opened it for Jeff. Nancy gave her daughter one last kiss on the cheek before heading out to take her seat. Jeff stood in the doorway staring at Liz.

“Honey, you look beautiful. I’m afraid to come near you for fear you’ll fall apart,” he told his daughter.

Liz smiled. “Thank you, daddy. You look good too. Who knew you cleaned up so well?”

Jeff chuckled. “Yup, that’s my daughter under all that frill and lace. Liz, you know that I want you to be happy and that I like Max don’t you?” When she nodded, he continued. “If he ever hurts you, I’ll kill him. You don’t understand this now, but you will when you have children; you’ll always be my little girl. I won’t see him hurt you.”

Liz took her father’s hands in hers. “Daddy, I love Max and he loves me. We’re going to be very happy and grow old together. Don’t worry about me; I’m in good hands.”

Jeff kissed his daughter on the cheek, lowered her veil, and offered her his arm. She took it with a loving smile at her father. He led her out of the room and to where everyone was waiting for them to enter. The music for her entrance started playing. As the notes of Cannon floated through the air, Max held his breath at the sight of Liz coming towards him on her father’s arm.

As they reached Max, Liz felt more and more assured of what she was doing and the nervousness slowly melted a little. He had shown up, and he looked just as nervous as she felt. Her father placed her hand in Max’s and lifted the veil from her face. He kissed her cheek and backed up for Max to fully step by her side.

The ceremony was a blur to them, and Liz remembered only looking into Max’s eyes and him into hers as they said their silent vows. They repeated vows aloud, and suddenly Max was kissing her and they were man and wife. Liz couldn’t remember ever being happier. As they turned to go back up the aisle, she looked into the rows of people, the people they loved and realized that she was a very fortunate person.

Liz awoke from her dream with tears streaming down her face. “Max, oh Max, what happened to us?” she whimpered. There was only silence to answer her. Then she sat up and cried her heart out again for the first time since she had left this house.

As she dried her eyes, she got up and prepared to go back to the hospital. She took Max’s shirt off and placed it back on the hanger and hung it back in the closet. She looked down at her hand and decided that she needed to call Brian, tonight.
posted on 25-Sep-2002 8:17:11 AM by littleroswell
Just bumping my own fic again. Have to be able to find it later you know!

Beth

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posted on 26-Sep-2002 9:11:32 AM by littleroswell
Just a quick note before I post another part. My parts are too long to keep posting all in one post. Therefore, henceforth (Ya like that word? *tongue*) every part shall have an a and b section. If it is especially long, maybe even a c section. OOH! Somebody stop me! (Hee, hee. I'm trying to be funny this morning.) Anyways, on to part 6a!

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posted on 26-Sep-2002 9:13:34 AM by littleroswell
Part 6a

Liz packed all the sandwiches up in a plastic bag and called a taxi to take her back to the hospital since Alex still hadn’t called and the kids and Maria were still asleep. She rode in silence looking at how much, or rather how little, Roswell had changed. It had been so long since she had been here. She rode past a sign for the Crashdown Café and realized she hadn’t called her parents. She asked the driver to go to the café instead, and as it was closer, the cab fare was considerably less.

She stepped from the cab, paid the driver, and turned to face the first home she had ever known. She stood outside the café shaking. So many memories ran through her, memories of her childhood and of her life after she realized how much Max meant to her. She finally told herself that she was being silly and walked in the door. She sat down at one of the booths. Liz realized that it was Max’s old booth.

“What can I get for you . . .?” the waitress asked, coming up. It just so happened that the waitress was Liz’s mother. “Liz, honey, when did you get here?” she asked putting her arms around her daughter.

Liz hugged her back. “The kids and I got here just a little while ago. We went straight to the hospital to see Diane. I’m sorry I didn’t call you to let you know we were coming, but I was so upset about the accident that I didn’t think about it.”

Nancy nodded sympathetically. “I know. I’ve been to see her already and she didn’t know about Phillip. Does she know now? How did she take the news?” she asked.

“No, the doctors don’t think she can handle that yet. Mom, she won’t even let me in the room now. I’ve lost her as a friend,” Liz said tearing up again.

“Now I know that Diane loves you as if you were her own daughter. Why would you say that?” Nancy asked.

“Mom, Brian asked me to marry him and I said yes,” Liz told her.

“Oh, honey, that’s wonderful! I’m so happy for you,” Nancy said, hugging her again.

“Thanks, but Diane thinks I’m betraying her or Max or something. I just wish I could make her see that he’s a great guy and that Max and I won’t be getting back together, without losing her.”

“I’m sure everything will work out, honey. Well, if you want to use our car, it’s around the back of the café, and you can get the keys from my purse upstairs. Your father isn’t here, but I’ll tell him you’re here. I’ve got to get back to work; 2 of the waitresses called in sick today,” Nancy said standing up.

* * * * * * * * * * *

Liz drove her mother’s car to the hospital and walked to Diane’s room. Max was standing outside. “Liz, I’m glad you’re here. I want to check on my mom. Like I told you before, every time I try to heal her, someone walks into the room or I have to leave. Now I need you to stand outside her door and keep watch for anyone coming so that I can at least stabilize her.”

“Ok,” Liz agreed.

She stood just outside the door where she could watch both directions for someone coming. Max slipped into the room and went over to his mother. He took her hand in his and smiled at her when she opened her eyes. Diane smiled back at her son.

“Have the doctors said anything else about my condition?” she asked.

Max shook his head. “They want to run a few more tests. They say that they have done all they can up to this point. Mom, I would have suggested this sooner but there was always someone else around. I can help you, you know. I mean I can heal you enough to get you definitely stabilized. That way the doctors wouldn’t get suspicious, and you could get some rest here while you recover the rest of the way. Will you let me help you?”

Diane smiled at her son. “Have you already helped your father? Can you do something for him? How about my broken heart at the news that Liz is marrying another man and is insistent that you and she will never get back together? Can you fix that?” she asked.

Max looked away from his mother’s heavy gaze and decided to tackle the easier subject first. “Mom, Liz has the right to remarry. She is no longer my wife,” he began.

“Without your help or consent. Why didn’t you try to work out whatever it was that came between you two? Why, Max? I know that Liz loved you. I don’t have the powers that you kids do, but I’ve watched you two together and I’ve never, ever seen any two people more in love with each other,” Diane asked upset.

“Because I let someone come between us, mom. I slept with someone else,” Max admitted. “Liz never wanted you to know the truth. In fact, she’s going to kill me when she finds out I’ve told you.”

Diane looked at her son, horrified at what he had just told her. Yet, at the same time, she felt relieved. At least now she knew what had caused Liz and Max’s break up. She patted his hand and thought about the situation before saying anything. Knowing that his mother was thinking, Max said nothing but concentrated on finding her most serious wounds and healing them.

He was in the middle of healing the worst one when she finally spoke. “Max, who was she? Why did you sleep with her? You were happy with Liz weren’t you?”

Max sighed. “I didn’t really do it on purpose. She came over to the house and brought some Champaign with her. I apparently got drunk and then it happened. I tried to beg Liz to stay and work it out, but I hurt her too much and she had to leave.”

“Why didn’t you tell me? Why didn’t she tell me?” Diane asked.

“Liz felt that it would be too hard on you to know what a jerk I had been. She had rather you hate her for leaving me than to have you see me in a bad way,” Max answered.

“Max, are you done healing my wound yet?” she asked. When he nodded, she asked, “Then please send Liz in here to see me.”
posted on 26-Sep-2002 9:15:15 AM by littleroswell
Part 6b

Max walked out of the room after kissing his mother on the cheek and a few minutes later, Liz walked in. She came in cautiously, afraid that Diane would begin screaming for her to leave again. Diane smiled and motioned for her to take the seat next to the bed.

When Liz had sat down, Diane took her hand. “Liz, why didn’t you tell me the truth about you and Max? Why would you keep something like that from me? I thought we told each other everything.”

Liz went pale and took her hand back instinctively. “Max told you the truth? He promised me he wouldn’t.”

“He loves you so much, Liz. He loves us both and couldn’t bear to see us apart. I wish you had told me long ago. Liz, Isabel and Max are my children, not by birth but because I loved them and they love me and I raised them. I adopted them. When you and Max got married, I adopted you too. I think of you as my daughter just as much as Isabel. It hurt me so bad to know that you had agreed to marry another man when I hadn’t even heard about him. Max told me the whole story, and I don’t think that it is totally his fault but you had the right to a divorce if you felt that it was necessary. I just don’t want you to make a mistake in marrying this Brian,” Diane said, smiling kindly at Liz.

Liz smiled back at her. “Diane, I care about you too. I didn’t tell you about Brian because it just all happened so fast. I am going to marry him and you are going to love him too. He’s so good to me, and the children are behind me on this marriage.”

Diane sighed and wiped a couple of tears from her eyes. “Whatever makes you happy, I suppose. You know Max never answered my question about Phillip. Now that I think about it, no one has mentioned Phillip since we got here. Where is he, Liz? How is he doing?” she asked. “Please tell me. I hate not knowing more than the truth. He is ok, isn’t he?”

Liz started to cry again. “Diane, I can’t lie to you. The doctors said it wasn’t a good idea to tell you the truth until you were stronger, but now that Max has healed your worst wounds, I think you should know the truth. Phillip is dead, Diane. He died on impact. He never even knew there was an accident.”

Diane’s mouth went dry and her hand limp. Liz looked up quickly at her. “Dead? Phillip is dead? At least he didn’t suffer. Thank you, Liz, for telling me the truth,” she said as she started crying her heart out. Liz moved toward her but Diane shook her head. “Liz, please let me cry it all out. If you don’t mind, I’d like to be alone for a while. I need to grieve for my husband. He was good to me.”

Liz walked out of the room and leaned on the wall outside of it. Then she looked up and saw Max standing there expectantly. She just started crying all the harder. He came up to her and cautiously put his arm around her shoulders. She collapsed in his arms.

“Oh, Max, why did you tell her? Yes, now we’re ok and she knows and forgives me, but it led to her dragging the truth about Phillip out of me,” Liz sobbed.

Max snatched her away from him. “You told her about dad? How could you, Liz?” he snapped. He shoved her away and started for the room.

Liz stopped him. “Max, she handled it ok. She just wants to be alone to grieve for him right now. Let her have that. She insisted on knowing the truth, and after I told her, she thanked me for it. Please, let her be for a while.”

Max turned and walked down the hall. He collapsed in a chair as far from Liz as he could find. Though she couldn’t explain why, she was hurt by this action. Then her mobile phone rang, and she pulled it out of her purse. It was Brian.

“Brian, I’m so glad to hear from you!” she said. She realized how true those words were when she said them. “How are you, darling?” she asked.

“I’m ok. How are you? How’s your mother-in-law? Is she still alive?” Brian asked concerned.

“Yes, she’s going to make it. My father-in-law, Phillip, didn’t make it however. He died immediately as the accident happened. Brian, Diane knows the truth about Max and me, as does Isabel,” Liz told him.

“How did they take it?” he asked.

“Better than I thought. They were quick to ask me for forgiveness for their blaming me. Oh, Brian, I wish you were here. I’m so tired and feel like my whole world has just been turned upside-down,” Liz sighed.

“Liz, honey, your father-in-law was just killed in a car wreck. Your mother-in-law was seriously injured in the same wreck. You’ve just gone back to a place you haven’t been to in 6 years and have seen your ex-husband whom you also haven’t seen in 6 years. You have agreed to marry me and begin a whole other life together. Basically, I would say that your life has been turned upside-down. Listen, when I can get away from here, I’ll be out there to see you ok?” Brian said lovingly.

Liz now remembered why she had agreed to marry this man. He always seemed to know the right thing to say. “No, Brian, there’s no need to hurry on my account. I’ll be ok; I just need some sleep. I’ll see you back in Atlanta, and I’ll talk to you later.”

“I love you, Liz,” Brian said.

“I love you too,” Liz said and hung up.
posted on 26-Sep-2002 9:25:38 AM by littleroswell
Part 7a

“They’re here!” Maria announced from her post at the window.

“I hope this works. Mom has been so different since she found out about dad,” Max said.

Liz looked at him. “It’ll take time, Max. She’s just lost someone that she’s been with for over 30 years.”

The front door opened, and Alex stepped in with Diane’s suitcase. Isabel led her mother into the house. Everyone waited until Diane had seen them to yell surprise and welcome home. Diane had tears in her eyes as she hugged her children and grandchildren and her friends. She held onto Liz a little longer than the others, Liz guessed to say that once again she was sorry.

“Mom, maybe you should come sit down and take it easy,” Isabel said, trying to lead Diane to a chair.

Diane shrugged off her arm. “Isabel, I’m fine. Please leave me be. I’m not the one who died in that wreck.” As soon as she said that, everyone froze. She sighed and collapsed in a chair. “I’m sorry. I’m so sorry,” she apologized and immediately burst into tears. “I know you went to a lot of trouble for me, but I really need to be alone for a while. You guys go ahead and stay here and talk, but I need to go upstairs for a while.”

As she went upstairs, there was an uncomfortable silence. There was a brief knock at the front door and Jeff and Nancy walked in. “Hey, everybody, sorry we’re late but we got held up at the Café and . . .” As they saw everyone’s face, they saw that something was wrong. Nancy looked at Liz. “What happened? What’s wrong?”

Everyone split off, and Liz explained to her parents what had happened. As everyone ate the food and talked in low tones, Maria headed for the kitchen to get some more ice. Michael noticed that no one was watching him so he followed her. She was in the freezer when he came up behind her. She felt him but pretended to be startled when she turned around.

“Michael, you scared me. You shouldn’t sneak up on people like that. It’s very sweet of you to come to help me, but I can get the ice by myself,” she spouted.

Michael came up and set his soda on the counter before kissing her fully on the lips. At first, she resisted, but after a couple of seconds, she couldn’t help but kiss him back. He kissed her until she started feeling dizzy. How she had missed him! She never realized how much until this moment.

As he pulled away, she struggled to regain her composure. “I’m sorry. I just had to do that, Maria. Wait, I take that back, I’m not sorry. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about you since that day you packed up and walked out of my life. I know that Brody and you have been close and have been together but, Maria, if there is anyway we can fix us, I want to try,” Michael said, looking into her eyes.

Tears formed in Maria’s eyes. “Michael, Brody got married a couple of weeks ago. There was never anyone but you. I’ve missed you so much,” she said as he kissed her again.

Things started getting heavy between them. Liz looked around to see if Maria had come back with the ice. When she didn’t see her, she headed for the kitchen. She opened the door to find Maria and Michael making out. She stopped short.

“Oh! I just came for the ice. You two try to pull yourselves together. I mean we are in Diane and Phillip’s . . .I mean Diane’s home,” she told them with a smile.

Maria came up for air and looked at Liz. “Sorry. Liz, could you just give us a minute?” she asked as she went back to kissing Michael. Liz smiled again and ducked out of the kitchen.

As she headed back into the living room with the ice, she almost ran into Max who was headed into the kitchen. “Woe, sorry. I didn’t mean to run into you like that,” Max apologized.

“That’s alright. I wouldn’t go into the kitchen right now if I were you,” Liz told him.

“Why?”

“Let’s just say that I don’t think Maria will be coming back to Atlanta with me,” Liz said. She took the ice to the table set up in the living room and Max followed her.

“Liz, can we talk?” he asked her.

Liz avoided looking in his eyes. “Sure, go ahead. I’m listening.”

Max stopped her by placing his hand over hers. “I mean, can we go somewhere and talk? I think we need to.”

Liz couldn’t refuse. She followed him out the back door and sat down on the swing with him on the back porch. She could feel his strong presence and knew that she had missed having him to lean on in the last 6 years. It had been rough trying to work, being in a new home, trying to deal with having the kids and then not having them for six months at a time. She had missed having someone else to lean on with those responsibilities. Maria had been there but it just wasn’t the same.

“What did you want to talk about?” Liz said, pretending to be enjoying the sunny day.

“Liz, first of all, I wanted to say once again that I’m sorry for everything that I did. It was a mistake, a horrible mistake, but I would never deliberately hurt you. I need you to know that. I need you to believe me when I tell you that,” Max said sincerely.

Liz looked at him. “I know it was a mistake, Max. I could have forgiven and let that go if I hadn’t seen it coming and tried to warn you. What hurt was that you didn’t trust me enough to trust my judgment. It wasn’t the first time, but it was the worst time. Sharon was a cat waiting for the right time to pounce, and I told you that. That you let her into our home against my wishes, hurt me so much and then the fact that you had slept with her was just the icing on the cake.”

“Liz, what I have to say, well, it might be too late, but I have to try to say it anyway. Liz, I . . .”Max began.
posted on 26-Sep-2002 9:27:25 AM by littleroswell
Are you ready for the b part? Huh, huh? Are you? Are you just dying to know what Max is going to tell her? Well, by all means, let me post the b part!

Beth

PS. In the words of the cartoons, "Ain't I a stinka?"

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posted on 26-Sep-2002 9:28:31 AM by littleroswell
Part 7b

“Hey, you guys, Grandma Diane is coming down for a few minutes and wants to talk to everyone,” Dexter said, sticking his head out the back door. He hated to interrupt them but this was important.

“We’re coming, Dex,” Max said. As Liz stood up to go in, he held onto her arm for a moment. “Can we finish this conversation soon?” he asked.

“If we have time before we go back home,” Liz answered as she went back inside the house.

‘No! I was so close. I can’t lose her now,’ Max thought to himself as he went inside after her.

* * * * * * * * * * *

Liz closed the door to the house where she used to live with Max and leaned against the door. Maria had made the announcement that she had been expecting. Maria was staying in Roswell and asked Liz that she send her things back. She and Michael would be getting married within the next three months, as soon as they could make all the arrangements.

Dexter, Shannon, all of them were still at the Evans’ home. Liz went into the kitchen and put on some coffee before going upstairs and taking a quick shower. Feeling better, she felt strong enough to go down to the basement to look for a couple of boxes that she had packed up before leaving, thinking she would take them with her. In the end, she couldn’t bring them with her so she hid them in the basement.

She opened one of the boxes and pulled out a smaller box, the one with her wedding dress in it. She touched the box fondly and put it aside. Next, she pulled out a CD that she hadn’t listened to in quite some time. She put it in her lap and looked at some of the pictures. There were pictures from their honeymoon in Mexico. There were pictures of them as a family. These were pictures of a happier time of her life.

Liz quickly put the things back in the box, except for the CD and closed it up again. She went upstairs and put the CD in the player while she fixed her coffee. She sat thinking about her past. The doorbell rang, and she sighed and went to answer it.

She was surprised to find Michael standing on the other side of it. “Can I come in?” he asked her.

“Sure, Michael. Something wrong?” she asked as she stepped aside to let him in.

“No, not really. I just wanted to talk to you. I told Maria where I’d be and she understood. Everyone is trying to talk to Diane and about the wedding plans. I just wanted to come and see how you’re doing,” he said, sitting at the kitchen table.

“Do you want some coffee?” she asked.

“Yeah, that’d be great. So how are you, Liz? And don’t give me any BS answer either. I want to know the truth. I heard that you’re getting married. Is he a nice guy?” Michael asked.

Liz smiled and fixed his coffee. She set it in front of him and sat down opposite him. “I’m doing just fine. His name is Brian and he is a really nice guy. I think that even you would like him, Michael. He loves the kids and he has been married before too.”

“Does he know about us? About the kids?”

Liz shook her head. “Of course not. I wouldn’t tell him that unless it was absolutely necessary, or if he sort of found out.”

Michael looked hard at Liz. “Liz, you and I have been close ever since your kids were born. I’m worried about this marriage,” he told her.

She stood up and tried to be busy with cleaning some things up. “Michael, I really don’t think that this is any of your business. I’ll be careful and he really is a nice guy. Maria had a cop that she went out with a couple of times to check him out, and he’s never lied to me about himself. I promise to be really careful where the kids are concerned.”

Michael stood up and pulled Liz back over to the table. “Don’t try that crap with me, Liz. Sit down and talk to me already! Now, I wasn’t talking about the whole alien thing. I was talking about you and Max and you and this guy. I don’t think you’re going to be able to go through with this. You and Max have a strong past, and I’m not sure you’re strong enough to get past it without taking him with you. I just don’t want to see you make a mistake that you’ll live to regret.”

Liz got angry. “Not you too! Tess and I already had this conversation a couple of days ago, and I’m not going to go through it all with you again. I love Brian and he is good to me and for me. Max and I are over. It’s been over for 6 years. The kids are behind me on this; Serena is behind me; Maria is behind me. Why can’t all of you be?” she asked.

“Because I know you and Max. Max is not going to let you go without a fight, and if I know you that’s what you want. It would make things go a lot faster if you just go ahead and forgive him now and make up. It was a mistake and you don’t really hate him for it,” Michael told her truthfully.

Liz looked him dead in the eyes. “Michael, I love you like a brother, maybe even more. However, you are wrong about Max and I. He may not be ready to give up, but that’s not what I gathered from the fact that he said nothing when I told him the news. I, on the other hand, have moved on, and I am going to marry Brian. Now can we change the subject?”

Michael jumped up and picked up the CD cover to the disk she was playing. “Liz, for God’s sake! Look at yourself! You can’t let it go; you’re playing the two of you guys’ CD right now. Every person that knew you and Max as you and Max knows that Sheryl Crow’s ‘I Shall Believe’ is your song. Why would you put it in the player if you thought it was really over? I know you put that disk away long ago,” he told her.

Liz snatched the cover away from him. “It was very good of you to stop by to see me, Michael, but I’m afraid you have stayed too long. I must ask you to leave now. Congratulations to you and Maria,” she told him going to the front door and pulling it open.

Michael stood looking at her for a minute, stunned. Liz never talked to anyone that way, especially him. He started to apologize, but then he decided that maybe it was better that he leave and let her think about it for a while. He would apologize sometime before she went back to Atlanta. He went to the door and walked out without a word.

Liz closed the door after Michael left and started crying. Why had she been so hateful to him? Dear Michael who had helped her more than once. She went over to the couch and laid down on it to cry her heart out for her behavior and the fact that she had secretly wished that Michael had been right. Now that she was here in Roswell, seeing Max made her realize that it was truly over.

She was soon fast asleep. She dreamed about the times that Michael had pulled her out of trouble and then she dreamed about her children’s birth. That was the time that she owed him for the most. Those were happier times.

(The next part of this story will pick up with a flashback of when Liz and Max found out about the children coming and how Michael helped her.)
posted on 29-Sep-2002 10:19:07 PM by littleroswell
Part 8a

Liz came out of the bedroom, shaking. Max walked into their bedroom, putting on his jacket to leave for work. Liz climbed back into bed, and Max came over and sat beside her on the bed. He pulled the covers up on her and put his hand to her cheek.

“You poor baby. You just can’t seem to shake whatever it is that you’ve got. When is your doctor’s appointment? I would heal you but I don’t know really what’s wrong with you,” he said.

“The appointment is at 10:30. Max, I’m worried; this has been going on for over two weeks now. I wake up feeling cruddy, by lunch time I feel better and by dinner, I’m fine,” Liz said.

“Well, we’ll just see what the doctor says. You take it easy today. I’m working until two, and then I have classes until 9:30. So I should be home around 10 or so. I’ll call you from work in a little while. I love you,” Max told her. He kissed her on the cheek and left.

Liz groaned as her stomach turned again. ‘I’m going to be sick every morning for the rest of my life,’ she thought. That was really how she felt. Suddenly, she realized what she had just thought. Every morning? No, it couldn’t be, could it? Liz dragged herself out of bed and got dressed. She ran up to the store and came back and went into the bathroom. Fifteen minutes later, she was on the phone canceling her doctor’s appointment.

When Max got home, he walked into his apartment and took a look around. There were lit candles all over the place and a path of rose petals leading to the bedroom. He smiled and put down his bag. He followed the rose petals, blowing out candles on either side of him as he went.

When he got to the bedroom, he was about to say something to Liz but noticed that Liz had fallen asleep. She was wearing his favorite lingerie that he had bought for her. He smiled at the sight of her so deeply asleep when it was obvious that this was not her plan. He quietly finished blowing out the candles and got undressed. He climbed in the bed beside her, and she sighed and rolled over to snuggle up to him. He kissed her lightly and went to sleep.

* * * * * * * * * * *

“Max, I really want you to stay home this morning,” Liz pleaded.

Max chuckled. “Why? I can’t help it if you fell asleep before I got home. I have to make us some money and we both have classes this afternoon.”

He kissed her and headed for the door. That’s when she dropped the bombshell. “Max, I’m pregnant,” she blurted out.

He stopped dead in his tracks. Slowly he turned around. “What did you just say?” he asked.

Liz smiled at his reaction. She nodded. “Yes, Max, I’m pregnant.”

Max dropped everything on the floor and ran over to the phone. After pushing some buttons and waiting for a minute, he said into the receiver, “Yes, this is Max Evans. Can you please tell my father that I won’t be in today? I’ve had something extremely important come up. Thank you.” He hung up and looked back at Liz. “Liz, did you find that out at the doctor’s yesterday?”

“No, I took six home pregnancy tests, and when they all came back positive, I called and cancelled my appointment. We have to pay a $25 cancellation fee, but that’s ok,” she answered.

Max laughed. “Six? You took six tests? Why so many, honey?” he asked.

Liz grinned. “Well, I couldn’t decide which brand to get so I got all three. There were two in a box, and I just couldn’t believe it was true so I used them all.”

Max came over and held his wife. “This is so great, Liz. I’m really happy about all this,” he said, looking in her eyes.

“I’m glad, Max. However, there are a couple of problems. Number one is what are we going to do about money? Both of us work part time and go to school. Your dad has been great in paying you well but, Max, I don’t want to take advantage of his generosity. We’re going to need more space for the baby, which means we’re going to have to move and we’re already in debt with our school bills.

The jeep is falling apart and it won’t work with the baby anyway. Then again, what about my schooling? How am I going to finish my schooling to become a teacher if I’m watching the baby? We can’t afford a babysitter,” Liz rattled off. She hadn’t realized it, but she had started pacing.

Max stopped her in the middle of her pacing and looked into her eyes. “Liz, I don’t know all the answers yet, but we’re going to make this work. We’re having a baby, Liz! Aren’t you happy about that?” he asked.

Liz sighed happily and leaned against him. “Yes, I am. I am happy, Max, and you’re right. We’ll work it out.”

They talked for a while, not about the looming obstacles coming up before them, but about how happy they were. They called everyone for a meeting at the Crashdown that night at closing. The group was a little worried about this. They got together many times but Max and Liz hadn’t called a “meeting” since the end of the war. Was there a new uprising back on Antar?

(Be right back with part b)
posted on 29-Sep-2002 10:20:24 PM by littleroswell
Part 8b

As they all gathered in the Crashdown that evening, they kind of relaxed at the looks on Max and Liz’s faces. Everyone wondered why he or she was there. Tess was quiet, which wasn’t too unusual. Ever since the war had ended, she had never quite stopped blaming herself for so much that had happened and everything that she had done under Kavahr’s control.

“Tess, the war is over, we won, and Alex is fine now. Granted, we had to clone him through the granolith that you brought back, but the main thing is that we have Alex back and he still has all his memories. Honey, if he could forgive you and forget about it, why can’t you forgive yourself?” Kyle would point out.

Now Alex came over and sat beside her with Isabel. He smiled at her and she smiled shyly back. As they started talking, Max cleared his throat and asked for everyone’s attention. Everyone quieted and looked to him and Liz.

Max smiled at Liz and took her hand. “Liz and I wanted to tell all of you together. You all are so special to us; we consider every one of you family. We wanted to tell you that there’s going to be an addition to our family,” he announced.

Everyone just sat there as the meaning of his words sunk in. Maria jumped up and ran over to Liz. “Do you mean to tell me that you are pregnant?” she yelled.

Liz laughed at her friend’s reaction. “Yes, Maria, I am. That is unless six home pregnancy tests can lie,” she answered.

Maria squealed and tackled Liz in a bear hug. Then she realized that she might have been too rough. “Oh, Lizzie, I’m sorry. I didn’t hurt you did I?”

“Congratulations,” Alex said hugging them both.

Amy, the Sheriff, Kyle, and the Evans echoed Alex’s good wishes. Michael, Tess, Isabel, and the Parkers said nothing. Nancy came up to Liz and hugged her, crying.

“My baby is having a baby,” she cried. Liz hugged her back and felt her mother’s happiness.

When Tess, Isabel, Michael, and Jeff still hadn’t said anything, Max and Liz turned to them. “Aren’t you going to say anything?” Max asked them.

“Yeah, I’ll say something,” Jeff said angrily. “Did you think this through at all? I mean, you two are still in college and have a couple of years to go yet. You don’t have any money. You’re driving a jeep that’s about to fall apart. Did you think about this at all or were you just too blinded by the desire to have children? How do you even know that my daughter can carry your children, Max?” he yelled.

Max paled and swallowed hard. “I hadn’t even thought about that,” he whispered.

Liz intervened. “Dad, we didn’t plan for this baby. It was a surprise, and even though there are some problems we’ll have to face, I’m happy and we’ll work them out. We’ve already decided that we’re going to have to get a bigger place. We were thinking about a small house that’s been foreclosed. They usually need work, but it’ll be cheaper and we’re not afraid of work. I can work some more hours at the Crashdown and Max can work a few more for Phillip or even get another part time job for the weekends. We can buy a crib used as well as some other baby equipment. We’ll sell the jeep, and we’ve already started shopping for a used car. We do have a little money saved; it’s not much but probably enough for a down payment on a car. We can handle this.

I’ll still go to school until the kids are born. Then, I’ll take a year off and let Max get as many classes done as he can. I may have to wait two years, but I can do some of my classes from home and I can catch up. I’ve never had a problem in school. We’ve figured that the baby will be born sometime this summer so I’ll be able to finish this year’s classes.”

Isabel finally spoke up. “That’s if the baby is human. If not, it could be born sooner.”

“What do you mean?” Max asked, although he already knew.

“Tess said that our children only take a month to develop. This isn’t just an alien mixed with human DNA baby. This is a real hybrid. Which means that it could be anywhere from one month to nine before it’s born,” Isabel said.

Max and Liz looked at each other. They hadn’t thought about all the alien problems too. Michael nodded his head at the expression on their faces.

“Yeah, that’s right, Maxwell. You’ve got more than just the regular human problems to face. You’re going to have to deal with the alien factor,” he told them.

Max looked at Tess. “You haven’t said anything yet, Tess. Do you have any idea when this baby will be born?” he asked.

Tess slowly shook her head. “I’ve been trying to figure that out myself because I’m pregnant too,” she answered.

Everyone looked surprised at her, including Kyle. Everyone just sat in stunned silence. The importance of these coming children was staggering. If they didn’t look like humans what would they do? What would they do if there looked like there might be complications? Should they even try to go to a doctor? What were they going to do?
posted on 30-Sep-2002 8:00:12 AM by littleroswell
Wow! Thanks for all the feedback. If you like my style of writing, you should check out my other three stories on the board. They are: The Original Royal Four, Picking Up the Pieces, and Ancient History. Keep the responses coming as that's what I thrive on!

Thanks again and have a great week!

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posted on 30-Sep-2002 8:09:53 AM by littleroswell
Wow! I can't believe all the feedback! This is great. Thanks everybody. If you like my writing style, check out my other three fics on this board: Ancient History, Picking Up the Pieces, and The Original Royal Four.

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posted on 30-Sep-2002 9:38:36 PM by littleroswell
Part 9a

(This is still part of Liz's flashback)

Kyle looked at his wife and asked, “Tess, you’re pregnant? Why didn’t you tell me?”

Tess looked at her hands. “I wasn’t sure at first, and then when I was I didn’t know how to tell you because I didn’t know the answer to all the questions that Liz and Max have brought up as well.”

Liz looked at Tess, and suddenly both girls were truly scared. Liz hadn’t thought about all the problems they might encounter over the next few months. She went over and sat beside Tess. Isabel looked at the two of them and felt sorry for what they must be going through.

“Max, you told us before that you connected with your son while Tess was carrying him. Do you think you could do that again with Liz and Tess? Maybe we could help too,” Michael said.

Max shrugged. “I’m willing to try.”

Liz nodded at Tess. “Try with Tess first since you connected with her before and your child. Then we can try it with me.”

Max went and knelt in front of the two women. He took hold of Isabel’s hand behind him. She took hold of Michael’s hand and he came over to complete the circle by taking Tess’s hand. They all closed their eyes, and their mind was flooded with the image of a small embryo inside of Tess’s womb. It was growing, but somehow they knew that it wasn’t growing as fast as Max’s son had. It seemed to be growing at a normal human rate. It was strong enough for them to tell that this child would be all right.

They opened their eyes and smiled at each other. They explained what they had seen to the others, and Liz felt a little better. They moved to Liz, and Max lovingly placed his hand on her stomach. The image he got from her was very different from the one that he had gotten from Tess. He looked at Michael, Isabel, and Tess and realized that they had seen the same thing he had. He frowned and tried again. Liz was getting scared again.

When Max still hadn’t said anything she really was scared. “Max, what is it? Is something wrong with the baby?” she asked.

“Not wrong exactly,” he said slowly. He turned to Michael and Isabel. “Do you guys see what I see?”

“Yeah, Max, I saw the differences,” Isabel said.

“Me too,” Michael answered.

“Max, please, tell me what’s wrong. I can’t take the suspense,” Liz pleaded.

Max looked up at her and smiled. “Liz, there are two eggs! We’re having twins,” he told her.

Liz looked at him with disbelief. “Twins? Really? So are they ok? There’s nothing wrong with them is there?”

Max shook his head. “No, there’s nothing wrong. They are progressing like normal human children too. Tess is a little farther along than you are but other than that, as far as we can tell, you’re both fine, as are the children.”

Liz laughed in relief and threw her arms around Max. The others in the room congratulated them all on the coming children. Tess and Liz hugged each other and agreed to compare notes on their progress. Isabel wanted to stay informed too, in case she got pregnant too. Maria was so excited she chattered away.

* * * * * * * * * * *

“So tell me again what it means when there are 2 eggs?” Maria asked Liz.

It was 3 months later, and Liz was over the morning sickness and was really enjoying being pregnant. She and Max often connected with the twins. They were coming along just fine as far as they could tell. Tess was doing just as well with her child. It was determined that she was a good month ahead of Liz. Michael would go by and check on her at least once a week.

Liz sighed. She had already been over this with Maria several times, and if Maria would stop and think about it, she would know the answer. However, Maria being Maria, she’d rather be told over and over and not have to think about it at all. “It means that the twins won’t be identical. They’re called fraternal twins. Also, only fraternal twins can be a boy and a girl. Identical twins are always in pairs of girls or boys,” Liz answered patiently.

“So what are you and Max hoping for personally?” Maria asked.

“Well, we’ll be happy with whatever combination we end up with, but Max has already voiced his desire for two girls. Soft and cuddly,” Liz told her with a smile.

“That look just like their mother, I’m sure,” Isabel said, rolling her eyes.

All the girls had gone out shopping for cribs. Tess had already picked out hers for the baby. It was adorable, but Liz was still looking. Her heart sank every time she looked at one of the price tags. They couldn’t afford these prices at two cribs at a time. They were going to be doing good to afford one at the price this store was asking. She had known that it would be this way when Tess had called her and asked her to go shopping.

(Be right back with the b part.)
posted on 30-Sep-2002 9:39:54 PM by littleroswell
Part 9b

Liz and Max had been asking friends whose children had just graduated to regular beds and shopping garage sales trying to find ones that they liked or those they could afford. So far they hadn’t found anything. Liz was getting discouraged. Max was ever supportive though, just as a good husband should be. He kept telling her that everything would work out.

Liz wondered, however, about that. They had already sold the jeep and unfortunately didn’t get as much as they had hoped. The price tag on the used car was higher than they had planned on too. They had found a small house that they were happy to call home now at a price that they could squeeze into their budget but finding the money for the repairs necessary on it was scarce. Max was fixing what he could and neighbors and friends and relatives helped with what they could, and their anniversary present from Liz’s parents had covered the cost of the new roof they had so desperately needed. There were still so many things needed before the children came, however, and Liz just didn’t see how they would ever afford them all.

“Liz, you don’t see anything you like?” Tess asked her.

Liz sighed. “No, not really,” she answered, trying not to sound downcast.

Isabel, Maria, and Tess exchanged looks. “Well, you still have some time before you have to have them anyway,” Isabel told her. “We’d better get back to the Crashdown. My mother would never forgive me if we were late for the lunch with the new recipe she’s trying.”

“I think it’s nice of your mother to prepare this lunch for all of us,” Maria said as they walked out the door and towards her car.

Isabel rolled her eyes. “She just wants to try out her new recipes on somebody, and we happened to be the first people to agree to it.”

They all went back to the Crashdown. Isabel led the way in the door and Liz brought up the rear. As the door closed behind her, Liz realized why they had all gone out shopping. Diane, Amy, and Nancy had been preparing a double baby shower for Tess and Liz. They yelled surprise and Liz got tears in her eyes. She hugged everyone, including Tess who was just as surprised as she was.

She turned to Diane and asked, “But it’s still early in both of our pregnancies, why are you throwing us a shower now?”

Diane blushed. “Well, don’t be offended when I say this, Liz; I’m going to be as honest as I know how. You and Max can’t afford much right now and all of us love you and don’t want you spending money right now that you don’t have and getting more and more in debt. We’d be much happier if you’d let us give you the things you need for our grandchildren,” she answered.

Liz just cried openly for all the love her family was showing her. When the afternoon was over, she had ended up with two identical, darling cribs, a stroller built for twins, diapers, two car seats and many blankets. Tess didn’t do badly either with everything that Liz got only in singles and without the crib. She didn’t mind a bit, she was just so happy to be a part of a family.

* * * * * * * * * * *

Two more months passed and the house was finally getting into order and the nursery was finished. Liz and Max were really getting excited. Michael had told Tess that she was definitely having a son. Max and Liz were not connecting with the children on the level they had originally because they wanted to be surprised at the sexes of their children. Michael or Isabel would check on the children instead and try to communicate the reason why to them so as to reassure them that their parents still loved them. Liz and Max had decided that things were going normally enough to sign up for Lamaze classes.

They walked into the room for the first one and there was a woman sitting in a chair alone. She was pretty with almost jet-black hair and bright green eyes. She caught Liz’s eyes and smiled. She pulled herself out of the chair, no easy task at about six months along, and came over to Liz and Max. She held out her hand to shake theirs.

“Hi, I’m Serena Woods,” she said introducing herself.

Liz smiled at her. “I’m Liz Evans and this is my husband Max. Are you here alone?” Immediately, Liz reddened deeply at her mistake and wished with all her heart she could take back that question. That was none of her business.

Serena just laughed though. “I’m sure that’s how it must look. Actually, my husband is an obstetrician. He’s the doctor teaching this class. This will be the first time he gets to try his own lessons,” she explained rubbing her swollen abdomen. “How far along are you?”

Liz smiled gratefully at Serena’s smooth covering of her mistake. She liked this woman already, as well as her slight southern accent. “Six months. How about you?” she answered.

“The same. I can’t wait for my little girl or boy to be born. We wanted it to be a surprise. So do you two know what your child is? It sure looks like it’ll be a big baby.”

Max chuckled. “That’s because we’ve been doubly blessed. We’re having twins but like you we’re waiting to know the sexes,” he answered.

At that moment, the instructor asked for everyone’s attention and introduced himself as Dr. Jonathan Woods and introduced Serena to everyone and explained that she was pregnant with their first child. They began the class, and Liz and Serena found themselves talking whenever they had a chance. After several classes, they were friends for life.

* * * * * * * * * * *

“Are you sure you feel alright, honey? You really don’t look like you feel well,” Max asked Liz a couple of months later. He was getting ready for work and she was getting ready to head over to see Tess.

Michael and Isabel agreed that Tess and Kyle’s son could be born any day now and had both ordered her to stay at home. Kyle had called Liz and told her that Tess was going stir crazy and asked her to come over to visit with Tess. She had agreed and called a while later to ask Tess if it was ok with her.

“I’ll be fine, I just have a little headache and my back is hurting. One of the babies is really kicking today and I’m starting to feel like one giant bruise,” Liz told Max.

She went into the bathroom and after a minute, Max heard a cry come from inside. He ran over to the door and opened it one swift movement. “Liz, what’s wrong?” he asked.

Liz looked up at him with tears in her eyes. “Max, I’m bleeding. I’m bleeding,” she said hoarsely.

Max was scared but he could see that Liz was terrified, and that couldn’t be good for the babies. He took her hands and pulled her out into the bedroom. He sat her on the bed. “Now, Liz, don’t overreact here. Dr. Woods said that sometimes, pregnant women spot blood. It happens and this could just be one of those times.”

“But, Max, how are we going to know? We can’t call him; this isn’t a normal pregnancy, our children are half alien!” she said panicking.

“I’ll call Michael and Isabel. Maybe one of them can come over and check on you. Meanwhile, get into that bed, because you aren’t going anywhere,” Max ordered.

Michael and Isabel both came over as fast as they could and connected with the children. They looked at each other and talked before facing Max and Liz. Michael spoke first. “We can’t find anything really wrong with the children. We aren’t doctors, though so we are in agreement that until the children are born, we think Liz should take it easy and stay around the house.”

“And if the bleeding stops and doesn’t come back for a week, then you can go back to work part time. No more full time work,” Isabel ordered.

“But I have to work full time! Max is still taking classes, and we need the money,” Liz answered upset.

“Liz, if you want these children to be born alive and healthy, then you need to take care of yourself,” Michael told her.

Max nodded at her and Liz sighed. “Ok, I’ll call mom and dad and explain. Maybe they’ll let me go on maternity leave early and I can come back early.”

At that moment, the phone rang. Max picked it up and said into the receiver, “Kyle, calm down. I’ll tell Isabel and Michael, and we’ll be over as soon as we can.” He hung up the phone and looked at Michael and Isabel. “Tess went into labor. Kyle is panicking because when her water broke it was glowing.”

“We’d better get over there. I sure wish I was a doctor right now,” Isabel said.

Michael and Isabel assured Max that they could handle this with Amy and Diane’s help. As they were leaving, Liz told them to tell Tess she was thinking of her. She prayed that everything would go well.
posted on 1-Oct-2002 7:57:43 AM by littleroswell
Ok, about Max and Tess's son. I hated that Tess was the "bad guy"! I loved the chemistry between her and Kyle. Therefore, I simply made her a good guy again. Kivhar was controlling her mind in this fic. So when she killed Alex, it was Kivhar not Tess and the gang was able to clone him with the granolith. Tess lost the baby before he was born. I wrote this fic not long after she left for Antar. Hope that clears the question up. If you have anymore, please ask away!

Beth
posted on 2-Oct-2002 3:27:58 PM by littleroswell
Part 10a

(This is a continuation of the flashback from part 9)

Liz jumped when the phone rang. She picked it up and said, “Hello?”

“Liz, it’s Maria. Oh my god, you should see this adorable little baby! He’s so cute!” Maria bubbled out. “I can’t wait until I have children.”

“Maria! How did it go? How’s Tess? Is she ok? What exactly does the baby look like?” Liz asked, interrupting.

“Calm down, chica! Tess is just fine. Everything went pretty normally as far as I could tell, and the baby looks like any other human baby. They named him Scott, by the way,” Maria answered.

Liz sighed with relief. “Can I talk to Tess?” she asked.

“Hang on a minute.”

There was silence on the line for a minute and then the sound of someone picking up the receiver again. However, it wasn’t Tess on the other end. “Liz, I’m a father! Can you believe it?” Kyle practically shouted in her ear.

Liz laughed. “Yes, Kyle, Maria told me. Congratulations!”

She could hear his smile over the phone, stretched from ear to ear. “Thanks. Hey, how are you doing? Michael and Isabel said they put you under strict orders for bed rest for a while. Are you feeling ok?” he asked.

“Yeah, I’ll be fine. I wish I could have been there for you guys. Be sure to tell Tess I really wish I was there,” Liz told him.

“She’s resting right now, but I’ll tell her as soon as she wakes up. You don’t worry about us; you just rest and take care of yourself so those kids’ll be ok,” Kyle said. “We’ll see you soon, Liz. Oh and in case Maria didn’t tell you, his name is Scott Michael. Michael did a great job.”

After Liz hung up with Kyle, she called Serena and told her the good news and about being bed-ridden for at least the day. They talked for a while and agreed to get together soon. As Liz hung up, Max came back in from cutting the grass, he had claimed he had to do something or go crazy, and she told him about the new baby at the Valenti’s home.

* * * * * * * * * * *

The next few weeks were torture for Liz. The bleeding had stopped, and for a couple of days, Liz was at work, but she wasn’t getting much sleep and her back hurt all the time so Michael, Isabel, Max, and her parents put her under house arrest. At first, Liz was relieved, as it did help not being on her feet all day at the café, but as the days went on she was getting cabin fever. To make matters worse, their budget was strained to the breaking point.

It helped that everyone came to visit her, especially Tess with Scott and Serena, but she was beginning to feel like a caged animal. Serena came over the most, sitting with Liz and talking or watching movies or comparing swollen feet or hands. Sometimes they would laugh over everything and nothing and other times they would just cry over absolutely nothing. Dr. Woods would drop Serena off, as she was too big to drive, and then pick her back up on the way back home from wherever he had been, whether work or the grocery store.

It was one hot afternoon that summer when Liz really wasn’t feeling all that well so she and Serena were sitting in bed and watching TV and chatting. They heard the doorbell ring. Liz groaned and pulled herself over to the window. She threw it open and looked down to see Tess’s head, without the baby.

“Tess, I don’t think I’ll make it down all those stairs so just let yourself in and come on up,” Liz called down to her. She shut the window and climbed back on the bed.

Serena rolled herself off and headed for the bathroom. “I knew I shouldn’t have drunk so much water,” she sighed. As she shut the door, Tess walked in and sat in the chair beside the bed.

“So how are you holding up, Liz? You aren’t ready to go running thru the door like a cartoon yet are you?” Tess asked.

Liz laughed. “Almost, almost. So what did you do with Scott?”

“He’s visiting grandmother Amy today, and I’m grateful for the break, but it feels strange without him now,” Tess confessed.

Serena came out of the bathroom, and the three of them started to try and make each other laugh. After an hour, their sides were aching and Liz was feeling much better. How would she ever have survived these past weeks without her friends?

She was laughing really hard at their impressions of Kyle and John when she felt a sharp pain in her abdomen and in her back. “Oh,” she exclaimed.

“What’s wrong?” Serena and Tess asked immediately.

Liz caught herself and it passed. “It’s nothing. One of the twins must have kicked me because there was this sharp pain all of a sudden.”

That first pain was followed by two more within the hour and finally, Liz’s water broke. Serena’s eyes were wide at the sight of the water because it was glowing. She had never heard of that. Tess raced to the phone and called Michael’s cell phone but all she got was his voicemail. She next tried Maria’s phone.

“Talk to me!” said Maria’s chipper voice.

“Maria, it’s Tess. Where is Michael?” she asked.

“He’s in class and they’re having an important lecture so he left his phone off. Why? What’s wrong? Is the baby ok?” Maria asked concerned.

(Be right back with part b)
posted on 2-Oct-2002 3:29:43 PM by littleroswell
Part 10b

“Liz’s water broke,” Tess said. She immediately heard the sound of screeching tires, several horns honking, and Maria muttering a couple of obscenities. “Maria, what are you doing? Are you ok?” she asked.

“Oh yeah, I’m fine. Listen, I’m on my way to get Michael out of class. Call Isabel, Max, and whoever else and get them over there. I’ll bring Michael as soon as I can. Hey, buddy, why don’t you get outta my way before I squash your little BMW!” Maria shouted.

“Maria, we have a problem. Serena’s here; what do I tell her when she wants to know why we aren’t going to the hospital?” Tess asked quietly so Serena wouldn’t hear her upstairs.

“Oh, dammit! Tess, I don’t know. You’ll have to think of something. I’ve got to hang up so I can drive better here ok? I’ll be there ASAP,” Maria said and hung up.

Tess called Max, Isabel, Kyle, the Parkers, and the Evans. After finally hanging up the phone, she ran back upstairs to see what was going on. She came in to find Serena holding Liz’s hand thru a contraction. When it was over, Serena turned to her.

“Tess, would you please tell this girl that she needs to got to the hospital?” she said.

Tess shook her head. “No, Liz wants to have the babies at home. I support her in that decision,” she said.

“Well, at least let’s call John so she can get a doctor over here. These children are coming fast, almost too fast. It’s dangerous for a woman having twins to have them at home without any kind of medical supervision, especially when her doctor put her on bed rest,” Serena said, getting upset.

“No doctors,” Liz panted out. She looked at Tess. “Where are Michael and Isabel?” she asked.

Tess came over to her and moved her hair away from her face. “They’re coming, Liz. Just hang on ok?” She looked at Serena. “No doctors.”

Serena was shocked. “Tess, are you crazy?! She is our friend and she needs a doctor here and . . . oh no, no not now,” she said.

Tess’s eyes were wide. “What’s wrong?”

Serena looked at her and then down at her feet. Tess looked down too and saw that Serena’s water too had broken. She started panicking. NOW WHAT?! They heard several cars screech to a halt outside and the front door open. It sounded like a herd of elephants was racing up the stairs, and Tess was never more thankful to see Max and Isabel in her life.

They ran over to Liz, and Max took her hand. He looked at Isabel, waiting for her to say something. Liz looked tired already and really didn’t look well. Then he noticed Serena and looked at Tess.

“Tess, maybe you should get Serena out of here,” he said pointedly.

“Max, I hate to tell you this, but Serena’s water just broke too,” she told him.

Isabel and Max looked over at Serena. They looked at each other with fear in both pairs of eyes. Serena finally said something that quickly got some action.

“Well, if no one else is going to call a cab or my husband or take me to the hospital, I will,” she declared and headed for the phone.

“No!” Max and Isabel both shouted. They ran over to her and pulled her to the bed and put her in it beside Liz.

“I’m sorry to have to say this to you, Serena, but you’re going to have to have your baby here too. We can’t risk having any doctors here or the paramedics trying to take Liz to the hospital too,” Max apologized.

Serena looked horrified. “What is wrong with you people?! I thought you all were pretty normal people, except for this fear of doctors you all seem to have,” she said upset.

Liz looked at Max and put her hand on Serena’s arm. “Max, we have to tell her,” she told him. “I know that’s the only way, and we can trust her.”

Max looked at her for a minute, and then realized she was right. Isabel saw that he would tell her and called down to Alex to put more water on to boil and to bring two cold, wet rags and two cups of ice. He didn’t understand why, but he called up that he would bring it up as soon as he could.

Max turned to Serena. “Serena, you are a good friend, but what we’re about to tell you is a life or death matter. You cannot repeat this to anyone, not even your husband,” he told her. She slowly nodded. “Isabel, Tess, Michael, and I are aliens,” he said.

Serena started laughing. “Max, now isn’t the time for jokes. That was funny but, God, you had me so scared for a minute.” Then she looked at him and realized no one else was laughing or even smiling. “You’re serious, aren’t you?” she asked.

Max said nothing but put his arm long-ways in between Serena and Liz. The bed glowed for a minute and then split apart, forming two. Serena looked at him and he saw the sheer terror in her eyes. He pulled the two beds apart, and she looked to find that the mattresses had indeed been one just a moment ago.

Serena looked at Max and whispered, “Oh my god!” Then she passed out.

Max and Tess rushed over to her and tried to revive her when Maria burst into the room with Michael right on her heels. Michael took one look at the situation and realized that things were going to be a lot more complicated with this delivery.

“Liz, how are you feeling, hon? You ok?” Maria asked coming over with the damp cloth that Alex had sent up with her. She handed the other one to Isabel who began to wipe Serena’s forehead with it.

“What’s she doing here?” Michael asked indicating Serena.

“Michael, you and Isabel have your work cut out for you. Serena’s water broke too. You’re going to have to deliver her child along with the twins,” Tess told them.

Michael let out a big breath and said, “Well, first of all, I won’t be able to do that with all these people in here. I want you, Max, out. Stay downstairs with Kyle and Alex and all the parents. Tess, Isabel, and Maria you will help out up here. Keep the cold cloth on their heads to keep them cooled off, wiping their faces with them as necessary. Make sure they have plenty of ice if they need it.”

Max protested. “Michael, I don’t want to leave Liz. I can stay here and help.”

Michael looked him dead in the eyes. “Maxwell, I said out, and I meant it. You and Liz are closer than any other couple I’ve ever seen, and I’m not going to have you in my way while I try to deliver three babies from two mothers all at once in the same room. Now out!” he ordered.

Max looked at Liz, and she nodded at him to go on. He kissed her and fled the room and down the stairs. Isabel and Tess came over to Michael and Isabel asked, “What do you think?”

Michael sighed again. “I think it’s going to be a long evening.”
posted on 2-Oct-2002 9:38:20 PM by littleroswell
Part 11a

(Still the flashback)

Michael put his hands on Liz’s swollen abdomen and connected with the children. They were coming fast, much faster than Tess’s son. Isabel felt it too. Then they turned their attention to Serena. She had been revived and was chewing on ice and studying Tess, Michael, and Isabel like they had just turned green and grown a second head.

Isabel came over and started to place her hands on Serena’s stomach when Serena flinched. Isabel looked at her and smiled sympathetically. “Serena, I’m sorry we had to tell you like this, but we didn’t have much of a choice. If you had been the only one to go into labor, we would have rushed you to the hospital immediately, but with Liz and Max’s children being half alien, we couldn’t risk something strange going on with her delivery. We’ve already delivered Tess’s son so we do have a little experience, but you’re the one we’d like to get help from. Your husband is constantly around childbirths so you must have heard more about it than we know. Please, Serena, please understand that we don’t mean you any harm. We just want to keep on surviving and living just like everyone else.”

Serena looked into her eyes and saw that Isabel was sincere. She wanted to help alleviate the fear she saw. She didn’t know what to say so she just nodded and allowed Isabel to try and connect with her child. Isabel connected with the baby and started to panic. She hid it pretty well though and said nothing to Serena.

“Michael, can I talk to you for a minute?” she asked, clearing her throat.

Michael and Isabel stepped away from the beds while Tess and Maria tried to make Liz and Serena more comfortable. “What is it, Isa?” Michael asked.

“Michael, Serena’s baby hasn’t turned. It doesn’t look like it’s trying to, either. What are we going to do?” Isabel told him.

He sighed. “I don’t know. Liz isn’t doing all that great either. Those children are coming fast. They seem to be fighting over who will come out first. How long do you think Serena can hang on?” he asked.

Isabel furrowed her brow. “I don’t know. Maybe you should check her out.”

Michael came over to Serena while Tess held her hand. He half smiled at her and put his hands on her belly. He saw the same thing that Isabel had seen. His head dropped only for a second, but it was long enough for Serena to catch it.

“Michael, what’s wrong? What is it?” she asked concerned.

He sighed again. “Serena, we can connect with the baby and see it inside the womb. I’m not going to insult you by lying to you. Your baby has not turned yet, and I don’t know what to do about it. Can you tell how long it should be before the baby turns?” he asked.

Serena went white. “It should have already turned. Are you sure it hasn’t?” When Michael nodded she started crying. “Under normal circumstances, the doctor would just go in and do a cesarean section but you don’t know what you’re doing!”

Tess patted her hand and wiped the cloth over her face. “I have an idea. I’m not sure it will work, but it’s worth a shot. Serena, does it matter which way the baby turns, clockwise or counter-clockwise?” she asked.

Serena shook her head. “I don’t think so but I don’t know for sure.”

“Ok, here is my idea. I think that I can turn the baby from out here. Michael and Isabel can stay connected with the baby to make sure that nothing goes wrong with this, that way, you can just have the baby naturally.”

Liz let out a cry and Isabel rushed over to her side. “Michael, get over here!” she ordered.

Michael came over and realized that Liz was almost ready to push. He didn’t know what to do first. “Liz, just hang on. It’s almost time to push but not quite yet. Isabel, you and Tess try to turn that baby the way that Tess suggested,” he said.

Maria didn’t know what to do so she just tried to stay out of the way and keep the cool cloths on Liz and Serena’s heads. She looked at her two friends in pain and thought again about wanting kids of her own, especially alien children. She wanted to flee the room, hide downstairs away from all the pain and the fear. Only the desire to help her friends any way that she could, kept her where she was.

Isabel connected with the baby, as did Tess. Isabel nodded at her to let her know that she was ready. Tess put her other hand just slightly over the baby’s position and concentrated on trying to turn her around. She slowly turned her hand and Isabel saw that it was working. Half-way through, Tess looked at her and asked, “The cord isn’t in the way is it? It’s not going to get caught around the baby?” When Isabel reassured her that everything still looked good, Tess finished turning the baby.

“Push, Liz, push hard,” Michael was telling Liz. Liz was sweating profusely and could never in her wildest dreams have imagined so much pain.

“Michael, we did it! The baby is facing the right direction,” Isabel informed him.

“Great! Now if Serena isn’t ready to deliver right this second, get over here and help me deliver these twins,” Michael told her.

Isabel rushed to Michael’s side. Tess stayed with Serena, who smiled up at her with tears in her eyes. “Thank you, Tess, thank you so much. You’ve saved my baby. I wonder if it will be a boy or a girl. I wish I knew right now.”

Tess smiled at her. “Are you sure? I could tell you what the baby is if you really want to know.”

Serena looked like she didn’t believe her. “How could you possibly know what the baby is?” Then she sighed. “Alright, tell me please, what you think the baby will be.”

“You’re having a girl. She’s beautiful and healthy and ready to come out into the world,” Tess answered.

Suddenly there was a baby’s cry in the room. They looked over at Liz’s bed to see Isabel cutting the umbilical cord to the first baby. Liz looked completely wiped out. Michael handed the baby to Maria and ordered her to clean him up.

“Him?” Liz whispered.

“Yes, honey, you have a son and he’s perfect. As soon as you have the other baby, you can see them,” Maria said before taking the baby to the bathroom to clean him up and wrap him in a blanket.

“Ok, Liz, one down and one to go,” Tess cheered from the other side of the room.
posted on 2-Oct-2002 9:41:19 PM by littleroswell
Part 11b

“Liz, are you ready to push the other one out?” Michael asked.

Liz’s head thrashed from side to side. “No, I can’t do it. I can’t push anymore.”

Alarmed, Tess, Isabel, and Michael looked at each other. “Liz, you have to. That baby is depending upon you to bring it into this world.”

Liz started crying hysterically. “I can’t do it! I don’t have the strength to push anymore. The baby is going to die, and it’s all my fault.”

Serena reached her hand to her friend. “Liz, hon, you can do this. Women do it all the time. You can do it! You just have to try. You’ll hate yourself later if you don’t try.”

Tess let go of Serena’s hand and went over to Liz’s side. “Isabel, hold Liz’s hand and my hand. We can help Liz deliver this last baby. We can give her the strength she needs.”

Isabel, Tess, and Liz formed a circle of hands and suddenly there was a glowing light running through them all. Liz pushed the baby with one last cry and a hard, long push. Out came the screaming infant. Michael cut the umbilical cord, and as Maria came back into the room, took the baby boy from her and handed the little girl that had followed. He turned to show Liz her son when he noticed that she had lost consciousness.

Serena said, “Um, I don’t mean to interrupt anything here, but this baby is coming now.”

Michael, Tess and Isabel delivered Serena’s baby girl without incident. Serena hugged the baby to her and looked over at Liz. “Will she be alright?” she asked.

Tess smiled. “Oh, yeah, she’ll be fine. She’d better get all the sleep she can now because she won’t get much for a long time later.”

“Tess, I hope you don’t mind, but I’ve named the baby Leslie Tess after you. You helped me so much, and I wanted to do something to show my appreciation. I’m sure that John won’t mind,” Serena told her.

“Oh, that reminds me, we called him, and he’s on his way over here. We just told him that the babies came too fast to get you both to the hospital. He didn’t sound happy, but he cheered up awfully fast when we told him that his daughter was just fine,” Tess told her.

Downstairs, the twins were being passed from person to person. Max was grinning from ear to ear. At first, he was extremely worried about Liz, but after Michael’s assurances that she was fine, she just needed rest, and when he had checked on her himself, then he couldn’t get enough of his children. His happiness made him almost giddy.

Diane held her grandson and cooed at him. “Max, what are you going to name them?” she asked, not taking her eyes off of the baby.

“Liz had decided on Shannon for a girl so our daughter’s name is Shannon Isabel and our son is Dexter Jeffrey,” he answered.

“Michael, would you like to hold little Shannon? She smiles every time she sees you,” Maria said. “Besides, I want to hold little Dexter again. I just love his bald head. He’s so cute!”

“No, that’s ok,” Michael said, but he didn’t get it out in time. Maria placed Shannon in his arms, and for the first time, he realized what type of medicine he wanted to go into. He fell in love with those tiny fingers and toes, that cute little pink mouth and the way she stared at him, as if she knew exactly what he was thinking.

He took her upstairs and opened the door to Liz’s room. She stirred and awakened. He smiled at her and held the baby so she could see it. She stretched her arms toward them. Michael came over and sat beside her and placed the baby in her arms.

“She’s beautiful! Thank you so much, Michael. I don’t know what I would have done without you or Isabel or Tess. You all are so good to me,” she told him.

“I came up to tell you that the minute that I held Shannon, I decided what kind of doctor I would become. I’m going to be a pediatrician. I’ve never been around kids but something inside me clicked. I loved her from the moment I laid eyes on her. I just hope that Maria and I have children as beautiful as yours,” he confessed.

Liz smiled. “All babies are beautiful, Michael, as you’ll learn when you’re a doctor and then a father.” When Michael frowned, she asked, “What’s wrong?”

Michael debated whether to confide in her. Then he looked into her eyes and told her, “I’m worried about the type of father I’ll be. I mean, I didn’t exactly have a good role model to follow on that. I don’t want to end up being like Hank, drunk and beating my kids.”

Liz looked at him and forced him to keep eye contact. “Michael, you are definitely not Hank. You’re smarter and nicer than that. As for the ‘drunk’ part, from past experience, you know not to even take a sip of alcohol. I personally think you will be a great father, not perfect, because no one is perfect but a great father nonetheless.”

Michael smiled at her. “Thanks, Liz, you don’t know how much that means to me to hear that. Do you remember the time when you thought you had lost your journal?”

Liz tried to hit him. “Yeah, I remember that I was going out of my mind trying to find it, and you had it all the time.”

He chuckled, and then he looked into her eyes again. “Do you remember what I told you when I gave it back to you?”

Liz nodded. “Yeah, you said, ‘Thanks for giving me another reason to be jealous of Max Evans,’” she answered quietly.

“I meant it. You’re a very special person, Liz. I’m in love with Maria, but I can’t help thinking that in another time, maybe another universe, maybe you and I . . .nah, I think of you more like a sister. Let’s make it a point to stay friends no matter what. Ok?”

Liz smiled. “Michael, I love you. I couldn’t have asked for a better brother than you. From now on, that’s how I’ll refer to you, as my brother.”

They hugged and Michael took the baby from her. “You need to get some more sleep, and I need to get back downstairs before anyone realizes I’m gone. Serena is sleeping, and John is on his way to come and get her and the baby.”

“Michael, you might want to tell Max he’ll need to do something about the bed before John gets here.” As Michael headed for the door, she said, “And Michael, thanks again.”

He smiled at her and closed the door.
posted on 3-Oct-2002 8:32:44 PM by littleroswell
Part 12a

When Liz woke up from her dreams of memories, it was dark outside and there wasn’t a light on in the house. She got up and went into the bathroom to wash her face. She heard the front door open and the sounds of her children’s voices along with those of Michael and Maria’s coming from the living room. She came out and greeted everyone, avoiding eye contact with Michael.

Michael could see that Liz was deliberately avoiding his eyes, so he decided to take the bull by the horns. “Liz, I’m sorry about what happened this afternoon. I said some things that I shouldn’t have, and I’m sorry. I really am happy for your engagement if that makes you happy.”

Liz looked at him with tears in her eyes. “Here I am trying to think of exactly what to say to apologize for my behavior, and you’re apologizing. Michael, I’m the one who’s sorry. I behaved badly, and you definitely didn’t deserve that.”

They hugged and Maria tried to break up the situation. “Alright, alright you two, sheesh, you sound like you just mortally wounded each other. I want to talk with Liz for a while about all the wedding plans, and I can’t do that with you here, Michael. It will be girl talk and while I love you, you are not the girl-talk type. So go home, and I’ll call you later,” she told Michael, kissing him and shoving him out the door.

“I guess I’ll see you later, Liz,” he called as the door closed.

Maria smiled and giggled. “Liz, I’m getting married! On top of that, I’m marrying Michael Guerrin! Can you believe it?” she asked.

Liz smiled at her friend. “Yes, I can believe it. I knew that would happen if you came back here. You and Michael just can’t keep your hands off each other, and you belong together.”

Maria sobered up a little at this. Liz looked at her with a questioning look. “What? What is it?”

“Nothing. It’s just, well, it’s just that we used to say the same thing about you and Max. Honestly, Liz, I thought you two would be back together the minute you saw each other,” Maria said carefully.

Liz put on a smile for the kids’ benefit, but it was transparently fake. “No, that’s not going to happen. Although, it hasn’t hurt as much to see him as I thought it would.”

Maria walked towards the couch. “Well, that’s good because he said he was coming here to talk to you,” she said hurriedly.

“What? When?” Liz said, panicking.

“I don’t know but it sounded like he was coming over tonight,” Maria said, trying not to smile at Liz checking her reflection in the mirror.

“Mom, what are you looking for? I thought you didn’t care what daddy thought anymore,” Shannon teased.

“I don’t. I just don’t want to give him the satisfaction of looking like crap,” Liz declared. The doorbell rang, and she jumped.

“Uh, huh. That’s why you’re suddenly jumping at the doorbell like a grasshopper,” Dexter said, heading for the door.

“No!” Liz cried. When everyone looked at her, she looked sheepish. “I’ll get it. After all, it’s probably for me.”

She went over to the door and ran her fingers through her hair and licked her lips before pulling the door open. She had a smile plastered to her face, but that smile faltered with the recognition of her fiancé on the other side of the door. Brian came in yelling surprise and swung Liz around. He kissed her and sat her back down on the floor.

“Brian, you’re here. You’re really here,” Liz said for lack of something better to say.

“Yeah, I told you I’d be here as soon as I could. What’s wrong? You don’t seem happy to see me,” he said, hurt.

“Of course I’m happy to see you. You just caught me off guard that’s all,” Liz said recovering. “Come on in and sit down. How did you find us?” she asked.

“Well, I remembered you told me that your parents owned the Crashdown Café so I went there first and met them. Your parents are really nice, by the way. They told me where to come to find you. I didn’t expect it to be your old house, but when they told me that Max had moved out while you were here, I felt much better,” Brian explained. “Hey, Dexter, Shannon, how you guys doing? How’s Diane? Is she going to be ok? I haven’t heard from you in forever.”

“Yeah, Grandma came home today,” Dexter explained.

Shannon just rolled her eyes and declared she was exhausted. She went upstairs to her room and slammed the door. Brian was a gentleman and pretended he hadn’t noticed. Liz caught him up on all the news including the fact that Maria and Michael would be getting married soon. He congratulated Maria and she thanked him.

“Liz will have to come back and be the matron of honor of course, and as my best friend’s fiancé, I expect you to be there too, Brian,” she said.

“Of course! I wouldn’t miss it for the world,” he declared.

Satisfied with that, Maria said she would go up and get ready for bed. Liz and she could talk later. Dexter excused himself as well, and Liz let out a sigh. Brian talked about the job in Tallahassee that they had just finished while Liz was lost in thought, trying to figure out how to get him out of the house before Max showed up to talk.

Finally, she just said, “So where are you planning on staying while you’re here?”

Brian blinked a couple of times as he was still in a work frame of mind. “Oh, I hadn’t really thought about it. Now that you mention it, it wouldn’t be proper to stay here with you, would it? Well, your parents said that I could stay in the room above the café if I needed a place to stay. I guess I should go there.”

Liz stood up. “Well, my parents won’t appreciate you as much as I do if they are awakened by you knocking on the door to stay with them after they’ve gone to bed. It might be a good idea for you to go on over there,” she told him.

Brian smiled at this. “That’s my Liz, always thinking about others when I know you want to spend time with me. You’re right though, that would be inconsiderate.” He stood up and headed for the door with Liz doing everything except pushing him out to get him to hurry.

He kissed her as she pulled open the door. Little did she know that Max was standing on the other side preparing to knock. She pulled away from Brian quickly and reddened. She couldn’t tell for sure, but it looked like Max grew paler. “Max, what are you doing here?” she asked.
posted on 3-Oct-2002 8:34:17 PM by littleroswell
Part 12b

Brian whipped around and stood face to face with Liz’s ex-husband. “So you’re Max Evans. I’m Brian Davis, Liz’s current fiancé,” he said.

Max shook his hand weakly. “Nice to meet you. I . . . I just came by to get a few more of my things. I didn’t pack enough to stay at Michael’s for this long,” he said, not meeting either of their eyes.

“Of course. Brian was just leaving,” Liz said, hurrying him toward the rental car.

“It was nice meeting you, Max. I hope we’ll get to talk again before Liz and I leave to go back to Atlanta. I hope you won’t be too upset if you aren’t invited to the wedding,” Brian called as he climbed into the car.

“No, not at all,” Max muttered, going into the house.

Liz followed him with her eyes. For some reason she really wanted to get rid of Brian right now. How would she get him to leave now? She bent down and kissed him, long and hard. When she pulled away, his eyes were still closed for a moment.

“I’ll see you in the morning, darling,” she said as sweetly as she could.

Brian smiled at her. “Bright and early,” he said. He drove off whistling.

Liz sighed and turned to the house. She went up the few steps in through the front door. She looked around for Max until she heard something coming from the bedroom upstairs. She climbed the stairs to find Max pulling clothes from his bag and putting them in the dirty clothes hamper.

“So, um, what did you want to talk about?” Liz asked nervously.

Max didn’t meet her eyes. “What do you mean?” he asked.

“Well, Maria just said that you were coming over to talk to me, and I was just wondering what you wanted to say,” she said, clearing her throat.

“It doesn’t seem important now,” he answered shortly.

Liz walked over and took the clothes from his hands. “I’ll wash these before I leave for Atlanta,” she said quietly. She didn’t meet his eyes, although she could feel that his eyes were on her, but she didn’t move either.

“You don’t have to, you know,” Max answered just as quietly.

“I don’t mind. You know I’ve always kind of liked doing laundry,” she said, her heart pounding.

“I didn’t mean the laundry. I meant you don’t have to leave for Atlanta. You could move back here and be close to Maria and Michael,” he whispered, taking her hand.

Liz finally looked up into his face. She hadn’t realized that he had moved so close to her. Their noses touched, and suddenly his lips were on hers. He pulled her close and kissed her over and over. They kissed until Liz couldn’t breathe. Finally, as he started to unbutton her blouse, she pulled away.

“Max, I can’t do this,” she whispered.

“Liz, I love you. I can’t lose you again. Please stay here with me. Give me another chance to make you happy. I can promise you won’t be sorry. I’ll do anything to get you back,” Max begged, tears in his eyes.

“Max, I’m tempted, but too many things have changed. We’ve changed. I’m engaged to Brian, and I can’t just break that off. Brian is a good man and he loves me. His first wife cheated on him and it broke his heart. I can’t do that to him. I’m not the same Liz that left here 6 years ago, and you aren’t the same Max,” Liz said, starting to cry.

“Liz, please, please don’t do this to me. We can talk about this and work something out,” Max pleaded again.

“I’m sorry, Max, I can’t,” Liz replied, fleeing downstairs.

Max heard the front door close. Suddenly, it was that same evening 6 years previously and he collapsed on the floor in tears.

* * * * * * * * * * *

Liz ran and ran until her legs couldn’t carry her anymore and she couldn’t see for all the tears. Why? Why did everything have to be so hard? Why couldn’t she just have told Max that she was afraid? She wanted to believe him when he said that everything would be ok, but she just couldn’t put faith in those words anymore. Why couldn’t she try anymore?

In her heart, Liz knew why. Her heart had been broken too many times. It began years ago when Max had said that he needed to step back after their first kiss. That had put a small hole in her heart. That hole had grown over the years. Max kissing Tess when she first came to Roswell, finding out that they had been married, finding out that Isabel had once betrayed her brother and her race, Future Max forcing her into pretending to sleep with Kyle to drive Max away, Max sleeping with Tess, Tess getting pregnant with Max’s son, her betrayal and killing Alex, the war. All of it was too much for her.

She had watched several friends die in the war they had fought, Alex had just been the first. Tess, under Khavar’s control had killed the Sheriff, Jeff and Nancy Parker, and Diane and Phillip Evans. One by one, before her eyes she had watched them all go down. Yes, they had been able to clone them again, but never was she able to let go of the sound of her parents’ cry for help as they died. Using the granolith, they had recreated their loved ones killed in the war by Tess. They were unable to clone those killed directly by Khavar and his forces. In the end, Max and Isabel’s real mother was dead as well as Larek and several school friends that had discovered the truth or had been taken over by other aliens.

Each death, each battle had made that hole in Liz’s heart bigger. There had been no time to really heal and grieve. She had just reacted, and then eventually she pushed it all away. All that pain had hit her full force when her marriage had fallen apart; with Max’s confession, her heart had finally shattered. That was the reason she had had to leave Roswell. That was what was keeping her from giving her and Max the chance he had asked for.

Unfortunately, Liz wasn’t able to see all that and neither was Max. She slowed down and walked until she found herself outside of Diane’s house. She knocked on the door, and Diane opened it in her robe. She saw that Liz had been crying, and without a word, she pulled Liz inside.

Liz followed her upstairs to Isabel’s old room, and Diane motioned for her to climb into the bed. Like a child, Liz obeyed the silent command and Diane tucked her in, pulling the covers up over her. She stayed with Liz until she fell asleep. Sighing, Diane turned out the lamp on the nightstand and went to bed.
posted on 4-Oct-2002 9:31:38 AM by littleroswell
Bumping my own fics to the front.*bounce*
posted on 4-Oct-2002 10:49:15 AM by littleroswell
I really appreciate your feedback! I was writing this a while ago and now that you point out that Max should have been there more than Michael, you're probably right. Our podsters aren't perfect! Max was just too nervous and Michael and Isabel had already delivered Tess's baby so maybe Michael just felt that it would be easier to deliver three babies if there wasn't a jittery father around. He sent Max just downstairs, not out of the house so he kept him close in case there was a problem. I for one don't really have children, therefore when I write fiction, I try a variety of things with the characters in the childbirth situation. I wanted some way for Michael and Liz to be close in this particular fic. This was the first thing that came to me.

As for Sharon and Max's "indescretion", you'll just have to keep reading to find out if it was real or not. So many of you just don't trust poor Brian. Well, maybe there's a reason for that and maybe there isn't. I don't like to spoil endings so just keep reading! *wink*

I'll have another part out soon, probably today.

Beth
posted on 4-Oct-2002 11:02:49 AM by littleroswell
Part 13a

The next morning, the kids and Maria were surprised to find Max asleep on the bed instead of Liz. Maria smiled as she closed the door from checking on Liz and finding Max. She let herself think that Liz might have slept in that bed last night as well. She went downstairs and fixed some eggs, bacon, sausage, and toast. Shannon and Dexter bolted for the door as fast as they could swallow their last bite to go and check on Brian and make sure that he wasn’t coming this direction yet.

Maria was sipping on her coffee and reading the paper when Max came into the kitchen. Maria smiled to herself, but when she looked up at him, he looked very tired. Max went over to the stove and fixed himself a plate and sat down at the table. He didn’t look at Maria and didn’t offer any form of communication in her direction either.

Finally, Maria spoke up. “So what are you doing here, Max?” she asked cautiously.

“I slept here last night, in my own bed,” Max answered shortly, without looking at her.

Maria’s eyebrows came together and she frowned. Not the reaction of a man who had made up with his ex-wife. “So where’s Liz?”

Max cleared his throat and Maria studied him. He had tears in his eyes, but he still wasn’t looking at her. “I don’t know. She left last night and didn’t come back. Maybe she’s at the Crashdown with Brian,” he answered harshly.

Something had definitely gone wrong last night. Maria thought Liz and Max were actually making progress yesterday, but those thoughts vanished at Max’s reaction. She thought about leaving it alone, but that was not Maria’s style.

“Ok, spill it, girlfriend. What happened?” she asked.

Max finally looked up at her, and she saw that he hadn’t gotten much sleep. He let the tears spill out along with the story of what had happened. Maria listened with hope up until the last few bits of the story. She sat back in her chair after he had finished the story while he wiped the tears from his face.

“What I don’t understand, Maria, is why she won’t try again. I really feel that she still loves me, but she refuses to admit it and she won’t give in. Why? Have her feelings toward me really changed so much that she could marry this Brian character and be happy with him?” Max asked.

Maria shook her head as though to clear it. “Max, Liz still loves you. There are too many things that she does and says that prove that. Here is my theory on Liz; she holds pain inside until it builds up and explodes, and whatever the last thing to hurt her was, she stays away from. I think that when you slept with Sharon, it was the last straw for Liz, and she snapped. I mean you know that seeing her parents die like they did affected her more than she let on, even though we did clone them and therefore brought them back. That war was harder on her than any of us thought. I know because I read her journal now and then, and that’s the only place Liz is completely honest. Please don’t tell her I read it, I only do it to make sure she hasn’t lost her mind completely. She doesn’t open up to me like she used to. I think that she really wants to be with you again, Max, but she has a safe thing with Brian. She doesn’t really love him so she can’t get hurt with him. With you though, she’d be taking another risk, and frankly, she can’t take anymore,” she said.

“How do I prove to her that I won’t break her heart again?” Max asked.

“You can’t,” Maria said bluntly. At his fallen face, she hurried on. “There are no guarantees, Max. When you love someone everything is chance. I believe that you won’t hurt her again, but she won’t let herself believe that. The only way you’ll have a chance to get her to try again is to be alone with her one more time and beg for that chance one more time. I think she’ll snap if she’s alone with you just once more. We’ll just have to plan it so that you can be alone with her before she leaves.”

Max brightened a little at this. Then another thought crossed his mind. “Maria, it’ll have to be soon. With Brian in town and with what happened last night, if you’re right then she’ll want to leave for Atlanta soon,” he told her.

“You met Brian? Oh, you must have shown up before Liz could get rid of him last night. You’re right. We will have to work fast because if Brian gets her on a plane to Atlanta, she won’t come back. So we’ll just have to be a little sneaky, and I know just the person to get in on this plot. Max, you need to call your mother and check on her,” Maria told him with a Cheshire-cat-grin.

Max smiled back at her. For the first time in 6 years, he thought that he might actually be able to win Liz back. He would just have to work fast. He danced up the stairs to take a shower. It would work; it just had to.

* * * * * * * * * * *

Liz went to the Crashdown for breakfast, being careful not to wake Diane as she left. She walked in and sat down at the counter. She flashed her mother a smile, who was at the register and not fooled a bit. Nancy didn’t say anything, however, and sat a plate of pancakes in front of her daughter. Liz ate in silence for a while and didn’t look toward the kitchen where her father was cooking or at her mother.

Brian came through the kitchen and, seeing Liz sitting at the counter, came over to her and kissed her on the cheek before sitting on the stool beside her. “Good morning, darling. Did you get any sleep or did Max stay over too late for you to get your rest?” he asked.

Liz almost choked on her pancakes. She started coughing and sputtering. Brian rubbed her back, and she took a drink of her orange juice. When she had composed herself again, she flashed him a smile before asking for a refill of coffee. “Actually, he didn’t stay that late at all.”

“That’s good. I had reservations leaving you there with him there. I wouldn’t want to lose you already. I hope you haven’t changed your mind about marrying me,” Brian teased, smiling at her.

Liz cleared her throat and returned his smile that only her mother noticed didn’t reach her eyes. “No, sweetie. As a matter of fact, I’ve been thinking that I don’t really want to wait to be married. I’d like to get married before school starts back so that we don’t have to wait until the holidays or even until next summer. That way my kids can be there too. How about we get married at the end of next month, August 30th? That way, Maria and Michael will be back from their honeymoon, and they can be at the wedding, the kids will be there and we can go away for the weekend before I have to be back for the first day of school. What do you think?” she asked him.

Brian’s grin doubled in size. He stood up and over Liz, looking down into her face. “I love that idea. I’m so glad to hear that you’re ready to let me take care of you. I know I can make you happy,” he told her. He kissed her gently yet passionately.

Liz couldn’t seem to stay focused on Brian’s kiss. She thought it might be because of jitters. When he pulled away, she looked at him and then turned back to her pancakes to finish the last couple of bites. “Well, if we’re going to get married in a month, I need to get back to Atlanta so that I can get it planned and get ready. Besides, I need to get Maria’s things sent back here.”

“No problem, pet. I’ll get us on a plane back to Atlanta this afternoon. Just go get packed, and I’ll pick you up for lunch in three hours before we head for the airport. Will the kids be coming back with you?” he asked.

“No, they’ll be coming back in a couple of days. Let’s go back just you and I,” Liz replied.

Brian kissed her again before heading for the door to the kitchen. “Sounds good. I’m going upstairs to get ready to go. I’ll be by for you in a little while.”

“Oh, Brian, we need to go by and see Diane before we leave, so come by for me in a couple of hours instead of three,” Liz called before he disappeared.

“No problem,” he called back.

(Be right back with part b)
posted on 4-Oct-2002 11:04:41 AM by littleroswell
Part 13b

Max called his mother and told her what his plan was. First, he would get all cleaned up nice. Then he would go by the store to check on the clerks there. He was going to pick out a piece of jewelry for Liz and go by and pick up some flowers before heading to his parents’ home where Diane and Maria would have lured Liz to talk.

He walked out the door and jumped in his car, not hearing the phone ring inside the house. Liz was calling to make sure that he wasn’t at the house. When no one picked up the phone after the thirteenth ring, she was pretty sure that Max had left. She told her parents that she would be leaving, and her father offered to drive her to the house so she could pack. She hugged her mother goodbye and promised to call soon.

She packed her clothes as fast as she could and wrote a note for the kids. She made the bed up and as she finished, the wedding picture on the nightstand caught her eye again. She picked it up and studied it. Liz told herself that it had been over long ago. She had made the right decision. She placed the picture back on the stand and picked up her suitcase.

As Liz reached the bottom of the stairs, the phone rang, and she went to answer it, hoping it was someone in particular. “Hello?” she asked hopeful.

“Liz, honey, it’s Diane,” said the voice on the other end of the phone.

Liz sighed and sat down on the sofa. “Hi, Diane, how are you?” she asked politely. She didn’t let the disappointment into her voice.

“I’m ok. Dear, I wanted to talk to you, this afternoon if possible,” Diane said as calmly as she could.

“Well, actually, Brian and I will be flying out to Atlanta this afternoon, but we wanted to stop by for a few minutes anyway before we left so you could meet. He really is looking forward to meeting you,” Liz told her.

Diane frowned. They were flying out this afternoon. Maria was right; they wouldn’t have another chance to get Liz and Max together if it didn’t happen today. She wished that Brian wouldn’t be over, but she could find some way to get Max and Liz alone. As long as Max showed up before they left, everything would work out fine.

“That’ll be just fine, Liz. I’m looking forward to meeting Brian too. I need to talk to him so that he realizes that we will be holding him responsible for your happiness after the two of you are wed,” Diane rambled. She was trying to figure out how to contact Max so that he would hurry.

“Ok, well, we’ll be over soon,” Liz said and hung up.

Diane hung up the phone and picked it up to call the jewelry store. She spoke to the clerk who said that Max had just left. Diane couldn’t get a hold of Max on his mobile phone so she prayed he would just hurry.

* * * * * * * * * *

Liz rang the doorbell with Brian standing behind her. Diane opened the door and smiled at her daughter-in-law. “Liz, honey, I’m glad you made it,” she said, hugging Liz.

As Liz stepped back from the hug, Brian stepped forward. Diane noticed that he looked nothing like Max, and that only proved that Liz was trying to avoid Max. Diane plastered a smile to her face and extended her hand to the man who thought he was going to marry Liz.

“Ms. Evans, I’m Brian Davis. Liz has told me so much about you,” Brian said smoothly, shaking her hand.

“Nice to meet you, Brian, won’t you both come in,” Diane told them, moving aside.

“We can only stay for a few minutes. Our plane leaves in an hour and a half,” Liz told Diane.

Diane carried on the conversation beautifully until Maria got there. She looked at Maria questioningly, but Maria shrugged and joined in the conversation. Diane watched the clock nervously. She was doing well, catching glimpses of the time without Liz or Brian noticing, except for once. Brian looked at the clock as well and stood up.

“Well, it’s been nice chatting with you, Diane, but Liz and I had better get going,” Brian said.

Liz stood up as well and Diane and Maria followed suit. “Must you leave already? I feel like we barely got to say hello,” Diane said, wracking her brain for something to keep them there.

“We really must go. We’re going to have to run for the plane as it is,” Liz answered, heading for the door.

Diane tried several other tactics to get them to stay, but in the end, she and Maria were left watching them, sadly, driving toward the airport. They closed the door and sat without talking in the living room. Twenty minutes later, the front door opened and Max walked in carrying flowers and wearing a suit and tie. He had a smile on his face until he saw his mother’s face and the same sad look on Maria’s.

“What’s wrong?” he asked.

“Where have you been?” Maria flew at him.

The color drained from his face as the details registered in his mind. “They’ve already been here?” he asked.

“Yes, come and gone. They drove off toward the airport almost half an hour ago,” Diane answered sadly.

“I was on my way over here when some idiot pulled out in front of me and when I swerved to miss him, I spilled my coke on my suit. I had to go home and change. What time does their plane leave?” he asked, not giving up.

Maria brightened at this, “In an hour! You might have time to make it,” she told him, pushing him toward the door.

Max jumped in the car, throwing the flowers in the passenger seat, and headed off in the same direction Liz had gone. He drove as fast as he legally could but was brought to an abrupt halt by traffic backed up due to an overturned tractor-trailer. He mumbled several profanities under his breath and inched his way to the airport.

When he got there, he parked and ran toward the gate, praying that the flight was delayed. He got to the gate as the plane pulled away from the terminal and headed down the runway. Realizing he was beaten, he absently gave the flowers to an old woman sitting at the next gate and made his way back to his mother’s house.

Hearing the front door open, Diane, Maria, and Michael rushed to the front hall. Seeing Max’s face, however, was enough of an answer for their unasked questions. Michael patted his friend on the shoulder, not saying anything. Maria gave him an encouraging smile and hugged him before leaving with Michael. Diane turned to her son, and her heart ached for him.

“Max, I . . .” she began.

Max put his hand up to stop her. “Don’t mother, I was too late. Liz is gone, and she’s not coming back. I hope she’ll be happy,” he said dejectedly. He headed up the stairs to his old room and cried himself to sleep on his old bed like he was a little boy.
posted on 5-Oct-2002 2:11:20 PM by littleroswell
Part 14a

“What about this dress?” Serena asked pulling a formal dress suit off the sales rack.

Liz looked at it absently. “Too old. I’ll look like your grandmother,” she said.

Serena sighed. “Well, that’s the last dress in this store. Honestly, Liz, I’ve never seen you this picky. That emerald dress at Macy’s looked great on you and was a good length for a second wedding held outdoors.”

Liz didn’t hear her however. It had been 2 weeks since she left Roswell, and she was becoming more and more depressed. She told herself that she would be fine after the wedding. She had met Brian’s parents, and they were really nice and they just adored Liz and the kids. She had heard nothing from Max and really didn’t expect to now. At first, she had hoped he would stop her at the airport from getting on the plane. When he didn’t show up, she told herself it was because she was flying with Brian, and Max would be on the next flight to Atlanta to come and get her. Now she knew it was too late.

“Earth to Liz!” Serena said in her ear.

“I’m sorry, Serena, I was daydreaming. What did you say?” she asked.

“I said do you want to try Parisian’s next, or do you want to try somewhere other than the mall?” Serena asked.

“I don’t know. Serena, I’m getting married in two weeks, and I still don’t have a dress. I just can’t find anything I like. I’m still trying to box Maria’s stuff up to send the rest of it out to her, and I feel like I’m a hamster running on a wheel,” Liz said exasperated. She stopped still and Serena asked her what was wrong. “Serena, what time is it?” she asked.

“Almost five. Why?”

“Crap! I’m supposed to meet Brian for dinner in an hour and I’m so not dressed for it. We gotta go,” she answered, fleeing toward the car.

* * * * * * * * * *

“Mom, you’re going to be late if you don’t get going soon,” Shannon called to her mother.

“I know, I know! I just can’t seem to get this stupid necklace fastened,” Liz said, running down the stairs.

Shannon stood up and helped her mother fasten her necklace. “Where did you get this hideous thing?” she asked looking at the necklace.

“Oh, it is terrible isn’t it? Brian gave it to me last week. It was his grandmother’s and he wanted me to wear it in the wedding. I told him it didn’t go with my dress,” Liz told her.

“Mom, you don’t even have a dress yet,” Shannon said, puzzled for a minute.

Liz grinned at her. “I know.”

“Mom, you’re terrible! That’s funny. Now you’d better get going before you’re late,” Shannon said. She hugged her mother and realized that Liz had lost weight in the past couple of weeks. Shannon was worried about her. She seemed so distant and lost since she had come back from Roswell.

“Tell Dexter I need him to cut the grass tomorrow before he does anything else,” Liz called as she went out the door.

“Have a good time!” Shannon called after her.

* * * * * * * * * * *

Brian chattered on about their upcoming honeymoon in the Smokey Mountains. He didn’t mind that Liz wasn’t saying anything. It was probably just nerves. He kept talking until he noticed that she wasn’t eating.

“Liz, isn’t the food good? You haven’t even touched your soup,” he said.

“What? Oh, I’m sorry, Brian, I’m just so tired I’m having a hard time concentrating,” she lied.

Brian placed his hand over hers. “Liz, are you ok? You’ve been so distant since we got back from Roswell. Is it wedding jitters or something else?” he asked genuinely concerned.

Liz looked at him. Brian was such a wonderful man, and he really did love her. “Yes, it’s just wedding jitters. Brian, I have to be honest and tell you that I really don’t like this necklace. I know it belonged to your grandmother, but our tastes obviously were not the same when it comes to jewelry.”

Brian started laughing. “I hated it too. My mother suggested that I give it to you, and I didn’t want to hurt her feelings so I offered it to you. You exclaimed so over it that I thought you loved it and didn’t say anything.”

Liz laughed too. “That’s funny! Oh, I’m so glad you hate it too. Can you take it off for me?” she asked.

As Brian undid the clasp, he felt something wet hit his hand. He looked at Liz’s face and realized that she was crying. “Lizzie, my beautiful Liz, what’s wrong?” he asked tenderly.

“I never told you that I lost a baby did I?” she asked quietly.

“I’m sorry to hear that. No, you never told me,” he answered.

“The twins were 5 years old and just started school when I found out I was pregnant. I was only 7 weeks along when I found out and I was so happy. Max was thrilled, and we decided to keep it a secret for a while; something we could share just between us. Then about a month later, I started bleeding more than just a little. I went to Michael and told him about the baby and the bleeding. He checked me out and told me that I had miscarried. I was so devastated! Max, Michael, and I were the only ones who ever knew I was even pregnant. I stayed in bed for days, so depressed. Max and the kids were the ones who got me through it. Michael was there for us too. When I had recovered, we made a decision never to bring it up again. I swallowed that pain and pushed it to the darkest, deepest part of my brain,” Liz told him.

Brian had no idea where this story was going, but he was sympathetic. It had to be hard on Liz who openly loved her children more than any mother he ever knew. He let her spill her story out without interrupting her.

“Brian, I only got through it because of Max and the children that we had together. Our love got us through. I swallow all my pain until it builds up like a volcano and I can’t take it anymore. When it explodes out, I lash out at those who have hurt me,” Liz continued. Brian’s heart sank as he listened, hoping she wouldn’t say what he thought she would. “Brian, the only one who has been there for me constantly through everything was Max. You’re a good guy, and I’m so flattered to have been loved by someone like you, but I can’t marry you. It wouldn’t be fair. I’m still in love with Max Evans. Even though we’ll never be together, I couldn’t marry anyone else.” She took the diamond ring off her left hand and held it out to Brian.

Brian stared at it for a minute before slowly taking it from her hand and putting it in his pocket. “Somehow I knew if you went out to Roswell, I’d lose you and I have.”

“I couldn’t have made you happy being in love with Max. You need to find someone who will appreciate you and all of your wonderful qualities. I hope someday we can be friends,” Liz said, tears spilling down her face.

Brian forced a smile. “Maybe someday, but not anytime soon. I don’t think I could be friends with you right now.”

“I understand and I’m sorry,” Liz said. She stood up and opened her purse and pulled out some money. “I think I should go. I’ll take a cab home. Let me pay for dinner.”

He shook his head. “No, I’ll get it this last time. Goodbye, Liz Evans.”

(Well there it is, the last of Brian. Hope you guys liked that. I'll be right back with part b)
posted on 5-Oct-2002 2:15:30 PM by littleroswell
Part 14b

Max looked at his watch. 2:30. Liz would be marrying Brian about now. He didn’t think about the time difference. Everyone was angry with Liz because she had called Maria and said that she didn’t want anyone to fly out there for the wedding. She wanted to get married at the justice of the peace with only Serena and Brian’s best friend as witnesses. Maria had been incredibly hurt at this and was seriously debating whether or not to keep Liz as the matron of honor.

Liz didn’t tell them that she had called off the wedding. She wanted some time to think some things out, and she didn’t want sympathy phone calls so she decided to make everyone angry with her for a while. The kids didn’t understand this reasoning but went along with it.

School started back and Liz went through the routines of the first weeks in a daze. The kids were really starting to worry about her. She threw out half of her meals and picked at the other half. They told Liz that if she didn’t start eating more, they were going to call Grandma and Grandpa Parker. Liz ate more to satisfy her children.

About a month after school had started back, Liz and the kids were grocery shopping with Serena and Leslie. They were having a pretty good time, and Liz even smiled once or twice. Then she heard a voice calling her name. She looked around to see who it was, and her heart stopped when she saw who it was.

“Liz Evans? Lord, it has to have been, what, over 6 years since I’ve seen you?” Sharon Covey said, coming up with her shopping cart.

Liz forced a smile on her face. “Sharon, what are you doing here?” she asked.

“My husband and I moved here not too long ago. His job relocated him here. How are you? How’s Max?” she sang.

“I’m doing just fine. I don’t really know how Max is. We’re divorced you know,” Liz said rather coldly.

Sharon got a sad look on her face. “Oh, I’m so sorry to hear that. I would have never thought you guys would break up. Are these your kids? My goodness, they’ve grown so! How are you, Shannon, Dexter?” she asked them.

Shannon and Dexter didn’t understand why their mother was being so cold to this woman. Liz had never told them that it was Sharon that Max had slept with. They politely told her that they were just fine, thank you. Sharon smiled and introduced herself to Serena and Leslie.

Suddenly, a little boy ran up to Sharon and held out a box of cookies. “Momma, can we get these?” he asked her.

Liz stared at the little boy. He was adorable, but that’s not what Liz noticed first. He had dark brown hair and warm brown eyes. He looked to be about 5 or 6. Liz felt the hurt of Max’s cheating all over again. This was his son, and he didn’t even know about him.

“No, honey, momma got you some cookies already. Let’s put those back ok? Oh, everyone this is my son, Evan. Evan, say hello to some of mommy’s old friends,” Sharon told him, smiling at her son.

“Hello,” the boy said seriously. Then he turned around and went skipping down the aisle to put the cookies back on the shelf.

“How could you flaunt him in my face like that?” Liz whispered.

“Whatever do you mean?” Sharon asked, and she genuinely did look confused.

“Why didn’t you ever tell Max he had a son? He should know about him,” she asked through gritted teeth.

“Come on kids, let’s finish our shopping,” Serena ordered Shannon, Dexter, and Leslie. They hurried off before Liz could continue the scene.

“Liz, how could you think that Evan was Max’s son? He looks like his father; let me show you,” Sharon said, pulling out her wallet.

“Come on, Sharon! Your son has to be the right age. Didn’t you think I’d find out about you and Max?” Liz spat out.

“Liz, what on earth are you talking . . . oh no! You and Max didn’t split up because of me did you?” she asked.

“Most marriages do end when one of the two people cheats on the other,” Liz answered.

“Cheated? Max and I never slept together!” Sharon said.

“What about that night you came over with the Champaign, and the kids and I weren’t home?” Liz asked, calmer now.

“Oh, no! Liz, I came over that night to tell the both of you that I was moving to Seattle and getting married out there. I wanted to tell you how sorry I was for flirting with Max. He was the type of guy I wanted to be with, sweet and good-looking. He said you weren’t home when I said I had some news for you both. I was a little disappointed, but I wanted to celebrate with someone. I brushed past him and poured us some of the Champaign. He got drunk after one glass. I’ve never known anyone to get drunk that fast. We finished the bottle, celebrating, and I was afraid to drive home. I helped Max upstairs to your bedroom and kicked off my shoes to help him because I was falling out of them. I stayed in one of the kids’ rooms and went home in the morning, telling Max I would call him about the wedding when I got to Seattle. That’s all that happened, I swear! I never would have dreamed that he thought we slept together,” Sharon explained in a gush.

Liz went white, and Sharon moved closer in case she fainted. “You’re sure you didn’t sleep together?” Liz asked.

“Liz, I’m sure! God, I’m sorry. Evan was my husband’s father’s name and they were close. I got pregnant a year after we were married; Evan is just big for his age,” Sharon said, genuinely upset.

“Oh, Sharon, thank you!” Liz yelled, throwing her arms around the woman’s neck. “I’m sorry, but I’ve got to go. Let me get your phone number and maybe we can get together sometime.”

Sharon smiled. “I’d really like that.”

After getting Sharon’s phone number, Liz raced around the store looking for Serena and the kids. She found them arguing on the frozen food aisle. She threw her arms around each of her kids and then Serena and Leslie. She was crying and smiling and felt like she was flying.

“What happened to you?” Serena asked.

“Max didn’t sleep with her! Oh, Serena, can you finish up here? I’ve got to get on the next plane to Roswell!” Liz practically screamed.

“What? What about work?” Serena called after Liz, confused.

“I’ll call you from the plane or Roswell or the airport, but I’ve got to go!” Liz yelled back, racing out the door.

“Go get him, mom!” Dexter yelled.

(Ok, so now you know! Some of you were right. Max never slept with Sharon. Did I scare you for a minute with that kid? I hope so, that was the point. The last part should be out soon.)
posted on 7-Oct-2002 9:56:41 PM by littleroswell
Part 15a

All the way to the airport, while boarding the plane, and half-way to the other side of the country, all Liz could think of was making up with Max. She had been so wrong to doubt him. It didn’t matter that he also thought he had slept with Sharon. She should have known better.

As the plane landed, however, doubts flooded her mind. What if he wouldn’t forgive her just as she had been unwilling or unable to forgive him? What if she had finally lost Max forever? She certainly deserved to be rejected by him. ‘Well, whatever happens, I have to try,’ Liz thought to herself.

When the taxi driver asked her what her destination was, however, she gave the Valenti’s address instead of her beloved home. She couldn’t do this alone; she needed Maria. She only hoped that Maria would hear her out so she could explain that she hadn’t gotten married without her best friend being there.

Amy opened the front door, and her surprise registered on her face. “Liz, what are you doing here?” she asked. Then she caught her bad manners. “I’m sorry, come on in. Jim isn’t here but Maria is. She and I were just going over wedding plans,” she said, leading the way to the kitchen table.

Liz followed her meekly. Maria was looking at bridal magazines, but when she looked up she got a smirk on her face. “What are you doing here?” she asked harshly.

But Liz saw the pain she had caused her friend in her eyes. “Maria, I came because I need to talk to you.”

Maria started laughing hysterically. “Oh, Liz, even when I’m mad as anything at you, that’s funny. You could have just called. Not even with as mad and hurt as I am would I have had you fly all the way out here to make up.”

Liz laughed at her mistake. “That’s not exactly why I came out here. Maria, I need to tell you first of all that Brian and I never got married. I broke it off with him. Tess and Kyle and the kids and Serena know, but no one else, including my parents.”

Maria’s mouth fell open. “You broke it off? Why? Wait, I already know the answer to that. The answer is three letters beginning with an “M” and ending in an “X”. So why didn’t you tell me?”

“I needed some time to think some things out. I wanted to know why I couldn’t bring myself to try with Max again. I only know that I’ve been in pain for a long time and I never let it out. When I thought I had lost faith in the one thing that I had left to believe in, I needed out. I’ve never stopped loving Max, and then I ran into Sharon at the grocery store in Roswell, Georgia and my love in him doubled and hit me in the worst possible way. I’m the one that betrayed our love, Maria, not Max,” Liz said. She explained the whole story that Sharon had told her and of her trip straight here so that she could get Maria’s help.

When she was done, Maria couldn’t think of what to say first, so she just hugged her friend. “Oh, Lizzie, I’m so happy for you! I never could quite believe that Max would cheat on you.”

Liz accepted her friend’s hug, but then pulled away, turning to matters at hand. “Maria, how am I going to get him to listen to me? He won’t see me or talk to me if I just show up; I know he won’t. What do I do?” she asked upset.

“Let’s just calm down and think about this for a minute here,” Maria said putting her index finger to her chin. “I know,” she shouted after a minute. She told Liz of her plan.

* * * * * * * * * * *

“Oh, Maria, mom, Isabel, do you guys really think this will work?” Liz said the next night.

Diane, Isabel, Maria, and Amy had all gathered with Nancy in the room that Liz used to sleep, study, and dream in above the Crashdown. Maria and Isabel had picked out the dress that Liz was wearing. Isabel did her hair while Maria found the jewelry that she had bought to go with the dress. Diane and Amy came running up the stairs with the items that Maria, Isabel, and Nancy had ordered them to bring from Max’s house. Nancy took them and placed them around the balcony where she thought they should go.

“Of course it will work. We have it all worked out. First of all, your mother and father told me that Max comes by every night and sits on the balcony. Secondly, I got Michael to tell him that it isn’t good for him to keep coming and holding on to all those painful old memories. Michael is going to tell him that he needs to come this one last night to say goodbye. When he comes up, you’ll be here ready to tell him that you love him,” Maria detailed. Then she sighed happily. “I just wish I could stay and watch. This ought to be better than any movie scene.”

Isabel gave her a look. “Ew! Why would you want to watch Max and Liz make up? It’s nice that they’re getting back together but they are my brother and sister-in-law, ex-sister-in-law, future sister-in-law, whatever!” she said finally giggling.

Liz still had doubts. “But what if he takes one look at me and turns right back around and goes right back down the ladder?” she asked worried.

“Not possible,” Amy said, turning her to face a full-length mirror.

The dress that Maria and Isabel had picked out was perfect for her. It was cut low enough to be fetching but not low enough to be immodest. The color was the same red as the dress she had worn in Las Vegas so many years ago. Her hair was put up in curls and pinned loosely to frame her face. Her tiny waist was accentuated by the trimmed waistline of the dress and the flaring, full skirt that reached to her knees. She almost looked like the same girl of 17 that had first fallen in love with Maxwell Evans. No, she decided, there were some definite differences. Isabel’s make up job couldn’t quite erase the scars of pain that the war had placed on her face, especially around her eyes, but she definitely looked good.

Then she looked around at the set up that Amy, Nancy, and Diane had done to her old room and balcony. There were lit candles everywhere among scattered rose petals. Diane had hidden the stereo playing romantic music with bouquets of flowers in an array of fall colors. Liz noticed their wedding picture by the bouquets and candles. Other pictures of happy times of just Liz and Max were scattered everywhere.

Tears formed in Liz’s eyes. “I don’t deserve all of you. Thank you so much for everything. I’ll give all the credit to you right off the bat,” she said.

“Don’t you dare! That’s part of the plan. He’ll appreciate the effort more if he thinks you did all this by yourself,” Maria ordered.

Liz laughed through her tears. “There is no way I could ever get my hair to look like this by myself.”

“Ok, you went to a salon then, but don’t mention us,” Isabel said, backing Maria up.

“Honey, we’re going to go so we can make sure we’re gone before Michael and Max get here,” Diane said, hugging Liz.

“Sheryl Crow’s CD is in the stereo when he does get here,” Nancy said also hugging her daughter.

Amy, Maria, and Isabel gave her hugs in turn and encouragement. Then they all left her to her thoughts and hopes. An hour later, Liz was about to give up hope. It was almost nine, and Max had somehow gotten out of coming with Michael. Then she heard something coming from the ladder. She checked the impulse to rush over to see if it was Max. Instead, she climbed back into the room until Max had moved away from the ladder. She didn’t want to startle him and make him fall.

(As this is the last part, I'm dragging this out as long as possible. I'm making you beg for the last part. So come on beg! *big*)
posted on 8-Oct-2002 7:58:59 AM by littleroswell
Ok, guys, don't have a hissy. J/K *big* I'll post the next part by tonight, I promise. In the meantime, I'm gonna make you sweat it out a little. *big*

Beth
posted on 9-Oct-2002 8:08:05 AM by littleroswell
I am so sorry! I fell asleep on the couch last night watching TV (I've been totally wiped out for the last week) and therefore didn't get to post the last part! Please don't kill me! Now this was originally the last part of this fic. However, I was thinking about continuing it a little, see where it takes me. Whaddya think?

Anyways, without any further ado, I will post the last part. Sorry again.

Beth
posted on 9-Oct-2002 8:19:19 AM by littleroswell
Part 15b

Max’s head appeared over the ladder and then his entire form. Liz caught her breath at the sight. Oh, how she had missed him! She thought it was odd that he was wearing his trench coat. It didn’t look like rain, and it wasn’t cold out. Max came over to the table where Liz had put two glasses and had a bottle of non-alcoholic Champaign chilling. Liz saw a small smile on his face that quickly passed.

Liz stepped out at this. “Hi,” she said, for lack of something better.

Max turned to face her. “Hi,” he answered back. Liz couldn’t tell anything from his tone of voice. She didn’t know if he were upset or glad to see her.

“Max, I need to talk to you. I’m so sorry about what happened when I was out here not long ago. I really wanted to give us another chance, but I was so afraid of getting hurt again,” she began in a rush. She stopped suddenly and said, “Don’t move, I’ll be right back.” She rushed to the stereo and put on the CD.

As the first few notes of “I Shall Believe” started to play, Liz felt a little calmer, but not much. She took a deep breath and began again. “Max, I’m so sorry about everything, I’d like it if . . .” But Max held up his hand and went over to the stereo.

She stopped as he turned the CD off. “I really can’t listen to that song right now, Liz,” he said.

Liz tried to say something, but it caught in her throat. She started crying. It was over! Max hated her, and she would live the rest of her life alone. That thought made her cry all the harder until she noticed that Max had taken his coat off. Underneath, he had a tuxedo on. He pulled a flower out of one of the bouquets and put it in his lapel.

Liz just stared at him as realization registered. “You knew?! You knew! How? When? What?” she stuttered.

Max chuckled softly as he came over and took her in his arms. “Let’s just say that someone in your little scheme didn’t have a really good poker face, and I made him spill the beans.”

“Alex! I’ll kill him!” Liz declared.

“Actually, you would think it was him wouldn’t you? No it was Michael. He thought he should tell me before I turned and ran when I saw you. I guess he knew I’d turn into one big chicken. He wanted to make sure I heard the story. That’s why I was late; when he told me the whole story, I wanted to make sure I was dressed for the occasion. Liz, I’m so sorry,” he told her.

“You’re sorry? Why are you sorry? I’m the one who didn’t have enough faith in us to, at the very least, forgive you and try to work things out,” Liz cried.

“Yes, but if I had paid more attention to your buried feelings, then maybe that wouldn’t have been the straw that broke the camel’s back. Then too I should have talked with Sharon and had the story straight, and then we wouldn’t have had to go through any of this at all,” Max said quietly moving closer.

“But even when you offered to try and make up while I was here before, I just wouldn’t let myself give in and hurt you all over again,” Liz started again.

Max stopped her with a kiss. He kissed her until she was breathless. He pulled away and whispered, “The past doesn’t matter now. It’s over and now we have nothing but good times together ahead of us. We know the truth so let’s put the past behind us. That’s why I didn’t want to listen to that song. That’s the old Max and Liz; they don’t exist anymore. I want us to start over fresh. Let’s find a new song,” he said, rushing over to the stereo.

He turned the tuner through several stations before Liz shouted for him to stop. The song had just started, but it was an old song close to Liz’s heart and she thought it was appropriate for their situation. Max recognized the song as well and asked her to dance as it began.

It still feels like our first night together. Feels like the first kiss.
And it’s getting better, baby. No one can better this.
Still holding on, You’re still the one.
First time our eyes met,
Same feeling I get,
Only feels much stronger.
I wanna love you longer.
You still turn the fire on.

So if you’re feeling lonely tones,
You’re the only one I ever want.
I only want to make it good.
So if I love you a little more than I should,
Please forgive me, I know not what I do.
Please forgive me, I can’t stop loving you.
Don’t deny me this pain I’m going through.
Please forgive me, If I need you like I do.
Please believe me, Every word I say is true.
Please forgive me, I can’t stop loving you.

Still feels like our best times are together.
Feels like the first touch.
Still getting closer, baby, can’t get close enough.
Still holding on. You’re still number one.
I remember the smell of your skin.
I remember everything.
I remember all your moves.
I remember you, yeah.
I remember the nights,
You know I still do.

So if you’re feeling lonely tones,
You’re the only one I ever want.
I only want to make it good.
So if I love you a little more than I should,
Please forgive me, I know not what I do.
Please forgive me, I can’t stop loving you.
Don’t deny me this pain I’m going through.
Please forgive me, If I need you like I do.
Please believe me, Every word I say is true.
Please forgive me, I can’t stop loving you.

The one thing I’m sure of,
Is the way we make love,
And the one thing I depend on,
Is for us to stay strong.
With every word and every breath I’m praying.
That’s why I’m saying,

Please forgive me, I know not what I do.
Please forgive me, I can’t stop loving you.
Don’t deny me this pain I’m going through.
Please forgive me, If I need you like I do.
Babe believe me, Every word I say is true.
Please forgive me, I can’t stop loving you.
No believe me, I don’t know what I do.
Please forgive me, I can’t stop loving you.
Can’t stop loving you.

Liz looked up into Max’s eyes as the last few notes died away and saw all the love that she had for him reflected back for her. They kissed gently and then passionately. He carried her to the table and placed her in a seat. He then went over to the window and knowing that there were two dinners inside for them, he looked around until he saw them. He brought them back over to the table and set one in front of Liz and one at the other place before sitting down.

“What do we do now?” Liz asked.

“Now we eat,” Max answered, feigning ignorance of what she was speaking about.

“No, I mean about us? What happens next?” she asked.

“First of all, I need to make sure that Brian is really gone,” he said looking at her questioningly.

Liz smiled. “The poor guy. He really was a sweet man, and he treated me well, but he wasn’t you. I told him that and gave him back his ring.”

“Good. In that case,” he said, pulling a small box out of his pocket and setting it in front of Liz. “Open it.”

Liz opened the top to find a gorgeous engagement ring with one solitary diamond on a yellow gold band. It had to be a full carat and a half with beautiful clarity. Tears stung her eyes yet again. “Oh, Max, it’s beautiful.”

Getting up from his seat, Max came around the table and kneeled before Liz. “Elizabeth Parker Evans, will you marry me . . . again?” he asked with a grin.

“Yes, yes, yes!” she cried, throwing herself into his arms. “I’ll never let you down again, Max. I really had hoped you would come to Atlanta after me.”

Max chuckled. “I almost did, but then I thought about how happy you were married to Brian and stopped myself. I couldn’t face the both of you together. I thought you deserved that happiness. But I’ll tell you something now, Liz, I’ll never let you go again. As long as we’re together, who cares what the future brings. Bring it on; I’m ready as long as you are by my side. I love you.”

“I love you too,” Liz whispered. They kissed again and again.

(Well, shall I continue or is that a good place to leave our reunited love birds?)
posted on 9-Oct-2002 12:02:05 PM by littleroswell
Ok, I just have a little something to point out to all of my faithful readers. I noticed that fanfiction award nominations are up. I've never really posted much here on this board but I'm starting too. I don't want to tell anybody to go and vote for me on something but I would like to know how my writing style is. I'd like to know what you like about it, what you don't like, what I should change, add, what? Just be completely honest with me. If I should stop writing, tell me! Tell me I suck at it and I'll stop. Otherwise, tell your friends about these stories and see if they like them too. (Just a desperate writer that has no faith in her abilities.)

Thanks in advance,
Beth

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posted on 10-Oct-2002 10:37:02 AM by littleroswell
BUMP!
posted on 11-Oct-2002 8:04:45 AM by littleroswell
Bump
posted on 11-Oct-2002 8:08:28 AM by littleroswell
I am working as hard as I can to get new parts out on all of my fics. However, it is hard considering there are 4 that I'm currently working on. I'm trying to rotate them around so that all my readers get their updates. Thank you for your patience. I hope to have a new part out to Against My Programming today and a new part to this fic sometime early to mid next week. Thanks for all the wonderful feedback.

Beth
posted on 12-Oct-2002 3:25:55 PM by littleroswell
Bump
posted on 15-Oct-2002 10:07:29 AM by littleroswell
Hey, guys, just wanted to let you know that I'm not sure when I'll be able to post a new part on this fic as it has been a long while since I wrote it and I'm currently working on several other fics. I'll try to get another part out soon. Thanks for your patience and all your wonderful feedback.

Beth
posted on 20-Oct-2002 2:09:48 PM by littleroswell
Please don't shoot me but I just wanted to let everyone know that I won't be adding to this fic. I just can't get back into it. This fic is like 5 fics ago for me so I just can't seem to be able to work on it anymore. This is the last bump for me on it before I let it slip back off the list. I do have it on disk so if anything changes, I'll post the parts again.

Beth