*~~PARTS 1-37 ON REPOST~~*

Category: M/L with others sprinkled in with a good measure
Summery: AU Michael and Max are head of their mob families and enemies. Liz and Michael are brother and sister. In this story Liz is the artist of the family.
Disclaimer: I own nothing
Rating Pg-13, maybe more later
*Authors note* This is my first fic feedback would be nice. Don’t worry dreamers, no Tess.
*Pandas* Sorry bout not answering your question, but I'm a blonde and I forget things easily. Anyway, yes the whole back thing will come in to play a bit later though after the wedding and after something else...

Part 38A

~~ Two Weeks Later ~~

Liz threw down her paintbrush and picked up her painting, tossing it out the window. She watched as it fell onto the street and then promptly get run over by a delivery truck. The last two weeks had been taking a toll on her. Planning a wedding, working, and being pregnant was just too much for her to handle. And to top it all off it seemed Max was always too busy to spend time with her.

~* Flashback ~*

Liz walked into Max’s office sitting on a chair opposite him. She waited till he looked at her. And waited. And waited. After ten minutes Liz cleared her throat and Max looked up from his computer startled to see her there.

Max “Liz sweetheart, what’s wrong?”
Liz “Nothings wrong, I just came to see if you where going to eat dinner with me.” ‘Since we haven’t really talked all week’ She thought to herself silently.
Max “I’m sorry Liz, I’ve got so much work to do. Go ahead and eat without me, I’m going to be in here late finishing this stuff.”
Liz closed her eyes and nodded. Trying not to be angry she smiled at Max and left.

~* End ~*

That had been the story all too often now. Max doing work and Liz left feeling alone.

Maria “Ya know that’s littering, and this city already has enough trash on the streets.”
Liz jumped at the sound of Maria’s voice. “Oh, hey Maria.”
Maria “What’s wrong chica?”
Liz “Nothing.”
Maria “uh huh girl, don’t make me beat it out of you.”
Liz “It’s just. Grrrr!”
Maria “Liz did you just ‘Grrr’?”
Liz covered her face with her hands. “Yea.”

Maria pulled Liz into a hug. “Okay Lizzie tell me what’s bothering you.”
Liz sat down and leaned her head against the window. “Maria I’m just majorly stressed out. I mean this wedding is getting to be too much. The guest list is already up to three hundred people, and I’m still getting responses. And the reception hall called, they’re closing down. So I now have to call all three hundred people and tell them the new location, but I don’t have one to tell them yet! Then there’s Max who’s too busy to talk to me, let alone help me. And I still haven’t found my wedding dress. I can’t even fuckin paint. ” Liz shouted.

Maria pulled out her cedar oil. “Here Liz sniff, and take deep calming breaths.” This was bad, very bad. Liz rarely cursed. “Ok this is what we’re going to do. I have to run and grab some things to help us. When I come back we’ll have your wedding planned.”
Liz “What am I supposed to do?”
Maria “Stay here and paint.” Maria walked over to her stereo and put in her Linkin Park CD. “Here this will help now paint. I’ll be back soon. And I don’t want to come back and see people ducking from flying paintings, ok?”
Liz gave her a small smile. “Ok, thanks Maria.”
Maria raced across town back to her house.
“Mikey G!” She shouted.
Michael feel out of his chair as the peacefulness of the house came to a halt by the blaring voice of his wife.

Maria walked into the living room. “Michael what are you doing on the floor? Never mind. Listen I need your help…”

I wanna run away and never say goodbye
I wanna know the truth instead of wondering why
I wanna know the answers no more lies
I wanna shut the door and open up my mind

Liz used powerful angry strokes as she listened to the music. It was actually making her feel a little better. It wasn’t even the wedding that was upsetting her. It was Max. He’s obsessed with his work. She wanted her Max who stopped by to say he loved her, and the Max who couldn’t keep his hands off her.

I wanna run away and never say goodbye
I wanna know the truth instead of wondering why
I wanna know the answers no more lies
I wanna shut the door and open up my mind

Maria and Isabel walked through the door carrying about five bags each.
Maria “Ok Lizzy, I’ve brought help and everything we need to plan your wedding.
Michael walked into Max’s study. ‘This is becoming a daily assurance.’ He thought.

Max looked up startled to see Michael Guerin in his office.
“Michael, hey what are you doing here?”
Michael “I’m here to kick your ass Evans.”
Max “What?”
Michael “Maria tells me Liz is upset. So I’m here to make sure you fix it.”
Max “Michael what are you talking about.”
Michael shook his head. “Max, Max, Max, you have so much to learn. Let me explain this to you. In my house if Maria’s happy I’m happy. Now if Maria’s unhappy, I’m in return going to be unhappy. You still with me?”

Max gave him a look. “Yea.”
Michael patted him on the back. “Good. Now when Liz is unhappy Maria is unhappy, so you can sure as hell bet I’m going to be unhappy. Max listen I really don’t want to get into you and Liz’s relationship, but Maria has already threatened no sex if I don’t. So fix this now.”

Max let it all sink in. He had been acting like a real jerk all week. Damn it. Liz has had so much on her plate and he had just been submerging himself into his work. They hadn’t even slept together in a couple of days. Nope this was unexceptable and he had no one to blame but himself. He had to find a way to make this up to Liz.

Max “Thanks Michael. I didn’t even realize.”
Michael “It happens, but don’t make this a habit. My sister is not second best, never was and never will be. So don’t make her feel like that. Especially when it’s to the business. Believe Max it’s not worth it.”
Max “I know, I feel like an idiot. Liz is not second best. I should kick my ass for treating Liz like that. I’m sorry”
Michael “That’s nice man, but I’m not the one you should tell.”

Part 38B

Isabel “First we have to figure out where you want your reception.”
Liz “I don’t know. I really want it to be somewhere special.”
Isabel nodded. “Alright what can we rent on Christmas Eve…”
Suddenly her face lit up like a Christmas tree. “I know the perfect place. The Art Museum.”
Maria “Isabel that’s perfect, what do you think Liz?”
Liz “Isabel you’re brilliant, but do you think we can get it? I mean the weddings in two weeks and I bet it’ll be expensive.”

Isabel just smirked. “We’ll I can pull a few strings, I help run the charity events they have their. And so what if it costs a lot of money. Max deserves it from what Maria said.”
Liz just nodded with a sad look on her face.
Maria “Well now that we’ve got a new place we have to call the guests and tell them the new location.”
Isabel “And the caterers.”
Maria “Why don’t we divide up what needs to be done.”

Liz “Wait before we do that, I have two things to say. First and foremost I want to thank you both so much for all this, I don’t think I could’ve handled this by myself.” Tears where in her eyes as she finished.
Maria “Aw, Lizzie don’t cry.”
Isabel “Hun, we love you. No thanks required.”
Liz “Well would two be my maids of honor?”
Maria and Isabel grinned. Maria “Only if we have say in our dresses.”
Isabel “Yea, no peach, or sea green.”
Liz just laughed. “Ok.”
Maria “Group hug!”

Max walked into the flower shop spotting his man. “Benicio.”
Benicio “Maximillion. What can I do for you this fine afternoon?”
Max “I’m here to buy flowers.”
Benicio “What did you do?”
Max “Let’s not go there, but I need two dozen white roses and one red one.”
Benicio whistled. “Two dozen roses, you must’ve done something really bad.”
Max “Yea you could definitely say that.”

Max loitered around the store waiting patiently till Benicio returned.
Benicio “Maximillion your flowers.”
Max “Thanks” He handed Benicio the money and made a quick exit.

Isabel “Well that looks like all of it.”
Liz “I don’t know how I can ever thank you both.”
Maria “Lizzie seeing you happy is reward enough.”
Isabel “And for what my bone head brothers been putting you through, it’s the least I could do.”

“Yea.” Liz said in a small voice.
Isabel “Well I’ve got to go pick up Colin. We’re still on for Friday right?”
Liz “Yup, one o’clock at Rosetta’s.”
Maria “I better be going too. Liz I’ll see you Friday, and call me later okay?”
Liz nodded and gave each woman a hug.

She walked around her studio picking up the debris their planning had left. Even though she was thrilled to have most of the wedding planned, she was still upset over Max’s behavior all week. If this was how their marriage was going to be like, she didn’t want it. No matter how much she loved Max.

Max walked up the stairs a man on a mission. He had just run into his sister and Maria and heard an ear full from both. They had yelled at him for ten minutes on his stupidity. Well he was going to fix this. He walked into the room and if he hadn’t felt bad enough the scene before him tore at his heart. Liz was crying, no doubt because of him. Max walked up to the window and slid his arms around her waist.

Liz nearly jumped out of her skin when she felt the muscular arms wrap around her stomach. “MAX!” She cried wiping at her tears. “What are you doing here? Don’t you have work to do?”

Liz’s words cut into Max like nothing else. He sighed in frustration. “No I’m right where I’m supposed to be, with my love.” Max picked Liz up and carried her to the couch sitting down and arranging her on his lap. He looked into her beautiful brown eyes that where still red. “Liz you don’t know how sorry I am. I never ever wanted to make you feel unimportant, because without you my life is nothing.”

Liz “Max I’m not going to lie I hated this week so much. I felt like you where to busy to even talk with me. It had me wondering if this was going to work out…”

Max “Liz don’t even say that.”
Liz “Max I don’t want to, I love you so much. But I can’t and won’t have our marriage be like this.”
Max “What do you want Liz?”
Liz “I just don’t want a repeat of this week, ever. I want a promise that you’re not going to put your work ahead of your family.”
Max “Liz, before I met you work was my life. The only social things I would do would be dinners at Isabel’s and random events. So when I was home I would work. I don’t want to do that anymore. I promise that I’ll never put you or our child second, if you promise to make sure I don’t slip into that again. What do you say? ”

Liz smiled making Max’s heart warm. “I say yes.”
Max closed his eyes and leaned his head onto shoulder. “And we’re still going to get married in two weeks?” He said while opening one eye.
Liz kissed his nose. “We’ll your sister, Maria, and I just spent all day organizing this thing. So I guess…”
Max “Oh you guess. We’ll I’ll take what I can get when it comes to you.”
Max watched as Liz’s eyes lit up. “Max I have so much to tell you.”
Max “I’m all yours baby, but first I want to give you something.” He stood and grabbed the flowers he dropped once he came in and saw an upset Liz. “These my beauty are for you. I know they don’t make up for this week, but I figure it’s a start.”

Liz inhaled the sweet scent and gave him a questioning look. “There’s one red rose in here.”
Max “We’ll I know you love white roses, but red represents love so…”
Liz wrapped her arms around Max’s neck bringing him in for hot kiss. “I love you Max,” She said after she broke the kiss.
“And I love you too, so much.” He replied. “Now why don’t I take you home and we get something to eat and you can tell me all about your day.
Liz “I like that idea.”
“Michael I’m home!” Maria screamed as she walked into her house.

Michael had been enjoying the tranquility of the house and for the second time that day it was interrupted by his wife’s earsplitting voice. He landed on the seat of his pants scrambling to get up.

Maria walked in to the sight of her husband getting off the floor. “You know Michael I don’t understand your need to sit on the floor. Must be one of those weird male things. Anyway, I wanted to thank-you for helping your sister today I saw Max on my way out from her place. Looks like you knocked some sense into him.”
Michael just shook his head in mirth. This was his wife. His beautiful, loud, and sexy wife. “You could say that. With the threat that was hanging over my head did you have any doubt I wouldn’t?”

Maria pretended to think about it. “Um… nope! Which reminds me, I should reward you.”
Michael “I think most definitely!”
“So we got all the guest list situated, and your sister came up with a ingenious idea for where to hold the reception.” Liz said in between bites of her General Tso Chicken. She sat perched on Max’s lap holding a Chinese take-out box and fork.

Max “So what’s this brilliant idea?” He watched as she tucked her hair behind her ear and put down her container. “Well she mentioned the art museum, and I really really like the idea Max.”

Max saw the hope and excitement radiate in Liz’s eyes. He set down his container and wrapped his arms around her. “So what do we have to do?”
“Really? You’ll do it?” She said in an ecstatic tone.
Max “If you want it, then well have our reception there.”
Liz jumped up. “Oh Max I do, I really do!”
Max “Well like I said before, tell me what I have to do.”

Liz jumped up and down in her excitement. Max watched as she did a little happy dance while putting the forks in the sink. He couldn’t resist himself any longer and he pushed her up against the fridge and kissed her.

“Do you realize we haven’t made love in three days?” Max said as he started to unbutton her sweater.

Liz just nodded her head as she removed Max’s already loosened tie and worked at his shirt, frantically working to get it off. There joining was quick and frenzied. Both working to their ultimate goal. As their bodies cooled Max heard Liz say the three words that made him the most luckiest man in the world.

“I love you.”

~* So what’s the cure for family invading your house and annoying you up the wall? Answer: Run to your room watch the BTVS marathon and write a new part. I hope you like. BTW You’ve all seen that Rocky seen, you know the one where he runs up the steps and throws his hands in the air in triumph. Well that’s the Philadelphia Art Museum, which is so beautiful. Thanx to Zansbitch who gave me the idea.

Part 39

~ December 19th – Four days till the wedding. ~

Liz awoke early in the morning and snuggled closer to Max’s hard body. Excitement coursed through her body. In four days she was getting married to the sexiest man alive. The caterers where booked, the guest list was set, and true to his word Max had gotten her the art museum for their reception. Well with a little help from Isabel and a charitable donation he put in her name they had secured it for Christmas Eve. ‘Now if I could only find my dress.’ She thought sourly.

Max stirred to find his angel awake, and with a frown marring her beautiful face. He brought his hand to her cheek breaking her reverie.

Max “An exquisite woman like you shouldn’t be frowning, ever.”
Liz gave him a small smile and sighed. Max wrapped his arms around Liz bringing her even with his eyes. “Don’t think your getting off that easy, what’s wrong baby?”
Liz “It’s just everything’s set for our wedding but… I still haven’t found my wedding dress.”
Max “Liz don’t worry I know you’ll find it.”
Liz “Max our weddings in four days! Maria, Isabel, and I have trekked all over Philadelphia and every mall within in a hundred miles of the city and we haven’t found anything.”
Max “Liz honey, aren’t are standards a bit high?”

The look Liz gave him you would have thought Max went crazy. “NO, Max this is the day every girl dreams of and I can’t find my dress.” Liz finished with tears.
“I’m sorry baby, don’t worry you’ll find your dress.” He soothed.
“You think?” she sniffled out.
Max “I know you will.” He kissed away her tears and stood up with Liz in his arms.
Liz “What are you doing?”
Max gave her his lopsided grin that made her weak in the knees. “Well my love you can’t go out looking for a dress without a shower now?”

All that could be heard was Liz’s laughter as Max whisked her to the bathroom. With Max thriving in the fact he had accomplished his goal to make Liz laugh.

Several hours later and many pruny fingers, Liz finally rondavoued with Isabel and Maria.
Maria “It’s about time chica.”
Isabel “Max keep you busy?” she said with a smirk.
Liz “Ha ha. Sorry I’m late. But I can’t help it if my fiancé loves me.”
Maria “More like adores you.”
Isabel “Well I’m just glad he wised up, no more of that working himself to death crap.”

Liz smiled wistfully. “Ever since that horrible episode he’s been great. As soon as I walk through the door he stops his work and doesn’t give it another thought. And the other day he stopped by the studio with lunch for both of us.”
Maria “Aww, that’s sweet. Maybe Max and Michael should get together and talk.”
Isabel “Yea, Alex has been lacking in the husband department lately too.”
Liz “Guys I promise to lend Max out later, but now can we please find me a wedding dress.”

Liz returned home with a heavy heart. Nothing she saw today screamed out “I’m the one”.
Max walked up behind Liz and gently pulled the coat from her shoulders, bending to give her a kiss on the cheek. “No luck huh?”
Liz just shook her head, tears threatening to spill over any minute.
Max “Hmm… Well why don’t you go into the living room, someone’s here to talk to you.”

Liz gave Max a peculiar look but did as he asked. She walked into the other room only to see her brother sitting on the couch holding something wrapped in plastic.
Realization dawned on her face as she brought her hands to her mouth. “Michael that’s…Oh my god where did you get it.”

Michael stood making his way to Liz. “Maria told me the trouble you where having finding a dress and so I thought this might be of use.”
Liz took the garment out of Michael’s hands delicately fingering the plastic. “Do you think she would have wanted me to wear this?”
Michael “I think Mom would have been honored.”
Liz lost it and broke into tears.
Michael pulled Liz into his arms, halting Max’s move to go to Liz.

Michael “I know it’s not the dress you had in mind—“
Liz violently shook her head. “No, it’s the exact dress I had in mind. I just wish she could be here to see me in it you know?”
Michael “I know me too. But she will be. Every step you take down that isle Mom will be there with you. She’s in your heart Liz. And as long as you know that she’ll be there.”
Liz “You know your getting so much better at these talks.” She whispered out.

Michael “Yeah well Maria’s going through these hormonal things too. Oh man the other day she turned on the TV and watched ER. I come in ten minutes later and she’s bawling. She mumbled something about Doug and Carol breaking up? I don’t know but it took me ten minutes to drill in her head that they where fictional characters. And then when I finally got her to calm down she yelled at me for being insensitive.”

Liz ducked her head sheepishly. “Poor Max has to walk around egg shells with me. It’s a wonder he still wants to marry me.” She said while looking over to Max who was leaning up against the door watching the seen with happiness in his eyes. “Do you think mom would approve of Max?”
Michael “I think mom would have seen the way he treats you like you’re his everything and would have been thrilled for you.”
Liz “Thank you Michael for everything. You don’t know how much this means to me.”

Michael “I think I do. I love you Liz and I just want you to be happy.”
Liz “I am, so very much Michael.”
Michael “Well then my mission in life as a big brother has been accomplished.”
Liz laughed bringing music to Michael and Max’s ears.

Michael “Well my good deed is done. I must now return home to my wife.”
Liz “Michael I would take home some Mud Pie she was craving it all day.”
Michael sighed. “Man she certainly has an addiction to that. I was sent on a run a couple of days ago at ten thirty at night, and she didn’t even offer me a piece ”
Max chuckled from the doorway.
Michael “laugh all you want but Liz will be doing it soon.”
Liz “Well it has to be better then morning sickness, that’s still putting me through the ringer.’

Max jumped up and walked to Liz. “You didn’t tell me your still getting sick.” He said with worry etched on his face.
Michael “And that’s my cue to leave.” He released Liz after giving her a hug and kiss turning her over to Max.

After Michael left Max steered Liz to the couch. He kneeled in front of Liz with her hands clasped in his hands. “Why didn’t you tell me?” He asked in a soft voice.
Liz gave an exasperated sigh. “Max I knew you would freak, and besides it’s normal nothing can be done to stop it.”
Max “Yea but I could’ve done something.”
Liz “What would you have done Max?”
Max raked a hand through his hair. “I don’t know, anything.”

Liz got down on the floor with him. “Max you do plenty. This whole wedding has really been stressing me out—“
Max “Liz I told you I would’ve hire a wedding planner.”
Liz “Yea but then it wouldn’t have been our wedding and I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
Max nodded his head in understanding.
Liz “Like I was saying this wedding has been stressing me out but you’ve been there through it all making it better every time I freak out. Max I love you.”

Max “And I love you.”
Liz tried to stifle a yawn. Max took that as a sign and picked up his lovely soon to be wife and took her up stairs for some much-needed rest in his arms of course.

Part 40a

~ December 22nd, Two days till the Wedding ~

Alex walked into Max’s office slamming the society section of the newspaper on his desk.
Max picked up the paper and scanned the front section. His eyes grew wide as saucers as he read the article on the front page. He threw the paper on the ground in disgust and rubbed his eyes in frustration.
Alex “I’m guessing this is the first you’ve seen of this.”
Max “That would be a pretty safe bet. What the hell is this reporters name?”

Alex “That would be your good friend Mr. Williams.”
Max “That prick. What the hell does he think he’s trying to pull with this shit?”
Alex “My guess is too stir up some trouble.”
Max “All this is going to do is upset Liz. And fuck she doesn’t need this, not now two days before the wedding. She’s had it too rough. If I get my hands on him Alex I swear to god…”
Alex “Max calm down.”
Max “CALM DOWN? No see you don’t understand, this son of a bitch writes an article about my wedding saying that it’s a ploy for me to take over Michael’s organization. He smearing Liz’s good.”

Alex “Max Liz will understand, I mean I know this pregnancy is messing with her hormones. But understand this Max Liz is a very strong woman. She’ll handle this, probably with some tears though.”
Max “I know she can, but why should she have too? Alex this is just a reporter who’s been trying to put me behind bars for years.
Alex “Max Liz’s last name is Guerin. I think she’ll understand.”
Max “I have to go see her. I’ll be back in an hour.”
Alex nodded his head. “Alright, I’ll stay and finish these papers. Take your time Max.”
Max “Thanks Alex.”
Max arrived at Liz’s fifteen minutes later only to see her smiling at a group of kids. ‘She must not know about this’ he thought. And frowned at the displeasure of having to tell her. Max was so wrapped up in his thoughts he didn’t realize they were alone. Liz walked behind him wrapping her slender arms around his waist and resting her head on his shoulder. “Hey handsome, whatcha thinkin bout?”

Max turned his head, kissing the side of her cheek. “I was thinking about my lovely fiancé.”
Liz “Such the charmer.”
Max “I try.”
Liz “So spill.”
Max “Spill what?”
Liz “Max you can’t lie to me, I can see it on your face. Something’s wrong.” She brought her hand to her mouth. “Oh god, is it Michael?” Terror filled Liz’s eyes.
Max “NO Nothing like that. Come here.”

Liz stood in front of Max, worry still evident in her eyes. Max cupped her face, gently stroking her.
Max “Liz there was an article in the paper today…”
Liz made an ‘oh’ face, closing her eyes thankful it was nothing serious. “Max if this is just about some silly article-“
Max “Liz’s it’s more then that. Let’s sit down.”

They made their way upstairs to the loft and sat down on the couch. “Liz the article was about you and me.” Liz gave him a look of amusement.
Liz “I kinda figured that one out.”
Max “Yea I know, this is just hard to say with everything we’ve been through.”
Liz “Max just say it. Because no matter what some silly second rate reporter writes about you and me it makes no difference. I love you, and you love me, nothings going to change that.”
Max “You’re amazing you know that?”
Liz “So I’ve been told. Max just tell me.”

Max “It said that I was marrying you to gain control of more business. That damn reporter has been out to get me and this was just a little dig.”
Liz took a deep breath and smiled. “I don’t care.”
Max looked at her completely awestruck. “Liz maybe you didn’t hear me but—“
Liz “Max I heard you just fine. But I don’t care.”
Max “Liz I don’t under—“
Liz “Max I’m not going to let this get to me two days before our wedding. You’ve shown me over and over how much you love me. That piece of trash will not ruin one of the happiest days of my life.”

Max crushed his lips to hers reveling in the sigh she gave. He pulled her body closer to his and worked his hand under her sweater kneading at the soft skin he came across.

Liz pulled back reluctantly taking Max’s wandering hand in between hers. “Max you promised…”
Max “Liz you can’t be serious.”
Liz “Do I look serious?” She said raising an eyebrow.
Max “Liz we haven’t made love in over a week, I’m starting to go in withdraw here baby.”
Liz cupped his cheeks and kissed his pouting lips. “Max it’s two more days, and besides you promised you’d wait till we get married.”
Max “Liz, sweetheart, angel—“
“Your sweet words won’t work Mr. Evans. You already knocked me up before we got married you can wait two teeny days.” Liz said in a teasing tone.

Max sighed in defeat closing his eyes briefly before opening them and putting his hands’ around her stomach. “And how’s the little one doing today?” He said while lifting up her sweater and placing a kiss on her still small stomach.
Liz “The little one is doing quite well.” She said in a taunting tone.
He lifted his head and brought his hand to her face. “And how is mommy doing?”
“Much better, the morning sickness has been letting up.” She patted her stomach lovingly. “Much to my delight.”

Max gave her his lope sided grin. “Why don’t I take you to lunch beautiful?”
Liz “Let me get my purse.”

Liz arrived back from lunch grinning from ear to ear, only to see Maria waiting patiently for her.

Liz “Maria I’m so sorry, Max took me out to lunch and then on the way back we pasted this baby store and so I just had to stop—
Maria “Liz hun, it’s okay. I’ve been waiting here for about two minutes I was running late. Liz wait till you get into the second trimester, hun it’s all about the lovin ”
Liz burst out laughing. “Maria ”

Maria “So what did you buy?”
Liz “Well just a teddy bear, but I saw so many things. Our baby’s gonna be spoiled. Maria you should have seen Max he was worse then I was. Like a kid in a candy store.”
Maria “The first time Michael and I went into a kids store he got a little sparkle in his eye, it was so cute.”
Liz “Have you started decorating a nursery yet?”
Maria “Nope, we’re going to wait till we find out the sex of the baby.”
Liz “Yeah I want to know what color to decorate the room.”
Maria “Isn’t this wild? Our children are going to grow up together.”
Liz gave a grin. “I’m just so excited.”

Maria “And your getting married in two days ”
Liz “Which reminds me, can I stay at your house the night before? I mean I know Max and I are anything but traditional but I really want to stick to this. Max and I don’t need anymore bad luck.”
Maria “Aww Liz of course you can. Don’t think like that, you and Max are going to be fine, no better then fine wonderful excellent great superb—
Liz “Ok I think I get it Maria, but thanks I needed that.”
Maria “Anytime chica. You know sticking with tradition we should throw a bachelorette party ”

Liz “No Maria I already warned Max, Michael and Alex the repercussions of any bachelor party.”
Maria “I’d personally castrate those boys if I found out they had strippers. But no nothing like that, I was thinking just like a little girls night deal.”
Liz “I like that.”
Maria “Good I’ll invite Isabel over and we’ll rent some good movies, maybe have some ice cream and maybe if we’re really feeling wild we’ll have some drinks…”
Liz “Right Max would have a conniption, and so would Michael ”
Maria “Yeah, okay cross out the drinks, but everything else stays.”

Liz “Ok, but Maria I need your help on something else.”
Maria “What?”
Liz “I need to get Max a wedding present, and I need to get him a Christmas present. But I’m not sure what.”
Maria “Hmm… Well what does Max like? What are his hobbies? I mean when he’s not catering to you.”
Liz “Well he works, he plays basketball, and we go out.”
Maria “Okay we can work with this, what do you do when you two go out?”

Liz thought about all the special moments they had shared together and it hit her. “Maria you’re a genius I know the perfect gifts for him.”
Maria “I know, it’s a gift. Now spill girl.”
Seven year old Andy was playing hide and go seek with his friends. 'I've got a perfect hiding spot' he thought to himself. 'They'll never find me.' He ran into the old abandonned building across from the park. He walked into one of the back rooms and saw a fresh cement wall, but what really got his attention was the finger sticking out of it...

Here’s the thing. There’s moments in your life that make you, that set the course of who you’re gonna be. Sometimes they’re little subtle moments, sometimes there not. Bottom line is even if you see them coming you’re not ready for the big moments. No one asked for their life to be change, but it does. So what are we helpless, puppets? No the big moments are gonna come you can’t stop that. It’s what you do after words that counts. That’s when you find out who you are. -Whistler ~Becoming BTVS.