|posted on 30-Nov-2001 1:35:50 AM by QueenBee|
|Title: Revealing the Truth|
Disclaimer: I don't own anything having to do with Roswell.
Summary: Read to find out!!
Author's Note: This is M/L. It takes place sometime after "The Harvest." I know it was a while ago, but I've had this idea and I finally got around to writing it down. Please leave feedback. This is my first fanfic. Thanks! I know this is short. Tell me if you want more!
Rating: I'm not sure, but it probably won't go beyond R.
Liz and Maria were rushing around the
Crashdown serving and taking orders. The Pod Squad,
along with Kyle and Alex, were in their usual booth
discussing the Harvest and what had gone on in Copper
Summit. Max was, once again following Liz’s every
move with his eyes. No matter how much she hurt him,
he would always love her. Besides, he still couldn’t bring
himself to believe what he had seen. There had to be
some explanation. Kyle and her hadn’t seemed too cozy
since that night. He looked across the table to where
Kyle was sitting. He narrowed his eyes. He didn’t care
what had happened that night. Kyle had been in bed
with Liz. His Liz. No man but him should ever be in that
position. He lifted his eyes to once again look at Liz and
a smile began to form. There was a reason he always
sat in that booth. It had an excellent view.
Liz was wiping down the counter. She could
feel Max’s eyes on her. His gaze was practically burning
holes through her uniform. She sighed. She missed the
days where Max would stare at her and then go into the
back room during her break. When they were back there
they sure didn’t look at each other. A smile spread
across her face. Then she remembered. Max might be
staring at her, but that was it. There would be no making-
out in the back room. Not ever again. She put her focus
back onto the task at hand while she scolded herself. ‘It
does no good to think about the past. Because it’s
exactly that: the past.’
Liz went back to cleaning the counter while
Max watched her. A stranger stood outside the doors
leading into the café thinking about what awaited him
inside. He tried to imagine what she looked like now.
God, he couldn’t wait to see again after all these years.
He opened the door and walked in.
Liz heard the chime on the doors that
signaled a new customer, but it didn’t completely
register. She was too caught up in a tingly feeling that
had overcome her senses. The feeling was a familiar
one, but one she knew she couldn’t be feeling. Not now.
Not after all this time. The feeling strengthened until she
couldn’t ignore it anymore. She turned around slowly,
preparing for the disappointment she was sure to face.
Her eyes landed on the figure that had just walked into
the café. Standing there was a tall teenager about her
age. He had silky brown hair and eyes to match. When
his eyes met hers, the corners of his mouth turned up in
a smile. It was him. No one else could possibly
duplicate that smile that he reserved for her. Her eyes
welled up with tears. It had been too long. She walked
towards him as if she were in a trance. When she was
about a foot away from him she stopped. Her hand
shakily reached out to his face. When it came into
contact with his flesh, she let out the breath she had
been holding and jumped into his arms, wrapping her
own tightly around him.
“You’re here.” She said into his
shoulder. “You’re really here.”
Max saw Liz’s reaction to the stranger and
how she was now tightly enveloped in his arms. The rest
of the booth’s occupants couldn’t ignore Max’s obvious
disinterest any longer. They all looked to where his gaze
was focused not far from their booth. The sight that met
their eyes was surprising. They had never seen this guy
before and Liz was looking pretty friendly with him. Tess
was kinda pleased as she took in the expression on
Max’s face. This might help her. Maria had also seen
her friend’s reaction and had moved to the booth with the
others. The café was empty except for them, so she
wasn’t too worried. She, along with Alex, was confused.
Who was this guy? Michael, on the other hand, wasn’t
confused in the slightest. He knew who this was.
Trouble. That’s what every newcomer had ever been. Liz
knew that. So what the hell was she doing with him?
Liz was unaware of the audience that had
formed. The world had disappeared when he had walked
in. As much as she hated to, she forced herself to pull
out of the embrace.
“Is it really you?” she asked cautiously.
Jeremy smiled. “It’s really me.” he assured
Liz wouldn’t let herself believe just yet. She
couldn’t get her hopes up. “So it’s really you, and you’re
“Yes, it’s really me and I’m really here.”
Liz looked up at him warily. “I’m not
Jeremy laughed. “Do you imagine this often?”
Her expression was serious. “Every day.”
He smiled wistfully down at her. “Me too.”
Liz looked deep into his eyes searching for
the truth. Then she found it. Once again her arms went
up around him. “It’s you. You’re here.”
After a few minutes, Jeremy began to have trouble
“Uhh…Liz. You can let go.”
Liz shook her head fiercely. “I’m never letting
you go again.”
“I’m going to run out air in approximately 5 seconds.” he
She broke away from him quickly. “Ohmigod! Are you
okay?” she began straightening out his clothes. “I’m so
sorry! I didn’t mean to hurt you.” she rambled.
He smiled gently. “It’s okay. I’m fine. Don’t worry.”
Seeing her look, he amended his previous
statement. “At least not to much. I’m not going
She looked up at him hopefully. “You mean you’re
“Of course I’m staying. What did you think? That I’d
finally find you and then just leave? Sorry missy, but
you’re stuck with me.”
She grinned. “I think I can handle that.”
“Well good. ‘Cause I don’t think I’m ever letting you out
of my sight again.”
Liz raised an eyebrow. “Ever?”
“Hey, I’ve got a lot of time to make up for.” he defended
Liz’s smile faded. “I missed you.”
“I missed you too.”
Liz turned playful again. “I missed you three.”
“I missed you four.” Jeremy counteracted.
“I missed you more.”
Jeremy glanced down at her. “I don’t think that’s
Liz and Jeremy had resituated themselves in
the booth right behind the gang’s.
Liz was facing away from hem and Max could only see
the back of her head. They had all heard the short
conversation and it had made all of them curious.
Isabel leaned forward. “What’s going on?”
Maria and Alex looked at each other and
shrugged. “Liz never mentioned anything about a
Jeremy.” Maria replied sounding hurt.
Isabel turned to ask Max if he knew anything
about Jeremy, but his expression stopped her. His jaw
was clenched and he hadn’t taken his eyes off of the
two. She followed suit and refocused on what was
happening in the next booth.
Jeremy and Liz were still caught up in their
own little world.
“So, tell me what’s going on with you lately.”
Liz frowned. “There are some more important
things we need to talk about, ya know.”
Jeremy smiled, “I know, and we will talk
about them later. Right now I want to know what you’ve
been up to lately.”
Liz shifted uneasily. There were some things
he couldn’t know. Such as the fact that she was in love
with an alien. “Jeremy, you know I’ve never lied to you,
“I know Lizzie.”
“I’m not about to start now. There are some
things that I’m going to have to keep from you. I don’t
want to, but I have to. So I’m just asking you not to
make me lie to you.”
Jeremy placed his hand over hers on the
table where she was tapping it nervously. “I
understand.” he said softly.
Liz gave him a small smile. “Thank you.”
He nodded. “Why don’t you tell me about
Liz sighed. “My friends, huh?” At his nod,
she continued. “Well, it’s pretty much a dysfunctional
group of eight.”
He raised his eyebrow. This sounded
Liz nodded. “At least it is for me right now.
First there’s Tess. I’m pretty sure she’s never liked me.”
“Why do you think that?”
Liz shrugged. “Just a feeling.”
“Do you like her?” Jeremy asked inquisitively.
Liz looked at him surprised. “We never really
got to know each other, but I think if we had been given
the chance we could’ve been friends.”
Jeremy smirked. “Of course you would’ve.
Who could resist your charming self.”
Liz laughed. “I think you’re a little biased.”
Jeremy shrugged one shoulder. “So what if I
am. It’s still true.” Liz laughed again. “Are you going to
tell me about the rest of your friends?”
“There’s Kyle. He’s my ex-boyfriend. We’re
kinda friends now, but I’m almost positive he thinks I’m
crazy or extremely screwed-up. Probably both. He’s
been avoiding me lately. Then there’s Michael. He’s the
best friend of another one of my ex-boyfriends. He’s also
my best friend’s boyfriend. Michael’s complicated. I
think he blames me for a lot of things. Which he has a
right to. It’s weird. We’re not really friends, but we are.
Like I said, it’s weird.” Liz frowned, trying to sort her
thoughts. “Whatever. Well, next there’s Isabel. We’re
not really close either and she’s hard to read. She’s got
the whole Ice Princess thing going on, you know?”
Jeremy looked at her. “If I remember
correctly, you were an expert at that too.”
Liz smiled ruefully. “I guess I was. It sure
helped us get out of a few scrapes. But with Isabel, it’s
almost full time. Which brings me to Alex. He’s my best
guy friend. Him and Isabel sorta dated last year and I’m
not exactly sure what’s going on with them right now.
Alex is the coolest. He’s like my rock. And he can
always make me laugh.”
Jeremy put a pouty face on. “Should I be
Liz smiled. “Of course not. No one could ever
take your place.” she petted his arm and
continued. “Maria has been my best friend since
elementary school. She’s… I don’t know how to
describe her. She’s just…Maria. Right now though, her
and Alex are mad at me. I think.”
“We haven’t actually talked in a while. It’s
been kinda hectic lately, but I have a feeling that they’re
upset with me. I think I know why too, and if I’m right
then it’s something I really don’t want to talk about.”
Jeremy thought for a minute. “That’s only
seven. Who’s the last?”
Liz sighed. “Max.”
“Max.” Jeremy repeated.
“Yeah. He’s my other ex-boyfriend and things
didn’t end to well. In fact, I wouldn’t be the least bit
surprised if he hated me.”
Jeremy smiled at her softly. “It’s impossible
to hate you, Liz.”
Liz looked at him grimly. “You don’t know
what I did to him. I’m not too fond of myself either. I hurt
him pretty bad.”
“Tell me about it.”
Liz looked at him honestly. “I’m not going to
lie to you. There are some things I’m going to leave out.”
Jeremy nodded. “It’s okay.”
“We were pretty serious. Maria always told
us we were soulmates. I thought we were too. We were
happy for a while. Then this girl from his past came. It
was Tess actually. They had been… involved and she
wanted him back. Eventually things got worse and I
broke it off with Max. I went to Florida for the summer,
and every time I talked to Maria, she told me Max was
always hanging around asking about me.”
“You went to Florida. You were never one to
run away from your problems.” Jeremy stated.
Liz sent him an annoyed look. “I wasn’t
running away from anything. I didn’t go because of Max.
Anyways, it was a lot more complicated.”
“What happened when you got back?”
“Max kept trying to get me to change my
mind. Flowers, candy, concert tickets. He even
“He caught me in a compromising position
with someone else.” Liz said in a guilt-laced tone.
Jeremy squinted at her trying to see into her
eyes that were currently centered on the table. “Was
what he saw real?”
Liz lifted her eyes and met his gaze. “Does it
They looked at each other for another minute
before Jeremy tried to lighten the mood. “So, you’re
telling me that you hang out with a group that consists
of two ex-boyfriends, one of those ex-boyfriend’s sister
and best friend who is dating one of your best friends
and along with your other best friend, who is kind of
dating your ex-boyfriend’s sister, is mad at you for a
reason you don’t want to talk about, and there is also a
girl that broke you and your ‘soulmate’ up that you think
you could’ve been friends with?”
Liz smiled. “That’s about it.”
Liz snorted. “You have no idea.”
Jeremy smiled to himself. ‘You’d be
Max and the others couldn’t hear everything
that was said, but they did catch their names. They all
strained to hear what was being said and heard
Jeremy’s summary of their little group. Hearing someone
put it like that made them smile. All but Tess and Max.
Tess was fixated on the part about Liz thinking that they
could have been friends. She had never thought about
that. She had always pictured Liz as being an obstacle,
an enemy. Only now was she realizing that her arrival in
Roswell had totally turned Liz’s life upside down. She
had come into town expecting that once Max had
realized who she was, everything would just fall into her
lap. But it didn’t turn out like that. When Max heard their
destiny, he didn’t care. He had no intention of following
it. Tess looked at Liz again. She had walked away
because she knew that he wouldn’t. That he couldn’t.
She was strong enough to let go.
Max hadn’t really heard anything that had
been said. All he knew was that there was some
strange guy sitting with Liz. There was some strange
guy making her smile, making her laugh. When was the
last time he had heard her laugh? He winced. He could
hear her tinkling laugh as he had climbed up the ladder
to her balcony. She was laughing. In bed. Naked. With
Kyle. ‘Now is not the time, Maxwell’ he scolded
himself. ‘There are other things to worry about. Such as
that guy. Who is he?’
Jeremy had seemingly finished his
interrogation, so Liz decided it was her turn. “So,
Jeremy, where have you been all this time? What have
you been doing? How did you find me?”
“Woah there, calm down. One at a time.”
Jeremy said smiling at her eagerness.
“Okay,” she said taking a deep breath, “How
did you find me?”
Jeremy sighed, running his hand through his
hair. “Let me tell you, it wasn’t easy. I’ve been looking
for you for years. I’ve hacked into every database and
private document I thought would help. I couldn’t find a
thing. A few days ago, I decided to run a search of your
name through the net. I tried a few names, but when I
entered Liz Parker, I hit gold. There was this article in a
tabloid about a shooting of a waitress in a local café and
that someone had gone up to her and ‘healed’ her. All I
cared about was that the waitress was identified as Liz
“How did you know it was me? It could’ve
been some other Liz Parker.”
“I had a feeling. Besides, I had nothing to
lose and everything to gain.”
Jeremy stifled a yawn. It didn’t escape Liz’s watchful
“Ohmigod! I wasn’t even thinking. You must be tired! We
can talk later. Now you have to get some rest. And don’t
even try to get out of it. You’re going to take a nap,
“Yes, ma’am.” Jeremy teased. He yawned
again. “You’re right. I’ll go find a hotel.”
Liz stood up, shaking her head. “No, you’re not going to
stay in a hotel in some city you’ve never been to before.
You can stay here.”
Jeremy raised his eyebrows worriedly. “What about the
Liz looked up at him with a smile. “They’re going to be
at some convention for about a week. They won’t even
know you’re here.”
Jeremy wasn’t convinced. “I don’t want to screw
Liz shrugged. “What’s to screw up? They don’t trust me
and they don’t like you. We might as well give them
something to be worried about. Besides, how much
trouble can we get into?”
Jeremy chuckled. “You really want me to answer that?”
Jeremy threw his hands up in defeat. “What the hell? It’ll
be fun to be doing something I know they definitely
wouldn’t approve of.”
Liz giggled. “That’s the spirit. I have to close tonight, but
then I’m done. Why don’t you go upstairs. You can
sleep in my bed and my bathroom is connected so feel
free to use it. You know what? I’ll come up with you and
make sure you get settled in.” With that, she took his
hand and led him up the stairs.
Max couldn’t believe what was happening. This guy just
waltzes in and all of a sudden he’s staying with Liz and
sleeping in her bed. He wasn’t the only one that was
confused. When they left, the others turned to talk about
what they had just seen.
Tess was the fist to break the silence. “Well,”
she started out uneasily, “It sounds like they’ve known
each other awhile.”
Michael exploded. “What the hell does she think she’s
doing? For all we know he could be a Skin. And she’s
inviting him into her house. Hasn’t she learned anything
by now? Our enemies could be anyone.” He could tell
that he had surprised them. He knew he had
overreacted, but there was something about this
Jeremy. He gave off a funy vibe. It was almost like
Michael had met him before.
“Maybe I should dreamwalk her.” Isabel suggested.
“No.” Everybody was surprised to hear Max speak.
“But-” Isabel started.
It was silent for a moment.
“So, nobody’s heard of Jeremy before?” Alex asked.
Everyone shook their heads.
“I never had any flashes about him either.” Max added.
“Wait.” Kyle said suddenly. “Jeremy, Jeremy.” He
muttered to himself. He looked up quickly. “That’s it. A
few years ago, we were watching this movie and one of
the characters was named Jeremy. Every time his name
was mentioned, Liz almost burst into tears.”
“This Jeremy must bring up a lot of bad memories.”
“Or a lot of good ones.” Maria said quietly.