posted on 2-Jan-2003 5:35:53 PM by abbs007
Author: Sarah and Abby

Characters: All of the original couples

Disclaimer: We don't own a thing, and trust me, if we did? Then things sure as hell wouldn't have turned out the way they did.

Ratings: All of them sooner or later

Summary: We don't want to give the story line away, but we will tell you that this is an M/L AU story, and that this isn't like something we've done before. We wanted to try something different.

Author's Note: Thank you to Liz for looking this over for us. We owe you! This goes out to our 'family' Jessie, Tania, Ria, and Izzy. You guys are always there for us and we love you! This fic is also dedicated to those of you who were readers of Undercover. You guys stuck by us even when Abby was very bad on the updates. We promise that that won't happen here. You guys rock!


Chapter 1

Max Evans sat at his desk, envelope in hand. This has been a daily routine of his for a little over a year now. He'd sit at his desk holding a letter that he wrote to Elizabeth Parker, without any idea as to where he should send it.

Liz, as he liked to call her, was his best friend in college. They met on the first day of their freshman year, and they had been very close ever since. Their friends used to joke around saying that they'd one day be married, and that they were each other’s soul mate. Max was certain that they were right, but all of those dreams were shattered the day that she left.

He remembered it as if it were yesterday...it was the day he was going to purpose. He had been sitting on the couch waiting for her to arrive when she ran through the door, tears evident in her eyes. He asked her what was wrong, but she refused to tell him. She just said that she would always love him, kissed him goodbye, and left just as quickly as she came.

Max spent the next few months alone and refused to talk to anyone. Michael, another good friend, told him that it was finally time to move on. Max knew that he was right but couldn't imagine moving on without Liz, so he made himself a promise...he vowed to never date another girl because in his heart he knew that one day they would be reunited. He just didn't know that it would be so soon.

Max snapped back to reality and gently placed the letter back in his desk drawer. It was time for him to make his daily routines, and this was always a job that he looked forward to. It was the one time in the day where he felt like he could interact with all of the patients on a more personal level rather than the usual doctor-patient level. He worked at the Memorial Psychiatric Ward, and although he always found it intriguing, he was beginning to long for a normal life. One that didn’t always consist of having to help other people.

It’s not that he didn’t like to help other people with their problems, it just always seemed to bring more onto himself. He’d go home at the end of the day not only thinking about his own personal life, but also the lives of his patients. Sometimes it turned out to be too much for him, and he wasn’t sure how much more he could take before he himself would need a psychiatrist. Sure he had friends that he could talk to, just not the one friend that he needed. The only person to ever completely understand him.

Michael was a teacher at the local elementary school, and he was still a very close friend of his. Every morning they'd go out to eat before either one started work, and they'd talk about all of their problems they had with the female population. Of course, Michael's was a bit more humors then his were. You know, the usual "she complains that I'm not putting my all into our kiss," or "she wants to meet my family! We've only been dating for a month and she already wants to meet my family!" Max must admit though, these were the moments that he looked forward to the most. The moments where he forgot all about his worries, and concentrated more on the joys of life. He thanked God everyday that he had Michael with him. After loosing Liz, Michael was the only person that Max felt he could turn to. The only one that wouldn’t judge him for refusing to move on. As his mother put it, he was a very “depressing” young man, and not many people wanted to hang around him. Who could blame them really? He certainly couldn’t.

Then he had Maria DeLuca. Not only was she Michael’s girlfriend, but she too is a Doctor at Memorial. There were times that Max didn’t feel very comfortable near her, but it was only natural. She was a very bright girl who always spoke her mind, and she reminded him of Liz. Every Friday night she would come over with Michael and they'd have a movie night that was usually followed by pizza. Of course, Michael would throw a tantrum whenever Maria insisted on watching some sappy chick flick, and of course this was every week. Maria would then slap him on his arm and tell him if he didn't cooperate then she would punish him. Michael always took it the wrong way, and that usually led to a fight of some kind. Usually food, water, or even pillow fights were common. Then, of course, this would lead to one big cleaning party at Max's. Everyone invited. Of course he also had a lot of arguments with her, mainly over the fact that she shouldn’t stick her nose where it didn’t belong. He knew she was just trying to help cheer him up, but hey! When a man doesn’t want to be cheered up then a man doesn’t want to be cheered up.

Max walked into room 2A and saw Suzie on the floor playing with her dolls. He kneeled down by her and she handed him a toy.

“And who is this?” Max asked the little girl.

“That’s Kimberly,” she quietly replied.

“That’s such a pretty name! What made you name her that?”

“That’s the name of my Mommy.”

“And why does your doll have red crayon all over her face?"

“Because I was a bad girl and Mommy cut me. It wasn’t her fault though.”

“No? And whose fault was it?” Max inquired.

“It was mine. I forgot to cook her dinner when she got home. I know how Mommy hates it when I forget to cook dinner.” The little girl replied trying to mimic how a doll would actually sound.

“Well Suzie, I don’t think you have to worry about that anymore.”

The little girl looked into Max’s eyes before running off and hiding under the bed as if she were afraid that someone would come and find her.

Max sighed and slowly stood up. He just couldn’t believe some of the pain and torment that one human being could place onto another. It made him sick. He left the room when a nurse came up to him.

“Dr. Evans, we need you to come down to room 4C as quickly as possible.”

“Sure Karen, let’s go and you can fill me in on the way.”

The two walked over to the elevator and stepped inside.

“Now what’s the big emergency?”

“We have a new patient. No word on who she is yet, but we have four other nurses holding her down. She’s a bit feisty, and I’m not sure anyone else is going to want to share a room with her once she’s settled in.”

“Why do you say that?” Max questioned. Usually everyone was excited over having a new patient in the facility and they all saw it as a window of opportunity to make a new friend, so this news came as a shock to Max.
“Well, after biting Jamie, spitting on Laura and kicking three other patients, you tell me.”

“I see,” Max replied.

The elevator finally came to a stop and both Max and Karen stepped out. They walked over to the room, and sure enough there were four nurses holding a young lady down to the floor.

“Let her go,” Max said politely.

“Are you sure about that?” One of the nurses questioned.

“I said let her go.”

They did just that and the young women flung herself at Max. He fell to the ground and pulled the frightened person off of him. Max had to shake his head a few times just to make sure that his eye's weren't playing tricks on him like they had so many times before. But sure enough - sitting right in front of him, staring at him like a scared animal that had been caged for most of their life - was none other then Elizabeth Parker, the love of his life.


TBC......


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posted on 5-Jan-2003 3:57:04 PM by abbs007
Author's Note,

Wow I have to say that neither Sarah or myself expected such a great response to this fic. It is a little of wall to what we ususally write but we felt like a bit of a change.

Just a little note, to say thanks for all the wonderful feedback and the new part should be in the works soon. (so expect something in the next few weeks, or maybe even sooner).

Thanks again.

Abby
posted on 11-Jan-2003 6:25:11 AM by abbs007
Bumping so people can see Sarah's note, on what's going on!!!
posted on 14-Jan-2003 7:09:51 PM by abbs007
Author's Note

Thank you all for the continuous bumps, you guys are all amazing. Just another note to let you all know what's going on with this fic.

I haven't heard anything from Sarah yet regarding this story so I'm not sure if she's started the new chapter or not. If I haven't heard anything from her in the next few day's I'll have to start it myself. So either way the new chapter will be started this week sometime.

I'll keep you all posted with the progress of the new chapter.

Abby
posted on 29-Jan-2003 3:27:53 PM by abbs007
Just another note. (lol boy that's all we seem to be posting recently!!!)

Anyway, just to let you all know, that we are almost finished with the next chapter so it shouldn't be too long before you get an update.

Thank you all for bumping this for us, it really means heaps to both of us.

Abby *big**big*
posted on 6-Feb-2003 2:46:53 PM by abbs007
Okay so here's the new update. I have no idea where Sarah has gone and she's writing the new chapter at the moment. If I don't hear from her in a few days, I may have to finish the chapter off myself (I have the bulk of the chapter from her). Thank you all for being so patient, your the best.

Abby
posted on 12-Feb-2003 5:13:51 PM by abbs007
Sarah,

No I never received the rest of the chapter to look at. Can you re-send it to me.

Abby
posted on 18-Feb-2003 5:08:52 PM by abbs007
Hey eveyone, well it's finally done!!!!! Sorry for the delay in posting this part out. I hope you all enjoy it.


Chapter 2 - She remembers

“Mr. Evans?” A nurse questioned after seeing the pained look on his face.

“Leave us,” Max quietly ordered.

The nurse did as she was told, shutting the door behind her.

“Liz, do you know where you are?”

Instead of answering his question, Liz looked down and began playing with her hands.

“You’re at the Memorial Psychiatric Ward. Do you know how you got here?”

Max sighed in frustration as Liz once again ignored his question. He walked towards the door, ready to leave, when he slowly turned back around to face her. He took another look at the frightened woman sitting in front of him, and he couldn’t believe that this was the same Liz that he had fallen in love with years before.

“Do you even remember who I am?” Max quietly asked Liz, praying that she would answer him. When she didn’t reply to this question either, Max finally opened the door and left the room, closing the door behind him.

Hearing the door close Liz finally looked up from her hands. Crawling to the door, Liz placed one hand against it. Closing her eyes she whispered as tears started to run down her cheeks.

“Of course I remember you, how could I forget?.”

**********

“Where are you going?” Maria asked Max as he proceeded to leave the building.

“I’m going to the gym. I need to work off some frustration.”

“Does this have anything to do with that new patient of yours?”

Max stopped dead in his tracks upon hearing this.

“What do you know about her?”

“Just that you’ve been acting weird since she arrived. What’s going on? What don’t I know?”

“It’s none of your business, Maria. Now excuse me,” Max replied as he walked to his car and drove off.
Maria pulled out her cell phone and dialed one of the only numbers she knew by heart.

“Hello?”

“Michael, I need you to do me a favor.”

“What is it?”

“Go to the gym and find out what’s wrong with Max.”

“You want me to check up on my best friend?”

“Yeah, he’s worrying me. He’s been acting weird since a new patient arrived. Almost like he’s scared.”

“And what’s he look like? This new patient?” Michael asked curiously. The guy must be big and intimidating to make Max scared.

“Actually, it’s a she. Brown hair, brown eyes, and petite. Quite harmless if you ask me.”

“But why would that...Holy shit! I have to go. I’ll talk to you later!” Michael replied as realization washed over him.

Liz was back.

**********

“Wow, that was a sad movie.”

“Yeah, tell me about it. It makes me wonder though...if one day I’ll wake up to find everyone gone.”

“Well, I don’t think you have to worry about that,” Liz replied.

“Oh, and what makes you so certain?”

“Because I’ll never leave you. I’ll be right by your side until the day I die.”


*********

Max began hitting the punching bag harder as more memories flooded his head.

*********

“Liz, are you okay?” Max asked as he walked into the room.

“What? Oh, yeah, I’m fine max. Really,” Liz replied not knowing that Max had entered her room.

“Are you sure? You know that you can tell me anything.”

“I know, Max, and I thank you for it. I love you with all of my heart. My entire life...I’ll never love anyone else. You‘re it for me. You know that, right?”

“Of course I do,” Max replied not knowing where all of this was coming from.


**********

‘Dear Max,

I know that you have many questions for me, and I’m sorry that I’m not there to answer them. The look on your face...when I told you that I was leaving...it killed me to see you like that. I didn’t want to go, I really didn’t, it’s just that I had no choice. I know that doesn’t explain much, but please believe me. I love you and I always will. I told you that I wasn’t going anywhere anytime soon, and I am so sorry that I had to break that promise. I never intended to, and I think that it broke my heart more then you’ll ever know. I want you to move on with your life...or at least try to. I don’t know if fate will ever bring us together again, and I don’t want you to waste your life waiting for me. It’s not right and I love you too much to let you do that. Once again I apologize.

Love,
Liz’


*********

“Max!” Michael yelled, realizing that it was a bad idea only after it was too late.

Max turned quickly and punched Michael across the jaw.

“Michael? I’m so sorry, I was just lost in my train of thought.” Max quickly apologized.

“Yeah, no problem. I just figured that I had it coming for something. So tell me, what’s bothering you?”

“Nothing, why do you ask?”

“Max, you don’t have to lie. I already figured it out. Liz is back, and she’s one of your patients...isn’t she?”

“How’d you find out?”

“Maria called me and told me to make sure that you were okay. That this new patient of yours had you acting weird. I asked for a description, and I put the pieces together.”

Max began walking towards the door when Michael stepped in front of him.

“Where do you think you’re going?”

“I’m going out. Maybe next time you can keep your nose out of other people’s business. The same goes for that girlfriend of yours.” Max finished as he pushed past his best friend.

*********
“Michael, I’m really worried. It’s been four hours since we’ve heard from Max. Where do you think he went?” Maria questioned.

Just then Max came tumbling through the front door.

“My guess would say the local bar,” Michael replied.

“Hi guys,” Max greeted his friends as he fell onto the floor.

“Max, you’re drunk.”

“Uh-huh. Just a little.”

“Max,” Maria began before she was cut off.

“You don’t talk to me! You’re as bad as Jerry Springer when it comes to prying into other people’s lives!”

“Max, would you just give her a chance to talk? She was worried about you.”

“She was worried about me? Michael, please tell me what she had to be worried about?”

“I think she was worried at how taking care of this patient would affect you, and from the looks of it, she had a right to worry. Max, you can’t be Liz’s Doctor. You know it, and I know it. You’re too emotionally attached.”

“I don’t want to hear it, Michael. I’m her Doctor and nothing will change that. I plan on devoting all of my time to finding out what had happened to her, and if you’re a true friend then you’ll sit back and let me. Trust me when I say that the pain I’m going through now is nothing compared to the pain that I went through when she left me in the first place. I need to get to the bottom of this. Not only for her welfare but for mine as well. Just understand, now that she’s back in my life, I have no intentions of ever letting her go again. And if you or Maria try to interfere in that, then there will be hell to pay. Now excuse me, I’m going to bed.”

Max began walking to his room when he fell to the ground yet again.

“Umm, guys? I think maybe I could use help just this once!” Max yelled before passing out.


TBC...........

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