|posted on 1-Dec-2001 2:20:36 AM by HB Tara B|
All credit for this banner goes to my new Banner Diva Jen, ya'll know her as BordersInsanity. She did three and these two are the ones I chose. You'll end up knowing why I can't decide wen you see the next one. So As ths story gets more parts maybe I, or we, will be able to see which one is actually better. If that is at all possible. I can't thank her enough. Jen These are simply awesome and I thank you sooooo much for doing this for me. It means alot. So everyone if you will please let Jen know how awesome she is because I don't think I can say it enough.
First off I want to say how sorry I am for taking so long to get this part out. After Departure, I was having idea problems and my brain wasn't working correctly. I had a bad case of writers block and I am almost sure it has been lifted. This part hasn't been beta'd yet. I am not a pushy person so I am not sure if My Beta forgot about it or what so I am waiting on her. As you all might remember I am not the best with grammar. Saddly I am an american who hates having so many rules when it comes to writing. I can read a stary with no grammar and still get the point. As many of you can too I am sure.
I am posting this part for a few reasons. One major one being I know alot of you want to read it. And as before have said, beta'd or not it's still readable. So Here ya guys go.
I want to say Thank you ahead of time to all who leave feedback and too all who will continue to read Snow Falling. Some of you may have seen some pictures on the Spoiler Board at Fanforum and I want you to know those pictures have kicked my arss into gear. Because there is a scene in this story that one of em would go perfect with. It won't be for a few parts but I can't wait to write it.
I hope you all enjoy it. If you catch any mistakes go ahead and feel free to Email or PM me and let me know.
Here is a link to the first Five parts that are on the repost board in case anyone wants to refresh their memories or anyone new would like to read the first 5.
Now without further adue I precent
Author: Tara Beth
Rating: Pg-13 for language at some point maybe R
Category: AU Max and Liz mainly. But there will be mention of some other CC
Disclaimer: I own nothing of Roswell except a poster and a few little things I have accumulated over time. Jason Katims, Melinda Metz, and Kevin Kelly Brown and now UPN (we love you) Own Roswell. And all its glory
Summary: AU Liz and her father move to Connecticut.
Feedback: I would love feedback. Please.
Dedication: This is for my Loners. And thanks to HAH for putting up with my own version of the English Language.
I’m Liz Parker, and I think something amazing happened. Max Evans asked me to Homecoming. Oh my god!!!! He asked me to Homecoming….
“So yeah he just asked me. He took me to the lake, we talked a little and then he asked me to go with him. So you have to help me look for a dress OK.” I said to Maria as I sat down in homeroom.
“I knew it! I Just knew it! You two were made for each other.”
“Oh Maria it’s just homecoming, we aren’t dating or anything.”
“Oh my gosh Oh my gosh, I know the perfect dress. I saw it when I was shopping for mine and I knew it would look great on you. It’s long, black, with spaghetti straps. It’s simple but it would look so beautiful on you. We have to go after school. Of course it’s not at a store in this town so it’ll be a drive but we have too. Will your dad let Isabel and I kidnap you for the rest of the day?” Maria said in her rambling excited tone she gets now and then.
“Ok I think you just got more excited then me.”
“So why are you two so excited?” Alex asked as he walked up to his seat with Isabel on his arm.
“Alex, I know I told you already. Max asked Liz to homecoming finally . Remember they are riding along in the limo.” Isabel answered for Maria and I.
“Yes he did, and yes we are.” I got up and gave Isabel a hug. “Thank you for not saying anything” I whispered in her ear.
“No problem” She whispered back.
“So when are we going shopping for your dress. I could kill that brother of mine for waiting till the last minute to ask you. That only gives us two days of looking and 3 days of decision making. He really likes to be a pain sometimes.”
I gave Isabel a funny look. She really is serious about her shopping. “Well, Maria said she saw the perfect dress for me. We were going to head out today after school right?” I asked as I turned to Maria.
“Yes we were, and I was planning on you coming along too Isabel, after all, you are the queen of shopping. We’ll talk more at lunch”
And that was that. Mrs. King walked in and started homeroom. I sat back and just thought to myself. How did I get so lucky to meet these guys? They have adopted me and made me one of them no questions asked. I didn’t have friends like this back home. There everyone was out for blood. You never said anything about anything to anyone. And the hottest guy in the school would never ask the new girl to a dance. It just didn’t happen.
When the bell rang we said our good byes and made our ways to our next classes.
As half the day passed. I noticed people were staring at me. And girls were coming up to me and saying congratulations, and telling me how lucky I was. And until Michelle Martin came up to me before lunch, and said how, envious she was, that I was going out with Max Evans. I was so lost.
“Oh Liz, I am so jealous, I would have done anything to get Max Evans. I’ve been in love with him since 5th grade. You’re so lucky. What did you do? You have to tell me….” She said in endless banter of babble. She really is a nice girl she just talks a lot and usually about nothing.
“What do you mean get? I’m just going to homecoming with him. We aren’t a couple….”
Michelle cut me off “You do know he turned down every girl that asked him right? Girls have been on him like crazy since the beginning of October. I would have asked him myself but I knew it would never happen.”
Oh my goodness. Could max, He couldn’t, I mean me, I’m so not, there’s no way, Its just not possible. Bathroom….Bathroom, I, I need a bathroom. I stood there in the hallway for what felt like forever just listening to myself rattle off impossibilities in my head.
With that thought of the bathroom I rushed off only to run right into him.
“Are you ok Liz you look kind of pale?” He grabbed my arms
“Yeah, yup, just fine thanks. Just a little tired I guess. That walk yesterday kind of wore me out. And classes seem to be going on forever and people are just acting crazy today and….”
Max started laughing. “Now I know something is up, you’re babbling. I have never heard you babble. What’s going on….”?
“Nothing, I just, I do that when I am tired. Um I’m going to go the nurses office and lay down, I’ll see ya at lunch ok?” I flashed him a smile and walked past him.
Maxwell Evans, and Me? Me, and Maxwell Evans? Number 16, and me? That’s just not possible. That just doesn’t happen.
My time in the nurse office lasted all of fourth and I got out in time for lunch. I had time to ponder the possibility of Max liking me, and took everything he said yesterday into account. But It all comes down to one thing. He was being nice. Yeah he said I was beautiful but he was being a friend, cheering me up.
Most of lunch went by in a blur everyone was talking about this weekend and how much fun it was going to be. I just sat there staring off into space. Every once in a while throwing in my two cents, of “Yeah” and “I can’t wait”. I was lost in my thoughts when Michael asked me to come with him to the cafateria to get another drink.
“So Liz, come with me to the caf real fast will ya?” He said lending me a hand to get up from my patch of grass.
I looked up at him and took his hand. He made sure we were out of earshot when he started talking, “So what’s up, whey are you a million miles away, what’s on your mind?”
I looked down watching my feet as we walked, “I don’t know, I should be happy right I’m going to homecoming with Max the cutest boy in school. I was fine until Michelle came up to talk to me. She made it sound like Max might like me. That alone should put me on cloud nine. All it did though was scare me. Yeah I like him but he’s not supposed to like me back? That complicates things. I rambled today when I saw him during break Michael I never ramble. I may not always know what to say but I can usually find something.”
We walked into the cafeteria “You like him right?” Michael said as we walked up to the line in front of the coke machine.
“ But what? What’s there to be afraid of Liz. I don’t want to scare you more but he does like you. It’s so obvious. Max doesn’t like just anyone. I mean I don’t remember the last time I saw him around with a girl.”
“But what if something happens Michael what if he decides he doesn’t like me and he leaves. Huh? Or, what if…., I just can’t stand to lose someone else Michael that would hurt too much. He might like me but I can’t get too close to him.” I shook my head. I can’t!
That day after school Maria Isabel and I went into the city, where all the big stores were. My Father was a little hesistant in letting me go and missing my Physical therapy appointment. But he said he knew how important it was for a girl to have a nice dress for such a big dance. So After much pouting from Isabel and Maria he let me go.
“Ok so I have it all calculated out. Since we will find your dress here I am sure of that. We have 4 hours and we can always come back tomorrow or Thursday to get the dress. But I have all the best stores written down. We can start at Merilee’s Boutique, which is on the first floor and work or way around. Maria told me that the dress is at Windsor. Which is perfect because if we start at Merilee’s and work or way around that will be the last shop. So you can look at the other dresses and try the dress Maria was talking about last and…” Isabel looked at me, then at Maria, with a look of excitement and embarrassment rolled into one. “What? What are you guys looking at me like that for?”
“Wow, Isabel you really planned this out. When did you have time to think about all this?” I asked as I tried my hardest to not to laugh.
“Homeroom why? What? I like to be organized OK.”
“She’s always been like this Liz, once when Alex and her were fighting she rearranged the front room at the Evans household. Mr. Evans came home walked in and ran right into the couch and fell over it. He laughs at it now but he was so mad at Isabel He grounded her for a week.”
“He took me off the next day, and said now that he had had time to think about it, it was funny. He just wanted fair warning next time”.
All three of us started laughing.
We made our way to the first store and I tried on dresses and formal skirts with those mix and match tops. None of them looked right. Then it was off to the next stop. Robinsons, no such luck there either. Everything there was either to big to small. We walked around the mall from store to store for three hours. Me trying on dresses like I was a Barbie doll and Maria and Isabel were playing dress up with me. By the time we got to Windsor I had tried on close to 80 different dresses. Who knew there were that many different styles and colors?
I wasn’t even in the door when I saw the dress on the rack. It had to be the one Maria was talking about. Simple and black. But wow. It was beautiful. Maria and Isabel had it up, against me, and my hair up off my shoulders before I even had a chance to say anything.
“Oh my goodness Liz this is it. This is the dress. You have to get it. But go try it on I want to see what it looks like on you. Oh my Max will lose his bearings when he sees you.” Isabel finished with a sigh and another “Oh my goodness” for good measure.
I walked off to the fitting rooms and before I even got there a tear fell off my eye and hit my cheek. I opened the door looked in the mirror and fell to pieces. My mom would of loved this dress. I wiped my eyes and got undressed and put the dress on. It was perfect. A simple cut down to my ankles, black lace flowing on a black slip. It fit in the right places and hung perfectly. It was weird because clothes never seemed to fit me right. Too big or too small. But this dress it was if it was made for me.
“Hey you are you done in there” Was Maria’s way of telling me I was taking too long and to get my butt out.
I opened the door and walked out. If I didn’t know any better I would have sworn I forgot the dress in the fitting room and came out naked the way they were gaping at me.
Silence and stairs it’s enough to make a girl nervous.
I think I found the dress.
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|posted on 1-Dec-2001 4:21:55 PM by HB Tara B|
|I just wanted to say a quick thank you to you guys for the feedback and still being very into the story it means a lot to me it really does.|
Evid- I would of loved to have come across your post it would of made my day. But I stopped posting and reading the spoilers after last season. No one ever responded to me and I felt like a bit of an outsider (no not that kind ) Because I didn't share all the same views and there was too much negativity by some people. But thanks so much for letting me know you were pimpin my story, that means a lot. Zyndy was the one who pointed out the picuters to me and when I saw them I had the whole scene planned out.
I wanted to say thanks one more time. All this feedback means so much to me. And the funy thing is. As soon as I posted I got the beta'd copy back from Heather. It was very funny. Not two secoind (literally) after posting I got an email from her it was great timing. Anyhoo. Thanks so much for reading you guys. I love the feedback.
|posted on 17-Dec-2001 2:43:35 AM by HB Tara B|
|Here is part 7 guys. Its a pretty long one for me. Most are like 5 or 6 pages long this one was 8. I hope you enjoy. I am not sure how long before the next part but I promice it won't be too long. Again I didn't get this part beta'd as well so if you notice a problem that really bothers you go ahead and let me know. I wanted to get it out to you all as soon as I could.|
Hope you all arent to Holiday's out yet. I have yet to get in the spirit. Happy Holidays to those who celebrate.
Thanks again for all the feedback It means a lot. I hope you enjoy.
Snow Falling Part 7
I am not sure how long I stood there before my dad actually said something. I felt like a piece of art the way he kept tilting his head and squinting. My dad was never much for words his expressions were his way of communicating. And I could tell when he nodded his head he agreed with the dress. I waited till the day of the dance to show him. I wanted to see what he really thought with the finished touches.
“So you like it?” I asked wanting to hear him say it, but not expecting to hear what he said.
“Oh Elizabeth, you are so beautiful. You… you look just like your mother. I hadn’t noticed it before but right now you standing there. You look just like she did on our first date. I took her to a play and she wore a dress just like that. You are the spitting image of her right now. She would be so excited to see you all dressed up. I am so sorry she isn’t.”
I would have been fine just hearing him say this. But it’s what happened next that got to me. He started crying. I couldn’t remember the last time he cried. I saw a few tears at the funeral for my mom and it seemed like he was all out of tears by Juniors. I walked over to him and hugged him and felt him shaking in my arms.
“Its ok Dad really it is. I know how much it hurts…”
“Oh Liz I am so sorry” he said pulling away “I shouldn’t be doing this now its just you look so beautiful and everyday I feel you changing you are becoming your mother in the things you do. The way you’re acting. And when I saw you I realized how much you look like her. And it made me miss her so much. I love you Angel and I just want you to know that I love you.”
“Oh daddy I love you too. Thank you, for telling me. It means the world to me to know that I remind you of Mom. I’m sorry if it hurts you. I don’t want it too….”
“Oh Elizabeth Parker, don’t ever be sorry. You looking like your mother is a wonderful gift. She was beautiful. Everything she was and ever did was just another thing that made her shine. And you looking like her is just one more gift. You skate like she did and you are as beautiful as she ever was. Honey, I wouldn’t change it for anything. I love that you look like her. I need to be reminded of her and you do that so well pumpkin. Thank you.”
We stood there in the living room hugging and crying for a few minutes. My father let go of me and went to his bedroom to get something. When he came back he was clutching and old photo album. It was pictures of their first date. He took her to go see West Side Story. Their tickets were in there a playbill and pictures they had taken that night. There was also an old strip of picture booth pictures that he took out to give to me.
“See honey, you look just like she did. Beautiful, just like and Angel.”
“Thank you Dad. She was beautiful wasn’t she?”
“Yes she was, and so are you. Max sure is going to have his hands full.”
“What do you mean dad? We ‘re just friends. There is no way Max Evans could like me.”
“Sweetie you have got to be kidding me. He adores you. He looks at you the same way I looked at your mother for twenty years. If I didn’t know any better I would say he’s fallen for my Angel. After tonight he’d have to be blind not to see how beautiful you are. But I know he already does”
“Thanks dad but I….” I was interrupted by the doorbell, and the sudden loss of my stomach. I walked over and answered it.
When I opened the door all muscles I had seemed to disintegrate. My knees weakened and my legs felt like jello. I am not sure what kept me standing.
Max was certainly a site. He looked like a god Zeus created. Tall, dark, Handsome, and oh so chiseled. Instead of a Formal Tux he opted for a formal double-breasted black Suit. With one of those ties that just say look at me. His shirt, was this amazing safari green, which made his eyes dance and sparkle, the amber was just overtaken by the littlest specs of green that made them look like priceless gems.
I was staring at him when I heard my father and other voices talking and realized everyone was standing behind him now waiting to come in to take pictures. I guess we were both a little dazed with each other.
“Wow Liz you look just…wow. You really look amazing. That dress is, is oh my goodness.” Max took his hand and brought it up to my hair “and your hair, nice. Liz you really are just amazing. You look fabulous.”
I just looked into his eyes longer I was taken aback by what he said and his eyes were so full of…of something. I am not sure what it was but his eyes were just shimmering.
I smiled shyly “Thank you Max, you really don’t have to say all that. But you, you look pretty wow yourself. That’s a very nice suit. And that shirt is just perfect for your eyes.”
He laughed a little, “That would be Isabel’s doing, half the time she’s dressing me. She says I would be a poor miss-dressed soul if I didn’t have her. I am afraid to say she’s right though. I would still be rolling my jeans if it weren’t for her”
We shared a laugh, and that’s when someone decided to snap a picture of us.
“Perfect. That’ll be one you’ll want to keep. You two looked so happy. I can’t wait to get all these developed tomorrow.” Isabel said as she walked over to where her parents were standing talking to my aunt and Uncle. Everyone’s parents decided to show up and that included Kyle’s dates’ parents as well. He had settled on Aarison Monroe. She was a nice girl not one of the cheerleaders I would of figured him to go after. Long curly brown hair, green eyes, very smart and the Debate team captain. He may be into Buddha but he still has his macho Jock side. We were all a little surprised when he said he was taking her.
After all the introduction of parents and the couples exchanging their boutonnieres and corsages it was group picture time. We took some on the staircase and some outside and a few in front of the limo. There were girl pictures, boy pictures, couple pictures and parent pictures. By the time we were done our cheeks were all pink and aching.
We ate dinner at a nice little restaurant called Little Italy. And after that, we headed to the dance. I had never been in a limo before so it was very nice.
When we got to the dance we headed right for the picture room. We figured that it would be best that way if we danced our butts off then we would still look decent in the pictures. It seemed that everyone had the same idea because the line went around the room and out the door.
“Would you girls like something to drink?” Kyle asked
We all nodded our heads.
“Good idea Kyle, you girls stay here and we’ll be right back” Max said as they walked off. Michael stayed behind until I elbowed him in the side.
“You know Liz, Max was a wreck this afternoon getting ready. He was very nervous. It was soooo cute. He likes you so much. I have never seen him this crazy about someone before!” Isabel said as Michael did an about face and walked off.
“And even I could tell that when he saw you he was holding onto any bit of control he had to not just kiss you.” Aarison added
“I have known Max since kindergarten and we may not be the best of friends but I can tell he has fallen.”
I stood there completely uneasy about the conversation. I hate when things happen and all of a sudden you’re the center of attention. I always try my best to change the subject.
“What about Kyle and you Aarison. Even a blind person can see the sparks flying between you two. So tell me, you guys going to go out again after this?” So there it was my sad attempt at changing the subject from me to someone else.
“Really? You guys think Kyle may like me. I do kind of like him. And we have so much in common. I mean I thought I was the only one in the school who was in to Buddhism!”
At that Isabel, Mine and Maria’s Mouths dropped “Really your into it too?” I asked with a look of what I am sure looked like stupidity and disbelief written across my face.
“ Freshman year my parents thought it would be nice for me to look up on different religions. My Mom was Raised Catholic and my Dad wasn’t raised with any certain religion. When I turned 13 they thought they would let me choose one so I looked at a bunch of them and Buddhism caught me. I have been Buddhist ever since!”
“Well you two really were meant for each other then.” Maria said with a certain excitement in the tone. One I have come to know real well.
After that it was just banter back and fourth. By the time the boys got back we had moved pretty far ahead. We drank our juice and talked a little more. When we made it up to the front of the line. Michelle Martin was up there taking her picture with Marcus Andrews, class clown, Joker extraordinaire. When they were done Michelle walked over.
“Max, Liz, you two look just wonderful together. Go up there get your picture taken I want to see and I am definitely going to have to get one when we get them back. I am so excited for you Liz, you go girl.”
“Uh, thank you Michelle. You look very nice too…”
“Yeah you do Michelle I wouldn’t have recognized you if we weren’t here.”
“Hey Evans, that’s my girl your talking about there. Hands and eyes off. She’s all mine. Besides you got a beautiful girl on your arm as well.” That was Marcus joking around with Max. Marcus not only is a joker but he is also on the Hockey team as well.
“No need to worry there Marcus. I do have quite an Angel on my arm tonight and I wouldn’t want it any other way. Now If you two will back off and let us get our pictures taken we’ll be sure to beat you out for best picture this year.”
With that said we walked up to the background that was a midnight blue painted tarp with what look like an iced over pond at the bottom, with a few big snow flakes hanging and fake snow on the ground. Which fit the theme “Winter Escapades” perfectly. The Photographer had us positioned so Max And I were facing each other holding each others hands. But it didn’t matter much because right before he took the picture Max picked me up in his arms and that was our picture. Me in his arms looking into his eyes with the biggest smile I could have only imagined, I would ever smile again.
When He set me down, there was a round of applause from the other students And Mrs. King and Mr. Spencer. Who were only two of the chaperones? Mr. Spencer walked over to us.
“Well, I see Miss Parker you are fitting in quite nicely here. I am glad to see you having a good night.” And he walked off and turned around for one last remark before walking off “And Mr. Evans, please be careful!”
“Max I can’t believe you did that. That was too perfect. That is going to be the best picture. I wish Michael was that creative.” Maria said as she walked over to me.
“Ok now if you still want to continue with your little miss-he-doesn’t-like-me act go ahead, but that just convinced me”
“Maria, Oh my goodness. I was not expecting that all. He totally surprised me….I, I don’t know what to think. I mean, Oh My God Max Evans Likes Me!!!!! Oh My God.” And If Max hadn’t turned around and flashed me that smile of his I would have needed a bathroom. And all I could do was to repeat to myself. I can do this!…. I think?
After everyone’s pictures were done we walked over to the group picture corner and got a group one of all of us. It was really cute. We all switched places and the boys ere sitting on chairs in front of us and when the picture was shot the boys lifted there pant legs to show off some leg so too speak.
When we made it too the dance floor it was a fast song and we all started dancing. When the song ended another song came on it was that “Come on and ride it” Song, and Alex burst out dancing. It was really funny. He was playing on Isabel. It was too cute. After a few more fast songs a slow song came on it was Peter Cetera’s “Glory of Love”.
“May I have this dance mi lady?” Max asked tilting his head and one hand behind him and another out stretched to me.
“But of course you can my dear sir Just let me check my dance card. Ahh yes. I do believe I have a few free dances open.” I said with a smile and curtly bow.
“You now Liz, you really do look just fantastic tonight.”
“Max you really don’t need to say that. You have been saying it all night long.”
“Well, I was taught to always tell the truth. And well you just look so amazing I can’t really think of anything else to say but to tell you how gorgeous you look. And I am sorry if I embarrassed you in there taking pictures. But I thought that would be really great and I knew surprise was the only way to get that great of a smile. And it paid off because I don’t think I have seen you smile that big before Liz.”
“Well to tell you the truth I haven’t had a reason to smile that big. But when I looked up and saw you it just made me so happy”
“We’ll just have to do something about that then. I want to see you smile like that more often.” He let go of my arm and put them around him and I laid my head in his chest and that’s how we danced the rest of the night.
It was nice to be held by Max all night long. I for once stopped worrying and just had fun. We danced a few more slow songs and many more fast songs.
Then about an hour before the Dance was Over the DJ called Mr. Spencer to the stage to announce this years. Winter King and Queen.
“Well now students this is what you all have been waiting for. This years winter King and queen. May I have the envelopes please? Now this years Queen is… Miss Isabel Evans” We all clapped and Isabel was grinning from ear to ear. She really was not expecting to win at all. She said it was pretty hard competition but I guess in the end Beauty, Brains and Kindness wins over more so then Beauty and no brains. She made her way up to the stage and was greeted by a beautiful Tiara and a long robe.
“Thank you guys so much. This is so exciting. I really am just so surprised. Thank you guys so much. I guess now I unveil the King?” She turned to Mr. Spencer who handed her the envelope with the Kings name inside. “Well it looks like my counterpart for this is” She let out a laugh “….well, I think we’ll need to get a Jester hat made for this years king…. Marcus Andrews.”
She clapped and Marcus made his way through the cheering students patting his back on his way to the stage.
“Well, I guess this means I am not going to be prom King?” Everyone started laughing. “Just kidding. Really though. I wanted to say cool. And to Alex I swear I won’t touch her man.”
Isabel and Marcus made there way off stage for a dance. The music started and everyone let them dance then we all joined in. Alex and Michelle danced together in the absence of their dates.
It was only a few more songs after that the dance was over.
We didn’t head right home. The Valenti’s opened the Five Hole for a few of the students and we stopped by there. We had a few early morning snacks. Fries, buffalo wings, and cokes all around. T was fn. We talked about the pictures and the dance. And Isabel showed off her Tiara.
“Oh Isabel this is just beautiful. You have got to be on cloud nine still?”
“I am. I can’t wait to get home to show my mom. She is going to be so thrilled. I am just still in shock that Laura or Stacey didn’t win….”
“Isabel, aside from looking nearly perfect they are for from being Queens. People at school know that. That is why they chose you. And not them!” Max was always saying something like that to his sister. Always making sure that she knew she was wonderful in his eyes.
As the morning drew closer the more tired we all got. Our faces got longer, our eyes got redder and the yawns came more often. The Limo driver had left after dropping us off. With the cars planted in the parking lot earlier in the day, we all took off for home with plans for a get together later that night at Max and Isabel’s.
Alex took Isabel Home Michael took Maria, Kyle and Aarison home. And of course Max took me straight to my door.
There wasn’t much conversation seeing as how we were both very tired.
“Max, thank you for asking me. I had so much fun. I can’t wait to get the pictures back!”
“I had fun too Liz. Thank you for going with me. I don’t think I would of that much fun if I had gone with someone else.” He said as he put a hand on my leg.
“How is your leg doing? I noticed you limping a little on the way to the car. I hope I didn’t hurt you any when I picked you up for the picture.”
“No, No Max if you did anything you made it better I didn’t have to stand on it, but it s hurting a little. I haven’t done this much standing and dancing in since the accident and I think I just had a little too much fun. I have a Physical Therapy Appointment today at one, so I’ll have him massage it a little.”
“What is it Max? You look like you have something else to say?”
“You wouldn’t want to try skating later tonight would you? We can ditch everyone after a while, and head to the rink.”
I didn’t know what to say. I was scared because, I wasn’t sure what he would think if I couldn’t do it. But I wanted to try I really did. I had been thinking about it for a while. Maybe if I try skating with him it would work.
“Sure, yeah why not. That should be great. You don’t think that they would miss us?”
“Oh no, they’ll probably all be so tired they’ll be out cold by the middle of the first Movie. We can sneak out then.”
“Oh Ok. Sounds good.”
We pulled up to my house and Max got of the car and walked over my side and opened the door. When I got out he promptly swept me up and carried me to the door.
“Max really now, I am going to have to start paying you. If you keep carrying me everywhere.”
“It’s my pleasure. Besides it’s all wet from the drizzle I wouldn’t of wanted you to slip!”
“Oh well thank you.”
After that we stood there for what seemed like forever in an uncomfortable silence. I am sure this is where he was supposed to try and kiss me. But He didn’t. I was a little disappointed, but I am not sure what I would of done.
“Well, I am going to head home. Your coming over with Michael right?”
“Yeah, yeah I am. I guess I’ll see you later then.”
“Yeah, have a good day Liz. Get some rest.” And with that he gave me a hug. A nice hug the kind where you can smell all of the person, you can feel all of their body heat, and no matter how cold you are, you are instantly warm. But as soon as they let go you miss them.
You know how excited you get when you start a puzzle. And you put all the pieces out in front of you and you start looking for the first two pieces that fit together. And when you find them the adventure begins. And you know that there are many more pieces you need to fit together before your done. Now matter how long it takes and what you go through you know your still going to finish it because you want to see the picture. Well I finally found that other piece. My head fit perfectly in his chest!
|posted on 18-Dec-2001 1:51:07 AM by HB Tara B|
|Hey guys thanks for the feedback ya'll rock.|
alienchica Yeah Liz gets sick when she gets nervous.
|posted on 24-Dec-2001 2:30:37 AM by HB Tara B|
|Phoenix- I am so excited to see that your reading the story. I had sent you an email when I started and never got a reply so I figured you had either forgotten about the challenge or you just ahd no intrest. I am glad you like and I hope I keep it up the way you wanted to see it go.|
And to all of you leaving feedback. Thanks sooo much. It's what keeps me going. You all rock. To all who celebrate somehitng this season, I hope your having a good one. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, Happy Kwanza, and Ramadan to all. And Happy New years you guys. Hope you all are well. Hope ya'll get a Kiss under the Misseltoe and one at Midnight as well.
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|posted on 5-Mar-2002 5:11:25 PM by HB Tara B|
|Ok so I know you all probably hate me by now and dont have any faith in me. And I totally understand that. I have turned into one of those I dont like very much. I do have a new part. I have still been on that emotional roller coasr and have realized I write best when I am in a cynical mood and think everything that can go wrong is going wrong. And thats how its been latley. I finished this part last night I wrote the last 3 pages in maybe an hour which for me is good. 7 and ahalf in all. Its not all that great and I stil want to go over it with a fine toothed comb. And I wanted to get started on the next part before I posted this one. SO I hope you all still want to read this. If ya dont I completeley understand.|
|posted on 7-Mar-2002 4:45:24 AM by HB Tara B|
|~*~Snow Falling~*~ Part 8|
Snow Falling 8
“Run!” That’s Tess
“It’s what you’ve been doing isn’t it” Tess
“What? I don’t like to run” Me
“I know but you do it everyday!” Tess
“I don’t run. I hate running. You know I think the only reason someone should run is if they are being chased?”
“Well look behind you!”
I look behind me andn I see max.
“Tess, that’s Max. I don’t want to run from him.”
“I know, I’m not telling you to run from him I am just telling you to run. You choose which way to go. Go to him and be happy. Or go that way….” She lifted her arm, which was in slow motion.
I looked to where she was pointing. “But it’s dark and wooded and scay over there. Why would I want to go that way, its all foggy and did I mention that is scary looking over there?”
“I don’t know Liz, you put it there not me.”
“Why would I put it there?” I looked back at her.
“I don’t know this is your head not mine!”
I turned back to look at the wooded area and all I could see was the fog rolling over.
“What? You’re not making any sense….” I turned back to Tess “Tess? Tess where are you?”
“Run” That was Tess’ voice.
So I took off running. But I wasn’t going anywhere.
“MAX….MAX” I yelled for him but he wasn’t answering.
“Honey wake up.” He said as he started disappearing.
“Max? What…where, where are you going?”
“Liz, honey wake up!”
“The phone it’s Tess”
That’s when I opened my eyes.
“Wha…oh the phone. Tell her to hold on a second”
That was weird. I pulled my self up stretched and answered the phone.
“Oh my god Liz Hi. So? How was it? How was the dance? Did he kiss you?”
So I told her all about the night. How he looked what songs we danced too. I gave her all the details. She was excited then got really bummed when I told her we didn’t kiss. She said that, that is ok. “Because he was probably just as scared and nervous As I was.” And that, “I should give it time. It was our first date and he may even just be being a Gentleman.”
“Thanksgiving is Thursday, did you still want me to come?”
We had made plans before I left, to try and get her out here for thanksgiving.
“Yeah…. Can you?”
“Uh huh. My mom and dad said it was OK. They noticed how sulky I have been since you guys moved. And she figured since I did well on my first progress reports that it would be OK.”
“Oh that’s great. I can’t wait for you to meet everyone Tess. You’re going to love them.”
“Well I gave all my flight information to your dad. I come in on Wednesday at 3. I got to go. My mom and dad said to say hi. I can’t wait to se you Lizzie”
“Oh I know I am so excited. I can’t wait to tell everyone. Give your mom a hug for me and tell her I miss her. Bye Tess I can’t wait.”
“I know me either. Have a good day Bye.”
It’s November 18 And Tess just called to say she would be here for Thanksgiving. I am excited don’t get me wrong. The only problem is I haven’t really talked about Tess to the gang. I haven’t really talked about home period. If I talk about home I get all down and out. So I try not to think about it too much. They don’t even now I used to skate. They have no clue. Except for Max and Isabel. I guess tonight I will do two things. Skate and tell everyone.
After my physical therapy appointment I went home and just lounged about till I decided to get ready for the movie night. I also thought about what to tell Maria, Alex and Kyle. I felt bad for not telling them but I just didn’t want the questions and the “oh my poor dears” and “oh I am so sorry”. I know they wouldn’t have been all sympathetic and sad but I just didn’t ever want to bring it up. I thought about it way too much and by the time Michael had come to pick me up my head was throbbing. Which was a welcome pain because it took away from the throbbing I felt in my leg.
“So you ready to go. I told Maria we would pick her up on our way.”
“Yeah just hold on a sec let me get my stuff” I said as I walked off into my room to get my bag that I had put my skates in earlier. And I got a pill out of my Bathroom for my leg, which would also take care of my head. When I walked out, Michael was on his way out the door. The phone rang but I just let the machine get it.
“So Tess called!” I said as I sat down in the front seat.”
“Really, that’s cool how is she?”
“Good, good. She’s coming down Wednesday for Thanksgiving.”
“Really? You don’t sound too happy about that. What’s up?”
I stared out the window at some of the snow that has lingered on the yards and tree limbs. “No I am happy. I miss her, I really do. She was the only person who didn’t treat me all weird after everything happened. But I still haven’t told Maria, Kyle and Alex and I am trying to think of a way to tell them tonight. I just don’t want them to think any less of me because I haven’t been completely truthful. I feel bad that I haven’t told them yet. And am sure they will be ok and not all weird but I am just so scared. When I told max I started bawling right there in his arms. I don’t want to cry like that in front of them Michael. I need to be strong and I am finding it so hard. Dad has been awfully down lately last night before you guys got there he started crying. Telling how much I remind him of mom.” I wiped a tear away that crept out. Then looked over at Michael. “I just don’t know what to do. I wish” I looked back out the window “I wish….”
“You wish what Liz? That it never happened that you never had to move here. I Love you Liz and I love having you so close. But we all wish it had never happened, I miss your mom and I miss Junior too. Besides you, he was the best friend I ever had. But it did happen and we can’t take it back. I wish I could see you skate again, and I wish there was more I could do to help you but I cant…”
I started to smile I love Michael but when he talks like this he sounds all corny its just not a handsome site. I turned towards him the seat and stopped him mid sentence “I wish you’d stop being all mushy cause your going to make me sick!”
We both started laughing.
When we pulled up to Maria’s, Michael started honking the horn. I hit him on the arm and made him walk up to the door to get her. It may not really be a date but the least he could do was walk up to the door instead of honking. When they got back I got out and hopped in the back. So Maria could sit in the front. As soon as she sat down she turned around and started talking.
“So I heard Kyle talking to Aarison on the phone today”
“You heard or you accidentally knocked the phone off the hook and it landed at your ear while they were talking and you forgot to hang it up?” That was Michael.
“No….Ok Ok so I have a bad habit. They are just so perfect for each other and I wanted to make sure he didn’t say anything stupid and screw this up. Anyway, they are going to go out next weekend. And are going to a Buddhist group thing on Wednesday.”
“Well good for them. I am glad Kyle asked her to go. They are coming tonight right?” I asked from the back seat shouting over the Metallica Michael had just turned up to drown us out.
“Yeah but hey are going to be a little late. She had to run some errands for her mom and dad but they will be over later.”
“Oh that’s good?”
The more the merrier.
We sat for the rest of the drive in Metallica silence. That’s what Michael calls it when there is nothing but Metallica in the air.
I tried to think of different ways to tell them but nothing really came to mind. So I just sat there and turned my eyes to the outside world. It was really beautiful right now. The sun was going down and all the colors in the sky were just amazing..
When we pulled up to Max and Isabel’s house and started getting out Max opened the door and came down the walkway to greet us. Maria claims he couldn’t wait any longer to see me.
“Hey guys, Liz.” He said with a smile, and walked over and gave me hug.
Heaven! That’s what it was, heaven. His arms they instantly warm you up. His body heat is so high that when he hugs you its like a full body heater. It was nice to say the least. It seemed like forever that we had been standing there.
“Hey Max, so what Movies are on the Agenda for tonight?” That was Michael. I’m not sure if he was just uncomfortable with the way we were hugging or if he was trying to make me mad.
“Oh well I tried calling your house Liz, but I got the voicemail. I must have just missed you guys”
“That must have been you that called when we were leaving. I am sorry I didn’t answer.” I said, as I looked right into his eyes, which were no further then a breath way from me. I didn’t realize how close we were standing till Michael walked right between us and up the path to the door.
“Oh its ok, I was just going to ask you If you guys could stop by the Video store for us Isabel lost track of time and didn’t end up getting the movies. But it’s cool. This way Liz and I can go.” He said as he grabbed my hand and we walked to the door. “I mean if that’s ok with you? If you don’t mind coming along?”
“Sure, I’ll go with you. It’ll be fun.”
We walked in and Isabel and Alex were in the Kitchen unloading a few bags of junk food and sodas.
“Oh hey you guys. Sorry we didn’t make it to the Video store. I hate being off schedule but I slept in, and I guess it works out ok though. At least now we can all decide on which Movies to get. So what will it be?”
We couldn’t all decide on the same movies so we narrowed it down to one action one comedy one drama. We helped unload some of the groceries then max and I left for the Video Store.
“So I really had a good time last night Liz. I got home and couldn’t stop thinking about you. Isabel and I stayed up till about 10 talking to our Parents about everything. And all I could tell them was how much fun I had and how I was glad you said yes to come with me. And how you were the most beautiful girl there, not wearing a tiara of course. I had to add that because Isabel cleared her throat when I said that ” He laughed.
“Really? I had a great time too Max. I am glad you asked me. I really don’t remember ever having that much fun.”
“I cant wait to go skating with you tonight Liz. Even if you can’t do it, just spending the time with you alone will be fun enough for me.” He said as he took a hand off the wheel and rubbed my leg. The pill must have kicked in just then cause the throbbing went away everywhere except my heart.
All I could think was Oh my goodness.
When we got the store we looked around and decided on The Fast and The Furious, as the action. Good for the guys and Vin Diesel for us girls. Who could resist that? Austin Powers for the comedy, and well I know its Corny but The Cutting Edge for the Drama. Its one of my favorite movies and I figured it might be a weird way to some how break the ice on Tess and my Skating and everything that happened. I could say something like “yeah isn’t it funny, its like Max and I kind of except he’s not a figure skater too. Like me.” Ok so its no the best way but it’s the only thing I could think of.
We got the movies and headed back. When we got there Aarison and Kyle were there so it was great timing. We said our hellos got some popcorn popped and got comfortable in the living room. Isabel and Alex in the love seat. Kyle and Aarison on the couch at one end. With Michael and Maria on the other throwing popcorn at each other making a mess. And that left the single chair for Max and I, which worked out pretty well. Max offered it to me but I told him to take it and I sat on the floor between his legs. I rested my head on his knee and he stroked my hair the whole time. It was so relaxing I almost fell asleep.
We watched The Fast and the Furious first. We all decide on that right away. During the movie you could see all of us leaning and each way every time the cars turned or were going faster. We all liked it. When it was over we took a potty break and sixth inning stretch. Which consisted of the guys talking about the cars and us girls talking about what we thought was better, Vin Diesel’s chest or his arms. I said his chin was kind of cute but they pretty much laughed that one out. We ended up deciding on his arms. Bringing it all down to how safe they would make you feel wrapped up in them.
The conversations were over when Maria pulled out The Cutting Edge.
“Alright next movie.”
I could feel my heart racing. I knew it was time. I laughed at myself a little too because it was kind of funny. I mean why was I so scared to tell them. It’s not like its life altering, at least not anymore. And when Aarison said what she said next it’s like I was supposed to say something.
“I just love this movie. It’s so romantic. A hockey player and an Ice Skater falling in love.”
“It” I was whispering “It’s funny you should say that.” I bit my lip and looked down at my feet. I got really nervous all of a sudden and almost felt kind of sick. But when I looked up at Max and Saw him walking towards me almost like he knew what I was going to do and I felt Michaels arm on my back I knew I was going to be fine. When Max came over he took my hand and I could feel everyone’s eyes burning into us.
“Um I have something, I wanted to say. Something I wanted to tell you guys!” Everyone sat down again. “I don’t know were to start. I feel really bad about not telling you guys sooner.” I said as I stopped and looked at Kyle Maria and Alex for a few minutes. “Isabel and Max know but only because Max caught me at a really bad moment and, and it turned out they already knew anyway. But um, wow this is weird. I really don’t know what to say first”
Maria got up and walked over and sat next me on the couch. “Its okay chica just start at the beginning.”
Max continued to hold my hand and rub the small of my back.
“Well, I used to skate back home in Vermont. Pretty competitively actually, my coach had me practicing for the Sectionals which is what determines who goes to the worlds, so I was kind of on my way to the Olympics.” I sighed heavily and continued. “Uh but back in March, something happened. There was an accident. And I stopped. I mean I couldn’t skate anymore. My Mom and Brother were dropping me off at practice and….” I looked around the room and saw Isabel crying already and then caught Maria looking at her which then got the wheels in Maria’s head turning which then made her start crying and then grab me in a hug. Which then in turn made me start crying. All Maria said was she knew there was nothing she could do and that sorry wasn’t good enough and if I ever needed to talk then she was there. Alex was next he just hugged me and said he was here if I ever needed him. Kyle was a little different. He hugged me but then told me how strong I was and he admired me for being able to handle it. Because he didn’t think he’d be able to do it. And said to never hesitate on calling anytime. And Aarison was really great too. I was a little worried about her. But She just said that she could relate in a way. It turns out her cousin who her parents had custody of passed away when they were little. And she was a like a sister to her.
When they were done taking there turns I told them the rest of what happened about my leg and how I have had a hard time skating. I told them about Tess and how she was coming for Thanksgiving they said they couldn’t wait to meet her. And any friend of mine was a friend of theirs too.
It felt really good to get all out in the open. I was more relaxed after words too. It seemed most everyone else was too. Either from crying I guess or just a lack of sleep the night before because half way through the movie everyone was asleep except for Max and I.
So I hope youguys liked this. Sorry about leaving you hanging kiind of. But I started writing again and what I wrote would be better off on its own part And I will have that out ASAP I have what I want down its just deciding if I want to incorporate the transition to Thanksgiving in that part or not. If I dont then it will only be like two page long which in here is reaaaaaly short So let me know what ya'll think.
Also I'm having some issues with something. The East coast. Or well places it gets reallly cold in the winter. Now I am from the west coast. A Southern California beach baby born and raised. So the other end is a mystery to me and the weather is an even bigger mystery. I dont know exactley what time of year snow starts falling and when it gets cold enough for things such as a lake and all that to Freeze over. So If anyone lives over on that side of the country and can help me with this I would much appreciate some help. Please email me (its in my profile). Also If I mention a song that technicly wouldnt have been out by the end of last year please dont bite my head off. I know there are people out there that are really that picky. Please just go with the flow.
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|posted on 27-Sep-2002 9:09:59 PM by HB Tara B|
|Ok ya'll if you still care about this story, I just wanted to let you know that I may have new part up by the end of the night. If not it will be up by the end of the weekend. I don't think its the best but I never do. I hope you all are doing well. I hope you still remeber this Story.|
|posted on 28-Sep-2002 3:13:36 AM by HB Tara B|
|Ok guys here it is a long awaited part. I am very sorry it took so long. I don’t have any excuses except that I was lazy. I hope you enjoy thispart its not the best but its ok. The song in this part, is well you’ll see. But it’s not the version we are all used too. It s by a great Hawaiian singer a freind introduced me too. I know you have heard this version before. They played it at the end of The ER season Finale after Dr. Green passed away. It’s also in Finding Forrester and Meet Joe Black. Anyway the Singer is Israel Kamakowiwo’ole. He passed away this past year I think it was but his voice is just so amazing. If you can I suggest downloading it. Anyway here you go. As I promised….|
Snow Falling Part 9
Max looked down at me and I could see in his eyes he wanted to go so when He asked I wasn’t too surprised.
“You want to go now?”
I smiled at him and nodded my head. “yeah lets write a note so they don’t get confused if they wake up okay?”
“Sounds good to me, let me go get my bag. There’s some paper in the kitchen if you want to write it, they might be able to read your writing a little better! I’ll be right back alright?”
“Ok I’ll be waiting!”
We were at the rink till a good 3 am. We never actually skated. We got out and walked a little on the ice. It was fun. He told me about Hockey and how when he was little he didn’t want to play all he wanted to do was drive the Zamboni you know the that huge contraption that cleans the ice. That was his dream, to be a Zamboni driver. He was serious too said if I didn’t believe him then I should ask Isabel. We talked, the whole night really. We yawned every ten minutes but that didn’t stop us.
“So, now that you are older what do you want to be?”
And with a straight face he answered “A zamboni driver.” He laughed a little. “Seriously I don’t know. I know that I want to play, I know I can’t count on it but I do. So it never occurred to me to really think about it. I Never had to, to tell you the truth. Everyone’s always said I don’t need to. Coach and everyone else seem to think that, that I’ll be playing in the NHL. I have to say its sounds good to me. What about you Liz what do you want to do?”
“That’s actually pretty funny, you sound like me two years ago. I would have answered, that I would be Pro by the time I was 25, just because of what my coach and everyone at the Academy kept telling me now I’m not even in that same book of thought. I know I won't be skating though. I don’t even know what else I’m good at besides…” Skating I almost said skating, which is funny because I’m not even good at that anymore. “I don’t know”
I looked at my wrist and was completely surprised. When I looked up at Max he was yawning again.
“What time is it?” He asked after excusing his yawn.
“Almost 3” His eyes widened.
“Wow, maybe we should be getting back? Don’t you think?”
“Yeah, we probably should.”
When we got back everyone was still asleep in the same positions as they were when we left.
Hugs! Don’t you just love hugs? I mean they are the one form of affection that can be done to anyone. You can walk up to almost anyone you know and give them a hug and have them not think twice about it. You can’t do that with a Kiss. Hugs you can give to anyone. Also, a single hug can tell your heart exactly how you feel about someone, before your brain does it. With Max I think that’s how it happened. When he hugs me, it’s like the whole world fades away, and there’s Max and I just holding each other. He sweeps me off my feet and the really amazing thing is, I could swear I am floating. But my feet are still planted firmly on the ground.
“Tess comes in tomorrow right?” or at least I think that’s what Michael was trying to ask with a mouth full of food.
“Yeah tomorrow at 3. I am so excited. Dad’s going to pick me up and we are going to have lunch together then go get her at the airport!”
“You know Liz, you never really told us about her you just said she was coming. So who is this Tess?” Alex asked in between sips of his coke.
“Oh your right I didn’t did I. I’m sorry. I guess I just got too lost the other day. Well Tess is Tess. She is definitely a different person Take everything I am and throw it out the window.” I said with a giggle “ And there you have Tess. We are so opposite its not even funny. It’s a wonder how we’re even friends. She’s a lefty and I am a righty. And sometimes when she talks she has this weird accent. See her mom and dad are from Australia and she just picked it up, so sometimes she’ll be talking and you’ll hear it its kind of funny. But my mom always said we were friends because we made one another’s not so shiny parts shine. What she can do, I can’t do, what I do she can’t. But when we are together you can never tell the difference. We always helped each other and until middle school when we finally got different teachers we wouldn’t let anyone help us it screwed us up. When we were in 8th grade we had a crush on the same boy, Xander he was cute but he told us he wanted us both to be his girlfriends because together we were the perfect girl. We slapped him at the same time. Opposite cheeks of course!”
“Oh that’s too funny, I could never see you slapping anyone!” Maria said with a bit of amusement in her voice.
“They called me on the phone when they got home, and told me to fly out there and kick his butt. Junior, wouldn’t do it because he was bigger then the guy. It was quite funny.” Michael added.
“When we got in High school we were kind of pulled different ways, I was missing a lot of school because my practices were getting longer and longer. So I was only going to school maybe twice a week sometimes less and that was only for a few hours. But we always talked. Then after the accident she was there, right there. At the funerals my dad was behind me with his hands on my shoulders, and Tess was on one side holding my hand and Michael was on the other.” I paused wiped my eyes and sighed. I hated talking about it still. I couldn’t do it with out tearing up. As soon as I felt Max’s hand cover mine I continued “But I am oil and she’s Vinegar. We go together but we are so different. She is the type you have get to know or you’ll clash completely.”
“Well, she sounds interesting. I can’t wait to meet her!” That was Isabel.
“How long is she staying for?” Kyle asked as he stuffed a chip in his mouth.
“She leaves Sunday, morning.”
“You are bringing her by the Five Hole right?” Maria sounded excited.
“Oh yeah, When we get back from the airport tomorrow night we are going to Michael’s for dinner. Then Michael was going to bring us by. I wanted you guys to meet her right away.”
“Sounds good we can have dessert!” That would be Isabel, with a big smile on her face. “Max and I will meet you guys there. Alex you work tomorrow night right?” Alex just nodded.
The bell rang and we went to our classes, and Max walked me to as far as he could.
“You ok?” Max asked rubbing the small of my back.
“Yeah, I just hate talking about the accident, I hate crying in front of people. I feel like I have no control.”
“Well, you don’t have to worry about that. We don’t care. If I had a penny for the amount of times Isabel and Maria have cried in front of Alex, Kyle and I. I would have enough money to have ice in my back yard year round! So don’t worry about it, besides when you cry it gives me a reason to hug you.”
And he pulled me into one of the most amazing hugs in the world. His arms felt like a blanket and I felt so at home there, but it scared me so much and I pulled away. I couldn’t let myself get too attached to him. When I looked up and into his eyes I could see the hurt right away.
“I, I’m so sorry,” I turned and I ran. Just like Tess said I was doing.
I was in my room that night when Michael come barging in the front door. I could feel it shut throughout the house as he slammed it closed.
“What was that all about Elizabeth, Max is scared to death that he did something, to hurt you. You are so lucky I was standing there, waiting to talk to him.”
“Is he ok Michael?”
“Yeah he’s fine, now. He was really worried though, Liz. You can’t do this. You have to talk to him. Tell him what your thinking. You’re only going to hurt him more if you don’t. You know he likes you. There’s no question about that now.”
“I know Michael, and I really like him. I just I’m so scared, and when he hugged me it was good at first. But then I was too comfortable. It just feels like, like it’s too soon. Like I shouldn’t be able to enjoy myself. And I know if Mom and Junior were here they’d want me to have fun. I know I just want to be able to share it with them”
“Its ok to have fun, its ok to move on Liz. You have too if you want to ever start feeling like anything again. And as far as sharing it with them you are. They’re always with you, with everything you do. But you can’t stay cooped up in here and watch the snow falling outside Liz?”
“Well, It is kind of beautiful right now…” I smiled. And it was. The snow was floating down and sticking to everything. The leafless branches on the tress were now white and the rooftops just glittered. And had it been up to me. I would have stayed here in this moment for a long time. “He’s ok though right?”
“Yes, but you need to say something to him!”
“I will, I just need to think of what it is I am going to say.” I turned and finally looked at him. “Thank you Michael, again.” I got up pushed my blanket to the side and gave him a hug. “I’ll do it tomorrow before we leave.” I walked him to the front door. I wasn’t trying to get rid of him but I wanted to get to the rink. It was my night and amazingly enough I was looking forward to it. “Tell your mom and dad I said hi and I’ll see them tomorrow night. And give them hugs for me.!”
“Will do. Have a good night Lizzie.”
“Will do too, love you Michael, Be safe out there”
“Yeah you too, see ya”
When I closed the door I fell against it. And stayed that way for a while. It was only 8:30 but felt much later. It had been a long day.
When I got to the rink it was a round 10. Everyone had been gone for at least an hour but it felt like it had been abandoned long before. Everything was so still. There wasn’t even the smell of popcorn from the snack bar like there always was. It was eerie but I liked it. It gave me an even greater sense that I was alone.
As usual I sat there for a while contemplating weather or not to skate. I knew I could and I was looking forward to coming here tonight so I could skate because I wanted too. But when I looked out on the ice it looked so serene. No marks, all clean, still and pure. Why would you want to change that? But the longer I sat there the more I started thinking and the more I started the thinking the less I wanted too think and wanted a distraction. So I decided to skate. I rummaged through my bag put my skates on, got out my music. Well a CD with one song burned over and over again. Made my way to the office where the main system was and popped it in.
When I came out, I stopped at the door to the ice and looked at it one last time. Then I just went for it. And I skated in circles listening to my music. Letting the ukulele be my guide.
Somewhere over the rainbow
Way up high
And the dreams that you dreamed of
Once in a lullaby
Somewhere over the rainbow
Blue birds fly
And the dreams that you dreamed of
Dreams really do come true
Someday I'll wish upon a star
Wake up where the clouds are far behind me
Where trouble melts like lemon drops
High above the chimney tops is where you'll find me
Somewhere over the rainbow bluebirds fly
And the dreams that you dare to, oh why, oh why can't I?
Well I see trees of green and Red roses too,
I'll watch then bloom for me and you
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world
Well I see skies of blue and I see clouds of white
And the brightness of day
I like the dark and I think to myself
What a wonderful world
The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces of people passing by
I see friends shaking hands
Saying, "How do you do?"
They're really saying, I...I love you
I hear babies cry and I watch them grow,
They'll learn much more than
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world
Someday I'll wish upon a star,
Wake up where the clouds are far behind me
Where trouble melts like ;emon drops
High above the chimney tops is where you'll find me
Somewhere over the rainbow way up high
And the dreams that you dare to, oh why, oh why can't I?
Now don’t get me wrong I like The wizard of Oz version too, but the way Israel sang it. It lets you to this other place just like it’s supposed to. And when I am skating that’s where I need to be. And If I hear Judy Garland singing, all I think of is her Oz, not mine.
I hadn’t realized it but at some point Max had come in and sat down. I was a little embarrassed because I have a tendency to sing along sometimes too. When I looked up and saw him, he got up and walked to the door of the ice, and I skated over to greet him.
“Great choice of Music, but I prefer Counting crows” he said as I glided over to him.
“What are you doing here Max?”
“Oh I’m hurt” He put his hands over his heart.
“I figured you wouldn’t want to see me. Not, not after lunch?” I held on to the rail and he handed me my guards to put on. Then we headed over to the bleachers.
“What are you talking about? I thought you just had to go to he bathroom real bad or something.” He smiled at me and laughed a little. “You know Liz it’s ok. I don’t mind. It’s got to be hard to let go. I couldn’t ever image having to do that. I don’t know what I would do if I lost Isabel and one of my parents. Liz, you are the strongest person I know. I have seen what losing someone unexpectedly like that can do to people. And you are handling it so well.”
“Max, you don’t even know how much I want to just let go. I want to be able to be close to you so bad and not have this thought it in my head that it’s so wrong. That I’m doing something I shouldn’t be. And this afternoon when you were hugging me Max I forgot all about everything for a moment and it scared me.”
“Liz, you’re not going to forget about them completely. From what Michael has said you look just like your mother, and every time you look in the mirror you’ll see her. And Junior well, if you were as close as you say, and if he was half as stubborn as you seem to be, at times, He won’t let you forget him. I also don’t think that your Father would let you. It’s not going to happen. But if you need to wait and you need to be sure I’ll wait too. I’m not giving up on you Liz Parker. I’m always going to be right here.” He pushed some hair out of my face an curled it behind my ear.
Wow was this guy for real? I just sat there staring at him unsure of what to say or what to do. So I did what only seemed natural. I gave him a hug. And He hugged me back and it was nice. I was still scared but it felt right. Like it did the first time. And all I could think about was Skating.
“Max do you have your skates?”
Laughing, “Actually no! Mr. Anderson has them he’s cleaning both pairs and sharpening the blades for me. Why?”
“I just really wanted to skate more. But it’s ok we can talk more if you want?”
“You know what I want. I want to watch you skate some more. It’s the most beautiful thing I have ever seen.”
I bit my lower lip and looked down at my hands. I’m not too good at taking compliments especially ones like that.
“Thank you, Max, but I can’t just skate. Maybe you can wear one of the ren…”
“Please?” He got down on a knee, puffed out his lower lip and gave me puppy dog eyes
“OK but just for a song then that’s it!”
He smiled a Victory smile “I know the perfect song too. How about Somewhere Over The Rainbow?”
“Oh so we’re a smartass now.” I got up and walked over to the ice.
“Better then being a dumbass” And I threw my guards at him. And we laughed.
I’m Liz parker and tonight I skated. Not only for myself but for an audience. It may have only been an audience of one. But it’s a start.
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|posted on 28-Sep-2002 7:44:07 PM by HB Tara B|
|Just a bump so ya'll know I did update. hope you enjoy! also wanted to say thanks to those who rated the story. My was I surprised. Thanks again ya'll.|
|posted on 29-Sep-2002 8:59:26 PM by HB Tara B|
|Thnks for the feedback you guys. I am hoping It wont be such a long break between parts. I won't promise you anything though, just in case it happens. I am starting on the next part. I'm a little weary on writing Tess because she isn't going to be a pain in the ass. But I dont want her to come across so sweet she could give you a cavity. It will be fun though. Anyhoo you guys thanks agan. It means a lot to me that ya'll are still interested. I hope I dont dissapoint. Have a good week you guys.|
I also have a question. Its nothing big but I was wondering if someone does fanart and could maybe put together a banner for this story using the picture from the last Xmas episode where Max and Liz are skating? Just let me know.
I aslo want to suggest a few stories that I just love and have been reading. If you can stand reading my stuff then you are going to love these.
1) Blue Remembered Hills. Post Graduation. Its a great story and the writing is just amazing. By WR
2) And Anything by Ashley. I'll tell you they aren't fluff, but they are so Great. If you like a sarcastic Liz then you'll love Ashley's Stories.
There are more but those are the ones that stick out.
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|posted on 12-Oct-2002 3:16:42 PM by HB Tara B|
|Ok all there is a Note on page one, at the top of the post. I added a banner hope ya'll like it as much as I do. Please go read it and find out a lttle more please.|
All the credit and praise goes to Jen, BordersInasnity.
Loves and Hugs
|posted on 28-Oct-2002 7:50:49 PM by HB Tara B|
|Hey all, Thanks for all the bumps. It really gives me a kick in the arss and lets me know you really want to see the next part. Some good news. Part 10 is done I just sent it off to be looked at. So hopefully I'll have it up in a few days. I know I have just been posting without it being beta'd but I fear I am going off the deep end with my grammar and such. So I really want to start getting it beta'd again. And I have found someone to help me out with it. So Thank you Jen. You are an angel.|
Thanks to all of you for reading. I know I'm no were near the best writer on this board. It just really means a lot to me that you all are reading Snow Falling, so thank you guys so much for all the feedback its awesome.
|posted on 29-Oct-2002 2:06:29 AM by HB Tara B|
|Well She works fast. Here it is you guys. Hope you enjoy.|
Snow Falling 10
“Liz, when did you start skating?” When he insisted on following me back to my house. I made him call when he got home since it had seemed to snow a little more while we were inside. I wanted to make sure he got back safe.
“Well I was at a birthday party for my friend, Erica Anderson in first grade. I didn’t want to go, because Tess wasn’t going to be there. Her parents wanted her to see where they grew up so for Christmas vacation they took her to Australia. And it would have just been Junior and I. But I went and Erica’s mom almost had to force me onto the ice. I said I didn’t want to because it was too cold and if I fell I would get all wet. I sat in the stands for and hour and a half with skates on my feet pouting when I finally just got bored enough and decided to have fun. When I finally got out there I didn’t get off for another three hours. An hour after the party was over I was still skating. My mom had to pay for another session.”
“I can see you just sitting there with this scowl on your face. Arms crossed in front of you. Your feet in skates.” I started laughing because that’s exactly how I was sitting.
“What’s so funny?” Max asked.
“It’s just… that’s exactly how I was. There’s even a picture of me. Mrs. Anderson had her husband take a picture and gave a copy to my parents in the thank you card they sent out after the party.”
“Really, you’ll have to show it to me some time!” I could hear the smile in his voice.
We sat there in silence just listening to each other breathing and it was the most amazing sound I had ever heard. And I could have stayed that way all night long.
“Max I could talk to you forever, but I can hear it in your voice as well as mine that we’re about to fall asleep. We should say good night.”
“Do we have to? I could fall asleep just like this with the phone to my ear listening to you breath”
“Me too but unfortunately I have been told I talk in my sleep and I don’t want you to hear.”
Laughing he answered back “So do Isabel and I. Once when we were driving to California our parents pulled out the camcorder and videotaped us. It went on for about twenty minutes. We were talking about playing in a park and going down the slides. And how much fun it would be if we had wax paper. So we would fly off the bottom. We didn’t remember a thing until we got home and my dad hooked it up and played it for us.”
“That’s too funny Max. What did Isabel do?”
“Well after she stopped ranting about how not funny it was she started cracking up along with the rest of us. And after about a half hour, sat with a stone face looked at my dad and told him he better burn it or she’d never come out of her room again.”
“Did he burn it?”
“Well, don’t tell Isabel but they kept it. They put in a shoebox up in their closet. They are keeping it for memories sake.”
We both yawned at the same time and then started laughing. When it subsided we both began to speak at the same time. And proceeded to start laughing again.
“I’m sorry Max I just keep giggling. I do that when I get tired. I just start laughing and can’t stop.”
“Well I could listen to your laugh forever, but like you said we should get to sleep. I didn’t realize what time it was; I have practice in four hours. Coach is going to be beyond mad if I am falling asleep.”
“Alright, good night Max. Sweet dreams.”
“Oh I will, you too Liz. I’ll see you tomorrow. Good Night.”
And we hung up the phone. I had the biggest smile on my face. And fell asleep with it in place.
“Are you sure you don’t want to come with us to the airport? I know Tess would love to see you right away Michael.” I asked as we got out of his car and headed toward our lockers.
“I would but mom wants me home to clean after school, you’d think the Queen of England was coming over for dinner tonight, the way she’s been cleaning and making sure everything is ok. It would make sense if we were having Thanksgiving dinner there too but that’s at your house.”
“That reminds me you are going to be there bright and early Thursday morning to help Tess and I right? You said you would?”
“Yes of course. Why would I pass on the chance to see this comedy first hand? You and Tess in the kitchen making dinner, and not just any dinner Thanksgiving dinner.” He said as he opened his locker door and threw his books around.
“Hey I should have you know back home I always helped my Mom with dinner.”
“Yeah, I remember I was there for a few of those and if I remember all I heard was the occasional pan crashing, then the ‘sorry mom’ and you running to your room to change your shirt for the millionth time. I never did understand why you just didn’t have on an apron….”
I smacked him upside the head; well upside the shoulder the way he towers over me it’s kind of hard to reach that head of his.
“Hey now, I have become a pretty good cook, dad never was one to be in the kitchen. If I had left it up to him, we would be living off of Hungry Man Microwave dinners. So I have become pretty comfortable in there. And your mom has been giving me some tips but Thursday it’s all Tess and me and you. This will be the first Thanksgiving without my Mom and Junior, and I want it to be a decent one for Dad.” We closed our locker doors at the same time and headed down the hall.
“I’ll have to admit I have changed my mind about this a few times. But I want it to be like normal for him. If he had to be in the kitchen it would be different. I want him to be able to sit on the couch with your dad and watch football. And if anything goes wrong your mom will always be there. She said she would help if we needed it. So no negative thoughts Mr. If I have to change my shirt a few times; so be it. But I won’t have to because dad bought me an apron, as well as one for you and Tess. And you’re wearing it, and if we want pictures you’re taking pictures.” I left it at that and walked ahead of him.
“I’ll see you later Michael, have a good day” and I rounded the corner and ran into Isabel and Alex who were headed to homeroom.
“Hi Liz, how are you this morning?” Alex asked as he put his free arm around me.
“Oh, I am doing pretty good. Thanks. A little antsy though.”
“Well lunch will be here before you know it!” That was Isabel.
“Very true. So how are you guys this morning?”
“Good” that was said in sync by both of them.
“Tell me Liz what did you do to my brother last night? He came back home after practice this morning to shower and was shuffling around the house with a big ole smile on his face.”
I felt my cheeks redden and start to blush. And in the process I started smiling.
“Yeah, looks just like that one” Isabel said before I could cover my face.
“All we did was skate. Well, I skated while he watched and then when he got home he called and we talked. That’s it. We didn’t do anything.” We sat down in class. And watched as Mrs. King walked in and pulled out the game box.
“Oh well, watching you skate is more than enough to send him into a spiral. When we saw you skate at that competition in Vermont, you were all he talked about for days. He started watching figure skating after that and then stopped when he decided that no one could skate as good as you.” I blushed more, and smiled bigger.
The bell rang and Maria came running into class and sat down before roll was called.
“Hi honey, how was school today?” My dad asked as I melted into the front seat of the car.
“It was good. Nothing too fun happened. I got my test back in Trig, I got a 93?” I said with a smile. It came out sounding more like a question then a statement.
“Well that’s good Liz. It’s good to know you’re getting along. I have to admit I was a little worried that you were going to fall a little behind. But you’re doing just fine. I should have known better. So, where do you want to go for lunch? Your choice?”
“How about Bennigans? We used to always stop there on our way back to the airport after we visited. It’s still there isn’t it?”
And my dad turned his head and smiled “You know that’s a great idea, Honey. You and Junior used to love going there.” And then there was a silence, which hung in the air the next few miles. We were both in our own little world with our own thoughts and our own memories.
“You shut up!”
“No, you shut up!”
“Junior,” Mom yelled from the front seat. “Lizzie, please. You both can’t have the last word.”
“Yes, we can!” We both said in unison. It was melodic, the way our voices sounded together. And when we both shut our mouths we all started laughing so hard we had to go to the bathroom. I think my mom even started crying she was laughing so hard. The next stop presented us with a restaurant or a fast food joint and a gas station, and since neither of us wanted to wait for the other in the gas station bathroom and mom didn’t want to go in the fast food place we stopped at Bennigans and had dinner and went to the bathroom. That was the first time we ate there.
“What were you guys fighting about anyway?”
And I sat there and thought and for the life of me I could not remember.
“I don’t know? Maybe I was singing? You know he hated my singing in the car. Said I sounded like a dieing hyena.”
Then there was silence again and then we laughed, and we laughed all the way to lunch. And we talked about Mom and we talked about Junior. And it was good. We have a long way to go but it’s a start. And every ending needs a start.
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|posted on 7-Nov-2002 3:22:01 PM by HB Tara B|
|Hey guy just a little progress note for ya. The next part is in the works. I am trying my hardest. Thanks for all the bumps.|
BeleiveInTrueLove Thanks for reading, and the Feedback. I just wanted to answer your questions. Yes Tess will be nice. I am not a big fan of bad Tess but I did like the Character, so she will be in this. For how long, that depends. She is my problem with this next part. The more I write the harder it becoms to write Tess. So we'll see. Max and the others are not invited to Thanksgiving dinner unless I can figure a way to get them there. Truth be told I hadn't thought of them being there. Hmmm......
I promise their Thanksgiving will be before ours. For those that are not from The U.S. or dont celebrate, thats November 28.
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