posted on 21-Sep-2001 10:38:51 PM by Carebehr
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Title: Return to Roswell
Author: Carebehr
Rating: PG 13 for now, might be NC-17 if you ask for it!
Summary: Future Fic. Starts out with a lot of hate and bad feelings towards each other but of course we know these couples can’t stay apart for too long! Other than that read on to find out! No aliens in this one.
Disclaimer. I own nothing of Roswell except some poor quality VHS tapes of the episodes.


Let me know if you like it. I’m currently working on a couple of other fics, and I won’t continue this unless you like it. It’s all up to you guys!


Part 1

“Maria! Hurry up, we need to pick Liz up at the bus station in about twenty minutes!” Amy Deluca yelled up the stairs to her daughter.

“I’m on the phone!” Maria yelled down. God she hated living with her mom. All of her friend’s were either married, or living with their boyfriend’s and here she was, twenty-three years old, alone and still living with her mother. How pathetic. “I’ll call you later Isabel, I gotta go.”

“Okay, but you’re coming over for dinner right?” Isabel asked.

“I’m not sure. I’ll see if Liz feels up to it.” Maria said hesitantly.

“She doesn’t hold me responsible for Max leaving does she? I mean I had nothing to do with it Maria, you know that.” Isabel said sadly. Sometimes she wished Max would come home so she could ring his demented little neck. She knew their parents felt the same way.

Max had left five years before to go to New York. He had said he wanted to “expand his horizons” and “get the hell out of Roswell”. One day he just packed his things and left. They weren’t even sure that was where he was until he called three weeks after leaving to say that he had moved into a studio apartment and gotten into NYU. Isabel still wasn’t sure why he really left. Everything seemed to be great. Him and Liz were getting along, and they had all just graduated. Liz had been accepted to UCLA and he had planned on going with her. Then it all seemed to fall apart and Max was gone. Not only did he leave, but he took Michael with him.

Maria and Isabel took comfort in their friendship and became as close as sisters, though things weren’t the same since the rest of the group left. They were all inseparable throughout high school, with Max and Liz finally becoming the last of the group to hook up with each other. Isabel smiled at the memory of the night her and Kyle caught them kissing in the bathroom of their old house. When they finally came out, everyone was clapping for them.

Isabel walked into the kitchen and sat down at the small table her and Kyle had put in there for cozy little breakfasts.

“Hey beautiful.” Kyle said as he walked into the kitchen and put his briefcase down on the table before leaning over and kissing her cheek. “Who were you on the phone with?”

“What?” Isabel asked, lost in her thoughts. “Oh right, Maria.”

“How is she these days? Still living with her mom?” Kyle asked trying not to smile.

“Yes, don’t pick on her.” Isabel playfully slapped him. “It’s not her fault.”

“I know.” Kyle smiled. “My dad has another date with Amy tonight, so at least she’ll have the place to herself for awhile.”

“No she won’t.” Isabel said, standing up and leaning against the stove. “Liz is coming home today.” She said, sneaking a look at Kyle’s face.

“I know.” Kyle said as he turned around slowly to look at his wife. “I should have told you, but to be honest, I only found out yesterday, and you were asleep when I got home last night.” Kyle explained. “ I have an appointment with her at one o’clock this afternoon.”

“For what?” Isabel asked in shock. “Why does Liz need a lawyer?”

“Sweetie, you know I can’t tell you.” Kyle said as he kissed her cheek and picked up his briefcase. “I have to keep all of my clients business confidential, you know that.” He started walking towards their front door as she followed him.

“Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know.” Isabel said as she stood in the open doorway and watched him walk to his car. “I love you.” She called out. “Have a good day.” She said as she waved at him.

“ I love you too.” Kyle blew her a kiss and got in his car, wondering how long it would be until everything was out in the open and the shit really hit the fan.


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“Lizzie!” Maria squealed as Liz got off the bus. Her hair was pulled neatly into a ponytail and she was wearing a yellow sundress with a matching ribbon in her hair. She threw her duffle bag over her shoulder and waved happily in Maria and Amy’s direction as they both started to walk towards her as well.

“Hi you two!” Liz said as Amy and Maria reached her. She threw her arms around Maria and hugged her tightly. When she released her, Amy immediately embraced her.

“How’s my girl?” Amy asked as she hugged Liz tightly.

“I’m fine I guess. Just tired. Finals were a killer. Graduation kind of went by in a blur!” Liz laughed. “Still, it feels great to be done!”

“I’m so proud of you honey. I wish Maria had went to college.” Amy said as she shot Maria a death glare. “So have you decided on whether or not you’re going to go to graduate school?”

“Not really. I’m still thinking about it.” Liz said as she smiled at the two women.

“So where is she?” Maria asked looking around. “Where’s the little munchkin?”

Liz laughed and rolled her eyes as she looked at her watch. “I figured you’d go about ten seconds without asking me, I see I was right on the nose.”

“Sorry, I’m just excited to finally see her in person. I’ve only ever seen her in the pictures you’ve sent me from California.” Maria said looking around.

“You can stop looking for her Maria, she isn’t here.” Liz laughed. “Josh is driving up with her in a few days. We thought it would be safer that way. I wasn’t too thrilled about her riding the bus all the way here with me.”

“Well that’s very understandable.” Amy said. “Come on, let’s get you back to our place and get you settled in.”

“Great, I’m wiped.” Liz smiled as they walked towards the parking lot. “Umm, you guys didn’t tell my parents I was coming did you?”

“You asked us not too, so we didn’t.” Maria said as they reached the car and Amy opened the trunk.

“Liz honey,” Amy began. “I know it’s none of my business, but maybe it’s time for you and your parents to make amends. It’s been a long time now.”

“Not long enough.” Liz said as she threw her bag into the trunk and slammed it shut. “I can’t believe they were so upset with me about the whole baby thing. I mean to totally cut me off and take away my college fund!” Liz said as she shook her head.

“Nope, definitely not time to make amends.” Maria laughed as she got into the front seat of her mom’s Jetta.

“Hey Amy, when are you going to get a new car anyway?” Liz laughed as she changed the subject.

“I happen to be looking into it actually.” Amy said as she got into the driver’s seat and started the engine. “If Maria would stop getting into accidents, then her car wouldn’t constantly be in the shop, and we could have brought it.”

“Three accidents! Two of which weren’t even my fault!” Maria yelled as she threw her hands into the air. “Big deal! You make it sound like I’m constantly rear ending people!”

“Well honey, you have to admit that it is sort of weird that these things keep happening to you.” Amy said as she tried to sound nicer.

“Well maybe if you wouldn’t make me drive to the Leisure Land neighborhood to deliver pies, old people would stop crashing into me and my new Jeep!” Maria yelled at her and then they suddenly both burst out laughing.

“Geez, I missed you guys!” Liz said as she settled back into the seat and relaxed.

Part 2

“Well here’s your room, I hope it’s big enough for the three of you.” Maria said as they walked into the large guest room of her and Amy’s house.

“It’s perfect.” Liz smiled. “I really appreciate this Maria. I’m sorry it took me so long to get back here. Between Samantha, school and the wedding, things have just been crazy. Like one thing after another.” Liz smiled. “I really missed you though. I’m so happy that you’re going to be my maid of honor.”

“I’m thrilled too.” Maria said. “I can’t wait to meet Josh. He sounds great. He looks gorgeous in the pictures you sent me of him and Sam.”

“Yeah, he’s pretty cute.” Liz smiled as she nodded. “Sam is getting so big Maria, I can’t believe she’s going to be five.”

“Me either. I wish I could have been there with you when she was born.” Maria pouted.

“You were having your appendix removed Maria!” Liz laughed. “I highly doubt it would’ve been wise to fly to California!’

“I know.” Maria said sadly. “Still, I can’t believe I’ve never even met her. I should have come to see you out there.”

“I didn’t exactly rush back here either.” Liz said sadly.

“Well you had a good reason not too.” Maria said. “By the way, Isabel and Kyle invited us over for dinner tonight if you’re up to it.”

“I don’t know Maria.” Liz said shrugging her shoulders. “I’m not sure that’s such a good idea.”

“Why not?” Maria asked. “Samantha won’t be there, and Isabel really wants to see you.” Maria said, trying to convince her. “You know it wasn’t her fault that he left Liz. Please don’t blame her.”

“What?” Liz asked in shock. “Why would I blame Isabel? Is that what she thinks? That I blame her for Max leaving?”

Maria nodded. “Sort of. She doesn’t think you blame her exactly, more like seeing her will remind you of him and so you stay away.” She said. “You know Liz, she’s not really wrong. Isn’t that why you’ve stayed out of Roswell? Too many bad memories?”

“No Maria.” Liz said. “I’ve stayed away from Roswell because I have too many good memories.”

“What?” Maria asked, confused. “What does that mean?”

Liz sighed. “It means that coming here makes all of the wonderful images of my past come flooding back. I guess I wasn’t ready to face that until now. When I was away at school I would lay awake at night and wonder how everything got so royally fucked up.” Liz said as she sat down on the bed. “I would lay there and reminisce about how much fun we all had together, and Max and everything we had. I would wonder how such good memories could have turned into something so different. I was afraid to come back here. I was afraid of facing the fact that those memories are only that. Memories.” Liz explained. “I know that now and I’m okay with it. I’m marrying a great guy, that loves my daughter, and I’m ready to start my life with him.”

“Do you love him?” Maria asked quietly.

“Of course Maria! I wouldn’t marry him if I didn’t!” Liz laughed.

“Good.” Maria said. “So how about that dinner?”

“Ok.” Liz said. “I’ll let Kyle know we’re coming when I see him at one.”

“You’re seeing Kyle today?” Maria asked, surprised.

“Yep. No time like the present.” Liz smiled as she stood up and walked over to her duffle bag, unzipping it quickly. She pulled out a pair of jeans and a t-shirt and threw them on to the bed.

“What do you think he’s going to say?” Maria asked, intrigued.

“Well after he gets over his initial shock, I think he’ll help.” Liz smiled as she pulled her jeans on under her dress.

“Aren’t you afraid he’s going to tell Isabel?” Maria asked with her eyes wide with curiosity.

“No, he can’t.” Liz said. “Client confidentiality and all that. Besides. I’m going to tell her myself anyway. She should know.”

“Good idea.” Maria nodded. “She’ll know as soon as she sees her anyway.”

“I know.” Liz smiled. “She does look exactly like him doesn’t she?”

Maria nodded. “Yep.” She thought for a minute and then looked at Liz suddenly. “Liz, Kyle is going to have to get a hold of Max and tell him about Sam in order for him to give up his rights you know.”

“I know Maria.” Liz nodded as she pulled off her dress and tossed it to the floor. She pulled her t-shirt on and sat down next to Maria again. “That’s one of the reason’s why I came back.” She said. “The lawyer I saw in California says I have to get Max’s permission to let Josh adopt Samantha after the wedding. I can’t say he abandoned her because he doesn’t know about her. I talked to Kyle about it and he said it’s true. He said he’d help me.”

“Do you think Max will do it? I mean just the sign thew papers without an argument?” Maria asked quietly.

“Sure.” Liz nodded confidently. “He hates me. He shouldn’t even bat an eyelash at the papers. I’m sure he’ll just sign them and send them back to Kyle, no questions asked.”

“I hope so.” Maria said nodding her head. “What are you going to do if he won’t sign them?”

“I don’t know Maria, I haven’t allowed myself to think that way.” Liz shook her head. “I guess we’ll just cross that bridge when we get to it.” She stood up and started to walk out of the room.

“Yeah, if it’s not burned down completely by then.” Maria said as she got up off the bed and followed Liz.

“What?” Liz asked as she looked back at Maria.

“Nothing.” Maria muttered as they headed out the front door.
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“So did you find him?” Liz asked as her and Maria sat across from Kyle in his office.

“Of course.” Kyle smiled. “Liz, are you sure you want to do this? Maybe once Max finds out he has a daughter, he’ll want to be part of her life.”

“Too bad.” Liz said. “He should of thought of that before he left and went to New York.”

“That’s not fair, he didn’t even know you were pregnant.” Maria interjected.

“Whose side are you on?” Liz said as she looked at Maria.

“Sorry. Yours.” Maria said as she raised her eyebrows at Kyle.

Kyle looked at Liz and shook his head. “All I’m saying is that once you tell him, you’re opening a whole can of worms.” Kyle explained. “If he wants to fight you he can get lawyers, it could get ugly. Can’t you and Josh just raise Samantha without having him adopt her?”

“No!” Liz said. “I’m not doing that. I want her to be his daughter. I’m not afraid of Max, or any fancy lawyer he might get. Kyle, just tell him and let’s get this over with. He won’t fight me, he doesn’t care about me and he won’t care about Sam either. All he cares about is himself.”

“Okay.” Kyle said. “You’re the client. Do you want me to send papers, call him, what?”

“Send the papers. I don’t want any contact with him other than that.” Liz said as she stood up. Let me know what happens.”

“Okay.” Kyle nodded and stood up as well. “So are you two coming over tonight?”

“Yep.” Maria said. “Tell Izzy we’ll be there at six.” She walked over around the desk and gave Kyle a kiss on the cheek. “Thanks for everything.” She said.

“No problem” Kyle smiled at his friend and then turned to Liz. “Liz, I’m glad you’re back. You look great. I can’t wait to meet Josh, and of course Samantha.”

“Thanks Kyle, I really appreciate this. It makes it a lot easier to have a friend help you out with these things.” Liz smiled as she also walked around to the other side of the desk and kissed Kyle on the cheek. “See you tonight.”

“Ok you two.” Kyle smiled. “Have a good day.”

“Oh by the way Kyle, I'm going to tell Isabel about Sam later.” Liz said as she stood in the doorway to his office.

“Thank God!” Kyle said as he collapsed into his chair with relief. “I thought I was going to have to keep it from her forever!”

“You wouldn’t have been able to, as soon as she sees Sam, it will be obvious.” Maria said winking at Kyle and heading out the door after Liz.

TBC????
Should I keep going??












Edited by - Carebehr on 09/27/2001 12:55:15

[ edited 8 time(s), last at 24-Jan-2002 10:28:52 AM ]
posted on 22-Sep-2001 5:13:13 PM by Carebehr
GO TO LAST PAGE FOR AUTHOR'S NOTE!!





Thanks for all the feedback! Here is some more of this story!
Just for anyone that might be confused- They're not aliens in this one. It's sort of an AU. I will explain their pasts as I go along! Also, this is a dremer fic, but like I said, their are some bad feelings between some of the characters in the begininng so keep reading and be patient, I promise it will be worth it!


Part 3

Kyle stood up and walked to the adjoining door to the office next to him. He raised his hand and knocked three times. A moment later he heard the familiar “Come in” and he entered the office.

“Hey.” He said as he faced Philip Evans. “I need to ask you a few questions about the Parker case.”

“That’s what I’m here for Kyle.” Philip said smiling as he walked to his filing cabinet and put away a few files in the top drawer. “I told you when you started this internship that I didn’t expect you to know everything. After all, you’ve only just completed your first year of law school.”

“I know sir.” Kyle smiled as he sat down. “There are just so many confusing laws. Especially regarding this issue.”

“First of all, I told you to call me Dad three years ago when you and Izzy got married. Second of all, let’s just sit down and go over the case and I’ll help you wherever I can.” Philip smiled as he sat down at his desk. “Now is this going to go to court? If it is then I need to know everything so I can represent this woman with you. You said her name was Parker?”

Kyle swallowed the lump in his throat. “Yes. Liz Parker.”

“Liz Parker. Where do I know that name from? Wait,Liz Parker as in Max’s ex?” Philip asked surprised.

“Yes.” Kyle said. “She contacted me a few weeks ago regarding this matter and I told her I’d help her. I figured it would just be some standard paperwork, but now that I’ve had time to think about it, I think I might need your help. It’s regarding Max.”

“Max?” Philip asked, raising his eyebrows. “Have her and Max been in contact? What did he do?”

“He didn’t do anything.” Kyle shook his head. “Well not that he knows of anyway.”

“So what’s the case?” Philip asked, curiosity peaking as the conversation continued.

“You’re granddaughter is the case.” Kyle said.

“What?” Philip asked him, confused.

“Liz had a baby. It’s Max’s. Her name is Samantha and she’s almost five years old.” Kyle tried to explain. “Max doesn’t know about her. He left right after she was conceived. Liz and him haven’t spoken in five years. Liz left and went to UCLA, had their baby, and just graduated.”

“So she wants us to find Max for her to let him know about her? She needs child support or something?” Philip asked nodding his head. “That shouldn’t be a problem I know where he is, and Diane and I will help her with whatever she needs if Max won't. Who knows where his head is at these days?” He sighed thinking about his son and shook his head. “So when do I get to meet my granddaughter?” he asked smiling.

“That's not what she wants.” Kyle said trying to figure out how to tell Philip the bad news. “Liz is getting married. She wants her fiancé to adopt Samantha after the wedding. She wants Max to sign his rights to her over.”

“So she doesn’t want any of us to know her?” Philip asked as he turned around in his chair and looked out the window so Kyle couldn’t see his eyes fill up with tears. “Samantha is her name?” he asked quietly.

“Yes.” Kyle said. “I know this must be hard for you. To find out you have a granddaughter and then find out you won’t get to be a part of her life.”

“It’s devastating Kyle.” Philip nodded. “Why didn’t Liz ever come to Diane and I for help? What about her parents, do they know Max is the father?”

“Yes sir. From what Liz has said, they only people that know are Maria and Amy Deluca, Alex and her parents. Her fiancé Josh knows, but of course he doesn’t know Max.” Kyle said. “Her parents took away her college fund when they found out she was going to keep the baby. They didn’t want to make it easy for her. She’s not on speaking terms with them.”

“Where is she staying?” Philip asked. “I’ll need to talk to her about the case. I have a feeling that when Max finds out, it won’t be as easy as she thinks.”

“She’s staying with Maria, but their both coming to our place for dinner tonight. Why don’t you and Diane join us?” Kyle asked. “She’s planning on telling Isabel, I don’t see why she wouldn’t want to tell Diane as well. Supposedly Samantha looks just like Max. I guess she wants to warn people not to be too surprised when they see her.”

Philip nodded and turned back around to face Kyle. “Sounds good. Is seven okay?”

“Fine.” Kyle tried to manage a smile.

“Will Sam be there?” Philip asked hopefully. “I’d like to at least meet her before Liz takes her out of our lives forever.”


“Sorry, but she won’t be here until Monday. Josh is driving with her. Liz took the bus; she thought it would be safer for Sam to ride in the car with him rather than the bus, plus it will take them half the time since they won’t have to stop in every city.” Kyle said.

Philip nodded. “Okay. So do you want to call Max or should I?” he asked.

“Liz just wants the papers sent. She doesn’t want any other contact with him to be made.” Kyle said.

“Well that’s too bad. He’s my son, and I’m going to call him. He deserves to know before he just gets papers in the mail asking him to give up his daughter.” Philip said.

“Ok sir. I mean dad.” Kyle smiled.

“Kyle, by the way, whatever happened between Max and Liz?” Philip asked curiously.

Kyle shrugged. “No one knows. One day they were together and in love, the next day Max left. Supposedly he left her a note, but no one knows what it said. Liz has never talked about it. Michael never even said a word to Maria, he just left with Max.” He explained. “Neither of the girls has heard from them since.”

“I can’t believe Max would be so cold. Michael either.” Philip shook his head. “Well by the time this is all said and done, I’m sure we’ll all know the truth.”

“I’m sure you’re right.” Kyle said as he smiled again and walked back through the door to his own office, shutting it behind him.

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“So that went pretty well don’t you think?” Maria asked with a smile as her and Liz walked down the street to the garage where her Jeep was being repaired.

“Yeah, I guess so.” Liz nodded as she stuck her hands in the pockets of her jeans. “I can’t believe you bought a Jeep of all things Maria.”

“Why because Max had one?” Maria asked. “Relax, mine is nothing like his.”

“That’s good, his was a death trap.” Liz laughed. “What color is yours?”

“It’s white, and it’s perfectly safe I assure you.” Maria smiled.

“Right, as long as you’re not driving through Leisure Land.” Liz laughed.

“Exactly.” Maria laughed with her. “Hey, Alex wants us to stop by his office after we pick up my car. He’s dying to see you.”

“Yeah, I talked to him on the phone the other day. He told me that he’s dating Tess Harding!” Liz laughed. “That’s too wierd. I thought they hated each other!”

“Well they did, but Tess has changed a lot.” Maria said.

“What do you mean?” Liz asked intrigued by Maria’s tone.

“Well you know she’s been waiting tables at your parent’s restaurant since her Dad died, and let’s just say it’s really humbled ‘little miss perfect’.” Maria smiled.

“Like how?” Liz asked, trying to get more information out of her.

“Well for one thing, she’s really taken advantage of the ‘free food for employees’ rule. I swear she's put on at least twenty pounds since high school.” Maria laughed. “Sorry I shouldn’t laugh.”

“Wow! Twenty pounds huh?” Liz asked, not trying to hide her shock. “So how did her and Alex hook up?”

“They have been seeing the same psychologist, I guess.” Maria said. “Tess started seeing her after her dad died, and Alex started seeing her after Isabel dumped him for Kyle.”

“Wow.” Liz laughed. “I didn’t know Alex had to see a psychologist when Isabel and him broke up! Why is he still seeing her? That was four years ago!”

“I know.” Maria nodded. “I think it just helps him deal with his stress you know? The computer business is lonely. I think it helps him to just have someone to talk too.”

“Weird.” Liz said. “I don’t think I can picture him and Tess together.”

“It is kind of weird.” Maria agreed. “Still, Tess is pretty decent these days. I think she finally realized that being a stuck up bitch wasn’t winning her many admirers. They seem to be happy so far. Although it’s only been a couple months so who knows?”

“Well I do want to see Alex, so we can head over there after we pick up your car.” Liz said. “It’s so strange to be back here.” She looked across the street and down the alley.

Maria followed her gaze and saw The Crashdown, the restaurant her parents owned, across the street. “Sure you don’t want to go say hi?” she asked.

“Huh?” Liz asked. “Oh yeah. Positive. I was actually just remembering my old room and my deck. Remember that night we all got drunk up there and Max almost fell off the ladder climbing down?” she started laughing.

“Yeah, that night was fun.” Maria said. “I sure miss those days. You know everyone tells you that it’s the best time of your life, but I never believed them until now.”

“Yeah, I know what you mean.” Liz smiled sadly. “Still, you never know what lies ahead for us. Maybe the best is yet to come.”

They were both silent for a moment and then they both started laughing at the same time and both blurted out, “Nah!”

Part 4

Liz and Maria picked up Maria’s Jeep at the garage and three hundred and forty two dollars later were on their way to Alex’s office.

Maria maneuvered her vehicle into a parking space and looked around. “Oh look-there’s Tess’s car, she must have come to meet Alex for a late lunch.” She said.

“Oh goody.” Liz said sarcastically as she hopped out of the car. “I can hardly wait to see her.”

“Ok, be nice, remember, she’s changed. Alex really likes her, so be good for his sake.” Maria smiled as they headed into the office building.

“I’m not sixteen Maria, I can be a mature adult.” Liz said as she followed Maria through the winding hallway. A moment later they were standing outside of a door with Alex’s name on the outside of it and the title “Web Page Design Consultant" underneath it.

“Good, glad to hear it.” Maria said quietly as she opened the door. “Hello, anyone here?” she called out as she gave Liz a strange look. “God I hope they’re not in the back having sex or something.”

“No such luck.” Alex said as he stepped up behind her laughing.

“Shit Alex, you scared the crap out of me!” Maria squealed as she jumped.

Alex quickly took Liz into a giant bear hug. “Liz! It’s so good to see you!” he said as they embraced tightly.

“You too.” Liz said as she tried to breath under his tight arms.

Alex let go of her and held her at arms length. “You look great. Exactly the same as you did when you left.” He said as he took in her appearance. "Congrats on your graduation." he said.

"Thanks, it only took me five years!" Liz laughed.

"That's great condsidering the circumstances!" Alex laughed and Liz nodded.

“Hi Liz.” They heard someone say from behind them in a quiet meek voice.

Liz knew it was Tess instantly. They had never been friends. Tess was interested in Max when they were in high school, and they had even dated a few times before she Max realized they felt stronger about each other than they both thought. She remembered the day she saw Max and Tess kissing in the hallway. It was then that she realized that she was in love with Max Evans. Unfortunately it took him a while longer to realize he had feelings for her as well. Some days she wished she could turn back time and make sure she and Max never became more than friends, but then she would take one look at Samantha and realize that everything happens for a reason.

Liz slowly turned around and even though Maria had warned her about Tess changing, she still was not prepared for what stood there in front of her. “Hi.” She managed to mutter as she took in Tess’s appearance. She had definitely gained about twenty pounds. She was still a petite pretty blond, with the same amazingly piercing blue eyes. Her hair had grown a lot in the last five years, it was nearly to her waist, and it was still wavy in the classic Tess way. Still, she was missing something. Something that had made her the Tess she used to be. Tess stood slightly back; obviously self-conscious about her changed appearance since the last time they saw each other. She wore glasses, and her clothes didn’t seem to fit her comfortably. Liz couldn’t put her finger on exactly what the biggest change was, but it was obvious that Tess had lost her confidence and was not happy with her current self.

Alex sensed Tess' discomfort and walked over to her, putting his arm around her. “Liz, you remember Tess don’t you?” he asked, trying to break the silence.

“Of course.” Liz smiled. “How have you been? I hear you’re working at my parents place?”

Tess nodded. “Yeah. They’ve been really great the last few years. It’s been rough for me.”

That much was obvious to Liz. “Sorry to hear about your dad.” Liz said quietly.

“Thanks.” Tess nodded. “It was pretty sudden, a heart attack. The worst thing was that he never got to meet Mel.”

“Mel?” Liz asked as she looked at Maria and Alex, confused.

“My daughter Melissa.” Tess explained. “She’s four.”

“Really?” Liz asked. “I didn’t know you had a daughter. I do too.” She smiled.

“I didn’t know that either.” Tess said giving Alex a hurt look. “Alex didn’t tell me.”

“Well, I asked him not to say anything to anyone about her. Only a few people here in town know.” Liz said. “Samantha will be here on Monday. Maybe we could get the girls together to play or something before we go home.”

Maria’s mouth dropped open in shock. Liz was asking Tess to come over and bring her daughter to play with Sam? This was too weird.

Alex smiled. “Mel would love that, wouldn’t she honey?” he asked as he squeezed Tess tighter. He knew that Tess was nervous about seeing Liz. She knew Liz never liked her. Now they had something in common. Alex was secretly thrilled.

“Yes.” Tess nodded happily, visibly relaxing. “She’s with her Dad this weekend, but she’ll be back on Monday too.”

“Does her Dad live here in town?” Liz asked.

“Yep, right past the high school.” Tess said. “He has Mel on weekends.”

“Are you divorced?” Liz asked, feeling more comfortable with their conversation.

“No, we never married.” Tess said. “One of those things you know? It didn’t work out.” she said shyly.

“I know what you mean.” Liz laughed, instantly putting Tess at ease.

“How about you? Are you married?” Tess asked.

Liz was surprised by Alex’s loyalty. He really hadn’t told Tess any of the things she had confided in him over the last five years. “Engaged. Actually my fiancé is bringing Samantha from California with him when he comes for the wedding.”

“You’re getting married here in Roswell?” Tess asked happily.

“Yep. We’ll be here for a few weeks, then after the wedding we’ll head back to California. My fiancé Josh has his business there.” Liz said. “ We have some things here in town to take care of. Also, all of my friend’s are here, and Josh’s family is in Albuquerque, so it was just easier to have the wedding here. I couldn’t get married without Maria and Alex being there. “ She said looking at her two friends. “I really hope you’ll come too Tess.”

Tess smiled brilliantly. “Thank you Liz. That would be great.”

“Of course I know you’ll be there.” Liz said as she smiled at an elated Alex.

“You know it.” Alex said as he mouthed the words “thank you” over Tess’ head.

Liz nodded at him and smiled. “Well we have to go, we have dinner plans. See you guys this weekend maybe?” she asked as she looked at Alex and Tess.

“Definitely.” Alex nodded. “Why don’t we all go out tomorrow night? I have a friend I’m dying to introduce to you Maria.” He said as he looked at Maria.

Maria rolled her eyes. “Alex I told you, I don’t want to go out with any more of your computer geek friends. Not interested, thanks anyway.”

“He’s not a computer geek. He’s a bank financer. He saw the picture of the three of us on my desk and asked me about you.” Alex smiled and wiggled his eyebrows.

“That picture is five years old Alex! We took it the day Liz left for college.” Maria laughed.

“You look the same.” Liz smiled. “What do you have to lose anyway? I’ll be there too so it won’t be like a double date or anything.”

“Fine. He can meet us for drinks but that’s it.” Maria said. “Come on, we gotta go.” She said as she grabbed Liz’s hand and started dragging her towards the door.

“Ok great!” Alex called out after them. “I’ll have him meet us at Senor Chow’s at six!”

“Whatever!” Maria called out behind her. “Bye.”

“Bye Alex. Nice seeing you again Tess!” Liz called out as Maria dragged her out the door.

“You too!” Alex and Tess called out together as they stood and watched them leave.

Once Maria and Liz were outside Maria let go of Liz’s hand. “Sorry, I had to get out of there. Alex is always trying to set me up with some loser.” Maria said as she hopped behind the wheel.

“No problem.” Liz laughed. “Hey how come you didn’t tell me Tess had a daughter?”

“I don’t know.” Maria shrugged. “I guess I forgot. I try not to think about her and Alex together. It creeps me out.”

“Why?” Liz asked. “She seems nice. I think they’re a cute couple.”

“You would.” Maria said as she started to back out of the parking spot.

“What’s that supposed to mean?” Liz asked in an offended tone.

“Nothing.” Maria laughed. “I’m just joking around. Yeah, I guess they’re sort of cute together. I haven’t actually seen them together with my own two eyes until today.”

Suddenly there was a loud crash and Liz and Maria lurched forward in the Jeep.

“SHIT!” Maria yelled as she peered out the back of the car and saw the twisted metal of someone’s rear bumper. “My mom’s never gonna let me live this one down!”

Part 5- NEW YORK

Max looked at the clock on the mantel and adjusted his treadmill speed. He was running short on time and if he wanted to get in a full workout before going to dinner with Sarah tonight he needed to run faster. He seriously considered canceling his date with her, but changed his mind earlier that day when Michael told him he was having some of his friends from work come over to play poker. It would be a cheaper evening for him to take the woman out than to play poker with Michael’s friends. Last time he had lost over two hundred dollars.

The treadmill beeped to signal the end of his workout and Max jumped off of it before it stopped completely. He walked over to the bar he had attached in the bathroom doorway and started his pull-ups. As he hoisted himself up to the bar, he thought about the long day he had tomorrow. He was on call at the hospital, as usual and since he was just a first year med student he got all the crappy patients. He sighed as he thought about the boils he’d have to lance, and the stitches he’d have to give. He wondered if he was really doing what he wanted to do by becoming a doctor. He let go of the bar and landed on his feet momentarily before dropping to the ground and starting his crunches.

“Hello? Anyone here? Max?” he heard Michael call out from the front entryway to their tiny studio apartment.

“Yeah I’m down here.” Max called as he raised his hand up mid-crunch.

“Oh hey.” Michael nodded at him. He walked over to the tiny fridge and opened it. He started taking out the old boxes of take-out one by one and smelling them, quickly throwing then in the trash. “I picked up some beer and stuff for tonight. Are you playing?”

“No, I have a date with Sarah.” Max said as he continued his crunches.

“Ugh.” Michael said. “I thought you were ending that whole thing.”

“I am, I just haven’t yet.” Max said.

“Why not?” Michael asked. “She’s a total bitch.”

Max stood up and looked over at Michael. “Hey could you throw me one of those bottles of water?” he asked and Michael took one out of the fridge and threw it to him. “Anyway,” Max said after he took a giant gulp of the water. “She’s not a total bitch, she’s just a little conceited.”

“What?” Michael said in shock. “She made you throw away anything that had to do with your past Max. You’re yearbooks, all your pictures, even the tassel from your graduation cap. She’s a total bitch.” Michael said as he popped the top off a bottle of Budweiser and took a swig of it.

“All right, so she’s a little eccentric.” Max shrugged. “Anyway, I told you, I’m ending things.”

“Good, do it tonight.” Michael said taking another drink of his beer. “You know who she reminds me of?” he asked as if it had just occurred to him.

“Who?” Max asked, narrowing his eyes.

“That chick you dated in high school that wouldn’t let you hang out with us. What was her name?” Michael asked, trying to remember the girl’s name. “Oh yeah, Tess Harding!”

Max nearly choked on his water. “Oh my God.” He laughed. “You’re right! She does act like Tess did. I had totally forgotten about her! Yeah, she was little psycho.”

“A little?” Michael asked. “She wouldn’t even let you go to the movies with us because of Liz and Maria. She thought you were totally in love with Liz remember?” he asked laughing.

“I was Michael.” Max said giving him a strange look. “That was why we broke up, don’t you remember? The kissing in the bathroom?”

“Oh yeah.” Michael said as the memories came flooding back. “I forgot you and Tess were still together when Kyle and Isabel caught you and Liz on the brink of sex.” He smiled.

“We were not on the brink of sex.” Max said, rolling his eyes. “We were just kissing.”

“Whatever.” Michael laughed. “If you would have had any more time you would have been on the brink of sex. I’m sure of it. She was so into you dude.”

“Shut up man.” Max said throwing his empty water bottle at him. “It wasn’t like that. Not with us.” He walked over and collapsed on his bed. “I really cared about her.”

“Right.” Michael nodded. “That’s why you left her after she finally did sleep with you.”

“Shut up.” Max said. “You don’t know anything about our relationship. Besides, I wouldn’t talk if I were you, you left Maria too.”

“That was different.” Michael said as he threw his empty beer bottle in the trash and opened another one.

“Why because you proposed to her and she said no?” Max asked.

“I never proposed.” Michael said as he sat down at the table.
“What are you talking about? I helped you pick out the ring man.” Max said. “You told me that you proposed after graduation and she said no.”

“I know what I told you Maxwell, but that’s not exactly what happened.” Michael said as he looked across the room at Max.

“Well what did happen then?” Max asked, sitting up.

“I chickened out.” Michael said. “I heard her and Liz talking after the graduation ceremony and let’s just say that she would have said no if I’d asked her.”

Max nodded. “Oh. What were they saying?”

Michael shook his head. “You don’t want to know man, trust me.”

“Ok.” Max said as he looked over at Michael. “It must have been really bad.”

“It doesn’t matter now.” Michael shrugged it off. “No biggie. I’m over her.”

“That must be why you’re such a dating machine.” Max said sarcastically.

“Shut up.” Michael glared at him. “I’d rather be alone than date women like the bitches you date.”

“Point taken.” Max said. “I gotta go get in the shower.”

“Hey Max?” Michael called out as Max started to walk towards the bathroom.

“Yeah?” Max asked as he stopped to turn back around.

“Do you ever wonder what they’re doing now?” Michael asked. “I mean Maria and Liz, do you ever wonder about them?”

Max looked at him and said, “Well Liz went to UCLA, and probably just finished her first year of graduate school. Maria probably got some cool job singing somewhere, or she’s still working with her mom. They’re probably both married by now.”

“Ever wonder if we made a mistake?” Michael asked him quietly.

“Are you kidding?” Max asked him. “I wonder every damn day.” He said solemnly as Michael nodded in understanding.

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Max stood under the hot shower and let his mind wander back to his past. He tried not to let it creep up on him, and he had gotten pretty good at keeping the memories at bay. Something about the conversation he had just had with Michael made it hard not to think back to high school. Back to Liz and when they first got together and all of the times they shared before it all had to end.

He smiled as he remembered the day he had met Liz Parker. Isabel and him were starting the new school year at a new elementary school in Roswell. Their parents had just moved them to the small town from Minneapolis, and they were not looking forward to it at all. They had met Michael on the bus, and quickly it was the three of them facing the first day of the third grade together.

They met Alex, Maria and Liz at lunch, when Maria threw her fruit roll up across the table and it landed in Michael’s already messy hair, sticking to it immediately. They had all started laughing uncontrollably, and when Max’s chocolate milk came out of his nose, Liz handed him her little pink napkin from her lunchbox. The six of them were inseparable from that day on.

When they got to junior high, the three girls had separated themselves from the guys. Isabel had tried to explain it to Max one night by saying that they were growing up, and that girls matured faster than boys did. She told him that they felt the guys were too immature to hang out with them. The guys felt bad, but consoled themselves by torturing the girls every chance they got. Max laughed as he remembered the day that him and Michael had put mice in the girl’s lockers, only to scare Alex half to death when he went to Isabel’s locker to borrow her English book.

By the time they were sophomores in high school, they were close again and did everything together. Nights during the week were spent studying at the library, or hanging out at The Crashdown. Weekends were either spent bowling or at the movies. Every now and then one of them would bring a guy or girl they were dating, but that only lasted so long. Everyone knew that if you dated one of their group, you dated their whole group. They were all good friends but none of them were anything more than that until the summer before their senior year.

The rains that spring had been heavy and unrelenting. By the time school got out for summer break, the rock quarry that they sometimes went to hang out at, had filled up with water and created a small lake that was crystal clear and warm. Alex had suggested that they go swimming there one day instead of the local community pool. They all had thought it was a great idea and headed out there on the first Monday of their summer vacation. When they got there, they were surprised to see that half of their school was already there.

The girls had giggled almost the whole day as they pointed and splashed at some of the football players from their high school flirting with them. Max still remembered exactly how Liz looked that summer day. She had her hair pulled back into a loose ponytail and she had worn a yellow bikini. Before she decided to get in the water she had pulled her ponytail out and let her chocolate brown hair tumble down over her shoulders. Max had been sitting right next to where she was standing, and as she bent over to shake her hair out, it had brushed across his face. It had smelled like strawberries.

Max smiled as he closed his eyes, almost as if he could feel it trail across his face again right at this moment. He opened his eyes and reached over and turned the shower off, stepping out into the steamy bathroom. He wrapped a towel around his waist and used his hand to clear off a space in the steamed up mirror. He looked at his reflection and shook his head, trying to snap himself out of the reminiscing. It was no use though; his mind went right back to where it had left off a moment before.

“Oops sorry Max.” Liz had said as her hair had hit him in the face.

“No problem” Max said, trying not to look up at her.

“Are you going to come in?” Liz asked him innocently.

“Yeah, I’m just going to wait to see if Tess shows up.” He had told her.

“Oh yeah right. I guess that’s what a good boyfriend would do isn’t it?” Liz had said as she ran off towards Maria and Isabel.

Max continued to look at his reflection in the mirror, but he wasn’t really seeing it. He was seeing Liz the way he had seen her that day at the quarry. She had grown up right in front of him, and he hadn’t even noticed. He was too busy dating the occasional cheerleader to even see what was right in his face. He knew he couldn’t cross that line with her though. Their friendship was too important. All of them understood it. At least he thought they did until he saw Michael and Maria making out behind a tree later that day as the sun started to go down.

He had continued to date Tess through the summer; even after Michael and Maria told everyone they were a couple. Alex finally admitted that he had feelings for Isabel and they hooked up right before their senior year started. He saw less and less of Liz as Tess became more controlling and Liz started dating Kyle Valenti. Looking back, he realized that Tess must have known his feelings for Liz had changed, and that caused her controlling behavior.

His first inclination that maybe Liz had the same thoughts about him came shortly after school started. Tess had grabbed him in the hallway and started kissing him like a mad woman. When she had released him he had seen Liz standing there, with tears in her eyes. When they made eye contact she turned and waked down the hallway and away from him as quick as her legs could carry her.

Max laughed as he remembered the scene. She had later admitted to him that she had been in love with him for over a year. Max took his razor out of the tiny medicine cabinet and lathered up his face as he continued to allow himself to remember the past.

A week after the “hallway kiss,” as it was later referred to, Isabel and him had a party at their house while their parents were out of town. Everyone had gotten completely trashed, including Tess, who had passed out on his parent’s bed, trying to convince him to sleep with her. She had been trying to convince him all summer, but Max wasn't interested. The party had started to wind down, so he left Tess on his parents bed and stumbled into the hallway where Kyle was sitting on the floor with his head in his hands outside of the bathroom door.

“You okay man?” he had asked him as he put his hand on Kyle’s shoulder.

“Yeah, just got dumped.” Kyle muttered in a drunken stupor.

“Dumped? By Liz?” he had asked, surprised.

“Yeah.” Kyle had said. “Oh well, it’s just as well. I don’t need no charity dates!” he said, slurring his words.

“Huh?” he had asked him, totally confused.

“Liz said she couldn’t go out with me ‘cuz she had feelings for someone else.” Kyle had told him. “Whatever, like I care.” He pulled himself up and stumbled down the hallway calling out some girl’s name.

He had called after Kyle to ask him where Liz was, but Kyle was too drunk to notice.

A moment later the bathroom door opened and Liz was standing there. Her hair had been slightly messed up and her eyes were red like she had been crying. Max smiled as he remembered. She had been wearing a black top and jeans, and her lips were red and swollen. It had been obvious that she had been ravaged, and was not too happy about it. He remembered thinking that she had never looked so beautiful as she did right at that moment, but he was instantly mad, immediately thinking Kyle had done something to her against her will.

“Hey.” He had said, looking at her closely.

“Oh, hey Max.” Liz had said. “How long have you been standing there?”

“Just a minute.” He said to her. “Are you okay?”

“Yeah, Kyle and I broke up.” She had told him.

“Sorry.” He had said, nodding at her.

“It’s okay.” She had said to him. “Where’s Tess?”

“Passed out in the bedroom.” He had said.

“Oh. Well then you better go in then.” Liz had told him as she nodded towards the bedroom.

“Nah,” He had said looking towards the room. “I think I’m right where I need to be.”

Liz had burst into tears and a second later she was in his arms and he was hugging her. He was drunk, but he still remembered every single moment that he had her in his arms that night. He rubbed her back and whispered into her hair that she would be okay. She shook her head and told him that she had to leave, had to get out of his house.

“I don’t want you to leave Lizzie.” He had said quietly.

She looked up at him and managed a weak smile. “You haven’t called me that since the fourth grade.”

“Sorry.” He had told her. “I’m a little drunk.”

“Me too.” She admitted. “This feels good. I’ve missed you.”

“God, I’ve missed you too.” He had said to her as he continued to rub her back.

“What happened to us Max? What happened to our friendship?” Liz had asked him as she rested her head on his chest.

“Well, I think we fell in love with each other didn’t we?” He asked her, the alcohol making him braver than he felt.

Liz had looked up at him and as their eyes met she nodded her head slowly. A moment later her lips were on his and he had sworn he was dead and in heaven.

They had let themselves into the bathroom and shut the door, forgetting to lock it in their passion-induced haze. They must have spent a couple of hours in there getting to know each other’s bodies, even though they never removed any clothes. Isabel and Kyle walked in on them much to their surprise.

Max burst out laughing at the memory of Kyle and his sister’s faces when they saw him and Liz in the bathroom. Liz had been sitting on the counter with her legs wrapped around his waist and he had his hands under the front of her shirt. From that night on, they were a couple, and that was the beginning of the happiest time in his life.

Max zipped up his slacks and pulled his black sweater over his head. He ran the comb through his hair one last time before walking out of the bathroom

“What’s with you?” Michael asked him as he walked over to his bed and picked up his leather jacket.

“What do you mean?” Max asked, confused by the question.

“You have the goofiest look on your face.” Michael said. “Happy about breaking up with Sarah?” he asked hopefully.

“Yeah, I think it’s time.” Max said nodding. “I want more. Much more than she can give me.” He said as he headed to the door.

“Glad to hear it man.” Michael said. “Oh by the way, you’re dad called while you were getting ready. He said it was really important that you call him ASAP.”

Max looked at his watch and sighed. “I don’t have time now, I’ll have to call him when I get home later.”

“He said that if it was after seven his time, he’d be at Kyle and Isabel’s house and to call him there.” Michael said shaking his head. “Man I still can’t believe those two are married.”

“I know.” Max said. “She’s still mad at me that we didn’t come to their wedding. Shit, I gotta go.” He said as he shut the door behind him and headed out to break up with Sarah.


TBC…









Edited by - Carebehr on 09/23/2001 17:39:27

[ edited 2 time(s), last at 11-Dec-2002 5:28:55 PM ]
posted on 23-Sep-2001 2:17:32 PM by Carebehr
Part 6

“So you’re telling me I have a niece?” Isabel asked as she sat down at the kitchen table with Maria and Liz.

“Yeah.” Liz nodded. “Biologically.” She said. “ Isabel, you need to understand, that I’m doing this for Sam’s own good. Max isn’t going to be a part of her life. Josh will be her dad after the adoption is final.” Liz explained. “She’ll take his last name, he’ll help raise her. She will be brought up in California. You and you’re parents really won’t have any ties to her.”

“But that’s not fair!” Isabel said, suddenly standing back up. “Why tell me at all? Why tell any of us?”

“Well Maria and Alex knew when I was pregnant, I asked them not to say anything to anyone. I really didn’t want Max to know.” Liz said sadly.

“But why not?” Isabel asked. “I’m sure that he would have come back. I mean I know he left suddenly, and I don’t pretend to know why, but I know he loved you Liz. He would have wanted to know.”

“I didn’t want him to come back just because I was pregnant Isabel. If he didn’t care about what we had before I was pregnant, then I didn’t want him to come back just because of it.” Liz said sadly. “It took me a long time to get over it, and believe me, I picked up the phone to call you and your parents about a hundred times to ask you where he was, but I knew he would just end up resenting our daughter, and ultimately hating me.”

“What makes you think he’s just going to sign his rights over when he finds out?” Isabel asked. “Don’t you know him at all?”

“I thought I did, but obviously I didn’t.” Liz said. “I would have never thought he would just pick up and leave like that after graduation. I mean I know he wanted to be a doctor, but he could have down that with me in California like we had planned.”

“Yeah, and don’t even get me started on Michael. At least Max left Liz a note.” Maria said angrily.

“What did the note say Liz, if you don’t mind me asking?” Isabel said timidly, not sure of how hurt Liz still was over the situation.

Liz shrugged. “It said that he needed space, to figure out what he wanted. That he loved me, but he couldn’t go to California with me. Basically that was theme of it. I don’t know, I can barely remember.” Liz waved her hand in the air. “Whatever. It was a long time ago.”

“It wasn’t that long ago.” Isabel said. “Only five years or so.”

“Whatever.” Liz said. “Anyway, Sam will be here on Monday, and I wanted to tell you about her Isabel. You deserve the truth.”

“Yeah, not to mention the fact that she slightly resembles Max, and we’re sure you would have figured it out anyway.” Maria laughed.

“Do my parents know?” Isabel asked.

“Well not that they’ll tell you, but I’m sure Kyle has told your dad by now.” Liz said. “After all, Kyle is working for him, and if this goes to court, then he’ll need your dad’s help since he hasn’t passed the bar yet.”

“True.” Isabel nodded. “They won’t tell my mom though. They’re really good about that confidentiality clause thing. Kyle wouldn’t even have told me if you didn’t. Is it ok if I tell my mom?”

“Yeah, you might as well.” Liz nodded.

“Ok.” Isabel said sadly. “Well I can’t wait to meet her. Josh too.”

“Thanks.” Liz smiled. “They’re both great.”

“Josh is so cute. Isabel, wait until you see him!” Maria said as Liz slapped her playfully on the arm.

“She doesn’t care about that kind of stuff do you sweetie?” Kyle said as he stood in the doorway eavesdropping.

“Nope.” Isabel said, walking over to kiss him. “I have the cutest man in the world already.” She said affectionately as she planted her lips on his. “Now that you’re home, you can help me put the steaks on the barbeque.”

“Ahh, now I see what you’re really after.” Kyle smiled. “Just let me go get out of this suit first.”

“Ok.” Isabel said. “I’ll just go take everything outside so it will be all ready for you.”

“Sounds good.” Kyle said as he kissed her cheek again before walking out of the room. “My parents should be here any minute so make sure the door is open for them.” he yelled out behind him as he walked down the hallway.

“You’re parents are coming?” Maria asked, surprised.

“I told you that your dad already knew.” Liz smiled. “It’s okay. Now we can all tell your mom together.”

Isabel nodded. “Be right back. I’m just going to run this stuff out to the barbeque for Kyle.”

“Ok.” Maria said. “I need to wash my hands, that tow truck driver made me hold his tools and I got all greasy.”

“He made you hold his what?” Isabel called out behind her laughing.

“Nothing Miss Pervert.” Maria said and then turned to Liz. “I swear I think she’s sexually repressed or something. She has the dirtiest mind!”

Liz laughed. “She always has!” She said grabbing a handful of the carrot sticks that were on the table. She stood up and walked over to the couch. She looked at the clock and was surprised that it was already seven o’clock. The day had flown by.

“Hello? Anyone home?” Philip Evans called out form the doorway.

“In here.” Liz called out in response. “Here we go.” She muttered under her breath as she walked over to meet them in the entryway.

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Max walked out of the elevator with a smile. The breakup with Sarah was over with. He thought back to it and realized that all things considered it went rather well. She had thrown her wine at him, but he had moved out of the way of the flying red liquid just in time, and it had hit a woman wearing a white silk blouse instead. Max had left the restaurant just as they were about to break into a full-fledged catfight.

Max opened the door to their apartment and was surprised to see Michael all alone, playing solitaire at their tiny table.

“What happened? Where are the guys?” Max asked looking around the room.

“Gone.” Michael said as he flipped the cards over one by one.

Max walked over to the tiny fridge to grab a beer. He opened it and wasn’t surprised to see that there weren’t any left. “Well the beer’s all gone, so I know they showed up. What happened?”

“I kicked their cheating asses out!” Michael said, obviously having had too many beers himself.

“They cheated or you just lost all your money?” Max asked laughing as he walked over to his bed and threw his jacket on it.

“Whatever, same thing.” Michael shrugged. “You’re back early, what happened?” he asked, suddenly cheering up.

“It’s over.” Max smiled.

“Whoo-hoo! Michael yelled. “Ding dong the wicked witch is dead!”

“Well she was alive when I left, but that might not be the case now.” Max laughed. “She threw a glass of wine at me and it hit some lady. They were about to get into a brawl when I took off.”

“You should have stayed to watch!” Michael laughed. “So what did you tell her?”

“I told her the truth.” Max smiled. “That I wanted more out of a relationship, I want to be in love. I told her I wasn’t in love with her so there was no point in continuing any kind of relationship.”

“Sappy but brutal.” Michael nodded. “I like it, but since when do you want to be in love?”

"I don't know. I just sort of decided earlier when we were talking about old times." Max said. "I guess I got sort of nostalgic for that feeling again."

"Makes sense." Michael said nodding.

“Thanks.” Max said. “I’m glad you approve.”

“I guess I should call my Dad back?” Max asked. “It’s been stressing me out all night that he’s trying to get a hold of me.”

“Why? Michael asked.

“Because he never calls.” Max said. “My mom does, and every now and then I get a message from Isabel, but not lately.” Max frowned. “But my Dad never calls.”

“So call him right now. I’m going to walk over to the liquor store to get more beer anyway.” Michael said as he threw on his jacket and picked up his wallet and keys from the table. “Can I borrow ten bucks?”

Max laughed. “Sure.” He said, taking his wallet out of his pocket and handing Michael the money. “He said he'd be at my sisters after seven his time right?”

“Yep.” Michael said. “It’s just after eleven here, so he should be there now. See ya in a few.” He said as he walked out the door leaving Max alone.

Max walked over and picked up the phone, pulling out his phone book at the same time. He flipped to the page where Isabel’s number was and quickly dialed the phone.

Ring. Ring. Ring. “Hello?” the female voice asked as she answered the phone.

Max hung up. He figured he must have dialed the wrong number because that was definitely not Isabel, or his mother for that matter.

Max picked the receiver back up and dialed again, slower the second time around.

“Hello?” the voice said again, slightly irritated.

“Isabel?” Max asked carefully.

“No, she’s outside right now. Do you want me to go get her?” the woman asked.

“Yes please.” Max said as he started to recognize the voice on the other end. His throat started to close up as he heard her speak again.

“Can I tell her whose calling?” she asked him suspiciously.

“Umm....” Max said as he tried to come up with something quick, but to no avail.

“ Max?” She asked him quietly, recognizing his voice too.

“Liz?” Max asked, his voice trembling.

“Yeah.” Liz said as her legs gave out from under her and she sat down on the sofa in Isabel and Kyle’s living room. Just hearing his voice again after all the time that had gone by was almost too much for her to handle.

“What are you doing in Rowell?” Max asked, trying to catch his breath. Hearing her voice was like a knife shooting through his chest over and over again.

Liz hesitated for a moment before answering, figuring it might be better to just be honest. “I’m getting married in a few weeks. We’re having the wedding here. You know, family, friends, everyone is here.”

“Right.” Max said. He had figured Liz was married already, but hearing the words come out of her mouth caused his heart to sink nonetheless. He couldn’t figure out why his body was reacting this way. He was over Liz and had been for a long time.

“So did you want to talk to Isabel?” Liz asked quickly.

“Actually no, my dad called looking for me. He told me to call him over there when I got home.” Max said, still trying to recover from Liz’s news. He shook it off and tried to sound as cool and relaxed as possible. “Is he there?”

“Yeah.” Liz said glaring across the room at Philip, who was staring at her with a guilty look on his face. He had walked in from the back yard to see her on the phone. It was obvious that he knew exactly who she was talking to. “Hold on.”

“Liz.” Max said, trying to catch her before she put his dad on the phone.

“Yeah.” Liz said waiting for him to say whatever it was that he wanted to say to her before going another five years without speaking.

“Good to talk to you. Congratulations on your wedding.” Max said as he tried to catch his breath. His throat started to close up again and he rolled his eyes at himself for being so ridiculous. He realized he was sweating and he wondered what the hell his problem was.

“Right. Thanks.” Liz said. “Bye Max.” she handed the phone to Philip who had crossed the room in anticipation of talking to his son. Liz walked away quickly and out into the backyard where the rest of the dinner guests were laughing happily. She looked around and her eyes met with Maria’s who rushed over to her.

“Are you okay?” Maria asked. “You’re white as a sheet. You look like you’ve just seen a ghost.”

“Worse.” Liz sighed. “I just got off the phone with Max.”

“What?” Maria shrieked, causing everyone to turn and look at them.

“Can we leave please?” Liz asked. “I don’t feel very well.”

“Sure honey, I’ll just go tell Isabel and Kyle.” Maria said as she put her plate down and walked away, leaving Liz standing there alone.

Philip walked up to her a moment later. “Liz, I’m sorry. I didn’t think you would answer the phone.” He apologized.

“It’s okay.” Liz said, still pale and feeling sicker by the minute. She didn’t want to ask, but she had to know. “So did you tell him?”

“No.” Philip said. “He was too distracted to talk to me. He said he had to go and hung up.”

“Oh.” Liz nodded. “Please Mr. Evans, just send him the papers. Don’t turn this into a big dramatic thing by calling him and telling him yourself. Please?” she begged.

“Kyle and I already sent them out this morning. We sent them overnight, Saturday delivery as well. I just wanted to warn him to be home tomorrow to get them. Kyle told me you didn’t want me to tell him.” Philip said. “At first I thought you were wrong, and I was going to tell him, but you’re the client, and I have to treat this case that way.”

“Thanks.” Liz smiled weakly.

“Liz, Can I please meet her?” Philip asked with tears in his eyes.

“Of course.” Liz nodded. “I just don’t want her to be confused. We can just tell her you’re a friend though.”

“Thank you.” Philip said as he grabbed her hand and squeezed it.

“Ok, let’s go.” Maria said as she approached Liz just as Philip was walking away.

“Ok.” Liz said as she started to head out the back gate of their yard and out to the driveway to where Maria’s Jeep sat, crumpled bumper and all.

“You ok?” Maria asked. “Was that prick Michael there with him?”

“I don’t know.” Liz said quietly. “It was weird.”

“I bet.” Maria nodded.

“Maria, do you think I’m doing the right thing?” Liz asked, picturing Isabel and Philip’s sad faces.

“I don’t know Liz.” Maria shook her head as she climbed behind the wheel. “What other choice do you have? Sam deserves a normal family. Josh and you can give her that. Why confuse her?”

“That’s what we thought, but now I’m wondering if maybe Max’s family should be a part of her life, even if Max won’t be.” Liz said. “I mean she knows Josh isn’t her dad. She doesn’t call him daddy or anything. Maybe we should tell her the truth about who Max’s family are. They are her family Maria.”

“I know.” Maria nodded. “Maybe you should talk to Josh about it when we get back to my place.”

“I know what he’ll say.” Liz sighed. “He’ll tell me to do whatever I think is best for Sam.”

“Well that’s supportive.” Maria smiled.

“Yeah, he’s really supportive about all of this.” Liz said. “I haven’t changed my mind about him adopting Sam, I’m just wondering if it would be so awful for her to have Max's parents and Isabel and Kyle in her life.”

“Well it’s never a bad thing to have people in your life that love you.” Maria said. “You know they will Liz. Hell, they already do.”

“I know.” Liz nodded. “I think we’ll just have to wait to see what Max does. After hearing his voice, I’m not so sure this is going to be as easy as I thought.”

“Why do you say that?” Maria asked.

“Well, I think I made him out to be this awful bastard in my head. You know, like he hated me and didn’t care about anyone but himself? ” Liz said. “After hearing his voice, it was like the same old loving, caring Max. He might fight me Maria.”

“Come on Liz, I’m sure he has enough going on in his life without worrying about you and a kid no less.” Maria said. “I don’t want to sound mean, but he really doesn’t have a right to be in her life. If he cares, he’ll want what’s best for her too, and that’s obviously Josh.”

“I hope you’re right.” Liz said. “I really do.”

TBC


posted on 24-Sep-2001 1:38:21 PM by Carebehr
Part 7

Max lay in his bed staring at the spinning ceiling above him. The lights from outside, danced across the walls in a mesmerizing pattern, and the fact that he had drank way too much wasn’t helping him.

He wondered why the hell he even cared that Liz had been at Isabel’s. He was curious as to why it even made him sick to think about her getting married. He had told himself at least a thousand times over the last few years that she was already married and had couple of kids. Hearing her voice was like stepping straight into the past. He closed his eyes and fell into a fitful sleep, dreaming about the nights they had spent on the phone when they were younger. Her voice hadn’t changed at all. He woke up the next morning, soaked in sweat as he heard her voice in his head again. “I’m getting married.” she said, over and over again. He sat up with a start.

“Max? You up?” Michael asked looking over at him over the edge of the newspaper he was reading. “These came for you.” He said as he threw a Fed-Ex envelope into Max’s bed.

“What are they?” Max asked and immediately brought his hands up to his aching head.

“Not sure.” Michael said. “It looks like they’re from your dad. Did you get to talk to him last night?”

“Yeah.” Max said. “For a minute. Guess who answered my sister’s phone?”

“Who?” Michael asked curiously.

“Liz.” Max said, rubbing his temples.

“Seriously?” Michael asked as he nearly choked on his coffee. He nodded in sudden understanding. When he had returned from the liquor store the night before, Max had taken a six-pack of beer and locked himself in the bathroom. Michael had just figured he had gotten into a fight with his dad on the phone. When he emerged an hour later, he went right to the hard stuff. Michael knew better than to ask him anything when he was in that state. “So that’s why you were like that last night?” He smiled to himself.

“What do you mean?” Max asked. “I was just upset about Sarah and all that. No biggie.”

“Right.” Michael said, smiling to himself. “So was the bitch there with her?”

“I’m guessing you mean Maria?” Max asked and Michael nodded. “I have no idea. I only talked to Liz for a second and then she put my dad on the phone. She’s getting married.”

“Holy shit!” Michael said and then bit his lip as he saw the look on Max’s face. “So what did your dad want?” Michael asked, trying to change the subject.

“I don’t know. Dinner must have made me sick, because I had to hang up on him and go throw up.” Max rolled his eyes.

“I’m sure dinner was what did it.” Michael said sarcastically.

“What is that supposed to mean?” Max asked groaning.

“Nothing.” Michael said looking at the newspaper.

“Ugh. I feel like shit.” Max said as he rubbed his eyes and picked up the white envelope from his lap, looking at it.

“I’m not surprised man.” Michael laughed as he turned the page of the paper. “You drank a six pack last night, not to mention the Jaegermeister that you finished off from the cabinet. Do you want some coffee?”

“Yeah.” Max nodded as he ripped open the envelope and pulled out the papers, narrowing his eyes to read the small writing.

“Here.” Michael said, walking over ot his bed and handing him a mug of the steaming hot liquid. “So what is it?”

Max was silent as he read the papers once and then a second time. “FUCK!” He said loudly. “Go pack some stuff Michael. We’re going to Roswell.”

“What?” Michael asked as he nearly dropped his own mug. “What are you talking about? Did someone die?”

“No, look.” Max said handing him the papers and jumping out of bed.

Michael read through the papers, twice just like Max had. “A daughter?” Michael asked in shock. “Liz has a daughter and you’re the father?”

“Apparently so. Nice of someone to fuckin’ tell me huh?” Max yelled as he picked up the phone book and slammed it down on the counter. “And if she thinks I’m just going to sign those and send them back with a smile, then she has another thing coming!” he yelled as he pointed to the papers in Michael’s hand. “I can’t believe her! She didn’t mention any of this last night. What kind of a coward is she?”

“Who are you calling?” Michael asked as he stared at Max.

“The airport.” Max said. “I told you, go pack some shit. We’re going to Roswell-today.” Max demanded, waiting for Michael to get moving.

“I’m not going with you.” Michael shook his head adamantly as Max started dialing. “I can’t go back there.”

“What?” Max asked, slamming the receiver down onto the base. “What the hell are you talking about? If I can go back there than you can too.”

“No Max. I can’t.” Michael said sitting down slowly on Max’s bed.

“Fine suit yourself.” Max said angrily. “I don’t have time to discuss this with you right now. I’m telling you though that I really need you there with me. This isn’t going to be a pleasure trip you know. It’s not like I’m asking you to go to our damn reunion! I need you there for support man.” Max said as he picked up the phone and started dialing again. “Is this about Maria?”

Michael nodded. “I can’t see her.”

“Why not?” Max asked. “What the hell happened between you two anyway? What could she have possibly said? Never mind I don’t have time for this bullshit. Quit being a baby and go pack!”

Michael shook his head. “I can’t.”

“Fine. I’ll call you from there then.” Max said and then he started talking to the person on the other end of the line. A moment later he was giving her a credit card number and hanging up the phone as Michael watched. “I leave in three hours. I gotta go.”

Max ran into the bathroom to hop in the shower, his hangover quickly disappearing. “Unbelievable.” He muttered to himself as he stepped under the hot water, quickly washing his hair and body. “Liz, this is far from over.” He said out loud, and then tears spilled over his eyes as the reality of the situation hit him ‘I have a daughter.’ He thought. ‘Liz and I have a daughter and I’m going to have to give her up.’ He said as he stood in the shower and let himself cry as the hot water cascaded down his trembling body. He shook his head and said aloud, “No. I won’t do it. I won’t make the same mistake I did five years ago. I won’t give her up. I won't do it.”

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“Maria, I told you this guy isn’t a computer geek.” Alex whined into the phone. “Come on, don’t cancel on us.”

“I’m sorry Alex, but I have too. Josh called and left Liz a message last night. They decided to come earlier and Samantha and him will be here tonight. We have to stay here and wait for them.” Maria said as she rolled her eyes at Liz. “They’ll be here in a few hours.”

“Fine.” Alex said. “But I’m rescheduling you’re date with this guy.”

“Whatever, I have to go.” Maria laughed. “I’ll call you tomorrow morning, maybe we can all get together for breakfast.”

“Sounds good.” Alex said. “Talk to you then. Bye.”

“Bye.” Maria said as she hung the phone up. “I swear, sometimes I just want to kill him!”

“Go easy on him Maria, he just wants you to be happy. He means well.” Liz laughed.

“I know.” Maria smiled. “So have you thought any more about what we talked about last night?” Maria asked, changing the subject.

“Yes, actually I have.” Liz nodded. “I think we need to definitely wait to see how Max reacts to this whole thing. I have a bad feeling Maria. Like this feeling of dread coming over me.” She said as she grabbed her stomach. “It’s really strange.”

“Hmm.” Maria said. “Do you think it’s because he was supposed to get the papers this morning?”

“Yeah.” Liz said. “That must be it. I should have told him on the phone last night. I was just weirded out by hearing his voice you know?”

“I can imagine.” Maria nodded. “I know if I got “shithead” on the phone I would have completely gone off.”

“Are you really still mad at him?” Liz asked. “It’s been five years.”

“Are you still mad at Max for leaving you?” Maria asked with her eyebrows raised.

“Good point.” Liz nodded. “What do you think that means?”

“That we hate them.” Maria smiled. “Obviously.”

“Do we really hate them though?” Liz asked her.

Maria thought for a minute before answering. “Umm yeah.” she said. "Definitely."

“Why do we still care enough to hate them?” Liz asked. “You know if we really were over the whole thing we wouldn’t have any feelings at all towards them. We would be indifferent.”

“No, I can honestly say I hate Michael.” Maria answered.

Maybe that’s because you two didn’t have any closure.” Liz asked as she sat down next to Maria on her bed.

“Maybe.” Maria nodded. “I just still don’t get why he left Liz.”

“I know. We were so sure he was going to propose to you after graduation. It was weird.” Liz shook her head in confusion.

“I know." Maria shrugged and then smiled as she remembered something. "Oh yeah, speaking of proposals that took place on graduation day, did I tell you that Trudy and Mark Petersen are finally getting divorced?” Maria asked.

“Ooooh really? What happened, did she finally realize he was a loser?” Liz laughed.

“Yeah, after he got fired from the gas station near highway 285.” Maria nodded. “She told him to get out!”

“We shouldn’t laugh. It’s sad.” Liz said.

“Why is it sad?” Maria asked. “Those two deserved each other. She was a bitch and he was an ass. Remember what I said when we were getting ready for the graduation ceremony?”

“No what?” Liz asked trying to remember the day.

“I said that if it were me, and he was the last guy on earth, I would never marry him, and Trudy was standing right there!” Maria laughed. “She stormed out of the room and that’s when you told me that he proposed to her that morning, and we laughed so hard we almost peed our pants!”

“Oh yeah!” Liz said doubling over. “That’s right! We said that she would be bailing him out of jail within a year!

“To be honest, I can’t belive they lasted this long.” Maria shook her head. “You know she has four kids?”

“Really?” Liz asked. “Poor thing.”

“Yeah.” Maria said with a straight face. Then she looked at Liz and they doubled over in laughter again.

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“Ladies and Gentlemen welcome aboard Delta Flight 429 with direct service to Albuquerque New Mexico and continuing service to Los Angeles California." The flight attendant said over the speaker.

Max rested his head on the back of his seat and tried to straighten out the multitudes of thoughts that were swimming around in his brain. His hurt and confusion from the news that morning had turned into the inevitable anger he knew would follow. He went over the papers in his lap again and looked at the name on them. Samantha Megan Parker. His anger surfaced again as he read the name for the hundredth time. Liz had given his daughter her last name. He knew she had also probably listed “father unknown” on Samantha’s birth certificate. Now Liz wanted him to just sign over his rights to his daughter, their daughter, to another man that he had never even met.

Max was brought out of his thoughts by a commotion in the front of the plane. Apparently someone was trying to board at the last minute, having just made it to the gate before take off. Max put the papers away, and put his headphones on, leaning his head back and closing his eyes. He hoped that whomever was boarding, did not have one of the empty seats next to him. He didn’t feel like making idle chit-chat with some old lady, or some obnoxious teenager.

Max knew his hopes were in vain as he heard the loud bang of the overhead compartment above him slam shut, and the seat next to him move. He opened his eyes to see Michael sitting next to him.

“What are you doing here?” Max asked in shock, taking his headphones off. “I thought you couldn’t come.”

“Yeah, well I thought you might need me.” Michael said, shrugging his shoulders.

“Thanks.” Max smiled.

“Besides, I think I have some unfinished business of my own to take care of.” Michael said as he pulled out his CD player and untangled his own headphones.

“Ya think?” Max asked, smiling.

“Shut up.” Michael glared at him. “Just be glad I’m here.”

“I am.” Max smiled. “Thanks again for coming with me.”

“Don’t be too happy. I charged the ticket to your credit card.” Michael smiled and he put on his headphones, settling into his seat comfortably.

“I figured.” Max laughed as he too put on his headphones and returned to his thoughts.

TBC>>>








Edited by - Carebehr on 09/25/2001 13:45:22
posted on 26-Sep-2001 12:53:00 PM by Carebehr
Thank you everyone for all of your wonderful feedback! I am loving writing this story as much as you are enjoying reading it! On Tuesday 10/2 I am leaving to go out of town for a week, so I won't be able to post anything, but I will try to write when I'm away so I have plenty to post when I get back. Sorry! I will try to post on Wednesday night, which is the only night I will have access to a computer. Otherwise I will be back and ready to post on Tuesday.

Also, we installed something on our computer and it meassed up our office 2000 stuff, so that means no spell check! Anyway, I'm going to try to have a new part up by this afternoon, but it might not be possible to do anything until I get back from my trip since my husband is busy trying to back up our computer so he can delete everything and reinstall it.

Wish us luck and I promise I'll have more up ASAP!


posted on 12-Oct-2001 12:25:41 PM by Carebehr
Hey everyone! I'm back and will have a new part up by this afternoon! Sorry I was gone so long!

Don't worry, there will be new parts up for " Agent Parker" and "Friends and Enemies" up as well!

Take care everyone!*big*
posted on 17-Oct-2001 6:15:44 PM by Carebehr

First of all I'd like to thank everyone for their patience and interest in this fic! I have been so busy and I have also been having trouble with the boards! I hope to have more time to keep this up in the near future!

I would also like to send a special thanks out to SciFi Nut for nominating this fic over on the Fanfiction nomination board!! It is my first one ever! It's true what they say: "It's an honor just to be nominated!"

Now on with the show!



Title: Return to Roswell
Author: Carebehr
Rating: PG 13 for now, might be NC-17 if you ask for it!
Summary: Future Fic. Starts out with a lot of hate and bad feelings towards each other but of course we know these couples can’t stay apart for too long! Other than that read on to find out! No aliens in this one.
Disclaimer. I own nothing of Roswell except some poor quality VHS tapes of the episodes.

Part 8

“So what now?” Michael asked as he followed Max off of the plane, quickly throwing his large duffel bag over his shoulder.

“Well, we need to rent a car to drive into Roswell.” Max said looking around for the car rental counter.

“Why didn’t you just call Isabel and have her come and get us?” Michael asked.

“Oh right Michael.” Max said rolling his eyes. “Hi Isabel, sorry we don’t stay in touch, and sorry we left without telling you, and oops, sorry we missed your wedding to Kyle, but do you think you could drive two hundred miles to come pick us up in Albuquerque?” Max said sarcastically, imitating the conversation he would have had with Isabel if he had called her and asked her to pick them up.

“Point taken.” Michael nodded. “The sign said the car rentals are to the right.” He pointed and he and Max started walking in that general direction. “So what are we going to do when we get to Roswell?”

“Well, I guess we’ll head to my parents house and then tomorrow morning we’ll go look for Liz I guess.” Max said as he continued to walk. “I don’t know where she’s staying, probably with her parents.”

“Probably.” Michael nodded. “I guess that would make The Crashdown our first stop.”
He said, dreading going into their old hang out.

“I guess so.” Max nodded. “Anyway, by the time we get there tonight, it will be too late to go looking for her. We’ll just go grab a bite to eat and head to my mom and dad’s.”

“Sounds good to me.” Michael nodded.
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“Mommy!!!” Samantha squealed as she ran and jumped into Liz’s arms, hugging her tightly. “I missed you so much!”

“I missed you too sweetie.” Liz smiled as she hugged Samantha, gently rubbing her back and smoothing her dark brown hair as she kneeled down next to her. “Did you and Josh have a nice trip?”

“Too long.” Samantha said pouting.

“Yeah.” Josh said. “We both missed you like crazy.”

“It is a long drive isn’t it? I missed both of you too.” Liz laughed as she turned around to Maria. “Maria this is my daughter Samantha and my fiancé Josh.” Liz beamed as Josh and Maria shook hands. Liz then turned towards her daughter. “Sam, this is mommy’s best friend Maria.”

“Hi.” Samantha said shyly, looking up at her with long dark eyelashes and amber eyes.

“Hi there.” Maria smiled. “You can call me Aunt Maria if you want.” She smiled. “Hey, do you like ice cream Sam?”

Samantha nodded. “My favorite is vanilla.”

“Wow she really is your daughter.” Maria laughed as she looked over at Liz. “Well Sam,” She said as she turned back to face the little girl. “We have a huge tub of vanilla ice cream in the kitchen. What do you say, you and me go find ourselves some big spoons and dig in?”

Sam nodded enthusiastically before turning to Liz. “Can I mommy?” she asked sweetly, looking at Liz with huge eyes.

“Well, we are going to go to dinner soon.” Liz said hesitantly as Josh shrugged his shoulders in response.

“Oh phooey.” Maria said laughing. “Come on Sam!” she laughed as she scooped the girl up into her arms and carried her off to the kitchen.

Liz laughed as they walked off, then she turned to Josh. “So how was she?” she asked.

“Oh you know.” Josh smiled. “She missed you. Not as much as I did though.” He said as he wrapped his arms around her and hugged her tight, kissing the top of her head. “How’d everything go here?” he asked curiously.

“Fine.” Liz nodded as she rested her head on his chest. “The papers were delivered first thing this morning and we haven’t heard anything from him yet.”

“Maybe that’s a good sign.” Josh said hopefully.

Liz let go of him and she turned around to peek around the corner into the kitchen. Once making sure Maria had Sam completely entertained she faced Josh again. “I don’t think so Josh. I have a bad feeling in my stomach about it. I talked to him last night on the phone.”

“Really?” Josh asked nervously. Liz had told him all about her history with Max and he wasn’t looking forward to dealing with the guy if he didn’t cooperate with their request. “What did he say?”

“Well after he recovered from the heart attack he had when he realized I was the one he was talking too, he said it was nice talking to me and congratulations on our wedding.” Liz said, remembering the conversation. “I didn’t mention Sam.” She whispered.

“Why not?” Josh asked. “Why didn’t you just tell him? Now he got those papers and is probably wondering why you didn’t say anything to him last night.”

“I know.” Liz said shamefully. “I was just scared. It was weird to hear his voice after all this time you know?”

“I’m sure it was Liz, but that was pretty cowardly.” Josh said, chastising her. “Look, we can’t really talk about it here. After we take Sam to dinner, why don’t we leave her here with Maria and you and I can go get a drink or something and talk more about it.”

Liz nodded. “Ok.” She smiled and hugged him again. “I’m glad you’re finally here, I really need a night out with you.”

“Ok then, it’s settled. After dinner we’re going out.” Josh smiled and kissed the top of her head again.

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“How much longer Max? My butt is falling asleep.” Michael asked as he twisted around in his seat trying to get comfortable.

“About two hours or so.” “Max said looking at the road. “Michael can I ask you something?”

“Sure.” Michael nodded.

“What do you think would have happened if we wouldn’t have left?” Max asked, looking at Michael out of the corner of his eye. “I mean would you and Maria have stayed together?”

“Well I would have