posted on 26-Oct-2001 10:59:42 PM
Title: Beat Of The Heart
Author: Jenn
Disclaimer: I do not own anything having to do with Roswell, nor do I own the lyrics or the rights to “That’s The Beat Of A Heart”
Rating: PG-13, language
Summary: This is told from Max’s Point of View. How he is trying to cope with everything that’s happened since Liz walked away after Destiny.

Part 1:

Sometimes it’s hard you don’t wanna look over your shoulder
‘Cause you don’t want to remember where you’ve been
There’ll come a time you die,
If you could only hold her
‘Cause I know that’s where I am

Isn’t it strange how a song can sum up your whole entire life? This song just came on the radio and it just seems to be calling my name. I don’t even like country but I feel compelled to listen to it.
I know that there are times I would gladly die if it meant I could hold Liz again. Why did she have to walk away? Ok, I understand why she walked away but why did she have to leave and go to Florida? Ok, actually I understand that too but it doesn’t lessen the hurt any. I keep asking Maria if she’s heard anything from Liz, but she won’t tell me. The only thing she says is, “I’m sure Liz is doing fine.” I think Maria is really upset because Liz didn’t tell anyone that she was leaving, not even her best friend.
I’m not seeing Tess; it just doesn’t feel right. She keeps trying to push “Destiny” on me and it’s beginning to get old. I mean looking at Michael and Maria, or Isabel and Alex, makes me so jealous. I want to hold Liz close to me again and kiss her perfect lips. Tess will never understand the kind of love Liz and I share, sometimes I don’t even understand it.

So listen with all your heart
Hold it inside forever
You may find all your dreams have already come true
Look inside and find the part that’s leading you
‘Cause that’s the beat of a heart

Liz is my heart. She is the little piece of me that keeps the rest of me sane. I know she left because she thought she was doing the right thing, but it tore me to shreds. I tried to go after her but Michael stopped me. I don’t know why I let him. Maybe because I thought it was the best thing at the time too, but now I know I was just stupid. I can’t survive without her.
I know my parents are worried and so is Isabel. She keeps trying to get me to come out of my room, but I have nothing to live for. My life walked out on me and is in Florida right now. How does anyone expect me to go on?
My dreams were just beginning to come true. The girl that I had been in love with since the third grade actually loved me back! We were so happy but then the bleached blond showed up. Oh I got it wrong, bottle blonde, that’s what Maria calls her. She ruined everything and now I’m stuck living in hell while everyone else is happy. At least I know Tess isn’t happy because the only way she’d be happy was if I was “with” her, and that is never going to happen!

Sometimes you’ll drown it out with all your rage and thunder
Sometimes you’ll drown it out with all your tears
There’ll come a time when you hear it and you’ll wonder
“Where in the world have I been?”

Rage and anger, that’s all I seem to have nowadays. I can’t even explain where it all comes from. I’m not angry with Liz, I could never be angry with her for doing what she believed was right, I’m angry at myself. If I didn’t activate those stupid orbs then she would still be by my side. I hate the word “Destiny” and I hate that I’m a leader of this alien race of people who are depending on me to save them. I’m 16 for crying out loud, how the fuck does anyone expect me to be a leader!
All I seem to do now is cry. Sometimes I feel weak because I can’t live without a little slip of a girl, but she had wormed her way into my heart and now I depend on her. She is what kept me alive while I was being tortured, the thought that I would get out and be able to hold her again and kiss her lips once more. It kept me going and I long for those days again.
Why can’t I be normal? Why do I have to have all this added responsibility on my shoulders? I know Michael is angry with me because I just sit in my room and sulk all day, but he doesn’t understand. His soul mate isn’t across the country. His heart wasn’t ripped out of his chest and thrown in the dirt, so he can just kiss my ass.

So listen with all your heart
Hold it inside forever
You may find all your dreams have already come true
Look inside and find the part that’s leading you,
‘Cause that’s the beat of a heart

My heart is telling me to run after Liz. It just keeps saying board a plane and head to Florida. Somehow I know I would be able to find her my heart would just lead me to her.
Just like the day she left me, my heart screamed for me to go after her. I pleaded with her to say and not to go. I told her, “We make our own Destinies” but she didn’t stay. I chose her. Later that night my heart once again told me to go to her, but I said to myself I’ll start tomorrow after work. I would give her one night to think about everything that happened at the Pod Chamber and I would make her understand that Tess would never mean anything to me. My heart always has and always will belong to her, but tomorrow wasn’t fast enough. She left at 10 that morning and I didn’t get off of work until 3. I missed her by hours. It’s strange that I didn’t even see the Parker’s leave their house when they dropped Liz off at the airport.
I will never forget walking into the Crashdown and seeing Maria in hysterics. I looked at Michael and he just looked lost. Maria came running up to me and threw herself into my arms and cried harder. It took a while to calm her down enough for her to tell me that Liz was gone. She told me that she went to Florida, to stay with her aunt for the summer. I didn’t know what to do; I was too shocked at the time to do anything.
I just remember getting into the jeep, I don’t even remember driving home, but I somehow made it there safely and the next thing I remember is crying on my bed listening to the Counting Crows. My heart was breaking into a million pieces and there was nothing I could do to stop it. So now I’ve got three months without Liz. I only leave my room when I have to force myself to eat or go to work. After work I always stop in at the Crash and ask Maria if she’s heard from Liz, and the answer is always the same. No. I think she’s lying to me, and Liz just doesn’t want me to know how she is doing, and that hurts more then anything.

No one can tell you how to get there
It’s a road you take all by yourself
(All by yourself)
All by yourself

So listen with all your heart
Hold it inside forever
You may find all your dreams have already come true
Look inside and find the part that’s leading you
‘Cause it’s the beat of
Oh it’s the sweetest sound,
‘Cause it’s the beat of the heart

Somehow I’ve got to make Liz understand that we belong together. I’m not sure how I am going to do it, and I know that no one can help me. I’ve got to do it by myself. I will not give up until she is back in my arms and we are happy again. I know I should just let her go because it will keep her safe, but I need her too much. I know she still loves me and that it was because of love that she left, but knowing that and trying to understand it are two very different things.
To hear Liz say I love you once again will be the sweetest sound. I’ve just got to hold out until September for her to come back to Roswell and I will hopefully hear it again. Those three little words coming from her mouth is the sweetest music I have even known.
I don’t know if there is a higher power in this universe or any other for that matter, but if there is please keep my Liz safe and healthy. Let her know how much I love her and return her to me soon.

Part 2: Liz’s POV

Never thought I’d be in this place
It’s someone else’s life I’m living
Wish I were living a lie
The hardest part is when the bough breaks
Falling down and then forgiving
You didn’t kiss me good-bye
I’m choking on the words I didn’t get to say
And I pray I get the chance someday

I still run, I still swing open the door
I still think you’ll be there like before
Doesn’t everybody out there know to never come around
Some things a heart won’t listen to
I’m still holding out for you

I can hear you smile in the dark
I can even fell your breathing
But daylight chases the ghosts
I see your coat and I fall apart
To those hints of you I’m clinging
Now’s when I need them most
I should get up, dry my eyes, and move ahead
At least that’s what you would have said

I still run, I still swing open the door
I still think you’ll be there like before
Doesn’t everybody out there know to never come around
Some things a heart won’t listen to
I’m still holding out for you

Faithfully I trace your name while you sleep
It’s the only true comfort I feel

I still run, I still swing open the door
I still think you’ll be there like before

I still, run I still swing open the door
I still think you’ll be there like before
Doesn’t everybody out there know to never come around
Some things a heart won’t listen to
I’m still holding out

Holding out
Holding out for you

Ever since I went to Florida I began to listen to more country music. For some reason SHeDaisy is one of my favorite bands. This song always makes me think of Max, and since I just saw him in the Crashdown I just had to retreat to my room and listen to it.
It’s so hard staying away from him especially since he looks so damned good! I could just eat him up! I know I did the right thing by leaving him to his ‘Destiny’ and Tess, but inside my heart it feels all wrong.
This song explains it perfectly. I mean I almost expect Max to be sitting on my balcony waiting for me, but I know he will never sit out there again. I pushed him away, throwing our love back in his face and then I ran away.
There are so many things I want to tell him, like how much I still love him, and forget ‘Destiny’ we belong together. Yet, I have a really bad feeling that something horrible would happen if we did get back together so I have to avoid him at all costs. I know that’s going to be hard since he hangs out in my parent’s restaurant and we go to the same school, but I will manage it somehow.
I’ll only talk to him when I have to and if we don’t have many classes together I’ll pretty much be free and clear. I’m not working at the Crashdown anymore because I can’t bear to see him all the time, I know I would crack if I did.
My life is just like this song, it’s kind of sad really. I mean if I can relate my life and my relationship with Max to a song, I’m pretty pathetic. Hell, I must be I’m sitting here talking to myself for Christ’s sake, and I’m cursing, that’s even worse!
But honestly if anyone would have asked me at the beginning of last year if I thought Max and I would break up, I’d laugh in their face. Well, I mean if anyone would have told me that there were aliens among us, and that I’d fall in love with their King, I would have probably laughed too, but there are and I did.
I made Maria promise me that she wouldn’t tell Max how I was doing while I was in Florida because he needed to move on. It killed me to hear that he was just a shell. She said he moved like a robot, he ate only because he body needed nourishment, he went to work because Milton needed him, and she also said that Isabel told her Max barely came out of his room for a whole month. My heart broke with every new detail that she told me, but I had to know how he was doing.
Deep in my heart I rejoiced that he hadn’t moved on to Tess because it still gave me hope that Max was in love with me. But then I’d feel guilty for thinking that way because she was his Queen, and his bride. He needed to be with her. There is no place in his world for me and I don’t know if I can just sit on the sidelines while he and Tess make loving faces at one another. I might get sick if I had to endure that.
There is still a part of me that hopes Max and I get together. That he will just say screw Destiny and choose me, but thinking like that will only break my heart more when it doesn’t happen and he actually gets together with Tess.
How am I supposed to live my life without Max? I know it seems crazy to have my world revolve around one Max Evans but it does. He saved my life, and my soul that day in the Crashdown when I got shot. I owe everything to him, I mean I wouldn’t be having this conversation with myself if it hadn’t been for Max.

While I was in Florida I would imagine that Max was with me and that we were just on a vacation. His image was so imprinted in my memory that I could see him in the dark in my room. I could see his smile, his soul searing eyes, his well sculptured body, everything. I would pretend that he was holding me while I slept and then my heart would break a little the next morning when I remembered it was all just a fantasy. That could never happen, not now anyway.
I brought a picture of Max and I with me to my Aunt’s as well, and every time I would look at it I would cry for hours. In the beginning my aunt was a little worried about me but she asked me about the picture one day and I told her he was my soul mate. She smiled and let out a little laugh. I love her so much because she reminds me of my Grandma Claudia. She believes in soul mates and all that stuff.
So she asked me why I cried every time I looked at the picture if he was my soul mate, and I told her that we couldn’t be together. There was something bigger then the both of us keeping us apart. She held me while I sobbed into her shoulder and when my eyes met hers she had a look of sorrow and sympathy on her face.
“That reminds me of Romeo and Juliet,” she told me. I knew exactly what she was talking about because on the flight from Roswell to Florida I thought the same thing. Needless to say we went out and rented the movie, the one with Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio.
After it was over she told me that I shouldn’t give up. Lots of star-crossed lovers make it and overcome their obstacles. Then she made a joke and told me that even though my story was a lot like Romeo and Juliet, I better not let it end that way.
I’m almost temped to because at least if Max and I committed suicide together we would be able to stay together in death. I know I’m talking crazy right now, I’ve got too much to live for yadda, yadda, yadda, but I can’t help thinking that sometimes.
As much as I know I should move on and forget him, I just can’t. Max has been such a huge part of my life over this past year that living without him seems impossible. I will never love anyone as much as I love him and to even try and imagine myself with another person makes me physically ill. As far as I’m concerned no one will ever be good enough for me but Max Evans.
I just pray that one day I will be able to tell him these things. No matter how foolish as long as there is breath in my body I will still hope for a day when Max and I can be together. If it can’t be in life then I hope our spirits, or souls, will be able to be together.

Part 3: Max’s POV

I don’t need a lot of things
I can get by with nothing
Of all the blessings life can bring
I’ve always needed something
But I’ve got all I want
When it comes to loving you
You’re my only reason
You’re my only truth

I need you like water
Like breathe, like rain
I need you like mercy
From Heaven’s gate
There’s a freedom in your arms
And it carries me through
I need you

You’re the hope that moves me
To courage again
You’re the love that rescues me
When the cold winds rage
And it’s so amazing
‘Cause that’s just how you are
And I can’t turn back now
‘Cause you brought me too far

I need you like water
Like breathe, like rain
I need you like mercy
From Heaven’s gate
There’s a freedom in your arms
And it carries me through
I need you

Oh yes I do

I need you like water
Like breathe, like rain
I need you like mercy
From Heaven’s gate
There’s a freedom in your arms
And it carries me through
I need you
Oh yes I do
I need you
I need you

Ok, I’m not sure what the heck is going on with me, but I just can’t stop scanning the stations and stopping at the country station. I think it’s Maria rubbing off on me, but I could be mistaken.
It just seems like every time I land on this station they are playing a song that fits my life perfectly. That might sound a little odd, but it’s true. I never believed people when they said that they could find a song that fits their life, or their relationship but I’m becoming a believer.
My life was perfect and complete when I healed Liz. She made me feel whole and also she made me feel like my life had a purpose. Now she’s gone and I don’t know how to cope. The summer was hell, Tess just wouldn’t leave me alone and Maria wouldn’t tell me anything pertaining to Liz. It was horrible.
Liz has been back for a couple of days, I can’t explain how I know this since I haven’t seen her but I know she is home. I can feel her close and that’s why I spend every available second I can spare in the Crash. I’m bound to come across her sooner or later.
It hurts me that she’s avoiding me, I mean what the heck did I do. Nothing, that’s what I did. I let her walk away from me and now I may have ruined any hope I might have had at being completely happy. My life sucks. I mean it can’t get any worse then it is now. I’ve lost the only thing I’ve ever wanted or needed. Liz Parker.
She is my whole world, my strength, my courage, my everything. She is my only reason for living, and I never told her that. I told her that I loved her, but I never told her how much. Maybe if I had she would still be with me today. Then again maybe not because of what my mother said. Liz believes that I should be with Tess because my people are counting on me. Well in all honesty I don’t think that Tess would make a very good Queen. She’s too self-centered.
Liz would be the perfect queen. She thinks of others first and is willing to let things go in order to make someone else happy. I mean look what she did for my people, a group of people that she never met, and probably never will. She gave me up for them, but what she doesn’t realize is that I cannot be king without her. In my heart and in my head Liz always has been and always will be my queen.
Just like this song says, Liz is my water, my breathe, and I need her more then anything in the whole world. She keeps me balanced. There has to be a way to make her understand that I don’t and never will want Tess. I know we need Tess because she is a part of our Unit, but that is all Tess will ever be in my book. She is just someone that we need to defeat our enemies.
Well, ok, maybe I can consider her a friend one day, but only if she gets over herself and this whole stupid ‘Destiny’ thing. I’m so sick of hearing that word come out of her mouth, it’s like a curse coming from her. I swear if I never hear the word ‘Destiny’ it won’t be soon enough!

Someone is tapping at my window. It has to be Michael, but I thought he was staying at the Crash for that little party Maria organized. I guess I should see what the heck he wants, it could be important.
“They are among you now,” Nasedo says to me.
“Who?” I ask confused.
“The skins,” he tells me.
Nasedo is covered in blood. I don’t understand what’s going on but I know that our enemies have found us. I’ve got to get to the others and tell them.

I can see the Crashdown. Thank God I’ve made it. I must look like a lunatic, I’ve got no shirt on and blood on my chest. I think I scraped my cheek when I fell over that stupid table, but I don’t care.
“Max!” I hear Isabel gasp.
“Nasedo’s dead. He said that they are among us now,” I tell them.
“Who’s among us Maxwell,” Michael asks.
“Our enemies, the skins,” I tell him.
Liz and Maria help me to a chair and Tess walks over to heal my face. I’m looking at Liz now. She seems concerned and my heart skips a beat.
“Where’s Nasedo now?” Michael’s question brings me out of my stupor.
“In my room,” I tell him.
“You just left him there!” he yells.
“I locked my door!” I yell back.
“Nasedo can’t be dead, he can’t die,” Tess says.
“Let’s get the healing stones and see what we can do,” Isabel suggests.
They pull me out of the Crashdown but all I want to do is stay with Liz. I really need her advice and comfort right now, but I’ve got to pull it together. What the hell kind of leader am I going to make if I can’t even hold it together.
Tomorrow I will come up with a plan to make Liz realize how much I still love her, and how much I still need her. But for right now, I’ve got to be a leader and do what is necessary to keep my loved ones safe.

Part 4: Max’s POV

Desperate for changing
Starving for truth
Closer to where I started
Chasing after you

I’m falling even more in love with you
Letting go of all I’ve held onto
I’m standing here until you make me move
I’m hanging by a moment here with you

Forgetting all I’m lacking
Completely incomplete
I’ll take your invitation
You take all of me

I’m falling even more in love with you
Letting go of all I’ve held onto
I’m standing here until you make me move
I’m hanging by a moment here with you
I’m living for the only thing I know
I’m running and not quite sure where to go
I don’t know what I’m diving into
Just hanging by a moment here with you

There is nothing else to lose
There is nothing else to find
There is nothing in the world
That could change my mind
There is nothing else

Desperate for changing
Starving for truth
I’m closer to where I started
Chasing after you

I’m falling even more in love with you
Letting go of all I’ve held onto
I’m standing here until you make me move
I’m hanging by a moment here with you
I’m living for the only thing I know
I’m running and not quite sure where to go
I don’t know what I’m diving into
I’m hanging by a moment here with you

Hanging by a moment
Hanging by a moment
Hanging by a moment here with you

I just bought this LIFEHOUSE CD and it’s amazing! This song is so perfect to put me in the state of mind to go after Liz. I can’t help how I feel about her and I know she still loves me, I can see it in her eyes.
I know when she is looking at me because my body responds to her. She is the only person who can heat my body up with just a look. I don’t even have to be looking at her to know that she’s looking at me because she is the only one my body responds like that too. It starts to hum and I feel this pull towards her.
I can’t explain it and it seems weird even to myself, but I just start to hum all over. It’s like when we touch or kiss, but not as strong. I can usually tell when Isabel or Michael looks at me too, but my body doesn’t hum, it just recognizes them.
Anyways back to the song! I love it. I do feel like I’m hanging on by a moment with Liz. I know she felt that flash in the Crashdown when Nasedo died, but she won’t say anything about it, and she still keeps trying to avoid me. It really hurts that she doesn’t want to even want to try and be friends anymore. We all really miss her. She was the person who kept us all together and now she’s gone and we are slowly falling apart.
Isabel keeps seeing that Grant guy, who is definitely bad news. Isabel just can’t see it and I’m just worried that she’s going to get hurt. We need to stick together now more then ever. Our enemies have found us and we don’t know who they are, but Isabel keeps going out with this guy and it kills Alex. I don’t know how she doesn’t see that.
Alex has loved her forever and she keeps breaking his heart. I know at first she backed off because she didn’t want to get hurt, and then it was because of the whole Michael dream thing. That was a total mess created by Tess, but she still pushed him away. Now it’s Grant and I don’t know how much more he can take.

I keep getting off the subject I don’t know what’s wrong with me. I’ve got to focus on Liz, not Isabel, Michael, Maria, or Alex, just LIZ! She has to come back to me I just can’t go on without her. The only thing I can think of to get her back is to constantly stay in her face. You know like always be wherever she is. Make sure that I’m always there when she needs someone, things like that.
I feel like I’m back at the beginning before she got shot. Admiring from a distance, but it’s worse now because I’ve tasted the Forbidden Fruit and I WANT more! I feel like I’m back to chasing her, and in all reality I am. The only difference is that before I was chasing her in my head never allowing myself to believe that I could have her. Now, I’m really chasing her because I know I can have her it’s just she’s too stubborn to realize it.
I am incomplete without her, she is my everything and let me just tell you that if she ever gave me the invitation to come back, I would let her take all of me in a heartbeat! It drives me crazy that I can’t just hold her and kiss her. I really only want to hold her again. I miss having her in my arms, and I’m more determined now then ever to get her back.
That’s it, my plan is to just keep reminding her whenever I can how much she means to me. I will make sure that I’m everywhere she is and whenever possible I will send her my feelings. I’ve got to try and find a way to kiss her just once so I can show her how much she still means to me, that might work! Yes! I’ve got some semblance of a plan. It’s a bit weak, but I’ve still got a plan. Now all I’ve got to do is wait for tomorrow so I can put it in motion.

Part 5:

Looking back on the memory of
The dance we shared ‘neath the stars above
For a moment all the world was right
How could I have known that you’d ever say goodbye

And now I’m glad I didn’t know
The way it all would end the way it all would go
My life is better left to chance I would have missed the pain
But I’d have had to miss the dance

Holding you I held everything
For a moment wasn’t I a king
But if I’d only known how the king would fall
Hey who’s to say you know I might have changed it all

And now I’m glad I didn’t know
The way it all would end the way it all would go
My life is better left to chance I would have missed the pain
But I’d have had to miss the dance

Yes my life is better left to chance
I could have missed the pain but I’d have had to miss
The Dance

Max’s POV

Once again I am sitting in my room listening to country music. I think I really need to stop hanging out with Maria! She’s beginning to rub off on my way too much. But once again I have found a song that fits me perfectly.
I don’t know what to do. I’ve tired to break her resolve but it just isn’t working. She won’t give in. I’m going to try again tonight, I’ve hired a Mariachi band and I worked really hard on learning the words to a song. I’m going to serenade her in Spanish and I pray that it works. I’ve even bought her roses. I know how much she loves roses.
It’s almost time and I need to change. I think I’m going to wear my black shirt that she likes so much! I’m getting nervous now. Please don’t let me forget any of the words that I have to sing! I would feel like a complete ass if I do. This has to work; I’m going out of my mind here. She keeps ignoring me but I can tell I’m wearing her down because it’s getting harder and harder for her to say no to my invitations. I just hope that tonight is the night I can finally push her over the edge.
Liz’s POV

I Liz Parker take Max Evans to be my lawfully wedded husband. Shit what the hell was that! Oh God, there is a bright light coming from outside my window. I should probably call Max. How irrational is that? He won’t even be able to get her fast enough so that would be a waste.
Hello? Scream dummy! I open my mouth but no sound comes out! Oh man what the hell am I going to do. I see feet! Boot clad feet. I don’t know anyone who wears boots. Ok, why the hell is my head lowering? It’s like I can’t control my body movements. Oh man, the person is bending down to look in my window, I should hide, but my damned feet won’t move.
Holly SHIT! That looks like Max, well, ok not entirely like Max, but an older more mature Max! Damn, Max should wear leather more often. Ok, Parker get your head out of the gutter, that’s no way to be thinking.
“Who are you?” I ask the person.
“Liz, it’s me Max!” he says.
“You are not Max! You’re some shape shifting alien or something, but YOU are not MAX!” I scream trying to get away from him.
“Liz stop yelling. Listen to me, I am Max from 14 years into the future and I need your help. Look, I know it sounds ridicules, but please listen to me. In about 5 minutes my younger self is going to show up in front of your balcony and I’m going to serenade you in Spanish. I spent weeks in the hardware store learning the words to that song. Then I’m going to throw up the bouquet of roses that I bought for you but at the last second I remember that you like white roses and not red so I change them,” he tells me.
I can hear the Mariachi band beginning to play and I run outside my window. There is Max singing to me. He looks so handsome. He throws me up the flowers and they are in fact red. At the last second they change to white and Max looks up and smiles at me. My father comes you and smiles at Max.
“You better get home Max, it’s getting late,” my father tells him.
Max just nods his head and walks away.
I watch him leave before turning back around. The other Max is waiting there for me. He comes out of the shadows, which he had to hide in when my father came out of my window.
“Ok, you said you need my help, why?” I ask him.
“Because 14 years from now our enemies take over the Earth and we couldn’t stop them. I need you to help me fall out of love with you,” he tells me. His voice cracked and I can tell that this is really hard for him.
“What do you mean I have to make you fall out of love with me?” I ask.
“I can’t give you the details, but something really bad happens and a member of the group leaves. We aren’t strong enough and are defeated. Please, you are the only person I trust. You’ve got to help me. I need to follow my destiny,” he tells me.
My heart breaks. Just when I find out that Max is going to choose me over his destiny I’ve got to force him to choose Tess. Why is my life so unfair?
Max’s POV

This might have worked. Liz looked really happy tonight while I sang to her. I think I could be winning this battle with her! Maybe tomorrow everything will go back to normal. Well, one can only hope. I need to sleep now because tomorrow is going to be a long day!
Liz’s POV

I am doing this because Max needs me to. I just have to keep telling myself that or I think I might puke. I’m going to talk to the Gerbil, as Maria calls her. I need to help her to get Max to notice her and fall in love with HER! This is breaking my heart, but I have to do it. I would do anything for Max.
Kyle opens the door. I think he’s kind of surprised to see me.
“Hey Kyle, um, is Tess home?” I ask him.
“Yeah sure hold on. Oh jeez, where are my manners, come in. Tess!” he says.
Tess bounds into the room, “Yeah.”
“Um, Liz is here to see you,” he says walking out of the room but not before he give us the once over making sure we don’t kill one another.
“Um, hi,” I say.
“Hi. Look, I don’t mean to be rude, but what do you want?” she asks me.
Yeah sure you don’t mean to be rude, stupid rodent. Ok, Parker enough of that you are here for a purpose. “Um, I’m here to help you get Max to notice you,” I tell her.
“Please, I don’t need your help,” she tells me smugly.
“Yeah, sure you don’t,” I say just as snidely. “You just keep doing what you have been, that seems to be working.”
I get up to leave but she stops me. “I’m sorry, I just can’t imagine why you’d help me,” she says.
“I know Max has to follow his destiny, he’s just stubborn.” I say.
We come up with a plan and she calls Max and asks him to meet her at the coffee shop across from Congresswoman Whitaker’s office. I guess he agrees because she smiles really widely. I leave her to get ready and I can’t help but cry the whole way home.
Max, Future Max is waiting for me there and I tell him that it worked my Max is going to meet Tess. He smiles and we head to the Congresswoman’s office to play a little game of surveillance.
Max’s POV

I can’t seem to understand why Tess called me up to help her with her history because I’m not even in her class, but I agreed to help her anyway. This will actually give me a chance to get to know her a little bit better. I realized that I don’t really know Tess, none of us do and none of us have really given her a chance. I know that this is because of her always spouting ‘Destiny’ bull shit, but underneath all of that she can’t be that bad.
I think it’s time that she and I became friends. We are going to need her to fight this war and I need to assure her that we want her to be part of the group, but I don’t know how much more ‘Destiny’ I can take from her. I swear that if I hear it again, I just might do something completely out of character and kill her!
Ok, well, that’s harsh, maybe not really kill her, but I will hurt her and I will plead temporary insanity because she really is driving me crazy with all that bull shit about us having to be together. I can’t help how I feel for Liz, and despite the fact that she walked away from me and hurt me. I wouldn’t trade a single minute with her for anything. Like Mr. Brooks says in “The Dance,” I could have missed the pain, but I’d have had to miss the dance.
The Dance that is definitely what our relationship was like. Take a step forward, and then two backwards, and then a couple more forwards, and then back again. But I wouldn’t trade any of it; I got to experience such joy and all because of Liz.
Liz’s POV

Max is sitting down across from Tess. I don’t know why I’m torturing myself but I can’t tear my eyes away. They appear to be talking, and Tess is even laughing. Oh God, Max is laughing now. My heart feels like it’s being squeezed by a vice. I can’t do this, I can’t watch anymore. Oh NO! Max turned this way. He saw me in the window and he’s headed towards us.
Future Max is running to the other room. What the hell am I supposed to do now? Shit he’s here flinging the door open.
“I don’t know what you are trying to do Liz Parker, but it won’t work. She can never be you. I love you!” he tells me.
His lips touch mine and he kisses me. The kiss is gentle but I don’t respond. I will my body not to react to his kisses. As much as I want to open my mouth and deepen this kiss I cannot. Future Max is counting on me. Max let’s go of my face and turns to leave.
“I’ve got Gomez tickets for tomorrow night. Please say that you will go with me,” he asks.
“I don’t think so Max,” I tell him.
“Don’t answer just yet, please just think about it,” he says walking out of the office.
Future Max comes out of the other room and we wait for Max to get in the jeep and leave. Tess is no longer sitting at the table so we go back to my balcony.
Future Max is pacing around my balcony and I’m afraid he’s going to wear a hole in it. “There has to be some thing that will make me fall out of Love with you!” he exclaims.
“Well then enlighten me please because you know yourself better then I do. What would it take to make you fall out of love with me?” I practically yell.
“I don’t know,” he says defeated and sits down.
Max’s POV

I don’t know what Liz Parker is trying to do to me but setting me up with Tess isn’t the answer. Can’t she see that I love her too much! I don’t know, I guess not. I don’t know what to do to make her see, but I’m going to have to figure something out and soon. Neither one of us can go on like this, and to use poor Tess that way was wrong.
I could have enjoyed my time with Tess, she’s really not that bad, but the minute I sat down she started in with Destiny and how even Liz knows that we belong together. I asked her what she meant and she said that Liz came by the house and told Tess that she wanted to help her snag me. I was almost appalled. Tess then told me how they concocted this whole scheme so I would spend some time with Tess.
For some reason I felt like I was being watched and I turned around. I saw her in the window of the Congresswoman’s office. I totally forgot about Tess and marched over there. I saw her jump back from the window so I knew that she knew I was coming, but I didn’t care. When I threw the door open all I wanted to do was kiss her, so I did.
Even though she didn’t respond I knew that she felt the sparks. She had to have; I could even feel the electricity running threw my body. Tomorrow night I’m going to her room and I’m making her come to the Gomez concert with me.
Liz’s POV

I came up with another plan and I’ve got to do it tonight I can’t put it off. I walk to Max’s house and stop outside his bedroom window. I tap lightly on it praying that he’s in his room.
The window is opened so suddenly I almost fall backwards. Max’s head appears out of it and I can see the surprise on his face. That surprise quickly turns to happiness and I almost lose my resolve. Almost. I remember again that I’ve got to prevent the bad aliens from taking over. I don’t even know what happened that was so awful but I just know that this is the right thing.
I can’t help but stare at Max he’s gorgeous. His chest and stomach are perfectly chiseled. He looks like a Greek God. Max notices me staring at him and gets embarrassed because he mumbles an apology and puts on a shirt. Mores the pity I really liked looking at his chest, but in a way I’m glad he put on a shirt. I might have gotten too distracted.
“So, Liz, what brings you here and to my window no less?” he asks me.
“Max, you’ve got to stop this,” I tell him.
“Stop what?”
“Chasing after me. You’ve got to move on to Tess. She is your destiny Max, not me. I…I can’t be with you, it’s not possible. Please just move on, I…I want normal Max. I don’t want to be in danger anymore; I just want a normal boy, and a normal life. I don’t want to die because of you Max, I don’t want to die for you,” I tell him walking out the window.
He just stands there and looks at me for a minute before hanging his head down in defeat. I can’t believe I said all of that to him. I can’t believe I had the courage to say all of that, I feel like shit right now.
Max’s POV

She walked away. She wants normal she tells me she doesn’t want to die. I feel so guilty because ever since I saved her she has known nothing but heartache, danger, and craziness. Nothing has been normal for any of us in over a year. How can I be so selfish? I know I need to let her go and move on, but I just can’t. I have to get out of this room. I climb out my window and just walk. I have no idea where I’m going but I end up at the Crashdown. Maria’s there and I tell her the story. She holds my hand and tries to make me see reason.
“Girlfriend, if you love her, you’ve got to let her go. Please Max, just let her go so she can be happy.”
I know she’s right, but I just can’t. “I really want to Maria, but I can’t. I love her.”
I walk out of the Crash after that and continue my walk. I end up at the park and I sit down on a bench. I start crying, and I just can’t help it.
“Mind if I join you?” a voice asks me.
I look up and Tess is standing there. I shake my head no telling her that I don’t mind. She sits down and asks me what’s wrong. I tell her the whole story and I see a light in her eyes. Maybe now she realizes how much Liz really means to me.
“Um, I’ve got to go. Will you be all right?” she asks me.
“Yeah, I’ll be fine,” I tell her.
I watch her walk away. I wonder where she’s going but I realize where by the direction. I get up and follow her. I’m a little afraid of what she’s got up her sleeve. She’s headed towards town, actually towards the Crashdown and Liz. I’ve got to try and stop her.
Liz’s POV

It didn’t work. I told Max that I wouldn’t die for him and it didn’t work.
“It didn’t work!” Future Max yelled at me.
“I know that. What do you want me to do? I told him I wouldn’t die for him. Do you know how hard that was? I wouldn’t even be alive right now if it wasn’t for him and I go and tell him I want normal,” I say crying.
“We’ve got to come up with something else,” he tells me.
“I can’t do this anymore. I can’t cause him any more pain. The look on his face when I told him that I wouldn’t die for him was too much. Don’t you realize what you mean to me? Don’t you realize that you are my EVERYTHING?” I tell him.
“Please Liz, you are the only one who can do this,” he tells me.
“No, you’ve got to get someone else, I can’t,” I tell him.
“Ok, look, I’m going to tell you the whole story. I know that I shouldn’t but I’m going to. It’s the only way to make you understand.
Max’s POV

I get there minutes after Tess. We both climb up the ladder to the balcony. I stop short when I hear a male’s voice. Tess continues on and I guess mind warps them because they don’t stop their conversation.
“I’m going to tell you the whole story. I know I shouldn’t but I’m going to. It’s the only way to make you understand,” I hear the man say.
What the hell is he talking about? I guess I’ll just have to listen to understand. I heard Tess gasp when she went over the wall, but I’ll have to wait to ask her about it. I can’t go up there and see this guy, something deep inside me is telling me that would be a bad thing.
“As I told you 14 years from now the Skins take over the Earth and we aren’t strong enough to defeat them. You know that Gomez concert I want to take you to tomorrow? Well ok, that my younger self wants to take you to tomorrow?” I hear him, or myself actually ask. That is going to confuse me for years to come.
“Yes,” I hear Liz say.
“Well, that’s the night we cement our relationship. After that we cannot be separated. Because we are always together we started treating Tess really bad. All of us did, we never accepted her into the group and she got fed up and left. You see the four of us make up a unit, and we need all four to be complete. Anyway we elope in Vegas at 19. Yes, I know it’s young, but you told me that Romeo and Juliet were even younger so we called Maria, Michael, Alex, and Isabel to come to the Elvis Chapel where we were getting married. Tess hadn’t left yet but we forgot to call her so she wasn’t there. Well things were ok for a while. But still Tess left and no one heard from her again. The Skins attacked and we were too weak. They were too strong and we were defeated. Isabel died two weeks before I used the Granolith to come here, and I held Michael dead in my arms only 25 minutes before I left to come back here. Leaving you behind was the hardest thing I’d ever had to do, but we both agreed that in order to save our friends I had to do this and change the course of how things happened here. We can’t afford to lose Tess, so you need to get myself and her together.” The guy tells Liz.
Liz’s POV

Michael and Isabel died because of my love for Max. I drove Tess away and everyone suffered because of it. I cannot allow myself to be a part of that destruction. I can’t allow that to happen. I get up from my chair and walk into my room. I don’t know what to do but I need to listen to something to calm me down. I put my LONESTAR CD into the CD player and push play.

I still remember the night we met
You said you loved my smile
But your love for me was like a summer breeze
It only lasted for a while
I could hold a little tighter I know
But when you love someone you got to let ‘em go

So I’m gonna smile
‘Cause I want to make you happy
Laugh, so you can’t see me cry
I’m gonna let you go in style
And even if it kills me
I’m gonna smile

Kiss me once for the good times baby
Kiss me twice for goodbye
You can’t help how you don’t feel
And it doesn’t matter why
Give me a chance to bow out gracefully
‘Cause that’s how I want you to remember me

So I’m gonna smile
‘Cause I want to make you happy
Laugh, so you can’t see me cry
I’m gonna let you go in style
And even if it kills me
I’m gonna smile

I’m gonna smile
So you can find the courage
Laugh, so you won’t see me hurtin’
I’m gonna let you go in style
And even if it kills me
I’m gonna smile

I don’t know exactly what I’m going to do, but I know that I have to and I will give up Max.
A scream on my balcony has me running out the window. I see Tess standing there and my heart begins to race. Future Max is fading.
“We did it, we changed the Future,” he tells me before he disappears.
I sit down and sob. I can’t help myself. Max really doesn’t love me anymore. How can I possibly go on?
I feel a hand on my shoulder and I look up. I gasp as I look into Max’s eyes.
“I heard everything,” he tells me.
“I did too,” Tess says. “I’m so sorry you two. I never realized what I was doing to either one of you,” she cries.
“It’s not your fault Tess. We treated you like dirt and that is why you left. It’s our fault for not accepting you.” I tell her.
She hugs me. “I promise I’m not going to go any where. You guys deserve to be happy, besides I think I have a thing for Kyle. Speaking of Kyle, I need to get home, he owes me a massage!” she said before bounding down the fire escape.
I turn towards Max. We’ve got a lot go talk about!

Part 6:

(Max’s POV)

She looks so small sitting there with tears glistening her eyes. My heart just breaks seeing her so upset. I can see the hope in her eyes too. The future is changed and as much as I’m happy about that because it means everyone will be alive and safe, I’m a little upset. Liz and I were married in that other life, but since the future is changed and Tess isn’t going to be going anywhere we can still have that future.
That thought alone puts a smile on my face. Liz is looking at me a little confused now because I’m smiling. I can’t help it. Just knowing I can marry this beautiful woman in front of me makes me giddy.
I snap my fingers and the Kenny Chesney song, “All I Need To Know” begins to play.

With a little luck this ol’ truck will get me home tonight
With a little more I’ll still have this job tomorrow
Weather man says a wet weekend he just might be right
But rain or shine you’ll be mine tonight

That’s all I need to know
In a world where most thing come and go
I’ll always have you to hold
And that’s all I need to know

Heaven knows I ain’t even close to bein’ God’s give to women
But in your arms I feel like I am
I don’t know it all, I sure can’t solve
The problems of the human race
But I know how to bring a smile to your face

That’s all I need to know
In a world where most things come and go
I’ll always have you to hold
And that’s all I need to know

Darlin’ say it one more time
You will be mine forever

That’s all I need to know
In a world where most things come and go
I’ll always have you to hold
And that’s all I need to know
I’ll always have you to hold
That’s all I need to know

I see a small smile make its way to Liz’s face.
“Liz, just knowing that you love me and were willing to sacrifice that love to save everyone makes me love you more. Just knowing that you love me is all I need to know!” I tell her.
“Max…” she says.

(Liz’s POV)

He looks so good just standing in front of me. So good in fact all I want to do is kiss him. I can’t allow that to happen, not yet, we need to talk. I have to tell him that I didn’t mean anything I said tonight. He has to know how much I love him, how much I always have.
He has a small smile on his face and I can only wonder what he’s thinking about. I still can’t get past the fact that our love drove Tess away, well that and the fact that Max and I were MARRIED! That is just so amazing, I was married to Max. Hell I had SEX with Max. I guess we are physically compatible, everyone will be happy to find that out.
Oh my God! Max just snapped his fingers and this beautiful song just started playing from thin air. “All I Need To Know” it’s beautiful. My eyes are tearing and I feel one escape and fall down my cheek.
Max reaches to me and wipes it away. “Liz, just knowing that you love me and were willing to sacrifice that love to save everyone makes me love you more. Just knowing that you love me is all I need to know!” he tells me.
I can’t help it, I start crying in earnest now. He knows how much I love him.
“Max…” I manage to gasp out before sobbing hysterically.

(Max’s POV)

Liz starts to sob after I tell her I know how much she loves me. I do the only thing I can and gather her up in my arms. I stroke her back trying to calm her down and place a small kiss on her forehead.
“Liz, it’s going to be all right, I swear it will be. We don’t have to worry anymore Tess isn’t going to leave. We can be together. I love you so much, you know that right?” I ask her.
She just nods her head against my chest. She is beginning to calm down, I can feel her breathing evening out.

(Liz’s POV)

Max is comforting me. I love the feel of his arms around me, there are absolutely no words to describe it. I feel so save and loved. He asks me if I know how much he loves me. I can’t talk, I’m still too choked up so I nod my head.
I’ve begun to calm down, Max just has that effect on me. I wrap my arms around him and close my eyes. I breathe in his scent and smile. I love the way Max smells.
“Max, what I said earlier. I didn’t mean any of it. I don’t want normal, I never have. All I’ve ever wanted was you. I just need you to hear the words from me. I know you understand why I said it, but it still tore my heart out to have to say those words. I don’t know where I got the courage to say them. I didn’t even know why I was breaking your heart at the time, I just know that the older you said I had to make you fall out of love with me. He said really bad things would happen, all he would tell me was that your enemies took over the earth. I just knew that I had to do what he said. I never wanted to hurt you and I’m sorry,” I say crying again.

(Max’s POV)

Her words move me more then anything. She’s only wanted me, she doesn’t want normal. I feel a little guilty that because of me she’ll always be in danger, if not from the FBI then from some evil Alien race. I would give her up if I could, but I can’t live without her.
“Liz I can’t lie to you so I have to tell you that my heart broke a little when you said those things, but I only wanted what was best for you. I was more then willing at the time to give you up. You deserve normal, where you won’t be in danger…” I say.
“But Max, I don’t care about…” she says.
“Shush love, let me finish,” I interrupt her. “I hate the fact that because of me you are in danger, but no matter how hard I try I cannot stay away from you. You are my everything and when it comes to you all logical reason leaves my being. It took talking to both Maria and Tess to realize that. I was so scared when Tess took off for your house after we talked in the park. I don’t know how I knew she was coming here but I just did. My heart stopped, I didn’t know what she was going to do, and so I followed her. We both heard my older self and in a way I’m glad. Now we know what caused the End of the World and we know that Tess is in love with Kyle and not going anywhere there is nothing to worry about. We will be strong enough to defeat our enemies and we can be together.” I finish.

(Liz’s POV)

I listen to Max explain how he felt when I told him I wouldn’t die for him. I try to explain but he won’t let me. He then tells me that no matter how hard he tries or tried he just can’t give me up. My heart sings at that knowledge.
“Max Evans, I never want you hear of you thinking of giving me up again. I was only going to do it because I thought I had to, but deep in my heart I prayed that you would remain stubborn. I can’t live with out you, and I would die for you in a heartbeat. You are the reason I’m alive and sitting on your lap right now. That day you healed me when I was shot was the first REAL day of my life. I’m just happy that we were able to overcome the obstacles in our way. I know that there will be many more, but as long as we stick together we will be able to overcome anything. All of us, you, me, Alex, Isabel, Maria, Michael, Tess, and Kyle are stronger together then apart. We have to heed my Grandma Claudia’s advice and follow our hearts. I know that there will always be dangers, whether it be the FBI chasing us or evil aliens, I don’t care about any of that. All I care about is you, and being with you. You are my heart Max, please don’t ever forget that,” I tell him my voice raw with emotion.

(Max’s POV)

Her speech moves me to tears. I can’t help it. I love her so much. She wipes the tears from my cheeks and plants a soft kiss on my lips before hugging me close to her. I open my eyes and notice her father standing at the window with his eyes wide.
Shit, shit, shit, how long has he been standing there? Liz and I have said a lot that could cause him to be standing there with that look. I mean we just told one another how much we love each other, but on top of that we were talking about FBI, aliens, and danger.
I stiffen up I can’t help it, I’m really scared. Mr. Parker is looking at me like I’ve got five heads. Damn it. Liz pulls back and looks at me. I know the fear is apparent on my face I feel like my whole world is falling apart.

(Liz’s POV)

I feel Max stiffen up. I wonder what’s wrong with him so I pull back enough to see his face. All I can see is fear, a lot of fear. His eyes meet mine and our connection flares up. I see everything he saw, my father is in my window.
I turn my head so fast I am almost afraid I’ve given myself whiplash.
“DAD!” I say.

posted on 26-Oct-2001 11:04:56 PM
Part 7: Mr. Parker’s POV

I can see my baby girl sitting on his lap and my heart breaks. What they are saying doesn’t even register just yet. I can’t get past the fact that they are clinging to one another and crying.
Something has upset my baby girl and I have a feeling that it has to do with one Max Evans. Now, I really do like that boy and he has made Liz happier then I’ve ever seen her but she’s crying. Well ok they both are and I can’t jump to conclusions because I don’t know what’s going on.
“Max Evans, I never want you hear of you thinking of giving me up again. I was only going to do it because I thought I had to, but deep in my heart I prayed that you would remain stubborn. I can’t live with out you, and I would die for you in a heartbeat. You are the reason I’m alive and sitting on your lap right now. That day you healed me when I was shot was the first REAL day of my life. I’m just happy that we were able to overcome the obstacles in our way. I know that there will be many more, but as long as we stick together we will be able to overcome anything. All of us, you, me, Alex, Isabel, Maria, Michael, Tess, and Kyle are stronger together then apart. We have to heed my Grandma Claudia’s advice and follow our hearts. I know that there will always be dangers, whether it be the FBI chasing us or evil aliens, I don’t care about any of that. All I care about is you, and being with you. You are my heart Max, please don’t ever forget that,” I hear Liz say.
What the hell is she talking about? Damn I’ve been spotted. I watch Liz pull back from Max. She is searching his eyes trying to find out what’s wrong. He doesn’t say anything he just looks into her eyes and then she whips her head around.
“Dad!” she exclaims. I’m busted now so I head out on the balcony with them.
“Ok, I’m a bit confused here, and I need the two of you to explain some things to me. What the hell was Liz talking about, danger, FBI, evil aliens? Please tell me that this is some kind of sick teenage joke.” I say.

(Liz’s POV)
I watch as my dad climbs out the window. I still haven’t gotten off of Max’s lap and my dad looks at me but I don’t care. I need Max’s strength right now.
“No dad it’s not some weird, sick, teenage joke. This is a bit unbelievable so you will definitely want to sit down for this,” I tell him.
I look up at Max to see if he’s comfortable with telling my father. He still looks really scared and I try to sooth his fears. I forget all about my dad sitting in front of us and I open our connection.
I show him all the love I have for him and that no matter what happens right now he will never lose me. I would run away from my home just to be with him and I don’t care what my parents say Max is the man I’m going to marry someday.
That seems to calm his fears a little bit so I turn back to my father.
“What was that all about?” he asks me.
“What was what all about?” I ask him.
“That silent communication thing you two just did? You did it before while I was standing at the window. That’s how you knew I was there, but how do you do it?” he asks.

(Max’s POV)
“I’ll be able to answer that better then Liz will,” I say.
My heart is in my throat I’m so scared. I look Mr. Parker in the eye and begin my tale. I start at the beginning from the moment I stepped off the bus in third grade and continue telling him everything.
“After Liz was shot I almost lost everything. I mean Michael tried to drag me out of the Crashdown but I wouldn’t let him. I knew that the ambulance wouldn’t make it in time and I had to do something. I was in love with Liz and I had to save her. So I did, I healed her bullet wound. I told her that he ketchup bottle broke when she fell, I needed her to protect me now. I know it was a big risk and both Michael and Isabel were furious but Liz always was my heart and I couldn’t let her die,” I say.
I look up and meet Mr. Parker’s eyes again. He’s got tears in them. I finish telling my story. I told everything, from the orbs increasing our sexual urgency to Tess coming and trying to ruin us.

(Liz’s POV)
“Tonight I was visited by a future version of Max. We needed to prevent the end of the world. You see Max’s enemies, the Skins, a race of bad aliens took over the planet 14 years in the future. You see Max and I got married and drove Tess away causing their four square to break up and they couldn’t defeat the skins. Both Tess and Max overheard Future Max telling me this and she confided that she likes Kyle and that she won’t leave. Max and I were just reassuring each other that we have everything we want in each other. I know it’s a lot to take in daddy, but Max and I do love one another and this is forever. He is my soul mate and without him I’m not complete,” I tell him.

(Mr. Parker’s POV)
My baby girl is all grown up. She’s in love with a man who risked everything to keep her safe, and in return she gave him her love and protection. How can a father argue with that?
I’m still scared that she will be in danger loving Max Evans but I can see in both of their eyes how much in love that they really are and how important they are to one another. I can’t take that away from them. My mother would strike me down from Heaven if I did that. Her little honey bear has found her soul mate and I know my mother is smiling down from Heaven on the two of them.

There are two things I know for sure
She was sent here from heaven and she’s daddy’s little girl
As I drop to my knees by her bed at night…
She talks to Jesus, and I close my eyes…
And I thank God for all the joy in my life…
But most of all for…

Butterfly kisses after bedtime prayer…
Sticking little white flowers all up in her hair…
“Walk beside the pony daddy, it’s my first ride.”
“I know the cake looks funny daddy, but I sure tried.”
Oh, with all that I’ve done wrong…
I must have done something right…
To deserve a hug every morning…
And butterfly kisses at night…

Sweet sixteen today…
She’s looking like her momma…
A little more every day...
One part woman, the other part girl…
To perfume and makeup from ribbons and curls…
Trying her wings out in a great big world…
But I remember…

Butterfly kisses after bedtime prayer
Sticking little white flowers all up in her hair…
“You know how much I love you daddy…
But if you don’t mind…
I’m only going to kiss you on the cheek this time.”
With all that I’ve done wrong…
I must have done something right…
To deserve a hug every morning…
And butterfly kisses at night…

All the precious time…
Like the wind the years go by…
Precious butterfly spread your wings and fly…

She’ll change her name today…
She’ll make a promise, and I’ll give her away…
Standing in the bride room just staring at her…
She asked me what I’m thinking, and I said, “I’m not sure…
I just feel like I’m losing my baby girl.”
Then she leaned over and gave me…

Butterfly kisses with her mamma there…
Sticking little white flowers all up in her hair…
“Walk me down the aisle daddy, it’s just about time.”
“Does my wedding dress look pretty daddy?”
“Daddy don’t cry.”
With all that I’ve done wrong…
I must have done something right…
To deserve a hug every morning…
And butterfly kisses…

I couldn’t as God for more…
Man, this is what love is…
I know I’ve got to let her go…
But I’ll always remember every hug in the morning…
And butterfly kisses…

I’m losing my baby girl to a man who I know is worthy of her love. But, God help me if he ever hurts her he will have to deal with me! Bob Carlisle’s “Butterfly Kisses” just ended. That song makes me think of how I’m losing my little Liz right now. One day I will be walking her down the aisle to Max’s waiting arms and I know that I have to let her go. Not completely yet, but her heart is already Max’s and I’ve got to accept that and let her love him.
“I don’t know what to tell your mother about this just yet. Max do your parents know about you or any of this?” I ask.
“No sir, I never told my parents because I was afraid of the rejection. I couldn’t bare it if they looked at me with disgust or hatred,” the young man tells me.
“Well, I think that they deserve to know, along with my wife, Mrs. De Luca, and the Whitman’s. You are all involved in this and I believe that all of the parents have a right to know the dangers you will all be in. I will talk to everyone with you and make them understand that you need to stay together. I understand that much and as much as I’m afraid of letting Liz be with you I understand how you feel. I am losing my baby girl, but she’s a woman now and even if I forbid her to see you I know she would just leave my house to be with you. She’s a very stubborn young lady and that’s what I love about her. She reminds me of my mother. Now, I will not condone the two of you staying out all night, or spending the night together, I still feel you are too young for that, but I will not forbid you to see one another. I love Liz too much to see her sad,” I say.
“Oh daddy thank you!” Liz exclaims jumping up to hug me.
I smile at her and get up to go back inside. “Max I expect you to be home by 12. I know you have a lot to discuss and it’s only 10:30 now, so that gives you and hour and a half. Call you parents and let them know you are here. I think next weekend will be a good time to tell everyone. What do you think?” I ask.
I see Max take in a shaky breath. I know he’s the King and I’m bossing him around but everyone needs to know. “I guess so Mr. Parker. At least that gives me a week to compose myself,” Max says.
I feel sorry for him, he’s so young and has so much responsibility. I definitely don’t envy him anything.
“Good night. Liz, I’ll be back in at 12 to make sure Max is gone. I love you honey,” I say walking through the window.
“Good night Mr. Parker,” Max says.
“Good night dad, I love you too,” Liz says.

Part 8: (Max’s POV)

This week has gone by so quickly I can’t believe it. Tomorrow is the “Big Meeting” with our parents. Liz and I haven’t told anyone about who’s going to be at the meeting, nor did we tell them about Future Max. We asked Tess not to say anything either. Everyone knows that we are having the meeting at Liz’s house tomorrow they just don’t know that everyone’s parents are going to be there.
I feel kind of bad not telling them, but I’m actually trying to forget that they will be there myself. I can’t get over my fear that my parents are going to hate me because I’m different. Not only that but what is Liz’s mother going to say. I know Mr. Parker said he’d try and handle everything so that the parents understand that Liz and I NEED to be together but I’m not too sure how affective he’s going to be.
Only a few more hours until I’ve got to face the music and it really sucks. I’ve been a little distant this past week and I know its upsetting Liz, I can feel her emotions running rampant. I know she is trying to understand how I’m feeling but it’s hard for her because she hasn’t had to live with the fear of being who I am for all these years. I know she understands a lot better then most people do but it’s still not the same.

(Saturday 11 AM Liz’s apartment.)

I’m the first to arrive, well Isabel and I are the first two to arrive. I drove her because hell we live in the same house. I knock on the door and Liz answers. She ushers us to her room saying Maria, Alex, and Michael will be here any minute. Tess and Kyle are on their way too I tell her.
Five minutes later the doorbell rings again and Liz lets everyone else in. They had all met downstairs and came up together. We all sit in Liz’s room and everyone looks at me.
“Ok, well I guess you are all waiting for us to start and trust me if I could I would,” I begin but I was interrupted by a knock on the door.
Liz gets up to answer it and it’s her father. He whispers something to her and she nods her head before turning to look at me. I know exactly what he said by that nod. Everyone else is here and it’s time to begin this meeting. I take a deep breath and try to swallow the lump in my throat, but it’s not working. I look at everyone before giving telling them what’s going on.
“We’ve got to move this to the living room,” I tell them.
“But Max, how can we, Mr. and Mrs. Parker are out there!” Michael yells.
“Just trust me Michael we’ve got to go out there. You will all find out soon enough, and I’m sorry that I couldn’t tell you any of this earlier but I knew that if some of you knew what the heck was going on you wouldn’t have come here,” I say walking out of the room taking Liz with me.
I know that they will all follow because they will be curious. Especially Isabel and Maria. I think that Tess has some semblance of a clue as to what’s going on but she was true to her word and kept her mouth shut.
“Let’s go guys, the sooner we see what the hell is going on the sooner we can get everything out in the open,” I hear Tess say.
I stop outside of the living room door and wait for everyone to catch up. I can hear them all coming down the hall and I know they are going to be surprised and angry when they find out what is going on especially Michael.
I wonder what Mr. Parker told all of the parents to get them over here? Not that it makes a difference but I’m curious nonetheless. While I’m standing there waiting for everyone a song keeps playing in my head. I can’t get it out so I just let it wash over me.

Trouble’s here but I’m not gonna worry, about the way things are
‘Cause we’ve got a love that can light the fuse to the brightest star
We got a big moon above us, shinin’ through the dark
I’ll trade this mind full of troubles for a love burnin’ up my heart

Darlin’ we got something, hard to define
I know it’s love but it’s love of another kind
It melts away my worries like the desert sun
We’re two hearts a poundin’ to the beat of a different drum

Trouble’s here but I’m not gonna worry, about the way things are
‘Cause we’ve got a love that can light the fuse to the brightest star
We got a big moon above us, shinin’ through the dark
I’ll trade this mind full of troubles for a love burnin’ up my heart

I like the way you hold me, and you kissin’ too
I love the sweet-talkin’ words you say when I’m feelin’ blue
Swear I’m in love with you baby, and I’m crossin’ my heart
There ain’t enough trouble in this whole world that can keep us apart

Trouble’s here but I’m not gonna worry, about the way things are
‘Cause we’ve got a love that can light the fuse to the brightest star
We got a big moon above us, shinin’ through the dark
I’ll trade this mind full of troubles for a love burnin’ up my heart

Liz looks over at me and smiles. I can feel someone touch my shoulder and turn my head to see Isabel with tears in her eyes. I wonder what the heck is wrong with everyone.
“Max how did you make that song play? It was beautiful,” Maria says.
“Shit! You all heard that?” I ask.
“Yes, and it was beautiful Max,” Liz tells me.
“I don’t know how it happened, I was just standing here and that song popped into my head and I couldn’t get rid of it so I sang it to myself. I didn’t know everyone was going to be able to hear it though. Once you all look into the living room I think you’ll understand why that song popped into my head. Trouble is coming but I know it’s not going to get in the way and we will all work through this,” I say.
“I promise Liz, nothing is going to keep us apart,” I whisper to her.
“I know Max, I won’t let it,” she whispers back.

I walk into the living room and everyone follows. I can hear Isabel gasp when she sees my parents and Michael growls.
“You’ve got a lot of explaining to do Maxwell,” Michael yells.
“Shut up Michael, I’m sure there is a very good explanation for all of this,” Maria yells back.
“Don’t tell me to shut up. This is getting way out of control and, and…oh I don’t know. I’m too angry to think strait,” Michael says.
“Please just calm down you two, Max and I can explain everything but you two need to stop fighting for like two minutes,” Liz says exasperated.
“Sorry,” they both stammer out.
I look up to see all the parents looking at us curiously. Mrs. DeLuca has a confused look on her face. My parents, I can’t read their expressions, and Alex’s parents well they look slightly amused but confused as well. It’s Mrs. Parker’s expression I’m most worried about. She looks shocked and slightly annoyed. I gulp despite myself and tense up. I know Liz can feel my emotions raging but I can’t seem to get them under control.
“Max,” she says causing me to turn towards her. “Nothing is going to keep us apart, just remember that. I promise you that I will not let it,” she assures me.
That makes me feel a little bit better and my emotions are calming down a bit. I take Liz’s hand because I need some sort of contact with her. I look up to Mr. Parker and he nods his head. I take another deep breath and get ready to begin.
“Ok, I know you are all curious as to why you are all here. And Michael I know you are wondering why all of our parents are here just as much as they are so I’m just going to cut to the chase,” I say.
“This had better be good Maxwell,” he says and then grunts when Maria gabs him in the side with her elbow.
I turned to all of my friends, “You all know that ever since Liz walked away from me that day that I’ve been trying to win her back, and she had been pushing me away because of well you know?” I asked them.
“Yeah, but what does that have to do with out parents being here?” Alex asked.
“Well Mr. Parker saw Liz and I talking on her balcony last weekend and he heard everything we said about dangers and we had to tell him everything. He felt that everyone should know about what is going on with us and even though I’m scared as hell to tell them he is right. They need to know.” I say.
“I don’t know Max…” Michael started.
“No he’s right Michael. I’m sick of lying to my mother, she has the right to know. She can’t tell me whom I can date but she does need to know what is going on,” Maria told him.
“I don’t know if I can deal if she starts looking at me like a monster,” he said.
“Michael all that matters is that I love you and she won’t look at you like you’re a monster. Despite everything she likes you, she told me so,” Maria assured him.
“We are really going to tell them Max?” Isabel said excitedly.
“Yes Izzy, mom and dad are going to know everything,” I say with a shaky voice.
“Um, I hate to break up this little bonding party, but our parents are looking at us like we’ve all grown five heads apiece,” Alex says.
“I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to get carried away there but they needed to know why we are doing this,” I apologize.
“What’s going on Max?” my father asks.
“Ok here’s the deal. God, how do I start this,” I mumble.
“Just listen to your heart Max and everything will work itself out,” Liz tells me.
I squeeze her hand in thanks and try to compose myself. Listen to your heart, listen to your heart, I keep saying over and over in my head until it finally hits me.
“Mom dad, do you remember that day you found Isabel and I walking around in the desert?” I ask.
“Yes, you were both naked and holding hands. You couldn’t speak but we knew right then and there we had to take you in,” my mom says.
“Well the reason we were naked and couldn’t talk was because we had just been born. Well in essence we were just born but it’s not the kind of born you are thinking,” I say. Ok I sound like and ass. “You see Isabel, Michael, Tess, and I were all in the Crash of 1947, and please let me finish before any of you interrupt. Yes we are aliens from another planet, no we aren’t evil, and we still aren’t 100% sure on why we are here,” I say.
“Isabel and I are royalty on our planet. When my father died I was proclaimed king, well I guess he died, because my mother said I was the king, but that’s not important. Isabel I the princess and in our past lives we were married to Tess and Michael. Well I was married to Tess and Isabel was married to Michael. Because of how close we are Isabel and I consider Michael a brother, and we didn’t know Tess until a couple of weeks ago, but I know I’m not in love with her and she accepts that,” I continue. This is going better then I expected.
“I’m in love with Liz and I have been since the third grade. I was getting off the bus one day and I saw her and Maria playing. Something was pulling me towards her, I can’t explain what it is but I just knew that she was the one for me. Isabel and I found Michael at school. We were all together in the desert but he didn’t trust anyone so he hid when our parents found us. We weren’t sure if we’d ever see him again, but there he was at school. Isabel and I were both overjoyed. As the years went by the three of us made a pact that we wouldn’t tell anyone or use our powers in public. It was too dangerous. Even that young we knew what would happen if the government found out about us. Well we did live in Roswell and there were rumors of the government testing the aliens that they had found in the actual Crash and none of us wanted to see any of the others captured and tortured,” I say.
“We all abided that rule until one day in September of last year. Michael and I were sitting in the Crashdown eating. Of course I couldn’t keep my eyes off of Liz, I always seemed to be looking at her when I was in there, it was as if my eyes had minds of their own. But anyway that’s not important, a fight broke out between these two guys,” I say getting choked up.
Liz squeezes my hand giving me silent comfort. I try to compose myself to go on but I wasn’t fast enough.
“I kept teasing Lizzy that Max was looking at her but she wouldn’t believe me. Anyway I went to give those two guys their check and the fight broke out. I was so scared but it’s not like I haven’t seen two men fighting before. But I got really scared when the one guy pulled out a gun. I stood frozen in my spot behind the counter and watched in horror as the gun went off. It was pointed in Liz’s direction and I couldn’t even scream. The gun went off and Liz fell to the ground,” Maria said.
“My heart stopped beating. I watched as Liz fell to the ground and I knew that I had to do something. I jumped up from the table and Michael was beside me in a minute. He was tugging on my arm trying to get me out of there, but I wouldn’t go. I had to save Liz. Even though she didn’t know it yet, she was my heart and if she would have died that day I would have too. I broke free from Michael’s grasp and rushed over to Liz. I ripped open her uniform and placed my hand over the gunshot wound. I opened a connection with her and healed her stomach. I poured some ketchup on her and told her she broke the bottle when she fell. I pleaded with her to keep silent and she did,” I say.
“What a minute, what do you mean Liz was shot!” Mrs. Parker exclaimed.
This was going to be a very long day, I thought.

Part 9: (Max’s POV)

“That day when the guys were fighting I got shot by the bullet from the gun that was fired mom,” Liz said.
“I remember the Sheriff asking questions about that day, but I told him that Liz wasn’t shot. When I went downstairs after hearing the gun go off she was standing there with ketchup on her uniform. If she had been shot she would have been on the floor bleeding. So I told the Sheriff he was crazy,” Mr. Parker said.
“Well, I healed Liz that day and Michael was really pissed off at me. I broke our number one rule. I used my powers in public and I let someone in. Isabel and Michael used to tease me about my infatuation with Liz, but they never understood how deep my feelings ran for her, they just thought it was a crush. I can assure you it’s not a crush, I’ve been in love since the third grade.” I say.
“After the shooting I tried to pin anything on Max. To this day I still feel guilty for causing Max a lot of pain. I think if I hadn’t tried to find out the truth about what happened to Liz that day the FBI wouldn’t have come to Roswell. You see Kyle saw a silver handprint on Liz’s stomach, and I had pictures of people killed with silver handprints left on them so I thought that Max was trying to hurt Liz. She protected him by playing dumb telling me that there was never a silver handprint on her. Then she enlisted the help of Maria to stage a scene so I would stop hunting Max. They made it look like Maria got hit by a car and someone stepped over her and placed their hand on her cheek leaving a painted silver handprint on her face. It didn’t derail me for long, I knew that there was something different about Max Evans and I vowed to expose him,” Sheriff Valenti said.
“It’s not your fault that the FBI came to Roswell Sheriff, it was mine. I saved Liz and there were articles in the paper and then Hubble came claming that I was the alien who killed his wife like twenty years ago. I don’t think I will ever be able to repay you for saving me from him that night Sheriff. You see Hubble tried to shoot me thinking I killed his wife. He said an alien who looked just like me killed his pregnant wife many years ago. Now of course it wasn’t me, I wasn’t even hatched yet, but it was scary nonetheless. The Sheriff shot him and told Michael and myself to drive away back to town. That was when I first realized that I could trust him. Well, not entirely trust him yet, but it was a start,” I say.
“I want to know more about the FBI,” Mr. Whitman said.
“Well Liz and I found out that our guidance councilor Mrs. Topolsky was a member of the FBI. Of course this was before I was let in on the big secret of ‘Aliens Among Us,’ but Liz was my best friend and I helped her search Topolsky’s laptop. I learned shortly after that about the aliens. I didn’t believe it at first but after I thought about it everything made sense. I realized why they needed me to give blood when Max and Liz had gotten into that accident. Michael’s blood wouldn’t have been able to be used because it was different too, and neither Liz nor Maria could give blood because they were female. They needed a male who wouldn’t ask questions and that was me. The things I do for these girls,” Alex said.
“Yeah we needed Alex’s help that day and he was such a good friend about it. He gave his blood without asking questions but I felt guilty. I was pushing Alex away, not intentionally but I was. He was my best friend since the fifth grade and I couldn’t tell him this secret. Well after he gave his blood for us I knew that we had to let him into our group. He needed to know. So when the sheriff threw the two of us in jail after the party at the Soap Factory I told him the whole story,” Liz said.
“He kept his mouth closed and helped us on many occasions. His knowledge with computers is astounding and with his help we have been able to find out a lot. But Topolsky wasn’t the only FBI agent to grace Roswell. After she had been found out they sent Agent Pierce. He posed as a deputy in the Sheriff’s office and that was how he was able to keep tabs on us,” I say.
“At this time Max and Liz were getting intense flashes and their sexual awareness of one another was just as intense. That is how we found the communication orb. Threw their flashes they figured out that something was located in the desert near the old radio tower. They went out one night and started making out and found the orb. After they found the orb their sexual awareness went back to normal and they just slept until the morning. They came back to the Parker’s and the Evans waiting in the Crash for them. I think you all remember that day,” Michael said. “Well while they were off doing that Isabel and I tried to contact Nasedo. He was another alien and we thought that he was our parent, but later found out that he was our protector.”
“We found him alright and sometimes I wish we hadn’t. He brought Tess, which is a good thing because we found our fourth, but he did some really awful things while he was here. He has no human emotions and has no regard for human life,” Isabel said.
“Yeah he kidnapped Liz by posing as Max. She thought that she and Max were going on a date somewhere but it wasn’t Max it was Nasedo,” Maria said.
“I realized that it wasn’t Max when I kissed him. I got flashes of darkness and storms, things that my Max doesn’t have in him at all. There is no darkness in Max’s soul,” Liz said.
“I went nuts when I found out that Liz was missing. We figured out who had taken her and I decided that I had to go and get her back. Michael, Isabel, Alex, Maria, and Tess all came with me. Well we took two cars since we couldn’t all fit in the jeep. There were dead bodies left along the side of the road because Nasedo was trying to lure Pierce out and take care of him. He stopped at the carnival and I went looking for Liz. I found her in the Maze of Mirrors, but we got separated and I got taken by the FBI,” I say.
“One of the Max’s pulled me out and at the time I thought it was my Max. He pulled me on this bus and kissed me again, and once again I saw the dark images and freaked out. I ran from the bus crying and found everyone else. The only thing I could say was ‘They have Max’ and then I fell to the ground and cried,” Liz says.
I didn’t know how hard it was for Liz. I mean everyone told me what had happened but the pain that I can hear in Liz’s voice right now is breaking my heart. At the time I was just afraid that they were going to get Liz and torture her too because I had healed her but they didn’t.
I turned towards Liz, “I never knew how much you hurt when I was taken. The only thing I kept thinking was that you were taken too. I saw Nasedo pull you out of the building as I was being pressed up against the glass, but the look of terror on your face stayed with me. I didn’t know if he had gotten you out and safe or if you had gotten taken as soon as you stepped out of the building. I feared for myself but I was more afraid for you,” I tell her.
“I didn’t know which one of you was taken. I couldn’t tell, but as soon as that sick bastard kissed me again I realized that the FBI had you and I was so afraid. I mean the one thing that you feared more then death itself had you in its possession. I didn’t know what they were going to do to you but I knew that it was going to be bad. I was so afraid of the kinds of tortures they were going to perform, but when Isabel dream walked you and you told her what you remembered about where you were taken Alex found it on the internet. Michael, Isabel, Tess, and Nasedo said that they were going to get you out, but Alex, Maria, and I wanted to help. Michael said it was too dangerous and that we had to stay behind but I couldn’t accept that. I loved you and there was no way I wasn’t going to be there when they got you out. I tried to do what you would have done if you were in the same situation and I went to the Sheriff. He had proven himself to you by giving the orb back and at the time he was the only person I could think of to help. We all drove out to the military compound and the Sheriff got there in time to help Michael get you out. He had to shoot Pierce but they got you out before the doors shut. We then all split up and headed to the old mine. You remember what happened next but no one else really knows. So, the FBI caught up to us and we had to ditch the car and make a run for it. Max was so weak but he kept running, and I half dragged him to keep going. We couldn’t lose them though and when we made it to the highway there were two cars that surrounded us. We were on a bridge and decided to make a jump for it. The water was ice cold but we got away from the FBI and found an old abandoned bus to sleep in that night. I kissed Max to reassure myself that he was alive and all right. I saw everything that they did to him and it was horrible. The next morning the FBI had found us again and we had to make another run for it. By this point the Sheriff and Michael were looking for us and they found us. Michael used his power to disable the FBI’s car and we escaped,” Liz said.
“What really happened to you in that horrible place Max?” Isabel asked.
“They drugged me, cut me, submerged me in ice water, regular water, and hot water. All of this was to gauge my body’s reaction to pain. Well that and to get answers to who I was, why I was here, and where I came from. I didn’t have the answers for Pierce since I don’t know where we are from or why we are here, but he wouldn’t accept that. Pierce then put a helmet over my head, a virtual reality helmet, and showed me pictures of all of you dead. Every single one of my friends, and I cried, but the thing that made that sick bastard smile and laugh was when he showed me Liz’s bloodied and broken body. I screamed out in anguish. He kept showing me the picture over and over again saying that they would do that if I didn’t give them the answers that they wanted. He wanted me to make the orbs work. I didn’t know how, but then Isabel told me to just hold them and Tess would take care of everything else. So I did as I was told and Pierce looked amazed. I couldn’t figure out why because nothing was happening but then Michael was there and he helped me out of the room. We ran down the hallway while Nasedo stayed to take care of Pierce. The alarms went off before we made it to the door but the sheriff was there and helped us out shooting Pierce in the process. Liz told you everything else that happened that night so I’m not going to repeat it. I was so happy when I saw Liz standing outside that night. I knew that the pictures were fake, but a little part of me wasn’t too sure,” I said.
I look up to see everyone’s reaction and there are surprised faces all across the board. No one is saying anything and it’s scaring me beyond all reason. My parents think I’m a monster I know it, and never mind Liz’s mom. I know her dad understands to some degree, but her mom, I can’t read her face and that isn’t helping my already frightened state. I can’t live without Liz, or the love of my parents and if that gets taken away from me I don’t know what I’d do.

Part 10: (Liz’s POV)

The silence is maddening. Why hasn’t anyone said anything yet? I look at Max and try to gauge his reaction. He’s sitting against the wall looking very tense. I can only imagine how he’s feeling. I mean he’s been so afraid of telling his parents because of what their reaction would be an now they are sitting there not saying anything.
“Max? Is all of this really true?” Mrs. Whitman asks.
“Yes ma’am. We could give you a demonstration if you’d like,” Max says.
“Yeah, I think that would help,” Mrs. DeLuca says.
Well at least they are beginning to speak although his parents and my parents have yet to say anything.
I watch as Max stands up and nods his head towards Michael. I have an inkling to what they are about to do and I get scared.
“Max!” I yell.
“Liz? What’s wrong?” he asks me concerned.
“You can’t have Michael throw a blast at you in my house. We don’t know what will happen when it hits the shield,” I say.
“Liz, think back to Copper Summit,” Tess says. “The blasts just got absorbed by the shield.”
“Did they? I was too afraid for Max to think straight. I don’t remember what happened,” I say. “This can’t be the only way to demonstrate your powers. I mean I could cut myself or something and you can heal it.”
“NO!” Max yells. “You are not going to hurt yourself. I can’t let you do that.”
“But Max, what if…” I start.
“No buts Liz. This isn’t up for discussion. You are not going to hurt yourself and that’s final,” he says in a no-nonsense tone.
“Fine. Blast away,” I saw with attitude.
Max walks over to me, “Liz please don’t be angry with me. I cannot bare to see you hurt,” he says.
“I know Max and I’m sorry, but I’m so afraid. What if for some strange reason the shield doesn’t work?” I ask.
“It will don’t worry,” he tells me kissing my forehead.
“Be careful,” I say. “Michael don’t kill him or I’ll get you,” I teased.
“Don’t worry Liz. I don’t want the responsibility of being the leader. I won’t hurt him,” he assures me.
I smile at him and turn to Max, “I love you,” I tell him.
“I love you too,” he tells me taking his stance across from Michael.
You could feel the energy building in the room. Max was staring at Michael. Our parents have a curious but scared expression on their faces.
Michael nodded his head slightly and held out his hand. Max held up his hand too. Just as the energy blast shot out of Michael’s hand Max’s shield went up. I heard the gasps from our parents and watched the surprise on their faces.
“Max!” Isabel screams.
Max turns his head. I can vaguely see it. I don’t know what happened. One minute I was standing there watching and the next I’m feeling sharp pains in my leg and collapsing on the floor.
“Liz!” I hear Max scream. “Oh God what happened?” he asked.
“I don’t know. It looked like a little of the blast strayed and ended up hitting her leg,” Tess exclaimed.
“Do something Max!” Maria shouted. “Oh God Lizzie!”
“Max, it hurts. It hurts so badly,” I cry closing my eyes.
“Liz, you have to look at me. Come on open your eyes. I know it hurts but I can’t heal it unless you look at me,” he pleads with me.
I do as he says and focus on his eyes. He looks scared. He’s trying to be brave and hold it together for my benefit but I can tell he’s really frightened. He places his one hand behind my head and the other over my wound. Our breathing synchronizes and I can feel the warmth spread through my leg. I can see myself through Max’s eyes and feel everything he’s feeling. All the love we have for one another is pouring through the connection. I send him thoughts of us together and what I would be doing to him right now if we were alone. I can feel his guilt about what happened and I reassure him through the connection that it wasn’t his fault.
“Oh God Liz I’m so sorry. I didn’t expect that to happen,” Max says with tears in his eyes.
“Max, no one could have known that a part of the blast was going to break off and hit my leg. I already told you it wasn’t your fault, please I’m fine now. All that matters is that you healed me,” I say.
“What do you mean all that matters is that he healed you! You could have gotten killed! He’s put you in too much danger! I will not let you continue seeing him!” my mother yells.
“Mom!” I yell back. “You cannot forbid me from seeing him. I will not let you. We need each other too much!”
“Liz, honey, calm down,” Max says pulling me close to him. He’s trying to calm me down by stroking my back and it’s beginning to work.
“You! Stay away from my daughter!” my mother says venomously.
Max starts to loosen his hold but I wrap my arms tighter around him. I’m not letting him go, I already tried that once and it didn’t work. I look at my dad for help.
“Nancy just calm down. Look I know how you are feeling but I can see how much they love one another and how fiercely they would protect the other. There’s more to this story and you need to let them finish it before you judge them,” my dad says.
“You saw what just happened! She got hurt!” my mom continued to yell.
“Yes, but last year she got shot. That had nothing to do with Max. He is the only reason she’s still with us today and that means quite a lot to me,” my father tells my mom.
My mom sighs but stays standing in front of Max and I. I’m not sure what she’s planning but I know I won’t like it. I can see the plan forming in her eyes, she’s up to something.
It happens before I know what’s going on. My mom is pulling me trying to take me away from Max. I won’t let go of him and he is trying to keep me by his side. My mom manages to detangle us and is pulling me away telling me it’s for my own good.
“LIZ!” Max yells.
“NO! MAX!” I yell before everything goes black.

Part 11: (Liz’s POV)

I can’t see anything. It’s all black. Did I pass out? Did I faint? I don’t remember. I just remember my mother pulling me away from Max. This is not acceptable. I will not let her keep Max and I apart.

(Max’s POV)

Oh God! Mrs. Parker doesn’t know what she’s done. She is taking my heart away. All I can do is scream out to Liz and cry. I feel arms wrap around me but I don’t know who’s they are. At the moment I don’t care. They aren’t Liz’s arms and that’s all that is registering in my head. I will never feel Liz’s arms around me again.
“Liz,” I sob falling to the ground.
I can hear the commotion around me vaguely. I’m too lost in my own thoughts of losing Liz to really know what’s going on and I don’t care. I can’t do this without Liz. I cannot be the leader without her; she’s my strength, my confidence, and my balance. I just need her.

(Liz’s POV)

The strangest feeling is coursing through my body. I feel more alive right now then I did a couple of minutes ago. I can’t explain it but it’s like something in my body is waking up. I can feel the energy flowing through my body. I still can’t see but I think it’s because of this energy building inside of me. I can feel it begging for release, but I’m afraid of letting it go. I mean I could accidentally hurt someone.
“Max!” I scream, as the energy gets too intense. “HELP ME!”
“LIZ!” Max screams. I can feel him moving closer to me. Don’t ask me how I know he’s coming I just do.
“I can’t see anything Max! Please you have to do something. I feel strange,” I tell him.
“Oh God Liz. What’s wrong? What do you mean you can’t see? Your eyes are wide open!” Maria says hysterically.
“DeLuca calm down will ya,” Alex says. “We don’t need the hysterics right now we need strong DeLuca, not Hurricane DeLuca!”
Max is almost next to me I can sense him. It’s weird; it’s like since I can’t see all my other senses are magnified. Now I know what a blind person feels like.
“You! Stay away from my daughter!” my mother yells.
I can feel Max backing away. “Please Max. I need you,” I sob.
He’s torn I can feel it.

(Max’s POV)

I don’t know what to do. Liz needs me and she’s scared. I can feel the fear rolling off her in waves but Mrs. Parker looks ready to snap my neck if I touch Liz ever again. Personally I don’t blame her. I mean if it wasn’t for me Liz wouldn’t have had any pain at all this past year, but then again she would be dead too. Mr. Parker realizes that, I just wish his wife would.
“Please Mrs. Parker. Something is happening to her and she’s scared. Can’t you see it she is frightened beyond belief. I don’t need to see it I can feel everything she is feeling. She needs me right now to help her figure out what’s wrong,” I plead with Liz’s mom.
“NO! You are what’s wrong. You are the cause of all her problems!” Mrs. Parker yells.
“Ah Max! I the pressure is building and I can’t control it. I don’t know what’s going to happen. There’s too much energy. I love you Max!” Liz screamed in pain.
“NO LIZ!” I yell trying to reach her only to be blocked by some sort of white shield.
Liz falls to the ground screaming in agony. There’s nothing I can do, I feel so helpless. There has got to be a way to get to Liz. I turn to Isabel.
“Izzy, please you’ve got to help me. We have to connect with Liz and see what’s wrong with her!” I beg.
“How Max, we can’t even tough her?” she asks me.
“Dreamwalk her please,” I beg my sister.
“She’s awake Max. I’m not that strong yet,” she tells me.
“I’ll connect with you. Liz and I have a strong connection together we should be able to get in,” I say taking out my wallet. I pull out Liz’s picture and hand it to Isabel. We both lay down on the floor and clasp hands. Our breathing evens out and we try to get in.
Nothing! We get nothing. She’s not letting us in. This is killing me. There has to be some way to get inside her head. I’ve got to find out what’s wrong with her. I let go of Isabel’s hand and sit up. Maria looks at me and I shake my head.
I get up and begin pacing. Liz has calmed down considerably but she’s still enclosed in that shield and I don’t know how to get her out of it. I cautiously walk up to her and bend down in front of the shield.
“Liz? Liz? Please look at me,” I whisper. “You can’t do this Liz, you just can’t leave me. Twice now you almost left me and twice I was going to let you. I can’t do this alone Liz. I know what you are going to say so just save it. I know I’m not alone, I’ve got Michael, Isabel, Tess, Maria, Alex, and Kyle, but they aren’t you Liz. I’ve told you this before and I’ll tell you again, you are my everything. You are my heart, my soul, my strength, my courage, and my balance. Without you I can’t survive and I definitely cannot lead. How am I supposed to help my planet and be king when my very reason for existing is leaving me? I will die without you Liz you know that. I love you so much, please come back to me,” I choke out before falling to the ground.
My sobs overtake me and I know I look weak but I don’t care. My love is slowly dying and I can’t save her. I jump up again and begin pacing. There has to be something we can do.
‘Follow your heart Max. Together you can overcome anything,’ I hear whispered.
“Guys! Form a circle around Liz and the shield,” I say.
We all run up to Liz and form the circle. “Ok, now grab the hand of the person next to you and concentrate only on Liz and everything you feel for her. Don’t ask me how I know this but together we can pull her out of whatever is holding on to her,” I say.
I can feel everyone joining and it’s an amazing feeling. We all appear in this room, it’s green with now windows and no doors. I’m confused as to why we are all here, but then Liz appears in the center.
“Liz,” I cry.
“Max! Max is that really you?” she asks.
“Yes, Liz it’s me. Please you have to come back. We all need you to come back Liz. I need you to come back more then anything. I love you and if you leave me I will cease to exist,” I tell her.
I can hear Maria crying next to me. “Please Lizzy, we need you to come back. You are like my sister and I will miss you too much,” she says.
“I don’t know if I can come back,” she says approaching me. “I love you Max and you can survive without me.”
“No I can’t,” I say grabbing her hands as she stops in front of me. I pull her into a connection with me and I see what’s keeping her locked in that shield. She can’t live without me either and her mother pulling her away from me frightened her so much that her body started to shut down. The side that wanted to live was trying to overpower the side that just wanted to die and the energy was too much and she went into this state to try and protect herself.
“Liz, I’m not letting you go. You know that, I already promised you that we will be together forever. Nothing can keep us apart Liz. Not the FBI, another alien race, Future versions of us, not even your parents Liz. Nothing, our love will take us through everything. All we have to do is Follow Our Hearts!” I tell her.
I can feel the energy pulsating around us and the next thing I see is everyone in Liz’s living room. I don’t know what happened but somehow our connection was broken. I look down at Liz and notice the white shield is gone.
“Liz!” I exclaim.
“Max?” she asks groggily turning towards me. “Oh God Max! I thought it was just a dream. Please don’t ever leave me. Promise me that you will never leave me,” she cries throwing her arms around me and sobbing into my chest.
“I promise Liz. I will never leave you, ever,” I tell her.
Maria breathes a sigh of relief knowing that Liz is alright and smiles at me. I return her smile and glance at all the rest of our friends. They all look relieved that Liz is ok.
“Max what happened?” my mother asked.
“Her biggest fear almost happened. She almost lost me. We still have lots more to tell you but I think we need a little break now. I’m going to take Liz and everyone else downstairs for something to drink and maybe a little food. You are all more then welcome to join us but you can’t stop us. We need time to relax and I need to calm Liz down before we can continue this story,” I say.
I get up picking Liz up in the process. Mrs. Parker starts towards us and I hold Liz tighter to me trying to protect her but Mr. Parker grabs onto his wife’s arm and nods his head to me. I give him a smile of relief and head downstairs. Michael and Maria are already down there getting some drinks and heating up some food. Isabel is at the jukebox using her powers to turn it on and Alex is holding her hand giving her silent support. I sit in the booth with Liz just holding her to me and stroking her back. She stopped crying but I can still feel her fear and I’m trying to erase that.
I let the lyrics of the song Isabel picked out wash over me and I start to relax. The minute I begin to relax Liz starts to relax too. Our friends join us at the table but no one says anything we just sit there listening to the music and we get lost in our own thoughts.

We’re only human baby
We walk on broken ground
We lose our way
We come unwound
We’ll turn in circles, baby
We’re never satisfied
We’ll fall from grace
Forget to fly
But through all the tears that we’ve cried
We’ll survive

Cause when we’re torn apart
Shattered and scared
Love has the grace to save us
We’re just two tarnished hearts
When in each other’s arms
We become Saints and Angels

I love your imperfection
I love your everything
Your broken heart, your broken wings
I love you when you hold me
And when you turn away
I love you still and I’m not afraid
Cause I know you feel the same way
And you’ll stay

Cause when we’re torn apart
Shattered and scared
Love has the grace to save us
We’re just two tarnished hearts
When in each other’s arms
We become Saints and Angels

These feet of clay (feet of clay)
They will not stray

Cause when we’re torn apart
Shattered and scared
Love has the grace to save us
We’re just two tarnished hearts
When in each other’s arms
We become Saints and Angels

Part 12:

The parents came down the stairs quietly and watched their children for a couple of minutes. They all looked so lost in thought and much older then their 17 years. Liz was sitting on Max’s lap with her head resting on his shoulder. His arms were around her waist drawing lazy circles on her hand resting on her thigh. Isabel was in the booth next to Alex with her head on his shoulder and his arm draped around her shoulders. She was holding his hand and staring at the table. Tess and Kyle were on the other side of the booth with Tess leaning against Kyle’s chest and his arms were around her waist. He leaned down and pressed a kiss on the top of her head before sighing and getting lost in his thoughts once again. Maria was on Michael’s lap in a chair across from Max and Liz. Michael’s arms were around her waist and hers were around his neck. She kissed his cheek before resting her head on his shoulder.
The song Isabel put on was over and Liz raised her hand towards the jukebox. She remembered where the record was since she listed to this particular song often. It reminded her of Max. She concentrated and sent a little energy to the machine causing it to pick out the song.
She then got off Max’s lap and held out her hand. He looked up at her with questioning eyes.
“Dance with me Max,” she said.
Max got out of his chair and walked to the middle of the room. He used his powers to slide the tables out of the way and pulled Liz into his embrace. The others watched them with smiles. It amazed them that they could just forget everything that had just happened and go back to being two people in love.

There you are in the early light of day
There you are in the quiet words I pray
I’ve been blessed by the simple happiness
Of the perfect love we’ve made

Every time I turn around
When I’m lost and when I’m found
Like an angel standing guard
There you are
Every time I take a breath
And when I forget to breathe
You’re watching over me
There you are
When I’m looking for the light
In the middle of the night
Searching for the brightest star
There you are

There you are standing in a crowded room
There you are, the Earth and I’m the moon
My desire is to stand by the fire
That burns inside of you

Every time I turn around
When I’m lost and when I’m found
Like an angel standing guard
There you are
Every time I take a breath
And when I forget to breathe
You’re watching over me
There you are
When I’m looking for the light
In the middle of the night
Searching for the brightest star
There you are

When I’m looking for the light in the middle of the night
Searching for the brightest star
There you are
There you are
There you are

They danced as closely as they could neither one wanting to let go. They looked so peaceful. Nancy watched them from behind the doors and was not happy. She attempted to barge out there and break them up but her husband held on to her arm tightly. He frowned at her and shook his head. She glared at him cursing him under her breath.
Jeff just sighed. He knew how much Max cared for his daughter and how much Liz cared for him. It terrified him to no end and why wouldn’t it. His only daughter grew into a stunning woman under his nose and she fell in love. He knew that there was nothing he could do to stop it and yes, Max is different in many ways but he knows that he would never hurt her and that he would do anything in his power to make her happy. Jeff admired that about Max, those qualities reminded him of himself when he was much younger. He also knew that if his wife kept it up she would drive Lizzy away and he couldn’t have that. There was no way that he was going to lose his little girl because his wife can’t understand what they mean to one another. He vowed right then and there that she would understand or he would die trying to make her.

Maria watched Max and Liz while they danced. She had tears in her eyes and as one slipped down her cheek she raised her hand to wipe it off. Michael caught her movement and looked down at her.
“Maria what’s wrong?” he asked.
“Nothing’s wrong. It’s just that look at them, they are so happy. Even after everything they had to go though they are happy and together, it makes me so happy, and this song it’s perfect for them,” she said.
“I know I was just thinking that, well about the song anyway. I wonder what brought them back together. I mean not that I’m complaining I like seeing Maxwell happy, but she didn’t seem like she was ready to take him back. She seemed like she was going to stick to her guns and keep away to let him get on with his destiny,” Michael said.
Max and Liz had walked over to the table in enough time to catch the end of Michael’s statement. Max turned to Liz silently telling her it was time to finish this story. She nodded her head and took a deep breath.
“Ok guys, I know you are still curious about a lot of things and there is still a lot to tell so I think we should get back upstairs and finish telling this. Tess is the only one who knows the ending of this story, and please, don’t try to weasel the answers out of her we made her promise not to tell. We felt that everyone should hear it at the same time and that’s what we are going to do,” Max said.
He grabbed Liz’s hand and turned towards the back door. He looked around and realized that he didn’t put the tables back yet so he used his powers again and slid the tables back into place. Liz looked up at him and smiled quickly before her look turned to fear.
“I don’t know if I can go back up there Max. What if my mom tries to…” she started.
“I won’t let her. I’m not going anywhere Liz and I’m not letting anyone take you away from me, ever. That’s a promise,” he told her kissing her forehead and grasping her hand in his.
He lead the way up the stairs and they walked back into the living room. The eight of them noticed that all the parents were just sitting down and they wondered what they had been doing.
“Max, Isabel, I know we haven’t really said much on this matter and I’m sorry about that. It’s just that we were so surprised. I hope you realize that we love you no matter what. The fact that you are aliens just makes you more special in our eyes,” Diane Evans said hugging both Max and Isabel.
“Mom, you don’t know how long I’ve wanted to tell you but we were just too afraid of what your reaction was going to be. Now I don’t know about Max, but my heart almost broke when you and dad didn’t say anything,” Isabel confessed, tears streaming down her face.
“I know baby we’re so sorry. It just took a little while for all the information to absorb,” Philip said.
“Thank you both for being so understanding,” Max said.
“Well, we always figured that the two of you were a little different, I mean there were some very important signs when you were younger. I guess we just didn’t really want to accept the facts back then,” his dad said.
Philip and Diane sat back down and waited for the kids to continue with their story. Liz glanced at her mother and father with worried eyes. She looked jittery and ready to bolt at any second. Her mother didn’t look happy but Liz noticed her father’s hand on her arm and silently thanked him with her eyes. She didn’t need another scene like the one before. The thought of her mother ripping her out of Max’s arms was enough to make her ill.

(Max’s POV)

I’m looking around the room trying to figure out how to start this damned story again. I’ve got to watch how I phrase things because Mrs. Parker still looks like she wants to rip my heart right out of my chest and then eat it. I know that seems really harsh but its true.
“Ok, well I guess I should just plunge back into the story. After Liz and I escaped the FBI again Michael and the Sheriff showed up and Michael blasted their car to prevent them from following. You’ve all seen what a blast is so we don’t need to go through that again, but anyway that’s what he did. We came up with a plan on how to get Pierce but we needed to make sure Kyle was safe. The sheriff didn’t want anything to happen to him. But, Kyle being the manly jock that he is, and the fact that he hated my guts, didn’t listen when I told him not to come out of the house and to leave the guy that I put in the closet in there. He followed me to the UFO center where we had Pierce. The Sheriff had him believe that he wanted to help capture us and the stupid man believed him. Anyway we had Pierce tied up to a chair and Kyle undid the restraints and the Sheriff ended up having to shoot Pierce or I was going to get shot. Michael blasted him in defense and protection, but he ended up killing him,” I say.
“Yeah, it’s a hard thing to live with. I mean I know he was going to kill Max and the fact that he tortured him should have made me less guilty but it didn’t. To this day I still have nightmares about what I did,” Michael says.
“Kyle got shot during the little shootout between the Sheriff and Pierce and he begged me to heal him. I did because I couldn’t let Kyle die, and because the Sheriff had helped us out so much I couldn’t sit by and not help him when I have that gift. We burned Pierce’s body and buried it out in the desert. Then we healed Nasedo, our protector with the healing stones and activated our communication orbs. We got a message from Isabel and my mother. She is beautiful, she reminds me of you mom, its strange but you sort of look alike. Anyway, Liz was with us and we learned that in our past lives Michael and Isabel were married, or engaged to be married, and Tess and I were married. Well actually I guess if you want to get technical, Zan and Ava were married as were Rath and Vilandra,” I say. “Are there any questions?”
No one says anything and I take this as a good sign. They either are really confused, shocked, or they completely understand everything I just said. I take a deep breath and get ready to continue.

Part 13: (Liz’s POV)

I look up at Max and let him know that I should finish the rest of this story because it is basically me leaving. Well, there are the things with the Skins, which he can fill in but this next part is me leaving and I feel I should tell it.
He squeezes my hand letting me know he got the message and he sent me some strength to continue.
“I knew it! You see, he is supposed to be with Tess! I knew that boy was no good for you!” my mother yells.
I sigh out loud. Why can’t she just stay quiet? It would make everything so much easier.
“That’s my son you are taking about and he just said that Zan and Ava were married. That’s who they were in their past lives not in this life,” Diane yells at my mother.
“Please! Just Shut Up everyone!” I yell. “Mom, you need to just keep your mouth closed until we are finished with this story and if you can’t then I suggest you leave. Everyone else is interested in what we have to say and they don’t interrupt so please follow their example. Mrs. Evans I’m sorry I had to yell but the fighting was going to drive me insane,” I say.
“It’s quite ok dear don’t worry about it. I’m just sorry that I started fighting but that was my son she was talking about and that was not acceptable to me,” she told me.
“I understand completely because she was talking about my heart, the love of my life,” I tell her.
I turn to our friends, “I know that you are all curious as to how Max and I got back together and all I ask is that you be patient with me because there is still a lot of this story left to tell.”
They all nod their heads at me. “Talk all the time you need Liz, we aren’t going anywhere and if need be we’ll all just crash at someone’s house,” Maria says.
“Ok, so where were we? Oh yeah the message. After I saw that message I knew that Max and I weren’t meant to be together, I mean his own mother said that he is supposed to be with Tess so I did the only thing I could think of. I walked away. It pained me to no end because I love Max so deeply, but his destiny and his obligation to his planet was more important then our love. Well, at least at the time I thought so. Anyway I left the cave that day after telling Max that no matter what I loved him but he was right it just couldn’t work, he had too many people relying on him. He argued with me telling me that we make our won destinies and that he knows with all his heart that we belong together. He told me that he’s known since the third grade,” I say pausing in case there are any questions.
There aren’t any and I look up and notice that my mother seems interested in this story all of a sudden. Probably only because I walked away from Max.
“I was willing to throw away my happiness for the good of Max’s people but I also knew that he wouldn’t let me and that eventually I would cave so I left Roswell and went to Florida to be with my Aunt. She helped me a little bit but I still missed Max terribly and whenever I’d talk to Maria I’d ask how he was doing. She told me that he barely came out of his room and when he did he looked depressed and thin. She also told me that he’d ask her daily if she’d heard from me and if I was well. I made Maria promise me that she wouldn’t tell Max anything about what I was doing or how much I missed him. He needed to move on and the only way he’d move on to Tess was if I severed all ties with him. I thought about staying in Florida so I wouldn’t have to deal with the whole situation but I knew I’d miss Maria and Alex too much and some part of me knew that I would have withered away to nothing out there. I needed to at least see Max even though I couldn’t be with him,” I continued.
“Yes, I remember those days well. I would have Liz sobbing in my ear because she missed Max so much and every day she’d ask if he was seeing Tess. The answer was always no, and deep inside I know that she was relived but she felt guilty for being relived. Then I would have Max crying in my ear asking me how she was saying don’t give me that bull, I know you talk to her. “I just need to know that she’s alright,” he’d tell me. It was annoying but so damned cute,” Maria said.
“Yeah I never did thank you for that,” I say to Maria. “Anyway I came home and decided that I wasn’t going to work at the Crash anymore because Max was in there too much and I couldn’t be subjected to seeing him and Tess together too much. Seeing them together in school was going to be hard enough but to have to endure it while I was working was way too much. So I got a job working with Congresswoman Whitaker. Well, she turned out to be not what we expected at all. At this point Max was still trying to get me back but I was holding strong. Well I almost caved at this little party we had at the Crash. Isabel was playing the music and Maria and I were dancing. Max got ready to leave and he touched my arm and I got a flash of us together kissing and I felt all the tingles in my body that I always feel when we touch, it feels like a live electrical wire coursing through my body. I almost gave in then but I didn’t. I had to be strong, I knew that Max needed to be with Tess more then me and I was going to make sure that that happened,” I continue.
“So why was Congresswoman Whitaker not what you expected?” my dad asked.
“She was a Skin one of their enemies. You see she kidnapped Tess after I unknowingly told her that Tess was moving in on Max. We had this discussion after Max came in to see me. She was upset because Pierce left her, but it wasn’t really Pierce it was Nasedo and he was killed. Anyway she kidnapped Tess the night of Isabel’s surprise party and that’s why Isabel kept getting headaches. She was seeing the things that Whitaker was doing to Tess and she needed to go and help. So Isabel had Maria drive her out to the spot that she saw from Tess’s flashes and then told Maria to come back for Max and Michael since the cell wasn’t working. Isabel got to Tess and Whitaker walked in. Isabel was surprised to see her and she asked where the Granolith was. At this time we didn’t even know that the Granolith existed so Isabel told her she had to idea what she was talking about and this upset Whitaker so she used her powers to throw Tess against the wall or something. Whitaker then told Isabel that she betrayed her brother for Kivar in her past life. She said that Vilandra was in love with Kivar and she helped him take down Zan, Ava, and Rath. Isabel managed to get Tess out of there and in the end she had to use her powers against Whitaker and ended up killing her. Whitaker was the one who killed Pierce and she probably would have killed Tess if Isabel hadn’t come along,” I say.
“Oh my God that is so awful. How did you manage?” Mrs. Evans asked Isabel.
“It was hard, I felt really guilty and I was very upset because I had killed someone, but what I felt most guilty and ashamed about was that I betrayed my own family for some psychotic bastard. I mean how could I have been the reason that my brother and my friends were killed. It ate away at me and Liz was the only person I told,” Isabel says.
“Oh God Isabel I’m so sorry, I didn’t mean to blurt it out like that it just kind of flowed with the story,” I say.
“It’s ok, they all needed to know anyway. Secrets will kill us and we all know that, I just had to try and come to terms with it before I told Max and the others,” Isabel says.
“Isabel, I don’t blame you. It was a different lifetime and different circumstances and we were different people. I know that in this life you would never betray me and I know this within the depths of my soul,” Max says to his sister.
“Do you really believe that Max?” she asks him.
“Yes I do. I know how much you love me and even though I can be an ass of a big brother you still stick by me and only occasionally question my judgment,” Max tells her.
She leans over and hugs him. “Thank you for believing in me,” she tells him.
“Please Isabel, what are brothers for?” Max asks.
“Ok, guys, I think we’ve had enough information for one night. Why don’t you all go and crash in Liz’s room. Everyone else can decide who’s getting the guest rooms and who’s getting the couches. We can finish this discussion on the morning after breakfast,” my dad says.
“Good night dad,” I say kissing his cheek. “Good night mom,” I say turning back to my friends. I’m too afraid to kiss her because I don’t know if she’s going to try to keep me from Max.
“Night, honey,” my dad says.
“Good night Liz. Everyone,” my mom says walking into her room.
I feel horrible for not kissing her but I just can’t do it. The pain of her ripping me out of Max’s arms is still too fresh and painful.
“Night mom, dad,” Max and Isabel say hugging and kissing their parents.
“Night Max, Isabel. Good night Liz, Maria, Alex, Michael, Tess, and Kyle,” the Evans say.
“Night,” we all call.
Everyone says good night to their respective parents and we head to my room. I grab a couple pairs of sweats and some T-shirts for the guys and some shorts and T-shirts for us girls. We all take turns in the bathroom changing before heading for bed.
I turn on the radio and snuggle into my bed. Maria is on the other side of the bed with Isabel and Tess in between us. The guys are all camped out on the floor and Max is lying next to my side of the bed.
He sits up and kisses my lips softly. “Good night Liz,” he whispers.
“Good Night Max,” I whisper back.
I lay my head on the pillow and let the song overtake me. It’s a beautiful song and one that I will forever associate with Max and my friends.
“Oh my goodness, this song is perfect to describe all of us!” Maria whispers excitedly.
“I know I was just thinking the same thing,” Tess says.
I just smile and listen to the words as I drift off to sleep.

Some Say

There’s that star, the one they said we’d
Never reach
And just close your eyes
There’s the missing moon, there’s the
Milky Way
Heaven’s straight ahead, we’ll be there today
Rainbows right and left, sunshine everywhere
If it couldn’t be baby how did we get here

Some say we’ll never get it off the ground
Some say we’ll never make it out of town
That someday we’ll end up a world apart
And some say we’re a couple of crazy kids
And some say that’s exactly what they did
And I say you got to go with your heart
And baby, look where we are

There’s that home, the one they said we’d
Never share
And just close your eyes
There’s the picket fence, there’s our
Puppy on the porch and roses up the walk
Shinny minivan, kids in every seat
Someday we’ll look back and say it wasn’t
Just a dream

Some say we’ll never get it off the ground
Some say we’ll never make it out of town
That someday we’ll end up a world apart
And some say we’re a couple of crazy kids
And some say that’s exactly what they did
And I say you got to go with your heart
And baby, look where we are

Some say we’ll never get it off the ground
Some say we’ll never make it out of town
That someday we’ll end up a world apart
And some say we’re a couple of crazy kids
And some say that’s exactly what they did
And I say you got to go with your heart
And baby, look where we are

Some say-oh, oh
Some say, some say
Some say, yes they do, some say
Oooo, Oooo, Oooo, Oooo
Some say, some say, some say, yeah
Some say, someday, some say

posted on 26-Oct-2001 11:09:32 PM
Part 14: (Max’s POV)

I hear the door open but I don’t turn around. I am too afraid of who it is coming in the door. I hear the footsteps moving closer to me and I can smell a little bit of perfume so I am assuming that Mrs. Parker is the one who walked in. I know she thinks that I’m no good for her daughter but how can a love like ours be so wrong? Yes, I’m from another planet, yes I live a pretty dangerous life, yes being with me will put Liz in danger, but my gift is what saved Liz from dying. That has to mean something.
She is standing over me now I can feel it. I don’t know if she’s looking at me or if she’s looking at Liz. I know my arm has gone numb from the position I’ve been holding it all night and I imagine Liz’s will be too. Just before we fell asleep last night she reached down for my hand and I was more then happy to take hers. We held hands all night. My fingers are tingling a little bit because of the lack of blood that was running to them all night. It’s kind of a scary feeling.
I hear Liz mumble something in her sleep and she rolls towards the edge of the bed. She was really close to the edge last night so I throw open my eyes to make sure she doesn’t fall. I look up at her and see that she’s fine so I close my eyes again and just bask in the peaceful quiet that is surrounding the room.
“No, Max,” I hear Liz mumble again.
She begins to toss and turn and I can’t pretend to be asleep any longer despite the fact that Mrs. Parker is still in the room. I open my eyes and begin to sit up just as Liz falls off the bed. I catch her and pull her against my chest. She is still asleep and trying to break free from my grasp.
“No, let me go. Max! Oh God please NO!” she cries.
“Liz! Come on Liz wake up please!” I say gently shaking her.
Her eyes flutter open and she looks up at me. “Max?” she asks.
“Yes, it’s me. You were having a nightmare Liz. Everything’s ok,” I tell her.
“Oh Max, it was awful. We were all being held someplace and I couldn’t get to you. There were hands holding me back and I couldn’t reach you. You were being beaten and shocked with these electrical stick things and you couldn’t fight back. Michael tried to get to you too but he couldn’t. Isabel and Maria were crying and Alex was on the floor unconscious since he was already beaten. You looked into my eyes and I could see the apology in them. I started screaming and I tried to get free to come to you but it was too late. I was too late,” she sobbed into my chest.
“Oh God Liz, I’m so sorry. We’re all safe and it was just a dream. I don’t know if that dream meant anything but for right now we are all safe and that’s what is important,” I tell her.
I just stroke her back and rock her until she calms down. She looks up at me and gives me a shaky smile. I lean down and kiss her forehead and she places her head back on my shoulder.
“Do you want to go into the kitchen and get something to drink?” I ask her.
“Yeah, I think I need something. I know that I don’t want to go back to sleep. Not yet anyway. That dream is still to vivid in my mind,” she tells me.
“All right then lets go,” I say getting up. I’m still cradling her against my body.
“Max, put me down. I can walk,” she says giggling.
Well at least I got her to laugh a little bit. “I know you can walk but I like the feel of you in my arms!” I tell her playfully.
“Oh you do, do you? Well I’ll just have to remember that. I think I just might make you carry me everywhere,” she teases me.
“I would have no problem carrying you anywhere,” I tell her honestly.
“I know you wouldn’t and that is one of the things I love about you but I would never take advantage of that fact,” she tells me.
“I know you wouldn’t and that’s one of the things I love about you,” I tell her kissing her nose.
She opens the fridge and pulls out some orange juice. “Um, where are the glasses?” I ask.
“They are in the cabinet on your left,” she tells me pointing to it.
“Thanks,” I reply pulling two glasses down from the cabinet.
I turn around and she is holding the orange juice and Tabasco sauce in her hand. I just smile at her and take the Tabasco. I pour some into my glass and wait for her to finish with the juice before I pour that into my glass. I mix the two together with my finger and drink away. I guess I was thirstier then I realized because I had three glasses.
“Max?” Liz asks.
“Yeah,” I reply.
“Can we just go sit in the living room and watch some TV for a little bit?”
“Of course. You still don’t want to sleep huh?”
“No. I can’t get the image of your eyes out of my head. I need to just make sure that you are really here with me and the only way to do that is to spend time with you. I mean I know that you are right here with me but my heart is having a hard time believing reality at the moment. That dream felt so real.”
“I understand. Come on,” I say taking her hand and leading her to the living room. I glance back at her and smile. Just as I was about to turn back around I see Mrs. Parker watching us from the hallway. I can’t read the expression on her face but I’m not sure if she’s too happy with what’s going on.
I settle down on the couch and pull Liz between my legs so she can rest on my chest. I have a feeling she’s going to fall asleep while we watch whatever we are going to watch so I want her to be comfortable. She snuggles into me and I can’t help but smile. I could definitely get used to this.
She turns on the TV and looks through all the movie channels. The only thing that is on that is good is “The MUMMY” so Liz keeps it on. I remember her telling me a while ago that she thought Brendan Frazer was really hot. I don’t mind that she thinks that because hey, Rachael Wize is a hottie herself!
We settle into the couch and watch the movie. I can feel Liz’s breathing even out and I look down to see if she’s sleeping or not. She is just about there and I kiss the top of her head. We’re only at the part where Rachael and Brendan’s characters are drunk and he’s asking her why she is in Egypt, well in all honesty why she’s on this excursion.
I continue watching the movie but I end up falling out too. The last thing I remember watching of that movie is Rick, Eve, and Jonathan running from the scarabs.
I woke up when the sun coming though the window hit my eyes. It is so bright, and I have to squint until I get accustomed to it. I notice that Liz is still asleep and that we are covered with a blanket. I wonder who put that on us. I can hear voices in the kitchen but they are too muffled for me to make out at the moment.
I really could care less who’s in the kitchen because I am loving the fact that I got to sleep with Liz in my arms last night. That makes me so happy! I feel Liz begin to stir in my arms and I kiss the top of her head again.
She opens her eyes and looks up at me. “Morning,” she says.
“Good morning,” I reply. Oh yes this is definitely a very good morning!
“I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to fall asleep on you.”
“I didn’t mind. Besides I fell asleep shortly after you did anyway,” I tell her.
She just smiles at me and I can’t help but smile back.
“Well, some people are up and in the kitchen, but I can’t tell who it is. Oh and sometime during the night someone put a cover on us so somebody knows that we ended up falling asleep out here,” I tell her.
“Well then let’s go find out who’s up and thank whoever gave us the blanket,” she says getting up off me.
I frown a little but already missing her warmth on me. Liz notices my frown and smiles. She offers me her hand and I take it allowing her to help me up. As soon as I’m off the couch she wraps her arms around my neck and gives me a deep kiss.
“I didn’t get to give you a good morning kiss,” she whispers to me.
I can definitely get used to this. I smile against her lips before kissing her again. “You know, I really could get used to this,” I tell her.
“I know so could I,” she replies.
We walk into the kitchen and we see that my parents and her parents are the only ones up. It must be really early still. I look over at Mr. Parker and he smiles at me.
“Good morning,” we both say.
“Morning, Max, Liz,” our parents greet us.
“I see you fell asleep on the couch,” my mom says.
“Yeah, I had a nightmare last night and we came out here for something to drink, but I was still to afraid to close my eyes so I asked Max to watch TV with me and we fell asleep while watching “The Mummy,” Liz tells them.
My dad looks as if he doesn’t believe us. “I swear that’s what happened dad,” I say trying to convince him. I don’t know why he wouldn’t believe me I’ve never really lied before. I mean keeping the secret that I was an alien wasn’t really lying, I mean they never asked me if I was an alien or anything.
“I was in the room when Liz woke up screaming and I watched them settle on the couch. They did end up falling asleep while watching the movie. I covered them with a blanket and headed back to bed shortly after Max zonked out,” Mrs. Parker said.
I would have never guessed that Mrs. Parker was the one to cover us and for some reason that makes me pretty happy. I can feel Isabel walking towards the kitchen, it’s sometimes strange how I can sense her coming but I guess that’s just because she’s my sister. Sometimes I can sense Michael too but not as strongly.
“Morning Iz,” I say just as she walks in the door.
“Morning Max. Liz. Oh good morning mom, dad, Mr. & Mrs. Parker,” she says coming over to stand by Liz and I. “I got a little worried when you guys weren’t in the room this morning. Is everything ok?” she asks.
“Yeah everything is fine now. We just had a little incident with a nightmare,” I tell her.
“Oh, I see. Well Michael was just waking up when I was leaving the room and I though I saw Alex stirring and I’m not sure but I actually think Maria was getting up. But if she wasn’t I know Michael and he’ll be an ass and wake her up so we should all be prepared for a grumpy Maria,” Isabel says.
“How do you know Michael will wake her up?” Liz asks.
“Well, when Michael used to crash on Max’s floor they would get up so early and Michael would come into my room and wake me up just to be a jerk,” she tells Liz.
“Oh man, he doesn’t want to wake Maria up trust me. I’ve had to do it before and it’s not a pretty sight,” Liz says.
A few minutes later Michael and Alex come into the kitchen. I don’t see any signs of Maria, Tess, or Kyle so I’m assuming they let them sleep.
“Morning everyone,” they say.
“Morning Michael, Alex,” Liz, Isabel and I say.
“Morning,” our parents reply.
“So you didn’t wake up Maria huh?” Isabel asked.
“No way. I was going to but Alex informed me how nasty she is when woken up so I decided against it. I mean don’t get me wrong I love that Maria is feisty but I can’t take nasty,” Michael said.
“Yeah it’s funny to watch Maria being really mean since she’s not a mean person but if you disturb her sleep she goes off the deep end,” Alex says.
I have to laugh I can’t picture our little Pixie being nasty.
About twenty minutes later Maria, Tess, Kyle, the Sheriff, Mrs. DeLuca, and Alex’s parents join us in the kitchen.
“Why don’t we all go downstairs and have some breakfast. Then we can come back up here and finish with this story,” Mr. Parker says.
We all agree and head down to the Crash.

Part 15: (Liz’s POV)

We all walked downstairs and got ready for breakfast. My dad and Mr. Evans went into the kitchen to make pancakes for everyone while the rest of us just sat down and waited for the food to get finished. Max, Isabel, Alex, Maria, Tess, Michael, Kyle, and I all sat down at the usual booth but we pulled a table next to it so we could all fit. Max and I sat in the one side of the booth with Maria and Michael across from us, while Isabel and Alex sat next to me, and Kyle and Tess sat across from them.
Isabel got up and walked over to the Jukebox and used her powers to start it. It was really quiet in there and we needed something to break the uneasiness that settled over everyone. The rest of this story was going to take it’s toll on me because if the anguish I went through trying to make Max fall out of love with me. I mean it only just happened and I don’t know if I can handle reliving all of that pain. Maybe that’s why I had that nightmare; because I knew I was going to have to trudge up all that pain I caused Max and myself. Remembering the look on his face when I said that I wanted normal almost killed me, but telling him that I wouldn’t die for him was beyond anything I could have ever imagined.
As if he knows what I’m thinking about he leans over and kisses my temple. “Everything will be ok, Liz. I promise,” he whispers to me.
I can only smile up at him and I kiss his cheek. I only hope he is right but how can he promise something like that when we don’t even know what’s coming for us? How strong will these enemies be? Will we be able to fight them or will the past repeat itself? I can’t help but wonder these things and I feel guilty for thinking them.
While I can smell the pancakes cooking I’m content to be in Max’s arms and the song that pops on the jukebox washes over me and I realize how true the words are.

Waiting All My Life

Everybody needs it
Everybody wants it
Everybody’s searching for someone
Been down a thousand Highways
I never thought would end
Baby, I’ve been

Waiting all my life to find you
Always been one step behind you
Your love babe
I’ve been waiting all my life

I feel like nothing in my life was worth anything before Max and that I was just existing not really living. The only things that meant anything were my parents and Maria and Alex. I truly believe that I was just waiting for the right moment to begin loving Max and I will never think badly on the day that Max saved my life. Yes it lead to many circumstances that I wish never would have happened but those circumstances brought all of us together and I wouldn’t change that for the world. Max and I are closer now then ever, Maria is happy because Michael is finally opening up, Isabel has let the Ice Queen go and she has become a very warm and friendly person thanks to Alex, and Tess and I are actually becoming friends and she is making Kyle happy.

I was tired of waiting
Every night was praying
Everyday would be the day I’d fin you
I grew so impatient, how long would it take
To know you were out there somewhere
Somewhere waiting, wondering just like me

I’ve been waiting all my life to love you
All that time I was dreaming of you
Your love babe
I’ve been waiting all my life

It seemed like my life was never going to have any meaning. Yes I did great in school but I think I really only did well in school so I could maintain going to honors classes because Max was in them. I drove myself to be up in the class not only because I want to be a Molecular Biologist but also because I wanted to be close to Max. I used to sit in my room and dream about being Mrs. Maxwell Evans, and I would wonder if he was sitting in his room thinking the same things. Maria used to tease me saying that Max was looking at me but I never believed her. He was just too hot to even think about me, little mousy Liz Parker. Boy was I wrong.

And did I lose faith, did I lose heart
Maybe I did, but I never lost my way
To where you are—I’ve been

Waiting all my life to find you
Always been one step behind you
Your love babe
I’ve been waiting all my life

I’ve been waiting all my life to love you
All that time I was dreaming of you
Your l
I’ve been waiting all my life

I almost did lose my way to Max, but we found each other. The whole thing with Future Max could have broken us but it didn’t. I have Tess to thank for that one. If she hadn’t been there to mindwarp Future Max and I then they never would have found out why I had done what I did. I almost pushed away the man I’ve been waiting all my life for. The one person who completes me so much and the only person I’ll ever love. But I was doing it because Max asked me to and that’s all that is important. I would do anything for him, no matter if it were MY Max, or a future version of him.
I love him that much. He just came and told me I had to make him, well his younger self fall out of love with me or bad things would happen and I did it not even asking what those bad things were.
After telling Max I wouldn’t die for him and that I wanted a normal life didn’t work, I cried my eyes out and begged Future Max to go to someone else, but he explained the whole thing to me and I understood why I had to do what he asked, but he ended up disappearing and I saw Tess on my balcony and Max climbing over the railing. Tess changed the future because she knew what happened and she wasn’t going to leave. Now Max and I are together and happy and I have Tess to thank for it!
My dad and Mr. Evans come out with our food and we all eat in comfortable silence before heading back up to the apartment. We are pretty much seated the way we were yesterday, us kids on the floor and our parents on the couches. I look at Max and he nods his head. I take a deep breath and get ready to begin.
“Ok, well after everything with Whitaker Max was still trying to win me back and I was caving. There was no way that I was going to be able to hold out for much longer. Maria took Alex and I to a fortune teller to find out our romantic futures and the lady told me that the man I loved would chose Love over Destiny. I was ecstatic; Max was going to choose me over his duty. Deep down I know I should have felt guilty but I couldn’t feel anything but happiness. I was pretending to say my vows when the floor started to shake. I got really scared and then I looked out my window and saw two boot clad feet standing outside. By now I was ready to panic so when the face peered down and I saw Max I breathed a sigh of relief. He climbed though my window and I got scared once again because it wasn’t my Max,” I say.
“What do you mean it wasn’t your Max? How could it be Max, but not Max?” Michael asked.
“That’s what I wondered too, but he wasn’t our Max. This Max was in leather, and he looked damn good by the way. But anyway, he was in leather, had long hair with a little bit of gray at the temples and he was more muscular. I started to freak and I said that he wasn’t Max but some shapeshifting alien. But he told me he could prove to me that he was Max. He said that in about five minutes he, well his younger self, would be showing up outside under my balcony with a Mariachi band and he would sing me a song that he worked weeks on to learn. It was sung in Spanish and that he would throw me up a red bouquet of flowers but at the last minute he remembered that I like white roses and changed them from red to white. Good to his word there was Max singing to me and throwing me the flowers. They changed from Red to White like Future Max promised. My dad came out then and Max, our Max apologized for the disruption and left. Future Max came out of the shadows and told me that I had to help him. Now that I knew it was Max I was willing to do anything he needed. So I asked him what I needed to do. He told me I had to help him fall out of love with me,” I say.
I hear the gasps of Maria and Isabel. Tess just sits there because she knows the story. I can’t help it thinking of this is making me feel all the emotions I felt during that time and I just start crying again. Tess walks over and wraps her arms around me. She soothingly strokes my back telling me that it’s ok, Max isn’t ever going to fall out of love with me and she’d make sure of it! I smile up at her and wipe away my tears. I turn my head and I see Max standing there with his arms wide open and I run into them needing to feel his strength.
“I tried everything I could to get Max to turn away from me. I went to Tess and gave her tips on making Max notice her, but that didn’t work. I then went to Max and told him that I wouldn’t die for him and that I wanted a normal life with a normal guy. My heart was breaking in my chest as I said the words and the look on Max’s face, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to get that look out of my head. That didn’t work either and I sat on my balcony with Future Max and I begged him to go to someone else to get them to do something because I couldn’t do this anymore. I couldn’t hurt Max again. He told me that I had to because I was the only person he trusted more then life itself. He said that he and I eloped at 19. We went to Vegas and got married in the Elvis Chapel. We called all of you, well I guess we forgot Tess, which I’m sorry about, but the rest of you came and helped Max and I marry. Our marriage drove Tess away and she left Roswell making the four square incomplete and you couldn’t defeat your enemies. Michael and Isabel were killed and Future Max left me there in order to come here and change the future,” I finish.
I look around the room trying to take in everyone reactions. Isabel and Maria are crying, as are Amy, Mrs. Evans, Mrs. Whitman, and even my mom looks teary eyed. I’m a little surprised. I look up and see Michael’s shocked face and his respect for what I was going to do to help save him. Both Alex and Kyle looked proud, as did Mr. Whitman, Sheriff, and Mr. Evans. My dad already knew most of the story but he still had tears in his eyes. He walked up to me and gave me a hug.
“I’m so proud of the woman you’ve become Lizzie,” he tells me.
“Thank you dad, that really means a lot to me,” I reply.

Part 16: (Max’s POV)

I watch on as Mr. Parker gives Liz a hug. It really makes me happy that he thinks Liz is strong and that he’s proud of her decisions. I mean if it wasn’t for her, Maria, and Alex we wouldn’t have survived a lot of the things we had to go through this past year. Now that we’ve got the Sheriff and Kyle on our sides we’ll be able to deal even better. I’m just happy that Mr. Parker realizes how much we need Liz and the others, I just hope that the rest of the parents can realize that too.
I look around the room at all of our parents and I see the same look on their faces that Mr. Parker has on his. Even Mrs. Parker looks like that and I’m blown away by the compassion and understanding there. She looks right at me and smiles. At first I’m so surprised I don’t know what to do but then my brain starts to work once again and I smile back at her.
Liz has left her father’s embrace by now and notices me smiling at her mother and I can see the happy look on her face. The fact that Liz is happy makes my heart sing you have no idea. For as long as I live I will try to keep that look on her face. I never want to see her unhappy since we went though so much struggle to get to this happy place we are now.
“I have an idea why don’t we all go out and have a good time tonight. I know of this little place that serves the best food and they have an awesome dance floor. We’ll just sit back relax and have some fun and at the same time become reacquainted with our children,” Amy says.
“I think that’s a great idea. That way I can get to know Max a little bit better since I can see he will one day be my son-in-law,” Nancy says.
Liz’s jaw drops to the floor and I can’t help but think how adorable she looks. I’m just as surprised as she is and I can only gawk at her. It’s amazing how she just flipped from like totally hating my guts to like being my best friend over night, but she was in the room when Liz had that nightmare and I guess she saw the loving way I took care of Liz. I would do anything to protect her and I am just relieved that Mrs. Parker finally sees that.
“Ok, we’ll all meet back here in an hour and a half. It’s a bit Country but from what I can tell all you kids like listening to that because you’ve been picking country songs when you are sitting downstairs. So dress code is jeans and a nice top, ladies you can wear either skirts or jeans it’s your preference,” Amy tells us before collecting Maria and walking out the door.
The rest of us leave to get ready and I kiss Liz before walking out the door. “I’ll see you in a little bit,” I tell her as I run down the stairs to catch up with my family.
I’m sitting in the living room now waiting for Isabel to finish getting ready. If she doesn’t hurry we are going to be late. I mean I never knew why it takes girls so long to get ready. I mean it doesn’t take a guy that long. We take a shower, dry off, put on some clothes, brush our hair, throw on come cologne if we wear any, and then head out the door. It can’t take that long to put makeup on for crying out loud.
“Come on Isabel, you’re going to make us late,” I yell up the stairs.
“Jeez, keep your shirt on Max. I’m coming,” she says bounding down the stairs. She looks amazing. She’s got on a jean skirt with a tight red top, we all know how much Alex loves her in red, with a little makeup on and a pair of white tennis shoes.
“You look great,” I tell her.
“Thanks so do you,” she tells me.
I’m wearing a pair of black jeans and a tight form fitted dark green shirt. I’ve got my boots on and I put some gel in my hair and mused it up giving it that messy look. I’ve never done that before and I hope it looks ok, but if it doesn’t I’ll just use my powers to fix it.
“I like your hair like that,” Isabel says as if reading my mind.
“Really? I wasn’t sure about it but I thought I’d try something new,” I tell her.
We walk out the door and hop into the jeep. My parents are climbing in the back and Isabel gets into the passenger seat. As soon as everyone has their seat belts on I back out of the driveway and head back to Liz’s. I can’t wait to see her. Jeez, you’d think we haven’t seen one another in years and not just about an hour the way I’m missing her.
I pull in front of the Crash and Michael is just getting off his bike. Maria and her mom are getting out of the Jetta and the Whitman’s are parking their car in front of Michael’s bike. I smile at Michael and Maria before heading into the diner. My need to see Liz is overpowering and I can’t wait a second longer. Kyle, Tess, and the Sheriff are sitting in a booth waiting for everyone.
“Hey Max, Isabel, what’s up?” Kyle asks.
“Not much Kyle,” we say.
“Mr. Parker said that they’d be down in a minute,” Sheriff said.
“Thanks,” I say sitting down at the counter.
By now everyone else has come through the door. We all take a seat waiting for Liz and her parents to come downstairs. I can hear footsteps coming down the stairs and I can’t wait to see Liz. I know she’s coming because I can feel her and it’s amazing.
Mrs. Parker is the first through the door and we all greet her. She greets us back and then I see her. My dark haired beauty walks through the door and my heart stops beating for a second. She looks gorgeous. She has on spaghetti strapped jean dress that stops just above her knees with a pair of tennis shoes on and her hair is in a French Braid. All she has on makeup wise is a light coat of lip-gloss. She looks breathtaking to me.
“Maxwell you are like going to devour her with your eyes if you keep looking at her like that,” Michael teases.
I blush like 10 shades of red and everyone just laughs. “Thanks Michael,” I mumble. I’ll get him back for that.
Liz walks up to me and gives me a quick kiss. “You can devour me anytime you want,” she whispers in my ear.
I shift on my stool. I don’t think she realizes what she does to me with comments like that.
“Ok, people lets go,” Amy says and I think my lucky stars for the interruption.
I give Liz a look saying I’ll get you for that comment later and she just smiles at me. I can’t help but smile back she’s just got the most infectious smile.
Tess and Kyle come with Liz and I in the jeep. Maria, Michael, Isabel, and Alex go in the Jetta, and our parents divide up and go in the Sheriff’s cruiser and the Whitman’s SUV.
We follow the Sheriff since he’s got Amy in the car and she knows where we are going. We drive for about an hour and pull into the parking lot of “The Cadillac Ranch”. It seems like a pretty cool place. We all get out of the cars and head inside. They managed to find us a spot big enough to put some tables together near the dance floor. Our waitress comes over and takes our drink orders and tells us that we can go up to the DJ and make requests if we want. I look over at Michael, Alex, and Kyle and we all nod our heads. I know that there are a couple of songs that I want to request and I’m sure that there are some that they want to request too so we get up and head to the DJ’s station.
We request our songs and then go back to the table. I look over the menu and decide what I want to eat and we all wait for the waitress to come back to take our orders. After we place our orders we all head to the dance floor.
“Ok folks, we’re going to slow things down for a couple of songs. Our first song is going out to Liz from Max,” the DJ says.
Liz looks up at me and I kiss her lips softly. She smiles at me and I pull her close to me and just listen to the words thinking how perfect they are for us. I think that this is going to be our wedding song but I’m going to have to ask Liz and make sure it’s ok with her first.

Ton of Love

I’m blown away when I look at you
While you look at me
‘Cause you see me so completely
I’m overwhelmed by the way it feels
‘Cause I know it’s real
When you reach out to touch me
You consume, you know I can’t resist
And you move me, with the power of a little kiss

It feels like a ton of love
Followed by a mountain of
Emotions coming over me
To take complete control of me
And I get swept away
Deeper in it everyday
And Lord, I swear that I’ll never give you up
‘Cause girl, you hit me like my heart with a ton of love

When we’re apart you’re in my heart
You’re on my mind
‘Cause our souls are connected
And when the distance between us grows
Everybody knows that we’re not affected
And when you’re with me it’s heaven right here on Earth
Girl, you give me more then any one man could deserve

It feels like a ton of love
Followed by a mountain of
Emotions coming over me
To take complete control of me
And I get swept away
Deeper in it everyday
And Lord, I swear that I’ll never give you up
‘Cause girl, you hit me like my heart with a ton of love

Girl, I get swept away
Deeper init everyday
And Lord, I swear that I’ll never give you up
‘Cause Girl you hit my heart with a ton of love

I’m blown away when I look at you
You take complete control of me
You consume me
You move me
When we’re apart you’re in my heart

I look down at Liz and she has tears in her eyes. “Max…” she begins.
“I know. I heard that song one day and I thought of you. It fits us perfectly doesn’t it?” I ask her.
“Yes it does. Thank you for requesting that song,” she says.
I lean down and kiss her, a soft kiss not wanting to get carried away because we are with our parents and in a place full of people, but I just couldn’t resist kissing her.
“Max that song was beautiful,” Isabel says to me.
“Thanks, I thought it was perfect,” I tell her.
“It was. No if only my alien can dedicate a song like that to me,” Maria says.
I just smile at her because I know the song Michael picked out for her and I know she’ll be really surprised.
“Ok this next song is going out to Maria from Michael. He just wants you to know how much he cares Maria even if he doesn’t express it very well too often,” the DJ says.

Part 17: (Maria’s POV)

Michael actually dedicated a song to me. Oh my God! I can’t believe it. I wonder what it is. That little intro the DJ gave almost brought tears to my eyes. I never thought that my Michael could say things like that.
Michael walks up to me and wraps his arms around my waist while I place mine around his neck. He pulls me close to him and leans towards my ear.
“I really meant everything I had the DJ say. I love you more then words can express and I’m sorry that I don’t show you that often enough.”
“Michael, you don’t have to tell me or show me like Max shows Liz, or like the movies portray the perfect boyfriend. I know how much you love me because you show me in your own special way,” I tell him through my tears which I can’t seem to hold back any longer.

See Me Through

Ah, yeah
Ah, yeah, yeah

Before we met I was free
I never had to worry about anyone but me
Now that boy is gone and in his place
Is a man who needs to hold you night and day
So if I stumble if I fall
Forgive me, I’m just learning as I go along

See me through, see me through
This aching heart has come so far
To be with you, see me through
With angel eyes, just look inside
At all this love I never want to lose
See me through

I know sometimes I let you down
But I’m still getting used to having you around
And if I ever make you cry
There’s nothing I wouldn’t do to make things right
I’m not perfect that’s for sure
A little time is all I’m asking for

See me through, see me through
This aching heart has come so far
To be with you, see me through
With angel eyes, just look inside
At all this love I never want to lose
See me through

See me through this mask I wear
Well, I’m almost there, you know I care
I am the man you always thought you knew

See me through, see me through
This aching heart has come so far
To be with you, see me through
With angel eyes, just look inside
At all this love I never want to lose
See me through

See me through, yeah see me through
Oh, see me through
Yeah, yeah-
Oooo, Oooo, Oooo, see me through
I’m almost there, can’t you see that
I’m almost, girl I’m almost there
This mask I wear
Girl, I’m almost there, I’m almost there
See me, see me through this mask I wear
I’m almost there
Oooo, Oooo, Oooo, girl
See me through, oh yeah

I can’t hold back my tears and to tell you the truth I don’t even know if I’d want to. That song was so beautiful. It seemed almost like Michael wrote it especially for me. Now I completely understand why he dedicated this particular song to me.
That is Michael’s whole life right there in that song. Before I walked into his life he was closed off. Never letting anyone in and only worrying about himself. He never had to worry about anyone else, he always looked out for number one, but now things have changed. I can see how much he wants me to be a part of his life and I’m not going to go anywhere. My Space Boy is stuck with me forever, God help him.
“Michael…” I begin. I can’t really find the words to express what I’m feeling.
“I know when I first heard this I was floored. I mean that was me and still is me. I know I’ll never be perfect Maria and I know that I screw up a lot, but if you give me some time I know I can at least get it right more times then I get it wrong,” he tells me.
I start crying all over again with that little speech. He pulls me tighter into his embrace and I bury my head into his chest enjoying his comforting.
“I didn’t mean to make you cry Maria,” he tells me.
“I’m not upset Michael, these truly are happy tears,” I manage to get out. “I never thought you would open up to me but you have and that makes me so very happy.”
“Well, you know I do what I can,” he says.
That makes me laugh. No wonder I love this man so much, he knows exactly what to say to cheer me up, drive me mad with anger, and then drive me crazy with desire.
“I love you so much Michael,” I tell him bringing his head down to mine so I can capture his lips.
He doesn’t put up a fight and we share a slow languid kiss. It’s a loving kiss and not one that will make the other people in the restaurant sick. I pull back and look up at my alien and all I see is love reflecting in his eyes.
I can definitely get lost in those eyes. They are so intense. Now I understand how Max and Liz can just sit there and stare at one another all day. If you have someone looking at you like Michael is looking at me right now you wouldn’t want to break eye contact. It’s amazing. I feel like he can see right through me.
“Maria, I want to try something,” he tells me.
“Ok,” I reply.
“Do you remember when Max and Liz were getting those flashes and you never did. I know how much that upset you,” he begins.
“Michael, that’s in the past. It doesn’t matter to me anymore,” I tell him.
“But it matters to me. You see the reason you didn’t get any flashes was because I didn’t let you. I didn’t open myself up to you because I was afraid of what you would see and back then I wasn’t ready to open myself up completely to you or anyone for that matter,” he says.
“Michael I understood it’s ok. It doesn’t matter anymore.”
“Well it does to me and I want to share that part of myself with you now,” he tells me.
I can’t respond I don’t know what to say. “Are you sure?” is all I’m able to get out.
He tells me to clear my mind. I try to do as he asks and then he leans into me and takes my lips in his again. “Keep your eyes open and look straight into mine,” he tells me. I realize that he’s only going to kiss me because well it will help and if he just stands there and stares at me people will wonder what he’s doing.
Our breathing evens out and a rush of images fly past my eyes. I see him as a young boy breaking free from his pod. I see him, Max, and Isabel walking around in the desert holding hands and then Michael running away when the car headlights come into view. I see him with Hank as a child and all the drinking Hank did. I also see him being beaten by his foster father, and I can feel his confusion as to why he’s being hit. He didn’t know what he did wrong to be getting hit the way he was. I can see the way he sees me. Like how beautiful he thinks I am and just how long he’s been noticing me. I’m surprised to find out that Michael has been harboring feelings for me since the fifth grade.
We pull away from one another and a new sheen of tears is threatening to spill down my cheeks. I’m overwhelmed by the complete trust Michael has in me and the fact that he shared his life with me is amazing. I love him even more because of that.
“Thank you Michael,” I tell him.
“No Maria. Thank you for helping me realize that this is where I belong. Right here with you, not on some far away planet,” he tells me.
I kiss his cheek and Liz interrupts us.
“Sorry guys but dinner is finally at the table,” she tells us.
“Thanks,” we both say.
Michael takes my hand and leads me back to the table. I’m so overcome with happiness I’m afraid I’m going to bust at the seams. We sit down and get ready to eat dinner.
“Michael that song was beautiful,” my mom says.
“Thank you Mrs. DeLuca. I heard it a while ago and realized that it described my feelings for your daughter and my life completely,” he tells her.
Everyone talks and laughs during dinner and we make sure to stay away from heavy topics, like the impending threat of the skins, and anything having to do with aliens. We just enjoy ourselves.

Part 18: (Isabel’s POV)

“All right folks, there are two more requests that I need to get out tonight and this is the first one. This song is going out to Isabel from Alex. He just wants to say thank you for loving him the way that you do,” I hear the DJ say as I look over at Alex.
Alex just looks over at me with a slight blush tainting his cheeks and I can’t help but think how cute he really is and how stupid I’ve been in the past by withholding my love from him.
“Come on princess, let’s dance,” he says to me.
Princess, I like the way that sounds coming out of him mouth. He’s so adorable. He leads me out onto the dance floor and I realize that right now we are the only two people out here so everyone knows that I’m the girl who the song was dedicated to and usually it would bother me being the center of attention but right now I don’t even notice. As the song starts to play I just get lost in the words and tears come to my eyes.

It’s Not Just Me

Tell me you’ve had trouble sleeping
That you toss and turn from side to side
That it’s my face you’ve been seeing
In your dreams at night

Tell me that you wake up crying
And you’re not exactly sure why
Tell me that something is missing
In your life, in your life baby

Tell me that you live for love
That forever is never enough
That you’ve waited all your life to see
That you want so badly to believe
Tell me that it’s not just me

I could have sworn I saw you smile at me
Standing in the pouring rain
At a loss for words and running out of time
I said this crazy thing (crazy thing), I said

Tell me that you live for love
That forever is never enough
That you’ve waited all your life to see
That you want to badly to believe
Tell me that it’s not just me

Hold me now and tell me that you do believe
In a soul, a soulmate
And tell me, and tell me, tell me

Tell me that you live for love
That forever is never enough
That you’ve waited all your life to see
That you want so badly to believe
Tell me that it’s not just me

Oh my God, I feel awful for putting Alex though all that I put him through. I’m the reason he’s got so many doubts about himself. I played him so much that he doesn’t really know how I feel about him.
“Alex,” I say.
“Isabel you don’t have to say anything. When I first heard this song I was with Max and I actually expected him to dedicate this one to Liz since there’s the whole soulmate thing in there but he didn’t and believe it or not I do believe that you are my soulmate. Just as I believe Michael is Maria’s and Tess is Kyle’s. We have all found our other halves and I’m not going to lose you without a fight,” he tells me.
“Oh, Alex, you aren’t going to lose me I swear. I love you so much and I’m so sorry that I have made you believe otherwise. I was too afraid to face my feelings for you back then and for that I’m sorry. It’s always been you Alex ever since we were younger. I used to be so jealous of Liz and Maria because they got to spend so much time with you and always got to just be with you as I longed to be. I think I’ve loved you as long as Max has loved Liz. It’s not just you Alex, I have always felt it too,” I say crying openly.
He pulls me into his arms and kisses my forehead while stroking my back lovingly. He’s just letting me cry out all my anger at myself. I know that he’s not angry with me for what I did in the past and that makes me smile. My Alex, always so understanding and so willing to stand by my side no matter what, and that’s what I love the most about him.
I manage to pull myself together and look up at Alex. I must look a fright I mean I’m sure I’ve got tear streaks in my makeup and everything. At least my mascara is waterproof so I don’t have huge black messes under my eyes.
“You have never looked more beautiful. With the tears in your eyes they shimmer and sparkle. I love you so much,” Alex tells me as if reading my mind.
Have I mentioned how much I love this man holding me in his arms? “I love you too Alex, so much,” I say kissing his lips softly.
The DJ plays a fast song and the others join us on the floor. “Alex, man that was an amazing song,” Michael says.
“Thanks,” Alex replies blushing slightly. I love that about Alex too, how much he hates being complemented and how shy he is. It’s such an endearing quality that he’s got.
“Well, I always knew Alex could be sort of sappy, and we all know Max can be but I was very surprised by Michael,” Kyle said.
“Hey shut up Kyle, Max, Alex, and I know the song you picked out for Tess so you can’t say anything. I never knew that King Jock himself knew any sappy country songs!” Michael exclaimed laughing.
Kyle’s face just turned like eight shades of red and I can’t contain my laughter. Tess looks at Kyle questioningly. “So what song did you pick out for me?” Tess asks him.
“I can’t tell you, it needs to be a surprise just like everyone else’s was,” Kyle says to her.
She pouts and I start cracking up again causing Liz, and Maria to laugh as well. Tess glares at us for a few minutes before laughing herself. We just hang out and dance on the floor for a while. The DJ plays a few more slow songs and I’m content to stay in Alex’s arms. He makes me feel safe and loved, two very important things to me. I’m really lucky that I found him and that he was strong enough to stand by me through my “I can’t get close to anyone” phase.
He leads me to the table and I see our parents looking at us.
“So is it just him?” my dad asks me.
“Oh no, it’s definitely not just him. I’ve felt the same way for a long time, I was just too afraid to admit it to myself,” I say.
“You’re a good man Alex. You’ve brought out a side in Isabel that I’ve never seen and for that I thank you,” my dad says to him.
“It was nothing Mr. Evans. I have always loved Isabel for as long as I’ve known her. She’s made me the luckiest man alive by returning that love,” Alex tells my father.
My parent’s song comes on next and my father excused him and my mom as they head out to the dance floor to dance. I love watching my mom and dad, they are so much in love even now and I used to long for that, but now I know I’ll have that with Alex.

Part 19: (Tess’s POV)

I’m getting a little nervous I mean everyone else’s song has been played and mine hasn’t yet. The suspense is going to kill me. I am dying to see which song Kyle picked out for me. So far everyone has picked out such wonderful songs for their partners and I’m sort of worried. I mean how many awesome Country songs can there be out there? I just started listening to this type of music so I don’t know all the good ones yet.
I look over at Kyle and he just smiles at me. He is definitely the most handsome guy I’ve ever seen. Don’t get me wrong Max is cute but there’s just something about Kyle that makes my heart melt whenever I look at him. I guess this is how Liz feels every time she looks at Max. I’ll have to ask her later since this is all very new to me.
“Ok, here’s the last of my dedications right now. You can still come up and dedicate songs if you’d like but this is the last one I’ve got at the moment. This one is going out to Tess from Kyle. He says, “I know we’ve had a rocky beginning but I’m planning on a smooth ride for the rest of this trip! I just want you to know how much you mean to me,” the DJ says.
My eyes mist up at Kyle’s dedication. We really did start out rocky what with my obsession with Max and everything I’m surprised he stayed with me through that. I must have caused him so much heartache.
“Would you do me the honor of dancing with me?” Kyle asks me.
Like I’m going to say no, he picked out this song for me. “Yes, of course,” I reply.

Just To Hear You Say That You Love Me

If I could win your heart
If you’d let me in your heart
I’d be so happy, baby
Just for these arms to be
Holding you close to me
There’s nothing in this would I won’t try
No limit to what I’d do
To make you mine, ‘cause

I’d climb right up to the sky
I’d take down the stars
Just to be in your arms, baby
I’d go and capture the moon
That’s what I would do
Just to hear you say that you love me
Just to hear you say that you love me

If I could taste your kiss
There’d be no sweeter gift
Heaven could offer, baby (oh baby)
I want to be the one (I want to be the one)
Living to give you love
I’d walk across this world just to be
Close to you ‘cause I want you
Close to me, yeah

I’d climb right up to the sky
I’d take down the stars
Just to be in your arms, baby
I'd go and capture the moon
t’s what I would do
Just to hear you say that you love me
Just to hear you say that you love me

For the rest of your life
(for the rest of your life)
Love me for the rest of all time
(oh baby, baby)
Just say the word
And I’ll give you my world
There’s nothing I won’t do
Baby, just to be with you

I’d climb right up to the sky
Take down the stars
Just to be in your arms, baby
I’d go and capture the moon
That’s what I would do
Just to hear you say that you love me
Just to hear you say that you love me, baby
Just to hear you say that you love me
Oh, I need to hear you say
That you love me, baby
Just to hear you say that you love me
Just say you love me
Just say you love me

Just to hear you say that you love me

Oh my gosh, I’m crying and I can’t help myself. I know if it was in his power Kyle would do all of that stuff. He would definitely go out of his way to get me anything just for my love and to make me happy. But I don’t just want that…I want to make him happy too.
“Kyle, that song, it was beautiful. I just need to…” I start to say.
“Tess, I don’t need any kind of explanations I just wanted you to know that I’d do anything to have your love and to keep you in my arms forever,” he tells me.
I can’t help it I start crying again. He is just so sweet. How did I get so lucky? I mean I never expected to feel this way about anyone or have anyone feel this way about me. Nasedo always told me that these feelings were weak but I don’t see anything weak about it. In fact I feel like I could take on anything right now.
“I know you don’t need an explanation Kyle but I just wanted to tell you that I feel the same way. I would do anything in my power to make you happy and proud of me,” I tell him through my tears.
“I already knew that. I’ve seen you grow from being closed off to being completely open about your feelings and emotions,” he tells me.
I smile at him because I know he’s right. When I first came here I was very much like Nasedo. I didn’t care who got hurt just as long as I got what I wanted, and what I wanted was Max Evans. It took me a little bit to realize that he’s not really what I wanted, that Kyle was what I wanted.
“Do you remember that first time we went out? You know when we went to the library?” I ask him.
“Yeah,” he says.
“Well when you helped steady me on the step ladder and you touched my back I felt electric currents course up my back and I didn’t know what the hell it was or what to do about it. But for the first time in my life I felt alive. I’m just sorry I waited so long to let you into my heart, but I promise that you will be extremely happy for the rest of your life,” I tell him.
“I promise to make you just as happy for the rest of your life,” he tells me.
We walk back to the table and I notice the smiling faces of our friends and family and my heart swells with love. I never knew what real love was until I met these people and now that I do know what it’s all about I don’t think I could go one day without that love.
“I’ll uh be right back,” I say walking towards the DJ station. I’m just about there when I feel a hand touch my arm. I gasp and turn around not really sure who it was but I know it’s not Kyle because the touch is softer then what his hand is.
“Liz,” I say facing her.
“I wanted to join you in dedicating a song to our guys. Since we are leaving in a little bit do you mind if we all pick out one song and dedicate it to all of our guys?” she asks me.
“I think that’s a great idea. Do you guys have any ideas?” I ask noticing that Isabel and Maria were behind Liz.
“Um, I do,” Isabel says. “The song is called “Long Slow Beautiful Dance,” she says.
“Oh, I know that one too, I love it,” Maria exclaims.
“Sounds good to me,” I say and Liz agrees with my by nodding her head.
We walk up to the DJ and give him our request. He smiles at us and says he’ll play it next. We thank him and walk back to the table waiting for our song to come on.
“Ok, here’s another request. This one is going out to Max, Michael, Kyle, and Alex, from Liz, Maria, Tess, and Isabel,” the DJ says.
We all grab our guy’s hand and pull them out onto the dance floor to dance our last dance of the night.

Dancing with Angels

Somewhere between
What can and can’t be seen
I knelt in your spring
You dusted off my wings
Your kiss upon my face
Feels like a brush with grace
Baby, that’s all it takes
To take me higher

If true love really does exist
It would feel as pure as this
Baby, it’s as if
We’re dancing with angels
Stealing light from shooting stars
We’re just taking what is ours
In each other’s arms
We’re dancing with angels

How did we find
Smooth blue in a crooked sky
Could be love winds
Gold threads through a grand design
Your whisper on my skin
Familiar healing wind
We must be slipping in
Heaven’s window

If true love really does exist
It would feel as pure as this
Baby, it’s as if
We’re dancing with angels
Stealing light from shooting stars
We’re just taking what is ours
In each other’s arms
We’re dancing with angels

Oh, oh, oh, oh-oh, oh, oh oh
Ah, ah, ah, ah-ah, ah
Oh, oh, oh, oh-oh, oh, oh oh
Ah, ah, ah, ah,-yeah, yeah, yeah

(Yeah) Your kiss upon my face
(Yeah) Feels like a brush with grace
(Yeah) Baby, that’s all it takes
To take me higher

If true love really does exist
It would feel as pure as this
Baby, it’s as if
We’re dancing with angels
Stealing light from shooting stars
We’re just taking what is ours
In each other’s arms
We’re dancing with angels

If true love really does exist
It would feel as pure as this
Baby, it’s as if
We’re dancing with angels
Stealing light from shooting stars
We’re just taking what is ours
In each other’s arms
We’re dancing with angels

Angels, angels
Dancing with, dancing with, dancing with angels
Angels, angels

The End.