posted on 14-Mar-2002 9:31:13 PM
Title: What About The Humans
Author: rollergal20
E-mail: rollergal20⊕hotmail.com
Disclaimer: Roswell is owned by 20th Century Fox and UPN. This means I own nothing; except the few characters I’ve created for my own use.
Rating: PG
Spoilers: None
Category: M/M, with appearances by the whole gang
Summary: This takes place right before “Samuel Rising”, and centers around M/M. I don’t want to give too much away, but I plan on having a happy ending for all!

Part 1

It was the afternoon rush at the Crashdown Café. Maria was working today, and was wearing the usual uniform. Her hair was parted in two braids, and she had refused to where the antennas or even a smile today.

“Hello, welcome to the Crashdown what can get you?” Maria walked over to a table and greeted the customers. Her voice was dull and monotone, not full of its usual vibrancy.

Liz who was standing behind the counter noticed this, and grabbed Maria’s arm as she walked past toward the kitchen. “Maria, what’s the matter” she asked with concern.

“Nothing, just forget it” Maria shrugged off Liz’s comment as well as the grip she had on her arm.

“I know something is wrong” Liz knew that something wasn’t right.

“It’s Michael” Maria stated exasperatedly.

“What is he ok, what happened?” asked Liz concerned.

“No he’s not ok, I broke up with him”

“Wow, are you ok?”

“No, I think I made a mistake?”

“You mean by breaking up?”

“Yes, ok so I totally think it’s a good idea, then I actually do it and I’m like miserable now. And to make things worse, Michael’s all puppy eyed and stalker boy now.”

“So I’m guessing he didn’t take it well.”

“No, and now I feel bad, which just makes me mad at him for doing this to me. Agh!” Frustrated she walked over to the soda machine and started to get the order ready.

Liz was right behind her, continuing with her interrogation. “Ok, so let me get this straight, you love him right”

“Yes!” She slammed down the cup, spilling the drink on the counter.

“But you dumped him, because of extenuating alien related circumstances”

“Well ya” Abandoning the order she turned around, leaning against the counter, putting her hands in her apron, looking very depressed.

“Does he even know why you dumped him, I mean did you explain it to him” Liz was now finishing cleaning up the spill, trying to figure out what she could do for Maria. She felt sorry about what had happened, not just for Maria but for Michael too.

“Well kinda I tried to, but you know Michael”

Liz nodded her head in agreement, and then continued. “So are you upset just because you feel bad, or because you miss him?”

“What I don’t miss Michael, well ok maybe I miss Michael a little, alright a lot. God I could just kill Michael for making feel this way!”

“You do realize that you said Michael three times, in one breath”

“What is that” Pulling out the piece of paper Maria was fiddling with in her apron pocket.

“Oh my God, Maria” Looking at the paper that turns out to be a picture of her and Michael.

“All right I’m sick, but you did the same thing last year with Max”

“Yes I admit it, but you Maria, I would have expected more” Liz was shaking her head, trying not to laugh.

“Give those back”

“Hey ladies” Kyle had just entered the Crashdown. Seeing his friends talking, Kyle walks over to them, taking a seat at the counter.

“What do we have here?” He grabs the photo out of Liz’s hands, and takes a peak.

“Kyle give that back, now!” Maria yells at him, trying to take the photo back.

“I’m getting a definite hostile vibe off you, it’s nothing a little meditation can’t fix”

“Shove it Budda boy!” Maria retorted angrily

“What are you doing with this; I thought you broke up with his alienness”

“Where did you hear that?” Maria asks defensively, getting upset.

“She did, but now she’s having second thoughts” Liz added.

“Oh, Isabel told me, I guess Michael was over having dinner there last night, he was all crabby and moody. I guess that would be his usual self right?” Grabbing a menu, he started read the specials.

“Kyle!” scolded Liz.

“Well when she asked him what his problem was, he took it out on her Christmas Tree.”

“He did what?” At this point Maria was both worried and upset.

“Ya it caught on fire, set the fire alarm off, burnt to a crisp; I saw the smoke marks for my self. Jesse ran in so Isabel wasn’t able to use her freaky alien powers. So can humans get service here, or do you two reserve that only for the aliens?” He then looked up from the menu smiling.

“Liz, do you mind if I go sit in the back for a few minutes?” asked Maria quietly.

“No, go on I’ll take care of the order”

“What can I get you, today human?” Liz laughed as she turned back to Kyle.

“Very funny, I’ll have Will Smith Burger and a coke”

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Isabel is sitting on her couch relaxing, reading a magazine while Michael is painting over the black smoke marks that covered the ceiling and walls of her apartment.

“Michael it’s so nice of you to offer to paint, you really didn’t have too” Jesse said briefcase in hand, as he got ready to go back to work.

“Oh, yes he did” said Isabel looking up from her magazine smiling.

“Honey, it’s not like he set the tree on fire” laughed Jesse

“But what are friends for, right Michael”

“It’s nothing” he grumbled as he glared at Isabel.

“Well I’ll see you tonight honey, thanks for lunch, bye Michael it was nice seeing you again, and thanks for all the help” Jesse then kissed Isabel and left.

Once the door had closed, Michael put the paint roller down. He then stepped off the latter.

“Michael, what are you doing you haven’t finished”

“Did you really think I was going to paint after he left?” Michael stated sarcastically.

“Yes, cause Jesse will notice if the paint hasn’t been used”

“He wouldn’t notice if it came up and bit him on the ass”

“Michael!”

“Fine, I’ll just dump some of the paint” He then moved and picked up the paint can, carrying to the kitchen. After he had dumped and sufficient amount of paint, he then erased the smoke marks. Once he had put the latter away, he grabbed his coat and was ready to leave.

“Where are you going?” Isabel asked blocking the door so he couldn’t leave.

“What it’s all fixed, picked up, and the little husband won’t know a thing”

“You can’t leave yet”

“Why?”

“Because I think my dad is having someone watch the apartment, so they’d wonder if you left so soon” she said flustered.

Not believing what she was saying, he replied agitatedly. “Isabel, what is this really about?”

“Michael I think you need to talk to someone, it’s obviously (she pointed to the spot where her tree once stood) not good for you to keep your feelings all inside, and since I’m like a sister to you, you can talk to me.”

Realizing he wasn’t going to get out of there without a fight, he threw his jacket on the couch and flopped down.

“Where’s the ice princesses when I need her” he muttered under his breath.

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Maria was lounging on the couch in the backroom. As she sat there, thoughts of Michael kept entering her mind over and over again. All the wonderful times they’d had together, Las Vegas, the Prom, and their time at the Depree’s (well besides him getting shot), and so many others.

She didn’t even notice the soft knocking at the back door. It then became persistent, and much louder. Maria was awakened from her daydream and walk over to the door.

“Max, buddy haven’t you heard of the front door?” She said as she swung the door open, but it wasn’t Max who was standing behind it. For once in her life Maria was at a lost for words. She gasped at the sight before her, griping the door firmly to prevent her from fall to the floor. Her face went ashen white, as she stood there in shock.
posted on 14-Mar-2002 9:37:19 PM
Part 2

Standing before Maria was a teenage girl and behind her were two teenage boys. She instinctively knew that some how that she was connected to them. They looked tired, dirty and liked they had been through hell and back again, and were dressed in a futuristic fashion, which was mainly comprised of worn out black leather.

As Maria opened the door they all smiled when they saw her face and youngest of the boys even shed a few miss placed tears. “Oh, Mommy!” he said as he pushed through the doorway past the other two and flung himself toward Maria, giving her a hug.

She was taken aback by his reaction, but soon found herself hugging him in return. When he had released her, she turned to the other two. Maria gave them each a hug and a quick kiss on the cheek.

By now she had tears streaming down her face, a huge smile as well as a million questions buzzing around in her head.

“How, what, why are you here?” Maria asked as she stared at them in wonder.

The girl took, a note out from the inside of her jacket, and handed it to Maria.

“Read this” she said as the boys guided Maria toward the couch and sat down next to her.

“Thanks chica” taking the note she unfolded it slowly. Maria then began to read it.

Maria,

If you are reading this, then my/our children got to you safely. I know what ever happens they will be safe with you, in any timeline. I hope by now you’ve realized who their father is (Michael), just look at them.


Maria paused from reading the letter and looked at them. All of whom looked like they had a bit of Michael mix inside each of them. For some reason especially the girl. She looked like what you would imagine Michael would look like as a girl. She had brown hair, and seemed built unlike the boys who where rather petite, and had blondish hair. She smiled at them and went back to reading the note as the youngest boy wrapped his arm around her lovingly.

I realize that right now in your time, Michael and you are not together. If I remember correctly you just broke up with him and are feeling rather miserable.

“I’m not miserable” she stated, and then looking at the others added “Well ok, maybe I am”

Well don’t worry it’s only a matter of time before he’ll do something wildly romantic and it will melt your heart into a million pieces.

“I’ll believe it when I see it” Maria said sarcastically.

At this comment, the other boy started to giggle. The girl then gave him a killer look, just like the one Michael usually gives to shut someone up. He stopped laughing immediately, and went back to staring at Maria as she read the note.

I can’t tell you what year they are from; you can’t know too many details. Only what you need to be able to change the future. Alex is 15, James is 14 and Michael (Junior) is 13. Alex knows what the mission is and she’s is the leader of the motley crew we’ve sent you. She can be a bit bossy. I wonder where she gets that from?

Before you read the rest of this note, take them out the back door into the ally. Mr. Parker will be coming at any second. He must NOT see them!


They had already read the letter, so they knew what it contained. So when Maria had looked up, they all got up and silently moved toward the door. Opened it up and walked into the ally, closing the door behind them. As the door shut, you could hear the sound of faint footsteps coming down the stairs. It was Mr. Parker, just like the note had said. Maria then went back to reading, as the three others stood around silently.

Since I know myself pretty well, I bet your wondering how they got there. Well the granolith is not as used up as we thought. Apparently it doesn’t have the capacity to send you to Antar, which is about a billion miles away. However it still can be rigged to send you back in time. Go figure, what else could we accept from our alien counterparts. Of course Serena did all the work.

I know you hate being the last hope for the planets survival, but there it is. It all started when Max and Liz robbed that damn convenient store. Well by now you know that Max’s dad is investigating him. It’s worse than you all think. He’s not only investigating Max, but Liz, Isabel and Michael.

The only ones who are not on his bulletin board in your time are you, Kyle, and Jim (Mr. Valenti). That will all change in the next couple of months; soon he will have a full blown investigation going. We came to find out he thinks that Max killed Tess (we all wish he had), and that everyone is in some huge conspiracy to cover it up.

The problem is not that he’s investigating everyone; it’s that it leads to the pod squad’s enemies finding out where they are. Not the ones from Antar, but here on earth.

The reason I’m writing you this letter is to validate what they say, and that these are your children, and with your and Michael’s help they might be able to change the future.

Good Luck Chica, Future Maria


After reading the letter, she turned to Alex.

“What enemies?, what are we supposed to do?” she said frantically.

“Get in the car?” Alex said as she walked out of the ally, with James and Junior following behind. Maria folded it up the note and put it in her apron pocket, and chased after them.

“Mom, is that really the Jetta?” James asked laughing.

“What, yes, what’s so funny?” Maria asked.

“It’s just worse then what we’ve heard about” Junior answered.

“Let’s go” Alex said as she walked toward the car, and opened the door.

As they all got in the Jetta, Maria turned toward Alex and said “Where are we going?”

“We have to find Dad” Junior said from the back seat.

“Don’t you know where he is; I mean you knew where I was?” Maria said skeptically.

“He couldn’t remember what he was doing today” James said laughing in the back seat.

“Figures”

“Stop here” said Alex authoritatively, as she sat in the front passenger’s seat of the Jetta. Maria complied, thinking that this girl was most definitely her father’s daughter.

“But the apartment is a block away; I’m not walking all that way in this dress” Maria stated.

“Mom, Mr. Evans has surveillance around the building” Junior piped in from the back.

“Oh, well why didn’t you say that, I’m going to go get spaceboy and we’ll be right back.”

“Don’t tell Daddy, anything the place might be bugged as well” James stated.

“Ok, but could you please stop calling him that!, it’s really freaking me out.”

She got out of the car shutting the door behind her, and started walking toward the apartment.

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Upon reaching it she knocked impatiently, and looked around to see if she could catch someone watching her.

The door swung open revealing a very scruffy looking Max.

“Where is he?” Maria demanded not so pleasantly.

“He’s not here” said Max quietly.

“What!, are you sure?” Maria asked she couldn’t begin to think where else could be.

“Maria, this apartment isn’t that big” Max stated, trying not to laugh.

“Well, where is he then”

“I think he’s over at Isabel’s, um helping her paint” Max answered trying not give away what he was really doing, with out lying to his friend.

“You mean fixing the mess he created?” she said sarcastically

“You heard about that, uh?”

“Yeah, well ok see ya later” Maria then left and walked back to the car, where she then drove everyone over to Isabel’s.
posted on 14-Mar-2002 9:38:22 PM
Part 3

During the quick drive across town with her three futuristic passengers to Isabel’s apartment, Maria had had the opportunity to make a quick sketch of their personalities. Alex was just like her father proud and determined not to fail in her mission. James on the other hand was giggly, full of life and he reminded her of her. While Michael (Junior) was intelligent, loving and Maria could tell that he was a mama’s boy.

“Why don’t you come in, it’s probably not good for you to be sitting out here in the open where anyone can see you.” Maria said after she had parked the Jetta in front of the apartment building.

“Ok” both James and Junior said as they jumped of the car.

“No we stay here, you go get Daddy” Alex said as she got out of the car and crossed her arms in front of her chest.

“Junior and the others might do what you say - but I don’t” James spoke for the first time with out the giggles and very forcefully. He was now standing in front of his sister, and a power struggle was about to begin.

“What others” Maria asked worriedly, Junior who was standing next to her put his arm comfortingly around her. “If we told you, we’d have to kill you” he said with a hint of laughter in his voice. She smiled, at his attempt for humor.

“I’m in control of this mission, I won’t fail them” Alex spat out.

“Don’t forget who put you in control, and once we find him your little power trip is over chica” he said standing his ground.

“Hey, stop it you two, don’t make me get all parental on you” Maria said walking over to them.

They both looked at her apologetically, she walked over and put her arm around Alex and lead her off a little ways away.

“So chica, what’s really the matter” She asked, standing in front of Alex.

“It’s nothing” she said as she tried to walk away, but was stopped by Maria grabbing her arm.

“Alex” she said sternly

“You won’t understand”

“Try me”

“Mom, I’m just a girl from… I had a normal life up until recently, ya sure my dad an alien warrior hybrid from another planet, but other than that and some super human powers I’ve inherited, ok maybe my life isn’t so normal… Then this war broke out and… I just don’t want to fail him, or you. Everyone back home is counting on us to succeed; their very existence depends on it” Alex said with both a mix of nervousness and defeat.

At this point Maria could tell that she was her Daddy’s little girl and the thought of failing on this whacked out alien mission was scaring Alex to death.

“Oh, honey everything will be ok, I don’t know how I know that but, it will, Michael and I have always made a great team and we will take care of everything… and I know for a fact we would have never sent you if we didn’t think you could handle it… now lighten up a little, it’s not everyday ya travels back in time and get a chance to see what your parents were really like, now is it?” Maria tried to comfort her, and gave her a big hug.

“I guess your right mom; it’s pretty weird to see you in that outfit, pictures don’t do it justice.” Alex said smiling at Maria, who began to laugh. She could tell that Alex was starting to relax as they walked back toward the boys arm in arm.

“Alex, I’m sorry, didn’t mean bit your head off – we cool?” James asked sincerely sensing his sister was upset.

“Yes, you did but that’s ok, I deserved it – we cool” Alex said as they proceeded to walk towards the building.

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Maria knocked on Isabel’s door and waited for someone to answer. She just hoped and prayed that Jesse was not home. When someone finally came to the door it was an overly cheery Isabel.

“Oh hi Maria” Isabel greeted her not noticing the three teenage alien warriors standing behind her.

“Hi, Aunt Iz” Alex said with that sweet smile of hers, it was the kind of smile you knew could melt anyone. Isabel then noticed the children and her eyes widened and her face turned to one of questioning.

“Maria what’s going on?” Isabel asked, but her question was ignored by all.

“Where is he Isabel?” Maria asked as she stepped into the apartment, and Junior closed the door behind them.

Michael then walked into the room carrying his jacket. “Isabel, if it’s ok with you I’m going to leave now.” he stated sarcastically.

Alex, who had loosened up a great deal, saw him walking in and smiled, then ran over to him. “Daddy!” she exclaimed. As she came close to him, he grabbed her by the throat and pushing her up against the closest wall.

“Who are you?” He roared angrily, not letting go of his grip. At this point Maria ran over to him, trying to pull him off of her.

“Michael, let go her” Maria demanded as she signaled to the boys to back away and be quite. She didn’t want him to turn on them as well, and knew she had a better shot of convincing Michael of who they where one at a time. Isabel just stood there shocked as she watched the scene play out.

“Not until she tells me who she is” Michael said snippily

“She can’t if she’s dead, now can she… so help me Michael if you kill my baby girl there will be no place for you to hide on this planet or any other” she retorted angrily.

“I’m Alex Deluca-Guerin” She gasped as Michael still had her by the throat.

She took her hands and grabbed his arm, trying to clear her mind. Then all of a sudden the flashes started to come, as Alex connected with her father in a ditch effort to reassure him who she was. Knowing full well she shouldn’t be showing him images of the future, but also recognizing that this was the only way he would ever believe her.

~ Flash ~

An infant Alex is lying in her crib, crying in the middle of the night. Michael walks in picking her up gently. “What’s the matter, my little princess… don’t cry, shh Daddy’s got you” he said soothingly as he walks over to a rocking chair.

~ Flash ~

Rocks are breaking as Michael proudly teaches a toddler Alex how to use and control her powers.

~ Flash ~

Younger versions of Alex and her brothers jumping on their parents bed, in the early morning. They are soon being lovingly tickled and attacked with kisses, as Michael and Maria wake up.

~ Flash ~

It was father-daughter day at work, so a young version of Alex was spending the day with Michael. They skipped going to work, and spent the day playing at the park, and eating ice cream.

~ Flash ~

Alex baking Tabasco swirl cooking with Maria in the kitchen, laughing and having a wonderful time, and are covered with flour.

~ Flash ~

Alex was making out with a boy in a dark room, when the door flies open and in steps Michael. Grabbing the boy by the ear and pulling him away from Alex, yelling “I don’t care who you father is, stay away from my daughter”

As the scenes buzzed through his head at lightning speed, Michael felt all the emotions connected with them. As the flashes started to fade, he released his grip around her throat instantly. The words ‘my daughter’ were still running through his head, as he hugged and peppered her face with kisses.

“Oh, my little princesses are you ok?” Michael asked as he let go of her, and she started rubbing her throat were there were visible finger imprints.

Isabel and Maria looked at each other with questioning faces. What had happened to the Michael they both knew, the one who never shows emotion at all. Let alone to a perfect stranger, even though Alex was not really a stranger. Since when did he start giving people those annoying pet names?

“Ya Daddy, I’m fine” she smiled at him and nodded reassuringly.

“Ha ha, told ya… pay up” Junior said to James as he danced is own version of a victory dance, which looked like the hocky pocky. It was clearly obvious that he had inherited his fathers dancing ability or lack there of. “I so, told you he’d go all alien warrior on us”

“Fine, here’s your fifty bucks” James reached in his pocket, and dug out some dirty looking bills and tossed them to Junior.

Michael noticed them and walked over, giving them each a manly hug, and calling them by name. While Maria just stood there watching in disbelief. He saw her standing there watching him and he instinctively walked over and kissed her. Which she allowed him to do, until the snickers and laughter erupted around them.

“Get off of me, you pervert” she said trying to sound angry, although she wasn’t very convincing and the laugher just seemed to get louder.

“Hey Alex, ya remember that time we came home from school and found…” James started to say in between fits of laughter. He was interrupted by a loud “shut up”, simultaneously from both, Alex and Junior as well as a warning glare from both of them. “Oh right, you can’t tell them too much about the future because it could result in changes we don’t wish to happen… blah blah blah” he repeated in a way that is sounded a lot like a lecture he had been given before he left to come into the past.

Maria was standing next to Michael and had allowed him to put his arm around her; though she stood there, acting as if she didn’t notice.

“Maria, where did you find them, how did they get here?” Michael asked turning towards her.

“WAIT ONE MINUTE, WHO THE HELL ARE YOU, AND WHAT’S GOING ON” Isabel yelled, leaving the room staring at her in silence.
posted on 14-Mar-2002 9:47:38 PM
Part 4

Back at the Crashdown Kyle was still eating a leisurely lunch, not really wanting to go back to work at the garage. Mean while Liz was running around waiting on, twice as many tables in Maria's absence.

"Liz, where is Maria?" Mr. Parker asked in an annoyed voice to Liz as she approached the counter.

"She's on her 15 minute break; she's in the backroom." Liz replied.

"Well she's not back there or in the bathroom; so find her and tell her we need to have a talk, taking off in the middle of a shift is unacceptable." Mr. Parker stated in annoyance.

"Jeez Dad give her a break, she just broke up with Michael." Liz said exasperatedly.

"Well at least one of you has the right idea, I'll never understand why Amy lets her run all around town and God knows where else with that..."

"Since when have you had a problem with Michael?" Liz asked interrupting her father.

"His choice in friends needs improvement, but at least he hasn't gotten Maria arrested, yet." Mr. Parker retorted.

"We never intended to get arrested." Liz said rushing to her own defense, not really knowing what she was saying.

"Liz we're not going to have this conversation here, don't you have customers waiting?" Mr. Parker said very condescendingly.

Liz turned to walk away but stops, turns toward her father and smiles, knowing that what she's about to say will really irritate her him.

"By the way Dad, Maria was telling me earlier what a huge mistake it had been breaking up with Michael so I'm sure they're getting back together as we speak, probably doing God knows what in his apartment."

"Liz, customers." He grounded out, then Mr.. Parker left and stormed into the backroom.

Kyle, who had been sitting at the counter listening to the whole conversation, was laughing silently to himself.

"What?" Liz snapped at him, as she could see he was trying to control his fit of giggles.

"Liz, would be criminals never intend to be caught." Kyle said with a smirk on his face.

"Well what was I supposed to say?" Liz asked, then leaned closer and said to him softly. "That we were there to retrieve a space ship, that had been stolen from Max to begin with, and that the only reason we got caught was because some alien shape shifter ratted on us."

"I guess not uh, do you really think Maria and Michael are getting back together?" He asked trying to change the subject away from the alien madness.

"Who knows what those two are up too." Liz replied shaking her head.

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Isabel was standing in her living room waiting for someone to tell her what was going on. Her head was spinning with confusion, and she had her arms crossed across her chest in a protective position.

“TELL ME WHAT’S GOING ON!” Isabel exclaimed, loosing her patience and showing signs of fear.

They kept looking at each other questioningly; no one in room had any idea quite what to say. Finally James stepped forward, “James Charles Deluca-Guerin, at your service… I’m your dashingly hansom nephew” He said bowing and striking out his hand toward her, which she shock cautiously as snorts of laughter erupted around them.

James continued “This is my older and might I add bossy sister Alex Isabel Deluca-Guerin” He said gesturing over to her as she gave him a nasty look, but then stepped forward and shook Isabel’s hand politely. “Hey… Aunt Izzy” She said enthusiastically flashing her killer smile.

James then moved to where Junior was standing and pointed at him saying. “Then over here is my little baby brother, Michael Deluca-Guerin but we like to call him Junior.” Junior stepped forward and gave Isabel an awkward hug.

Then he moved over and stood behind Michael and Maria and wrapped his arms around them. “Here we have the future Mrs. & Mr. Michael Deluca-Guerin”

“If you call me that one more time, you are so grounded” Maria said craning her next to look at him giving him a threatening look. While Michael simply smiled, and rolled his eyes at him.

He took her hint and walked toward Isabel and using flattery to try to and win her over said. “Which makes you our favorite, and may I add most beautiful… Aunt Isabel”

“Ok that’s enough with the introductions; I want to know what happened for you three to have to came back here” Michael said letting go of Maria and walking toward the middle of the room.

"Michael, tell me you don't believe them?" Isabel said incredulously, looking at him questioningly.

"When I grabbed Alex... I got flashes" He stammered out, looking over at her and smiling.

“I’m still not convince; she could have mind warped you.” Isabel said flatly crossing her arms in front of herself again.

"Hey no fair, you cheated" James exclaimed turning toward his sister, pointing a finger at her disapprovingly.

"Ya, we were supposed to convince them with out revealing the future... remember?" Junior spoke up scowling at her.

"He had me by the throat" Alex said defensively, throwing her hands up in the air, shaking her head at their obvious stupidity.

"Wait, what did you see?" Maria asked excitedly, as she walked over to Michael, and began tugging on his arm as if she was a child.

"Just her throughout her life, you, James, Junior” He replied simply, trying to get his arm away from her unsuccessfully. Then using his other arm to point a finger at Alex warningly, Michael spoke to her sternly. “And Alex if I ever catch you with that punk again"

"No fair I want to see... what did I look like?... please tell me I didn't have wrinkles, gray hair, how was my figure?... wait, what did you catch her doing?" she said still tugging on his arm.

“She was sucking face with some punk, in a closet.” He said angrily and looked accusingly at Maria, as if it was her fault.

Both James and Junior where laughing. Then Junior turned to sister and said “wasn’t that yesterday… oh wait that was this morning right”

“Well now I know she is your daughter” Isabel said laughing.

“Oh, shut up” Alex said coldly, looking at her brothers.

“Michael really, that’s nothing we haven’t done... ok so seriously how did I look?”

"Maria!"

"Michael, after having three, count that three, one two three... children, this body is not going to look the same.”

“You looked fine, ok… now tell me why your here” He said trying to change the subject, and addressing the three futuristic teens.

“What… just fine?” Maria asked feeling hurt.

“Mom, show Dad and Aunt Isabel the letter I gave you” Alex said, interrupting her little spat with Michael.

“No”

“Mom”

“No, there is some personal stuff in it.”

“Maria! just give it to me” Michael said getting annoyed at her childishness, then added in a sarcastically nice voice. “Please”

“Fine, here take it” She said reaching into her apron, and throwing the letter at him, and then went and sunk into the closest chair. Michael took the letter and sat edge of the couch in anticipation, Isabel who was still a little leery about the truth of what the teens where saying, walked over and sat on the couch next to him. James, Alex and Junior found comfortable places to sit, and then Michael and Isabel began to read the letter silently to themselves. Interjecting comments, much the way Maria had done when she had read it.

Maria,

If you are reading this, then my/our children got to you safely. I know what ever happens they will be safe with you, in any timeline. I hope by now you’ve realized who their father is (Michael), just look at them.


“Now that I look at them, they really do look like you… especially Alex” Isabel said, being more and more convinced with each line she read.

I realize that right now in your time, Michael and you are not together. If I remember correctly you just broke up with him and are feeling rather miserable. Well don’t worry it’s only a matter of time before he’ll do something wildly romantic and it will melt your heart into a million pieces.

“Are you really miserable?” Michael asked softly looking up at Maria, who didn’t answer and was avoiding eye contact like the plague. Knowing it would give away how she really felt, or whether how miserable she really was. This only convinced Michael and Isabel that what was in the letter was true, and she was hurting since their break up.

“You, romantic… I can’t wait to see that.” Isabel said laughing.

“It says wildly romantic” Michael countered, pointing to the part in the letter and smiled slightly.

“I’m not getting my hopes up” Maria said drawly, trying to get a dig in. Michael ignored her and they continued to read the letter.

I can’t tell you what year they are from; you can’t know too many details. Only what you need to be able to change the future. Alex is 15, James is 14 and Michael (Junior) is 13. Alex knows what the mission is and she’s is the leader of the motley crew we’ve sent you. She can be a bit bossy. I wonder where she gets that from?

Before you read the rest of this note, take them out the back door into the ally. Mr. Parker will be coming at any second. He must NOT see them!


“He didn’t see you did he?” Michael asked quickly in a nervous tone.

“Of course not!” Alex replied, hurt that he thought she would let them get caught.

Since I know myself pretty well, I bet your wondering how they got there. Well the granolith is not as used up as we thought. Apparently it doesn’t have the capacity to send you to Antar, which is about a billion miles away. However it still can be rigged to send you back in time. Go figure, what else could we accept from our alien counterparts. Of course Serena did all the work.

“Who is Serena?” both Isabel and Michael asked in unison.

“She’s a friend of Mom and Aunt Liz… eventually.” Alex said quickly covering up the fact that Maria had already heard that name before. Maria just pretended to be oblivious to the revelation, she was still mad that he was reading the letter to begin with.

I know you hate being the last hope for the planets survival, but there it is. It all started when Max and Liz robbed that damn convenient store. Well by now you know that Max’s dad is investigating him. It’s worse than you all think. He’s not only investigating Max, but Liz, Isabel and Michael.

“I told Max that this quest for his son was a bad idea… he doesn’t even exist does he… why is he investigating me?” Michael asked, not really expecting a reply.

“I can’t believe it, my own father’s investigating me” she said softly.
“Dad, you’re Uncle Max’s best friend, not to mention the fact he has surveillance pictures of you and Uncle Max burying, the remaining of HER things, and all of our alien artifacts in the desert.” Junior answered him.

“What?” Michael asked

“He’s hired a private investigator, who’s been following you guys around… mostly Uncle Max though.” Junior continued.

“A private investigator?” Isabel said disbelieving, and deeply hurt by the revelation.

“I told Maxwell we should have gotten a safety deposit box.” Michael said, then went back to his reading.

Knowing this was her chance to plant the seed in her father’s brain, Alex said. “That’s why we can’t tell Uncle Max, or Aunt Liz that we’re here.”

The only ones who are not on his bulletin board in your time are you, Kyle, and Jim (Mr. Valenti). That will all change in the next couple of months; soon he will have a full blown investigation going. We came to find out he thinks that Max killed Tess (we all wish he had), and that everyone is in some huge conspiracy to cover it up.

The problem is not that he’s investigating everyone; it’s that it leads to the pod squad’s enemies finding out where they are. Not the ones from Antar, but here on earth.


“I’m starting to think your right, Maria… he should have killed her” Michael said angrily, looking up to meet her eyes. She had been watching him read the rest of the letter, knowing that none of it was embarrassing.

“Michael” Isabel said quietly scolding him.

“Isabel, she’s the reason my family is in danger… not to mention you, Jesse, Max, Liz, Kyle, and Valenti” He snapped at her, then went and looked at Maria as if to tell her he wouldn’t ever let anything happen to their family. She acknowledged his gaze and smiled slightly in response.

“I can’t believe he thinks, that Max is capable of murder.” Isabel said both shocked and hurt. She continued to read the end of the letter, then got up and started to pace the room slowly.

The reason I’m writing you this letter is to validate what they say, and that these are your children, and with your and Michael’s help they might be able to change the future.

Good Luck Chica, Future Maria


Michael finished the letter, then walked over to Maria and handed it to her gently. She allowed him to hug her, and then moved so she was sitting practically on his lap.

“Alex, what’s the plan?” Michael directed his question to the leader of the group.

“I’m not sure, all I know is we have to stop Mr. Evans from continuing his investigation.” Alex answered him directly, standing now in a position of authority.

“We should call Max, and tell him.” Isabel said as she stopped, near the phone and picked it up.

“No!” Alex said loudly, grabbing the phone out of her hands.

“We can’t tell him anything, he can’t know” Alex said annoyed.

“Why not?” Michael said testily, not liking the idea of keeping secrets from Max. Maybe it was because Max was his best friend, or his King, he didn’t know why it was all subconscious.

“If its alien related, he’s in charge.” Michael said.

“He shouldn’t be King YOU should be!... didn’t you understand anything the letter said…you don’t get it do you, because of him our lives were screwed up… just because he couldn’t keep his pants on.” Alex yelled at him, exasperatedly.

“That’s enough!” Michael grounded out

“It’s not like you can keep your pants on either... yup, spaceboy, I think it’s safe to say we’ve found another Michael worshiper” Maria said, trying to lighten the mood and began poking him in the side.

“Maria, your not helping” Michael turned and looked at her, trying not to smile at all the attention, physical contact and affection she was showing towards him.

“Mom, but you told me that you and Dad never slept together before you were married” Junior said smiling at her, knowing she had been trapped in a lie.

Isabel couldn’t help but laugh, through all the serious nature of their task at hand. She turned to Junior and said “Oh, that’s a good one... more like”

“Isabel!” She was cut off abruptly by both Maria and Michael.

“I won’t betray him” Michael said firmly, turning his head back to Alex. Who knew all to well her father’s loyalty to Max.

“We aren’t asking you to” Alex said truthfully. “You can’t tell Uncle Max until after we are gone… that way he will go on with his daily life, and the PI will continue following him… and we can do what needs to be done without anyone realizing we’ve been here… all we are asking you to do is save him from himself… and save the rest of us in the process… by not telling him!” Alex spoke slowly, as everyone listened to her logical explanation for not telling Max.

Junior stepped forward and added. “If he knows were here, then that means so does the PI… for the same reason you can’t tell Aunt Liz… let them go on with their lives and that way no one will be looking at us and what we’re up to.”

“So they are a diversionary tactic?” Isabel asked Alex.

“Exactly, you know them… if they knew that something was up, they would do something crazy to try and change it… alerting the very people we are trying to hide from.” She said looking directly at Maria, who knew all to well what, had happened when they had messed with the future before.

“Wait, Isabel and I are also on the board.” Michael stated.

“Yes, but they are only watching you because Uncle Max is living with you, and only when you two are together… they just think you are trying to protect Uncle Max from what they think he’s done… they don’t think you were directly involved… they are watching Aunt Isabel yes, but we had to come here to find you, and couldn’t wait outside… so no Aunt Isabel was not supposed to know.” Alex stated, and then decided to take a seat in on the couch next to her brothers.

“So after we’ve done what needs to be done, how will you get home?” Isabel asked them curiously.

“We won’t, we’ll just disappear that’s how we will know whether we’ve been successful” Junior answered her.

“Disappear?” Michael asked nervously.

“The people we are today, will be different once we’ve changed the future… all the events that lead up to who we are will be different, and we will just disappear.” Junior said in an informed voice, as if he know all about the time space continuum.

“Well… I don’t know about you, but all this gabbing has sure made me hungry.” James stated as he lifted himself off the couch.

“What happens now, Michael?” Isabel asked him, as every one looked waiting for his answer.

“We have to change the future.” He answered, pulling Maria onto his lap.
posted on 14-Mar-2002 11:58:22 PM
Part 5

Mr. Evans is in his office alone sitting at the desk, staring out the window deep in thought, taping a pen against his desk in agitation. Suddenly he jumps up walks over to the door and locks it. Then standing in front of his chalkboard, throws it up to reveal his surveillance board, which contains every piece of information that he has collected on Max, Isabel and their closest friends. He stands and stares at it for a few moments, rereading every piece of evidence that he has tacked up, then he walks over to the desk and sits down.

He starts to thumb through the most recent pictures the PI had taken for him. The picture where mostly of Max and his daily routine, they started from the time he left Michael’s apartment in the morning to when he got back at night and if he had any late night visitors. Which after a while Mr. Evans started to notice a pattern, and he picked up a picture of Maria entering Michael’s apartment a few weeks ago. Stopping and staring at the picture for a few moments, what he was concentrating most on was the time stamp, which read 2:43 am.

Opening the top desk draw, he pulled out a red marker, a few thumb tacks and a small slip of yellow paper. With the red marker he circled the time stamp that was on the bottom right of one of the photos.

“Why would she there, at 2:43 in the morning?” He said quietly to himself. Then he picked up several more pictures of her entering the apartment, all of which had an either late or extremely early time stamp on them. After looking more closely at the photos he noticed that in everyone you could see who was answering the door, which you could barely see although there was no mistake that it was Michael. In some of them it was as if he was waiting for her, like he expected her to show up at such an odd hour. Again he picked up the red marker and circled his face on one of the pictures.

“What kind of relationship do they have?” He asked himself quietly, and then sat back in his chair to mediate on Maria’s involvement. What did he really know about her, who was she, was she involved in what Max was hiding?

He too the red marker and on the slip of yellow paper wrote down every thing that he knew for certain about Maria. Standing up he walked over to the board, and tacked up several pictures of Maria, under the conspirator heading. Along with the slip of paper in which he had written her theorized involvement, in what ever Max was hiding.

Maria Deluca
- Utah
- Las Vegas
- Isabel’s bridesmaid
- Crashdown Cafe
- Liz’s best friend
- Michael’s? (friend/girlfriend/lover)

Then he moved his chalk board back down hiding his surveillance board, walking over to his desk he placed the pictures in a pile burying them deep with in the bottom draw of his desk. Picking up the phone he dialed, and waited for it to be answered on the other end.

“Yes” said the man on the other end.

“Has there been anything new today?” Mr. Evans asks him.

“No, he hasn’t left the apartment.”

“Ok… keep me posted.”

“Yes sir.”

With that Mr. Evans hung up the phone, and went back to sitting and staring out the window taping is pen.

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Back in Isabel’s apartment, they are still in her living room. She has now been convinced that the three teenagers are in fact Michael and Maria’s future children.

“So have you guys inherited any of Michael’s powers”, she asks curiously looking back and forth between the three.

“Ya, um… we’re really good at blowing things up.” James replies with a smile on his face, and then suddenly one of the couch cushions next to where his mom and dad are sitting blows up and stuffing fills the air.

“James!” Maria yells at him, standing up off of Michael’s lap to scold him for wreaking his aunt’s couch. Every one is laughing, except Isabel who glares at Michael.

“Chill, would ya… I can fix it… no prob.” With that he walks over to the torn cushion waves his hand over it and it comes together and turns an ugly shade of pea green.

“Opps, sorry Aunt Isabel… don’t worry I can change it back… I think.” With another wave of his hand the cushion changes back to its original color.

“Normally we wouldn’t have the same abilities as dad and you, since we are more human than Antarian… but we began our training at such an early age… we’ve been able to harness and expand on what little powers we have.” Junior said in answer to his aunt’s question.

“Oh” was all she said in reply nodding her head in understanding.

“Wait, you still haven’t told me what happened to make you come back here… where you found them Maria… or why you came to get me here, when you said Isabel wasn’t supposed to know… and who that punk is who had his hands all over you?” Michael blurted out addressing Alex.

“The whole you can’t know too much about the future because it could result in changes we don’t wish to happen… blah blah blah” James said the similar monotone he had used previously, when reciting the lecture that he had been given prior to leaving from the future “Can we eat now, I’m hungry!” he whined as he stuck out his lower lip and pouted.

“Michael, they came to the Crashdown to find me… and ah, you couldn’t, I mean the future you… well anyways you couldn’t remember what you where doing today… so we had to run all around town to find you… and here you are.” Maria said rather confused, since it’s not every day you talk about the future version of a person who’s standing right in front of you.

“Daddy you read the letter… we have to stop Mr. Evans’s investigation.” Alex said matterafactly.

“That was Alex’s, b-o-y-f-r-I-e-n-d... and yes they’re always like that.” James said in a mocking tone. That irritated Alex to the point that she threw a pillow at him, he ducked and it went toward Junior instead. Who raised his hand deflecting it, and hit Maria in the back of the head unintentionally.

“Hey, watch it!” Maria scolded them.

“Opps… sorry” Alex said picking up the pillow and putting back on the couch.

“Michael what are we going to do?” Maria asked, as everyone looked at him in curiosity.

“I’m not sure… we have to dig up the stuff that’s buried in the desert… then find out exactly what Mr. Evans knows… and stop his investigation.” Michael said getting up off the couch.

“Michael, you have to have a plan!” Isabel said incredulously, thinking he was heading out the door.

“Isabel, don’t you think I know that?… ya got anything good to eat?” Michael asked as he headed towards the kitchen.

“What?” Isabel cried, outraged.

“Food, we’re hungry” Michael said pointing to himself and James. He then began to walk toward the kitchen in search for something to eat.

“It’s about time… I’m starving!” said a smiling James who was following right behind Michael.

“Michael, we have more important things to think about than your stomach.” Maria countered shaking her head in disbelief.

“I think better when I’m eating.” Michael said coming to his own defense.

“I think better when I’m eating.” Michael said coming to his own defense.

“I’ve got some leftovers from last night” Isabel said, thinking of what she could possibly feed them.

Maria started to freak out, after coming to the realization that she had just walked out of the Crashdown without telling any one. “Oh shit… I left in the middle of my shift, not just any shift but the lunch hour rush!... they showed up, and I just left… Liz is going to so kill me… Mr. Parker he’s going to be so pissed!... and what am I going to say?... I”

He grabbed and kissed her, which shut her up instantly. He broke off the kiss before she could either protest, or enjoy it, and then walked into the kitchen saying. “I’m sure you’ll think of something… Iz are there any of those Tabasco swirl cookies left?”

“Oh, my favorite!” Alex said following behind Michael and James.

“mmm, mine too!” Junior stated, as they all made there way for the kitchen.

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Back at the Crashdown, Liz is still waiting for Maria to show up or to call. Kyle is still sitting at the counter finishing his third soda, and second piece of pie. The lunch crowd has started to leave, which has given Liz the opportunity to chat with Kyle.

“I wonder where Maria is” she asks him, as she proceeds to wipe down the counter.

“The earthgirl, is most likely with her spaceboy… no big mystery there” Kyle says without looking up from his piece of pie.

“You’re probably right… I just wish she’d call and let me know what’s going on.” Liz said softly stopping to look at him, with a worried expression on her face.

“I am right… now answer me this, why did she break up with him?” Kyle said to her, as he took the last sip of his soda.

“Don’t get me wrong Maria loves Michael, she just felt like she was being sucked into the alien abyss… she has dreams for the future, and she feels like she’s being held back from pursuing them… but now, who really knows what’s going on” Liz said trying to make Kyle understand what it’s like to be in a relationship with an alien.

“Buddha knows, I always saw them… ya know, living together after graduation… Maria making Michael marry her… them having a few loud mouth little Deluca-Guerin’s running around… the whole family thing.” Kyle spoke honestly, little did he know that his vision wasn’t to far off.

“I wouldn’t let Maria hear you talking about her and Michael having any kids… I’m pretty sure she’d freak at that idea.” Liz said laughing at the whole idea, of Michael and Maria married with kids.

Kyle started to laugh as well and said “She’d probably smack me to death.”

“Do you really think it’s like, biologically possible?” Liz asks in almost a whisper.

“What possible… oh, the whole interspecies matting” he said understandingly, once he understood what she was getting at.

“Ya, do you think it’s possible?”

“You’re the scientist” he said, which Liz just shrugged her shoulders and continued clearing the lunch counter.

“She’s been gone for like an hour now… I wonder what’s going on” Liz asks, not really expecting a reply.

“Liz, maybe you should just call her.” Kyle said, in between bites of Alien Key Lime pie.

“Maybe I should” she said decidedly. Liz then walks the backroom, sat down on the couch and was closely followed by Kyle, who plopped himself next to her relaxing himself into cushions.

“Kyle?” Liz said questioningly, wondering why he was following her.

“If there’s and Alien invasion I want to know about it, so I can get out of doge” he said seriously.

She looked at him skeptically and said “I really doubt there’s been an invasion… and since when have you been interested in what’s going on with our favorite little green men.”

“And woman” Kyle said correcting her, for leaving out Isabel.

“And woman… well?” Liz asked still wondering why all of a sudden he was so interested in the alien soap opera.

“Well you know I’ve become friends with Michael and… ok, I’d rather see this week’s installment of ‘Days of our Alien’, than go back to the garage” Kyle said trying to spin out a believable story, but gave up and just told the truth.

“That bad?”

“Yup” he said nodding.

Liz then dialed Maria’s number on her cell phone, and waited for it to start ringing. When it did she whispered “It’s ringing” Kyle leaned in closer so he could hear the conversation.

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Maria was still standing there reeling from Michael’s importune kiss, when her cell phone started to ring. She dug it out of her apron, and looked at the display to see who was calling.

“Oh my God, its Liz… what do I do?” she said starting to get hysterical again.

“Answer it” Isabel advised as she stood next to her.

“What do I say?” Maria whispered as if Liz could hear her, looking at Isabel in desperation.

“Say hello, see what she wants… just keep it simple, and short” Isabel whispered back in an annoyed tone.

“Ok, I can do this.” Maria stated still whispering.

“Hello” Maria said in the most cheery voice she could muster.

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“Maria, where are you?” Liz asked her in an annoyed tone, while Kyle listened intently to the conversation.

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Isabel was still standing there listening to the conversation, trying to guide Maria through the conversation. While Michael and the rest of the gang where in the kitchen fixing them selves something to eat. They were of course making the biggest mess possible, of her spotless kitchen.

“Oh, I-I’m at Isabel’s, ya I’m really sorry for just leaving like that”

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“Isabel’s?” Kyle mouthed to Liz, who then said it aloud into the phone.

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“Ya…I was sitting in the backroom, and I just had to leave and find him… so I went over to the apartment, Max said he was here… so here I am” Maria said, as Isabel motioned for her to hurry up and end the call.

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“What’s all that noice in the background?” Liz asked, as she could hear laughing in the background behind Maria’s voice.

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“What noise, so um anyways look, I’m not going to come back in today… Michael and I um where going to hang out and a talk… I’ll call you later” Maria said rushed, as she looked nervously at Isabel.

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“Um, ok… I’ll talk to later than.” Liz said confused, and before she could finish she heard the phone click on the other end. She then looked at Kyle and said “She just hung up on me.”

“What… what did she say?” Kyle asked intrigued, sitting on the edge of the couch now.

“Oh, she’s at Isabel’s, and um her and Michael are going to go and talk… she said won’t be back in today… it was really weird, she just hung up.” Liz said giving in an odd look, like she really didn’t understand what had just happened.

“Talk… Michael is going to talk?... or is he just going listen to Maria blather on?” Kyle said laughing.

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“How bizarre is this sight?” Maria asked motioning over to where the others, sat eating in the kitchen.

“What part?... the one where those are your three kids, or you and Michael actually get married?” Isabel asked giving Maria a questioning look, as she was trying to hid a smile and stifle her laughter.

“All of it!” Maria answered emphatically, then walked into the kitchen to see what the others where eating.

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In the kitchen they were all sitting around the table, eating anything that they could find for leftovers in the fridge. There were plates, cups, food containers, and Tabasco sauce bottles strewn all over the table.

“So have you guys come up with a plan yet?” Maria asked as she plopped her self down at that table, in between Michael and Isabel.

“Maria, we’ve been a little busy here” Michael said motioning to the table, and all of the food.

“Ya, I see you’ve been busy making a mess of my kitchen” Isabel added looking disgustedly as she watched all four of them hunched over there plates.

“Hey, we were hungry” Michael stated, not even trying to coming up with any defense for himself.

“Mom” Alex started, but was cut off abruptly by Maria.

“Don’t call me that” she said testily, reaching for a piece of pizza that was on Michael’s plate. Though her hand was slapped away, and when she glared at him, her relented and politely passed her a piece.

“Well, Maria… we thought we’d start by digging up the artifacts, and finding a better home for them.” She said in between bites of cold pizza and chicken pot pie.

“Ya, cause I really want to spend some quality family time digging, in the dark cold desert.” James said sarcastically, as he gulped down what looked to be a glass of Tabasco sauce flavored milk. Junior just shook his head and went back to finishing his plate of spaghetti, chicken wings.

“Shut up, James… we came here to do a job, and that’s what were going to do.” Alex said looking up from her plate for the first time, to give him the evil eye.

“Chill, would ya… it’s not like Mo-Maria really wants to go out there either” He said correcting himself for starting to say Mom.

“Ok… we better get going” Michael said as he finished off his plate of food, and pushes it away.

“Do you think that anyone is outside watching us?” Maria asks.

“No, they are mostly watching Uncle Max… as long as we stay clear of the apartment we should be ok.” Alex adds, as she finishes her last gulp of Tabasco sauce flavored milk.

“Michael, if you need my help let me know… keep me posted on what’s happening.” Isabel said as she stands up and begins to clean up the mess they created.

“Ya, ok… thanks” Michael sputters out, as he walks out into the living room and everyone follows.

They all make there way to the door, Isabel gives each of the kids a hug and kiss. When she got to James he had a huge grin plastered across his face and said. “Aunt Iz, the next time we meet if I happen to throw up on you and start to cry… it’s not because I don’t love you.”

“Let’s go” Maria says as Michael holds the door open for them, and they all walk out.
posted on 25-Apr-2002 6:45:59 PM
Part 6

The five would be Deluca-Guerin’s were all crammed into Maria’s used and battered Jetta. They were now heading out of the parking lot of Isabel’s apartment, Michael was driving; Maria sat in the passengers’ seat, while the three kids where barely fitting on the back seat. Both Alex and Junior had the window seats while James was squished in between them.

“Michael where are we going?” Maria asked as she twisted in her seat, so she was now facing him.

“To the desert, to dig up the stuff… remember” Michael replied in agitation, looking at her sideways, giving her annoyed look.

Maria turns to look out the windshield and says flatly “Stop by my house first”

“No” Michael said outraged.

“Michael I have to change, you can’t possible expect me to go digging around the desert in this dress… not to mention the fact, we don’t exactly have a shovel” Maria tries to reason with him, mean while getting agitate with him for not seeing what was obvious.

“What about Amy” he said more calmly, but with a hint of agitation in his voice.

“Well lucky for us, she’s out of town this weekend… some sorta conference; I wasn’t really listening to her when she told me.”

“Fine, but you’ve got ten minutes, and I mean that ten, not fifteen or twenty, TEN!” Michael stated as his voice raised slightly at the end, and he looked at her intently.

“Message received” she said slightly hurt.

Mean while in the back seat the three kids where jostling around in the backseat trying to get comfortable. They didn’t even notice the conversation that was going on in the front seat. The confrontation in the back became slightly violent, when James tried to physically move Alex over into the car door.

“James!, move over” Alex yelled loudly, as she pushed him and in avertedly kicked the back of Maria’s seat.

“Hey!, stop it back there” Maria said loudly, turning to face the back to witness the their childishness first hand.

“It’s not my fault you’ve got such a fat ass!” James rebuked, using his whole body to move her over.

“I do not have a fat ass!” Alex said as she elbowed him in the ribs causing him to hit Junior, who then shoved him back.

“Would you two act your age… SHIT!” Junior said as he was elbowed in the face accidentally by James and his nose started to bleed. He automatically placed his hand on his bleeding and painfully throbbing nose, healing it instantaneously.

“Michael!” Maria said annoyed, as he seemed to be oblivious to the goings on behind him.

“What”

“Do something, about them” Maria said pointing to the back seat, looking at him coolly.

Michael adjusted the rearview mirror so he could look at what was happening in the back seat. “Don’t make me stop this car!” he said loudly to the three back seat passengers, as they continued to argue. His voice seemed to register with them, immediately the elbowing, and shoving ceased.

“Sorry” James said, as he took one last swing and smacked Alex on the back of her head. She just glared at him, with her famous icy stare. Junior was still cradling his nose protectively, even though it had been healed completely.

Once they had reached Maria’s house, Michael parked the car. Maria got out of the car and started to walk into the house; Michael got out and followed closely behind her.

“You better get comfortable Alex; I think we’re going to be here for awhile” James says as he moves into the passengers seat that Maria had just vacated.

“Why, he said ten minutes” Alex said questioningly, leaning back into the seat crossing her arms across her chest.

“These are our parents, we’re talking about” James replies mattereafactly turning to look at her with a annoyed expression.

“I think he’s right” Junior added stretching out and getting more comfortable on the backseat.

“Their not even like that, right now… she just dumped him” Alex stated not believing what James was implying.

“Didn’t you notice her sitting on his lap?” he said questioningly.

“Or that kiss” Junior interjected, helping James build his case.

“Ya that kiss… what about the whole giving her a piece of his pizza; that I definitely noticed… you know he doesn’t share food, not even with us anymore.” James spoke passionately as he turned in his seat to face them in the back.

“What about the whole missing him, and being miserable thing?” James asked her, giving her a knowing look.

“He’s right those were all classic M and M moments” Junior said as he reached into his coat pocket taking out a bag of M&Ms and a tiny bottle of Tabasco sauce. He opened the M&M’s, offering them to the others then he uncapped the Tabasco sauce and shook some into his mouth and then ate several M&Ms combining there flavors. He then handed James the bottle and he did the same thing.

“Told ya, Junior agrees with me… they are probably didn’t even make into the bedroom” James said smiling.

“Which happens way to often” Junior said laughing, and nearly started choking as he had a mouth full of M&M’s.

“Fine… you are probably right, happy now?” Alex said as she through several M&M’s at both of them, and then grabbed the bottle of tobacco sauce from James. The three sat there in the car munching on the candy, waiting for their future parents to get back.

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Inside the house Maria had walked into her room, with Michael at her heals. Instinctively he closed the door behind him, locking it with his powers. Then he grabbed her arm and swung her around. Kissing her, they start stumbling toward the bed as she moaned loudly in contentment. Maria then ran her hands through his hair, and pulled him closer to her.

“Stop it, Michael” Maria said as she began to notice that he was unbuttoning her dress. She placed her hands on his chest and gently pushed him away.

“I thought you missed me, us?” Michael said softly, still holding her waist firmly in one arm. He then bent down and gave her several delicate kisses along her jaw and neck, while ran his free hand down her side.

“Michael, I do miss you, I love you… but it doesn’t change the fact that I have dreams” she said as she stepped out of his embrace. She raised her hands and cupped his face affectionately. Michael then stepped back, pushing her out stretched hands away.

“Why can’t I be apart of your dreams” he said sadly as he opened the door, and walked out.

“Michael!” Maria called after him, as she followed after him.

“I’m getting the shovels; I’ll be in the car” Michael didn’t even turn around as he yelled backed to her, not even trying to hide the anger in his voice.

“Michael!” she called after him, as he slammed the door behind. She tried to fight back tears, but just couldn’t control them. Maria then turned and went back into her room closing the door softly, as tears started to stream down her cheeks.

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The three teenagers sitting in the car witnessed Michael storming out of the house, slamming the door as he left. He then stalked off heavy footedly to the corner of the house to retrieve some shovels from the garage. They looked at each other nervously and James said “This doesn’t look good for us”.

When he came back to the car with three shovels in hand, James got out and opened the trunk for him silently. No one said a word; as they sat in the car waiting for Maria.

She came out a few minutes later dressing in a pair of jeans, a low cut black top, and a sweater jacket on. Her hair was still braided, and she was wearing her work sneakers. Maria walked to the car slowly, with her arms around her chest in a protective fashion. Once she had slid into the passengers seat again, she turned to Michael reached out to touch his arm and said “Michael, we need to talk about this”

“Not, now” he barked back, snapping his arm out of her reach. In the back seat, their three future kids where looking at each other nervously, but remained silent.

“Michael, I didn’t mean…” she started pleading with him, giving him that pouty look she knew worked every time. He stopped her mid sentence gave her a slightly softer look and repeated himself saying “Not, now”. She nodded then reached out and gently touched his arm again, this time however he didn’t pull away. They drove into the desert in complete silence, except for the occasional elbowing in the back seat.

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Back in the apartment, Max was lounging on the couch lazily watching TV. He jumped up, turned off the TV and went to grab the phone. As it rang he paced back and forth across the living room. There was no answer; rather a recorded message could be heard.

“Hello, I’m not here right now please leave a message at the tone…”

“Hey Liz it’s me, I miss you… I was wondering if you wanted to come over after your shift… just call me back, I’ll be waiting here by the phone… I love you” with that he sadly hung up the phone and flopped back onto the couch.

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The Jetta pulled off the road, and drove into the unknown wilderness. Stopping abruptly, leaving a trail of dust behind it. The five passengers disembarked, from the car not wasting any time getting doing what they had come there for. As Michael exited the car he called “Alex...”

“I’m on it” she replied anticipating what he was going to say, as she got out and went behind the car to open the trunk, retrieving the three shovels.

“So, where’s is it?” Junior asked, as he followed Michael a little ways from the car.

“Umm… I think its right about here” pointing to a general area on the ground.

“You, think?” Junior asked questioningly, looking at the large area Michael had pointed to.

“You don’t know?... figures, well I’m not going to be apart of this haphazard expedition… I’m going back to the car” Maria asked incredulously, shaking her head and then stalked off back toward the car.

“Hey it wasn’t my idiotic idea to bury the damn stuff” Michael rebuked, as he called back after her. Alex then walked up and handed both him and Junior a shovel and they began digging.

James was back at the car leaning against it, when Maria walked up.

“Aren’t you going to help?” she asked a little more harshly than she intended.

“I don’t do manual labor… it wasn’t my idea to go digging around out here in the cold… plus I’d much rather keep my wonderful Moth-Maria company” he replied looking at her laughing, and crossing his arms around his chest in defiance. She just raised her eyebrows at him, snorted and laughed.

“Thanks… so is there anything you can tell me, you know about the future?” Maria asks, trying to weasel information out of him. She gave him pouty look that always seems to work with Michael.

“You know I can’t… my lips are sealed… my trap is shut...” James started to ramble on, but Maria interrupted him in a winy voice “Please!”

“Nope, no can do” James said, but she continued to try and persuade him by saying “Please I promise not to tell anyone… ok how’s this, when you ask me if you can get a tattoo I’ll say yes, sound likes a pretty good deal to me.”

“No!” he started loudly, “Plus, you’ve already said yes” he says smiling, lifting up sleeve to reveal a tattoo that looked like a family crest.

“What!” Maria screeched grabbing his arm to get a better look at it, then before she could continue her assault he distracted her “Hey, are those the earrings dad, I mean Michael gave you, one year for Christmas” he asked pointing to the pearl earrings she was wearing.

“Yes, how did you know?… and you aren’t off the hook yet buddy… what kinda mother am I to let you get a tattoo like that?” Maria rattled on and he just listened to her as usual.

“You wear them all the time… and you’re a best mother on this or any other planet” James said taking his arm out of her grasp.

“Oh, really that’s too sweet… so, tell me what it is” Maria asked still trying to pry information from him.

“What, what is?” he asked not questioningly.

“The tattoo, what’s that symbol” she said pointing to his arm, that he had covered up.

“Oh, let’s just say it’s a family crest… and if you tell anyone, Alex will kill me… you don’t want to get on her bad side, trust me I’ve seen what happens when you do” James said seriously, she shook her head in understanding. Then turned to her and softly spoke “You know he loves you more than anything… he’d do anything for you, he will.”

“Honey, I know he loves me… love isn’t the problem… I guess sometimes love just isn’t enough” Maria said quietly, crossing her arms across her chest and looking downcast at the ground.

“Well, some one once told me… that if there is enough love then you can over come anything, that love is the only real thing in this life” James replied looking at her with a goofy grin.

“Who’s the sap that told you that?” Maria asked skeptically, looking up at him and turning her nose up at the idea.

“My mother” James said smiling, and kissed her gently on the cheek, and then he proceeded to walk toward the others, in order to lend a hand in digging. Maria just stood there shocked, as she tried to let what he had said sink in.

Once James had reached the digging party, Alex turned to him and said “Well it’s nice of you join us.” He chose to ignore her remark, and instead went up to Michael taking the shovel from him and said “Go make nice” pointing toward Maria. Michael nodded and walked back to the car. While the others continued to dig, trying to discreetly spy on what was happening between Michael and Maria.

When Michael had reached her she looked up, and smiled slightly. None of them knowing what to say for once, not wanting to say the wrong thing to make the situation worse.

Maria was the first to speak “Michael, I’m sorry… it’s just I don’t know what I’m thinking or feeling anymore and sometimes I feel like I don’t know who I am… I’m not the same person who you scared half to death in the ally that night”

“Maria we all change, that’s what growing up is… I’m not the same person I was back then either”

“I know, it’s just I had this dream once … and maybe I still do, I don’t know… all I do know is that I can’t live without you… I don’t want to”

“I never asked you to stop dreaming… do you really think I would?”

“No, but then this morning I was sitting there missing you, and the next thing I know they show up, and they’re so sweet, kind, funny and I absolutely love them… I’m supposed to be their mother, which by the way scares me half to death… did you know James has a tattoo, what…” she continued to ramble, on and then he interrupted her, mid ramble.

“We should wait” he said abruptly staling the conversation.

“Wait for what?”

“To talk about this whole relationship crap” Michael said in a defeated tone.

“Crap!” as Maria spoke she throw up her hands.

“God Maria, you know that’s not what I mean!”

“Then tell me Michael, what do you mean when you called our relationship crap!” Maria asked angrily turning and giving him a hurt and somewhat vulnerable look.

“I meant, that it’s not as simple as I want you, you want me… there is a lot of other crap… and right now we’re a little busy saving everyone’s ass, so once the troops leave we can figure it out together” he said as he pulled her into a comforting hug.

“Together?” she said into his chest with a smile, realizing for the first time that everything would work it’s self out in time. She then felt him pull back, just enough to look her in the eyes before he gave her a tender kiss.

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Meanwhile the three diggers were anxious as they continued to dig, and watch their parents. The kept stealing glances over at them and giving each other worried looks.

“Don’t worry, everything is going to be fine, they’ll work it out… trust me!” James said trying to calm down his bother and sisters nerves.

“You didn’t tell her anything did you?” Alex asked coolly, as she gave him an icy stare.

“He’s not that stupid… are you?” Junior asked, with a smirk.

“Shut up… no, I just reminded her, of what she’s always told us” James said plainly.

“Which is?” Alex asked

“You know her little rant on how if there is enough love, yada, yada, yada… it’s the only real thing in this life… that one” James said as he leaned against his shovel, giving himself a rest from digging.

“Oh, that one… I think that’s one of my favorites” Junior said as he began to uncover what they had been looking.

“That’s all you, told her?” Alex asked sternly, moving over to Junior helping him move the rest of the dirt away from the black trash bag of artifacts.

“I also told her about how Uncle Jesse dies, how dad proposes, oh yeah and how where we come from in the future she’s five months pregnant with our brother” he said seriously as he watched Alex’s eyes bug out of her head, and Junior trying to repress all out laughter.

“You what!” Alex screamed, in a whisper not wanting their parents to hear them.

“Chill chica, I was only kidding” Junior said shaking his head, not believing that she really thought he’d divulge all that information to her.

“This nothing to kid around about!” Alex says seriously acting very condescendingly.

“Hey, she asked and I wouldn’t tell… yeah know you should be damn proud of me, I kept my fucking mouth shut… and she even tried giving me those eyes she uses on dad to get her way… but no sir re I wouldn’t budge… is that really what you think of me, that after all shit we’ve been through… I’d do something that stupid, to ruin all the happiness we’ve have had, or worse than that jeopardize our very existence… God is that how little you think of me?” when he had finally ended his rant, which was more or less in one breathe.

Alex looked at with a softer look saying “We just can’t jeopardize the mission… we can’t change all the good things that will happen… the three of us were chosen for this mission for a reason”

This time Junior stopped what he was doing, and looked at Alex saying coolly “Don’t get so high on yourself, we were their second choice… they wanted to come themselves but couldn’t”

“More like he wouldn’t leave her” Alex retorted “James, get over here” she called and he complied, left his shovel and kneeled on the ground to help them go through the black trash bag, which held the tokens of their alien heritage.

“Oh come on, she’s ready to pop any day now, he wasn’t going to just leave her… plus they both couldn’t come cause they couldn’t run into their other selves” James said as he helped Junior open the bag. “I know that, we are still the only ones they trusted to accomplish this mission... and we are not going to fail them” Alex said as she checked the hole in the ground to make sure there wasn’t anything else buried. “Check the bag, there is nothing else buried” she said as she began to fill back in the hole with the removed dirt.

James and Junior started taking all the artifacts out of the bag, and inspecting them making sure they where all there. “Should we, get them back over here… I think they’ve been in timeout long enough, what do you think?” James asked both Junior and Alex simultaneously. They then all looked over toward the car, just in time to witness Michael kissing Maria, then hugging her tightly.

“Well, you can both thank me now if you like” James, said smiling at his parents. Both Alex and Junior turned to James and said simultaneously “Thank you Dr. Love”, and Junior added sarcastically “I don’t know what we’d do without you”.

Just then Michael and Maria walked over to them, with Michael arm around Maria’s waist as if it had never left. Michael then left her side to kneel down, and check to out the artifacts. “Is it all here?” he asked.

“Yup, everything’s been accounted for” Alex responded

“We’ve got two communication orbs, one metal book, the translation to that metal book, five healing stones, a necklace with a silver pendant, a scrap of the metal from the ship, letters from Nascedo, and the key to said ship – in the form of a diamond” Junior listed off what they had found in the bag.

“It’s all here, where do put it all now?” Michael asked the surrounding group.
“We’ve got a few options” Alex said, as they began to put all the artifacts back into the black trash bag. Then Michael, then stood up and went back to stand next to Maria again.

“Which are?” James asked “Junior a little help here”, he said as he and Junior began to wave their hands over the ground, making the place where the hole was seem as if it had been undisturbed.

“Well, we could get a safety deposit box, or put it at Aunt Isabel’s… we weren’t told what to do with the artifacts” Alex said trying to think, of other options.

“What about the Granolith chamber?” Maria said casually, finally interjecting herself into the conversation.

James looked at Michael he said “I agree with Maria, it’s the best place”.

Junior who had been standing there absorbing all the possibilities now took the opportunity to speak. “The Granolith chamber is the best place… you’ll still be able to get to the stuff, but no one will know where it is… if you put it in a safety deposit box, then Mr. Evans, the FBI or anyone else could possibly be able to get there hands on it… the same goes for if you stashed it in the apartment, or Aunt Isabel’s… so if we are now going to vote, then the Granolith chamber is mine.” Junior finished his little rant, which sounded much like one Maria would have spewed, which cause both Michael and Maria to snicker.

Alex however didn’t seem to like, what Junior had just said. Stepping forward, she looked him squarely in the eyes saying “There is no voting here, this isn’t a fucking democracy… we do as he says” she pointed behind her toward Michael and continued.

Trying to calm down the situation, Michael stepped forward and pulled her away from a slightly frighten looking Junior. Saying “Whoa… chill, every one can have a say… Maria what’s your vote?”

“Well since the Granolith chamber was my idea, then it’s got my vote” she said smiling.

“So, we’ve got two votes for it, then mine which makes three, what about you Alex” James asked.

“I vote with Da-Michael” Alex said mater a factly.

“Figures” James snorted out.

“Well I guess we all are voting for the Granolith Chamber, lets go” Michael said as they all marched back to the car, but called out “Grab all that shit, don’t leave anything behind” James grabbed the black trash bag containing all the artifacts, and Alex and Junior picked up the shovels.

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posted on 25-Apr-2002 6:57:41 PM
Once they arrived at the spot near where the pod chamber was, they all got out of the car. The troops pilled out of the car, and Alex went around and grabbed the bag of artifacts from the trunk. Then she and the others started to follow Michael who had already started to walk up the hill, toward their destination.

“Hurry up!” Michael, called coolly as he made his way toward the rock formation that secretly held the two chambers.

Maria sped forward, to catch up with Michael. As she approached him, he grabbed her arm and helped her up the steep cliff. Only letting go in order to put his arm around her waist; she neither noticed nor protested the action it was natural and seemed right.

When they had reached the door, Michael waved his hand over it to reveal the silver hand print and the door magically opened. Once they had all clambered inside, they all stood and stared at the broken pods. Junior instinctively walked over toward the one that had housed Michael. “This one was you’re, right?” he asked.

“Yup, and that’s Max’s, Isabel’s and Tess’s” Michael stated pointing to the appropriate pods for each of the aliens, and when he got to Tess’s his tone was slightly disgusted.

“Who’s got the all the alien crap?” Maria asked, with an upbeat tone.

“It’s not crap!” Michael retorted.

“Whatever Spaceboy… let’s just get this over with” she said smiling, as Alex stepped forward holding the black trash bag.

They all carefully stepped through the pod, and into the Granolith chamber. They all stared in awe at the massive room, which was hidden from human eyes.

“So, where should I put this stuff?” Alex asked, as she circled around the huge, dull black cone that once was so full of energy.

“Over here, in the corner” Michael said, as he moved to the far end of the chamber and pointed to a spot on the ground. She then walked towards him, and placed the bag on the floor with a thump.

“So are we done here… this place feels like a tome now, and is kinda creepy… can we leave?” Maria asked the group as a whole.

“Some how I thought this mission would be harder” James said thinking aloud, but was given a dirty look by Michael who said “Now you’ve done it”

“Done what?” James asked in ignorance.
“James could you just be quiet for once… do you think you can do that?” Alex said, as she continued to walk around the room in awe.

“Hmm… I wonder if you can get reception in here” Maria asked as she took out her cell phone.

“Who the hell are you calling?” Michael asked in reply, turning towards her.

“Isabel… she wanted to know what’s going on” Maria replied as she held the phone up high, trying to get a signal.

“Give, that to me” Michael said grabbing the phone from her, and started to walk out of the Granolith chamber and into the area where the pods where.

“Michael!, give that back” Maria screeched as she followed after him, trying in vain to grab the phone away from him.

“Maria, I have to make a phone call” Michael said as he began to wave the phone around trying to get a signal.

“And who are you calling” Maria asked, with her hands on her hips in defiance.

“Izzy” he said as he walked closer to the mouth of the cave, where he could get better reception.

“I told you I was going to calling her” Maria said outraged as she walked over to him, in order to listen into his conversation.

“Make sure you call her cell” Alex added, as she came out of the chamber with Junior and James trailing behind.

“Yeah, her phone could be tapped” Junior added as he struggled to get through the hole and back into the pod chamber.

“Well, now that’s done… I say we grab something to eat… I could really go for a piece of Men in Black pie” James stated.

“Are you always hungry?” Maria asked starting to laugh.

“Yes!” both Alex and James said simultaneously, and Maria continued to laugh.

“What, so I have a healthy appetite… what’s wrong with that?” James asked in a somewhat hurt voice.

“Healthy, like a tape worm” Junior shot back, by this time everyone was giggling.

“Hey, I’m on the phone” Michael said loudly, and the room fell silent. Maria who was standing next to Michael mouthed to the other “It’s ringing”.

“Phase one of the mission is complete” Michael said in a serious military tone.

“It’s me… Michael!”

“You asked to be kept update on what, Maria, the troops and I are doing… so I thought I’d call” Michael said taking all the credit of the idea of calling her.

Maria just stood their shaking her head, knowing exactly what he was doing and yelled “Don’t believe him, it was my idea to call!” Michael then wrapped his free arm around her covering her mouth with his hand, she tried to pull his hand away but he had too strong a grip on her, and she really wasn’t trying all that hard to get away from him.

“The troops… Alex, James, and Junior” Michael explained, in annoyance.

“mmhmm… eat”

“Yeah, we are going to get some food”

“I don’t know... I haven’t thought that far ahead… I’ll call you back”

“Ok, bye” Michael then hung up the phone, and let go of Maria much to her disappointment. Handing the phone back to her, he saying “Let’s go… I’m starving”

“Where are we going to go?” Junior asked.

“I wish we could go to the Crashdown” James began to complain as they all clamored out of the pod chamber, and made their way back toward the Jetta.

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