|posted on 20-May-2002 2:52:44 PM|
Author: Little Bit
Disclaimer: I don't own anything. Some dialonge from episodes has been used, no infringement intended.
Summary: Liz & Kyle's lives in Roswell before and after the shooting. Basically a behind the scenes of the episodes from Season 1 & 2.
Liz and Kyle had been in Roswell for seven years and were set in their lives. Liz had Maria and Alex while Kyle had all of his jock friends and they had just started high school. They were still close but spent less time together, at least publicly. They would sneak over to each other’s houses at night, but they had to be careful. One night Kyle didn’t know that Maria and Alex were staying at Liz’s and they almost saw him on her balcony. They were trying to come up with ideas how they could spend time with each other without raising suspicion but hadn’t figured out anything yet.
Liz felt her brother’s kick to her stomach before she flew backwards. As soon as she hit the ground she was up again. Liz dodged a kick that Kyle had aimed at her head, and grabbed her brother’s leg, flipping him to the ground. Kyle blocked Liz’s flying roundhouse kick, and did a back flip to get up. It was one of their weekly scheduled training sessions where they kept up with their fighting. They were out in the desert right where it met up with Frasier Woods. Things continued like this for a while, with both Kyle and Liz each using their enhanced abilities to their advantage, before calling a truce between them.
They had just broken apart when they heard clapping. Both on alert, scared someone had seen them, they looked to where the sound was coming from and saw a blonde guy a few years older than them leaning against a tree.
“Who are you?” Kyle yelled.
“Always be aware of your surroundings soldier, you never know where the enemy could be hiding.” He said.
Liz’s eyes suddenly burned with recognition, “Zack?” Liz whispered in a strangled voice. The blonde looked over in her direction, and nodded, “It’s me baby sister.”
Memories of the last time she had seen him entered Liz’s thoughts just then, and she let them flash by.
They could hear the dogs barking, hot on their heals. It wasn’t the only things she heard. She heard gunshots, and Lydecker yelling. They had to make to the fence, it they did they’d be safe. Well safer. Liz saw that Ky was still next to her, a foot away. She looked ahead and saw that Zack, who was leading them, had reached the fence. “Up!” He ordered and they all jumped the fence. Once they landed Zack was suddenly next to her. “Everyone go, split up. It’ll make us harder to find.”
She looked up at him, she didn’t want to be separated from all of them, but he said, “Go, run.” Ky grabbed her hand and pulled her away and farther into the woods. The last glimpse she had of any of her siblings was of them running.
That night still haunted her dreams, sometimes the dream played out exactly the same way other times it was worse. She had had nightmares of the men capturing them and dragging them back inside, or she had one where she was hiding and she had to watch as the men gunned down her brothers and sisters, just like Lydecker had shot Eva.
Letting out a strangled gasp, Liz threw herself into her brother’s arms, and wrapped her own arms around him in a hug. She couldn’t believe that after seven years of being alone, with only Ky out of her siblings for company, her older brother had finally found them. “How did you find us?”
Zack turned away from his sister, and said in a flat tone, “I’ve actually been watching you and Ky for almost six years now, I traced you here.”
Liz took a couple steps back from her brother, and just stared at him. “Why didn’t you tell us who you were sooner, Zack?”
“Why?” Zack turned to face his sister, his face a blank slate, but, his eyes were naked with regret, “I’m sorry I couldn’t tell you sooner, baby sister, but, it would’ve been too dangerous for you two and the others. I would have told you if I could’ve, you know that.”
They both nodded. Sure they understood, that didn’t mean they liked it. The Sheriff had helped them search for their other siblings over the years; they had even gotten a few leads but nothing concrete. “So why now?” Kyle asked.
Zack shrugged, “I thought you two were old enough to know.”
“What about the others? I know you can’t tell us where they are but how are they?” Liz asked.
“I’ve found everyone but Maxie. Everyone else is safe, they haven’t found anyone yet.” Zack said. “Most everyone is on the move every year or so. You two are the only ones to stay in one place for so long.”
“Roswell’s safe. There are people we trust here.” Kyle stated.
“And we’re ready if we need to run or if they surprise us.” Liz said as she pulled out her gun to prove her point.
“Yeah, I’ve seen you two train. And although I’m against you staying, for now Roswell is safe.”
“So are you planning on staying for a little while or are you leaving right away?” Liz asked.
“I planned on staying for a day or two.” Zack stated.
“Well then you’ll have to stay with one of us.” Liz said excitedly.
“I don’t know how your parents would feel about that.” Zack said just as they saw the Sheriff’s SUV pull up. Normally Zack would go on the defensive but he knew that the SUV belonged to the man Kyle lived with. The Sheriff got out of his truck cautiously not sure who was with the kids. “Kyle?”
“Dad, this is Zack. He found us.” Kyle stated. He saw his dad relax and stick out his hand. “Jim Valenti.” Zack took the offered hand and shook it.
“Do you mind if he stays with us tonight? He can have my room, I’ll sleep on the couch.” Kyle offered.
“Sure, we can head back now. I’ve got the night off unless there’s an emergency. We can order pizza and you three can catch up.” The Sheriff said. “Do you need a ride, Zack?”
“No, I have a motorcycle. I’ll meet you there.” He said as he headed off into the woods where he had stashed his bike.
As the other three headed for the SUV the Sheriff asked, “Does he know where he’s going?”
“Yeah, he said he found us about a year after we came here. Been watching us ever since.” Liz explained. “I’m going to call my parents and explain about Zack. I’ll go home after I eat and then sneak back over.” Liz said as she pulled out her cell phone.
“Did he say anything about the others?” The Sheriff asked Kyle.
“Yeah, he knows where everyone is except Max. He won’t tell us where they are but he said they’re safe.” Kyle stated. The three of them spent the next few days together enjoying being a family. When Zack left, Liz and Kyle both had a contact number to reach him with. He visited them as often as he could, giving updates on the rest of their family.
The summer before their sophomore year Zack was in town for a visit and he was the one to come up with the idea for Kyle and Liz to pretend to date so they could spend time together without anyone being suspicious. It weirded them out for awhile but they got used to it. It also kept Maria’s interest about Liz’s crush on Max Evans at a stand still. Early in the summer, shortly after Kyle and Liz officially became a couple, Liz, Maria, and Alex were over at Maria’s house hanging out when Liz’s cell phone rang. “Hello?”
“Lizzie, Kyle’s hurt.” She heard her dad say. “Jim just called me. They were hiking when there was a rockslide and Kyle was caught in it when he pushed Jim out of the way. It’s pretty bad, Jim said it looked like he’s losing blood from a cut on his side and probably has a few broken ribs.”
“Where are they?” Liz asked frantically.
“Heading to their house. Should be there in about ten minutes.”
“Okay, I’ll meet them there.”
“No, stay there. I’m right around the corner.”
“I’ll be waiting outside.” Liz turned off her phone and looked at her confused friends.
“What’s going on?” Alex asked.
“Kyle got hurt in a hiking accident. My dad’s picking me up to go see him.”
“How bad is he?” Maria asked. “Is he going to have to go to the hospital?”
“I don’t know.” Liz said as she grabbed her stuff and headed for the door. “I’ll see you guys later.”
Liz stepped outside just as her dad pulled up. She ran out and jumped into his car. “Go.” Jeff Parker pulled the car away and sped to the Sheriff’s house. It wasn’t far away and they arrived at the same time as the Sheriff and Kyle. She ran up to the tailgate of the SUV and helped him pull her brother out. “I let you out of my site for one minute and look at you.” Liz joked.
“Funny Liz.” Kyle breathed out. They got Kyle onto the couch and Liz started calling out orders. She was the one to do the medical treatment since she had more training then both men although the Sheriff had quite a bit. “Dad, I need our medical kit.” Since they couldn’t go to the hospital they had a lot of equipment in case of emergencies.
“It’s in my closet.” Kyle hissed out. X5s had higher tolerance for pain but he had been jostled around a lot and it hurt.
As her dad went to get the kit, Liz questioned them. “Do you have any idea how much blood you lost?”
“Not sure.” Kyle answered. “But I’m getting dizzy.”
“He soaked the blanket in my truck.” The Sheriff stated. Just then her dad came back.
Liz grabbed the edges of Kyle’s shirt where it was torn and ripped it open. Underneath she saw the damage. He had a large cut about six inches long that had been bleeding heavily but had now lightened up. “Dad, I need the large gauze pads and a couple of the surgical towels.” Her dad handed them to her, and then she handed them to Kyle’s dad. “Sheriff, I need you to stop the bleeding.”
The Sheriff began to apply pressure. While he did that Liz worked around him and found her brother had three bruised ribs and got out what she needed to wrap it before pulling out a transfusion kit out. “Dad, tie off his arm.”
Her dad took the rubber tubing and tied it around Kyle’s arm while she did the same to herself. She inserted the needle on Kyle then the other one into herself. “How it’s doing, Sheriff?”
The Sheriff pulled off a towel and looked at it. “Looks like it stopped.”
“I need to stitch him up.” Her dad got the necessary equipment and handed it to her. With her dad’s help she was able to sew up her brother while she gave him a transfusion. She cut the string and handed the scissors to her dad then looked at the Sheriff. “I’m going to unhook now and I need you to tape him up. He’ll heal fast, but he’ll be sore for a day or so.”
“I’m already feeling better.” Kyle threw in as the Sheriff began bandaging the wound and taping up his ribs.
“Well Manticore did something good when they made us all universal donors or we might have had a problem.” Liz stated as she unhooked the tubing. This was the worst either of them had been hurt since they left Manticore, they had been lucky. The differences in their blood would be detected, if the hospital screened it. The two of them could go to the doctor for small things as long as their blood or other bodily fluids weren’t involved.
“Liz, do you need anything else?” Her dad asked.
“It would probably be a good idea if we both had a dose of Trytophan. The loss of blood might trigger a seizure. And a glass of milk?” Liz asked. Her dad went to get what she asked for as she brushed Kyle’s hair out of his eyes. It was getting so long; she kept teasing him about it. “You gave me a scare Ky.” She said reverting to his original name that only her or Zack called him. “I freaked when my dad called and said you were hurt.”
“Sorry. It was instinct, I couldn’t let him get hurt.”
“I’m not mad, I would have done the same thing.” Her dad came back then with their pills and milk. They gulped it down and Liz waited until Kyle fell asleep before heading for home. She called Maria and Alex and told them that Kyle only had some bruising, nothing bad. She could tell them how serious it had been because they would wonder why he wasn’t in the hospital. She updated her mom on what was going on then once it was late enough she snuck back over to her brothers and watched over him.
The rest of the summer was uneventful for the two. They continued to ‘date’ and hung out a lot. Maria and Alex even joined them a couple times in the Crashdown.
The X5’s stood silently, side by side, as one, by one; dressed in fatigues, hands on their rifles. Lydecker walked along their straight rows. Suddenly he stopped, and bent down to meet Liz’s eyes. She looked straight ahead, and refused to even blink in Lydecker’s presence. “Remember this, soldier,” he whispered. “Show your weakness, and the enemy will destroy you. Understand?”
Turning her head, Liz said emotionlessly, “Sir, yes, sir!” Executing a perfect salute, and about-face.
“Good.” Lydecker smirked; he stood back up and faced the unit. “Your orders for the next training exercise are as followed. Each team has a target; said target was released into the woods in the assigned areas 30 minutes ago. Track down the target and eliminate it.” He motioned to the other regular soldiers who showed each team a picture of their assigned target. Liz and Ky memorized the picture before being dismissed.
The two of them made their way through the woods, they had done similar assignments before but it had involved the whole unit and tracking one prisoner. Lydecker knew that it affected her doing this that was why he had said what he did to her.
Silently moving next to her brother, working together like they had been trained since they were in the nursery together. The two of them found a fresh set of tracks and followed them. Ky and Liz approached an area where a few trees had fallen. They scanned the area and they spotted their target trying to catch his breath. From Liz position she had the best lineup for a shot and Ky motioned with his hands for her to take the prisoner out. Liz knew if she resisted then it would mean punishment, a ‘lesson’ as Lydecker called it and he would know. The woods were watched to make sure the kids did as they were ordered. She lined up the shot at the prisoner’s head, knowing he wouldn’t suffer as much and squeezed the trigger. The shot was good and the prisoner fell dead to the ground. Liz wiped a tear from her eye and went with Ky to report the success of the mission.
Liz woke up suddenly and sat up. Her sudden movement woke Maria, “Lizzie? What’s wrong?”
“Nothing Maria, just a bad dream. Go back to sleep.” Liz said as she threw back the covers and climbed out of her bed. It was a good thing she didn’t wake up screaming this time like she had in the past since Maria and Alex had spent the night. Maria was next to her and Alex was asleep on her floor. Liz wondered what they would think if they had knew that Liz had killed people. Hunted and gunned down men who had no way of defending themselves.
She shut the bathroom door and went to splash cold water on her face. She hated having those dreams, those memories. Or nightmares if you got down to it. Sometimes they came months in between but other times they came frequently. Liz knew she would never be rid of them. She turned off the bathroom light and went to lay back down. When she did she felt Maria curl towards her, “Are you sure you’re okay?”
“Yeah, I’m fine. It’s probably just stress from starting school and work.” Liz lied.
“Well after the Crash Festival next week, things will settle down.” Maria yawned out. Liz nodded and tried to go back to sleep.
September 23rd. Journal entry one. I'm Liz Parker and five days ago I died. After that, things got really weird....
Liz stood in the café trying to figure out what had happened to her. She knew she had been shot, she had felt the bullet hit her stomach and the burning pain that had always accompanied a bullet wound but then suddenly it was gone. And Max Evans was standing over looking scared. “You're all right now. You're all right.” She heard him say. She watched him throw his keys to his friend Michael then grabbed a ketchup bottle. He broke it and dumped the contents on her. “You broke a bottle when you fell, spilled ketchup on yourself. Don't say anything please.” And then he was gone.
She had rubbed the smooth skin of her stomach; there was no evidence of the bullet. She didn’t know what to think sure her and Kyle were fast healers but that was a little overboard. What had Max done? Had he healed her? How could he do that? The sound of her dad’s frantic voice pulled her back to what was going on.
“Lizzie. Oh my God!!”
“No, dad, dad look, look at this.” She said pointing to her uniform. “See, I'm fine, I-I just spilled ketchup, I'm really, I'm okay.”
Jeff Parker knew that if Liz was hurt she wouldn’t want to taken to the hospital so he had to make sure in case he needed to get her ‘alternative’ medical care. “Are you sure?”
“Yeah” She answered. It was then that Sheriff Valenti walked up. Liz saw the flash of worry cross his face, and heard him ask; “You okay?”
“Yeah thanks. I-I'm just a little shaken up.” She lied. She didn’t want to talk to anyone about what had happened until she talked to Max. He nodded and went to get his report from his deputy. Once that was done, Liz noticed the two tourists from earlier talking to him. That made her worry. Then she heard her dad yelling at her for the showing her fake photo around. While she did she saw the tourist, Jennifer, telling the Sheriff about Max and Michael sitting at the booth.
“There were two kids sitting over here when it happened, two boys about her age. And then one of them went”
Liz interrupted her. “Uh yea, that's right there were. You know that I didn't recognize them, so they must have just been tourists.” She could tell that the Sheriff believed her, why wouldn’t he? This was the first time she had lied to him. But then the other tourist, Larry, butted in. “No, no it sure looked like that she knew them to me.”
She just looked at the Sheriff and shrugged her shoulders trying to make it look like she didn’t know what he was talking about. Her dad came to the rescue so she didn’t have to say anything. “Jim, I really want to get Lizzie upstairs. She’s shaken up with the shot going off. She’s not real comfortable around guns.” Of course the three of them knew that was a lie. She happened to have several guns hidden in her room as well as one in her locker in the back room.
The Sheriff nodded and Jeff steered her to the back. Once they were through the door Jeff asked, “What happened? It wasn’t Manticore was it?”
“No. I saw them struggling for the gun and it went off. I dodged the bullet but hit the counter, knocking over the ketchup. I slipped in it and got it on me. That’s it. I don’t know what those people were talking about. Max just helped me up.”
“Stupid tourists.” Her dad grumbled. “Go on upstairs and get cleaned up. I’ll see you later.”
Liz ran upstairs fast and into her room. She stripped out of her uniform when she saw it. A glowing silver handprint. What the hell was going on? What had Max did to her?
She started thinking about what she knew about Max. She knew he wasn’t from Manticore. He didn’t have a barcode. She had checked along time ago, when she had noticed he watched her.
It was Liz’s first day of school and her mom had dropped her as well as Maria and Kyle off early. Liz was nervous about it but she felt better knowing her brother and Maria were close. Liz and Maria were playing when she felt someone’s eyes on her. Out of the corner of her eye she saw a little dark haired boy staring at her. The way he looked at her made her wonder if he knew her from Manticore. Not one of her siblings but maybe one of the other kids in the other units. Before she could walk over to talk to him the little blonde girl next to him dragged him away. Later she noticed the two of them hanging around Michael Guerin, a boy that Maria had told her about.
After that she never saw him alone, he was always with the girl, who Liz found out was his sister Isabel, and Michael. She bided her time and eventually was able to check the back his neck, nothing. Over the years, he continued to watch her and Liz kept an eye on him.
Liz dressed quickly and decided that tomorrow her and Max needed to have a talk.
The next day Liz was sitting in her biology class listening as the teacher droned on and on, waiting for Max to show up. She noticed Max walk in just as she heard the teacher say, “For today's experiment you'll be working in teams of two.”
She watched as Max sat down next to her and stuck a pencil in his mouth. “Mr. Evans, so nice of you to join us. Okay, everyone on the right prepare a slide with the vegetable sampling, everyone on the left, take a toothpick and get a sample from your cheek.”
She noticed Max pull the pencil out of his mouth, as he started to fidget. She was about to ask what was wrong when he raised his hand. “Mr. Evans?”
“Could I get a bathroom pass?” He asked.
“High maintenance today aren't we?” Max took the pass and left as the teacher continued to talk. “It's very easy to look on the outside and say what differentiates humans from other species. But what about what's on the inside, everyone, look at the human cells and describe everything you see on your lab sheet.”
Liz scraped the inside of her cheek and started to prepare the slide. She knew her cells would look a little different, since her DNA were mixed with animal but she also knew what normal human cells looked like. Since she knew that she could just draw them. But she wanted to see what hers looked like. Once she was done she sat back and started to get rid of her slide. She couldn’t leave evidence lying around. As she did she saw Max’s pencil, the one he had been chewing on. She quickly made a slide of it and looked at them. They were green, and not normal! She needed to talk to Max.
After class she ran after Max. “ Max! Max! Excuse me, excuse me. Max, I have to talk to you.”
She pulled him into the band room. It was then that she realized they weren’t alone. Kyle was there beating on a drum. “Kyle!”
“Hey!” Kyle said greeting his sister. He was glad to see her; he had something to tell her.
“Hey!” She said too excitedly.
It was then that Kyle noticed who she was with. The guy his sister had had a crush on for the last year. “Hey Max.”
“Hey.” Max said quietly.
“Did you get my message?” He asked Liz still eyeing Max.
Liz knew that Kyle had called her several times and was glad they hadn’t had a training session schedule last night or she wouldn’t have been able to avoid him. “Yeah, I did. I was just little…”
“Shaken up.” Kyle offered looking over at Max, knowing she wasn’t scared of a gun.
Grateful that Kyle had come up with an answer for her, she said. “That’s what it was.”
“Yeah, I know my dad told me about the gun going off. You okay?” Kyle asked still careful of his words around Max.
“Yeah, I am. It was just loud then it was over.”
“So you guys are?” Kyle asked wondering why his sister had drug a guy into an empty room. Especially this guy. He hoped it wasn’t for what he normally dragged girls into empty rooms for. His sister was too young for that, even if she was only six months younger than he was. He had always been protective of her, more so now that Zack warned them that Liz was old enough that she could go into heat.
“Looking for a place to…” Liz tried to come up with something. “Study for our biology midterm.”
“Right. Biology.” Kyle looked from Liz to Max; they looked too serious to be studying but why would Liz lie? “All right. I was leaving anyway.” Kyle hadn’t been about to leave, he was actually waiting for someone but he could see that Liz wanted him to leave. He would just wait for her.
“Great.. Um, that’s good.” Liz said trying to rush him out of the room but Kyle stopped. “Ooh, I got my costume for the Crash…”
Liz was about to scream in frustration. “Kyle. We've gotta study. Sorry.”
Kyle looked at his sister; she was up to something. “Right. See ya Max.”
“So...you're going out with the Sheriff's son?” Max asked her sounding almost disappointed.
“Um, yeah. Well, it's kind of like this, this casual...okay, Max. Can we just focus here for one minute please?” She said as she lifted up her shirt.
“Wow.” He said as he looked at her stomach.
“Um, I-I scraped some cells from your pencil. This is really hard to say, I'm trying to keep from blacking out here. Um, the cells weren't normal.” Of course neither were hers. “So, Max, what I'm going to suggest to you is that we just go back to the bio lab now, so that I can take a sample so that I can see what I'm thinking is wrong, you know? That I got the wrong cells...”
“You didn't.” He said flatly.
“Okay, um.” Liz said trying to figure out what was going on. “So help me out here Max. I mean, what are you?”
Max’s eyes flitted around the room. “Well I'm not from around here.”
“Where you from?” Liz asked. Max pointed up with his index finger. “Up north?” He just pointed higher. “You're not an, an alien, I mean. Are you?”
“Well I prefer the term not of this earth.” He said smiling. “Sorry, it's not a good time to joke. Yea, I am. Wow, it's weird to actually say it.”
Liz couldn’t take it. It was too much. Her logical mind could grasp the concept of aliens. She turned to leave and got as far as the door before Max grabbed her. “Liz.... “
“Um, Max, you know, I have, I'm gonna be late for my US Government class, so I'm just gonna—“
“Liz, listen to me. You can't talk to anyone about this. Not your parents, not Maria. No one. You don't understand what'll happen if you do.” She looked up into his eyes, he had no idea how much she did understand it. “Liz please? Now my life is in your hands.”
Liz nodded before heading out the door. She had just gotten out into the hallway when someone grabbed her arm and pulled her into a closet. She turned to look right into the eyes of Kyle, who happened to be standing next to her other brother Zack.
She turned to look right into the eyes of Kyle, who happened to be standing next to her other brother Zack. She was glad that she had thought to drag Max to the music room since it was sound proof or they might have heard everything Liz and Max had said while they were waiting. “Oh my God.” She said as she reached up to hug him. “When did you get into town?”
“Yesterday. I was heading this way and decided to swing by. I got into town right before the shooting. I was actually outside when it happened.”
“Right outside?” Liz asked nervously. She wondered if he had seen anything. “Really, too bad you couldn’t grab the guys who did it.”
“They ran right by me but I didn’t want to cause a scene. I left after I saw you get up. I headed over to Ky’s and Jim let me stay there. He tried to call you but you didn’t return the call.”
“Yeah, my mom was freaked. She thought it might be Lydecker’s men. But I told her that they wouldn’t have done such a crappy job.” Liz lied.
“I was going to tell you but Max was there so I waited for you. What happened?” Kyle asked. “Dad said he didn’t get a chance to talk to you alone and your dad was busy.” His dad had told him that something about the shooting didn’t look right to him and suspected something strange, maybe Manticore but when Kyle asked he said he didn’t have anything definite.
“I saw them struggling for the gun and it went off. I dodged the bullet but hit the counter, knocking over the ketchup. I slipped in it and got it on me. I was a mess.”
Zack couldn’t believe that his sister was lying to them. Zack had seen more than he let on, but he wanted to do some investigating first. He had to leave soon but he would be back. He knew that Liz had been avoiding Ky last night that was why he had taken the risk to meet Ky at school. He wanted to corner her to see what she would say. She was covering up what really happened.
“You should have called me last night. I heard from someone when I left practice that there was a shooting and I assumed the worst. It wasn’t until I talked to my dad that I knew that you were okay.” Kyle reprimanded.
“I’m sorry, Ky. I just wanted to get her settled down. Forgive me?” She smiled sweetly.
Kyle nodded and hugged her. “How about you make it up to me? We go out tonight. Zack’s leaving later tonight to get away from the tourists. We can go over to Hondo so no one will see us, eat then I’ll drive us back.”
Liz knew she wouldn’t be able to get out of this so she agreed.
They had just gotten back from dinner; Zack had left from Hondo on his way to check on one of their other siblings. Kyle had driven her home and was about to walk her to the door. “Well, goodnight.” She said.
Kyle looked at her, “Oh right, right. Listen Liz, you've, you've been somewhere else all night.”
“I know, I'm sorry.” She’d been thinking about Max all night and hadn’t paid much attention to her brothers. “Kyle, do you ever wonder if....”
“Do I ever wonder what?” Kyle asked.
“When you see a girl, do you, do you feel things.”
“Yes, of course. I feel things.” Kyle looked at her strangely. “Like what?”
Liz just shook her head. “Forget it, I don't know what I was talking about. I'm just gonna go get some sleep.”
“All right.” Kyle said unsure of what she was up to. She reached up to turn off a light, pulling up her top in the process. That was when he saw the handprint. “Liz?’
Liz pulled her shirt down quickly, hiding it from his view. “Good night Kyle.”
“Goodnight Liz.” He hadn’t expected her to act this way. She was keeping something from him, something they never did. He needed to tell his dad that the shooting had nothing to do with Manticore, it was something completely different.
(Note: I’m changing the memory Max saw when he healed Liz.)
Later that night, Liz was sitting out on her balcony when Max came and asked to talk to her. She went downstairs and let him in.
“I can't imagine how you must feel right now, I mean, I've thought about telling you a thousand times.” Max said.
“You have, me?” Liz asked surprised as she walked over to the counter. She looked over and saw Max smiling, “What?”
“Sorry, I just, uh, I just keep picturing Maria trying to teach you how to spin on those stools.” Max explained.
“What?” Liz asked confused.
“Forget it, it was a long time ago.”
Liz thought about what he said. “Oh my God. That's, that's right. Watching her made me dizzy but I tried it anyway.” Thinking of that memory made her realize something. “Wait a minute, we were alone when we did that and the café wasn’t even open. Did you like, read my mind or something?” Her mind reeled at what he might have seen.
Max had a look of panic in his eyes. “No, I-I don't read minds. When I healed you, I made this, this, I don't know, this connection. And I got this rush of images.... An image of that day flashed into my mind, and, I knew how you felt about it.”
“How did I feel about it?”
“It was one of the funniest days you had ever had. You liked letting loose with your friend.” Liz nodded in shock. That day had been right before her parents had opened the café, a week after she met Maria.
“I've never tried this before, but maybe I can make the connection go the other way. So you can see, you know that, that I'm still me.” He pleaded with his eyes for her to trust him.
Max walked up to stand right in front of her. “I have to touch you.”
She felt him place a hand on each side of her face and heard him say, “Now just take deep breaths and try to let your mind blank out.”
Liz saw several images rush by her. Max and Isabel walking down the road and the Evans finding them, Max on the first day, and how he sees her. In the halls at school talking to Maria, and watching her since they were in third grade.
She could feel everything he was feeling. She could feel his loneliness. For the first time she was really seeing Max Evans, she saw herself as he saw her, and the amazing thing was, in his eyes, she was beautiful. She never thought anyone would look at her that way. He left her shortly after, leaving her to think.
Max Evans has put a force on me. It's like my whole life changed in an instant. It's just so ironic that when something like this finally happened to me, it was with an alien.
The next day Liz talking Alex when the principal walked in and say, “There she is.”
She looked up to see one of the Sheriff’s deputies coming up to her. “Ms. Parker, the Sheriff needs to ask you some questions.” He leads her to an office and she went in to sit. The Sheriff walked in shortly after.
“Afternoon Ms. Parker. Your father said it would be all right if I talked to you. I'm sorry to have to show you these.” He said as he pulled out the autopsy photos. He saw something flicker in her eyes but it wasn’t surprise, if he didn’t know better, he’d think it was fear. Valenti knew that Liz was keeping something from him and Kyle but he could figure out why. She always told them the truth; they were the only ones she did. She hadn’t even told her parents everything; “This man was found dead, no apparent cause of death. Except that. What do you make of that mark?”
“I have never seen anything like that before.” Liz lied, as she stared in shock at the autopsy photo of the man wearing the familiar handprint. She looked down and noted the date.
“Kyle said he saw a similar mark on your stomach.” He hoped to shake her by the statement but he should have known better, she’d been trained not to give anything away when interrogated.
“He was wrong.” Liz said carefully.
“I'm sure, Kyle's got a pretty wild imagination.” He knew that she would realize he knew she was lying by that statement. “I'm gonna need to see for myself Liz.”
“Come on sheriff, I mean, I told you that I spilled ketchup, and I, I said that like, a thousand times.”
Her hesitancy spoke volumes. “Liz, please?”
Liz stood up and pulled up her shirt. She waited a minute for him to react and when he didn’t she looked down to see it gone.
“The mark faded on the corpse too. What do you know about a kid named Max Evans?” Valenti asked.
“Max Evans?” Liz asked.
“Mmmm Hmmm..” He asked looking at her face.
“Um.... I don't really know him all that well.” Liz said.
“Was he one of the kids at the CrashDown that day?”
“No.” Liz answered too quickly.
“I see. “
Not wanting to lie to him anymore she asked, “Can I go home now sheriff?”
She watched as he set her backpack on the table. She was glad he had been the one to find it, since it had her gun in it, then she remembered what else she had hidden in it. “Just one more thing. Somebody turned in this bookbag, it is your isn't it?”
She nodded before taking it and leaving. She had to find Max and get some answers.
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Liz found Max in the gym and the two of them went into an empty room. “I need to know the truth Max. I need to know everything. Or I'll - I'm just gonna go to Valenti and I'm gonna tell him everything I know.”
“Okay.” He answered.
“Okay.” Liz said. She figured it would take more than that to get answers out of him. She pulled out her question and got started, “Okay. All right. Here we go. Where did you come from?”
“I don't know. When the ship crashed I wasn't born yet.” He answered simply.
“So there was a crash?” She asked. Although she hadn’t believed in aliens before she had always suspected there was more to the incident than the military had said. After all she herself was part of a military secret and knew that the military had lots of secrets.
“All I know is it wasn't a weather balloon that fell that night.”
That was when something occurred to Liz, “The ship crashed in 1947 your 16?”
“We were in some kind of incubation pods.” Max answered and Liz cut him of, “We?”
“Isabel and Michael are also...uh...”
‘What is it about Roswell that people come to hide out in? And with others of your kind?’ Liz thought. “Okay, well, that, answers, um, that question. Um, what powers do you have?”
Max started walking around; “We can connect with people, as uh, you know. We can manipulate molecular structures, and we can...”
“Wait, what does that mean?” Liz asked. She watched as Max walked over a sculpture and waved his hand over. It went from a face to a smooth surface back to the face. Liz watched in awe, she had never seen anything like that.
“That's, uh, that's how I healed you.” Max explained.
Liz knew what people might do if they found out about him. “Max, who else knows this?”
“What about your parents?”
“We don't tell anyone. We sorta think our lives depend on it.”
Liz could understand that. “So when you healed me you risked all of this getting out didn't you?”
“Yeah.” He answered.
“It was you.” Max answered with a small smile. Liz smiled back at him, then remembered why she had sought him out. “Um Max, Valenti showed me this photo of a corpse. A murder victim. It had the same silver handprint on its chest.”
“That can't be.”
“The photo was marked 1959.” Liz continued.
“Kyle saw the handprint on my stomach and Valenti found my waitress uniform with the bullet hole in it. He just asked me if you were in the cafe during the shooting. Max, he suspects you.” Liz was about to tell him that he could trust Valenti when she noticed Max walking out of the room. “Max.”
“I have to go.” Max said as he fled. Liz tried to follow him but other students heading for the festival surrounded her. She needed to figure out what to do next.
From her position on the hill Liz had seen everything. She knew she had to stay out of Kyle and the Sheriff for her plan to work. She hated to lie to them but Max and the others would have to learn to trust them on their own. She heard Max as soon as he started up the hill but waited he was closer to react.
“Hey.” She said as he pushed a stray piece of hair behind her ear. “Oh.”
“You had a, uh....” Max started to say.
“Hair thing, right. Thanks.” Liz finished.
“Sure. Liz, it's not safe. I mean, for you and, and me to.... it’s not safe.”
“I don't care.” Liz stated and she didn’t. She had been looking for someone to care about her the way she thought he did for a long time.
“Liz I really, really wish that this could be something, you know more. But it can't. We're just...”
“Different.” Liz answered. He had no idea how different but similar they were. He was the only one who might understand her besides her family.
“Yeah.” Max said. As he turned to walk away he said, “I'll see ya at school.”
“Max?” She called to him. He turned to look back at her. “I never got to thank you, for saving my life.”
He continued down the hill and Liz watched him go. She wasn’t going to give up on him. Her siblings had always said she was stubborn, and when it was something Liz really wanted she was even worse. She left the festival and walked home thinking about everything. Later that night she put those thoughts to paper as she wrote in her journal.
‘It's September 24th, I'm Liz Parker and five days ago I died. But then the really amazing thing happened. I came to life.’
Sheriff's point of view from the Pilot and the Morning After
After his encounter with Max Evans Sheriff Valenti left the security of the Crash Festival to some of his deputies and went back to the station. He knew something was up with Max and the shooting, tonight was enough proof of that. He knew there was more to this shooting than meets the eye. At first, he thought Max was someone from Manticore here after one of the kids. Maybe even an X5 himself but Liz had said it wasn’t Manticore and hadn’t said anymore. Wouldn’t was a more accurate description. She was lying to him and her brother and he knew that under normal circumstances she wouldn't do that. The silverhandprint on her stomach that Kyle had seen had fueled his suspicions. If Max Evans was an alien maybe he was influencing Liz in some way. He passed Hanson at the desk and made his way to his office. He pulled open the top drawer of his filing cabinet but instead of seeing the uniform he found in Liz’s backpack he saw an empty space.
Frantic that some one had found it he searched the rest of the cabinets as well as the whole office. He had seen the hole made by a bullet if Valenti’s theory was correct and was certain that the ketchup was covering up the blood from the wound. Liz’s blood, X5 blood, blood that no one could get their hands on. Not finding it he finally went out to Hanson, “Hanson, has anyone been in my office?”
“Just me sir. The FBI Lab pick up technician came by and asked if we had anything. I saw you looking at that uniform earlier and knew it had something to do with that shooting the other day so I looked for it and went ahead and sent it with him along with bullet casings from those hunters we arrested last week.” Hansen said smiling like an idiot at his initiative.
The Sheriff had to hold himself back from yelling about how stupid Hanson was and how he shouldn’t have done it without the Sheriff’s approval but just nodded and went back into his office. He picked up the phone and dialed the lab hoping he could get the uniform back before it was tested. “FBI Forensics Lab.” The voice on the other side of the line answered.
“This is Sheriff Jim Valenti of the Roswell Sheriff Office. One of your technicians came by to pick up some stuff and my deputy gave him a uniform that wasn’t supposed to go. I wanted to have it pulled before we are charged for it.”
“Hold for a minute while I check on it.” The line clicked as he was put on hold only to be picked up a few seconds later. “Sheriff? That dress has already been cataloged and is in the process of testing right now. I pulled it before it was complete so your department will on be billed for the testing that occurred.”
“What tests were already done?” The Sheriff asked.
“Just an initial screening to see what is on it. No scrapings or anything.” The technician replied.
“Refresh my memory on what an initial screening is?”
“It’s a test kind of like a x-ray. It tells the most basic information on what substances; fibers, etc are on the object. Like if it’s evidence from a murder we can tell that blood is on it but it doesn’t screen it enough to let us know if it’s the victims or possibly the assailant.”
The Sheriff let out his breath that he didn’t even realize he’d been holding. “Okay, thanks for sending it back.”
He hung up the phone and tried to decide what to do. The test had been stopped before they could screen the blood so the differences wouldn’t be detected so Liz was safe. That initial screening would confirm his suspicions about blood being on the dress without endangering Liz. He knew it was a risk but he also knew she was lying to him because Max had done something to her in that café, something that was possibly alien. And if it was alien, then the Sheriff wanted to find out. Max Evans could be dangerous. He would keep an eye and ear out making sure nothing more came of the screening that could endanger Liz and Kyle. He would be on alert and get the kids out of town if they needed to go.
A few days later, Valenti was sitting in is office when Agent Stevens walked in. “Good afternoon, Sheriff.”
“Agent Stevens. You don’t write, you don’t call. I’m sorry about kicking junior out of here the other day. He had no jurisdiction. No offense.” The Sheriff replied. When the agent had appeared in his office he had assumed the worst but then realized that if the kids we in danger they wouldn’t send one FBI agent. They would send a whole team from Manticore and not to his office but to the Crashdown after Liz.
“So, what’d you guys find on that waitress uniform?” He asked as curious as he was scared.
“Well several things actually, sheriff: tomatoes, salt, water, sugar, vinegar.. ketchup, Sheriff, no blood. We’ve wasted enough tax-payer dollars to try to find something that isn’t out there. No space ship landed here in 1947. No aliens are currently residing in Roswell, New Mexico. I’ve been given the authority by the governor to search the premises to remove any information pertaining to UFOs, alien sightings, and other alleged paranormal occurrences in this county. This thing is over, Sheriff.” His men came in just them and Agent Stevens ordered them. “Let’s get on with it, guys.”
The Sheriff then realized what was going on. “You found blood on the dress. Why else would you care enough to remove my files. Wouldn’t that be a waste of taxpayer dollars?”
“It’s locked.” The other agent stated talking about the cabinet where the Sheriff kept the alien files just like the one he took the key out of. Stevens reached for the filing cabinet key. “This won’t take long. Thank you, Sheriff.”
The FBI were concentrating on the alien aspect of the investigation so the Sheriff knew that the kids were safe and grabbed his thermos where he had hidden the key and decided he needed to get back to his alien investigation. “Make yourself at home. I’m going to lunch.”
Valenti sat in his office running over in his head who had taken the key he had hidden. No one had come in his office by conventional means, which meant that someone had broken in. His office was on the second floor and there were bars that were locked in place. Someone would have to scale the side of the building, not a completely impossible since there was a drainpipe right outside, pick the lock and open the cage. But they would have to do it fast enough that no one would see and Valenti knew there weren’t too many people that could do that. He knew of two that could do it easily, Liz and Kyle. X5s were very agile and could scale the wall quickly without even needing the pipe. They also had the knowledge to get them past the lock; they were very quick with a set of lock picks, much to the Sheriff’s chagrin. Could they have done it? Did Liz do it to protect Max? Or could Max have snuck in here that was why his sister had really come into the office instead of for a flat tire? Right now he didn’t know but he was going to find out.
Part !0: Leaving Normal
Liz was sitting in the hospital waiting for more news about her grandmother. Her parents and Kyle were there with her. Kyle was doing his best to comfort her but it didn’t help. Liz kept thinking about how she might lose the only grandmother she had ever known and the woman didn’t even know the truth about her, none of it. All she was that the Sheriff had helped her son and daughter-in-law adopt an abandoned little girl who needed them. Grandma Claudia had even respected their wishes about not letting anyone know that Liz was ever adopted. So she didn’t know that Kyle was Liz’s brother. Liz didn’t like lying to her, she respected her grandmother very much but she wanted to protect her. And Liz only admitted to herself but she was also scared what she might think if she found out the truth about her granddaughter, and she couldn’t stand the thought of her grandmother hating her. She had called Max earlier for comfort, just waiting to talk to him but he hadn’t been home. Liz looked up and saw Max coming towards her. “Max.”
“Hey.” He said quietly. Liz could see the concern on his face.
“My grandmother just had a stroke.” She said absently.
“Oh, I'm sorry...how are you doing, you ok?” He asked.
“Yeah, thanks...” then she remembered that they weren’t alone. “everyone this is Max.
“Hi there.” She heard her dad say. She was sure that her dad was sizing up Max.
“Hi.” Max replied.
“So, what are you doing here?” She heard her brother ask which earned him a glare from Liz.
“My cousin got into a car accident.” Max replied.
“I'm sorry.” Liz said sincerely.
“I don't think it's serious. I better go find out how he's doing.” Max said as he turned and left.
Kyle made up an excuse about getting something to drink and followed him. When Max headed out to the parking lot Kyle knew that Max had been lying so he headed for his jeep to have a little chat with him.
“So, how's your cousin?” Kyle asked as he walked up.
Max jumped a little surprised that Kyle was standing there, “He's going to be ok.” Max answered quickly.
“Your cousin wasn't in an accident, was he?” Kyle said glaring at him.
“It was a mistake.”
“Max...I know that something happened between you and Liz the day of the shooting. That you helped her out or whatever. She was shaken up and you calmed her down and I appreciate that. But what I don't appreciate is that ever since then, you've been all over her. I see it, Max. My friends see it, the entire school sees it. Now, I like Liz...a lot, and I don't want you around her.” Kyle wished he could say what he really wanted to which was that neither he or any other guy was going to mess with his sister. And that if they did they would have to deal with him. He was watching Liz extra close since Zack had warned them that Liz could go into heat at any time, tomorrow or six months from now. And Kyle wasn’t going to let anyone take advantage of her in that state.
“Believe me, I can see that.” Max said before driving off. Kyle made sure he was gone before going back inside. He said bye to his sister and her parents telling them if they needed him to call and headed for home.
The next day Kyle was walking through the quad with his friends, talking about the condition his locker was in. He couldn’t figure out what was going on. “So the locker just melted closed. How do you explain it? Metals gotta be 500 degrees to melt.”
“Maybe it was that Max guy getting back at us.” Paulie stated.
“Getting back at us for what?” Kyle asked.
“We beat the crap out of him.”
‘You’re the one who said he was hitting on Liz.”
“Idiot.” Kyle said as he walked away. It was one thing to warn the guy, but an entirely different one to go after him. He knew Liz was probably pissed at him, thinking that he sent the guys after Max. If he wanted Max out of the picture; he’d do it himself. He had to talk to her.
Liz saw Kyle waiting for her outside the hospital room and headed out to see him.
“How she doing?” He asked.
“Listen, I need to talk to you.” Kyle said. They headed outside. Once they were he started, “Listen Liz. I know you have other things on your mind right now but I wanted to let you know I had nothing to do with what happened to Max.”
“What happened to Max?”
“You know Paulie and Tommy those guys, their degenerates and I had no idea that they were going to do that.”
Now she was totally confused. “Do what?”
“They beat him up.” Kyle could see the look of confusion on her face. “You didn’t know?” He had to give Max credit for not telling, not using it against Kyle.
Liz could feel her anger rising. “Why would they do something like that?”
“I don’t know why they were just trying to help out.” Kyle stated.
“Help out? How would that help out?” She spit out.
“I told them it was wrong Liz.” Kyle said, he could tell how pissed she was.
“How could be friends with people that would do that?”
“Come on Liz. They’re good guys.” Kyle said defending his friends.
“No they’re not good guys.” Liz argued back.
“Why are you getting like this?” He asked confused.
“Like what?” Liz asked.
“I’m trying to explain something to you and you’re letting it get all out of hand.” Kyle exclaimed. He knew that Liz would be upset but he didn’t think she’d be like this.
“You must have said something about Max.. they must have… they must have had a reason to do what they did.”
“Why are you so damn worried about Max?” Kyle asked. She never acted like this before.
“Because he’d the one that got attack for no reason. He’s the last person in the world that would ever want to hurt someone.”
“So you are, aren’t you?”
“You and Max. You’re together.”
“No, we’re not.” She was about to read him the riot act about how he was her brother and couldn’t rule her life when she saw some people from school she recognized who were close enough to overhear. So instead she said, “Neither are we.”
Kyle couldn’t believe what he was hearing. “What?”
“Kyle I just I really don’t we should…be together anymore.” She said saying her words carefully.
Kyle was now beyond pissed, if they didn’t act like they were dating then they couldn’t hang around each other. People would be too suspicious. He saw the same people Liz saw and knew he couldn’t say what he wanted to. “So you’re breaking up with me because my friends knocked Max around.”
“No, it’s complicated.” She knew that if Max thought she was dating Kyle that he would never make a move with her and she wanted him to.
“Because of Max…” Kyle half asked, half stated. His sister was pushing him away because of Max. Kyle wasn’t going to let that happen.
“No, I told you Max…” Liz started to say but Kyle interrupted.
“Max, is trouble. My dad’s got his eye on him.” Kyle said trying to convince his sister that Max Evans was bad news.
“I have to go see my grandmother. I’m sorry, Kyle.” Liz said as she started to leave but Kyle grabbed her arm.
“We don’t belong with them Liz. You’re letting yourself get too attached. Our parents are one thing but romantic attachments are another. You know what Zack always says. What do we do if Lydecker came to Roswell tomorrow? We would have to run, leave everything behind.” He said lowering his voice to where she would be the only one to hear.
“How dare you. You have no idea what you’re talking about.” She hissed.
“We have to be careful, we can’t let anyone in. Do you think he would like you so much if he knew?”
“It doesn’t matter what I am. Max likes who I am, it wouldn’t matter.” She said not knowing if it was the truth. Would Max feel the same way knowing that she was made by the same government that he was so scared of finding him?
“He only wants one thing Liz. Just like all other guys.”
“Like you? You’re the one who runs around and dates anyone in a skirt.”
“But I don’t get attached. We don’t belong with them.”
“So for the rest of my life I’m supposed to be alone? Or would you rather I went back to Manticore and find my breeding partner? Would that make you happy?”
“Of course not.” Kyle said outraged. He couldn’t believe his sister would even say that to him.
“Let me go. I have to get back inside, I want to be with her.” She yanked her arm away and headed inside.
Later that night after her grandmother had died, Max held Liz as she cried outside of the Crashdown. Her grandmother didn’t even know the truth about her. Her parents had said it was up to Liz to tell her, and she never got a chance to do it. She didn’t want her grandmother to look at her differently. She had planned on telling her when Max had walked into the hospital room. . Her heart was aching; she hadn’t lost anyone since Eva had died. Plus she was upset about the fight with Kyle. She finally pulled away and headed up to her room, not knowing that a red mustang had been watching Max comfort her.
Liz watched across the restaurant as Kyle questioned Max. This was not good. Kyle was good at interrogating, and wouldn’t stop until he got his answers. Things had gotten more tense between the two of them after she had called off their arrangement, she was sure Zack had noticed on his last visit a few days before. Since Isabel kept asking her questions she couldn’t hear the guys discussion. Then Isabel suggested taking them some ketchup and she headed over.
“All right, number 4. What's your favorite TV show?” Kyle asked bored with the questions. He wanted to dig deeper and this assignment was the best excuse to question Max.
“I don't watch much television. You?” Max asked.
“America's Most Wanted. I watch it with my dad. All right, all right, let's get to the good ones. Ooh, uh...what's the best thing that's ever happened to you?”
“Getting adopted, I guess.” Max answered.
“I'm gonna shed a tear.” Kyle said mockingly but understanding Max’s answer. Although he hadn’t wanted to go with his dad that first night, he was glad that Liz had trusted him.
“What's the best thing that ever happened to you?” Max asked.
'Escaping the government facility that I was created and lived in until I was eight with my family. Part of which you are taking away from me. Kyle thought but answered, “Winning the statewide junior rifle competition.” He noticed Liz standing near by.
“Just bringing you guys ketchup. So, how's it going?” She asked uneasily.
“Great.” Max answered.
Kyle smiled brightly. “Yeah, we're really getting to know each other.”
Liz glared at him as she noticed the fakeness behind the smile, “That's good.”
“I'm glad you came over, too, 'cause I was hoping that we could skip on down to question number 8. Have you ever been in love? Hmm? How 'bout it, Evans?”
“No.” Kyle’s smile widened even more. Now that he had proofed that Max didn’t love Liz maybe she’d tell him what was going on instead of pushing him away and going to Max. But a few minutes later when he saw Liz follow Max and Isabel out the door he knew she wouldn’t.
Max, Isabel, and Liz were going down 285 South following after Michael and Maria. “ It's getting so late. You know, maybe we should just call our parents.” Liz stated. She knew it wasn’t something they would actually do but she had to say something.
“No.” Was all Max said.
“They could help find them.” Liz said.
“I hate to say this, but maybe she's right, Max. I mean, I never liked the idea of Michael going into this place without us checking it out first.” Isabel chimed in.
“No. Nobody can know about this.” Max said firmly.
“Max, I'm really worried about Maria.” Ever since Liz had gotten the phone call from Maria earlier, Liz knew Maria was kind of scared.
“I'm worried about Michael, and all you seem to care about is what's inside that dome, right?” Isabel asked.
“I didn't say that.” Max said.
“You didn't have to!” Isabel said loudly.
“Isabel, we're close to something. We can't just” Max said just as Liz’s cell phone rang.
“Don't answer that.” Isabel said.
“What if it's my mother?” Liz asked. Or it could be Zack but she didn’t want to say that. It rang a few more times before she answered it. “Hello?”
“Liz. Hi.” She heard her brother’s voice on the other end. Liz sighed in annoyance, “Hi.”
“So, listen, I just talked to your mom. She said that you were over at Maria's.” Kyle said. He knew that his sister wasn’t over at Maria, he was trying to trip her up.
“Um, yeah, that's exactly where I am.” Liz lied just as a truck rumbled by.
“Was that a truck?” Kyle asked. He knew he had just caught her red handed.
‘Damn transgenic hearing’ Liz thought. “Um, uh, no, no. That...that was just, um, the television. So, uh, what do you want, Kyle?”
“I took your history book by mistake after you left the Crashdown today. I thought I'd swing by Maria's and drop it off.” Kyle offered.
“Oh, no! Um, you know, you don't even need to go to the trouble. Um...Uh, you could just--you could give it to me at school tomorrow.” Liz said trying to get him off the phone.
“Are you sure? ‘ Cause I'm very close.” Kyle said.
“Yeah. Uh, I'm positive. I'll see you at school tomorrow, Kyle.” Liz said hanging up her phone.
“Maybe even sooner.” Kyle said hanging up his own phone and getting in his car. He was going after her, hopefully finding out what the hell she was doing.
Later they found Maria and Michael in a seedy highway motel. Michael and Max were arguing. “I was thinking I can't wait around for the 2 of you anymore. You like Roswell, and you like your family, and you like your make-believe life. That's great, Maxwell. Keep pretending. But don't think it's gonna last. Because one of these days, they're gonna find out about us, and when they do, everybody in this room... “ Liz listened to what Michael was saying, and suddenly she was aware of someone else. “Kyle!”
“Everyone in this room is what?” Kyle asked walking into the room. He had heard most of Michael’s speech and knew that these people were hiding from someone, although he didn’t know why and he didn’t want his sister mixed up in it. They had enough problems hiding themselves.
“Get out.” Michael ordered.
“Why don't you go ahead and finish what you were saying? Or are you afraid that I'll find out what your little secret is? Are you afraid that I might find out what the hell you guys are doing out here? In the middle of nowhere, in the middle of the night?” Kyle asked angrily.
“I said...get out!” Michael yelled.
“Michael, don't. “ Max warned but he didn’t listen instead he threw Kyle across the room.
Kyle felt Michael grab him but was surprised when he felt himself being flung across the room. Kyle laid there for a minute trying not to jump up and kick the living shit out of him but he didn't think it was the best idea. Something wasn't right. Michael had thrown him easily, too easily for someone with normal strength. “Who the hell are you guys?”
“What's going on here? And what are you doing here?” He asked Liz. His sister who he knew was getting into something she shouldn’t who he was going to protect her. “I'm gonna get you out of here. Come on.” He grabbed her arm but Max tried to stop him. “Leave her alone.”
“Just...” Liz started but Kyle interrupted. “Get off of me!” He said to Max in a menacing tone, Max was stepping in where he didn’t belong.
Liz could see her brother was losing his temper. He was about to do something that would expose them and hurt the others so she broke it up. “Just stop it, both of you, ok? This has gone so out of control! I am not your girlfriend anymore, Kyle.”
“Liz, I don't know what's going on here, and I don't care. I just want you to come back with me.” Kyle stated grabbing a hold of her. He didn’t know what she was doing with these people but he wasn’t going to stand by. He had a feeling that whatever she was doing was dangerous. She could get hurt or draw too much attention to herself. She was getting reckless.
“You don't belong here, Kyle. This is none of your business.” She said in a tone that he would know that she was serious. Didn’t he realize he was making things for her difficult? That she was keeping a secret only because it wasn’t her secret to tell?
Her last statement cut through him like a bullet. “I don't know...” He was going to say he didn’t know why he had gone with her that night, the night they escaped but there were too many people there instead he said, “I don't know what I ever saw in you.” He turned and left.
Liz knew this was tearing them apart, her association with the aliens but she couldn’t help it. She had never felt this way about anyone, the way she felt about Max. Although she hated Manticore, she at least knew what she was and where she had come from. They didn’t, and she wanted to help them. But it was costing her, her brother. She pushed her thoughts aside and turned to question the others, the aliens.
Liz saw Kyle by his locker and decided she needed to talk to him. Things were getting out of hand, she felt like she was loosing him. “Hi.”
“Miss Texas.” He said sarcastically.
“Can I talk to you for a second?” She asked.
“I can't imagine what you'd want to talk to me about.” Kyle said curtly. He was still mad at her, she just kept pushing him away and he had never felt more alone.
“In private.” She said as she pulled him into the janitor's closet.
“Kyle, I just wanted to make sure you were ok. That you didn't get hurt last night.” Liz knew it was a flimsy excuse but she had to say something. She knew Michael didn’t hurt him.
“I see. So that's what you wanted to speak to me about?”
“Yes.” Liz said.
“In private.” He asked knowing there was something else on her mind. He could always read her, and she knew it. That was why she kept pushing him away.
“Well, I'm ok.” Kyle said as he turned to leave.
“No, Kyle. Um...I just need to make sure that you're not planning on telling anybody about...about where we were that day.” Liz said pleadingly.
“Oh, I see. And here I was thinking you were just concerned about me. Liz, what the hell were you doing out there last night?” He asked.
“I can't talk about it.” Liz said sadly. She missed him. She knew that if he and his dad would lay off of the aliens then she might be able to talk the aliens into trusting them. Of course how could she expect them to trust her when she was lying to them?
“Just gimme a hint. Is it drugs? You part of some cult, or is it just about sex?” The last part came out bitterly. The thought of his younger sister having sex left a bad taste in his mouth.
“Kyle...” She started to plead.
“Don't worry. I...I won't tell anyone.”
Liz breathed a sigh of relief. “Thank you.”
“Not until I have something on him that will destroy him.” He whispered low enough for only her to ear as he left.
‘It's December 2nd, 1999. I'm Liz Parker, and this heat wave has made everyone crazy
Liz walked out of her class and bumped right into Kyle. And he wasn’t alone.
“Liz.” Kyle said. He hadn’t seen her in several days. They no longer spent time together training or other wise. He was lonely.
“Hi, Kyle.” She said smiling then looked over at his companion. Who he seemed very cozy with. Normally she would make some comment to him about how he could do the exact thing he told her not to do, be with someone, but she knew that he would only argue and say that he wasn’t getting serious with the person, that their secret would never come out. She didn’t know why Kyle kept insisting that if Liz got close to Max she would tell him about them.
“Hi. You know Vicky Delaney.” Kyle said introducing her.
“Oh, sure. Hi, Vicky. How's it going?” She hoped that Kyle would be too busy dating Vicky to worry about her.
“Really good actually. Um, hey, Kyle and I are going to this thing on Friday night. You should come.” Vicky said invitingly.
“No no, see, that's not Liz's kind of thing...” Kyle said quickly. He knew what kind of party it was and despite their current distance he still looked out for her. Granted it wasn’t like she’d get drunk and get into a bad situation that she couldn’t get out of, he just didn’t want her to go in case the cops broke up the party.
“A party?” Liz asked interested.
“Yeah, it's at the old soap factory. It should be pretty wild.” Vicki said enthusiastically.
“Is that even legal?” Liz asked with an eyebrow raised looking at her brother. She knew that Kyle wouldn’t think twice about himself going but if she wanted to go than he would be against the whole party.
“See? I told ya it wasn't your kind of thing. So...” Kyle said trying to get Vicki to drop the subject.
Not being able to stop herself from showing Kyle he couldn’t tell her what to do, Liz said. “You know, um, a party on Friday really sounds great. Um, so maybe I'll just see you two there.”
“See? I told ya she'd be cool.” Vicki said to Kyle.
Liz smiled at Kyle, “Later.”
“Right.” Kyle grumbled.
Later Liz was outside with Isabel painting their toenails. She was thinking of the best way to talk Max into going to the party then thought about Isabel. “So, um, what about guys? Cuz it kinda seems that you've got all these guys in school interested in you...like, practically every single one of them, but you kinda tend to keep pretty platonic.”
Isabel looked at her funny, “Have you been researching me or something?”
“No, I haven't been researching you. I just...I don't know, I was just kind of curious if there was a reason you don't move forward with any of it. If it's because of the fact that...” She asked.
“Are you afraid...I mean, to let someone in? To let someone see who you really are?” Isabel asked.
Liz was shocked for a minute. Isabel’s comment had made her feel like she knew more than she let known. “Yeah, of course I am.”
“Well, multiply that by about a million.” Isabel stated.
Liz then realized that despite how nasty Isabel acted she was as scared as Liz was when it came to matters of the heart. Her hard attitude was her defense. She wished she could tell Isabel how much alike they really were. “Yeah, right.”
Isabel glanced over and looked at Liz’s clear nail polish. Liz watched as she touched her index finger to one of her sandals. “Open your hand.”
Liz opened her hand revealing her bottle of nail polish. Isabel touched it and the color turns into a shade of blue, matching her sandals. Liz couldn’t help but think how that could come in handy if they needed it.
“At least we can do cool stuff like that.” Liz nodded then listened as Isabel started talking about Alex.
“Hey.” Liz heard Max say as he entered the bio lab.
“Hey, what's up? I'm just trying to get these stupid slugs to mate. Ah, come on! Won't you guys just do it?” Liz said frustrated. The project wasn’t an actual assignment, just something extra.
“Maybe one of 'em's gay.” Max joked as he sat down next to her. Liz could feel his body heat and felt calm. It was strange; she could always sense him when he was close. It wasn’t like the feelings she got when she knew someone was watching her. This was completely different, something she liked.
Liz smiled at him then worked up the courage to talk to him about something that had been on her mind since her conversation with Maria. “Max, you know when you said before that we couldn't be together? That we were different?” ‘Understatement of the year.’ ’ “I just sort of accepted it, you know? Because I thought that it was like physically impossible. That it...that it couldn't be. But when I saw Maria with Michael...the truth is that...I was hurt, Max.” Liz remembered how hurt she was the night before when she had gone down stairs in search of milk to satisfy her craving, her feline DNA making itself known, and finding Michael and Maria on the floor pawing at each other like they were in heat. “Why is it ok for them, but it's not ok for us?”
“Liz, I think that what I'm afraid of isn't that we try this and it works out really badly. What I'm afraid of is we try it and it works out really well. I'm afraid of feeling everything that I know I would feel. Because I know it's not meant to be. And somewhere down the line, we're gonna get hurt. I can live with that. I just couldn't bear to hurt you.”
‘What is it with the men in my life that they think I can’t take care of myself? That my heart has to be protected? I’m my own person.’Liz thought. “But that's not your decision, is it?”
“I guess not.” Max said. He moved closer and Liz swore they were going to kiss just then she heard the teacher’s voice, “Hey, Liz. How are you doing on your mating ritual?”
"I was doing just fine."
Liz was having a great time. Although typically not her thing, she was glad she came. She had even dressed differently trying to look more attractive. Max even ‘rescued’ her from a jerk that was trying to get drunk earlier. Her and Max had been dancing, enjoying themselves when they decided to go outside to cool off a little.
“It's uh, it's a little quieter out here.” Max said shyly pulling her along by her hand.
“Yeah. It's more private.” Liz said smiling. Finally she had Max alone. She felt like they were getting closer, that Max was letting his guard down.
“So...let's hope nothing explodes.” He said as he leaned in even closer. Liz could feel the heat from his breath. Only a few more millimeters and she would feel his lips.
Kyle had seen much of the party. He and Vicki had retired to the back of the truck and started going at it. He was trying to block out all of the crap he’d been going through with his sister and relieve a little tension. He had gotten her shirt off and they sat up to remove his when he saw something out of the corner of his eye. His sister and Max about to kiss something he wasn’t going to happen. “Hi! Enjoying the party?” He said interrupting.
Liz and Max broke apart. She turned to look at Kyle and saw him with a shirtless Vicki. Eww, she didn’t need to see her brother in the position, it was just gross. Then she realized he had spoke up to interrupt them intentionally and glared at him. Kyle could have sworn she could kill him with the glare she gave him. That was when he heard the sirens. Suddenly fire trucks and police cars came out of no where. They must have kept their sirens off to surprise them. Kyle grabbed Vicki and pulled her into the back of the truck hiding. He was about to yell to Liz to jump into the cab when he saw she was gone.
Liz sat in the cell thinking about how out of hand things had gotten, how careless she was being. She had gotten ARRESTED. Zack was going to kill her, if she got off that easy. Manticore looked better than facing Zack after he found out. Maybe she could keep it hidden from him. But she doubted Ky wouldn’t tell him. Thankfully they hadn’t been booked like they should have or she would have a record. One that would list distinguishing marks, like her barcode. And that record that would lead Lydecker straight to Roswell after her and probably find Ky. But although the Sheriff was trying to find out what was going on, he had still protected her. She was sure he had something to do with not being formally booked. She got up and tried to talk to Alex but he was too upset to listen to her. Then the Sheriff came in and released everyone but her and Alex.
“Where are our parents?”
“They all agreed with me. Some time in jail might make the 2 of you remember what your priorities are.” He said looking at Liz to get his point across. “ Or maybe even just one of you.” Then he left.
‘The heat wave finally broke and I'm probably the only person in Roswell who didn't benefit from it. But it's for the best. Because if Max Evans and I had given in to temptation, if we had kissed each other even once, it would have taken us somewhere we both know we never should have gone.’ Liz wrote in her journal. She had finally broke down and told Alex the aliens’ story. She couldn’t lie to him anymore. The secret was making her lose him, something that her own secret had never done. And it was a good thing that she did because Alex had really came through for them standing up to the Sheriff.
She heard noise down in the alley then “Liz! Are you there?”
Recognizing Max’s voice Liz walked over to the edge of the roof and looked down to see Max. “ Hi.” He said.
“Can I come up?”
“Yeah, sure.” She said. She watched him climb up quickly, faster than a normal human but not as fast as a transgenic. Alien speed. “Very impressive.”
“I try.” He smiled.
“You really can't stay long.” She said. She knew that as soon as the Sheriff got home and told Kyle about her being arrested he would pay her a visit.
“I know. I just wanted to tell you that I've been thinking a lot about before.”
“Yeah, me, too.” Liz said smiling.
“When I saw Valenti taking you away like that...it just hit home for me, you know? How much knowing me has screwed up your life.”
‘My life was always been a little screwed up, you’re the one who had the normal life until you saved me’ Liz thought. ’“No, it's just the opposite.”
“Thank you for saying that.”
“It's the whole truth, Max.” Liz lied.
“I better go.” Max said uneasily.
“Cuz if I don't go right now, things are gonna change.”
“Change, how?” Liz said hoping it was how she thought.
“I'm gonna have to touch your hair...cuz it's so soft...and I'd have to tell you that...no matter what we go through, it's all worthwhile for me because we're together.”
Liz’s body relaxed under the gentle caress of his hand on her hair. Kyle use to do the same thing after she woke up from a nightmare but it never felt this good. “And then?”
“And then...I'd have to do this...” He said as he brushed his lips against hers. It was so gentle that Liz thought it was a dream. Then he pressed harder and the passion that had built the last couple months was let loose. She felt his tongue trace her bottom lip and she opened willingly. This was a kiss she had dreamed of for so long, from someone she cared about. The kiss lasted a few minutes longer before he pulled back.
“Good night Liz.” He said smiling before heading over to the ladder and climbing down.
“Night Max.” She sat back down on her lounge chair and started writing more in her journal. There was no way she would sleep tonight.
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Liz watched Kyle playing basketball. She knew it was hard on him holding back so he wouldn’t hurt anyone. She saw him look at her right before he got clobbered. He sat on the floor cringing in pain. She watched as the coach and team doctor checked him over and waited to see if she needed her.
Liz knocked on Kyle’s door. She heard him yell, “It's open.”
“Hey.” She said smiling as she walked into the familiar living room.
“Oh, it's you.” Kyle said bitterly.
Liz felt the temperature drop in the room. “Um, look, I know how much you like the pie at the Crashdown, so I, um...I, uh...ok, I'll just put it down right here. Sorry. Look, and I brought...I brought you the study notes for Ethics. I thought you might need them for the midterm. Um...Kyle, uh...I'm really sorry about your ankle, you know...I know how much...basketball means...”
“I'm not really in the mood to talk about it. Ok?” Kyle said coldly.
“Ok. Sure. See ya.” She said sadly as she left. She looked around to see her brother still had his back to her. She knew it was her own fault but it still hurt.
Later that evening while she worked she saw Kyle come in. “Hi.”
“Hi. I figured it out.” He said.
“You figured what out?”
“It's guilt, isn't it?” Kyle asked.
“What are you talking about?”
“The pie, the study notes. It's guilt. You feel responsible for my ankle.” Kyle knew that she did. She blamed their distance for the distraction that caused him to hurt his ankle.
“No, Kyle, I don't feel...I don't feel responsible for your ankle.” Liz lied knowing he would see straight through her.
“I just found out that I'm gonna miss the rest of the season.” He stated. He hadn’t actually gone to the doctor. The team physician had just looked him over.
The guilt that Liz had indeed been feeling tripled. His injury must have been severe if it was going to keep him lay up for that long. “Kyle...I'm sorry, Kyle. I, I...”
“I admit it, ok? You know, I feel a little bit responsible. I was sitting there, and I was...I was watching you at that basketball game, and you were getting completely trampled. Look, Kyle, I know what it feels like to have somebody, like, push you away, and I just...I just wanted to say that I'm...I'm really sorry, you know, about everything, and I am...incredibly sorry about you missing the rest of the season.”
Kyle bit the inside of his cheek to stop from laughing. Instead he only chuckled. “I'm only gonna be out 2 weeks. I just said that to prove a point. Anyway, about...what happened with us...I just wanted to say I knew this could happen someday…that we would grow apart. And you have...you told me to butt out... and..and I, I didn't listen. I didn't let it go.”
“Is, um, excuse me? Are you apologizing to me?” Kyle never apologized for anything.
“Wow. I...you know, I wasn't aware that this was part of your repertoire.”
“I didn't either.”
“So, then, what changed?”
“I don't know. I, I was, like...I was just laying there for like 2 days, and it gave me some time to think. And then there was this whole thing on Sally Jessie. You know, it just...it gave me some perspective, so...but anyway, I just...I think it would be great if...you know, if we could, you know, maybe we could be friends again. I’ll respect your privacy.”
“Well, it...um...sure. We could...you know, we could work towards that.” Liz said hoping to be close to her brother again.
“So...anyway, about, uh, about lunch...”
“I was hoping for something high in both fat and cholesterol and lacking in any inherent nutritional value.” He said smiling. The two of them could eat anything and not gain weight since they had such a high metabolism.
“I think that you are just in luck. Let me show you. Right here on the menu us our fatty section. This right here, there's, like, 4 pounds of sugar...” She said laughing as pointed things out on the menu. She knew he knew it by heart but it was still nice to joke with him. He ordered and when she was delivering his food she heard the bell above the door and looked to see the new arrival. She felt like a deer caught in headlights when she saw Zack. “Ky, Zack’s here.” She whispered to her other brother.
Kyle looked over her shoulder. “I wonder what he’s here for.”
Liz could see right through him, “You told him didn’t you?”
Not waiting for his answer Liz started walking over to the counter but bumped into Maria. “It’s okay, I’ve got him,” motioning to Zack, “Go take your break.” She walked over and pulled out her pen and pad, “Welcome to the Crashdown. I’m Liz, what can I get for you?”
“Saturn Rings, Sigorney Weaver, coke and a vanilla milkshake.” Zack stated. Liz wrote it down and turned in the order before getting Zack’s shake and coke. When she set it down in front of her, Zack whispered in a voice only she could hear. “When do you go on break?”
“A half an hour.”
“I’ll meet you in your room, we need to talk.” Liz nodded before going to take care of her other customers and glaring at Kyle. She knew Zack was here because of her being arrested and she was sure Kyle was the one who told him.
Liz grabbed her dinner before trudging upstairs to face her brother. She couldn’t believe Kyle ratted her out. She never thought he would, of course she had never put it to the test, she had always done what she was supposed. Well until she got shot and started living another life or was it a third one? She just wished that Kyle and the Sheriff knew, it would make things easier. If Max hadn’t broke up with her, maybe things would have gotten to the point that she’d tell him. She wanted to tell him but she couldn’t. As she reached her room she was momentarily surprised when she walked into an empty room but saw her bathroom door open just a crack. “It’s just me, you can come out.”
Zack came out just as Liz sat down at her desk and started eating, “Okay, let it out. Yell at me.”
Zack gave her a look that said he was in the mood for smart aleck comments before saying, “What were you thinking? If Jim hadn’t been there to protect you then you would have left a trail for Lydecker.”
“You know? Then why didn’t you run.” He asked.
“I was going to but Max and I went in…..” Liz trailed off realizing her slip.
“Max?” Zack asked knowing who she meant. “As in the guy Ky said you called your arrangement off for?”
“Um, yeah. He and I were dancing at the party. When I heard the sirens I wanted to make sure my friends didn’t get busted and got caught.”
“You see this is why I say we don’t get attached. Your involvement with him caused you to be sloppy.”
“Well you don’t have to worry about that anymore.” Liz said sadly.
Zack saw the pain in his baby sister’s eyes, “And why is that?”
“Because he broke it off with me okay. I don’t want to talk about it.”
Hoping Liz might be bitter enough to spill, Zack asked, “Liz, what is going on with you? You’ve been pushing away Ky and the people you trust, you’re all secretive.”
“Nothing okay? Can’t I just have a life of my own?”
“When it could possibly endanger you and your family, no you can’t.”
His words made her snap, “We escaped so we could have a life. A life we were in charge of. I have friends and people I care about. Now I’ll keep lying and hiding but I will have a personnel life.” She said before storming out and going back to work.
Liz walked around the café putting the chairs up on the table when she heard someone tap on the window. Looking up she saw Max. “What's up?”
“Nothing. How's it going?”
“Fine. Are you all right?” She could tell he was upset over something.
“Yeah. Yeah. I just...I want you to know that it's ok. I mean...you don't have to feel uncomfortable if you and Kyle get back together.”
“What?” She asked as she crossed her arms over her chest.
“I saw you two together at the Crashdown.”
There it was again, someone telling her how to live her life. “Ok, um...Max, first of all, that couldn't be further from what's happening, and secondly...if it was happening, I wouldn't need your permission, Max.”
“I'm getting out of here. Now you sound like Isabel.” He said frustrated.
“Why do I sound like Isabel, Max?”
“She's got this thing all of a sudden that I'm controlling.”
“Oh, so it's HER thing.” Liz stated.
“Max, just take a psych class, because you ARE controlling.” Liz stated. Psychology was something Manticore had taught them. It was a way for them to read and understand the enemy. Liz thought it was one reason why she could always read people, know who to trust.
“Hey, I am who I am. I've got a lot going on, and I'm trying to make things work.” Max said practically yelling.
“Max, you know what your problem is? You put everything on yourself...on your own shoulders. Maybe you should have some faith in the people around you.” She said before Max turned and left. It was funny she never noticed before but in some aspects Max was very much like Zack. He always had to be the one in charge. It was an infuriating aspect of their character.
She finished the chairs and headed upstairs, her dad had told her that Zack had left but she knew he’d probably be back later. So she wasn’t too surprised to find him on her balcony after she changed out of her uniform. “Zack, I don’t want to argue anymore okay?”
“I’m not here to argue, just remember you’re not the only one involved in all of this.” . When Zack left earlier he had gone by Max’s house trying to continue his investigation. Max wasn’t there but his sister was. And he had seen her do something’s that he couldn’t explain. Zack didn’t want his sister to put herself in danger, which he had a feeling she was, he only hoped that since she wasn’t seeing Max anymore that she’d stop whatever she was doing.
Liz nodded, “Yeah, I know. So are you going to stay here tonight or what?” Liz said smiling. Zack nodded and the subject of earlier was dropped. Instead Liz told Zack about Kyle's accident in basketball and other things staying away from the secret she was keeping from him.
He left the next day and left Liz with the distinct feeling she had barely slid by him interrogating her.
Into the woods
A week later everyone went on the Father camping trip.
Liz drug Maria along with her as she followed her dad while they looked for a campsite. That’s when she heard the Sheriff’s voice. “Jeff! Over here. Come on. We'll make a party of it.”
Liz knew what the Sheriff was doing and tried to stop her dad, “I don't think that's such a good idea.”
“Look, there's Alex. Come on, it'll be fun. I can get to know some of your new friends.” Her dad stated. All Liz could think about was how much she didn’t want to camp there. Practically sandwiched between Max and her brother, talk about a rock and a hard place but her father didn’t know any better. The night was going to be interesting.
With her enhanced hearing she easily heard Max and Isabel sneaking out and heading for the woods. She headed after them making her way through the woods easily until she saw Isabel and Max stop. They had stood there arguing until Maria had joined them. The four of them headed for the sight of the sighting when Maria started complaining, “Ok. We've been, like, hiking for over an hour.”
“We're getting close.” Max stated.
“It is officially freezing out here.” Maria exclaimed.
“Maria, it's not that cold.” Liz said glad that her body temperature was higher than the average, keeping her warm.
“Really? Really, 'cause I’m now wearing an ice bra! Whatever, it's uncomfortable!” Maria snapped but Liz ignored her when she heard a sound she hadn’t heard in a long time. A sound she heard in her nightmares.
“Search dogs. Come on, we're close. Come on!” They started jogging through the woods but they were getting closer. Liz’s memories of that night kept flashing through her mind. She half expected to look over and see Ky and the rest of her siblings running through the snow.
“Can't outrun them. They're too fast.” Max said.
“What are we gonna do?” Isabel asked.
“I don't know.” Max said looking around.
Liz got an idea, knowing it would work. She couldn’t believe what she was about to do. She had always run from the dogs, now she was going to let them catch her. “You guys just keep going.”
“What?” Max asked confused.
“Maria and I'll stay here and just let them catch us.”
Liz saw the concern in his eyes and it made her feel better. “No, Max, it's all right. We'll just say that we got lost in the woods. This is too important. Keep going.”
“Are you sure?”
“Yeah. The important thing is you just find what you're looking for.”
Liz looked behind her and saw that they were getting very close. “All right. Go. Isabel, go. Go!”
Once they were gone Liz and Maria started yelling, “We're here! We're over here! Help! Come find us! Help us! We're over here! We're here! We're right here.”
“My mom's gonna love this, really.” Maria grumbled as the deputies came over to them.
Thankfully her dad and the deputies didn't question them getting lost in the woods and the Sheriff had been too busy looking for Max to come to her. So her plan had worked and she didn't get in any trouble. Now if she could just keep it up.
Kyle watched Max moon over his sister on her blind date. He had been out with his friends earlier and had gotten drunk. It had taken a lot considering they had high metabolisms, but he had done it. Then he had run into Max and it was time to have some fun and rile Max. “Love is in the air...can you smell it?”
“You can walk to the club from here. I'll give you your keys in the morning.” Max said as he started to leave but Kyle stopped him. Oh, wait...wait...wait...wait. You can't...you can't leave now. You can't leave now. It's just about to get interesting.” Just then Liz and her ‘date’ kissed. Kyle looked over at the miserable face of Max. “Hey! Hey! I've gotta help you out here. Try this.” He handed him the flask.
“I don't drink.” Max answered.
“Just...just take a sip.” Kyle pressed.
“I said I don't drink.” Max said again.
“Just one sip. One sip. What's it gonna do? Kill you? No. No, it's gonna calm you down, man. It's gonna, just, you know...take the sting away. Just...try it. Just trust me, nothin' bad's gonna happen.” If he got Max to drink maybe he’d loosen up and talk. Then Kyle might be able to figure out what Liz was hiding. Max took the flask and took a drink. Kyle noticed the glazed over look in his eyes and asked, “Do you feel dizzy?”
“My tongue...feels very...heavy.” Max slurred.
“You really don't drink, do you?”
“You, my friend, are drunk. How much did you chug?” He wasn’t sure how much it would take a normal guy who never drank to get tipsy. His friends had been drinking for years and had a high tolerance.
“This much...” Max said pinching his fingers together.
“What a wussie!”
“Did you just call me a wussie?” Max asked.
“I believe I did.” Kyle said stepping up.
“Do you see that mailbox?” Max pointed out. “I'll beat you to it. On your mark...”
“Mm!” Kyle grunted. There was no way that Max would be able to out run him, not with his transgenic speed. Of course Kyle had never ran while he was drunk.
“Go!” Max yelled.
“It's "get..." You said--you skipped "get set!” You bastard! Max, where are you? Evans? Evans! Evans?” Kyle yelled as he took off after him. Kyle ran slowly before coming to a stop, and looked around for Max. His vision was slightly out of focus and he didn’t see Max anywhere. “Evans! I know you're somewhere. You weren't that far ahead of me. Here Maxie, Maxie, Maxie!”
“I wanna thank you, Kyle, for giving me a new outlook on things.” He heard Max say from above him. He looked up to see Max sitting above him. “How the hell did you get up there?”
“I used the ladder.”
Kyle looked around “There is no ladder.”
“Well, yeah, now.”
“Whatever.” Kyle said shrugging. “ Get down before you break your neck and everybody blames me for getting you trashed. Maybe getting you drunk wasn't such a good idea.” Liz was going to kill him for getting Max like this. Yup, she was going to pull out her knife and filet him. He was going to be one dead X5.
“No, no, you were right.” Max said. Kyle looked at him, “I was?”
“Yeah. All the stuff you said...about me, about Liz. I've been keeping all this stuff inside...not confronting the horrible, ugly truth of it all. I've been hiding for years, Kyle. Years. But it's time the real Max comes out.”
Kyle didn’t exactly feel comfortable with how close Max was to him. “He wouldn't be gay, by any chance, would he?”
Max laughed. “You're funny, kyle. You're funny. No matter how much of a jackass you're being...you always know how to turn a phrase.”
“You think I'm a jackass?”
“Yeah, see? See? Secret-keeper Max would never say that to your face. But the real Max...he'll tell you everything he thinks. No inhibitions. You should try it.”
Now he was he was getting somewhere, the good stuff. “Ok, so let's be brutally honest with each other here, shall we? You and Liz are in love.”
“No flies on you, Kyle.”
“Ok, so then why aren't you together?” He had seen how hurt his sister had been after Max had broken up.
“The problem is that I'm a serious, dark-haired mystery man from an exotic place.” Max answered.
“But that's exactly what she wants.” Although they were young Liz and their sisters had talked about what they wanted their loves to be, and Liz had repeated it again for the radio station.
“Yeah. Go figure. We're a couple of big, fat losers, Evans.” Kyle said feeling sorry for himself. He had lost his sister, the person he had always counted on. Max voice pulled him from his thoughts, “Well that’s a little harsh, don't you think?”
“Not harsh, but true. I mean, the point is we've let ourselves sink. I mean, look at us. We're beaten.” Kyle explained.
“Not unless we give up.”
“Well, in case you haven't noticed, we're here in the gutter while she's off smooching with dogboy.” Kyle stated.
“We're gonna win her back.”
“We are?” Kyle asked.
“We're gonna show her how we feel about her and she's gonna forget all about Mr. Shallow and come back to us.” Max slurred
“Shellow.” Kyle corrected.
“Come on.” Max said walking off.
“Well, how do we split her up, exactly? Every other week? Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, alternate Saturdays?” Kyle joked as they headed to the Crashdown.
Kyle looked at the heart on his sister’s wall, wondering how Max had put it there. “It's a symbol of my love. This is where I blew It with her...so this is where I'm gonna make things right. Done.”
“Girls always like that meaningful stuff.” He stated. Kyle was never one for romance. Before he and Liz started their ruse, Kyle had dated several girls and Liz had always tried to coach him on that stuff but it had stuck. “I suck at that. So tell me the truth, does it really get you farther?”
“What do you mean?” Max asked confused.
“You know...farther. All right, listen, I'll tell you if you tell me. How far did you and Liz get?” ‘I swear if he says they did more than kiss I’ll pull out my gun and shoot off the protruding parts of his body.’
“We saw into each other's souls. How about you?” Max answered.
“Second base.” Kyle lied.
“Well, we can't win them all. Come on, let's go.”
“Wait, wait, wait. We can't leave now.” Kyle said.
“Well, look where we are. Liz's bedroom. It's Mecca.” Kyle knew it was wrong but he wanted to see if he could find anything interesting about what his sister might be hiding. Like her journal. The two of them looked around and Kyle went straight to her dresser. “Top drawer. Always lingerie. Dare I?”
Kyle could see Max was busy doing something on Liz’s desk. “The secrets of femininity, so close. Who knows what I may discover?” He said just as the door busted open and Liz walked in the room with Doug behind her. Her eyes first fell on him. “Kyle, what are you do...Max.”
“Now, Liz, before you jump to any conclusion, I think you ought to know that we are really...really drunk.” Kyle said trying to cover his tracks. Thankfully there were witnesses in the room but she’d make him pay later.
“Who are these guys?” Doug asked.
“We're the ex-es. The rejects. Actually, if you must know, we're here to win her back.”
“Kyle, what did you do to him?” Liz asked. She didn’t know what was going on but her brother was obviously drunk just as he said. Now it looked like he had gotten Max drunk as well.
“Now don't you go and tell her anything I've been talking about tonight. It's private.” Max said to Kyle.
“Oh, your secret's safe with me, pal.” Kyle said back and saw the flash of fear go through his sister’s eyes.
“Um, look, um, Kyle, anything that Max has told you or anything that you've seen him do tonight, is a lie. Cuz Max, um...he has this problem. He...when he's drunk he sort of has a tendency to make things up. Right, Max?” Liz lied quickly.
“But this is the first time I've ever been drunk.”
Liz sighed in frustration; this was not how she envisioned her evening, babysitting two drunken unique males. Liz looked at Doug, “Would you two just excuse us, please for one second?”
“No, this is supposed to be...” Doug said protesting but Kyle stepped in his way. “This is none of your business, Shallow. And you're looking at 160 pounds of varsity greco-roman wrestler who's gonna keep it that way.”
“Yeah.” Doug challenged.
The thought of this guy trying to take him on was hilarious. “Ha ha ha ha. No.” He said as he saw his sister pull Max out on her roof and the radio station people came back into the room.
Liz was trying to do damage control. “Ok, Max, look, we've just got to get you somewhere safe until you sober up.”
“I don't think that's gonna happen.”
“Why not?” Liz asked confused.
“All I had was one little sip...and it's not wearing off.” Max said.
“Oh.” Liz said as she saw the heart Max had drawn for her. “You like it?”
Liz watched Max make the symbol glow. She could still hear her brother in the other room. “I said sit down, dogboy.”
“Liz, what's going on out there?” Doug asked.
“I can't hold him back much longer.” Kyle hollered out just as he saw his sister and Max heading down her ladder.
Liz ran with Max down the street. “Max! Max, please. We have to stop. Please, we have to stop.”
“Let's just keep running, you and me, away from here, away from everything. I see everything so clearly now. We'll go someplace where no one knows us. As long as we're together, nothing else matters.”
As much as she wanted to do just that, she knew it wasn’t an option. Liz said, “You're drunk. Nothing that you're saying is true.”
“It's all true, Liz. It's how I really feel. It's all just magic when I think about you.” He said as he put his hand on a lamppost and caused the light to shine in a pattern.
Liz looked around scared that they would be exposed. “Max, turn it off. Anyone can see.”
“And when I'm not with you...I go crazy.” Max continued touching a car as he said it and the car alarm goes off. The high pitch sound hurt her ears, and then Max changed it to a more pleasant tune. “Max.”
“When you're here...” Max started to say but again Liz interrupted, “Oh, Max. Please.”
“You're my dream girl, Liz.”
Liz’s heart melted at his words, she wanted to be with him more that anything. “And what if I believe you tonight?”
“Then we live happily ever after.” Max said with a smile.
“And then what about tomorrow...when you go back to realizing who you really are, and all of your fantasies go away.” Liz had dreamed and fantasized many times about not being who she was.
“I'll still have you.” Max said looking at her. Right then all of the reasons how their lives were different than other people’s flashed through her mind and she said, “This can never be normal, Max.”
Max touched the tops of some parking meters, and they turned into sparklers, “What's so great about normal?”
Later that night, Liz walked around town thinking about her night. It had started out decent then went to great during the time she spent with Max until it ended up in disaster when Max sobered up. All the sweet romantic things he had said, he couldn’t remember any of it. It depressed, so much that she didn’t even feel like going to yell at Kyle. She headed back to her balcony and saw that Max had removed the heart. She changed quickly before flopping down on her bed and going to sleep.
“It's February 20th. I'm Liz Parker, and lately I've been having these feelings, like I'm changing inside, and part of me doesn't want to change. Part of me always wants to be my mom's little girl. But the thing is, these feelings are strong...dangerous, undeniable. It's like I have no choice. It's like...chemical.” Liz writes in her journal. The last couple of days she had been feeling strange, something she couldn’t describe. She finished writing in her journal and was about to head downstairs to start her shift when she heard someone on her ladder. She looked up and saw Kyle’s head pop over the top. “Hey.”
“I know things between us have been weird but I wanted to come by and tell you I got your message about Zack coming to check in.” It was then that he noticed a change in the air. “Liz, is something going on with you?”
“No I don’t mean what you’re doing, I mean with you. You smell different.”
“Thanks. That makes me feel good. But yeah, I have been feeling different lately.” Liz admitted.
She felt a little uncomfortable talking to her brother about this but he was the only one who was like her. “Something primal.”
It was that statement that it finally clicked as to what was going on. “Liz, I think you’re going into heat.”
“Remember Zack warned us about this. I think you’re going into your first heat.”
“But it isn’t the same as what he said. He said I’d go hormonal for forty-eight hours. I’ve been feeling like this for awhile.” Although even as she said she knew she was kidding herself. What she said was true and it was getting stronger. She had noticed how she had reacted to anyone male well except her brother.
“Maybe since it’s your first one it takes longer.”
“Great.” Liz said sarcastically.
“You need to tell your mom so she can watch you until Zack gets here. I don’t think you want me to.” It hurt him that his sister was keeping something from him and he knew that if he were to stay and watch her they would have another fight.
“I’m fine. I don’t need someone to watch me.” She snapped. “Now I have to go work.”
Kyle watched her go and decided she wouldn’t listen to him. He knew that Liz and Max had broken up so he didn’t have to worry about her being around him. Of course that didn’t mean she wouldn’t go after him, or any other male. If she wouldn’t do it then he would tell her parents for her. To protect her and keep her safe.
"Liz, nice strawberries.” Liz broke out of her daydream at the sound of Maria’s voice. She hadn’t even realized she had been daydreaming. And now her body had reacted to it and she was all heated up. She breathed deeply trying to control it as she reached down to pick up the fallen berries.
“Are you ok?” Maria asked.
“Yeah, I'm...I'm fine.” Liz said. ‘Just about to go nuts. Maybe I should have listened to Kyle.’
“You have a visitor.” She said before eating the strawberry. “Mmm. Sweet.”
Liz looked up and saw Max. ‘Oh no, he’s the last person I need to see in this condition’ The thought was no more in her head then he came over and said, “Hey.“
“I hope this isn't my fault.” He said gesturing to the strawberries.
“Why would this be your fault?” She asked trying to ignore how his masculine scent got her blood pumping, and how his body looked in his leather jacket. His scent was so strong she could almost taste him. She was so busy ogling him that she barely heard him say, “If I startled you.”
She smiled at him coyly. “No. You know, I always knock over strawberries this time of day. Always. I'm just gonna go get more berries from...” She motioned towards the back.
“Well, wait. Here's another one.” Liz took the strawberry and headed for the kitchen. She had to stay away from him or she would rip his clothes off. But instead of leaving her alone he followed her. “What are you doin' here, Max?”
“Well, I have orders from my planet to take over the Earth.”
“Besides that.” She said rolling her eyes.
“I want to make sure we can still be friends.”
‘Right now I want to be more than friends, way more’ she thought but said, “ Yeah. I mean, we are.”
“Good.” He said.
“Why wouldn't we be?” She asked.
“We really haven't been able to talk since...that night.”
“Max, people do a lot of dumb things when they're drunk.” She had seen her brother drunk enough to know that. “Anyway, I understand.”
“And we're friends?” He asked with a big smile.
“Yeah. We're friends.”
“Just friends?’ The way he was smiling at her made her think that maybe he was reacting to her pheromones.
She couldn’t help but smile at him seductively. He was flirting and she wanted him. It was like playing with fire, only he didn’t know it. Flirting back she walked by him purposely brushing his hard body. “Yeah. We're just friends.”
She turned around and went past him again when she felt him grab her. He pulled her against him and his lips crashed to hers. She kissed him back hungrily not wanting to fight the urges she was feeling anymore. Somehow through the sexual haze she managed to move his hand away when it crept up her thigh where her harness for her knife was. She was in such pleasure that it startled her when she started to see flashes. They were of stars, planets, etc. She was sure that it wasn’t part of the heat but from Max. She gasped at the feelings that came from the images, which got Max’s attention and they broke apart. ‘What was going on?’ Liz thought. She was sure that this wasn’t part of her heat, so what was it? It was hard enough going through this heat without something alien interfering.
After the heated kiss, Maria had come into the back and was surprised by the state of her two friends. Reluctantly Liz went back to work and talked to Maria about the flashes. Her body wouldn’t calm down so when they were done closing she went upstairs and took a long cold shower. She had tried to sleep in the attempt to distract herself but her dreams were filled with Max doing things to her that would only be in an NC-17 movie.
The next day was an eventful one, Liz tried to keep herself in check but found it difficult. She was in full heat and wanted every guy she saw. But she was determined to fight it and not give in, if only to prove to Kyle that she didn’t need a babysitter. Then in biology, her heat increased like it had the night before and all she was doing was sitting next to Max. His scent and the memory of the kiss before were too much for her; she had to feel him. Of course it was that feeling that landed her and Max in detention but that didn’t stop her from going to meet Max in the eraser room. Then they got caught and their mothers had come to school. She studied her mom, seeing if she had figured out her daughter was in heat but gave no indication. That made her happy because if she did know her mom would make her stay away from Max. And the way Liz’s body felt right now that was the last thing she wanted. That’s why she snuck out and headed over to meet Max at Michael’s.
After Isabel and Michael left, she looked at Max. “So, you told 'em, huh?”
“And now everyone's just sort of cheering you on...like at a football game.”
“No. No, it's...it's not like that. I mean...yes; they want us to keep going so we can find out where all this leads. But...that's not...”
Liz felt the same way; she wanted to find out if this was how a normal heat was or if it was a combination of heat and alien influence. “Max. I need to find out where all this leads, too. Look.” She said pulling her shirt away to reveal the rash she had found earlier. Max placed his hand over the rash then removed it a second later. “It’s gone.”
Liz smiled. “Thanks.” She looked up at Max only to see him staring at her arm. She followed his gaze and saw a glowing light follows his hand. “Max...do you understand any of this?”
“Can you take your shirt off?” Liz asked boldly. Max looked at her surprise and said, “Can I? Yeah.”
Liz watched Max take off his shirt and she tried not to moan at the sight of his muscular chest. She reached her hand out and tried to create the glowing light. “I can't do it to you.”
He smiled at her; “I’m glowing everywhere...my toes, my heart. You can't see it. It's on the inside.” He leaned down and started to kiss her. She knew that she wanted him, but she didn’t know if she could control herself and she didn’t want to regret it tomorrow. “No, Max. We can't do this.”
“I know.” He said as he kissed his way down her neck. He wasn’t making this easy on her.
Trying to think of something to snap them out of the situation, Liz asked. “You know, could I, uh..could I get sick?”
“I don't know anything. I don't even know who I am.”
‘He doesn’t know who I am either.’ Liz thought as she let his hands and mouth wonder over, creating the most wonderful feelings. Her body heated up more, the primal side of it taking over and she decided to give in to it. “You know, the...the mark went away because...because you touched it. Maybe...maybe it came because we were away for...too long. That sounds really crazy, but...it would be a complete disaster.”
“I can't ask you to do anything that might hurt you in any way.”
“And I have no idea what that is...and what's right...or wrong.”
“I know. I mean...and you know things...about me that you, um...that you shouldn't know.” ‘And might possibly find out more than I want you too.’ “And my mother...my mother, who I love, is just gonna kill me...if I don't die from this.” She gasped out. She felt like she was going to explode.
“You're right.” Max said huskily.
“I can't stop.” Liz purred. Max lowered her onto the couch as things started to heat up. That was when the flashes started again. She saw the ship crashing to Earth; soldiers are running towards some beeping object being buried nearby a radio tower. The sexual haze Liz was in was interrupted when she heard Maria, “My God! I was looking for Michael. Um, something tells me he isn't here.” Liz almost growled in frustration as Maria drug her out of the apartment. Maria was lucky that she hadn’t walked in a minute later or she might have gotten hurt by trying to separate her and Max.
Maria waited until they were in the car before she started the questioning, “Liz, what was going on in there?”
Liz feigned innocence, “What was going on?”
“Yeah, it looked like it was getting pretty serious...like, very serious.” She emphasized.
Liz rolled her eyes, “Maria, I have my mother for these lectures.”
“I'm worried for you.”
“Why?” Liz knew her behavior had to be strange to Maria but she didn’t even know if she could explain it if Maria knew the truth about her.
“Because this isn't you.”
‘You have no idea how much this is me,’ She thought. “Yes, Maria, see...this is. This is me. I'm sitting right next to you.”
“I just don't want you to go too far.”
“I think I want to.”
“Are you crazy? This is dangerous. This isn't like a game! We don't even know what could happen!”
“Look who's talking! You were the first one to take the plunge, Maria!”
“Michael and I just kissed. Ok, fine. We did a little more than kissing. But, look, I wasn't getting visions, and I didn't have glowing hickeys and rashes and...look, Liz, the bottom line is that we don't know what this is about, all right? Female spiders can, you know, bite off the males' heads after they mate. What if they need someone to mate with to get certain information, you know? And then...Blttt! You know?”
“What're you been trying to say? That Max is just gonna bite my head off?” Liz wanted to laugh.
“What I'm saying is, how do you know that he's not like using you?”
“Maria, because it...it...it feels right. I'm sorry. It feels right in a way that nothing has felt right in my life before.” She said before climbing out of the car. Liz crept up her balcony. She was going to need to take a long cold shower, since her and Max’s make-out session at Michael’s. This heat was driving her nuts, especially since everyone seemed determined to interrupt Max and her. She crawled through her window and ran right into her mom.
“Do you think I’m stupid?”
“Sorry not’s good enough. Where were you?”
Liz couldn’t help it after the night she’d had, “Mom, will you just stop trying to control me?”
“I’m trying to keep you safe. If I needed to control you,---when have I ever tried to control you?”
“Right Mom because you’ve never had to. I’ve done every single thing you’ve wanted. And you just think that I’m always gone be that way. You don’t even see me.” Liz argued. Her mom had no idea what she was going through at the moment.
“All right then help me to see you. Talk to me. Oh my god you’re so warm.” Her mom said.
Liz tried to pull away. “Mom, I’m fine.”
“You’re not fine you’re burning up.” Her mom said again, feeling her face. Liz’s body temperature was always higher than normal humans’ but now she was even hotter.
“Mom just stop it okay? This is my body, I don’t have to tell you every single thing about it.” She yelled as she headed into the bathroom. She knew she was being mean but her hormones were driving her crazy. She slammed the door hoping her mom would leave but it didn’t work.
“Kyle came by. He heard about the eraser room and told me what was going on with you. That you were in your first heat and I figured out that that was what happened when you got caught. I was worried.” She heard her mom say through the door. “You have to be careful.”
“I know Mom and I’m sorry. I just need to take a cold shower to calm myself down.”
“Okay, I’ll call you in sick to school tomorrow. We need to keep you away from any boys or men until it goes away.”
Liz rolled her eyes, that was the last thing she wanted but agreed. She stripped quickly before jumping into the ice cold shower spray. She stayed in there until her hands were all pruned. She felt better after the shower and went outside to busy herself with her journal and drawing what she had seen in the flashes. That was when Max showed up