Title: Are you ready!!!
Author: Tina Katselos
Summary: All eight teens are accepted into Harvard and proceed to have a ball, its AU, no aliens, just some good old fashioned romance.
Rating: PG 15
Disclaimer: Not mine, what I would do with Jason if he were mine... I can dream cant I?
Feedback: Hell Yea, its what I live for
Email: jbehr181⊕iprimus.com.au



Part One

Elizabeth Parker stared at the letter in front of her, just wondering why on earth it was so hard for her to open it. She did not understand, this is what she had been waiting for since she knew what the words "Harvard University" meant. All she wanted in life was to study hard, get the best grades she could, get accepted into the Molecular Biology program at Harvard University and hopefully one day become the head of Molecular Biology at the same University as to where she finished her degree. That wasn't so bad was it? In fact Liz thought she had a pretty good life to look forward to. Sure at the moment things were not very exiting but the future was all she cared about.

Being the only child of fairly respected parents in the small town of Roswell, New Mexico, even Liz had to admit that her dreams of Harvard were not completely her own. She was sure her parents did not mean to but they somehow made her feel that she had to succeed in life. She knew that the weight of high expectations had been placed on her shoulders. Ever since she had brought home her first report card from junior high, which consisted of mainly A's and a few B's that was it. She saw the pride beaming on the faces of her parents. They told all their friends how intelligent their daughter was. In the beginning it Liz liked it, she received. But after a while it became a little tiring. She still studied hard, still got great marks but it now felt that she did not do it for herself, she did it for everyone else. Not many people knew how she felt; only her two best friends, Maria Deluka and Alex Whitman. Liz did not feel sorry for herself though; she had no reason to. She felt lucky that her parents wanted for her what she wanted for herself. But still, she was afraid of what she held in her hands. This would make or break her future and she could not get her fingers to slide under the opening of the envelope and just read the darn thing!

"Helloooo, earth to Liz, stop staring it, open it and read it."

The chirpy and annoyingly bubbly voice of Maria Deluka broke Liz's train of thoughts and brought her into her current situation. Maria had come over about fifteen minutes ago carrying her acceptance letter into Harvard’s Professional Writing course grinning from ear to ear. She walked in on Liz sitting in the same position that she was in now.

Liz just gave Maria a painful look and handed the letter over to her.

"Can you open it? I, I cant."

"Oooooh Kaaay, Liz are you feeling right?"

"Yea I am Maria, I'm just a little nervous that's all."

"Understood, so here we go, I'm opening the envelope, I'm taking the letter out of the envelope, I'm unfolding the letter, and I'm reading it."

While Maria was babbling on Liz felt her fists go numb because she was clenching them so hard. Her face could have been slapped and she still would not have blinked and eyelid. Her eyes were glued to her friend face looking for a sign. She felt like she was waiting for ages until Maria spoke.

"This sounds weird Liz."

Liz nodded at Maria telling her to continue.

"I mean... forget it let me just read it out loud, OK where were we? Oh right here. We are happy to inform you that you have been accepted into our Molecular Biology department here at Harvard blah blah blah. Sounds strange don’t it?" Maria said with an infectious grin on her face.

Liz's face lit up and Maria thought she was going to be blinded the smile that lit up the face of her best friend, that's how bright it was!

"If your lying Maria I will kill you, you know that don't you?"

"Really? Your so nice Liz, your eloquence touches me it really does."

"Give me the letter Maria."

"Do you want before or after you kill me?"

Liz sighed; Maria was the queen of sarcasm.

"C’mon, its killing me here"

"Alright, alright relax, geez you'd think there was a time bomb in there!"

Maria passed Liz the letter and she read it. She read it seven times before she let what she read register into her brain, then out of no where Liz let out a loud "Wooooo hoooooo, Maria we are not working tonight, we'll give away our shifts because we are going to party baby, ohhhh yea"

Both Liz and Maria worked at the Crashdown. The Crashdown was an alien themed restaurant owned by Liz's parents that fit right into the crazy little town of Roswell New Mexico. They served alien related food and wore adorable alien (or more so space cadet outfits). Sure they didn't mind their jobs, it was just the work they hated!

Maria stared at her friend in amazement, then she too joined in the fun. They were jumping around Liz's lounge to imaginary music, just at the moment loving life.

"Liz what's going on down there?" When the girls heard Jeff Parker yell out to them they stopped.

"Nothing Dad really, its not a big deal, I mean Maria and I just got out letters from Harvard telling us that we've been accepted into out dream programs, but other that not much"

"Nancy, did you hear that?" Yelled Liz's father.

"Yes I heard it" Nancy, Liz's mother came rushing down the stairs, the
laundry forgotten and hugged both the Harvard girls.

"This is fantastic, we have to tell everyone, I'm going to start calling everyone."

Liz just smiled at her mother, it was her moment too.

As she was slowly being tightly squeezed to death by her father, Liz managed to get out one request.

"Dad, do you think that Maria and I could get the night off, you know to celebrate?"

"You know I'd love to Lizzie but you and Maria are all I have for tonight, Betsy's has a wedding, Christine has and engagement and Agnes has a christening to attend. Unfortunately they are all tied up at receptions tonight so you'll have to work."

The girl's faces fell. They both groaned and sank into the couches bellow them.

"Well Liz, you know what?"

"What?"

"Life sux?"

"You can say that again"

"Life sux?"


Part 2

Max was nervous, he never remembered being this nervous before, except of course from the times that he passed Liz Parker in the halls. He has a huge crush on her. But he could never admit that to anyone. He and Liz associated in completely different circles. They were both popular in their own way. Liz was intelligent, loyal and generous. People knew her as being Miss Nice, Max even heard people snicker behind her back and calling her Miss Too Perfect. But to Max she was perfect. While on the other hand Max was your typical jock. Well he was almost your typical jock except for the fact that he had a brain!

Max was what could easily say one of the most popular guys in school. But that was not the reason he had not approached Liz, the main reason was that he already had a girlfriend by the name of Tess Harding. She was pretty, funny, sarcastic and sweet. She also had a big attitude when things did not go her way. She and Max's sister Isabelle were co-captains of the Roswell cheerleading squad and they were both stunning! But Max just did not have strong feelings for her. In the beginning when they started dating he didn't think they would have lasted this long. But over the course of a year they were still together. People expected them to be together, Max the Captain of the soccer team and Tess the co-captain of the West Roswell High cheerleading squad. The perfect couple people called them.

The reason that Max was so nervous was because he held in his hands he and Isabelle's future. They were letters from Harvard University. He had applied to Harvard's Molecular Biology course and Isabelle had applied to Harvard's law program. Isabelle wanted to follow in the footsteps of her parents who were both successful lawyers and Max; well Max just really loved Biology.

Max climbed up the stairs in his house up to his sister's bedroom. He knocked on the door four times before deciding to just walk in.

When he entered her room he saw why she had not heard him knock. She was lying down on her bed reading a magazine and listening to her Walkman at the same time.

He approached her and tapped her on the shoulder. Isabelle jumped,
startled.

"Can't you just knock?" Isabelle replied acidly.

"I did knock, like ten times"

"Yea what ever, what do you want?"

"Is that how you talk to someone who has these?"

Max held his had up showing Isabelle what was in them.

"Oh my god, Oh my god I totally forgot about those, give them to me."

Isabelle snatched the letters out of Max's hand and opened the first one out of the two. Not caring that it was Max's and that he wanted to open it himself.

As the read the letter Max tried to snatch it off her.

"Relax Max, I'm doing you a favour. It would take you at least and hour to open it and another hour to read the contents of it so stop giving me that stupid look and just thank me ok?"

Really there was nothing Max could do. This was typical Isabelle behaviour, me, me, and me.

Isabelle's voice broke into Max's thoughts.

"Ok you got in to Molecular Biology, now let's look at me."

"Please don't act like you care Isabelle, I mean it’s only my future".

"Shut up I'm reading my letter and... YES, YES, I GOT IN, I GOT IN MAX CAN YOU BELIEVE IT, I GOT IN"

"Do you want me to congratulate you"?

"Of course I do you're my twin brother".

"Only if you congratulate me first"

"Ok Max you sook, congratulations big brother of seven minutes"

"Congratulations little sister".

Part 3 (And then there were
Liz, Maria and Alex met up at the Crashdown the same day half an hour before the girls were due to start work. Alex was glowing because he was accepted into Harvard's Information Technology program and all three were happy that they were going to be together at University too.

"It's just too bad that I won't be sharing a room girls". Alex said with a cheeky grin on his face.

"Alex Charles Whitman you are a sly one aren't you"?

Alex spun around startled at the voice he only heard in his dreams.

"Isabelle... hey, how are you"?

"I'm fine Alex".

"How do you know my name, I mean my last names"

"It's in the acceptance letter right in front of you Whitman".

"Oh of course, of course silly me".

"So Harvard, the four of us have been accepted into Harvard too"

Isabelle pointed the threesome sitting in the end booth. Max, Tess and Michael, Max and Isabelle's first cousin.

"Hey that guy is the painter right"? Maria asked while pointing at Michael. Maria was secretly thinking to herself that Michael was one good-looking specimen.

"Yea that's right"

"So you were all accepted into Harvard". Asked Liz who just could not stop looking and Max and his wonderful backside.

"Yea Michael was accepted into Graphic Designing, Tess was accepted into Performing Arts, I'll be struggling through Law and my dear brother over there will be dorking himself out in the Molecular biology program".

"Molecular Biology! That's what I'm doing and it's not that dorky". Liz blurted out.

"Relax Liz I was only kidding".

"I'm relaxed, I was just stating a fact".

"Liz luuurves her facts". Maria said sarcastically. "That's weird you
know, and very coincidental, Liz, Alex and I were accepted into Harvard too. Liz as I'm sure you know is doing Molecular Biology, (Isabelle smiled at this and wondered why she never took the time to talk to these people because they seemed really nice), Alex is doing nothing other that Information Technology and Mwa is doing Professional Writing."

"Wow that's great," said Isabelle, at least we'll know people when we get there, I am so nervous".

"Believe me we all are" said Maria.

"Any way" Isabelle cut in, "the reason I came up here was because I wanted to order".

"Hey were waitresses" said Maria, "that's our job"

"Well we were waiting for like fifteen minutes to be served but you guys didn't look like you were going to stop gas bagging so...”

"Ok point taken, what would you like"?


Part 4 (Big Day Out)

Maria, Liz and Alex made sure that the summer before they embarked on a whole new life was to be a summer they would never forget. They went out almost every night. They went out so much that their parents now
complained that they forget what their children looked like!

But the three made sure that wherever they went they went together. They were inseparable, they always had been. On a Friday afternoon the trio went to the beach, the girls wanted to go to catch up on their tans and Alex wanted to go so he could check out the potential, so he called it. The first thing they did when they got there was lay down their towels. It was not surprising that the beach was packed, it was their summer vacation. The girls applied sunscreen on themselves and laid back. They were enjoying the silence until Alex stood up, causing sand to fall all over them.
"ALEX" Maria yelled, "What are you doing"?

"Forgive me your highness but me thinks that this tummy of mine is a tad empty so I shall go to the kiosk and so my best to fillith up".

"While your there grab two waters Ok"?

"Am I now worthy of supplying you with water"?

"Just get it Alex, I'm thirsty, now hurry along loyal servant, my throat is feeling a tad dry".

"Coming right up oh higher one" said Alex as he started walking towards the kiosk.

The girls were watching him as he slowed down his pace and approached the group that was sitting on towels under a beach umbrella.

"Who's Alex talking to"? Liz wondered out loud.

"Let me get a better look, oh I think he's talking to Isabelle and that".

'Isabelle and that' were how the three referred to the foursome that
consisted of Isabelle, Max, Tess and Michael.

Automatically Liz put on her special radar and zoomed in on Max.
Unfortunately zooming in on Max also meant zooming in on Tess. Tess had her head resting on Max's shoulder and was laughing at something Alex was saying. At that moment Alex pointed in their direction and Isabelle turned and waved. The girls waved back. Just then Liz felt someone touch her shoulder. As she turned around she noticed Kyle Valenti standing before her. Kyle Valenti was one of the jocks that associated with 'Isabelle and that'. He was the Captain of the football team, he wasn't that bad looking either. Not really Liz's taste but good looking all the same.

"Kyle, hey"

"Hey Liz, how've you been"?

"Great Kyle how have you been"?

Liz wondered why Kyle was approaching her now. Sure they knew each other but its not like they were friends or anything.

"Yea I'm great, hey I heard that you were accepted into Harvard,
congratulations, I was accepted into Harvard too, Pre Med., who would have thought, me Kyle Valenti going to College and not just any college but Harvard".

"I'm really happy for you Kyle, but how did you know about my acceptance"?

"You know how small towns are... your dad told my dad and my dad told me"!

"Understood and yes I think I know pretty well how small towns are"

"Any way Liz the reason I came over was because I was wondering if it was alright for me to call you, you know to out and catch a movie or something"?

Liz thought about it and could not think of a reason of why she should say no, there wasn't any, so she looked at Kyle straight in the eye and said:

"Sure why not, a movie sounds great".

"Great I'll call you soon".

"Yea soon, bye Kyle"

"See ya Liz".

From the other side of the beach two faces where watching the interaction going on between Liz and Kyle and both Max and Tess were secretly fuming on the inside.

Part 5

Liz and Kyle walked back from the cinema, they had just seen the movie
'American Beauty' and were playfully arguing about it.

"What do you mean you didn't like it, it was so deep, dark funny and moving".

"In other words Liz it was down right boring".

"How could you think it was boring, just because there was no machine guns or a muscle clad Sylvester Stallone calling himself Rambo, it does not mean that it was boring".

"Hey who said anything about Stallone, I was thinking more of Arnie myself".

Liz laughed at this, and thought about how much she had enjoyed herself tonight. Sure there were no fireworks between them, but as her Grandma Claudia had said once 'everyone wants to find their soul mate, but there's so much time for that'. And there was, Liz thought. Kyle was fun and funny. They had a good time together.

Kyle insisted on walking Liz home and when they reached her front door they both spoke at the same time.

"So Liz, how about..."

"I had a great time tonight Kyle..."

They both smiled at each other, a little uncomfortable.

"Well goodnight Kyle".

"Yea, yea right goodnight, listen Liz would you like to do this again sometime"

"I'd like that"

As she said that Kyle leaned towards her and kissed her. It was a soft, lingering kiss and it was nice. Liz has been kissed before but she never experienced those things that you only read about. She never saw stars and things never exploded. This time was no different. As Kyle leaned back the smile on his face was comforting.

"I'll call you soon Liz, goodnight".

"Goodnight".

Liz closed the door behind her, and went straight to the Crashdown because she knew Maria was working.

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"You kissed Kyle Valenti"?

'Isabelle and that' were in their usual booth at the Crashdown when they all heard Maria's outburst.

"Liz and Kyle" Isabelle said, "unconventional but cute".

"You think their cute together"! Tess exclaimed, they are so mismatched it's not funny.

"I know, I mean Kyle's like... Kyle and Liz is like so nice" Max followed.

As Max and Tess went on about Kyle and Liz Michael and Isabelle just stared at them in amazement.

Finally Michael spoke, "you act like you guys are jealous or something"

"Don't be crazy, Michael" Tess replied.

"That's one of the stupidest things I've heard" Max put in.

Michael replied by saying, "well if you don't care then stop talking about it".

Max and Tess went quiet and just stared gloomily over at the other end of the Crashdown where Maria and Liz were.


"Jeez Maria do you have to be so loud"?

"Sorry Liz I'm just surprised that's all, I mean Kyle Valenti, son of Jim Valenti, correction Sheriff Valenti. I don't know it just sounds weird to me".

"There's nothing weird about it Maria, he's a nice guy and he's fun".

"Do you really like him Liz"?

"He's all right Maria, I mean its not love, but I'm eighteen, I'm not
looking for love".

As Liz said this, her gaze slid over to Max and she caught his eye. They both smiled and Liz felt something like an electric jolt almost vibrate through her body. She saw Max too shudder. Suddenly Tess said something to Max and he broke the eye contact between them.

At that moment Maria whispered to Liz, "I see Max Evans is staring at you again".

Part 6

TWO MONTHS LATER

"So how are things going with Kyle any way Liz" asked Maria "you don't talk about that much".

"What's there to talk about" Liz replied, "we go out, we have a good time, there's not much else".

The girls had just closed the restaurant for the night and were delaying the inevitable. PACKING. They hated packing. But in a few days they were due to leave for Cambridge Massachusetts, and venture into their new life as students at Harvard University.

"You are a weird one Parker, I mean do you realise that this is your boyfriend that your talking about"?

"Maria, calm down, I mean he's not even really my boyfriend, were only seeing each other, it's casual, completely casual".

"Right that's why you see him like... every day".

"Liar" Liz chided softly.

"Ok then, every second day, but still Liz... speaking of the devil". Liz turned her head at the sound of a faint taping on the window that overlooked the street. The tapping, Liz discovered was caused by Kyle's car keys.

"Well who do we have here, no-one other than lover boy".

Liz gave Maria one final glare before walking towards the door and opening it for Kyle.

The moment Kyle walked in he enveloped Liz in a warm hug and said, "How's my girl"?

Liz gave Kyle a small kiss on the lips and was about to say something when she saw Max walk out of the UFO center across the street, the place where he had been working at for the past two years. At first he did not notice the couple embracing in the Crashdown, but once he did he stopped in his tracks.

Liz saw this and automatically felt guilty. Thought about pulling out of Kyle's embrace but checked herself. Max had a girlfriend of his own, there was no reason for her to feel guilty. But still ever since she could remember, every time she was around Max she would feel something that she never felt around any one before. She'd feel the hairs on her arms stand on end and she'd be at a total loss for words. This time was no different.

They stared at each other for what seemed like an eternity until Kyle spoke and broke the spell between the two people on opposite sides of the glass.

"Liz, where have you gone"?

Liz snapped out of her daze, sparing one last glance outside until she realized that Max was gone. If she did not have Goosebumps in the middle of summer she would have been certain that she had imagined the whole thing. But she did have Goosebumps and it was hot!

"What do you mean Kyle I'm right here"?

"Now you are but your mind seemed like it floated somewhere else".

"Sorry Kyle I guess I'm just thinking of all the dreadful packing I have ahead of me, believe me I am not looking forward to it".

"I know how you feel, I have to pack too, I just dropped in to say hi, and see how you were".

"Thanks Kyle I'm glad you came" Liz said and wondered to herself when she had become such a good liar.

"Anyway Liz I'm off to pack, I'll call you tomorrow there's a new Arnie movie that I really wanna see and I know how much you love action movies" Kyle said with a cheeky grin on his face.

Liz gave Kyle a look that said 'what ever' and Kyle just chuckled to himself as he walked out the door, but not before giving her one last peck on the cheek.

"See you cutie, good night Maria".

"Night Kyle", both girls said in Unison.

As Kyle walked out the door Maria turned to Liz ready to say something but Liz gave her the look that said 'not now, I'm not in the mood. So the girls worked in silence until they finished, Maria respecting the fact that Liz had a lot on her mind. The girl was a stress ball Maria thought, laughing to herself. She'd never loosen up.
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As the girls drove in silence Maria out of nowhere said something that
surprised the hell out of Liz.

"Why are you with Kyle"?

Liz turned and gave a sharp look to Maria but she kept on talking.

"I mean your more like friends than anything else, there's no romance,
there's no spark".

"I really don't feel like talking about this"

Maria pretended not to hear her and kept on going.

"I saw what happened with you and Max earlier.

Liz's head snapped back and she almost lost it.

"Look Maria stop grilling me Ok? It's none of your business anyway"!

Maria felt as if she had been slapped across the face. Liz never spoke to her like that before.

When Liz saw the expression on her best friends face, she instantly regretted what she said.

"Maria I'm sorry, but I don't know what's happening. I feel so weird I mean, here I am dating this great guy and all I can do is think about someone else".

Maria heard the desperation in her friends voice and knew that Liz did not meant what she said or how she said it. She prided herself on being mature enough to realise that Liz was feeling emotions that were completely alien to her that's why she reacted the way she did. So she pulled over to the side of the road and gave Liz a hug. Liz clung to Maria relieved that she could finally share her pain and confusion with someone else.

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"I mean here I am dating this great girl and all I can think about is
someone else".

Instead of going home after work, Max went to Michael's. He really needed to talk to someone, and since Isabelle was Tess's best friend she was defiantly out of the question.

"I knew you liked her, I just knew it" Michael said with a satisfied smile".

"Look Michael, I'm not in the mood for any of your 'I told you so's'. I want some advice".

"You’re asking me for advice? Since when did you think that I'm some expert on romance, because let me tell you Maxwell I am not".

"Michael"

"Ok, ok you want my advice"?

"That is why I'm here".

"Break up with Tess and ask out Liz".

It was so simple when Michael said it but Max knew it was way more complicated.

As Max drove home from Michael's he could not get their conversation out of his head. It wasn't that it just hard to do what Michael said but he just did not want to hurt Tess. Although he didn't love he still cared about her.

He thought about the look that he a Liz shared outside the Crashdown. How even if he has the chance he still would not have has the ability to have said anything. That's how he was around her, speechless. He remembered one time when he was walking down the school halls, he turned the corner and bumped straight into Liz. Books, pens and paper flew everywhere. They hurriedly picked up everything but by accident Max put Liz's biology book in his pile of books. As he handed it to her their hands touched and they both pulled back awkwardly. Max just stared at her and tried to say something.

"Biology. Book. Yours". Max blurted out.

"Huh". Liz replied, feeling like a complete idiot.

He pointed to the book he gave her and she smiled and just stared at him. Her butterflies in her stomach felt like they were on some kind of adrenaline rush.

"Instead of taking my biology book I took yours, yours is in much better condition so..."

As Max was speaking he knew he sounded like an idiot so he just stopped in mid sentence.

"I have to leave, late ... for... class, bye"

"Bye Max"

The way she said his name caused his heart to flip, and he found himself whistling as he went to his next class.

Max broke out of his thoughts, pushed his foot down on the pedal and sped all the way home. He needed to pack.



Part 5

Liz and Kyle walked back from the cinema, they had just seen the movie
'American Beauty' and were playfully arguing about it.

"What do you mean you didn't like it, it was so deep, dark funny and moving".

"In other words Liz it was down right boring".

"How could you think it was boring, just because there was no machine guns or a muscle clad Sylvester Stallone calling himself Rambo, it does not mean that it was boring".

"Hey who said anything about Stallone, I was thinking more of Arnie myself".

Liz laughed at this, and thought about how much she had enjoyed herself tonight. Sure there were no fireworks between them, but as her Grandma Claudia had said once 'everyone wants to find their soul mate, but there's so much time for that'. And there was, Liz thought. Kyle was fun and funny. They had a good time together.

Kyle insisted on walking Liz home and when they reached her front door they both spoke at the same time.

"So Liz, how about..."

"I had a great time tonight Kyle..."

They both smiled at each other, a little uncomfortable.

"Well goodnight Kyle".

"Yea, yea right goodnight, listen Liz would you like to do this again sometime"

"I'd like that"

As she said that Kyle leaned towards her and kissed her. It was a soft, lingering kiss and it was nice. Liz has been kissed before but she never experienced those things that you only read about. She never saw stars and things never exploded. This time was no different. As Kyle leaned back the smile on his face was comforting.

"I'll call you soon Liz, goodnight".

"Goodnight".

Liz closed the door behind her, and went straight to the Crashdown because she knew Maria was working.

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"You kissed Kyle Valenti"?

'Isabelle and that' were in their usual booth at the Crashdown when they all heard Maria's outburst.

"Liz and Kyle" Isabelle said, "unconventional but cute".

"You think their cute together"! Tess exclaimed, they are so mismatched it's not funny.

"I know, I mean Kyle's like... Kyle and Liz is like so nice" Max followed.

As Max and Tess went on about Kyle and Liz Michael and Isabelle just stared at them in amazement.

Finally Michael spoke, "you act like you guys are jealous or something"

"Don't be crazy, Michael" Tess replied.

"That's one of the stupidest things I've heard" Max put in.

Michael replied by saying, "well if you don't care then stop talking about it".

Max and Tess went quiet and just stared gloomily over at the other end of the Crashdown where Maria and Liz were.


"Jeez Maria do you have to be so loud"?

"Sorry Liz I'm just surprised that's all, I mean Kyle Valenti, son of Jim Valenti, correction Sheriff Valenti. I don't know it just sounds weird to me".

"There's nothing weird about it Maria, he's a nice guy and he's fun".

"Do you really like him Liz"?

"He's all right Maria, I mean its not love, but I'm eighteen, I'm not
looking for love".

As Liz said this, her gaze slid over to Max and she caught his eye. They both smiled and Liz felt something like an electric jolt almost vibrate through her body. She saw Max too shudder. Suddenly Tess said something to Max and he broke the eye contact between them.

At that moment Maria whispered to Liz, "I see Max Evans is staring at you again".

Part 6

TWO MONTHS LATER

"So how are things going with Kyle any way Liz" asked Maria "you don't talk about that much".

"What's there to talk about" Liz replied, "we go out, we have a good time, there's not much else".

The girls had just closed the restaurant for the night and were delaying the inevitable. PACKING. They hated packing. But in a few days they were due to leave for Cambridge Massachusetts, and venture into their new life as students at Harvard University.

"You are a weird one Parker, I mean do you realise that this is your boyfriend that your talking about"?

"Maria, calm down, I mean he's not even really my boyfriend, were only seeing each other, it's casual, completely casual".

"Right that's why you see him like... every day".

"Liar" Liz chided softly.

"Ok then, every second day, but still Liz... speaking of the devil". Liz turned her head at the sound of a faint taping on the window that overlooked the street. The tapping, Liz discovered was caused by Kyle's car keys.

"Well who do we have here, no-one other than lover boy".

Liz gave Maria one final glare before walking towards the door and opening it for Kyle.

The moment Kyle walked in he enveloped Liz in a warm hug and said, "How's my girl"?

Liz gave Kyle a small kiss on the lips and was about to say something when she saw Max walk out of the UFO center across the street, the place where he had been working at for the past two years. At first he did not notice the couple embracing in the Crashdown, but once he did he stopped in his tracks.

Liz saw this and automatically felt guilty. Thought about pulling out of Kyle's embrace but checked herself. Max had a girlfriend of his own, there was no reason for her to feel guilty. But still ever since she could remember, every time she was around Max she would feel something that she never felt around any one before. She'd feel the hairs on her arms stand on end and she'd be at a total loss for words. This time was no different.

They stared at each other for what seemed like an eternity until Kyle spoke and broke the spell between the two people on opposite sides of the glass.

"Liz, where have you gone"?

Liz snapped out of her daze, sparing one last glance outside until she realized that Max was gone. If she did not have Goosebumps in the middle of summer she would have been certain that she had imagined the whole thing. But she did have Goosebumps and it was hot!

"What do you mean Kyle I'm right here"?

"Now you are but your mind seemed like it floated somewhere else".

"Sorry Kyle I guess I'm just thinking of all the dreadful packing I have ahead of me, believe me I am not looking forward to it".

"I know how you feel, I have to pack too, I just dropped in to say hi, and see how you were".

"Thanks Kyle I'm glad you came" Liz said and wondered to herself when she had become such a good liar.

"Anyway Liz I'm off to pack, I'll call you tomorrow there's a new Arnie movie that I really wanna see and I know how much you love action movies" Kyle said with a cheeky grin on his face.

Liz gave Kyle a look that said 'what ever' and Kyle just chuckled to himself as he walked out the door, but not before giving her one last peck on the cheek.

"See you cutie, good night Maria".

"Night Kyle", both girls said in Unison.

As Kyle walked out the door Maria turned to Liz ready to say something but Liz gave her the look that said 'not now, I'm not in the mood. So the girls worked in silence until they finished, Maria respecting the fact that Liz had a lot on her mind. The girl was a stress ball Maria thought, laughing to herself. She'd never loosen up.
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As the girls drove in silence Maria out of nowhere said something that
surprised the hell out of Liz.

"Why are you with Kyle"?

Liz turned and gave a sharp look to Maria but she kept on talking.

"I mean your more like friends than anything else, there's no romance,
there's no spark".

"I really don't feel like talking about this"

Maria pretended not to hear her and kept on going.

"I saw what happened with you and Max earlier.

Liz's head snapped back and she almost lost it.

"Look Maria stop grilling me Ok? It's none of your business anyway"!

Maria felt as if she had been slapped across the face. Liz never spoke to her like that before.

When Liz saw the expression on her best friends face, she instantly regretted what she said.

"Maria I'm sorry, but I don't know what's happening. I feel so weird I mean, here I am dating this great guy and all I can do is think about someone else".

Maria heard the desperation in her friends voice and knew that Liz did not meant what she said or how she said it. She prided herself on being mature enough to realise that Liz was feeling emotions that were completely alien to her that's why she reacted the way she did. So she pulled over to the side of the road and gave Liz a hug. Liz clung to Maria relieved that she could finally share her pain and confusion with someone else.

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"I mean here I am dating this great girl and all I can think about is
someone else".

Instead of going home after work, Max went to Michael's. He really needed to talk to someone, and since Isabelle was Tess's best friend she was defiantly out of the question.

"I knew you liked her, I just knew it" Michael said with a satisfied smile".

"Look Michael, I'm not in the mood for any of your 'I told you so's'. I want some advice".

"You’re asking me for advice? Since when did you think that I'm some expert on romance, because let me tell you Maxwell I am not".

"Michael"

"Ok, ok you want my advice"?

"That is why I'm here".

"Break up with Tess and ask out Liz".

It was so simple when Michael said it but Max knew it was way more complicated.

As Max drove home from Michael's he could not get their conversation out of his head. It wasn't that it just hard to do what Michael said but he just did not want to hurt Tess. Although he didn't love he still cared about her.

He thought about the look that he a Liz shared outside the Crashdown. How even if he has the chance he still would not have has the ability to have said anything. That's how he was around her, speechless. He remembered one time when he was walking down the school halls, he turned the corner and bumped straight into Liz. Books, pens and paper flew everywhere. They hurriedly picked up everything but by accident Max put Liz's biology book in his pile of books. As he handed it to her their hands touched and they both pulled back awkwardly. Max just stared at her and tried to say something.

"Biology. Book. Yours". Max blurted out.

"Huh". Liz replied, feeling like a complete idiot.

He pointed to the book he gave her and she smiled and just stared at him. Her butterflies in her stomach felt like they were on some kind of adrenaline rush.

"Instead of taking my biology book I took yours, yours is in much better condition so..."

As Max was speaking he knew he sounded like an idiot so he just stopped in mid sentence.

"I have to leave, late ... for... class, bye"

"Bye Max"

The way she said his name caused his heart to flip, and he found himself whistling as he went to his next class.

Max broke out of his thoughts, pushed his foot down on the pedal and sped all the way home. He needed to pack.