TO BE WITH YOU - PARTS ONE TO EIGHT

Disclaimer: I sadly don't own any characters.
Rating: PG-13
Category: M/L
Email: cait⊕e247.com
Summary: This is an alternate Universe Fic. There are no aliens.
Feedback is greatly appreciated and needed so I know if you want me to continue
Authors Note: Thanks to my beta Kaz......I love ya hon!



Part One

Her heart raced as her legs carried her farther and farther into the
night. The cold air pierced her lungs as she took a breath. Glancing over
her shoulder and back again. No One to be seen.

Her legs became weak and her breathing sped up. Pain took over her body
as she felt the cool blood run down her face.

Her breathing stopped and she fell to her knees. 'This is it' she thought
'I'm going to die now, and those bastards are going to get away with this.'

Pain punded on her head and her vision blurred. Her face came in contact
with the cold wet ground and all she could see was blackness.

*

Things Change. People change. Nothing will ever be the same.

*

He stood in a stiffening postion as he watched the orange sun rise above
the mountains. Another typicla hot day in Los Angeles for Max Evans.
Business was starting to go all wrong for him but his father insisted he
work harder for he was the next one to run Evans Co.

"Max, honey are you okay?" Mrs. Evans asked gently out of pure concern
for her son.

"Yes, I'm fine," he replied in a cold tone.

Diane hated to believe the creul and barbaric man her son was becoming.
She could tell he was always trying to coat his fears and forget his
problems. Whatever happened to her sweet little boy?

"I'll be in the kitchen if you need me," Diane offered.

Max opened his mouth to speak but stopped when he heard the opening and
slamming of the front door.

"Hello, where the hell is everyone?" Tess yelled at the top of her lungs.

"I don't need thing right now," Max mumbled as he walked part his mother.

"Oh, there you are my darling." Tess squealed then kissed him on the
cheek.

"Tess, what are you doing here so early, hon, the party isn't until
tonight?"

> "Oh, I know darling but I wanted to see you, aren't you happy to see me?"
>
> "Of course I am Tess but I'm wokring right now so you may get pretty
bored."
>
> Max and Tess were to be wed in exactly 5 months. Tess wanted it more than
the world and Max despised it.
>
> The door opened and slammed again, in walking Isabel. "ok, Max we need
to-" she stopped as soon as she saw Tess. Isabel hated Tess with everything
she had for useing her brother just shortly after what happened.
>
> "We need to talk later," Isabel disappeard into the kitchen mumbling
something about a tramp.
>
> "Max, you just need to relax, the pary is going to e great and I'm going
to be here to make it even better." Tess patted his chest and walked right
passed him.
>
> *
>
> Her body ached with pain and her eyelids felt like lead as she tried to
regain conciousness, she couldn't ebelieve she was actually somewhat alive.
Her body felt all gross and violated, she could hear small movement around
her indicating someone else was in the room.
>
> Her eyes eventually fluttered open and she tried to take in all her
surroundings including the young women walking towards her.
>
> "It's about time sleepyhead." Maria joked and sat at the edge of the bed,
>
> "Where.....where am I?"
>
> "Well first of all I'm Maria Evans, and last night my driver and I found
you and brought you back to our house." Maria tried to say as friendly as
possible.
>
> "I'm Liz Parker........Wait, Evans?....you mean of-"
>
> "Evans corporation? Yeah but I'm not too much into that I kind of just
stay on the outside, with my mom. My brother and my sister are the
corporation, along with my dad."
>
> "I'm....I'm sorry to inconvenience you, I can leave,"
>
> "Nonsense, you can stay here it's perfectly fine." Maria declared.
>
> "thank you, nobody has ever been this kind to me before." Liz attempted
to smile through the throbbing pain consuming her cheek.
>
> "This is our spare bedroom, you can stay here. My room is right next to
yours so if you ever need anything during the night, you can just holler.,
first you probably want to get cleaned up, and I brought you some clothes to
wear until I take you shopping." Lz nodded and Maria left leaving Liz alone
in the huge spare bedroom.
>
> Maria walked casually down stairs until she spotted her. "Tess what the
hell are you doing here?"
>
> "For your information, I have every right to be here, I'm Max' fiancee."
>
> "Unfortunately." Maria mumbled so Tess wouldn't hear
>
> "What did you say?" Tess's anger rose.
>
> "Nothing, absolutley nothing."
>
> "That's what I thought."
>
> "Bitch." she mumbled before leaving and walked into the kitchen to find
her mother making food.
>
> "Mmmm, smells good."
>
> "Thanks, honey......so is she awake yet?"
>
> "Yeah she's awake, but I think she just needs a little time and then she
should be fine, with my help of course, are you sure it's alright she stay
here?"
>
> "Yes, dear you did the right thing, this poor girl needs our help, and we
are just going to have to spoil her rotten." Diane laughed.
>
> "that shouldn't be too hard."
>
> *
>
> The towel fitted her torso perfectly, as she appeared form the bathroom.
Putting the clothes on Maria gave her, she evaluated her image in the
mirror.
>
> The blue sleevless sweater hugged her body, and the black skirt fell just
above her knees. Her head still throbbed and the cut definitely stood out on
the side of her forehead, and her bottim lip was cut, bruises encircled her
wrists, but her dark tresses covered most of the other marks on her amrs.
She felt disgusting, dirty, and hated her looks.
>
> She had no choice though she would have to stay here. She had no other
place to go.
>
> Liz opened the door and peaked out, the hallway seemed never ending as
she stepped out into it. The beauty of this house amazed her, and she slowly
walked down the hallway, and admired all the beautiful pictures of the
family. She dragged her hand slowly across the smooth wall and breathed in
the scent the house gave off.
>
> Without any time to think her hand was pulled from the wall causing her
to moan in pain as another hand wrapped itself around her hand. There he
stood. Max Evans.
>
> "Who the hell are you? and what are you doing in my house?"
>


Part 2

Liz stood stunned at the coldness that ran through his eyes, and his tightnening grip on her already bruised wrist. After a while ofstuggling she eventually pulled herself free and rubbed her wrist and tried to ignore the tears welling up in her eyes.

"You didn't answer my question," His intense stare was starting to scare her.

"Liz. Liz Parker," she whispered.

"What the hell are you doing here?" His voice raised with anger.

What was she suppose to tell him? He crossed his arms over his chest waiting for her answer. She stared at the ground and nevously put her hair behind her ears, she then looked up and she saw him gasp a little by the sight of her face.

Tears began to well up in her eyes, she was so ashamed of herself, and she didn't want to cry in front of this complete heartless stranger.

"Max, what are you doing?" Mrs. Evans made her way over to her son and Liz.

"Nothing mom," He gave Liz a warning glance and brushed passed the both of them and into his room.

Liz shivered and wrapped her arms around herself. How could anyone be so cold?

"Are you okay, honey? Did he hurt you?" Liz sliently shook her head and stared up into Mrs. Evans warm smiling face.

"Pleasedon't take anything Max says personally, he's like that with everyone," Liz nodded again silently.

"Whydon't you come downstairs with me and meet the rest of the family?" Mrs. Evans offered.

"I don't know-"

"it's okay honey, don't let Max sour you." Diane put her arm around Liz's shoulder and they walked down the large marble staircase.

"Your house is beautiful Mrs. Evans."

"Please call me Diane."

"Ok....Diane."

The kitchen was extremely larged and filled with all different kinds of food. Liz immediantly spotted Maria and smiled at her.

"Maria, I was just going to ntrodue Liz to everyone," Isabel stood up while tess remained seated with a disgusted look on her face.

"Isabel this is Liz Parker, Liz this is my other daughter Isabel."

"Hi Liz it's nice to meet you." Isabel smiled warmly.

"Tess this is Liz, Liz this is Tess Harding Max's fiancee." Liz was surprised by the fiancee part but then realized how perfect they were for each other. Tess was clearly as cold and cruel as Max.

"What the hell did you do to your face?" Tess said with a lugh and Liz looked down towards her feet.

"Shut up Tess," Maria screamed and Isabel kicked her under the table causing her to jump.

"Ow! Isabel, what the hell did you do that for?" Tess glared at her.

"That's enough!" Mrs. Evans yelled. Silence filled the kitchen about a moment until Isabel spoke.

"Are you coming to the party tonight, it should be fun?" Isabel looked from Liz to Tess and stifled a laugh when she saw the look of utter shock on her face.

"I don't think I should-" Liz started.

"Oh, Liz that would be so much fun for us, I can definitely get you ready." Liz nodded and Maria took her by the hand upstairs. "It's time to go shopping girl."

*

Maxsatt his computer screen and stared blankly at it. How the hell was he going to do anything by thinking about 'her' the whole time.

She looked extremely vulnerable and he shouldn't of grab her like that since she had already had some kindof attack on her, but yet behind the cuts and bruises he could tell she was beautiful.

He had never dare let a thought like that eneter his mind since Rachel, not even about Tess, but Tess and he were pressured into marriage and it turned out she wanted it, but he loathed the day. Love wasn't even involved in the situation, it was all about the money.

He groaned and turned back to the computer screen, he wasn't going to get anything done.

*

Tess checked to see if anyone was around before shutting the door to Max's room and pulled her cell phone out to dial a number.

"Marcus....yeah it's me....I need you to do me a favor....yeah find all you can on a Elizabeth Parker.....thanks." She flipped the phone off and smiled mischivieously.

"No were going to see what your true story is Liz."

*

"Maria, I don't think I can go to a business party." Liz ran her fingers over her deformed face and grimaced at her terrible igure.

"Oh come on Liz when Isabel and I are done with you, you won't even notice your bruises, I promise," Liz stared into the mirror a bit longer and then changed the subject.

"Maria is Max always like that?"

"Like what?"

"Cruel and cold?"

"Max never used to be like that. We used to have lots of fun when we were kids. But things change and he changed. I feel like I don't even know him anymore." Maira's voice cracked then she changed the subject.

"So when do you want to go dress hunting?"


PART 3

Isabel sat at her office swinging back and forth in her chair, exaiming the file in front of her.

The pounding headache didn't help much at all, and time was wearing thin. 'Focus Isabel' she was due back at the house in about 4 hours to get ready for the party, which she wanted to skip more than anything in the world. All her clients were coming and she didn't really want to deal with them right now, but it was imperative that she be there.

She put her hand to her head as the pain continued to throb in her head, and she rose from her chair and gazed out the window of the 4th floor of Evans Co. She crossed her arms in front of her and sighed. The only client she truly like was Alexander Whitman. He was a great client and a great man.

She rested her head upon the windown sill, and took a deep breath. Right now she many other problems to deal with first. Like that little witch Tess and how she is going to ruin Max's life. He was already distant as it was and Tess would tear him apart and drive him farther into oblivion. She couldn't let that happen and she wouldn't.

Her mind wandered back to the mystery woman now living with them. Liz Parker. She seemed like a decent person. But she seemed extremely scared. Maybe scared of the outcome of what happened. Or who her friends will be when they find out the truth. Isabel liked her though and would try her best to be her friend.

Isabel glanced at her watch. 3:00pm Isabel picked up the phone and dialed a number bringing the reciever to her ear.

"Hey Maria, it's Iz."

"Hey Iz, what's up?"

"Would you mind if I come shopping with you and Liz? I can't seem to get any work done here."

"Of course you can. I can always use your fashion sense,"

"Thanks, Maria, I'll be there soon," Isabel hung up the phone and a smiled crossed her face. maria and her would have Liz fixed up and beautiful in no time. Considering Isabel wa the queen of the mall.

Isabel turned off the light to her office and opened the door. It was pretty dark around considering it was sunday and not many people worked on a sunday.

She walked down the hallway, her heels making a noisy sound as she walked. A slight noise caught her attention and she quickly turned around. All she found was a dark hallway with no one around. Maybe she had just been hearing things......

*

Her mind focused on him, and only him. Such a lonleyness indise his eyes. He definitely acted tough and did a good job of intimidating you, but he must also have a nicer side, a more loving side.

His grip on her earlier was paralyzing and the intensity in his eyes grew bigger and bigger with evey second passed. She knew something was up with him, and he probably needed a friend but certainly not that witch Tess to whom he is marrying.

The timing was off. Maybe if they met in a different time and different place thing s would be so tense between the two.Now she had to focus on the future. Maria and Isabel were the only friends she had, and that's exactly what she needed. No one was ever going to hurt her again.

*

"How about this one Maxy-Poo?" Tess said in a condesendingvoice and held up the black Tux.

"Tess, I am fully capable of picking out my own clothing."

"No I insist, don't you worry about a thing."

"Finedo whatever you want Tess, but I have some things to do."

"Humph!" Tess fumed and crossed her arms. The shrieking of the phone brught her back to reality and she pulled it out of her purse.

"Talk to me."

"Tess, I have some news....."

*

Liz exited her room in search of Mrs. Evans. Entering the never ending hallway again she was sure she would eventually get lost. The house was like a labyrynth trying to find your way around.

The door a few down from hers seemed to be open a little and she saw the small peaking of the light under the door, Liz closed her eyes as she listened to the soft hum of the music. She moved into the doorway and she saw him. His back was to her and he held something which looked ike a music box. He was unaware of her presense at the moment, and she didn't want to make it known.

Liz could tell he was upset by the slup of his shoulders and the way his head hung. The owner of the room puzzled her. Maria's was right next to hers and Isabel's was much father down and Tess didn't live there yet. Who else could it be?

It was a moment of weakness for Max Evans. This was is softer side. A side he probably didn't show much. As he turned his head slightly to the right still not aknowledging her, she could see the shiny wetness on his cheek. He was mourning someone, someone apparently close to his heart.

Mrs. Evans smiled from a distance as she watched Liz evaluate Max's behavior. In time she will find out and maybe she would understand.

The slamming of the front door shook Liz out of her trance and she ran from the room before Max would see her. Liz reached the staircase and saw Isabel and her flawless beauty eneter the house.

"Hey Liz are you ready to go?"

"Yeah but I don't know where Maria is."

"MARIA!!!!!!!" Isabel screamed.

"Chill, will ya I'm coming." Maria grabbed Liz's hand at the top of the stairwell and they all walked outthe door together.


Tess watched jealous of the relationship between the 3 girls. Tess had been with Max for almost a year now and they were never that nice to her.

"Hi Mrs. Evans, have you seen Max around?"

"No, I think he's around here somewhere though." Tess forced a smiled and mumbled as she walked by. "Thanks for nothing."

TBC...........


Part Four

Her hair was a deep chocolate brown color and her eyes were as dark as night, and the smile that fell upon her face made the day just a little bit brighter.

Rachel.

Max couldn't believe the resemblance between Liz and Rachel. He wanted to tell her how beautiful she was but he knew she was afraid. Afraid of him. Afraid of the heartlessness she saw in his eyes that bored holes right through her. It was his fault and he knew it, but ever since Rachel he shut off was distant from his family, but Liz Parker altered things with just a glance.

Just a glance.

He knew he had to apologize......tonight

The picture he held was placed back on to the dresser as he said a very softly "Rest In Peace'

"MAX!" He whipped around quickly wiping the tears that were still fresh on his eyes and saw a very angry Tess.

"Max what are you-" She stopped her sentance and enetered the room.

"Max you have to stop. Stop obsessing over Rachel......she's.......shes's.......dead, Max." Max's head snapped up at her creul response and clutched his fists at his sides to keep himself from hurting her. He opened his mouth to speak then changed his mind 'She's not worth it' he thought then stormed out of the room.

*

Liz couldn't believe her eyes at how beautiful every dress was. She gently ran her fingers over the material and sighed 'If everything could only be as beautiful as a dress.'

Liz looked towards her right and saw Maria and Isabel inspecting dresses and fighting over which one was more beautiful.

Her mind drifted back to her hideous looks, why was she going to a party when she looked like an old beat up truck? She dismissed the thoughtand promised herself she wouldn't cry or have people take pity on her, she would just hide her emotions. At least for tonight.

"Liz!" she shook her head free of her thoughts and registered who call her name.

"Come here Liz we found the perfect dress for you." Liz beamed at the dress before her. It was absolutley beautiful. It was a rose red color with criss cross in the back and spaghetti straps in the front.

"Go try it on." Maria gave Liz the dress and showed her to the dressing room.

*

Mrs. Evans sat peacfully at the kitchen table as she read a magazine and frequently sipped her coffee.

"Mom," Diane turned around and smiled warmly at her son. She could see the hint of tears in his eyes and knew exactly what was going on.


Max sat across from his mom not saying a word looking down at his hands as if he was scared to speak.

"She reminds me of her mom."

"Who, honey?"

"Liz," Max brought his head up and he was surpried at how vehemently he said her name.

"I think-I might have been a little rude to her earlier....as soon as I saw her it just all came crashing back and I well...I guess I panicked."

"What do you suppose you should do about it max?"

"I don't know mom, well I do but--" he rose from his seat and ran his hands through his hair in frustration, then rested against the counter crossing his arms.

"I mean I know, what I did was wrong-"

"I'm poud of you Max." Mrs. Evans cut in.

"Thanks, Mom." Max leaned down and kissed his mother gently on the cheek, and left the kitchen with a smile on his face....which for Max was an accomplishment.

"Finally." Diane whispered. "Thak you Liz Parker."

*

Liz smoothed the dress down her body and stood in front of the full length mirror, and for once admired her reflection. The dress was perfectand it fitted her body perfectly.

"Liz, are you ready?" Isabel called fro the other side of the door.

"Yeah just a minute." Liz took a deep breath and opened the dressing room door.

"Liz....you look gorgeous!" Maria squealed.

"You do look very beautiful Liz."

*

Max sat in his room and stared up at the celing, and thanked god for this moment of private peacful time he had. Without Tess barginf in or Isabel needing him to work on some business deal.

Her name kept racing through his head and he whispered it a couple of times and it was as if it where he who was mean to say her name and only him.

He felt his mind get a little bit fuxzzy and his eyelids became heavy, and he quietly dazed off to sleep.

*

Fog covered the entire area as he squinted to see the scene before him. It was hard for him to see through the dark of night. The he saw her as clear as can be.

"MAX! Max save me!" Rachel screamed from the top of her lungs as her attacker moved in.

"No Rachel don't leave me." His feet were lead and he could't move.

"R-A-C-H-E-L."

and she was gone.


He arose with a gasp and his heat felt like it was beating a mile a mminute, he had never felt anything Llike the intensity of that dream....it was the same dream he had before but it felt so real to him.

His mind captured an image of Liz. Something was missing. A Piece to the puzzle, what did Liz have to do with Rachel?

TBC..........?????



Part Five

A sudden chill ran down her spine and she felt a coldness upon her cheek, almost a whisper as it tickled the back of her ear. Where the hell did that come from?

"liz are you alright you look a little pale?"

"I'm Fine." Liz tried to give a reassuring smile, and seeing how terribly she failed.

"Well were going home hon to get you all ready for tonight." Maria beamed and put her arm around Liz.

*

The water that touched his face felt good against his burning skin. He momentarily let it trickled down his face before removing it with a towel.

Rachel was gone. There was nothing hee could do about it, and he knew dwelling on it wouldn't help or change anything.

He glanced at the clock witch read four o'clock. The pary wasn't until around 8 so he had plenty of time before getting ready.

The sun would be setting soon, but the clouds that filled the sky indicated rain and possibly more.

Max turned the light off in the bathroom and went to sit at the edge of his bed bracing his elbows on his knees.....deep in thought. He needed a lot more times like this when he could sit all alone in his room isolated from everyone else and just think.

A single remaining tear worked it's way down his face. The one tear he dared to shed ever since his life took a turn for the worst. He ruined everything for everyone and he knew that. He was slowly tearing his family apart.

He was a business man though. Did that entail eing creul and decieveing? What exactly did his life entail? That he did not know nor did he know what was to come of the future.

Max released the breath he didn't realize he was holdingm and ran his fingers through his dark thick hair. He rose from the bed and opened the door to find a completely quiet house.

He slowly made his desend down the stairs and as he reached the bottom the door burst open and 3 giggling girls piled in with about 5 bags each.

Max immediantly met Liz's eyes and her gigglin stilled, but Maria and Isabel didn't seem to notice.

Her breath caught in her throat as she saw the change in his eyes and his whole aura, his eyes gave off an understanding feeling, and a little sympathy......What happened to him? She held her breath when he opened his mouth to speak only to be interrupted by Maria and Isabel.

"Come on Liz, we have to get you all dolled up." Isabel said with a chuckle and Liz nodded as Isabel and Maria wne t ahead of her taking all the bags with them.

Liz slowly walked by Max looking at him the whole time and his gaze held hers. 'One foot in front of the other' Liz tried coach herself as Max's gaze was beginning to melt her. She didn't know if she should be happy by his apparent change or still be upset by his crude behavior before.

"Liz!!" Maria pulled Liz up the stairs and Isabel watched Max curiously for a moment for he would not tkae his eyes off of Liz.

*

Tess paced the room that she was temporarily occupying. She was having just the hardest time trying to pick out 'the right dress' for Max tonight. She stopped in front of the closet and threw about 6 dresses out. "what to wear.....what to wear. Well if I want to get Liz Parker good I'll have to look damn good......." Tess snickered to herself.

"Oh Liz are you in for a treat!"

*

Liz sat in front of the mirror and waited for Isabel and Mirror to hurry up and start their work.

A hint of red was painted on her cheeks, when her mind drifted back to Max Evans. Something was different. A new exilerating feeling came from him. He stared at her with such intensity but this time the intensity was cold and bitter, it was welcoming.

There was something though she was having trouble identifying. It was as if he was trying to communicate with her without talking. Like he wanted to ask or tell her something important, but only for her and no one else to hear. Maybe tonight she would find out the mystery behind Max Evans.


The feeling had crept up on her again. Pure terror. Bitter and angry. Her hair wipped in front of her face as she quickly turned her body to observe her surroundings.

Her heart raced and her eyes began to tear wit the feeling that it was going to hapen again. That she would be attacked again. Her body shook with fear, and she wrapped her arms around her trembling body. She never wanted to feel that violating feeling again. The air cracked with silence and the vastness of the room was beginning to frighten her. Where did Isabel and Maria go?

She brought her hands up to cover her ears to clock the defening silence that threatnened to consume her.

"M-Maria." Liz called stumbling on words.

"Yeah?"

"Would you mind if I go lie down for a little bit, then later you can get me dressed up?" Liz prayed that she wold say yes. She just needed some time to put herself together.

"Of course Liz do you feel okay?"

"Yeah just a little tired, sorry to spoil this."

"it's okay Liz we can do this later, go lie down." Liz smiled although she only felt like crying.

Liz escaped the room running down the hall with tears straming down her face. All she wanted to do was reach the sanctuary of her room.

Out of nowhere her steps were haltered and she felt her body slam into another.

"Liz." She looked up at him with tears in er eyes that fell more freely now.

"Max." her body trembled and sank to the floor bringing Max down with her as her body racked with sobs.........

TBC.........

Part Six

His warmth surrounded her entire body, as her tears continued to feel, seeping into his shirt. She tightened her hold on him out of pure desperation. Images of the attack flashed through her mind, and she wanted to scream out in agony, she didn't think she could possibly get any closer to him but he responded by holding onto her tightly and rubbing slow circles onto her back, and whispereing soothing words to her ears.

"Liz!" Maria screamed. Max gave her a 'not now' look and Liz didn't move but squeesed her eyes shut tighter and letting a few more tears escape. Another shiver ran through her body and Maxt sat fully on the ground and pulling Liz with him onto her lap. Neither one could let go. The connection was instant, and could not be denied.

Maria and Isabel watched in complete and utter shock at Max's loving and concoling actions. Was this the same Max Evans who use to yell at people for no apparent reason?

He could feel her quickening heart beat and the chocked into of breath as she struggled between breathing and crying. He knew then he had underestimated her emotional status. Her fragile state was heartbraking.

She squeesed her eyes shut as a few more tears slipped their way down her cheeks, she clutched at his shirt for support of fear of falling if she let go. More images flashed through her mind and a moan escaped her lips and she prayed that death would consumer her. She felt her heart literally splitting in two, but she just needed to hold on. Needed him to hold onto......and never let go.

Her breathing eventually steadied, as he continued to rub her back and her head fell to fit perfectly on his shoulder, as her body had calmed itself down and her eyeslids felt heavy and she drifted into sleep.

Max glanced at Isabel and Maria before gently lifting Liz and himself off the floor, and carried her to her bedroom and shutting the door after him.

Gently removing her body from his he placed her down onto the bed removing her shoes nd pulling the covers over her sleeping form. He then bent down next to her bed leaning just over her face and wiped the tears that remained on her cheeks.

Although she looked so peaceful as she slept he could feel her pain shoot through him. Her body was like a piece of glass. Handle it the wrong way and it may break.

He found himself wondering what had happened to make her go into a fit of histeria. He moved from the side of the bed and made his way over to the window. The cluds were turning a grey gloomy color which definitely indicated a storm was headed.

He looked back over at her frail body. Why would someone want to hurt an angel like her? There were no explainable reasons.

*

"Have you ever seen Max act like that before?" Maria was completely flabbergasted, she couldn't believe Max had actaully made contact with another human being.

"Did you see the way the held on to each other? I think it was very odd." Isabel stated matter-of-factly.

Tess listnened throught the crack in the door and couldn't believe her ears. Her rage surfaced ad she said: "Well that little bitch is getting what's coming to her."

*

"Max." Liz mimbled from deep in her throat as she turned on her side cluthcing the pillow next to her, to her chest.

Max's headed looked in her direction as soon as he heard his name and it being mumbled from her lips. It sounded so right, but yet so wrong at the same time.

He went to her side and saw hoe flushed her cheeks were and how desperately she clutched the pillow in front of her.

Max lowered himself onto the bed next to her and faced towards her. He took his hands and ran his fingers through her dark hair and he could see a hint of a smile at her lips. Her breathing was so much more peaceful now and her tears had finally stopped.

He had literally felt all of her pain absorb into him and he could feel the similar agony from her that he went through as well. His head snapped up as he heard the low creak of the door openening and his mother poking her head inside.

"Max, is Liz alright?" Diance asked with concern.

"She'll be okay." Max said looking at Liz the whole time as he continued to stroke her hair. Mrs Evans smiled wamrly an closed the door just as Tess approached her.

"Tess, what are you doing?"

"I have to talk to Max."

"No." Mrs. Evans said matter of factly.

"No......why?"

"Because Liz is in a veryemotional state right now and Max is in no mood to talk so he musn't be bothered." Tess galred at Dinae and opened her mouth to speak the shut it as she changed her mind.

*

Her eyes fluttered open and she could feel his warmth around her again. She turned to her side and came face to face with Max. He was lightly snoring and she had to admit he looked adorable whe he was sleeping.

Then it hit her. Her behavior earlier was uncalled for and it was unnacceptable. Her eyes darted around the room until she fouund the clock 6:30. The pary started in about an hour and a half and here Max was sleeping with his arms around her, and oh what Tess must think now.

She moved out of his arms and watched at the rain pounded down hard on the window and the light rumble of thunder. Her arms went around herself and she went to sit in the chair by the window. He was so loving to her earlier.........but how long could she keep denying it? The one thing she never though possible........was it love? So soon? Was it lust? Or was it just helping another out?

"Liz," her train of thought was broken when she heart him calling her name. Now it was her turn to face the music.

TBC.........


Part Six

His warmth surrounded her entire body, as her tears continued to feel, seeping into his shirt. She tightened her hold on him out of pure desperation. Images of the attack flashed through her mind, and she wanted to scream out in agony, she didn't think she could possibly get any closer to him but he responded by holding onto her tightly and rubbing slow circles onto her back, and whispereing soothing words to her ears.

"Liz!" Maria screamed. Max gave her a 'not now' look and Liz didn't move but squeesed her eyes shut tighter and letting a few more tears escape. Another shiver ran through her body and Maxt sat fully on the ground and pulling Liz with him onto her lap. Neither one could let go. The connection was instant, and could not be denied.

Maria and Isabel watched in complete and utter shock at Max's loving and concoling actions. Was this the same Max Evans who use to yell at people for no apparent reason?

He could feel her quickening heart beat and the chocked into of breath as she struggled between breathing and crying. He knew then he had underestimated her emotional status. Her fragile state was heartbraking.

She squeesed her eyes shut as a few more tears slipped their way down her cheeks, she clutched at his shirt for support of fear of falling if she let go. More images flashed through her mind and a moan escaped her lips and she prayed that death would consumer her. She felt her heart literally splitting in two, but she just needed to hold on. Needed him to hold onto......and never let go.

Her breathing eventually steadied, as he continued to rub her back and her head fell to fit perfectly on his shoulder, as her body had calmed itself down and her eyeslids felt heavy and she drifted into sleep.

Max glanced at Isabel and Maria before gently lifting Liz and himself off the floor, and carried her to her bedroom and shutting the door after him.

Gently removing her body from his he placed her down onto the bed removing her shoes nd pulling the covers over her sleeping form. He then bent down next to her bed leaning just over her face and wiped the tears that remained on her cheeks.

Although she looked so peaceful as she slept he could feel her pain shoot through him. Her body was like a piece of glass. Handle it the wrong way and it may break.

He found himself wondering what had happened to make her go into a fit of histeria. He moved from the side of the bed and made his way over to the window. The cluds were turning a grey gloomy color which definitely indicated a storm was headed.

He looked back over at her frail body. Why would someone want to hurt an angel like her? There were no explainable reasons.

*

"Have you ever seen Max act like that before?" Maria was completely flabbergasted, she couldn't believe Max had actaully made contact with another human being.

"Did you see the way the held on to each other? I think it was very odd." Isabel stated matter-of-factly.

Tess listnened throught the crack in the door and couldn't believe her ears. Her rage surfaced ad she said: "Well that little bitch is getting what's coming to her."

*

"Max." Liz mimbled from deep in her throat as she turned on her side cluthcing the pillow next to her, to her chest.

Max's headed looked in her direction as soon as he heard his name and it being mumbled from her lips. It sounded so right, but yet so wrong at the same time.

He went to her side and saw hoe flushed her cheeks were and how desperately she clutched the pillow in front of her.

Max lowered himself onto the bed next to her and faced towards her. He took his hands and ran his fingers through her dark hair and he could see a hint of a smile at her lips. Her breathing was so much more peaceful now and her tears had finally stopped.

He had literally felt all of her pain absorb into him and he could feel the similar agony from her that he went through as well. His head snapped up as he heard the low creak of the door openening and his mother poking her head inside.

"Max, is Liz alright?" Diance asked with concern.

"She'll be okay." Max said looking at Liz the whole time as he continued to stroke her hair. Mrs Evans smiled wamrly an closed the door just as Tess approached her.

"Tess, what are you doing?"

"I have to talk to Max."

"No." Mrs. Evans said matter of factly.

"No......why?"

"Because Liz is in a veryemotional state right now and Max is in no mood to talk so he musn't be bothered." Tess galred at Dinae and opened her mouth to speak the shut it as she changed her mind.

*

Her eyes fluttered open and she could feel his warmth around her again. She turned to her side and came face to face with Max. He was lightly snoring and she had to admit he looked adorable whe he was sleeping.

Then it hit her. Her behavior earlier was uncalled for and it was unnacceptable. Her eyes darted around the room until she fouund the clock 6:30. The pary started in about an hour and a half and here Max was sleeping with his arms around her, and oh what Tess must think now.

She moved out of his arms and watched at the rain pounded down hard on the window and the light rumble of thunder. Her arms went around herself and she went to sit in the chair by the window. He was so loving to her earlier.........but how long could she keep denying it? The one thing she never though possible........was it love? So soon? Was it lust? Or was it just helping another out?

"Liz," her train of thought was broken when she heart him calling her name. Now it was her turn to face the music.

TBC.........




Part Seven

"Liz" Max called out softly again and she moved from the window to sit at the gdge of the bed. She could feel his movement indicating he was getting closer.

She held her breath and moved her face to the side so he couldn't see the absolute shame she displayed. She could feel his breath upon her and she was itching to touch him but she knew it wasn't right.

"Liz it's okay, look at me." Max reached up his hand to put a piece of her dark hair behind her ear.

Liz let out the breath she was holding and turned to face Max. Her heart nearly melted by the pure concern that reflected off his eyes.

"Max, I'm so sorry I made a spectacle out of you I-I just..." she stopped trying to keep herself from crying but to no avail. A tear silently feel fown her cheek and disappeard. Who was she kidding? She couldn't do this. She didn't want him to see how vulnerable she was.

"I know that I....uh....had to right to go to you for support, and I knoew Tess must be furious with me now......" Liz just let the sentance hang in mid air.

"Don't worry about Tess, she'll get over it." He ran his fingers through her hair again and she watched his every move.

She moved from the bed to stand in front of him to break the spell he was creating on her.

"I just had some really bad memories. Images really of the attack and the way I was beaten and how those bastards didn't even care as to what they were doing to me and....." Liz continued as tears kept pouring down her cheeks. "I couldn't take it anymore." The last part came out more like a whisper. Max immediately took her in his arms trying to provide a comforting embrace.

A clap of thunder burst throught the room and Liz cluthched at Max tighter and whispered "I'm sorry...."

"You're alright now Liz....shhhh.....There's now for you to be sorry about." Max promised as he brushed his lips over her temple.

"Thank you." Liz cried barley audible.

The door slightly creaked open and Maria walked in and waitied before making her presense known.

"Max." she said softly. He kept his hold on Liz but turned his attention towards Maria.

"mom, said you should probably get ready....umm.... and Tess is asking for you." Maria stated.

"Ok, Maria can you give us a minute?" Maria nodded and Max smiled his thanks.

Max reluctantly pulled back from Liz and immediatley felt the warmth leave his body. "Are you alright?" He brushed away the last bit of tears from her cheeks.

"Yeah I'm okay now, so you better get ready for the party" She stepped farther away allowing him room to pass.

"You don't have to come if you don't feel up to it."

"No I'll be alright, I'll see you down there soon." She smiled and watched him as he left.

Maria waited until Max was gone until slipping into Liz's room.

The room fell silent for a moment until Liz broke the silence. "You ready to have a great night, tonight?"

*

Tess smoothed down her dress and admired herself in the long full length mirror. Her dress was a dark blue color that was very low cut and showed a lot of clevage. Her hair was pulled tightly from her face and her make up was extremely heavy.

The thunder grew louder and Tess snickered "what a great night to blow the big one." She sighed deeply and grabbed her purse from the bed. Walking out of her room and into Max's she said "Max, darling are you ready?"

"The Whitman's are here lets go say hi, Max." she hooked her arm with his and pulled Max down the stairs.

*

"What do you think Liz?" Isabel leaned against the dresser bush in hand as she admired her work. Liz turned around and took in the shock at how different she looked.

"Wow.....I don't know what to say."

"Here is the brand new Liz Parker, now lets go knock 'em dead."

*


"How are you Maxwell?" Charled Whitman asked holding out his hand to Max.

"Fine thank you and youself."

"Just fine my boy....so where is that father of yours?

"I believe he's in the kitchen." Charles smiled his thanks and Max turned around to come face to face with Alex Whitman.

"Hi yah Max how are ya?" Max liked Alex he wa so much more down to earth.

"Never better Alex, so where's that crazy brother of yours?"

"Of he's around somehwere.....so has Isabel come down yet?" Alex asked excitedly. Max had to stifle a laugh at Alex's anxiousness.

"She should be down soon......speaking of which here she comes now." Isabel and Maria walked down looking exquisite as always and Isabel was carried off by Alex.

Then he saw her ad his eyes locked with hers. She was absolutley breathtaking, she was truly a vision. Her eyes had this unbelieveable sparkle in them.

The he saw the terror in her eyes as a bright flash of lighting took away her attention and she fumbled down a couple of stairs and he ran towards her just as she began to fall.......



TBC............



Part Eight

A hush fell on the crowd as the terror flashed before her eyes and she fumbled down a couple of steps before his strong arms took a hold of her before she could fall any farther. Looking for the nearest place to take her, he carried her to the bathroom leaving the whole place stunned especially Tess.

The tears cascaded down her warm and flushed cheeks and rolled down her neck and disappeared. He placed her on the shut toilet seat and a choked sob escaped her lips before she found her voice to speak.

"I just made a complete fool of myself."

"Not at all, just tell Dr. Evans where it hurts." Max said in a playful yet serious tone. Liz lightly laughed then pointed towards her ankle. Max looked to her eyes fro permission and she nodded and he gently removed her shoe. Placing the shoe next to her he proceeded to slowly massage part of her ankle. She smiled and said "You never told me you had magical hands Mr. Evans."

"Oh haven't you heard? I'm very magical when it comes to my hands."

"Well there's another one to add onto my list of injuries......." her voice became soft and she regretted saying that.

The bathroom fell so silent you could almost hear a pin drop.

His eyes were locked on hers and his hands stopped their ministrations He took his hand and pushed her dark hair behind her shoulder and cupped the front of her face.

"All I see is beauty." He whispered so vehemently she wasn't sure if this was real of if it was a dream. She leaned into his palm and his warm hand mixed with the heat of her face. His deep brown eyes were so mesmerizing and she wondered what it would be like to kiss him. She could feel the temperature of the room rise as well as her own. Was she being too obvious? Her eyes then dropped to his lips and how incredibly inviting they looked.

Her eyes travelled back up to his eyes and a small gasp escaped her lips, she was completely melting under his touch. Why does he have to be engaged? and so gorgeous?

"My ankle.....feels.....better....now." The words came out ut she didn't seem to hear herself saying them.

"I guess my magical touch worked." She could tell her was having trouble to produce one coherent thought too. She felt his hand move from it's spot to trace the bruise that remained on her face.

"You deserve so much more Liz, you are better than that." He spoke so elequently she was sure she would cry again.

"Thank you." She had this sudden urge to feel him around her. To protect her. She needed him. A part of her needed him.

"Come here." he pulled her into such a tight embrace she could almost crawl right into his skin. He cradled the back of her head and she relaxed against him laying her head perfectly on his shoulder.

"Don't ever change." She whispered and she could feel him smile against her hair. She brought her hand to the back of his heand and ran her fingers down the hair just above his neck.

He proceeded to bury his face into her sweet strawberry smelling hair. They were both so caught up in each other, the party full of people was the last thing on their minds.

"Max?"

"hmm?"

"Do you think you can stay with me forever and protect me?"

"As long as you want Liz. As long as you want." She kew now that he was a loving man. But before he held such coldness inside his heart, why did he change now? Mayeb one day he would tell her and she would tell him.

They both pulled away and a deep sigh escaped from Liz not going unnoticed by Max.

"What are you thinking about Liz?" The question caught her a little off guard at first unaware of what to say. Surely she couldn't say what she was really thinking. 'How much I want to kiss you right now Max.' But she couldn't. She had no right to. She would probably loose the friendship she was now developing with him.

"I'm thinking everyone out there must think the girl with the bruises on her face is a stupid clutz who can walk right, and can't seem to leave the most handsome guy here alone." She chastise for openly saying that. 'What an idiot he must think I am' She but her lower lip waiting for his response.

"Don't worry about it please, Liz. You needed me I was here and I'm always happy to help you out whenever you need me, and that is a promise."

"Well thank you but you better keep Dr. Evans handy because I'm very accident prone right now."

"Don't worry I'll keep him handy.....So are you ready to go back out?"
"Will you stay with me?"

"Always." and that's all she needed to hear.

TBC.........