|posted on 15-Sep-2001 5:32:01 PM|
| I stood watching my friends. We were sitting in a circle. Each of us waiting for what was to come, and what was to happen. Glancing around I knew I was the only one who felt it; felt that all this was a great big game we just had to play. And we were playing it all right. But, we were not winning. At least I wasn’t. I crossed my legs and flipped my hair up into a French twist. Realizing they were all looking at me, I finished and crossed my arms. “So who called this meeting, and why?” I asked. It was weeks since prom, and nothing had happened. Nothing at all. No skins came, or dupes. Notice how I didn’t say anything about Future people. You see, people visit me from the future, in my dreams. Michael, Isabel, Tess, Ava, Rath, and even Max. Rath, Michael, and I talk a lot. And I know why. But, no one else does. I can’t tell them. They wouldn’t care about me anyways.|
The night of the prom was the worst night of my life. Tess and Max kissed. But I finally realized that this was what I did, no one else. And I’m happy for them. Of course I hated how I spent my prom night bowling. It gets worse; I was bowling with Sean DeLuca. I know that you’re thinking, how could she? Why? Well that’s easy. You see with Sean, it’s different. He has his lies and bull shit theories but he doesn’t ask questions and doesn’t comment on how I’ve lost weight and have bags under my eyes. He just is quiet and talks when I talk and we leave it at that. Now Sean is gone. He went to Italy, Rome, and Greece to explore. His probation was finally over and he wanted to see the world. He wanted me to come with him but I told him I couldn’t leave. I had to stay in Roswell. But, now I think I should have gone.
Everyone has distanced themselves from me. Maria doesn’t talk to me anymore ever since prom. She doesn’t know why I give Max such a hard time. She and Max are really close now. They have been for a while but I know it’s nothing major. Maria loves Michael. I at least know that much about her. Alex is one of the few who still has faith in me. He comforts me whenever I need it. But he is the only one next to Isabel, and Michael. Isabel comes with Alex and we have Girl’s nights sometimes. We talk, laugh, and cry. We cry a lot. She says Max doesn’t talk to her anymore either. But he doesn’t talk to anyone except Tess and Maria. And Michael, sometimes. Michael comes when Isabel and Alex don’t. Well actually on Friday and Saturday we all hang out and watch movies. But on the weeknights he is there and on the weekdays Alex and Isabel are there. It’s a pretty good deal we have. Max is actually happy now and talking to the rest of the group. So am I. Well not the happy part, but the talking to everyone who talks to me. I snapped my mind back to what was happening now. Isabel was talking.
“Alex and I decided to call this meeting. And before you ask Max, no this has nothing to do with the skins. Alex and I were surfing the net one-day and we decided to look up the FBI and see what they have been doing since May. We found out the have every single detail written down. Everything up to Prom. But, it stops there. So Alex started to use his hacking. And we found out he can get us fake names, ID’s, everything. It’s time we have to go incognito. We have to make a pact here and now that we say the names of the college we are going to and meet here 2 weeks from now, Graduation, every year. And who ever doesn’t show up, well that means they have either been found, or they don’t want to be part of the family we have been since 2 years ago. Agreed?”
Everyone nodded and looked at me, the only person who hadn’t said a word. “So no one here is going to know my name, or your name?”
Isabel nodded. “Only Alex will, but that’s it. No one else. Unless we decided to tell each other.”
I nodded yet again. “Agreed, I’m in.”
She smiled and grabbed Alex’s hand. “Ok, well let’s start on where we are going to go to college, then you can tell Alex what name you want, and how much money you would like in your account as long as it’s not too much. Max, you start.”
I could feel Max’s nervousness and anger as he stumbled for his answer. He was sitting next to Maria, who was sitting next to Michael. Then I sat on Michael’s other side, next to Alex. Isabel accompanied his left side. Kyle sat next to her and Tess. And guess whom she sat by…Max.
“I’m going to Harvard.” He said in a leader like voice. I shook by head once and I felt his gaze upon me. Maria went next. “I’ll be going to UCLA. They have a good program for singers there.”
Michael nudged me in the side and whispered, “Smile, ok? It makes me feel like at least one person has encouragement for me!” I laughed softly then flashed a big smile as he started to talk.
“I’m staying here in Roswell, someone has to watch over things. I’m studying art at NMU.”
I decided to let Alex go, I wanted to talk last. Alex looked at me and he knew what I was feeling.
“I’m going to Stanford. It has great computer programs!” Isabel looked happy as she started to talk.
“I’m going to Brown. I’m going to major in Fashion. I love to design and make clothes.” Kyle looked at her as if she was crazy. I knew he was thinking that she would look better if she wore the clothes. “It’s University of Arizona in Tucson for me. I’m going to be a basketball player for that state.”
Tess squirmed as we all looked at her. “Um, I’m going to Miami, Florida. I don’t know if I’m going to college, but we’ll see when I get there. I want to be a lifeguard.” We all got a crack out of that one but when we saw she wasn’t kidding we stopped. “It’s your turn Liz.” She said looking at me. She had tried to make an attempted friendship but for right now there wasn’t one there. She had moved out from the Valenti’s and into Maria’s house. Maria called it an instant friendship or sisterhood. I called it betrayal. But Maria didn’t know that.
“Well Harvard called me and offered me to be the head of micro biology there or a T.A if I preferred. They said my grades were good enough. Of course I’d have to study it for about a year, than a year of being a T.A. then I could move up.”
“That’s great Liz. It’s always been your dream.” Maria shrieked. I nodded. “It was my dream. Was being the keyword there. But I turned them down.”
“What?” Max asked. I could feel his shock.
“Don’t be so shocked. I got another call that day. It was Julliard. They want me to go there and get a full scholarship. I could start in the beginners and move up quickly.”
No one said anything. “I never knew you could dance Liz!” Tess said. “Well there are a lot of things you guys don’t know about me.” I didn’t mean Alex, Isabel, or Michael. They knew plenty about me.
“Well let’s get this show on the road! How should we do this? Should we just have Alex be in this room and the others can wait in the back and Alex can call us in for the name changes?”
Isabel nodded. “That can work. I already changed my name. Kyle why don’t you go first, we’ll wait in the back.” We all stood up and moved toward the friendly couches in the back calling my name. Me and Isabel leaned against each other for what seemed like 5 minutes.
“Hey, Beth?” she asked quietly.
“Ya?” I asked. Everyone was looking at the two of us, and we knew it. They had never heard her call me Beth before. “You know I’m going to miss you when we leave! And our girl nights. I won’t have anyone to do those with.”
“Ya, I’ll miss them too, Bel. But don’t worry, you’ll find friend’s there fast. You always do, and I’ll call you sometime, ok?” she nodded and wiped a tear away. “You’re like a sister to me though! And I’ve always felt that, even when we weren’t that close.” I nodded again and pulled her up the stairs so no one else could hear us. “I’ve felt the same way too. Listen why don’t we do this! We’ll both have the same last name. And we’ll be sisters, ok? We’ll be sisters for real. We already are sisters anyways. Not by blood but my heart. And tonight, after everyone leaves I want to go shopping and get a total makeover! We can have another girl’s night.”
Isabel nodded. “I’d like that. Now my name is going to be Jasmine Linzi. Pretty good huh?” I laughed and nodded. “Very Isabel of you! Now let’s see…what name should I have?”
Isabel thought for a second. “I’ve got it! Delilah Linzi. What do you think?”
I thought about it for a second. “Delilah Linzi…it could work. Ya, I like it. Bel I didn’t tell anyone else but, ok I got a major part in this big movie role. It’s Romeo and Juliet, but in this time….2001, and for the movie I have to be a dancer. That’s why I’m going to Julliard. To get dance lessons and keep dancing after the movie is over. In the movie though, they are going to have the director and cast members talk about how they grew up and their family. Since your going to be my sister and all I figured you could come and talk about it. You know growing up with me! What do you think?”
Isabel smiled and jumped at me. “I love it. It’s so great that you’re going to be in a movie! So since you have to dance, do you have to sing too?”
“Ya, but not much and if I suck I can just get someone else to do it.” I said. Kyle came up the stairs suddenly. “Liz, everyone else went, it’s your turn.” I nodded and gave Isabel one final hug before going down the stairs. Michael noticed I had been crying and mouthed ‘What’s wrong?’ I smiled and shook my head. ‘Later’. And with that I walked out the doors and sat down next to Alex.
“Hey Liz, ok now what name do you want? Do you have one in mind?” he asked. I nodded quickly.
“Ya, Um Alex, me and Isabel were going to pose as sisters. What do you think about it?” He looked up quickly, I think it’s great.”
“Good. So what’s your name?”
“Actually it’s Xander. Just Xander. I don’t want a last name!”
I laughed. “You never did. I remember in the 5th grade you told me you never wanted Whitman. You said Alex was just fine for you!”
He nodded. “Ya, you remember! Maria doesn’t seem to remember much though. At least she never talks about it. So anyways, what name are you going to use?”
“Delilah Linzi. What do you think?”
He looked like he was really thinking. Then he smiled. “Touché!”
“Now about Family, you have 2 brothers, and one sister.”
I was silent. “What do you mean? I only have one sister!”
He shook his head. “Me and Izzy never told anyone. We went back to Vegas after Prom and got married. We eloped. So that counts me as brother number one. And I still have no last name so Isabel gets to keep hers.”
“Ok, congrats. Oh my god Alex you and Isabel are married. Oh my gosh I am so happy for you guys. Wow!” I said as I kept hugging him.
“Ya, I know. So do you want to know who your second brother is or not?”
I nodded quickly. “His name is Jonathan Linzi. He wanted the same last name as you. Do you know who it is yet?” I jumped up and hugged Alex. Then ran inside the back room. I looked for him and he was seated next to Maria and Max. When he saw me enter the room he stood up. I ran into his open arms. “Michael, I can’t believe you did that! Oh my god, you’re going to be mine, and Bel’s brother.” I cried. Everyone looked at us confused. But, at the moment I didn’t care. I had Michael, Is, and Alex as my family. That’s all I could ask for. Well maybe I could ask for a little more family, but for right now this was fine for me. It was perfect. I let go of him and saw a tear in his eye. I smiled and wiped it away before anyone could see. I knew Michael had his image. I saw Isabel in the corner of my eye.
“Bel! Did you hear?” I asked. She shook her head. I leaned in and whispered, “Michael, is going to be our brother.” Her eyes widened and she looked at Michael for a confirmation. He nodded and she ran to give him a hug.
“Ok, now what is going on here?” Maria demanded. I know it’s silly to think about it, but I wanted her to be my sister too. For so long we were always sisters from the start, but now it’s not the way it used to be, we’re not sisters from the heart. We always promised we would stick together through thick and thin. But maybe this was too thick to go through. Maybe.
“Um nothing much. I better get back to Alex, he’s still waiting in there for me. Bel, after this we can leave. So in like 15 minutes ok?” With that I heard Max and Maria question Isabel. “Where are you guys going to go?”
“Oh we’re just having a girl’s night out. That’s all.” Isabel said. She ran up the stairs to plan on what to wear. She had her own drawer at my house since she stayed so much. I laughed a little at the shock on Maria’s face. I knew she was hurt. But, she hurt me by not talking to me. I’ll give her clothes to her tonight. It hurts too much to see them sitting there.
“Ok, so now that you’re calm we can continue right?” he asked.
I nodded. “Wait you are calm right?” he asked again, and again I nodded.
“Ok, so how much money do you want in your account?” he asked.
“You do want money right?” I nodded again and slapped him lightly on the back. “Come on Alex, this is so not fair. Stop kidding. Just give me the same amount Isabel took.”
He looked at the computer in deep thought. He typed in a code. “Ok this is all set. Now you and Izzy can go on your little girl’s night, ok?”
I kissed him on the cheek and said good night to him. He did the same and told me to tell Izzy he would see us in the morning. He would also kiss her but he had to be home in five minutes. I walked into the back room. “Ok guys, well me and Bel have plans so you all have to go home. Shoo!”
Kyle laughed and gave me a hug good bye. Maria. Tess, and Max were all ready by the door. “Hurry Spaceboy!” Maria called. Michael walked over to me. “Sleep good, ok?” he said. I nodded and told him to hurry up. He gave me a kiss on the cheek, much to everyone else’s surprise, and walked out the door behind the others.
I locked up and made sure the lights were off before walking up the stairs into my bedroom. Isabel had on a red halter top and hip huggers, plus her red sandals.
"What do you think?" she asked as she turned around away from the mirror.
"Good. Now help me!" I said as I fell onto the bed.
"You are very lucky to have me as a friend, Liz Parker. I already picked one out." She said as she held up light blue shorts that looked shorter than short, and a black short sleeved shirt, plus my black platforms.
"No offense Bel, but that definitely screams help me, I'm a hooker without work."
Isabel shrugged. "I like it. Just wear it, please! I'm going into the world of fashion, and I need the support of you. Teen's all over are going to be looking at my fashion and I want them to like the clothes because they like them, not because it will make them look cool. And today I am starting, you have to wear this."
When I still looked at her she sighed and held out her hand. "Is $20 enough?" I nodded and grabbed the twenty and the clothes. I changed and put on some makeup. (My usual lip gloss.) Then I was ready to leave. Before I was able to make it out of the door the telephone rang. I tried to shrug it off but I ended up picking up the phone. "Hello." I replied into the phone.
"Is this Liz Parker?" the voice on the opposite end asked.
"Yes, may I ask who's calling?"
"This is the assistant director of Romeo and Juliet 2001. We called because we need to change your appearance. You've got the whole sweet thing going on there but we're looking for spicy. More like Jennifer Aniston on Friends when her hair was cut, surrounding her face. Have you ever seen a picture of her like that?"
I was in too much shock to really answer. I shook my head. "Um, yes I have. Do you want this done before I graduate or after?" I asked into the phone.
"Before would be best. As soon as possible. Are you getting all this?" he asked
"Yes, thank you for calling." I hung up the phone and Isabel charged over.
"Who was it? What did they want?" she asked flopping down on my bed.
"The assistant director. They wanted me to change my look. Make my hair more like Jennifer Aniston when it was cut around her face."
Isabel shrieked. "Yes! You are lucky I saw all the episodes of Friends. Makeover!"
Isabel grabbed the keys to the jeep and we made our way to the mall.
"Now Beth, when they said you needed a new look, what are we talking about? Are we talking like slut, preppy, school girl, or what?" She asked.
"Well, they said spicy so I'm guessing more sexy, you know?" I asked her.
Isabel nodded. "I have the perfect image in mind." She said pulling me into a store where the name was too hard to read. Isabel pulled shirts, pants, boots, high heels, you name it and she had it. "How am I supposed to pay for all this Bel?"
"Well, I missed your birthday so this is all on me." She said pulling out a one dollar bill changing it into a hundred dollar bill. She took out another dollar and changed it to the same paying for the merchandise. I dismissed it and we went to Claire's. I got my ear's pierced, as did Isabel. We then went to the hair salon. Bel liked her blonde hair and for that fact she wasn't going to change it. She told the hair stylist what to do with my hair and I had no idea. After an hour of hair pulling it was finally done. The lady had cut my hair to my shoulders. She had cut it around my face and lightened the hair so it was now a caramel sort of color with a mix of my darker brown. Isabel liked it and pushed me to the nail station, then we got our nails done. Feeling great, we left the salon.
"So Bel, why didn't you tell me that you and Alex got married?" I asked. I could feel her freeze beside me.
"I was going to, but I don't know. I guess I never knew how you would react. What do you think about it?" She asked me.
"Well personally, I am happy for you and Alex, he found a great girl and you found a great guy. It's a perfect match in my eyes. I think you guys will do great together. When are you guys going to tell the others?"
"We were thinking that we would tell them the night we leave. And thanks for being a great friend Liz. I appreciate it. I was always jealous of the friendship that you and Maria had. You guys had no secrets from each other and now that I have that with you I really appreciate you being my friend, and Michael's, Tess', and Max's. You've always been loyal. And we all appreciate it." She said. I hugged her and there we stood in the street in the middle of the night crying and hugging.
"But, you know what would make this super better?" she asked. I shook my head; no. She pointed to the tattoo shop next to us. "We can become tattoo buddies."
I looked at her and laughed, "Are you serious?" I asked. She nodded and we headed into the shop.
"So what should we get?" I asked her impatiently.
"Well I was thinking we should get something…like I dunno that means a value of the friendship we have." She started walking. "Liz come over here. I found something."
I walked over to where she stood in the corner. She was looking in the section called 'Friends Forever' I shook my head but looked up.
"So what are you looking at?"
She pointed up high on the wall. "Look up there. It has two wreaths intertwined." I shook my head.
"I kind of like this one too. What do you think?" She looked at it and started to laugh. "Liz an heart with and alien inside? You know what? That's a good idea, I can get one with a heart and a human inside. Alex will get a kick out of that, come on!" She pulled me up to the guy and told him what we wanted. She decided to get it on her shoulder blade and I decided I wanted it on my hip. The guy led me into a room where he said a girl would meet me. Seconds later Ava came in. "Ava, what are you doing here?" I demanded.
"Shh! I'm here for work, whatcha doin' here? Ain't you a lil' young?" she asked.
"Look just give me my tattoo ok? You just scared me is all. I haven't heard from you in a while. How have you been?" I asked as I gave her a hug.
"Aiight, I've been aiight. So just don't mention to anyone that I'm here,k? Just you have to know. Now, lemme do your tattoo, by the way this is very tight."
"Thanks." I said. She finished the tattoo after a lot of pain. I gave her another hug and told her to come visit me before I went and met Isabel. We both paid and left the shop. When we got back to my room we sat on the bed. "Bel, are you going to go home or do you want to stay the night?" I asked her.
"I'll stay the night. My mom will know I'm here, and we can get my school stuff in the morning for school right?"
"Now about your makeup. I will do that in the morning. In the meantime we are getting sleep."
I nodded again and told her good night. We both slept and awoke the next morning.
“Bel, are you sure I look good?” I questioned for at least the third time that morning. “You look great. Now we have to go!”
I looked at Isabel. She was wearing blue leather pants, with a matching jacket. She had on a white shirt underneath and white boots. I thought I looked horrible. I had on a black leather mini skirt, with black strappy heels, a purple spagetti strap stretch shirt, with a black leather jacket. The skirt was hiphugging and you could see my tattoo. I was wearing alien earrings, with my hair curled, and down. Black eyeliner, and purple eyeshadow covered my eyes. I had glitter on the rest of my face, but I decided to keep my lip-gloss. I grapped my trapper sitting on my bed and went into the jeep.
Isabel smiled and shook her head. We made a stop at Alex’s house. When he saw me his jaw dropped. “What do you think?” Isabel asked.
“It’s about time that girl got a makeover. It makes her look happy.” Isabel smiled and gave him a kiss, a long kiss. He smiled and climbed into the car dazed. I gave him a kiss on the cheek and we were off. In my opinion we arrived at school way too fast. I could see Michael, Kyle, Max, Maria, and Tess down at the end of the hall by mine, and Isabel’s lockers. They were actually standing right in front of them. I looked at Isabel and she gave a sorry smile. Alex put on arm around each of us and made his way right to our lockers. On the way guys were shooting me looks, and giving me catcalls. I shook my head and laughed. None of the group had noticed us yet. I didn’t want them to notice, but then my confidence came back and I smiled.
“Hey guys. What’s up?” I asked. Maria wasn’t even looking at me. “Nothing, what about you?” This time everyone looked up. Max and Kyle’s jaw dropped. “Wow, Liz you changed. Wow, you look nice.” Kyle said.
“Thanks Kyle. Um-Max do you think you could move? You’re in front of my locker.” He didn’t or couldn’t say a word. He just moved. “Thanks. I put my trapper in my locker and took my jacket off, hanging it in my locker. When I turned around and closed it Michael grabbed my arm. “What is that on your hip?” he demanded.
“A tattoo?” I said innocently. “You got a tattoo?” Tess shrieked. I nodded. “So did Bel.” Everyone looked at Isabel. She shot me a glare then nodded. Alex glared at her. “Let me see it!” He said. She flipped her hair and pulled her jacket off. The heart had a human in it with a big ‘A’ underneath. Alex smiled. “A as in Alex?” he questioned. She nodded. “A as in Alex!” She leaned in to kiss him. At that moment Pam Troy and those cronies walked by. “Isabel, kissing a social reject like Whitman here is against the code!” Pam yelled. Isabel rolled her eyes. “Bite me Pam and screw the code.” With that Isabel pulled Alex into the nearest room. The eraser room.
I started to crack up. Pam glared at me. “Stuff it Parker.” She said. I noticed Tommy, her boy friend, walking to class. “Hey Tommy, walk me to class?” I asked. He looked me up and down. “Sure Parker, anything you want, I’ll give ya.” I smiled and waved at her and the others who were still in shock. So far the day was going great.
Lunch came around faster than expected. I saw Isabel sitting on the grass on a blanket next to Alex. They called me over and I sat down. Soon Michael would join us. That’s how it was. Our group was split four and four. Me, Isabel, Alex, and Michael completed one. Michael still dated Maria but otherwise he ate lunch with us. Max, Kyle, Maria, and Tess always sat at the table where we all used to sit. Right on time Michael appeared with Maria, Max, and Kyle. Tess was with Max holding his hand. He sat at the table with Maria and glanced at me as if he was sorry. I nodded in understanding. Isabel and Alex were sitting playing tonsil hockey. I saw the jeep and thought it would be a good time to go for a drive. “Hey Bel, can I borrow the jeep? I’m in the mood for a drive!” She looked at me and told me that I could stay at her house that night, her parents were going to be out. I nodded and took the keys.
I noticed Michael, Max, Maria, Tess, and Kyle watching me. I climbed into the jeep. The car started and I left school. My hair was blowing in the breeze giving me a free feeling. I decided to go give Ava a little visit and see how she doing. I stopped at the tattoo shop and shook the door. The closed sign shook and I looked through the window. I sighed when I saw the darkness. I walked around to the back and pulled open the back door. I smiled when it opened. As soon as I walked in I heard voices. I heard Ava’s and followed it to the back room where she had given me my tattoo. When I walked in I got the surprise of my life.
“Oh my god. Ava? Is that who I think it is?” I asked. Ava jumped at the sound of my voice. She looked really scared. Standing right next to her were Lonnie, Rath, and Zan. She started to back into the corner. I shook my head. I went over and gave her a hug. “Are you all right?” I asked. She nodded and stood up straight. I walked back over to where I was standing.
“Aren’t you supposed to be in school?” Zan asked a smirk on his face. I glared at him. “Yes, but I needed to go for a drive. Aren’t you supposed to be dead?” I shot back. His smirk disappeared and I laughed quietly.
“So Ava, what are they doing here?” I demanded. She looked at them.
“Well, the Lonnie, and Rath you saw before were skins or rather husks that looked like them. And so was the Zan that was killed. But they don’t remember who took them or what happened here. And I was just figuring out how to explain that to them. But, honestly they are good. These dupes are good.” I saw Zan put a hand on her waist and smiled. “So you and Zan are a couple now….what?” I asked. She smiled and nodded. “Congratulations Ava!” She smiled again. “What about u and Max hookin it up?”
I looked down. “Actually, he hooked up with Tess. Got her pregnant even.” Ava gasped.
“Liz I’m sorry. Well she’s a damn slut.” I laughed. Rath, Lonnie, and Zan looked completely clueless. “Um, who’s dis Tess and Max?” Lonnie asked. I looked over at her and her eyes looked into mine. You could see the same sense of Isabel in there. I knew they were to be trusted. “Um they are your doubles. Max is like you Zan. Michael is like Rath. Isabel is like Lonnie. And Tess is like Ava. Well at least in appearances you all look similar.”
Lonnie nodded. I suddenly had a really good idea. “I know how you guys can see what happened when your skin look alikes were here. Put your hands together. Lonnie one hand with Zan the other with Rath. Rath one with Lonnie the other with Ava. And Zan one hand with Lonnie and one with Ava. Good. Ok now I just want you to think about Roswell, the crash, and visualize me.” I heard a snicker from Rath. A second later I heard the smack Lonnie had given him. I closed my eyes in the middle. After a few minutes Zan, Ava, Rath, and Lonnie were glowing. The glow left and shot at me. I closed my eyes again. I could feel myself going through everything that happened when Max left the city with Tess. Before and after. Then the glow left. I looked around. “Did all of you see it?” Slowly each one of them nodded. I gasped and sat down on the floor. I tried to find my breath. I saw Lonnie and Ava’s worried glances. I closed my eyes for a second, then all went black.
“Liz, Liz wake up. Wake up. “ I opened my eyes and saw Lonnie standing over me shaking me. I got up. “God, that hurt. “ I stood up and Ava, and Lonnie gave me hugs. Even though we had barely spoken we each were getting along. I smiled at Lonnie in thanks. Rath came up to give me a hug also. I started to see clearer. “Well how did you all get here?” I asked. From behind me I heard a voice. “That’s is what I was wondering too Miss Parker.” I froze. I knew that voice. That voice belonged to an evil man. I turned around slowly.
“Hello Agent Pierce.”
“Hello Agent Pierce.” I said.
“Who’s dis chump?” Zan called from the back of room. He was standing directly in front of Ava. Rath was following suit with Lonnie, and his arm outstretched. Pierce shook his head. “Chump? Obviously you are looking in the mirror! Now, back to your question Miss Parker. And by the way…why the formalities..we are such great friends!”
I sneered at him. “Friends? As in you and me? Right, you kidnapped my boyfriend, showed him pictures of me dead, tortured him, cut him open, almost killed him, tried to kill my friends, and oh ya…you tried to kill me. If that’s your definition of friends…then, you have another thing coming.” I shot back. I could feel the anger inside me. Just waiting and wanting to be released. He stepped towards me.
“I did what was necessary. Your little friend shouldn’t have tried to kill me! I’m not what they think I am. Don’t they know that nothing is what it seems? Now, you’re the only thing we want…the only thing I want, and the only thing he wants. Just come with us. And you can be a Queen.” Pierce stepped one more step towards me.
“Ok buddy back it up. Just a couple of questions, I need to ask. First of all…what are you? Second, who is we? Who is he? And the last…you and me…a couple? Oh my god. That’s an EW right there!!” I said as I took a step up. I could hear Zan and Rath cracking up in the back. I saw a glint of silver in Pierce’s pocket. I shot a glance at the four in the back.
“Get Ava and Lonnie out of here! Now! Just do it ok?” I could hear the protests of the four.
“Get them out of here! Rath grab Lonnie! Zan grab Ava and run. Just leave ok?”
“ We ain’t chickens, and we ain’t damn leavin’ ya, aiight?” Rath yelled back.
“ The thing he has in his hand can take your powers away! Go! Now. “ I yelled at them. Pierce raised the object he held. I gave the four one last glance before they left. Pierce cursed and dropped the object. I grabbed it and stood up. I was ready to fight him if that’s what it would take. He put his hand up and a white glow left his fingers straight towards me. I gasped as it hit me.
Pierce was standing over me. “Give me the object I had.” He yelled. I spit on his shoe. “Go to Hell.” He cursed again and hit me with another blast. Then another. And another. Finally I took the object and aimed it at him. “Please don’t kill me!” He said. “When you messed with my friends you signed up for a death from me. Here it is.” I pushed a button and a green light shot at Pierce knocking him out. The object had stripped hjm of his powers. He could no longer hurt anyone. I sighed and tried to stand up. It hurt like hell. I had managed to grab my purse and the keys and make it to the jeep. I put the keys in and made it out of the parking lot. I had been in that room a lot longer than I thought. I was 9 at night. There must be some sort of time barrier in that place where time goes slower but the world outside of it continues with time. I headed over to Isabel’s house. I sighed when I saw Alex’s car, Maria’s Jetta, and Kyle’s truck. I guess everyone was worried about me, huh? I stopped the car in the driveway and entered the house. Isabel was sitting on the couch crying. Alex was holding her. Michael was sitting next to Isabel looking like he was going to cry. Maria was chatting with Tess and Max. Kyle was looking out the back window.
“Hi guys.” I said weakly. Everyone snapped their head at me. “Oh my God Liz where have you been?!?!? I have been worried sick about you!” Isabel said as she rushed at me and gave me a hug. I gasped. “Bel please let go.” She let go and looked at me worriedly. “ What’s wrong Liz? You look so pale. “ I felt so weak I had to sit down. I headed for the couch. Alex got up and Michael put a pillow on his lap. I layed down and sighed. “I never meant to worry you guys. I had a run in with Pierce.” I heard gasps from everyone.
“Liz! Are you sure? I thought Michael killed him.” Maria started to rant. Max handed her some cedar oil before she sat down. I started to breathe heavily. Max didn’t notice. “ You are joking! Pierce is dead. Obviously you were daydreaming.” I started to get really mad.
“Fine think that I’m making this up. But I just found out some Alien King wants me, Pierce wants me. And that Pierce is an alien. So I would really appreciate it if you would cut me some slack here.”
“Now you are lying! Pierce isn’t an alien!” Tess shouted.
“Oh really?” I shouted back. I saw her nod. I stood up and lifted my shirt. The skin looked burnt. “Then why was he able to give blasts like Michael does?” I asked. She closed her mouth and was silent. Isabel let a tear out. “Liz come lay on my bed ok? You’re too weak to walk.” I looked at her and realized she was right. I took a step towards her room before falling. Michael came and lifted me up. I put my arms around him as he carried me away to Isabel’s room. He layed me on the bed. I gave him a ‘thank you’ look. He smiled and kissed my forehead. He walked out the door and turned out the lights. Once more making things black!
“What the hell was that?” Michael exploded once he had returned from putting Liz to sleep. Everyone glanced up at the sound of his voice. No one had spoken since Liz had left the room. Tess sighed. “What are you yelling about Michael?” she whined. He shot her a look. “Don’t even go there Tess. I’m talking about the Liz thing. You could have cut her some slack. She was just blasted by an alien for God’s sakes!” He shouted.
“Michael listen to yourself. If Pierce is an alien why would he hurt Max?” Maria reasoned with him. “You see Maria. He’s our enemy. So he was hurting Max. He wanted the orbs to work to see what would happen. Like maybe the orbs would have shown him where the granolith was. What is up with you anyways? Liz is supposed to be your friend and all you care about is chatting with Max! And defending Max’s theory! Your best friend was just burnt…almost to death and you’re more worried about other things!” he yelled as he sat back on the couch. He could see the hurt on her face but once u times that by 100 you get the look Liz gets every time she sees Maria, Max, and Tess.
“That’s not fair Michael. Don’t go blaming me for what happened tonight because none of it was my fault!” Maria said back as she walked towards Max.
“That’s right Maria. Nothing is your fault. I’m not blaming you for what happened. I’m blaming you for not being there for your friend. And life isn’t fair.” He shot at her. A tear went down her cheek and she sat down on the floor hurt more than ever. Max immediately stood up. “Don’t pin this on her!” he shouted.
Michael laughed and shook his head. “So you will stick up for her but not for Liz? Not for you soul mate?” Tess walked closer. “I am his soul mate.” She replied.
“Right Tess. You’re nothing more than a lap dog who follows him around. Admit it…has Romeo here ever told you he loves you?” Michael demanded. Tess dropped her head. “No. But, that doesn’t mean anything!”
“What are you blind? It means everything. How can you be so sure he loves you? He must have told Liz that he loved her 30 times a day!” Michael yelled. Tess gasped. She gulped back her tears and sat next to Maria. When no one else said anything he sighed and started towards Isabel’s room. Max’s voice stopped him.
“Michael what you said is wrong! Apologize to Tess, and Maria. And remember that Liz was the one who cheated on me. She’s the one who broke my heart. And she’s the one who sleeps around!” Max said. Michael gasped at the last thing Max had said. He shook his head and started toward Max. He was going to teach Max a lesson. But the others beat him to it. Alex and Kyle held him back while Isabel stood in front of Max. She raised her hand and striked him with it. His head shot back. Silence was there suddenly. “Max I swear to God if you ever, ever talk about Liz like that again, I will personally kill you! Got it?” Max just glared at her. Kyle stepped forward. “And for your info Evans, me and Liz never slept together.” He spat out. All around the room where glaring contests. Max with Michael, Maria with Kyle, Isabel with Tess, and Alex with who had just walked in. Alex glared at Liz.
Alex was glaring at me! Me, Liz Parker. I had heard the whole conversation. I wish I hadn’t. It was cold. All of the sudden Alex stopped glaring at me. He was walking towards me instead. He grabbed my arm and pulled towards the couch. When we got there he layed me down. “Now stay Parker.” I rolled my eyes as he walked into the kitchen. Isabel walked over to me and sat on the floor so her head was level with mine. “Are you ok B?” she asked. I nodded and smiled. “Don’t worry about me. Or Pierce. I took this thing from him. It has the ability to take away your powers. I used it on him. He was surprised to see that I was able to do that. He wanted it really bad so I guess it has a lot of value. He shot me with blasts 4 times for it so make sure nothing happens to it, ok?” I said as I handed her the object I had stuffed into my purse. She handed it to Michael who threw it at Max.
“There Maxwell. Now you have what you’ve always cared about!” he yelled.
“Michael!” I scolded. He shrugged and sat by Isabel. I closed my eyes and breathed deeply. I heard Isabel ask Max to heal me. I opened my eyes and smirked. “Bel it’s ok. I can do it.” She looked at me confused and I shook it off. I placed my hand over my stomach and concentrated. Breathe in, breathe out. Breathe in, breathe out. I felt a sudden warmth through my fingers and the gasps of the others. I opened my eyes as soon as the warmth disappeared. My stomach was bare, no marks on it! I looked up and there was a face the scared the living crap out of me.
“Jesus Alex! You scared the shit outta me!” I yelled. He pulled the alien mask away from his face. “I think he looks cute!” Alex said laughing. Isabel smacked him, “Stop scaring her!” she said. Alex smiled weakly and started to back up towards the door as Isabel glared at him. Turning away from him she turned towards me. “How did you do that?” she asked. The others behind her were opening their mouths already trying to ask questions.
“Ava told me how to take advantage of the powers I have.” I simply replied. I heard Tess snort. Isabel’s eyes flared. I could tell she was going to explode. I put my hand on her arm to calm her down. She smiled and nodded. Isabel leaned closer and pulled a blanket over me. We both heard Tess say plain and simple. “Look at the little princess.” And then Max laughing, along with Maria. Isabel’s head snapped up.
“That’s it. Tess, I want you, Maria, and Max out of this house! None of you are welcome any longer.”
“Iz, you can’t do that. I live here too you know.” Max stated.
“Yea well, guess what? Lately you haven’t been here and Mom and Dad told me to be in charge.” She through back at him.
“Only because they don’t know that I am the leader. You listen to me Isabel, not the other way around!”
“They do now Max! I told them! Me, and Liz told them about 2 weeks ago.” Silence was heard throughout the house.
“You what?” he sneered. “You heard me. You can no longer control me Max. I’m not your sister anymore.” Isabel stated.
“Tess, you can mind warp my parents into believing that Isabel made up some story for a class and she was just telling them that, can’t you?” Max asked. Tess nodded happily.
Isabel shook her head. “If you do Tess, I will personally see to it that you live a life of pure misery.” She sneered as an evil grin got on her face.
“You’re nothing but a stuck up, brat, with no good looks. And look at how fat you are.” Tess yelled at her. I stood up. “Apologize to her Tess.” I said. My voice was so low I even got shivers down my back.
She shook her head. Her blonde curls swung around her face.
“Fine.” I said before using my mind to throw her against the wall. When she got up Max cradled her. “What the hell is your problem Liz?” Maria yelled as she ran towards Tess to check on her. I shrugged. “I told her to say sorry.” I said sheepishly, shrugging it off. The three of them stepped through the door and got into the jeep. I saw Max’s glare before he turned out of the driveway. I turned towards Kyle. He was on the floor with tears in his eyes.
“Liz, can we please do that again?” he pleaded. At his comment we all burst out laughing. Kyle stood up. “Well I have to go. Sleep tight everyone! I must go to the house of Valenti and DeLuca. Hey do any of you have a cross or something in case Tess tries to come after me in the middle of the night?” He asked. We all started laughing again.
“Wait don’t you like Buddha or something?” Alex asked as he raised an eyebrow. Kyle nodded. “But Buddha likes God too! They play poker together.” he replied. We shooed Kyle out the door. “I’m sorry Bel.” I said as I gave her a hug. I felt her nod against me. Alex pulled her out of my arms and I ran into Michael’s.
“I’m sorry Michael. Maybe you should go to Maria’s.” I suggested. He shook his head. “I’m sick of apologizing to her for stupid reasons. Besides I need to be here for you.” He said smiling. I put my face close to his chest. “Thank you. I love you Michael.” I mumbled.
“I love you too, Liz.”
“What time is it?” I mumbled. I had fallen asleep on Michael’s chest. Isabel groaned and woke up. I saw Alex shift out from under her. I sighed. “I have to work with Maria today.”
Isabel and Alex gave me sympathetic glances. “Well we’ll warm the booths up for you.” Alex offered. I looked at Michael. He was snoring really loud, obviously not a good person to wake up. I glanced at Isabel’s make up bag on the floor. My gaze met hers as my eyes started to narrow and a grin over took my face. She scrambled up and we got to work.
* * *
Kyle rang the doorbell and I smiled at him. I welcomed him with a hug as he stepped inside. Since Max had the jeep he offered me and Michael a ride to work along with Isabel and Alex.
“Whatever you do don’t laugh or give anything away.” I saw his confused look before he shrugged it off and looked into the living room. His gaze stopped on Michael and I saw the small tips of his mouth turn to a grin he would give us away and I knew it. I grabbed his head and turned it towards mine giving him a kiss. He was in a shocked stage because he wasn’t talking. We got into the car and made sure all the mirrors were covered up so Michael couldn’t see his appearance. As we arrived at the Crashdown we could already see Maria, Tess, and Max inside. My parents were behind the counter doing last minute checks on the place. When we entered my mom and dad gave Isabel and Alex and hug. When they saw Michael tears formed in my mom’s eyes. She gave him a hug too. My dad followed suit.
Out of the corner of my eyes I could see Maria’s lips formed into an O like shape. Tess had paled and Max was trying not to laugh. Too bad, they don’t know what they’re missing out on. Michael looked at everyone’s face. I couldn’t help it anymore. I started to crack up. Tears formed in my eyes and I was on the floor with my hands to my sides. Soon Isabel was by me on the floor. My parents also joined in on the laughter. Kyle was cracking up with Alex and Maria, Max and Tess were all just looking at menu’s but peeking over in jealousy. Too bad for them! At least we aren’t pouting.
Michael grabbed Isabel’s purse and pulled out her mirror. He opened it and literally screamed. He had blue eye shadow, black eyeliner, mascara, bright red lipstick, and really pale pink blush. I saw his gaze harden before he walked into the kitchen. I stood up afraid he was hurt. When he came back out he was holding 2 eggs in each hand. I saw his gaze jump to both of us. We each pointed to the other before cracking up laughing. He threw 2 eggs at each of us. 1 hit my hair and the other hit my outfit. Isabel’s was worst. One in her hair and the other on her face. Michael was the one crying now. He was laughing so hard.
I glared at him and he ran to the bathroom melding the door shut from the inside. Izzy huffed and we went upstairs to change. 10 minutes later everyone was still downstairs. I had on short overalls with a red shirt. My hair was in a high ponytail, and my hands behind my back. Isabel had on jean shorts and a blue shirt, her hair down. We smiled as we walked into the café. Michael looked at us. “You deserved it.” He said.
“Yes we did. Sorry Michael.” I said. He smiled and held out his hand.
“So, truce?” he questioned with an eyebrow raised. I looked at Isabel and we both shrugged and nodded. He smiled and turned his back to walk away. We pulled out the Super Soaker squirt guns and fired them at his abandoned back. The wetness and hit made Michael turn around fast. The front of his shirt got soaked including lower than his chest. Isabel and me collapsed laughing on the floor. Michael moved to pick up the squirt gun when I grabbed it from him. “Nope, we had a truce remember?” I scolded him. Michael smirked and nodded.
“So Parker how bout a bet? We play any game of my choice and whoever wins picks the consequence for the loser, got it? Oh, and you play for both you and Izzy.”
“Deal, now what game?” I asked.
“Well I am quite good at poker.”
“Good as long as it’s not pool.” I said. I hate to say it but Michael is kinda dumb. He fell for my trick.
“Pool it is!” He declared and pulled me up on my feet. Isabel shot me a look as if to say did you have to tell him your weakness. I gave her a smirk and she recognized it. She returned the smirk and grabbed my arm to catch up with me. We were headed across the street. I remember Max telling me Brody had set a pool table up downstairs. I noticed my mom, Alex, Kyle, Maria, Tess, and Max following us. When we entered the UFO center Michael made his way through tons of junk. I was surprised we could find our way. I laughed. I couldn’t believe Michael had fallen for my trick
* * *
I had fallen for Michael’s trick. He knew I was good at pool but he was better. He won. Isabel almost punched me. “Well it can’t get worse than this right?” she asked. I shrugged. Michael came up to us, “I already know what you’re going to do.” He smiled the whole time he told us what to do. Isabel exploded and actually punched me. Or tried to at least. I ducked and she hit Michael. We both left the center mad. Isabel mad at me and Michael, and me mad at Michael. When me and Izzy got to the Crashdown she turned to me.
“Liz, what did we get our selves into?”
“It’s not so bad right?” I asked. She nodded and smiled taking my hand.
* * *
One week and 6 days later
“This is bad Liz, really bad.” Isabel said. She started to crumble her golden graduation robe.
“I have to do it too Isabel! This really sucks. Our parents will be out there!” I argued.
“I still can’t believe I was one percent behind on you in the Valedictorian thing. I can’t believe you went up to the Principal and demanded that he let us both make a half of one speech. And the fact he said yes!”
“Well, hey it’s better to do this together at the same time right. And right after the speech we have to get our diplomas. I can’t do this!” I cried. She rushed to my side.
“Relax Liz! We just say the speech, get our diploma and leave!” she said. I nodded with her before yelling.
“I am gonna kill Michael after this!”
“Me too. Oh god, Liz we have to go now.” Isabel shrieked. She took a deep breath and let her Ice Queen exterior back up. I put on one of my fake smiles and walked out after her. Once we left the back room into the gym the Principal walked up to us. “It’s just about to start go have a seat outside.” We nodded politely and opened the gym double doors walking out into the open grass that was now covered in tons of chair. We started down the aisle towards the stadium where the board administrators were. We passed Michael and he gave us a little wave. We both glared at him, punching him through his mind. I laughed when I saw him clutch his head. He glared a second longer before me and Izzy went up the stadium and sat down. The principal walked up to the mike with a smile on his face. He straightened his tie and looked at the students that were sitting before him. He started jabbering away about high school life and that we would always be remembered as the class of 2000-2001. Then the board administer walked up practically repeating exactly what our principal had said. Then it was our turn. I squeezed Isabel’s hand for good luck. We came up to the podium scared but proud. We were the number one students in our class, and that was the most I ever wanted out of my high school days.
“Students, Faculty, board administers, and Parents. Graduation is a day of thanks. For your parents, teachers, classmates, friends, coaches and whoever else. Thanks for helping you get through these past four years. Today is also a day to be proud. Proud to have gotten so far and survived. These past four years have gone by so quickly. That’s how it seems now. I remember waking up everyday groaning that it was too early and I was so tired. Then you get up, get to school, have a pop quiz, a test, and run for PE. Then we’d get homework that would keep us awake until dawn. But we managed to get here, to our graduation, our promotion to move on in life.” I said. During my speech were snickers but otherwise there were smiles. I stepped back and let Isabel talk now.
“As we go on we leave behind a home that has been our home for 4 wonderful years. West Roswell High has given us so much. Friends, and knowledge. I’m honored to have known all of you these 4 years, and more. We are today’s Future, we are what will be possibly teaching the next generation. I know that today will bring tears, and maybe pain. Pain at having to leave friends and home. But we leave to go on an adventure with a golden treasure waiting to be found. We go on the adventure of life. When we were 13 we were teenagers, 16 we were able to drive, and now here we are 18 and 17 year olds. We’re about to be promoted to adult hood to a world of adventures waiting to happen. The West Roswell class of 2000-2001 is being let on into the world. We can handle the world but can the world handle us?” Isabel announced. The crowd cheered. They were our classmates. My eyes began to tear up as Isabel hugged me.
Our Principal held two documents in his hand. “I am now about to let these two wonderful girls promote or graduate on to life.” He announced. “Isabel Evans and Elizabeth Parker!” he called. I could hear the gasps and whistling of the crowd as Isabel and I threw our robes off, revealing that we wore nothing underneath. I glared at Michael as I tried to cover myself up. The Principal shook our hands in shock. I started to walk down the steps in front of Isabel. I could already tell what my parents must be thinking.
“Never knew you had it in you!”
“Now this is graduation!”
I shook my head at Isabel as we sat in our seats. This is going to be a long 2 hours!
And I'm here
To save the world
And I wanna know
Who's gonna save me?
|posted on 15-Sep-2001 5:38:17 PM|
The hours went by so long. I couldn’t wait to get to the PE room where Isabel’s clothes and mine were waiting. I ran through the grass to the security of the changing room. I slammed the door shut and grapped the long jean skirt and white halter that I had brought. I placed my hair into a ponytail and slipped on my sandals to see Isabel just about to enter. She was already dressed and pissed off.
“What?” I asked.
“Michael took a picture of us when we threw our robes off and is giving it to the newspaper!” She screamed. I smiled. “What are you smiling about?” she demanded. I held up a picture.
“If Michael wants everyone to see him as a drag queen, then he can give the pics to a reporter!” I said. Isabel threw her head back and laughed. Just our luck, Michael was waiting for us by the jeep.
“Girl’s.” he said.
“Cut the crap Michael and give us the photo’s.” I said. He shook his head.
“Fine, then we have a picture we want to give to the newspaper too.” I held up his photo and his face went pale. I smiled and he handed over the pack of photo’s. I held out his photo to him and he ripped it up, placing the pieces in his pocket. I shared a smiled with Isabel before pulling out 2 more copies of the photo.
“Do you want these too Michael? I have tons at home!” I said sweetly. He lunged at me and started to tickle me fiercely. Isabel jumped on his back and tried to pull him off. Alex walked bye and frowned.
“Now what are you guys doing?” he asked. Isabel jumped up and gave him a kiss. I crawled out from under Michael and joined them. I noticed Michael staring at Maria.
“Go on and talk to her, I may not be friends with her anymore but I know she loves you very much. Now go.” I said nudging him. He looked at me and smiled before running over and pulling Maria to the side. I should’ve watched but I didn’t. I tuned back to Isabel and Alex’s convo.
“So my little newlyweds, how can you leave each other to go to college?” I asked. Alex snorted.
“Well, as you know, we can’t. So for one semester we go to Brown, then the next semester we go to Stanford.” He explained.
“So the colleges allow that?” I asked with an eyebrow raised.
“Well no, but if the computer tells them too then they will. The love of technology.” I shook my head.
“Come on! We gotta get back to the Crashdown. My parents are having a graduation party for all of us. Including DeLuca, Harding, and Evans.”
I could hear the groaning from Isabel but I shook it off as we approached the jeep. Isabel had gotten it from Max and now Max was tagging along with Maria. When we approached the Crashdown I ran up to the door. I could see a huge cake. Alex licked his lips and I started to laugh. This would be fun.
The hours went by to 10 o clock and the parents were all upstairs talking. Alex had ended up stuffing his face in the cake, eating it. Everyone soon had joined him. Then we had to actually clean up. I felt Isabel’s nervousness as the gang surrounded her when she said she had something to say. She had grabbed Alex’s hand.
“Alex and I eloped. We went back to Vegas and got married.” At first there was silence but Michael went up and gave Isabel and Alex each a hug.
“Congrats guys.” He said. Maria and Tess just nodded before walking away. Max stared at Isabel.
“Ya, congrats.” He sneered. I almost lunged at him. As he walked away I started to laugh. The sign was obvious. I had placed it there when I had bumped into him earlier. It said; ‘I’m with Gerbil.’ It had a little arrow on the back pointing to where Tess always stood. His left. He walked out the door with Maria and Tess in tow. The place wasn’t even near clean.
“Excuse them! Do they actually think that we’re going to clean this all up?” I asked irritated. Isabel turned to me. “Hun, don’t even worry about it. We’ll get our parents to help.”
“Mom, dad, Mr. and Mrs. Evans, Mr. and Mrs. Parker, Ms. DeLuca, Sheriff! Can you please come down here and help us clean up?” Alex yelled.
“Go ahead and have fun guys! This is your graduation night.” Amy yelled. We smiled and ran towards the car before they changed their minds.
With Alex in the driver’s seat we headed off into desert. The only place where we felt we had some privacy. Weren’t we wrong?
I’m Maria DeLuca and I hate Tess Harding. I’m Maria DeLuca and I hate Tess Harding. I am Maria DeLuca and I am best friends with Tess Harding.
“Shit!” I cried out. This whole month I have been spending it with Tess telling myself I enjoy it when I don’t. I don’t know what’s going on with me. I am Liz’s best friend and I hate Tess Harding. So why the hell is that bitch in my house? Everything she does annoys me but I can’t speak it out. The words pop out and I’m not talking about when words seem to say the exact opposite what you try to say. I’m talking about words coming out without you having any power of them. I know it! I am being mind warped. I want to strangle that blond piece of shit right now but my body won’t move.
Every time I see her with Max I wonder if he is being mind warped too. I can see the look in his eyes when it happens. When she comes near me I freak. I try to run to Liz and tell her what’s going on. I want to be with Liz and Isabel and have the girl’s nights. Not stuck with Tess. I feel like I’m trapped in a jail in my mind. I mean have you ever felt like you wanted to just do something so bad, but something always stopped you? That’s how I feel 24/7 maybe 25/7! It’s not fair! I mean when Michael said all those things to me I wasn’t crying because of that. I was crying for Liz. She was hurt and I couldn’t do a damn thing about it. I cried for me and Michael, me and Isabel, me and Alex, me and Max, and mostly for Tess. I cried for Tess out of pure happiness. Because I know when this mind warp falls Tess will be dead and in the ground. I found a way to talk to Liz once with out the mind warp. But it lasted for 2 seconds and fell back in place. But I have a secret. Wanna know what it is? I see dead people! Haha! Kidding. No, my secret is I am getting hold of the mind warp. It’s weak when Tess goes to sleep. Every night I write a letter to Liz, begging her forgiveness and telling her what Tess is doing to me. I finished it last night. I am going to give it to her tonight, if I can. It’s graduation night and I’m bound to see her. My plan might work. For my sake and the others.
Blondes. I hate them! I hate the blondes with little ringlets in their hair. I love Isabel and Maria naturally. But Tess can screw herself. Every night I look up at the stars asking them to kill me so I won’t have to wake up the next day to have Tess come prancing around. I tried once, to kill myself that is. I grabbed the knife but Tess’s damn mind warp stopped me. Well that and Liz. I knew that if I killed myself, I wouldn’t be able to wake up and see Liz at school or the Crashdown. Have you ever heard that song My Brown Eyed Girl? I listen to that every night and stare at Liz’s picture. I love her so much I might die. I see her with Michael and I know that I want that to be me to hold her and defend her. When Liz walked in hurt, a part of me went away. The words I said killed me on the inside. I used to have hope, but now, that hope is dead. Killed by Tess. I can see Maria trying to tell me through her eyes. I know I’m not the only one being mind warped by Tess. I used to wonder why? Why me and Maria? Then I thought Liz. Tess was doing it to hurt Liz. She had stolen Liz’s best friend, and Liz’s guy. She was doing everything to make Liz feel miserable. And that makes a power surge into me, so strong that, I’m scared of it.
Tess just walked into the room and I swear I almost grabbed my knife. But her dumb ass mind warp stops me again. Tess doesn’t know that I know about her mind warping me. So we have to go out to the desert tonight with Maria. Tess said something about looking at the stars. I only wish we could send Tess off in space to the la la land she imagines. Excuse me while I barf, Tess just kissed me on the cheek.
I know I don’t believe in you, but please God, please help me. I need Liz, and I need your help. Get this blonde beast away from me and my friends. Please, please, please, please, please……
Tess Harding, Queen of Antar. I like it. It suits me! And finally after all this work…, taking over Max and Maria. I still have that cut on my side from that unimportant blonde human nitwit! I never knew she would put up such a good fight for her mind. I should’ve checked around for knives first. But all my work paid off. I have Max and Maria. The two most important things in Liz Parker’s life. Ha! I finally beat the bitch at her own game. That will teach her to never mess with me! Now I have to deal with Alex. Taking over his mind definitely won’t do it. I already took Max and Maria away and Liz still has not realized whom she is dealing with yet, but once I kill Alex… she’ll remember my name until the day she dies, and after. Long after. Don’t get me wrong, I have no problem with Al except for the whole ‘human’ thing. He’s an insect. Just like Kyle and Maria. Liz is a fly, always buzzing around bugging me. But guess what? That dumb ass fly is finally gonna meet the fly swatter. I am gonna destroy that whore tonight. And I’m going to make Maria watch’s her precious ‘sister’ die. That will get her back for stabbing me. Then, once she see’s, I am going to kill Alex infront of her. Then I will kill her. Then Kyle. Ha ha! Finally I can control Michael and Isabel without those insects in the way. Get ready to bow down Antar, your Queen is coming home, at last!
“What the hell are you guys doing here?” Isabel demanded as she looked at her brother, Maria, and Tess standing across from the campfire. Tess smirked.
“This is a free country, right? I have a right just as anybody else to be here.”
“One word Tess, shower! Some of us don’t actually want to smell your repulsive odor.” I spit out. Alex and Kyle started to laugh in the back before singing to the Shake your ass song.
“Take a bath!” Alex sang putting an arm around Kyle.
“Wash yourself! Use the soap!” Kyle sang back. The two started to dance around laughing. Isabel cracked up and kissed Alex on the cheek. Tess’s face turned red with antagonism and mortification. I could have sworn I saw a small smile materialize on Maria’s face before turning into a scowl. Pushing the thought out of my mind I sighed and expanded out on the blanket.
“Fine then, join us. It’s the last night that I have to see you anyway. Thank the goddess.” I replied. I saw her wave her hand over the rocky desert turning her spot into softer sand. She held Max’s hand close by her, their fingers entwined together. The sight made me want to barf. For hours we sat talking and laughing. We as in me, Michael, Isabel, Alex, and Kyle. When Max and Tess started kissing however I wandered off from the group not noticing Maria following me until her hand touched my shoulder. Jumping I turned around and flinched. She handed me an envelope, pressing it into my fingers in a hurry.
“Help me Lizzy. Please.” A tear went down her cheek before she walked back to the campfire and the scowl returned to her face. I looked on in hesitation and suspicious thoughts flew into my mind. I blocked them out and opened the letter. What was inside shocked me, and made me shake with anger. I quickly calmed myself before stalking back over to the group.
“Tess!” I called out. I knew the anger in my voice was noticeable. Isabel looked at me worried and she grasped Alex’s hand to hers. Tess turned over and wiped her mouth.
“Yes?” she asked. Her sweet, sugary voice made me even more angry.
“Mind if I ask you a question?”
“Go ahead.” She replied. Her eyes turned icy blue. Go ahead, get icy on me. But guess what Tess? You’re playing with fire.
“How long have you been mind warping Max and Maria?” Tess’s walls dropped including those around her mind warp. Maria cried out before Tess could get them back up. When she did Maria wrapped her hand in Tess’s. Poor Maria.
“You are crazy, you have no proof. Just because you’re mad that I have Maria and Max you want to end my happiness too!”
“No proof? How’s this?” I demanded pulling out the letter. I cleared my voice.
You and me have always been night and day. You studied, I didn’t. You were shy, I wasn’t. And on and on. But we always had that little sunset between us where night and day would sort of meet. We both loved parties, guys. We both dreamt about our dream guys. Cute, dark, mysterious, and foreign. Do you remember that? Remember that the other thing we had in common was that we cared about each other. You, me, and Alex were the three musketeers and we always will be. I’m writing this is the middle of the night. The night time is when Tess is weakest. Her mind warp lightens up and I write this letter time by time. I was trapped Liz. I felt like I was in a glass room, I could see everyone and everything but they couldn’t see me inside Tess’s mind warp. You’re my best friend Liz. I need you to help me. I need you to break her mind warp. I know I’m not the only one who’s being mind warped Liz. When you were hurt that day I was hurt. I tried to help you but she’s too strong for me. I wanted to take your pain away and when I looked into Max’s eyes I saw that same look. Don’t let me down like I have let you down Liz. I let her mind warp me and take my mind over. I tried to stop her. I cut her side with a knife when she came to my house in the middle of the night. And Max tried too…he tried to kill himself, slit his wrists. He didn’t want to be with her even in a mind warp. I’m sorry for what the me she created said to you. Liz help me. I don’t have much time. This is all I was able to write before I see you tonight. Please help, I need you Liz. Max needs you. Don’t let her keep my mind, please.
One for all, and all for one,
Glancing around I saw Isabel crying for what Max would have done to himself. I didn’t see one dry eye, and then I saw Tess. The fury she felt was hitting me hard. Then she laughed. She let go of the mind warp on Max and Maria and put a shield around the two of us. “Fine, I can let them go. I had much more planned but killing you will be enough. You have spoiled my plans since I got here. And for that you will pay dearly. Any last words before I kill you? Surely those three magic words you might want to say to somebody here.” She said circling me.
“Ya, how bout Drop Dead Bitch? That work for you?” I turned around to where she was and kicked her in the stomach sending her flat on her ass. “Pay attention and start thinking! Use your head and you would have seen that coming. Not so good now are you Your Highness? Now by the way… your head is that lump three feet above your ass.”
Tess snarled and jumped up holding out her hand. I raised mine up and stood defiantly. When her hand started to glow I called on the fire inside of me and my own white light started against her dark one.
“You’re playing with fire Tess. And you’re about to be burned. Crash and burn time!” I called. She flicked a portal next to her and stepped inside. “This isn’t over human, I will be back.” The portal and shield dropped, right before I did. But I knew this was far, from over. I wasn’t satisfied and when I’m not satisfied there is hell to pay.
“Ugh, where am I?” I grumbled as I pulled my head up. I felt as if big hammer had decided to wake me up by pounding my head a couple of times. Putting my hand to my head I groaned. I felt a hand helping me sit against my pillows. Squinting my eyes I saw Maria. She smiled weakly.
“You took a big fall there.” She said. I had to strain to hear her. Either I’m deaf or Maria is talking really low, which has happened on one occasion, when we spied on Michael. “Look Liz, I don’t want you to talk right now. I just want you to listen. I want to thank you for helping me. I’m sorry, I let her take my mind, and I let her take control of me. I tried to be strong like I know you would have. I was able to stab her though. I think the girl’s blood was blue. I knew she was a snake!” Maria joked lightly. “But thank you, and I’m sorry for everything.”
As she stood up and made a step the floor shook making me dizzy. “It wasn’t your fault Maria. At least you were able to write me.”
“But I could have done more. I hurt you Liz! I should’ve done something! Anything at all would have helped. Tess did get away, you know. I’m so pathetic! I could’ve-“ Maria was cut off by Liz’s hand over her mouth.
“Shoulda, coulda, woulda, but didn’t! Maria you’ve been my best friend since…ok right now I can’t remember but since we were little. You got that letter to me! It would’ve hurt me more to NOT know that you and Max were being mind warped. You got that letter to me Maria and that’s all that actually matters. OK?”
“OK Liz. I won’t argue with you right now. So are we friends?”
“Huh, best friends. You gotta join mine and Isabel’s girl’s nights. She’s a blast.” I said. Maria gave me a hug.
“Sure Liz. I’d love to.” Was her only reply. I pushed her off of me and stood up. “Let’s get something to eat unless you want me to faint again.” She frowned but nodded as we headed down the stairs.
“So blue blood huh?” I asked. We looked at each other before laughing. We entered the room to see Isabel next to Max and Alex. Michael was looking around, and Kyle was meditating, but the whole place was silent.
“God gave you guys mouth’s for a reason you know! Just ask Maria.” I joked. She punched me lightly and the others looked up in shock. Michael came and swooped me up in a big hug.
“You ok? Are you hurt? Do you want something to eat? Sit down.” He babbled. Kyle opened his eyes. “Guerin, I am meditating here and your babbling voice is interrupting the place I was trying to get to. I need a certain calmness and tranquility so my world of peace is not shattered.”
Michael rolled his eyes. “If that place you’re trying to get to is the nut house then keep talking like that.” Alex started laughing and turned it into a cough as Isabel glared at him.
“Get in the kitchen Guerin! I’m hungry and you cook really good omelets!” I demanded.
“Liz it’s like midnight.” He stated.
“So,” I said tilting my head. He nodded and smirked.
“So I best get my butt in the kitchen.” He said leaving the room. On his way out I noticed he gave Maria a kiss on the cheek. Walking over to Isabel I pressed down a song on the jukebox and smiled. I looked Max square in the eye as the lyrics came on.
Once again we sit in silence
After all is said and done
Only emptiness inside us
Baby, look what we've become
We can make a million promises
But we still won't change
It isn't right to stay together
When you only bring each other pain
I love Max. I do, really. But we’ve been through so much and so many changes have gone by. Sometimes I think that all we had was just a dream and then Tess snapped us into reality. Future Max said that together, we cared about nothing else. The world got destroyed. Michael and Isabel are my best friends. I love them too much then to just start thinking about Max’s relationship and myself. I just hope he can understand. I’m just sick of crying and letting my heart get broken. What’s the point in having a heart that you always have to sew back up?
I don't wanna cry
Don't wanna cry
Nothing in the world
Could take us back
To where we used to be
Though I've given you my heart and soul
I must find a way of letting go
'Cause baby, I don't wanna cry
I can see the confusion and pain in his eyes as the lyrics drone on. I think he knows, I think he knows it’s over between us. A tear slides down my cheek as I give him a friendly smile and slowly shake my head.
Too far apart to bridge the distance
But something keeps us hanging on and on
Pretending not to know the difference
Denying what we had is gone
Every moment we're together
It's just breaking me down
I know we swore it was forever
But it hurts too much to stay around
I walked over and sat in the spot that Isabel had occupied. She had just gotten up with Alex and Kyle and walked into the kitchen. “Hey.” I whispered. When he opened his mouth I put a finger against his lips. Tears were going down my cheeks. “Don’t talk, ok?” I held his hands in mine and traced little pictures on his palms. I told him the story of Kyle, and Future Max.
I don't wanna cry
Don't wanna cry
Nothing in the world
Could take us back
To where we used to be
Though I've given you my heart and soul
I must find a way of letting go
'Cause baby, I don't wanna cry
He pulled his hands away and lifted my chin. He wiped away the tears that were trailing down my cheeks. I gave him a small smile for thanks before leaning my head on his shoulder. His hands traced my hair. He always liked to do that.
All the magic's gone
There's just a shadow of a memory
Something just went wrong
We can't go on make-believing
I slowly pulled away and stood up. I saw the pain in his eyes. I let my lips fall on his just one last time. One last kiss. I put all my emotions in it before pulling away. His hand held mine before they both fell. Giving him one last smile I walked into the back room where the others were sitting. They were ‘talking’. A.K.A. pretending to talk about something dumb trying not to let me know they were watching the whole thing. I walked up the stairs feeling like a little part of me died. But then I felt another relieved feeling. Like the weight of the world had been lifted off my shoulders. I climbed into bed that night, not feeling like my world was gone, but feeling relieved and like a new life had started for me. As I closed my eyes I heard the door open slightly and 2 people come in. The bed went down as the two slept on either side of me. I smiled when Maria and Isabel said good night, and I actually felt good. Yes, I guess it is a good night.
Liz take a deep breath and chill. It’s been two years. You can do this. I told myself as I stood outside the Crashdown. It’s been 2 years since I have seen them. I missed last year’s meeting because I was shooting my movie. Isabel called and told me all about it. Michael is finally publishing art. Of course his name is Jonathan Linzi not Michael Guerin, but he’s getting it out for the world to buy. He’s really an artist. Maria says that when he’s painting he can’t be bothered. Not like he wants no one to come in the room, but like he stays in a trance and not even a bomb would bring him out. Michael does landscapes, people, whatever his mind wants. He travels with Maria or rather… Pixie as she calls herself. Hmm…I think Michael gave her that idea. Ya, get this. Her last name is Starr. Pixie Starr. Very Maria if I say so myself.
Alex, my dear Alex is her guitarist. He was kicked out of Stanford for accidentally blowing up a couple of computers, and he needed something to do. So he did the only thing he could think of; go to Maria. He and Isabel have been living together for a year and a half.
Isabel’s into photography and designing. She designs clothes and takes pictures of models in her clothes. She told me that ‘If you want a job done, than do it yourself.’ Turns out her old photographer hit on her one too many times and all the rest who applied sucked.
Kyle is in the NBA with the Wildcats. Last time I checked it was Wildcats. He’s been looking at a lot of offers from other teams. He wanted the name The Terminator but we talked him out of it. Instead his name is, drumroll, David O’Connell. And he’s dating one of the cheerleaders. He says that this is the one. The one who is his soul mate. He also said that about the last cheerleader he dated too.
Now Max. My Max. He is a lawyer. He followed in his dad’s footsteps as soon as he got to Harvard law. He started up his own practice. He was going to just take his dad’s up but then we figured the FBI would find that out. His Dad said that he wouldn’t give it to Max anyway. Philip was perfectly capable of running it himself. Besides he had Diane to help him. Max’s name is, Christian Matthews. Does he not sound like a god? I’m still not over him. I admit it! But it’s better this way. I hear he’s dated plenty himself.
I can’t walk in there. I can’t. What if they are disappointed that I didn’t come to the last one? Before I could stop myself I opened the door and walked in. The place was the same. Everything was the same. I jumped as a scream came out. I then smiled knowing it was Maria. I turned to look as Maria jumped on me. Her long blonde, oh my god. Her hair is not blonde, it’s a red blonde. Think light orange. I hugged her quickly before looking her over.
“You look great! I love your hair.” I said. Maria smiled bigger, always the one for compliments.
“Me? What about you? Miss Hollywood!” she cried. I laughed and we both sat down.
“So…where is everyone? How are you and Michael?” I wanted to hear everything. She took a deep breath. Bad sign.
“Well, Alex and Isabel went to the store to get junk food. Don’t worry, it’s not too fattening. Nothing you can’t exercise off that your directors won’t get mad. Let’s see. Max is with his dad. Michael is with Max. And Kyle is on his way. He called me from his cell. Max and Michael are going to pick him up from the airport then head back to Kyle’s to drop off his stuff then come here! Me and Michael are great though! I don’t know what you did to him but you finally got him to commit! You have got to tell me how you softened him up. Now what about you? I want to hear everything about you!” she said. Her eyes were filled with excitement.
“We want to hear about her too! So move over.” I turned at the new voice. When I saw Michael I jumped up and ran to give him a hug. When I got there he pulled me into a big bear hug. Kyle tapped Michael’s shoulder in annoyance. I smiled and jumped into his arms too. When they sat down in the booth I turned and saw Max. He was the same, just a little older. Not much though. It has been two years. I gave him the same smile I had given Kyle and Michael. I had to remember we were just friends. I gave him a hug then I did the stupidest thing ever. I looked into his eyes. I yelled at myself inside my head for getting caught in those eyes. Thank god for Isabel. She had walked in and jumped up when she saw me. She ran towards me and caught me in a hug, also planting me down in a chair and the booth. Isabel and Maria sat nearest to me, then Michael by Maria, Alex by Isabel. Kyle and Max were the farthest away.
“Liz we got junk food and pepperoni pizza. Is that ok or do you want me to make you a salad?” Isabel asked. I rolled my eyes.
“I want junk food. Do you know how hard it is to just eat salad with fat free dressing and fruits?” I demanded as I pulled two slices of pizza for myself, M&M’s, jelly beans, chips, ice cream, and a big coke. I saw the others staring at me.
“What? I have been eating salads for 2 years. Leave me alone.” I took a bite of my pizza and groaned at the taste.
“I’m in heaven.” I murmured to no one in particular. The others laughed and I ate the first slice in no time followed by a second and third.
“You look really, athletic.” Kyle said. I looked at him.
“Ya, the directors make you work out a lot.” I answered.
“So…tell us all about it! Everything!” Maria said.
“Like what?” She rolled her eyes.
“EVERYTHING.” She said. Isabel leaned in also. I backed a little bit up in my chair.
“Well, the directors are really hard on you. But they just push you so the movie is better. Sometimes I get really frustrated and tired but it’s really fun. The actors are all great. We sometimes go out after shoots to celebrate them getting done. If we ever drink anything it has to be light. Light beer. Light wine. I swear they must have fat free water out there!” I joked. We all laughed until a little girl came up to us with her mother behind her.
“Can my daughter have your autograph, Miss Linzi?” The mother asked. I smiled and nodded, pulling the girl up into my lap. She placed a book in my hands and I set it on the table.
“What’s your name?” I asked. The little girl was cute. She had light brown hair and blue eyes.
“Sarah.” She replied. I smiled and signed my name next to Sarah, you’re a sweet little girl, all my luck.
When I handed it back to her I tapped her nose. She smiled and walked away with her mom. I smiled and watched until the door shut behind them. When I turned back to the table I saw everyone looking at me.
“What?” I asked totally clueless.
“Liz,” Maria said still looking at the girl. “Do you always sign autographs like that? That was really, really, cute with that little girl.”
I nodded. “When I went out with some of the other cast members, like anywhere, people would come up and ask for our autographs. At first it was really nice, but when you’re in a crowd…it can get tiring. You guys all know how it is.”
“Me and Alex once had a person come up to get an autograph for their dog!” Maria said. They started to laugh.
“Shit!” I cried getting up. “Stay here! I’ll be right back.” I ran out of the Crashdown leaving the others behind, totally confused. When I came back in I was carrying a big package. I set it down by my chair.
“Maria, do you remember when we were little you had that spotted Dalmatian that your father gave you?” I asked. She nodded, although her green eyes sparkled with confusion.
“Then your mother gave her away once your dad left, and you cried for a whole 2 weeks?” I asked again. She nodded once more. I smiled slyly and crossed my arms. “Well, one of the hair and makeup people had a female Dalmatian. The girl had just had puppies. When I asked where she got the dog, she told me her sister gave it to her. Her sister had bought the dog traveling through Roswell, New Mexico.” I stated. Maria squealed.
“You got Spots?” she asked. I shook my head sadly. “Spots died. I’m sorry Maria. But I got her puppies.” I reached down into the box and pulled out a chubby one who was more black then white. The spots were cluttered together so much.
“That’s yours and Michael’s, and this one,” I said pulling out a skinny one with the right amount of spots, “is Alex and Isabel’s.” I handed the dogs to them and pulled out two stuffed animal Dalmatians and handed them to Kyle and Max.
“Spots only had two puppies so I got you two these.” I laughed when Kyle offered his stuffed animal a french fry.
“What are you going to call them?” I asked, directing my question at Maria, Alex, Isabel, and Michael. Instead Max and Kyle answered.
“Romeo, all the chicks are gonna dig him!” Kyle said smiling. Max laughed then looked at his.
“This will be Buddy. That’s what I called all my pets.”
Kyle frowned and mumbled under his breath. “Well that’s not going to attract chicks.”
I stifled a giggle. Maria smiled and tickled the chin of her dog. “He’s going to be Sumo. Look at him, he looks like a sumo wrestler!” When Sumo licked her chin she laughed and put him in Michael’s lap who started to rub Sumo’s tummy.
“This one is too cute.” Isabel said.
“Then we should call her Alex, since we know ALL Alex’s look cute.” Alex said petting the dog’s head. “This is a girl. No, her name should be…”
“I am not going to call the dog Fluffy!” Alex shouted. Isabel slapped him on the back of the head.
“Course not! I wouldn’t call her that.” Isabel retorted. Shaking her head she sighed. “How about Bella?” she asked. Alex tilted his head to the side. “Ya I like that.”
Kyle looked interested. “Ya, ya I’m dating a girl named Bella, she calls me Biscuit. ” he said. Everyone groaned and threw fries at him. I smiled and shook my head. How could I have stayed away so long?
And I'm here
To save the world
And I wanna know
Who's gonna save me?
|posted on 15-Sep-2001 5:50:10 PM|
“Then, he, he, he barfed on the floor and slipped all over it. When someone actually stepped forward to help him up, he was slipping all over the place.” Kyle said, laughing in between words. We laughed along with him. I tried to remember how many drinks I drank that night. We were telling funny stories that had happened. Kyle, of course was the only one telling them, since we never got a word in. When Kyle didn’t tell any others we started to sit up.
“So Max, what about that girl you were seeing?” Kyle asked. I was surprised at myself for not flinching. Well Max has the right to see other people, I dated a lot too. Max blushed.
“Well, I don’t really know. We kinda are clicking, but I don’t know what I should do next.”
“Play hard to get.” Michael said. Max glared at him. “She lives in Paris!” he said.
“So you go to London.” Alex said nodding.
“No, Japan!” Kyle said smiling. Me and Isabel locked eyes and cracked up laughing. Sumo was in Michael’s lap, fast asleep. Bella lay in Alex’s, looking around with her wide eyes. Maria got up and took the dogs into the guest room so they could get some sleep. When she returned she gave Michael a small kiss.
“We have something to tell you guys.” Max said. Kyle, and me were the only ones who looked surprised.
“What is it?” I asked.
“We found a way home.” Michael answered. He was never one to beat around the bush. I gulped back tears and acted happy for them. Acting was what I was good at.
“That’s great! You guys can finally get home and save your people.” I said. I saw Maria look at me in disbelief. In a softer voice I spoke again. “So um, um, when do you leave?”
“We leave tomorrow morning.” Isabel said crying. She moved over and gave me a hug. I could tell she and Alex had already talked about it and probably would do more talking tonight. I realized Maria and Michael would do the same because Michael was at my other side. I spent the rest of the night crying with the others, and trying to savor each second, moment, I had with them. When they finally separated I was left alone with Max. He gave me a hug and I started to sob.
“Don’t cry Liz. I can’t stand it when you cry.” He whispered. “Ever since we said goodbye that night on Graduation, 2 years ago, I’ve only seen you. Whenever I close my eyes, your face is there. I see the sun in your smile. You brighten the room. The glow of the moon is in your eyes. When I go to sleep, you’re in my dreams. You’re always in my heart. You know that right?”
The tears had all gathered up more and more and all I could do was nod. He kissed my forehead, then my lips, and I kissed back.
Come, stop your crying
It will be all right
Just take my hand hold it tight
I will protect you from all around
I will be here, don't you cry
Michael and Maria lay in bed together. There would normally be smiles on their faces but Maria was crying holding onto Michael as if he was going to disappear if she let him go. And to tell the truth, he probably would have.
For one so small, you seem so strong
My arms will hold you keep you safe and warm
The bond between us can't be broken
I will be here, don't you cry
Isabel liked the way she fit perfectly in Alex’s arms. He was taller than her and his arms went around her waist. He would be able to kiss her nose without having to stand on his tiptoes. And just being with Alex made her smile and feel warm. She didn’t ever want to leave that.
'Cause you'll be in my heart
Yes you'll be in my heart
From this day on now and forever more
You will be in my heart
No matter what they say
You'll be in here in my heart always
Kyle lay alone in his bed. He thought about how Tess had betrayed him most of all. He had let her into his home, she was his second love, after Liz. She knew he loved her, cared about her, and would die for her if it came to it. But hurting Liz was all that mattered. Now he had Bella. He wasn’t going to let her go. He was going to tell her the truth about the others. Cuz she was the one. And this time, he wasn’t letting her go.
Why can't they understand the way we feel
They just don't trust what they can't explain
I know we're different but, deep inside us
We're not that different at all
Max smiled and snuggled closer to Liz. He smiled and played with her fingers. Max realized Liz was crying and started to wipe away her tears. Liz sighed and turned towards his chest. Max lifted her chin up and kissed her. He remembered all the times they had together, and started to cry himself. Why was God so mean? Why did he have to make them leave right when I get Liz back? Max blocked that out and continued to kiss Liz, he wasn’t going to ruin their last night together.
'Cause you'll be in my heart
Yes you'll be in my heart
From this day on now and forever more
You will be in my heart
No matter what they say
You'll be in here in my heart always
Michael ran his hands through Maria’s hair. She had gone to sleep but all he could do was stare at her face. He had memorized it enough, but looking at her was something he would never tire of.
Don't listen to them
Because what do they know
We need each other
To have, to hold
They'll see in time I know
We'll show them together
Alex let Isabel cry on his shoulder. To be truthful, he was crying too. After all the years he spent chasing after Isabel, this was worth the wait. He was able to comfort her and make her laugh, and smile. But who would do that when she was gone? Alex ran his hands down her back and Isabel began to cry harder.
'Cause you'll be in my heart
Yes you'll be in my heart
From this day on now and forever more
You will be in my heart
No matter what they say
You'll be in here in my heart always
Kyle dialed the familiar number and waited for the phone to ring. Time was the same in Arizona. When she answered the phone he smiled, even though tears were streaming down his face. “Whoever this is, I am going to kick your ass for waking me up!”
“Bella?” he asked.
“Kyle? What’s wrong? Why are you crying Biscuit?” she demanded, her tone changing to a softer one.
“I just needed to hear your voice.” Kyle said. He could already see her smiling.
“I miss you too!” she said.
“Bell, do you remember when you said nothing would break us up?” he asked.
“Ya, course. Are you in trouble?” she asked. Kyle could sense a breakdown coming up so he answered quickly.
“No, no. I just have something that I need to tell you. Something, that I have never told anyone before.” He said.
“Ok Biscuit, go ahead.”
Kyle told her everything. From when he was shot, to the present day. He even told her what had happened to Liz, that he had gone out with her, that Tess had betrayed him, and that he couldn’t lose another love. When he finished he expected Bella to laugh and demand he was joking or to just hang the phone up.
“Bella?” He asked.
“I’m here Kyle. It’s just a lot to take in.” she said.
“I know how you feel. Look at the bright side, at least you didn’t find out by being shot.” He mumbled. When he heard her laugh his spirits picked up.
“Look Bell, if you want to break up with me I’ll understand but I had to tell you.” He mumbled.
“Why would I want to break up with you? Just because you have alien friends? I have friends who think they are Winnie the Pooh, and Madonna, and you’re still friends with me. I am a little mad you waited so long to tell me.” Bella said.
“I’m really happy you said that Bell. I don’t know what I’d do without you!”
“What happens if the FBI come after you guys again?” Bella asked, worry in her voice.
“Never going to happen Bella! Don’t even think it.” Kyle said sitting up in bed.
“But Kyle, they had others right? Other people running the Special Unit? If they came after you I don’t know what I would do.”
“Bell, It won’t happen, if it ever did, that’s an IF, than all you would have to do is wait for me, and call my dad. Can you do that? Wait for me and call my dad?” Kyle asked. He heard Bella nod.
“Course I would Biscuit. Call your dad and wait for you. But how would I know?”
“If I don’t call by tomorrow night, or the morning after, than call my dad and tell him to look around the desert for a stuffed Dalmatian animal ok? Now that you tell me, it’s all the more possible that the FBI might come.” Kyle could hear Bella crying. He soothed her for a couple minutes and she agreed, again to call his dad if anything happened.
“Bell you better get your sleep, thanks for understanding. I love you Bell.”
“I love you too. Oh and Kyle?”
“Ya, Bella?” he asked.
“I’m still going to kick your ass for waking me up.” she said. With the click of the phone he knew she had hung up. He placed the phone on the receiver and smiled to himself. When his eyes closed, he slept without dreams, just with Bella’s face in his mind.
Always I'll be with you
I'll be there for you always
Always and always
Just look over your shoulder
Just look over your shoulder
Just look over your shoulder
'Cause I'll be there always
Seven people stood in the desert, early in the morning. Most would just think they were on a little drive and wouldn’t even be suspicious. But if they looked closer and saw the tear tracks on each of their faces they would suspect one of their friends had died. Sniffling I gave Michael, Isabel, and Max a hug.
“Be careful up there.” I said. We all stood there in a circle.
“How much more time do we have?” Isabel asked.
“Five minutes.” Max replied. I leapt into his arms. When he pulled away he gave me one last kiss.
“1 more minute. We have to go.” I heard him say that but I didn’t want too. I stepped back with Maria, Kyle, and Alex. Kyle held Romeo in his hands. Max held Buddy too. Alex and Maria had left Sumo and Bella at Amy and Jim’s house. Kyle handed Isabel an envelope for her to read on the way. They hugged everyone, one last time before stepping in the cave. I sobbed and stumbled when it took off, leaving a trail in the sky. I never saw the sun go down, or the men sneak up behind us, or see Kyle throw Romeo towards a rock. All I saw was Max, then the blackness came.
* * *
Isabel looked at the letter in her hands. Max and Michael gathered around her when she opened it. A song played out as Isabel opened the card:
When I think back on these times
And the dreams we left behind
I'll be glad 'cause
I was blessed to get
To have you in my life
When I look back on these days
I look and see your face
You were right there for me
In my dreams
I'll always see you
Soar above the sky
In my heart there'll always
Be a place for you
For all my life
I'll keep a part of
You with me
And everywhere I am
There you'll be
And everywhere I am
There you'll be
When you show me
How it feels
I feel the sky within my reach
And I always will remember
All the strength you gave to me
Your love made me make it through
Oh, I owe so much to you
You were right there for me
In my dreams
I'll always see you
Soar above the sky
In my heart there'll always
Be a place for you
For all my life
I'll keep a part of
You with me
And everywhere I am,
There you'll be
'Cause I always saw in you
My light, my strength
And I wanna thank you now
For all the ways
You were right there for me
You were right there for me
You were right there for me
In my dreams
I'll always see you
Soar above the sky
In my heart there'll always
Be a place for you
For all my life
I'll keep a part of you with me
And everywhere I am,
There you'll be
And everywhere I am,
There you'll be
There you'll be
Liz, Alex, Maria, and Kyle
Isabel choked back a sob and handed the letter to Michael and Max who both ‘read’ it and started to cry. Isabel clung to both of them and vowed to get back to Alex, no matter what.
* * *
Bella O’Neil sat by the phone, tapping her feet. She had a pen in her right hand and a pad of paper in her left. She sat by the phone all day, just waiting for it to ring and admiring the way her name would look as
Everything Kyle had said to her last night struck her hard. But she loved Kyle, and nothing could get in the way of that. “Unless I have a heart attack over worrying about him!” Bella shouted. “I’m talking to myself, great!” she mumbled.
When Kyle had first arrived she had called him Biscuit, and watched as he dated many other cheerleaders. Then he dumped one named Cathy, or Cindy, or Mandy, and asked her out. Over the year they had gotten really close and moved in together. They even argued about their future sometimes. Silly things like, what color house they would have, what color fence would be outside, where they would live, and the names of their kids. He told her his real name and that he had changed it to try to create a new life for himself. Bella never questioned him although she wanted to more than ever.
Now, Bella wanted the phone to ring more than ever. More than once she was tempted to throw it against the wall. When morning came she let the tears fall out. She called the number Kyle had given her. A woman picked it up. Bella recognized the voice.
“Hello Mrs. Valenti. Is Kyle there?” Please say yes, please say yes! Bella prayed.
“Hey Bella! Wow, long time no hear! No Kyle isn’t here, neither is Maria. Let me get Jim for you.” Amy answered. Bella sighed and the tears came faster. She took a deep breath and swallowed some aspirin. The bell on the oven rang signaling that Bella’s 12th batch of cookies was done. She always cooked cookies when she was nervous. Kyle was usually the one to eat them, but he wasn’t here.
“Bella?” A voice called. Bella scrambled for the phone, dropping the cookies in the process.
“Mr. Valenti? Ok Kyle and the others have been taken by the FBI!” she called. She almost started to laugh at how ridiculous she sounded.
“What?” he asked, more worried.
“Kyle spilled to me last night, about everything! I…I thought that maybe the FBI would come for him again, and he said to call you if he didn’t call me by this morning. He said that when I called you to tell you to look for a spotted stuffed animal Dalmatian, in the desert by a large rock. He said you would know where the Granolith was.” Bella was in hysterics by now.
“ OK, I’ll go and look. Calm down, and I’ll call you as soon as I can.” Valenti said.
“Actually, no need. I’m catching the next flight to Albuquerque. I’ll get a taxi or rent a car or something and drive to your house. Don’t go without me!” Bella started to write down his address and she thanked him before hanging up. She packed up all her stuff, and Kyle’s. If Kyle was taken then they wouldn’t be back for awhile. She headed to the airport and took the flight, trying to sleep the whole way. When the plane stopped, she got all her stuff and rented an ECLIPSE. She did twice the speed limit, almost running over a deer twice, but made it to Valenti’s house. When she got out she knocked on the door nervous to death. When it opened Jim and Amy came out both giving her hugs. Amy said she would set up Bella’s room and unload her car, while Bella went with Jim. After Bella thanked her, she and Jim sped off into the desert.
As they drove she and Jim made mindless small talk. When they arrived they looked around for an hour. She came back to the car empty handed, waiting for Jim. When he came she cried out as she saw the stuffed animal in his hands. She fell to the ground crying, letting Jim comfort her. When she got back to the house she went to the room Amy directed to her. She grabbed all of the pictures of her and Kyle, and Kyle’s shirts. She wept over the pictures and smelled his shirts. She heard Amy crying and she cried herself to sleep, wishing that she would wake up in Kyle’s arms.
I awoke sometime during the day with a huge bump on my head. Maria, Alex, and Kyle were all around me. I shook them awake and Maria clung to me crying. We were in a room with four small beds, a bathroom, and a small refrigerator. Everything was totally white, even our clothes. All we wore was a short-sleeved top and pants, like scrubs doctors wear. I thanked God that I had at least a bra on. A door suddenly opened, letting a man in a nice suit, probably Armani enter, followed by many soldiers.
“Good morning!” He said smiling. I scowled. But then started to smile.
“Morning.” I said. I know what they did to Max, and if we played on their side maybe we could get out of here faster.
“Glad to see you up.” he said. When we didn’t comment he chuckled. “My name is Agent Allen. Call me Joe, though. I insist,”
“What do you know? His name is Joe!” Alex said.
“I’m a poet, but I didn’t know it!” Kyle chorused. Resister the urge to laugh I asked a question instead.
“Well since you say you’re an Agent that would mean that you work for the FBI or CIA. Considering that you took us here against our will that’s called kidnapping. I’m assuming you know that’s a crime, and felony. Also we are all still minors, not adults. For example we aren’t allowed legally, to drink. Kidnapping a minor, is also a crime.” I said. Max had told me all kinds of crap when we talked on the phone, so I was getting a little smarter considering law.
“ Well, well, well seems you know how the judicial system works, Ms. Linzi, or should I call you Ms. Parker?” He said smirking.
“You can call me Toto if you want as long as you let me and my friends the fuck outta here!” I yelled. I heard the others chuckle and I shot a glare toward Joe.
“You can leave here as soon as you answer a couple of my questions. Now for starters. Do you know any aliens?” He asked.
“The only alien we know is you Joe.” Maria said. One of the guards stepped up and slapped Maria at Joe’s nod. Her head snapped back, if her hair hadn’t been in a ponytail it would have flown everywhere. Kyle and Alex both tried to get to the guards and Maria but other guards held us back.
“Hit her again and I’ll kill you!” Kyle called to the guard.
“How bout you answer my questions and no one gets hurt?” Joe asked. He looked each of us in the eye. “Let me ask again. Do any of you know any aliens?” he demanded.
“Sir no Sir. Was that the answer you were looking for G.I.Joe?” I asked. When I saw another guard come towards me I kicked him in the shin, making the guard collapse. Another guard came and slapped me letting my head smack to the side. My hair didn’t even move from it’s place. The bun was tight and I glared at Joe as I swung my head around.
“I can see I’m not getting through to any of you this way.” He snapped his fingers and two guards lifted up one arm for each of us. We struggled, moving down the hallways. We were placed in a room, alone and a glass room was right across from us. When nothing happened Maria started to laugh.
“I’m sorry but is this supposed to scare us or something? What are they going to do isolate us?” she asked. When we joined in on her laughing a voice came from the class room.
“Funny is it? Laugh in a little while Ms. DeLuca. I want to see how funny you think this is.” Joe said. We stopped laughing and looked at his cold eyes through the glass. Cold water started to fall from the ceiling. We gathered together in the middle. Alex glared at Joe.
“G.I.Joe, you’re going to bathe us to death? Is that it?” he demanded. Then the ceiling lowered a couple inches.
“Mr. Whitman, every time one of you makes a smartass comment, or do not answer one of my questions the ceiling will lower. I can assure you it can touch the floor. But if the water reaches over your head first, you’ll drown. So I suggest you answer my questions. Every time you answer a question right, I will bring the ceiling higher.”
“You’re not going to kill us. For some psycho reason you need us.” I said. Maria spoke up.
“Is your name Norman Bates by any chance?” she called. The ceiling lowered another couple of inches.
“Speaking of psycho’s my girlfriend is going to kick your ass for coming near me!” Kyle called. The ceiling lowered another couple of inches.
“This isn’t a game!” Joe called. “Now, are Michael Guerin, Max Evans, and Isabel Evans, aliens?”
“No.” We each answered. The ceiling lowered another couple of inches. The water was now to my ankles. I shivered, but we each looked Joe straight in the eyes.
“We have Isabel, Max, and Michael in another room with gun’s to their heads. Tell me if they are aliens and I won’t kill them or you.”
We each growled at what he said. “You are a liar. You don’t have them.” Maria snapped.
“And how do you know that?” Joe asked.
“Cuz there is no way they would ever let a freak like you near them.” She replied back. The ceiling lowered again and now the water was to my shins.
“Tell me what powers they have.” Joe said.
“They have the power to kick your ass.” I said. The ceiling lowered a couple more inches, now it had lowered at least one foot.
“No skin off my ass if you lower that fucking ceiling. We don’t know anything that you want to know so let us fucking go. And once I leave I am prosecuting your ass in court!” I yelled. The ceiling lowered an entire foot now. The water was up to my knees.
“No skin off my ass if you die either!” Joe said smiling. Maria flicked him off, and the ceiling lowered another foot.
“I already told you I wasn’t playing around here. Now, are Max Evans, Isabel Evans, and Michael Guerin aliens?”
“Listen, I don’t know how many times you watched Men In Black, but get over it! Aliens don’t exist. I think you’re the one who belongs in a white room with padded walls.” Alex called. I smirked, and this time the ceiling went down two feet, and the water to my thighs.
“Ms. Parker, how did you survive after being shot at the Crashdown Café on September 18, 1999?” Joe asked.
“I was never shot G.I. Joe.” I replied. The ceiling went down another foot.
“People reported that you had blood on your outfit.” Joe said. I saw him put a hand to his hand, as though he was tired.
“Those people were wrong. It was simply ketchup. The bullet hit ketchup right next to me and I ducked as soon as it hit, ”I said shrugging. The ceiling lowered another foot.
“They said that a Max Evans, approached you.”
“He was a concerned friend.” I said.
“You broke up with your boyfriend at the time, Kyle Valenti, and started to date Max Evans, the concerned friend. What caused the break up?” Joe looked happy somehow.
“You know, people break up all the time, the world’s an imperfect place!” I yelled. The ceiling lowered another 2 feet. Now it was only a foot above Kyle and Alex’s head and the water to my chest.
“What planet are they from?” Joe asked.
“Earth, you on the other hand, probably, Planet of the freaks.” Kyle said. The water was to my chin and the ceiling to Alex and Kyle’s head. Alex and Kyle started to float so the water was another foot taller than them.
“What are Isabel, Max’s, and Michael’s powers?”
“Didn’t we do this already?” Maria said. The ceiling went down another foot, shoving Alex and Kyle underwater with no air. I looked at Maria with worry. “Give them air!” I called. I took a deep breath and moved towards Alex. I put my lips to his and gave my breath to him. He smiled thanks and I saw Maria do the same for Kyle. We swam back to the surface, to meet Joe’s cold eyes. The water was to my eyes, but I laid on my back and was able to get some more air. I gave it to Alex yet again. This time I couldn’t get more air. I pounded the ceiling and saw Alex needing more air. I have enough left for me and him. I swam back over and gave it to him. I swam towards Maria who had just done the same for Kyle. We clung to each other, as much as we could. I felt my vision start to waver a little black. I’m going to die! I’m going to die! Finally the water started to go down. When I got to the surface I began to cough and choke. Alex and Kyle swam up and took deep gulps of breath. When the water finally went all the way gone I collapsed on the ground.
* * *
When we entered our room sometime later we saw dry clothes sitting on the beds. When I grabbed mine there was no bra or underwear. Maria marched over to me angrily.
“These guys are total perverts!” she cried. I nodded my agreement and went to take a shower, after Kyle, and Alex. When I came out Maria marched straight in. I turned away as Kyle and Alex changed, and I did the same, I used the ponytail holder and swung my hair into a ponytail. When Maria emerged she grabbed her clothes and ran back to the bathroom to change. She came out with her hair in a sloppy bun on the top of her head.
I laid down on my bed hoping to get rest, when Joe came through the door.
“Why are you going to sleep? The day isn’t even halfway done.” He called. I glared at him as I walked towards Maria. She put her arm around me. But it was soon jerked away when guards pulled her off. She struggled all the way to the door.
“Just a little checkup. Maria DeLuca goes first. Then Ms. Parker. As the door closed I started to cry and Alex swept me up in a hug. Kyle went to the refrigerator and pulled out some water. He handed it to me and I smiled at him gratefully. I clung to Alex and I gulped the water some more.
“Alex…what’s going to happen to us?” I asked. When he shook his head I laid on his shoulder. Kyle smiled. “Actually…” he said.
I shot up. “What do u mean?” I whispered. “I called Bella. My girlfriend. I told her everything. EVERYTHING. She promised not to tell and we can trust her, but she also brought up the suspicion of these guys returning. I told her that I would throw Romeo on the ground of the desert and if I didn’t call her by this morning, to call my dad and tell him to look for a stuffed animal dog. If it was there we were taken, if not, I would have called her. They will find us!” Kyle said. I jumped up and kissed his cheeks, before doing the same to Alex. I smiled and gave Alex another hug. My happy session ended as soon as guards entered the room carrying Maria.
She was pale and looked unconscious. “What did you do to her?” I cried when Joe entered. He smirked. “You’ll know in a few minutes.” He said. Alex jumped up.
“No!” He cried holding on to me. Guards stepped forward and hit him with their guns until he laid on the floor still. I bent down to him and checked his pulse. He was still alive, just unconscious. The guards rushed forward and pulled me from him into the hall. I didn’t struggle. I knew it was useless and that I would need my strength later.
We entered a room with just two other men in there. I felt a familiar sense hit me. Joe turned as if to leave but I grabbed his arm. “Is this where you took Maria?” I asked. He smirked. “No, she went to the other doctor. These doctors asked for you specifically.” He then left the room leaving me alone with them. The first one walked over.
“They don’t tape what goes on in this room.” He changed his shape to match Nicholas. I gasped and started to back away. The husk of Rath was behind me.
“I member you sugar cakes, member me?” he licked my cheek and I shivered. Nicholas walked out of the room. “Do whatever you want to her Rath, just don’t kill her. You have an hour.”
Rath smiled and looked at me. “We have a whole hour doll face.”
“Unfortunately!” I spat out. He grabbed me around the waist. “See if your like that, than little ole’ Rathy will have to get rough. Believe’s me. You ain’t want me getting rough. Got it?” He held my hands in his wrist and I glared at him but nodded. He led me over to a wall, and pressed his hand against a spot. I gasped when we whirled into a room not white. It was like pimp palace. I was disgusted by it. There was a big bed, with handcuffs, on both ends of the bed. When Rath threw me onto it I got off.
“I’m not sleeping with you!” I said as I crossed my arms over my chest. He stared back unlike the real Rath ever would. This one had coldness in his eyes.
“Would you rather me bring dat dumbass sergeant back in heres?” he asked.
“Better him than you.” I retorted. He walked towards me and swung out, pulling me close.
“Well I’m what you’s get!” He pulled my head towards his and assaulted my lips. I could taste the metal in my mouth. His tongue and lip rings all grazed against my skin. I pushed him away and rubbed my mouth.
“Well, guess you ain’t gonna do dis awake.” He said as he placed his hand on my forehead, knocking me out.
Have you ever watched the sun rise? One minute the sky is a light blue, then it’s filled with pink and orange luminosity. Once you see it, you seem to be memorized in the light. Like the colors swirl together all around you. You feel like you’re bathing in the warmth of the upcoming sun, and swimming in purples, pinks, and oranges. Nothing can compare to those few moments when you see the sun climb.
The sunrise made me think of Kyle. We would stay up all night, talking about everything, and anything. Then when the sun came up Kyle would gasp and hold me tight. He did that every time, gasp, and hold me. When he was away he would usually call and tell me to look at the sunrise and think of him. Watching it now I do. I think of Kyle as the colors swirl around me. The pinks, made me think of Kyle’s smile. The orange made me think of his eyes, and the purple. The purple was the best. It made me think about the little things of Kyle. The way he touched me. The way he held me. The way he could make me laugh by just one look. I could go on for a long time. Longer than forever, with all the good things about Kyle. But the light stops me, when it disappears. The sun comes fully up into the light blue sly, cursing the colors away until the sun wants them back again.
So I wait. I watch while the clouds roll by, covering the sun every now and then. I wait for the colors to return. I wait for them to swirl around me and let me swim in them again. Finally, I see a hint of pink in the sky. I smiled as best as I could, and tried to reach out and touch it. Then more pinks came, along with orange. There were Kyle’s eyes and smile. Now for the best. The purple rose and skimmed the bottom of the horizon. There was everything that I loved about Kyle. The colors came and swirled around me. Everywhere I looked the colors appeared. I started to swim in it. But there was this different feeling. Now there was sinking feeling, rather than floating. I started to gasp as the colors seemed to come straight over my head. They started to choke me. I try to get away but I can’t. I flash my arms about but no one is there. Then Kyle’s face flashes before my eyes. The colors overcome me for good.
Bella sat up gasping in bed. She pulled Kyle’s shirt closer to her chest. A tongue licked her cheek and another tongue licked her leg. She smiled at the two playful little puppies on the bed. Petting them she started to cry. Cry for herself and cry for Kyle. In her dream she felt Kyle die. She cried harder before remembering who she was.
She was Bella O’Neil, rubber. Everything bounced off with no effect. She never got mad, only nervous. But this time she was going to get even. She wasn’t going to cry for Kyle, or herself. Kyle wasn’t dead and he wasn’t going to die. She wasn’t going to sit around and wait for him to come home either. Bella pulled the covers back and pulled on sneakers, jeans, and a baggy sweater. She threw her hair into a baseball cap and walked out of the room. Look out FBI, here comes Bella O’ Neil. You messed with the wrong girl’s boyfriend!
Bella approached the kitchen to hear the sound of voices.
“Jim, is this really true?” a man asked. Bella strained to turn around the corner and look at the face of the man, to know who is was.
“Sorry Jeff. It is, but Kyle is with Liz, Maria, and Alex. I know what you’re feeling.” Jim said, his voice was shaky and ragged, like he had been crying all night long.
“And Max, and Isabel went with Michael…up to their home planet?” a female asked. Bella knew it had to be one of their mother’s, because the worry in her voice showed.
“Yes. I’m sorry you all had to find out this way.” Jim said. Bella sighed.
“So what do we do?” Amy asked. This time Bella knew the answer. She stepped into the kitchen.
“First, we get Kyle, Liz, Maria, and Alex back.”
The adults looked at her with confusion, yet hope. She had on a fierce mask that told them she was going to get her way. Jim came forward and mumbled introductions.
“Now what about this plan of yours?” Mr. Whitman asked. Bella grinned and sat down at the table, munching down, bacon, eggs, and biscuits (Amy’s orders), while she described her plan.
* * *
“Max, look at the colors!” Isabel cried. She was watching out of a nearby window. Michael grunted.
“We sound like a commercial, that one about the Popsicles and the kid is talking to his dog. The colors, Duke, the colors.” He said. When no one laughed he stared out the window for what seemed an eternity. They had landed on their home planet. The land was green, except for the few traces of yellow meaning sand. The sky was a weird sort of purple. And the water was bluer than anything you had ever seen in your entire life.
“Well are we going to stay in here or make a run for it? You heard what Larek said. They would detect the ship landing and we had to move fast for the place where the three mountains joined together. Right now I don’t see any thing so I suggest we move!” Michael said. The two nodded and grabbed their bags, following Michael’s example. They rushed out of the space ship onto the land. Once their feet touched the ground they started to sink in a little.
“It’s like a cushion!” Isabel cried smiling. She bounced around on it a little and jumped up and down, bouncing on the ground. Michael rolled his eyes and joined her, leaving Max to do the same. When Isabel fell on the ground she started to laugh. Max quickly took charge.
“So we had fun for a while. Now we need to start going. Run for as long as you can.” With that the three started a hard run across the soft land. They stopped only 2 times in 1 hour. Then they came to a slow jog, going through what seemed a forest. Seeing the trees and branches brought them back to a run. They traveled like this for a whole day, until nighttime came. A small cave was the place they took on as their shelter. Max built a fire and Isabel made sure a shield was up surrounding the place so no one knew of their presence there. Michael set the camp up, rolling out the blanket they had brought. Once that was done he started to cook some hot dogs on the fire.
“No thanks.” Isabel said when Michael offered her a hot dog. Max bit into his then turned to look at her.
“You have to eat Izzy.” Michael said softly. Isabel shrugged and looked back down at the ground on which she was writing Alex’s name in the sand.
“I’m not hungry.” She whispered. The ground on which she was writing started to have little spots of water spill on it. Max got up and put a comforting arm around her shoulders. Isabel gulped in air and turned towards Max’s chest.
“He didn’t even know Max. I never got to tell him because I was so scared that he wouldn’t love me anymore.” She said between her sobs. Michael and Max’s eyes met in confusion.
“Tell who what Is?” Michael asked. He started to rub circles on Isabel’s back, trying to stop her crying. Isabel raised her eyes to his. “I can feel him, inside of me. I knew that night. I never even told him, I never told Alex I was pregnant.” Her eyes soon closed and she started to rock herself back and forth, crying some more. Michael and Max’s eyes both closed, and opened again. Michael picked up the blanket and wrapped it around Isabel’s rocking body, and went to get her some water. Max laid Isabel’s head on his lap, and leaned against a rock wall. He sighed and stroked Isabel’s hair as she continued to cry.
“Yo! Wake up!”
I turned my head a couple of times until my vision started to get clearer. I groaned when I saw Rath sitting right across from me in a chair. I turned my head the other way so I wouldn’t be looking at him. I tried to move my hand to my head but I realized that my hands were cuffed to the headboard and my feet cuffed at the end of the bed. I struggled and glared a Rath. He only smiled and shifted a little in his seat.
“Whatz da matta doll face?” he asked, running his hand down my cheek. I pulled my head away from his as he climbed onto the bed, and rested next to me.
“Ya know, youz wouldn’t be dat bad if ya weren’t such an uptight bitch all da time.” He whispered.
“Me? A bitch? Look who’s talking! At least I’m my own bitch, not some snotty king or second in command’s, who’s shorter and younger than me!” I replied. Rath’s eyes flashed in anger and he slapped me. I didn’t give him the pleasure of seeing me flinch.
“Listen I ain’t nobody’s bitch!” he yelled. I rolled my eyes.
“Oh really, hot shot? You think you’re the one running the show? You come whenever they call you! I’m surprised Nicholas doesn’t have a little bell to ring when he needs you.” I moved my head back as he laid on top of me.
“Ya ain’t got no idea what your freakin talking about! I. Ain’t. Nobody’s. Bitch.”
“So why are you here huh? You could get caught yourself! They could be cutting you up. Well maybe they wouldn’t since you’d turn into dust right away, being a husk and all.” I saw his eyes soften a little before hardening again. Before he could talk a looked him straight in the eye.
“Help me, please. Get my friends and me out of here. You have the power.” I said softly. Rath let out a throaty laugh and looked at me.
“And why da hell should I help ya? Huh?” he demanded. I smiled at him, through my tears.
“Because I’m your sister.” I mumbled. His eyes got huge and he sat on the edge of the bed.
“How da hell did dat happen?” He mumbled. I rolled my eyes.
“Well a man and woman had sex and…” Rath growled and cut me off.
“I know how it happened! I juz don’t know HOW! Ya wit me?” he asked. I raised an eyebrow and continued to look at him. He put a hand up to his Mohawk and tapped it.
“If I tell you how I’m your sister…will you help me? Please?” I asked.
“I can’t! If Nicholas or da big K find out den I am screwed over.” He said standing up now.
“You leave me in here and I die! Do you want that on your conscious?” I asked.
“I ain’t got a conscious…” He said. I rolled my eyes.
“Unbelievable! Of course you have a conscious! Everyone has a conscious!” I yelled in irritation.
“Ya well I ain’t everyone. I don’t have one, I pushed it away.” He said.
“Oh great, so you don’t have a mind of your own? This is just perfect.” I said lying my head back against the pillow. Apparently Rath was embarrassed about the handcuff thing with his sister so he took off both cuffs.
“Thank you.” I replied rubbing my wrists. I had marks on them from my trying to pull my hands away. Rath shrugged and sat back down.
“Aiight, I’ll do wat I can da get ya and ya lil friends outta here aiight?” he said. I squealed with relief and gave him a hug. I could tell he was surprised by the hug at first. Then his arms went around me returning the gesture.
“You aren’t going to be able to get to me without any help.” I told him. He got up in frustration.
“What do ya want me to do huh? Go ta Lonnie? She’s in fuckin love with every damn alien!” he yelled.
“Calm down. No, you need to go to my friends! Do you remember where I live?” I asked. When he shook his head I sighed.
“The Crashdown right across from the UFO center where we met last time. Member now?” I asked. His eyes got confused for a second before he nodded.
“Ya ya. I member dat place. Right, so I go dere and get help and break ya and ya gang outta dis joint?” he asked. I nodded and he ran a hand over his Mohawk.
“Thank you. I know that you are risking a lot here. And I just…..thank you.” I said meeting his gaze. “Ya well, I owe ya one I guess…fer you know…everything ya been doin’ fer all us aliens and all. Sides I did kinda ty ya up and everthang.” He said slowly. We heard the door clang from the other room.
“Shit! Hurry, act like you used to!” I cried. Rath turned to me in confusion.
“What do you mean?” He asked.
“Mean like!” I said. He glared at me before putting his hand 2 inches away from my face and going over it.
“What did you do?” I asked. Before he could answer Nicholas stomped through.
“Whoa…you got her good, very good.” He said. Rath took a breath and smiled.
“Ya well, I’m da man.” He whispered. Nicholas nodded and pulled me through the door. Soon GI Joe was back and taking me to my room. He pushed me through to the floor and closed the door. Suddenly Kyle, Alex, and Maria were all over me. I smiled and reassured them I was fine. When I stepped into the bathroom and looked into the mirror I was shocked. I had bruises and a couple cuts on my face. So that’s what Rath was doing with his hand…making sure it looked like he had done some damage. Well looks like I have 3 brothers…Michael, real Rath, and husk Rath. They all turned out to be pretty good.
* * *
Rath had managed to slip away from Nicholas and Lonnie while they were in the bedroom. They told him to go look for any trouble for a couple of hours. He knew he should be mad but he was more relieved than pissed. He saw the Crashdown and all the people in it. he thought before taking a breath and walking in.
“Sup?” he asked shifting his hands into his pockets. He saw the shock all over everyone’s face and saw the Sheriff lift his gun.
“Whoa whoa, shit, I ain’t here to kill ya so put da damn gun down!” Rath cried. Valenti held him up against the wall with his arms, while the other parents and some redhead gathered around him.
“If I knew I was gonna be starin down the fuckin barrel of a gun I wouldn’t have come here. Damn Liz forgot to tell me that you all wanted to kill me.” He said.
“Liz? You talked to Liz?” One of the parents cried.
“Ya, damn…she told me to come and talk to youz guyz and tell ya asses how ta save her and Kyle, Maria, and Alex.” He saw hope and relief register in the parents faces. It looked like Valenti had told them all about him.
“Are you hungry?” a woman asked. He turned to her and shrugged. She put her hand on his shoulder. “I’ll go fix you a burger, and some fries.” She said. Rath was awed by these people and the way they seemed to care about him…the only person who ever actually cared was Zan and Rath had let Lonnie fuck with his mind one too many times. Now look where Zan is….in the ground! He sat uncomfortably at the end of the table, with everyone staring at him.
“So how are they?” The redhead asked. Rath glanced at her. “I only saw Liz wit muh eyes, she never said nothing bout anyone else…but I have da connections so I heard that dey were all ok. Well dat tall kid, Alex was knocked unconscious when dey took Liz. And dat Maria chick was unconscious too…they had taken her to some sorta doctor…Liz was sent to me and she convinced me ta help ya.” Rath said, taking a bite of his burger. He saw pain in, Mr. and Mrs. Whitman’s eyes saddened at the mention of their son being hurt. The Sheriff and a brown haired lady’s eyes also were saddened. Rath knew that had to be Mrs. DeLuca.
“But, if ya don’t mind can ya maybe introduce yaselves cuz I kinda wanna know what ta call ya.”
“I’m Lianne Whitman, and this is my husband Charles Whitman.” Lianne said.
“Um, Nancy and Jeff Parker.” Jeff replied.
“Amy Deluca, Maria’s mother, this is Jim Valenti but I’m sure you knew that.”
“Phillip and Diane Evans.” Phillip said.
“And you are?” Rath asked the redhead.
“Someone who came a long way for Kyle…and if you’re lying, and Kyle really isn’t ok or this is some trap, you can bet your ass that I’ll hunt you down and kill you. Name’s Bella.” She said. The parents held a hand over their mouths trying not to laugh. Diane reached a hand out and put it over Rath’s hand.
“No, he’s got a good heart, I can tell.” Diane said. Diane squeezed his hand and he squeezed it back. It was good to have someone care about him. He stood up and got some paper and a pen. He drew out the tunnels inside of the building.
“Dis first floor, here, is da entrance. Now dey don’t have dat much security ova here, but here’s,” Rath said pointing to a room up on the second floor, “ where dey have a lot of security. Dis is where Liz, Maria, Alex, and Kyle are. So dis place is gonna be swamped with guards. Da third floor is nothing more dan junk, shit, stuff like dat. Nothin you gotta worry bout. Now if we go in here we gotta take da back way-“
“Wait. Won’t they know that we’ll try to sneak in?” Bella asked. She crossed her arms and stared at the map Rath was drawing out.
“Well, dey will expect us to sneak in. But then dey know dat we know dat dey expect us to sneak in, and dey will probably expect us to use da front entrance, so dey will guard that one, more dan dey back way.” Rath explained. When he saw the confused glances he smiled and continued to draw on the map.
“So you live in New York?” Mr. Whitman asked. Rath looked at him and shrugged. “I don’t think dat I live dere anymore, ya dig?” When Mr. Whitman shook his head, Rath sighed. “Well, me commin here and helping youz guys to get those 4 outta dat hellhole is gonna make people come after me. Nicholas and Lonnie and shit.”
“So, Lonnie is Isabel?” Mrs. Evans asked. Rath started to laugh. “No, Isabel is nothin’ like Lonnie. See check it, Lonnie is Vilandra, uptight back stabbing bitch. Now Isabel, she’s nothin’ like Lonnie. She ain’t gonna betray Max. Da only thing that Lonnie and Isabel have in common is their looks, dat’s it.” When he saw Mr. and Mrs. Evans nod and he went back to working on the map. After five minutes he called everyone together.
“Hey, you can change your appearance right? I mean we learned about that um Nasedy, or Nasedo, and he can change his appearance so can you?” Bella asked. Rath nodded and changed into the spitting image of Michael, before changing back.
“So can you stay looking like you and change your voice?” Bella continued. Rath put a hand to his throat and his hand glowed for a second. When he pulled it away, he smiled.
“See, I’m a real boy!” he cried sarcastically. Bella put a hand over her mouth to stop the giggle that wanted to escape.
“OK, now. We have to go in this back way. The guards come by every ten minutes, checking it out. If we go right after the guard leaves, than that means we have 10 minutes to get into these air ducts. Some of you will stay in the cars, keeping them on for when Maria, Liz, Kyle, and Alex get out. That will be Mrs. Evans, and Mrs. Parker, and Mrs. Whitman. Mr. Whitman, Mr. Parker, and Mr. Evans, I want you to stay outside of the gate, and start to cut it so when we exit the building we can just run right out. Now Mrs. DeLuca, Bella, Sheriff and me will go into the building. Once we get inside of it, and get into the air ducts, I will go to the right, over to the main security room. I can change my appearance to one of the guards and then get all of the video footage of what happened to the four of them. You on the other hand will go left, until you get to the fifth vent. You have to go into that little closet and Mrs. DeLuca will stay in that room, waiting for the others to come. Right across from the closet is where Maria, Liz, Alex, and Kyle are. Sheriff, all you have to do to open the door in press 851951 in the little code box and the door will open. Get them out of there as fast as you can and into the vents. Mrs. DeLuca and Sheriff will transport them through the vents back to the back entrance. Now you’ll have to wait for a guard to arrive. Once he leaves you get out of there and go through the broken fence towards the cars. As soon as they get there I want all of you to leave. Go to the pod chamber, and stay there. Sheriff if you don’t know where it is, than Kyle and them will know! Everyone got it?” Rath demanded.
“What about you?” Mrs. Evans asked.
“Don’t you worry about me, I’ll be fine.” Rath replied.
“I’m going with you.” Bella stated. Rath glanced at her wide eyed.
“Excuse me?” Rath asked.
“You heard me! I want to get those tapes too you know…besides who will have your back?” Bella tapped her foot.
“I got my back.” He hissed.
“Oh I bet that’s real reassuring for you!” Bella spat out, whipping her hair back. Her greenish blue eyes shined with stubbornness “And if this is a trap…I’ll be there to stop you. End of story.” She smiled and began to tap her shoe again.
“Could you stop that?” he asked. Bella smiled even more and began to tap her foot louder.
“Hey, woman, stop please.” He hissed rubbing his forehead. Bella frowned at him and put her hands on her hips. Rath growled and changed his voice to one of a Mexican.
“Donta stomp your little last season prada shoes at me hunnie.” He said. The adults burst into laughter at his voice, and sentence.
“I saw that on Legally Blonde.” Bella said sitting down in a nearby chair.
“Ya, and where do you think I saw it?” Rath asked, his voice back to Michael’s now. Bella rolled her eyes and put her legs underneath her. She grabbed a napkin and started to draw on it, ignoring Rath. Rath looked over her shoulder to see a picture of himself, with a gorilla’s body.
“That shit ain’t funny!” he said when Bella looked up at him, amusement in her eyes. She nodded and burst into laughter, before her cell phone began to ring.
“Hello?” she asked, her voice tinted with amusement.
“Audrey? Why are you calling me?”
“Right, of course.”
“I needed a spring break.”
“I know it’s summer.”
“So I needed a summer break.”
“I totally forgot about Ireland….yes, don’t worry I’ll um….take Kyle and visit you soon.”
“Who is it?” Rath asked as he listened to Bella’s conversation. Bella glared at him.
“It’s my sister, Audrey. No I wasn’t talking to you Audrey…just this person.”
“Person? That’s all I am a person? I’m saving your boyfriend’s life and you call me person…what would happen if I save the world…would you call me Rath?”
“Shut up!” Bella yelled. “No, no Audrey…Audrey….I wasn’t talking to you… no don’t hang up!” Bella said into the phone. It fell to the floor and Rath picked it up. “Hello?” he asked. Bella reached for the phone but Rath but a hand to her head, keeping her away from him. Bella kicked his leg and Rath let go of her head, putting the hand to his shin.
“This is Rath…I know your sister.”
“So you are the charming one of the family then!”
“Ireland? Very interesting…never been there myself….that’d be great! Ya…” Rath talked for another 10 minutes before smiling. “OK bye Audrey, ya I’ll talk to you soon.” He looked at Bella who had a hand propping up her head, which was directed at him, with glaring eyes. “So, what did you two talk about?” she asked, the boredom clear in her voice.
“Nothing, I gotta date.” Rath said sliding across the floor, and snapping his fingers.
“WHAT?!?! NO WAY! My sister does not date people she’s never seen…much less you!” Bella screeched.
“Well ya better believe it babe…cuz I got a date, I got a date! She’s coming here in one week…to see moi!” Rath sang. Bella scowled and glared at him.
“You know…your face could freeze like that.” Rath pointed out. Bella pushed her sweatshirt arms up and put out her fists. She moved towards Rath but the Sheriff held her back. If looks could kill, Rath wouldn’t even be dust.
“We’re never going to get out of here are we?” Maria asked. Her voice was hoarse after all the crying she had done.
“We will. Just wait a while…someone will come.” I said, stroking Maria’s hair. Maria nodded against my lap.
“So who’s going to come Liz? Huh? How the fuck are they gonna find us when we don’t even fucking know where the hell we are!” Kyle yelled. I flinched.
“You said that your dad would know that we had been taken and try to come!” I hissed.
“Ya well it’s been three fucking days Liz. Maybe the FBI grabbed the damn dog! How the hell are we supposed to know? Now the dumbass’s aren’t here, to save us. They got us into this shit! The fucking King, the Fucking second, and the god damn fucking Princess-“ Kyle yelled. Alex jumped up and pinned him against the wall.
“Don’t ever talk like that about Isabel again! Ever! Do you hear me?” Alex yelled shaking Kyle. Maria held on to me, and her eyes were glazed over, from the new tears entering her eyes.
“Why? They got us into this mess! Just because you are obsessed with that girl, doesn’t mean we have to die because of it!” Kyle yelled in his face. Alex let go and pushed him against the wall.
“Stop fighting!” Maria shouted. “Me, Maria, and Alex aren’t obsessed with them Kyle. We love them. I don’t know if you can understand it but-“ I started.
“Understand? Me not understand love? Let me tell you something Liz. I loved you a lot. Then you go and break my heart for Evans. I did everything I could to make you happy but of course Evans could make you happier. Then I get Tess, and she made me feel great…made me come out with my Buddha stuff. I did everything I could to make her happy. I let her have my room when she stayed with us. I felt I had a fucking family for once. But yet again, Evans can make her happier even when he’s being mind warped. So now I have a girlfriend. A great one, we like the same things, we understand each other, and I love her. She’s normal. I like that. So now I’m stuck in here and she’s not here with me! I can’t lose another person I love for Evans. Because this one…this one is the real deal, and because of Evans, I’m losing her.” Kyle stated. Before anyone could say anything he took the bed closest to the wall, and turned towards it.
He heard the others shuffling around trying to get into their beds too. “Hey Liz…can you please sing me a song? I think I need to hear something to help me get to sleep.” Maria whispered. Alex and Kyle turned towards us, and watched me. I could tell…even in the dark. “Sure Maria, what do you want me to sing?” I whispered back.
“How bout that song that Grandma Claudia used to sing to us. Do u remember? Mm, mm, mm, ahhh.” She murmured, crawling into my bed. I felt Alex lay down on my other side, and Kyle at the bottom of the bed. I smiled and nodded before clearing my throat.
“You have to sing with me Maria.” I said.
“Why? If you sing then maybe the FBI will think the fire alarm is going off.” Alex joked. I elbowed him slightly before starting. “Some say love it is a river. That drowns the tender reed.” I sang. My voice was still scratchy, but we weren’t making a cd.
“Some say love it is a razor. That leaves your soul to bleed.” Maria sang, to remind me what came next. I laughed a little remembering when my grandma would tickle Maria and me when she sang the next line.
“Some say love it is a hunger. An endless, aching need.” I sang. Maria laughed and Alex’s stomach rumbled.
“I say love it is a flower. And you it's only seed.” Maria said, this time stroking my hair. “It's the heart afraid of breaking. That never learns to dance.” I sang back. She tugged my hair slightly and I smiled.
“It's the dream afraid of waking. That never takes the chance.” She sang and let my hair go. I felt Alex’s arms around my waist and was glad that my family was there with me.
“It's the one who won't be taken. Who cannot seem to give.” Alex whispered, causing Maria and I to laugh. Kyle kicked Alex slightly. “And you thought that Liz would be the one to make the FBI think that the alarm was going off?” he joked.
“And the soul afraid of dying. That never learns to live.” I sang back, with laugher etched in my voice. “We’re getting out of here Lizzie. I promise you that we will.” Maria said. “And the night has been too lonely. And the road has been too long.”
“I know Ria, I know,” I squeezed her hand and smiled. “And you think that love is only. For the lucky and the strong.”
“Just remember in the winter. Far beneath the bitter snow.” Maria’s hand squeezed mine back. “At least, we are together.”
“Lies the seed that with the sun's love. In the spring, becomes a rose.” I nodded against the pillow and relaxed, though I was sharing a twin bed with four people. “Together.” I whispered.
“OK, Isabel, you have five more seconds before we are leaving! This is the 4th time you had to pee in 20 minutes! I swear, the skins will find us before we even get half way by the rate we are going.” Max yelled.
“For once in your life Max, calm down. I’m pregnant, I’d like to see you try and deal with that!” Isabel replied as she stepped out of the trees. Michael sighed and urged them to continue on. By night they reached a small little village. Max looked at the paper in his hand and then traced the route in his head.
“OK, it should be this one.” He said stopping at the doorway. He quickly looked at Michael and Isabel before entering. He stepped inside and notice a small crowd of people. Everyone turned to look and silence was heard. Isabel sighed and coughed.
“Um, is there a Larek in here?” she asked. A noise was heard from the back of the room and a tall, muscly guy stepped out from the corner. His hair was red and his eyes were a deep brown. “I am Larek. It is good to see you Zan. You too Rath, and Vilandra.” He said. His voice was deep and he laughed a throaty laugh.
“Please…call us by our human names.” Michael asked. Silence was heard once again but Michael continued on. “All our lives we have been called my these names, we’re more used to them. Besides if one Kivar’s people hears you saying Rath, or Zan, he might get a little angry and I’m too tired to deal with that. I’m Michael, that’s Max and this is Isabel. She’s grumpy and pregnant, so please just sit her in a chair in the corner.” He stated. Everyone in the room was looking at the two.
“Excuse me.” Isabel said before whacking Michael on the head and grabbing his ear. “Say you’re sorry!” she mumbled looking on the nails of her other hand. “Iz, let me go!” Michael complained. Isabel yawned and pinched hard. “Say it.” She sang.
“I’m sorry ok? I’m sorry!” Michael yelled. Isabel smiled and let go. She gave him a kiss on the cheek before walking through the crowd. “Do you have any coca cola here?” she asked the guy who approached her table. Max stifled a laugh and sat down with Larek.
“So…how do we defeat Kivar and Tess? I mean how do I know I can trust everyone in here?” Max asked.
“That is a true question a King would ask.” Larek said patting Max on the back.
“No, it’s a question that any one would ask who’s on the black list of some wanna be King. Get it right.” Michael said. Larek shook his head and turned back towards Max.
“All skins, Za-Max, have blue eyes. They are born with them. It’s fate, destiny. When a baby is born, their eyes don’t open until the 3rd day of their birth. When they do open, well brown, like mine, or your sister’s, or Michael’s here, they mean true Antarian. On the good side, or the side of the birth and rightful King. Larek shook his head and turned back towards Max.
“All skins, Za-Max, have blue eyes. They are born with them. It’s fate, destiny. When a baby is born, their eyes don’t open until the 3rd day of their birth. When they do open, well brown, like mine, or your sister’s, or Michael’s here, they mean true Antarian. On the good side, or the side of the birth and rightful King. Blue, means skin, someone who would betray, and the last are purple eyes. They mean unchosen. These eyes, are rare. Once they have chosen their path then their eyes become the color. You must know that you can not change your eye color. At least we can’t.” Larek said glancing them in the eye.
“Ya we can!” Isabel called from the back. She came and pulled over a chair, and sat down, startling many men. When they looked at her strangely she scoffed. “What?” she demanded.
“Excuse us, but Princess, usually women here stay out of the men affairs.” He said.
“You have got to be kidding me! This is a male dominated society?” Isabel asked. Larek nodded.
“Guess what?” Isabel asked. When everyone shrugged she smiled. “That changes today. Women and men are equal. End of discussion. Now how about some food? And if any of you stare at me one more time!” She threatened. Quickly everyone looked down or away. Someone placed some green and red looking things in front of her on a plate. “Oh now this has got to change too!” she said. She placed her hand over it and changed it to a hamburger and fries. She smiled and pulled a French fry from the place.
“Finally! Some real food!” she mumbled. Larek coughed and shifted. He started to talk to Michael and Max about plans to sneak into the palace. “So we build up our army, I’m sure you two can teach them some techniques…and we go through the front of the palace.”
“No…that’s all wrong.” Isabel said. “Excuse me?” one of the men asked. “Well, Kivar will be expecting you to use the front, so you have to go in through the back. You know, surprise him.” She stated. The men seemed to think about it before talking all at once again. Isabel sighed and rubbed her abdomen. “I miss you Alex.” She whispered.
“By any chance is Rath….Michael, the father of your baby?” Larek asked. Isabel spit out her coke and coughed. “What?” she asked. “Me and Michael? You gotta be kidding!” she started to laugh and Michael did the same. “Me and Michael are like brother and sister. We would never. No, the baby does not belong to Michael. The baby is Alex’s child.” She said trying to straighten up in the seat.
“Alex?” Larek asked.
“Yes, he’s a human.” Max said. Silence was heard once again within the room. “OK, what now?” Michael demanded.
And I'm here
To save the world
And I wanna know
Who's gonna save me?