|posted on 17-Sep-2001 12:03:49 PM|
|Title: Two Squared|
Category: the whole gang
Disclaimer: I own NOTHING! Just wish I did…
Summary: Alternate Universe… The Aliens in this fic are Max, Michael, Isabel and Liz. Hopefully no Tess. Michael and Liz are brother and sister and live in Clovis, NM. Max and Isabel are brother and sister and live in Roswell, NM. Neither set of podsters is aware of the other. Will they meet? Of course. Read and find out….
“Michael what are we going to do now?”
“We will lay low and see if anything looks suspicious. We can’t take any chances that who ever killed Mom and Dad did it because of us.”
The two teens turned and left the ceremony where they had just buried the only parents that they have ever known. Without noticing the tall dark figure looming in the background they got into the Toyota 4 x 4 and went home. Their meeting with Harold, the family lawyer, wasn’t until 3:30 that afternoon and the funeral services were at 11:00 so they had time to kill.
“Liz, what do you think Harold is going to tell us?” Michael asked.
“I don’t know Michael. Maybe there is a lot of money. More than likely he's going to tell us what needs to be done with the house and all the legal stuff that we will have to sign. Stuff like that.”
Their home was about 10 minutes away from the cemetery and when they pulled into the drive the two teenagers dragged themselves out of the pickup and slowly made their way into an empty house. Harold had been there yesterday and had grabbed some stuff out of their father’s safe and had taken it back to the office. “I will give this back to you tomorrow during our meeting. Will you two kids be ok for the night or do you want to come and stay with me and Wilma?”
“We’ll be ok.” Michael said as he pulled his sister, Liz, into a warm embrace.
“I can’t believe they’re gone. What are we going to do Michael? Where are we going to go…not a single relative came for the services? We were their only relatives and they were ours.” Liz headed towards her room and turned on the radio.
<<< I just want to feel safe in my own skin
I just want to be happy again
I just want to feel deep in my own world
But I'm so lonely I don't even want to be with myself anymore >>>
Liz plopped down onto her bed and just cried; she had never felt this alone before. She knew she would always have Michael, but she felt like there was still something missing from her life. Her and Michael were to be seniors this year, she wanted to go to Harvard and study Molecular Biology. Now she didn’t know what was going to happen.
<<< On a different day
If I was safe in my own skin
Then I wouldn't feel lost and so frightened
But this is today
And I'm lost in my own skin
And I'm so lonely I don't even want to be with myself anymore >>>
Michael heard Liz turn on her radio, he felt for her. He knew that this day would come sooner or later; he had prepared himself, but he hadn’t prepared himself for his parents to leave first. He always thought that Liz and him would have to leave because of who they were. “This really sucks. Hopefully Harold has some good news for us…”
<<< I just want to feel
Safe in my own skin
I just want to be happy again. >>>
Honestly Ok – Dido
Time passed quickly and the two got back into their pickup and headed into Clovis. That is where Harold’s law office was and where all their answers were.
“Phillip. Harold is on the phone for you… He wants to know if you can come into the office and help him on a reading today…”
Phillip came to the phone that his wife Diane held out to him. “Hello.”
“Hi Phillip it’s Harold. I have an interesting situation and know that you would be able to help the two kids that are involved. Can you make it to Clovis by 3:30 today?”
“I don’t know Harold. It’s Saturday and I had hopes of spending time with my family this weekend. Max and Isabel will be going off to college before I know it and I will regret it. What’s going on that you think that you need my help?”
“Do you remember Jeff and Nancy Parker?”
“Yeah, they adopted two kids around the same time Diane and I adopted Max and Isabel. Why?”
“They passed away the other day… They were in a really bad car accident, dead on arrival. No hope of saving them.”
“You got to be joking.”
“No, I’m not. The kids aren’t quite eighteen yet. I don’t want to see them go back into the system. Jeff and Nancy wouldn’t want them to go back into the system. You have to help me help them… They are good kids, pretty levelheaded. What do you say?”
“I will be there. What time is the reading?”
“3:30 this afternoon.”
“Ok, I’m leaving now.”
Phillip hung up the phone and went to go find his wife outside in the garden…”Honey, I’m sorry but I have to go into the office today.”
“But Phillip you made such a big deal for Max and Isabel to stay home. You know they are going to be upset for you leaving.”
“I know. I was just going to go tell them how sorry I am for having to leave, but I think they will understand. Jeff and Nancy Parker passed away the other day. Do you remember them?”
Diane thought for a minute. “Yeah, they adopted the other two kids that were found around the same time as Max and Isabel were found. Didn’t they?”
“Yeah, that’s them…”
“What are you going to do?”
“I don’t know. It depends on how the will is set up. It depends on a lot of things. Especially what the two kids want to do. I will call you when I know more. We may have company tonight.” He walked over to his wife of almost 17 years and gave her a hug and a kiss goodbye. “I gotta go talk to Max and Isabel now. Wish me luck.” He turned and left to go look for his two kids.
Knocking on Max’s door. “Max? Are you in there?”
“Yeah, Dad. Come on in…”
“Hey, I have to run into work to help a couple of kids get their parents will straightened out.”
“But dad you made Iz and I stay home because you wanted to spend some “good quality time” with us.” Max used hand quotes to signify good quality time. “And now you are bailing on us. That’s not right.”
“I know you are upset. You have every right to be, but if it was you in this situation I think you would want me there too.”
“What do you mean dad?”
“A couple of kids your age just lost both of their parents and the will reading is today. Their lawyer has asked me to come see if there is anything that I can do to keep them from going back into the foster care system. I have to meet them to see if they are willing to live on their own or even if they can make it. It won’t take long. I should be back by 8:00 this evening. I’m sorry son. If there is anyway that I can make it up to you let me know. Ok.”
“Sure Dad.” Max was disappointed. “Good luck with Isabel; you know she had big plans for today and had to change them to accommodate you; and now you are going to have to go tell her that she can do them now… She’s not going to be a very happy camper.”
“I know. Thanks Max. I’ll see you tonight.” He left. Max was the easy one. He didn’t ever seem to do many extracurricular activities outside of school. Max kept to himself quite a bit and it worried him. Now Isabel on the other hand had things planned for almost every day of the week. However, she didn’t seem to have very many meaningful relationships. It seemed like she didn’t like to be alone, but she didn’t want anyone to close to her either.
“Honey?” Phillip was knocking on her door.
“Yeah, Dad. Come on in.”
“I really hate to do this to you, but I have to go into work today. It’s really important.”
“You expect me to let you go that easy. What I had planned was really important too. I had a date with the captain of the football team and I had to call and cancel because my dad wanted to spend time with me. Now what am I to do?”
“Well, you can go out with Max. It’s been a long time since he’s been out on a Saturday night. Go to the Crashdown grab something to eat and then go to the movies. My treat.” He tossed her a fifty-dollar bill from out of his wallet and gave her a pleading smile. “Please. I will make it up to you I promise.”
“You know dad I will hold you to that.” She smiled and waved him out the door. “Now go on before you are late. I’ll see if Max will go out with his one and only sister.”
“Thanks Izzy. I love you.”
“I love you too Daddy.”
He turned around and left.
“Michael and Elizabeth Parker?” The secretary was looking at the two teens with pity on her face. ”You can go in now.”
“Thank you” Liz said.
“Liz… Michael. I wish that we could meet under other circumstances.” Harold was trying hard to make the teens more comfortable. “Before we begin I would like to introduce you to Phillip Evans. He is a partner here and is excellent at what he does. I have asked him here in case there are any questions that you want to ask. Phillip is very good at custody suits and with the two of you only being seventeen it could get very difficult for you.”
“Hi, Mr. Evans” Liz was the first to make a move. Michael on the other hand didn’t trust anyone. If it wasn’t Liz than it was no one he could trust. He just nodded his head at the other man in recognition.
“Well, lets get started.” The whole will reading took all of twenty minutes. The two found out that their college tuition was paid for. The house was theirs as well. They were handed a safe deposit box key and a letter to be opened at a later time.
“Do you kids have any questions?” Harold asked them.
“No Mr. Martin.” Liz said as she looked over at Michael and saw that his wheels were still churning and knew that he wasn’t going to ask anything soon. She shifted towards Phillip and asked, “Mr. Evans, can help us make sure that we don’t get put back into foster care we would really appreciate it. They were all we had besides each other and we don’t want to replace them so soon.”
“Miss Parker, You have two options… The first one; is you can continue living here in Clovis and continue going to school here. If you continue to live here, then Mr. Martin will look in on you from time to time and confirm with the courts that you are continuing your education and that you aren’t causing any trouble. The second is you can live in Roswell and will be under my supervision. If you move to Roswell you will have to be enrolled at West Roswell High within one week of moving there. I will be the one checking in on you two from time to time to make sure you are doing everything that is needed to live independently. Now don’t think this is going to be easy. You will both be required to get jobs at least twenty hours a week. You will have to show up to school everyday and maintain passing grades until you graduate. This is not going to be a picnic. It’s going to be like you are on probation. The State of New Mexico makes it their business to make sure that all emancipated young adults are responsible… They don’t want to be paying for them in the future. What do you two say? Do you think you can handle it?”
“Mr. Evans” Michael finally spoke up. “As long as my sister and I are together we will survive. Nothing is too hard for us to conquer as long as we are together. We can do it…but I don’t understand why we only have two options.”
“You only have two options because that is what the will stated. Either you stay here in Clovis and have Mr. Martin look after you or you come to Roswell and I look after you. Ok, Mr. Parker? If you two are willing to live on your own then I will look in on it on Monday. In the meantime there is two weeks before school starts and you have two choices to make. If you would like you can meet me in Roswell and I can have my two kids show you around town and see if you would like to move there. There is no hurry I’m sure you want to be able to go through everything that your parents had left you. So, how about we try next weekend?”
The two looked at each other and without saying a word they had a silent conversation. Liz was willing to go to Roswell, however, Michael wasn’t.
“Here is my phone number. Under any circumstances you need anything feel free to call me. I knew your parents before they adopted you two and I feel that I owe it to them now to make sure you two are well taken care of.” Mr. Evans handed Liz his business card after scribbling his home phone number on the back of it and gave them both a warm sincere smile.
“I don’t like it Liz. He knows something. I don’t trust him… I think we should stay here.”
“Michael, come on. He was being very nice. He was only trying to reach out to us. After all he knew Mom and Dad. He doesn’t know anything. Quit being so paranoid. I think we should go see what’s in Roswell. If after we go you still don’t like it I will agree to go where ever you say. Agreed?”
“I’m only looking out for us. Who knows who the enemy is. We have to be ready to leave in a heartbeat. It’s just you and me. There is no one else. Don’t you think that if there was they would have contacted us by now? We can never have a normal life.”
“Yeah, but Michael wouldn’t it be nice if we could find some sort of explanation to our existence here on Earth and what if it is in Roswell? And what if there are more of us. You know I feel that we aren’t complete. There just has to be more of us.”
“We will find out what Roswell has to offer after we go to the bank on Monday to open up the safety deposit box. Ok?” Liz nodded her head and got up off the couch and kissed her brother on the top of the head before heading towards the back door.
“I will be outback if you need me. I just need some time alone.” With that Liz went to the backyard to lie in the hammock that was strung up between two oak trees.
She always went out there to look at the stars. She always wondered which one her and Michael had come from. She had seen visions before but nothing that gave her very many details. If only she could convince him to go to Roswell. She knew that there was something there that would help them know who they are and where they came from.
“What can I get you two?” Maria Deluca was asking the Evans kids. She always thought that they were strange. Max was cute and well Isabel… She was cold, but who wasn’t when they were that popular?
“I will have a Will Smith Burger with seasoned space fries and a Cherry Coke.” Max placed his order with the blonde waitress that he had come to observe as being a complete chatterbox. She was cute but not his type. For some reason no one was his type. He started to wonder if maybe his kind weren’t supposed to mate? He probably would never know. They didn’t know much about themselves other than the obvious.
“I will have the lunar salad with honey mustard dressing and a Cherry Coke.” Isabel saying to the blonde waitress that she had seen hanging out with the gorgeous Alex Whitman at school. She didn’t understand why no one ever dated Alex, he was funny and cute and she knew from visiting his dreams that he liked her. She was hoping that he would work up enough courage this year to ask her to prom, but she knew better. After all she was the Ice Queen. No one got close to Isabel Evans unless she said so.
“That is one Will Smith burger with seasoned space fries, one lunar salad with honey mustard and two Cherry Cokes. Can I get you two anything else? Maybe a new bottle of Tabasco sauce?” She asked rudely. She didn’t know why she felt uncomfortable around these two they were just weird.
“No that will be all.” Max said trying to make the Tabasco comment go by unnoticed. The waitress went to turn in their order when the bell above the door chimed.
“Alex!” Maria said as she greeted her best friend since the third grade. “Do you want anything?” She asked while standing behind the counter.
“Yeah, I will take a orange soda. It’s been a hard day. Make sure it’s on ice.” Alex always ordered orange soda when he was having a bad day. It was his signature drink. Maria always knew that he needed someone to talk to when he ordered an orange soda.
“What’s up babe?” She asked.
“It’s my dad. He is insisting that I get out more and away from my computer more often. Doesn’t he understand that computers are my life? They are the world’s future after all. You would think that he would be excited that his son was going to be going to MIT next fall.” Alex had gotten a full ride to the most prestige computer college in the US. He was excited and nervous; after all, his best friend was going to New York to the School of the Arts to study singing.
“Did you happen to see who was here? Issss aaaa bellll Evvvv aaans.” Maria was teasing him. She knew he had a thing for her, but didn’t really understand it. All he would say was that she was different in his dreams. That she didn’t act like an Ice Princess at all. Hell that was in his dreams, in Maria’s dreams she was rich and had men waiting on her hand and foot. Anything was possible in your dreams. “Are you going to ask her to Prom this year or are you going stag again? I guess if I don’t find a date; we can go together again this year. That is if you want too?”
“Do I have to answer now or can I check with my agent and get back to you at a later date?” That was a running joke between the two friends. Maria always threatened when she was famous that he would have to go through her agent to even get to say hi to her.
“I’m in no hurry, but I don’t like that fact that I am, being your best friend in the whole wide world, being put on the back burner for some remotely slight chance that you grow a backbone and work up enough courage to ask Isabel Evans.
The bell at the window was ringing, and Maria knew that was the order she had placed for the Evans’. She went and picked it up as well as a fresh bottle of Tabasco sauce. She never understood how someone could even eat that stuff. She tried once and her eyes and nose ran for an hour afterwards. Alex didn’t help any all he did was laugh at her. “Her you go, one Will Smith burger with seasoned space fries and one lunar salad with honey mustard. Is there anything else I can get you two?” She asked.
“Uh yeah… Where is our Cherry Cokes?” Max kicked Isabel under the table and gave a ‘better be nice look or else’. She gave him a go to hell look right back. Didn’t he know that she didn’t have to be nice to anyone, besides that was how she got the nickname Ice Queen?
“Oh, I’m sorry… I got sidetrack. They are on the house. I won’t charge you for them.” Maria felt like such an idiot. All she had to do was get the drinks, place the order and make the delivery. If it weren’t for Alex she wouldn’t have to be giving them free drinks. She returned to their table with two ice-cold Cherry Cokes and one bottle of Tabasco sauce. She didn’t know why she was always so nice to them, probably because it came with the job. Be nice to the customers, the customer will return and after all she needed all the customers that she could get because this restaurant was a family business. Her mom ran it after her so called dad up and left them with nothing else.
Alex watched Maria fly around the restaurant as if her life depended on it and when she finally came back to the counter where he was sitting all he could say was, “Your wish is my command. Gosh Maria you were hopping around like there was no tomorrow. Why are you so nervous around them?”
“You have no idea what she is capable of doing to us Alex. She could make or break anyone of our High School careers just by the gossip she could spread.”
“You worry too much. She is not like that. I don’t know how I know; let’s just say I have this gut feeling. One day we will all be friends and we will sit back and laugh at all of this.” With that Alex got up and headed for the door. “Hi, Isabel.” He said before leaving.
“Hey Alex. How are you doing?” She asked back.
“Pretty good. My dad is giving me a hard time about spending too much time with my computer. He tells me I will be a senior in high school in a few weeks and he hasn’t seen me on a date in ages. How is he to know? He isn’t around all of the time.” Alex pulled up a chair and was sitting in it the wrong way. He was actually having a conversation with Isabel Evans.
“What are you doing now?” Max asked.
“Um… Getting ready to go home.” He said.
“Why don’t you go to the movies with us. It’ll be dad’s treat. He had to ditch us today to go help a couple of kids in Clovis. Something about their parents dying. What do you say?” Max knew what he was doing. Isabel liked this boy; Max had caught her dream walking him on more than one occasion. If Iz wasn’t going to ask him out maybe he could. Who knows, he seems nice enough? If there was anyone in Roswell that Max would want to be friends with it would be Alex Whitman and if his sister liked him too then he knew it would be ok to open up a little bit.
“Um… Sure. Why not? What movie are you guys going to see?” Alex was unsure of the reason why he said yes; maybe it had to do with being close to Isabel Evans that made him do it. Who cares? He didn’t.
They had a great time. Max and Isabel really enjoyed Alex’s company as well as his knack of being able to put a little humor into the evening. After the movie they went their separate ways and after that night a new friendship had form. Sure the Evans kids didn’t tell Alex that they weren’t of this world, but they were able to have fun with him.
“Honey, I’m home.” Phillip called out to his wife that was in the living room watching TV.
“Oh, good. I was just getting ready to sit down and watch the Green Mile. You can keep me company now. How did everything go today?”
“Pretty good. Harold was right when he said that they were a couple of levelheaded kids. They remind me so much of Max and Isabel. They are really close and I just have the same feeling about them as I do the kids.”
“What do you mean Phillip? What kind of feeling do you have about Max and Isabel?” Diane was concerned.
“I think they are special… They were left out there in the desert for a reason. Haven’t you noticed it Diane? Our kids are different from any other kids.” He went on to elaborate after seeing Diane’s confused look. “Max tries so hard not to be noticed, while Isabel on the other hand dates every guy under the sun, but yet never settles on any one in particular. They won’t open up to us when we know that there is something wrong and the fire incident last year is just too much of a coincidence.”
“Oh, I forgot about the fire incident. And remember the tape when we were at the park and Max mysteriously healed that bird. Honey, Max came to me later that day and said it wasn’t anything bad. I gave him my word that I wouldn’t bring it up anymore. It doesn’t matter who or what they are they are our kids. I think we need to let it be. They will come to us when they are ready and when they do I will be there with open arms and I hope that you will do the same. I don’t want to discuss this any further.” She got up off the couch and headed for their bedroom.
“Diane you are missing my point. I agree that it doesn’t matter what Max and Isabel are hiding from us, and yes I will love them no matter what, but what I am saying is I think that there are more and that the two kids in Clovis are like Max and Isabel. Look at the facts. Jeff and Nancy adopted the two kids the same time we found Max and Isabel… Don’t you think it is possible that they are someway related? How probable is it for two sets of kids to be found wondering around in the desert naked and both sets approximately the same age? Think about it Diane. We have to make sure that these kids get taken care of no matter what. I am trying to encourage them to come live in Roswell. Jeff and Nancy left a condition in the will that stated either the kids stay in Clovis under Harold’s supervision or they come to Roswell under mine. I think they had some idea that Liz and Michael were special just like we know Max and Isabel are special.”
“I don’t know honey. Could it be possible? Would Max and Isabel recognize them if we introduced them to each other? What are your plans?”
“I don’t know.
The night turned cold quickly and Liz got up and headed back into the house. Tomorrow was going to be boring, however, Monday was going to be a busy day. They had to see what their parents didn’t want anyone to see but them. I wonder if they suspected us? She thought to herself. A lot had happened in 11 years and although she couldn’t ever remember slipping up and using her powers in front of them there might be some possibility that they knew.
Michael was asleep on the couch watching MTV and like always Liz went in and turned it off and covered him up with a quilt and said “Goodnight” to him softly before heading to her room.
She had to pass her parent’s room in order to get to hers. She paused in front of the door and wagered whether or not to go in. Slowly she turned the door handled and took a few calming breaths before walking inside. She held her right hand out to softly trace everything that she came into contact with. As she passed a few pictures on the wall and had revisited the exact time and place that it had happened she moved on. When she came to her mother’s desk she was shocked to see a leather-bound notebook neatly centered. The reason she was shocked was because on the front of the book was a symbol that she felt she knew. It was strange looking at first, but the more she pondered it the more she realized that that symbol came from HOME. How did her mother get this? Why didn’t she show it to her kids if she knew about them? Didn’t she know the pain that Liz had gone through just because she thought that she wouldn’t be able to be open with her mother? If she would have only told her they could have shared so much more.
Liz quickly picked up the book and headed towards her room. Quietly shutting the door behind her for she didn’t want to wake her brother. It seems like when she wanted to get Michael up he made it hard for her, but then when she was trying not to disturb him he woke up at the slightest sound she made. She thought he did this on purpose, but she had no evidence of any sort. Finally reaching her room she plopped down onto her bed and started to flip through the pages of her mother’s book. To her surprise all of the pages were empty.
“How can that be? Why would my mom keep a book with nothing in it?” She asked to herself.
A voice from nowhere said, “You aren’t paying attention my child. Concentrate. Really look at the pages. Feel the pages.” And then the voice disappeared.
It was true. Whenever Liz concentrated on certain things she was able to ‘read’ them so to speak. She could get feelings and sometimes flashes from things. She had discovered this ‘secret’ during Christmas time one year when she really wanted a microscope for her one special present from Santa Claus. She couldn’t take anymore of Michael’s teasing about there not being a Santa Claus and if there was he didn’t bring ‘alien’ children anything that they ever wanted. She just had to prove him wrong and by concentrating hard enough she had gotten a flash of her mother buying it and then asking the young sales clerk to wrap it for her.
“Just wait until Christmas, you’ll see. I’m right and you are wrong.” She had to rub it in good. Michael always seemed to get the best of her and this time she was going to get the best of him. Christmas came and Liz held Michael in suspense when she opened up every present but that one; the one she knew was to be the microscope. Lets just say that Michael never doubted Liz’s sense of knowledge ever again…
After she finished the memory she looked back down at the book and concentrated. She concentrated until three in the morning and got nothing. “It is useless. I have to get some sleep.” Turning over and turning off her light that sat on the nightstand she adjusted herself and quickly fell asleep. The book was still resting next to her.
There were people running in complete chaos and the scene in front of her was yet another funeral. She didn’t know how she knew for all of the images in front of her were vague, but the funeral was for the King of Antar. The people in attendance were the Queen, her daughter, and herself. The Queen was crying as well as the Princess Vilandra. Charisse was in between the two ladies trying to offer her support.
When the ladies returned to the palace, Queen Anna asked for Charisse to accompany her to her quarters. Once they arrived the queen sat down in front of her desk and grabbed the family book. It was leather bound and had the family emblem on the front cover.
“For ages this book has been handed down from generation to generation and for ages it has all come true. You see in this book is our past, our present and our future as the ancients have prophesized to be true. It saddens me to know what I know, because it has foreseen the death of not only my husband, but it is written that the rest of the royal family will soon die as well.” The words that the queen was saying made Charisse’s knees weak. She had to sit down and absorb everything.
~*~ End Dream ~*~
Liz was brought back to the real world with Michael bursting into her room yelling after a shadowy figure who was exiting Liz’s window.
“Did you see who it was?” He asked her.
“No, I didn’t even know anyone was in here. How did you know?”
“I got up off the couch and was going to my room when I heard someone going through mom and dad’s room. They were looking for something, and they didn’t find it in there so they moved in here. They didn’t get a chance to really look around here because that is when I started yelling at him. Are you ok?” Michael sat down on Liz’s bed. He was concerned for his sister; something could have really gone wrong if he hadn’t woken up when he did. “Do you know whoever that was, what they would want in here?
It finally dawned on Liz. “ Michael I think someone knows something. I think that whoever that was, that they killed our parents. I don’t know how or why but I also think that our parents knew who we were…” She was looking to see if Michael thought that she was crazy or not, but she was unable to read his expression. For some reason she didn’t show him the book, she wanted to wait and see if she would be able to read it.
“I’m going to get the sleeping bag. I’m not letting you sleep alone. You are all I have left in this world and I’m not taking any chances.” He left and Liz hurried up and hid the book. She didn’t want to take any chances either so she worked a piece of floorboard loose and jammed the book underneath it. She used her powers to seal the boards back together and hurried up and jumped back into bed before Michael returned.
Michael returned and once he was settled they both fell asleep. Liz hoped that the dream would continue but it didn’t. Morning was here before either of them knew it, and Liz forgot that Michael had slept on the floor until she got out of bed and stepped right in the middle of his gut.
“Hey, watch it! I’m down here. God I get no gratitude. I stay here and protect my only sister and what kind of thanks do I get? I foot jabbed into my midsection.”
“Sorry Michael. I forgot. Are you ok?” Liz sounded sincere.
“I would be better if you fix me some pancakes. It’s the least you could do for your loving brother.”
“Ok. It’s the least I can do for my loving brother.” Liz continued over his lying body and went into the bathroom. She took a quick shower and afterwards was in the kitchen getting the ingredients for breakfast. Michael entered as if on queue when she was getting the first batch out of the frying pan.
“Smells good.” He said as he sat down at the kitchen table. Liz walked to the refrigerator and got the butter the blueberry syrup and the Tabasco sauce. The last item was something that the two needed in order for the food to even be remotely edible. You could say that it is acquired ‘alien’ trait.
As she handed him the Tabasco sauce she asked, “Have you thought anymore about taking up Mr. Evans offer to go and visit Roswell?”
“No, not really. I say we stay here.”
“How can you say that we should stay here after what happened last night? You aren’t always going to be here to protect me Michael. Lord knows what could have happened while I was asleep.”
It was true and Michael had been thinking about that. “You could have always used your powers on him.”
“Yeah, if I was awake, but I wasn’t. I was having a really strange dream last night. I’m lucky you were up Michael that’s all I’m going to say. If you don’t want to go to Roswell then you don’t have too, but I’m telling you now. I am going whether you like it or not.
The two teenagers sat in silence as they ate their pancakes. Liz cleaned up the morning dishes and headed towards her bedroom. She got the business card that Mr. Evans had given her the day before and dialed his number.
“Hello.” Max had to answer the phone since no one else was at home. His parent’s were at Church and Isabel had gone to one of the many charities that she worked with.
“Um… Hi. Is Mr. Evans there?” Liz wasn’t ready for someone else to answer the phone. She didn’t know what she was thinking. He does have two kids and a wife living with him.
“No, he isn’t. May I take a message for him?” He asked the young voice on the other end.
“Um. Could you tell him that Liz Parker called and that I will call him later.”
“Sure. Are you sure you don’t want me to have him call you when he gets in? He should be back sometime around one o’clock this afternoon.” Max said remembering that his father had gone to Clovis the day before to help a couple of kids. Maybe this is one of them?
“Oh, no. That won’t be necessary. I probably shouldn’t have called on a Sunday anyway. The man goes out of his way to come help us yesterday and just because he said to call anytime doesn’t mean that he meant it.” She was starting to back pedal as fast as she could. The voice on the other end was soothing and she really didn’t want to hang up just then.
“If my dad said to call him anytime he meant it. Is there something wrong, because I can page him and have him call you as soon as possible if you want me too?”
“No. That’s ok. It really isn’t anything. I just wanted to see if his offer still stood. I want to come visit Roswell and see if I would like to live there and attend school at West Roswell High. I was just curious, that’s all.”
Max detected nervousness in the girl’s voice that told him that something else was up. “You can come up today. I’m sure he wouldn’t mind and besides I can take you around and show you what the town has to offer.” Please say yes. He just had to get to see this girl. Something seemed very familiar to him. Maybe spending time with Alex and Isabel last night did something to him that he didn’t realize.
“I really don’t want to be a bother to anyone. If this really isn’t a good time I can understand. I feel like I have to do something; if I don’t get out of this house I will just go crazy.” Liz did feel like she was going crazy. “Sometimes you don’t know what you are missing until it is gone. Thanks so much for the offer but… I don’t want to impose on your Sunday and besides I don’t even know your name.”
“It’s Max. I would be more than happy to run you around town I am a good listener when I want to be, but if you ask my sister you might as well forget it. She has nothing good to say about me.”
“I know what you mean. My brother and I don’t give each other any good compliments either. Sibling rivalry I guess.” Liz was starting to open up to the man on the other end of the phone. She had made up her mind she was going to Roswell this morning. “If I leave now I will get there around eleven or eleven-thirty is that ok?”
“Yeah, that will be good I can take you to the Crashdown for lunch and introduce you to a couple of West Roswell High students. The Crashdown is a popular hangout for the student body. How does that sound?” Max asked.
“That sounds good. Where can I meet you?” She didn’t know Roswell that well. The Clovis Yellow Jackets had played the West Roswell Comets on a couple of occasions and Liz thought that she could find the school.
“Well have you ever been to Roswell?” Max asked.
“I’ve been to a couple of basketball games, but other than that no. I could probably find the school.” Liz still felt a little bit uneasy.
“Well how about this? I will meet you outside Roswell on Highway 285 South that way you won’t get lost.” Max offered.
“Oh, no you don’t have to do that. What will you be doing on the side of the road if I am late?” She wondered.
“I will be waiting on you. So you better not be late. Just come on down and don’t worry; you aren’t putting me out or anything. Who knows I might be able to get you to have a good time or something.” Max was beginning to get nervous about meeting this girl. What if she doesn’t like it here and it’s all my fault. Max couldn’t help but worrying. He wasn’t very good at interactions with others and all that was Isabel’ field.
“What kind of vehicle do you drive? I would really hate to make a fool of myself if I ran into someone before I came across you.” The other reason is the intruder from last night could be following her and she didn’t want to be put into any unexpected danger.
“I will be in an old army green jeep no top unless it starts to rain.” Max told her.
“Ok, just let me tell my brother where I am going and I will be there as fast as I can.”
“Ok. Remember I will be waiting, so you better not back out on me now.” What am I saying? I don’t usually act this way. What if I end up liking this girl? What will I do? Don’t overreact Maxwell all will be well. It just has to be. “ I will let you go. See you later, Liz.” Max wanted to get off the phone before he said anything else off the wall like he did earlier.
“Ok. Bye Max, and don’t worry I won’t leave you sitting out on 285 South for too long. I promise.” She hung up the phone not a moment too soon before Michael walked in.
“Who you talking too?” he asked.
“No one. Why?” she tried to dodge his inquisitions.
“Come on Liz, now is not the time to start lying to each other. There was someone in this house last night looking for something. I don’t want you going anywhere alone. You hear me?” Michael was set in his ways. There was no way Liz was getting out of this house alone.
“Ok. I called Mr. Evans to see if his offer was still open for us to go to Roswell. I need to get out of this house. I have nothing to do and nowhere to go. I just wanted to go drive around for a while. Alright?” Liz was looking at Michael with her big brown doe eyes.
“Don’t pull that look on me. I know better than that. What did he say?” Michael was curious.
“He didn’t say anything. He wasn’t home.” Liz thought it better to play the game this way instead of telling Michael that she had planned on seeing Max, Phillip’s son, later on in Roswell.
“So what are you going to do today?” He felt sorry for his sister. She didn’t really have anyone to turn to. Everyone that was ever there for her is gone, with the exception of him.
“I don’t know. Go for a drive; maybe hang out at the mall, anything but sit here. Do you want to come along?” She asked.
“Are you kidding? Racing is on and they are at Daytona this weekend. I am glued to the TV all day today. I’ll probably make a run to the kitchen around lap 100 but other than that I’m not leaving the living room. You go ahead I’ll see you later.” Michael was already making a spread in front of the TV. This was the first time he didn’t have any parents around the house telling him to go to his room to watch the race. Yep, the house is mine. He thought to himself.
“Thanks. Hope your driver wins the race.” She turned and headed for the bathroom. What am I going to wear? It was going to be a scorcher today. I should probably wear jean shorts and a tank top, but which one? Liz walked over to her dresser and picked out a pair of faded jean shorts and a red tank top…She headed to the bathroom and did a few final touches… One last look in the mirror to look and see if everything looked ok… After all she was going to meet someone new. The smile faded as she realized that she would never be able to have a relationship. There was never going to be another one that she could be totally honest. She pushed that thought back, way back and told herself to quit talking like Michael. There are others out there; she knew it deep down inside. After all who was the one communicating to her about the book? Whomever it was had to be one of them. She just had to find them…
Liz walked out of her room and into the living room. “I don’t know when I will be back, but if you need me call my cell. Have fun and don’t worry, if I run into any car problems I will call you.”
“Have fun and be careful…” Michael yelled back.
Liz hopped into the Toyota and put the manual transmission in reverse. Driving the 4 x 4 pick-up gave the little 5’4”, 110-pound woman an ego boost every time. No one would dare cut her off; at least they better not. The drive to Roswell was going to take a little bit of time, but Liz wasn’t worried she had a few CD’s in the truck and she would be there in no time…
Max looks at his watch 11:15 am Liz should be here anytime now. The sun was starting to beat down on the back of his neck and he had started sweating some. He didn’t want Liz to see him sweat so he used his powers to cool him down. Just as he had finished drying off he saw a silver Toyota pickup pull off the side of the road and a short, petite brunette hopped out and started to walk over to the green army jeep. “You must be Max. I’m Liz Parker. Nice to finally put a face to the name.” Liz held out her hand to shake Max’s hand.
“Nice to finally meet you.” He said as he took Liz’s hand into his. Instantly they both received a flash of the book that Liz had stashed away in the floorboards of her room.
The Crashdown was busy, it was a Sunday morning and everyone was in for lunch. Maria was running around taking orders left and right. “Can’t these people go someplace else to eat Sunday lunch? Gosh! I can’t wait until mom hires a new waitress. I really need the help.” The bell above the door chimed again. “UGH!” She looked at the door to see that it was Alex. “Oh thank God. Alex can you help me? Please, Please, Please.”
“Deluca you know you don’t have to beg. I’m there for you girl. What do you want me to do? Fill the drink orders as usual?” Alex had helped Maria out on several occasions. It seemed like it had become his Sunday ritual over the last few years. Maria and him were inseparable. They became good friends in the third grade when the class bully was beating on Alex and ‘Hurricane Deluca’ came to his rescue. Not a day goes by that he doesn’t think what his life would be like if it weren’t for her. The two did everything together, and if he had to work every Sunday for the rest of his life he would do it for the girl. She was a unique person and not very many people got to see the softer side of her. Don’t be misguided, Maria was a little flamboyant and a little obnoxious at times but underneath all the show was a great gal. Hopefully, some guy will make her happy… one day. It wasn't going to be him. His eyes have always been set on one Isabel Evans, the most beautiful girl in Roswell.
It was only 11:00 am and the crowd was already insane. How was she going to take care of this by herself? If only Agnes the waitress that her mom had hired awhile back didn’t get on her nerves. The geriatric smoking old hag was worthless, but at this point in time Maria would take anything she could get. Alex was a big help and Jose in the kitchen was doing as much as he could do. He cleaned up all the dirty tables. “Jose you need to quit doing that! If there aren’t any clean tables then they will go somewhere else.”
“Miss Deluca if your mother hears you tell me that she will tan your hide. This is the only thing that will get you to college and if it is slow that means that Mrs. Deluca stays up worrying too much. So, I will continue to clean off all the dirty tables whenever I can.” He pushed the dirty dish cart back into the kitchen while under his breath he was cursing in Spanish. A few seconds later he rang the bell to signal that another order was ready for pick up.
“Why is it everyone thinks that they have to look after me? Just because my father left us when I was like two years old doesn’t mean that my mother and I are incapable of taking care of ourselves. Do you understand it?” She turned and looked to Alex.
“Well, let’s see. The reason I look after you…” Alex paused and then continued. “Well I know why I am here. You asked me to help so its not like I am looking after you. Besides I am forever in your debt for saving my life in third grade from Tommy Simmons. I will always go out of my way to help you out.” Alex turned and filled a drink order. “Drinks for booth seven is up. Look at this way. You lost a lousy father and gained me! What else could you ask for?” Alex threw her one of his famous smiles that also include the eyebrows moving up and down… Just then Max and Liz walk in. Max leads Liz to his favorite booth when Maria ran by them.
“Besides wait staff… A Boyfriend. You can get me a boyfriend.” Maria took the drinks to booth seven. “Hey Max, I will be right with you… If you want you can tell Alex your drink orders and I will have them right out… Sorry I can’t do more right now. Pretty swamped.” She continued on to booth seven.
“That’s ok Maria, take your time. I’m just showing Liz around…” Looking at Liz “They are pretty busy, I can take you some place else if you want.”
“No, that’s ok… I’m not in any hurry. Let’s go tell Alex our drink orders and then grab a menu and a booth.”
“Hey Max. What can I get for you and your friend?” Alex nodded to Liz and waited for introductions.
“Hey Alex, I would like to introduce you to Liz Parker. Liz this is Alex.” The two shake hands.
“Hi, Alex. It’s nice to meet you. You work here?” Liz had to ask because Alex wasn’t wearing an alien theme uniform like Maria was.
“Not really. Just here helping my best bud Maria… What can I get you?”
“Umm. What’s good?”
“Well that depends on what you are thirsting for. We have regular fountain drinks, alien theme milk shakes and malts or ice water… basically anything. Max usually has a cherry coke, but every once in a while he may go for an alien blast or two.” Liz started chuckling.
“An alien blast. What’s that?”
“It’s just a chocolate shake with a cherry swirl.” Max was a little embarrassed about the whole alien thing. He knew that Alex didn’t know about his origins and he should be comfortable with it by now after living eleven years in Roswell. Relax Evans. No one knows. Just act cool and everything will be ok. God who would have thought that Liz Parker looked this Hot! “I think I will have an alien blast. It’s pretty hot out there. I had to wait on someone on the side of the road and seemed to have become a little parched. Have you decided what you want?”
“Umm, I think I will just have a cherry coke for now. I have to look at the menu and see what really looks good.” Liz answered while studying the menu.
“Ok. One alien blast and one cherry coke coming right up… I will bring them out to you when they are ready.” Alex gave two thumbs up and a nod towards Liz while she was studying the menu. The two thumbs up that he gave him made Max blush a little bit. Max shrugged it off and gave him a shy grin.
“So, Alex when are you and Isabel going to hook up again?” Max was desperately trying to get Alex back for making Max blush. Max just smiled and motioned for Liz to follow him to the booth.
“What’s that all about?” Liz saw the look that Alex had given Max when Isabel was mentioned.
“He’s had a crush on her since we came to Roswell. I finally got him to go out with the two of us on Saturday night to the movies. He likes her a lot and what really is funny is she likes him too. They both just won’t admit it. I’m really surprised that Maria hasn’t hooked them up by now.”
“Why?” Liz was enjoying the conversation. It was amazing how comfortable she was with this total stranger. And what was even more amazing was she had a flash when they first met. What was that all about? Why would I get a flash from Max? I will have to ask Michael if anything like that has ever happened to him.
“Maria and Alex are best friends. You don’t see one without the other. It’s been that way forever.”
“So how long have you guys been friends?”
Max paused pondering how he should answer the question. “Well, I wouldn’t exactly call them friends. The only time I talk to them is here. I usually have a tendency to be a loner. Been that way since I was a little kid.”
“Really, you look pretty comfortable around the two of them and they seemed to acknowledge you like you were a friend.”
“That’s probably because I’m here almost every Friday, Saturday and Sunday; either for supper or lunch. Not a whole lot to do.”
“Sounds like Clovis. If I’m not at the library studying I’m at home. I don’t venture out much either. My brother, Michael, tends to try and drag me around with him because he doesn’t want any girls hitting on him, but I try and dodge that if at all possible.”
“Are you two close?”
“Just wondering. Isabel and I hang out a lot too.”
“Michael is the only one that has been there for me. We had a really rough time in the orphanage until the Parkers came to get us. The kids were really mean.” Liz didn’t want to elaborate any further. She was sure that Max would think that it was weird her being six years old and not being able to speak a lick of English. Liz’s origins where unknown to her and she didn’t want any one getting the idea that she was definitely different than the rest of the population.
“That’s the way it was with Isabel and I. I understand where you are coming from.” Alex brought their drinks to their booth.
“Here you guys go. One alien blast and one cherry coke for the little lady.” Alex smiled at Liz and his glance lasted a little longer than expected.
“Thanks, Alex.” Max didn’t like how long the two were basically staring at each other. He didn’t want Liz to pay any attention to anyone else but him. What is it with you Evans? You act like you have traveled back in time to the caveman era. She is not yours. Not yet anyway. Just stay cool and remember to smile.
Liz looked at Max. He had a goofy grin and was staring off into space. God even when he has a goofy grin on his face that boy is amazingly cute. Come on Parker get a hold of your emotions. You just met this boy a half hour ago. She glanced back up to Alex. “Thanks Alex. It was nice to meet you. Hope to see you sometime soon. Maybe if my brother and I move to Roswell we will see each other at school.”
“Cool. Look me up. Alex C. Whitman at your service.” Alex took a wide sweeping bow and on his way up bumped into Maria who was carrying a tray full of drinks.
“Alex!” The tray wobbled and everyone was expecting it to fall, but to everyone’s surprise the two settled it down and was able to regain control. “What on earth possessed you to imitate a Broadway show? Hmmm.”
“Maria it was an accident, I was just trying to make Liz a little bit more comfortable around here. Just chill.”
“Alright.” Looking at Max and Liz “I will be right with you two. Sorry for all the commotion.”
Alex went back to the counter to do his duty and Maria went to deliver the drinks. “Are those two always like that?” Liz asked Max.
“Yeah, I think anyone that is around Maria is susceptible to her everyday wrath. Don’t get me wrong those two are inseparable, it’s just Maria always seems to like friction. If things are going too well for her she has to make them fall apart for herself. It’s just her way of staying real I guess.”
“Well what else do you want to do?”
“Umm, what else is there to do?”
“We can drive around for a little while. I can take you by the library, the school and while we are driving if there is anything that you want to stop and look at we can.”
“That sounds good, but before we go anywhere do you mind if we go into the UFO Museum? I never been there and would like to see what all the hoopla is about.” Liz knew that the crash in 1947 was real after all if she was there then it was possible for others to have come once before. Maybe there will be answers in there that could point her in the right direction.
“Sure. I happen to have a season pass for two so we don’t even have to pay anything.”
“Why on earth would you have a season pass?”
“I work there. I don’t really have a season pass. I was just joking.”
They were both giggling. “So is any of it true?”
“You know the whole alien thing. Is our government really covering up an alien crash from ’47?”
“If I tell you then I would have to kill you…” God Evans could you be any stupider? “Let’s just go over there and you can see for yourself.” They paid Maria at the register and headed across the street to the infamous UFO Museum.
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The Museum was dimly lit to add effect to the exhibits. Max had spent plenty a night rearranging them to help out as much as possible. Every possible chance he got to do any added research he did. He knew there had to be others out there. There just had to be. The place was pretty busy with it being the last few weeks before the new school year started. A lot of families were taking their final vacations. Nothing was compared to the month of July. It was the busiest with the crash festival and all.
“I can’t believe you have never been here before.”
“Well, like I said I don’t get out much. Do you believe in… you know aliens?” It was worth a try. She just had to know what Max thought about the subject of extraterrestrials. The general consensus was that everyone thought it could be possible but they held fast to the fact that none of them had actually encountered one. So therefore it was highly unlikely that the crash in ’47 was a UFO. It was also safer to believe that it was just a weather balloon too.
“I think the universe is huge and for us to be the only species in it is very unlikely and is a waste of… Space. As for me believing in aliens… Yes, but I don’t think they actually look like this.” Pointing at the alien with his huge head and small body and large almond black eyes that was stretched out on an autopsy table. “It’s a possibility that they may look like this but in my opinion I think that if ‘aliens’ really existed here on earth they would look like me or you. No different.”
“Really?” She couldn’t believe her ears. Max was actually talking sensible… How could that be possible? He believed. He believed.
“After working here for a year you see and hear things that just can’t be explained away. There are people out there that know more than the government wants them to know.” They continued to walk through the exhibits. Both of them were quiet for some time. I hope I didn’t scare her away with all that alien talk. I should have kept my big mouth shut. Max was thinking to himself. “If we go out this way it will lead us back to the front of the museum and we can go look at something else, maybe the library and the school. That is if you are ready to go?”
“Sure, I think I have seen enough. It’s hard to believe that if there were actually any aliens that were in the crash that the human population would treat them like this. They have so much to learn about real humanity.”
“Yeah, I know it. Come on let’s get out of here.” They headed up front and outside towards Max’s jeep. They both hopped in and buckled up and headed for the library. The rest of the tour wasn’t anything worth writing home. The two teens were significantly quiet for the rest of the afternoon.
“Where in the hell is she. She isn’t even in town anymore.” Michael hung up the phone after the third attempt to get a hold of Liz on her cell phone. He was tired of hearing the automatic message come on that says that the cell phone customer you are trying to reach is out of area. Please try again later.
The race had been rain delayed and he had felt bad because after last night’s events when he swore to himself that he wouldn’t let Liz go anywhere by herself. He did. What is wrong with you? Michael raced to Liz’s room to look for a note. She was always so responsible to leave a note on her board on where she would be. As soon as he crossed the threshold to her room he saw it. A small note pinned to the corkboard.
Don’t be mad at me, but I had to get out of this house for a little while. If I would have stayed and watched the races with you today I would have gone crazy. Don’t be mad. I will be ok. I called Mr. Evans to see if I could go to Roswell and see what the town was all about. He wasn’t home like I told you, however, Max was. Mr. Evans son has agreed to take me around town and show me the sights. It’s ok. I have this feeling about him. It’s really hard to describe. I should be home sometime early evening. Don’t worry. If I run into any problems I will call you.
“I knew it! She just had to go see what was in Roswell. Just wait until I get my hands on her skinny ass. She is going to start listening if it is the last thing I do.” Michael was mumbling to himself as he went into his room and got dressed to head for Roswell. “What part of stay here for your own protection does she not understand.” Michael grabbed the card that Mr. Evans had scribbled his phone number on. He dialed the number and waited for someone to answer. Hopefully it was that punk ass Max. How dare he lure his sister to a town that is almost two hours away? Lord knows what is happening there.
“Hello” a sweet voice answered.
“Ummm is Max there?” Michael asked.
“No, he’s out showing some girl that Dad knows around town. He said that they were eating at the Crashdown. You could probably find him there.”
“Great. Thanks” Michael hung up the phone before Isabel could ask him if she could take a message. It was noon and all that Michael could think about was getting to Roswell before anything happened to her. He jumped onto his motorcycle and squealed out of the driveway.
He made excellent time to Roswell it only took him an hour and fifteen minutes to get there. It’s amazing how fast you can go when you want to. He found the Crashdown and parked right beside Liz’s truck.
He walked in and scanned the whole diner in search of his sister. “Here’s a menu. You can sit anywhere you want. I will be with you in just a few minutes.” Maria had her hands full as she welcomed the spiky hair stranger into the Crashdown.
Michael took the first available booth and sat facing the large picture window. There was no way that Liz was going to get out of this town with out hearing from him.
“Welcome to the Crashdown. My name is Maria; I will be your waitress today. What can I get you to drink?” God now I’m starting to sound like my mother. Here I am in front of this dark haired stranger; who just happens to be pretty cute, sort of like David Duchovny off of the X-files. It was just her luck. No one famous ever came into town except for that one time during the Crash Festival in ’99 when Jonathan Frakes from Star Trek came in and was honorary spokesman. That was pretty cool. Other than that Maria couldn’t remember ever meeting anyone famous. Nope this guy wouldn’t even be someone famous. Why would he, no one ever came to the alien capital of the world. Nope.
Michael had been trying to get the waitress’ attention for almost a whole minute. She asked for his drink order and then just spaced off. Snapping his fingers….”Oh, I’m sorry… What was it that you wanted to drink?”
“I’ll have a cherry coke.”
“Ok, one cherry coke. I’ll be right back with that cherry coke. Yeah, cherry coke coming right up.” How embarrassing. I can’t believe that I just spaced off like that. Geez, Maria could you act any goofier?
What is up with the blonde? Michael thought to himself. Only in Roswell could you get a freak like that, but did she have to be that cute. Get a grip man… You are here to get your sister and to go back home. You will never see this place again let alone some babbling, blonde waitress that seems to be missing a few marbles. Yeah, Michael liked her. Who wouldn’t; there was something about the way she went about her business. She was clumsy yet graceful and that smile… That smile could melt him in a second. No matter how thick that wall was that Michael tended to show to outsiders, he knew that if he were around this girl for long periods of time she would wear him down. That brick wall of his would come crumbling down hard… Yep, it’s better we live in Clovis than in Roswell… This would be a difficult place to live in with Maria in town. Yep. We are definitely staying in Clovis. No matter what Liz says.
Maria came back with his cherry coke. “Are you ready to order?”
“Yeah, I’ll have a Will Smith and an order of space fries. Can you bring me a bottle of Tabasco sauce too?"
“Sure no problem… One Will Smith with space fries.” She left and hooked the order in Jose’s window. Who was this guy and why did he have this affect on her? Her pulse started rising and she started to get flushed in the face.
“Hey Maria, what’s wrong? Are you ok?” Alex noticed the expression on his friends face. She had met her match. The spiky hair stranger was doing some number on his friend. She was hooked.
“A… yeah Alex. I’m fine. How are you doing?” She started to wave her order pad in front of her face as she sat down on one of the stools in front of the counter where Alex was standing.
“So… who is Spike?”
“Your last customer over in booth four facing the window. That’s who.” Yep hooked! There is no denying it, but it will be fun watching her squirm a little.
“Oh… I don’t know him… Maybe he is from out of town. He’s just like any other customer that comes in… Ordered a hamburger and fries. However… You will find this interesting. He asked for a bottle of Tabasco just like someone else we know.”
“Really. I don’t know how Max and Isabel can eat that stuff. I tried it once to be macho in front of her and my tongue felt like it swelled up like a huge dill pickle and my eyes watered like there was a river in them. That stuff is definitely an acquired taste… I can’t hang. Anyone that can eat that stuff gets my hat off to them. Have you ever tried it Maria?”
“Nope. The stuff even smells like it is hot. There is no way I will try it. I will just stick to ketchup and mustard. Maybe mayonnaise but nothing else… No way.” The bell rang in the order window and Maria got up off of the stool and picked up the order that was ready. She delivered it and came back and sat back down at the counter and stared at the spiky haired guy sitting in booth four. “What is up with him? He keeps looking out the window like he is looking for someone. I wonder what’s up with that?”
“Why don’t you go ask him? Maybe he is lost or something.”
“Yeah. You never know until you go ask.” As Alex was saying his line Maria got up from the counter and walked over to where the dark spiky haired stranger was sitting.
“Um… What brings you to Roswell?”
“Really you have a sister?”
“Well who is she. I’ve lived here all my life and practically know everyone. I don’t think I have ever seen you here before, maybe if you tell me who your sister is it will trigger something.”
There is no way this girl knows who my sister is and what is up with all the questions already? “Her name is Liz.”
“Liz… Nope I don’t know a Liz. I know Lisa Williams is that her?
“What’s her last name?”
“Liz Parker… Nope doesn’t really ring any bells. I would have to say I don’t know a Liz Parker. When did she move here?”
“She doesn’t live here.”
“She doesn’t live here? Why did you make me go on like that if she didn’t live here? You knew that I wouldn’t know her and yet you kept on making me make a fool out of myself. You are one piece of work. You know that?”
“Hey. That’s what my sister says.” The waitress got up out of the booth and walked to the order window to retrieve the food that the spiky haired stranger had ordered. “What’s up with all the questions anyway?” He asked when she returned with his food.
“I’m just trying to be nice. Is there anything wrong with being nice?” She was fed up with his crap and walked back over to the bar where Alex was sitting back and smiling from.
“So… What did you find out?” He just had to rub it in. Maria was always getting into other people’s business and the stranger sitting in booth four looked liked someone that would give Maria her run for the money.
“Oh, nothing. Waiting on his sister.”
“He has a sister?”
“That’s what I said.”
“She live here?”
“No. I went on and on about how I knew everyone in this city and he goes and says that she doesn’t live here. Made me feel this big.” Maria held her index finger about an inch away from her thumb to demonstrate how big she really felt.
“So… Did you find out who his sister is?”
“Yeah, some girl name Liz Parker. Never heard of her. How about you?”
“You got to be kidding me. Liz Parker.”
“Yeah, ever heard of her?”
“Well yeah… She was just in with Max this morning. Don’t you remember? It wasn’t more than almost an hour ago they were here.”
“Strange. Max found a new girl and now her brother is sitting in the very same booth… Amazing.”
“What’s so amazing? That Max found a new girl or that the new girl has a brother that looks like that. Wasn’t it just this morning that I asked what else you could ask for?”
“What did you say?”
“Alex what is this leading to?”
“What did you say Maria?”
“I said ‘besides wait staff you could get me a boyfriend.”
“That’s what I thought you said. Let me fill you in on a little something… Liz and her brother are thinking about moving here from Clovis. Max is showing Liz around town to see if she really wants to move here. I don’t know the whole story but let’s just say if they do move here, she will need a job and her brother will probably be available to date. The answers to your prayers rest in your own hands. So I say again be careful for what you wish for it may happen really soon.” Alex was grinning from ear to ear as he was looking at the now pale-faced Maria DeLuca… It had finally registered what he was saying.
“There is no way that I will ever date that… that” She was searching for the right word…”that thing.” She couldn’t do it. There was something about him that intrigued her, something that was calling to her. If ever he moved to Roswell he would be one prickly thorn in her side. She turned around and glanced back at Liz’s brother. She noticed that he was out of cherry coke so she got up one more time and headed towards booth four. “Can I get you another cherry coke?”
Maria left and refilled his glass and when she returned she sat down across from him. “You know, now that I have had time to think about it I do know your sister.” She made a face that said Yeah back at ya. I told you I knew almost everyone in this town. She continued “she was in her with Max Evans earlier today. They ate lunch and then walked over to the UFO Museum.”
“When was that?”
“Oh. I would say about a half hour ago.”
Michael wolfed down the rest of his food and slapped a ten-dollar bill down on the table. He said, “Keep the change” and then he left. Maria was still sitting down in the booth a strange look on her face.
Alex walked over to her and asked, “What was that all about. Did you have to come over here and scare him away? Geez, it is true whenever anything is going right for you; you have to go and screw things up. Leave it to Hurricane DeLuca to reap havoc on her self.” Maria just swatted at Alex and turned around to see Liz Parkers brother crossing the street to go to the museum…
“Liz… I have one other place I would like to show you if you don’t mind?” Max was hesitant for after all it was almost five o’clock. It was getting to be pretty late and she still had a two-hour drive to get home.
“Sure, Max. I don’t mind.”
“Are you sure, because it is getting late and all?”
“I’m sure… I don’t have any parents that can ground me or anything. It’s ok.” Liz got really quiet after that last comment. It has only been two days since their funeral and here she was telling a strange guy that it was ok to be staying out late.
“It’s about a half hour drive. Are you sure you still want to go?”
“Yes. I’m ok… Now let’s go.” She was getting frustrated with him being so cautious.
“I like to come out here when it gets a little bit more darker, but since I don’t want you on the road that late I thought I would take you out here for future reference. I like looking at the stars and you can’t really see them that well when you are in the city. Out here it is so peaceful sometimes I loose track of time and end up sneaking back in through my bedroom window.”
Liz knew what he was talking about; the city lights did have a way of taking the stars brightness away. After countless nights in the backyard lying in the hammock she knew exactly what he meant. “How did you find this place? It’s pretty far away.”
“It’s hard to say. I remember it… Our parents found Isabel and me out here. We were left out here. I come back to see if I can remember anything else.”
“Oh, I didn’t mean to bring up bad memories for you.”
“You didn’t. It helps to talk about it. Isabel never likes to talk about it. How about you? Do you remember anything about the time before your parents found you?”
“No you don’t remember or no you don’t want to talk about it?”
“No, I don’t’ remember much.” Just then she felt Michael. He was close. Maybe even in town somewhere. “Um Max, I think I have to get going. I know this sounds weird, but my brother is looking for me and he is starting to get a little bit upset.”
“Ok. I had no idea that you two were that close.”
“Yeah, it’s just I think we have developed some sort of six sense about each other. After being the only ones that we can rely on we got dependant about knowing where the other one was at all times. It comes in handy.” Liz was hoping that she wasn’t giving too much information to Max. She didn’t want him to get nervous or suspicious either.
Max turned the jeep around and headed back towards town. The things that Liz had told him were making him think. They were the same age as him and Isabel. There were two of them just like him and Isabel. They were connected just like him and Isabel. Could they be like him and Isabel? Just before he got to the Crashdown Max pulled the jeep over to the side of the road and turned in his seat. “Liz… I don’t know how to say this right now. I’m glad my Dad wasn’t home this morning so I could answer your call. I’m glad that you came. I’m glad that we have finally met. I don’t know how I have managed to live seventeen years without you. My whole life I have been searching for someone and that someone is you. It’s you Liz.”
“Max you don’t know what you are talking about. We hardly know each other. What you are feeling could be something else. You don’t know who I am let a lone who my real parents are. I can’t let you do this.” She couldn’t believe what she was saying. Max was telling her that he wanted to be with her and she shot him down. The look in his eyes was enough to break her heart into a million little pieces.
“Liz, please don’t do this right now. I’m sorry if I have made you uncomfortable. Please. Don’t. Please don’t push me away so quickly. I don’t care that you are adopted. I don’t care that you don’t know who your real parents are. I don’t either. We are the same. We’ve both been lost for a long, long time and now that I have found you I know exactly where I want to be. Please promise me that you won’t push me away just yet. Please.”
She hated to look into his deep amber eyes. They were filled with much passion and truth. He actually believed what he was saying. “Max… I can’t start a relationship right now. There is too much going on in my life that may change and I don’t want to get tied down. I feel the same way you do. I know that I feel very, very comfortable around you. I have never felt like this with anyone before. I will promise you that I won’t push you away, but I can’t promise you that I will always be around. There are some things that Michael and I am still finding out about our origins as well as our past. Our parent’s death is opening up doors that have been closed for a long time. I don’t know how to explain it, but I am hoping that when the time is right that you will be there. That is if you want to be there.” Liz looked on toward Max to see if he was still with her.
He wanted so badly to grab a hold of her and kiss all her doubts away. There just had to be a way to make her see what he saw in her. It would have to wait for now. After all he had waited his whole life to find this girl he could wait a little bit longer. “Liz there is nothing that would make me more happier than for you to want me to be there for you. I understand, really I do. Whenever you need me don’t hesitate to call me. I will do everything in my power to be what ever you want me to be.” Max leaned over and their foreheads met, they gazed into each other’s eyes for what seemed to be an eternity before they were rudely interrupted by tires squealing.
Michael hopped out of the truck that had the motorcycle tied up in the bed and started yelling. “I thought I told you to stay put Liz! Do you have any idea how worried I have been not being able to get through to your cell phone? You could have told me that you were coming here, I would have been more than happy to come with you.”
“Don’t even go there; Michael. You know that there was no way that you would have been caught dead in Roswell. The only reason you are here now is because you don’t want me to be. You cannot tell me what I can do and what I can’t do. I make my own decisions Michael and I chose to come here. You don’t even realize that I would have gone stir crazy if I were to stay in that house today. Please, let’s not fight about this. I have seen what I came here to see. I like it here. The people that I have met today have all been really nice.”
“Oh, yeah. Like what people. You have only been with Max all day. What kind of impression could that be?”
“It’s enough Michael. If the only person that I ever meet in this town is Max believe me it is enough.”
Max’s ego got a little bit larger than before. At least now he knew what she felt about him. She actually liked him. He decided to try and help her out. “Michael, why don’t you think about your sister for a little bit? I know you must have been worried about her, but that is no reason to start yelling at her.” Michael approached him with nostrils flaring.
“You have no idea why I would worry about my sister and it is none of your business either. This has nothing to do with you and you can leave now. I will take my sister home and you can forget about ever seeing her again.”
“Oh, don’t you even do that Michael!” Liz had stepped in between the two men and was trying to make sure that neither of them started to throw punches. “I am a big girl Michael and if that is the way you want to be then I am staying. Just get in the truck and go back home. I will get Max to bring me home tomorrow to go to the bank with you and then when it is all said and done I am moving to Roswell. I don’t want this to come between us Michael, but you aren’t being reasonable. Go home! Think about it a little and I will see you tomorrow.”
“I am not leaving with out you.”
“Ok. I guess you are staying in Roswell then because I am not going back to Clovis tonight.”
Michael was caught between a rock and a very hard place. His sister was very determined at this point to get the better of him. He had to think of a better idea. He took one more look at Max. He seemed like a very nice guy. “Where will you stay?” At least he could make sure that she was going to be all right.
“Well, Mr. Evans always said that we could come for the weekend and stay at his house.” She looked at Max for approval in which he gave it to her. He had no idea if his father had said that but if it meant that he would have to sneak her into the house tonight he would. There was no way that she was going home with a brother that was this upset. “I will be staying at the Evans’ house. Max would you mind taking me to Clovis tomorrow?”
Max was all ready to say sure but was interrupted by Michael. “You don’t have to do that. I will unload the bike and give you the truck. I don’t want you to be dependent on anyone to get back home if you want to.”
“Are you sure? It’s getting late and I don’t see that you brought your riding gear. Michael I will be all right. Just take the truck and Max will bring me home tomorrow. Ok? Please. Make your little sister feel better about this and take the truck.” Liz turned on her puppy dog charm, which included the pouty lip and sad doe eyes.
Max wasn’t quite sure how the tables had turned but Liz handled her brother very well. Michael’s anger had subsided and he actually looked a little bit happy with his sister. Michael was a good guy. Anyone that would go as far as he did to protect this wonderful person was a good guy in Max’s book. “It’s not a problem for me to take her to Clovis tomorrow. I don’t have to work so I can be her chauffeur. If she wants to stay in Clovis that’s fine too. I just want her to be happy, no different than you. What could it hurt? I promise nothing will happen to Liz in my presence. She will be safe I can guarantee it.” Michael loosened up a little and offered his hand in acceptance.
“Ok, but I’m only doing this because there is no way that I will win this battle. Sometimes she can be very stubborn and I learned a long time ago never to try and win. But I swear if anything happens to her while she is in your presence I will come and hunt you down, so you better make sure that she is safe.” Michael was staring at Max with an evil eye. He wanted to make sure that this boy understood the consequences of his actions.
“No problem. She’s in good hands.” Max shook Michael’s hand while Liz let out the breath that she had been holding. She didn’t know who was being more territorial, Michael or Max. They both seemed to take ownership of her well being.
Liz crossed the distance and hugged Michael. “Thank you. Now why don’t you come eat with us? I’m sure you are getting hungry and besides it would make your sister very happy to spend an evening here in Roswell with her.”
“I don’t know.”
“Come on Michael. What are you so afraid of? I’m sure there is someplace we can go eat that you will like. How about Chinese? There is a Chinese place here in town to eat at? Right?”
“Yeah there is Senior Chow’s pretty good food.”
“Ok, then it is settled. Max can your sister come? And what about Alex and Maria? I really liked them do you think we can get them to join us?”
“I don’t know. Alex yeah, Maria… She will probably be a little bit more difficult. She is scared to death of my sister.”
The plan was in motion. Max and Liz went back to the Crashdown to see if Alex and Maria were still there and then they would go by and pick up Isabel. Michael went to Senior Chows and got a table for the six of them. Roswell had its possibilities if tonight went over well.
Michael was playing a game of pool when Max, Liz and a tall blonde walked in. He was in the middle of a bank shot when he glanced up and saw the trio walk in. He missed of course. There was something about seeing the three of them. A strange feeling coursed through his body as he stood up and gazed at his sister and the two others. Liz had a smile on her face that he hadn’t seen on her in a long time. He wondered if it had anything to do with Max?
“Michael. I would like you to meet Max’s sister, Isabel. Isabel this is my brother Michael.” Liz did the introductions.
“Hi” was all Michael could get out.
Isabel noticed the voice almost immediately. “So you were the one that called early to find out where Max was. I see you found him.”
“Yeah. Sorry for the way I acted on the phone earlier I was sorta panicked because Liz was missing. I’m cool now.” Michael acted like it was no biggy that he was short with this girl. He knew what his sister was up to and there was no way that he was going to get sucked in to the ‘Liz abyss’. He was not moving to Roswell no matter what happened tonight.
“Where’s our table?” Liz asked her brother.
“Over there.” Michael pointed to a round booth that would easily fit at least ten people in there. “I didn’t know how many of us there would be, so I got the biggest table in the place.”
“That’s great.” Max was trying to get Liz’s brother to warm up a little. He knew what he was going through. Max him self didn’t trust too many people and for Michael to be an outsider was really noticeable right now. “Do you mind if I join you?” Anything was worth a shot.
“Nah man, feel free to jump right in.”
“Thanks.” Max went and got a cue stick and by the time he came back Michael had racked up all the balls and was waiting for Max to break.
Max was a little bit nervous he hadn’t played much pool. He knew the gist of the game. Hit the white ball into the colored balls and pray for one of them to sink. Max drew his cue back and aimed and then slammed it into the cue ball. It hit the triangle of balls that were at the end and balls scattered everywhere but to no avail none of them made it into a pocket.
Michael eyed the table and lined up his shot. The blue two ball in the corner pocket. He really meant it when he told Max that he had a nice break because there was a ball perfectly aligned in front of every pocket. This was going to be like taking candy from a baby he thought to himself.
Michael had a long streak before the girls decided to come over and watch. Facing the table Liz noticed that Michael didn’t have a good shot but he went for it anyway. He missed. It was now Max’s turn. He glanced up and gave a quick smile to Liz. She smiled back and he drew back for the shot and tapped the cue ball into the nine ball. It was close but not close enough.
“Hey man I take it you don’t play pool that much?”
“Nope.” Max feeling a little bit awkward. Michael cleaned the table in less than three shots all that was left was the black eight ball.
“Eight ball center pocket.” The ball rolled in gracefully. “Do you want to play again?”
“How about we play partners until the others get here?” Liz knew that if Michael played Max again he would kill him. Michael didn’t like loosing and it wasn’t fair to Max for him to play Michael either. Michael spent most of his junior year in High School down at the eatery, which had a pool table. He played every day for the whole year during lunch break.
“Ok, sis. What are the teams?” He knew what they were before he even asked. He knew now that his sister was hoping for him to like Max’s sister Isabel. It would be mixed couples… His sister wasn’t sneaky at all, not at all.
“How about Isabel and you and then Max and me? Isabel you play pool?”
“About as much as Max does.” She gave a small graceful smile and followed Liz to go pick out a cue stick.
“Ok. A little hint. Are you any good at Math?”
“Ok. Just think of the table in terms of geometry. It’s all about angles. Other than that it will come to you as you go.” Liz handed Isabel a stick and took hers and they headed back to the table. Just as Michael was racking up the balls Alex and Maria walked in.
“Hey guys. Thanks for inviting us. Wouldn’t miss it for the world, Maria on the other hand took some time to convince. You know Isabel you really have her shaking in her boots. Will you guys please try and get a long for just this once for me? Pllleeeaaassse.” Alex was in between the two girls and Maria elbowed him right in the back. “What?”
“Maria.” There was no way that Isabel was going to try and act nice to the girl that was behind Alex. After thinking about it for a little while she started to think of the reason why she accepted. The two dark eyes to the man that she secretly had a crush on were looking back at her with a little bit of disappointment. She looked back at him with ‘a alright already’ look and smiled back at Maria. “We were just getting ready to play pool. I’m not very good do you want to take my place?”
Maria not knowing what the teams were said “Sure.” She grabbed the stick from Isabel and went over and stood beside Liz. “So what are we?” She asked the girl standing beside her.
“Umm. Max and I are solids and you and Michael are stripes.”
“Oh.” Here she was again in front of the spiky haired guy that was short with her this afternoon.
“You play?” Michael was curious about how this blonde pixie could play.
“I live in Roswell. I come here to eat almost once a week and you want to know if I can play?” Maria leaned over and made an attempt at the stripe that was lined up perfectly to the corner pocket. It was an easy shot. * Please let it go in. * As she drew back her cue and went to hit the ball Michael started in on her.
“Yeah, you claim to know a lot of things and as we found out earlier you don’t know much. You talk the talk but that is about it.”
Just the sound of his voice made her cringe inside. How could someone she just met affect her this much? Maria leaned a little in hopes of persuading the ball to go into the hole, but had no luck. “What kind of partner are you? Don’t you know that you’re supposed to be quiet when your partner is shooting? You’re supposed to distract your opponent. Get with the game, Spike!”
“Whoa, girl. It’s all good… No need to act like that. It was a mistake and it won’t happen again.” Michael held his hands up to ward off any more retorts from the blonde that was slowly easing her way into his world. * What was it about this one? She had a way of getting to him that no one else ever has. *
Liz and Max were sitting on the barstools toward the back of the table with grins on their faces. Liz leaned over “This will be easy. Watch this.” She got up and aimed for her shot. It went in. She dusted the tip of her stick with chalk and lined up the next.
“Ok. Michael now is the time you want to distract.” Maria was really getting in this game. Michael’s sister was pretty good. They probably played quite a bit together.
Alex and Isabel joined the fun as they sat down on the few remaining barstools next to Maria and Max. “Who’s winning?” Alex didn’t have a clue on how to play pool but soon was mesmerized by the finesse that Liz was working the table. “Never mind I think I figured it out. Max you have a way of picking the winner don’t you?”
“Looks that way. I think she wants to win and she knows that if I were given a chance to shoot the ball I would lose.”
“You don’t shoot the ball in pool Max, that’s basketball.” Isabel joined in.
“You can shoot the ball in pool. Can’t ya?” A group of laughter spread through the room at the two siblings that were quarrelling over terminology. “What? Come on you guys.” Max was starting to get red in the face. Liz shot a few more balls into the pockets before she missed. She was distracted by all of the laughter.
Michael was up next and he had a look on his face that said that he wasn’t going to get distracted by this group of people. He made a good run on the table but was quickly brought to a stop when Maria started cackling about a joke that Alex had said. He was lost in the site of the blonde girl that looked so beautiful when she laughed. Her eyes just sparkled. When it was finally noticed that Michael had missed he stated. “Yeah, if my partner would get the hint about being quiet when I’m shooting it would help.”
“Sorry. You should have heard the joke that Alex told. Maybe it would help you lighten up a little. Would it hurt you to have some fun?”
“Yeah, Michael can’t you have a little fun.” Liz just had to rub it in on him.
“You. Be quiet.” He pointed to Liz.
“Ooh. Mister tough guy picking on his little sister. What a big man.” Liz was taunting him and knew that she needed to watch just how far she went with it. “Come on Michael. Loosen up a little. It’s all-good…” Liz couldn’t help but using her brother’s remark that he had told Maria earlier.
Michael looked like he was going to blow a gasket when he surprised everyone and started laughing at everyone else. “I had you guys going there for a second. Didn’t I?”
It was Max’s turn next and Alex was on a roll now. “Ok Max. Concentrate. See the ball go into the hole and make it happen. Visualize. Imagine how it will feel to finally make a shot.” Max looked up at Alex without straightening up. “Sorry. Sorry…. I’ll be quiet now…. Just wanted to make sure you concentrated… Don’t mind me… “
“Alex.” Max pleaded with the other to be quiet. It was no use.
“He lines up the shot wagering how hard Max Evans wants to hit the ball. Ladies and gentlemen this could be one that goes down into the Guinness book of world records if he makes this very, very, difficult shot.” Max’s shot went wide and bumped into the eight ball and he lost the game. “That’s all folks. Nothing left here to see. Everyone back to your table. The games over.” Everyone was laughing at Alex’s comical commentary as they headed for their booth.
“It’s ok Max. I know pool isn’t everyone’s game. Hang in there.” Liz was trying to heal Max’s bruised ego.
“We won?” Maria was excited.
“Yeah, we won.” Michael answered her.
“Weeeeeeee” Maria jumped up and down and then went and hugged Michael because of her excitement.
“Hey, watch the hair.”
“Oh, sorry. I’d hate to mess with perfection. I was just excited because I never played pool before and I actually won.”
“Well, don’t get too excite you only one be Max’s blunder. You only had one turn and shouldn’t really be considered as actually ‘playing’. When you can actually sink a few balls then you can say you ‘played’. Got it?”
“Why do you have to be so rude? Don’t you ever care how a person thinks about you? Doesn’t bother you that I have only known you for a little over a day and I think that you are a big jerk with really messy hair? Or do you have no feelings? God how rude.” Maria left Michael by the pool table and joined the rest at the table. Michael slowly followed behind. Since they were the last ones to the table they had to sit by each other.
The waiter came to the table and took their drink order, four cherry cokes and two orange sodas. The group mulled over the menu while server was away getting the drinks. After a brief moment he returned ready to take the groups order.
“May I take your order?” He asked Liz.
“Umm. I will have the General TSO Chicken with an extra side of hot mustard and red sauce.”
“And you.” Max was next.
“I’ll have the same.”
“Do you want the extra hot mustard and red hot sauce too?”
Next was Isabel. “I think I will have the same too.” She smiled toward the waiter.
Alex and Maria noticed a little trend and gave each other a raised eyebrow in acknowledgement.
“Well, I can’t handle all that spicy stuff. I’ll take the sweet and sour chicken with white rice”
“And for the lady?”
“I will have the beef and broccoli, and can you bring me some sweet and sour sauce on the side?
“And for the gentleman?”
“I’ll have what they are having.” Michael pointed to Liz, Max and Isabel.
“Not too much variety between you guys is there?”
The group just looked at one another.
The group ate in silence and after paying the bill they got up to go their separate ways. Max and Liz were off to one side while Michael was in the truck and Isabel was already in the jeep. Alex was standing by the passenger’s side of the jeep and Maria was hanging way back by the side of Senior Chow’s.
“Umm Max. I think I am going to go home tonight. We have a lot to go over tomorrow and I think it would be best if I just go home with Michael. After all he did come to dinner with me; the least I could do is do what he wants me to do.” Liz’s mind was stirring about tonight’s events. The similarities that Max and her have are unbelievable. How can she approach him about what she believes to be true? Is it possible that Isabel and him are like her and Michael? Do they have more information about their home or how they got here? She needed time to see what Michael was thinking. They had to come up with a plan to get things out in the open. Here they were seventeen years old and they finally have proof that there are more of them.
“Liz… Please don’t leave. There is something that I think we need to talk about. Don’t you feel…”
“Max… don’t say anything else. Give me time… We need time to see how to handle this. It’s been so long and we have been searching and to finally find you two is unbelievable. I do feel it. Really I do. I know what you know but I can’t do this right now. Please understand.” Liz placed her hand on the side of his face. Max leaned into her embrace and turned his face to kiss the inside of her palm. “Thank you. I will call you tomorrow. I just have to get some things straight look at it logically. Please understand.”
The look in her eyes was pleading with Max to let her go. To understand. To be patient. “Ok. Go, but please call me. If not I will be there tomorrow to finish what we both know has to be dealt with.”
“I will.” She leaned into him and they embraced. They were both hesitant to relinquish their grasp on the other and Liz was the first to push away. “Good-bye Max.”
“Boy did I feel like the odd man out tonight. So what is the big deal about General TSO and hot sauce?”
“I don’t know. It’s something that Max and I always eat. We had no idea the Michael and Liz liked the same thing. Why didn’t you ask Michael and Liz how they came to like that combination?”
“I didn’t think it was a topic that needed to be brought up. If you guys want to tell us something then you will have to tell us. Neither Maria nor I will ask anything because we both know that there is no use to it. It’s taken me this long to get you to even go out with me. I don’t want to mess it up.”
“Alex you won’t mess it up. There isn’t anything that Max and I want to hide. We are just like you it’s just that we have this really strange eating habit. Just like you like orange soda and vanilla ice cream together, we like sweet and extremely spicy. You should try it sometime.” Isabel was hoping that the explanation she had just given Alex would be enough to curb his appetite for the need to know specifics. It was really strange how Michael and Liz both ordered the exact same thing that her and Max always ordered.
She couldn’t wait to get home and talk to Max about his thoughts on the matter. And then there was Michael, so paranoid. He didn’t say anything the rest of the night and then she noticed that he didn’t use any of his hot mustard or his red hot sauce that he ordered. Maybe, just maybe he knew about them but wasn’t really one of them. Or maybe he didn’t want to be suspected at all. That’s what she should have done. Why didn’t she order something different? It could have been explained that the reason Max and Liz ordered the same thing was that Max had a crush on Liz and he wanted to try and impress her. No, that wouldn’t work. Alex and Maria both know that Max and Isabel like hot stuff. They have both seen the two of them inhale Tabasco sauce at the Crashdown so it was no use hiding that. No. They definitely had a situation and surely Max would come up with some kind of plan. He had to.
Max hopped into the jeep with a grin on his face and looked over at Isabel. “You ready to go?”
“Um yeah. Bye Alex. Maybe I will see you at the Crash tomorrow?”
“Sure. I’m sure I will be there. Maria may have chewed my ear off by then, but don’t worry I can handle her.” Alex winked at Isabel. “Bye Max. Thanks for inviting us to dinner even though we were the odd men out. We had fun.”
“Me too. See ya later.” Max looked at Maria and waved good-bye to her. She didn’t fully wave back; she just gave a little flip of her wrist to say her good-byes. Alex made his way back to the sidewalk where Maria was and waved good-bye to Liz and Michael as they pulled out and headed for home. Liz waved back and then stuck her head out the window.
“It was nice to meet you guys. Hopefully it won’t be long before we can do it again. Thanks for everything.” The two that were left on the sidewalk waved back and then headed for their car.
“Was that strange or what?”
“Yeah. You can say that again.”
“Was that strange or what?”
“Alex. It’s just a figure of speech. I didn’t really mean for you to repeat it. It’s like the time you heard the Pete and Repeat joke… You went on and on. So… Tell me what’s going on in your head right now?”
“I don’t know. Isabel explained it pretty good. It just so happened that the four of them all like sweet and spicy foods. That’s all.”
“Alex. You can’t be serious. There is so much more to this than that. There just has to be. For example, Max and Isabel are adopted. Do you know if Michael and Liz are adopted?”
“Don’t you even find it a little remotely strange?”
“Come on. Alex… this is me you are talking to.” The two hopped into the little red jetta and sat for a few more seconds.
“What? What is it you are replying to? What is it that you want me to tell you that I am thinking? I know you, DeLuca. There is something that you are driving at.”
Maria started the car and started to back out. “Alex. Babe. Think about it. We don’t really know who Max and Isabel’s real parents are. Therefore we don’t really know where Max and Isabel come from.”
“Whoa, stop right there. What are you implying Maria?”
“Alex, think about it. Have you forgotten the rumors that went around grade school when Max and Isabel first started school here?”
“I think they seemed to have slipped my mind at this very moment. Continue.”
“Well, you will have to consider the source.”
“Who is your source Maria?”
“Pam Troy… I know but listen anyway.” Maria put her hands up in self-defense. “She said that Kyle told her that his dad said that the Evans found Max and Isabel in the desert naked. Can you believe it Alex? They were naked.”
“Maria, what is that supposed to prove?”
“Well what if aliens abducted them or something. Maybe they have to eat sweet and spicy stuff after being abducted. The aliens changed their metabolism or something like that.”
“Maria. I see I am going to have to bang some sense into that thick skull of yours. Can I remind you that we live in Roswell the ‘Alien Capital’ of the world? There are all sorts of stories that have gone around like that. In fact there was even one that went around about you too.”
“What? You have to tell me.”
“Ok, after I tell you will you apologize for having your active imagination run wild on you?” Alex waited… “Maria.”
“Oh, alright. Spill it Whitman.”
“Well you have to consider the source.” Alex was teasing her by using her own intro. “Pam Troy once said in first grade that you were an alien because no one knew who your father was and that you had a big head.”
“Oh, she didn’t.”
“Yep. Remember that’s when your mom was in beauty school and she wanted to try a new hair cut on you and she totally messed it up.”
“Ok. I will have to admit that Pam Troy is the worst one to take what she says as being true. But come on Alex. Admit it. It could be possible.”
“No. If you insist on continuing this little tangent you can just let me off here.”
“No, Maria I will not tolerate you putting Isabel down like that. You have no idea what she is really like.”
“Oh, and you do. I forgot she is different in your dreams. Yeah right.” Maria pulled the car over to the curb. “I guess you better get out then since you aren’t going to tolerate my thesis about the fact that aliens abductions could be a possibility.”
“I guess I better. Don’t expect me at the Crash tomorrow. You can find yourself a new best friend.” Alex got out and slammed the door. There was no way that he was going to get pulled into the Maria way of thinking. He would admit that it was really strange that they liked the same combination. Really strange.
“Say something Michael.”
“I don’t know. Anything.”
“Really…” Michael glanced at his sister. “What the hell did you think you would accomplish by eating dinner with a group like that?”
“How was I supposed to know that something like that could happen? I hardly know them. I just thought it would be something different. You know. Lighten up a little. Don’t be so hard. How is this my fault anyway?”
“Don’t you realize that they are bound to know that something is up? Do you think that Max and Isabel are like us?”
“Yeah… I do. At least Max. I can feel him… It’s really weird. He’s comfortable.”
“Oh. So it’s all about a feeling. Come on Liz. This could be life or death for us. Especially right now so soon after mom and dad died. We still haven’t figured that one out. And oh, here is another one. We haven’t figured a damn thing out about the stranger in your room last night. Do I need to go on?” Liz started to cry. “Oh no! Don’t even go there. I’m not falling for that one.”
“What! Why can’t I cry Michael? Just because you don’t let yourself feel anything doesn’t mean that I have to hide my feelings. I just lost my parents, I find out that there are others like us and my brother is yelling at me for wanting to have a great time like any ordinary teenager.”
“That’s just it Liz. We aren’t like any ordinary teenager. What do you think is going through the minds of the waiter or Alex and Maria or even Max and Isabel if they aren’t like us? Huh. Did you ever think about that? What if Max and Isabel aren’t like us?”
“Well if they aren’t like us then why do they eat stuff that we eat? Explain that one Michael. Oh, here’s another one. If they aren’t like us why did Max basically insist that we talk about this situation that we are in right now?”
“What? What did he say? I want to know exactly what he said.”
“He just said that we needed to get together and talk about something that we both know is going on. That’s all.”
“Hell, Liz that could mean anything. It could mean I really like you and want to jump your bones or it could mean that he had a good time with you today. We can never. Never! Be too careful. It could all be a set up. I just wish I was thinking and I would have ordered something else to get suspicion off of us. Hell, it was bad enough that I had to eat the entire meal without any hot sauce. At least one of us enjoyed the meal. You and Max looked like you were in a whole different universe.”
“We could have been… Believe me… We could have been.” Liz turned her body towards the window and stared at the darkness that had envelope the desert.
“I’m sorry Liz. I wish things could be different but they can’t. We can never have any kind of relationship. We aren’t like the others. I don’t feel it. I think you are just hoping too much for it to be real. I won’t bring it up anymore until we find out what is waiting for us at the bank. K?”
“Yeah, whatever. I’m tired. You going to be ok driving home while I sleep?”
“Yeah. Go ahead.” Michael took one more sideways glance at his sister. He had to admit her and Max did look like they had something special. Please don’t let her be wrong about him. I don’t think I could handle her with a broken heart. Michael flipped through the radio station until he found a song that he liked.
Why does it feel like night today?
Something in here's not right today.
Why am I so uptight today?
Boy does this fit me today or what? I seem to alienate the only person that matters anything to me. I have to make it up to her. The song plays on and Michael thinks of a way to make it up to his sister.
Paranoia's all I got left.
I don't know what stressed me first
Or how the pressure was fed.
But I know just what it feels like
To have a voice in the back of my head.
It's like a face that I hold inside.
A face that awakens when I close my eyes;
A face watches every time I lie;
A face that laughs every time I fall
(And watches everything).
So I know that when it's time to sink or swim
That the face inside is hearing me
Right underneath my skin
What could all this mean? There are others out there. She’s been right all along. But what if it is a trap? What if it has something to do with the intruder we had last night? Can’t be so sure that we can trust Max and Isabel. Should we trust them? Michael quit thinking and just listened to the song.
It's like I'm paranoid lookin' over my back
It's like a whirlwind inside of my head
It's like I can't stop what I'm hearing within
It's like the face inside is right beneath my skin
I know I've got a face in me
Points out all my mistakes to me
You've got a face on the inside too and
Your paranoia's probably worse
I don't know what set me off first but I know what I can't stand
Everybody acts like the fact of the matter is
I can't add up to what you can but
Everybody has a face that they hold inside
A face that awakes when I close my eyes
A face watches every time they lie
A face that laughs every time they fall
(And watches everything)
So you know that when it's time to sink or swim
That the face inside is watching you too
Right inside your skin
“Max? What are you thinking about?”
“They are like us.”
“Maybe. You don’t know that.”
“Yes. Yes I do.”
“How can you tell?”
“Liz. I can feel her like I can you. She is connected to us.”
“Then why such the sad face?”
“Because, what if she is a sister like you are? Then I can’t have a relationship with her.”
“Max, we don’t know anything. It could be something else.”
“I don’t think so Isabel. Do you feel her?”
Max looked at his sister. “You don’t?”
“What do you think that means?”
“I have no idea. I think we really need to go talk to them, but I don’t think they want to. There is something going on in Clovis that they aren’t telling us.”
“What makes you say that?”
“Liz didn’t want to talk to me tonight until they went to the bank and took care of some things that needed to be taken care of. I just know that there is something that they are dealing with that hasn’t made it to Roswell yet and if that’s the case we really need to be careful.”
“We just can’t turn our backs on them, Max. What do you suggest we do?”
“Liz is supposed to call me after their morning appointment. I will call her tonight. Just to make sure that they made it home ok… Get a feel about what is going through their heads and see if we need to make a quick run to Clovis or not. We need to let them know that they can trust us and that what ever happens to them affects us. We need to be together, which means that they need to move to Roswell. Soon. Real soon.” Max looked at Isabel who gave him an understanding smile back to her brother.
The look in Max’s eyes was filled with so many different emotions. What was it like to finally find someone that is like you and you want to have a relationship with, only to find out that they are family. Why couldn’t anything good ever happen to Max? There had to be something more to the situation than they knew. If Max and I can feel each other and Max and Liz can feel each other. I’m sure that Liz and Michael are the same then why can’t I feel Michael or Liz. Something isn’t right. There is definitely more to this than we can possibly know.
The two teens went into the house. Their parent’s were in the living room watching TV. “Hey kids, how did it go tonight?”
“Pretty good dad.” Max wasn’t giving too much information just like usual.
“Yeah, Max lost a game of pool trying to impress the Parker girl.” Isabel elbowed her brother.
“Max, I didn’t know you played pool.”
“He doesn’t. He got to break the rack and then he got to shoot one more time before he knocked the eight ball into the pocket. He totally bombs at pool.”
“Now Isabel be nice to your brother.” Diane gave her son a reassuring smile and changed the subject. “How was your night sweetie?”
“Um… Nothing interesting.”
“Oh, yeah right.” Max interjected. “She spent all night in the booth with Alex Whitman.”
“Alex Whitman? Do I know his father?” Phillip asked the two teens.
“I’m not for sure.” Max looked at Isabel. “ Did they go to the father camping trip last year?”
“Yeah. You remember him dad. Alex’s dad was the one that burnt the hamburgers on the first night. He volunteered the first night to be the cook since none of the other dad’s wanted to. After that night you guys didn’t let him near the fire. Remember?”
“Oh, yeah. Charles Whitman. He is a CEO of Comtel isn’t he?”
“Got me. We never talk about his dad, but you are probably right. Alex is really big on computers and I think he gets it from his dad.”
“Oh, now I remember Alex. Tall… Skinny… Definitely out of his element on the camping trip.” Phillip looked at his beautiful daughter “and you are dating him?”
“No, daddy. We are just friends. I like Alex. He makes me laugh. Is there anything wrong with that? Why does everyone have to assume that you are dating someone if you enjoy being in their company.” Isabel headed down the hall to her room. “I’m going to my room to check my e-mail. Maybe someone wants to chat for a while.”
“Goodnight hunny.” Diane called after the retreating teen. “So Max, did you persuade Liz Parker to come to live in Roswell?”
“I don’t know. I guess she didn’t tell her brother that she was coming in today and he got a little upset about it. I think they don’t really agree on what will happen, I can’t blame him though, and Clovis is home. Why move to someplace that they don’t know? Anyway, Liz promised to call me tomorrow to let me know what they decided.”
“What do you want them to do?” Phillip saw the look in his son’s eyes, the look of longing.
“I had a good time tonight. If they come to live here then I’m sure we will all eventually hang out. You never know by just one day.”
“It will all work out in the end son. Be patient.”
“Thanks dad.” Max went over to kiss his mother and then headed for his room. He had to call Liz later. Hopefully she would talk to him for a little bit. In the mean time he would just listen to the radio. Max never got to call Liz because he fell asleep.
Liz and Michael made it home all right and they didn’t speak to each other the rest of the night. Liz went to her room and turned on the radio. She debated whether or not to call Max, but decided against it. If he wanted to talk to her he would call. As she laid on her bed to wait for his call she fell asleep.
Charisse took the book from the older lady in front of her. “Are you sure you want me to have this?”
“Yes. It is written that you will have it one day and that it will give you and the others great peace.”
“Yes, be patient and you will know when the time is right.”
The older lady faded away into thin air leaving Liz in a very unfamiliar room. Liz got up and walked to the door and went through. To her amazement the grass was purple and the sky was green the land and that all around it was peaceful. She walked over to a small bridge that went over a running creek and leaned over. “Did you drop something?” A deep male voice was so close to her ear that sent shivers down her spine and the little hairs on the back of her neck raised. She didn’t have to turn around to know who it was. It was Max. He must be in her dreams because she was thinking of him before she fell asleep.
“What if I did? Would you dive into the red water below and retrieve it for me?” Liz turned around slowly and was suddenly framed by Max’s arms.
“Don’t you know that I would do anything for you?”
“You are only saying that because this is my dream. You are a figment of my imagination. Right?”
“I thought this was my dream, and that you were the figment of my imagination. Don’t you know that I would do anything for you?” Max reiterated his statement.
“Max you can’t say that.”
“You just met me today. I mean earlier today. You can’t know that you would do anything for me. How could you?”
“I just do Liz. I don’t know how to explain it; it’s just a feeling of completeness that I get when I am with you. It will kill me if I’m not able to have you close to me. I will do anything to make that happen. You are my everything.
“Max you don’t know anything about me… You won’t say that when you find out who I really am.”
“What makes you so sure that I don’t know anything about you?”
“This is my world Max. This is me. I don’t think I can pull you into something that even I don’t understand. I don’t even know where this is or why I am here. I started getting strange dreams the other night when I found this book.” Liz lifted the book that the lady had given to her. “I remember bits and pieces of it, but still they are unclear of what my purpose here is.” Max embraced Liz and forced her head to his chest.
“Shh. Don’t say anything more. Believe me I understand.” He framed Liz’s face with both of his hands and forced her to look into his eyes. “I feel the same way… Isabel and I have been wondering the same thing ever since we could remember. There has to be answers out there, we just have to work together to try and find them. Don’t shut us out. We are family. Can’t you feel it?”
“The connection. Don’t you feel connected to us? You said earlier that you knew Michael was looking for you. You are connected to him?”
“Do you feel me?”
Liz tilted her head for a moment and concentrated really hard. The connection that her and Michael shared came easy. He was always around and they had years to tune into each other. “Max…”
“I am… It’s really hard.” Liz paused as if something finally dawned on her. “What am I doing? I have no connection to you. This is a lousy dream and you aren’t real.” Liz pulled away from Max and started for the door that she had come through earlier.
“Liz… Wait… You don’t understand… I know. Isabel can do this too. You have the ability to get into the dream plane. This isn’t your dream… You have entered mine. Please wait.” Max was running after her trying to reach her before she walked through the door. He had to reach her before she left the dream… He had to make sure that she was ok. “Liz! Wait!”
Liz turned around, tears streaking her face. “You know all my life I have hoped that there was someone out there like us… And all my life I have had to live with this huge secret that if it got out it could harm us. Now I’m dreaming that the guy that I met is one of us and that he will understand that I am different. This is just a dream Max. Just a dream.” Liz opened up the door and walked through.
Max shot straight up from his bed, “Liz!” Not a moment after waking up and calling Liz’s name out Isabel was by his side.
“Max, Max… What is it? What’s wrong?”
“She connected to me Iz… She dream walked me.”
“She’s one of us?”
“Yes. She doesn’t believe it. She doesn’t’ believe it.” Max repeated himself as if he couldn’t believe it himself.
“What happened Max? What did she tell you?”
“She’s been having dreams Isabel. Dreams that are associated with some book… I have to call her.” Max reached for his phone that sat beside his bed on the night table and dialed her number. He already had it memorized.
Liz sat up in bed covered in sweat. It was hot in her room so she went out to the hallway and turned the thermostat down a little bit to have the air conditioner turn on. On her way back into her room Michael called to her.
“Liz? Are you ok?”
“Yeah, Michael. I just got a little hot. Go back to bed. I’ll see you in the morning.”
“Are you sure?”
“Yeah, I’m fine. See you in the morning.”
“Ok. Holler at me if you need anything.”
“I will.” Liz shut her door and went to the side of the bed that she had hidden the book beneath the floorboards. She waved her hand over them and then reached down to grab the book. It seemed to be calling to her. Just as she was getting ready to open up the book the phone rang and scared the living daylights out of her. “Hello”
“Liz? Are you ok?”
“Yeah, it’s me.”
“Yeah, I’m ok. Why are you calling? Is everything ok with you?” This was really strange. What if they were really connected and that was really him in her dream? Shaking her head at the notion she waited for his response.
“You know why I’m calling Liz. I was there.”
“What are you talking about Max? Where were you?”
Max was starting to think that maybe he was wrong about Liz and Michael. “The dream Liz. We connected tonight.”
“No…” She said it almost in a whisper. “It can’t be. Max?”
“It’s ok Liz. I think its time for us to sit down and talk about this. We can’t deny it any longer.”
“What are you talking about?”
“Michael. Is he like you?”
“What are you asking?”
“I know Liz. I know that you are afraid to let your secret out, but let me assure you that it’s ok. It’s ok, Liz. I know. I have been keeping the same secret too. Isabel and I we are like you. Now is Michael like you?”
“We are coming to get you guys. We will be there tomorrow around Ten in the morning.”
“No, Max. Don’t come. It’s not safe, and besides Michael and I have things that we need to take care of with our parents’ will.”
“What do you mean it’s not safe? Liz if it’s not safe then we are definitely coming to Clovis tomorrow.”
“That’s not what I meant Max. Michael. I need to fill him in. Give me some time to break the news to him… I will call you tomorrow afternoon.”
“Liz. Please let us come up there and be there for you guys. You are family. Please don’t push us away right now. We need you as much as you need us. Can’t you feel it? We need to be together.”
“Max. Please. Give me some time. We have been apart for seventeen years; surely one more day isn’t going to make that big of difference. I need time Max. Please.”
“Alright Liz. One more day.”
“Ok, Max one more day. Goodnight.”
They each hung up the phone and just sat there in utter disbelief.
“Liz? Who was that on the phone?”
“What did he want?”
“I dream walked him Michael. He knows.”
“What do you mean he knows?”
“It’s ok… I think. They are like us. He said that Isabel could do it too.”
“Are you serious? What else did he say?”
“He wants us to all be together. He doesn’t think that we should be apart. I don’t know Michael… I don’t know how to act. This is what we have wanted forever. Can you believe it?”
“Who does he think he is, telling us where we need to be? I’m telling you Liz, we are staying right here until we get some answers.” Michael finally noticed that Liz was holding a brown leather bound book. “What’s that?”
“Have you ever seen it before?”
“No, where did you get it?”
“I found it on mom’s desk last night. You’ve never seen it before?”
“No! What’s inside of it?”
“Nothing. It’s really weird. Last night I heard a voice telling me to concentrate in order to read the book, but nothing happened. I fell asleep and had a dream. It was weird Michael. It was like another life time… how could that be?”
“Let me see it.” Liz handed Michael the book and waited for him to flip through to see if he got any feelings from it or not.
“Did you hear anything?”
“Let me see it again.” Michael handed the book back to Liz so she could see if she got anything else from it. After a few moments Liz said, “Nothing. I’m not getting anything from it. Maybe we are just too tired. We can try again in the morning.”
“Alright. Come get me if you need anything. Alright.”
“Okay, Michael. You can stop being so overprotective. I’m a big girl and am able to take care of myself. Although I have to admit this side that you have been showing lately could be a big winner with the girls. You better watch that stonewall that you have built it may start to crumble. Goodnight Michael.”
“Goodnight Liz. See ya in the morning.”
Liz was a little bit hesitant to go back to sleep. She didn’t want to walk into anyone else’s dream tonight. She would definitely have to talk to Isabel and see if she could help her with this problem… Was it really a problem? She could definitely get use to seeing Max every night in her dreams. It didn’t take too long before everyone was settled back in their beds and fast asleep. Tomorrow was going to be a new day with a few more surprises than what they had today.
|posted on 17-Sep-2001 12:11:57 PM|
| Part 17|
“Come on Michael… We are going to be late. Mr. Robinson said that we could have the vault room all to ourselves if we are there first thing in the morning.”
“I’m coming already… You think that there is going to be some earth shattering findings in there or something. It’s just our parent’s possessions that’s all Liz. Cut me some slack here.” Michael was walking down the hall towards the living room. He knew that Liz had been up most of the night because he was up. **Why is it that you fall asleep and get into that really good sleep like five minutes before the alarm is set to go off?** Michael was holding the front door open waiting for Liz to walk through. “You coming?”
“Look who’s talking now?”
“I thought you have been ready for the last two hours who would have thought that I would be the first one out the door.” Liz smacked him on his arm playfully.
“Can I ask you a question?” Michael turned around and bolted the dead bolt lock on the door.
“Do you think they knew?”
“Mom and Dad. Do you think that they knew about us? I mean who we really are?”
“Yeah, I do. Mom had the book on her desk, she had to know something.”
“Is that why you are so excited to go to the bank today? Do you think that there might be something else waiting for us?”
“Yeah.” They pulled out of the drive and started for the bank. It was sunny and already almost ninety-five degrees outside. It was going to be another hot day. “Michael.”
“Do you think our parents died because of us?”
“I hope not Liz, but it’s possible. It’s very possible.”
The two teens sat in silence for the remainder of the short trip to the bank. As soon as they walked into the front door of the bank there was a short, plump man that was balding waiting for them. “Liz, Michael. How are you holding up?”
“Alright” Michael said as he shook the man’s hand. “We are doing alright.”
“Have you thought of what you two are going to be doing next?”
“We’re going to Roswell.” Liz said it eagerly at the same time that Michael stated his opinion.
“We will be staying here.” The two looked at each other realizing that they were still arguing about the living arrangements.
“Well maybe what ever your parent’s left you inside will settle that difference.” Mr. Robinson stated.
“Maybe.” Liz didn’t want the stranger getting into their business but she didn’t want to sound rude either.
They followed the portly man into the vault. Michael took out his key and slid it into the keyhole. The man followed suit. Once the deposit box was out of it spot Mr. Robinson led them to a small room. When he opened up the door all that was in there was a small table and two chairs. “Here you go kids. Take as long as you need to… When you are done I will meet you back in the vault. Alright?”
“Thanks Mr. Robinson.” Liz said to the man before she shut the door rather quickly on him. The suspense was killing her she had to know what was inside that darn box… “Ok. Let’s open it up.”
“Are you sure Liz?”
“Michael. Open up the damn box.”
“Geez, who woke up on the wrong side of the bed today? Bit anyone’s head off lately Liz?”
“Sorry. It’s just that I have this feeling. It’s hard to explain… I feel good about this but then there is something nagging at the back of my mind that says this isn’t safe. Just hurry up already.”
Michael lifted up the lid to the deposit box and it was empty. There was nothing in it. When he lifted it up to look way in the back a black shiny rock with a spiral etched into it slid forward. Behind that a note that was rolled up slid forward as well. “What the hell?”
“What is it Michael?”
“I wonder what this is? He held up the black rock and rolled it around in his hands.”
“What’s the note say Michael?”
Michael unrolled the note after setting the rock down and began reading.
If you are reading this then I guess something has happened to your father and me. I know that we weren’t your biological parents but that didn’t mean that we didn’t love you like our own. We would have given anything to have you be ours forever, but the two of you are special and can never belong to anyone but to the ones that you give your hearts to. We know that now and I hope you understand why we never told you that we knew. Your father and I were afraid that you would leave us if you knew that we knew the truth about you two.
Michael our hearts will always be with you and I hope that one day you will let them in. Liz I am counting on you to help your brother learn to trust others, help him love himself first and then maybe, just maybe he will love another. Your father and I went back to where we found you. Michael went straight for the orb and tried to hide it. He hid it under his bed and I suppose he just forgot about it so I brought it in here for it to be safe. I am unsure what it is but I’m sure it is from your origins. I also have a book in my desk at the house it also has the same emblem on it. I was unable to read anything because all of the pages are blank. I will assume that once it is in your hands that it will all become perfectly clear.
As always we will be with you and if there ever comes a time that you are in trouble go see Phillip Evans in Roswell. It’s hard to explain why I think you can trust him. Maybe it’s the fact that the Evans also adopted their children. I guess what I am saying is that there are at least four of you. The Evans have the other set. There were many a night that your father and I argued about getting the four of you together. It’s sad to say that we were afraid. I know I was scared to introduce you to them in fear that you would know that they were your real family and that you no longer needed us. Please forgive us and know that everything we did was because we thought it would be safer for the two of you, our two children of the stars.
Be careful and remember we love you.
All our love
“They knew Michael. They knew about Max and Isabel and us. They knew all this time and they kept us apart. How could they say that they loved us if they kept us for eleven years away from our true family.” Liz was bawling and tears were streaming down the sides of her face.
Michael pulled her into him and stroked the back of her head. He was mad at what his parents had done to them, but like the letter said they thought that we would leave them and they didn’t want that to happen. They were right we would have left them and we would have never looked back. “Liz. It’s over now.
“Come on Isabel. I don’t like it that it’s taken us this long to get going. They are going to the bank by ten. I wanted to go with them. I have this strange feeling that something is going to happen. Hurry.”
“Max! If you tell me to hurry up one more time I’m not going. You hear me?”
“Isabel please. Don’t do this now.”
“Ok. Let’s go.” Isabel was in a pair of khaki shorts and a blue top. Her hair was in a ponytail and she put on her black-rimmed sunglasses. She hopped into the passenger side of the jeep and buckled up. Max slid in beside her and started the jeep. They pulled out and were on their way to Clovis. Isabel could feel the emotions rolling off of Max. She tried hard to send him comforting thoughts and feelings back to him. All he did was turn and gave her a brief smile.
They pulled up to the address that their dad had given them. There was a car in the drive. They both hopped out of the jeep and walked up to the front door. Max went to knock on it just as someone came running out of the house. The man bowled over Max and knocked down Isabel. He raced to get into his car and then he pulled out and faded down the street. Max was up in seconds.
“Liz!” He was searching the house. “Michael!” No one was there.
“Max? Where are they?”
“Liz!” He went to the back of the house and noticed that everything had been turned upside down. That man must have been searching for something. **Why was she lying to me about not being in danger?** “They aren’t here.” Relief washed over Max and Isabel could tell that the event that just occurred really freaked him out.
“If they aren’t here where are they?”
“The bank. Come on let’s go.” Max and Isabel left the Parker house and headed for the bank. Having their dad and mom work in Clovis helped a lot for them to know the layout of the town. They pulled into the parking space in front of the bank and noticed that Liz’s pickup truck parked a few spaces down the line. “They are here. There is Liz’s truck. Let’s go inside and see if we can see them.”
The two teens walked into the bank and scanned for the other two that they were looking for. Nothing. They were nowhere to be found. “Do you feel her Max? Are they still here?” Isabel remembered that her brother could feel Liz. She thought it was strange how he could feel her but she couldn’t. If they were family they should be able to feel each other. There was something more to this connection thing. Hopefully they would be able to work on it together.
She liked the Parker kids; even Michael. Once you got through that thick wall of his; Isabel knew he would be someone that she would be able to trust with her life. They were family after all. Everything was falling into place with the exception of the man that ran out of the Parker house just a few minutes earlier. It didn’t matter she knew her brother. He was set in his ways. The Parkers would be returning to Roswell so they all could be together. At last she was starting to feel complete. All was right with the world and it had been a long time coming.
Max started walking around in circles. He was concentrating and then his head turned toward the back of the bank. He started jogging towards a room, relief was coming off of him like a freight train and Isabel had a smile from ear to ear because of it. Max slid down onto the floor. “They are ok. We can wait here until they finish with whatever they are doing.”
“You can feel both of them?”
“No, just Liz. She’s ok. She’s sad but ok.” Max grabbed Isabel’s hand and gave it a brief squeeze.
There wasn’t much else in the safe deposit box except some legal documents to the house and to the vehicles. Liz looked at Michael. “Michael”
“Can I ask you a question?”
“Why don’t you like Max?”
“I never said that I don’t like him.”
“I know. You don’t have to. I can see it in the way you act towards them. What is your reason? After all mom said that they are like us. That we are family. So why don’t you want to be with them?”
Michael thought how he should approach Liz about the subject. “Do you remember coming out of the pods?”
“You were the last one. I was the first. I waited for all of you to come out. Max and Isabel didn’t. They didn’t wait on you. So why do you want to be with someone that wasn’t always there for you?”
“Michael.” Liz saw the pain in her brother’s eyes. “I didn’t think about that.”
“You have always been there for me whether you liked it or not. I know it’s not right to blame Max he didn’t really want to leave you in the first place but he had no choice but to go with Isabel. She wanted to go explore the New World that we were sent to. She was always so eager to see new things. They never came back for us Liz. I kept on waiting for them to return and they never did. So now you know.”
“Michael that was so long ago. You can’t hold onto something this long and not have it affect you. Please. For me can you try and get along with them?”
“Why the sudden interest in the Evans?”
“You can’t feel it?”
“Them, or at least Max.”
“I can feel Max. It’s like the way I can feel you but a little bit different. He’s right outside the door.”
Michael didn’t believe her. “Seriously?”
“Yep.” Liz had a smile on her face that soon vanished when Michael swung the door to the room wide open.
“What the hell are you two doing here?”
“I had a feeling and I wanted to make sure that Liz was ok.” Max stood up to stand face to face with the over-protective brother.
“Well everything is ok.”
“Michael! Calm down. They were concerned about us. That’s all. They are the only family that we have left. There is no one else so I think it is time to start forgiving each other and move on.”
“Besides Max’s feeling was right. When we arrived at your house someone was inside and totally destroyed everything. It’s a good thing you weren’t home.” Isabel didn’t like the way Michael was always putting Max down. She wanted him to see that her brother was a good guy and didn’t deserve all the grief that Michael was always shoving their way.
“What do you mean destroyed everything?”
“It’s not as bad as Isabel makes it out to be. It looks like the guy was just looking for something. Nothing is damaged. At least nothing that we can’t fix.”
Michael hurried up and put the safe deposit box back in the hole in the wall and was on his way out the door when he turned around. “Are you coming?”
“What’s your hurry? Max said there was really no damage to anything.”
Michael gave an evil eye to his sister. “The book Liz.”
That was enough to set Liz in motion pretty quick. The two sets of teens hopped into their respective vehicles and headed for the Parker home. Michael and Liz were the first to arrive. Max was a little bit behind, because he refused to run the red lights that Michael found so easy to blow through. By the time the Evans got there, Michael and Liz were already inside. Michael had his arm around Liz. The two had a look of total disbelief on their faces.
“So did he get the book?”
Max’s question seemed to set Liz in motion. She headed back to her room and a few seconds later she came out with a look of relief on her face and a rather large book in her hands. “It’s ok. He didn’t get the book.”
“What is so important about the book anyway?” Isabel was curious. Liz turned the book around so they could look. “I know that symbol.” Isabel started to move towards Liz and the book. “Where did you get it?”
“My mom was holding it for us.” Liz handed the book over to Isabel so that she could get a closer look at it.
“I don’t understand its empty.”
“I know. I haven’t figured it out yet. I’ve been having dreams about it ever since I found it the other night.”
“What kind of dreams?” Max was right beside the two girls when he asked his question.
“It belonged to the royal family. The lady of the house wanted me to have it. She said that it would bring me and the others peace.”
“Peace?” Max looked at Liz. “What else was in your dream?”
“The world was in complete chaos. I was at the king’s funeral along with his wife and daughter.”
“Was that all that attended? How do you know it was the king’s funeral? How do you know that the Queen and her daughter?”
“Back off Max. She will get to it.” Michael was getting a little bit annoyed with how Max was questioning Liz.
“It’s ok. I know it was the king because it wasn’t really a dream it was more like a memory. I remember being there once before.” Liz looked at everyone and knew that she needed to elaborate a little bit more. “I know you guys think this is weird, but do you think that we could have lived another life?”
No one answered.
“I knew things. Like last night remember our dream Max?”
Max’s face turned a shade of red before he answered. “Yes.”
“Well that is what our home planet looks like. I know it sounds really weird but I remember it that way. Doesn’t anyone else remember anything?”
“No.” Max didn’t remember anything.
“I don’t either.” Isabel stated.
“How about when you were born. Do you remember anything?”
The Evans both shook their heads No.
“That’s bull.” Michael spoke up. “You guys left us. Liz wasn’t out of her pod yet and you guys couldn’t wait to get out of there. You left us and never came back.”
“Is that the reason you don’t like us because of something that happened eleven years ago?” Isabel shook her head in disbelief. He was absurd. Holding a grudge for eleven years. “We were kids. We didn’t know any better.”
“Isabel?” Max had a confused look on his face. “You remember coming out of the pods?”
“You remember them?”
“Well I remember Michael.”
“Why didn’t you tell me that there was others? I don’t remember anything.”
“I was scared that I would lose you to them. You didn’t want to go, but I made you come with me. We didn’t get very far before mom and dad picked us up.” Isabel had tears in her eyes. “I didn’t think that we would get separated. I did have plans on coming back but we couldn’t. Max never said anything. He just cried and then after a few weeks he stopped.” Isabel looked at her brother with hurt in her eyes. “I knew you were crying for them. But when you quit crying and never said anything else about it I let it go. As far as you were concerned there was no one else.” She looked at the Parker kids. “I’m sorry for leaving you.” Tears rolled down Isabel’s cheek and before she could say anything else Liz had the tall blonde haired girl wrapped up in a hug.
“It’s ok. We can get pass this. It doesn’t matter anymore. We are together now. Everything has a way of working out in the end.” Liz was stroking her sister’s hair. Michael and Max were sizing each other up.
“If you think I am going to hug you, you got another thing coming. There is no way I am hugging another dude.” Michael held his hand out for Max to shake it. Max took it in his and then pulled him in for a hug anyway.
“Just look at it this way. You aren’t hugging me I’m hugging you.”
“Yeah, whatever man.” Michael pulled away a little bit embarrassed. “Just because we have all made up doesn’t mean Liz and I are moving to Roswell.”
“What! You can’t be serious Michael.” Max was looking at him with a confused look on his face. “Someone knows who you are. You aren’t safe here anymore. We can help each other out.”
“Don’t you get it? They know who we are. If we come to Roswell they will know who you are. I’m not willing to pull the two of you in all of this. No way! That’s the end of this conversation. You hear me?”
“That doesn’t matter we will deal with this together.”
“He’s right.” Liz had a sad look on her face.
“What? No he’s not.” Max couldn’t believe his ears. She thought her brother was right. “I am as much a part of your family as he is.”
“What? The hell you are.” Michael couldn’t believe his ears. Max was claiming Liz as his sister. “We may be the same species but we are not family. Ut uhh. No way.”
“What do you mean no way? I can feel her like I feel Isabel. She is family.”
“Yeah. Well explain why I can’t feel you? Or her.” Michael nodded his head towards Isabel. “I can’t feel either one of you.”
“Enough!” Isabel had enough of them fighting over Liz. “Michael’s right. We can’t afford to be drawn into this mess right now. I’m sure we will figure this all out it’s just going to take some time. That’s all. We just need some time. And besides Michael’s not the only one that doesn’t feel the connection, I don’t either.”
“Three against one. You lose. We stay here and you can go back to your perfect little life.”
“Michael! That’s enough. There is no more them and us it is WE ! Do you hear me? We are in this together. The decision that we make affects us all one way or another. Please. Let’s look at this logically.” Liz started pacing the living room and as she came across something that was misplaced she picked it up and put it back where it belonged. “We don’t know who we are dealing with. Therefore we don’t know what he is looking for.” She held her hand up to silence the comments that she knew Michael would be throwing out. “We can only assume that it is about our origins. It could be something else. Agreed?” She waited for the affirmative nod of everyone’s head and then continued. “We know our parents knew about us. What about your parents do they know?”
“No. I don’t think so.” Max answered. Him and Isabel had argued over this very same subject time and time again. She wanted to tell them. He didn’t. End of story.
“Ok. That will be the first thing that we need to confirm. Mom said that if anything ever happened to look your dad up that he would be able to help. I’m led to believe that they do know. They just haven’t let you two know probably for the same reason ours didn’t let us know that they knew.”
“How are we supposed to find that out? Do we just go up to them and say Mom, Dad do you know that we are aliens from another planet? I don’t think so.” Isabel really wanted her parents to know about their origins but there was no way that she was going to divulge that information willingly. If they accidentally found out that was something completely different.
“Max said that you are able to dream walk. I suggest that you go into one of your dad’s dreams and ask him there. That way if he remembers anything you can always blame it on heartburn and nightmares.”
“I don’t know. The last time I went into my mom’s dream she had insomnia for a week. I think it freaked her out.” Isabel was hesitant to do it but she realized that there was no other way to get the information. “What about you going into my dad’s dream? You can dream walk.”
“Isabel. You are going to do it. We can’t expect Liz to do it.” Max couldn’t believe that his sister was such a chicken.
“How about this? We go in together. You hang in the background and I will ask him a few questions. That way he doesn’t suspect either one of you if he doesn’t know anything.”
“Liz you don’t have to do that. Isabel can do it on her own. Besides how would we explain you being in my dad’s dream and being an alien?”
“I don’t know. It could work.” Michael finally spoke up. Everyone’s head whipped in his direction. “What? All I said is that it could work. He was at the reading of the will on Saturday. Liz could be a figment of his imagination. All I’m saying is that it could be possible and easily written off. Can you guys stay the night tonight? The girls can go in tonight and then we can talk about our options later?”
“What do you say Iz?”
“Sounds good to me. Mom and Dad shouldn’t have a problem with us staying the night if we call them. We don’t have to go to school and we can tell them that we are trying to talk you guys into coming and living in Roswell before school does start. They will fall for that.”
“Liz? What do you think?”
“It’s alright with me.”
“Ok. Call mom and ask her.” Isabel was already heading towards the phone by the time Max told her to call home.
The plan was in motion. The Evans would be staying with the Parkers tonight.
“Isabel. Is something wrong?”
“No, mom. Max and I wanted to know if it would be ok if we stayed the night in Clovis. Michael and Liz have conflicting ideas on what they want to do… Max and I just want to make sure that they have a really good idea of what to expect if they move to Roswell.”
“I don’t know. It would be different if there were some adult supervision, but since the Parkers aren’t there I really don’t think it is a very good idea to have four teens in a house unsupervised. I’m going to have to talk to your father on this one. What is the number and I will call you back.”
“Ok… Hang on let me get it.” Isabel put the phone against her shoulder so that her mom wouldn’t hear her conversation. “Mom doesn’t think it is such a good idea for the four of us teens not to be chaperoned she wants to ask dad. What’s the phone number here?”
“Let me talk to her.” Max made his way to the phone. “Hi mom. You need the number?”
“Max sweetie… I just want to make sure that your dad doesn’t think differently than I do before I give you guys my answer.”
“I understand mom. Isabel and I have never given you any reason to worry about us. We will be ok tonight.” Max was laying it on thick and it wasn’t going unnoticed by his mother either.
“I know. Just give me the number and I will call your dad and let you guys know whether or not you can stay. Just to ease your worrying if it was up to me I would let you two stay. I trust you; I just want to make sure your dad and I are on the same page.”
“Thanks mom. It helps a lot. I just think that Michael and Liz would be better off staying in Roswell where but it is still questionable. You ready?”
“Yeah, sweetheart. Go ahead.”
“505-285-1234. Did you get that?”
“Ok… Let me just call your father and I will call you right back.”
“You’re welcome. You really should have Michael and Liz come over for supper or something sometime. Maybe this weekend they can come down and stay with us.”
“I’ll ask them. Let me know what dad says…”
“I will. Talk to you later.”
Max hung up the phone and turned to address the group. “She’s going to call dad and then call us back.”
“I could have done that why did you need to talk to her?” Isabel didn’t understand her brother at all sometimes.
“I just wanted to reassure her that nothing was going to happen here without any adult supervision.”
“Your dad’s not going to care either. He is the one that gave us our right to live on our own anyway. He should trust us…” Michael decided to put in his two cents worth.
“I don’t know Michael. Its one thing to give two teenagers their adult freedom but to have his own kids stay the night with those said teenagers is a different story.” Liz stated.
Liz was continuing to pick up the debris that was littered all over the living room floor. Her mother’s Ming vase was shattered. Liz held her hand over the top of all the tiny little pieces and they started to swirl and take the form that they once held. She placed it back onto the bookcase and straightened up the books as well. “Do you want any help?” Max walked over to where Liz was standing.
“I don’t think so Max. Thanks for offering. It’s just that you don’t know where everything goes and I really want to do it. Most of this was my mom’s pride and joy. She spent years collecting all of this stuff. Some of it my dad’s mom gave to her.”
“I understand. No problem. It’s just that I wish there was something I could do.”
“Umm Michael. Why don’t you show them what mom and dad left us at the bank? Maybe they have some idea what it is.”
“I forgot.” Michael pulled out the orb that he had placed in his pocket. “You’ve ever seen one of these before?”
“No, but it seems really familiar. What does it do?” Max and Isabel moved closer so they could get a better look at the oval rock.
“I have no idea. Liz do you have any idea?”
Liz walked over to the group. Michael was holding the orb and Liz reached in to grab it. Once both of them were in contact with the orb the emblem on the surface began to shimmer. An iridescent blue light began to emanate from it. Liz immediately let go and it quit glowing.
“What did you do?” Max couldn’t believe his eyes. The rock was glowing and then it just quit.
“I didn’t do anything. I just touched it.”
“Do it again.” Max wanted to see it glow… This was really weird.
Liz reached over and held the orb with Michael. It began to glow again. But other than glowing nothing else happened. “I don’t suppose you guys have one of these either?” Michael was addressing Max and Isabel who each had an ‘I can’t believe it’ look on their face.
“No. Your parents had this?”
“Yeah. They took us back to where we were found and I went straight for it. Maybe you guys have one too. You just have to go get it.”
“We’ve been out there several times. We haven’t found anything. Nothing at all is left out there.” Isabel was still staring at the orb.
“Why don’t you guys try it? See if it reacts to your touch.” Liz handed the orb to Max and Isabel. They took one look at each other and then touched the orb simultaneously. It glowed too. “Ok… So it works when each set touches it… Why don’t Michael and Isabel touch it at the same time.”
“Always the scientist aren’t you Liz?” Michael was smiling at his sister. Liz wanted to be a molecular biologist.
“I can’t help it… There has to be a reason why it reacts the way it does and there has to be something more to it than just being able to glow.
Michael and Isabel each grabbed the orb and got the same effect… They immediately handed the orb to Max and Liz. Just as they both reached for the orb the phone rang and halted them from going any farther.
“Hello.” Michael wasn’t very nice to who ever it was on the other end of the phone.
“Hi. This is Mrs. Evans. Is either Max or Isabel available?”
“Oh, Yeah. Sure… Hang on… Max it’s your mom.” Michael handed the phone to Max.
“Hi, mom. So what’s the news?”
“Your father says that it is ok. Just as long as they agree to come by sometime this week.”
“Hang on mom let me tell them.” Max held the phone against his belly and looked at the others. “Mom says that it is ok only if you guys agree to come to Roswell sometime this week.” Max waited for their response.
“Ok.” Liz was the first to answer.
“What! I’m not going up there to meet their parents. It’s not like we are dating or anything.”
“Michael. Do you want to figure this stuff out or not? The only way we will be able to get anywhere is if we are together. This is the only way that it can happen. So, we will be going to Roswell some time this week. End of story.”
“They said they would come up mom. It’s not a problem.”
“Oh, Max… Tell Isabel that Alex was looking for her and I told him that you guys were in Clovis today and that you wouldn’t be home until sometime tomorrow. She may want to give him a call.”
“Alright mom I will tell her. Thanks for going to bat with dad today. It means a lot to us.”
“Anytime sweetheart. Have a good time and good luck in persuading the Parker kids in coming to live in Roswell. From what your father was telling me Michael was pretty set in his ways. He thinks you have your work cut out on that one… Be careful and call us if you have any problems.”
“Thanks mom. See ya tomorrow.” Max hung up the phone. “Isabel mom says that Alex called looking for you. You might want to give him a call and tell him that you will be back in town tomorrow.”
“Ok.” Isabel went for the phone and called Alex. There was no answer. By the time she returned Max and Liz were getting ready to handle the orb.
Max looked at Liz. “Are you ready?”
“Yeah, as ready as I’ll ever be.”
They both reached for the orb… It glowed but the strength that it glowed at was unbelievable… It glowed at twice the capacity as it did before. Max and Liz just looked at each other. All of the sudden Michael put his hand on the orb and Max and Liz made room for him as well as enough room for Isabel to reach in… It looked like the orb was trying to do something, but it was missing something… The four teens just looked at one another. “What do you think it is doing?” Liz pulled her hand away and the orb dimmed but didn’t go completely out.
“I don’t know.” The rest of them pulled their hands away leaving Max to hold the orb. “I don’t know.” The thing had Max confused. **Why give us something that we have no idea how to operate?**
“Maybe the answer is in the book?” Isabel went to it and began to flip through it. The pages were still blank. “There’s nothing… Why can’t anything just be given to us? Why does it have to be so hard?” Isabel put her face in her hands and began to cry.
Liz went to the girl that was sitting on the couch. “It’ll be ok Isabel. At least we have found each other. Give it time. We will figure something out. We just have to think about it. You never know. Maybe there is another one just like it and we need it for this one to work. We’ll see tonight when we go into your dad’s dream tonight. Hang in there.”
Isabel looked up at Liz. “How can you be so nice after everything that you have learned?”
“That was a long time ago. No one knew what was waiting us out there. We were kids; you had no idea that you would have gotten picked up… It’s not your fault.” Liz noticed that Isabel was looking at Michael. “Don’t worry about him… He may have been holding this in for a long time but family means a lot more to him than years of anger. He will let it go. You’ll see. Give him time and once we all get to know each other it will be ok. You’ll see.” Liz squeezed Isabel’s hand to reaffirm everything that she had just told her sister.
“Do you think that we are related?” Isabel had to ask.
“What do you mean?”
“Do you think that you are my sister? Our sister?” Isabel nodded towards Max that was sitting on the stool in the kitchen talking to Michael.
“It’s hard to say.”
“Why do you say that?”
“Well… I feel Michael. He’s my brother and I feel Max, but I don’t feel the connection between you and me. Do you?”
“That’s what Max and I were discussing today while we were waiting for you at the bank. He feels connected to you but I only feel connected to him… I can’t feel you or Michael. It is really weird.”
Liz sat on the couch and started thinking… There had to be an explanation for the feelings that everyone was getting or not getting… “I don’t know… It’s probably like the orb… There has to be something missing… We will just have to wait.” The two girls went over to the boys in the kitchen. “What are you guys talking about?”
“Pizza… You hungry.” Max had a twinkle in his eye that Liz had grown accustom to seeing…
“Starving… I’m going to go finish up the living room and then move into mom and dad’s room and then finish cleaning up my room… You guys make yourself at home. If you are lucky Michael will let you run the remote.” Liz gave her brother a stern look as if saying to him he better be nice.
“Don’t worry Liz… They can run the remote… I can be nice you know…”
“Ok… Holler at me when the pizza comes…” Liz left the room and started working on the last few details to the living room. Not even five minutes later she had moved her way into her parents’ room… The desk was totally wiped out. All of the drawers were pulled out and the contents were thrown all over the place. Liz just looked on in disbelief. **How could anyone do this and why?** She sat down on the bed and just stared off into space.
What seemed like only minutes actually turned out to be forty-five. Michael was in the doorway trying to get his sister’s attention. “Liz… Liz… Pizza’s here. Are you ok?”
“Oh, yeah… Already? That was quick.”
“Are you sure you are ok?”
“Yeah, I can’t believe that someone would do all of this to our house. Who would do something like this and why? It doesn’t make any sense. It just seems like we were finally getting some answers and all we ended up with are more questions. When will it return to normal?”
“What’s so great about normal? Who knows this could be our normal you never know.”
Liz looked up at her brother and leaned in for him to hold her. “Who ever said that you don’t have a soft side?”
“It’s only for you… You know that don’t you?”
“Sure what else are brothers for? Now come on before Max and Isabel eat all of the pizza.” Michael helped his sister up off the bed and they walked into the kitchen with his arm still around her… He could tell that she still wasn’t ok and that having his arm around her was what she really needed right now.
The bar had two pizza boxes and two bottles of Tabasco sauce on it and there were four happy teenagers eating and talking as if everything was normal.
“Alex… Come on answer the door.”
“Go away DeLuca I don’t want to talk to you this morning.”
“I’ve got ice cream… Double chocolate mint… Your favorite.”
“I said go away.”
“Alex Whitman! You get your scrawny ass out here and let me apologize to you for acting the way I did yesterday…”
The front door opened a little bit to expose Alex’s face and messed up hair. “You mean it? You want to apologize?”
“Yeah, I can’t let my imagination ruin the good thing that is between me and you. Besides I went home and thought about it a little bit more… They are too normal to be aliens or to be abducted by aliens. Who am I to judge when there have been times that you have stuck by me during one of my phases?”
“Thank you… I appreciate it.”
“So, what are you doing today?”
“Nothin’. You want to go swimming? It’s supposed to be a real hot one today.”
“Well…” Maria kicked at an imaginary rock that wasn’t on the porch.
“Maria… What do you really want?”
“Well here’s the deal… Mom has this huge order that was supposed to be in Clovis today by noon and I was wondering if you wanted to go with me?”
“Is that all?”
“Ok… Well I thought that since we would be in Clovis we could stop by and see Liz and her brother… See if they wanted to hang out. You did say that you got along with her pretty good yesterday. Didn’t you?”
“Oh, I get it now. You like him don’t you?”
“Who? Spike! Ut uhh... NO way!”
“I know you better than you think I do… You like him… Maria has a crush…” Alex had the door wide open now and had started doing a little dance in the foyer.
“Ok… Maybe I do and maybe I don’t. Can we just say that I am a little bit interested?”
“What ever will make you feel better about it? I knew it… What you did last night was just to get me off your track… You liked him last night and you didn’t want me to find out. I knew it!”
“Can I come in now before this ice cream starts to melt?”
“Oh, yeah… Be my guest… This is so good. I can’t believe you told me… I am going to rub this in your face so much. You know that don’t you.”
“Yeah, yeah, yeah. Tell me something that I don’t know.” Maria set the ice cream down on the counter and turned around to look Alex in the eye. “You wouldn’t happen to know where in Clovis they live now do you?”
“How are we going to go see them if we don’t even know where they live?”
“I could call Isabel and see if she knows where they live after all their father helped with the Parker will and all. He probably has the address.”
“Would you… Oh wait. You better not… I don’t want them to find out that I like him.
“Don’t worry… I will cover for you… But remember you owe me big time… You hear me Maria… Big Time!”
Alex called the Evans’ household only to find out that the children were already in Clovis… “Um Maria. You will never believe where they are.”
“Well did you get the address?”
“Great. What are we going to do now?” Maria sat down on the kitchen stool and started strumming her fingers up and down on the counter top.
“We can always drive around until we find the Toyota pickup and the old army jeep… That would be a dead give away as to being the Parker residence.”
“Ok… Its not like I have a ton of other stuff to do today. Are you game?” Maria waited for Alex to ponder whether or not he was going to go or not.
“Ok… Let me jump in the shower and I’ll be ready… Clovis here we come.”
“Thanks Alex. Best buddy o’mine. Have I told you that you are my best buddy today…”
“Remind me when we are making a fool out of ourselves in front of the others.”
“Not a problem. You know you can count on me…”
Alex went in to take a shower while Maria watched Mtv while she waited for her ‘best bud’.
Maria and Alex finally arrived in Clovis a mere two hours later… Maria was talking Alex’s ear off the whole time. “We will just drop this off and then start searching the neighborhoods. There can’t be that many different neighborhoods. Can there?”
“I have no idea… Other than coming here for a computer contest last year I don’t think I have been in Clovis before in my life…”
“Well it can’t be that much different than Roswell can it?”
“Maria. I have no idea. Let’s just deliver the package and take a look around.” Just as they round the corner they were nearly hit by a pizza delivery car.
“Learn how to drive. Moron… God I hate people that think they own the road. Like Hello! I’m here too. It’s not your road.”
“Where did they get their licenses from? Cracker Jacks or something.”
“Maybe it was Fruit Loops… Yeah, that would explain how fruity they are… Are you listening to me Alex? Fruit Loops – Fruity… Get it?”
“I think you just passed the Parker residence.”
“Oh, Shit… I did?”
“Yep… Sometimes I wonder where you got your license from…”
Maria slapped Alex on the arm and proceeded to do a u-turn in the middle of the street. Another car turned the corner and almost side swiped them in the process of the illegal u-turn done by yours truly. “Watch it. Can’t you see a girl doing a u-turn here? Gosh, the nerve of some people.”
“Ok. Maria… Calm down… They aren’t going anywhere. We now know where their house is… Do you want me to the cedar oil out for you?”
“Alex Whitman… If you don’t stop harassing me I am so going to embarrass you in front of Issssssssaaaaaaaabbbbbbbbeeeeeeeeellllllll.”
“Ok… I surrender… I won’t make another comment about your driving. Although I have wondered how I have managed to survive riding with you in the past two years…”
Maria turned to eye Alex to warn him not to say another word. “Ok... Not another word. I promise. Scouts honor. So. DeLuca… What’s the plan?”
“Plan?” Maria’s voice started to squeak. “I don’t have a plan I thought you had the plan.”
“Me? Why would I have the plan this was your idea… I’m just along for the ride… Nothing more, nothing less. Look somewhere else for the plan chica.”
“Alex… You gotta help me here. I’m your best friend that has a serious crush on a major nut case… Did I mention that he needs my serious help with his hair? Boy does that boy need me…”
“Ok… Well how about we go knock on the door and play it out by ear… Feel things out… We will just tell them that we were making a delivery for your mom and we spotted their car… Just wanted to see if we could hang out with them… You know stuff like that… Chill Maria…”
“Ok… I think that might work.” Maria was inhaling large amounts of cedar oil to calm down her nerves. It didn’t faze Alex at all. Maria had been experimenting with aromatherapy for years.
“Ok sweetie. You are going to have to put the cedar oil away if you want them to think that you are anywhere close to being normal… Ok?”
“Yeah. Right… Normal… Me… I’m normal… Yeah… cool… Act cool… I can do that.”
Alex reached up to knock on the door. “Wait! I don’t know if I want to do this now…”
“Maria… We drove for two hours. You rambled on and on for two hours. I am not turning around and driving another two hours just to hear what could have happened if only we would have knocked. So… I am knocking… Don’t try and stop me.” Alex waited. Deep down inside he really did want Maria to stop him. “I mean it… I’m going to knock now.” Maria still didn’t try and stop him. “Damn it. Maria. Can’t you see that I want you to stop me from knocking.”
“Great. So we both are chickens.” Just then the front door flew open.
“Isabel!” Maria and Alex both said in unison.
“Alex? What are you guys doing here?”
“Well… It’s a long story.” Isabel opened the door wider to let the two friends from Roswell through the front door.
“Come in. We were just getting ready to eat a slice of pizza. Do you want any?” They were walking in around the corner towards the kitchen. Max was sitting at the counter. Maria, Alex and Isabel occupied the remaining stools that encircled the freestanding bar.
“Hey guys. What are you doing here?” Max was shocked to see Alex and Maria here. **What was up with that? Alex better not have any intentions towards Liz… **
“Well you see my mom had a delivery in Clovis that needed to be there by noon and well…” Maria looked at Alex for help. “I didn’t want to go by myself and so I asked Alex to come along with me for the ride. You know to keep me company.” Max shook his head like he believed the story. “Well anyway we almost go hit by this pizza dude and I started rambling on and on about where he got his driver’s license when Alex, here, said. Um Maria I think that is the Parker house. And I said really… Well then lets just go say Hi to them. You know. See what they are up to.” Max was beginning to enjoy the show. The more Maria talked the redder she got.
“Maria.” She didn’t her Max. She was concentrating on the story. She needed to make it believable because if they didn’t believe that this was by pure accident then everything would continue to go down hill. “Maria. Its ok… Don’t worry about it. I’m sure Michael and Liz won’t mind if there is two more people here today… We were just hanging out anyway.” Max was trying to calm the blonde down some… He had seen it too many times at the Crashdown how her overactive imagination could get her carried away.
Alex and Isabel weren’t even listening to the conversation between Max and Maria; they were too busy staring at each other. “Yeah… Calm down… Liz and Michael should be back any moment now. Liz was doing some cleaning in the back of the house while we waited for the pizza to show up… Michael just left to go get her.”
Just then Michael and Liz entered the living room… A blank look on their faces showed that they weren’t expecting two more teenagers in the room…
“Hey guys…” Liz brushed off Michael’s arm and headed toward the newcomers.
“Liz! Babe… We were just in town and thought we would drop by and say hi… See if there was anything that you needed. We had no idea that Max and Izzy would be here… I mean Isabel… We had no idea you would have company.” Alex was trying to act all cool and such but was drowning miserably.
“Good… I’m glad you guys dropped by… You are always welcomed to come by… Consider us friends.”
Michael leaned over and grabbed the two boxes of pizza, nearly pushing Maria out of the way. “Move it… Were not all going to fit around the bar. Let’s go eat at the table… There should be enough room there.”
“Well hello to you too…Mister grumpy with messy hair… Or do you prefer the term hair handicapped.”
“Whatever… I’m not going to let you get to me today sweetheart… So you can just keep on handing out the cheap shots. I just hope you can take what you dish out. If not you are in for a rude awakening.” Everyone got up and moved into the dining room to sit at the large oval oak table.
As everyone sat down at the table you could actually feel all of the tension being released as almost everyone let out their breath… It was going to be a long day.
“So I see that you guys just don’t go for the sweet and spicy combination.” Alex kicked Maria on the shin underneath the table. “What? I was trying to make up some dinner conversation. Is there anything wrong with that?”
“Well have you tried it?”
“What? Tabasco sauce on pizza? No.”
“Well don’t knock it until you’ve tried it.” Michael took another big bite out of his pizza.
“Hand it over.”
“No get your own.”
“I’m not wasting a perfectly good piece of pizza to try some kind of fad that the four you share. So, hand your piece over.”
“I said no. I’m not about to share a piece of pizza with you… Who knows what kind of cooties you are carrying around?”
“Here Maria. Try it… But be careful… It’s awfully spicy…” Liz handed Maria her piece of pizza while she gave Michael one of her evil looks.
“I don’t think you should try it Maria. Remember the last time you tried some of Jose’s famous hot sauce? You had tears in your eyes and there wasn’t a glass of ice water anywhere in the restaurant that you didn’t guzzle. Just let it be.”
“No Alex. If Liz and Isabel can eat Tabasco then so can I… and besides, don’t tell me what to do.”
“Ok. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.”
Maria hesitated… and hesitated. She smelled the piece and wrinkled her nose. “Come on… If little Liz can eat it then surely you can… being the big bad blonde and all.” Michael was just egging her on.
“Michael. Stop it. Maria, you don’t have to eat it if you don’t want to… It’s no big deal. Just to let you know I’ve been eating Tabasco sauce since I was two.” Michael gave Liz a knowing look that there was no way that Liz had been eating Tabasco sauce since she was two… They were six when they came out of the pods. Liz acknowledged the look but continued on anyway. “If you can’t handle hot sauce then this is going to be worse. Trust me… we won’t think any differently of you if you don’t want to take a bite.”
Maria wasn’t one to back down and she was going to prove to the spike headed neanderthal that she was no wussy. She opened up her mouth and took a huge bite. It didn’t’ take but a couple of chews before the tears started running down her cheek… but she was a real trooper. She kept on chewing… and chewing. By the time she had chewed the piece of pizza four times she had lost all feeling to her tongue…”Good.” Everything after that was nothing that anybody could make out. The language was indescribable.
“Maria… are you alright?” Alex had seen this before. The girl was on a mission. She was trying to seriously impress her newfound crush. She shook her head up and down. “Are you sure? I can get you something to drink… a napkin to spit it out in… Anything. Just let me know.” Maria held up her hand doing the ‘ok’ sign with it. Her face was starting to turn colors. Her current coloring was a bright fuchsia; it wouldn’t be long before she turned green and vomited. “Um… Liz could you take her to the bathroom… I’ve seen this look before and it doesn’t get any prettier.”
“Sure. Come on Maria. Let’s go…” Liz stood up and took the saltshaker with her and ran around to gather Maria up. “Come on we can do this.” As soon as the two girls reached the bathroom Maria released everything that was still left in her mouth… “I don’t know what possessed you to do something like that… next time try a smaller bite. Here, put salt on your tongue it will take the heat away… Keep on applying salt until you get feeling back ok… Oh, don’t drink anything that really doesn’t help.”
“You know I have to ask.”
“Are you guys normal?”
“Well if I told you that I would have to kill you then; now wouldn’t I?”
Maria’s eyes got as big as silver dollars.
“I’m joking. It’s a joke Maria. Of course, we’re just as normal as you or Alex. What were you thinking we were? Aliens or something? Come on … lets go back and eat some pizza.
“Wait… Are you and Michael adopted?”
“We were. Why?”
“Have you ever thought that maybe Max and Isabel are related to the two of you?”
“I do have to say that the thought has passed my mind a time or two. Why.”
“You four have some of the same mannerisms. It’s unexplainable.”
“Come on Maria. Max and Isabel and Michael and I are already thinking about that. Don’t worry nothing bad is going to happen. Anyway how do you expect my brother to like you if you are accusing him of being an alien or something like that? I know he acts strange but believe me underneath that rough exterior is a huge teddy bear and if anyone can get underneath it, it’s you. How’s your mouth feel?”
“Better. How did you know that salt would help instead of drinking water?”
“Anyone that knows anything about hot sauce knows that you use salt to take away the heat. It absorbs stuff. Water just fuels the fire. Come on … Let’s go see what the others are doing.”
“Thanks Liz.” The two walked out to the dining room with there arms wrapped around each other like they had been best buds for a lifetime…
“So, Maria are you going to make it?”
“Of course. It really wasn’t that bad. I think I’m ready for another piece.”
“I don’t think so…” Alex threw the Tabasco bottles to Michael. “Hide them… We don’t want this to get ugly.”
“Can it get any worse? I already lost my appetite.” Michael got up from the table after grabbing the last piece of one pizza and headed for the kitchen.
“Can’t you ever say anything nice to anyone? Do you always have to be so stand offish?” She was following him into the kitchen.
“That’s the way I am if you don’t like it there’s the front door I suggest you use it.” Michael continued to chew the pizza that was in his mouth.
“Why don’t you get some manners? Didn’t your mother ever teach you not to speak with your mouth full?”
“Didn’t your mother ever teach you not to be rude while you are in someone’s house?” Michael knew that didn’t come out right. There was something about this Maria chick that just rubbed him the wrong way… Wait… didn’t he already establish this the first time he met her at the Crashdown. Michael shook his head. “Leave me alone.”
“What are you going to cry now?” Maria waited for a response and seeing that there wasn’t going to be one she moved on. She went back to the table and grabbed the rest of the pizza boxes and started to crumple them up to throw them away. “Where’s your trash?”
“Give them here. I’ll take them out.” Michael reached for the boxes and as he grabbed them they made actual skin-to-skin contact. They both just stood there and stared into each other’s eyes. “Let go already.”
“Fine.” Maria let go of the boxes and noticed that Michael had turned slightly pinkish… She had finally gotten to him… Who would have thought it? She went into the living room and turned on TV. “What do you guys want to watch?”
Alex came in and plopped next to her. Liz, Isabel and Max walked in after him… He scooted over to make room and to his surprise Isabel sat down beside him… “Well what do you guys like to watch? We have a wide range of movies or we can play a game.” Liz was standing in front of the movie rack. “Take your pick… We’ve seen them all.”
The group settled on a movie and when they were half way into it, Maria stood up. “Oh my god… I didn’t do the delivery… Come on Alex we gotta go.”
“You go… I haven’t seen this one.”
“Well someone has to go with me.”
“I’ll go.” Michael stood up… He couldn’t believe what he had just said. “What? Don’t look at me like I just grew a third eyeball or something. Are we going or not. I’ve seen this movie dozens of time… We’ve already seen the best part. Russell Crowe beats the crap out of everyone and then he dies. What’s the glory in that? Stupid movie. Let’s go.” He held the door open for her to leave.
“Thanks Michael. I really appreciate it.”
“We’ll see. All I ask is that you get off my back now… Ok.”
The movie ended and Max got up and went to the bathroom. Alex and Isabel were in the kitchen cooking popcorn. “You know they make microwave popcorn nowadays. It’s a lot easier and quicker than popping it on the stove.” Isabel was saying to Liz.
“I know. It’s just that’s the way my mom always made popcorn for us. Old habits die hard.”
“Tell me about it. Was anyone else surprised by Michael leaving with Maria?”
“No.” Liz knew that her brother was going to have a hard time being mad at their new friend. It’s amazing how their lives had changed since the death of their parents.
“Why?” Alex had to know.
“He likes her. If he didn’t he wouldn’t give her such a hard time all the time. Easy as that.”
“Why do all men act like that? If you like a girl just tell her so… Don’t beat around the bush with her until she is so mad at you she could care less if you like her or not. Guys really need to get a clue.” Isabel just had to throw her two scents in.
“So… Isabel… Ummm. I don’t want to beat around the bush or anything but…” Alex was having a hard time saying what he really wanted to say. Liz took her cue and left. She went looking for Max.
He was no longer in the bathroom and she had noticed that the sliding glass door was cracked just a little. She went to go look and sure enough he was out there in her hammock. She went outside. “You know you are in my seat.”
“Oh, sorry. I can get up.” Max started to get up.
“No. You don’t have to. Just scoot over. It’s a hammock built for two.”
Max scooted over and Liz lay down beside him. “I just had to come out here for awhile.”
“It’s ok Max. I think Alex is trying to tell your sister that he likes her.” Max looked over at Liz.
“Yeah, she gave this long speech about how men beat around the bush when they like someone and so he started to tell her what she wanted him to say.”
“It’s about time. He’s liked her for a long time.”
“That’s good. So why did you come out here? Was it because of the company? You know you don’t have to stay if you don’t want to.”
“How can you say that Liz? Ever since I met you on the Sunday I haven’t been able to get you out of my mind. I’m being pulled in two different directions.”
“My mind is telling me that you are family and I should treat you like… well… my sister.” Max waited to see if Liz had any response to what he was saying. She moved her head so she could look up at the sky… it had started to turn all sorts of pretty colors. The sun had started to go down. She didn’t want to hear him tell her that they were siblings. She was feeling much more that sisterly love towards Max. She almost decided to get up when Max continued but she felt the need to be close to him. “Liz.” She finally turned back so they were lying on the hammock while facing each other.
“But my heart… My heart is telling me that what I am feeling is not brotherly love. Do you know what I am talking about?” Liz nodded her head up and down. Her stomach started doing flip-flops. He felt it. He felt what she was feeling. He laid his hand on her cheek and started to move in for a kiss when…
“Max… Liz… we're getting ready to play twister do you guys want to play?”
The two that were lying on the hammock sat straight up. They were startled that Isabel had interrupted them. They looked at each other. “Ummm. I don’t think so… Liz did you want to go?”
“No… I’m not that coordinated. I think I will pass.”
“Ok… Don’t say we didn’t ask you.”
“It’s ok… we’ll be fine.”
Isabel shut the door with a grin on her face. She couldn’t help the fact that her brother had finally found someone that he liked. She couldn’t be happier. Today is going pretty well. Alex went as so far as to mention that he might like her, which coming from Alex was a huge step for him. Michael and Maria made it back to the house in one piece and were actually still civil with each other and her brother and new friend were out lying on a hammock watching the sunset. All was good with the world for a little while at least.
When Isabel shut the door Max and Liz both laid back down… However, they were no longer looking at each other they were looking up. After a few minutes of silence Liz finally spoke up… “That’s the same way as I feel. I was worried that we could be siblings, but it just doesn’t explain why I can’t feel Isabel and you can’t feel Michael. This is something different.” She turned her body to face Max once again. “Have you ever had any dreams?” She paused for a response. Max turned once again to come face to face with Liz. “Dreams that don’t mean anything to this world but maybe to the world were we came from?”
“No.” Max was shaking his head no while he said it. “Have you?”
“I don’t really know. I’ve had a few but…”
“Tell me about them.”
“Well the first one was the night after my parents’ funeral. Remember the one that I told you about earlier. The king’s funeral. It was weird… It was just us woman attending, but I wasn’t worried because I knew where the men were. They were fighting a war or something like that. The queen handed me the book that I showed you earlier and told me that it had the past, the present and the future in it. She gave me the book and told me that it had not only told her that her husband would be killed but the royal family would soon die as well. It scared me… my knees grew week and I had to sit down… The next thing I knew Michael was storming in my room after some intruder.”
“Wait that guy has been here before?”
Liz looked away…”Yes.”
“Why didn’t you tell me? You guys aren’t safe here anymore.”
‘What do you expect us to do Max. We already have gone over this… If we move to Roswell then we will drag you guys into this chaos. What do you want us to do? Go on the run… That’s not a life I want to live. Don’t ask me to do that.” She started to get up from the hammock but Max placed a gentle hand on her arm.
“Please. I’m sorry. That’s not what I was getting at… I still believe that you guys should come to Roswell. We can handle this together… Maybe we can go to my dad and tell him that someone is posing a threat to you and Michael and maybe we could give you guys a new identity when you move to Roswell.”
“Max. Will you listen to yourself? The only way that we will be safe is if we catch whoever is doing this and we find out why they are doing this to us. Nothing else is going to work.” She continued to get up.
“Wait. You said that you had dreams; tell me about the others.” Liz sat back down on the hammock. Refusing to lie down beside him she turned her body so that her feet were at his head and her head was at his feet. They could still look at each other but it brought distance between them that Max was fully aware of.
“Ok… The other one was when I dream walked you… Right before you entered the dream the queen had given me the book. She said it was mine. She said that it would bring peace to the others and me. I’m assuming she meant the four of us but I’m not for sure. What do you think it meant?”
“Wait. You had that before you met me in the dream?”
“Then you didn’t dream walk me…”
“What do you mean I didn’t dream walk you? You were in my dream.”
“Yeah, I know. I was in your dream. Maybe you don’t really have the same ability as Isabel… You brought me into your dream… Maybe I helped a little bit because I was thinking about you, but it definitely sounds like you were the one with the dream not me.”
“Ok… Then what do you suggest we do now?”
“Well as soon as Alex and Maria leave I think we should try a few things… We’ll talk some more a little bit later.” Max got up and then walked around to help Liz up off the hammock. Once they were face-to-face, Max finally worked up the nerve to kiss her. Liz reached up to wrap her arms around his neck while he placed his around the small of her back pulling her closer to him. When they were fully into the kiss the connection that they felt when they first met opened up again and the images began to flash right before their eyes.
Maria’s mom calling her on her cell phone interrupted the game of twister she wanted them back home now. It wasn’t that she didn’t trust them it’s just that she didn’t trust the jetta. After they said their goodbyes the four aliens sat down in the living room in silence. It had been a long time since they had acted like normal teenagers. Maria and Alex were going to be a good influence on them.
“Well the evening is still early. Any suggestions on what to do now?” Isabel was getting antsy and she wanted to get answers as soon as she could.
The phone rang. “Who can that be?” Liz got up and walked into the kitchen to answer the phone. “Hello?”
“You will never believe what happened.”
“What happened? Are you ok?” Liz’s side of the conversation had gotten everyone’s attention. Michael had gotten off of the couch and had walked into the kitchen to stand closer to his sister.
He whispered, “What’s wrong?” Liz shooed him away so she could her Maria.
“Well… You promise not to laugh at me?”
“Maria! What happened?”
“Alright. Geez… I ran out of gas.”
“Yeah… She was so flustered about her night with your brother she forgot everything she knew.”
“Alex get back. I told you not to say anything or I was leaving you on the side of the road.” Liz started to laugh. “Hey I told you not to laugh.”
“Where are you at? You can’t be that far, you just left thirty minutes ago.”
“You’re right. We didn’t get but on the outside of Clovis. Do you think that someone can bring us some gas? My mom is going to have a cow if I don’t get home soon.”
Michael was hitting Liz’s arm… “Where are they? What’s wrong? Is she ok? Where’s Alex?”
“Michael if you don’t quit it I’m not going to let you go help her.” Liz was smiling on the inside as well as the outside. The grin was from ear to ear. She was really happy that her brother had finally found someone that he liked well enough to get all bothered.
“Alright. I will give you some room. Just hurry up. I don’t want her out there all by herself. Anything could happen to her.”
“Michael I think you are forgetting that Alex is with her.”
“What? That bean pole couldn’t hurt a fly.”
“Excuse me? Are you talking about Alex? You better not be talking about him that way. You don’t know him… What… you’ve been with him for half a day and you think you know that he couldn’t hurt a fly. Well.” Michael had his hands up in a defensive way motioning her to back up.
“Hey. I didn’t mean to step on your boyfriend’s toes or yours for that matter. Chill ok, princess.”
Isabel jabbed her pointed index finger into his chest with every word. “Don’t. Call. Me. That. Ever. Again. Got it?” She paused and waited for Michael to shake his head up and down. “Good. I would hate to stand by and watch him kick your butt just because I told him to do it.” Isabel couldn’t believe what she was doing. Defending Alex’s honor. Why? She didn’t know. Something about him just called to him. Something that she just didn’t understand. Today was a good day. “Where are they?”
Liz turned her back to the two of them. She couldn’t help but smile. When the conversation had ended and she hung up the phone with Maria she turned around to face the two demanding sets of eyes. “Well.”
“What already?” They said in unison.
“They ran out of gas just outside of Clovis.” Both Isabel and Michael let out the breath they were holding.
They looked at each other and started to laugh. “They ran out of gas. Leave it to Maria to do something as blonde as that. Run out of gas.” Isabel turned towards Michael.
“Hey. Don’t call her blonde. Have you looked in the mirror lately? That’s the pot calling the kettle black. I’ll go get them going.” Michael went for the door and grabbed his keys to the pickup off the hanger that hung by the door.
“I’m going too.” Isabel called out. “I don’t want you to get any bright ideas about hurting Alex just because you can.”
Max and Liz looked at each other. “This is going to be a long night.”
“Yeah.” Max was now sitting on one of the bar stools and had both his elbows on the counter with his head resting in them. He was staring at Liz.
“What? Do I have something on my face?”
Max just smiled. “No. You don’t have anything on your face except two beautiful brown eyes. A petite nose and two luscious lips.” Max’s face flushed with embarrassment.
“Stop Max. You are embarrassing me as well as you by the look of your face.” Liz’s face too had reddened around the edges. “I wonder how long it’s going to take them to rescue their loved ones?”
“I don’t know. They were really having a good time today. They will have to let them go or else Maria and Alex won’t get back to Roswell before midnight.”
“I know that and you know that but that doesn’t mean that Michael and Isabel will like it.”
Max began to flip through the TV channels and Liz sat down beside him. They fell into that comfortable silence that two people have when they have known each other for a long time and words aren’t necessary anymore.
“Ok, Alex act normal… Don’t do anything stupid or silly. Ok?”
“You are worried about me? You already made us look like fools there isn’t much more damage that I can do. Let’s just get the gas and tell them thanks and get on our merry little way. Alright.” Maria nodded her head in agreement just as a truck pulled up behind them.
“Ok, Alex here we go. Be cool.” Maria leaned up against the jetta nonchalant and in doing so tripped over her own feet.
“Walk much?” Michael couldn’t help himself. The girl just left herself wide open for insult and jabs. He liked the fact that she was always trying so hard to impress everyone. Especially him. He shook his head no. They couldn’t allow themselves to get too close to anyone. They had to be prepared to leave and getting attached to anyone else was too much to accept.
“Yeah, well if you would have turned your headlights off I probably would have been able to walk right. But no. You had to keep them on high and blind everyone and everything.” Michael just smiled. It was hard not to. “What are you smiling at?”
“I have to have the headlights on so I can see where to put the gas into your car. Do you mind?” Michael waited for Maria to get away from the car. He had the gas can from the back of the pickup already in his hands and had the lid off of it.
“You’re going to need these. Mom insisted on us having a gas lid that locks. You just use the key.”
Michael grabbed it and tried to put the key into the hole. “I can do it.”
“No. I will do it, it’s my car.” In the struggle between who was going to unlock the gas tank the key broke in the keyhole.
“Just great. Can’t you let anyone help you? Why do you have to be so stubborn?”
“Me. Stubborn. I don’t think so. It’s my car and now look at what you did. Now I have to call mom and get her to come out here with the sheriff and give me the other key.”
“Wait.” Isabel had an idea. “Let me try my key. We have a locking gas tank cap too. Who knows? It just might work.” Michael gave her a strange look. “Besides, we don’t want your mom to drag the sheriff out here for no reason now do we.” Maria shook her head no as well as everyone else. “Ok. Everyone step back.”
“The tanks not going to blow Isabel we don’t have to step back.” Maria couldn’t understand. Michael grabbed her and the started to walk away. He knew what she was going to do and he couldn’t take the chance of anyone seeing it.
Isabel took out her keys and started to fiddle with them. She had to make it seem real. She ran her hand over the cap and unlocked it. “Wow. It worked.”
Michael and Maria went back to the car. “Now was that so hard. Leave it to a girl to do it.”
“You better watch it sweetheart or I will just take my gas and leave you out here for the coyotes.”
“That’s enough. God. You guys should just kiss and get it out of your system already. This tension that you guys have is driving me insane.”
“Alex!” Maria’s face got bright red. “I don’t… There is no… I’m not kissing him. No way. Hell will freeze over first and he would have to be the last man on earth. Maybe. But right now. No way. No way am I kissing him.”
“You can say that again.” Michael had to add his two cents in too.
Isabel and Alex just looked at each other. Both of them had a smile from ear to ear on their face. “Come on Michael just put the gas in the tank already. It’s going to be close to ten o’clock before they get back home. I wouldn’t want to be out on the highway that late. We won’t tease you anymore.”
“Ok.” Michael started putting the gas into the tank. “What kind of gas mileage do you get out of this car?”
“I don’t know. Why?”
“How much gas was in the tank when you were on your way up here?”
“I don’t know.”
“Alex? Do you know anything about this car of hers?”
“Don’t look at me. I don’t even own a car.”
“Max and I took a half of tank to get here. I would think that this gets better gas mileage than the jeep does. How much does it usually take to fill your tank Maria?”
“About ten bucks.”
“OK. Hey Alex, can you hold this while I go get the other can out of the back of the truck.”
“Sure.” Alex walked around the car and held the can for Michael. “Do you always have this much gas in the back of your truck?”
“No. It’s just that I was supposed to go bike racing this weekend but with my parent’s funeral and all I didn’t make it.”
Maria slapped Alex’s arm. “Just great Alex. Bring up bad memories for him.”
“How was I supposed to know? Hey man, I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to drag up bad memories for you.”
“It’s cool Alex. You just asked a simple question and I answered it. I have to get over it sooner or later. Don’t worry about it.”
They put both gas cans of gas into the jetta and put the cap back on the tank. Everyone said their goodbyes and they were finally off.
“See you didn’t need my help to look stupid now did you?”
“Not funny Alex. Not funny at all.” Maria turned on her turn signal to let everyone know that she was entering the highway again.
Michael and Isabel were in the truck. “How could you use your powers like that in front of them? Her mom is dating the sheriff. We really don’t need them to find out about us. Do you have any idea what will happen to us if the Roswell police department finds out that we are aliens.” Michael waited and then continued. “Goodbye free world. Hello captivity.”
“Well they didn’t see anything now did they. You took care of Maria and Alex was on the other side of the car. There was no way that either one of them could have seen anything. Besides, did you want the sheriff coming up here in the dead of night? They would have had to wait at your house and I’m sure that he would start digging into your past to see what kind of guy you are. Relax Michael. No harm, No foul.”
“Well you better hope so.”
“Isn’t it strange that Isabel’s key worked in your gas cap?” Alex couldn’t shake the feeling that something wasn’t right.
“No not really. Do you think that the manufacturer makes a different key for every single gas cap that they sell? I’m sure the ratio isn’t that absurd. I’m just glad that we got gas without calling mom to come pick us up. Thank God for small miracles.”
“You can say that again.”
It wasn’t more than five minutes of sitting in front of the TV before Liz leaned her head onto Max’s shoulder. He leaned up and wrapped his arm around her small body. She scooted into him a little bit more to get more comfortable. She just couldn’t get close enough to him.
Max’s hand was caressing her upper arm; Liz couldn’t resist the urge to look up at him. Of course, he was gazing down at her already. “What are you looking at?” She asked.
“I already told you what I was looking at. When I look at you I see so much more. I mean…” He was searching for the right words. “I feel like there is something that I am missing. Something that I should know.” Liz started to say something and before she could get it out he leaned down and kissed her.
She scooted to a more comfortable position so the kiss could deepen. It did and before anyone knew what was going on Max had her lying on the love seat and he was on top of her.
He took off his shoes along with Liz’s. That seemed to help a little bit but the couch was just too short for both of them to lie on it. Max went down to the floor and was standing on his knees so the kiss wouldn’t be broken. Liz slid down to the floor as well; she knew what needed to be done.
Liz was in heaven. The kiss was everything she wanted it to be and then some. She couldn’t get enough of him. Her tongue was roaming every inch of his mouth; her hands were rubbing up and down the front of his chest. She thought to herself what the skin that was well hidden behind his shirt would feel like. As if he could read her mind Max pulled away and broke the kiss. He looked into her dark brown, almost black, eyes and saw the answer that he was looking for. He took off his shirt and just the mere sight of his bare chest took Liz’s breath away. He was absolutely beautiful. She bent at the waist so that her face was now at chest level and she proceeded to kiss his chest.
Her lips on his chest made his skin burn like it was on fire. This was his heaven. She was everything. He knew at that moment that there would be no other woman for him. He would do everything and anything in his power to make her happy as well as safe.
He looked down expecting to see Liz but that wasn’t the case. Someone else was in front of him. “Charisse?”
That was all he needed. Everything was automatic. There was no need to think anymore. Who would have imagined that those two words would have brought on so much need? So much hunger. It was strong. He needed more as well as she did. They needed to be one like they used to be. It took everything that was inside of him to hold back, but it wasn’t helping Liz kept on clawing at him want him closer.
The scene switched from Liz’s living room to a room that he didn’t recognized but knew that it was theirs. Time stood still for a little while but was interrupted by a sweet voice that melted his heart. “Honey, I missed you so much. I was worried when you didn’t return for your father’s funeral. Vilandra took it so hard. You know that she is so dependant on you and besides Rath was with you as well. She is so lost.” He leaned down and quieted her with a kiss.
“Hush my love. I will talk to Vilandra tomorrow for tonight I want to spend with my wife and the one that I love. I have seen so much pain I just want to forget. Please make me forget.”
She kissed him so deep as if his life depended on it.
“Is your sister afraid of the dark?” Michael and Isabel just pulled into the driveway in front of the Parker residence.
“No. Hardly. You know I could ask the same thing about your brother. He’s in there too.” Michael parked the truck and grabbed the take out food and headed for the house.
“I wonder why all the lights are on in the house then?” Isabel took lead and had to wait by the door to have Michael unlock it with his key. After he had his key in the door she felt stupid it wouldn’t have been the first time she had used her powers to unlock a lock.
“What the …” Michael couldn’t believe what he was seeing with his own two eyes.
“Hell.” Isabel’s jaw was hanging wide open. There was her brother on top of Liz without his shirt on. They didn’t even notice that they had walked in on them.
Michael dropped the two sacks of food right where he stood. “What do you think you are doing to my sister?”
“Michael No! Look…” Isabel pointed at the orb. It was glowing. That was the reason the house looked like all the lights were on in the house. “The orb is glowing. I think it has something to do with what they are doing.”
“It doesn’t matter if the orb wants it or not. No one is getting into Liz’s pants. And that goes for your brother. Especially him… She hasn’t known him but for a couple of days. This is going way too fast. I didn’t even know that she could kiss like that.” Michael shook his head to try and get himself from staring at the sight that lay before him.
“Well what do you have planned for this occasion? I’m not going into that circle of light. You don’t know what that thing is capable of doing.”
“Well I am.”
“Michael. Wait! Let’s try and get their attention first.”
“Yell at them.” Isabel cupped her hands around her mouth and proceeded to yell Max’s as well as Liz’s name.
“It’s no use. They can’t hear us.” Max was moving for Liz’s shirt and their kiss broke. She raised her hands to allow him to take off her tank that she was wearing. “Oh, no you don’t…” Michael went head on into the circle of light, Isabel just stood back and watched. Nothing happen. The circle let him in.
Michael grabbed Max by the waistline of his pants and pulled him off of his sister. “Zan!” Liz screamed. Michael threw Max to the wall. He hit it with a loud thud. Max slid down the wall with a dazed look on his face. Confused more like it. “No!” Liz ran to his side. Before Michael could take a step towards her a blue force field encircled him as well as Isabel.
Liz had her arms stretched out towards both him as well as Isabel. She was between Max’s legs and he had his arms wrapped around her and they too were enclosed in a force field but theirs was green. It took a few seconds to take in the ‘big picture’. Michael held his hands up in a defenseless manor. “Look. I’m sorry for the way that I acted. Liz… drop the shield. I was shocked. I’m not going to do anything to hurt him. It’s ok. Really.” Nothing was happening.
Michael started walking towards the two that were up against the wall. “Michael. Look.” Michael turned to look at Isabel. “Just give them a few minutes to see what’s going on. Whatever the orb was doing to them it is still doing it.” So they waited patiently for Max and Liz to get some other expression on their face besides confusion. They really didn’t have any idea what was going on or how they got into the situation that they were in.
The light began to dim and both Max and Liz shook their heads as if they were trying to wake up from a dream. The shield diminished and both Michael and Isabel let out the breath that they had been holding. Max stood up with his hand outstretched for Liz to take hold and pull herself up to a standing position. “What happened Max?”
“I have no idea.”
Alex flopped down onto his bed. Smiling from ear to ear. “That was the best night of my life. Who would have thought that Isabel Evans would be playing twister with me? Alex Charles Whitman? Definitely not I.”
The phone rang. “What do you want Maria?”
“Is that any way to answer the phone? Besides how did you know it was me? It could have been Isssssaaaaaaaabbbbbbbbeeeeeeeeeeellllll.”
“Enough Maria. You know I could tease you just as easy.”
“Yeah, I know. Wasn’t it absolutely dreamy Alex?”
“What time zone are you in DeLuca? Wait don’t answer. MST (Michael Standard Time). Get it?”
“Ha Ha… Very funny. Well what do you want to do tomorrow?”
“I don’t know. Does your mom have anything that needs to be delivered to Clovis?”
“I don’t think so. I won’t be going on anymore out of town deliveries for a while. She couldn’t believe that I had stayed in that small town for that long. She knows what it is like to have hormones at the ripe old age of eighteen. That’s how yours truly came into existence you know.”
“Yeah, I know. I’ve been at the dinner table once or twice when your mom decided to step onto her trusty soapbox… You don’t need to tell me anymore. Anyway. Was there a reason for the call?”
“No. No reason. Just couldn’t get to sleep just yet. I wonder what they are doing right now? Do you think that he would like Isabel… you know like a girlfriend?”
“I don’t think you have anything to worry about. I have the inside scoop from a pretty reliable source that Isabel Evans has eyes only for me.” He had told Isabel that he really liked her and to his surprised she acknowledged that she liked him too. They had agreed to take things slow, but slow is better than nothing.
“Ooh. Alex and Isabel sittin’ in a tree. K-I-S-S-I-N-G.”
“I’m hanging up now Maria.”
“Come by the Crashdown in the morning we got to come up with a plan.”
They both hung up the phone. It had been a good day.
Look for more sometime in the Month of September... I know that's not an accurate date but Gateway has had my home computer held hostage for almost 15 days.... I'm just posting this because I was getting a lot of e-mail's asking if I had any other fics out there... So for those of you that have asked for it... Here it is... Hope you like...
|posted on 13-Oct-2001 6:19:24 AM|
|I was going to post some more on this fic this weekend, but my husband decided to take us back home, which I'm very happy. My sister-in-law is due to have my nephew any day now and I wanted to be there. Look for some more on Two Squared next weekend. I promise I will try and get it typed up. I'm not one to plan anything and I don't have anything yet. Hopefully the trip will do me some good. Thanks for leaving feedback...|
|posted on 2-Dec-2001 10:44:05 PM|
|Title: Two Squared|
Category: the whole gang
Disclaimer: I own NOTHING! Just wish I did…
“What do you mean, you have no idea? Hello? Were you or were you not just groping my sister?” Michael was asking Max who was still holding really tight to Liz. She had a stunned look on her face and what Michael was asking wasn’t even registering to her.
“Michael. Look, I’m sorry for what happened I shouldn’t have let myself get so lost in the moment, but it’s not like we were having sex or anything.” Max shuffled Liz behind him in a way of protecting her from her brother’s wrath.
“You probably would have if we didn’t walk in and try and stop you two.”
Liz had heard enough. “Michael. That’s enough. No more. If you continue to yell at Max for what we were doing, you can just leave now. You hear me? No more!” She was now standing between the two men in her life, a stiff finger poking in the chest of her brother. “God you’re acting like I was a child. I’m not a child Michael. You’re not mom or dad. I can make my own decisions and if you don’t like it… well, it doesn’t really matter what you like.” She grabbed Max’s hand and hollered back behind her for Isabel “Come on Isabel.” Liz led the way to her room. She was frustrated with her brother and she didn’t like how he was treating Max.
Michael began to follow. He wasn’t about to let the two of them behind closed doors so soon after what he had witnessed. Liz must have felt that he was following and she turned and stated. “Michael. If you can’t be nice to him, you might as well not even try to follow.” Michael stopped in his tracks and looked at his sister. He knew what would happen if he didn’t let this go. She would be mad at him forever and she was the only person left in his life that he didn’t want to lose.
“I hear you.” He bowed his head in defeat. He loved his sister too much and it finally dawned on him why this was bothering him so much. She was slowly replacing him and he was soon to be faced with the fact that he had no one.
Liz read the body language of her brother and let loose of Max’s hand, “Come on.” Michael looked up and saw his sister’s expression. She was holding her hand out to him as a sign of peace. “If you promise to keep cool you can come too.” He smiled. He pushed his early thought of being alone behind; he knew his sister would never desert him. That was completely ridiculous.
Michael joined the group and just happened to be beside Max when he asked, “Is she always like that?”
“No, not really, but I’ve really pissed her off. She must really like you, man.” Max looked around and noticed that the girls had gone off to the direction of the bathroom. It was just him and Michael and the need to get the air cleared while it was just the two of them.
“Michael, I don’t think it’s a matter of really liking me, but what you walked in on was something different.” Max didn’t know how to bring the subject up. “We had no control over what we were doing. It’s like… It’s like we were two different people.”
“Yeah, right. I’m a guy too Max and I know all the lines to get out of trouble. Just know this. I’m not happy about seeing what I saw when I walked in, you better keep your feelings in check or you are going to deal with me. Got it?” He waited for a reply from Max and when it didn’t come he continued, “Good.”
The boys had come to an agreement and were sitting on the floor when the girls walked in. “So… what’s the plan?” The boys looked up at the girls and waited. They would have to follow their queue since neither one of them were any good on the dream plane.
The two girls looked at each other and then back at the boys. “We were thinking that we should lay on the bed and Isabel would take us all into the dream plane.” Isabel shook her head in agreement with Liz. “That is it unless you two have something better in mind?”
“No. I’ve never been there.” Michael looked at Max to see if he had any better ideas.
“Sounds good to me. The dream plane has always been Isabel’s best ability. Where do you want us? Do we need to be connected in anyway?”
“I think if you are here and I’m here.” Isabel sat down on the bed to show where she was going to be. “Liz is here and then Michael on the other side.” Everyone took their spots where Isabel had directed them. “Everyone join hands and relax. I’ll go in and locate dad and then I will pull you guys in afterwards. OK?”
Everyone settled in and Isabel took it that everyone was in agreement. She lay back on the pillow and closed her eyes. It was late and would be easy to get on the plane. She said a silent prayer hoping that her dad wasn’t working late and still up.
After a few moments she was there. The iridescent bubbles of varying shapes and colors floated all around her. One that she had seen quit a bit floated over to her as if it were drawn to her. “Not right now Alex. I’ll see you later.” The bubble didn’t leave so she pushed it away and it instantly came floating back to her. She played with it and rolled it around in her hands as if she were rubbing a glass ball. “Don’t worry, I’m not mad at you. It’s just that I’ve got things I’ve got to do right now.” She gave the iridescent orange bubble a light kiss and sent it back on its way.
“Now where’s dad?” She looked around and her eyes finally landed on the two familiar bubbles that had always tempted her. There huddling next to each other as if they couldn’t get enough of each other during the day were her parent’s bubbles. She had been in her mom’s dream only once and she swore to herself that she would never invade their dreams again. Her mom didn’t sleep well for a whole month afterwards.
She closed her eyes and called to them and they floated towards her. Once they were next to her she reached for the connection to Max, Liz and Michael. The three were instantly on the dream plane in front of Isabel and were a little disorientated from the leap.
“Wow.” Michael mumbled since he had never actually been on the dream plane. He started walking around and was instantly bombarded by a glittering, sapphire blue bubble that bounced from here to there. “What’s going on?” He looked to Isabel for an answer.
“That’s Maria’s dream orb. Alex’s tends to come to me the minute I enter it. Maria must like you a lot and must want to dream about you. Most dream orbs have a tendency to float to the ones that they care about. Mom and dad’s are always next to each other’s. The Sheriff and Amy Deluca’s are always next to each other. It’s kind of cool how they sort of just float to who ever they like.”
Maria’s orb continued to dance around Michael and he turned with it so he would always be looking at it. It rubbed his face and he was surprised that it wasn’t sticky or anything like what a bubble would feel like. “How do I get it to go away so we can concentrate on what we are here to do?”
“Just whisper to it and tell it what you want it to do. It’s not going to hurt you and whatever you say to it’s not going to hurt its feelings. She’s dreaming.”
Michael looked at the orb. “Can I touch it?” Isabel nodded her head. “It’s not going to burst or anything like that?” Isabel shook her head no. “Because that would really be just my luck busting the dream bubble of the only girl that I could see myself with and she would end up not being able to dream anymore.” Michael didn’t pay any attention to the others who were giggling at him. He gently whispered to the bubble and sent her on her way. The bubble floated to an orange one and the two just danced away. He returned to the others.
“Whose bubble is that orange one?” Yeah, you could say that he was feeling a little jealous.
“It’s Alex, no matter where one is the other isn’t too far away.” Isabel looked on and her facial expression took on a look of distance. She envied Maria Deluca for her friendship with Alex Whitman, she has never been able to have any real close friends. She has leaned on her brother her entire life to be the one constant
Getting back to business Isabel shook her head and looked at the task at hand. What was waiting for her in her dad’s dream orb. She pushed all her anxiety away and walked to where her parent’s orbs were resting. Picking up the one that was her father’s she began expanding it so that she could see what was inside. The bigger it got the more translucent it became. The group gathered around and began to do the same thing. They all peered in to take a look.
“What do we do now?” Everyone looked at Michael who had taken a step back. “What?”
“We step in.” Isabel said. “Everyone stay in the background and when it’s clear I will call you to the front.”
“Wait. We haven’t really discussed what we are going to try and do. How are we going to ask him if he knows if we are aliens or not?” Max has asked his sister.
“Liz is going to be the one to make contact with him. I will change the scenery to his office and then Liz will walk in showing him the contents of what her parents had left. Including the letter that they had left stating that they could trust the Evans’ as well as the orb.” Isabel looked around to everyone making eye contact to make sure everyone knew what the plan was.
Isabel stepped in reaching out for Liz who in turned grabbed onto Max who had grabbed Michael. Once inside the dream switched from a beach scene to the office that Liz and Michael had both been to in Clovis. Liz knocked on the door and took a deep breath.
“Come in.” Mr. Evans said. “Well hello Miss Parker. What do I owe this visit for?” He was smiling as if nothing was wrong. The look in his eye spoke to Liz but she just didn’t know what to expect.
“Well…” She began and then stopped and turned around. Not being able to see the others didn’t make it any easier on her. “I was wondering if you could help me with something that my parents had left us in their safe deposit box.” Liz handed out the letter to him so he could take it.
Mr. Evans took the paper and began reading it.
If you are reading this then I guess something has happened to your father and me. I know that we weren’t your biological parents but that didn’t mean that we didn’t love you like our own. We would have given anything to have you be ours forever, but the two of you are special and can never belong to anyone but to the ones that you give your hearts to. We know that now and I hope you understand why we never told you that we knew. Your father and I were afraid that you would leave us if you knew that we knew the truth about you two.
Michael our hearts will always be with you and I hope that one day you will let them in. Liz I am counting on you to help your brother learn to trust others, help him love himself first and then maybe, just maybe he will love another. Your father and I went back to where we found you. Michael went straight for the orb and tried to hide it. He hid it under his bed and I suppose he just forgot about it so I brought it in here for it to be safe. I am unsure what it is but I’m sure it is from your origins. I also have a book in my desk at the house it also has the same emblem on it. I was unable to read anything because all of the pages are blank. I will assume that once it is in your hands that it will all become perfectly clear.
As always we will be with you and if there ever comes a time that you are in trouble go see Phillip Evans in Roswell. It’s hard to explain why I think you can trust him. Maybe it’s the fact that the Evans also adopted their children. I guess what I am saying is that there are at least four of you. The Evans have the other set. There were many a night that your father and I argued about getting the four of you together. It’s sad to say that we were afraid. I know I was scared to introduce you to them in fear that you would know that they were your real family and that you no longer needed us. Please forgive us and know that everything we did was because we thought it would be safer for the two of you, our two children of the stars.
Be careful and remember we love you.
All our love
When he was done reading the letter he looked up at her. “I guess you are here to find out what we know.”
|posted on 20-Dec-2001 11:49:52 AM|
When he was done reading the letter he looked up at her. "I guess you are here to find out what we know." Liz shook her head yes.
"Why would my mother tell us to come to you if we are in trouble?" Liz watched Mr. Evans adjust in his seat. He looked uncomfortable. "Do I scare you?" Liz asked him.
"No, are you trying to scare me?" He asked.
"No." Liz shifted in her seat. "You just look like you are uncomfortable with me being here."
"I'm just trying to understand what is happening. Is this a dream?"
"So you aren't really here?" He was getting confused.
"I am and I'm not.” Shifting in her chair once again she continued. “Look Mr. Evans that's irrelevant. The important thing is that I need to know who I can trust and who I can't trust. I loved my parents and I hope that their judgement of you is correct. I'm taking a leap of faith in you by doing this."
"I don't mean to interrupt you but is Max and Isabel like you?" His eyes were looking straight at her. She couldn't hold his gaze.
"I don't know." Liz looked away because she was uncomfortable lying to the man. She was asking him for her trust and she was lying to him. “I’m not here to discuss Max and Isabel.” She met Mr. Evans gaze and then continued. “You don't know what it is like knowing that you are different and that any mistake that is made could lead you to a government lab for research purposes. Mr. Evans I’m asking you, do you have or have you seen anything like my mother has described in the letter?” Liz waited for his answer.
“Have you found the book?" He asked as he stood from his desk evading her question.
"Is it still blank?" He began to pace.
"Yes. I was unable to do anything with it. Mr. Evans why would my mother tell us to come to you if we were in trouble?" She asked again.
"I don't know. Are you in trouble?" He said.
"No.” It was another lie but Mr. Evans and his kids didn’t need to know.
“Is Max and Isabel in any danger by associating with you?” He was concerned for his children it was a reasonable question.
“I wouldn’t think so…” Liz shook her head the questions were going in the wrong direction. At this pace Max and Isabel would be barred from seeing them. Liz decided to change the line of questions by the one that she asked next. “Is it true that you and your wife adopted Max and Isabel?"
"Yes." He stopped in mid stride and looked at Liz. His expression took on the look as if he were no longer in the office. "Diane and I were driving home after doing some stargazing. It was a beautiful night. Warm. The stars were bright and it was amazing what we could see. Everything was right with the world." He began to pace as he remembered that night. "We were giggling because we had received some good news. We had been approved to begin adoption of a child so we had gone to celebrate. Diane was finally going to have a child. She wanted one more than any woman I had ever known." A smile crossed his face. "Anyway, we were just about to get on the highway when two kids ran across the road. They were naked and they looked scared. We stopped and Diane immediately wrapped them up in the blanket we had had in the back seat. She was so worried."
He sat back down in his chair. "They didn't say anything. The first thing we thought was that they had been abused and were left out there to die. Who would leave two kids out in the desert to die? So we took them home with us. We called the authorities to find out what needed to be done when we got home. Diane had to hold both children on her lap for neither one would let go of the other." Phillip was silent for a beat and then he continued. "The authorities wanted to take them to the orphanage in case someone came to claim them but Max and Isabel wouldn't let them take them. They clung to Diane and cried whenever anyone tried to take them away from her. It was hard the first week. I convinced the authorities to let them stay with us while they looked for their parents. No one claimed them and they became ours. We adopted them.”
He shifted in his chair and then continued. “Diane worked so hard with them. When we first found them they knew nothing, Diane had to teach them the most basic tasks, speaking, using a bathroom, eating utensils.” Phillip slowly shook his head in remembrance before continuing, “It was like they had been born the day we found them. Diane would take them to the park, to the library, and just spend most of her time helping them, getting to know them. Isabel was the first one to become independent. She began to act more and more like the rest of the children that she saw, but Max just withdrew. He would cry and cry at night. There were some nights that he would just scream."
Liz interrupted him. "What was he screaming about?"
"I can't really remember; something about Charlie? No Charisse. Yeah, Charisse. That was the only word that he spoke for the first month. We asked everyone if they had heard of it and we came up empty." He noticed that Liz's eyes had begun to tear some. "What's wrong? Do you know Charisse?"
"Umm..." Liz thought to herself about how much she should reveal to Mr. Evans. She shook her head no. "It's just I know what they were going through. I remember going through the same exact thing. Sorry. Is there anymore?"
"Not really." He said.
"So Max and Isabel aren't connected to us?"
"Not that I'm aware of. We had tests done and nothing showed up out of the normal." Phillip sat there for a moment remembering the conversation that he had had with his wife just after reading the will that the Parker's had left. He suspected that his kids were different and this conversation with Liz proved that they were different as well.
Liz stood up and held out her hand to Mr. Evans. "I'd like to thank you for talking to me." She smiled as he shook her hand. "Can I come see you again if I have anymore questions?"
"Yes. I'm here for you as well as your brother. I want to remind you that my offer for you to come to Roswell still stands. I think Max and Isabel would like that."
"Thank you. I don’t know if we will but we'll think about it." Liz turned and left the office. Phillip sat back down in his chair as Liz left and wondered if Liz Parker had really told him all that she knew. She seemed to holding back and he had to make the kids know that they could trust him. He didn’t know why, but something told him that it was very important that they come live in Roswell and be close to Max and Isabel.
“Honey, wake up?” Phillip leaned over his wife so that he could tell her what had happened.
“What is it Phillip?”
“I was right. The Parker girl just visited my dream. I was right about them.”
“What are you talking about?” Diane sat up and rubbed her eyes as she shifted to look at her husband who had gotten out of bed. He was now pacing the room a sign that she had grown accustomed to. He was thinking really hard and didn’t want to loose his train of thought.
“She must have the power to invade peoples dreams.” He continued.
“Phillip you’re talking nonsense. Are you listening to yourself?” Diane left the room to head for the kitchen. She was going to make a pot of coffee and hope that it would bring some sense to her husband as well. He followed and sat down at the kitchen table.
Liz walked through the office door and was once again on the dream plane with the others. They knew that the meeting was over and had left the dream orb before Liz had left. They had heard it all. Liz made a straight line to Max’s waiting arms. She nuzzled her head deep into his embrace and just breathed in his warm scent. He held her tight not knowing what she needed. He wouldn’t let her go until he knew that she was ready.
“Liz what’s wrong?” Michael was worried. He had seen and heard it all but didn’t know what had affected his sister so much.
“Hang on Michael. She’ll let us know when she is ready.” Max whispered over her head and then tightened his embrace on her. She was shaking and Max was beginning to get worried about what was going on with her as well.
“Look!” Isabel directed everyone’s attention to the two orbs that had now disappeared from the plane. “They’re awake.” She looked back to her brother with worry in her eyes. “What have we done, Max?”
“I handled it wrong. It’s my fault.” Liz said as she removed herself from the security of Max’s arms. “He doesn’t know anything and if he does he’s hiding it really well. All I’ve done is made him more confused than what he already was.”
“Liz, it’s not your fault. It’s ours.” Max looked at his sister who nodded in agreement. “We weren’t strong enough to face him. We didn’t want to see him deny us once he knew the truth about us.”
“Isabel can you get us out of here please?” Liz asked because she wanted to get away from everything that she had just heard.
The group slowly came back from the dream plane. The girls sitting up on the bed and the boys getting up from the position that they held on the floor.
“Liz you’re crying?” Max asked as he looked on to the angel that had captured his heart in such a short time.
Liz immediately got up and ran for the bathroom that was just down the hall. Isabel slapped her brother for being so insensitive. “Ouch. What did I do?” Isabel didn’t say a word but just followed Liz to the bathroom.
“Liz. Are you ok?” Isabel had a feeling what it was but didn’t want to intrude.
“I’ll be ok. Just give me a minute, please.” Liz was busy running cold water over her hands and then placing her cold hands to her face. She always found that running water soothed her emotions while the cold water relaxed her some.
Isabel returned to the room that she had left to find that the two boys were now gone. She turned around and went into the living room. She continued on to the kitchen and found that Michael had his head in the refrigerator while Max was going through the cabinets. “Is she ok?” Max asked while shutting the cabinet door that he was raiding.
“I think so.”
“What’s wrong?” Max asked his sister.
“I don’t know. Do you know, Michael?” Isabel asked.
“No.” He left the room and went in search of his sister. He found that she was still in the bathroom and the water was still running. “Liz. It’s ok. You didn’t know.” He had realized what was wrong with her only seconds after asking her what was wrong the first time. She had had the same experience when she had come out of her pod. She would wake up in a cold sweat at night screaming for Zan. Michael didn’t know what to think of it at the beginning but by the time he had decided to be worried about it the nightmares had ended and Liz never spoke of Zan again. He continued to talk to the closed door in hopes of comforting his sister. “They had left and we had been separated. We were only kids.”
Michael heard the water turn off and then heard his sister slide down next to the door. Her head was resting on the opposite side as his. “I should have known.” She said. “I’m so confused Michael. I don’t know who I am anymore. I’m not sure I even had any idea who I really was before. Everything has changed and yet everything is the same. What if I screwed things up with Mr. Evans and Max and Isabel end up hating me for what I have done to their family?”
“Liz stop talking like that. Max and Isabel won’t hate you for what happens. It’s not your fault. They were part of it. They wanted answers too.” Michael looked up and saw Max standing just down the hallway asking with silent pleas if he could try to talk to her. Michael stood up and motioned for Max to take his spot.
“It’s not really that, Michael. It’s what Mr. Evans said about Max. He cried for Charisse for the first month.” Liz continued not knowing that the two outside the bathroom door had changed places. Max had placed his hand on the door trying to make her realize that he was there. “I’m upset that he wasn’t calling my name. God, Michael, I’m jealous of a name that I have no idea what it means or who it is and I can’t help but feel that that is who he is meant to be with. Michael, remember, I used to scream for Zan at night? What if we’re both destined to be with someone else?” Liz took a deep breath expecting Michael to say something to reassure her but was surprised when it was Max.
“I make my own destiny Liz and it doesn’t matter who I had cried for when I was little but who I dream about when I go to bed at night.” Max stood up and waited for his words to sink in. He waited for her to open the door. She hadn’t yet so he continued. “Since the first day that I spoke to you on the phone the feeling of emptiness has been gone and been filled with you. There’s not a second that goes by out of every minute that I don’t think of you.” The door unlocked but didn’t open so Max continued. “What happened in the living room earlier tonight only proved that we were meant to be together. Liz, there’s some type of link between us that’s stronger than brother-sister. The orb showed that. Don’t you feel it? Don’t shut us out, don’t shut me out. Please, don’t try and deal with this on your own. I know you’ve had to do that in the past but I’m here now and I will be here in the future. I’m never leaving you again. ” The door swung open and Liz came bounding out and landed in Max’s open arms. Their lips locked in a kiss that sealed Max’s promise to be there and to never leave.
Once again the connection flared between them and this time the images were of Max’s childhood.
Diane wrapping the soft southwestern blanket around the two of them.
People trying to take them away from each other and the two children crying while clinging to Diane Evans.
Diane coming to Max with a ceramic toy house that doubled as a night light and telling him that this is his home now and he was safe with them. But whenever he got homesick and wanted to remember his old home all he had to do was turn on the light. Whoever he was calling for would be there waiting for him. Max quit crying and hugged her for the first time. Pulling away from the woman that was crying.
Max turning on the light for the first time and seeing a small figure waiting for him in the window. A sense of knowing that she would always be waiting for him as well as a sense of peace overwhelmed him.
Max sneaking out of the Evan’s household in search of something that was left behind in the desert.
Finding the orb and going back home. Trying to show Isabel that he had found it but she didn’t want to know anything about it. She was happy to be were she was and she just wanted to be normal.
Max putting the orb in the toy house that his new mom had given him that night. Knowing that it would be his only way of finding the one that he seeked.
They pulled away in unison. The knowledge that they had learned from the flashes being so important. “Liz…” Max trailed off.
“Go.” She knew that he had to but sensed that he didn’t want to leave her.
“It can wait. It’s been hidden all this time, what’s one more day going to do?” He reached for her and pulled her into his embrace.
“What can wait?” Michael had rounded the corner to see how Max was doing with Liz. He was surprised that he had gotten her out of the bathroom so soon.
Liz pulled away when she heard her brother’s question. She had turned a little red in the face to be caught in such an intimate position with Max for the second time that night. “Um…” she looked up at Max looking for assistance. Telling him that it was his call about what to tell the others.
“We had a flash.” He said.
“A flash? What the hell do you mean a flash? What’s a flash?” Michael was coming closer to the two of them and Max and Liz took a step back. Neither wanting a repeat of the earlier confrontation.
Liz, while stepping in front of Max to be a buffer between him and her brother tried to explain, “It’s a connection kind of thing. When we are close, depending on our emotions, it just opens up and we see things.” That sounded good, innocent, she thought to herself. Max wrapped a protective arm around her waist letting Liz lean her back on him for support.
“What do you mean, you see things? What kind of things?” Looking directly at Liz, Michael continued, “This doesn’t sound like something new. You’ve had these before and didn’t tell me, right?”
Liz looked up at Max then back at her brother, “We think they’re from our past. They’re memories that we didn’t know we had. A, uh, sub-conscious thing.” Liz tried to explain.
Michael seemed to digest what Liz told him then asked, “So, what did you two see? What can wait?” Michael waited a beat then looked at Liz and continued, “And don’t think you’re off the hook. I want to know why you didn’t tell me. You’ve known this guy, what, two days and already you’re keeping secrets together?”
“Calm down Michael. Yeah, I didn’t tell you. I could just see it now. If I had told you, your paranoia would have had you bouncing off the walls. You would have kept us as far apart as possible.’ Liz looked pleadingly at Michael and continued, “Michael, sometimes you just have to trust someone. I trust Max. I don’t know why but it just feels right. I trust him. Please, if we’re going to learn anything about our past, we need Max and Isabel.”
Michael appeared to think about what Liz just said and replied, “Okay, what did you two see? What can wait?” Leave it to Michael to be direct and to the point. There was no beating around the bush with him.
“I know where the other orb is.” Max said plain and simple.
|posted on 20-Dec-2001 11:50:25 AM|
“You know where it is?” No one had noticed that Isabel had entered the hallway. “Where is it Max?” She said.
“It’s at home.” He told her.
“How long have you had it?” She asked him.
“I’ve had it since we were young.” He told everyone. Seeing that his sister was going to get mad at that fact. “But I didn’t remember that I had it. I hid it.”
“How is it that you know this now?” Isabel was the last one that had entered the conversation and Max knew that he had to handle her in a completely different matter than they had handled Michael.
Walking over to where his sister was standing he wrapped his arm around her shoulder. “I don’t know how to explain it. I don’t have all the information but there is some force that is taking control of Liz and me. When I’m close to her things just happen.”
“That force is what happens when you have a boy who likes a girl. All boys go through that, its called hormones.” She was smiling up at him.
“No Isabel. This is more than human hormones. This is an alien force. I was able to remember where the other orb was by kissing Liz. We got a flash, some sort of memory from the past. I don’t know if that is her strongest power, the power to help people remember, or if it’s a combination of us both being together.”
Isabel stood there trying to digest what Max had just explained to her before asking, “So are we going home to get it now or what?” Isabel pulled away from her brother so she could see everyone’s expression.
Max let out a relieved breath at Isabel’s ready acceptance that Liz and he had some sort of special connection and told her, “I don’t think so… It’s waited this long it can wait for one more night. All it’s going to do if we go home now is alarm mom and dad even further. I think we should leave tomorrow as we had planned.” Max turned away from the group and walked into the living room. He sat down on the couch and waited for the others to follow.
“Max, what if it’s important? I feel that there is a reason why we are getting the images that we are getting. The sequence. The timing. There has to be a reason for it all.” Liz sat down in a chair that faced the couch that Max was now sitting in.
Michael walked further into the room and then sat down on the arm of the chair that his sister was sitting in. “I think Max is right. If they go home in the middle of the night their parents are going to get suspicious and what possible excuse could they give them for coming home in the middle of the night? I think they should wait til morning and leave like it was originally planned.” Everyone turned to see what Isabel was going to say.
When she sat in a huff on the couch next to her brother she said, “I agree. We should leave tomorrow. Even if mom and dad know about you, they still don’t know about us.” She sunk even further into the couch.
Liz stood up and began pacing. “Ok, so you go home tomorrow. You get the orb and then what do we do?” She stopped and looked at the others. “Should we go to Roswell too?” She asked Michael as she pinned him with her gaze. “Should we stay here and then have Max and Isabel come back?” She now looked at the two on the couch. “What are you going to say to your dad when you get home? Sorry dad, we were just playing around in your dreams? He’s going to ask questions. What if he forbids the two of you from seeing us.”
“He won’t do that. He offered to still help you. He still wanted you two to come and live in Roswell. He’s not going to turn his back on you or on us.” Max stood up and started to approach Liz. She backed up from him.
“You don’t know that Max. That’s what you are assuming but you can’t guarantee that he won’t look at us differently in the real world. That’s the beauty of the dream plane. We expect things to happen that are unreal but once it’s realized in the waking world it’s entirely different. When the two of you leave here tomorrow we need to be prepared to face the fact that we may not be able to see each other. You might have to be prepared to sneak behind their backs. You have to be prepared for the normal life that you have been living to be turned upside down.” Tears were rolling down Liz’s cheek.
“Liz don’t cry.” Max made another attempt to comfort her but she pulled away again.
“You don’t understand. By knowing us we have completely ruined your life. By us being together nothing is going to be normal ever again. It wasn’t fair to you for me to pull the two of you into this. It wasn’t fair.”
“Liz you didn’t pull us in. I came on my own free will. We are here because we want to be here. Nothing that happens now is your fault. It’s ours and ours alone. Do you understand what I’m saying?” Max closed the distance between the two of them and as if Michael and Isabel didn’t exist he embraced her into a kiss. When the kiss broke he gently rubbed the tears away from her cheek with his thumbs as his hands held her face to continue eye contact. “What do you want to do Liz? Just walk away? Forget that we ever existed? I won’t let you do this. I won’t.”
Michael cleared his throat to bring their existence back into the equation between Max and Liz. “She’s got a point. I would have to agree with her. We don’t know what’s going to happen when you two do go back. We need to have a plan in case your parents decide to lock you up and throw away the key.”
“They’re not going to do that.” Isabel spoke up. A hint of hesitation in her voice. Looking at Max. “They won’t do that will they?”
“No. They won’t do that. We have to make them understand.” Max replied, but his tone of voice was as sure as he wanted it to be.
“Max this is like my worst nightmare. Them finding out and then rejecting us. I don’t know what I would do if that happens.” Isabel said with a tremor in her voice. Max looked at Isabel and could see the fear in her eyes.
Max walked over and squatted down in front of Isabel and took her hands in his, “It’s not going to happen, Isabel. It’s not going to happen. We have to believe in them like we want them to believe in us. It’s a two way street and we have to meet in the middle.” Releasing Isabel’s hands he stood up before continuing, “I don’t know about the rest of you but I think I’m tired about worrying about this. What’s going to happen is going to happen and staying up all night worrying about it won’t help.”
“You’re right.” Isabel took a deep breath and stood up. “You’re right Max. All this worrying is going to be for nothing. They are our parents and they love us no matter what. Mom has always said that. You’re right.” Isabel had to say it one more time to make herself believe it because deep down there was a part of her that didn’t and that was the part that had her worried.
Everyone stood up and headed to their separate rooms for the night. “See you guys in the morning.” Max called out as he entered Michael’s room. He paused in the doorway to take one final look at Liz. “Goodnight Liz.”
“Night Max. See you in the morning.” She smiled and walked into her room. She had shut the door and didn’t her what Max was about to say.
“Not unless I see you in our dreams.” He walked in and got situated in Michael’s room.
“Goodnight Max.” Isabel said as she stood in the doorway.
“Night Iz. See you in the morning.” She smiled and then left.
“Yeah. See ya in the morning.” He said as he came out of the bathroom.
The group was finally all in bed and they will have a big day ahead of them tomorrow.
Phillip and Diane Evans had settled back down to bed about two o’clock. Both of them were tossing and turning, sleep just wouldn’t seem to come. All of a sudden, about an hour after returning to bed they heard a noise coming from down the hall in direction of the kids’ rooms. “Honey… I think the kids are home.” Just as Diane had said that they heard a crash. Phillip bolted up out of bed and proceeded down the hall. He reached the door to Max’s room just in time to see a dark figure jump through the window.
“Stop!” He yelled but who ever it was paused for just a moment before disappearing into the darkness of night.
“Who was it?” Diane asked as she came up behind her husband.
“I don’t know.” Phillip and Diane took in the disaster that they had been made of their son’s room. Drawers had been ripped out of the dresser and their contents strewn across the room, the closet had been ransacked, and Phillip saw what had woke them up. Max’s prized microscope was lying on the floor where in had obviously fell from the closet shelf. It appeared that whoever it was had either found what they were looking for and stopped at the closet or heard Phillip coming down the hall. “Did they get into Isabel’s too?”
“I don’t know. I’ll go check.” Diane left her husband in Max’s room. As she left he began to pick through the mess until he found the phone and dialed the sheriff’s station.
“Yes, this is Phillip Evans, I would like to report a burglary.” He answered the dispatcher’s questions and then hung up the phone and went in search of his wife.
As Phillip entered his daughter’s room Diane turned to him and said, “Well, nothing appears to have been disturbed, lipstick still arrange alphabetically by shade and her closet still has the clothes arranged light to dark. It looks like whoever it was must have gone to Max’s room first.”
As they walked back to Max’s room Diane asked, “Do you think we should call and tell the kids to come home and see if they can make a list of what is gone?”
“I think it would be best. The sheriff will be here in about ten minutes; in the meantime the dispatcher said that they would have their patrol cars searching the neighborhood for anyone that looks suspicious.
“Well let me go call the kids and get some more coffee on for everyone. It’s going to be a long night.”
Diane punched the numbers into the phone that Max had written down on the refrigerator. The phone rang and rang and just when Diane thought that nobody would pick up at the other end, Liz finally answered.
“Hello.” She said, still half asleep.
“This is Diane Evans, Max and Isabel’s mom. Can I talk to them?”
On hearing who was calling Liz snapped fully awake, “Yeah, sure. Let me get them.” Liz rolled over and gently nudged Isabel. “Isabel… it’s your mom.” Isabel rolled over but didn’t get up. “Isabel!” Liz said a little louder.
“What! I’m trying to sleep.” She said groggily.
“It’s your mom.” Liz had gotten out of bed and was waiting for Isabel to take the call.
“Ok.” She sat up and took the phone from Liz.
“I’m going to go get Max.” Liz left Isabel to go wake up Max. Just as she opened up her door she was face to face with Max.
“Who’s calling so early, what’s wrong?” He asked.
“It’s your mom. She’s on the phone.” Max squeezed by Liz and went to stand beside his sister.
“Are you two ok?” Isabel asked.
“Yes. At first your father and I thought it was the two of you but then we heard a crashing sound and knew that it wasn’t. We’re going to need the two of you to come home tonight. Well this morning. The sheriff is going to want to have a list of anything that could be missing.” Diane told her daughter.
“Who was it? Did you guys get a good look at who ever did all of this?” Isabel asked.
Max sat down next to his sister and began to jab at her. “What’s wrong?” He asked. She turned her back as she continued to listen to her mom. “Isabel, what’s going on?”
Isabel turned back around and covered the mouthpiece. “Someone broke into our house and mom and dad want us to come home now. We’re going to have to fill out a report.” Max immediately got up and left the girls’ room. He squeezed back by Liz who was still standing in the doorway watching everything.
“Max. What’s wrong? Where are you going?” Liz asked as she followed him.
He entered Michael’s room and flipped on the light. “Hello. I’m trying to sleep. What’s the big idea of turning on the light? Michael said as he pulled the pillow over his head until the light was turned off again.
“Sorry Michael.” Max said as he flipped the light back off. “Our place has been robbed and Isabel and I have to go home now to file a report.
Michael sat up and asked, “Do you think it has something to do with us?”
“I’m not sure but I wouldn’t dismiss that just yet. Let us go home and see what’s gone and then I’ll let you know.” Max began pulling on his jeans and went searching for his shirt. Michael had gotten out of bed and was standing in the hall with Liz.
“What do you think?” He asked her.
“If you want to know the truth I think it has everything to do with us.” Liz said as she slid down the wall of the hallway.
“Why?” Michael asked doing the same thing.
“They stopped the person that was doing the exact same thing to our house. The guy drove off but that doesn’t mean that he didn’t look at Max and Isabel’s plates on the jeep. He could have easily found out where they live and then decide to look for what ever he wanted here over there."” Liz looked at her brother.
Michael shook his head. As if it was choreographed Max and Isabel both exited their assigned rooms fully dressed and ready to go. Isabel’s face was etched with fear while Max’s was just lightly laced with concern.
“Ready?” He asked her.
“Yeah. Let’s go.” She said. Michael and Liz stood up and followed the Evans out into the living room.
“Do you want us to come with you?” Liz asked.
“No. I don’t think so… Don’t want to give the police anything to question. We’ll call you when we get there.” Max closed the distance between Liz and him and then took her into his arms and kissed her. Pulling back he reached up and cupped her face in his hands forcing her to look him in the eyes, “It’s going to be ok. None of this is your fault. Push those thoughts out of your mind. You hear me Liz?” Liz shook her head as she rolled her lips into her mouth and then began to bite on the lower one. Max kissed her forehead and then turned to leave.
She knew that he was trying to comfort her but she couldn’t help but believe that this was only happening to them because of her. They had a perfectly normal life in Roswell and then she had to go drag them into hers. A life that had dead parents and alien artifacts. It wasn’t fair to them.
As Max turned to leave he knew that he wasn’t getting through to her. That she was still blaming herself for everything that was happening to them. He wanted to stay and try to convince her otherwise but there just wasn’t time.
Michael opened the door and waited for Max and Isabel to leave he circled his arms around Liz’s shoulders as they both waved at the departing jeep. Liz lowered her head onto his shoulder while Michael squeezed her just a little bit more. “Come on… Let’s try and get some sleep. We’ve had a rough day and an exciting night.” Michael pulled his sister back into the house.
Liz veered away from him and headed for the kitchen. She opened up the cabinet for some of her mom’s flavored coffee. She needed comforting and right now this was the best thing that was available. There were many times that she would wake up in the middle of the night to find her mom sitting at the bar nursing a cup full. They would stay up together and talk about things while the two of them sipped the coffee. Scooping the coffee into the cup she pour the water into the cup and then held her hand over it to warm it to just the right temperature. “Liz this isn’t our fault.” Michael said as he sat down beside her.
“I know Michael, I keep telling myself that, but I just can’t help but think that it is. I know deep down that if they wouldn’t have come by today this wouldn’t be happening to them right now. I’m beginning to see a pattern here. First mom and dad, now Max and Isabel. Everyone that comes near us…..”
“Liz. Quit! You have no right to be thinking like this. THIS – IS – NOT – YOUR – FAULT!” Michael stressed each word with force. He knew where her line of thought was going and he couldn’t see her do it. Not now… when she’s finally found someone that could make her happy.
“Michael. Not now. Don’t yell at me. I’m just thinking. There’s nothing wrong with thinking.”
“No there isn’t. But I know you and I’m not going to let you push them away just when we found them again. There’s a reason we were sent together. You of all people should know that. Things happen for a reason. We just have to look for the reason why the things are happening to us now. You’re not going to protect them if you decide to walk away. And besides walking away is my job not yours.
“Michael you have never walked away from anything. You have always been there for me.”
“If you only knew. Just don’t be so hard on yourself. We’ll work this out.” He kissed the top of her head and then got to his feet and started for his room. “I’m going to get some sleep. Don’t stay up all morning. Who knows what we are going to have to do tomorrow. Oh, don’t forget that we still have to find a job so we don’t go into the foster care system.” He rounded the corner and left Liz by herself to bounce her thoughts back and forth for awhile.
As Michael disappeared from sight Liz got up and grabbed another cup, she added coffee and water but decided to wait until he returned before heating it. Liz knew he would get back up in a little while to make sure that she went back to bed.
As Liz slowly sipped her coffee, she continued thinking, ‘Michael had mentioned looking for a job, but where? Here or in Roswell? Michael said that we shouldn’t push Max and Isabel away, does that mean that he thinks we should be together?’
|posted on 24-Jan-2002 5:01:54 PM|
Liz was sipping on her cup of coffee when she leaned over and warmed the one that she had gotten ready earlier. She couldn’t help but smile with anticipation as she warmed up the extra cup. He actually had taken a lot longer to come back out than she expected him to. Michael strolled into the kitchen his hair standing straight up and his feet dragging the floor. “What took you so long?” She asked.
“I don’t know what made me think that I was going to be able to sleep. Get ready let’s go.” Michael grabbed the cup of coffee and started to sip on it. As he sipped he couldn’t help but see how happy his sister was. He brought the cup down and a grin was on his face. “What? Quit smiling like that and go get ready… We have a lot of ground to make up.” He turned to go back to his room.
Liz hopped off the stool and jumped up and down. “Thank you, thank you.” She had grabbed Michael around the neck and kissed him on his cheek. “Thanks Michael.”
“Hey! Watch the coffee.” He held the cup as far away as he could so she wouldn’t bump his arm and cause him to spill it. “You’re welcome. We have to stick together. We’re all we have now.” Liz unwrapped herself from her brother and then bounded down the hall to the bathroom. Michael still had a smile on his face from her actions. She had known that he wouldn’t be able to sleep. She knew. Shaking his head in disbelief he walked down the hall to his room, and shut the door and got ready.
Slipping into the bathroom she started the shower. Stepping into the stream of hot water her muscles began to relax. She washed her hair and body quickly and stepped out. It wasn’t as long as she expected it to take. She stepped out and began to towel off. Drying the mirror in front of her she looked at the girl in the mirror. No, that was wrong, that had been one change that had happened since her parent's death. She was no longer a girl; she was a woman. There was no one to make decisions for her and Michael anymore.
After dressing she went back out to sit at the kitchen counter to wait for Michael but was shocked to see him holding the door open. “Come on. I won’t be able to take any more of your sulking if I have to wait.” Seeing that his sister wasn’t budging from the spot that she stood in the living room Michael let go of the door and tromped over and grabbed her by the arm. “I know you want to go. So let’s go. Besides I didn’t really get a good look at Roswell the last time I was there. Maybe we do need a change of scenery.”
Liz not believing what she was hearing from her brother just stared at him with a corny smile on her face. “Ok. Who are you and what have you done with my brother?” She said jokingly.
“HAHA.” He said. “Good one. I’ll have to remember that one. Are you going to give me a hard time all the way to Roswell or will we be able to talk about some other things?”
“I’ll be good.” Liz leaned up onto her tiptoes and kissed Michael on the cheek. “Thanks Michael. You’re the best.”
“I wouldn’t go that far… I’m just the brother who loves his sister.” He smiled at her as they climbed into the truck.
Max’s eyes were getting really heavy with sleep. He wishes now that they had gone to bed much earlier; but then again none of them had expected this to happen. ‘Who had broken in and what did they want?’ The same question had been racing through his mind for the entire trip home.
Isabel sensing what was on Max’s mind asked, “Do you think it’s the same guy that broke into Michael and Liz’s house?”
“Yeah. I do. It too much of a coincidence for it to be anybody else.” He said as he rubbed at his eyes once more.
“Do you think they were after the orb?” Isabel was finally voicing her own questions that had been running through her mind.
“Maybe. I don’t know. It’s too soon to tell. We’ll know soon enough.” Max concentrated on his driving for a moment before adding, “I really don’t’ want to think about that right now. If someone is after the orb then that means that they know about us. That they know more about us than we do.“ Max turned the corner and went down Main Street. The town was absolutely deserted. Most everyone was still in bed with the exception of the Crashdown, Amy Deluca was getting ready for the morning breakfast crowd.
Driving the speed limit was driving both Max and Isabel insane. It was like dragging out the inevitable. Isabel was out of the jeep before Max had the chance to come to a complete stop. Opening the door she ran in. “Mom… Dad… we’re home.” She called out.
“We’re in here honey.” Diane had called in from the kitchen. She stood up and her daughter embraced her.
“I was so worried. Are you guys ok? I mean really ok?” Isabel pulled herself out of her mother’s arms and looked at her. She looked ok. Well with the exception of the dark circles under her eyes but Isabel imagined that everyone would have those.
Diane, noticing her son standing in the doorway of the kitchen, sidestepped her daughter and immediately went to him. His room had been the only one that had any damage and she only hoped that everything could be replaced. “Hi, honey. I’m so sorry.”
“Thanks mom. How bad is it?” He wanted to go in search of the orb but he didn’t want to draw any attention to it.
“I don’t know. You’re the only one that will be able to answer that question. You want to go look?” She wrapped her arm around his waist and then turned him in the direction of his room.
“Don’t worry about the microscope. Your father and I have already discussed replacing it. If there is anything else that’s missing that can be replaced just let us know.” Max knew that she was trying to comfort him but she wasn’t really helping anything. Standing in front of the closed bedroom door Max took a deep breath as he reached for the knob.
Turning it slowly and then pushing it forward he entered his room. The first site that hit him was everything had been opened. All the drawers to his dresser were wide open, their contents strewn all over the place. Isabel gasped and Max turned around to see who it was. He hadn’t realized that she had followed him.
Max walked slowly into his room. Accidentally stepping on something and hearing it snap beneath the weight of his step. He backed up and looked down. It was a picture frame that held a picture of him and Isabel on their one vacation to the Florida Keys. He bent down and picked it up and then set it down on the nightstand and then continued forward into his room. “Who would have done this Max?” His mom asked.
“I don’t know mom. I have no idea.” Max walked further into his room not able to comprehend what had occurred here just hours before.
“I’ll need to have a complete list of everything that was damaged and or missing.” Max turned around to see who had said that and noticed the sheriff holding his hat in his hands.
“Sure, sheriff.” Max tried to act casual but had a feeling that he wasn’t doing a good job of it.
“Do you have any idea who would have done this or why they would only search your room and not anyone else’s?” The sheriff had walked in further and sat down at the computer chair that had been shoved away from the desk.
“No sir. I don’t know. I have no idea.” Max shook his head and continued to look around the room.
“I think I can answer that for you sheriff.” Phillip Evans pushed his way through the crowd that consisted of his wife and daughter. “Who ever did this left the room because he had knocked down the microscope and when it hit the floor it made a big crash and had alerted myself and Diane. I think the intruder didn’t have a chance to move to any other room because he had woken us up.”
“I see. Sounds reasonable.” The sheriff got up from the chair. “I don’t think you should touch anything else in here. I’m going to have a crew come in and dust the place for prints. It sounds like it was rookies that did this and if they made this much noise now they may have made more a time before and might have gotten caught a time or two before.”
“When will my son be able to go through and make a list of everything that is broken or missing?” Phillip asked.
“Sometime this afternoon.” The sheriff began to shoo everyone out of the room and then put up the police tape over the door. “Please stay out of this room until further notice. Someone from my department will be here shortly.”
“Wait. Can’t I even go in and get a change of clothes?” Max asked.
“No. I would advise against that at this point in time. Surely your mom has some laundry that hasn’t been put away that you could wear for the meantime.” The sheriff looked to Mrs. Evans for help in the matter of keeping everyone out of the room until further noticed.
“Come on Max. I think I have something that you can wear in the laundry room. The sheriff is right. If we want to catch who did this then we need to wait until they are through with the room. I’m just concerned if you have any clothes to wear to work today or not.” Diane had already started walking to the laundry room and had left everyone else standing outside Max’s room in the hallway. She needed to keep herself busy so she wouldn’t freak out in front of the kids.
Max began to follow her. “Mom don’t worry about work. I’ll call Brody and see if I can get the day off.” Max was now in the kitchen with his dad and sister in-tow. The sheriff was standing in the entryway to the front door.
“Call me if you need anything Phillip.” He put his hat back on his head and walked out the door.
“So what’s the plan when we get there?” Liz asked as she looked at her brother.
“What? I don’t have the plan you’re the one that needs to come up with a plan. I’m just taking you where you wanted to go. Some how we need to contact Max and Isabel and see what is missing. If the break-in was alien related or just dumb luck.”
“Dumb luck?” Liz asked.
“Yeah. Some ordinary Joe wanting to score some cash and just happened to pick the wrong house.”
“I don’t know. I feel like it has something to do with the first one. It has something to do with who we are.” Liz shifted nervously in her seat and pressed her head against the window. It was still cool because the sun had yet to rise.
The cab of the truck was quiet for almost the rest of the trip. The radio played and Michael sang a few bars here and there. Liz didn’t mind because she knew that was his way of staying awake.
The minute they hit Roswell Liz sat up to take in the scenery. Just like Michael the last time she was here she hadn’t really paid that much attention. Which was sad because Max was the one that had given her a tour of the city. She smiled to herself when she remembered that day. “Which way do I go now?” Michael asked. He had never been to the Evans house.
“Umm. Turn right here and then at the stop sign take a left and the house should be on the right hand side.” Once the truck made the left at the stop sign Michael continued driving by. The Evans’ house was crawling with cops. There were three cop cars in the front yard. Michael kept on driving not wanting to bring any attention to them. “Where are you going?” Liz asked.
“I don’t want to stop while the cops are there.”
“Why? We have nothing to hide.” She said.
“I know. It’s just. Well just because. You know, friends arriving at the crack of dawn, wouldn’t that seem a bit strange? Let’s go to the Crashdown for breakfast maybe we can call them from there.” Michael made the lap around the block and headed back to Main Street. They were the first car to pull into the parking spaces located just out front of the Crashdown’s front door.
“You just want to see Maria.” Liz joked.
“No I don’t.” He said back to his sister. “I’m hungry and we have to wait for the cops to leave Max and Isabel’s house, so we might as well kill two birds with one stone.
Michael opened the door for Liz and she walked under his arm. “Sure. Whatever you say.” The bell above the door signaled that they had arrived and the owner and manager, Amy Deluca, instantly greeted them.
“Welcome to the Crashdown. Feel free to sit anywhere. I’ll be with the two of you in just a moment.” She smiled some more and then went through a swinging door. “Maria, I need you to grab the two customers that just came in. I’ll get the grill hot. I don’t know what I’m going to do with Jose being gone.”
“Don’t people ever eat at home anymore? What ever happened to sleeping in during the summer break?” Maria pushed through the door and stopped in mid-stride. “I don’t believe it.” She continued to the two that were waiting for her. “What? Can’t get enough of me Parker?” Maria said to Michael. Michael had sat with his back to the door so he would be able to see everything that went on in the restaurant.
“In your dreams blondie. We’re here to see Max and Isabel.” He said while his face turned a few shades redder.
“Well they’re not here. It’s just mom and me. Jose and Lucia had a family emergency in Mexico and we have to find their temporary replacements like pronto. Do you know how hard it is to find good help around here? Especially help that doesn’t mind the uniform and tourists.” Michael cleared his throat and gave Maria a bored look making her realize that she had been babbling. “ Oh, sorry, do you know what you want to eat or do you want me to come back later.” After all she was their waitress and had to keep any and all business that she could. She couldn’t believe that she had just gone on and on about her problems. She felt like such a dork.
“Umm. I’ll have a cup of coffee and he’ll have a cherry coke if you don’t mind Maria. We’ve had a really long night and we need all the caffeine that we can get.” Liz hated the thought that she was trying to shut her friend up but the less she said the less her head would hurt and Michael wasn’t helping matters at all. Maria left to get their drink orders. “God Michael, can’t you ever be nice to anyone? What’s the idea making her so upset?”
“She just rubs me the wrong way and besides I didn’t ask her to tell us her problems she did that all on her own.” He said.
“Yeah, right. That’s not what you were saying when her dream orb was hovering around you. Don’t think you are fooling me. I know you and I know you like her. So can the bull shit.” Michael looked at Liz like she had grown a third eye.
“What’s up with you?” He asked.
“Nothing.” She said as she rubbed her temples. “Nothing. I’m just tired. Tired and worried.” Liz laid her head down on the table. “I need caffeine and I need it now.”
“Well sorry it took so long.” Liz sat straight up and looked at Maria.
“Oh, Maria. I didn’t mean anything by that. I’m sorry if you took it the wrong way.” Liz sunk deeper into the booth just wanting to disappear completely.
“It’s ok, Liz. I understand. When I get my break maybe we can sit down and talk about things.” Liz nodded her head. “Here’s your menu I’ll be right back to take your order.” Maria turned around to show a few more customers to their table.
“I’m going to go call Max and see what he knows. I’ll be back in a minute.” Liz stood up from the booth and walked over to the pay phone by the bathroom. Michael didn’t say a word because he was too busy ogling Maria from a distance. Liz smiled and punched in the numbers to the Evans’ household. Its funny how she can remember it from heart after only dialing it once before.
“Hello.” Max’s mom answered the phone.
“Hi, is Max available?” Liz asked in a shy voice. Noticing the tone of her own voice Liz thought, ‘How embarrassing.’
“Yes he is, may I ask who is calling?” She is so nice. I bet she really loves her children.
“Umm. Yeah, this is Liz Parker. I was just calling to make sure that everything was ok.”
“Oh, how sweet of you. Hang on let me go get him.” She puts the phone down on the counter and Liz hears the muffled voices that are in the background.
“Liz?” Max picks up the phone.
“Yeah, I was just calling to see if you made it home ok or not. I wasn’t sure if you had called or not.” Liz just wanted to hang up the phone and go to him. Go to him now and comfort him.
“No I didn’t. I’m sorry. I should have called but I forgot with everything going on. Liz, what’s wrong? Why wouldn’t you know that I hadn’t called? Where are you?” Liz could hear the growing concern in his voice.
“I’m ok Max. It’s just that I couldn’t stay at home with everything that was going on. Michael and I are here at the Crashdown. We wanted to come by and see you guys but when we tried there were police all over. We thought that we should wait until everyone had left before we came by. How bad is it?” Liz could hear his sigh of relief come from him when he heard that she was ok.
“Are you sure you’re ok?” He asked.
“Yes, Max. I’m fine. Just tired that’s all but aren’t we all? It’s not like we got a whole lot of sleep last night. Now tell me, how bad is everything?” It was now Max’s turn to hear Liz’s concern come across the phone.
“I don’t know. I was only able to step in my room for a short time. Then the sheriff came in and taped everything up for the forensics team to come in. They’ve only been here a little over twenty minutes now.”
“So you still don’t know if its there or not. You still don’t know if it was a fluke or if it was because of us.”
“Liz. Don’t. If it is because of that then it’s just as much because of us as it would have been if it was you. So don’t be blaming yourself. There’s nothing any of us could have done about it. If anything it’s more our fault than anything. You tried to get us to come home sooner. We should have listened to you. Do you hear me?”
“Yes. Thanks Max. It means a lot to me to hear you say that.”
“Good. Just remember that for the next time you start blaming yourself.”
“Great!” Liz heard Michael yell behind him. “You did this on purpose!” He yelled some more.
“Umm Max. I’ve gotta go. Michael is getting ready to kill Maria and I have to go save her.” Liz could hear Max chuckle and it made her heart yearn for him even more.
“Ok… We’ll come by as soon as we can. You don’t mind hanging out there for a little while longer do you?”
“No. We’ll be here, that’s if Michael doesn’t get arrested first.”
“Bye.” Liz hung up the phone and took rather large steps to get back to the booth so that she wouldn’t have to run.
“Hey, hey, hey. What’ going on here?” Liz asked while placing herself in between her brother and Maria.
“I asked for pancakes and bacon and I got some kind of runny slop with burnt strips of rubber.”
“Hey. Watch it buddy. You’re talking about my mother and I never said that she was the world’s greatest cook. She’s a wonder with finances and can organize the crap out of things but she can’t cook worth a hoot. I’m sorry. Let me get you some more.”
“No way. I wouldn’t touch any food that comes out of that kitchen with a ten-foot pole let alone eat it. I can cook better than that with my eyes closed and one arm tied behind my back.” Michael bragged like he knew what he was saying.
“Yeah. And I have ocean front property to sell you in Kansas, Toto.” Maria began to walk off when Michael got up and marched back to the back. “Excuse me you can’t go back there. Employees only.” Maria chased after him leaving Liz standing in a nearly full restaurant.
“Excuse me Mrs. Deluca but I’m about to show your daughter that I don’t say things that I can’t back up.” Michael took an apron off the rack and tied it on. Amy was smiling from ear to ear.
Maria moved between Michael and the grill and held her hands up blocking him. “No. You cannot do this Michael. You aren’t an employee and if you get hurt it could ruin my mother. No! You hear me. No!”
Michael looked at Amy for help. “She’s technically right. I can’t have a patron back here. If my insurance company finds out they’ll shut me down like it happened yesterday.”
“Well I guess the only way I can prove to Maria that I can cook is for you to hire me. What do you say, Mrs. Deluca? How about you let me show her she’s wrong.” There must have been something in Michael’s face because Amy just smiled even bigger and started to shake her head yes.
Maria saw her mother nod her head and exploded, “Mom!! You don’t even know this jerk! How can you just hire him like that?”
“Maria, I don’t have much choice, do I? We need a cook.” Seeing Maria was still mad, she continued, “Maria, I would like you to meet our new cook, Michael. Michael this is Maria and if you so much as hurt my daughter you will be unemployed so fast that you won’t know what hit you. You understand me?” She said as she prepared to walk out of the kitchen.
“Yes, ma’am.” He looked at Maria. “Now if you don’t mind. I don’t like waitresses in my kitchen.” Michael shooed Maria out with a wound up towel and Maria scooted out trying to avoid it.
Maria, being Maria couldn’t let him have the last word, “Ok… We’ll see if you have the job by the end of the shift.” Maria walked out to the front and nearly had a heart attack. The place was swamped and Liz was trying her best to keep everyone happy. Maria was actually a little surprised because Liz was actually doing a pretty good job of it.
“Maria. Help. Please.” Liz couldn’t even get more than one word out without being interrupted. Maria started going from table to table and in the middle of it she tossed Liz an order pad and told her, “You handle the booths, I’ll get the tables and the counter.”
Liz looked at the order pad as if she had never seen one before, “What am I supposed to do with this? I have no idea what’s on the menu.”
“Neither does your brother but that’s not stopping him from cooking now is it? Chop – chop - chica… The crowd is only going to get worse before it gets any better.”
Maria and Liz were doing pretty good and the crowd had died down. It was now nine in the morning and both girls were sitting in a booth when Liz’s cell phone rang. Jumping up from where she had been sitting and running to the counter to where she had stashed Michael and her stuff she reached her phone.
“It’s gone.” Liz looked at Michael fear streaking her face.
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Liz didn’t move from where she was standing, a shocked expression on her face. “Liz are you ok?” Maria asked quickly. Liz didn’t reply to her friend. Her fears were too busy running through her mind for her to concentrate on anything else. “Liz.” Maria tried again. She moved closer and started to reach for Liz when a hand firmly gripped her arm. “Ow.” Maria said as she tried to shake off Michael's hand.
“Don’t touch her.” Michael said as he released her. “Liz. What’s wrong?” Michael slowly pulled the phone out of her hands and then put it to his ear.
“Liz. Liz.” Max was calling to her.
“Hey, it’s me. What’s going on?” Michael asked.
“Is she ok?” Max’s concern was evident to Michael.
“Yeah, just stunned. What did you say to her?” He asked.
“Its gone Michael. I don’t know what we are going to do now.” Michael could feel the fear rolling off his sister. He knew that he had to get things under control. He had to get Liz out of the train of thought that she was in. Knowing her, when she heard that the orb was gone her mind began blaming herself and searching for ways of extricating them from Max and Isabel’s lives. They couldn’t do that any more than she could stop breathing.
“The sheriff and his deputies all left, so when are you guys coming over?” Max asked. Not wanting to listen to the silence anymore.
“Um. We have a problem. We can’t leave just yet.” Michael didn’t know why he was feeling like he couldn’t just come out and tell Max why, but for some reason he thought that it should come from Liz.
“Why? Where are you guys?” Max was beginning to get antsy. Something was going on and they didn’t want him to know about it. “Michael.”
“Uh, well, we have to finish our shifts at the Crashdown.” There he said it. Did it make things any easier? No, not really.
“What? How did that happen?” Max chuckling a little. Images of Michael working at the Crashdown with Maria were a little on the funny side. ‘God, I wish I was there when Mrs. DeLuca hired Michael. Maria must have went nuts.’ Max thought.
“Don’t even ask. Our shift ends at three. If you want to come by before lunch and take our break with us that would be good.” Michael waited for a reply but not for long. “Look, I’ve got to go. The place is really busy. Everything is fine here but we need to talk.”
“Ok. I’ll see if we can get away.” Max hung up and went to search for mom. He didn’t have too far to hunt for her because she walked in and met him in the kitchen. Max looked at her. “Mom I think Iz and I are going to the Crashdown for breakfast. We haven’t eaten anything since last night’s pizza.”
“Why didn’t you guys ask me to make you something to eat? I could have done it. I guess I wasn’t thinking this morning.” Diane looked upset, but Max knew that she wasn’t upset with them but more with herself.
“It’s ok mom, you don’t have to bother. Why don’t you get some rest, you didn’t have a lot of sleep last night and we just need some time away from this mess. I promise, when I get back I’ll work on the list for the sheriff.” She smiled showing her approval and Max left in search of his sister. He was surprised to see Alex with her in the living room.
“Hey Alex. What are you doing here?” Max asked as he sat down on the couch.
“Um. I was just on my way to the Crashdown when I went by your house and saw all the cop cars. I tried to keep on going but I couldn’t do it. I just had to know if you guys were ok.” Alex shifted in his chair when he finished his story.
“That’s cool. I was just on my way out to ask Isabel if she wanted to go to the Crashdown for breakfast. We haven’t had anything to eat since last night.” Max looked at his sister expectantly but could tell by the look on her face that she didn’t want to go. “Come on Iz, I know you are tired but you will never guess who is working at the Crash today.” Max’s smile grew bigger.
“Who?” Isabel perked up.
“Michael and Liz.” Max said grinning from ear to ear
“What? That’s crazy. Why would Michael and Liz be working at the Crash?” Isabel couldn’t believe what she was hearing.
“I don’t know but I’m not going to miss the show.” Alex stood up and grabbed Isabel’s hand pulling her to her feet and out the door they went. Max followed after them. Alex led Isabel to his car, well actually his mom’s car. He had gotten up early and had taken her to work so he could have it. He opened the door for Isabel and waited for her to get in before he shut the door for her. He ran around to the driver’s side and got in.
Max couldn’t help but smile at how well Alex treated his sister. He only hoped that Isabel would continue to let him do these things for her. Max started the jeep and pushed in the clutch easing it into reverse and backed out of the drive. On the drive over to the Crash, Max wondered what this new development meant. Michael and Liz having a job in Roswell? Had they decided to move here? Not even five minutes later they were all parked in front of the almost empty restaurant.
He jumped out of the jeep and waited for Alex and Isabel while he held the door open for them. They said their thanks as they passed through and then Max followed after them. The minute he entered the restaurant he could feel Liz’s presence. His eye was drawn to her. She was standing behind the counter trying to keep herself busy. He knew that she knew he was there. Just like he knew she was there before he saw her. She looked up and smiled but something in her eyes made Max nervous.
They didn’t wait for anyone to seat them, the three of them just drifted to one of the empty booths. Amy dropped menus down on the table and tousled Alex’s hair. “Hey Alex. What brings you in this morning?”
“Hi, Mrs. Deluca. The usual I guess. I couldn’t stand to be away from Maria for too long. You know how it is.” He replied as he tried to straighten out his messed up hair. Amy shook her head in acknowledgement. The two of them had been inseparable for as long as she could remember.
“Max… Isabel… It’s nice to see you two here this morning. What brings you here?”
“We’re here to talk to Michael and Liz.” Max supplied.
“Oh, well let me go tell them that they can take their break.” She smiled and then disappeared into the back room. “Michael?”
“In here Mrs. Deluca.” Michael called back from the walk-in refrigerator.
“Oh, there you are. Max and Isabel are here. Why don’t you go ahead and take your break I can take care of the grill for you.” She smiled. ‘Definitely a nice young man, and boy did he rub Maria the wrong way.’ She smiled to herself.
“Thanks.” Michael took off his apron and threw it on the table and went out to where Max and Isabel were waiting. Michael stood in front of the table eyeing Alex, hoping that he would get the message to leave.
Alex finally looked up at Michael and noticing the evil eye said, “Um. Excuse me. I have to go talk to Maria for a minute.” Alex slid out of the booth and Michael took his spot next to Isabel.
“Michael that was rude.” Isabel spat out adjusting herself in her seat as she said it.
“What? I know Max wants to sit by Liz so that left me sitting here.” He said in his defense.
“Well you could have grabbed a chair and sat in it.” She told him.
“Oh, excuse me. I didn’t know you wanted your little geeky boyfriend to hear what we are going to be discussing. Let me go get him so you can tell him all our little secrets.” Michael pretended to stand up but was pleased with Isabel’s reaction. She grabbed his arm and forced him to stay seated.
“Enough.” Max said. He looked over at Liz wondering if she was going to come over or not. He then shifted his attention to Michael. “Is Liz going to take a break?
“Yeah, she’s taking it really hard.” Michael got up to get his sister. “Liz come sit with us. I can guarantee you that this is not your fault and they won’t blame it on you.” Michael reached for her arm but Liz stood her ground.
“I can’t Michael.” She looked up pleadingly. “I can’t. They may not blame me but I do. I do and I can’t look them in the eye because of it.”
Michael was having a real hard time looking at his sister without her playing the guilt trip with him. “You’re being ridiculous. Come sit down. We need to talk to them.” Michael continued to look at Liz and seeing that she wasn’t moving tried, “Liz, we didn’t drive all the way from Clovis to work at the Crash and go home.” Seeing that it looked like Liz was weakening, Michael played his trump card, “Max isn’t going to be able to function if you continue to ignore him.”
Liz smiled she knew he was right. The minute Max walked in she could feel his eyes on her. Liz decided to let Michael lead her to the table but for some reason she couldn’t bring herself to sit beside Max. They had to get this thing straightened out and they wouldn’t accomplish anything if they were to sit beside each other.
She sat down next to Isabel and was instantly hit with the feeling of Max’s disappointment. She glanced down to the table and began making small circles with her finger. Michael stood there for a moment and then got the hint that his sister wasn’t moving from where she had sat down.
Max willed her to look at him so she would be able to see that he felt that none of this was her fault, but she didn’t. “Liz.” Max so wanted her to look at him, but she still kept her head down. “Liz, please.”
“Can I get you guys anything to eat?” Maria interrupted.
Liz taking a deep breath looked up at the blonde, relief showing in her face. “Um I’m ok. Maria. Thanks.” Liz smiled a small smile. Wanting to take the attention away from her and get it on something else she asked, “How about you guys?”
Michael leaned forward and warned everyone, “I wouldn’t eat anything until I get back from break if you know what I mean.” Maria slapped him hard on the arm.
“I can’t believe you said that.” Maria said sternly.
“What? It’s the truth your mom even said so herself when she hired me. So just go do your job.” Michael then made a dismissive gesture with his hand before continuing, “Shoo, leave us alone.” Maria looked like she was about to explode but surprised everyone by turning on her heels and walking over to where Alex was sitting at the counter.
“What, they kicked you out too?” He asked as she sat down on the stool beside him.
“I don’t know but they sure did get attached really quick. Do you know that the Evans’ never make friends and the minute the Parkers walk into their lives they are like connected at the hip. I don’t get it Alex.”
“Neither do I. Last night Isabel was giving me this vibe that I could have sworn meant something and the minute she’s in the same room with them its like I don’t even exist. Looks like it’s just me and you kid.” Alex swung an arm around her shoulder and brought her in for a hug.
Alex glanced back at the four teens in the booth, “But maybe you’re right. All of a sudden they seem to be really close. Do you think there’s any thing going on between Michael and Isabel?”
“What, Isabel Evans and that jerk? No way. Look at him. When was the last time he ever used a comb? Ms “Perfect in every way Evans” dating that fashion disaster? Not in this lifetime Alex. The only way Isabel would be interested is if she saw it as a challenge, you know, bringing fashion to the totally clueless.”
“Boy, you only just met the guy and he’s already gotten under your skin.” Alex made a show of looking back at Michael before continuing, “I’m impressed.” Glancing back at the menu, Alex asked Maria, “How about the breakfast special, eggs over easy, OJ instead of the coffee.”
Maria looked back at Alex, “I’d wait until Michael is off break. Otherwise my mother will try to cook it for you.”
Alex cringed a little, remembering Amy’s tries at cooking in the past, “God, your mother’s back there? Thanks for the warning. I think I’ll just wait.”
“So are you guys going to tell us how you ended up working here or are you going to keep us in the dark?” Isabel was trying to get them talking the silence was killing her.
“It’s all his fault.” Liz volunteered while indicating Michael.
“My fault? The woman can’t cook and I was starving. I’m surprised that Maria’s been able to survive her cooking for as long as she has.” Michael said on his behalf.
“Tell them the whole story Michael.” Liz was rubbing it in on him.
Michael told the story of what happened this morning and by the time they were done everyone was laughing. Michael and Liz’s break was over and the restaurant began to get busy again. Amy had found a uniform for Liz and when she came out of the bathroom and walked over to the booth Max’s jaw dropped.
“Don’t even say a word.” She warned him while giving him what she hoped was a nasty look. She walked over to Maria because she felt that she needed to say something to her. The way Michael had dismissed Maria and Alex earlier was wrong and she wanted to smooth things over with them. They needed all the friends that they could get right about now. It was too much of a risk to have people questioning their every move. “Hey Maria. I’m sorry about earlier. It’s just that we aren’t used to having so many people around us at one time. I’m sorry if Michael hurt your feelings. Believe me, he doesn’t really mean to say the things he says most of the time.”
“Whatever.” Maria just walked off and left Liz standing near the counter.
“I would give her her space.” Alex said. Liz turning her attention to him sat down beside him. “Her pride is wounded right now. Somehow, your brother knows how to push all of her buttons and she just needs to cool off. Give her time.”
“Thanks Alex. I think that’s the best advice for all of us. We all need time to adjust. Look I got to go to work. Can I get you anything before I leave?”
“No. I’m good. Maria took my order.”
Liz sensing that Alex wanted to ask something else offered an answer. “I think Isabel and Max wouldn’t mind if you join them now.”
“No problem. Oh, and Alex, I’m sorry about Michael, he’s really a nice guy once he gets to know you.” Alex just shrugged and walked over to the booth. Liz busied herself with a few customers that were sitting at the counter while Maria made another attempt to take Max and Isabel’s order. Now that Michael was manning the grill they felt that it was a pretty good chance of getting something good to eat.
The lunch crowd came and went and by the time three o’clock rolled around Liz’s feet were killing her. “I don’t know how you do it Maria. My feet and legs are killing me.” She said as she put her feet up on the couch in the employees lounge.
“Years of practice, chica.” Maria said with a grin.
The swinging door that separated the kitchen from the lounge swung open and Michael strolled through sitting down in a beaten up club chair. Just as he sat down and had adjusted himself Amy Deluca walked in from the dining area. “Good. I’m glad you all are here. I would like to extend the offer to the two of you to continue working here. Michael you were absolutely amazing in the kitchen today. You couldn’t have handled it any better than Jose would have. Liz. Well, with practice I think you and Maria could really work the floor and keep everyone satisfied. What do you kids say?”
Michael and Liz just looked at each other. Each knowing what the other was thinking. Michael was thinking that it could be a good move for them. It would be a chance to be around others like them. While Liz was thinking that it would only jeopardize Max and Isabel’s safety. Liz squirmed on the couch trying really hard not to disappoint anyone, when a thought entered her mind. “Um… Mrs. Deluca… I don’t think we can accept the offer to continue employment here. You see we live in Clovis and the commute it self wouldn’t be feasible.”
Maria interrupted Liz. “Mom what about the apartment upstairs? They can live there until they find another place to live.” Maria’s expression was filled with hope. This was her one chance to finally have a girlfriend that she could talk to. Not ragging on Alex he was a pretty good girlfriend but he was a boy. She needed girl-to-girl talk. And although she had only met her a few days ago, there was something about Liz that just made her trust her. Like she knew her all her life and could be a great friend. Even if she did have that loser brother of hers.
Liz looked to Michael for help. “What could it hurt Liz? Mr. Evans said that we had to find jobs. ” He asked. His eyes were saying so much more. Liz tried a pleading look but Michael refused to see it. “Come on. Let’s try it for the remainder of the summer if you don’t like it then we can move back to Clovis. No harm, no foul.”
“Please, please, please.” Maria was on her knees holding Liz’s hand begging for her to say yes.
“I see there is no point in me arguing is there?” Liz looked over at Michael before letting out a sigh and answering, “Ok. Just through the summer.”
“Thank you, thank you.” Maria was jumping up and down and had Liz standing up in a matter of seconds. “Come on, I’ll show you which room is the coolest. You’re going to love it. Mom and I used to live here but then she got the idea that I needed a real home so we moved out a few years back. We don’t rent it out because we don’t trust anyone to live here with the restaurant.” Maria led Liz to the door and opened it up and hauled her into the apartment.
It was dusty but Liz could see the possibilities. “You haven’t seen anything yet.” Maria said as she pulled her friend down the hallway. “This used to be my room.” The door swung open to a room that was about fifteen by fifteen. As they walked in Maria pointed to the left and said, “You have your own full bath. You won’t have to share with… Well you won’t have to share.” As they kept walking into the room Maria continued talking and pointed to the window that opened up onto some sort of balcony. “This is my favorite.” Maria ran to the window and tried to pry it open. “It must be stuck because it hasn’t been open in so long.” Liz walked over to help her and in an instant the window opened up.
“I used to come out her all the time. Boy I forgot all the good times I had out here. Tommy Wilson…” Maria faded off into a memory with a smile on her face. “You should have seen my mom. She was furious.”
Maria sat down in a lawn chair that was left behind and she pulled Liz down to sit beside her. “What’s buggin’ you chica?” She asked.
“Nothing.” Liz said, as she felt a little uncomfortable about the closeness between the two of them. They sat in silence for a little while.
“I can tell something is bothering you. What did Max and Isabel want to talk about? I thought they were staying the night at your house last night?”
“They were, until around two this morning their mom called and said that their house had been broken into and that they might want to come home.”
“Wow. I had no idea. Does the sheriff know who did it?” Maria asked as she sat up in the chair.
“I don’t think so.”
“Wow. I can’t imagine what it would be like to know that all of your personal belongings have been gone through and that there is nothing private anymore.”
“What makes you say that?” Liz asked defensively. She needed to know what Maria was leading to.
“Nothing. I just assumed that who ever broke in was looking for something, and I assumed that they took what they wanted. Liz what’s bothering you? You haven’t been acting the same as you did yesterday. Talk to me. That’s what friends are for.”
“I know Maria. Its just that I haven’t ever really had any close girlfriends before and I’ve always relied on my mom…”
“But now you can’t. I know. I can relate. When my dad left, I had this void, but everything happens for a reason. Don’t look at you loosing your parents but look at it like you have gained four fabulous friends. Well at least two. I can’t really vouch for the Evans. I’ve never seen them take to newcomers like they have taken to you and your brother. It won’t make the pain go away, but at least it might help knowing you have others around that care for you.”
“Yeah. We are all her for you babe and if you ever need me I’m a phone call away. What do you say we go to my house and change and then come back here and start cleaning up your new home?”
“Maria I don’t want you to get your hopes up. We may not stay that long.”
“Yeah, yeah. I hear ya, but you’re here for the summer right?”
“Yeah. At least the rest of the summer.” Liz smiled and that must have given Maria the impulse to hug her for she wrapped her arms around Liz and gave her a big hug. “Thanks Maria.”
“Anytime. Now what’s the deal with that brother of yours…” The two girls walked back through the window and headed back down stairs.
|posted on 24-Jan-2002 5:03:26 PM|
Max’s head wasn’t in this at all. He wanted to be with the others. If it hadn’t been for Maria practically shoving him out of the Crashdown, after he had finished eating, he would still be sitting in the booth watching Liz float from table to table. He needed to make a mental note to get her back for keeping them away from each other. A mischievous grin began to form as a plan of attack surfaced. Maria Deluca was in for a rude awakening.
His mom hadn’t done anything to his room. She thought it would be better if he did it so he would be able to make an accurate list of what was damaged and what was missing. The first thing on Max’s list was the toy house. He was sure that he had placed it in his closet a few years back but after tearing the remaining remnants out of the closet he found that it wasn’t there. The microscope, of course, was on the list as damaged. After about an hour of picking up and listing it as damaged he realized that who ever came in came in for the orb and that was it.
“Great. If Liz didn’t have enough to worry about this is going to really upset her.” Max didn’t know how he was going to explain it to her, that out of everything that they could have been after the orb was the only thing missing. He had contemplated about adding a few other things to the list just so she wouldn’t think that his room was robbed just because of who they were but decided against it. He would wait until they were a little bit more moved in at the apartment before he actually told anyone what was missing.
Max took the list and headed for the sheriff’s station. His mom and dad needed him to pick up a copy of the police report for insurance purposes as well as make a copy of the list. He hopped into his jeep and headed down Main Street. Thoughts of everything that had happened today were going through his mind. It was hard for him to imagine that he had been up since almost three o’clock this morning. He parked in front of the station and went inside. The shades were pulled down on the doors because of the sun shining in. It was a scorcher of a day and he knew it was only going to get hotter. He ran up the stairs to the second floor and waited for the officer on duty to give him the required paperwork. With that done he headed home and gave his parents what they wanted.
“I’m going to go help Michael and Alex pick up some stuff in Clovis.” He said as he opened up the front door.
His dad stopped him halfway out, “They decided to move here?” he asked.
“Yeah. They came into town to see if everything was ok and Amy Deluca ended up making them work for her. They’re going to see how it works out for the remainder of the summer, but at least they’re staying in town to give it a chance.” Max’s dad noticed the look that his son was wearing. Max was happy that they were going to be staying. That was easy to see. It had been a long time since his son had shown any interest in a girl. The Parker’s knew what they were doing when they pulled him into the will.
“Ok, I imagine that’s where Isabel is then. You guys be careful and if you need any help make sure to call me. Your mother and I will be here all day. We took the day off.”
“Thanks dad. We’ll probably be late since we are getting such a late start to begin with, but I will keep you guys in mind.” Max ran out the door. Glancing at his watch it was three fifteen. Hopefully the guys hadn’t left yet.
Liz slipped back into the clothes that she had put on this morning. Granted they weren’t really clothes that she wanted to clean in but it was the only thing she had. Liz thought that out of all of them Maria was the most excited about them moving to Roswell. She had told Michael that her mom was the one that could organize like hell but Liz had a deep suspicion that Maria herself was pretty good at it too, if she wanted it bad enough.
It was a good thing that Maria sent Max back to his house after lunch. Liz wouldn’t have been able to concentrate on learning the ropes of waitressing. Max had things to do, she had things to do... and neither one of them would get anything done if they were in each other’s presence. The routine of the day had kept her from thinking about what Max was doing and now that she was changing he returned to her thoughts. She knew what would be missing. She didn’t have to wait for his return. Liz stood up. Gave herself the once over and walked out of the bathroom. Pushing a piece of hair behind her ear she went over to the booth where the gang had rallied.
By three thirty Maria had dispatched the boys, Max, Michael and Alex, to go to Clovis to pick up enough furniture and other necessities to make the apartment comfortable. The girls, Maria, Liz, and Isabel stayed behind to start cleaning. Alex had tried to get out of going to Clovis by ranting about sexual discrimination, and why couldn’t the girls help move furniture. Maria shut him up quickly with threats of having him clean the bathrooms in the apartment.
The hardest part was getting all the cleaning supplies to the apartment. Hauling the vacuum and the buckets up the stairs wasn’t an easy task. Liz could only imagine Michael and Alex trying to haul the couch and TV up them. If they didn’t break a single thing in this move it would be a miracle.
“Well, where should we start?” Liz asked them.
“Well…” Maria started by looking around. “If you’re asking me I think we should start with the vacuuming. Who wants to do that?”
“I’ll do it. You guys worked today. At least I could do that.” Isabel volunteered.
“Good. Liz, you do the windows. I’ll start with the bathrooms and then we can meet in the kitchen.” Maria clapped her hands and then picked up the bucket, mop and some cleaning supplies. Isabel went for the vacuum and discovered that she needed to get an extension cord. The electricity had yet to be turned on.
“Uh, guys… I think someone better work on calling the utilities before we get too involved in our cleaning.” Isabel was holding up the end of the cord to emphasize the fact that they had no electricity.
“Liz. Go downstairs and use the phone in my mom’s office. You’ll find all the numbers that you need on the cork board.”
“Thanks Maria.” Liz started out the door when she remembered that she needed her purse. She walked back in and grabbed it off the kitchen counter. “Things are actually beginning to feel right.” She said to herself as she traveled down the stairs.
As they entered the town of Clovis Michael asked Max where they should go first, “Do you want to eat something first or go get the truck?”
“What? We only ate a few hours ago. Let’s get the truck first. We can eat after we load it up.” Turning to look at Alex in the back seat, “is that all right with you, Alex?”
“Yeah, no problem. Where are we getting a truck?” Alex replied as he looked at the town around him.
“I know a place on the other side of town. He carries a whole line of trucks. I know his son so maybe he’ll give us a good price.” Michael replied.
Michael drove through town and pulled up to the front of a gas station at the edge of town. There was a small Ryder sign in the window and they could see four trucks in back of the building.
Michael got out of the Toyota pickup and leaned back in, “I’ll go rent the truck. I should be out in a minute.”
Michael walked into the station and looked around, he saw his friend Kevin behind the counter looking bored. He perked up when he saw Michael, “Hey, Michael, what brings you in here?”
“Hey, Kevin. I need to rent a truck. Liz and I will be staying in Roswell over the summer and we have to take furniture and a few other things with us.” Michael explained.
“Okay, great. Which one do you want?” Kevin asked.
“The biggest one you have… I don’t want to be going back and forth.”
“Well.” Kevin began punching in buttons on the computer. “How’s the eighteen footer sound? It should hold a few beds, a couch and a lot of other stuff.” Kevin explained as he reached under the counter for the rental forms.
He handed them to Michael and they shot the breeze as Michael filled out the forms. After Michael was done, Kevin took them into the back to have his father check the forms and ask if Michael could get a lower rate. When his father saw that Michael was only eighteen, he got up from behind his desk and went to talk to him. “Hi, Michael. I’m really sorry, but Rider requires that any one renting one of its trucks has to be twenty-one or older.”
Michael shook his head and thought for a moment. Then it came to him, “I’ll be right back. My friend Max is in the truck. He’s twenty-one and his father is supposed to look after us. I’ll get him to sign. Will that be okay?”
“As long as he’s twenty-one, it will be fine.”
Michael walked up to the truck and leaned in to the window next to Max, “Can you come with me for a minute?” Michael looked at Alex while Max got out of the truck. “It’s only going to take us a minute. They need a co-signer. Why don’t you climb out of the back seat and stretch, you have to be cramped in there.” Michael opened up the door for him and as soon as Alex stepped out Max and him returned to the office.
As Michael and Max walked back towards the station Michael told Max, “I ran in to a little problem. They won’t rent a truck to anyone under twenty-one. So you’ll have to do it.”
“What? I’m not twenty-one either Michael. How am I supposed to rent the truck?”
Michael looked at Max like he had grown a third eye. “Max, don’t tell me that you’ve never gone partying at night? You know, to some dance clubs?”
Max just looked at Michael and shook his head no, “I never have. Like I said I’m not twenty-one.”
Michael shook his head, “You and my sister are so made for each other. Give me your driver’s license.”
“What? Why?” Max asked as he dug the license out of his wallet.
Michael took the license and waved his hand over it. As he handed it back to Max he said, “Congratulations, you’re now twenty-one.” He turned and started to walk into the station. “I’ll pay for the truck, you have to sign the rental agreement.”
“You are going to change this back when we are done. Right Michael?” Max stopped waiting for him to acknowledge him.
“Come on Maxwell, live a little. If you want me to, I will but you know… You could do it yourself. It’s not like you’re incapable of doing it.” Michael jogged back to where his new friend and brother was standing and grabbed him by the arm. Michael was already considering them as family in the short amount of time they had spent together.
Max showed his license to the attendant. The whole time he was afraid that he would get caught. All the worrying was for nothing. Max signed the papers and was handed the keys. No questions asked. The two walked out. Max went to go pick up the truck while Michael went to go tell Alex to follow them.
Alex hopped into the truck and waited for the big Rider Truck to lead the way. This was the first time Alex had felt like he belonged. At first it was hard for him to get comfortable but after awhile two hours in the back of a pick up with two other guys you begin to let the barriers down. He realized now that that was what it was this morning when Michael acted so rudely. That was his barrier. These guys weren’t that bad after all. He just hoped that he wasn’t seeing something that wasn’t there.
Michael backed the truck up to the house. Max hopped out and opened up the back to meet the garage door. When Michael opened up the door the two friends’ mouths dropped open.
“Is this all yours?” Alex asked while he walked between the two vehicles. Once was a 1965 cherry apple red ford mustang convertible and the other was a 1996 Honda dirt bike, Michael’s pride and joy. “Well, the car was my dad’s the bike is mine. I imagine now that they are gone its ours. Liz and I haven’t brought ourselves to come in here since their accident.” Michael continued walking, he grabbed the bike and rolled it out of the way so they could have a clear path to the truck. After a bit of rearranging the guys were ready to tackle the big stuff.
“Lets get the easy stuff first… Alex you grab the coffee tables as well as the end tables. Max and I are going to start with the couch and chairs. We’ll work our way back to the bedrooms.” Michael was taking after Maria. He was visualizing how everything was going to work. If they could get Alex occupied Michael could use some alien voodoo to make the furniture a lot lighter. They just had to make sure that Alex didn’t pick them up. It would totally blow the story.
Three hours later the living room furniture, the kitchen dining room set, the two bedrooms as well as the bathroom was all loaded into the truck. The last few items were taken out of the kitchen. “Don’t grab anymore. Liz and I will come back in the truck and get the food and that later in the week. This should get us by. I don’t want to spend all night here if I don’t have to… Besides the girls are probably beginning to wonder where we are. Surely they are done with the apartment.”
“How about we go get something to eat on the way out of town.” Alex suggested. It was amazing how much Max and Michael had gotten done. They hardly broke a sweat moving all the big stuff. In fact, he was sweating more making all the trips just carrying all the lightweight stuff. Maybe it was just his imagination.
The boys ate and were on their way back to Roswell by 7:00, if everything went to plan they should arrive by 9:00. Michael had called his sister and everything was going as planned. However, there was one hitch. They wouldn’t have any electricity or gas until tomorrow. She assured him that it would be ok, after all Amy had been nice enough to let them string an extension cord from downstairs. They could survive until then. The only problem was bathing. “We’ll talk about that when we get there. See you in a few.”
“Michael…” Liz was hesitant. “Please be nice.”
“Hey, I am. Don’t you trust me? I am your own flesh and blood, Liz.”
“I know and that’s the reason I don’t trust you. We’ve been too much on our own. Working with Maria and Isabel today I realized that this is the first time that I have spent this much time with anyone other than you. Its scary and I know how I’m feeling and I know you. You only have a little bit longer to be in their company. Please, please, please… don’t ruin it.”
“I hear you. Quit worrying. Everything is under control.” Michael pushed the button on his cell phone to end the call. “She’s worried.” He said when he looked over to Max and saw concern on his face.
“I know. I can feel it.” Max didn’t realize what he had said. What was going on? How was it possible for him to know what Liz was feeling?
Michael looked at him in wonderment. “What do you mean, you can feel it? What’s that supposed to mean?”
“Look… I don’t know. I think it’s like a premonition or something like that. I don’t know for a fact that she’s worried it’s more of a feeling being passed on to me.” Max adjusted himself in the seat of the big truck. “Quit eyeing me like that.” He said as he leaned his head to rest against the window. ‘Great. Just great.’ He thought to himself, ‘Everything had been going good up until then. Why didn’t he just suggest that he ride in the pick up with Alex?’ Then it hit him. He wanted to be close to Michael in case he heard from Liz.
The remainder of the trip was traveled in silence. When they pulled up the alley behind the Crashdown it was none too soon. Michael hopped out at the same time as Max did and they met in the back. “Make sure no one picks up anything heavy except us. I don’t want anyone knowing what I did to the furniture. Got it?” He asked while crawling into the back.
“Yeah, I got it.” Michael shoved the couch out and Max grabbed hold of it.
As Michael and Max carried the couch into the living room Max asked Michael where he wanted it. Michael selected a spot directly in front of the TV and they both dropped their ends. Max looked around to make sure nobody was looking and waved his hand over the couch returning it to its original weight.
Before they were able to move away from the couch Maria and Alex walked out of the kitchen and Maria asked, “What’s the couch doing there? That’s not where it belongs.”
Michael looked at her with a questioning look before replying, “What do you mean? That’s where all couches belong, right in front of the TV. The cable hook-up is on that wall so the couch faces that wall.”
“God, you’re such a guy. Max, Alex, show him where it’s supposed to be. Come on, pick it up and move it over here.” Maria answered indicating a spot across the room. Alex and Max picked the now heavy couch up and moved it to where Maria indicated, “Okay, now just turn it around. Almost, over another foot. There, isn’t that better?” Maria smiled and turned to Michael.
“NO, no, all wrong. Grab the other end Maxwell.” Michael grabbed an end and started to return it to its original position. “How the heck am I supposed to lay down and watch a hockey game from across the room? This is where it belongs.” And with that Michael and Max put the couch down.
“If you had any inkling about interior design you would know that the couch is the conversational center point of the room. You know when friends come to visit? Oh, I forgot, you don’t have any friends.” Maria stormed at Michael.
“DeLuca, forget about it. The couch stays.” Michael stormed back.
Hearing the argument from the other end of the apartment, Liz raced in to try to settle the argument. “What’s wrong? Why are you arguing?” Liz said as she stepped between Michael and Maria. Looking at Michael she continued, “I thought I told you to be nice!”
Michael glared down at his mad sister, “I was being nice. It’s her fault!” Michael replied indicating Maria.
Liz looked between the two antagonists and asked, “Okay, one at a time, what’s the problem?”
Both Michael and Maria started to talk at once, each of them trying to convince Liz that they were in the right. “Hold it, hold it. I said one at a time.” Turning to Maria she said, “You first.”
“This jerk…” Maria started off before Liz saw Michael’s face start to flush and she stopped Maria, “Whoa, be nice. Okay, start again.” As Maria took a breath to restart her rant she looked at Liz’s upraised eyebrow and quietly continued, “Well, I think the couch should go in the center of the room over there. You know, so that when guests visit.” At the word visit, Maria glared at Michael, “You can sit and have a nice conversation, without distractions. That’s where my mom had the couch.”
“Okay, that sounds reasonable. What’s wrong with that Michael?” Liz turned back to Michael to listen to his response.
“Uh, well, I wanted to use the couch to watch TV.” Michael replied.
As he finished Maria started in again, “Isn’t that the dumbest?” Again, before she could get going Liz stopped her with a look and a raised hand.
Liz turned back to Michael and asked, “Did you bring Dad’s recliner Michael? I don’t see it up here.”
“Yeah, of course I brought it. It’s down in the truck. We were going to get it next but Miss Buttinsky started messing with the arrangement. We could be done already if she….” Michael again was brought to a halt in mid-rant by a look and a raised hand from his sister.
Ignoring Michael’s outburst Liz said, “Why don’t you and Max go get it. I have an idea.”
As Michael and Max disappeared through the front door Liz turned to Maria and Alex, “Come on, let’s move it where you suggested Maria.”
Maria and Liz grabbed one end of the couch while a complaining Alex struggled alone with the other end. They had just finished adjusting the position to Liz’s satisfaction when Max and Michael appeared with the recliner. Liz guided them to a position in front of the TV. “Okay, you can put it here.”
Throughout the argument Max had just stood to the side and marveled at how Liz just naturally took control of the situation. From Maria and Michael being at each other’s throats, she had them calmed down and actually speaking civilly to each other. It was another thing that amazed him about Liz.
By 1:30 the apartment was settled and it was time for the friends to split up. Michael and Maria had had only two more blow-ups. One while putting the stuff away in the kitchen. They had to argue over the best place to store the silverware. Then they argued over which shelf the large towels should be on in the linen closet. Liz finally got tired of the arguments and made sure that they were given jobs at opposite ends of the apartment.
Alex agreed to give Maria a ride home and Max and Isabel also left. Before leaving Max told Liz to stop over at their house in the morning for breakfast and to clean up.
Liz and Michael didn’t bother bathing they just slept on top of the bedding. All in all the group of friends had pulled together nicely and to Liz’s amazement nothing was broken.
|posted on 24-Jan-2002 5:04:37 PM|
Liz tossed and turned. She had been laying in bed for over an hour and sleep had yet to consume her. Getting up, she went to the open window. That was her problem it was too hot for her. Even though it was nighttime, the temperature had to still be in the nineties. Crawling through the window like she had done earlier with Maria she sat down in the old lawn chair that had been left.
This is what she was missing, being able to look up to the stars. She had done it a lot while she lived in Clovis but hadn’t thought about doing it now. Taking a few deep breaths she closed her eyes and began to relax. She wondered if Michael was able to fall asleep or not. She began let her mind reach out to his. She was only able to brush against the edges of his, meaning that he was asleep. He was probably dreaming of Maria. Liz began to giggle at the two of them arguing over the placement of the coach. It was a good thing she had stepped in otherwise the two of them would have killed each other. She knew what was going on between them; she had a knack of knowing what her brother was thinking. He liked Maria and it was only a matter of days in combination with their close proximity before Maria Deluca would win over his heart. The arguing and fighting would still be there but there would also be love.
Liz drew her mind back from him and looked one more time up to the dark July sky. What was she thinking when she agreed to move here for the rest of the summer. She couldn’t believe that Michael’s opinion of moving had changed so drastically. One day he is saying no. The next he’s practically packing her bags for her. Taking another deep breath and relaxing further she couldn’t help that she had the need to reach for Max.
Doing it like she did her brother she closed her eyes and envisioned Max in his bed. Searching for him there, she was shocked to realize that he wasn’t there. Broadening her search for him she tried to remember the streets of Roswell. Going down street after street she had yet to find him. She started to panic and was beginning to withdrawal from her search for him when at the edges of her mind she felt him. He was close. Little butterflies began to flutter in the pit of her stomach. ‘Why had he come to her?’
She got up and looked over the wall to the alley below. Sure enough, there was Max sitting down by the ladder. “Max?” She called quietly out to him. No answer. She threw one leg over the wall and proceeded to descend the rungs. When she finally reached the ground she squatted down so that she could be eye level with him.
“Max.” She said again while gently rubbing the side of his face.
He leaned into her touch and began to smile. “Hey.” He said as his eyes slowly opened and he took a deep breath to realize that she was actually there.
“What are you doing down here? You’ve had a long day and I thought you would have gone home to go to sleep.” Liz knew before he answered why he was here. He had been worried about her. “You don’t have to worry about me Max. I’m ok.”
He looked up at her with a strange look on his face. “Do you always know what I’m going to say?”
“No. I just had this feeling… call it woman’s intuition.” She stood up and held out her hand to him. “I can tell that you aren’t going to go home. You might as well come up and get comfortable and you might as well tell me that I was right about the orb. It’s gone and that was the only thing that was gone.” She pulled him towards the ladder as she began to climb them. She felt his arms go around her waist to make sure that she didn’t fall. Once she was up out of his reach he began to follow after her.
“How did you know I was out here Liz?” He asked as he crawled over the ledge.
She smiled slightly as her face began to flush with embarrassment. “You could say I was just making sure that you were ok. When I realized that you weren’t at home I began to panic. I scanned the streets of Roswell looking for you when I realized you were right here all along.” She stepped halfway through the window and held her hand out to him one more time. She asked him to come into her room silently.
He stepped forward and embraced her outstretched hand and smiled as they made contact. He had the briefest of wonderment on how he had survived almost eleven years without knowing this angel in front of him. He squeezed her hand and then stepped through the window into her room. “I was having trouble sleeping and thought that it was because of the heat.” She said.
“I was feeling bad because I was keeping things from you. I don’t want to ever have to keep anything from you Liz.” Max sat down on the bed and took a deep breath. “You’re right. The orb is the only thing gone. Who ever broke in last night knew what they were going after and knew exactly where to find it.” He looked up to see what she was thinking.
“We’ll find it Max. I always believe things happen for a reason. Who ever has it knows something about us and when we find your orb we will be able to find him as well and hopefully we will be able to get some answers.” Liz sat down beside him.
“I hope you are right. I’m really glad you guys are here.” Max said.
Just as Max was about to lean in and kiss Liz the door burst open and Michael pushed his way in. “What in the hell?” He said out loud. “Don’t you know it’s almost 3:30 in the morning? Can’t you two stay away from each other for one night?”
“Michael what are you doing?” Liz asked as she stood up to distance herself from Max. She knew what Michael was doing but that didn’t mean she had to like it. She was drawn to be with Max there had to be something that they didn’t know about themselves that made them gravitate to each other.
“What am I doing? I’m not the one that has someone in their room and I’m not the one in… in… in…. For gods sake put on your robe.
Liz looked down at herself and finally realized that she was only wearing a pair of men’s boxers and a tank top. Everything was covered but it was appropriate attire to be receiving guests in the middle of the night unless she had plans on doing something else. Liz shook her head to get the dirty thoughts out of her mind. She walked over to the bathroom and grabbed her robe. She really didn’t want to put it on because she was already too hot. “It’s hot in here Michael and I had a hard time sleeping.”
“Sure that explains your attire Liz but that doesn’t explain what he is doing here.” Michael pointed his finger at Max.
“Michael. Please… not right now. I’ve had enough of your over protection for today. I’m a big girl.” Liz tilted her head at her brother.
Michael reached further into the room and grabbed his sister by the arm. “Excuse us.” He said to Max. Max just smiled and waited. He knew and he could understand Michael’s actions. He had a sister of his own and, well even though she had never had a boy in her room, he had acted like Michael once or twice when Isabel’s date came to pick her up. Michael was just being a real good brother and even though he had single handedly thwarted all of Max’s attempts to be close to Liz he understood and respected him for it. He would do the same thing if she were his sister.
“Liz, I know you are a big girl but you have to admit that when the two of you are alone you loose all the self-control that you have. There is something alien between the two of you and I’m only looking out for you. Don’t hate me because I interrupt the two of you all the time. Just think about it ok. I would really hate for you to be in a relationship with someone that you don’t even know and then be stuck. Ok?” Michael was holding her by the shoulders as he talked to her. He wanted to make sure that he got his point across to her.
“I know Michael and I appreciate everything that you are doing for me. I know the reason why you decided to move here to. You did it for me. You did it so I could be close to the others.” Michael started to protest but Liz continued anyway. “And you’re right about there being something alien between Max and I but if we don’t get to the bottom of it then it will forever run our lives. As far as being stuck with him I don’t think that that would be too bad.” Liz grinned wide and then leaned up and kissed her brother on the cheek. “I promise to be careful if you promise to quit babysitting me. Deal?”
“Liz…” Michael started to argue but realized that there was no way that he was going to talk her out of it. “Ok. Deal. Just be careful.”
“I will. Now, go back to bed and dream of Maria.” She smiled.
“There is no way that that’s what I’m doing. I don’t even like her. She rubs me the wrong way. You saw us today. We were at each other throats the whole time.”
“Yeah. I saw you. Goodnight Michael.” She opened up the door and made sure to shut it behind her. Her brother was left in the hallway to stare.
“I should be going home.” Max said as she walked in. He was already standing by the window. If he didn’t leave there would be much left of his control later. He was glad that Michael had interrupted them. His control had begun to falter as he sat in close proximity of her in her pajamas. He hadn’t even realized that that was what she was wearing. To be brutally honest it didn’t matter what she wore. She drew him to her like a moth to the flame. He was hers and all she had to do was curl a finger for him to come and he would be there instantly.
“You don’t have to. He just wanted to make sure to remind me to be careful. He’s right. There’s something between us that’s pulling the two of us together. It’s so hard to ignore.” Liz crossed the distance between the two of them. She was looking into his eyes. “I don’t know about you Max but if we don’t figure this out soon its going to drive me crazy. I have feelings for you that I shouldn’t have and I’ve had them ever since our first touch.” She searched his face to see if she was being to direct with her feelings. Seeing no protest she continued. She wrapped her arms around his neck and in doing so the tie to her robe loosened and it fell open. “Max. I want you to stay with me tonight. I want to get to the bottom of this.” She kissed him on the lips. He responded immediately.
His hands reached into her open robe and grabbed her small waist. He pulled her closer to him so the kiss would deepened. The minute their lips made contact images began racing between them. It was like they were sharing every experience that they had in this lifetime. Liz began to back away forcing Max to follow. Neither one of them knew what was going on but the feeling that they were experiencing was beyond words.
Liz’s calves hit the edge of the bed and she sat down. Still kissing Max he was forced to lean over her. One knee and then the other climbed up onto the bed. Every nerve ending was on fire. They were begging to be in contact with her. “Liz.” Max tried to break away but was only met with more kisses. Her tongue danced over his lips and down his jaw. She wanted to taste him. She wanted all of him. The call of their bond was begging to be heard and there was no denying it any longer. She was determined to find the answers to what was happening to them. She wanted to know everything and the only way that was possible was for her to be one with him.
Liz extended her mind to his and she was instantly rewarded with their joining. ”This is the way we are meant to be. We have always been one. Being here with you now has only made me realize how incomplete my life was without you.”
“Liz – I know I feel the same way as you but this isn’t us. This is something else.” Max tried to pull away. She had no idea what she was doing to him. The feel of her body and mind was absolutely drowning him. Everything inside of him was telling him to stay and to do what they wanted to do. But a small voice that had been buried deep down was telling him to be careful. There is a lifetime ahead of them to experience the full joys of being together as one. They needed to find out who they were before they could go any farther. “Liz. Please. You have to stop.”
His words fell on deaf ears. The pull of having him near her was so strong. She ran her hands up under his t-shirt and felt his hard, sensuous chest. He was hot and everywhere she touched him she burned. The feeling was breath taking and she only wanted more. Max tried again to break the contact between the two of them. He couldn’t let her go any farther for fear that she would hate him after it was all said and done.
“Zan, please I need you.” She called out to him. “It’s been so long since we’ve been together and you will be leaving again before we realize it.”
“Liz. It’s me, Max.” Max didn’t know what she was talking about. She pulled her robe off of her body so all she was wearing was her so-called pajamas. He knew that there wasn’t anything special about them but on Liz they were absolutely sexy. It was hard to try and keep his composure when Liz’s hands were everywhere. Still no response from her.
She pulled at the hem of his shirt and tried to pull it off of him. She was on a mission and had the strength to do almost anything she wanted to do. “Zan, I need you to make love to me. I want to make love to you. I want to make you forget about this war that we are in. Tonight is about us and no one else so quit fighting me and make love to me.” Again she kissed him forcefully and once their lips made contact Max was bombarded with the images that she had been living.
They were in their room. Stonewalls lined with tapestries of landscapes. Charisse’s touch. White satin covered the bed and deep blue pillows were scattered haphazardly. She had made this their haven of peace and tranquility in a world filled with terror and grief. He gave up the hope of fighting her urges. She knew what buttons to push and he let her.
They made love like they had never before. They were bonded together as one. She gave herself completely to him and in return he gave her him. They were the hopes of their people. They were the chance of bringing peace to a world that only knew chaos. He fought beside her brother from the first day they became men and from the first moment he saw her he knew she was the one. His mother used to say that the soul never dies but waits to be reborn again. Each soul was made up of two different parts and when joined to be complete they would forever be bound to one another.
That is what he had with Charisse. His soul had found the other half in her. She was so small and fragile but had a heart and the strength of the fiercest warrior. They complimented one another and only made them stronger.
When they were done making love they laid in bed talking about the future. How one day he would defeat Khivar and free his world and his people from slavery. She believed in him and knew that one day that would be.
They had been through this before because their soul was as old as time. They had loved each other over an eternity and they would continue to love each other for all of time. There was comfort in knowing this. No matter what happened to the other it wouldn’t be long before they would be together once again.
Patience was the key and they had had more than one lifetime to learn it.
When the dawn of a new day was beginning to seep into the window of their suite they fell asleep in each other’s arms. Content with the presence of one another and exhausted by the love making that they had done all night they fell asleep.
Max stirred on the bed as the sunlight filtered in from the window. He had never dreamed like that before. He had seen his previous life as well as his wife. He had loved her his entire life and knew for a fact that he wouldn’t be able to live life without her.
The bed shifted and reality finally hit him. He wasn’t at home in his bed he was at Liz’s and was in her bed. Fear raced through his mind on what had happened. He didn’t want to look at her for fear of finding out that they had had sex. Their relationship was too young to be having sex. There was so much that he wanted to know about her. He wanted to know her favorite color.
“Green.” She said.
He wanted to know her favorite ice cream flavor.
“Vanilla.” She answered his unvoiced questioned.
He wanted to know how she knew everything he was thinking.
“We are connected. Like the dream. Our souls are the two parts of a whole. We were meant to be together.” She said with amusement in her voice.
Max worked up enough courage to finally look at her. She looked so beautiful with the sun shining in on her. Her hair sparkled in the light and shimmered with red highlights. The smile on her face topped it off and made him the happiest man on earth.
“Has anyone ever told you how beautiful you are in the morning?” He gently pushed a piece of hair behind her ear so that he could be able to see all of her face. This was the best morning of his life. “If I die right now I would die the happiest man in the world. You complete me Liz Parker and I’m amazed at how much I love you for only knowing you for such a short period of time.”
“We’ve know each other for eternity. Can’t you feel it?” She was now sitting up. Her elbows were propping her up and her chin was in her hands. A smiled played across her face.
Max cupped the side of her face in his hand and gently ran his thumb up and down her cheek. She leaned into his touch marveling at how wonderful it felt. “I know our souls have known each other for eternity but what about the people we are? Surely we’ve changed over the time. I want to get to know you for you. Not what you were.”
“Me too. We have a lifetime of getting to know each other let’s not waste it on the little things.”
“There isn’t anything that is considered little, Liz. Everything is important.” He leaned in and began to kiss her. The hum that was constantly there now began to vibrate louder. The intensity shocked him and he pulled away. “Is this the way it’s always going to be from here on out?”
“I hope so because I think I would be lost without it.” A door outside the room shut rather loudly signaling that Michael was now awake. “Oh my gosh. He’s so going to kill me.”
“You? He’s going to kill me.” Liz practically pushed him out of bed and threw his shirt at him. Max sighed with relief knowing that they hadn’t had sex yet.
“Quit whining and get going. I’ll see you in an hour.” Liz leaned up and kissed him as Max stepped through the window.
“Ok… I’ll see you then.” He turned and practically jumped over the ledge. Liz took a deep breath at his reckless way of getting down the rooftop. Just as he disappeared her bedroom door opened.
“God Michael, you scared me.” She yelled.
“Sorry, I just wanted to see if you were up yet or not.” He smiled because he knew that Max had just left. He could tell because Liz’s eyes sparkled like he had never seen before.
“Yeah, I’m up… Give me a few minutes and I’ll have my bag packed.” After all they were going over to the Evans’ to take a shower and eat breakfast.
“Ok. I’ll meet you downstairs then.” He shut the door and then opened it up again. “You should have had Max wait. We could have taken him home.” Liz knew it. She picked up the closest thing to her and pitched it at him.
“Out!” Michael shut the door and laughed all the way down the hallway.
Max pushed his window open and tried to quietly sneak back in. The minute he leaned over he saw a slippered foot begin to tap. Great. Isabel had caught him. “What do you think you are doing?” She asked.
“Um… Just making sure I would be able to get out incase there is a fire.” Hopefully that would get her off his case.
“Max. If you were practicing the fire drill shouldn’t you be going out the window instead of in?” She smiled at him. She could tell that he was happy and having him try and lie his way out of this was even better. She could forever hold this against him to get her way.
“Don’t even think about it, Isabel.” He said with a grin.
“What? I wasn’t thinking about anything.”
“Yeah. You are planning on holding this over my head. I know you.” He finished climbing in and then stood up. “I got to go take a shower before they get here. Michael doesn’t know that I was there last night.”
“I bet you twenty he knows Max. Siblings always know what the other is doing. There’s no use trying to hide the fact unless you plan on walking around with your head in a brown paper all day because that smile is really bright.”
Max sidestepped her and went to the bathroom. He was almost undressed when he realized that he didn’t have any clothes to put on. He dashed back to his room and grabbed a pair of khaki shorts and t-shirt along with the necessary undergarments. He began whistling and was just about to get in the shower when the doorbell rang. “Isabel can you get that?” He called out.
“Sure, lover boy. I got the door. You just get in the shower. Breakfast will be ready in an hour.