posted on 10-Jan-2003 10:44:06 AM
Viral Apocalypse

Rating: NC-17

EMAIL: Alex_g_smith⊕hotmail.com

Disclaimer: I don’t own these characters; never have, never will!

Summery: The groups purpose on Earth is more than what they have been led to believe. The end of all life in the universe is closing in, yet life on a small out of the way planet is growing. What hope could humans give to the Antarians?

Couples: CC/Slash

Author Note: This idea entered my brain several months ago and is not leaving me alone so I am going to write it. It came when I read Nikki’s “Bonding Eight” and Water Tara’s “Two Down, Two To Go” trilogy. So many thanks to them!!

It starts right after “Destiny”.

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Chapter 1

An Island Somewhere in the Pacific – Designated: Site Alpha 1

Commander Kalen, like all the others in his command, was in his stasis tube. They had been here since the conclusion of their 10-year research assignment after the Roswell Incident, waiting for the time when the computer of the facility would receive the signal and awaken them for their true mission here on Earth.

All of a sudden, on the highest point of the island the pulse began flash on the peak of the mountain. The signal was carried underground and into the facility where the computer powered up and deactivated the tubes, allowing their occupants to emerge and resume their posts.

“Report!” Kalen said

“Sir, the signal was initiated 5 minutes ago…the Awakening Protocols functioned perfectly, all 43 personnel are returning to their duties!” said Thran

“Triangular the source of the signal!” Kalen ordered

“Triangulating now sir…” Thran said as he pressed buttons on his consol. “Sir, the source appears to be the Pod Chamber in Roswell. Sir, I’m also detecting multiple signatures all over the western hemisphere…the Skins are also aware of the situation!”

“Very well, activate observation protocols. We will observe the Royal 4 for several months before acting!” Kalen said, “Track down all other hybrids and send units to watch over them!”

“Confirmed sir!”

Kalen turned to leave but stopped at the door, “Oh by the way what is the date?”

“Uh, according to the facilities chronometers we have been in stasis for fifty years! It’s June 2000…human time!”

“Thank you Thran, I’ll go check on everything!” Kalen said

“Yes sir! Do you want me to contact Lord Larek?”

“No need, the signal would have been sent to him as well!” Kalen said

He walked down the halls of the underground facility and inspected everything from the storage closets to the sleeping closets. When he was done with his command he transported himself over to an adjacent island, one barely half a mile from Alpha 1. The second facility was more homely and warmer than the first. The layout was also vastly different, it had several bedrooms some of which were clearly intended of individuals where the others were for couples and each room was separate from the others.

There were also a couple of bathrooms that looked big enough to be shared by multiple people. In the centre of the facility was a common area for the people who stayed here, complete with a library, kitchen, a couple of games machines and a large television set hooked up to a satellite dish. When Kalen was satisfied that everything still worked and functioned properly he walked over to an area of plain wall next to the bookcase. He waved his hand and pressed his palm against the silver handprint that appeared.

The wall rippled and Kalen stepped through into another chamber. The walls were covered with a multitude of dancing colours and in the middle of the room was a large circular pool filled with pink and purple ooze that swirled and bubbled. Kalen touched his hand to the surface of the pool and was satisfied with the warm sensation it provided.

“Soon now, soon we will preserve our race!” Kalen said to himself

He left the chamber and returned to his command, awaiting word that at least one of the ten sets of hybrids have been found and that hopefully some of them have succeeded in their purpose on Earth.

Night of the Prom, Several Months Later…

Max, Liz and the others had just had their group photo taken and were now piling into the limo, ready to be taken to their dance. When they were all inside they pulled away and started to head toward the school. The driver’s area was completely isolated from the rear of the vehicle and completely soundproofed, allowing him to speak without being overheard.

“This is Feln, I have the Royal 4 and their associates in the vehicle. What is your order?” the driver said

“Feln, proceed!” Kalen said over the communicator.

Feln flicked a switch on the dashboard and a cloud of gas quickly filtered into the back, causing the entire group to fall unconscious. The car changed direction and no longer headed to West Roswell High but instead it went out into the desert. After an hour of driving the car stopped and Feln got out and opened the rear door of the limo, letting any residual gas escape!

Two helicopters suddenly flew over the hillside next to them and landed a short distance away. Several people got out of the choppers with stretchers and carefully loaded the sleeping teens onto them and onto the choppers.

“They’ll be out for seven more hours, you’ve got that long to get them to the island!” Feln said

“Yes sir, we’ll get them there in plenty of time!” said the pilot of the first aircraft

“Make sure you do!” Feln said

“Sir, if I may…what about their parents?” the pilot asked

“That’s my problem pilot, get going!” Feln said

“Sir!” he responded

Feln backed off back to the limo and used his powers to change its shape back into that of a Corvette! He watched as the two helicopters took off and headed back out to Alpha 1. Others that surrounded them carefully monitored each of the unconscious passengers.

Sleeping Quarters, Island Alpha 1, Several Hours Later

Alex carefully opened his eyes but was almost blinded by the bright light shooting down into his eyes. He quickly closed them and shielded his face with his arm as he sat up and looked around the room. He saw each of his friends lying around him, each on a medical bed, surrounded by darkness and with a single white light shooting down into their faces.

The first person he was able to focus on was Isabel and he carefully stumbled over to her side. His head was spinning from the drugs, all he could remember was getting into the limo and chatting with Isabel but after that there was nothing.

“Isabel!” he whispered as he shook her shoulder, “Isabel wake up!”

“Hmmm…Alex?” she groaned out

Alex quickly covered her eyes from the light and helped her sit up before heading over to Max. One by one he helped his friends come back to reality, when Max realised that something was happening he immediately went over to Liz and helped her up.

A few minutes later Alex was back beside Isabel and helping her to her feet as the others stood up and looked around in the darkness.

“This is so not a good thing!” Maria said

“No shit!” Michael said as he stumbled around, trying to find the wall

“Where the hell is this place?” Kyle asked as he found a button on the wall.

He pressed it and the room was filled with light, illuminating the entire room. The room was empty save from the eight beds that they had woken up from. The walls themselves were empty was the room, not even a door was visible to the group.

“So…Special Unit? Military? Any ideas?” Max asked

“Hell with us it could be the old lady down the street!” Liz said as she sat back down on the bed, “We seem to pick up a new enemy every other week!”

“I’m actually one of the good guys Ms Parker!” Kalen said as he passed into the room from one of the walls.

Michael and Max quickly raised their hands to blast the new arrival but found that their powers wouldn’t work.

“I assume you recognise this!” Kalen said as he held up one of the hexagonal devices. He pressed a few buttons on it and deactivated the device. “Now your powers will work my friends. My apologies but I knew your first instinct would be to attack…not that I blame you. With everything you have been through in the last year…well, I needed to get your attention and this is the only way I could think of!”

“Where are we?” Max asked

“A small island in the south pacific King Zan, we call it Alpha 1. I am Commander Kalen of your Majesty’s defence force.” Kalen said as he bowed when introducing himself.

“My name isn’t Zan!” Max said

“Yes of course, I apologise again…Max!” Kalen said, “And you are Liz…Michael…Maria…Alex…Isabel…Kyle and Tess!”

“Okay so you know who we are…still doesn’t tell us who you are or why you kidnapped us!” Michael said coldly

“Forgive me Rath…sorry Michael…I was only following orders!” Kalen said

“Who’s?” asked Tess

“Yours!” Kalen said to Max

“What?” Max said confused

“There is a situation…out there!” Kalen said while pointing up to the roof, “Please come with me and I’ll explain.”

Kalen walked back out through the wall. The others walked up to the same spot and just looked at it and then to each other. Liz was the first to step through the passage, quickly followed by Max and then the others. On the other side Max quickly grabbed Liz arm to stop her.

“Liz, are you crazy?” Max said

“Max, I want to be back home. If you and Blondie there want to stay then fine!” Liz said angrily

“Liz…I…” Max started to say

Kalen had stopped not to far from the others and heard her comments. He should have picked them up earlier and not allowed the situation between them to deteriorate to this point.

“Actually Ms Parker, you’re presence here is essential…it is for all of you!” Kalen said

Max let Liz’s arm go and they followed Kalen into the Command Room.

“What is all this?” Max asked

“This facility was created approximately 20 years before the crash at Roswell for the purpose of this mission. Around 4 thousand years ago a meteor crashed into region on Antar. Within three years the birth rate on our world was cut by more than half. It took us nearly 2 years before we discovered that the meteor carried a virus that affected the sterility of our race. We’ve survived this long through a program of genetic mutations applied to each generation.

After going out into space we discovered other worlds that were affected the same way…in total over 256,000 civilizations are either infected or have died out because of it. Every race that is except humans! Earth was infected in 1908 after a meteor strike in Tunguska…a few local life forms were infected but the virus was killed off. It would appear that humans are immune!” Kalen said

“So what’s the problem? Find out what makes them immune and use it!” Tess said

“We’ve tried! We spent decades working through every aspect of humans on Earth…everything from the human genome to your diet. We can’t find anything to account for it!” Kalen said

“So what happens next?” Max asked

“After our research failed, your father ordered a program to combine human genetics with Antarian to create hybrids. He selected the children of several families to come to Earth, combined their D.N.A with that of human donors and kept them on Earth so that they could continue to live. However, it didn’t take long to spot problems with the joining.

The virus also affected the chemical used to combine the gene code and as a result that generation died of quickly. It was determined that Ganderium would have to be used but that came at a cost…slower gestation for the hybrid and the use of the pods. By the time we were able to implement this we had reached the limits of the manipulation of our genome…our race was no longer of reproduction and as a result we were on our last generation!” Kalen said with sadness in his voice

“So why are we here then?” Tess asked. Nasedo had told her none of this in their time together.

“It was determined that with the Ganderium, a hybrid child would be free of the virus but if they were to procreate amongst themselves their D.N.A. would be susceptible to it once again. King Zan, your predecessor Max, ordered the combining of D.N.A from the same families…including himself, Ava, Rath and Vilandra…and all were sent to Earth. The mission was to find human who they could love and trust with which they were and to raise families with them. This way the Antarian people would continue to exist and out culture would not die off!”

“So why bring us here?” Liz asked, “Why not let them get on with it?”

“Well our first reason is that recently relations between a few of you have been…strained! Bringing you all here is for the purpose of allowing some wounds to be mended and for all of you to bond. The second reason is that we discovered something about procreation between a human and hybrid.”

“And that would be?” Maria asked

“It doesn’t work! With Antarians procreation can be controlled. Conception will only occur when both partners release a particular pheromone that affects their mate. Without this, it just wouldn’t work. Max, Isabel, Michael and Tess as you have Antarian D.N.A you still require these pheromones to be emitted during sex for conception to happen.”

“Well in case you hadn’t noticed, we’re humans – no freaky pheromones!” Maria said

“Yeah so mission failed, send us home!” Kyle stated plainly

“I think I have to agree with my friends!” Liz said coldly, “You’ve already ruined what could have been a fantastic night!”

“My apologies Ms Parker but I cannot send you home. You see the chemicals needed to produce the pheromone can be duplicated in the human body…but only after a hybrid and a human of the same gender have sex. To this end we have an island about half a mile away where we have created a facility where you will all be staying for the next few months.”

“You’re out of your damn mind!” Michael yelled

“There isn’t any way…!” Maria said

Kalen quickly pressed a button on the wall and the next thing any of the group knew was that they were in the common room on the other island. On the screen Kalen’s image appeared and began speaking.

“I apologise my friends, it was necessary! The facility you are now in is fully equipped and there are clothes in your rooms. I’m sure they’ll fit perfectly; you have food, necessary supplies and a nice tropical beach that you have full run of. Please use the facilities freely and if you need to contact me press the blue button on the side of this monitor.” Kalen said as his image vanished

Each of the group sat silently down in the plush seats around them. For nearly ten minutes not one of them spoke.

“So…what do we do now?” Maria asked quietly

“I don’t know!” Max said, “Maybe just sit around and do nothing. When the see us doing nothing maybe they’ll just send us home!”

“I doubt it Max. They’re doing this to try and save their race!” Michael said

“Our race Michael! They’re our people as well!” Tess corrected him

“Well, it’s late!” Liz said, “I’m going to find a bed!”

Liz looked around and left down one of the hallways that lead to the bedrooms. She found a nice and quiet room that was marked with her name and entered it. When she examined the drawers she found some appropriate sleepwear and changed out of her dress. Back in the common room the others just looked around.

“Is it just me or has she been a little to quiet about all this?” Isabel said

“Yeah, but she is right. It is late, I’m too tired to think and I’m going to bed. I’ll try to get more answers out of Kalen tomorrow…I suggest you all get some sleep.” Max said

To Be Continued…

Well, the plot is written, the stage is set. This chapter is an intro, tell me what you think!

Uhnnn...I should probably tell you that I'm not going to be comfortable doing the guy/guy scenes - I'll see what I can come up with but if anyone wants to lend a hand it would be appreciated!

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posted on 13-Jan-2003 9:49:21 AM
Chapter 2

Liz’s Room, Island 2, 2am

Liz, like everyone else was trying to sleep but was unsuccessful, was curled up in her bed looking up at the ceiling. Everything in this room appeared to have been designed for her, right down to an empty journal book on the bedside table. No matter how many pillow she covered her head with or how much she tried to get comfortable she just couldn’t sleep. Just then a knock came from the door and she sat up.

“Come in!” Liz called out and the door opened

Maria walked inside and moved over to her long time friend.

“Hey Chica…guess you couldn’t sleep either!” Maria said as she sat down on the corner of the bed, “So do you want to talk about it?”

“Talk about what?” Liz asked

“Liz, ever since that Kalen guy told us why we’re here you’ve been very quiet. Hell when Max tried to stop you, you almost blew up at him!” Maria said

“Maria, really it’s nothing. I just wanted this to be a normal night for all of us. No government, no aliens, just us having a good time!” Liz answered

“Okay, I’ll buy that! Now what’s the rest of it?” Maria said, knowing her friend all to well

“Maria…I…okay!” Liz relented, “Maria, all of this…and what we’re supposed to be doing here…Max would have told me about this if it’s as important as Kalen is saying!”

“Chica Max didn’t know anything about this place, he just found out…oh, oh right you mean Future Max!” Maria said

“Maria, when I spoke to him…I got the feeling he was keeping some major things from me but this! You and I are supposed to have sex with Isabel and Tess…Max would have told me if it happened in his timeline and for Kalen not to have brought them here given how close he and I were…Maria it was like he didn’t even know!” Liz said

“Yeah!” Maria said slowly, “I guess he would have told about something this major and he must have known that Kalen would have brought us here given what is at stake! So what do you think is going on?”

“I don’t know!” Liz said

“Maybe you should tell…”

“No way Maria, I can’t…not after everything I’ve put him through!” Liz said

“Okay then but what about Isabel? We trust her, maybe she can help figure it out?” Maria suggested

“I guess…” Liz trailed off, “Hey, can I ask you how you feel about all this?”

“Well I’d be lying if I said I’m cool with it! I mean if I was going to be with another girl I would want it to be my choice, not because a bunch of aliens wanted me to!” Maria said

“Are you worried about you’re mom?”

“Yeah…she knows I’m probably going to be out until morning but when I don’t show up!” Maria said

“I know…but this all has been planned for a long time! I think Kalen probably has a plan!” Liz said

“Is this you just being hopeful?”

“Right now I think I need to be!” Liz stated, as she looked at the clock on the wall, “God I can’t believe how late it is!”

“Yeah, do you want to speak to Isabel now or wait till the morning?” Maria asked

“I think we better do it just now…at the very least it will give her a few hours to mull it over!” Liz said as she got out of bed and pulled on a blue cotton robe

“I think I saw her name on a door in the next hall over!” Maria said

Maria opened the door and the two girls left in search of Isabel!

South Corridor, Sub Level 3, Alpha 1, Same Time

Kalen was still wandering the halls; just like his new wards he was finding it difficult to sleep so he decided to take a walk.

“Commander Kalen!” Called out Loro, the chief doctor of the facility

“Doctor? What are you still doing up?” Kalen asked

“Sir, when our guest arrived I gave them a full medical work up…I found a problem that I was only able to identify a few minutes ago!” Loro said

“What’s the problem?”

“It’s Alex Whitman sir, his brain is showing signs of advanced neurological pathway failure!”

“Doctor!” Kalen complained, he may be able to repair various systems of a ship, analyse tactical strategy and run a counter assault but medical terminology gave him a headache!

“Sorry sir…from what I’m seeing someone reprogrammed his memory and effectively fried his brain!” Loro said

“What”

“Sir the only thing that could do this kind of damage is someone using a sustained level 4 mind warp for a prolonged period of time…if I didn’t catch this…”

“Can you treat it?” Kalen asked

“Yes…but if we waited any longer to bring him here…it will take a few treatments in the medical wing but he will have to be told about this, they all will!” Loro said

“Very well, I will inform them in the morning. In the mean time get whatever equipment you need to be set up!”

“Yes sir, thank you!” Loro said as he returned to his studies

Kalen went back to the central archive of the facility. It was where all data on the hybrids and their associates was stored. He needed to know how someone was able to do this to Alex without it being picked up by the agents who were observing them!

Isabel’s Room, Island 2, 10 Minutes Later

It took Liz and Maria quite a while to find Isabel’s room but at least it gave them the opportunity to check out the other rooms in the facility. When they did find her room, they knocked and Isabel called them in. They found her facing away from them looking through her drawers, dressed for bed in a red tank top and a matching thong. For a couple of seconds Liz looked from Isabel’s feet, up her long legs to the globes of her ass.

She shook herself out of her appraisal of Isabel’s form but Maria had already caught the subtle stare – she decided to keep quiet just now. Isabel turned to face the pair after closing a drawer that contained more than a few pieces of sexy lingerie.

Hey guys! Have you seen some of the stuff they’ve given us?” Isabel asked

“Yeah, two guesses what they have in store for us!” Maria said

Isabel chuckled slightly and sat on her bed, crossing her legs yoga style.

“So what can I do for you guys? Or is it just sleeping trouble?” she asked

“Uh…Liz has something to tell you and we could use your help on it!” Maria said as she sat down on a chair.

Isabel patted the other end of the bed and indicated for Liz to sit down which she did! Slowly Liz took a deep breath and began.

“Isabel…late last year I had a visitor!” Liz said and then paused, “Max travelled back 13 years from the future, told my that you and Michael were killed, Earth was invaded and that he and I couldn’t be together because they needed Tess to stop it from happening and she left because she was rejected!” she said quickly

Isabel just stared and then blinked.

“Uh huh, okay! This would have been the cause of the whole ‘sleeping with Kyle’ rumours I’ve been hearing?” Isabel said

“Yeah…Max just wouldn’t give up, it was the only thing I had left to use!” Liz said

“You gave up everything you ever wanted for us!” Isabel said with realisation in her voice.

“Pretty much…I mean it not like I had a choice! Isabel, you and Michael were killed; Maria and Alex probably were as well. I would do it all over again to save you…all of you!” Liz said

“So the thing you want help with…you want me to help you tell Max?” Isabel asked

“No…well maybe later!” Maria said. She knew that there was no way Liz could keep it a secret for Max much longer.

“Max…Future Max never told me about this thing!” Liz said bluntly

“Okay!” Isabel said not quite understanding

“He told me little bits here and there… I modified the Granolith, a friend we’ll get called Serena, even a few things about our wedding but he never mentioned anything about this place…not even a hint! Maria and I talked about this…something this major Max would have told me!” Liz said

“Yeah, you’re right he would have. There is no way Max would have let you go through something like this without a heads up…he loves you too much to let this be a surprise!” Isabel said

“No…he DID love me that much!” Liz said. She managed to hide some of the sadness in her voice but some came through enough for Isabel and Maria to hear it.

Isabel moved over a little so that she was beside Liz and softly touched her shoulder. “Liz, believe me Max still loves you as much as the day he healed you. He doesn’t understand the Kyle thing and he wont unless to tell him what really happened!”

“Isabel how can I tell him that I staged the scene so that he would think I slept with my ex?” Liz said, “But that’s not the problem just now! Max would have told me but he didn’t! I told Maria it’s like he didn’t even know about this!”

“Show me!” Isabel said as she extended her hands.

Liz took them the soft hands and both girls felt a little spark that caused them to gaze into each other’s eyes. A gentle smile formed on Isabel’s face and her skin began to flush slightly but she brought herself back to reality.

Maria thought to herself

“Just relax, let it flow from you to me!” Isabel said softly

Liz felt relaxed the second she touched her hands to Isabel’s. She smiled and closed her eyes and let her experiences of that night flow to Isabel.

**Flash**

Liz’s visit to the psychic and being told that she would marry her one true love.

**Flash**

A bright light and an older Max appearing on the balcony, Liz thinking that it was a shape shifter.

** Flash**

Liz being tossed the white rose from Max while the band played music in the background.

**Flash**

Liz being told what had happened in the future, then what needed to be done.

**Flash**

Liz’s attempts to make Max fall out of love with her, from Tess and her top to her in bed with Kyle.

Isabel watched it all but through all the flashes with future Max she never saw him clearly. It was as though she was looking at a cheap recording of him.

“Liz, show me everything from the last couple of years!” Isabel said. The concern in her voice came through clearly.

Liz did as she was requested and showed her everything that had happened to her from the second she was shot right up to stepping into the limo. Isabel compared everything, every image of Max she took and scrutinised it. All were as clear as though she were seeing it herself; the only difference was Future Max! It was then that she realised what was going on.

“Oh my god!” Isabel said

“What?” Maria asked as she sat on the edge of her seat.

“Liz…I…” Isabel said

“Isabel, you’re really scaring me. What happened?” Liz asked

“Liz, it never happened. The images of Future Max it was like they were put onto your memory, Max never came back…it was all a lie…some kind of mind warp!” Isabel said

Liz felt physically sick. She stood up or at least she tried to but her knees felt weak and she fell to the floor. Isabel and Maria jumped up and moved to her side in a second, both cradling her as the tears began to flow. Everything that Liz had gone through that night and every day since was all for nothing!

The other girls just held her, Isabel stroking her long brown hair as she looked at Maria. Both were thinking the same thing – Tess! She was the only one they knew of you could do what was done to Liz and the only one who would have wanted to do it to her! Together they helped Liz up and placed her into Isabel’s bed, Isabel used her powers to force Liz into a deep slumber.

“Let’s go!” Isabel said coldly as she grabbed a robe

“If that bitch is involved she’s mine!” Maria said just as coldly.

Both girls left the room and went in search of Tess’s room.

Observation Room, Alpha 1, Same Time

For the most part the occupants of Alpha 1 respected the privacy of the teenagers who stayed in the other facility but on occasion they checked in just to make sure that everything was okay! The two who were watching at the moment had seen the interaction between Liz and Isabel.

“See I told you!” said the on duty medical officer – Lans

“How the hell did you know that!” said Cor, one of the junior research scientists.

“Simple, Ms Parker has some of King Zan’s energy inside her. The mix between that and the chemicals in her body that are produced when she’s in love focus on Zan. Vilandra’s energy is almost identical to Zan’s so they call out to each other like magnets!” Lans said

“Yeah, okay so why hasn’t it happened until now?” Cor asked

“Because they haven’t been breathing this in before!” Lans said as he help up a small vial of pink liquid.

“And that would be?” Cor trailed out

“Honoclosiac!” Lans said, “The ultimate aphrodisiac!”

“You put that into their air supply?” Cor enquired, “Everything that happens in there has to be of their choice, they can’t be influenced by anything!”

“It’s at a very small ratio…2 parts per million! It’ll just make them aware of their attraction!” Lans said, “After a day or two I’ll clean out the air supply and they’ll be fine but they will know about their…desires!”

“Well if it doesn’t work, the clothing we provided them will certainly help! What is it with humans and physical appearance?” Cor asked

“That is a mystery that may take centuries to solve!” Lans joked

“What about that blonde human…uh…Maria?”

“Well with her it will be mainly curiosity that has an effect on her but the Honoclosiac will magnify that curiosity.” Lans answered

The two continued to watch and saw what happened when Liz broke down. They used their scanners to intrude on what Isabel had seen; the images caused Cor to go in search of Kalen. Lans on the other hand was busy trying to access the computer of the other island so that he could seal Tess’s door and prevent the other girls from reaching her – he wasn’t having much luck!

Archive, Alpha 1

Kalen was going through every file he had. He even brought in the keeper of the records to help him in his search. They read everything that could have left Alex susceptible to a mind warp of this magnitude. The only thing they could find was his trip to Sweden.

The operative they had assigned to watch Alex followed him on to the plane, hell he even had the seat behind Alex. Nothing unusual was there until the Keeper, Rax, spotted something.

“Commander, look at this!” Rax said

“What is it?” Kalen said

“According to this Alex left Sweden 3 weeks early…told the family he was home sick and was missing his friends!” Rax said

“That is pretty common for humans…young ones I mean!” Kalen said

“Yes but our operative followed him to the plane but he got off in Glasgow, Scotland. He stayed in the U.K. for the remaining 3 weeks before heading back to Roswell.” Rax said

“Does the file say what he did?” Kalen asked

“Only that he used the facilities at the Caledonian University, a few smaller colleges around the area…the Bell College in Hamilton, Motherwell College, others. Then moved south, stopping at every major university between Glasgow and London. The operative never found out why but he left each site with a floppy disc. When he got back to Roswell, everything was back to normal!” Rax said

“Sir!” Cor called out as he entered the room

“Yes, what?” Kalen said

“Sir there is a situation on the island! You better come immediately!” Cor said

Kalen and Cor went back to the observation room. Once there, Lans filled them in on his unsuccessful attempts to isolate Tess.

Tess’s Room, Island 2

Isabel had found a pattern to the layout of the room and realised that Tess’s room would be located at the exact opposite side of the girls area from Isabel’s. All rooms were arranged in a cross pattern, from Liz’s room to the north round to Isabel’s in the east, then to Maria’s in the south and then to the west and Tess’s room. The couple’s rooms were located between the singles with the bath/shower room located between all of them, directly adjacent to a larger bedroom.

When they reached her bedroom, Isabel blasted the door in open and found Tess, almost completely naked save for green cotton panties. She had a long t-shirt ready to be put on but was interrupted by the new arrivals.

“Christ guys, don’t you knock?” Tess asked.

Maria took a second to look over Liz’s blonde nemesis but fixed her gaze on the rosy protrusions the capped her breasts. She couldn’t help but wonder just how cold it was in the room. However the immediate concern was Liz. Tess pulled on the t-shirt but Isabel grabbed her and held her against the wall.

“What did you do to her?” Isabel asked with venom

“What? Who?” Tess gasped

“Liz, you mind warped her didn’t you?” Maria said as she moved over to the others

“What????” Tess asked, genuinely concerned, “Mind warped? What happened?”

Isabel and Maria looked at each other and then back at Tess.

“You mean it wasn’t you?” Isabel asked as she released Tess

“Liz and I may have our issues over Max but I haven’t used a mind warp on anyone since that guy dug up Pierce!” Tess said, “What…what happened to her?”

“Well if it wasn’t you…someone made her believe Max came back in time, he told her that they couldn’t be together or the world would end.” Maria told Tess

“And because I can use a mind warp you thought it was me…especially with what Liz was told!” Tess said as she understood why her alien sister and Liz’s best friend came storming in. Now she understood how the door opened that allowed her a chance with Max…and she hated it!

“I swear it wasn’t me! How is she?” Tess asked

“I put her to sleep!” Isabel said, “When I connected with her I realised it was a mind warp and I told her…everything she’s been through for the last several months…she just broke down crying!”

“Oh god!” Tess said, “Listen, I know why you would have thought it was me but there is quite a few Antarians out there that can use a mind warp!”

“Any ideas?” Maria asked

Tess shook her head, “Aside from Whitaker, Courtney and a few others I haven’t seen a lot of female aliens. None of them have used their powers that way…at least none that I have seen! Maybe Kalen has an idea?” Tess said

“So it’s only female Antarians that get the mind warp?” Maria asked

“Yeah…same with the dream walk!” Tess confirmed. “Hey could I see her…maybe I could connect with her. Maybe see something that could help us!”

“I’ll ask Liz when she wakes up! It’s her choice and given the problems you two have…” Isabel said

“Yeah, no wonder she blew up at Max when he tried to stop her from following Kalen! She thought she was saving everything when she walked away from him.” Tess said

“And caused a lot of problems between the rest of us as well!” Maria said

“That could have been their plan!” Isabel said, “What’s that saying…divide and conquer!”

“We always have been stronger when we worked together…all of us!” Tess said as she looked at Maria.

Together the girls all went back to Isabel’s room where they sat vigil over Liz. They had no doubt that along with Kalen’s answers Max would learn about all of this!

To Be Continued…

posted on 16-Jan-2003 6:11:57 PM
Chapter 2B

Max’s Room (When Maria Goes to Liz’s Room!)

Max was lying in bed and as usual he was thinking about Liz and her apparent betrayal several months ago. Despite what he had seen that night he still could bring himself to believe that she had sex with Kyle but the image was still with him. Almost all thought of his current situation was gone from his head as he looked at the small passport sized photo of Liz he kept in his wallet. Just then Michael knocked at the door and entered without waiting.

“Hey Maxwell!” Michael said as he tossed his alien brother a bottle of coke.

“Hi Michael! Where’d you find this?” Max asked

“A room next to the kitchen…some kind of pantry!” Michael said as he spotted the photo in his hand, “Max…you really need to get over her!”

“Michael!” Max said

“Max, sorry, I know you love her but she…” Michael trailed off. Max had told him about what he had seen that night and didn’t want to say it out loud.

“Michael, I just can’t believe that she did…that!” Max said

“You think I can?” Michael asked loudly, “Hey I’m the one who stole her journal, I know exactly how much she cares for you and she would never sleep with Kyle!”

“But I saw them in bed together, naked!” Max said painfully

“Yeah!” Michael trailed out, “That I don’t get! Could it have been a…hell I don’t know, a mind warp or something?”

“No if that was the answer Liz would have just come right out and said she didn’t sleep with him!”

“I guess!” Michael relented

“And now we’re stuck underground on an island with now way to get off. Liz is barely 200 yards from me and I can still feel her, despite everything we’ve been through!” Max said

“Is it getting stronger?” Michael asked, speaking of the connection between Max and Liz that had been developing ever since she was shot.

“I think so…it’s like this place magnifies it!” Max said

“Hey, you know we’ve got a few more options than you’ve had before!” Michael said

Max just looked confused at Michael.

“Max, it’s like you said. There is no way off this island, no adults and there was someone else other than Liz in her room that night! We could…convince Kyle to tell you about that night!” Michael suggested

“No, Michael…that’s not a good idea!” Max said

“Well I’m tired of trying to figure out what’s going on! I want to know!” Michael said as he left the room and headed toward Kyle’s. Max hesitated for a minute before running after him.

Somewhere in the corridors…

Michael was quickly moving down the corridor but ran smack dap into Alex who was coming out of the bathroom at the time.

“Christ Michael, look where you’re going!” Alex said as he rubbed his elbow as he lay on the floor.

Max caught up to Michael and looked at the two on the floor. He moved over to Alex and helped him to his feet, while running his hand over his elbow to sooth the pain.

“You okay?” Max asked

“Yeah, thanks! So what’s the hurry…where were you guys going?” Alex asked

“We’re going to see Kyle!” Michael said

“Why? It’s late and he’s probably asleep!” Alex said

“There was something a few months ago that we…I need to ask him about!” Max said

“Oh yeah…anything I can help with?” Alex enquired

“No, you should probably head back to…” Max started to say

“Actually yeah you could help! Why did Liz sleep with Kyle?” Michael said with very little tact

“LIZ WHAT?” Alex yelled

“You really didn’t know?” Michael said

“Are you kidding…this is the first I’ve heard of it!” Alex said, “No, this is a joke Liz would never sleep with him! You told you this?”

“I saw them lying in bed together!” Max said

Alex just looked at him. “Oh!” Alex thought for a moment and headed off towards Kyle’s room. He stopped when he realised Michael and Max were not following.
“Hey, you two coming?” he asked. “Listen, I know Liz and she loves you and would never sleep with Kyle…lets get some answers!”

With that the trio headed off towards Kyle’s room!

Kyle’s Room…

Kyle was tossing and turning in the bed. No matter how much he tried he couldn’t get to sleep. Eventually he gave up and decided to have a closer look at his room. On a desk in the corner of the room he found several small square crystals next to a matching indentation on the table. Carefully he picked up on of the crystals and put it into the slot and Bon Jovi’s ‘It’s My Life’ started to play from a speaker hidden somewhere on the walls. Kyle picked up the cube and smiled.

“Cool!” He said.

He was ready to check through the rest of the music collection he was given when the door opened and he saw Max, Michael and Alex standing at the door.

“Hi guys…what’s up?” he said

“Time to fess up Kyle, we want answers…now!” Michael said

“What are you guys taking about?” Kyle asked and then he saw Max’s face. He had only seen that look once before! “You better come in!” he said cautiously

He went over and sat down on his bed while the others sat around the room.

“Okay, ask away!” Kyle said as he looked at Max

Max tried to look at him but he couldn’t, he could ask Kyle the question that he frequently asked Liz. Instead he looked at Michael who nodded his head.

“Kyle, well I suppose there is no delicate way of saying this! Did you sleep with Liz? Keep in mind that you’re not getting out of here until we get what we want!” Michael said

“Yeah, I kinda got that feeling!” Kyle said, “Okay…Max, that night Liz came to see me. She was worked up about something and needed a favour!”

When he said that, Max’s faced turned several shades of blue as he gripped his hands tightly onto the desk edge that he was leaning on.

“Just answer the question Kyle!” Alex said as he looked at Max’s face

“No I didn’t sleep with her! I don’t know why, she just wanted to stage that…I thought that you did something to piss her off!” Kyle said

While Max’s face was visibly relieved a thousand more questions erupted in his head.

“You didn’t piss her off did you?” Kyle asked

“No, no I didn’t! I mean the night before she tried to set me up with Tess and I knew something was going on with her.” Max said as he looked at Kyle for the first time, “Thank you Kyle!”

“Max, Liz begged me never to tell you the truth about this. I’ve seen how much damage this has done to you two and if it weren’t Liz I wouldn’t have even considered it! I would have told you sooner but…”

“Yeah, I understand Kyle! But there’s still the question of why Liz would do this!” Max said as he mulled over that night in his head.

“Sorry Max, I’ve told you all I know!” Kyle said

“Well Max, what now!” Michael asked.

“Yeah, it’s not like we can just walk over to Liz’s room and demand answers!” Alex said, partly suggesting the act

“I don’t see why not!” Kyle said

“No he’s right they’ll probably be sleeping!” Max said

“Max you’re not suggesting that we wait till morning are you?” Michael asked

“Michael for whatever reason Liz did this…it doesn’t matter just now. She didn’t sleep with him and that’s what I needed to know, the rest can wait!” Max said as he stood up and headed to the door.

“I’m going to go to bed now!” Max said as he left the room. Once he was out in the hall he stopped walking and put his arms up on the wall, put his forehead on them and breathed out deeply.

Alex had decided to leave just after Max and found him against the wall. Alex put his hand on Max’s shoulder when he saw him, drawing his friend’s attention.

“Hey man, are you okay?” Alex asked

Max looked around to his sister’s quasi-boyfriend and smiled.

“Yeah Alex, thanks! I’m just relieved!” Max said

“Tell me about it. I was beginning to think that I’d really lost touch with Liz…are you sure you don’t want to go over there just now?” Alex asked

“Yeah, I’m sure!” Max responded

“Okay then! Well I’ll say goodnight and I’ll see you when you wake up…if you want to talk you know where to find me right?”

“Yeah, I’ll see you later…goodnight!” Max said as he went back to his room.

When Max was out of sight, Alex went in the other direction. He passed through the common room and headed down the corridor that led to the girls sleeping area. Max may have been satisfied with Kyle’s response but he wasn’t, just as it was in the beginning after Liz was shot his two closest friends were keeping important information from him. He thought they were passed that, that they could trust in each other implicitly. He was beginning to think he was mistaken.

Girls Sleeping Area, 04:00

Slowly Alex walked the halls and found Maria’s room. He knocked but there was no response so he cracked the door open a little. He found her room empty, her prom dress on a coat hanger on the door of the wardrobe but no Maria. He closed the door and continued down the halls. Halfway down the corridor he suddenly felt dizzy and stumbled a little before grabbing on to the wall for support, when it passed he thought little of it…they had been drugged that night after all. He continued until he found Tess’s room – empty! Then onto Liz’s!

When he found her room empty he started to get worried so he ran to find Isabel’s. When he found it, Isabel opened the door wearing a robe on top of what little she was wearing.

“Alex, what are you doing here?” she asked

Isabel closed the door behind her, not wanting to disturb Liz as she slept. Alex caught a glimpse of the three girls in the room and then looked back at Isabel.

“What’s going on?” Alex asked

“I asked you first?” Isabel said

“I was looking for Liz and Maria, I needed to talk to them…about Max and Kyle!” Alex said

Isabel looked over his face, “You know!”

“You too?” Alex said annoyed

“No Alex, I swear I just found out tonight…there’s a lot going on you probably don’t know!” Isabel said, “Come on!”

Isabel led Alex out into the common room where they sat at the table. When Isabel sat down her robe fell open at her legs and Alex got a very good look at just how little Isabel was wearing. Isabel caught his stare and smiled.

{Maybe tonight wont be a bust after all!} She thought to herself

“Okay, so what’s going on? Max and Michael were able to get Kyle to admit that he didn’t sleep with Liz but that still doesn’t explain why Liz set the whole thing up!” Alex said after snapping himself out of the spell

“This is what Liz told me!” Isabel said, “Around that time, Liz was visited by Max…from the future! He told her that they couldn’t be together or Tess would leave and the world would end. Liz spent the next couple of days trying to get Max to fall our of love with her.”

“That’s impossible…hell even Michael knows that!” Alex said

“Tell me about it…okay, when it didn’t work Liz staged the thing with Kyle but here’s the thing…Future Max’s visit was some kind of mind warp. It never really happened! We think someone wanted to split them up…permanently!” Isabel said

“Tess!” Alex said coldly

“No, that’s what we thought at first but she said she didn’t do it and I believe her. When we told her, she was as surprised as the rest of us! She’s not that good an actor!” Isabel said

“Max is gonna hit the roof when he finds this out!” Alex said, “This thing has been killing him for months!”

“Liz as well.” Isabel said sadly

Alex reached his hand over and took a hold of hers.

“Come on, I’ll walk you back to your room!” Alex said and helped her to her feet.

They walked hand in hand back to Isabel’s room. When they reached the door Isabel stopped and stared into Alex’s eyes.

“What?” He asked

“I’m going to do something you didn’t want me to do!” Isabel said

“And what’s that?” Alex said

Isabel pulled him closer and kissed him. Their lips parted and Isabel’s tongue snaked its way into Alex’s mouth. It lasted barely a minute and when it was over they separated, both very flushed.

“Now…see, I was doing really well getting over you! Now I’m falling for you all over again.” Alex said

“Alex, I love you!” she finally admitted

Alex cupped her cheek with his hand and then ran his fingers through her hair.
“I love you too!” he said and bent his head forward and kissed her with more passion than the first.

When they parted they looked into each other’s eyes, both smiling.

“Now, I want you to try and get some sleep!” Alex said

“You too…you’re gonna need it!” Isabel said as she hugged him

Alex released her and went back to his room while Isabel went back into hers. She found Maria and Tess looking up at her while wide smiles on their faces.

“What?” Isabel asked innocently

“Don’t give me that! How was it?” Maria asked

“I don’t know what you’re talking about!” Isabel said evasively

“Isabel, we heard you from the door!” Tess said

Isabel smiled brightly as she sat down next to Liz and brushed some hair from her face as she slept. “I never kiss and tell! But if I did I would say that it was incredible.” She giggled out

Both girls wanted details so they moved their chairs closer to Isabel but got a little too close to each other. The skin of their thighs touched and both looked at each other’s eyes. Tess stretched her arm out and touched her fingertips to Maria’s soft leg but waited for Maria to push her hand away. However Maria liked the gentle contact and put her hand over Tess’s, silently telling her it was okay.

Tess began to glide her hand over Maria’s legs, with each movement she raised hit higher until she was on the verge of slipping her fingers under Maria’s shorts. They continued to look into each other right up until there was a soft moan from Liz that broke them out of the spell, causing Tess to snap her hand back.

Liz turned over from her side onto her back and her eyes fluttered open to find Isabel’s loving eyes staring down at her.

“Hey, you okay?” Isabel asked and Liz hesitantly nodded as she remembered what Isabel had told her.

Then Liz looked over to see Maria sitting next to Tess. When she saw her face she slid backwards so that she was sitting up, clutching a pillow to cover her.

“No, Liz…it’s okay! It wasn’t Tess that mind warped you.” Isabel said

“It wasn’t?” Liz asked

“Liz, I swear to you it wasn’t me! But I promise you I’ll help you figure it out…I might be able to remove the mind warp. The chances are you’ve seen who it was!” Tess said

“Could we do it tomorrow? I want everyone to be there, besides we should get answers from Kalen first!” Liz said

“Yeah, sure!” Tess said

“Hey why are you guys in here…and this isn’t my room!” Liz said as she looked around

”No it’s my room!” Isabel said

“And we were keeping an eye on you Chica!” Maria said

“Thanks!” Liz said and then looked to Isabel, “Maybe I should ask if you’re okay!”

“Liz…Max knows!” she responded, “He, Michael and Alex went to speak to Kyle and he told Max that the two of you weren’t together.”

“Oh…well I’m glad!” Liz said

“Glad!!” Maria said, “After everything you went through to keep it from him you’re glad?”

“Yes, at least part of the lie is over. Now we have to find out you warped me…I just hope he can forgive me!” Liz said with sadness

“Are you kidding?” Tess said, “Max is totally in love with you, you should just tell him the reason! My bet is that he already has!”

Everyone looked at Tess with surprise.

“What?” she asked, “I…may have wanted Max but that was after years of being raised by Nasedo and telling me that Max was mine. It took me a while but…you are Max’s soul mate Liz, he belongs with you!”

“I really don’t know what to say!” Liz said

“Well how about goodnight!” Isabel said, “We all need our sleep and tomorrow is going to be a long day and we need to be at our best if we’re going to get out of here!”

“Some how I think we’re going to be here a while!” Liz said

Tess and Maria left, leaving Liz and Isabel on the bed. “You can stay here if you want!” Isabel said

“Thanks!” Liz said and the two snuggled up on the bed after Isabel removed her robe.

To Be Continued…

posted on 18-Jan-2003 5:44:43 PM
Don't you just love it when you have a full day to do nothing but write...a chapter this long is now my record for a day!!

Chapter 3

Crashdown, Roswell, 04:00

All the adults were gathered in the dining area. When they didn’t show up at curfew they let it slid because of the occasion, then an hour passed, then another and another and another! They began to freak out when they learned that they never showed up at the school to begin with. Jeff new the owner of the limo rental company personally and had called him up.

“Are you sure?” Jeff said sternly into the phone. When he got the response he said ‘thank you’ and hung up the phone.

Nancy looked at her husband, along with the Sheriff, Amy Deluca and the Evans, each waiting for Jeff to come back with an answer.

“Well?” Jim asked

“It turns out that the limo Max ordered was cancelled thirty minutes after he made it!” Jeff said

“What?” Philip asked, “By who?”

“Apparently Max came in and did it personally!” Jeff said

“That can’t be right! Max was with me that day; he was helping me at the office. Hell he even used my phone…I was never more than twenty feet from him!” Philip said

Jim was getting more worried, the only explanation he could think of was another shape shifter.

“Is he sure it was Max?” Jim asked

“Yes!” Jeff said but then looked closer at the sheriff, “Jim do you know something about this?”

Jim looked at each of the parents and just as he was about to speak the room was flooded with a brilliant white light that caused each of them to close their eyes tightly. When they reopened them the elders found themselves in a small room with glowing blue walls and a strange black obelisk in the centre. Jim recognised it immediately.

“The Granolith!” Jim said as he looked at it for the first time.

Each of the others suddenly looked at him.

“Absolutely correct Sheriff Valenti!” said a voice. A hooded figure came from behind the Granolith and extended his hand toward the Sheriff. “It’s a great honour to finally meet you!”

The Sheriff took his hand and shook it. “And you are?”

He removed his hood, revealing the face of Max. He then raised his hand and with another flash of light his face shifted.

“I am Feln, aid to Commander Kalen, Protector of the Royal House of Antar.” He said

Jim just looked around at the others, each of them looking for an explanation.

“Perhaps I should…” Feln said and Jim nodded. “First of all, I wish to commend you on the children you have raised. Each of them is remarkable to have come this far…given what has happened to them. Anyway, Mrs Evans…my people know that you have suspected that Max and Isabel are different, I brought you hear to tell you the truth. Max, Isabel, Michael and Tess are not…completely human! Half of their D.N.A is from a planet we call Antar!”

“Yeah, okay…I don’t know who you are you but I’m leaving right now!” Philip said as he turned away

“And how do you plan on doing that Mr Evans?” Feln said

“Philip, you better stay! He knows where Max and Isabel are!” Jim said

Philip turned to look at the sheriff.

“He’s telling you the truth!” Jim continued, “Last year Liz was shot in the Crashdown, Max healed her…saved her life!”

“How do you know about this?” Jeff asked

“For about a year after that I tried to prove what Max was, I hunted him, watched him but then I found out he wasn’t a threat and I started to protect him and the others!” Jim admitted, “Do you know where they are?” he asked Feln

“Yes! The signal Max sent last year from the Pod Chamber alerted us as well as the Skins. Max and the others have been relocated to an island in the Pacific!” Feln said

Feln waited for the uproar to die down before continuing with the next phase of his plan. He put his hand to the Granolith and transferred the events of the last two years into the parent’s heads and the purpose of why they were taken…minus what they would have to do!

“Mr and Mrs Parker, you’re daughter is in love with Max, our king, and she belongs with him. The same with Alex and Isabel, Michael & Maria and Kyle and Tess! The purpose of being on the island is to bring them closer to each other, to allow them to bond together into a family that will protect each other!” Feln said

“Do you mind telling me how we tell everyone else that the reason for our children’s disappearance is because an alien force wants them to bond?” Jeff asked

“Simple, you don’t! I can use the Granolith here to impose a false memory onto the town’s people. As far as they are concerned they all showed up at school! In the morning eight replicants will arrive and assume their forms, they will be identical to the others in ever respect and will take their place until they return!” Feln said

After talking with Feln for a couple more hours and explaining what was happening out in space and the background to the memories that had been implanted he sent the parents back to the Crashdown to give them time to absorb what they had been told. However, before sending them he gave them one of the hexagonal devices so that they could contact them! When he was sure everything was done he left the chamber and drove out to the Crash Site where he caught another helicopter to take him back to Alpha 1.

Common Room, Second Island, 11:00

Eventually the group got to sleep that night and after a few hours they woke up and came into the room to Kyle cooking breakfast. Everyone was surprised, except for Tess who usually helped him cook! However, when Max came into the room his eyes immediately locked onto Liz and the two moved over to each other.

“Hey!” Liz said

“Hey!” said Max

“Max, I…” Liz started

“No, don’t say anything!” he said softly, “We’re going to have something to eat, then we’ll talk okay?”

Liz nodded and turned back to where Kyle was making a very large fry up.

“So, what’s all this?” Liz asked

“Well, this is an apology to Max for the crap I’ve put him through and an apology to you by actually agreeing to that plan of yours!” Kyle said as he started spooning out the food onto the eight plates.

Liz had a pained look on her face but Max put a hand on her shoulder, causing her to look up at him.

“What ever it is Liz, I know you had a good reason. It’ll be okay!” Max said

They each grabbed a plate and sat around the table and began to eat.

Medical Unit, Alpha 1, Same Time

Lans was helping the chief medical officer with setting up the treatment for Alex while reading through the medical files on each of the teens. It was when he was reading through one particular file when he found the answer!

“Sir!” he said with wide eyes

“What is it Lans?” he said

“You better take a look at this!” Lans said as he handed the file over, “The level 4 neurological scan…there are traces of Harocites!”

“Impossible, there hasn’t been a case of this since…that would mean…”

“Yes sir!” Lans said

“Come on we better tell Kalen!”

With that the two men left in search of their commander.

Common Room, Island 2, 11:30

They had finished the meal and the resident aliens used their powers to clean the dishes as the humans put them away. When the place was spotless they went back over to the table and sat down, each waiting for the other to start speaking.

“Oh this is pathetic!” Isabel said, “How about we each hold hand, open up a connection and we all see it all at the same time!” she suggested

They all agreed and Max took Liz’s hand, then each of the others did the same as Isabel took Liz’s other hand. She smiled at Liz and then each of them closed their eyes and a connection formed. Within just a few seconds they all saw why Liz did what she did.

“You really did that!” Michael stated, “Thanks is no where near appropriate!”

“You got that right!” Kyle said, “But that never happened, it was a mind warp!”

“Tess, I need to hear you say that it wasn’t you!” Max said

“Max, it wasn’t! I don’t know who but it wasn’t me!” Tess responded, “But I can help Liz find out!”

With that they all focused on a new connection. With Tess’s help they examined each of her memories…and then it came!

***Flash***

Liz was in bed, taking with Kyle when Max suddenly appeared at the window.

***Flash***

The images focused in on Max’s face.

***Flash***

A pane of glass in the window with a blurred image appeared.

***Flash***

The imaged grew closer and closer until the reflection focussed in and revealed itself to be a smiling Tess!

The sight of Tess blasted each of them out of the connection. They had each seen the image and it was still very clear in their heads. They all stood up from their seats, causing them to fall backwards to the floor.

“You lied to us! You just stood their and…” Isabel spat with venom

Max started to move closer to Tess as she backed up against a wall!

“Max, Liz…please I swear to you it wasn’t me!” Tess said through her confusion

“Could it have been Ava?” Maria asked, she prayed that it wasn’t Tess. Their attraction to each other was undeniable and she knew that before long the gentle caress that Tess had given her last night would grew into a night of passion…just as soon as she talked with Michael about it.

“No!” Liz said, “It was her!”

Max quickly raised his hand to dispose of her once and for all but all of a sudden an energy field appeared between himself and Tess.

“No, Max doesn’t!” Kalen yelled as he entered the room with the file in hand.

“Kalen…she…” Max tried to get out

“Max, it wasn’t Tess…not entirely!” Kalen said as he pulled out a device.

“Kalen…answers would be a good call right about now!” Isabel said

“One of our medics found something in her file. It was traces of a chemical that’s only produced in humans during a link to someone on Antar. However, it can also happen in…there’s a rare condition that used to happen in our early hybrids. Sometimes the human consciousness comes out and combines with the Antarian one; the result is a violently unstable mind. It’s similar to the human condition called Multiple Personality Syndrome!” Kalen explained

“So, it wasn’t Tess!” Maria said thankfully, “Just another personality!”

“Yes, but we’re only detecting minor traces of it now!” Kalen said

“You passed out!” Kyle said

“What?” Tess asked

“A few months ago you passed out for about three minutes!” Kyle said, “Then there was some kind of blast!”

“That would have been it!” Kalen said and each of the teens looked to him. “If the other personality can reserve enough energy then it could transfer itself into another body…it would have to be similar though!”

“So there’s another Tess out there?” Michael asked

“No!” Tess said, “Her name’s Serena…that was my human donor’s name and if it needed an identical body then it took over Ava!”

“Our analysis did indicate that her mind is considerably weaker than your own. It would have been easy for this Serena to take destroy her mind and take her over!” Kalen agreed and removed the shield, “Tess there is still a chance that the personality could redevelop in you…this device can correct the problem!”

“Then do it!” Tess said.

Kalen sat her down and ran the device over her head. A yellow glow flowed over her as the machine did its work and then it stopped.

“There, all done!” Kalen said

“I don’t feel any different!” Tess said

“And you wont!” Kalen said, “You’ll still be you!”

“What do we do about Serena?” Max asked

“You do nothing! You’re staying on this island, doing what you need to do. My people will take care of her!” Kalen said, “But there is a matter we need to take care of. Alex, our doctor detected a problem with you…one that is terminal unless treated!”

“What?” Alex asked as he looked at Isabel. She couldn’t speak.

“You appear to have been mind warped as well. I can send you to the medical facility just now so you can be treated.” Kalen said

“Can I go with him?” Isabel asked

“Of course, but I can only take you.” Kalen said, “Alex?”

“Yeah…okay!” Alex said as he took Isabel’s hand and together the moved to Kalen.

“This wont take long, when we return I will give you the answers you need!” Kalen said just before the three of them disappeared.

12:00

They were gone for less than half an hour and when they did come back Alex was wearing a metal band around his upper arm.

“Hi guys…is everything okay?” Max asked

“Yeah fine, I’m a little dizzy but I’m told I’ll live!” Alex responded

Max gently touch his arm just below the band. “What is this thing?”

“Medical scanner! The doc wants me to wear it just in case there is a problem!” Alex said

“I think we should all sit down now!” Kalen said.

Everyone sat down on either the sofa or the other plush chairs in the main seating area of the common room. Kalen took one of the chairs from the dining table and sat before them.

“Okay, I told you that the reason this is happening is because of a virus that is spreading around the universe. The virus is coming out of an anomaly…we’re identified it as an inter-dimensional portal. We don’t know if it is deliberate, accidental or a natural event but we cant cure the disease but humans can resist it! As Antarians are similar to humans we were able to combine out genetic codes that will allow us to procreate with the humans.” Kalen said

“Yeah, we know all this…in order for us to have children with humans we need to transfer the ability to produce some kind of pheromone!” Michael said

“And that can only happen when you have sex with a human male just like Max!” Kalen said, “And with Isabel and Tess, they must have sex with Liz and Maria. The thing is that this is intended to bring you closer to each other, to bond you!”

“Okay but why not let us do that at home?” Liz asked

“Because here you are free of your parents and other people’s judgments. Here you can express yourselves without concern and be with each other freely!”

“Speaking of our parents…” Maria said

“Our agent in Roswell will have informed them by now!” Kalen said

“What?” Max asked

“He would have transported them to the Granolith and told them you’re true nature as well as you’re mission here!” Kalen said, “Obviously without the methods!”

“Max!” Isabel whispered, she was both exhilarated and fearful. Now her parents knew the truth but whether or not they accepted it and her was still to be seen.

“I know Is!” Max responded, “Kalen you shouldn’t have told them!”

“Forgive me Max but they needed to know, they all did! You will need their support and cooperation when you leave here.”

“How did they take it?” Liz asked

“Surprisingly well!” Kalen said, “However, we have instructed the Granolith to initiate a mass mind warp over the town so that they would think that you had gone to that dance. Replicants will take your place at school and work and their experiences will be transferred into you so that you can act without causing suspicion. If necessary you’re parents can be…adjusted to be more accepting of your status.”

“Well that deals with school!” Liz said

Everybody rolled their eyes, only Liz could think of school at a time like this!

“So can you explain how this is going to work? I mean are we just going to hop into bed or what?” Tess enquired

“No…there are stages! By now you will have begun to feel an attraction toward your first.” Kalen said

“First?” Max asked, “You mean it won’t be with just one?”

“No, of course not. You will all be with both and then…” Kalen paused. “Then Liz and Maria will be with Isabel and Tess at the same time and the same goes for you guys!”

“I’m really liking this less and less!” Kyle said

“Give it time Kyle, but it will happen!” Kalen said

“I doubt it cause in case you hadn’t noticed all these women are taken and Tess and I are not like that!” Kyle said

“Actually you are! You’re both just fighting it!” Kalen said

His comments cause Kyle and Tess to look at each other.

“Yeah?” Kyle asked as he looked into her eyes and she nodded.

“You?” Tess asked

“Pretty much!” Kyle said as he took her hand.

“Listen, you may have problems at the moment. A few of you may have hesitations about whether or not you can go through with it but you will, it’s instinctual for any race to do what I necessary for the propagation of its race and you eight are no different.” Kalen said

“So how does Kivar fit into this?” Max asked

“Kivar and his followers are…I suppose you could call them Genetic Purists. They are fanatically against the idea of blending our two races. The mutation of our own genome they can accept but they consider humans to be inferior. Kivar killed your father and when you continued his work he killed you! The message that was sent to you after you activated the orbs was a fake, sent by Kivar to mislead you and to try and prevent this!” Kalen said, “I should go now and let you talk amongst yourselves but when you do leave, you should know that we’ll provide anything you need.”

He stood up and walked away from the group until he disappeared. The teens were sitting around looking at each other.

“So, Alex…are you sure you’re okay?” Liz asked

“Yeah I’m fine!” Alex said as Isabel held his hand

“So how do we do this?” Maria asked

“I suppose we just hang around and let whatever happens happen!” Kyle said

”Yeah but what about when we go home?” Maria asked

“What do you mean?” Tess asked

Isabel knew what Maria was asking; she had felt it herself…every time she looked at Liz. “She means, what if we want to continue the relationships that happen here!”

“Do you really think that would be a problem?” Max asked

“Well Max, you may be okay with your sister making love with the love of your life here but what about at home!” Isabel said

“I think…I think I would be fine with it!” Max said hesitantly

Isabel stood up and moved over to Liz. She took her hands and helped Liz to her feet where she planted a long lasting passionate kiss on Liz’s lips. Each of the guys, except for Max, crossed their arms and enjoyed the show. Max on the other hand felt prangs of jealousy stir up from his gut that he tried to push back down.

“Okay Isabel, point taken!” Max said

Isabel released Liz, both were breathless as the kiss ended and neither wanted it to end. Isabel softly ran the backs of her fingers down Liz’s cheek and smiled at her.

“See Max! I could feel the jealousy coming off of you. What happens when we get home?” Isabel said

“I could feel it was well Max!” Liz said as she felt Isabel press her breasts into her arm, “And right now, I think I might want to keep seeing Isabel! I mean I love you so much and now that you know the truth…”

“I love you too Liz…and if you want Isabel then…” Max tried to finish but couldn’t

“Max I want both of you but you’re the one that has my heart, you always have! God knows if what Kalen say was true I’ll probably end up wanting Tess just as much.” Liz said

“Not an unpleasant thought!” Tess said as she eyed Liz. Then she looked at Maria and saw the smouldering passion in her eyes as she looked back and forth between herself and Michael.

“And then there is you guys!” Isabel said. “I mean, would you actually consider doing one another. You are you’re firsts any way?” she asked using the term Kalen used

Max and Alex immediately caught each other’s gaze and looked away quickly but Isabel and Liz caught it.

“I think we need to inspire them!” Isabel whispered into Liz’s ear

Michael and Kyle also looked at each other and likewise Tess and Maria spotted their men looking. Both smiled and then looked at each other.

“Well, I’ve been indoors for way to long.” Maria said, “My skin needs sun so I’m gonna check out that beach Kalen talked about. Michael…do you want to come?”

“Yeah, sounds good!” Michael said and followed Maria down the long tunnel that led to the surface.

“What about you guys?” she asked

“Well Liz and I should probably talk about things!” Max said as he looked at Liz who nodded

“Yeah, Kyle and I should as well!” Tess said. She and Kyle then went to her room.

“I’m up for a walk on the beach…Alex?” Isabel said

“Yeah, why not?” Alex responded and the couple followed Michael and Maria, leaving Max and Liz alone.

“So!” Liz said

“So!” Max countered

“Well this is a productive conversat…” Liz started

“I love you!” Max interrupted

Liz looked into his eyes. “I love you too Max…can you forgive me?”

Max moved over to her and wrapped his arms around her body. His head was in her shoulder and he breathed in the scent of her hair.

“God Liz, there is nothing to forgive! You did it to try to save Isabel, Michael and the rest of us. I don’t think I could ever do anything like that, even if it was only a mind warp!” he said

“Thank you Max! I just hate how much time we’ve wasted because of Te…Serena!” Liz said

“Yeah, at least Tess is better now!” Max said and then paused. “Did you enjoy that kiss?”

Liz closed her eyes and then looked at him. “Yes! I loved it…Max I’m not going to lie to you, I’m feeling really attracted to Isabel. Nearly as much as I am to you but you’re the one I love! What about you and Alex?”

Max looked away for a second and coughed.

“Max, Isabel and I both saw the look you gave each other!” Liz said

“Oh god!” Max said

“Max, it’s okay! It’s why we’re here, go with it…just like Kalen said!” Liz responded

“We shouldn’t be dealing with this right now, we should be focusing on getting the two of us back on track!” Max said

“Think about it this way…when we get out of here, our families will be with us in the way we always wanted without having to worry and we’ll have the option of starting our own family!” Liz said

Max smiled at that. “Yeah, we will!” he said and then bent down to kiss her.

When their lips fused so did their minds. Each saw into the soul of the other and knew that they would never again be separated the way they have been for the last few months.

Tess’s Room…

The second Tess closed her door; Kyle turned her around and kissed her hard and with passion. Before long they were making out on her bed, their hands gently caressing their bodies.

“You have no idea how good it is to be able to tell you how I feel about you!” Kyle said

“You still haven’t!” Tess said as she looked up into his eyes as he lay on top of her

“I love you Tess!”

“I love you Kyle!”

“Maria?” Kyle asked

“What can I say…the girl’s hotttt!” Tess said emphasising by extending the T’s, “What about Michael?”

Kyle suddenly became uncomfortable.

“Kyle, it’s okay. I know you want him and after him you’ll go with Max and I’ll be with Liz!”

“Yeah I guess but before I came here I never felt like this for either of them! Well I have no doubt that they’ve been messing with us a little to make us more receptive but I think it’s always been there…same with me! This just let it out in the open.” Tess said

“Yeah!” Kyle agreed and then began kissing Tess again, his hands running through her hair

On the Beach…

Maria and Michael were walking in a different direction than Alex and Isabel. Both couples were taking in the scenery as they talked.

“So…Tess huh?” Michael asked

“Yeah, who would have thought it? I mean she’s gorgeous but I always saw her as the person who kept putting the moves on my best friends boyfriend. Now it’s like I can’t wait to get her into bed!” Maria admitted

“Well then…why wait?” Michael asked

“What?”

“Maria, you want her and if it means that we can be together completely and have the option of ever having a family then I want you to do it. I’m completely in love with you and I know you love me! If being with you means I have to share your body…anyway if you want her go for it! I’ve got to do the same thing remember.” Michael said

“Yeah I know. Just remember Kyle’s dad is dating my mother and they both know what I’ve gotten involved with…just be gentle!” Maria teased

Michael wanted to rebut but just shook his head and smiled as he draped his arm over her shoulder.

“You want to go swimming?” Michael asked as he looked at the crystal clear waters.

“Michael, I don’t have a suit with me! Neither do you for that matter!” Maria said

“So?” Michael asked

“So…” Maria said and then caught his meaning.

The two threw off their clothes quickly and ran into the ocean; naked as the day they were born. They swam, they splashed water but mostly Maria’s body was firmly pressed against Michael’s as they kissed.

On the Other Side of the Beach…

“That was some kiss!” Alex said, “Did you enjoy it as much as it looked like you did?”

“Oh yeah, Liz is a very good kisser…almost as good as you!” Isabel said as they walked hand in hand.

“It did look like your knees were a little bit shaky!” Alex said

“Yeah, they were…I can’t believe how much I want the two of you!” Isabel said

“Well…Max does appear to have one or two issues?” Alex stated

“Yeah, but then he and Liz just got back together!”

“So did we! Unless that one hell of a kiss last night…” Alex said starting to get worried

“Oh we’re together Alex, believe me we are very much together.” Isabel said as she stood in front of Alex and kissed the life from him. Alex pushed Isabel back against a coconut tree and made love to her tongue with his own, their hands were going everywhere!

Eventually Michael and Maria dressed, met up with Alex and Isabel then head back into the facility.

To Be Continued…

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posted on 26-Jan-2003 3:37:20 AM
Soon now!

Mabybe tonight...possibly tomorrow but definetly soon!

Alex

P.S. Many, many, many thanks for all the feedback. This fic has taken off better than I expected!
posted on 26-Jan-2003 5:06:26 PM
Chapter 4

Common Room, 18:00

To return the favour of Kyle cooking them breakfast, Max and Liz decided to cook dinner. Eight 1 inch thick steaks along with roast potatoes were cooking away nicely in the oven, as they moved around each other their hands would touch “accidentally” and both felt shivers that caused them to stare longingly at each other. After a while Max couldn’t take it anymore and he wrapped his arms around her hips. He lifted her up and sat Liz on the counter, while moving in between her legs.

Liz ran her hands along Max’s chest and up to his head where she ran her fingers through his hair. Max reached in and captured Liz’s lips with his own, his tongue slipped into her mouth and gently caressed hers. Max ran his hand along her bare thighs, his fingertips sneaking just under her shorts.

Max then broke the kiss and looked at Liz. Quickly he dived back down, the heat and raw passion of the kiss had now escalated. Max pushed his groin into Liz’s crotch; he pulled the shoulder of her t-shirt down and started to kiss the exposed skin causing her to emit gentle sighs.

“Huh hum!” came a sound from the door.

Max and Liz jumped apart to see all of their friends standing at the doorway, smiling at them. They all moved further into the room and stopped in front of the table, Isabel folded her arms and smiled at her brother and his girlfriend – her soon to be lover!

“Having a good time are we?” she asked, causing both of them to blush

“I…eh…we…” Max started

“Max, chill! It’s good to see you two back on track.” Isabel said as she moved closer to Liz and brushed her fingers against Liz’s arm.

“Well now that you two have had your fun, is dinner ready?” Alex asked

Max and Liz quickly looked at each other and then down to the oven. They had completely forgotten about the cooking food. As they examined the contents both sighed with relief and stood back up.

“Nearly there!” Liz said.

Maria and Tess opened the cutlery drawer and began to set the table while Michael grabbed salt, pepper and bottles of sauce, including Tabasco! After a couple of minutes Max started to dish out the food and Liz placed the plates on the table. Everyone sat down at the table and started to enjoy their dinner.

“I wonder how our parents are doing?” Maria asked solemnly after a few minutes.

“I know!” Liz said, “Even if they’re fine with the whole alien thing, the fact that we’re here and they’re there…”

“Yeah!” Max said

“Hey maybe Kalen will let us call them or something!” Isabel suggested

“Or at the very least post some letters to them!” Alex said

“I’ll ask him when we’ve cleaned up after this!” Max said

For the next ten minutes of the meal the group talked about the island they were on. Maria blabbed that she couldn’t wait to show Liz the beach. Everyone wondered what else was hidden in the small jungle that took up the surface of the island.

Evans Residence, 19:00

After their return from the Granolith Chamber, Valenti had filled the parents in on the details of their children’s lives. With the memories that Feln provided them then they had a basis for understanding what the Sheriff was telling them and each of them was sickened at what the governments representatives in the FBI had done to Max and would probably do to the others. However they couldn’t do anything about it or risk it happening again!

“How are we supposed to pretend that nothing is different?” Nancy asked, “They could be gone for months and we wont know if they’re okay!”

Jeff moved over to his wife and held her, silently telling her that it would be okay.

“For their sake we have to try and make this work. These replacements that they sent may not be our kids but everyone else has to believe it!” Jim said.

The replicants had arrived just as Feln had told them. Mindless automatons with programmed memories and behaviour, just enough so that they would fit in and not draw any attention but the adults could see the difference. It was a coldness in the eyes, a lack of sparkle, that they hoped no-one else picked up on. The fakes went to the classes, answered questions and went to work. It was everything that the originals would normally have done during their day.

It was hard for Jeff and Nancy to watch their daughte