TITLE: Liberty Vallance
AUTHOR: me…Lee. Leahthefrog2001:yahoo.com
RATING: Nothing bad at all um…PG-13. If you guys think it is worse then tell me. In my country it would easily be a 15
DISCLAIMER: Nothing here belongs to me. Roswell characters are UPN, Jason Katims, I don’t know. And the song is sung by Gene Pitney Lyrics by: Hal David Music by: Burt Bacharach. So now you know!
AUHORS NOTES: Okay. Liberty Valance is being used here as a pseudonym. Like, a fake name for the famous. That sort of thing. That’s it really. This is my first one parter. (I know I know, I usually ramble on for at least twenty parts. But hey! TRUST was only what? 5 parts?! Um, also this is my first song fic. So I would like feedback cause I quite liked doing this one, mainly because I am having such trouble on all my other fics. That’s it really…lee xx
Track Title: (The Man Who Shot) Liberty Valance
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When Liberty Valance rode to town the womenfolk would hide, they'd hide
When Liberty Valance walked around the men would step aside


“He’s coming! A guy shouted from the end of the long dusty road. Suddenly there was an uproar as the people of Roswell ran all over the place trying to take cover. Children were crying as their mothers picked them up and ran away, and all was chaos for a few hectic moments.

Then silence.

Slowly, a noise could be heard from the distance. Clip…clop, clip…clop.

A dried out bush flew across the empty street as a horse came into view…along with a man that put fear in most hearts. ‘Liberty Valance.’

He sat proud on the back of the horse, with his wild light hair in crazed spikes atop his head, and his dark hazel eyes, daring people to get in his way…this man who starred in many of the people of Roswell’s nightmares…and the women’s deepest darkest fantasies.

'Cause the point of a gun was the only law that Liberty understood
When it came to shootin' straight and fast---he was mighty good.


The horse came to a stop outside “Parker’s”: a bar/restaurant. He climbed off the horse and got it a drink, which the horse gratefully took, tired from its journey in the hot mid-day heat. He brushed the sand and dust that had made its way into his hair off and took a look around smirking. It amused him no end that everyone was scared of him, everyone but the three people closest to him…the only people who knew him by his real name…Michael Guerin.

“Mickey!” Came a shout from the inside of the bar. A tall man came out with piercing blue eyes, and dark brown hair. “Kyle!” Michael exclaimed. “How you doing?” Kyle looked his friend up and down. “I’m good. But how are you? You haven’t been around in two weeks…we were worried.” Michael shook his friends concern off with a shrug and a smirk. “Aw, you know me…doing the rounds so to speak” Kyle raised his eyebrow. “Doing the rounds?? How so? Not with the women right?” Michael gave Kyle a dark look as they walked into the bar. “I am glad that you still have that unwaverable faith in me…Its nice to know!” Michael exclaimed sarcastically before turning to the bar and groaning at the sight.

“Yeah, you should groan!” Maria exclaimed from her position behind the counter. “Where have you been? Killed anyone recently?? Cause we all know how amazing Liberty Valance here is with his gun!” Maria sniped, coming around the bar to get in Michael’s face. “Obviously no one has beat you yet! How many people went down this time?” Michael looked down at her in a bored manner. “Come on…get it all out,” He said to her in a flat tone. Maria sighed. “Come on, you know that we worry right, and this is killing Liz. When you are gone she becomes this shell. I am so worried that one day when you don’t come back, she will remain this shell forever.” Michael sighed as Maria looked down. He slowly pulled her into a hug. “I’m here aren’t I? Nothing is going to happen to me…ever.”

Maria began to cry. “You don’t know that Michael! One day you are going to meet your match. Can’t you just give it up? Settle down with Liz, run this bar with her…make her happy Michael” By the end of her speech, Maria was pleading. Michael frowned and broke away from the embrace. “You know it’s not that easy Maria. If I don’t fight these people they will come get me in my sleep. They all just want the chance to beat me…yet they never do. Soon someone else will come be the hot shot and then Liz and I will get married and have loads and loads of babies.” Maria smiled slightly and sat down on Kyle’s lap. Michael exchanged a few more words before walking into the apartment behind the bar to find Liz.

Liz Parker: owner of the establishment; Liz Parker: Kyle’s brother; Liz Parker: Maria’s best friend; Liz Parker: love of his life.

Liz Parker who was shy and good – the complete opposite of him.

Liz Parker, who was at present kneeling by her bed, he could see her side on, praying for his safety. Michael coughed slightly and Liz whipped her head towards him. She finished her prayers and then ran to him. Michael picked her up in his arms and whirled her around slightly, enjoying the feel of her in his arms again. The last two weeks had been hard for him as the more he spent time with her, the more he fell in love with her. He was yet to tell her, but he knew it would be soon. Liz planted kisses all over Michael’s face, before kissing him passionately on his lips. She then pulled back. “Thank god you are safe” She whispered, before returning to his lips and slipping her tongue into his mouth. Michael groaned as he felt her begin to rub up against him, and strode over to her bed. Placing her softly on the bed, he slowly took off her clothes and made love to her, all the while knowing that he was home.

From out of the East a stranger came, a law book in his hand, a man
The kind of a man the West would need to tame a troubled land
'Cause the point of a gun was the only law that Liberty understood
When it came to shootin' straight and fast---he was mighty good.


Michael smiled to the women who were cautiously waiting outside the store as he left it, brown bag under his arm. The women smiled hesitantly and then turned to each other. “Is he really courting Liz Parker?” One whispered. “That’s what I heard. And that he has settled down for good now.” Came the other’s hushed reply.

Michael entered “Parker’s” and smiled at the few regulars that were there at 11:30 in the morning. He went behind the counter, giving Maria’s arm a light squeeze before taking Liz’s form in his. Standing behind her, he hugged her to him, and she smiled and leaned back into his embrace. “I am so glad you are here Michael.” She sighed, turning her head to face him. Michael smiled down at her, the love he had for her shining in his eyes. “Me too Liz. I am glad I am here.” Just then Kyle strode in. “Michael!” He said urgently. “There’s a man looking for you. Said that he is going to make you meet with death.” Michael looked down at Liz who clutched at his hands. She had turned deathly pale and Michael sent a chiding look in Kyle’s direction before turning his attention to the girl in his arms.

Many a man would face his gun and many a man would fall
The man who shot Liberty Valance, he shot Liberty Valance
He was the bravest of them all.


He turned her round to face him before picking her up and placing her on the counter so he could see straight into her eyes. He nudged her legs open so he could step in between them, and then hugged her to him. “Look Liz, don’t worry. I have heard that threat a thousand times. It means nothing.” He tried to reassure her, kissing her temple gently knowing she found it comforting. Liz looked into his face. “Please Michael, I have a bad feeling about this. I have the same feeling as I did before my parents died. Please don’t fight this man.” Michael sighed, “Okay, I won’t. As long as you are happy Liz. I’ll do anything for you.” Liz smiled slightly and took him in her arms. She kissed him briefly. “Thank you” She murmured against his lips. Michael smiled and hugged Liz to him before turning again to Kyle. “So who is this guy?” He asked in curiosity. Kyle answered with a grave face: “Max Evans.”

The love of a girl can make a man stay on when he should go, stay on
Just tryin' to build a peaceful life where love is free to grow
But the point of a gun was the only law that Liberty understood
When the final showdown came at last, a law book was no good.


A few days later, Max Evans sauntered into “Parker’s”. “Sorry…we aren’t open yet and you aren’t welcome here” Maria said to him briskly. She hadn’t been afraid of men after Michael for a long time now, and took them in her stride. Max looked her up and down. “Get the manager little girl” He sneered. Maria let out a breath but decided against saying anything and got Liz. “Babe, there’s that Max Evans to see you” Maria said to the girl in the back office. Liz looked at her in confusion and slight fear before taking a deep breath and following Maria out.

“What can I do for you?” She asked Max, who had sat down at the bar. Max looked her over and leered. “Well, you can do a fair bit for me little lady” he replied. Liz coughed. “I’m sorry, we aren’t a brothel. What can I do for you?” Max glared at her. “I want to see Michael.” He sneered. Liz shook her head. “I am sorry, but he’s not here right now.” Max, with lightening speed, jumped over the counter. “Good! Then we won’t be interrupted.” He whispered harshly into her ear, before clamping his lips down on hers. His mouth stifled a scream, which Maria heard. She tried to pull Max off of Liz, but he was too strong, and there was no one else there. Cursing she ran out to the front and shouted for help. Kyle and Michael were out in the back and heard her scream. Michael ran ahead, with Kyle right behind him, and they rushed into the bar together. Michael ripped Max off of Liz and threw him across the bar while Kyle took Liz’s shaking form into his embrace. Max had ripped Liz’s blouse and Liz stood there shaking and crying, while holding her blouse together. “What the FUCK do you think you are doing?!” Michael shouted, his eyes blazing. Max looked him up and down. “She was gagging for it. You are obviously not man enough for her!” Max spat before winking over at Liz, who turned into Kyle’s embrace more. Michael lunged for him, but he got out of the way in time. “Midnight tonight…Liberty Valance!” Max sneered, looking Michael up and down. “You will meet your end.” With that, he took a last look around the group, and left. As soon as he left, Michael rushed to Liz and took her in his arms. Liz burst into tears and pulled him close to him. Michael silently walked into the back leaving Maria and Kyle reeling at the situation.

Alone and afraid she prayed that he'd return that fateful night, aww that night
When nothin' she said could keep her man from goin' out to fight
From the moment a girl gets to be full-grown the very first thing she learns
When two men go out to face each other only one retur-r-r-ns


Liz knelt down on her bed and prayed for Michael’s safety. The feeling she had, had returned and she dreaded the news. Sighing, she repeated the words again and again, her mind drifting to her fight with Michael a few minutes before.

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“You can’t go!” She screamed, beating her fists against his chest. “Liz!” Michael shouted, griping her arms in his hands. “Liz” He said more calmly. “I have to go. What he did to you just can’t be left. And if he did that, who knows what he would do. I can’t let you be in danger.” Liz shook her head and tore herself out of his grasp. They had been arguing this matter ever since she had woken up an hour before. It was now 11:50, and he was still intent on going. There was only one thing left that she could do.

Sighing she went to the window and looked out at the calm settings for a moment before turning to him. “If you go Michael. Then we are over.” She stated calmly, blocking her face of any emotion. Michael’s face however was very open, and Liz could read his emotions easily. Disbelief, sorrow, and anger all played across his face, until all remained was anger. He began to say something a few times but nothing would come out. Finally he snapped. “Fine!” He shouted at her, before turning on his heel and walking out, slamming the door behind him. Raising her hand to her mouth, Liz fell onto the floor sobbing. She hadn’t even told him that she was pregnant.
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At midnight exactly, a small group came together outside “Parker’s”. Maria, Kyle, Michael and Max were all present. “Where’s your girlfriend, Liberty?” Max asked, sneering at the name ‘Liberty’ in disgust. Michael’s eyes closed to slits. “Are we doing this or not?” He snapped.

As Max and he squared off, he didn’t notice Liz join the group, nor did he notice Kyle putting his arm around her while she stood there crying in his arms, refusing to watch.

Everyone heard two shots ring out, a shot made Liberty fall
The man who shot Liberty Valance, he shot Liberty Valance
He was the bravest of them all.


Liz looked up as soon as she heard the shots and saw that both men were on the ground. Max was sitting up on the floor, a hole in his leg, but Michael was down, not moving.

Liz ran to his side, and took his hand in her own. “Michael?” She wept, praying for him to still be alive. The gun shot in his stomach was bad and Maria was trying to apply pressure as Liz concentrated on his face.

She pushed back his hair as he began to sweat with the pain. “I guess I really am going to meet my end” He whispered with a chuckle. Liz brought her other hand up to her mouth, shaking her head. “Don’t say that Michael. You are going to be ok. We are going to make sure that you will be ok.” Michael smiled before coughing slightly.

He brought a shaky hand up to cup her cheek. “Liz, I am sorry. I love you.” Liz gasped before breaking down into sobs some more. “I love you too Michael” She said in ragged breaths. “God I love you so much!”

Kyle had witnessed this exchange with tears in his eyes, and knew that Michael wasn’t going to make it. Rage slowly filled his system as he glanced towards Max, who was still lying on the ground clutching his leg in agony. As quick as anything, he had Michael gun and strode over to where Max was lying. Max looked up as he saw Kyle approaching, horror in his eyes. Kyle glared at him before raising the gun. Despite Max’s protests and Maria’s screams for him to stop, Kyle let his anger and sorrow take over, and another two shots rang out into the night air.

Just then Liz began to wail loudly. Kyle dropped the gun like it was on fire and turned to run to Liz. She had sat back on the floor, head in hands, crying pitifully. Maria had scrambled over to where she was lying and was rocking her back and forth, also crying. Kyle looked to Michael who looked peacefully asleep. He bent down and checked for a pulse, not surprised when there wasn’t one. He walked round to where Liz and Maria were lying and knelt down to take them in his arms, finally allowing his tears to fall.

The man who shot Liberty Valance, he shot Liberty Valance
He was the bravest of them all.