posted on 12-Oct-2001 12:25:36 PM
Title: Moving On
Author: Polarist aka Nikki
E-mail: nikki0675⊕hotmail.com
Disclaimer: I don’t own any of it. If I did, Michael and Liz would be together not only in my world but on T.V. as well.
Summary: Group outing to the mountains. (That’s all you’re getting)
Coupling: Do you even have to ask?
Dedication: To Love Roswell for helping me with this and also for giving me the challenge.

1.) Group trip to the Rocky Mountains.
2.) Michael and Liz end up getting trapped in a cabin during a snowstorm.
3.) He is fed up with the way she let's Max treat her.
4.) He has to tell her.
5.) She will be upset, cry, you decide.
6.) He kisses her & she realizes how she's been suppressing feelings for Michael.
7.) They should end up together, if not please explain why.
8.) I would like to see the group’s reactions.

Part 1

Liz sat in the back of the Crashdown reminiscing through the pages of her yearbook. She was oblivious to the graduation party around her. Somebody slid silently into the booth across from her as Liz wiped a tear before it slipped down her cheek. She gasped when she heard someone clear their throat.

“God, Michael you scared me.”

“If you weren’t so involved with that, you would have heard me coming,” he said as he pointed to the book.

“What do you want, Michael?”

He scratched his eyebrow and sighed. “Thank you.”

Liz looked up shocked; she was surprised that Michael would thank her when he had done just as much for her as she had done for him. Michael slowly met her gaze seeing the pain and loss in her eyes and it hurt him. He broke away first and watched Max, Maria, and Kyle interact. Isabel came up behind Kyle and wrapped her arms around his waist.

“Why aren’t you over there?” he asked keeping his eyes trained on the group. He shook his head angrily and turned toward Liz. She was so much more than what she presented to everyone else and he was somewhat honored that she allowed him to have glimpse of her true self. He leaned forward to see what was capturing her attention; he sighed as he flopped back and waited for her to answer. His heart went out to her because she had endured so much pain and not once did she break down. He glanced back at the rest of his friends wondering how the group could take no notice of her feelings.

Liz closed her eyes and took a deep breath. She glanced up and followed Michael’s line of sight. She smiled at her group of friends because they seemed happy and knew they all deserved it especially after the last four years. They started to make their way towards her.

“It’s about a group outing,” he warned as he slid out of the booth just as Max sat next to her and draped his arm around her pulling her closer to him. Kyle and Isabel slipped in the booth across from them as Maria sat next to Max. After everyone was seated Michael dragged a chair up to the table and straddled it.

“Listen Liz we all decided to have one last trip since we are all going our separate ways,” Maria stated to Liz.

Liz looked at each face sitting around the table and wondered why this was the first she heard of this. Kyle and Isabel were to busy with themselves to even notice her bewilderment. Maria was staring at Liz hoping she would agree because she felt like Liz needed a break and that involved somewhere that didn’t involve Roswell.

“Where?” Liz asked hesitantly.

“Well a friend of my dad’s has a cabin up in the mountains. They say the slopes are magnificent at this time of year for skiing. We’re welcomed to spend a weekend or more. We all thought this would be the perfect time to go,” Kyle added

It sounded like a good idea to Liz. This was a chance to get away from Roswell and all the bad memories. She looked over at Max who was in deep conversation with Maria. Maybe this time away will help her and Max become closer again.

“When do we leave?” she asked.

Everyone looked around and Maria said, “In two days.”

Liz shook her head feeling left out once again. She glanced at Michael and gave him a disgusted look; she thought at least he would have giving her more notice. “And you’re just now telling me this? Forget it I can’t go.”

Kyle reached his hand out and placed it on top of hers. “We knew if we told you in advance you’d end up backing out. We all need this Liz, so you have to go.”

“How are we getting there?” Liz asked.

“We’re flying of course,” Isabel said nonchalantly.

“And how am I suppose to afford a plane ticket and what about clothing?” Liz shook her head; she wasn’t about to ask her parents to dish out that kind of money in such short notice. Everyone except Michael looked at Maria. Maria was the designated one to discuss this with Parkers’ so they are the ones to convince Liz to go along on this much needed vacation, but once they found out Max was going they quickly forbade it. Michael turned away from the group and noticed Liz’s parents searching the crowd. When their eyes met he nodded slightly and turned back to the group. He knew Liz also needed this and that’s why he went to talk to Mr. Parker himself.

Liz looked over at Michael and asked, “How did you raise the money?”

Michael shrugged and replied, “I didn’t. I’m not going.”

Liz looked at her friends and said, “That settles it if Michael’s not going I know I’m not. He belongs there just as much as I do if not more.”

Max was about to protest when Jeff came up to the table. He narrowed his eyes at Max before facing his daughter and softly said, “Liz, honey your mom and I want to speak with you in private.”

Liz noticed the glare he gave Max and sighed. “If this is about Max, I don’t ….”

“No, it’s not about him, we just want to speak with you.”

Liz nodded as Max and Maria moved to let her out. She followed her dad to his office where her mom was waiting. He moved aside to let his daughter enter and closed the door behind him. Liz looked expectantly at her parents.

*******

“What do you mean your not going?” Isabel asked Michael.

“I can’t afford a trip like that. I can barely afford the apartment I’m staying at,” Michael replied.

“Yeah, but daddy offered you a ticket, but you were to proud to take it,” Isabel muttered.

“Because I don’t want any hand outs,” Michael mumbled and left the table.


********

“Sit,” Jeff said as he pulled a chair out for his daughter. Him and his wife sat across from her. “We just wanted to give you this.” He handed her a small box and continued to say, “I know we were hard on you the last two years, but you changed right in front of our eyes. That time you were arrested we were disappointed in you because we had so many dreams for you, but you helped us realized that you had your own. That’s why we moved aside and allowed you to grow into the beautiful women that you are right now. We are so proud of you Lizzie and that’s why we thought you deserved this.” He pointed to the small box Liz held in her hand.

Liz slowly opened it and smiled. “Oh daddy, you knew about this?”

He nodded and said, “I know Alex’s death was the hardest on you and you didn’t allow anyone to comfort you. I thought this would be a good time for you to have fun. You deserve it, sweetie.”

Liz stood up and hugged her father. “Thank you, daddy… mom.”

“Liz, honey we’re not happy that Max is still in your life, but we trust your judgment.” Nancy hugged her daughter and whispered, “Just remember to have fun. I want to see that beautiful smile on your face when you come back. Your father and I miss it.”

Liz nodded and smiled. She turned to leave but before she exited the room. She said, “I love you.” She closed the door and headed back to her friends.

Michael walked through the kitchen door and went to his locker. He saw Liz leave Jeff’s office and she was smiling. Moments later, Jeff came out and saw Michael by his locker.
“Michael,” he called out.

********

When Liz returned to the table everyone was present except for Michael. Liz waved her ticket in the air and said, “I’m going.” Max stood up and engulfed her. Before she could lean into his chest, his arms were gone.

*******

Michael looked up and said, “Yeah.”

“Can I speak to you for a moment?”

Michael shrugged his shoulders and followed Jeff into his office. He closed the door behind him and saw Nancy sitting on the couch.

“What can I do for you, sir?”

Jeff smiled and told him to sit down. He went behind his desk and said, “I wanted to congratulate you for graduating.” He took a small box out of his desk drawer and pushed it across the desk. Michael narrowed his eyes at the box and asked, “What’s that?”

Jeff chuckled and said, “A graduation present and a thank you gift.”

“But you didn’t ……”

“Yes, we did,” Nancy interrupted. “As hard as you’ve worked here and on passing this year to graduate with your class. You deserve a lot more, so I hope you won’t hurt our feelings by not accepting this,” she stated with a smile.

Michael didn’t know what to say he just stared at the small box. Nancy smiled, “Usually people open gifts when they receive them.” Michael nodded and slowly opened the box. His eyes widened. He held up plane tickets to Colorado. “I can’t accept these,” he whispered.

Jeff walked around the table and said, “Yes you can and will. You deserve to go and have fun with your friend.” He watched as Michael shook his head. “How about this? I’m giving you a vacation away from the Crashdown so when you come back you’ll be calmer and more relaxed then I can start training you as our new manager.” Michael looked at him shocked. Nobody has ever done anything like this for him. He nodded and extended his hand to Mr. Parker. He did the same to Mrs. Parker, but she pulled him into her arms for a hug. “Thank you for all the help you’ve done around here. You’ve definitely earned everything you’ve accomplished for yourself,” she whispered in his ear. She let go of him and shooed him out and told him to have fun in the mountains.


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posted on 16-Oct-2001 8:23:44 AM
PART 2

It was late and Liz still stood in front of her closet trying to find clothes that would keep her warm during her trip to the Rockies. She picked out a thick wool sweater her grandmother gave her one year for Christmas and hugged it to her then gently tossed it on her bed with the rest of the clothes she was bringing along with her.

Michael climbed up Liz’s ladder on to her balcony. He watched her as she rummaged through her closet he had expecting Liz to be a sleep or at least ready to go to sleep, but he was glad she was still up. When she threw a sweater on her bed he caught a quick glance of her profile. He couldn’t get over how beautiful she was each time he saw her. He remembered the day he started developing feelings for her, but he never acted on them because of two reason: one being he was afraid of rejection and the second being her infatuation with Max. Michael wished she would just open her eyes because there is so much she was missing out on.

He dropped his duffel bag in the corner hidden from unknowing eyes. He tapped on the window before climbing through it. Liz didn’t turn around, she already knew who it was. She was still a little upset with him because he was always the one to tell her what she missed when she wasn’t around their group of friends.

“Packing?” he asked. Liz didn’t respond she just rolled her eyes.

“Still not talking to me, huh Parker?”

Liz turned to face him not able to hold in her anger she said, “Why didn’t you tell me? Why am I always the last to know? What happened to our promise?” She took a deep breath when her emotion was starting to take control of her. She turned around and straightened her shoulders. Michael was about to say something when there was a knock at the door.

Liz’s mom poked her head in and asked, “Are you still packing honey?” Nancy noticed Michael in the room and asked, “Michael, I guess you got Jeff’s message.” He smiled and nodded.

“What message,” Liz asked.

“Well your father and I thought it would be easier if both of you were here when we took you to the airport tomorrow morning, since your flight is early,” Nancy replied.

Liz shook her head in confusion and asked, “What are you talking about?”

Nancy looked over at Michael and asked, “You didn’t tell her?”

Michael shook his head and said, “She didn’t give me a chance to. She’s a little peeved at me.” Liz rolled her eyes.

“Why are you mad at him, honey?”

“Shouldn’t you be on my side, I mean I’m your daughter,” Liz said rubbing her eyes. Michael noticed for the first time the dark circles under her eyes.

“I broke a promise,” Michael replied soberly.

Nancy looked between Michael and Liz waiting for someone to answer. When she knew she wasn’t going to get one she asked, “Where are your bags, Michael?” Michael went out to Liz’s balcony and grabbed his bag.

While Michael was gone, Nancy asked, “Liz, what’s going on between you two?” Liz looked away and didn’t answer her. Nancy shook her head and said, “I thought you and him were becoming closer. If it wasn’t for him, you wouldn’t be going on this trip.” Liz snapped her head around.

“What do you mean?” Liz asked.

“Well, Maria was the first one to mention this trip, but once Max’s name came up, me and your father told her it wouldn’t be a good idea.” Liz shook her head and watched Michael enter back into the room. “I guess it was Kyle turn next, but we didn’t give him a chance to convince us, because I’m sorry to say I don’t think Max is a good influence on you. Michael was the last one to persuade us to change our minds, but he used a different approach and what he said made sense. We told him to keep this from you until after graduation. We wanted this to be a surprise. I didn’t think he'd be able to because of all the time you guys seem to be spending together lately, but I’m glad he did. The look on your face when we gave you the ticket was priceless.” Saying the last statement Nancy looked at Michael and added, “On both of your faces.”

Liz saw an uncomfortable Michael shifting from one foot to the other and smiled. “I’m sorry, Michael. I didn’t know.” Michael shrugged it off.

Nancy stood up and said, “Well, it's late and I’ll let you finish packing. Don't forget to get some rest. It’s going to be a long flight.” Liz and Michael nodded and said their goodnights.

Liz jumped up to reach her bag on the top shelf of her closet. Michael stood up and seized it for her. Her last hop she fell backwards into Michael’s chest and Michael gasped at the contact. Liz turned around thinking she hurt him asked, “I’m sorry, I didn’t know you were behind me. Did I hurt you?”

Michael backed away trying to get his senses under control. “I’m fine, you just caught me off guard.” He tossed the bag to her and she started stuffing clothes in it. Michael sat on the bed and watched Liz packed. “Have you been sleeping?”

Liz stopped what she was doing and asked, “Why?”

“You look exhausted.”

Liz shrugged and said, “I guess, I’ve been obsessing about this trip since I only had a day and half to prepare for it.” She gestured over to Michael’s bag and asked, “What did you pack? I didn’t think you had winter clothes.”

Michael smirked and replied, “I don’t I kinda made them.”

Liz rolled her eyes and said, “Convenient.”

Michael lied down on Liz’s bed. He wanted to keep her company while she finished packing, but he was getting tired. He ended up falling asleep. Liz pulled the comforter up over him and went back to collecting every thing she’ll need for her trip.

When Liz finally finished, Jeff knocked on the door and found his daughter zipping up her bag. He saw Michael sleeping peacefully on her bed. “You should wake him up, soon.”

“Could you do that, daddy? I want to take a quick shower, then we can go.” Her dad nodded as she grabbed some clothes and headed for the bathroom. When she came out the bathroom, Michael was gone. She could smell breakfast being made and her stomach started to growl.

She entered the kitchen and Michael was helping her mom cook. Liz never realized how much he’s changed. She knew how much her parents respected him, which surprised her because they hated each other in the beginning, so she thought.

“What smells so good?” Liz asked.

Michael looked up and said, “French toast. I was trying to convince your mom to make crepes, but she wouldn’t have it.”

“Because French toast is easier and faster to cook. Remember you have a plane to catch in two hours,” Nancy replied smiling.

Liz had to laugh she never saw her mom looked so carefree. Jeff joined her at the table, both waiting to be served. Michael and Nancy both had two plates in their hands and brought them to the table. Michael handed one to Liz, while Nancy handed one to Jeff. When they were finished, everyone got ready to leave to the airport.

They must have arrived before everyone else because they couldn’t find the others. They said their goodbyes and made promises to have fun. The Parker’s left the two by their gates.

“You didn’t sleep again last night, did you Parker?”

“I wonder where everyone else is?” Liz said avoiding his question. She spotted Isabel and Kyle coming towards them with Maria and Max close behind. Isabel squealed when she saw Liz and Maria joined in the girl's hug.

“We so need this,” stated Maria.

“Hey man, thought your weren’t coming,” Kyle said to Michael.

Michael shrugged and said, “Change of plans.”

Max approached the other guys and said, “I’m glad you could make.”

Michael smirked and muttered, “Yeah, me too.”

The group of friends walked on to the plane. The seating arrangement ended up being. Michael by the window, Liz in the middle and Max on the aisle. Two rows behind them was Isabel by the window, Kyle in the middle and Maria on the aisle. Liz was holding onto Max’s arm as they talked quietly amongst themselves.

Michael tried his best to ignore them, so he turned his attention out the window. He never flown before, and it was so beautiful looking at the world from this height. The clouds looked like big cotton balls. He wondered if this is what it looked like from their spaceship.

Liz laughed and he turned towards her. She had such an amazing laugh; it would always warm his heart. Max excused himself and left. Liz looked over at Michael as he stared out the window.

“This is your first time flying, isn’t it?”

“Yeah, it is.”

Liz leans over him to gaze out the window. “It’s gorgeous isn’t it?”

Michael turned his eyes to her and replied, “Yeah, it definitely is.”

Max came back and Liz gave him all her attention again. An hour later Liz’s head was bobbing around until it toppled on to Michael’s shoulder.

“You guys seem awfully chumming these days,” Max stated.

“I didn’t think you noticed, since she seems to be your last priority these days,” Michael shot back.

“Whatever goes on between me and my girlfriend stays between us.”

“It’s funny how you’ll call her your girlfriend when no one is around,” Michael shot back.

“What is your problem?” Max asked annoyed.

“Problem? I’m the one with the problem? Get over it Maxwell,” Michael spat out.

Max shook his head and replied, “How are you even on this trip? I thought you didn’t have the money for it.”

Michael chuckled and responded, “What the matter Max? Do feel like you might actually have some competition?”

Max snorted, “From you? I don’t think so.”

Michael clenched his jaw and turned back to the window. The rest of the flight was silent. They landed smoothly and exited the plane with the other passengers. They were excited when they left the airport looking for a cab to take them to the cabin.
posted on 21-Oct-2001 8:59:29 PM
PART 3

Everyone piled out of the cab and were awe struck at how beautiful the mountains were. They were a far distance from the slopes but from here, they could see the peaks covered in white.

“Wow, it’s beautiful up here,” Liz uttered.

Max came up behind her and wrapped his arms around her waist. “It is. When I finally get my son, I’m going to bring him up here. I use to love going skiing with my dad, when I was growing up.” Liz leaned on his chest and quietly sighed. Max turned Liz around and said, “My son contacted me again last night and told me I had to help him. He showed me a picture of this cave that can help me get to him. When we get back, can you help me locate it?”

Liz slowly blinked trying to hide her disappointment. “Of Course Max, you know I’ll do anything for you.” Max smiled and kissed her on the crown of her head. Michael was standing near by and narrowed his eyes at Max. He shook his head and asked the group, “Which one is our cabin?”

Kyle led them to the cabin opened the door and said, “Welcome to your humble abode. This is where we will be staying.” After everyone was inside, Kyle closed the door behind him and said, “There are three rooms. I already know who I will be bunking with.” He winked at Isabel and she smiled. “You four will have to decide amongst yourselves,” he said while pointing to Michael, Maria, Liz, and Max.

“Liz you and me just have to be roomies because I refuse to share a room with spaceboy,” Maria ranted.

“The feelings mutual,” Michael mumbled.

Maria huffed and was about to say something, but Liz grabbed her by the arm and dragged her up the stairs. “Chill out, Maria.” Maria shook off Liz arm. “Chill out.. Chill out. Why should I be the one to chill out? Did you hear what he said? Did you?” Maria fumed.

Liz took a deep breath she didn’t know exactly what happened between Maria and Michael, but Maria was constantly at Michael’s throat. “I heard what he said, but you started it.”

Maria chuckled and threw her hands up in the air. “What was I thinking? Why would I think you would take my side over Michael’s? I thought we were friends and him being my ex you should hate him as much as me.” Maria spun on her heels and opened the first door she came to.

Liz followed her and said, “I’m not taking sides and I can’t hate Michael. After all he was the only one who kept me company for the past two years.”

Maria shook her head and replied, “If you weren’t tutoring him then we still would be as close as we were, but you chose him over me.”

“I didn’t chose anyone Michael needed help and I wasn’t about to turn my back on him, especially when he never asks for it,” Liz replied exasperated.

“You know what? Maybe you and him should share a room together because he’s obviously your new best friend.” Maria stormed out of the room.

Liz sat down on the bed and put her head in her hands. She was trying to fight the tears from falling. She wasn’t about to show any weakness to anyone. She slid off the bed, God she missed Alex. She suddenly felt tired, so she crawled back onto the bed. She curled herself into a tight ball over the covers, immediately falling asleep.

************

Isabel and Kyle heard Maria’s shouting, they approached her and Kyle asked, “What’s going on between you too?” Maria rolled her eyes and replied, “It’s really none of your business.” Kyle shook his head and stepped closer to Maria and said, “We agreed to bring Liz here to cheer her up. I don’t know if you noticed but I haven’t exactly seen a genuine smile on her face. What do you do? You upset her. I don’t know what happened between you and Michael, but don’t take it out on Liz. I think she has lot more she has to deal with.”

Isabel came up besides Kyle and asked, “What did happen between you and Michael?” Maria turned her back to them.

“Yes, Maria why don’t you tell them what happened between us?” Kyle and Isabel turned toward the voice. Maria slumped her shoulders and whispered, “Shut up, Michael.”

“If you don’t tell them, maybe I will,” Michael calmly said. Maria turned around and shouted, “Shut up.” Michael shook his head and walked out the room.

“What the hell is going on?” Kyle yelled.

“Nothing,” Maria said as she walked out the room.

Kyle turned to Isabel and she shrugged her shoulders. Isabel left the room in search of Michael.

****************

Michael stopped in front of the room Liz was sleeping in. He walked in, unfolded a blanket from the foot of the bed, and covered Liz. He backed out of the room, bumping into someone.

“You care about her don’t you?” Isabel whispered. Michael sighed and closed the door.

“What do you want Isabel?”

“I just want to know what’s going on. First, you and Max are at each other’s throats. And now Maria is at Liz’s. I don’t get it.”

“There’s nothing to get. If you really want to know what’s going on between Max and me you’d ask Max. But you’ve been preoccupied to notice anything.”

“You’re right, but now I’m noticing and I realize how much I’m out of the loop. What’s going on Michael?”

Michael shook his head and said, “I’m tired. I’m going to take a nap then we can hit the slopes. Isn’t that what we came here for?”

Isabel sighed and nodded. She watched as Michael entered the room next to Liz’s. ‘This is going to be a long weekend,’ she thought to herself. She went to find Kyle and decided a nap was a good idea, they did after all wake up before the sun rose.

posted on 22-Oct-2001 10:20:51 PM
PART 4

Liz woke up when her stomach grumbled to remind her she hasn’t eaten since breakfast. She wandered around the upper level wondering where everybody was. As she walked down the stairs, she saw a sleeping form on the couch and as she neared it, she noticed it was Maria. She quietly sighed and headed for the kitchen. Liz witnessed Kyle looking through each and every cabinet.

Kyle was starving he was franticly looking around for something anything to put in his mouth. Why wasn’t there anything here? He leaped around when he heard someone clear their throat to see who it was. He smiled when he saw Liz.

“Hey,” Liz said softly.

“Hey yourself,” Kyle replied as he opened the refrigerator. He was becoming frustrated, how could someone invite them to their home and have nothing stocked in the kitchen.

“Not finding what you’re looking for,” Liz stated as she sat at the kitchen table.

Kyle shook his head and turned to Liz. “I think we might have to go grocery shopping. There’s nothing here. Do you want to come along for the ride?”

“Shouldn’t we wait for the others? I mean, how do we know what they want,” Liz questioned.

“Believe me if they’re hungry they’ll eat whatever is in front of them,” Kyle teased.

Liz looked down and her lips curled in to a small smile. Kyle smiled; thinking this little vacation might have been a good idea after seeing the small smile upon Liz’s pretty face. Kyle jotted a quick note and placed it under one of the magnetic that decorated the fridge then grabbed a set of keys and motioned Liz to follow him. Liz gave him a confused look as she proceeded to follow him outside.

Kyle led Liz to a shed where he opened the door revealing three snowmobiles. Kyle climbed on one and held out his hand for Liz to do the same. He turned the ignition then twisted the handles to rev up the engine. Liz tightened her grip around Kyle as he sped off to the store.

****************

Maria sat up and rubbed her eyes. She woke up when she heard a loud noise from outside. She looked up as she heard footsteps on the stairs. When Michael came into view, she rolled her eyes. Michael strode pass her into the kitchen. He sat down and placed his head in his hands. He heard someone leave and when he went to check on Liz she wasn’t there, not only that but Max was nowhere to be found. Just the thought of them somewhere off together was tearing him apart. Michael was to involve in his thought that he didn’t notice someone sit across from him. He felt a hand gently touch his arm causing him to flinch. He ran his hand through his hair before glancing at the person across from him.

“What are you thinking, Michael?” Isabel gently asked.

“Nothing.” He stood up and advanced to the fridge. He was starving upon opening it he saw that it was empty. The only thing that it occupied was a box of baking soda. He slammed the door shut making Isabel jump.

“I thought taking a nap was suppose to make you less irritable,” Isabel huffed.

Michael saw a piece of paper flap after he shut the door. He read the note ignoring what Isabel just said. He sighed in relief after reading the note.

“Did you hear me?” Isabel asked.

Michael slowly turned towards her and asked, “Huh?”

Isabel shook her head. “There’s no use in talking to you, especially when you’re not even paying attention. I’m going to look for Kyle.”

Michael handed her the piece of paper he came across and joined her at the table. Isabel smiled and said, “Well, I’m glad someone thought of purchasing food.”

Michael smirked. “Yeah, I guess.”

Isabel watched Michael squirm in his seat then looks at his watch.

“Are you that hungry?” Isabel said, amused by his obvious impatience.

“Huh? No.. Yeah. I’m starving. I wish I knew they were going, because I would have tagged along.”

Isabel chuckled and said, “One thing I can tell you about Kyle is that he loves food. So don’t worry about him not getting enough.”

“Ok, whatever,” Michael said distractedly.

***********

Liz and Kyle entered the nearest grocer. Kyle grabbed a cart and they head for the front of the store. Slowly picking out items and throwing them in the cart.

“How’ve you been, Liz?” Kyle asked.

Liz shrugged her shoulders and replied, “Fine.”

Kyle stopped and faced Liz. “Thank you. I know I’ve neglected telling you that, but you helped me out after Tess left. I was in a bad place and you always was there for me.” Liz waved her hand to dismiss it. Kyle continued, “I’m also sorry for turning my back on you when me and Isabel started dating. I should have been there for you.”

Liz shook her head and responded, “It’s ok Kyle. You and Isabel needed each other more than I needed you.” She looked down at her hands and whispered, “I had Max and Michael.”

Kyle snorted. Liz gave him a questioningly look. “Don’t get me wrong Liz, but how was Max there for you? It was more like you were there for him.”

“You’re wrong Kyle and how would you know?” She snapped. “Let’s just finish shopping and get the hell out of here. Agreed?” Kyle reluctantly nodded and Liz stomped off. They ended up at the checkout counter, after paying for their items Kyle pushed the cart to the vehicle and loaded the bags on it, slowly driving back to the cabin.

posted on 31-Oct-2001 7:56:40 PM
PART 5

Max was out strolling around while everyone else slept. He came upon the shed and noticed that it was unlocked. He slid open the door and smiled when he saw the two remaining snowmobiles. He walked around one, itching to take it for a spin when he heard a sound of a motor approaching him. He moved out the way when he caught sight of Kyle about to enter the shed.

“Hey man. What’s up?” Kyle greeted him as he turned the engine off and hopped off the mobile. He helped Liz off and said to Max, “I’m glad you’re here. You can help me with these bags.” Max nodded and helped carry the bags, leaving a few left behind.

When the door opened, Michael and Isabel went into the living area to see who had just walked in. He saw Kyle enter first carrying a load of bags. Max and Liz followed behind whispering amongst themselves. Isabel noticed Michael looking as if his heart had been ripped from his chest as he watched the two of them. Isabel and Kyle’s eyes met confirming what they just witnessed.

“Can you get the rest of the bags outside? I’m sure Liz will show you where they are.”

Michael shrugged and headed outside; he didn’t wait to see if Liz was going to follow him. He had to come to grips with reality. Liz would never want him. Why would she? He was nothing but a screw up. Someone taking his hand brought him out of his thoughts.

“What were you thinking about? I’ve been trying to get your attention for about thirty seconds now. The rest of the groceries are back here.” She led him to the shed waiting for him to answer her question.

Michael knew she expected him to answer, but he couldn’t. What was he suppose to say? ‘I was thinking about you Liz and how I’m falling for you more each time I see you.’

“Michael talk to me,” Liz implored.

Michael sighed, opened the door of the shed and looked at her. “Nothing.”

He attempted to grab the remaining bags, but Liz forced him to look at her. “I know you’re hiding something from me. I’m not going to push it right now, because the others are waiting but believe me you will tell me.” She poked him in the chest as she said each word.

Michael chuckled and replied, “Yeah, yeah. We’ll see about that.”

“No, Guerin you will tell me what’s bothering you. Remember no secrets,” Liz stated as she grabbed the one of the three remaining bags. “I know something is bothering you and I wish you’d trust me,” Liz said sounding hurt. She turned around heading in the direction of the cabin.

“Liz, wait.” Liz slowly faced Michael and waited for him to continue. “It’s not that I don’t trust you, it’s just that..” Michael paused trying to find the right words. “It’s just that… I have a lot on my mind and once I have everything organized then you’ll be the first one I’ll come to.”

Liz walked up to him and with her finger beckoned him to lean forward. She reached up and lightly touched his lips with hers.

“I’m glad you do, because I trust you the most out of everyone else.” She strode back to the cabin.

Michael stood there, that was the only thing he could do. He couldn’t remember how to move his feet. Liz kissed him. That’s all that was floating in his head. Come on Guerin get a hold of yourself. Michael took a deep breath and followed Liz back inside.

“What took you so long, Guerin?” Kyle asked, amused.

Michael just grunted and dropped the bags in the kitchen. When everyone was in the same area, Isabel took charge. “Ok everyone this is the plan for today. We will put the groceries away, then two people will volunteer to cook. After we eat we’ll join together in a friendly game of whatever we decide. Tonight will be in-house fun. Tomorrow early in the morning we’ll hit the slopes. Is that clear?” Isabel looked at every face, daring someone to object.

Liz raised her hand and said, “Umm.. I don’t want to sound like a kill-joy, but I’ll just go up to my room after we eat.”

Kyle took a deep breath ready for Isabel to explode. Isabel stared at Liz for a moment before saying, “Everyone in the kitchen and unload each and every bag.” When nobody moved she yelled, “Move it!”

Liz stood up about to follow everyone into the kitchen, but Isabel stopped her. “You and me have to talk.”

Liz glanced down at her arm to where Isabel’s hand was. She slowly lifted her eyes to glare at Isabel and in a menacing voice said, “What do we have to talk about?” Liz snatched her arm out of Isabel’s grip.

Isabel eyes widened and hesitated for a moment. She couldn’t believe the tone Liz used, Isabel never heard Liz’s voice sound so cold. Isabel backed up a little before continuing, “I just wanted to say sorry and thank you.”

Liz took a deep breath and said, “There’s nothing to apologize and thank me for.”

“Yes, there is. First, I want to thank you for all your help. You didn’t have to and I want to apologize for all of us for not showing you the gratitude you deserved,” Isabel stated sincerely.

Liz shook her head. “Forget about it.”

Liz was about to turn away from her, but Isabel not wanting to touch her again quickly prevented her from walking away from her. “No wait, I’m not done yet. I also wanted to tell you I wish our group was back together like we were before.. before..” Isabel furrowed her eyebrows. It was still hard to talk about Alex.

“Before Alex died?” Liz finished.

Isabel nodded solemnly. “I just want our friendship back.”

Liz laughed bitterly. “I hate to burst your bubble, but we were never friends. We were only tied together by a secret. That’s the only reason why this group still exists.”

“Liz, I’ve always admired you to the point that I was jealous.”

“Jealous? Jealous of what?” Liz was genuinely curious. What could Isabel Evans possibly envy about plain boring Liz Parker?

“You always possessed this courage. You never allowed anything to stand in the way of your mission. I didn’t have that. All I ever wanted was a normal life. You had that and you were willing to risk yours time and again for people who didn’t even appreciate it,” Isabel confessed.

“Just forget about it, Isabel,” Liz whispered.

“I can’t. I want you to know how much me, Michael and Max appreciate you. You deserve…”

Liz interrupted Isabel by saying, “Appreciated me? Yeah, right. You appreciated me so much that you all were quick to dismiss my ideas and suggestions. You never thought I belonged. You never wanted my help. The only reason why you and Michael even tolerated us humans was because of Max. I don’t need this.”

“Wait!” Isabel pleaded. She sat down on the couch and motioned for Liz to join her. “I know and I’m sorry, but I know we could get pass this. I mean you and Michael act like best friends.”

Liz shook her head and said, “That’s because Michael didn’t turn his back on me. He was there for me, when everyone else was indulged in their own personal lives.”

Isabel sighed and said, “Liz, I just want to pretend that I’m normal. I want to reestablish our group’s connection. That’s why I want tonight to be about us, all of us. So can’t you please just join in on the festivities? This weekend is more for you then any of us.”

Maria and Kyle were laughing as they exited the kitchen followed by Max with Michael a couple steps behind. Michael could feel the tension in the room. He looked over at Liz and if someone who didn’t know Liz would have missed the anger well hidden in her eyes. He glanced at Isabel and wondered what happened in here.

Isabel stood up and said, “Now that the food is away. Who’s going to volunteer to cook? I need two people.” She looked among the faces and no one responded.

After a few minutes Liz said, “I’ll do it.” She stood up and entered the kitchen. Michael watched her as she walked past him with no expression. He turned back to Isabel realizing he missed half of what she said.

“Fine, I guess I’ll have to chose,” Isabel muttered and looked around deciding on Michael. “You’re the lucky one, since it doesn’t seem like you’re paying attention to me anyway.”

Michael rolled his eyes and slowly walked into the kitchen. He watched Liz slam cabinet doors and drawers close as she searched for something. She must have found what she was looking for and then the next then he heard from her was a loud banging. Michael neared her and saw her furiously pounding on a chicken breast with one of those tenderizing mallet things. When her arm rose to hit it again, Michael stopped it.

“What’s going on?” he whispered.

Liz unconsciously leaned into him and inhaled deeply. “Isabel and I had a talk,” she said bitterly. “Let’s just cook. I really don’t want to talk about it.”

Michael reluctantly let go of her wrist and they silently prepared dinner. When the meal was done, they served the group at the table. They ate in silence enjoying the dinner in front of them. When they were finished eating Isabel picked out a bunch of games she found in the hall closet. Everyone groaned at first, but when the games progressed they all had fun. They kept playing until early in the morning, until Isabel ordered everyone to bed. She didn’t want anyone tired for their first day at the slopes.