Title: Best Friends
Rating: PG-13 to start with, probably will go higher
Category: Mi/L
Summary: AU. No aliens. Starts out in their childhood. They are in the fourth grade…not quite sure where it will end.
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Distribution: Just let me know where...as long as it's not a dreamer site. I don't want to be flamed.

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Part 1

Michael Guerin worked hard getting the tiny pins through the skin at the end of his fingers. Even though there wasn’t actually any pain involved, he wanted to see the look of shock on Liz Parker’s face.

Everything about her fascinated him, from the braid that was dangling in front of him, teasing him, begging him to pull it, to her expressive face. Every thought that went through her mind was broadcasted on her face for the world to see.

Once each of his fingers had a pin stuck through it he admired his handy work before catching her attention “Lizzie look” he whispered.

She turned around and stifled a shriek with her hand “Mikey, does it hurt?”

He puffed out his chest “Nope”

Maria Deluca looked on in disdain, Liz was supposed to be her friend, not stupid Michael’s friend. “Michael, you are so retarded”

“Oh yeah, well you’re retarded and ugly and…and a whore” He stated looking quite proud of himself at the new word he’d learned from his foster father.

Unfortunately Mrs. Snapp heard his retort “Michael, we’ve had the discussion about your language, go to the office”

Liz’s eyes went wide, she didn’t want Michael to get into trouble “Mrs. Snapp, it’s really all my fault” hoping to divert attention from him.

“Then you may join Mr. Guerin in the office.” Mrs. Snapp couldn’t understand how such a sweet and smart girl would want to hang out with a trouble maker like Michael. In her mind he was always up to no good.

Michael waited for Liz before heading down to the office “You didn’t have to do that.”

“I don’t want you in any trouble Mikey.” she said as she held his hand. He was her best friend, she didn’t know what she would do without him.

Waiting in the principal’s office was excruciating. Once Mr. Hall finally got to them, he saw the two friends huddled together talking. He was like Mrs. Snapp, he couldn’t understand the friendship between the two. “Miss Parker, Mr. Guerin, step into my office please.”

Liz looked up at the principal in wide eyed fear, while Michael shrugged and stepped into his office dragging Liz behind him.

“Michael, we’ve gone over this before. I don’t know what else to do. I’m afraid I’m going to have to call your dad.” he missed the shared look of horror between the friends.

“I’m scared Mikey” Liz was terrified of Hank, she’d only seen him a few times, but the way he hollered at Michael was enough to frighten her.

Michael tried to shrug off his fear “It’s ok.” although he knew it wouldn’t be, Hank was being called out of work, he’d beat the hell out of him. Not that he’d ever needed a reason to before. He hid how his foster father treated him in fear of having to leave Liz, she was his whole world.

Hank walked into the principal’s office throwing a glare at Michael and Liz. Liz held onto Michael’s hand a little tighter “Come to my house tonight” she whispered. He had spent more nights at her house than he had at his own, it was a good idea for him to not be at his house when Hank got drunk.

“O.k.” His fear was growing as he watched Hanks agitated movements. His grip tightened on Liz’s hand.

Mr. Hall’s secretary gave Liz a disapproving look “Liz, you were given your pass, you need to go back to class.”

Liz started to shake her head no until Michael urged her to go “I’ll be ok.” he promised.

“Be careful and don’t forget to come over tonight.” she squeezed his hand “I love you Mikey”

He was surprised, he’d never actually had those words directed to him, it was strange. He looked into her deep brown eyes “I love you too Lizzie.”

She had a hard time leaving him there, she was frightened for him. “Go ahead, I’ll see you tonight” he promised. She nodded her head before walking out of the office.

**

Liz paced her bedroom all night long, there was no sign of Michael. As soon as she heard her mother getting up and moving around she went to talk to her “Mom”

“Yes sweetie”

“Mom, I think there’s something wrong with Mikey. Please take me over there. Please.”

Nancy smiled over Liz’s concern for her friend “We can go over there in a little bit, go ahead and have your breakfast first.”

**

Nancy drove down the dirt road to the trailer park and was shocked to see all of the police cars in front of Michael’s home. “Lizzie, the Sheriff is right over there. I want you to stay in the car while I go talk to him.”

Liz watched anxiously as her mom and Sheriff Valenti talked.

“Jim” Nancy called out.

“Hello Nancy, what can I do for you today?” He asked smiling at the beautiful woman in front of him.

“What’s going on? Liz is worried about Michael. I have a sneaking suspicion that he was supposed to sneak in and stay the night again.” at first it had surprised her to find Michael in her daughters room almost every night, but she kept quiet about it. The two friends were practically inseparable.

Jim frowned “Michael was taken by child protective services this morning. Apparently Hank has been abusing him for quite some time. A neighbor finally called last night, I‘m just out here collecting statements.”

“Oh no, that’s awful. Can we go see him?”

“I don’t think that’s such a good idea, he looks pretty bad.”

Nancy nodded “Alright.” she walked back to the car wondering how to explain this to Liz.

Liz waited impatiently for her mother to start talking “Mom, what is it?”

Nancy gave Liz a hug holding her close before sitting back to explain to her

Tbc…