|posted on 9-Sep-2001 6:47:53 AM|
|Parts 1-18 http://pub65.ezboard.com/frealmdmfrm2.showMessage?topicID=69.topic|
AN: I'm not quite sure what part I stopped at on this board so I'm going to post parts 15-18.
The day before the wedding was hectic. Isabel managed to drag Liz all over the place, making last minute changes. Max had spent the previous day making arrangements for four extra people to go to Hawaii.
Michael also called the travel agent and got her to make reservations at a restaurant with a view of the ocean. He was going to surprise Liz.
Liz walked into the hotel room that she was sharing with Michael. She sat on the edge of the bed and threw her shoes on the floor “Michael, if I didn’t know that Maria was such a drama queen, I’d be afraid to have kids.”
Michael chuckled “Did you have fun at her bachelorette party?”
Liz snorted “Oh yeah, I mean I’ve always wanted to give a pregnant woman a pedicure.” Curling into his side “How about you? Did you have fun with the guys?”
“No, Kyle was propositioned twice at the pool hall. Max was propositioned about three times and I just wanted to get the hell out of there. Don’t say anything to Isabel or Maria.”
Liz’s cell phone went off “Hello. Hi Maria. Are you serious? Alright Maria. Alright. I’ll see you in the morning.” Turning off her phone.
“What’d she want?”
“To let me know that you and Kyle were the ones that were propositioned and that Max is a saint.”
“Wait a minute, if a girl asks for my number, it’s not my fault.” He wanted to make that clear, he sure didn’t want Liz to get upset.
“That’s right, as long as you tell them that they can’t have it.”
He smirked “You don’t have to worry about that.”
The following morning, Isabel confiscated Liz again to get ready for the wedding that afternoon. They spent the better part of the day at the church going through everything. Liz was getting exasperated with Isabel’s perfectionist attitude.
By the time they picked up Maria to get ready at the church Liz was tempted to strangle them both. Maria was whining about her lower back and her swelling feet and Isabel was complaining that some of the white roses that the florist had provided were a shade or two off of the ones she requested.
They took Maria in the back and helped her get dressed. Isabel and Maria hadn’t let up yet, so Liz left the room and went outside to get some fresh air. She found Michael sitting on the steps outside the church with his cell phone in his hand. Liz knew that Michael hated to use the phone so she figured that someone must have called “Who called?”
He squeezed the bridge of his nose “Elisa Lujan”
Liz had met her a few times, she was a caseworker for foster children . She was a very nice woman, but she didn’t call very often. “What’s wrong Michael?” Liz asked as she sat down beside him, taking his hand in hers.
“I don’t know if I’ve ever told you about Matt. He’s about seven and even though I usually work with the older kids, he likes to stick around to play basketball with us. He comes by on his way home from school” Taking a deep shuddering breath, he continued “He was just removed from his foster home, his foster father has been beating him. I didn’t know Liz. How could I, of all people, not know?” He kept his eyes averted, not wanting her to see his inner torment.
Liz kissed the side of his face “ We’ll be done here in about an hour. We’ll just have to miss the reception to head back home and pay him a visit. Would you like that?”
Michael nodded “Would you like to meet him?”
“I’d love to. Do you think he would like to meet me?” Liz didn’t want to upset Matt.
“I think he’d really like to meet you.”
Tugging on his hand to get him to look at her “Do you know that they call him your shadow? Elisa has told me about him.”
He didn’t answer her, he just stared at her. Liz lifted her mouth to his and pressed a sweet kiss to his lips. “Come on, so we can get this over with. These shoes Isabel picked out are killing me. “
They stood together, walking into the church. Thanks in large part to Isabel’s meticulous nature, the wedding went off without a hitch.
Jeff and Nancy Parker saw the way that Liz and Michael were looking at each other and they knew that Michael and Liz would be getting married soon.
Michael sped down the highway to Las Cruces. They had one week before they left for Hawaii and Michael wanted to make sure that Matt was settled before they left. Liz was grinning next to him. “What?” he asked.
“You look so sexy in that tux.” she replied, removing the bow tie he’d ripped in frustration trying to get it off.
“You look beautiful in that dress.” He paused for a moment. “Your dad wants to know when I plan on making an honest woman out of you.”
“He said that?”
“He actually said that he and your mom have come to terms with our engagement and they were wondering if we had set a date. “
“Oh, what did you say?”
“I told them that as soon as we decide they’ll know.” He reached for her hand rubbing the palm with his thumb.
With a quick call to Elisa to make sure that it wasn’t to late to go see Matt, they made their way to the children’s home.
Elisa was a short , happy woman. She ran up to Michael, he was like a son to her, pulling him into a hug. “Mijo, I’m so glad you came.” She shook her head and clicked her tongue “That boy has been ornery all day, he’s been in two fights already.” Holding up two fingers to emphasize her point.
Michael shook his head. “Did he get hurt?”
Elisa let out a short laugh “He’s not the one I’m worried about, he can dodge anything they throw at him.”
The small group walked towards the building. “I told him, you were bringing Liz. I’m not sure, but I think he’s excited. You just can’t tell with that boy.” She turned towards Liz “He loves Michael, as soon as I saw Matt he asked for him.” Liz smiled at the kind woman. Every time she saw Elisa, she would sing her praises of Michael.
As soon as they entered the building Matt came running down the hall, he stopped abruptly in front of Michael.
“Hey Matt.” Michael sat on one of the couches littering the lobby.
As Matt situated himself on the table in front of Michael, Matt turned his brown eyes back towards Michael, smiling uncertainly at the one person he felt safe with. “Is that Liz?” Matt said.
“Yes it is. Would you like to meet her?”
Before he could catch himself Matt nodded excitedly, but quickly changed it to a nonchalant shrug “Sure.”
Michael motioned for Liz to come over. She walked over seeing their two heads bent together as they talked.
Matt didn’t realize that Liz was already behind him “She’s very pretty.”
Michael glanced up at Liz “Yes she is.” He took Liz’s hand and had her sit down next to him. “Matt, this is Liz.”
“Hi Matt. It’s very nice to meet you, Michael has told me so much about you.”
“Michael told me all about you too. He said that you were the smartest lady in the world.” Matt stated.
Liz could tell Michael was trying not to laugh. “What else did he tell you?”
Matt’s face lit up and he puffed his little chest out “Well, he said that you were nice and he says that you love kids and that you cook really good, but he cooks better.” Matt took a breath “I told him that men don’t cook. Isn’t that right?”
Michael laughed at the easy way that Matt talked with Liz. Elisa caught his eye and raised her eyebrows. He left Liz and Matt to talk to each other and walked over to Elisa.
They sat at a table facing each other “Have you ever thought about adopting?” she asked
Michael looked at Liz and Matt smiling together “Of course I have, but right now Liz is still going to college. I can’t ask her to take on that kind of responsibility.”
Elisa nodded “ You already know that chances of him getting adopted are slim to none. I just thought that maybe…”
“I know, I just don’t want Liz to feel like I’m pressuring her. Let me see how things go.”
Liz looked from Matt’s light blond hair to his soft brown eyes and she couldn’t help the surge of protectiveness that came over her. She wanted to take him home with her and make sure that nothing bad ever happened to him again, but she didn’t want to put that kind of responsibility on Michael. They were just starting out, it wouldn’t be fair to expect Michael to help her take care of a child.
AN: OK, I know exactly squat about adoption, so I’m twisting the legal system for my own purposes based on the adoption of my hubby’s sister.
It was painful for both Liz and Michael to watch Elisa lead Matt out of the room to go to bed.
Matt looked back at Michael and Liz, seeing them standing together. That’s what he wanted more than anything. He knew that people didn’t want to adopt kids as old as him. They only wanted babies, but late at night after all of the lights were turned out, Matt closed his eyes and prayed that Michael and Liz would want to make him a part of their family.
Michael and Liz rode home in silence. Each one lost in their own thoughts. Making their way to bed they laid there together staring at the ceiling.
“Michael, I’m glad that I got to meet Matt today. He’s a great kid.” Liz sighed
Michael pulled her closer “What’s wrong baby?”
Liz hesitated, but she knew that Michael wouldn’t let up until she told him. “ I didn’t want to leave him there, I wanted to bring him home with us.”
“I know, me too.” He drew in a deep breath “But Liz, you have school to worry about. I don’t want you to take on to much.”
“Well, if you wanted, I could arrange my class schedule to be the same as his. On the other hand, could we afford to? I feel bad that I don’t work now. You shouldn’t have to do it by yourself.”
“Liz, I work at the gallery because I want to right now. I’ve been saving all of the money that I make from my paintings for our house. I like taking care of you, besides, I’d be lost without you.”
Liz shook her head “You would be willing to do adopt Matt?”
Michael agreed quickly and called Elisa to see what they could do to speed up the process.
Liz was so excited, she laid herself over Michael and kissed him “Oh no Michael, what about Hawaii?”
Michael thought for a minute “Well, I was kind of hoping that we could get married while we were there. Before you say anything, I had thought of this before I knew about Matt.”
Liz could barely contain her happiness “We could take Matt with us! He will have so much fun.”
Michael knew that he wanted to have some time alone with Liz “Or maybe, your Mom and Dad would like to join us there for the wedding and then we could at least have a wedding night.”
They kissed again “You do realize that we have to set up the extra room for him.” Liz told him as she nuzzled his neck. She felt him nod against her head “I love you so much.”
“I love you too.” He kissed her head “ When we get back, we can start to look for houses.”
“Really?” She asked, sitting up in her excitement. “Do we have enough for a down payment?”
“Liz, I was trying to save up to pay cash for a house. I have about fifty thousand so far.”
“What?! Off of your paintings? “ Liz was incredulous, she couldn’t believe it. She knew that his work was excellent, but she always had a picture in her head of a starving artist.
“I would have thought that you would have more faith in my work.”
“No, that’s not it” She felt his silent laughter and smacked him on his side “You know what I mean.”
They laughed together and kissed, holding each other until they went to sleep.
The next morning was hectic to say the least. Elisa called and said that if they would like, she could bring Matt today. Michael and Liz agreed, knowing that they would like to talk to Matt.
Matt could barely sit still. Elisa had come to get him early in the morning and explained to him that Michael and Liz wanted to see him.
Liz and Michael had sat Matt down at the kitchen table and let him know that they wanted him to come stay with them.
“Really? You want me?” Matt couldn’t believe it. He had hoped and prayed that they would want him and here they were doing just that.
Both Liz and Michael agreed. “Now, we are leaving for Hawaii in six days and we would like for you to come with us.”
“But, there is only one thing. You are going to meet Liz’s parents, they are very nice and I know they’ll love you. They will bring you home a few days before we come back and you will stay with them until we get here. Is that ok?”
“Yeah, when will I get to meet them?” Matt knew that if Liz’s parents were half as nice as Liz, then he would like them.
Liz couldn’t help but smile at Matt, he was such a sweet boy.
Liz called the Parker’s, both Jeff and Nancy were shocked, but said that they couldn’t wait to meet Matt and agreed to drive down that afternoon to stay the night and get to know Matt.
It was finally time to head to Hawaii and Matt was excited and scared about his first plane ride.
Liz and Michael both had some adjusting to do with a child living in their home, but they loved every moment of it. Liz had taken Matt shopping, letting him pick out what would go in his room.
Jeff and Nancy had taken to Matt as soon as they met him and were overjoyed that they would get to spend time with him in Roswell.
They had a layover in L.A., so Jeff and Nancy took Matt and they were gone. They came back just in time for the flight to Hawaii and Matt had a wide variety of books, magazine’s, and games. He couldn’t contain his smile as he ran up to Michael and Liz “Michael, they said that when they take me back to Roswell that they are going to fix up their extra bedroom for me. Can you believe it? “ Michael nodded his head and Liz looked over at her parents, amazed that they had accepted Matt just as quickly as she had.
The flight to Hawaii was long and by the time they were supposed to land, Matt looked like he was about ready to climb the walls. Liz leaned into Michael “Prepare to get laid.”
Michael looked at her with a knowing grin, having no idea about the necklace of flowers that would be put around his neck.
Liz couldn’t wait to see how he reacted to finding out what that meant.
They had to take a boat to get to Maui. Michael waited until they were alone in the hotel room before descending on her “You are so bad, teasing me like that. I thought I was going to get lucky.”
“Who said you aren’t?” Liz replied while suggestively rubbing herself against him.
Michael wrapped one arm around her waist and used his free hand to lift her up. He trailed open mouth kisses over her neck and chest.
Liz lowered one of her hands to his jeans and after a little work popped open his button and worked the zipper down. “Michael, I want you inside me now.”
Her words broke the last of his control, he separated himself from her long enough to remove her shorts and his jeans, he quickly brought her back up to straddle him. Using the wall for leverage, he entered her with one smooth stroke, causing both of them to cry out. He cradled her head in his hand and curved the other hand behind her butt to keep her from hitting the wall.
Their sweat slicked bodies smacked together as Michael found a rhythm to drive them both over the edge. They cried out each others names as they found completion.
He held her against the wall for a few more minutes, trying to catch his bearings. “Are you ok?”
“Mm hmm.” She said as she nodded her head against him.
He looked down and shook his head at the fact that they didn’t even take their shirts off. “Come on, let’s take a shower.”
She nodded her head against him again and he carried her in the bathroom, silently thanking Jeff and Nancy for wanting to take Matt to beach right away.
After an extra long shower they put on their swim suits and headed down to the beach. They spotted Matt right away, he and Nancy were burying Jeff in the sand. “Unbelievable.” Liz muttered.
“What?” Michael asked.
“In the past six days, I’ve seen my mother do more for Matt than she did for me the last nineteen years. I don’t get it.”
Michael shrugged “Let him enjoy it.”
“Don’t worry, I’m not jealous, just trying to figure it out.” Liz shook her head and went to help Matt and her mom bury her dad.
As Michael watched them together, he knew that they had done the right thing by adopting Matt. Somehow Matt had filled the awkward gap between Liz and her parents.
After Jeff was sufficiently buried with only his head sticking out of the sand, they asked a passing tourist to take a picture for them.
After Michael helped Jeff out of the sand, both Jeff and Nancy decided to go pick up dinner and they would all meet at Liz and Michael’s suite. Once they were gone Michael went in search of Liz and Matt, he found them sitting on the beach, letting the waves wash over their feet. As he walked towards them he caught their conversation.
Matt looked up at Liz “So when we get married, you’ll be my mom?”
Liz smiled at his phrasing of ‘when we get married’ “You can call me mom now if you want.” She wanted to cry, wondering how he could still be so sweet after everything.
“Ok mom.” Matt said, trying out the word. “ I like it.” he announced.
Michael situated himself behind her “Hey there mom” he whispered in here ear.
She turned and gave him a smile with tears in her eyes. “Hey there dad.” She whispered back.
Matt hugged onto Liz’s side and quickly gave up fighting his sleep. His light snores brought Liz and Michael back to reality. Liz hugged him to her and let Michael pick him up to take him back to the hotel.
Michael and Liz showered off quickly to remove the sand and they were trying to decide on the best course of action for Matt.
“No, I don’t want to wake him up.” Liz told Michael with a glare “He’s exhausted.”
“I know that, but he’s a little old for us to be bathing. Look, I’ll wake him up and see if he wants to take a shower and put on some shorts to sleep in.”
Liz sighed and gave up “I guess. He won’t sleep good with sand all over him anyway.”
After Matt got out of the shower, he was up and ready to go again. He got into some shorts and a t-shirt, just as Nancy and Jeff walked through the door with dinner.
~A little unsure about this part.
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Edited by - Love Roswell on 09/10/2001 07:09:37
Edited by - Love Roswell on 09/10/2001 07:13:00