posted on 12-Oct-2001 7:23:38 AM
I posted these on the ez-board, but I don't want any of my Wonderful readers to miss anything! I also added parts 23 & 24 to the Part 22 thread, but I couldn't edit the title line! More next week! ~jane

Title: Was It A Dream? Category: M/L’s children,…...Rating: G – PG-13
Author: jane E-mail: jwest⊕
Disclaimer: They’re not mine. The characters of Roswell belong to Melinda Metz, UPN, Jason Katims,
and all the wonderful people who we all love for starting this fabulous series. No infringement or disrespect is intended. I’m just borrowing them! I would like to thank Carol (spacemom) for allowing me to use her character names (Mason and Cheryl) from her story “Acting Alien" The character name, Niko Giuliani is Totally fictitious. I do not know anyone by that name and mean no disrespect to anyone who has that name. -jane
Summary: AU, future fic. This is a sequel to “I Can’t, I’m Different!”, which is available on the Repost Board (hope you like it!) I recommend that you read ICID first, or at least the Last Chapter. A few days before their wedding, Max and Liz met the two young actors “Mason Blair” and “Cheryl Appleton”, who were staring in the very popular movie and TV show ‘Among Us’. The actors look exactly like Max and Liz, so to keep the Press away from them, Mason and Cheryl stay away from M/L, until one day when they and their young children meet again. The children share a magical moment. Will they remember each other when they meet again in college? There will be a little danger and excitement, but mostly, this is a love story!

Was It A Dream? Part 23

September 14, 2031

Sue followed her parents and aunt into the Evans’ living room.

“Mom, Dad, is something wrong? You’ve never needed privacy to tell me good night.” Sue said.

“I guess we are just feeling a little overwhelmed.” Cheryl told her daughter, while indicating that they all should take a seat.

“Why? I thought you liked and accepted the Evanses for whom and what they are?” Sue asked.

“We do, Sweetheart, we do.” Mason assured his daughter. “Max and Liz are our good friends and they, their family and all of the people here are good, honest folk. We’ve seen how alike us they are and their differentness, as well and your mother and I are truly okay with that.”

“Then what has you overwhelmed, Mom, Daddy?” Sue asked, confused.

“We are worried about you…and Phillip, Suzie.” Cheryl said.

“Why? Phillip is wonderful, he…”

“He is an alien prince, who will one day follow in his father’s footsteps and become king of an alien race.” Mason came to the point.

“We see how close you are to Phillip and we are torn between wanting to see you happily married to this fine, young man you are in love with.” Cheryl paused on a questioning note and Sue nodded, smiling shyly. “We want to see you happily married to him, but we are also worried about your future with him. You would become the queen of a people who seem to take their royalty very seriously, unlike any other country on Earth does, anymore.”

“There would be so much responsibility, which comes with that position; are you ready for that, to help Phillip when it lands on his shoulders?” Mason asked. “What about your dream of becoming a molecular biologist; would you be able to do both and raise a family?”

“Max has told us that they are part of an interplanetary alliance. What if their enemies attack Earth?” Cheryl asked, wringing her hands.

“We are just worried about you, Suzie. We love you and want you to be safe and happy, living the kind of life you want.” Mason finished.

“I love you too, all three of you and I do understand that all of this might be a lot to take in…That ceremony this evening was…unexpected, incredibly moving and disconcerting at the same time. It also made me face Phillip’s…true nature, as well and what my life with him might be like. I have the same questions you have, but I think that I have some answers, as well.”

“What are they, Suzie?” Aunt Susan asked, encouragingly.

“I look at how hard both of you have worked at your careers. You put in an insane amount of hours, when you are shooting a movie; then there’s the lack of privacy and the stress of having to deal with people like Niko on a daily basis. But you love acting and so you work those long hours and make those sacrifices.”

“Phillip has told me about how hard his parents have worked too. Mr. Evans would be a lawyer and Mrs. Evans would be a molecular biologist…during the day; come home and be wonderful parents, spending their evenings and weekends with their family and then quite often work late at night, being a king and queen, helping their people. But they love it and so they do it. And the fact that their people are so serious about their royal family; so supportive and loyal has made it all worthwhile for them. Phillip says that they have never regretted all the work.”

“Anything important is worth the hard work. I’ve learned that through being on the swim team; studying all the hours I do, to earn my degree. Phillip is very important to me; I love him, so any of this would be worth being with him.”

“As far as the worry of an attack from outer space; that is the same worry we all live with here on Earth, with the threat of nuclear war or terrorism. You have taught me not to just stand on the sidelines, but to take a stand and take part in trying to make this a better world to live in. Maybe by becoming the queen of an alien race; having a seat on an interplanetary council, I can help keep the peace, or help stop an attack on my planet.” Sue had been serious and earnest up until then, but now she paused and grinned.

“Anyway, none of this may ever happen. I believe that Phillip loves me, but neither of us has said anything to the other about how we feel. Maybe it’s time for that to change.” Sue said the last, thoughtfully.

“How did you become such a wise and thoughtful person, at your age? I know most of that didn’t come from us.” Mason asked, almost in awe of the young woman his little girl had become.

“You’re wrong, Daddy. An awful lot of who I am comes from you and Mom and Aunt Susan.” She said, as they all converged for a group hug and a few tears.

“Well that Phillip of yours had better love you or he isn’t the wise and thoughtful young man I think he is; who would be the perfect match for my wonderful daughter.” Cheryl said.

“Well I feel better now that all of you have discussed your worries. Shall we go and bid our hosts good night?” Susan asked.

“Yes, they must be wondering what we’re doing in here.” Cheryl smiled, as they all walked toward the family room and their friends.

“The four of you take your good nights seriously!” Liz smiled. “Is everything all right?”

“Yes, everything is fine now. We did have some…concerns, which we needed to speak to Sue about, but she was able to help us lay them aside.” Mason explained.

“Well, if your concerns ever point in our direction, I hope you know that you can ask us any questions that you need to.” Max said and his friends smiled and nodded.

“Actually, before you go, we wanted to tell you about an idea we’ve had for some late-night entertainment.” Liz said. “Phil told us that you know about Sue’s seeing “something”, that night, so long ago. We were wondering if you would like to come and see what she saw.”

“Uh yeah, sure, but what did she wee?” Mason asked, cautiously.

“We teach our children how to use their powers as we teach them how to read and write. But they like to get together and try out their gifts with their friends. There is a clearing nearby, where they like to go, shortly after sunset. These activities are closely monitored and there have never been any accidents, but it gives the kids a chance to do some pretty neat stuff. Sue followed Phillip that night, when he went to the clearing for the first time with some older friends.”

“Wow that sounds intriguing, I’d love to go!” Susan piped up.

“Yes, so would we.” Cheryl said, with more enthusiasm than her husband had used.

“Great, why don’t you go home and change into some more comfortable, warmer clothes and then Sam will bring you down when you’re ready?” Everyone agreed to this and Mason, Cheryl and Susan left.

“Why don’t we change and I’ll take you to the clearing when you’re ready. We won’t want to go as a big group, tromping through the woods. Mom and Dad will split us up anyway.” Phillip suggested.

“Okay, let’s do that.” Sue agreed, happily.

A short while later, Sue heard a tapping on the window, in her room. She smiled, walked over to the window and drew back the curtains. Phillip stood outside, as she had hoped he would, beckoning her to slide out the window, as she had done, so many years ago. She opened the window, slid out and took Phil’s hand, as he guided her on their way.

When Sam brought his three guests back down to the Evans’ house, Max did indeed split them up, saying that a large group would only attract the kid’s attention and they didn’t want to disturb their fun by letting them know that a bunch of grown-ups were watching. Max took Mason, Liz took Cheryl and Sam volunteered to take Susan. They headed out to find their own, separate spots, from which to watch the kids.

Max and Mason and Liz and Cheryl reached their spots and were quickly filled with awe and wonder as they watched the children make fireworks out of rocks and ghostly images float in the air. Max and Liz had come to the clearing many times, but they never tired of watching a new generation of Antarian children learn how to use their gifts and have fun using them, as well.

Phil and Sue found their spot. Phil put his arms around Sue, as she stood in front of him, snuggled up against him; her head tucked under his chin. They were connected, so that they could ohh and ahh, silently. As they watched though, Sue could feel Phil’s questioning thoughts and concerns, about what had gone on earlier in the living room. Sue told him; sharing her memories with him. When she finished, Phil turned her around in his arms, so that she was facing him.

‘You are right; it is way past time that we tell each other how we really feel about each other.’ Phil said, sub-vocally. ‘I have wanted to tell you, since the first day I met you; after your swim-team practice. But I’m glad I didn’t tell you then how attracted I was to you and how something about you was drawing me to you. I’m glad I didn’t tell you then, because you weren’t ready to hear those words…and because my feelings towards you have grown so much, as I have gotten to know you; how special you are; intelligent, sweet, strong, caring, brave and just plane beautiful, inside and out. We have known each other for only three weeks, but I have fallen in love with you, Susan Elizabeth Blair.’ Phil kissed her sweetly, cherishing every touch, every taste.

‘Oh Phil.’ Sue groaned, sub-vocally, as they came up for air and she was able to think again. ‘I have fallen in love with you too. I used to watch you from afar, but thought that you would never notice anyone like me. And then we met and you were so kind and gentle. You knew just how to act to make me feel safe with you; open up to you, feel confident and beautiful whenever I was with you. That day we played together, when we were seven years old, was one of the happiest days of my life until I met you again, three weeks ago. And knowing that you are that little boy, all grown up only increases our connection and my love for you. You are the one who is special; your heritage, your birthright, your kindness, intelligence and your gentle strength. You are a true gentle-man and a prince among men.’

They kissed again, holding tight to each other. Once again, they moved apart just enough so that they could look into each other’s eyes.

‘That is what your parents are worried about, isn’t it? That I am an alien prince.’ Phil asked, needing to know.

‘They are just a little overwhelmed. That birthright ceremony was…something else! They were worried that if we were to…marry…’ Phil could see Sue blushing, even in the scant moonlight. ‘If I became your queen…I might not be able to follow my dream of becoming a molecular biologist. But I told them and I will tell you now, that you are very important to me and anything important is worth the hard work.’ Sue looked deeply into Phil’s eyes. ‘Being with you is worth everything to me.’

‘Oh Sue, how did I ever get to be so lucky as to have you in my life? It is you, who are worth anything. I will do everything in my power to make sure you get your dream and any other you might have. Sue, I don’t have a ring, we are out in the middle of dark woods…’ Phil fell to his knees in front of her. ‘…but I love you and want you in my life from this day forward…will you marry me and be my princess?’

Sue fell to her knees as well and took Phil’s face in her hands.

‘I don’t need a ring or candlelight and it would make me the happiest woman in the world to marry you and be your princess, wife, lover and mother of your children!’

‘Sue!’ Was all Phil could groan out, before their lips met again.

They kissed and caressed until all of a sudden, an announcement came over the Connection, to all Airatan adults.

‘Security alert: We have a tunneler; eastern most sector of the outer perimeter fence!’

“Oh man, that’s just on the other side of the mountain!” Phil exclaimed, quietly, after both he and Sue had heard the announcement.

“If that’s Niko, can I punch him out for interrupting us?” Sue asked, angrily.

“Sure, but then I get a turn, too.” Phil said, through clenched teeth.

“Deal.” Sue said, as they started running through the woods, their way lit by Phil’s glowing hand.


A few minutes earlier, in another part of the woods.

Sam had led Susan through the woods, until they found a good spot to watch the kids, who had come to the clearing, that night. Sam had used the need to guide Susan through the dark woods, as an excuse to take her hand in his. As they watched, they oohed and ahhed quietly, not wanting to disturb the children. Susan took another quick glance up at Sam’s handsome face and saw him gazing down at her; he had been doing the same thing for the last half hour. Sam took this chance to say to Susan what he had wanted to say to her all day.

“Susan, it seems a shame that you have to leave us tomorrow night. I know how much help you’ve been to Max, Liz, Mason and Cheryl. It’s only right that you be here for the meeting with Niko, on Monday. Is there…any way you could call your library and tell them that you want to take a day off? I could fly you home, Monday night.” Sam whispered all of this.

“Oh I’d like that too, but I don’t want to be in the way. I’m sure everything has been planned out.” Susan whispered back. She noticed how close together they were standing, so that they could hear each other. She could feel Sam’s body heat and smell his clean, spicy scent and felt her pulse quicken in response.

“It’s been planned out, yes, but there is always room for one more good friend.” Sam whispered, his gaze locked on hers.

‘Is he…is he saying that he would like the two of us to be friends?’ Susan wondered.

“It would give the two of us a little more time to get acquainted.” Sam said, as if he had read her mind.

“Alright, I’ll call my director, at home, tomorrow. I have a lot of vacation-time to use up and there’s not much happening in the library, this Monday.” Susan looked up and saw Sam smiling down at her and found the courage to say. “You have been such a nice host to us and I’d like the chance to become better acquainted with you, as well.” Susan glanced back down, but Sam brought his index finger up under her chin and gently lifted her face so he could see her again.
“This has nothing to do with being a good host, Susan. This has everything to do with my being attracted to a very intriguing and lovely lady. Now don’t get nervous, I don’t seduce guests in my home, but I wanted to let you know what I feel. I hope that we can get to know each other over this weekend and…see each other after you go home. I could fly into LA, or you could come back here…”

“You…you would?” Susan asked, uncertainly and Sam nodded, smiling gently. “Me…me too.” She replied softly and Sam’s smile broadened into a grin.

He linked his arm through hers, companionably and they watched the show with a sense of wonder and some anticipation for where their new relationship might lead…until Sam’s beeper vibrated at his waist and he received the security alert. He told Susan what was happening and then they headed towards the nearest tunnel, which would take them through the mountain and close to the section of fence, which was being breached.

Susan’s thoughts were much like her goddaughter’s, except she was wishing that she had remembered to bring her great, heavy medical textbook to hit Niko over the head with.

Sam and Susan reached the tunnel at the same time that Max, Mason, Liz, Cheryl, Philip and Sue did, along with many others. From the outer end of the tunnel, they could look down and using the Connection to enhance their senses, see where Niko was trying to tunnel under the fence.

“Alright, as much as I would love to go down and burry him within his own tunnel, let’s keep this low-key. Those of us involved with that slime ball will stay up here, where we won’t be tempted to strangle him. Our security people will go catch him and drive him back to Albuquerque; reminding him that the meeting is not until Monday morning.” Max instructed.

The main group returned to the Evans’ house, after Niko had been apprehended and taken away.

“I’m sorry your time at the clearing was ended so abruptly.” Max apologized.

“That wasn’t your fault, Max, so there is nothing for you to apologize for.” Cheryl said.

“How did you know Niko was there? I didn’t see any look-outs, posted on the mountain side, or anyone down where he was coming under the fence. Did the military leave “something” behind?” Susan asked, glancing over at Sam.

“No, but that isn’t what we tell Niko. He thinks we are using some obsolete, yet highly technical military equipment to sense him.” Sam answered, grinning. “These folks have something far better than we could have ever come up with.” He said, cocking his thumb towards Max.

“The Connection allows a small part of each and every one of us to be on alert, at all times. That small part of each of us, combines with everyone else and our senses are amplified a thousand times. We can sense atmospheric changes, to tell when a storm is coming, hear any unusual sounds, such as a trespasser climbing over our fence, or a helicopter crash many miles away. We can also sense up and out into space, as well and tell when a spaceship is nearing Earth.”

“Does that happen often; spaceships coming to Earth, I mean?” Cheryl asked.

“At least once a year, sometimes more often. Some of our people come to visit or move here permanently. Sometimes Alliance Council members come to see Liz and I; in fact one will be arriving in two weeks.” Max explained and grinned at his son, who was grinning back at him.

“That is so cool!” Susan exclaimed. “I would love to be here and see Niko’s expression if he saw a flying saucer land here in the valley…or do they beam their passengers down?”

“They come in cloaked and land.” Liz told her.

“Be here in two weeks and you may get your wish, Susan. That is when we are going to spring our plan on Niko and any of his colleagues, who are still with him.” Max said.

“You can count on me being here for that. I wouldn’t miss it for the world!” Susan grinned.

“Well after all that excitement, maybe we should all try to get some shut-eye.” Sam suggested.

‘Phil, should we tell them our news, now?’ Sue asked.

‘No, why don’t we wait until tomorrow. I’d like to dream and fantasize about our being engaged for at least this, one night!’ Phil answered.

“Good idea, Sam.” Mason said, looking over to where his daughter was standing in the arms of Phillip Evans.

“Goodnight, Suzie.” He called.

“Goodnight, Dad, Mom, Aunt Susan.” Sue said, while all the time gazing into Phillip’s eyes.

“Goodnight Phillip.” Sue leaned in and kissed him. ‘I love you.’ Sue said, silently.

“Goodnight Mr. and Mrs. Blair, Aunt Susan. Thank you for coming for my birthday.” Phillip managed to tear his lips away from Sue’s, long enough to politely speak to her family, before turning back to Sue. “This has been my best birthday, ever!” Phil went back to kissing Sue, even as everyone watched, until Max and Liz guided their guests out the front door, leaving them alone in the family room. Dee and Libby were already in their rooms. Phil gently guided Sue towards his sister’s room and reluctantly let her out of his arms to go inside.

“You’d better go, while I can still let you. The quicker we fall asleep, the sooner we can be together again, tomorrow morning.” Phil told Sue, after giving her one, last, quick kiss and then all but shoving her through the bedroom door.

“I love you.” Phil said, just before the door shut and he went into his own room to toss and turn, before finally falling asleep and dreaming of Sue and their future together.


Early the next morning, Sam came into his living room, to find Susan already there. She had borrowed his binoculars and used them every once in a while, as he watched, but mostly, she stood still, with her eyes closed, by an open window. Sam walked over to her, purposely making more noise than usual, so that he wouldn’t startle her.

“Good morning.” He said, softly.

Susan held up a finger to say ‘just a minute’, as she squeezed her eyes closed ad seemed to listen intently. A moment later she relaxed and opened her eyes, smiling.

“Sorry about that. I was trying to pinpoint a certain bird-call and identify it, but I couldn’t.”

“You’re a bird watcher?” Sam asked, happy to find a common interest between them.

“Yes, but more than that, I am a bird-listener. I know the bird calls of hundreds of species. It’s easier to hear a bird’s song, in woods, than to see the bird who is singing, don’t you agree?”

“Yes, of course. I never really thought about it, but that is what I do as well. I hear a bird call and then I look for the bird.” Sam replied. “How did you sleep after last night’s excitement?”

“It took a little while, but I finally dropped off.” Sue answered.

“But you’re an early riser, like me. Would you like some more coffee?” Sam asked, noticing that her horse-mug was empty. Apparently Susan had made a pot, when she got up. He was happy that she was using his anonymous gift to her.

“That would be great, thanks.” Susan said, smiling, shyly.

“How about I make us a quick breakfast and then we can go for our ride?” Sam suggested.

“Yes please. What can I do to help?” Susan asked.

Sam told her what he was gong to make and suggested what she could do to help. They worked together companionably and Susan was happy to realize how relaxed she was with Sam. They sat down to eat breakfast, continuing their conversation about bird watching. When they finished their food, Sam left the rest of the food they had made, in the oven for Mason and Cheryl and left them a note, telling them where they were going.

Sam and Susan took the elevator down and then walked over to a small stable and paddock, she hadn’t noticed before. Sticking their heads out of their Dutch-doors, into the aisle-way were a mare and a gelding.

“This is Sally; she’ll be your horse.” Sam introduced them. “And this is Sunny.” He patted the male’s glossy neck.

“Well hello there, Sally; aren’t you a lovely lady?” Susan whispered other sweet words to her mount as Sam went to the tack-room and brought out Sally’s saddle and bridle, before going back in for Sunny’s tack, as well.

“Thanks.” Susan said, as she opened the half-door to Sally’s stall and went in to draw the mare out into the aisle, where she would have room to saddle her. While she had been readying her horse, Susan had noticed how much the horse on her mug, looked like Sally, even to the uniquely-shaped blaze on her forehead. ‘Interesting.’ She thought to herself, as the two of them led their horses out of the stable, mounted them and rode off.


Phillip and Sue started their day together, early as well. They planned to drive all over the valley, so that Phillip could show her all the lovely views and introduce her to some of his friends and artisans in the valley. As they spent the day together around Airatan, the younger couple would catch sight of Sam and Susan as they rode their way around the upper trails of the valley.

“That was so sweet; seeing Sam and Aunt Susan having a pick-nick lunch together.” Sue sighed, happily, as they snuck back the way that they had come, before spotting the older couple, talking and eating together on a bright, checkered blanket. Sue and Phil didn’t want to intrude on their friend’s private moment.

“Yeah, I’m glad that Sam was able to meet such a nice lady as your Aunt Susan. I’ll be really happy for them if a further relationship comes out of this chance meeting.” Phil said.

Phillip and Sue had decided not to tell anyone about their engagement, until Phil was at least able to get Sue a ring. He would, of course, have to speak to her parents, as well as his own, but for now, their new relationship was too new and magical for them to share, just yet.

They spent the day together, sneaking kisses, in between meeting Phil’s friends and seeing the sights. That evening, they said goodbye to their parents and Aunt Susan, who was staying an extra day and climbed aboard the Lear-jet with Dee and Amy, to fly back to Cambridge.

“Hey, what is that mark, at the base of the V, on the tail of the plane; it wasn’t there a minute ago, I’m certain.” Susan said, as she pointed up at the plane from a safe distance. All the parents had come to the landing strip to see the kids off.

“That is the Antarian symbol for the royal heir.” Max sighed, as he explained. “Our pilots like to indicate when Liz and I are on board their plane. They make two golden, interlocking circlets appear at the base of the V, whenever we fly somewhere. I guess Johann is going to do the same thing for Phillip now that he is my official heir.”

“Sometimes it’s embarrassing, how much our people love us and do special things for us.” Liz added.

“But really sweet, as well.” Cheryl said, thinking of her daughter. Would there be a special symbol for her, if she married Phillip, some day?”

After the plane took off, the adults drove back to the Evans’ house to finalize their plans for the next day when they would meet with Niko Giuliani.

TBC Feedback Please, oh please! Thank you, jane
I will post all parts to this story, on one string, on the Repost Board!

posted on 13-Oct-2001 10:47:11 AM