posted on 7-Feb-2002 1:45:56 AM
Title: Finding Home
Author:Jackie Turof
E-mail: Bklynzprincess87⊕aol.com
Rating: R
Category: M&M
Summary: Read and find out, I'm horrible at summaries!
Spoilers: To be on the safe side I'll say all of season 1 & 2 because I'm not sure what I'm going to mention but I won't be using any of S3.
Disclaimer: Characters are not mine so don't sue.
Author's Note: Happens after departure S3 hasn't happened

How could her mother do this to her again? She had promised her last year that things would change, no more drugs or abusive boyfriends. Just a normal life but here she was sitting in her room trying to cover the up the bruise that had started to form on her left cheek. Her shift at the crashdown was in an hour and she wasn't in the mood for twenty questions. She looked herself over one more time in the mirror then grabbed her coat. She went out her window instead of the door hoping to avoid Dan for the rest of the night.

When she walked into the crashdown it was pretty deserted. She saw Liz, Isabel, Kyle, and Michael sitting at the booth. She decided to head towards the back instead of sitting with them knowing that her emtions would get the better of her. She had to stay with her mother, she had to at least try and help her. Her mother was always there for her. Shouldn't she do the same? So she quickly walked past the group towards her locker.

The second she walked past the booth she heard Michael get up and follow her towards the back.

"Maria?" Michael looked at her questioningly.

"What?" She just had to be strong as much as she wanted to fall into Michael's arms and let him keep her safe, she just couldn't betray her mother.

"You okay?" He could always tell when something was wrong with her and something was seriously wrong.

"I'm fine Michael could you go away so I could change?" She said rather coldly. She didn't want to hurt him but when she could compose herself better she would make it up to him.

"What the hell is your problem?" He asked obviously annoyed.

"As of right now, you." She spat at him.

Michael glared at her for awhile trying to look pissed but Maria could see the hurt in his eyes which made her horrible night that much worse. Finally her turned away and walked towards the booth. She couldn't hold in the sobs any longer, she flung herself into the bathroom and locked the door. When she got up she wiped her tears away and with it some of her makeup. 'Shit I have to get out of here. I'll just wait for Liz to come then I'll tell her I can't make it through my shift.' After awhile just like Maria knew she would Liz came looking for her.

"Maria are you okay?" Liz asked.

"I think I have a stomach virus or something, do you think you could cover my shift?"

"Sure. Do you want me to tell Michael so he could drive you home?"

"No but thanks."

"Call me later okay?"

"Of course."

When Maria was sure Liz had left she got up and walked out of the bathroom to her Jetta. She didn't know what to expect when she got home and she wasn't to eager to find out. So she took the turnoff towards the desert and parked near the Pod cave. She got out and took a blanket out of the trunk that's when she saw the headlight. She knew it was him, he followed her out here and know she would have to fend him off for twice in one night and she wasn't sure if she had the strength.

"You don't look sick to me." Michael commented.

"Why are you here?"

"I know something is wrong so don't cop an additude with me because I know it's just an act so tell me what's wrong.".

"I told you what my problem is, it's you. Do you think you could give my some breathing room for god's sake Michael?" 'Oh my god did I just say that to him?'

"Is that what you want Maria? You want me to back off? I don't think that is the real problem but I've never known you to say something you don't mean so I'll leave you alone."

"Michael wait, don't go. Look I can't tell you right now. I didn't mean what I said, I have to go I can't talk to you right now."

She jumped in her car and drove off before he had a chance to respond. Sure she felt like crap now but wouldn't it be worse if something happened to her mother and she wasn't there for her. So now that the desert was out of the question she would have to face it. She would have to face home.
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When she pulled into the driveway she noticed that the lights were still on. She took a deep breath and got out of the car. She quietly walked towards her window and climbed in. She walked into the bathroom and cleaned off the ton of makeup she had used to cover the bruise. Then she changed into her pajamas and crawled into bed. All she wanted to do was run to Michael's and let him hold her and take her away from her so called home. He was her home but instead she was stuck here. In a place where she was a burden, where she was abused and unloved. She always knew her mother didn't really love her but her mother didn't really love anything. She made Maria an important part of her life and Maria just couldn't look away.

After awhile she finally started drift off to sleep when she felt someone touching her. She tried to control herself but she couldn't she let out the whimper she had been holding. It was then that she felt herself being tossed from bed. She felt him come down on her hard his fists pounding into her stomach. She tried to hit him with her little fists but her grabbed her wrists tightly. Then he just stopped and got up. She could feel him peering down at her.

"You're just like you're mother a little whore. No you're worse then you're mother you're tease."

Then he bent over her and she could feel his hot breath on her neck.

"One day I'm going to give to ya and you're gonna like it."

He got up and charged out of the room. She heard him screaming something at her mother then she heard something break. She didn't move it was too painful and she was scared. Scared to open her eyes and find out that it wasn't dream. After about fifteen minutes she opened her eyes and let out a sob. It wasn't a dream it was her life.
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When she was sure Dan had gone to bed she quietly slipped out of the room and walked towards the kitchen. She saw her mother sitting at the kitchen table silently crying.

"Mom are you okay?"

"Why do you have to make him so mad Maria?"

"Mom I didn't mean to I swear."

"Maria I have to go to a convention tomorrow so you will be all with Dan."

"Mom no you can't go! You can't leave me with him please."

"Why is everything always about you? You're such a spoiled brat."

Maria felt a lump in her throat. It was at that moment she realized how little she really meant to her mother. She was angry and hurt but most of all she felt alone.

"You leave I leave."

"Excuse me?"

"If you leave I'm going to go move out and leave you!"

"How dare you speak to me that way. I'm the mother you're the child. You do what I say. Where do you think you're gonna go? With that Michael boy? You will not be that trailer trash's whore. Do you understand me young lady?

"He is not trailer trash and you're the whore not me."

"Oh really. Fine you know what get out of my house. You get out right now I don't care where you go."

It was then that Dan appeared from the bedroom. Maria's heart stopped, she couldn't face him. All she wanted was Michael she was so terrified. Dan walked over and slapped Amy. Then walked over to Maria and peered at her.

"No one is going anywhere. Amy get in our bedroom now. As for you Maria, don't piss me off got it kid?"

Maria just looked at him scared to move. He turned around and walked out of the room. She sat the kitchen table she had found her mother at. She couldn't live like this anymore but what was she suppose to do. She knew Michael would take care of her but what kind of life could they have? She wanted to go to college she wanted to get out of Roswell. She didn't want to be a waitress for the rest of her life and she didn't want to depend on Michael. She didn't even want to leave her mother. She walked back into her room and tried to get some sleep.
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Part 2

Maria pulled on her baggy shirt and looked herself over in the mirror. She had done a pretty good job hiding the bruises under her baggy clothes and tons of makeup. She heard Dan snoring in the other room and was greatful that he was still asleep. She had made sure she was working a double shift today so she wouldn't be home till late that night and chances are Dan would be passed out by then.

She quietly walked down the hall and slipped out of the house. She hated keeping her friends at a distance but her mom would eventually run out of money to supply Dan with and he would move on to his next victim. It always happened like this. She never told Liz or Alex, she didn't want their pity or charity. She knew they meant well but it made her feel like crap.

It was easy to avoid everyone for the first five classes but now it was lunch. She could try to act like everything was okay but she knew that Michael would never buy it so she decided to skip lunch. She'd just hang out in the girl's bathroom all period and listen in on girl's conversations so she would know the latest gossip. As she was walking down the hall she felt someone grab her wrist and pull her into the earser room. She cried out in pain and felt Michael's strong arms holding her up. She could feel his worried gaze on her. She bit on her lip to hold in the tears.

"Maria what the hell?" Michael asked. He was never the sensitive type but she gave him points for trying.

"You just scared me."

"Don't give me that, I've pulled you in here plenty of times and that was not surprise I heard in your voice. I didn't pull you in that hard Maria so what's up?"

"Nothing okay I just fell and hurt my wrist that's all."

"No that's not all because if it was then you wouldn't hide it from me."

"Just forget it Michael."

Maria tried to push her way past Michael but he grabbed onto her and pulled up her sleeve. He saw a bruise around her wrist that looked the finger marks. He felt his anger rise at the thought of someone hurting his Maria but he also felt hurt that she felt like she couldn't come to him. He would do anything for her, she had to know that by now. He felt Maria's body start to shake as she started to cry uncontrollably, he pulled her close to him and ran his hand through her hair.

"Michael please leave it alone, I can't leave her I can't!"

"Sh Maria, calm down. It will be okay but I'm not leaving this alone. I can't let whoever did this hurt you again. We'll figure something out but you have to tell me."

"Michael please, he'll go away they always do."

"This happened before?"

"Michael I have to go, I have class."

"You're not going anywhere until you tell me what's going on Maria."

Maria started to struggle with him but he wouldn't let her leave. She started to panic, she had to get out of the there and fast. She started to cry again and slumped down to the floor feeling defeated. She felt Michael pick her up and open the door to the earser room.

"Michael?" Maria looked at him questioningly.

"I'm taking you back to my place. I'm going to take care of you Maria I promise."

She didn't know what to say. She felt so safe and loved as Michael held her and carried her to her Jetta. Maybe she should just tell Michael and leave her mother. Leave everything behind and just be with him. She couldn't do that could she? She decided to clear her mind and just let Michael take care of her for now.
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Part 3

Michael opened the door to his apartment and carried Maria towards the bedroom and carefully placed her down on the bed. She had fallen asleep on the way over and he decided it would be best to let her rest. So he crawled in next to her and pulled her close and just watched the beautiful girl next to him sleep. Before he knew it his eyes started to get heavy and he was fast asleep.

When Maria opened her eyes all she could feel was warmth. The warmth of Michael's body wrapped around her own. She looked over to the clock on the bedside table 7:13. Her heart jumped, her mother was suppose to leave today. That meant that she would be alone with Dan and she was late. She thankful for the fact that they had fallen asleep before Michael had gotten any information from her. She gently removed Michael's arm from her waist and headed for the door. Just as she opened the door and was about to step out of the apartment it slammed shut.

"You really have been getting good at your powers Michael, a month ago you probably would have ended up just blowing the whole thing up."

"Where do you think you're going?"

"I have to get home, I'm late. My mother will be pissed and then I won't be allowed to come over and anymore and you know what that means."

Maria was trying anything to distract Michael from the fact that someone had obviously hurt her and sex usually got Michael's mind off of anything.

"Don't use the sex card on Maria. Now you're going to sit down and tell me what the hell happened or I'm going to drag your ass over to the couch make you sit down and then we can sit here in silence. Until you decide to tell me. So if you're worried about being late I suggest you just tell me now and get it over with."

"Don't threaten me Michael."

Michael didn't say anything he just looked at her. She knew she wasn't going to win this one, she was going to have to tell him. She was starting to want to tell him. He would undestand, he would help her. A knock at the door brought Maria out of her thoughts. Michael moved past Maria and opened the door. There in front of him stood a very pissed off Amy DeLuca.

"Where is my daughter?" Amy demanded.

"Mom I'm right here."

It was then that Dan stormed through the door. He pushed past Michael and grabbed Maria.

"Let's go Maria! I have some important people coming over and the house looks like shit. You can fuck your piece of shit boyfriend another time."

"Get your hands off of her." Michael could feel his anger rising. At least now he knew what happened to Maria.

Dan didn't even give him a second glance, he pulled Maria to her feet and started to drag her out of the apartment. Michael charged at Dan and knocked him off his feet.

"Oh my god!" Amy shrieked from her spot at the doorway.

Michael started to go at him again but Maria stopped him.

"Michael stop, just stop it. This doesn't concern you just leave it alone." Maria hoped that Michael would understand she had to be there for her mother but the way Michael was looking at her she wasn't sure if he did. He turned around and walked towards his bedroom and slammed the door.

She watched her mother rush over to Dan and help him up. Maria could feel the tears start to fall down her cheeks. She quickly wiped them away and followed her mother and Dan down to the parking lot. She knew Dan would be pissed and tonight would not be a good night and now that Michael was upset with her it wouldn't be a good day either. She just hoped that Michael would forgive her.

Her mother pulled up to the drive way and Maria hoped out and ran towards her room. She just wanted to go to bed and pretend like tonight didn't happen. There was a knock on her bedroom door so Maria went to open it.

"Maria I'm still going to that convention. You are going to stay here and take care of Dan is that understood?"

Maria was about to say something but then she saw Dan appear from the dark hallway.

"Ya is that understood? Now say goodbye to your mother." She saw Dan smirk at her from the hallway and she felt a chill run down her spine.

"Bye mom, good night Dan."

"Bye sweetie."

Her mom walked over to her and gave her a kiss on the cheek. Maria wanted to beg her mother not to go but she knew that it would just piss Dan off even more. So Maria watched her mother walk away and went to close her bedroom but Dan stopped.

"The night ain't over yet not by a long shot kid."

Maria felt her blood run cold and tried to slam the door, she caught his hand in the door and he howled in pain. Maria ran towards the window but she felt two strong hands grab her and throw her to the ground. She bit her lip to stop herself from crying, she wouldn't give him the statisfaction. He kept wailing on her what felt like hours and she had to remind herself that it would be over soon. Finally he stopped but she could still feel his weight pressing down on her, she opened her eyes and saw Dan licking his lips and felt him harden on top of her. She started to struggle but he held her down tight. She closed her eyes and just tried to remember that it would be over soon.
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posted on 7-Feb-2002 3:10:15 PM
Part 4

She felt Dan push himself off her and walk towards the front door. She knew he was probably headed to the bar to get drunk for the 3rd time that day. She stumbled toward the bathroom and turned on the hot water and scrubed all the places he had touched her till it hurt to much to touch her sensitive skin. Then she just sat there on the shower floor and sobbed. Dan was worse than the others, none of them had ever actually raped her. It hurt just to hear the word in her head. She just kept seeing what happened over and over, eventually her vision started to get cloudy and her mind went blank and even as the water turned ice cold she didn't move, she wasn't really there.
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Michael sat his room thinking about Maria. At first he was just planned pissed she had basically told him to just get lost when he was trying to protect her. So that's just what he did but then his anger turned to worry. He was pretty sure Dan was the one who had hurt Maria. He still wasn't sure just how bad Maria was hurt because they both fell asleep before he could find out. Maria was obviously scared and he should have understood that and protected her anyway. He could be such an ass sometimes. So he grabbed his jacket and headed for Maria's.
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Maria snapped out of her stupor when she heard someone at the bathroom door.

"Maria?" Michael called out.

Maria tried to reply but instead of talking a muffled whimper came out instead.

"Maria if you don't answer me I'm going to come in."

Maria heard the creak of the door being opened. She knew Michael had come in but she couldn't look him. It was then when she actually realized how the cold the water had gotten and that she was trembling but no just from fear.

"Oh my god Maria! Maria look at me, oh shit shit shit! I'm sorry Maria."

Maria let out a little whimper and Michael carefully put her in his arms. He brought her into her room and wrapped her in her comforter and dried her off. Then he quickly threw some clothes in a bag and carefully dressed Maria. He picked her up and put her on the front of his bike so she could lean into him.

When they got to the apartment Michael placed her on his bed and put his arms around.

"Maria I'm going to call Max so he can heal you I'll be right back ok?"

"Nnnno, please Michael."

"Maria"

Maria then broke down into tears and started to sob uncontrollably. Michael held her as tight as he could without hurting her. Maria looked in his eyes and decided that she would tell him, no she would show him. She took Michael's hand in hers and let all of her emtions spill out into him. Michael kissed the crown of her head and put his arms around her waist letting her know that he would protect her.

"I told you that I would take care of you and I meant it, I love you Maria."

"I love you too, Michael."

Then Maria drifted off to sleep in Michael's protective arms
posted on 7-Feb-2002 3:10:39 PM
Part 4

She felt Dan push himself off her and walk towards the front door. She knew he was probably headed to the bar to get drunk for the 3rd time that day. She stumbled toward the bathroom and turned on the hot water and scrubed all the places he had touched her till it hurt to much to touch her sensitive skin. Then she just sat there on the shower floor and sobbed. Dan was worse than the others, none of them had ever actually raped her. It hurt just to hear the word in her head. She just kept seeing what happened over and over, eventually her vision started to get cloudy and her mind went blank and even as the water turned ice cold she didn't move, she wasn't really there.
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Michael sat his room thinking about Maria. At first he was just planned pissed she had basically told him to just get lost when he was trying to protect her. So that's just what he did but then his anger turned to worry. He was pretty sure Dan was the one who had hurt Maria. He still wasn't sure just how bad Maria was hurt because they both fell asleep before he could find out. Maria was obviously scared and he should have understood that and protected her anyway. He could be such an ass sometimes. So he grabbed his jacket and headed for Maria's.
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Maria snapped out of her stupor when she heard someone at the bathroom door.

"Maria?" Michael called out.

Maria tried to reply but instead of talking a muffled whimper came out instead.

"Maria if you don't answer me I'm going to come in."

Maria heard the creak of the door being opened. She knew Michael had come in but she couldn't look him. It was then when she actually realized how the cold the water had gotten and that she was trembling but no just from fear.

"Oh my god Maria! Maria look at me, oh shit shit shit! I'm sorry Maria."

Maria let out a little whimper and Michael carefully put her in his arms. He brought her into her room and wrapped her in her comforter and dried her off. Then he quickly threw some clothes in a bag and carefully dressed Maria. He picked her up and put her on the front of his bike so she could lean into him.

When they got to the apartment Michael placed her on his bed and put his arms around.

"Maria I'm going to call Max so he can heal you I'll be right back ok?"

"Nnnno, please Michael."

"Maria"

Maria then broke down into tears and started to sob uncontrollably. Michael held her as tight as he could without hurting her. Maria looked in his eyes and decided that she would tell him, no she would show him. She took Michael's hand in hers and let all of her emtions spill out into him. Michael kissed the crown of her head and put his arms around her waist letting her know that he would protect her.

"I told you that I would take care of you and I meant it, I love you Maria."

"I love you too, Michael."

Then Maria drifted off to sleep in Michael's protective arms
posted on 8-Feb-2002 10:06:22 PM
Part 5

Michael looked over at the sleeping girl in his arms and carefully disentangled himself from her. He left a note on the bed side table saying that he was going to the Crashdown to pick up some food. He wasn't exactly lying he was just telling her half of the truth. He knew where Dan would be, the local bar. It's where every low life in Roswell spent most of there time. He knew Hank had spent most of his life in that place.

He walked in and started scanning the room. After a couple of seconds he found who he was looking for. He quickly walked up to Dan and grabbed him by the collar of his shirt and dragged him into the alley.

"I suggest you take your hands off me punk."

Michael responded by punching Dan in the face, he hit right at the bridge of his nose and Dan stumbled backwards and fell. Michael pulled Dan off the floor so that he was eye to eye with him.

"If you ever so much as look at Maria ever again I swear to god I'll kill you."

Michael than let Dan drop to the floor and kicked him hard in his chest, making sure to break a rib or two. He would have loved to stay and torture the piece of shit but he wanted to pick up his order at the Crashdown and head back to Maria as fast as possible.

Michael walked back into his apartment and placed the food counter and went to see how Maria was doing. He found her curled up in his bed just staring at ceiling.

"Hey" Michael said breaking the silence.

"Michael?"

"Yea"

"What am I gonna do now?"

Michael went and sat on the bed and took Maria in his arms.

"You're going to stay with me that's what."

"Michael what about our futures?"

"There is no our futures, there's only our future. I love you Maria and we both have steady jobs and with your added income we can save money. I don't want you to think about that right now, though. It we'll be okay Maria I promise."

Maria looked up at him and smiled. She knew everything would be okay as long as they were together. Michael got up from the bed and started to walk towards the kitchen.

"Where are you going?" Maria pouted.

Michael looked at the girl lying in his bed. He knew that pout it was the 'I-want-you-now' pout. Definitely his favirote pout.

"I got you your favirotes at the Crashdown."

Maria just looked up at him and smiled. Michael started to make his way towards the bedroom when there was a knock at the door. Michael groaned and walked over to the door, before he even had a chance to respond the door was thrown open and there stood a really pissed off Amy DeLuca.

"My daughter is not staying with you! Do you understand me?"

"Well she's safer here than she is with Dan."

Maria walked out of the bedroom and looked angrily and her mother.

"Maria please come home, we can talk about it this over a mother daughter night. If you really don't like Dan I'll tell him to leave. Please baby I need you, you're my daughter."

Amy started to cry into her hands. Maria walked up to her mother and put an arm around her.

"I'm sorry mom, I can't come home. I can't live like this anymore. You promised me it would be over that everything would be okay but everything is not okay. Dan he is the worst one yet, he hurts us all the time and he he he."

Maria just couldn't tell her mother what had happened last night. She wasn't sure why but the word
just wouldn't come out. Maybe it was because telling her mother would make it real. She felt Michael put his arms around her supportingly and the safe feeling returned.

"He did what Maria?"

Her mother asked in a nasty tone.

"He raped me!"

Maria went weak in Michael's arms and started to sob.

"Ohmygod, ohmygod. My baby I'm so sorry. I promise things will be different. I just- oh god Maria."

"Just go away. I've heard it all before. I know you love me mom, I know that you don't mean to keep doing this but you do and I can't be a part of it anymore I'm sorry."

Maria ran into Michael's room and shut the door. She wouldn't be able to see the look on her mother's face when she said that because even if her mother would never admit she was scared and now she was alone.
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Michael watched Maria run into the bedroom and anger coursed through his veins as he looked at the petite woman in front of him. How could she let this happen to Maria? To her daughter?

"I think you should go."

Amy let out a sob and nodded her head and then turned and faced Michael.

"I set aside some money for when Maria goes to college, I still want her to have it. I'll clear the account and send you a check. I know you think I'm a monster Michael, but I really do love her, she's my baby. Please take care of her Michael, like she deserves, like I never could.

Michael felt a little sorry for the woman standing in front of him. Maria was all she had in life and now she didn't even have that.

"I promise."

With that Amy walked out of Michael's apartment and out of Maria's life.
posted on 9-Feb-2002 5:34:37 PM
Part 6
Amy walked out of Michael's apartment with tears in her eyes. She had never loved Maria but then again she had never loved anything, she didn't know how to. She cared for Maria though, more than anything else in her life. She had wanted her daughter to have a better life than she had but she never had. Before she knew it she was at the place she had once shared with her daughter. When she walked in the house felt empty without Maria's spark.

She walked down the hall and into Maria's room. She took out a cardboard box and decided she wanted Maria to have her things. As she was looking through all of her daughter's belonging she heard the front door open and heard Dan step inside. She felt rage running through her veins. She looked around the room and saw Maria's old little league bat, she grabbed it and went down the hall. There he was sitting in her home watching t.v. She picked up the bat and swung it at him.

"What the fu-" Dan fell off the couch when the bat collided with his head. He got up and started after Amy.

"You son of a bitch. How could?"

Dan looked at Amy and smirked. Then put his fingers up to his temple and felt blood.

"She was a lot more fun then you and by the way you're gonna pay for you little outburst."

Dan walked over to her and threw her on the floor and brought his fists down on her hard.

"Dan stop please stop. STOP!!!"

Amy was shocked when he actually. She didn't move out of fear that he might start again. It was then that she heard him back up the bat and then everything went black.
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Maria snuggled up to Michael on the couch with her pint of death by chocolate ice cream.

"Feeling better?"

Michael asked as he ran his fingers through her hair.

"Actually yea."

Maria looked up at Michael and smiled. Just then the phone rang, Maria hopped of the couch to get it.

"Hello"

Maria looked up at Michael and started to shake. Michael jumped of the couch and gathered her in his arms and took the phone from her.

"Yea thanks Jim, we'll be there as soon as we can."

Michael lead Maria to the couch and sat her down.

"Are you okay."

"It's all my fault. Oh god Michael what did I do?"

"It's not you're not fault, if you wouldn't have left it could have been you. Come on let's go check up on your mom."

Maria just nodded and Michael grabbed her coat and helped her put it on. She looked so lost, he knew she needed him and he promised himself that he would be there for her. He just hoped Amy made it through this because he wasn't sure if Maria could live with the guilt.
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posted on 12-Feb-2002 12:06:59 AM
Part 7

Michael held Maria close as they sat in the waiting room, hoping to hear some news on Amy's condition. Maria just sat there looking at the floor, Michael didn't know what to say or do to help her so he just held her and prayed to whoever was listening that she would be ok.

Just then a rather geeky looking guy sauntered up to Michael and Maria.

"Maria De Luca?" He asked.

"Yes. How's my mother? She is alright? Please tell me she'll be alright, she has to-."

Michael put his arms around her waist to comfort her. She always babbled espically when she was nervous.

"Well Miss DeLuca your mother is stable but she suffered severe head trauma and will probably have some memory loss."

"Can I see her?"

"Sure but it would be better if only one person went in."

I was about to protest but Maria looked over at me and nodded. I squeezed her a little tighter than watched her walk down the hallway. Then I sat in a chair to wait for the love of my life to come back through those doors.
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I walked in and looked over at my mother. There were wires coming out from what looked like every part of her body and she was so badly bruised. I felt my breath catch in my throat when I looked at her face. I walked over towards the window and pulled the chair over to my mother's bed and held her hand.

"Mommy please wake up, you have to wake up. I'm so sorry I should have never left. It's all my fault I'm so sorry."

I couldn't look at her face anymore I hung my head and started to cry. I felt the sobs take over my body and wished that I had brought Michael with me.

"Excuse me. Who are you?"

I felt my heart break into a million pieces as I heard my mom speak.

"I'm y your daughter."

I felt her pull her hand away and I had to choke back a sob.

"I would remember if I had a daughter."

"You had an accident mom."

"Stop calling me that, get out get out now."

"Mo-"

"I told you not to call me that. Now please leave." Amy interrupted.

Just then the doctor from before came into the room. Amy looked up at him and ignored Maria.

"What happened to me?"

"Mrs. DeLuca Sheriff Hanson will be in to discuss that with you."

"Well then let him in now!"

"Mom you should let the doctor examine you first."

"I am not your mother. Now get out of my room NOW!"

"Ms. DeLuca maybe it would be best if you left and came back tomorrow."

I looked down at my mother and she looked back at me with cold eyes. I couldn't hold back the tears anymore and ran out of the room towards the waiting room. I saw Michael look up at me but I walked right by him and towards the doors. I just had to get out of there. I heard him get up and follow me. When we got outside I felt him put a hand on my shoulder and at that point all I wanted was for him to hold me and make it okay so I threw myself in his arms.

"Michael."

It was the only thing I could get out between my sobs.

"Shhh It's okay, it's going to be okay. Do you want to go home now?"

When I heard Michael ask me if I wanted to 'go home' I felt my heart doing backflips. I knew he meant his apartment but he hadn't called it his apartment he called it home. I looked up at him and smiled through my tears and nodded.

He lead the way towards his bike and we both went home, together.
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Part 8

Maria couldn't believe how tired she felt all she wanted to do was sleep. The second she opened the door to the apartment she walked into the bedroom and pulled on one of Michael's oversized black t-shirts. She slipped under the covers and tried not to think about everything that happened in the last couple of days.

Michael quietly opened the door and looked at the fiery yet fragile beauty in his bed. He walked towards the bed and tugged off his shirt and pants and climbed into bed. He gathered her in his arms and breathed in her scent. He loved just holding her and feeling her in his arms knowing that when he would wake up that was just where she would be.

She felt his big strong arms envelope her and she couldn't hold in her crys of pain any longer. She tried to get up she just wanted to get some air but she felt Michael pull her back down.

"Hey it's ok. It's gonna be ok."

"No it's not Michael nothing is going to be okay."

"Yes it will I promise. I don't know how many times I can tell you this Maria but I'm going to take care of you. I'm going to make sure that it's alright. Do you want to tell me what happened at the hosipital?"

Maria couldn't say the words so she took his hands in hers and let all of her emtions flow freely into him. When she finished showing him he pulled her closer so that her face was snuggled into his chest and his head was resting on top of hers. He placed a feather light kiss on top of her head and pulled her chin up so that he could look into her eyes.

"She'll remember Maria, you're not the type of person people forget."

Maria looked up at him and smiled and then she drifted off to sleep.
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There was a knock on the door and Michael got up quickly hoping that the noise wouldn't wake up Maria. He opened the door and Kyle walked past him into the apartment.

"Hey. How's Maria? I brought you guys some Crashdown breakfast."

"She's not good, thanks for breakfast."

Kyle went down and sat on the couch. Michael looked over at him and scowled.

"Is there something else you want?" Michael asked.

"Well I would kinda like to see the girl that was almost a sister to me. I hate to burst your bubble Guerin but I didn't exactly bring the food over for you. You're so not my type."

"She's asleep."

"I'll wait."

Michael glared at Kyle for a couple of minutes. Then headed towards the bedroom to check on Maria, still asleep. Usually Michael loved it when Maria slept, she looked so peaceful but he really wanted Valenti Jr. out of his apartment. It wasn't that he didn't like him or anything but Michael wasn't used to being all sweet and mushy, it took a lot out of him, so he was trying to save up all of his mushiness for Maria. So he really wasn't in the mood to make nice with anyone right now. Michael was a little pissed off at all of his friends. Out of everyone Kyle was the only that had come to see how Maria was doing.

Even after what happened in departure Liz and Max had decided it best not to be together. Basically because Liz couldn't over the fact that Max was so frantically searching for way to get to his son, which meant leaving her. Michael had no intention of leaving. Max got the girl knocked up, so why should have to suffer the consquences. Nope, he was staying here with Maria. He knew Isabel would probably leave. Since Alex died she had really became interested in finding home. He counted himself because he had already found his and she was sleeping in their bed at this point in time. Michael felt sort of elated at being able to call it their bed but that's just what it was.

So of course Liz hadn't left the house in weeks and probably had no idea what was going on with Maria since he knew Maria didn't call her. Max was out of town on some wild goose chase and Isabel had went with him. So here he was stuck in his apartment with Kyle, the town buddhist.
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posted on 1-Mar-2002 9:24:44 PM
Part 9

Maria rolled over expecting to find a brooding alien on the other side of the bed. When she realized that she was alone, she got up threw on Michael's black t-shirt and his gym shorts. When she walked out of the bedroom she found her boyfriend and quasi stepbrother in playing Michael's new sony playstation 2.

"Don't you guys ever do anything besides playing video games?" Maria asked.

"Nope" Michael answered.

Kyle paused the game and shot of the couch and put his arms around Maria. Maria shot Michael a what-did-you-do-to-him look then put her arms around Kyle. Michael smirked and shrugged his shoulders.

"Kyle I'm okay really but you're cutting off my air supply."

Kyle looked at her and chuckled.

"Sorry I've been a little emtional this past week."

"It's okay it's nice to know you care."

"I brought breakfast."

"Good I'm hungry let me guess it's from the Crashdown?"

"How'd ya know."

"Cause it's the only place that actually serves a decent breakfast in this crappy place that and we never go anywhere else."

Michael got up off the couch and headed toward the kitchen and opened the oven.

"Let's eat. I've been waiting an hour for you to wake up." Michael said.

"Oh how sweet of you." Maria said saractiscally.

"Actually Kyle guarded the food like a hawk."

"Oh I see."

The three of them sat down at Michael's kitchen table and spread out the food. Kyle looked up from his plate.

"I saw Liz when I went to get the food." Kyle annouced.

"How is she?" Maria asked.

"Why do you care." Michael asked.

"Michael she's my bestfriend."

"It's funny after all you've been through in the past week you can worry about her. I don't see her here."

"She probably doesn't even know, Michael."

"Well maybe she should make an effort to know more about her bestfriend's life."

"Spaceboy, shut up!"

Michael looked at her and smirked. Maria looked at him and raised her eyebrows questioningly.

"What are you smiling at?"

"You yelled at me."

"Oooooooooooookay. I'll ask again what are you smiling at."

"You're starting to act more Maria-ish."

Kyle looked over at Maria and smiled.

"He's right you know. You yell at him at least 3 times a day. It's like you're trying to meet a quota or something."

Michael and Kyle burst out laughing and Maria just glared at them.

"Guys not funny."

Michael just looked over at Kyle and started laughing all over again. Just then the phone started to ring. Maria got up from the table and went to answer the phone.

"Hello?"

Michael looked over at Maria and saw the fire that had returned to her eyes during breakfast leave just as fast as it had come.
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