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by Annie, Cole, Jeslyn, Kristin, and Liz
by Lisa, Lizzy, Mark, and Tiff
“Trouble” by Coldplay
Far Away” by Staind
“Feels Like Home” by Chantel Kreviazuk
Ava watched as more desert road flashed by – mostly because that was the
only thing to do for the past six hours. “Scenic,” she muttered
loosely to herself, giggling slightly at her own sarcasm. Isabel
glanced over the seat at her for a moment, both boredom and tension edging
flashed a shrug. “Just amusing myself,” she commented plainly,
turning her attention back to the road.
turned back, sighing. One thing was certain: they all needed to get
out of this van something fierce. Tension had been building ever
since Max had announced the plan and gave little recourse. Things
only got worse when they picked up Raeve, her incessant nagging about FBI
and danger even tiring Max. Raeve’s
presence made everything hit home – this was real. They needed to
get to Roswell . . . and the sooner, the better.
it has been non-stop driving since then. Max has drove
the most as usual, with Liz always at his side. Isabel and Jesse
occupied the bench seat behind them, chatting over things that Ava
couldn’t quite hear, nor really cared much about hearing.
then, of course, there was Hanley and Raeve. The shape-shifting duo
was currently wedged into the back seat with Ava, and when not ignoring
one another, they bickered about anything and everything under the sun.
Ava felt like stopping them on several occasions, but just tuned them out
instead. It was no secret what they discussed, or rather, argued
about. And they were about to start again.
you even tried to get into contact with him?” Raeve asked heatedly.
“How do you know that something hasn’t happened?”
one of us would know,” Hanley replied testily. “And until we do,
you need to stop freaking out. We already have plenty of other
tangible problems at hand.”
Raeve exclaimed. “Is that so? I don’t know about you, but
last time I received any information from my twin, psychic or otherwise,
was over two months ago. He also belongs to our group, which is
being targeted! You’re not elaborating on any key information you
might have on that front, so I think that I am justified in my ‘freak
out’, as you so put it.”
couldn’t help the snicker that escaped her lips; it was just too much.
shot a dry glare over at her. “Something you want to add, Ava?”
up her hands in defense, Ava turned to look back out the window.
“Innocent bystander,” she muttered under her breath.
the same time, Raeve came to her defense. “Leave her alone,
Hanley. Right now, you have more than enough to deal with in this
I don’t,” he stated simply. With that, he turned his head to
match Ava’s, watching the road fly by.
are not giving me the brush off,” Raeve informed him. “Talk to
no response came.
seems to be really good at that,” Ava said, turning her attention to the
simply smiled. “Not as good as I am at this,” she remarked.
A second later, she burst out into a chorus of her brother’s name,
repeating ‘Hanley’ over and over again, in different tones and
all of this was going on, Liz’s cell phone rang. Quickly, she
picked it up, motioning the others to be quiet. “Hello,” she
answered tentatively. “Oh hey, Michael.
No, we should be . . .” Liz thought a moment before giving her location,
knowing the FBI could be listening. “We should be home any minute
now. Okay you still have about an hour to go . . . Well, we
talked to Jim. Everyone is going to meet out by the pod chamber, so
. . . Yeah, I’ll tell them. Bye.”
glanced over at her. “How are they?”
shrugged. “He thinks that they’ll be in Roswell in about an
hour. He took a different route just in case they were being
makes sense,” Max agreed. He opened his mouth to say something
else, but a vigorous commotion from the back cut him off.
Hanley Hanley Hanley
. . . ” Raeve
so not listening,” Hanley growled, covering his ears.
smirked, knowing that she was finally getting to her brother.
“Hanley, Hanley, Hanley,” she taunted, raising her voice to match his.
sisters are such a pain,” Hanley grumbled.
started to laugh, until he caught Isabel’s look in the rearview mirror.
She was less than pleased. Deciding it was time to put an end to the
commotion, Max cleared his throat. “Okay guys . . . that’s
enough.” Thinking aloud he added, “And Isabel says I act
like a child,” before returning his attention back to the road
nothing,” Max replied with a smirk.
Isabel replied, skeptical.
fell throughout the van. Ava shifted her attention back to the road,
just in time to see a sign flash by, a very familiar sign.
around the van, she noticed that the others saw it too. “Welcome
home,” she announced.
looked around at the multitude of rocks situated in front of him. It
looked the same as he had remembered; a normal person could walk by this
outcrop and never know how much of an impact it had made on his life, his
father’s, and so many others in Roswell. Out of this rock
formation came four alien children, alone and scared, looking for help,
love, and a little understanding. He smiled as he thought about the time
when he and Alex were trapped by the gandarium crystals. Alex had been
right . . . life was a lot better knowing that aliens did exist, no matter
how much it had gotten screwed up by the knowledge. By being on the right
side, he had the opportunity to help not only the people of this planet,
but also the people of two worlds. He was grateful for that, despite
. . . you will not be forgotten,’ he reflected silently.
about?” Serena asked, rocking back and
forth on her feet aimlessly.
Kyle said softly, picking up a stone from the ground.
Serena said, not really knowing how to react.
used to feel so guilty about his death,” he said, throwing the rock far
out into the distance. “For a long time I beat myself up over it,
beat myself up so much that it would make me sick to my stomach.”
caught Serena’s concerned gaze and gave her a half smile. “Then
I remembered this conversation we had before he died. This crazy
alien stuff, gandarium or whatever, had
leaked into the water table out in Frazier woods. At the time, Alex
and I, we were digging there and were trapped in an underground cavern by
the damn things. After awhile, we started running out of air and
were scared we were going to suffocate. It wasn’t like I was
anxious to die. Truth was, I really
hated being a part of the ‘I-Know-an-Alien-Club.’”
took a deep breath. “But Alex said that he would rather die knowing
aliens than live without knowing the truth. I had never looked at it
that way. Even after he died, I still didn’t believe he was right. Not
until just now.”
made you think of that?” Serena inquired.
is where it all started. This rock formation . .
. the pod chamber. We’ve come full circle.”
nodded her head as Kyle looked around, catching sight of the group about
ten feet away from them. “Looks like the natives are getting
restless,” he commented empathetically.
glanced over at the group. The Evanses
and the Parkers were making half-hearted attempts at conversation, but
none of them could stop the periodic lapses into silence as the four of
them stared worriedly out into the desert. Amy Deluca was sitting
close to Jim, and neither of them was talking. Amy, it seemed, could
do nothing but stare into space. Jim was rubbing a comforting hand on her
back in silent reassurance.
do you expect? They haven’t seen their children in a year,”
Serena said solemnly. “I can’t even begin to imagine how
they’re feeling, you know? Every day, wondering if their children
were hurt, sick, dead, or worse . . .”
Kyle said quietly, glancing at his watch, his face growing paler with each
I say something wrong?”
your problem then?” Serena continued rocking back and forth, starting to
chew her fingernails at the same time.
showed her his watch, “They’ll be here soon.”
Serena questioned, trying to hide her nervousness.
trying to act like you’re not nervous. You know there’s going to
be hell to pay when King Spaceman gets here,” Kyle snorted.
indignant look spread across Serena’s face. “I’m not
nervous,” she said adamantly.
he stated, bringing Serena’s bitten nails up
to her face.
is all your fault,” Serena retorted, her face
falling into a childish pout. “Max is so going to eat us alive.”
what? We went AWOL,” Kyle played nonchalantly, shrugging. “Or
M.I.A. or something.”
went M.I.A. on an alien King, his second in command, and a princess who
can invade our dreams! Don’t tell me you’re not nervous,” she
scoffed. “I know you better than that, Kyle.”
here,” he said as he took Serena is his arms, holding her securely while
running his left hand through her long, beautiful amber-red hair.
“You’re amazing, you know that?
she exclaimed into his shoulder “No getting off the subject . . . but
know they will probably be upset, but they aren’t going to go all FUBAR
on us,” he thought aloud. “They just care about us, AWOL or
first question . . . why do you keep using military words and acronyms?
AWOL, M.I.A, FUBAR?”
Kyle said, scratching his eyebrow. “There was a good war movie on
last night and I guess it kinda went straight
to my head.”
simply nodded. “Interesting,” she laughed, giving him a
half-hearted attempt at a salute.
question?” Kyle asked, smiling.
looked into Kyle’s deep blue eyes. “Do you regret it? I mean
coming here, with me?”
that I think about it, it was incredibly dangerous going off by
ourselves,” Kyle said as he brought his hands up to cup her face.
“It’s in the running for being one of the twenty stupidest things
I’ve ever done. But, I wouldn’t have traded our road trip and
stay here in Roswell for anything else in the world,” he added, keeping
hold on her face when she tried to turn away. “I love spending
time with you, Serena, that’s more valuable than anything else I can
two inched forward, closing the small gap instantly, forgetting that
anyone else was even there.
love,” Philip said nostalgically, catching a glimpse of Kyle and Serena
before looking the other way.
adults turned to see what he was referring to and couldn’t help but
smile sadly, thinking of when they’d thought that the simple reality of
first loves was the most traumatic thing their children were dealing with
. . . and how wrong they’d been in thinking it.
you believe that it has almost been a year since we got together out here,
just after the kids sent us Liz’s diary to read?” Jeff asked no one in
seems like an eternity,” Diane stated, “Not a day has gone by that I
haven’t worried about them.”
long did we stand out here, going over that diary?” Amy interjected.
“Must have been six hours at least . . .”
will be different now, they’ll be different,” Jim said, looking at his
and Max are married,” Jeff said, shaking his head, not knowing what to
think of his little girl and Max Evans, an alien hybrid, tying the knot
– especially since he missed the wedding and wasn’t there to give his
little girl away.
if reading his mind, Nancy gently took his hand. “Liz isn’t a
little girl anymore, Jeff. She hasn’t been a girl since that day
Max healed her in the Crashdown.”
nodded slowly, at first wishing that fateful day never happened.
Nevertheless, there had to come a time
when he would let go . . . and that time has been long in the making.
just can’t believe they pulled the wool over our eyes for that long.
I mean, we had no idea,” Amy said, chipping in. “Reading
everything that had happened to them was like reading some kind of science
fiction novel . . . the ups, the downs, the triumphs, the falls. Oh,
and not to mention the FBI, the alien hunters, and the truth about
Alex,” she choked out.
still don’t understand the whole Nasedo-thing,”
Philip thought aloud. “They needed alien protectors because we
weren’t doing the job, was that it?”
turned to face him. “Not true Philip. They couldn’t tell
us. We didn’t have any way to protect ourselves. Look what
happened to Alex . . . God rest his soul.”
stared out over the distance. “They had to lie. It was the
only way for them to survive and keep all of you safe.”
still think you should have told us earlier,” Philip stated, looking for
his wife‘s approval.
. . . you know I couldn’t do that,” Jim said, dusting off his hat and
squinting into the distance.
could have,” Philip contested, not really pushing the issue, but still
curious what Jim had to say. “We could have helped.”
one time, I would have done anything to
uncover the truth about the illustrious Max Evans and the incident at the Crashdown
that started it all . . . no matter what the cost. Then the truth
fell into my lap and it was nothing like what I envisioned,” Jim
continued, replacing his headgear sternly. “Max is simply a good
kid, who happens to be in a very tough position. I cannot fathom
what it must be like for him.”
nodded, his curiosity sufficiently sated.
just can’t believe they are coming home,” Nancy said excitedly,
attempting to change the tune.
shook his head. “I just don’t know if it’s such a good thing
– I mean the FBI is still a significant threat here.”
“Amy started, playfully slapping him on the arm. “Stop
being so pessimistic.”
can’t help it,” he shrugged.
all respect, I have been a part of this a lot longer than you all have.
I just get the feeling that things are still sketchy around here.
Them coming back,” he shook his head, glancing at all of them. “It’s
just not a good idea, and we all know it. I mean sure, Roswell was
their home, where they grew up. But they will also be easily noticed
here, and the one thing they definitely don’t need is any more attention
drawn to them. That is why the whole thing just doesn’t seem
do you think is going on?” Philip asked, crossing his arms
lot more than we think,” Jim said, looking out into the distance and
quickly turning back to the group. “Don’t get me wrong, I’m
happy they are coming back. I miss them too: Max, Michael, Liz,
Maria, and Isabel. They’ve all been like children to me. All
I’m saying is, don’t expect them to stay long.”
you, Jim, for being there for our kids when we couldn’t be,” Jeff
said, finally getting that off his chest. It was something he had
wanted to say for a long time.
smiled lightly, and returned to peering off in the distance.
looking on the bright side, we get to see children again . . .” Philip
said, smiling wryly.
Amy yelled, pointing to the vehicle coming into view in the distance.
must be them,” Philip exclaimed.
watched with anticipation as the van came down the dusty road, the vehicle
slowly inching to a stop. It looked just as Jim had remembered it that
fateful day last fall - well perhaps a little more beat-up - only this
time the feeling was different… much different.
children were home.
Max inched the van across the desert terrain, watching as the faces in the
group ahead grew increasingly focused. Deep down, his stomach was
doing flip-flops, apprehension and fear fueling them. The truth was
that he didn’t know what sort of reaction to expect from their parents,
after letting them in on the secret in such a dramatic way. After
all, most of them had no idea why their children disappeared into the
night over a year ago. Not until Liz had sent her journal back.
closer the van got, the worse the feeling became, to the point were Max
was almost apprehensive about stopping the van. That is, until he
felt a small hand on his arm. Glancing over to the passenger side,
he saw Liz giving him a small smile, and that was all he needed.
will be okay,” Liz reassured him. “They know we had no choice,
Max. They would rather have us leave before they found out the truth
than see us get killed and never know why.” She gave his arm a
squeeze. “It will be okay.”
smiled inwardly. How she could be so strong, he didn’t know.
the van crept to a stop, Max got his first good look at the group, and he
knew Liz was right. The first person he saw was his father, a
slight smile on his face and eyes squinting in the bright desert sunlight.
On one side was his mother, practically jumping up and down with joy at
seeing her children again.
came Jim Valenti. The man who had become
a surrogate father to the group was grinning, but behind it Max could see
the understanding that this wasn’t simply a pleasure call. Jim
knew better. Nothing was ever simple in their world.
instant the car was in park, Liz leapt out, running over to her parents.
“My baby!” Nancy cried as she pulled Liz
into a hug. Jeff wrapped his arms around both of them, his existence
finally feeling whole again.
sorry,” Liz whispered. “I just couldn’t tell you.”
Jeff muttered, running a hand down his daughter’s long brown hair,
taking in the sight of her again. “We understand. We’re
just glad that you’re home and safe.” Tears started to fill his
eyes. “My little girl.”
shifted slightly to face her father completely. “Not quite,” she
shook his head. “Always.”
Isabel bounded from the van also, running to her parents arms. Jesse
followed, not too far behind, shaking hands with Philip.
my gosh, look at you!” Diane exclaimed,
pulling back to see Isabel. “You’re so much more beautiful than this
taking good care of my girl, Jesse?” Philip asked, gently prying apart
the two women to give Isabel a hug.
course he has, daddy,” Isabel smiled, reaching a hand across to connect
her family with Jesse.
Max slowly approached him, squinting in the sun.
Jim nodded, taking a few tentative steps forward. “It’s good to see
here,” Max finally closed the gap between them and hugged the man he’d
come to known as a second father over the years.
Jim pulled back, looking at the ground and then back up at Max. “There
are some more people that are here to see you.” He gestured to where the
Evanses and Parkers were clustered, nodding at
Max. Max glanced up at his parents and in-laws, before turning to Jim
you for everything,” he said moving to hug his parents. Liz met him
halfway, smiling at him as she made her way to Jim and Amy.
news for today, Max,” Liz turned to grin at him as they passed each
other. “You’re not dying by the hands of my father . . . yet.” Her
smile widened before she turned to hug Amy.
made his way over to where Kyle and Serena were standing, trying to be
inconspicuous and failing. He could tell that Serena was nervous by the
way she was shifting and Kyle was trying to be strong for the both of him
by his stance. He smiled inwardly. Sometimes humans really fascinated him.
he stated, nodding at him and Serena. “Serena,” he added.
began chewing her nails.
that,” Kyle hissed. “You’re just making it worse!”
if I like biting my nails?” Serena hissed back.
like honey in my tea,” Hanley announced.
and Serena looked at him blankly, not sure how to react.
Hanley shrugged. “I do . . . oh and add a touch of lemon.”
snorted, not able to hold it in any longer. She began laughing quietly,
her shoulders shaking.
not funny,” Hanley said, his face impassive.
He paused for a dramatic effect. “And neither is you two taking off from
Boston alone.” Serena immediately stopped laughing.
told--” Kyle leaned over but Serena elbowed him in the side,
effectively shutting him up.
two are going to be my personal assistants for the next few months while
we go over again and again the hows and whys
of you leaving,” Hanley added, smiling. “I hope you know how to make
King Spaceman,” Kyle muttered as Hanley walked away. “Try Anal
Look at that,” Maria exclaimed, pointing towards the Crashdown.
“Mr. P. finally changed that light that had burned out in the
eased his bike forward as the light changed to green. “It wasn’t
out that long,” he yelled over the engine’s noise back to her. “Only
a couple of months, when we left.”
Spaceboy. That light burned out just
after that blind date radio fiasco,” she corrected him.
mean when Max got drunk?” Michael questioned.
nodded against his shoulder. “Yup,” she confirmed, holding on to
him tighter as the bike started to go faster.
shook his head. “You’re kidding,” he scoffed.
her eyes, Maria gave his stomach a little pinch. “Why would I feel
the need to lie about that?”
Michael decided to let the whole thing drop and turned his attention back
to the road. But he filed away the fact that she’d remembered
something that was purely Maria, something that had happened before her
change. It was oddly comforting. He pushed the odd thoughts
away, and the constant hum of the engine was the only break in the silence
as the last part of town flashed by.
the bike to a stop just down the highway from the pod chamber, Michael
took a deep breath as he pulled off his helmet.
all be there, just up the road . . . they'll be able to see us coming just
as soon as we go under that overpass,” he stated.
. . .” Maria trailed, realizing her voice was muffled by her own helmet
and pulled it off as well. “My mom will be there.”
suddenly turned a little in his seat, giving her an inquiring look. “We
never really talked about how much you remember about her . . .”
remember everything.” Maria said with conviction. “She's my mother,
Michael. I could never forget her.”
eyed her, knowing that there was more to it than this. “I know,
but with . . .” he started and then shook his head. “Never
mind.” He turned back around and moved to put his helmet
am nervous, Michael,” she finally admitted. “I haven’t seen my
mom in a year. A YEAR. A lot has
happened in that time . . . I don’t think we had ever gone more than a
day without talking until we left. In fact, I’d be willing to
wager money that was the actual reason she bought me my first cell
could definitely get behind that reasoning. Maria and her mom were
always close. Hell, you’d have to be blind, deaf, and stupid not
to see it. “None of that is going to change, Maria. You know
that your mom loves you. That will always be true.”
rested a hand between his shoulder blades. “I know. And as far as
my mom goes, let’s not forget what happened on Antar
and why she's so important to me.”
slowly, Michael added, “Because Calypso lost her mother so young . .
Maria nodded. “Because of her, I know what it feels like to lose a
mother. It's almost like that song . . . 'You
don't know what you've got until it's gone.' Except
I haven't lost her in this life.”
shifted his helmet nervously in his hands.
she knows everything,” Maria sighed in his ear.
for Calypso,” Michael hastily added, surveying the area ahead of them.
that . . . but the most important thing is that she knows that there was
this whole big, huge part of my life that I kept from her for three years.
The big downside is that when she did find out, I wasn’t even there for
her to yell at. I’m not looking forward to the year of interest
that is going to be tacked onto that conversation.”
think of it this way. Kyle’s been here for over a week. Your mom
probably took a bit of the edge off when she saw him,” Michael offered,
trying to cheer her up.
worked a bit. Maria chuckled slightly and let out another deep sigh.
“God, my stomach is all tied in knots over this.”
the bike down the dusty desert path that lead to the pod chamber, Michael
slowed down until he was practically inching along. “Look at it
this way, Maria. Your mom knows... everything. About
you, about me, about us. There is nothing between you guys
now. No more lies.”
but surely, a smile crept across her face
you, Michael,” she said, pressing her lips to his shoulder.
“Thank you so much,” she repeated in a whisper.
problem,” Michael told her, reaching down to give one of the hands
wrapped around him a little squeeze. “Besides, you’re not the
one who should be afraid. Your mom is going to go off on me, I just
know it. First I’m an alien, then I take away her baby girl, third
we arrive on a motorcycle . . .”
yeah,” Maria quickly agreed. “You’re a dead man. Any
me,” Michael said simply.
nodded in understanding, and put his helmet back on his head.
then . . . let's get going to this little family reunion. Sound
replied with a smile, “Sounds great, Clyde.”
they be here by now?” Amy nearly growled, pacing back and forth.
She had been staring out over the barren highway for an hour, and there
was still no sign of the others. “Didn't you say they’d be here
nodded and looked down at his watch. “Yeah, but it’s only eight
past ten. I think we should maybe wait a few more before we send out
a search party,” Max jested, looking over to Liz. She merely shook
her head at him then turned her attention to Amy.
be here any minute Ms. Deluca, I prom–”
they are!” Amy nearly screamed. “And they're on a damn
moved up next to Max and Liz. “They took the bike all the way from
Boston? Maria actually agreed to that?”
guess,” Liz said quietly, shrugging her shoulders as she watched Amy
make her way down the rock face to where Michael and Maria were getting
off the bike. For a moment, she wondered how Maria would react to
Maria cried out over the sound of the bike, just as Michael turned it off.
. . . permanent hearing damage, Maria,” Michael mumbled. He felt
Maria scramble behind him to get off the bike, but Michael didn't move a
muscle. Instead, he decided to watch as Maria ran to her mother,
throwing her arms around her the second she reached her. He listened
to Amy tell Maria just how much she loved her, and then nearly broke into
tears when he saw it. The smile. A
patented Maria smile. She'd smiled many times since she'd been
changed, but nothing as radiant as the carefree smile the Maria of the
past used to come up with. However, there it was . . . the smile
displayed for all to see. Michael suddenly felt a lot better about
being back in Roswell.
off the bike, he slowly strolled up to both of the Deluca women.
“Great day to be back in Roswell,” he said with a nod.
backed away from Maria, just slightly enough to be able to glare at him.
“Michael,” she acknowledged, then took a few tentative steps forward.
that moment, Michael suddenly tried to remind himself of what they used to
tell the kids in elementary school about snakes. Something about no
sudden movements and show no fear. Or was it run the other way?
‘Dammit,’ he thought as Amy came closer. ‘Too
late to back out now.’
cut your hair,” Amy noticed and reached a hand around to the back of his
head, where only short strands were now present. “I like it,”
she said simply, giving him a small smile as tears began cascading down
you.” Michael said softly. “Did you do something with
yours? It looks a little diff–”
shut up and come here,” Amy said, almost laughing as she pulled Michael
into a hug, and whispered next to his ear. “I know you took good
care of her, thank you.”
eyes drifted up towards Maria, and for a moment, his heart stopped cold.
He wondered if he had taken good care of her at all . . . but regardless
of the things that happened in the past, the future was yet to be seen.
He whispered in reply, “Always,” and then let her pull away as the
others came down to join them.
came to a stop beside Michael. “I didn't realize you would be on
the bike . . .” he began, concern edging his voice. “All
the way from Boston?”
Michael mumbled and nodded.
narrowed his eyes in confusion. “That must have been one
uncomfortable cross-country trip.”
seemed like the logical thing . . .” Michael began, only to find himself
cut of by another line of questioning.
we really here to talk about Mr. Guerin's
methods of transportation, or are we here to get some answers?” Nancy
interrupted. “I, for one, would like to know what's been going on
the past year. All we got from you was a journal and a note, both of
which I've read cover to cover and I still don't understand a tenth of
what it all means.”
Amy chimed in. “I think it's time for a Q & A.” She
nodded sharply for emphasis.
might be useful,” Diane nodded. “You kids have no idea how
worried we've been.”
looked up to Max before looking back to the fretful parents.
do you want to know?” Liz offered, trying her best to not feel
three mothers began to speak at once, and Michael had to raise his hand.
“Hey, whoa, wait a minute,” he glared over at Liz. “You’re
unleashing the Dogs of War here, Liz. What's the matter with you?”
Turning to look at Max, he continued. “Maxwell, why don't you
introduce Hanley and,” he started, gesturing towards Hanley and Raeve
and then stopped as he noticed Raeve for the first time. “Who the
hell is this?” He squinted at her standing in front of the rising sun.
“Never mind. Why don't you just
explain a few things first and then we can open the class to questions.”
tried not to laugh as Michael came back to her side, wrapping an arm
around her waist. “Well done,” She whispered sarcastically.
Max snapped with a slight grin. “I guess the best place to start
is to sum up what we've been through the last year, or if you want, Liz
has been keeping another journal.”
I have with me, by the way,” Liz piped in. “But I don’t think it’s
enough. The past year has been, well . . .” She broke off, unable
to put her amalgamation of feelings into words.
stepped in. “It's been rough. The FBI has been breathing down our
necks, which is why we had to leave Boston. However, I don’t think
it is enough to stop them. The threat will follow us wherever we go,
regardless of whether it’s the FBI or other enemies.”
right.” Raeve affirmed. “Something is coming. Something
big. That is the only explanation for the protectors being
killed left and right. And judging from the reports I’ve been
getting, it’s coming soon.”
Amy asked in confusion. “I'm sorry, but I missed the chapter about
Raeve said, pointing to herself and Hanley,
“are protectors. Several of us have been sent here to make sure
that the royal four were kept out of harm's way. We tried to do this
by keeping a low profile – sometimes watching them from afar, sometimes
getting directly involved, as we are right now. In other words,
we’ve done whatever is necessary to keep them safe.”
eyed the group from off to the side, his eyes settling on Serena for an
instant before moving over to Hanley. He spoke up. “I read in
Lizzie’s journal that each one of you has had another life before this
and were sent here. I can understand that whole aspect. I even
understand why Maria, Kyle, Jesse, and my daughter are standing by them.
But then there are you two and her over there, with the purple hair...”
He gestured towards Ava. “...and Serena,” He pointed towards
Serena. “What I want to know is why are they
here? I guess I'm just wondering why you keep pulling so many people
into something so dangerous. Especially with what happened with Nasedo.”
glanced over Ava, Liz, Maria, and Serena before speaking. “Some
people don't just happen upon us . . . some people were never meant to be
separated from us. As for Nasedo . . . let’s
just say he got what he deserved. ”
settled her hands on her hips. “I really don't like the way you
looked at my daughter when you said that. What in the hell is that
supposed to mean anyway?”
. . .” Maria set a gentle hand on her mother's shoulder. “I'll
explain it to you later okay? Please?”
glanced up at Michael. “Both of you are to come home with me
tonight, you understand me?”
nodded. “Of course.”
stepped into the center of the circle. “What we need to know right now,
right here, is if you'll help us.” He looked to all of the
parents. “We need your support. But if you're in . . .
you're in, and there's no backing out. Ask my parents . . .” He gave
them a helpless smile.
ask my dad,” Kyle added. “He's been shot at by Skins and FBI
agents, and has lied and lost his job . . .”
he trailed and sighed. “It's not a part time gig, this alien
Max agreed. “You have to be ready for anything at anytime,
especially now when we don't really know what to expect. But . . .
we need the help.”
a moment, everyone was silent as they looked at each other, eyes traveling
from one person to the next.
help,” Amy said, breaking the silence by wrapping her arms around both
Maria and Michael. “This is my family, after all.”
Isabel, Jesse . . . You know that we're here for you, no matter
what,” Diane said. Isabel came forward and wrapped her mom in a
tight hug. “Thank you, mom.”
and Jeff exchanged glances before Jeff spoke up. “We'll help . . .
in any way we can.” Nancy nodded. “Any
way, at all.”
smiled. “I knew you guys would.”
it's been awhile since I've grilled a hamburger at the Crashdown, so why
don't we go and eat something?” Michael suggested.
all of this drama has made me hungry, let's go,” Amy mumbled.
right,” Max said with a short laugh.
as everyone started to filter down the rock face and towards their cars,
Jeff and Nancy hung back, watching as Serena and Liz laughed in happiness
have to tell them,” Nancy breathed.
we don't,” Jeff replied.
do,” Nancy said firmly. “They have to know the truth. They
need to know about Yamine.”
at the Crashdown was interesting to say the least. Jeff had actually
closed the restaurant down early, much to everyone’s surprise. He
simply reasoned that nothing should interrupt their reunion. He’d
be damned if he were going to be denied relishing this time he had been
given with his ever-growing family.
meal consisted of burgers and fries which Michael cooked, much to the
shock of everyone. While they ate, it was quiet. Everyone had
wanted to say something, but no one knew where to start. In the end,
all of the tough questions were forgone. When a conversation did
start up, most of the topics stay on the safe side of ‘what did you
see,’ and ‘how was the weather?’
was simply enough that they were together.
the time everyone decided to part ways, it was almost midnight. Amy
was the first to leave, dragging Maria and Michael along behind her.
And they followed without a fight. Well, almost. In typical
Michael fashion of old, he demanded that they have a plan for getting
together in the morning. Max agreed, and they made plans to meet
back at the restaurant early for breakfast.
Valenti’s were the next to head out, Serena
in tow. However, Hanley was a bit wary about leaving the two alone
to chance another flight. In the end, he decided to go with them.
took this in stride, walking out of the restaurant first. Hanley
went out behind him, only after glancing over his shoulder to make sure
Kyle and Serena were coming. They both shuffled out of the restaurant
knowing that it would be a long time before they would be allowed to live
that one down.
my brother for you,” Raeve laughed. “He can make a grown adult
feel like they are two years old.”
me ‘bout it,” Ava chimed in. “I still have nightmares about
the lecture he gave after he managed to track me down. We’re talkin’
scary. Every good reason I had for goin’
and hidin’ was completely turned against
glanced over at her. “That bad?”
yeah,” Ava agreed, wincing slightly as she remembered it.
. . . very bad. Granted I don’t
have much to compare it to, but thinkin’ of
it sure gives me the wiggins.”
started to laugh. “If he’s that intimidating then maybe I’ll
just use him as the first line of defense against our enemies. He
just might be able to change their minds about whatever it is they have
voice trailed off as he noticed the look Liz was giving him. Both
she and Ava had grown quiet and wide-eyed, glancing back and forth between
him and Raeve.
Isabel and Jesse stopped their side conversation at his words, also
looking over at the shapeshifter.
her part, Raeve wasn’t saying a word. Her eyes were downcast,
even growing a bit pale. Then it dawned on Max what he had just
I’m sorry. I didn’t mean . . . I would never . . .” he
apologized. All of a sudden he realized just how much being a real
king was going to change him – he’d even have to watch out what kind
of jokes he made.
turned to him, forcing a weak smile. “Max, you don’t have to be
sorry. In fact, you shouldn’t be. Whether you like it or
not, you’re our King and all of this comes with the territory. I
knew what I was getting into when I came, so did Xaedon.
And, of course Hanley did.”
nervous laugh emanated from everyone in an attempt to lighten the mood,
but Raeve decided to up it on more notch.
“Besides, it’s not a bad plan. Hanley could nag anyone to death.
Trust me, I’ve wished for death several times during his lectures.
I wouldn’t trade places with Kyle and Serena for anything right now.”
earned an honest to goodness laughter out of everyone.
over from where she was standing with the remaining parents, Diane smiled.
Excusing herself, she made her way over to group. “What’s so
my know-it-all brother,” Raeve joked.
know what those are like,” Isabel taunted, turning to look at Max.
I resent that,” he countered.
resemble it,” she retorted immediately.
Max called out, good-naturedly. “Abuse.
I’m being repressed! Do you see her repressing me? I’m
wounded. Liz, my wonderful wife, save
leaned over and kissed him. “That better,
yeah,” Max sighed, pulling her close for another kiss.
Ava wadded up a napkin and threw it at them. “PDA’s
laughed, poking fun at each other. Diane silently watched the interaction
between the group. Deep down, seeing it
helped soothe a part of her worried mind. It made her happy to see
them be so close to each other. And while she still wasn’t too
sure about the new . . . aliens . . . in the group, Diane did have
to give credit to Raeve. She was really trying her best to lighten
situation. Wanting to protect her children also added points.
are we ready to go, Mom?” Isabel asked, breaking Diane out of her
she admitted. I was just coming over to get you guys. Plus, I
am sure that Mr. and Mrs. Parker would like to say goodnight to Liz.”
Liz was the first to get up out of the booth, hurrying over to her parents
to say goodnight. Max wasn’t more than a few steps behind.
her parents, Liz promised to see them in the morning. Max even shook
Jeff’s hand and then gave Nancy a small hug.
the same time, Isabel and Jesse finished picking up a few items that were
scattered on the table and walked over to the trashcan to throw them away.
a matter of minutes, the Evans’ were heading out the door.
Parkers watched them go, seeing them all get into their cars and driving
off. Finally though, they turned their attention back to their
bet you both are tired,” Nancy sighed.
and Raeve nodded in unison, admitting that the long day had gotten to
you both will be staying in Liz’s old room,” Jeff told them.
“I pulled out a cot so neither of you will have to sleep on the
you, Mr. Parker,” Raeve said.
Ava added. “Much betta than the
alley,” she added dryly.
squinted for a second, but let it drop. Both Jeff and Nancy moved
towards the back room. “Well, this way you two,” Jeff offered.
and Raeve followed quietly.
the shadows across the street from the Crashdown, a passerby happened to
stumble on what could be a very lucrative proposition.
that’s what I said. All of them are in Roswell. I just
watched them leave the Crashdown Café,” the nondescript woman whispered
into the receiver of the payphone. She was standing just outside the
eyes followed the beat-up van as it pulled out and made its way down Main
license plate, Sigma-Delta-Bravo 1564 . . . Yep, I’m sure . . .
van’s lights disappeared into the distance.
“Most definitely. And there are others with them.
Now, tell me again, how much was that reward for?”
able to hold in a squeal when the man on the other end repeated the
amount, she watched as the Crashdown Café’s lights quietly went out.
my name! Pam. Pam Troy.”
Entry, June 10th 2003
home again. I once read a saying
that it was the one thing people could never do. Well, we have, and
there is no doubt that it is affecting us each differently. Some
find comfort in being here in Roswell again. After all, we grew up
and found each other here. Roswell definitely holds a special place
in our hearts . . . But it’s not the same anymore.
as the town has evolved over the past year, so have we. I know that
I’ve grown, changed – got married, for goodness sake. In short,
I am simply a very different person from the one that hopped in the van,
heading for nowhere on Graduation night. I just hope that my parents
can understand that. Actually, not just mine, but everyone’s.
that way, this homecoming was different for the Jim and the Evans’.
They knew the reason why we left. My parents, Amy… they had no
clue. I can’t even imagine how they felt before reading my
journal. And then afterwards, we weren’t there to fill in the
blanks or answer the millions of other questions I’m sure they had.
add ten months of worry on to that.
other words, were all stuck with this big cloud of tension hovering over
us. It’s almost too large to just jump in and deal with it, but
it’s going to still be there until we talk. Therefore, the group
is sort of at a standstill. Something will happen to bring it to a
head and I’m curious about who is going to be the first to charge in.
I think that’s what makes me nervous.
say you can’t ever go home again. I’m beginning to think that
whoever “they” are . . . they might be right.
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