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Sheriff’s Office, 8 a.m.
pulled up in his SUV and got out, his usual cup of coffee in one hand and
a copy of The Roswell Daily
in the other. It was a typical day at the Roswell Sheriff Station;
the sun was already beating down on the desert town, even though it had
barely begun to break over the fulgor horizon.
walked inside prepared for a brand new day, but something was amiss
already . . . and oddly familiar. In the corner of the sheriff
station, Sheriff Hansen was talking to a stranger in a black suit.
It could be an FBI agent, a detective, or even a car salesman; but Jim had
a feeling it was the former. The situation was deja-vu all over
again. Just around this time three years ago, he was the one trying
to deal with a strange man in a black suit, that man being Agent Pierce.
walked directly up to Hanson and the stranger, greeting them both with a
glance before removing his hat. “Good morning, Sheriff.
Anything I can help with here?”
Jim, this is Mr. Franks with the FBI,” Hansen began to explain, but
before he could continue, they were interrupted by the secretary at the
me Sheriff, sorry to interrupt, but we just got a call . . . there is a .
. .” The secretary looked at Jim knowingly. “There’s a small
scuffle going on down at the Crashdown Café. Should I send Williams, or
will you handle it?”
obviously busy Sheriff . . . I’ll handle it for you,” Jim offered,
sipping on his coffee lazily, trying to appear more bored than insistent.
ok,” Hansen began. “Take care of that, and on your way out,
could you show Mr. Franks the door? Our work is done here.”
sir,” Jim said, nodding towards the door, pointing out its location for
the Agent. He had shown more than a few FBI agents out of the
station and he would be happy to show yet another one all the way out of
Roswell, New Mexico.
agent walked in front of Jim to the parking lot and around the side of the
building towards his typical unmarked car. They were so predictable.
donned his hat. “Well Mr. Franks, as happy as we all are to have
so much more tourism business here in Roswell, I don’t see why the FBI
needs to keep showing up unannounced in this station and in my town,”
Jim said, making it perfectly clear that the FBI was not welcome here in
agent stopped, looking at Jim silently.
continued, “So, why don’t you take yourself, and your little buddies,
and go on back to the hole where you came from, comprendé?”
Jim pointed to the agent’s car impatiently.
Jim could expect a response from the agent, the agent grabbed Jim’s arm,
throwing him up against the side of the station, pressing Jim’s face
against the rough brick wall.
listen to me Valenti, I know who you are. I know all about you, your
friends, and what you’ve done. And for the record, we have a few
of your kind in custody right now, so if I were you, I would mind my own
damn business, comprendé? That
is, if you want the them to remain safe and
agent then let go of Jim, walking stiffly towards his vehicle and getting
in. Jim was tempted to arrest the man or even worse, but instead
recomposed himself and dusted his hat. “We’ll see about that!”
Jim muttered, donning his crumpled headgear
before the agent’s car sped off.
climbed in his vehicle and grabbed his cell phone. The number he
dialed was automatically branded in his head after all these years.
Phillip Evans picked up and Jim kept it short and to the point. “Phillip,
its Jim. You and Diane need to call Amy Deluca and the Parkers.
Head over to the meeting place right away. Something
problem, Jim, we’re on our way.”
sound of several pairs of footsteps reverberated off the pod chamber’s
walls. No one was speaking, at least not yet. There were many
questions, but nobody knew where to begin, or if they should even speak at
was the one to break the silence, pacing restlessly. “We have to
do something. I can’t stand not knowing if they are okay, ya know?
We need a plan . . . that’s my father out there in the hands of
the FBI. Is it even possible to find and lose your father in the
very same day? How can I find my father and lose him in such a short
span? That’s not fair!” she cried, looking around to the group
insistently for help.
stepped forward, reaching out to stop Serena, grasping her by the
shoulders and taking a deep breath before speaking. “He’s my
father too. Not to mention that my mother is also there with him,
wherever they are. But we will get them back, trust me,” Liz said,
putting her arm around Serena’s trembling shoulders. Liz led her
over to the corner for some privacy. Kyle watched them before
averting his eyes.
sat down next to Liz, still holding her hand. “Liz, I’m sorry.
I’m just so scared. I mean, I just had so many questions finally
answered in my life, so many new doors opened and now I feel like I am
about to lose everything all over again. I just feel so helpless . .
. so scared.”
could imagine what Serena was going through. She had been there
before, if not more than once. Being a part of the alien club also
included the constant fear of losing everything and everyone close to you.
Liz had lived in great fear of losing not only her parents, but also Max
and all of her closest friends. This was, for lack of a better word,
squeezed Serena’s hand as she talked. It was somewhat comforting
to know that Serena had the same fears, but at least now, she had a sister
to share it with.
I know that you are scared, trust me I do know, I am just as scared as you
are. But one thing that I know for certain is that we must stay
calm. I know my parents, our dad, and I know that they are strong.
And I know that none of us in this room are going to let anything bad
happen to them. But we need to be strong to beat this thing, and we
can help each other do that… if we try.”
let out a small smile and wiped a tear from her eye, thanking Liz for her
support. “So we can figure this thing out, right?” Serena said,
looking around at the group. Not only had she entrusted her life
with them in the past, but now the future life of her newfound father hung
in the balance.
no doubt,” Michael replied, Maria looking up at him knowingly.
Then let’s get this show on the road,” Serena said. She hugged Liz,
the newfound bond of sisterhood slowly sinking in.
an underground military compound, far beneath a government sector of
Washington D.C., a group of agents sat huddled around Jeff and Nancy
Parker, whose hands and feet had been cuffed. Agent Colton looked
down at their unconscious bodies, his narrowed cobalt eyes brimming with
curiosity at the idea of what his two hostages might be able to divulge.
two groggily began coming to. Colton watched as their eyes feebly
scanned the dimly lit room. Despite the glare of the light bulb they
sat under, there were no lights elsewhere, so he knew that they could see
very little, if anything.
am I?” Jeff said, trying to stand, but
an agent stepped forward, pushing Jeff back into his seat forcibly.
Parker,” Agent Colton began coolly, without preamble, “I’m only
going to ask you this once. Tell me everything you know about
the aliens… now.”
Jeff said, feigning confusion. “Ha! I don’t know what you’re
talking about. Now let my wife and I go,” he demanded.
first thing you need to know here, Mr. Parker,” Colton explained
condescendingly, “Is that you are not in charge of this operation.
I call all the shots around here and you will answer all of my questions
truthfully, or pay the price.”
crap!” Jeff spat. “I don’t care who you are or what you
want to know. You’re not getting anything from us!” Jeff
spouted, squinting at the agent’s shadowy figure, his words dripping
second thing you need to know, Mr. Parker . . .” Agent Colton spoke
firmly and without emotion, “Is that any disobedience has consequence in
snapped his fingers, and two of his agents forcibly lifted Jeff from the
chair he was sitting on. Agent Colton took a seat on the now empty
chair, and smirked coldly while the agents tied Jeff’s cuffs to the
wall. Colton was about to speak again, when Nancy broke the silence.
please don’t hurt my husband,” Nancy pleaded. “Jeff, maybe
it’s okay, we could just…”
don’t answer any of his questions. He’ll only use the answers to
hurt innocent people,” Jeff demanded.
us?” she countered defiantly.
Agent Colton ordered them both, “I still call the shots in this room,
but you made me realize something, Mrs. Parker. As for who will
answer my questions first, I place my bets on you.”
you lay a finger on her, I swear I’ll…”
Jeff started, but Colton cut him off.
hardly in a position to be making threats,” Colton balked.
“I’ll get my answers, and I’ll get them no matter what it takes.”
Nancy pleaded, “Please don’t hurt us! We haven’t done anything
love for your husband, Mrs. Parker, is endearing… and also your
weakness. If you don’t answer my questions truthfully,” Agent
Colton informed her pointedly, snapping his fingers with a wicked smile.
The two agents that had tied Mr. Parker to the wall stepped toward him
again and began rolling up their sleeves. Agent Colton spoke again.
“Then I’ll have no other choice but to see that your beloved husband
suffers… any kind of punishment that I see fit.”
Nancy pleaded again, “Please, don’t. We can find some other way,
Jeff spat. His look was unquestionable.
started sniffing, holding her tears at bay. Agent Colton knew she
was giving in. The other agents waited impatiently for a sign to
begin their battering.
me, and all I have to do is say a word,” he told Mrs. Parker.
“And your husband will suffer for your actions. Is that what you
she uttered shakily, her eyes filling with tears. After a moment,
she added quietly, “What do you want to know?”
Jeff started, but an agent quickly gagged him with a towel.
know your daughter Liz is one of these aliens and this,” he informed
her, holding up a slip of paper. “This is a certificate stating her
marriage to Max Evans. Now, Mr. Phillip Evans, he is an alien also,
Jeff tried to yell, but could not make out any intelligible words.
difference does it make?” She scoffed, wiping her eyes.
“And why would you even presume to think such a silly idea in the first
place? My daughter is not what you say she is and I should know I
gave birth to her for Christ’s sake!”
Colton motioned to the other agents and Nancy spoke up quickly,
“Honestly, I gave birth to my daughter at Roswell Memorial Hospital, and
I have the birth certificate to prove it! Please don’t hurt my
husband. I’m telling you the truth!”
one of the agents spoke up holding a fistful of Jeff’s shirt in his
it,” Agent Colton ordered, “Unless the lady here tells me what her
daughter is doing back in Roswell.”
looked at him worriedly, wringing her hands repeatedly before sniffling a
couple times. She blinked, once then twice and finally shook her
head. She didn’t know. He snapped his fingers and she spoke
I don’t know,” she pleaded truthfully while the agents neared her
husband, one of them reaching way back with his fist.
don’t know why! Really! She didn’t even call, she just
gave a nod to one agent. Muffled thumps of fist slamming into Mr.
Parker’s gut sounded loudly and his wife flinched as if she had been the
one being hit. Mr. Parker mumbled several curse words to no one in
particular, flailing the loose end of his gag about as if to whip someone
to death. Agent Colton motioned the agent to back off.
you sure you don’t know why?” Agent Colton retorted
disbelievingly. “I highly doubt your daughter didn’t tell you
what brought her and those other aliens all the way back to
looked at her husband, taking a shaky deep breath when he gave her that
reassuring look that said everything would be okay. She shook her
head, but her eyes remained on her husband. If anything, he
wouldn’t let her lose hope and Agent Colton could sense that. He
smirked angrily and nodded his head towards the agents. The agent
grabbed the captive by the shirt again.
it!” Nancy demanded, “I really don’t know the answer, please
stop hurting him, please!”
cried out repeatedly as three agents came at him from all sides.
Nancy feared that Colton no longer cared if she knew the answers he wanted
to hear or not. The agents kept on beating Jeff and she kept
pleading and begging… but her pleas fell on deaf ears.
Nancy begged between sobs, to no avail.
loud wails, however, were not going totally unheeded. Where the walls were
very thin around this corner of the compound, the howling cries of his
torture fell pleadingly on an unlikely pair of sympathetic ears.
pulled away from Serena and looked at everyone else. She remembered
being in many a hopeless situation before, although few seemed as bad as
this current crisis. Reaching for some remainder of hope within her
and the rest of the group, her eyes landed on Max’s. She felt
relieved when she saw the reassurance in those chocolate brown depths.
There was no way that they could sit here in the cave idly and do nothing
for her parents . . . she knew that with all of her heart. Although
she didn’t know how to turn the crisis to their favor, she knew the
first step she had to take. Demanding words flew out of her mouth
without a second of hesitation.
have to go back!”
Michael and Maria both exclaimed, but the question came out in almost a
near exhausted whisper.
the only way,” Max offered, immediately agreeing with Liz.
that's crazy,” Kyle tried to reason, looking towards Serena, who right
by Liz's side.
she's right. The Parkers' may still be in the Crashdown… we have
to go back,” Serena said in Liz's defense.
nodded as she paced. “We brought them into this… all of our
parents. We have to at least make sure that they're safe.”
She walked right up to Max. “What if they go after Mom and Dad?
Could you live with that? ‘Cause I know
realize what you guys are saying,” Hanley said. “But do you know
what the chances are that they're even still in Roswell? Those Feds
aren't going to just hang around in a city filled with people and hold
potential aliens hostage at a frequented diner.”
you can find out where they are, can't you Will?” Raeve asked,
sympathizing with the group, who all looked torn at the thought that all
their parents could be in harm's way. “You can get in and
infiltrate the system. You've done it before. You got into the
special unit before and found out tons of info and I bet they still don't
know it was you.”
raised a guilty look towards Max and then looked away shaking his head,
running a shaky hand through his hair. “I'm not going anywhere,
not unless you can promise me that you'll stay here, Raeve.”
Why?” Raeve asked, confused.
I'm not leaving Max again. He was
nearly caught by the hands of the enemy back there and it was only because
I wasn't there… I'm not going to not be there again.”
gave out a long sigh, mumbling, “You always were the sentimental one,”
she raised her voice. “That was in Roswell, Hanley. That was
in the lion's den… we're in this cave now, in the middle of nowhere’sville
USA. They'll be fine here while we take care of business.”
to say that we have to stay here anyways?” Michael chimed in.
“We're not all defenseless infidels; you know we should be out there
offense... and I mean this in the best way possible,” Raeve
started. “But you're a loose cannon. And
not just you Michael... all of you. You let your emotions
control you, and that's not your fault. You're human. But in a
situation like this, the years and years of experience come in handy, and
that's just something that you don't have.”
started to say something barbed, but Maria beat him to the chase, stepping
in front of him. “Alright, excuse me, Miss Obi Won Kenobi, but
believe it or not, we've been dealing with all of this crap for quite a
long while now and we have more than a few tricks up out sleeves.
Your brother over there isn't the only one who's infiltrated the FBI,
okay? This man, right here…” She gestured back towards
Michael. “Has done it too and he didn't even have to shape
shift… he just changed his fingerprints and got in just fine. We
rescued Max from the FBI that way. So don't tell us that we don't
know how to take care of ourselves, we've done a pretty damn good job so
far with the help of my mom’s old car, I might add!”
looked past Maria to Michael. “What is she, your spokesperson?”
Max exclaimed. “That's enough!”
pulled Maria back to his side as Max stepped up to the plate.
is what we're going to do,” Max started, turning towards Hanley.
“You're going back to Roswell… you'll shape shift, find out what you
can about where they took the Parkers. And when you come back, I
want you to be able to guarantee me that the other parents are somewhere
nodded. “Fine, but if I'm making you a promise, then you better
make me one.”
is what?” Max asked, wondering what Hanley had in mind.
he gestured to the entire group, “Formulate a plan of attack in the next
hour. A good one, not some cockamamie
shoot-first-and-ask-questions-later idea.” He looked over
towards Michael and Maria. “You say you can take care of
yourselves… here's your chance to prove
lips quirked in an almost devilish smile as she leaned her head back
against Michael's chest. It was
Calypso who spoke just then. “We will.”
what a brilliant plan I suggested. Good job Hanley. Wonderful
idea,” Hanley muttered to himself, parking Michael’s bike a few blocks
down from the Crashdown, feds all over the place. “Heading
right back into the lion’s den and all. What an absolutely friggin’
he climbed off the bike, taking a glance in each direction. No one
looked familiar yet, but he knew it would take more than a few minutes to
locate one of the big-shot agents from the earlier today. After all,
he should know standard procedure by now. Especially after a major
operation like this mornings, there would
definitely be some agents wandering about.
down the street, Hanley kept one eye peeled. Every minute or two,
someone would pass by that caught his eye, but he had to be sure before he
made his move.
minutes flew by as Hanley roamed the sidewalks, perusing the various shoppes.
And then he saw him. Clean cut, suit, stance and all, air of
importance. He had found himself an agent, wandering over by the UFO
museum. “Either buddy boy gained a little weight or his jacket was
cut a little tight, cause no one could mistake
the holster under there,” Hanley thought to himself. “Gotcha
his way across the street, Hanley lurked behind the man, watching as the
person surveyed his assigned area. Like clockwork, the agent made
his rounds right down the dark alleyway. “Perfect,” Hanley
whispered, following the other man.
Jack,” Hanley called out when they were a little deeper into the alley.
Ted,” the guy retorted, expecting to see another agent as he turned
around. The second he did and saw Hanley, his instincts seemed to
alert him to err on the side of caution. Quickly, he reached towards
his holster, but didn’t draw his weapon. It was Hanley’s voice
that stopped him. “I wouldn’t do that if I were you,” Hanley
warned, matching the man’s voice, pitch perfect.
the hell,” the guy muttered under his breath, grabbing the handle to his
the hell,” Hanley mimicked; trying to unnerve the man a bit before he
agent’s eyes grew wide as he finally whipped out his gun.
held up one hand. “Now what did I say about that?” he scolded
his gun, the agent started to look a bit nervous. “Who the hell
are you?” he demanded.
a guy who wants to know where you people took the Parkers,” Hanley told
him point-blank. “And you’re going to help me, whether you like
it, or not.”
other guy took a few steps back. “You’re one of those… one of
those freaks,” he stammered, searching for his radio. “Take one
step and I’ll shoot!”
thought about this for a split second, deciding on what the best course of
action would be.
you would be shooting yourself,” he said.
the agent could react, a bright light emerged from Hanley’s raised hand,
blinding him. He tried to cover his eyes, but it was too late.
By the time he was able to see clearly again, Hanley, posing almost as his
twin, was at his side, ripping the gun from his hands.
I’ll only ask nicely one more time. Where are the Parkers?”
guy started shaking, and Hanley knew he was afraid. He’d have to
be scared with his own gun pointed at him, unless he had a death wish.
However, the man didn’t say a word.
Hanley swore under his breath. “Now, you’ve gone and made me
that, he touched the back of the agent’s head, knocking him out
instantly. The guy collapsed to the ground like a wet rag.
Reaching down to check for a pulse, Hanley let out a sigh over the steady
beat he felt. The guy would be okay. Passing his hand over his
forehead, he altered the agent’s memories, replacing his face with
another’s. He’d have one hell of a headache when he woke up, but be
that easy step being out of the way, Hanley began the real task at hand,
searching the guy for information. He managed to locate a set of
credentials, another gun, a radio, and a slip of paper. The
credentials identified him as agent Ted Dye. But the most important
information was on the paper. Scribbled in almost too neat
handwriting was the name Dimitri, follow by the word cave. Then,
towards the bottom, in a totally different handwriting, was marked Sector
man,” Hanley flinched. This was not good. So
not good. Yet, he didn’t have much time
to dwell. A noise came from the radio beside him.
this is base. Do you read?”
quickly picked up the radio, clearing his throat. “This is Omega,
your station secure?”
he answered clearly. “No sign of any disturbance in the area.”
the voice came again. “We are moving out. Interrogations
ETA one hour. Over.”
you there,” Hanley replied. “Over.”
he was sure that nothing else was to come through the radio, Hanley
switched it off. He knew it would only be a matter of time before
the other agents found Ted Dye missing, since he wasn’t going to be
making it back to headquarters. That meant that Hanley had to clear
out as soon as possible.
thing he did was toss the two guns into the dumpster. No need to
allow the bad guys to be overly armed. Then, he waved his hand over
the slip of paper, changing the message so no one could be sure just how
much information had been gotten from this guy. Tucking the
credentials back into the agent’s pocket, Hanley placed the note on the
guy’s chest before reverting back to his usual form.
the way,” he said, looking down at the unconscious man on the ground.
“We prefer the term ‘not of this earth,’ just for your
information.” With that, Hanley turned on his heel and made his
way back to the bike.
the agent woke up a few hours later at the prodding of several other
agents, he had no idea what happened to him, other than a note saying
‘Thanks Teddy, XOXO’ lying on his chest.
glanced at her wristwatch. “It’s been over thirty minutes since
Hanley left,” she interjected, her words falling on deaf ears.
but let’s just say what if all our… you know…” Kyle
it would never get that far, it’s not a matter of if… as long as we
take action now,” Max said. “We’ll have to infiltrate their
location, basically a rescue op,” he added simply.
spoke, “What if they are being guarded?”
that covered,” Michael pitched. He waved his hand over his shirt,
momentarily showing it change into a black suit.
Isabel added. “But I like it.”
minutes?” Ava said again, looking around at the unheeding faces.
only a matter of when,” Michael finished, looking at Ava only
momentarily. “And the sooner, the better.
Because we’re not getting any younger here, and the Parker’s… well
they’re already old.”
“Agreed,” Raeve added.
“Serena, Max, Michael… all good points. Didn’t think I would
be impressed, but now we just need to put all these pieces together, and
up for whatever, Queen Latifah,” Kyle
I said I’m up for whatever, clean it up.”
that last part again?”
was tired of all the bickering and could only think of one solution.
The time had come for her to put her two cents in.
we can’t jus’ go in like that,” Ava insisted. “Like the
Han-man said, we gotta have a plan. Not
an idea, a plan.”
what – blowing up their currently unknown, unobtainable base?”
Michael scowled from his perch against the wall.
eyes narrowed. “No,” she drawled. “I was thinkin’
more like you line all the agents up in a row and blast ‘em to death then we bury them out in the sand.”
pushed away from the wall and assumed a defensive stance. “How do
you know about that?”
rolled her eyes. “C’mon. I’ve been with you guys
day in, day out for the past month. Yous
really like to rehash the past.”
rehashing the past – or whatever – is going to get us nowhere,” Max
stepped in, looking from Michael to Ava pointedly. “Right now
that’s not our concern. Our concern is getting Liz’s parents
nodded, looking up at the group. “Max is right. This
bickering is getting us nowhere. We don’t even have the semblance
of a plan.” Jesse placed a hand on her back, rubbing it
drew out his hands, signaling he was open for ideas. “Got a
Well, that’s wonderful. Why…”
whipped his head around to see Maria glaring at him. “You’re not
helping. Picking a fight with your allies is pointless, haven’t I
taught you anything? If you’re going to bitch at Isabel for not
having a plan, you’d better have one ready and waiting yourself.”
scrunched up his eyebrows, opening and closing his mouth as if he wasn’t
sure what to make of the situation. Realizing his safest option was
the opposite of what he was doing, he stepped back, allowing Max’s form
to take center stage.
glanced to Maria, acknowledging her actions with silent thanks.
Then, taking a small step forward, he composed himself, addressing the
far all we’ve ever done whenever facing the FBI is run. We ran all
across the country and they still found us. For some reason, we
thought we were safe in Boston, untouchable even. We were wrong.
And we came back to a different world because of these naiveties.”
He glanced to Liz, taking her hand and squeezing it for all to see.
“Right now, Hanley is risking his life to find Liz’s parents.
And Liz’s parents didn’t ask for any of this…” An
uncomfortable silence fell upon the group as they shifted nervously.
“None of us did. But it’s time for us to stop running, to
face the FBI head-on and fight back. Not with guns or weapons or
blast-o rays, but with our intelligence. Because we can change the
course of history, we can decide our fate and the fate of others, and we
must, to survive.” As he spoke, he looked around the room, pausing
on each face.
I need to know is who is with me on this?”
silence fell over the group as they regarded one another with silent
all or nothing,” Max offered.
was the first to speak up. “I’m with you,” she looked up at
Jesse who smiled and kissed her hand.
too,” he confirmed, nodding at Max.
you know me,” Michael spoke up after a short pause. He glanced to
Maria who was nodding.
Space Boy goes, I go.”
I signed up for this long before your little…
never mind, tangent...” Raeve waved her hand in a geometric
pattern, moving the discussion on.
guess I’m with you too,” Kyle said pensively, staring at the ground.
“I can’t stand by and watch any more innocent people get hurt.”
glanced longingly at him before sighing, “I’m here for anything you
need me for, Max.”
now all we need is the plan,” Max announced. “Now that we’re all on
the same ground--” Max glanced to Kyle who was shaking his head.
course you are,” Kyle said sardonically, directing his words to Serena.
are you talking about?” Serena pulled herself up higher, her shoulders
bull,” Kyle muttered.
me?” Serena’s head swiveled as she threw a pointed look at him.
not here for anything Max needs you for,” Kyle said louder.
“You’re not even here. You’re not human. You’ve been
lying to all of us,” he continued, a disgusted look forming on his face.
“You can’t be trusted.”
gaped at him. “And why can’t I be trusted!?”
cover up who you really are, just like the rest of them. I thought I
rest of them?” Serena’s voice
rose and her look grew thunderous. “If you hate being around me so
much, then what are you still doing here?”
retort didn’t elicit an immediate response.
Michael drew out the word, clapping his hands together hastily.
“Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way…”
Serena wasn’t finished. “Really, Kyle, grow up. There are
more important things to deal with right now.”
the fact that you’ve lied to me this entire time, pretending to be human
when you knew damn well you weren’t? Got any other secrets in
there you’ve been hiding? Should we interrogate you about Nicolas?
See what Gandarium does to you?”
you!” Serena exclaimed, taking a step forward, her face dark with
anger. “Take your personal vendetta and shove it up your--”
right!” Isabel broke in, holding her
hands out to both parties, effectively stopping their fracas.
“Serena’s right. There are more important things to deal with
right now, and you guys arguing isn’t one of them.”
Kyle began, but Max stopped him with his outstretched hand.
now this isn’t the time to be fighting,” Liz chimed in, glancing at
Serena in show of support. There will be plenty of time to figure
out the truth, Kyle. We need to focus on getting my parents back
alive and safe and this,” she gestured to them, “This just isn’t
can you guys put a lid on it until this is over?” Isabel glanced
from one to the other, looking for a sign they agreed.
by me,” Kyle ground out tightly, his jaw clenched.
Serena waved her hand, taking a stance next to Ava.
paced up and down along the middle of the chamber, impatience tattooed
across his face. Tension seemed to be swirling through the air about
him. The others remained loyal to Max,
they were still waiting, as if they expected something to happen to them
first. Never the reactive type, Michael
couldn’t wait any longer.
why are we just waiting?” he asked, anxious to get out of the chamber
and do something useful. “We can’t just stay here with the FBI
out to get us and your parents’ prisoner.
They’re looking for us and we’re just sitting here, waiting for them
to come find us like sitting ducks.”
know that Michael,” Max countered, “And I want to do what you say, but
what can we do? At the moment, this is the safest place there is,
and we still have no plan. If we leave now, then we’ve got nowhere
else to go, then we are sitting ducks.”
better, sitting here like fish in a barrel, or going out there and getting
rid of the problem? I’d rather be out there kicking some agent
butt rather than in here waiting for them to realize where we are.”
might not find us here at all,” Max reasoned. “And if they do,
then we’ve got the upper hand.” He paused. “I want
them gone too; Michael, but what’s better – letting them stumble into
a well-planned trap, or letting them set one for us? We don’t know
where they are, we don’t know what they’ve got planned.
They’ve probably got the whole town bugged.”
was true, he also wanted the FBI gone, but the risk to the others, to Liz
– he couldn’t put them in that kind of danger, not like that.
that’s where we’re different Maxwell. You think that waiting
here and hiding is the way to beat them, I reckon that the way to win is
to get them before they get us.”
didn’t reply. He didn’t want to blindly refuse Michael’s
argument, it was a good one – he didn’t need, or want, a conflict with
him either but he also didn’t want to charge into a situation more
dangerous than the one they were already in.
long silence hung in the air as Max contemplated what to say.
then there was a voice. “I dunno about you
peeps, but I agree with Mike.”
group turned to face Ava, whose unexpected voice could have awoken even
the most concentrating individual.
mean, I don’t think that rushin’ out there
with guns-a-blazin’ is a foolproof way of doin’
things, but I don’t much like the idea of jus’ sittin’
here, waiting for them to come get us either.” She looked at Max,
and then to the rest of the group. “I mean, I’m part of this
thing too, I gots some tricks up my sleeves,
and I don’t wanna end up in the hands of
those thugs anymore than you guys do. Someone’s gotta
do sumthin and we just agreed that we’d all
fight the FBI… so I say we fight.”
mulled it over a minute, unsure of what to make of her words. Then
he turned to the rest of the group, looking from one person to the next.
do the rest of you think? I don’t think I should be the only one
to make the decision here, not when there’s this much at stake. But I
don’t want to force you into sitting here if you don’t want to
either,” he spoke, looking around the group.
agree with Michael too,” Maria spoke up. “I mean, we haven’t
got many options here, but it’s clear something has to be done. I
say we go out there and do whatever we can.”
to one so far,” Michael spoke. Max felt the dig, and turned to say
something. Isabel, however, spoke up first, attempting to avert
don’t like the idea of sitting here, either. I mean, I know,
it’s probably the best thing to do in terms of safety, but I don’t
want to keep running, Max. We’ve all done enough of that already,
and this is where I take a stand and fight.”
with Isabel on this one,” Jesse’s answer came. “I also lost so
much because of this and I’ve finally got it back. I vote we fight
for what’s ours, instead of letting them take it like last time.”
time it will be different,” Liz added, reminding the group. Max
turned to her, his eyes searching hers for an answer. He began to
speak; about to ask Liz what she felt was best, when he was interrupted.
It was Serena who spoke this time.
so I’m not the best person to ask ‘cause
I’m not as familiar with them as you, but like Liz said, they’ve taken
something from me too. I’m not going to let them take my father
five minutes after I find him. I’m not going to lose him, not now.
And I’m not going to sit here while they take him.”
was a silence in which the group mulled over the situation so far.
then Kyle spoke up. “As much as I don’t trust what she says, I feel
the same,” he said, taking a stab at Serena, which she bristled at but
ignored. “If this is going to happen, I don’t want to be the one
to walk away from you guys; I’m no alien,” he said, taking another
shot at her, “but I’m still part of this. And if it comes down
to sitting here while the rest of you go out to save the world or whatever
you’re planning to do, or going out there and helping, I vote for saving
the world. Hell, I’ve already done it once, why not once more to make it
next to Kyle, was the center of attention now. Noticing the group
staring at her, her face adopted a sort of surprised contortion as she
scrambled for what to say.
only a protector. I’m here to help you, I’m not really here to
make the decisions,” she said, taking on the air of a diplomat rather
than a decision-maker. “And at the moment, both sides of the
argument seem pretty valid to me. I can’t really tell you not to
do it, but I can’t say that you should, either. What I do know, is
that the FBI will never go away unless we do something. If it were
up to me, I’d probably take the aggressive route but I’m not the
leader. Whichever way you choose is the one I go with.”
was only one person left, Liz. Max turned to her, not speaking but
at the same time, asking what she thought was best.
she began, thinking of a way to put into words what she needed to tell
him. “They have my parents…” She paused a few seconds.
“But I know that whatever you choose is the right decision.
Whether we stay here and wait it out or whether we go out there and take
the FBI on, I know it’ll be the right decision. My vote goes to
whatever you decide.”
looked down at her into her eyes. She had just told him that if he
were to choose to stay here, even though her parents were out there,
somewhere, she would stand by him, and that she knew that it would be the
right decision, even if it didn’t work out at the end.
fearless leader, what’s our course of action?” Michael chimed
tore his gaze away from Liz, turning to Michael. “The group’s
decided, we’re going to go out there and give them everything we’ve
we can’t just run out there and expect everything to go our way.
We need a master plan.”
what though?” Isabel asked, growing impatient. The question was
directed at both Max and Michael, knowing that to ask one over the other
was never a good idea.
was thinking we split up,” Michael answered off the cuff. “We
split into two groups so that if one group is caught, the other can try
and help them out.”
you know how dangerous it is to split up, it isn’t a good idea,” Max
replied, again seeing fault in Michael’s plan. It didn’t seem as
though he had thought it through much at all.
what have you got planned, Maxwell?” Michael demanded.
“What other choice do we have? You’re always so fast to shoot
down my ideas, but you don’t have any better ones yourself.”
stepped forward, rising to the challenge Michael had almost yelled at him.
Isabel, seeing the conflict she had so narrowly avoided before was about
to erupt again, stepped in. “We don’t need this right now; we
have more important things to deal with than your petty quarreling.”
stepped down, acknowledging that Isabel was right. Isabel stepped up
to him and tried to deal with the issue before it grew into a full blown
argument, as it was sure to do with Michael.
Michael’s right about having to split up. It’s probably the best
thing we could do. We can split into two groups with some of us with
powers on each side that way we’re going to have the best protection.
We can’t just sit here, we’ve decided this . . . and we can’t move
as a single group either, it’ll be too obvious.”
know, Is…” Max sighed, “I just don’t want to put any of us in more
danger than is necessary. We all know that we’re strongest as a
group… splitting up lessens our power as a unit.”
what else can we do, Max? We don’t have any choice. Unless
we do stay here, but that’s already been shot down,” Isabel replied.
sighed. She was right; Michael was too, and as much as he hated to
admit it, they would all be better off in two groups rather than forming
one big sitting duck. He ran his hand through his hair in
frustration, turning back to the group.
fine. We’ll split into two groups,” Max spoke, unpleased.
to see your being sensible,” Michael dug at Max, but as soon as he did,
Isabel rounded on him.
be so juvenile, Michael. We don’t need it. You know Max is
concerned with the group’s welfare; he can’t just make a decision to
split us up when we all know that we’re weaker that way. You
should know that just as well as he does.”
glint in Michael’s eye disappeared as Isabel spoke. He knew she
was right too, and he knew that Max was only looking out for the group,
although it wasn’t something he would say out loud.
who’s in which group?” Liz asked, wondering if she and Max may
be split up, which was not something she was looking
don’t know…” Max sighed. He knew that if it were up to
him, he’d place Liz in the group least likely to be in danger, even if
he wasn’t in it. But the others, he had no idea. And then
the presence of their protector caught his attention. “Raeve,
any ideas? I don’t want to put you under any pressure but
you know all our powers and how they’d best work together.”
considered Max’s words and mulled it over in her mind. Then, after
a few seconds of deliberation, she spoke.
I see it like this… Max and Michael, you should be together; your powers
both rely on physical energy, but you also possess skills that lie in
direct opposition. Michael, you’re the one who’s most able to
strike out in danger and Max, you’re the healer. If someone is
hurt, you can heal him or her. You two make an efficient
looked at Michael, who averted his gaze, it was obvious what Raeve meant;
Michael was, as he had once feared, the dangerous one. He could
destroy things as easily as breathe and Max was the one who could make it
all better again. Michael swallowed hard and accepted it. It
was his idea to split them into groups, and if he was to be grouped based
on his dark powers, then so be it.
you and Ava both share the power to manipulate minds,” at this Isabel
shifted uncomfortably, Raeve was obviously speaking of the mind warp.
“You two should be in the same group so that your powers can amplify
turned to Liz next. “Liz, you’re able to see the future and
although you have shown physical powers from time to time, they aren’t
wholly reliable or cultivated yet. Maria’s got more physical powers, so
you and she would be a good combination. You four will be in the
and Maria were both less than happy with the pairing; things were
definitely not back to normal between them just yet.
not being separated from Jesse,” Isabel informed. “He’s with
fine, but he could probably sit out if he wanted. You and Maria can
both use your powers to defend him, but you have to be careful,” Raeve
acceded. “Now, Kyle and Serena.
Neither of you have powers, so it’s not going to be a good idea to stick
you both into one group.”
with Liz, then,” Serena spoke up, taking the opportunity to ensure that
she wouldn’t lose the rest of her family too. She looked at Kyle,
whose gaze quickly turned away.
Raeve stated, “Kyle, you’re with Max and Michael. I’m with
them too, the four of us should be able to deal
with anything that can be thrown at us. Are the groups okay?”
one made any objection; all of them knew their assignment was for a good
the silence as a “yes,” Raeve continued. “Okay, I’ll lead
the way, I’m the protector; it’s my job to make sure its safe.”
Max said, “Let’s move.”
stepped out of the pod chamber, leading the group out onto the escarpment.
The hot morning sunbeams had warmed the desert floor quickly, and the
slight breeze that was making its way to their elevation was a stifling
ninety degrees already. Once everyone was out, she activated the
door, sealing the chamber behind an invisible mirage.
stepping down the rock, she kept her senses alert for any sign of danger
that the FBI may be nearby, but there was nothing. She continued to
lead the group down the rock, pausing for a split-second every now and
then to make sure it was still clear. It was entirely possible that
snipers could be targeting them from downrange, so the extra caution was
wasn’t until Raeve got near the bottom of the butte, that her senses
started picking up something. Next to the van arrived an unmarked
vehicle, and a small group of agents got out, inspecting the van.
But before Raeve could warn the group, one of the agents saw their
movements and went for his gun.
wasn’t going to let the agent shoot though. “Split up!” she
yelled, making a break towards a boulder, the rest of the group dashing in
various directions, both Max and Michael following the same path as Raeve.
agent, aiming his gun at Raeve, almost didn’t see Michael as he raised
his hand, the gun being ripped from the agent’s clutches.
the!?” the agent began, seeing the firearm fly from his grip and land on
the ground just out of his reach. It took Raeve only a fraction of a
second to use the opportunity to her advantage. She quickly made her
move. Raising her hand, she used her powers to send the man reeling
backwards through the air and crashing into the ground. The agent
made contact with terra firma with a sickening thud, and didn’t move.
agent stepped forward now, being met by the icy glare of Isabel. She
stood in his way, blocking his path to the others. The agent made a
quick move for his firearm, but it took less than this for Isabel to wave
her hand, sending him flying backwards into the dirt, just like his
agent, though, was going to be harder to beat down.
took a slight step backwards as the agent’s form slowly got up again.
A shadow appeared by her side, and turning quickly, Ava was there standing
next to her.
sum help?” Ava asked jokingly, knowing full well that Isabel could
use the assistance. “I can distract ‘em,
you just do that again,” she said, referring to the tactic Isabel had
just used. Isabel nodded silently, and readied another volley for at
the agent, though not without some internal doubt as to what Ava was about
to do. Swallowing hard, she put it to the back of her mind, for the
moment at least.
closed her eyes, and judging by the agent’s strange behavior, Isabel
knew the mind warp was working. Raising her hand again, she waved it
fiercely this time, the agent flying backwards for the second time.
This time, the agent hit the ground, rolled a few feet, and then lay
turned to Isabel and gave a smile, and Isabel, almost involuntarily,
returned the gesture.
she said. It was hard to think that she had just seen Tess’
likeness used in the very same way that had taken someone so important
from her life. This time, she was on the same side as it, allied
with it, knowing what harm it could do. Until now it had been easy
to ignore, but it was painfully clear that the power that had killed Alex
was still a part of her; subdued, but not forgotten. Faced with its
use in front of her, she knew that she could no longer run from it - the
power was a part of her, and there was the possibility that she, too,
could end up using the same power for evil.
wanted to ask Ava how she could do it, how she could use her powers
without being tempted to do malicious things with it. However, her
thoughts were interrupted by the sound of gunfire. Pushing them to
the back of her mind, she frantically searched for the origin of the
noise, Ava ducking and pulling Isabel with her. Looking around
quickly, Isabel immediately caught sight of Max’s upraised shield and
the agent who had fired the gun still standing before him, his hand
clutching the smoking weapon. The bullet he had fired hovered on the
surface of the shield, and then, as the shield dissolved, the bullet fell
to the ground, a small wisp of dust floating up above it.
agent, though aware of the group’s powers, stood in front of Max with a
shocked look on his face. It took him a moment to realize that he
still had the gun in his hand. Max looked away from the agent for a
split second, his hand still protectively in front of him but the shield
down. The agent took the opportunity to raise his gun a second time.
look out!” Liz shouted from behind the agent, raising her hand and
forcing all of her anger and worry for her parents into an energy blast
which vaulted the agent out of the way.
watched as the agent fell to the ground several feet away, twitching
violently. Liz looked in horror at his crumpled body and let out a
gasp. “Max, is he . . .”
grabbed his wife by the arms and looked down into her tearful eyes,
“Thank you. It’s okay, everything will be okay.” He gave
her a quick hug and wished that he could believe himself.
moved over to each agent in turn, touching the back of their necks and
making sure they were immobilized for now. After pausing momentarily
at each one, she made her way to Max, providing her report.
all out of action. I’ve jumbled their memory circuits so they’ll
wake up confused.” She lightly kicked the nearest agent. “I don’t
think these three will be giving us any more trouble, at least, not for
looked towards the still form of the agent Liz had just blasted.
“What about that one,” he half-whispered, “is he dead?”
looked at Liz and saw the worry etched onto her face. “No, he’s
not dead. He isn’t going to be fighting anymore, though.”
he going to be okay though?” Liz’s urgent gaze beat into
not sure, Liz. He isn’t dead, and he won’t be anytime soon,”
she skirted around the question, making the decision to be honest rather
than make something up to allay Liz’s fears. “You did what you
had to do,” she said before turning to Max. “Max, we can’t
stay here any longer. No doubt one of the agents radioed others
before we took them out and the whole flock will be circling soon.”
worrying, Max had to push it to the back of his mind and turn his thoughts
to getting away. Running . . . like so many times before.
rest of the group was assembling when Max reluctantly began to speak.
“We can’t stay here anymore, the FBI knows where we are and it won’t
take them long to get here,” he said, reinforcing Raeve’s words.
“We can’t fight them all . . . we need to go, everybody needs to
divide into their groups.” He turned to Liz, still held in his
protective grip. “Liz . . .” he began, but didn’t know what
else to say.
Liz spoke back, “I’ll be fine. You can’t worry about me, what
we are about to do is more important for everyone. I’ll be fine;
I’m going with Isabel, Ava and Maria. They’ll keep me safe.
We won’t be apart long and we’ll only be in different vehicles.
You don’t need to worry but you do need to go with Michael and Raeve,
okay?” She stepped back from him and made her way over to where
her part of the group was gathering. It was hard to do, but she knew
that the separation wasn’t forever, even though it may seem like it.
stared after her, wishing that he didn’t have to leave. It was
hard enough normally, but after critically hurting that man it was harder
still. However, she was right; he had to go with the others so the
group as a whole could do the most damage. With a lot of luck,
perhaps they could rid themselves of the FBI forever.
and Maria were thinking the same. They both stood stoically, knowing
that they had to be apart, if only just for a while and accepting that
fact. The success of the group depended on it.
okay with this?” Michael confirmed, knowing that the answer was going to
be before he asked.
. . .” Maria said, thinking it over. “Well not really, I mean,
what if we get separated and can’t find each other again? I don’t want
to have to fight them alone.” Maria took Michael’s hand in
her own. “I only have limited control of my powers,
stepped forward and wrapped his arms around her, trying to comfort her.
“It’ll be okay. It’ll be over soon and we’ll have done the
FBI in,” he assured her, releasing his hold. Stepping back, he
nodded. “I’ll see you soon.”
if it was the wrong thing to say, Michael knew it felt right saying it.
He wasn’t going to write out his will and testament now, and Maria felt
the same. Michael turned and made his way towards the car where Max,
Kyle, and Raeve were growing impatient.
let’s go,” Max gestured, prompting the group to get in. Kyle was
slightly hesitant, and threw his gaze over in the direction of Serena, who
was in the process of getting into the van. Seeing she wasn’t
interested in what he was doing, he quickly turned back and got into the
car, trying to chase her incessant thoughts from his mind.
turned back to see Kyle already in the other car, apparently unconcerned
with her. Had she ruined it forever between them? All because
she was afraid of telling Kyle who, and what, she really was? Closing her
eyes, she dropped her head down and got into the van, sliding the door
shut behind both her and Kyle, perhaps forever.
underground government facility: Cell 1209, Washington D.C.
Colton finally decided to leave the room, and the agents shoved Jeff’s
limp body onto his chair. Colton would be back in a few hours
however, again demanding answers they refused to give, and eventually
bringing pain to both of them.
breathing was shallow and Nancy cradled him, praying that he would be
God, please,” she managed between sobs.
kept crying and could no longer help it. Even when Agent Colton had
demanded her to calm down, she couldn’t stop. The fear she felt
rushing up and down her spine forced her hormones to rage, making her
emotions uncontrollable. Although Jeff tried to console her in his
weakened state, she remained a complete emotional mess.
a nearby interrogation room, Agent Colton and his FBI Special Unit goons
discussed their next plan of attack against the unyielding Parkers and the
aliens at-large in Roswell. A group of the most powerful men in the
unit sat around the metal table in comfortable leather office chairs.
The leader was not Agent Colton, however, but his superior – a man by
the name of Agent Rosco Demitri.
Colton, I think I must have praised you one time too many for ransacking
their apartment in Boston, because it seems to have gone to your head.
What were you thinking kidnapping this Parker couple?”
daughter is one of them, sir,” Colton explained,
know absolutely nothing that we need,” Demitri
finished. “The aliens aren’t dumb,
did you think they would tell their foster parents their real intentions?
It’s too dangerous.”
didn’t know sir,” Colton’s partner spoke up. “It was an
educated decision, the laws of probability
dictated a positive outcome . . .”
lack of intelligence in dealing with, in any other circumstance would make
me very unhappy,” Demitri assured him, his
voice rising in anger. “But this is beyond unhappy though. You all
knew that there were other people in the same vicinity, who would have
given exactly what we wanted, simply because those people have the
information to give. Surely you knew this, but you grabbed this
do you suggest then?” Colton spoke up. “That we take the
Parkers back to Roswell and let them go?”
Dimitri uttered thoughtfully after a few seconds. “They’ll make
good bait. In the meantime, we have to find a better plan.”
are other ways to ensure the containment of these aliens, Sir,” another
agent spoke up.
knew how agent Colton felt about the issue. Colton believed that the
aliens were threats and he was ready to follow any orders necessary to
obliterate them. They did after all,
destroy the entire military base in Roswell. The destruction had to
mean that these aliens were enemies of the vilest kind – enemies who
wanted to destroy the world, starting with the government first, at least
according to some of the more powerful people in the room. But
not Dimitri. He had other plans for the aliens, long before
wanting them dead.
I want all of these aliens brought back alive,” Dimitri ordered them
stoically. “The military officials want them dead, but they are of
no use to anybody that way. Our primary job is simply to keep them
from harming other innocent human beings, and any other objective is
simply not to be our concern. The information you successfully
confiscated prior is of a great advantage to us. I suggest we use
whatever information we can from those findings to propagate a plan.
At this point, we cannot, under any circumstances, kill these aliens . . .
unless they are trying to kill us first. Is that understood?”
sir,” echoed throughout the room.
time an agent has pulled a weapon on these aliens, that agent has died,”
Dimitri added. “It’s useless to assume they can be killed.”
Dimitri looked around at his fellow agents, glancing for a few seconds at
the rather quiet and elusive Agent Dobson who did not respond to his
question except with a smirk. He knew the nervous look in the young
agent’s eyes, but the man had proven fearless and at times, defiant.
Glaring at Dobson, he spoke again.
you have a problem with the orders, Agent Dobson?”
sir,” Dobson blurted as though he had been distracted.
knew his men well, and that Dobson would succeed in the unit.
Knowing how to read his men however came at a price, a rather interesting
one in Dobson’s case. He would be sure to teach Dobson a lesson
when the time came. After all, spies in the unit never escape, not
FBI car – Dirt road, Roswell, NM.
you think the others will be alright without us?” Michael asked as
he looked away from the window to Max, Raeve, and Kyle.
should be fine,” Raeve drawled, not amused at such blatant human emotion
in light of their present situation.
thoughts?” Max mumbled,
too low for anyone to hear over the roaring engine.
bit his tongue, turning back towards the window only to turn back once
again. “Do you think . . . never mind.”
what is it Michael?” Max asked.
spit it out already,” Kyle mumbled. “You've never had a shy
eyes widened with the double implication his statement had. Raeve smirked,
tossing a line back to Kyle. “So. . .how
exactly do you know how Michael’s tongue is?”
yeah, that didn't come out right,” Kyle admitted sheepishly, turning to
the window. “Continue.”
his head a little in annoyance, Michael continued. “I'm just
worried about Maria with everyone else. She’s only got partial
control of her powers, and this is the first time she's been alone with
happened to her?” Raeve asked, looking in the rear view mirror at
rolled his eyes and let out a heavy sigh, saving Michael the trouble.
“Let's not get into that right now, it's a long--”
it Calypso?” Raeve asked, ignoring Max entirely.
blinked. “Yeah, well…” He said, scooting up in his seat
towards her. “Maria had a little mishap.”
doubt caused by you, I'm sure,” Raeve said with a sarcastic smile.
it,” Michael barked. “Anyway, Calypso was able to fix her, you
yeah… you don't have to explain. I know how she done it,” Raeve
stated. “Love that stretches entire
galaxies… silly humans.”
we focus…” Max tried to interject.
you even know about her,” Michael asked, a
curious yet suspicious tone in his voice.
knew her,” Raeve shrugged. “She trained us all. She was
head of security in the palace. She was, well… a real bitch.”
raised an eyebrow. “Yeah, we noticed that during her short time
eyes shot daggers in Kyle's direction. “No she wasn't,” he bit
please don't get him started,” Max moaned, looking out the passenger
what would you expect…” Raeve stated.
“Rath and Calypso were two of a kind, both bauers,
double duce, snake eyes,” She smirked. “In fact, it was usually
after a night romping with Rath that Calypso was just that little bit
happier and easier on us… it was refreshing.”
bad it was only once a week,” Raeve added, trying to hide a smirk.
Michael contested. “Wait, how old does that make you then, Rae?”
hold it for a minute,” Max snapped, focusing in on the side mirror.
“We're being followed. Don’t everyone look…”
you sure?” Raeve asked, looking up in the rear view mirror
herself. “Yeah, that's definitely the Feds alright.”
told you to work your voodoo magic on the car, you know, perhaps a bright
red, or even a Barney purple but nooooo,”
Kyle blurted nervously.
wouldn’t have made any difference,” Raeve added dryly, spotting the
blinking light under the dash. She ripped the lo-jack car alarm out,
tossing the contraption out the window, sparking wires and
had a transmitter in the car?”
it is the new millennium and all,” Rave said pointedly.
on it,” Michael said, rolling his
window down and proceeding to climb out and sit on the window frame.
From there, he raised his hand and was about to blast the car back a few
years, when there was a loud pop, and he was nearly thrown from the
window. The car swayed back and forth as Raeve struggled to regain
control of it, Michael climbing back inside a bit shakily.
what the hell?! Are you trying to
get me killed or something?” Michael exclaimed.
We must have ran over something and busted the tire . . . I'm going
to have to pull over!” Raeve cried, trying to force the steering
wheel to no avail.
that mean I get to do some ass-kicking?” Kyle asked. “Cause
I'm totally up for that at his point.”
go then…” Max said, the car screeching to a halt, a dust cloud
flying up everywhere. Max jumped out of the car along with everyone
else, watching through the dust as the guys in suits stepped out of their
car, drawing their guns.
almost laughed. “Too easy…” Raising his hand, he sent
all of the guns flying off into the cacti in unison.
the guns gone, it was a real fight…except, no one was moving. Each
group stayed by their prospective car like opponents in a Hollywood
western, not really sure they want to get into this bloodshed.
to hell with this…” Raeve grumbled, walking through both Max and
Michael straight towards the FBI, who patiently waited for her. As
she walked towards them, she deliberately began shape-shifting from one
person to the next as a way of distracting them. Max, Michael, and
Kyle followed behind her.
Michael blasted one off into the sand, Max and Kyle proceeded to fight off
the others, just as Raeve got knocked to the ground by the largest of the
FBI drones. The largest one turned from her, extracted a bayonet
knife from a hidden sheath around his lower calf, and came up behind Max.
Behind you!” Michael suddenly cried
out, raising his hand once again, sending the agent up into the air only
to land on the hood of the car, denting the metal and cracking the glass.
The knife lay spinning at Max's feet. He
looked up from it and took a deep breath before looking to Michael.
you can count on your partner for one,”
Michael nodded, looking around Max to where Kyle was still punching
his already unconscious agent.
finally stood and nodded in self-approval. “I think he's down for
the count.” He threw in one more kick for good measure.
just possibly…” Raeve mumbled, licking her cracked open lip, the
sand gritty in her mouth.
okay?” Max asked.
nodded. “Just a scratch. I heal
quickly… third generation and all.” She said, and it proved to
be true because as soon as she walked back to the car, her lip was healed.
She bent down at the right front tire, it’s
collapsed shape calling for little more than a quick head scratch to fix.
With a wave of her hand, the punctured wheel sprang back to life, looking
do you say we get a move-on and find these parents already? Hmmm?
Time’s-a-wasting,” asked Raeve dutifully.
Michael, and Kyle all nodded, then as Kyle trekked back to the battered
car he added, “Ass-kicking
“Lets get out of here,” Isabel stated.
“Before more agents arrive.”
drive,” Jesse offered, taking the keys. “Did I ever mention I
did some off-road racing back in college? Had this little blue RX7,
man that thing was fast…”
let’s put the racecar driver behind the wheel,” Maria said
sarcastically, climbing in the back. “We do have a roll-bar in
this van, right?”
Jesse rolled his eyes at her.
honey, you never mentioned that,” Isabel pondered, ignoring Maria and
clearing out the passenger seat before climbing in. “Is there
anything you didn’t do in college?”
nothing else that’s really interesting,” he doled out, adjusting the
inside, he fired up the behemoth, the loose steering wheel and flimsy
pedals not quite the vintage racecar of yesteryear. Still, he was
probably the best qualified for desert
driving and accepted the role dutifully.
grew silent in the van after pulling onto the main thoroughfare, much to
know,” Jesse spoke up. “There has to be a way to end all this,
once and for all.”
is,” Liz replied. “But we have to find the source first.”
do we go?” Serena demanded calmly, “’Cause I’m all for this
bettin’ the Han-man was right,” Ava
pointed out. “The real source ain’t
in this town, so there’s no point in stickin’
around here unless we gonna set them a
sure they want more than one of us, they never give up,” Isabel said,
turning in her seat. “We need to go somewhere where they’ll be
expecting us, like my parents’ house. Logically, that would be one
of the best places to find them.”
we go there, look like we don’t know anything is going on, mind-warp any
leftover agents, and hope that does it?” Liz spoke up again.
have to stop by my mom’s house first,” Maria suddenly spoke up.
“In case there are any agents there, ya know? So we can lure
them with us to the other house. Herd them, like cattle.”
we can’t take on that many at once. It would be best to deal with
as few at a time as possible,” Isabel thought aloud.
then, my place first, then Isabel’s?” Maria suggested.
anyone think of anything better?” Liz contended, met with no
Jesse said from the driver’s seat. “Have we finally decided on a
all we’ve got for now,” Isabel replied.
a start,” Liz concurred.
chuckled mentally while he concentrated on the road. It was amazing
really, that they could form a decent plan so easily without their leader
or second in command. Perhaps the plan formed itself simply in
desperation, but still he was glad they had one.
Jesse stopped the van at a very
desolate Deluca residence. No lights were on, all the windows and
doors were shut and the shades drawn; it looked like the occupants
had deliberately locked down the house.
Liz said, pointing to the doorstep. The morning paper still lay
there, alongside the day’s mail. Nobody had been there all day.
anyone see any cars, any people, anything around here?” Isabel
said, looking around carefully.
nothing,” Jesse contemplated.
must have left,” Maria thought aloud, seeing the flickering light from
the TV in the window. “In a hurry, I might add.” She
stood, reaching for the door, but Liz stopped her.
not here,” Liz said knowingly. “No use looking around.
There are no agents around either. They must not have found anything
worthwhile here, else they’d be waiting for
looked at Liz’s hand as it touched her, and Liz immediately let go.
“Yeah, okay,” Maria conceded.
Valenti knows something,” Liz offered.
next stop,” Isabel spoke, a tinge of anxiety in her voice. Jesse
put the van into drive, easing the vehicle back into motion.
know, for being a racecar driver, you’re not that bad,” Maria
Jesse said. “This thing isn’t exactly a spring chicken, you
seemingly sputtered on command, jostling the occupants.
didn’t mean it personally,” Jesse said, stroking the vehicle’s
Jesse’s humor lingered long enough
to carry the vehicle into Isabel’s neighborhood, where Jesse slowed
down, his eyes fixated on the rearview mirror.
“Did that car just make the same
turn as us,” Jesse asked.
“Yes, go around the block,” Liz
The car turned off, much to
everyone’s approval. Jesse let out a tight breath and turned back
“Oh, that’s definitely an
agent,” Maria said, pointing at a man walking his little dog down the
sidewalk. “That’s so obvious,
it’s not even funny . . .”
no, that’s Mister Fleer,” Isabel said mockingly. “Pastor
at Faith Lutheran. His dog is more dangerous than he is.”
managed to crack a smile. It was nice that not all humor was lost,
even in these trying times.
Jesse neared the Evan’s house and so
far, nothing was looking amiss. There were lights on inside, and the
front door was open, so somebody must be home. Pulling into the
driveway, Jesse shut off the ignition,
finally able to take a full breath.
by one, the foursome opened their respective doors, stepping cautiously
onto the driveway.
Liz touched the ground, a premonition came over her. In her mind,
she saw the scene unfold: Two agents coming out from the bushes
lining the front of the house, and three more bursting out of the car that
tailed them from the Deluca house. She saw herself and the others
surrounded. Returning to reality, her eyes met Isabel’s.
Isabel asked first, seeing Liz just standing there in a daze.
up,” she whispered to the others. “Three in a car, two in the
bushes, go!” With that, she opened her phone, dialing Max.
have a situation at your parent’s, trouble will be here any second,”
Liz spoke into the phone.
it, we’re on our way.”
looked over her side, catching a glimpse of a shadowy figure, her blood
running cold. Everything else around her seemed to slow down, the
feeling somehow vaguely familiar. She turned to face the assailant
just as he raised a high-power rifle at her, his motions becoming slower
and slower, her heart seeming to beat faster and faster. She raised
her hand in defense, catching sight of a strange blur behind it that
lasted for several seconds. Confused, she moved her hand some more,
painting opaque streaks into the air, the sight sending chills up her
spine. Then came a flash and a low but powerful sound, which brought her back to
reality. Serena watched as the muzzle of the weapon in front of her
flared to life, the bright streaks lighting up the entire area and making
it hard to see. And from the center, she could make out a small
black dot, and it was moving . . . moving directly towards her.
Serena panicked, trying to run, but no muscle moved. She watched the
bullet move closer and knew it was already too late, she could not move
fast enough to escape the igneous projectile even if she tried.
cringed in terror. The searing pain sent her reeling, her body
folding around the impact as the bullet ripped through her chest.
all the confusion, Liz didn’t even realize that the agent pulled the
trigger until Serena lurched backwards, collapsing to the ground.
“No!” Liz cried, running over to Serena, pulling her limp body
up into her arms. The agent was frantically trying to reload the
rifle, but the shell had become lodged in the barrel. In his haste,
he knocked over the glass birdbath Isabel had purchased for her mother
last Mother’s Day, the article crashing to the walkway in a million
bits, getting Ava’s attention. Ava
turned, composing herself and concentrating, using her powers to distract
Grabbing a baseball bat from the van, Jesse
started beating any agent he could, knocking
their weapons out of their hands while he had the chance. In a bad
swing, he lost grip of the weapon and it fell to the ground, the agent
coming at him full-bore. Maria, seeing this, reached out with her
mind, raising the instrument vertically just as the agent stepped over it
– the man collapsing to the ground.
in there Serena,” Liz pleaded, grabbing her cell phone once again.
Hitting the redial, it seemingly took ages before he finally answered.
Serena’s been shot! We need help, now!” she blurted into the
don’t panic. We’re almost there!”
slammed the phone shut, tossing it aside, her fingers trembling. Brushing Serena’s long red hair from
her face, a red spot began growing on Serena’s shirt.
“Everything’s going to be all right,” she reassured her, wiping her
eyes quickly and pulling Serena closer.
tried to stand, tugging on Liz, but it was no use, she didn’t have the strength. She tried to speak also, but all
that came out was a moan, no words would
Liz said. “Help is on the way, just stay with us.”
second black agent car came screeching to a halt, this one quite beat up,
the front of the car crashing up over the curb and onto the
sidewalk. Maria looked around frantically, looking for any kind of
projectile to volley their way. Spotting the broken glass by the
steps, she began concentrating, levitating shards of it pointedly; the
sharp ends directed towards the car. Her eyes were glowing
a deep, iridescent violet color.
Max said, jumping out of the car, Michael following right behind.
came to, dropping the salient instruments, her eyes returning to normal.
looking around at the carnage before her. Ava broke her mind warp
just in time to send an agent flailing from a well-placed roundhouse kick.
Jesse then disarmed that agent, and Ava struck him again with another
karate move as the agent crumpled to the ground. “Nice moves,”
Jesse said, glancing around for his wife. Isabel stood in shock; she
could do nothing but stare.
spotted Liz and their downed ally, and began running towards them when two
more agents appeared from the back.
Max! Help!” Liz shouted, Isabel
turning around to see Max confronted by two agents. She did the only
thing she could think of, she closed her eyes,
envisioning the two as being enemies. Michael lowered his hand,
watching the two agents beating themselves up.
opened her eyes, Ava there to steady her. “Couldn’t have done it
better myself,” she said. Isabel could only nod.
Jesse, and Raeve were able to disarm the remaining agents, pinning them to
came running to Liz, a tattered and clinging-to-life Serena held in her
arms. He took Serena gently, placing her on the ground, starting his
looked at her husband, relieved that things were going to be okay. But as
she watched him heal Serena, she couldn’t shake the feeling that
something like this was going to happen to Serena again.
paced back and forth along the sand and dirt in the desert, where he and
the remainder of the parents were waiting for the others to arrive.
Finally, when his legs started to give out on him from all the exercise,
he knelt down and wrapped his right hand around a pebble, chucking it down
into the reservoir below. He watched it skip, while deep down he
said a silent prayer. He knew that Raeve would not fail and she knew
what they were already knee-deep in, but the others did not understand the
situation the way the protectors did. Sure, the royals were smart,
but they hadn’t even begun to grasp the real politics of the situation,
and Hanley thought about ways to explain those concepts … until Amy
Deluca’s voice flooded his ears.
don’t need babysitters,” Amy protested. “How many times do I
have to tell you that?”
groaned in frustration. “And how many times do I have to explain
that this isn’t my choice, but when it comes to the FBI, you need one of
us around. Trust me, none of you have any
idea what the they will do to get to your kids.”
we don’t?” Amy challenged. “You mean that we weren’t there
when they tried gunning them down during their graduation?”
when they practically shut down the whole town,” Diane added,
“Searching house to house with helicopters and search dogs?”
dragging one of them out of the white room after a man, who could only be
classified as evil, tortured him for hours on end,” Jim finished off.
“Trust me, sonny. I think we know.”
heard Diane let out a little whimper at the mention of Max’s experience
in white room. She turned to Phillip, who was now the one pacing
back and forth. God, he hated to do this, but he had to make them
sorry for my implication,” Hanley apologized a moment later. “I
know that none of this has been easy.” He glanced around trying to
meet each of their gazes. “For any of you.
But, you know those memories you just listed off for me? The white
room, Tess’s baby, the fiasco at graduation. Why do you think they
kept them a secret from you for so long?”
protect you,” Hanley answered his own question. “That’s why
they had me stay with you now. They know what the FBI is like
firsthand, and they know that the FBI will use you all to get to them.
They have Jeff and Nancy, and I don’t even want to know what they are
doing to them.”
was nothing that any of the parents could say to that. Deep down,
each of them knew that what Hanley was saying was true. They needed
to stay on the sidelines for the time being to keep their kids safe, but
that didn’t mean they had to like it.
Amy, the most vocal, caved in. “Fine.
let out a limited breath of relief. However, he should have known
that the victory would be short-lived. The second his cell phone
began to ring, Hanley knew it was true.
he answered instantly.
that how you were raised,” the voice on the end laughed slightly.
Hanley exclaimed. “Xaedon, is that
course,” he said.
smirked. His brother still sounded like the same cocky, self-assured
guy that he was when he last saw him, and that had been over three years
ago, such a long time ago.
you have any idea how worried Raeve’s been about you,” he launched
into a lecture. “I mean six months and you couldn’t even connect
with her. You know how she is when she gets like this. Rae has
been nearly impossible.”
I can imagine,” Xaedon chuckled.
“Sounds like her. Some things never change, including you.
Not even thirty seconds into the phone call and I’m already getting a
I’m not finished,” Hanley retorted. “Six months. And you
Xaedon said abruptly. “It was too
dangerous. I have no idea how, but I have a feeling that if I did,
they would know about it. The others… they were not so
‘they’ are we talking about,” Hanley asked, curious as to his
Xaedon replied. “I’m not as sure
about the other protectors. They may have one more in here as well,
but I haven’t been able to siphon any information out of those FBI
how long have you been doing this,” Hanley asked,
irritation in his voice. “Hiding out among them?”
he heard Xaedon scoff. “You think that
this is easy? For three years, I’ve been busting my ass, getting
information out, and this is the thanks I get? From my own brother
no less! Thanks for the vote of confidence, Hanley.”
has nothing to do with confidence,” Hanley
shouted into the cell phone, doing something he rarely ever did . . . lose
control. “This is about our duty. Our duty to serve our
not forget his second, the princess and her human husband, the former
queen, or Calypso,” Xaedon listed off.
“And the newly appointed, changed human bride of his that is now queen.
Oops, I forgot to mention the human and his deceiving girlfriend.
Did I get them all now?”
did you know…” Hanley started,
only to be cut off.
may not have been in touch,” Xaedon told
him. “Doesn’t mean that I was out of touch.
As for what comes first, do you remember how you started this
conversation? Did you inquire right away about any possible information
that I might have or did you simply start to lecture me, big brother?”
Xae, listen to me,” Hanley muttered, trying
to reign in his emotions, but giving up with a flail of his free hand.
“Do you have information or not?”
till the end, forever will defend,” Xaedon
was my vow,” Hanley replied. “And yours.”
enough,” the other man let the topic drop, for the time being.
“I do have news. A day or two ago, the unit brought in a couple.
Since they got here, the head cheese has been making preparations for
several more ‘visitors,’ as it were, if you get my drift. They
are going to try to bring them all in, Hanley. And they plan to use
this couple to do it.”
you know who and where they are,” Hanley questioned.
shapely laugh resonated through the earpiece. “Well, duh?
I’d have to be a special kind of stupid not to know. They’re the
Parkers. Owners of the Crashdown and
pseudo-parents to our new queen.”
least I don’t have to explain that,” Hanley sighed.
I said, I’m not stupid,” Xaedon joked
you know how they are, how they’ve been treated,” Hanley wondered.
one word… badly. How would you think?”
rolled his eyes, balling his fist. “Then you know what you have to
do. You have to get them out.”
hate to be the one to break it to you, but no-can-do,” Xaedon
refused. “It’s too big a risk. They’ll figure me out if
I help, and we can’t afford to lose the information I supply from the
have got to be kidding!” Anger welling up
inside Hanley. “You said yourself that they’re bait, and
you know that the others will take it.”
hands may be tied dear brother, but yours are not,” Xaedon
told him. “Ergo, that is why I called.”
a chance in hell.”
we’re dealing with Zan here,” Hanley answered simply. “In any
version of him, he is still Zan to the core. And we are talking
about his beloved’s parents. There is not a damn thing I can do to
change any of that, or what he is going to do. So, here is the plan.
Find out as much as you can and get back in touch with either me or Rae…
however you can. We will go from there. Even
better yet, how about you get the Parkers and yourself out of there.”
was a pause on the other end. “Fine,” Xaedon
ground out reluctantly, still unsure of Hanley’s idea. “I’ll
do what I can. Tell Raeve I called and I’m not dead, just had to
quell the supernatural stuff, you know. Give her a hug from me, and
make up some lame excuse if you can get a word in.”
know I will,” Hanley mumbled. “Thank you, Xaedon.”
still against this,” Xaedon reminded him.
“Just for the record and all. But what
else are brothers for?” With that, the line went dead.
pressed the off button, taking a deep breath, and then another before
putting the phone away.
call?” Jim commented.
Lakers lost by one point,” he said sarcastically.
mind,” Hanley finished. It hit Hanley that the other parents had
heard everything, at least from his end. Man, he would bet anything
that the conversation he just had wasn’t sitting too well with them.
There would be no way of getting around explaining what was going on
except with the truth.
all know that Raeve is my sister,” he began. “What you may not
know is that she has a twin brother… Xaedon.”
that was him,” Phillip asked. “On the phone
Hanley walked over to Michael’s bike, leaning onto it. “He’s been
out of contact with everyone for the past few months, including Raeve,
which is difficult because of the bond they share.”
Diane asked. “Why is it difficult?”
they’re twins, they have a special connection, or bond, that allows them
to communicate telepathically. They can also sense one another,”
Hanley explained. “Each of them spent years honing it, so they
could keep in contact when they got separated here on Earth. Raeve
was sure he was dead. For Raeve not to feel it, Xaedon
had to be making a constant effort to keep her cut off.”
he have a reason to do that?” Amy spoke up.
found himself nodding again. “He said that where he is located, it
would not be possible to use the connection. He doesn’t want to be
is he,” Jim questioned. “With the
Hanley told him. “In a sense.”
let out a loud huff. “That is not a real answer, ‘In a sense.’
Just what in the hell do you mean by that?”
his fingers up to rub at his temples, Hanley searched his already racked
brain for the right words to explain the situation. “Listen, none
of you are going to like me for saying this, but I’m not going to tell
you which enemy, or where. This is for both yours, and his
protection. I have no idea who is watching or how close they are,
and you all are the most visible means to an end. And trust me when
I say that any of them will use any of you to capture any of the others,
just as they are using the Parkers. If you know where Xaedon
is, then you’re in the same danger, and chances are, they will exploit
that weakness. Therefore, I have said all that I can say at this
group watched as Hanley walked over to a large outcrop of rocks away from
the group and sat down, his back to them. Flipping open his cell
phone, he dialed. “We have an ally in the unit . . .”
underground government facility: Cell 1209
Parker knelt on the cold, hard floor of the little room, stroking her
husband’s arm. Her eyes were red from her vain attempts to wipe
away the wetness that kept forming, blinding her to her current situation.
Perhaps that was a good thing, the tears welling there blotted out the
image of her gruesome husband lying there in pain, leaning against the
dank wall of their prison.
sighed, wincing at the pain even this brought. He looked over at his
wife as she continued to stroke his arm, trying to comfort him.
infinitesimal bastion of strength I turned out to be,” he said,
criticizing his own inability to defend himself and his wife against the
were up against more than you could manage,” Nancy tried to comfort him.
“If you had tried to fight back, they would have made it even worse.
Besides, you didn’t give in, you didn’t
tell them what they wanted to hear. You can’t beat yourself up for
gave a brief smile in self-mockery. “Looks
like they did a good enough job for me.”
isn’t your fault,” Nancy countered, not finding any humor in it.
“Besides, it’s over now. They’ve gone.”
won’t be gone forever,” Jeff sighed, again wincing. “They’ll
be back soon enough. And if they don’t get what they want…”
talk about that,” his wife silenced him, “we’ll get through this.
We will, one way or another.”
door to the room clicked as the lock was disengaged. It opened with
a screech, revealing yet another agent dressed in a dark suit.
Striding into the room, he looked at the two of them as they cowered on
like we’ll find out soon enough,” Jeff said, bracing himself against
what he knew was coming next. Looking at the agent, he spouted as
forcibly as he could, “We don’t know what you want. You’re not
getting anything out of us!”
agent cocked his head to the side, taking in the injured man’s slurred
words. A faint smile spread across his lips; making the Parkers
unsure of what was about to happen next. The agent, however,
didn’t wait to act. Moving over to Jeff, he took hold of one of
his arms, and moved to pull him to his feet. The agent wasn’t as
rough as the others had been, but the contact still made Jeff wince in
“Stand up,” the agent said in a
it, leave him alone!” Nancy choked out, tears again falling down
her face, her husband once again becoming the target for the brutality of
the special unit. He was already in agony, and she couldn’t bear
to see him go through it all again.
on pure adrenaline, she made a rush at the agent and started hitting him
across the back with her small bound fists that, in this moment, had
become like clods of steel striking her husband’s aggressor. She
didn’t care what happened, she just wanted him to stop, to leave him
alone, to leave them alone.
agent, however, had other ideas. Turning from the crumpled form of
Jeff, he turned to Nancy. Taking hold of her arms, he rushed her up
against the wall, and pinned her there with what seemed like minimal
force. Holding Nancy’s hands up against the wall, he lent down and
looked right into her eyes. Nancy’s face was one of absolute
determination; she was going to stop this person. She was, or else.
her alone!” Jeff yelled this time; now he was the one to speak out
against the agent’s actions. “Stop it, let her go!”
agent continued to stare down at Nancy, not prepared to listen to the
demands being shouted at him. And then, he spoke.
down, both of you,” he instructed in a quiet blend of authority and
reassurance. “I’m not here to hurt you and I’m certainly not
here to torture secrets out of you. I know all of them anyways.
I’m here to help. I’m going to get you out of here.”
With that, he let go of Nancy’s arms and let her move over to her
husband. Nancy clung to Jeff’s side and crouched there, holding
her husband and stared with hatred at the man in black.
agent rolled his eyes, and moved across to help Jeff up. Nancy
opened her mouth, about to tell him directly to keep his distance, but
it’s okay,” Jeff assured her. “He’s, well he must be here to
help. I don’t exactly trust him, but what choice have we got? We either
trust him and let him help or we stay in this room and wait for the
said nothing, but continued to frown at the agent, who had now moved
across the small cell of a room and was in the process of helping Jeff to
his feet, unlocking his restraints. She wasn’t prepared to just
let go of what the agents had done to them, not that easily, even if this
particular agent said that he was here to help.
“Do you want to remain locked up?”
He spoke to Nancy, holding out the key to her. She took it and
undone her restraints, rubbing her wrists briskly.
here a minute,” the agent spoke again, making his way to the door.
He opened it slowly and looked out, and then moved off down the hallway.
Moments later, he returned and taking hold of Jeff, helping him out the
are we going?” Nancy demanded, not sure of whether going out into
the main hallway of the building, whatever it was, was
any safer than staying in the room. There was no response.
“Where are we going?!” she demanded again.
agent, sighing, turned to look at her. “Away from this place,”
he said, and with that single word, made his way out the door. Nancy
stood for a moment, and then followed, stepping out into perhaps even more
hallway was just as frigid as the room they had just been in; not merely
to the touch, but more so to the other senses. It was very clinical,
as if it was some kind of hospital, or a morgue. Nancy considered
this for a moment, and quickly pushed it to the back of her mind in an
attempt to rid herself of the feeling that the FBI was prepared to do
anything to get answers.
agent, who had shown behavior unlike the rest of the FBI, led the Parkers
down the shadowed hall, urging them to be quick and quiet. It
wouldn’t be long before agents, having seen him take the prisoners from
their room, would be searching the complex.
on the other hand, wasn’t something Jeff found easy to accomplish in his
current state. But the pain was almost nullified by the urge to make
a break for it.
group approached an intersection in the corridor and the agent, after
hastily checking for other agents, led the Parkers down a dimly lit hall.
After a short way, they reached a small, seemingly insignificant door,
just the other doors in the area.
back,” the agent warned, and then rushed the door, forcing it open, and
revealing an even more dimly lit passage that led to what appeared to be
the maintenance areas of the compound. Ushering the Parkers through
the door, the agent then closed the door again as well as possible.
The sound of the lock clicking back into place surprised Jeff; he hadn’t
noticed a manual lock on the door aside from one on the other side.
He looked at the door, trying to figure out how the agent could have
locked it again from the wrong side, but the agent stepped in the way.
“This way,” he said, and motioned for the two to begin moving again.
man led them through a maze of corridors, the walls of which seemed to be,
to a large degree, constructed of pipes and various cables and wires.
way,” the agent instructed again, seemingly to remind himself which way
to go as much as to let the Parkers know which way to turn. It
seemed that the agent hadn’t been here too many times himself, if at
all, and the route to be taken was less than familiar.
sound of an alarm sounded as the group turned yet another corner.
does that mean?” Jeff questioned. The agent didn’t turn around,
and for awhile, no answer came, as if he was concentrating on something
he replied. “They didn’t find what they were looking for through
the two of you as easily as they had hoped. The alarm is to put the
whole base on alert.” He turned back to see the faces of both
Nancy and Jeff contorted in anxiety. “Don’t worry, they won’t
find us. By the time they look down here, we’ll be long gone.”
that, he moved on. It wasn’t long before they reached another
door, if you could call it a door. It was more of a hatch or service
entrance, which led to a steeply graded and concealed causeway, which was
actually a fire escape route. Turning to look at the Parkers, the
agent beckoned them to enter the tunnel, and then entered himself to lead
them out of the compound.
group slowly made its way through the steep tunnel upwards for what seemed
like eternity, stepping cautiously through the almost complete darkness.
On the wall ahead at a tunnel junction, a small red light gradually came
into view, oscillating slowly back and forth on its pedestal.
the man said. “Infra-red surveillance camera.
Wait here a minute.”
the darkness, the Parkers couldn’t see the agent moving, but heard him
take a step forward and then pause. A moment later, the red light on
the wall paused in its motion, and then faded out completely.
the time they notice, we’ll be gone. Come on, we have to move,”
the man urged.
do you know where we’re going?” Came
Nancy’s worried voice, anxious to know how the agent could lead them
through the pitch darkness without a hint of doubt as to where they were
know where we are, it isn’t long now,” the agent replied. Nancy
noticed he was skirting around the question in an attempt not to answer
it. About to speak again, she was halted by the sudden noise of a
metallic grate being lifted and the agent’s hand on her back guiding her
down into what appeared to be a drainage pipe leading out the side of the
tunnel. Jeff was already in the pipe, laboring through its murky
residue, the pain from the torture session of not long ago causing him to
the grate behind him, the agent told the Parkers yet again to move.
The group made its way, slowly but surely, down the pipe, noticing that
with each forward movement, the speck of light at the end of the pipe got
brighter and brighter. It wasn’t long before fresh air began
sweeping down the tunnel, indicating that freedom was near.
Jeff was able to stretch out his arms and see the sunlight, shining on his
skin. Climbing out quickly, despite the pain, he turned and pulled
his wife out and stood, holding her in his arms, happy that they were now
to interrupt the Kodak moment, but we still aren’t safe yet. We
need to move,” the man urged, pointing to a car behind the brush that
neither had yet noticed.
are we going?” Jeff asked this time, getting into the car alongside his
wife, who had, despite her still quite obvious distrust of the agent,
already claimed a seat.
into the car himself, the agent spoke. “Somewhere
safe. Somewhere where they can’t get
you.” He turned on the ignition, and set the car in motion,
making it move at high speed away from the compound.
about home? When can we go back?” Nancy asked, already
thinking about their apartment in Roswell and their daughter.
now. It isn’t safe yet, not for you,” the man spoke, not taking
his eyes off scanning the road ahead.
reached over and grasped his wife’s hand in his own, in an attempt to
comfort her as she had done to him earlier that day. He moved to say
something, but paused. They would be home soon enough, he thought.
Right now, he was content just to be with his wife and alive.
house, front lawn - Roswell, NM.
Maria bounded from the van, running straight into Michael’s arms.
He picked her up easily, engulfing her into a hug. Breathing deep,
he inhaled her scent.
okay,” he questioned gruffly.
course I am,” Maria pulled back, smiling. “I’m no wuss.
In fact, I was kicking some serious ass.”
wish, Deluca!” Raeve called out, smiling her victory smile.
you’re ruining the lovey-dovey groping moment with the boyfriend,”
Maria bit back, smiling. “Back off, Rae.”
She pulled Michael closer to her, if that were even possible.
threw her hands up. “I was just saying…”
possessive?” Michael cut in, earning a few good laughs from everyone and
a playful punch in the stomach from Maria.
to the rest of the group, Liz reached up, gently touching Max’s split
gonna scar,” she warned, wincing as his
muscle spasmed under her feather-light touch.
had worse,” Max smiled gently down at her, kissing the tip of her nose.
Looking back at Serena, he concluded, “We’ve had worse, much worse.”
looked up to Max at his comment, silently thanking him again for saving
nothing that a little steak wouldn’t fix, right Max?” Jesse piped up,
Max replied, a grin creeping out the corner of his mouth.
Liz questioned, needing an answer to what she saw. “What did you
do right before you were, you know. . .”
panicked,” Serena said. “Plain and simple.
I froze like a deer caught in headlights,” she
finished with a despondent sound.
I mean with your hands I’ve never seen anyone move that fast before.”
just don’t know,” Serena replied, looking down at her hands, then the
I hate to break up this lovely family reunion, but shouldn’t we go
inside and see if anyone is home?” Isabel stepped beside Max and
glanced anxiously at the house.
looked from his sister to the front door of the house. Sensing his
reluctance, Raeve started towards the door. After unlocking the door
with her powers, she cautiously stepped in. “All clear,” she
shouted back to the group.
raced into the house and wildly looked around.
Dad? Where is everyone?”
deserted,” Jesse noted, returning from the kitchen. “Coffee’s
still on the pot.”
my God. What if the FBI has taken
them too? Max?”
walked in and put his arm around Isabel, trying to comfort her.
“Let’s not jump to any conclusions, okay.” Looking around he
noticed something glowing on the wall by the kitchen table.
“Isabel, look,” he said gesturing to the wall. Three glowing,
wavy lines streaked the wall.
I don’t see anything,” Jesse reported, examining the wall closely.
either,” Kyle replied.
at the reservoir,” Michael said, coming up from behind the brother and
sister, seeing the wavy lines. Michael glanced back at Maria, who
was nodding her head in confusion.
looked at the wall, then at Michael, then back to the wall
again. “How in the world did you deduce that? From
these squiggly lines on the wall?”
Because it looks like water? It’s not
rocket science,” Michael commented dryly.
nodded. “I see… point taken.”
I still can’t see anything,” Jesse said, confused.
took the bait. “Alien thing...”
Jesse scrunched up his face, studying the wall some more. “I didn’t
know that was possible.”
laughed. “Believe me honey, you and me both.” She took his arm.
“Let’s go find my parents.”
almost there. Isabel, could you stop squeezing my arm? It’s
going to fall off soon,” Jesse looked
down at his wife and her anxious face, wishing there was more he could do.
I just want to make sure they’re okay,” she said, rubbing his arm
briskly. Jesse wrapped the arm around her shoulders and leaned in to
kiss her forehead.
glanced into the rearview mirror of the van, taking inventory of the
worried and tired faces everyone wore. “It’s been one hell of a
day,” she thought to herself.
sat in the passenger seat weakly, replaying the day’s events over and
over in her mind, unable to escape them. So, she had gained a father
and lost a boyfriend . . . what was Kyle to her anyways? It didn’t
take much for him to turn his back on her. Maybe whatever they had
been sharing over the past few months had all been in her head, an
illusion. Sighing, she rubbed her forehead, hoping that the answers
would come and come soon.
looked out the window from his perch in the back, spotting Valenti’s SUV
and his father’s car, but nobody was within sight. “Raeve, do
you see anything?”
shook her head, braking to a stop next to the other vehicles. She
opened her door cautiously, stepping out, her senses working double-time.
you long enough,” yelled a voice from behind the rocks, Hanley emerging.
don’t do that! At least give a girl some warning before jumping
out like that!” She smiled sheepishly, glad to see him.
the rest of the group piled out of the van, the parents warily climbed
down from the hiding place on the other side of the rocks.
Dad!” Isabel rushed to them and nearly
tackled them with a big hug.
so glad you all are all right!” Isabel exclaimed, hugging her parents
not so sure about that,” Diane glanced from her son to the others.
“This was an exhausting day.”
Isabel exclaimed incredulously. “Mom, c’mon, waiting here must
have been nothing! You’ve exerted more energy beating me to the
sales rack at the Gap,” she quipped, so happy to have some form of
normalcy in her life again.
laughed and joined his wife’s side. “She has a point there.”
kinda have to agree wit you, Miss Evans,”
Ava stretched, yawning. “I’m dead tired, yo.
I need a nap. Who’s with me?”
poked her side. “Wuss, wuss.”
smacked her hand away. “FYI Miss-Hot-Shot-Protector, I don’t
have endless supplies of energy. I’m gonna
need to reload on ice cream and chocolate for a few days.”
said I have all the energy?” Raeve grinned, sticking her tongue out.
anyone heard word of our parents?” Serena suddenly asked. Her
comment immediately sobered the group up, who looked from one to another.
“I don’t mean to be a mood breaker, but…”
glanced at her sympathetically, reaching over and grabbing her hand.
“Yeah, where are they?”
took a deep breath, glancing at Hanley. He nodded slightly.
with Xaedon. They’re safe.”
Xaedon?” Liz immediately asked. Max
glanced at Hanley who continued.
can’t tell you any more than that. It’s best if we lay low for a
few days,” Hanley put in.
Isabel added, thinking of how her front yard was now wrecked.
can we see them again?” Liz looked Hanley directly in the eyes.
not sure,” Hanley said quietly. “It could be days, months.
The important thing is that they’re safe.”
what about the Crashdown?” Serena asked, her eyes darting around the group. They
landed on Kyle and she immediately averted them to Hanley.
“That’s their life… if they’re gone, who’s gonna
will,” Max said confidently, tugging Liz closer to his side.
Isabel scoffed. “No way. Ugh, I
don’t think I can handle being a waitress again. I don’t think
my feet could take it, nor my hair. And the dishes, yuck!
like I’m on dish detail for the next month… again,” Jesse joked.
is why I said we need a dishwasher, you
know that machine, under the sink?” Isabel drew a rough diagram with her
hands. “You put the dirty dishes in…”
Serena crossed her arms, taking a few steps in Kyle’s direction,
scuffing her shoes on the ground.
what?” Kyle asked, not looking at
exhaled hard, glancing at the others. “You’re still mad.”
Serena reached into her pocket, pulling out a small white piece of
paper. “This is for you. Read it and… whatever. Just…
Serena walked back to the others, not glancing back. Flipping the
piece of paper over, Kyle read the words once and then again before
slipping it into his pocket.
Dad,” he said, walking over to Jim’s side. “Let’s go
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