FanFic - Crashdown After Hours
"Finding Our Normal"
Part 14
by LivE
Disclaimer: Sadly nothing Roswell is mine!
Summary: This is a sequel to The Experiment. It was supposed to be less angsty, but the plot has overtaken me! Here are the basics: Max and Liz are back in Roswell. Itís nearing the end of their summer holidays and one (or maybe more) of the aliens from the opposing race has found them. They are also trying to conduct their relationship under the watchful eye of their parents.
Category: After Hours
Rating: NC-17
Authors Note: Recap of Experiment (Post Destiny fic): An alien from their home planet (Nick) took Max, Isabel and Michael to a camp where a group of survivors from their destroyed planet stays. The aliens also brought Liz, Alex and Maria there to observe the interaction between them and the pod squad. Max and Liz exhibit a strong connection: they "feel" the otherís presence/location and share dreams. While in the camp, Max and Liz go through a bonding ceremony (alien equivalent to a wedding) and Max asks Liz to marry him when they graduate. They also make love for the first time. Nick tells them that their parents perished along with their planet and that they now have to integrate with humans to survive. He also says that the other alien race that destroyed their planet was on earth with the purpose of destroying M/M/I/T (and would also eliminate their human partners to reach their goal).
Max trudged out of the showers just after dawn the next morning feeling as if he had hardly slept at all. Which was basically true. He had taken Liz to the tent she was sharing with Izzy and Maria and it felt like he was tearing off his arm when he had to let her go inside. Then, when he got to bed, he lay awake worrying about what the next day would bring. Lizís parents seem to take all the revelations pretty well, but maybe they were just too overwhelmed and stunned to really think about everything they had heard. What would they do when they had time to take all of this in? The fear that they would decide Liz should not be seeing him was starting to become an obsession with him. If he felt ill just because Liz was sleeping a few meters from him in the camp and not WITH him, he hated to think how he would feel if he werenít allowed anywhere near her. Breathe, Max, just breatheÖ Thatís not going to happen!

The first pink streaks of sunrise were creeping across the desert but Max didnít see any of it. His eyes were glued to the opening of the tent where Liz was sleeping. His awareness of her and the constant hum in his body told him that she was still in there. He imagined her lying in bed looking all tousled and sexy and had to take a deep breath to still his bodyís immediate response. Her parents are here too, he reminded himself.

He was just turning away when the object of his musings came out of the tent looking exactly as he had imagined: tousled and sexy. Max was mesmerized as he watched her walk over to him. She was in her normal sleepwear: drawstring pants and a cropped tank top that allowed him glimpses of her bellybutton.

Liz had woken up knowing that Max was just outside and that he was thinking about her. She had felt his desire to see her like a palpable thing and she instantly got up to make her way to him. When she laid eyes on him, her breath caught in her throat. He was drop-dead gorgeous. His damp hair was clinging to his forehead and his shirt was only buttoned halfway. And the way he looked at her! The heat in his gaze caused a mad fluttering in her belly and she knew, just KNEW, that no other man would ever have this effect on her.

Max stood rooted to the spot until she reached him. He felt momentarily disorientated with all the feelings washing over him. His needs. Her wants. An overwhelming love. All thought went flying out the window when she fell into his arms as if she was born to be there. Maybe because she wasÖ He ran his fingers through her sleep-mussed hair, loving the feel of the silky strands against his skin. "LizÖ" he breathed her name against her lips, softly kissing her until she whimpered for more.

Grabbing a handful of his hair, Liz tugged Maxís mouth into closer contact with hers. She needed him to let go of the passion she could sense just underneath the surface of his control. She provocatively ran her tongue over his bottom-lip, nipping at it with her teeth until Max gave in and deepened the kiss. Liz sighed into his mouth as his tongue glided over hers, mimicking a more intimate act. She leaned her upper body away from his without breaking the kiss, her hands frantically opening the buttons of his shirt. They both groaned when she pressed herself against his bare chest after accomplishing her task.

Max curled his right arm around Lizís waist lifting her up and depositing her on the lowest step of the shower trailer. The action brought her on the same level as Max and her arms instinctively went around his neck as they adjusted to the new angle. Max was drowning in sensations. Her warm curves pressed against his skin, her hands weaving magic all over his body, her tongue dancing with his and driving him insane. He ran his hands up under her tank top, relishing the smoothness of the skin of her back.

Arching involuntarily and shivering from the slam of desire following Maxís caress up her back, Liz slid her hands into the back pockets of his jeans and urged their lower bodies closer. She needed to feel all of him. She needed to feel his bodyís reaction to her. She needed--.

"Liz!" Her motherís voice snapped both her and Max out of their passionate hazes. Her mother was standing a few steps behind Max and her face was filled with shock.

Liz slowly removed her hands from Maxís butt and stepped down to round Max and face her mother. She purposely stood in front of Max, not wanting to increase her motherís shock. That only helped a little bit since her mom now had a chance to fully take in her attire. "Hey Mom!" Liz heard her voice waver and was grateful when Max slid his hands down her arms to take her hands, lacing his fingers through hers.

Nancy was speechless. Her mind was still grappling with the fact that there were aliens all around her and now she had to contend with this. Her little girl in a passionate embrace with her boyfriend. An embrace that screamed of the fact that a lot more than handholding had been going on between these two for some time. How should she handle this? Apart from the fact that the man Liz was clinging to so trustingly was an ALIEN, Liz was much too young to be so intensely involved with anyone.

"Morning, Mrs. Parker." Maxís quiet voice broke into the silence. He was really angry with himself for letting things get so out of hand between him and Liz, because in the process he had jeopardized his fragile relationship with her mom. He watched her carefully, trying to see what she was going to do now.

Nancy was flustered by the fact that Max was regarding her steadily, not slinking away guiltily as she had expected him to do. "IÖ Liz why donít you go shower and dress. I need to talk to you later." She folded her arms and watched as Liz turned to look at Max questioningly. Liz only started leaving after a small nod from Max.

Nancy and Max stared at each other. They both wanted all of Liz, but for very different reasons. Nancy wanted Liz to remain her little girl. The girl that she could protect and love and be the most important person to. But right now, the young man looking at her seriously was threatening all of that. Nancy no longer had the ability to protect Liz because everything that threatened her now was unknown to Nancy. And from what she had just witnessed, Liz was not her "little girl" anymore either. Somewhere along the line, she had become a young woman and Nancy knew it was as a result of Max Evans. She bit her lip. She didnít want to lose Lizís love and she was at a loss as to how to handle this situation without endangering her already strained relationship with her daughter further. Everything in her demanded that she drag Liz away from Max as far as possible, so that he could never touch her daughter again. But the rational part of her told her that such an action would just alienate her from Liz.

Watching the various emotions flit over Nancyís face, Max held his breath. He didnít know how to show Mrs. Parker that he would never hurt Liz intentionally. Or that he would stop breathing if he ever had to live without her. "Why donít we go get some coffee? And talk?" Max didnít have a clue what he was going to say to Lizís mom, but he had to try.

The dining tent was deserted, but there were flasks with hot water for coffee on one of the tables. Max made the two coffees silently while Nancy sat down at one of the tables. When he finally sat down across from her, he saw that she was staring at the table, apparently deep in thought. "Do you have any more questions, Mrs. Parker?"

"Why Liz? Of all the girls in Roswell, why did you get involved with my daughter?"

Max blinked, thrown by the question. "Thereís no one reason I can give you. I just knew she was my other half when I saw her for the first time. It wasnít a conscious decision."

"When was that?"

"The third grade." He saw her eyes grow round.

"Are you telling me that you have been--." Nancy stopped herself.

"In love with Liz since the third grade? Yeah." Max was still watching her steadily.

"But thatís absurd! She never mentioned you! She couldnít have known you. She--."

Max interrupted her gently. "This isnít about her. Itís about me. Me telling you that there never have been, nor will there ever be any other woman in my life but Liz."

Nancy was speechless for the umpteenth time that morning. It didnít last long. "Did you two sleep together last night?"

Maxís gaze didnít falter from hers. "No." Max tried unsuccessfully to ban the image of Liz lying underneath him in abandon in the Pod Chamber yesterday afternoon from his mind.

"Why couldnít you have left her alone? How am I supposed to protect her from all the strange things that threaten her now? As a result of you."

Nancyís outburst momentarily surprised Max. "Would you rather that she died that day in the Crashdown?" his voice was quiet, but it had a devastating impact on her. She crumpled before his eyes. "I will protect her with my life. I can promise you that. No, I can promise you more than that. All my people will protect her with their lives. They know sheís myÖ they know how important she is to me." Max caught Nick waving at him from the door of the tent. He turned back to Nancy. "I know I canít answer all your questions satisfactorily, butÖ just please trust me when I say that I plan on putting an end to all these threats to Liz."

~*~*~*~*~*~

Eric paced. Sarah watched from the bed, getting more nervous with each step her took. Something was definitely wrong. Devin has now been missing for a day and a night. Where was he? And what happened to Max and Liz? Just when she had started to hope that they were the people that could help her, they went missing. She gripped the mattress, staring at Eric and trying not to let the fear squeeze the breath from her bodyÖ

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