FanFic - Crashdown After Hours
"The Experiment"
Part 13
by LivE
Disclaimer: Nothing Roswell is mine, sadly!!!
Summary: This takes place two weeks after Destiny. Someone from the alienís race contacts them and takes them to a camp where they were to receive training before returning to their planet. Or maybe for something else! Read and find outÖ
Category: After Hours
Rating: NC-17
Max was in the showers by the time Liz got back that night. Her whole body ached, but the smile returned to her face when she saw the single white rose lying on her bed. He was so sweet, but goodness knows what Max used to create the flower with in the middle of the desert!

When Max returned, he found Liz lying facedown on her bed and his first reaction was complete panic because something had happened to her. He ran over to her bed and turned her over, causing her to wake up. Liz was instantly shocked from her groggy state by the look on Maxís face.

Max hugged her close. "Donít ever scare me like that again!" He fought to breathe normally again. "Are you okay?"

Liz rubbed her hands over his arms in a comforting way. "Iím fine. Just really tired." She cupped his face and looked up at him pleadingly. "Max, you have to stop worrying about me like this. You canít go around wondering whatís happening to me every time you leave me alone somewhere. You have a very important job to do and you need to focus."

He looked at her seriously. "Youíre asking me to stop breathing." He stared at her quietly for a few moments. "It would help if you tell me what happened the other nightÖ"

Liz swallowed. "Max, its over now. I donít want to talk about it, please."

"Honey, you were really upset again last night. I need to know what Tess did to you. ThisÖ whatever this is, will continue to bother you until you talk to meÖ talk to SOMEONE about it." His voice held a pleading note that tugged at her heartstrings. He truly was the most gentle man she knew.

"Iíll try and talk to Isabel tomorrow. NOW will you let me get cleaned up so I can sleep?" Liz was trying to placate him and change the subject, but the slight narrowing of his eyes told her that Max wasnít falling for it.

He brushed a soft kiss on her cheek and pulled away. "So, what have you been up to Ms Parker?"

She smiled, relieved that he wasnít pushing the issue. "Oh, a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Nothing important anyways." But she couldnít hide the wince of pain as she got up.

Of course Max, who was watching her intently, didnít miss the small sign. He jumped up. "What have you been doing to yourself?"

"Max, relax! I just carried some heavy stuff. Nothing terrible." Liz was grinning at him. He was so cute when he got all overprotective.

Max failed to see the humor, but he didnít really know what to say without sounding like he was trying to control her free time as well. He tried for a joking attitude instead. "Tell whoever you were helping that you need to be rested for when your leader comes home at night!" That only earned him a slap on the shoulder as Liz breezed out of the tent to the showers.

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Journal Entry 18

Unknown elements. Testing the strength of the original elements.

Maria nudged Liz during dinner, making sure that the guys were involved in a discussion that diverted their attention. "Liz, this is like dťja vu! That Jans guy hasnít taken his eyes off you the whole night! Only I liked the way Max stared at youÖ"

Liz looked up only to see Jans drop his eyes to the table. "Maria, donít panic over nothing. And above all, donít make Max panic over nothing. Heís just helping me with some stuff."

Maria looked unimpressed. "Thereís something weird about that guy, Iím telling you. And may I remind you that I also told you there was something up with Tess? And that I was right! What happened to her anyway?"

Liz shuddered. "I donít know and Max freaks out when I talk about her. Maybe you could find out."

"Oh yeah, like Spaceboy is going to tell me anything! Maybe we could pump the Ice Queen for answers." She looked speculatively at Isabel, causing a frown on Alexís face. "Iíll try later. We are on the verge of being dragged off to their caves!" The last part was said in a stage whisper, obviously aimed at annoying Michael who was leaning over to grab her hand.

The others just smiled as the two went off, holding hands while arguing.

Liz turned back to Max and caught him looking at Jans with an unreadable expression in his eyes. She stepped closer to him, brushing her body against his in an effort to get his attention. As usual, it work instantaneously. "Letís go home."

Max smiled at her unconscious use of the word and turned her around in his arms so that her back was pressed against his chest. Keeping his arms around her, he marched her out of the tent, their steps matching instinctively. His thoughts went back to what he had just witnessed. Jans had been staring at Liz with an almost hungry look in his eyes. And the smile that he had on his face also disturbed Max. He wondered if he was just being paranoid. Maybe he didnít like the guy because he spent so much time with Liz. Nick had said that he would ask Jans to look after Liz when Max was out of the camp and Max had agreed reluctantly. He still had a very vivid memory of Jans hanging all over Liz.

Back at the tent, Liz plopped down on her bed and took out her journal. Max grinned at her. She looked so cure sitting cross-legged on the bed and frowning in concentration. "So, am I ever going to get to read that?"

"Maybe if youíre really good." She bit her lip, pretending to think about it. "Its not as if thereís much in here that you donít already know. See, here I wrote ĎI love Maxí. And here I put ĎMax is gorgeousí." Liz burst out laughing at his obvious discomfort. She closed the book, deciding to rather talk to him about his day.

They had and awkward moment getting ready for bed later, not knowing whether or not to undress in front of each other. Max solved the issue by turning his back on Liz and giving her some privacy. That only solved on of his problems, because he could still hear her movements and his mind was supplying the visuals from last night to go along with them.

When they finally faced each other over the expanse of the tent, the awkwardness returned. Again it was Max that broke it. "I canít imagine you sleeping anywhere but in my arms. Ever again." That was all Liz needed to cross the divide and snuggle into bed with him.

Max caressed her cheek and kissed her gently. He looked serious when he ended the kiss. "Liz, I need to talk to you about something. Actually, I need to ask you something, butÖ its serious and I want you to have time to think about it. Could you make sure that you could meet me tomorrow night at six? Iíll come get you and we could go for a drive."

Liz sensed his nervousness and wondered what could be so big that he could feel that way. "Max, if this is about the other night-."

He stopped her with a finger on her lips. "No, its Ö its something else. I donít want to scare you, but I need to make sureÖ" He didn't know where to begin without pre-empting the talk of tomorrow night. He saw the fear in her eyes and all he could think of to say to take it away was: "I love you. Always."

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