Fanfic - Max/Liz
"For Then, For Now, Forever"
Part 16
by Selena Santiago
Disclaimer: I do not own Roswell or any of it's characters, however I love borrowing them whenever I come up with some insane ideas to write about! OH, and any songs are copyright of the respective owner.
Summary: While rummaging through one of Grandma Claudia's old boxes Liz finds a beautiful necklace. She finds herself being haunted with memories that are not her own. Could this necklace be the key to Max's past? Or is it the key to his future? Takes place mainly in the happenings of this season, but goes back and forth between events.
Category: Max/Liz
Rating: PG-13
Author's Note: I'd love feedback. Positive or otherwise... and let me know what I can do to improve or if you just liked it! Thanks!
Max ran down the side and jumped off the small ledge. He ran into the bushes and met up with Larek.

"Where is he?!" Larek looked stunned and like he was going to shoot him.

"He can't come. Come on Liz is in trouble!" He started to run low and Larek followed him all the way to Serena's house. She sat on the couch crying and looking terrified. Larek ran to her side and he placed his arm around her.

"Are you all right?" She looked up at him and tried to smile. She looked exhausted.

"I got it now. I understand what happened." They stared at her and Max bent down to her eye level and waited.

"Lareth is not really your son Max. Not the one you came to rescue...."

"I know that." Max smiled at Serena and she looked down in shame at how clue less she'd been.

"I'm sorry."

"Don't be. How'd you figure it out?"

"What I haven't told you is that I have a gift. Not only am I a science nerd, which is why Liz and I get along in the first place, but I have the gift of time. Vilandra had the gift of dreams, you had the gift of healing, Rath had the gift of power and strength, Ava the gift of mind control.

But Liz and I have powers too. Liz has quiet powers that she uses everyday without even knowing it. She has the gift of perception and understanding. But if you both have bonded... completely bonded, then she can do much more. She just has to know it. Her bondage with you changes her life completely. Just as mine changed with Larek."

"You and Larek are...?"

"Yes. We are together. We have been for a very long time."

"So you have the power of time? What does that mean?" Max stared at the woman who bore a striking resemblance to Maria and smiled. No wonder Brody had fallen all over her.

"It means that I hold memories of all the things that have happened and things that will happen. With a lot of work and straining I can remember things from my other lives. I helped you return to your past about twenty years from now. Your future self went back and altered the future. However, before much could happen, Xander escaped also and somehow was transported here, into Ava's care. It was a mistake, a small chemical imbalance, but it could've cost him his life. The thing is, prophecy states that you two have to be together. If you're not, then both Earth and Antar will fall apart. Think about it Max. Without Liz, you wouldn't be here at this exact moment. Everything would be as always... Kivar as leader. Now you have the chance to change that. You have to. On Earth, without Liz, your judgment stinks, I'm sorry to say and you're off balance. You need her to complete you, more than you know. She is your conscience and your second opinion on many things. You have to believe in the power of your union, especially if you have mated. If you have... which you don't have to tell me, then you're unstoppable. No one can separate you now." Max stared at her in disbelief. It was so much to take in. So much that made sense but he never even thought of until now.

"So what do I do?" He felt so confused, so overwhelmed. Larek reached out a hand and pulled up the necklace. It was slightly glowing and Max felt little strength coming from it. "Go save your queen." Max stood up and knew what he had to do. He ran out of the house and straight over to the castle. He snuck around and managed to knock out one of the guards. He took his uniform and looking like a royal guard he walked right in through the front doors. He looked around at the amazing sight and heard a familiar voice coming from a small chamber. He walked in quietly and saw her. He knew right away it was Tess. Images of her flashed in his mind and he felt himself grow furious. He hated what she'd done to him. All of it. He slammed the door shut and she turned stunned to stare at the man who was supposed to be a guard. His eyes spoke volumes and she found herself holding her breath.

"I told you this wasn't over." She stepped back in a panic and saw the anger in his eyes.

"You won't kill me. I'm the mother of your son." She tried to remain calm and dared him with her eyes. He smiled, a smile that bothered her and made her uncomfortable.

"Are you? See, cause I have reason to believe you're not. And that's reason enough for me to kill you." She fell against the wall and saw a look in his eyes that she recognized. It was a look she'd never had to have in this lifetime, she remembered it from another. It was the look of the once powerful and ruthless King Zan. That's when she truly felt afraid.

"I think we've got to discuss this..." She tried to say something but it was interrupted by the sound of Liz screaming. Ava couldn't help but smile at the distraction. It was her revenge for him treating her so badly on Earth. For not loving her. Max held out his hand and she went flying. She landed on the other side of the room. He walked up to her and she was struggling to get up.

"You're a traitor. I can't believe the nerve you have, to do any of the things you did. You get what you deserve."

"You wouldn't kill me... you don't have the heart." Max reached down and grabbed her by the neck and slammed her head against the wall. Suddenly, he saw the life drain out of her eyes as he held her neck tightly.

"I guess you were wrong about me. That one's for Alex." He dropped her lifeless body and went to search for Liz. He ran down the hallway and the necklace began to glow again. "Ok, lead me to her. Come on baby, just call out to me." He whispered to himself as he went out into the large dining room and past the long corridor into the other side of the castle. He felt Liz's presence get stronger and he heard talking and sounds coming from the last room. He ran in to the room and saw Kivar grabbing Liz by the neck up against the bed stand.

"Where is he?" He was demanding an answer from her, just as Max practically delivered himself into his hands.

"No... go." Liz tried to force the words out with the little bit of air she was receiving and suddenly she saw the look on Max's face. It was like nothing she'd ever seen before, but somehow recognized. It was a face she'd seen years and years ago. The same face he had made right before they were killed.

"Well, doesn't this seem all too familiar." Kivar had dropped Liz and by now she was rubbing at the spots on her neck and trying hard to catch her breath again. He walked slowly toward Max and he stuck out his hand about to attack when Max put up his shield.

"Oh, I see. Little boy tricks. Well, I'm sorry to inform you that won't work. See, I am the one with the upper hand here Zan. The one with the maximum power. Just as I was the night I took over."

"What makes you think I can't take you on?" He looked directly into Kivar's eyes and Liz looked at him frightened at what she thought they were going to do.

"Because you're not man enough. You never were. Not even to save your wife." Liz's mouth dropped open at what he had just said. He had killed them, all of them. Even his own lover. The man had no heart, no soul. And she knew it. She looked at Max now, trying to catch his eyes but he refused it. Then she knew what he was doing. He was stalling so she could get out. He finally looked at her, and tried to smile but couldn't. All he could think of was the fact that he had let her die, and might just have to again.

"You're a creep you know that?" Liz's sudden outbreak surprised both of them. They both looked at her unsure of what the heck she was talking about. She stood up from the bed and she walked over by Max's side.

"You don't know what else to do to make yourself King. You had to go and kill everyone didn't you? Why couldn't you just marry Vilandra? That wasn't enough for you? Oh, I forget, you didn't even love her. You just used her to get to Zan. Just the same as you used Ava just to get to her son. Well guess what? From where I'm standing, that would mean that YOU are not the man. And by the way, the good guys always win where I come from." Max stared at her for a second, unsure of what to say. That was not at all like Liz to flip like that, and she wasn't very good at it, but it was something. He tried not to laugh at her and then he looked seriously at Kivar. It was time to get rid of him once and for all. Kivar laughed, deep and hearty at Liz's ridiculous comment and Max let go of the shield. Kivar let up a hand and went to attack before Max could really notice what was happening.

"NO!" Liz grabbed her necklace in panic and closed her eyes wishing for it all to end. Suddenly, Kivar went flying towards the back of the room and Max stood with his mouth open.

"Where'd that come from?" He looked down at Liz who looked just as confused as he was.

"I don't know! Go... go do your alien thing!" Max ran over to Kivar and jumped on him. They started to fight on the floor and Liz wasn't sure what to do. She stared at them and then she felt it. She felt the change of atmosphere and she turned around to see Xander standing at the doorway.

"Hurry! You have to get out of here!" He was yelling at her and then he ran in and grabbed her hand. Max heard the scream and looked up just as Kivar threw him off him. Liz reached in trying to grab Max's hand and the three ran out and the door was sealed behind them.

"Wait! How did you do that?" Xander simply smiled and told them to run.

"What about you?" Liz was trying to figure out what was going on and Max just grabbed her hand.

"Don't worry about it. Let's go!"

"But your son!" That's when the room blew up in flames. No one was in there. No one had set fire. Just the small child that stood in front of the door and his mischievous little smile. He had completely torched the place.

"Oh my God!" They ran for cover and as they left the castle they were met with Serena and Larek at the front.

"Come on, we have to get you two out of here now!"

"Wait, what's the problem?!" They ran after the pair and were in Serena's house in a matter of minutes. They ran into the back and out into a small cave. They went in and Max and Liz's eyes were wide with surprise as they saw the large object.

"The Granolith?"

"Wait, wait. I thought this was destroyed."

"You can never have too much of a good thing." Serena smiled and they knew immediately that her genius mind was behind all of its building and engineering. She was to thank for all of it.

"You have to go now, or you won't be able to go back."

"What about Lareth?" Liz looked at Max with a sad face.

"He can't come with us. His life is elsewhere. With us, in the future."

"I don't understand."

"He's our son Liz. His name is Xander, after me and Alex." Liz felt the color leave her cheeks and she was suddenly extremely dizzy.

"He came from the future...."

"Like Future Max." She whispered and Max looked at her in amazement.

"You know about that?"

"There's a lot you two need to talk about. But you can't do it now. You have to go before they find Kivar and Ava or you'll both get slaughtered." Larek held his hand out to the Granolith and it began to glow. Liz and Max held hands and kissed just as they had when they jumped off the bridge. They smiled at their friends and jumped in.

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