FanFic - Other
"The Journey"
Part 21
by Jamie Phelps
Disclaimer: I don't own the characters. Never have, never will but would like to.
Summary: After finding out Maria's true identity, the gang deals with their feelings about the new-found knowledge. Could Maria's true identity be a danger to her?
Category: Other
Rating: PG-13
Authors Note: Please email and let me know your thoughts on this fiction. If you can see the possibility of a third part to this fiction, please email me and tell me what you'd like to see in a third part. If you haven't read my first fic, "Secrets", then this fiction will make no sense because it's a sequel. To read my first fic, email me (jamiep@egyptian.net) or visit crashdown.com
Maria was lying across her bed when the phone rang. Her mom had been understanding and was allowing Tess to stay with them until they found a more permanent home for her. She had lied, saying that Tess was a friend whoíd recently lost her parents in an accident, but she knew she couldnít tell her mom the truth.

She just wouldnít believe it. She picked the phone up.

"Hello?" she asked.

"Maria? Iíve got to talk to you."

She instantly recognized the voice. "Max. Hi."

"Hi. Look, I donít know how to say this, but Iím sorry." Max said into the phone.

"You donít have toÖ" Maria started.

"No, I do. I doubted that you were ever my sister. I donít know what mad me believe Tess, um Aliyah over you and Isabel anyway. I should have known in my heart that you were my sister. I donít blame you for what happened. Our father isnít dead because you and Isabel killed him, heís dead because he was evil. You saved Isabelís life. All of our lives. Thereís no way I can repay you for that. I want you to know though, that Iíll never doubt you again. Never." Max voice cracked. "What you did for us today, not only proves to me that youíre one of us, it also makes me proud to call you my sister."

Maria didnít know what to say. She would never fell that her fatherís death wasnít her fault. But Maxís words were sincere. "Thank you Max." She said. "Iím sorry if I ever gave you any reason to doubt me."

"You didnít." he said. "It was just me. Listen, why donít you, Isabel and me go camping next weekend. Kind of a family trip. We could get to know each other as family. Are you up for it?"

"Sure." She said. "Iíll have to check with mom, but Iím sure itíll be fine."

"Good." He said. "Well, Iíll let you go then. Iíll talk to you sometime tomorrow ok?"

"Ok," she said. "Good night Max."

"Goodnight, Maria." He said, and then hung up.

Maria lay there thinking about everything in her life. She had found out the truth. Max and Isabel were her brother and sister. She had the documents to prove it, thanks to Tess. The only thing that haunted her was the death of their father. She couldnít get over the fact that she had killed him. She probably never would. Maria turned as she heard a noise outside her window. Michael stood looking in. She got up out of bed and opened the window. He climbed inside and sat on the edge of her bed.

"Iím sorry." He said, looking into her eyes. "I should have never doubted you."

"What do you mean?" Maria asked.

"About everything." He said. "I mean, I didnít believe that you werenít with Max. I donít know how I could have thought you would be cheating on me. Itís just, I saw it with my own eyes and I guess I jump to conclusions to easy. Iím sorry Maria."

"If there is anyone who should be sorry, itís me. Michael, I killed your father." Maria looked away. She couldnít let Michael see her crying.

"No you didnít. That man was no relation to me. He was evil. I wouldnít even claim him. You did the right thing. You saved everyone." He put his arms around Maria and pulled her into a hug. "If you and Isabel hadnít have been thereÖI donít even want to think what could have happened."

"I love you Michael." Maria said, burying her head into his chest.

He pushed himself back on her bed and laid down. She snuggled into his arms. "I love you too, Maria."

Everything seemed perfect. For a split second sheíd forgotten about what had happened in Grand Forks. Then she remembered the awful events. She wondered if sheíd ever be able to forget. As if on cue, Michaelís grip tightened. "Iíll be here for you always." He said. "Always." She knew some day, somehow, sheíd be able to forgive herself. All she could do right now was rely on the strength of her friends to get her through. As the hours slipped by she fell asleep in Michaelís comforting arms.

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