(Episode - Departure)
(Saturday, May 19th, 2001)
(The Pod Chamber)
"Go," Max spat at her. "This isn't over, Tess."
Tess felt tears welling up in her eyes. She didn't want to leave Max but she had no choice. She reached up to the Granolith, her
only salvation, and when her hand met the cool surface a burst of power surged
through her. For a moment she was
disoriented, but when she could see again she was inside the Granolith.
Max was still watching her, no she corrected herself, Max was
watching his son. He had made it
perfectly clear he had no use for her. She had come so close to succeeding but that bitch Liz had ruined
everything and Tess swore revenge on her, even if it was the last thing she
ever did. Liz had taken everything
that should have been hers. She,
not Liz, had loved Max for two lifetimes, she had planned and sacrificed, she
deserved him, not Liz.
Tess looked at Max with a sigh but then the chamber started to
shake and she felt the power building in the Granolith. Max ran for the door and Tess was left
alone. The shaking became more
violent and the chamber started to collapse, rocks raining down from above as a
door slid shut separating the rooms and the Granolith closed a protective
covering around itself. For a
moment, she was alarmed at being shut in, but the surface all around her
illuminated, showing her what was happening outside.
The power built suddenly to a fevered pitch as the Granolith spun
around faster and faster, and when she thought it couldn't possibly hold
together any longer, it launched into the sky. The speed of the earth receding below took her breath away
and she shut her eyes and sank to the floor to fight off the sudden vertigo.
They had never determined how long the journey would take and just
as she was wondering what would happen, there was a sudden direction
change. Tess reached for something
to anchor herself, but her hands only met the smooth, cool walls and then the
Granolith slowed and landed softly.
With her eyes still squeezed shut, Tess again felt the unsettling
sensation of disorientation and knew the Granolith had spat her out. She sat for a few minutes trying to
quell the nausea rising up within and then opened her eyes to see that she was
in a kind of wilderness. The sound
of several approaching footsteps made her lurch unsteadily to her feet but she
collapsed to her knees immediately, the dizzy sensation in her head causing her
Quickly using her powers to erase all evidence of her weak
stomach, Tess sat back to await the approaching group. She had been expecting more, but only
three figures stepped out of the foliage and only one spoke.
(Roswell UFO Museum)
"But if Tess isn't Ava," Isabel gasped, "what
happened to Ava?"
A look of confusion passed over Larek's face. "You don't know? How can you not know?" he asked,
as he looked around the group. "She is Ava," Larek said, and he pointed to Liz.
"What?" the group asked in unison.
Larek continued to motion to Liz, "I don't understand how you couldn't know this girl is Ava. She was with you both of the other times you contacted me." He shook his head. "Who did you think she was?"
Max shook his head, "It's impossible, Larek. Liz is human. She has human parents. She was born on Earth."
Larek turned to Liz and studied her for a moment. "I don't know how it's possible
but she is
Ava. She has Ava's soul."
Kyle spoke up,
"Of course, it makes perfect sense. All things appear and disappear because of the concurrence of causes and
conditions. To die there and to be born elsewhere is the round of existence." He noticed the blank looks on the faces
before him and quickly clarified. "Ava died and her soul was reincarnated into Liz. Simple."
"But my memories from my other life," Max argued,
turning back to Larek. "I
remember seeing Tess for the first time when you and I were swimming
together. And you introduced us at
Larek nodded, "Those memories are real and they are of
Chanya. You met her and dated for
a time but you ended it long before you met Ava. Chanya was never your wife." He motioned again to Liz, "only Ava was married to
"Then how did Chanya get sent to Earth in Ava's place?" Michael asked.
"I don't know," Larek said. "It could have simply been a mistake. The events from the time when you were
sent to Earth are largely unknown to me. There is plenty of propaganda that Khivar has released but I think we
can assume most of it is lies."
Larek shook his head, trying to remember, "Everything
happened so quickly; Khivar's attack on the capitol city, you all fled the
palace, Khivar searched and recaptured the survivors. Then it was reported that Zan had killed Ava and
himself. Of course no one believed
it. We all knew Khivar had ordered
your execution, but it really didn't seem to matter at that point. All of you were dead and Khivar had
declared himself King. Then the
rumors started that you had been sent away to be reborn and take back the
"I wonder if Tess knew who she really was?" Isabel
gasped. "If she knew she
"Does it really matter?" Michael grunted. "She betrayed us either way."
"Well Nasedo couldn't have known," Isabel argued. "He kept pushing her at Max, so
maybe she didn't know either. He
raised her, telling her she was Zan's wife, Ava. Why would she think she was anyone else?"
"But she told us she remembered her other life," Michael
said. "She must have realized
she wasn't Zan's wife. Wouldn't
she remember someone else being married to him?"
Max shrugged. "Tess told me she only had a few clear memories, so maybe she
didn't realize, but maybe she lied about that too." He shook his head, "I can't even
tell you how many times Tess tried to use the argument that she was my wife to
try and get us together. Even in
the pod chamber before she left in the Granolith..." he trailed off. "I don't know what's worse, her
to be my wife
and betraying us, or thinking she was
my wife and doing the same thing."
"And if she lied about Nasedo betraying us, she did the whole
thing alone," Michael pointed out, "all of it, even the book and Alex."
"But how is that possible?" Isabel asked. "We all saw her here when Alex was
away. How did she keep the mind
warp going? And at least some of
the time she was working with us. We didn't all imagine her being kidnapped and almost killed by Whitaker. And Tess killed all of the skins when
they captured us at the school. Why would she rescue us if she was just going to hand us over to them
"Maybe it was because she wasn't pregnant yet," Michael
Isabel shook her head, "But Liz said that the Tess in the other
time left. If the plan was to get her pregnant why would she leave just
because Max married Liz? She could
have mind warped him to make him have sex with her but she didn't."
Michael shrugged, "I don't know. Something must have been different between the two
Maria groaned and sank down onto a chair. "This is giving me a
headache. Who cares what
happened? Tess betrayed us. She killed Alex. She's evil. End of story."
Liz stepped forward and spoke for the first time. "It's not that simple. Isabel's right, we need to find out
what was going on, what changed. It could be important. It
could be the answer to saving the Earth."
Max nodded, agreeing with her. "And the first thing we need to do is find out what the
book says." He turned to
Larek, "There's a book written in our language but we can't read it. Can you help us translate it?"
"Sure," Larek agreed. He motioned to Brody's body that he inhabited, "Let
this body get some rest and bring the book with you tomorrow, around this same
"There's one other thing Larek," Max said. "Tess is pregnant with my son and
she took the Granolith back to Antar. Can you keep a look out and tell us when she arrives?"
Larek nodded, "I'll alert my men to be watchful for anything
Max nodded, "And Larek, I'm sorry, but Tess knows you helped
us. I think we should assume
she'll tell Khivar. I just hope it
won't cause any problems for you and your people."
Larek frowned. "It's possible that Khivar could retaliate because I helped you,
but if he did attack us, he would have to state a reason and admit what has
been going on here."
"But at the summit," Max pointed out, "Kathana said
I have made a lot of enemies. Maybe the other worlds wouldn't care if Khivar attacked you."
Larek shook his head, "Don't worry Max. After seventy years of war, it was
bound to come to this. I do
support your position and everyone knows it."
Tess rose shakily to her feet, "Somehow I was expecting a larger
Nicholas stepped forward with a shrug, "I don't know who you
were expecting. The soldiers you
didn't kill in Roswell last year are now all living on the ship because their
skins have failed. But this,"
he motioned to the Granolith, "will certainly lift their spirits. When Lonni called and said she would
have a surprise for me today, I certainly never expected this."
Rath stepped forward, "Where are Max and the others,
Tess shook her head, "I couldn't bring them. That bitch Liz came rushing in at the
last minute and told them that I killed Alex and I lost control over
Lonni slapped Tess across the face with the back of her hand,
sending her to the ground, "You lost control? I thought you said you could handle them. That is the reason we set a twenty-four
hour delay on the Granolith so I could contact Nicholas and tell him when and
where to meet us. We could have
given Nicholas the Granolith and Max, Michael and Isabel with a big bow on top,
but you screwed that up."
Tess gingerly touched her face where Lonni had hit her and
Nicholas put a hand on Lonni's arm. "There's no reason for this squabbling, girls," he said
smoothly. "You delivered the
Granolith, that will buy you a trip home. As for the others, we'll see what Khivar has to say. But for now, let's get this thing
loaded on the truck and to the ship."
Max waited until they were outside the UFO Center before he turned
to the others. "We all need
to have a talk but I think we should wait until tomorrow after we see what
Larek can tell us."
"But Max," Isabel pointed out, "what if the
Granolith take-off destroyed the book? It was in the pod chamber."
"There are scans of all the pages in the translation that Liz
found," Max reminded her. "If the original has been destroyed we still have the copies to
Isabel nodded and Max continued. "Tonight everybody go home and try to act normal. If we're lucky, the Granolith taking
off didn't attract too much attention, but I think Michael and I should go back
to the pod chamber when it gets dark and see about the book and the orbs and
destroy anything else left. We
don't want to lead the FBI or anybody else to us."
"We should all go," Isabel said. "In case anything happens."
"It'll be okay," Max assured her. "You need to keep Mom and Dad
occupied and I'll be home as soon as I can."
Isabel nodded her ascent.
Max glanced at Liz and noted that she was looking at the
ground. She hadn't looked at him
once since Larek's revelation and he was starting to worry. The others turned to leave and Liz did
the same, but Max reached out and gently took her by the arm. "Liz we need to talk too."
Liz nodded. "I
know," she agreed, with only a quick glance at his face. "How about tomorrow after the
(Copper Summit, AZ - onboard the Leptes)
The Granolith was heavier that Nicholas could have possibly
imagined, and it had taken hours and several abandoned plans before it was
finally loaded onto the ship. At
one point Nicholas had joked that it didn't want to put aboard. But now it stood in the propulsion room
attached to the ship.
Corporal Raltos was standing-by and Nicholas waved a hand over the
communications' array to signal Khivar. Nicholas watched as Khivar's essence took control of Raltos and he noted
with amusement when Khivar realized they were not in Nicholas' office as
"Why are we here?" Khivar asked.
Nicholas smiled, "I have a surprise for you, your
Majesty." He motioned behind
Raltos and Khivar turned the borrowed body.
"The Granolith," Khivar said, with satisfaction. "How?"
"This was the plan Lonni was working on," Nicholas
admitted. "Somehow she turned
the young Queen, and they delivered it to us this morning. Apparently the plan was for Tess to
bring Max and the others to us as well but that fell apart at the last minute
when one of the humans exposed Tess' betrayal."
Khivar turned to Nicholas, "What exactly has been going
Nicholas shook his head. "I don't know. I
didn't hear from Lonni for months, but then last night, she gave me some
coordinates just outside of Copper Summit and told me to meet her there early
this morning and she would have a surprise for me. She didn't say anything more and I was just as surprised to
see the Granolith as you. We got
it to the ship as quickly as possibly and I didn't take the time to question
Lonni or Tess thoroughly yet, because I wanted you to see it."
Khivar nodded, "I can't imagine how Lonni was able to turn
Tess against Max. On Antar, Zan
and Ava were so much in love, they were inseparable. Lonni must be very clever or very devious."
Khivar turned away from Nicholas as his thoughts automatically
turned to Isabel. Lonni was a part
of Vilondra but Isabel was the real thing. Khivar had originally been drawn to Vilondra by her beauty
and intellect but surprisingly, he had cherished her sweetness and loving
personality even more.
Nicholas had provided him with pictures of Isabel when they had
discovered her last year, and Khivar always kept one with him. He had repeatedly tried to contact her
through her dreams as they had done on Antar but he'd never been
successful. The wise men that he
had consulted, told him it could be the distance that was preventing contact,
or possibly because they had never contacted physically. Khivar had been so patient for so long,
but now that the Granolith was in his possession he yearned for an end to their
separation. Just as an idea came
to him, Nicholas interrupted his thoughts.
"Sir, what do you want to do?"
Khivar headed toward the door, without a backward glance, "I
will contact you in the morning."
Tess waited until she was alone with Lonni in the house Nicholas
that had assigned to them, "So what now?"
Lonni shrugged, "If you hadn't screwed up we would be headed
home, but now I don't know. The
Granolith was our biggest piece of collateral, but we had to give
it to Nicholas. We didn't exactly
have another choice." She
looked calculatingly at Tess, "But we do have something else."
Tess automatically crossed her arms protectively over her
stomach. "You're going to
tell Nicholas that I'm pregnant."
"I will if I have to," Lonni threatened. "Any child of Max's is sure to be
worth a lot, no matter who the mother is," she said with a sneer. "But we'll keep those little
tidbits of information to ourselves for now and I will try a little negotiation
Liz sank down onto a chair on her balcony and pulled the necklace
out of her shirt. She couldn't
believe that Max had given it to her just last night. So many things had happened since then, it seemed like a
lifetime ago. She smoothed her
finger over the raised, swirling pattern, wondering what meaning it had held
for her in another life.
It was all so unbelievable that she was the reincarnation of an
alien Queen, but somehow when Larek had spoken the words, it had felt
true. She just couldn't believe
her soul and Max's had found one another across time and space.
When Max had healed her, Liz had been so sure they belonged
together. So many things seemed to
be against them but she had been ready to face anything to be with Max.
But now, there was proof they did belong together and Liz was
suddenly scared. It should have cleared
the way for her and Max but there were things that still stood in their way,
not the least of which was the fact that Max had slept with Tess and gotten her
pregnant. It was the cruelest
irony, but as her Grandmother had told her, if it isn't complicated, he
probably isn't a soul mate.
And they were soul mates, of that Liz had no doubt. She had suspected it when Max had first
connected with her, and the feeling had only solidified as their relationship
had grown. But they might never
have known any of it if she hadn't been shot and Max had healed her.
Liz's thoughts automatically turned to what Ava had said. When Max had healed her, he had changed
her. Liz had never really thought
about it before, somehow it had been pushed to the back of her mind, but now
she wondered exactly what Ava had meant.
(The Evans House)
Isabel easily convinced her parents that Max was hard at work
studying with Michael and went into the kitchen to get a drink. She opened the fridge and reached for
the orange juice carton but suddenly stopped and pressed her hand to her face
as the tears threatened. It was a
different brand than her mother usually bought and it was Alex's favorite.
She turned to see Alex standing next to her but wasn't surprised. "I keep thinking I'm over the worst,
that I'm handling it, and then something happens. Some little thing just sets me off."
Alex smiled, "But it's getting easier. What they say is true. Time heals."
"Then why am I still crying and why are you here? I thought once I found out what
happened to you, who killed you, that I . . ." she trailed off and looked away from
"That you wouldn't need me any more?" Alex prompted.
Isabel shook her head, quickly denying Alex's statement. "No! Of course not."
"Isabel, it's okay," Alex soothed. "You know you won't need me once you overcome your guilt
about my death."
"But I am guilty," Isabel insisted angrily, as tears rolled down
her face. "I should have seen
something was wrong. I should have
seen what Tess was doing to you."
"How?" Alex asked. "Tess carefully hid was she was doing and mind warped anyone who saw or
suspected anything. There is no
way you could have saved me."
(Copper Summit, AZ)
Nicholas entered his room in the Crawford house and stopped with a
smile when he saw Lonni. He shut
the door behind him and leaned against it, "I would say this is a nice
surprise, but actually I did expect you."
"Yeah, cut the crap Nicholas," Lonni sneered. "I want to know where I stand."
Nicholas shrugged and stalked purposefully toward her. "I told you I had to consult with
Khivar, and he hasn't made a decision yet."
Lonni stood her ground as Nicholas stopped inches away. "What does he have to decide?"
Lonni asked angrily. "I delivered
the Granolith, like he wanted."
Nicholas ran a hand down her arm. "Khivar wants Max dead or in custody, that hasn't
changed, and you and your circus freaks failed to deliver."
Lonni put her finger to his lips, "Not too loud. To get Tess to play, we had to tell her
she and Max would live happily ever after on Antar."
Nicholas smiled, "I wondered how you turned the little,
genocidal tramp. Why don't you
tell me the whole story?"
Michael stopped the motorcycle near the pod chamber and he and Max
They had waited until it was dark to go back, and Max took off his
helmet and pointed his flashlight at the jutting, rocky structure that housed
the pod chamber. "When the
Granolith was taking off, it looked like the rocks were melting or something
but I don't really see any damage from here."
Michael nodded, "Yeah, let's go check it out."
They climbed the path and Max passed a hand over the locking
mechanism, remembering that he had left the door open and figuring it must have
automatically closed that afternoon. Max pressed his hand to the glowing print and the door slid slowly
open. He and Michael stepped
inside and he panned the flashlight around the room expecting it to be in
ruins, but a warm glow came from the pods, which were still intact, and the
room appeared to be the same as when they had left.
Michael pointed his flashlight to the door dividing the pod
chamber from the Granolith room, "The door must have closed between the
two rooms, saving this one."
"Yeah," Max agreed as he grabbed the orbs and the book
and stuffed them into his backpack. "Let's see what's left of the Granolith chamber."
As they approached the door, it automatically slid open. A cool breeze rushed over them and the
light of the stars poured into the room, illuminating it. There were piles of rubble on the floor
and of course the Granolith was gone, but the room looked relatively intact
except for the hole in the ceiling where the Granolith had obviously burst
Max was really surprised. "All of that silver stuff bubbling out of here must have been like
smoke or exhaust from the Granolith warming up. It was all just a big show, nothing was really damaged. This isn't half as bad as I
thought." He motioned to the
hole above them, "Let's just seal this up and it will be good as new, we
won't have to worry about it being discovered."
Maria climbed out Liz's window and sank down on the lounge chair
next to her. They wrapped their
arms around one another and Maria sighed, "How are you, Liz?"
Liz sat back, "I really don't know. It's all so weird."
"And Max?" Maria asked. "What about you two?"
"So much has happened," Liz said with a sigh.
"But you are supposed to be together," Maria prompted. "You know that for sure now and you
still love him."
"Love isn't always enough," Liz said softly. "Max
slept with Tess and now they have a child together. And no matter how much I love him, I don't know if I can
ever get over that." Liz shook her
head, "But it's not fair to blame him either. I was the one who broke up with him and pushed him to
Tess. He really didn't do anything
wrong. We weren't together so he
was free to be with anyone he wanted but I just thought that somehow . . ."
trailed off and took a deep breath to stop the tears that were
threatening. She continued in a
whisper, "I thought he would somehow know the truth. I thought he loved me so much that he wouldn't want to be
with anyone else, especially Tess."
Liz looked down at her hands
clasped in her lap. "But even
though I know it's wrong, I do blame Max. I blame him for not being strong enough and believing in our love enough
to wait. I blame the other Max who
came back and started this whole thing. I blame all of us because we weren't strong enough to stop Khivar in the
other reality. I blame Tess
for taking advantage of Max when he was hurt."
Liz sighed, "But most of all
I blame myself. I should have
forced the other Max to tell me more and maybe we could have done this whole
thing another way. I blame myself
for not telling Max the truth sooner. There were so many times when I wanted to. Times when I thought it would be okay."
Liz shook her head. "And if I hadn't become so obsessed
about finding Alex's murderer maybe I wouldn't have pushed Max into Tess'
Maria grabbed Liz by the
shoulders and forced her to look at her. "Liz, none of this is your fault. Everyone makes their own choices, and just because you weren't with Max
doesn't mean that he had no other choice than to sleep with Tess." She shook her head. "I still can't even believe it's
true. I mean they were getting to
be friends but that's a big step from . . ." she trailed off. "He's just a big jerk."
Liz smiled, "Thanks for
trying to cheer me up."
"It's just the truth babe,"
Maria drawled. She paused,
wondering if it was the right time to tell Liz her news.
But Liz could see Maria had
something on her mind. "Okay
Maria smiled, "Well with
everything that happened, it just didn't seem like the right time to say
"Say anything about what?"
"Okay, okay. I guess I'll just say it. Last night Michael and I, um, got
Liz nodded, "Yeah, you were
with Michael and . . ."
Maria raised her eyebrows
"Oh!" Liz exclaimed,
suddenly understanding her friend. "You were with
Maria smiled dreamily, "It
was so perfect. He made dinner and
he finally let me see him, you know. He finally opened up and I got flashes."
"And . . ." Liz prompted.
"Michael was so sweet and
caring. It was perfect. And today when I figured out he was
going to stay on Earth to be with me . . . Liz, I'm just so happy."
Liz pulled Maria into a
hug. "I'm happy for you too. You deserve it."
Max and Michael finished the
repairs on the pod chamber quickly and as they sealed the door behind them, Max
turned to Michael, "I still can't believe you
choose to stay on Earth."
"Yeah a lot of things have
changed in the last few months." Michael smiled, "Just last night Maria and I took a big step in human,
Max studied him for a moment, "You and Maria . . ."
"Yeah," Michael nodded. "I never thought I could be that close to another person. And I'm not talking just physically,
but spiritually. It was better
than I could have imagined because it was with Maria. Even though it was different than you described your
Max frowned, "How was it different?"
"Physically the um, sensations didn't last an hour, like with you,
and I really didn't feel like I was floating but I figured it was probably
because Maria is human and . . ." Michael trailed off.
"And Tess is an alien," Max finished softly.
Michael nodded and continued, "I've been spending a lot of time
with Maria and Amy and it was starting to feel like I was a part of their
family. And when we were in the
Granolith chamber about to leave, it just occurred to me what I was giving
up. I mean what if I didn't have
anything like that on our planet? I just couldn't take the chance. Everything I've ever wanted is here on Earth."
Max smiled grimly, "I know what you mean. I would never have chosen to leave if
it hadn't been for my son."
Michael could see the pain in Max's eyes, "And what about Liz?"
Max shook his head. "I never stopped loving her and I wouldn't have turned to Tess if I
thought I had a chance with Liz. But it just seemed so hopeless, and Tess was always there, always saying
exactly what I wanted to hear." Max sighed. "I thought I
was in control but I made the biggest mistake of my life and it has changed
"Well Maximillian," Michael said with a crooked smile, as he
cuffed Max on the arm, "it's nice to know you're not perfect. You can screw up just like the rest of
A figure watched from the near-by shadows as Max and Michael
walked down the jutting rock formation that housed the pod chamber, climbed
onto the motorcycle and disappeared into the night.
It had been a long couple of days, and soon after Isabel climbed into
bed, she fell into a deep sleep.
She dreamed that she was walking along the bridge in the park near
their house, where she and Max used to go when they were children. The night was warm and there was a
slight breeze and Isabel could see the bright stars peeking through the leaves
of the trees above. She stopped in
the center of the bridge and looked down into the water.
The light of the stars above was reflected in the water, sparkling
like diamonds, but as Isabel watched, the surface of the water seemed to dim
and dull. She realized the night
had suddenly turned cold and a fog started to rise from the stream. With a shiver, she stepped back from
the railing as the fog rose up and poured onto the bridge.
It seemed to reach out to her and she backed a few steps more
until the rail stopped her. The
fog followed and surrounded her, and as she felt its icy touch on her legs, she
turned and ran. And just when she
thought she was safe, a voice hissed her name. "Issssabel."
Immediately she woke up, gasping for air and shivering. She looked quickly around and sank back
into her pillow, glad to find herself in her own room. The dream had been fairly innocuous as
nightmares go but it had been very disturbing to her in a way she couldn't
(Sunday, May 20th, 2001)
(Copper Summit, AZ)
"So Lonni says she convinced Tess to help them by assuring
Tess that she and Max would live happily ever after," Nicholas reported to
Khivar nodded, "Because Max had refused to be with Tess and
chosen the human girl instead?"
"Apparently," Nicholas said with a pensive nod. "Last year in Roswell when I tried
to search Max's mind to get the location of the Granolith, he was mostly able
to keep me out, but several times I saw images of the human girl, Liz."
"I remember you reported that Max was particularly concerned
for Liz when they were in Copper Summit. He ran after her when she left the Crawford house, and at the funeral he
tried to get Greer to let her go."
"Yes," Nicholas confirmed.
"It is interesting that Max would choose a human over his
former wife. You did say they had
no memories of their past lives, but Zan and Ava were so much in love and I
can't imagine her betraying him."
Nicholas stayed silent while Khivar was thinking. He had not interacted with Zan and Ava
as Khivar had and he trusted his master's opinion.
Khivar changed the subject, "So Lonni expects a trip home as
a reward for handing over the Granolith?"
"Yes," Nicholas said. "I did tell her if she gave us the Granolith, she would
get a trip home. Of course it is
contingent on your agreement, my liege."
Khivar shook his head. "I have no desire to have that abomination on my planet. But stall her for a while, she might be
useful to us yet."
"And Tess?" Nicholas asked.
"Since Max knows about her betrayal, Tess has nowhere else to
go," Khivar mused. "In
her last life Ava had the power of prognostication and if Tess retained that
power in this life, she might be useful to us. Even if she doesn't still have the power, it is possible as
Zan's wife and the former Queen, Tess could persuade Max's followers to stop
their rebellion." He focused on
Nicholas, "Without giving away our plans to her, see if you can get Tess to
agree to help us. Let her know I
have all the power now, not Lonni, and I can guarantee her future life with
(Roswell UFO Museum)
Max went to work as usual but asked the others to wait outside
until Larek made an appearance, afraid that Brody might become suspicious if
they all kept coming to the museum. But as the time approached, the gang eagerly gathered outside Brody's
office waiting for Larek's arrival.
When Larek took over Brody's body, Max motioned the others
inside. He took the metal book
from his backpack and handed it to Larek.
Larek turned it over in his hands, "This was sent with
Max nodded, "But none of us remember how to read it."
Opening the book to the first page, Larek scanned it with a frown.
"What's wrong?" asked Isabel.
Larek shook his head, "I can't read this."
"Why not?" Michael asked belligerently.
"Because it's gibberish," Larek said. "The words are in the Antarian
language but they don't make any sense. It must be written in one of your codes."
Maria stepped forward, "Codes? They have codes?" She turned to Michael, "You have codes?"
"Yes," Larek explained. "Zan's family had several codes, some for battle
orders, some for secret communications with the leaders of the other planets,
and some just for messages between the most trusted household staff. And there was one super-secret code
known only by the Royal Four."
"And this book is in one of those codes," Michael
Liz sighed, "That's why Tess needed Alex and the computer in
Las Cruces to decipher it. She may
have known the language but she didn't know the code."
Max nodded agreeing, "And that's where we'll be heading
Larek handed the book back to Max. "I'm sorry I couldn't help more and I don't have any
news about Tess or the Granolith arriving either."
"How long would it take her to get there?" Max asked.
Larek shrugged, "I don't really know but I would have thought
only a few hours at the most. She
is traveling alone in the Granolith and it is very powerful. It's possible she arrived and we simply
missed her, but if Khivar had recovered the Granolith, I think he would
announce it to everyone to help secure his position."
"Maybe Khivar has a reason to keep quiet," Michael
"Or maybe Tess hasn't arrived yet," Isabel pointed out.
"Larek, whatever is going on, will you let us know if you
hear anything about Tess or the Granolith?" Max asked.
"Of course, Max," Larek agreed.
"Thank you," Max said. "I really appreciate all of your help."
Larek smiled, "That's what friends are for, Max."
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Nicholas motioned to the chair across from his desk as Tess
entered his office, "Have a seat."
Tess sat gingerly, looking warily at the soldier standing behind
Nicholas noticed the direction of her gaze and motioned to the
Corporal, "This is Corporal Raltos, my personal aide."
Tess relaxed a little and turned back to Nicholas, "What do
"Right to the point," Nicholas nodded. "Okay Tess, you're not stupid, you
must see who has the upper hand in this little game of chicken between Lonni
"What does Khivar want?" asked Tess.
Nicholas smiled, "Your special abilities are somewhat
unique. Khivar feels you might be
useful to us in the future."
Tess nodded, "And what's in it for me?"
"Passage to the home world."
"We were guaranteed that already, for the Granolith,"
Tess pointed out. "What
"Who says we owe you anything?" Nicholas challenged
"I say," Tess said. "I could just go back to Max. He is mad right now but I could convince him to forgive
me." She shook her head,
"There's no reason for me to help you unless you can guarantee more."
"And what more
do you want?" Nicholas asked.
"Give me Max, guarantee our safety and return us to
Antar. We keep the titles of King
and Queen, in name only of course, and a suitable home and income for our
"You betrayed him," Nicholas pointed out. "What makes you think Max will
"Just leave that to me," Tess said cryptically.
"Okay," Nicholas agreed, "Max and the rest, for
your future help."
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Khivar brought his consciousness back into his own body and sat at
his desk, deep in thought. After a
moment, he passed his hand over a blank document, causing several names to
"Colonel," he called out.
The door was opened instantly and the Colonel entered the room,
bowing formally, "My Liege."
Khivar held out the document. "Find out everything you can about these people, and don't
let anything stand in your way."
Max waited until they were all gathered in Michael's apartment
before starting the meeting. "We need to get the book translated, that has to be our main
priority. It's Sunday and we can't
leave until tomorrow, but there are other things we need to talk about."
"Yeah," Isabel said, "like why Tess hasn't arrived
on Antar yet."
"Maybe she did," Michael said, "and Larek's people
just don't know."
"I don't know," Isabel continued. "Something just seems wrong about
this whole thing. Like if Nasedo
wasn't involved, then how did Tess even come up with the idea to betray us to
Khivar and how did she know how to contact him?"
"Maybe she didn't," Liz said. "She was helping us against the skins at first, and she
didn't try to influence Max to take Nicholas' deal at the summit in New
York. They must have gotten
to her afterward somehow."
Isabel nodded, "But that wouldn't have left much time. The summit was at Thanksgiving and Alex
left in January."
"Unless the whole thing was a set up," Max pointed
out. "Maybe they made it look
like she was helping us until she could get what they wanted. She mind warped us to think she killed
the skins and the summit was just to throw us off."
"Either way," Michael said, "we have to assume Tess
has told the skins everything about us."
Max nodded in agreement. "And she was awfully quick to confess everything in the Granolith
chamber before she left. It makes
me wonder if she wasn't hiding something."
"Like what?" Kyle asked.
Max shrugged, "Maybe the truth about her plan or others who
were involved. We already know she
lied about Nasedo. I don't know
what else there could be, but I have a feeling we'll find out when we get the
book translated. It must contain
something very important for her to risk everything she did."
"So how do you want to do it?" Michael asked.
"Liz has made contact with the computer professor at Las
Cruces, so she and I will go down tomorrow and talk to him." He turned to Liz, "Is that
Max gave her a crooked smile. "Okay, the rest of you go to school like normal and
cover for us the best you can."
Maria shook her head, "Do you think it's a good idea for you
two to go down there alone? I mean
we don't know who might be waiting for you. And what about Leanna or Jennifer or whatever her name
is? She might not be an alien but
she was involved."
"I don't think she was involved," Liz said. "She ran from Maria and me the
night she saw us but when Max and I were there on Friday, Jennifer didn't
"So what does that mean?" Kyle asked.
"Maybe she was possessed by an alien," Max speculated,
"like Larek does to Brody, or maybe it was a shape shifter posing as
"Or maybe she wasn't there at all. Maybe it was a mind warp," Liz suggested.
"Okay," Maria said, "but are you sure it will be
safe? Maybe we all should
Max shook his head, "No. All of us being gone would be too suspicious and I doubt
anyone would care if we translate the book now. Tess has everything she wanted." He glanced at Liz but looked quickly
away, not wanting to see the pain in her eyes.
He took a deep breath, "I want to apologize to all of you for
the way I have acted lately. I
don't know what I was thinking or why I treated you all so badly, I hated what
I was doing but I couldn't seem to stop."
"You were acting out of character," Michael said. "Maybe it was another of Tess'
mindwarps. She made you do things
you didn't want to do before."
Max shook his head. "Even if that's true, it's no excuse. I should have been able to control myself. I've been a jerk and can only say, I'm
Max looked at each of them. "But now we all need to put our differences aside and work
together. We need to develop our
powers and keep our eyes open. And
let's all make a promise to each other not to keep any more secrets. We need to have all the facts if we are
going to make informed decisions and survive this. So do we all agree?"
Everyone looked around the group nodding.
Max continued, "Michael, you worked with Tess the most,
improving your powers. Would you
set up and take charge of a training schedule for us? Including Liz and Kyle. And pick a place where we won't be seen."
Michael sat up a little straighter, "Sure Max."
"School will be out next week. We'll start then." Max turned to his sister, "And Isabel will you be in
charge of a schedule for memory recovery? Work with Michael to coordinate."
"Yeah," Isabel agreed, a little surprised. She had never seen Max so decisive and
commanding. Just a few days ago
she had found him crying behind the house by the trash cans. She didn't know what had happened to
change him so quickly but she suspected it was due to Liz. It was still so overwhelming to think
that Liz was the reincarnation of her brother's wife, but with everything Max
and Liz had been through for one another, it really didn't surprise her.
When Max and Liz had first gotten together it had scared her, and
for a time she had even tried to keep them apart but she had quickly seen they
belonged together. They had a bond
she envied, a closeness and understanding she craved. And even when it had been revealed in the message from their
mother, that Max belonged with Tess, and Liz had left him, Isabel couldn't
imagine anything coming permanently between them.
The world had seemed to fall apart for Isabel, and the rest of the
group, as the gap between Max and Liz had widened, and when Max had told her he
had slept with Tess, Isabel had been horrified. If a couple like Max and Liz couldn't make it, she had asked
herself, what chance did she have of finding happiness? But now that Tess was gone, it was like
a dark cloud had lifted from their lives, like they were all awakening from a
Suddenly a thought occurred to Isabel. "Tess mind warped us to stay away from Brody, and Kyle
to forget Alex's death, and now we think maybe she manipulated Max's actions. Do you think she could have done other
mind warps to us that we don't know about?"
Max nodded. "It
really wouldn't surprise me."
"But how would we find out?" Isabel asked.
Liz spoke up. "In the Granolith chamber Tess could have simply mind warped all of
you to go with her but she didn't. There must be a reason why."
Max nodded. "Remember
when Tess mind warped Nicholas and Ida, hiding us in the Crashdown bathroom,
she practically collapsed afterward, and the same thing happened when she mind
warped all of those people at the University when I changed the bones in the cyclotron
to save Michael."
Liz nodded. "So if
Tess was too exhausted to mind you to go with her, that means she must have
been doing a lot of mind warping, and not just on Alex, Kyle and Amy. I think she wasn't strong enough to
make all of the mind warps permanent. They started wearing off of Alex and Kyle and even Maria's mother, so it
makes sense if she mind warped us to do other things, they will eventually wear
"Maria's mother?" Kyle asked. "What does she have to do with this?"
"Oh no," Liz gasped. "With everything else that was going on, I completely
forgot. Amy started to tap on the
counter just like Kyle and Alex, and then she started to remember what happened
with Brody. That's how I figured
out Tess must have mind warped them too."
"Yeah? So..." Kyle encouraged her to continue.
"So my Mom is starting to remember Brody holding us
hostage," Maria blurted out. "How are we going to explain that to her? We can't just mind warp it away this time."
"Oh," Kyle realized. "What are we going to do? She could make a lot of trouble."
"If we're lucky," Liz said, "we won't have to do
anything. Amy will have two
versions of that night in her head. Maybe she will just think the hostage situation was a bad dream she's
remembering. I mean, how else
would she explain it to herself? She's certainly not going to jump to the conclusion that aliens are
Max nodded, "Let's hope Liz is right, but if not we'll deal
with it when it happens."
Max looked around the group, "The final thing I have to say,
is for everyone to be careful. We
don't know what is coming but we need to be prepared for anything. Let's meet here tomorrow after Liz and
I return from Las Cruces and we'll read the translation, together."
Michael shut the door as the others left and slumped down onto the
couch. He still couldn't believe
Liz had turned out to be Ava. He
had just started to accept the fact that Tess was going to be a permanent part
of their lives, but unlike Tess, he had liked and respected Liz almost from the
beginning, and he was relieved at how things had turned out.
Tess had bugged him from the start and even when they found out
she was the fourth alien, Michael had been disappointed. She knew little more than they did, and
she always seemed so secretive and shifty, like she was hiding things from
them. Tess has used her powers to
manipulate them and she was constantly throwing herself at Max. She seemed to have no opinions of her
own, only echoing what Max said. It was like her only identity was being Max's wife.
But Liz was totally different. She was strong and smart and always tried to do the right
thing. Liz had her own opinions
and never worried about if they conflicted with Max's. When she had first found out about their
otherworldly origins, Michael had tried to intimidate her several times, but
Liz had never backed down. Michael
had started to respect her then, and over the months his respect had quietly
grown each time she helped them.
And when Alex had died and Liz believed it was murder, she
stubbornly pursued her investigation even against Max's wishes, until it had
almost ripped them all apart. But
it was exactly because Liz had been so determined that Michael had believed
her, and his faith in her had been justified.
He'd had a crush on Liz when they had been children and he'd even
imagined himself to be jealous of Max when they had started dating. But as he and Maria had gotten closer,
Michael admitted to himself that the feelings he'd had for Liz had been nothing
more than an infatuation. He still
respected and liked Liz, but long ago it had grown into more of a brotherly
affection, and now she was his Queen.
Liz continually surprised him with her strength and insight but he
could never imagine being close with her like he was with Maria. He smiled thinking of the feisty
blonde. With Maria he had found
everything he had been searching for his entire life, a family, a home, and
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Max stopped his mother's car near the edge of the quarry and he
and Liz sat in silence. He was
nervous, more nervous than he ever remembered being around her and he wasn't
sure where to begin. Now that they
knew they belonged together he should have been free of doubts but he was
scared the revelation might push Liz permanently away from him.
"Liz," he started slowly, "I can't imagine what you
must be feeling about being Ava. I
mean, it must be such a shock to find out like that."
Liz turned to him, "Kind of like you, Michael and Isabel
finding out that you were different."
Max shook his head, "I don't know. I always felt different. Figuring out we were aliens wasn't really that weird, I
guess. But for me, finding out you
are Ava, actually explains a lot of things."
Liz smiled encouragingly, "Like what?"
Max felt his heart jump and he longed to reach out to her, but he
knew it was too soon and he tightened his hands on the wheel. "Well it explains why I fell in
love with you at first sight and why I haven't been able to get you out of my
head since then. It explains why I
would risk my life, all of our lives, to heal you in the Crashdown and why we
have such a strong connection between us. It explains why I couldn't stop loving you or let you go, even when I
thought you had slept with Kyle. And
it explains why loving you has always seemed like the best part of me, because
it is. Loving you is not only in
my heart and soul, it's in my genes, my very being."
"I feel the same way," Liz whispered, as a tear rolled
down her cheek.
Max reached up automatically to brush the single tear from Liz's
velvety cheek, but before he touched her, he shakily withdrew his hand. "So you aren't sorry to find out
who you used to be?"
"Sorry?" Liz asked surprised. "No I'm not sorry. I just wish we had known sooner. It would have saved a lot of heart ache."
Max nodded in agreement and looked down, his guilt making him
unable to meet her eyes.
Liz continued, "The other Max didn't say anything about
it. Surely he and his
Liz couldn't have known."
"I don't know," Max said. "Maybe he did know and just wanted to spare you the
Liz nodded, "It's possible, but I would like to think if they
knew they were meant to be together, they would have done anything not to be
Max's head jerked up at her words and met her eyes. He could tell she hadn't realized her
words applied to their current situation but it gave him the first sign of hope
for their future.
And suddenly he wanted to know everything. "Liz, I know it's a lot to ask,
but would you let me see him? My
Liz swallowed hard and felt more tears welling up. It had been one of the most difficult
times of her life and she was more moved than she could express that Max wanted
to share it with her. And as she
nodded her assent, she felt a part of the burden she was carrying, lighten.
Max reached up and took Liz's head gently in his hands, and shut
his eyes as the familiar connection slid easily into place. He carefully sorted through the rush of
images until he found her memories of his older self, and with them Max could
feel the full force of the emotions she had experienced. When Liz had first seen his older self,
she had been scared but when he had convinced her who he was, she had been
curious as to why he had come. Then Max felt the crushing sorrow she had experienced when the other Max
had told her what they had to do.
Through her eyes, Max saw the times Liz had come to him, each lie
she spoke killing her inside a little more. He saw her clinging to the few moments she spent with his
older self, knowing it would be all she ever had of him. And when the other Max disappeared, he
felt her hopelessness and despair.
Max carefully memorized everything that had happened, every word,
every image, every feeling. He noted
vaguely that his forehead was touching Liz's and he felt tears on his
cheeks. He didn't know if they
were hers or his but he didn't stop the connection.
He sifted through her memories of the months afterward, seeing
himself through her eyes and he almost despaired. He had been so cruel, so selfish not to see she had been
going through hell, and he began to think he would never get her back. He certainly didn't deserve her.
But as soon as the thought was finished, he heard an answering
You can't blame yourself Max. I didn't let you see how much I was hurting because I knew
it had to be that way.
Max was surprised but he didn't break the connection. He was almost afraid to ask the
question, wondering if it was just his own wishful thinking. What did you say, Liz?
I said you
can't blame yourself...
Liz stopped with a mental gasp. Max we are talking through the
connection. Did you know you could
I can't do it with anyone else. When Iz and I were kids we had sort of a mental shorthand,
passing feelings to one another, but as we got older it went away. We could never speak or hear thoughts,
in a connection. The only way was
when Iz would dream walk me.
Why do you think we can?
Liz asked. Because we were married in our other life, or maybe because you healed
Or both, or maybe it is destiny,
Max said. I used to hate that word, but we are meant to be
together. Our souls are
connected. You found me across the
galaxies and over the years. I
guess we shouldn't be surprised.
I'm scared Max,
Liz admitted. It's
a lot to take in.
Max felt a shiver of fear race through him. He could almost feel Liz slipping
away. I know it is, but if you
decide you want to take your place with us, I will, we all will help you any
way we can.
I know you will Max and I never even considered there was a
choice. Even though I didn't know
who I was, I have been a part of this since you healed me.
But this is bigger than hiding what we are from our parents and
the Sheriff, Liz. This is a war on
another planet and I would never force you to do anything you didn't want to
I know, Max. But
since I learned what you were, nothing else has been as important to me. And like I said, I am a part of this.
Thanks Liz. I
never would have made it this far without you.
You don't have to thank me. I'm right where I wanted to be, with you, helping you,
loving you. And I do want us to
try again, Max. It seems like such
a shame to throw it all away when our souls went to so much trouble to be
Liz trailed off.
Max felt her pain and continued for her, But I have said and
done things that can't be taken back and I need to work on rebuilding our
friendship and regaining your trust first.
It's not that I don't trust you Max. I know you wouldn't have turned to her if I hadn't pushed
you to do it. Oh Max, my
Grandmother was right. If only I
had listened to her. She said I
should follow my heart, and it told me we belonged together but I let my head
get in the way.
said softly. I won't let you
blame yourself. You did what you
thought would save us.
Liz sighed. I'm
just glad we will have a chance to put things right between us.
Max broke the connection and spoke aloud, "So am I,
Liz." He watched her eyes
flutter open and he gently smoothed the back of his hand down her cheek. He felt a shiver of reaction rush
through her as he held her eyes and wanted nothing more at that moment than to
kiss her, but he held himself in check and sat back in his seat.
Then he noticed the stunned, dreamy look on Liz's face and leaned
toward her again. But suddenly an
image he had glimpsed in Liz's mind became clear, and he frowned in
concentration, trying to see it in its entirety.
"What's wrong?" Liz asked.
Max looked at her. "Tess mind warped you."
"What?" Liz gasped. When?"
"I saw it in your memories. It was right after we came back from New York. She put a compulsion in your mind so
you wouldn't want to know about your powers and she even told you how to
control them so you wouldn't develop them."
"Why would she do that?"
"I don't know," Max admitted. "But she must have been scared you would ruin her plan
"Maybe she thought it would bring us close again," Liz
suggested, "you know, you and me working on developing my powers. Like she used the memory recovery
sessions to get close to you."
Max nodded, "Yeah, maybe."
Liz searched her mind for memories of that time but she had been
so glad Max had returned, she really hadn't focused on anything else. "It's funny. I thought there would be a weird
feeling or missing time or something but I don't remember anything
Max related the circumstances. "Tess approached you behind the Crashdown when you were
taking out the trash. She said she
was walking and you asked if she always walked in the alleys."
"Yeah," Liz said after a moment. "I remember the conversation. I was really tired and I think I zoned
out for a minute or two."
"That's when it happened," Max said. "Try to remember."
Liz concentrated on the memory, trying to see every detail and
remember every sound. At first,
nothing happened but then she had the sensation of someone else in her mind,
and suddenly the whole thing came rushing back to her. She could hear Tess' suggestions in her
mind, replacing her will, telling her how to control her burgeoning
powers. But it didn't end
there. Three other occasions
pushed their way to the front of Liz's memory, times when Tess had reinforced
the mind warp, the last one just a couple of weeks ago, and Liz gasped at Tess'
unfeeling use of power. Tess had
known her mind warps had killed poor Alex but she had continued recklessly
Anger rose up within Liz and she turned to Max. "Tess mind warped me four times
that I can remember."
"What?" Max asked angrily.
"She did the original one and then reinforced it. One of them was just a couple of weeks
"After she knew too much mind warping was dangerous,"
Liz shook her head, "I don't know why she didn't just kill me
too if she saw me as so much of a threat."
"One death was suspicious enough but it could be accepted as
an accident," Max said, "but if you had died, I would never have
stopped investigating until I found your killer. I would never have left Earth without finding out what
happened. No matter what had
happened between us, I never stopped loving you. Tess must have known that."
Liz reached out and took his hand in hers. "Thank you."
Max shook his head, "It's just the truth." He squeezed her hand. "Liz, I have been so resistant to
what I am and my destiny mainly because I knew it wouldn't include you. And I didn't want to live any life you
weren't in. But now that we have found
out the truth about you and us, everything is different."
Liz nodded, "We've never really talked about this, how you
felt about who you were and your destiny. I knew you weren't happy but I really didn't know why."
"Yeah," Max said with a grim smile, "we haven't
really been close since I found out. I wanted to talk to you about everything, but you left town, and then I
was trying to get you back, and then the whole thing with Kyle..." he
He shook his head and continued, "I was scared that I was
being forced into this role of leader and I didn't know what I was doing. Everyone kept reminding me that
millions of lives were at stake and I worried that one wrong move would mean
the end. I tried to focus on us,
keeping us alive and hidden and developing our powers, but Michael was a
constant nagging reminder I wasn't doing enough. Tess was complaining I was spending too much time trying to
get you back, and Isabel, to give her credit, was trying to be the peacemaker
but she was keeping secrets too."
He sighed, "I was doing okay until I thought you slept with
Kyle and then everything fell apart. I wanted to just curl up and die but I had people counting on me. Then the harvest happened and the skins
came to Roswell, then the summit. I tried to focus on our problems and push everything else aside. I was almost glad for the distractions
because whenever I stopped, all I thought about was you. I didn't have anyone to talk to who
would understand what I was going through. In Vegas, Michael accused me of being a robot and I realized
he was right. I felt like a piece
of me had died and a lot of the time I was just going through the motions of
"I'm sorry Max," Liz whispered. "I knew you had to follow your
destiny but at the same time I didn't want you to because it would mean you
would be with Tess."
Max shook his head, "Not anymore."
Liz met his eyes, "Yeah, not anymore."
"And with you supporting me, I'm not afraid of
"Max, you had my support the whole time, even when it seemed
"I know that now and I should have known it all along. In my heart I should have known you
would never turn away from me, never betray me. I've seen your soul, you just aren't capable of it and I
will never doubt you again."
"And your destiny?" Liz asked and then quickly corrected
herself. "Our destiny?"
"I know technically I have been the leader since that day at
the cave last year, but there were only two times I really felt like a
leader. One was the day we went to
kill Brody because we thought he was a skin, and the other was at the summit in
New York. Both were bad
experiences and I didn't feel ready for either of them. But you were right, Liz. I can't change what or who I am and I
can't escape my destiny. Today,
with you at my side, it felt familiar. It was like I could feel your strength and support, and for the first
time I know I'm ready for whatever comes our way. I am the leader, right or wrong, but I'm not scared of what
that means anymore because I know together we can do anything."
Isabel walked slowly through the dark woods. She didn't recognize the area and was
afraid she was lost. Suddenly she
had a flash of Grant dragging Laurie in the body bag, and then another of
finding Laurie in the grave. She
squeezed her eyes shut trying to block the pictures but when she opened them,
she was on hands and knees at the edge of the empty, open grave.
She looked around expecting someone to be there but the area
seemed to be deserted. A dull glow
drew her eyes back to the hole and she noticed a cluster of blue crystals. The light grew in intensity and
suddenly the crystals melted into a puddle of goo and then turned into a thick
fog, which rapidly filled the grave. The fog continued to expand and it drifted up over the side of the
grave, creeping steadily toward her and she watched, unable to move, as it
reached her hands.
Surprised, she scrambled backwards until she hit a tree, but the
fog quickly closed the distance.
"No," she called out as she struggled to her feet. "Stay away."
"Isssaaabel," the fog hissed again.
She turned to
run but something was blocking her way. It was cool and soft and as she struggled, she woke up to find that she
was wrestling with her pillow.