Ava’s brow was creased in confusion as she drove to Kyle’s house. She just couldn’t figure out why Kyle never mentioned that he’d slept with Liz.
It’s not that Ava was jealous or expected Kyle to have been a monk before she met him. On the contrary, she knew he was experienced. It didn’t bother her that he had been with other women.
He’d been very open with her about his past and she knew he’d had other relationships. She even knew he’d dated Liz briefly before she was shot and healed by Max. But Kyle had never mentioned that they’d slept together just a few weeks ago.
She wasn’t mad at him, she just wondered why he hadn’t told her. And she wondered if Liz had told Zan.
Ava guessed not. She thought Zan probably would have mentioned it to her.
Pulling the Mustang into the Valenti driveway she turned off the engine. Gathering her few things she walked up to the door and knocked.
Maybe Kyle and Liz decided it was a mistake, Ava thought. Maybe they agreed just to put it behind them.
The door flew open a moment later, Kyle greeting her with a warm grin. He wrapped his arms around her. “Hey, baby,” he breathed.
Ava pressed herself against him automatically, and spoke in his ear the four words that men dread most. “We need to talk.”
Kyle pulled back, his smile dissolving as he searched her face. “What’s wrong?” he asked confused. He thought things were going great between them.
“Is your dad home?” she asked.
He nodded dumbly.
“Let’s sit in my car, where we can have some privacy,” she said.
A terrible feeling of foreboding rushed through Kyle. Was he losing Ava already? He was pretty sure he was falling for her.
He followed her to the car and got in the passenger seat, closing the door with a final-sounding thud, and turned to face her.
“Kyle,” she started, “what is going on with you and Liz, and why didn’t you tell me about her?”
Now Kyle was really confused. He shook his head. “I told you we dated before she got shot, and a little after, but she’s been a goner for Max since then.”
Ava’s brow creased. “Aren’t you conveniently forgetting that you had sex with her a couple of weeks ago?”
“What!?!” Kyle exclaimed, his voice rising unnaturally. “I never slept...”
He trailed off as he realized what he was saying. He had pretended to sleep with Liz, and she had asked him never to tell anyone. But he didn’t want to keep a secret like that from Ava.
“This is going to sound crazy,” he started, and then realized he was talking to a girl from another planet, “or maybe not.”
He ran his hands over his face. “I never slept with Liz,” he said.
“But Tess said,” Ava started.
Kyle nodded, cutting her off. “Yeah, everyone thinks we did, but it was all a setup. You see Liz came to me needing my help. She asked me to pretend that we were sleeping together so Max could catch us.”
“What?” Ava asked. “She wanted Max to catch you.”
“Yeah,” he continued, “and as far as I know, he still thinks we had sex. And before you ask me why, I have no idea. Liz wouldn’t tell me. But I kinda think it was get Max to leave her alone. He kept trying to get her back, and she kept saying no, but he wouldn’t give up.”
“And she thought that was the only way?” Ava asked incredulously.
“Like I said,” Kyle explained, “she seemed so desperate I just did what she asked, and then I wished I hadn’t, because she was miserable afterward, and Max…” he trailed off. “Man, I’ll never forget the look on his face. He was devastated. He looked like the world had ended.”
“But I promised her,” he said, “I promised I’d never tell anyone. I only told you so you wouldn’t think…” he trailed off. “I mean you are the best thing that ever happened to me, and we’re just starting…”
He was watching her closely. She still looked confused. “Ava, you can’t tell Max, please, I promised Liz.”
Ava met his eyes. “I won’t tell Max,” she said, but she was sure as hell going to tell Zan.
“So,” Kyle said uncertainly, “you and I, we’re okay?”
Ava smiled, touching his face. “You’re the best thing that ever happened to me too,” she said, “just no more pretending to sleep with old girlfriends.”
Kyle felt the relief all through his body. “That’s a promise.”
Max, Liz and Zan laid together in the bed he created for over an hour, touching, kissing and talking softly. The connection was still active between them and the power had gradually lessened after Liz’s orgasms.
Zan rose up on his elbow so he could see both Max and Liz. “The power is incredible,” he said, still feeling the last remnants of it running through him, ‘but it looks like sex is part of it. Not that I’m complaining,” he said, grinning, “but we need to learn to control it. We can’t be stopping in the middle of a fight to,” he winked at Liz, “make Liz cum.”
She blushed and Zan chuckled, leaning down to kiss her head.
“Maybe if we get together everyday,” Liz suggested, “and practiced, it wouldn’t effect us so much.”
Max smiled, stroking her arm. “I certainly wouldn’t complain about doing this everyday,” he said, “but Liz are you prepared for the consequences? I don’t want you to rush into anything or do anything you’re not ready for.”
“The power is making our desires uncontrollable,” he continued, “and if we keep practicing we’ll be having sex in a matter of days, or less. We won’t be able to stop ourselves.” He kissed her temple. “And you shouldn’t do anything you don’t want to do.”
“But the power,” Liz argued, “it could save us all.”
Zan shook his head. “Max is right, we can’t do this unless you really want to have sex. The power isn’t worth it otherwise. You shouldn’t have to pay that price.”
His throat tightened as he made his next suggestion. “Maybe you and Max should talk about this alone, and figure out what you want to do. And if you decide to take that step with Max, maybe it wouldn’t be so hard to control when the three of us get together to practice.”
“Zan,” Liz started softly, but Max cut her off.
“No Zan,” he said, coming to a sudden decision, “for whatever reason, the three of us are in this together. The power needs all of us. Liz loves you and wants you too, and it feels right when the three of us are together. It feels like we belong together.”
Zan couldn’t believe his ears. Max was actually inviting him to be in the relationship with them, to have sex with them. His eyes snapped to Liz’s and she nodded, smiling softly.
“I feel it too,” Zan said, “but I didn’t think you’d want me with you. It’s not exactly normal.”
Liz’s smile widened. “What’s so great about normal?” she teased. “And since when has anything in your life been normal?”
Zan nodded. “Never,” he said softly. “But usually it means something I can’t have or something I have to give up. It’s never meant I get exactly what I want.”
“I know how you feel,” Max said. “But this power means not only do we have a good chance of surviving, but we don’t have to depend on Tess to save us.” He touched Liz’s face. “Will you give up on the idea that I need to be with her? How could you even ask me to leave you after this?”
Liz nodded. “You’re right, I can’t. I don’t want to be without you. I love you too much.”
Max hugged her tightly. “We’re supposed to be together,” he said. “I’ve known it since the first time I saw you. My future self must have been an idiot to think I could give you up.”
Liz gasped as a sudden thought occurred to her. Her hand flew to her mouth. “Future Max,” she said breathily.
Max pulled back and both he and Zan focused on Liz.
“Oh,” she said, looking from one to the other, “don’t you see? I think Future Max intended that the three of us be together all along.”
She looked at Max. “It’s like you said, he must have known you’d never give me up. You’d never go to Tess. And we both said that all he accomplished with his plan was slowing down our relationship.”
She turned to look at Zan. “And he sent you here. He must have known what would happen between us. But if Max and I were already bonded together…”
Zan cut her off, picking up on her line of thought. “Yeah, if you had already gotten together you’d never accept me.”
Max nodded. “It makes perfect sense. He knew the three of us had to be together to access this power.”
Liz’s brow furrowed. “I guess he didn’t tell me the truth because he thought I’d never believe it.”
“I think,” Zan said, “it is one of those things you have to experience or it would never make sense. We had to live it to come to this point.”
“I agree,” Max said. “I would have thought it was insane if someone had just told me this was how it was supposed to be.”
“So what do we do?” Liz asked. “This whole thing is so strange. How do you have two relationships at the same time? Or maybe it’s just one big relationship? I mean am I dating both of you one at a time, or do all three of us go out together and do . . . um, everything together?”
Zan smiled. “We do whatever we decide is right for us. It’s our lives. We should live them the way we want.”
Max nodded. “We’ll just figure it out as we go.”
Liz smiled, blushing slightly. “I guess I’m just over-thinking this. But what are the others going to say about the three of us?”
Zan stroked over her breast as he kissed the side of her head. “Do you really care?”
“I don’t know,” Liz admitted.
She looked from Zan to Max. “It’s not that I’m ashamed or anything,” she assured them. “I don’t regret anything we’ve done. But they won’t understand.”
The blush on her face deepened. “And when we start having sex…” she trailed off.
“We don’t have to tell anybody,” Zan said shrugging. “It’s our business.”
“We probably should keep it to ourselves for now anyway,” Max suggested, “at least until we figure out the power. Then we can decide what we are going to tell them.”
He smiled. “I don’t know how long we’ll be able to keep it quiet though,” he said, kissing her cheek. “I can hardly stop smiling.”
“Max is probably right.” Zan said. “Someone will notice something.” He winked. “We were hardly able to keep our hands off you before, and now it will only be harder,” he said, stroking over her breast again.
Liz reached out, touching both their chests and all three of them felt a surge in power. “Wow,” she gasped. “We need to start learning how to control this.”
“We have time now,” Zan said sitting up.
The sheet fell down, exposing his naked chest, and Liz felt a rush of desire.
Zan felt it through the connection and a smile raised one corner of his mouth as he looked at her. “If Liz can keep her hands off me,” he teased.
Max chuckled, kissing her head. “She can’t resist a ripped chest.”
Liz blushed, knowing she was caught. “You guys put your shirts on, and hand me my clothes, and we’ll just concentrate on practice.”
“Well,” Zan teased, gently pulling at the sheet, “this is my shirt, remember?”
Tess pouted as she stirred the straw around in her untouched shake.
Isabel suggested they go to the mall before heading home, and Tess had agreed.
For once she hadn’t enjoyed the shopping, but it’s not like she anything better to do.
She didn’t want to even think about what Zan, Liz and Max were doing. And she really didn’t want to go home and possibly see Kyle and Ava. So Isabel was her only other choice.
Isabel was really the only one out of the group who had shown her any friendship, but they weren’t close. And Tess guessed it was her fault. Isabel had been her friend before she knew who she was. But after Tess admitted that she had sent them the dreams, it had never been the same between them.
She thought the dreams would help Max, Michael and Isabel remember their past and who she was. But it hadn’t really worked. They were suspicious of her and even thought she meant to hurt them.
They were too human. They never understood how important they were, and how important their mission was.
None of them remembered their other life, and they didn’t want to go back home like she did. They didn’t remember how good it was to have everything they wanted, to rule a planet. If they did, they’d be fighting with her to get back.
But they liked their obscure human lives, with their human friends and lovers.
Somehow she had to help them remember, and make them understand.
After Zan, Liz and Max got dressed they practiced with the new power for more than an hour. The power wasn’t as strong as it had been earlier but they couldn’t believe how long it lasted.
They were just wondering if it was a permanent increase when it finally faded.
“Well,” Liz said, “we can get together tomorrow and try again.”
“We’ll have to be careful,” Max said, stroking her arm.
“Exactly,” Zan said. “We can’t let the power make us do anything you’re not ready for.”
“We’ve been able to stop so far,” Liz pointed out.
“But the desire is getting stronger everyday,” Max said. “And with the power added to that…” he trailed off.
“Liz,” Zan said, “we might have to stop if we can’t control it.”
Without even discussing it he knew that he and Max were on the same page about Liz’s sexuality. They both desired her but neither of them wanted her to agree to sex unless she desired them just as much and was completely okay with it.
“We love you,” Max continued, “and we don’t want you to feel pressured.” He kissed her temple. “You choose when you’re ready. We won’t let the power choose for you.”
Liz felt a rush of love for both of them and tears pricked her eyes. “Thank you,” she said, hugging Max and then Zan.
“We should get you home,” Max said.
Liz nodded. She turned to Zan, blushing. It was silly to be embarrassed after everything that had happened, but she couldn’t help her feelings. The whole thing was all so new.
Zan smiled. He knew it must be weird for her responding to two men, especially when one of them she’d thought was the love of her life. In the heat of the moment it was so natural, but with Max standing right next to them, watching them, he didn’t blame her for hesitating.
And he wanted her to be completely comfortable with him, so he’d let her come to him when she was ready.
He cupped her cheek. “I love you, baby.”
She smiled and hugged him tightly. Zan wrapped his arms around her and she let her body melt into him as the tension left her. “I love you too,” she breathed.
Zan kissed her softly. “I’ll see you tomorrow.”
“Yeah,” she said.
He released her and nodded at Max, who nodded back. They had come a silent understanding about Liz. They accepted each other because they both wanted to be with Liz, and they both wanted to make her happy.
Ava only stayed at the Valenti house a couple of hours before heading home. She couldn’t get Kyle’s words out of her mind.
When she got home, the practice room was dark, and she went upstairs, finding Zan in the kitchen making a sandwich.
He was smiling, and she hated to tell him her news because she didn’t know how he would take it.
“How was your date?” he asked in between bites.
Ava smiled. “Good.”
“Ummmm, Zan,” she started, “did Liz ever tell you anything about her relationship with Max?”
Zan’s brow creased. He was sure Ava didn’t know the truth, but maybe she had figured out something wasn’t quite right.
“What do you mean?” he asked.
“Well,” Ava said, “I was talking to Tess and she told me that Liz slept with Kyle about a month ago, so I asked him if it was true. But he said they never slept together. Liz asked him to pretend that they did to set up Max to find them in bed.”
Zan felt a rush of relief. Liz and Max had told him about it already.
Ava continued. “I just wondered if Liz told you because I knew you were so hurt.”
Zan nodded. “She told me.”
Ava looked relieved. “I know it’s none of my business, but…” she trailed off.
Smiling, Zan got up and gave her a one-arm hug. “Thanks for having my back,” he said sincerely.
But his attention was focused elsewhere. He was interested in the fact Tess had felt the need to tell Ava that her boyfriend had slept with Liz. Tess must be really hurting if she was trying make everyone around her miserable. He thought it was about time someone talked to her.
“I just thought,” Ava started again, “that maybe Liz really doesn’t want to be with Max, and that’s why she tried to get rid of him. So maybe she could be with you.”
“Maybe,” Zan agreed.
Max took Liz home and he spent the next couple of hours in the Crashdown while she helped with the dinner rush. Then afterward they went up to her room to do their homework together, but Liz was having a hard time concentrating.
Thoughts rushed through her mind, but she didn’t say anything until Max was leaving.
She turned to him. “Max,” she started softly, “are you really okay with this?”
He didn’t need to ask what she was talking about. His brow creased as he had a thought. “Are you?”
“Max,” Liz started softly, “I don’t want you to do anything you don’t want to either. You’re not just including Zan because you think it’s the only way we can be together, are you?”
Reaching out, he cupped her cheek. “I would do absolutely anything to be with you,” he said, “but I’d never let Zan touch you unless I was completely okay with it.”
He shook his head. “It isn’t how I imagined it would be between us. And I thought I might be jealous, but the truth is I’m not.” A soft blush colored his cheeks. “I liked seeing him with you. Seeing him pleasure you, and your reactions, made me want you even more.”
Liz was surprised but pleased, and she nodded as Max continued. “And it’s like I said before, it feels like he’s part of us.”
She nodded. “That’s how I feel too, but I wanted to make sure that you really weren’t going to get hurt.”
Max smiled. “I’m happier than I’ve ever been.”
Leaning in he kissed her tenderly. “We’re going to be together, just like I’ve always wanted.”
“Yes, we are,” she said, holding his eyes. “Max, I want to be with you completely. Both of you. I’m ready.”
He searched her face. “Are you sure? You don’t have to rush into anything.”
She nodded. “Today it felt so right. I’ve wanted you for so long, and it’s been building inside me. I want you more every day and I dream about you every night.”
She took his hand. “Max, now that we know we can be together, I don’t want to wait any longer.”
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