Tess sat alone in her room, thinking about what Max had said.
The only reason she wasn’t shoving everything she owned into her suitcases is because Max had asked her to stay. But was there really any reason to?
If Max didn’t want her, what was her purpose?
He wanted Liz. He wanted her so much that he was willing to give up practically everything to keep her. And he was willing to share her.
Of course, Tess didn’t know how far Liz had gone with Max and Zan, but from what she’d witnessed, they were close to having sex, if they hadn’t already.
It was just crazy. Max was a King. He could have any woman he wanted on Antar. Women that would worship him and do anything he said, and not make him share them with other men. Women who would love him enough to be whatever he wanted. Like herself.
Tess couldn’t believe that Max would be satisfied for very long in a relationship where he had to share.
And he would realize that eventually, Tess thought.
Max said he didn’t want his old life, but he didn’t really know what he was missing. Eventually he would remember living as a King and ruling his planet. He would remember the parties and the clothes, and how everybody wanted to be around them. He would remember how much she loved him and how she was willing to do anything for him, including wait for him, and then he would change his mind.
He would realize that Liz was just a silly Earth girl who couldn’t give him anything. Liz was just like a million other girls, and she wouldn’t even give him her whole heart. She was just someone to pass his time with, but she could never be a true Queen to him.
Liz couldn’t possibly understand politics and court etiquette. She would never be a proper wife for the ruler of a planet.
But Tess had already held that position.
And she would remind him of that. The upcoming summit was the perfect place to show him.
After they took care of Lonnie and Rath, it would be safe to go to the summit. They could make a deal to end the war and go home.
It might take months of negotiations, but she would be there with Max the whole time. She would help and support him any way she could, and eventually he’d turn to her.
Yes, it was perfect. Max would see that Liz wasn’t right for him, and she would be there to welcome him back with open arms.
“I told her,” Max blurted out as Liz answered her phone.
Liz gasped, knowing instantly exactly what he was talking about. “What did she say?” she asked, concerned.
Max rubbed his face with his hand. “Well, she promised she wouldn’t leave, but she was really upset.”
Liz nodded. “I’m sorry. Max, maybe…”
He cut her off. “It’s not your fault, Liz. And it had to be done.”
“I know,” she said sadly. “I just feel sorry for her. We’ll have to be extra nice to her.”
“We will,” Max assured her. “We’ll make sure she knows she belongs with us.” He sighed. “I didn’t tell her we were together, but either she knows already or she guessed. It wouldn’t really be hard to figure out who has always had my heart.”
“Max,” Liz said, feeling her throat tighten with emotion.
“I’ve loved you since the first moment I saw you,” he said. “Nothing could change that.”
“I love you,” she said. “Even when I thought we’d never be together again, I knew I always would love you.”
“We’re together now,” he said fiercely. “And nothing will ever separate us again.”
“Nothing,” Liz echoed.
“I wish I could hold you,” Max sighed. “I hate being apart.”
“Me too,” she agreed. “At least we get to see each other every day, and we can talk at night.”
“Well,” Max said, “I’m hoping the idea I have will let us do more than that when we’re apart.”
“You’ve had me curious for hours,” Liz said eagerly.
Max explained. “You can feel more from Zan and me now, and I thought our connection must be getting stronger. It makes sense. Our bond was strengthened just by kissing, and since we’ve made love I think it’s getting even stronger. So to test it, I we should try to connect while we’re apart.”
“That’s a great idea,” Liz agreed. “I’d love to be able to feel you any time I wanted.”
Max smiled. “Me too.”
“I’m not sure how to do it, though,” she said. “When we’re together it just kind of slides into place.”
“Well,” he said, “Zan told us that connecting was your special talent, and you’d be able to do it over a distance eventually. We are part of each other now, and I think it will come naturally to you. Just try to reach out to me with your mind.”
Liz closed her eyes and did as Max said. It was weird at first. She wasn’t sure what she was supposed to do. She could already feel his happiness and his desire for her, but she didn’t know how to deepen the connection.
She concentrated on him, trying to block everything else out, and suddenly it was like Max came into focus in her mind.
Instantly, she could feel everything Max was feeling, and not just his strong emotions. Their connection was as intense as when they were together.
It’s amazing, she thought.
Liz could feel Max’s surprise and then his voice was in her mind. “Can you hear me?” he asked.
“Yes!” Liz answered. “I thought we had to be making love, or at least touching to talk through the connection.”
“I didn’t know what to expect,” he said, “but this is better than I hoped. It’s almost like we’re together.”
“You feel so good,” she hummed. “I feel you all around me, like when you’re holding me. And I can feel your love.”
“Me too,” he agreed. “It’s like I can feel your body against mine and even smell the sweet scent of your hair.”
They stayed silent for a long time, just feeling each other. Thoughts and emotions passed between them and they didn’t even need to speak.
Liz could feel how happy Max was and how content he was to be with her.
After long moments, she let the connection fade out. “Wow,” she said aloud finally, “that is incredible. I’d love to fall asleep like that, since we can’t really be together.”
“That sounds perfect,” Max said. He chuckled. “And it won’t even cost us any minutes on our phones.”
Liz giggled. “I’ll have to try it with Zan too and see if we get the same reaction. I’ll call him after we get off.”
Max smiled. “I have a better idea,” he said. “I’ve been thinking. You really didn’t get a chance to know Zan very well before this whole thing started between the three of us. I know you love him, I can feel it, but it still must be a bit strange for both of you.”
He continued. “I think you should spend some time with him alone, like on a date, so you can get to know each other better.”
Liz was completely surprised. “Max, I don’t know what to say. What a wonderful idea.”
“The three of us are in this together,” he said, “and I want to make sure Zan feels it too. He hasn’t known you for years like I have, and he didn’t have the alone time with you that I did. I think you both need that time together.”
Tears started in Liz’s eyes as she was overwhelmed by his thoughtfulness. “I love you so much, Max.”
“I love you too, Liz,” he said, “and I’ll do anything to make this work between us.”
She wiped at her eyes, smiling. “I’ll call and tell him later,” she said.
Max smiled. “You don’t have to. I already talked to him about it this afternoon.”
Kyle kissed Ava tenderly as they sat in his car outside her place. They had only been dating for a couple of weeks but he’d never been happier in his life. Nothing had ever felt so right.
He knew it was soon, but he wanted Ava to know how much he cared for her, and how much she meant to him.
Breaking their kiss, he stroked her cheek. “Ava,” he said, holding her eyes, “meeting you is the best thing that ever happened to me. You are incredible; so beautiful and smart and sexy, and I feel lucky every day we’re together. I love you.”
Ava tried to keep up her tough exterior, but tears of happiness gathered in her eyes. She’d wanted someone who would love her for who she was, and she’d been lucky enough to find him.
Kyle saw her tears and thought she was upset. “I-I’m, I’m s-sorry,” he stuttered immediately. “I don’t expect you to love me back. I just wanted to tell you how I feel.”
Ava smiled. “Shut up, Kyle,” she said, kissing him passionately. “I love you too,”
“You do?” he asked surprised.
She smiled wider and nodded her head. “You’re the best thing that ever happened to me too.”
Giggling, she kissed him quickly again. “And how could I resist that hard, sexy body?”
Kyle grinned. “You know, you can have it any time you want.”
She winked at him. “And I do.”
He took her into his arms, and she wiggled her body against him. “You’re insatiable,” he groaned.
“And you love it,” she teased.
“Hmmmm,” he hummed, kissing her again. “But you’ll have to wait until tomorrow to have me again.”
She giggled. “That’s a promise,”
A few minutes, and a few more kisses later, Ava exited the car, and went into her house. Beaming with happiness, she bounced up the stairs, eager to tell Zan what had happened.
She stepped in the doorway to his room, her mouth open, ready to share her good news, but stopped when she saw him.
Zan was lying on his bed, the phone to his ear. He was silent and his eyes were closed, but he had the largest smile she’d ever seen on his face.
Ava had no doubt that he was talking to Liz.
Silently, she backed out of the room.
She didn’t know what was going on with him and Liz, but she hoped things worked out. Zan was such a great guy, he deserved to be happy.
A while later, Zan leaned back in his bed, smiling with satisfaction. He’d just gotten off the phone with Liz.
She’d connected with him, and he’d loved it. The sensation was nothing like he’d ever experienced except when he’d actually had Liz in his arms. He hadn’t wanted it to end.
When they were connected, he’d also asked Liz on their first official date, and he was taking her out tomorrow night.
He couldn’t wait to spend some quality time with her. He loved her, and wanted to know everything about her. Now he just had to decide where they were going.
The next day at practice, Ava watched Zan and Liz with a smile.
They were alone on one side of the room, where he was helping Liz with her powers. A few times Ava saw Zan casually touch Liz, rubbing her arm, putting a hand to her back. It was definitely the touch of a boyfriend.
She watched as Zan lean in, speaking softly to Liz.
Ava couldn’t hear what he said, but Liz smiled and put a hand to his chest as she spoke.
Most of Liz’s reply was too soft, but Ava caught the word, ‘going.’
Zan’s voice was louder as he answered her. “It’s a surprise.”
Ava’s first thought was that Zan was taking Liz somewhere, and she felt a rush of happiness for them.
But she was interrupted by Tess who was standing near. “So what is New York like?” the other blonde asked her. “I can’t wait to see it.”
Ava was a bit confused by the quick subject change. “You’re going to New York?”
“Of course,” Tess said. “For the summit.”
Ava’s brow knotted, but Isabel spoke up from behind them. “We’re not going,” she said.
“Wait,” Tess said louder, looking around to see Max, where he was standing with Michael. “We’re not going to the summit?”
Michael rolled his eyes. “Tess,” he barked across the space, “what part of ‘the summit is a trap’ don’t you understand?”
She looked from Michael to Max. “I thought after we got rid of Lonnie and Rath that it would be safe and we’d go.”
Michael shook his head, his tone sarcastic. “And who says that Khivar won’t have a hundred Skins waiting for us there?”
“Michael,” Max warned with the single word.
Michael rolled his eyes again, but turned away.
Tess felt her whole being fill with love for Max. He’d stood up for her against Michael.
Max turned to her, speaking softly. “We can’t go to the summit. It’s too dangerous.”
Instantly Tess felt deflated. She’d counted on going to the summit to show Max he needed her. It might be their only chance for years to return to their old lives. “But,” she said, “what about our planet? What about ending the war and going home?”
She held Max’s eyes. “The summit was planned to lure us out, but what if there is a chance for peace? We can’t pass it up. We should at least hear what they have to say.”
Max glanced to where Liz and Zan was standing and shook his head. “We need to learn more about the situation, and get stronger with our powers. When we do, we’ll set up a summit of our own, but Michael’s right. This summit is too dangerous. We’re not going to New York.”
Zan stopped his car in the dense woods, near a picnic table, and turned to Liz. “I know it’s a bit late in the year for a picnic, but I thought it would be a good place for us to be alone and talk.
Liz smiled. “It’s perfect, Zan,” she said.
He winked. “And if it gets cold, I can keep you warm.”
With a laugh, she kissed him. “What’s for dinner? I’m starving.”
Zan swallowed his teasing reply. He wanted to skip dinner and have her right in the car, but he dampened down his desire.
He’d started the evening with the good intentions of simply getting to know Liz. But when he’d arrived to pick her up and seen her, all he could think about was sex.
She was so beautiful, and now that they made love, he was having a hard time thinking about anything else. He could also feel her desire. She wanted him just as much. But he pushed it all aside to concentrate on their date instead.
“Don’t worry,” he said with a smile. “I didn’t try to cook. I got takeout from Senior Chows.”
Liz grinned. That was where Max had taken her on their first date.
Zan got the food out of the trunk, and they sat at the picnic table next to each other. With a pass on his hand over the containers, he heated everything to the proper temperature.
They ate slowly, talking about all kinds of things; how they grew up, music, movies, their likes and dislikes. While they were talking, they moved slowly closer, touching and caressing.
Zan smoothed his hand through her hair. Liz touched his leg. Zan caressed her arm, and Liz put her hand on his chest.
When they finished eating, their hands slid together, clasping tightly.
“I feel so close to you,” Liz said. Each of their touches was slowly driving her wild.
Zan turned toward her, straddling the bench. “I knew I was in love the first moment I saw you,” he said.
“You did?” she asked surprised. “At the UFO Center? You knew way back then?”
Zan smiled, stroking her cheek. “Before that. I saw you through the window of the Crashdown the night before. You were cleaning up, and you felt me. You looked up and met my eyes even though you couldn’t see me.”
Liz gasped. “I remember. I could feel you.”
“With an instant connection like that,” Zan said, “I knew we were destined to be together.”
Liz launched herself at him, unable to control her raging desire anymore. She jumped into his lap, pressing her body to his as their lips came together.
Zan growled into her mouth, holding her against him. She ground her center against his erection and he couldn’t wait any longer.
Easily he lifted her, and took her to the car. Without breaking their kiss he opened the door and put her on the back seat. Climbing in after her, he shut the door behind him.
He lifted one hand, and with a small burst of power, he turned the windows opaque, so no one could see in, and locked all the doors. He wasn’t going to let anyone see his Liz.
Normally he would have been hesitant about having sex with her in the back seat of the car, but he could feel that Liz didn’t want to wait either. And it just made him love her more.
He tried to slow down, but Liz wasn’t having that either. She climbed back on his lap, straddling his legs as she pulled at his shirt. Lifting it above his pecs, she leaned down, kissing his throat, and licking her way down to his nipples.
With a groan, Zan stripped his shirt over his head, and reached for the buttons on Liz’s. He had them open in moments, but she was still ahead of him. While he tossed her shirt aside, she was working the fastening on his pants.
Her small hand slipped inside, grasping him and squeezing lightly as her other hand went to unfasten her own slacks.
Zan cupped her head, bringing her lips back up to his, kissing her hard.
Frustrated at how slowly they were going, Liz released his hard shaft and used both hands to wiggle out of her pants and underwear. She maintained the kiss with Zan as she pushed them down her legs and off, along with her shoes.
Zan slipped a hand inside her bra. “Slow down, baby,” he whispered against her lips. “We don’t have to rush.”
“I can’t wait,” Liz panted, and lifting up, she positioned herself over him, taking him inside in one stroke.
Arching back, she climaxed instantly.
Zan was amazed. He couldn’t believe how responsive she was to him.
Kissing her neck, he held her tightly as the spasms rushed through her and she shook in his arms.
With a twist of his fingers he undid her bra and let it slide off her. His mouth went to her breast and he sucked her tip inside.
She gasped with the sensation, and he shifted his hips to withdraw slightly and then slammed back inside her.
Liz groaned, “Oh Zan.”
She couldn’t believe she’d climaxed so quickly, but she was definitely going to make sure that Zan orgasmed too.
Putting her hands on his shoulders, she started moving on him.
Rolling her hips, she keep him deep inside, so he slid in and out only a little. But it was enough.
It was incredible.
Zan’s thick erection stroked her over-sensitized walls so wonderfully that she was soon shaking with pleasure.
He continued to kiss and lick her chest and breasts, and one hand slipped between them going to her clit.
As the desire built inside her, she sped up, lifting herself off him more and more, so almost his entire length was out of her, before she sank back down on him.
Thrusting his hips up to meet her, Zan slammed their lower bodies together.
Liz gasped each time he hammered inside her. She felt the familiar tightening in her body as she got closer to the edge.
Zan felt his own climax coming and he could tell Liz was close too. He rubbed her clit in quick circles as he thrust inside her faster.
Her breath came in whimpers and she arched back, her inner walls squeezing him as she came.
With two more thrusts Zan exploded inside her.
Holding her tightly he buried his face in her neck as he stroked her hair. “This isn’t what I had in mind for tonight,” he panted. “I wanted you to have a real date, not a quickie in the back seat.”
Liz gasped for breath. “This is exactly what I had in mind,” she whispered, collapsing against him. “It was a real date, and every minute was wonderful.”
Zan smiled. He couldn’t believe how lucky he was. “I love you so much,” he said, kissing her neck.
She kissed his cheek. “I love you too.”
Across town in his room, Max leaned back in his bed, resting his head on his arms. All evening he’d felt Liz’s desire building and until it finally peaked. He felt the incredible pleasure that rushed through her body as she climaxed, and her love for Zan.
And Max smiled.
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