Title: Find out the Truth
Disclaimer: None of character belong to me. All are property of WB and Jason Katims, well, except for the character Jennifer.
Category: Other, Everyone but main focus Liz.
Summary: Liz finds out she is more important to the Pod Squad than she realizes.
Spoilers: What might happen with the death of Alex being predicted
Authors Notes: This is my first fan fiction, so, I welcome feed back.
(School that Friday)
The Pod Squad is gathered in the quad during lunch discussing their plans for the weekend. Everyone is together except for Liz. "We are agreed then. We will meet at our house tonight at six, so, we can head to the memorial service at the Whitman's," asked Max to the group.
Michael giving Maria a supportive squeeze nods his agreement for the both of them. He knows tonight will be hard for her to get through. Even though Maria has been putting on a brave front the past couple of days, he can sense that she is almost to her breaking point.
"Where's Liz? I don't think she knows we are meeting at your place tonight." Kyle adds.
No one has seen Liz much this past week not even Maria and, especially, not Max. Since, their conversation a couple of days ago Max hasn't seen or talked to Liz since. Even though they have biology together she has not been showing up.
"Max, you have biology with Liz next period, why don't you let her know what's going on," says Isabel.
Not wanting to clue everyone in on the situation with Liz, Max, nods his head in agreement. "If she doesn't show up I will just give her a call later." Max thinks to himself. Though a part of him hopes she will show up just to make sure she is doing okay for his own piece of mind.
(School projector room)
Liz is sitting in the school's library projector room looking through Alex's slides of Sweden. The slides basically consist of landscape pictures and some pictures of his host family and himself. There are a few of Leanne and him. Nothing seems to be out of the ordinary till she clicks on one slide. The slide is of Alex and Leanne standing in front of the Falsterbo Lighthouse. Liz just sits there looking at the picture.
"What is wrong with this picture?" Liz asks aloud. Then Liz hears a voice that startles her. It is of the school librarian.
"Sorry, to scare you, I didn't know anyone was in here. Is that a picture of Falsterbo lighthouse in Sweden," asks the librarian.
"I believe so," answers Liz still wondering what seemed so off about this particular picture. "That must have been taken a few years ago...Gosh, that lighthouse is so beautiful. I am hoping to make it over to Sweden when they reopen it later on this summer," says the Librarian.
"What do you mean reopen it?" Liz asks a bit puzzled.
"Falsterbo, has been closed to the public since 1999 for some much needed repairs. Oh, look at the time I better get going I have a tour coming through of some of local junior high students. If you need anything let me know." With that the librarian walked out of the room.
"If the Falsterbo was closed how did Alex take this picture?" Liz wondered.
Liz begins to go through all the slides that has Alex pictured. As she is going through she notices that Alex is posed the same way through all of them. He even has the same look on his face through all of them.
"Something is not right here." Liz states.
"Liz, was not in class again today. I know she said we needed to take a step back from our friendship, but this is getting to be ridiculous." Max says as he slams his locker door shut and leans against it.
Just then Tess walks up. "Hey, Max. What's wrong?"
"Oh, hi there, Tess. Um, nothing." Max replies.
"That slam didn't look like nothing. Max, you should know by now that if there something bothering you, you can talk to me." Tess says.
"I don't want to..." Max starts to say.
"Max! Come on. I thought we were pass all this." Tess says raising her tone just a bit.
"You're right," Max says. "Okay, Liz and I had a talk a few nights ago, and we decided...No, she decided that it was time for us to move on. That we needed to accept the fact that her and I don't belong with each other."
"Oh, Max. I am so sorry." Tess says sincerity in her voice.
"I always thought that Liz and I were meant to be. Even though she slept with Kyle I still thought her and I would end up together, but I think it is over. I mean really over." Max states with heartbreak in his voice.
Tess can see the pain that Max is going through and just stands there in silence. She reaches out and caresses his cheek in a way to comfort him. With that simple gesture Max looks up at Tess. They lock eyes and Max leans in to kiss her. Tess stands there her breath slowing down leans in closer to meet Max's lips with her own. In that one moment they stand there kissing one another. Lost in their own world they don't notice that Liz has been there watching the exchange between the two. Not wanting them to see her she runs out the school doors with tears streaming her face.
Max breaks the kiss. "I am sorry, Tess. I don't know where that came from. It just when you did that it seemed so familiar. I am sorry I shouldn't have kissed you.
"Max, please, don't be sorry. You didn't do anything wrong." Tess says a bit breathless.
"Thanks, I am just sorry. I can't help but feel that gesture seemed so familiar to me but I don't know why." Max states.
"If you feel that way why don't I try to teach some memory retrieval techniques that Nasedo taught me." Tess offered.
"If you could do that it would be great. How about sometime this weekend?" Max asks. "Sure, I will come over on Sunday, and we will work together to see if we can unlock some of your memories." Tess says with a comforting smile on her face.