June 2nd, 2002)
cradled the baby in her arms protectively, as Nicholas stepped closer.
He looked at the newborn with mild interest. It appeared human, with a small sprinkling of blond hair and
large blue eyes. "So much trouble
for such a small thing," he said dismissively and turned his gaze to Tess. "By tradition the father names the
child but since the once and future King isn't here, I guess it's up to you."
nodded. "Also by tradition, the
Tageion heirs are given a form of the name Zan," she said, "and I'm sure Max
wouldn't want me to break that tradition. So I am naming our son after Max's illustrious ancestor who brought
peace to Antar and formed the council, the first King of Antar, Zantas
rolled his eyes. "Yeah, whatever."
Evans House - Isabel's Room)
stumbled into her room, closed the door behind her and sank down onto the
floor. Somehow she had managed to
reassure Khivar she still loved him and had left him quickly afterward,
claiming that her parents would expect her home.
shaking had started once she was in her car, a reaction of her discovery, and
even now she couldn't calm herself. She thought of calling Max to see if he could ease the tension from her
muscles but quickly discarded the idea. She would have to tell him what happened and she didn't even want to
think about it herself.
though she hadn't meant to, she had betrayed her brother once again by falling
in love and sleeping with their greatest enemy. All the way home, Isabel thought the discovery of Hale's
true identity would kill her feelings for him, but they were as strong as
she got to her feet and looked around her room, desperate to do something and
her eyes fell on a letter from her grandparents. Once again they had invited her to spend part of her summer
vacation with them and Isabel saw it as the perfect solution. She needed to get away, just for a few
days, and figure out what she was going to do.
opened the front door to Hale's smiling face.
Evans," Hale greeted, "how nice to see you. May I speak with Isabel?"
was somewhat surprised to see Hale. When Isabel had come to her that morning, practically begging to go to
San Diego to visit her grandparents, Diane had assumed something had happened
between Isabel and Hale. "I'm
sorry Hale, you just missed her. Max is driving her to the airport."
nodded, "I thought you must have had a disagreement for Isabel to leave so
used a small burst of power to lull Diane into a semi-trance. "Where is Isabel going?"
Diego," Diane answered in a monotone voice.
did Isabel tell you?"
that she needed to get away for a few days."
long ago did she and Max leave?"
a few minutes," Diane said, "but the plane doesn't leave for more than an
released her from the trance. "Thank you for your help, Mrs. Evans."
course," Diane said, still somewhat stunned.
walked back to his car, dialing the number to his mansion's guesthouse, where
his servants were stationed. "Meet
me at the Roswell airport by the back gate," he ordered, "bring the van and
make sure to match the uniforms of the airport workers."
it," he swore as he hung up. Isabel had been shocked to discover his true identity and now he could
see that he'd made a mistake in letting her leave his house. He should have followed his instincts
and insisted they talk before he let her go home. But his more tender feelings had prevailed. He had just been so happy to be with
her again and he wanted to give her some time to come to terms with the new
step in their relationship. And
obviously, Isabel had been more freaked out than she had let him see.
got in the car and pressed another series of buttons. "Nicholas, get Gragras on the phone, now!"
awoke with a bit of a headache, a consequence of the strange dreams she'd had.
had been images of an airplane, sounds of a crying baby and feelings of
betrayal mixed with more things she couldn't remember, fleeting pictures and
had a slight feeling of discomfort in her stomach but it didn't really concern
her and she wondered if she was coming down with the flu. Padding into the kitchen, she greeted
her parents and took a seat at the table.
some eggs?" her mother asked.
Liz said, shaking her head. "I
feel a little funky. I think I'll
just stick with some orange juice and toast."
hugged Isabel at the gate. "I'll
miss you, even if it is only for a few days."
smiled. "No you won't. You'll be too wrapped up in Liz to even
notice I'm gone," she teased.
released her. "Mom thinks you and
Hale must have had a fight for you to leave so suddenly. Did something happen?"
paled but shook her head. "No
nothing like that. I just want to
get away, that's all."
nodded, "Okay, have a good time."
smiled and headed for the door. It
was only a short walk across the tarmac to the propeller plane that would take
her to San Diego, and she was the last one aboard. Sinking down into her seat, she sighed with relief, glad to
finally be by herself.
watched from the terminal as the plane's door closed and it readied for
take-off. He could see Isabel
through the window until the plane taxied away from the building.
knew something was wrong with his sister, but if Isabel wouldn't tell him, he
couldn't force her. Even though
she had denied it, he was sure something had happened between her and Hale to
make her leave so suddenly. He
just hoped the time away would do her some good.
watched as the plane stopped, waiting for take-off permission and after a
handful of minutes it started down the runway, building speed before finally
launching itself into the air. The
plane started to climb, and still worried about Isabel, Max decided to call her
when she arrived.
was about to turn away when the plane burst into a fireball, as an explosion
ripped through it. For a moment
Max was in shock and stood gaping unbelievably at the horrifying scene, but as
the flaming pieces started to rain down, the reality of the situation cut
through him like a knife. "Isabel!"
sudden pain in her chest nearly knocked Liz off of her chair and she grabbed at
her heart gasping, trying to breathe past it.
her mother and father were at her side, "What's wrong? Liz are you okay?"
Max," she gasped. "Something's
wrong with Max." She tried to get
up, "I've got to go to him."
held her down, still concerned, "Where is Max, at home?"
concentrated on Max, trying to contact him through their connection but his
shields were firmly in place. "I
can't . . ." Liz shook her head and the answer came to her. "He's at the airport. Please Dad, can I borrow the car? I've got to go. Max needs me."
and Jeff looked at one another with a brief nod.
Nancy said, "but your father is driving. You're in no condition."
a shaking hand, Max pressed the buttons on his cell phone and when his father
answered, he nearly burst into tears.
he said, barely recognizing his own voice. "Isabel . . ." he trailed off as his voice deserted him.
Philip said. "What's wrong?"
cleared his thickening throat. "Isabel's plane exploded."
heard the sound of the phone hitting the floor and hushed voices. Then all he heard were his mother's
followed Liz through the winding passageways of the airport as she unerringly
ran straight to Max.
was huddled in a chair, weeping softly and without a word Liz wrapped him in
her arms. Together they sank onto
the floor, holding one another, crying.
felt awkward witnessing the intimate scene and looked around only to notice
that others in the area were also crying. He approached an airport employee with a sick feeling in his
stomach. "What happened?"
403 to San Diego exploded on take-off," the man said grimly. He shook his head. "Twenty-four passengers, no possibility
came down the stairs slowly and stopped at the bottom to talk to Jeff. "Diane took a sedative and she's asleep
but I'm worried about Philip. He's
just sitting, staring out the window."
nodded, "Let's just leave him for a while."
about Max?" Nancy asked.
and Liz are together in his room. It seems to help him just to have Liz there."
looked into the living room where Michael, Serena, Ava and Maria were gathered
with the Sheriff and Kyle. "What
are they up to?"
seems to think Isabel's death wasn't an accident. He thinks it was the skins. He wanted to go to Copper Summit and get revenge but Maria
and Jim are talking him down."
shook her head, "I can't believe they would kill Isabel. She's just an innocent girl."
Jeff agreed, "but she is Max's sister and possibly in line for the throne."
"So do you agree with
Michael that it wasn't an accident," Nancy asked.
shrugged, "I don't want to believe it, because if it's true that could mean Liz
is in danger too."
sudden thought occurred to Nancy, "Has anyone called Hale? Diane said he was here this morning and
she was worried about him."
tried," Jeff said, "but we couldn't get a hold of him."
lay beside Max on his bed, their arms wrapped around one another. Max held her tightly as if he were
afraid she would disappear. At her
urging, Max lowered his shields and she experienced the full weight of his
strong emotions rushed between them and the connection slid fully into place,
bringing their souls into alignment. The complete union didn't allow for anything to be held back and
gradually they both found a small amount of comfort.
can't believe she's gone,
through the connection.
Liz said, it all seems so
Liz's thoughts filtered through his mind, Max focused on one. You had a dream about this last
was filled with guilt as she remembered the dream. I'd forgotten.
She suddenly felt sick. If I would have warned you. Oh Max, this is all my fault.
Max denied instantly. I won't let you blame yourself. Every dream you have isn't necessarily
a prophecy. You didn't even have
any bad feelings associated with it.
thought maybe I was coming down with something,
Liz admitted, but that's stupid. I can't get sick any more. If I would have paid more attention to
the dream, maybe I could have done something.
I can see what you remember,"
said, "and it's all really vague. Isabel isn't even in it and you didn't know she was getting on a plane.
, Liz started, only to have Max send a burst of love
through the connection, soothing her worries.
isn't your fault,
he assured her. I don't know how you get anything
out of those dreams at all, if they're all like that one.
Liz brought the dream into
focus and it suddenly became stronger, clearer.
think the connection is doing it,
Liz said, letting me see more of the dream.
again she saw a brief glimpse of a plane and experienced the feelings of
betrayal. Then the sound of a baby
crying became louder and suddenly Liz understood. Max, your son has been born.
June 3rd, 2002)
walked into the kitchen and took a seat at the table with his mother, where she
had a blank notebook open before her. Tears streamed down her face and he took her hand in his. "Mom, you don't have to do this."
I do," Diane said. "Who else is
going to plan a service for Isabel? I'm her mother. It's the
last thing I get to do for her."
nodded understanding. "But you
don't have to do it alone. Liz has
offered to help and her parents too, and Dad and I will do anything you need."
just don't know what to do," Diane admitted. "Should we wait until the investigation is over?" A sob escaped from her and she
whispered, "We don't even have anything to bury."
stood and wrapped his mother in his arms, letting her cry. He didn't know what to do either and he
felt guilty that his mind was divided between Isabel's death and Liz's belief
that his son had been born. "It's
okay Mom," he said automatically, even though he didn't really believe it. "Everything will be okay.