By - RosDude (Chad)
Title: A Gift of Seer
Characters: Max/Liz with hints of UC
Disclaimer: I don’t own anything or anyone. Everyone and everything belongs to Jason and Melinda. I make neither profit nor money from creating this purely fictional fan fiction. This was created purely for pleasure.
Summary: Max Evans has always been distrustful of his destiny so he seeks out a Seer who could give him the answers he seeks but before he does that – he must face the seven challenges to prove his worthiness…
A/N: This was inspired by me wanting to write a fic where Liz had a pet leopard and this was the only thing I could come up with. Some parts are inspired by Scorpion King.
AU: Liz doesn’t live in Roswell; there was no shooting, therefore there weren’t any visions, no FBI. The Skins are still about as the gang has encountered them. The gang consist of Max, Isabel, Michael, Tess (Who are still aliens), Maria, Alex and Kyle.
The couples who are together are: Maria/Kyle Isabel/Michael Alex/Courtney. Max is refusing his destiny while Tess is pushing him to accept it. Please do not worry about the couples above – they will only be mentioned a few times as this is a Max centric fic.
After a few more minutes of punching the bag, he stopped and rested his forehead against the tough material, shuddering as he fought to bring his breathing back to normal. Once it had, he rolled his shoulders to get the stiffness out and straightened up, peeling off the white wrap around his hands as he moved toward the showers.
He stripped himself of his workout clothes and stepped into the shower, letting the hot water sluice over his body. He tipped his head back to allow the water to run over his face and down his front before he rested his back against the cool tiled wall as his thoughts returned to everything that had happened over the last few years.
He had always known that he was an alien, he had known that since he was six years old but when he had turned sixteen, two more aliens walked into his life and proceeded to turn his life upside down by telling him that he had been married in his past life to the young woman and that they were meant to be together in this life time not to mention that he was a king and was expected to go back to his planet to destroy the traitor who had killed them in their past life and re-take their planet once more.
Did anyone ask him what he wanted? No – they all told him what they want and what they expect him to do to make it come true. They all wanted to go back, the protector, his sister, his best friend and his…bride…even the idea left a bad taste in his mouth.
It didn’t help that he had spent the last year or so refusing to follow his destiny, much to his protector annoyance that he had actually approached his parents in order to draw them in, saying that it was obvious that he had shown an interest in his daughter but was curious to why he would never follow through with it.
‘Damn Nasedo…why he couldn’t keep his inhuman nose out of my life is beyond me’ the boy thought bitterly. His parents had approached him, curious about what was going on and he had told them that the girl had been interested in him since she had arrived but he had made it very clear that he wasn’t interested in her but she didn’t seem to get the message. His mother had been very annoyed with what had been happening, so was his father. They had even suggested that they take out an injunction against the family but Max had waved them off – it would have been hard to train his powers if he couldn’t go near them.
His sister had found out what had happened and blown her fuse. She told her parents that the girl was more than perfect for her brother but he was just shy of girls and that their parents was supposed to encourage him to date. The mother and father just warned the sister off and told her that if she didn’t stop badgering her brother into dating, they would take out an injunction to protect him.
He sighed as he came to back to reality just as the water started to get cold. He turned around and waved his hand in the direction of the boiler and sent more hot water running through the pipes once more before grabbing the soap to wash his body and hair before he climbed out of the shower altogether, grabbed his towel and clothes before drying himself and pulling his clothes on. He ran a hand through his dark locks and it dried instantly, falling back into their usual style before he placed everything into his bag, tied his sneakers and left the shower room and gym altogether and over to the jeep that was the only one that was parked.
He reached his Jeep and threw the bag into the back before grabbing the tarp to pull it over the jeep to keep the cold out when he was interrupted.
“Max…” a female voice called from behind him. Max turned around to meet the blue eyes gaze of a young woman. She had long curly blonde hair and was dressed in a blue halter-neck top and a short black skirt with lacy sandals. Max shook his head as he turned back to what he had been doing. It was obvious that he wasn’t pleased to see the young lady.
“What do you want, Tess,” Max asked.
“When are you going to accept this?” Tess walked over to the jeep so she was standing next to Max. “It’s our Destiny.” Max sighed.
“Maybe if you all just got off my back and gave me room to breathe, I could think it through,” Max informed her with a hard tone and look. Tess just lifted her chin, more than ready to be the dominate one.
“There shouldn’t be any need to think about it,” retorted Tess but Max just shook his head.
“You just rocked up in town and told me that we are to be together because we are destined to do so and because we were together in our past life – excuse me if I’m unwilling to tie myself down right away considering the fact there is our enemies out there but you all seem to be more concerned about mating,” Max bit out sarcastically. He took perverse pleasure in seeing Tess step back, suddenly unsure of her control over him. “Just leave me alone.” He climbed into the Jeep and drove off, leaving Tess behind in his rear-view mirror.
Max pulled up outside of a large bungalow and drove the car into the car drive before switching off the engines and sitting back on the chair, taking a deep breath as he did. He looked up at the night sky that was brightly lit with the stars before he pulled his keys out of his ignition, climbed out of the car and made his way into the house where he was stopped by a tall blonde woman with dark brown eyes. She had her arms crossed as she wore a dark red off the shoulders top and jeans.
“What the hell is your problem?” She demanded. Max rolled his eyes as he made his way into the kitchen only to give a short nod to the guy that was currently sitting at the counter, eating a pizza.
“Maxwell,” greeted the guy and Max rolled his eyes once more, he hated that nickname. The guy had spiky dark brown hair and was wearing his jeans and a dark blue shirt that wasn’t buttoned up all the way.
“Max, don’t you walk away from me!” the girl snapped as she followed Max into the kitchen as he made his way over to the fridge and pulled out a can of drink before facing the blonde once more.
“Maybe if you didn’t nag me so much the moment I get in the door, I wouldn’t have to walk away,” Max informed her only to get a hard glare in his direction.
“You brushed Tess off!” the girl shouted at him. “She is your destiny and you brushed her off like she means nothing!”
“Isabel – tone it down,” barked Max. “Your high pitch is damaging my eardrums.” She gave an insulted gasp as she turned to face her boyfriend.
“Michael – tell him that he is meant to follow his destiny,” Isabel ordered. Michael just glared back at her.
“Max is a big boy – I’m sure he can deal it himself,” Michael told her between mouthfuls of pizza. Isabel threw him a disgusted look before she glared at Max once more but Max just held up his hands.
“Just because you are willing to follow Destiny’s route and be together doesn’t mean I have to do the same. I don’t like Tess and I’m going to force myself into a relationship I know I’m going to be unhappy in and the more everyone forces me – the more I rebel. You’ve been warned.” Max walked out of the kitchen and made his way to his bedroom, shutting the door to muffle out Michael and Isabel’s argument as he collapsed on his bed, pulling his school books toward him. He had reading to do.
Max slid a pencil into his mouth, freeing his hand as he reached into his locker to pull out a book that he needed and check his other hand to see what book he still needed and what to put back.
He was in the long corridor of his school, in front of his locker while the other students milled about, getting to their classes when there was a sound of a voice being cleared behind him. Max looked over his shoulder and grinned around the pencil before he pulled it out.
“Hey Kyle, Maria, what’s up?” Max asked as he turned around completely, temporarily abandoning his search for his books. Maria Deluca was a petite girl with bright green eyes and long blonde hair. She wore a white vest top and a red mini-skirt. Kyle wore jeans, a chequered shirt and his jock jacket. His arm was slung over Maria’s shoulder while she had her hand linked with his.
“You are still coming to the game then the party tonight, right?” Kyle asked and Max shrugged.
“Depends on how much I gotta study – you know what those teachers are like and I need to ask my boss to see if he needs me to work,” Max reminded, Kyle was about to protest when his girlfriend elbowed him in the side with an amused smile on her face.
“Leave him alone Kyle – not everyone has your stamina for a game and a party all in the same night,” Maria reminded him. Max winked at Maria while Kyle just leered at his girlfriend.
“And for a private party tonight as well,” reminded Kyle. Maria just grinned as she shook her head and turned back to Max.
“Just turn up if you can – trust me, I have a feeling the world isn’t going to end just because not everyone made it to a party,” Maria told him and Max grinned, nodding in agreement before he watched the two of them walk away before turning back to his lockers only to stiffen when he felt cold eyes on his back.
Turning his head, he saw Tess a few feet down the hallway, he shook his head and turned back to his locker, slipping his pencil into his pocket rather than his mouth when he saw, out of the corner of his eyes, a group of guys making their way over to him.
“Hey Evans,” one of the guys shouted and Max turned to see Tommy making his way over to him. Max rolled his eyes in amusement.
“What now Tommy, Lose a bet?” teased Max. Tommy just rolled his blue eyes as he leaned against the lockers.
“You wish Evans,” Tommy shot back, just as teasingly before shaking his head. “No, what’s happening with you and the Harding chick – she seems a little…” Tommy tilted his head to regard the blonde haired girl as she glared back at him before walking off.
“Possessive? Stalker – like? Insane?” Max listed off, obviously not having any problems thinking up a list. Tommy grinned, amused.
“Most guys would be pleased that there is a girl falling over herself for him but you Evans, you have got to be one of the most weirdest man I have ever met,” Tommy told him and Max grinned as he closed his locker door.
“What can I say? I prefer a challenge,” Tommy laughed as he followed Max into their next class, History. Everyone got settled in their seats as they waited for their teacher to come in only to be startled when a slim blonde woman with warm green eyes entered the room. Her blonde hair was pulled back in a knot; she wore a white shirt and a slim knee length black skirt. Her arms were loads with books, files and papers.
“Morning Class, I’m Miss Topolsky, I will be taking over for your usual teacher. She is off today,” Miss Topolsky told them as she placed her stuff on the desk and started sorting them all out so she had easy access to everything. “I know that your teacher is currently teaching you about all the wars we have had but I must admit, I am a little rusty on my war history,” she gave them all a shy smile as the class laughed, immediately liking the new teacher. “I have contacted her and she has given me permission to allow me to teach you something else until she comes back so to those who are worried about their exams and what I will teach you affect it, don’t. It would be better for both of us if I can teach you something I do know.” She grinned more brightly as confidence bloomed in her as the class laughed once more.
“She’s a babe,” Tommy whispered to Max, who rolled his eyes in amusement as he settled in his seat, curious to what the substitute teacher was going to teach them. She had picked up the registration sheet and started ticking off the attendance as she called out everyone’s name before she turned to her lecture.
“Okay – I’m going to teach you about mythical history,” Miss Topolsky rounded the desk and sat down on it so she was facing the class. “Who can tell me what mythical history is?” a few hands rose into the air and she pointed out a petite brunette.
“Mythical history is history of myths. They are what people perceives to be stories that have been handed down over the years and there is no conclusive proof of these stories ever been real once,” the girl explained. Miss Topolsky nodded, pleased with her answer.
“You are right,” she told the girl before she straightened up, rounded the desk and picked up a piece of chalk and started writing different names up on the board. “There are many places that are cast off as pure myth as no proof has been found for example, Atlantics – it was rumoured to have been submerged into the ocean so deep that no one can find it. The Legend of Hercules, we have the tales in the books. There are so many histories but I’m going to tell you one of them that has always fascinated me since I was child.” She wrote up ‘The Seer of the Nile’. She turned to face the class only to find them looking at her curiously. “I’m guessing that none of you have heard of this before. She received negative headshakes and nodded as she rounded the desk once more to sit down on it. “It’s been around for a few centuries.” The girl lifted her hand once more, attracting Miss Topolsky’s attention. “Yes?”
“Is this the same Seer that could see the path of their true destiny by looking into their eyes?” the girl asked and Topolsky smiled as she nodded. Max sat up, instantly interested in the tale.
“Yes. It was rumoured that in Egypt there is a mysterious island that float off in the ocean near Egypt but it would only appear at a certain time but you couldn’t be looking for it when you catch sight of it because it blinded you. On the Island, there is a tribe who are the protectors of the seer; they are the one who issues the challenges that the person has to go through in order to be tested,” explained Miss Topolsky.
“Challenges?” Tommy spoke up and Miss Topolsky nodded.
“Yes, there are seven challenges all together. The underwater challenge, the climbing challenge, the Hunting challenge, the gift challenge, the riddle, the maze and facing the guardian challenge,” Miss Topolsky listed off.
“Do you know what each one consist off?” the girl spoke up once more and Miss Topolsky nodded.
“Yes. The Underwater challenge is where the swimmer must swim to the deep depth of the lake and face the guardian there but they must do it through the correct channels or risk the wrath of the guardian. It was said that the guardian’s power was so strong; it could submersed the rest of the Earth in water. The climbing challenge is where the challenger must climb to the top of the volcano. When they reach the peak, there would be 4 treasures but only one of them was safe. One would cause the volcano to erupt, one would poison the challenger, one would turn the challenger to stone and one would bring him closer to his goal. The hunting challenge is where there is a creature that comes out on the last full moon of the last month of the year. It only comes once a year so he has to catch it or fail. The Gift challenge is the entrance to the seer’s cavern is locked and needs the gift to open it but the most puzzling thing is that the gift must match the Seer’s personality as she values neither wealth nor possessions. The Riddle is part of three – it is inside of the cavern – the riddle ask you to ask the question you wish to seek but people always get this wrong because they ask the question their mind wishes to know – not what the heart yearn for. The Maze is basically a walk of faith – he can not use any compass or cheat, he must walk through the maze with only faith in himself that he can exit the maze. And finally, the Guardian Challenge, the Seer herself has a guardian that protects her with its very life and the challenger must face it first. If they pass, they will be shown the way, if they fail, they will die a horrible death,” Miss Topolsky explained only to bite back an amused smile at the shocked looks on the kids’ faces.
“Well – half of them just confuses the hell out of me,” muttered Tommy and got nods of agreement.
“Which ones, Tommy?” Miss Topolsky asked.
“Well – the gift for starter – how on earth are you supposed to tell the Seer’s personality if you’ve never met her?” Tommy asked and got murmured of agreement from the others.
“She’s playful,” the girl spoke up, drawing everyone’s attention to her; they could see that she had dark blue eyes that were flecked with sliver.
“Why do you say that, Serena?” Miss Topolsky asked.
“Its just seems like it – it’s not like she wants wish harm on them – it’s more of the guardians of the treasures that are the ones who will do the harm if crossed wrong. She is just playing a game in order to test their worthiness – if they truly deserve to be told their true path,” Serena explained.
“What about the Riddle then?” another boy ask and she turned to face him.
“I think its pure genius – I mean, how many times have you asked a question only to still feel emptiness that you haven’t asked the question you was meant to ask?” Serena asked. “She is asking you to look deep inside of yourself – to ask the one question you fear the answer to,” Serena explained and Miss Topolsky smiled.
“You have a good grasp on the challenges,” Miss Topolsky told her. “It took my father a while to figure out what the challenges meant.” Serena grinned as she rolled her eyes, amused.
“What about the Maze?” Max asked, drawing everyone’s attention to him. Miss Topolsky looked at Serena only to arch an amused eyebrow when she saw that even Serena was curious about the challenge and decided to let them know what it meant.
“You have gotten that far on faith; you have to have faith in yourself to complete it. She is testing how strong your faith is – will you believe that it let down when you need it the most or will you believe that it will continue to guide you, no matter where it takes you?” Miss Topolsky explained. She straightened up. “It was said that once the challenger meets the Seer, she would gaze into his eyes and see the true path he was meant to take and show him how to take it.”
“Has there been any tales left over from that time?” Max asked and Miss Topolsky nodded.
“Yes, there is. Only one though and it was by a young man who was looking for a way out of this triangle he had found himself in. You see, he had been love with a woman for many years but his family had arranged for him to be with another woman, telling him that it was his destiny to be with her. The young man felt so torn that he visited the Seer,” Miss Topolsky explained.
“And?” nearly everyone asked and she smiled sadly.
“Unfortunately, the young lady who he had been in love with had died in an accident. The man had fallen into grief and agreed to be with his betrothed but he had died a few months later, leaving the woman a widower and without an heir,” Miss Topolsky finished just as the bell went and she smiled at the class. “Okay – that’s it for today. Go home and think it over. Tomorrow, I will tell you some other Mythical histories.” Everyone began packing their stuff up and they all filed out of the class.
Max just followed them with a pensive thought; maybe…just maybe there was a way for him to tell his destiny after all…
So – passable?
I know that you all are expecting my other stories but I have major mind block on everything and this just came to me like mad so I thought why not – anything to help me get over my block.
Oh – and a little off topic note, is it just me or does the boy who plays Elliot in ET remind anyone else of a young Jason Behr/Max Evans?