Title: Lost & Found
Disclaimer: I do not own Roswell, or any of the characters created for the series that debuted in 1999, and ended in 2002, or for the preceding book series. They belong to Melinda Metz, Jason Katims, WB and later UPN etc. This story is of my own creation, and new characters have been created at the discretion of the story.
Rating: MATURE for unsettling situations, and some sexy times later in the story.
Couples: Maria/Michael, Isabel and Kyle
Synopsis: Post Busted: Max went to California in the search of answers and to find his son, and during his mission Liz resentment grew to the point where she became fed up and told him they were through… Max did not come back as he stayed to continue his mission, or so they thought when he disappeared and wasn’t heard from for ten years. Liz found herself deeply hurt by his disappearance, and it led her to into making choices she would regret until years later when she would be forever changed by a heart wrenching act of a madman. Only for it to set off a string of events that would bring Max back into her life. Can the truth save the day?
Changes for the story: Everything that happened in the wake of Max going to California in Season 3 is not relevant to the story, and it didn’t happen. If it did happen, pure coincidence and is part of their journey for today and this story. Familiar faces may stop in during the story… significantly changed from when we may have seen them…for good and for bad. Also, for the nature of the story, as you can guess. Max and Liz did become intimate during their Bonnie and Clyde mission that led to Utah, which only makes it more complicated and I have evolved the backstory of the “Dupes” and especially Ava to mesh with this story. So those are the only true alteration to our timeline besides Max’s mission and it’s results in California.
Author’s Note: I wrote this story once upon a time under a different name (Seal) and for another show entirely, and different characters (Days of Our Lives, Shawn and Belle), and under another title for the story (Little Girl Lost). I decided to recreate this story in the vein of Max and Liz and as a result I have revised most of the story… With new characters name, different motivations and some very different details for the story because we are talking about aliens and humans of course. The story has evolved to a new creation and therefore it is very different from the original story that I wrote maybe close to 20 years ago; including the writing style of the story and dialogue, with some staying the same but mostly evolving because the original story was so terrible and the evolution of time, well, I am a different person now, and write differently. So, if anyone has any knowledge of the original story. Just know it’s my attempt to bring the story into a different life. I hope it works out.
So, enjoy the journey which is of course angsty… yet full of hope for Max and Liz.
Roswell, New Mexico
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Voice: Welcome back to Roswell at 11 with Maria Guerin and Jonathan Miller. I am Maria Guerin!
Que Background Shot Title: Little Girl Lost!
Maria: Yesterday marked the one-year anniversary of the disappearance of little 10-year-old Isabella Valenti. As our town remembers the horrible abduction we sadly must admit that the police have had no leads into the little girl’s disappearance from her bed in the early hours of May 14, 2011. As they battle the cold case, the past year has been one full of a tremendous fear for the little girl's mother, as she doesn't know what the future holds for her or her daughter. Here is her story!
A picture of a devastated women and a split screen picture of a little girl with brown hair!
"When you grow up, you hope to be able to give your children the life that you had or at least make it better. Then you have a child--a little girl or a little boy and he or she makes your life perfect as you watch them grow. So, you dream of the future that the child would lead. But you never dreamt that the life could be so drastically cut short for no real reason. After all, it's every mother's nightmare when something happens to their child, and while most never have to cope with this nightmare. There are mothers and fathers out there that deal with that kind of nightmare every single day of the year.
Elizabeth Parker is one of those mothers. A twice divorced single mother who was watching her daughter grow up and dreaming of the future that her daughter Isabella was going to lead. Would her talent in dance and sports lead to a future in one of the fields or would she go down a totally different road? But those hopes were dashed when in the early morning hours of May 14, 2011 when Bella as she likes to be called and who was then only age 9 was taken from her bed and disappeared into the night. The police and all the experts assigned to the case would come up empty in the days to come, and months to come as no one could explain how the little girl disappeared or where she might have been taken. It’s left her mother Elizabeth with a lot of unanswered questions as she looks for any clue as to the whereabout of her little girl.
Maria Guerin: What has the past year been like without your daughter, Bella?
Elizabeth: It's been a living nightmare. Every emotion that is possible has gone through my both my body and my life. It is the fear that I live with of something I never thought I would go through and I can never escape it.
Maria: Do you have family and friends that have been able to help you through this nightmare?
Elizabeth: Yes. The outpouring of sympathy that I have received over the past year has been tremendous and my family and friends have been there for me, but the fact that we have no clues as to Bella’s whereabouts’ is what is frustrating and something no one including my family can help with. I don't know whether she is alive or dead, because no one seems to know anything.
Maria: You were home when it happened! How is that someone could come in and take Isabella without you being aware?
Elizabeth: I have no idea. Her room is down the hall from mine. I had put her to bed around 10 p.m., the night before as we had been at a family function and she went right to bed when we got home. I awoke the next morning around 6 a.m. to get her ready for school and myself ready for work and I found her missing. The doors were locked, and no windows were disturbed except for a picture frame in her bedroom.
Maria: The police suspected someone you knew may have had access to the house?
Elizabeth: Well only my family has a key to my house, and that is only for emergencies. Back in the beginning, the police checked them all out and cleared them?
Maria: I understand you are divorced. Could her father have come in one night after getting pissed off and taken his daughter?
Elizabeth: Her biological father left us before Bella was even born as an unfortunate first marriage ended before she was months old, and my second husband who never officially adopted Bella but allowed his name to be given to her when we married was out of town on a coaching trip with the high school team he coaches during its season. Sadly, we were newly divorced upon her disappearance, but he loves Bella, and would never have done anything to harm our girl. My ex and his father have been amazing for myself and Isabella, even before we got married, and after we split he was the perfect father and Bella loved him so much, and he loved her too, and made her a big part of his life even after we split up, and during this past year as we searched all over for our little girl.
Maria: What have you been doing in the last year to find your daughter?
Elizabeth: I have been searching the country for any sighting of any little girl who might fit my Bella’s description. I have mastered the art of missing children posters, and all those techniques that one employs when a love one is missing. But nothing. I only wish someone who has seen one of my messages and seen a little girl fitting my daughter description could call me or any of my family members, and that she could come home.
Maria: Do you think your daughter is still alive?
Elizabeth (tears coming down her face): Yes. Every maternal instinct that I have says my daughter is still alive because otherwise wouldn't I know it deep down that she was gone. She is alive, and I just wish she could be found and brought home.
Maria: What was Bella’s favorite things to do?
Elizabeth (smiles through her tears): She loved to dance; ballet and jazz were her favorite classes and she also loved to ride horses and play soccer and soft ball. She was on the star of her summer team. She would also go on the weekends with her grandfathers or honorary uncle and have a blast as she was so funny and had plenty of friends. She even loved school as she excelled in everything she did. She had so many friends. She really was the perfect child and I desperately want her home, so she gets into all our faces for the rest of her life.
Maria: Do you think that one day Isabella will come home to her family and friends?
Elizabeth: Yes. Deep down I believe she is alive and sometime soon she will be able to come home but I hope it’s not too late when she is found?
Maria: If the kidnappers are watching tonight, what would you like to tell them?
Elizabeth: I would hope that they know that Isabella is a very special child who needs to be with her mother, her family and friends and it serves no purpose for them to deprive her of that. They will be looked on kindly if they bring back Bella! Please let me see my daughter again, I love her, and she loves life. Don't deprive her of that!
Maria: Thank You Ms. Parker and we here at the station hope that someone will bring your daughter home to you safe and sound and very soon! This is Maria Guerin with Channel 5 news.
Back in the news studio, the tape came to an end, and the cameras were back on Maria and Jonathan, as they sat at the desk, and the camera’s focused on Maria.
“It’s been a very unfortunate story all around and a story that has yet to have any conclusion, happy or sad, but maybe someday soon there will some happiness the Elizabeth and her family but in the meantime Elizabeth will do whatever it takes to find her daughter. Now back to Jonathan for a wrap up on the days sport scores. Jonathan?" Maria Guerin asked as the camera’s turned to her co-host.
The cameras turned to Jonathan who began his duties as they finished off the show, and minutes later the newscast did come to an end and Maria and Jonathan were thanked by a producer as he came to the desk after the sign off. "Nice show guys?"
Maria smiled. "Thanks Dave!"
"Yeah, it went quickly," Maria's partner on the desk, Jonathan sighed as he went through the notes he had in front of him. “There was a lot of breaking news tonight.”
"You know Maria, that was a very good story on the missing girl. Heart-warming and yet so bittersweet to know that mother misses her daughter so much as little Bella is still missing. It's hard to believe that there have been no leads into the little girl's disappearance," the producer replied.
Maria again smiled, but with a sadness to it as she sighed deeply. "Unfortunately, I know that family is still so devastated because there has been no closure one way or another. They know it’s been a year, and the chances of a positive outcome are slim, but they need to know, so they can move on. And they haven’t been and therefore they have been in a state of suspended fear."
"Having seen the piece, you could do a follow up on the police investigation into the case?" the producer suggested. “To see if anything was missed in the aftermath.”
"I get that it's juicy, but I don't think it would be very appropriate right now with the anniversary so fresh in all of our minds" Maria sighed as she looked at her watch and saw the time, knowing she had to get home because of her own family.
"You're right," the producer smiled as she acknowledged the sadness behind Maria’s eyes "The story is there, whenever you feel up to it. Staff meeting at noon, so see you tomorrow?" he said leaving Maria to go to her desk and pack up and go home.
Which she did, an hour later, when she let herself into her home because of some last-minute research of another story that drew her attention. Finally stopping herself, she closed her computer with the knowledge that it was an emotional and a long day, she absolutely hated these kinds of days, she sighed but smiled. "Honey, I am home?"
"Fantastic job on Bella’s story," came a voice from the living room as Maria smiled and walked towards the voice and hugged him. "Maybe something will come out of it?"
"We can only hope!" Maria said with a heavy heart. "How's Liz?"
"Isabel says that she has shut herself in her house and is not taking any calls,” came the voice as he walked towards his wife. “The anniversary has completely defeated her…”
"Let's hope she is better tomorrow," Maria muttered.
Her husband nodded. "I sincerely hope so."
"You know you're a good friend, Space boy!" Maria said with a quick kiss on Michael’s lips, “I appreciate the effort you are putting into being there for my best friend.”
"You're also trying to be there too, honey!" Michael smiled as he thought of the pain and sadness that had been in their lives over the last year. “And Liz is the not the only reason I am doing it…” he said quietly as he acknowledged the truth neither or no one was willing to admit, even all these years later as 10 years had gone by.
“I know,” Maria said quietly as she looked deep into the eyes of her husband and saw the deeply pain in them as they both remembered the past so clearly and wished life had taken different turns. If only she thought. If only it hasn’t turned out how it did for Max and Liz. "So, did Betty win her bet?" Maria asked as they walked into the kitchen and she checked into the status of some leftovers as she sat down and ate and looked up at her husband.
Michael smirked. "She came close, but she went down about 10 p.m. I can say though that she did try her best."
"Our daughter is a trooper, not every 8-year-old is able to stay up!"
"She does like to try, especially when there is a story on the television about Isabella Maria." Michael admitted. "She's still heart-broken over the loss of her best friend. She hates how we lost her."