When She's With You - M/L/Z, AU - Chp 8, 9, 10 Posted 4.13.18

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Re: When She's With You - M/L/Z, AU - Chp 8 Posted 4.13.18

Postby Dreaming In Purple » Fri Apr 13, 2018 9:45 pm

Ok, I'm back with chapter 9. I'm going to try to post all the parts I have ready, so make sure you aren't missing a chapter or two.

Enjoy :)

Part 9
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Girls’ Locker room

“Liz, babe, will you put my ribbons in for me. I can’t get them straight,” Maria asked fiddling with her hair in the mirror.

“Sure,” Liz answered cheerfully. She hopped up from her seat on the bench and began retying the red and yellow ribbons into Maria’s hair.

Maria noticed Liz was humming something, so looked up at her in the mirror. A contented little smile had settled on Liz’s lips and she seemed much happier than she’d been earlier. ‘Obviously that rose did a lot to change Liz’s mood. Good boy, Max.’

“Liz, what’s that you’re humming?” she asked curiously.

“It’s umm… I Feel The Earth Move. It’s stuck in my head.” Liz answered distractedly. “There, all done.” Liz stepped away and went back to getting herself ready for the game, all the while humming and acting unusually cheerful.

As Maria watched her friend bounce around happily, she realized… that ‘Liz wasn’t telling her something!’ Maria’s eyes narrowed as she watched her friend closely. ‘Well we’ll just have to get to the bottom of this, won’t we?’

“Liz, you never told me what your card said, or what happened with Max,” she reminded her friend. Maria saw Liz freeze for a moment before her reaction was quickly masked in an air of nonchalance.

“Oh yeah. Max just apologized,” Liz hedged.

She had been hoping that Maria would forget about it for a little while longer. She knew Maria would find out sooner or later, but right now Liz didn’t want to shatter her happy little bubble just yet. As long as she didn’t think too hard about what happened between her and Max she could just enjoy it. No analyzing, no trying to figure out if they were together or not, no counting off reasons why it shouldn’t have happened, just enjoying the memory of Max holding her close as he kissed her breathless. She didn’t want to go back to being afraid of getting hurt.

“Oh. So, you two are friendly again?” Maria asked knowing there had to be more to it than that.

“Yeah. Yeah, we are.” Liz smiled thinking about how friendly she’d been with Max.

Maria noticed the secret smile and her pink cheeks, and decided it was time to be more direct with her interrogation. She crossed her arms and stared at her friend sizing her up.

“Ok, Spill it, woman. I know something big happened and you’re holding out on Mammi Ria. That’s a no no,” she said, tapping her foot and playfully glaring at her friend.

Liz laughed. “Maria, come on. You know I wouldn’t hold out on you,” she teased, not at all trying to hide the fact that she wasn’t planning on spilling a thing. She picked up her pom poms and started walking toward the locker room door with a smug smile on her face.

“Oh no you don’t! You’re not getting away that easy. I want details, woman! Details!” Maria grabbed her own pom poms and took off after her.


“Max, aren’t you supposed to be slapping yourself and eating raw eggs, or something,” Michael asked, as he walked up and slapped Max on the back.

“Michael, what are you doing here?” Max asked, startled.

“Me?! Max, you have a game in a few minutes. What are you doing here?”

Max scratched his ear trying to think of something to say that wouldn’t make him sound like a totally love-sick puppy. If he told Michael the truth, that he was standing here in front of the girls’ locker room, right before the biggest game of the year, trying to think of the best way to ask Liz Parker to give him a kiss for luck, Michael would laugh in his face, and he’d never live it down. Luckily for him just then, both Liz and Maria walked through the locker room doors and saved him the embarrassment.

“Liiiz, come on. Tell me,” Maria pouted as she and Liz made their way out to the field. Liz wasn’t being very cooperative at the moment and it was killing her to know that her best friend had a juicy secret that she was keeping.

“Maria, I told you, Max just apologized. We talked and now things are better,” she said, as she pushed her way through the doors. Liz wasn’t lying, she was just withholding some particularly pertinent information.

“Elizabeth Parker, you were humming I Feel The Earth Move, smiling at the mention of making up with Max, and I know something beside a pretty flower put that blush on your - Oww!”

Maria stopped short and grabbed the injured rib that Liz’s elbow had just tried to dig a hole through. She was about to whop Liz back with her pom pom when she noticed Max and Michael standing a few feet away watching them. Michael had his hand covering his mouth and looked as if he was trying not to laugh. Max’s eyes were darting around, looking everywhere but at her, and… was he blushing? ‘Ok, that’s it! Somebody better start talking soon or else!’

Liz tried to fight the urge to run back into the locker room, and never come out again. Just as she and Maria had come out of the locker room, Liz had seen Max and Michael standing outside the doors, but she hadn’t realized until too late that the guys could hear the conversation they were having. From the look on Max’s face, he’d heard everything.

“Max, what are you doing here?” It was the only thing she could think of besides running back into the locker room to die of shame.

“I wanted to talk to you about something before the game started,” Max said, trying to calm his nervousness. Now that Liz knew how he felt about her, he was worried how she would act around him.

Liz took a deep breath trying to get over her embarrassment. “Oh, ok. What’s up?” she asked, walking closer to find out what was so important that he interrupted his pre-game routine to talk to her.

Max looked around nervously at Michael and Maria, who were watching him and Liz with curious interest, then back at Liz who was now looking at him with concern.

“Um…” he started, but paused, and looked at Michael and Maria as if to say, ‘Do you mind?’ They both just looked at him, wondering what the hell was wrong with him. When they didn’t get the hint, Max sighed in exasperation.

“Excuse us for just a second,” he said, putting his hand on Liz’s back, steering her to a more private spot a few feet away.

Maria looked at Michael with a curious frown. “Michael, what’s going on with Max?” she asked, leaning against him as they both watched their friends talk quietly a few feet away. Michael automatically wrapped his arms around her from behind and pulled her closer as they watched the interaction between their friends.

“I don’t know, babe,” Michael fibbed.

He really didn’t know exactly why Max was out here instead of in the locker room getting his pep talk, or whatever it was that football players did before a game, but he figured it had something to do with what Zan told him yesterday.

“Hmm…” Maria’s curiosity was peaked.

She noticed how shy both Max and Liz were acting around each other all of a sudden, and how they kept stealing glances over at her and Michael every now and then. She smiled as she came to a decision. She nudged Michael, and smiled up at him over her shoulder. “Wouldn’t they make a cute couple?”

Michael rolled his eyes. “Maria, no.”

“Aww, come on, babe. You know they’re perfect for each other. Just look at them,” she whined and pouted. She turned in his arms and grinned up at him. “Pleeease,” she begged.

“Maria, you promised, no more match making,” he scolded. “Remember what happened last time, when you tried hooking Liz up with Kyle?”

“Yeah, I remember,” she said, frowning in disgust. “The idiot took her to a keg party and he ended up barfing on Liz’s brand new suede boots.” She rolled her eyes in disgust as she remembered that disastrous pairing.

“And,” Michael prompted.

“And, I promised I would never try to hook Liz up with anyone ever again,” she begrudged him. “But babe, you know she’d thank me in the end when they end up as happy as we are,” she said, peppering his neck with little kisses, trying to persuade him over to her way of thinking. “Don’t you think they would be perfect together?”

“Mmm…” was all that came to mind for a moment before her question registered. “Um, actually, babe, I kind of figured she’d hook up with Zan,” he finally got out before he took over and began kissing a path from her chin to that sensitive little spot just behind her left ear.

“Ohh, that’s nice,” she moaned and slid her arms around his neck. “Zan’s not her type. Max is just right for her.” She managed to say while running her fingers through his hair and holding his head close.

“I think they’re both her type,” he mumbled, slipping his fingers under the edge of her little top and concentrating on the other side of her neck.

“Yeah, I guess you’re right,” she whispered, before she devoured his lips with her own.


Max led Liz a little away from Michael and Maria, hoping to find a little privacy.

“Liz, I uh… I…” Max cleared his throat and swallowed trying to make his nervousness go away. Liz put her hand on Max’s arm to calm him.

“It’s ok, Max. Just tell me.” She smiled at him encouragingly and waited.

Max let out a breath and shook his head at himself. He took Liz’s hand and smiled, his face flushed.

“Liz, it’s no big deal or anything. I was just hoping you’d… you know, give me a kiss for good luck,” Max said, turning red from the top of his ears down.

Liz smiled from ear to ear. “Oh, Max. Is that all?”

He was just so adorable trying to hide his flushed cheeks. Liz looked over her shoulder at Maria and Michael before she answered.

“Sure.” Her own cheeks had returned to a full blush as well.

Max smiled, then stepped closer. He started leaning down to kiss her when she stopped him.

“Max, what about them?” They both looked over at Michael and Maria, who were cuddled up watching them talk. Max chuckled.

“Knowing them, pretty soon they’ll distract themselves and will have forgotten all about us,” he whispered conspiratorially.

Liz laughed and agreed. She peeked over her shoulder to see what was happening with them, and sure enough Maria had started kissing on Michael’s neck. He had his eyes closed, the outside world forgotten.

“See, what’d I tell ya?” Max chuckled.

“I know. Aren’t they terrible?” Liz shook her head and looked back up at Max. He smiled down at her for a moment, then his head tilted to one side as he looked at her curiously.

“What,” she asked, knowing something was coming.

“So, you were humming again?” He teased.

Liz’s mouth dropped open as she gasped in embarrassment. “Maaax!” She punched his arm, and ducked her head as she felt her cheeks burn.

“Aww, I like your humming. You get so into it. It’s cute,” he said, grabbing her hand, and pulling her closer.

“You’re just saying that cause you want a kiss,” she said, coyly, letting him draw her near.

“Yeah, but it’s true,” he teased, then swallowed when he saw Liz moisten her lips and look up at him through her dark lashes, waiting. He held his breath in anticipation, and leaned in to kiss her.

He watched Liz’s eyes fall closed as their lips brushed in a sweet caress. He lightly nibbled her bottom lip for a moment before covering her mouth with his. Liz sighed and her hand slid up to cup his cheek, as she held him close.

This is what he’d dreamed of for them. Just being together, sharing how they felt without fear. In this moment, Max was totally content. He pulled away with a smile, and looked into her eyes.

“I think I am going to make this part of my regular pre-game warm up,” he said. Liz smiled, blushing under his heated gaze.

“Ahem!” At the sound of someone clearing their throat right next to them, Max and Liz jumped apart, surprised to see Pam Troy standing there glaring. “Max, I need to talk to you,” she said, giving Liz an evil sneer.

“Pam, I’m a bit busy right now,” Max said, shocked by her audacity.

“It’s really important, Max,” Pam pleaded, putting her hand on his arm. “You understand, don’t you, Liz,” she said, dismissively, trying to pull him away.

“Excuse me!” Max snatched his arm away from Pam, and looked at her like she was crazy. “Pam, Liz and I are talking. Whatever it is you want will just have to wait.” He turned back to Liz and tried to apologize. “Liz, I’m really sorry.”

Liz didn’t know whether to be pissed off because Pam was showing her claws, or ecstatic because Max wasn’t falling for her obvious attempt to regain his attention. She looked at Pam standing there gawking at him, and wondered why Max would have ever gone out with someone like her. The girl wore too much makeup, every piece of clothing she owned was a size too small, and she was the biggest bitch Liz had ever met. She felt like snatching that bleached blond ponytail, and smacking her.

‘Whoa, where’d that come from,’ Liz thought. Lonnie and Maria must have started rubbing off on her.

Pam was speechless. No way was Max blowing her off for Liz Parker. “Max! You are not choosing her, over me?!” Pam looked as if it was just a totally absurd idea.

Liz had enough of this. It was time to set Ms. Boy Toy straight. But she wanted Max to go before he got in trouble with his coach.

“Max, you better get back to the team before they start to wonder where you are,” she said, ignoring Pam for the moment. Max shook his head brushing off her concern.

“Don’t worry about me, Liz. I’ll be fine.” There was no way Max was going to stand by and let Pam try to bully Liz.

“No, Max, really. This game is important to you.” She said, trying to assure him that she’d be fine. “I’ll see you after the game.”

“Are you sure, Liz?” He asked worried.

“Yeah, I’ll see you later.” Her attention finally turning back to Pam, who seemed determined to intrude on their conversation.

Max looked unsurely between Pam and Liz who were glaring at each other. “Liz, I don’t -” He was interrupted by the sound of a loud moan coming from behind them.

They all turned to see Michael and Maria locked in a very heated make out session. Michael had Maria’s leg hooked over his hip, and had her pinned to the wall. He was sucking on her neck and his hand had disappeared under her top.

“Whoa…” Liz shook her head and turned back to Max.

“Max, really, go on. I’ve gotta go cool those two off anyway.” She turned to head over to them, but glanced at Pam for a moment, then turned back to Max.

“Good Luck,” she said, blowing him a kiss. “Make a touchdown for me,” she said, before heading back toward the two lovers. As she walked away, she looked at Pam and grinned. Max chuckled when he saw this. He stood admiring her as she walked away for a moment, then headed for his locker room.

Pam couldn’t believe that Max had embarrassed her like that, and over Liz Parker.

“How could you do that to me,” she called out to him. Max rolled his eyes and ignored her. “Max, don’t walk away from me.” Pam threatened.

“Pam, we broke up, remember,” He said, shaking his head as he walked away.


Liz rolled her eyes. Michael and Maria hadn’t even noticed that they were drawing people’s attention. Courtney and Jessie stood outside the locker room door laughing and pointing at their little display. ‘I should have known they’d be around. Where ever Pam goes her little pack is sure to follow.’

She walked past them on her way to Michael and Maria and tried to get rid of the little perverts. “Peep much? You know voyeurism is like a felony?” They both made faces at her and rolled their eyes. She walked up to Michael and Maria and clapped her hands loudly in their ears. “Hel-lo, public place. You guys are corrupting my virgin mind here. Knock it off.” she teased.

“Wha-?” Michael mumbled as he came out of his Maria induced haze. He looked up and finally noticed Liz was standing next to them looking at him expectantly. She gave him a little wave. “Hi. Forgot where you were didn’t ya?”

Maria pulled her leg from around Michael’s hip and peeked over his shoulder. “Sorry, Liz. We got a little carried away.” She blushed a little and began straightening her clothes.
“Excuse me for a minute.”

Liz stood in front of her trying to block everyone’s view. She knew she’d been unsuccessful when Courtney and Jessie started whistling and making catcalls. Liz sighed irritably. “Here, let me help fix your hair.”

Michael felt bad and kind of guilty just standing there while Maria had to put herself back together because of his urges. After Liz finished straightening Maria’s ponytail, Michael pulled Maria back against his chest for a tender hug. “Sorry, babe. I didn’t mean to muss you up so much.”

“Hey, big guy, you know I was getting just as wild as you were,” she said, slipping her arms back around his neck and giving him a tender kiss.

“Hey you two, don’t start that again or we’ll never get out of here,” Liz teased them.

All of a sudden they all jumped as a grating voice bellowed out, “Let’s go!”

They turned to see who was making all the fuss and saw Pam standing at the end of the walkway looking rather upset. Tapping her foot and hands on hips, she waited impatiently as Courtney and Jessie followed.

“G*d, she’s annoying,” Michael said, frowning.

Liz chuckled. “Looks like she finally came back from the land of denial. I hope reality isn’t too harsh for her.”

“Uh oh, sounds like you two had a run in,” Maria said, escaping Michael’s arms. “What happened?”

Liz didn’t really want to go into the details of the situation at the moment. She sighed and waved it off. “It’s a long story, Ria. I’ll tell you later.” Maria looked surprised but just nodded.

Liz looked back at Pam for a minute thinking about their confrontation. Pam was standing there glaring at her. When she saw Liz look in her direction, they locked eyes and Pam seemed to be challenging her. Liz rolled her eyes, disgusted with her. “G*d I hate her.”

When Jessie and Courtney finally reached her, Pam turned and stormed away without giving them a second glance. As Courtney was walking away she called out to Michael, “Hey, Mikey G. I didn’t know you were so talented. I might have to take you out for a test drive myself soon.” She winked at him and blew him a kiss before taking off to catch up to her girls.

Maria’s eyes narrowed to two angry slits. “I know she did not just proposition my boyfriend right in front of my face,” she said, incredulously.

“Uh oh,” Liz said, shaking her head. She looked at Michael pleading for help. He just shrugged and raised his hands in defeat. ‘Men,’ she thought in disgust. “Maria, now calm down. Don’t go crazy on me.”

“Oh, don’t worry Liz, I got this covered,” Maria said, calmly, but for some reason that worried Liz more than if she had screamed and yelled.

Liz rolled her eyes in exasperation. ‘Oh boy. Here we go again.’

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Re: When She's With You - M/L/Z, AU - Chp 8 Posted 4.13.18

Postby Dreaming In Purple » Sat Apr 14, 2018 1:43 am

I'm back with Chapter 10.


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Part 10
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“Aww, man! Come on ref! Are you blind?!” Michael shouted, again spilling his bag of popcorn over everyone in front of him as he tossed his arms up in frustration.

“Mikey, would you cut it out!” Lonnie’s exasperated voice rose up. It was almost half time and the score was Comets 6 - Novas 9. Every time something went against the Comets, Michael went ballistic, and she ended up with popcorn in her hair. “G*d, you don’t see Zan and Alex going all crazy over this stupid game.”

Michael sat down still agitated over the 5-yard penalty the Comets had just gotten because the ref said one of the Comets jumped off sides. How were they ever going to catch up if they kept getting stupid penalties every other down. He shook his head, and looked around at the two guys mentioned, and noticing Lonnie was right.

Alex wasn’t really watching the game, he and Lonnie were having a conversation about… who knew what, and Zan was looking off toward the wrong end of the field. Michael followed Zan’s gaze, and saw the cheerleaders. He rolled his eyes. ‘Of course.’ He reached into his bag to get a handful of popcorn, and discovered it was empty.

“Damn, didn’t I just have a full bag of popcorn a few minutes ago?” Michael asked to no one in particular.

“Hellooo!” Lonnie couldn’t believe how thick the boy was when he was watching sports. “That was before you threw it all over everybody, ya butt head,” she said, throwing a handful at him from the pile that had gathered at her feet.

The ref blew the whistle signaling the end of the first half.

“Perfect timing. I’m gonna get some more popcorn. You wanna come,” he asked, nudging Zan as he stood.

“Naw, man. I’m cool,” Zan mumbled.

“Hey Alex, would you get me a cherry coke,” Lonnie asked.

“Sure. Be right back.” He and Michael took off down the bleachers, heading for the concession stand. Zan watched as Lonnie’s eyes followed Alex until he disappeared from sight. He waited until she looked at him, and arched an eyebrow.

“Sup with dat?” He asked giving her a knowing smile.

“What are you talkin bout?” Lonnie smacked her lips, and turned her attention elsewhere.

Zan knew he had her. “You and drummer boy lookin real cozy. Somebody might think you two was on a date, or somethin.” He waited to see how she’d react to his bait.

She looked at him out of the corner of her narrowed eyes. “And if we were?” Lonnie knew he was messing with her, but wasn’t in the mood to play.

Zan didn’t answer for a moment as he thought about his baby sister dating Alex Whitman. He nodded to himself as he answered, “Then I’d say, I approve.”

Lonnie was surprised, not that she needed anyone’s approval to hook up with a guy, but it was nice to know that Zan liked him.

“Really?” She smiled at her big brother. “Thanks.”

Zan put his arm around Lonnie’s shoulder and gave her a squeeze. “Hey, you know I’m lookin out for ya.” Lonnie laid her head on his shoulder feeling content and safe.

“Yeah, I know ya are.”

She rested there for a moment remembering how close she and Zan had been when they lived in New York. She missed that, but that was about all she missed about their time in New York. She sighed, and looked up at Zan, noticing that he was looking over her head.

She looked around to see what had his attention, but all she saw was the cheerleaders getting ready to do their halftime routine. She frowned and sat up, wondering why he was so interested in the halftime show. He’d never paid any attention before, and as far as she knew, he wasn’t into perky.

She was about to bust him out about it, when she noticed he was kinda smiling. Not his usual arrogant smirk, but a real smile. Almost… sweet? And his eyes… He looked as if he was happy. She looked back at the cheerleaders trying to figure out what was making him this way, and she realized, he was watching Liz.

She took in her brother’s expression as he watched her friend, and thought about all the stuff that had been going on between her brothers and Liz lately. She didn’t really believe that either of them wanted to just play with her and move on to their next conquest, at least, she hoped neither one would do something like that. There had to be more going on with them than she knew about.

Looking at Zan now, she wondered if he really cared about Liz, and maybe he wanted more with her friend they all realized. Maybe he really wanted to be with her. That thought made Lonnie smile. Zan and Liz… Yeah, she could see that.

She had to wonder when all this had happened though, and if he was so into Liz, why he hadn’t tried to hook up with her before. Zan wasn’t one to waste time when it came to showing his interest in a girl he was in to, and he’d known Liz for like three years. It was obvious he wanted to get with her, so what was stopping him?

“Zan, just tell her how you feel.”

“What?” Lonnie’s unexpected statement shocked him out of his drifting thoughts.

“Liz… just tell her how you feel about her,” she said again.

“What are you talkin bout?” ‘Damn! Maybe Lonnie heard more than she’d let on.’ Zan didn’t want to admit to anything. Lonnie might start trippin and shit.

“Zan, look at you. It’s written all over your face that ya like her. You look all moony and shit. It’s so corny,” she teased.

‘What the hell?’ Zan narrowed his eyes in anger.

He did not moon over nobody. He was trying to keep cool and not to let her taunting get to him, but looking at Lonnie laughing at him was pissin him off. He shook his head and stood up. “Yo, I’m out.” He started jogging down the bleachers not looking back.

“Hey, where you goin?!” she asked, shocked that her little teasing had affected him so much.

“Mind ya fuckin business,” he grumbled. Lonnie smacked her lips, and sighed at her stupid ass brother. Well at least now she knew he really liked Liz. Now all she had to do was figure out a way to get them together.


Zan leaned on the small fence that separated the bleachers from the track, and watched as the cheerleaders did their half time routine. What Lonnie said bugged him. He did not “moon” over nobody. He rubbed at his lip with his thumb, agitated, and tried not to get mad all over again.

He’d gotten all caught up in a girl before and he learned to regret that mistake. Naw, getting all twisted up over a female wasn’t his style. Lonnie didn’t know what the hell she was talking about.

He watched as the cheerleaders moved in sync to the music playing over the loud speakers. The crowd was clapping along with the heavy techno beat and cheering them on. He had to admit they looked good.

The rhythm of the music sped up and the girls started building their pyramid for the finale. All of a sudden one of the girls on top started wobbling and losing her balance. Zan saw that Maria was helping to hold the girl’s leg. She had a grimace on her face trying to steady her… or was that a smile? The girl’s arms flew about as she totally lost her balance and fell flat on her ass.

‘Dayum!’ He grimaced in empathy for the girl’s pain.

He watched as Maria’s hand flew to her mouth in pretend shock. She looked as if she was saying oops, but didn’t move to help the girl up. Zan had to laugh. That girl must have really pissed Maria off, to get ‘The Wrath’.

The blond recovered and tried to act as if nothing had happened, but he could see the seething death glares she was sending Maria, and as they were moving off the field the girl said something to her. It must have been real, because Liz grabbed Maria’s arm, and turned her around before Maria could step up.

As Liz walked her away, he could see Maria fussing unhappily. Zan called out to the girls before they disappeared into the crowd.

“Liz! Re-Re!” He could see that Maria was still kind of hot over whatever the girl said by the malevolence he her eyes as she looked back over her shoulder. He was glad she couldn't shoot death-rays from her eyes or blond girl would be dead right now. He had a feeling this little spat wasn’t over with yet.

Liz cursed, and closed her eyes for a moment. 'Darn It! First Maria goes crazy, and now Zan shows up with his butterflies. You’d think that after what happened with Max, I’d be over this.'

“Hey Zan,” Maria called out, her angry glare turning into a bright smile, as she and Liz made their way over to him.

“Hey,” Liz greeted him. She couldn’t really look Zan in the eye, feeling a little guilty, and thinking about Max. She fidgeted, holding onto the fence, while he and Maria talked.

“Hey, what happened? I saw you lookin all evil when that girl fell.” Zan narrowed his eyes at Maria playfully. “You dropped her, didn’t you?”

He shook his head, and chuckled as that evil smile appeared on her face again.

“What?” Maria batted her eyes, and smiled impishly, but after seeing Zan’s disbelieving expression, finally dropped all pretense of innocence.

“She had it coming, ok?! That bitch came on to Michael right in front of me, like I wasn’t even there!” she explained heatedly. “She’s lucky I didn’t kick her ass instead of just dropping her on it.”

“Damn, girl!” he chuckled. “Remind me never to piss you off.” Maria winked playfully.

“You know it!” Scanning the crowd for a shaggy blonde head, she asked, “Hey, where’s Michael?”

Zan looked up into the bleachers to see if Michael and Alex had made it back from the concession stand yet. All he saw was Lonnie sitting where he’d left her, watching them talk. “He must still be at the snack stand.”

“Chica, I’m gonna go find him real quick. I have to tell him what I did to that little skank.”

Liz rolled her eyes at her friend’s eager smile.

“Just don’t miss the kickoff,” she called out as Maria walk away.

Liz could feel Zan looking at her, so she smiled awkwardly at him before she bit her lip, and looked down at her toe, that started kicking the fence.

Zan frowned as he watched Liz. He wondered why all of a sudden, she wouldn’t look at him. From her nervous behavior, he could tell that something was up.

“You guys looked good out there. I knew you’d get that statue thingy down.”

Liz frowned, trying to figure out what he was talking about.

“Statue thingy?” She laughed, wrinkling her nose at him.

“Yeah, you know, that thing you do when you’re up there with your leg over your head.” He said it like it was obvious.

Liz’s mouth fell open and she tried hard not to bust out laughing when she realized what he meant. He was telling her that he’d noticed she’d had trouble with that stunt during practice, and he was glad she got it right tonight.

“Oh! You mean the Liberty.” She corrected him grinning. Zan grinned in return, glad he’d gotten her smiling again.

“Yeah, dat,” he answered eyes twinkling.

“Thanks,” she nodded, happy he'd noticed. “I was a little worried that I wouldn’t be able to hold it, but we got it right.” She gave him an appreciative smile and felt some of her tension starting to melt away.

She and Zan were friends, there wasn’t anything wrong with talking to him, and besides, she and Max weren’t officially together, so why was she feeling so guilty? If she could just get control of these butterflies, everything would be fine.

“So, after the game, I’ll be waitin for ya outside the gym. Are you gonna take forever to get changed, like usual?” he teased.

Liz felt a cold knot form in her stomach. The smile dropped from her face, and she looked down at her shoes again.

“Um, Zan…”

Zan noticed the change in Liz before she even said a word. He could tell what was coming.

She glanced up at him for a moment wishing she didn’t have to tell him about her and Max, but everything that happened she figured she and Max would go to the party together. But now that she was actually standing here in front of Zan… she didn’t want to tell him.

He interrupted not letting her finish that thought, hoping to stop her from saying something that would totally ruin everything they’d planned, and slowly kill him, all in one fell swoop.

“Hey, you not breaking our date, are you? I thought you said we was cool.” He covered her fingers through the links in the fence with his own, and willed her to look at him.

Her eyes flew to his in surprise. His touch sent a thrill through her. She hadn’t been expecting it. What she saw in his eyes was unexpected as well. His usually beautiful eyes were darkened by an anxious frown.

“We are, Zan. It’s not that,” she tried to reassure him. “It’s just…”

‘Why is this so hard?’ His unfaltering gaze caused the fluttering in her stomach to increase, and she felt her resolve to be honest with him melting away with the warm flush that spread over her.

“Um…” She swallowed around the lump that had formed in her throat.

She had to tell him, but she was afraid they’d lose everything they had. He was her best friend. Would they still have their cigar poker matches, and their marathon video game tournaments? Would he still make his unexpected visits to the Crashdown to mooch fries from her when she was studying, and try to make her laugh at his silly jokes? If she told him there would definitely be no more breathless moments when she’d look up, and see him smile just for her. She had to tell him, but she was afraid she’d lose him.

Zan could see the emotions playing across her face as she struggled to tell him what she was thinking.

“You never really forgave me, did you? That’s why you breakin our date.” He thought maybe she was still pissed at him for what he did last night.

“Liz, I didn’t mean for that to happen. Things just got out of hand. At first, I was just playin around and stuff, but then… when I looked down at you… right at that moment, I just wanted to kiss you. I mean, you looked so perfect. It just… happened.”

He hoped she would trust him again, and they could still be close. It had never been his intention to force her to do anything. He’d never forgive himself for reminding her of what happened in the past with that asshole Sean. He’d understand if she never wanted to see him again, let alone go to a party with him.

Liz was taken aback by how serious Zan had become. She knew it a misunderstanding now and didn’t like seeing him beat himself up because she'd overreacted. He’d said almost the exact same thing that Max said to her last night. Was it just an incredible coincidence, or could Max have told Zan what he’d said?

Would Zan try to do something so manipulative to her? She tried to judge if he was lying, but saw only sincerity in his face. If Zan was being honest, then… That thought made her happier than she thought it would, but it also made her more confused than she’d ever been about him and Max.

The other thing he’d just said finally broke through the fog of guilt and self-pity filling her thoughts. ‘Date?!’ Zan had mentioned them having a date tonight twice now, and it finally registered.

“Zan, I said we were good, and we are. I promise.” She looked up at him, trying to make him understand she wasn’t mad. “But, you said, 'Our date'. We don’t have a date.” She tried to focus on one situation at a time, but things were coming at her so fast, she was having a hard time keeping everything straight.

Zan looked at her in confusion for a moment. “I asked you if you’d still go with me to the party tonight, and you said you would. You don’t remember?”

He knew they didn’t have an official date tonight, but he was glad for the distraction from whatever had her pulling away from him like this. Hopefully getting her to think about going out with him would take her mind off it.

Liz thought back to their conversation during drama class, and realized that he was right. She'd said she would still go with him tonight, she just hadn’t thought the plans went past her riding with him. At the time, she’d still half assumed that Zan would hook up with Jessica Riley.

But seeing how disappointed he seemed at the thought of not going to the party with her made her realize he had intended for them to go to the party as a couple. If that was the case, and she’d agreed to go with him… What would Max think when she showed up at the party as Zan’s date?

He saw the confusion cloud her face as she looked at him for a long moment, but when she dropped her gaze, and began biting her lip again, he thought this was it. He'd lost her. He closed his eyes and prepared himself for her to end everything he’d hoped for with her next words.

Liz sighed and answered, “Yeah, I remember.”

Zan’s eyes shot open in surprise. He had to catch himself, and control his urge to grin like an idiot. ‘Stay cool, Zan.’ He nodded, and tried to school his expression to not look so surprised, and act as if he’d expected her to say that all along.

“Cool. So, we straight then?” he asked, and tilted his head down a little trying to see what she was thinking, when she wouldn’t look up at him.

After thinking back on the conversation they’d had earlier and about how Zan had been acting toward her the past few days, Liz realized that maybe Zan had feelings for her too.

“Zan? We’re friends, right?” she asked, looking up at him wondering if last night had been just a one time thing, or if Zan really cared about her.

Zan loved being Liz’s friend, but wanted so much more than that. He reached over the fence, and touched her chin, giving her that smile that always took her breath away. His eyes said more than his words could.

“Liz, your my girl. You always will be.”

The butterflies that had previously been located in her stomach spread all over. She felt her face flush and she bit her lip to keep from smiling to hard.

“So, you ok with meeting me outside the gym after the game, then?” he asked, bringing her out of the haze he had a way of creating in her mind.

Her excited jitters at realizing that Zan seemed to be trying to take their relationship beyond friendship only lasted a moment before the reality of her situation hit her. She’d just agreed to go on a date with Zan, Max’s twin brother after they'd kissed and all but declared they were dating.

The thought of having to explain all this to Max sobered her of even Zan’s butterflies. Max said he wanted to prove to her she could trust him, but with the way she was feeling right now, she was the one who couldn’t be trusted. Because, even as guilty as she felt, she was elated that Zan seemed to really want more than friendship with her.

Liz looked up at Zan and knew that she wanted to be more than friend with him… just like she did with Max. What kind of person did that make her?

Going with Zan tonight might be the only chance they got to be together as anything other than friends. She and Max weren’t officially a couple, but she would understand if he got mad at what she was doing.

She hated that everything was turning out this way. She knew she couldn’t have both, but right now she didn’t have to choose… she didn’t want to choose.

Liz took a deep breath, steeling herself for the consequences of her decision, or rather her lack of one. She looked into his unbelievably beautiful golden brown eyes and answered his loaded question.

“Yeah, I’ll meet you after I finish changing.”

Guilt eating at her, she smiled, and felt the familiar fluttering, and excitement that always came when he smiled in return.

Zan could see how hard she was struggling with herself over whether or not to go out with him. It was tearing him up to see her so obviously torn about the decision. But, he was glad she’d said yes.

“Good. Take your time, but as beautiful as you are, I can't imagine why you'd need to.”

Liz couldn’t believe how cheesy that sounded. She laughed, and rolled her eyes at him, but still blushed at the compliment.

“Hey, Chica, you ready to go? The team is coming back out for the kickoff.” Maria’s voice broke in, reminding them that there were others around. Liz looked over at her, and noticed that both Michael and Maria were walking toward them.

“Hey, Zan, the games about to start up again. You comin?” Michael asked as he made his way to the bleacher steps.

“Come on Liz, we gotta go before boobzilla freaks,” Maria said pulling Liz’s arm to get her moving.

Zan watched as Liz walked away with Maria. He sighed heavily, again thinking about how sad she'd seemed a few moments before. Maybe putting her through this wasn’t such a good idea. They were always making her upset and unhappy.

The side of his mouth turned up in a half smile when she looked back at him over her shoulder with that smile she always gave him. Yeah, it was definitely worth it, but he wanted to do something about those sad eyes.


“Lonnie, here’s your drink.” She looked up and saw Alex holding out her soda for her to take.

“Thanks, Alex.” She took it from him with an appreciative smile, then turned her attention back to her brother and Liz.

“So, what’d I miss?” Alex asked as he sat down.

Lonnie smiled to her self and rolled her eyes. “Nothing, Alex, the game hasn’t started yet.”

“Duh, I can see that. But something must have happened while I was gone, because Maria came over to the snack stand going on about some blond skank getting dropped on her ass. Tell me you saw that.” Alex was dying to get a clear explanation of what’d had happened. Trying to figure it out from Maria’s version was impossible.

“Yeah, it was hilarious. Maria dropped this girl on her ass in front of everybody. Then she was like, “Oops!” You missed it.”

“Aww man! Damn!” Alex watched as Maria and Liz rejoined the cheerleading squad. He saw that Courtney Banks had a dark brown stain on the back of her skirt that wouldn’t come out, no matter how much she and Jessica Riley tried to wipe it away. “I’d have paid money to have seen that.”

“Hey, Alex, what do ya think about Zan and Liz?” She turned her attention from her brother as he finally made his way back up to their spot on the bleachers.

“I don’t know. What do you mean,” Alex asked, totally bewildered by her question.

“Come on Alex, think about it. Don’t you think the two of them look good together?” Lonnie asked, trying to be patient.

“Well, I guess so. I’ve never really thought about it. I always thought she would end up with Max. He seems more her type,” he answered, with a shrug.

“Nah, Zan’s her type. Haven’t you ever noticed how they look at each otha? I mean it’s so obvious, I don’t know why I didn’t see it before.” She stated more to her self than to Alex. “We gotta get them together. You wit me?”

Alex groaned and closed his eyes. He knew he should just say no and run, but with one look at Lonnie’s wicked smile, he knew he was whipped. How could he say no.

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Re: When She's With You - M/L/Z, AU - Chp 8, 9, 10 Posted 4.13.18

Postby keepsmiling7 » Sat Apr 14, 2018 8:59 am

I like the way things are going with Max and Liz.
At least the "earth" is moving for Liz.
Maria thinks Max is better for her, and that Zan is not her type.
Max finally got that good luck kiss.
So much going on.......Pam Troy interrupting, Zan asking Lonnie about her "drummer boy"
It now seems Lonnie wants Liz and Zan to be together.
This is getting complicated!

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Re: When She's With You - M/L/Z, AU - Chp 8, 9, 10 Posted 4.13.18

Postby roswell4life » Fri Apr 20, 2018 2:47 pm

So glad to see this updated!!!! Ugh.....the way things are going it could get messy....I hope she doesn't wind up losing both of them :cry: TeamMax all the way!! :lol:

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