TITLE: A GUY, HIS ROOMMATE & A SECRET aka A DIFFERENT CHRISTMAS STORY
DISCLAIMER: I don’t own Roswell. I just use the characters for my guilty pleasure, otherwise you can keep them. If I’d own the show….Alex would have been the stud in the show.
GENRE: AU without aliens
COUPLES: CC, focus on A&I
SUMMARY: It’s Christmas and things never are like they’re supposed to be.
Author’s note: I had a conversation with a friend about Christmas and what could go wrong or make it a disaster. During our conversation I gave an example of how bad the holidays could go wrong when some things happened which you couldn’t control. So after the talk, I had this for the fic. I want to add that this is NOT to be taken seriously. It’s just for fun and entertainment.
This is going to be a short fic and I hope you enjoy it
Christmas was the time in the year that had this special touch. People were behaving different. Everybody wore a smile on and everybody was happy.
The air smelled different.
The town looked colourful.
On the streets choirs were singing; the boutiques were more packed than usual.
Everything was different.
Everyone felt different.
It was that special time that made everything different.
Christmas in Roswell was special.
There was always something special about it.
Roswell had its own elves. Four nice and enthusiastic ladies had made it their goal to have always the best Christmas. Every year the women organized the Christmas pageant. The pageant had become famous and citizens from the other towns had travelled to Roswell to see the parade. It was all because of the women’s organization and their love to Christmas.
Now, Christmas was different in Roswell. A lot had change.
The four ladies weren’t any more responsible for the organization of the pageant.
Christmas felt different.
Roswell would celebrate Christmas without the girls.
Normally, it wouldn’t be a big deal. They were used to spend the holidays in Roswell and having great days with their family and friends.
Now it all changed.
The girls’ parents, who were all friends, decided to spend the holidays in the mountains.
Park City Mountain, Park City, Utah was their destination.
With them to come were also their boyfriends and their parents. It was going to be one big happy family get together. Everyone was hoping to have a great time.
They all hoped for calm and enjoyable holidays.
The four girls were looking forward to the trip. It would be different because it would be the first time that they didn’t spend Christmas in Roswell. Nonetheless spending Christmas away from Roswell shouldn’t corrupt their holidays
Liz Parker, Maria DeLuca, Tess Harding and Isabel Evans were going to have the best Christmas ever – so they thought.
“This is going to be super dope. Mountains, snow and fun. What else do we need?” Kyle Valenti, who was Tess’ boyfriend, exclaimed excited.
“Love, family and knowing that not everything in life is for granted. Every day is a gift.” Tess replied, knowing that it would irritate her boyfriend when she refuted his statement.
“Thank you Tess for reminding me. I’m talking about fun as in enjoying every day. And the other stuff is also in. You know the saying cape diem.” Kyle rebutted.
“It’s carpe diem, you dumbass.” Michael Guerin, Maria’s boyfriend, corrected the other boy.
“Don’t call me dumbass.”
“How about I call you idiot? You idiot.” Michael offered with a cheeky grin. He knew the other boy had little patience and would soon snap.
“How about I kick your ass? You ass.” Kyle threatened.
“How about you two stop this shit? We’re almost there and I don’t want to explain our parents where we left Kyle’s body.” Max, Isabel’s twin brother, interjected. He was tired, annoyed and not in the mood to spend more time with his friends and sister (especially her) in a minivan. Right now, they were waiting for Isabel and Liz, who were on bathroom break.
“Whoa…wait. Why do you think that I would lose the fight? I can take Guerin.” Kyle protested. He couldn’t believe that his best friend hadn’t had faith in him to beat Michael.
“Because you’re a midget…Sorry, I take that back. You are a little Christmas elf that can’t beat me. Kaboom! That was Christmas related. See Maria, I have the spirit.” Michael exclaimed excited to his girlfriend.
“Will you keep the spirit for the rest of the holidays?” Maria asked though she knew the answer. It was always the same.
“No, I don’t think so.” Michael replied, placing a small kiss on her cheek.
“Stop harassing my sister and tell me why you think you can beat me. Size doesn’t matter…”
“According to your girlfriend it does.” Michael interrupted.
Before Kyle could retort, Liz tore the car door open, scaring the others. Out of breath, she just stared at her friends. Maria was the first to react.
“Wanna tell us what happened or do we have to guess?” She asked calmly, after so many years Maria got used to Liz antics. The girl had the habit to get too excited by something and exaggerate the issue.
“We have a big problem.” Liz told them short of breath.
“What do you mean? It’s Christmas time, there aren’t big problems. It’s a problem free time. We cannot have a problem.” Tess rambled on. She didn’t want to hear about a problem. She just wanted to enjoy the holidays peacefully as always.
“Believe me, this Christmas is going to be a little bit bumpy.”
“It’s Isabel, right? I know it’s her. Christmas depends on her. What’s her problem this time?” Max was already annoyed by his sister’s antics but he knew her craziness had no limit when it came to Christmas. Even the combined power of Maria, Tess and Liz wouldn’t reach the level of Isabel. His sister decided if they were going to have great holidays or not.
“Well, yeah but…well…the other…” Liz stuttered. She didn’t know how to say it. It was kind of exciting and bad news – it depended on the point of view.
“St-st-stop st-st-stuttering and start talking like a human being.” Michael interrupted Liz, who glared at the boy for his rude behaviour.
“What do you know about human beings?” Liz snapped at Michael.
“What do you know about being tall?” Michael retorted, knowing that Liz’ height was a sore.
“You’re such a jer…” Liz started but was again interrupted. This time Maria interfered.
“Guys, stop it. I want to know what this time happened to get Isabel’s panties in a twist. I swear, if she gets any more irritating and annoying, this Christmas will end bloody. Have you heard about what she did to a Santa Claus on campus? She made him cry…”
“Maria.” That was Max.
“She told him, he wasn’t chubby enough…”
“Maria.” That was Tess.
“Then our dear Isabel told the guy that he was ruining Christmas for the children by…”
“Maria.” That was Kyle.
“…pretending to be a fake Santa and deluding the kids. Can you believe her?” Maria finished her rant.
“I can’t believe you talked this much. Wait,…I can believe it.” Michael chipped, earning himself a loathing look by Maria.
“Bite me.” She snarled at her boyfriend. Sometimes she wished he would just be quiet and not add his wisdom to the conversations.
“Baby, I did last night and you loved it.” He winked at her. Despite her slightly pissed mood, Maria felt her cheeks redden as she remembered the last night’s activities.
“Can you stop, please? I think my breakfast wants to say good morning.” Kyle pleaded. There were things that a brother doesn’t need to know.
“Can I now tell you, what’s the matter with Isabel?” Liz asked impatient. She didn’t like it when the others (usually) interrupted her when she had important news.
“Yes please.” Everyone said together.
“I just got off the phone with my parents. They had just received a call by the Whitmans saying that they were arriving later due to some work stuff. Anyway, my mom talked to Mrs. Whitman and she has told her Alex will arrive before he actually planed. After the call, I informed Isabel about the new Alex situation. Now, Isabel is pissed because Alex’s coming.” Liz revealed.
“Why? That’s great news that Alex is coming.” Tess said enthusiastic.
“For us. Yes. For Isabel. No. He brings company with him….Female company.” Liz revealed hesitating.
“Hohoho…We’re fucked.” Kyle slumped down in his seat.
Christmas was over.
After Liz delivered the news about Alex’ coming, the mood among the group changed. They were all excited to see their “lost” friend after two years. But they also knew that his arrival would cause some trouble, especially between Isabel and him.
Alex Whitman was the girls’ best friend since kindergarten, elementary school. While the girls were outgoing, Alex was introverted. He was mostly interested in things that he could do on his own and some of his interests weren’t really girl magnets.
Nonetheless, he was the best friend a girl could ask for. Whenever they needed him, he was there for them. And he was a proud participant of their girl nights. None of the girls’ parents minded his presence in the girls’ bedroom.
He was Alex and that mostly was enough explanation.
The dynamic among the group changed when they were in their senior year in high school. Liz dated Max. Max was befriended with the girls but occasionally he would spend time with them. Of course, it was also a way to come closer to Liz and spend more time with her. Then the day had come when they became a couple. Finally, Max had found the courage to ask Liz out and she said yes. Since that day both went strong and it seemed that nothing could break them apart.
Then there were Maria and Michael Guerin. Until today no one knew how it had happened and why it had happened that these two people date each other. The saying was “Opposites attracts” but those two were the perfect example that opposites should not date. They had nothing in common. They mostly argued about everything. So people didn’t understand their relationship.
The next to come together were Tess and Kyle Valenti. It wasn’t really surprising that they dated since he was the super athlete of their school: quarterback, wrestler, pitcher and there was probably no sport he didn’t do. Tess was the head cheerleader. They were the clichéd high school couple. No one expected that they were still together after high school.
Among the couples, there had been Alex and Isabel. Isabel dated occasionally but never meant to deepen the relationship. For a short time, the other three girls had the suspicion that Isabel might be interested in the same sex. The idea was fast shot down when she started dating Grant Sorenson.
Every girl was occupied with her life and there seemed to be no place for Alex.
The gap between the girls and Alex grew. The boy started to feel displaced and lonely because he felt like he lost his friends. There were times when the girls wanted to involve him in their girl activities but it wasn’t the same anymore.
Everything changed again when Isabel left Grant. She caught him cheating on her. Though the girl wasn’t in love with him, it had hurt to be betrayed like this by someone she had cared about.
She had withdrawn from the group and didn’t want to socialize with anyone. It wasn’t because she was sad and moping around in her room. She was angry. Her anger was mostly directed at herself for having been so stupid and naïve.
No one could reach her. Not her parents, not her brother nor her friends.
It had been Michael’s idea to send Alex to her. The boy always had had a calming effect on her. No one really believed that this idea might work. Alex hadn’t been a real part of Isabel’s life for some time.
But he had never been someone to let his friends down when they needed him. So he agreed to try getting Isabel out of her funk. It had been bumpy in the beginning because the girl mostly ignored his attempts to get past her walls. But time after time, Alex managed to get through Isabel’s thick wall.
Until today, no one knew what went down between them but Isabel became her normal self. Alex and she spent more time together. It had been surprising for everyone when both started dating. Yet the changes in both teens were obvious.
Alex became more confident and outgoing while Isabel was happy. No one had ever expected them to get together since there had been no signs at all. Alex had never confessed to anyone that he had feelings for Isabel and she didn’t say that she had interest in Alex. Nonetheless everyone was happy for them; especially their parents.
But after their senior prom, things started to change again.
Suddenly Alex and Isabel broke up. No one expected it and no one had seen their end coming. All seemed to be well. They never fought or argued. So their break up was a bad surprise.
As if their break up wasn’t bad enough, Alex had announced that he was about to graduate a year earlier and to study abroad. It was needless to say that the girls were very upset.
But nothing could change his mind.
Now after two years being in Great Britain, he was finally coming for a visit.
And his presence would certainly cause some trouble, especially having a woman with him.
Isabel didn’t receive the news well that her ex-boyfriend was coming to their Christmas trip as well. When she walked back to the car, she could almost feel the looks. She knew that everyone’s eyes were on her.
Her friends probably thought she was going to lose it and explode like a damn volcano.
She was in control.
She was in control of her feelings.
She was in control of Christmas.
She was in control.
She didn’t care that Alex would be with them as well. She didn’t care about him and his company. She would ignore him.
No, she wouldn’t.
After everything, she couldn’t do it.
That wasn’t her.
It wouldn’t be nice to ignore him – it was Christmas and couldn’t ignore people. She wanted to spread love and happiness. Even Alex deserved it.
A little bit.
A tiny bit.
Nothing would ruin Christmas for her.
To be continued