Yes (Season 1)
Michael is having trouble dealing with his powers.
Max tries to teach him to control them, and about healing.
shock and disorientation after all the new revelations had all four
young aliens reeling with the impact. Their task, their quest seemed
far too much for a group of teenagers to be saddled with. How would
worse than all that was the realization that they might never again
experience the love and sense of belonging they had felt with their
human friends. And for all of them except Tess, there was also someone
who was far more than a mere friend.
sight was blurred by the tears he couldn't shed in front of the people
he had been sent to lead. But he felt more like a teenage boy than a
leader right now. Liz had just walked away from him. Leaving him to
cope all on his own.
it was really brought home to him how much he had come to depend on
her help and support during the past months. Not even the feat he had
performed just hours earlier, when he had brought Kyle back to life
could dim the feeling of loss and trauma. And for once there was no
help to be had from Isabel.
sister was struggling with her own sense of loss. Not until now had
she realized what Alex had come to mean to her. He was far from the
guy she had dreamed of in the past few years, but now she knew that
her dreams had been wrong.
was everything she could hope for. This strange infatuation she had
begun to feel for Michael made her sick. Michael was her brother every
bit as much as Max was, and no amount of mental tampering could change
that simple fact.
now her forceful personality reasserted itself. Why was Max their leader?
Only she knew how much he had depended on her in the past to make any
and all decisions. The only reason she had let him take the lead was
the desperation he had shown at times. Wasn't she as suited as Max to
help them through this difficult time?
mind rebelled at the thought of having been created, not simply born,
just to realize some strange people's plans. People, or creatures, who
lived far beyond everything she knew as home. Maybe their cause was
right, but what gave them the right to steal human DNA and make these
four children for their own selfish ends?
who said they were more alien than human? Earth had provided more than
half of their DNA, if they could believe Nasedo. So how did that make
them the property of those aliens? She needed time to think it all through,
and it was obvious that she would get no help from Tess. Actually, right
now, she didn't want to speak to the girl or look at her.
Michael... What was Michael doing? Where was he? Not until now did it
filter through to Isabel's numb brain that Michael was no longer with
them. Had he done as he always did when things became too much for him?
Run out into the desert where they had been born? Inwardly, Isabel swore
in a way that would have had her parents staring at her confusion.
that, on top of everything else. Michael really could be more than a
girl should have to handle. But somehow the realization that something
had to be done helped. Her mind was clear again. She would deal with
the rest later. Alex, their new assignment, everything. Right now they
needed to stay together.
the first time since the situation had exploded right in their faces,
Isabel regretted seeing the last of Liz. That girl was no friend of
hers, but there was no denying that the cool scientific mind of Max's
girlfriend would have been needed now. And even Maria. She refused to
let herself dwell on how much she needed Alex.
she go after Michael herself? She didn't want to do that. Those weird
dreams had been embarrassing enough. No, Max would have to snap out
of his daze and help out. It would do him good to think about something
other than himself.
had to repeat the word three times before her brother turned all his
attention on her.
is it, Isabel?"
gone. You have to go find him. We need to stick together."
even looking at the blonde girl, Isabel knew that Tess was going to
say something and she wouldn't have it. Not now.
Tess. Shut up. I don't want to hear it. Not now. Max?"
Tess and I will wait here."
shut up, will you? All this is too confusing. I don't need to listen
to your propaganda right now."
not propaganda. It's -"
know. Don't tell me, it's our destiny. How do you know it is? Because
Nasedo filled your head with all this from an early age? How can you
know you can trust him? You've seen him kill people in cold blood, time
after time. What does that make you?"
herself what a different upbringing Tess had had, Isabel forced herself
not to be too hard on her. How could the girl know what it was like
to be human when she had been raised by a cold-blooded shape-shifting
know it isn't. Sorry, Tess. But you have to see that we all have experiences,
feelings that you know nothing about. And we can't set all that aside
because you and that alien show up and tell us we have a task to do
for some faraway planet that might not even be there anymore. You can't
expect us to stop being human. Because that's what we are. Even Nasedo
said so. Our DNA is mostly human. And Max and I and even Michael were
raised by humans."
don't have to tell me about that. Have you any idea how I wished I had
the same sort of life other kids had? But this is too important -"
you say. I don't know. But I guess we will have to deal with it. Typical.
I always saw myself going off to college. Now I suppose I won't even
have a high school diploma."
Isabel silenced Tess with a gesture, the next time the girl opened her
mouth. Maybe it was unfair, but right now Isabel had had about as much
she could take from Tess.
was running blindly through the twilight. Why did Michael have to act
up like this now? Didn't he see that they were all shaken up by what
had happened? But that alien-hunting madman had been about to kill them
all. It was self-defense, and Max thought he might have been able to
kill him himself, if he had known how. He knew Isabel would and most
likely all of the others, except maybe Alex.
he twisted his ankle and almost fell, Max realized he could end up seriously
injured. If he did, it might be hours before one of the others could
find him. Finally, his superior senses kicked in. Now he moved slower,
more cautiously. But he could feel nothing, not a clue about where Michael
could be hiding. In the end, Max stopped completely, and closing his
eyes he let his senses probe the emptiness around him.
he had a glimpse of Michael's closed and pained face. Now that he had
stopped running, and was crouched on the ground like a wounded animal,
he seemed to have given in to the tears that had been burning his eyes
ever since he had killed that man. Michael's body was shaking uncontrollably.
Quickly Max broke off the contact. Not because he was afraid that Michael
would catch him spying on this intimate moment, but simply because he
didn't want to intrude. Not like this. When he reached that spot in
person he would find a way of introducing his presence in time for Michael
to hide his tears if he wanted to.
seemed to have run very far in such a short time. Or maybe it wasn't
such a short time. When Liz had left them it had still been daylight
outside, now it was rapidly getting pitch dark. In any case, Michael
was further away than Max had thought. It was more than an hour before
he finally reached the spot where Michael was hiding.
stopped to consider his next move. When Michael was in this kind of
mood, only Isabel, and lately Maria had been able to reach him. But
Max didn't blame Isabel for not wanting to see Michael right now. If
it had been him, experiencing those weird dreams about Michael, Max
knew nothing in the world could have made him go to him.
the end he decided that he would simply call out Michael's name from
where he was standing. That should give the boy time to compose himself.
Max did so and waited. He tried again, and then again. He was beginning
to think Michael wasn't even going to reply. Now he was out of patience
with his friend.
all this been hard on all of them? Who did Michael think he was anyway,
throwing these tantrums all the time. Sure his life had been very different
from Max's and Isabel's. But sooner or later he would have to face the
fact that no matter what had happened to him, he would have to grow
up one day and take responsibility for himself. No one else was going
to it for him, especially now that he had pushed Maria away.
do you want?"
you can't do this anymore. We're not kids anymore and you will have
to do your part in all this. You think Isabel and I like it any more
than you do? We didn't ask to have all this landed on us. But we'll
manage somehow. If we all stick together -"
think I'm sulking out here, because the secret was something different
than we'd imagined?"
what is it?"
knew well enough what was bothering Michael, but thought it best to
let the boy tell him in his own words. Then maybe he would find something
that would console him enough to come back to the others.
know what it is. What if I can't control it? What if I kill someone
never killed anyone before, so I know it won't just happen. Your foster
don't want to talk about him."
hit you, and you never did anything to hurt him back, did you?"
you see. It won't just happen like that."
why am I the only one of us who has ever killed anyone? Not even Tess
has, as far as I know."
of the situation we were in. He was trying to kill us all, and you saved
our lives. I would have done the same thing. Isabel would. All of us.
Liz, Maria -"
up. Don't say her name."
if all of you would have, then why didn't you? I'll tell you why. Because
I'm the killer. I'm the hit man. The - "
you shut up. You don't know that. Just because you're the one who has
been treated the worst all your life -"
do you mean no?"
do you know that?"
at the fine Maxwell Evans. You've never hurt anyone in your life, have
you? And you've even saved lives. Animals, Kyle. If you hadn't been
with Kyle he would have been -"
know. But you've never tried to heal anyone, right?"
course not. And it's a good thing I haven't. I could have ended up frying
someone or -"
you wouldn't. It doesn't work that way. Ok, maybe it wouldn't have worked
at all, but you wouldn't have done any harm either."
are you doing?"
had grabbed Michael's hand and placed it on his lower arm.
It's a bruise. I got it today during all that trouble. Try to remove
snatched his hand away as if Max's touch had burnt him.
you out of your mind? I could end up breaking your arm or -"
You won't. Go ahead."
mean it. Don't make me pull rank on you."
would never try to pull rank on anyone, but if he could make Michael
believe that, maybe he could help his friend through this crisis. Apparently
Michael was seriously disturbed about his abilities. If he couldn't
get through this, how could any of them go on?
needed each other, now more than ever. Besides, Max didn't need any
alien superpowers to sense how much Michael was hurting. Why hadn't
he ever thought about teaching Michael about healing? If he had none
of this might have had to happen.
Put your hand on my arm. Now. Here, that's the spot. It doesn't hurt
much, but if you do it right it will be completely gone."
didn't pull his hand away this time, but nothing happened. In a small
voice that almost cracked, he pleaded with his friend.
do I do? How does it work? You're absolutely sure I won't hurt you?"
Ok. How do I explain this? You'd better close your eyes, and concentrate.
Wait. Relax a little. Now you're really hurting me. You don't have to
grip me all that hard."
Max was calmly instructing Michael, he gently arranged Michael's hand
on his arm again.
better. But don't worry about it. If you give me a new bruise instead
of this one, I promise I'll remove it myself."
voice had lost its hard edge of panic and he appeared to be trying in
earnest to follow Max's instructions. The sense of relief was enormous.
It was so difficult to deal with Michael's outbursts. Isabel was so
much better at this. Max's only way to calm anyone down would have been
to put his arms around him and hold him, and he knew Michael couldn't
bear to be touched. At least not by him.
was it so hard to show emotion around other guys? Alex probably didn't
have this problem. But Alex had nothing to do with this situation, so
Max forced himself to go on with his instructions. It was so hard to
break down the rush of power into its component parts. He hardly knew
how it worked, so it must be largely down to instincts.
to see the skin, with the bruise, inside your mind."
to tell it to go away."
can't. I'm scared. What if I tell your arm to go away instead?"
experienced a moment of panic at that thought. What if he did? But he
couldn't let Michael know how scared he was, or he'd never get through
to the boy again.
won't. Honestly. Just make the skin normal again."
seemed to be happening, and with a sigh, Max forced himself to face
the possibility that Michael simply wasn't cut out for this healing
thing. Or maybe he was starting too late in life. But the truth might
be even simpler than that, Max reminded himself. After all the emotional
upheaval, Michael might not be in the right mood to learn anything.
would have to do this later. He would just have to make Michael see
that. But suddenly Max felt something. It wasn't painful, but it startled
him a little, all the same. Fortunately, he didn't pull away. Michael,
on the other hand, jumped a foot back from Max.
the spot with his fingers, Max came to the conclusion that while the
bruise wasn't quite gone, it seemed to have healed amazingly fast. Was
it that easy to teach someone after all? What a fool he was not to have
tried this years ago.
happened, Max? Did I hurt you?"
You did what I told you to do. Well, almost. The bruise is nearly gone.
I'll leave it the way it is now. What about you? Do you have any bruises
or cuts that need healing?"
not going to turn this on myself. Please don't try to make me."
That's ok. I was just asking if you want me to do something about it."
nothing major. Let's not bother."
Michael was still not comfortable being touched. That was another thing
that bothered Max. What had that man done to his foster son? But maybe
it was just part of the attitude Michael liked to present to the world.
Either way, this wasn't the time or the place to try and heal Michael's
troubled mind. Maybe it wasn't for Max to do it at all.
Max thought about Maria, and wondered if the girl was too hurt to ever
take Michael back. But on the other hand, if Tess and Nasedo were right,
maybe they couldn't allow themselves the luxury of ordinary human emotions.
Such as love.
If you say so. Do you think we could go back to the girls now? They'll
be worrying about us. You don't need to practice again tonight, but
we'll work more on this later. Ok?"
Sorry to make such a fuss."
understand, Michael, believe me, I do. But you've got to trust me. You're
no Nasedo. You're just like me and Isabel."
wish I could believe that."
could order you to believe that."
was a pause during which Max desperately hoped that Michael would take
his statement for what it was. A joke, a feeble attempt at cheering
his friend up a little. To his relief, he could hear that Michael seemed
to be getting the joke. But the laughter didn't sound very convincing
and the boy's next words seemed to confirm that.
I wish you could."
happens, we're in this together. Isabel and I will never let you deal
with anything on your own. I hope you know that."
know I do. But sometimes you have no idea how it is."
if there's something going on that you think we can't relate to, you
have to tell us. Make us understand. And you'd be surprised how much
we can understand. You don't have to go through it alone. "
good. Come on, let's go. We have to figure out what to do next. And
I think we'll have to talk to Valenti."
no matter what we have to do, we're still just kids. If we don't come
back home mom and dad are going to call the police. There will be a
search out for us and - Anyway, if Valenti thinks it's safe, we'll have
to go back for now. We'll discuss it with the girls."
I'm coming. Do you think you can find your way back in the dark?"
hope so -"
Do you think we're lost?"
I'm just winding you up. Concentrate on Isabel. You can do it. You know
you can. Just because the last couple of days have been really rough,
you can't forget everything you do know."
guess I deserved that. Ok, Max. You can count on me. Whatever it takes,
we're in this together. You're right about that. Sorry to be such a
not a pain. Just think how I'd feel if it was just me forced to deal
with all this."
I see her now. Can you pick up on Tess?"
I guess I could. But I just focused on Isabel."
Max still wasn't entirely comfortable around the strange girl. Maybe
all this talk about destiny wasn't written in stone as Tess and Nasedo
had tried to convince them. For the first time since killing that man,
Michael allowed himself to think about Maria. Had he made a mistake
about pushing her away? Was it fair of him to let his emotions run away
with him? To tell the truth, he knew that there had never been any situation
when he might have harmed the girl. Or was it for the best?
he couldn't forget the pain in Maria's eyes. She was tough, in many
ways tougher than Michael himself, no matter how he tried to act strong
and self-reliant, but he knew she loved him and he could guess at what
she must be going through right now. If circumstances allowed him to
have a life of his own after this, would Maria even let him near her
after treating her this way?
didn't have any answers and by now he was too tired to think about any
of the difficult issues facing them. Max was right, they would have
to stick together. Maybe together they would find some way of dealing
with the new situation. Isabel always seemed to know what to do. Despite
the embarrassment caused by the weird dreams they had been having about
each other, Michael knew he could rely on Isabel's judgment.